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Afghanistan
US Service Member Killed In Afghanistan: RS
[ToloNews] A US service member was killed Saturday, July 13, in Afghanistan, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
’s Resolute Support (RS) mission said without giving further details.

According to the US Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

The service members death brings to 10 the number of US troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year, compared to 12 in 2018.

On June 25, Army Master Sergeant Micheal B. Riley and Sgt. James G. Johnston were killed in Uruzgan Province by small arms fire while engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon said. That incident is under investigation.

At least 2,300 American soldiers have died and more than 20,400 have been maimed in the country since a US-led coalition ousted the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
in 2001.
An Nahar add:
The US now has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan -- down from a peak of around 100,000 -- most of them deployed to train and advise Afghan counterparts.

President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
has said he wants America out of Afghanistan as soon as possible and his special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, is pushing for a peace deal that would see international forces pull out in return for various guarantees.
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#1 
"Various guarantees". That sounds iron-clad. Especially coming from the likes of the Taliban.
Posted by: Roger Smith || 07/14/2019 11:31 Comments || Top||


Afghan forces conduct 113 joint, special ops and 21 airstrikes in past 24 hours: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops conducted 113 Joint and Special Operations against the bad boy groups in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense in a statement said Saturday the security forces conducted 12 joint and 101 special operations to suppress the bad boy groups.

Furthermore, the Afghan Air Force conducted 21 Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s to support the ground forces during the operations.

The statement further added that the security forces conducted the operations in Balkh, Jawzjan, Uruzgan, Takhar, Baghlan, Ghor, Zabul, Badghis, Laghman
...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men...
, Kandahar, Kunduz, Paktiya, Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, Ghazni, Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Slats Chumbaloni was staring into a hole that was just .45 inch in diameter and was less than three feet from his heavily sweating face ...
the defense ministry said the security forces killed 80 murderous Moslems and maimed 27 others during the same operations.

In addition, the security forces arrested three suspected bad boys.

The Ministry of Defense also added that the coalition forces also provided support to the Afghan cops during the operations.
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Afghan Forces Arrest 50 Suspects For Links With ‘Terrorists’
[ToloNews] Of the 50 suspects, at least 40 of them in security forces operations in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
At least 50 suspects were arrested for links with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and involvement in terrorist activities during operations by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) personnel in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

One of the operations was conducted in Deh Sabz district in Kabul on Friday evening in which at least 10 suspects were arrested.

Deh Sabz residents welcomed the move and vowed more cooperation with security forces.

"We are cooperating with the security forces because we are living in peace due to their efforts," said Zabiullah, a Deh Sabz resident.

"We are happy from the security forces and we hope they will always patrol the [Bakhtiyari] village [where the operation was conducted]," said Abdul Matin, a Deh Sabz resident.

Local officials said that at least 40 suspects were arrested in Kandahar and Helmand province and that most of them were arrested when they were trying to enter Afghanistan through the Durand Line.

"Among this group of 40 suspects, we have people from Kandahar, Uruzgan, Helmand, Zabul, Ghazni, Badghis, Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Jawzjan, Paktia and Maidan Wardak provinces," the Kandahar governor Hayatullah Hayat said.

"We arrested some individual who had no links with festivities in Kandahar. For instance, one of the suspects says that he was [the Taliban’s designated] deputy chief of intelligence," said Gen. Barakatullah Samkanai, head of the NDS office in Kandahar.

Kandahar residents said such operations are needed to improve the security of the southern provinces.

"We call on judicial organizations to persuade their duties with honesty and implement the law on terrorists," said Ghulam Reza, a Kandahar resident.

"Security is not good after the death of [former Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul] Raziq, because we see many illegal button men in the city [of Kandahar]. It is wrong that they are released after they are arrested [by security forces]," said Eid Mohammad, a Kandahar resident.
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Airstrikes kill 8 Taliban militants in Takhar, Wardak and Parwan provinces
[KhaamaPress] The security forces carried out Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Takhar, Wardak and Parwan provinces killing at least 8 Talibs.

The military officials said Saturday that an airstrike killed 2 Talibs in Namak Ab district of Takhar province.

The officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 2 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters in Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.

Furthermore, the official said an airstrike killed 4 Talibs in Siagird district of Parwan province.

The anti-government armed holy warriors including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
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Taliban attack on hotel claims the lives of senior police officer, his security guards in Badghis
[KhaamaPress] A coordinated Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack in Qala-e-Naw city
...the capitol of Badghis province...
of Badghis claimed the lives of a police brass hat and his three security guards.

Qazi Abdul Rahim Rahin, a former politician representing Badghis in the parliament said Mohammad Yousuf Akhgar, the police chief of district 3 of Qala-e-Naw Qazi lost his life in the attack.

Rahin further added that the bully boyz launched the attack at around 10 am local time by taking position inside a building and opening fire on the city.

Furthermore, Rahin said three security guards of Akhgar also bit the dust in the attack.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
the Ministry of Interior front man Nasrat Rahimi said a group of 3 jacket wallahs launched the attack on a hotel in the city at around noon time.

Rahimi further added that the security forces managed to eliminate three of attackers earlier this evening.

Rahimi also added that the security forces also arrested two of the attackers.
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Afghan forces killed, wound 34 Taliban militants in Khost, Paktiya: 203rd Thunder Corps
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces have inflicted casualties on 34 Talibs in south-eastern Khost and Paktiya.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces killed 16 Talibs and maimed 13 others in Mosa Khel district of Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
The statement further added that the security forces also confiscated one Ak-47 rifle, a ladder, 5 rocket launcher ammunition and 7 rockets of 82mm rocket launcher.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces killed 2 Talibs and maimed 3 others in Zurmat district of Paktiya province.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Don Smilzo looked for an avenue of escape. The only window opened a hundred feet above the moat. The nearest of the hired assassins hold a bloody axe.
The window was looking better all the time....

the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces discovered and defused 9 improvised explosives during an operation in the outskirts of Ghazni city.
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Taliban commander Abu Bakar and his fighters killed after attacking ALP posts in Laghman
[KhaamaPress] The security forces repulsed a coordinated attack by Talibs on Afghan Local Police security posts in Laghman
...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men...
province.

The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Talibs attack the security posts in Alisheng district late on Friday night.

The statement further added that the Local Police forces effectively responded to the attack with the support of the soldiers of 1st Brigade of Silab Corps.

Furthermore, the statement added that the security forces killed a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
commander Abu Bakar alias Kochai and his 2 bandidos Death Eaters during the clash.

The 201st Silab Corps also added that the security force also maimed four Talibs during exchange of fire.
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Afghan Special Forces kill 8 Taliban militants in Ghormach district of Faryab province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 8 Talibs during an operation in Faryab province in the North.

The military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces conducted the operation in Ghormach district.

The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 8 murderous Moslems during the same raid.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the operation so far.
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Airstrikes kill 7 Taliban militants in Farah and Herat provinces
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Farah and Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
provinces in the West killing at least 7 Talibs.

The informed military officials said Saturday an airstrike killed 3 Talibs in Khak-e-Safayd district of Farah province.

The sources further added that a similar airstrike killed 4 Talibs in Farsi district of Herat province.

The anti-government armed turbans including Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
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Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties after attacking Alam Khel Base in Balkh
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces repelled a coordinated attack by Talibs on Alam Khel Base in Balkh province inflicting heavy casualties on assailants.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Talibs attacked the base in the early hours of Friday morning.

The statement further added that the Afghan forces effectively responded to the attack using the reserve forces and air power.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces killed 16 Talibs and maimed 10 others during the clash.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that the security forces did not suffer casualties during the clash.
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Afghan Special Forces arrest 5 ISIS-K militants in Kabul
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested five bandidos gunnies of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) terrorist group in Kabul.

The military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces arrested the bandidos gunnies in Kabul district.

The officials did not disclose further information regarding the detained murderous Moslems.

The anti-government armed elements including ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the operation so far.
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Afghan Special Forces arrest one of the most prominent leaders of ISIS in Pul-e-Khumri city
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested one of the most prominent leaders of ISIS terrorist group in Pul-e-Khumri city, the scenic provincial capital of Baghlan province.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the NDS Special Forces arrested Abdul Jamil son of Mawlana Juma Khan, the recruitment chief of ISIS terrorist in Pul-e-Khumri city.

The statement further added that Jamil was actively involved in preparing suicide kaboom vests and improvised bombs.

Furthermore, the National Directorate of Security said Jamil lost his son and other relatives in a premature IED explosion in 2016.

He recruited his nephew into ISIS ranks last year who carried out a suicide kaboom in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
city mosque.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?...
the National Directorate of Security said the Afghan Special Forces also confiscated some IED making equipment and other military kits from the house of Jamil.

The National Directorate of Security also added that the Special Forces arrested Syed Mehrabuddin son of Syed Meraj who was running a shop in Pul-e-Khumri city and was planting magnetic bombs in the vehicles.

The statement by National Directorate of Security also added that the Special Forces also arrested three other Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS bully boyz who were involved in explosion and terrorist attacks in Baghlan province.
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Africa North
Huge explosion in Bani Waled #Libya
[TWITTER]

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#1  "Natural Phenomena™"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Second "Blow Fish" unmanned low-profile explosive boat found in Red Sea
[TWITTER]

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Muslim Brotherhood group in Kuwait were involved in the assassination of Egypt’s former Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat in 2015
[TWITTER]




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Europe
African Migrants Turned Church Into Base to Deal Heroin
[BREITBART] Five African migrants colonists have been arrested in Rome this week after turning a local church into a headquarters for trafficking and stockpiling large amounts of heroin.

The five young migrant men, four of whom were from Gambia
... The Gambia is actually surrounded by Senegal on all sides but its west coast. It has a population of about 1.7 million. The difference between the two is that in colonial days Senegal was ruled by La Belle France and The Gambia (so-called because there's only one of it, unlike Guinea, of which there are the Republic of Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, New Guinea, the English coin in circulation between 1663 and 1813, and Guyana, which sounds like it should be another one) was ruled by Britain...
and the other from Mali, used the church in Rome’s Torre Angela area on the Via delle Amazzoni as a place to store and sell drugs after seeing a large number of mostly Nigerian worshippers visited the church on weekends, Il Giornale reports.

Italian coppers raided the church this week and as they did so, the members of the narco gang attempted to hide around two pounds of heroin while other members kicked and punched the officers trying to get into the building.
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#1  Ideal branding opportunity:
"Opiate of the MassesTM"
Posted by: Lex || 07/14/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Russia delivers more air defense equipment to Turkey
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defense equipment to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
on Saturday, the Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger US sanctions against a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
ally.

The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Murted air base near the Ottoman Turkish capital Ankara, a day after three huge Russian air force AN-124 planes offloaded equipment at the base.

Washington has tried for months to prevent the deal, arguing that the Russian S-400 air defense system is incompatible with NATO systems. It also says that if the S-400s are deployed near US F-35 jets, which Turkey is buying and helping to produce, they would undermine the stealth fighter planes’ defenses.

US officials had warned that Turkey would be thrown off the F-35 program if it took delivery of the S-400s, and would also face sanctions under US legislation seeking to prevent countries from buying military equipment from Russia.

Turkey says S-400 is a strategic defense requirement, above all to secure its southern borders with Syria and Iraq. It says that when it made the deal with Russia for the S-400s, the United States and Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
had not presented a viable alternative.

The dispute between the countries with the two largest armies in NATO marks a deep division in the Western military alliance, which was forged after World War Two to counter Moscow’s military power.

Reaction from Washington was limited on Friday, with acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying the US stance had not changed. Esper later spoke with Ottoman Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.

"Minister Akar told his US counterpart that Turkey remains under a serious air and missile threat and that purchase of S-400 defense systems was not an option but rather a necessity," a Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry statement said.

Investors in Turkey have been unsettled by the deal and the prospect of sanctions, a year after a dispute with Washington over the trial of a US pastor in Turkey contributed to a financial crisis which drove Turkey’s economy into recession.

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#1  The RU S-400's are likely the vanguard of future non-defensive weapons systems to be delivered.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2019 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Throw Turkey out of NATO. Now. And throw their F35 crews, techs and pilots out immediately. Pack up the airfields, dynamite our buildings, and crater the runways on the way out.
Posted by: Unolugum Pheack3613 || 07/14/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Amen.
Posted by: Lex || 07/14/2019 12:28 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Clashes reported between Indian and Pakistani armies at Krishnagathi area of Poonch
[TWITTER]

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Iraq
Turkey reinvigorates Operation Claw in Kurdistan Region against PKK
A cute little map of the region in question can be seen at the link.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
has begun its second wave of Operation Claw against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerillas in the Khakurk area south of Turkey’s border with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The first phase commenced in late-May.

"On the evening of July 12, a new operation named Claw 2 was launched with our Commando Brigades in the north of Iraq to destroy caves and shelters used by a terror organization. This is a follow-up on the successfully ongoing Claw 1 operation in the Hakurk [Khakurk] area which revealed new information on terrorist activity," read a statement from the Ottoman Turkish Ministry of Defense that was released on Saturday.

Ankara is branding the new offensive ’Operation Claw 2.’ Hakurk is in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, close to the borders with Turkey and Iran. It is located just north of Qandil, where the PKK is headquartered about 52 kilometers northeast of the regional capital city of Erbil.

"The operation continues as planned," it added, detailing Turkey is supporting it with Air Force planes, ground fire support vehicles, TAI/AgustaWestland (ATAK) attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The ministry has claimed it "neutralized" dozens of PKK fighters in the framework of Operation Claw, but the Kurdish group has refuted the figure.

Ankara uses the word neutralized to refer to those killed, maimed, or otherwise removed from the battlefield. The PKK has also claimed the lives of a number of Ottoman Turkish soldiers. The two figures rarely match.

On the 38th anniversary of the July 14 event in a Diyarbakir prison, the PKK announced "Halat Retaliation Year" on Saturday. It is a reference to the killing of senior PKK leader Diyar Ghareen, known as Halmat by his comrades, during Ottoman Turkish operations on July 5.

A group of Kurds were held in Diyarbakir prison after a 1980 military coup in Turkey. Abused in the jail, a group of the prisoners went on a hunger strike. The incident is commemorated by sympathizers remembered every year. A film about it called ’14 Temmuz’ (July 14) has sometimes been banned by the Ottoman Turkish state.

Firat News Agency (ANF), media affiliated with the PKK, published footage on Friday, purportedly showing Ottoman Turkish military bases and convoys being attacked by guerillas in different areas on the Ottoman Turkish side of the border with the Kurdistan Region.

The attacks took place on June 21 in Hakkari, on June 29 in Avasin, and on July 5 in Uludere, killing six soldiers, according to ANF.

The People's Defence Forces (HPG), the armed wing of the PKK, released photographs of two of its fighters who it claimed were killed in festivities with the Ottoman Turkish Army inside Turkey in mid-May. The HPG typically announces their deaths weeks or months later.

The Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi federal government repeatedly have called on gangs not to launch attacks against neighboring countries from within the country.

Kurdish groups opposed to the Iranian regime have also come under retaliatory attacks in recent days by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in areas just south of Hakurk and Qandil in recent days.
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Iraqi paramilitary forces destroy IS largest hideout in Hamrin Mount
Diyala (IraqiNews) Commander of al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s 24th Brigade, Ziad Khalifa al-Tamimi, announced destroying the largest hideout of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Hamrin Mountains, in Diyala Province.

The media cells of al-Hashd al-Shaabi quoted al-Tamimi as saying that the troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi managed to destroy the largest hideout of the Islamic State terrorist group, in the area of Hamrin Mountains.

The hideout contained habitat for the Islamic State forces of Evil and their cycle of violences, Tamimi explained. They also used that hideout as a cemetery for the IS casualities, he further added.
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Military Intelligence apprehends IS militants in Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews) The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate announced, on Saturday, apprehending a member of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, while he was trying to enter djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
coming from Erbil.

The Directorate said in a statement that based on accurate intelligence information, Military Intelligence forces managed to apprehend on of the terrorists, who were serving as security members in the Islamic State group, while he was trying to enter Makhmoud District in Mosul, coming from Erbil.
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US-led Coalition warplanes kill 4 terrorists in Nineveh
Nineveh (IraqiNews) Security Media Cell announced, on Saturday, that four bad boyz were potted by an air strike carried out by the US-led international coalition warplanes in Nineveh Province.

The cell said in a brief statement that based on accurate information, the warplanes of the international coalition managed to kill 4 Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorists, south of al-Manayef Village, in Nineveh Province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


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IDF arrests 2 Palestinians who entered closed waters off Gaza coast
[Ynet] IDF troops arrest two Paleostinians whose boat entered an area of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of southern Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
that has been closed by the military.

The two were taken for questioning by the security forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2019 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


17-year-old Palestinian with knife arrested by IDF troops
[Jpost] A 17-year-old Paleostinian was arrested by IDF troops in the Beit Shean area north of the West Bank.

A knife was found by troops nearby.

In a statement the IDF said "soldiers arrested a suspect from the village of Jilabun near the fence of a community in the area of the "Menashe" area."

According to the statement the suspect was "under surveillance by forces."
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Reports of Turkish military aircraft over northern Raqqa
[TWITTER] NOT F-35s. Heh
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Fourteen civilians, including six children and infants, are killed in air strikes in northwest Syria
[TWITTER]
An Nahar adds:
Syrian rescuers and activists say 11 civilians, including two families of four, have been killed in government and Russian Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s inside Syria's last rebel stronghold.

First responders known as White Helmets said airstrikes in Kfarya village Saturday killed a mother, her baby and another man, leaving 11 injured, including one of their volunteers.

The rescuers and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said other airstrikes in the town of Khan Sheikhoun hit a farm, killing two families‐ four children and four parents. The Observatory said Russian aircraft were suspected of launching the strike.

Moscow is backing the Syrian government in a stalled offensive against the northwestern Syria rebel enclave, now in its 11th week.

Russia said it foiled an attack on its coastal military base Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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