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Afghanistan
22 militants killed in Uruzgan and Helmand airstrikes: MoD
[Khaama Press] At least twenty two militants were killed in a series of airstrikes conducted in southern Helmand and Uruzgan provinces of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) said Sunday that the airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours.

According to a statement by MoD, at least 15 militants were killed in the airstrikes conducted in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province.

The statement further added that sixteen militants were also wounded and three vehicles, two motorcycles, and some weapons were destroyed during the same airstrikes.

In the meantime, at least seven militants were killed during the similar airstrikes conducted in Nad-e-Ali, Greshk, and Garamser district, MoD said.

At least six militants were killed and two of the hideouts of the militants along with two vehicles were also desroyed during the airstrikes.

The anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report o far.

Both Helmand and Uruzgan provinces are among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan national defense and security forces are also busy conducting counter-terrorism operations in the two provinces along with the other restive provinces in a bid to suppress the insurgency activities of the militant and terrorist groups.
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Africa Subsaharan
Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval
WASHINGTON (AP) ‐ A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn’t get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. officials familiar with the report said. It doesn’t point to that failure as a cause of the deadly ambush.
Morant's grave at Church Street Cemetery.
Initial information suggested the Army Special Forces team set out on its October mission to meet local Nigerien leaders, only to be redirected to assist a second unit hunting for Doundou Chefou, a militant suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of an American aid worker. Officials say it now appears the team went after Chefou from the onset, without outlining that intent to higher-level commanders.

As a result, commanders couldn’t accurately assess the mission’s risk, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the results of the investigation before they’re publicly released. The finding will likely increase scrutiny on U.S. military activity in Africa, particularly the role of special operations forces who’ve been advising and working with local troops on the continent for years.

Four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops were killed Oct. 4 about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niamey, Niger’s capital, when they were attacked by as many as 100 Islamic State-linked militants traveling by vehicle and carrying small arms and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Two other American soldiers and eight Nigerien forces were wounded.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 09:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [430 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Nothing like blaming the dead now is there ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 9:18 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm so old I remember when that was called 'Initiative'.
Posted by: Cesare || 03/06/2018 9:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Sure. Plane crash due to pilot error.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Initial information suggested the Army Special Forces team set out on its October mission to meet local Nigerien leaders, only to be redirected to assist a second unit hunting for Doundou Chefou, a militant suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of an American aid worker.

Redirected? Redirected by whom? Did they have overhead surveillance and area intelligence threat briefing for their 'primary' mission? Did the unit 'requiring assistance' have overhead surveillance, quick reaction force (QRF), etc ?

Aid worker? More on the "aid worker" please.

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 10:15 Comments || Top||

#5  This sounds alot like there's a bunch of REMF's yelling "It's wasn't my fault".
Posted by: ed in texas || 03/06/2018 10:43 Comments || Top||

#6  when they were attacked by as many as 100 Islamic State-linked militants traveling by vehicle and carrying small arms and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

We've got 'em right where we want 'em, Captain!
Posted by: BA || 03/06/2018 12:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Isis just released a propanda video that parts of it is supposedly from a US kia showing him and other Americans going down in this fire fight. Isis recovered the video from the helmet cam of one of the Americans who was kia.
Posted by: Omeger Gray6606 || 03/06/2018 17:26 Comments || Top||

#8  It's "higher" who redirects. Not the unit in question.
So the commanders need to be talking to whomever usurped their line of command. Presuming they can find some chump they can afford to throw under the bus.
And if you're going to "redirect", various supporting resources should be spun up to the appropriate ready state.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/06/2018 20:50 Comments || Top||


JNIM confirms deaths of co-founder, senior leaders in French raids
[LongWarJournal] In its official claim of responsibility for Friday’s terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) also confirmed the deaths of several of its senior leaders.

According to the jihadist group, the assault on the French embassy in Ouagadougou was in response to the French raids on Feb. 14 between Boughessa, Mali, and Tinzaouatene, Algeria. In that operation, French forces conducted three simultaneous raids, accompanied with airstrikes, which killed or captured over 20 jihadist fighters. JNIM confirmed the death of six of its leaders, including its co-founder, Hasan al Ansari.

Ansari, along with Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Ahmed el Tilemsi, was also a co-founder of Al Murabitoon. He would later become the second-in-command of the al Qaeda-loyal group, before becoming a co-founder and senior leader within JNIM. In the photo above, Ansari can be seen sitting second from the right between Iyad Ag Ghaly and Abu Abdul Rahman al Sanhaji, another Murabitoon official.

JNIM also confirmed the death of two top Ansar Dine commanders, Malik Ag Wanesnet and Abdullah Ag Oufata. Wanesnet, also known as Abu al Tayyib, was a former colonel in the Malian army before defecting to the jihadist cause and becoming a top military commander for Ansar Dine. Oufata was the former mayor of Boughessa, Mali, before he joined the Tuareg jihadist group. Ansar Dine joined Murabitoon, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s Sahara branch, and Ansar Dine’s Katibat Macina (also known as the Macina Liberation Front) to form JNIM last year.
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ABDULLAH AG UFATAAnsar Dine
ABU ABDUL RAHMAN AL SANHAJIJNIM
AHMED EL TILEMSIJNIM
HASAN AL ANSARIJNIM
IYAD AG GHALYJNIM
MALIK AG WANESNETAnsar Dine
MOKHTAR BELMOKHTARJNIM
Posted by: 3dc || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Mali/Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen


Murdered US soldiers seen in shocking ISIS video were ill-equipped for Niger ambush - traveling in lightly armored pick-up trucks with barely enough weapons - as they were diverted from low risk patrol to hunt terrorist
[DailyMail] Two minutes of that video can be seen at the link, along with some photos.
  • ISIS released footage of the Niger ambush that killed four US soldiers on Sunday

  • The nine-minute video was taken mainly from helmetcams of the slain soldiers

  • They had been assigned to visit villages around their base of Ouallam to meet locals as part of a charm offensive aimed at dissuading locals from backing terror groups

  • But the soldiers were redeployed to join hunt for Doundoun Cheffou, a suspected local terrorist leader, according to The New York Times

  • Even lawmakers knew nothing of the action in Niger, having been told that troops there were just training and advising local troops

  • The soldiers were reportedly ill-equipped in lightly armored pick-up trucks and an SUV, mainly carrying M4 carbines, when they were ambushed on October 4

  • It was the largest combat loss of American lives in Africa since the infamous Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia in 1993, when 19 American troops died

  • The incident raised questions about role of 800 US troops stationed in Niger
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  For those previously unaware, this all this happened last year. Daily Mail is click-baiting the ISIS video of the killings and abuse of US SOldier's corpses.

FYI, this is how a State Department run mission looks - too few troops, light on weapons and ammo, shitty intel, and half-assed support. For them, it is all feelgood junk. They don't want "too heavy" a presence.

Who in State Dept is on the hook for this crap, and who in Pentagon/AFRICOM agreed to let them be sidetracked without proper mission planning? I bet nobody in State gets anything, and some poor non-flag office gets his career ended by a buck-passing Colonel or General.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 03/06/2018 2:28 Comments || Top||

#2  this all this happened last year

Reportedly, the video was just released via Telegram Messaging
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 6:18 Comments || Top||

#3  FYI, this is how a State Department run mission looks - too few troops, light on weapons and ammo, shitty intel, and half-assed support. For them, it is all feelgood junk. They don't want "too heavy" a presence. Who in State Dept is on the hook for this crap, and who in Pentagon/AFRICOM agreed to let them be sidetracked without proper mission planning? I bet nobody in State gets anything, and some poor non-flag office gets his career ended by a buck-passing Colonel or General.

The AMBO and his Country Team make the call. You want to play in his country? You play by their rules. SOF sold out to the smarmy bastids a long time ago. Welcome to Niger, Benghazi, Mogadishu, Kabul, or the largest US Embassy in the world, (nearly as large as the Holy See) in Baghdad's Green Zone.

Greg Gutfeld's "I hate these people" goes here. SPIT !

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 6:34 Comments || Top||

#4  You forgot Angola
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 10:46 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Dozens of coalition-backed Sudanese soldiers killed in in Harad front
[SABANEWS.NET] Dozens of coalition-backed Sudanese soldiers were killed and others injured when the Yemeni army repulsed on Monday attack of theirs toward Hajjah province, a military official told Saba.

The soldiers were targeted when they were trying to move toward Harad border crossing point despite the coalition fighter jets waged more than 50 strikes to back their mercenary soldiers on the ground.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Ballistic missile hits gatherings of Saudi-led coalition militants in Taiz
[SABANEWS.NET] The missile units of the army and popular forces on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile ,Zilzal 2, against gatherings of coalition militants in Mouza district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.

The missile hit the groups in al-Hamaly area, causing heavy causalities on the militants.

Meanwhile, the army a guided rocket toward a military truck of coalition in western coast front, killing its crew members and destroying it completely.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Military commander survives assassination attempt in Aden
[SABANEWS.NET] A Yemeni military commander on Monday survived an liquidation attempt on Sunday after coming under fire by a group of unidentified button men in Yemen's southern province of Aden, a security official told Saba.

Unknown button men on a car shot at Abdulmajeed Mohammed Hassan, a commander in the so-called the 1st Infantry Brigade, in the road linking between Tawahi and Malla districts in west of Aden city, according to the official.

The official added that the liquidation attempt is the second, after he survived an liquidation attempt early last month in the road adjacent to the oil company in Malla district, noting that he had been seriously injured.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Tens civilians killed, injured in coalition artillery bombing on Taiz
[SABANEWS.NET] Dozens of citizens were killed and wounded on Monday when the Saudi-led coalition militants waged an artillery shelling on Taiz province, an official told Saba.
The shelling hit a residential neighborhood crowded with civilians in the part of the province.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


16 Saudi-led coalition-backed militants killed in Bayda
[SABANEWS.NET] At least 16 Saudi-led coalition-backed militants, including top commanders were killed on Tuesday when the Yemeni army carried out an attack against their sites in Bayda province, a military official told Saba. The offensive hit the militants in Nata front.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Pirates killed in ‘gunfight’ with RAB
[Dhaka Tribune] Two members of a Sundarbans-based pirate gang have been killed in an alleged shootout with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Barguna.

RAB 8 identified the two as Ataur Sardar, 25, and Rabiul Mali, 27. Ataur was the second-in-command of Hasan Bahini.

The alleged shootout took place in Padma village in Patharghata upazila on Monday morning. Six locally-made firearms, bullets and sharp weapons were reportedly recovered from the spot.

Md Surat Alam, company commander of RAB 8, told the media that their team raided Majherchar on Baleshwar River as part of their regular drive to combat pirates.

Members of the gang fired at RAB leading to a skirmish. After a while the pirate gang escaped the area leaving behind two bodies and firearms, he said.

Two single barrel guns, four pipe guns, 39 bullets, and explosives, along with sharp weapons were recovered.

The bodies have been handed over to Patharghata cop shoppe.

Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [426 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

#1  Shutter Guns probably aren't waterproof enough for this riparian adventure.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/06/2018 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  But they did have some rather pointy sticks! i.e. sharp weapons.
Posted by: Thrise Shomble3667 || 03/06/2018 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  No shutter guns but four pipe guns. What's the difference between a shutter gun and a pipe gun?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/06/2018 12:01 Comments || Top||

#4  The Ordnance Sergeant has issued the following: "The Shutter Gun's immaculate walnut veneer and bronze fittings could suffer corrosion from sea salt. Accordingly this national treasure has remained at HQ in its presentation case."
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2018 13:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Based on a photo that used to be on the net somewhere, a Shutter Gun appears to be a break-action .410 single-shot homemade pistol.

A pipe gun is probably a similar home-brew device, but possibly more like a single-shot long gun.

Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/06/2018 13:25 Comments || Top||

#6  LMAO at magpie!
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/06/2018 14:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Good to hear my RAB boys are getting some action. I wouldn't risk a priceless shuttergun on pirates either.
Posted by: Spot || 03/06/2018 15:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Found the Shutter Gun photo.




Looks like the pirates didn't adhere to the good Sergeant's instructions, magpie.

Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/06/2018 16:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Original Shutter Gun photo here
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/06/2018 16:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Rantburg University has the answer. Thanks, Mullah.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/06/2018 17:04 Comments || Top||

#11  The shutter gun looks like a smooth bore pistol firing shotgun shells, single shot and single action. Did the bottom of the breech blow out, it would explain why the user didn't get away, hmmm? But how in the world do you reload it...interesting.
Thanks for the foto, Mullah! Googling for this usually results in minutes of futile effort.
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2018 21:37 Comments || Top||


Britain
Antifa Gets Their Butts Kicked After Attempting To Storm College Panel Featuring Sargon Of Akkad
h/t Red State
A talk at King’s College London featuring Carl Benjamin (more commonly known as Sargon of Akkad) was suddenly raided by Antifa protesters, and boy did they regret trying to do that.

For those unaware of who Antifa (short for Anti-fascist) is, they are a far-left radical group who employ violence and intimidation against their political opponents. However, they typically wilt when violence is used against them.

As seen by the footage taken by those in attendance, the moment Antifa stormed the stage they were immediately confronted by those in attendance. One Antifa member was punched and put into a headlock by a man wearing a suit. The suited man screamed obscenities at the Antifa member until he was urged to let him go.

As the Antifa member attempted to leave, he was pushed by other attendees.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [659 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  The link to Carl Benjamin (more commonly known as Sargon of Akkad)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 2:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Link in article fixed. Sometimes the quotes around the URL cause problems, so I removed them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2018 6:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 7:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Domo Arigato, TW.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 7:36 Comments || Top||

#5  When your imposed leash of civility breaks, you won't like the consequences. Be careful when you say "we don't need no stinking badges", neither do the 'other' guys.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/06/2018 7:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Nonsense P2K. The response of Sargon's spearmen was perfectly civilized. Civilized behavior is, first and foremost, ethical behavior. True ethics are based on reciprocity. Therefore violent response to violence is civilized - it's not like they killed the bastards or even sent them to a hospital.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 7:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Here's a better link to Sargon of Akkad. You should subscribe if you like what you hear. He's one of the people that Youtube regularly harasses, demonotizes, and deplatforms, so you know he's saying things they don't want heard.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/06/2018 14:13 Comments || Top||

#8  There was an anti-speech riot at Michigan State University yesterday. I submitted an article. Local media was there, showed a photo with masked protestors & an Antifa flag partly visible them. 25 arrested, 3 arraigned today in local court.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/06/2018 16:51 Comments || Top||


Europe
Eight arrested in Belgium anti-terror raids
[IsraelTimes] Eight people are tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in Brussels following counterterror raids as part of an investigation into what one source says Monday appeared to be preparations for an attack.

All eight are arrested Sunday in Molenbeek, an immigrant district in the Belgian capital linked to the Gay Paree and Brussels terror attacks, the federal prosecutor’s office says.

"In all, eight persons were arrested and taken for questioning," the prosecutor’s office says in a statement, adding the arrests were not connected to the Gay Paree or Brussels attacks.

A source close to the probe says Sherlocks suspected an attack was in preparation.

The prosecutor’s office says no explosives were found in the raids.

The arrests take place following raids in Molenbeek as well as in Geraardsbergen and Mechelen, both in northern Dutch-speaking areas of Belgium.

Molenbeek was home to several members of the cell that carried out the November 13, 2015, attacks in Gay Paree and the March 2016 suicide kabooms in Brussels.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Turkish police detain four Iraqis allegedly planning to attack US embassy
[DAWN] Ottoman Turkish police on Monday detained four Iraqis suspected of planning an attack on the United States (US) embassy in Ankara, media reported.

The group were held during anti-terror raids in the Black Sea province of Samsun, Hurriyet Daily News said, after the US mission in the capital announced it would close on Monday because of a "security threat".

The mission's website urged Americans to "avoid large crowds" and "keep a low profile".

Two of the suspects were detained on a bus on the Samsun-Ankara highway while the other two were taken into custody in the Samsun district of Ilkadim, the newspaper reported.

They were suspected to be part of an anti-Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group.

As a result of the security alert, 12 foreigners were detained earlier on Monday over alleged links to IS after the Ankara prosecutor issued 20 arrest warrants, state news agency Anadolu said.

They were trying to recruit for IS, it reported, adding that the suspects were in contact with those in "conflict zones".

The Ankara governor's office said in a statement that it had taken "extra security measures" after US sources provided Ottoman Turkish intelligence with information on the possibility of terror attacks against the embassy and where Americans lived.

Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Curfew in Indian Kashmir after troops kill six including civilians
[AlAhram] Indian authorities on Monday shut schools and suspended internet services across swathes of Kashmire after soldiers killed at least six people including four alleged civilians in the restive region.

Army front man Colonel Rajesh Kalia said a military checkpoint came under fire Sunday evening in Shopian, a southern district of Indian-administered Kashmire, sparking a skirmish that left four dead.

One of those killed was a suspected bully boy and a weapon was found at the scene, Kalia said.

Three others were found dead in a car some distance away. The army described them as accomplices but police were investigating this claim.

Police later found another apparent civilian dead in a separate car.

A sixth victim found Monday was identified by police as a suspected bully boy but no weapon was found on his person.

The shootings sparked an outpouring of anger among locals, who said the civilians were non-combatants. An alliance of separatist groups resisting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory called for widespread protests.

Authorities ordered schools and shops to shut Monday amid fears unrest would spiral into violence, and suspended internet services across much of the Kashmire Valley.

Civilians often break curfews to rally whenever Death Eaters are killed or holed up in firefights, hurling stones and chanting anti-India slogans.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
Eight people killed, injured in two bomb blasts, southwest of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Eight people were killed and maimed in two kabooms in Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Monday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, " a bomb went off near stores at al-Dawanem region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and four others maimed."

Moreover, three other people were maimed in an kaboom, southwest of the capital.

"A bomb kaboom took place today near stores at al-Radwaniyah region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving three people injured," another source said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under:


Paramilitary troops repulsed Islamic State suicide attack, north of Babel
Babel (IraqiNews.com) Nine 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....
members and security personnel were killed and injured during an attack launched by the bandidos bully boyz in north of Babel, a security source said.

"Five IS members and a security personnel of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) were killed during an attack by the bandidos bully boyz against the troops in al-Owaisat village in Jurf al-Nasr, north of Babel," the source told Baghdad Today website on Monday.

Earlier today, a security source from Interior Ministry said IS members were killed as the pro-government paramilitary forces thwarted a suicide kaboom, north of Babel.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that "PMFs managed to repulse the attack, killing one of the attackers, while the other blew up himself. No casualties among the troops were reported."

This came after a source from PMFs said the bandidos bully boyz used three booby-trapped vehicles during the attack and that the security forces killed four bandidos bully boyz as they foiled the attack.

"Security troops, along with PMFs, repulsed an Islamic State attack today in al-Owaisat village. Three vehicles were used during the attack," the source said. "Four attackers were killed."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Four IS members arrested after attempting infiltration, southwest of Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
four 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....
members as they attempted infiltration into southwest of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a security source was quoted saying on Monday.

"Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed to arrest four IS members near Hawija in Kirkuk," the source told SNG website.

"The bandidos turbans were disguising in civilian’s outfits and attempted infiltration into Hawija from the desert of Salahuddin," the source said adding that information by the intelligence helped to recognize and arrest them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Enemy combatants not in uniform...I thought you were allowed to shoot those...or have the HRW weinies ruined that option.

You don't want to put these guys in a jail in the ME because their idiotic raving could pollute the pond and radicalize the other guests.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 17:22 Comments || Top||


Three border guards wounded in landmine explosion in Anbar
Anbar (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Three border guards were maimed as a landmine went kaboom! west of Anbar, a security source from the province was quoted saying on Monday.

Basnews website quoted the source as saying, "the landmine went kaboom! after a military vehicle carrying border guards hit it at Ar-Rutbah town in western Anbar."

"The landmine is believed to be left over by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
murderous Moslems, who were pushed out of the province in November," the source pointed out.

He added that security troops "started combing the area in search for other landmines."
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Four policemen killed in confrontation with Islamic State in Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Four coppers, including a captain, were killed Monday in festivities with Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) bully boyz in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking on condition of anonymity to Basnews website, the source said, "IS cells clashed with security forces at al-Haramat neighborhood in western Mosul, leaving four coppers, including a captain, killed."

"The assailants expeditiously departed at a goodly pace after the shooting and a probe was opened into the incident," the source pointed out.

The same source highlighted that local residents were reported to "have seen three IS members roaming around Old Mosul," adding that a manhunt was lunched in search for the trio.
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Southeast Asia
Abu Dar replaces Hapilon as IS-SE Asia emir
[IANS] A sub-leader of the Maute Group has taken over as the leader of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia. The new IS-Southeast Asia "emir" identified as Abu Dar, succeeded Isnilon Hapilon, a senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf, who was killed by soldiers during the five-month siege of Marawi city last year.

Military spokesman Ronald Suscano said, "The one who is standing as their emir or leader now, the one who replaced him (Hapilon) is Abu Dar."

Hapilon and Omar Maute were killed when elite government troops attacked the main battle area in Marawi city. The assault also led to the rescue of 20 hostages, including a two-month old baby girl.

Suscano described Dar as a "full-blooded Maranao", a term for a southern tribe. He said they had reports that Dar was frequenting Pagayawan town in Lanao del Sur where the terrorist leader grew up, studied and married.

Suscano said Dar was among those who laid a siege of Marawi city on May 23 last year, but was able to escape along with other Maute militants.

"He escaped out of Marawi with a large amount of money. His group carried the money so they have a lot of funds," said Suscano.

Dar, like Hapilon, is reported to have connections with foreign terrorists. "There are foreign terrorists left (in Mindanao). He is with them now," said Suscano.

Last November, an intelligence officer in the Philippine Army said there were about eight foreign terrorists operating in Mindanao, providing assistance to local terrorists.
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Eight communist militants nabbed in Mindanao
[Inquirer] Charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives were filed against six communist militants who were captured in Mabinay town, Negros Oriental on Saturday.

Myles Albasin, one of the arrested suspects, admitted she and her companions were in a remote community in the village of Luyang to discuss poverty with farmers there. She denied that the firearms taken by soldiers belonged to them. She said the guns belonged to the "organization," but declined to elaborate.

Arrested with her were Carlo Ybañez, 18, Mandaue City, Cebu; Ajomar Indico, 29 and Randel Hermino, 19, of Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental; Joel Baylosis, 18, of Mabinay and Bernard Guillen, 18, of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Military spokesman Darrel Banes said that soldiers captured the suspects on their way to Mabinay to check on reports of extortion by insurgents. The soldiers were met with gunfire, and they returned fire. After a 45-minute battle, troops captured the suspects, including Albasin.

The Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante, a leftist student organization in UP Cebu, said it refused to accept the military’s "publicity stunt." On its Facebook page, the group said Albasin was “steadfast in the struggle of the exploited and oppressed masses.”

It said the “heightening crisis” was forcing people, especially the youth, into taking up “an advanced form of struggle.”

Meanwhile, in Agusan del Norte, the military arrested a couple allegedly behind the recruitment of minors into the NPA. Military spokesperson Teresita Ingente said Aladin Apolinaria and his wife, Luzviminda, were arrested in the village of Mahayahay on Saturday. Ingente tied the couple to the NPA's Guerrilla Front 16.
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Thai police seek 11 bombing suspects
[Bangkok Post] A Thai court has issued arrest warrants for 11 people sought in connection to ten bombings in Pattani province last month. On February 11, several explosions took place across Yaring, Yarang and Sai Buri districts. An investigation found that the perpetrators had either used explosive-rigged bicycles in the attacks or rode bikes to plant bombs. Nine people were injured during the attacks.

Of the 11 suspects sought by authorities, six have been arrested. They are Mahamasopri Sengdamalae, Isma-ae Yaena, Muhama Yuso, Asman Kaza, Sulkifli Jarong and Manaser Japakiya. Those who remain at large are Suhaimee Jarong, Kuma Lueba, Marudi Shima, Ahamad Itae and Fiadi Abdullahtae.

Maj Gen Jatuporn said that seven suspects held a meeting to plot the February 11 attacks in tambon Khao Tum of Yarang district beforehand. The group was led by Mr Mahamasopri.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Pentagon: Operations against IS in eastern Syria ‘paused’
[IsraelTimes] The Pentagon says offensive operations against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because US-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, calls it an “operational pause.” He says that although ground operations have been temporarily suspended in the Euphrates River Valley near the Iraqi border, US airstrikes against IS holdouts in that area are continuing. This includes areas around the city of Abu Kamal.

Against US wishes, Kurdish members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces who had been fighting to eliminate remaining pockets of IS in the Euphrates River Valley have moved to the Afrin enclave in northwest Syria. Turkish forces have been attacking in Afrin for the past six weeks, seeking to drive out Kurdish forces.
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#1  The operational pause comes from the stunning results of US forces against the Russian proxy.

Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 7:48 Comments || Top||


Ill-advised Major Al-Qaeda offensive against Syrian Army across Hama and Latakia flubs within moments
[ALMASDARNEWS] Several hours ago, combined forces of the al-Qaeda affiliate militias Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham
(better known by its former name Jabhat 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 .. ...
) and Turkistan Islamic Party launched a big assault against the Syrian Army in Hama and Latakia provinces.

The attack targeted government defenses in the areas of Sheir as-Sahab, al-Bahsa and al-Masharee az-Zirayah along the provincial border region connecting northwest Hama and northeast Latakia.

In the event, well-prepared Syrian Army forces managed to fully repel the jihadist assault after a rather brief round of festivities, inflicting noteworthy losses on both myrmidon groups.

According to military-affiliated sources, the Syrian Army managed to kill at least ten Death Eaters and destroy three armed pickups.

The whole basis for the al-Qaeda operation was to avenge rebel forces currently enduring (unsuccessfully so) a major Syrian Army offensive in Damascus’ East Ghouta region.

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Jabhat Tahrir Souriya foils massive HTS attack in southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist civil war in northern Syria continued on Monday, as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
launched a major attack against Jabhat Tahrir Souriya inside the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham began their assault, today, by storming Jabhat Tahrir Souriya’s positions at the town of Ma’ar Shamarin.

Despite the intensity of their assault, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham was unable to capture Ma’ar Shamarin, as Jabhat Tahrir Souriya’s defenses proved too much.

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At least 48 Syrian pro-gov’t fighters killed during Afrin battle
[ALMASDARNEWS] To date, 48 pro-Damascus soldiers have died during the festivities with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
and allied opposition groups in Afrin, Behchet Ebdo, the chairman of the Afrin Canton Council told Sputnik. Ankara is continuing on with its Operation Olive Branch regardless of UN Resolution 2401 which stipulates the cessation of hostilities between the warring parties.

Behchet Ebdo, the chairman of the Afrin Canton Council told Sputnik Turkey that 48 pro-Syrian government troops have been killed amid festivities with the Ottoman Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) opposition group.

"There are killed and injured among the Syrian People’s Forces (SPF) troops ‐ the pro-government militia, which arrived in Afrin 15 days ago to defend the city," Ebdo said. "Since the arrival of the militia forces in Afrin, 48 soldiers have been killed as a result of the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces’ attacks."

The politician specified that two murderous Moslems from the pro-government forces had been killed in the first day after their arrival in Afrin, while three had been maimed. According to Ebdo, four days ago, nine soldiers had died amid the Ottoman Turkish assault on the village of Bafran in the Raco district. One SPF fighter was killed in Chema village.

"[On March 3], at dawn the Ottoman Turkish Air Force conducted Arclight airstrikes at the SPF headquarters in the village of Kefercennа [Kafr Jina] which resulted in the death of 36 militiamen. Some [SPF soldiers] were maimed," he pointed out, adding that "the SPF units continue to take part in the defense of Afrin."

On February 22, the Syrian pro-government forces entered Afrin to support the Kurds being besieged by the Ottoman Turkish army and the FSA, as part of Ankara’s Olive Branch Operation launched on January 20. The residents of the city greeted the pro-Damascus militia by waving flags of the Syrian Arab Republic and portraits of Bashir al-Assad.

Monitor: Turkey strikes kill 13 civilians in Syrian Kurdish enclave

[IsraelTimes] Ottoman Turkish air strikes on Monday kill 13 civilians, including two children, in northwestern Syria’s Kurdish enclave of Afrin, a monitor says.

The deadly air raids hit the town of Jandairis near the Ottoman Turkish border, according to the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

They come six weeks into a The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
-led assault against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in the enclave.

Jandairis has been under heavy fire since dawn today as Ottoman Turkish troops and allied rebels on its edges seek to retake the area from Kurdish fighters, says Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Since the Ottoman Turkish offensive started on January 20, Ottoman Turkish bombardment has killed 165 civilians, including 29 children, the Observatory announces.

Turkey denies the reports and says it takes the "utmost care" to avoid civilian casualties.
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Syria Regime Forces Control Third of Ghouta Enclave, block med supplies from aid convoy, rebels offer to trade civilians for supplies
[AnNahar] Syrian regime and allied forces pushed deeper into Eastern Ghouta on Monday and have now retaken a third of the rebel enclave, a monitor said.

"Regime forces now control 33 percent, or a third, of besieged Eastern Ghouta," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor, said.

"Regime forces are advancing at a high pace because operations so far are mostly conducted in farmland," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Observatory.

Pro-government forces were two kilometers (1.2 miles) south east of Douma, the main town in Eastern Ghouta, a semi-rural area that lies within mortar range of central Damascus.

The government lost control of Eastern Ghouta in 2012 and has besieged the area, which is now controlled by Islamist and jihadist groups, almost ever since.

Government forces have over the years clawed back nearly two thirds of the territory they lost just east of Damascus in 2012.

Assad troops block medical aid to Eastern Ghouta; 50 more dead in new regime bombardment

[ARABNEWS] Assad regime troops ordered aid agencies to remove vital medical supplies from a humanitarian convoy into Eastern Ghouta on Monday.

As the first aid trucks rolled into the besieged opposition enclave east of Damascus, 50 non-combatants were killed and 190 injured in a renewed regime bombardment that has killed more than 740 people in the past two weeks.

The regime also pressed ahead with its ground assault. Syrian and Russian troops have captured more than a third of Eastern Ghouta, threatening to slice the last major opposition-held area near the capital in two, despite Western accusations that they are violating a cease-fire ordered last month by the UN Security Council.

The Assad regime ordered 70 percent of medical supplies to be stripped out of a humanitarian aid convoy, preventing trauma kits, surgical kits, insulin and other vital material from reaching the area, the World Health Organization said. The Red Thingy said some of its medical equipment was also blocked.

Up to 400,000 people are trapped inside the besieged enclave, and were already running out of food and medical supplies before the assault began with intense Arclight airstrikes two weeks ago.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said new strikes on Monday targeted front lines near the town of Harasta and the villages of Beit Sawa and Hosh al-Ashari.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the only way to end the conflict was to support the Syrian regime.

The US condemned the assault and accused Moscow of ignoring a UN resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities.

It said Russia had killed "innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations."

The UN Human Rights Council on Monday ordered Sherlocks to examine the latest violence.

A resolution tabled by Britannia specifically condemned "the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments against civilians, and the alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta."

East Ghouta militants promise to free civilians in exchange for humanitarian aid: Russian MoD

[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said citing the Syrian military that the Death Eaters in Eastern Ghouta promised to release the civilians in exchange for humanitarian aid.

On Monday morning, 45 trucks with humanitarian aid and a mobile hospital lined up at the checkpoint in Muhayam-Al-Wafedin settlement, where the humanitarian corridor toward Eastern Ghouta begins.

The humanitarian aid includes food, medicine and basic necessities, and its weight totals 247 tonnes.

The delivery of humanitarian aid should take place with the support of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, which ensures the safety of the convoy’s passage.

The seventh daily "humanitarian pause" began on Monday at 09:00 a.m. Damascus time (07:00 GMT) in Eastern Ghouta and will last until 02:00 p.m.

Eastern Ghouta remains one of the last strongholds held by Islamist faceless myrmidons in Syria; the faceless myrmidons periodically shell local pro-Damascus Death Eaters and fire at Syria’s pro-government forces. The situation has sharply escalated in recent weeks.

The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2401, which requires all parties to end the festivities and provide a humanitarian pause for at least 30 days throughout Syria. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the Death Eaters have continued the shelling.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that at the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
that in the Eastern Guta suburbs of Damascus, a daily humanitarian pause was introduced from February 27; it lasts from 9.00 to 14.00 local time.

According to the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
, almost 600 people had been killed in Eastern Ghouta and over 2,000 were maimed.
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#1  rebels offer to trade civilians for supplies

Otherwise they'll use civilians for rations?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 3:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Russia had killed "innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations."

That's because Russia is there not to "fight terrorism' (whatever that means) but to promote its national interests.
(1) Securing Naval & Air bases in the region.
(2) Signaling that (unlike some people) Russia sticks by its allies.
(3) Encouraging Muslim emigration to Europe.
(a) It weakens Western Europe.
(b) Introduces a wedge between Eastern and Western Europe.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 4:23 Comments || Top||

#3  and builds another buffer state for their march to the Med separating oil producers from oil consumers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 7:28 Comments || Top||



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