[Libya Herald] Two members of a Libyan Tebu group of smugglers were killed yesterday and their leader seriously maimed in a gun-fight in Qatrun between them and another band of smugglers, also Tebu, from Chad. They are said to have been fighting over possession of a consignment of drugs in the possession of the Libyan group.
According to reports, the Chadians, said to be from the Ounianga Lakes district in northeastern Chad, ambushed the Libyan group and seized the drugs. The two men who were killed are believed to be the sons of the maimed leader of the group. It, allegedly, has carried out a number of criminal attacks in the area over the past year.
For its part, the Chadian group is now being pursued.
Drug trafficking is a major issue in the Tibesti region, and beyond, and said to be far more profitable than people smuggling. A drugs trail, from Morocco to Egypt, via the Sahel states, southern Libya and the Siwa oasis, developed in the early 1990s and has involved both Tebus and Tuaregs as the smugglers. Corrupt local officials and army personnel are also said to be linked in what has become a highly lucrative business.
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[Libya Herald] Two people were reported injured today in a Libyan National Army (LNA) air raid on the Amazigh town of Zuwara, some 60 kilometres from the Tunisian border. According to the front man for the town's security room, a Counter-Crime Agency building was the hit. He said the two injured people were agency staff and that there was some damage to the building.
Unconfirmed reports also claimed there were LNA Arclight airstrikes on Al-Qala near Yefren and a number of buildings under construction west of Ghariyan.
There have been a number of air strike on Zuwara in the past three months, the most deadly being that on 2 December when at eight people were said to have been killed. Last week, LNA aircraft hit Zuwara airport for the first time, although no serious damage was reported.
Zuwara, the hometown of continuing General National Congress president, Nuri Abu Sahmain, is allied with 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... (LD), but this is seen as more connected to Zuwara's hostility to Zintan than any deep support for LD.
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[Libya Herald] It is reported that three people -- two members of staff and a student -- were seriously injured in Derna when a bomb went kaboom! this morning at the town's Higher Careers Institute. Others suffered light injuries. The premises are said to have been badly damaged.
The institute itself acts as a professions training centre for university graduates.
The two staff have been named as Hussein Bufaraj Gatash and Abdussalam Al-Shaari, and the student as Abdulhamid Al-Shami.
This is the second attack on the institute in five days. It was reported attacked Wednesday
The reason for the attacks in 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.... -controlled town is unclear. It has been suggested that it was targeted because it was not following following IS' strict gender segregation policies. However, death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate... all organizations in Derna were forced to implement segregation some time ago.
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[Al Arabi] The Iran-backed Houthi rebels seeking to seize Yemen from its fragile internationally-recognized government suffered a blow on Thursday, as three of its top military commanders were reportedly early victims of an aerial offensive by Operation Decisive Storm.
The deadly strikes led by the Royal Saudi Air Force were responding to a plea made Wednesday by beleaguered President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was holed up in the port city of Aden - the government's last stronghold -- as Houthi militias closed in on the city.
The three leaders killed were named as Abdul Khaliq al-Houthi, Yousef al-Madani and Yussef al-Fishi.
[Ynet] The Arabic-language version of Sky News reported on Monday that Egyptian naval vessels shelled Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... rebel positions in Yemen, east of the port city of Aden. According to other reports, locals said the ships bombarded a Houthi convoy and a convoy of fighters aligned with ousted president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... Rooters reported that this was first testimony about naval attacks on the rebels.
[Hurriyet Daily News] An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... on March 30, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country.
The International Organization for Migration said 45 internally displaced people had been killed and 65 maimed at the Al-Mazrak camp in Hajja province.
IOM front man Joel Millman told AFP that the organization had 75 staff on hand assisting the victims.
Earlier Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said 15 dead bodies and 30 maimed were taken to a hospital where it operates near the Al-Mazrak camp.
"It was an air strike," said MSF's Middle East programme manager Pablo Marco.
The Al-Mazrak camp has since 2009 been housing Yemenis displaced by the conflict between northern Houthis and the central government.
Marco said 500 new families had arrived at the camp over the past two days.
A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been pounding rebel positions in Yemen since early Thursday.
It has vowed to keep up the raids until the Iran-backed rebels abandon their insurrection against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.
Warplanes carried out a fifth night of air strikes around the capital Sanaa, an AFP correspondent reported.
Positions held by the Houthis and soldiers of the renegade Republican Guard overlooking the presidential palace were believed to have been targeted.
A Republican Guard camp in south Sanaa was also hit, witnesses said.
In the area around Marib, 140 kilometres (90 miles) east of Sanaa, radar facilities and surface-to-air missile batteries were targeted, local officials said.
The Huthis are backed as well by army units loyal to former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... , who stepped down in 2012 after a year of bloody protests in the deeply tribal country, where Al-Qaeda is active.
Officials said on Monday that the ex-strongman's son had been sacked as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the coalition.
Ahmed Ali Saleh was relieved of his duties at the demand of the UAE, according to a Gulf diplomatic official who did not want to be named.
A Hadi aide confirmed the president had dismissed Saleh, who was appointed to the post after his father's overthrow but is believed to have remained in Yemen.
The Huthis and allied renegade military units have overrun much of Yemen and prompted Hadi to flee what had been his last remaining refuge in the main southern city Aden.
Dozens of people have been killed in several days of festivities in Aden, and Hadi's aides have said he has no immediate plan to return there.
A Chinese naval flotilla, which had been carrying out anti-piracy escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, was sent to Yemen on Sunday to evacuate Chinese nationals, China's defence ministry said in a statement.
More than 500 Chinese citizens have been evacuated over the past two days, Beijing said.
[ARABNEWS] Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition Arclight airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on Aden by Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... turbans and forces loyal to the country's former president.
The move to block ports is aimed at preventing the Houthis from rearming, and comes after the coalition achieved full control of the skies and bombed a number of rebel-held airports.
Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at the office of defense minister, told news hounds in Riyadh that naval forces are blocking the movement of ships to prevent weapons and gunnies from entering or leaving Yemen.
"On day 5, our Arclight airstrike objective included ballistic missile stocks, air defense, ammunition storage, troops movement supply and strictly monitoring Saudi-Yemeni border, whereas ground operation included artillery fire, land forces aviation attacks and anti-mortar firing and maritime operation had primary motive of maritime blockade," Al-Assiri said.
The front man said: "Ground forces are trained and ready and will perform their duty at the right time."
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... is leading Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... along with coalition partners the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... , Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan and Pakistain.
Al-Assiri said the coalition forces are progressing as per the plan and will ensure the Houthis' are defeated and the legitimate government in Yemen, led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is restored.
The military also destroyed their (Houthis) artillery stocks and vehicle attempting to target our forces, he said.
Al-Assiri denied reports in a section of media that an aerial strike by coalition forces on Monday killed dozens of refugees at a camp in north Yemen.
"We are taking extra care to avoid collateral damage as safety of civilians is our top priority."
On the Kingdom's border security, he said: "We are on full alert on the border and repulse any attack by terrorists."
[Dhaka Tribune] A suspected forest bandit has been killed in a "shootout" with police at Jhopjhapia canal in Sundarbans under Koyra upazila of Khulna district yesterday.
The dear departed is Al Amin, ringleader of a forest bandit group.
Khulna Police Super Md Habibur Rahman said: "Amin was detained from Amadi Bridge area around 7am Sunday. He confessed about being a forest bandit."
"Acting upon the information given by Amin, police went to recover arms from Jhopjhapia canal along with the detainee around 9pm," he said.
The SP said Amin's associates opened fire targeting the law enforcers when they reached the spot.
In retaliation, police fired back that triggered a "shootout."
Later, Amin was found bullet maimed at the spot while the others expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.
The police officials said duty doctor declared Amin dead when taken to Joygit Mohol Hospital at night.
Police recovered seven firearms and 141 rounds of ammunition from the spot after the shootout.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors... SI Hafiz, constables Raju, Harun and Akramul were maimed in the incident.
[Dhaka Tribune] The International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday asked the prosecution to submit by April 15 the formal war crimes charges brought against two siblings -- Nasiruddin Ahmed, a retied army officer, now on the run, and advocate Shamsuddin Ahmed, now in jug -- of Kishoreganj.
Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the three-member tribunal, passed the order in presence of prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon.
After closing the investigation, war crimes investigation officer (IO) M Ataur Rahman on November 25 last year submitted the conclusive report containing 450 pages against war crimes accused Nasiruddin and Shamsuddin to the office of the Chief Prosecutor.
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[Dhaka Tribune] The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has formally charged four Bangladeshi nationals belonging to bully boy outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt. (JMB) among 21 accused for their involvement in the Burdwan blast.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has formally charged in a special court 21 people, including four Bangladeshi nationals, for their involvement in the Burdwan blast.
The chargesheet was filed before a National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court in Kolkata on Monday, reports Times of India.
"Twenty-one accused, including four Bangladeshi nationals, have been charged for offences relating to terrorist act, conspiracy, recruitment, funding and running terrorist training camps, possession of arms and explosives, offences of forgery, offences relating to foreigners act and passport act," an NIA officer told IANS.
The blast took place in a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district on October 2, killing two JMB murderous Moslems and injuring another.
Probing the blast, the NIA has so far locked away Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! 18 people from various parts of the country as well as Dhaka in Bangladesh.
The agency has claimed its investigation showed that the JMB had established its network in many districts - particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Burdwan in Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.
As many as 15 people suspected to be involved in the case are missing and on the run.
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[DAWN] A blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital on Monday, in the latest brutal attack on the country's independent writers, a senior officer said.
Police have incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! two men over the murder which comes just weeks after an American atheist blogger was also hacked to death in Dhaka ─ a crime that triggered international outrage, the officer said.
"He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards [460 metres] from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area," local police chief Wahidul Islam told AFP.
Islam said the men were arrested immediately after the attack while they were trying to flee the scene.
Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger but another social media writer said that he was known to write "against religious fundamentalism".
"It appeared Rahman used to write using a pen-name Kutshit Hasher Chhana [Ugly Duckling]," Imran Sarker, head of Blogger and Online Activists Network in Bangladesh, told AFP.
"He was a progressive free thinker and was against religious fundamentalism," he said.
Police have also arrested a suspect over the killing, in February, of American atheist writer and blogger Avijit Roy.
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[AnNahar] The prosecution rested its case Monday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen facing the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Prosecutors yielded to the defense after summoning 92 witnesses to the stand over the past weeks as they built a case against the 21-year-old as an active and willing participant in the bombings that destroyed crowds gathered near the finish line of the famous race on April 15, 2013.
Three people were killed and 264 others maimed in the blasts, the worst in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The prosecution's final witness was forensic expert Henry Nields, who recounted in gruesome detail the injuries suffered by the youngest victim, eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was torn apart by the pressure-cooker bomb that Tsarnaev placed in the crowd near the finish line.
The child's clothing was shown to jurors, some of whom were unable to hold back tears.
They also were shown photographs of the Richard family, standing on the race's sidelines in front of Tsarnaev. Another showed Martin Richard lying on the ground.
From the start of the trial, the defense has acknowledged Tsarnaev's role in the bombing, but has advanced the idea that he was under the influence of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who was killed three days after the bombings in a shoot-out with police.
The younger Tsarnaev was unreadable on Monday, as he has been throughout the trial, his head down as witnesses testified or occasionally talking with his lawyer, Judy Clarke.
[Ynet] A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to US terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London holy man Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999.
Haroon Aswat, 40, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court as part of an agreement with government prosecutors. Defense lawyer Peter Quijano had disclosed the outline of the deal in the court earlier this month, saying it would resolve the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. Under questioning from US District Judge Katherine Forrest before pleading guilty, the soft-spoken Aswat said he had suffered from symptoms of schizophrenia for the last 20 years and was currently being treated for the disorder. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2008 while being held at a high-security psychiatric hospital in England, according to court documents.
[DAWN] Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) on Monday grabbed credit for the killing of Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Azeem who was rubbed out a day earlier by unknown gunnies in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. 's Hayatabad area, in a statement issued by Taliban front man Mohammad Khorasani.
On Sunday, two assailants on a cycle of violence targeted Col Tahir in Abaseen Market when he was on his way home from a nearby mosque in Hayatabad Phase 3.
Take a look: Army officer rubbed out in Peshawar
Local police said Tahir Azeem expired on the spot after sustaining multiple bullet wounds. A police official also told Dawn that Col Azeem's murder appeared to be a murder because there was no evidence that he had any personal enmity with anyone.
According to reports, Col Tahir Azeem's brothers-- Waqas and Shakil -- were also rubbed out in separate attacks in 2004 and 2005. Both Waqas and Shakil, however, had no association with the armed forces.
[DAWN] QUETTA: Security forces killed five suspected forces of Evil and recovered four kidnapped drivers in a gunbattle in Mastung district, about 70km from here, on Sunday.
Official sources said that Frontier Corps personnel moved into the mountainous region of Kirdgap in Kalat division on information about the presence there of those who had allegedly kidnapped four drivers and torched five oil tankers in the area a few days ago.
The tankers were carrying fuel for the Saindak copper project where a Chinese company has been working for several years.
An FC front man claimed that forces of Evil opened fire on paramilitary troops when they started combing the Kirdgap area for the kidnapped drivers. The troops retaliated and a heavy exchange of fire continued for hours.
"Five suspected forces of Evil were killed and six others injured in the gunbattle," the front man said.
He said troops got the four drivers released and seized a huge quantity of weapons and ammunition.
All hideouts located in the area were destroyed, the front man said, adding that the dear departed belonged to a banned bully boy organization.
Security forces had killed four suspected forces of Evil in Mangocher area of Kalat division on Saturday.
The Inspector General of Frontier Corps, Maj Gen Sher Afgan, said such targeted operations against elements involved in attacks on security forces and national installations would continue.
[DAWN] At least 28 more suspects were tossed in the slammer Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! on Sunday in the lynching case of two youngsters after twin suicide kabooms outside the churches in Youhanabad recently.
SSP (Investigations) Rana Ayyaz Saleem said that suspects were taken into custody after matching their images from footages and subsequently with the record of Nadra.
"Police teams had carried out raids in different parts of the country to arrest suspects involved in the lynching of two youngsters, harassing a woman car rider and damaging public and private property," he said.
The identification parade would be conducted to re-verify that the suspects arrested were actually the wanted persons or not, the SSP said.
He said all the suspects taken into custody would be presented before a magistrate to get their remand.
Condemnation: The Cecil and Iris Chaudhry Foundation (CICF) has expressed concern ...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended... over the alleged mass arrests by law enforcement agencies in Youhanabad over the lynching incident after suicide kabooms on two churches in the area recently.
A blurb of the foundation quoted local residents as saying law enforcement agencies had been arresting en masse for almost a week. They claimed men in plain clothes stormed into people's houses in the middle of the night and picked up men and young boys from the area. There was a wave of fear in the area, which had compelled majority of the residents to flee their homes, they said.
President of the CICF, Michelle Chaudhry, expressing concern over the situation, said: "We have and continue to condemn the extremely tragic incident of the lynching of two people at Youhanabad; such extreme form of violence is absolutely not acceptable. The perpetrators must be brought to justice and punished according to the law."
"However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... the tactics being used by the law enforcement authorities is highly inappropriate; barging into people's house in the middle of the night and picking up husbands, sons and brothers and showing no respect whatsoever to family or personal life cannot be justified. These are neither Death Eaters nor hardcore criminals and therefore, should not be treated as such. The rule of law must prevail," Michelle added.
"We request the government to look into this matter on an urgent basis and release all those illegally detained," she further said.
The CICF also expressed disappointment over the comments of Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ...Currently the Interior Minister of Pakistain. He is the senior leader of the Pak Moslem League (N) and a close aide to Nawaz Uncle Fester Sharif. He is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However (comma) Khan told the U.S. ambassador that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain publicly credible. Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof, which means he's lying to one side or the other and probably both. He wears a wig, but you probably guessed that. since hair doesn't grow naturally in that shape or texture... , who in parliament declared the Youhanabad lynching incident as "worst form of terrorism".
Michelle said: "We, by no means, condone the lynching incident. However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... declaring it an act of terrorism is certainly not justified; by doing so the entire focus has been shifted to the lynching incident, subsuming the church attacks which left 20 people dead and over 80 people injured."
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[IraqiNews.com] The US-led coalition jet fighters conducted 7 air strikes on ISIL shelters in Iraq.
The Joint Mission Forces in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com reported that "the US-led coalition warplanes conducted 7 air strikes on ISIL shelters yesterday morning."
"The air strikes targeted 2 ISIL units, a position, a number of buildings and other targets near djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , Tikrit and Tal Afar".
[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported The US-led coalition jet fighters targeted ISIL positions, killing 13 snuffies western djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... today Monday.
"The US-led coalitions warplanes conducted 2 air strikes on ISIL positions, the first one on Wadi Iqab position while the second one on Bwaba Al-Sham in Mosul, killing 13 snuffies of the ISIL", the security source told IraqiNews.com.
"The air strikes targeted 2 ISIL units, a position, a number of buildings and other targets near Mosul, Tikrit and Tal Afar".
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[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced, that the security forces have managed to kill 3 terrorists, including a sniper, and destroy a vehicle and 4 shelters for them in an operation in al-Karma district.
The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, "Iraqi forces from the army and local police elements backed by al-Hashed al-Sha'bi militia fighters have continued for the 24th day in a row to cleanse the areas in the east and center of al-Karma district, with support from the army's air force and the international coalition warplanes."
"The forces have managed to kill 3 terrorists, including a sniper, in addition to destroying 4 shelters and a vehicle for them in the area of al-Itr," the statement asserted.
[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, a security source in Anbar province revealed, that 6 ISIS elements, including a sniper, were killed during violent festivities with the security forces in northern al-Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... while a number of gunnies have been also killed in an air strike by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) in the district of al-Karma.
The source informed IraqiNews, "Today, a force from the rapid intervention units clashed with ISIS gunnies in northern Fallujah," noting that, "The festivities resulted in killing 6 myrmidons, including an ISIS sniper, and destroying an armored vehicle for them."
The source, who requested anonymity, added, "The army's air force, in coordination with the special rapid intervention units, has carried out an air strike on ISIS sites in al-Harirat area in the district of al-Karma (53 km east of Ramadi)," pointing out that, "The air strike resulted in killing and wounding a number of ISIS Lion of Islams, in addition to destroying their hideouts."
[IraqiNews.com] A source within the Iraqi police announced on Monday, that Husseiniya bombings in the north of Baghdad have left four dead and 15 injured.
The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The outcome of the two suicide kabooms, that targeted Hosseiniya in the north of Baghdad, was four deaths and 15 injuries."
The source, who requested anonymity, added, "The security forces and ambulance crews continue to work to save the victims. The bodies of the dead were transferred to the Forensic Medicine Authority and the injured to the hospital for treatment."
These developments come in the wake of a terrorist attack carried out by boom-mobiles which targeted Husseiniya area north of Baghdad.
[IraqiNews.com] A source in the Interior Ministry announced on Monday, that a force of the ministry intelligence has found a large quantity of rare monuments in Karrada district in central Baghdad.
The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "Today, a force within the intelligence of the Interior Ministry found a large quantities of rare monuments in Rusafa area, while inspecting Karrada district in central Baghdad."
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added, "The force handed the monuments to the National Museum," without giving further details.
It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Interior announced on March 26th, the seizure of 207 different artifacts being smuggled northern of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar province.
[IraqiNews.com] The governor of Babel, Sadiq Al-Sultani announced today Monday that the Security Forces found a store containing weapons, munitions and kabooms in Buhyrat district.
"A Force of the National Security Department found a weapons cache involves weapons, munitions and kabooms which were slowly transferried to the military locations, in Buhyrat region within ISkindariah sub-district of northern Babel", Sultani told IraqiNews.com.
"The force is surveying the region in coordination with the Security Forces there", he added.
[IraqiNews.com] According to a local source in Nineveh province, the ISIS group turbans have blown up the traffic station building after stealing its contents northern city of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... The source said in an interview IraqiNews.com, "Today, elements of the ISIS organization bombed traffic station building of Nineveh province, located in the Waterfalls area northern the city of Mosul."
The source, who requested anonymity, added, "ISIS elements stole all the building contents."
[IraqiNews.com] A local source in Nineveh province revealed on Sunday, that the ISIS group murderous Moslems beheaded a local police officer in the village in northeast of Biji.
The source informed IraqiNews.com, "This afternoon, ISIS murderous Moslems have beheaded a local police officer after previously kidnapped him from the village of al-Zawiyah in northeast of the district of Biji, located 40 km north of Tikrit," pointing out that, "The murderous Moslems carried out the execution in front of a gathering of people in the village."
[IraqiNews.com] A securitysource reported that two ISIL leaders were killed by a US-led coalition air strike northern djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... "The US-led coalition jet fighters conducted an air strike today in Al-Rashidia sub-district of northern Mosul, killing two Iraqi ISIL leaders, known as Abid Hamud and Abu Zakaria", the security source told IraqiNews.com.
[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported that the ISIL hard boyz executed a teacher in primary school in Tal Afar district of western djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... "The hard boyz of the ISIL shot the teacher due to his explicitly criticising the ISIL actions and exposing their crimes in Tal Afar", the security source told IraqiNews.com.
[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported today Monday that the djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... hospitals received 73 injuries of the ISIL holy warriors maimed in the ongoing campaign in Tikrit.
"Al-Jumohuri and Mosul hospitals received 73 ISIL injuries brought to Mosul from Tikrit", a medical source told IraqiNews.com.
It added that "the injuries of the ISIL holy warriors maimed by air strikes in the ongoing campaign in Tikrit, central Salah-il-Din.
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[IraqiNews.com] The Ministry of Defense announced Sunday, that the Iraqi joint forces advanced towards Tikrit, while 26 bad boyz were potted during violent festivities in the city.
The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, "A joint force, consisting of anti-terrorism units and local police elements advanced towards the city of Tikrit," pointing out that,"The force has cleansed the roads in the southern axis in al-Awjah area and the western axis in al-Dayoum area from ISIS myrmidons."
"The security forces have managed to kill 26 bully boyz during festivities with a number of holy warriors in the areas of Ain-Farras, Tikrit Hospital, al-Oujah al-Jadida," the statement also added.
[IraqiNews.com] Commander of the federal police forces Raed Shakir Jawdat announced, that 137 villages, districts and areas have been liberated from the control of the ISIS group, emphasizing that the military operations are still ongoing in Tikrit, pointing out that no air strikes have been carried out by the US-led international coalition in the city.
Jaedwdat said in an interview IraqiNews.com, "Our forces managed to destroy the terrorists' infrastructure, kill a lot of jacket wallahs, and cleanse many roads from improvised bombs," pointing out that, "137 villages, districts, areas and neighborhoods have been liberated in Iraq since the operations began."
Jawdat continued,"The federal police works with the Volunteer Fighters and there is no withdrawal," noting that, "We are dealing professionally with intelligence when we direct our strikes against the enemy's whereabouts through the cooperation with the leadership of the Army Aviation and Iraqi Air Force."
[IraqiNews.com] A security source in Salahuddin province announced on Monday, that the security forces gained control of the houses of doctors surrounding Tikrit General Hospital south of the city.
The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "Security forces of the federal police and the army backed by the Volunteer Fighters (al-Hashd al-Sha'bi) militia managed today to gain control over the houses of doctors that surround Tikrit General Hospital, south of the city," indicating that, " This area is adjacent to the compound of the presidential palaces and Salahuddin province building."
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added, "The security forces secured the area around Tikrit General Hospital, and are currently searching for booby-traps and bombs."
[IraqiNews.com] A security source in Salahuddin province announced on Monday, that the security forces were able to repel an ISIS attack that targeted Alas oilfields northeast of Tikrit, which left a number of ISIS elements dead.
The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The security forces managed this afternoon to repel an attack by ISIS elements that targeted Alas oilfields northeast of the city of Tikrit," pointing to "the death of more than 10 ISIS members."
"Security leaders ordered the transfer of Baiji oil police regiment to Ajil to boost the military existence in the fields."
[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported that the Directorates of Civil Defense and Central Prison were liberated from the ISIL control.
“The joint Forces and the volunteers of public mobilization liberated the Directorates of Civil Defense and Central Prison from the ISIL control in Salah-il-Din, which are not far 300 meters from Salah-il-Din Council building”, the security source reported to IraqiNews.com.
[Ynet] Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a US drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway 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, but the US said Monday its coalition conducted no Arclight airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.
US Central Command said it didn't target the area around Tikrit from March 22 through March 24, the window when the Guard said the two men were killed. The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website that the strike happened March 23 as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit. It identified the dead advisers as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, saying they were buried Sunday. It did not say whether Iran contacted Iraqi or U.S. forces after the strike.
[Iran Press TV] The Iraqi army, backed by Shia and Sunni volunteers, has raised the Iraqi national flag over the Grand Mosque of Tikrit after recapturing the mosque in the northern city.
The forces also retook the city's medicine college on Monday as they continued to gain more grounds against the ISIL 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... murderous Moslems.
According to the Iraqi military, nearly 40 murderous Moslems with the murderous Moslem group were killed in separate operations in the strategic city.
The Iraqi forces also announced that they have raised the national flag on top of Tikrit's main hospital and an administrative building.
Tikrit is currently under a complete siege, which has left the ISIL murderous Moslems paralyzed and trapped inside the city.
The Iraqi city, which is the birthplace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, fell to ISIL in June last year. Its recapture is crucial for the Iraqi army in its quest to take control of the country's second-largest city, djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , situated some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of Baghdad.
ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed murderous Moslems took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni rustics have succeeded in driving the ISIL Death Eaters out of some areas in Iraq.
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[ARABNEWS] A pair of boom-mobileings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least 11 people and maimed dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations ...an idea whose time has gone... Secretary General, the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... , for talks with the Iraqi officials.
Shortly before noon, the two car bombs went off simultaneously in a commercial area of the Husseiniyah district in northeastern Baghdad, a police officer said. Two coppers were among the dead. At least 26 people were maimed in the attack, he added.
A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media.
The UN mission in Iraq, known as UNAMI, announced Ban's arrival on its Twitter account, but gave no details on the talks. He met with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and Parliament Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri. Ban is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.
The attack and the visit come as Iraqi government forces, backed by Arclight airstrikes from the US-led international coalition, are battling IS bully boyz to recapture the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
The murderous Moslem group occupies large areas in northern and western Iraq captured during a lightning blitz last summer.
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[ARABNEWS] Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a US drone in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, Iranian state media said Monday, in a report that was denied by the Pentagon.
The official IRNA news agency said the two had been posted to Iraq as advisers in the war against IS group and that they died in the drone strike on March 23.
Pictures of the two men, named as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, were posted on Iranian news websites after their funerals on home soil.Iran has said it is supporting ally Iraq and will protect its places against IS. However, the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach... the US Department of Defense said in a statement that it had not conducted air strikes in the Tikrit area on the date the men were said to have been killed.
"Coalition forces initiated air strikes near Tikrit on March 25, two days after the alleged incident occurred and no air strikes were conducted in or near Tikrit on March 23," said Major Omar Villarreal, a front man for US Central Command.
"We have no information to corroborate claims that coalition air strikes killed two IRGC members," he added, referring to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Iranian-backed militia groups have for weeks been heavily involved in fighting in Tikrit.
Iranian media have reported the deaths of military personnel, including several generals, killed in Iraq and Syria after Tehran sent them in support of Baghdad's government and of Bashir al-Assad in conflicts against IS and other rebels. Iran denies its troops are fighting on the ground in Iraq and Syria, but Tehran has said it has military advisers in both countries.
Other Iranians have joined militia groups as volunteers. The Revolutionary Guard, however, is integral to the fighting in Iraq.
Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, who leads the Quds Force, the Guard's foreign wing, has been pictured on social media near the frontline in Tikrit and other battlegrounds, where he is said to be coordinating militia groups. Brig. Gen. Hamid Taghavi, also a member of the Guard, was killed in the Iraqi city of Samarra north of Baghdad in December while advising Iraqi troops.
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[ARABNEWS] A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said.
Ten soldiers were killed and 30 others were wounded in the ground and air strikes in the marshy boundary of Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces in the southern Philippines. The clashes displaced 120,000 villagers at the height of fighting, and about 30,000 have returned home as the clashes eased, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang told a news conference.
In a final gunbattle Sunday, four soldiers and 16 insurgents were killed, including a rebel commander, the military said.
Government forces launched the assaults Feb. 25 against the BIFM after its fighters attacked villages and were implicated in the killings in January of 44 police anti-terror commandos in the outskirts of Maguindanao’s Mamasapano town.
“After the relentless operations against the (rebels), we have achieved our objectives, including the neutralization of more than 50 percent of their ranks, the capture of their bomb factories and the seizure of their enclaves or safe havens,” Catapang said.
The military’s account could not be independently verified. Catapang cited intelligence and accounts from troops and villagers for the rebel death toll.
Catapang said a smaller number of troops would continue to hunt the rest of the rebels, specifically Abdul Basit Usman, alleged to be a bomb maker and trainer with links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and a suspect in several deadly bomb attacks in the south.
Washington has offered a $1 million award for Usman’s capture and prosecution.
The huge police casualties in Mamasapano — the government’s biggest single-day combat loss in recent memory — sparked public outrage and calls for retaliatory strikes against the insurgents. The deaths also stalled a peace deal the government signed last year with the largestrebel group in the south, the MILF, some fighters of which became entangled in the clashes that killed the commandos.
After the offensive, government troops will help construct roads, bridges, schools and hospitals in the area of fighting — far-flung communities where poverty, landlessness and neglect have fostered the decades-long rebellion in the south of the nation.
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[Investors Bus Daily] Iran: At the eleventh hour before the Tuesday deadline, Tehran negotiators predictably changed positions and demanded new concessions. Unfortunately, unlike Ronald Reagan, President Obama won't be walking away.
As the world's leading terrorist sponsor state, which for years has sought nuclear weapons, backs Secretary of State John Kerry and negotiators for the other major powers into a corner, Americans should think back nearly three decades ago to a low-key former British Embassy in northern Reykjavik in Iceland.
[FP] The Special Forces group that ousted the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001 is preparing to deploy to Jordan to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, but many of the U.S. military's most elite warriors have a gnawing fear that those efforts may be too little, too late.
Four years after the start of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the Army's 5th Special Forces Group is getting ready to establish a multinational special operations task force in Jordan to train and equip Syrian rebel forces that the United States deems "moderate" -- which means allied with neither the Islamic State nor al Qaeda's local affiliate, al-Nusra Front.
But daunting challenges lie ahead for 5th Group. They include finding and vetting enough moderate rebels to make a difference on the battlefield; potential friction with the CIA, which has its own rebel training program going on in Jordan; the Obama administration's refusal to let special operations forces fight alongside the rebel forces they have trained; and a confusing chain of command that none of the relevant American military headquarters seem willing or able to explain.
To complicate matters further, the general in charge of the training mission in Jordan is considered one of the special operations community's most capable senior officers, but as things stand he is scheduled to rotate out of the country just as the training effort gets underway.
The stakes are enormously high for Washington and its allies. The Obama administration has publicly vowed to keep U.S. forces out of the line of fire in the campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in part to guard against the prospect of more American fatalities in a conflict the U.S. public had overwhelmingly turned against in recent years. The White House is instead hoping that members of some of the military's most secretive and elite units can rebuild the shattered Iraqi army and stand up a force of tribal militias willing to fight the Islamic State, while simultaneously helping to train and equip a new rebel force in Syria. Failure in either location is likely to embolden the United States' enemies in the region -- Iran, the Assad regime, the Islamic State, and al-Nusra Front -- and seriously damage American prestige.
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