[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops have killed one of the dangerous group members of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in 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.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the Special Forces of the Afghan Police killed a dangerous group member of ISIS during an operation.
The Special Conducted the operation in Chaparhar district of the province, the Ministry of Interior said.
The statement further added that the slain ISIS group member was involved in planning and conducting terrorist attacks in Nangarhar.
He was particularly involved behind some attacks in Jalalabad city, the bucolic provincial capital of Nangarhar province.
The anti-government armed elements including ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the killing of key ISIS group member so far.
This comes as the security situation in some districts of Nangarhar province has tanked during the recent years. Both Taliban ...Arabic for students... and ISIS Lions of Islam are active in remote and restive areas of the province.
The anti-government armed elements often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities in Jalalabad city and other parts of Nangarhar.
Meanwhile, ...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell... the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against both groups in this province.
The U.S. forces also conduct regular Arclight airstrikes in restive districts of Nangarhar to suppress ISIS, Taliban and other anti-government bully boys.
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[KhaamaPress] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces destroyed a large amount of Improvised Explosive Devices and Explosives components in southern Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province.
The informed military sources said the Afghan Special Forces destroyed a large amount of IEDs and explosive components during a raid in Helmand.
Furthermore, the 3rd Brigade of the 215th Corps conducted clearing operations along Highway 1 in Helmand.
The sources further added that the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade of 215th Corps defused 19 IEDs.
The soldiers of the 3rd Brigade also destroyed multiple Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... facilities during the same operation, the military sources added.
Talibs and other snuffies frequently use improvised bombs as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.
However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted.
Meanwhile, ...back at the dirigible, the pilot and the copilot had both hit the silk.
Jack! Cynthia exclaimed. Do you know how to drive one of these things?
Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles.
No, he said. Do you?... numerous incidents have also taken place in the past involving premature IED kabooms.
The premature IED kabooms have also inflicted casualties on Talibs who were manufacturing or planting bombs.
[KhaamaPress] The security forces carried out a series of Arclight airstrikes in southern Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... and north-western Badghis province killing or wounding at least nine holy warriors.
According to informed military sources, the security forces carried out an airstrike in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province in the past 24 hours.
The sources further added that the airstrike killed at one Taliban ...Arabic for students... fighter.
The security forces also conducted an airstrike in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province killing at least 6 Taliban fighters.
The airstrike also maimed two Taliban fighters and destroyed one vehicle, the sources added.
Both Badghis and Helmand are among the relatively volatile provinces in north-western and southern parts of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some remote and restive areas of the two provinces.
The anti-government armed elements often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities in the two provinces.
Meanwhile, ...back at the hoedown, the fiddler suddenly struck a sour note. The dancing stopped abruptly. Everyone looked at Bob... the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against both groups in the two provinces.
Similarly, the U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive districts of the two provinces to suppress Taliban and other anti-government holy warriors.
[ToloNews] Three IED blasts rocked Kabul city early on Sunday morning as the residents are witnessing an increase in violence over the past month.
The first blast targeted a bus carrying students of the education university and killed one shopkeeper and maimed at least 17 others, said Nusrat Rahimi, a front man for Ministry of Interior Affairs. Rahimi said the first blast occurred in Silo Road in Kabul's PD5 at around 7:50 am local time.
Eyewitnesses said most of the victims in the first blast were the passerby and university students. The person who was killed in the first blast was a young boy who newly joined a cycle of violence repair shop only four days ago.
Two journalists, one from Kilid Radio and a freelance news hound, were maimed in the first blast, eyewitnesses said.
Rahimi said that two other blasts also occurred in the same area and all three blasts were from magnetic IEDs.
Five security force members were maimed in the second blast which was due to an embedded IED bomb placed on a bike near the first blast's scene, Rahimi said. He said that the second blast happened almost 20 minutes after the first kaboom.
Wahidullah Mayar, a front man for Ministry of Public Health, said two people were killed and 24 others were maimed in the blasts.
Four kabooms struck the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least two people and wounding 27 others, officials said. Among the injured were two Afghan journalists, according to a local non-governmental media organization.
The first bomb hit a bus carrying university students in a residential area of western Kabul. It was followed 20 minutes later by two further detonations at the same location, said Nasrat Rahimi, a front man for the interior ministry.
Wahidullah Mayar, a front man for the public health ministry, said the three successive attacks injured 24 people, including four women. The first blast killed at least one person. Mayar added it was not immediately clear which kaboom had caused the second death.
A wave of attacks has rocked the Afghan capital in the last week, where both 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 and Taliban ...Arabic for students... holy warriors are active.
Attacks by the Taliban have continued unabated despite peace talks with the United States as well as a fresh round of talks with Afghan notables last week in the Russian capital, Moscow. The Taliban have rejected repeated demands for a cease-fire in the decades-long civil war, demanding a US and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... troop withdraw from Afghanistan first.
However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... the Islamic State group grabbed credit for three of Sunday’s attacks in Kabul. In a statement, the Sunni Death Eater group said it set off an improvised bomb on a bus allegedly transporting minority Shia Moslems.
After security forces and journalists had gathered at the site, the group detonated two additional devices, it added.
The secondary kabooms maimed seven people who had arrived after the initial attack, including five members of the security forces, Rahimi said.
Also maimed in the secondary kabooms were two Afghan journalists, Ahmad Jawed Kargar and Mohammad Faseh Mutawakil, according to Nai, a media organization that supports open media in Afghanistan.
Kargar, a photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency, confirmed he was injured in a video he posted to social media while being taken to the hospital. Epa did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Nai said the second journalist had been lightly maimed.
Late in the afternoon Sunday, a fourth blast maimed three people, said Rahimi. He said that a sticky bomb attached to a vehicle had went kaboom! in a southwestern neighborhood in Kabul. No one immediately claimed the last attack.
Islamic State group bombings have seemingly targeted journalists before. In April 2018, nine journalists were killed and half a dozen maimed in a double suicide kaboom in Kabul. In that attack, it appeared the journalists were intentionally targeted by a bomber who hid among members of the media rushing to cover the first kaboom. IS grabbed credit for the bombings, but didn’t say that journalists were specifically targeted.
In a separate attack late Saturday in eastern Ghazni province, a Taliban jacket wallah was able to enter a police compound using a stolen Humvee packed with explosives. The blast killed at least seven police reserve unit personnel and maimed eight others, said Naser Ahmad Faqeri, head of Ghazni’s provincial council. Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid took responsibility for the attack in Ghazni.
In western Farah province, at least six members of the border security forces were killed Saturday night in an attack on their checkpoint by Taliban bad boys. Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, said eight other members of the security forces were maimed. The Taliban offered no comment on the attack in Farah.
[AlAhram] At least 18 people were maimed in two boom-mobilekabooms that targeted a military unit in Libya's eastern coastal city of Derna, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky, a medical source and residents told Rooters early on Sunday.
Residents said the boom-mobiles targeted a military unit called Bulahati belonging to the eastern forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the city centre.
"We heard the first kaboom, but we thought it was fireworks, then we heard the second," one resident told Rooters by telephone.
"We found people around the Bulahati military unit and there was huge black smoke in the sky," another added. "We then discovered it was boom-mobiles."
Derna, once a jihadist bastion, is about 292 km (182 miles) distant from Libya's second city, Benghazi, and was declared to be under the complete control of Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... 's LNA in June 2018.
After the ouster of longtime ruler Muammar Qadaffy ...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest... in a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... -backed uprising in 2011, bad boy groups Al Qaeda and Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... have used the oil-rich country as a base for attacks, exploiting its chaos and lack of security.
[Libya Observer] Libyan army forces under the Presidential Council's (PC) command said Sunday dawn it had shot down a UAE-made surveillance drone on al-Swani frontline in southern Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... The bumped off drone was seen in photos circulated on social media with "Made in UAE" inscribed on its wings.
The UAE is accused of backing up Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... in his war on Tripoli with the PC being blamed for not calling it out.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?... A source at the "Volcano of Rage" Operation said they had combed through the areas they seized on Saturday and that the fierce festivities had come to relative calm, with only intermittent fighting in Ain Zara and Wadi Rabea.
The PC-commanded operation said earlier that its forces had started the offensive phase - the last stage of the battle, to end the presence of Haftar's forces in southern Tripoli.
Major General Ahmed Abu Shahma - commander of field operations room - said coordination among all fighting frontlines began Saturday and the forces had advanced remarkably on different axes.
"Over the last hours, the fighting was very intense but now clam has prevailed with preparations for the next operation underway." Abu Shahma added, saying supplies are coming regularly to frontlines and that the forces are preparing a fiercer attack on Haftar's forces.
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[Al Jazeera] At least two people have been killed and 10 maimed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum when shots were fired near the site of a protest sit-in, a doctors' committee close to demonstrators said.
"After regular forces opened fire, there were casualties on Nile Street near the sit-in site," the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said in a statement following the incident on Saturday.
The committee did not specify which forces opened fire or identify those killed or maimed. A man died "who was hit with live rounds in the head", the committee said.
Thousands of demonstrators in Sudan have attempted to stop security forces from closing down the main street outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.
Sounds of live gunfire were heard at around 2pm local time (12:00 GMT), which lasted for about four hours, witnesses told Al Jazeera.
[DAWN] Two police officials were martyred and four others injured on Sunday during an exchange of fire between suspected bandidos and police in the Shah Belo area of Sukkur.
A heavy contingent of police launched an operation against outlaws in Shah Belo, a kacha area, which has seen repeat operations in the last 20 years to clear it from criminals and outlaws. The forest in the area is regarded as a sanctuary for a number of known gangs and outlaws.
Sukkur Additional Inspector General (AIG) Dr Jameel Ahmed said that police were conducting an operation in Shah Belo in the jurisdiction of the Bachal Bhewo cop shoppe when hidden outlaws began firing at an armoured police van. Police then retaliated.
During the exchange of fire, Lakhi Ghulam Shah Station House Officer (SHO) Ghulam Murtaza Mirani and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Zulfikar Ali Panhwar were martyred, while ASI Shahzaib, Saddam Dayo, Ghulam Rasool and Saddam Marfani were maimed, the Sukkur AIG said. Following the incident, the person or persons unknown fled the site of the operation.
Upon receiving reports of the incident, a large contingent of police reached the site of the operation and began a search for the suspects, due to which another encounter between both parties is expected, the AIG added.
The bodies of the martyred coppers and the injured have been shifted to a private hospital in Sukkur, where AIG Ahmed visited them and ordered the provision of the best treatment for them.
[Daily Excelsior] AMRITSAR: A big tragedy related to militancy was averted on Sunday, when the security forces found a bag containing two hand grenades in Raja Sansi area of this district.
Police administration had tightened the security across the district, to check any kind of violence during the ’Ghallughara Saptah,’ organised by the Sikh radicals, to mark the 35th anniversary of Operation Bluestar.
The security forces and the police had laid special nakas across the district, especially around the religious institutions and the main roads, leading to the city.
Police, during checking near the Nirnakari Bhawan at Raja Sansi, signalled two bike-borne youth to stop for checking, but they sped away, after throwing the bag they were carrying. Police recovered two hand grenades from the bag, after which a high alert had been sounded in the district.
[Daily Excelsior] Militants today made an abortive bid to blow up the house of senior National Conference leader in Pulwama district of South Kashmire.
Militants hurled grenade at the residence of Mohi-ud-Din, NC leader from Murran village of Pulwama district. The grenade went kaboom! outside the compound wall. However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... no loss was reported.
The police men guarding the residence fired in air and the bandidosgunnies fled away.
A youth Mehraan Banday son of Mehraj Din Banday of Solina, Srinagar, who had suffered serious pellet injuries in his head during festivities at Nowhatta, Srinagar, last month departed this vale of tears today. His dead body was taken to Nowhatta where his funeral prayers were held.
Security forces this afternoon launched cordon and search operation in Bonpora Hassanpora area of Bijbehara in Southern Kashmire.
On specific inputs about the presence of murderous Moslems, joint team of security forces including Army’s Ist RR, Special Operation Group of police and CRPF cordoned off Hassanpora Bijbehara area this afternoon. However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... the operation was later called off.
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[Rudaw] Nine French jihadists are now on death row in Iraq after a court sentenced two more to death on Sunday for joining 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, rejecting a claim of torture.
Fodil Tahar Aouidate and Vianney Ouraghi were among 11 French citizens and one Tunisian handed over to Iraqi authorities in January by a US-backed force fighting the jihadist group in Syria.
Described as violent and ready to die for the Death Eater IS ideology, Aouidate first appeared in court on May 27 but a judge delayed his trial and ordered a medical examination after the 32-year-old claimed he was tortured into confessing.
"The medical report shows that there are no signs of torture on his body," the judge told the court before handing down his sentence.
His trial was quickly followed by that of 28-year-old Ouraghi, who acknowledged in court that he "worked with" IS but said he did not participate in any fighting.
Baghdad has handed capital punishments to seven of the other French jihadists and the Tunisian over the past week.
Hearings for the last two suspected French IS members to be tried in Baghdad are set for Monday.
‘OUTSOURCING’ IS TRIALS
Ouraghi, who has Algerian roots, left La Belle France for Syria in 2013 and joined the al-Qaeda affiliate there before jumping to IS when the latter declared its "caliphate" in 2014.
"Yes, I worked with IS, but I did not participate in any combat in Syria or Iraq," Ouraghi said in classical Arabic, which he picked up in Egypt.
Sporting thick glasses and a light brown goatee, he pleaded that he was only an "IS administrative officer" in charge of "widows and families" of the jihadist group.
Aouidate showed no reaction when the judge handed down his death sentence, according to an AFP journalist at the trial.
He first went to Syria in 2013 and returned in 2014 with 22 members of his family to join IS, according to the French judiciary.
And what happened to them, pray tell?
Authorities also linked him to Belgium’s Salafist movement including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the presumed criminal mastermind of the 2015 Gay Paree attacks.
Interrogated for four months, he alleged during his first hearing that he was beaten to "confess" to the charges levelled against him.
Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi interrogators of "using a range of torture techniques... which would not leave lasting marks on the person’s body".
It also condemned La Belle France’s "outsourcing" of trials of IS suspects to "abusive justice systems" and criticised Iraq’s "routine failure... to credibly investigate torture allegations".
Iraq should make a profitable industry out of this. Really, we'd gladly pay. Let's call it Death Row Outsourcing. Every slow, deliberative judiciary shipping the ones on their death rows (pathetic) to this paragon of decisiveness.
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Four Iraqi army personnel were killed and maimed Sunday in festivities with members of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... turban group in Anbar province, a security source was quoted as saying.
"An army force clashed with Lions of Islam of the Islamic State group in al-Husainiyat area, northeast of Ar-Rutbah, leaving an army officer killed and three others maimed," the source told Alsumaria News.
The source added that the shootout left heavy causalities among IS ranks as well.
A security force rushed to the site and carried the maimed into a nearby hospital for treatment, while the body was moved to the forensic medicine department, he pointed out.
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Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An 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.... terrorist was enjugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! Sunday in Kirkuk province over his involvement in several terrorist attacks.
The Security Media Cell said, in a press statement, that an intelligence force arrested an Islamic State member in Atshana village of Kirkuk.
The arrestee confessed to joining the Islamic State group and carrying out several terrorist attacks against civilians and security forces, the statement read.
Isolated cells believed to be linked to the Islamic State group remain active in some parts of the country. In recent weeks, suspected Islamic State holy warriors have carried out several attacks targeting security forces in the areas north-west of Kirkuk.
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[IsraelTimes] 22-year-old accused of traveling to war-torn country to die as a martyr for the al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ... Front out of krazed killer ideology.
The Shin Bet security service last month nabbed Please don't kill me! a 22-year-old Arab Israeli woman suspected of having joined the al-Nusra Front terror group in Syria in March 2018.
Rania Shenawi, of the Arab town of Makr, was arrested on May 7 upon her return to Israel from Syria, the Shin Bet said.
Last Friday, Shenawi was charged in a Haifa court with contacting a foreign agent, attempting to join a terror group, illegally leaving the country and theft. She was also charged with attacking a police officer while in jug.
According to the security service, Shenawi traveled to Syria last April, having crossed into the war-torn country from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor.... using a counterfeit identity card. In order to fund her trip, Shenawi stole approximately NIS 10,000 ($2,750) from her father, according to the indictment.
In Syria, she allegedly joined al-Nusra Front, which has been connected off and on over the years to both the al-Qaeda and 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 groups.
"The findings of the investigation of Shenawi show that she held an extreme ideological worldview, mostly in supporting the Islamic State terror group and in a deep hatred of Jews," the Shin Bet said.
According to the security service, she had made contact over the internet with a Syrian national who invited her to come to the country and join al-Nusra Front.
"Shenawi agreed to this offer out of a desire to die ’a martyr’s death,'" the Shin Bet said.
A month after arriving in Syria, she was arrested by al-Nusra Front officers on the suspicion that she was an Israeli spy. Shenawi was held in prison in Idlib until March. A month later, she was dropped off at the border with Turkey, where she was arrested by Ottoman Turkish security officers.
Shenawi was returned to Israel on May 7 and arrested at the airport.
While in police custody, on May 21, Shenawi attacked a police interrogator, stomping on his foot and kicking him repeatedly, according to the indictment.
The Shin Bet security service has in the past estimated that several dozen Israeli nationals had fought for Islamic State and other terror groups in Iraq and Syria. Most were either killed in action or returned to Israel, where they were arrested. Many willingly returned, despite knowing they would be indicted, due to the abysmal living conditions in the Islamist-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria.
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinians hurl chairs, rocks at police following rare decision to let non-Moslems in on final days of Ramadan; security high around capital as Israel marks city’s reunification.
Clashes erupted between Paleostinian rioters and police on Sunday morning at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, as hundreds of Jews were allowed into the holy site to celebrate Jerusalem Day ‐ the 52nd anniversary of the unification of the capital in the Six Day War.
It was the first time in three decades that non-Moslems were let into the site during the final days of the month of Ramadan, which coincided this year with Jerusalem Day. Police had earlier announced the contested compound would be closed to Jews and tourists, with the High Court of Justice rejecting a petition against the closure and leaving the final decision up to police.
Police said in a statement that "a riot began that included the hurling of stones, chairs and various objects."
"Subsequently, Jerusalem District Commander Maj. Gen. Doron Yadid ordered police forces to enter the Temple Mount and deal with the rioters," it added.
Paleostinian reports said at least one person was detained and removed from the site.
Police said later in the morning that festivities were renewed and that hundreds of rioters threw rocks and chairs at Israeli security personnel.
Left-wing NGO Ir Amin said the violence was renewed after police closed the entrance to the Al Aqsa Mosque, and worshipers attempted to gain entry.
Hundreds of Jewish activists showed up early Sunday morning at the Temple Mount entrance, demanding access to the site ‐ the holiest in Judaism and the third-holiest to Moslems, who refer to it as the Al Aqsa Mosque compound or the Noble Sanctuary. Following a security assessment, police decided to let them in after suppressing the Moslem demonstration.
The flashpoint site is always closed to non-Moslems on the last ten days of Ramadan, when large numbers of worshipers are at the site. The last time the Temple Mount was closed to Jews on Jerusalem Day was in 1988, when it also coincided with the end of Ramadan.
Under an arrangement in place since Israel’s victory in the 1967 war, non-Moslems are allowed to visit the Temple Mount but not to pray there. Jews are allowed to enter in small groups during limited hours, but are taken through a predetermined route, are closely watched and are prohibited from praying or displaying any religious or national symbols.
Last year, more than 2,000 Jews visited the site on Jerusalem Day, under close police supervision.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had a cup of coffee. Even instant would do... thousands of Jews flocked Sunday to the nearby Western Wall ‐ the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray ‐ to mark the occasion.
Police were deployed in force and on heightened alert in Jerusalem Sunday, with tighter security inspections performed at checkpoints connecting the city to the West Bank in light of Friday morning’s stabbing terror attack in the capital’s Old City, in which two Israeli civilians were maimed ‐ one of them seriously.
The most sensitive event is expected to be a parade that will go through the streets of the Old City in the afternoon and is frequently marked by tension with local Paleostinians.
Many streets in the city center will be closed off between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to accommodate the parade and other festivities.
The so-called Flag March, in which primarily religious teenagers march through the Old City decked in white and blue, has raised tensions over its route through the Moslem Quarter.
Paleostinian shopkeepers with stores along the route are forced to shutter their businesses during the parade, and residents of the Moslem Quarter are advised to stay indoors.
In previous years, the march has sparked sporadic incidents of violence between Paleostinians and Israeli revelers.
The High Court of Justice last month threw out a petition by a left-wing group that sought to change the route of the nationalist march.
Later in the day, the Jerusalem Day state ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at Ammunition Hill, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in attendance.
Many celebrations and events will be held around the city in the evening and into the night, including a "White Night" concert at Sacher Park expected to be attended by thousands of students.
5-@syriahr: Israeli strike on T-4 base killed "at least 5, including a Syrian regime soldier...number of dead expected to rise, given some wounded in critical condition, in addition to info on others killed."https://t.co/oen60MNLgn
At least five Syrians, including a soldier in the Syrian army, were killed in an alleged Israeli attack on the T4 airbase in the eastern Homs province on Sunday night, one day after limited clashes between the two foes, Kan news reported.
An unnamed military source was quoted by SANA as saying that regime air defenses “confronted an Israeli aggression and destroyed two rockets targeting the T4 airport,” adding that the other Israeli rockets caused the death of one soldier and injured two others.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later reported that at least five Syrians were killed, including a soldier in the Syrian army, Kan news reported. Kan added that severe injuries were also reported and that the number of fatalities may rise.
An ammunition depot was destroyed in the strike and there was material damage to other buildings. According to reports multiple explosions were heard inside the airbase during the strike.
Iran has been moving its assets from areas repeatedly struck by Israel to locations closer to the border with Iraq, specifically the T4 Airbase strategically located between Homs and Palmyra and just yesterday a Fars Air jumbo jet returned to Iran from a possible arms delivery flight at T4.
With a large presence of Iranian-backed troops in the area, both civilian and cargo airlines are used by the IRGC as a front for military transport flights bringing in soldiers and weaponry to bolster Iran’s military presence in Syria.
The strike came just hours after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not tolerate missile attacks on its territory and would "respond forcefully to any aggression against it."
“Yesterday, two missiles were fired toward Israel from Syrian territory,” Netanyahu said. “One struck inside Syria and the other hit our territory on the Golan Heights. I held security consultations following the attack, and I ordered the IDF to take strong action, which it did, striking several targets.”
The Israel Air Force struck several Syrian military positions in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra, killing seven “foreign fighters” and three Syrian Armed Force (SAF) soldiers, and injuring seven others, in retaliation for the rockets fired earlier into northern Israel.
The IDF confirmed that jets and attack helicopters struck a number of military targets in Syria in retaliation for the rocket fire, including two artillery batteries, a number of observation posts near the border, and an SA-2 air defense battery, in retaliation for the SAF rocket fire.
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Several Many of our fine soldiers martyred themselves to protect others by jumping on the grenade airstrikes
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[Rudaw] Around 800 Syrian women and kiddies will leave the overcrowded al-Hol camp in northeast Syria on Monday and be "taken to their families", officials from the Kurdish-led administration said Sunday.
Many of al-Hol’s residents are the wives and children 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.... (ISIS) fighters, placed in the camp when the jihadists’ last holdout of Baghouz, Deir ez-Zor province was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in March.
Among the camp’s 74,000 residents, an estimated 30,000 are Syrian. The rest are a mixture of Iraqis and other foreign nationals. Women and children make up around 90 percent of the camp population.
"It is the (Kurdish) administration’s duty to its people to play a role in the rehabilitation of these women and kiddies, and their reintegration into society," Abdul Hamid al-Mahbash, an official of the Autonomous Administration (AA) of North and East Syria, told a presser Sunday.
The move is part of an agreement between the Kurdish-led administration and local Arab tribes, reached on May 3 at a meeting called to bolster strained relations.
The Arab tribes requested that Syrian women and kiddies be allowed to return home and rehabilitate back into society.
This first group of women and kiddies consist of residents of Raqqa and Tabqa, both of which were once ISIS strongholds, now under the Autonomous Administration’s control.
Reducing the population of al-Hol will help ease the heavy strain on humanitarian services, particularly health facilities.
On May 30, the Syrian Arab Red Islamic Thingy (SARC), the International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) and the Norwegian Red Thingy announced a new field hospital will soon open in the camp.
"The camp expanded very rapidly, and this has made it challenging for humanitarians to keep up with the demand, particularly for medical services," said Philip Spoerri, head of ICRC’s delegation in Syria.
"Many people were maimed during the hostilities or on the road to the camp, and months later now they have still not been treated."
Dire conditions and fears the camp could become a hotbed for jihadist activity have motivated authorities to speed up rehabilitation efforts.
Another group of women and kiddies are expected to leave the camp after Eid, according to AFP.
The Kurdish administration in Syria on Sunday said it plans to hand 800 local women and children, including relatives of jihadists, to their families tomorrow in the first such transfer from an overcrowded camp.
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06/03/2019 00:00 ||
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(IraqiNews) Two kabooms shook the Syrian city of Raqqa, yesterday, killing more than 10 persons.
a local source informed that the two kabooms took place near Dawar al-Naeem in the city center. An improvised bomb went off first followed by a booby-trapped vehicle kaboom, he added.
Security forces cordoned off the area and started a to investigate the incident, while transferred the bodies to the forensic medicine department.
The kabooms took place after the General Command of the Interior Forces in northern and eastern Syria announced a security plan for Eid al-Fitr, including a curfew on private and public transport from June 3 to 6 June 2019.
The kaboom claimed the lives of five civilians and five soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by Washington which wrested the city from IS in October 2017, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The attack, for which no one has grabbed credit, was preceded by a bomb kaboom that left several people maimed in another part of the city frequently targeted 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, said the SOHR.
"The car kaboom was targeting an SDF position," SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahmane told AFP. The kaboom took place at the al-Naim square where IS had carried out beheadings when it was in control of the city.
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