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Afghanistan
Airstrikes kill 18 Taliban militants in Ghazni, Balkh and Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s killed at least 18 Talibs in Ghazni, Balkh and Kandahar provinces.

The informed military sources said Sunday an airstrike killed a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighter in Qarabagh district of Ghazni.

The sources further added that a similar airstrike killed at least 15 Talibs in Sholgarah district of Balkh.

Furthermore, the security forces conducted an airstrike in Ghorak district of Kandahar which killed 2 Talibs.
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Afghan Special Forces kill at least 16 Taliban militants in Logar province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed separate operations in central Pashtun-infested Logar province killing at least 16 Talibs.

The military officials said Sunday that the Special Forces conducted a raid in Pul-e Alam district of Pashtun-infested Logar killing six Talibs.

The officials further added that the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons during the same operation.

Furthermore, the Special Forces killed 10 Talibs during a separate raid in the same district.

The military officials also added that the Special Forces destroyed another small cache of weapons during the operation.
Tolo News adds:
Some residents and members of Logar Provincial Council on Sunday claimed that one civilian was killed and five others were wounded in a night raid in the province on Saturday evening.

The residents said the operation was conducted in Babus village on the outskirts of Pul-e-Alam City, the provincial capital.
The residents said women and children are among the victims.
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Balkh: 30 Talibs and 3 Afghan troops toes up, Talibs kill kidnapped politico
48 Taliban militants, 8 Afghan soldiers killed or wounded in latest Balkh clashes

[KhaamaPress] The security forces have killed or wounded at least 48 Taliban militants including one of their commanders in northern Balkh province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement that the security forces conducted air and artillery strikes as well as ground operations against Taliban in various districts of Balkh.

The statement further added that the security forces targeted the militants in Siya Aab of Sholgara, Alam Khel of Balkh, Asyab Khan of Chamtal and Shahrk-e Afghania of Nahr-e Shahi district.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces killed 30 Taliban militants and wounded 18 others during the operations.

The security forces also destroyed 4 motorcycles of the militants during the operations.

Meanwhile, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the clashes also claimed the lives of 3 security personnel and wounded 5 others.

Taliban militants kill the abducted member of Samangan Provincial Council

[KhaamaPress] The Taliban militants have murdered an abducted member of Samangan Provincial Council in North of Afghanistan.

Abdullah Mohammadi, a member of the Lower House of the Parliament confirmed that the Taliban militants murdered Syed Abdul Halim Sadat after abducting him from Samangan-Baghlan highway.

Mohammadi further added that the Taliban militants had abducted Mr. Sadat from Chashma-e Shir area at around 10:00 am local time on Saturday.

He also added that the Taliban militants left the body of Mr. Sadat along the highway earlier today.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mohammadi said there are no reports regarding the fate of the remaining hostages who were also abducted by Taliban.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the kidnap and murder of Mr. Sadat so far.
Tolo News adds:
The three other hostages are tribal elders from Samangan who were kidnapped by the Taliban in in Baghlan-Samangan highway, head of Baghlan NDS office, Hussain Tahir said.
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Ghazni: 22 Talibs airstruck including 2 Pak jacket wallahs
U.S. airstrikes kill 6 militants, destroy Taliban radio station in Ghazni

[KhaamaPress] The U.S. forces conducted in south-eastern Ghazni province killing at least 6 Taliban militants, the Afghan military said.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement the U.S. airstrikes killed 6 Taliban militants in Andar and Qarabagh districts.

The statement further added that the airstrikes also destroyed a vehicle of the Taliban militants.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Crops said a separate U.S. airstrike destroyed a radio station of the Taliban in Barakaat area of Khwaja Omari district.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the Taliban militants were airing propaganda through the radio station, the Shariyat Voice.

Pakistani suicide bombers among 16 killed in Afghan, U.S. forces airstrikes in Ghazni

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan and U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in different parts of Ghazni province killing at least 16 Taliban militants including two Pakistani suicide bombers.

The Governor’s Office of Ghazni said in a statement that the Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the airstrikes in Khogyani, Khwaja Omari and Qarabagh districts.

The statement further added that the first airstrike killed 12 Taliban militants including two Pakistani suicide bombers in Deh Mullah Village of Khogyani district. The security forces conducted the raid on Saturday evening.

Furthermore, the Governor’s Office said the security forces carried out two airstrikes in Khwaja Omari and Qarabagh districts which killed 4 Taliban militants.

The Governor’s Office also added that the airstrikes did not inflict casualties on local residents.
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Special Forces kill 14 militants, destroy multiple Taliban tunnels and compounds in Uruzgan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 14 Talibs and destroyed multiple tunnels and compounds of the group in Uruzgan province.

The Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces killed the turbans in Mirabad Village of Tarinkot district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces also confiscated 11 improvised bombs and destroyed 12 fighting positions, 5 tunnels, 15 compounds and 4 cycle of violences of the bad boys.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
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IED exploded outside holding area of Pak Consulate General in Jalalabad
[TWITTER]

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Africa Horn
Minawi holds military parade, says Sudan’s December Revolution was hijacked
[SUDANTRIBUNE] Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)’s leader Minni Minnawi said the December revolution has been hijacked and described the agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) as being based on the sharing of the constitutional portfolios and public service functions.

Last week, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) held a military parade in an undisclosed location attended by Juma Mohammed Haqar, commander-in-chief of the SLA, on the 18th anniversary of the rebel group.

The commemoration included a review of armoured vehicles, armoured personnel carriers and weapons, according to a video released by the rebel group on Saturday.

Addressing the military parade by telephone, Minnawi criticized the agreement on the transitional authority, saying it was "fully a quotas agreement that would allocate more than 1,400 jobs in the constitutional positions, civil service, public sector companies that would be distributed between FFC and the TMC away from the Sudanese people and the competencies about which they speak."

"The December Revolution (...) has been hijacked in a way similar to the manner of the al-Bashir regime, which practised racial discrimination, committed genocide and caused the separation of South Sudan as a result of wars and hatred," he said.

In his recorded speech heard by the Sudan Tribune, Minnawi explained that August 17, 2019 (date of the formal signing of the constitutional document) went on and left behind a repetition of what happened on the Independence Day, where eight jobs had been allocated to South Sudan and zero position to Darfur out of 800 civil service jobs.

Minnawi and other groups of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front which are part of the FFC boycotted the signing ceremony of the constitutional document to express their rejection of the agreement saying it does not include a paragraph providing the primacy of the peace agreement over the transitional constitution.

Also, the gangs asked to allocate them some seats in the Sovereign Council and the transitional government.

For his part, Nur al-Dayem Taha, head of SLM Media Secretariat told Sudan Tribune that the huge military parade they organized on the occasion confirms the group’s military capacity.

"The celebration and the military parade held refute the allegations that the movement does not have an army and that there is no need for peace talks with us," Taha said.

Minawi pointed out that al-Bashir’s regime was not alone a symbol of suffering and displacement, but it is about a mentality and behaviour that remain after its ouster before to add that freedom will be achieved only through more struggle.

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Sudan triggers state of emergency in east over tribal clashes
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sudan activated a state of emergency Sunday in an eastern state and ordered a probe into deadly tribal violence that has rocked the region for days, authorities said.

Clashes have raged since Wednesday between the tribes of Bani Amer and Nuba in Port Sudan, the capital of the Red Sea state.

Sudanese police said that at least 16 people had been killed and forces had been dispatched to contain the fighting.

It was not clear what triggered the festivities.

"The sovereign council decided to relieve the governor of the Red Sea and the head of its security apparatus (from their duties)," the country’s transitional ruling body said in a statement.

It also "ordered the activation of a state of emergency (in the Red Sea state) and the formation of an investigating committee."

It said authorities had "detected for the first time the use of firearms in the fighting, which reveals the presence of internal and external interferences to fuel the conflict."

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Somali Govt dispatches troops to Galmudug state capital
[RADIOSHABELLE] Reports from Galgaduud region say that two planes carrying government troops landed at Ugas Nur airport in Dhusamareb, the administrative capital of Galmudug
...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth...
The troops were dispatched from Mogadishu and are expected to take over the security of the city after Somali government reached an agreement with Ahu Sunna this month.

Under the deal, a joint force comprising ASWJ fighters and government troops took control of security in Dusamareb and other areas that were previously under the control of the moderate Islamist group.

The deployment comes following a three-day meeting by the group’s religious leaders in the town, the group accused the federal government of attempting to use force in the region to get its way.
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Africa North
Tarhouna Protection Force says Haftar is fighting a losing battle in Tripoli
[Libya Observer] The Protection Force of Tarhouna affiliated to the Volcano of Rage Operation urged the people of Tarhouna to withdraw their sons from what it called the losing battle against Tripoli.

The force explained in a news conference, held yesterday, in Tripoli, that Tarhuona is suffering from difficult humanitarian conditions, including shortages of essential commodities and rising prices after it was forced into this battle, which was waged by Haftar and his external allies to impose the military rule in the country once again.
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Airstrike by Haftar's Air Force kills three civilians
[Libya Observer] An Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
by 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, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. 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 Air Force targeted Saturday a car in al-Sawani killing three civilians from one family and injuring several people.

This comes as Haftar's airpower has been engaged in the fighting more over the last time with strikes hitting targets in 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...
, Misrata, Zuwara, Gharyan and other areas with a relative stalemate on the ground as Haftar's forces weren't able to advance amid constant advances for the Libyan Army under the Presidential Council's command.

Le Monde said last week that the reliance of Haftar's forces on airstrikes means that their ground operations are not viable.

Le Monde added that Haftar's Air Force's violation of the Eid al-Adha
...a major Moslem holiday, marked by animal sacrifice and ritual rioting...
truce was a sign of their weakness and that Haftar could use destructive ways in Tripoli as he would be more violent the more he lost.

It added that military stalemate of Haftar's forces in Tripoli and the loss of Gharyan affected his 'overseas-intended' image as a strongman.

The UNSMIL documented 37 attacks on health facilities since April, killing 11 - including 4 doctors - whom the UN said were killed by Haftar's forces on two field hospitals.

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Studies at Tobruk University to resume after being closed by an armed tribal group
[Libya Observer] The head of the steering council of the Municipality of Tobruk, Faraj Boualkhatabi confirmed that studies at Tobruk University will resume next Tuesday, after a suspension of about 3 months.

"Persistent efforts were made by the steering council head and the elders of the city to reopen the university," the city's steering council said on Facebook.

An armed tribal group closed by force the HQ and faculties of the university on May 25, in objection of appointing a new dean from another tribe.
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Heavy clashes in southern Libya's Gharyan as Haftar's forces advance under air cover
[Libya Observer] Armed groups loyal to 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, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. 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 forces advanced Sunday on the area between Gharyan and al-Urban (45 km to southeast Gharyan) and positioned in Ghout al-Reeh after violent festivities preceded by heavy air attacks by Haftar's Air Force.

The commander of Gharyan Protection Force Abdullah Kishlaf said Haftar's forces had attacked from Ghout al-Reeh area coming from al-Urban under an air cover, adding that they foiled their attacks then withdrew from Ghout al-Reeh as it is an easy target for Haftar's warplanes, given the nature of the area.

He reaffirmed that western military zone had sent backup forces so that Gharyan and its surrounding were secured, saying the city is not in danger and the area they had withdrawn from for tactical purposes was very far from Gharyan.

In the meantime, a source from Volcano of Rage Operation said earlier that Haftar's drones carried heavy Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on Ghout al-Reeh starting Saturday night to pave the way for the ground advance for "Haftar's forces backed by mercenaries from Sudanese Janjawid."

The source said their forces withdrew from Ghout al-Reeh to save lives as UAE drones were targeting the area for Haftar's forces, confirming that seven fighters from their side had been killed in the airstrikes.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck slipped the habañero into the roasted jalapeño...
media sources said the Libyan Army under the command of Presidential Council's government thwarted an attack by Haftar's forces on Wadi Rabea frontline and Zatarna area, causing them massive losses, adding that they are preparing for a large-scale offensive that aims to defeat Haftar's forces once and for all.

Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  This activity in Libya seems to me to have all the rationale of Calvin Ball.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/26/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Are we missing out on another business development opportunity? Damn that Orange Man !
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Chad shuts down borders with Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic
[Libya Observer] Chad's Minister of Defence, Mahamat Salah has confirmed closing his country's borders with Libya, Sudan, and the Central African Republic for security reasons.

Chad has excluded the trade corridors with the three countries from the decision; among them was the Kouri and Moudi outlet with Libya, according to the Tunisian Shorouq newspaper.

In February, Libya signed the implementing regulations of the Joint Operations Centre for securing the common border with Sudan, Chad, and Niger.
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Arabia
Arab Coalition intercepts and destroys six ballistic missiles
[TWITTER]

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Arab Coalition intercepts and destroys two drones launched by the Houthi militia from Yemen’s Sanaa
[TWITTER]

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The Grand Turk
Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey
[DAWN] An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
early on Saturday after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relations with America by aiding it.

The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, a port city in the country’s south and home to an oil terminal.

However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. Mesrin is some 200 kilometres (125 miles) northwest of a refinery in Baniyas, Syria, where authorities alleged the Adrian Darya had been heading before being seized off Gibraltar in early July.

Iranian state media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the new reported destination of the Adrian Darya, which carries 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $130 million. Nor was there any immediate reaction from Turkey, whose President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
deals directly with Tehran and Russia over Syria’s long war.

The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. At current speeds, it estimated the Adrian Darya would reach Mesrin in about a week.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The tanker’s detention and later released by Gibraltar has fuelled the growing tensions between Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and the US after President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers over a year ago. In the time since, Iran lost billions of dollars in business deals allowed by the deal as the US re-imposed and created sanctions largely blocking Tehran from selling crude oil aboard, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

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#1  Turkey's an ally? Very confusing.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Do they plan to skirt international waters? Can we pull them over in Turkish waters?
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/26/2019 17:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Is there a corollary to NATO's Article 5, s.t. along the lines of an affront to one is an affront to all [ NATO members]?
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 21:41 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Two passers-by killed in attack on security post in Dera Ismail Khan
[DAWN] Suspected gunnies att­ack­ed a police check-post in the Daraban area of Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
late on Friday night, leaving two passers-by dead and two others injured.

Sources said that a group of 10 to 12 gunnies on cycle of violences opened fire on the post and fled.

As a result, an employee of a nearby petrol filling station and another man passing by the area were killed. Two other passers-by suffered injuries, they said.

The dear departed were identified as Samiullah and Naqibullah and the injured as Bangal, hailing from Que­tta, and Peer Mohammad. They were taken to hospital.

Security forces started a search in the area to track down the attackers. How­ever, no arrests were made till filing of this report.

On July 21, a suicide kaboom on a government-run hospital in Dera Ismail Khan followed hot on the heels of a gun assault on a check-post, where two constables were martyred. The bomber had detonated explosives strapped to his body at the entrance to the hospital where the two martyred constables had been shifted. Four coppers and three civilians had been killed in the suicide kaboom.

Four bad boyz were potted during a search operation carried out by security forces in Kulachi tehsil of Dera Ismail Khan on Aug 17.

It may be mentioned that law enforcement agencies have long pointed to the presence and growing activities of gunnies in the Dera Ismail Khan district.

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Iraq
Rocket hits football stadium in Daquq, killing six
[Rudaw] Rockets fell on a football stadium in the Zain al-Abdeen village in the town of Daquq south of Kirkuk late Saturday night.

Six people were killed and four others were maimed by the rockets, according to Daquq Mayor Sheikh Lewis Findi.

"The rockets fell on a local football stadium, when the young men were playing," Findi told Rudaw on Sunday.

Most of the casualties were young men, and one was a police officer, according to Findi. There are no investigations ongoing, he said.

"Until now the Iraqi federal police have not started investigations nor started operations to arrest the perpetrators," said Findi.

Zain al-Abdeen is a majority Turkmen village, according to Findi.

In a Facebook post, Iraqi Turkmen politician Ershad Salihi said he believes that the attacks on Zain al-Abdeen had a "political" agenda, without specifying what that means.

It is still unknown if the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) are behind the rocket attacks. Findi believes ISIS was the perpetrator.

"ISIS is responsible for those attacks on the town," he said, using the Arabic-language acronym for the group.

On its Telegram channels, ISIS claimed it carried out attacks on federal police in the Diyala province on Saturday.
Iraqi News adds:
“A bunch of Islamic State terrorists fired RPG rockets and medium-range weapons at a pitch in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk, leaving six people dead,” the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a press statement Sunday.

“The mortar attack also left nine people wounded,” added the statement.

The Iraqi military announced on Saturday that two Islamic State terrorists were arrested in Kirkuk province.

“Acting on intelligence information, troops of the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate caught two Islamic State terrorists in al-Qassem and June First districts in Kirkuk,” Iraqi TV channel Alsumaria TV quoted the directorate as saying in a press release.

“The pair were tasked with equipping hotbeds of the Islamic State terrorist group on the outskirts of Kirkuk,” the statement read.
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#1  Joe? Joe Mendiola, is that you?
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Not Joe. He was more lucid.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/26/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||


Iraqi troops apprehend two Islamic State terrorists in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that its forces arrested two members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group in Mosul city.

"Nineveh police forces captured two members of Diwan al-Jund (soldiers department) of the Islamic State group," Major General Saad Maan, the ministry’s front man, said in a press statement.

According to the front man, the operation was conducted based on judicial arrest warrants, adding that they were arrested in the western side of Mosul.
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Turkish airstrikes neutralize 9 PKK militants in northern Iraq
Ankara (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Ottoman Turkish fighter jets neutralized nine PKK members during an anti-terror operation in northern Iraq, the Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

Airstrikes were carried out in Haftanin region in northern Iraq in coordination with the ongoing Operation Claw 3, Anadolu Agency quoted the ministry as saying in a statement, adding the operation continues successfully.

It added that the operation also destroyed weapon emplacements and shelters used by PKK members.

Ottoman Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralize" in statements to imply the murderous Moslems in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Ottoman Turkish security forces launched Friday Operation Claw 3 in Sinat-Haftanin region in northern Iraq, according to a statement from the Ottoman Turkish National Defense Ministry on Saturday.

The operation was launched to facilitate border security, neutralize terrorists, destroy caves and shelters in Sinat-Haftanin in northern Iraq, according to the statement.

On May 27, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. The ongoing offensive has neutralized dozens of Lions of Islam so far.

PKK Lions of Islam often use northern Iraq as a base to plan cross-border terrorist attacks on Turkey.
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Armed men kill civilian in eastern Baghdad
I’m not certain this is really a War on Terror killing, or just a return to Iraqi normalcy.
Baghdad (IraqiNews) A police source informed, on Sunday, that a civilian was killed by an armed attack, in western the capital, Baghdad.

In a press statement, the source said that unknown button men shot a civilian, while he was passing in al-Kamaliyah area, killing him immediately.

The source added, on condition of anonymity, that security forces arrived in the area of incident and transferred the body to the forensic medicine department, while started investigating the circumstances of the incident.
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Four ISIS militants killed on Iraqi anti-ISIS operation's fourth phase
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces announced the deaths of four Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) fighters and the arrests of four others during the first day of the "Will of Victory" operation’s fourth phase in Iraq’s western deserts.

The Iraqi Security Media Cell, a communications organization in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, published the results of yesterday’s actions on Facebook today. Yesterday was the first day of the ongoing anti-ISIS operation’s fourth phase, and is being carried out in the Anbar province.

Iraqi army units destroyed 15 ISIS tunnels on all the four frontlines on the first day of the operation, and also defused eight bombs, according to the Security Media Cell.

US-led coalition warplanes conducted one Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
against an ISIS tunnel, which resulted in the deaths of two bad boys, also according to the Security Media Cell.

The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, killed two ISIS holy warriors and arrested four others in the Wadi al-Madsis valley frontline in the Anbar desert. One bad boy in the Iran-backed militia was also maimed during the festivities with the ISIS bad boys, according to the cell’s post.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who is commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces, arrived at the military’s Anbar Operation Command headquarters on Sunday to supervise and discuss the latest updates about the fourth phase of Will of Victory operation, his office said on Twitter.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced the start of the fourth phase of its "Will of Victory" operation to hunt down the ISIS sleeper cells in the deserts of Anbar province on Saturday.

"The aim of the operation is to clean the desert of Anbar from Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells," the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement on Saturday.

The operation is a collaboration between various domestic forces, including the Anbar Operations Command, al-Jazira Operation Command, Hashd al-Ashairi paramilitias, federal police, the army, the PMF, Border Guard Command and the air force, as well as the US-led international coalition, according to the statement.

Iraqi security forces aim to clear a nearly 43,000 kilometer area in the operation.

The Iraqi government announced the territorial defeat of ISIS in December 2017. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
remnants of the group have returned to earlier insurgency tactics of ambushing security forces, kidnapping, executing suspected informants, and extorting money from vulnerable, rural populations.

ISIS is particularly active near the Syrian border, in the Nineveh province, and in disputed territories between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

A report from the US Department of Defense released in August said there are 14,000 to 18,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria.
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Two Hashd fighters killed in Anbar drone attack
[Rudaw] Two members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were killed in a drone attack in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Sunday, following a string of attacks against the group’s arms depots. One other was injured in the incident, according to a Sunday statement from the PMF, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic.

"Two unidentified drones today targeted a fixed position of Brigade 45 of Hashd al-Shaabi in the Anbar Operations Sector (15 kilometers from Iraq-Syria border), martyring two fighters of Brigade 45, injuring another and burning two vehicles," Hashd al-Shaabi’s Brigade 45, stationed in Anbar, said in the statement.

The PMF published photos of the two burned vehicles, which included a truck and what appears to be a pickup, alongside the statement.

Two PMF vehicles were targeted and destroyed in the district of Qaim in Anbar province after 6 PM on Sunday evening, Qaim mayor Ahmed Dlemi confirmed to Rudaw.

The attack follows a host of mysterious blasts at arms depots of the Iran-backed group. On August 20, a kaboom engulfed an arms depot of the Iranian-backed PMF militia Kataib Hezbollah, "completely" destroying its weapons store at the depot. A week earlier, a massive blast rocked an arms depot at the al-Saqr military base belonging to a PMF militia in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring 13 more.

Initially, negligent weapons storage in scorching Iraqi summer temperatures were blamed for the earth-shattering kabooms.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
in a meeting earlier this month, Iraq’s National Security Council banned unauthorized flights over Iraq’s airspace, indicating that Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s had been to blame for the blasts.

Deputy head of the PMF Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis blamed Israel for the string of attacks on August 21, claiming that the US had brought four Israeli drones from Azerbaijan to use against the PMF.
Of course he did. No one else could possibly have it in for Iranian sock puppets.
"US are using the drones to target the PMF and Iraqi bases, rather than targeting ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
[Arabic acronym for Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
}," al-Muhandis said in a Facebook post.

In a later statement on Sunday night, PMF's Operations Authority blamed Israel for the drone attack. It also stated that just one of its fighters had been killed, while another was severely injured.

"The evil Israeli crows again targeted Hashd al-Shaabi within the series of Zionist attacks against Iraq, this time through drones, deep inside Iraqi territory in Anbar province [...] killing a Mujahid and injuring one more severely," the statement said.

"This assault will not dissuade the forces of Hashd al-Shaabi from undertaking their national role in combatting terror, defending Iraqi land, security, and dignity, and responding to the enemy and its supporters," the PMF vowed.

PMF units have various degrees of alignment with Iran. Some, such as al-Nujaba Movement and Kataib Hezbollah, are known to fight in Syria under Iranian leadership to prop up Syrian president Bashir al-Assad’s reign.
Iraqi News adds:
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi paramilitary commander was killed Sunday when an unidentified drone targeted his vehicle on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

According to Iraq’s state-run news agency
...and if you can't trust the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
NINA, an unknown drone has targeted two vehicles belonging to the 45th brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces south of al Qa’im district on the country’s border with Syria, leaving a paramilitary commander dead.

The slain militiaman was identified as Abu Ali al-Dubi.
An Nahar points out:
Brigade 45 is one of several units made up of Kataib Hezbollah fighters, designated by the U.S. as a "foreign terrorist organization."
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Three rockets fired from Gaza into Israel
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Three rockets were fired from Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
into southern Israel on Sunday, the Israeli army said.

"Three launches were identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory," it said in a statement. "Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system."

One projectile fell in a wasteland, starting a fire, according to the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council.

A concert organized as part of a music festival in the town of Sderot was interrupted by a siren, a spokesperson for the municipality said.

Since the start of August, an uptick in rocket fire and Paleostinian attempts to cross from Gaza into Israel have been met with Israeli strikes, threatening a fragile ceasefire between Israel and the coastal enclave’s Islamist rulers Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,.

With less than a month to go before Israeli elections, analysts say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is keen to avoid a flare-up ‐ despite his rivals calling for tough action against Hamas.

The movement has not claimed the latest rocket fire or infiltration attempts, but speculation has grown that forces of Evil in the blockaded enclave are hoping to pressure him into further concessions under a truce deal.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Air defenses repel Israeli rocket attack on surroundings of Damascus, shoot down most rockets
[SANA.SY] The Syrian Arab Army’s air defenses repelled an Israeli rocket attack on the surroundings of Damascus before midnight, shooting down most of them before they could reach their targets.
Suuure you did
A military source told SANA that at 11:30 PM on Saturday, air defenses detected hostile targets approaching from above the Golan towards the surroundings of Damascus, and the attack was dealt with immediately and efficiently, destroying most of the Israeli rockets before they could reach their targets,
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#1  shooting down most of them before they could reach their targets.

This is kinda sorta how a missile attack works - the defense is going to shoot down a certain number, so the attacker sends that many plus a few more.

Defender: We stopped most of the incoming! Yay!
Attacker: The ones they didn't stop blew up their stuff. HAHAHA!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/26/2019 18:33 Comments || Top||


Army destroys fortifications of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Idleb countryside
[SANA.SY] Army units targeted Jabhat 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 .. ...
terrorists’ positions and fortifications with missiles in the areas of Maaret al-Noman, al-Teh, Talmens, Maarshorin, Jarjanaz and al-Deir al-Sharqi in the southern countryside of Idleb Province.
SANA news hound clarified that many of the bad boyz were potted and their fortifications and vehicles were destroyed due to the army’s blows.
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  Afghan Special Forces storm the hideout of a key ISIS facilitator of suicide bombings
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