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23 Bad Guys die in airstrikes in Urozgan
At least 23 insurgents were killed during an airstrike by Afghan security forces in Uruzgan province, said 205 Atal Corps in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement the insurgents were targeted in Sang and Kotwal villages of Trinkot city of the province.

During the strike, a large cache of weapons was also destroyed, the statement added.

No more details were provided about the operation nor about military or civilian causalities.
Posted by: badanov || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [363 views] Top|| File under:

2 Haqqani network members killed, large cache of weapons seized in Logar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least two operatives of the Haqqani terrorist network were killed and five others were jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
during an operation in central Pashtun-infested Logar province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the two bully boyz were killed during a special operation conducted by the intelligence operatives that also led to the apprehension of five others.

A statement by NDS said the bully boyz were deployed to Pashtun-infested Logar province by Haqqani network commander Jalil Muqadas to conduct insurgency activities but two of them were killed during the festivities with the intelligence operatives.

The statement by NDS further added that the detained bully boyz have been identified as Gul Rahman who is also famous as Rahmani, Batur also famous as Nusrat, Elias also famous as Faizan, Anar Gul, and Tila Mohammad.

The bully boyz were appointed and deployed to Pashtun-infested Logar from the other side of the Durand Line to conduct insurgency activities, NDS said, adding that several weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operation.

According to NDS, the weapons and ammunition seized during the operation included 30 boxes of Dshk heavy machine gun ammo, 16 rockets of 82mm type, 6 mortar rounds, 16 RPG rockets, 1 pistol and some other types of military kits.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Africa Horn
Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say
[NEWS24] A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Ahmed Mohamed tells The Associated Press that Sunday's blast targeted a military convoy in Galgala. Security forces have been battling Islamic State-linked fighters in the region.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group claimed responsibility for the blast. ISIS-linked extremists also have carried out such attacks in the past.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Somalia Executes Four It Says Were Al-Shabaab Fighters Behind 2016 Attack
[EWN.CO.ZA] - A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
Death Eaters who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday.

The four men were executed in Baidoa, which lies about 245 km northwest of Mogadishu, on Monday. The same court executed on Tuesday a policeman who was accused of killing a civilian and wounding the victim's two sons, officials said.

"Yesterday, four Death Eaters who had been behind blasts were executed. More men accused of being al-Shabaab members will be executed today or tomorrow," Major Nur Aden, a military officer in Baidoa, told Rooters.

In Tuesday's execution, Ali Buubo Mohammed, a policeman, was shot by a firing squad after he was found guilty of killing Kassim Abdi and injuring his sons. He was sentenced to death last November.

Mumin Hussein Abdullahi, the deputy prosecutor of the court, confirmed that execution.

The four Death Eaters were found guilty of being responsible for twin blasts in Baidoa in February 2016, resulting in 80 deaths.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
ICC issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi's interior security chief
[Libya Observer] The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unsealed the warrant of arrest for al-Tuhami Mohamned Khaled, the chief of interior security department in the Qadaffy regime.

"The Qadaffy regime official is allegedly responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of the situation in Libya in 2011." The ICC explained on Monday.

The ICC also remarked that the unsealing of the warrant was requested by the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.

""Reclassifying the warrant of arrest as public may facilitate al-Tuhami's arrest and surrender as all states will then be aware of its existence" and "could foster support and cooperation for an arrest operation from the international community". Bensouda indicated.

According to the ICC's report, the arrest warrant was issued under seal on April 18, 2013.

By that warrant, al-Tuhami was wanted for committing four crimes against humanity (imprisonment, torture, persecution, and other inhumane violations) allegedly committed in Libya from 15 February 2011 until 24 August 2011, besides being also charged with three war crimes (torture, cruel treatment and outrages upon personal dignity) allegedly committed in Libya from at least early March 2011 to 24 August 2011.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

WPC Fletcher murder suspect named ‘Libyan Spy Chief’
[Libya Observer] A former Qadaffy officer, suspected of having links to the shooting of British police officer WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in 1984, has been picked to head the Libyan Intelligence Agency.

The UN-installed Presidency Council (PC), headed by Fayaz Sirraj, issued a three-article decree on Monday naming deputies for the country’s Intelligence Agency chief.

In the first article, the Presidency Council selected Brigadier General Abdelkader al-Tuhami, a notorious officer at the Foreign Security Agency of Qadaffy regime, as Deputy Chief of Intelligence Agency for Security Affairs and Brig. Abdul-Majeed al-Dabaa as Deputy Chief of Intelligence Agency for Public Affair.

In the second one, Sirraj picked Abdelkader al-Tuhami to head the Libyan Intelligence Agency temporarily until a chief is found.

The third article stated that the decree shall be effective from the date on which it is made.

The murder suspect, al-Tuhami, was nominated in December 2016 by PC member Fathi al-Mijibri as Chief of the Illegal Immigration Fight Center, but Fayaz Sirraj cancelled the nomination to select him this time for a higher security position.

No comments were made by the British government regarding the nomination of Abdelkader al-Tuhami for the two security posts.

The official inquiry into Fletcher's death concluded she had been killed by shots from a Sterling submachine gun fired from the first floor of the Libyan embassy. Abdelkader al-Tuhami was among the embassy’s security team at that time.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Islamic State car bomb kills 4 tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai
[KANSAS] 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....
jacket wallah attacked a tribal checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing four members of a powerful local tribe and wounding others, Egyptian security officials said.

They say the attacker, driving a car filled with explosives, struck a checkpoint near the town of Rafah that was manned by members of the Tarabeen tribe. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief news hounds.

Egyptian forces have been battling a growing insurgency in the northern Sinai for years, with local tribes mostly remaining on the sidelines.

The tribes have long resented the heavy-handed security crackdown in the region and relations with the Cairo government have been poor. Civilians in northern Sinai have had to endure violence as well as prolonged military curfews and diminished services. The rustics also fear the wrath of the murderous Moslems, who frequently kill alleged informants.

Clashes erupted last week between the forces of Evil and local tribes after IS fighters shot at a truck smuggling cigarettes into an area where the gunnies have banned tobacco. Earlier this month, forces of Evil kidnapped the head of another powerful tribe, El-Fawakhriya, and a prominent businessman from the tribe.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

The Saudi MoI says Border Guards intercepted an unmanned bomb boat sent by Yemeni rebels to attack Jizan
Posted by: 3dc || 04/26/2017 11:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [632 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  What? Running out of the kind who thinks they're going to get raisins?
Posted by: gorb || 04/26/2017 12:11 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 04/26/2017 12:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Chrome interfered in posting the video. Say Rantburg was a virus.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/26/2017 12:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Say Rantburg was a virus

And who owns Chrome?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/26/2017 13:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Say Rantburg was a virus

must've scanned Crinegum's comments
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Filled it with bombs, forgot the gas.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 15:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Running out of the kind who thinks they're going to get raisins?

Think "Iranian test program".
Posted by: Pappy || 04/26/2017 15:56 Comments || Top||

#8  And who owns Chrome?

Firefox. Chrome is the interface that sets up the look and feel of the Firefox UI.

Oh you meant Google Chrome? Then say "Google Chrome" Why Google would name their browser after a Firefox component, I'll never understand.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 04/26/2017 17:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Look in the source code Seeker, it's there.
You'll also see pieces of Mozilla from Netscape.
Can't do better than best.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 20:21 Comments || Top||

Bahrain Strips Nationality of Dozens of Political Activists
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Bahraini courts have revoked the citizenship of dozens of people as part of the ruling Al Khalifah regime’s oppressive measures and heavy-handed crackdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

On Tuesday, the courts sentenced three defendants to life imprisonment, while the rest were slapped with between three and ten years in jail. They activists were all found guilty of "forming a terror cell and illegally possessing explosives," Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

The development came only two days after Bahrain’s Supreme Court of Appeal sentenced three defendants to 15 years and three others to 10 years behind bars.

The seventh defendant was slapped with three years in jail.

They were all charged with "forming a terror cell and possessing explosives in the western village of Dar Kulaib."

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country on February 14, 2011.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Bahraini courts have revoked the citizenship of dozens of people as part of the ruling Al Khalifah regime’s oppressive measures and heavy-handed crackdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners Iranian Shia Fifth Column Puppets
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2017 7:04 Comments || Top||

Italy arrests man who planned attacks on 'non-believers'
[TheLocal.it] The 29-year-old had promoted Islamist extremism online, calling in one message for "non-believers" to be "roasted on kebab skewers" and fed to dogs, according to a police report.

A judge for preliminary investigations described him as "an extremely dangerous subject" who posed a "very high risk of moving on to carrying out serious acts of violence".

The man, who had lived in Italia since 2008, used 'walkie-talkie app' Zello to discuss his plans to carry out an attack in Italia.

According to a report from Rai News, he also shared material about combat techniques, how to throw police Sherlocks off track, and behaviours to adopt in order to become "invisible" while living in a Western country.

In one chat group, he styled himself as the Isis group's spokesperson in Italia, using the nickname 'ibn dawala7', meaning 'son of the state', and swore allegiance to Isis chief His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
He also shared images of terror group Isis on Facebook, and used social media to praise recent terror attacks across Europe.

Turin police, assisted by Italia's Special Operations Group, jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
the man on Monday afternoon, following seven months of surveillance after an FBI tip-off.

According to Sherlocks, he had been living with an Italian mother and son, who had come to think of him "almost as an adopted child".

Italia has expelled a total of 31 people from the country over terror links so far this year. In total, the Interior Ministry has ordered the expulsion of 163 people for religious extremism since January 2015.

And at the end of March, the country's police force announced that they had busted a ring which had planned to blow up Venice's famous Rialto Bridge.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2017 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [628 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  A non-believer is anyone who doesn't believe in Mo. Non-believers are "be "roasted on kebab skewers" and fed to dogs." I read yesterday how 3 ISIS "believers" became pig food. Must have been Allen's will.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/26/2017 17:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Guess I don't see the point.
Non-believers will go to the Believer's sense of hell anyway.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 20:22 Comments || Top||

Germany charges Afghan teen with Taliban membership
[Ynet] German federal prosecutors say they have charged a 17-year-old Afghan citizen over allegations he joined the Taliban
...the Pashtun equiovalent of men...
and participated in attacks against security forces.

Prosecutors said Monday that Abdullah S.K., whose last name wasn't given in line with privacy laws, faces charges of membership in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and violating weapons control laws.

The suspect is accused of joining the Taliban by early 2014, and undergoing military training.

Prosecutors allege he participated in attacks on Afghan police forces, the Afghan army and on a convoy of foreign and local troops. It's not known whether anyone was killed or injured.

Prosecutors say he deserted his unit after learning they planned to rape a boy, and fled Afghanistan in 2015. He was tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in November.

Sweden releases second man held over Stockholm attack: no longer a suspect
"Never mind."
[TheLocal.se] The second unnamed suspect was arrested on Sunday and released late Tuesday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [568 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  And so they're gonna...hang him...deport him...force him into community service?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 20:24 Comments || Top||

Spain arrests four men over links to attacks in Belgium
[Al Ahram] Spanish police incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
Tuesday four men over their alleged links to suspects held in Belgium over their alleged involvement in the Brussels airport and metro attacks last year, officials said.

The four were among eight people arrested in a vast operation targeting suspected Islamic turbans carried out in conjunction with Belgian police in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Catalan police said.

"Four of those who were detained have links with people arrested for the attacks carried out at Brussels airport and metro," a front man for Catalonia's regional police force told AFP.

It is not clear if the four were directly involved in carrying out the Brussels attacks, the front man added.

Belgium has been on high alert since March 22 last year when jacket wallahs attacked Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station, killing 32 people and leaving more than 320 maimed.

The attacks were led by 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....
cell that was also responsible for the carnage in Gay Paree in November 2015.

The men arrested in Catalonia "may have participated or cooperated in past actions" and may have travelled to Belgium, Catalonia's regional interior minister Jordi Jane told radio Rac1.
Ynet adds:
Spanish police in the northeastern city of Barcelona have placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
eight people and raided 12 properties in a sweeping operation against Islamist holy warriors, police said on Tuesday, adding that the detained were all Moroccans aged between 21 and 39.
According to The Local - Spain, four of those arrested were involved with organized crime groups and drug trafficking.

According to The Times of Israel, a ninth person, a Spaniard, was also arrested, and the investigation leading up to these arrests took eight months.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [403 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Turkish jets bomb US-backed forces in Iraq, Syria
[FOXNEWS] More than 30 U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters were killed in a series of Arclight airstrikes carried out by Turkish jets on Monday, two American defense officials confirmed to Fox News.

Dozens of fighters were also maimed in the strikes. Both officials said there were no U.S. troops among the fighters who were hit. The closest U.S. soldiers were about six miles from the site of the strikes.

"This is very serious," said one outraged U.S. official.

U.S. and Russian troops in the areas of the attacks were warned about an hour before 24 Turkish jets and two Turkish drones bombed locations in northern Iraq and northeast Syria. Senior Russian officials contacted U.S. counterparts to try to get The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
to back off the strikes, but those pleas were ignored by the Turks, officials said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Pakistan hangs four militants
[Al Ahram] Pakistain on Tuesday hanged four turbans involved in attacks on civilians, police and troops after they were convicted by the country's controversial military courts, an army statement said.

It said the four, who were hanged at a prison in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
, all belonged to the umbrella Death Eater group Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equiovalent of men...
Pakistain (TTP).

Pakistain's powerful army chief last week confirmed death sentences passed by military courts on 30 Death Eaters, some of whom were involved in the country's worst-ever murderous Moslem attack.

The assault on a school in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, saw Taliban gunnies slaughter more than 150 people, the majority of them children.

The military courts -- in which the army can try civilians on terror charges in secret, despite strong criticism from rights groups -- were established in the wake of the 2014 attack, which traumatised a country already grimly accustomed to atrocities.

They were seen as an "exceptional" short-term measure to give the government time to reform the criminal justice system as the military targeted turbans in the tribal areas of the northwest.

Security has dramatically improved since then. The law expired in January with the controversial tribunals having hanged 12 people and ordered the executions of 149 more.

But in February a fresh wave of Death Eater violence killed 130 people across the country. Shortly afterwards, parliament voted to extend the courts for another two years.

Figures earlier this month showed 161 executions have been ordered by the courts since they were created and 24 of them have been carried out -- not including Tuesday's hangings.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [588 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  add some zeros to the number and get back to me
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2017 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  add the vermin that teach these attitudes too.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/26/2017 7:52 Comments || Top||

Before the old Peshawur Gate, where Kurd and Kaffir meet,
The Governor of Kabul dealt the Justice of the Street,
And that was strait as running noose and swift as plunging knife,
Tho' he who held the longer purse might hold the longer life.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:21 Comments || Top||

#4  That sounds like Kipling, g(r)omgoru,
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2017 20:47 Comments || Top||

Pakistan raises death toll to 14 in Taliban roadside bombing
[STARTRIBUNE] A roadside kaboom targeting a minivan in Pakistain's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday killed 14 people, a local official said, raising an earlier reported corpse count of nine killed. The attack was claimed by a breakaway Taliban
...Arabic for students...

The blast destroyed the van travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, which borders Afghanistan, said Arif Khan, a tribal administration official in the town of Parachinar. The area has long been the scene of sectarian violence.

Five women and four children were among the 14 killed, while 10 people were maimed in the kaboom. With few adequate medical facilities in the area, a Mighty Pak Army helicopter evacuated the maimed to a nearby military hospital.

Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway Taliban faction, said it was behind the attack on the Shiites.

Pak Taliban and other Sunni myrmidon groups often target minority Shiites whom they consider to be heretics. 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 has also claimed several recent attacks in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat ul-Ahrar

Iraqi militias cut ISIS supply line in Ninevah
Baa’j (IraqiNews.com) Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada announced, on Tuesday, cutting off the Islamic State’s supply line between al-Baa’j and al-Hadher Districts in Nineveh Province, while discovered a cache containing weapons and equipment north of al-Hadher District.

Kata’ib said in a statement that its forces cut off the Islamic State’s supply line between al-Baa’j and al-Hadher Districts, and detonated seven booby-trapped vehicles in al-Musalten Village, as well as killing seven IS militants during the battles.

Leaders of the Islamic State are deploying security detachments to prevent the families from fleeing towards the areas held by al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces, the statement explained.

Forces from Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada militia managed to storm into al-Musalten village, south of al-Hadher District and started to liberate it, while also discovered a cache of weapons and equipment, containing 120 mm mortar shells, north of the district, the statement added.

Earlier today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces announced launching an offensive to liberate al-Hadher District, and the surrounding areas, south of Mosul.
Posted by: badanov || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [428 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Mosul Offensive News

Iraqi troops capture Tenek

[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Iraqi forces retook full control of one the largest neighborhoods of west djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Tuesday from the ISIS group after a week of intense fighting, a top commander said.

"This morning, the heroes of the Counter-Terrorism Service on the western axis succeeded in fully clearing Tenek neighborhood," Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi told AFP in Mosul.

The elite forces have been spearheading a massive offensive launched in mid-October 2016 to retake Mosul, the country’s second city and the last major Iraqi bastion of the terrorists’ now crumbling "caliphate".

The eastern side of the city, which is divided by the Tigris river, was recaptured in January, and a push on the west bank of Mosul launched the following month has made steady progress despite fierce resistance.

Tenek, on the western edge of the city, "is one of the largest neighborhoods on the western side of Mosul," said Saadi, one of the top CTS commanders in Iraq.

"It used to be one of the main strongholds for terrorist groups," he said.

Saadi said the fighting in Tenek was fierce and lasted a full week.

"More than 20 boom-mobiles were destroyed, dozens of terrorist faceless myrmidons were killed. Their bodies are still on the streets and inside houses," he said.

Only a few hundred ISIS fighters are believed to remain in west Mosul, most of them hunkering down in the Old City amidst several hundred thousand civilians.

Iraqi forces have retaken neighborhoods to the south, west and north of the Old City, tightening the noose around ISIS before a high-risk final assault.

Iraqi forces begin operation in al-Hadar

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Pro-Iraqi government troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Public Mobilization Units) have received several families fleeing east of Hadar region as operations started to free the region and the surrounding areas from Islamic State militants.

In statements on Tuesday, the troops media service declared liberating Hilala hill, north of Hadar, as well as Ain Sadid and al-Olwani villages in the south. Booby trapped vehicles were exploded at al-Salal village, near al-Hajaniya village, in the south, and near Heweidar village, at the outskirts of the region. A store of weapons was found in the north.

Iraqi troops, supported by PMUs, have launched military operations to drive IS fighters out of Hadar, located south of Mosul, DPA quoted the Iraqi official TV on Tuesday.

Number of remaining IS militants in Mosul was previously estimated by the U.S.-led coalition at less than 1000.

In February, Iraqi troops, backed by the international coalition and paramilitary troops, started an offensive to retake western Mosul from IS. Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after three months of battles.

The group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground since an offensive was launched in mid October to retake Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city and the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country.

Iraqi forces capture 12 villages in Hadher region

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Ministry of Defense’s War Media Cell announced, on Tuesday, that security forces managed to liberate 12 villages in al-Hadher District, south of the city of Mosul.

The cell said in a statement that troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by Army Aviation, carried out an extensive operation to liberate al-Hadher District, and managed to liberate 12 villages so far.

The liberated villages are al-Musaltan, Albu Alwan, Dabsa, al-Kunayfis, Tal Halala, Tal Rajim, al-Athouri, al-Huwaider, Salal, Oliba, Oliba al-Sharkiyah and Oliba al-Gharbiyah, the statement added.

The security forces also raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings of these villages, after inflicting heavy human and material losses on the enemy, the statement further explained.

Earlier today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces announced launching an offensive, codenamed ‘Muhammed Rasoul Allah Operations’, to liberate al-Hadher District, and the surrounding areas, south of Mosul.
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4 die in roadside bomb attack in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Three children and an elder man were killed, while other civilians were injured in IED blasts, Mohamed Baqir al-Tamimi, mayor of abu Said town in Diyala province, said.

“Three children and an elder man were killed, three others were injured due to three bomb blasts near two houses at the outskirts of al-Mahwala village, 5 KM east of abu Saida,” Tamimi said adding that “security troops defused another bomb in the same area without casualties.”

Tamimi indicated conducting investigations by security services, urging the government to find solution to stop the bloodshed in the town.

Several violent attacks have been witnessed in abu Saida, located northeast of Baqubah, over the past few months leading to unstable security situations and leaving casualties.

Islamic State is believed to have been escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

According to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), 1115 civilians were killed in violence during March.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of the Islamic State in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”. The group’s reign took on an increased civilian toll that added to killings occurring since the U.S. invasion in 2003.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

Kop dies in bombing attack in al-Salam region

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police agent was killed due to a bomb blast in western Baghdad, a police source said on Tuesday.

“A bomb stuck beneath a car driven by the police agent exploded while he was passing through al-Nasr and al-Salam regions, west of Baghdad.,” the source told AlSumaria News, adding that the police member was immediately killed.

“Security forces cordoned off the accident spot,” the source added.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014 leaving 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 84 deaths and 246 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count.

Daily bombings that target civilians and security personnel are witnessed in Baghdad.

IS militants have claimed responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months.

It is believed that IS have begun escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

Moreover, observers argue that attacks outside the city prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.

Bomb attack al-Daura area leaves 1 wounded

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source revealed that a civilian was injured in a bomb blast, south of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Tuesday.

The source said that a roadside improvised explosive device exploded, near shops in Arab Jabbour area, in al-Daura area, south of Baghdad, injuring a civilian.

Security forces arrive in the area of incident, while ambulances transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive the needed treatment, the source added on condition of anonymity.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing a surge of violence and several suicide attacks, using booby-trapped vehicles and explosive belts, in addition to separate attacks against civilians and security forces that leave dozens of casualties.
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Terror stabbing attack thwarted in West Bank
[Ynet] Security forces shot and neutralized a terrorist on Tuesday afternoon after he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at Huwara near the IDF Samaria Territorial Brigade base in the West Bank.

While brandishing a knife, the terrorist charged at a group of Golani soldiers from the 51st Battalion, who were standing in a square near the base. The soldiers shot up the man before he managed to reach them.

The terrorist was evacuated to Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
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#1  Gotta be some kind of crazy (more than usual) to try it on Golani.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:23 Comments || Top||

Hamas money launderer arrested
[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] Izz al-Din Darab'i, an Arab resident of Hevron, was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in recent days by security forces at the Allenby crossing near Jericho.

Darabiyeh was arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle money for the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terrorist organization in Judea and Samaria, and was found with 10,000 Jordanian dinars ($14,000).

The Shin Bet noted that this arrest followed several other cases in which attempts to smuggle large sums of money and explosives to Hamas have been foiled in recent months by exploiting the humanitarian aid and relief ranted by the State of Israel to the Arab population in Judea, Samaria, and Gazoo.

"The security forces will continue to act to expose and thwart the intentions of the terrorist organizations to smuggle money and means intended for terrorist activity at the border crossings without harming the activity of the crossings and passing through them," the Shin Bet said.
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Science & Technology
Russian sappers & robots demine ancient Palmyra
[RT] Photo-essay that may be particularly illuminating to some of our readers, and interesting to the rest of us.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Good on 'em.
A job that well and truly sucks. (Too many surprises.)
They must be planning to stay...
Posted by: ed in texas || 04/26/2017 11:16 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
37 members of Maute, Jemaah Islamiyah, killed in Lanao clashes
See also the article below.
[CNNPHILIPPINES] Thirty-seven members of the Maute terror group, including four foreign suspects, were killed in a series of encounters in Lanao del Sur, the military said Tuesday.

Ground and air strikes against the terror group began early morning on April 22 in Barangay Gacap, in the town of Piagapo in Lanao del Sur, said Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief General Eduardo Año, in a chance interview with news hounds.

Among those killed were members of the local Maute group, and three Indonesians and one Malaysian who were members of Jemaah Islamiyah, an Indonesia-based terror group with links to Al Qaeda, Año said.

The military believes Maute members obtained their long firearms from an Indonesian terrorist affiliated with Jemaah Islamiyah.

After nearly three days of fighting, government troops seized the Maute group's "main camp" in Piagapo on Monday, the military added.

Authorities recovered a flag with ISIS insignia, rifle and fragmentation grenades, other items used for making explosives, cellphones, and camouflage uniforms, said Lt. Gen Carlito Galvez, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command, in a press briefing on Monday.

A passport belonging to an Indonesian national was also recovered, he said.
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Two Abu Sayyaf leaders killed in Lanao del Sur clashes
See also the article above.
[Inquirer] Two Abu Sayyaf leaders and at least four foreign fighters were among the terrorists killed in clashes that spanned three days as Philippine security forces pursued a local terror group in Lanao del Sur province.

Military chief of staff Eduardo Año said three Indonesians and a Malaysian, believed to be members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group, were among 37 militants who were killed in the assault. He said 14 of the dead had been identified, but did not name any of the slain foreigners or armed men.

Rolando Joselito Bautista said among those killed was Abu Imam Bantayaw, an Abu Sayyaf leader based in this town; and a subcommander identified only as Mael, who was killed and buried here on Sunday night. Bautista said one of those slain, believed to be a foreigner, was buried in a bomb crater.

Troops have also recovered the passport of an Indonesian national from the clash site in Barangay Gacap, he said.

Military spokesman Nixon Fortes said there would be no letup in operations against the Maute group, which had established a new camp in Piagapo. The area is just five kilometers from Camp Pukta of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front faction led by Abdullah Macapaar, alias Kumander Bravo, according to Fortes.

Año, in an interview on Tuesday, said the four were among the 130 foreigners living in Mindanao who are thought to be supporting local Abu Sayyaf militants. He said mopping-up operations were ongoing as soldiers tried to locate Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.
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Abu Sayyaf beheads captive Philippine soldier
[Reuters] A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after Philippine soldiers killed three more members of the militant group in an encounter elsewhere.

The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu. Military spokesman Cirilito Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu. He said, "He is involved in peace efforts. He is not actually a combatant. We are using him to engage stakeholders because he is a Tausog (like most Abu Sayyaf militants)."

Earlier on Sunday, the military said troops had killed three more Abu Sayyaf militants on the resort island of Bohol where they were hiding after a failed attempt to kidnap tourists. The military was pursuing two or three more rebels still at large in Bohol, far to the north of their strongholds in the southern Philippines. Colonel Edgard Arevalo said, "We have reports indicating that they were also wounded and running out of supplies."

A group of about ten rebels infiltrated Bohol earlier this month. Six of them were killed in a clash on April 11 and one last week. Among those killed was their leader, who had been involved in the kidnap and execution of Canadian and German nationals in recent months.
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Syrian Army repels al-Nusra attack in Daraa
Daraa (SyriaNews.media) Syrian Ministry of Defense announced, on Tuesday, that the army forces repulsed an attack by al-Nusra Front on military checkpoints in Hayy al-Manshiyah.

The ministry released a statement saying that Syrian Army forces managed to foil an attack launched by al-Nusra Front on army checkpoints in Hayy al-Manshiyah, west of Daraa.

The security forces also killed dozens of terrorists, and destroyed three armed vehicles in the neighborhoods of Karak, Arbaeen, al-Saad road, al-Abbasiyah, Haret al-Badw, Haret al-Bajaja and Haret al-Hamadeen, the statement added.

According to Wikipedia, Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat Fataḥ al-Šām or al-Qaeda in Syria) is a Salafist jihadist terrorist organization fighting against Syrian government forces in the Syrian Civil War, with the aim of establishing an Islamic state in the country. The group was formed in 23 January 2012.
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Syrian regulars continue operations in Damascus
The Syrian army and allies continued their operations against the terrorist group in Qaboun neighborhood in Damascus countryside, controlling more building in the eastern side and killing scores of militants.

The Syrian warplanes also raided the terrorists positions in the area as the infantry troops managed to arrest three takfiri gunmen from “Jaish Al-Islam” group during the same operation.

17 terrorists were also killed when the Syrian army detonated a tunnel in eastern Qaboun.

11 of the dead militants belong to “Ahrar Al-Sham” terrorist group, and 6 of them affiliate with “Al-Rahman Legion” armed organization which acknowledged that also two of its members were arrested by the Syrian army.

Source: Al-Manar Website
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Turkish airstrikes kill 18 Kurd rebels
(Reuters) At least 18 Kurdish YPG fighters and media officials were killed in Turkish air strikes on a headquarters of the militia in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The YPG, a U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State, did not immediately give its own precise death toll.

Turkey’s military bombed the YPG and Kurdish militants in neighbouring Iraq early on Tuesday, widening a campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The Turkish military has carried out air strikes against Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) militants near Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and northeastern Syria to prevent the group from sending weapons and explosives for attacks inside Turkey, it said on Tuesday.

The two regions have become “terror hubs”, the Turkish army said, with the PKK frequently using these areas to channel militants, weapons, bombs and ammunition into Turkey.

“To destroy these terror hubs which threaten the security, unity and integrity of our country and our nation and as part of our rights based on international law, air strikes have been carried out….and terrorist targets have been struck with success,” the Turkish army said in a statement. The air bombardment was carried out around 02.00 a.m. (7 p.m. ET on Monday) local time, it added.
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12 die in Idlib airstrikes
(Reuters) Syrian or Russian air strikes killed more than a dozen people and severely damaged a hospital in and around a town in rebel-held Idlib province on Tuesday, local medical workers and a monitoring group said.

The attacks came as Syria’s air force and Russian jets intensified their bombardment of Idlib, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Idlib is an insurgent stronghold, one of the few large areas still under rebel control in the west of the country. Rebels and their families who have chosen to leave areas under government siege around Damascus in evacuation deals have headed for Idlib.

A spokesman at the hospital in Kafr Takharim in Idlib told Reuters an air strike hit its courtyard killing 14 people, including patients.

The Observatory said there were no deaths from the hospital strike, but that the bombardment had put it out of action.

Separate air strikes southwest of Kafr Takharim killed at least 12 people including civilians and rebel fighters, the Observatory said.
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Hezbollah, Lebanese & Syrian Armies Squeeze Terrorists in Northeastern Barrens
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Hezbollah soldiers managed on Monday to kill and injure a number of ISIS faceless myrmidons in the barrens of northeastern Ras Baalbek after striking their command center in Shoabet al-Khabiye area.

Al-Manar TV Channel revealed some of the operation’s details, explaining that Hezbollah drones monitored and observed the terrorists’ posts for several days before carrying out the attack.

Al-Manar report added that the Hezbollah infantry advanced towards the terrorists’ posts and launched anti-armor missiles onto the residence of ISIS commander in the area, Mowafaq al-Jarban, killing scores of the group’s bad boys.

The Lebanese army helicopters also targeted on Monday night 3 ISIS posts in Ras Baalbek, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

The Syrian warplanes, in turn, struck Nusra Front faceless myrmidons in Flia barrens in Qalamoun in Damascus countryside, killing or injuring a number of them.

These operations pressed on the faceless myrmidons as the sources reported that ISIS and Nusra faceless myrmidons clashed in order to control their last possible exit towards the Lebanese town of Arsal.

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Hezbollah assassinates notorious Al-Qaeda booby trap chief near Lebanese border
[ALMASDARNEWS] According to Hezbollah’s media wing, an infamous jihadist commander of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), identified Abu Qassem al-Talleh, was killed by a roadside kaboom planted by the Lebanese paramilitary group outside his base Kharbet Youneen area in Juroud Arsal.

Ironically, Abu Qassem al-Talleh himself was known to be a mass producer of IED’s (improvised bombs) in the mountainous eastern Lebanese border region, frequently targeting government troops and Hezbollah during their patrols.

Although the jihadist car was virtually blown apart, the HTS chief’s assistant Abou Dujanah al-Lebnani somehow managed to survive the IED attack although he was said to be at death's door. Both held Lebanese passports but were wanted by the Lebanese government.
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#1  I'll lay in popcorn in anticipation of revengeTM.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:25 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

ISIS executes 3 in Anbar

Rawa (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants executed three civilians in western Anbar for acting as informants for Iraqi security forces, security sources were quoted saying Tuesday.

A firing squad shot the trio dead before a public gathering near popular market in the western IS-held town of Rawa for collaborating with security troops, according to sources within the Baghdad Operations command.

The sources added that militants prevented local citizens from removing the dead corpses from the street, also threatening whoever uses a cell phone.

Since taking over several Iraqi cities in 2014 to proclaim a so-called “Islamic Caliphate,” Islamic State militants reportedly tortured and enslaved civilians at areas under its control for violating its extreme religious rules, and executed many for either acting as informants for security services or attempting to escape “the land of the Caliphate” as the common charge reads.

Anbar’s western regions have been under Islamic State control since the group’s emergence, and thousands of civilians are said to be held as potential human shields, according to local officials.

Fighter jets from Iraqi and the allied U.S.-led coalition have occasionally pounded the extremist group’s locations in the province. There has not been an official campaign to retake those regions, but it is believed the Iraqi government will turn to Anbar and other provinces hosting IS pockets once it is done expelling the militants from Mosul, IS’s largest bastion in Iraq.
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ISIS kills civilians cheering for Iraqi troops

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants disguised as Iraqi police members killed welcoming civilians in western Mosul’s Old City, Iraqi military media said on Tuesday, repeating blame for the extremist group for civilian deaths during battles running in the city since October.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said Islamic State members dressed as Federal Police personnel opened fire Monday at a number of civilians in the Old City who cheered their arrival. It said the deaths, which took place at areas under IS control, included children and women.

The media outlet did not specify the number of casualties or the exact location of the incident, but Iraqi generals have accused IS of using civilians as human shields and fabricating reports about security forces’ involvement in civilian casualties, Last month, the Pentagon said it was going to investigate reports that its fighter jets killed more than 200 civilians in Mosul al-Jadida district.

Iraqi government troops, backed by a U.S.-led international military coalition, recaptured eastern Mosul in January, and launched another campaign in February to retake the western region. Iraqi commanders recently claimed the recapture of 70 percent of the western region, saying IS was only controlling less than seven percent of Iraqi territory.
Google Map at the link
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