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43 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Afghan army camp in Kandahar
[DAWN] At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
-claimed suicide kaboom on a military base in Kandahar on Thursday, officials said, the third assault on a security installation this week.

Officials said the Taliban carried out two suicide boom-mobileings at the camp, setting off several hours of fighting that began late Wednesday.

Afghanistan's ToloNews cited security officials saying that 60 soldiers were deployed to the base in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district.

Just two soldiers are known to have survived unscathed after the attack on the base, the defence ministry said in a statement, adding that nine soldiers were maimed and six unaccounted for.

Defence ministry front man Dawlat Waziri told AFP the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault.

"We think the forces of Evil used an explosive-packed Humvee vehicle to detonate the gate of the base and we are looking to see if there was more than one," Waziri said.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 'militants' killed in drone strike near Pak-Afghan border
[DAWN] At least four suspected holy warriors were killed in a dronezap in Afghanistan's Paktia province near the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday.

Security sources told DawnNews that a suspected United States (US) drone fired two missiles targeting alleged murderous Moslem hideouts in the area, killing four 'militants'.

This is the second dronezap in Paktia this week. At least six suspected Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain holy warriors were killed in an earlier strike, with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Khorasani reportedly injured in the assault. Khorasani was evacuated following the strike and unconfirmed reports claim he is dead.

The recent unprecedented increase dronezaps in the Pak-Afghan border region appears to be reflective of a change in policy in Washington, with at least 70 strikes ─ both drone and ground ─ conducted in Afghanistan in the past three weeks, and over 30 people killed in strikes near the border in the last few days.

The Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and ISPR, the army's media wing, had both claimed that the strikes had been carried out in Afghan territory and Pakistain's airspace had not been violated, amid speculation that the strikes had targeted holy warriors inside Pak territory.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Africa North
Water stops in Tripoli as Qaddafi militants now threaten to blow up gas pipeline
[Libya Herald] The water supply in 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...
and the sounding area has one again stopped after a pro-Qadaffy militia in the south of the country carried out its threat to turn off the valves the Man-Made River valves if its leader were not released by the Rada ("Deterrence") forces of Abdul Raouf Kara.

Al-Mabrouk Ahnish, a member of the Magarha tribe from Brak al-Shatti, was captured at the beginning of the week in the Wirshefana area along with several Sudanese fighters and handed over to Rada. He is being held at Mitiga. Three days ago, Mabrouk’s brother, Khalifa Ahnish, threatened to stop the Man-Made River water supply to Tripoli if al-Mabrouk were not released within 72 hours. The deadline has now expired.

In a separate video, forces of Evil threatened to blow up the gas pipeline in the south heading to the Mellitah oil and gas complex and from there feeding into the Greenstream pipeline to Italia if Mabrouk Ahnish were not freed.

"They’re quite capable of doing it," said one member of the tribe. "Ahnish is quite crazy and doesn’t care about anyone in authority," he added, warning that the situation could escalate even further if there were not immediate negotiations. But he doubted whether Kara would free him.

Khalifa Ahnish has appeared in yet another video claiming that he and his fellows were not mercenaries unlike, he said, those supporting Khalifa Hafter and other forces in the country. He was with Ali Kani, he said. However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
Kani, the pro-Qadaffy Tuareg commander based in Obari, is now reported to be denying that the Ahnish brothers have anything to do with him.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram convoy attack leaves 3 soldiers dead
At least three soldiers were killed when Boko Haram fighters ambushed a military convoy in northeast Nigeria, security and civilian sources told AFP on Thursday.

The attack, which happened on Wednesday near the town of Damboa, on the edge of Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest enclave in Borno state, is the second against the military within a week.

Source: AFP
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

Four Britons Kidnapped in Southern Nigeria
[An Nahar] Suspected bandidos turbans have kidnapped four British nationals in southern Nigeria, police and community leaders said on Wednesday.

The four had been providing "free medical care and religious activities" in the Burutu area of Delta state, said Chief Theo Fakama, from the local Enukorowa community.

Fakama said locals were "saddened" by the kidnapping as the victims had "brought succour to residents of the community for the past three years".

The front man for Delta state police, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the kidnapping, which happened on October 13.

"The victims are of British nationality, two of whom are a couple, and have been rendering humanitarian services in the area for a while.

"But unfortunately, they didn't let the authorities know of their presence in the area all this while.

"There is a bully boy group that has been operating in the area and we believe they are the ones behind the abduction.

"Immediately the bandidos turbans struck, they whisked the victims to the interior regions of the creek where we believe they are being held for the past five days."

It was unclear whether any contact had been made with the kidnappers or the motive for the seizure, he added.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: MEND

#1  The four had been providing "free medical care and religious activities"

Medical Missionaries?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2017 1:37 Comments || Top||

Yemeni official escapes ambush near Taiz
Aden – Yemeni Deputy Premier and Minister of Civil Service Abdulaziz Jubari and his accompanying delegation survived an armed ambush in Tur al-Bahah district of Lahij governorate on their way back from Taiz where they spent two weeks.

A few days ago, Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Dagher’s convoy was ambushed as well in the same area. Al-Sabiha tribes residing in the area denounced this act and apologized to the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, legitimate government consolidated its presence in several liberated and semi-liberated areas, especially in providing services, salaries and solving other issues.

Observers believed that these incidents may be linked to the insurgents who are trying to create chaos in the liberated districts.

Yemeni political observer Baleegh al-Mekhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that recent measures taken by the governmental envoy in Taiz had inconvenienced these forces and people of personal agendas and that is why there had been several attempts against Jubari.

In latest field developments, a number of Saleh and Houthi militants were killed during army military operations backed by the popular resistance in al-Baydaa district in the center of Yemen.

Tribal sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that intense clashes erupted between the army backed by the resistance and militias in az-Zahir district, following a failed infiltrating attempt.

Army commander, Sheikh Ali Taher stated that the military operations of the resistance resulted in the death and injury of several militants.

Taher explained to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the army and popular resistance are rearranging and reorganizing troops in areas within their control. He added that the areas witnessed several clashes between the army and the militias who are trying to advance and infiltrate into Al Hmyqan sites, however, they are met with fierce resistance.

Taher also stated that every now and then, Houthis raid on residential areas and civilians.

In Hajjah district, on border with Saudi Arabia, Saudi-led coalition intensified its air raids on militias sites and clusters in Harad.

Local residents told Asharq Al-Awsat that the coalition launched about 15 air raids over several areas in Bani Haddad, al-Mazrak, and center of Harad.

Sources reported that the national army thwarted militias infiltrations towards several areas in Midi city and forced the attackers to retreat after several militants were killed and injured.

Also, National Army forces raided on several militia clusters in al-Akda area of Usaylan district in Shabwah governorate, south Yemen.

Military sources reported that the raids came few hours after a fire exchange between both sides in al-Khaydar area.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top|| File under:

Balochistan rocked by grenade attacks; 35 injured in Mastung, Gwadar
[DAWN] Thirty-five people were maimed in two grenade attacks in Mastung and Gwadar in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Thursday evening.

Men on a cycle of violence hurled a grenade near a mobile market at Safar Khan Chowk in Mastung, injuring 15 people, police inspector Abdul Quddus told DawnNews. The injured have been shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Mastung.

Police have cordoned off the area and are conducting a search operation, DawnNews reported.

Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri has condemned the incident and asked the authorities to submit a report on the blast.

20 injured in Gwadar
Later in the evening, 20 people were maimed when miscreants lobbed a grenade at al-Zubair hotel on airport road, Gwadar.

Most of the injured were labourers from Sindh who were having their dinner when the attack took place. The assailants sped away on their cycle of violences, police sources said.

The injured have been shifted to DHQ Gwadar.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

Umar Khalid Khorasani, 9 associates confirmed killed by US drone strike
[DAWN] The chief of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), an offshoot of the Pak Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, has been killed in a US dronezap, a front man for the group confirmed to AFP on Thursday.

"Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Umar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent US dronezap in Afghanistan's Paktia province, departed this vale of tears Wednesday evening," JuA front man Asad Mansoor told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat ul-Ahrar

Iraqi air force colonel gunned down in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (iraqiNews.com) A retired flying officer, with a rank of colonel, has been killed by gunmen in south of Kirkuk, a security source from the province said on Thursday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, “unknown gunmen opened fire in the evening against retired colonel Yassin abu Nour in the celebrations area, south of Kirkuk, which caused his immediate death.”

“Security troops cordoned off the accident spot and conducted investigations, while ambulance took the victim to forensic medicine department,” the source added.

Iraqi troops, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, took over Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters on Tuesday, fulfilling instructions made earlier by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake areas where sovereignty is disputed with Kurdistan Region’s Government.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Iraqi air forces smoke 10 ISIS Bad Guys in Anbar
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) At least ten Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes launched by army near borders with Syria, the military media said.

“Iraqi fighter jets launched airstrikes that destroyed three vehicles in north of Akashat region, west of Anbar,” the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell reported on Thursday.

“The shelling left more than 10 IS militants killed,” it added.

In late September, Iraqi army announced the total recapture of Annah. Troops also liberated Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on borders with Syria. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them in 2015 and 2016. Anbar’s western towns of Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS bomber dies near Samarra
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State suicide attacker was killed by security troops in Salahuddin province, a security source said on Thursday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “one of the personnel of Samarra Operations Command at a checkpoint opened fire in the evening against a suicide attacker who tried to approach Dijla weapon stash, northwest of Samarra, which caused his immediate death.”

“Security troops took precautionary measures fearing similar attacks,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Federal Police announced, late September, liberation of eastern Shirqat, the group’s holdout in north of the province. 225 militants had been killed since the launch of operations in Shirqat.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Peshmerga fire on Iraqi convoy killing 2 in Ninevah
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The Kurdish Peshmerga troops have killed army and paramilitary personnel in western Nineveh, commander said.

“Peshmerga troops intersected a convoy of Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] near Rabei’a village, northwest of Nineveh,” Masrour Barzani, commander of the Peshmerga’s Zervani troops, told the Kurdish network Rudaw on Thursday.

The troops, according to Barzani, hampered the convoy “while on way to a border exit, destroying five military machines and killing several army and paramilitary personnel.”
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

1 dead, 23 wounded in attack on Kop Shop in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Twenty-four protesters were killed and injured in Khanaqin during shootout by security troops, as members of Kurdistan Democratic Party were attempting to break into Federal Police station, an informed source said on Thursday.

“Several members of the KDP gathered in Khanaqin in a protest outside a police station to voice demands of handing over security to Peshmerga,” the source told Alghad Press on Thursday. “The shooting started as the members attempted breaking into police station.”

“Number of wounded protesters has reached up to 23 wounded, in addition to a victim killed during the confrontations,” the source added.

On Tuesday, Iraqi government forces recaptured Khanaqin within wide-scale operations to regain areas disputed with Kurdistan Region.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top|| File under:

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin
2 die in bomb attack at al-Maalef

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two people were killed on Thursday when a bomb hidden beneath a civilian car exploded south of Baghdad, according to sources at the capital’s police.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the bomb exploded at al-Maalef when the vehicle was passing by at the area, killing two people on board.

4 wounded in bar bomb attack in al-Taji region

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Four civilians were wounded in a bomb blast in north of Baghdad, a security source said on Thursday.

“A bomb planted in the industrial district in al-Taji region, north of Baghdad, exploded on Thursday, leaving four civilians wounded,” the source told SNG news website.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot and transferred the wounded to hospital,” the source added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top|| File under:

Israel Responds after Syrian Shell Hits Golan
[An Nahar] Israel responded with tank fire into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights, the army said.

"In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces targeted the sources of fire in the Syrian Golan Heights," it said in an English-language statement.

It did not identify the sources of the Syrian fire nor say whether it considered it to be a deliberate attack or unintentional spillover from the Syrian civil war, as in several previous incidents.

It said the mortar shell fell on open ground and caused no injuries.

On Monday, Israel carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired at its planes on surveillance flights over neighboring Leb.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I'd have preferred napalm, but this is okay.
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2017 0:21 Comments || Top||

Syria General Blamed for 2012 Journalist Deaths Dies in Blast
[An Nahar] A Syrian general accused over the 2012 deaths of prominent U.S. journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik has been killed by an kaboom in the east of the war-torn country.

Issam Zahreddine's death in the city of Deir Ezzor, where Russian-backed regime forces are battling 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, was reported by pro-regime media in Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said he was killed Wednesday when an bomb went off in Deir Ezzor city, most of which is now under the control of regime forces.

With his handlebar mustache and bushy gray beard, the 56-year-old general was a recognizable figure in Syria and had a cult following among diehard supporters of the regime.

Involved in the early days of the repression of a 2011 revolt against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
, he led the battle that expelled rebels from Syria's third city of Homs five years ago.

In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. in 2016, Colvin's family alleged that her death was the result of shelling of the media center where she and Ochlik were, in a plan "formulated at the highest levels of the Syrian government."

"The plan was executed by Syrian military forces under the command of Major General Issam Zahreddine of the Syrian Elite Republican Guard," it alleged.

Zahreddine had recently commanded the 7,000 forces that were besieged by IS in Deir Ezzor until more government troops were sent in and broke the jihadists' stranglehold on the city.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Zahreddine had recently commanded the 7,000 forces that were besieged by [100] IS in Deir Ezzor
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2017 1:25 Comments || Top||

Woman Rips Off Headscarf After Raqqa Liberated from Islamic State
[BREITBART] The Times of Israel reports: Overjoyed at the city’s liberation from the Islamic State, a woman ripped off the black outer garment she had been forced to wear by the extremist group, as US-backed forces took control of Syria’s Raqqa.

In a video posted by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) on Saturday, the woman welcomes her Kurdish rescuers, hugging them and thanking them, as well as offering prayers along with her family. All women living under the reign of IS were forced to wear the loose black outer garment, known as an abaya, as part of the terror group’s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

The fighters battled hundreds of Islamic State group jihadists holed up in the last pockets of Raqqa, as the former extremist stronghold stood on the verge of capture.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

2 Kidz die in mine explosion in Basra

Basra (IraqiNews.com) Two children were killed as a landmine left over by Islamic State militants exploded in Basra, a security source said on Thursday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “a war leftover landmine exploded in Basra, killing two brothers.”

According to the source, the children were born in 2013 and 2014. “They were transferred to hospital, where they succumbed to death due to the profound wounds.”

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

1 dead in ISIS attack in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Civilians were killed and injured in an attack launched by Islamic State militants against a village for Kakai people, south of Kirkuk, a security source said.

Speaking to Baghdad Today on Wednesday, the source said, “an attack launched by IS against Sayed Walid Qalhani village, left one civilian killed.”

“The village, which targeted the village, located in Daquq, left people wounded as well,” the source said, adding that “confrontations against the militants are still ongoing.”
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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