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Afghanistan
2 school kids killed, 2 injured in Jalalabad explosion
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two school children were killed and two others maimed following an kaboom in Jalalabad city on Monday.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, front man for the Police Headquarters of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
Province says that the kabooms were placed in a can and went kaboom! as the students were passing through the area to attend the school.

He added that the incident took place around 080: AM in Farm-e-Hada area of Jalalabad city.

No group has grabbed credit for the kaboom the occurred in the 2nd Police District of the city but police say they have initiated an inquiry in regards to the incident.

Last month also an kaboom in Jalalabad city killed a school kid and injured two others.

That kaboom took place in close to Afghan-Turk school in the 1st Police District also in the morning when students were arriving at the school to study.

The kabooms were planted close to the school which detonated around 07:30 AM.

No group including Taliban snuffies grabbed credit either.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


2 ANA martyred, 32 insurgents killed in security forces operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two soldiers of the Afghan National Army have embraced martyrdom while 32 bandidos myrmidons have been killed in separate Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) operations in across the country in past 24 hours, according the statements issued Monday morning by the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior.

Statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that 18 bandidos myrmidons were killed and 11 others maimed in the operations conducted by the Afghan National Army in four provinces.

The statement adds that the operations were conducted in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, Ghazni and Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
s where weapons, ammunition, three cellular systems and bombs were discovered and five different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) defused by the military.

The statement further states that two soldiers embraced martyrdom and five others maimed while on duty. The statement does not give details about the type and location of the incident.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that 14 bandidos myrmidons were killed in police operations in 12 provinces in past 24 hours.

The statement states adds that 18 different of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also defused by the police in Khost and Uruzgan provinces in past 24 hours.

According to the statement the operations were conducted in Takhar, Nangarhar, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Farah, Helmand and Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
provinces where weapon and ammunition were also confiscated by police.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Landmine planter arrested in Paktika
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A landmine planter has been jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in Mata Khan District of southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
Province.
"That's a queer kind of farmin' you're doing in the middle of the road there, boyo."
Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai, acting police chief of Paktika province told Khaama Press on Monday that the Landmine planter was arrested red handed in Mata Khan District.

He said that the Landmine Planter was involved in planting landmines for the past three years who had received training in neighboring Pakistain.

Rahimzai added that the arrested Landmine Planter names Taj Mohammad who is also the resident of Mata Khan District.

In the meantime, while talking to Khaama Press Taj Mohammad accepted that he has been with Taliban for the past three years.

He said"1st I was assigned to track the target people and then received the assignment to plant landmines."

Taj Mohammad added that" Yesterday on my way to Madrassa, the security forces arrested me."

Paktik a comparatively volatile province in the southeastern part of Afghanistan shares a long border with Pakistain.

A strong presence of the forces of Evil is believed to be in this province as the province has seen some deadly terrorist attacks.

In November last year a suicide kaboom killed at least 45 people and maimed over 50 others.

Suicide bomber went kaboom! his kabooms among a huge gathering of people who were watching a volleyball tournament in Yahyakhil District.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Bomb Blast in Egypt Tourist Town Aswan Kills Two
[AnNahar] A kaboom killed two people Sunday in Aswan, the first such attack in the Egyptian tourist town since a wave of violence following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, police said.

The kaboom, caused by a device placed near a cop shoppe in the southern town, also maimed five people including a policeman, according to the same source.

Aswan is one of two main tourist towns in Upper Egypt, along with Luxor.
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2 killed, 9 injured in downtown Cairo bombing
[Al Ahram] A bomb went kaboom! at Cairo's High Court building, killing two men and injuring nine on Monday, according to health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Gaffar.

The dear departed, two civilians, were pronounced dead when they gave up the ghost hours after the blast, the last of a cluster of bombings that Egypt has been witnessing for a year and a half.

The area surrounding the building - which houses the General Prosecutor's office and is the headquarters of some of the country's most senior courts - was searched by explosives experts who found no more bombs.

After the kaboom, hundreds of people in downtown's crowded Ramses Street, where the building is located, ran towards the kaboom site, but security forces soon cordoned it off. The security cordon was, however, surrounded by hundreds of bystanders.

Cairo Governor Galal Saed visited the scene to examine the bombing's aftermath.

Tens of bystanders chanted in support of the police.

Egypt has recently seen a spike in bombings in civilian areas which seldom happened before as Death Eaters focused on targetting police and army personnel and facilities.

A boom-mobile in October detonated in the same location, causing 13 injuries but no deaths. Another bomb went kaboom! in the nearby Qasr El-Nil Street in February but caused no injuries.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Attacks Island on Niger Side of Lake Chad
[AnNahar] 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...
gunnies attacked an island on the Niger side of Lake Chad, with locals reporting heavy casualties among those who fled but no official confirmation of the corpse count.

A private radio station in Niger said that two people died in a fire in the remote village on Sunday evening but one survivor spoken to by Agence La Belle France-Presse said the corpse count was higher.

"A lot of people jumped into the lake to escape the attack. I think that a lot of people drowned, in particular women and kiddies," said one man, who escaped with his family in a boat.

Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fishermen's union in Borno state, northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, said he received phone calls from members telling him about the attack, which happened on Sunday.

"No one knows how many people died in the attack but many residents fell in the lake and are believed to have drowned," he said.

The attack began at about 7:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Sunday, the survivor and Gamandi said, both blaming the Islamist group, which has been waging an insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009.

"We had just finished evening prayers when the attackers arrived in a speed boat. They started to fire on the village and throw explosives at our houses," said the man, who asked not to be named.

Two humanitarian workers in the area confirmed the attack but did not have more details, while a local politician said that the Niger army was not present in the area.

Gamandi said many of the people on the island came from Baga and nearby Doron-Baga on the Nigerian side of Lake Chad, in the far north of Borno state.

Boko Haram attacked the towns on January 3 and is feared to have killed hundreds, if not more, in what could be the worst massacre of the six-year conflict.

Thousands of residents fled as the rebels torched large parts of the town. Last week, the Nigerian Army said they had recaptured Baga and 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...
visited to meet troops.

Lake Chad is a strategic area where the borders of Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, Nigeria, Niger and Chad meet.

All four countries are involved in a regional fight-back against the hard boys, which has seen the group strike out of its northeast Nigerian stronghold to attack Chad and Niger.
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Boko Haram posts video purporting to show beheadings of two men
[CNN] 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...
, the Islamist Lion of Islam group already blamed for numerous horrific attacks in West Africa, posted a graphic video online Monday showing the apparent beheadings of two men who the group said were suspected spies.

The six-minute video shows two men with their arms tied to their backs. They are made to face the camera on their knees, with another man towering over one of them brandishing a knife.

The knife-wielding man reaches toward the throat of one of the kneeling men, then the video switches scenes to show what appear to be the bloody severed heads of the two men placed on their headless bodies.

The SITE Intelligence group, which monitors Lion of Islam activities, released a translated transcript from the video, including what SITE called an "interrogation" of one of the two men. The man identifies himself as a farmer from the Nigerian town of Baga. He says he was told by a policeman that if he provided information about "the residents who live in here ... I will become rich and never go back to be a farmer again."

The apparent beheadings then follow on the video. SITE said the video, which included Arabic, English and French subtitles, was posted online via Twitter and "borrows certain elements from productions" of beheadings by ISIS.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
New Drone Strike Kills 3 Qaida Suspects in Yemen
[AnNahar] An overnight drone strike killed three suspected al-Qaeda murderous Moslems in Yemen, a country where the United States is the only power operating the unmanned aircraft, a tribal source said Monday.

The late Sunday strike in the Markha district of the southern province of Shabwa also maimed another three suspected myrmidons, the source told Agence La Belle France Presse.

It was the second drone strike in the province in as many days. On Saturday, a drone strike on a vehicle killed three murderous Moslems in the village of Bijan.

Yemen has descended into chaos since a Shiite militia overran the capital Sanaa last September.

But President Barack Obama
We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us...
vowed in January not to let up in the U.S. campaign against the jihadists' Yemen branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, which Washington regards as its most dangerous.

The Huthi militia seized the presidential place in Sanaa in January and placed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi under effective house arrest but the Western-backed leader managed to escape late last month to the main southern city of Aden.

The port city and neighboring provinces are largely controlled by troops and militia loyal to Hadi.

But al-Qaeda has a strong presence in parts of the south, including Shabwa and Hadramawt province further east.
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Bangladesh
Farabi arrested over Avijit murder
[Dhaka Tribune] Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
bad boy Farabi Shafiur Rahman for his alleged involvement in the killing of writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

RAB media wing director Mufti Mahmud said a team of RAB 7 arrested Farabi from Jatrabari bus stand on Monday morning.

In a presser at RAB headquarters, the elite force official said Farabi admitted that he had given a death threat to Avijit.

He said a case was filed against Farabi, and he would be handed over to police.

"The mystery will be revealed after interrogation," he added.

Avijit, 45, was hacked to death and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna, 35, was maimed in an attack by person or persons unknown near the TSC roundabout on February 26.

Friends and family of Avijit Roy said the outspoken humanist had been receiving death threats since 2012.

Farabi is one Death Eater with whom Avijit is known to have debated online.

His exchanges with Avijit resulted in death threats against the blogger.

Farabi is known to have aired questionable views of the Qur'an to defend the books and blogs he has written.

Avijit countered Farabi's claims with citations and references in notes and status updates posted on Facebook and on his blog, earning the wrath of Farabi and his followers.

"Avijit Roy lives in America. So it is not possible to kill him now. He will be killed as soon as he returns home," Farabi commented in one of his online conversations with other bad boys.

Responding to his posts against "atheists," most of Farabi's followers said they ought to be killed to protect Islam.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains 10 in ISIL raids
[Hurriyet Daily News] Turkish authorities have detained 10 suspects in raids in northwestern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
as part of a probe into potential 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) members, police have said.

The 10 suspects were taken into custody after Turkish police carried out parallel raids at multiple addresses in the northwestern province of Sakarya on the night of March 1.

The authorities did not share any further information regarding the details of the investigation.

On Feb. 5, a Turkish citizen was jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
for being a member of ISIL for the first time in Turkey.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said an estimated 500-700 Turkish nationals are fighting alongside ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Cavusoglu has also said Ankara is concerned about potential attacks by jihadists after returning to Turkey.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Two suspected militants killed in Sibi clash
[DAWN] Two suspected holy warriors were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in the Lehri area of Sibi district on Sunday.

Official sources said that personnel of Frontier Corps were on patrol duty in the Tareer Nullah area when holy warriors attacked them, leaving four troops injured.

The FC men returned fire and the shootout continued for about an hour.

FC troops deployed in nearby areas also reached there.

Two suspected holy warriors were killed and two others injured in the fighting. They were removed to hospital.

The injured troops were taken to the Combined Military Hospital in Sibi.

Later, an FC front man said, six suspected holy warriors were captured and arms and ammunition seized from their possession during an operation conducted in a vast area of Lehri.
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Two held for parade attack plot
[DAWN] Police in the capital foiled a terrorist plot against the Pakistain Day parade, to be held on March 23 this year after a seven-year gap and may be attended by the Chinese president.

Two men have been placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
and a heavy cache of weapons seized. Police have sought a two-day physical remand from the court to thoroughly interrogate the suspects, who confessed to planning an attack during preliminary questioning.

The primary suspect is said to be the son of a local real estate developer who, among other properties, has heavily invested in as many as seven housing societies in the federal capital.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mirwaiz Niaz confirmed that two individuals were arrested in the raid on a house in Ghori Town. "During initial questioning, it has emerged that the weapons were brought in from the tribal areas. Police are trying to establish which turban group the suspects are linked to," he said.

An official told Dawn on condition of anonymity that police had received a tip that a large quantity of weapons and ammunition was being stored in a house in the Ghori Town locality and that a plot to attack the upcoming Pakistain Day parade was being hatched there.

"The house, located in the Koral police precinct, belonged to a very influential person, who owns seven housing societies. Therefore, it was decided that a search warrant would be obtained before the house was raided," he said.

"During the search operation, as many as six Kalashnikovs, one M-4 rifle, three 12 bore rifles, one 7mm rifle, an SMG, two Repeater guns, two 12 bore and two 9mm pistols and 2,834 live bullets were recovered. These weapons were concealed in a cupboard under some books and stationery," he said.

According to the police report seen by Dawn, the two men in jug are Raja Safeer Akbar and his gunman Saghir Ahmed.

Koral Station House Officer (SHO) Jamshed Khan confirmed that Raja Safeer Akbar is the son of the owner the Ghori Town housing scheme.

"It would have been a disaster if gunnies had succeeded in attacking the parade, especially in the presence of the Chinese president," another police official told Dawn.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


KP police arrest 471 parents for refusing polio vaccine
[DAWN] Police on Monday registered cases against more than 1,400 people in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
for refusing to vaccinate their children against polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
during the ongoing drive in the quiet provincial capital.

According to a source in the police, the city police have also enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
471 parents under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud who have been sent to jail for refusing the vaccine.

The source added that police officials have initiated a crackdown against the rest of the accused people.

The local administration has ordered the implementation of Section 144 in the wake of the anti-polio drive in the city.

Pakistain is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic but years of efforts to stamp it out have been badly hit by reluctance from parents, opposition from snuffies and attacks on immunisation teams.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Iraq Launches Major Assault to Retake Tikrit from IS
[AnNahar] Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one 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's main strongholds.

Government forces have battled their way north for months, notching up key victories against IS, but Tikrit has been their toughest target yet with the jihadists having resisted them several times.

Commanders voiced hope the operation would be a step towards the recapture of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the jihadists' main hub in Iraq.

"The army, federal police, Popular Mobilization (volunteer) units, and the sons of Salaheddin's tribes are performing the duties of liberation in the largest operation against Daesh since June," said a senior army officer on the ground, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

"We are certain of victory... but the operation is not easy," the officer told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

The operation began in early morning after being announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the previous evening.

Military sources said warplanes were involved, but the Pentagon said they excluded those of the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS.

"We're not providing air strikes in support of the operation around Tikrit," said Pentagon front man Colonel Steven Warren.

It was unclear whether Iranian planes were involved, however.

Both Iraqi and Iranian media said Qassem Soleimani -- the commander of the al-Quds Force covert operations unit of Tehran's elite Revolutionary Guards -- was in Salaheddin province to help coordinate operations.

- Appeal to spare civilians -
Abadi urged the security forces to spare civilians, a message echoed by the U.N. and responding to fears of reprisals against Sunnis in the area.

Hadi al-Ameri, the Popular Mobilization units' powerful commander, on Saturday urged Tikrit residents to leave their homes within 48 hours so government forces could "wrap up the battle of the Dire Revenge for Speicher."

Speicher is a military base near Tikrit from which hundreds of new, mostly Shiite, recruits were kidnapped before being murdered execution-style in the early days of the IS offensive that swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June.

Shiite militias in particular have vowed to avenge the murders, sparking fears of mass killings against Sunnis if Tikrit were to be recaptured.

Some Sunni tribes have been accused of direct involvement in the Speicher massacre.

Abadi appealed to residents to turn against the jihadists, who have suffered a string of losses since Iraq's foreign partners stepped up their support.

"I call on all those who were misled and made mistakes in the past to lay down their arms today. This may be the last chance," Abadi said, suggesting some could be granted amnesty.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


IS executes four Iraqis from Tikrit: Video
[Al Ahram] 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....
krazed killer group released a video on Monday in which four Sunni rustics from the Tikrit region are executed for allegedly collaborating with the government.

The video was released on the day some 30,000 government forces launched a huge operation to retake Tikrit, which the holy warriors have controlled for almost nine months.

The video describes them as belonging to a tribal group named after a town just north of Tikrit.

"Elimination of a Sahwat al-Alam cell," reads a banner just before masked gunnies are seen shooting a bullet into the back of each victim's head.

IS released pictures of the execution of 13 alleged members of the group in December.

According to military sources, several units of Sunni tribal fighters were involved in the offensive launched on Monday, alongside the army, police, Shia volunteers and militias.

Announcing the operation on Sunday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged all Tikrit resident to lay down their arms and turn against IS.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
Philippines hunts 'coddled' most-wanted bombmaker
[ARABNEWS] The Philippine military is trying to capture a bombmaker it believes is being "coddled" by Filipino murderous Moslems who have pledged loyalty 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....
, authorities said Sunday.

The capture of Abdel Basit Usman is one of the objectives of a major army offensive on the southern island of Mindanao, said local military commander Major General Edmundo Pangilinan.

The US government has Usman on its most-wanted list with a one million dollar bounty on his head. Washington and Manila say he has links to Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
, two groups of Southeast Asian Death Eaters.

Pangilinan said the military believes Usman is being sheltered by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
...a MILF splinter group aligned with the Islamic State...
(BIFF), which has vowed support to the Islamic State jihadist group that controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

"Basit Usman is still believed to be in the area. We believe the BIFF, this armed, lawless group, are the ones coddling and protecting him. We are still pursuing him," he told AFP.

"Field reports indicated that three (Filipino Moslem) lieutenants of Basit Usman were killed in the assault," a military statement said.

"More troops were sent in to scour the hiding places of Usman," it added. Military officials declined to specify how many soldiers were involved.

More than 10,000 residents have fled since the fighting began last week between the army and the BIFF in the province of Maguindanao on Mindanao, a government front man said, adding that Manila was providing aid to them.Pangilinan said the military was also confirming reports of four Indonesians and an Arab who may be with Usman and the BIFF.

"Airstrikes and artillery fire were delivered (on Saturday) after information of the location of the targets were identified," a military statement said, without specifying if anyone was hit.

Usman was one of the targets of a botched police commando operation in the same area on January 25.

Forty-four commandoes were killed in the raid, triggering a wave of outrage which has shaken the administration of President Benigno Aquino.

Usman was not captured. But initial DNA tests from another body indicated the raid may have succeeded in killing another target, Zulkifli bin Hir.
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Terror Networks
Kurdish forces arrest pro-ISIS cell near Syria's Afrin
[ARA] On Monday, the Kurdish anti-terrorism units in Jenders area near the city of Afrin in Aleppo province, northern Syria, tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
what they described as a "terrorist cell" who raised the flag 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....
on a primary school, a member of the People's Protection Units (YPG) told ARA News.

The cell was reportedly preparing to detonate explosives inside the primary school.

The source pointed out that the Kurdish security forces of the Asayish in Afrin received information about the suspects movements around the school two days ago, before arresting them.

"The Kurdish forces arrested 30 pro-ISIS suspects, most of whom members of one family, while the Kurdish counter-terrorism units discovered a number of weapons and bombs in the houses of the suspects," the source told ARA News, pointing out that interrogations are still ongoing.

Noteworthy, a printed announcement was distributed in Jenders' streets days before the incident, under the banner of the Islamic State, urging people to raise against the Kurdish forces in Afrin and its environs.
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Syrian, Kurdish forces battle ISIL in key border area
[Hurriyet Daily News] Syrian regime forces and Kurdish militia fought separate battles 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on March 2 in a strategic area near the Iraqi and Turkish borders, a monitoring group said.

Forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
and fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) launched uncoordinated offensives against ISIL in the northeastern province of Hasakeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that after three days of festivities, regime forces bolstered by fighters from Arab tribes had secured control over 23 villages in the centre of the province from ISIL.

Syria's official news agency SANA put the number at 31.

State television said the army offensive would continue until it controlled the main road linking the thriving provincial capital Hasakeh and the city of Qamishli.

"ISIL has launched counter-attacks on regime checkpoints, while the regime fortifies its positions with support from local Arab tribes," Abdel Rahman added.

He said YPG fighters were meanwhile also battling ISIL alongside Arab tribes outside the village of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh's southwest.

"The YPG fighters in Tal Tamr are shelling ISIL around the area to lure IS to respond, so they can identify their positions" and call for strikes by the US-led coalition waging an air campaign against IS, he said.

"But IS is avoiding any response in order not to give away its positions."

YPG front man Redur Khalil confirmed to AFP that the Kurdish fighters were conducting "attack-and-retreat operations with ISIL on two fronts.

"The first is around Tal Tamr, in order to retake Assyrian towns in the area, and the second is around Tal Burak," a town between Hasakeh and Qamishli, he said.

IS launched an attack last week on the areas around Kurdish-controlled Tal Tamr and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from 11 villages. Nineteen of them were freed Sunday after ransoms were paid.

Control of Hasakeh province is split between ISIL, regime fighters and Kurdish militia, with overlap at a number of points.

Government forces withdrew from most of the province in the first few months after the start of Syria's uprising in March 2011, granting greater autonomy to the Kurds.

The area is of strategic importance because it borders both The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and Iraq.

A UN fact-finding mission meanwhile deployed to Syria's second city Aleppo on Monday, despite the rejection by opposition forces of a partial ceasefire there proposed by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura.

"The mission will aim to assess the situation on the ground and to ensure that, once the freeze is announced, humanitarian aid can significantly increase, and to prepare arrangements to follow up on violations of the freeze," his office said in a statement.

The Italian-Swedish diplomat has made the Aleppo freeze the centrepiece of his mediation efforts since he was named as special envoy on the Syrian conflict in July.
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