[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Four gunnies who were busy making bombs have been killed by their own explosives in Khost province ... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name... General Faizullah Ghairat, police chief of Khost province said that the incident took place inside a house in Saparki area of Bak District yesterday.
He said originally six men were available at the site of the blast, adding that four of them was struck down in his prime and two others sustained injuries.
The police chief further said that the two maimed are receiving medical care under the watch of security forces.
He added that soon after the incident security forces arrived at that home, ransacked it but did not recover any other terrorist material except the remaining of the blasted explosives.
[Tolo News] At least 35 Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) soldiers were reportedly killed and nearly 60 maimed in a Taliban attack on Musa Qala district of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province, officials confirmed Thursday.
Helmand provincial council head Mohammad Karim Atal confirmed the incident and said at least 35 security force members were killed and nearly 60 maimed in the attack.
Helmand provincial council said this comes after a week-long clash between the Taliban and troops in the area.
On Wednesday some officials claimed the district had fallen into the hands of the Taliban. However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... other officials rejected this but did confirm that heavy festivities were ongoing in the area.
But, on Thursday, again conflicting reports emerged when provincial governor front man Omar Zowak said only five troops had died and 10 were maimed in the latest clash.
Officials have however said that in the past week at least 150 Taliban faceless myrmidons have been killed.
[Tolo News] At least four Taliban capos were killed in a foreign troops' drone strike Wednesday in eastern Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. , said the local officials.
The hard boyz were targeted in Kote Khil valley in Shirzad district, said Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, a front man for Nangarhar Police Chief.
The Taliban however have not yet commented on the incident.
[AnNahar] Egypt has referred 12 men to military trial for alleged involvement in a cell behind a narrowly averted attack on tourists at a pharaonic temple in June, prosecutors said Thursday.
The assailants had been recruited by the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group's Egyptian affiliate, along with two "foreigners" who were killed in the incident at the Karnak temple in Luxor, the prosecution said in a statement.
Eight of the suspects had been tossed in the slammer Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! and four were still on the run, said a prosecution official. Their nationalities were not immediately clear.
The June 10 attack was foiled by a suspicious taxi driver and police.
One of the assailants went kaboom! and police rubbed out another before they could attack any tourists.
A third, an Egyptian, was mistakenly maimed by a stray shot from another bully boy and arrested, the prosecution said.
The suspects involved in the failed June attack had been recruited by the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, the prosecution said.
The Sinai-based group, which has killed hundreds of soldiers and coppers in attacks, pledged loyalty to IS in November.
The group had attacked tourists before, in a suicide kaboom in early 2014 that killed three South Koreans and their Egypt driver at a south Sinai resort town.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United Nations ...an idea whose time has gone... says several thousand people have been forced to flee their homes after days of fighting in the Central African Republic town of Bambari.
U.N. refugee agency representative Kouassi Lazare Etien said in a statement on Thursday that new fighting between rival militias since Aug. 20 has killed at least 10 people and injured others.
Etien says recent fighting began after a 19-year-old Moslem was beheaded by alleged members of anti-Balaka, a Christian militia. He says thousands who had returned to their Bambari homes amid reconciliation efforts and improved security, were now fearful.
He said the agency is also worried about hundreds of Sudanese refugees who are in a camp near Bambari.
Central African Republic has been rocked by deadly violence between Moslems and Christians since 2013.
[AnNahar] An apparent U.S. drone strike killed five al-Qaeda suspects in the Lion of Islam network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday.
"A drone targeted a house where al-Qaeda snuffies were gathered for a meeting, destroying it and killing all five inside" late on Wednesday, said the local official, who asked to remain anonymous.
The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, and strikes on snuffies have continued during months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Iranian catspaws.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000... (AQAP), viewed by Washington as the network's most dangerous branch, has taken advantage of the chaos to seize Mukalla, capital of the vast desert province of Hadramawt.
Four other suspected al-Qaeda snuffies were killed in a similar raid on Saturday in Mukalla.
The group said in June that its leader in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, had been killed in a drone strike.
Officials said this week that the snuffies had deployed in force across Mukalla in anticipation of a possible operation by the Saudi-led military coalition to help government loyalists retake the picturesque provincial capital.
The coalition of Arab states has been carrying out air strikes against the pro-Iranian Houthis 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... since March, but has so far not intervened against al-Qaeda.
[AlAhram] A Moroccan man jugged Please don't kill me! in Spain this week is accused of coordinating a network 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.... supporters in Moroccan cities who spread the group's message and recruit murderous Moslems to fight in Iraq and Syria, a court document said on Thursday.
Abdeladim Achriaa was detained on Tuesday in a small town near Madrid as part of a joint Moroccan-Spanish police operation against alleged Islamic State sympathisers. Thirteen others were arrested in Morocco.
The arrests came days after a heavily armed 26-year-old Moroccan man who used to live in Spain was accused of attacking passengers on a train in La Belle France. A Spanish Interior Ministry source said there was no link between that case and the latest arrests.
Achriaa, who has a Spanish residence permit, appeared before examining magistrate Juan Pablo Gonzalez at Spain's High Court on Thursday. Citing a high risk of flight, Gonzalez denied bail to Achriaa and ordered him held on terrorism charges pending further investigation.
Achriaa, whose Facebook profiles included one under the name "salami Jihadi", is accused of "coordinating the members of a Syrian-Iraqi affiliate of Islamic State deployed in several cities in Morocco", a court document said.
The group is suspected of recruiting imported muscle and sending them to join Islamic State, which occupies parts of Syria and Iraq. Ultimately, the members of the group intended to emigrate to join Islamic State themselves, the document said.
Achriaa's partner Hafsa Azaoum is the daughter of one of the other suspects arrested this week and five of her brothers have gone to fight for Islamic State in Syria, it said.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said on Tuesday it suspected Achriaa and the other detainees of planning attacks but the court did not repeat this in Thursday's order.
It said however that the network spread propaganda about Islamic State violence "with the goal of creating a climate of psychosis and terror in the population".
Gonzalez voiced concern about the threat posed by Islamic State fighters returning to Spain from Syria and about the group's links to Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa.
He said Achriaa had travelled to Morocco many times, via Melilla, most recently entering Melilla from Morocco on June 17.
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[The Telegraph] French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence.
"Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile," a source told The Telegraph. "But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action."
After Friday's thwarted attempt to massacre passengers on an Amsterdam-Paris train and a series of terrorist attacks and attempted killings in France this year, President Francois Hollande warned the nation to prepare for more violence, considered inevitable as the Islamist threat grows.
The army has made contingency plans for the "reappropriation of national territory", meaning to win back control of neighbourhoods where the population become hostile to the security forces and where guns are easily obtainable, according to the source.
"There are a lot of alienated and angry fourth-generation immigrant kids in the suburbs and the prospect of radicalisation is increasingly likely," the source said.
"The idea that attacks like the one on the train are carried out by individuals acting on their own is not credible. We're dealing with highly-organised networks of militant Islamists embarked on a campaign of violence and determined to intensify it." So the terrorist taken down by the Americans and others on the train to Paris last week is talking.
How do they differentiate between lies told to terrify, wishful thinking, and the truth?
"How do they differentiate between lies told to terrify, wishful thinking, and the truth"
Given time amd analysis, well established techniques such as truth switchng, false replay, and fake sympathy will work. Course the French could just send the Corsican interrogators in with the electrodes.
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The army has made contingency plans for the "reappropriation of national territory", meaning to win back control of neighbourhoods where the population become hostile to the security forces and where guns are easily obtainable
Do you mean the non-Muslim no-go zones that have proliferated as the result of unrestricted immigration policies that has resulted in a Islamic population of ~10%? Do you mean the population of troglodytes that use wishy-washy immigration policies as a weapon against the West to worm into the fabric of society and change it from within?
[Rudaw] At least six people, including a seven-year-old child, were killed in separate festivities between Turkish troops and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the country's southeast, according to media reports and a pro-Kurdish politician.
Media reports said that the child and two other people - a hospital worker and an electricity company employee -- were critically maimed in festivities Thursday in the Cizre district of southeastern Sirnak province. They said all three died in hospital.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Senate, Odius Sepulcher called for war against the Visigoths... three people were killed and at least seven injured in separate festivities in the Hakkari province district of Yuksekova, which was placed under curfew shortly before midnight Wednesday, according to Abdullah Zaydan, an MP with the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP).
Those festivities, which have not been officially confirmed by Turkish authorities, began at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday and lasted until the next morning, Zaydan said in media comments.
The state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday that special forces in armored vehicles had been deployed in Hakkari's Semdinli district, about 50 kilometers southeast of Yuksekova.
"Clashes erupted in old Kisla, Orman and Mezarlik neighborhoods of Yuksekova after the curfew declared yesterday at 11:30 p.m.," the Hurriyet Daily quoted Zaydan as saying.
"According to information coming to us, 10 civilians were maimed, among whom three bit the dust. Ambulances trying to take the maimed were denied access to the area. Citizens want to take the maimed to the hospital by their own means, but security forces do not allow that either. We, as deputies, cannot access the area as well. The public was left to their own fate."
The Turkish government reignited a war with the PKK after the rebels grabbed credit for the deaths of two army officers in late July. The fighting has ended a 2013 ceasefire that was meant to resolve a three-decade conflict in which some 40,000 people have been killed.
Fighting erupted in the Cizre district of Sirnak province when Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels attacked a military outpost with rocket launchers, a security source told AFP.
Four Kurds, including two boys aged seven and 10, died of gunshot wounds in hospital, the source said, adding that six others, including three Turkish soldiers, were also maimed in the fighting.
In a separate incident on Thursday, a Turkish soldier was killed and four others maimed when PKK snuffies attacked security forces guarding a highway between the Lice district of Diyarbakir and Bingol province in southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , the army said in a statement.
Heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy... was also raging between the army and PKK hard boyz in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari province, where authorities imposed a curfew late Wednesday.
[AnNahar] Soldiers killed four suspected rebels and captured another during a day-long shootout in Indian Kashmire near the border dividing the region between India and Pakistain, a defense front man said Thursday.
Soldiers detected the group of snuffies in Uri, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Indian Kashmire's main city of Srinagar, on Wednesday morning, triggering a firefight that ended on Thursday afternoon.
"One terrorist was killed yesterday in Uri and three today in the contiguous forest area of Rafiabad," Indian defense front man Colonel N N Joshi said.
"One was captured alive during the operation," Joshi told AFP.
It was not immediately clear if the snuffies had crossed over the de facto border called the Line of Control from Pakistain.
Since 1989 several rebel groups have been fighting hundreds of thousands of Indian forces deployed in the region, for independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistain. Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting.
India often accuses Pakistain of pushing armed snuffies into its administered portion of Kashmire, a charge Islamabad denies saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for the right to self determination.
Diplomatic and moral support, and trained jihadis supplied with weapons, actually, but let us not quibble about the details. I wonder which of Pakistan's ISI's pet jihadi groups it will turn out to be this time...
Planned security talks between India and Pakistain at the weekend were canceled at the last minute, after a row between the arch rivals over Islamabad's plan to meet Kashmire separatist leaders in New Delhi and a desire to broaden the scope of the talks.
[DAWN] KARACHI: An improvised bomb (IED), weighing around half a kilogram, was defused near a police post on University Road, while two coppers were hurt in a firecracker attack on their van in Federal B. Industrial Area on Wednesday evening.
The IED was placed some 40 yards from a police post near the old Sabzi Mandi and about 400 yards from the central prison, said Gulshan SP Abid Qaimkhani.
After receiving information about the presence of the bomb, contingents of law enforcers rushed to the spot and called the bomb disposal squad that safely defused the device, according to officials. The IED, concealed in a soft drink can, contained ball bearings, added the officer.
He said it seemed that the motive of the suspects was to cause harassment. Around the same time, officials of three police mobile vans stationed near Masjid Quba in the Sohrab Goth area were conducting random spot checks on vehicles when some motorcyclists hurled a firecracker at them.
The firecracker hit the bonnet of one of the police vans before hitting the road, said SHO Mohammed Naeem Khan.
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[DAWN] SUKKUR: Jacobabad police on Wednesday claimed that Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... Liberation Army commander Daren Shambhani Bugti and his close associate Ali Hassan Banglani were picked up and taken away by security agencies personnel on an intelligence report that they had planned to bomb the 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. -bound Khushal Khan Khatak Express originating from Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... .
Jacobabad SSP Malik Zafar Iqbal Awan told a presser in his office that three hand grenades, a rocket launcher, two Kalashnikov rifles, ammunition and explosives were seized from them during a raid carried out jointly by the police and intelligence agencies in the Channa Laro area in Thull town.
Quoting the intelligence report, the SSP said that the terrorist attack was planned to mark the ninth death anniversary of Jamhoori Watan Part founder leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.
"The suspects were taken away by secret agencies personnel to an undisclosed place for interrogation and, as such, no case was registered at the A-Section cop shoppe, within whose jurisdiction the raid was conducted," the SSP said.
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[DAWN] Security forces killed at least 12 suspected gunnies belonging to two 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...
organizations during operations in Quetta and Sui area of Dera Bugti on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
According to officials, two important murderous Moslem leaders were among the dead. A Frontier Corps ...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations.... soldier was injured.
Helicopters also took part in the Sui operation.
A front man for the FC Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... said troops launched an operation on intelligence reports about presence of gunnies of a banned organization in Rustam Darbar and Drinjan Nullah areas of Sui in Dera Bugti district.
When the troops entered the difficult mountainous area the gunnies opened fire. The soldiers fired back.
"A heavy gunbattle ensued which continued for several hours, resulting in the death of eight murderous Moslems, including their commander," the FC front man claimed. He said the gunnies who belonged to the banned Baloch Republican Army used rockets, hand-grenades and mortars.
Their commander was identified as Chella Reesh.
One murderous Moslem was also incarcerated Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! from the area.
The FC front man claimed that the gunnies were planning to carry out terrorist attacks. "They were involved in attacking security forces and blowing up gas pipelines, power pylons and railway tracks in Sibi, Nasirabad and Dera Bugti districts," he said, adding that a large quantity of weapons and ammunition was found in their hideouts and camps which had been destroyed during the operation.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread... four suspected murderous Moslems, including a commander of the banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi, were killed during the operation in Mian-Ghundi, a locality in the outskirts of Quetta, on Tuesday late night.
According to officials, the action was taken after FC and intelligence personnel intercepted a vehicle in Mian-Ghundi, about 30km from the quiet provincial capital. The murderous Moslems, who were using an infrequent route to enter the city, opened fire on the personnel and tried to escape.
The FC front man said the troops cordoned off the area and launched an operation. A heavy exchange of fire took place which continued for three fours. "Four armed murderous Moslems, including their commander, were killed," the front man said, adding that a soldier was injured.
"The gunnies killed were coming from Mastung to carry out attacks on security forces in Quetta," he claimed.
He said they were involved in suicide kabooms in Hazara town and attacks on convoys of Shia pilgrims and security forces in Quetta and other areas.
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[DAWN] TOBA TEK SINGH: At least five people, including three children and a woman, were killed during a joint-raid conducted by police and security forces in Pirmahal area of Punjab's Toba Tek Singh district on Thursday, according to District Police Officer of Toba Tek Singh.
Police say officers raided a suspected myrmidon hideout in Housing Colony area of Pirmahal, triggering a shootout.
The suspects also lobbed several grenades wounding three members of the Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... Elite Police Force during the hour-long encounter. The condition of one of the maimed cops was reported as critical.
A large contingent of coppers and police commandoes reached the site and cordoned off the area.
Police claimed to have tossed in the slammer Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! one suspected terrorist, who was in maimed condition, while another reportedly went kaboom! to avoid arrest.
The wife and three children of the suspect, who detonated his boom jacket, were among those killed in the blast. Another child was also critically injured as a result of the blast.
Police sources also said that that the arrested suspect was a key commander belonging to the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) myrmidon organization.
All victims were shifted to the Toba DHQ Hospital. Security was also put on high alert in the district.
Authorities have stepped up operations against bandidosholy warriors during the past two weeks after a suicide kaboom in Punjab province killed provincial home minister Shuja Khanzada and 13 others.
[DAWN] A court in Gujarat ...where rioting seems to be a traditional passtime... ordered a police inquiry on Thursday after at least ten people died in the worst violence to hit the Indian prime minister's home state in more than a decade.
Police opened fire on protesters when rioting broke out following a mass rally by members of the Patidar caste to demand preferential treatment over jobs and university places.
One police officer was also killed in the festivities with demonstrators, which appear to have been triggered by the brief detention of protest leader Hardik Patel in the main city of Ahmedabad.
High Court judge J B Pardiwala ordered the Ahmedabad police commissioner to conduct an inquiry into claims officers deliberately damaged cars and other property belonging to members of the Patidar community.
"This is very disturbing. If the police does so, what is the difference between rioters and protectors? What message will go to people?" said Pardiwala.
Schools in Ahmedabad remained closed Thursday and there was a heavy police and military presence, but an AFP correspondent in the city said it was calm and shops and businesses had begun to reopen.
[DAWN] Counter-terrorism Department's (CTD) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naveed Khawaja on Thursday said the security force had foiled a major terror plan in the metropolis, arresting a network of criminals trained by Indian spy agency -- Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
The senior police officer said police had locked away Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! four accused linked to a political party in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , who confessed to planning an attack on Shahe Khorasan Imambargah ...since Pakistain is very religiously correct, Shia Moslems can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are... in the month Muharram, and received training in various parts of India.
The names of those arrested are: Khalid, Muhammad Mohsin alias Kashif, Abdul Jabbar alias Zaffar, Muhammad Shafiq alias Pappu. SSP Khawaja said the four had also been involved in an attack on Afaq Ahmad -- chief of MQM Haqiqi.
SSP Khawaja said the detained personnel had also identified several bank accounts that were used in funding their activities, adding that the State Bank of Pakistain had been notified in this regard.
"Several traders and businessmen were aiding these forces of Evil directly or indirectly," said the SSP, adding that a case against all abettors will also be initiated.
He said the accused had identified several locations where they claim to have hidden weapons and ammunition, adding that police will conduct raids to confirm the claims.
The police official said a detailed investigation to verify all claims will be initiated and police will form a strong case against those arrested for conspiring against Pakistain.
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[Rudaw] Police and security forces in Kirkuk have in recent days detained 157 suspected of collaborating with 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.... jihadists, officials said Thursday.
General Sarhad Qadir, chief of Kirkuk province suburban police, said the raid was necessary as the volatile city had been "more vulnerable to unlawful activities including terrorism."
"We have had a series of kidnappings, extortions and killings recently which could destabilize the situation in the city," Qadir said, adding that some of those incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! were babus government employees.
Thousands of families fled the violence in southern djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... province to Kirkuk as ISIS overran the area last year. Security officials fear ISIS could recruit the young refugees in Kirkuk for suicide missions.
"We already know that ISIS has recruited many of these young people and also sent many infiltrators," Farhad Hama Ali, spokesperson for Kirkuk security forces, told Rudaw.
Ali said many of the detainees have already been charged with murder and abduction.
Kurdish security forces, known as Asayish, are in charge of patrolling the oil-rich city of Kirkuk with a population of over 1 million people.
Kurdish Peshmarga forces entered the city in June last year when the Iraqi Army abandoned the city ahead of ISIS offensive.
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[Rudaw] Brigadier General Safin Abdulmajid, the Kurdish commander of 10th Division of Iraqi Army, was killed Thursday in Anbar province in a vehicle-borne suicide kaboom by the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... Al-Iraqia TV reported Thursday that the jihadist attack on occurred in Jarayshi district, 18km north of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi. The AFP news agency reported that the bomber also killed Staff Major General Abdulrahman Abu Raghif, deputy head of the Anbar Operations Command.
The AFP report said Baghdad's Joint Operations Command confirmed the deaths of the two officers and an unspecified number of other "heroic deaders."
IS grabbed credit for the attack in a statement online, but gave a different account of how it unfolded, saying it was carried out by four jacket wallahs and two supporting gunnies who targeted the main command headquarters north of Ramadi.
It said all six of the jihadists were killed.
The death or injury of senior officers during battles against IS is a persistent problem for Iraq.
Two heads of the Anbar Operations Command have been maimed this year, while the commanders of a division and a brigade were killed in Anbar in April. The province's governor was maimed in 2014.
Senior army and police commanders have also been killed in other provinces since IS launched its devastating offensive in June 2014, sweeping security forces aside.
Baghdad's forces have managed to regain significant territory in two provinces north of the capital, but much of western Iraq, including Anbar, remains outside government control.
[Rudaw] A member of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad raised concerns Tuesday about monthly payments sent to civil servants in the ISIS-controlled city of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , warning the money could end up in the hands of the jihadists.
Manal Wahab, of the Shiite State of the Law coalition, told Rudaw the government had no accurate information about how the monthly payments are being distributed in the city.
"But in case we verify claims that the money is kept by ISIS and not delivered to state employees, then of course we should freeze the payments," Wahab said, adding that the monthly payments could be giving ISIS the economic means to maintain its rule over the city.
Mosul's exiled administration, now following events in the city from safe zones in the Kurdistan region, say the payments are delivered to state employees and no incidents has been reported about "larger irregularities."
"As far as we know, the money ends up directly in the hands of those who should receive it, that is, babus government employees and retired civil servants," said Nouradin Qablan, an exiled member of the Mosul provincial council.
The Iraqi government decided last year not to withhold monthly wages to employees in Mosul despite ISIS control of the city, fearing the cut could increase support for the turbans in the predominantly Sunni area.
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Executive summary of comments by leading Iraqi analysts: "D'oh!"
[IsraelTimes] A top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps has been killed fighting against Syrian rebels, Arab media sources reported on Thursday.
Ahmed Hiyari, commander of the al-Hussein Brigades, died two days after he was injured in a clash near the city of Latakia in northwest Syria. He was a captain. Captains are "top commanders" to PFCs.
The Iranian ambassador to Syria visited Hiyari while he was in hospital, Israel's Channel 10 said, citing Arab media reports.
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army continued targeting terrorists' hideouts and positions on Thursday, destroying their vehicles and equipment and leaving many of them dead or injured, state-run SANA news agency reported.
In Homs, army's air Force destroyed hideouts and vehicles equipped with machineguns of various calibers for ISIS snuffies in Wadi al-Mask in the countryside of Palmyra in Homs province.
The army's air force targeted assembly points of the so-called 'Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed... group to the east of al-Shumra Mountains in Palmyra countryside, the source added.
In Hama, the army air force raided the terrorist organizations hideouts and movements in the villages and towns of al-Sarmaniyeh, Qaston, Zayzoun al-Jadideh, al-Tanjarah, al-Kahera and at the surroundings of Zayzoun Station, in al-Ghab Plain in the central province of Hama.
The army strikes resulted in the demolishing of terrorists' vehicles equipped with machineguns and the killing and injuring of member of the so-called Jaish al-Fateh, a military source told SANA Thursday.
On Wednesday, terrorist organizations admitted the killing of the leader of the so-called "Sukour al-Ghab Gathering," nicknamed Jamil Raadoun.
In Idleb, the army air force staged Arclight airstrikes against dens and positions of the so-called "Jaish al-Fatih" in the countryside of the northern province.
A military source told SANA that the army air force carried out strikes against positions of al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ... Front and other terrorist organizations in the villages and towns of al-Hamidyia, Khashir, Um Jarin, al-Majas, al-Tir'aa, Qari'a al-Ghazal and Abu al-Dohour in the eastern countryside of the province.
The source added that a number of bad boyz were potted in the strikes and others were maimed and a number of their vehicles were destroyed, some of which were equipped with heavy machineguns and loaded with arms and ammunition.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti... takfiri terrorist organizations admitted on their pages on the social networking websites that one of the self-claimed leaders of al-Nusra Front terrorist organization Mohammad Abdul-Mun'aim Razzouq was killed, in addition to many other terrorists.
The army also staged strikes against dens of snuffies in the villages and towns of Kansafra, Jidrayia, Mhambel, and al-Sahin in Ariha area in the southern countryside of the province, killing a number of snuffies and injuring others.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti... heavy losses were inflicted upon terrorist organizations in the arms and personnel in Arclight airstrikes staged by the army air force against their hotbeds and positions in the village of Frieke, and the sugar factory in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour.
In Aleppo, an army unit killed 46 snuffies in al-Sayyed Ali area in Aleppo city.
In Lattakia, army units established control over Rweiset Jouret al-Tanbour hill at the axis of Jeb Al-Ahmar in the northeastern countryside of Lattakia, after destroying terrorists' hideouts
In Daraa, an army unit killed a number of al-Nusra snuffies destroyed their arms at the western neighborhood of Bosra al-Sham in the eastern countryside of Daraa Province.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by 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... groups has so far claimed the lives of over 230,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, bit the dust in Syria last year.
Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.
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[ALMANAR.LB] A new 48-hour truce between Syrian army and terrorist groups in three towns entered into force at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday after negotiations, sources told Al-Manar TV.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that fighting and rocket fire had stopped in the rebel bastion of Zabadani in rural Damascus and the government-held villages of Fuaa and Kafraya in Idleb.
The new two-day truce follows a similar ceasefire earlier this month for the towns that was intended to lead to a broad agreement to end the fighting in Zabadani and the blockade of Fuaa and Kafraya.
Hezbollah and the Syrian national forces launched an offensive to restore Zabadani city from terrorist groups early last month, and they are imposing a blockade on bully boyz over a 1.5 km2 area.
The town is the last terrorist-held bastion in the area along the border with Leb and has been subjected to massive aerial bombardment since the operation began.
In retaliation, a terrorist alliance including Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front surrounded Fuaa and Kafraya, two villages in Idlib province, northwest of Syria, and began firing rockets into them.
The first ceasefire for the three towns began on August 12 as a 48-hour truce but was extended for another day as negotiators tried but ultimately failed to reach a broad deal.
The earlier talks included discussion of the withdrawal of terrorist operatives from Zabadani.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] 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) has seized five villages from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday, advancing in an area where The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... and the United States are planning to open a new front against the group.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Rooters on Monday that the two NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... allies would soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush ISIS fighters from the border region.
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Giving Darth Vlad an excuse to keep Baby Assad in power in Syria, + militarily intervene in Turkey.
[AlAhram] A coalition led by the United States pummeled 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.... targets in Iraq on Wednesday with 21 air strikes concentrated near the cities of Baji and Tuz, according to a statement released on Thursday.
Five strikes near Baiji denied the Death Eater group "an avenue of approach" and destroyed 19 of its buildings as well as vehicles, a mortar system and a weapons cache, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement. Six strikes near Tuz destroyed Islamic State fighting positions and a vehicle. Other strikes in Iraq targeted the group near Falluja, Kisik, djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , Ramadi, Sinjar, and Sultan Abdallah.
The coalition also conducted four strikes in Syria, with three near Al Hawl destroying Islamic State bunkers and an excavator.
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[SKYNEWS.AU] The United States is confident of having killed a top 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.... cyber hacker and recruiter in a drone strike in Syria this week.
Junaid Hussain was a British-born hacker and IS propagandist who reputedly was part of a group called the Cyber Caliphate.
"We have a high degree of confidence" that Hussain was killed in a coalition air strike in Syria this week, a US official told AFP on Thursday.
Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also announced his death, calling him Islamic State's "top cyber jihadist."
"This is a serious blow to ISIS - and a swift act of justice against a top cyber jihadist and recruiter," McCaul said in a statement.
"The strike sends an unmistakable message to the terror group's ranks, plot against us - even on social media, and we will find you."
Hussain was linked to several cyber attacks on US internet sites and Twitter accounts, including that of the US Central Command.
He was also cited by two gunnies who attacked an exhibit featuring cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed on May 3 in Garland, Texas.
In Twitter messages just before the attack, which was repelled by police, the assailants called on people to follow Hussain, who reportedly responded on Twitter after the shooting, "Allahu Akbar! 2 of our brothers just opened fire."
British media said Hussain was found responsible in 2012 for hacking former prime minister Tony Blair's accounts and posting his contacts online.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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