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78 militants killed in latest air and ground raids of Afghan forces
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Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2016 02:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Details of terrorists executed in Kabul revealed
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The details of six bandidos forces of Evil executed by the Afghan government have emerged which include a member of the Haqqani terrorist network as well as an al-Qaeda terrorist network affiliate.

The remaining four bandidos forces of Evil belonged to the Talibs group who were hanged to death earlier today.

One of the suspect has been identified as Khan Agha who was also well known as Abdul Rahman, according to a latest of the executed terrorists.

Rahman was an al-Qaeda affiliated and was involved in attack on deputy intelligence chief Abdullah Laghmani and another senior intelligence chief official who were assassinated in Laghman province.

The second terrorist appearing on the list has been identified as Hamidullah who was a Taliban group member and was involved in plotting an attack on former president and high peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani
... the gentlemanly murdered legitimate president of Afghanistan...

The third terrorist has been identified as Mohammad Ismail who was a member of the Haqqani terrorist network and was involved in an attack on Finest Super Market that led to the killing of a human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
commission along with several other civilians.

Hujatullah is the fourth terrorist appearing on the list who was a Taliban group member and was involved in an attack on a bus in Paghman district of Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
which left at least 9 civilians dead.

The fifth terrorist appearing on the list is identified as Mohammad Osman who was a Taliban group member and was involved in an kaboom that left 7 coppers dead.

Ikmal is the sixth terrorist who was a Taliban group member and was involved in an attack on Sardar Mohammad Daoud Khan hospital in Kabul which left 4 security personnel dead and 22 others maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Hopefully. in each case, there was plenty of pathetic whimpering just before the final "Urk!"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2016 20:49 Comments || Top||

Taliban and Afghan police suffer casualties in Lashkargah city clash
At least 10 Taliban insurgents were killed during a clash in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan late on Saturday night, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday.

“10 armed Taliban were killed following an armed attack last night, after a group of armed Taliban attacked the Afghan National Police check post in Baba Ji region, 4th district of Lashkar Gah City capital of southern Helmand province,” a statement by MoI said.

The statement further added that 10 Taliban militants also sustained injuries during the gun battle with the Afghan forces.

According to MoI, a number of the Afghan National Police forces also suffered casualties during the attack.

“Unfortunately, during this attack, three Afghan National Police officers were martyred and four others were wounded,” the statement said.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Meanwhile, the Special Operation Forces of the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted a night raid in southern Helmand province targeting a prison run by the Taliban insurgents on Friday.

According to Ministry of Defense, at least 60 people kept in the prison were released during the operation, leaving at least 2 militants dead and 3 others wounded.

Insurgents Extend Attacks in Helmand As Troops Wait For Orders

As the Taliban's insurgency in Helmand gathers fresh momentum, military leadership still appears reluctant to implement an important order issued by President Ashraf Ghani two weeks back giving a free hand to security forces to fight militants from a harsher standpoint.

This comes amid a surge in violence and an increase in opium trade which is believed to finance the Taliban's war in the southern war-torn province.

Three days ago, the provincial governor Hayatollah Hayat pledged to implement the president's war order, but troops battling the insurgents said they are still awaiting the go ahead to take an offensive approach.

Two weeks ago, Ghani said during an address in parliament, that the military leadership must carry out large scale offensives against militants raging war in the fragile province. However, the plan has still not been implemented. The reasons are unclear but this is putting a burden on the shoulders of the overstretched Afghan forces, said critics.

Critics also believe the delay in implementing the order is enabling the Taliban to expand its attacks on embattled Afghan security forces who are fighting the Taliban on multiple fronts and in some key districts in the province. This in turn is threatening the security of the provincial capital, Lashkargah city.

"Taliban launch sporadic attacks and they also plan landmines and we are fighting against them," said Abdul Qayum, an army soldier.

Meanwhile, some Afghan veterans fighting the militants in the area have predicted that further delays in launching the operation would change the results on the ground as Taliban come with more attacks to gain territory.

"If we aren't given orders to attack, we remain on the defensive. The enemy is on the offensive and they continue to increase their attacks. If we receive the order of attack, they go on the defensive," said Mohammad Hussain, an army officer.

"Even if I have one drop of blood in my body, I will not let Taliban in this area. Now that we don't attack, we haven't received orders to fight, otherwise the Taliban cannot stand against security forces," said Zainuddin, another army officer.

The hard-pressed Afghan security forces have been fighting the Taliban in their stronghold for years, something that has sparked sharp criticism and claims of poor leadership of the war.

In addition to reinforcements already sent to Helmand over recent months, the troop buildup has not proved effective enough to diminish the scale of threats, something that has raised concerns in the province in recent weeks. People fear the province could fall to the insurgent group.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

78 militants killed in latest air and ground raids of Afghan forces
At least 28 militants were killed and 19 others were wounded in the latest air and ground operations of the Afghan National Security Forces, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

“In the last 24 hours, as a result of the joint clearance operations of the Afghan security and defense forces aimed to topple down the insurgents and protect the lives and property of people , 78 armed insurgents were killed, dozens were wounded and 6 arrested,” MoD said in a statement.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in a number of the districts of Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Balkh, Herat, Jawzjan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Takhar and Helmand provinces.

The joint operations were supported by heavy artillery and Air forces, MoD said, adding that 45 insurgents were killed, 80 others wounded in Ghaziabad district of Kunar.

MoD also added that 10 others were killed in Chardara district of Kunduz, while 2 ISIS loyalists were killed in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to MoD, at least 3 others were killed in a separate operation in Keshk Kohna district of Herat and 5 others were killed in Paktia.

At least 5 more were killed in and 4 others were wounded during another operation conducted in Wardak province, MoD said, adding that 4 more were killed in Takhar and Zabul provinces and 4 others were wounded.

“Afghan National Army as National Defense Forces for the protection of peoples’ lives and properties and for defeating and eradicating terror groups, will fight the enemies vigorously and are ready to give sacrifices for bringing lasting peace and stability to people,” the statement said.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the reports so far.
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45 militants killed, 80 wounded in failed Taliban attack in Kunar
At least 45 militants were killed and around 80 others were wounded in a failed Taliban coordinated attack in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan National Army (ANA) 201st Silab Corps said the militants were killed during the gun battle with the Afghan forces in Ghaziabad district.

A statement by 201st Silab Corps said the coordinated attack by Taliban on several security posts in Ghaziabad was successfully repulsed by the Afghan forces.

Earlier, the local officials said at least 28 Taliban militants were killed and 30 others were wounded during the clash.

The officials further added that a member of the Afghan National Army lost his life and three others were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid earlier claimed that two Taliban militants were killed and five others were wounded during the gun battle with the Afghan forces.

Mujahid also claimed that eleven soldiers of the Afghan National Army were killed and several others were wounded during the clash.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts.

The province is also home of various foreign insurgents as they are routinely crossing the Durand Line from the tribal regions of Pakistan to stage attacks.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Woman shot to death in Herat
A woman was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Herat province in west of Afghanistan, local official said Sunday.

Provincial police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said the woman who was believed to be her 50s was shot dead in Herat city.

He said unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on the women in the 4th police district of the city late on Saturday afternoon.

Ahmadi further added that the assailants managed to flee the area and a search operation is underway to detain the perpetrators.

The main motive behind the murder of the woman is not clear so far but the local officials have said at least 11 target killings have taken place in Herat in the past 2 months.

The Chief Prosecutor of the Appellate Court of Herat Samiuddin Raheen was also shot dead by unknown gunmen near his residence in Herat last week.

Meanwhile, the local residents are concerned regarding the growing criminal activities in the city, specifically the target killings and kidnappings.

According to a reports, an Iranian national was also kidnapped from the vicinity of Herat on Saturday.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Armed Men Kidnap 15 Baghlan Factory Workers
Taliban recruiting drive
Unknown gunmen reportedly kidnapped at least 15 workers, including engineers and technical staff, from a cement factory and a coal extraction company in Baghlan province.

The executive director at Ghori Cement Factory, Sarwari, confirmed the incidents, which took place on Sunday morning. The other kidnapping occurred at Afghan Coal in Baghlan.

Officials from the two companies said that two armed men, known as Mirwais and Pacha, stormed the companies and took the employees by force.

Reports from the area say that the armed individuals also seized at least eleven vehicles belonging to the coal company along with military equipment belonging to the companies.

According to company officials, the armed men hoisted green flags over the company buildings after kidnapping the employees.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban Storm Police Check Post On Outskirts Of Kabul
Several Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on a police check post in a western Kabul suburb on Sunday, storming the check point from several directions - leaving an Afghan National Police (ANA) officer dead and three others wounded.

The attack took place in Qala Haidar Khan area of the city near the Kampani Bridge.

However, Kabul police headquarters has not released details of the encounter, but eye witnesses at the scene told TOLOnews that a gun battle, with light and heavy weapons, lasted between the two sides over a period of 30 minutes.

The check point is located in Paghman district alongside the Kabul-Kandahar highway. The security forces did not allow media to take footage of the check post, but reporters in the area said the encounter caused some damage.

"I am surprised how a coordinated attack happened at the check post, one officer has been killed and three officers were wounded," a local resident Jaffar said.

"It was around 1:00 am, we were sleeping and heard the exchange of gun fire suddenly. We were afraid. Every kind of weapon was used in the encounter," another resident Mohammad Asif said.

Meanwhile, citizens have said that launching coordinated attacks in the capital would have negative repercussions in future.

"The attack was really horrific, people are afraid when attacks on this scale happen in the capital," a resident of Kabul Shah Wali said.

Residents have asked the government to step up efforts and improve security in the city.

Afghanistan hangs six death row prisoners in crackdown on Taliban

[IN.REUTERS] Afghanistan hanged six prisoners convicted of terrorism offences, as part of a tougher new policy towards the Taliban promised by President Ashraf Ghani in retaliation for last month's suicide attack which killed at least 64 people in Kabul.

The death sentences, carried out at the Pule Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, drew an immediate response from the Taliban which said the departments of state involved in the executions would be treated as "military targets" and threatened a wave of suicide attacks.

"To gain revenge on the enemy, we have thousands of fighters ready to sacrifice themselves," a statement from the movement's main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

With fiercer fighting expected in the coming weeks following the conclusion of the annual opium harvest, the decision to execute the prisoners further dims hopes of reviving the stalled peace process backed by foreign partners including the United States and China.

A statement from Ghani's office said the executions had been carried out after a fair and transparent legal process and in accordance with both the constitution and Islamic law.

"Considering repeated pleas from the families of victims of terrorist attacks, President Ghani signed off on death penalties for six who committed major crimes, crimes against civilians and public security," the statement said.

A separate statement from the National Directorate for Security, Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, gave the identities of the six condemned men and detailed the attacks for which they were convicted.

These ranged from a Taliban intelligence official in Kandahar convicted of helping to organize the 2011 murder of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former head of the High Peace Council to a member of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network who organised suicide bombings in Kabul.

There was no indication of any direct link between the crimes and the April 19 attack in Kabul, which killed at least 64 people and wounded 347 others.

Even before the executions, the Taliban had threatened "serious repercussions" if Ghani's threat to approve death sentences were carried out, saying judicial institutions and individuals connected with the decision would be considered legitimate military targets.

It also said that foreign nationals and Afghan soldiers held as prisoners by the Taliban would be in danger.

The Taliban, which controls more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since it was driven from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001, has pledged to step up its campaign against the Western-backed government in Kabul this year.

Last month, it launched its spring offensive with a concerted attack on Kunduz, the northern city its forces captured briefly last year, as well as the biggest single suicide attack in Kabul since 2011.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Islamic State claims shooting near Cairo that killed 8 cops
[IsraelTimes] Jihadist group says attack by ’squad of soldiers of caliphate’ was retaliation for ’women imprisoned’ by Egypt

Eight coppers were rubbed out on Cairo’s southern outskirts in an attack claimed Sunday by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, one of its deadliest in mainland Egypt.

The interior ministry said four assailants in a truck intercepted a van carrying the coppers in the district of Helwan, just south of Cairo, and sprayed them with automatic rifle fire. It said those killed in the shooting overnight included a lieutenant and seven lower ranking coppers who had been on patrol in plain clothing.

In a statement circulated on social media, IS said "a squad of the soldiers of the caliphate" opened fire on the police van and then made off with their weapons. It said the attack was carried out in retaliation for "women imprisoned" in Egyptian jails.

Jihadists have killed hundreds of coppers and soldiers in attacks, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula and also in and around Cairo, since the military toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

IS jihadists, who are based in the sparsely populated Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and the Paleostinian Gazoo Strip, have repeatedly tried to make inroads into the capital, where police have had more success in quelling them than in Sinai. They have claimed several attacks in Cairo, including the bombing of the Italian consulate in July 2015. More recently bully boyz have conducted hit-and-run attacks on coppers in Cairo and small-scale bombings. They often claim their attacks are in retaliation for a bloody police crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi, which has killed hundreds of protesters and imprisoned thousands.

They have also targeted foreigners.

The bombing came two months after IS bully boyz kidnapped a Croatian oil worker near Cairo and beheaded him. Police later tracked down the top IS operative in Cairo, who was linked to the Croat’s murder, and killed him in a shootout.

But efforts to crush the insurgency in Sinai have floundered despite a massive army campaign. In March, IS gunnies killed 15 coppers at a checkpoint near el-Arish, the historic provincial capital of North Sinai.

The Sunni holy warrior group declared a "caliphate" nearly two years ago in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria. The Sinai branch pledged allegiance to IS in November 2014, and since then its attacks have grown more sophisticated.

The military says it has killed more than 1,000 Lion of Islams, occasionally publishing pictures of their bodies. The statements are difficult to verify, with news hounds having little access to the north of the peninsula.

Hundreds of multi-national forces soldiers are based in Sinai to monitor a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, and Washington has indicated it would cut its troops over the jihadist threat. The Pentagon said last month it remained "fully committed" to the mission but wants to use drones to assume some of the riskier work.

Military funeral held for eight policemen killed in Cairo's Helwan

[AlAhram] A military funeral was held in New Cairo’s police academy on Sunday afternoon for eight coppers bumped off by unknown assailants in the capital's southern district of Helwan.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, four individuals, who were waiting in a mini-van, opened fire on a police patrol resulting in the deaths of all eight officers, state news agency MENA reported. The slain coppers included seven low-ranking coppers and a junior police officer.

The assailants are still on the lam.

Sunday's deadly assault on the patrol was one of the largest attacks on security forces in the capital in months.

The south Cairo prosecution said in a statement it had examined the scene of the crime, questioned 10 eyewitnesses and impounded 120 bullet shells from the site.
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Soddy security forces foil attack on cop shop
ISIS, Al Qaeda, Shiite inspired by Iran? Or possibly a Saudi citizen unhappy about suddenly having to actually work for a living amid rising prices.
A security spokesman of the Interior Ministry has stated that an attempt to carry out a terrorist act against a police station in Haddad in Bani Malik, Taif province has been aborted.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, security officers on duty at the police station monitored an attempt by two people to infiltrate into the car parking area of the police station at one o'clock in the morning yesterday, Saturday, May 7th, who, when they realised they were being monitored, started firing a machine gun, escaping after an exchange of gun-fire, in a vehicle that was waiting for them.

After crashing their vehicle, they fled on foot and took refuge in one of the mountainous residential areas in the village of Thaqeef where they were surrounded and the area was searched with the help of residents.

The security spokesman said that the exchange of fire resulted in the martyrdom of a soldier, Saeed Dahibish Al-Harthy, and the seizure of an explosive belt and nine pipe bombs which were dismantled by specialists. Field follow-up is on-going and any further details will be duly announced.
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Kosovo charges pair with terrorist activity in Syria
[RFE/RL] Kosovo has charged two ethnic Albanians with terror offenses for allegedly joining an Islamic militant group in Syria.

On May 6, the prosecutor's office said the two left Pristina in November 2013 for Turkey before eventually ending up in the Syrian city of Azaz where they were trained and armed by the Al-Nusra Front militant group. They are believed to have taken part in fighting until they returned to Kosovo after three months later.

It is not clear if they have been arrested.
Lots of that going around these days. Trial, conviction, sentence, but no idea where the named individuals are, or if they are alive or dead. Still, it gets their names on lists, so they might be arrested if they come back and are recognized.
If found guilty, the pair could receive sentences of up to 10 years.

Officials say that some 70 Kosovo citizens are believed to be active in Syria and Iraq.
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The Grand Turk
Turkish army destroying over 350 houses in Kurdish city
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – The Turkish army forces have been bombing the Kurdish city of Nusaybin southeastern Turkey for months, destroying hundreds of residential buildings in the city under heavy bombardment, Kurdish activists reported on Sunday.

Local activists confirmed that the Turkish army forces continue their offensive through shelling the city’s neighborhoods by tanks and heavy artillery, demolishing more than 355 houses in the Zein al-Abedin neighborhood of Nusaybin.

“Pillars of smoke are still rising from the neighborhoods as a result of the Turkish-led military operations,” a local sources told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Members of the campaign “No More Silence”, launched by a group of Kurdish activists in the Nusaybin’s twin city of Qamishlo [Qamishli] northeastern Syria, confirmed that Turkish army bulldozers have entered the Zein al-Abedin neighborhood in order to demolish more houses in the area.

“We are coordinating with reliable sources inside the war-torn city in order to document all violations against civilians’ rights in Nusaybin,” the Kurdish group said.

Dozens of residential buildings have been destroyed by shelling and completely demolished by bulldozers, according to Kurdish activists.

This comes as clashes continued between Turkish troops and the PKK-affiliated People’s Defense Forces (HPG) in the city of Nusaybin and other parts of the Kurdish region in Turkey’s southeast.

More than 100,000 displaced people have been documented in two months, while many others remain stranded in the war-torn towns and villages in the Kurdish region, local activists reported.

In the meantime, the Turkish authorities recently began building a concrete wall along the border in the areas between Ain Diwar and Derik in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Local sources in the Kurdish city of Derik in northeastern Syria told ARA News that the Turkish army leadership has been deploying hundreds of gendarmerie and military vehicles at the borderline with the city of Derik, with orders to shoot on each vehicle or person close to the border.

“Also, a number of Turkish snipers have been seen near the Tigris River, which separates Turkey from Syria in the area of Ain Diwar northeastern Syria,” according to eyewitnesses.

Speaking to ARA News in Derik, media activist Hozan Amin said: “A Syrian Kurdish citizen was shot dead by a Turkish sniper near the border town of Ain Diwar last Tuesday.”

“The Turkish army forces open fire on anyone who passes the Roman bridge [3.5 km northeast of the town of Ain Diwar],” Amin said.

Turkey tightened border security measures after unrest hit the southeastern regions of the countryــwhere Kurds constitute a majority. Also, a series of explosions targeted sensitive security areas inside Turkey. Turkish forces have earlier entered the Syrian territory, breaking into the north-eastern regions, including Sermisakh and Dirna Aghe in Hasakah suburbs.
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3 Turkish soldiers killed in bomb blast in southeast
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a kaboom Sunday in the southeast of the country, where the military is waging an offensive against Kurdish rebels, a military official said.

Two of the soldiers were killed instantly when the device -- which the official said was planted by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters -- went kaboom! in the city of Nusaybin as troops were trying to defuse it.

Another soldier who was badly injured later died of his wounds in hospital, the source told AFP.

The military has been battling for months against Kurdish fighters in Nusaybin, and eight PKK Death Eaters were killed there on Saturday, according to a military statement.
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12 PKK terrorists killed in Turkey's southeast
Twelve PKK terrorists have been killed in counter-terrorism operations in Turkey's southeast, the military said Sunday, Anadolu agency reported.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said eight terrorists were killed in Nusaybin, in the Mardin province, two in the neighboring Sirnak province, and two in the Tunceli province. The statement added that 11 terrorists were also captured in the Cukurca district of the southeastern Hakkari province.
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Killer of ex-MPA killed in encounter
GUJRANWALA: The main accused involved in the murder of former PML-N MPA Rana Shamshad Khan was killed in an encounter with police here on Saturday.

City Police Officer Muhammad Waqas Nazir said that the former MPA along with his son and a friend had been murdered a few months back.

A special police team had been formed to arrest main suspect Tariq Patwari. On Saturday, police on a tip-off raided a house near Nafah Tower, but the accused opened fire. The police returned the fire, killing Patwari on the spot.

TWO GET LIFE-TERM: FIA’s special court judge Malik Nasrullah Awan awarded life-term imprisonment to two accused involved in a fake account case here on Saturday.

FIA deputy director Khalid Anees said that Kanwal Jeet Kaur had submitted an application against National Saving Center manager Mazhar Farooq, Zahid Iqbal, Muhammad Saleem and Azeem.

He said the FIA team investigated the matter and found all the four accused guilty of charges.

He said accused Mazhar Farooq was awarded 14-year jail-term with a fine of Rs50,000 and Zahid Iqbal 16-year imprisonment with a fine of Rs50,000 while accused Saleem and Azeem were awarded two-year each jail-term.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2016
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Afghan border security official arrested from Pishin over spying charges
[DAWN] The security forces 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...
tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
an Afghan Border Force (ABF) personnel from Pishin district of the province on Sunday, it has been learnt.

Security sources said that law enforcement personnel along with of officials of an intelligence agency conducted a raid in Pishin Bazar area and apprehended the ABF official.

Important documents and explosives were recovered from the possession of the Afghan forces personnel, sources added.

"The Afghan official was tasked to carry out subversive activities in Balochistan," the security personnel alleged.

The ’spy’ was assigned the task to carry out terrorist activities in Chaman, Pishin and Quetta on the directives of senior Afghan army official, they stated.

The ABF official was shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for further interrogation.

This arrest comes few weeks after the arrest of two Afghan intelligence officials from Balochistan last month.
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Thousands of Iraqi families under ISIS siege in Fallujah
[ARA News] DUHOK – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has imposed siege on over 2,000 families from two villages south of the city of Fallujah, most of them are women and children, arresting dozens of young people from the two villages, official sources in the Iraqi army said on Sunday.

ISIS is reportedly using civilians as human shields to prevent the progress of the Iraqi army forces to Fallujah.

“The Iraqi army is ready to liberate the two villages and lift the siege imposed by the terror group on the people,” the army said in a statement.

In this regard, the military command of the Iraqi army in Anbar province announced in an official statement that the Iraqi troops were able to destroy several headquarters for ISIS in the region, and dismantled 45 explosive devices in different parts of the province [Anbar].

The Iraqi jets also destroyed ten ISIS-led cars in an airstrike in the area of Amiriyat al-Fallujah in the Anbar province, killing at least 20 ISIS jihadis and injuring dozens more, according to Salim al-Jaberi, a military commander in the Iraqi army.

Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi activist Saif Zahra said: “It seems that the military operations in Anbar province, specifically in Fallujah, have reached the stage of direct clashes with ISIS terrorists, especially the latter would not leave the city easily after two years of control.”

“With the support of the US-led coalition forces, the Iraqi army forces started to intensify their military operations to undermine the group’s power and reduce the death toll among the stranded civilians in the city,” he argued.

Fallujah has been under ISIS control since early 2014 after the withdrawal of the Iraqi security forces. Residents of the city suffer house arrest imposed by ISIS extremists, according to local sources.
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2 wimmin wounded in mortar attack in Baqubah
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A security source in Diyali province said on Sunday, that two women had been injured in a mortar shell attack on the village of Granada south of Baqubah.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, four mortar shells fell near residential houses in the village of Granada (25 km south of Baqubah), resulting in the injury of two women,” adding that, “The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital to receive medial treatment, while a security force began to trace down the source of the shell fire.”
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Turkish aircraft attack targets in Dohuk
(IraqiNews.com) Dohuk – An informed source in Qandil region asserted on Sunday, that Turkish warplanes attacked a number of border sites in the province of Dohuk, while pointed out that the attack caused the destruction of forests and orchards.

The source said in a statement received by IraqNews.com, “The Turkish warplanes attacked, today, the areas of Ainza, Boolean and Khobian located in Qandil Mountains,” noting that, “The Turkish air raid lasted for about two hours.”

The source added, “The [aerial] bombardment caused the destruction of forests and orchards,” explaining that, “The strike had sparked panic among the local population.”
Trend News reports the Turkish view of these events:
Turkish warplanes destroyed bunkers, gun emplacements, and ammunition depots belonging to the terrorist PKK organization in northern Iraq early Sunday, Anadolu agency reported. Military sources said that Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes against the PKK between 2.00 and 4.30 a.m. local time Sunday in the northern Iraqi regions of Qandil, Medina, Zap, and Gara.

Turkish F-16 and F-4 2020 warplanes safely returned to base after hitting exact positions held by the PKK in the region and destroying its bunkers and gun ammunition.
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Ninevah Nightmares: 8 die
10K Iraqi militia to reinforce operations in Ninevah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Sunday the assistant of the Sadrist Movement leader Kadim al-Eissawi announced, that Saraya al-Salam will participate with 10 thousand fighters in the liberation operation of Mosul on condition of non-intervention of foreign forces.

Eissawi said in a statement during a press conference followed by IraqiNews.com, “We reject any cheers against Iran, however, we won’t accept any intervention from its side.”

Eissawi added, “Saraya al-Salam will participate with 10 thousand fighters in the liberation operations of Mosul on condition of non-intervention of foreign forces.”

ISIS executes 8 in Mosul
Just another day in paradise
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Sunday, a local source in Nineveh Province revealed, that the so-called ISIS executed eight civilians on charges of spying in central Mosul.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This evening, ISIS members executed eight civilians by firing squad in al-Ghazlani camp in central Mosul on charges of collaborating with the security forces, Peshmerga and Asayish in Kurdistan Region.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “ISIS members filmed the execution of the civilians after being sentenced to death by the so-called Sharia Court in Nineveh Province, and threw the bodies in a hole in western the city.”

Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS leader gunned down in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – The leader in al-Hashd al-Shaabi Jabbar al-Mamouri announced on Sunday, that gunmen in al-Sharqat killed the so-called ISIS allegiance officer, along with one of his companions, north of Salahuddin Province.

Mamouri said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “An armed cell from Sharqat District north of Salahuddin carried out an operation in the district and managed to kill the so-called ISIS allegiance officer, Abu Hagar al-Maghrabi, along with one of his companions.”

Mamouri added, “A cooperation has emerged between al-Hashd al-Shaabi and armed cells from the people of Sharqat to target ISIS leaders and members.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Gutsy German shepherd saves SAS lives when troops were ambushed
[THESUN.CO.UK] A HEROIC German shepherd has reportedly saved the lives of a group of SAS fighters facing off against ISIS in Iraq.

The Special Forces team were ambushed by a group of ISIS fighters when the Alsatian attacked two jihadis.

The furry fighter escaped the battle unhurt and has been hailed a hero by troops after saving the British team’s lives.

The brave pooch is thought to have been trained by the US Army.

The military operation took place last month on the Kurdish border. It is believed that the SAS soldiers were returning from a 10 day training programme for Peshmerga fighters. The pup was travelling with the group of British soldiers in a convoy of four vehicles.

The unsuspecting troops were caught unawares when they were trapped by a group of jihadis. The convoy was hit by a homemade bomb as around 50 ISIS fighters attacked. Leaving their vehicles to take cover, the SAS were split up between three areas.

When the British forces attempted to move out, jihadis attacked them from behind.

A US soldier travelling with the convoy let the heroic pup off the leash. The angry dog ran snarling towards the enemy fighters. The first jihadi was bitten on the neck and face. The dog slashed at the second fighter’s arm and leg.

The two ISIS fighters bravely ran away in terror after being savaged by the Alsatian.

A source told the Daily Star Sunday: "Military dogs sometimes accompany the SAS on operations. They are often used in strike operations and may well enter a building before any troops.

"The Alsatian was with the team in a training role but when the troops came under fire it was desperate to get involved.

"It could sense the tension and had an overpowering urge to protect it’s handler and the other troops.

"When the dog was unleashed it went after the greatest threat without consideration for its own safety ‐ this is what they are trained to do.

"A snarling Alsatian running at you is very frightening and probably not something the jihadis had encountered. The dog did its job and returned to its handler with its tail wagging."

US air support meant that the stranded SAS troops could get to safety.

It is thought that this is the first time that an attack dog has been used to directly save soldiers’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  So it was an Alsatian! Not A German!
(Don't mention the war)

Alsatians are/were German Shepherds renamed by the British to be palatable to the English ear during WW uno.

Damn, gooood daaaaaaaaaawg!
Posted by: Shipman || 05/09/2016 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Quick!! Get that pooch some mouthwash. Good doggy!!
Posted by: Steven || 05/09/2016 4:02 Comments || Top||

#3  So, NATO forces train attack dogs to attack people of color. I see.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/09/2016 8:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I expect Obama to apologize for being so culturally insensitive as to use DOGS against Muslims. IIRC, dogs are considered to be unclean.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/09/2016 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Makes me miss the dog I grew up with. Mostly shepherd, with some wolf a couple generations back. Gentle as could be, and smart as a whip -- she knew how to open a door by turning the door knob -- but threaten any of us...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/09/2016 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  So, NATO forces train attack dogs to attack people of color. I see.

Perhaps just those that smell of goat genitals.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2016 11:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Good doggie. Obama to change rules of engagement: Muslims may eat dogs, but dogs can't eat them.
Posted by: regular joe || 05/09/2016 11:58 Comments || Top||

#8  #3 So, NATO forces train attack dogs to attack people of color. I see.

Just wait until we put frickin' lasers on their heads!
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2016 12:52 Comments || Top||

Anbar Antics: 24 die

Iraqi forces destroy 3 VBIEDs in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Sunday the commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that 14 ISIS members had been killed and three booby-trapped vehicles were destructed south of Fallujah.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation backed by Anbar Operations managed to shell a gathering of ISIS members, as well as destructing three booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers near al-Salam intersection south of Fallujah.”

Mahalawi added, “The shelling killed 14 ISIS members, destructed the booby-trapped vehicles and killed the suicide bombers who were inside them, in addition to destroying a rockets launcher and a mortar detachment.”

20 ISIS Bad Guys die, 10 VBIEDs destroyed in Iraqi airstrikes in Fallujad

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Sunday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced the destructing of ten vehicles belonging to the so-called ISIS and killing of 20 militants by an air strike in Amiriya Fallujah.

The journalists said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Sukhoi aircraft destructed ten vehicles belonging to ISIS in an air strike conducted by the security forces in Amiriyah Fallujah area in Anbar Province.”

The statement added, “The air strike also resulted in the killing of 20 ISIS militants.”

4 ISIS troops die and HQ destroyed in attack near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Sunday, that the security forces destructed a headquarters belonging to the so-called ISIS and dismantled 45 improvised explosive devices in Anbar.

Mahalawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force from Anbar Operations managed to destruct a headquarters belonging to ISIS and a vehicle carrying a machine gun, while killed four ISIS members near al-Salam intersection south of Fallujah.”

Mahalawi added, “Another force from the army dismantled 45 improvised explosive devices and found equipment and communication kits in the Modern Village northwest of Ramadi.”
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Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 13 detained
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday the arrest of 13 wanted individuals on various criminal charges in the province of Baghdad.

The ministry said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The detachments of Baghdad Anti-Crime Directorate managed to detain 13 wanted individuals on criminal charges in the area of al-Mansour,” adding that, “The detainees were transferred to the competent authorities for the purpose of completion of legal procedures against them.”
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15 Afghans recruited by Iran killed during a clash in Syria
At least 15 Afghan nationals have reportedly been killed during a clash with the Syrian rebels near the Syrian city of Aleppo, it has been reported.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said has said the Afghans who were killed during the clash were among the Iranian-backed militia fighters.

The monitor said at least six from Lebanon’s Hezbollah Shi’ite movement and 15 Afghan Shi’ite fighters were killed during the clash.

Earlier, Tehran said thirteen Iranian soldiers were killed in a battle with Islamist militants over a village near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

This comes as earlier reports emerged that suggesting Iran has sent thousands of Shia Afghans to Syria to fight for support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

According to the estimates, the number of these fighters is between 10,000 to 12,000 who are mainly illegal immigrants.

The reports also added that Iran has promised citizenship to these fighters and improving the living conditions of their families besides each of these fighters are paid from $400 to $600 monthly wages.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Shia volunteers from Afghanistan have been fighting in Syria for several years now. Somewhere between 300 and 1000 have been killed.

Hezbollah has also been in Syria engaged heavily since 2012 and somewhere between 1000 and 3000 have been killed.

In addition, hundreds of Shia Iraqis, Palestinian, Iranian and even Pakistani volunteers have been killed fighting for Assad.
Posted by: lord garth || 05/09/2016 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  I've been trying to piece the news reports together about the fight in Khan Tooman. Seems like 50+ Iranians, 6 Hez, and 15 Afgans were killed in an ambush recently. Sounds like IS pulled off the ambush. Not entirely sure.
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/09/2016 9:53 Comments || Top||

#3  You'd think Afghans have enough opportunities to engage in combat without having to leave their own country.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/09/2016 12:01 Comments || Top||

#4  They're winning in AFG. New challenges await them. Terrorism is their business, and business is good.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2016 12:02 Comments || Top||

#5  You'd think Afghans have enough opportunities to engage in combat without having to leave their own country.

A lot of them are from the western part of AFG; they are generally 'immigrants' or refugees in Iran. One can suspect that the offer to be a Basiij volunteer was a) more money than one earns stacking bricks or sitting in a refugee camp, or b) better than spending years in an Iranian prison.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/09/2016 13:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Who cares?
Posted by: chris || 05/09/2016 21:02 Comments || Top||

3 die in rebel rocket artillery attack in Aleppo
Video report at the link
Syrian rebels on Sunday fired rockets into a regime-held district of Aleppo, killing three civilians and wounding 15, a monitoring group said.

They were the first casualties since a ceasefire took hold on Thursday in the battleground northern city where regime forces control western districts and the rebels are entrenched in the east.

The ceasefire is due to expire at 2101 GMT on Monday.

It comes as world powers push for a wider cessation of hostilities between rebels and regime forces and a resumption of UN-brokered peace talks.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a woman and a child were among the three civilians killed when the rebels rained rockets down on several districts of western Aleppo city.

Fighting in Aleppo flared up late last month, and more than 300 people have been killed in the violence.

Meanwhile, displaced families returned home and schools reopened in Aleppo on Saturday after the truce was extended for 72 hours in the city. Residents trickled back into eastern areas of Aleppo, encouraged by a halt in the deadly violence, an AFP reporter said.

“I decided to come home after relatives told me it was calm,” father-of-six Abu Mohammed said.

“We left because it was carnage here. The air strikes were incredible,” said the resident of the rebel-held Kalasseh district.

Schools in Aleppo’s east reopened on Saturday after staying closed for more than two weeks.

“There were many bombings so our parents got scared and stopped sending us to school,” one schoolboy told AFP.

A monitor reported rebel shelling of areas in western Aleppo but said there were no casualties.

Russia’s defense ministry said the truce had been extended “in order to prevent the situation from worsening” just minutes before an initial 48-hour truce was due to expire.

“The regime of silence in the province of Latakia and in the city of Aleppo has been extended from 00:01 (local time) on May 7 (2101 GMT Friday) for 72 hours,” a ministry statement said.
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IRGC Slaughterhouse in Aleppo
London- Well-informed Iranian sources exposed a recent massacre taking down over 50 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members belonging to the Quds Force division. The Iranian soldiers were reportedly killed in Aleppo during the Khan Tooman battles over the last few days.

Quds Force headquarters in the northern Iranian province of Mazandarann issued a statement urging the people of Iran to keep unruffled, given that the statement made no clear mention of the assessed losses. According to the statement, the Quds Force members were killed by a “proxy war against Iran”.

On the other hand, media-exchanged information indicates the death-toll number to be in dozens. Iranian daily, Jaam-e Jam, also reported deaths taking place in Aleppo.

IRGC affiliated website, such as Verde news, listed over 80 members ranging between Iranian and Afghani forces dead. What’s more is that Lebanon-based Hezbollah members registered deaths alongside the IRGC in Aleppo.

Iranian sources point out that the IRGC website had accused Turkey for presenting logistic and intelligence support for the attack to take place.

Until this moment, no official statement was given by the Iranian national army, despite that the Iranian governmental Mehr News Agency had confirmed the presence of Special Forces, belonging to the 65th brigade in an “advisory” mission in Khan Tooman, Aleppo.

Screenshots of WhatsApp conversations with an IRGC militant –in Aleppo- explaining that 83 Iranian soldiers are besieged and held on spot “unable to move”, were flooding Iranian online media.

According to the screenshots, the Iranian soldier urged the strengthening of cannon fire as to aid their withdrawal. The soldier also expressed himself favoring death over being taken in by opponents.

Fars News Agency, another IRGC media outlet, published an IRGC official reporting the death of 34 IRGC officers either dead or severely injured in Khan Tooman.

Fars also denied all allegations of Iranian captives being taken in Khan Tooman, saying that the captives are three members belonging to Syrian Regime Forces, one of which is an Afghani militant.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "Elite" martyrs
Posted by: Frank G || 05/09/2016 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Note to self: don't buy sausage made in Syria
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/09/2016 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  "Elite" martyrs

Posted by: Pappy || 05/09/2016 13:08 Comments || Top||

Turkish artillery hammers ISIS positions: 55 die
ANKARA : Turkish shelling killed 55 Daesh insurgents in northern Syria on Saturday evening, military sources said, in retaliation for weeks of rocket attacks on a Turkish border town.

Artillery fire hit the regions of Suran and Tal El Hisn north of Aleppo, as well as Baragidah and Kusakcik, taking out three rocket installations and three vehicles in addition to the killings of the militants, the sources said on Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, US-led coalition air strikes in Syria killed 48 Daesh militants, according to a report from state-run Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish border town of Kilis, which lies just across the frontier from Daesh-controlled territory of Syria, has been regularly struck by rockets in recent weeks.

Kilis is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Aleppo, Syria’s embattled, biggest city and the biggest strategic prize in a more than five-year-old civil war.

The Turkish military usually responds with artillery barrages into northern Syria, but officials have said it is difficult to hit mobile Islamic State targets with howitzers. Turkish officials have said they need more help from Western allies in defending the border.

So far, about 20 people have been killed and almost 70 wounded in the rocket fire on Kilis, Anadolu said.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Syrian Army Air Force Destroys Dozens of ISIL Vehicles in Several Areas
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syrian Army air force on Sunday destroyed a number of ISIS vehicles and hideouts, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist organization’s members in Deir-Ezzor and Homs provinces, SANA news agency reported.

The Air Force destroyed vehicles of ISIS terrorist organization equipped with machineguns in the areas of al- Kassarat and al-Mrei’ya in the eastern province of Deir-Ezzor, a military source told SANA.

Dozens of the bad boyz were potted in the army’s raids, according to the source.

In Homs, the Syrian army air force carried out intensive sorties against gatherings of ISIS bully boyz in the countryside of Homs and Hama provinces.

The sorties were carried out to the east of Jazel oil field and to the north and west of al-Muhr gas field and to the west of al-Muhr station in the eastern countryside of Homs province, adding that scores of the ISIS vehicles were destroyed.

The same took place in Hama where the army air force destroyed a convoy of the ISIS vehicles in Maqla’a al-Wdaihi in the vicinity of Oqairibat village, 40 km to the east of Hama city.

In the same context, two of the terrorists’ vehicles and a workshop for manufacturing rocket and mortar shells were destroyed in operations carried out by the army and the armed forces against the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorism in Daraa southern province.

A unit of the army carried out a precise operation against dens of 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 .. ...
terrorist organization and the gangs affiliated to it in the neighborhood of al-Abbasyia in Daraa al-Balad.

A workshop for manufacturing shells was destroyed in the operation and a number of bad boyz were potted including one of the field commanders of the so-called "Tawheed al-Janoub brigade", terrorist Ahmed Fou’ad al-Masalma.

In the northeastern countryside of the province, a unit of the army destroyed gatherings and two machinegun-equipped vehicles belonging to al-Nusra bully boyz in Toloul Khalif and Tal al-Sheikh Hussein.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Rebel rocket fire kills 3 civilians in Aleppo
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syrian rebels on Sunday fired rockets into a regime-held district of Aleppo, killing three civilians and wounding 15, a monitoring group said.

They were the first casualties since a ceasefire took hold on Thursday in the battleground northern city where regime forces control western districts and the rebels are entrenched in the east.

The ceasefire is due to expire at 2101 GMT on Monday.

It comes as world powers push for a wider cessation of hostilities between rebels and regime forces and a resumption of UN-brokered peace talks.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a woman and a child were among the three civilians killed when the rebels rained rockets down on several districts of western Aleppo city.

Fighting in Aleppo flared up late last month, and more than 300 people have been killed in the violence.

Syria’s five-year war has killed more than 270,000 people and displaced millions.

...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head...
displaced families returned home and schools reopened in Aleppo on Saturday after the truce was extended for 72 hours in the city.

Residents trickled back into eastern areas of Aleppo, encouraged by a halt in the deadly violence, an AFP news hound said.

"I decided to come home after relatives told me it was calm," father-of-six Abu Mohammed said.

"We left because it was carnage here. The air strikes were incredible," said the resident of the rebel-held Kalasseh district.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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