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Afghanistan
Forces Push Back Taliban From Fandoqestan Valley
The Afghan forces regained control of Fandoqestan valley of Seyagerd district of northern Parwan province early Wednesday after it collapsed to the Taliban late last week.

Zaman Mamuzai, provincial police chief said that the Afghan security forces launched a military operation early Wednesday with the support of the airforces.

“The Taliban fled the area and went to Wardak province. The forces have also seized vehicles and weapons from the insurgents. The forces now have control of the area,” Mamuzai said adding that “two security forces were wounded during the operation.”

However, he did not provide further details about the operation nor about casualties among the insurgents.

Over 2,000 people were displaced from the valley due to clashes in the past five days, according to officials.

Two girls were also killed and seven other civilians were wounded.

Taliban in a statement has rejected the report, claiming that the area has not been retaken by the Afghan forces.
Posted by: badanov || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militants and commanders suffer heavy casualties in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs and their commanders suffered heavy casualties during the latest counter-terrorism operations in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan national army, the latest casualties were inflicted to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bully boyz in Imam Sahib district.

The officials of the Shaheen Corps said at least elevent Taliban bully boyz were killed and seventeen others were maimed during the operations.

The officials further added that two senior commanders of the group identified as Qari Turab and Qari Nazir were among those killed.

Two other senior Taliban leaders identified as Mawlavi Mazhari and Qari Khanjar were also maimed during the operations, the official said.

The Shaheen Corps officials said the operations were conducted by the Afghan Air Force and ground forces in the past 24 hours.

This comes as at least 31 Lions of Islam were killed and 16 others were maimed after Arclight airstrikes and artillery raids pounded the Taliban positions in Imam Sahib district on Sunday.

The officials of Shaheen Corps said Monday that the operations were conducted in Pul-e-Pak, Nasiryan, and Joi Begum villages of the district.

Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Fresh violence along the Durand Line inflicts casualties to Pakistani soldiers
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Pak officials are saying that an army soldier was killed while another one has sustained injuries in the fresh wave of violence along the Durnad Line.

The officials in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province of Pakistain are saying that two soldiers were maimed after they came under fire from the other side of the line from Afghanistan.

The officials further added that the soldiers were based in a check post in Tirah valley when they were attacked and one of the maimed soldiers departed this vale of tears after he was taken to hospital for the treatment.

The local officials are claiming that the soldiers were attacked from Nazian district of 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.

In the meantime, the local officials in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan are saying that more than eighty rockets landed from the other side of the line since Tuesday.

The officials said at least forty rockets landed in Achin district while forty four others hit the areas in Nazian district.

The shelling apparently took place in response to the violence close to Khyber Agency
... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
but the officials in Nangarhar are saying that the shelling did not incur any casualties.

Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


11 ISIS militants killed in latest US airstrikes in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven bully boyz affiliated 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 Syria (ISIS) Khorasan were killed in the latest Arclight airstrikes conducted by the US forces 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 provincial government media office in a statement said the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in Achin district on Tuesday.

The statement further added that the bully boyz were targeted in Mamand Dara and Dab village areas of the district.

Some weapons and ammunition of the bully boyz were also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike, the statement said.

It also added that the local residents and security personnel on the ground did not suffer any casualties in the Arclight airstrikes.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed bully boyz have increased their insurgency activities in some districts of the province during the recent years.

A similar Arclight airstrike killed a key member of the terror group in this province earlier this week.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the US forces with unmanned aerial vehicles on Sunday killing two ISIS members including a key member of the terror group identified as Qari Zahid.

Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Fighting erupts near Benghazi
[Libya Herald] Fighting erupted this evening near Gasr Ben Ghashir, next to Tripoli International Airport, between units mainly belonging to Tripoli strongman Haithem Tajouri and forces from Tarhouna.

There has been considerable confusion as precisely who the latter are. Local reports say that they are members of the Islamist-leaning Marghani brigade led by Salah Al-Marghani and his nephew Sharif. However, some reports claim they are now Qaddafi supporters and support the Libyan National Army.

There are also reports of Tarhouna’s notorious Kani Brigade being involved, but this time not with Marghani but with Tajouri. They are said to have created a new and unexpected alliance with him against their erstwhile Marghani allies.

They were part of Libya Dawn and have, until now, supported the would-be government of Khalifa Ghwell.

The Tripoli forces are said to also include fighters under the control of Tajouri’s ally Abdulghani Al-Kikli (Ghneiwa).

The reason for the clashes is also less than clear. Local reports say that Tajouri had launched a pre-emptive attack after being told that the Tarhouna forces were rallying to move against the capital. Manoeuvres allegedly involving pro-LNA and pro-Qaddafi forces in the area near the airport have been reported over the past fortnight. Tajouri himself said the same last month, adding that he was keeping a close eye on the area.

By late evening it was reported that the Marghani forces had fled towards the Wirshefana area.
Posted by: badanov || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Macro F8
Posted by: Frank G || 10/05/2017 9:46 Comments || Top||

#2  As the late great Casey Stengel said:

"Can't anyone play this game?"

Of course this is Libya....and Benghazi... and Islamists
Posted by: Pappy || 10/05/2017 17:03 Comments || Top||


4 die in bombing attack in Misrata
TRIPOLI: At least four people were killed Wednesday in a Daesh suicide bomb attack at the main court building in Libya’s third-largest city Misrata, security officials told AFP.

The officials said a suicide bomber was able to detonate an explosive vest inside the building in the center of Misrata, a coastal city about 200 km east of Tripoli.

Three men belonging to Daesh “carried out a suicide attack against the court complex in Misrata... killing four people and wounding 15 others,” Gen. Mohammed Ghassri, a spokesman for armed forces in Misrata that are loyal to the country’s internationally backed government, told AFP.

He said the three men got out of a vehicle and one was able to push his way into the building and set off explosives. Of the other two, one was shot dead and the other arrested, Ghassri said.

Misrata is home to powerful armed forces who were the backbone of an offensive that routed Daesh from the coastal city of Sirte in December 2016.

That offensive was backed by Libya’s UN-endorsed Government of National Accord (GNA), one of two main rival governments that emerged from the chaos that followed the 2011 ouster of long-time strongman Muammar Qaddafi.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from Daesh for Wednesday’s attack, but the militant group remains a force in Libya despite losing control of Sirte.

Many of its fighters have redeployed to the country’s vast and lawless desert south.

The US military last month carried out a wave of air strikes on Daesh in Libya, killing 17 people on Sept. 22 at a desert camp 240 km southeast of Sirte.

The US Africa command said the camp was used to move militants in and out of the country, store weapons and plot attacks.

In August, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack in which 11 people were beheaded at a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

Nine soldiers and two civilians were killed in that attack in the Al-Jufra region about 500 km south of Tripoli.

Haftar supports an eastern-based administration that is a rival to the GNA.
Posted by: badanov || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
US forces attacked in Niger
Snip. Duplicate.
Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger
Reminder that some people do more than a sad face and hashtag campaign. RIP, heroes
Three United States Army Special Forces were killed and two were wounded on Wednesday in an ambush in Niger while on a routine patrol with troops they were training from that nation in northwestern Africa, American military officials said.

"We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger," Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, said in an email.

A United States military official said that three Army Green Berets were killed in the attack, which took place 120 miles north of Niamey, the capital of Niger, near the border with Mali, where militants with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an affiliate of Al Qaeda, have conducted cross-border raids. Two other Green Berets were wounded, another military official said. Niger's troops were also believed to have suffered casualties, but details were not immediately known.

The deaths mark the first American casualties in a mission in which United States Special Forces have provided training and security assistance to the Nigerien armed forces, including support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss continuing military operations, said American forces were rushing to the scene of the ambush, presumably to evacuate American and Nigerien casualties, and possibly to hunt down the attackers.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  I think when the GBs first embedded with the Montagnard they found fierce fighters with a hatred for the ethnic Chinese 'downlanders' who hunted them.

Given the experiences in AFG, IRQ and now perhaps NIG, it would seem political, religious and nationalist separatists are less adverse to turning on their comrades in arms. It might be time to examine the localist dependent nation building strategy.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/05/2017 12:41 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Four Turkish troops killed in attack blamed on Kurd rebels
[IsraelTimes] IED planted on road near Iranian border goes off as military vehicle passes by, in kaboom that also wounds 4

Ottoman Turkish officials said four soldiers were killed and four were maimed Wednesday in a kaboom by Kurdish rebels in southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
The governor’s office for the Hakkari province said that the improvised bomb was planted on a road near the town of Yuksekova, close to the border with Iran, and went off as a military vehicle was passing by.

It blamed a "separatist terrorist organization" ‐ its official term for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The maimed soldiers were transported to a hospital in Yusekova. There was no immediate information on their conditions.

The Hurriyet newspaper said the military launched an operation, backed by air power, to catch the murderous Moslems.

PKK rebels have waged a three-decade long insurgency in southeast Turkey. Violence flared again in 2015 after the collapse of a two-year grinding of the peace processor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/05/2017 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Modeled on the Mukden Incident?
Posted by: 3dc || 10/05/2017 21:58 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Zakir Musa Tops New List Of 5 Most Wanted Terrorists In Kashmir Valley
[NDTV] Former Hizbul Mujahideen
...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003...
commander and the head of al Qaeda-linked group Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind, 23-year-old Zakir Musa sits at the top of a new list of most wanted turbans who are currently operating in the valley.

According to the report prepared by the Intelligence Bureau, "Musa is considered quite dangerous because he's been using propaganda to call for an Islamic caliphate in Kashmire and throughout India, an ideology that's rapidly gaining ground in the valley."

The engineering dropout appears to have seen an increase in his following after quitting the Hizbul to head the al Qaeda linked group.

Second on the list is Riyaz Naikoo of Hizbul Mujahideen, who the report says is an 'A++' category terrorist. "He is just 29 years old but is one of the most experienced Hizbul commanders and at present head of operations in Kashmire," reveals a police brass hat.

The report says Naikoo took over from Yaseen Ittoo after his death in an encounter last month. "Naikoo hails from Durbug, Awantipora. He is very tech savvy," adds the report.

Intelligence officials claim that Naikoo is considered to be moderate among the Hizbul terrorists. Recently, at a terrorist's funeral, he appeared in public to counter Zakir Musa's anti-Pakistain propaganda and tried to whip-up support for Pakistain.

Naikoo is said to be involved in several murders including that of coppers. To bolster his moderate image he had earlier during the year also released an 11-minute video asking Kashmiri Pandits to return to the valley.

The report, prepared by security agencies, lists another Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Saddam Padder, at number three.

"Remember the group photograph shared by Hizbul commander Burhan Wani? Padder is now the only active terrorist of the 12 men shown in the picture. Apart from Padder, only Tariq Pandit, who featured in that photograph, is alive as he had surrendered," reveals a senior police official.

The Intelligence Bureau report states that Padder comes from a family of farmers. Not much is known about him except for the fact that the Hizbul thinks highly of him. Padder is a school dropout who joined terrorism about four to five years ago. He was with the Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
until he joined the Hizbul in 2015.

After Musa left as the chief of the Hizbul, Saddam Padder was one of the top contenders to be the next chief, a place later taken by Naikoo. While he might not be highly educated, he is considered a 'clever' terrorist and was among the few people whom Burhan Wani trusted.

Next on the list of most wanted is Zeenat-ul-Islam of Lashkar-e-Taiba. He is most likely to take on the Lashkar's leadership in the valley, as per the report.

"The 28-year-old is a resident of Sugan Zanipura, Shopian, and was recruited in 2015. He is considered one of the main accused in the Shopian attack in February that left three soldiers dead. Known as an IED expert, he is a former member of al-Badar Militant outfit," the report states.

"He was once enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in 2008 where he is said to have confessed to being an over ground worker (OGW). He was eventually released four years later and is said to have gotten married too before joining the Lashkar module," the report adds.

Last on the list of top five turbans is Khalid of Jaish-e-Mohammed. Not much is known about the terrorist who operates in North Kashmire and now security agencies are suspecting that he was the criminal mastermind who planned out an attack on a BSF camp in Srinagar.
Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent


3 terrorists convicted by military courts executed in KP: ISPR
[DAWN] Three Death Eaters tried and convicted by military courts were executed at a jail in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
on Wednesday, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The convicts were "involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including [an] attack on a Pakistain International Airlines (PIA) plane at 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.
Airport, killing of civilians, attacking the armed forces and law enforcement agencies," the ISPR handout read.

Former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
signed the death warrants of the three terrorists, identified as Sajid, Behram and Fazal-e-Ghaffar, on Nov 7, July 14 and March 15 last year.

The details of the convicts provided by ISPR are as follows:
  • Sajid s/o Ibrahim Khan: The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in firing on a PIA plane landing at Peshawar Airport which resulted in death of a woman and injuries to two other passengers. He was also involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacking LEAs, which resulted in death of a man identified as Pir Israr, along with eight of his family members, a civilian Niaz Gul, Assistant Sub Inspector Sajid Khan and injuries to civilians and police officials. The convict was in possession of fire arms and explosives. He admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded a death sentence.


  • Behram Sher s/o Khairan: The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in destruction of the Government Girls Primary School as well as attacking army personnel, which resulted in the death of a soldier and injuries to 2 other soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded a death sentence.


  • Fazal-e-Ghaffar s/o Shehzada: The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking the armed forces which resulted in death of four soldiers and injuries to another soldier. He was also in possession of a suicide jacket. The convict admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded a death sentence.
Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Suicide bomber dies in Diyala
Baqubah (IraqiNews.com) Diyala police service said Wednesday security forces killed a suicide bomber before he carried out an attack on civilians.

Ghaleb al-Attiya, media official at the province’s police department, told Alsumaria News that a police force killed a suicide bomber after trapping him inside a vehicle he was riding at al-Kawthar, east of Baqubah.

Meanwhile, Alsumaria News quoted a local source saying that Mutaibija, an Islamic State militancy hotspot on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, has witnessed an “unprecedented calm” over the past 24 hours.

According to the source, the current quietness follows the death of several senior IS leaders in air raids. “Infiltrations of Mutaibija from Hawija and nearby regions have completely stopped over the past three days after all ground routes through Hamreen mountains were cut off.
Posted by: badanov || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


13 ISIS Bad Guys smoked in airstrike in Hawija
Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Fighter jets from the United States-led coalition killed on Wednesday 13 Islamic State leaders in an air raid on Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, as operations to closer to retaking the strategic haven.

Dijlah TV quoted a local source saying that the dead militants included seven members of the group’s so-called “treasury”.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said joint forces launched on Wednesday morning a new offensive targeting the center of Hawija, a major Islamic State stronghold which the militants occupied since 2014. The decisive onslaught comes as part of a second stage of operations launched last Friday.The first phase of operations launched on September 24th, and managed to retake eastern Shirqat, an Islamic State haven in neighboring Salahuddin province.

Also on Wednesday, Popular Mobilization Forces’ media said the troops managed Wednesday to take over the road linking central Hawija. A senior leader within the force, Jabbar al-Maamouri, had told Alsumaria News that the PMF were one kilometer from the town’s center.

Iraqi forces commence operations in Hawija

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces invaded on Wednesday the center of Hawija town, Islamic State’s major bastion in southwestern Kirkuk, the Iraqi military command said.

The Popular Mobilization Forces’ media outlet had said earlier on Wednesday that Iraqi forces fully recaptured the town, but a later statement by the Joint Operations Command suggested that the invasion of the town’s center was just beginning. It said army, Federal Police, Rapid Response Forces, and PMF caused “serious losses” for IS militants with the invasion.

JOC field commander, Abdul-Amir Yarallah, said operations have so far seized back 98 villages and left 196 militants dead.

The decisive onslaught came as part of a second stage of operations launched last Friday to seize the town held by Islamic State militants since 2014. The first phase of operations launched on September 24th, and managed to retake eastern Shirqat, an Islamic State haven in neighboring Salahuddin province.

Iraqi military photographer dies in mortar attack

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) A photographer working with Iraq’s military media was killed while covering heightening encounters between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in Hawija, Kirkuk, military media reported.

Hamza al-Abboudi, a photographer with the Defense Ministry’s“War Media Cell”, was killed when Islamic State militants fired a mortar shell on his locations when troops were invading the center of the group’s bastion in southwestern Kirkuk.

Iraqi joint forces invaded central Hawija earlier on Wednesday, having launched a major offensive to retake the strategic haven late September.

Conflicts in Iraq have killed 465 Iraqi journalists in 14 years, the head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, Moayed al-Lami, said on Wednesday.

Seven reporters were killed in Iraq in 2016, out of a total of 57 who were killed in conflict areas across the world, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s 2016 report. In the organization’s press freedom index for 2017, Iraq came in the 158th place globally and 13th among Arab countries.

The Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Iraq as the world’s leading country in terms of impunity regarding journalists’ killing, attributing the fact to the involvement of extremist militias in the murders.
Posted by: badanov || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


1 dead in bombing attack in Saba al-Bur region


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and seven others were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb blast hit an area north of Baghdad, security sources were quoted saying.

Baghdad Today quoted the source saying that an explosive device went off near a popular market in Saba al-Bur region, north of the capital, leaving one dead and seven others injured.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.
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Iraqi army soldiers, allies take back more areas near Hawijah from Daesh
[Iran Press TV] Iraqi army forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have fully liberated more areas near the strategic northern town of Hawijah from the clutches of ISIS bully boys, as they have launched a final assault to retake the terrorists’ last bastion in the country’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.

The commander of the Hawijah liberation operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said on Wednesday that army troops, members of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) and pro-government forces, commonly known by their Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, had freed the villages of al-Maslakha, al-Mullali, al-Sada and al-Fathah, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.

Yarallah added that the troops established complete control over the Makhoul mountain range, fully liberated al-Harrariyat region, and took back the western flank of al-Fathah Bridge.

The high-ranking Iraqi military commander further underlined that Iraqi government soldiers and their allies had accomplished their tasks concerning the liberation of Hawijah, located 45 kilometers west of Kirkuk.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact...
the media bureau of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) stated that a total of 98 villages had been retaken during the second part of the second phase of the Hawijah liberation operation.
Posted by: Fred || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian air forces kill Big Turbans in Idlib
Russia’s Aerospace Forces have critically wounded Nusra Front ’emir’ Abu Mohammad al-Joulani in Syria.

According to reports, Russia’s Aerospace Forces have critically wounded al-Joulani in Syria, and killed 12 field commanders of the terrorist group which controls Idlib Governorate.

“As a result of the strike, Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad Jouliani received multiple heavy fragmentation wounds and, having lost his hand, is in critical condition, according to several independent sources,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday.

“Along with numerous (about 50 people) security guards, 12 field commanders of Jabhat al-Nusra, including the closest aide of Jouliani, were also killed,” he added.

Moscow has been conducting an anti-terrorist operation in Syria since September 30, 2015, at its president’s request.



Source: Sputnik
Posted by: badanov || 10/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed fighting IS in Syria
[FOXNEWS] Leb's murderous Moslem Hezbollah group says one of its top commanders has been killed while fighting 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....
holy warriors in Syria.

The 44-year-old Ali al-Hadi al-Ashiq is the latest fatality for the Shiite group that has fought alongside Syrian government forces in the civil war next door since 2012.

Hezbollah said on Wednesday that he was killed fighting IS in the central desert of Palmyra on Monday.

Hezbollah sent thousands of fighters to Syria, helping government forces in major battlefields victories against armed opposition and Islamic murderous Moslems.

More than 1,000 Hezbollah fighters have been killed there.

Al-Ashiq, also known by his nickname Alhaj Abbas, was among first Hezbollah commanders sent to Syria and he took part in the key battle in al-Qusair, near the Lebanese border.

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Russia says its air strikes wounded al Qaeda leader in Syria
[SFGATE] Russia said Wednesday it carried out air strikes in Syria this week that critically maimed the leader of an al Qaeda-linked group and killed 12 other myrmidon commanders.

There was no immediate comment from fellow Lions of Islam or other Syria monitors on the fate of Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the al Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

Russia has been waging an air campaign in support of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
’s forces since 2015, helping them to make major advances 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....
, al Qaeda-linked bully boyz and mainstream rebels.

Syrian troops are currently closing in on the eastern city of Mayadeen, one of the last major Islamic State strongholds in the country.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian troops and allied snuffies have advanced to about six miles north of Mayadeen. The activist-operated Deir Ezzor24 says dozens of rockets and barrel bombs fell on Mayadeen and surrounding villages on Wednesday.

The Observatory said at least 20 people were killed in air strikes on a village north of Mayadeen, while Deir Ezzor24 said at least 15 were killed. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled Mayadeen and the surrounding areas in the past week.

The Observatory said the government advance has been preceded by a barrage of air strikes, counting over 1,000 since Friday.

Mayadeen has become the main hub for Islamic State myrmidons, including the group’s leaders, as its former strongholds in Raqqa, Deir el-Zour and djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
have come under attack.

U.S-backed Syrian forces and the Russia-backed Syrian military are in a race for control of territory in eastern Syria as they both battle the Lion of Islam group.

Al-Golani’s Levant Liberation Committee controls the northwestern Idlib province, on the other side of the country. The province recently has come under intense aerial attack. Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry front man, announced the wounding of the myrmidon leader.

As with other top murderous Moslem leaders, al-Golani’s death has been falsely reported in the past.

Konashenkov said Russia carried out the air strikes at some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location in Syria on Tuesday after receiving intelligence about an upcoming high-level meeting of the group’s leaders. He said 50 other Lions of Islam who were securing the gathering also were killed.

Syria's militant ex-Qaeda group denies leader injured in Russian strike

[Ynet] Syria's Tahrir al-Sham militant group denied in a statement on social media on Wednesday that its leader had been critically wounded in a Russian air strike and said he was in good health and performing his duties.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it had seriously injured Abu Mohamad al-Golani on Oct. 3 in an intelligence-led special operation while he was meeting his field commanders. Golani headed the Nusra Front, the former al Qaeda affiliate, before it merged with other groups to form Tahrir al-Sham.
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20 die in Russian airstrike in Deir Ezzor
BEIRUT: A Russian air strike killed at least 20 civilians on Wednesday as they tried to cross the Euphrates river to escape fighting in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said children were among those killed as they tried to cross the river aboard rafts, escaping from areas where Russian-backed regime forces are battling the Daesh group.

Two campaigns are being fought against the jihadist group in east Deir Ezzor, with one on the western side of the Euphrates river that slices diagonally across the province led by Syrian troops and backed by ally Russia.

The second is being fought by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, on the eastern bank of the river.

The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used.

The group has reported hundreds of civilians killed in operations against Daesh in Deir Ezzor and neighboring Raqqa province, where the SDF is fighting with US support to capture the former jihadist bastion Raqqa city.

On Tuesday, the Observatory said a US-led coalition strike in Raqqa killed at least 18 civilians.

The coalition says it takes all measures possible to avoid civilian casualties and that it investigates all credible allegations.

Last month, it acknowledged the deaths of over 700 civilians in its strikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

Russia has not acknowledged any civilian deaths in its strikes since its intervened in Syria’s war in 2015 and dismisses the Observatory’s reporting as biased.

The deaths in Deir Ezzor on Wednesday prompted outrage from the opposition Syrian National Coalition which described the incident as a “heinous crime.”

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.
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Syrian regulars launch attack in Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor (Syria News) The Syrian army forces and allied militia carried out, on Wednesday, an offensive on a village, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, Qasioun News reported.

Local sources said that the Syrian army forces, backed up by Russian, carried out an offensive on the Sa’alo village, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The offensive was launched from the outskirt of Mariya village on the Islamic State military headquarters that controls Deir Ezzor – Mayadin highway, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, while resulted in capturing more than 30 Kilometers of the highway.

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes on the cities of Mayadin and Buleel and their outskirts, leaving dozens of civilian casualties.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State has recently retreated, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is considered the largest stronghold of the terrorist group in Syria, after several military operations carried out Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian army forces.

Syrian Army advanced along Mayadin road in Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Army units thwarted on Wednesday an ISIL attack on a military post in the southwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor, in parallel with continued airstrikes in al-Mayadin in the southeastern part of the province.

The army members clashed with the ISIL terrorists who attacked the military post, located in in Kabajib town, killing scores of them and destroying their weapons and munitions, a military source told SANA.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Air Force launched intensive strikes against fortified positions, centers and movements of ISIL terrorists in the villages of Buqrus al-Fouqani, Jadid Ekeidat, al-Bouleil, and al-Mayadin city in the eastern and southeastern countryside of the province.

The source affirmed that a large number of the terrorists were killed and several of their armored vehicles, cars equipped with machineguns, and artillery positions were destroyed in the airstrikes.

In the same context, SANA reporter said the army advanced further on Deir Ezzor-al-Mayadin road, establishing control over new areas after fierce clashes with ISIL.

A number of ISIL terrorists were killed or injured and three vehicles rigged with a large amount of explosive materials and other vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns were destroyed in the course of the army’s advance, according to the reporter.

More terrorists were reported killed as the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL groups, backed by intensive strikes on ISIL positions, in the villages of Khsham, Hatla Fouqani, al-Husseniyeh, Saalo, Islah al-Tibeh, al-Bouleil, and al-Salehiyeh as well as in the cities of Mohassan and al-Mayadin and the neighborhoods of al-Jbeileh, Kanamat, al-Ardi, and Khassarat.

The Syrian Air Force carried out intensive sorties against ISIL gatherings, positions, and vehicle convoys in the eastern countryside of Salamiyeh in Hama province.

A military source told SANA Wednesday that the Syrian Air Force destroyed scores of ISIL vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, and killed a number of ISIL terrorists in intensive airstrikes against their gatherings and positions in the villages of Jib Aeid and al-Maksar al-Janoubi and its surroundings and in the eastern countryside of Salamiyeh.

Source: SANA
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Syrian forces oust Daesh Takfiris from all of Hama province: Monitoring group
[Iran Press TV] A so-called monitoring group says Syrian army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have flushed ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
turbans out of their last positions in the western-central province of Hama as they continue to make territorial gains across the war-ravaged Arab country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that ISIS Death Eaters were no longer present anywhere in the province for the first time in three years.

The observatory's director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said government forces had "managed to take control of all the last remaining villages in the hands of ISIS in Hama province after more than a month of fierce festivities between the two sides."

The Britannia-based monitoring group further noted that more than 400 ISIS turbans and nearly 190 Syrian soldiers and pro-government fighters had been killed in the fighting.
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