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Africa Horn
Ceasefire deal brokered in Guri’el
MOGADISHU -- Federal Government of Somalia and the paramilitary group of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamea signed a ceasefire deal in the central town of Guri’el on Thursday.
As if you'd find that on a map...
Defence Minister Gen. Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Diini and Ahlu Sunna head Sheikh Mohamed Shakir clinched the deal, bringing a month-long sporadic clashes over the control of the strategic town to an end. The two sides agreed to the stationing of government troops in Galgadud regional capital of Dhusamareb and Ahlu Sunna militias to remain in Guri’il bases.

Former Galmudug leader and traditional leaders have been spearheading efforts to de-escalate armed tensions. The formation of federal state consisting of South Mudug and Galgadud has been a bone of contention for struggles for regional influence.
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Africa North
Warplanes hit Tripoli airport
[SAUDIGAZETTE.SA] Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a 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...
airport, a security official said on Thursday, just hours before United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco. The jets hit an open area near the runway at Maitiga airport but caused no major damage and the airport was operating normally, a security source at the airport said. The government did not immediately confirm the attack. Libya has two rival governments with armed forces battling for control. Delegates from the two factions are holding UN-backed peace talks in Morocco on Thursday to try to resolve the crisis.
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Benghazi suicide bombers mess up: report
[Libya Herald] A double suicide kaboom at a military checkpoint near Benghazi port appears to have misfired with both bombers dying without inflicting any casualties

The attackers were in a car that approached the army position at Suq Al-Hout. It seems that the marines manning the barrier became suspicious and opened fire when the vehicle refused to halt.. One occupant leapt out and went kaboom!. The other died in the vehicle.

A marine insisted afterwards that reports that two other people had been injured were wrong.

A naval officer told the Libya Herald: "We think that this attack was designed to blow a path to allow the escape of 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...
fighters who are trapped in Suq Al-Hout".
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Africa Subsaharan
Dozens killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
[DAWN] At least 45 people were killed by suspected 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...
hard boyz at dawn on Tuesday in a remote village of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, sources from the military and authorised vigilante groups told Rooters.

The forces of Evil started shooting into houses in Njaba at about 5:30 a.m. (0430 GMT), a military source in Maiduguri said on Thursday. The village is close to the town of Damboa and about 100 km (60 miles) south of state capital Maiduguri.

"The attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and our men couldn't access the area," the source said.

Boko Haram's six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people.

The group seized territory the size of Belgium last year, which Nigeria's ill-equipped army has struggled to take back.
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Arabia
72 held over national security crimes
[SAUDIGAZETTE.SA] The Directorate General of Intelligence tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
at least 72 suspects in cases related to the Kingdom's national security within the past two weeks. They were referred to investigation authorities. The directorate general's website for communication between detainees and their families said the men were arrested between Feb. 20 and March 2. They included 58 Saudis, seven Syrians, three Jordanians, two Egyptians, a Frenchie and a Yemeni. The directorate said the total number of people who remain in various prisons either serving sentences or awaiting trial in cases related to national security has reached 3,503.
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Kidnapped Iranian Diplomat Rescued in Yemen
[AnNahar] Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Yemen and held hostage for nearly two years has been rescued in a military operation and returned to Tehran on Thursday, official media reported.

Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht was seized in July 2013 while leaving his home in Sanaa by gunnies suspected of being members of al-Qaeda.

Iranian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
broadcast images Thursday of the diplomat arriving at Mehrabad airport in Tehran.

"I was kidnapped by unknown gunnies and snuffies as I left my home to go to work," Nikbakht said.

He said "many efforts were made by soldiers from (Iran's secret services), the intelligence ministry and the foreign ministry" to secure his release.

Nikbakht was held by suspected al-Qaeda bandidos gunnies in a remote area between the southern provinces of Shabwa and Baida, tribal and Yemeni security sources said.

"I was in an extremely difficult situation and I did not know what was happening in the outside world," he told state media.

Intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi said the operation to free Nikbakht was executed "with the fewest possible casualties".

Tehran had "refused the conditions set by the terrorists" for the diplomat's release, Alavi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

Deputy foreign minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian added that Nikbakht was rescued by a military intelligence unit "after a series of complicated operations in a difficult area in Yemen".

In January last year, another Iranian diplomat, Ali Asghar Assadi, was rubbed out in an attack in a neighbourhood in Sanaa housing several foreign embassies.

Nikbakht's release came less than a week after Saudi diplomat Abdullah al-Khalidi was freed and returned home after spending close to three years in al-Qaeda's captivity.

Yemen, a key front line in the U.S. war against al-Qaeda, has been gripped by unrest since longtime president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
stepped down in early 2012 after a bloody year-long popular uprising.

Violence has increased since a Shiite militia known as the Huthis swept into the capital last September.

The Huthis, who occupied the seats of power in February in what critics branded an attempted coup, are accused of receiving backing from Shiite-dominated Iran.

A number of foreigners have been taken hostage in Yemen in recent years.

In December, U.S. journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie died during a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
by U.S. commandos to rescue them from an al-Qaeda hideout in southeastern Yemen.
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Britain
British Teacher Jailed for Trying to Join IS
[AnNahar] A chemistry teacher was tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
for six years in Britannia on Thursday for trying to join Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadists fighting in Syria, against the wishes of his family who desperately tried to stop him.

Jamshed Javeed, 30, one of a group of radicalized Moslems from Manchester in northwest England, was incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in December 2013 as he was about to travel to the Middle East -- after helping his younger brother and three others make the same trip.

At the high-security Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London, judge Michael Topolski said Javeed was "adherent to a violent jihadist mindset" and should be considered "dangerous."

The teacher pleaded guilty in October to two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, but insisted he was not an Lion of Islam and had never supported the aims of IS "as now revealed and understood," the court heard.

But Topolski told Javeed he was "not satisfied that you reject its ultimate aims."

The judge said: "You had become sufficiently radicalized and committed to a violent jihadist ideology that you were part of a group of young men determined to travel to Syria to join ISIS (Islamic State) and to fight and die for them."

He said Javeed ignored the pleas of his wife and family and persisted even after they had hidden his passport and his equipment such as solar chargers.

"Even the prospect of becoming a father did not deter you," said the judge.

"You were not planning to return to this country... but rather to die, if you could, as a martyr.

"Whether you believed you were fighting in a just cause is irrelevant. The law is clear: this was terrorism."

The court heard how his wife's revelation that she was pregnant with their daughter did not deter Javeed.

In a text message, she had said: "Jamshed, you refuse to take on board anyone's opinion unless I've got a gun and I'm in Syria."

Police praised his family's "brave steps" in trying to thwart his plans.

Javeed was among a group of young Moslem men from Manchester who became radicalized in 2013.

His brother and two of the three other men he helped go to the Middle East have not been heard of since. The other one is confirmed dead.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Six Azerbaijanis arrested on terror charges
Officials from the Azerbaijan's Ministry of National Security detained six local people who, according to the agency, planned to commit acts of terror.

According to Caucasian Knot Niyameddin Khalilov, Rufis Baimov, Rashad Hashimli, Ilgar Musayev, Anar Rzayev and Jeykhun Abdullayev were detained in an anti-terrorism operation conducted by the Ministry of National Security.

Azerbaijani information agency APA reports that weapons and ammunition were found under the control of group members who had tried "to create a Sharia state in Azerbaijan" and commit acts of terror. The APA reported that in November 2014 the above-mentioned people, and others, appointed an 'emir' for themselves.

Meanwhile, a trial against Azerbaijani citizen Elkhan Mustafayev, who is suspected of taking part in the jihad in Syria, began at Baku's Court of Grave Crimes. At the same court, legal proceedings finished on a criminal case related to an armed incident between the members of radical currents Khawarij and Salafi on 11 December 11, 2013 in the town of Sumgait.

The incident took place at teahouse Soltan in the 10th microdistrict of Sumgait. The dispute, which had begun between the two groups of radicals as a result of the divergences of religious views, turned into an armed incident. Khawarij emir Elchin Akberov, nicknamed "Mamed", and Salafi leader Elshan Musayev, nicknamed "Hamza" were among those detained.
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Dagestani councilman gunned down on his own doorstep
[RFE/RL] A local physician and lawmaker has been gunned down in the Caspian port city of Derbent in Dagestan. Rasul Temirbekov, a senior aide to the director of the Russian Investigative Committee in Dagestan, said that Nasur Osmanov was gunned down on his own doorstep at about 9:30 p.m. on March 4.

Temirbekov added that investigators are checking possible links to Osmanov's professional activities as chief of the Derbent District Clinic and as a member of the Derbent city council.
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Home Front: WoT
U.S. man charged with trying to join ISIS
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been charged with attempting to join the bully boy group ISIS, U.S. prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Adam Dandach, 21 - also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach - was charged with trying to provide support to a foreign terrorist group and making a false passport application statement to facilitate terrorism, they said.

He was also indicted on one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to destroy records after his arrest last July. If convicted of all the charges, Dandach could face up to 25 years in prison.

When placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Dandach told FBI agents that he was traveling to Syria "for the purpose of pledging his alliance and assistance to 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, or ISIS," according to court documents.

He added that "he believed the killings of American soldiers are justified," they said.

Dandach, who was arrested as he tried to board a plane bound for The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
from a California airport on July 3 last year, is due to appear in court to be arraigned on March 16.
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Iraq
Salahuddin District Doings
Security forces control Ajil oilfield, storm military neighborhood in Dour

[IraqiNews.com] A security source in Salahuddin province announced Thursday, that the security forces have managed to gain control of Ajil oilfield in the province, and successfully storm the military neighborhood in Dour district.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The security forces backed by the Volunteer Fighters (al-Hashd al-Sha'bi) were able to gain control over Ajil oilfield, after expelling the ISIS elements."

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, "The security forces successfully stormed the military neighborhood in Dour district."

A source in Salahuddin Operations Command announced Wednesday, that the security forces managed to free several areas north of Samarra, pointing to the beginning of liberating the residential complex in Dour district, while the military operations continue in the province.

Joint forces kill 10 ISIS militants, destroy 7 vehicles in Salahuddin

[IraqiNews.com] The Security Committee in Diyali Provincial Council announced on Thursday, that 10 ISIS elements have been killed and 7 armored vehicles were destroyed during battles in Salahuddin.

The president of the security committee, Sadek al-Husseini, informed IraqiNews, "Joint forces, consisting of Diyali police force and the 5th Division units, with support from al-Hashed al-Sha'bi fighters, have carried out 3 operations in the areas of Ta'is, Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Talha," pointing out that, "The violent festivities between the security forces and the ISIS group elements resulted in killing 10 gunnies and destroying 7 armored vehicles that belonged to them."

"Some intelligence sources have identified a Saudi national among the dead of the ISIS group," the source added.

ISIS burns oil pipelines east of Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] On Wednesday, the ISIS group burned oil pipelines in Tel Husaybah east of Tikrit.

Iraqiya TV channel said in flash news followed by IraqiNews.com, "The ISIS group burned today oil pipelines in Tel Husaybah east of Tikrit."

97 villages, districts, neighborhoods liberated in Salahuddin

[IraqiNews.com] Ministry of Interior announced Wednesday, the liberation of 97 villages, districts and neighborhoods in Salahuddin, pointing out that dozens of forces of Evil and jacket wallahs have been killed.

The federal police captain Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, "The military operations against ISIS have achieved great success in the first stage, smashing the enemy fortifications and expelling it," adding that, "97 villages, districts and neighborhoods have been liberated in Salahuddin."

Jawdat stated, "The first phase included the killing of dozens of forces of Evil and a number of suicide bombers and the destruction of a number of booby-trapping plants, as well as an eavesdropping station."

MoD: Army forces began operation to liberate al-Karma

[IraqiNews.com] A security source in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced Thursday, that the army forces began an offensive from al-Sabihat village to liberate the district of Karmet al-Fallujah.

The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, "This morning, security forces backed by al-Hashed al-Sha'bi fighters have begun an offensive operation from the village of al-Sabihat to liberate the district of Karmet al-Fallujah from ISIS hard boys," pointing out that, "The forces are advancing towards al-Sabihat Bridge and the area of al-Karma."

The source, who requested anonymity, added, "The operation has been named al-Shahid al-Suddani."
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Anbar Actions
Iraqi joint forces repel ISIS attack on eastern Ramadi

[IraqiNews.com] On Wednesday, a security source in Anbar province said, that the Iraqi joint forces have repelled an ISIS attack on the district al-Habaniyah in eastern Ramadi.

The source stated to IraqiNews in an interview, "A joint force, consisting of army troops and local police elements backed by armed rustics, has managed to repel a violent attack by the ISIS group Lions of Islam on the area of al-Jazirah in the district of al-Habaniyah, located 30 east of Ramadi," pointing out that, "The fierce festivities between the two sides have caused the ISIS group to suffer heavy losses in both lives and equipment."

"The Army's Air Force has played a role in the operation by bombing ISIS gathering points in the area," the source added.

Wide military operation to liberate east Karma in Anbar

[IraqiNews.com] A wide security operation was launched to liberate the areas of east Karma district of Anbar province on Thursday.

A statement by Baghdad Operations Command received by IraqiNews.com cited "The operation is supervised by BOC named as the operation of Martyr Najim al-Sudani."

Iraqi forces repel attack, kill 8 ISIS militants in al-Baghdadi

[IraqiNews.com) On Wednesday, a security source in Anbar province announced, that 8 ISIS elements, including jacket wallahs, have been killed in festivities with the security forces in al-Baghdadi area.

The source informed IraqiNews, "Yesterday evening, a joint force of the Army and the Golden Division has managed to repel an attack by the ISIS group snuffies on the area of Jabba in the district of al-Baghdadi, located in west of Ramadi," pointing out that, "The festivities between the two sides resulted in killing 8 ISIS elements including two suicide bombers."

"The security forces have gained control over most of the areas and villages in al-Baghdadi," the source also added.
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The reconquest of Tikrit
ISF conducts 3rd phase of Tikrit liberation operation

[IraqiNews.com] The Iraqi Ministry of Defense confirmed completing the first and second phases of the security plan related to liberating Salah-il-Din province from the forces of Evil of the ISIL represented by liberating areas of Albu Eisa, Albu Riyash, Mubarak al-Farhan, Himreen district and Zarka bridge which links Duz, Tikrit, Alam and Dour cities.

Statement by the Ministry of Defense received by IraqiNews.com cited "The third phase of the operation started towards liberating Tal Kisaiba and Alam areas from different directions according to a well set plan for this purpose."

"The Iraqi Air Force and supportive units participated heavily in destroying many boom-mobiles and vehicles mounted with machi8ne guns that faced the ISF advancing towards their targets and killed many forces of Evil as well as destroying several factories for manufacturing bombs and boom-mobiles," the statement added.

"Military Engineering Units also participated in removing many bombs and explosives emplaced on the routs used by the ISF and volunteers who continue their marsh towards Salah-il-Din to liberate the whole province completely from the forces of Evil of the ISIL," the statement concluded.

ISF, volunteers liberate more areas near Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] The Iraqi Security Forces and volunteers managed to liberate a village and many farms located southeastern Tikrit city on Thursday.

Security source reported to IraqiNews.com "The ISF and Volunteers succeeded to liberate a village and many farms near the Technical Institute which is located southeastern Tikrit city."

Iraqi forces advance 2 km away from Door, eastern Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] On Thursday, a security source in Samarra Operations Command said, that the security forces are only 2 km away from entering the district of al-Door in eastern Tikrit.

The source told IraqiNews, "Army forces backed by police elements and al-Hashed al-Sha'bi fighters have approached the district of al-Door," noting that, "The military units are only 2 km away from entering the district from its southern axis."

"The forces have managed to cleanse liberated areas of any bombs or explosive mines on the roads," the source added.

Military operation to liberate al-Alam district, Albu-Ajil village east of Tikrit launched

[IraqiNews.com] A security source in Salahuddin announced on Wednesday, that the security forces have launched a military operation to liberate al-Alam district and Albu-Ajil village east of Tikrit.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The security forces backed by the Volunteer Fighters (al-Hashd al-Sha'bi) forces launched today a military operation to liberate al-Alam district and Albu-Ajil village east of Tikrit," noting that, "The operation involves surrounding these areas from all directions."

The source, who requested to be anonymous, added, "A security force has cut the road of al-Fatha Bridge north of Baiji, while the troops stationed in the center of Samarra have cut the desert road in Dour district (25 km south-east of Tikrit), which leads to Albu-Ajil village (East Tikrit)."

The source stated, "The aim is to deprive ISIS of all supplies and exits in Albu-Ajil for the security forces to be able to surround it and storm it later on."

IAF destroys ISIL shelters near Alam district

[IraqiNews.com] The Iraqi Air Force destroyed the shelters of the ISIL murderous Moslems near al-Alam district to kill 12 terrorists.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "The IAF destroyed a strategic location for the ISIL to kill 12 of the ISIL murderous Moslems near al-Alam district."

6 ISIL terrorists killed in Alam district

[IraqiNews.com] The security forces supported by the volunteers managed to kill 6 turbans affiliated to 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 Levant on Thursday.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "The Iraqi Army strikers bombarded three armored vehicles and two bomb tankers in al-Alam district."

140 ISIS elements escaped Tikrit, says MoD

[IraqiNews.com] On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense announced that 40 ISIS elements have beat feet from the city of Tikrit, pointing out that about 30% of ISIS holy warriors fled to Fallujah in al-Anbar.

The ministry said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, "Now the ISIS group is living in a state of anxiety, tension and breakage. Our members have spotted a mass escape of ISIS elements from the city of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
especially among the young fighters," indicating that, "Approximately 30% has escaped the ISIS ranks so far."

The ministry added, "Reports indicate that the number of turbans fleeing from Tikrit has reached 140 terrorists, thanks to the successful military operations."

A source in the leadership of Salahuddin operations reported on Wednesday, that the security forces managed to liberate several areas in the north of Samarra, pointing to the progress towards the residential complex in Dour.

Five troop casualties in eastern Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] A soldier was killed and four others injured when a boom-mobile went kaboom! of eastern Tikrit.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "A jacket wallah detonated his boom-mobile in al-Alam district to kill a soldier and injure four others."
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Insurgent attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 11 people
[RUDAW.NET] Insurgents unleashed a series of attacks mostly targeting civilian areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 11 and wounding many others, officials said. Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
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 snuffies in the country's north set oil wells ablaze in an attempt to foil government forces battling to reclaim territory.

A bomb destroyed an outdoor market in the Baghdad suburb of Nahrawan, killing three civilians and wounding 12, a police officer said. Another bomb targeted a military patrol in the northeastern district of Rashdiya, killing three soldiers and wounding seven, he added.

Mortar shells hit a residential area in the southern district of Dora, killing two civilians and wounding six, another officer said. An kaboom in a market in Mahmoudiyah, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, killed three civilians and maimed seven.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to news hounds.

The attacks come as government forces, Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni volunteers continued their fight to recapture key areas around Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit, which fell to Islamic State snuffies in June.

On Thursday, snuffies set fire to some oil wells outside the city, an oil official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information. The smoky fires were apparently meant to obscure targets from government bombing runs, part of the wide-scale operation that began Monday.

Ajeel oil field, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Tikrit, was one of at least four fields seized by the snuffies as a source of crude oil to sell to smugglers to finance their operations.

Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, in charge of recapturing Tikrit and surrounding areas, told state TV the burning oil wells "will not affect us." He said operations were continuing as planned, without elaborating.

Tikrit is strategically important as a major supply link for any future operation to reclaim djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Iraq's second-largest city and the murderous Moslems' biggest stronghold.
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Iraqi army drops leaflets over ISIS-held areas
[RUDAW.NET] Iraqi planes have dropped leaflets over ISIS-controlled areas, warning local people to assist the troops now set to enter areas of Salahadin province.

"More than 20,000 troops are taking part in the operations to liberate Salahadin from ISIS," a source from the Salahadin operation told Rudaw.

The incoming army dropped the leaflets over areas of Tikrit, Beji, Talul Baj and Shargat in Salahadin province, according to the source.

Fighters from the Shiite militia known as the People's Mobilization Forces are assisting the Iraqi army in liberating the ISIS-held areas.
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Southeast Asia
Two officers, killed in Abu Sayyaf ambush
[Gulf Today] Two junior Philippine Army officers and a soldier were killed when a landmine believed to have been set off by Abu Sayyaf militants exploded on the island province of Sulu. Brigadier General Jose Kakilala said the blast coincided with the visit to the island of General Gregorio Pio Catapang to check on the ongoing campaign against the Abu Sayyaf.

Kakilala said that the two junior officers were aboard military trucks bringing provisions to soldiers guarding a local road project when the landmine exploded on Wednesday afternoon. After the blast, militants on both sides of the road fired at the soldiers, resulting in a 30-minute gun battle.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Blast hits Nusra Front in Syria, kills commander
[IraqiNews.com] An kaboom in the northwestern part of Syria targeted senior members Thursday of al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front. The blast killed a military commander, Lion of Islam sources told Rooters.

Gen. Cmdr. Abu Humam al-Shami died after an attack that's believed to be from US-led coalition Arclight airstrikes. He was the one of the leading figures of the Lion of Islam group since it formed in 2012.

The kaboom hit a meeting among Nusra Front leaders in Salqin, a town in the northwest province of Idlib.
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Regime barrel bomb in Aleppo kills 18
[SAUDIGAZETTE.SA] At least 18 non-combatants were killed in a single regime barrel kaboom in Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb, dropped from a helicopter, struck an eastern sector of the divided city where people were gathering to buy and sell fuel. In the northern province of Idlib, seven non-combatants were killed in a regime air strike near a school, Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britannia-based Observatory, said. The deaths came after UN envoy Staffan de Mistura dispatched a delegation to Aleppo in efforts to freeze fighting there.
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Blast kills top leaders of Qaeda branch in Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Four leaders of al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front, including its general military commander Abu Humam al-Shami, have been killed in an kaboom in the northwest province of Idlib on Thursday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Al-Shami is one of the most senior Nusra Front figures to be killed since it formed in 2012 and has fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Rooters news agency reported, quoting sources said.

Reports said the kaboom was caused by a coalition Arclight airstrike that hit a high-level Nusra Front meeting in Idlib, but the coalition has denied having conducted any Arclight airstrikes in the province in the past 24 hours.

The Nusra Front has fought Western-backed rebels this year, seizing their territory and forcing them to disarm so as to
consolidate its power in northern Syria.

Hazzm, one of the last remnants of non-jihadist opposition to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
in northern Syria, dissolved itself
last week after weeks of fighting with the Nusra Front.

After Thursday's attack, the Nusra Front told its members not to provide information to the media, the Rooters sources said.

The weakness of the mainstream Syrian opposition and the growing power of the Nusra Front and 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....
has
complicated diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian conflict that has killed around 200,000 people.
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Lebanese ISF Arrests Top Fugitive Linked to ISIL
[AnNahar] Police in the Bekaa Valley detained on Thursday an allegedly dangerous terrorist linked to 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 (ISIL).

The state-run National News Agency reported that Syrian national Hussein Ghurelli, who is linked to ISIL in the Syrian Qalamoun, was detained in a hospital in the Bekaa.

The name of the hospital was not revealed.

Ghurelli, according to NNA, was being treated for an injury he sustained in his head during last week's festivities in the northeastern border town of Ras Baalbek.

He also reportedly took part in the battles against the army in town of Arsal.

Last week, the army targeted bad boy posts on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, seizing two hilltop positions.

The army frequently clashed with the bandidos holy warriors in their hideouts near the Syria border, targeting gunnies to prevent them from advancing.

The jihadists remain entrenched on the outskirts of Arsal on the porous Syrian-Lebanese border.

The mountainous area along the Lebanese-Syrian border has long been a smuggling haven, with multiple routes into Syria that have been used to transport weapons and fighters.
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Unrest Shakes Aleppo as Rebels Say Ceasefire Plan 'Dead End'
[AnNahar] Heavy festivities and a regime barrel kaboom shook the Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday after rebels tried to seize an intelligence headquarters in a forceful rejection of U.N. ceasefire efforts.

The fresh violence came during a visit to Aleppo by a delegation sent by U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is seeking to "freeze" fighting in the devastated northern city.

Wednesday's attack on the air force intelligence offices, which left at least 20 members of regime security forces and 14 rebels dead, was the worst unrest in Aleppo since the opposition rejected the peace plan on Sunday.
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US-led coalition launches 12 more airstrikes
[IraqiNews.com] The US-led coalition against 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....
in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launched 12 more Arclight airstrikes on krazed killer positions on Tuesday and Wednesday.The Combined Joint Task Force issued a statement saying the latest Arclight airstrikes took place over a 24-hour period, hitting targets inside Syria and Iraq. Three strikes inside Syria hit a tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions near the northern Kurdish town of Kobane.Nine strikes inside Iraq hit targets along the country's western side.

Strikes near Fallujah targeted and struck two bomb factories, a weapons storage facility, and two vehicles.

Three strikes near Sinjar hit a tactical unit and destroyed four vehicles. One strike targeting a group of fighters near Ramadi was reported "ineffective."

Over 2,500 Arclight airstrikes have been launched against ISIS since the campaign began in 2014
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ISIS bulldozes ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday, the government said, in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage.

ISIS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the tourism and antiquities ministry said on an official Facebook page.

An Iraqi antiquities official confirmed the news, saying the destruction began after noon prayers on Thursday and that trucks that may have been used to haul away artefacts had also been spotted at the site.

"Until now, we do not know to what extent it was destroyed," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Nimrud, which was founded in the 13th century BC, lies on the Tigris around 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Iraq's second city and the main hub of IS in the country.

The destruction at Nimrud, one of the jewels of the Assyrian era, came a week after the jihadist group released a video showing snuffies armed with sledgehammersand jackhammers smashing priceless ancient artefacts at the Mosul museum.

That attack sparked widespread consternation and alarm, with some archaeologists and heritage experts comparing it to the 2001 demolition of the Bamiyan
...a place in Afghanistan that used to have some historically interesting statues of the Buddha carved into a mountainside. Then the holy men showed up and now all they have is some big holes...
Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

In the jihadists' extreme interpretation of Islam, statues, idols and shrines are a corruption of the purity of the early Moslem faith and amount to recognising other objects of worship than God.

The group spearheaded a sweeping offensive last June that overran Nineveh province, where Mosul and Nimrud are located, and swept through much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland.

Iraqi security forces and allied fighters are battling to regain ground from the jihadists with backing from an international anti-ISIS coalition as well as neighbouring Iran.

But major operations to drive ISIS out of Nineveh are likely months away, leaving the province's irreplaceable historical sites at the mercy of snuffies who have no regard for Iraq's past.
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Archeological site of Sheran, another victim of Islamic State
[ARA] The Kurdish-populated village of Sheran (Arslan Tash) in the eastern countryside of Kobane has paid a big price for months of battles with holy warriors 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 (IS/ISIS), who had taken the village as a military base for their operations against the Kurdish forces. The historic village, which contains dozens of ancient monuments, has been under control of the Islamic State since Sept. 2014, until its liberation by the Kurdish forces last February.

Some of the ancient ruins and monuments were destroyed under the blows of the U.S.-led coalition's Arclight airstrikes; while others were deliberately destroyed by IS turbans, who were stationed there. Some of these archeological sites date back thousands of years, such as ruins of the Assyrian city of Hedato.

According to the Kurdish researcher and historian Mohsin Seida, the Syrian regime and IS holy warriors has destroyed a large amount of the historic ruins and monuments in Sheran.

"Unfortunately, since the start of the Syrian uprising in 2011, many archeological sites have been exposed to destruction by pro-Assad forces and holy warriors of the Islamic State," Seida told ARA News.

"Sheran's historic monuments and other archeological locations in Syria have avoided destruction throughout history. Ironically, this four-year-conflict was the most destructive."

"We appeal to all the international organizations to bear responsibility of protecting the human heritage in Syria," he added.

The Kurdish historian added: "The archaeological sites in Sheran are among the most important locations in the third millennium BC, and the importance of this historic area in Syria's history stems from its association with the Assyrian name of the city (Arslan Tash) on behalf of the Assyrian emperor Tiglath Pileser III, who built a royal palace in the city."

"Subsequent to the fall of the Assyrian Empire, the city lost its importance, while recovered relative prosperity in the Greek period. During excavations in 1928, remnants of a Greek palace were found on the ruins of the Assyrian royal palace where Arslan Tash was the military capital of a province in the empire," Sieda added.

The Kurdish researcher went further to shed light on the significance of Sheran site, saying: "We should mention those voyagers and archaeologists who visited the site and wrote their observations about it. Among others, Sheran was a destination to the British archeologist Francis Chesney, who visited the site in 1835, and the Ottoman artist and director of Istanbul Museum, Hamdi Bey, as well as the German archaeologists Max Oppenheim, French Prospector and Danjan Toro, who excavated the site in 1928."

Noteworthy, holy warriors of the Islamic State blew major monuments in Sheran area before withdrawal last month,while several other sites in the area were subjected to sabotage amid the daily fighting and shelling over the last five months.
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