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Iranian Embassy In Sana’a Has Been Attacked
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Afghanistan
Foreigners among 6 killed in latest US airstrikes in East of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] At least six gunnies including two foreigners were killed in the latest Arclight airstrikes conducted 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 airstrikes were carried out on Sunday in the vicinity of Haska Mina district.

The statement further added that the hideouts of the terror group were targeted in Awghaz and Jani Khel areas of the district, leaving six of them dead, including two foreign Lion of Islams.

No further details were given regarding the identities of the foreign hard boyz killed in the airstrikes but the police commandment said the local residents and security personnel did not suffer any casualties.
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Fierce battles break out between ISIS and Taliban all over Afghanistan
[ALMASDARNEWS] Fierce festivities broke out between the ISIS and the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
terrorist groups when the former assaulted the latter’s positions in the Khojiany administration of Afghanistan’s Nanjarhar province about 6 days ago.

ISIS’s assault led to the krazed killer faction’s capture of several populated regions in the province and the disposition of hundreds of locals escaping the escalating violence. Taliban’s forces launched a counteroffensive two days later and managed to successfully expel ISIS from the Adur and Sur Dagh localities.

Unfortunately for the weary Talibs, US-backed Afghan government forces would take advantage of this inter-jihadist violence and launch vicious assaults on Taliban’s positions in the province with the aid of relentless artillery bombardments and Arclight airstrikes.

Spawning out of thin air, ISIS has managed to emerge as a dominant force in Nanjarhar province within an impressively short time frame.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1101 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Afghan army should stay out of it as long as they are killing each other. Don't want is is getting too strong.
Posted by: Chris || 12/05/2017 11:15 Comments || Top||

#2  ISIS spilling over from Pakistan?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/05/2017 23:02 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Militia chief arrest ‘dangerous moment’ for Sudan’s Darfur
[ARABNEWS] By arresting Darfur’s powerful militia chief Musa Hilal, Khartoum has tightened its control over Sudan’s strife-torn region but analysts say it might open a new chapter of violence.

Hilal, a former aide to President Omar Bashir, was tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
last week by Sudan’s counter-insurgency forces near his hometown of Mustariaha in North Darfur state after fierce festivities that left several dead.

"This is a dangerous moment actually," Magnus Taylor, Sudan analyst with the think-tank International Crisis Group, told AFP.

"By taking out Musa Hilal, they have pitched two different Darfuri Arab clans against each other."

Hilal, the top leader of the Mahamid clan of Darfur’s biggest Arab tribe, the Rezeigat, was captured by a unit of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by other members of the broader Rezeigat tribe.

"This is the start of intra-fighting, this is only the beginning," said Ahmed Adam, a research associate at London University.

"No doubt, Hilal’s arrest will impact the security and stability of Darfur."

During the initial years of the Darfur conflict that erupted in 2003, Arab militias fought alongside government forces against the region’s black African rebels.

Hilal then led the government-allied Arab Janjaweed militia, notorious button men on horseback who swept through Darfur marauding villagers and fighting rebels who had taken up arms against Khartoum’s Arab-dominated government, accusing it of economic and political marginalization.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [870 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Al Shabaab Raids AMISOM Base Near Qoryoley Town
[RADIOSHABELLE] Heavily armed turbans belonging to Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
have launched a daring overnight assault on a major AMISOM military base near Qoryoley district in Lower Shabelle region.

The attack took place at Mashalay, a small town located on the outskirts of Qoryoley, a former Al-Shabaab bastion, about 120Km northwest of Mogadishu.

The ambush has led to a deadly shootout ensued between the turbans and AU peacekeepers at the camp. The AU soldiers were reported to have repulsed the attack.

Local residents reported kabooms and an intense gunfire at the AMISOM base following the Al-Shabaab raid which raged on for about an hour in the area.

Neither AMISOM nor Al-Shabaab has commented on the battle and the casualty figures.

Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [887 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Libya: Mass Extra-Judicial Execution
[All Africa] Armed groups loyal to Libyan National Army forces (LNA) appear to have summarily executed dozens of men in the LNA-controlled town of al-Abyar, Human Rights Watch said today.

On October 26, 2017, local police forces discovered the bodies of 36 men, all of them executed, close to a main road south east of al-Abyar, 50 kilometers east of Benghazi. Authorities transferred the bodies to a hospital, where families came to identify them. Relatives of six of the victims told Human Rights Watch that the men had been locked away
Please don't kill me!
on various dates by gangs loyal to the LNA in Benghazi or in other areas controlled by the LNA.

This incident comes after a series of unlawful killings and summary executions in Benghazi that prompted the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to issue an arrest warrant against an LNA special forces commander on August 15.

Following the discovery of the 36 bodies in al-Abyar, Gen. Khalifa Hiftar, the LNA chief, ordered the military prosecutor of the eastern region on October 28, to conduct an investigation. The LNA and the military prosecution have yet to announce any investigation results.

"The Libyan National Army's pledges to conduct inquiries into repeated unlawful killings in areas under their control in eastern Libya have so far led nowhere," said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "The LNA will be condoning apparent war crimes if their pledge to investigate the gruesome discovery in al-Abyar proves to be another empty promise."
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [977 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egyptian forces kill 5 militants northeast of Cairo
[PRESSTV] Egyptian security forces have killed five suspected bully boyz during a raid on a desert hideout to the northeast of the capital Cairo.

Egypt's Interior Ministry made the announcement in a statement on Monday, saying the bully boyz had been killed in a shootout in an area located between Ramadan city and Bilbeis town in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.

The security forces came under heavy fire as they surrounded the hideout, which forced them to "deal with the source of the shooting," the ministry said, adding that the incident led to the deaths of five unidentified bully boyz and apprehension of six other people.

The statement noted that the bully boyz had been training to use firearms at the site, where security forces found bomb-making materials, assault rifles and ammunition for possible terrorist attacks.

The ministry said they also tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
six other "elements" from the same group who were observing "some vital buildings in preparation to carry out a series of hostile operations against them" in Cairo and the southern province of Assiut.

The ministry did not link the bully boyz or those arrested to any specific group.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [852 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Africa Subsaharan
Militants kill UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic
[PRESSTV] Christian turbans killed a Mauritanian UN peacekeeper in an attack on a camp for displaced people in a Central African Republic diamond-mining town on Monday, the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
mission there said.

Fighters armed with AK-47s and makeshift weapons also maimed one Zambian and two Mauritanian peacekeepers during the 90-minute shootout at the police checkpoint in the town of Bria, the UN added.

The country has been driven by sectarian conflict since 2013 when Seleka
...a 'mainly' Moslem rebel force in the Central African Republic that overthrew the govt, imposed a regime of rapine and looting on the country's non-Moslem population, and was then tossed by France. They still exist, getting funding and weapons from somewhere or other, licking their wounds, complaining about the oppression of Moslems, and occasionally raping and looting someone...
rebels ousted President Francois Bozize. That triggered a backlash by Christian anti-balaka fighters.

As many as 100 people died in Bria in June during a day of festivities between rival factions. The area is coveted by militia for its surrounding diamond mines. It also hosts tens of thousands of people displaced by the conflict.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [835 views] Top|| File under: Seleka


Arabia
Iranian Embassy In Sana’a Has Been Attacked
[THEPORTAL-CENTER] Iranian embassy in Sana’a was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the fierce battles that took place between the Huthi militias and the Popular Congress forces that loyal to former president former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. It is still not clear which side has hit the embassy, and whether it is a deliberate attack or not. It is also not known if there were Iranian diplomats at the site when it was burned.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1185 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  He seems to be talking about Houthi's here, but the point is moot.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 12/05/2017 1:39 Comments || Top||


Yemen's Saleh killed in RPG, gun attack on his car, party confirms death
[ARABNEWS] Officials in former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
’s General People’s Congress party (GPC) confirmed to Rooters that the former Yemeni president and party leader has been killed outside Sanaa, in what sources in the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
group said was an RPG and gun attack.
The pictures show him with a hole in his head you could put your fist into.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1386 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi bombs rain down on Sana'a
[PRESSTV] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has unleashed a fresh wave of aerial bombardments against targets in Yemen’s capital Sana’a in an apparent effort to support forces loyal to ex-president former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, who are suffering setbacks in their battle against Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
Ansarullah fighters.

Local residents have reported that their homes were rattled as Saudi warplanes rained bombs on several locations near Sana’a International Airport and the Interior Ministry, both under the control of the Houthi Ansarullah movement. The aerial strikes started late Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday.

The casualty count is not known, with sources noting that the airport itself was not pounded during the aerial attacks.

Riyadh has intensified its Arclight airstrikes since the breakdown of an anti-Saudi alliance between the Houthi fighters and forces loyal to Saleh last week.

On Saturday, Saleh called upon the Yemeni armed forces and police not to take orders from the Ansarullah movement "under any circumstances or at any place" and expressed his intention "to turn a new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition if it agreed to end its military aggression against and the blockade on Yemen.

Since November 29, armed festivities sparked by forces loyal to Saleh, have continued against Houthi forces that are at the forefront of a retaliatory war against the Saudi-led military coalition. Saleh loyalists accuse the Houthi fighters of raiding their bases across Sana’a and beyond, an allegation that the Houthi leader has strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [850 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Iraq
Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

9 people killed, injured in two bomb blasts in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and eight others were injured in two bomb blasts in Baghdad on Monday, a security source told Baghdad Today website.

“A bomb planted near an overcrowded market at Arab Jibor neighborhood south of Baghdad exploded, leaving one person killed and five others injured,” the source said.

“Another bomb placed by terrorists near a road went off at al-Dawanem region in southwestern Baghdad, injuring three people,” the source pointed out.

Iraqi troops detonate booby-trapped house in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A booby-trapped house was detonated at al-Mahasnah village south of Baghdad on Monday, a military command said.

“Iraqi troops detonated a booby-trapped house and three bombs at al-Mahasnah village south of Baghdad,” the Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Baghdad Today website.

“The blasts left no casualties,” the statement read, adding that security forces also arrested a number of outlaws, who are wanted on criminal and terror charges.
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Diyala Kombat Kronicle

Suicide attacker killed, three foreigners arrested, east of Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A suicide bomber was killed while three other foreigners were arrested in a security operation, east of Diyala, a commander said on Monday.

“The police in Diyala managed to kill a suicide attacker and arrest three others of foreign nationalities in an operation that took place in the depth of Hamreen mountains,” Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, commander of Dijla Operations, told AlSumaria News.

“The command will resume efforts to eliminate the presence of extremist groups in Diyala,” he added.

Security troops managed to kill several suicide attackers over the past few months in different regions across the province.

Iraqi troops destroy Islamic State hideout in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops destroyed on Monday an Islamic State hideout in Diyala province, the military intelligence directorate said.

“Intelligence officers from the 18th brigade launched an attack on an IS hideaway at Wadi al-Kalal area east of Diyala,” the Directorate of General Military Intelligence said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Baghdad Today website.

“Fierce clashes erupted between the two sides, prompting an Islamic State militant to blow himself up,” the statement read, adding that the troops killed another IS militant on site.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [875 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Peshmerga says federal, paramilitary troops rally, south of Sulaimaniya
Sulaimaniya (IraqiNews.com) The Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry has said that the Iraqi federal and paramilitary troops are rallying in south of Sulaimaniya, describing the step as dangerous one that does not helping de-escalation.

In press remarks on Monday, Halgurd Hikmat said, "the recent deployment by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in Cremian region, between Jalawla and Calar towns, is considered breaching to the truce between Iraqi and Peshmerga troops."

Moreover, he said that "deploying the Iraqi army and PMFs at the time, when the truce is still ongoing is dangerous and does not serve efforts of de-escalation."

Hikamt also urged Iraqi troops to stop the deployment and stick to the truce to avoid escalation.

Peshmerga announced on Wednesday receiving U.S. assurances of continued military assistance, with USD 364 million in financial aid for 2018. This came during a meeting between Acting Peshmerga Minister, Karim Sinjari, in Kurdistan Region’s capital, Erbil, and Becker, commander of Iraq security cooperation at the U.S. Central Command.

Earlier in November, Karim al-Nuri, a senior PMFs leader said, "al-Hashd al-Shaabi has no intentions for attacks against Erbil or deployment outside the borders of the federal government.

Iraqi government forces approached the southern borders of Erbil, capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, shortly after engaging in festivities with the region’s forces in Qushtapa and Altun Kupri in northern Kirkuk in October.

Baghdad had declared intentions to retake areas disputed on with Erbil following the Kurdistan Region’s vote for independence from Iraq in September, urging Peshmerga to cooperate with federal troops.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [886 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Mosul clean up continues

Recovering bodies efforts concluded in Nineveh: Civil Defense

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The civil defense department in Nineveh has announced concluding the recovery of bodies in the province, an official said.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Monday, Brig. Gen, Mohamed al-Jawari, head of the department, said, “the civil defense team concluded processes of recovering bodies in Mosul, especially in the western side of the city.”

The teams, according to Jawari, “will respond to calls from citizens over presence of any bodies to remove them from under the rubble.”

“Over the past period of time, the civil defense teams managed to recover bodies from under the debris, in the wake of calls made by citizens over presence of bodies,” he added.

Regarding estimates on the accurate figures of recovered bodies, Jawari said, “no accurate information on number of the bodies, however, they exceed 2,000.”

Last week, Col. Zaid Ibrahim, of the department, told Alghad Press that 95 percent of the bodies were in the western side of Mosul as well as the Old City.

Relics of 70 bodies found in mass grave, south of Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have run into a mass grave in south of Mosul on Monday, a security source said.

“Security services found relics of 70 bodies for victims killed by Islamic State in one of the graves in al-Shura region, south of Mosul. Some of them were for children and women who were executed during offensives,” the source told Baghdad Today.

“Security troops transferred the bodies to forensic medicine department in Mosul,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [881 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas policeman seriously injured in Gaza stabbing, ministry says
When not digging tunnels, Homo sapian ”Palestinensis” is known for staging knife attacks on those he imagines oppress him.
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian policeman was seriously maimed after being stabbed, apparently by an Islamic hard boy, on Monday, officials and media reports said.

The incident took place while the policeman was manning a checkpoint on Salah-a-Din Street in eastern Gazoo, the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",-run Interior Ministry in Gazoo said in a statement.

The assailant was injured during the incident and taken to a hospital, the ministry added.

Gazoo media reports said the assailant was an "extremist," likely referring to a radical Salafi, a group that has targeted Hamas personnel in the past.

In August, a 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....
group, which is a Salafi organization, carried out the first suicide kaboom against Hamas forces in Gazoo, killing a border guard.
There’s a lovely photo of Hamas police at the link. Fascinating uniforms: shoulder boards with heavy gold bullion fringe, draped gold cords, blinding white puttees... and baseball caps.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [981 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Fascinating uniforms: shoulder boards with heavy gold bullion fringe, draped gold cords, blinding white puttees... and baseball caps.
In the history of military uniforms 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. Kepis, spiked helmets and tricornes had their days.
Posted by: magpie || 12/05/2017 2:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Intifada!
Posted by: Frank G || 12/05/2017 8:41 Comments || Top||


Two Bedouin arrested over murder of IDF soldier in Arad
[Ynet] Shin Bet confirms two Negev Bedouin residents were placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Friday night on suspicion of involvement in nationalistically-motivated stabbing attack in Arad that claimed the life of 19-year-old Sgt. Ron Kokia.


Security forces arrested last week two Negev residents on suspicion of involvement in a terror attack carried out last Thursday, in which Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia was fatally stabbed in Arad, it was cleared for publication Monday.

During the investigation, one of the suspects implicated himself in the attack and informed his interrogators where the Tavor assault rifle was taken after being stolen from the 19-year-old Kokia in the murder.

The two suspects, both Bedouin, were arrested on Friday night, 24 hours after the attack, by the Shin Bet, which determined during the investigation that the stabbing was nationalistically-motivated.

The two were arrested, the Shin Bet said, after intense intelligence operations and a widescale manhunt.

On Sunday, one of the suspects took the security forces to the scene of the stabbing, where he reconstructed exactly how it took place.

A gag order was placed over the identities of the suspects.

Kokia, who served in the Nahal Brigade, was stabbed to death while waiting for the bus outside a mall in Arad on Thursday night in what police believed from the outset was likely a nationalistically-motivated murder.

He was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at Tel Aviv's Kiryat Shaul military cemetery, with some 2,000 people in attendance.
Update from The Times of Israel at 8:40 a.m. ET:
Bedouin leaders disavow soldier’s killers, urge coexistence

Mayors of Bedouin communities in the south of the country met Tuesday with the mayor of Arad to reaffirm their commitment to coexistence after the arrest of two Bedouin Israelis for the fatal stabbing of an IDF soldier last week.

They met with Mayor Nissan Ben Hamo at his office in the southern town’s municipal building. Among those who took part in the meeting were the mayors and regional council leaders of Rahat, Hura, Ar’ara Banegev, and Al-Kasom.

Talal al-Krenawi, mayor of Rahat, urged his community members to turn away from violence.

“We call on you, the young people, not to resort to violence,” he said. “These [attackers] are weeds that must be uprooted.”

Krenawi called for continued coexistence between Jewish and Bedouin communities in the area, Hadashot TV news reported.

“We denounce the attack and we are against violence,” he said. “Don’t let this grave incident harm the coexistence between us. We are in favor of tolerance and call on all the young people not to resort to violence. We must work together and live together; this is my country, as it is yours.”

Krenawi said that the Bedouin wanted to live in peace with their Jewish neighbors. “Our parents who were here wanted to live in peace with their Jewish neighbors. The way of terror attacks is not our way and is not acceptable to us.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [946 views] Top|| File under:

#1  During the investigation, one of the suspects implicated himself in the attack and informed his interrogators where the Tavor assault rifle was taken after being stolen from the 19-year-old Kokia in the murder.

I bet that was painful
Posted by: Frank G || 12/05/2017 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  I was under the impression that the Bedouin didn't involve themselves with anyone else's troubles, and allied themselves with whomever was in power in the region, thereby avoiding most conflict.

So were these kids expressing Bedouin nationalism or Arab nationalism?
Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2017 10:41 Comments || Top||


Sirens blare repeatedly as at least two rockets launched from Sinai
[IsraelTimes] Two rockets were launched at Israel from the Sinai region of Egypt, the Israeli military said early Tuesday morning as alarms rang out in Israeli communities near the border at least five times throughout the night.

There were no reports of injuries or damage from either rocket, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Rocket sirens blared in the Eshkol region near the borders with the Gazoo Strip and the Sinai Peninsula before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. They went off again an hour later as second rocket was launched.

It was not immediately clear if either missile landed in Israeli territory, the army said.

Sirens sounded a third time at 4:15 a.m., again at 4:50 a.m and again just after 5 a.m. There were no immediate details from the army on possible additional attacks.

Terrorists in Sinai affiliated with 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....
occasionally attack Israel, though they have mostly focused on battling Egyptian forces as part of an Islamist insurgency.
Update from The Times of Israel at 8:30a.m. ET:
“The sirens were a false alarm, and no rockets were launched at Israeli territory,” a military spokesperson said.

It was not immediately clear if there had been launches in Sinai that were not directed at Israel, but were instead part of internal Egyptian fighting.

The spokesperson added that the incident was being investigated to determine what caused the malfunction.
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Jordan sentences Syrian to death over border attack
[ARABNEWS] A state security court in Jordan on Monday sentenced one Syrian murderous Moslem to death and handed life sentences to three others for their role in a suicide kaboom attack on a Jordanian military border post that killed seven guards last year.

Military judge Col. Mohammad al-Afif said the men, in their early twenties, were involved in helping ISIS stage the suicide kaboom that shook the kingdom in June last year.

Afif said the four had provided photos and intelligence about the Jordanian military post to a ISIS leader in the former de facto capital of the murderous Moslems, Raqqa in Syria. The ISIS leader then sent the jacket wallah.

The military outpost was located a few hundred meters away from Rukban camp in a no-man’s land where thousands of Syrian refugees were stranded and near where the frontiers of Iraq, Syria and Jordan meet.

The court found the four, who were residents of the camp, guilty of "abetting terrorist acts that led to the death of human beings" and other charges of committing "terrorist acts using automatic weapons."

A fifth defendant was acquitted. They had all pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
when the trial began last March.

Officials said at the time the suicide bomber drove an car bomb at full speed from behind a berm and evaded troops to reach the Jordanian post and detonate his car.

The blast, for which ISIS grabbed credit a few days later, also left 15 soldiers maimed, officials said.

The area was later declared a closed military zone and the incident disrupted aid to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.
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Intense clashes breakout in the West Bank
[ALMASDARNEWS] Fresh festivities erupted near the West Bank village of Qusra on Monday after a group of Israelis returned to the scene of last week’s deadly incident in a march led by a right-wing activist.

On Thursday, a Paleostinian farmer was rubbed out by a settler after refusing to move from his land while Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) helped extricate a group of Israeli hikers hiding in a cave who were being targeted by Paleostinians throwing stones.

In the latest wave of violence, around 50 Paleostinians began rolling burning tyres and hurled rocks after the Otzma Yehudit group marched on the site despite the IDF declaring the area a "closed military zone".

Footage shows IDF soldiers firing tear gas. Paleostinian media say live ammunition was also fired and one Paleostinians was critically injured.

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Two soldiers killed in separate clashes with NPA, BIFF
[Kicker Daily] Two Philippine soldiers and two civilians were killed in two separate encounters between troops and communist militants and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mindanao on Sunday.

The first clash took place in Barangay Ned in the town of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato where two soldiers were killed when around 25 New People’s Army rebels engaged members of the 27th Infantry Battalion in a gun battle that lasted an hour. Seven soldiers were also injured in the encounter.

The militants were believed to be part of Guerrilla Front 73 – Far South Mindanao Region.

Meanwhile, two villagers were killed when they were caught in the crossfire between the military and BIFF militants in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao.

The victims were identified as Unti Kamama, 60, and his grandson, Mohammad Kamama, 13. Six residents of Barangay Timbangan, including four children were also hurt. A soldier was wounded in the incident as well.

Reports said around 30 BIFF fighters attacked an Army detachment in the area, resulting in the clash.

Military spokesman Arnel Dela Vega believes the attack was in retaliation to the more than 30 BIFF members killed in recent offensives by combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the military.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Israeli jets reported to strike Syrian military site near Damascus
[IsraelTimes] Syrian state TV claims its air defenses intercepted three missiles; reports come days after Israel said to hit Iranian base

Israel’s military struck a Syrian military installation on the outskirts of Damascus late Monday night, according to initial reports.

According to the reports out of Syria, the strike targeted the Jamarya military facility and research center, northwest of the Syrian capital.

"Israeli planes targeted the Jamarya region near Damascus including a scientific research center and warehouses where weapons and ammunition of the regime and its allies were stocked," Rami Abdel Rahmane, director of the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group told AFP.

Syrian state TV reported that its air defenses intercepted three missiles shot by Israel. The Syrian regime often makes such claims.

"Our air defenses blocked an Israeli missile attack on one of our positions in Damascus province and downed three of the targets," Syrian state media said.

Video posted online from near Damascus showed flashes followed by large bangs, apparently showing either the strikes. An air defense missile can also be seen being shot.
Brief video of something happening at night can be seen at the link.
The reports could be immediately confirmed. Israeli authorities do not generally comment on specific instances of air strikes.

The same site was reportedly targeted by Israeli jets in January 2013 targeting a convoy of Russian-made SA-17 missiles being transferred to the Hezbollah terror group, according to Western sources.

The report comes three days after Israeli jets reportedly hit an Iranian military base being constructed in Syria, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Israel’s northern border.

Satellite images published earlier on Monday showed the destruction at that site, the al-Qiswah base south of Damascus.
Image can be seen at the link, and there are more satellite images of the ten damaged and destroyed buildings on the Iranian base here.
According to Al Masdar, at least seven missiles came from Lebanese air space on Monday, just like the last round.
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#1  Syrian state TV claims its air defenses intercepted three missiles; reports come days after Israel said to hit Iranian base

True, if you define "air defenses" as "Munitions warehouses"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/05/2017 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Frank wins this one. You can all go home now.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/05/2017 18:13 Comments || Top||


Unknown assailants storm FSA’s headquarters in west Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] Masked fighters of mysterious origin stormed the headquarters of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s 23rd Division in the rebel stronghold of Orom al-Kobra located in the western countryside of Aleppo.

The unknown button men looted all the rebel group’s heavy weaponry including heavy machine guns and TOW missiles in addition to vehicles in what would be a crippling blow to the krazed killer faction. Though it is worth noting that the 23rd Division has been very dormant in recent times with its last recorded participation in battle against the government forces in March during the Hama battles.

It is not unlikely that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
(HTS) is responsible for those attacks as there are many precedents to such cases including the most recent HTS assault on Jund al-Malahem two days ago in southern Idlib. HTS has a long track record of looting and dismantling rebel groups like the Syrian Revolutionary Front and Jaish al-Mujahideen.
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Syrian Army gathering takes direct hit from ISIS anti-tank missile in rural Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] ISIS has not given up hopes of turning the tides in eastern Syria, signified by stubborn reluctance to withdraw from a narrow salient stretching from the eastern fringes of Homs through to the Euphrates River in southern Deir Ezzor.

On Monday, 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....
combatants based in the desert west of Abu Kamal fired an anti-tank missile towards a group of Syrian soldiers that could be seen ducking for cover in the horizon, possibly killing some of them:

In the same day, two ISIS suicide kabooms struck SAA positions further north on the outskirts of Salhiyah town amid attempts by the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces to liberate the last ISIS-held villages and towns on the Euphrates River.

Given the current rate of advance, the SAA’s Big Dawn offensive is expected to reach its conclusion in approximately a month, culminating in the complete capture of the Islamic State heartland.
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Top Nusra military commander in west Damascus killed by Syrian Army
[ALMASDARNEWS] Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
’s top military commander in the Golan Heights Abu Huthayfa Konan was neutralized earlier today during festivities between the terrorist group and the Syrian Army’s 4th Mechanized Division.

The Paleostinian national was killed as he led the battle against the advancing government troops north of Mughr al-Mir who are attempting to impose full control over the entire Beit Jinn pocket. According to military sources, four other hard boyz including two prominent field commanders were killed in the missile strike that targeted their headquarters.

This development is the latest in a series of setbacks suffered by the faceless myrmidons in strategic rebel-held bastion bordering Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. If the situation keeps heading down this route, the bandidos holy warriors will soon find themselves riding green buses to Idlib or Jarablus, just like their counterparts from West Ghouta, Darayya, Barada Valley, and al-Tal.
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Jihadists hold tough at northeast Hama stronghold, Syrian Army advance halted
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
were able to beat back another powerful attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the strategic town of al-Rahjan in northeast Hama.

Led by the Qalamoun Shield forces of the 3rd Division, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by storming the surrounding hilltop and farms of al-Rahjan.

The Syrian Army would manage to take control of al-Rahjan Hill and its corresponding farms after a breaking through Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s front-lines.

Once these sites were captured, the Syrian Army entered al-Rahjan from its southern axis; however, this advance would be short-lived as the jihadist rebels mounted an important counter-attack.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham would manage to recapture all of the territory they lost and restore control over al-Rahjan.
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