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Afghanistan
Taliban loses two commanders during clashes in Faryab province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two local commanders of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group were killed during the festivities with the Afghan national defense and security forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in the North said a clash broke out between the Afghan forces and the Taliban turbans in Ghormach district.

According to the Shaheen Corps officials, two local commanders of the group were killed with one of them identified as Mullah Sher Agha.

The officials are saying that four Talibs were also maimed during the festivities that took place in Aab Garmak area of the district.

The Afghan forces also confiscated a communication device set and an improvised bomb was discovered and defused as well, the officials said.

Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces foil deadly attack plot in Jalalabad city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have foiled a deadly attack plot in Jalalabad city a day after a coordinated attack rocked the city leaving several people dead or maimed.

The local officials said Thursday that a suspect has been locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in connection to a major terrorist attack plot from planned for the Jalalabad city.

The officials further added that the suspect identified as Asrarullah and a member of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group was arrested by the intelligence operatives as he was attempting to transport heavy weapons to the city for the attack.

Asrarullah is originally a resident of the central Pashtun-infested Logar province and was conducting insurgency on Taliban’s behalf in Jalalabad city, the officials said, adding that he was attempting to transport the weapons in a Toyota Corolla type vehicle when he was arrested.

He also confessed that he was attempting to transport the weapons to his comrades in the city for the attack, the officials added.

Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
One Dead, Three Injured In Mogadishu Explosion
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least one person was killed, and three others maimed in an kaboom in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday.

A witness has confirmed to Radio Shabelle that the blast occurred around Digfer hospital in Hodon district after a remote-controlled landmine struck an army convoy carrying Somali soldiers.

The kaboom left a soldier dead, while three others maimed who were taken to hospital for treatment, according to the eyewitness, who asked not to be named.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack, which was the latest in series of roadside kaboomings in the capital over the past few weeks.
Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Allied Forces Avert Militants’ Plot To Carry Out Raid In Hiran
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali security forces backed by Africa Union troops killed three al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
bully boyz and injured several others during a heavy fighting in Bula-burte town in Hiiraan region, central Somalia, Somali authorities said.

Bula-burte District Commissioner Abdi Dahir Gure told news hounds that the allied forces preempted bad boys’ plot to carry out an attack in the town.

"There are no casualties on both the joint forces and civilians so far. The situation is calm now," Gure said.

Residents in the town said that the fighting began after the bully boyz fired mortar shells early Wednesday.

"Al-Shabaab fighters attacked army base here with mortar shells, then heavy fighting erupted which lasted several hours," a resident said.

Al-Shabaab bully boyz did not comment on the latest military victory by the security forces.

Bula-burte in Hiiraan region is under Hirshabelle State and it is about 200 km north of the capital Mogadishu.

Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Ethiopian Troops Targeted In IED Blast Near Baidoa City
[RADIOSHABELLE] A roadside kaboom struck a military convoy ferrying Æthiopian troops of AMISOM contingent in the outskirts of Baidoa, the interim administrative capital of Southwest state.

The bomb has destroyed the convoy while traveling at Awdinle village in Baay region on Thursday morning. The details of the casualties were not immediately clear.

Al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
has grabbed credit for the attack, saying it burnt a military vehicle and inflicted a heavy loss on the Æthiopian forces serving with AU Mission to Somalia [AMISOM].

Nuradin Yusuf, the front man for Southwest state has denied Al-Shabaab as baseless and propaganda, adding that there was no any attack in the vicinity of Baidoa on Thursday.
Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


The Grand Turk
Islamic State’s Iraqi former health minister, 13 others arrested, south of Turkey
[IraqiNews] Ottoman Turkish authorities have tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
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....
’s health minister, along with thirteen others during an operation in south of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, Anadolu agency reported.

Security sources were quoted as saying that the operation was carried out by the counter-terrorism and intelligence teams at Urfa province security department.

Authorities, according to the sources, were notified that group of IS members, including big shots, were passing from Syria to Turkey via smugglers. The members infiltrated into Turkey with help of three Kurdish organizations including the Democratic Union Party (PYD) ’s military arm, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which are labelled in Turkey as terrorists, and the Kurdistan Communities Union.
Right. The evil Kurds dunnit, you say. No further proof is needed that the entire people is evil incarnate, and the world must join Turkey in wiping them from the face of the Earth.
The arrested ones included seven Algerians, two Syrians, two Iraqis, one of whom was the IS former health minister, a Dutch member, a British from Moroccan origins and an Egyptian, the source added.

According to AlSumaria News, the hard boy group’s former health minister is called Bashir Hussein, an Iraqi doctor, who admitted during investigations to being an emir of the so-called health department. He also confessed that he was one of the founders of Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 2004, in addition to taking part in several operations by al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Six Islamic State militants killed south of Iraq’s Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Six Islamic State militants were killed by Iraqi troops on Wednesday south of Kirkuk province as Iraq works to clear its territories from militants’ vestiges, a source was quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that Popular Mobilization Forces were conducting a security patrol at al-Zab region, before they detected six militants and killed them immediately.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul clean up continues: 21 turbans permanently unwound, 9 more jugged

21 Islamic State militants killed in southern Mosul military operation

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – At least 21 militants were killed in a military operation which was launched earlier on Tuesday to purge the southern part of Mosul from Islamic State remnants, a military official was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the London-based Al-Arab daily newspaper on Wednesday, Colonel Ahmed al-Jubouri said, “About 21 Islamic State militants were killed, and six armored vehicles were destroyed during the military operation, which was launched Tuesday to purge southern Mosul from IS remnants.”

“Joint troops from the Iraqi police and army, as well as al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) are taking part in the clampdown,” he said, adding that the military operation has not come to an end yet due to the geographical nature of the area and the presence of many civilian families there.

Jubouri made no remarks about the number of Iraqi troops, who were killed in the face-off with Islamic State militants.

Nine Islamic State members arrested in operation, south of Mosul: Police

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Nine Islamic State members were arrested on Wednesday within an ongoing operation in south of Mosul, a security source said.

Speaking to BasNews website, Brig. Gen. Wathiq al-Hamdani, Nineveh Police Chief, confirmed nine IS members during the ongoing offensive carried out by the police command in cooperation with army and security services in one of the districts in Mosul. This comes one day after killing 23 terrorists in the islands located near Tigris River.

The Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday launching an operation to follow IS remnants in Jozor al-Makhlat (islands) in Nineveh.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb & Bullets Bulletin

One person killed in western Baghdad car bomb blast

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – One person was killed Wednesday in a car bomb blast west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, “A bomb exploded while a car driven by an employee at the Trade Ministry was passing by al-Jihad district in western Baghdad, leaving the driver dead.”

“A security force rushed to the blast site and opened a probe into the attack,” the source said. “The body was moved to the forensic medicine department,” he added.

Bomb blast leaves three people killed, injured in Baghdad

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Three people were killed and injured Wednesday in a bomb blast west of Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “A roadside bomb exploded near a popular market in Abu Gharib district in Baghdad, leaving a civilian dead and two others injured.”

“A security force rushed to the blast site and carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source said, adding that the body was moved to the forensic medicine department.

Two people wounded in southern Baghdad bomb explosion

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Two people were wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast in southern the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, “A bomb exploded near popular markets in Suwaib neighborhood in southern Baghdad, leaving two people injured.”

“A security force rushed to the blast site and carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
306 terrorists neutralized so far in Turkey's Afrin op
[AA.TR] At least 306 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and ISIS forces of Evil have been neutralized since the beginning of the Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria, the military said Thursday.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
on Saturday launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and ISIS forces of Evil from Afrin.

Ottoman Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the forces of Evil in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces carried out Arclight airstrikes on the shelters, positions, arms and equipment of the terrorists, according to a General Staff statement.

All 14 aircraft returned to their bases after hitting 25 terrorist targets, the statement added.

According to the military, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Ottoman Turkish borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost importance" is being put on not harming any civilians.

Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Kurds getting screwed again.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/26/2018 5:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey isn't bragging about their ground operations or their SNC allies.

Probably that part hasn't gone so well for Turkey.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/26/2018 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  There is some question about their numbers, which may be off by an order of magnitude or more.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Bloviation, thy name is Araby.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/26/2018 11:32 Comments || Top||


ISIS launches assault against security forces in Albukamal
[Iraq News] The self-proclaimed Islamic State group launched an offensive against the Syrian regime forces near Albukamal City, southeast of Deir Ezzor, Syria News reported on Thursday. The news agency reported, today, that the ISIS has started a wide-scale assault against the Syrian regime forces in the northern and western axes of the regime controlled-city of Albukamal.
Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Air strikes kill at least 13 in east Syrian IS territory: Reports
[AlAhram] Air strikes on a village held by 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) Death Eaters in the eastern part of Syria's Deir al-Zor province killed at least 13 people including seven women on Tuesday, Syrian state media and a war monitoring group reported on Thursday.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the U.S.-led coalition against IS had carried out the air strikes.

Rival military campaigns by the Syrian army with its allies, and by militias backed by a U.S.-led international coalition, last year seized most of IS territory in central and eastern Syria.

The jihadist bad boy group still holds patches of desert on either side of the Euphrates River in Deir al-Zor province, as well as isolated pockets of ground elsewhere in Syria.

The attack targeted Shafah, a village east of the Euphrates, and at least seven women were among 13 dead, the Observatory said. Syrian state media citing local sources as saying coalition air strikes had killed 15 civilians in the village, including seven women.

Asked to comment, the coalition did not specifically say whether it had carried out the strike or not. It referred in an email to an earlier statement saying that coalition strikes had killed an estimated 145-150 IS Death Eaters in a command centre near Shafah last Saturday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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