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Afghanistan
Top Kop kidnapped in Sar-e-Pul
Armed anti-government men on Tuesday afternoon kidnapped the commander of the Afghan Local Police for Mirza Olang village from Sar-e-Pul city, the provincial council confirmed.

The kidnapped commander, Habibullah, was stationed in Mirza Olang village in Sayyad district.

Assadullah Khurram, a member of Sar-e-Pul provincial council on Tuesday evening told TOLOnews Habibullah was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon from a gas station in Sar-e-Pul city.

It is believed that the commander was handed over to a Daesh commander named Qari Hekmatullah in Jawzjan province, officials said.

A local source in Sar-e-Pul said efforts are under way to free the local police commander from the kidnappers.

Early last month Daesh carried out a coordinated attack on Mirza Olang village and killed an estimated 50 people.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Family gunned down in Faryab
A Faryab man along with his eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter were shot dead in Qaisar district on Tuesday afternoon by armed men allegedly linked to the district governor, police said.

Faryab police chief General Dilawar Shah Delawar told TOLOnews the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when the father and his two children were returning to their village from the district center.

Delawar said the suspects fall under the local police structure and work for the Qaisar district governor.

The family of the deceased carried the bodies to the Faryab local government building and called for a full investigation into the case.

The family members also said the Qaisar district governor's men had killed the father and his two children.

But the Qaisar district governor, Rahmatullah Qaisari, rejected the claims and said the armed men work for the Qaisar district police chief Nizamuddin Qaisari.

Nizamuddin Qaisari however also rejected the claim and said the men do not work for him.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under:


Kidnappers kill 3 Herat officials
Three staff members from Herat’s Islam Qala district’s customs department who were kidnapped two months ago were killed on Monday night after their families failed to pay ransom, police said Tuesday.

After shooting the three hostages, in Kohsan district, the kidnappers told local residents to take the bodies of the three customs officials to their families.

The bodies were then taken to Herat’s regional hospital on Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed.

“The employees were between 40 and 50 years old. One of them is from Parwan province and the two others are from Herat,” Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, a spokesperson for Herat hospital said.

“Kidnappers had killed them near the Bai Mohammad village in Kohsan district very badly. Because they did not have $1 million to pay to the kidnappers,” MP Mohammad Arif Tayyeb said.

Herat police spokesperson Abdul Ahad Walizada said the three employees were killed in Herat’s Kohsan district on Monday night after having been kidnapped while driving from Islam Qala to Herat city two months ago.

According to Walizada, police arrested nine people in connection with the kidnapping and shooting. He said they had planned to carry out a rescue operation but before they could do so, the hostages were killed.

“When they were kidnapped, police immediately took action and we have arrested nine people in relation to this incident. They have confessed that they were involved in this incident and now they are in police detention,” said Walizada.

Herat-Islam Qala road was one of the most secure roads in the province, but recently kidnappings have increased significantly along the road, officials said.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under:


2 members of Pak-based Lashkar-e-Islam killed in Nangarhar airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least two members of the Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
based in Pakistain have been killed in Arclight airstrike in eastern 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 of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan in a statement confirmed the Arclight airstrike and killing of the two members of the group.

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
no further details were regarding the Arclight airstrike and identities of those killed in the Arclight airstrike.

In the meantime, officials in the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan national army in the East, said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Bandar area of Achin district.

The officials confirmed that the two forces of Evil killed in the Arclight airstrike were members of Lashkar-e-Islam.

The officials also added that two ISIS forces of Evil were killed in a separate Arclight airstrike conducted in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province.

At least one Death Eater of the terror group was also maimed and one of their cycle of violences was destroyed, the officials added.

Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar-e-Islam (TTP)


Taliban’s deputy chief for Jawzjan province killed in security operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader has been killed during the counter-terrorism clearance operations in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan national army in the North said Taliban’s shadow military chief or Aqcha Qari Noorullah was killed during the operation of the security and defense forces today.

The Shaheen Corps officials said Qari Noorullah was also operating as the deputy chief of the Taliban for Jawzjan province, Naqib Jendi.

Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Britain
Third arrest over Parsons Green 'bucket bomb' as police 'jump' painter-decorator, 25, in Welsh town 140 miles from London
[DailyMail]
  • Police swooped on an address in Newport, south Wales, at around 7pm today

  • 25-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody

  • Syrian Yahya Faroukh, 21, and an 18-year-old Iraqi have already been detained

  • 30 people were injured when the 'bucket bomb' went off on the tube on Friday
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  But see, the bombing was a success for those losers. 4 bagged, but 5 million cheering!
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/20/2017 0:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Lone wolf eh?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/20/2017 4:40 Comments || Top||

#3  and another
Two more arrests in Wales over Parsons Green attack
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/20/2017 5:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Yea, but BP, are these arrests for real or just for showing the hoi polloi "the authorities are in control"? Because, I've noticed, that any terr-act in Europe is followed by multiple arrests of Muzzies, followed - a few days later - by quiet releases.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/20/2017 6:13 Comments || Top||

#5  any terr-act in Europe is followed by multiple arrests of Muzzies, followed - a few days later - by quiet releases.

I've come to think of those arrests as people picked up to assist the police in their inquiries, status to be determined later. I find it interesting that only the Syrian is named with photos and background -- usually we have a lot more information five days after an attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2017 9:22 Comments || Top||

#6  I think they're embarrassing well-known faces probably from the Calais gimmigrant camp.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/20/2017 9:24 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Two suspected LeJ target killers arrested in Karachi ahead of Muharram: CTD
[DAWN] The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Tuesday claimed to have picked up two suspected hit mans allegedly belonging to banned Death Eater outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
(LeJ) from Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
In a blurb, the CTD said the two men ‐ Muhammad Abdullah Majid and Adnan Ahmad ‐ were involved in sectarian murders and were planning to carry out more attacks during the upcoming month of Muharram.

The two men were tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
during a targeted raid in Bandhani Colony of Liaquatabad near Quba mosque. The CTD also recovered three 9mm pistols, 15 bullets and one cycle of violence from the suspects' custody.

According to CTD SSP Naveed Ahmed Khawaja, the recent rise in the number of murders based on ethnic and sectarian affiliations in the metropolis had pushed the CTD to undertake special search operations in various parts of Karachi.

Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Cellphone bomb found hidden in passenger luggage by X-ray machine at Mangalore Airport in India
[MIRROR.CO.UK] A cellphone 'bomb' has been discovered hidden inside a mobile phone by staff screening baggage in an X-ray machine at Mangalore Airport in India.

An IndiGo flight from Mangalore to Dubai was delayed this afternoon when a suspicious "clay-like" item was detected by airport scanners.

The discovery sparked a major security scare as Indian media reported a 26-year-old man travelling to Dubai had been placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
after police were called.

Early reports suggested there was confusion as to whether the device was viable or fake. Sniffer dogs reportedly gave a "mixed signal" if the item was explosive or whether it contained a chemical used to launch a possible gas attack.

Indian media reported a "suspicious clay-like object" was found in the Dubai-bound passenger's mobile phone which was located in his check-in baggage.

But later it was identified as a disguise for a hand-made power pack.

Mangaluru Police Commissioner TS Suresh said: "It was a self-made power bank and after through check it was allowed to proceed," according to Times Now News.

A photograph shows red and yellow electrical wires attached to a small silver object similar to a battery pack with a brown-coloured material keeping items in place.

One theory to emerge is that this was a 'dry run' by a 'terrorist sales rep' or arms dealer who was attempting to show customers how 'easy' it was to get the device onto a plane through security - but failed.

Airline IndiGo tweeted: "IndiGo's alert security screener staff at Mangalore caught a suspect carrying alleged cellphone bomb today.

"The matter has been reported to the local police. Since it is a sensitive security matter we have nothing more to share."
Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under:

#1  it was identified as a disguise for a hand-made power pack

Why? Why wasn't it simply seized and thrown in the dump bin? One of my 3-ring binders was seized, "because the ring diameter (3") exceeded the allowable length for a metal device". Apparently I could have stabbed someone with a binder ring.

after through check it was allowed to proceed
Wonder how much the check was for?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/20/2017 9:53 Comments || Top||


Iraq
1 dead in roadside bomb attack in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed in a blast as a bomb, planted by Islamic State, exploded in south of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

“A bomb from IS remnants exploded while a civilian on board of his bike was passing at a village in Daquq, south of Kirkuk, which caused his immediate death,” the source told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

The source, who preferred anonymity, added that the blast spot was cordoned by security, while the victim’s body was taken to forensic medicine department.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

The capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


40 casualties in suicide boming attack in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Over forty persons were killed and injured as a suicide attack targeted a restaurant, in north of Salahuddin, an official said on Tuesday.

“A suicide attack carried out by two suicide attackers targeted a restaurant on the road between Tikrit and Biji,” Biji Mayor Mohamed Mahmoud said in press remarks.

“Security troops killed a third attacker outside the restaurant,” Mahmoud said adding that three persons were killed, while 39 others were wounded.

Similar attacks have been recently witnessed, last of which was an attack against a restaurant in Dhi Qar province, which left dozens of victims.

2 ISIS Big Turbans turn into a fine, red mist in Salahuddin

Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) War on ISIS Update: Drones killed two senior Islamic State leaders in Salahuddin province on Tuesday, according to a local source who spoke in a press statement.

Iraqi news website SNG said the pair was killed when a drone pounded their truck on a farm road on the outskirts of Shirqat. One of the two killed was an assistant to the group’s security commander in eastern Shirqat, while the other was a chief vigilante in the town’s countryside.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antix


Iraqi regulars launch new offensive in western Anbar

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi joint troops have started on Tuesday an offensive to liberate Islamic State’s havens in west of Anbar, the military media said.

Al-Jazeera troops, backed by the Tribal Mobilization Forces launched wide-scale campaign to liberate al-Rayhana region as well as Annah town from IS, according to the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell.

Meanwhile, Alghad Press reported that the militant group prevented civilians from fleeing toward the western side of the town, forcing them to stay at homes. However, the website’s correspondent said the troops are cautious in order not to harm civilians.

Moreover, a security source was quoted saying that the militants “completely evacuated Rayhana. Army forces started purging the road leading to Annah from planted landmines.”

“Troops are advancing toward Rayhana amid heavy shelling and air raids by the U.S.-led Coalition,” the source said.

Iraqi joint troops managed earlier this week to liberate Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on borders with Syria.

Anbar’s western towns of Anah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition regularly pound IS locations in the province.

Iraqi troops capture Rayhana district

Annah (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Army/ Iraqi government troops and paramilitary forces managed Tuesday to recapture the first area as part of an operation targeting Islamic State-held towns in western Anbar, a local official said.

Abdul-Karim al-Aani, chairman of Annah town’s council, told Alsumaria News that army and police troops, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, took over Rayhana region, east of Annah, and raised Iraqi flags above its buildings.

He said a number of Islamic State militants were killed, while a booby-trapped vehicle belonging to them was detonated.

Iraqi Army
Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the launch of an operation to clear Islamic State havens in western Anbar, starting with the town of Annah. He promised “a new victory”, adding that IS “will not reap but a humiliating defeat and death”.

Iraqi troops smoke 20 ISIS Bad Guys

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) More than twenty Islamic State militants were killed within offensives launched in the group’s holdout in western Anbar, military media reported on Tuesday.

In a press release, the War Media Cell said on Tuesday that “the most important outcome of liberation of al-Rayhana and Annah was the murder of twenty-two militants as well as destruction of weapon stash and four booby-trapped vehicles.”

Iraqi government troops and paramilitary forces managed Tuesday to recapture Rayhana region as part of an operation, launched earlier on the day, targeting the region as well as Annah town, in western Anbar.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin
5 die in bombing attack al-Mushahada region

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five persons were killed and injured in a bomb blast in north of Baghdad, a security source said on Tuesday.

“A bomb exploded near stores in al-Mushahada region in Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad, leaving a person killed and four others wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today.

Security cordoned off the blast spot, while ambulances transferred the victim to forensic medicine department and the injured to hospital.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

The capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Despite the group’s defeat in its main havens across Iraqi provinces, observers believe the group may still constitute a security threat.
Posted by: badanov || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under:


The Quickest Way To Heaven
[Twitchy] WATCH: Suicide bomber’s car explodes dozens of feet in the air after U.S. missile strike
Posted by: Grunter || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Out F*ing standing!
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/20/2017 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Way to say it, Mr. Mark!!
Posted by: Steven || 09/20/2017 4:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Beautiful. Just effin' beautiful.
Posted by: Dave D. || 09/20/2017 7:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Today class, after the short video I am about to show you, we will discuss IED secondary explosions as 'air bursts.'

Lights please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/20/2017 8:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Even Hollywood doesn't do that
Posted by: KBK || 09/20/2017 9:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Homage to Patsy Cline




Posted by: Warthog || 09/20/2017 9:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks Warthog. :-)
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/20/2017 9:45 Comments || Top||

#8  That made my day
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/20/2017 9:55 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas invites Palestinian President Abbas to resume control of Gaza
[DAWN] Hamas has invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave seized by the Islamist group a decade ago.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh made the announcement Tuesday, saying his group is serious about returning power to the Western-backed Palestinian leader and calling on him to respond with practical steps.

Hamas, in financial and political distress after years of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, this week announced it was disbanding a contentious committee that has governed Gaza in recent months, a key Abbas demand.

It also said it was ready to hand over all government functions to Abbas and to hold elections in Gaza and the West Bank.
Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Hamas would hand over govt and rid itself of the day to day work of keeping the streets paved, sewers functioning and electricity flowing but keep military
Posted by: lord garth || 09/20/2017 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Figuring Israel will find retaliating for attacks harder if Gaza is "controlled" by PA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/20/2017 5:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Hamas, in financial and political distress after years of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade

I think I see the problem here....actually 2 problems.

Hillary wants to be president? Here's her spot and her corruption will fit right in.
Posted by: AlanC || 09/20/2017 7:55 Comments || Top||


Hamas fighter dies in Gaza tunnel incident
[IsraelTimes] Terror group confirms death of a member of its armed wing near Rafah; two others died in tunnel collapses five days ago

A Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", member died in a tunnel incident in the southern Gazoo Strip overnight the Paleostinian terror organization, which controls the territory, said on Tuesday.

This was the third such incident in recent days.

A statement from Hamas’s armed wing the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades named the dead man as 24-year-old Hani Faraj Mohammed Shalouf, from the town of Rafah, located in the southern Gazoo Strip.

Shalouf "met his maker as a martyr while working on a tunnel belonging to the resistance," the statement said, referring to Hamas.

The tunnel in which Shalouf died was located in Rafah on the southern border with Egypt, the statement said.

A statement from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Yoav Mordechai said that Shalouf had been electrocuted to death.

The Qassam Brigades published images of the Shalouf on their website.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Never bring a fighter to a tunnel fight.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/20/2017 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Not a nice way to die, down there in the dark and under a weight of mud. Crushed and you can't breath and its not necessarily sudden either. Sometimes it takes a bit.

Ever wonder WHY it isn't technologically safer? It seems to happen so OFTEN., don't'cha know. The guys going down the hole mush know he is expendable ( that, or he's stupid.)
But Moslem Values are Moslem Values after all.

Allahu Akbar, suckah.
Posted by: Lonzo Elmusoque6123 || 09/20/2017 7:28 Comments || Top||


IDF Patriot intercepts apparent Hezbollah drone from Syria
[IsraelTimes] Army says it 'will not allow' Iran and its allies near the Golan Heights to violate Israeli illusory sovereignty.

The Israeli Air Force shot down an Iranian-built drone launched by the Hezbollah terrorist organization with a Patriot missile after it attempted to cross into Israeli airspace on Tuesday, the army said.

The military also scrambled fighter jets to the area, but ultimately did not need to use them as the interceptor missile was able to destroy the target.

After the drone breached the “Bravo line” that marks the Syrian border and entered the demilitarized zone — but not Israeli airspace — the IDF “decided to intercept it,” army spokesperson Lt. Col. Yonatan Conricus said.

In a statement, the IDF said it “will not allow any infiltration or approach toward the Golan Heights area by terrorist figures from Iranian forces, Hezbollah, Shiite militias or Islamic Jihad.”

Speaking to reporters, Conricus added that Israel “will respond swiftly and forcefully against any such attempts.”

However, he said the IDF was “not looking to escalate” the situation by retaliating “at this time.”

According to Conricus, the air force monitored the unmanned aerial vehicle from its take-off at Damascus airport to the demilitarized zone that separates the Israeli and Syrian Golan Heights.

“We monitor everything that flies toward the State of Israel and follow it closely for any potential threat,” he said.

Conricus said Military Intelligence was able to identify the drone as Iranian-built and Hezbollah-launched based on the army’s arrays of sensors in the area and its years of experience monitoring the group.

The spokesperson said the drone appeared to be performing reconnaissance mission in the area. It was not immediately clear if the drone was armed.

The debris from the drone landed near the Syrian city of Quneitra so the IDF was not able to recover it, he said.

He would not comment on whether the IDF was in contact about the incident with Russian forces in the region, with which Israel has a communication mechanism in place to avoid friction.

The Patriot interceptor missile was launched from a military installation in northern Israel, near the city of Safed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Shin Bet busts East Jerusalem terror cell planning shooting attacks
[IsraelTimes] Eight members of group, all Israeli residents, also suspected of Molotov cocktailings and stone-throwing

The Shin Bet general security service said Tuesday that it had tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
eight East Jerusalem residents who formed a terror cell that carried out several Molotov cocktailings and other attacks in the capital and was planning shootings.

Most of the suspects came from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, and all are residents of Israel. The group liked to call itself the "Ghosts of Silwan," the Shin Bet said in a statement.

Group leader Mahmad Farouach, 19, a resident of Silwan, reached out to contacts in Leb and the Gazoo Strip seeking to work under their auspices and obtain funding for the cell’s intended attacks, according to the Shin Bet.

The Shin Bet named the other suspects as Amir Faruach, 19, Saud Alian, 18, Mahmad Abu Tayiah 19, Amjad Shwachi, 19, Ali Abasi, 19, all from Silwan, and Ahmad Abu Halif, 18, from the Abu Tur neighborhood near Silwan.

Information gleaned from questioning enabled Sherlocks to piece together much about the cell’s activities. The suspects allegedly planned to shoot at Israeli targets in Silwan, including vehicles belonging to Israeli residents and Jewish homes in the neighborhood. The cell had plans to obtain the weapons needed to carry out the attacks.

Paleostinians have decried the influx of Jewish Israelis into Silwan, accusing them of seeking to push them out of their own neighborhood.

Group leader Mahmad Farouach, 19, a resident of Silwan, reached out to contacts in Leb and the Gazoo Strip seeking to work under their auspices and obtain funding for the cell’s intended attacks, according to the Shin Bet.
Cell members were involved in recent attacks in the area of Silwan, including the throwing of Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and stones at security forces and security vehicles. In an August 6 attack, some of the suspects poured flammable liquid onto a police patrol car and then threw Molotov cocktails at it. The car was consumed by flames and destroyed.

Another suspect, not named in the statement and also from Silwan, was a minor at the time of his arrest. During questioning Sherlocks discovered that he was involved in planning a shooting attack and involved in an arson attack on a security patrol car as well as other Molotov cocktailing attacks.

Indictments against the suspects are to be filed Wednesday in the Jerusalem district court, the Shin Bet said.

"The results of the investigation reflect a step up in the nature of terror activities in the field, among other things under the influence of the violent incidents around the Temple Mount, after the June attack there," the Shin Bet said.

In the July 14 attack three Arab Israelis shot and killed two Israeli coppers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with guns they had smuggled into the holy site.

Following the attack, Israel set up metal detectors at the entrances to the holy site, which Moslem leaders condemned as a violation of the status quo, sparking a series of violent protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The crisis was contained when Israeli authorities removed the newly installed measures amid heavy pressure from Jordan, the custodian of the Temple Mount, and the Paleostinians.

The uptick in terror incidents have been marked by an increase in stone throwing, Molotov cocktails and shooting attacks, the Shin Bet statement noted.

Earlier this month Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman told cabinet ministers that in July and August his agency prevented approximately 70 terror attacks. He added that since the beginning of the year, his agency has thwarted some 200 terror attacks, including suicide kabooms, shootings and kidnappings.
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Southeast Asia
Two Maoist militants killed in Zamboanga clash
[Mindanao Examiner] Security forces killed two suspected communist militants in a clash in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte. Police said the weekend fighting broke out in the remote village of Panganuran in Sibuco town.

The bodies of the slain gunmen were retrieved by troops and policemen and handed over to village officials. There was no report of casualties on the police and military side.

The fighting coincided with President Duterte’s pronouncement that he is open to resume stalled peace talks with communist leaders, but said he will have to discuss this with the police and military.

Duterte scrapped the talks early this year after he failed to convince communist peace negotiators to sign a bilateral truce. New People's Army negotiators said Duterte must first release some 500 political prisoners before they agree on a cease-fire.

Duterte previously said he cannot pursue peace talks with rebels while they continue attacking government and military and police targets. He also threatened to launch new offensives against the NPA if they continue deadly attacks.

Rebels have rejected the cease-fire demand saying it is tantamount to surrendering to the government. “Duterte’s demand for an NPA cease-fire while the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) conduct an all-out war as precondition for peace talks is a demand to surrender. This is an unacceptable. Duterte has lost all moral ground to make such a demand."
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#1  "Oh, the Monkeys have no tails in Zamboango
Oh, the Monkeys have no tails in Zamboanga
Oh, the Monkeys have no tails,
They got bitten off by the whales
Oh, the Monkeys have no tails in Zamboango
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Priest rescued as Philippine troops retake Marawi mosque
[Reuters] Philippine troops rescued a Catholic priest held captive for almost four months by Maute militants after an offensive that captured a stronghold of the militants in southern Marawi City. Marawi's vicar-general Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub was kidnapped along with other Christians as rebels rampaged through the city on May 23, burning churches and schools, releasing prisoners and seizing arms in a well-planned attack.

Soganub, flanked by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and military chief General Eduardo Ano, appeared to be in good health and high spirits when he was presented to the media in Manila. Lorenzana told a media briefing in Manila, "Our troops gained the upper hand, the terrorists were forced to withdraw to nearby structures on the periphery of the mosque," referring to the Bato mosque held by the rebels for 117 days.

Soganub made an appearance under duress in a propaganda video about a week after his capture, urging the government to stop the military operation in Marawi in exchange for sparing lives of hostages. The priest was among dozens held by rebels at the Bato mosque, which soldiers captured on Saturday afternoon. He was rescued along with another hostage, Lordvin Ocopio.

Military chief Ano said about ten foreigners were still in the battle among some 50-60 militants, who were holding 45-50 hostages.
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Thai government, rebels blame each other for delay
[Bangkok Post] Thailand's military government and the main southern separatist faction traded blame for delay in setting up a "safety zone" as a confidence-building measure. Negotiations on the zone ended last week in Malaysia without full agreement.

On Monday, the Mara Patani faction said that bringing about a safety zone had been "a little delayed", because some details, "especially from the Thai side", had not been adequately addressed, but that did not mean talks had failed. Abu Hafez Al-Hakim said in a statement, "The correct approach is to continue dialogue, not walking away from it."

During the weekend, Thailand's lead negotiator had said the rebels were not ready for the safety zone, despite the sincerity of the government. General Aksara Kerdphol said, "If the dissidents are not ready, then people's participation in the process will be delayed, adding that talks would continue.

The intended safety zone would be jointly administered by Thai authorities and the separatists in a district of the three southernmost provinces. Within the zone, neither side would attack the other.

"If you want to create peace you have to work with your enemy," Al-Hakim said, saying he was hopeful the zone could be set up within three to six months.

But the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) group, which has more control over combatants than other factions, has not joined talks. A leader of the group said last week that the ongoing negotiations were doomed. Pak Fakih said in a rare interview that safety zones could be "a trick by the military in trying to uncover the insurgent networks".

The leader of another rebel group, Patani United Liberation Organisation (PULO), also said he was uneasy about the government's safety zone plan, but would go along with it in the spirit of cooperation. Kasturi Mahkota said violence would continue for now as the only way to get the government to listen.
"And if that's not the spirit of cooperation, I don't know what is."
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
RAF Drone Stops Islamic State Public Execution
[Daily Mail/Telegraph/Newsweek/Yahoo] The footage shows two handcuffed prisoners being led from a van and placed in front of a large group of spectators in the Islamic State-held town of Abu Kamal in eastern Syria.

The strike hits an Isil sniper on a nearby roof and the civilians and fighters scatter before the killing can be carried out.

Releasing the footage on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defence explained that it could not target the Isis militants on the ground directly because that would have also killed civilians.
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Israeli Warplanes Stage Raids on Border East of Shebaa
[AnNahar] Israeli warplanes have executed two air raids on al-Rashaha hill located at the Lebanese-Syrian borders east of the Shebaa town, the National News Agency said on Tuesday.

"Two intense kabooms were heard east of Shebaa particularly on al-Rashaha hills," said VDL (93.3).

It added that the raids have coincided with "intense Israeli overflights in the region and that the planes have release heat balloons."

Israeli warplanes regularly violate Leb's airspace.

Leb has filed a complaint with the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
against Israel last week for violating the country's airspace and flying low over the southern Lebanese city of Sidon.

Israeli jets have flown low over Sidon, causing at least one sonic boom.
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Syrian Army Combat Summary
The Syrian Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, thwarted infiltration attempts by terrorist groups affiliated to al-Nusra Front terrorist organization on a number of axes in the northern countryside of Hama, according to a military source.

The source told SANA that army units engaged in heavy clashes with terrorist groups of al-Nusra during the latter’s attempt to infiltrate on a number of axes in the northern countryside of Hama, inflicting heavy losses upon their ranks.

The source added that the clashes continue in parallel with the artillery and air strikes against the sites and movements of terrorists in the area.

Earlier on the day, the source said army units working on the axis of Maan/al-Tleisia villages confronted an attack of al-Nusra terrorists and the affiliated terrorist groups in the northern countryside.

SANA reporter said that the terrorists of al-Nusra and the Turkistani Party linked to the intelligence of Erdogan’s regime attacked on Tuesday at dawn with big numbers the military posts in the surrounding of al-Tleisia, al-Talla al-Sawda and al-Kahira to the north of Hama city.

The reporter pointed out that army units working in the area thwarted the attack after fierce clashes with the terrorists where many of them were either killed or injured, adding that the clashes are continuous until now.

He clarified that the army units destroyed two tanks and two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns and seized a tank and a BMB vehicles of the terrorists.

The reporter said that the Air Force of the Army carried out several strikes on the terrorists’ supply lines coming from Attshan, al-Hubbeit and al-Sayyad hill on the administrative borders between Hama and Idlib.

Army units, in cooperation with the supporting and allied forces, achieved advance establishing control over new points on the eastern bank of Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor province.

SANA reporter said that army units continued advance in the framework of the operations against gatherings of ISIL terrorists towards al-Sabha village on the eastern bank of Euphrates River and Koniko gas field, establishing control over the villages of Mazloum and al-Maratt.

On the western axis of the city, the reporter pointed out that army units carried out operations that included artillery bombardments on the axes and positions of ISIL, establishing control over al-Shomeitia town and its outskirts.

In the framework of the locals’ uprising against the terrorist organization, local sources told SANA that a group of the locals from al-Bukmal city clashed with the terrorists of the so-called “Islamic Police” while they attempted to arrest men from the city in order to recruit them.

Moreover, three terrorists were killed and others got injured due to clashes between the conflicting terrorist groups.

The local sources said that the terrorists planted explosives in Jama school near al-Ashara area.

Source: SANA
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Syrian warbirds hit 2 hospitals in Idlib
Idlib (Syrian News) Local sources informed that Syrian regime warplanes carried out several air strikes on Rahma Hospital, in southern Idlib, on Tuesday, Qasioun News reported.

The sources said that Syrian regime warplanes carried out several air strikes on Rahma Hospital in Khan Sheikhon city, in southern Idlib, causing material damage to the building and causing the hospital to go out of service, as well as injuries among civilians.

Furthermore, Syrian regime warplanes carried out 3 airstrikes on Orient Hospital, near Kafranabl area, south of Idlib, but no casualties were reported.

It is noteworthy that Syrian Air Force conducted more than 30 air strikes on the villages and towns located in southern Idlib and northern Hama, following an assault launched by the Syrian opposition, near Maan town, in northeastern Hama.

Russian warbirds join in on the fun

Idlib (Syria News) Two nurses were killed, while some patients were killed, on Tuesday, in air strikes conducted by the Russian warplanes on al-Tah Hospital, in the countryside of Idlib.

Local sources told Qasioun News that the air strikes inflicted heavy damage to the hospital, as well as causing some injuries among the doctors. In the meantime, Russian warplanes hit the outskirts of al-Bara and Deir Senbel Towns, in the southern countryside of Idlib.

Meanwhile, Syrian regime warplanes carried out air strikes on the road linking between the villages of Tarei and Sakik, in the southern countryside of Idlib.

Earlier today, Syrian regime warplanes carried out several air strikes on Rahma Hospital and Orient Hospital, near Kafranabl area, south of Idlib, causing heavy damage to the hospitals.
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Syrian special forces totally crush jihadist offensive in north Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian special forces, in support of standard Syrian Army units, have repelled a huge assault by jihadist rebels ‐ some of them linked to al-Qaeda ‐ in northern Hama Governorate today.

Early this morning, jihadist snuffies of Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Qaeda affiliate) and the Turkistan Islamic Party launched a powerful offensive against the Syrian Army positions in northern Hama.

The murderous Moslems employed battle tanks, artillery and cannon-armed gun-trucks in an attempt to break government lines near the fortress town of Ma’an, a key army defense nexus in the region.

In the event, two particular Syrian Army elite detachments, the al-Sahabat Regiment of the Tigers Forces and the al-Komeet Group, were present near Ma’an.

According to reports, both formations, fighting side by side, played a critical role in rebuffing today’s jihadist onslaught at the gates of Ma’an. The two units also turned back threatening Lion of Islam attacks in the area of Zaghbat Tulisiyah.

The special forces detachments repelled two separate attack waves that where launched on Ma’an by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistan Islamic Party terrorists.

As of the present time, the front-lines around northern Hama have settled down with army forces and Lion of Islam groups now just trading artillery fire. Whether or not jihadist fighters renew their assault in the hours to come is yet to be seen.

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Syrian Army squeezes ISIS in east Hama enclave
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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....
is steadily losing ground in a small swath of land they control in central Syria amid massive Army advance.

today, the Syrian Army managed to impose full control over al-Moadamiyah town, located to the south-east of Aqirbat; the former ISIS heartland.

According to a military source, the battle for al-Moadamiyah lasted 2 days before the elite troops of the 4th Armored Division ‐ which spearheaded the offensive ‐ completely seize the town.

The source noted that Army troops entered the town last night but couldn’t fortify its positions due to ISIS counteroffensive.

The fall of al-Moadamiyah will further impel the government forces’ push to liberate Soha; a key bastion for the terror group in the pocket. To do so, the Syrian Army attempt to cut off all supply routes to Soha and hunt down as many forces of Evil as possible.
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Syrian forces shatter main ISIS defense line in central Syria, advance on large town
[ALMASDARNEWS] After liberating dozens of towns from ISIS throughout central Syria over the last fortnight, pro-government forces are now in a position to strike at one of the largest remaining jihadist strongholds in the region.

Today, Syrian forces secured the settlements of al-Shalishat, Um Ten and al-Nabtiyah located near the Shumarriyah Mountain Chain in north-central Homs Governorate.

In liberating al-Shalishat, Syrian Army troops became involved in a noteworthy battle against 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....
, ultimately killing and wounding at least a dozen ISIS Death Eaters over the course of the engagement and shelling those that retreated from the town.

By this advance, pro-government forces have secured almost every settlement in the area around the strategic town of Jibb al-Jarrah which is, following Uqayribat’s recent liberation, one of the most important ISIS strongholds left in central Syria.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS executes 1 in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State executed the group’s guide in east of Salahuddin province, a local source said on Tuesday.

“Abu Ikrima al-Iraqi, an old IS fighter in Mutaibija, east of Salahuddin, was shot dead by the group near one of the rest houses,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Iraqi, according to the source, “is originally from Mutaibija. He used to be one of the group’s main guides for convoys coming toward Mutaibija especially from Hawija. The reasons behind his execution are still unknown.”

Occasional attacks have been witnessed in Mutaibija by Islamic State against government and paramilitary troops deployments since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and PMUs, launched a major offensive to retake areas occupied by IS since 2014.

Last week, Jaafar al-Battat, the service’s chief of staff of the Federal Police, said in remarks that troops completed their mobilizations and are awaiting orders from the supreme commander of the armed forces to move towards Shirqat, the group’s haven located north of the province.

Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, are still held by the militants which poses threats to the liberated regions. Iraqi troops are urged to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

It’s expected that the Iraqi government will head towards liberating other IS strongholds across Iraq, including in Salahuddin.

ISIS worried about tuberculosis outbreak in Hawija

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) ISIS News Today: Islamic State militants have been alarmed by an outbreak of tuberculosis in their Kirkuk stronghold, with some members executed to curb the disease, according to an intelligence source.

Sky Press, an Iraqi website, quoted the source saying that the group had quarantined and executed 12 of its members in the town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, after they had been proved positive with the infection.

The militants were so eager to maintain secrecy around the development that they had executed a doctor who unveiled the nature of the infection to the affected members, according too the source who added that a similar punishment was set for any future whistleblowers.

Islamic State militants have held Hawija since 2014, when they proclaimed an “Islamic caliphate” in large parts of Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command, which has led military action against IS since 2014, said in August it had completed preparations to invade the town and eliminate IS fighters.

So far, Iraqi government operations, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have managed to recapture Mosul, Islamic State’s former capital, and the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
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