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Afghanistan
25 Bad Guys die in fighting
Afghan Ministry of Defense said in a statement that in the past 24 hours at least 25 insurgents were killed during ground and airstrike operations by Afghan forces in different parts of the country.

The ministry said the forces conducted 14 clearance operations, 21 special operations and 44 air support operations.

According to the ministry during the operations, 25 insurgents were killed, 14 were wounded and five others including a Daesh militant were arrested.

The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Laghman, Ghazni, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Farah, Faryab, Takhar, Sar-e-Pul, Nimroz and Helmand provinces, MoD said.

During the operations enemy hideouts and weapons were destroyed, the MoD added.

Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


3 die in bombing in Paktika market
At least two civilians and one policeman were killed and six wounded in a motorbike bombing in Paktika on Sunday morning.

According to officials, the explosion happened about 10am at a busy market in Yahyakhel district.

Officials said explosives had been packed in a motorbike.

However one source said at least 12 people had been wounded, including one policeman. He said the wounded had been taken to hospital.

Serious damage was also reportedly caused to buildings and cars in the area.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident.

This comes after at least 20 people were killed in a string of bombings on Saturday in the country.

Two bombings were reported in Helmand province on Sunday and a third in Kabul city.

Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Somalia blasts death toll at 45, AMISOM explains clash with gov't troops
[AFRICANEWS] Somali authorities are investigating circumstances in which a clash between African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
mission troops (AMISOM) clashed with Somali intelligence officers manning a checkpoint in Mogadishu on the same evening of the al-shabaab attack.

Media reports indicate that the AMISOM troops fired on the Somali troops manning the checkpoint after the latter sought to implement a temporary lockdown that made it mandatory for all vehicles entering the airport to be verified.

The African Union Mission in Somalia tweeted on Sunday morning condemning the Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
attack, while at the same time commending the heroic actions of the Somali forces and AMISOM troops that repelled the attack.

They also explained that the AMISOM convey that clashed with Somali troops at the checkpoint was ’transporting injured civilians to the AMISOM Level II Hospital’.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Photos Show Former Hamas Members Who Were Killed Fighting for Islamic State
[Breitbart] 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....
has released photos over the Telegram chat application of jihadists who took part in an attack against Egyptian army headquarters, where the terrorist organization says the military operations are run against Wilyat Sinai, the Egyptian branch of IS.

The photos show four organization members labeled in a caption as "kamikazes" who carried out "an extensive attack against the 101 Brigade at El Arish."
When might that have been?
Wilyat Sinai also said in the release that dozens of Egyptian soldiers were killed and maimed in the attack and that the four gunnies in the photos detonated their boom jackets after running out of ammunition.

Two of the suicide kaboomers were said to have been Egyptians and the other two Paleostinians from the Gazoo Strip.

According to Abu Baker al-Maqdesi, a senior jihadist in Gazoo, the two Paleostinians used to be members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,’ so-called military wing. al-Maqdesi identified them as Abdelrahman Banat, from the neighborhood of Sheikh Radwan in the north of Gazoo City and Tareq al-Sheiq, from Rafah in the south of the Gazoo Strip.

The two defected from the ranks of Hamas one year ago and joined IS in Sinai, he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  If you get in my face again, I will kill you on all four corners and you all will fall down the basement steps to hell.
Posted by: newc || 02/26/2018 2:20 Comments || Top||


Al Qaeda-linked group claims Mali attack that killed 2 French troops
Unexpectedly.
[AFRICANEWS] A Malian Lion of Islam group with links to al Qaeda has grabbed credit for an attack that killed two French soldiers in the West African country on Wednesday.

The soldiers were killed after their armoured vehicle was hit by an bomb near Mali’s border with Niger and Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, an area that has become increasingly dangerous for international forces seeking to quell Islamic insurgencies in the remote Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
In October, bully boyz killed four U.S. troops just over the border in Niger, sparking a debate about America’s combat role in the vast and unpoliced scrubland just south of the Sahara.

JNIM, which has been responsible for other attacks in Mali and has been linked to the kidnapping of at least six western hostages in recent years, grabbed credit for Wednesday’s attack late on Friday on two Mauritanian websites, through which the group has previously communicated.

Islamist bully boyz took over northern Mali in 2012 before French forces pushed them back in 2013. But since then the threat has crept back, and attacks have occurred further and further south, into neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso, and as far afield as Ivory Coast.

In a bid to counter the bad boys, international donors on Friday pledged half a billion dollars towards the G5 Sahel, an international force made up of troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Mali/Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen


Africa Subsaharan
Cameroon: At least 5 killed by Boko Haram
[AFRICANEWS] At least five people were killed on Saturday in an attack attributed to Jihadist group 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...
between the villages of Bourvare and Goumouldi in the extreme north of Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
Bourvare is a Cameroonian village near Nigeria. The village of Goumouldi is located less than 5 kilometres from the Kerawa border crossing at the border with Nigeria.

Last Thursday, three other people were also killed in Kordo city, in the extreme north of the country.

On the night of 20-21, reports say the vicinity of Assigahsia, also in the Far North region, had been attacked by the elements of Boko Haram who also killed five people, injured five others and burned down houses before returning to their homes in neighbouring Nigeria.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Nigeria gov't confirms 110 girls missing after Boko Haram attack
[AFRICANEWS] One hundred and ten girls remain unaccounted for following an attack on a school in the town of Dapchi in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe, the country’s information ministry said on Sunday.

Insurgents believed to be from the Islamist militant group invaded the school on Monday and, out of 906 students, “110 have not been accounted for”, information minister Lai Mohammed said in an emailed statement.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemen's national army claims Taiz, Nihm
Yemen’s National Army gained foothold on Friday in strategic Taiz and Nihm district positions.

Fierce battles on both fronts killed at least 40 Houthi gunmen, while Saudi-led Arab Coalition air support destroyed two ballistic missiles fired by coup militia towards Marib.

Coalition air forces backing the constitutional government have contributed significantly to the latter’s advances nationwide against the Iran-backed insurgency.

Such developments coincided with the strikes of the Coalition aircraft on the positions of the Houthi militias in more than one front, and with artillery shelling of the Yemeni army against Houthi strongholds in Al Bayda fortifications.

According to official military sources over 20 Houthis were killed and wounded in violent clashes with the Yemeni army in eastern Taiz fronts.

“Government forces launched a violent attack on militia outposts in the area of ​​Adana and the hills of Ja'sah, east of Taiz, killing and wounding 20 militiamen,” government news agency Saba said in a statement, citing military sources.

The agency added that militia top leader, known as ‘Abu Mohammed,’ was killed two days ago alongside others in clashes near The Republican Palace and east of the province.

Official Yemeni army website (September Net) reported that government forces “launched a striking attack on Houthi positions of Sha'abi and Al Samdid villages, nestled east of Lowazm hill, making significant advances towards a number of outposts in eastern Taiz.”

The website pointed out that Houthi militias “bombarded a number of residential neighborhoods east of the city, wounding 5 civilians, among which were 3 children.”

In a subsequent statement, Maj. Gen. Sadeq Sarhan confirmed that on Friday night, the army managed to establish full control over the strategic Lowazm hill east of Taiz.

Sarhan revealed that army forces secured the strategic location, and still delivered a major blow to Houthi ranks, registering the deaths of more than 30 combatants.

Houthi ranks have largely collapsed on themselves and many were reported to have abandoned their posts in the battlefield.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


2 die in twin bombings in Aden
[AAWSAT] At least 5 people were killed and 31 wounded as two car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in Aden on Saturday, security sources said.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, vowed during telephone conversations with Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari and with the director of Aden's security, Shalal Shaea, to pursue the people responsible for the attacks.

The President stated that those terrorist operations would not discourage the legitimacy in its fight against terrorism in Yemen.

Witnesses and security sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the first suicide bomber detonated his car in the outer gate of the anti-terrorist headquarters in the Golden Coast district of al-Tawahi district south of Aden, before the second suicide bomber followed him with a second car explosion.

Sources added that "about 7 other masked gunmen began to fire their machine guns after the bombings, in an attempt to storm the headquarters, but security men and guards were able to thwart the attempt after a heavy exchange of fire."

The attack, according to medical sources, killed 6 people, including a child, and injured about 35 other security elements and civilians.

Activists circulated pictures of the attack, as ambulances rushed to the scene, amid high death toll due to the severe injuries of some of them.

Since the defeat of Houthis in the city two years ago, suicide attacks and bombings targeted security headquarters in Aden, on the hands of Yemeni branch of ISIS and al-Qaeda militants, along with assassinations of several members of the security forces, government officials and party leaders.

Two days ago, Yemeni army forces, backed by the Arab Coalition, completed a military operation west of Mukalla in Hadramout province, destroying the remaining sites of al-Qaeda militants in al-Mesini valley.

Aden security chief Shaea said in a statement after the attack that security forces had foiled the insurgents' plan, in which two car bombs were detonated and a number of gunmen tried to approach the security building.

He added that: "the vigilance of the security personnel has thwarted the plan, and the terrorists were immediately killed before they could reach the external gate of the counter-terrorism headquarters."

According to Shaea, five people were killed in the attack, including a child and 31 injured civilians, and 7 were wounded from the "Second Battalion – Storm" force located opposite to the security headquarters.

President Hadi phoned Minister Maysari describing the terror attack as "cowardly and terrorist". He ordered all security authorities to work on a thorough investigation to probe in this terrorist operation.

Hadi said such acts won't soften the Yemeni people resolve to materialize their will for achieving stability and dignified life.

He prayed for the fallen soldiers and civilians, wishing the injured speedy recovery and vowing to reach the outlawed elements and bring them to justice, according to Saba state-news agency.
Al Ahram adds:
At least 14 people were killed and 40 maimed when Islamist car jacket wallahs and button men tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, security and medical sources said.

Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency, grabbed credit for what it described as two "martyrdom operations" targeting the camp in Tawahi district in south-western Aden.

The agency provided no immediate evidence for the claim.
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Iraq
30 ISIS Bad Guys die in Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi troops killed on Sunday 30 Islamic State (IS) militants while hiding inside a cave in western Mosul, the Turkish Anadolu Agency quoted an army official as saying.

“Upon accurate intelligence reports, Iraqi troops fired 27 missiles from a Stryker armored vehicle against a cave in Al-Ba’aj district, 150 km west of Mosul, leaving the cave completely destroyed,” Major Abbas Abdel Azim from the 20th brigade of the Iraqi army said.

“All 30 IS militants who were inside the cave were killed in the bombardment,” Abdel Azim pointed out, revealing that the cave is believed to be used as an explosives depot as a huge explosion was heard following the missile attack.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

1 dead in bombing attacks

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Seven people were killed and wounded in two bomb blasts that took place in Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Sunday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, “a bomb went off near a market in al-Radwaniyah region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and five others wounded.”

Moreover, “another bomb exploded at a civilian’s vehicle in Sheikh Omar in central Baghdad, leaving the driver wounded.

The ambulances, according to the source, rushed to the scenes of both blasts and transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment, while the victim was taken to forensic medicine department.

3 wounded in bombing attack at Arab Jibor

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Three people were injured Sunday in a bomb attack in southern the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said, “A bomb exploded near commercial markets at Arab Jibor neighborhood in southern Baghdad, leaving three people wounded.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that a security force “carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment and opened a probe into the bomb attack.”
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Iraqi troops smoke 2 ISIS Bad Guys in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (Iraqinews.com) – Paramilitary troops killed on Sunday two Islamic State (IS) militants and seized a pair of explosive belts during a security campaign in Salahuddin province.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “During a security campaign to track down the Islamic State group in Salahuddin province, a pro-government force of al-Hashd al-Shaabi came under attack by a group of IS militants but the troops managed to repulse the attack and killed two of them.”

“The troops also seized two explosive belts were planned to target civilians and security forces,” the statement read, adding that the security campaign was launched upon accurate intelligent reports.

Popular Mobilization Forces, an alliance of volunteer Shia paramilitary forces, have actively backed the Iraqi government’s military campaign against IS since 2014, when they were formed upon a top Shia clergy edict to counter the Jihadist group.

PMF won official recognition as a national force late 2016, becoming under the command of the prime minister, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kop dies defending Kirkuk oil facility
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Three policemen, tasked with guarding an oilfield in Iraq’s oil-rich province of Kirkuk, were killed and injured in an attack by Islamic State militants on Saturday evening, a security source said.

“IS members attacked an oil police station, located near the oil well no. 43 in Khubbaz field, leaving a policeman killed and third injured,” the source told Al-Arabiya.net

The attack, according to the source, is the first one launched by the militants since Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija town, located southwest of Kirkuk, in October.

Another source told Xinhua news agency that the attack was carried out by 10 to 15 IS and that confrontations broke out between the attackers and the police force, resulting in the killing of two policemen and the wounding of three others.

Kirkuk, which Iraqi troops retook from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, has five oilfields of Papa karkar, Havana, Bai Hassan, Jambur and Khubbaz.

ISIS suicide bomber booms

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) A suicide attacker has blown up himself near one of the headquarters of the pro-government paramilitary troops in central Kirkuk, a police source said.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Sunday, the source said, “a suicide attacker, wearing a suicide belt, blew up himself in the morning, near a headquarter of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in central Kirkuk. Human losses are still unclear.”

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot and imposed tight measures,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq condemns 15 Turkish women to death for having ties with Islamic State
[DAWN] An Iraqi criminal court on Sunday sentenced to death 15 Ottoman Turkish women after finding them guilty of belonging to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, a judicial official said.

Another Ottoman Turkish woman accused of membership of the bad boy group was given a life sentence, the official said, adding they had all acknowledged the charges against them.

Iraq, which has detained at least 560 women, as well as 600 children, identified as Death Eaters or relatives of suspected IS fighters, is wasting no time in putting them on trial.

In January, a court sentenced a German woman to death on charges of providing logistical support to IS, and a Ottoman Turkish woman was earlier this month also handed the death penalty.

Human Rights Watch denounced the rulings as "unfair".

Earlier this week, a Baghdad court sentenced a French woman, Melina Boughedir, to seven months in jail for entering Iraq illegally but ordered her release on time already served.

Baghdad declared military victory over IS in December, after having expelled the Death Eaters from all urban centres they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014.

According to experts, an estimated 20,000 people are being held in jail in Iraq for alleged membership of IS. There is no official figure.

Separately, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan said in early February they had detained some 4,000 suspected IS members, including foreigners.

Iraq's anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped IS even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

It also allows for the death penalty to be issued against anyone ─ including non-combatants ─ found guilty of belonging to IS.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Navy kills Palestinian after boat breaches sailing limit
[Ynet] The IDF says it has opened fire on a Paleostinian boat off the Gazoo coast, killing one man who was on board after their warnings were ignored; two others were taken into custody for questioning.

The Israeli Navy opened fire on Sunday at a Paleostinian boat off that strayed from a permitted fishing area in the northern Gazoo Strip towards Israel, killing one of the three men on board.

The Navy opened fire after the boat ignored verbal warnings and warning shots, the IDF said. The soldiers than reportedly boarded the vessel and attempted to treat one of the fishermen, who was seriously maimed from the gunfire, but he succumbed to his wounds.

Two others were taken into custody for questioning.

The Gazoo fishermen's union, however, claimed the boat was targeted as it was making its way back to Gazoo, and Nizar Ayyash, the secretary of the Gazoo fishermen's syndicate, said in a statement that the men did not violate the maritime limit.

The union and his family named the dead man as 18-year-old Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala. Fishermen called an immediate two-day strike.

Israel maintains a naval blockade on the Gazoo Strip, which is dominated by Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", Islamists. It patrols the waters to stop arms from being smuggled into the enclave and to stop snuffies trying to attack or infiltrate its territory from the sea.

"Israeli forces targeted a Paleostinian fishing boat which was on the way back to Gazoo shore, which led to the death of one fisherman and wounding two others," the fishermen's union said.

An IDF spokeswoman said a Paleostinian vessel with three suspects aboard was shot at after it had deviated from the designated fishing zone in the northern Gazoo Strip.

"Naval forces called on the suspects to stop and when they did not comply, warning shots were had gun sex. Upon their continued advancement, shots were fired towards the vessel. Subsequently, one of the suspects was severely injured and he later succumbed to his wounds. The other two suspects were handed to security forces for interrogation," she said.

Fishing is one of the biggest industries in the Gazoo Strip, a coastal enclave of almost 2 million inhabitants.

Over the past two years, Israel has detained dozens of Gazoo fishermen who have strayed beyond the border, a senior naval commander said.

Boats are not allowed to stray beyond a fixed limit to the north towards Israeli waters, and Egypt keeps similar limitations to the south-west. Israel restricts fishing to a seasonally adjusted zone of between six and nine nautical miles.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Darwin - 1, Paleo Amphib - 0
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2018 9:18 Comments || Top||

#2  "Fishermen called an immediate two-day strike"

Yeah, that'll feed the 'Starving Gazookians'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/26/2018 15:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Ismail and his wailing boat.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2018 19:30 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Police arrest widow of Jemaah Islamiyah leader Marwan
[RAPPLER] The widow of notorious Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader Marwan has been tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on Sunday, February 25, the Philippine National Police announced.

Juromee Dongon was arrested by police operatives in an operation in Tubod, Lanao del Norte early Sunday morning.

Dongon was married to a big shot of the notorious Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
kidnap-for-ransom group, Khadaffy Janjalani. After his death in 2006 she married Malaysian bombmaker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, who was killed in 2015 in the Philippines, police said.

Aside from Dongon, arrested were her sister Lorilie Atta y Dongon and SPO4 Andy Atta, Lorilie's husband.

Confiscated from the 3 were:

One fragmentation grenade
6 blasting caps
One blasting cap assembly
One electric detonating cord
One non-electric detonating cord
One plastic container
Two sling bags
One 9mm Glock 17 pistol issued by the PNP
3 magazines for the Glock 17 pistol
37 live ammunition for the 9mm pistol

"[Dongon] assists, associates, networks and supports terrorist groups," regional police front man Superintendent Lemuel Gonda told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

"Juromee is linked with Abu Sayyaf during the time of Janjalani and then later Jemaah Islamiyah," he added, referring to a Southeast Asian bully boy group.

Marwan was a leading member of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and a suspect in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people as well as in two deadly Philippine attacks.

He died in a raid in the southern Philippines that also left 44 police commandos dead. The US had offered a $5 million bounty for him.

Father of Romeo Dongon arrested
In a separate operation, cops also arrested Romeo Dongon, alias "Faisal" at Sitio Tinago, San Juan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte, and found illegal firearms in his possession. Dongon's daughter Norein Dongon Santos was also arrested.

Romeo Dongon is the father of Renierlo Dongon, who was the terrorist who had a love affair with a police official, Superintendent Cristina Nobleza. It can be recalled that Nobleza and Dongon were arrested back in April 2017, when the two attempted to evade capture during a police operation against the Abu Sayyaf in Bohol. (READ: Cop detained over alleged plot to rescue ASG in Bohol)

The team was composed of operatives from the regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Special Action Force, provincial and municipal cops.

Cops seized the following from the house:

One Colt MK1V .45 caliber pistol
One magazine of caliber .45 bullets
3 pieces of caliber .45 cartridges
One M61 fragmentation hand grenade
One gray empty blasting cup
One two-feet yellow detonating cord

Cops also confiscated a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo laptop with a handbag case, a 4 mobile phones, and two electrical wires.

Dongon family's terror links
An exclusive report by Rappler's Maria Ressa back in April revealed that the Dongon family is no stranger to controversial terror-linked marriages.

Zainab Dongon, another Dongon daughter, was the wife of Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan. Zainab had also married the brother of Abu Sayyaf founder Abdujarak Janjalani, Khadaffy Janjalani, who was killed by government forces.

Another sister, Aminah, married Jainal Antel Sali, also known as Abu Solaiman. A 41-year-old civil engineer, he was Khadaffy Janjalani's deputy.

Romeo Dongon's wife, Judith Dongon, was arrested with Renierlo and Nobleza in the April 2017 incident in Clarin, Bohol.

Norein herself is apparently the wife of Ahmad Santos, the founder and leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement until his arrest in 2005.

They have been put under the custody of the CIDG, which handles high-level suspects and criminals.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Jemaah Islamiyah


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kurdish courts put former Islamic State group fighters on trial
[FRANCE24] Kurdish authorities in northern Syria are putting former Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group fighters on trial. In this exclusive report, FRANCE 24 investigates the anti-terror tribunals in the city of Qamishli.

FRANCE 24 news hounds went behind the scenes of an anti-terror courtroom in Qamishli in northeastern Syria - a region where Kurdish law prevails over Syrian law. Many former fighters for the Islamic State (IS) group, including foreigners, are awaiting trials there in a Kurdish court.

Kurdish forces almost entirely recaptured the city of Qamishli from the Syrian national army in 2012. Many former IS group fighters have been imprisoned in the city. FRANCE 24 journalists Roméo Langlois, Mayssa Awad and Mohammed Hassan were able to gain access to these prisons and film the prisoners in their cells.
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Rantburg Exclusive: SDF Battlefield Combat Report 2/25/2018 Afrin, Syria
1‐ Afrin/city: 500,000 thousands people in Afrin have been exposed to indiscriminate shelling by the Turkish invasion army and terrorist factions (Daesh/Al-Nusra) since the early hours of today’s morning.

2‐ Shiyeh/ Sheikh Hadid: our forces destroyed a Turkish military vehicle loaded with Doshka and killed everybody inside it in Chaqala village yesterday’s afternoon. While the Shiyeh town is exposed to a sporadic shelling by the Turkish hovercrafts.

3‐ Sharra: the clashes are still ongoing since three day in the vicinity of Omera village, where our people repelled enemy attacks. According to our fighters in the battlefield, 35 terrorists were killed including Turkish soldiers and a military vehicle completely was destroyed.

Since yesterday, Sinara and Anqalah villages exposed to more than 30 raids.

4‐ Jinderes: our forces carried out a military operation against a point for the Turkish army and the terrorist factions (Daesh/Al-Nusra), which led to the killing of 6 terrorists.

Also, our forces conducted another military operation against terrorist factions in Jalamh village which caused casualties within the ranks of the terrorists.

Additionally, Jinderes downtown was a target for the Turkish jets, where 4 raids carried out on Jinderes and the hovercrafts still targeting sporadically the area.

5‐ Azaz: our forces carried out a qualitative military operation against the invaders in their rear lines in the vicinity of Azaz city causing heavy casualties for the terrorist factions.

6‐ Raju: the Turkish hovercrafts sporadically bombard Raju.

7‐ Mabata: the town is exposed to a sporadic shelling.

SDF- MEDIA CENTER 25‐FEB-2018

During a qualitative operation, our forces targeted a gathering of terrorists and soldiers of the Turkish invasion in the vicinity of Hujailer village in Jandiers and confirmed the killing of eight terrorists, including Turkish soldiers.



Khadija Hesso/Janda Ararat was born in Cindires, Efrîn 1996. She had 3 brothers & 2sisters. On Feb 10 she fell heroicly defending her homeland in Raju, Efrîn. ALL martyrs had a family who loved them most. All fell protecting what they love. They are not numbers. All matter most.


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#1  YPG and Syrian government forces are said to be close to a deal for the government forces to move into Manbij to counter Erdogan's threat of taking Manbij.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/26/2018 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  the SDF doesn't have anything that can take out a Turkish jet

but the Syrian Army does
Posted by: lord garth || 02/26/2018 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Why haven't we armed these guys? They seem to be fighting the right people for the right reasons.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/26/2018 15:56 Comments || Top||

#4  The US provides financial aid to the YPG to fight ISIS. The US announced a plan to put 30,000 YPG in place as a post ISIS security force. Turkey, a US partner NATO allie protested and then attacked on January 20 after the US said on January 17 they would not defend the YPG against such an attack.

This is a Tillerson, state department failure. Because Al Qarda and Turkey are Islamic partners which is the most important partnership to Erdagon, inshallah.
Posted by: Omeger Gray6606 || 02/26/2018 18:57 Comments || Top||

#5  It's possible we can't afford an open break with Turkey because a good chunk of our air assets are operating out of Incirlik. As recently as last October, they were used to help retake Raqqa. I suspect any break with Turkey, if it materializes, will have to wait on the removal of our men and equipment from Turkey. It's also a possibility that a good chunk of Erdogan's rhetoric is part of long-standing anti-American more bark than bite BS that comes from many of our allies, including Greece.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/26/2018 20:46 Comments || Top||

#6  For instance, while it's fairly well-established that Assad funneled terrorists to Iraq to kill GI's, Erdogan never did.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/26/2018 20:47 Comments || Top||


Ghouta bombing won’t stop as army keeps up pressure
[DAWN] SYRIA continues to mass its armed forces around the east Ghouta enclave of Damascus, including army units commanded by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
’s brother Maher and by Colonel Soheil Hassan, the "Tiger" whose military victories across the country have made him legendary among Assad’s supporters.

Instead of moving by night ‐ the traditional tactic adopted by the army in the war ‐ vast quantities of Syrian armour have been humming along the highways to the capital in broad daylight from Aleppo and Homs in the north, from Deraa in the south, and from the countryside of Damascus itself. The Syrian authorities want them to be seen, to show the Salafist tough guys of Ghouta know how their battle will end.

Despite Russia’s veto at the UN on Thursday night, however, negotiations have continued between three rebel groups and the Syrian army ‐ under the direct mediation of the Russians ‐ to establish "humanitarian corridors" and "escape routes" for the tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside Ghouta, the vast area of suburban slums and farmland held by Islamist and other rebel groups since 2013. Almost identical talks took place between Islamists and the government over eastern Aleppo before its fall in Dec 2016. Bloodshed and negotiations have long been a feature of the Syrian war.

But despite the West’s rhetoric ‐ and the UN’s constant refrain that the civilians of eastern Ghouta are experiencing "hell on earth" ‐ the massive Syrian and Russian bombardment is going to continue. The Islamist Nusra faction, the "child" of Al Qaeda of 9/11 infamy, appears to be more reluctant to surrender to the Syrians ‐ even if allowed to leave with its light weapons ‐ than 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...
’s favourite militia, the Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
, or Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
’s proxy "Rahman Legion". There are even suggestions that the Saudi- and Qatari-supported factions are arguing with each other ‐ even now, inside Ghouta ‐ about the Gulf dispute between the Saudis and Qataris.

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