[AlAhram] A leading figure in the Somali-based Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab movement has died in Somalia, the Islamic myrmidon group said Thursday.
In a death announcement and obituary carried by jihadist media, the Shabaab said Sheikh Hassan Abdulahi Turki, known as Hassan Turki, died on Wednesday evening in the Middle Juba region south of the capital Mogadishu. Turki was in his 70s and suffered from poor health.
"Sheikh Hassan Abdulahi Turki died last night in Hargeysa Yarey township. We pray to God to give him his mercy and accept his long-term good deeds," Shabaab front man Ali Mohamud Rage said in an audio message.
Rage said Turki "was one of Somalia's greatest scholars" who had met "Al-Qaeda leaders, led by the late Osama bin Laden ... who is now sometimes referred to as Mister Bones... , twice in Afghanistan and another time in Sudan" and had fought against US soldiers in Mogadishu in 1993, the year 18 US soldiers were killed in the so-called Black Hawk Down incident during an ill-fated intervention.
The Æthiopian-born former soldier was a veteran Islamist who played a series of leading roles in Somalia's civil war.
Turki was a founding member of Al-Itihaad Al-Islami in the early 1990s alongside Hassan Dahir Aweys, often regarded as the godfather of Islamic militancy in Somalia. Together they also formed a successor group called Hizbul Islam.
Turki played a key role in the Islamic Courts Union, which briefly controlled Somalia in 2006, and helped establish the Shabaab which emerged in the wake of the US-backed Æthiopian invasion that ended its rule.
In 2004 the US put Turki on its list of global Al-Qaeda leaders after accusing him of involvement in the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania six years earlier. In 2008 he survived a US air strike targeting him and other myrmidon leaders in southern Somalia.
In recent years Turki's influence and importance waned as old age and ill-health took their toll.
[AlAhram] The kaboom happened near Al-Arish city in North Sinai Wednesday
A police brigadier was killed and a police colonel injured when an IED (improvised bomb) detonated Wednesday in North Sinai, MENA news agency reported.
According to a statement published by Egypt's Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Ahmed Ibrahim from the Criminal Investigations unit in North Sinai directorate was killed while Colonel Moataz Radwan, the head of Vice Investigation in the directorate, was injured on the highway near Al-Arish city, on their way back from a security raid.
Egypt's army is currently fighting a campaign against a decade-long murderous Moslem insurgency in North Sinai.
Militants have killed hundreds of police and army personnel in the past year and a half in North Sinai, while the authorities have announced that hundreds of Death Eaters have been killed in military campaigns in the governorate.
The Islamist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis has grabbed credit for most attacks against security forces in Sinai.
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Tunisia has tossed in the clink ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... a second Moroccan suspect over a deadly attack in March on the Bardo museum in Tunis, the interior ministry said Thursday.
Noureddine al-Naibi was arrested on Sunday at Ras Jedir border post on the frontier with Libya on suspicion of indirect involvement in the attack, ministry front man Mohammed Ali Aroui told AFP.
Last week, a young Moroccan man was arrested in Italia for allegedly helping in the March 18 attack carried out by two Tunisian gunnies in which 21 tourists and a policeman were killed before the assailants were also rubbed out.
[ALMANAR.LB] 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... announced two border guards have been killed and five others maimed by shellfire on the frontier with Yemen.
The deaths occurred when "military missiles from Yemen" struck their position at Zahran South in the Asir border region on Wednesday, Riyadh's interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.Saudi soldiers
Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-US coalition.
Thousands of Yemenis have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.
However, if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning... Yemeni army, backed by popular committees and tribal fighter has been responding to the Saudi aggression, with several border areas in the Saudi Arabia are under the fire of those fighters.
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[ALMANAR.LB] The Yemeni army, backed by the Popular committees, advanced in Maareb province, reaching the central hospital.
The Yemeni army, backed by the Popular committees, also achieved a major field advance after Fierce festivities with the takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed... terrorists.
The Soddy warplanes launched 12 raids on Saada and Hijja provinces, killing scores of civilians.
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... since March 26 has been under attack by Soddy-US coalition. Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.
However, if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well... Yemeni army, backed by popular committees and tribal fighter have been responding to the Soddymilitary attacks, with several border areas in the 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... are under the fire of those fighters.
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By Chris Covert
Donetsk People's Republic chief negotiator in ongoing peace talks between Donetsk and Lugansk and Ukraine, Denis Pusilin, has been publicly --albeit not officially -- charged with abuse of power, according to Russian language news sources.
An individual identified as an analyst, Roman Manekin, posted an online petition which states that Pusilin has been negotiating with his Ukrainian counterparties to offer changes in the Donetsk constitution that would aid in reintegrating Donetsk as an autonomous political unit within a Ukrainian federation.
At the moment both Donetsk and Lugansk are independent republics.
The issue of autonomy versus independence has been a touchy topic with officials in both breakaway republics, many of whom have changed their stance in favor -- or against -- independence since the first ceasefire, known as Minsk I.
Pusilin has been on the Donetsk ceasefire negotiating team since Minsk I. Donetsk has had a foreign ministry since last fall, but its head, Aleksandr Kofman noted only a few days ago that the reason why his department is not part of the contact group in multilateral talks is because, according to Kofman, the negotiating team are trained lawyers.
Officials in both Donetsk and Lugansk are extremely sensitive to issues relating to independence. The official stance of Lugansk president Igor Plotinitsky has been that Lugansk is to be integrated into the Russian Federation, a stance which in part has caused a small civil war within a civil war in both Lugansk and Donetsk, pitting Cossack units, the commanders of which want independence, against military units for both republics.
The civil war with a civil war has cost the lives of a few top commanders at the hands of Russian special forces, colloquially known as "Green Men". Although he denies it, Plotinitsky has been publicly charged with involvement in the murder of the popular commander, Alexei Mozgovoy last weekend.
At the moment, peace talks have stalled in the wake of remarks by Ukrainian president Piotr Poroshenko who said Wednesday that he will not talk with the political leaders of Donetsk or Lugansk about any proposed settlement in the now year old war.
Donetsk president Aleksandr Zakharchenko responded in context of Poroshenko's remarks and the Ukrainian shelling of Gorlovka, that he reserves the right to respond at his discretion, instead of holding return fire. Since the February Minsk II ceasefire, rebel fores have consistently claimed their forces have held fire in response to Ukrainian fire.
Meanwhile at the contact lines exchange of fire continues between the two combatants.
The Donetsk Ministry of Defense official, Lt. Colonel Eduard Basurin said that Ukrainian forces have fired on rebel fores in several localities including western Donetsk, Gorlovka and Shirokino.
In western Donetsk city, rebels claimed that Ukrainian fores hit targets at Spartak, Oktyrabrsky mining district and at the airport.
In Gorvlovka, rebel officials say Ukrainian artillery hit targets, killing five civilians, wounding nine, and damaging residences.
Gorlovka has been the scene of exchange of heavy artillery between the two combatants since the start of the year, with little respite.
Ukrainian defense officials said Thursday that rebel forces have fired weapons in western Donetsk, including mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms.
Ukrainian officials say that rebel forces fired on them at Shirokino using mortars, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns and small arms.
Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraina by clicking here.
[JPOST] The US-trained commander of Tajikistan's elite police force has defected to 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.... , he said in a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him, media said on Thursday.
Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation's special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and holy warriors. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police.
He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the Unites States as he brandished a cartridge belt and sniper rifle, in a professionally made, 10-minute video clip posted in social networks.
"Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers, if only you knew how many boys, our brothers are here, waiting and yearning to return to Tajikistan to re-establish sharia law there," he said, addressing Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon.
Rakhmon has run Tajikistan, the poorest post-Soviet nation that neighbours Afghanistan, since 1992. He used Russian support to crush Islamist guerrillas in a 1992-1997 civil war and tolerates little dissent in his country of 8 million.
"We are coming to you, God willing, we are coming to you with slaughter," said Khalimov, a 40-year-old native of the Tajik capital Dushanbe. He spoke in Russian, sitting in front of a palm tree, and sported a new beard. It was not clear which country he was in.
Tajik police could not be reached for comment. OMON police plan to issue a statement condemning Khalimov, several officers who had served with him told the Tajik service of US-funded Radio Liberty.
Khalimov said he had been trained by elite Russian "spetsnaz" forces in Moscow and US special forces in America.
"Listen, you American pigs, I've been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Moslems," he said, patting his rifle. "God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you."
He lambasted Tajiks working in Russia. "You have become the slaves of infidels," he said.
Both Russia and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... , alarmed by the threat of radical Islam to predominantly Moslem Central Asia, have stepped up military drills with the region's post-Soviet nations.
The International Crisis Group think-tank estimates around 4,000 Central Asians fight for Islamic State.
But Khalimov's defection shows that some local security units cannot be trusted if threats can come from insiders, not just holy warriors, said Kazakhstan-based Central Asia analyst Alexander Knyazev.
"I think Islamist propaganda will now exploit Khalimov's example in full," he said, warning that volatile neighbouring Kyrgyzstan faced similar problems.
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[ALMANAR.LB] An American youth who appeared in MTV reality show "Catfish" last year was tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! on Wednesday for making a series of bogus "terrorist threats" against metro stations, trains and buses in the US capital.
Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, 20, nicknamed "Kidd Cole", is accused of making 11 crank 911 calls between December last year and May, warning of bomb threats or hostage situations on the Washington transport network.
"The threat information provided in each of the 911 calls turned out to be 'wholly false,' a police statement citing court documents said.
Each hoax resulted in an emergency response and caused disruptions to transit service in some cases.
The calls included a January 20 threat claiming that people "from La Belle France" planned to assassinate President Barack Obama We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us... in an ambush on his motorcade and that the same group were plotting to bomb the Potomac Avenue Metro Station.
Two days later the same caller claimed he and his friends were planning to hijack a bus and kill hostages if they were not paid $15 million.
Police linked Stone-Coleman to the threats after analyzing cell-phone records, digital video surveillance from stations and buses, and telephone audio, a statement said.
"We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro's customers and employees," Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said in a statement.
"This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice."
Stone-Coleman appeared in MTV show "Catfish" in May last year. The show centers around individuals who post fake biographical information on social media sites.
[DAWN] TANK: Seven children were maimed when a hand grenade they were playing with went off here on Wednesday.
Reports said that children found a hand grenade from a rainwater drain in Shiekh Otar village and brought it along mistaking it with a toy.
As soon as the children reached Mohallah Skeikhanwala they tried to snatch the grenade from each other. As a result, its pin got opened, causing it to explode. Seven children were maimed in the kaboom, who were taken to district headquarters hospital, Tank. Later, two of the injured were referred to DHQ hospital, Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ... in precarious condition.
The injured children were identified as Saqib, Mudassar, Kashif, Wajid, Fanoos, Alfah Bibi, and Shafana.
[DAWN] Two people belonging to the Shia Hazara community were bumped off here on Wednesday evening.
The two were sitting in their cloth shop in a shopping plaza in MeCongi road area when they were rubbed out. Another person was injured in the attack.
Soon after the incident, markets and business establishments were closed and panic gripped the area. Traffic vanished from the roads.
According to sources, the unidentified attackers entered the cloth shop in the plaza, located in front of the City Police Station, and started firing with automatic weapons, killing the two men on the spot.
Police quoted eyewitness as saying that the gunnies had attacked one man on the stairs of the building when he tried to escape. "Both the victims received multiple bullet injuries," police said. The assailants fled on a cycle of violence.
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[Rudaw] The Iraqi Defense Ministry has issued a statement claiming Iraqi joint forces have besieged ISIS Death Eaters in Ramadi, cutting off supplies and reinforcements from other myrmidon-held areas in Anbar province.
"Our intelligence information shows that ISIS can no longer receive military assistance in Ramadi and Iraqi forces have surrounded the city in all directions," Qais Al-Robai, media officer of the ministry, told news hounds in Baghdad on Wednesday.
A security official also told Rudaw on Wednesday that an estimated 17 ISIS Death Eaters were killed in Ramadi by Iraqi fighter jets.
ISIS took control of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, on May 17, raising their black flag over the governor's compound and setting it ablaze hours later.
The retreat of the Iraqi forces recalled the collapse of Iraqi police and military forces last summer, when the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group's initial blitz into Iraq saw it capture about one-third of the country.
Baghdad -- Daesh extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Wednesday.
Brig. Gen Saad Maan Ibrahim, the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, told on Wednesday that the attacks took place outside the Daesh-held city of Fallujah late the previous night.
The militants struck near a water control station and a lock system on a canal between Lake Tharthar and the Euphrates River where army forces have been deployed for the Anbar offensive, he said.
Ibrahim added that the Daesh extremists used a sandstorm that engulfed most of Iraq on Tuesday night to launch the deadly wave of bombings. He said it was not clear how many suicide attackers were involved in the bombings but they hit the military from multiple directions.
[ALMANAR.LB] The Iraqi Army raided ISIL's positions in Samarra, in Salahuddin province, which resulted in the killing of at least 32 fighters, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced.
"The Iraqi army men killed 32 ISIL turbans by destroyed their ammunition depot in the Eastern province," the ministry said.
The ISIL 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... bully boyz currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed 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... , Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... , and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
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[ABC.NET.AU] At least 10 people have been killed as car bombs exploded in the parking lots of two heavily fortified five-star hotels in central Baghdad, Iraqi police and medical sources have said.
A further 30 people were wounded in the blasts on Thursday night, which were about seven minutes apart.
The explosions occurred just before midnight (local time) and were heard across the city centre.
The first explosion went off near the Babylon hotel, a swanky and recently refurbished hotel overlooking the Tigris river, where government officials often hold meetings and news conferences.
The second car bomb exploded in an area close to the Meridian hotel and a popular club which is usually crowded at that time.
Iraqi authorities lifted a decade-old night-time curfew on Baghdad early this year, seeking to restore a sense of normality to the capital as security forces battle Islamic State militants who have overrun large parts of the country.
Last week's Culebra Koa 15 (CK 15) exercises in Hawaii were the last chance for some fun in the sun before two of the US Navy's newest -- and most unusual -- ships get deployed.
The USNS Montford Point is not just the first ship of its class, it's the first of its kind. The ship "became fully operations capable and delivered to Military Sealift Command just last month," Lieutenant Commander Brian Tague of the US Navy's Military Sealift Command told VICE News in Hawaii. It practically has that new-ship smell.
[Bangkok Post] A man was killed and his wife injured seriously by a motorcycle gunman in Pattani province on Thursday morning.
Pol Col Chamlong Suwannalak, the Nong Chik district police chief, said while Pornpipat Yodying and his wife were heading to work on a motorcycle, thiy were followed by two men on another motorcycle. The pillion rider of that motorbike shot at them with a handgun. Pornpipat was hit three times and died at the scene, and his wife was struck in the left arm.
[ALMANAR.LB] Units of the Syrian army and armed forces on Thursday carried out military operations against terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts in many areas across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment.
The army targeted terrorists’ positions on the southern outskirts of Kafer Shams village in the northwestern countryside of Daraa province, southern Syria.
Many terrorists were killed and two mortars and various types of vehicles were destroyed in the operations, a military source confirmed to SANA .
More terrorists were killed in a special operation against their hideouts positioned on the northern hill overlooking Zimrin village in the northwestern countryside.
In the western countryside of the neighboring Quneitra province, an army unit targeted groups of Israeli-backed terrorist organizations in al-Hamidiyeh village, leaving many of them dead and their weapons destroyed.
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate Thursday seized Ariha, the last remaining government-held city in the northwestern province of Idlib, activists said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Nusra Front and its allies captured the city after fierce festivities with pro-government forces, including Hezbollah fighters, who were then seen pulling out.
"Jaish al-Fatah has taken full control of the city of Ariha after a lightning offensive that ended with a heavy pullout of regime forces and their allies Hezbollah from the western side of the city," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Jaish al-Fatah, or Army of Conquest, is the name of the coalition which comprises the Nusra Front and its allies - mostly Islamist rebel groups.
The Britannia-based monitor said dozens of Syrian military vehicles were seen pulling out of Ariha.
Ariha, which was home to 40,000 people before the conflict began, was the last remaining government-held city in Idlib province which borders The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... .
The Army of Conquest coalition has won a string of victories in Idlib, including taking the scenic provincial capital on March 28 and the key town of Jisr al-Shughur on April 25.
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[REUTERS] The Syrian army withdrew from the strategic city of Ariha, its last remaining stronghold in the north western province of Idlib, after heavy battles waged with al Qaeda's Syrian offshoot Nusra Front, an army source said on Thursday.
The source quoted on state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
was the first admission that the city of Ariha, the last bastion of government forces in the province that borders The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , had fallen to krazed killer groups whom it says are financed and equipped by Turkey.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.