An "Oh, sh*t" moment...
Taliban insurgents this week shot down an Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter in Faryab province, killing three and taking the remaining 15 on board hostage, officials said Friday.
According to officials the incident took place in Pashtoonkot district in Faryab. Early reports indicate it was a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) that brought down the chopper.
The ministry of defense has not yet commented but local Faryab officials report that 18 ANA personnel were on board at the time of the incident. They said efforts are underway to secure the safe release of the hostages.
Video footage received by TOLOnews shows Taliban insurgents taking the personnel hostage. The footage also shows that some ANA officers sustained burn wounds during the crash.
According to local officials, three of the 18 crew member on board the chopper were killed in the incident.
"Indirect contact is being made with the Taliban but I do not have direct contact with them. However, efforts by the members of the peace council, tribal elders including some charity organizations which operate here are underway to release the hostages. So far the Taliban has not made any demands for their release," Faryab governor Sayed Anwar Sadaat said.
"It is the responsibility of the government to take firm steps and ensure the release of the hostages from the Taliban so that they can be reunited with their families," a member of Faryab provincial council Sibaghatollah Selab said.
Despite persistent calls to the ministry of defense, no comment was provided. Click to link to see video report
Little known fact, Lt. Gen. Thomas Jackson, late of The Army of Northern Virginia, (Peace and fresh beef be upon them), was in favor initially of executing POWs, thinking the horror would bring a faster conclusion to the war and save lives. The Northers did it slowly at Camp Douglas, we all did it a bit quicker at Andersonville. Meh? Sigh.
Members of Laghman provincial council on Friday reported that security threats have drastically increased along the key Kabul-Jalalabad highway in recent weeks, putting the lives of travelers at great risk.
Meanwhile, residents in Laghman province have said that unknown armed men apparently affiliated with insurgent groups frequently appear on the highway and sometimes open fire on vehicles, an issue which has created major concern among regular commuters.
As concerns over the volatility of the Kabul-Jalalabad highway grow, Laghman governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi on Friday said that the provincial government has been in contact with the central government in Kabul in an effort to push security institutions to come up with concrete measures to secure the road.
"Certain profiteers and armed opponents inflict harm on the people. We raised the issue with the leaderships of ministry of defense and interior. They have taken a number of steps in this regard. We will continue our engagements with them until security is restored completely," he said.
Insurgents frequently appear in Tangi, Mashala Kamar and Aziz Khan Kasai areas where they also search passengers and create problems for them, Laghman provincial council said.
Amid the growing security threats, passengers have called on the security institutions to take measures and ensure security of the highway.
"Gun shots are heard here on a daily basis. They [insurgents] do not care whether they are firing on security personnel or ordinary people," one motorist who uses the Kabul-Jalalabad highway Bashir Ahmad said.
"Looters exist in Surkhakan area near the square and also in Kasai," said another driver Bahar.
"Shootings on Kabul-Jalalabad and Laghman highway occur on a daily basis. Firings and attacks by armed groups on security check points have increased and this is very unfortunate," said a member of Laghman provincial council Zahir Hussainkhail.
"It is not only Laghman that has to deal with security threats where insurgents create issues for the people but the entire country is at war. We are trying to improve security in joint cooperation with the people," another member of the provincial council Abdul Rahimzai said.
Taliban insurgents have torched a number of houses belonging to police officers in Marja district of Helmand province, local officials said Friday.
Officials in the province said that these incidents took place after Taliban insurgents over ran Camp Bazar in Marja district a few days ago.
However, security forces have retaken Camp Bazar but some areas close to Marja district center are still under Taliban control.
"When the insurgents came here they set our houses on fire," a local police officer said.
Another policeman said: "We fight the Taliban like men but they commit such actions. They set fire to my brother's garden."
Marja district has been the scene of heavy clashes between security forces and insurgents over the past few days.
"In a bid to defend their area, residents of the Marja district have joined commander Mawollah (local police commander in Marja) and these residents are defending their district and their dignity," Hashim Alkozai a senator said.
However, clashes in Helmand in general have been ongoing for more than a month in some parts of the province.
Somali Govt troops repulsed Al shabaab after terrorists armed militants ambushed their convoy near Bardale town of Baay region, killing at least two terrorists fighters, an official said.
The governor Bay region Abdirashid Abdullah Mohamed, told Radio Shabelle that Govt army convoy travelled from Bardere came under ambush attack by terrorists Al shabaab near Awdinle area on Thursday. He said two Al shabaab terrorists fighters were killed in the counter-attack and seized their AK-47 weapons, a claim that Al shabaab denied.
Al shabaab for their part claimed a victory in the attack near Awdiinle village, saying they killed at least 15 Somali soldiers. Uneasy calm has returned to the area after the fighting.
The head of the Tripoli office of the religious endowments ministry, Mohamed Atkitek, has been released by the capital’s Rada (deterrence) forces according to a ministry statement. It said that he was freed at 4am this morning and was in good health.
He was grabbed from his office two days ago and questioning about his organisation’s relationship with the Islamic State (IS) organisation. The arrest served to fracture even further the various factions in the city, with Sheikh Sadik Ghariani labelling those who arrested Atkitek as criminals and demanding Rada sack them.
Itself seen as a strongly Islamist organisation, Rada is investigating possible support to IS from the ministry.
Benghazi and parts of the east of the country are facing yet more power cuts after the last remaining power station in the city was hit by rockets.
The missiles, fired from inside Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council lines, struck the Benghazi North power station today. State electricity company GECOL said extensive power cuts were inevitable. The generating plant, which has a design capacity of 1200MW, is understood to have lost 500MW of output in the rocket attack.
There were unconfirmed claims this evening that the missiles that caused the damage were made in Misrata. Fragments said to have been recovered from the power station were alleged to show markings that could be traced to Misrata.
GECOL has pointed out that this is not the first time that Benghazi North power station has been targeted. It added that its engineers were working to fix the damage but warned the task could take some time, possibly because new parts may need to be imported. In the past the power plant’s output has been curtailed by shortages of its gas feedstock, thanks to interruptions to the supply via Zuetina.
What appears to have been a row between Libyan and Tunisian fuel smugglers on the Libyan side of the border near Tatouine led to a Tunisian being shot in the neck.
The injured man is being treated for buck shot wounds in Tatouine regional hospital a security source told the Tunisian news agency TAP today. The victim is reportedly in a stable condition. No further details of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, have been given. It is not clear if the Tunisian smuggler is now under arrest.
The once-flourishing cross-border smuggling of heavily-subsidised Libya fuel is now seriously threatened by Tunisia’s heightened security measures, which include a ditch and berm being excavated along the entire frontier.
Earlier this month Germany agreed to instal an electronic surveillance system all the way along the border with Libya from Ras Jedir to Bori El-Khadra at the junction of the Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian frontiers.
Tunisia’s Defence Minister Farhat Horchani also said that Germany would be training security personnel and providing equipment, the nature of which he did not specify.
A Libyan photographer Mohamed Al-Naili who works for the Chinese news agency Xinhua has been released. He arrived at his home in Abu Selim district yesterday evening reportedly in good health after being kidnapped for almost a month.
Naili’s could not be reached on his mobile today. However, friends reported that his family paid a large ransom for his release.
It was not possible to contact Xinhua for a comment.
Moroccan security services have captured lately three people belonging to a militant cell having ties with the terrorist Islamic State group. The cell, which includes a woman who appears to be the first female suicide bomber, is the second of its kind to be dismantled in the North African country after the Paris attacks of November 13th.
According to Moroccan Home Department, the three members of this group were active in the cities of Fez and Casablanca (central Morocco) and the southern town of Oulad Taima. They were apparently planning to take hostages and launch attacks targeting security agents. They have all pledged allegiance to ISIS and had an apparent hatred for Morocco, its kingdom and its symbols.
The dismantling of this cell comes days after terror attack on a bus in Tunis, killing 12 people. Moroccan security and intelligence services have helped French police locate and identify the mastermind of the Paris barbaric attacks, disrupting other terror plots in Europe.
This proved the key role Morocco plays in the fight against terrorism, earning the North African Kingdom worldwide praise and recognition.
Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back...
Moroccan intelligence services broke-up 140 terrorist cells since 2002. During the same period, 276 terrorist plots were foiled and 2,720 suspected terrorists were arrested. A recent study published by Spain’s Real Instituto Elcano showed that the number of terrorist attacks in the Maghreb soared between 2011 and 2014, except for Morocco which was hit by only one terrorist attack during this period.
Since the Marrakech bombing of 2011 targeting tourism, the Moroccan security and intelligences have doubled vigilance and deployed a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy that helped keep the country safe.
[BBC] A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people in an attack on a Shia procession in Nigeria's Kano state. The bomber ran into the crowd and detonated his bomb before he could be spotted. The attack happened shortly after a man was arrested in possession of a bomb, according to a witness.
The explosion took place in the village of Dakasoye, about 13 miles south of Kano, the provincial capital. Muhammad Turi from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said, "We lost 21 people and several others have been injured."
Police said they did not know who was behind the attack, but IMN organizers blamed Boko Haram.
The procession - an annual event lasting seven days - continued after the bombing. Turi said, "We are not surprised that we've been attacked because this is the situation all over the country. This will not deter us from our religious observance."
The procession travels from Kano to Zaria in neighbouring Kaduna state, where the IMN, the nation's biggest Shia organization, has its headquarters.
Security forces had been ordered away from the procession after several people were killed in clashes between pilgrims and the army last year, including three sons of its leader Sheikh el-Zakzaky.
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Yemeni coup rebels have deployed scores of their militias and units from the Republican Guards loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh at the entrances of the capital Sanaa in anticipation of an attack by the national resistance.
The Saudi Arabic language daily Asharqalawsat quoted military sources in Sanaa as saying most of those units were deployed inside and around buildings rented by the Houthis and their allies at the entrances of Sanaa.
“It seems that they are bracing for an offensive by the national resistance in the Sanaa governorate…this resistance unit was created last week to support the national army and the Arab coalition in seizing Sanaa,” a military source told the paper.
The source said the deployment of those units came amidst a state of high alert in Sanaa following tensions between the Houthis and some of the Republican Guard units which refused to obey their orders.
[AnNahar] Two coppers and four alleged members of a radical Islamist group have been killed in a shootout during a raid in Azerbaijan, the interior ministry said Thursday.
The suspects opened fire when police attempted to arrest "leaders of an unregistered radical Islamist group," the ministry said in a statement.
The group, called the Movement for Muslim Unity, "resisted the coppers, who were attacked with a grenade and automatic fire," the statement said, without specifying when the incident in the village of Nardaran north of Baku took place.
"As a result, four group members were liquidated and several more injured. Two coppers died in the clash." Fourteen people were placed in durance vile Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! , including the leader of the group Tale Bagirzade, authorities said.
The raid on the organization was ordered following an "investigation" which showed that "this group is planning provocations, mass unrest and acts of terror in order to disrupt the socio-political stability in the country."
The ministry said the group's goal was to establish a sharia state in Azerbaijan, a majority Shia Muslim but secular country headed by strongman President Ilham Aliyev.
Another Iranian finger stirring things up rather than ISIS or Al Qaeda?
The Movement for Muslim Unity earlier this month organized a protest near Baku against the detention of another group leader Elchin Gasymov. Police arrested but later released several people.
[RT/RFL] Prosecutors in Bosnia are probing an explosion at a police station which officials say could have been an act of terrorism.
Attackers threw an explosive device on the roof of the building in the town of Zavidovic early on November 24, causing some minor damage but no injuries. A police spokesperson said that the "case has elements of the criminal act of terrorism."
The national prosecutor's office has taken over the case and created a special team to investigate.
The incident comes less than a week after two military men were killed on November 18 by a man who attacked them with automatic weapons near a barracks in Sarajevo before blowing himself up. Officials have said that the assailant had links to Islamists and that the attack was almost certainly a terrorist act.
[Hurriyet] Turkish police seized 120 tons of ammonium nitrate, a common explosive used in making improvised bombs, in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Nov. 27, while four suspected members of 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.... of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were detained in Istanbul.
Police raided an iron and steel depot at the KÜSGET industrial site in Gaziantep, where they found 120 tons of ammonium nitrate, Anadolu Agency reported. The police sent the seized material to the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.
The raid came on the same day Istanbul police detained four suspects linked to ISIL in early-morning raids.
According to security sources, Istanbul police squads mounted simultaneous raids on a several addresses in the city's Bagcilar district, accompanied by special operations teams.
The operation was conducted to catch five suspects who allegedly helped both Turkish and foreign nationals travel to Iraq and Syria, the police said.
There was an ongoing operation to catch a final suspect, the police added.
Officers also seized five mobile phones, a laptop and two tablet computers as well as 18 hard disks at the addresses.
Images from the scene showed at least one squad of masked and armed officers going through a ground-floor entrance.
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... 's General Staff said in a written statement that 509 people were captured while attempting to enter Turkey from Syria on Nov. 26.
Meanwhile, ...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster... a local court in southeastern Diyarbakir province ruled for the arrests of five ISIL suspects on Nov. 27.
In September, tons of kaboom was seized near the Turkish-Syrian border.
As much as 6.5 tons of plastic kaboom was seized after coppers in Sanliurfa stopped and searched a long-haul truck full of onions in the Pekmezli neighborhood of Sanliurfa's Akcakale district on Sept. 9.
In another incident in the southeastern province of Mardin on Sept. 10, 20 tons of ammonium nitrate was seized after gendarmerie forces searched a cottage on a road connecting Mardin to Diyarbakir upon intelligence which claimed material used to make bombs was in the cottage on land owned by a private driving course.
QUETTA: Security forces on Friday arrested 13 suspected militants said to be associated with a "banned militant organisation" during different search operations in Balochistan's Kech and Dera Bugti districts.
Spokesman for Frontier Corps (FC), a para-military force, said one of the accused, who had opposed apprehension, was injured during an exchange of fire with the security forces.
"A search operation was conducted in Tump Tehsil and we recovered one RPG-7 grenade, one sub-machine gun (SMG) and other weapons from the militants' possession in Kech district," said the spokesperson from the FC.
"Hate materials against the state were also recovered during the operation," he added.
The FC spokesperson said three of the alleged terrorists were apprehended in Balochistan's Pat Feeder area of Dera Bugti district.
All the arrested individuals were being interrogated with regards to bombings and other subversive activities in Balochistan, added the spokesperson.
Pakistan's largest province — which borders Iran and Afghanistan — is riven by sectarian strife and millitant violence.
Its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.
Baloch separatists demanding more autonomy and control over gas and mineral resources have frequently targeted security forces and police for years.
PESHAWAR: At least 21 suspected terrorists were killed on Friday in air strikes in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley, security sources said.
Pakistan Air Force jets targeted militant hideouts in Koki Khel area of Tirah, killing at least 21 suspected terrorists and razing several hideouts. Khyber Agency is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts where forces have traditionally had little control and militant groups thrive. Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a grand operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, following a Taliban attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in June 2014. Since the beginning of Zarb-e-Azb, militants have fled to other tribal regions, including Khyber and its Tirah Valley and Shawal, all of which border Afghanistan.
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday announced the arrest of the suspected killer of three members of a polio team in Mansehra.
Two lady health workers and a police guard were shot dead in the mountainous Danna area of Mansehra District in March 2015. The polio team had been vaccinating children on the second day of a three-day anti-polio drive in the district when they were attacked. CTD officials claimed the arrest of Siraj alias Amir Sahab on Friday from the village of Tanda in Mansehra. The official said the accused had confessed to attacking the polio team in Mansehra along with his accomplice, Shahid Omer, during an initial interrogation with the CTD.
The “militant” is suspected of affiliation with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Polio workers have long been targeted due to rumours that the polio immunisation drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims. The rumours have made inhabitants of lesser-developed parts of the country more wary of allowing immunisation. These claims were propagated by the TTP, who stepped up attacks targeting polio immunisation teams after Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to set up a hepatitis immunisation drive as part of efforts to track down al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.
Earlier this week, the KP CTD in a summary report claimed it had arrested 567 militants during 876 targeted operations conducted in various parts of the province over the last 10 months. A woman and her three children were killed in Karak’s Kundi area following a gas leak explosion on Friday. The woman, wife of Rahim Gul, and her three children, aged 1 to 4-years-old, were asleep when the blast took place.
PARACHINAR: Security forces and political administration averted a possible bid of terrorism by recovering a bomb from the area of Ahamd Zai check post, vicinity of the city.
According to political sources, the locals saw a bomb that was planted by unknown miscreants in the bushy area near Ahmad Zai Check Post. After receiving the information vis-à-vis presence of a bomb, security forces rushed to the spot and retrieved the device.
The bomb was later defused. Political administration has started investigations to arrest the elements involved.
A 16-year-old teen from a village in the Galilee was tossed in the slammer Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! Friday night on allegations that he stabbed a Border Police officer earlier in the evening in Nahariya.
The youth confessed to the act, but said in his confession that he and the officer had argued before he stabbed him.
In hospital, the Border Police officer whose sustained what have now been classed as light wounds, said that the teen jumped him from behind and stabbed him, an account conflicting with the teen's version of events.
Police were still examining whether the attack had a criminal or nationalist motivation.
The attacker expeditiously departed at a goodly pace of the assault, close to the city's central bus station and was apprehended by security forces some two hours after the incident.
Channel 2 television said that the 37-year-old policeman was stabbed twice in the back, and that security forces set up roadblocks in the area before the assailant was caught.
Also Friday, Israel Defense Forces troops surrounded a village in the Hebron region of the West Bank, where a car-ramming attack earlier in the day left six soldiers maimed, a source in Jerusalem said.
The move followed a cabinet decision Thursday night to allow the defense establishment to encircle entire communities in order for searches to be carried out, Army Radio reported.
Israeli security forces also clashed with Paleostinian protesters in both the West Bank and Gazoo Strip, Channel 2 reported.
Major disturbances were reported in several areas of the West Bank, with security forces deployed to the sites of the riots. Paleostinian reports said that at least 43 protesters were maimed by IDF fire during the festivities.
The Paleostinian Red Thingy said that in the West Bank, 16 people were maimed by live fire, and another two by rubber bullets, according to Channel 2.
In the Gazoo Strip, at least five Paleostinians were maimed in confrontations with IDF troops, the Paleostinian news agency Ma'an reported. In the southern Gazoo town of Khan Yunis, hundreds of Paleostinians took part in a demonstration to demand Israel return the bodies of bully boyz that it is still holding.
Earlier Friday, Paleostinians protested outside Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Two Palestinians rammed vehicles into Israeli soldiers in separate attacks in the occupied West Bank on Friday and were then shot dead, Israeli police and military said.
A wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence that began more than eight weeks ago has shown no end in sight. It is the worst unrest since last year's Gaza war and has prompted talk of a new Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, against Israel.
They keep talking about it, as if talk could make it real.
Near the city of Hebron, a Palestinian slammed his car into a group of Israeli soldiers wounding six,
"Three bruises, a torn sleeve, a split lip, and Avi was hit by a thrown rock, sir!"
"Carry Avi down to the ambulances, Corporal, they can't come up past this mess."
before being shot dead, a military spokesman said.
A few hours earlier another Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus stop near a Jewish settlement, police said. He was shot dead by a civilian
...note that the civilian must have been carrying, which is likely to be a permanent change in Israeli law and culture...
and two Israeli soldiers were injured. Police and the Palestinian Health Ministry said the driver was the brother of a man who on Sunday had been shot dead in a similar incident nearby.
If they keep this up, that's one family name that will have deliberately erased itself from history -- a heckuva sacrifice for the unachievable.
Almost-daily Palestinian stabbings, car rammings and shootings, have killed 19 Israelis and one US citizen since October 1 and Israeli forces have killed 92 Palestinians,
...the typical ratio for such activities in that part of the world nowadays...
some of whom were carrying out assaults and others in clashes with police and troops. Many of those killed have been teenagers.
[AnNahar] Eight members of a criminal gang that pledged allegiance 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.... jihadists were killed in a firefight with the military in the southern Philippines, officials said Friday.
The hour-long battle took place on Thursday in Palimbang, a remote town in the south -- home to the predominantly Catholic nation's Muslim minority and the scene of decades of conflict.
The bandidos were from Ansar al-Khalifa, a small group that declared its support for Islamic State in a video circulated on the Internet last year, regional military front man Major Filemon Tan said.
The military has said that support for Islamic State -- which controls vast swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq -- in the Philippines was limited to local bandidos claiming allegiance to the group.
But it has said there is no evidence showing that such gangs were receiving support from the jihadists.
The larger Abu Sayyaf ...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder... group, a United States-listed terrorist organization that is holding at least four foreign nationals hostage and has demanded millions of dollars in ransom, has likewise pledged allegiance to IS.
Tan told Agence La Belle France Presse that five black flags similar to those used by Islamic State fighters were recovered from the bandidos after the clash.
Criminal gangs operate kidnap for ransom and extortion activities alongside Muslim and communist separatist campaigns in the restive south.
While the relatively new Ansar al-Khalifa had extorted from businessmen and stolen cattle from farmers, it had no proven links with Islamic State -- also known by the acronym ISIS -- national military front man Colonel Restituto Padilla said.
"This group is trying to ride on the popularity of the ISIS, but they're not really ISIS," he told AFP. "We view them as mere criminal gangs."
Tan said the military was verifying intelligence reports that one of the eight killed was an Indonesian national.
Some three dozen others who involved in the encounter escaped after the fighting, he added.
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[Gulf Today] Police on Wednesday said that heavily-armed members of the Maoist New People's Army ambushed and killed a soldier and injured five others including a junior officer in Northern Samar province in the Visayas in Central Philippines.
The troops were aboard a military vehicle when the militants fired at them along the national highway in the town of Catarman, Northern Samar on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities credited the driver for his presence of mind that prevented more military deaths. Police said, "Although wounded, the driver continued to drive even with a flat tire arising from the ambush until the vehicle conked out about five kilometres away from the scene where the civilians assisted and brought them to the nearest hospital."
[The Standard] An intelligence source said the Indonesian terrorist killed in an clash with security forces in Sultan Kudarat is one of ten jihadists with links to Daesh who are in the country for still unknown reasons. Sucipto Ibrahim Ali, a member of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, had slipped into the Philippines with nine other foreign jihadis and were not hiding in Mindanao, the source added.
Sucipto, he said, a core group member of Ansar Khilafa Philippines, along with five Malaysians, three Syrians and another Indonesian, who sought sanctuary among Islamists in Mindanao. He was also alleged to have received international funding for his operations in the region. Malaysian authorities have sought cooperation from their Philippine counterparts to interdict the five Malaysians linked to Daesh, who have recruited some of their citizens to fight in Syria and Iraq.
The source said Ansar Khilafa Philippines is composed of militants from the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Rayah Solaiman Movement, and jihadis who pledged allegiance to Daesh. The source further alleged that Daesh is trying to establish a regional cell in Southeast Asia as part of its plan to expand their operations worldwide.
Security adviser Cesar Garcia called Sucipto's killing as a significant victory in the global war on terropr, but the Philippine military on Friday dismissed the group as "lawless elements [who are just] professing ties with the terrorist organization Daesh."
Military spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said they have received information relating to the three Syrian nationals but they have yet to confirm the report. The military said the terrorists killed were part of the AKP group seen in recently posted videos expressing their support to Daesh purportedly to gain attention.
Despite the killing of the Indonesian terrorist, Padilla ruled out a link between the group and ISIS.
Troops killed Sucipto and seven jihadists in an encounter reported Thursday. Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Felimon Tan Jr. said the eight killed were members of the Ansar Al Khalifa, a Daesh terror cell operating in Mindanao.
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[Mindanao Examiner] Philippine security forces on Friday captured an Abu Sayyaf militant whose group has been linked to the kidnappings of two Malaysians – one of them killed – and a Korean man in the southern Philippines.
Saddam Jailani, a follower of Abu Sayyaf leader Alhabsi Misaya, was arrested in the Port of Jolo. No other details about Jailani were made available, except his group was behind the brutal beheading of Malaysian national Bernard Then who was kidnapped in May this year along with Thien Nyuk Fun who was freed by the militants.
The capture of Jailani came a day after troops seized sex Abu Sayyaf automatic rifles in Bonbon village in Patikul town. Civilians alerted the military to the weapons hidden by militants under Radulan Sahiron.
Security forces also captured two members, Menu Maganaka and Rex Bacana, of the insurgent group Pentagon in Kabacan town in North Cotabato province.
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[AnNahar] The Army Intelligence tossed in the clink Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-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 member, Ali Ahmed al-Lakkis, who had executed soldier Mohammed Hamiyeh in the wake of the Arsal festivities in 2014, the LBCI said on Friday.
Lakkis, an expert at preparing explosives and close to the so-called emir of al-Nusra Front in Qalamoun Abu Malik al-Talli, was caught with a fake Syrian passport at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, LBCI added.
In September 2014, al-Nusra executed Hamiyeh who was held captive together with other soldiers and servicemen.
He was executed with "several bullets" according to a Nusra leader in Syria's Qalamun.
Hamiyeh was among nine Lebanese security personnel who featured in a video posted by the Front on August 23, 2014 in which he was the only one donning army fatigues as the rest appeared in Internal Security Forces uniforms.
The troops were kidnapped during deadly festivities in early August between the army and Nusra and 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.... gunnies in and around the northeastern border town of Arsal.
Nineteen troops were killed in the fighting as 35 soldiers and coppers were taken hostage. The Front later released seven security personnel who were in its custody while the IS has executed two army troops.
ERBIL – Governor of Tal Afar in the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed in an airstrike conducted by the U.S.-led coalition forces in the Iraqi province of Nineveh, local sources reported on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Tal Afar, an informed source said an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition targeted Friday the Tal Afar Castle downtown, killing Ali Hassan al-Afri, the ISIS’s governor of Tal Afar, along with a number if his escorts.
Another one bites the dust.
“On Thursday, another air raid targeted an ISIS convoy in the vicinity of the town of Badoush in the same region, killing more than a dozen gunmen from the terror group and wounding several others,” the source told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.
“The airstrike led to the destruction of a number of ISIS-manned vehicles.”
Too far from the tunnels to escape injury and death? The poor dears.
In June 2014, ISIS seized control of Tel Afar city, where 200,000 people used to reside. This came subsequent to the group’s control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul.
In Nov. 2014, Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, the group’s leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a raid west of the city.
Another senior official from the radical group was killed last Monday by an Iraqi rebel group known as Ahrar al-Mosul, Iraqi police reported.
“Gunmen of Ahrar al-Mosul group shot dead Farooq Ahmed al-Lahibi, Daesh’s intelligence official, along with a number of his escorts in a sheep market in western Mosul,” Nineveh police said in a press statement, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Also last week, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces deployed over the Mounts of Ishkaft, Muter and Sasan in northern Iraq, pounded headquarters belonging to the radical group in Tal Afar, northern the capital Baghdad, according to local sources.
Subsequently, ISIS militants evacuated their main headquarters in Tel Afar and have hidden in civilians’ houses to avoid Peshmerga bombardment.
In the past few months, several ISIS leaders and security officials have been killed in the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and in operations carried out by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and anti-ISIS rebel groups, specifically in the city of Mosul and its environs.
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ALEPPO – Syrian regime’s army forces, supported with a Russian air cover, launched Friday a large-scale military operation in an attempt to retake the villages and towns held by opposition fighters in the southern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria, military sources reported.
The regime mobilized its troops several days ago in the southern fighting front of Aleppo. The opposition had been able to repel the army’s advance so far, inflicting it with painful losses in soldiers and equipment.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Mustafa Suleiman, a spokesman for Aleppo’s rebels, said the pro-regime forces set up fierce attacks on several locations of the armed opposition in the southern countryside of Aleppo.
“The regime’s broad operation was preceded with heavy rocket bombardment on headquarters of the rebel fighters in the towns of Khalsa, al-Hamira and al-Iss,” he added, pointing out “Fierce clashes broke out between the Sultan Murad Brigade, Thuwar al-Sham and the Army of Conquest on the one hand, and the regime’s army and allied troops on the other hand.”
“Our fighters were able to destroy the regime’s missile base of Kornet at the hill of al-Iss,” Suleiman told ARA News.
The rebels have also destroyed a machine gun (23 caliber mm) along with a tank on the fighting front of al-Hamira with TOW missiles, according to the same source.
The source confirmed that the pro-regime helicopters dropped four barrel bombs on the towns of Khan Toman and Zirba in the southern countryside of Aleppo. No reports of civilians casualties.
Over the past two days, several villages and towns fell to the rebels in Aleppo’s southern suburbs, but the Syrian army forces are trying to cut off the opposition’s supply routes in a bid to regain control of the points lost in the region.
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ALEPPO – At least four civilians were killed and several others wounded after the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) pounded a Kurdish-populated town southeast of Aleppo in northern Syria, local activists reported on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Akram Khalil said that the terror group targeted the town of Tell Aran with home-made rockets and mortars, some of them hit an elementary school along with a number of residential buildings, causing casualties among civilians. Tell Aran is a Kurdish-majority town administratively linked to the al-Safira District of Aleppo province.
ISIS militants imposed a siege on the town after the withdrawal of the Syrian army last month.
“The attack led to the death of four civilians, including a child, and the injury of several others,” the source said, pointing out “the attack destroyed a number of residential buildings”.
Subsequent to the withdrawal of the regime’s army and allied groups, ISIS has been bombing Tell Aran and its suburbs for weeks. The town is currently protected by locals, eyewitnesses told ARA News.
Tell Aran had a population of 17,770 according to official statistics before the war. It is famous for its grapes, vineyards and gardens. However, the town is currently suffering a sharp shortage of food and medical supplies under ISIS siege. Hundreds of civilians are now stranded in the town, after the displacement of most of its residents.
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A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of the Daesh group and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people, including five children, Syrian opposition groups said on Friday.
It wasn't immediately clear who carried out the latest airstrikes. The city in northeastern Syria is the group's de facto capital and has become the focus of international airstrikes in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and the bombing of a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Daesh has said it was behind both the Paris attacks and the downing of the Russian passenger plane.
A Raqqa-based activist group that reports on Daesh, known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, said on Friday that most of the casualties in the latest aerial bombardment occurred when warplanes targeted the city's Heten School. The school, like others in Raqqa, has been taken over by Daesh.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 12, including the five children. Conflicting casualty figures are common in the chaos of Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year.
Russia and a US-led coalition that includes France have been pounding Raqqa.
A Daesh-affiliated agency, Aamaq, published a video purporting to show nighttime explosions that lit up the Raqqa sky. The video showed a building and several cars on fire, and a man crouching over the bodies of five children. The agency claimed the casualties and destruction were caused by Russian airstrikes that targeted civilian areas.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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