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Afghan forces receive HIMARS support during the counter-terrorism operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US military officials in Afghanistan are saying that the Afghan national defense and security forces receive High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) support from the US forces during the counter-terrorism operations.

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan Crider, the Task Force Southwest HIMARS launch chief has said "Our mission is to have all-weather, 24-hour artillery support capability. Since HIMARS is the only weapon system that can do this, it provides fire support for any ANDSF personnel who need it."

Since their arrival, the Marines operating the HIMARS have executed more than ten missions in support of Afghan forces, helping them kill enemy fighters, destroy Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
IED manufacturing and drug processing facilities, and enhance security for the Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
populace, according to a report by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins in Resolute Support Headquarters.

The report further adds that since their arrival, the Marines operating the HIMARS have executed more than ten missions in support of Afghan forces, helping them kill enemy fighters, destroy Taliban IED manufacturing and drug processing facilities, and enhance security for the Helmand populace.

"HIMARS is capable of ranges of out to 300 kilometers. It’s a highly mobile system that is very adaptable to any condition, and it provides [commanders] with... surface-to-surface all-weather fires in order to support our partners on the ground," said U.S. Marine Capt. Justin Noone, the officer-in-charge of the HIMARS detachment.

According to the report, Helmand-based ANDSF relied solely on coalition and Afghan air assets to deliver explosives onto enemy locations during their operations prior to HIMARS arriving. By using GPS technology, HIMARS delivers highly-explosive rounds across the battlespace with precision, while also giving an alternative to air-to-ground fires capabilities.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [475 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Suicide attack in Kandahar, casualties feared
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A suicide kaboom rocked Kandahar province in South of Afghanistan this afternoon amid reports at least six people were killed or maimed.

The incident has taken place in the vicinity of Daman district with the preliminary reports suggesting the target was a convoy of the security forces, apparently belonging to foreign military.

A security official confirmed that one woman was killed and five others were maimed in the kaboom.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Explosion in Mazar-e-Sharif city leaves 3 dead, wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom took place in Mazar-e-Sharif city in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan close to noon time today, leaving at least three people dead or maimed.

A security official confirmed the incident took place due to a magnetic bomb kaboom at around 11 am local time.

The source further added that a magnetic bomb planted in a Hilux type vehicle went off close to Noor roundabout, leaving one dead and two others maimed.

No further details were given regarding the identities of those killed in the kaboom and it is yet not clear if the victims had any links with the government or security institutions.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

14 ISIS militants killed, wounded in latest operations in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least fourteen faceless myrmidons affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed or maimed during the latest operations in eastern 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..
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the Afghan cops conducted counter-terrorism operations against the terror group in Khogyani and Haska Mina districts in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted with the air support and as a result at least nine IS faceless myrmidons were killed and five others were maimed.

At least seven of the faceless myrmidons were killed in Khogyani district and five others were maimed while two others were killed in Haska Mina district.

According to Nangarhar provincial government, the faceless myrmidons were killed during the operations of Silab-4 operations.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Taliban Kills 14 Afghan Troops, Suicide Car Bomb Targets NATO Convoy
[VOA News] Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
turbans have killed at least 14 Afghan troops and injured several others in a pre-dawn attack in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

Officials said Sunday turbans stormed police outposts around the bustling provincial capital of Lashkargah, but security forces repelled the attack and ensuing fierce festivities inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban.

A Taliban front man claimed the attack and gave a much higher corpse count for government forces.

Later, a jacket wallah in neighboring Kandahar province detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...

Provincial police front man, Matiullah Helal, told VOA, the blast killed a woman passerby and maimed five other civilians, but did not harm any foreign troops.

The Taliban routinely carry out guerrilla raids and suicide kabooms, mainly targeting Afghan cops and convoys of NATO’s Resolute Support mission, which comprises mostly U.S. forces.
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Senior Al-Shabaab Militants Killed In Somalia Drone Strike
[RADIOSHABELLE] Several senior al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
bad boyz were potted in a dronezap on the outskirts of the coastal city of Kismayo
...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region...
in southern Somalia.

A military official, on condition of anonymity, said several strikes hit an al-Shabaab base in Berhani location, some 60 kilometers south of Kismayo, killing several senior terrorists, Xinhua reported.

Residents of Berhani location said there were huge kabooms early hours of Saturday.

"The strike hit the base where the Death Eaters were meeting leading to several casualties," the military officer from the Somalia National Army was quoted as saying.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [741 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Gunmen assassinate mayor of Misrata
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Gunmen fatally shot the mayor of Libya’s third-largest city, Misrata, late on Sunday, ambushing his car inside the city, security officials said.

The North African oil producer has been in chaos since the 2011 uprising that unseated Muammar Gaddafi, but Misrata, Libya’s biggest port, had been relative peaceful until now.

Gunmen chased the car of Mayor Mohamed Eshtewi after he left Misrata airport following his arrival on a plane from Turkey, a security official said, adding it was unclear who was behind it.

In October, a bomb exploded at the city’s court, killing about four people and wounding 40 others in an attack claimed by ISIS.
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

US soldier ambushed in Niger wasn't captured
[SanDiegoUnionTribune] An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation.

Dispelling a swirl of rumors about how Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, died, the report has determined that he was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire as he fled the attack by an offshoot of the Islamic State group about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niamey, the capital of the African country. The attack took place Oct. 4; Johnson's body was recovered two days later.

U.S. officials familiar with the findings spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe details of an investigation that has not been finalized or publicly released.

A 12-member Army special forces unit was accompanying 30 Nigerien forces when they were attacked in a densely wooded area by as many as 50 militants traveling by vehicle and carrying small arms and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [736 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Not going to armchair quarter back this but it appears our forces went into an uncontrolled retreat.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 12/18/2017 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Same here UE, but you can bet security procedures for local village 'head man' visits have been modified.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/18/2017 1:55 Comments || Top||

#3  What are USA SF doing in Nigeria?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/18/2017 4:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Cooperative Security Locations, Grom.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/18/2017 6:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Niger, not Nigeria.
Posted by: Blackbeard Bumble5724 || 12/18/2017 18:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Thank you Skidmark. Excellent article.
Posted by: borgboy || 12/18/2017 18:49 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
At least 4 dead in Boko Haram ambush on Nigeria convoy
[AlAhram] At least four people were killed when Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
fighters opened fire on a military convoy transporting civilians and food aid in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said Sunday.

Troops later killed two jihadists and recovered weapons after trailing them to nearby villages, the sources said.

"We've been informed that Boko Haram forces of Evil killed four people in an ambush against a civilian convoy near Gamboru," on the border with Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
late Saturday, Babakura Kolo, a member of a paramilitary force battling the jihadists, told AFP.

The attackers arrived in two pick-up trucks before opening fire on the vehicles.

They also managed to steal a lorry carrying food aid to thousands of people displaced by violence in Gamboru, as well as two other vehicles, a local witness said.

Boko Haram has carried out a string of suicide kabooms and kidnappings in northeastern Nigeria, in recent years, particularly in Borno state, leaving at least 20,000 people dead and displacing 2.6 million since 2009.

The strategic 140-kilometre (85-mile) trade route linking the Borno state capital Maiduguri to Gamboru was reopened in July last year after it was shut by the military for two years due to incessant jihadist attacks.

Trucks carrying goods and passenger vehicles use the road under military escort but food-starved fighters still launch sporadic ambushes on convoys from their hideouts.
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Gabon arrests dozens after stabbing over Trump Jerusalem move
[IsraelTimes] Most of those detained are traders and sellers in the tourist-frequented market where knife attack on two Danes occurred

Police in Gabon enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
dozens of people on Sunday over a knife attack in the capital apparently committed in retribution for "US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital," officials said.

The men detained were mostly traders and sellers in the popular market in Libreville where the attack occurred on Saturday ‐ and all are from west Africa, according to an AFP correspondent.

They were taken to police headquarters where they are due to be questioned, an official said.

"Operations are ongoing," government front man Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze told AFP. "We are not commenting at this stage."

Two Danish nationals working for the National Geographic channel were maimed in the attack, he said.

Police said the assailant is a 53-year-old Nigerian man who, according to witnesses, shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) during the attack.

The man, who has lived in Gabon for 19 years, said in his first statements that he "acted in retaliation for US attacks against Moslems and America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital," Defense Minister Etienne Massard said Saturday.

Residents said the man was from the Moslem Hausa/Fulani community of northern Nigeria and sold smoked meat from a cart in the city and in the market.

"We are still gathering information," Bilie By Nze said.

The market in Libreville, popular with tourists, was shut down after the incident and remained closed on Sunday, with security forces manning the gates.

Authorities have said the attack appeared to be politically motivated, but have not publicly classified it as terrorism.

Gabon, a small French-speaking former colony with 1.8 million inhabitants, has so far been spared the Islamist-inspired attacks that have taken place in some neighboring countries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Yemeni army storms Houthi prison and frees detainees
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A video circulated on social media showed Yemeni army forces as they freed detainees from a prison that was once controlled by the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia in Bihan in Shabwa.

The army and popular resistance forces liberated most of Bihan and Usaylan on Friday following battles that ended with the Houthis’ defeat.

Liberating Bihan and Usaylan, the Houthis’ last two strongholds in Shabwa, is strategically significant as according to some military experts it will speed up the Houthis’ collapse and help liberate other areas.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi-led Coalition Airstrike Kills 10 Women in Yemen
[VOA News] Witnesses and health officials say an Arclight airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition has struck a wedding procession east of Yemen's capital, killing 10 women.

They say the Sunday airstrike targeted the women as they marched to a village in Maarib province. They said the bride was among the women, but it was not immediately clear whether she was maimed.

It's a tradition in rural Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
for the bride's female friends and relatives to escort her to the wedding ceremony, where the groom awaits.

The witnesses and officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation or were not authorized to brief the media.

The U.S.-backed coalition has been at war with Iranian-supported Shi'ite rebels since 2015. Its airstrikes have hit civilians on a number of occasions.
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Five persons wounded in western Baghdad bomb blast
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five persons were maimed in a kaboom in west of Baghdad, a security source said on Friday.

"A bomb placed near a market went kaboom! leaving five persons maimed in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad," the source told Baghdad Today website.
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Kirkuk Kombat Kronicle

Unidentified gunmen attack security patrol with hand grenades in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) Unidentified gunmen have attacked a security patrol in central Kirkuk using hand grenades on Sunday, a security source told Baghdad Today.

“The bomb attack targeted a patrol of Emergency Police at Teseen neighborhood in Kirkuk,” the source said, adding that there has been no official word on the number of casualties so far.

Three Kurdish students arrested by PMFs over celebration of Flag Day

Baghdad (Iraqinews) A number of Kurdish students were arrested Sunday by the Popular Mobilization Forces over celebration of the Kurdistan Flag Day, a source told Shafaq News.

“An armed group of the PMFs arrested the students who were wearing unique Kurdish clothing to celebrate the Kurdistan Flag Day at the University of Kirkuk,” the source said.

“The students were taken to an unknown location,” the source said, adding that no police forces intervened to prevent the arrest of the students.

The Kurdistan flag, a symbol for its people, is hoisted every year with the national anthem ‘Ey Reqib’ usually being played.

December 17 was designated as the Kurdistan Flag Day by the Kurdistan Region parliament in 2009.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2017 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under:

More Mosul Moslem Mayhem

Three policemen killed in shootout with Islamic State in Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) Three federal police forces were killed in a shootout with Islamic State west of Mosul, a security source told BasNews.

“IS militants launched an attack on a patrol of Federal Police at al-Nahrawan area in western Mosul, killing three policemen,” the source, who preferred to remain unnamed, said on Sunday.

“Police launched a manhunt for the assailants, who fled the scene after the shooting,” the source added.

Suicide bomber killed before blowing himself up outside Mosul house

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) A suicide bomber was killed on Sunday before blowing himself up outside a house in Mosul, a security source told Shafaq News.

“A bomber with an explosive belt was killed after one of the bombs he was carrying exploded while trying to blow himself up outside a house owned by the father of the former mayor of Mosul,” the source said.

“The blast left no casualties among civilians,” the source stressed.

Earlier in the day, a child was wounded as three suicide bombers attacked the house of the former chief of Qayyarah town.

One of the attackers was killed before blowing up himself, while the two others ran away.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2017 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Diyala-Salahuddin border clearances continue

Iraqi troops kill eight terrorists on border between Diyala, Salahuddin

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Iraqi troops killed eight terrorists and destroyed four Islamic State hotbeds during a military operation to pursuit IS militants in a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, a municipal official said.

In an exclusive interview to Baghdad Today on Sunday, Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of Diyala council’s security committee, said, “Joint troops from the Tigris Operations Command, al-Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi Air Force killed eight terrorists and destroyed four IS hideouts at Mteibijah area between the provinces of Salahuddin and Diyala.”

“The troops also dismantled 24 bombs during the purging operation at Mteibijah area,” Husseini said, adding that an Islamic State camp and five armored vehicles used by the militant group were also destroyed at Albu Jum’ah village.

Iraqi army announces liberation of 25 villages from Islamic State remnants

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) The Iraqi Army announced on Sunday the liberation of 25 villages on the border between Diyala and Salahuddin from Islamic State.

In a statement, quoted by Alforatnews, the War Media Cell said, “Forces from Tigris, Samarra and Salahuddin operations commands, backed by Iraqi Air Force and al-Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, have launched a wide-scale security campaign to pursuit terrorists and criminals at Mteibijah area near the border between the provinces of Salahuddin and Diyala.”

“So far, 25 villages have been purified, 15 bombs detonated and three tunnels of Islamic State destroyed,” the statement read, adding that Iraqi warplanes destroyed two booby-trapped motorbikes and an Islamic State hideout that was used for making bombs.

PMFs destroy tunnel used by IS within operation on Salahuddin, Diyala borders

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have destroyed a tunnel that was used by Islamic State militants in east of Samarra, in Salahuddin province.

In a statement on Saturday, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the 26th brigade, backed by army jets, managed to destroy a tunnel that was used by IS in Mutaibija.”

Earlier on the day, the Dijla Operations Command said joint troops of Dijla and Samarra operations as well as the PMFs and tribes, backed by army jets, launched a military operation to purge Mutaibija region, on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces.

The operation, according to the statement, will include several regions in the vicinity of Mutaibija, including al-Mayta, al-Bu Janaan, Hawi al-Udhaim and Um Talil. The operation targets security and combing the borders between the two provinces.

Ten Islamic State bodies found on borders between Diyala, Salahuddin: Commander

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Number of Islamic State bodies found between Diyala and Salahuddin borders have reached 10, a commander said on Saturday.

“Security troops of Dijla Operations Command found in the morning, today, five IS members inside a rest house in al-Mayta region, between Diyala and Salahuddin. In the evening, five other IS bodies were killed in airstrike in the same region,” Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azawi, commander of Dijla Operations Command, told Alghad Press.

“Security troops managed to blow up two booby-trapped houses at the boundaries of al-Mayta region,” he added.

“The operations of combing Mutaibija and areas in its vicinity will resume until tomorrow until all targets are achieved and areas on the borders are controlled,” Azzawi added.

Ten IS members killed in airstrike on Diyala, Salahuddin borders: Commander

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Ten Islamic State members were killed in an airstrike on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, a commander said on Friday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, commander of Dijla Operations, said, “army jets destroyed two IS rest houses in al-Mayta region, located on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, north of Baqubah.”

“The shelling of the rest houses left 10 IS members killed,” he added. “The operation was carried out after information gathered by the intelligence of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) accurately located the two rest houses.

Security services in Diyala destroyed several IS rest houses over the past few months in sporadic regions across the province, especially near borders with Salahuddin.
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Iraqi troops kill member of Shia militias during clashes in Karbala
Karbala (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have killed a member of the Shia militias Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) in Karbala city, a security source said on Saturday.

A police patrol stormed into a house of a member of the brigades in al-Ghadeer district in Karbala, the source told BasNews website. Armed clashes occurred between the patrol personnel and the member who refused to turn in himself, leaving him killed.

News reports said on Friday that two persons were killed, while six others were wounded in a suicide attack that was launched against the brigades in al-Howeish region, northwest of Samarra.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2017 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Ninevah Neutralization News

Child wounded in suicide attack against former official’s house, south of Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) At least a child was wounded as suicide bombers launched an attack against house of a local official early on Sunday in Nineveh, a police source was quoted saying.

“Three suicide bombers attacked house of the former chief of Qayyarah town,” the source from the town police department told Alghad Press.

“One of the attackers was killed before blowing up himself, while the two others ran away,” the source said. “The attack occurred in Arfeila village in Qayyarah.”

According to the source, “at least a child was wounded during the attack.”

Meanwhile, Ali Dawdah, mayor of Shirqat town, said curfew has been imposed in the town, located north of Salahuddin province.

“A suicide bomber is still free in Shirqat. Thus, curfew has been imposed from 7 AM on Sunday until 10 AM,” he added.

Five Christians wounded as Shia-led troops open fire against protesters in Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Five Christians were wounded as the Shia-led paramilitary forces opened fire against demonstrators who were protesting against assaults by the troops in Nineveh, a security source was quoted saying on Saturday.

“Tens of Christians gathered today at Bartala village, east of Mosul, in protest against frequent assaults by the PMFs against the Christians,” Police Cap. Agathon Saleh told Anadolu Agency.

” The latest assaults were the support of PMFs to Shia students at al-Hamdaniya University to attack Christian students, in addition to the frequent thefts and sexual harassment of women,” he added.

Troops, according to Saleh, “opened fire in the air to disperse protesting civilians, however, they remained and resumed chanting anti-PMFs slogans. This urged the troops to randomly shoot the protesters.”

“Three men and two women were injured before they were transferred to the hospital in Hamdaniya for treatment. Counter-Terrorism Services (army’s elite forces) arrived then and arrested nine PMFs personnel for investigations,” Saleh said.

“Many Christians are angry about PMFs’ practices, considering them resumption of violations by the Islamic State,” he added.

Many Christians evacuated their regions in Mosul as IS controlled these areas before three years. However, many of them returned back after those regions were cleared from IS.

Many factions including Sunnis and Kurds demand disarming PMFs, which are accused of committing violations during the past three years.

Relics of 90 Yazidi victims found in mass grave, west of Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Security troops ran into two mass graves in west of Nineveh, a local source from the province said on Saturday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “Iraqi troops, the Yazidi mobilization forces and local residents confiscated in Sinjar two mass graves including relics of 90 Yazidi victims.”

“Most of the persons, whose bodies were found, were from Mujamma al-Jazirah and Qaboussiya village, who were abducted by the Islamic State while controlling Sinjar,” he added.
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Salahuddin Province Proceedings

IS mass grave, rest houses and training camps found in Salahuddin

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have confiscated a mass grave and destroyed rest houses and workshop for the Islamic State militants in Salahuddin, a commander said on Monday.

The media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) quoted Karim al-Khaqany, commander of the second brigade, as saying “PMFs as well as the army’s fifth division managed to control village and crossing of al-Mayta in north of Samarra, during the second day of operations to purge Mutaibija.”

“Troops also ran into a recent grave by IS as well as rest houses, training camps, booby-trapping workshops and amount of explosives in the village,” he added.

Paramilitary troops denies agreement on postponing operations against ‘White Flags’

Kirkuk (iraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have denied any agreements between Iraqi and Kurdish troops over postponing military operations against separatist group in Tuz Khurmatu.

“There is no any agreement between federal and Peshmerga troops over postponing the attack against these [White Flags] terrorist groups,” Ali al-Husseini, the spokesperson for al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the northern axis, told Baghdad Today website on Saturday.

“Al-Hashd and the Iraqi troops are aready and await the commands to eliminate these armed groups,” he said.

Earlier on the day, news reports mentioned that federal and Peshmerga troops agreed on adjourning the army’s operation against the White Flags.

Six suspects, including two members of separatist group, arrested in Salahuddin

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Six suspects were arrested over doubts of involvement in firing rockets against Tuz Khurmatu town, a source from the prime minister’s office said on Friday.

“Surveillance jets followed the perpetrators who fired the rockets last week. They were besieged in several houses in Calar region, west of Tuz Khurmatu,” the source told Alghad Press.

“Preliminary investigations showed that two of the suspects belonged to the so-called ‘White Flags’ group,” he added.

“Intelligence operations were launched ten days ago to follow the groups which seek destabilizing security in Tuz Khurmatu,” the source said. “Military reinforcements dispatched by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces to Tuz Khurmatu come within the plan drawn to eliminate the group and reveal its supporters.”

Eight security personnel killed, injured in suicide attack, northwest of Samarra

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Eight security personnel were killed and injured in a suicide attack, a security source said on Friday.

“Two persons were killed, while six others were wounded in a suicide attack that was launched against Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) in al-Howeish region, northwest of Samarra,” the source told Baghdad Today without giving further details.
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Seventeen Islamic State militants killed in airstrike on Anbar secret tunnel

Anbar (Iraqinews.com) Seventeen Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike on Anbar province, a leader in al-Hashd al-Shaabi told Arabs Today on Sunday.

“Iraqi Air Force launched an air raid on a secret tunnel used by Islamic State at Wadi al-Qathf area west of Anbar, killing 17 IS militants,” Qatar al-Obeidi said.

“The casualties included foreign IS militants,” he said, adding that the aerial bombardment left a large cache of weapons and ammunition destroyed.

The air raid was launched upon accurate intelligence information, Obeidi pointed out.

Iraqi-Syrian borders “totally secured” by Iraqi army: Official

Anbar (Iraqinews.com) Iraqi-Syrian borders are totally secured by the Iraqi Army after the liberation of Iraq from Islamic State, said the head of Anbar Council.

“The security situation in Anbar province is reassuring,” Ahmed al-Alwani was quoted by IKH News as saying on Sunday.

“High-level coordination is underway among security bodies in Anbar to maintain the province’s security and reopen state institutions there as soon as possible,” he added.
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Palestinians in Gaza fire rockets at Israel
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Paleostinians in the Gazoo Strip fired two rockets at southern Israel on Sunday night, the Israeli army said in a statement without giving further details.

State-owned Kan 11 TV said nobody was injured, despite one of the rockets apparently hitting a house.

The attacks ended a three-day lull in the latest wave of rocket attacks amid anger over US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

On Wednesday Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted two rockets fired from Gazoo while a third came down inside Israeli territory.

Early Thursday morning Israeli aircraft hit three "military facilities" of the Islamist group Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, in Gazoo.

Militants in the Paleostinian enclave have fired both rockets and mortar rounds into Israel since Trump’s deeply controversial announcement.

Trump’s announcement was followed by protests across the Paleostinian territories, with six Gazooks killed -- four in festivities with Israeli forces along the border and two Hamas Death Eaters in an Israeli air strike in retaliation for rocket fire.
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Palestinian arrested outside West Bank military court with pipe bombs
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian man was enjugged
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on Sunday while trying to enter a West Bank military court with two pipe bombs, police said.

The suspect, who was stopped by Border Police officers at the entrance to the Samaria Military Court, had a bomb strapped to his body, according to police.

Police confirmed the pipe bomb, which was destroyed by sappers, contained kaboom.

Sappers also defused a second pipe bomb, which along with a knife was found in the suspect’s coat.

Police said the entrance to the court had been closed and that the suspect, a 17-year-old resident of the Jenin refugee camp, was taken in for questioning following his arrest.

A police spokesperson praised "the vigilance of the soldiers who prevented an attack."

Security forces nab 15 Palestinians illegally crossing security barrier

[IsraelTimes] Israeli security forces detain 15 Paleostinians illegally attempting to cross the security barrier into Israel, the army says in a statement.

The incident occurred the Paleostinian village of Arabbuna near Jenin in the northern West Bank.

The Paleostinians are detained for questioning.
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Gaza rocket smashes into Israeli town near border Sunday night, damaging home
[IsraelTimes] No injuries reported as two missiles fired at southern Israel, latest in upswing of attacks amid rise in tensions with Paleostinian enclave

A rocket fired by a terrorist group in the Gazoo Strip on Sunday night struck next to a home in an Israeli community north of the coastal enclave, causing damage but no injuries, according to media reports.

The army confirmed that two rockets were launched from the Gazoo Strip and that both struck inside Israel, in the Hof Ashkelon region.

Police said that one rocket hit inside an Israeli community, and the other struck an open field nearby, causing neither damage nor injury. The names of the communities were not immediately cleared for publication.

A photograph shared on social media showed damage caused to the house. An outside wall was charred and several concrete tiles surrounding the home were destroyed.
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Three Maoist militants surrender in southern Mindanao
[Inquirer] Three former New People's Army militants on Thursday surrendered to government forces in southern Mindanao.

Military spokesman Roberto Ancan said Rubico Maquil alias “Paul” of NPA Guerrilla Front 73 turned over his M-16 on Thursday as he surrendered to the 27th Infantry Battalion in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato.

In Arakan town, North Cotabato, two former NPA militants also surrendered to the 39th Infantry Battalion on Thursday. Ancan said Melchor Atan alias “Blanko” and Ronie Atan alias “Kulas,” both of the NPA Guerrilla Front 53, turned over their firearms.

The rebel returnees will soon be enrolled in the Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program to avail themselves of government largesse.
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Rebels torch Bangkok-bound bus in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] A double-decker bus heading from restive Yala province to Bangkok was torched by militants after they ordered 11 passengers, the driver and an attendant to leave the bus.

Bannang Sata district police received a report of the attack on Sunday afternoon and rushed to the scene at Ban Kasod with explosive ordnance experts. They found the bus in flames. Firefighers were able to extinguish the fire in about ten minutes, but the bus was destroyed. Police found burnt tires, a felled tree and spikes distributed all over the road to block traffic.

Bus attendant Marorwe Ding said the bus had left with 11 passengers, a driver and himself on board. At Ban Kasod, burning tires on the road blocked their way. When the bus stopped, 10-15 armed men dressed like soldiers emerged from the roadside jungle and ordered everyone off the vehicle. They then doused the vehicle with gasoline and set it alight before leaving the scene. The attackers spoke in the Yawi dialect and did not harm anyone on the bus.

Police suspect a group of rebels led by Ahama Leubasar were involved as they have been active in the area. It is suspected that at least 20 people were engaged in the operation.
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Syrian forces uncover, destroy 300m terrorists’ tunnel in Damascus countryside
[PRESSTV] Syrian government forces have discovered and destroyed a 300-meter-long tunnel used by terrorist groups in the countryside of Damascus.

According to Syria's state news agency SANA on Sunday, the eight-meter-deep tunnel was found in Eastern Ghouta and was used by turbans to infiltrate into military positions in the region.

After military units thoroughly investigated the tunnel, they found out that the turbans were planning to use the tunnel to access military positions around a Women’s Prison in the Tal Kurdi region.

Military sources noted that the tunnel had been subsequently destroyed.

Syria has been making back-to-back gains against gunnies over the past months. The government has managed to clear vast swathes of land from the grip of Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist groups in the west, north and east of the country and the drive continues in the northwest where gunnies have sought refuge.
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