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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Great Britain is out of the EU.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2016 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The Brits appear to have passed a referendum to exit the EU. Doesn't mean it will happen.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/24/2016 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  I think it will. Cameron, deep down, is an honourable man.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/24/2016 10:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Cameron is out.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/24/2016 11:42 Comments || Top||

#5  I will give Cameron credit for bowing out with a whole lot more grace than Bush, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich or Romney.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/24/2016 14:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Great 'bloid photo!
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 06/24/2016 15:46 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Explosion in Wazir Akbar Khan area in Kabul, no casualties reported
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom took place in the vicinity of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area late last night but did not incur any casualties, security officials said.
The barometric pressure dropped?
The blast took place near Wazir Akbar hill after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded and an investigation is underway regarding the incident.

The target of the kaboom has not been ascertained so far which comes three days two back to back kabooms rocked capital Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
The first blast on Monday took place in the 9th police district of the capital after a jacket wallah targeted a mini bus carrying the Nepalese guards.

At least 14 people mostly Nepalese nations were killed in the attack and around 10 others were maimed.

Another kaboom took place hours after the first blast on Monday in Chel Siton area of the city targeting a politician who was injured in the attack.

Both the Taliban group and the loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group grabbed credit behind the incident targeting the Nepalese security guards.

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Taliban commander among 12 militants killed in Helmand airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of the Taliban group was killed along with 11 other bully boyz during an Arclight airstrike in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Marjah district by the Afghan Air Force.

According to a statement by MoD, a weapons and explosives cache belonging to the Taliban group was also destroyed and along with a command control center of the group in Marjah.

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Drone strike kill 4 militants fighting for ISIS group in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A drone strike killed at least four holy warriors fighting for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan.

According to the local officials 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, the holy warriors were targeted in Kot district.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Pir Shah Khel area late on Wednesday afternoon.

He said some weapons and ammunition belonging to the loyalists of the terror group were also destroyed in the raid.

This comes as at least 23 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an Arclight airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan last week.

The Afghan forces as well as the US forces are regularly targeting the loyalists of the terror group in this province in a bid to curb their activities.

The Afghan government earlier a strategy to fight the loyalists of the terror group in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the US forces stepped up Arclight airstrikes against the ISIS loyalists earlier this year after they were granted more authorities by President Barack Obama
If you have a small business, you didn't build that...
.

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


4 Taliban militants blown up by own explosives in Laghman
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least four Taliban hard boyz were blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) manufuctured by themselves to target the security personnel.

According to the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces, the incident took place in the vicinity of Alingar district.

The source further added that two Talibs were killed and two others were maimed in the blast.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

The Taliban hard boyz and holy warriors belonging to the other myrmidon groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

The IEDs are the main contributors to the casualties of the Afghan cops but are also considered as a key factor in growing civilian casualties.

This comes as a commander of the Taliban group Hafiz Saadullah was among ten holy warriors killed after blown up by own explosives in southeastern Ghazni and western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
provinces last month.

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban commander among 7 killed in an explosion in Logar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban capo was killed along with his six fighters in an kaboom in central Pashtun-infested Logar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the incident took place late on Wednesday night in the central capital of Pashtun-infested Logar province.

According to a statement by MoI, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off prematurely while the Lions of Islam were planting it in Dawood Khel area, killing all seven miltants, including th commander of the group.

The statement further added that the Taliban capo killed in the kaboom was a prominent leader of the group in Pashtun-infested Logar and was identified as Abdul Rauf.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding report so far.

The Taliban gunnies and Lions of Islam belonging to the other bad boy groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

The IEDs are the main contributors to the casualties of the Afghan cops but are also considered as a key factor in growing civilian casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists".
~ General James N. Mattis
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 5:33 Comments || Top||


Africa North
US general: No ‘grand strategy’ in Libya
This is my surprised look :o/
[AlArabiya] A US general said Tuesday that he did not know if the United States had a particular “grand strategy” in war-torn Libya, where pro-government forces are battling ISIS militants.

Currently, the United States has only a limited footprint in Libya, even though an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 ISIS fighters operate there.

Small teams of US special operations forces are working to gain intelligence and US aircraft have conducted at least two strikes, but the Obama administration has preferred to let forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) lead the fight against the ISIS group.

Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser, who has been nominated to lead the US military’s Africa Command, said he did not necessarily see the level of US engagement changing.

“I am not aware of any overall grand strategy at this point,” Waldhauser told lawmakers at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He also said the current, unspecified number of US troops in the North African country was sufficient for now.

GNA forces are leading a fierce fight to oust the ISIS group from its stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, which the extremists have controlled since June last year.
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Losing is a also a strategy.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/24/2016 14:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Lt. Gen. Tom should be getting a call an day concerning his 'reassignment.'
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/24/2016 14:29 Comments || Top||

#3  “I am not aware of any overall grand strategy at this point,” Waldhauser told lawmakers at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Very telling comment. Yes General, keep your cellie handy. You'll probably be getting a call from General Officer Management Office (GOMO) very soon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 15:18 Comments || Top||


Libyan forces take losses in battle for Sirte
TRIPOLI: Libyan forces fighting Daesh in its stronghold of Sirte said on Wednesday that 36 of their men had been killed and nearly 150 wounded in the previous day’s clashes, one of the heaviest tolls in their month-long campaign.

Daesh terrorists had been fighting hard to defend the shrinking territory they still control in the residential center of Sirte, said Abdalla Binrasali, a spokesman at the forces’ media center in Misrata.

“The resistance was fierce and they were firing with everything they’ve got, mortars, rockets and rifles,” he said. “They fear that if they lose more ground they will be defeated.”

Brigades largely composed of fighters from Misrata launched a campaign to retake Sirte from Islamic State last month. They rapidly recaptured ground west of Sirte at the end of May, but their advance slowed as they closed in on the center of the coastal city.

On Tuesday fighting escalated and the brigades said they had taken control of parts of the “700” neighborhood, the broadcasting and electricity company headquarters and a mosque.

The “700” neighborhood is strategically important because Islamic State snipers have been positioning themselves on the district’s taller buildings.

The brigades based in Misrata are aligned with a UN-backed unity government that arrived in Tripoli in March. It is seeking to replace two other rival governments that were set up in Tripoli and the east in 2014, and to unite Libya’s many political and armed factions.

Daesh took full control of Sirte, the hometown of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, last year, creating its most significant base outside Syria and Iraq. However, the terror group has struggled to retain territory elsewhere in Libya.

Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Troops Strike Boko Haram Enclaves In Borno; Arrest 2 Suspects
[INFORMATIONNG] A joint patrol team of Sector 1 of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Headquarters Strike Group has stormed some villages in Borno State and cleared Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
terrorists’ enclaves. The villages include Buhari, Matari and Kaidiri, located some kilometres to Damasak, Borno State.

According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the remnants of the forces of Evil at Kaidiri on sighting the patrol team withdrew and escaped to Niger Republic with gunshot wounds.

Although the troops pursued them, only two Boko Haram forces of Evil were caught. Seven cycle of violences and borehole equipment were also recovered.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Nigeria Boko Haram: Scores of refugees starved to death
[BBC] Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
bandidos murderous Moslems have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity MSF says. A "catastrophic humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge. Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition, MSF says.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Multinational force begins operations against Boko Haram
[TV360NIGERIA] A multinational force has begun operations against Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
along the border between Niger and Nigeria, a general from Niger has said.

Brigadier-General Abdou Sidikou Issa, tactical chief of staff for troops based in Niger’s southern zone of Diffa, a region plagued by the Islamist turban group, said troops from Chad and Nigeria were involved in the operation. It began in secret almost a week ago.

This is not the first time the nations in the Lake Chad basin -- Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
-- have joined forces against Boko Haram, a violent Islamist group which started in Nigeria seven years ago and has since launched deadly attacks in all four countries.

"The operations have as their objective (to end) the occupation of all the zones currently occupied by Boko Haram," Issa said. "Our role is to firmly secure the border."

The multinational force, headquartered in Chad’s capital of N’Djamena, began trying to dislodge the turbans from areas where they are active last year.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Britain
Parents of suspected UK jihadist to stand trial
[IsraelTimes] The parents of a British Moslem convert who is believed to have joined the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group are set to stand trial in January for terrorism-related charges.

John Letts and Sally Lane are charged with funding terrorism for allegedly sending money to their 20-year-old son Jack Letts.

Jack Letts left his home in Oxford and traveled to Syria in 2014. He has been dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by some British media.

His parents are accused of transferring payments of roughly 1,750 pounds ($2,600) in 2015 and 2016. They are released on bail.

The trial date is set Thursday during a hearing at the Old Bailey court.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Down Under
New Zealand man jailed for spreading images of IS violence - media
[Ynet] A New Zealand man was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
on Thursday for spreading images 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....
violence, the first person sentenced to prison for circulating and possessing objectionable material linked to extreme violence, local media reported.

Imran Patel, 26, was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
for three years and nine months by an Auckland court after he admitted to making, distributing and possessing videos depicting cruel violence perpetuated by IS, according to news website stuff.co.nz.

The prison sentence was the first for someone on an objectionable material charge related to violence. To date, all such charges in New Zealand had related to indecent child images, said Auckland District Court Judge Russell Collins, according to the news site said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2016 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The lesson is: DON'T tell people the Truth. No one will listen or thank you.
AND, some people are too stupid to stay alive.
Posted by: Sheba Tingle2889 || 06/24/2016 4:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Bloody sheep shaggers!!
Posted by: Classer || 06/24/2016 5:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Kind of a "men pushing old women" problem with that article, but another source definitely indicates that this guy was of the "pushing old women into traffic" variety, yelling about Allah and so forth.
Posted by: Charles M. Hagmaier || 06/24/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

#4  A useful link. Thank you, Mr. Hagmaier.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2016 12:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Ditto, TW.

I couldn't tell if he was an ISIS propagandist or someone trying to tell the truth to wake people up.

Turns out to be the former, though I still object to the idea of jailing someone for their speech.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2016 13:21 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Pentagon transfers former bin Laden bodyguard from Guantanamo detention center
[FoxNews] The Pentagon announced Wednesday the transfer of Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Al Rahabi
...who seems to be in our archives as Ali Ahmed Mohammed al-Rahizi...
from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Balkan nation of Montenegro.

Al-Rahabi arrived at the naval base from 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...
in Cuba in 2002 after being accused of serving as the body guard for former Al Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now beyond all cares and woe...
. He was cleared for release in March 2014 after an intense security review. But the White House doesn’t send Guantanamo prisoners back to Yemen because of the country’s ongoing civil war.

"The United States is grateful to the Government of Montenegro for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility," the Pentagon said in a statement. "The United States coordinated with the Government of Montenegro to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures."

This was the second prisoner this year resettled in Montenegro amid a renewed push by the B.O. regime to whittle down the number of men held at Guantanamo even as Congress continues to prevent the closure of the detention center with a prohibition on transferring prisoners to the U.S.

There are still 79 prisoners that remain at Guantanamo, including 29 who have been cleared to be sent home or to other countries for resettlement.

Officials expect to release most of those cleared in the coming weeks, leaving mostly men who have been charged or convicted by military commission for war crimes or who authorities believe are too dangerous to release.

Al-Rahabi had been at Guantanamo since shortly after it opened. A Pentagon profile released before he appeared before a review board in 2013 said he had traveled from his homeland to Afghanistan and "almost certainly" became a member of Al Qaeda. But he was never charged with a crime, and authorities ultimately decided he did not pose a security threat and could be released.

While in jug, al-Rahabi studied English, worked with military officials to help ease tensions in the detention center and worked with several fellow prisoners on an extensively detailed plan for a post-Guantanamo agricultural enterprise, the "Yemen Milk and Honey Farms Limited," according to his lawyer, David Remes.

He was desperate to get out of Guantanamo and reunite with his wife and daughter. "He's been waiting for this for a long time," Remes said.

The lawyer, who has represented more than two dozen prisoners at Guantanamo over the years, said there has been a notable sense of relief among men he has met with at the base in recent weeks.

"It's no longer a question of whether, or even a question of when, it's a question of how soon," Remes said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Ah Yemen - the Land of Milk and Honey indeed.
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 06/24/2016 0:50 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Police official killed, six others injured in police station blast
QUETTA: A police sub-inspector was killed in a blast inside a police station in Nothal area of district Naseerabad.

Six other police officials were injured in the blast.

"Explosive materials recovered from criminals abruptly exploded inside the police station," said police sources.

Police sources added the area of Nothal was rocked by the explosion.

The injured police officials were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Senior government and police officials reached the hospital to inquire about the condition of the injured police officials. An investigation was also ordered to probe into the blast.

Militants have conducted attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under:


Two suspects killed in ‘encounter’
[DAWN] Two suspected robbers were rubbed out while a third one was placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
in maimed condition after an ’encounter’ in Sharafi Goth on Wednesday, police said.

They added that three suspects tried to snatch a cycle of violence from Rahat Ali Soomro in Mansehra Colony. As he put up resistance, the robbers hit him with the pistol butt, injuring him. In the meantime, a police party on patrol reached there and an encounter ensued in which three suspects were arrested in maimed condition.

They were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors pronounced two of them dead on arrival, said Dr Seemin Jamali, head of the JPMC emergency department.

The dear departed were identified as Munawwar, 25, and Waseem, 22. The injured, Abu Bakar, was admitted for treatment.

The police claimed to have seized three TT pistols and one cycle of violence from them.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [61 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I like the sound of that. The ring of Truth and Justice.

All's well, that ends well.
Posted by: Sheba Tingle2889 || 06/24/2016 4:37 Comments || Top||

#2  TT Pistol.... Hummmm,
It's alive a baby meme is born!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  TT Pistol.. a new car from Audi?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/24/2016 14:30 Comments || Top||


Prominent noha khwan Farhan Ali Waris says escaped assassination attempt in Karachi
[DAWN] Hours after the famed qawwal Amjad Sabri was killed in a gun attack, prominent Shia noha khawan Farhan Ali Waris claimed he escaped an liquidation attempt 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...
, DawnNews reported.
A noha khawal is a receiter of poetry mourning the defeat of Imam Ali at Karbala. A qawwal is a singer of Sufi devotional music.
Talking to DawnNews, Waris said his car was surrounded by unknown assailants near the Teen Hatti area of the metropolis.

"They were about to open fire but my guard opened fire upon them, forcing them to flee," said Waris.

"I was not in the car but the manner in which they surrounded the vehicle makes me think that they thought I was inside," Waris added.

He also said he was provided a security guard today by the Jafaria Disaster Cell after Amjad Sabri's murder.

"We searched the area and found no evidence that Waris's car was shot at," said the SHO from the area's cop shoppe.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

#1  well it is music. albeit of the wailing cat - squeaky door variety, so clearly haram, no?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 06/24/2016 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  qawwal = shortened version of caterwauling
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 14:25 Comments || Top||


Major success for troops, 6 militants killed in Kupwara
[Daily Excelsior] In a major success against the recently infiltrated Lion of Islams, security forces today killed six forces of Evil in two separate shootouts in North Kashmire’s Kupwara district while third shootout is on in Wuder Bala forests of Handwara.

Acting on a tip off about the presence of forces of Evil in Lolab, the Army’s 18 RR and Police cordoned off Dobwan forest area in Khurhama this morning.

Militants hiding inside the forests opened fire on the search party of the security forces and tried to break the security cordon. However,
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Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


Iraq
Iraqi forces crack ISIS first line of defense at Baiji in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Thursday, Salahuddin Operations Command announced continuing the liberation operations of al-Sharqat and Qayyarah and the subsequent liberation of a number of villages in northern the province; apart from destroying the first line of defense of ISIS.

The Media Official of Salahuddin Operations Colonel Mohamed al-Asadi said, “Troops belonging to the command managed to liberate Mohamed al-Mousa village in northern Baiji, which is considered as the first line of defense of ISIS. The operations are going on still and the security forces managed to liberate al-Sheikh Ali village towards Makhol north of Baiji.”

Asadi further added, “The operations were backed by the anti-terrorism forces, Army’s 9th brigade, Federal Police’s infantry brigade and Iraqi Army Aviation.”
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Iraqi forces have been in front of Baiji for several months. They are just getting around to attacking now?

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/24/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||

#2  The War Souk Process grinds slowly and erratically.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 11:21 Comments || Top||


Ninevah Nightmares
ISIS troops surrendering in Qayyarah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A security source in Nineveh province said on Thursday that the Anti-Terrorism Command carried out a military operation against ISIS at Qayyarah in Mosul, indicating that the ISIS members in the area have surrendered themselves before the security forces.

Revealing in details the source said, “A special force belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Directorate (Golden Division), based on accurate intelligence information, carried out a covert operation at the order of the Prime Minister at Qayyarah in Mosul, where a number of prominent ISIS leaders were present.”

“The force was surprised that the ISIS members surrendered themselves without much resistance, fearing the repetition of what happened to them in Fallujah,” the source added.

It is worth mentioning here that the Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi announced last week about the launch of a military operation with an aim to liberate the area.

Iraqi forces clear nine villages in Ninevah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Nineveh Operations Command on Thursday announced liberating 127 square kilometers and nine (9) villages southeast of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) from ISIS control; further informing that the battles are still continuing with the participation of the international coalition aviation.

The commander of Nineveh Operations Major General Najm al-Jabouri said in a press statement, a copy of which was also received by Iraqi News, “The operations carried out by Nineveh Operations Command are now concentrated in the eastern coast of the province and we have managed to achieve most of the goals that were set by the Joint Operations Command,” adding that, “The majority of operations were backed by the international coalition aviation.”

Jabouri added, “Our forces managed to free more than 127 square kilometers and nine villages southeast of Mosul,” further adding, “The operations are still going on according to the plans.”
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Anbar Antics: 50+ die

Iraqi forces capture Thaniya Zankoura and al-Halabsah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – On Thursday, Anbar Police chief, Maj. Gen. Hadi Razigh announced liberating Thaniya Zankoura and al-Halabsah, northwest of Ramadi.

Issuing a statement Razigh said, “Anbar police fighters, anti-terrorism forces and the army managed to liberate Thaniya Zankoura and al-Halabsah areas, northwest of Ramadi. The fighters are now advancing towards Albu Risha located northwest of Ramadi in order to free it from ISIS.”

It may be mentioned here that the Iraqi security forces continue to advance into a number of areas in Anbar province during military operations in a bid to liberate the province from ISIS control.

Iraqi airstrike destroys munitions cache in al-Doulab

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A military source in the army’s Seventh Division Leadership said on Thursday that the international coalition aviation destroyed a cache of explosives, west of Ramadi.

According to information shared by the source, which was also received by Iraqi News, said, “The international coalition aviation bombed a cache of explosive materials in the area of al-Doulab, west Heet city- 70 km west of Ramadi- resulting in the complete destruction of a cache of explosives- the explosives being self detonated.”

“The bombing also resulted in the death of three ISIS members who were present with the cache during the time it exploded,” the information further added.

48 ISIS Turbans titzup in Zankoura

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Commander of Anbar Operations Command, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, on Thursday announced about the killing 48 ISIS members north of Ramadi.

In a brief statement, al-Mahalawi said, “The Air Force Aviation, Army, Police and the Anti-Terrorism Directorate managed to kill 48 ISIS members at Zankoura north of Ramadi,” further adding, “The forces managed to destroy mortar detachments and nine (9) buildings where terrorists were hiding.”

Iraqi kops dismantle ISIS communications center in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The Federal Police Command announced on Thursday, that the Iraqi security forces had found the ISIS communication center south of Fallujah.

The commander of the Third Division of the Elite Forces of the Federal Police, Maj. Gen. Haidar Yusuf al-Matiri, in a brief statement said, “A reconnaissance mission carried out by the Third Division led to the discovery of the ISIS communication system inside one of the houses in Fallujah.”

“The communication system was dismantled by the technical team of the division after defusing the explosives surrounding it,” he also added.

2 ISIS Bad Guys now pining for the fjords in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Federal Police Command on Thursday announced about the killing of two ISIS members, apart from the seizure of a booby-trapping and explosives laboratory at central Fallujah.

The Federal Police Chief, Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat in a press statement said, “Today, Federal Police forces managed to kill two ISIS members, while found a booby-trapping laboratory in al-Andalus neighborhood in central Fallujah.”

Jawdat added, “The security force also found 500 explosive devices, three explosive belts, nine rocket launchers and ten containers filled with TNT.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 4 die

IED hits Iraqi militia patrol, 1 dead

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Ministry of Interior on Thursday informed about the casualties received by five (5) al-Hashd al-Shaabi members when an improvised explosive device exploded in western Baghdad

Informing about the incident, a source from the ministry said, “An improvised explosive device, which was targeted on a al-Hashd al-Shaabi patrol, exploded today morning while the patrolling party was passing through Abu Gharib district in western Baghdad. In the blast a member of the patrolling party was killed while four others were severely injured. The patrolling vehicle was also damaged in the blast.”

Adding further the source informed, “Security forces rushed to the blast area and carried off the injured to a nearby hospital. The body of the deceased was sent to the forensics. The forces further launched a search operation to nab the perpetrators involved with the explosion.”

Iraqi kop dies in small arms attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – An Iraqi police source informed on Thursday, unidentified gunmen killed a policeman in an armed attack at A’ur- north of Baghdad.

According to information shared by the source, “Today, unidentified militants fired indiscriminately at a policeman while he was passing through al-A’ur, north of Baghdad. The policeman died on the spot.”

The source further added, “Security forces arrived in the area of the incident and transferred the dead body to the forensic department, apart from beginning the investigation of the incident.”

2 die in bombing attack in al-Ghazaliyah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday, that a bomb blast in western Baghdad killed at least two (2) persons and leaving five (5) others injured.

In a detailed information, shared by the source, it was revealed, “This evening an improvised explosive device exploded near a confectionery factory at al-Ghazaliyah in western Baghdad, killing two (2) persons and injuring (5) others.”

“Security forces rushed to the blast area and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital, where they are now being treated upon. The bodies of the deceased were sent to the forensic department. Security cordon has been imposed around the area and approach to it has been stopped,” the source added in his information.
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Southeast Asia
Seven Abu Sayyaf militants killed in Sulu clash
[GMA News] Seven members of the Abu Sayyaf were killed in a clash with Philippine soldiers on Wednesday in Sulu province. Military sources said Thursday that the battle, which also left 18 soldiers injured, took place in Patikul town. One of the injured soldiers was in critical condition.

Last Tuesday, the military said three Abu Sayyaf rebels were killed, while ten other members were injured in a clash also in Patikul. Sixteen soldiers were wounded in that skirmish.

Also, last week, authorities detained a suspected Abu Sayyaf militant, identified as Adam Mahamdom, who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of eight workers at Golden Harvest Plantation in Basilan in 2001.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf


Abu Sayyaf kidnaps another Indonesian tugboat crew
[Jakarta Post] Seven Indonesian crewmen were seized while sailing in southern Philippine waters, in the latest incident attributed to the notorious Abu Sayyaf. The situation is still developing, an official has confirmed.

Wibanarto Eugenius, minister counselor at the Indonesian Embassy in Manila, said, "Relevant institutions in Indonesia are probing the situation to confirm the news, as well as looking for supporting evidence."

A source who has knowledge of the matter has confirmed that the kidnappers were members of the same network that hijacked the Brahma 12 tugboat in March, under the leader of Tawing Humair.

News of another kidnapping near the waters off of Sulu in the southern Philippines caught media attention on Wednesday night when the wife of a sailor aboard the Charles tugboat revealed her husband's condition. The sailor, one of 13 men aboard, had reportedly contacted his wife to say that the boat had been taken hostage by a faction of the Abu Sayyaf.

The kidnappers have reportedly asked for a ransom of $4.9 million for the release of the hostages. Seven men were taken from the boat while the remaining six were released. This is the third incident in recent months involving the kidnapping of Indonesian sailors by the Abu Sayyaf.
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Injured militiamen fight off ambushers in Narathiwat
Two territorial defense volunteers in southern Thailand were shot and injured in an ambush but chased off their attackers in Narathiwat province on Tuesday evening. The attack occurred as Ruslan Haji Dolo and Dingsimi Laya were traveling by motorcycle from an outpost to get food supplies at the Yingo district office. As they passed in front of the office, they were fired at by gunmen on the roadside. The two volunteers returned fire and the attackers fled.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian opposition accuses Russia of using incendiary bombs in Syria
Uhmm, Russians have already admitted they used white phosphorus
[ARANews] The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) called on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to launch an investigation into its accusations that Russia has repeatedly used air-delivered incendiary weapons in Syria.

Russia deployed warplanes to Syria last year to support President Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking to end his rule. A crackdown by Assad on pro-democracy protesters five years ago sparked a civil war and Islamic State militants have used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq.

“Russian air forces have repeatedly deployed incendiary weapons and cluster munitions to kill, main and terrorise Syrian civilians, including in at least 10 documented incidents,” Riad Hijab, coordinator of the opposition HNC, wrote to Ban.

“They have violated the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and breached international humanitarian law,” he wrote.

Hijab alleged that “thermite, which ignites while falling, has been likened to ‘mini nuclear bombs’ and was deployed repeatedly by Russian forces in residential areas.” He also accused Russian forces of using cluster munitions.

Incendiary weapons use substances that are designed to set fire to objects or burn people, and cluster munitions are containers that explode in the air to distribute smaller bombs over a large area. Both are banned under the convention.

The Russian mission to the United Nations was not immediately available to comment on the accusations. Ban’s office was also not immediately available to comment on the request for an investigation.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that the United States was not in a position to confirm the allegations by the Syrian opposition, but that the claims were taken very seriously.

“Regardless of what weapons they’re using, (the Russians) shouldn’t be striking groups that are committed to the counter-ISIL fight or civilians,” he added. “Russia and the Assad regime need to be more careful about distinguishing between terrorists, civilians and parties to the cessation of hostilities.”

The United States has sharply criticized Moscow over strikes last week against U.S.-backed forces in Syria, saying Russia failed to heed U.S. warnings to stop its attack, which killed and injured Syrian fighters battling Islamic State.

U.S.-backed forces in Syria have reported that Russia fired at their garrison with cluster munitions in that attack, a senior British general in the U.S.-led coalition said on Thursday.

“Definitely, the people we advise on the ground reported cluster munitions,” British Army Major General Doug Chalmers told a Pentagon news conference.
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Syrian commander dies in Raqqa
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – Head of the Syrian army’s 10th Division was reported dead in clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) fighters in the northeastern Raqqa province, activists and military sources reported on Thursday.

Major General Hassan Saadoun was killed during clashes with ISIS near the Tabqa town of Raqqa province.
Leading from in front of the front?
A Syrian army officer confirmed the death of Gen. Saadoun. “The Major General of the 10th Division was martyred in clashes with Daesh [ISIS] terrorists,” he told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“However, the operation for Tabqa airbase will continue. Our forces are determined to do whatever it takes in order to regain the Syrian land from those terrorists,” the officer said, without giving further details.

Local media activists reported that Gen. Saadoun was killed three days ago, but the Assad regime has not issued any statement regarding his death.

“This was a new blow to the Assad regime. Apparently retaking Tabqa airbase would require a lot of effort by the regime forces, since ISIS has deployed hundreds of militants to keep the airbase,” media activist Muhammad Alwan told ARA News in Raqqa.

Noteworthy, the Syrian regime troops had no presence in Raqqa province since summer 2014, when ISIS took over the air base of Tabqa and executed a number of army soldiers.

“The Tabqa airbase is a main target in our military campaign in Raqqa,” Syrian army official Haider Hammoud told ARA News. He added that the Russian air force has played a major role in the army’s progress in the western countryside of Raqqa.
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  If reports are accurate, the Russian artillery support suddenly buggered out after a week of ISIS suicide bombers and VBEIDs blowing their line of communication to flinders, and the whole battlegroup broke and made a run for the rear. This sort of thing happens in open desert when a unit has a catastrophic morale failure, and ISIS's barbarians specialize in running down a fleeing enemy.
Posted by: Charles M. Hagmaier || 06/24/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||


US led air operations hammer ISIS with 233 airstrikes in Manbij
[ARA News] MANBIJ – On Thursday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have for the first time clashed with ISIS militants inside the city of Manbij, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. However, a US coalition spokesperson told ARA News the SDF have not entered Manbij city yet.

Coalition spokesman U.S. Army Colonel Christopher Garver said the fight for Manbij city will be tough, refuting the news about the US-backed SDF entering Manbij downtown.

“Our assessment of the advance on Manbij is that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)… have isolated Manbij, but they have not entered the city yet. They continue to fight their way to the city,” Colonel Garver told ARA News in an exclusive interview.

However, on Thursday local sources told SOHR that the SDF for the first time advanced into the city between the al-Ketab square and al-Sharia roundabout, amidst aerial bombardments.

The source reported that since 31 May at least 63 SDF fighters were killed, while no less than 458 ISIS fighters were killed during the clashes.

“We don’t like to estimate timelines,” Colonel Garver told ARA News. “This is a tough fight, and it gets tougher the closer the SAC [Syrian Arab Coalition] forces get to the city. We anticipate that Da’esh will attempt to hold the city at all costs, so we anticipate stiff resistance,” he added.

According to the US-led coalition, last week 73 strikes were conducted bringing the total to 233 since the assault began. “The [SDF-linked] SAC are also seeing firsthand the large foreign fighter influence in Manbij. This information will be vital in continuing to protect Turkey, wider Europe and the United States from this threat,” the coalition said in a press statement.

In the meantime, displaced civilians to the east of Manbij have reportedly started returning to their villages. “We are working closely with NGOs to ensure they can focus their initial efforts on these villagers,” the coalition said.

However, the presence of thousands of civilians in Manbij is slowing down operations.

According to the US-led coalition, the SDF have consolidated their position around Manbij in anticipation of the next phase of operations to secure the city. For the last seven days they have been refining their plans as to how to gain a foothold in Manbij and maintain the safety of the civilian population trapped by ISIS.

“The SAC-led force is exercising great care in its application of firepower against Da’esh in the city to avoid collateral damage and especially civilian casualties,” Colonel Garver said. “The care for civilians results in a methodical, measured approach to the city for the advancing SAC forces and for the coalition’s supporting strikes. There are indicators that Da’esh may be holding large groups of civilians as hostages, which will also ensure a cautious approach to the operation by the SAC,” he added.
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Had me going with headline BadMan, not nice, no borscht for you!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  73 strikes were conducted bringing the total to 233 since the assault began

So.. five 'airstrikes' a day - maybe?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2016 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Lots more than that, if they define an airstrike as a unit of ordnance expended in the general direction of a target.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/24/2016 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  The unsettling thing is the way that ISIS has been matching us suicide bomber & VBIED for airstrike. If reports from Syria aren't exaggerating matters, they've been fielding dozens of splodeydopes against everyone in the field, they've basically industrialized suicide assault. A rebel group broke into al-Rai again last night, and ISIS immediately butchered dozens with a VBIED that they must have had in reserve expressly for the occasion. SDF's been doing a slightly better job keeping the VBIEDs away from their lines, but it's pretty attritional. And I don't quite know how you shut down suicide assaults w/ CAS. You can only really suppress the tactic with well-trained, rested and disciplined troops on the ground.
Posted by: Charles M. Hagmaier || 06/24/2016 12:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Hey, all I saw was 233, Manbij and US airstrikes, Like you I thought those f*ckers had finally gotta a clue.

My bad.
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 12:32 Comments || Top||

#6  I think it's useful to have the occasional overview of events, as compared to daily reporting.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2016 13:15 Comments || Top||

#7  You can only really suppress the tactic with well-trained, rested and disciplined troops on the ground.

Rather in short supply there.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2016 13:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Rather in short supply there.

A great opportunity for someone looking to field test their autonomous killbots.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edtion
ISIS kills local tribal leader in Tikrit

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Thursday, Daur District Council in Salahuddin Province revealed, that a tribal leader and his son were killed and his house burnt by ISIS members when the former were fired at indiscriminately by the latter at east of Tikrit. A relative of the deceased was also injured in the firing.

Head of Daur District Council Ali Hassan, in a statement issued to the media, said, “At noon today a group of ISIS members stormed into the house a Shamar tribe leader named Sheikh Daham Hawas in al-Naeima village northeast of al-Daur District (25 km east of Tikrit) and fired indiscriminately using machine guns. In the firing Sheikh along with his son were killed right there while a relative, who was present there, received serious injured.”

Hassan added, “The attackers set fire to the house and three vehicles before escaping towards Hamrin mountains, east of Tikrit. Firetrucks rushed to the area of incident and managed to douse the fire. Security force personnel transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment. Bodies of the deceased were sent to the forensic department.”

“ISIS members have been attacking al-Naeima area from time to time due to the weak security presence in the area,” he continued.

ISIS beats 22 for failing to observer Ramadan
*I* can't have a pulled pork sammich, I'll be damned if you can have one!
[ARA News] DUHOK – Extremists of the Islamic State group (ISIS) on Thursday flogged 22 Iraqi civilians in Mosul city of the northwestern Nineveh province for breaking Ramadan fast, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

“The Islamic police of al-Hisba launched a campaign of arrests in central Mosul, looking for people who have broken Ramadan fast. They have arrested 22 civilians in the past two days,” local media activist Jabir Muntazir told ARA News.

The ISIS-led Sharia Court of Mosul decided to punish the detainees in public.

“The victims were flogged with 30 lashes each,” Muntazir reported. “Hundreds of people watched the punishment.”

Also, the group has hanged five of the victims on electricity polls across Mosul. “They warned that fasting Ramadan is obligatory for all Muslims under the Caliphate,” an eyewitness told ARA News in Mosul, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Crucifixion
This comes just one week after ISIS militants publicly flogged and crucified a number of civilians in the city of al-Mayadeen in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province. “The ISIS-led Hisba Police arrested 11 people in Mayadeen for breaking the Ramadan fast. They were flogged with 50 lashes each, and then crucified in the market square downtown,” local media activist Yassir al-Farhan told ARA News.

“ISIS is trying to terrorise the people through conducting such punishments in public,” the source said.

Eyewitnesses told ARA News that an ISIS official from the Sharia Court of Deir ez-Zor read a statement to the public before flogging and crucifying the victims, saying there is no excuse for any Muslim citizen to break the fast of holy Ramadan.

Similar cases were reported in the city of Abu Kamal, where ISIS militants punished at least eight civilians by crucifying them on electricity poles for deliberately breaking fast.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, media activist Saray ad-Din reported that since the start of Ramadan, ISIS brutal crackdown on civilians has mounted in the province.

“According to ISIS rules, every citizen, no matter his/her age or health condition, is obliged to fast Ramadan, otherwise would be punished by flogging and crucifixion,” the local activist said.
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