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Afghanistan
Suicide bomber shot dead in Nangarhar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A jacket wallah was rubbed out by the security forces before he manage to carry out an attack on the provincial officials.

According to the local security officials, the incident took place early on Sunday in Ghani Khel district of 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..
The officials further added that the suicide bomber was looking to detonate his explosives among the government officials during the first day of Eid but was recognized and rubbed out by the security forces.

The provincial police commandment in a statement also confirmed that the suicide bomber was rubbed out before carrying an attack around 9 am in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district.

The statement further added that only the suicide bomber was killed in the incident and no one else was hurt.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Revenge suspected in Tripoli murder of colonel and beautiful daughter in Tripoli
[Libya Herald] The murder of an army colonel and his daughter in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
yesterday was Dire Revenge for the death of a man from Wadi al- Shaati during a prison breakout there last February, a relative of the slain officer claims.
"Arrrr! I must have Dire Revenge™!"
Yesterday evening, Bashir al-Hadi al-Hasnawi, an army colonel from the Shatti area but who lived in semi-retirement in Tripoli, was killed along with his beautiful 20-year-old daughter as they drove off from their home in the capital’s Ain Zara district, not far from Salahadeen. The occupant of a car blocking the end of the road got out and shot at them with a Kalashnikov.
"Father! Look out!"
[bangettabangettabangetta!]

According to the member of Hasnawi’s family, the colonel was targeted because the killer had a grudge against the Hasawna tribe whom he blamed for his brother’s death at the time of the breakout from Wadi al-Shatti’s Gurda prison in February. The brother was said to have been one of those involved in attacking the police jail and freeing the prisoners ‐ allegedly mainly Islamists ‐ and was killed in subsequent shooting between prison guards and the attackers. Many of the guards are said to have been members of the Hasawna tribe.
[sulk]
"Friggin' Hasawnas! I'll moider da lot of 'em! An' dere beautiful daughters, too!"

However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
contrary to some reports, Hasnawi had not been in Wadi al-Shatti at the time of the attack and not been working in the police-run prison there, the relative insisted, pointing out that his cousin had been an army colonel not a police colonel.
"There's a difference, y'know."
"He's just as dead."

"He had no enemies, and was very popular with the neighbours", the relative said. He added that the family blamed Islamists for the killing.
In Libya? Is there anything else?
Those who attacked the prison in February and those who had been held prisoner there had been Islamists, he said. His cousin, on the other hand, was not. He had supported the revolution and had been in Tripoli ever since, travelling south only when family affairs required it.
That explains it then.
It is reported that a man accused of the crime has been tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
."Into th' paddy wagon wit' yez!"
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  According to the member of Hasnawi’s family, the colonel was targeted because the killer had a grudge against the Hasawna tribe

Hemingway, here's a clue: It's not really not Moslem Values in Libya. It's "tribe". You'll find the same thing in Iraq. In Pakistan. Tribes, Hemingway. But no - you luvs yer meme. You holds, it, you tends it, you pets it. Like Lenny and his rabbits.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/27/2017 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Lenny, Pappy? You aren't feeling gentle today.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2017 17:54 Comments || Top||

#3  eeesh.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/27/2017 18:16 Comments || Top||


LNA claims advances in Benghazi’s Sabri
[Libya Herald] Two soldiers have died in fighting in Benghazi’s Sabri district as the Libyan National Army (LNA) moves its forces forward from Suq al-Hout finally taken from forces of Evil on Friday.

On Friday and Saturday, Sabri was subjected to a series of Arclight airstrikes. LNA commanders have used fixed camera and regular drone flights to monitor Death Eater activity and pinpoint likely strongpoints.

An LNA source said a week ago that the Eid feast was not going to interfere with military operations. Last Eid, thinly-manned LNA positions to the south of Ganfouda were breached by forces of Evil in an humiliating dawn breakout through what one LNA commander had boasted was a ring of steel.

Officially the LNA says the current fighting is intense but its relatively low frontline casualties suggest that Death Eater resistance is weakening. Deaths and injuries from IEDs in areas recently overrun appear as frequent as from enemy fire, including deadly snipers.

There are indeed large quantities of unwent kaboom! ordinance and undiscovered booby traps in areas wrested from the Death Eaters. On Saturday the LNA repeated its warning to civilians not to try and return to their residences until they were told they had been cleared by military engineers. The problem for those impatient to get home is that de-mining teams are spread thinly and priority is being given to areas in the frontline.

Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Zawia militiamen held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges
[Libya Herald] Two Zawia hard boyz are reported to have been incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in 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...
on suspicion on links with terrorism after a request to detain them was allegedly sent to the Saudi authorities by the Egyptian government.

Mahmud Ben Rajab and Mohammed al-Khadrawi are also said to be on a list of "terrorists" sent by the interim government in Beida to the Saudis. Both were allegedly detained yesterday at Jeddah airport as they were preparing to leave after performing Umrah.

According to one source, the two are members of the Farouk brigade, one of the Islamist militias led by Shaaban Masoud Hadia, better known as Abu Obaida al-Zawi. It is claimed that they were involved in the kidnapping of five Egyptian diplomats in January 2014 when al-Zawi, at the time the head of the Libyan Revolutionaries’ Operations Room, was arrested by the police in Alexandria on suspicion of having links with al-Qaeda. Because of the kidnappings, the Egyptians were forced to release him. Following his release, the five were then freed.

The Farouk brigade and Zawi are holy warriorly opposed to both the Libyan National Army and Khalifa Hafter in the east and the Presidency Council in the west.

Although said to be on a list sent to Riyadh by the Beida government, neither Ben Rajab not Khadrawi are on the "terrorist" list compiled a fortnight ago by the House of Representatives’s defence committee, and supposedly dispatched to the Saudis. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
Zawi is on it, described as being a member of "the military wing of al-Qaeda".

So far, all the reports of the two arrests come from Libyan sources. Saudi sources have been unable to confirm them.

Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Benghazi municipality starts in Suq Al-Hout clean-up as more stolen treasure found
[Libya Herald] Benghazi municipal council has started to clean up the general detritus of war ‐ the rubble and litter ‐ in the city’s downtown area of Suq al-Hout, much of which was destroyed in the long battle to dislodge Islamist gunnies from the area which finally came to an end last Friday.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the council said that the work, initially aimed at ensuring the streets are clear so that traffic can move freely, was being carried out in collaboration with the Libyan National Army which was clearing mines. Army engineers are said to have removed more than 200 mines in the area by yesterday, in some cases simply by blowing them up.

Such action is thought unlikely to cause any further serious damage to the already extensive destruction of what was the most beautiful part of the city.

In a separate development, following last weekend’s news that a treasure trove of historic books looted from Benghazi university was found in Ganfouda, it is now reported that some classical-era objects have been recovered in Suq al-Hout. One is a Roman, possibly Greek head. It is being claimed that it was part of the "Benghazi Treasure" ‐ the vast horde of archaeological items held at the National Commercial Bank until looted during the 2011 revolution.

It has not been possible, at present, however, to verify if the claim is true or, if not, from where the items came.

Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali freed
Fly! Be free!
[Al Jazeera] A Swede who had been held hostage by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been sprung, the Swedish government has announced.

Johan Gustafsson returned home and was reunited with his family, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told news hounds late on Monday as she showed a picture of the ex-captive surrounded by his relatives.

"I welcomed him home, and I can say that he is in good health and is holding up well, given the circumstances," she said.

Wallstrom refused to provide details about how Sweden secured Gustafsson's release, saying only that it occurred "a couple of days ago" and was the result of "several years of efforts" by police, politicians and diplomats, as well as Swedish and international authorities.

She also did not comment on whether a ransom was paid. She said only that "Sweden's policy is to not pay ransoms in the event of kidnappings".

'Malian officials helped'
A Malian security source meanwhile told the AFP news agency that officials in the West African country had "helped secure the release of the Swedish hostage. He was released in the Mali desert".

Gustafsson, 42, was kidnapped in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011 along with South African national Stephen McGown and Dutchman Sjaak Rijke.

There was no immediate word on the fate of McGown. Rijke had been freed in 2015 by French special forces.

Gustafsson was on a cycle of violence trip from Sweden to South Africa when he was kidnapped.
That was dumb. Once you leave Europe, you leave civilization far behind.
He, Rijke and McGown were seized along with several others by a group of gunnies while on the terrace of their hotel.

Rijke's wife managed to escape, but a German who tried to resist the abduction was killed.

Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), grabbed credit for the kidnappings.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [65 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Africa Subsaharan
Multiple bomb attacks kill 16 in northeastern Nigeria
[Iran Press TV] The Nigerian police say multiple kabooms have claimed the lives of at least 16 people and maimed more than a dozen others in the country’s troubled northeast.

Police said on Monday that seven kabooms were carried out by suspected members of the 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...
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...
terrorist group in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

The kabooms occurred at the University of Maiduguri and in the Jere area of the city on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Borno police sources noted that a male bomber killed a security guard after entering the university late on Sunday.

Around an hour later, four female bombers killed eight people on the outskirts of the city in Zannari community, in the Gwange district of Jere local government authority after detonating devices in residential buildings.

Two female bombers were the only people to die in two blasts at the university on Monday morning.

Damian Chukwu, Borno police commissioner, confirmed that at least 16 people had been killed in the latest wave of violence hitting the region.

"In all, 16 persons, including the bombers, died in the multiple kabooms while 13 persons were maimed," he said.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the latest attacks but they bear the hallmark of the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group, as it in the past employed radicalized females on multiple occasions to conduct bombing attacks against people or army troops.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


8 Chad soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram
[AlAhram] Eight Chadian soldiers were killed in fierce fighting with 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...
turbans at the weekend on islands on Lake Chad, the army said Monday.

"Our forces attacked Boko Haram elements on five islands near Nigeria on June 24 and 25," said Chad army front man Colonel Azem, indicating eight soldiers had died and another 18 were maimed.

He also claimed troops had killed 162 jihadists from the Nigeria-based group, and destroyed six vehicles along with many of the cycle of violences often favoured by Boko Haram fighters in their raids.

Chad is part of a five-nation regional force -- also comprising Nigeria, 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...
, Niger and Benin -- fighting Boko Haram, which is blamed for killing at least 20,000 people and leaving another 2.6 million homeless.

Chad's President Idriss Deby threatened on Sunday to pull the country's troops out of peacekeeping operations in Africa because of a lack of foreign financial support.

Chad has contributed the third-largest contingent to MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission deployed in Mali in response to Islamist insurgency, with 1,390 soldiers.

Deby indicated that N'Djamena lacks help to pay for its 2,000 men in the Joint Task Force battling Boko Haram, which emerged in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and has in recent years attacked across borders.

"We have not at all been supported on the financial, economic side," he said in an interview with several French media.

"If nothing is done, if that goes on, Chad will be obliged to withdraw," he added. "We can't keep being everywhere -- in Niger, in Cameroon and in Mali. All that is excessively expensive."

Chad's army is one of the most battle-hardened in the region, but the country faces a major economic crisis made worse by low oil prices, its main source of revenue.

There have been frequent festivities on the many small islands of Lake Chad since the Boko Haram conflict began in 2009. The lake borders four countries on the edge of the Sahara: Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemen’s first (Hadi-loyalist) commando unit carries out Marib attack
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] In an exclusive interview, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent in 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...
was able to interview several members of Yemen’s first group of special commandos in Sanaa.

Al Arabiya’s Mohammed al-Arab spoke to several of the commando unit’s leaders, who came back after successfully carrying out an operation that took out several key commanders of the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias.

"We were trained by Arab coalition forces in tandem with their intelligence units. We prepared for the plans to carry out an attack against Houthi militias in Marib with the help of joint intelligence efforts from the Arab coalition forces and the Yemeni legitimate government," Commando leader Abu Mohammed told Al Arabiya.

"We were able to approach the enemies by walking 12 km on foot toward their headquarters in Marib, specifically Sarwah, and carried out the operation by help from troops on the ground and cover from air forces above," he added.

At least 200 fighters were involved in the planning and execution of this operation, including 40 brave men who were embedded in the front lines.

The unit that carried out this operation did not only attack and retreat, but were able to retrieve several vehicles and units belonging to the Houthi militias, including one truck that showed a picture of Mustafa Ammar al-Shami, who is a key commander of the Houthi militias.

"We were able to kill a number of key commanders of the Houthi militias, including Hussain al-Saqqaf and Mustafa Ammar al-Shami," Abu Mohammed said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
Syed Salahuddin a Specially Designated Global Terrorist
[DAWN] The US State Department on Monday designated Hizbul Mujahideen's supreme commander Syed Salahuddin
...the aging, morbidly obese chief of Hizbul Mujaheddin and the titular head of the United Jihad Council in idyllic Kashmire. Originally owned body and theoretical soul by Jamaat-e-Islami he and his organization are currently controlled by Pakistain's ISI. Salahuddin's hobbies include crocheting doilies shaped like the Taj Mahal, combing his enormous beard, and eating....
as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and imposed sanctions on him.

He is the leader of the largest Death Eater group that fights against security forces in India-held Kashmire.

The development surfaced hours ahead of the scheduled meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
He was designated a terrorist "under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (EO) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals" or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, said a release issued from the US State Department.

The action bars US persons from financial transactions with Hizbul Mujahideen supreme leader Syed Salahuddin.

The department says that in September 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmire conflict. He threatened to train Kashmiri jacket wallahs and turn the Kashmire valley "into a graveyard for Indian forces."

The US says the Death Eater group has grabbed credit for several attacks.

The scheduled meeting between Modi and Trump is the first between the leaders of the world's two largest democracies. It takes place amid uncertainty over the relationship because of differences on trade and other issues.

Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin


Iraq
IS suicide bomber’s belt explodes, kills 12 well-wishing comrades in Diyala
Baqubah (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State suicide bomber’s belt exploded prematurely, accidently killing the militant and 12 other comrades in Diyala, according to a top police official.

Diyala police chief Jassem al-Saadi said in a statement that twelve IS militants in Mekheisa region, northeast of Baqubah, were bidding farewell to a comrade who was on his way for a suicide attack. Saadi said that the explosive belt on the bomber’s body went off to kill well-wishers instead.

The incident occurred during what the rite which the group dubs “blood party”, according to Saadi.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  He got so excited he had an premature explode-iation.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/27/2017 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "Give me a hug!"
"No! Aieeeggghhhh"
*BOOM*
Posted by: Frank G || 06/27/2017 0:31 Comments || Top||

#3  They can share their raisins.
Posted by: gorb || 06/27/2017 4:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Sniff. I love a story with a happy ending.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/27/2017 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  These kind of stories gets me in the feels.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/27/2017 8:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Here, hold my clicker.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/27/2017 10:11 Comments || Top||

#7  In the early days of Vietnam, the SF had a program of making unstable rounds of ammo, mixing them in with good ammo, and then leaving the batch where the Viet Cong could get it. The liberals threw a hissy-fit and the SF was forced to abandon the program.

I hope the idea is back, as I can't think of a more deserving group of monsters.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/27/2017 11:52 Comments || Top||

#8  during what the rite which the group dubs “blood party”

I think they each got their fill.
Posted by: Whusoque Flinemble2273 || 06/27/2017 12:30 Comments || Top||


Six IS leaders, including Baghdadi aid, killed in coalition airstrike in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Six Islamic State leaders died Monday when warplanes from the U.S-led coalition pounded their convoy southwest of Kirkuk, a local source said.

The strike targeted the long convoy which was moving from Abassi region to the Hamreen Mountains, which falls between Kirkuk and neighboring Salahuddin province, said the source.

One of the six leaders killed was one with an Arab nationality who had been a close aide to Islamic State’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the source revealed, adding that the strike destroyed 12 vehicles driven by the militants.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Officer, civilian killed, in attempted, fatal suicide bombings in Babil
Babil (IraqiNews.com) One security member and a civilian were killed on Monday and an officer was wounded in two attempted and fatal suicide bombings in Babil province, according to the Interior Ministry.

Ministry spokesperson Saad Maan said in a statement that the suicide bomber was riding a motorbike when he was detected by security forces at a northern entrance At al-Mosayyab region. The vehicle was detonated and the attacker died before he made it into the region.

In another incident, a suicide bomber and a civilian boarding a motorbike with him were killed while a security member was wounded when the attacker blew himself up in the same province, Maan said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under:


Senior Syrian Islamic State member shot dead west of Mosul
Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) A senior Syrian member of the Islamic State was shot dead Monday outside his residence west of Mosul, according to a local source.

Abu Abdullah al-Halabi, the assistant head of the extremist group’s so-called “security committee”, was shot dead at the center of Tal Afar, a major Islamic State bastion west of Mosul, the source said.

IS members were put on high alert after the shooting, according to the source.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  These SAS fellas get around?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/27/2017 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  IS members were put on high alert after the shooting, according to the source.

"Keep alert! Someone wants to kill us"
"Abu. They ALL want to kill us"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/27/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  These SAS fellas get around?

Maybe. Maybe even home-grown gunnies.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/27/2017 8:38 Comments || Top||


Explosion at Sulaimani mosque targets controversial preacher, slightly injures five
[RUDAW.NET] An kaboom has been reported at Sulaimani's Bahasht mosque where Dr. Abdul Latif, a controversial Salafi preacher, was preaching. At least five people have been injured.

"A hand grenade was thrown into the courtyard of Bahasht mosque in Ibrahim Ahmed neighborhood at 9:10 pm, June 16, 2017. Three people were lightly injured in the attack. Asayesh forces arrived at the scene of the event and started their investigations. We will inform the public after we find a lead. We wish a quick recovery to the injured," reads a statement from the Sulaimani Asayesh, security forces.

The hand grenade was thrown when Latif was leaving the mosque for his house located next to the mosque, Latif told Rudaw after he received treatment in his house for injuries he sustained from the attack, described as "light."

He soon returned to the mosque to say his Ramadan prayers with members of his congregation, in a defiant message.

The motive for the attack on the mosque is not known at this time.

Latif told Rudaw that it may have to do with his anti-ISIS stance.

"When you defend your people, the Peshmerga, and [make remarks] against terrorists, surely you will pay the price," Latif said, adding that he has been receiving threats from the ISIS group via its social media channels.

He seems to have been the target of the attack as the bomb was thrown at the Islamic preacher.

He said he heard a sound and then saw the grenade before it went kaboom!.

"I do not have any personal problems myself, thanks to God," Latif told news hounds from within the mosque after the attack, "But we always hear ISIS threats, and just yesterday I was talking about ISIS on one of the media outlets. I think this could be the reason."

He said he remains committed to his public stance that what ISIS is doing is not "Islam," but rather aimed at conveying a bad image of the religion.

He also said that about three years ago he asked security forces in Sulaimani to provide security for his mosque and an Islamic channel he owns, but the security forces have not done so.

He has a satellite channel called Amozhgari or Preaching that focuses on teaching the Salafi version of Sunni Islam.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


Iraq forces gain control of Faruq neighborhood in Old Mosul, central hospital
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi forces on Monday seized control of al-Faruq district on the northwestern side of Old djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Monday.

Faruq is located on the opposite side of the historic Nuri Mosque, which was destroyed by ISIS last week. however, the Death Eater group still control the site of the mosque.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Cynthia backed into the galley, the barbecue fork held in front of her.
Jack! she called. Where the hell are you?...

forces on Monday were searching neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago after a surprise Death Eater attack on their rear that left several dead, officials said.

The attack, which was claimed by ISIS, sowed panic among residents who returned to live in the Tanak and Yarmuk neighborhoods of west Mosul.

A top commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), which sent forces to fight the ISIS gunnies, said the attackers had infiltrated the area by blending in with returning displaced civilians.

"The group came with the displaced and settled in the Tanak district. They regrouped and launched counter-attacks," Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi told AFP.

"Yarmuk is being searched house to house," he said, adding that two groups of ISIS attackers were still believed to be in the area, which lies on the western edge of the city.

A CTS medic said the attack had caused several victims but he could not say how many.

"There are deaders who were killed by ISIS," the medic said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

He said 15 to 20 Death Eater fighters were also killed in the battle.

Iraqi forces, led by the CTS, have for a week been pressing a perilous assault into the Old City in central Mosul, the last pocket still controlled by the Death Eaters.

While the exact circumstances were unclear, Sunday night’s attack was described as a diversionary tactic by west Mosul "sleeper cells" to ease the pressure on the Old City, where the holy warriors appear to be on their last legs.

"The sleeper cells carried out a surprise attack against the security forces, in an attempt to ease the siege on the Old City," a local official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"Operations to flush out pockets controlled by ISIS are ongoing," he said.

Iraqi forces take over IS’s central hospital in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police forces took over Islamic State’s main hospital in Mosul’s Old City on Monday as operations near a total recapture of Iraq’s second largest city.

The service’s chief, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, said in statements that “Federal Police troops took over Daesh (Islamic State) main medical center in Bab al-Beed, and seized a large amount of medicines”. He said police expanded the scope of operations and opened new battle fronts in Bab Jadid area, and became 350 meters closer to a commercial area in Serjkhana.

Mosul battle to end in days as troops advance in Old City: Iraqi Gen.

[Iran Press TV] An Iraqi military general says the military operation to regain complete control over djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and purge the country’s second largest city of 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...
ISIS turbans will come to an end within the next few days as government troops are combing the last areas still held by the hard boys.

"Only a small part remains in the city, specifically the Old City," Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), said on Monday.

He added, "From a military perspective, ISIS is finished. It has lost its fighting spirit and its balance. We are making calls to them to surrender or die."

Assadi further noted that Iraqi army forces thwarted ISIS bully boys' offensive to return to neighborhoods outside the Old City late Sunday, stressing that Mosul will be liberated from the grip of Takfiri turbans "in very few days, God willing."

Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah also said forces with the CTS had captured al-Farouq neighborhood in western Mosul, and raised the national Iraqi flag over several buildings in the area.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after rocket-fire
[IsraelTimes] Military says it targeted infrastructure in north and south of enclave following earlier launch that hit Sha’ar Hanegev region.

The Israeli Air Force on Monday night struck two Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, infrastructure targets in the north and south of the Gazoo Strip, the military said.

The IDF said the strikes came in response to a rocket launch from the Strip earlier in the night.

Strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gazoo, Paleostinian sources and eyewitnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gazoo City in the north, as well as open land southeast of Gazoo City.

Gazoo health officials said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an AFP photographer in Gazoo saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.

Earlier a rocket hit southern Israel, in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, not causing any damage or casualties.

The launch was claimed by a salafist
...also known as Wahhabis, salafists are against innovation in religion or in anything else. They eat the same things every meal of every day and all their children are named Abdullah or Mohammed. Not all salafists are takfiris, but all takfiris are salafists. They are fond of praying five times a day and killing infidels...
group linked 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....
, according to Hebrew media reports.

Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks emanating from the territory it controls, and has in the past responded to any launch with strikes on Hamas targets.

Hamas rulers said earlier this month it was not interested in a fresh round of conflict, even as electricity cuts requested by Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
, and facilitated by Israel, threatened to lead to new violence.

Abbas has led a high-stakes campaign to weaken Hamas by gradually reducing the flow of electricity to the territory he lost to the terrorist group in 2007.

Egypt has since stepped in to ship in fuel to make up for most of the power cuts, though its not clear how long the shipments will continue.

On Monday, the Haaretz daily reported that human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
groups and officials in Gazoo suspect Abbas is also attempting to keep Gazooks from being able to seek medical attention in Israel as a means of ramping up pressure.

Israeli security concerns have shifted in the last few days to the northern border, where fighting in neighboring Syria has bled into Israel, with fire from mortars and small arms hitting in the Golan Heights. Israel has struck back at Syrian regime targets several times in retaliation.

Earlier Monday, Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman said Israel has "no intention of launching a military operation" against Syria or Gazoo. But Liberman added that despite the military establishment’s hope for calm on Israel’s borders, it will not tolerate any provocations, even accidental fire that spills over from a neighboring conflict.
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#2  A napalm carpet bombing wouldn't go amiss...
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Police arrest man from Jerusalem's Isawiya neighborhood after locals throw stones, glass bottles at security forces
[Ynet] Jerusalem police spokesperson issued a statement on Sunday, saying that stones and glass bottles were thrown at a police and Border Police forces operating in the neighborhood of Isawiya.

Security forces nabbed
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a suspect who he allegedly threw stones and bottles at them. The suspect escaped but was arrested after a short chase.

Two coppers were lightly injured and evacuated to receive medical treatment.
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Philippines army believes Marawi crisis about to end
[AA.TR] A military official on Monday expressed confidence that government victory over the ISIS-linked Maute group in Marawi was "irreversible".

In a press briefing in the besieged city, military front man Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said that the holy warriors’ leadership in the battle zone was already "crumbling" due to problems encountered such as depleting firepower and other resources and communication breakdown, ABS-CBN News reported.

"We have validated reports of leadership problems inside. They also lack ammunition," Herrera said. "There is the issue of money, the issue of decision making," he added.

The government has cleared 86 buildings previously controlled by the holy warriors, and Herrera said that the troops were "inch by inch moving towards the center of gravity".

Herrera also confirmed that a civilian rescued from the war zone reported seeing Father Teresito Suganob, the Catholic priest kidnapped by the bandidos Lions of Islam from St. Mary's Cathedral along with some parishioners.

The planned rescue of trapped civilians during the eight-hour Eid truce staged Sunday was aborted as bandidos Lions of Islam continued firing. A child and four others were successfully recovered.However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
an official confirmed holy warriors' beheading of hostages since they laid siege.

Death toll in the region as of Monday is 387 including 290 holy warriors, 70 government troops and 27 civilians.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream...
Ana Zenaida Unte, an official of the Education Department said they were locating some 140 public school teachers from Marawi who were affected by the ongoing conflict in the area, according to GMA News. Unte, however, clarified that these teachers might not be necessarily trapped inside the war zone.

The battle between the government forces and the Maute group in Marawi City prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place all of Mindanao under martial law on May 23.

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran uncovers huge arms depot of terror group: Intelligence minister
[Iran Press TV] Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi says the country’s security forces have succeeded in dealing a drastic blow to a terrorist outfit in possession of "a very large" arms cache.

"Yesterday, we dealt a blow in a timely measure to a terrorist team, which had a very large cache of arms and ammunition in its possession," Alavi told news hounds on Monday.

He added that the Iranian security forces were in full command of the situation and emphasized that their efforts had minimized the possibility of any act of terror by terrorist organizations and groups.

He assured the land of the Medes and the Persians that the security forces’ operations to counter terrorism were not limited to a specific time period and that Iranians could enjoy peace and security every day.

After the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran in early June, Iran increased its counterterrorism operations across the country.

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Syrian army forces seize areas in Homs, Dayr al-Zawr
[Iran Press TV] Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have continued to progress in the country’s central provinces of Homs and Dayr al-Zawr, killing scores of foreign-sponsored 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...
holy warriors during their counter-terrorism operations.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that Syrian soldiers and their allies could take full control of al-Dhaliyat region in the Humeima district, which lies on the border between Homs and Dayr al-Zawr provinces, on Monday.

The source added that scores of Takfiri ISIS bad boyz were potted and their munitions destroyed during the operation, noting that bomb disposal teams are now clearing the area of landmines and improvised bombs (IEDs) planted by the Lion of Islams.

The fighter jets of the Syrian Air Force also carried out a series of Arclight airstrikes against ISIS positions and supply routes across Dayr al-Zawr Province, leaving a large number of the Takfiris dead and injured.

Separately, Syrian army units struck ISIS positions in the vicinity of al-Maqaber and al-Panorama areas, killing 18 ISIS snuffies and destroying an armored vehicle as well as two pickup trucks equipped with heavy machineguns.

Elsewhere on the southern outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syrian soldiers, backed by artillery units and Air Force jets, engaged Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
, formerly known as al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, holy warriors in Beir al-Kassab and Rajem al-Sarikhi districts, killing many Takfiris.

Syrian government forces also repulsed a Lion of Islam attack, killing a number of snuffies and destroying five pickup trucks equipped with heavy machineguns, two ammunition trucks and two rocket launchers.

Syria has been fighting different foreign-sponsored Lion of Islam and terrorist groups since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.

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IDF says stray fire from Syria hits UN position in Golan Heights
In which everyone breathes a sigh of relief because no Israeli retaliation is required. Battle on, dudes.
[IsraelTimes] Army says no signs of mortar fire, kabooms apparently caused by brush fire in minefield.

The IDF on Monday said that stray fire from Syria hit a United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
peacekeeping position in the Golan Heights. No injuries were reported.

The army launched searches following reports that two mortars had landed on the Israeli side of the frontier, but no signs of shelling were found.

Instead, "heavy machine gun bullet holes were identified in a UNDOF post near Zivanit, adjacent to the border," the army said.

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force monitors a 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights.

The army also said that despite the reports of incoming mortar shells, no warning sirens were heard.

The sounds of kabooms were apparently caused after some of the bullets set off a brush fire in a minefield along the border.

Tensions have been high in the area following two incidents of errant shelling landing in Israel. the IDF with force, targeting Syrian army installations, which Israel holds responsible for all incidents originating from Syrian soil.
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