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Afghanistan
Militant attack on Afghan army base kills 10 soldiers
[DAWN] At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when snuffies attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said Tuesday, in the latest attack on Western-backed forces.

The assault in Shah Wali Kot district late Monday came just a day after 20 Afghan coppers were killed when Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters stormed their outposts in the neighbouring province of Zabul.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the Kandahar attack, but it comes as Taliban murderous Moslems intensify their annual spring offensive and their strength is growing, more than 15 years after they were toppled from power in a US-led invasion.

"Last night the enemies of Afghanistan attacked Achakzai camp of army corps 205 in Shah Wali Kot district," the defence ministry said in a statement, without identifying the attackers.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel off Horn of Africa
[Iran Press TV] Somali pirates have reportedly hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel off the Horn of Africa to use it as a mothership in attacking bigger and more valuable ships, a report says.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, after a group of pirates captured the Iranian vessel "in order to hijack (other) ships," Ali Shire, the mayor of Haabo, in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
, was quoted by Rooters as saying.

He further claimed that the Iranian fishing vessel did not allegedly "have a license (to fish) in Puntland."

The report, however, did not give more details about the fate of the Iranian fishermen.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Somali forces exchange gunfire in Mogadishu
[SHABELLENEWS] Soldiers within Somali security force have engaged gunfire in Mogadishu on Tuesday, the latest in series of infighting in the Somali capital.

The fire broke out at KM-4 junction after the troops at a security checkpoint mistaken soldiers chasing a killer for murderous Moslems, according to a witness, speaking to Radio Shabelle.

"There was an exchange of gunfire between two groups within Somali army at KM-4. The shootout flared up after troops trying to arrest a killer festivities with Police in the area," he said.

The area security officials later intervened in the confrontation, and the soldier who killed a civilian in Hamarweyne district was detained and taken to a Police custody for inquiry.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


5 killed in botched Militant attack near Mahas town
[SHABELLENEWS] A Somali official says at least five people were killed, and several maimed in a botched attack near Mahas town in Hiiraan province by Al shabaab forces of Evil on Sunday night.

Confirming the incident, Mahas district commissioner Mumin Mohammed Halane, told Radio Shabelle that government forces repulsed an attack against army base in Burtale village.

He added that the National Army soldiers engaged in deadly shootout with armed forces of Evil who tried to stormed their base in the area, located on the outskirts of Mahas town.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Yellow Wolf clutched at his chest and fell from his horse...
Local residents confirmed that soldiers and forces of Evil were killed in the skirmish.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali troops seize illegal arms in Mogadishu sweep
[SHABELLENEWS] Somali army forces have seized illegal small arms and military uniforms during a security sweep in the capital Mogadishu on Monday morning, information minister said.

The troops comprising of Police, Military and Intelligence units carried out Pre-dawn operation in Wadajir and Shangani districts, whereby they captured illegal AK-47s and pistols.

Abdirahman Omar Osman Yarisow, the Minister of Information, and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire have reached the commanding center of joint forces in Wardhigley, where the weapons were paraded.

Monday’s operation was part of the stabilization process of the capital before Ramadan.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Suspected militants hurl grenade at police station
[SHABELLENEWS] Suspected Al shabaab assailants were reported to have hurled a grenade bomb at a Police station in Jowhar, the interim capital of the southern semi-autonomous HirShabelle state.

The kaboom was followed by gunfire between the Police and attackers, thought to be Al shabaab members, according to a local official who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone.

The attack took place on Sunday night at around 9:00pm local time.

The authorities have launched a security sweep in the morning, on mission to arrest the suspects. No one has been detained in connection with the overnight hand grenade bomb.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Turkish Airlines plane fails to land at Somalia airport
The way this is written, it could still be up there.
[SHABELLENEWS] Turkish Airlines plane was reported to have failed land at Aden Adde International Airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday morning, a civil aviation official confirmed.

The passenger plane which took off from Djibouti failed to touch down at the airport due to bad weather and technical problems, according to the official who spoke to Radio Shabelle.

The Plane scheduled flight to transport passengers from Mogadishu has been postponed because of the incident. The latest reports indicate that the Turkish Airlines has later arrived.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under:


ISIL claims responsibility for bomb attack in Somalia Puntland
[SHABELLENEWS] The Islamic State Militants in Somalia have claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide attack in the port town of Bosaso on Tuesday evening, which left at least three people dead.

In a statement released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s official Amaq news agency, ISIL said they killed Police officers in the attack carried out by its bomber.

The bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near a a hotel in the commercial city of Puntland shortly after the evening prayer, according to Radio Shabele’s reporter in the area.

The latest reports said the death toll jumped to 5 people, among them Policemen.

A suicide bomber strapped with explosives rushed toward the police at the checkpoint at a busy junction, before blowing himself up, a witness told Radio Shabelle.

Tuesday’s attack is the latest attack in an escalating campaign by Al-Shabab in the coastal city, which lies on the Gulf of Aden, and serves the main port and commercial hub for Puntland.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egyptian Army flees after ISIS storms checkpoints in Sinai province
[ALMASDARNEWS] ISIS is making its presence felt on the embattled Sinai Peninsula after a mixture of pragmatic alliances with desert tribes and favorable terrain have allowed the jihadist group to become more powerful than ever in Egypt.

On Tuesday, 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....
forces attacked a handful of government checkpoints south of Sheikh Zuweid town in the northern part of Sinai province, bordering the Gazoo Strip.

Spearheaded by a jacket wallah, Islamic State units seemingly overwhelmed the Egyptian garrison, causing them to flee in disarray, driving off in armored vehicles that were supposed to man the checkpoints.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Yemeni tribal fighters kill US troops in Ma’rib
[Iran Press TV] Yemeni tribal fighters have reportedly killed several American troops after they launched a heliborne attack on a village in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, a report says.

According to a report by Yemen's Khabar news agency website, at least 30 troops from the US and some Persian Gulf states, were deployed in the rural area of Khathla in the early hours of Tuesday and engaged in a shootout with fighters from two prominent tribes in the village.

It added that during the ensuing fierce battle at least seven of the invading troops were fatally injured, who had come there with the purported mission of gunning down snuffies belonging to the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP) 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...
terrorist group.

The report, however, added that no snuffies of the terror group were in the area when three Apache choppers and two military transport aircraft of the US approached the village.

Earlier in the day, Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East, however, told a totally different story, saying the heliborne attack concluded with killing of seven AQAP murderous Moslems, without mentioning any casualties from the American troops and the presence of soldiers from some Persian Gulf states.
A totally different story, indeed. Kudos to Iran Press TV for being honest enough to mention it.
However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Pentagon front man Captain Jeff Davis later said at a presser that multiple American forces sustained injuries, but added that the wounds they had received were not serious enough to require medical evacuation.

According to Davis, the Tuesday attack was the first US ground assault in Ma’rib and its deepest in the Yemeni territories to purportedly target AQAP murderous Moslems.
Another view of the festivities:
US commandos capture 12 Al-Qaeda members alive in northeast Yemen

[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian news agency, Sputnik Arabic, has revealed details of the attack conducted by US Navy Seals in Marib province in northeastern Yemen.

"The operation targeted 12 members of al-Qaeda (AQ), most of them Saudis, who had just arrived hours ago on two vehicles to the area of ​​Khuthla, north of the Directorate of the Jubah in Marib coming from the province of Shabwa," agency reported quoting an unnamed security source.

The source explained to Sputnik that the US Marine Corps was able to capture "12 [AQ] elements after intensive raids by US drone aircraft, followed by two groups of US Special Forces landing from helicopters in the areas of Jaw Al Melah and Najd Maqad located in Khuthla district."

The source added that "violent confrontations broke out with local rustics who were sheltering AQ members. As a result, 5 tribal fighters were killed, 6 others maimed.

Iona Craig, a British freelance journalist reported earlier today on her Twitter page that "Five rustics amongst killed in US raid last night were not AQ. They were rustics of young activists who drove me from Mareb into Yakla."
Ynet adds:
The United States military said a raid against an al Qaeda compound in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Tuesday morning (local time) killed seven bad boys, with two US officials saying the primary objective of the raid was to gather intelligence.

US Central Command said in a statement that the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula bully boyz were killed "through a combination of small arms fire and precision Arclight airstrikes" in the Marib governorate with the support of the Yemeni government.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  "We moiderized 'em!"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2017 0:25 Comments || Top||


Bahraini Regime Storm Diraz, Residents Heroically Defend Ayattollah Qassem’s House
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Bahraini regime forces raided Diraz on Tuesday, in a deadly crackdown on the house of prominent holy man Ayatollah Issa al-Qassem and those who are defending him.

Regime forces attacked unarmed protesters, using "Bird shot" weapon (Shawzan) and firing tear gas bombs, killing at least one and injuring dozens others.

Bahraini sources identified the martyr as Mohammad Kazem Zeinddine, noting that at least six of the injured were at death's door.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bahraini authorities announced they were staging a "security operation" in Diraz.

Bahrain Forum for Human Rights warned that the regime crackdown on Diraz poses serious threat on Ayatollah Qassem, who got a one year suspended prison sentence on Sunday.

For its part, al-Wefaq opposition group urged the International community to move in a bid to "stop the massacre" in Bahrain. The prominent opposition group, which was earlier suspended by the authorities accused the Bahraini regime of practicing terror and using banned weapons against unarmed people in Bahrain.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Florida: Tampa Man Converts to Islam, Kills Roommates For Disrespecting Muslim Faith
[CreepingSharia] A Florida man who was formerly a neo-Nazi
Thin edge of the wedge...
but recently converted to Islam killed his two roommates Friday for "disrespecting" the Muslim faith. Police in Tampa, Florida arrested Devon Arthurs after he held three people hostage inside a smoke shop before leading authorities to the bodies of his two roommates.

Arthurs, 18, yelled "Allah Mohammed" while police walked him to a patrol car, according to the arrest affidavit. He told police he was angered by the world’s "anti-Muslim" sentiments and "wanted to bring attention to his cause," according to the Tampa Bay Times. He said his roommates also shared his previous neo-Nazi beliefs.

"I had to do it," Arthurs told police. "This wouldn’t have happened if your country didn’t bomb my country."
Insanity-induced Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Islam attracts the weak minded and those prone to violence. Islam got a two-fer in this loser.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/24/2017 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  He said his roommates also shared his previous neo-Nazi beliefs.

Very, very, regrettable.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2017 1:49 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Nine bombs recovered in Bajaur
[DAWN] The Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
political administration on Monday claimed to have recovered nine remote-controlled bombs from an urban locality in Khar tehsil.

Political agent Abdul Amir Khattak told news hounds that the remote-controlled bombs were recovered from Khairabad area, which is four kilometres from Khar, on Monday afternoon. He said that the bombs, which had been planted in different places were recovered during a search operation carried out by the bomb disposal squad of Bajaur Levies Force upon the information of a federal intelligence agency.

He mentioned that each bomb weighed at least five kilogramme, and claimed that the bombs could have caused widespread destruction had they not been timely recovered and defused.

The political agent expressed the hope that the agency would soon be rid of all the anti-state elements.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Two ‘terrorists’ held; explosives seized
[DAWN] Counter-Terrorism Department police and personnel of intelligence agencies tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
two alleged gunnies on Monday and recovered detonators and other kabooms from their possession.

A source said the CTD received information about the presence of suspected gunnies in an under-construction house in government revenue colony No 3 on Toba-Khikha bypass road opposite DHQ hospital following which they conducted a raid and arrested Sheikh Muhammad Tayyab of Lahore and Hussain Ahmad of Vehari.

The source said eight detonators, explosive powder, a timed device and several ball bearings were seized from their possession hidden in a toy. They were alleged to be activists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
al-Almi.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Four peace body members, Levies man martyred in Tirah blast
[DAWN] Four members of the Akkakhel peace committee and a Levies force’s man were martyred in a roadside blast in lower Tirah, Khyber Agency
... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
, on Monday.

Officials of the Khyber Agency’s political administration confirmed the incident.

They said in a brief statement that a vehicle of the peace committee was hit by an improvised bomb (IED).

According to the statement, Zar Wali of the Akkakhel tribe along with his colleagues Noor Khan, Gul Nawaz and Tamrez and Levies force man Abdul Manan was travelling in the vehicle when the IED placed by assailants on the roadside near Mr Wali’s house in Dars Jummat locality went kaboom! at around 9.30am. All the five men was struck down in his prime.

Soon after the blast security personnel rushed to the site and took the bodies out from the badly damaged vehicle.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar-e-Islam (TTP)


Army denies Indian claim of 'assault' on Pakistani posts along LoC
[DAWN] Pakistain Army on Tuesday denied claims by the Indian Army that the latter had carried out an 'operation' on Pak posts along the Line of Control (LoC).

"Indian claims of destroying Pak post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistain Army on civilians across LoC are false," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

Indian Army had claimed that it had recently carried out "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistain's posts along the LoC in a bid to prevent "infiltrators" from entering India, Hindustan Times had reported earlier.

A heavily edited video was also circulated widely in Indian media to 'substantiate' the claim.

"Pak Army has been providing full support to infiltrators by engaging Indian Army posts," the daily quoted Indian Army Maj Gen Ashok Narula as saying in a briefing.

Narula further claimed that damage had been caused to the posts in question and added that the purpose of the Indian army's 'engagement' was to "bring down the number of bully boyz in Kashmire so that local youth are not encouraged to take up arms".

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Heavy casualties for ISIS as the Iraqi Army attacks jihadist positions in the desert of Anbar
[ALMASDARNEWS] 43 ISIS fighers have been neutralized by the Iraqi Armed Forces through coordinated government attacks in western Anbar, a source told al-Masdar News on Tuesday. Many of the dear departed ISIS members were said to be jacket wallahs.

The military campaign was led armored elements of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division and heavily assisted by the Iraqi Air Force which was given coordinates of numerious ISIS targets throughout the 48-hour operation.

Among the ISIS deathtoll were around a dozen jihadist commanders, including 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....
deputy governor of Baghdad. These ISIS members were killed during a series of air raids on al-Qaim, an ISIS stronghold on the Euphrates River not far from the Syrian border.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi troops capture Islamic State stronghold in daring overnight raid
[ALMASDARNEWS] Last night, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the small city of Qayrawan in a swift overnight operation against the Islamic State. The sound military plan was masterminded by PMU commander-in-chief Hadi Al-Amari.

Prior to its capture, Qayrawan was surrounded on three flanks but the PMU left open a small route of escape in western Nineveh which ISIS took advantage of, withdrawing most of its fighters from the jihadist bastion before its takeover.

In addition, the PMU liberated the nearby villages of Tall Banat and Tall Kasab where they engaged and killed many ISIS insurgents at the Sinjar road.
Al Manar adds:
The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) managed on Tuesday to liberate the Qairawan district in Nineveh province, advancing towards Baaj town in order to reach Syria border. The popular forces were supported during the operation by the Iraqi
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Border Police officer stabbed in Netanya terror attack
[Ynet] Eye witness says the assailant, a 45-year-old Paleostinian man, called out 'Allahu Akbar' before attacking; police still investigating incident, but initial assessments point to it being nationalistically motivated.

A Border Police officer was stabbed in Netanya on Tuesday in what police said was likely a terror attack. He shot and neutralized his attacker.

The policeman was in light condition, while the attacker, a 45-year-old Paleostinian from the Tulkarm area, was in moderate condition. Another civilian who was at the scene was lightly injured from glass shards.

Police are investigating the circumstances behind the stabbing, but initial assessments point to it being nationalistically motivated.

A witness, Doron Gabriel, said the stabber called out "Allahu Akbar" twice before attacking the police officer.

Gabriel, who owns a jewelry store on Herzl Street where the attack took place, recounted the incident.

"I saw a terrorist with a knife outside the store who came to stab me," he said. "I took a small ladder and meant to go out (and fight him). The Border Policeman shot him three times and saved me. I owe him gratitude, without him I could've been slaughtered. He cut the Border Policeman in the neck, tried to slaughter him."
But he was ready to fight off the knifeman with a small stepladder. Brave man.
The store's front window was shattered in the incident and a customer that was inside was lightly injured by glass shards, Gabriel said.

Another eye witness, Avi Mansherov, added: "The policeman had his back to the terrorist. I noticed the terrorist coming from behind, unexpectedly, jumping up with a butcher's knife and yelling 'Allahu Akbar.' He brought the knife to (the policeman's) neck and cut him. My instinct, within a second, made me pull the policeman back. I told him 'It's a terror attack, it's a terror attack.' The policeman regained his composure within seconds, drew his weapon and shot several bullets at (the terrorist's) upper body. It's fortunate this is how it ended."
Teamwork works. And that pack not herd thing, too.
In Hizma, Israeli security forces enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
earlier Tuesday a Paleostinian suspected of planning to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv in the coming days. The suspect was unarmed, but was arrested based off an intelligence tip. He was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet.

Palestinian teen girl shot while throwing rocks
Girls will be girls, as they say.
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian teenage girl was shot by IDF troops as she threw rocks at them near the central West Bank village of Silwad, the army says. She was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, the army says.

The army did not give the extent of her injuries.

According to a military spokesperson, a group of Paleostinian teenagers were throwing rocks at cars driving along the Route 60 highway near Silwad. An IDF unit in the area chased after them. When the Paleostinians threw "rocks and bricks" at them, the soldiers opened fire.

According to the army, only one rock thrower was injured.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under:


Rocket launched from Sinai at Israel, IDF says
[IsraelTimes] A rocket was fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at southern Israel on Tuesday morning, amid a visit to the country by US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
, the army said.

No injury or damage was caused by the missile, the army said.

Israeli troops launched a search for the impact site in the Eshkol region, which abuts the Sinai Peninsula. In some cases, rockets launched toward Israel do not cross the border and end up landing inside Egyptian territory.

No organization took immediate responsibility, but previous such incidents have been claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terror group’s Sinai affiliate.

The incoming rocket alert was not activated during the attack, as the military calculated the projectile was not heading toward a populated area.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Southeast Asia
ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines
[ALMASDARNEWS] Overnight, heavy festivities erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end.

2 soldiers and 1 police officer were killed in the skirmishes although no civilians were maimed by crossfire, a military source told al-Masdar News.

Subsequently, the Philippine Army withdrew from most of the city on Tuesday morning, thereby making it the first city in southeast Asia to come under 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....
control.

Some 500 ISIS turbans are said to be present in Marawi. These heavily armed jihadist fighters have taken control of the city center and set up roadblocks in several districts.

In addition, ISIS members have captured the main prison in Marawi and released over a hundred prisoners, many of whom are caliphate sympathisers and may join its ranks.

Dozens of military vehicles and weapons were also captured during the battle although no official confirmation on the events have been issued by Amaq Agency yet.
Al Ahram explains:
Philippine forces hunt top Islamist militant in city

[AlAhram] Philippine troops and police battled dozens of gunnies protecting one of the world's most wanted Islamic bully boyz in a built-up area of a southern city on Tuesday, authorities said.

At least one policeman was killed in the hunt for Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
kidnap gang and Philippine head of the Islamic State group, according to Philippine military chief of staff General Eduardo Ano.

The fighting took place in Marawi, a mostly Moslem-populated city of about 200,000 people on the southern island of Mindanao, with the gunnies attacking a hospital during the festivities, Ano told CNN Philippines.

He said the fighting began when police and troops raided a house on Tuesday afternoon where Hapilon, the subject of a US State Department bounty of $5 million, was believed to be hiding. This triggered fierce festivities throughout the afternoon and into the evening, with Ano estimating there were about 50 gunnies.

Photos posted on social media by Marawi residents showed the gunnies walking through the streets of Basak, a Marawi suburb of about 1,700 people.

A woman who asked not to be named told AFP by text that she saw about 10 gunnies take up positions at the gate of a government hospital. Police clashed with the gunnies near the hospital, leaving one officer seriously maimed and one of the hard boyz dead, she added. The military said it could not confirm the myrmidon's death. Ano said eight security personnel had been injured in the festivities.

The US State Department bounty for Hapilon was offered following alleged terrorist acts against US citizens, including the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans in the western Philippines -- two of whom were later killed.

Security analysts say Hapilon has been trying to unite Filipino myrmidon groups that have professed allegiance to IS. These include the Maute group, which is based near Marawi, hundreds of kilometres to the north of the Abu Sayyaf strongholds. The Maute group has engaged in repeated deadly battles with the military over the past year in rural areas around Marawi.
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Duterte declares martial law in southern Philippines after attack by Islamic militants
[SCMP] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country’s south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Moslem bandidos Death Eaters allied with 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 laid siege to a southern city.

Presidential front man Ernesto Abella told a news conference in Moscow that martial rule took effect Tuesday evening in the southern region of Mindanao "on the grounds of existence of rebellion."

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops raided the hideout of a top terrorist suspect in southern Marawi city on Tuesday, sparking a gunbattle that prompted the forces of Evil to call for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute. He said dozens of gunnies occupied city hall, a hospital and a jail and burned a Catholic church, a jail, a college and some houses in a bold attack that killed at least two soldiers and a police officer and maimed 12 others.

Several forces of Evil were killed in the fighting in Marawi city in Lanao del Sur province, about 830 kilometres (520 miles) south of Manila, but others continued to lay siege to the largely Moslem city of more than 200,000 people, officials said, adding that power was cut in the city in a chaotic scene.
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Kurdish forces on the verge of capturing Baath dam amid new gains in rural Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Tuesday evening, the predominately Kurdish ’Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) captured an important village in an isolated 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....
pocket at northern bank of the Euphrates River.

Advancing in the western Raqqa countryside once again, YPG units captured Yamamah village and established fire control over the Baath dam.

With dangerous mopping-up operations underway as we speak, Kurdish troops have now besieged the Baath dam from two directions and will likely capture the facility in the coming day, thus bringing the three major Euphrates River dams under their control.

Earlier on Tuesday, the SDF liberated four neighboring villages in western Raqqa, more on that development here. A full interactive battle map of the region created an al-Masdar News partner website is also readily available.

Ongoing clashes between SDF and Islamic State west of Raqqa

Raqqa (IraqiNews) The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a violent attack, on Tuesday, on the headquarters 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....
group in Kudajran town, west of Raqqa, Qasioun News Agency reported.

According to the media outlet, fierce festivities broke out between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State group, concurrently with mutual rocket and artillery shelling, in Kudajran town, west of the city of Raqqa.

The festivities broke out after the Syrian Democratic Forces imposed their control, yesterday, over the villages of Chaib el Aaouaj and western Salhabeya, west of Raqqa, and Buwayda and al-Nasira, east of the city.

Noteworthy, Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by international coalition air force, managed to recapture many areas and villages in the city of Raqqa, within the military operation codenamed "Euphrates Wrath."
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Syrian Army battles US-backed rebels along Jordanian border
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces continued their offensive against militants in the desert of Al-Sweida along the Jordanian border, Monday, some 25 kilometres (15,5 miles) north from Zuluf dam in the Syrian Badia region. Backed by Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitaries (Kataeb Imam Al-'Ali & Kataeb Hezbollah), the Syrian Arab Army's 5th Corps managed to secure most of the eastern part of Al-Sweida, forcing the US-backed rebels to abandon several points in order to avoid being overrun. Video footage of this advance was captured by local journalists embedded with the Syrian Arab Army in the Badiya region. SAA forces have managed to secure 70 kilometres (43,4 miles) along the Jordanian border over the last week.
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Syrian Army on verge of kicking ISIS out of Aleppo province
[ALMASDARNEWS] Soon after the capture of the strategic Jirah Airbase in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces would proceed to capture dozens of villages and hilltops from the wavering ISIS turbans of the so-called Wilayat Halab.

In the past few hours, the Tiger Forces captured the al-Ajouziyah area that is comprised of the "Second Farm", Mazran, Kinnawiyah, Rasm al-Hamam al-Gharbi, Mahsneh, and al-Jamiliyah villages. The most recent advances place the Syrian Armed Forces at less than 6 km from ISIS’s largest Aleppo stronghold of Maskanah located on the fringes of Raqqa’s provincial boundaries.

Violent festivities persist as units from the Syrian Army assault the Maskanah Sugar Factory. The Tiger Forces are using their infamous tactic of probing the enemy on several axes to locate a weak spot in their defenses before unleashing the blunt of their mechanized force on the weak spot seizing multiple villages without compromising any one real target.

Once Maskanah is captured by the SAA in the coming few days, ISIS will likely abandon the entirety of its areas in Aleppo province west of Maskana and east of the Khanasser-Aleppo Highway due to the lack of any viable line of defense past Maskanah.

The terrorist group finds itself overstretched and overpowered against its formidable SAA foe as the latter opens several front lines spanning hundreds of kilometers in the eastern part of the country. The so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
is currently battling the Syrian Army in east Aleppo, near Ithriya, in east Hama, east Homs, eastern Qalamoun, and eastern Damascus.
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Syria: 4 Martyred, 32 Injured in Al-Zahraa Blast in Homs
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] A car bomb killed four people and wounded more than two dozen near the Al-Zahraa neighborhood in Syria’s third city Homs on Tuesday.

The bomber drove the vehicle towards a checkpoint where security forces opened fire, detonating the explosives inside, official news agency SANA said.

At least 30 people were wounded in the blast, it reported.

“Some of those with minor injuries have already left hospital,” governor Talal Barazi told state television.

Homs’s Al-Zahraa district has been targeted repeatedly during Syria’s six-year war, several times by the ISIL Takfiri group.

There was also an apparent car bombing attempt near Damascus on Tuesday, SANA reported.

Police opened fire on a vehicle near a checkpoint which turned out to be carrying explosives and blew up, killing one civilian and wounding another, the news agency said.

The incident happened on the road south from the capital to holy shrine of Sayyida Zeinab.
According to An Nahar, Al-Zahraa and the area near Damascus are Alawite territory, and ISIS claimed the car bombs.
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US dispatches 100 trucks packed with military equipment to YPG
[Hurriyet Daily News] The U.S. dispatched around new 100 trucks consisting of military equipment to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria on May 15 and May 20, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

The trucks were reported in the city of al-Hasakah, located in northeast Syria, before heading to Raqqa’s northern rural areas.

The dispatched trucks were indicated to have entered the region under YPG control though the Simelka-Peshkhabour border crossing between Syria and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The vehicles were reportedly carrying fuel oil, military armored vehicles, heavy construction equipment and ammunition.

The U.S. move came after President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
on May 9 authorized the arming of the YPG in Syria ahead of a planned assault to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), causing ire in Ankara.

The Turkish government considers the YPG to be linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and has long pressed Washington to stop its support for the group, as it says that the arms provided to the group are handed over to the PKK.
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