[Tolo News] An Afghan soldier was killed and eight others were maimed in a helicopter crash in central Daikundi province on Sunday evening, officials said on Monday.
The incident took place in Gezab district of the province when an Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter crashed into the wall of the district's airport killing a soldier, front man for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Dawlat Waziri said.
"Two pilots and six soldiers of the Crisis Response Unit (CRU) were maimed in the crash," Waziri said.
He said the helicopter was returning from a battle and "wanted to land at the airport, but faced technical issues."
Officials are investigating the crash to understand why and how this happened.
[Tolo News] At least one policeman was killed and eight others including another policeman were maimed in a kaboom in northern Baghlan province early Monday, local officials said.
According to a front man for the provincial police chief, Jawid Basharat, the blast took place in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of the province that claimed the life of a policeman and maimed another officer and seven students.
Basharat added that the victims have been taken to a nearby hospital and police investigation is underway.
No group has grabbed credit for the blast yet.
Insurgents often use improvised bombs (IEDs) to target the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), causing a higher rate of civilian casualties.
[Libya Herald] Two bodies, both believed to be members of a Benghazi unit allied with 17 February Brigade have been found on a beach in the south of the city months after their disappearance .
A source at Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC) told the Libya Herald that one of the bodies had been positively identified and further information was required on a DNA match for the second because it was too badly decomposed.
The source said the first had been identified by his family as Waleed Kamal Al-Taweel who went missing with a fellow brigade member two months ago. The two men, members of 204 Tank Brigade, disappeared while leaving their base, close to 17 February Brigade's sprawling central Benghazi camp. They were presumed to have been kidnapped.
However the body of the second man has appeared on first inspection by the family of Taweel's companion not to have been their son. Medical staff are awaiting the results of a DNA test to ascertain the identity of the second man.
[Libya Herald] At least 19 members of both Operation Dignity and Ansar al-Sharia ...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet... have been killed in more than 24 hours of fierce but sporadic fighting in Benghazi.
Mohammed Al-Hejazi, the front man for Operation Dignity, told the Libya Herald that six members of Saiqa Special Forces
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[Libya Herald] A member of the Libyan Army was assassinated by unidentified gunnies in the Al-Thama area of Benghazi on Sunday evening.
The victim, Abdul Monaim Ferjana, was taken to Benghazi Medical Center after sustaining multiple bullet wounds. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The reason for the killing is unknown, though it is assumed to have been politically motivated.
According to a Benghazi resident, the security situation is tense, as liquidations and kidnappings continue inside the city and large-scale military operations between the Libyan Army and those affiliated with the Benghazi Shura Council rage on at the city's outskirts.
[ARABNEWS] Forces loyal to former Libyan army general Khalifa Haftar ... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... claimed an Arclight airstrike on an gang near Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... on Monday, a senior commander said, in what would be the first air strikes in western Libya for three weeks.
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[INDEPENDENT.CO.UK] The Moslem Brüderbund's top official Mohammed Badie and 14 others were sentenced to life in jail today on charges of murder and inciting violence during a protest near Cairo last year. The court session had been designated for witness statements to be heard but the judge issued a verdict.
Badie, the general guide of the Brotherhood, is among hundreds of the group's members who were sentenced to death in mass trials this year, which drew criticism from Western governments and human rights ...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... groups.
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[Al Ahram] A court in Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... on Monday enjugged Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! 13 defendants for up to 10 years on charges including joining a radical Islamist group and fighting and supporting fighters abroad.
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[Iran Press TV] Over two dozen people have been killed in festivities between Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to Americaâtm¢, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... fighters and local rustics in northern Yemen.
According to Yemeni security officials on Monday, fighting broke out in the district of al-Ghayl in the Yemeni Province of al-Jawf.
At least 25 people were killed and many others suffered injuries in the festivities.
The Houthis have also been staging demonstrations in the capital Sana'a for more than a month, demanding the formation of a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.
They say the government is corrupt and marginalizes the country's Shia community.
[DAWN] LANDI KOTAL: The security forces on Sunday imposed curfew in parts of Bara, causing closure of main roads and affecting free movement of people. Sources said that curfew was imposed around Bara bazaar without any prior intimation to the local people.
The security forces, however, relaxed the curfew from 6am till 8am in the morning and from 4pm to 6pm in the evening in order to facilitate movement on Bar Qambar Khel road.
Local residents said that the sudden curfew restrictions greatly affected students who could not reach their schools on time. Long queues of vehicles were seen on different roads as they were stopped by the security forces due to curfew restrictions.
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[DAWN] At least 15 suspected bad boyz were potted when Army Aviation Combat helicopters carried out precision strikes in the Tabai area of North Wazoo Agency, said a statement from the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR). These claims, however, could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.
Moreover, 10 explosive-laden vehicles and five Lion of Islam hideouts were destroyed in the strikes, the statement added.
Military operation Zarb-e-Azb ..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)... was launched by the Pakistain Army on June 15 following a brazen Lion of Islam attack on 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... 's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) negotiators.
The Taliban and their ethnic Uzbek allies both grabbed credit for the attack on Karachi airport, which was seen as a strategic turning point in how Pakistain tackles the insurgency.
Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding Lion of Islam strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.
North Waziristan has been isolated by deploying troops along its border with neighboring agencies and Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (Fata) regions to block any move of Death Eaters in and out of the Agency.
[DAWN] KARACHI: A health practitioner was rubbed out in an attack apparently on sectarian grounds in New 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... , police said on Sunday.
They added that homoeopathic doctor Khalid Hasan, 55, was sitting at his clinic in New Karachi's Sector-5-E late on Saturday night when gunnies on a cycle of violence emerged there, fired shots and escaped. The bullets hit him and a patient, Mohammed Ismail, 25. They were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Dr Hasan was pronounced dead.
Ismail's condition was stated to be out of danger.
[DAWN] Three soldiers were killed and five others suffered injuries when forces of Evil fired mortar shells on a base of Frontier Corps in Spinwam area of North Waziristan Agency on Sunday.
Official sources said that during the pre-dawn attack around 20 mortar shells were fired at the base set up in a fort, some 20km north of Mirali town. One shell landed inside the fort which caused casualties.
AFP adds: "An unknown number of forces of Evil started firing rocket-propelled grenades from all sides. Three FC men embraced martyrdom when one of the rockets landed inside the fort," an official in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. said.
A front man for the Ansarul Mujahideen bad boy group, which is based in the tribal region but not affiliated with the Taliban grabbed credit for the attack.
[DAWN] The first day of a fresh polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccination campaign in Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... saw a Levies man killed as gunnies attacked a polio team in the Pishin district on Monday, officials said.
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[IsraelTimes] US officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State Death Eaters, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.
The US Central Command said it conducted two Arclight airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of the Iraqi forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.
The strikes represent the newly broadened mission authorized by President Barack Obama
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[Iran Press TV] ISIL Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... snuffies have suffered more losses in Iraq as the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces go ahead with their offensive against the turbans in several parts of the Arab country.
According to Iraqi security sources on Monday, the Iraqi air force bombed a convoy of ISIL snuffies heading to a village in Iraq, killing 70 turbans and injuring dozens of the myrmidons.
The Kurdish fighters have also stepped up their campaign against the terrorists.
On the same day, Peshmerga forces recaptured six villages from the Takfiri snuffies in an operation in Iraq's Hamrin area.
The Iraqi military has been conducting Arclight airstrikes against myrmidon positions on an almost daily basis.
[Ynet] French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq on Monday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against Islamic State Lion of Islams.
"We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation (to fly over Iraq)," Fabius told Europe 1 radio, confirming that the first flights from a French base in Abu Dhabi would begin on Monday.
Foreign ministers from the main European states, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Iraq's neighbours and Gulf Arab states Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... , Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , Kuwait and the UAE, are in Gay Paree to discuss broad political, security and humanitarian aspects of tackling Islamic State.
[MIAMIHERALD] Iraqi officials say two separate bombings have killed eight people in and around the capital.
Police officials say the first attack happened Monday afternoon when a roadside kaboomkaboom hit a patrol of anti-militant fighters, known as Sahwa, in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killing three fighters and one civilian.
The Sahwa are made up of Sunni turbans who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaeda during the height of Iraq's insurgency in 2007 and 2008.
In a later attack, police say a sticky bomb attached to a minibus went kaboom! in Baghdad's southern district of Abu Dashir, killing four passengers and wounding six people.
Medical officials confirmed the causalities. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
[Ynet] Jordan's security forces tossed in the calaboose Book 'im, Mahmoud! in the past few weeks 73 Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra supporters, reported the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Jordan launched an anti-operation against activists of the Salafist jihadism in the country, particularly against those who support both organizations.
[Iran Press TV] Syrian government forces have retaken several strategic areas from foreign-backed 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... Death Eaters in the province of Hama, Press TV reports.
The Syrian army has retaken several cities including Halfaya, Tibet al-Imam, and Khattab, the report said.
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[Ynet] Syrian special forces on Monday destroyed a bridge over the Euphrates River used by Islamic State to move supplies in eastern Syria, media run by Hezbollah said, a blow to the group in the swathe of Syrian territory it controls near Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, said an kaboom had destroyed the bridge in Deir al-Zor city that is
of vital importance to Islamic State as the only way for it to move into parts of the city it controls.
"The Syrian armed forces destroyed the Political Bridge in Deir al-Zor in a special operation carried out by special forces and army engineers, leading to the killing of the holy warriors who were on it," al-Manar, a media organization run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah, reported on its website.
[Ynet] Heavy festivities took place on Monday in northeastern Syria, with Kurdish fighters capturing about a dozen villages from Islamic Death Eaters, An activist group and a Kurdish official said.
Kurdish fighters and members of the Islamic State group have been fighting each other for more than a year in northern Syria. The latest round of violence between the two sides began Saturday. Members of the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units, or YPK, have captured about 14 villages, according to the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Nawaf Khalil, a front man for Syria's powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named on Monday that YPK forces have captured at least 10 villages in the northeastern province of Hassakeh.
Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic 'moderates' opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret lair command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State.
Israelis? Americans? Ruritanians? Grand Duchy of Fenwick?
The blast in the Northwest region of Idlib, Syria on Tuesday killed senior members of rebel group the Ahrar-al-Sham brigade (AaS), including leader Hassan Abboud and 45 others including senior members from other rebel alliance groups, reports The Times. Sources dispute the source of the blast, with it being unclear whether it was an opposition group, suicide bomber, or accidental explosion at a nearby ammunition dump. Regardless, the incident will destabilise and possibly tear apart the AaS group and associated Islamic Front Coalition which was recently described as "the most powerful armed group in Syria".
Islamic group Ahrar-al-Sham, whose name translates as 'The Free Men of Syria', is one of many movements competing in the inter-rebel conflict in Syria. A number of rebel groups are presently fighting each other as well as besieged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose power base is in West and South-West, for overall control of the Region. As the main rival to ISIS for control of Syria, the AAS blast if not orchestrated by the Islamic State will certainly be greatly beneficial to them. The 'decapitation' strategy, targeting Ahrar-al-Sham's political, military and spiritual leadership is reminiscent of the United States' targeted strikes against the leadership of Al-Qaeda.
The death of Abboud and his followers in Idlib highlights the difficulty of Western involvement in the conflict, where enemies of the apparent first enemy ISIS also make fairly poor potential allies. Many members of AaS have come from groups like Al-Qaeda and would in any other context be considered hard line Islamists.
Ahrar-al-Sham has appointed a new leader, Hashim al-Sheikh, who will attempt to hold together the fragile coalition which has lost most of its senior thinkers and strategists. al-Sheik said the attack "will only make us more resilient to fight and continue the fight until we liberate our homeland" on Wednesday.
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