[Garowe] Somali security forces killed 17 al-Shabaab ...... the personification of Somali state failure... gunnies and maimed several others during security operations in the southern region on Wednesday, officials said on Thursday.
The Somalia National Army (SNA) told Radio Mogadishu that the security operation which was carried out by its special forces, Danab, also saw nine of al-Shabaab hideouts destroyed in southern and southwestern states.
"Seventeen al-Shabaab bad boyz were potted and nine of their hideouts destroyed in special security operations carried out by SNA commanders in Somalia's Jubaland and Southwest states in the past 24 hours," the radio reported.
The government forces have stepped up operation against al-Shabaab blamed for staging sporadic attacks targeting African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... and government key bases including public places in Mogadishu and elsewhere across the country.
The intensified operation also comes ahead of the long-delayed presidential elections to be held in the capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday.
Al-Shabaab snuffies who have opposed the ongoing electoral process have staged a series of attacks, targeting delegates in bid to disrupt the electoral process.
Sudden Jihad Syndrome. No doubt we will subsequently be informed that the poor unnamed dear is suffering from mental illness.
[DW] At least six people were maimed after an assailant attacked them with a knife on a passenger train near the western German city of Aachen. The suspect has been detained by police.
Several people are being treated in hospital after being injured during an attack on a train in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), officials said on Friday.
Herbert Reul, the NRW state interior minister, said six people were maimed, including the suspected attacker. Reul said the suspect struck passengers "indiscriminately and arbitrarily."
Reul also said that "based on everything that we know so far," Sherlocks believed the perpetrator's intent was to harm as many people as possible.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE ATTACK?
The attack took place on a regional passenger train around Herzogenrath, near the city of Aachen, on Friday morning.
Four people were taken to the hospital, although none of the passengers sustained life-threatening injuries. The victims sustained wounds to their hands and cut wounds to their faces.
The suspect is a 31-year-old man who was born in Iraq, although his citizenship remains unclear, Reuel told news hounds. The state interior minister added that Sherlocks are probing a possible hard boy motive behind the attack.
In 2017, the man was flagged by authorities as a person potentially at risk for religious radicalization after his behavior considerably changed during his time living in a refugee shelter, Reuel said. Since then, however, there have been no further incidents.
A 60-year-old federal police officer, who was off-duty and happened to be on the train, managed to overpower and detain the male suspect with the help of two other passengers, officials said. There were 270 passengers on board the train at the time of the attack.
Around 200 officers were deployed to the scene. Authorities have closed the track while investigations are ongoing.
[OneIndia] The Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... Police has arrested five people in connection with the RPG attack at its intelligence headquarters in Mohali and said a nexus of krazed killer outfit Babbar Khalsa International,
...one of the Khalistan independence groups, fighting for the idea of an independent Sikh homeland in the Indian (and Pak, but they don't dwell on that) Punjab...
[IsraelTimes] Sgt. Maj. Noam Raz, 47, dies of wounds after being airlifted to hospital; video shows security forces surrounding home of Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... suspect, firing missile toward building
A police commando who was seriously maimed during fierce exchanges of fire between Israeli troops and Paleostinian button men in the northern West Bank on Friday morning has died of his wounds, police said
The officer was named as 47-year-old Sgt. Maj. Noam Raz, a 23-year veteran of the elite Yamam counterterror unit.
Raz "fell this morning during a fight with armed bully boyz who opened fire on our forces during an operation in the village of Burqin near Jenin. During the battle he was maimed and evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was declared dead," police said.
Raz, a founder and resident of the settlement Kida in the West Bank, leaves behind a wife and six children. Police hailed him as an experienced fighter who had "taken part in hundreds of operations to prevent terror, risked himself and saved lives."
He was a brave, professional and humble fighter," the statement said.
Raz was hit as forces were wrapping up an operation that included raids on terror suspects’ homes. A senior officer in the military’s Central Command said the amount of gunfire directed at troops on Friday was "indescribable."
The Israel Defense Forces earlier acknowledged that forces from the military and Shin Bet as well as Yamam were operating in Burqin in order to arrest a number of suspects.
"During the operation, Israeli forces fired at armed bully boyz who opened heavy fire and threw explosives toward them... As part of the operation, forces used various special measures to arrest a suspect who barricaded himself inside his home and eventually surrendered together with his brother," a joint statement issued by police and the IDF read.
According to the IDF, five suspects were arrested in the West Bank overnight and this morning, and illegal weapons were seized in the city of Hebron.
Military officials said the suspects who were arrested in the Jenin area were responsible for shooting attacks at troops in recent weeks.
The Paleostinian Authority Health Ministry reported 13 hurt, including one critically, in the Jenin fighting.
Footage on social media showed masked Paleostinians firing rifles in the direction of Israeli soldiers, as heavy gunfire could be heard.
Paleostinian reports said Israeli forces surrounded the home of a suspect and called on everyone inside to surrender. The Islamic Jihad terror group identified the suspect, Mohammad al-Dab’i, as a member of its military wing.
Video showed an Israeli soldier firing a shoulder-launched missile at the home, with smoke then seen rising from the building.
A separate clip showed the house on fire. It was unclear if anyone was inside.
The suspect’s father later told Paleostine TV that his son was arrested after "hours of siege."
Clashes were also reported in the nearby Jenin refugee camp.
Amid the gunbattles, Islamic Jihad spokesperson Tariq Izz al-Din urged all Paleostinians and gangs to "defend the Jenin refugee camp."
One of the Paleostinian maimed was named as Daoud Zubaidi. His brother, Zakaria Zubeidi, is a convicted terror leader who last year beat feet from Gilboa Prison for a week before being recaptured. Daoud Zubaidi was later taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment, according to the Ynet news site. He was listed at death's door.
Several Paleostinian bully boyz behind recent deadly attacks that left 19 dead hailed from Jenin and its environs. Israeli forces have been carrying out raids in the area.
[IsraelTimes] Officers say they found 19-year-old, who apparently illegally entered Israel, close to Tzur Yitzhak carrying knife and stone
An armed 19-year-old Paleostinian who allegedly sought to commit a terror attack was arrested on Friday night near the central Israeli town of Tzur Yitzhak, police said.
According to police, the suspect — apparently illegally in Israel — was found to be carrying a knife, a stone, and a letter apparently "indicating his intention to carry out an attack in Israeli territory."
"Officers from the Taybe station conducted scans in the area of Tzur Yitzhak and Route 444 upon receiving a report of a man walking around the Tzur Yitzhak junction in a suspicious manner, with a stone in his hand," police said in a statement.
The suspect was taken for further questioning.
According to the Kan public broadcaster, additional forces were deployed to the entrance of the town, which is close to the West Bank security barrier.
[IsraelTimes] Statement says ’mob’ took Shireen Abu Akleh’s casket against her family’s wishes, prompting police action; images of officers beating mourners spark global condemnation
Israeli police said late Friday that officers intervened in the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem earlier in the day after "rioters" seized her coffin at the hospital, against her family’s wishes.
Officers charged Paleostinians who were holding and surrounding the casket, and beat them with batons, nearly toppling the coffin. Images of the incident sparked global shock and condemnation.
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[AnNahar] Syrian rebels killed 10 soldiers in northern Syria Friday, in the deadliest such attack since a truce deal reached over two years ago, a war monitor and state media said.
Nine soldiers were also maimed in the attack, Syria's official news agency SANA reported, quoting a military source.
"Around 9:30 this morning snuffies targeted an army bus" in the west of Aleppo province, SANA said, quoting the source.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had reported earlier on Friday that "pro-regime fighters" died in the assault.
It was not immediately clear whether it was carried out by the area's dominant jihadist group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... (HTS), or other rebel forces, the monitor said.
The attackers fired an anti-tank guided missile at a bus carrying pro-regime fighters back to their home villages, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
He said six rebel fighters were killed this month in similar attacks conducted by regime soldiers or allied militia.
Friday's corpse count was the heaviest reported in pro-government ranks from a rebel attack since a truce agreement brokered by Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... in March 2020.
Before Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict, the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Scourge of Qusayr... controlled barely a fifth of the national territory.
With Russian and Iranian support, Damascus clawed back much of the ground lost in the early stages of the conflict, which erupted in 2011 when the government brutally repressed pro-democracy protests.
The last pocket of armed opposition to the regime includes large swathes of Idlib province and parts of the neighboring Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces.
HTS, headed by ex-members of Syria's former al-Qaeda franchise, is the dominant group in the area but other rebel groups are also active, with varying degrees of Ottoman Turkish backing.
The 2020 truce deal has held despite sporadic attacks by both sides, including continued Russian air strikes.
Turkey was keen to cement its influence in northern Syria and avert a new phase of fighting in the conflict that could have caused an unprecedented wave of refugees to flood its border.
Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees and Prime Minister His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than there are in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really most important... , facing rising public anger over the issue, has suggested that his government would encourage a million of them to return.
[IsraelTimes] State media claims a large number of missiles launched by jets over Masyaf; footage shows fire at site in area thought controlled by Iran-backed forces
Five people were killed and seven others were hurt in an alleged Israeli Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... on Friday night in northwestern Syria, the country’s state news agency said. ... and if you can't believe the state news agency who can you believe? It was the second alleged Israeli strike on the country in days, after missiles were reportedly launched at a site just across the border from Israel in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday.
The state-run SANA said a large number of missiles were launched by Israeli fighter jets over Masyaf during the Friday night strike.
SANA quoted an unidentified Syrian military official as saying most of the missiles were intercepted.
The Syrian military claims to shoot down incoming missiles after nearly every alleged Israeli strike, which Israeli military officials and civilian defense analysts largely dismiss as empty boasts.
According to SANA, one of those killed is a civilian, meaning the other four were military forces. The network said seven other people, including a child, were hurt in the airstrikes.
Damage was also caused to a site in the area, SANA said, without elaborating further. Footage posted to social media apparently showed a site that was hit multiple times by the Israeli missiles, with fire rising from the area.
The Masyaf area is thought to be used as a base for Iranian forces and pro-Iranian militias and has been repeatedly targeted in recent years in attacks attributed to Israel. The area was struck allegedly by Israel as recently as last month.
The area is also home to a facility belonging to the Scientific Studies and Research Center, known as CERS, which itself has been struck several times in the past.
Western officials have long associated CERS with the manufacture of chemical arms. According to the United States, sarin gas was developed at that center, a charge denied by the Syrian authorities.
There was no immediate comment from the Israel Defense Forces, which does not normally comment on individual strikes.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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