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Seven Children Killed In A Taliban Explosion In Faryab: Officials
[ToloNews] At least seven children were killed and five others were maimed in an IED kaboom in Faryab province on Friday, local officials said Saturday.

Ghulam Ali CID director for Sherentagab district police headquarters said the incident occurred in an area which fell to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
last week - in Koh Sayyad of Sherentagab district.
...which Khaama Press spells as Kohsar area and Sherin Tagab district...
Ali said that Taliban had placed an IED in Koh Sayyadarea and eleven children playing in the area were hit.

According to Ali two of the maimed children lost their limbs and are in a critical condition. They have been transferred to Jawzjan hospital.

Three other children have been admitted to a hospital in in Maimana City, the capital of Faryab province.

Taliban has not yet commented.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Troops Under Siege In Uruzgan Need Urgent Help: MPs
[ToloNews] Uruzgan MPs said on Saturday dozens of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been surrounded by anti-government gangs in Khas Uruzgan district in the province and need immediate assistance.

The MPs said security forces have been under siege for two months and until now government has done nothing to help them. These MPs said the troops need food and equipment.

According to these politicians, routes from Khas Uruzgan district to the scenic provincial capital, Trinkot city, also face serious security threats.

"It is two months that an ANA base, also with police soldiers, have been surrounded and they don’t even have food to eat. They are in a very bad situation. Government is not reaching them, and a tragedy will happen there," Uruzgan MP Obaidullah Barekzai said.

Khas Uruzgan district is one of the most insecure districts in the province which borders Zabul and Ghazni provinces.

"They are under siege and are hungry and the situation is very bad there," Hanif Hanifi, a senator from Uruzgan said.

A number of security forces meanwhile said in phone calls to TOLOnews on Saturday that they have been under siege for weeks.

According to the soldiers, commandos and police force members are also trapped inside the base with them.

"We have called the army corps and army regiment and everyone else, but no one supports us," said Fazal, an ANA soldier.

"It is not good to tell this, but we do not even have bread. We have no flour or rice, we have nothing here," said Mumtaz, another soldier.

Some of the ANA soldiers told TOLOnews that they have not been able to get home to visit their families for over a year.

"There are no roads here and no cars. We cannot leave the base. If we go out, they (insurgents) shoot at us. The situation is very bad," Taher, an ANA soldier said.

Despite concerted efforts to get comment from the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior the two ministries failed to respond to TOLOnews.

"Intelligence gaps cause lots of our soldiers to lose their lives or get surrounded," Muqadam Amin, a former military officer said.

This is not the first time that security forces in remote areas have complained about the lack of backup.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under:

Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan
[DAWN] At least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Afghanistan's Faryab province on Friday, an official said.

Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said six other kids were wounded in the blast that took place late on Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district.

Yuresh said that according to a hospital report, two of the wounded kids are in a critical condition.

All of the children are between five and 12 years of age and were playing when the bomb exploded, he added.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yuresh blamed Taliban militants who usually plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces in different parts of the province.

Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
US airstrike kills 18 al-Shabab after US attacked in Somalia
[Ynet] A US military Arclight airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
snuffies after US and local forces on the ground came under attack in southern Somalia, the US Africa Command said Saturday.

No US or Somali forces were killed or injured in the attack, an AFRICOM front man, Nate Herring, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named. The airstrike was carried out Friday in self-defense after snuffies were "observed maneuvering on a combined patrol," while the US also responded with "indirect fire," the front man said.

The confrontation occurred about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of the port 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...
, the US Africa Command statement said. Two other al-Shabaab snuffies were killed by Somali forces "with small arms fire during the engagement," it said.

The operation was Somali-led, the AFRICOM front man said. There was no immediate comment from Somali authorities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Two injured after twin car bombs explode in Mogadishu
[PRESSTV] At least two people have sustained injuries in two boom-mobileings in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, an emergency worker and a police officer said.

No group has yet grabbed credit for planting the bombs, which detonated in two different cars near a main road in the city center.

if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
terrorist group has frequently carried out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of the Horn of Africa country.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of AMIN ambulance services, told Rooters the blasts had so far injured two people. Major Ahmed Nur, a police officer, also told Rooters the bombs had been planted in the cars by terrorists.

He said one of the cars was parked and had nobody in it, while the second was moving and the two people inside it had been injured.

Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa Subsaharan
Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss shipping vessel in Nigerian waters
In memory of Pappy, who introduced the subject here.
[Ynet] Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters as it travelled between the west African country's commercial capital Lagos and the city of Port Harcourt, the ship's operator said in a statement.

Massoel Shipping said the pirates boarded the vessel, which was carrying wheat, and kidnapped 12 of the 19 crew. The company did not give the nationalities of the crew members.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

UAE completes withdrawal of troops from Yemen’s Mahrah province
[PRESSTV] The last batch of Emirati troops, who had served in a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen’s eastern province of Mahrah, have arrived home after the Abu Dhabi regime ordered them to withdraw.

Informed sources, requesting anonymity, told Arabic-language 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...
Shabaab television network on Saturday that the United Arab Emirates withdrew its forces the previous day, and handed over buildings used by its troops to local authorities.

The sources added that mercenaries and military advisers from African countries would most likely replace Emirati soldiers.

The UAE is 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...
’s key ally in its deadly war against Yemen.

On Saturday, Yemeni army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, targeted the positions of Saudi-sponsored forces of Evil loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi at the al-Alab border crossing of the kingdom’s southern region of Asir.

There were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

7 soldiers martyred in crossfire with militants in North Waziristan
[DAWN] The military’s media wing reported on Saturday that seven soldiers including a captain embraced martyrdom in an exchange of fire with bully boyz during an intelligence-based operation in North Wazoo.

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public relations said that a group of "bully boyz was reported to have infiltrated from across and was hiding in a compound" in Gharlamai area of North Waziristan.

Those who embraced martyrdom include Captain Junaid, Havaldar Amir, Havaldar Atif, Havaldar Nasir, Havaldar Abdul Razzaq, Sepoy Sammi, and Sepoy Anwar.

During the operation by security forces nine bully boyz were also killed, whose bodies have been held, read the ISPR statement.

"The area has been cleared and identification of killed bully boyz is in progress," read the military’s statement.

Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Iraqi forces seize abandoned Islamic State internet towers in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces have seized abandoned internet towers belonging to 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....
gunnies in the eastern side of the group’s former base in Iraq: Mosul, Iraqi security reported on Saturday.

The Iraqi Security Media Center said forces ran into a large number of internet towers at al-Intissar neighborhood, which murderous Moslems had used for communication during their occupation of Mosul.

The seized equipment had been dismantled by the murderous Moslems before the start of encounters with Iraqi forces. They were found inside a house belonging to one of the Lion of Islams, according to the center.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Military aircraft fires at Gaza cell launching arson balloons at Israel
[IsraelTimes] IDF says strike targeted suspects in north of Paleostinian enclave; Israeli firefighters extinguish six blazes

An Israeli aircraft fired at a cell in the northern Gazoo Strip launching incendiary balloons toward Israel, the Israeli military said on Saturday, revealing no further details.

The Paleostinian news agency Shehab, affiliated with the terror group Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, which rules Gazoo, said the IDF strike occurred near the city of Jabalia.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Israeli military further reported that a number of festivities took place in different areas along the security fence between Israel and the Gazoo Strip, and that Israeli troops fired tear gas to disperse crowds gathering near the structure. Israel’s Channel 10 reported minor incidents alongside the security fence near Jabalia and Khan Younis.

Over the course of Saturday, six fires were sparked as a result of arson balloons being launched across to communities near the Gazoo Strip, Channel 10 reported. Firefighters worked to extinguish the blazes, including one at the entrance to the town of Netivot.

This week has seen an uptick in the launching of incendiary balloons, after several weeks of what was described as a lull. This followed several months of multiple daily attacks that left thousands of acres in southern Israel scorched and sparked fears of children being injured by bombs placed on balloons or kites and launched over the border.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Police say they nabbed Palestinian on way to carry out attack in northern Israel
[IsraelTimes] Authorities respond to a pair of anonymous tips leading them to a 21-year-old in Afula; suspect taken in for questioning

Israeli police said they tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a 21-year-old Paleostinian man from the West Bank on Saturday who was planning to carry out a terror attack in northern Israel.

Both uniformed and plain-clothed troops began carrying out a mass search for the suspect throughout the northern town of Afula after authorities received an anonymous tip that an attack there was imminent.

Shortly thereafter, police said they received a call from another anonymous source who provided the license plate of the Paleostinian suspect.

The alleged would-be attacker was apprehended by officers in the Yasam reconnaissance unit and transferred to security authorities for questioning.

Police did not elaborate on the details of the attack the Paleostinian man had allegedly planned.

IDF: Pipe bomb thrown at Beit El

[Ynet] IDF's Spokesperson's Unit said Saturday that a pimpe bonb was thrown overnight Friday at the Jewish settlement of Beit El, prompting the army to operate in the area.

Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Seven Philippine soldiers injured by NPA bomb
[Manila Standard] New People’s Army militants set off a roadside bomb at a military convoy Tuesday, injuring seven army soldiers shortly after an clash in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Military spokesman Ronald Villanueva said the New People's Army violated the provision of the IHL relating to the use of anti-personnel mines during hostilities. He said, "NPA terrorists have again violated International Humanitarian Law by using landmines that cause severe damage to a person and may decapitate his body.”

Troops were heading back to their barracks before a clash with NPA rebels in Buenavista town when the militants detonated a landmine on their path. Reports said the landmine exploded few minutes after troops and the NPAs from Alias Yolly from Guerrillas Front Committee 4A of Northern Central Mindanao Regional Command exchanged fire, injuring seven soldiers.

Villanueva said the encounter occurred after a tip-off from locals regarding the presence of NPAs in their area. The clash lasted for 30 minutes with around 15 rebels. After the encounter, troops found an NPA militant dead with his M4 rifle.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/23/2018 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Abu Sayyaf releases three Indonesian captives
[AFP] Three Indonesian fishermen held by the Abu Sayyaf have walked free 18 months after they were abducted off the southern Philippines, the Philippine military said on Sunday. The men were kidnapped in January 2017 while on board a speedboat off the southernmost island group of Tawi-Tawi, which together with the nearby Sulu archipelago are preyed on by Abu Sayyaf militants.

The Indonesians were freed in the town of Indanan in Sulu on Saturday and “turned over” to authorities following “intensified military operations” against the rebel group, a regional army spokesman said without giving details. Asked if a ransom was paid, Lieutenant Colonel Gerry M. Besana said, “No, there was definitely no ransom given. (They) were pressured by our operations.”

The Abu Sayyaf is still holding 11 hostages, including a Dutch bird-watcher abducted in 2012 and a Vietnamese captive, according to Besana. The group has been known to behead hostages unless ransom payments are made.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

Two handed life sentences in Thai supermarket bombing
[Bangkok Post] Two men were handed life sentences for the double-bombing of a Big C Supercenter in Pattani province in May last year that wounded 56 people. The court on Thursday initially passed the death sentence on Suhaiming Sama-ae and Sama-ae Mama, and then commuted it to life because they confessed to the charges.

Suhaiming and Sama-ae were convicted of involvement in the two bombings at Big C Supercenter in Muang district on May 9, 2017. Fortunately there were no fatalities, but 56 people were hurt.

Maj Gen Jatuporn Klamprasut, commander of the Pattani task force, said the two men had given useful information to police during interrogation. This led investigators to issue more arrest warrants, raising the number of suspects wanted for the bombing to nine.

On May 9 last year, the first bomb went off about near the food center inside the Big C building. The second followed shortly after outside the building, after shoppers and staff had left the premises in panic.

The second bomb was in a bag left in a pickup truck parked near the main entrance. The pickup used for the bomb outside the hypermarket had been stolen in Yala province.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Scores of Turkish-backed rebels killed by YPG forces in Afrin (video)
[AlMasdar] Scores of Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels were killed inside the Afrin region in last 48 hours, the official media wing of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported.

According to the YPG, their sleeper cells killed at least 7 Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) fighters around the Afrin region.

Among the operations carried out by the YPG was their big attack on the villages of Gazoo and Mazen, where they ended up killing at least four Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels.

Another attack carried out by the YPG was conducted in the village of Ghazawi, which is in the Jindares District of Afrin.

During this attack, the YPG managed to destroy a T-55 tank that belonged to the al-Sham Corps on September 21st.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  almost any of the anti tank missiles produced since 1990 can knock out a T-55

probably the YPG has a handful of such missiles either purchased on the black market or captured from the Syria military
Posted by: lord garth || 09/23/2018 1:07 Comments || Top||

Jihadist drone strikes Syrian Army troops in northern Latakia
[AlMasdar] An attack drone belonging to the jihadist rebels targeted a group of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Friday.

According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, a jihadist attack drone that was launched from the Jisr al-Shughour District of Idlib struck a group of Syrian Arab Army soldiers near the town of Qala’at Marza.

At least eight soldiers were maimed as a result of this jihadist attack, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties, Vladimir Savchenko, said on Friday evening.

"Eight Syrian servicemen were maimed in the settlement of Qalaat Marza in the Latakia governorate that came under shelling by holy warriors," Savchenko statd.

"An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by Lions of Islam was downed in this area," he added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Homs: Syrian Army restarts operation to clear ISIL’s desert pocket (video)
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) restarted their operation in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate after a fierce battle 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....
(ISIS) the week prior.

Led by their Elite Republican Guard forces, the Syrian Arab Army restarted their operation this week by targeting a number of areas belonging to the Islamic State Lions of Islam in the Badiya al-Sham region of east Homs.

According to Anna News, the Syrian Arab Army has been clearing several Islamic State hideouts and trenches that have been used to launch attacks against the government forces in the past.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Jihadist rebels attack important southwest Aleppo district
[AlMasdar] The jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack on southwest Aleppo this evening, targeting a number of neighborhoods under the control of the government.

According to a military source inside the scenic lovely provincial capital, the jihadist rebels in the Rashiddeen 4 area launched several ground-to-ground missiles at the al-Hamdaniyah District, causing several kabooms throughout the residential neighborhoods.

As a result of this attack, a dozen civilians were maimed and taken to a local field hospital for medical care.

The Syrian Arab Army has now responded with an attack of their own, targeting the Rashideen 4 area that is controlled by the jihadist rebels.

Tonight’s attack by the jihadist rebels on al-Hamdaniyah marks the first major confrontation in southwest Aleppo this month.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Deir Ezzor: Albukamal secured by Syrian army, gov’t accuses Coalition of evacuating ISIS

Strategic city of Albukamal secured for first time in several years (map)

[AlMasdar] (5:50 P.M.) – For the first time in several years, the strategic city of Albukamal has been fully secured from all terrorist forces around the Iraqi border.

Backed by heavy strikes from their American and French partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a major advance in the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week, capturing the key town of Baghouz Al-Fouqani near the Iraqi border-crossing.

The Syrian Democratic Forces were able to overpower the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the area before fully securing the town.

With ISIS fully expelled, the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to secure the eastern countryside of Albukamal, which will prove important for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in the area.

The Syrian Arab Army has faced several attacks from the Islamic State terrorists that were previously present around the eastern countryside of Albukamal; however, with the SDF now at this axis, it should prove to be safer and more welcoming to displaced civilians looking to return home.

Syrian gov’t accuses US Coalition of evacuating ISIS from Deir ez-Zor
Given that the Syrian government has evacuated so many from ISIS, Al Nusra, and other jihadi groups all over the country, it seems a bit silly for them to point fingers elsewhere.
[AlMasdar] 2018-09-23 (12:00 A.M.) – The Syrian government has accused the US Coalition of evacuating Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists from the Deir ez-Zor Governorate recently.

According to the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Damascus accused the US Coalition of evacuating several Islamic State terrorists via a recent “air landing operation” at the outskirts of Al-Marashida in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

This same allegation was made by the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Friday evening; however, no photos or videos were released to corroborate these claims.

The Syrian government has repeatedly accused the US Coalition of aiding the Islamic State forces in southern and eastern Syria.

These accusations began in October 2016, when the US Coalition bombed the Syrian Arab Army troops at Mount Thardeh in Deir ez-Zor.

This deadly attack resulted in the full capture of Mount Thardeh by the Islamic State and the death of more than 100 Syrian Arab Army soldiers.

The US attack on Mount Thardeh is still the deadliest bombing against the Syrian Army in its existence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Egyptian leader in HTS rejects Russian-Turkish’s buffer zone in Idlib
(Syria News) Egyptian leader in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
, Abulyakathan al-Masry, vowed on Saturday, to continue fighting in the province of Idlib, rejecting the Russian-Ottoman Turkish agreement to establish a buffer zone.

In a video footage published on Telegram, the leader refused to withdraw from the buffer zone and said, "How could we leave our stationing points that were captured with the efforts of young men?"

Abulyakathan also considered the withdrawal from the buffer zone as a retreat to Khan Sheikhoun Town in the south, Suraqib in the east and Jisr al-Shaghour in the west. Furthermore, he revealed that the establishing of a buffer zone means ending the fighting in the area (Jihad).
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  You tell 'em, kid!
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