[ToloNews] At least 28 Talibs were killed in an infighting between two factions of the group in Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... province in the west of Afghanistan on Thursday, Herat governor’s front man Jailani Farhad confirmed on Friday.
Farhad said the clash happened on Thursday afternoon in Joi Qazi, Abdul Abad, Deh Mirza and Deh Aman villages in Shindand district in the province.
He said the fighting continued for many hours.
He said the infighting was between the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... factions of Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Mullah Rasul.
He said that at least 18 fighters were killed from Mullah Hibatullah’s faction led by Mullah Samad and seven others were maimed.
Farhad said that government forces deployed to the area to suppress the bully boyz and ensure security there.
According to him, Maj. Mateen, Operational Commander of the National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... Unit in Herat was killed when he was hit by a bullet during the festivities.
The two factions of the Taliban have fought against each other many times which has left scores of them dead and maimed.
[AnNahar] Police in Tunisia have jugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! 12 suspected members of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group and seized bomb making materials since a suicide kaboom last month, the interior ministry said Friday.
The authorities have also "dismantled four takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed... (Sunni myrmidon) sleeper cells in several parts of Tunisia," the ministry said in a statement.
The announcement follows an attack by 30-year-oldjacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bomber Mna Guebla on October 29 that maimed 26 people on the capital's busy upmarket Avenue Habib Gourguiba, in the first turban attack in the capital since November 2015.
The attack went unclaimed but the Tunisian authorities said the suicide bomber had sworn allegiance to IS.
Police have arrested 12 people suspected of supporting IS, an interior ministry front man told AFP, without specifying where and when the arrests were made, nor the suspects' links to the perpetrator of October's attack in Tunis.
The suicide bomber had contact with IS officials "inside and outside the country, and liaised with them over the internet," the ministry said in its statement.
The IS officials had taught the bomber how to make bombs, and she built the one used in the attack, the statement said.
A laboratory producing explosives and electronic components has also been uncovered in a Tunis suburb, the ministry said.
The four dismantled cells are suspected of having been in contact "with terrorist officials entrenched in the Tunisian mountains to organize a series of attacks... aimed at sensitive targets with weapons, a car, poison or remote explosives," the statement said.
Investigators confiscated "a very large quantity of explosive and chemical products, along with a drone equipped for remote bombings," the statement added, without specifying where the haul was found.
In a separate statement late on Thursday, the interior ministry said a police patrol had been targeted by an gang in the middle of Kasserine, a marginalized city in western Tunisia.
A passerby was shot and maimed, the ministry said.
The attack was claimed by IS in a statement on its Telegram account, saying its fighters had opened fire on the patrol.
Thousands of Tunisians have joined jihadist groups fighting in Iraq, Syria and neighboring Libya.
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[AlAhram] The US military said on Friday it killed 11 suspected al Qaeda holy warriors in an air strike in Libya's southwestern desert.
US Africa Command (Africom) said Thursday's attack was its third since March on the bad boy group's North African branch - al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
The strike near the town of Al Uwaynat, close to the Algerian border, destroyed three vehicles and "at this time, we assess no civilians were maimed or killed," Africom added.
Militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group have found a haven in Libya's vast southern desert as the country struggles to restore stability seven years after the uprising that toppled Muammar Qadaffy ...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland... .
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Arab coalition supporting the Yemeni legitimate government issued on Friday nine permits for vessels destined for Yemeni ports carrying basic materials and oil derivatives.
A coalition source said the pro-Iranian Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... militias deliberately disrupted the entry and the unloading of four ships in the Yemeni ports of Hodeidah and al-Saleef.
The source added that one vessel already entered Hodeidah port to unload while three other vessels are waiting to enter and as for al-Saleef port, two vessels already entered and one is waiting to be allowed in.
It is worth mentioning that the Arab coalition handed on Thursday Hadhramaut ports to Yemeni Coast Guard.
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[israelTimes] Shin Bet to question suspect over hammer attack at port, which left both victims seriously injured; second Jordanian man lightly hurt trying to restrain attacker.
A Jordanian national employed at the Eilat port in southern Israel was tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! Friday on suspicion of attacking two Israeli co-workers with a hammer.
The two Israelis were badly maimed in the assault, police said.
The Jordanian man was arrested following the incident. Several hours later police said an initial probe had increased suspicions that the attack was a nationalistically motivated terror act.
The suspect was handed over to the Shin Bet internal security service for further questioning.
In addition to the injured Israelis, who were brought to the city’s Yoseftal Hospital with head injuries, another Jordan worker who tried to restrain the attacker was lightly hurt.
The suspect, who was not immediately named, began working in Israel on Thursday after receiving a daily work permit from the Population and Immigration Authority, according to the Haaretz daily.
Israel in 2014 granted permission for 1,500 Jordanians to work in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, which is located directly across the border from the Jordanian city of Aqaba.
The countries signed a peace treaty in 1994, but relations have been tumultuous due to occasional violent incidents and political disagreements.
Bilateral ties sank to historic lows last year after an Israeli embassy guard shot and killed two Jordanians, contending that one tried to attack him and the second was caught in the crossfire.
Jordan announced last month that it would not be renewing a land-leasing annex that is part of its peace treaty with Israel.
[IsraelTimes] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, keeping most demonstrators away from fence, but some still burning tires and launching rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers.
Some 10,000 Paleostinians protested along the Gazoo border fence on Friday, with some burning tires and throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers who responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.
The Hamas-run Gazoo heath ministry said 18 people were maimed by live fire.
This was the third week in a row that Hamas security forces kept most demonstrators away from the fence following a ceasefire with Israel after a major flareup two weeks ago.
The IDF said Paleostinians had not managed to breach the border fence and there were no injuries reported among Israeli forces.
[AlMasdar] (7:30 P.M.) – For the second time today, intense clashes broke out along the Idlib-Hama axis between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Jaish al-Izza.
...also spelt Jaysh al Izza, which translates as Army of Glory, formerly the Union of Glory, the Salafist group is one of the larger rebel groups affiliated with the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army in NW Syria, mainly in northern Hama and its surroundings. The group have been supplied with anti-tank missiles by the United States, including 9K111 Fagots and BGM-71 TOWs...
According to a field report from nearby Mhardeh, the clashes broke out this evening when the Syrian Arab Army opened fire on a group of jihadist rebels moving through the designated buffer zone near the town of Al-Lataminah.
The Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Izza would then respond with a barrage of mortar shells and rockets towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the town of Helfaya.
The fierce clashes would then spread to the southern part of Idlib, where the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham unleashed a flurry of artillery shells on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the Khuwayn lines.
These firefights have been ongoing since 6:30 P.M. (local time) and they continue inflict casualties within the ranks of both parties involved.
[AlMasdar] (6:10 P.M.) – Turkey has sent a large military convoy to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, opposition activists in nearby Idlib reported via social media on Friday.
According to the reports, the Turkish military convoy consisted of several trucks and heavily armored vehicles.
The Turkish military convoy reportedly made their way to the observation posts in the northern Hama towns of Morek and Sheir Magher.
This move by the Turkish military comes just days after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent a large convoy of reinforcements to the front-lines in the Idlib, Latakia, and Hama provinces.
In particular, the Syrian Arab Army sent the entire 5th Legion to the Idlib-Hama axis, while also deploying several units from the 4th Armored Division, including their elite 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces), to northeastern countryside of Latakia.
The Syrian Arab Army is preparing for a new operation near the strategic Abu Dhuhour Airport; this will be their first offensive in southeast Idlib since 2017.
[Rudaw] SDF announced the capture of a high-ranking ISIS leader in Deir ez-Zor.
...which Al Masdar spells Usama Al-Awaid...
was captured in an operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) counter-terror units on November 22 in Ta’ana village of Deir ez-Zor province, where he had been in hiding, according to the force.
Awaid "had been in charge of security affairs in ISIS-held regions across northern Syrian cities such as Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor," the SDF stated.
They accuse Awaid of being directly involved in 40 deadly attacks on the SDF and civilians.
Mustafa Bali, media officer for the SDF, described Awaid as an assistant to ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart... ISIS’ influence and financial resources have been slashed. The group is now corralled into territory that is less than one percent of the ground it once controlled across Syria and Iraq, according to the US-led global coalition.
There are an estimated 2,000 Lions of Islam in the Euphrates River valley between Deir ez-Zor’s Hajin town and the border with Iraq. They are a battle-hardened and ideologically-driven group that includes many imported muscle and big shots.
The SDF have recently suffered high casualties as ISIS took advantage of bad weather and a distraction from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor.... , which drew the SDF’s attention northward when it fired at Kurdish positions and villages on the border with Turkey.
"Our forces face many obstacles, to include the challenging weather and lack of visibility," said SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel this week.
"ISIS may seem to have the advantage of knowing the terrain, using previously built defences such as trenches and tunnels. They also continue their inhuman and radical use of suicide vehicles and civilians as human shields. However, ars longa, vita brevis... despite these factors, we are confident of our ability to win and achieve the final defeat of terrorism."
Conflict monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday it was monitoring a new shipment of coalition weapons and military equipment being sent to the SDF in the Euphrates River valley from the Kurdistan Region. It documented 75 trucks, including 30 loaded with Hummers, 20 carrying Jeeps, and others with petrol and other vehicles.
It also reported a buildup of 15,000 more SDF troops in preparation for a new operation against ISIS.
[AlMasdar] The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a big attack against 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.... (ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) bandidosgunnies in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor this evening.
Backed by US Coalition Arclight airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces restarted their offensive operations around the strategic town of Hajin in a bid to break into ISIS’s eastern Euphrates pocket.
Thus far, no gains have been reported by the U.S.-backed forces; however, it appears that primary attack has yet to begin on the ISIS pocket.
Prior to the offensive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the U.S. Coalition killed over 30 civilians in their recent strikes on the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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