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Afghanistan
Explosion in Taliban leader’s house leaves 4 dead, wounded in Laghman
[KhaamaPress] An kaboom destroyed the residence of a local Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leader in eastern Laghman
...It has 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 reputionagreat 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.
province of Afghanistan leaving at least four people dead or maimed.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place early on Monday in the Badpakh district.

The statement further added that a number of Lions of Islam were busy preparing Improvised Explosive Devices when the incident took place.

The deputy shadow district chief of the group Abduul Samad was killed along with a IED maker Pacha Khan in the kaboom, the provincial government said.

According to the statement, at least two others including the son of Abdul Samad were maimed in the kaboom.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including the Taliban Lions of Islam have not commented regarding the report so far.
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#1  Damn water heaters!
Posted by: Raj || 12/13/2017 0:48 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Blast kills four people in northeastern Nigeria
[PRESSTV] At least four people have been killed and several others injured in an kaboom at a camp for people displaced by militancy in northeastern Nigeria.

The blast took place at about 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Monday in the border town of Pulka, the Gwoza area of Borno state. The troubled town is located about 110 kilometers (70 miles) southeast by road from the state capital Maiduguri.

A Spanish team from the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym as the MSF, which is providing healthcare in the region, said the blast killed three people and injured seven, one of whom subsequently died after being admitted for treatment.

"All our staff are safe. The team is monitoring the security situation to assess any further steps," Ivan Munoz, an MSF front man, said.

A Nigerian military source confirmed the deadly incident and put the corpse count at five.

It was initially thought that the blast was caused by a bomber. But a military source in the town said later that the examination of the blast scene indicated it may have been caused by a mortar shell.

"We are still examining the fragments (of the mortar shell) to determine where it came from and who is responsible," he said, adding, "It is not clear if it was a stray projectile or deliberate attack."

The 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...
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 group has carried out attacks before against internally displaced people (IDP) across the region.

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Arabia
Yemeni snipers kill 19 Saudi troopers, mercenaries in retaliatory attacks
[PRESSTV] Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have rubbed out 19 Saudi troops and pro-Saudi forces of Evil loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Najran.

An unnamed military source told Yemen’s official news agency SABA that Yemeni forces shot and killed five Saudi troops in the al-Asha and al-Shorfa areas of the region, located 969 kilometers south of the capital, Riyadh, on Tuesday.

Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters launched two rockets against Saudi army outposts in the Rajla, al-Sadid and Lesser al-Makhrouq areas of the same Saudi region. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Later, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a barrage of artillery rounds at the al-Karas military base, leaving scores of Saudi soldiers dead and injured.

Separately, several Saudi soldiers bit the dust or sustained injuries when Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of Saudi troopers in al-Sharqan military base.

Additionally, five Saudi-sponsored forces of Evil were fatally shot in different districts of Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz.

Yemeni soldiers and their allies also struck the position of Hadi loyalists east of Kahboub region in the same Yemeni province, killing two of them.

In Yemen's central province of Ma'rib, army forces and fighters from Popular Committees launched a number of artillery rounds in the Wadi al-Ziq area of Sirwah district, killing and wounding a number of them.

Yemeni snipers also shot and killed seven Saudi mercenaries in different parts of Ma’rib province.

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Russian diplomatic staff leave Yemen's Sanaa
[Al Jazeera] Russia has suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen, and all its staff have left the country due to the situation in the capital Sanaa, according to official Russian sources.

Russia's RIA news agency quoted Maria Zakharova, the country's foreign ministry spokesperson, as making the announcement on Tuesday.

The Russian ambassador to 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...
and some diplomatic staff will be working temporarily out of Riyadh in neighbouring 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...
, Russia's Interfax news agency reported citing the foreign ministry.

The Russian withdrawal comes as a Saudi-led military coalition continues a blockade of Yemen, which began in October after it shut down the country's borders in response to a missile fired by rebels that struck near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to push back 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 ...
rebels, who are said to be backed by Iran, and restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The blockade was designed to cut off the alleged supply of weapons to Houthi rebels from Iran but has exacerbated what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Aid organizations in Yemen faced further difficulties when renewed violence broke out in Sanaa after the killing of former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, the former president, on December 4.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian security agency says it busted IS suicide bomber cell
[IsraelTimes] Russia’s top domestic security agency says it has detained three suspected members of a sleeper cell 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....
group who have been preparing suicide kabooms in Moscow.

The Federal Security Service
... the successor to the KGB...
, or FSB, says that the suspects were plotting a series of suicide kabooms in the Russian capital during the New Year’s holidays and the presidential election campaign.

The FSB says the suspects, who came from ex-Soviet nations in Central Asia, were manufacturing self-made bombs. A search in their rented apartment outside Moscow earlier today uncovered explosives along with assault rifles and hand grenades.

FSB director Alexander Bortnikov says another IS cell was uncovered in the southern Stavropol region.
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#1  Not odd at all why the Russians don't want any of the "refugees" into their country, compared to the European and Obamaesk interests.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 12/13/2017 2:55 Comments || Top||


Russia on Alert for Returning IS Jihadists ahead of World Cup
[AnNahar] Russia's security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.

The FSB's warning came after the Russian military last week declared Syria "liberated" from 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....
group, and after a visit on Monday by President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
to Russia's airbase in the war-ravaged country.

Russia first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
which targeted both IS and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.

As many as 40,000 fighters travelled from all over the world, including Russia, to join IS in Russia after the 2014 declaration of its self-styled "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq.

In 2015, Russian security services estimated that 2,900 Russian citizens had joined IS, as well as "several thousands" from Central Asia.

Now that IS' "caliphate" has all but collapsed, its "leaders and fighters are looking for ways to continue their terrorist activities in the territory of other countries, including Russia", FSB director Alexander Bortnikov was quoted by Russian agencies as saying.

"The return of former members of illegal gangs from the Middle East to Russia poses a real danger" as they can form sleeper cells and recruit new members, he added.

- Attacks thwarted -
Bortnikov said the security services had ensured the Confederations Cup ran smoothly this year.

They will draw on this experience to ensure they prevent attacks on venues in 13 cities hosting the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 next year.

"Our priority is to secure locations where crowds will gather, as well as energy infrastructure sites ... and sports venues that will host the 2018 football World Cup, to ensure they are not targets for terror attacks," Bortnikov said.

The FSB has thwarted attacks, including a suicide kaboom, that an IS cell from southern Russia was planning for the upcoming New Year holidays and early next year, a statement carried by Russian news agencies said.

Another assault was being planned for the presidential campaign, it added.

Security forces in a raid locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
three people and seized explosives and automatic weapons, it said.

Russia will hold a presidential election in March 2018, with the campaign officially expected to start later this month, following an announcement by Putin that he will stand for a fourth time.
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Home Front: WoT
Day 3: 'Trump you failed to protect your nation': Failed Brooklyn terrorist warned of attack on Facebook just before he tried to blow himself up, prosecutors reveal, as he's hit with federal terrorism charges and authorities in Bangladesh grill his wife
[DailyMail]
  • Akayed Ullah, 27, has been hit with state and federal charges in connection to Monday's bombing of the New York City subway

  • In court documents filed Tuesday, federal prosecutors revealed that Ullah posted on Facebook just before the attack

  • 'Trump you failed to protect your nation,' Ullah allegedly wrote

  • Ullah also reportedly showed his distaste for his adopted country by writing on his Bangladesh passport 'O, America, die in your rage,' the complaint says

  • He told investigators that he carried out the attack for ISIS, Palestinians

  • The Bangladeshi immigrant faces federal charges including bombing a public place, using a weapon of mass destruction and material support for a foreign terrorist organization

  • He is also charged on the state level with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat

  • Meanwhile, Ullah's wife, who lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is reportedly being interviewed by authorities there

  • A cousin says Ullah married Jannatul Ferdous Jui, 25, in an arranged marriage two years ago and they have a six-month-old baby boy

  • Ullah recently visited his wife for six weeks in September and October

  • Ullah started watching ISIS propaganda online in 2014

  • He started buying ingredients for his bomb about three weeks ago, and assembled it in his Brooklyn apartment last week.
The full criminal complaint from the Joint Terrorism Task Force can be read at the link.

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18-year-old Houston man arrested on terrorism charges
[KCENtv] F.B.I. agents arrived late Monday night at the Houston home of an 18-year-old locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on terrorism charges.

The Sherlocks knocked on the family's door around 8:30 p.m. Monday, went inside and stayed about an hour.

"The boys are sharp, both of them are, he's the most laid back one," said Edward Hood, their next-door neighbor.

Hood saw no signs of the troubled teen described in federal court documents.

"When they were able to go to college, they were 14 or something like that, they were too young to go, they had to wait a year or so before they could get in," Hood said.

Friday, F.B.I. agents arrested Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya. Court documents say the man, who was born in Houston, lives with his parents and older brother. He's accused of distributing explosive-making instructions and trying to provide material to ISIS.

No one answered the door at his family's address on Nova Drive off Briar Forest.

"Kind of surprised," said Johnathan Scott, another neighbor.

Scott met the family after Harvey.

"When I came back the neighborhood was still flooded and I kinda rafted over and they was hanging out and I had a conversation with them," Scott said.

Nothing he says stood out, but to federal Sherlocks a lot did. They say it goes back to at least 2014 and said Damalarkaya explained that it was his "dream" to be a martyr and have the biggest kaboom.

"It's kind of shocking to hear a teenage boy would want to harm other people like that, but it's a sign of the times," Scott said.

According to court documents, Damlarkaya allegedly shared intentions to travel overseas to fight for ISIS or to commit an attack in the United States if he were unable to travel. Documents also state Damlarkaya asked if he could provide a farewell video to be broadcast if he died after following through with an attack.

According to the criminal complaint, Damlarkaya gave instructions on how to build an AK-47 or AR-15 assault rifle from readily available parts to avoid detection from officials.

Documents state Damlarkaya gave a formula to alleged ISIS supporters for the explosive, Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), and instructions on how to use it in a pressure cooker device that contained shrapnel. He also talking about using a machete or Samurai sword as an alternative and claimed to carry a knife in case he was stopped by authorities, according to the complaint. Damlarkaya also said he slept with a machete under his pillow in case his house was ever raided, according to court documents.

In November, according to court documents, Damlarkaya said, "if I buy a gun or supplies for a bomb, they (presumably law enforcement) will heat up pressure (j)ust like a few months ago when I was trying an operation but they found out."

The criminal complaint also alleges Damlarkaya claims he tried to get to Syria on two other occasions but failed.

Damlarkaya faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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India-Pakistan
Second Lt, sepoy martyred as militants open fire on army vehicle in North Waziristan
[DAWN] Two soldiers were martyred when armed gunnies opened fire on their vehicle in North Wazoo on Tuesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat, both 21, were martyred in the incident, the Pakistain Army's media wing said.

Lt Moeed, a resident of Burewala, Vehari, had recently passed out from the Pakistain Military Academy. Sepoy Basharat, a resident of Danyor village, Gilgit, had been serving in the military for three years, the ISPR statement read.

"Freedom is not free, it costs sons of the soil. Freedom that we enjoy today is owed to so many such brave hearts. Salute to our deaders," Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa was quoted as saying in a tweet by ISPR.
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Iraq
Salahuddin: now that ISIS is winding down, it’s time to deal with those uppity Kurds
22 people killed, injured in Salahuddin mortar attack

Salahuddin (Iraqinews.com) About 22 people were killed and injured in a mortar attack on Tuz Khurmatu city east of Salahuddin province, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.

“Five mortar shells were fired from a Kurdish-controlled mountainous area towards Tuz Khurmatu city, leaving two people dead and 20 others injured,” MP Jassem Mohammed Jaafar told Alsumaria News.

“One of the mortar shells fell on a secondary school in the city,” he said, adding that the attack caused damage to several buildings.

Jaafar expected demonstrators to take to streets later in the day to call on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to protect them from the Kurdish attacks.

Three Islamic State militants killed, attack foiled in Salahuddin

Salahuddin/Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops and tribal fighters killed three Islamic State members in a raid and foiled another attack by the militants in Salahuddin province on Tuesday.

The Iraqi military intelligence directorate said in a statement, quoted by Shafaq News, said intelligence services in Salahuddin, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces and Tribal Mobilization chased four IS members in an island at the center of the Tigris River.

Forces engaged with the militants at the town of Shirqat, killing three, while the fourth blew himself up.

In a separate incident, Alsumaria News quoted Abdul-Khaleq al-Ezzawi, a member of Diyala province council, saying that a joint security force foiled a sneaking attempt by IS members inside Al-Bou Essia village, on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin.

He said the force chased the militants, some of whom escaped to Mutaibiha region, a former IS militancy hotbed.

Mobilization forces plan offensive on separatist groups in Turkmen ares

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces are planning an offensive against mainly Kurdish separatist groups in Salahuddin province’s restive region of Tuz Khurmatu.

PMF media quoted on Tuesday Abu Reda al-Najjar, commander of the “northern axis” of the force’s operations, saying an operation is imminent to “clear the mountains overlooking Turkmen villages in Tuz Khurmatu”.

“Turkmen villages in the precinct occasionally witness attacks, most recently an attack with eight mortar shells this morning, which left a civilian dead and others wounded,” Najjar said.

According to the commander, the operation is particularly targeting the “White Flags”, a nascent entity composed of a number of separatist groups, most notably the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), a militia fighting for Iranian Kurds’ independence. “Security authorities possess precise information about those groups,” he explained.

“Our forces have started to bombard separatists’ locations with rocket launchers, making direct hits as a first step before the launch of operations to the areas from which they target civilians,” Najjar stated.
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Baghdad bomb and bullet bulletin

Three people injured in bomb blast near Baghdad market

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Three people were injured in a bomb blast in Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source told Baghdad Today.

“An explosive charge went off near a popular market at Yusufiyah township in Baghdad, leaving three people injured,” the source said.

The injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, the source added.

Six people injured in bomb blast near Baghdad café

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Six people were injured in a bomb blast in Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source told Alsumaria News.

“An explosive charge went off near a café at Jisr Diyala area in southeastern Baghdad, injuring six people,” the source, who asked to remain unnamed, said.

“A security force carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment,” he added.
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Anbar Antix
Security troops besiege IS militants hiding in tunnel, west of Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Several Islamic State militants hiding inside a tunnel are being besieged by security troops , west of Anbar, a security source said on Monday.

“Several IS members were found hiding inside a tunnel in al-Badiya island, near Hit city,” the source told AlSumaria News. “Those militants previously killed a soldier as he knew about their hideout.”

Earlier on the day, seven IS members were reportedly killed as joint troops of army’s seventh division and tribes carried out an operation in the desert, north of Baghdadi town, west of Anbar.

Five arrested in Anbar for drinking alcoholics in public

Hit (IraqiNews.com) Five people were arrested in Iraq’s Anbar province on Tuesday for drinking alcoholics in public, a local security source was quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that a police force at the city of Hit (70 km west of Ramadi) arrested five for taking alcoholics in public.

“Some of those detained admitted to alcoholics dealing,” said the source.

Attacks against alcoholics stores have been rampant at Iraq’s religiously conservative regions over the past years.

Iraq’s parliament banned the import selling and manufacturing of alcoholics in October 2016, to the dismay of several personal freedoms activists.

An earlier law in 2001 had conditioned that alcoholics sellers be non-Muslims, Iraqi nationals and not less than 21 of age.
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Newspaper: Saudi members of Islamic State arrested in Iraq up to 50
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq is holding up to 50 Saudi members 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....
tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
during the latest battles between security forces and the Death Eater group.

London-based The New Arab quoted, Mansour al-Baiji, a parliament member close to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi saying that more than 50 Saudis belonging to IS were arrested. He said "the issue of those detainees is purely judicial and is not open to any negotiations because they are involved in crimes against Iraqis".

Another official from the Interior Ministry told the newspaper that the number of foreign faceless myrmidons arrested during battles in the north and west has risen to more than 400 from Arab, European and Asian nationalities. He added that Saudi detainees come on top, numbering 51.

Detainees include Moroccans, Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Syrians, Chechens, Tajikistanis, Turks and Paks.

The official told the paper that those had entered Iraq through the Syrian borders. He, too, reiterated that Iraq will handle them judicially instead of extraditing them.

Justice ministry sources told the newspaper that non-Iraqi faceless myrmidons are incarcerated in special wards, with their home countries informed of their arrests.
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Wives of three Islamic State leaders arrested with fake IDs, says official
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) Security forces tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on Tuesday wives of three 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....
leaders, including the terrorist group’s wali (governor) in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security official said.

"The three wives were arrested at a security checkpoint in Tal Afar district west of Mosul, while trying to move to another area using fake IDs," Captain Ahmed al-Obeidi from Nineveh police told the semi-official al-Sabah newspaper on Tuesday.

"They were remanded into custody for interrogation on crimes committed by their husbands," Obeidi said, adding that prosecutors will ask the three women about where their husbands could be hiding.
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Two Iraqi police agents wounded in western Mosul blast
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Two Iraqi coppers were maimed when an bomb went off in northwestern Mosul on Tuesday, according to a security source.

Shafaw News quoted a source saying that two Federal Police agents were maimed when an IED blast targeted their vehicle in Zummar, northwest of Mosul.

He explained that the blast took place as troops were pulling out from some areas they took over in October during a standoff with Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
'Mishandled explosives' kill 2 Palestinians in Gaza
[Al Jazeera] At least two Paleostinians have died in an kaboom in Gazoo, which Paleostinian group Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
now says was caused by the men mishandling explosives.

Local news media identified the two people killed on Tuesday as members of al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad.

The News Agency that Dare Not be Named news agency quoted Islamic Jihad as saying that the kaboom was an accident.

Earlier in the day, the Paleostinian health ministry and local news media blamed the deaths on an Israeli air raid.

However,
a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
a spokesperson for the Israeli army denied the reports, telling Al Jazeera it did not carry out any attack in the besieged Gazoo Strip on Tuesday.

The Israeli blockade of the occupied Gazoo Strip, in its current form, has been in place since June 2007.

Men indentified
The Paleostinian news agency WAFA said the two Paleostinian youths were killed on a cycle of violence near the town of Beit Lahya in the northern Gazoo Strip.
Let this be a lesson to you: carrying bombs on motorized vehicles over bad roads is dangerous only to the carriers, and a waste of clearly good bombs. Next time walk the things to their destination.
The men were killed instantly while dozens of passers-by were also injured by the kaboom, WAFA said.

In a statement cited by AFP news agency later on Tuesday that made no mention of an Israeli attack, Islamic Jihad identified the dead men as Hussein Ghazi Nasrallah, 25, and Mustafa al-Sultan, 29, and said they were part of the group's engineering unit.
Not actually youths, then. But as dumb as if they were.
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Rocket launched at Israel from Gaza, IDF says
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinians in the Gazoo Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel Tuesday night, setting off alert sirens in Israeli communities north of the coastal enclave, the army said.

There were no immediate reports of impact, as Israeli security forces searched the area for the projectile.

The incoming rocket alert sirens sounded in the Hof Ashkelon area, north of the Strip, specifically in the communities of Netiv Ha’asara and Yad Mordechai.

The attack came hours after Paleostinian Lions of Islam in the Strip launched a rocket at Israel that fell short of its target and landed inside Gazoo, the army said.

The past week has seen a significant increase in the number of rockets fired at Israel, amid general unrest in the area.

Palestinian sources: Islamic Jihad behind recent rocket fire, not Hamas — report
Islamic Jihad has far to go to offset the destruction of their tunnel, though getting only half their rockets over the wire isn’t doing a great deal in that direction, poor dears.
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian sources in the Gazoo Strip tell an Israeli news outlet the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
terrorist organization is responsible for the recent rockets launched over the border at Israel, and not Salafist groups.

The sources tell Hadashot news that murderous Moslem factions in the Gazoo Strip are trying to thwart the implementation of a reconciliation deal between Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, and Fatah, by firing rockets at Israel.

According to the sources, General Qassem Soleimani
, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations wing, spoke to senior Hamas officials, urging them to launch rockets toward Israel.

"You have a blank check when it comes to our support for military arms," Soleimani reportedly tells Hamas.
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IDF: Palestinian attempts to stab soldiers in West Bank, is shot
[IsraelTimes] An armed Paleostinian man was shot and seriously maimed after he attempted to stab Israeli soldiers near the West Bank Jewish city of Ariel on Tuesday, the army said.

The IDF said no soldiers were maimed in the incident, which took place near the Arab village of Salfit, to the south of Ariel.

According to Hadashot news, a group of Paleostinians began rioting near an army post outside the Jewish settlement, throwing rocks at soldiers. In response, soldiers chased after one of the rioters, catching up with him at the edge of Salfit. There he drew a knife on them, prompting them to open fire, according to the TV report.

According to the report, the Paleostinian would-be stabber was hit in the head and seriously maimed. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The army is investigating the incident.

Th attempted terror attack came hours after the IDF tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a 17-year-old Paleostinian armed with a knife outside Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Palestinian teen caught with knife at entrance to Tomb of the Patriarchs

[IsraelTimes] Border Police officers on Tuesday locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a Paleostinian teenager who tried to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron with a knife.

At a security checkpoint at the entrance to the holy site, a box cutter was discovered hidden on the teenager’s person, according to police.

The 17-year-old Hebron resident was detained and taken in for questioning.

Palestinian minors detained for throwing rocks at Jerusalem’s Light Rail

[IsraelTimes] Police say two Palestinian minors are being detained for throwing rocks at the Light Rail train in Jerusalem.

The two hurled rocks at the train as it passed through the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat, shattering one of the train’s windows.

The two are brought in for questioning along with their parents.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian, Syrian jets hit Aleppo, Damascus countryside
[Al Jazeera] Russian and Syrian fighter jets have launched attacks in southern Aleppo province and the Damascus countryside, causing civilian casualties in both locations.

Rebel groups, for their part, made gains south of Damascus and in the eastern Idlib province, activists said on Tuesday.

An Al Jazeera correspondent said hundreds of families were displaced from villages and towns in the southern Aleppo countryside because of heavy bombing by Syrian and Russian fighter jets.

The attacks resulted in civilian casualties and extensive damage to homes and property, the correspondent said.

The developments came amid attacks by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
's military and allied fighters on rebel sites in Burj Sabna, a village in Aleppo's southern countryside.

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Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria
[IsraelTimes] Firm tied to 'Putin's chef' allegedly part of Moscow's attempt to hide extent of its involvement in Syrian civil war

The St. Petersburg-based website Fontanka reported that about 3,000 Russians under contract to the Wagner group have fought in Syria since 2015, months before Russia’s two-year military campaign helped to turn the tide of the civil war in favor of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
, a longtime Moscow ally.
Continued on Page 49
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Amnesty condemns death sentence for Iran academic accused of spying for Israel
[IsraelTimes] Human rights group Amnesia Amnesty International says that Iran’s courts had "run roughshod over the rule of law" by confirming the death sentence of an academic accused of espionage during nuclear talks with world powers.

Lawyers for Ahmadreza Djalali, an emergency medicine specialist resident in Sweden, were informed Saturday that the Supreme Court had upheld his sentence "without granting them an opportunity to file their defence submissions," Amnesty said in a statement.

Djalali was a visiting professor at Belgium’s Vrije University when he was tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
during a trip to Iran in April 2016.

He was accused of passing information to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service during the negotiations that led to Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.
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