An Afghan woman has been flogged in public in Kohistanat district of Sar-e-Pul province after being accused of leaving her house with a strange man.
Video footage handed over to TOLOnews shows the woman being flogged by Taliban militants in the once peaceful district.
This is the second such video to emerge in only a few days. The previous incident took place earlier this week when a Faryab woman was subjected to a public lashing after being accused of having a phone conversation with a strange man.
In the latest incident, the Taliban militants accused the woman of traveling with a strange man. However, these claims have been rejected by officials who said she had been with her brother-in-law.
Accusing the woman of going against Islamic values, the Taliban meted out a public lashing against both woman and man.
Local officials in Sar-e-Pul have confirmed the incident but said no one has officially filed a complaint against the Taliban.
A resident of Sar-e-Pul province who sent in the video to TOLOnews said that the Taliban lashed the woman and her brother-in-law after they were on their way to a doctor.
The video shows the woman constantly pleading with the Taliban to stop - saying her husband had not been home and she had needed to see a doctor.
"Oh Allah (God) help me, please do not beat me," the women chants in the video footage.
Insurgents have reportedly controlled Kohistanat district for the past four months.
"Kohistanat is one of the districts which is controlled by the Taliban. We were also informed about the incident and this will not be the first nor the last of such crimes," Sar-e-Pul governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat said.
Rights groups and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) have condemned the act of violence against the woman, calling it an act of atrocity and against Sharia (Islamic law).
"The Independent Human Rights Commission condemns such open trials as they are in contradiction to Sharia law and other laws," said AIHRC spokesman Rafiullah Bedar.
Violence against women has increased in the country this year with the Sar-e-Pul incident being the second of its kind in just one week.
Officials from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) in northern Baghlan province said Thursday insurgents have blown up another pylon and destroyed circuits in Baghaln and Kunduz respectively.
This time the power from Tajikistan to Kabul has been disrupted.
This comes after the recent blast that targeted a pylon in Dand-e-Shahabuddin in Baghlan.
Head of DABS for Baghlan province, Ghulam Hussain, said that insurgents are behind the attacks. However, work to restore the electricity supply has been started, he said.
According to him, electricity to the capital should be restored Thursday.
He said that the attack in Kunduz was against circuits only. "The power has not been cut in the pylon, however, the enemies of Afghanistan have cut two circuits of electricity in Kunduz province," he added.
But a number of security troops near the Kunduz pylon said that a pylon was destroyed in several stages.
"It was night that we heard the sound of an explosion. It was dark, so we could not find the scene of the explosion. When we came in the morning we saw that two pylons had been destroyed. We called the provincial governor's office and they said that they will take action, but they didn't take any action. Two nights later, there was another explosion and the remaining part of the pylon was destroyed," said Hafizullah, an army officer in Baghlan.
Just over two weeks ago, the Taliban blew up a pylon in Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Baghlan province and suspended the transmission of electricity from Uzbekistan to Kabul.
With the latest attacks on power lines in Kunduz, Kabul has lost all supply of imported power.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least five coppers were martyred and six others sustained injuries in an insider attack in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
The incident took place late on Wednesday evening in Abdul Rauf area of Zherai district, a local security official said.
The official further added that two coppers opened fire on their comrades while they were having dinner in a security check post.
The official further added that the two coppers were apparently affiliated with the Talibs.
Kandahar is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed gunnies are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
The Talibs group has grabbed credit behind the incident which comes amid rampant insurgency led by the group across the country.
This comes as at least ten coppers were martyred in a similar attack in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan late last month.
The incident in Chinartu district late in the month of January followed a week after another policeman opened fire on his comrades, leaving nine coppers martyred.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Six murderous Moslems have been killed and 10 others maimed in a clash erupted between two rival murderous Moslem groups in eastern Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province.
Spokesperson for the police headquarters of Nangarhar province said the clash erupted between fighters of Taliban and Daesh [Islamic State] in Karkani area of Achin District yesterday.
According to Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, five of the murderous Moslems killed were loyalists of Daesh [Islamic State] and the other one was from the Taliban group.
Seven of the 10 maimed belonged to Daesh [Islamic State] and three to Taliban.
Nangarhar has become the battle ground of Taliban and Daesh [Islamic State] where they have announced 'Jihad' against each other.
Loyalists of Daesh [Islamic State] are former members of Taliban. They separated ways with Taliban after the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) myrmidon group which is also known by its Arabic name 'Daesh [Islamic State]' came into shape.
The two sides have fought in a number of Afghan provinces but the most deadly festivities have been erupting in Nangarhar province.
Achin, Haska Meena and Bati Kot are among the districts of Nangarhar where both sides have killed/beheaded dozens of each other's fighters.
Due to the tense situation and continued festivities between the two groups, hundreds of families have been forced to leave their homes in those areas.
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Treasury Department of the United States says it has added Nayf Salam Muhammad Ujaym al Hababi who is also known as Farouq al-Qahtani, a senior al-Qaeda leader based in Afghanistan, to the list of specially designated global terrorists, The Long War Journal reports.
Hababi wears multiple hats for al Qaeda. And the government's dossier for him demonstrates that there is no firm dividing line between the jihadists' insurgency operations in South Asia and their plotting terrorist attacks in the West.
In his "key leadership role," Hababi "is responsible for planning attacks against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan, contributing to al Qaeda's external operations planning, and fundraising on al Qaeda's behalf." External operations means terrorist plots in the West or against Western interests.
Indeed, "Hababi planned to carry out attacks in the West, including in the United States and other Western countries" as "Dire Revenge for the deaths of senior al Qaeda leaders." He has been "consulting on al Qaeda operations worldwide" since 2011.
Adam J. Szubin, the Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, noted in Treasury's blurb that Hababi "has a long history of directing deadly attacks against US forces and our Coalition allies in Afghanistan, along with plotting al Qaeda terrorist operations in the United States and around the world."
Hababi's fundraising activities have supported both al Qaeda's international plotting and its role in the Afghan insurgency as well. Since 2010, he has helped raise funds and also had a say in "authorizing spending on behalf of al Qaeda." As of 2012, according to Treasury, Hababi "solicited funds from supporters in Gulf countries to support al Qaeda's external operations and also expected to receive funds from Gulf-based donors for activities in Afghanistan."
Treasury lists a variety of ways in which Hababi has been involved in the fighting in Afghanistan "since at least 2009."
In 2009, "he led operations in northeast Afghanistan that included attacks against US military bases." Hababi "participated in two attacks against Coalition Forces convoys" the following year. He has also overseen the acquisition of weapons, "including rocket propelled grenades," for distribution to jihadists in Afghanistan.
Suicide bombers "affiliated" with Hababi have been "tasked to attack Afghan bases and Coalition convoys in Afghanistan" since 2012. In early 2013, Hababi "and his battalion intended to take control of Kunar Province ...one of the four N2KL provinces (Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman). N2KL is the designation used by US and Coalition Forces for the rugged and very violent region opposite Pakistain's Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Northwest Frontier Province. Kunar is the center of the N2KL region. Its population is 95% Pashtun. It is adjacent to Bajaur Agency.. , Afghanistan and establish a base to launch external operations on behalf of al Qaeda."
As of 2015, he has been the "emir for the Eastern Zone of Afghanistan" and, in that capacity, has been "responsible for finding a new sanctuary for al Qaeda."
Treasury's designation provides clues concerning Hababi's role in the Death Eaters' gains last year.
He "worked on attack plans for fighting in northeast Afghanistan" in 2015 and "has been in charge of al Qaeda-sponsored training in northeast Afghanistan" for several years. In addition, Hababi "directed the delivery of funds and weapons to Taliban associates in Afghanistan for use in future attacks."
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Several murderous Moslems have been killed in festivities between the loyalists of the terrorist group of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) which is also known by its Arabic name 'Daesh [Islamic State]' and Taliban in Gomal District of Paktika ...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo... province.
Local residents said on Thursday that the festivities have been erupting in Khand and Dinarkhil areas since last two days and that around 80 snuffies have been killed so far.
According to them, drone strikes were also carried out during these festivities in which 18 Taliban were killed and two vehicles belonging to the security guards of the group's shadow governor for Paktika province were destroyed.
Khaista Khan Akhtarzada, governor of Gomal District said three commanders of Daesh [Islamic State] are among those killed in Dinarkhil area.
According to Akhtarzada, the festivities erupted when Taliban opposed Daesh [Islamic State] commanders who were planning to open offices in the area.
Niamatullah Baburi, deputy of the Provincial Council of Paktika also confirmed to Khaama Press that the festivities have been erupting between the fighters of Daesh [Islamic State] and Taliban in the area but did not provide further details.
Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head... Taliban spokesperson confirmed losing five fighters in Gumal District. According to Mujahid the fighters were killed in an Arclight airstrike.
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[Libya Herald] Rada, the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) deported 8 Tunisians from Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... to Tunisia this morning suspected of having a connection with IS/Daesh [Islamic State]. If you chop their heads off and deport the rest of them, I'll betcha the rest of them doesn't come back.
Rada reported that some of those departed from Tripoli had entered Libya illegally.
Rada called on the Tunisian and Libyan authorities to cooperate more closely and directly on a continuous basis with regards to issues of security. They particularly called for a better effort at the borders in light of the circumstances that the two countries were going through and their efforts to impose security.
Some of the deportees who had entered Libya legally had their passports stamped "barred" in red by the Libyan authorities preventing them from re-entering Libya at least legally again.
Rada has been conducting a campaign recently to arrest alleged IS members as well as arresting kidnappers and criminals in general.
Rada is officially part of the Ministry of Interior and headed by Abdul Rauf Kara. It has been criticized in the past for alleged human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... violations with at least one prisoner dying allegedly while in its custody.
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[Libya Herald] There are unconfirmed reports that the Libyan navy has intercepted two foreign vessels from Misrata off the coast near Derna with 25 people aboard.
One of the unnamed ships was flagged in Zanzibar and carried 13 Turkish and Syrian nationals but no cargo. Its papers apparently showed it was en route from Misrata to Greece. The second vessel, which was from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , had a dozen people aboard with a cargo of iron from Misrata destined for Egypt.
No details of the interceptions were given in a report carried by Alwasat, which said the arrests had taken place off Ras Hilal within Libyan territorial waters.
Just under a month ago, in the same waters, the navy intercepted a Panamanian fat merchantman the Abella aboard which it was claimed were 14 terrorist suspects on their way to reinforce IS forces outside of Derna. The navy has never provided any further details of that incident and there appear to be no records of a vessel named Abella.
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[AnNahar] A customs officer and two non-combatants were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists in northern Mali on Thursday, customs and military sources said.
The assailants arrived in the town of Hombori on two pick-up trucks, a local customs official said told AFP.
"They opened fire on a customs post and killed our colleague Mody Ndiaye, who only arrived on Wednesday to take up his position. Two civilians were also killed," the official said.
They also set fire to a vehicle before ransacking the building, he said.
A military source said "the bandidosmurderous Moslems came from the north with vehicles. They had military weapons. They began shooting in the air before attacking the customs post."
Since Tuesday, Hombori police had noticed "suspicious movements" in the town, source said.
Residents later staged a protest to demand more security for civilians in the town.
Northern Mali fell under the control of Tuareg-led rebels and jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in 2012.
The Islamists sidelined the Tuareg to take sole control. Although largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013 the jihadist groups remain active.
Thursday's attack occurred not far from the commune of Mondoro, near the border with Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other... , where three Malian soldiers were killed by a roadside kaboom on Tuesday.
The two attacks coincide with the first visit to the region this week by the new head of the U.N. mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamat Saleh Annadif.
Annadif notably visited Kidal, a stronghold of the Tuareg-led former rebel group the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), where tensions sparked by the arrival in the town this month of members of a pro-government group have eased following a deal between the two.
Masked gunmen suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda killed three Yemeni soldiers in Aden on Thursday in the latest attack to target security forces in the southern city, an official said.
The soldiers were attacked as they walked down the main road in Inmaa district, the security official said, adding that the assailants managed to escape.
“They died instantly,” he said.
Al-Qaeda controls parts of the port city where the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has set up base in its battle against Iran-backed Houthi militia.
With support from a Saudi-led coalition, Hadi’s forces have driven the rebels out of Aden and four other southern provinces since last July but the Houthis remain in control of the capital Sanaa and much of the north.
Al-Qaeda and the rival ISIS militant group have taken advantage of the conflict to gain ground in southern cities such as Aden.
They have claimed a string of attacks and assassinations in recent months.
A teacher in southern Saudi Arabia opened fire on colleagues Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television reported.
The brief reports on the state television channel's website and Twitter account did not elaborate or offer a reason for the shooting at an education department building. It quoted an unnamed police spokesman for the information and said the suspected shooter was in custody.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency did not immediately report the shooting.
State TV posted a still photograph that showed ambulances gathered outside the building where the shooting took place in Jazan province.
CAIRO: Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led airstrikes seized control of a military camp 60 km from Sanaa on Thursday, local officials and residents said, as troops advance toward the capital held by Iran-allied fighters.
Forces loyal to Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi are battling the Houthi movement and loyalists of the country’s deposed President, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Pro-government forces seized the Fardhat Nahm camp outside Sanaa in battles with Houthi fighters that left a number of people dead and wounded, local officials and residents said, without giving precise figures.
Aircraft from the Arab coalition carried out dozens of strikes during the battles in the area, they said. The camp is located on one of the defense lines for the capital.
[Dhaka Tribune] Two people believed to be members of an outlawed party were killed in a reported shootout with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)
Which one? Last I looked, there were something like 20 units spread across the country, so great was the need for their rapidity of action.
at Swastipur in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
Mosaddek Ibne Mujib, commanding officer of RAB 12, said they had information
Mahmoud the Weasel builds his 401K in a troubled time...
that a group of members of the outlawed party were staying in the area for holding a secret meeting in the dead of night, a team of the elite force conducted a drive there at about 3am.
Spider senses tingling at the proximity of Rab members, the party members opened fire on the elite force forcing them to fire back that triggered a shootout.
The invitation was engraved on pasteboard in the traditional style, with RSVP in the bottom corner, so naturally a response was required.
Akam Uddin Hia,25, son of Ansar Sheikh, and Liakat, 30, son of Abdul Jalil, both residents of Mrittikapara in Sadar upazila, were caught in the line of fire
...right where they were supposed to be...
and injured. Their other associates managed to flee the scene. ... as though they had never been... Akam and Liakat were rushed to Kushtia General Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
"They're dead, Jim!"
"Both of them, Bones?"
"Both of them, Jim!"
Later, the bodies were sent to hospital morgue for an appointment with Dr. Quincy.
"Overtime special for you, Dr. Quincy!"
"Great, Sam, stack 'em in the back with the others."
Rab members recovered two foreign-made pistols, one rifle, two magazines and some bullets from the spot.
While this report was typed up, young Belal Siddique, so new he hadn't even been issued a uniform yet, was set to polishing the ordnance and the bullets before returning them to their velvet-lined boxes in the evidence room until the next time they were needed,
And so we end another tale of the Rab, happy to know that, despite the spread of ISIS and the astounding collection of Americans desiring to become president of the United States, the universe ultimately functions as it should.
What's the next Kurdish town on the list, now that this one has been destroyed enough to save it?
[AnNahar] Turkish security forces have ended an almost two-month military operation backed by a curfew in the southeastern town of Cizre against rebels of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), the interior minister said Thursday.
"The operations in Cizre have been successfully completed as of today," Efkan Ala told state-run TRT television, adding that the curfew would nonetheless continue a little longer.
"Control has been re-established in Cizre and over the bandidosgunnies there," he said.
Cizre, in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... 's Sirnak province near the Iraqi and Syrian border, has been under curfew since December 14, when the army launched an "anti-terror operation" in a bid to root out the PKK from the town's center where they had erected barricades and dug trenches.
The army said Wednesday some 580 Lions of Islam had been killed in the town since the operations started.
Kurdish activists claim the campaign has cost dozens of civilian lives and argue the army figure for the number of Lions of Islam killed is grossly exaggerated.
The PKK has killed dozens of members of the Turkish security forces in attacks since a two-and-a-half-year truce collapsed in July.
[AnNahar] Suspected holy warriors from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attacked the offices of two strongly pro-government Turkish newspapers, throwing Molotov cocktails and opening fire on their editorial headquarters, reports said Thursday.
A group of five masked assailants hurled Molotov cocktails at the entrance of the offices of Yeni Safak daily in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul before opening fire on the building with long-range rifles late Wednesday, the state-run Anatolia news agency and the newspaper said.
An hour later, another group, also armed with Molotov cocktails and rifles, attacked the offices of Yeni Akit in Istanbul's Kucukcekmece district, damaging several cars outside the building, Anatolia added.
Fire erupted outside both buildings, but no casualties were reported. Police were searching for the assailants.
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus blamed the PKK, which has waged an armed insurgency in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... "I condemn with hatred the ugly attack on Yeni Safak and Yeni Akit newspapers by members of the terrorist organization," he said in an apparent reference to the PKK.
The dailies are strong supporters of the government's military operations against the rebels of the PKK in southeast Turkey which activists claim has cost dozens of civilian lives.
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday confirmed the death sentences of 12 convicts tried by the military courts, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.
The 12 “hardcore terrorists” were involved in “committing heinous offences relating to terrorism”, which include the Bannu jailbreak, attacks on armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilians, ISPR said. Of those convicted, eight men belong to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), two belong to Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and two to al Qaeda, ISPR said. The approval comes just two days after the Supreme Court had stayed execution of four terrorists, including two facilitators of APS attack. Political parties had unanimously agreed over the issue of setting up military courts to tackle terrorism cases in the country following the gruesome attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014, following which parliament passed the 21st Constitutional Amendment in January 2015 to set up the said courts.
President Mamnoon Hussain had also promulgated an ordinance further revising the recently amended Army Act to ostensibly aid the functioning of military courts by allowing for trials in camera, i.e without the presence of the public or the media, and over video link if necessary.
The Supreme Court in a majority ruling upheld the establishment of military courts in Pakistan. Petitions challenging the 21st Amendment were dismissed in August this year in a majority 11-6 vote of the 17-member SC bench. Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Dost Muhammad announced the verdict. In a 14-3 majority vote, petitions challenging the 18th Amendment were also dismissed by the bench. Judges provided seven opinions and two additional notes on the ruling.
QUETTA: The Frontier Corps claimed to have foiled subversion attempts in Quetta and other places by recovering 10,000 kilograms of explosives and 45 Improvised Explosive Devices from Spochni area in the Nushki district.
“The consignment of huge quantity of explosives was dumped at a place near Pak-Afghan border,” an FC spokesman said, adding that it had been brought to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
The FC troops, he said, raided the area after receiving a tip-off on Wednesday.
Explosives packed in bags were to be used in acts of subversion in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.
Meanwhile, he said, the FC personnel defused a landmine planted at a roadside in Sui area of Dera Bugti district.
ERBIL – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has executed four women in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, after accusing them of “committing adultery”, local sources reported on Thursday.
“The four victims were arrested earlier on wednesday in a raid by ISIS jihadis,” said Raafat Zarari, spokesman of the Nineveh media center.
“The jihadis claimed to have captured the women while committing adultery,” Zarari told ARA News in Mosul.
The ISIS-led Sharia Court issued a decision to publicly execute the four women, without mentioning any details about the men with whom the victims have supposedly committed adultery.
“The four women were stoned to death on Thursday in front of a large crowd of people in central Mosul,” Zarari reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Abdullah al-Malla said: “The four women were most likely exposed to sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS militants before being driven out of their homes and transferred to the Sharia Court.”
“The statement of the Sharia Court regarding the case of those four women has avoided mentioning the men who have been involved in the alleged adultery,” the source said. “Apparently, the victims have been raped by ISIS jihadis and then stoned to death on charges of committing adultery.”
(IraqiNews.com) Basra – The commander of Basra Operations Major General Samir Abdul Karim announced the arrival of military reinforcements including Infantry regiment equipped with tanks and armored vehicles coming from Baghdad according to the orders of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to bolster the security in Basra.
Abdul Karim said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces participated immediately upon its arrival in the security operations that were carried out by the Operations Command in Abi al-Khasib District to search for weapons and wanted men.”
Abdul Karim added, “The raids and search operations contributed significantly to the reduction of tribal conflicts and organized crime,” pointing out that, “These operations will continue until we make sure the city of Basra is troubles-free.”
Noteworthy, Basra witnessed the arrival of similar troops from Baghdad, but it returned back to Baghdad few days later, and this issue sparked controversy among political mediums after the outbreak of tensions between al-Hashed al-Shaabi and that troops.
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday the Shiekh of Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar Province Naeem al-Kaoud announced, that 22 members of the so-called ISIS were killed and 2 booby-trapped vehicles were destructed in an operation west of Ramadi.
Kaoud said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Albu Nimr and Albu Mahal tribal fighters attacked a gathering of ISIS members east of Kabisa area south of Heet.”
“The operation resulted in the killing of 22 ISIS members and the destruction of two booby-trapped vehicles, as well as releasing two families who were besieged by ISIS,” Kaoud added.
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – On Thursday the head of the security committee in Babel Provincial Council, Falah al-Radi, announced the arrest of 34 wanted individuals on criminal charges north of the province.
Radi said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the police carried out raids and searches in the district of Alexandria (50 km north of Babel), resulting in the arrest of 34 wanted individuals, including two [persons] in accordance with Article IV of the Anti-Terrorism Act,” pointing out that, “The force found mortar shells in an abandoned area west of the district.”
Radi added, “The operation was carried out in accordance with accurate intelligence,” noting that, “the detainees were taken to a police station for interrogation.”
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province revealed on Thursday, that 22 members of the so-called ISIS were either killed or wounded by an aerial bombardment carried out by the international coalition aviation on their headquarters in the province.
The source said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation bombarded ISIS headquarters in the areas of al-Riyad and al-Rashad.
The source added, “The bombardment also resulted in the killing of 10 ISIS members and the injury of 12 others, in addition to destructing four tactical units.”
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province announced on Wednesday, that eight people including four police elements were injured in the explosion of a car bomb targeting a police patrol south of Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad).
The source said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A car bomb that was parked on the side of the road south of Kirkuk, exploded on a police patrol, wounding eight people including four police elements.”
The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The security forces cordoned off the area and transferred the injured to a hospital for treatment, while opened an investigation to uncover the circumstances and the perpetrators of the bombing.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday, that nine people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast south of Baghdad.
The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this morning, near a popular market in Latifiya area south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others.”
The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while strict measures were taken in anticipation of the presence of other bombs.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force said on Thursday, that two elements of the Shia militia of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi had been injured in a bomb blast that took place in al-Yusifiyah area in southern Baghdad.
The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device that was emplaced on the road side in the district of al-Yusifiyah in southern Baghdad went off while a vehicle belonging to al-Hashed al-Sha’bi was passing in the area,” pointing out that, “The blast resulted in wounding two elements of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi.”
The source added, “A security force cordoned off the area of the incident and transferred the injured to nearby hospital for treatment.”
[IsraelTimes] Kafr Kanna man was caught when he went to the West Bank to hand money over to members of the Paleostinian terror group
An Arab Israeli dentist was sentenced Tuesday to 20 months in prison for aiding the Paleostinian terrorist group Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, by transferring large sums of money to members of the organization in the West Bank.
The Nazareth District Court handed down the sentence to 32-year-old Malik Jamil Mubarak Khatib from the northern Arab Israeli town of Kafr Kanna. He also received an NIS 50,000 ($13,000) fine.
Khatib was apprehended in May 2015 in a joint operation by the Shin Bet security service and police while on his way to the Paleostinian West Bank city of Ramallah.
A sum of NIS 170,000 (about $43,700) in cash was found in Khatib's possessions at the time of the arrest.
The court mentioned in its ruling that the Shin Bet had specifically warned Khatib not to engage in such activity on two occasions in the weeks prior to his arrest.
During his interrogation, Khatib admitted he had transferred funds to Hamas activists and further confessed that he had assisted Paleostinians from Gazoo to enter Israeli territory illegally.
Khatib said he had received payments in exchange for driving Paleostinians without permits across the Strip's border on a nearly daily basis. During the trial the court heard that Khatib had been paid 1,000 shekels for each transfer he made.
The judges noted that Khatib had not been involved in any terror activity himself but said his actions warranted a harsh punishment due to use of the money by the terror groups he worked for.
"These crimes have immense potential to harm state security and its citizens," wrote justices Esther Hellman and Danny Tzafarti in the ruling. "Even though the defendant may regret his actions, we have no choice but to treat this behavior with the full force of the law."
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[ARANews] LATAKIA – Syrian rebel fighters of the Army of Conquest launched on Thursday a major offensive on headquarters of the pro-Assad forces in the coastal province of Latakia, western Syria, military sources reported.
Rebel fighters have bombed pro-Assad army’s positions in the vicinity of Mount Al-Turkman in the countryside of Latakia, using heavy artillery and mortar shells.
At least 15 pro-Assad soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in the attack.
“Subsequent to the operation, the rebels of the Army of Conquest seized control of the Tel Qroujah town near Mount Al-Turkman,” Ahmed Nemat, a spokesman for the Army of Conquest, told ARA News in Latakia.
“Our campaign has caused heavy losses in the ranks of the pro-Assad militias on Thursday,” he said. “After entering Tel Qroujah town, our rebels have collected dead bodies of more than 15 fighters, some of them were from the regime’s army and others from Hezbollah militia (recognized from their uniforms). Dozens of other pro-Assad forces were wounded before withdrawing from the town and its suburbs.”
In the meantime, an officer in the ranks of the regime’s army told ARA News that the retreat of their troops from Tel Qroujah town was “a tactical withdrawal”.
“Our forces have withdrawn from Tel Qroujah to avoid further losses, but we stress that Mount Al-Turkman will be entirely regained from the fist of terrorists (in reference to the rebel groups) in the coming days,” he told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In the meantime, Russian warplanes conducted on Thursday evening several airstrikes on rebels’ positions near Mount Al-Turkman in Latakia countryside in a bid to impede the progress of the Army of Conquest fighters, who have been fighting against forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for nearly one year in the coastal region.
The Army of Conquest, aka Jaish al-Fatah, is a joint operations chamber that includes several factions of Syrian rebels. Since its establishment in early 2015, the alliance has been engaged in fierce battles against pro-Assad troops in northwestern Syria.
ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday amputated the right hand of a young man in the city of Raqqa, northeastern Syria, after accusing him of stealing, according to local media activists and eyewitnesses.
The brutal punishment was carried out in front of dozens of people in eastern Raqqa.
Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, a right activist from the campaign “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” –which documents ISIS violations against civilians in the province– reported that ISIS militants have called on the people of Raqqa to gather in the Dawla square to witness the punishment.
“The right hand of the 27-year-old man was amputated by ISIS militants,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Eyewitnesses reported that a member of the Sharia Court in Raqqa read a statement ahead of cutting off the man’s hand, saying he was guilty of stealing a motorcycle.
This comes just five days after ISIS extremists cut off hands of three teenagers in the city of Mosul in northwestern Iraq, after accusing them of stealing.“The three teenagers, who were accused of stealing goods from a store in Mosul, were arrested by the ISIS-led Islamic Police relier on Friday,” a civil rights activist told ARA News in Mosul. “The suspects were referred to the Sharia Court, which ordered the amputation of the right hand of each one of them.”
The ISIS-led Sharia Court had earlier issued a decision to cut off the right hand of every person accused of robbery in areas under the group’s control, arguing that the punishment is originally derived from the Islamic law.
[ALMANAR.LB] Kurdish forces managed to take a strategic air base and the adjacent town in northern Syria from 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... terrorists.
The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) expelled krazed killermurderous Moslems from the Minnigh air base and adjacent town, north of Syria's second city Aleppo.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the seizure of Minnigh comes following fierce festivities between the two sides.
"With the defeat at Minnigh, Islamist fighters lost the only military airport they held in Aleppo province," the Britannia-based Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
"Minnigh airport lies between two key roads that lead from Aleppo city to Azaz" to the north, giving Kurdish fighters a strategic launching pad for offensives against Takfiris further east, Abdel Rahman added.
The Syrian government forces lost control of the airbase in early August 2013, when bandidosmurderous Moslems took it after almost a year-long siege.
The YPG has stated their desire to reestablish the link between Afrin, its stronghold in the region located some 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Minnigh, and Kobani, another Syrian Kurdish town.
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[ALMANAR.LB] Syrian Army units destroyed a cannon, a hideout and two fortified sites, killing all terrorists around, during operations in separate areas in Daraa al-Balad in the southern Daraa province, a military source told state-run SANA news agency on Thursday.
The source added that two more fortified posts were hit and a bulldozer was destroyed as an army unit targeted gatherings and movements of terrorists in the towns of Saida and al-Nueima to the east of Daraa City.
To the northeast of Daraa City, a number of terrorists were killed and their ammunition and arms were destroyed during army operations to the south of Tafas town.
Another bulldozer and a fortified post for the terrorists were hit in al-Yadouda village.
In the neighboring Sweida province, an army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, destroyed an oil tanker belonging to terrorists of the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group in the area between Tal Asheihib al-Janoubi and Tal Asheihib al-Shamali in the northeastern countryside of the province.
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[AnNahar] More than a dozen young men have headed from the Paleostinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hellhole in southern Leb to Syria to join the Lion of IslamIslamic 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, al-Akhbar daily reported on Thursday.
The newspaper quoted their families and the Paleostinian factions at the camp as saying that around 15 men traveled on Sunday to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... from where they headed to Raqqa, the IS's de facto capital in northern Syria.
Scores of fighters have headed from Leb to Syria to join rebels seeking to topple the Syrian regime.
Scores means nobody knows how many set off for the Caliphate, and how many just joined Lebanon's lucrative drug gangs.
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[AnNahar] Three turbans from the Qaeda-linked 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 were killed Thursday in a Hizbullah ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory... attack in the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, Hizbullah's al-Manar and other TV networks reported.
Hizbullah fighters targeted a group of Nusra turbans in the Arsal outskirts area of Harf Wadi al-Kheil, killing three and wounding several others, the reports said.
Militants from al-Nusra and the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... jihadist group are entrenched in mountainous regions in Arsal's outskirts and along the porous Lebanese-Syrian border.
The Lebanese army regularly shells their positions and Hizbullah fighters frequently engage in festivities with them on the Syrian side of the border.
The turbans clash with the army occasionally but a major confrontation erupted in August 2014 when the two groups overran Arsal in the wake of the arrest of a senior IS leader.
Nineteen soldiers and around 60 turbans were killed in the fighting. The jihadists of the two groups also kidnapped dozens of troops and coppers of which four were eventually executed.
[NYPOST] A 4-year-old British boy dubbed "Junior Jihadi" has once again been used in a revolting ISIS propaganda video -- this time showing him detonating explosives in a car with three captives strapped inside.
Isa Dare -- who was taken to Syria by his mom, Grace "Khadija" Dare -- is seen with a young man who addressed the UK with a scarf covering his face.
"You will never fight us except behind fortified fortresses or behind walls," he said, the Independent of the UK reported.
He then mentions spies sent to Syria and the killing of "our brothers" in the West.
"So today, we're going to kill your spies the same way they helped you kill our brothers," he said. "So prepare your army and gather your nations, for we too are preparing our army."
The three doomed captives, wearing the familiar orange jumpsuits, first offer their "confessions" before being cuffed inside the vehicle.
Little Isa, clad in combat fatigues, makes an "OK" sign, presses a detonator to blow up the car and yells "holy shit! Allahu akbar!" -- "God is great."
British Prime Minister David Cameron ... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ... 's spokeswoman said officials were studying the vile video -- insisting it was proof that ISIS is losing ground in Syria and Iraq.
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