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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under:

14 Insurgents Killed in ANSF Operations
[Tolo News] At least 14 bandidos bad boys were killed and eight injured during a series of coordinated operations over the past 24 hours by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Saturday.

Four other bandidos bad boys were nabbed
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
and the operations were conducted in Kunar, Baghlan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Khost and Farah provinces, the statement said.

"During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused six different types of IEDs placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Baghlan, Zabul, Pashtun-infested Logar and Paktiya provinces," the statement noted.

The MoI, however, did not comment on whether the security forces were maimed during the anti-insurgent operations.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

IS claims Responsibility for Deadly Afghan Bombing
[AnNahar] 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....
(IS) group claimed to have carried out a deadly suicide kaboom in eastern Afghanistan Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
said, in what, if verified, would be the first major attack claimed by the jihadist group in the country.

"Who grabbed credit for horrific attack in 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..
today? The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, Daesh (IS) grabbed credit for the attack," President Ghani said on a visit to northeastern Badakhshan province.

A person purporting to be an IS front man said in a call to AFP that the group grabbed credit for the bombing outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

An online posting allegedly from the group made the same claim, which could not be immediately verified.

"Thirty-three dead bodies and more than 100 maimed were brought to the hospital," Dr. Najeebullah Kamawal, head of the provincial hospital, told AFP.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a provincial government front man, confirmed the attack -- the deadliest since November.

"The kaboom happened outside the bank when babus government employees and civilians were collecting their monthly salaries," he told AFP.

The U.N. gave a higher toll, saying 35 people had been killed.

President Ghani strongly condemned the attack, which saw children among those killed, his office said in a statement.

"Carrying out terrorist attacks in cities and public places are the most cowardly acts of terror by bandidos murderous Moslems targeting innocent civilians," President Ghani said.

The scene of the attack showed the gruesome scale of the carnage with people lying in pools of blood and body parts scattered across the ground.

The bombing comes as Afghanistan braces for what is expected to be a bloody push by the Taliban at the start of the fighting season.

man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid denied responsibility.

The bully boyz have stepped up attacks on government and foreign targets since Washington backpedalled on plans to shrink the U.S. force in Afghanistan this year by nearly half.

The Taliban have seen defections to IS in recent months, with some murderous Moslems voicing their disaffection with their one-eyed supreme leader Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
, who has not been seen since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The Afghan government has also raised the ominous prospect of IS making inroads into the country, though the group that has captured swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq has never formally acknowledged having a presence in Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
Shaboobs raid Bossaso police compound
BOSSASO, Somalia -- Somalia’s Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group claimed credit for raid on police compound in the Gulf of Aden port city of Bossaso, Garowe Online reports.
Why on earth is it that police stations in Somalia and the Middle East can't be defended?
In a statement released online, the militant group said at least three of their fighters targeted Balade police station in New Bossaso neighborhood with rocket propelled grenades.

Meanwhile, Bari regional police commander Abdihakin Yusuf Hussein said on VOA Somali service that station commander sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Al Shabaab claims come two months after similar assault left a soldier wounded, and pick-up truck destroyed at Balade police compound.

Militants honed military-style ambushes and night raids in Puntland’s most populous city, Bossaso. The port city has been grappling with large influx of migrants fleeing from Yemen civil war.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Puntland MP killed in Mogadishu drive-by shooting
MOGADISHU --Unidentified assailants in car have killed Puntland lawmaker in drive-by shooting in volatile Mogadishu on Saturday, Garowe Online reports. Witnesses and officials say, Late Adan Haji Hussein (Adan Yare) died from close range gunshots, with attackers managing to flee from the scene right away.

The drive-by shooting occurred near Mogadishu’s newly-renovated hospital, Erdogan.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the pre-planned shooting but as has been the case Al Shabaab militants target government officials and foreigners in broad day light attacks.

Adan Yare marks the first high ranking Puntland officials to be killed. In mid-March, Puntland held state funeral for Somali ambassador to UN Human Rights Council late Adan Ismael Bari-Bari whom Al Shabaab infiltrators killed in Mogadishu’s Maka Al Mukarama hotel.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10 views] Top|| File under:

Africa North
New IS video shows Ethiopian Christians being slaughtered in Libya
[Al Jazeera] A new video from the Islamic State purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video released online today shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter makes a long statement before the video switches between footage of the captives in the south being gunned down and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. The footage shows one group of about 12 men being beheaded by armed men on a beach and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area.

The video bore the official logo of the IS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled their previous videos. A text on the screen identifies the men as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".
Posted by: ryuge || 04/19/2015 08:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Two U.N. Drivers Killed as Convoy Attacked in Northern Mali
[AnNahar] Two drivers were rubbed out in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, authorities said Saturday, the second deadly assault on the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
in three days.

The assailants stopped the convoy some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the main city of Gao and "coldly killed two of the drivers" in the attack Friday, the U.N. Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said in a statement.

A third person was maimed, said MINUSMA, adding that it "firmly condemns this latest attack targeting innocent civilians and will make every effort to catch those responsible and bring them to justice".

The killings come amid continued violence by jihadist groups that had previously taken control of northern Mali before being routed by a French-led international intervention that began in 2013.

The attack comes at a sensitive time as the United Nations is seeking to seal a peace deal for northern Mali and stem a wave of attacks that have targeted MINUSMA.

At least 35 peacekeepers have been killed since MINUSMA was deployed in July 2013 -- one of the highest tolls for a U.N. peace mission -- and more than 140 maimed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top|| File under: Mourabitounes

Egypt destroys 69 entry points to Sinai tunnels
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] The Egyptian army said Saturday that it had destroyed 69 entry points to underground tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula on the border with the Gazoo Strip.

Army front man Mohammed Samir said on Facebook that border patrol troops in Sinai had destroyed 69 entry points to underground tunnels on the border with the Gazoo Strip between March 28 and April 15.

For over one year, Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on snuffies in the Sinai Peninsula, which shares borders with both Israel and the blockaded Gazoo Strip.

The campaign has been accompanied by a spike in turban attacks on security personnel since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the army in mid-2013.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Clashes continue in Benghazi; many wounded in random shelling
[Libya Herald] Heavy festivities continued overnight in central Benghazi's Sabri district as well as in Hawari in the south and Leithi in the south east of the city.
"Do you have fire missions for us, sir?"
Random mortars also continue to fall in residential areas.
"Shoot over that way!"
Yesterday, a missile hit protestors in Kish Square, killing at least one man, named Ali Khalifa Al-Soei and wounding several others. Another local resident, 15-year-old Anwar Mohammed Elabbar Abdulokel, was killed in random shelling in the area. Altogether 19 people were maimed in shelling, again mainly random, in Kish and taken to either Jalaa Hospital or the Benghazi Medical Centre, itself again hit by a missile during the week.
"We hit something! We hit something!"
The attack in Kish Square has been blamed on the Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council (BRSC). It is unclear if that particular shelling was random or intentional.
"What'dja hit?"
Jalaa Hospital, where most of the injured were taken, is under even greater pressure following the mass resignation of some 18 foreign staff because of security fears coupled with failure of a promised pay rise to materialise.
"I dunno. You got my money yet?"
Meanwhile there are unconfirmed reports that a Jihadi holy man from Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, named as Abu A'amir al-Jazrawy, operating with the BRSC, was killed yesterday in Sabri.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [12 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Saudi Vows to Cover U.N. Aid Call for Yemen, Keeps up Air Raids
[AnNahar] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, which has also been the target of Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian catspaws.

The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their homes in the war, which has also killed six Saudi security personnel in border skirmishes.

At least 27 more people died in the southwestern city of Taez during overnight festivities between loyalist forces and the Iran-backed Shiite Houthis as well as Saudi-led coalition air raids, medical sources said.

Saudi King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Cutodian of the Two Holy Mosquesand Lord of Most of the Arabians....
ordered the humanitarian pledge following a United Nations appeal on Friday for $274 million (253 million euros) in emergency assistance for the millions affected by Yemen's war.

The kingdom "stands with its Yemeni brothers" and hopes for "the restoration of security and stability," the state Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official statement.

Aid has only trickled into the country, largely because of restrictions imposed by the coalition on the country's air space and sea ports.

- Explosions, gunfire -
Residents said kabooms and gunfire shook Taez overnight during fighting between Hadi loyalists and the rebels.

Nineteen rebels, four soldiers of a mechanized army unit loyal to the president and four other pro-Hadi fighters were killed, a medical source told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Rival fighters also clashed Friday night in districts of Aden, the main southern city, residents and security sources said.

Pro-Hadi forces backed by air strikes held off rebels battling for the past week for control of Aden's refinery, 15 kilometers (nine miles) to the west of the city.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that his country's military should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East. The presence of Iranian navy ships "in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden is intended to ensure the security of neighboring countries and maritime traffic," he said in an Army Day ceremony.

On Friday, Iran submitted a four-point 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...
peace plan to UN chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
. It calls for a ceasefire and immediate end to all foreign military attacks, the urgent delivery of humanitarian and medical aid, a resumption of political talks and the formation of a national unity government.

"It is imperative for the international community to get more effectively involved in ending the senseless aerial attacks and establishing a ceasefire," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a letter to Ban.

- No early end -
In Riyadh, coalition front man Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri said late Friday that "from this afternoon we have started operations in Taez".

There had been 100 sorties in Yemen on Thursday, he said, indicating no early end to the operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links
[Ynet] Two Spanish residents have been jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
on suspicion of having links to jihadi Death Eaters and membership in 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....
gang, Spain's Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The couple, a Moroccan man identified as Ahmed Debza and a Spanish woman named as Nadia Ataich Fernandez, who both live in Spain's north African enclave of Melilla, allegedly traveled to Turkey in October with their 14-month-old daughter.

Turkish officials arrested the couple after they returned to Turkey from Syria to await "logistical and financial support" from IS, according to the government statement.

Debza had first attempted to travel to Syria alone in July, in response to IS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
's call to Moslems worldwide to "emigrate" and join what he called his recently declared Caliphate, the statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [13 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anti-measles team attacked in Balochistan; 4 Afghan nationals arrested
[DAWN] Unidentified armed assailants shot up an anti-measles vaccination team in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
's Pishin district on Saturday, Levies officials confirmed. Moreover, four Afghan Tajik nationals were apprehended during a targeted raid in Quetta.

Levies sources said the team was carrying out an anti-measles drive in Pishin's Surkhab area when it came under attack. "Nobody was harmed in the attack," they added.

some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
levies personnel quickly retaliated and conducted a search operation in the area in which eight suspects were tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
. Four of the arrested suspects were released after initial interrogation, however, the remaining four were charged, levies said.

Balochistan Government has launched an anti-measles vaccination campaign in all the 32 districts of the province including Quetta from April 13 to April 25, and announced administering of anti-measles injections to more than half a million children across the province
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

ANI chief Tariq Mehboob dies in custody
[DAWN] KARACHI: Anjuman Naujwanan-e-Islam (ANI) chief and member of Sunni Ittehad Council
...an Islamist(aren't they all in Pakistain?) political party which claims to represent the Barelvi school of Sunni Islam. Member parties of the Sunni Ittehad Council includes the Aalmi Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat of Pir Afzal Qadri (of Gujrat) and Jamiat Ulema e Pakistan - Sawad e Azam of Sayyid Mahfooz Shah Sahib Mashadi...
Tariq Mehboob died in jug on Saturday, however, it is not clear whether his death took place in Central Jail Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
or Rangers' custody.

While officials initially asserted that Mehboob died of a heart attack, his family suspects foul play and alleges that he was tortured.

Last week, Mehboob and seven others were picked up by paramilitary force personnel near Yousuf Plaza in Block 16 of Federal B area, and shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for interrogation.

The ANI chief was accused of providing refuge to hit mans which is punishable under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

Two days earlier, Mehboob was produced in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) which remanded him in Rangers' custody for 90 days under the Protection of Pakistain Ordinance (PPO).

there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
a blurb issued by the Rangers said the accused was sent for 90 days Preventive Detention by ATC in Central Jail on April 16 after completing all legal formalities for further investigation.

The blurb added that he did not die in Rangers' custody and that he died in Central Jail Karachi.

After completion of legal formalities, his body was shifted to a hospital where a post mortem was conducted. The cause of his death was kept reserved.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [12 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Police shoot teenage protester dead in Indian-held Kashmir
[DAWN] Indian police rubbed out a 16-year-old boy on Saturday during an anti-India demonstration in Kashmire as a separatist strike shut down the Himalayan region on a second day of violent festivities, officials said.

The uncle of the boy said police first detained his nephew before shooting him at point-blank range in front of dozens of other protesters.

Police said they would investigate the uncle's allegations while admitting that officers had breached normal protocol and saying they regretted the incident.

The shooting happened during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, the main city of Indian-held Kashmire, against a government crackdown on separatist leaders -- the second day of violent festivities in the disputed Moslem-majority state.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [12 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Misc. Iraqi Relevancies
President Abadi urgently sends Iraqi Army to reinforce Ramadi against ISIS attacks

[IraqiNews.com] The front man for the Anbar Joint Operations Command. Brigadier General Saad Maan, announced on Friday that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Haider Abadi, decided to send military forces to Anbar promptly.

Maan said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, "the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces held on Thursday evening an emergency meeting attended by Interior Minister Mohammed Ghaban, and decided to swiftly send military forces to strengthen the defending forces on Ramadi."

Maan added that,"the defending forces from the center of the city of Ramadi play a heroic role and will stop ISIS attacks."

MPs and ministers from Anbar province staged on Friday a pause inside the Green Zone in central Baghdad in protest against the situation taking place in the province.

BoC: Iraqi forces kill 77 terrorists, dismantle 114 IEDs in Karma

[IraqiNews.com] Baghdad Operations Command announced Saturday, that 77 bandidos turbans have been killed and 114 explosives were removed during a security operation in the district of al-Karma, located in eastern Fallujah.

Baghdad Operations said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, "Security forces, with direct and field supervision from the commander of Baghdad Operations, have carried out counter operations to liberate the entire area of al-Karma and its surroundings," noting that, "The forces have managed to kill 77 bandidos turbans and dismantle 114 bombs, in addition to destroying 7 vehicles and 5 shelters for them."

Iraqi forces kill 50 ISIS fighters and regain control over most of Baiji refinery

[IraqiNews.com] On Saturday Iraqi forces regained control over most of the Baiji oil refinery that ISIS fighters had seized earlier in the week according to an unnamed Iraqi security official from Salahuddin province.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com "Today, Special Forces from the Department of Anti-Terrorism managed to liberate the surrounding areas of Baiji's oil refinery" noting that "the forces killed more than 50 ISIS murderous Moslems and destroyed a number of vehicles that were to be used to carry out suicide kabooms during festivities with ISIS myrmidons."

The Baiji oil refinery is located 40 km north of Tikirt and is the largest oil refinery in Iraq.

Photos: ISIS military equipment market in Mosul

[IraqiNews.com] The British "Daily Mail" newspaper published images released by ISIS of its military equipment market in the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...

Photos can be seen by clicking on the headline above.
The Daily Mail reported that "the markets contain equipment for the organization ,even mini sizes for children, in addition to the leather portfolios to carry weapons and knives to cut warheads similar to those that have been appeared in the videos of executions and broadcast by the terrorist organization from time to time."

The pictures show children wearing uniforms of the organization while "terrorists" were touring freely in the market, carrying their weapons..
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Anbar under ISIS siege
[ARA] On Friday, Lion of Islam fighters of 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....
(IS/ISIS) imposed a siege form all directions on the Iraqi city of Ramadi (120 km west of Baghdad) and started approaching the government complex in central Anbar.

A member of the Provincial Council of Anbar, Amal Fahdawi, said that the IS group besieged Ramadi and engaged in fierce battles with the Iraqi security forces and rustics, adding that the group seized control of the eastern part of Ramadi after the withdrawal of Iraqi forces.

"Military reinforcements and weapons that arrived in the province are not enough to thwart the IS terrorist attacks and defend the city," she added.

"The government should seriously deal with the battle for Anbar and work to support the security forces and rustics for the liberation of the province from the hands of the hardline group," Fahdawi said in a statement to local news hounds.

Speaking to ARA News in Anbar, tribe leader Abdul Razzaq al-Naimi said that the Islamic State launched Thursday a fierce attack on several military centers of Iraqi forces, on the main road linking districts of the Heet and al-Baghdadi in Anbar province.

"The gunnies used boom-mobiles during the attacks, which has forced the Iraqi forces to leave their headquarters. Afterwards, the IS took control of the Majid checkpoint and all the extended military locations between the village and Nueam and Majid checkpoint in Anbar province," al-Naimi said.

The recent IS-led attacks have forced tens of thousands of Iraqi families to flee Anbar province toward the capital Baghdad, after the escape and decline of the Iraqi security forces from these areas.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

US, allies target Daesh with 20 air strikes in Iraq, Syria
WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies have launched 20 air strikes targeting Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria since early on Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said on Saturday.

There were seven air strikes in Syria using attack and bomber aircraft near Kobani and Al Hasakah and 13 in Iraq using fighter and attack aircraft as well as drones near Bayji, Ramadi, Al Asad, Fallujah, Sinjar, Hit and Tal Afar, it said in a statement.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi ground forces enter Beiji oil refinery
Baghdad -- Iraqi ground forces secured the perimeter around the country’s biggest oil refinery on Saturday and entered the vast complex amid heavy clashes with Daesh militants, said a senior Iraqi military official.

Abdel-Wahab Al Saadi, the top military commander in Iraq’s Salahuddin province, said ground forces entered the Beiji oil refinery on Saturday, days after a number of Daesh militants carried out a large-scale attack and briefly took over a small part of the complex.

“It is another victory achieved by Iraqi security forces that are growing confident in the war against the terrorists,” Al Saadi said.

The refinery has remained under government control, but the militants had been surrounding the entire complex preventing access by Iraqi forces.
It only seems like the refinery has been traded back and forth by the warring parties...
A day earlier, Iraqi soldiers, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes and Shia and Sunni militias dubbed the Popular Mobilisation Forces, gained control of the towns of Al Malha and Al Mazraah, located 3 kilometres south of the Beiji refinery.

Iraqi forces recaptured Tikrit, capital of Salahuddin, on April 1 and have been gradually pushing their offensive north to secure the rest of the province.

Militants from the Daesh group seized Ninevah province and much of Salahuddin and Anbar provinces last summer during their advance across northern and western Iraq.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/19/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

ISIS beheads six Syrian soldiers
[DailyMail] ISIS has publicly beheaded six men accused of exploding a car bomb 'which killed innocent people' in the Syrian city of al-Mayadin.

The terrorist group's latest barbaric video shows a large crowd gathering to watch the bloody execution of the men it claims are soldiers fighting for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

They are all marched to a small wooden stump and instructed to kneel, before an Islamic State militant carries out brutal retaliation by taking their heads off with a sharpened blade.
Posted by: BernardZ || 04/19/2015 01:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [5 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Islam Army fighters wipe off ISIS from 3 Damascus neighborhoods
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Pro-Islam Army activists said Friday the the key rebel group in Eastern Ghouta has 'cleansed' three neighborhoods of Damascus from Islamic State loyalists after a major attack .

On Thursday, Islam Amry launched an attack on Islamic State bases in Barzeh, Tishreen and Qaboun neighborhoods northern Damascus, killing most ISIS fighters and holding others captive, activists' Twitter news feeds said.

Islam Army says the battle against the hardline Islamic State group aims to eliminate any presence for it in Damascus suburbs and its countryside.

Activists have circulated an image purportedly for Monther al-Karmi, the commander of al-Salaf al-Saleh, an ISIS-affiliated group in Qaboun and Tishreen neighborhood.

Islam Armym in statement issued Saturday said a group of Free Syrian Army (FSA) is participating in fight against ISIS.

Abu Abbas, rebel commander in First Brigade, told Zaman al-Wasl that 500 fighters had stormed ISIS bases early Thursday after one day time limit.

Days ago, Footage showed training camps for ISIS fighters in Qaboun and Barzeh, what set the alarm bells of Islam Army's commander, Zahran Alloush, who visited the embattled neighborhood and met with FSA fighters to prepare for major attack to expel ISIS.

Meanwhile, ISIS still control the vast Yarmouk refugee camp south Damascus since a week.
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Key Islamist group Shamiya Front dissolves itself
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Key rebel groups operating under Al-Shamiya Front in northern city of Aleppo have decided to dissolve their coalition as defections rise, well-informed sources told Zaman al-Wasl.

The 4-month-old alliance reached an end as number of Islamist factions defected and formed a new group called Thuwar al-Sham (The Levant Revolutionaries). But activists said other reasons may stand behind that like the emerging power of Fatah Army, lack of coordination and conflict of interest.

The front was formed on 24 December 2014 by Aleppo-based rebel factions after months of negotiations in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and northern Syria between the Islamic Front, Army of Mujahedeen, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, Fastaqim Kama Umirt and Authenticity and Development Front gangs.

On 20 February 2015 al-Shamiya Front successfully forced the Syrian regime forces to retreat from rural towns in Aleppo; during the festivities 300 soldiers and mercenaries were killed and 110 were captured.

Also, the Front played big role as a mediator between rebel groups as it did between the Nusra Front and dissolved-Hazzm movement last February.
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Assad forces press hard to recapture Idlib, rebels resist
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Fatah Army on Friday has thwarted an attack launched by Syrian forces on Idlib to recapture the city that fell out three weeks ago.

Bashir al-Assad's forces pressed slow advances northwest of Idlib by taking control of Nahliya and Kafr Najed villages near Ariha city in an effort to protect a supply route links between Idlib and Shiite villages of Fua'a and Kafriya, Zaman al-Wasl news hound said as the festivities are still underway near Mastumah and al-Qaeda villages near Idlib.

ِAby Mustafa, military commander of Fajer al-Islam brigade, said Assad's forces have been following 'scorched earth policy', due to the daily ground and aerial shelling, but till now Fatah Army has repelled most of Army's attacks and has killed dozens, he added

The humiliating defeats of Syrian forces inflicted by an alliance of Islamist groups including al-Qaeda's Syria wing the Nusra Front, reflected in a hysterical bombardment on the captured the city and neighboring villages.
Activists and monitoring groups have documented more than 130 people killed in 20 days.

...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
civil society and Fatah Army commanders have worked to gain back the normal life of the captured Idlib. But the daily bombardment pushed thousands of people to flee the city.
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Syrian Army Strikes Nusra Terrorists in Damascus Countryside
[ALMANAR.LB] Units of the Syrian army and the armed forces on Saturday struck bandidos bully boyz hard in different Syrian regions, killing scores of bandidos bully boyz and inuring many others.

Damascus countryside

The army killed scores of al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front bandidos bully boyz in Khan al-Shih town in Damascus Countryside.

A military source told SANA that units of the army and the armed forces carried out several operations against terrorists' dens, killing scores of them and injuring others, in addition to destroying their arms and ammunition.

...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
the 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 organizations admitted on their pages on the social networking websites that seven of their members were killed and scores were maimed.


The army destroyed two vehicles for al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
bandidos bully boyz and the so called "al-Muthanna movement" after tracking them on the western entrance of Kafr Shams town in the north western countryside of Daraa province, a military source said.

Another army unit carried out a special operation to the north of al-allaqiat hill which borders Deir al-Adas town, killing a number of bandidos bully boyz and injuring others.

An army unit killed members of the terrorist organization affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in Dael town, 14 km to the north of Daraa city.

Hundreds of people from Nawa city in Daraa southern province gathered on Friday to protest against al-Nusra terrorist organization, calling for expelling the bandidos bully boyz out of the city.

The participants denounced the crimes committed by terrorists, mainly besieging the residents and stealing their properties, shouting slogans that condemn the terrorists' dark thoughts which they impose on the Locals.


Units of the army and armed forces hunted ISIL terrorists, carrying out special military operations against them, in the southwest of Rahoum village in the countryside of Homs Province.

A military source told SANA that army units directed heavy blows against the ISIL gatherings and hideouts, killing and injuring many of bandidos bully boyz in the village of Jbab Hamad, al-Twinan Mountain, Yatimiyeh Mountain, in the surroundings of the oil and gas fields in al-Twinan, al-Shaer and Jazal.

The army units also struck the Takfiri terrorist organizations in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing and injuring many of their members in the villages of Um Sahrij, Arshouneh, al-Salhiyeh and Habrah al-Gharbiyeh.

Another unit of the army killed and injured many of al-Nusra bandidos bully boyz and others of the so-called Homs brigade, al-Farouk battalions, destroying their weapons and ammunition in Talbiseh in the northern countryside of Homs.
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