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Afghanistan
Taliban’s magnetic bomb expert arrested in Jalalabad city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban fighter expert in making magnetic bombs was tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
by the Afghan intelligence operatives in Jalalabad city, the picturesque provincial capital 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.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the detained bully boy has been identified as Baryalai son of Mohammad Jalat Khan.

The statement further added that Baryalai was expert in making magnetic bombs besides he was conducting other insurgency activities including murders and bombings.

Baryalai was looking to transport 6 magnetic bombs to Jalalabad city to target the civilian and military vehicles when he was arrested from Shah Amanullah town.

According to NDS, the intelligence operatives also confiscated two pistols with silencers from Baryalai.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups including the Taliban bandidos murderous Moslems have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Talibs have stepped up magnetic bombings in key cities of the country, including capital Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
during the recent years.

In majority of such bombings, the ordinary civilians are targeted besides the magnetic bombings claims of the government officials and security personnel.

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#1  pliers, blowtorch, etc.,...
Posted by: Frank G || 01/22/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||


Head of primary military court kidnapped in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The head of the primary military court in Kunduz province was kidnapped by unknown gunnies, local officials said. The incident took place earlier today on Takhar-Kunduz highway.

A security official in Kunduz confirmed that the head of the court was on his way from Takhar to Kunduz when he was kidnapped by unknown gunnies. The official further added that the main motive behind his abduction is not clear yet and a search operation is underway for his release.

No group including the Taliban Lions of Islam has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban Lions of Islam are actively operating in a number of its districts. The Talibs often establish check posts on the main highways connecting Kunduz with the other northern provinces and kidnap passengers on charges of working for the government.

Several kidnapping incidents took place on Takhar-Kunduz highway last year and scores of passengers were kidnapped by the holy warriors.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
the majority of the passengers were released after they were taken by the Talibs for interrogation.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Shaboobs ambush KDF soldiers in Somalia
The Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants have attacked a Kenya Defence Force (KDF) convoy in Gedo region in the south-western Somalia. The Al shabaab fighters were reportedly attacked the KDF convoy at Busar near near the border town of El Wak in Gedo region. Several Kenyan soldiers died in the ambush raid.

Meanwhile, the local residents of Busaar area said they heard gunfire and explosions as the two sides exchanged RPGs and machine guns during the fighting.

There were reports that a number of Al shabaab fighters lost their lives in the attack, which has sparked a deadly exchange of gunfire that broke out following the surprise assault.

Al shabaab said it destroyed a military vehicle in the attack on KDF convoy near El Wak.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
At least two policemen injured in North Sinai clashes: MENA
[AlAhram] At least two coppers were maimed Saturday in festivities between security forces and unknown bandidos turbans in North Sinai, state owned news agency MENA reported, citing security sources.

In press statements, security sources said that festivities erupted in al-Arish and extended to a North Sinai highway, leading to the wounding of several coppers.

According to the sources, a North Sinai security directorate deputy in the investigation department and several conscripts were among those injured.

They were transferred to hospitals to receive medical treatment.

The sources said that the "terrorist elements" opened fire on a police contingent during a security raid, leading to major festivities with heavy gunfire as police forces responded.

Police were combing surrounding areas to arrest the bandidos turbans responsible.

The interior ministry has yet to release a statement on the incident.

The attack comes nearly a week after Egypt’s interior ministry announced it had killed a leading figure in the Sinai based terrorist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis during a raid on a house in the governorate.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has grabbed credit for the majority of attacks against security personnel and installations in the restive North Sinai.

Eight people killed in their home by shell in Egypt's Rafah

[Ynet] Eight people were killed on Saturday after a shell landed on a house in southern Rafah, in the north of Sinai, eye witnesses and medical sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and witnesses and medical sources said the source of the shell was unknown. Rafah is on the border with Gaza.

Egyptian forces have been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula which has gained pace since the military toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest Islamist movement, in 2013
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2017 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Car bomb explodes near Italian embassy in Tripoli
[Libya Observer] A boom-mobile has went kaboom! nearby the Qasir Libya Hotel ‐ al-Dahra, an area close to the Italian embassy in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
A security source said that the man who carried out the blast in al-Dahra neighborhood, Tripoli, parked his car in the middle of the road near the Planning Ministry after he had been chased by the security personnel tasked to secure the Italian embassy.

"He was chased as he was rendered a suspect when he tried to park next to the Italian embassy." The source added.

The Red Islamic Thingy said they recovered two bodies from the went kaboom! car for the driver and his lover companion.

No further details about casualties have been reported yet.

Observers say targeting the Italian embassy days after reopening in Tripoli is a strong message to the Italians to reconsider their political agenda.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


Algeria busts terrorists bunkers, arrests suspected terrorists
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Algerian anti-terrorism troops on Friday discovered a load of war weapons in the province of Tamanrasset, near the Malian border, while a group of six terror-supporting individuals were nabbed
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in the province of corpse-littered Boumerdes, defense ministry said on Saturday.

Army troops deployed near the border with Mali discovered a terror bunker containing 22 war weapons and ammunition, said the ministry. Rocket launchers, machine guns of different calibers, and ammunition were retrieved.

This operation shows the commitment and determination of the People's National Army to secure the border and foil any attempt harming the integrity and security of national territory, the ministry said.

Elsewhere, in the northern province of corpse-littered Boumerdes, 55 km east of Algiers, six individuals were arrested over charges of providing support to terrorist groups.

This operation was conducted by joint security forces, as part of counter-terrorism efforts of army troops, the ministry said.

Located in a region plagued by unprecedented security and political instability, Algeria faces ongoing terrorist threats.

A few faceless myrmidons affiliated to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and recently established 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....
affiliate group of Caliphate Soldiers are still taking refuge in the woods of central provinces, including Bouira, corpse-littered Boumerdes and blood-stained Tizi Ouzou east of Algiers in addition to desert areas near the troubled Libya and Mali.

Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Arabia
Yemeni troops attack Soddy positions in Jawf
[al-Manar] Dozens of Saudi-led mercenaries were killed or wounded when the Yemeni army and popular forces waged an offensive on Saturday against their sites in Khab and Sha’af district of Jawf province, a military official told Saba.

The army and popular forces stormed two locations of the mercenaries in al-Mahashamah area of the district, the official said.

Scores of mercenaries were killed, others injured, and some others captured, as well as two military vehicles were burned during the storming operation, he added.

Yemen has been since March 26, 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.

Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive ex-president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.
Posted by: badanov || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia
[Al Jazeera] Two jacket wallahs have blown themselves up in a confrontation with security forces in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
's second city of Jeddah, local media reported.

Sabq, a news website affiliated with the kingdom's Interior Ministry, reported on Saturday that security officers surrounded a house in Jeddah and exchanged fire with two men, who then detonated explosives that images showed completely destroyed the home.
Ynet adds:
A Saudi man and his Pak wife alleged to have links to the men were locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
, the front man said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Britain
Guantanamo Bay prisoner with 'Al Qaeda links' who wanted to come to Nottingham is now free
[NOTTINGHAMPOST] A Guantanamo Bay prisoner with suspected Al Qaeda links who wanted to join his family in Nottingham is now a free man.

Ravil Mingazov has been released after being imprisoned in the US detention camp at the military prison in Cuba for the past 14 years, and seven months after his release was approved.

The Post reported in July last year that Mr Mingazov, 49, wanted to join his former wife and their teenage son, who live in Nottingham, to "live happily ever after in Sherwood Forest", and his lawyers had made a request to the Home Office.

It is not known whether the ex-wife and son were still living locally.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Europe
Top French jihadist held after return from Syria
[al-Monitor] A high-profile French jihadist was charged with terrorist offences and remanded in jug on Saturday, a day after being transferred to La Belle France from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, where he had turned himself in to authorities.

Kevin Guiavarch, a 24-year-old who converted to Islam 10 years ago, was one of the UN's most wanted jihadists and had been placed on a blacklist in 2014.

Suspected as being one of the major 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 recruiters attracting young French people to join the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq, Guiavarch rubbed shoulders with some of the perpetrators of the November 2015 Gay Paree attacks while living in Raqa, IS's de facto capital.

The former church choirboy, who was raised by a single mother in Brittany, now claims to be "reformed" -- though he has also told French author David Thomson, who wrote a book about returning jihadists, that he left IS because he was afraid of dying.

He spent four years in Syria amongst jihadists, first with former al-Qaeda affiliate the Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
Front, and then IS.

He quit Syria in June 2016 with his four French wives and six children, and went to Turkey where they were all placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
All four wives had already been deported to La Belle France.

Guiavarch, who had been the subject of an international arrest warrant, arrived in the French capital on Friday night before on Saturday being charged with association of a criminal terrorist organization and financing terrorism, the Gay Paree prosecutor said.

French authorities will now try to determine whether Guiavarch is truly reformed or part of a sleeper cell aiming to carry out attacks in La Belle France at a later date.

What to do with returning jihadists -- whether claiming to be reformed or not -- is a major concern for many European countries.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Panic haunts as gunman fires at police in Istanbul
[NEWS.XINHUANET] An unidentified gunman on Saturday shot up police in Istanbul, marking the third armed attack in the city within 24 hours, local media reported.

No causalities were reported at the attack in which the attacker managed to escape after opening fire on a police vehicle in Istanbul's district of Esenyurt, according to CNNTurk.

The attacker remained on the lam leaving his gun and a bag containing hand grenades behind after police returned fire, CNNTurk added.

In the meantime, a truck, which supposedly has a brake failure, caused panic at the city's main police headquarters where the police opened fire into the air after the truck has not stopped at the security check point, press reports said.

Police detained two suspects in front of the headquarters in relation with the incident, according to private Dogan news agency.

On Friday evening, unidentified gunnies attacked Istanbul police headquarters and a building of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) with flame throwers, causing no causalities.

According to press reports, police detained another five suspects in operations conducted in 15 addresses in the city over their links to the attacks.

Turkish police on Wednesday detained 27 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) suspects in northwestern city of Bursa over their links to the shooting attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, local media reported.

A gunman, identified as Abdulgadir Masharipov, a Uzbek national, rubbed out 39 people and injured 69 others in Istanbul's Reina nightclub early on New Year's Day.

He was captured on Monday night after 17 days on the loose. The IS has grabbed credit for the mass shooting.

According to Masharipov, the IS gave him 197,000 U.S. dollars after the attack for him to flee to Raqqa, an IS stronghold in Syria, CNNTurk said.

Istanbul has been hit by a series of deadly attacks over the past year.
Al Ahram adds:
Turkish authorities have identified one of the assailants responsible for Friday's attacks as a member of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), the broadcaster NTV reported on Saturday. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for either attack. Operations were under way to capture both suspects, Dogan and NTV reported.
And from An Nahar:
Authorities suggested the outlawed ultra-leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) could be to blame.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said there was speculation that a "leftist terror group" was the culprit but said it was not clear which one, referring to the DHKP-C and another.

In recent years, there have been sporadic attacks by turbans from the DHKP-C, which seeks a Marxist revolution in Turkey and espouses a fiercely anti-Western agenda.
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India-Pakistan
Pakistani Taliban Claim Deadly Market Bombing
[NYTIMES] A bombing killed at least 20 people on Saturday during an auction at a vegetable market in a mostly Shiite town in northwestern Pakistain, ending a long lull in holy warrior violence there, officials said.At least 43 people were maimed in the morning bombing in Parachinar, capital of the Kurram tribal region, which borders Afghanistan.

The Pak Taliban grabbed credit for the attack."I was in my shop when a deafening blast shook the market," a Parachinar resident, Hussain Ali Tori, said by telephone.

"I have seen dozens of shattered bodies lying on the ground. Some were dead, and many were crying for help."A Taliban front man, Muhammad Khurasani, said a jacket wallah had carried out the attack, but a Kurram official, Nasrullah Khan, said the bomb appeared to have been planted in a crate.

"The place is always crowded," said Mr. Khan, a deputy administrator.Parachinar has been a center of resistance to the Taliban, specifically the Haqqani network, which is one of the movement’s most violent factions, and it has been the site of numerous bombings in the past. But there had been none since December 2015, when another market bombing killed 23 people.

More: Dozens killed in Pakistan market blast; Taliban, LeJ claim hand

An kaboom in a busy vegetable market killed at least 21 people on Saturday in Pakistain's remote northwestern tribal region, an official said, in an attack jointly claimed by the Pak Taliban and a branch of the sectarian Lion of Islam group 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 ...
About 40 others were maimed in the blast in Kurram region, near the border with Afghanistan, said Sajid Hussain Turi, member of the National Assembly from the region.

"We received 21 bodies of the local tribal people killed in the blast," Turi said, adding that there would be a mass funeral followed by a demonstration over the attack.

Spokesmen for the Pak Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami said the two groups coordinated the attack together.

Mohammad Khurassani, a front man for the Mehsud faction of the Pak Taliban, said the attack was to avenge Tuesday's killing of the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Asif Chotoo, by police in the eastern province of Punjab.

Ali bin Sufyan, front man for LeJ's Al Alami faction, told Rooters his group had coordinated the attack with the Pak Taliban. The Al Alami gunnies in the past have claimed to have coordinated attacks with Middle East-based 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....
's branch in Pakistain, including the November bombing of a Moslem shrine that killed 52 people, but the group also allies with the Taliban.

Reports differed on the cause of the kaboom.

Turi said a homemade bomb had been planted in a pile of tomatoes and went kaboom! as people gathered in the market in Parachinar, Kurram's main town, early on Saturday morning.

Talibs have been active around Parachinar in the past, ad the town has also suffered sectarian tension between Sunni and Shi'ite Moslems.

Another Kurram official, Sabzali Khan, said early reports had suggested that a jacket wallah was responsible for the blast.

An eyewitness, Ashiq Hussain, said he saw bodies strewn around the market and maimed people crying out for help.

"There was no ambulance, and people had to carry the injured in cars and private pickup trucks to the hospital," Hussain told Rooters.

A statement from Pakistain's military said army helicopters had been dispatched to evacuate the maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Iraq
5 ISIS troops die in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Salahuddin Province revealed that five members of the Islamic State were killed in a proactive operation, east of the province, Alsumaria News reported on Saturday.

“Today, security forces, backed by Army Aviation, dismantles a vehicle carrying weapons and explosives belonging to the Islamic State, north of Mutaibaja area, east of Salahuddin,” the source told Alsumaria News.

“The operation also resulted in the killing of five members of the Islamic State group,” the source added.
Posted by: badanov || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Security forces detain 7 in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Diyala Police Command announced on Saturday conducting several security operations and arresting seven persons wanted on criminal and terrorism charges in different areas of the province.

The Command said in a press statement, “Security forces from Diyala police, emergency regiments and Diyala Intelligence detachments carried out, at noon today, security operations in different areas in Baqubah, al-Wajihiyah, Hamrin and Habhab, resulting in the capture of seven persons wanted on criminal and terrorism charges.”

“The operations were carried out based on accurate intelligence information and arrest warrants issued by the concerned courts,” the statement explained.

“The arrested persons were transferred to a security center for interrogation,” the statement further added.

Large areas of Diyala province were occupied by the Islamic State, then liberated by security forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi.
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Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi forces capture 2 more Mosul districts

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces recaptured on Saturday two of a handful of remaining districts in Islamic State grip in northeastern Mosul, becoming so close to announcing a total liberation of the eastern section of the city from the group.

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Joint Operations Command in Nineveh, said the troops recaptured al-Arabi district and al-Qawsiyat village, and became closer to al-Rashidiya, another neighborhood.

Meanwhile, a local source in Nineveh told Alsumaria News that the bodies of seven Islamic State militants were found floating above the Tigris River. He said the dead fighters were swimming across the river over the past few days to escape battles with government forces in the east to the western bank, where the extremist group still predominates. He said the group was still searching for other missing corpses.

Earlier on Thursday, a spokesperson of the US-led coalition against IS, John Dorrian, said aerial bombardment destroyed 90 boats used by the militants to cross from the east to the west of the city.

Iraqi forces, backed by popular militias and US-led international advisers and troops, have entered a third month of operations to retake Mosul, the last outstanding IS stronghold in Iraq which fell to the group in 2014.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the basic military plan for Mosul’s liberation had been completed “in most combat axes” with the recapture of central Mosul, adding that operations continue to liberate “a few other regions” in the north of the city.

Commanders from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces said in a press conference on the same day they had retaken all districts assigned to them in eastern Mosul, killing 3300 militants since operations launched.

After getting finished with eastern Mosul, Iraqi generals plan to advance to the western region of the city beyond the Tigris River, where Islamic State still predominates a majority of territory.

Airstrikes hit 90 ISIS boats

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The US-led international coalition announced on Saturday destructing 90 boats and three ships belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul.

The spokesman for the Joint Task Force, Colonel John Dorian said in a press statement, “We thought terminating the members and leaders of the Islamic State is hard.”

“These boats were used to transport the Islamic State’s members from eastern Mosul to its Western side, to flee from Iraqi security forces,” Dorian added.

Nineveh Province is witnessing wide-scale military operations to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State’s grip that captured the city in June 2014.

Iraqi airstrikes hit western Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqi News) Iraqi fighter jets bombarded a number of neighborhoods held by Islamic State militants in western Mosul on Saturday, two days after government forces became a few districts away from totally recapturing the eastern section.

A source at Nineveh operations told London-based The New Arab newspaper that the airstrikes also killed a number of militants who were escaping the eastern regions to the west on nine boats via the Tigris River.

The source said battles between government forces and the extremist group still continue at the districts of Rashidiya, Baisan and al-Qawsiyat in the northeast, which he said were the last Islamic State hideouts in the east.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the basic military plan for Mosul’s liberation had been completed “in most combat axes” with the recapture of central Mosul, adding that operations continue to liberate the Ghabat and Presidential Palaces area besides “a few other regions” in the north of the city.

Commanders from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces said in a press conference on the same day they had retaken all districts assigned to them in eastern Mosul, killing 3300 militants since operations launched in October 2016.

After getting finished with eastern Mosul, Iraqi generals plan to advance to the western region of the city beyond the Tigris River, where Islamic State still predominates a majority of territory.

The campaign to retake Mosul has entered its third month, with Iraqi government forces backed by U.S.-led international coalition fighter jets as well as popular militias.
Posted by: badanov || 01/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antix


Air strike destroys ISIS munitions cache
Oooohhh, secondaries!
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Joint Operations Command’s War Media Cell announced on Saturday, that a large cache of weapons belonging to the Islamic State group was destructed by an air strike, west of Anbar.

The Cell said in a brief statement, “Iraqi Air Force carried out an air strike, based on information obtained from the National Security Service, destroying a large cache of weapons and equipment belonging to the Islamic State in al-Rumeiya area in Qaim District, west of Anbar.”

Noteworthy, Islamic State group captured the western areas of Anbar Province in mid-2014, while Iraqi security forces continued their preparations to liberate these areas and cities few weeks ago.

Kop wounded in IRD attack in Hasiba

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi policeman survived an explosive device blast in Anbar on Saturday, a security source has said.

“The IED placed under a car belonging to a police captain at Anbar police exploded this morning at the region of Hasiba, east of Ramadi, leaving only material damages,” the source told Alsumaria News.

Islamic State militants, who took large areas of Iraq in 2014 to establish a so-called “Islamic Caliphate” have stepped up attacks in the past few months outside Mosul, the group’s largest bastion in Iraq where a three-month-old security campaign has driven the group out of a half of the city.

Four army personnel were killed on Friday when Islamic State militants attacked their patrol on a road between Ramadi and Rutba.

The Iraqi army command in Anbar declared on the 5th of January the start of operations to retake western Anbar regions, close to the borders with Syria, from militants. The operations lasted for a few days, recapturing a few villages, before halting again. Observes see confusion regarding readiness to launch operations in the province, pointing out to the fact that the start of the security offensive was not officially declared by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as was the case with Mosul, where government forces have entered a third month of battles with the group.

Security sources said a week earlier that the government had decided to halt battles in Anbar until the end of operations in Mosul. The replacement of the army’s operations commander in Anbar, Ismail al-Mahallawi, cast more doubts on the reason behind the halt.

1 dead in bomb attack in al-Karma

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and 20 others were wounded on Saturday when a bomb blast hit al-Karma region, east of Ramadi, Anbar.

Aref al-Jumaili, a member of al-Karma’s council board, said the IED exploded inside a tribal guesthouse. He said the casualties included a brigadier at the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), the militias fighting Islamic State militants on the side of the Iraqi government.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Islamic State militants, who took large areas of Iraq in 2014 to establish a so-called “Islamic Caliphate”, have stepped up attacks in the past few months outside Mosul, the group’s largest bastion in Iraq where a three-month-old security campaign has driven the group out of a half of the city.

The Iraqi army command in Anbar declared on the 5th of January the start of operations to retake western Anbar regions, close to the borders with Syria, from militants. The operations lasted for a few days, recapturing a few villages, before halting again. Observes see confusion regarding readiness to launch operations in the province, pointing out to the fact that the start of the security offensive was not officially declared by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as was the case with Mosul, where government forces have entered a third month of battles with the group.

Security sources said a week earlier that the government had decided to halt battles in Anbar until the end of operations in Mosul. The replacement of the army’s operations commander in Anbar, Ismail al-Mahallawi, cast more doubts on the reason behind the halt.
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Coalition warplanes take out Islamic State fleet in Mosul
[USATODAY] U.S.-led coalition warplanes successfully targeted a flotilla of 90 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....
boats being used by the forces of Evil to cross the Tigris River in a desperate effort to escape fighting in eastern djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the U.S. military announced Saturday.

The Arclight airstrikes occurred as coalition-backed security forces seized the eastern portion of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and began preparations for clearing the western side of the city. The city is divided by the Tigris River.

The strikes targeted 90 boats and three barges between Wednesday and Friday, the coalition said in a statement. Most were being used by the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIS, to escape from the eastern part of the city, which has been secured by Iraqi forces in recent days. Since the Mosul operation began in October, the coalition has hit 112 watercraft on the Tigris River in Mosul.

"We believe this was a desperate attempt to retrograde ISIS fighters now that the Iraqi security forces own the eastern bank of every bridge in Mosul," Col. John Dorrian, a coalition front man, said in the statement.

U.S.-coalition aircraft earlier disabled five bridges that cross the Tigris River in an effort to prevent forces of Evil from sending fighters and boom-mobiles across the river to attack Iraqi forces as they fought through the eastern part of the city.

U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces are now preparing to retake the western part of the city, a densely populated area with thousands of civilians. Iraqi forces are holding the eastern part of the city as additional forces press in from the north and south.

The Mosul offensive was launched three months ago in an effort to recapture the Islamic State’s remaining stronghold in Iraq. A U.S.-backed force of about 45,000 Arabs and Kurds is simultaneously closing in on Raqqa, the Islamic State’s defacto capital in neighboring Syria.

It is not clear how many forces of Evil were killed in the strikes, but the coalition wants to prevent fighters from escaping Mosul and fleeing to Raqqa.

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Iraqi forces continue fighting at last IS strongholds in eastern Mosul
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Iraqi security forces on Saturday continued fierce festivities to drive out the Lions of Islam of the hard boy 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) group from their last strongholds in the northern outskirts of the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the Iraqi military said.

The army soldiers, backed by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft, took full control of al-Arabi neighborhood after heavy festivities with IS Lions of Islam and raised the Iraqi flags on some of its buildings, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.

The festivities resulted in the killing of 27 IS Lions of Islam and the destruction of a tank at the adjacent IS-held neighborhood of al-Rashidiyah, which became the last neighborhood under control of the hard boy group, the statement said.

Also in the day, the soldiers recaptured al-Qowsiyat village in north of Rashidiyah after heavy festivities with IS Lions of Islam and Arclight airstrikes on their positions, leaving some 40 Lions of Islam killed and four boom-mobiles destroyed, the statement added.

In central Mosul, the commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) continued their operations to clear the neighborhoods and areas freed recently from IS Lions of Islam after the elite troops fulfilled their mission by recapturing the whole central part of the eastern side of the city, locally known as the left bank the Tigris River which bisects Mosul, according to the statement.

The commander of the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces said on Wednesday that CTS troops are now in full control of the main part of the eastern side of Mosul.

"CTS forces have completely retaken control of the eastern side of Mosul," Lt. Gen. Talib Shghati told news hounds.

"The only neighborhoods left in Mosul are in the northern part of the city which the army units are fighting to liberate soon," Shghati said, adding that Mosul's five bridges over the Tigris river are all under security forces' control.
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Iraq recovers 89 bodies of IS-executed soldiers at mass grave
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Iraqi authorities found Saturday the remains of some 89 bodies believed to be for soldiers of Speicher Camp who were executed by 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) bandidos hard boyz when the group seized Tikrit in June 2014, a provincial security source said.

A joint committee from the security authority, forensic team and the Iraqi High Commission of Human Rights (IHCHR) arrived to the site of the mass grave at one of the former presidential palaces in central Tikrit, and began to exhume the decomposed bodies, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The latest discovery of the bodies was based on information extracted during interrogation of IS detainees who were captured earlier by the security forces, the source said.

The victims were believed to be among 1,700 soldiers who walked out of an airbase, known as Camp Speicher, north of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, but were kidnapped and then killed by IS bandidos hard boyz and some Sunni rustics.

In June 2014, armed Sunni bully boys, spearheaded by the IS group, an al-Qaeda offshoot, launched a surprise offensive on Iraqi security forces and captured a large part of the country's northern and western territories after government troops abandoned their posts and military equipment.

The IS group later posted video footage and images showing the execution of Iraqi government soldiers.

After Iraqi security forces recaptured Tikrit from IS bandidos hard boyz in April 2015, authorities, including forensic teams, worked at several mass graves sites and unearthed hundreds of bodies, many in military uniforms or with military identity cards.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Source: Hamas Arrests 22 Defectors En Route To Join Islamic State
[Breitbart] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, forces have jugged
Please don't kill me!
22 members of its military wing en route to join Welayat Sinai,
...previously known as Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, currently affiliated with ISIS, before that pledging their blood and their lives to Al Qaeda...
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....
affiliate in the Egyptian peninsula, a top official in Gazoo told Breitbart Jerusalem.

Eighteen turbans, two of them senior operatives, were arrested in the city of Rafah, near the Egyptian border. Another four, one of them a senior turban, were arrested in Gazoo City and its environs. They were all interrogated by Hamas police.

The official said that Hamas set up an "ideological watchdog" in the wake of growing sympathies for radical jihadism among its members, especially the group’s so-called military wing.

Suspected IS loyalists are turned over to Hamas "reeducation committees," while more senior members are first arrested and interrogated, then assessed by the committees and eventually "pardoned," the official said.

IS, for its part, has started turning to disgruntled Hamas activists as a recruitment source. The organization is targeting them on social media, as well as publishing names and pictures of former Hamas members who were killed in action in Sinai in a bid to embarrass the Egyptian government.

Since last year, dozens of Hamas turbans, including several very senior ones, have defected to join IS ranks.

Hamas retaliated by arresting hundreds of IS loyalists in Gazoo. The arrests involved at least one exchange of gunfire.

Asked for comment on the arrests, Iyad Albuzum, a spokesperson for Hamas’ Interior Ministry, told Breitbart Jerusalem he could not provide details about actions taken by the security services.
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Deadly bomb blast hits Rakban refugee camp near Jordan
[Al Jazeera] A kaboom struck the Rakban camp for displaced people in Syria near the border with Jordan on Saturday, causing injuries and deaths, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor.

The camp is home to displaced civilians and to rebel groups that fight both 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...
and 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 (ISIS, also known as ISIS) gang, and was targeted by bombings last year.

Jordan's official Petra news agency, citing a military source, confirmed that an kaboom went off inside the camp.

Syrian local media said the blast was caused by a boom-mobile and caused deaths and injuries.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Before Leaving WH Obama Bombs CIA-Vetted Syrian Rebels Embedded with Al-Qaeda
[PJ] If one event can symbolize the incoherence of the Obama administration's support for the so-called "vetted moderate" rebels in Syria, it would be one of Obama's last acts in his last full day in office.

On Friday the Pentagon reported that they had struck a terror training camp near Idlib, killing more than one hundred Al-Qaeda terrorists.

The wrinkle is that several members of a group that had previously been backed by the CIA and received TOW missiles as part of an Obama administration program--and were at the camp and embedded with Al-Qaeda--were also killed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/22/2017 01:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mines, booby traps and trail ambushes are also effective anti-tracking techniques.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/22/2017 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Everything that man touched turned to $hit.
Posted by: gorb || 01/22/2017 2:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Let Allan sort them out.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/22/2017 5:35 Comments || Top||

#4  if they want sharia

then they are the enemy

simples
Posted by: anon1 || 01/22/2017 7:01 Comments || Top||

#5  "ALL Vietnamese are enemy."

~ Cambodian mercenary to SF team chief attempting to explain rules of engagement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/22/2017 7:21 Comments || Top||

#6  mmm i don't think Assad wants sharia, therefore Assad is not the enemy
Posted by: anon1 || 01/22/2017 7:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Assad did not want sharia, therefore he WAS the enemy to Obean and Jarrett.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/22/2017 8:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Wasn't that long ago Obama was trying to ship arms to Syrian rebels embedded with AQ. Smartest man in the room. /sarc
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/22/2017 8:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Wasn't that long ago Obama was trying to ship arms to Syrian rebels embedded with AQ. Smartest man in the room. /sarc
Posted by Procopius2k


Brennan and Champ are all finished with them now. No sense leaving the 'hit men' standing, and what's do be done with all of that gear. Dead men tell no tales, and all of that.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/22/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Clean-up in Idlib.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/22/2017 10:45 Comments || Top||

#11  He treats friends like crap, and enemies like friends, so if you're an enemy, you're only two steps from being treated like crap.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/22/2017 13:23 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army Advances in Deir Ezzor
[al-Manar] Syrian Army soldiers continued to attack ISIL’s positions near T4 military airport in Eastern Homs, capturing more key heights with the aerial back up of the country’s warplanes.

An army unit killed a number of al-Nusra Front terrorists and destroyed a vehicle for them in the northern countryside of Homs Province.
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Lebanon foils bomber in busy Beirut district
[al-Monitor] Lebanese soldiers arrested a would-be suicide bomber inside a crowded cafe in one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the capital Beirut on Saturday night, security sources told AFP.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a man wearing an explosive bomb belt had been detained by authorities after entering a coffee shop in the upscale Hamra neighbourhood in west Beirut.

The cafe is on the main street of the bustling area, and was filled with people socialising on a weekend evening when the arrest occurred around 2100 GMT.

The sources said the man was being followed by security forces, who have stepped up foot patrols in the neighborhood in recent weeks. The man was injured during the arrest, with several soldiers holding him down to ensure he was not able to detonate the belt, one security source said. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before interrogation, the sources added.

Lebanon has been hit by a string of bomb attacks in recent years, with some linked to the ongoing war in neighbouring Syria. Some of the deadliest blasts have targeted neighbourhoods sympathetic to the powerful Shiite Hezbollah movement, which is fighting alongside Syria's government against an uprising. The casualties in the blasts have been almost exclusively civilians.

The Hamra neighbourhood, a district known for shopping and nightlife, has not previously been hit by an attack.

But in June 2016, the army said it had arrested jihadists from the Islamic State group planning attacks against busy areas, including Hamra. An AFP correspondent in Hamra said a heavy security presence remained in place with the cafe and several nearby restaurants closing after the incident.

But residents could still be seen on the street, which was reopened to traffic around an hour after the arrest.
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Hezbollah targets Daesh post along Lebanon's northeastern border
[Iran Press TV] Fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement have targeted a gathering of the 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...
ISIS terrorist group in northeastern Leb, killing and wounding a number of them.

The media bureau of Hezbollah Operations Command announced in a statement on Friday that resistance fighters struck the murderous Moslems’ position in the Wadi al-Sahrij region of Ras Baalbek village in the northern Beqaa Valley with a rocket, Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported.

On November 21, 2016, Hezbollah fighters targeted holy warriors belonging to the Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
group on the outskirts of the eastern border village of Tfail, inflicting casualties on the Takfiris.

Lebanese resistance fighters struck a ISIS inspection post in Zeituniya area on the outskirts of the border al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek villages on June 16, causing casualties among the ranks of murderous Moslems.

In August 2014, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
, formerly known as al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, and ISIS terrorist groups overran the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, killing a number of Lebanese forces. They took 30 soldiers hostage, most of whom have been released.

Since then, Hezbollah and the Lebanese military have been defending Leb on the country’s northeastern frontier against foreign-backed terrorist groups from neighboring Syria.

Hezbollah fighters have fended off several ISIS attacks inside Leb. They have also been providing assistance to Syrian army forces to counter the ongoing foreign-sponsored militancy.

The movement has accused Israel of supporting Takfiri faceless myrmidons operating in the Middle East.

Israel, which continues to occupy Leb’s Shebaa Farms and Syria’s Golan Heights, is widely reported to be offering medical help to Takfiri faceless myrmidons injured in Syria. In December 2015, British newspaper the Daily Mail said Israel had saved the lives of more than 2,000 Takfiri holy warriors since 2013.
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#1  "In December 2015, British newspaper the Daily Mail said Israel had saved the lives of more than 2,000 Takfiri holy warriors since 2013"

actually the 2000 figure is total number treated which is mostly civilians but also includes combatants some of whom are probably ISIS sympathizers-- typical presstv misstatement
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Hezbollah, Syrian Special Forces arrive in southeast Aleppo to lead military operations
[ALMASDARNEWS] A large gorup comprised of Hezbollah and Syrian special forces arrived in the Khanasser Plain on Saturday to lead the military operations 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....
(ISIS) turbans near the al-Raqqa Governorate border.

The Syrian special forces were comprised of several units from the army's Elite Republican Guard that were originally deployed to Aleppo city to participate in the bustling provincial capital's offensive.

Once Jaish al-Fateh
...Army of Conquest coalition includes Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra, Fath al-Sham, Ihyaa al-Jihad Brigade, Mujhedi Nawa, Asoud al-Tahid Brigade, Ansar al-Haqa Brigade and the Islamic brigade of al-Omarein, of which three are affialiated with al-Qaeda. It is or has been supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey...
(Army of Conquest) and their allies surrendered the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, the Elite Republican Guard units were free to be redeoployed to another front in northern Syria.

AL-Masdar cannot confirm where the Hezbollah forces came from; however, they most likely redeployed from the southern countryside of Aleppo, where they were preparing a large-scale offensive against Jaish al-Fateh near Khan Touman.

The purpose of this Khanasser Plain offensive is to reach the nearby Maskanah Plain, which is the gateway to the al-Raqqa Governorate's western countryside.
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ISIS releases photos of Turkish Army losses in east Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) foiled a massive assault by the Turkish Armed Forces in the Al-Bab countryside on Friday, putting a temporary end to their military operations in east Aleppo.

ISIS showed off photos of this failed Turkish Army assault on Friday, posting pictures of destroyed Leopard tanks and other armored vehicles near the town of Al-Sulfaniyah in eastern Al-Bab.

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#1  Gonna take a while for the "New Turkish Army" to learn this schtuff.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/22/2017 10:48 Comments || Top||


ISIS launches powerful night assault to seize Deir Ezzor Airport
[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....
(ISIS) launched a powerful assault last night in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, targeting the strategic military airport under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

ISIS stormed the military airport at 9:30 P.M. (Damascus Time) last night, striking the southern flank of this installation from their positions at the rocket battalion base.

In response to the Islamic State offensive last night, the Russian and Syrian air forces stepped up their attacks over Deir Ezzor, launching over 40 Arclight airstrikes against terrorist targets in this desert province.

No gains were reported by either side last night, despite the intensity of the Islamic State attack on the military airport.

The Islamic State launched this offensive at the military airport after they foiled the large-scale advance by the Syrian Arab Army in the Panorama and cemetery areas.
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Several citizens arrested by Jaysh Al-Islam for allegedly planning to reconcile with government
[ALMASDARNEWS] Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
(Army of Islam) bandidos holy warriors tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
several citizens in the east Qalamoun area of rural Damascus on Friday after accusing them of planning to reconcile with the government.

Residents of al-Rahibah were rounded up by members of Jaish al-Islam on Friday and accused of attempting to reconcile the village, despite the Islamist rebel groups refusal to do so.

Recently, a group of Salafist tough guys turned in their weapons to the Syrian Arab Army in the east Qalamoun area as part of a peace deal that would allow the bandidos holy warriors to seek amnesty.

In response to the surrender of several rebels this week, Jaish al-Islam has begun arresting anyone suspected of attempting to reconcile with the government.

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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS executioner kidnapped in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Unknown gunmen kidnapped on Saturday a leading member of the Islamic State at the center of the town of Hawija, one of the remaining IS pockets in the province.

News reports quoted the sources as saying that the armed group, boarding a civilian vehicle, kidnapped the militant, nicknamed Abu Tayba al-Anbari, who oversaw a series of executions of prisoners held by the group on Friday in Hawija.

Several instances of Islamic State members assassinations have been reported in some group strongholds in Iraq over the past few weeks.

The group took over several Iraqi cities in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”, but a major campaign since October, carried out by Iraqi security forces and popular militias, and backed by US-led advisers and troops, has forced the group to cede much territory, most notably the city of Mosul, its last urban stronghold in Iraq and its previously-proclaimed capital. Nearly 3300 group members were killed since operations launched, according to Iraqi army commanders.

The group has tried to make up for losses and to distract security forces with attacks on civilians and troops at other provinces, especially in Baghdad, Anbar and Salahuddin.

ISIS using murals to stoke sectarian tensions in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have begun attempts to stoke sectarian tensions in western Mosul with abusive wall paintings, a local source in Nineveh has said.

The group is trying to induce a state of chaos in the city of Tal Afar before Iraqi government forces begin operations to recapture the group’s stronghold in Mosul’s west, the source told Alsumaria News. Some of the walls in Tal Afar are bearing sectarian phrases, the source added.

“Daesh (Islamic State) have accused whom they called security collaborators of being behind those sectarian murals in an obvious attempt to deceive the public,” said the source. He stressed that citizens had not been taken in by the attempt, especially as some had seen IS members painting them overnight.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the basic military plan for Mosul’s liberation had been completed “in most combat axes” with the recapture of central Mosul, adding that operations continue to liberate “a few other regions” in the north of the city.

Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces hav said they had retaken all districts assigned to them in eastern Mosul, killing 3300 militants since operations launched in October 2016.

After getting finished with eastern Mosul, Iraqi generals plan to advance to the western region of the city beyond the Tigris River, where Islamic State still predominates a majority of territory.

The campaign to retake Mosul has entered its third month, with Iraqi government forces backed by U.S.-led international coalition fighter jets as well as popular militias.

ISIS destroys Mosul hotel, killing 12

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State members on Saturday blew up Mosul’s second biggest hotel in the city’s western section, while 12 militants were killed in security offensives in the northeast.

A security source was quoted by Mawazin News Agency as saying that the city’s second biggest, 236-room Mosul Hotel was blown up by militants, but did not explain the extent of the damage from the explosion. He said IS members filled the building with TNT barrels.

The city’s biggest hotel, Nineveh Oberoi, a 262-room facility, was blown up by the group in October, but was recaptured last week by security forces.

In the eastern section, where government joint forces are a few districts away from announcing a total recapture of that region, Walid Khalifa Majid, a Brigadier-General at the army’s 9th division, said troops killed 12 IS members in Alam Louk village. He said troops proceeded towards al-Qawsiyat area in the north, one of the last few remaining regions held by the extremist group in eastern Mosul.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the basic military plan for Mosul’s liberation had been completed “in most combat axes” with the recapture of central Mosul, adding that operations continue to liberate “a few other regions” in the north of the city.

Commanders from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces said in a press conference on the same day they had retaken all districts assigned to them in eastern Mosul, killing 3300 militants since operations launched in October 2016.

After getting finished with eastern Mosul, Iraqi generals plan to advance to the western region of the city beyond the Tigris River, where Islamic State still predominates a majority of territory.

The campaign to retake Mosul has entered its third month, with Iraqi government forces backed by U.S.-led international coalition fighter jets as well as popular militias.

Iraqi forces find mass grave in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi authorities announced on Saturday discovering a mass grave containing bodies of 89 victims of Camp Speicher massacre that were executed by the Islamic State, after capturing the city of Tikrit in June 2014.

A source in Salahuddin Police Command told the Chinese Agency ‘Xinhua’ that security forces received information, obtained from the detained members of the Islamic State, indicating to the presence of a mass grave in the presidential palaces area in central Tikrit, containing remains of Camp Speicher’s victims.

“A specialized committee of the Ministry of Health and Human Rights Watch examined the grave, and exhumed 89 bodies of Camp Speicher’s victims,” the source added.

The source also revealed that the bodies will be sent to the forensic medicine department, in order to identify the identities of bodies.

After capturing the city of Tikrit in June 2014, Islamic State group executed more than 1700 Iraqi soldiers in Camp Speicher base, northwest of Tikrit, then threw dozens of the bodies in the Tigris River and buried hundreds in mass graves.

ISIS executioner dies in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A senior leader of Islamic State was gunned down by unknown attackers in western Mosul on Saturday, according to a a security source.

The militant, nicknamed “Abu Abdulrahman”, a Saudi national, was shot at by unknown gunmen in al-Askari district, the source said in a press statement.

He was responsible for executions of females in that region, according to the source.

Islamic State militants still control most of the western section of Mosul, and are almost driven out from the east as Iraqi government forces have become a few districts away from declaring eastern Mosul IS-free.

Iraqi forces, backed by popular militias and US-led international advisers and troops, have entered a third month of operations to retake Mosul, the last outstanding IS stronghold in Iraq which fell to the group in 2014.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the basic military plan for Mosul’s liberation had been completed “in most combat axes” with the recapture of central Mosul, adding that operations continue to liberate “a few other regions” in the north of the city.

Commanders from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces said in a press conference on the same day they had retaken all districts assigned to them in eastern Mosul, killing 3300 militants since operations launched.

After getting finished with eastern Mosul, Iraqi generals plan to advance to the western region of the city beyond the Tigris River, where Islamic State still predominates a majority of territory.

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