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Taliban using Humvees as car bombs
A number of security officials told TOLOnews on Monday that the Taliban has changed its war tactics and is increasingly using military vehicles, especially Humvees, to bomb Afghan security forces.

The officials said Taliban mostly carry out the bombings against security forces using Afghan military vehicles they had seized.

According to security forces, in the last three months, the Taliban has carried out 13 deadly such bombings on security forces in southern Helmand province, incurring a high casualty toll.

Two weeks ago, Taliban detonated an explosive-laden Humvee in front of Maroof district police headquarters in Kandahar. This explosion claimed the lives of 35 security personnel.

“A number of armored vehicles and rangers that have been seized by Taliban have been used against security forces; government should identify the areas where this is happening and conduct airstrikes to destroy the vehicles,” said Nadir Baloch, a member of the senate’s defense commission.

But the question being asked is how are these vehicles falling in to the Taliban’s hands?

“In most places the weapons are being sold. Inside the fifth pillar in government, there are people who sell the vehicles and weapons to the insurgents. Insurgents in Faryab cannot receive weapons from Pakistan, but they receive from us (people among security forces),” military affairs analyst Mohammad Agul Mujahed said.

The defense ministry meanwhile accepts that targeting security forces’ bases with vehicle bombs has become a problem but they said they will find the vehicles and destroy them.

“Defense ministry will destroy them from the air and ground at any time when we see them,” defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

Video footage posted by the Taliban on social media platforms show that the group has seized dozens of military vehicles in different parts of the country in recent months.

A number of military analysts meanwhile said if government holds on to military bases and check posts and does not let the Taliban seize control, these vehicles would not fall into their hands.
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Taliban attack in Paktika stopped
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Monday that the Afghan border police foiled a Taliban offensive in south-eastern Paktika on Sunday night, killing five insurgents.

In addition, eight other insurgents were wounded.

“Last night, a group of armed Taliban launched a coordinated attack on Afghan National Border Police check posts in Wali Was region, Giyan district of Paktika province,” it said.

“Afghan National Border Police have repelled an attack in which five armed Taliban were killed and eight other armed Taliban were wounded,” it said.

The statement did not provide further details.

The Taliban has not yet commented.
Posted by: badanov || 10/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
7 Dead After Attack On Checkpoint In Somalia's Puntland
[EWN.CO.ZA] Islamist al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
forces of Evil attacked a checkpoint 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, killing at least seven people in the early hours of Monday, police said.

The fighters then ambushed officers rushing in to help colleagues on the outskirts of the city of Bosaso, an officer at the scene told Rooters.

Al-Shabaab said it took the checkpoint then left, though the police said they fought off the assault.

Al-Shabaab has launched a string of attacks on Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and other areas controlled by the federal government in a bid to oust the Western-backed authorities and impose the group’s interpretation of Islamic law.

Attacks are relatively rare in Puntland, which has its own government and security forces patrolling its territory on the northeastern tip of the Horn of Africa, jutting out into the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

"At about 1am, many well-armed al-Shabaab fighters attacked us from all directions in an attempt to capture the checkpoint," police captain Abdifatah Mohammed said.

Three police and four civilians died and at least 13 others were maimed in the festivities, he said over the phone from the checkpoint.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operation front man, said its fighters killed seven soldiers and maimed 11 others.

"We captured the Bosaso checkpoint and left this morning. We also ambushed a police reinforcement," he said.

Puntland is also home to a splinter group of al-Shabaab that has sworn allegiance to 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....
. Security sources say a small contingent of imported muscle is based there.

Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Marseille Attacker's Brother, Sister Held in Tunisia
[AnNahar] A brother and sister of Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two young women to death in the French city of Marseille this month, have been detained in Tunisia, authorities said Monday.

The two were detained on Friday and have been questioned by anti-terror Sherlocks, prosecution front man Sofiene Sliti said.

"They appeared before an investigating judge... who decided to transfer the case to the national guard" in Aouina, northeastern Tunis, he said.

A source close to the family named the siblings as Moez and Amina Hanachi, who both live in Tunisia.

Their brother Ahmed Hanachi, 29, attacked two women at Marseille's Saint-Charles train station on October 1 before being rubbed out by troops.

He had lived for several years in Aprilia, south of Rome, where he married an Italian woman.

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 has grabbed credit for Hanachi's attack, but French Sherlocks have not yet found evidence linking it to the jihadist organization.

Another of Hanachi's brothers, Anis, was tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
on Saturday night in Italia after French authorities issued an international arrest warrant.

French Sherlocks, who suspect Anis of complicity in his brother's attack, said he had "fought, waged jihad in Syrian-Iraqi territory, with military experience," Lamberto Giannini, head of Italia's counterterrorism team, said on Monday.

Ahmed, the second-youngest of five siblings, was not known to attend any mosque, but was known to the police for drug and alcohol problems.

His family said two of his brothers, Anis and Anouar, were living illegally in Europe.

Two Tunisian security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, said Ahmed and Anouar were suspected of being "extremists."

But their father Noureddine told AFP he struggled to believe Ahmed had been radicalized but that his son "may have been under the influence of drugs" when he carried out the attack.

He said he had heard no news from his sons in Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
for two months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Come on, Tunisian Nat'l Guard, how 'bout a little "accident" involving these two innocent-till-proven-guilty scum bags. Show us what you got.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 10/10/2017 18:14 Comments || Top||

Libyan government forces seize ISIS munitions cache
[LibyaHerald] An IS huge hoard of weapons and ammunition was raided by Misrata forces (Misrata Anti Crime Unit).

The Anti-Crime Unit of the Ministry of Interior in Misrata together with other forces has announced that it has, on instructions from the Attorney General’s Office, raided an IS hideout in the Ruwaisat area.

The raid led to the arrest of ‘‘Daesh members’’ found within the hideout, the brief report said, without specifying the number of people arrested. It is believed that the hideout belonged to former Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB) and Benghazi Mujahedine Shura Council (BMSC) members based in the area.

The hideout was found to be full of a large hoard of ammunition and explosive materials, for detonating explosives and car bombs and contained other dangerous materials used for detonations, the brief statement said.

The arrests and raid comes on the back of the explosion at the Misrata law courts last week which led to four deaths and scores of injured. The court was in the process of putting IS members on trial.

It will be recalled that the head of Investigations at the Attorney General’s Office (AG), Sadek Assour, made some very interesting revelations

IS cameraman involved in 2015 Sirte massacre of Egyptian Christians in custody says Assour on 28th September at an unprecedented and expanded press conference at the Court Centre in Tripoli on 28th September.

A 30-plus slide power point show accompanied the presentation showing details and photographs of accused IS members, organizational charts, links and routs of travel into Libya based on 14 months of investigation.

Assour had revealed that more than 1,000 elements belonging to terrorist organizations are wanted for justice, a large number of whom are wanted in Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

There were numerous IS cells operating, including a cell in the city of Misrata, and that these cells were responsible for several explosions in the city of Misrata.

There were still a lot of individuals in the Sudan and Tunisia who are recruiting members IS members for Libya and the Libyan Attorney General’s Office would send warrants to the states to which IS members are affiliated, Assour had added.

There were more than 200 suicide bombers and assassinations that were identified in all Libyan cities, and we have all the information about them and they will be brought to trial, he had added.

He had revealed that the AG’s Office had issued summons for some Libyan officials who had supported some terrorist figures financially, in contravention of the state’s financial law.

There are currently 250 cases before the courts, Assour had revealed.

Assour said that intelligence officers have been selected to conduct terrorist investigations efficiently and professionally. Many of those wanted were presently in Turkey and Syria, he had revealed.

Many IS members had left Libya for Syria and Iraq known to the AG’s Office by name. He said that the AG’s Office had information about cells trying to activate themselves in Libya, one of which is connected to the Hamas movement.

There is cooperation between the AG’s Office Bureau of Investigation and the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on issues of terrorism and immigration and Tripoli and Benghazi Investigations Bureaux are collecting data on terror cells.

Victims of terror or their relatives must communicate with the Attorney general’s office

Many murders, kidnappings and assassinations in his Sabartha were carried out by extremist groups, Assour confirmed.

Assour also revealed that a database of has been created containing all the information on 1,500 IS members.
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Drone kills five Al Qaeda suspects
[DAWN] ADEN: A dronezap on Sunday killed five suspected Al Qaeda snuffies in the Yemeni province of Marib, east of the capital Sanaa, security officials said.

One official said a US drone had probably carried out the strike, which targeted a car in the province’s Saoud district.

The United States considers the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
to be the radical group’s most dangerous branch.

AQAP has flourished in the chaos of the country’s civil war, which pits the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Houthis.

A long-running drone war against AQAP has intensified since US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
took office in January.

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Houthis attack government offices in Sanaa
Aden, Taiz – Armed militias backing ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Tehran-aligned Houthis returned to the cycle of tension after Houthi gunmen stormed the coup-established foreign ministry bureaus in the capital Sana’a.

Houthi militiamen then prevented the pro-Saleh foreign minister Hisham Sharaf from entering the ministry.

A source at the internationally-recognized government in Aden described what is going on as “settling scores and tightening the grip on Saleh by the Houthis.”

The source also stressed that “coup tactics are self-destructive” and that “what is happening is evidence of the hatred fellow coup members harbor towards each other—however, it absolves neither from legal or judicial responsibility or accountability.”

The number of raids by Houthi militias against ministerial buildings located in coup-held territory have increased.

Unlike the Houthis’ predominantly militarized role in the coup, most ministries are run by Saleh loyalists.

Only a week ago, gunmen stormed the health ministry offices and assaulted the minister in office.

Houthis continue to chase former politicians in Sana’a.

There have been repeated incursions and accounts of humiliation registered, which reached the point physical offenses carried out against coup ministers.

“Targeting Sharaf, one of the most efficient political assistants and foreign communications experts, suggests that the two coup partners disagree on the most sensitive point—which is opposing legitimate authorities and the Arab coalition,” said Yassine al-Tamimi, a Yemeni political analyst.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that what happened to Sharaf “is an episode in a longer series of targeting coup ministers affiliated with Saleh and who represent the political line of the General People’s Congress. This likely means that Houthis decided to deplete Saleh and his party, ousting them from the scene.”

Meanwhile, pro-government Yemeni army forces and the Popular Resistance announced on Sunday that they have officially restored their control over new strategic positions, which were controlled by insurgency militias in northeastern Al-Jawf province.
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Two French prisoners hit with terror charges over plot
[IsraelTimes] Prosecutors say the two, a Cameroonian and a Frenchie, are Islamists who planned hostage-taking and shootings

Prosecutors have filed terror charges against two suspected jihadists believed to have been planning to carry out an attack after their upcoming release from prison, sources close to the case said Monday.

The men discussed the would-be plot, which included possibly taking hostages or machine-gunning victims, while they were serving time in Fresnes prison south of Gay Paree.

"These two radical Islamists wanted to set up a group of fighters with the aim of... various actions outside prison," said one of the probe sources.

One of the suspects is a 28-year-old Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
ian described by authorities as an 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 sympathizer, while the other is a 22-year-old Frenchie.

Both were behind bars for non-terror offenses and were suspected of being radicalized while serving their sentences. They were charged Friday with being part of a terrorist conspiracy.

The Cameroonian man was also believed to have been in contact with a person in Iraq or Syria, where Islamic State is under pressure from a US-led coalition.
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Italian police arrest younger brother of Marseille terrorist
[IsraelTimes] Anis Hanachi, 25, caught as he rode a bike near border with La Belle France; Ahmed Hanachi stabbed two cousins to death in Marseille train station last week

A Tunisian terror suspect tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in northern Italia was a foreign fighter who had been previously expelled from Italia and is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother, who stabbed two women to death in the French city of Marseille this month, authorities said Monday.

The suspect, 25-year-old Anis Hanachi, was arrested Saturday on an international warrant issued by La Belle France while riding a bicycle in the northern city of Ferrara, authorities told news hounds in Rome.

He had no documents and claimed to be Algerian but further investigation revealed him to be the brother of the Marseille attacker, 29-year-old Ahmed Hanachi, who was shot and killed by police following the October 1 attack.

The younger brother was known to have been a foreign fighter in Syria, and had been expelled from Italia to Tunisia in 2014 after arriving on a boat, police said.

French authorities had signaled his possible presence in Italia two days after the elder brother stabbed two cousins to death in Marseille’s main train station. Italian authorities said they confirmed his presence in the Liguria region, which borders La Belle France, on Wednesday, and then tracked him down to Ferrara near the Adriatic coast by the weekend.

They said the fact he was arrested on a bicycle in the city indicates it’s not likely he had logistical support in the area, but that they were still investigating.

Hanachi is being held on charges of involvement in the attack and of international terrorism and was awaiting extradition to La Belle France.

The attacker, Ahmed Hanachi, had been married to an Italian woman and lived in Aprilia, south of Rome, from about 2006 to 2014.
Update from Ynet at 9:00 a.m. ET:
Swiss police have detained two Tunisians wanted in connection with a deadly knife attack at Marseille train station in France on October 1, a source close to the investigation said on Tuesday.

The knifeman, 29-year old Ahmed Hannachi, was shot dead by a French soldier after killing two young women outside the station in southern France. Authorities are investigating the attack as a "probable" terrorist act.

The two Tunisians were arrested in Chiasso, near the Swiss-Italian border, the source said, adding that one of them was the subject of an international arrest warrant.

Hannachi's younger brother, Anis, was arrested in Italy earlier this month.
An Nahar adds that both those arrested in Chiasso are asylum seekers.
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Jahannum' (Hell) She Called Him. And Ensured He Was Caught In Kashmir
[NDTV] Srinagar: It was a visit to a girlfriend that allowed security forces to kill Kashmir terrorist Umer Khalid today, said sources. Khalid, a senior commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, was shot in Ladoora in North Kashmir; security forces first identified him and asked him to surrender; when he fired on them along with other terrorists, more troops were rushed in.

Khalid was injured and managed to escape briefly before he was cordoned off and shot.

A woman who he was romantically involved with told the police that he was likely to visit her this morning. She angrily referred to him as "Jahannum" (Hell). They were not in an exclusive relationship.

"He had about 17 girlfriends - some new, some old. A few who he had ditched became vengeful and even started giving information about his whereabouts to us," revealed a senior police officer who was involved in this morning's encounter.

Intelligence officials and the police believe that Khalid helped prepare and execute last week's attack on a huge base of the Border Security Force beside the Srinagar airport.

Security agencies say that many terrorists like Khalid who come from across the border in Pakistan fall for better-educated Kashmiri women and manage to intimidate or coerce some of them into relationships. Sources said the affairs are fecund material for detailed information that can be used to track down wanted terrorists, some of whom are told on by wives or girlfriends who have been ditched.

"When they go to meet women, they go alone and we launch an operation then only," revealed a senior official.

In August, another terrorist, Abu Dujana of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed when he was visiting a young woman. In that case too, his jilted lover had informed the police about his coordinates.

Posted by: John Frum || 10/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [466 views] Top|| File under: Jaish-e-Mohammad

#1  "He had about 17 girlfriends - some new, some old. A few who he had ditched became vengeful and even started giving information about his whereabouts to us"

Paki Harvey Weinstein?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 10/10/2017 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Kashmiri women are supposedly very beautiful, or so I've read.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/10/2017 5:15 Comments || Top||

#3  "He had about 17 girlfriends - some new, some old."

Aged 9 to 16?
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/10/2017 5:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Ran into a school to evade the Indian cops
Warning NSFW - Graphic Photo
Posted by: John Frum || 10/10/2017 6:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Pecker Posse Pumps Perv Precipitously
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/10/2017 7:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Remind me not to piss off a Kashmirianette.....
Posted by: USN Ret. || 10/10/2017 19:36 Comments || Top||

#7  A plucky young Pak, I snuck over the line;
I'd heard that the Kashmiri women were fine,
All uncovered meat for Mohammedan swine...
And the Prophet had promised a portion.

My parents rebuked me for going jihadi
And blessing all bints beyond eight with my body,
But I hated the Hindus like Provo hates squaddy...
And they'd taught me the bloody shahada.

And so forth, but dammit if I'm not tcoo zonked to do anything with it.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/10/2017 21:05 Comments || Top||

3 Hazaras among 5 shot dead on Quetta's Kasi road
[DAWN] At least three members of the ethnic Hazara community and two other Shias were killed, while one other was maimed on Quetta's Kasi road on Monday morning as unidentified gunnies shot up their vehicle, police said.

According to the police, armed motorcyclists sprayed bullets at the vehicle and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace unhurt.

Police reached the spot and started an investigation into the incident.

The Hazara community staged a protest at Alamdar road and demanded protection while chanting slogans against the government and the law enforcement agencies.

The protesters dispersed after Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti visited them and promised them the government's support.

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Sonipat bomb blast case: Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb expert Syed Abdul Karim Tunda held guilty
[NEWSNATION.IN] Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) bomb expert Syed Abdul Karim Tunda was pronounced guilty in 1996 Sonipat kaboom case on Monday by a court in Haryana.

The quantum of sentence to the case will be announced on Tuesday.

On December 28, 1996, a series of blasts were triggered in a cinema hall at Sonipat which left several people injured.

CBI has charged Tunda for organising LeT’s major terror attacks in India.

Delhi Police had tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
Tunda, a resident of Pikhuwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, from Indo-Nepal border in 2013.

According to police Tunda, an aide of India’s most wanted Dawood Ibrahim, is alleged to be involved in at least 40 kabooms in Mumbai, Delhi, Uttar Pradesg, Haryana, Punjab, Hyderabad and Surat.

He is wanted in at least 21 cases in Delhi alone.

Tunda was earlier arrested in 1994, but had managed to escape to Dhaka. He was trained to make improvised bombs in Bangladesh and Pakistain.

Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

Kirkuk Kombat Kronicle
Iraqis locate 2 pilots KIA in Kirkuk

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Bodies of two pilots, who were reportedly killed by Islamic State in southwestern Kirkuk last year, have been found, the Iraqi air force said.

In a press release on Monday, the air force said, “the bodies of two pilots, who were killed as their Cessna Caravan 208 jet crashed on March 16th, 2016, in Hawija, were found.”

“The two victims were Brig. Gen. Ali Feleih Hassan al-Abboudi and Lt.Gen. Mohamed abdel Wahab Razouqi al-Sheikhli,” the statement said adding that army was able to find the bodies, in cooperation with people who knew about the place, where IS buried the victims.

Last year, the militant group claimed its members downed an Iraqi military jet, which was surveilling above Hawija.

On Saturday, the Joint Operations Command announced concluding the second phase of Hawija offensive, killing 385 IS members, including five snipers. 150 villages in Hawija were freed, in addition to al-Abbassi region and the northern side of the town. Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of Hawija Operations, said Federal Police, the rapid Response forces and PMFs accomplished their targets of the second phase.

3 die in fighting in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The Kurdish Peshmerga troops have repulsed an attack launched by Islamic State militants in west of Kirkuk, a security source said on Monday.

“IS militants launched an attack early on the day targeting Peshmerga troops deployed, west of Kirkuk,” a security source told Mawazin News. “They raised white flags as kind of camouflage as if they were going to surrender before they approached the troops and opened fire.”

“The troops repelled the attack, killing two militants and arresting a third,” the source said. “One of the Peshmerga conscripts was killed.”
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Diyala Daily Devastation Digest
ISIS bomb expert dies in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State top explosive expert was killed as security troops set up an ambush for the militants in Diyala, a security source said on Monday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “joint troops, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) set up over the past two days an ambush for IS militants near Qurret Tabah, northeast of Diyala.”

“Three militants were trapped before confrontations started, leaving one killed and two others seriously injured,” the source added.

“One of the injured militants was one of the group’s top explosive experts in the region,” the source said. “Confirmed news indicate that the militant succumbed to death due to his serious wounds over the past few hours.”

Before the militant was killed, according to the source, “he threatened PMFs to kill them using bombs after failure to kill them using mortar missiles.”

“The militant’s brother was killed four years ago while planting a bomb to target civilians in the region,” the source added.
Posted by: badanov || 10/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antix

ISIS reinforces Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has started sending its militants and equipments from a region in western Anbar to the desert, a security source said on Monday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said “the defeats against IS after liberation of Annah, Anbar, and then Hawija, Kirkuk, the group started sending the rest of militants and equipments from Qaim to Anbar’s western desert.

“The U.S.-led Coalition and army jets continue their shellings against the group in western desert, last of which was destroying a camp in the west of Anbar,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Earlier on the day, Iraqi army warplanes bombarded a camouflaged IS camp in the form of cracks made in the ground at the 160th kilometer region in the center of Anbar’s desert, the military media said. 15 vehicles belonging to the group and ten oil barrels were destroyed in the raid.

More than 200 Syrian IS families coming from Mayadin, where confrontations take place between the militant group and the Syrian army, reportedly accessed Qaim on Sunday.

Iraqi warbirds hit ISIS cap

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army warplanes bombarded an Islamic State camp in Anbar’s desert on Monday as preparations continue to invade the group’s last havens in the province and Iraq, military media said.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said army jets detected a camouflaged Islamic State camp in the form of cracks made in the ground at the 160th kilometer region in the center of Anbar’s desert.

According to the WMC statement, 15 vehicles belonging to the group and ten oil barrels were destroyed in the raid.

Since Islamic State militants took over large areas of Iraq and Syria to estalbish a self-styled “caliphate” in 2014, Iraqi government forces, backed paramilitary troops and U.S.-led coalition, launched a wide-scale campaign to retake those regions.

So far, the offensives managed to retake Mosul, the group’s former capital, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija and Anbar’s Annah.

The only regions that currently remain under Islamic State’s territorial influence are Anbar’s towns of Rawa and Qaim. Reports are telling of running preparations for invading the two regions. If recaptured, that will mark a practical end to Islamic State’s control in Iraq.

ISIS Bad Guys smoked in Iraqi airstrikes

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Dozens of Islamic State militants were killed Monday when amy warplanes targeted militants’ gatherings in western Anbar, security sources were quoted saying.

Iraqi Media News Agency quoted the sources saying that army jets bombarded Wadi al-Qathef region when tens of group members were rallying preparing for an attack on army forces. They said the raid left dozens of militants dead, including foreign nationals.

Since Islamic State militants took over large areas of Iraq and Syria to estalbish a self-styled “caliphate” in 2014, Iraqi government forces, backed paramilitary troops and U.S.-led coalition, launched a wide-scale campaign to retake those regions.
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Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf man dies in law enforcement operation
[SUNSTAR.PH] AN ABU Sayyaf bandit and leader of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) was killed as the government continued Monday, October 9, its offensive against the bandits.

Brigadier General Custodio Parcon Jr. , Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi commander, identified the fatality as Guro Idzri, alias Commander Idris, a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and a kidnap-for-ransom-group cell leader in the province of Tawi-Tawi.

Parcon said Idzri was killed when he resisted troops in a law enforcement operation at 7:10 a. m. Sunday at Sitio Suwang Kagang in the village of Pasiagan, Bongao municipality.

“When troops are about to serve the warrant of arrest, Idzri fired at them using his caliber .45 pistol prompting our troops to shoot back,” Parcon said.

Parcon said Idzri failed to reach the Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital alive.

He said the troops recovered from Idzri’s possession a caliber .45 pistol with ammunition. The firearm was turned over to the police.

He said they received report that Idzri was the emerging new leader of the ASG-KFRG cell in the province of Tawi-Tawi.

He was also monitored looking for a possible victim to be kidnapped at the construction site of a Diesel power plant in the village of Pahut, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Idzri was a follower of slain Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf spokesperson Muamar Askali, alias Abu Rami, and was believed to be involved in the November 5, 2016 kidnapping of German Jurgen Kantner. Troops killed Askali in a clash on April 11 in Bohol, while the ASG beheaded Kantner in February this year.
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Turkish Army Says Launches Reconnaissance Mission in Syria's Idlib
[AnNahar] The Ottoman Turkish army has launched a reconnaissance mission in Syria's largely jihadist-controlled northwestern Idlib province in a bid to create a de-escalation zone, the military said on Monday.

"The Ottoman Turkish armed forces began reconnaissance activities on October 8 (Sunday) to establish surveillance posts as part of the operation to be carried out in Idlib province," the armed forces said in a statement.

Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
announced on Saturday the start of the new military operation inside Syria by pro-Ankara Syrian rebels backed by the Ottoman Turkish army.

The statement was the first confirmation by the Ottoman Turkish army of involvement inside Syria in the latest operation.

The operation is part of efforts by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, along with Russia and Iran, to set up the zone in line with accords in Astana peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war.

They agreed on four such ceasefire zones in Syria as a prelude to negotiations.

Three zones are already in place -- in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, in central Homs, and in parts of southern Syria -- and are being monitored by Russian military police.

Idlib is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a group led by al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate, which ousted more moderate rebels in recent months.

The pro-Ottoman Turkish forces will need to oust HTS members in the area to allow Iranian, Russian and Ottoman Turkish forces to implement the zone.

- Working with Russia -
The last time Ottoman Turkish forces were engaged in Syria was in August, when Turkey launched its eight-months long Euphrates Shield operation against jihadists and Kurdish militia in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

"Even if we turn our backs on developments in Syria, can we escape from the results of the crisis?" Erdogan said on Sunday, explaining the reason for Turkey's latest intervention.

"This is why when we don't go to Syria, Syria comes to us," he added.

Although Moscow supports Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
while Turkey supports rebels seeking his ouster, the two countries have worked together intensively to try to end the conflict in the past few months.

Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
have met several times since a 2016 reconciliation ended a crisis caused by the shooting down of a Russian war plane over Syria.

The conflict in Syria began with widespread protests against the government but has since evolved into a multi-front war that has killed more than 330,000 people.
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#1  doing recon in NW Syria is pretty close to doing nothing

real question is whether Turkey will send actual infantry in - part of Idlib is close to Latakia- the Assad home base and it gets really sensitive, part of Idlib is near Hama which has been, off and on a Hezbollah base of operations

there is a significant dispute on how successful Op Euphrates Shield was - we don't have a good handle on Turkey's casualties and we don't know how 'loyal' to turkey its 'allies' still are- in any event, Turkey had only limited success pushing the Kurds around
Posted by: lord garth || 10/10/2017 13:41 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army Combat Summary
The Syrian Army units operating in Deir Ezzor conducted over the past few hours’ intensive operations against positions for ISIL terrorist organization in different parts of the province.

SANA reporter said the army units clashed with ISIL terrorists in the western and southern parts of al-Mayadeen city, 45 km southeast of Deir Ezzor, killing or injuring many of them and destroying their hideouts and positions.

An army unit thwarted a terrorist attack with two car bombs on one of the army’s advanced military points in the city, destroying them before reaching the point and leaving over 10 terrorists dead, the reporter said.

The army’s continued operations also resulted in retaking the abandoned airport, Makef al-Ghanam, the Industrial Area and a number of western neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor, after killing a large number of ISIL terrorists, including suicide bombers, and destroying several car bombs.

In the northern part of Deir Ezzor city, fierce clashes erupted between the army units and ISIL terrorists in the villages located east of the Euphrates River from the direction of Hatla- Khsham, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and weaponry.

The Air and Artillery forces of the army carried out intensive strikes against ISIL positions in the villages and towns of Mahkan, al-Boulil, al-Boamr, al-Ashara, al-Qouriyeh, al-Husseniyeh, al-Salihiya, al-Jneineh, Mheimedeh, Huweijet Sakr, and the neighborhoods of al-Hamidiyeh, al-Rushdiyeh, al-Huweiqeh, al-Ummal, al-Ardi and Kanamat.

The strikes resulted in the death and injury of scores of the terrorists and the destruction of their hideouts.

Meanwhile, ISIL terrorists continue to flee from the clashes positions leaving their weapons and munitions behind, while more ISIL groups flee the villages and towns, according to local sources.

Source: SANA
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Russians continue to hammer ISIS positions in Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor (Syria News) Russian has announced that it will support the Syrian army forces against the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor, Qasioun News reported on Sunday.

Russia announced that it will provided the needed aerial support, through its Hameimim Air Base in Syria, for the regime forces to fight the Islamic State militants, east of Deir Ezzor, while official sources revealed that Syrian army forces recaptured the area of Marat al-Fawqa and parts of Hattla Tahtani Village.

Meanwhile, Islamic State-held media outlets stated that the militant group has killed more than eighty soldiers of the Syrian army and allied militias in the outskirts of the city of Mayadin.

It is noteworthy that the regime forces recaptured large areas from the Islamic State group, east of Deir Ezzor, backed by Russian air strikes.
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Nusra Front, Islamic State clash in Syria's Hama province
[REUTERS] 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....
took control of some Syrian villages in a rebel-controlled area east of Hama on Monday, opening a new frontline days after the Syrian military said it had cleared Islamic State from a nearby area.

Islamic State said in a statement it had taken control of 12 villages and carried out a big attack on the jihadist alliance Tahrir al-Sham.

Tahrir al-Sham, spearheaded by al Qaeda’s former affiliate the Nusra Front, said in its own statement that Islamic State had stormed several villages and accused the Syrian army of allowing it to cross government territory.

A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State had taken 15 villages from Tahrir al-Sham, but that the jihadist alliance then took five of them back.

On Friday the Syrian army said it had cleared Islamic State from its last pocket of territory in a nearby part of the countryside east of Hama after months of fighting.

The Observatory and Tahrir al-Sham said those same fighters were the ones that captured the villages, appearing to have crossed government-held territory. The Observatory said some of them had crossed with groups of civilians.

Although Islamic State and the groups that make up Tahrir al-Sham, including the Nusra Front, subscribe to hardline jihadist ideology, they have opposed each other for years.

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Rebel group drives back Syrian army attack in Rif Dimashq
Rif Dimashq (Syria News) The opposition’s Rahman Legion managed, on Sunday, to foil a Syrian army offensive on the town of Ayn Tarma, in Rif Dimashq, Qasioun News reported.

Rahman Legion (Faylaq al-Rahman) has announced in an official statement that its troops managed to kill several soldiers belonging to the army’s 4th brigade, in the outskirts of Ayn Tarma Town during the ongoing clashes between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Syrian army troops shelled the cities of Eastern Ghouta area with artillery and missiles, while bombed the city of Ayn Tarma with ground-to-ground missiles (GGM), in addition to carrying out dozens of artillery shelling, causing significant damage to the area.

It is noteworthy that Syrian army forces and allied militias are planning to enter the area of Eastern Ghouta, despite the de-escalation zones agreement that include the area.
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Syrian regulars continue operations in Mayadin
Deir Ezzour (Syria News) Syrian army forces managed to besiege the Islamic State militants in the city of Mayadin, in the countryside of Deir Ezzour, after violent clashes between them, Qasioun News reported on Sunday.

Qasioun revealed in a report that the Syrian army was also able to retake the village of Marat, while advanced on several axes in the city of Deir Ezzour.

Pro-regime media outlets reported that the army forces and allied militias recaptured Rahba fortress and other several areas, southwest of the city of Mayadin, in the eastern countryside Deir Ezzour after battles with the Islamic State.

It is noteworthy that the army forces and allied militias, backed by Russian Air force, managed to recapture large areas of Syrian Badeya (Mayadeen – Dier Ezzor).
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Fighters on Raqqa Front Line Brace for Final Showdown With Islamic State
[USNEWS] In the gutted four-storey building that he and five other U.S.-backed fighters have turned into a frontline fortress, Babel can peer out at 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....
positions just 150 meters away.

The jihadist murderous Moslems expected to make a last stand for this stronghold of their self-proclaimed caliphate are cornered and desperate here in Raqqa, the city on the Euphrates river that has served as their de-facto Syrian capital since 2014.

"Let ISIS come - we're ready for them. We have explosives to drop downstairs," said Babel, which is his nom de guerre. He and his fellow members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces have occupied the frontline building for three weeks and are now preparing for a final showdown with Islamic State, the group also known as ISIS, ISIS or ISIS.

The SDF fighters' position is well prepared in case the cornered IS murderous Moslems attempt an attack. The front porch steps have been demolished, leaving a drop to the basement that can be crossed only by climbing a section of iron fence - a makeshift ladder, which the defenders can pull up. Inside, plastic bottles have been strewn across the floor to squeak when stepped on and alert them to intruders.

After months of intense fighting and heavy U.S. bombardment, the SDF have surrounded Islamic State murderous Moslems in a small part of the city. As the Kurdish and Arab militias of the SDF close in and U.S.-led air raids increase, they expect fierce fighting to mark the final stages of the campaign.

"ISIS regularly launch small raids, even behind our position. Yesterday they attacked the building opposite and tried to push toward us. We killed a few and they retreated to the hospital," Babel said.

SDF units have a clear view over the Raqqa hospital, one of Islamic State's last strongholds in the city, from a line of buildings they occupy to its northwest. Apartment blocks between them and the hospital have been flattened by air strikes.

Commanders say the hospital and a nearby stadium, where the jihadists are said to be holding civilian hostages, will be where they make their last stand.

Babel's unit are holding the front line ahead of an anticipated final push, firing at murderous Moslems whenever they can spot them.

"The last few nights they've been shining spotlights from the hospital towards our lines, so we can't really see," he said.

Another fighter in the unit said sniper fire from Islamic State had recently reduced, possibly as a means of conserving ammunition for more intense fighting to come.

Surrender Or Die
An SDF field commander said on Sunday assaults were to begin soon as part of a final push against Islamic State, focused initially on surrounding the stadium. The hospital is already encircled.

"ISIS is amassing, preparing to fight. This is the last stage, so they'll resist and then surrender or die," the commander who gave his name as Ardal Raqqa said.

U.S. coalition front man Ryan Dillon was more cautious about calling the current stage of the offensive a final assault.

"Whether this is the final assault or an assault, I won't characterize it either way," Dillon said by phone. The fight was "concentrated around the complex which was the national hospital and the stadium," he said.

The SDF predicted ahead of a major push in June that it could take just weeks to drive Islamic State out of Raqqa. That has proven overly optimistic, with the murderous Moslems holding out for months so far.

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