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Taliban kommander dies in Wardak
Wardak police chief Naqibullah Amini said on Tuesday that Mawlawi Abdul Rahman a Taliban commander for Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province was killed in a clash with police on Monday.

Four of his fellow fighters were also killed in the clash and three others were wounded, Amini said.

The clash took place on Monday afternoon in Jalrez district. One policeman was killed and two others were wounded, Amini added.

According to Amini, Rahman was involved in the killing of 24 policemen in 2015 in Jalrez district.

Taliban has not yet commented.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban and civilians suffer casualties in Laghman clashes in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A famous local commander of the Taliban group in eastern Laghman province was killed along with several other militants during the clashes in this province earlier this morning that also left several other militants and civilians wounded.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place in the vicinity of Alisheng district at around 1 am local time after several Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the security posts in Islamabad and Karanjawi areas.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the clash and said at least five Taliban insurgents including a famous commander of the group identified as Azam Gul were killed and 6 others were wounded.

The statement further added that Gul was one of the prominent leaders of the Taliban who had major role in terrorist related activities in Alisheng district since a long time.

At least two policemen also lost their lives during the clashes and five others were wounded, the statement said, adding that the wounded policemen are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

The provincial government also added that seven civilians also sustained injuries during the clashes between the Taliban and security personnel.

According to the local officials, another Taliban commander identified as Abdul Hanif was killed and two others were wounded during a separate clash in Alisheng district on Monday.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Kenya: Police circulate photos of six most wanted men over terrorism
[SHABELLENEWS] Police have circulated photographs of six men they say are wanted over terror and radicalization claims.

This was after investigations by security agencies revealed several Kenyan nationals fighting alongside al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
in Somalia are involved in enticing youths within the country to travel to Somalia to join the terror group.

The public has been urged to share any information that may lead to the arrest of Abdullahi Jarso Kotola, Hassan Jarso Kotola, Hassan Abdalla Mushi, James Kimanthi Masai, Hamisi Swaleh Abdalla and Rama Mbwana Mbega.

Abdullahi Jarso Kotola aka Seyfdeen from Marsabit is a member in the military wing of al-Shabaab (Jaish Ayman) where he holds a key position.

"He is believed to have participated in the Mpeketoni attacks of June, 2014 which led to the killing of many innocent civilians. He is the brother to Hassan Jarso Kotola. The brothers who hail from Marsabit are both believed to be keen members of the terror group are wanted for several deadly attacks in the country," said part of a police report.

Before leaving for Somalia to join the terror group, Abdullahi was a preacher at Daru Salaam Masjid along Nyayo road within Shauriyako area of Marsabit. While there, he used the opportunity to preach to the youth encouraging them to join al-Shabaab.

His access to the youth who went to pray at the mosque meant he could interact with them and he therefore recruited them in the process.

Also mentioned by the security agencies is Hassan Abdalla Mushi aka Hassan Kuku. He is from Kibirigwi, East Kirinyaga.

Hassan previously worked at Avenue Rescue Services and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a driver/first aid practitioner and converted to Islam before he left for Somali.

James Kimanthi Masai aka Rafat who hails from Mutomo, Kitui is also mentioned among the individuals who crossed over to join al-Shabaab.

Also on the list is Hamisi Abdalla Swaleh who is wanted for a number of terror attacks and abductions in North Eastern Province.

Rama Mbwana Mbega aka Junia comes from South Coast but was recruited into al-Shabaab while in Mombasa. He returned to Kenya in 2012 and is suspected to have been part of numerous attacks.

Rama went back to Somalia in early 2014 and is still in communication with his fellow Jihadists in Kenya to recruit more youths from the Coast and the North Eastern. He is suspected to be holed in Boni forest and operating from Jilib.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Punties capture 14 alleged Al-Shabaab militants
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
said its forces have enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
14 al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
turbans including two women in an operation conducted near Garowe town, the administrative capital.

Police Commissioner for Nugal region Abdirashid Mohamud told news hounds the suspects were arrested following intelligence information the forces received from members of the public.

"We conducted very successful operation near Garowe town where we captured 14 al-Shabaab turbans, two of them are women and one foreigner. They were going to Almadow hills to join terrorist turbans there," Mohamud said.

He did not identify the nationality of the foreigner but the Somalia-based turbans are known to have been fighting along with foreign nationals.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

7 killed in central Kenya ethnic border clashes
[AA.TR] Seven people were killed during ethnic border festivities in central Kenya’s Meru county that began on Sunday, local media quoting Kenya Red Thingy and police said on Tuesday.

The festivities between the Meru tribe and their neighbors, the Borana from Isiolo County, also left over 700 people displaced.

Local media said bandidos suspected to be from the Borana community had razed six villages, leaving the stranded people to camp at the Kathithine Primary School where Red Thingy volunteers were taking care of them.

Attackers also reportedly stole cycle of violences and livestock, Red Thingy regional manager Gitonga Mugambi said, adding the theft of livestock and murder of two youth ferrying milk along the Mau-Garbayulla road, which connects the two communities, might have caused the ethnic festivities to break out.

The border region has a history of persistent cattle rustling. In 2015, three county officials were placed in durance vile
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
for inciting ethnic violence that claimed the lives of 11 people.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

Africa North
Fighting in Tripoli leaves 4 dead
TRIPOLI: Clashes between forces loyal to Libya’s unity government and rival fighters east of Tripoli have left four people dead including at least two civilians, the health ministry said.

Another 21 people were wounded in the fighting on Sunday and Monday in Garabulli about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of the capital, the ministry said overnight on Facebook.

Two foreign workers, whose nationalities were unclear, were among those killed, it said.

Clashes broke out on Sunday evening between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord and fighters aligned with former prime minister Khalifa Ghweil who refuses to recognize the UN-backed government in Tripoli, witnesses said.

The violence was continuing at dawn on Tuesday, they said.

Pro-GNA forces backed by dozens of tanks and pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns deployed east of the capital heading for Garabulli on the weekend, the witnesses said.

On Friday the GNA warned groups it described as “outlaws” against attempting to advance on Tripoli, adding that it had instructed security forces to prevent an assault on the capital.

Libya has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 toppling of dictator Muammar Qaddafi, with various militias and administrations vying for control of the oil-rich country.

A rival authority based in the country’s east has refused to recognize the GNA since it started working in Tripoli in March last year.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under:

464 migrants detained in Egypt over past two weeks
[AlAhram] Egypt has detained 464 migrants colonists of different nationalities attempting to leave the country over the past two weeks, an army statement said on Monday.

Egypt's army front man Tamer El-Refai said that the migrants colonists were detained by army and navy forces between 24 June and 8 July.

During the same period, the army also thwarted attempts to smuggle 5,291 kg in narcotics as well as pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and cattle.

Over the past few years, thousands of refugees and migrants colonists have attempted to cross the Mediterranean for Europe through Egypt’s northern coast, with hundreds detained by Egyptian authorities while attempting the journey.

In late 2016, Cairo introduced a law stiffening penalties against human traffickers. The move came after a migrant boat sank in September 2016 off the Mediterranean coast, killing hundreds.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has spoken on multiple occasions about Egypt's ongoing efforts to curb irregular migration from its shores to Europe ‐ a key concern for European countries facing a growing migrant crisis.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [479 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Ship 'em to Gaza?
Posted by: Pappy || 07/12/2017 15:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Not worth posting separately, Pappy, but An Nahar reported yesterday that a UN official claimed Gaza may already be unlivable. So clearly there is necessary work the locals aren't doing, for which the migrants would be perfect.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 16:09 Comments || Top||

Leading member of Hasm militant group killed in shootout with Egyptian police: Ministry
[AlAhram] Egypt’s Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday that police potted a leading member of the hard boy group Hasm during a shootout in Fayoum governorate.

The ministry said that the National Security Agency received information that a meeting of the group’s members was set to be held in Fayoum’s Snores village to plan terrorist attacks.

The slain leader was responsible for recruiting young members and sending them to training camps affiliated with the group, the ministry added.

Hasm has grabbed credit for a number of attacks against Egyptian security personnel in recent months, mostly targeting police checkpoints.

Egyptian security forces have tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
and killed dozens of suspected Hasm members in the past few months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

Yemeni Army gains yardage in al-Jouf
ADEN: The Yemeni army has made gains in the Haam mountain area in Matoon, north of Jouf governorate, after battles with Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias.

Sources told 26september.net, run by the Yemeni Defense Ministry, that Yemeni forces made advances with the help of air support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

The Yemeni army took control of a number of areas following fierce battles, and is still making advances in Haam. Troops attacked rebels in Al-Warsh and Al-Hayaal areas of Matoon in the early hours of Monday. The source said the militias took a severe blow with their men leaving behind a number of their dead.

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi emphasized the importance of uniting the ranks, and increasing cooperation and coordination with members of the Arab coalition to face challenges in Yemen and the region.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi Arabia executes four convicted extremists for Qatif attacks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has confirmed that authorities executed four convicts responsible for numerous terror attacks in Qatif.

A statement from the Saudi Interior Ministry named the convicts as Amjad Naji al-Moebid, Zaher Abdulrahim al-Basri, Yousif Ali Almushaikhis and Mahdi Mohammed Hassan Sayegh.

Al-Basri and the other three convicts were charged and found guilty for several terror attacks since 2011, including shooting at their guardians, using weapons and explosive devices that targeted the Tarut police station and several security patrol units in the restive Eastern Province area.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
11 Kurd Kommies die in Turkish airstrikes
ISTANBUL: Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in two areas of southeast Turkey overnight, killing 11 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters, the army said on Tuesday.

One air operation was conducted near the Syrian border, in the Dargecit district of Mardin province, where warplanes destroyed two gun positions and killed eight militants believed to be preparing for an attack, the army said in a statement.

It said three other PKK members were killed and a cave destroyed in air strikes in the countryside of Hakkari province, which borders Iraq and Iran.
The PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 and more than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict. It is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

A cease-fire between the Turkish state and the militants broke down in July 2015 and the southeast subsequently saw some of the worst violence since the insurgency began.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Terrorists kill six Hindu pilgrims in India-held Kashmir
[DAWN] Terrorists killed six Hindu pilgrims and maimed 14 others Monday in India-held Kashmire, police told AFP, after their bus came under attack.

India's Central Reserve Police Force, which provides security for the two-month long annual pilgrimage, said gunnies first opened fire on a security checkpoint but no injuries were reported.

"Militants further attacked the pilgrims' bus at Batingu (six civilians killed and 14 injured) and escaped towards Arwani," the CRPF said in a statement.

The police force added the pilgrims were from the western Indian state of Gujarat
...where rioting seems to be a traditional passtime...
A New Delhi based security official, speaking anonymously, told AFP that security personnel were exploring "all the angles including suspected Islamists".

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims trek over mountain trails to reach Amarnath caves, around 3,900 metres above sea level, in Indian Kashmire every year.

The devotees worship the natural ice formation at the caves as a symbol of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.

"Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on the peaceful Amarnath Yatris (pilgrims) in Jammu and Kashmire," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Large cache of weapons recovered from Kohat, says ISPR
[DAWN] A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered by the security forces in Kohat on Tuesday, the military's media wing claimed.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations' press release, armed forces conducted an intelligence-based operation and recovered the weapons while they were being transported from Darra Adam Khel to Wana.

"Weapons were discretely hidden inside the truck's lower body," the press release read.

ISPR said that two men were also apprehended in the operation. The recovered cache of weapons includes 614 pistols, 115 automatic weapons, 7,000 rounds of various calibre and 579 pistol magazines.

The details of the weapons recovered, according to the ISPR press release, are as following:

More than 300 30 bore pistols, six 30 bore Mousers, 197 black Zigana pistols, 16 Zigana camouflage pistols, 30 black Beretta pistols, four golden Pietro Beretta pistols, 20 Smith & Wesson pistols, 10 Walther pistols, 26 Mikarov pistols, one A5.56mm rifle, 106 SMGs, two kalakov shotguns, and six light machine guns.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Anbar Antix

Not enough kops to protect Heet from ISIS

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A local official in Anbar warned on Tuesday that the Islamic State militants could sneak easily into the city of Hit, northwest of Ramadi, noting that the number of police troops available was not enough to protect it.

In remarks to Alsumaria News,the president of the council of Hit, Mohammed al-Mohammadi, said that Hit, 70 km west of Ramadi, is surrounded by desert from the eastern, western and southern sides, noting that the IS elements can ‘sneak into the city easily’.

“The number of police personnel is 50 officers only, which is not enough to protect the city, compared to 1,000 officers before ISIS took control of the area,” he added.

Al-Mohammadi asked Anbar police chief, Hadi Zreig, to increase the number of police personnel in Hit in order to protect the city from any threat by the terror group.

Hit witness chronic security breaches such as suicide attacks against civilians and security forces.

The government, winning Mosul back, plans to aim at other IS havens across Iraq, including Anbar’s western areas close to the borders with Syria.

Soldier dies in IED attack near Ramadi

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A Soldier was killed and three others wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in western Ramadi, Anbar Governorate, a security source told Alsumaria News on Tuesday.

“An IED planted on the side of a highway west of the city of Ramadi exploded today afternoon, killing one soldier and wounding three others,” the source said.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that a security force cordoned off the blast’s scene and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital.

The Islamic State currently has a grip on the cities of Annah, Rawa and Al-Qa’im in western Anbar Governorate since mid-2014. Security forces continue preparations to liberate these cities, Alsumaria reported.

On Monday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory in the city of Mosul over IS, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces. The victory in Mosul means that the Iraqi government will carry on with further offensives to retake other IS holdouts across Iraq, including those in Anbar near the Syrian borders.

Paramilitary groups backing the government forces, Popular Mobilization Forces, said last month they had taken control over the border line between Anbar and Syria.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Sporadic clashes in Iraq's Mosul after victory declaration
[DAWN] Sporadic festivities are continuing in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, even after Iraq declared a "total victory" over the bully 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 in the city.
They used to be called Werewolves.
At least one Arclight airstrike hit the Old City, the scene of fierce final battles with IS, sending a plume of smoke into the air on Tuesday.

...back at the dirigible, the pilot and the copilot had both hit the silk.

Jack! Cynthia exclaimed. Do you know how to drive one of these things?

Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles.

No, he said. Do you?...

Amnesia Amnesty International released a report saying that the conflict in Mosul has created a "civilian catastrophe," with the snuffies carrying out forced displacement, summary killings and the use of human shields.

It called for a commission to investigate crimes against civilians by all sides in the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from jihadists.

"The horrors that the people of Mosul have witnessed and the disregard for human life by all parties to this conflict must not go unpunished," said Lynn Maalouf, director of Middle East research at Amnesia Amnesty International.
An Nahar adds:
The cost of victory has been enormous: much of Mosul in ruins, thousands dead and wounded and nearly half the city's population forced from their homes.

In Mosul's Old City, where buildings lie in ruins and burned-out cars and other debris choke the streets, security forces were still searching for remaining IS fighters.

"What we are doing today is just combing the area and clearing it of sleeper cells," Staff Lieutenant General Sami al-Aridhi, a senior commander in Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), said Tuesday.

"There are groups that are hiding in shelters," but they surrender or are killed, Aridhi said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  BFD. We're still having sporadic clashes in Chicago and Baltimore and they've been pacified since the French and Indian War.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2017 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Thanks to the Iraqi army Mosul is now as safe as Paris or London.
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2017 11:49 Comments || Top||

German military resumes tanker flights after move from Turkish base
[AlAhram] The German air force on Tuesday resumed refuelling operations from an air base in Jordan in support of U.S.-led air strikes against 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 after moving its Airbus MRTT tanker out of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Incirlik air base, a military front man said.

Germany began pulling its troops out of the Ottoman Turkish base on Sunday after a long-running row with Ankara over its decision to block German politicians from visiting German soldiers stationed there.

Turkey is at odds with Germany over a number of issues , ranging from criticism of the post-coup clampdown by Ankara to limiting Ottoman Turkish political campaigning in Germany.

Germany insisted that politicians be given the right to visit its soldiers, since parliament, not the government, has oversight of the country's armed forces.

"The tanker has now flown its first mission out of Jordan," the front man told Rooters after officials briefed politicians.

Six German Tornado fighter jets that are flying surveillance missions as part of the fight against Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, will continue operating out of the Ottoman Turkish air base until the end of July, officials have said.

Germany plans to bring the aircraft back to Germany then for maintenance and other operations until preparations for their operation have been completed at the new Jordanian base.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

IDF raids home of West Bank car-rammer, seizes ‘inciting material’
[IsraelTimes] 15 Paleostinians enjugged for rock throwing, riots; soldiers escort 1,000 Jewish worshipers to Joshua’s Tomb in northern West Bank

IDF soldiers on Tuesday raided the West Bank hometown of a Paleostinian man who the day before carried out a car-ramming attack in which a soldier was maimed, the army said.

On Monday afternoon, a resident of the Paleostinian village of Teqoa outside Bethlehem attempted to drive his car into a group of soldiers, lightly injuring one of them, as they manned a roadblock in the area. After crashing his car into the guard rail, the assailant then tried to stab the soldiers before he was rubbed out by the troops, according to the IDF.

The assailant was named in Paleostinian media as Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril, 24. According to the Paleostinian Ma’an news site, Israeli officials agreed to turn over the body for burial Tuesday in exchange for "quiet" in the town.

Early Tuesday morning, IDF troops, as well as Border Police officers and members of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, entered the village of Teqoa.

"The troops carried out searches in the home of the terrorist and in the homes of his family, and seized inciting material," the army said in a statement.

The military did not elaborate on the type of materials found, but a picture on Facebook posted by the village’s official page showed a poster ripped off a wall.

Between Monday night and Tuesday, the IDF placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
15 Paleostinians in cities and towns across the West Bank who were suspected of rock throwing, taking part in riots and other forms of so-called "popular terrorism," the military said.

The army also escorted approximately 1,000 worshipers to the Joshua’s Tomb holy site in the northern West Bank village of Kifl Hares.

Paleostinian residents threw large stones at the escorting Israeli soldiers, before the troops drove them back with stun grenades, the army said.

There were no reports of injuries.

Police arrest 26 Palestinians for entering Israel illegally

[IsraelTimes] Israel Police officers stop a bus in the Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm and find 26 Palestinians from the West Bank who are in Israel illegally.

A 27th man on the bus, also a West Bank Palestinian, had an entry permit.

The entire group is placed under arrest and taken for questioning. Within a few hours, 16 are released back to the West Bank, while police seek extended remands for the rest.
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Rebels Say They Downed Syria Warplane near Truce Zone
[AnNahar] Rebel groups shot down a Syrian government warplane on Tuesday near a ceasefire zone in the country's south, the factions and a monitoring group said.

Two rebel groups that operate in southeast Syria, the Lions of the East Army and the Ahmad al-Abdo Forces, issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying they had downed the aircraft.

"The plane was shot down and crashed in regime-controlled territory. We have no information on the pilot," said Fares al-Munjed, communications head for the Ahmad al-Abdo Forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor confirmed that the rebel groups had hit the plane near a village on the administrative border between the provinces of Rural Damascus and Sweida.

Sweida province is part of a new ceasefire deal negotiated by the United States, Russia, and Jordan that went into effect on Sunday.

The deal has brought relative quiet to most of the provinces covered -- Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida -- though outbreaks of violence have been reported.

In Sweida, government forces launched an attack on Monday on the Ahmad al-Abdo Forces and the Lions of the East Army.

Fighting continued into Tuesday over a series of hilltops and villages in the province, the Observatory and rebels said.

Two shells also landed in Daraa city, but no casualties were reported, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syrian Army Combat Summary
The Syrian Army clashed with ISIL terrorists on the southern and western axes of Deir Ezzor city and the surroundings of the Military Airport, where many of the terrorists were either killed or injured and their weapons destroyed.

SANA’s reporter said that the Syrian Air Force carried out intensive airstrikes on the hideouts and movements of ISIL terrorists in the areas of al-Huseinia, al-Bogheilia, the Panorama, Hattla, Marat, and Mazloum, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and weaponry.

In the meantime, several mortar shells fired by the terrorists landed in the neighborhoods of al-Joura, al-Qosour, and Harabesh, causing huge material damage, but no casualties were reported.

Moreover, local sources confirmed that a number of ISIL leaders fled Deir Ezzor, including the deputy “Emir of Hisba” in al-Ashara area Hamed al-Nouri aka “Abu Hamza al-Qaraani,” in addition to the terrorists Bashar al-Maddah, Ibrahim al-Bandar, Mohammad al-Qassouba, Abdulhadi al-Halloum, and two Kazakh terrorists.

The sources said that a group of locals attacked the so-called “al-Hisba Headquarters” in al-Hajin town in the eastern countryside, killing a terrorist and injuring two.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

2 Militants Dead, 3 Held and Bombs Seized in Arsal Raid
[AnNahar] Two terror suspects were killed and three others were tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in an army raid Tuesday in the northeastern border town of Arsal, the military said.

"In light of security information and as part of the preemptive army plan that led to raiding Arsal encampments on June 30, an Intelligence Directorate force raided a terrorist group at dawn in the town of Arsal," an army statement said.

The group was "plotting terrorist attacks," the army added.

A clash ensued when the suspects tried to resist the raiding force, which resulted in the death of "Syrian murderous Moslems Yasser al-Ghawi and Atef al-Jaroudi and the arrest of three others," the statement said.

"Seven bombs that were ready for detonation, an explosive vest and 50 kilograms of bomb-making material were seized, in addition to a quantity of hand grenades and detonators," the army added.

It also noted that al-Ghawi was "the criminal mastermind of the bombing that targeted Ras Baalbek on May 22."

On June 30, the army arrested scores of Syrians during raids in refugee encampments in and around Arsal. Twenty of them remain in jug on terror charges.

Five jacket wallahs blew themselves up and other hard boyz hurled grenades during the raids, which resulted in the death of a Syrian child and the wounding of seven soldiers, according to the army.
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Lebanese Held for Using Internet Game to Promote IS Ideology
[AnNahar] Lebanese national S.M.F. has been incarcerated
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for belonging to the terrorist 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 and promoting its ideology on the internet, General Security said on Tuesday.

"During interrogation, he confessed to the charges and admitted that he had attended religious lectures outside Leb at the hands of a holy man belonging to the IS group," a General Security statement said.

"He then downloaded the Boom Beach warfare internet game and used its chat rooms to talk to supporters of the terrorist IS group," the statement added.

Also through Boom Beach, S.M.F. communicated with "a terrorist who was arrested by General Security on charges of plotting acts of sabotage in downtown Beirut."

"Following interrogation, he was referred to the relevant judicial authorities and efforts are underway to arrest the rest of the culprits," General Security added.
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ISIS executes 3 Iraqi militia in Hawija

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State executed on Tuesday three fighters belonging to al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the Imam Gharbi village in al-Qayara neighborhood, southern Mosul, a local source told Shafaaq News.

Elements of the IS sneaked into the Imam Gharbi village during the past few days through Shirqat, Salahuddin, and managed to cross the Tigris river.

Security forces continue to surround the area in preparation for restoring it from the terror group.

“The IS’ elements stormed a number of houses in the Imam Gharbi village and arrested a number of civilians on charges of cooperation and communication with government agencies,” the source said, noting that three fighters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi were executed in front of their families.

On Sunday, a security source said that IS still controls 60% of the Imam Gharbi village, which was liberated several months ago.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Monday the end of Islamic State’s dominance over Mosul, celebrating an end of the group’s three-year rule in Iraq’s second largest city and the group’s formerly-proclaimed capital.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi has been actively engaged in the government’s campaign against IS that ran since mid October, and contributed to the campaign by regaining control over IS holdouts near he Syrian borders.

100+ civilians freed in Raqqa

[ARA News] The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday secured dozens of civilians after clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in the Old City of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.

“More than 100 civilians were freed by SDF fighters from the Raqqa Old City today,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

“ISIS terrorists have been using these civilians as human shields to impede our progress in Raqqa,” the Kurdish officer said.

In the meantime, clashes intensified between the Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS militants in Raqqa city.

“At least nine ISIS jihadists were killed in Tuesday’s clashes near the Old City,” Osman told ARA News.

Military sources reported that the SDF is currently trying to open safe passages for civilians stranded in ISIS-held parts of Raqqa, in a bid to minimise civilian casualties in the ongoing battle.

Doctor Nasr Haji Mansour, a senior SDF advisor, told ARA News in an exclusive interview that ISIS had been expelled from 25% of Raqqa. His statement corresponds with those recently given by Coalition commanders.

“More than 25% of Raqqa city has been liberated from ISIS,” Dr Mansour confirmed. “It looks like [the Raqqa operation] will go on a little bit longer; maybe another month if surprises don’t happen.”

This comes after the SDF launched a major operation to liberate the city of Raqqa from ISIS radicals.

Raqqa has been known as a de facto capital for the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate since the summer of 2014.

On June 6, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the official start of the battle for Raqqa city.

Isolating ISIS Capital
The Kurdish-Arab-Christian alliance of SDF has been isolating Raqqa since November 2016, when the US-backed alliance launched the so-called Euphrates Wrath Operation.

On 13 April, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the fourth phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation against Islamic State’s extremists to clear out the northern countryside of Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, 2016, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.

On 4 February, 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, and liberated dozens of villages in Eastern Raqqa from ISIS jihadists.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at liberating the city of Raqqa from ISIS extremists.
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