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Nangahar Nastiness: Taliban big turbans arrested, ISIS turbans permanently unwound
Taliban leader in charge of recruitment arrested with another insurgent

[Khaama Press] A Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
local leader who was in charge of the recruitment of fighters has been locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
along with another bully boy in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The governor’s office in Nangarhar in a statement said the two Taliban group members were arrested during the separate operations of the Afghan intelligence operatives.

The statement further added that Taliban’s recruitment chief Mawlavi Rafiullah was arrested from the vicinity of the 4th police district of Jalalabad city.

According to the provincial government, Mawlavi Rafiullah is originally a resident of Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

In another operation conducted in Shirzad district, a member of the Taliban group identified as Mullah Sabir was arrested by the security forces.

Mullah Sabir was actively involved in destructive activities in Shirzad district, the statement said, adding that the two detainees have confessed to their crimes.

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

This comes as operations are underway in various parts of Nangarhar province to suppress the anti-government armed bully boy groups.

The 201st Silab Corps said Saturday that nine holy warriors affiliated with 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....
terror group were killed during the air and ground operations in Achin district.

Clash among Lashkar-e-Islam and ISIS leaves 9 dead in Nangarhar

[Khaama Press] A clash has taken place between the Lashkar-e-Islami militants and loyalists of the Islamic State terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps said the incident took place in the vicinity of Mamand Dara area of Achin district leaving nine militants dead from both sides.

The Silab Corps in a statement said at least three Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
i and six ISIS militants were among those killed.

The statement further added that three Lashkar-e-Islam and four ISIS militants have also sustained injuries during the clash.

The ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the clash with the Lashkar-e-Islam militants so far.

25 ISIS militants killed in the latest airstrikes in Nangarhar

At least twenty militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in the airstrikes conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the latest airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Achin district.

According to the Silab Corps, the militants were targeted in Mamand Dara area of the district and as a result at least 25 insurgents were killed.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the ISIS insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the local officials said Saturday at least three ISIS militants were killed in drone strikes in this province. The officials further added that the airstrikes were carried out by the unmanned aerial vehicles of the US forces in Haska Mina district. According to the officials, some weapons, ammunition, and explosives of the terror group were also eliminated during the airstrikes.

Afghan force conduct raid on a key hideout of Taliban in Nangarhar

[Khaama Press] The Afghan national defense and security forces have conducted a raid on a key hideout of the Taliban group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the raid was conducted late on Sunday night in the vicinity of Khogyani district.

The statement further added that the raid was conducted by the Special Operations Forces of the Afghan intelligence directorate and as a result at least nine insurgents were killed.

At least three Taliban commanders were also among those killed, the statement said, adding that the another suspected insurgent was captured alive.

The Taliban commanders killed during the operation have been identified as Ayoub famous as Malik Agha, Alli and Qasab.

The Nangarhar governor’s office also added that the Afghan security forces confiscated some weapons, ammunition, explosives, and some other equipment during the operation and were later destroyed by the security personnel.

The local residents and security personnel have not suffered any casualties during the operation, the statement said.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
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Govt Says Eight Arrested In Connection With Kabul Attacks
[ToloNews] Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak on Monday said at least eight people have been jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in connection with the recent spate of attacks in Kabul city.

He said government will share the outcome of the investigation into the attacks in a week.

Barmak did not rule out the involvement of infiltrators in the attacks.

According to Barmak, teams from the National Security Council (NSC), National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) are working to wrap up their investigation into the attacks.

"We hope to complete the investigation in a week to two weeks, the plotters of the recent incidents and the address of the perpetrators are also available," said Barmak.

Although, CEO Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
had said that the identities of holy warriors involved in the attack will be disclosed, government has so far not disclosed the names of the suspects or of those wanted in connection with the attacks.

"We want the security institutions to determine security of not only Kabul city, but also to improve the security situation all over Afghanistan," said Abdullah.

The attack on the Intercontinental Hotel was allegedly plotted by infiltrators inside government and private institutions.

"As long as these intruders exist inside the system, we cannot fix the problem unless we reform it," said Zarif Naseeri, former military officer.

Based on statistics, over 2,044 people were killed and maimed in 154 attacks across the country in the past month.

Of these, almost 1,000 people were killed and maimed in Kabul alone.
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian forces kill Shiite scholar "Sheikh Qaseem Sokoto" in a peaceful Free Zakzaky protest
[EN.ABNA24] Sheikh Qaseem Umar Sokoto was shot by Nigeria Police, while peacefully protesting for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky, after about two weeks he finally attained martyrdom today Monday 5th January 2018.

The death has occurred of Sheikh Qaseem Umar Sokoto, who was shot by Nigerian Police while peacefully protesting against the illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky ‐ the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Sheikh Qaseem was receiving treatment at a private facility in Kano where he was taken to, when the police acting on a tip off from the always reliable Mahmoud the Weasel, identified and shot him in Abuja some weeks back.

Sheikh Qaseem was a learned teacher and an integral contributor to the IMN. He suffered so much persecution especially during the previous administration of Wammako in Sokoto State, when he was violently tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
along with hundreds of members in 2007 but was set free by the courts in 2014 after a tortuous court case.

Only last week, the Federal High Court in Sokoto ruled in the favour of the members of the Movement in the case instituted by Sheikh Qaseem, for the enforcement of fundamental rights of members to practice their faith without hindrance or molestation by the government or its security agencies or their proxies.

We demand justice for his death as well as for all those who have suffered in the wake of the massacre in Zaria in 2015.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Yemen War: 7 civilians killed, 60 injured in 46 Saudi's airstrikes over 24 hours
[EN.ABNA24] At least seven Yemeni non-combatants were killed, including a child, and more than sixty injured when the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition launched over 46 Arclight airstrikes on several provinces of 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...
during the past 24 hours, officials and medics told Yemen News Agency on Monday.

In the capital Sanaa, seven non-combatants were killed, including a child, and at least 58 were maimed in two airstrikes targeted the Lab’s Forensic Evidence building in Dahban area. Also in Sanaa, two airstrikes were waged on Nehm district.

In Saada province, a civilian was injured in airstrikes targeted a main road of Saada city, while three airstrikes hit Hamazat area and other seven targeted Malahidh area of Dhaher district.

Also in Saada, the warplanes of aggression launched a series of airstrikes on the down of Maran mountain and five air raids on Atfain area of Kutaf district.

...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened...
artillery and missile shelling targeted Aal-Fadhl area of Haidan district and several areas in Razeh border district.

In the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, two fighter jets of aggression waged 13 air strikes on Hais district, three of them targeted a water desalination plant, and another one targeted a civilian’s home.

In Hajjah province, the aggression warplanes launched an airstrike on Khawarya area of Hairan district, seven airstrikes on Haradh and Medi district, and an air strike on Muzareq area.

In restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province, an air strike was waged on Kahbub district.

In Jizan Saudi border district, three Saudi-led aggression coalition airstrikes targeted Jara valley.
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Yemen army fires ballistic missile toward Saudi military base
[SABANEWS.NET] The Yemeni army on Monday fired a ballistic missile toward a Saudi military base deep inside the Saudi border province of Asir, the army said in a statement obtained by Saba. The short-range missile hit King Faisal military base in Khamis Mushait city, read the statement.
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6 Saudi aggression airstrikes hit Asir
[SABANEWS.NET] The warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition launched on Monday six strikes on Asir border province a military told Saba on Tuesday. The air strikes hit Mazaza site, the official added
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#1  If only they were Peaceful Airstrikes™
Posted by: Frank G || 02/06/2018 20:02 Comments || Top||

Saudi army, mercenaries’ gatherings targeted in Asir
[SABANEWS.NET] Artillery and missile force of the army and popular committees shelled on Monday gatherings of Saudi army and its mercenaries in Asir border province, a military official told Saba on Tuesday. The missile and artillery shells targeted the gatherings of Saudi soldiers in Rabuaa city, and targeted Saudi-paid mercenaries in front of Alab crossing, the official said.
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4 suspected Afghan spies arrested in Balochistan, Pak officials claim
[Khaama Press] The Pak officials have claimed that the security personnel of the country have tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
at least four Afghan nationals on suspicion of espionage in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
The officials in Balochistan have told local media outlets that the four Afghan nationals were among at least twelve people rounded up by the security forces from the vicinity of Pishin district.

The officials have also added that the security personnel have discovered the passports of Afghanistan from the detained individuals.

death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
they have not elaborated further regarding their claims and the espionage allegations against the detained Afghan nationals.

According to the officials, the four Afghan nationals were arrested during an operation conducted on Surkhab Refugee camp.

This is not the first time reports emerge regarding the arrest of the Afghan nationals by the security personnel of Pakistain on charges of having links with the security institutions of Afghanistan.

The latest claims by the Pak officials regarding the arrest of NDS suspect come amid strained relations between the two countries regarding the circumstances surrounding the fight against terrorism.

The Afghan officials are saying that the leadership councils of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and Haqqani network are based in the key cities of Pakistain, including Quetta, the lovely provincial capital of Balochistan, from where they plan and coordinate deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
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Jammu And Kashmir Police Arrests Five Jaish-e-Mohammad Over Ground Workers For Awantipora Attacks
[MUMBAIMIRROR.INDIATIMES] Jammu and Kashmire Police have placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
five over ground workers of Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
outfit from Awantipora area of South Kashmire.

SP Awantipora Mohammad Zahid Malik said that acting on a specific input a joint team of police, 110 bn CRPF and 50 RR arrested one Sajad Ahmad Bhat son of Ali Mohd Bhat resident of Hergam Wuyan (Pak trained ex holy warrior).

"During questioning Sajad disclosed that he along with other OGWs of JeM outfit were involved in the grenade throwing incidents in Pampore and Khrew area," said SP Awantipora

He said that upon his disclosure four of his associates were held accordingly.

SP identified the other OGWs as Umar Gani Sheikh (26) son of Abdul Gani Sheikh of Drangbal Pampore, Jan Mohammad Khanday (30) son of Abdul Rashid Khanday of Meech Pampore, Owais Ahmad Bhat (23) son of Abdul Rashid of Danak Mohallah Khrew and Muzaffar Hussain Bhat (30) son of Ghulam Mohd of Tulibagh Pampore.
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Kirkuk Clearances Continue: 6 ISIS turbans permanently unwound, 2 police casualties

Six Islamic State militants killed in Kirkuk security campaign

Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) – Six Islamic State militants were killed in a security campaign in western Kirkuk on Monday, a security official was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the Kuwaiti al-Watan newspaper, Captain Ahmed al-Jabouri said, “A Federal Police force carried out various security campaigns in Hawija city, west of Kirkuk, killing six IS militants.”

“The troops have so far purged 75 percent of Hawija from Islamic State remnants,” Jabouri said, adding that efforts are underway to repatriate all local residents as soon as possible.

Police officer killed, conscript wounded in bomb blast, south of Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) An officer was killed and a conscript was wounded as a bomb blast targeted a police patrol, south of Kirkuk, a security source said on Monday.

“A bomb went off targeting a Federal Police patrol at al-Bu Mohamed village, Daquq, south of Kirkuk, leaving a police captain killed and a conscript wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Security source, according to the source who preferred anonymity, “cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment, while the victim was taken to forensic medicine department.

An offensive is expected to be launched to follow the remnants of Islamic State members who fled southern Kirkuk regions as well as areas east of Tuz Khurmatu and Daquq.
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Foreign ISIS children tested, ISIS relatives forcibly encamped in Daquq

Foreign IS members’ children to undergo DNA before back to homelands

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Security sources have said that around 100 children, based in Iraq, will undergo DNA test, the Saudi Al-Arabiya news network reported on Sunday.

According to the sources, complicated biological tests are required to return the children, who are sons of foreign Islamic State members, back to their homelands.

Germany is coordinating along with the Iraqi government on carrying out the DNA tests to prove their kinship to their parents who have German passports, the sources added.

Children for German mother or father who are born outside Germany holds the german citizenship in accordance with the country’s laws that guarantees transferring the nationality to sons.

Families with IS relatives forced into camps in Iraq -- reports

Mosul (Iraqinews.com) – An international watchdog has accused Iraqi forces of forcibly displacing at least 235 families of suspected affiliates of the Islamic State in early January 2018.

“Most have been forced to go to Daquq camp, in the Kirkuk governorate, and a smaller number to two other camps in the area,” Human Rights Watch quoted officials, camp management, and three international organizations as confirming on Sunday.

It also accused Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) groups of forcing some parents to leave children behind, stealing some of the families’ livestock, and beating at least three of the men as these families were being displaced.

“How can Iraq claim it’s turned a corner and supports reconciliation when its own forces are waging collective punishment on civilians,” said Lama Fakih, the deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Nothing positive can be gained from government complicity in furthering divisions in Iraqi society.”

The manager of Daquq camp, 30 kilometers south of the city of Kirkuk, told Human Rights Watch during a January 23, 2018 visit that the camp had received 220 families since January 4. All were from villages in the Hawija area, west of Kirkuk, and were brought to Daquq by Iraqi forces because they allegedly had IS-affiliated relatives.

Some had previously been residents of the camp or other camps for the displaced between 2014 and 2016, when their homes were in areas under IS control, and had returned to their homes in November 2017, after Iraqi forces retook these locations.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 24 people from 19 families, who said they had been brought to the camp between January 4 and 9. These families came from 10 villages: al-Dhirban, al-Alwiya al-Jadida, Garhat Ghazan, Gharifi, Kaysuma, Kifah, Maftool, Maratah, Murabata, and Sayid Hamid. All except one person readily admitted that they had relatives who joined IS.
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#1  Good. But I'd rename their camp Dafuq
Posted by: Frank G || 02/06/2018 20:10 Comments || Top||

Baghdad Bomb & Bullet Bulletin: 11 innocent casualties, ISIS turban nabbed

Explosion leaves seven people killed, injured in northern Baghdad

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Seven people were killed and injured Monday in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

In statements to Baghdad Today news website, the source said, “An explosive charge went off at a busy street market at al-Tarmia area in northern Baghdad.”

“The explosion left one person dead and six others injured,” the source added.

“Ambulances rushed to the blast site and carried the body to the forensic medicine department, while the injured were carried to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source noted, stressing that security forces cordoned off the blast site and prevented passers-by from approaching.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.

A total of 115 Iraqi civilians, excluding policemen, were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected governorate, with 323 civilian casualties (90 killed, 233 injured). Diyala followed, with 8 killed and 15 injured; and Nineveh, with 13 killed and 7 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the month of January.

Four people killed, injured as two bomb blasts take place in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Four people were killed and injured as two bomb blasts took place in northwest and south of Baghdad, security sources said on Monday.

“Unidentified gunmen hurled a hand grenade against a house in al-Sho’ala region, northwest of Baghdad, leaving a citizen inside the house killed and another wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

Moreover, two people were wounded as a bomb went off near stores at al-Wardiya region in al-Mada’in, south of Baghdad, another source said.

Some damages were caused to the stores, the source added.

“Security troops rushed to the blast spot and transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment,” he said.

IS militant arrested in Baghdad over carrying out terrorist attacks in Nineveh

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Security forces arrested on Monday an Islamic State militant, who escaped to Baghdad coming from Nineveh after carrying out several terrorist attacks there, a police spokesman was quoted as saying.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Baghdad Today news website, Spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said, “Federal police arrested an IS militant, who escaped from Nineveh after its liberation from terrorism and headed for Baghdad, where he worked at a popular restaurant.”

“The suspect admitted carrying out several terrorist attacks in Nineveh and escaping to Baghdad to work there,” Maan pointed out.

The spokesman added that the arrest was made upon accurate intelligence reports and after obtaining judicial approvals.
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Five suicide attackers killed during operation, south of Nineveh
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Security troops have managed to kill five suicide kaboomers in south of Nineveh, a security source was quoted saying.

"While troops were passing near a house in a village in Hammam al-Alil region within an inspection campaign, the personnel noticed presence of a mobile phone charger connected to solar energy cells," the source told AlSumaria News on Monday. After cordoning off the region, shooting against the troops started and then the two sides exchanged shootout.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that "the troops killed five suicide attackers who were in a rest house for Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in the vicinity of the village.
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6 paramilitary personnel killed in armed attack against checkpoint in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Six paramilitary personnel were killed as an armed attack targeted a security checkpoint in northeast of Baquba, a local source from Diyala said on Monday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, "group of button men attacked a security checkpoint in al-Hafayer region, south of Hamreen, leaving six personnel of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces). The attackers escaped to unknown destination," the source told AlSumaria News.

"Security personnel transferred the victims to forensic medicine department. Precautionary measures were taken," the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Armed attacks are launched every now and then by the remnants of 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 against some checkpoints in Diyala, however, security services manage to repulse the attacks, inflicting huge losses in lives and equipments against the enemy.
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Israeli security forces find and kill Havat Gilad terrorist
[Jerusalem Post] The ringleader behind the Havat Gilad shooting, Ahmad Nasser Jarar, was killed early Tuesday morning, Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency announced.

In a joint IDF, Shin Bet and Israeli Police operation, Jarar was shot by security forces when he came out of a building in which he was hiding in the northern West Bank village of Al-Yamun armed with an M-16 assault rifle and a bag of explosives.

No troops were injured during the operation.

He was a key cell member in the January 9th terror attack in which Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 32, a resident of the Havat Gilad outpost near Nablus, was murdered. Shevach was shot 22 times close to his home in a drive-by attack on Route 60. He was married with six children ‐ four daughters and two sons ‐ ages 11 to eight months.
Hamas has praised the attack and said that Jarrar was a member of its military wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades. Jarrar’s father, Nasser Jarrar, was a senior Hamas commander in the West Bank who was imprisoned by Israel for planning one of Hamas’s first suicide bus bombings in 1994 and was killed by Israeli troops in 2002.

According to the Shin Bet, their investigation indicated that the cell had been planning and had been involved in attempting to carry out additional terror attacks.

Over the weekend, security forces surrounded the village of Burqin west of Jenin in the northern West Bank and arrested five Palestinians, including three brothers from the Jarrar family. During the operation, one Palestinian teenager was killed and four others injured during clashes with troops.

Two weeks after the murder, Israel Police’s YAMAM counter-terrorism unit led a 12-hour operation in which one Palestinian was killed and two others arrested and two YAMAM officers were wounded after an exchange of gunfire with the suspects.

During the operation, Israeli troops demolished Ahmad Nasser Jarrar’s home as well as the adjacent home that belonged to his uncle and another two belonging to the Jarrar clan. While Jarrar was initially believed to have been killed in the demolition of the home, his body was not found inside the rubble by Palestinians.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/06/2018 01:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Bulldoze his home and those of his accomplices
Posted by: Frank G || 02/06/2018 19:38 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
2 more Abu Sayyaf members lay down arms
[RAPPLER] As military troops sustain their offensives and pressure faceless myrmidons in the BaSulTa (Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi) area, two more 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...
members laid down their arms in Basilan on Sunday, February 4.

Hasib Sarikin Mion and Hamdi Nor Bareo surrendered to members of the 74th Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Templo in Barangay Macalang, Albarka, Basilan at 2:00 pm on February 4.

"Mion is an Abu Sayyaf member under Furuji Indama and Bareo is listed under the AFP’s list as a member of the group of Nurhassan Jamiri," said Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, the commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan.

Mion and Bareo yielded their two US M1 Garand rifles to the troops.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

NPA finance officer nabbed in Butuan City
[PhilStar] The Philippine offensive against communist rebels yielded another prize with the arrest of the suspected finance officer of the Mindanao-based New People's Army in Butuan City. The arrest of Leonida Guao – who also goes by Ka Lea, Ka Ligaya and Ka Laya – came following the arrest of NPA leader Rafael Baylosis last Thursday.

Eastmincom commander Benjamin Madrigal said Guao was arrested in Barangay Banding, Butuan City on Friday. He said village leaders informed the military that Guao was hiding in their community.

Eastmincom spokesperson Ezra Balagtey said Guao is wanted for murder. She said Guao served as the NPA finance officer for all guerrilla fronts operating in Mindanao.

A militant lawmaker warned that the NPA could resort to arresting government peace negotiators in retaliation for Baylosis' arrest. Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao said, "If the arrest of NDF consultants temporarily released on bail continues, it might reach a point where the NPA would declare they will also arrest government negotiators and consultants."

Activists said the arrest of Baylosis was in violation of the immunity guarantee agreement. Baylosis was among 18 militants who were freed as peace consultants to participate in doomed peace talks in The Netherlands. Following the collapse of negotiations, President Duterte ordered the rearrest of the freed insurgents.

Meanwhile, eight NPA militants surrendered to the military on Friday and linked a local official in the alleged recruitment of rebels.

Westmincom commander Carlito Galvez said three of those who surrendered linked a local official to the CPP-NPA. The military did not divulge the identity of the official, who was described to be facilitating the organization of the lumads as NPA fighters purportedly to reclaim their ancestral lands.
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Ka Lea
Ka Ligaya
Posted by: ryuge || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Two more Abu Sayyaf rebels surrender in Basilan
[Rappler] As Philippine troops sustain their offensive against terrorists in the BaSulTa (Basilan/Sulu/Tawi-Tawi) area, two more Abu Sayyaf rebels laid down their arms in Basilan on Sunday afternoon.

Hasib Sarikin Mion and Hamdi Nor Bareo surrendered to the 74th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Macalang, Albarka, Basilan. Military spokesman Juvymax Uy said, "Mion is an Abu Sayyaf member under Furuji Indama and Bareo is listed under the AFP’s list as a member of the group of Nurhassan Jamiri."

The pair will undergo a custodial debriefing to be facilitated by troops in Barangay Cabangalan, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan.

This brings a total of 172 Abu Sayyaf rebels surrendered to the Joint Task Forces in the area since last year. Of this, 77 yielded to the troops in Basilan, 60 in Sulu, 33 in Tawi-Tawi, and two in Zamboanga City.
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Posted by: ryuge || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

Chlorine gas dropped in rebel-held territory of Idlib, Syria
[RUDAW.NET] A Syrian civil defense search-and-rescue group said that three of its rescuers and six others were maimed by chlorine gas in western Syria.

The White Helmets reported on Sunday night that the incident took place in Saraqeb, an opposition-held town less than 16 kilometers from the front line with pro-Assad regime loyalists.

The rescue group, which has been accused of being anti-regime, posted videos of their response ‐ extinguishing fires at the central hospital in Maarrat al-Numan, hosing off people, and intubating the victims' airways.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6556 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#2  Do we have pix of a guy with a handkerchief across his mouth holding a remnant of a chemical weapon shell in his bare hand?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/06/2018 4:09 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought Mattis issued a threat this week over just that. Expect a response
Posted by: Frank G || 02/06/2018 8:41 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army looses artillery fire on Turkish forces in south Aleppo, casualties reported
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army or allied paramilitary groups or both have reportedly started shelling the freshly established positions of Ottoman Turkish forces in the southern countryside of Aleppo province according to both opposition and pro-government sources.

Opposition sources says that Syrian Army and allied Iranian-linked paramilitary groups have unleashed artillery fire onto recently established positions of the Ottoman Turkish Army in the strategic al-Eis area of southern Aleppo province.

Pro-government sources report that shelling of Ottoman Turkish military positions has taken place ‐ even claiming maimed among Ottoman Turkish ranks ‐ but do not specify whether or not the Syrian Army or allied militias or both are responsible for the attacks.

What is known is that non-Syrian Army pro-government units based opposite the al-Eis area are mostly Iranian-linked or Iranian (proper) forces.

On a final note, Ottoman Turkish Army artillery has apparently responded to the attacks with a rocket artillery salvo against government positions around the town of Shugheydilah.

Turkey sets up military post southwest of Syria's Aleppo

[Ynet] Ottoman Turkish forces set up a military post southwest of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, the army said, the deepest position they have established so far inside northwest Syria under a deal with Russia and Iran aimed at reducing violence there.

The announcement came six days after a large Ottoman Turkish military convoy, heading for the same area, came under attack and had to pull back.

Under the deal reached with Tehran and Moscow to try to reduce fighting between pro-government forces and mainly Islamist faceless myrmidons in the northwest Syria, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
agreed to set up 12 observation posts in Idlib and neighbouring provinces.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Assuming it is true, it is something I've been waiting for this for several years.

Iran/Syria vs Turkey
Posted by: lord garth || 02/06/2018 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Lucky for the North, General Lee never used that big railroad gun.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2018 9:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Damascus, Aleppo, Tartus -- the SAA will oppose any encroachment on those areas. Expect more fireworks when the SAA finishes its elimination of the Hama Pocket (south of Aleppo) that they are currently concentrating on.
Posted by: magpie || 02/06/2018 19:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Peace is what we want and will have.
And a piece of anything that you have.
Posted by: B. Poodle6475 || 02/06/2018 20:22 Comments || Top||

Jihadist rebels capture town from Syrian Army in east Idlib amid renewed push
[ALMASDARNEWS] Following the restarting of an offensive operation against the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitaries in eastern Idlib province several hours ago, jihadist rebels have reportedly captured their first town.

Several hours ago, Islamist militias affiliated to al-Qaeda announced the restarting of an counter-blow operation ‐ technically kicked-off yesterday but met with no gains and high losses ‐ against Syrian Army lines in the eastern countryside of Idlib province.

The attack was initiated with a car kaboom as well as heavy shelling of Syrian Army positions.

Recently, opposition and rebel sources began to report the capture of Tal Sultan (a town right on the very edge of the current front-line between rebel and government forces) by bad boy groups

If true, this is the second time in 24-hours that rebel fighters have captured Tal Sultan with the first seizure on Sunday witnessing a Russian Arclight airstrike ambush annihilate bad boy ranks as they entered the town after which it was quickly abandoned back to the control to the Syrian Army.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Syrian Army allows massive YPG convoy to travel to Afrin from their lines
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) allowed a massive convoy of fighters from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to travel through their lines in order to reach the Afrin region.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the YPG convoy went through the town of Menbeij to the government lines, where they were freely allowed to use the roads to the Afrin region.

The Syrian government is opposed to the Ottoman Turkish military’s incursion in Afrin and has agreed to allow the YPG and their allies to send supplies and reinforcements to this front in order to fend off the attackers.
NATO Tank Hunter - Kornet E Anti-Tank Guided Missile Video

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  The YPG is using anti-NATO Kornet tank killing ATGMs built by the Russians with devastating effect against Turkeys armor. This is the first conflict where the Russoan weapon is being shown daily in use by the YPG Press as never before seen. The weapon literally turns a NATO tank into crematorium incinerating the occupants of a tank when a tank is hit, causing the tank to cook off instantly. Go to youtube and enter the seatch term "ypg afrin" and you will see this Russian cold war weapon from hell in action against numerous Turkish tanks since the invasion began Jan 20th.
Posted by: Omeger Gray6606 || 02/06/2018 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  How much armor does Turkey have to throw at Afrin?
Posted by: Charles || 02/06/2018 15:11 Comments || Top||

#3  They are the second largest army in NATO behind the US. However, one of their main suppliers, Germany has cut off more sales since the invasion of Rojava.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/06/2018 17:30 Comments || Top||

#4  A lot of blasted tanks in those photos. What is the Turkish ratio of reported casualties to real count?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/06/2018 17:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Looks like some doctrinal changes are needed to current armor thinking.

Looks like hull defilade is not going to work.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/06/2018 17:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Looks like hull defilade is not going to work.

Active armor?
Posted by: B. Poodle6475 || 02/06/2018 18:08 Comments || Top||

#7  What is the Turkish ratio of reported casualties to real count?

I seem to recall OldSpook reporting they were low by an order of magnitude or more on their own casualties, and high by an order of magnitude or more in their reports of Kurdish casualties, 3dc.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2018 18:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Where is OldSpook? Haven't seen him here in a while.
Posted by: Betty Hatfield5124 || 02/06/2018 20:01 Comments || Top||

#9  OldSpook poked his head in the other day, Betty Hatfield5124. His was about the last comment of the day.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2018 22:27 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army liberates 5 towns in ISIL’s northeast Hama pocket
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored another big advance in the Hama Governorate, tonight, liberating several towns from the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

Led by their Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army managed to take control of at least five towns from the Islamic State, following a short battle with the aforementioned terrorist group tonight.

According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Army liberated the towns of al-Dabiyah, al-Naqroush, Talal al-Janoubi, Rajm al-Abel al-Sharqi, and Rajm al-Abel al-Gharbi.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army has now seized 15 towns from the Islamic State in the last 24 hours, liberating more than 50 percent of this pocket in the process.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Two Ontario residents held captive in Syria by an al-Qaeda affiliate have been freed
[NATIONALPOST] Two Chatham, Ont. residents held captive in Syria by an al-Qaeda affiliate, including a mother of two, have been freed and are returning home, ending an ordeal their MP said had left people at home at "wit’s end" to help.

Jolly Bimbachi and Sean Moore had been held by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the BBC reported.

Monday, news reports citing a federal government official said the two are returning safely from the war-torn Mideast country.

In November, Bimbachi flew to Leb to be reunited with her young sons ‐ Omar, 9, seven-year-old Abdel-Ghaniy ‐ more than two years after their father took them on a trip to Leb in May 2015 and didn’t return.

A month later, Bimbachi fled from Leb to Syria, hoping to reach The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
and return to Canada.

She decided to flee after losing her legal battle to bring her sons home, her father Ben Bimbachi said.

The elder Bimbachi, who had communicated with his daughter on social media, said Syrian officials treated her well.

"I asked her so many times in different ways, ’If they were nice with you?’" he said.

She told him "they treat her like one from them."

Bimbachi said a Syrian officer responsible for Jolly allowed her to stay with his own sisters.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Armed man shot trying to enter Iran presidency -- reports
[RAPPLER] Iranian security forces shot and maimed a man wielding a bladed weapon who tried to force his way into the presidential compound in central Tehran on Monday, February 5, media reported.

"An individual wearing a shroud tried to push through the doors of the presidential complex and was warned by security guards," Tehran's deputy governor for security Mohsen Nasj-Hamedani told the Fars and Tasnim news agencies.

It was not clear if the assailant was maimed at a checkpoint outside the presidential compound or at the entrance to the complex which houses President Hassan Rouhani's office.

"The person was prevented from going further and was maimed by police gunshots," Nasj-Hamedani said, adding that authorities were trying to determine the individual's identity and motive.

Mehr news agency said the man was 35 years old and had been maimed in the leg.

Tehran governor Mohammad Hossein Moghimi said the assailant was hospitalized.

"We are waiting for that person's health to improve so that we can begin interrogating him," Moghimi said.

Mehr said the assailant attacked guards tasked with protecting Rouhani.

But according to footage broadcast by state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
, Rouhani was not in his office at the time of the incident, as he was attending a conference on public transport.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Russian pilot MAJ Roman Filipov saved the last round for himself rather than be captured
A Russian pilot who was forced to eject from his stricken jet over Syria killed himself with a grenade to avoid being captured by jihadists ‐ as he shouted, "This is for our guys!"

Maj. Roman Filipov’s Sukhoi 25SM fighter was struck by a portable surface-to-air missile as he flew low over opposition-held Idlib in northwestern Syria, according to the UK’s Telegraph.

The 33-year-old pilot managed to keep the plane in the air briefly but was forced to bail out after one of the engines failed and his flight controls became unresponsive.

Extremists from al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham opened fire on him after his parachute opened, but he made it to the ground and shot two of the rebels with his Stechkin pistol, the Express reported.

Dramatic video circulating in social media shows the fighters ducking as the gutsy aviator then shouts, "This is for our guys!" He then pulls the grenade’s pin and blows himself up.

Filipov, from the eastern city of Vladivostok, was posthumously nominated for the Kremlin’s highest honor, the Hero of Russia, according to the Russian daily Kommersant.

"Maj. Roman Filipov fought an unequal battle with his service weapon until the last minute of his life," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Russian pilots bail out with grenades along with their service weapons?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/06/2018 0:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't know if I believe - but, as long as Russians bomb the shit out of the nearest town, its good.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/06/2018 3:05 Comments || Top||

#3  ...Might have been on the Other Side, but you gotta admire that attitude.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/06/2018 5:51 Comments || Top||

#4  RIP Soldier.
Posted by: Enver Flusock4230 || 02/06/2018 6:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Custer's boys probably felt the same way.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/06/2018 7:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Might not have been a difficult choice, considering potential outcomes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2018 7:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Probably not a great idea to eject over the people you just strafed/bombed. The guy was flying a tank killer where there were no tanks.
Posted by: B. Poodle6475 || 02/06/2018 7:59 Comments || Top||

#8  I knew of Forward Air Controllers who flew around with hand grenades in the cockpit, but they mostly threw them out of the window...
(seems like an opportunity for a massive ohshit oopsie under certain circumstances)
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/06/2018 8:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Knew a Huey pilot who 'claimed' they put them in Mason jars and tossed them out at altitude.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2018 9:06 Comments || Top||

#10  Knew a Huey pilot who 'claimed' they put them in Mason jars and tossed them out at altitude.

Damn. Clever solution to the problem of how to let the handle go when it hit the ground.
Posted by: gorb || 02/06/2018 13:39 Comments || Top||

#11  Grenade in a Mason jar, true.

(Former SE Asia Huey pilot. )
Posted by: Knuckles Gonque7901 || 02/06/2018 17:12 Comments || Top||

#12  Hat tip to Knuckles :-)
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2018 17:26 Comments || Top||

#13  Humor offered though I guess not appropriate.

Speaking of flying tanks. A straight vodka leaves no stains on uniforms and honor. Чистая водка не может запятнать ни чести, ни мундира.

Posted by: Woodrow || 02/06/2018 18:25 Comments || Top||

#14  I guess that I will have to ditch the Grey Goose sea breeze at happy hour. :-)
Posted by: B. Poodle6475 || 02/06/2018 18:31 Comments || Top||

#15  "A cavalry plume on a tomb
Is charged with insouciant gloom,
And the infantry drop
With a modest kerplop,
But we flyboys fall down and go boom."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/06/2018 19:40 Comments || Top||

#16  Speaking of oopsies, I remember one loach pilot flying for us would carry white phosphorus grenades and have his observer drop them to flush the bushes. Until. One bad day this helicopter got all sparkly white cloudy and that was it. Must have dropped one poor bastards. There was very little left of anything. I think the Cayuses were magnesium hulled. But everything burned to ash except the rotors.
Posted by: Blackbeard Bumble5724 || 02/06/2018 22:55 Comments || Top||

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