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Taliban’s most senior Quetta Council member dies of cancer, reportedly in Pakistan
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Judging by the look on her face, something unexpected just came up....
Posted by: Glerens Oppressor of the Leprechauns3414 || 04/30/2016 14:33 Comments || Top||

#2  That's not funny, that's sick.

WHISTLE WHISTLE Upon further review it deemed to be funny. Comment stands, GOL is awarded an F-150 and screeching rights for 15 days.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:16 Comments || Top||

64 militants killed in latest clearance operations, MoD claims
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 64 anti-government armed bully boyz were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

According to an operational by MoD, the operations were conducted jointly by the Afghan army, intelligence and police forces, backed by the Afghan Air Force and artillery units.

At least 30 of the bully boyz were killed and 18 others were maimed during the clearance operations in Char Dara district of Kunduz, MoD said.

MoD further added that 3 Pak Taliban linked with the Haqqani network were killed during an operation in Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
and 10 others were killed in Kandahar province.

At least 9 others were killed and 18 more were maimed during an operation in Eshkamesh district of Badakhshan, MoD said, adding that 5 others were killed in Faryab and 9 more were maimed.

The Afghan forces also killed 6 bully boyz in separate operations conducted in Kapisa, Ghazni and Jawzjan provinces, MoD said.

The anti-government armed hard boy groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

The Afghan cops have stepped up counter-terrorism operations amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency across the country which follows as the group announced its spring offensive earlier this month.

Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

NDS arrest group of kidnappers involved in brutal murder of 14-year-old Abasin
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives have placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
a group of kidnappers involved in the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy identified as Abasin.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said Abasin was kidnapped by the group around 5 months ago and later murdered him.

A statement by NDS said the group was arrested during an operation in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
city and the dead body of Abasin was recovered from a grave fin Chinar Keli area of Khak-e-Jabar district of Kabul.

The brutal murder of Abasin sparked anger among the Afghan people amid concerns that kidnap for ransom cases have increased during the recent months.

According to reports, the kidnappers had initially cut a finger of Abasin and demanded one hundred thousand US Dollars for his release.

Kidnap for ransom cases still continue in parts of the country despite the Afghan intelligence nabbed two MAFIA bosses involved in major kidnappings who were later executed by the government.

The two top MAFIA leaders, Habib Istalif and Raees Khudaidad, were executed late in 2014 and early in 2015 after they were arrested by intelligence operatives.

Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

Taliban’s most senior Quetta Council member dies of cancer, reportedly in Pakistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] One of the most senior Taliban figures in the group’s Quetta Council has died of cancer, reportedly in a specialized cancer hospital in Pakistain.
Cancer is a painful disease...
The Taliban group confirmed that Abdullah Gul Rayan died of cancer but did not elaborate further regarding his death and the location where he died.

According to a local newspaper in Pakistain, Daily Pakistain Global, Rayan was admitted at the hospital for cancer treatment.

Citing an Urdu daily report, the newspaper further added that Rayan died at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

The paper also added that Rayan was running a madrassa (seminary) in Quetta, from where several fighters had joined Mullah Umar in Taliban’s fight against United States and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...

The top Taliban leaders are believed to be based in Pakistain as the group’s leadership councils are mainly operating in Quetta and 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.

Pak foreign affairs adviser Sartaj PrunefaceAziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
confirmed earlier last month that Islamabad has influence on Taliban leadership and the country could use certain facilities the group’s leaders uses as a leverage to bring them to peace talks table.

...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
President Ghani asked Pakistain to take actions against the group’s leaderships in Peshawar and Pakistain, warning that Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
would take the issue to the UN Security Council and other international organizations if the country failed to do so.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336079 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Pak foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz confirmed earlier last month that Islamabad has influence on Taliban leadership and the country could use certain facilities the group’s leaders uses as a leverage to bring them to peace talks table.

And it's been quite "effective", hasn't it?
Posted by: Pappy || 04/30/2016 14:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Taliban leadership and the country could use certain facilities....

Yes, we can now confirm the validity of that statement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2016 14:17 Comments || Top||

#3  I miss my nuggets.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:17 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Roadside bomb hits Ethiopian army convoy in central Somalia
A roadside bomb targeted Ethiopian army convoy serving with the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as they drove along a strategic road in west of Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiiraan, an Eyewitness said on Friday.

The bomb which was planted besides the road of Nur Fahan village struck an armored personnel carrier belonging to Ethiopian troops, according to a resident who requested to not be named due to security reasons. At least two innocent civilians who were near the scene of the blast suffered slight wounds and were taken to a hospital in Beledweyne city, some 350Km north of Mogadishu.

It’s not yet clear if there were any casualties on Ethiopian soldiers as a result of the remote-controlled land mine explosion outside Beledweyne town.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

SNA and AU troops retake town from Al Shabaab
Troops from federal government of Somalia and their African Union counterparts wrested full control of Gal’ad, a strategic town in Galgaduud region on Friday morning. Gal’ad town which lies in central Somalia, has served as a significant stronghold for the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants of al-Shabaab over the past eight years, Somali military said.

The allied forces who moved from their bases in Bud-Bud village entered Gal’ad after the Al shabaab militants withdrew from the town, according to residents who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone. Bud-Bud is situated just 30 kilometers (19 miles), west of Gal’ad town.

Local residents said SNA and AMISOM troops conducted security operation in the city and set up defensive positions outside the town, to fend off a possible counter-offensive from Al shabaab.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Libya calls for halt on anti-ISIS Sirte offensive
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Libya’s UN-backed unity government called on Thursday on military factions to hold off from any campaign against the ISIS-controlled city of Sirte until a unified military command structure is created.

The statement came amid signs that factions from both eastern and western Libya could be gearing up for an advance on Sirte, although such operations have repeatedly been announced in recent months without taking place.

ISIS has held Sirte since 2015, taking advantage of a conflict between loose alliances of armed brigades allied to Libya’s rival governments to seize a 250km strip of coastline around the central Mediterranean city, which lies between the eastern and western power bases.

Western states are hoping the unity government, which arrived 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...
last month, will be able to make Libya’s armed factions work together against the ultra-hardline holy warrior group, and have said they are ready to provide training for Libyan forces if requested by the unity government.

The United States has already conducted air strikes against ISIS snuffies in Libya.

The unity government’s leadership, or Presidential Council, said on Thursday it welcomed the "push by various factions and armed forces to fight ISIS forces in Sirte", but warned that an uncoordinated offensive could lead to civil war.

"In the absence of coordination and unified leadership ... the Council expresses its concern that the battle in Sirte against ISIS (ISIS) will be a confrontation between those armed forces," it said in a statement, adding such a conflict would likely benefit ISIS.

"Accordingly, the Presidential Council, as the supreme commander of army, demands all Libyan military forces wait for it to appoint a joint leadership for the Sirte operation," the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "NUTS"

They will attack anyway.
Posted by: newc || 04/30/2016 23:26 Comments || Top||

Algeria says three Islamists killed by troops
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Algerian troops on Friday killed three armed Islamist fighters in the Skidda region west of the capital during an operation in the area, the defence ministry said.

A statement said the suspects were killed in the afternoon during a search which is still under way, and described the gunnies as "terrorists".

Troops also seized several Kalashnikov assault rifles, ammunition and cell phones, it added.

Last year the army killed or placed in durance vile
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
157 "terrorists" -- the term Algeria’s authorities use to describe Islamist murderous Moslems -- according to ministry figures.

A brutal civil war in the 1990s between the government and Islamists claimed the lives of some 200,000 people.

Despite adopting a peace and reconciliation charter in 2005 aimed at turning the page on the conflict, gangs remain active in central and eastern Algeria.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Morocco Arrests Three 'IS-Linked Jihadists'
[AnNahar] Morocco on Friday dismantled a "terrorist cell" composed of three men who had received instructions from 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 to carry out attacks in the country, the interior ministry said.

The suspects were detained in the northeastern town of Nador and had been ordered to set up an IS branch aimed at "preparing a series of suicide kabooms... against vital targets," a statement said.

The members of the cell are being investigated and will be referred to trial, it added.

In March, the interior ministry said that the alleged members of a jihadist cell it had incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
the previous month, including a French national, were plotting to carry out "biological" attacks in the kingdom.

Rabat says 152 "terrorist cells" have been busted since 2002, including 31 over the past three years with ties to jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

A study by the U.S.-based Soufan Group said in December that at least 1,200 Moroccans had traveled to fight alongside IS in Iraq and Syria in the previous 18 months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Saudi forces foil 'terror' plot, suspects killed
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi authorities foiled a boom-mobileing attempt in a shoot-out that killed two suspects on Friday, the interior ministry said, after a small bomb maimed a policeman elsewhere.

ISIS had previously claimed deadly shootings and bombings against security forces in the kingdom, where dozens were also killed in a wave of attacks by Al-Qaeda between 2003 and 2006.

Security forces foiled "a terrorist act" on Friday after closely monitoring two cars in the southwestern region of Aseer. One of the vehicles was carrying explosives, an interior ministry front man said in a statement.

Their drivers, aware that they were being followed, shot up security forces, prompting a car chase, the source said.

Security aircraft intervened and the suspects pulled over in a desert area as both sides shot it out. forcing the drivers to leave their cars and seek cover before the bombs in one car went kaboom!, the front man added.

Both suspects were killed in the shoot-out that followed despite calls for them to surrender, the source said, adding that there were no casualties among the security forces.

Investigations are ongoing to identify the two men, the source said.

Friday’s announcement came a day after a small bomb went kaboom! outside a highway patrol station in eastern Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, injuring a policeman, official media reported.

The late Thursday attack happened in the Al-Ahsa region, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing a provincial police front man.

One member of the police force received "a minor injury" and five vehicles were damaged, the front man added.

"Authorities started criminal investigations," he added.

Most of Saudi Arabia’s minority Shiites live in the kingdom’s Eastern Province which includes Al-Ahsa, an oasis region where much of the Gulf country’s oil reserves are located.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Gunmen kill senior Yemen police officer in Aden
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Gunmen killed a colonel in Yemen’s second city Aden on Friday, a day after the temporary capital’s police chief escaped a suicide kaboom.

The unidentified gunnies on a cycle of violence shot up the traffic police chief, Colonel Marwan Abdulalim, as he was in his car going to the weekly Friday prayers in central Aden, a security official said.

The attack is the latest targeting bigwigs in Aden, the base of the Saudi-backed government. Many of the attacks have been claimed by Al-Qaeda or ISIS.

On Thursday, a jacket wallah blew up a vehicle packed with explosives when he was stopped at a checkpoint on the perimeter of the compound around police chief General Shallal Shayae’s house.

Shayae was unharmed in the attack but a security official said one guard was maimed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks that come after loyalist forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition seized the key southeastern port city of Mukalla and nearby airport and oil facilities from Al-Qaeda, ending a year-long occupation by the turbans.

Government forces also recaptured Huta, another picturesque provincial capital further west, this month.

Military sources in Huta told AFP that authorities were on Friday defusing some 250 landmines and 60 bombs holy warriors had planted near government buildings before fleeing the city.

Meanwhile in Zinjibar, capital of the southern Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, hundreds of residents erupted into the streets after Friday prayers demanding Al-Qaeda holy warriors controlling their city to leave, witnesses said.

"No more Qaeda, we want to live safely," they chanted according to witnesses.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Father, son arrested over RU teacher murder
[Dhaka Tribune] A retired school teacher and his teenage son were tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
yesterday in connection with the killing of Rajshahi University’s Prof AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique, police said.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Shamsuddin disclosed the development at a media conference.

Abdul Hakim, 63, who taught at Bagmara Pilot High School, and his son, Bagmara College first year student Ariful Islam, were picked up from their house at Sreepur, family members said.

Hakim’s younger brother Ishaq Ali said a group of men, identifying as law enforcers, barged into their house and arrested his brother and nephew in the morning. They also confiscated mobile phones of other members of the family.

Hakim’s son Shariful Islam, 25, is a student at RU English department.

Police Commissioner Shamsuddin said there was no major breakthrough in the case. He requested witnesses to contact police and promised to ensure their safety.

English department teacher Prof Siddique was murdered last week near his house. He is the fourth RU teacher to be hacked to death since 2004.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

Three identified over Xulhaz-Tonoy killing
[Dhaka Tribune] Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said three people had been identified over Monday's murder of LGBT rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonoy.

Talking to news hounds at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital, he said: "Concerning the investigation into the double murder, we are moving forward in the right direction. We have so far identified three people in this connection, as you have seen in newspaper reports.

"But I cannot reveal the details right now. Everything will be disclosed after a few days," he said.

Kamal said some of those involved in the killing of bloggers had also been identified. "Some have been brought to trial and the rest will be tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!

The Detective Branch official involved in the investigation into the double murder also said they had managed to identify a few suspects and were proceeding in the right direction.

Investigators are trying to arrest the killers using CCTV footage and a bag left at the scene by the killers, sources said.

Detectives suspect that Xulhaz was targeted for his advocacy of homosexuality and that the killers were members of banned Death Eater outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team. Ansarullah Bangla Team members are operating under the banner of Ansar al-Islam after the group was banned.

Intelligence officials said Xulhaz and Tonoy were killed in a fashion similar to the previous murders committed by Ansar al-Islam members.

They said the bag left by the perpetrators proved to be very helpful in the probe.

An intelligence official said a mobile phone was found in the bag and the persons whom the killers maintained contact with using the phone were under surveillance.

A high official of the Detective Branch, asking not to be named, said the killers used advanced software to send information to one another.

"They used protected text for communication. The text was removed within a minute after it was sent. Detectives are trying to recover the message with the help of technology."

Monirul Islam, chief of the counter-terrorism and trans-national crime unit, said they are using different strategies to catch the killers.

"Several teams are working to identify and capture the killers. We are currently analysing the clues. Hopefully, the killers will be arrested and brought to book soon," he added.

On Monday, Xulhaz was killed in his Kalabagan residence in the capital along with Tonoy.

Xulhaz, an official of the United States Agency for International Development and a former protocol officer of the US embassy in Dhaka, was a cousin of former foreign minister Dipu Moni.

Tonoy was also an LGBT and theatre activist.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team

#1  Tonoy was also an LGBT and theatre activist

What a coincidence.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/30/2016 14:09 Comments || Top||

A workshop, where jazzy old thespian
Meets dizzy Strassbergian lesbi@n:
"Let's improv on blowing!"
The trumpet kept growing.
"Great affect! It's frankly Gillespian!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/30/2016 16:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Stop it, I still got the odd suture!
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:21 Comments || Top||

#4  We used to get odd sutures as kids at the emergency clinic. Mainly in the afternoon when the doc had been drinking.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/30/2016 22:27 Comments || Top||

Three in Birmingham dock for supporting ISIS, gave money to Brussels airport "man in the hat"
[DailyMail] Two alleged ISIS sympathisers gave Brussels bomb suspect Mohammed Abrini £3,000 months before he launched attacks in Gay Paree and Brussels, a court has heard.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 26 and Zakaria Boufassil, 26, allegedly met Abrini - referred to by Belgian police as 'the man in the hat' - at Small Heath Park in Birmingham in July.

The pair are accused of paying him the money when they knew it would be used to fund terrorism.

Abrini is currently in jug over the attack at Brussels airport in March which killed 16 people. He is also wanted over last year's attacks on Gay Paree which killed 130.

...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
Zakaria's sister, 29-year-old Soumaya Boufassil, also appeared in court, over allegations she was trying to reach Syria.

Alongside Ahmed, she is charged with preparing for terror acts between January 1 2015 and April 8 2016.

The court was told how the duo planned to travel to Syria so she could meet with her husband Abdelatif Gaini, who is allegedly fighting in Syria with ISIS.

Mother-of-two Soumaya, who is a Belgian national, also allegedly took £16,000 from three bank accounts as part of her attempt to get to war-torn Syria.

She then handed it out to different people saying 'if something should happen to use the cash to help my children', the court was told.

All three defendants are all from the Small Heath area of Birmingham and have links to Belgium, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and Morocco.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court today, Ahmed was wearing a blue T-shirt while Zakaria Boufassil wore a grey hoody. Soumaya Boufassil wore a full black niqab.

The three defendant had a French interpreter to help them understand proceedings, but all spoke good English as they confirmed their names and dates of birth.

Prosecutors Carolyn Oakley told the court: 'Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil arranged to meet Mohamad Abrini in Birmingham and give him £3,000.

'Abrini had planned to travel from Belgium to Birmingham between July 9 and 16 2015 to meet Mr Ali Ahmed.

'Abrini was wanted by French and Belgian authorities for the November attacks in Gay Paree and the attack in Belgium.'

The trio were among five people jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
by Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command in raids on April 14 and 15.

The investigation was part of a joint investigation into the Gay Paree and Brussels terror attacks involving MI5, as well as the Belgian and French authorities called Operation Yawler.

Taxi driver Fazal Sajjad Younis Khan, 40, from Small Heath, has already been charged with possession of CS spray and will appear in court next month.

The fifth suspect, a 59-year-old man, remains on bail while the investigation continues.

Abrini is the second member of the terror cell thought to have been in the UK after it emerged the criminal mastermind behind Gay Paree, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was also in Birmingham and London in the months before the November attacks.

Abaaoud, 28, who like Abrini is of Moroccan origin, was killed in a French police raid a week after the Gay Paree attacks
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Look what we found in the park after dark.
We will take him home and name him Clark.
Isn't crazy what you can find it the park after dark?

The Cat In The Black is Back
Herr Doktor Seuss, the Baghdad Collection
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:34 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Twelve PKK militants killed in operations
Twelve militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed during ongoing operations in two southeastern Turkish provinces on April 28, the Turkish military stated on April 29.

According to a statement posted on the Turkish General Staff’s official website, six PKK militants were killed in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin, while six others were killed in the southeastern province of Şırnak. Security forces also seized several explosive devices, machine gun bullets, Kalashnikov magazines, shotgun shells, rocket launcher ammunition, binoculars, a rucksack and a shutter gun gas mask.

Meanwhile, one soldier who was heavily wounded during clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces in Şırnak on April 26 succumbed to his injuries on April 29.

In another incident on April 29, PKK militants threw a hand-made explosive at a military building in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. No injuries were reported in the incident. The explosive detonated after hitting the roof of the military building belonging to the Defense Ministry’s Construction Estate Regional Directorate in the central Yenişehir district at around 1.30 p.m. The explosion only caused material damage to part of the roof.

A number of police units were deployed to the area following the attack. One shrapnel piece from the explosion also hit a parked car near the military building. In addition, police also examined surveillance cameras nearby to apprehend the PKK militants responsible for the attack.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Militant killed in Lolab gun battle
[Daily Excelsior] A perforated carcass of a turban who was killed during an operation launched last evening at Kanthpora in Lolab area of North Kashmire’s Kupwara district was recovered this morning.

A police officer said that Army’s 28 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmire Police cordoned off Pir Mohalla area of Kanthpora in Lolab last evening and conducted searches for a turban who was hiding in the village.

"The turban who was holed up in a mosque since last night believed to have escaped during an encounter at Gujjarpati village in Putshahi area on April 21 was killed in the shootout", Police said.

Three of associates of the turban were killed in the encounter on April 21 at Gujjarpati village in Putshahi area of Lolab. The turban was injured in the shootout but beat feet from the cordon. Security forces had launched massive operations against him. He had taken shelter in the local mosque in injured condition and was being tracked by security forces.

The police officer said that last evening, when the security forces conducted searches, the turban tried to break the cordon. "In the initial exchange of fire, the turban managed to give slip to the security forces in the injured condition. The search operation which was immediately launched was hampered by the locals of the area by resorting to stone-pelting on security forces," he said.

nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
he said, this morning the joint team of security forces used sniffer dogs and launched the massive searches after locating blood stains of the injured turban. Later, the security forces recovered turban’s body which was lying near the local graveyard of the area.

The killing of this turban has taken the number of snuffies killed this year so far to 35. Majority of these killed snuffies belonged to LeT.

...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
the protests broke out in the area for the second day today after news of killing of turban spread in the area. The turban was later laid to rest. Sources said festivities and protests raged in several areas of the Lolab including Kathpora, Cherkote and Lalpora.
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

IRGC Moves Tons of Arms into Tuz Khormato
Irbil- Official security sources revealed that Iran will be sending tons of ammo, arms and missiles to Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces and Hezbollah militants who are situated in the central city of Tooz District in Saladin Province Tuz Khormato. The artilleries are sent to support the continuation of battles against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Thousands of Tuz Khormato residents are fleeing the city’s premise and vicinity, heading to the Kirkuk governorate, as they fear the renewal of fierce clashes their city has been witnessing over the past few days. Fierce clashes are erupting between Shi’ite militias and Peshmerga forces.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper sources revealed details on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ushering in, over the last two nights, seven cargos packed with high and medium caliber weapons which entered the area through the Mehran bordering exit and into Iraqi grounds.

The reinforcement came under coordination struck between official parties, the Iraqi government and the Popular Mobilization Forces PMF.

The cargos ferried rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and rifles. As soon as the shipments arrived on Iraqi ground, they set course for the Tuz Khormato region taking the route through Sulaiman Bek which falls under the control of Shi’ite militias.

The loaded trucks landed in the hands of PMF groups and Lebanon-based Hezbollah militias assigned to fight in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Kurdish security director in the Tuz Khormatu district, Major Farouq Ahmed, told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the PMF has been expecting an attack by the Peshmerga forces.

“Over half of Tuz Khurmato’s residents have fled in the direction of the Kirkuk northern governorate as they fear the regeneration of clashes between the two conflicting sides, official spheres are currently inoperative and markets are closed with almost no sign of life across the city,” the sources added.

On the other hand, Iraqi army forces backed Peshmerga forces and the international coalition in launching an attack over ISIS sites in Southern Mosul to free whatever cities left under the terrorist organization’s control.

Nineveh Governorate security committee chairman Mohammed Ibrahim said that the Iraqi Army launched Yesterday at 6:00 am a comprehensive campaign backed by the international coalition in al-Mahana village, a strategic location, situated south of Mosul. The village was successfully freed from over a hundred ISIS militants; the coalition’s air campaign destroyed two explosive laced vehicles, three missile launching platforms and a score of high-arcing ballistic trajectories affiliated to ISIS.

Ibrahim pointed out that al-Mahana is a significantly strategic location, and with it being freed all support routes delivering ISIS with supplies have been cut off .Moreover, ISIS now has its movement restricted to a few villages in Mosul.

“After clearing out the al-Mahana from landmines planted by ISIS, the Iraqi Army will head towards villages situated on the eastern bank of the Tigris River to free them as well,” Ibrahim added.
Posted by: badanov || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Meanwhile, Kurdish security director in the Tuz Khormatu district, Major Farouq Ahmed, told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the PMF has been expecting an attack by the Peshmerga forces

And you wonder why the program costs 23 dollars.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:37 Comments || Top||

12 ISIS Bad Guys turned into a fine, red mist by BUFFs
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said on Friday, that 32 ISIS members had been killed in an aerial bombing southwest of the province.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The U.S. B-52 bomber conducted aerial strikes targeting sites belonging to the ISIS in the vicinity of al-Rashad and Bashir village (35 km southwest of Kirkuk),” adding that, “The bombardment resulted in killing 12 ISIS elements and 20 others, in addition to destroying three tactical units.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Ummm, it's 2124 est
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:39 Comments || Top||

91 ISIS Bad Guys die, Iraqi forces repel attack in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Friday the killing of 91 ISIS elements during clashes in the villages of Muhana and Khardan south of Mosul.

The officials said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces had managed to kill 91 terrorists and foiled an attack by ISIS on the villages of Muhana and Khardan south of Mosul.”

Noteworthy, a security force was able to repel an ISIS attack on the village of al-Nasr south of the city of Mosul a few days ago.
Posted by: badanov || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I'm sure local hospitals were flooded by the wounded.
Posted by: gorb || 04/30/2016 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't believe much of what the Iraq Army reports.
Using the Rburg kill numbers alone indicates 100's of dead ISIS daily, if you believe the press reports.
Posted by: jvalentour || 04/30/2016 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  If this were the Peshmerga (Kurds) reporting I would be more inclined to believe the numbers.
Posted by: Thramble Whaish4470 || 04/30/2016 9:42 Comments || Top||

#4  My thoughts too JLT.
Sort of a reprise of the Friday follies.

When I see 9 dead 11teen wounded by an air strike 20 minutes ago I figure a bomb was possibly dropped, that's all.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/30/2016 21:43 Comments || Top||

Arab rioters on Temple Mount hurl stones at police
[IsraelTimes] Eight arrested and 30 others detained after Friday prayers

Police and Border Police officers were attacked on Friday by Paleostinians throwing stones after Friday prayers in the Old City.

The festivities occurred near the Mughrabi Gate, the main entrance into the Temple Mount compound.

Police asked the Islamic Waqf, the religious authority entrusted with overseeing religious activities at the Temple Mount, to help restore calm. According to Channel 2, coppers warned Waqf officials that if they failed to do so, Israeli forces would enter the compound to enforce order.

"The dialogue was effective, peace and quiet were restored for the benefit of all worshipers and visitors," a statement by police issued late Friday afternoon said.

Eight people were locked away
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and some 30 others questioned after the riots ended.

Police "were investing great efforts in preserving the status quo and the public safety in the Temple Mount. Any attempt to disturb the peace or to hurt coppers or civilians will be met with a swift, resolute and uncompromising response from coppers. The long arm of the police will find every rioter and rock thrower and work to remove them from the premises and bring them to justice," the police statement continued.

Police deployed in large numbers in the Old City during the Passover holiday. Friday brought even more men and women in uniform to the site as Orthodox Christians were commemorating Good Friday.

On Tuesday, several Jews bowed down inside the Temple Mount compound, violating a police ban on non-Muslim worship at the site. The many officers on site rushed to create space between the Jews and Arab worshipers and Waqf members who had tried to beat them and hit them with sticks.

Over the past few days police have on several instances arrested activists from a radical Jewish movement that seeks to restore Jewish worship -- including animal sacrifices -- to the site where Jews believe the ancient Jewish Temple once stood.
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Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul
[ARA News] ERBIL – Dozens of foreign IT experts from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) have deserted the group’s ranks in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul over the past few days, leaving a remarkable vacuum in the ISIS-linked media centers in the region, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Local sources confirmed that hundreds of foreign jihadis have recently left ISIS ranks and returned to their home countries, including technical support experts. This has put a pressure on the group’s media centers, which used to broadcast the pro-ISIS propaganda in support of the group’s self-declared Caliphate.

The new wave of dissidence also included a number of American nationals who used to serve as professional film makers on behalf of the extremist group in Mosul and other parts of Iraq.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, head of the Nineveh media center Raafat al-Zarari said that pro-ISIS sources admitted that the group has been suffering a shortage of media workers and IT experts “because many of them have left their areas, especially after the US-led coalition forces intensified airstrikes on media and command centers in northern Iraq and Syria.”

The US-led coalition forces have killed hundreds of ISIS top jihadis during the past few months, destroying dozens of media and command centers, as well as tactical units and weapons storage centers for the extremist group.

The source pointed out that the ordinary militants have no technical ability to observe electronic devices for civilians, including laptops, computers, hard drives and smart phones confiscated by the group’s Hisba police forces in the northern city of Mosul.

Al-Zarari explained that the majority of the fleeing technical experts hold the American citizenship. They were serving in media departments along with the group’s security centers in a bid to observe smart devices and computers confiscated from locals in Mosul.

“A number of American technicians have fled Mosul and crossed into Turkey through Syria earlier this week, while the remaining media workers do not have adequate technical expertise to do the same job of those technicians,” a source close to ISIS told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“Locals in Mosul should celebrate by now; their special files in the smartphones will no longer be retrieved,” the source sarcastically concluded.

“Some of those experts used to prepare multimedia reports in order to boost the group’s propaganda in a sophisticated manner,” Zarari told ARA News. “They were also delivering the materials to a large-scale audience on the social media. “These experts have attracted thousands of new followers, washing their minds, inciting them to involve in the bloody terror group across Syria, Iraq and even Europe.”

Many ISIS foreign members have left the city of Mosul after the US-led coalition forces stepped up airstrikes on the group’s media and communication centers. The crucial impact of ISIS propaganda films has dramatically reduced in the last few months, according to observers.
Posted by: badanov || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Another way to view this is that the high tech tumor in Mosul has metastasized.
Posted by: Chuck || 04/30/2016 3:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't abandon ISIS, just relocated to ISIS friendly media centers at MSNBC, CNN, Associated Press, Ruethers, etc...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/30/2016 8:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Either that or a lot of geeks found out that having a sex slave isn't as fun as they thought it would be.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/30/2016 8:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Tactics and training could be a bit lacking.

Sip koffee slowing whilst viewing the vid.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2016 9:17 Comments || Top||

#5  foreign IT experts from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) have deserted the group’s ranks

They heard there are cybersecurity jobs in America.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/30/2016 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Disney's H1Bs cleared.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad || 04/30/2016 19:50 Comments || Top||

‘Regime of calm’ agreed as Syria fighting rages
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A "regime of calm" will be enforced in parts of Syria’s Latakia and Damascus regions from 1:00 am (2200 GMT) on April 30, in order to "secure the implementation of the agreed cessation of hostilities", a Syrian military statement said on Friday.

A statement from the Syrian Army General Command did not mention the city of Aleppo, focus of fighting, and did not explain what military or non-military action a "regime of calm" would involve.

"The regime of calm does not include Aleppo," the source told Rooters. "Because in Aleppo there are faceless myrmidons who have not stopped hitting the city and its residents."
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Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Aleppo, death toll rises as international outrage mounts
[WASHINGTONPOST] The battered Syrian city of Aleppo faced another wave of Arclight airstrikes and shelling Friday, activists said, killing worshipers at a mosque and damaging a clinic after an earlier air blitz left dozens dead, including patients and staff at a main hospital.

The attacks -- apparently carried out on both sides -- further eroded efforts to rebuild a cease-fire and halt what a United Nations
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envoy described as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives" by all factions in the conflict.

More than 200 people have been killed in the past week in Aleppo from pro-government Arclight airstrikes and rebel barrages on regime-held neighborhoods, said a Britannia-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Doctors Without Borders said the corpse count in an Arclight airstrike on al-Quds hospital in Aleppo on Wednesday had risen to 50, including six medical staff, and one of the area’s last pediatricians. The hospital was supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee for the Red Thingy, which also condemned the strike.

"The sky is falling in Aleppo," Muskilda Zancada, the head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in Syria, said in a statement Friday. "The city, consistently at the front lines of this brutal war, is now in danger of coming under a full offensive. No corner is being spared."
Posted by: Fred || 04/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Bad news: "Fragile truce" phase is over.
Good news: Still in the "Rebuild the cease-fire" phase.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 04/30/2016 20:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Doctors Without Borders said the corpse count in an Arclight airstrike on al-Quds hospital in Aleppo on Wednesday had risen to 50, including six medical staff,

Ought to start calling themselves Médecins sans défense aérienne. An autoclave is no substitute for a ZSU.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/30/2016 22:21 Comments || Top||

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