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MoD: 64 militants killed, 50 wounded in latest air and ground raids of ANSF
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Afghan army raidsAt least 64 snuffies were killed and 50 others were maimed in the latest raids of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and security personnel from the other security institutions.

MoD in its statement further added that the ground forces were received close-air support as well as artillery support during the operations.

At least 23 of the snuffies were killed and 8 others were maimed in Khash Rod district of Nimroz and 8 others were killed and 11 were maimed in Badakhshan province, the statement added.

The Afghan forces killed 5 snuffies and maimed 2 others in Qads district of Badghis, MoD said, adding that 6 more were killed and 3 others were maimed in Deh Yak and Gilan districts of Ghazni province.

A commander of the snuffies group were among 8 killed during separate operations conducted in Barmal and Omna districts of Paktia, according to MoD.

The statement by MoD also added that 7 snuffies were killed including a commander of the group identified as Gulab Agha in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar province.

At least 14 snuffies were killed and 12 others were maimed during separate raids conducted in Chak district of Wardak, Sheikh Ali district of Parwan, Shindand district of 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...
, Delaram district of Nimroz and Nadir Shah kot district of Khost, MoD said.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.
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23 militants killed in Nimroz operations, MoD claims
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 23 holy warriors were killed during the joint military operations conducted by the Afghan army and Afghan police forces in western Nimroz province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were launched by 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police (ANP) forces.

A statement by MoD said the operations were conducted in Khash Rod district where at least 8 holy warriors were also maimed.

The statement further added that 2 vehicles used by the anti-government armed holy warriors were also destroyed during the raids.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups including the Taliban murderous Moslems have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan cops have stepped up crackdown on anti-government armed krazed killer groups across the country to suppress the activities of the groups as they prepare increase attacks as part of their spring offensive.

Nimroz is among the relatively volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed krazed killer groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: Fred || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban commander killed during gun battle with NDS forces in Logar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top Taliban capo was killed during a shootout with the intelligence operatives in the central Pashtun-infested Logar province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said the commander identified as Mohammad Rahim was killed as the NDS operatives were busy conducting a special military raid in Khoshi district.

A statement by NDS said Rahim was involved in major terrorist related activities in Khoshi district before he was killed by the intelligence operatives.

The statement further added that two others accompanying Rahim were also killed during the shootout and have been identified as Mohammad Alam and Mohammad Wali.

The intelligence operatives seized 2 Ak-47 rifles, 1 rocket launcher and a cycle of violence following the operation, NDS added.

According to the footage released by NDS, numerous weapons, business cards, Pak currency and phone numbers have also been confiscated from the snuffies killed or detained during the operation.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Pashtun-infested Logar is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where anti-government armed snuffies are active in a number of its districts who are frequently attempting to carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: Fred || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

9 Taliban militants killed after stepping on IED planted by fellow fighters
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 9 Talibs were killed after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted their fellow fighters in northeastern Badakhshan province.

According a security official, the incident took place late on Saturday night in Walik village of Arghistan district.

The official serving with the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army said a senior Taliban leader identified as the group’s shadow district governor was among those killed.

He said the senior Taliban leader was identified as Najib Khan and was appointed as shadow district governor for Arghistan by Taliban.

The official further added that 8 other holy warriors were also maimed in the incident.

In the meantime, another provincial official said the holy warriors were busy planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) when the incident took place.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the incident so far which comes as the group frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security force.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) are also the major contributor of civilian casualties as the ordinary civilians are normally targeted in such attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "This path looks familiar..."
Posted by: Frank G || 05/02/2016 11:46 Comments || Top||

3 ISIS loyalists surrender to Afghan army after killing 4 Taliban militants
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of 3 loyalists of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group surrendered to the Afghan armed forces after killing 4 Taliban hard boys.

According to the local officials in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, the forces of Evil surrendered to the Afghan army in Marwara district.

Provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said the forces of Evil were operating for the ISIS terrorist group in Marwara district.

He said two of the forces of Evil are hailing from Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
of Pakistain while the third Death Eater is originally a resident of Marwara district.

Kalimizai welcomed the forces of Evil for renouncing violence and said they have surrendered to the Afghan armed forces by reaching to a conclusion that the terror groups are only killing their fellow Muslims and are committing atrocities.

This comes as there are concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in Afghanistan despite the terror group received a major blow in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..

The forces of Evil of the terror group were hardly hit by the US Arclight airstrikes as well as the Afghan air and ground operations in parts of Nangarhar province amid concerns that they were establishing a regional operations base and consolidate operations with the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.

Hundreds of forces of Evil loyal to the terror group were killed or maimed as US Air Force increased air raids which followed by more authorities granted by the B.O. regime earlier this year.
Posted by: Fred || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
AMISOM soldiers targeted in grenade bomb in Marka
Suspected Al shabaab members have on Sunday attacked African Union soldiers with hand grenade bomb in Marka town, where Somali Government is struggling to contain a violent insurgency. An eyewitness, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Radio Shabelle that assailants have hurled a grenade on AMISOM soldiers on security patrol and escaped from the scene.

“The blast was huge and could be heard across the city, but I can’t verify the exact casualty figures on the AU soldiers,” said the witness.

In the aftermath of the bomb attack, AU troops have cordoned off the scene of the attack and arrested several people on suspicion of the culprits.

Marka, which is the regional capital of Lower Shabelle has seen a little peace since Somali National Army (SNA), backed by African Union forces drove out Al shabaab from the port city in 2012.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
IS continues killings as LNA claims offensive against Sirte ready
The so-called Islamic State is reported to have executed by firing squad an army captain, named as Ahnaish Qaddafi, and two other soldiers, both bothers, as it tries to control public dissent in the town amid growing expectations of a military offensive being launched against it. Qaddafi is said to have been a leading member of the Qaddadfa tribe in the Abu Hadi district south of the town.

The two brothers have been named as Abuzeid and Hassan Al-Amari, from Soloug but captured by IS in Derna and then taken to Sirte.

It is also reported that IS has killed five people in Ben Jawad, east of Sirte, among them, on Saturday, two teenagers who were thrown from the roof of the highest building in the place. The reports have not been confirmed, however. Last week it was reported that IS forces had withdrawn from Ben Jawad.

IS is meanwhile said to have heavily mined approaches to Sirte as well as locations inside in a bid to prevent either the Libyan National Army from entering from the east or Misratan forces from the west. IS has also been erecting sand barriers on the roads and there are unconfirmed reports that it has set up several more checkpoints around the town with the aim of preventing people from leaving. Many of the remaining residents are said to have fled the town in recent days ahead of expected attacks.

As to the plans by the LNA and the Miratans to separately launch offensives against Sirte, sources in Ajdabiya say that some LNA forces had arrived there but had not moved on.

Ajdabiya is supposed to be the operations centre for the LNA offensive.

Reports of an LNA air raid on an IS checkpoint west of Sirte cannot be confirmed.

For his part, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari speaking in Benghazi today said that the preparations for the attack were complete and it would take place “soon”. He claimed that procedures were now in place to secure the oilfields from IS attacks. He added that Ibrahim Jadhran, Hafter’s main military rival in the east, had been replaced as head of the central region Petroleum Facilities Guard.

Mismari also denied that Hafter had gone to Egypt. The general was actively leading military operations in Libya, he said. Dismissing Thursday’s TV statement from the head of the Presidency Council, Faiez Serraj, he also said that the army took its orders purely from Hafter and the House of Representatives.
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Africa Subsaharan
Army begins large operation in Sambisa forest
[PULSE.NG] The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it had commenced large scale operations to smoke out Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
forces of Evil from their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno.

Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole said this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

``I want to inform you that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole are conducting operations in the heart of Sambisa as we speak.

``The troops are deep into the forest to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists,'' Irabor said.

He said that the troops were led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 division of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu.

``In fact the GOC 7 division is leading the operations,'' Irabor said declining to give further details.

He said that the troops had also recorded tremendous successes against the forces of Evil in the last couple of days.

``Following a tip-off, troops intercepted fourjacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bomber
s approaching from Sambisa in the general area of Jimini-Bolari village. Two unwent kaboom! Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by our own team.

``Also, a suspected forces of Evil training camp at Mudallah llage in Dikwa Local Government Area was raided by troops on April 16.

``Consequently, troops made contact and killed a suspected forces of Evil leader and six others while capturing five of them, during the raid, five vehicles and several forces of Evil flags were destroyed.''

Irabor said that the troops also rescued over 1,000 civilians held captive by the terrorists.

He said on April 3, troops also launched a fighting patrol to Boboshe, Garna, Kyare, Ginba and Ajiri villages where they recovered eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders, being used in bomb making, at a primary school.

He said during the operation three forces of Evil were captured while four motor cycles, three bicycles, a solar panel and two containers of liquid herbicides were destroyed.

In another operation on April 28 troops in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, 2 and 3 encountered and cleared some forces of Evil elements around Mmbaraka.

``The troops proceeded to Jadda village where they engaged and killed four terrorists. The patrol team also discovered a big pit where the forces of Evil used for dumping their victims to die and rot.

``The patrol team later freed some hostages and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
) ammunition, 14 Dane guns, a cycle of violence, two solar panels, 120 liters of diesel, some packets of panadol and a food storage facility.

``During the operation, one of the troops suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for medical treatment. I am glad to state that he is in stable, pH balanced condition and responding to treatment,'' Irabor said
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#1  ....Lucky Strikes....
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 05/02/2016 2:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Operation 'Smoke Out' should have started on 4/20!
Posted by: borgboy || 05/02/2016 19:35 Comments || Top||

#3  14 Dane guns
Posted by: Zebulon Gling7280 || 05/02/2016 19:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you, Zebulon Gling7280. I completely missed that as a thing, and now I have my new bit of knowledge for the day. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/02/2016 21:24 Comments || Top||

Boko Haram Kills 30 Fulani Herdsmen
[PULSE.NG] Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
have been reported to have murdered a total of 30 Fulani herdsmen during a raid in Alau village in Borno State.

According to a report by Guardian Newspaper, the Death Eaters attacked the village and wrecked havoc on the people and livestock.

Amadu Kusuri, the northeast coordinator of the Fulani Miyetti Allah Association, said, "one of the herdsmen escaped and confirmed to us that he is the only survivor."

The Death Eaters were also reported to have kidnapped women and kiddies and stole livestock in the attack on April 24, 2016.

This is coming on the heels of the heated battle between the Death Eaters and the Nigerian army, which has been regaining captured areas back.
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#1  The herdsmen weren't Muslim enough to be protected from attack, unsurprisingly.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/02/2016 10:01 Comments || Top||

Troops Bust Boko Haram Bomb Making Factory in Borno
[BELLANAIJA] The Nigerian Army, in a statement signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said troops of the 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have succeeded in bursting a secret Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) making device factory in Ngala town, in North Eastern Nigeria.

Despite their recent defeats, the turbans have continued to attack innocent citizens, military and soft targets through vehicular and human borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Despite ongoing clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, they persistently hid the IED manufacturing factories location.

The Nigerian Army reports that as a result of the efficient intelligence and resilience of the troops one of such factories in Ngala town was attacked and destroyed, and some of the Boko Haram turbans killed in the process.

In addition, they recovered 20 gas cylinders of various sizes prepared and ready for explosive insertion, primers, gun powder, electric wires and tape recorders, amongst other items.
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Yemen troops killed as Aden police chief survives bombing
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A large kaboom hit central Aden on Sunday,an Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent reported, adding that there were several casualties.

The correspondent said the blast targeted the city's governor and security chief.

Four Yemeni guards were killed in a bombing that targeted the convoy of Aden's police chief, officials said, the second such attack on him in the southern city this week.

A bomb-laden car in Aden's Mansura district went kaboom! as General Shallal Shayae's convoy passed, damaging military vehicles and prompting festivities between his guards and Al-Qaeda suspects in the area, the officials added.

Shayae himself escaped unharmed, according to his aides, but medical sources said that four of his guards were killed and eight others were maimed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Shayae has survived attacks by jihadists more than once, the last of which was just days ago.

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 Shayae's house, wounding a guard.

In February, suspected Al-Qaeda bully boyz opened fire on a convoy carrying Shayae and Aden governor Aidarus al-Zubaidi, but they escaped unharmed.

Shayae and Zubaidi also survived a boom-mobileing that targeted their convoy in Aden on January 5 killing two of their guards.

Other security officials in Aden, the temporary base of Yemen's Saudi-backed government, have been targeted by bombings and liquidations -- some of which Al-Qaeda or 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 have claimed.
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One arrested, two killed as Saudi police foil terror attack
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Saudi interior ministry announced on Sunday that it had locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
one of the kingdom’s most wanted murderous Moslems Oqab Al-Otaibi and revealed the identities of two others killed in a foiled terror attack in the southwestern Bisha province on Friday.

During a presser, Ministry of Interior front man Major General Mansour Al-Turki said Otaibi had remained on the lam for some time for his involvement in the attack on worshippers at Al-Mustafa mosque in Al-Dalwa village on Nov. 3, 2014.

The front man also said two terror suspects were killed during a shootout with security forces in Bisha last Friday.

The casualties were identified as Abdulaziz Ahmed Muhammad Al-Bakri Al-Shihri, 35, and Yasir Ali Yusef Al-Hoodi, 22.

Al-Shihri was wanted for his part in a kaboom at a mosque used by members of a the local emergency forces in Asir last August. The attack claimed the lives of 12 emergency security officers and three others who were employees at the site.

Al-Shihri was heavily armed at the time of the shootout and was laden with explosives which he carried and wore in a suicide belt.

Al-Houdi, who was an expert in explosives, was also involved in the killing of Brig. Gen. Kattab Al-Otaibi, the front man added.

Security forces also said they found arms, ammunition and cash from the possessions of the two suspects.
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The Grand Turk
Turkey detains 4 jihadists ‘planning Ankara May Day attack’
[IsraelTimes] Turkish police on Sunday detained four suspected 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....
jihadists who were allegedly planning an attack on May Day celebrations in the capital Ankara, according to the state-run Anatolia news.

Initial investigations showed that the four were Syrian citizens who had been in Ankara for some time, the agency adds, without giving details on the nature of the attack.
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5 soldiers, 2 officers killed in weekend terror attacks
Terror attacks in two seperate Turkish provinces in the southeast killed five soldiers and two police officers over the weekend.

Two police officers were killed in a bomb attack on a police headquarters in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on the morning of May 1, Gov. Ali Yerlikaya has confirmed. At least 18 policemen and four civilians were injured in the suspected car bomb attack that was carried out around 9:20 a.m.

Private broadcaster CNNTürk reported that the blast occurred in front of the barriers of the headquarters. Two cars entered the area in front of the headquarters and started firing with automatic weapons, with police responding to the attack, reported daily Hürriyet. One of the cars managed to escape, while the second car exploded, according to reports. The police have begun a search to apprehend the other car involved in the attack.

Footage from a CNNTürk broadcast showed pieces of a wrecked vehicle near the station’s gates, several ambulances and fire brigade trucks at the scene of the blast, which it said was felt from kilometers away.

The wounded were taken to a hospital, where one police officer succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, four Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 were wounded on separate May 1 attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeastern provinces of Mardin and Şırnak, according to reports.

Three soldiers were killed and 14 were wounded during a military operation in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement. The attack in the town, where a number of neighborhoods are under curfew and operations have been ongoing since March 14, came as the soldiers were detonating a bomb placed by the militants on Nusaybin’s Çağçağ Street.

In a separate attack on the same day, a soldier was heavily wounded after being hit by a PKK sniper during an operation in Şırnak’s İsmetpaşa neighborhood.
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4 suspected gangsters killed in encounter
KARACHI: Police on Sunday night claimed to have killed four suspects in an encounter in Dalmia area of the metropolis, said an official of Aziz Bhatti police station.

Acting on a tip off about presence of alleged gangsters linked with Lyari gang-war, contingents of police encircled the area in Dalmia where they came under attack, the official.

In the retaliatory fire, as claimed by the police, four suspects got killed, said Gulshan SP Dr. Fahad Ahmed.

Six grenades, one AK-47, one repeater and two pistols were recovered from the possession of suspects, the official said.

The ‘operation’ against criminal elements in the metropolis is undergoing since September 2013 after the federal cabinet empowered Rangers to lead a targeted advance with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.

A high-level apex committee meeting chaired by the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on May 14, 2015 decided to implement effective policing and surveillance in the "vast suburbs of Karachi", to prevent what the military spokesperson said were "sneaking terrorist attacks".
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Ninevah Nightmares: 19 die
ERBIL – At least 19 militants from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) were killed on Sunday in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s province of Nineveh, as a result of an attack by the US-led coalition’s warplanes, local sources reported.

Local activists confirmed that at least two prominent leaders were killed in Sunday’s attack.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist J.Z. said that Jassim Salim al-Matyouti, ISIS governor of al-Jazeera area, and Ahmed Ghanem al-Hadidi, Emir of the so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’, were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces on the group’s strongholds in the city of Mosul.

The ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ is a unit for child soldiers who fight in the ranks of ISIS. It has branches in every city controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“The US-led coalition warplanes conducted several airstrikes in the city of Mosul, hitting the Faculty of Science [Department of Chemistry] at the University of Mosul, which has been taken over by ISIS jihadis as headquarters,” the source reported, pointing out the attack led to the death of at least 19 jihadis, including those top leaders.

On Saturday, Iraqi army forces shelled ISIS strongholds in the northern province of Nineveh, killing the ISIS senior official and the oil minister Wahid as-Sabaawi, according to military sources. As-Sabaawi was killed during the 15th Artillery Squad’s bombardment on the outskirts of al-Qayyarah area south of Mosul.

In March, US-led coalition forces conducted several airstrikes in the Iraqi province of Anbar, killing Mohammed Khalaf al-Satouri, a senior official in the ISIS group along with four of his companions in the western district of Hit in Anbar, according to official sources.

Also in March, Thaher Mohammed Salman al-Sabawi, a top ISIS commander in Nineveh province, was reported dead along with other militants from the group, according to Iraqi security sources.

Over the past few days, the hardline group has lost more than three prominent leaders in the US-led coalition airstrikes and bombing by the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces on ISIS positions.

The coalition’s airstrikes have also recently killed dozens of prominent ISIS jihadis across Syria besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by ISIS. With the death toll increasing in its ranks, the hardline group currently suffers shortage of manpower and financial resources.
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Kurds launch offensive against ISIS in Kirkuk
ERBIL – Subsequent to the failure of the Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to recapture al-Bashir village from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), the Kurdish Peshmerga forces began a major military operation against ISIS to free the key village south of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, local sources reported on Sunday.

The Peshmerga-led operation came after weeks of the PMF failed attempts to advance in al-Bashir village and its surroundings, despite heavy artillery bombardment and rocket launchers on ISIS headquarters by Iraqi army in the area.

Speaking to ARA News in Kirkuk, media activist Samir al-Ameri said that the clashes continue in the villages of al-Mazraa and al-Bu Mifrij in the vicinity of the key village of al-Bashir, amid airstrikes by the US-led coalition forces on ISIS locations in the area.

“The Peshmerga forces, backed by the PMF and the US-led coalition forces, launched a mjor military operation on the terror group’s strongholds in al-Bashir village and its surroundings from several sides,” al-Ameri reported.

“We have pounded ISIS strongholds in the areas of Mazraat al-Dawla, Tel Ahmed, and the highway leading to al-Bashir village,” a Kurdish commander told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“We have caused the group heavy losses in manpower and equipment,” he said, arguing “We will soon take over the region and expel the terrorists [ISIS].”

The source pointed out that the Abbas Squad and the Imam Ali Squad [both members of the PMF] will be responsible for securing the Mazraat al-Dawla area, while the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will bear the responsibility of securing the Tel Ahmed district and then liberate the al-Bashir village from ISIS, while the third part [highway leading to al-Bashir] is left for the Turkmen Mobilization forces.

Clashes continue on the outskirts of al-Bashir village near al-Mazraa and al-Bu Mifrij areas where ISIS militants strive to push back the Peshmerga and allied forces from the region, according to local sources.
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#1  Abu Abdullah! Hand me the slippers for running!
No! No! Those are the slippers for preaching! I need the ones for running!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/02/2016 18:52 Comments || Top||

Anbar Antics
2 VBIEDs destroyed in airstrikes in Heet

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A military source in the army’s 7th Brigade Command in Anbar Province revealed, that the international coalition aviation bombarded two booby-trapped vehicles west of Heet City.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation backed by the army’s 7th brigade managed to bombard two booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS west of Heet City, destructing the two vehicles and killing the suicide bombers who were inside them.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The suicide bombers were intending to target the army’s 7th brigade troops using the booby-trapped vehicles.”

3 vehicles destroyed by airstrike near Falluja

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Sunday, that two vehicles and a tank were destructed by an Iraqi air strike south of Fallujah.

Mahalawi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Iraqi Air Force bombarded ISIS headquarters in Albu Hussein area north of Amiriya vicinity,” pointing out that, “The shelling destructed a tank, a booby-trapped Hummer vehicle and a vehicle carrying a machine gun.”

“The shelling also resulted in the killing of all the ISIS members who were inside the vehicles,” Mahalawi added.

Iraqi forces spring 6 from ISIS prison

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Jazeera Operations Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dabon announced on Sunday, that the security forces found a prison belonging to ISIS west of Heet, while pointed out to the release of six prisoners.

Dabon said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The army’s 7th brigade managed to find a prison belonging to ISIS inside one of the orchards in Nowaiem village west of Heet,” pointing out that, “ISIS used an abandoned house as a prison, and was holding six prisoners inside it.”

Dabon added, “The 7th brigade troops were able to free the prisoners who were detained for 45 days.”

France, US target Islamic State with two strikes in Iraq
Be still, my beating heart.
[Ynet] French and US jets destroyed 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....
site in Iraq used by the hardline Sunni Muslim holy warriors to build large quantities of bombs and vehicles for suicide kabooms, the French Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

"The site that was destroyed is situated in Al Qaim, at the Iraqi-Syrian border, and required two separate strikes because of its size," the ministry said, adding that the strikes were carried out on Friday and Saturday.
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ISIS suicide attacks kill 32 in southern Iraq
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Two suicide boom-mobiles claimed by ISIS killed at least 32 people and maimed 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Sunday, police and medics said.

The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 meters (65 yards) away at a bus station, police sources said. The corpse count was expected to keep rising.

Unverified online photographs showed a large plume of smoke rising above the buildings as well as burnt out cars and bodies on the ground at the site of one of the blasts, including several children. Police and firefighters carried victims on stretchers and in their arms.

ISIS said it had attacked a gathering of special forces in Samawa, 230 km (140 miles) south of the capital, with one boom-mobile and then blew up the second when security forces responded to the site.

ISIS holds positions mostly in Sunni areas of the country’s north and west, far from the mainly Shiite southern provinces where Samawa is located. Such attacks are relatively rare.

The rise of the ultra-hardline Sunni Death Eaters has exacerbated Iraq’s sectarian conflict, mostly between Shiites and Sunnis, which emerged after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The quota-based governing system put in place by the United States at the time is being challenged by hundreds of protesters who camped out overnight in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone after storming the parliament building.
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#1  Thursday last week Joe Biden visited. He said things were getting better.

He did something like that in 2011 also.

Magic thinking.
Posted by: lord garth || 05/02/2016 6:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The quota-based governing system put in place by the United States at the time is being challenged by hundreds of Iranian-backed Shiite protesters

Their little hell-hole on earth, so they're free to set up whatever satrapy they want.

But it wouldn't hurt for Al Arabiya to try for accuracy.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/02/2016 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought the quota-based system was already overrun by Maliki, and the Sunnis are being squeezed out. Why would the Shiites be protesting? They want it all? I suppose that's the Iranian way.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/02/2016 13:41 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Two Ansar Khilafa militants killed in Sarangani
[InterAksyon] Two still unidentified alleged members of a terrorist group that earlier claimed ties with Daesh were killed by an elite Philippine police unit Thursday in a remote village in Maasim, Sarangani Province. Police spokesman Wilben Mayor said the raid was carried out on a suspected hideout of the Ansar Khilafa Philippines (AKP) located in Sitio Bulat. The operation was carried out by a combined security force.

The AKP, led by a certain Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwang Maguid, alias 'Tokboy,' clashed with the lawmen at around 3 a.m. Thursday. Two of his followers were killed, with no casualties on the government side.

An initial report identified Maguid as the head of AKP in Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat area. He escaped during the encounter.

According to Mayor, Maguid and his men were able to escape from a clash on November 26, 2015, with government troops in Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat. At least eight suspected AKP members were killed in that battle.

Mayor said the fatalities included a certain Ibrahim Sucipto Ibrahim Ali/Abu/Masud/Abu Muhammad/Huzaifa, an Indonesian National and who was a former leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah in Mindanao.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  If you want to read the original article, click on the first article found at this google search. Unfortunately, according to ryuge, the copied URL refuses to point there. Some news sites are wonky like that.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/02/2016 9:37 Comments || Top||

Abu Sayyaf frees ten Indonesian captives
[Gulf Today] Abu Sayyaf militants on Sunday released ten Indonesian crewmen of a tugboat they had abducted more than a month ago off the island province of Tawi-Tawi.

Police chief Wilfredo Cayat said the rebels dropped off the Indonesian crewmen in front of the house of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan in the capital town of Jolo. He said, "They were brought inside (Tan’s house). They were fed. Governor Tan called me and turned over the 10 Indonesians to our custody."

An anonymous source disclosed the insurgents freed the hostages after the Indonesian company that owned the tugboat had paid on Friday the $1 miliion ransom they demanded.

The tugboat was bound for Manila on March 28 when was attacked by the militants using a speedboat and took hostage its ten Indonesian crewmen and brought them to Sulu.

Their release comes barely a week after the Abu Sayyaf beheaded on Canadian John Ridsdel for his failure to pay a huge ransom for his release. This drew local and international condemnation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who denounced it as "cold-blooded murder.

Also in Mindanao, members of the communist New People's Army announced the release of six candidates they had abducted in Agusan del Sur province for their failure to pay fees to enable them to campaign, especially in remote areas controlled by the insurgents.

An NPA spokesman confirmed the release of the six candidates who are running for reelection in the municipal council of the town of San Francisco in the May 9 polls. The spokesman said 20 heavily-armed NPA militants stopped and kidnapped the seven candidates on their way home after a campaign event in an "NPA held territory" on April 25.

The insurgents also shot and injured another candidate when he tried to escape, said the spokesman but did not say whether their six hostages had paid the so-called "permit to campaign fees".
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ISIS executes 4 in Raqqa
[ARA News] ERBIL – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday released new propaganda footages, showing the execution of four young men on charge of ‘spying for enemies’ in Syria’s eastern city of Raqqa.

Local activists confirmed that ISIS executed four young men in Raqqa on charges of spying for the ‘crusader coalition’, in reference to the US-led coalition that has been bombing the group in Syria and Iraq for more than one year and a half.

The ISIS-linked Raqqa media center released a propaganda version under the banner “Shear the Necks”, showing pictures of four young men dressed in orange being beheaded by a masked militant from the extremist group.

Subtitles in Arabic were shown on the screen, saying “they [victims] took part in filming the Islamic State’s headquarters in the city of Raqqa” –the group’s main bastion in Syria.

The victims have been described by the group as “apostates and spies for the crusaders”.

“They have caused the death of hundreds of ‘Muslims’ through taking pictures and leaking coordinates of the group’s headquarters to the enemies of the Caliphate,” ISIS said.

The victims were identified as Hamoud Hussein al-Hamoud, Ali Ahmed Mardoud, Ali Abdul Ali, and Juma Mustafa al-Khalaf, according to the ISIS-linked media center of Raqqa.

The execution seems to be taken in a place that was destroyed by the US-led coalition’s airstrikes.

Over the past two years, ISIS has publicly executed hundreds of civilians, activists, and journalists on various charges in areas under its control across Syria and Iraq.
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Drones hit Daesh bomb factory in Syria
Military sources say at least two Daesh militants have been killed by U.S.-led coalition drones launched from Turkey.

Two MQ-1 Predators took off from southern Turkey's Incirlik base in Adana on Saturday and hit a building inside Syria being used to produce explosives and car bombs, according to a Turkish security source speaking on Sunday.

The building was located in Azaz city, northwestern Syria, roughly 32 kilometers [20 miles] north-northwest of Aleppo. It is believed that a number of other Daesh militants have been trapped inside the building which collapsed after being hit.
Tell the para-rescue boys to go get donuts and take their time...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6557 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Is that where silicon valley sends it's laid off drones I mean workers?
Posted by: Cheamble Unegum3495 || 05/02/2016 17:42 Comments || Top||

#2  They were using Israeli GPS and ran head long into it thinking i was a Starbucks!
Posted by: Cheamble Unegum3495 || 05/02/2016 17:43 Comments || Top||

Aleppo, May 1, 2016
As was said by a Lebanese journalist in this article, "Aleppo would have been safe like the Golan were it annexed by Israel."
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#1  Somebody should explain to the author that Aleppo is a long way from Israel.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/02/2016 8:36 Comments || Top||

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