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Swede among 'terror' suspects arrested in the Netherlands
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Afghanistan
Afghan forces thwart car bombing, coordinated attacks in Jalalabad city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan national defense and security forces have foiled the hard boyz plan to carry out a series of attacks in Jalalabad city, the historic provincial capital of 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.

The provincial government media office in a statement said a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and eight cycle of violences packed with explosives were discovered and defused before the hard boyz manage to use for a series of attacks in Jalalabad city.

The statement further added that the vehicle and the cycle of violences were discovered during an operation of the Afghan intelligence operatives conducted in Khogyani district.

According to the governor’s office, at least two Taliban
...Arabic for students...
forces of Evil were also killed during the operation and three suspects were incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
during the operation.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US drone strike leaves 15 ISIS militants dead in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 15 ISIS bully boyz were killed in the latest dronezap of the US 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 the latest Arclight airstrike was carried out Bandar area of Achin district.

The statement further added that fifteen ISIS bully boyz were killed and their weapons, ammunition, and explosives cache was destroyed in the air raid.

In the meantime, at least two ISIS bully boyz hailing from Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
were killed in a separate operation in Haska Mina district, the statement added

According to the provincial government, the local residents and security personnel have not suffered any casualties during the operations.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Drone: $100,000 (base)
Cost per flight hour: $30,000 (Global Hawk)
22,000# of Isis Burger: Priceless

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 12/27/2017 1:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Obamaites reduced to fine red mist.
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/27/2017 3:47 Comments || Top||


Militants detonate explosives in Nangarahr mosque
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A heavy kaboom took place inside a mosque 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 which resulted into the destruction of the mosque building.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Momand Dara district after several landmines stored inside the mosque by the snuffies went off.

The statement further added that the kaboom also caused damage to the nearby buildings besides causing heavy loss to the building of the mosque.

According to the Nangarhar government, several religious books and materials, including the holdy Koran copies also sustained damages in the kaboom.

This comes as the anti-government armed snuffies had earlier detonated explosives inside a mosque in Momand Dara which resulted into the killing of a prayer leader of the mosque besides injuring eight others.

The provincial governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal strongly condemned today’s incident and called it an unforgivable crime.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Winning the hearts and minds. Had to destroy the mosque to save the mosque.
Posted by: bman || 12/27/2017 11:08 Comments || Top||

#2  after several landmines stored inside the mosque by the snuffies went off.

Islamic Relics
Posted by: Frank G || 12/27/2017 14:29 Comments || Top||


ISIS militants kill Taliban commander and his fighters in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group loyalists in Afghanistan have killed a local Taliban
...Arabic for students...
commander'>Taliban Überstürmbannführer
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.

The provincial government media office in a statement said a local Taliban leader identified as Katib was killed in Chaparhar district late on Sunday night.

The statement further added that two other Taliban group members, apparently fighters of Katib, were also killed by the ISIS bad boys.

According to the Nangarhar government, Katib was originally a resident of 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.

province of Afghanistan and was operating in the Taliban ranks in Nangarhar province.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Reminds me of gang warfare in Chicago. Likely a dispute over drug money. Such religious fellows.~
Posted by: A. Omereck6265 || 12/27/2017 9:30 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somali Army Repels Al-Shabab After Attack On Military Base
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali government forces repulsed Al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
after an attack on a military base in Afgoye town located some 30Km south of the somali capital, Mogadishu on Monday night.

The military remained in control of a town following a fierce shootout with al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab myrmidons, according to locals.

Military officials said Al-Shabaab fighters stormed the military base there but were later driven out by the army after heavy fighting.

"We were awoken by an ambush attack by Al-Shabaab and a then fierce battle followed," resident Mohammed Abdullahi told Radio Shabelle from the town.

He added that Afgoye is calm and government forces fully control.

Al-Shabaab, however, claimed it had killed several soldiers in the fighting and left the town after seizing military equipment and weapons.

The development came as Somali government says is planning an offensive aimed at flushing out Al-Shabaab from its remaining pockets in the south and central Somalia.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egypt executes 15 for deadly terrorist attack in 2013: Defence lawyer
[AlAhram] Egyptian authorities executed 15 people on Tuesday who had been convicted in a terrorism-related case dating back to 2013, Khaled al-Masry, a defence lawyer in the case said.

The 15 men were convicted of the murder of military personnel during a holy warrior attack in Arish, North Sinai, on 15 August 2013. The assault on a checkpoint left one army officer and eight soldiers dead.

A military court issued a preliminary death sentence against the defendants in 2015.

In November of this year, the High Military Cassation Court rejected an appeal against the sentence, and the 15 men were issued with final verdicts.

Here is the report we had at the time from An Nahar, under the headline At Least 578 People Killed in Egypt Festivities:
A 21-year-old policeman was fatally shot in the chest and arm in the North Sinai town of Al-Arish after gunnies attacked the Police Club.

Later in the Sinai peninsula, snuffies killed seven other soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint, security officials said.

The soldiers were killed when gunnies in two cars attacked them in their tents at a checkpoint near a cop shoppe in the town of El-Arish, the officials said.

The northern part of the peninsula has seen a semi-insurgency by Bedouin snuffies since the July 3 military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi.

An Nahar adds:
IS's Egypt affiliate has killed hundreds of coppers and soldiers in attacks in the Sinai and also targeted civilians in the mainland.

Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds to death over unrest since the military ousted divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. But most defendants have appealed and won retrials.

While their attacks have become less frequent, they have increasingly targeted civilians over the past year.

In November, suspected IS button men massacred more than 300 Moslem worshippers at a mosque in Sinai associated with Sufi Moslems IS views as heretical.

The jihadists have killed more than 100 Christians in church bombings and shootings since December last year.

After the mosque massacre, President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi instructed his military chief of staff to quell the attacks in three months using "brutal force".
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egyptian military provides security alongside police during Christmas celebrations
[AlAhram] Egyptian military personnel have been deployed on Tuesday to assist police in protecting public institutions and facilities as well as places of worship and major traffic ways in several governorates during Christmas celebrations.

Security patrols, military police personnel, and rapid deployment forces have been stationed in vital areas and at joint checkpoints with police forces.

Egyptian Christian churches have been repeatedly targeted by terrorist attacks in recent years.

Coptic Orthodox Egyptians, who make up 90 percent of all Christians in the country, celebrate Christmas on 7 January, though a minority of Christians observe the holiday on 25 December.

Christians make up about 10 to 15 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  I don't know about you guys but I think that next to Israel, we have no bigger ally in the ME than Al-Sisi. We should do everything in our power to protect him and promote his programs.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/27/2017 12:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Up to a point – it was Egypt that submitted the anti-US motion at the UN Security Council.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 12:44 Comments || Top||


Tunisia working with UAE on terrorist threat from female Islamist militant returnees
[AlAhram] The UAE, which angered Tunisia by banning Tunisian women from its passenger flights, has intelligence that female Islamist myrmidon returning from Iraq or Syria might try to use Tunisian passports to stage terrorist attacks, a Tunisian government official said.

Tunisia had demanded the United Arab Emirates apologise for the travel ban - saying that the UAE had provided no explanation - and on Sunday it suspended the Dubai-based airline Emirates from operating at Tunis airport.

Since then, Saida Garrach, an advisor at the Tunisian presidency, told local radio Shems FM that the UAE had "serious information over the possibility of terrorist acts as part of returning fighters leaving Iraq and Syria," and that the two countries were now working together to address the threat.

"There are terrorist plots in several countries," Garrach said in an interview conducted on Monday and posted on the station's website.

"What concerns the United Arab Emirates is the possibility of terrorist acts committed by Tunisian women or by Tunisian passport holders," she said.

Garrach criticised the way the threat had been communicated to Tunisia.

"We are fighting terrorism together with the United Arab Emirates and we are coordinating to solve this problem. But we cannot accept the way Tunisian women are treated and don't accept what has happened to Tunisian women at airports."

Tunisia is among the countries with the highest per capita number of myrmidon Islamists, a problem linked to widespread radicalisation among disillusioned youths and a loosening of security controls after Tunisia’s 2011 uprising.

The military defeat 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....
(IS) myrmidon group in most of Syria and Iraq this year has prompted many foreign holy warriors and their families to go home. IS has also lost its main stronghold in Tunisia's neighbour Libya.

More than 3,000 Tunisians are known to have travelled abroad to wage Islamist militancy, according to the interior ministry. A year ago the interior minister said 800 had come back to Tunisia, where they have been tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
, monitored or put under house arrest.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Gunmen kill 10 villagers in northern Nigeria: Officials
[AlAhram] Gunmen have killed 10 people in attacks on two Christian-dominated villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a hotbed of ethnic and religous strife, officials said Tuesday.

On Christmas Eve, six people were killed when button men suspected to be ethnic Fulani Moslems stormed Ungwan Mailafiya, they said.

The killings followed an attack in nearby Nindem late Friday where button men opened fire on a congregation, killing four and injuring 10, said a local politician.

"While we were mourning the deaths at Nindem ... the security personnel received distress calls of another attack at Ungwan Mailafiya", parliamentarian Shehu Nicholas Garba said in a statement.

"By daybreak on Christmas, six persons had been confirmed killed, including a child of about six years old, and many others injured," he said.

A front man from the state government said troops had been deployed to prevent further violence.

Southern Kaduna has for three decades been locked in tit-for-tat killings between indigenous Christian farming communities and Moslem Hausa and Fulani settlers.

The dispute was originally over land and grazing rights but has lately degenerated into ethnic and religious conflicts, leaving hundreds dead.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Fulani Herdsmen (Boko Haram)

#1  Total confusion on my part. I thought the headline said "GUNMEN KILL 10 VILLAGERS IN NORTHERN NIAGARA. Absolutely blew me away.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 12/27/2017 2:14 Comments || Top||

#2  That would be your side of the Falls, Canuckistan sniper. A lovely site, when not hosting rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 9:35 Comments || Top||


Nigerian Army Thwarts Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri
Considerably more on this story from yesterday.
[AnNahar] Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
jihadists made a failed Christmas Day attempt to attack Nigeria's major northeast city of Maiduguri as they were pushed out by Nigerian soldiers after a prolonged shootout, military and militia sources told AFP.

The jihadists in "several" pickup trucks opened fire on a military checkpoint on the Molai outskirts of the city at around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Monday, triggering a gun fight that lasted for more than an hour.

"The snuffies came in several pickups and engaged troops at Molai who fought and repelled the attack with aerial support," said a senior military officer in Maiduguri.

"It was clear they wanted to overrun the checkpoint and enter the city to cause mayhem," said the military officer who requested anonymity.

The button men used the cover of a convoy of civilian vehicles under military escort returning from the town of Damboa, 90 kilometres away, to launch the attack, said Ibrahim Liman, a militia leader assisting the Nigerian army in fighting the Islamists.

"One of the Boko Haram vehicles infiltrated the middle section of a civilian convoy...and engaged soldiers," Liman said.

Boko Haram reinforcements lurking in the nearby Cashew Plantation and Jiddari Polo areas joined in the battle, Liman added.

The fighting prompted Molai residents to flee into Maiduguri and the influx caused panic among residents.

Troop reinforcements from the city were deployed to Molar and helped in repelling the attack, the military source said.

It was not possible to immediately establish the number of casualties as the scene of the fighting was cordoned off by troops after the button men were pushed out at 7:20 pm (1820 GMT), Liman said.

Security had been tightened in Maiduguri for the Christmas weekend in anticipation of possible Boko Haram attacks. Police issued a statement asking residents to be vigilant and report suspicious persons and abandoned objects to security personnel.

Earlier Monday, troops in nearby Yobe state bumped off 10 jihadists who tried to attack a military post on a highway linking the two states, according to militia leader Mustapha Karimbe.

"Soldiers killed 10 of the snuffies and recovered four pickups while the rest fled," Karimbe said.

Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency has killed 20,000 people and displaced 2.6 million more in Nigeria. In recent months attacks on military and civilian targets as well as raids on remote villages in the northeast have increased.

The surge in attacks has been attributed to Boko Haram's desperate search for much-needed weapons and food supplies following military offensives which cut off the myrmidons' supply routes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Saudi airstrikes kill, injure over 120 in southwestern Yemen
[PRESSTV] Saudi-led Arclight airstrikes have killed or injured over 120 people in a market in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, Yemeni officials say.

Yemen’s Health Ministry said hospitals received more than 100 victims following the Tuesday attack on Heime District.

One civilian was also killed in another Saudi airstrike on Nihm District in Sana’a Province.

Yemeni Ansarullah front man Mohammad Abdulsalam condemned the Tuesday airstrike on the market and noted that such attacks indicate the defeat of the Saudi regime.

He also slammed the hype against 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...
over its ballistic missile attack on Riyadh last week, while the international community keeps silence with regard to the ongoing Saudi war crimes against the Yemeni people.

In another attack, Saudi fighter jets targeted a residential area in Hudaydah province and killed 14 members of the same family.

The attacks come a day after over 30 people were killed in Saudi airstrikes hitting various areas across the country, including the capital Sana’a.

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 been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular 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 movement and reinstate the former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

At least 13,600 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen in 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Swede among 'terror' suspects arrested in the Netherlands
[TheLocal.se] Dutch police have locked away
Please don't kill me!
four men including a Swedish citizen suspected of being involved in terror-related activities, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

"Rotterdam police detained four men early on Sunday evening on suspicion of being involved in terrorism," the public prosecution's office said in a statement.

One of the men, aged 29, arrived on a flight from Stockholm earlier on Sunday while the other three aged 21, 23 and 30 come from the cities of Vlaardingen, Delft and Gouda in southwest Netherlands.

Dutch police raided three homes in the three cities and seized data but found no weapons or explosives, the statement said.

Although "there is no concrete information to indicate a terror attack, police and the public prosecution's office are not taking any chances," prosecutors said without giving further information.

The suspects remain in jug pending a court appearance.

A Dutch citizen was sentenced to four years in November for preparing a terror attack following his arrest in Rotterdam last year, when police discovered an assault rifle and a large amount of fireworks.

In another scare, Dutch military police shot and maimed a man armed with a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport earlier this month, but authorities said the incident was not terror-related.

The Netherlands has so far been spared from the slew of terror attacks to have rocked its closest European neighbours in recent years.
They haven’t had a major attack by a well-rehearsed team of jihadis armed with bombs and guns, nor a shopping street terrorized by a lone wolf knifing everyone in sight or driving a truck through the crowd. But given that Pim Fortuyn was assassinated in 2002 for advocating closing the borders of the Netherlands to Muslim colonists, Theo van Gogh was assassinated in 2004 for producing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Submission, and Ms Ali and Geert Wilders will have to live the rest of their lives with armed guards against a similar fate, it’s a bit simplistic of the Dutch to claim they do not have a jihadi problem.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


India-Pakistan
Indian troops kill top fighter, associates in Kashmir
[PRESSTV] New Delhi forces have killed a top fighter along with his associates during a shootout in Indian-controlled Kashmire.

Police said in a statement on Tuesday that Noor Mohammad Tantray, the head of the 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...
(JeM) group, and his comrades were rubbed out outside the main city of Srinagar on Monday evening.

Indian troops cordoned off a group of houses in Samboora, "which resulted in a fierce shootout leading to elimination of top JeM commander Noor Mohammad Tantray," the statement said.

Police described the operation as a "significant breakthrough" after Tantray's body was found under debris on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old JeM commander was described by officials as a new "security headache" when he took over as the head of the group.

According to police, Tantray spent 12 years in jail after being convicted in a case of militancy in 2003, but jumped parole two years later to rejoin JeM.

As the news of Tantray's death spread, hundreds of Kashmiri people rushed to the scene, chanting anti-India slogans and hurling stones at the troops.

Security forces used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse angry protesters. At least six protesters were maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Jaish-e-Mohammad


Iraq
Kirkuk Kombat Kronicle
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack killing security personnel in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted security personnel and a senior tribesman earlier this week.

A report issued by the militant group’s media arm Amaq agency on Monday said that eight Iraqi security personnel, including six officers and two colonels were killed in an operation by the militants on Riyad-Hawija road.

Another statement by the group’s so-called Kirkuk State Media Center said militants targeted several personnel of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) killing eight of them, including six officers.

On Sunday, Kirkuk police said the militants carried out an attack against security troops in al-Rubeida village, south of the province. The attack killed each of Col. Fadel al-Sabaawi, police department chief, his son, a Federal Police personnel, Cap. Ali Ahmed, Maher Ali and Saeed Ahmed, from Tribal Mobilization Forces, and Walid Nuri head of al-Geheish tribe.

Three army personnel killed, injured in bomb attack in Hawija

Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) – Three army personnel were killed and injured Tuesday in a bomb blast in Hawija town in Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

“An explosive charge went off while an army patrol was passing by al-Safra district in Hawija, leaving two soldiers dead and an officer injured,” the source told Baghdad Today.

Official: IS militants killed 45 civilians, security men in Hawija in two months

Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) – At least 45 civilians and security personnel were killed in attacks launched by Islamic State militants on Hawija city, Kirkuk, over the past two months, a senior security official said on Tuesday.

“The Iraqi army and police, on the other hand, killed 288 Jihadists and arrested 55 others during the same period,” Middle East Online quoted the official as saying.

Meanwhile, a security expert warned that, “Islamic State militants are still hiding in tunnels at agricultural areas on the outskirts of Hawija.”

“Such IS cells are posing a major threat to the entire region,” expert Sarmad Al-Bayati said, charging IS militants with kidnapping and murdering civilians to prevent the displaced people from returning to their home regions.

Another well-placed officer in the Iraqi Army said that the military operation to liberate Hawija has just focused on the main roads and districts of the city, pointing out that after the recapture of the city from Islamic State, some Jihadists surrendered to the Iraqi troops, while others fled to Hamrin Mountains and surrounding areas.

“The fleeing Jihadists have already killed many relatives of Iraqi soldiers over the past period,” the officer said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Diyala Clearances Continue

Military operation launched to pursue IS militants between Diyala, Baghdad

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – A wide-scale military operation was launched to pursuit Islamic State remnants in the areas between Diyala and Baghdad, a military commander said.

“Joint troops, backed by Iraqi warplanes, have carried out a military operation targeting IS remnants stationed in the areas between Diyala and Baghdad governorates,” Commander of the Tigris Operations Lieutenant General Mezher al-Azzawi told Alghad Press on Tuesday.

“The troops started their mission from Buhriz and Kanaan districts south of Diyala and will continue till the outskirts of Baghdad,” Azzawi said, adding that the operation comes as part of his command’s efforts to reinforce security in these areas.

“The troops will comb all recently-liberated areas between Diyala and Baghdad in search for any IS remnant,” he pointed out.

A similar security campaign was launched on Monday, under the supervision of the Maysan operations command, to apprehend outlaws and drug dealers in the governorate.

The clampdown, which included joint troops from outside the governorate, is also meant to settle tribal disputes, take weapons from citizens and arrest rioters in the governorate.

Islamic State militants killed by paramilitary troops in Hamreen mountains

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have announced killing Islamic State militants on Tuesday.

“Troops of the 88th of al-Hashd al-Shaabi {Popular Mobilization Forces) destroyed on Tuesday two vehicles loaded with weapons for IS militant in Hamreen mountains,” the media service of the forces said in a statement.

“Troops managed to kill the militants who were on board the vehicles,” the statement added without clarifying the number of militants killed.

Islamic State collected US$500,000 through abduction in Diyala: Official

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has obtained around US$500,000 through abduction operations in Diyala in 2017, a paramilitary official was quoted saying on Tuesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Jabbar al-Maamouri, leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said “IS militants launched a series of attacks at some regions in Diyala in 2017 through its sleeper cells in Hamreen, Qurret Tabbah and Neft Khana. The group obtained amounts of money that reach up to around US$500,000, in accordance to information we have.”

“The abduction has turned to an internal source of funding for the group, which collected the money to reinforce its sleeper cells. This indicates the activity in some regions including Hamreen, which are encountered by security troops,” Maamouri added.

The abduction processes, according to Maamouri, usually occur without the relatives of the kidnapped file reports against the kidnappers. “They pay huge amounts of money, which is wrong as this would support terrorism and encourages more abduction.”
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Bombs dismantled, policeman arrested on bribery charges in Baghdad
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Iraqi troops have defused several bombs while a policeman was tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for receiving a bribe from a detainee in Baghdad Tuesday.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the Baghdad Operations Command said, "The troops have found a rocket and dismantled several bombs and a booby-trapped house at Tel Tasah and al-Shortan areas north of the Iraqi capital."

No casualties were reported, the statement read.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened...
an Iraqi policeman was arrested at Al Husayniyah district in Baghdad for receiving a bribe from a detainee.

According to Baghdad Today, the officer was apprehended while taking a $1,000 bribe from a prisoner in return for releasing him.

He was referred to the bodies concerned for interrogation.
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Over 100 houses still booby-trapped in western Anbar: Mayor
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Over one hundred houses in western Anbar town are still booby-trapped, a mayor from Anbar from the province was quoted saying on Tuesday.

"There are more than 135 booby-trapped houses in sporadic regions in Rawa town," Hussein Ali, the mayor, told AlSumaria News. "Efforts are still being made to detonate these houses at the lowest amount of losses."

"Army troops managed to comb all the roads in Rawa and remove the explosives, facilitating the movements of citizens around the town," he added.
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Security forces seal weapons workshop in Jenin area
[IsraelTimes] Security forces sealed a metal workshop that was being used to produce weapons in the Jenin area of the northern West Bank overnight Monday, the army said.

In the Aida refugee camp, south of Jerusalem, three Paleostinians were tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
during a violent confrontation that saw rioters hurl bricks at soldiers, the army said.

In all, five Paleostinians were arrested across the West Bank on suspicion of involvement in terror, and violent disturbances.
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Southeast Asia
Philippine troops kill 4 militants after Christmas Day attack
[AlAhram] Four pro-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....
turbans were killed in Arclight airstrikes by Philippine troops in a southern province where the rebel group launched a Christmas Day attack, a military front man said on Tuesday.

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
...a MILF splinter group aligned with the Islamic State...
(BIFF) attacked Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao on Monday, burning two houses and prompting residents to flee, said Captain Arvin Encinas, front man for the 6th Infantry Division.

The latest military operation follows last month's shelling of BIFF button men in support of ground attacks in an area of marshland between the provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato, about 170 km (106 miles) from Marawi City.

The shellings took place as the military pushes on with a new offensive after the country's biggest urban battle in decades in Marawi, which was occupied for several months by Islamic State loyalists including BIFF fighters.

The turbans' occupation of Marawi and their dogged resistance spread alarm in the region about the rise of extremism and radical aspirations to create an Islamic State caliphate.
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#1  Kill is good
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Abu Sayyaf attack injures five in Sulu
[PhilStar] Suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels fired at an army base in Patikul, Sulu on Sunday evening, leaving four soldiers and a civilian injured.

Soldiers of the Bravo Company of the 32nd Infantry Battalion were preparing for a Christmas party when they were attacked, Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said. He said around 20 bandits fired rifle grenades, triggering around 25 minutes of heavy fighting.

Sobejana said troops launched mortar attacks on Abu Sayyaf positions. He said the Abu Sayyaf also suffered casualties, citing blood stains along the escape route of the militants.

Meanwhile, in Zamboanga City, an Abu Sayyaf rebel wanted for kidnapping was arrested on Sunday morning. Baser Ahmad, with aliases of Abu Pandak Duma and Bensar, was nabbed at his safehouse in Sitio Talungon, Barangay San Roque by police operatives and the Naval Intelligence Service Group.
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Maoist militants ready to face 'full-scale war' in Mindanao
[Inquirer] Communist militants in southern Mindanao said they were ready to face “the full-scale war” that the Duterte administration would be unleashing on them next year.

In a statement issued for the founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Tuesday, Ka Joaquin Jacinto, the National Democratic Front spokesperson in the region, also said the New People’s Army would continue to exist to oppose the government’s abuses. He said, "Despite the use of airstrikes, armed drones and prolonged focus operations, not one single NPA unit in Mindanao was wiped out. The number of platoons and companies has in fact increased this year."

Jacinto said NPA rebels were “ever willing to sacrifice their lives for the revolution and the people than be servile to the fascist dictatorship of the US-Duterte regime.”

“In spite of the constant black propaganda, bogus peace caravans and the incessant parade of fake or recycled surrenderees, NPA Red commanders and fighters never faltered,” he added.

He said 2017 was a triumphant year for the NPA in southern Mindanao, where it launched more than 300 attacks. He said, "There were a few well-chosen and well-executed head blows as wells as numerous attritive actions against operating enemy troops, military camps and police outposts, making them suffer a casualty rate of more than a battalion."

“The NPA must be determined to bring the people’s war to new heights,” he added.
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#1  Did not know Bernie Sanders so popular in the Philippines.
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Multiple attacks in southern Thailand overnight
[Bangkok Post] Several checkpoints in Narathiwat province were attacked by gunmen, a microwave tower set on fire and roads blocked by trees and burning tires on Monday night.

One checkpoint was attacked while police were searching halted vehicles. Shots were also fired at a military checkpoint. Another group armed with assault rifles exchanged shots for 20-minutes with a military patrol, and two M-79 grenades were fired at an army watch tower, but missed the target.

The attackers scattered nail spikes on the road 400 meters from the checkpoint before escaping. A blue tupperware container loaded with firecrackers was also exploded, probably as a decoy while they made their escape.

In Sungai Padi district, car tires were piled under a Dtac microwave tower and set ablaze. The tower was destroyed. Roads linking Sungai Kolok and Sungai Padi were also blocked by burning tires and chopped-down trees.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria says military jet downed in northern Hama, pilot killed
[Ynet] Syria's armed forces said a military jet was downed by snuffies in northern Hama province on Tuesday and the pilot killed, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said.

Militant group Tahrir al Sham - a fighting force dominated by members of Al Qaeda's former branch in Syria - said it hit the plane.

A source said the gunnies were searching for another pilot they believed had survived the crash.

The western central province has seen intense aerial strikes by the Russian and Syrian air forces in the country's civil war. Dozens of civilians have been killed in the bombing of towns away from front lines in the last few weeks, according to rescue workers and witnesses.
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