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Good morning
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Africa North
Shelling, clashes between militias resume in Tripoli
Let us hope the CIA's man conquers them all quickly.
[ARABNEWS] Heavy shelling resumed on Thursday in southern Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
where rival militia brigades were battling for control of the capital's main airport in some of the worst festivities since the 2011 revolt which ousted Muammar Qadaffy
...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse...
Around 200 people have been killed since the festivities erupted two weeks ago in the capital and also in the eastern city of Benghazi, where a coalition of gunnies and former rebels have overrun a major army base in the city.

Thuds of artillery and anti-aircraft cannons echoed across Tripoli from early Thursday morning, a day after a temporary cease-fire agreed by factions to allow firefighters to put out a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket.

Three years after the fall of Muammar Qadaffy, Libya's fragile government and nascent army has been unable to impose authority on heavily armed brigades of former rebels who have become the North African country's powerbrokers.

Most of the fighting is limited to southern Tripoli where warring factions have exchanged Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
, artillery shells and cannon fire between the airport controlled by Zintan brigade fighters and enclaves of their Misrata brigade rivals.

In the eastern city of Benghazi, an alliance of gunnies and former rebels has also overrun a special forces base in the city, forcing the army into a retreat, local residents and army officials said.

Residents said there was little sign of the army or police on the ground in Benghazi on Thursday, two days after fighters from Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
and the coalition of former rebels the Benghazi Shoura Council overtook a main special forces base.
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Tunisia re-arrests Ansar al-Sharia spokesman
[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisian authorities re-placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
front man Seifeddine Rais in Kairouan, TAP reported on Wednesday (July 30th).

Rias was apprehended Tuesday in Kairouan. He had been released two days earlier.

Earlier this month, a Tunisian court on summoned the Ansar al-Sharia front man and other members of the outlawed movement for questioning in connection with their support for Islamic State (ISIS) terror group 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...
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Africa Subsaharan
Fourth female suicide bomber hits Nigeria's Kano, kills six
[AF.REUTERS] A female jacket wallah blew herself up in a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, killing six people and critically wounding another six in the fourth such attack by a woman in Kano in less than a week, a security source said.

The bomber targeted youths who were looking at a notice board for national youth service in Kano Polytechnic, the source said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although turban group 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...
, which is fighting for an Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria, has repeatedly bombed Kano as it radiates attacks outwards from its northeast heartlands.

Using female suicide bombers in the city appears to be a new tactic of Boko Haram, although they have used them on occasion for years in the northeast.

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others.

On Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself but no one else while trying to target coppers.
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Boko Haram puts suicide vest on girl aged 10
[THEAUSTRALIAN.AU] A 10-YEAR-OLD girl has been tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
in northern Nigeria with explosives strapped to her chest, officials said, after a woman blew herself up on a university campus, killing at least six people.

Officials said the girl was arrested when police stopped a car of suspected myrmidons. She was travelling with two 18-year-olds who attempted to run away when they were challenged, according to a government front man.

It was the fourth time in as many days that the Islamist myrmidon group 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...
is thought to have used women to carry out attacks. The officials said the girl was among the youngest to be linked to the five-year insurgency.

Boko Haram, which has links to al-Qa'ida, claims to be fighting for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Rights groups claim it has killed at least 10,000 people in attacks, including on schools and churches, which invariably target civilians.

The 10-year-old, who has not been named, was arrested three-and-half months after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in the remote northeast of the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
has faced widespread criticism for his failure to rescue the students, who are thought to be held in the vast and lawless Sambisa forest. He said he would not negotiate with terrorists.

The government front man said the 10-year-old girl was found to have been strapped with an boom belt in Kano. He did not say where she was from or when she was expected to carry out an attack.

The woman who detonated her vest in Kano targeted a college campus in the city where students had gathered to check details of their summer assignments for a mandatory youth program, police said.

Officials said she detonated her explosives near a noticeboard at the Kano polytechnic at around 2.30pm local time. Isyaku Adamu, a witness, said the kaboom came from within the crush of students and left blood splattered on the ground.

The attacks came after police in the nearby city of Maiduguri had banned cars over the Moslem festival of Eid, because of fears that they would be used to carry out an attack.
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Boko Haram kills 13, injures 35 in Yobe
[SUNNEWSONLINE] Emotion was high yesterday in Po­tiskum town, Yobe State as res­idents besieged the two mosques where suspected 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...
Death Eaters detonated explosive de­vices on Tuesday night, which killed no fewer than 13 worshippers.

Residents said a sus­pected Boko Haram sui­cide bomber had targeted Mohammedan faithful observ­ing their sunset prayers (Magrib) at Alkali Kalli Mosque, adjacent the Emir of Fika Palace in the town at about 7.30 p.m. on Tues­day..

"We just heard the loud sound of the blast and there was confusion ev­erywhere," Abu Lawan, a resident, told Daily Sun on phone

Few minutes later, an­other bomb went off at Sakafa Mosque near the Potiskum Central Mar­ket, leaving splashes of blood everywhere, another resident,who did not want his name in print, said. He said 12 worshippers and the suicide bomb died, adding that many people were maimed.

Hospital sources also confirmed 13 dead bod­ies and 35 injured persons were brought to the Potis­kum General Hospital late Tuesday night. They also said some of the injured persons might be trans­ferred to Federal Medi­cal Centre at Nguru in the state or Azare in neigh­bouring Bauchi State.

Sources said some of the residents that besieged the scenes of the blast yes­terday burst into tears as many expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over attacks on worship­pers at religious centres, saying the development was an ungodly act.

A source at the area also confirmed that the Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Mohammadu Ibn Mohammadu Idris, had visited the scenes of the two blasts. He was said to have condemned the at­tacks, describing them as callous and inhuman.

A palace source said the first-class traditional ruler also appealed to the people to be vigilant at all times.
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Yemen repatriates 8 Saudi Al-Qaeda suspects
[ARABNEWS] Yemen has repatriated eight Saudis wanted for suspected links with Al-Qaeda in the second handover of its kind since February, said Interior Ministry front man Mansour Al-Turki on Thursday.

"The Kingdom has received eight Saudis wanted for joining Al-Qaeda in Yemen," he said. "The move comes as part of joint security operations between the two countries and the suspects will be tried in accordance with Saudi laws."

Two of the suspects had already been locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
and later released from prison in the Kingdom.

Sanaa has also handed over the wife of a detained Saudi Al-Qaeda suspect who was "lured by members of the terrorist network in Yemen into illegally leaving the Kingdom without the knowledge of her family and husband," he said.

Saudi authorities are on the hunt for dozens of citizens who have joined the group and who are based in Yemen.

Yemeni authorities had handed over 29 wanted Saudis to the Kingdom in February.

Saudi authorities launched a crackdown on the group's local branch after a wave of deadly Al-Qaeda attacks in the Kingdom between 2003 and 2006.

Former prisoners at the US Guantanamo prison in Cuba who had been extradited to 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...
for rehabilitation in December 2006 had undergone a reform program, but had later escaped to Yemen.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif held a meeting on Wednesday, which included security bigshots from several sectors, to discuss the latest developments in the region.

Prince Mohammed also assessed services and security measures during Ramadan, which will be applied during the Haj season in Makkah and Madinah, according to Al-Arabiya.

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2 suspects of police officer's murder killed in shootout
[Dhaka Tribune] Two suspects in the case of police officer Nurul Islam's murder were killed, while one other was injured, during a shootout with law enforcers on Sunday in Mirzapur upazila, Tangail.

Sources said police acted on a tip-off and raided the residence of Azizur Rahman Babu in South Tatkia Kadma Ghonapara village toarrest Ulka, the prime suspect in the case.

Spider senses tingling at the proximity of police, Ulka and his associates shot up them, triggering the shootout.

At one stage of the shootout, Ulka was shot and died instantly around 4am, said Akhtaruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Tangail Model cop shoppe.

Two of Ulka's associates " Shahed and Sagar alias Dollar " sustained bullet injuries as well, he said.

Shahed, shot in his eye, and Sagor, shot in his leg, were rushed to Mirzapur Kumudini Hospital in a critical condition and later shifted to Tangail Medical College and Hospital. Of them, Shahed died on Wednesday, confirmed Saleh Mohammed Tanvir, superintendent of police.

Earlier on July 25, criminals shot and injured Nurul Islam, 30, an assistant sub-inspector at Tangail Model cop shoppe, when he was conducting a drive to arrest Ulka. He died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital the following day.

A case was filed with the cop shoppe accusing Ulka and his cohorts of Nurul's murder.
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3 JMB men held; DB claims militants reorganising
[Dhaka Tribune] Detective Branch of Police personnel yesterday claimed to have nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
three members of banned Islamist organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt.
(JMB) in the capital's Sayedabad with huge explosives and bomb making materials on Wednesday night.

The DB personnel also claimed that the JMB had been trying to be reorganised in the form of International Lion of Islam organization al-Qaeda and trying to establish the philosophy of the al-Qaeda.

Besides, the activists of the banned outfit also had a plan of carrying out kabooms at Eid congregations, the DB officials claimed.

The detained JMB members were identified as Md Shameem Mahfuz alias Sumon aliasd Manring Morong, 38, of Gaibandha, Md Zahidur Rahman, 33, of Pirojpur, and Ismail Hossain, 39, of Chandpur.

At a press briefing, the DB officials claimed that during the primary interrogation the detainees told about their recent activities. They also confessed of being involved in the activities of another Lion of Islam organization named Jama'atul Muslemin earlier.

DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said: "As part of their activities, they had been active in the recruitment of faceless myrmidons in deep forest in Thanchi of Bandarban where they had also been providing training to the new recruited members as part of their preparation of carrying out attacks."

He also said the detainees had been coordinating among the faceless myrmidons in and around the capital.

"Shameem Mahfuz had been keeping close communications with faceless myrmidons who are now runaways in Pakistain and different other places," said Monirul Islam.

In a reply, he also said detained Shameem had been working as the chief coordinator and under his directives other detainees had been supplying explosives and leaflets in different places.

DB sources said all the detainees were earlier arrested different times for their Lion of Islam activities and they resumed their activities after their releases on bails.

The DB officials said the arrest was made following a long period of observation.
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Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang
[ARABNEWS] The head of a China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region.

Jume Tahir, the government-appointed imam of the 600-year-old Id Kah mosque in the city of Kashgar, was killed Wednesday by "three thugs influenced by holy warrior ideology," the Xinjiang government web portal Tianshan said.

Police launched an all-out investigation and rubbed out two of the alleged assailants while capturing the other at about noon on Wednesday as they violently resisted with "knives and hatchets," Tianshan said.

Tianshan said Tahir's killing was "premeditated" and that the suspects intended to commit a "ruthless murder." It also said they wanted to "increase their influence through 'doing something big'."

Tianshan identified the suspects by their names in phonetic Chinese. The official Xinhua news agency in an English-language report gave their names as Turghun Tursun, Memetjan Remutillan and Nurmemet Abidilimit.

Neither Tianshan nor Xinhua initially identified who among them was rubbed out and who was apprehended.

Tahir was found dead in a pool of blood outside the mosque's prayer house, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported earlier on its website.

Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Moslem Uighur ethnic minority, has seen escalating violence which in the past year has spilled over into other parts of China.

RFA cited what it described as "witnesses and other officials," including the director of a neighborhood stability committee in Kashgar, who described the killing as an liquidation.

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#1  Meanwhile, NOT to be outdone by Uighurs in Western China ... ...


Give Western sanctions time, + it will be so.
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Exchange of fire reported at LoC in Gultri sector
[DAWN] Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing early morning today at Line of Control in Gultri sector near Astore(Gilgit-Baltistan), according to a statement released by the Inter Services Public Relations on Thursday.

This is the first time that Indian troops resorted to firing in Astore sector of LoC.

"Pak troops responded effectively to the Indian firing", a front man for ISPR said in a statement.
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Two Hazara men shot dead in Quetta
[DAWN] QUETTA: Two members of the Shia Hazara community were bumped off on Wednesday in Spini road area of Quetta, the capital of volatile 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...
province, police said.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police told Dawn that unknown gunnies opened fire on Spini road killing two persons. The slain persons were identified as members of the Hazara community who were killed en route to main city from Hazara Town area of Quetta.

"The attackers escaped unhurt from the spot," Qureshi stated.

Police and Frontier Corps personnel reached the spot as a probe into the incident went underway.

The bodies were shifted to hospital for postmortem.

"This seems to be a sectarian assassination," another police official who requested anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter told Dawn.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Spini road is considered to be one of the sensitive areas of Quetta. Frequent incidents of assassinations take place in the area despite the presence of security personnel and their check posts.
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Hezbollah Chief Who Helped Capture IDF Soldiers Goldwasser, Regev Killed In Iraq
Spreading themselves ever thinner... So much for Iran's multi-front war against Israel once they had their working nukes. Perhaps they aren't Allah's favourites after all.
[IsraelTimes] A commander with the Lebanese Death Eater group Hezbollah who took part in the raid in which Israeli reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were killed and captured was recently killed while on a "jihadi mission" in Iraq, officials in Leb said Thursday.

The officials, who are close to the Shi'ite Hezbollah, said that Ibrahim Mohammed al-Haj was killed sometime in the past week.

They did not provide any details on his mission or circumstances of his death and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

It was the first known Hezbollah death in Iraq since Sunni forces of Evil with the Islamic State captured large parts of the country north and west of Baghdad in June.

In July 2006, al-Haj was among a group of Hezbollah fighters who crossed into Israel and captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev before bringing them into Leb, Lebanese security officials told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The capture triggered the 34-day Second Leb War between Israel and Hezbollah.

Iraqi officials have said that a handful of advisers from Hezbollah are offering front-line guidance to Iraqi Shiite militias fighting the Sunni forces of Evil north of Baghdad. But it is not known if — beyond the advisers — any Hezbollah fighters are fighting along Iraqi Shiite militiamen.

Last year, Hezbollah fighters openly joined Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
's forces in a decision that has fueled sectarian tensions in Leb.

On Thursday, Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV aired footage of al-Haj's funeral that was held in the Lebanese eastern town of Mashghara on Wednesday. The funeral was attended by top Hezbollah officials, including the head of the group's parliamentary bloc Mohammed Raad and Minister of Industry Hussein Haj Hassan.

Al-Manar referred to al-Haj as "commander," saying he died while "performing his jihadi duties" — a term used by the group when its members are killed in action. Al-Haj's coffin, draped in the group's yellow flag, was carried by Hezbollah fighters in uniform who walked on a red carpet as a band played music.

Al-Manar said al-Haj's achievements on the battlefield had "pained the enemy," referring to Israel.

He was the second Hezbollah commander to be killed in recent months.

In May, Fawzi Ayoub, a Hezbollah military commander wanted by the FBI was killed in Syria while fighting alongside Assad's forces.
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Liveblogging Israel-Gaza War: Day 25
[IsraelTimes] Thursday saw 90 rockets fired at Israel, several Israelis hurt by mortar fire, ongoing IDF strikes at Hamas targets in Gaza and tunnel demolitions, and US criticism of an Israeli strike that killed a reported 15 people at a UN school in Gaza on Wednesday.
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Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire
[USATODAY] The United States and United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
announced Thursday that Israel and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire that is to start Friday morning for 72 hours.

In a joint statement, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to an unconditional cease-fire during which there would be negotiations on a more durable truce.

The statement was released in New Delhi, where Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
was meeting with Indian officials.

Earlier Thursday, Israel had vowed to press ahead with its offensive in Gazoo, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country's military would demolish Hamas' network of tunnels "with or without a cease-fire."

Netanyahu said he won't accept any truce that will not allow Israel to achieve its goal of destroying the tunnel network it says is used to carry out attacks inside Israel. Hamas said it will only lay down arms once Israel and Egypt give guarantees that a seven-year Gazoo border blockade will be lifted.

The firm tone from Israel comes as its military called up 16,000 more reservists Thursday, in a move that may signal a widening of its military operation in Gazoo. It is not clear how many fighters bad boy groups in Gazoo have at their disposal.

Israel has activated 86,000 reserves since the conflict began on July 8 in a bid to end rockets fired by Hamas into Israel. The operation expanded July 17 to include dismantling the network of tunnels. Israel said it is no more than a few days away from destroying the remainder of the 32 cross-border tunnels it has uncovered.
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Southeast Asia
New terror campaign plot for southern Thailand
Thai security agencies are on full alert after a report that nine members of a southern separatist group met in Malaysia recently to plan a series of attacks in the far South. According to an anonymous source, Masae Useng, leader of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), held talks with eight core members at a mosque in Pasemas of Kelantan state recently to plot simultaneous terror attacks.

The source said the group planned to use militants from the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) to carry out the plot. About 150 militants, 50 in each of three provinces, would be deployed to carry out gun and bomb attacks.

The militant threat follows last week's bombing in Yala's Betong district that killed two people and injured 52 others. Col Noppadon Watcharajitbaworn, commander of 33rd Ranger Task Force, said his unit would boost border area patrols in Betong district to prevent insurgents, who are thought to have fled into Malaysia after the Betong attack, to return.

Meanwhile, authorities detained three people on Wednesday for questioning in connection with the insurgency. In Pattani's Sai Buri district, security forces sealed off two locations in search for suspects. Ahama Madeng and Brohan Majae were captured in the operations. Both of them were wanted on arrest warrants for alleged involvement in violent unrest.

In another operation in Nong Chik district, authorities nabbed suspect Hasan Satae for questioning after an initial examination showed traces of explosives on his body. Mr Hasan is a known associate of Seri Mamu, who plotted an attack on a base in Songkhla's Thepa district several years ago. Mr Seri is still at large.

A manhunt is still on for a group of militants who killed a policeman and clashed with soldiers on Monday. The brief clash left three militants dead.
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Syria Jihadists Fight Kurds, Sunni Tribe
[An Nahar] The jihadist Islamic State (IS), which has taken over large swathes of war-torn Syria in just a few months, was on Thursday engaged in fighting Kurds and members of a Sunni tribe.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the well-equipped Kurds, who started fighting IS soon after it emerged in Syria in spring last year, had on Wednesday taken back several hills surrounding the city of Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish) in the north.

The IS has been trying to take over Ain al-Arab -- Syria's third Kurdish city -- and incorporate it into the Islamic "caliphate" it proclaimed last month.

The fighting killed 14 members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (PYG) and 35 IS members. Dozens of other fighters were maimed, said the Observatory.

The fighting comes two weeks after some 800 Kurdish fighters entered Ain al-Arab from neighboring Turkey to fight IS.

There are some 3.5 million Kurds in Syria, comprising some 15 percent of the population. With the country swamped in a war that broke out three years ago, the Kurds are seeking autonomy in the areas where they are a majority.

Eastwards, the IS pounded regime positions in Hassakeh, as they tried to surround the city of 200,000 Kurds, Arabs, Armenians and other Christians.

In the eastern, oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor, most of which is under IS control, members of the Shaitat Sunni tribe fought the jihadists, tweeting about an "uprising" against the radical group.

The fighting erupted after the IS detained three members of the tribe, "violating an agreement" between the two sides, it said.

According to the Observatory, the Shaitat tribe had promised IS it would not oppose it, in exchange for the jihadists not harassing or attacking its members.

The Sunni Shaitat tribe extends across three villages -- Abu Hamam, Kashkiyeh and Ghranij.

On Thursday, a day after fighting broke out, IS members raided the three villages, searching houses and kidnapping or "detaining" an unknown number of people, said the Observatory, adding that fighting was raging in the Shaitat villages.

...back at the hoedown, the fiddler suddenly struck a sour note. The dancing stopped abruptly. Everyone looked at Bob...
IS set up new checkpoints in the Deir Ezzor countryside, but gunnies shot up one of the checkpoints.

At least five jihadists were killed in the fighting, including a Belgian.

Syria's war began as a peaceful movement for democratic change, but erupted into conflict after Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
's regime unleashed a brutal crackdown against dissent.

Many months into the fighting, foreign jihadists began entering Syria.

Also on Thursday, the Observatory reported that IS had imposed a strict dress code for women in Deir Ezzor, forbidding them showing any part of their bodies.

"Women... are completely forbidden from showing their eyes," said an IS statement that the Observatory said was distributed in areas under jihadist control in Deir Ezzor province.

Women are also forbidden from wearing "open abayas (traditional black gowns) that reveal colorful clothes worn underneath", it said, adding that women "must not wear high heels".

It threatened an unspecified punishment for women who violated the dress code, while also banning the sale of cigarettes and narguileh (water pipe) products, as well as smoking in public.

On another front in Syria's complex war, the number of people killed in army shelling on an opposition-held town northeast of Damascus on Wednesday rose to 17, according to the Observatory.

Among the fatalities were three children. Dozens of other people were maimed.

An Agence La Belle France Presse photographer in Douma, which has been under suffocating army siege for more than a year, said the shelling had hit several parts of the town, including a busy market area.

"The shelling came suddenly. One minute, children were playing in the market, the next, there were body parts and maimed people everywhere," Abd Doumany said.

The photographer also described graphic scenes at one of the town's ill-equipped field hospitals.

"The maimed were being treated on the floor," he said.
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Army Detains Six Syrians over Suspicious Links to Armed Groups
[An Nahar] The army detained six Syrians in the eastern border town of Arsal over suspicious links to gangs, the state-run National News Agency reported on Thursday.

NNA said that four of the suspects were apprehended on the Wadi Ain Ata army checkpoint, while the remaining two were incarcerated
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on Ain al-Shaaeb post.

They are all suspected of belonging to an gang, the news agency said, pointing out that they were handed over to the military police.

On Wednesday, the Lebanese army also detained eight Syrians who are suspected of having links with an al-Qaeda offshoot.

The army said in a communique that it seized 8 Syrians in the eastern border town of Arsal for illegal entry. Some of them were driving unregistered cars and cycle of violences and are suspected of belonging to terrorist organizations, it added.

The NNA said that they are suspected of having links to the al-Qaeda-inspired al-Nusra Front.

The al-Nusra Front, completely unknown before the rebellion in Syria that began two years ago, has been a rebel standard-bearer since mid-2012 when it became the spearhead of the insurgency ahead of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
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Arrest Warrants Issued against 3 Lebanese over ISIL, Nusra Affiliation
[An Nahar] Military Examining Magistrate Fadi Sawan issued on Thursday arrest warrants against three Lebanese on charges of belonging to terrorist organizations.

"Judge Sawan issued three arrest warrants against Lebanese nationals on charges of belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
and Al-Nusra Front," the state-run National News Agency reported.

The NNA said the three charged people planned through their involvement with ISIL and Al-Nusra to execute terrorist operations throughout Leb.

If convicted, the suspects could face death penalty, remarked the same source.

Leb has become the scene of several deadly bombings since the eruption of the Syrian civil war, many of which have targeted Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
strongholds in the Bekaa and in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

The blasts, which took the lives of dozens of civilians and troops, were claimed by Lion of Islam groups that are opposed to Hizbullah's involvement in Syria's war alongside Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
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's forces.

Armed men usually infiltrate Leb from neighboring Syria through the country's northern and Bekaa border.
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Military Police Impersonators Abduct Citizen in Bekaa's Talya
[An Nahar] Unidentified assailants on Thursday claimed being members of the military police and kidnapped a man in the Bekaa town of Talya, only to release him shortly afterwards.

"Two men kidnapped Nicolas al-Murr after stealing jewelry he was wearing and taking some of his money," MTV reported, adding that the robbery and the abduction took place inside al-Murr's shop in Talya.

MTV said the kidnappers claimed belonging to a security body, while al-Jadeed television noted that they told their victim that they were members of the military police.

Al-Jadeed later said al-Murr was released shortly after his abduction.

Thursday's kidnapping comes as army troops and security forces have been implementing a security plan in the Bekaa, the North and Beirut.

The plan has been successful in arresting several leaders of kidnapping rings.
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Hizbullah Mourns Top Official al-Hajj, Sources Say Died in Iraq
[An Nahar] Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
top official Ibrahim al-Hajj was laid to rest on Thursday in the Bekaa town of Qalya, as party sources revealed that the leader was killed Iraq and not in Syria's battles, which was suggested in earlier reports.

Al-Jadeed television announced on Thursday the death of al-Hajj in Iraq during his participation in operations aimed at "protecting holy shrines" there.

"Al-Hajj was tasked with training Shiite forces of several krazed killer groups, on top of them the Sayyed al-Shuhada Brigades," South Leb website noted, quoting party sources.

The sources did not reveal more information on the circumstances that lead to the Hizbullah official's death, but said that he had taken "regular trips to Iraq on security missions since the U.S. invasion of the country and the rise of a resistance against it."

"He shared military tips and his experience with the resistance in Iraq," they said, without elaborating on the number of Hizbullah deaths in the country.

"The party has lost several deaders during the American occupation of Iraq, and they were in the country on training missions," the sources said.

Websites close to Syria's opposition and others to Hizbullah had said on Tuesday that al-Hajj was killed in Syria's al-Qalamoun region.

Many Hizbullah fighters have recently died in the renewed festivities against Syrian rebels on several fighting fronts in al-Qalamoun villages, as the Syrian regime claims that it is bombing the Arsal plains "to prevent terrorists' infiltration."

Al-Jadeed, meanwhile, provided details on al-Hajj's involvement in Hizbullah operations.

"Hajj Abou Mohammed Salman — al-Hajj's nickname — took part in capturing the two Israeli soldiers in 2006 and was involved in several operations," al-Jadeed said.

He also tried to kidnap Israeli soldiers in the western Bekaa town of Kawkaba in 1999, and in 1992, he drove an Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Muslim 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...
group to the Paleostinian border where it carried out an operation.

Al-Hajj stayed in the southern town of Aita al-Shaab during the July 2006 war and led several military and war activities there. He also participated in an attack on an Israeli force that was resting in a garage there, al-Jadeed said.
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