[Tolo News] At least seven turbans were killed as a result of their own bomb kabooms in southern Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province, Afghan National Army (ANA) media office said in a statement on Sunday.
The kabooms took place in Nawzad district when a number of turbans were busy planting Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) in the district, the statement added.
Two other planters were maimed in the blasts, it continued.
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[Tolo News] At least 23 Taliban murderous Moslems among six foreigners were killed in an Afghan military Arclight airstrike in northwestern Faryab province on Saturday, local officials said.
In addition, 14 other murderous Moslems were maimed, officials added.
The Arclight airstrike came after the Taliban murderous Moslems attacked Kohistan ...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns.... district, said Mohammad Reza Rezaye, head of the Media Office of 209 ANA Shaheen Corps.
"The situation is now under control of the military forces," he said.
However the Kohistan Police Chief, Abdul Ahad Behzad said that threats to the military forces remained high and asked them to stay alert.
Kohistan is one of the remote districts in the province, about 100 km from the bustling provincial capital.
Over the past few months, the Taliban murderous Moslems have increased their activities across the country and have been frequently targeting the security posts.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three people were killed and thirteen others were wounded following an explosion in southern Kandahar city late on Sunday evening.
According to the local government officials, the incident took place in the 1st police district of the city after a motorcycle packed with explosives was detonated near the police check post.
The officials further added that the attack was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber which took place shortly after the iftar dinner.
The provincial police spokesman Zia Durani confirmed that a women and a member of the Afghan national security forces were among those who lost their lives in the attack.
He said thirteen others including two policemen and eleven civilians were wounded in the attack.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident but the local officials are blaming the Taliban group for the incident.
Kandahar is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Security agencies have tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! seven bandidosturbans during separate operations 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.
A statement issued Sunday by the police headquarters of Nangarhar province states that four bandidosturbans who were making, transporting and placing magnetic bombs have been arrested during a raid in Jalalabad city.
The raid was conducted by the counter-insurgency department of the police headquarters that identifies the four bandidosturbans as Mawlawi Bilal S/O Gul Alam an instructor and prayers leader of Hazrat Bilal Madrassa and a resident of Nangarhar province, Mubashirullah S/O Deena a resident of Badakhshan province, Hamidullah S/O Abdul Khaliq resident of Ghor province and Niamatullah S/O Sardar resident of Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... .
The group was arrested red handed with three magnetic bombs in Hazrat Bilal Madrassa (religious seminary) in Base Ekmalati area of Jalalabad city.
In the meantime, The National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... (NDS) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency states that they have arrested two bandidosturbans from the jurisdiction of Jalalabad city and another one on Nangarhar -- Kabul ...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either.... highway.
A statement issued by the NDS states that 350 explosive capsules, 45 remote controls of IEDs and other terrorist materials to were recovered from the possession of one terrorist.
The statement further states that Bismillah S/O Abdul Jalal planned to take these materials to Nangarhar's neighboring Laghman province for destructive actions.
NDS statement identifies the two other bandidosturbans as Zalmai S/O Sayed Noor and Noorullah S/O Malik Shah.
Although the statements from both security organs do not contain the exact date of the activities but they release information to media about recent achievements.
GARBAHAREY -- A large number of Ethiopian heavily armed soldiers have reportedly crossed along its border with Somalia, a bid to launch deadly counter-offensives on held Al Shabab areas in south of Somalia.
The Ethiopian troops will move to Gedo and Bokol region where its forces based and will launch several operations to push the militants out of Bardhere and Dinsoor cities, key towns for Al Shabab insurgents, sources have told Shaballe in Mogadishu.
Hundreds of local residents have expressed deep concerns on the forces’ arrivals, with some residents told Shabelle Meda, they had started fleeing from the town in fear of deadly battle between Ethiopian and Al Shabab.
The Ethiopian troops serving under African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) forces battling Al Qaeda linked Al Shabab militants in the past 5 years in south and central Somalia.
MOGADISHU -- Somalia intelligence officer has been seriously wounded after bomb explosives fitted into his luxury car, exploded in Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.
A witness told Shabelle Media in Mogadishu that the explosion happened on Sunday near Shenimo Africa area in Hamarweyne district, adding that police had cordoned off the scene. The injured NISA officer was identified as Abdiaziz Abdulkadir who was rushed to local hospitals in Mogadishu for medical treatment, according sources who spoke to Shabelle Media.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s regional Banadir administration spokesman, Abdifatah Omar Halane accused Al Shabab militants of being behind the explosion in which targeted an intelligence officer in Mogadishu.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack but Al Shabab carried out similar suicide attacks against foreign nationals and Somalia soldiers along with AMISOM forces in the country.
BARDHERE -- Somalia government troops along with African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces moved towards held Al Shabab town in Gedo region in south of Somalia, military sources said.
The coalition troops were making military maneuvering in Elwak and Garbaharey towns in Gedo region, a bid to take control of Bardere, a key town for Al Shabab militants, sources have told Shabelle Media in Mogadishu
The officials from allied forces were unavailable to reach on the phone for comments on their move towards Al Shabab held town in south of Somalia but the sources said that deadly offensive on the insurgents could be feared to happen in town.
This move comes days after Somalia soldiers supported by AMISOM peacekeepers accused of vacating from at least 12 towns located in lower Shabelle region where Al Shabab killed at least 50 AU soldiers from Burundi.
WANLAWAYN, Somalia -- Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab terrorists militants poured into Lower Shabelle region town of Wanlawayn in southern Somalia following skirmishes with government forces on Saturday, Garowe Onliner reports. Though terrorists militants faced little resistance, residents have confirmed that Al Shabaab is now in control of Wanlawayn, some 90km west of Mogadishu.
I'm no military genius, but after vacating the town, what did the government expect would happen?
Somali government forces are said to have vacated their positions, heading to a military airport remaining under the control of African Union peacekeepers and Afgooye town.
The fresh squeeze follows a series of alarming pullouts made by allied troops from strategic areas in Lower Shabelle. Terrorists Militants stepped up Ramadan rampage, reverting to unprecedented military-style ambushes and planned assassinations.
[Ynet] Egypt's military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist turbans in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region.
Security sources said on Sunday troops killed the 63 in villages between the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah.
Two Boko Haram bombs exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing 44 people. 67 other people were injured and were being treated at hospitals.
The blast at the Yantaya Mosque happened as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama'atu Izalatul Bidia organization, which preaches peaceful co-existence of all faiths, was addressing a crowd during Ramadan.
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[VOA News] A jacket wallah killed at least five people at a church in northeast Nigeria ... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border... . The bombing is the latest in a string of suspected 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... attacks that have left some 200 dead over the past week.
The blast took place Sunday morning at a church in Potiskum, the largest city in Yobe state. Witnesses say the bomber was disguised as a church member who detonated the explosives he was carrying shortly after entering the building.
The bombing comes after Friday's attacks near Maiduguri, the capital of nearby Borno state. Military officials say six women suicide bombers caused kabooms that killed dozens of people, including a soldier there.
Meanwhile, ...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ... more bodies are being retrieved from houses destroyed in a suspected Boko Haram attack last week in northeastern Nigeria.
In the past two days, 21 more corpses have been recovered and buried in Kukawa said Haruna Kukawa, a state politician that represents the local government.
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[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni army and the Popular Committees managed to storm al-Hijlah Saudi post in Dhahran Asir on Saturday, video released by the Yemeni Military Media shows.
The Video shows the Yemeni soldiers and committees fighters crossing the main road and heading to the military post. The soldiers and the fighters positioned close to the post's control tower before storming it.
The scenes show a shell directly hitting the control tower. The soldiers and the fighters then stormed the military post.
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... has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-US coalition. Thousands of Yemenis have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.
However, a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package... Yemeni army, backed by popular committees and tribal fighter has been responding to the aggression by targeting several Saudi military posts in the border areas.
Sanaa -- Air strikes by Saudi-led forces killed 30 civilians in an attack on a market in northern Yemen on Sunday, the Houthi-run news agency Saba said, as UN mediators pushed for a humanitarian pause in fighting that has killed nearly 3,000 since March.
Saba also said Houthi forces launched rockets against a number of Saudi army positions, including a military airport in the southern city of Najran, in response to what it described as Saudi aggression against Yemen.
An Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been pounding the Iran-backed Houthi forces and allied army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.
Saba said the air strike targeted the Aahem market in Hajjah province, where preliminary figures showed that 30 civilians were killed and an unspecified number of people were wounded.
“The Saudi enemy targeted citizens while they were doing their shopping at Aahem market,” the agency quoted a security source in Hajjah as saying.
Residents confirmed an air strike on the market but gave no figures on casualties, saying the Houthis closed off the area and were transporting casualties to hospitals. A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment.
On the attacks on Saudi military positions, Saba said that the Yemeni army launched several strikes on Al Sharafa army camp and the military airport in Najran and on tanks stationed north of the Al Khoba region of the Saudi province of Jizan.
It said one Saudi soldier was killed at an observation tower in Dhahran Aseer, where an armoured vehicle was also destroyed, while a tank was destroyed and dozens of soldiers were wounded at Al Makhrooq post in Najran when it was attacked with artillery and rocket fire.
Riyadh - A terrorist, who escaped a raid at a house in Saudi Arabia’s Taif city, was killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said here on Sunday.
Guess his curly-toed slippers failed him...
Yousef Abdullatif Shabab Al Ghamdi was killed in a hideout on Saturday after he exchanged gunfire with security forces, refusing to surrender, Arab News cited the ministry as saying in a statement.
"You'll never take me alive, haram!"
"Suits us fine. Open up boys!!"
Al Ghamdi on Friday escaped the raid at a house in Taif city, during which three of his colleagues were captured, police said. Security forces seized flags of Daesh, gun silencers and computers from the house.
[Dhaka Tribune] Shahbagh police jugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! an alleged activist of banned krazed killer outfit Hizbut Tahrir ...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate... from the Dhaka University campus yesterday.
The arrestee is Abdul Matin, a masters student of the Education and Research Institute (IER). He was later suspended from the DU.
DU proctorial body members identified the student around 2pm at Arts Faculty when he attempted to give leaflets and jihadi books to a teacher, acting proctor Amzad Ali said. Later, Matin was handed over to the police.
The authorities also found jihadi literature and CDs after searching his room.
Prof Amzad said they would take stern action against Matin after investigation.
International krazed killer group Hizbut Tahrir that aims at establishing Caliphate was banned in the country on October 22, 2009 for posing threat to public safety. It is also banned in a number of countries.
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[Daily Mail] British special forces have been given the go-ahead to launch raids deep into IS territory in Syria and Iraq, top intelligence sources have revealed.
In response to the threat posed directly to Britain, the SAS has been given 'carte blanche' to kill or capture IS leaders, including those who planned the Tunisian beach massacre. An elite force of up to 100 troops is expected to be committed to the secret war, working with US special forces and Navy Seal teams.
Prime Minister Cameron last week promised a 'broad spectrum' response to the murder of 30 British tourists by IS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui in the beach resort of Sousse in Tunisia. Reports say the SAS and SBS will be working with MI6 and GCHQ, the government's eavesdropping service, to target the IS and other terror groups which pose a threat to the nation.
One senior intelligence source said, "The SAS have been pushing to be more proactive for quite a while. In the past couple of years they have planned a number of operations in Syria when the chemical weapon threat was high but the missions were vetoed at the highest level because of the risks involved. The Tunisian attack has led to a rethink and has speeded up the inevitable use of SF [special forces] against Islamic State."
Last week Defense Secretary Michael Fallon it was 'illogical' for the RAF to be bombing ISIS in Iraq, but not joining the American-led assault on their bases in neighbouring Syria. He said, "IS has to be defeated in both countries. It's evil in Iraq is being directed by its headquarters in Syria."
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The gloves are off with the Brits.
So who do you suppose the first poster child for not shooting innocent citizens will be.
[DAWN] Armed Death Eaters killed three labourers in Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... 's Gwadar district Sunday evening, according to Levies sources.
Sources told Dawn.com that the Death Eaters shot up a construction company in Zero Point area of Pasni tehsil in Gwadar district. Three labourers working there were killed on the spot, they said.
Levies sources went on to say that the assailants also snatched weapons from Balochistan Constabulary personnel deployed to guard labourers and machinery in the area.
The assailants managed to escape from the spot as law-enforcement personnel reached the site to investigate the incident.
Levies personnel claim the attack was an act of assassination.
[DAWN] An kaboom killed one person and injured another 15, including three women and two children, around Quetta's Bacha Khan Chowk area Sunday evening.
The kaboom smashed windows of shops and also damaged vehicles parked nearby.
According to Quetta Capital City Police Officer Razzak Cheema, the bomb, which went off with a loud kaboom, was planted in a cycle of violence parked in the area. Cheema said around 5 kilogrammes of kaboom was used in the bomb.
The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta where emergency was imposed to provide urgent treatment to those critical.
Bacha Khan Chowk is a business center located in the heart of Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... 's capital city. The area was at its busiest when the blast occurred.
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[ARABNEWS] At least seven soldiers and 12 holy warriors were killed in a clash on Sunday in Pakistain's troubled tribal belt where the army is fighting a major offensive against Taliban bully boys.
The military made a new push into the Lion of Islams' last major stronghold near the border with Afghanistan, intelligence officers said Sunday.
Pakistain began a major offensive in North Wazoo last summer to drive out Pak Taliban and other hard boyholy warriors who launch attacks on government and civilian targets.
The army is meeting fierce resistance as it moves further into the lower-lying areas of the Shawal Valley, the Taliban's last stronghold, military officials said.
Pakistain's Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif visited troops on Friday and said the initial phase around the surrounding peaks of the Shawal Valley was successful and it was now time to begin a final push into the lower areas.
"We will not stop unless we achieve our end objective of a terror-free Pakistain," he said.
Militants ambushed a military convoy on Saturday in the valley's Pir Ghr area, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, intelligence officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
The Pak Taliban grabbed credit for the attack, with front man Azam Tariq saying five soldiers were killed.
The intelligence officials added that troops moving from both the North and South Waziristan sides into the Shawal Valley were encountering tough resistance from Lion of Islams.
The heavily forested ravines in the area are dotted with Taliban hideouts and the area is a key smuggling route into neighboring Afghanistan.
Two other attacks in the northwest killed five more soldiers outside the Shawal Valley.
The first, a remote-controlled kaboom on army vehicles in North Waziristan, killed three and injured six.
A second kaboom on a military vehicle in South Waziristan killed two others, the military officials said.
The Pak Taliban had controlled almost all of the northwestern region of North Waziristan before troops launched their offensive last year.
Many holy warriors have fled to other parts of Pakistain, and some into Afghanistan, complicating the US-backed Kabul ...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either.... government's fight against its own Taliban insurgency.
Pakistain's military said the incident took place in the Ghaziza area of Datta Khel town, some 20 km east of Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , the main town in the North Waziristan tribal district which borders Afghanistan.
"Fleeing Death Eaters also left behind three of their dead bodies. Four soldiers also embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) in the exchange of fire," it said in a statement.
A security official in the area confirmed the incident and casualties.
The conflict zone is remote and off-limits to journalists making it difficult to verify the army's claims, including the number and identity of those killed.
Pakistain has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following the late 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
The Pakistain Army began a major campaign against Taliban and other Lion of Islam strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal area in June last year and authorities have now vowed to intensify operations both in the border regions and across the country.
The military says more than 2,700 holy warriors have been killed since the launch of the major offensive.
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Three Pak soldiers have been killed in a landmine kaboom in North Wazoo tribal built.
Security officials say a military convoy was passing through Bannu area when a landmine went kaboom! on one of its vehicles on Sunday.
The kaboom destroyed the vehicle and left three soldiers killed and six others maimed.
Those maimed have been shifted to a near by hospital for treatment.
According to officials the bomb exploded from a larger distance through a remote control.
This comes as Pakistain is on its final stages of winding up its military operation Zarb-e-Azab which started about a year before in North Waziristan.
The operation started in June last year after peace talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) failed and a deadly myrmidon attack conducted on Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... International Airport that left around 30 people killed.
"Oops. Our bad"
An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.
The plane ‐ one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group ‐ was returning to base when the accident happened.
Military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, told The Associated Press that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb, which hit a number of houses in the Iraqi capital's eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad.
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[RUDAW.NET] The Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militias, also called Popular Mobilization Units, are training 800 Christian volunteers to battle ISIS in its stronghold djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , a source from the Babylon Battalion told the Iraqi Al-Mada newspaper.
Citizens, not subjects? This will cause trouble among those who cannot conflate citizen with dhimmi.
"As local forces prepare for the Mosul operation to clear out ISIS gunnies, 800 Christian volunteers have also joined the Battalion of Babylon that belongs to the Hashd al-Shaabi," a source inside the Christian battalion told Al-Mada late Saturday.
According to the source, the Christian volunteers have been training in three military camps in the city of Baghdad and Salahadin province.
"The battalion is a special military arrangement for Christians under the control of Hashd al-Shaabi," Al-Mada quoted the Christian source as saying.
This is not the first time non-Shiite volunteers have reportedly joined the Hashd al-Shaabi. The militias have previously claimed their military groups belong to all parts of Iraq, with different religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Moen al-Kazemi, a Hashd al-Shaabi commander, said the group is a national military group, fighting to protect Iraq and Iraqis, and that volunteers from various background are among the Shiite group.
The Shiite militias signed up 100,000 volunteers in June in Iraq's ongoing war against 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.... , Kazemi said.
The militias, some of which have known ties to Iran, took the lead in the liberation of Tikrit earlier this year amid subsequent allegations the fighters marginalized Sunni residents of the area.
The Hashd al-Shaabi rose up last year at a call from Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest Shiite holy man in Iraq, when ISIS fighters overran much of country's western territory.
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the Christian volunteers might be smart to start looking at joining the Kurds
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] 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.... jacket wallahs and fighters attacked the center of Iraq's northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight, forcing the army and Shi'ite fighters to pull back, military sources and the local mayor said on Sunday.
The town of Baiji and its refinery - Iraq's largest - have been a battlefront for more than a year. The hardline Islamists seized the town in June 2014 as they swept through much of northern Iraq towards the capital Baghdad.
Control of Baiji neighborhoods has changed hands many times during the conflict. The latest Islamic State offensive comes after authorities said they controlled nearly the whole town and expected to drive murderous Moslems from the refinery within days.
The snuffies attacked around 8 pm (1300 EDT) on Saturday with two suicide boom-mobileings. The blasts were followed by fierce festivities that lasted until midnight and drove the army and mainly Shi'ite Hashd Shaabi forces from the center of town, two army colonels said.
Baiji mayor Mahmoud al-Jabouri said there had been a pattern of withdrawals by Islamic State fighters in the town followed by counter-offensives. "Their lethal weapons are suicide kabooms and snipers, and this is why we have fighting back and forth."
Army officers said the army and Hashd groups were preparing a response. "Islamic State fighters are still holding positions in three neighborhoods in Baiji and they are still receiving reinforcements," said one of the army colonels.
In Anbar province west of Baghdad, witnesses said two rockets hit a crowd in the Islamic State-controlled lovely provincial capital Ramadi on Saturday evening, killing at least 18 people.
They said a group of people had gathered after the daily Ramadan fast to play Muhaibis, a game where players have to identify a member of the opposing team who is hiding a ring.
"I heard a blast and saw fire coming from Dolphin Square. I ran to the place and saw vehicles carrying bodies and maimed covered with blood. They were innocent people playing a ring game; they were not making bombs," said Haj Thamir Ahmed, a Ramadi resident who lives nearby.
In northwest Baghdad, at least three people were killed and 11 maimed when a bomb went off near a restaurant in the mainly Shi'ite district of Shulaa on Sunday morning, police and medical sources said. Another two people were killed by a bomb in Hussainiya on the city's northern outskirts.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for those attacks, but statements in the name of Islamic State said the group carried boom-mobileings on Saturday evening in Baghdad and Balad Roz which killed 10 people.
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[Inquirer] Over a dozen Maoist militants stormed an airstrip owned by a multinational banana company and blasted a parked light plane in Compostela Valley province on Saturday.
The heavily-armed New People's Army guerrillas swooped down on the compound of Dole-Stanfilco Philippines in Maragusan at 10:20 p.m. The militants forced their way to the company's hangar, firing at the guardhouse, and planted an improvised explosive device under the plane. The attackers then set off the explosive, damaging the crop duster, before they fled.
[ALMANAR.LB] Six civilians, including a child, were among at least 22 people killed in US air strikes on the stronghold of the Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... group, ISIL (so-called 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.... in Iraq and Syria), on Saturday and Sunday, a monitor said.
The rest of the dead in the raids on the city of Raqa were ISIL Death Eaters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Dozens of people were also maimed in the raids which took place on Saturday and Sunday.US fighter jet
The US-led coalition, which launched an air war against ISIL in Syria last September, said it had carried out "significant" air strikes against Raqa.
"The significant air strikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh (ISIL) the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq," front man Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran said.
"This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh's ability to move from Raqa."
Coalition forces "successfully engaged multiple targets" throughout Raqa, the statement said, destroying IS structures and transit routes.
The strikes "have severely constricted terrorist freedom of movement," it added.
Washington is leading an international coalition fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq, where the holy warrior group has proclaimed an Islamic "caliphate" in territory under its control.
However, you can observe a lot just by watching... many reports make doubts about the real intentions of the US raids, pointing out that the coalition warplanes had dropped weapons and several supplies to the Takfiri bad boys.
Fearless Leader of the Islamic Revolution ...Iran's doddering head theocrat... in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei had repeatedly accused the US of backing the Takfiris, saying that Washington is not honest in fighting ISIL.
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Hah, we hit the baby milk plant--again. Wake me when we get serious.
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] 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.... jacket wallahs on Sunday blew up an explosive- laden truck near a power plant that serves the northeastern city of Hasaka, the latest attack after their expulsion from most parts of the city, the Syrian army said.
State television said a second attack, against a power plant that serves the southern districts of the city, was prevented, but the first had caused "material damage" and led to "casualties". It did not elaborate.
The ultra-hardline bandidosmurderous Moslems continue to stage lighting attacks inside the city, although they were driven out of some districts after they mounted a major offensive that failed last month. That offensive attempted to capture the scenic provincial capital of the oil and grain producing province of Syria.
The city is divided into zones run separately by the government of President Bashar al Assad and a Kurdish administration.
The offensive was meant to relieve pressure on IS, which has given up significant ground recently to Kurds and some local Arab tribes backing them. The bandidosmurderous Moslems lost villages around Ras Al Ayn and the town of Tal Abyad northwest of Hasaka along the Turkish border.
The northeastern corner of Syria is strategically important because it links areas controlled by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Syrian Kurds have also sought to expand their territorial control over a region stretching from Kobani to Qamishili, which they see as part of a future Kurdish state.
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[ARABNEWS] The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway.
The army, backed by Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, from the rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war.
The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah's al Manar television station said its fighters and the Syrian army had entered the Jamaiyat district in the western part of Zabadani, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus.
Footage showed ground troops entering parts of the city lying in a lush agricultural plain surrounded by a mountain range shared to the east with Leb.
The offensive began on Saturday and was preceded by several days of aerial and artillery bombing of outposts held by a coalition of mainly Sunni Moslem fighters defending the city.
The Syrian army also said on state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
their fighters had seized the Sultani district, east of the city, while Hezbollah said it now had encircled the northern portion.
Earlier the Syrian army said: "Tens of bad boyz were potted and injured" in the assault.
The Syrian army, aided by Hezbollah, last March captured the western mountains overlooking Zabadani but rebels who control the eastern hilltops have used rocket launchers to hit army and Hezbollah posts.
The latest offensive is part of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... 's effort to shore up his control over western Syria.
The capture of the city would secure a safe arms and troops corridor for Hezbollah, whose military role inside Syria has been growing steadily since the start of the conflict.
The area around the once popular resort city was part of a major supply route for weapons sent by Syria to Hezbollah before the 2011 outbreak of the Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people.
The Syrian army is fighting on several other fronts. As well as battling rebels around the southern city of Daraa and the northern city of Aleppo, it has been fighting Daesh (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.... ) as the holy warrior group attempts to seize government-held areas of the northeastern city of Hasaka.
Posted by: Fred ||
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[Ynet] The United States and its allies stepped up their campaign against 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.... with 38 air strikes on targets belonging to the group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, a joint command statement said on Sunday.
Eighteen of the strikes were near the Syrian city of Raqqa, capital of the 'caliphate' that Islamic State has declared.
The statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said tactical units and vehicles had been hit and 16 bridges had ben destroyed. The attacks in Syria also included five near Hasaka and three near Kobani, in which tactical units, vehicles and fighting positions were hit.
In Iraq, Islamic State was targeted in 12 strikes near eight cities. The statement said tactical units, fighting and staging positions, weapons and vehicles had been hit.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
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Am I missing something?
Is there an election or something coming up and the current administration has to make a show doing something?
Scenario A: What you see here is a ratcheting up of the Klingon covert war in Syria. Director Brennan may not enjoy the same level of unbridled 'drone zapping' abilities, and WH power & access under the next POTUS. This could be the budget spiking home stretch. Agency critic Dianne Feinstein soon gone, DIA Director Flynn and Deputy replaced, Less for DoD, more for the Klingons.
Scenario B: What you see here is a ratcheting up of the Klingon covert war in Syria. Director Brennan may soon enjoy an actual increase in his 'drone zapping' activities, WH access & power under a new Democratic POTUS (one they've groomed at Foggy Bottom, and help make very wealthy). This could be the budget spiking home stretch and fiscal bench mark for the next 8 years. Agency critic Dianne Feinstein soon gone, DIA director Flynn and Deputy replaced, less for DoD, more for the Klingons.
See also FREEREPUBLIC, TOPIX + DAILY MAIL.UK > NO END IN SIGHT TO ISIS BATTLE SAYS OBAMA AS HE REFUSES MORE US BOOTS ON THE GROUND, + SAYS THIS IS ABOUT [winning] "HEARTS AND MINDS".
* CNN AM, DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS [Twitter] > ISIS' RECENT LOSSES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA PROVES IT CAN AND WILL BE DEFEATED, COALITION HAS HIT ISIS WIS OVER 5000 AIRSTRIKES.
* TOPIX > [Fox News Channel] PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA CONCEDES ISIS HAS GONE GLOBAL [outside of Iraq + Syria Region], BUT SAYS WE WILL "ULTIMATELY PREVAIL".
* WORLD NEWS > [Guardian.UK] BARACK OBAMA SAYS FIGHT AGZ ISIS WILL BE A "GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE".
D *** NG IT, any relation to the Year 2030-2050 + rise of a US-BORN, US-RAISED, EX-ELITE, CONVERT-TO-ISLAM ISLAMIC MAHDI/MESSIAH/HIDDEN IMAM???
* TOPIX > [BreitBart] ISIS IN INDIA: [Indian Govt-INTEL] OFFICIALS CONCERNED TERRORIST GROUP WILL SPREAD OUT OF PAKISTAN [Afghanistan-Pakistan = AFPAK].
* SAME > [News Kerala] CSTO FORCES, TAJIK RESERVISTS TO [jointly] FIGHT TALIBAN, ISIS.
* SAME > [Jakarta Post] AL-QAIDA AND ISLAMIC STATE TARGET AUSTRALIA.
* FREEREPUBLIC > [Virtual Jerusalem] ISIS BRINGS REINFORCEMENTS TO EGYPT TO TARGET THE PYRAMIDS + SPHINX.
And BTW while they're at it the Suez Canal + Egyptian-Libyan Oil???
* SAME > [RCP] ISIS FIGHTS FOR A WINDOW TO THE SEA.
ISIS/ISIL = Rising China in East-Asia-WESTPAC = Balochistan Separatists???
This is why we want DARTH VLAD = RUSSIA to send the Russian Navy [+ Other], e.g. the KIROV-CLASS MISSLE-ARMED BATTLECRUISER "MOSKVA" into the South China Sea, ETC. ALBEIT PREFERABLY WIDOUT NEED OF ANY OCEAN/FLEET SALVAGE TUGS AS ESCORT = COMMAND SHIPS.
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