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IS Kills U.S. Service Member in Northern Iraq Attack
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wanna wrastle?
Posted by: JHH || 05/04/2016 13:33 Comments || Top||

#2  The first brave user to touch the Tesla Fun Coil.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/04/2016 15:49 Comments || Top||

Pakistani insurgent among 33 killed in latest ANSF air and ground raids: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) said at least 33 murderous Moslems including a Pak myrmidon were killed in the latest air and ground raids of the Afghan National Security Forces.

"In the last 24 hours, as a result of the joint clearance operations of the Afghan security and defense forces aimed to topple down the holy warriors and protect the lives and property of people , 23 armed holy warriors were killed, 12 maimed and nine nabbed
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
," according to an MoD operational update.

The operations were conducted in a number of the districts of Kunar 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..
, Laghman, Khost, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Badghis Balkh, Jowzjan,Faryab, Kunduz ,Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul , and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

"Also, due to these joint operations of defense and security forces which were supported by heavy artillery and Air forces, 5 holy warriors including a Pakistain nationality were killed," according to the operational update.

At least 12 others were killed in the Naray District of Kunar, six maimed and four arrested in Shahjoy, Mizan and Qalat, the center of Zabul province, MoD said.

According to MoD, four armed holy warriors were killed and four maimed and five suspects were arrested as a result of a separate joint Afghan Defense and Security forces operations in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province, Dand-e-Ghori of Baghlan, and Khan Abad district of Kunduz.

"Afghan National Army as National Defense Forces for the protection of people’s lives and properties and for defeating and eradicating terror groups, will fight the enemies vigorously and are ready to give scarifies for bringing lasting peace and stability to people," the update added.

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

Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban commander among 7 killed during clash with Afghan police in Zabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least seven Taliban Lions of Islam were killed including a commander of the group during a shootout with the Afghan police forces in southern Zabul province.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said at lest four Talibs were also maimed during the clash which took place in Meezan district.

"During an armed conflict between Afghan National Police and armed Taliban, seven armed Taliban were killed including a commander of armed Taliban named Ahmad Agha," the statement said.

"Four other armed Taliban were maimed and no ANP member was harmed," the statement said, adding that the incident took place in Meezan District of Zabul province, yesterday evening.

The anti-government armed turban groups including the Taliban Lions of Islam have not commented regarding the report so far.

Zabul is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed turban groups are actively operating in a number of its disticts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Insurgents belonging to the Taliban group as well as the Haqqani terrorist network are active in this province.

A commander of the Haqqani terrorist network was killed during an Arclight airstrike by the Afghan Air Force late last month.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Shaboobs claim responsibility for mortar attack on AU base
Al shabaab said it fired several mortar rounds at a military base belonging to the African Union mission known as (AMISOM) in the capital, Mogadishu.

The mortar attack was successful as the shells landed inside the AMISOM’s Halane base at Mogadishu airport, said a report published on pro-al shabaab website, citing top commander.

Al shabaab said it will give further details on the casualties inflicted on AMISOM soldiers in Halane as a result of the mortar bombs.

Meanwhile, AMISOM spokesman Joe Kibet, told Radio Shabelle by phone that the shells landed outside the troops’ base and caused no casualties.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Kenyan authorities foil major bio-terror attack
[AA.TR] Authorities in Kenya on Tuesday said that they had foiled a major bio-terror attack in the East African country after arresting three people who were plotting the attacks planned for April 29, with four of the plotters still on the lam.

"Following police investigations into a terror plot by an East African-based terror network with links to ISIS, police incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
Mohammed Abdi Ali, a medical intern," said Joseph Boinett, Kenya’s inspector general of police, in a statement, using an alternative acronym for the terrorist ISIS group.

Ali and other medical experts are said to have been planning to unleash a biological attack using anthrax.

Since the arrest of Ali and two others, four other accomplices, all medical interns, have gone into hiding, and authorities in Kenya have placed a 2 million Kenya shillings bounty on their heads.

Ali, an intern from Woe hospital in Kenya's Makueni county, is said to have graduated from Kampala University before coming to Kenya, where he formed a terrorist recruiting ring.

The Kenyan authorities added that their investigations found that the terror ring with connections in Syria and Somalia had been involved in recruiting university students and other Kenyan young people.

"The terror network was planning a large-scale attack akin to the [2013] Westgate Mall attack with the intention of killing innocent Kenyans," Boinett said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  So, 7+ years of Obama's "Smart Diplomacy", we've come to the point where the most barbaric Muzzie fanatics are using "weapons of mass destruction" (aka chem & bio) at different locations across the world.

Do you think this is part of the successful legacy of Hillary's tenure at State? Will the Dems try and spin that?

Disgusted beyond anything I thought I would reach.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/04/2016 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  They won't pay attention to it, till it hits a Deep Blue district. Then they'll blame it on counterrevolutionaries Trunks, Tea Party, gun owners, et al.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/04/2016 10:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Bible Thumpers. You forgot the Bible Thumpers, P2k.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/04/2016 15:56 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Clashes in Zillah take place between pro- and anti-LNA forces
Tripoli/Misrata, 3 May 2016:

There were clashes today in the town of Zillah, 400 kilometres south east of Sirte, between forces said to linked to the Libyan National Army and those of Ziyad Belaam, the leader of Benghazi’s Omar Mukhtar Brigade.

Reports have also been circulating of air strikes against the LNA forces. Officials in Misrata this evening would neither confirm nor deny them. However, one told the Libya Herald said that some of the wounded from Belaam’s forces would shortly arrive in the city for treatment.

Belaam commands the largely Islamist Omar Mukhtar Brigade which as part of the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council has been fighting the LNA in Benghazi for the past two years. He, however, went to Turkey for treatment after being shot in September 2014. Since his return he has not been back to Benghazi, moving instead between Misrata, Tripoli, the Jufra district (of which Zillah is a part) and, reportedly, Sabratha.

According to the Misratan official, today’s clashes did not involve the mainstream LNA. He claimed that Belaam’s men had targeted fighters from the Sudanese rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which was now working with the LNA and who had moved into the area. They had been discovered by a Belaam patrol this morning, he said. He added that following fighting, Belaam’s men had pulled back but had managed to capture 10 vehicles from JEM.

In February, however, the LNA was reported to have attacked and inflicted serious damages on a JEM unit some 200 kilometres north of Kufra. JEM forces, who were used by Qaddafi during the revolution have been operating in Libya since being largely crushed in Sudan’s Darfur province.

For his part, Colonel Ahmed Mesmari, the LNA’s spokesman, claimed that those who attacked Zillah today were the rump of terrorists who had fled Benghazi recently. He said that the LNA was in the town and had forced them to retreat some 30 kilometres away from it.

Other reports also speak of LNA forces now in control of the Zillah following today’s clashes, although photos claiming to show LNA vehicles in the town, show a motely collection of vehicles that would more usually be associated with an irregular militia.

There have been reports in recent days of both pro-LNA forces (in particularly Tuareg fighters) and pro-Misrata units heading towards Jufra to take part in separately planned operations to strike Sirte from the south.

The mainstream LNA forces are said to be blocked outside Ajdabiya, although a source with Ibrahim Jadhran said that some had arrived in the town. Jadhran, however, is reported to have set conditions for the LNA to pass through Ajdabiya.

With both LNA and Misratan forces looking to be the first to liberate Sirte, there have been fears that both could end fighting each other to stop them reaching the town.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Belaam commands the largely Islamist Omar Mukhtar Brigade which as part of the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council has been fighting the LNA in Benghazi for the past two years. He, however, went to Turkey for treatment after being shot in September 2014.

Somebody could make a lot of money selling programs, so you could tell who the players are.

We know where the Turks stand, at least.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/04/2016 15:08 Comments || Top||

Sirte a humanitarian catastrophe says Sirte resident
An ISIS occupation is usually imbued with a humanitarian catastrophe
Sirte is a humanitarian catastrophe, according to a resident who managed to leave three days ago and get to Tripoli.

There are dire shortages of food, money and medicine – and the situation, together with fears of an imminent attack by the Libyan National Army or Misratan-led forces, or both, is pushing the town’s remaining residents to flee, the Libya Herald has been told.

According to the resident, the so-called Islamic State (IS/Daesh) which controls the town, has now set up a women’s unit who have ben going round house to check to see if people have satellite TV or any printed material that could be deemed haram.

Moreover, anyone now wanting to leave Sirte abandon all their belongings, the resident said. IS has said that those leaving everything behind. “If they leave, Daeash confiscates everything. They sell the TVs, the electronic goods, anything they can remove. They want the money.”

Given the situation, most people in Sirte were desperate to leave, he added. “But once they have decided to flee, they must lose everything.”

Meanwhile, the Libyan news agency LANA has confirmed earlier reports that IS gunmen had closed roads to the east, west and south of Sirte. Filling them with sand barriers.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Italian navy to resume recovery of boat full of dead migrants
[DAWN] Improved sea conditions are permitting the Italian navy to resume a complex operation to recover a sunken fishing boat with the bodies of hundreds of migrants colonists inside.

Navy vessels are set to head Wednesday to the site of the April 2015 shipwreck, in which the immense loss of life spurred Europe to step up patrols of the Mediterranean, where Libyan-based smugglers launch overcrowded boats on risky voyages toward Italia's shores.

The boat is located 85 miles (130 kilometers) from the Libyan coastline and sank 370 meters (1,200 feet) after it capsized just as a fat merchantman was coming to the migrants colonists' rescue.

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has vowed Italia will do everything possible to retrieve the bodies and try to identify them. Navy divers over several months already recovered 169 bodies found near the wreckage.

The navy said Tuesday a 30-meter (100-foot) -long barge will be used to bring the wreck to a port in Sicily once it is raised with the help of a specially designed robotic apparatus. Firefighters will then enter the wreck in the port to retrieve the bodies.

Survivors said as many as 800 people were trapped inside.

Forensic experts will examine the corpses, in hopes that a Europe-wide network of information will lead to identification, the navy said.

Not infrequently, families of migrants colonists inform authorities that loved-ones never arrived after setting out in a smugglers' boat.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Treat it like the Arizona, a tomb, and not mess with it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/04/2016 9:59 Comments || Top||

#2  If an attack on one NATO member is considered an attack on all of them why doesn't the Italian navy get some help from other members? Where are the British, French, German, Danish and Norwegian navies? Where is the Spanish navy?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/04/2016 14:26 Comments || Top||

#3  > Where are the British, French, German, Danish and Norwegian navies? Where is the Spanish navy?

Helping the people traffickers and encouraging more rapefugees.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/04/2016 14:35 Comments || Top||

#4  United in Diversity, come see me!
Come rest at Catacombe dei Cappucini
Give locals new caveats
To remove their old habits
Benvenuto, neo-pirati dei Tripoli!

(I'd be raising hell if I lived at the port - send them back to Libya for removal. Makes more sense logistically anyways)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/04/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  send them back to Libya for removal

I didn't ask why not set them back to Libya because I thought it was just too obvious a question. But since nobody else seems to...

Why not send them back to Libya?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/04/2016 16:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Agree with P2k. It is a grave at 1200 ft depth. Besides what is the point of such an expense for the Italian govt? The smugglers got their money from desperate rubes. Smugglers don't care what happens to them. Maybe people will think twice about taking a trip to Davey Jones' Locker with these guys.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/04/2016 21:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Have they never heard of burial at sea?
Posted by: Barbara || 05/04/2016 21:14 Comments || Top||

#8  "Really? They dead"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/04/2016 21:49 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
7 die as Kurd kommies klash with Turkish troops
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants armed with rocket launchers and rifles attacked a military outpost in southeast Turkey, triggering a clash in which two Turkish soldiers and five PKK fighters were killed, the military said on Tuesday.

The attack was launched in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province, which borders Iraq and Iran, at 5:35 pm (1435 GMT) on Monday, the armed forces statement said.

Thousands of militants and hundreds of security force members and civilians have been killed since the conflict between the PKK and the state resumed last July after a 2-1/2-year ceasefire.

The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey and its Western allies, began its insurgency in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Two gunned down in Quetta
QUETTA: Two people were gunned down in Killi Ismail area of Duki on Monday, Levies officials said.

Wazir Khan and Sabir Khan were on their way home when they came under fire. The cause of the attack remains unclear. Investigation was in progress.

Published in Dawn, May 3rd, 2016
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Five policemen injured in Quetta IED blast
QUETTA: Five police personnel were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Quetta's Eastern Bypass area on Tuesday, police sources said.

A contingent of police were patrolling the area in a mobile van when they were targeted through an IED, they said.

Five police officials were left injured in the blast, which left the police vehicle damaged.

The injured personnel were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment. Doctors described condition of one of the injured as critical.

Police and Frontier Corps personnel reached the blast site, as an investigation into the incident went underway.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Militants in the area have been targeting security forces in the past.

Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but least developed province, has remained under the grip of violence for over a decade which has claimed thousands of lives.
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18 hurt in grenade attack on mosque
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: At least 18 people were maimed when unidentified attackers lobbed a hand grenade at a mosque in the limits of Tehkal cop shoppe late on Sunday.

Local people and police officials told Dawn that the incident took place around midnight, when 25 persons were busy in having dinner in the main hall of Baitul Mukaram mosque after attending a sermon in Tehkal Bala area.

They said that unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade inside the mosque and also fired shots in the air.

Mumtaz Ali, a local resident whose elder brother sustained injuries in the attack, told Dawn that the incident took place at around 11:30pm. He said that they rushed to the mosque after hearing a loud bang and saw that injured were lying on the floor.

Mr Ali said that they shifted the injured to the hospital. He said that they also heard shots following the blast. However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
he said that they did not see any attacker.

SP Abbas Majeed Marwat told Dawn that it was not an extortion related incident. He said that the mosque belonged to Ahle Hadith sect and their religious gathering was targeted with a hand grenade.

The official said that apparently there were at least seven to eight attackers, riding three to four cycle of violences. The assailants managed to escape after the attack, he added.

Mr Marwat said that the attackers also fired shots after lobbing the grenade at the mosque as police recovered spent casing of 30 bore and 9mm from the scene. He said that one of the attackers was taken into custody in injured condition. He said that the attacker was probably injured mistakenly by his accomplices.

The injured were taken to Khyber Teaching Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex.

Sources said that the attacker, who sustained head injury, was first shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex and later taken to CMH.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan

Policeman dies in Mardan attack
[DAWN] MARDAN: A police constable was bumped off outside the boundary wall of the Police Lines here in the early hours of Monday morning, police sources said.

Police officials told news hounds that the victim, identified as Constable Sher Moham­mad Khan, was on duty in a security room located adjacent to the boundary wall of Police Lines Mardan.

They said preliminary investigations showed that two suspected snuffies entered the security room at around 2.30am on Monday and shot the constable in his head, killing him on the spot.

Hearing the sound of gunshots, they said, police personnel manning the security checkpost outside the building of Police Lines opened fire on the attackers, but they managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness.

Soon after the attack police personnel cordoned off the area and launched a search operation in localities adjacent to Police Lines.

The counterterrorism department of police has registered an FIR against unidentified attackers.

Later, the funeral prayer for the slain police constable was offered at 11am which was attended by Commissioner of Mardan Zakir Hussain Afridi, DPO Faisal Shehzad, SP Investigation Mohammad Shahid Khan, other officials and elders of the area.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: TTP

IS Kills U.S. Service Member in Northern Iraq Attack
[AnNahar] 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 broke through Kurdish defenses in northern Iraq on Tuesday and killed an American service member deployed as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the jihadists.

The service member, whom the Pentagon confirmed was American, was at least the third killed by enemy fire in Iraq since IS overran swathes of the country in 2014.

"On May 3, 2016, a coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire," the coalition said in a statement.

Pentagon front man Peter Cook said the death occurred during an IS attack on a peshmerga position north of Iraq's jihadist-held second city djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said from Germany: "Our thoughts and prayers are with that service member's family."

A coalition military official said on condition of anonymity that the service member was killed at 9:30 am (0630 GMT) by "direct fire" after "enemy forces penetrated" the Kurdish peshmerga forces' line.

Kurdish forces are deployed in Nineveh province, whose capital Mosul is IS's main hub in the country.

IS attacked the peshmerga in multiple areas of northern Iraq on Tuesday in an attempt to "thwart the plan to liberate Mosul," said Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the autonomous Kurdish region's peshmerga ministry.

The United States announced last month that it was deploying additional forces to Iraq, bringing the official total to more than 4,000.

Pentagon front man Jeff Davis said the forces would be authorized to advise Iraqis at the battalion and brigade level as opposed to larger divisions, potentially exposing them to greater risks closer to the front lines.

The coalition military official said the service member killed on Tuesday was involved in advising and assisting forces, and was three to five kilometers (two to three miles) behind the front line.

The size of the unit he was advising was not immediately clear.

The coalition is carrying out daily air strikes against IS, and while most American forces on the ground in Iraq play advisory and support roles, Washington has also deployed special forces to carry out raids against IS and U.S. Marines to provide artillery support.

Two U.S. military personnel have already been killed by the jihadists in Iraq: an American Marine by rocket fire in March and a special forces soldier who died of wounds received during a raid last October.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6538 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  but no "boots on the ground" or "combat", right Zero? The semantic hoops this asshole is jumping through is amazing. RIP
Posted by: Frank G || 05/04/2016 6:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Charles Humphrey Keating IV was a Coronado-based Seal
Posted by: Frank G || 05/04/2016 6:36 Comments || Top||

#3  And yes one for those Ebil Keatings.

Posted by: Shipman || 05/04/2016 17:22 Comments || Top||

Iraqi forces repel ISIS attack on gas station in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Salahuddin Province announced on Tuesday, that the security forces repulsed an attack launched by ISIS members on a gas station in Baiji north of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces and al-Hashed al-Shaabi backed by the Iraqi Army Aviation repulsed ISIS attack on a gas station northeast of Baiji,” noting that, “The losses had not been identified until now.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Three punch card boards, and The Zam Zam cooler were removed along with $15 and An Oriental TeeVee. They are wanted men, and and could strike again, but ain't got no beer.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/04/2016 17:26 Comments || Top||

#2  "The Great Fling Station Hold-up"
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/04/2016 18:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Dammit!!Filling Station!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/04/2016 19:07 Comments || Top||

Iraqi Army officer dies in Baqubah
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Tuesday, a local source in Diyala Province revealed, that an officer was killed and two soldiers were wounded in a clash with ISIS north of Baqubah.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the army clashed with an armed cell belonging to ISIS in the vicinity of an agricultural village near al-Azim area (64 km north of Baqubah),” pointing out that, “The clash resulted in the killing of an army officer and wounding of two soldiers.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The army force managed to kill three Iraqi ISIS militants, who were forming a sleeper cell.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Ninevah Nightmares: 146+ die
ISIS executes 17 in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh Province stated on Monday, that the so-called ISIS has executed 17 people in the city of Mosul for refusing to fight the Iraqi security forces.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS executed 17 citizens in Mosul for refusing to join the battles against the Iraqi security forces.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added, “ISIS carried out the execution by firing squad in one of its camps in the city.”

9 ISIS Bad Guys die in Iraqi artillery attack

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh Province announced on Monday, that nine ISIS militants were killed by a shelling conducted by the Iraqi army on ISIS gathering south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The artillery of the army’s 15th brigade backed by Nineveh Liberation Operations Command targeted ISIS gatherings in Shayla village in Makhmur District south of Mosul.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The shelling resulted in the killing of nine ISIS militants.”

Kurds repel attack on Kanhish, 17 ISIS troops die

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh Province announced on Monday, that 17 ISIS members were killed south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled an attack launched by ISIS gunmen in the village of Kanhish south of Mosul.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The operation resulted in the killing of 17 ISIS fighters, and the destruction of three military vehicles.”

120 ISIS troops die in battles around Tel Skuf

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh Province announced on Tuesday, that the Peshmerga forces managed to kill 120 ISIS militants in the battles taking place in Tel Skuf City north of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Peshmerga forces managed to kill 120 ISIS fighters in the battles taking place in Tel Skuf City north of Mosul,” adding that, “The Kurdish elite forces began attacking ISIS fighters to retake the areas seized by the organization in the District.”

Earlier today, ISIS attacked Tel Skuf City north of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), and was able to control some regions.

Peshmergas recapture Christian town from Daesh in Iraq

[AA.TR] The Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces have recaptured a Christian-majority town in northern Iraq from the ISIS terrorist group, which had briefly taken over the town, a Kurdish officer said on Tuesday.

Peshmerga forces, backed by Christian fighters and coalition Arclight airstrikes, have regained control of the northern town of Tel Skuf, 30 kilometers north of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Kurdish officer Shirzad Zakholi told Anadolu Agency.

According to Zakholi, at least 40 ISIS bad boyz were potted in the festivities.

Zakholi said that U.S.-led coalition warplanes have carried out several raids on ISIS in the town.
Ynet summarizes the events of the day as follows:
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....
Death Eaters attacked Kurdish peshmerga forces on multiple fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, breaching their defenses and briefly taking over a town, military sources said.

The attacks around the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul are the largest against Kurdish forces in recent months by the Lion of Islams, who have been losing ground to an array of forces in the north and west of the country.

The head of a Christian militia said the Lions of Islam had overrun their positions at dawn around the town of Tel Asqof, 20 km (12 miles) north of Mosul, and occupied it until being beaten back with the help of air strikes from a US-led coalition.

"There were many jacket wallahs and suicide boom-mobiles," said Safa Eliyas, the head of the Nineveh Protection Forces, which are deployed alongside the peshmerga in the area.

There were also attacks on the Bashiqa front and in the Khazer area, about 40 km (25 miles) west of the Kurdish regional capital Erbil.
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Anbar Antics: 31 die

11 ISIS troops die in airstrike near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Jazeera and Badiya Operations Command in Anbar Province announced on Monday, that 11 members of the so-called ISIS were killed in an aerial bombardment targeted Heet District west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

The commander of al-Jzeera and al-Badiya Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dabon said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This afternoon the international coalition aviation bombed ISIS gatherings and strongholds in Falij al-Sharqiya area in Heet District (70 km west of Ramadi), killing 11 members of the so-called ISIS.”

Dabon added, “The joint security forces were able to dismantle 200 explosive devices in the eastern axis of Heet District, as well as destroying a 23 mm machine gun and a rocket launcher.”

20 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes on Albu Ali Jassim area

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in the Joint Operations Command announced on Tuesday the killing of 20 ISIS members, including prominent leaders, in a coalition air strike targeted ISIS vehicles in northern Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

The source said in statements obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, based on security information, targeted three vehicles carrying ISIS leaders and destructed a headquarters gathering senior leaders in Albu Ali Jassim area in northern Ramadi, killing 20 ISIS members, including prominent leaders.”

The statement added, “The bombing destroyed the headquarters and vehicles completely.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die

2 die in bomb attack in Yusufiya area
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that ten people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a fruits and vegetables market in Yusufiya area in southern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of the incident.”

3 soldiers wounded in bombing in al-Rashid

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Tuesday, that three soldiers had been injured in a bomb blast that took place south of Baghdad.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device that was emplaced on the road side in the vicinity of al-Rashid, south of Baghdad, went off while an army patrol was passing in the area, resulting in the injury of three soldiers.”

“A security force blockaded the area of the incident, while ambulances transferred the injured to a nearby hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.”
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Daesh shells Turkmen village with chemical weapons
[AA.TR] The terrorist ISIS group has attacked a Turkmen village in northern Iraq with chemical weapons, sources in a pro-government militia said.

"ISIS bully boyz have shelled the Bashir village with chemicals," Yalmiz Shehab, a commander of the Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militia, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

According to Shehab, eight people were maimed in the attack, including one seriously.

The Kurdish peshmerga forces and Hashd al-Shaabi Lions of Islam had recaptured the village from ISIS last week.

Shehab said the village has been cleared from all ISIS terrorists.

The village, which has a Turkmen majority, was captured by ISIS in 2014. Most of its residents fled the village and took refuge in Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
only 25 kilometers away.

Iraqi militiaman dies defusing bomb in Kirkuk

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said on Tuesday, that an element within al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia had been killed while defusing an explosive device that was planted by ISIS in the village of Bashir south of the province.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com “Today, one of the elements of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia] tried to dismantle an explosive device that was emplaced by ISIS elements inside one of the houses in Bashir village located in Taza Khurmatu (25 km south of Kirkuk),” noting that “The bomb exploded during the dismantlement, killing him on the spot.”

The source, who asked not to be named, added: “A force from al-Hashed has moved the body to the forensic medicine department.”
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Three IDF soldiers run over in West Bank attack, attacker shot dead
[Ynet] One of the maimed at death's door after being hit by terrorist's car at HaParsa Junction near the settlement of Dolev; driver rubbed out.

Three IDF soldiers from the Kfir brigade were run over in a terrorist vehicular attack on Tuesday evening at HaParsa Junction near the settlement of Dolev and the Arab village of Ein el-Arik in the West Bank's Binyamin region.

The forces were conducting unannounced checks at the entrance of Ein el-Arik when the driver, who has been identified as 36-year-old Ahmed Shahada, used a van to carry out his attack before being rubbed out by one of the soldiers nearby.

Originally from the refugee camp of Qalandiya, Shahada was temporarily residing in the city of Beitunia, west of Ramallah.

Magen David Adom paramedics and IDF medical forces were treating the maimed soldiers, one of them at death's door who was transported to Tel HaShomer Hospital in a helicopter. The other two victims, said to be in their 20s, were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in an ambulance in light to moderate condition suffering from multiple injuries.

Palestinian policemen arrested armed Palestinian at the Gilboa Crossing

[Ynet] Local Paleostinian police, stationed at the Gilboa Crossing near the West Bank city of Jenin, tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a suspicious-looking man who was approaching the crossing.
Upon searching the man, it was discovered the man had a knife on his body, and as a result he was taken in for questioning.

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#1  Palestinian headline: IDF Soldiers shoot unarmed driver
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Troops come under fire on Gaza border after PM visits area
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian media says IDF returning fire near Nahal Oz, shortly after Netanyahu visits frontier communities further south

Shots fired from the Gazoo Strip on Tuesday afternoon struck an IDF vehicle near the northern border with the Paleostinian enclave, the army said in a statement.

No injuries were reported, but heavy army engineering machinery was damaged by the volley, which came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured a southern section of the Gazoo frontier.

Troops were searching the area for the attacker, the IDF spokesperson said.

Paleostinian media in the Gazoo Strip reported intense gunfire by Israeli forces near Nahal Oz immediately after the report of shots striking the vehicle.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from Gazoo, which has seen increased tensions with Israel in recent weeks, with Israeli officials warning of a possible uptick in violence.

The army did not detail what kind of engineering vehicle was struck, but Israel frequently uses earth-moving equipment on the border to dig out and destroy Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, tunnels running under the border.

The incident came several hours after Netanyahu visited the southern part of the Gazoo border with top IDF brass and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, near the site where the army discovered a Hamas tunnel last month.

Earlier in the day, Israel’s Tax Authority said an attempt to smuggle several tons of ammonium chloride into the Gazoo Strip in recent weeks had been foiled by security and customs officials.

Some four tons of the chemical -- enough to make hundreds of rockets, according to Israeli security officials -- were found buried in salt shipments to the Gazoo Strip that were making their way through the Nitzana crossing between Israel and Egypt in early April.
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Temporary Truce Extended in Eastern Ghouta
Gotta have time to repack them mags.
Beirut- The Syrian Army, on Tuesday, backing the Russian statement announced that the approach for a calmer state-of –affairs, the temporary truce, would be extended another 48 hours for the vicinity of Damascus.

Sergei Kurylenko, head of the Russian coordination center in Syria, on Tuesday spoke of extending the ceasefire to the eastern Ghouta region, so that it lasts until Tuesday midnight.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the other hand, considered that the Syrian regime’s promoted truce is merely media talk with no tangible evidence. The FSA, a part of the Syrian opposition, says the truce is being advertised solely in an attempt to manipulate the ceasefire agreement by running sideline accords.

FSA leadership revealed that Syrian President Assad’s forces attempt on attacking FSA-controlled areas in the eastern Ghouta region.

This is the second prolongation consequent to the one previously announced on Sunday in which the ceasefire was employed for a 24-hour period in the capital city of Damascus. Cessation of hostilities had begun last Friday and included Damascus and the overlooking region of eastern Ghouta. The statement announced had not addressed ceasefire which was defined by a 72-hour window for the northern coastal Latakia governorate.

Legal FSA Adviser Osama Abu Zaid considered that the leeway on the truce announced in terms of hours at different periods translates into the regime attempting to invest the truce in other places.

Abu Zaid pointed out that previous ceasefires have not gotten the Syrian President Assad what he desired; especially that he was restricted, given that operations are to be ultimately limited to areas overrun with ISIS and Al-Nusra Front factions.

Despite the previously set agreement – cracking down on ISIS and Al-Nusra Front only- it was later revealed that the Syrian Army’s operations deliberately targeted FSA dominated areas.

In his statement to Asharq AL-Awsat newspaper, Abu Zaid confirmed that the regime has halted all military operations across certain battlefronts, withdrawing units and dispatching them to fight in other fronts.

“The Syrian regime works based on Russian decision, since Russians are the ones who outline its agenda, while the Syrian Army alongside affiliated militias handle its execution,” Abu Zaid added.

Backing the theory on the truce being only words with no action, Abu Zaid said that the southern front is currently calm simply because the regime was rendered unable to strike, for it is absorbed with its priority on attending the Aleppo battlefront.

Furthermore, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that two mortar bombs were dropped after midnight, early Monday, over the town of Mesraba, located in the eastern Ghouta region.

The observatory confirmed that the military helicopters pounded the outskirts of Khan al-Shih, located in the western Ghouta region. The town was reportedly buffeted with over six explosive barrels, with no registered human loss. At the same time, Al-Nusra Front has opened sniper fire on FSA ambulances patrolling el-Marg region, located in the eastern region of Ghouta, which led to the death of one FSA member.
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Turkish strikes in Syria kill 13 Daesh terrorists
[AA.TR] Turkish forces have killed at least 13 ISIS bully boyz in northern Syria, a security source said Tuesday.

The strikes by artillery and armed aerial drones followed rocket attacks launched from ISIS-controlled territory in Syria on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s southern Kilis province Tuesday.

According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the Turkish military shelled with howitzers and rockets, destroying four vehicles carrying heavy Soviet DShK machine guns, as well as three gun emplacements.

Kilis, a province just 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the Syrian border, has been subjected to repeated rocket attacks since January, resulting in 20 deaths.
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Terror Networks
US targets Islamic State in Mosul, other cities in Iraq, Syria (N=29)
[Ynet] The United States and its allies targeted 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....
on Monday with 29 strikes against the forces of Evil in Syrian and Iraq, including the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
under Lion of Islam control, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement.

In Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force staged 25 strikes, including seven near Islamic State's stronghold of Mosul, which coalition forces, alongside the Iraqi government, are trying to wrest away from the Lion of Islam group. Iraqi officials have said they will retake the city this year, although questions remain over whether that is possible.

The strikes near the key city hit six groups of Islamic State fighters as well as two vehicles, three weapons caches, a mortar system and other targets. Six other strikes near Falluja hit five Islamic State fighting positions, three tunnel entrances, two staging areas and a bridge used by the Lion of Islams, among other targets.

In Syria, four strikes near three cities - Al Shadaddi, Ar Raqqah and Mar'a - hit an Islamic State finance center, a weapons storage facility and two tactical units.
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