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US drone strike kills 4 IS militants
[DAWN] A US dronezap killed four fighters of the bad boy 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....
(IS) group, including a senior commander, an Afghan official said.

Waheedullah Kalimzai, the governor of the eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, said the strike on Monday killed Hazrat Gul and three other fighters in a mountainous area controlled by the bad boys.

He said authorities learned of the deaths from intelligence reports.

An IS affiliate drawn largely from disgruntled former Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters operates in eastern Afghanistan, where it has clashed with Afghan forces as well as the more established Taliban.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a senior police official was killed by a bomb planted in his car in Kabul, according to Basir Mujahid, a police front man.
Posted by: Fred || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  And people say there are no good IS militants.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/05/2017 11:35 Comments || Top||

#2  They make good fertilizer.
Posted by: gorb || 07/05/2017 13:59 Comments || Top||

Taliban continue blocking Kunduz road
The battle between security forces and the Taliban continued Tuesday along the Kabul-Kunduz highway in the volatile Ali Abad district – which connects northern Baghlan province with Kunduz.

The battle has in the past three days left more than 40 insurgents dead, local officials claim. Ali Abad district is just a few kilometers to the east of Kunduz city.

Local officials meanwhile said the Taliban have been stopping motorists and their passengers traveling along the highway. They said the insurgents have so far killed three of them, and simply left their bodies on the side of the road. Madrassa and Omarkhail villages in Ali Abad are main strongholds of the Taliban in the battle, the Ali Abad district governor Faqiri told TOLOnews.

“They (Taliban) established check points (on the highway) to identify government officials and security force members, to kill them and to threaten the area,” Faqiri said.

TOLOnews reporter Hamid Shirzai said the Taliban’s check posts were visible on the Baghlan-Kunduz highway from the security forces’ frontline. Police soldiers said they need reinforcements ‘to push back the militants’.

“The enemy has been pushed back. We are committed to defending our soil with our hearts and souls,” police soldier Fazl-ul-Haq said. “I assure the Kunduz residents that your sons (security forces) are ready to defend the residents of Kunduz. We are ready to defend Kunduz province with our blood,” said Sayed Qurban Musawi, the executive officer of Pamir 20th Division in Kunduz.

Taliban attacked security check posts in Talulka area in the outskirts of Kunduz city, the Aljeen Bridge in Kunduz city and Ali Abad district along Kabul-Kunduz highway on Sunday.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 die in roadside bombing in Farah
At least four civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside mine in Farah province in Monday night, local officials said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Mohammad Aqbal Bahir confirmed the incident and said the blast happened in Pusht Rod district when a vehicle hit a roadside mine.

Two women are among the victims, Bahir added. Bahir said that the mine was recently planted by Taliban insurgents to target security forces. The Taliban has not commented.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

29 Taliban militants surrender
At least 29 Taliban insurgents laid down arms and joined the peace process in western Farah and central Uruzgan provinces this week, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

“A group of 18 armed Taliban fighters renounced violence and surrendered to the Afghan National Police after their commander was killed in Tokhi village, Dehrawood district, Uruzgan province,” read the statement.

According to the statement the group was involved in “planning and coordinating suicide attacks, and carrying out other destructive and terrorist activities in Dehrawood.”

This comes after a group of 11 armed Taliban fighters also renounced violence and joined the peace process in Bala Bolok district of Farah after the group handed over their weapons to security forces, the statement read.

“The group handed over 11 weapons and an amount of ammunition,” it added.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Prove it. Put them to work killing ISIS thugs. And thugettes.
Posted by: gorb || 07/05/2017 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Something along the lines of the Apache Scouts?
Posted by: Pappy || 07/05/2017 10:23 Comments || Top||

#3  A resisting Resistance.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/05/2017 11:25 Comments || Top||

Taliban kommander arrested in Kabul
A Taliban commander, Abdul Rahim, has been arrested in PD5 of Kabul city, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The commander is one of the masterminds of terrorist attacks for the Taliban's Quetta Shura which had an active role in launching attacks in Uruzgan province,” the statement read. “He entered (the city) on the orders of the Taliban and tried to launch terrorist attacks in Kabul city during Eid-al-Fitr,” it said.

According to the statement, Rahim was the commander of at least 20 insurgents. However, the statement did not provide more details nor did it stipulate when he was arrested.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
5 civilians die in RPG attack in Tripoli
Tripoli, 4 July 2017:

A family of five were reported killed early late this afternoon while at the beach near Mitiga airport when a rocket-propelled granade exploded beside them. It is believed to have been launched from within the airbase.

Among the family, named as that of Daou Al-Zintani, two children and two women are said to have died. Several others were wounded, seven of whom are said to be in a serious condition, including a woman and a child. They were taken to Abu Sleem hospital. Two others were also taken to the hospital while five people were treated locally for minor injuries.

The incident followed clashes near Mitiga very early this morning between two local families, named as Shadi and Sumbul, in which a member of the former was allegedly killed by the latter. Following the dead man’s funeral after Asr prayers late this afternoon, gunmen from the Shadi family gathered at the roundabout outside Mitiga where the Sumbul fighters are said to be based and started shooting at it.

In response, an unidentified person is said to have launched the RPG which killed the people at the beach.

Clashes between the two groups continued late into the evening.

In a bid to stop them, Haithem Tajouri is said to have moved his forces to the area.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

Fierce fighting as East Libyan forces close in on last Benghazi holdout
[AlAhram] East Libyan forces battled to advance into a final area of Benghazi controlled by their opponents on Tuesday, clearing mines and roadblocks and targeting snipers with cover from tank rounds.

Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) says it is close to concluding a three-year campaign for control of Libya's second city, having surrounded rival fighters in a strip of the seafront district of Sabri little more than two km wide.

The campaign has been halting, with the LNA suffering high casualties even after gaining the upper hand early last year.

A medical source said at least 16 troops had been killed and at least 36 maimed in fighting since Monday. The LNA said it had killed 19 of its opponents.

"The special forces and supporting units from the army advanced today and tightened the grip on the terrorist groups on the Sabri front, gaining control over important sites," said special forces front man Milad al-Zawi. He said one of the sites was a block that contained a large number of snipers.

Parts of Benghazi have been left in ruins since Haftar launched his "Dignity Operation" against Islamic snuffies and other opponents in May 2014.

Many of the buildings in Sabri and the neighbouring historic neighbourhood of Souq al-Hout have been wrecked by street fighting, shelling and air strikes. Much of the area was heavily mined.

Three years ago Libya split into two broad and shifting rival alliances based in the east and west of the country, loyal to competing governments, worsening the turmoil that followed a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran ruler Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
Haftar's LNA has gained ground in Benghazi and other parts of eastern and southern Libya while rejecting a U.N.-backed government that arrived in the capital, Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, in March 2016.
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Two policemen killed, 10 injured in North Sinai bombing
[AlAhram] Two coppers were killed and 10 were maimed in a bombing attack on a police armoured vehicle on Tuesday in North Sinai, security sources told state news agency MENA.

The coppers were conducting a patrol in the southern part of the scenic provincial capital of El-Arish.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram abducts 37 Wimmin, kills 10 others in Niger

Boko Haram terrorists have kidnapped 37 women and slit the throats of nine other people at a village in southeastern Niger, the regional governor said Tuesday.

The attack happened on Sunday near the border with Nigeria, the governor of Diffa region, Laouali Mahamane Dan Dano, told state TV.

Source: AFP
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

Saudi soldier killed, three wounded in explosion: State Media
[AlAhram] A Saudi soldier was killed and three were maimed when suspected bandidos Death Eaters attacked their convoy in eastern Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks in the troubled region.

The town of al-Awamiya, located in the oil-producing al-Qatif province, is a flashpoint between the Sunni Moslem government and minority Shia complaining of discrimination.

The soldier was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in the old part of the town known as al-Musawara and an investigation was underway, the ministry's front man told state news agency SPA, but gave no further details.

Authorities have been bulldozing al-Musawara, a small part of the town with narrow streets which date back more than 200 years, to make way for a new project. Local officials say wanted bandidos Death Eaters believed to be behind attacks on security forces have been using the narrow streets to escape arrest.

Last month, a Saudi soldier was killed and two members of the security forces were maimed when an bomb went off during a patrol in the same area.

Saudi Shia complain of marginalisation in the birthplace of Islam, which follows the rigid Wahhabi Sunni school that views the minority sect as heretical. Saudi authorities deny the accusations.

Qatif has seen protests for more rights for Shia and these have become more frequent since Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia holy man convicted of involvement in violence, was executed a year ago.
A slightly different take on events from An Nahar:
A Saudi policeman was killed Tuesday and three others injured by an bomb in a flashpoint Shiite-dominated city, the interior ministry said.

The coppers were on patrol in the early morning in the Qatif area in Soddy Arabia's Eastern Province when the device blew up, the ministry said, calling the incident a "terrorist" attack.

On June 11 a homemade bomb killed a senior policeman and maimed two officers in Qatif. That blast came almost two weeks after a car went kaboom! in the restive district killing its two occupants. The interior ministry said the pair were wanted suspects.

Eastern Province, where most of Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority live, has been rocked by unrest since 2011.

Authorities have blamed the unrest on "terrorists" or narcos.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Home Front: WoT
Terror suspect's lawyer says client is being held illegally
In which a defense lawyer throws something against the wall to see if it will stick, but the little miscreant still spends Independence Day in jail.
[AlAhram] A defense lawyer says an Alabama man charged with terrorism-related activity is being held "illegally and unconstitutionally" without bond in a county jail.

Prosecutors dispute that, saying 22-year-old Aziz Sayyed is dangerous and must remain behind bars with no bond. They say he admitted planning and discussions about planting explosives in a public building, though they didn't say what building was targeted.

A judge is to consider the arguments at a hearing Wednesday.

Sayyed is charged under state law with providing support for an act of terrorism. He was tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on June 15 in Huntsville.

Prosecutors say they searched his residence and found materials and chemicals that could be used to craft an bomb.

Sayyed was born in North Carolina. He's been attending college in Huntsville.
We have nothing about Mr. Sayyed in our archives, so I googled his name and got the following:
A report from the date of his arrest, which adds:
The arrest is the result of a tip from a citizen. Sayyed was stopped and taken into custody in the area of Church Street and Clinton Avenue.

Shortly after a news conference announcing the arrest, police confirmed that an active investigation scene at Twickenham Village, an apartment complex just north of University Drive in the area of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, was linked to the charges against Sayyed.

The FBI also confirmed they were on scene at the apartment complex.

Police say they were executing a search warrant at an apartment where Sayyed was allegedly staying.

The Huntsville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are jointly investigating the case with support from the Madison County Sheriff's Office. No specifics of the threat have been released, but both agencies say the arrest eliminates any threat to the Huntsville/Madison County area, including Redstone Arsenal.

Further details have not been released, as the investigation is ongoing. But authorities stressed that the threat posed by the individual is over.
And from June 29, the prosecutor's response to the defense lawyer's accusation:
Gann's court filing came today in response to a motion filed by Sayyed's lawyer earlier this week. Defense attorney Bruce Gardner, who was hired by Sayyed, claims his client is being held in jail illegally.

"The defendant is not a danger to the community, nor is he a flight risk," Huntsville defense attorney Bruce Gardner wrote in court documents. "He has substantial family ties to the community."

Gardner asked that Madison County District Judge Schuyler Richardson either release Sayyed or set a bail amount that is within the recommended range for a Class C felony. The recommended amount is $2,500-$15,000. But, judges have discretion is setting bond. They can consider things like criminal history, background, character, age and the nature of the alleged crime.

Gann said in his motion that Sayyed is likely to be convicted and sentenced to prison because of his confession to investigators.

"This reality makes any defendant less likely to appear for trial," Gann wrote in the motions.

If the judge grants bond, Gann is asking that Sayyed be placed under "strict conditions." Those could include electronic monitoring.

Police took Sayyed's passport, Gardner said, making it impossible for the man to travel outside the U.S.

The judge has ordered a bond hearing be held on the next available court docket. That date hadn't been officially set as of Tuesday morning.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 2 at 1:30 p.m. At that hearing, the judge will be asked to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence for the charge to remain active until the case is presented to a grand jury.

Sayyed has been jailed since his June 15 arrest on a charge of second-degree soliciting or providing support for terrorism. Huntsville police took him into custody following a traffic stop near downtown. Police said the case was prompted by a citizen tip.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "He has substantial family ties to the community."

So did Sam Gigante.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/05/2017 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Vincent Louis Gigante?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/05/2017 10:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Yup. A.K.A. 'The Chin'.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/05/2017 10:27 Comments || Top||

Iraqi commander says some 300 ISIS fighters holed up in just 5,000 square feet of Mosul
An Iraqi commander says he believes some 300 Islamic State fighters remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul's Old City.

Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of Iraq's special forces said Wednesday that the militants are confined to a 500 square meter (600 square yard or about 5,300 square feet) area.
I'd like to just bomb it, but that conflicts with my desire to make these ba$tards pay. And to set an example for how any and all folks who belong/belonged to ISIS need to be treated.
He spoke the day after Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the armed forces on a "big victory" in Mosul, despite ongoing clashes.

About 900,000 people, or nearly half of the city's population prior to the fighting, have been displaced amid the battle with ISIS in the city, fleeing to camps or staying with relatives or friends.

Doctors without Borders has warned that trauma cases have risen sharply during the final stages of the battle.

"Really, (there is) a huge level of human suffering," said Jonathan Henry, MSF emergency coordinator in West Mosul, who recently spent six weeks in Iraq. "This is a massive population that has been traumatized from a very brutal and horrific conflict," he said.

Tens of thousands of civilians are still stuck in and around ISIS' redoubt among the rubble of Mosul's Old City.

IS captured Mosul in a matter of days when it swept across northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014. Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition launched a major operation to retake the city in October.
Posted by: gorb || 07/05/2017 15:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Level it
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/05/2017 16:34 Comments || Top||

#2  confined to a 500 square meter (600 square yard or about 5,300 square feet) area.

What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Posted by: Gluting Spusotle3681 || 07/05/2017 16:35 Comments || Top||

#3  That is a 73 ft square. Smart bomb it in the morning and you are done before lunch.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/05/2017 16:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Napalm the crap out of it and call it Miller time.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/05/2017 17:06 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm guessing he doesn't mean 5000 contiguous square feet.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/05/2017 17:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Another customer of the Von Paulus Travel Agency is about meet the fine print
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/05/2017 17:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Looks like everyone ran outta ammo just then.
Posted by: Bhoot || 07/05/2017 17:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Totally agree with Darth here. This is why napalm exists.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/05/2017 18:12 Comments || Top||

#9  What's the lethal zone for a MOAB?

Or a fuel-air explosive bomb?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/05/2017 18:18 Comments || Top||

#10  Ask the citizens of St.Lo.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/05/2017 18:32 Comments || Top||

#11  Four feet square each. Roughly shoulder to shoulder. Obama would let them go. Trump's not Obama.
Posted by: KBK || 07/05/2017 20:27 Comments || Top||

#12  Pay? Boiling lard drop twenty minutes before the napalm.
Posted by: KBK || 07/05/2017 20:29 Comments || Top||

Iranian artillery attack wounds 4 in Iraqi Kurdistan
Erbil- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps heavy artillery and rockets targeted on Monday wide regions of Iraqi Kurdistan, injuring four and displacing hundreds, as well as damaging agricultural lands.

Farzang Ahmad, the local administrator of the Haji Omaran, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the “Iranian artillery continued on targeting a village in Haji Omaran until the evening, leading to the injury of a woman, who was among the region’s residents and working in the agriculture.”

He added that the attack caused material losses in farms, but no accurate data was yet available because of the continuous shelling.

“The continuous Iranian shelling causes damage to the agricultural sector and economy in Kurdistan. It also displaces hundreds of civilians,” he stated.

Ahmad stressed: “Since the beginning of the shelling, we sought through the border guards in Kurdistan to contact the Iranian border guards to resolve this problem and cease the attack to avoid a high number of victims and losses. Our efforts were vain however because Iran did not respond to us.”

Iran claims that it is shelling Iraqi Kurdistan because the Iranian Kurdish opposition is based there.

Kurdish parties have repeatedly said that they are not using Iraqi Kurdistan land to target neighboring Iran. They instead confirmed that they are using land from within the border and the mountain regions in Iranian Kurdistan to carry out operations against Tehran.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

Iraqi wounded in bombing attack in Rashidya

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was wounded Tuesday when his car was hit by an explosive device in northern Baghdad, police sources were quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the civilian was on his way out of his home in Rashidya, north of the capital, when a bomb fitted beneath his car went off, causing him injuries.

Violence and armed conflicts left more than 700 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of June, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad came second in terms of casualties, with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

The Iraqi government, currently focused on ousting the group from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, is expected to aim at other IS holdouts afterwards.

Some security observers believe that even after IS’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks. They believe attacks outside Mosul are designed to make up for the group’s losses there.
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Mosul Offensive News

2 ISIS Big Turbans detained in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Two Islamic State leaders were arrested fleeing western Mosul to its south, military media said Tuesday as operations continue to eliminate the last few hundred militants in the city.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said the pair was arrested fleeing from Yarmouk district in the western region to the town of Qayyara in the south. One of them was the group’s general administrative official, while the other was a top booby-trapping expert, said the statement.

Iraqi security Services have occasionally arrested several militants hiding in the middle of civilians fleeing the battle fields. Many were arrested as security combed areas recaptured in the eastern side of the city which government troops took over late January.

Iraqi forces enter another Mosul city sector

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi army has invaded Ras al-Kour in Mosul’s Old City, a security source said.

Speaking to Shafaq News, the source said “the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service destroyed the Islamic State’s front defense line in Ras al-Kour region, located in the Old City in western Mosul.”

The troops, according to the source, killed 13 IS fighters and are resuming their advance in the Old City.

Meanwhile, a CTS officer declared on Tuesday invading the last regions still held by IS in the Old City.

“Our troops stormed al-Midan, al-Kawazeen and Qulai’at regions, located on the Tigris River bank,” Col.Youness al-Sherifi told BasNews.

The forces, according to Sherifi, said that confrontations are ongoing against IS, adding that many of them were killed.

Lt.Gen.Ali Mohsen, of the CTS, told BasNews, that troops killed six suicide attackers at the front defense lines while invading al-Midan region.

Moreover, an officer from the Joint Operations Command, revealed that the U.S.-led coalition jets shelled si houses in the western bank of Tigris River.

“U.S.-led coalition jets launched airstrike against six houses inhabited by IS militants, killing 14 of them, including leaders,” Cap. Ahmed al-Obeidi told BasNews.

Twenty-two civilians rescued, militants killed in Mosul’s Old City

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have rescued civilians who were under the rubble of a shelled house in Mosul’s Old City, Sputnik reported.

Hakam al-Dulaimi, founder of Nineveh youth cell, indicated coordination between the cell and military troops affiliated to the Counter-Terrorism Service, which resulted in rescuing 22 persons from under the rubble at Nabi Girguis in the Old City. Most of the rescued civilians, according to Dulaimi, were children and women from one family. Most of them were alive, despite spending hours under the debris.

In related news, security sources said Iraqi forces killed eight Islamic State militants as they were trying to flee the Old City.

A source from the Tribal Mobilization Forces told Shafaq News said the troops shot seven IS militants dead as they were trying to infiltrate from the Old City to al-Jawsaq district through Tigris River.

Moreover, “a suicide bomber was killed as he was trying to target the tribal fighters. However, the militant was killed before reaching to his target,” the source added.

In related news, Nineveh Police Commander Wathiq al-Hamdani, told Shafaq News that troops killed one of the IS militats who was trying to escape the Old City through the river at Yarimja region, in southeast of Mosul.
Posted by: badanov || 07/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi army denies death of civilian at security checkpoint in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army has denied news on murder of a civilian at a security checkpoint, located between Anbar and the capital of Baghdad.

“News that tackled the death of a civilian in al-Soqour checkpoint are untrue,” Maj.Gen. Saad Harbiya, commander of the East Anbar Operations, told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

Harbia added that the incidents occured one kilometer away from the checkpoint and described them as ‘accidential’.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rajei Barakat, member of the security committee of Anbar provincial council, declared death of a citizen at al-Suqour checkpoint, located southwest of Fallujah city after verbal wrangles occurred between him and the security personnel in charge of the checkpoint.

The victim, according to Barakat, attempted crossing through the checkpoint, along with his parents and family.

On Monday, Maj.Gen. Jalil al-Rubei’y, commander of Baghdad Operations, said the checkpoint will be opened once again after concluding maintenance.

More than 700 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

According to a previous count by UNAMI, 824 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of May.
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Baghdadi’s “mail man” killed in security ambush in Diyala
Baqubah (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State militant who was in charge of handling mails belonging to the group’s supreme leader was killed by security forces in Diyala province, local officials said.

Alsumaria News quoted officials at the security committee at Diyala province council saying that IS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “mail man”, an Iraqi national, was killed in an ambush set for him in Beldrouz region (30 Km east of Baqubah).
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#1  New movie the post man always gets shot twice!
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 07/05/2017 14:02 Comments || Top||

#2  One presumes this announcement was delayed long enough for a substitute to take care of the mail.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/05/2017 18:57 Comments || Top||

IS on alert after one of Baghdadi’s wives arrested in Salahuddin
Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State members in Salahuddin were put on a high alert on Tuesday after a woman believed to be one of the group’s supreme leader’s wives was captured.

A local source told Alsumaria News that IS fighters in the western side of the city of Shirqat were put on high alert and reinforced their deployment in the city after a woman with twin children, who claimed to be the wife of IS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was captured there.

The incident, according to the source, prompted her captors to contact higher ranking leaders. “Senior leaders outside Shirqat returned to the city on hearing the news,” the source added.

An interview run by Arabic satellite channel Alaan on Monday with fugitive wives of IS members in Syria’s Raqqa revealed that Baghdadi maintained four wives in addition to at least 14 sex slaves.
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For 2nd day, mystery security ‘activities’ cause delays at Ben Gurion Airport
Curious. Perhaps eventually we'll be informed what this was all about.
[IsraelTimes] Defense Ministry limits movement in Israeli airspace for what it calls ’routine scheduled activities’.

A Defense Ministry decision to restrict Israel’s airspace Tuesday forced planes to wait longer than normal between takeoffs, causing a cascade of delays at Ben-Gurion Airport.

The measure was put in place Monday night and again on Tuesday afternoon, and was expected to last until evening, the ministry said.

"Due to routine scheduled activities by the Defense Ministry, during the afternoon and evening there will possibly be occasional limitations on movement in Israeli airspace," the ministry said in a statement. "The activities have been coordinated with all of the appropriate authorities."

The ministry did not elaborate on the nature of the "routine scheduled activities."

The announcement came as the airplane of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down in Israel for a three-day visit.

According to Channel 2 news, the restriction forced a larger gap between takeoffs.

Some 13 flights were delayed or canceled at the airport as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday the ministry reportedly ordered the Israel Airports Authority to impose intermittent closures of the airspace above the airport, following what some Hebrew media described as a "security incident."

As a result of the order, which was said to be in effect for three hours, a large number of flights were delayed and passengers were advised to check their departure times before arriving at the airport.

No details of the reason behind the unusual measure were given. Channel 10 reported that an expected event that led to the closure order did not end up taking place.

The IAA later denied that there was any closure of the airspace.
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#1  Some 13 flights were delayed or canceled at the airport as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

May simply have responded with a shift to 100% luggage exam.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/05/2017 11:29 Comments || Top||

Border police say Jerusalem terror attack foiled at West Bank checkpoint
[IsraelTimes] Security forces seize a bag of knives, stun grenades and Molotov cocktails from six Paleostinians in a vehicle heading to the capital.

Border police said they foiled a terror attack Tuesday after finding a bag of knives, stun grenades and Molotov cocktail materials during the search of a Paleostinian vehicle at a checkpoint near East Jerusalem.

The car was heading into the Jerusalem side of the Mizmoriya checkpoint, outside Bethlehem, when it was stopped after security forces noticed that its front and back license plates did not match.

The officers ordered the six riders, who also lacked entry permits, to exit the vehicle for it to be examined.

According to the police spokesperson, the suspects admitted during initial questioning to planning to carry out a terror attack in Jerusalem.

Palestinian detained with Molotov cocktails and knives

[Ynet] A Paleostinian vehicle was stopped near ​​the Tekoa checkpoint in Gush Etzion where police discovered Molotov cocktails and knives. The occupants of the vehicle were taken for questioning by police.

Minister promises amnesty in drive to collect illegal firearms in Arab towns

[IsraelTimes] Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan tells mayors of Arab councils in the Galilee that a new drive to remove illegal firearms from the streets of Arab towns will include the granting of amnesty to anyone giving up their guns.

At a meeting in the Galilee with Arab mayors, Erdan says that despite tensions between Arabs and Jews, rates of interethnic crimes -- where Jews attack Arabs or vice versa -- are actually quite low.

Just five to six percent of murders nationwide involve a member of one ethnicity killing a member of the other, he says.
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Video: Turkish army shells SDF locations north of Aleppo
Aleppo (Syria News) Turkish army troops, on Tuesday, bombed the locations of the Syrian Democratic Forces, north of Aleppo.

Qasioun News reported that the Turkish troops shelled locations of the Syrian Democratic forces in Bersaya Mountain near the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, using heavy artillery and rockets.

Meanwhile, fire broke out in several locations, while the losses of the Syrian Democratic Forces haven’t been identified so far.

It is noteworthy that Turkish artillery is frequently shelling locations and headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the area, while the latter intensified their attacks of the areas held by the Euphrates Shield forces.
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US-led coalition airstrike kills 10 civilians in Hasakah
Hasakah (Syria News) Ten civilians were killed, while several others were wounded in an air strike, carried out by the international coalition air force, on the southern countryside of Hasakah.

Qasioun News reported, on Tuesday, that the US-led international coalition carried out an air strike on al-Zayanat Village near Markda Town, in the southern countryside of Hasakah, killing 10 civilians, belonging to one family, and wounding several others.

The international coalition directly bombed the civilians’ houses, causing severe damage to the area.
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Coalition: SDF penetrate old city in Raqqa
Raqqa (Syria News) The US-led coalition announced on Monday that the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by Washington, managed to penetrate the old city in Syrian Raqqa.

Qasioun News reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. troops, managed to penetrate the old city in Syrian Raqqa, after the coalition air force struck the archeological wall of al-Rafekah, allowing security forces to bring down the Islamic State defenses.

Meanwhile, international coalition said in a statement, on Wednesday, that it killed members belonging to the Revolution Commando Forces, who were stationed in al-Tanf border crossing.

It is noteworthy that the operation of the Syrian Democratic Forces to penetrate the old city was conducted in preparation to liberate the town of Markada and the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor
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#1  CNN:

The Rafiqah Wall -- which is 3 kilometers from the city center -- is approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) long, 3.8 meters (12.4 feet) high and 1 meter thick, Syrian state media reported in 2009.

ISIS fighters had planted mines and improvised explosive devices at several
[other] breaks in the wall, a US Central Command (CENTCOM) statement said.

In a CENTCOM statement, the US added: "Coalition forces supported the SDF advance into the most heavily fortified portion of Raqqa by opening two small gaps in the Rafiqah Wall that surrounds the Old City."
Posted by: Pappy || 07/05/2017 8:32 Comments || Top||

#2  05 july Raqqa Battle map
Coalition blows 2 gaps in Raqqa's Old City wall, allows SDF to capture Palace of the Maidens and Abdul Malik school.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/05/2017 17:09 Comments || Top||

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The beatings will continue: Iraqi edition

IS executes 200 Turkmens, last local leader in Tal Afar

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State have reportedly killed 200 Turkmens, who were held by the militants in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul.

The Iraqi Turkmens, who included children and women, were held by IS militants two months ago and were killed during their attempt to flee toward safe regions, Nour Eddin Qablan, deputy chief of Nineveh provinvial council, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.

In related news, a local source from Nineveh province said non-Iraqi IS militants executed the last local leader in Tal Afar
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Wed 2017-07-05
  Baghdadi’s “mail man” killed in security ambush in Diyala
Tue 2017-07-04
  US-backed SDF breaches Raqqa's Old City wall
Mon 2017-07-03
  British soldier drowns ISIS thug in puddle after being ambushed
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  Palestinian Forces Hand Over Most Wanted Fugitive in Ain Hilweh
Sat 2017-07-01
  ISIS abandons Aleppo
Fri 2017-06-30
  Raqqa fully encircled
Thu 2017-06-29
   ISIS Number 4 and human shield deaths west of Mosul
Wed 2017-06-28
  Ottoman Turkish artillery opens fire on Kurdish forces across entire frontier in northern Aleppo
Tue 2017-06-27
  IS suicide bomber’s belt explodes, kills 12 well-wishing comrades in Diyala
Mon 2017-06-26
  High Court reinstates Trump travel ban, will hear arguments
Sun 2017-06-25
  Evolution theory to be scrapped from Turkish schoolbooks
Sat 2017-06-24
  Jihadist who threw grenade in French kosher shop gets 28 years
Fri 2017-06-23
  Philippine military: Omar Maute likely dead
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  ISIS Lord High Holy Man, al-Baghdadi confidant, killed by US-led coalition forces

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