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Afghanistan
Kabul Kraziness Kontinues: 8 ISIS turbans tied up, 4 Taliban travelers banned

Afghan forces arrest 8 ISIS group members in Kabul

[Khaama Press] The Afghan security forces have arrested at least eight group members of the ISIS terrorist group in capital Kabul, the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.

According to a statement by NDS, the ISIS group members were arrested during separate operations conducted in various parts of the capital.

The statement further added that the militants were busy recruiting militants for the terror group besides plotting attacks.

According to NDS, the detained individuals have been identified as Javid, Bilal, Sediqullah, Qudrullah, Ikramhullah, Mohibullah, and Ali Ahmad.

The detained individuals have confessed that they were involved in various terrorist-related activities in the capital, including plotting attacks and hiring militants for the ISIS ranks.

In the meantime, NDS said the detained individuals were also collecting funds for the terror group besides carrying out targeted assassinations.

The ISIS loyalists and other militant and terrorist groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence operatives discovered a major hideout of the terror group from Kabul city nearly two weeks and days after the terror group claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in the city.

Afghanistan impose travel ban on 4 individuals after Kabul hotel attack

[Khaama Press] The Afghan government has imposed travel ban on four individuals in connection to the deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul city.

Sources privy of the development have said that the individuals cannot leave the country based on the travel bans imposed amid ongoing investigations into the incident.

The sources further added that the Attorney General Office of Afghanistan has banned the head and deputy of Kabul-Balkh Security Company along with a foreign national and the head of the Hotel in connection to the incident.

The sources further added that the investigations are still being conducted into the incident and furthe details will be released later.

A group of armed insurgents launched a coordinated attack on Intercontinental Hotel nearly three weeks ago, sparking a gun battle that lasted for several hours, leaving more than 20 people dead.

The Afghan intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai had earlier said that five people have been arrested in connection to the incident by the intelligence operatives.

Speaking during a press conference two weeks ago, Stanikzai said one of the individuals involved in the attack has managed to flee the country.

The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the attack but the Afghan officials are saying that the attack was planned and executed by the Haqqani terrorist network having sanctuaries outside the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Nangarhar Nastiness: 2 ISIS turbans unwound, cricket kaboom kills 3 schoolboys having fun

Explosion in a cricket ground leaves 3 dead in eastern Nangarhar

[Khaama Press] At least three people were killed in an kaboom in a cricket ground 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 local officials said Friday.

The incident took place at around 4 pm local time the vicinity of Bati Kot district while a number of people were busy playing cricket in the area.

The officials are saying that three people playing cricket were killed while two spectators were maimed after the explosives planted in the ground went off.

Provincial governor Gulab Mangal condemned the incident in the strongest words that left two university students and a high school student dead.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

US drones target ISIS militants in Achin leaving 2 dead

[Khaama Press] The US unmanned aerial vehicles carried out airstrikes on ISIS militants in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan leaving two of them dead.

The provincial police commandment said the latest airstrikes were carried out on Friday in the vicinity of Achin district.

The source further added that the militants were targeted in Bandar area of the district.

According to the Nangarhar police commandment, the local residents and security personnel present in the area did not suffer any casualties in the airstrikes.

The ISIS terror group loyalists have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Top Pakistani Taliban leader killed in Paktika, Afghanistan
[Khaama Press] A top Pak Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader Khan Sayed Sajna has reportedly been killed in an Arclight airstrike in eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

The local officials have confirmed that Khan Sayed Sajna was killed in an airstrike conducted by the US unmanned aerial vehicles in the vicinity of Paktika province.

There are also reports that nine associates and comrades of Sajna were also killed in the airstrike but the Pak Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Sajna was reportedly in lead of the Mehsud faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain and was accused of major attacks in Pakistain.

In the meantime, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named has reported that seven bandidos holy warriors were killed on Thursday in a dronezap in the Pak border village of Gorwak in North Wazoo.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Africa North
Egypt Armed Forces pound terrorists as Operation Sinai 2018 continues: Communique 3
Great things are being done by the noble Egyptian Armed Forces. At some point we will be informed of the results, but not today.
[AlAhram] Operation Sinai 2018 is one of the largest coordinated campaigns Egypt has conducted against domestic terrorism.

Egypt's armed forces said early Saturday that the air force has continued conducting "intensive air strikes against terrorist targets and gatherings monitored earlier in Central and North Sinai."

In a third communique on "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", which was launched Friday, armed forces front man Tamer El-Refaie said the robust strikes targeted weaponry, ammunition, and explosives warehouses, and logistical support, with the air forces continuing to secure air space strategically over border areas

El-Refaie said that law enforcement forces, supported by special forces and border guards as well as police, have carried out several simultaneous raids on towns in Central and Northern Sinai to chase runaway elements, eradicate them, and continue to demolish targets belonging to terrorist elements.

The navy is also tightening control on the seafront from Rafah to western al-Arish, to cut supply lines for terrorists, while maintaining security of economic installations in the area.

He added that navy units are conducting patrols to secure the coast from Marsa Matrouh to Salloum along the wester Mediterranean shores in cooperation with the border guards who are securing southern and western border areas.

Border guards and other forces are carrying out missions to secure navigation in the Suez Canal and thwart attempts of forces of Evil to escape.

Forces are also executing operations to track forces of Evil in the Western Desert’s Wahat and other areas in Upper Egypt governorates.

According to Refaie, police forces are conducting combing operation in all residential areas in Central and North Sinai, setting up checkpoints on local roads in cooperation with armed forces.

"The armed forces and police stressed their persistence to eradicate the roots of terrorism and achieve security and stability for the great Egyptian people," the statement added.
Herewith the only accomplishment thus far:
Egypt's High State Security Prosecution orders 15-day detention of 14 Hasm members on terrorism charges

[AlAhram] Egypt's High State Security Prosecution ordered a 15-day detention pending investigation of 14 members of the Hasm terrorist group who were tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on Friday on charges including carrying out terror attacks and assassinating coppers.

The prosecution charged the 14 defendants with joining an outlawed group that aims to suspend the constitution and the law, hinder the state institutions from carrying out their duties, assault the personal freedoms of citizens and harm national unity and social peace, adopting ideas accusing the ruler of being an infidel and attempting to change the regime by force, as well as assaulting army and coppers with the aim of disrupting public order and jeopardising the security and safety of society through terrorism as a means to achieve its goals.

The defendants were also charged with murder and attempted murder, possession of explosives and unlicensed and banned weaponry and ammunition that they were plotting to use in terror operations to disturb security, public order, national unity and social peace.

The detention order comes one day after Egypt's interior ministry arrested the men during raids on suspected terrorist hideouts in the governorates of Qalioubiya, Daqahliya, Beheira, Menoufiya, Sharqiya, Assiut and Fayoum, as part of a comprehensive security plan to confront terrorism.

Police also said they killed three members of Hasm in a shootout in an under-construction residential building in Cairo during one of yesterday's raids.

Police said the 14 members of Hasm, which the government considers one of the armed wings of the banned Moslem Brüderbund, were found on Friday in possession of nine machine guns, a Heckler submachine gun, four pistols, a locally made shotgun, different types of ammunition, two explosive canisters, a silencer, and two cycle of violences used in terror operations, which included a number of liquidations of senior coppers in Qalioubiya and Daqahliya, as well as attacks on police checkpoints.
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Arabia
Yemeni snipers kill four Saudi soldiers in retaliatory attacks
[PRESSTV] Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have rubbed out four Saudi troopers in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions of Asir and Jizan, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s military campaign against the crisis-hit country.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni forces shot and killed three soldiers at Sahwa military base of Asir on Saturday afternoon.

Yemeni forces and their allies also targeted another Saudi trooper in al-Khobe district of Jizan, located 966 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Separately, Yemeni army soldiers and Popular Committees fighters killed six Saudi-backed holy warriors loyal to Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, in the al-Matun district of Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf.

Elsewhere in the Nihm district of the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, Yemeni army soldiers and their allies launched an attack against Saudi mercenaries, leaving scores of them dead or injured. Two vehicles belonging to the Saudi-sponsored forces were destroyed as well.

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25 aggression airstrikes hit Saada and Asir
[SABANEWS.NET] the US-backed-Saudi aggression coalition warplane on Saturday launched 25 strikes on Saada and Asir border provinces, a military official tola Saba. The warplanes waged 19 strikes on Mandabah and Thuaban areas of Baqem district in Saada and on Majazah city of Asir, the official added. Six air strikes were launched on Dhahir district of Saada, leaving heavy damages to civilians’ properties and farms.
Posted by: Fred || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Is it time to try kinder, gentler non-aggressive attacks?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/11/2018 9:15 Comments || Top||


Army fires missile toward mercenaries’ gatherings in Lahj
[SABANEWS.NET] Missile force of the army and popular committees on Saturday fired a missile toward Saudi-paid mercenaries in Lahj province, a military official told Saba. The missile, Ghirad, targeted the gatherings in the east of Kahbub district, causing heavy losses in mercenaries’ ranks and military equipments, the official added.
Posted by: Fred || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


3 Saudi airstrikes waged on Sanaa
[SABANEWS.NET] The warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition launched three strikes on Sanaa province, an official told Saba. The air strikes were waged on Nehm district, damaging civilians’ properties and farms, the official sdded.
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85,000 displaced in 10 weeks of violence in Yemen: UN
[DAWN] The UN said on Friday that surging violence across 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...
had pushed some 85,000 people from their homes in the past 10 weeks, with hundreds continuing to flee each day.

The UN refugee agency said more than 70 per cent of those displaced since December 1 had fled a military escalation in the Hodeida and Taez governorates on Yemen’s west coast.

UNHCR voiced particular concern for displaced people remaining in areas close to the hostilities in the two governorates, where conditions are continuing to rapidly deteriorate, "exposing people to violence and disease, without basic services."

"Most of those displaced in the governorates of Hodeida and Taez remain hosted by relatives or friends, trapped inside homes or in caves as ground festivities, aerial bombardment and sniper fire rage around them," UNHCR spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told news hounds in Geneva.

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Europe
Afghan gets life term for killing Christian mother in southern Bavaria
[TheLocal.de] A German court in Traunstein on Friday handed a life term to an Afghan asylum seeker who stabbed to death a compatriot mother-of-four because she had converted to Christianity.

The 30-year-old, who was not named by authorities, murdered the woman in front of two of her children outside a supermarket in the southern city of Prien am Chiemsee last April. She was stabbed 16 times.
Oh brave, brave Lion of Islam, murdering a mother burdened by groceries and small children!
Prosecutors told the court in the town of Traunstein that the accused was furious because she had turned her back on the Islamic faith.

The 38-year-old woman had earlier asked the man if he wanted to convert too, a request that was "irreconcilable with his Moslem faith," prosecutors said during the trial.

The accused's lawyer had asked the judges to show leniency, saying his client had had a difficult life and was exposed to violence from a young age, according to DPA news agency.
Good news for the children whose mother was murdered in front of them: they’ve got an excuse for whatever they do to the colonists later.
The suspect apologised to the victim's family in his final remarks in court.
Sorry he was caught, at any rate.
In Germany, a life sentence means a convict can apply for parole after spending 15 years behind bars. But in this case the judges highlighted the "gravity" of the crime, meaning the accused is unlikely to be considered for early release, DPA reported.

Two of the woman's children, aged five and 11, watched as the man killed their mother. Her two other children are adults.

Passers-by tried to stop the attacker by hurling a shopping trolley at him.

After his arrest, the man claimed he had acted out of frustration about his looming deportation as a rejected asylum seeker.
Now he won’t have to go back for a while, and there’s the three hots and a cot thingy, all without any further effort in his part.
He was initially held in a psychiatric ward for about three months and then transferred to standard pre-trial detention.

He will likely be deported after serving his sentence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Half surprised this scum bag was convicted at all. I hope Angela Merkel is proud of herself.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 02/11/2018 2:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The 30-year-old, who was not named by authorities, murdered the woman in front of two of her children outside a supermarket in the southern city

Not a real Muslim - a real Muslim would've killed the children as well.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 4:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Life Term - make it short, brutal, and painful
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2018 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Frank, I like how you think.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/11/2018 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Good news for the children whose mother was murdered in front of them: they’ve got an excuse for whatever they do to the colonists later.

The woman was from Afghanistan too. The family wouldn't need an excuse. They have direct experience with life under Sharia.

In liberated Afghanistan the victim would have been tried, convicted and sentenced to death for not only leaving Islam but proselytizing.

The poor woman made the mistake of believing that Western civilization could offer any protection from this.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/11/2018 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  He will likely be deported after serving his sentence.

Hopefully, after an actual lifetime in prison, to an unmarked grave.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/11/2018 15:03 Comments || Top||

#7  "I can't go back! I've been here so long, I don't have any friends there!"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2018 15:56 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains 48 ISIS suspects ‘planning attacks’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Anti-terror officers in Istanbul and Ankara detained 48 alleged members of myrmidon group ISIS suspected of planning attacks, state media reported Saturday.

Police detained 31 foreigners who were picked up in anti-terror raids in Istanbul, state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
Anadolu said, without specifying their nationalities, adding that they were believed to have been preparing an attack.

Another 17 people were taken into custody in Ankara over alleged ties to ISIS who were also accused of plotting an attack, the agency reported later on Saturday without saying when the raids took place.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
suffered a series of terror attacks in 2015 and 2016 as well as one in 2017 blamed on ISIS and Kurdish turbans, killing hundreds.

The last attack claimed by ISIS was in January 2017 when a gunman killed 39 people at the elite Istanbul nightclub Reina during New Year’s celebrations.

Police have since carried out frequent raids against ISIS across the country including in the northern province of Samsun on Wednesday, when six Iraqis were detained on suspicion of being members of ISIS.

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul earlier Saturday said Turkey had either remanded in jug or convicted 1,354 IS suspects.

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Turkish military helicopter shot down near Syria: President Erdogan
[PRESSTV] Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
says one of the country’s military helicopters has been shot down near the border with Syria.

Erdogan said Saturday that the helicopter was participating in the Ottoman Turkish military offensive in northern Syria when it was shot down while flying over an area in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
's Hatay province.

He said Turkey would respond harshly to the attack and that the "perpetrators" would pay a "heavy price" for the downing that took place around noon local time and in the southern border of Hatay.

Later, Ottoman Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the local media that two Ottoman Turkish servicemen had been killed in the incident. "At this stage, we can say that one out of two helicopters was downed. We have two deaders."

Ottoman Turkish military later said nine more soldiers were killed in separate incidents but did not give details. Another 11 soldiers were maimed in the bloodiest day in Ankara's offensive against the Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

For nearly a month, Turkey has been engaged in a massive military operation in northwestern Syria with an alleged aim of neutralizing a threat by Kurds from the city of Afrin and surrounding areas in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

In his televised statement, Erdogan did not blame the Kurds or any other party for the downing of the helicopter.

A Kurdish militia front man, identified as Mustafa Bali, grabbed credit for the attack, saying the helicopter was downed by fighters in Raju, northwestern Afrin.

Posted by: Fred || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The Grand Imam Erdogan of the Turk Caliphate is finally starting to squeal after loosing armor, FSA, and mil men.

This is a link to the two choppers, one of which you will see go down hard:

https://twitter.com/Syria_Hezb_Iran/status/962313494782717952
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/11/2018 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  video
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/11/2018 2:12 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Jaish-e-Mohammad targets sleeping families at Sunjuwan Army camp, kills two soldiers
[TimesofIndia] In a pre-dawn fidayeen attack on Saturday, a group of heavily armed 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...
bully boyz struck at an Army camp in Sunjuwan town on national highway 1A connecting Jammu to Srinagar, killing two soldiers and injuring nine others, including a Colonel and a girl child.

Three of the bully boyz were neutralised in the Army operation which is still on. Most of the camp residents in over 150 houses were evacuated to flush out other terrorists. Sources said choppers and drones were used to keep track of the movement of the terrorists. IAF para commandos were airlifted to Jammu from Udhampur and Sarsawa.

Intel sources said the attack on Army's residential complex bears the stamp of Jaish-e-Mohammad. It coincided with the fifth anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2001 Parliament attack by Jaish, on Friday. Soldiers and their families were sleeping when the bully boyz struck in the dark, firing indiscriminately.

The martyred Army officers have been identified as Havaldar Mohammad Ashraf Mir and JCO Madan Lal Choudhary. The JCO's daughter, Neha, is among the injured.

Defence spokesperson Col N N Joshi said the injured included five women and kiddies. Two of them are critical. "Due to presence of women and kiddies in the housing colony, the operations are being progressed cautiously to minimise casualties," the defence statement said. This is the second fidayeen attack on the camp. A dozen soldiers were killed when the same camp was attacked by bully boyz on June 28, 2003.

Dressed in combat fatigues, the bully boyz took strategic position in the housing area of the camp and engaged security forces in fierce gunbattle through the day on Saturday. A reinforcement of Army's Special Forces and SOG rushed to the camp and cordoned off the whole area amid heavy firing.

IGP Jammu Zone SD Singh Jamwal said around 4.50-4.55am, a group of bully boyz barged into the camp, just 8 km from the J&K legislative assembly building. He said the exact number of bully boyz is not ascertained yet. Sources said five to six bully boyz may have entered the camp through an open culvert. On noticing suspicious movement, the guard on duty opened fire, the IGP said. Following a brief exchange of fire, the bully boyz rushed to the nearby family quarters.

J&K parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that both the Army officers killed in the attack are from the state. Four of the injured, Col Rohit Solanki, Havaldar Abdul Hamid, Lance Naik Bahadur Singh and Neha, were shifted to Government Medical College here.

The camp is spread over many acres of land along the busy national highway. It is located adjacent to several residential colonies, shopping arcades, motor showrooms and private schools on the bypass. Following the terror attack, Jammu has been put on high alert while all educational institutions within half a kilometre radius of the camp were closed for the day. Col Joshi said the slain bully boyz were carrying AK-56 assault rifles and large amount of ammunition and hand grenades. Belongings of the slain bully boyz confirmed they were from Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Dawn adds:
Abdul Rehman Veeri told politicians in the area's legislative assembly that the shootout, which began early morning, continued into the afternoon on Saturday.

The camp is located on the outskirts of the city of Jammu. The area was cordoned off and schools closed. The Himalayan region of Kashmire is divided between India and Pakistain. Both claim the region in its entirety.
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Iraq
6 people, including security personnel, killed, wounded in bomb blasts in Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Six people, including security personnel, were killed and maimed in two kabooms in south of Baghdad, security sources said on Saturday.

"A bomb went kaboom! near a market in al-Yusufiya region, south of Baghdad, leaving one person killed and three others maimed," the source told Baghdad Today. "Ambulance rushed to the blast spot and transferred the maimed to hospital for treatment, while the victim was taken to forensic medicine department."

Moreover, two tribal fighters were maimed in another bomb kaboom in south of the capital.

"A bomb went off, today, on the side of a road in Arab Jabour region, south of Baghdad, targeting a patrol of the Tribal Mobilization Forces," another source told Alghad Press.

"The blast left two personnel maimed," the source added. "Security cordoned off the kaboom scene and conducted investigations , while the maimed were taken to hospital."
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Mosul Kombat Kronicle: 1 jacket wallah prematurely kaboomed, another murders 3

Troops kill suicide attacker before blowing himself up, south of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed a suicide attacker as he was trying to blow up himself in southwest of Mosul, a security source was quoted saying on Saturday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, “ troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) killed a suicide attacker, wearing a suicide belt, in a village in Hatra region, southwest of Mosul, before he blew up himself.”

Moreover, the military intelligence department announced today confiscating suicide belts and explosives in west of Mosul.

Three paramilitary personnel killed in suicide attack, west of Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Three paramilitary personnel were killed as a suicide attacker blew up himself in west of Mosul, a police source said on Saturday.

“A suicide bomber, wearing a suicide belt, blew up himself near a checkpoint of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in Baaj,” Lt. Gen. Esman al-Mallah told BasNews.

“The bodies were taken to forensic medicine department, while troops launched a campaign there in the region that ended up arresting ten suspects,” Mallah added.
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Detainee says he was kidnapped, imprisoned by ISIS
[Ynet] A US citizen suspected of fighting with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
says he wasn't a fighter, but was kidnapped by the Death Eater group, tried to escape several times and was only in Syria to "understand firsthand and report" about the conflict, according to court papers filed Friday.
So he is merely a freelance journalist of some sort? I’d be suspicious, too, though it does happen.
New details about the unidentified detainee, held without charge in Iraq by the US for nearly five months, were included in documents the American Civil Liberties Union filed in US District Court in Washington.

If the US government wants to continue to detain him, it must charge him with a crime, the ACLU told the court.

The ACLU said the man, who surrendered on the Syrian battlefield to US-backed forces, claims the allegations against him are "riddled with inaccuracies."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Too bad they don't have tattoos like the SS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 5:33 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli pilot wounded on Saturday upgraded to moderate condition
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 04:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I’m glad to hear it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 15:57 Comments || Top||


Knife-wielding Palestinian arrested by Border Policeman near entrance to Tomb of the Patriarchs
The nonsense goes on.
[Ynet] A Paleostinian armed with a knife was tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
by Border Policemen near one of the security checkpoints at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs complex in Hebron.

An inquiry into the incident turned up that the Paleostinian, a boy from one the villages around Hebron, arrived to the checkpoint where forces found the knife on his person.

An initial interrogation found he intended to carry out a terrorist attack. He was handed over to security forces for further interrogation.
The Times of Israel adds:
With Border Police weapons cocked at him after setting off metal detector outside Tomb of Patriarchs, 15-year-old raises shirt to reveal weapon.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I heard, from friends son who served at checkpoints, that this happens regularly - they come to checkpoint, stop a few meters off and say "I have a knife". Thereby they are detained overnight, get 3 meals, and sent back.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 4:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Plus you get a good story about how you fought single-handedly against the Zionist Occupation. All in all, a good day.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/11/2018 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Should I no longer post these reports unless an actual attack occurs?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 19:35 Comments || Top||

#4  you're good - I appreciate them
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2018 20:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Can we hire this guy to man one fo the checkpoints?

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/11/2018 20:44 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 Should I no longer post these reports unless an actual attack occurs?

I consider them useful data points, regardless of the outcome. Sort of like taking the temperature of a swamp to determine the how active the inhabitants are.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/11/2018 21:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank you, gentlemen. I’ll continue as I was, then.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 23:02 Comments || Top||


Latest news in the conflict between Hamas and ISIS in Gaza
[GatestoneInstitute] The war between the two terror groups reached its peak this week, with revelations that ISIS had plotted to assassinate Hamas
[as Fred says, an acronym for 'frothing at the mouth']
leader Ismail Haniyeh.

According to an Egyptian intelligence report, Hamas recently arrested 18 ISIS suspects who planned to carry out the assassination in the Gaza Strip. The ISIS cell evidently was planning to place explosives in the "White Mosque" in the Gaza Strip, where Haniyeh prays, the reports said. The plot, they added, was uncovered thanks to cooperation between Hamas and the Egyptian authorities.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  The plot, they added, was uncovered thanks to cooperation between Hamas and the Egyptian authorities

that's too bad
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2018 8:31 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rantburg Exclusive: Iran's Rouhani Supplies YPG W/Safir Jeeps w/AT gun 107mm
Iran is essentially now using the YPG as a proxy militia against Turkey. Word is Rouhani is also supplying the YPG with anti-Aircraft manpads.



The #YPG in #Afrin turns into an Iranian proxy militia to fight #Turkey & Syrian rebels.
After #Konkurs ATGM and 107 mm rockets, #Iran now also supplied #Safir jeeps w/AT gun 106 to the Kurdish militia.
And I would make an educated guess, saying also today's MANPADS was provided. pic.twitter.com/ayY0bvzYkd

— Julian Röpcke(@JulianRoepcke) February 10, 2018
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [585 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran evidently doesn't want turkish troops too close to Assad held territory so the enemy of my enemy's enemy's enemy is... well whatever
Posted by: lord garth || 02/11/2018 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Okay it's now so surreal I want to know how much LSD was put into the MidEast water.

So in Afrin the US and Iran support the YPG in its fight with Turkey.

Near Raqqa the US needed to exterminate a Syrian armor brigade trying to attack the US expd HQ.
A big portion of the brigade is Russian mercs.

Near Israel a huge blow up between them, the Syrians and the Iranians.

In Iran Sadr quits supporting the Shite parties and supports the communist.

We are talking 10s of millions of mics of LSD!


Posted by: 3dc || 02/11/2018 0:36 Comments || Top||

#3  This is an interesting development.
1) I feel like the Russians are behind this somehow, that there is still some accounting due between the Rus and the Turks.
2) Do they still have sides in this war or is it just one big multi-player game of Calvinball to the death?
3) It'd be funny if the Persians are spending Obama's cash on this

AlanC mentioned Calvinball yesterday referring to Afghanistan, but it seems like an apt metaphor for this war too
Posted by: SteveS || 02/11/2018 0:46 Comments || Top||

#4  A 106mm Recoilless rifle being fired with a pull cord, at what looks like maximum elevation? Not how I was taught to do it back in '78.
Posted by: Bunyip || 02/11/2018 2:24 Comments || Top||

#5  The 106mm in muzzie indirect fire mode.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/11/2018 2:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Although I always thought that splintex would be very effective against a hovering helicopter, if you could get the burst range right. That must be what they are doing. I mean, who am I to assume that these guys have no clue?
Posted by: Bunyip || 02/11/2018 3:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Mohammedans always aim high!
A Muslim explains to us why:
"Though its sinful to claim
Allah's credit or blame,
One may piously fire H&I."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/11/2018 4:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Welcome to ME, where everyone - except your immediate family - is an enemy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 4:20 Comments || Top||

#9  SteveS, Calvinball is an appropriate metaphor for anything that involves Muslims anywhere from the Philippines to the Atlantic.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/11/2018 9:00 Comments || Top||

#10  I was thinking that the Calvinball 'Bonus Box' wouldn't really relate, but then I remembered the box of cash O sent the Persians.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/11/2018 11:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Welcome to ME, where everyone - except your immediate family - is an enemy.

Looks like his little sister is loading shells.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/11/2018 11:35 Comments || Top||

#12  Would someone please explain to me what the FUCK is going on over there???

We have the Iranians supporting the YPG who are the military arm and blood brother of the PKK who both want an independent Kurdistan which involves a big chunk of Iran and the Iranians are supporting them?

We have Soviet mercenaries fighting for the Turk against the Soviet supported Asaad regime?

Good Lord in Heaven, I think the LSD in the drinking water is the only rational explanation.

What happened?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/11/2018 13:51 Comments || Top||

#13  We have Soviet mercenaries fighting for the Turk against the Soviet supported Asaad regime?

Eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 13:54 Comments || Top||

#14  Grom,

Old habits die hard, I meant Russian not Soviet.

You know how things are.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/11/2018 14:14 Comments || Top||

#15  Sorry skid, I just couldn't resist.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/11/2018 14:49 Comments || Top||

#16  They don't need LSD. They have Islam.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/11/2018 15:17 Comments || Top||

#17  Imperialist Muscovite Tsarist Russian Soviet Russian ... Confusing when they just keep changing uniform colors.
Posted by: magpie || 02/11/2018 15:21 Comments || Top||

#18  You have to wonder if this is like a larger scale version of "don't carry unused ammo back to the FOB".
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/11/2018 19:56 Comments || Top||

#19  We have the Iranians supporting the YPG who are the military arm and blood brother of the PKK who both want an independent Kurdistan which involves a big chunk of Iran and the Iranians are supporting them?

You support the faction least hostile to you. It's not "till death do us part" - it's "till the Turks are gone". From the Iranian standpoint, the Kurds are cannon fodder - better dead Kurds than dead Iranians and Syrians. The thinking, probably accurate, is that the Turks are only ostensibly in Syria to fight the Kurds. In reality, they want a piece of Syria.

Your confusion about back-stabbing and so on assumes that everything will go back to the way it was (i.e. a unitary Syria within UN-recognized borders) after the hostilities are over. In reality, new maps are being created, and the fighting is over which political entities and what populations will be in charge of what pieces of real estate when all of this is over. Possession is 9/10 of the law. And Turkey may be jostling for a piece of the pie.

We have spent probably hundreds of millions of dollars supporting the Kurds. But the Kurds have spent thousands of lives. Our money is easily replaceable. Those lives - usually the bravest and most dedicated fighters - not so much. And given the Kurds' situation - the very definition of in extremis - it's not surprising they would get help from whatever sources they can find.

Note that Washington spent a good part of his military career fighting the French. And promptly sought an alliance with the French once the Revolutionary War kicked off.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/11/2018 20:33 Comments || Top||

#20  Well argued, Zhang Fei. You have reordered my thinking on the subject.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 23:06 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
U.S. Sanctions Three People, Three Firms For Supporting Islamic State
[RADIOSHABELLE] The United States said on Friday it had imposed sanctions on three people and three companies in the Philippines, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
, and Somalia that supported 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....
hard boy group, including a business that procured parts for unmanned aircraft.

The U.S. Treasury, in a statement, said it had imposed sanctions on Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar for providing financial and material support for Islamic State and its network in the Philippines.

It sanctioned Yunus Emre Sakarya and his Turkey-based firm Profesyoneller Elektronik for procuring parts for unmanned aircraft for Islamic State.

Yunus Emre Sakarya, has allegedly played a “key” role in acquiring UAV “components” since “at least 2015.” Sakarya established a “Turkey-based company, Profesyoneller Elektronik,” that year and has operated it ever since. Profesyoneller Elektronik, which is located in the Kecioren district of Ankara, “serves as an ISIS front company involved in the procurement of UAV-related materials” and, during the first half of 2016, “was involved in transactions for UAV-related equipment that totaled over $500,000 for ISIS.”

Sakarya is a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey, according to the US government’s identifying information. In addition to Turkey, he has operated out of Mayadin, Syria — a city on the Euphrates River in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. Mayadin is a a known hub for the Islamic State’s leadership.

And it sanctioned Mohammed Mire Ali Yusuf and his firms Liibaan Trading and Al Mutafaq Commercial Company for activities supporting Islamic State in Somalia.
Lots more detail at Long War Journal
Long War Journal Link
Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf (Mire Ali), is “an ISIS-aligned financial operative” who has “provided funds” to Abdulqadir Mumin.

Mumin was a Shabaab commander in the Puntland region. But he defected to the Islamic State in 2015, proclaiming his allegiance Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The US designated Mumin as a terrorist in Aug. 2016.

Mire Ali has helped finance Mumin’s branch of the so-called caliphate, according to Treasury. Two of Mire Ali’s companies, Liibaan Trading and Al-Mutafaq Commercial Company, both of which are located in Bosaso (a city in Puntland), were added to the US government’s list of designated terrorist organizations as well.

Treasury says that Mire Ali “ran all of his business activities through” Liibaan Trading, in downtown Bosaso, as of mid-2016. Liibaan is a “livestock trading business” that has “served as a front for ISIS-aligned groups in the Bari region of Somalia.” His business has likely taken him to Dubai, too, as the government’s identifying information places him in the city.
This article starring:
Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar
ABDULQADIR MUMINISIS-aligned
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi
Ankara
Bosaso
Kecioren district
Mire Ali
Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf
Profesyoneller Elektronik
Puntland
Yunus Emre Sakarya
Posted by: Fred || 02/11/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Same headline but more texture than yesterday's story.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/11/2018 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Good catch, Skidmark. Usually I notice such things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2018 15:23 Comments || Top||



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