[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have tossed in the slammer Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! two Taliban holy warriors in northeastern Badakhshan province who are unable to recite Kalima.
According to the local security officials, the two holy warriors were arrested during an operation in this province.
The provincial poilce chief Gen. Abdul Qadir Sayyad confirmed that the two holy warriors were arrested during an operation and said they were unable to recite Kalima.
A video of the two holy warriors were also widely shared on social media networks in Afghanistan.
The social media users condemned the group for their so-called holy war in the country and being involved in human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. violations as their holy warriors are illiterate and have no knowledge of the principles of Islam.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.
[Libya Herald] Libya Dawn ...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar... troops, under the name Operation Sunrise, say they have have made "a strategic retreat" of a few kilometres to protect the oil facilities from being bombed by opposition forces.
"The troops reached Sirte and then carried on to Sidra where they reached the gates of the port, but they have now retreated two to three kilometres because they were concerned that the oil export terminal could be bombed," head of the Army Operations Room Mohammed Al-Ajtal said today. "They want to complete this operation peacefully, although if this fails, they are prepared to fight."
He said that the forces taking part in Operation Shorook (Sunrise) were authorised to free the oil ports and stand against any forces that tried to stop their mission.
With reference to Ibrahim Jadhran ‐ erstwhile federalist champion and a leader of the Petroleum Facilities Guard tasked with guarding Libya's oil installations ‐ he said: "Jadhran and his militias wanted to steal and smuggle oil and tried to sell it outside the authority of the National Oil Corporation (NOC). He might be with Hafter but both are criminals fighting against the legitimate authority."
The "legitimate authority" to which he referred was the 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... -based administration of Omar Al-Hassi and the General National Congress (GNC).
The next stages of the offensive would depend on the circumstances on the ground, Ajtal said. "We are waiting to sort out a peaceful method but we are ready for anything," he said, claiming that many Libya Dawn troops were now heading to Sidra to support Operation Sunrise.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Militants, who have seemingly joined 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) claimed twin murders of secular politicians in 2013, in a video that has gone viral on social media sites on Thursday.
"Yes, tyrants, we're the ones who killed Chokri Belaid and Mohammed Brahmi," Abou Mouqatel, a Lion of Islam wanted by the authorities for their murders, said in the video in which he appeared with several others.
It was not clear where the video was filmed but Abou Mouqatel claimed they were in an area under the control of ISIS, which now controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq.
"We are going to come back and kill several of you. You will not have a quiet life until Tunisia implements Islamic law," added the Lion of Islam, whose real name is Abou Bakr al-Hakim.
It was not clear where the video was filmed but Abou Mouqatel claimed they were in an area under the control of ISIS, which now controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq.
Belaid was killed on Feb. 6 last year, while Brahmi was murdered on July 25, in twin attacks blamed by the authorities on the bully boyAnsar al-Sharia ...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet... group that had not previously been claimed.
The killing of Belaid triggered deadly protests and a political crisis that brought down Islamist prime minister Hamadi Jebali.
The murder of Brahmi intensified the crisis, and threatened to derail Tunisia's post-Arab Spring transition until a compromise government was formed in January this year.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Islamist call for author Kamel Daoud to be condemned to death for alleged apostasy has stirred outrage in Algeria, reviving dark memories of the country's brutal civil war.
Salafist activist Abdelfatah Hamadache Ziraoui has called on his Facebook page for authorities to impose the death penalty against the author and to execute him in public.
The call came after Daoud, in an appearance on French television, criticized the relationship between Moslems and their religion.
Ziraoui, who campaigns for bans on alcohol and bathing costumes on the beach, accused the author of apostasy for "waging war on Allah, his prophet, the Koran and the values sacred to Islam."
Contacted by AFP, the author and journalist said he has filed a lawsuit in the western city of Oran against what he termed a death threat.
The case has stirred outrage on social media, with a petition calling for Algerian authorities to take action against "such murder calls which bring back the worst days" of the country's Islamist insurgency of the 1990s when dozens of intellectuals were assassinated.
[AnNahar] A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said.
"They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five," said prominent human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... lawyer Femi Falana, following a court martial that began on October 15 and was conducted behind closed doors.
Reporters were turned away from the court before the tribunal gave its verdict and military officials were not available for comment afterwards.
In a similar case in September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after firing on their commanding officer in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where troops are battling against Boko Haram.
Both sentences are subject to approval by top army brass, but there has so far been no indication that senior officers oppose the rulings.
- Lack of weapons -
Frontline troops have consistently complained that they lack the weapons and other supplies needed to face Boko Haram in holy warrior strongholds.
The Islamists, waging a five-year uprising to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria, are known to have tanks, rocket propelled grenade launchers and other heavy weaponry, while troops have reported lacking ammunition for basic assault rifles.
After Boko Haram captured a series of towns in the northeast earlier this year, the military vowed to retake all lost territory.
The 7 Division, based in Maiduguri, was tasked with leading the offensive but there are numerous reports of troops refusing to deploy.
Wives of soldiers have staged protests outside a military base, trying to stop their husbands from heading to conflict areas without proper equipment.
Soldiers have also carried out similar demonstrations, including one group that set up a protest camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The men sentenced to death on Wednesday were part of the special forces division ordered in August to retake three lost towns in restive Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.
Defence officials insist that troops are properly equipped, but President Goodluck Jonathan ... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau... earlier this year sought permission from politicians to secure a $1 billion foreign loan to upgrade the military.
The request was seen as a tacit acknowledgement from Jonathan that Nigeria's soldiers were being out-matched.
Boko Haram, blamed for more than 13,000 deaths since 2009, is believed to control more than two dozen towns and villages in the northeast.
While the military has claimed a series of victories in recent weeks, large swathes of territory remain in rebel hands.
[Ynet] Cameroon ...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there... 's army killed 116 Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... turbans on Wednesday when they attacked a base in the far north of the country, said defense ministry front man Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck.
"On the Lion of Islam side, there were 116 deaths in Cameroonian territory and unknown damage on the Nigerian side (of the border) after the vigorous riposte of our artillery," he said. There was no independent confirmation of the exchange.
[AnNahar] Australian police late Thursday searched several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege earlier this week, officials said.
New South Wales police said the raids were unconnected to the 16-hour standoff at a Sydney cafe on Monday that left the lone gunman, self-styled Islamic holy man Man Haron Monis, and two hostages dead, but would not provide further details about the operation.
"The (Australian Federal Police) and New South Wales police can confirm that they are conducting search warrants today in Sydney as part of an ongoing operation," a spokeswoman told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"As this activity remains ongoing and to ensure the safety and security of the operation and members involved, it is not appropriate to provide further details at this time."
The spokeswoman could also not confirm local media reports that one of the homes raided had also been searched by police during large-scale counter-terrorism raids across the country in September.
Australia raised its terror threat level in September on growing concern about forces of Evil returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.
On Monday, a 25-year-old man was enjugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! as part of ongoing investigations into plans for an attack on Australian soil, the federal police said.
A 22-year-old already facing a charge of preparing for a terrorist act was also charged with funding terrorism.
"Police will allege that men were key controllers in the movement of funds that paid for Australians to travel to the Middle East to fight with the proscribed terrorist organization, 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.... ," federal police said in a statement Monday.
"Police allege the men made available to a terrorist organization approximately Aus$15,000 (US$12,300) in funds in August this year."
The 22-year-old will face a Sydney court Friday.
More than 70 Australians are currently fighting for Islamic forces of Evil in Iraq and Syria. At least 20 have died and there are growing concerns that increasing numbers of youths are being radicalised and could mount attacks at home.
Canberra recently passed a law criminalising travel to terror hotspots without good reason, fearful that nationals will pose a threat when they return. Those charged could face up to 10 years in jail.
A UN official says one of two Austrian girls who fled their middle class homes in Vienna to fight in Syria has definitely died in the conflict. The two girls, Samra Kesinovic, 17, and 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic, whose parents are Bosnian refugees, disappeared in April after saying that they wanted to fight in Syria.
They first went to Ankara by plane, and then on into the southern Turkish region of Adana. For a while, no one heard from them. But they appeared on social media brandishing Kalashnikov rifles and surrounded by armed men - photos which police said acted as recruitment posters for young girls.
David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED) said, "We received information just recently about two 15-year-old girls, of Bosnian origin, who left Austria, where they had been living in recent years; and everyone, the families and the intelligence services of the two countries, is looking for them. Both were recruited by Islamic State. One was killed in the fighting in Syria, the other has disappeared."
The confirmation comes three months after Austria's government said it had informed the parents of the girls that one of them might have been killed.
An Islamic cleric from Bosnia living in Vienna, Mirsad O., known by the Islamic name of 'Ebu Tejma', was alleged to be responsible for the radicalization of the two young girls. Authorities say he brainwashed them into joining the jihad. He denies it.
Mirsad O. was arrested for his role in an alleged terrorist funding network based in Austria in November.
It is believed both Samra and Sabina married IS jihadis soon after arriving in Syria. The two couples initially lived in the same room but the 15-year-old has reportedly now moved out to a different apartment.
Speaking by text messages to French weekly Paris Match, Sabina denied reports she was pregnant and insisted she was enjoying life in Syria, where she felt free to practice Islam in a way that she did not in Austria. The magazine did manage to confirm she had only been allowed to speak to them with the permission of her husband, who was in the room when she wrote her answers.
She said after arriving in Turkey they crossed into Syria on foot. They ended up in the city of Raqqa, arriving with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing. Sabina said her husband was a soldier and proclaimed, "Here I can really be free. I can practice my religion. I couldn't do that in Vienna."
I'm sure she couldn't practice her religion freely in Vienna where there is no stoning, beheading or genital mutilation allowed ... except by really strange people that wear a lot of leather or dress up as stuffed animals. Regardless, now she can fully exercise all the aspects of her religion that are approved by her master husband.
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"Here I can really be free. I can practice my religion. I couldn't do that in Vienna."
Yeah.. Most western countries take a dim view of Human Sacrifices. Particularly when the victim is unwilling.
[AnNahar] A judge in Spain on Thursday remanded in jug four suspects for allegedly recruiting women online for 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.... jihadist group, a judicial source said.
A fifth suspect, a minor, was in detention in a juvenile center pending further proceedings, the source told AFP.
Spanish and Moroccan authorities said the suspects were believed to have enlisted 12 people who were then sent to IS-run territories in Syria and Iraq.
Judge Santiago Pedraz at the National Court in Madrid "ordered unconditional detention for membership in a terrorist organization" for the four adults, the source added.
The five were taken into custody on Tuesday in a series of raids against a suspected recruiting cell that police say contacted women online and radicalized them.
Authorities tossed in the calaboose Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! the suspects in Barcelona as well as in Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish territories bordering Morocco. Two other suspects were taken into custody in Morocco near the border with Ceuta.
According to the source, one of the suspects refused to answer the judge's questions while the three others responded.
The Moroccan government said the suspects had links to members of the IS group planning attacks in Morocco.
Ten years after the March 2004 Al-Qaeda-inspired bombings killed 191 people in Madrid, police and security analysts say homegrown jihadists, already familiar in Britannia and La Belle France, have started to appear in Spain.
Security sources say up to 100 Death Eaters have been sent to Iraq and Syria after being recruited in Spain. Hundreds of others are said to have joined IS from other European countries such as Britannia and La Belle France.
In August police detained two females -- a 19-year-old from Melilla and a girl of 14 from Ceuta -- who tried to cross from Melilla into Morocco, suspected of heading for Syria.
The 14-year-old is also in detention in a juvenile center.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Danish police Thursday issued an arrest warrant in absentia for a Danish fighter in Syria who posed with severed heads and said another Dane who travelled to Syria had been held.
Copenhagen police said the warrant for the 26-year-old man was issued for condoning acts of terrorism after he posted some photographs on Facebook.
The pictures showed the man "standing in front of some severed heads, and ... wearing a shoulder strap with the Arabic text for 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]," a police statement said.
"The pictures appear to be taken in the city of Raqqa in Syria, which is an area controlled by ISIS, where the accused is presumed to have stayed in July 2014 when the pictures were published on his Facebook profile," it said.
The man also uploaded two pictures of ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us... , one of which carried the caption: "I sacrifice myself for you."
"It's not a question of mere expressions of sympathy for terrorist organizations but of approval of actual terrorist acts," chief prosecutor Dorit Borgaard said.
An international arrest warrant would also be issued for the man, who according to tabloid Ekstra-Bladet went missing on Sept. 2 last year.
In the pictures he posed in front of a fence "pointing at severed heads attached to spears, as headless bodies hang from the fence. Several pictures give the impression of fresh blood," the newspaper wrote.
Danish police also said a 21-year-old man from Alleroed, around 30 kilometers northwest of Copenhagen, had been incarcerated ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... on Wednesday on suspicion of spreading "extremist video material" on the Internet.
The man "departed in 2013 for Syria, and has since his return to Denmark been in the police spotlight," the regional police said in a separate statement.
[AnNahar] Two anti-government Turkish media chiefs incarcerated Please don't kill me! during controversial weekend raids that have strained ties with the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... are to be charged with membership of a terrorist group, reports said Thursday.
ISIS? Al Nusra? Hamas? All unthinkable. Friends of Israel, perhaps.
Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily newspaper and Hidayet Karaca, the head of Samanyolu TV (STV), were being interrogated by Istanbul judges to decide whether to remand them in jug ahead of trial.
Early morning raids on Sunday resulted in the arrest of 30 journalists, scriptwriters and police who are deemed loyalists of the exiled holy man Fethullah Gulen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him... 's number one foe.
Erdogan accuses Gulen, who lives in exile in the United States, of seeking to run a "parallel state" and of being the source of sensational corruption allegations that broke a year ago on December 17.
Zaman, Turkey's biggest-selling daily, and Samanyolu, which produces some hugely popular TV dramas, are both closely linked to Gulen.
Of the 30 arrested, prosecutors have asked for 16 to be charged with the other 14 now freed. Of the 16, prosecutors want 12 to be remanded in jug and four released on bail.
The 16, including Dumanli and Karaca, are being charged with "becoming a member of an armed terrorist organization", the official Anatolia news agency reported, without specifying which group.
They are also being charged with "using intimidation, threats and deception to deprive individuals of their liberty, as well as slander," it added.
The charges are set to be officially confirmed later in the day.
Dumanli had earlier been filmed raising his arms in defiance as he was led in by plain clothes officers to a hospital for a check-up.
According to the Dogan news agency, Karaca refused to answer the judge's questions in the hearing, complaining that he was not impartial.
The European Union has condemned the arrests as going "against the European values" but Erdogan has struck back, telling the bloc to "mind their own business" in a row that risks permanently damaging relations.
The charging of Dumanli and Karaca had been flagged in advance by a mystery Twitter user named Fuat Avni who had also warned of the impending raids days before they took place.
The identity of the micro-blogger is unknown, with some speculating that the person could be a renegade member of Erdogan's inner circle.
[Dawn] QUETTA: Security forces on Thursday enjugged Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! four suspected holy warriors, including an Uzbek national, near Quetta's Eastern Bypass area
Security sources told Dawn.com that weapons and explosives were also recovered from the possession of the holy warriors.
The suspected hard boyz were linked to a banned ...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization, the sources said.
They stated that the three suspects were from the volatile tribal belt in Wazoo and that one of the men was an Uzbek national.
All suspected hard boyz were shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for interrogation. Sources also said that a major act of terror was foiled following the arrests.
[Dawn] PESHAWAR: A top Uzbek murderous Moslem commander and 17 other bad boyz were potted in fresh air strikes in Khyber Agency while 10 Death Eaters were bumped off in a ground action at Malak Shaga Nullah on Thursday, military officials said.
According to a front man of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 17 holy warriors including an Uzbel commander, Islamud Din were killed in the evening?s air strikes in Khyber Agency.
Separately, security forces killed 10 Death Eaters in a ground offensive in Bajaur district (around 125 miles northwest of 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. ).
?In a ground action by security forces at Malak Shaga Nullah near Warwandu Mella and Hossai Nullah 10 bad boyz were potted, two were seriously injured while 6-8 managed to escape,? a security bigshot told AFP.
He said two security personnel were maimed and others were chasing the fleeing murderous Moslems.
The details, however, could not be independently verified due to restricted access for journalists in the area.
Earlier in the day, a road-side bomb killed three Frontier Corps soldiers near in Damadola area of the tribal district.
On Tuesday, a team of Taliban gunnies stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar, slaughtering 148 people, including 132 children, in the country's deadliest ever terror attack.
The Pak Taliban said the assault was Dire Revenge for the killing of its fighters and their families in ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb ..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)... against its hideouts in the North Wazoo tribal area, and warned more attacks would follow.
Pakistain has been battling Death Eaters in its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004, after its army entered the region to search for Al Qaeda gunnies who had fled across the border following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
[IraqiNews.com] The Chairman of the National Security Council of Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, assured that ?The Peshmerga forces have secured a road towards Sinjar Mountain of western djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... city to evacuate hundreds of Izidies besieged by terrorist groups of the ISIL in the mountain.?
Barzani added in a presser ?The Peshmerga forces liberated a large area of the mountain, killing a hundred elements of the ISIL during the security operation launched by the Kurdish forces to liberate the whole area of Sinjar.?
The besieged Izidies can reach Dohouk safely now through Sinjar ? Dohouk road which is open now, he confirmed, noting ?The President of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani was supervising the security operation since the beginning.?
On the other hand, Iraqi security official reported to IraqiNews.com ?The Peshmerga forces advanced on Thursday evening towards the north of Sinjar district through Rabia? district of western Mosul after two days of heavy bombardment by air jets of the international US- led coalition on Sinjar area.?
[IraqiNews.com] The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Al-Barzani said Thursday, that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces arrived in the Sinjar Mountains after liberating Zamar from ISIS bully boys.
Al-barzani said in a presser attended by IraqiNews, ?Today the Peshmerga forces have achieved great progress by reaching to the Sinjar Mountains in western djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , and liberating the whole area of Zamar from ISIS.?
Noteworthy, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) announced yesterday, that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces liberated seven villages in Zamar district after killing roughly 60 ISIS Death Eaters during fierce festivities.
[IraqiNews.com] The official spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Saad Maan, declared in a statement received by IraqiNews.com ?The security forces carried out a security operation two days ago that resulted in seizing (24) barrels filled with kabooms in Amiriyat al-Fallujah area in Anbar province.?
American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
US forces allegedly came to the aid of tribal fighters and the Iraqi Army battling Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants in the Al-Dolab area, 10 km (6.2 miles) from the Ain Al-Assad base, which is about 90 km (56 miles) west of Anbar’s capital, Ramadi.
"US forces intervened because … ISIS started to come near the base, which they are stationed in so out of self-defense, they responded,” said Sheikh Mahmud Nimrawi, a tribal leader in the area, according to Shafaq. The base hosts about 100 US military advisers, the report claimed.
An Iraqi Army field commander in Anbar said that "the US force equipped with light and medium weapons, supported by fighter force model F-18" was able to hit Islamic State targets, forcing them to retreat from Al-Dolab.
The clash with Islamic forces lasted for more than two hours, as American jets also hit several Islamic State fighters, according to Colonel Salam Nazim.
"We have made progress in Al-Dolab area, in which ISIS has withdrawn from to the villages beyond, after the battles which involved a private American force” that surprised Islamic State fighters, tribal leader Sheikh Mahmud Nimrawi said. The American forces returned to Ain Al-Assad base after the mission, according to Nimrawi, who added that the "US promised to provide tribal fighters who are in that region exclusively with weapons.”
The Pentagon has not released information on any American involvement in ground fighting with Islamic State.
[IraqiNews.com] On Thursday, a source within the police force said, that 2 people have been killed and 5 others were hurt in a boom-mobileing near Mahmudiya al-Rashid in southern Baghdad.
The source informed IraqiNews, ?A bomb that was emplaced inside a car parked at Mahmudiya al-Rashid area in southern Baghdad, suddenly went off, causing 2 deaths and 5 injuries among civilians.?
The source who requested anonymity said, that the security forces shortly blockaded the area of the kaboom and transferred the injured ones to a near hospital and the dead bodies to the Forensic Medicine Authority.
[IraqiNews.com] The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, assured on Thursday “The air strikes led by the US against the ISIL organization in Iraq resulted in killing three key leaders of the organization.”
He added “The three leaders of the ISIL were killed during the recent weeks.”
“Deputy of Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi, Haji Mu’taz and Commander of the ISIL Army in Iraq, Abdul basit have been killed during an American raid in Iraq,” General Dempsey said.
[AnNahar] pressed an ambitious operation 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.... group in northern Iraq on Thursday, taking on the jihadists in the heart of their "caliphate".
After mass bombing by aircraft of the U.S.-led coalition paved the way for ground troops Wednesday, Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga retook several villages and closed in on the Sinjar area.
The anti-IS war's top commander, U.S. Lieutenant General James Terry, said Thursday that 50 air strikes had allowed the Kurds to "regain approximately 100 square kilometers of ground".
IS captured Sinjar in early August, and preventing a genocide against its largely Yazidi minority was a reason U.S. President Barack Obama If you like your coverage you can keep it... put forward for launching the air war against the jihadists.
Fresh strikes were conducted on Thursday north of Tall Afar, one of the first areas to fall to IS fighters in early June, said Anwar Brahim, a senior officer with the Kurds' intelligence services.
"At around 7:00 am (0400 GMT), there were coalition strikes on Nahyat al-Ayadhiya," Brahim told AFP. "A large deployment of peshmerga is ready to close in on Sinjar."
An AFP news hound saw the mangled bodies of IS fighters killed by the air strikes and which peshmerga fighters covered with sand to reduce the stench.
Kurdish forces used heavy artillery to pound IS positions in the area but officials said the fighting was less intense than on Wednesday.
In Hanakeh, one of the villages the peshmerga took back, one bridge had been blown up and another still had four barrels filled with TNT on it, suggesting the jihadists had to flee before they had time to destroy it.
The U.S. military command supervising the coalition air campaign said Wednesday that 61 air strikes had been carried out in Iraq since Monday.
That was some of the heaviest bombardment since the jihadist onslaught on the Sinjar area and towards Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region prompted the first U.S. air raids four months ago.
The peshmerga said they recaptured eight villages and killed about 80 IS fighters in the initial phase of the offensive launched from Rabia on the Syria border and Zumar on the shores of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... dam lake.
The peshmerga lost seven men on Wednesday in Qasreej village when they failed to stop a suicide kaboomer who rammed an explosives-laden armored vehicle into their convoy, officers told AFP on the scene.
Sinjar, between the Syria border and Iraq's IS-held second city Mosul, is one of the main goals of the offensive.
The operation aims to disrupt IS supply lines and further isolate Mosul, around which the jihadists have been building berms and trenches in recent weeks.
IS has also cut the mobile phone network in the city and imposed tougher restrictions on the population's movements, sparking accusations they are seeking to use civilians as human shields in the event of an attack.
The jihadists have suffered a string of recent setbacks in Iraq, but the front lines have been more static in Syria.
The 60-nation U.S.-led coalition against IS, which also carried out five air strikes in Syria this week, is not cooperating with the Syrian regime.
The administrations in Baghdad and in autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, however, have received strong support from Western governments, in the form of weapons, aid and thousands of military advisers.
Kurdish leaders said one of the objectives of Wednesday's offensive was to "break the siege on Mount Sinjar", which was the scene in August of one of the conflict's most dramatic episodes.
IS killed hundreds of residents, kidnapped and enslaved hundreds of Yazidi women and girls, and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge on Mount Sinjar.
Civilians remained besieged there for days in the searing summer heat with little to eat or drink before a breach in the siege allowed them to flee.
Yazidi fighting units that were formed in the wake of the August attack have struggled to control land in the Sinjar area and retreated to the mountain in September.
A few thousand people are still atop Mount Sinjar in what Yazidi leaders have called a "second siege".
Some are residents of the mountain but most are fighters, from various regional Kurdish groups or recently-formed Yazidi militias.
Hamas has been commandeering building materials transferred into Gaza Strip for its reconstruction by Israel for the purpose of rebuilding its offensive 'terror tunnels', Ynet has learned from sources inside Gaza only four months after a 50-day war which saw Israel target the tunnels. Why we love "International Community"
[Ynet] In unverified video, Jund Ansar Allah take credit for damaging French Cultural Center in the Strip.
A small Islamic Lion of Islam group grabbed credit Thursday for a kaboom that damaged the French Cultural Center in Gazoo City last week without causing any casualties.
Jund Ansar Allah is one of five groups in the Gazoo Strip that subscribe to the Salafist version of Sunni Islam, an ultra-conservative strain of the religion.
A five-minute video posted online that could not be verified showed images of attacks on the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group by what it called Crusaders, or Westerners, and showed images of the bomb it said was used in Friday's attack.
A commentary said "may God help... whoever manages to kill an American or a European from states participating in the coalition against the Islamic State, particularly the French who are full of hatred."
A source connected with the center said Friday that one or two blasts had damaged the south wall of the compound as well as some of the facade of the building, which also houses a French consular office.
On October 8, the center's offices were set ablaze after the apparent kaboom of two faulty fuel tanks. Police at the time suggested the kaboom may have been a criminal act, but the results of their investigation were never released.
French diplomatic missions and official buildings have been on high alert since the start of a spate of kidnappings and beheadings of foreigners by Islamic State jihadists and their allies, particularly that of Frenchie Herve Gourdel in Algeria.
La Belle France has angered the radical Islamist group by taking part in air strikes on the group's forces in Iraq.
Communist militants in the say they will attack Philippine military forces conducting peace and development operations despite President Aquino's unilateral order for the suspension of military and police operations (SOMO) against the New People's Army.
In press statement, Jorge Madlos, also known as Ka Oris, said, "We wish to point out and clarify that the NDFP-Mindanao considers the COPD and other similar military operations as part of the offensive military operations of Philippine Army units, and are, therefore, legitimate military targets of the New People’s Army (NPA)"
Ka Oris is Mindanao's spokesman for the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political umbrella of the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) which is marking its 46th anniversary on December 26.
Madlos was reacting to a 4th Infantry Division spokesperson who allegedly said community organizing for peace and development (COPD) operations will continue in the countryside during the month-long holiday ceasefire.
Aquino on Wednesday ordered a unilateral ceasefire that will last from December 18 until January 19, after Pope Francis leaves the country following a 4-day official visit.
Meanwhile, the CPP announced a limited ceasefire which will cover from 12:01 am of December 24, 2014 to 11:59 pm of December 26, 2014; 12:01 am of December 31, 2014 to 11:59 pm of January 1, 2015; and 12:01 am of January 15, 2015 to 11:59 pm of January 19, 2015.
HHMMM, HHMMM, intehwesting development, perhaps in an inverse of what is occurring in Yemen, etc. PHIL President Aquino could ask Muslim Indonesia for mil assistance agz the Commies + pro-Qaeda, pro-ISIS Abu Sayaff, etal. groups???
* TOPIX > [Washington Times] INDONESIA WANTS TO AID US IN ISLAMIC STATE FIGHT, TOP MILITARY COMMANDER SAYS.
Indonesia NDF Chief Gen. Mocbloko, whom also states that the IS threat, conflict in the ME [Irag + Syria] is proving/devol into a genuine WORLD/GLOBAL THREAT hence Indonesia should be involved.
[AnNahar] A senior bully boy recently detained by the Lebanese army was involved in the liquidation of Minister Mohammed Shatah, the transfer of jacket wallahs who killed dozens of people, in addition to several other terror offenses, media reports said on Thursday.
?Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Abbas was placed in durance vile Please don't kill me! in (the Bekaa town of) Majdal Anjar before being immediately transferred to the defense ministry building,? al-Mayadeen television reported.
It said he was involved in the 2013 liquidation of Minister Mohammed Shatah in a central Beirut boom-mobileing.
Military sources informed on the investigations told al-Mayadeen that ?the car used in Shatah's liquidation came from the Ein el-Hellhole camp,? noting that Abdullah Azzam Brigades ... Leb's current al-Qaeda affiliate, named after a guy whose car the current head of al-Qaeda had boomed... leader ?Majed al-Majed was arrested four days after the liquidation.?
Majed was reportedly the criminal mastermind of the deadly twin suicide kaboom that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November 2013. The Lebanese army announced in January that Majed, a Saudi bully boy, had died of illness at the central military hospital in Beirut after being arrested on December 26, 2013.
On Thursday evening, al-Manar television announced that the detainee Abu Abbas had transported ?more than one booby-trapped car? from the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal to areas inside Leb.
He was also behind sending the bomb-laden car that went kaboom! prematurely at the Dahr al-Baydar checkpoint before reaching its supposed destination in Beirut's southern suburbs, al-Manar said.
Abu Abbas also confirmed that the Abu Assaf Cafe in Tayyouneh -- where dozens of football fans were watching a World Cup match in June -- was the target of the boom-mobile that went kaboom! several meters away from the popular coffee shop.
Earlier on Thursday, al-Akhbar newspaper said the Army Intelligence captured Abu Abbas in an ?ambush? around a week ago, describing him as a ?hefty catch.?
It said the prominent bully boy leader hails from the eastern Bekaa town of Majdal Anjar.
The newspaper said that the detainee confessed that he transported the suicide bomber of Dahr al-Baydar and Beirut's Tayyouneh roundabout in June.
Sources said that the suspect is the right hand of Sirajeddine Zureiqat, a so-called front man of the Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The detainee also provided a residence for Iraqi woman Saja al-Dulaimi, who was identified as a divorcee of 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.... leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us... .
Al-Dulaimi was arrested at a checkpoint on al-Madfoun Bridge in the North, along with her Paleostinian husband and 8-year-old Hajar, her daughter from al-Baghdadi. The arrest took place last month and was kept a secret until the media put it out to public.
Abu Abbas also confessed to moving fighters between Majdal Anjar, Arsal, the northern city of Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... and the southern town of Shebaa.
He also said that he handed money over to Shadi al-Mawlawi, a runaway Islamist bully boy, several times.
[AnNahar] The Lebanese army engaged on Thursday in festivities with faceless myrmidons on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported.
NNA said the military targeted the fighters with mortars in the area of Wadi Ata.
The gunnies from the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra ...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant... Front have established footholds in remote mountains along Leb's remote eastern border.
Their threat first came to Leb in August, two months after the group's summer blitz in which it seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.
In a surprise attack, the faceless myrmidons crossed over from Syria and overran the border town of Arsal, hitting Lebanese army positions and killing and injuring scores of soldiers.
After weeklong festivities, the faceless myrmidons pulled back to mountain caves near Syria's border, taking more Lebanese soldiers and coppers with them.
The fighters have since executed four of the servicemen.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results... LBCI TV said IS gunnies and Free Syrian Army ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund... rebels engaged in battles on Arsal's outskirts on Wednesday.
Twenty people, including an FSA official, were killed in the festivities that concentrated in the area of Wadi Mira, it added.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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