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Prominent Taliban leader killed during clashes with ALP forces in Laghman
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A prominent Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader who was in the wanted list of the Afghan cops since a long time has been killed during the festivities with the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a reputionagreat wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the senior Taliban leader Farhad who was also famous as Badar was killed in Mehtarlam city late on Monday night.

The statement further added that Badar was killed during a clash that took place in Armal and Safi village.

According to the Laghman provincial government, Badar was a key Taliban leader who was involved in liquidations, roadside kaboomings, killing of innocent civilians and various other types of terrorist related activities.

Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

2 killed, 31 wounded in suicide car bombing in Lashkargah city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least two people were killed and thirty one others were maimed in a suicide car kaboom in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the incident took place late on Monday night in the vicinity of Lashkargah city, the placid provincial capital of Helmand.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place in the vicinity of third police district of the city after a jacket wallah detonated an exploding car.

The statement further added that two people including a civilian and security personal were killed and 31 others including 11 security personnel and 18 civilians were maimed.

According to Helmand government, the blast took place in a crowded area and as a result heavy financial losses have also been incurred to the local residents.

The Talibs group grabbed credit behind the attack with the group’s front man Zabiullah Mujahid claiming that scores of security personnel were killed or maimed in the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS militants suffer more casualties in Afghan forces operations in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least nine ISIS turbans were killed or maimed during the latest operations of the Afghan forces 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 government media office in a statement said at least four ISIS turbans were killed and five others were maimed during the operations in Khogyani district.

The statement further added that the turbans were killed as part of the ongoing Silab-4 and 9 operations in this province.

According to the Nangarhar government, at least four villages have been cleared from the presence of the IS turbans in Khoza Khel and Peera Khel areas of the district.

Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Taliban attack NATO convoy, kills 14 Afghan soldiers in separate attacks
[SOFREP] Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
holy warriors, in a series of attacks, stormed isolated police outposts around the quiet provincial capital of Lashkargah, killing at least 14 Afghan troops and injured several others in a pre-dawn attack in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province. Afghan officials claim to have beaten back the attack and inflicted serious casualties on the attackers.

Taliban sources later claimed that the corpse count of government troops was much higher. They frequently attack police outposts as those are considered "soft targets" where the number of troops is smaller and the troops are far less trained than some of their contemporaries in the Afghan Special Forces.

Later, a jacket wallah in neighboring Kandahar province detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...

Provincial police front man, Matiullah Helal, told VOA, the blast killed a woman passerby and maimed five other civilians, but did not harm any foreign troops.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Several Soldiers Injured In A Bomb Blast On Puntland Troops
[RADIOSHABELLE] A roadside kaboom hit military vehicle carrying 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...
soldiers in Galgala village of Bari region, inflicting casualties on soldiers, security sources said.

Radio Shabelle’s correspondent in Bosaso says a number of soldiers were maimed after military convoy from Bosaso to Galgala was struck by a land mine planted on the roadside.

... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
gang has claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s blast, according to a statement posted on its affiliated websites.

The IED attack was the latest in series of bombings against Puntland troops in the region over the past few years.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
230,000 police personnel to secure Christmas celebrations in Egypt: MENA
[AlAhram] Egypt's interior ministry announced on Tuesday a high security alert level and said it would be allocating 230,000 security personnel to secure the country's Christmas celebrations which start next week, security sources told the official state new agency MENA.

"Holidays and vacations were cancelled for security personnel and officers at all security directorates across the country," security sources told MENA.

The source added that the security plans will include deployment of personnel and officers from all the ministry’s departments to protect 2,626 churches nationwide during the celebrations.

Coptic Egyptians, who make up 90% of all Christians in the country, celebrate Christmas on 7 January. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
a minority of non-orthodox Christian Egyptians observe the holiday on 25 December.

The security plans will also include public parks, vital state institutions and touristic sites.

According to the source, security procedures have been updated to ensure the safety of CCTV and metal detectors systems at all churches across the country.

"Security forces are also planned to intensify proactive hits against terrorist organizations, as well as tightening security measures at border crossings between North Sinai and other governorates, to prevent any infiltration from terrorist elements into the cities," a source told MENA.

In the last two years, Terror attacks on churches during religious holiday seasons left tens of Christians killed and many injured.

The terrorist ISIS group grabbed credit for those terror attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Missile fired at Sinai's Arish airport kills officer and injures two others: Egypt military
[AlAhram] Egypt's army said that a missile hit the airport in Arish in North Sinai on Tuesday, killing an officer and injuring two others.

The missile attack has also caused "partial damage" to a helicopter, the military said in a statement.

The airport was targeted during a visit by Egypt's defence and interior ministers to inspect forces and security in the city, the statement added.
Update from Al Ahram at 11:20p.m. ET:
The ISIS-affiliated Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrorist group claimed on Wednesday its responsibility for a missile attack on North Sinai’s El-Arish airport on Tuesday, which killed one military officer and injured two other people.

The group released a short statement online saying that it fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile at a helicopter at the airport.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has grabbed credit for most attacks against security and army forces in North Sinai in the past three years.
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Most wanted man in Qatif attack killed in Saudi Arabia
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Al Arabiya sources confirmed that terrorist Salman Ali Salman al-Faraj was killed in Awamiya, eastern province of 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...
, after confrontations with the police forces.

Al-Faraj is one of the most desperados in the list of 23 Lions of Islam that was announced in 2012.

He committed many crimes in Qatif, including targeting coppers, security patrols and cop shoppes.

Al-Faraj remained undercover for seven years until security forces raided his place in Awamiya.

He opened fire on the coppers, who shot him dead.

With al-Faraj's killing, the list of wanted Lions of Islam in Qatif has shrunk to only two people - Fadhil Safwani and Mohammed al-Zayed.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Saudis Say They Downed A Houthi-Fired Missile Bound For Riyadh
[NPR.ORG] Saudi authorities said Tuesday they intercepted a missile fired from Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
at the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. Videos on social media purport to show the missile, which Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels say they had aimed at a Saudi royal palace, exploding in a white cloud over the city's skyline.

Citing a front man for the Saudi-led coalition in the region, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reports "the missile was indiscriminately launched towards Riyadh to target the civilian and populated areas. " The front man added "that the missile was intercepted by Patriot, south of Riyadh, without any damage or loss of life."

A front man for Yemen's Houthi rebels, which have been locked in a years-long war with the Saudi coalition, identified the missile as a Volcano H-2.
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Home Front: WoT
Man gets 28 years in plot to behead conservative blogger
[Ynet] A Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to behead a conservative blogger on behalf 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 has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

David Wright
....who is also named as David Daoud Wright. At the time of his arrest he weighed 500 lb and lived with his mother, possibly in the basement...
was convicted in October of plotting with his uncle
...that would be Osamaah Abdullah Rahim or Usaama Rahim, beloved brother of a Saudi-trained imam and object after his death (at the hands of the nice policeman he was trying to knife) of a Black Lives Matter protest and halal BBQ in Ferguson, MO. He was all of two years older than his nephew, and clearly just as useless...
and a Rhode Island man
...another idiot by the name of Nicholas Rovinski, who took as his conversion name Nuh Amriki. His mild cerebral palsy was absolutely no excuse for continuing to recruit for ISIS while in jail awaiting trial...
to kill New York resident Pamela Geller, who upset Moslems when she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. The beheading plot was never carried out.

Prosecutors say Wright also wanted to commit other attacks in the U.S. and encouraged his uncle to kill coppers.

Wright insists he was living in a fantasy world and never really supported the Islamic State group. The 28-year-old's attorneys had asked for a 16-year sentence.

Prosecutors and Geller wanted Wright to get life in prison.
It should be noted that Islamic State recruiter Junaid Hussain communicated instructions about the plot to kill Geller directly to Rahim from overseas in May 2015. Hussain was killed in a US drone strike in Syria in August 2015.

This article starring:
David Wright
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  500 lbs should provide a rather large centre of mass.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 12/20/2017 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  ....who is also named as David Daoud Wright. At the time of his arrest he weighed 500 lb and lived with his mother, possibly in the basement...

It's not the solution for every problem, but...... Varoom, varoom, clank, clank, clank.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/20/2017 15:24 Comments || Top||

3 security personnel injured in DI Khan blast
[DAWN] Three security officials were maimed in a kaboom near a security forces vehicle in Tehsil Kolachi of Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
on Tuesday.

According to police sources, a remote-controlled bomb went kaboom! when the security forces vehicle was travelling to Loni area from Kolachi.

The injured, including a subedar, were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the congregants were being herded into the paddy wagon...
security forces cordoned off the area and launched an investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: TTP

US drone targets compound in Kurram
[DAWN] A US drone fired a missile at a compound in the Mata Sangar area near the Afghan border in Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
on Sunday night, sources said.

They said that the missile was fired at the compound at around 9pm, but no casualty was reported. Mata Sangar, a hamlet, lies near Ghuzgarhi south of Parachinar.

Locals said that the missile hit a mosque which was also used as a ’resting’ place.

They said that planes had been hovering over the area for the last three days.

The sources said that the compound, which came under attack on Sunday night, belonged to Lion of Islam ’commander’ Bashrat Khan, affiliated with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...

It was the fourth dronezap in the Ghuzgarhi area since October that left around 40 suspected gunnies dead, including some fighters belonging to the Haqqani network.

Officials believed that the area had a concentration of Pak and Afghan Taliban and was inaccessible.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent

Kashmir: Woman and two fighters killed in a gun battle
[Al Jazeera] Two fighters and a 25-year-old woman were killed in a firefight with Indian soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmire, sparking protests and calls for a general strike.

Hundreds of residents marched towards the shoot-out that continued overnight on Tuesday in Batmuran village in southern Shopian district. Soldiers fired live ammunition and pellets at protesters to prevent them from reaching the scene, witnesses said.

"Two Death Eaters were killed in the shootout, one of them belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen
...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003...
, and another belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
," police superintendent Shriram Ambarkar told Al Jazeera.

More than 20 people were maimed in festivities between stone-throwing youth and security forces, officials said.

Ambarkar said the woman, identified as Ruby Jan, was killed unintentionally. But residents said she was "deliberately" shot by soldiers.

"She was critically injured in the crossfire. We are investigating the circumstances under which she died. The situation is under control," said Ambarkar.

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Diyala Pacification Continues: 2 ISIS dead, 3 hunted
Iraqi troops kill two Islamic State militants in Diyala

Diyala (Iraqinews.com) Two Islamic State militants were killed in separate security campaigns east of Diyala, a military commander said.

“Joint Iraqi troops carried out separate security campaigns, targeting Islamic State militants in eastern Diyala, killing two of them,” Commander of Tigris Operations Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi told Alsumaria News on Tuesday.

He added that the clampdowns were launched upon accurate intelligence information.

On Tuesday, Mazhar announced that Iraqi troops killed four Islamic State militants during security campaigns in Diyala.

The security campaigns were launched after receiving accurate intelligence information on the location of the IS terrorists, he added.

Joint troops repulse Islamic State attack, east of Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) An official from Diyala province has announced thwarting an infiltration attempt by militants into liberated regions in east of the province.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Tuesday, Ragheb al-Ankabi, head of al-Mansouria municipal council, said, “checkpoints of the joint security troops deployed at villages of Shirwin basin region noticed an infiltration attempt by three Islamic State militants.”

The troops, according to Ankabi, controlled the situation and started operations to follow the militants.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/20/2017 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Kurdistan problems post-poll

Kurdistan security disperse anti-government protesters in Sulaimaniya

Halabja (IraqiNews.com) Kurdish security forces dispersed on Tuesday anti-government protests in the center of the Kurdistan Region city of Sulaimaniya as demonstrations continue for a second day to decry delay in the disbursement of employees’ salaries and poor services.

Baghdad Today reported that security dispersed demonstrators at Falakat Sarai in central Sulaimaniya with tear gas.

Alghad Press quoted Mohamed Rasoul, a member of Sulaimaniya council, saying that the council convened to discuss the turmoil, adding that attendants urged the government to listen to protesters’ demands.

Earlier, Russia Today published photos purportedly showing demonstrators storming the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s office in Halabja. Others tore the Iraqi flag in Kafri region, according to the channel.

n a related development, Kurdish NRTTV network reported three injuries among protesters as they demonstrated in front of the Koi Sanjaq mayoral building before torching it.

Thousands of Iraqi Kurds staged protests on Monday to decry delay of salaries and lack of services in parts of the region.

Demonstrators reportedly torched the offices of ruling and opposition political parties, while police responded with tear gas.

The Kurdistan government released a statement defending the right to protest but warned against destruction of property. Its security council, meanwhile, expressed concerns of military activity by the central government near one of the region’s areas.

Eight IS militants killed in Peshmerga attack on Makhmour hideout

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Eight Islamic State militants were killed in an attack by Peshmerga fighters on a mountainous area in Makhmour city, field sources told Basnews on Tuesday.

“A Peshmerga force stormed a hideout of Islamic State remnants near Qarachogh Mountain in Makhmur town, south west of Erbil, killing eight IS militants,” the sources said.

“The four-hour attack was launched at 1:30 pm (local time),” the sources said, adding that the IS terrorists were hiding inside a cave in the mountain.

Earlier in the day, a Kurdish commander told Rudaw that a fighting had erupted between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and an IS group near Makhmour.

The Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed al-Hashd al-Shaabi took control of Makhmour in mid-October following a military incursion into the disputed Kurdish areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

Three Kurdish policemen injured in clashes with angry protesters in Erbil

Erbil (Iraqinews.com) Three Kurdish policemen were injured on Tuesday while dispersing a rally in Erbil over delayed payments of salaries and poor services.

“Fierce clashes erupted between Kurdish police and demonstrators at Koysinjaq town in Erbil, leaving three policemen injured,” according to a reporter of Mawazin News.

Security forces have forcibly dispersed the protesters by firing shots in the air, the reporter said, adding that similar demonstrations have been staged in other Kurdish towns.

11 Kurdish guards killed, injured as protesters storm PUK premises in Erbil

Erbil (Iraqinews.com) Four guards of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) were killed as Kurdish protesters stormed the union’s headquarters in Erbil in protest at late salary payments and poor services.

“Angry demonstrators broke into the premises of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan at Koysinjaq town in Erbil, protesting at poor services in the autonomous Kurdistan region,” a source told Sputnik on Tuesday.

The clashes left four of the PUK guards dead and seven others injured, the source added.

Iraqi military command “ready to defend Kurdish people” amid protests

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq’s military command has expressed readiness to defend people in the autonomous Kurdistan Region as it was ravaged by anti-government protests.

Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasoul, front man of the Joint Operations Command, was quoted by Almaalomah website saying a televised interview that the command "is ready to protect our people in Kurdistan if directives from the general commander of the armed forces, Haider al-Abadi, are given in that regard".

"Security forces are anxious to protect Iraqi bloods, and the Prime Minister continues to manage the crisis with wisdom," Rasoul

Thousands of Iraqi Kurds staged protests on Monday to decry delay of salaries and lack of services in parts of the region.

Demonstrators reportedly torched the offices of ruling and opposition political parties, while police responded with tear gas.

The Kurdistan government released a statement defending the right to protest but warned against destruction of property. Its security council, meanwhile, expressed concerns of military activity by the central government near one of the region’s areas.
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Diyala-Salahuddin border clearances continue

Official: Islamic State snipers’ siege on Diyala village ended

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A local official in Diyala declared on Tuesday the end of a siege imposed by Islamic State snipers on a village at the borders with Salahuddin.

Mayor of al-Khales, Udai al-Khadran, told Alsumaria News that “joint security troops, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces, have managed to end a siege imposed by IS snipers on Mubarak al-Farhan village on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin…which lasted for eight consecutive days”.

The end of the siege came after forces cleared the mountains surrounding the village, where the militants deployed to target farmers bound to their farmlands.

Mubarak al-Farhan is one of the villages recaptured by Iraqi security during the campaign to eliminate Islamic State’s self-styled “caliphate”. It falls within the administrative borders of Salahuddin province, and is located very close to the Mutaibija Basin, a longtime hotbed for Islamic State militants.

Iraqi Military says operations at areas between Diyala, Salahuddin accomplished

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The military media has announced the outcome of offensives to comb the regions located on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said, “the ground troops, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and army aviation supervised offensive carried out by each of Salahuddin, Samarra and Dijlah operations commands in Mutaibija and villages in its vicinity to clear them of militants.”

“Dijlah Operations Command managed to destroy 12 rest houses, five tunnels and four trenches, in addition to fuel containers that were used by Islamic State. Explosives and suicide belts were detonated,” the statement said.

Troops of the command, according to the statement, “destroyed two vehicles, four motorbikes, three weapon stashes and a booby-trapped haven.”

Three victims’ bodies were found inside a prison, the WMC said.

Troops of the Salahuddin command, “combed 19 villages, detonated seven bombs and burned two rest houses.”

Moreover, “Five bombs were defused by the Samarra Operations Command, while 12 villages were purged.”

On Monday, Karim al-Khaqani, PMFs commander, said in a press statement that operations lasted for three days to purge Mutaibija and surrounding areas have come to an end with the support of the Iraqi army’s 15th division and the airforce.

Commander: IS made edicts to kill dogs, plant drugs on borders between two provinces

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A leader from the pro-government paramilitary troops have revealed that the Islamic State group issued several edicts at regions on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces.

“Mutaibija region, located on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, have been a shelter for the remnants of IS escaping from five states. The militant group tried to turn the region to a state, thanks to its geographic location, which threatens several provinces at the same time,” Jabbar al-Maamouri, a leader with al-Hashd al-haabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

“The group issued several edicts in Mutaibija. One of them was urging the militants to kill dogs considering them as moving devils,” he said.

The group, according to Maamouri, “wanted to plant some drugs in Mutaibija, as it was suffering shortage of drugs. However, the recent combing operations ruined their schemes.”
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Kirkuk Kombat Kronicle
Islamic State leader, four companions killed in army airstrike, south of Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State leader and four of his companions were killed in an airstrike in south of Kirkuk, a commander said.

“Airstrikes that depended on accurate intelligence information targeted an IS location, which left the Wali of Kirkuk, known as Abu Adam, killed in Wadi al-Shai region, 45 kilometers south of Kirkuk,” Maj. Gen. Ali Fadel Umran, commander of Kirkuk Operations, told AlSumaria News on Monday.

“The airstrike left four companions of the leader killed,” Umran added.

Earlier on the day, Umran announced launching a security campaign to follow the IS militants who escaped Hawija toward Zab region in southwest of Kirkuk.

Armed attack launched against Iraqi troops in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) An armed attack has taken place against the Iraqi army on Kirkuk- Altun Kupri road in Kurdistan, a security source said on Monday.

“The attack against the Iraqi army occurred near Klousi village,” the source told Baghdad Today. “Deployed troops responded strongly.”

Earlier this month, 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.

Last month, the ministry indicated being informed about the PMFs movements in Altun Kupri. Peshmerga commander Kamal Kirkuki said in remarks to Voice of America that PMFs moved on from Kirkuk toward Altun Kupri, located near Erbil.
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Tribal fighter killed, two others wounded in bomb blast, south of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A tribal fighter was killed, while two others were maimed in a kaboom in south of Baghdad, a police source said on Monday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Monday, the source said, "a bomb placed on the side of the road at Arab Jabbour region in al-Doura region, south of Baghdad, went off targeting a patrol for Tribal Mobilization Forces, which left one personnel killed and two others maimed."

"Security troops arrived at the blast scene and transferred the maimed to nearby hospital, while the victim’s body was taken to forensic medicine department," the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
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Five protesters dead as mass rallies continue in Iraq's Kurdish region
[PRESSTV] Kurdish security forces have fatally shot five protesters in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan as demonstrations continue there amid widespread anger over unpaid salaries and corruption.

Asayesh forces shot up a group of protesters in the town of Ranya, which is a part of the Sulaymaniyah province, on Tuesday after the latter stormed and set ablaze the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kurdish-language NRT television network reported.

Kurdish medical sources, requesting anonymity, said five were shot and killed during the imbroglio. Another 20 people were maimed as well.

Elsewhere in the Kurdish town of Koya in Erbil province, 19 people were maimed during the protests against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters took to streets in at least six cities in Sulaymaniyah province.

The protestors torched the local government building in the town of Kwaisanjaq.

They also attacked and set fire to the offices of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) and PUK.

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Video shows IDF's retaliatory attacks on 40 Hamas targets
Grainy video can be seen at the link.
[Ynet] IDF Spokesperson's Unit publishes video showing IDF attacks on 40 Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", targets in past 2 weeks, retaliation to recent rocket, mortar launched from Gazoo Strip at Israel; all targets had high operational value, army says, countering claims they were insignificant.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit released a compilation video Monday showing Israel's attacks on Hamas targets in the Gazoo Strip over the past two weeks, as part of the army's retaliation to the rocket and mortar fire leveled at Israel.

The army has attacked 40 targets since December 7, using both air force fighter jets and tank fire.

Among the installations targeted by the IDF were armaments storages, facilities for manufacturing weapons, observation towers, training compounds and routine security outposts. All of the targets belonged to Hamas, which effectively rules the strip.

30 rockets and mortars were launched from the strip at Israel in the past two weeks, with Israeli communities on Gazoo's perimeter once again coming under fire on a near daily basis. The Gazoo fire was carried out in the wake of 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...
's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the exposure of Hamas's terror tunnels.

The IDF unveiled the footage of the combined attacks to deter Hamas, but also to counter claims made by some Israelis purporting the army's attacks are carried out against insignificant targets with little operational value.

A rocket went kaboom! when it hit a home in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council Sunday. The residence and a nearby car were damaged. No one was hurt. Another rocket detonated in an open area in a nearby community.
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Palestinian teen and mother held in custody over goading of IDF soldiers
[IsraelTimes] Ahed Tamimi, 17, to be detained until Thursday after slapping troops, who didn't respond.

A Paleostinian girl filmed hitting two IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh in an apparent effort to provoke a violent response will remain in jug for two more days, police said Tuesday.

The remand of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi’s mother, who was tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on suspicion of assault and incitement, was also extended until Thursday.

During an encounter in the village on Friday, a group of women and girls repeatedly hit and shoved an IDF officer and another soldier. Tamimi and two other teenage girls had filmed themselves hitting the soldiers, yelling at them and ‐ at one point ‐ slapping one of them across the face.
Ynet has video of the encounter and also of the arrest here.
The girls filmed the soldiers with cellphones, which seemed to indicate they were trying to instigate a violent response from the soldiers. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the servicemen did not oblige the girls, and refrained from retaliating throughout the encounter.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Israeli security forces arrested Tamimi at her home in Nabi Saleh for her role in Friday’s incident.

The army later confirmed the arrest in a statement, saying the teenager took part in violent protests in the Ramallah area on Friday in which 200 soldiers were attacked by Paleostinian rioters.

According to Tamimi’s father, Bassem, Israeli troops confiscated cellphones, laptops, and cameras from the family home.

After the footage of the assault on the soldiers was aired on Israeli television Monday evening, politicians lined up to praise the IDF servicemen, with one minister saying they should be placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
for life.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman hailed the IDF as the "most humane army that exhibits moral values that do not exist elsewhere."

The army said that the soldiers "acted professionally and were not dragged into violence," though they could have arrested the girls.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Army Radio the teen provocateurs should be placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
for life for attacking the soldiers. Bennett noted that under Israeli law, attacking soldiers is punishable by up to seven years in jail.

Nabi Saleh has been the frequent staging ground for provoked festivities between Israeli soldiers and Paleostinians, specifically members of the Tamimi clan, which has a history of getting involved in highly publicized interactions with the IDF.

In August 2015, an IDF soldier was caught on film trying to arrest Ahed’s 12-year-old Muhammad Tamimi, who had been throwing rocks during a violent protest.

In 2012, 13-year-old Ahed gained fame among Paleostinian activists for an incident in which she led a group of children, including her younger brother, in arguing with Israeli soldiers.

In a video of the incident, she can be seen repeatedly raising her balled fist at a soldier, poised to hit him but never actually doing so.
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#1  There's a better way to put a stop to crap like this. The moment she touched him, he should have buttstroked with his weapon or shot her. It must be made plain and clear that attacks on the soldiers will not be tolerated and instant karmic justice of a broken face or being dead will do it. After 5-6 such incidents, you won't find someone stupid enough to try it anymore. The IDF should make it clear - attacking us is suicide. You WILL die.
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