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Egypt police kill five members of terrorist group Hasm in Nile Delta shootout
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Afghanistan
Taliban's Red Unit commander and his 5 guards killed in drone strikes
[KhaamaPress] A commander of the Red Unit
...also known as the Red Group and the Blood Group, the Taliban fancy it as an elite unit that spearheads attacks on Afghan forces. They've recently been losing commanders regularly...
of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group and his five security guards were killed during the dronezaps conducted in northeastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Nejrab district on Tuesday.

According to a statement released by Silab Corps, the US forces conducted airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles in Pechghan Valley of the district, leaving at least six turbans dead, including a commander of the Red Unit of the group.

The statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out as the Taliban Red Unit commander and his security guards were travelling in a vehicle.

The vehicle of the Talibs was destroyed in the airstrike and the local residents did not suffer any casualty, the statement added.

The anti-government armed holy warrior groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kapisa is among the relatively calm provinces in Northeastern parts of the country but the security situation of the province has started to deteriorate recently amid ongoing efforts by the turbans to expand their insurgency.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  also known as the Red Group and the Blood Group

Henceforth to be known as the Red Smear group.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2018 0:08 Comments || Top||


Taliban's large cache of potent explosives destroyed by Afghan commandos
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan commandos have destroyed a large cache of potent explosives belonging to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

The NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
Special Operations Component Command in a report said the commandos from the 3rd Special Operations Kandak, advised by U.S. Special Operations Forces, conducted numerous missions over the course of a four-day Afghan-led operation targeting Taliban compounds suspected of concealing large amounts of homemade explosives in Tarin Kot district, Uruzgan province, July 25-29.

The report further added that during the operations in Tarin Kot, 10,100 pounds of homemade explosives and another 1,400 pounds of C-4, a plastic explosive, were destroyed. Commandos clearing the compounds found over 20 82 mm mortars, 50 RPG rounds, over 6,000 rounds of armor-piercing .50 caliber ammunition, two bunker systems and 50 rocket fuses.

"The destruction of this dangerous stockpile of explosives reduces the risk to Afghan civilians who have consistently been injured or killed through attacks made by the Taliban," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, Train, Advise and Assist-South commander. "The large amount of explosives and munitions leaves no doubt that irreconcilable Taliban continue to plan and prepare for more attacks."

The large cache, which was located next to the homes of Afghan families, were destroyed through a series of strikes and on the ground controlled detonations, the report said.

"Because of the high danger presented by the types and quantities of weapons, it was necessary to carefully plan controlled detonations," said Smiley. "I find it inconceivable that the Taliban would store weapons this dangerous next to family homes."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "Inconceivable, huh?"
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/02/2018 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  It seems that no one ever wants to divulge the provenance of the explosives and weaponry. I wonder why?
Posted by: Harcourt Bucket3271 || 08/02/2018 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, unless they're using the designation C-4 incorrectly, it is from the US, as I understand things.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2018 12:32 Comments || Top||

#4  located next to the homes of Afghan families

And nobody knows how it got there.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2018 13:50 Comments || Top||

#5  And nobody knows how it got there.

I expect the locals will swear on their children's lives, that nobody snitched on the stockpile, when the Taliban come calling. But I can believe the locals called government troops to deal with the explosive hazard deposited by the Talibs near their homes.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 08/02/2018 19:09 Comments || Top||


Senior ISIS leader surrender to Afghan forces with his 152 fighters
[KhaamaPress] A big shot 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....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) Mawlavi Habib Ur Rehman surrendered to the Afghan forces together with his 152 miliants.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the ISIS leader and his fighters have surrendered in Jawzjan province.

A statement by Shaheen Corps said the gunnies surrendered to Afghan forces late on Tuesday night.

The statement further added that Mawlavi Rehman and his gunnies also handed over their weapons and some other military kits t the Afghan forces.

The anti-government armed turban groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.

Jawzjan has been among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation of the province has tanked during the recent years.

Both the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and ISIS loyalists operate in some districts of the province and often carry out terrorist related activities.

This comes as sporadic festivities are underway between the Taliban and ISIS gunnies in some parts of Jawzjan province.

Taliban says defeats Islamic State fighters in north Afghanistan

[AlAhram] More than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan after they were defeated and driven out by the Taliban, Taliban and government officials said on Wednesday.

The defeat represents a major setback for the group, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan around four years ago and which had gained a foothold in southern Jawzjan, where it fought for control of smuggling routes into neighbouring Turkmenistan.

"The evil phenomenon of Daesh has completely been eliminated and people have been freed from its tortures in Jawzjan province of Afghanistan," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, using an Arabic term for the group.

The Taliban launched an offensive several weeks ago in Jawzjan against the group, which they oppose as much as they do the Western-backed government in Kabul and which has established an unmatched reputation for brutality.

Last month, General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, welcomed the fact that the Taliban were fighting Islamic State, which he said had to be destroyed.

U.S. forces have launched air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Jawzjan in recent months, but the Taliban has rejected any suggestion of cooperation and accused the United States of trying to obstruct them.

The fighting prompted thousands of people to flee to the provincial capital of Sheberghan, where many gave shocking accounts of the brutality of Islamic State fighters and commanders in Darzab and Qush Tepa, the two districts they controlled before being driven out.

Mujahid said more than 150 Islamic State fighters had been killed and more than 130 captured by the Taliban with the rest surrendering to government forces rather than the Taliban.

Afghan government officials said 152 fighters from the Islamic State strongholds of Darzab and Qush Tepa surrendered to security forces in the early hours of the morning.

Mawlawi Habiburrahman, commander of Islamic State forces in the north, and another commander called Mufti Nematullah were among those who surrendered, they said.

Bands of Islamic State fighters have been increasingly active in northern Afghanistan in recent years, fighting the Taliban for control of resources and sparking alarm in neighbouring nations.

Government officials said the group's defeat in Jawzjan would ease concerns about its potential to expand and support militant activity outside Afghanistan.

"The worries of neighbouring countries, and the presence of Daesh groups on their borders, have now been removed," said Mohammad Reza Ghafouri, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab Claims Murder Of Somali Police Officer In Mogadishu
[RADIOSHABELLE] Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
has grabbed credit for the liquidation of a senior Somali Police officer rubbed out on Tuesday night in Mogadishu by armed assailants.

In a statement posted on its affiliated websites, the bandidos forces of Evil said they have killed the policeman at Sana junction in Karan district of Mogadishu.

Somali Police is yet to comment on al-Shabaab claims, but, sources in the area said the security forces have conducted an operation to capture the killers who expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

Al-Shabaab often carries out such killings and attacks in the city in an attempt to outs the Western-backed weak Somali government in Mogadishu, which is propped up by AU troops.

The attacks are happening while the capital is under the full control of the Somali government and the heavy presence of security personnel on the main streets.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Jubbaland Says Its Forces Destroyed Al-Shabab Base
[RADIOSHABELLE] A senior Jubbaland state army official says the regional troops have carried out an operation against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
gunnies near Kismayo
...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region...
port city.

Speaking to Radio Shabelle, Colonel Ali Goosaar said Jubbaland forces have managed to overran an al-Shabaab operations camp in a small village located 80Km west of Kismayo.

The village, Bula Hajji has been the nerve center for al-Shabaab’s operations in the region, according to the army colonel.

Goosaar added that the state soldiers have engaged in deadly battle with the al-Shabaab, which left at least two gunnies dead while several others sustained wounds.

"Our brave soldiers have successfully carried out a planned operation on al-Shabaab which resulted in the deaths of two members of the group and capture of their base," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Libyan coast guard intercepts more than 570 Europe-bound migrants
[ARABNEWS]
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 04:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Egypt police kill five members of terrorist group Hasm in Nile Delta shootout
[AlAhram] Egypt police kill five members of terrorist group Hasm in Nile Delta shootout

Egyptian police have bumped off five members of terrorist group Hasm in Qalyubia governorate, Nile Delta.

Police forces raided a hideout near al-Obour city, which sparked a shootout with the slain Hasm members who were trying to escape, the interior ministry stated on Tuesday.

The ministry said it identified four out of the five individuals who were killed in the shootout.

In other security raids on hideouts in Cairo, police forces have placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
five Hasm members and confiscated amounts of arms and ammunition, according to the ministry's statement.

Hasm has grabbed credit for several attacks on security forces and members of the judiciary since it first emerged in 2016.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Arabia
Saudi-backed forces advance in Houthi heartland
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Saudi-backed Yemeni National Army scored a new advance in northern Yemen, today, after a fierce battle with the 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 America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
forces in the Sa’ada Governorate.

According to Sky News Arabia, the Yemeni National Army, backed by the Saudi-led Coalition, managed to capture the village of Mughram in the Baaqem District this afternoon.

This advance by the Saudi-backed forces marks the first major advance they have made inside the Houthi provincial stronghold of Sa’ada.

The Houthi forces are nearly in full control of the Sa’ada Governorate, which is strategically located near the Saudi border.

For the Saudi military, securing the Yemeni border is a high priority for their high command, as the Houthi forces currently control several crossings.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Security forces detain nine alleged IS recruiters in Kaliningrad
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) released footage on Wednesday, showing the detention of nine alleged recruiters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), who were reportedly distributing Islamic literature in Kaliningrad. The agents seized firearms, ammunition, ready to use improvised explosive devices and Islamic religious literature.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Two migrants shot dead in Serbia: Police
[AlAhram] Two migrants colonists were rubbed out on a road in Serbia near the village of Dobrinci, around 45 km (28 miles) northwest of the capital Belgrade, police said on Wednesday, giving no details of their deaths or identity.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants colonists passed through the so-called 'Balkan route' from the Middle East, Africa and Asia passed on their way to the West in 2015 but it was shut in 2016 when The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
agreed to stem the flow of people in return for EU aid and a promise of visa-free travel for its own citizens.

Moslem colonists Migrants still arrive in Serbia, however, mainly from Turkey, via neighbouring Bulgaria. Frequently they use smuggling networks.

There are as many as 3,600 migrants colonists in government-operated camps in Serbia, officials say.

Rights activists say hundreds of others are scattered in Belgrade and towns along the borders of Bosnia, Croatia and Hungary as they try to enter the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
Serbian authorities have incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
dozens of people smugglers but incidence of violence involving migrants colonists are rare.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 00:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Muslim #1: It's too dangerous at home
Muslim #2: I know, let's go to Serbia (and hide behind the chainsaws)
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/02/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Serbs are lucky USA doesn't have a democratic prese right now.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/02/2018 8:41 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
US sanctions two Turkish ministers over American pastor’s detention
[ALMASDARNEWS] White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the US Department of the Treasury has opened up sanctions against two Ottoman Turkish ministers over the detention in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
of US pastor Andrew Brunson, while speaking to the press in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

"We believe he is a victim of unfair and unjust detention by the government of Turkey. At the president’s direction, the Department of the Treasury is sanctioning Turkey’s Minister of Justice, and Minister of Interior, both of whom played leading roles in the arrest and detention of pastor Brunson," Sanders said.

Brunson has been transferred to house arrest after a Ottoman Turkish court ruled his health condition to be poor.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Erdogan: US ‘evangelist, Zionist mentality is unacceptable’

Is it Iran or is it Memorex Turkey?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 08/02/2018 1:12 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Mian Iftikhar again receives threat of terrorist attack
[DAWN] Senior politician and ANP general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain has once again received a ’suicide kaboom’ threat and he says this time it is ’serious’.

He has received the warning about attempt on his life at a time when he himself and his party leaders and workers have announced to take to streets to protest alleged rigging in the elections and demand fair re-elections.

"I am concerned as this time there was no mention of my name in any recent Nacta briefings, just like late Haroon Bilour, yet I have received this serious threat alert from all the civil and military authorities concerned. This is what worries me," Mr Hussain told Dawn.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Two tribal elders shot dead in North Waziristan
[DAWN] MIRAMSHAH/DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Two tribal elders and two police constables were rubbed out apparently in incidents of murder in North Wazoo tribal district and Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
on Tuesday.

The first act of murder took place near Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
Family sources said that Malik Salam Khan and Malik Niaz Khan were going from Tappi Village to Miranshah when their vehicle came under fire.

Witnesses said that Malik Salam went titzup while Malik Niaz was taken to the district headquarters hospital in Miranshah where he died during treatment.

The district administration started the paperwork but haven't done much else and the investigation was under way. However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
no arrest was made.

The family sources said the dear departed had no enmity with anyone.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, the gondola was dangling by a single thread of rope.

Jack! Cynthia cried. I just realized I'm afraid of heights! I don't even like high heels!...

two police constables were bumped off in Prowa tehsil of Dera Ismail Khan district.

Officials said that the constables, identified as Ghulam Abbas and Muhammad Bashir, were riding a cycle of violence in an area in the jurisdiction of Prowa Police Station when person or persons unknown open fire on them. They both received bullet injuries and went titzup.

Police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified people.

Funeral prayers for the two constables were offered at the police line.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Salahuddin adventures: 3 kidnapped tribals killed, tribes jump up and down, curse mustaches


3 tribesmen kidnapped on way back from policeman's funeral found killed in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Three rustics were found killed on Wednesday, as they were kidnapped while on way back from funeral of a policeman in Salahuddin, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, "security troops found three bodies in al-Taji region, for rustics from al-Dujail. They were kidnapped on Tuesday evening."

The rustics, according to the source, "were kidnapped while on their way back from the funeral of Col. Hussein al-Khazarji, who was was killed, along with his brother, on Tuesday on Dujail-Baghdad road.

Iraqi authorities declare curfew in al-Dujail district following fierce tribal clashes

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities on Wednesday imposed a curfew in the Shia-dominated district of al-Dujail in Salahuddin until a further notice shortly after security forces contained tribal clashes there, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alforat News, the source said that security forces “have been deployed in the district to ensure the curfew is applied and to prevent any clashes between tribesmen again.”

Fierce clashes erupted earlier in the day in al-Dujail district, northeast of Salahuddin, after three chieftains were found dead in al-Taji area.

The chieftains, according to the source, “were kidnapped while on their way back from the funeral of Col. Hussein al-Khazarji, who was killed, along with his brother, on Tuesday evening on the Dujail-Baghdad road.”

Several tribes had staged rallies and blocked roads in Salahuddin, demanding the capture of the killers and bringing them to trial as soon as possible.

The demonstrators also demanded the release “of their sons, who are still kidnapped in the province.”

There has been an uptick in attacks and kidnappings in Iraq since the defeat of Islamic State militants last year.
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Mosul and Ninevah clearance continues: 14 or 15 turbans tied up,1 big turban ditto, 20,000+ killed in Ninevah by ISIS before liberation, 8 on trial for brutal ISIS massacre


Iraqi security forces capture 14 Islamic State members in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced that its security forces have arrested 15 members of Islamic State in Mosul city.

Maj. General Saad Maan, the interior ministry's spokesman, told Alforat News on Wednesday that, "Nineveh Police Command arrested 14 members of Islamic State, who are wanted on terror charges."

"The terrorists were apprehended in al-Intisar district in Mosul's eastern side," according to the spokesman.

Islamic State militant, in charge of security patrols, arrested, west of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security troops have arrested Islamic State member in charge of security patrols in west of Mosul, the Interior Ministry's Security Media Center said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said "Nineveh Operations Command managed to arrest Islamic State militant known as Abu Talha."

The militant, according to the statement, "used to work with the group, during its control of Mosul, as head of the security patrols."

He then used to be the Wali of al-Jazira region, according to the statement. "He was arrested in al-Intissar district, west of Mosul."

At least 20,000 civilians killed by Islamic State since 2014 in Nineveh: Official

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) More than 20,000 residents of Nineveh have been killed by Islamic State, while the militant group was in control of the province, according to the provincial council on Wednesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, Khalaf al-Hadidi, member of the council, said, "Nineveh lost many of its residents since Islamic State controlled in 2014 until it was liberated."

The preliminary estimates, according to Hadidi, "indicate that more than 20,000 civilians from Nineveh were killed by Islamic State." He added that "most of them were security personnel, children and youth, who refused to join the group."

Among the victims also were "girls who refused to hand themselves in the group and others who committed suicide," Hadidi said.

"Thousands of bodies are still missing as the mass graves, made by the militants, were hidden." he added.

Eight family members to stand trial in Iraq over Khasfah sinkhole massacre

BAGHDAD (IraqiNews.com) – Eight family members will stand trial in Iraq on charges of joining the Islamic State group and involvement in killing 370 people in Mosul city, the Iraqi judiciary said on Wednesday.

“The eight men, all from the same family, admitted participating in the Khasfah massacre, where they pushed several security forces and civilians into a 100-foot-wide sinkhole in Hamam al-Alil area after they captured the city of Mosul in 2014,” the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) quoted spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council Abdel-Sattar Bayraqdar as saying.

“They are involved in the execution of 370 civilians and security forces, besides the detention of 400 people in Mosul,” he added.

The men, according to the spokesman, admitted “committing several crimes,” adding that all legal procedures were taken against them pursuant to article ¼ of Iraq’s anti-terrorism law.

After Islamic State seized control of Mosul in 2014, they carried out one of Iraq’s largest mass graves, known as Khasfah massacre.

Witnesses said the victims were blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs, before being forced to kneel. They were then shot and pushed into the crater.

The exact number of detained IS militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands.
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Kirkuk combat chronicle: 3 turbans tied up, 2 innocents kaboomed, 5 turbans kiss missile, 3 cops kaboomed
It was a busy day.
Iraqi police arrest 3 Islamic State militants, detonate 325 explosives in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Three Islamic State terrorists were arrested and 325 explosive charges were detonated during a security operation in Kirkuk, the Iraqi Security Media Center announced Wednesday.

"Police forces have combed several districts and villages in Kirkuk today, arresting three Islamic State members in Makhmur and Erbil districts and detonating 325 explosive charges," Ayn Al Iraq News quoted the center's spokesman Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool as saying in a statement.

"The troops also found a facility used for making bombs, as well as two explosive belts and six bombs," the spokesman said, adding that two terrorist hotbeds were destroyed in the campaign as well.

Two people wounded in central Kirkuk bomb blast: Source

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Two people were wounded in a bomb blast in central Kirkuk, a security source from the province was quoted saying on Wednesday.

"A bomb was placed on the side of the road in al-Wasti district, central Kirkuk, went off," the source told Baghdad Today website.

"The blast left two people injured," he added.

U.S.-led coalition warplane kills five Islamic State militants in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a new airstrike by a U.S.-led international coalition warplane in southern Kirkuk province, a security source was quoted as saying.

"A jet fighter of the U.S.-led international coalition targeted a gathering of Islamic State militants in al-Shai area, 45 km south of Kirkuk, leaving five militants dead," the Jordanian-based Al Arab Al Yawm newspaper quoted the source as saying.

The source gave no further details about the incident.

Bomb explosion leaves policeman dead, two others wounded in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi policeman was killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast in Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying.

"A bomb attack targeted a police vehicle on the main road between Kirkuk and Riyadh district, leaving a policeman dead and two others wounded," the source told the Baghdad Post website.

According to the source, the explosion "caused severe damage to the vehicle."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF kills 7 armed terrorists in Syrian Golan
[YNet] In early morning strike, IAF attacks terrorists in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights 'preventing grave incident'; explosives and Kalashnikov rifles found in the area after the strike; Lieberman earlier: 'There is a clear address' to incidents on Syrian border now.

An Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked a group of armed terrorists in the Syrian southern Golan Heights early Thursday, killing seven armed terrorists and preventing a "grave incident", Israel Radio said on Thursday without citing sources.

The Israeli military confirmed carrying out an air strike overnight, saying it had targeted "several armed terror operatives in the southern Syrian Golan Heights" overnight.

The incident reportedly occurred around 10:30 PM, when the terrorists were located around 200 meters from the border fence, just north of the border triangle with Jordan.

In the morning, the Nahal Brigade forces searched the area and found the terrorists' bodies belonging to the ISIS-linked group known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade.

According to the IDF Spokesperson`s Unit said that after the strike, "explosive belts and an AK-47 assault rifle were found in the area" have also been found.

The incident occurred near the area still controlled by an ISIS-linked group. The group has about 300 fighters and is the only one in the Syrian Golan that has not yet surrendered to the Assad army, which has already taken control of most of the Golan Heights along the border with Israel.

It is probable that the group was behind last week's rocket attack, when two missiles landed in the Kinneret area, in order to force Israel to retaliate and strike Syrian military. However, the ISIS-linked group is on the verge of surrendering to the Syrian military.

The IDF is now investigating whether the group planned a bloody ground attack in the Israeli territory in order to drag the IDF into the civil war in Syria.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2018 07:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  How exciting for them that Israel is finally getting involved in Syrian affairs -- beyond healing the sick and wounded, feeding the hungry, and clothing the naked, I mean.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  killing seven armed terrorists and preventing a "grave incident"

They just left them laying where they fell?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2018 16:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, nobody brought a rake...
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2018 18:59 Comments || Top||


7 fires sparked throughout day by Gaza balloons
[IsraelTimes] Since the morning, firefighters have worked to extinguish seven blazes near Israeli communities along the Gazoo border that were started by incendiary balloons flown from the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede,-ruled coastal enclave, a front man for the Fire and Rescue Services says.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2018 01:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Daesh claims suicide attack in southern Philippines
[AA.TR] ISIS terror group claimed a suicide car kaboom that killed 11 people in the island southern province of Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
Tuesday, according to the military.

According to initial reports, a van was intercepted at an army checkpoint manned by government faceless myrmidons in Bulanting village in Lamitan City.

"A driver of a 10-seater van who looked like a foreigner and could not speak the local dialect was intercepted at Bulanting checkpoint," Lamitan City Mayor Roderick Furigay said as quoted by Inquirer News.

Furigay said the driver was held by government faceless myrmidons for further questioning while other members sought military backup when the vehicle suddenly went kaboom!.

Aside from the suspected bomber, five government militiamen, a military detachment commander, three women and a child were also killed.

Five scout rangers, including a young lieutenant, were also left critically maimed.

An investigation of the incident remains underway; the military suspects that while ISIS usually claims such attacks, this particular one was carried out by the ISIS-linked 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...
group.

Basilan province is known as one of the strongholds of the holy warrior group, which since 1991 has carried out bombings, kidnappings, liquidations and extortion in a self-determined fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front expressed confidence early this week that the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law will soon end the decades-long Moslem insurgency in the country’s south.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


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'Largest military entity' against Assad regime formed
[AA.TR] Three military factions banded together on Wednesday to form a 100,000-strong fighting force, billed as the largest military opposition entity against the Assad regime in Syria's central Hama and northwest Idlib regions.

According to sources in Syrian opposition, the Syrian Liberation Front and the Suqour al-Sham Brigades joined the National Front for the Liberation of Syria affiliated with the Free Syria Army (FSA).

The sources told Anadolu Agency the development is aimed at the unification of FSA’s factions in one entity.

The National Front of Liberation will continue to operate under Fadlallah al-Haji.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian Army fights off ISIS assault in northern Swaida
[ALMASDARNEWS] Huge reinforcements poured into the northern countryside of Swaida where a Syrian Army airbase came under a surprise attack 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....
murderous Moslems.

Last night, ISIS attempted to sneak into Khalkhalah airbase exactly one week after massacring more than 200 civilians in a deadly onslaught on west Swaida countryside.

The blitz was eventually repelled with five soldiers of the defenders were killed in action.

The Islamic State snuffies resumed their attack today in bid to achieve some gains. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the Syrian and Russian fighter jets pummeled their positions and supply lines, killing and injuring scores.

This comes after the terror group lost its last foothold in west Daraa to the Syrian forces following fierce battles.

ISIS destroys 2 warplanes & 6 drones in KhalKhalah airbase in Syria

As-Suwayda (Syria News) The Islamic State group announced, on Wednesday, destroying two warplanes belong to the Syrian regime in an attack launched on Khalhkalah Airbase, in the northern countryside of As-Suwayda.

The ISIS-owned Amaq news agency reported that the Islamic State turbans destroyed two warplanes and six drones in Khalkhalah Airbase in the last few hours.

The Syrian regime did not comment on the ISIS attack, while a number of pro-regime media outlets stated that the attack was in fact an attempt to sneak into the airbase, but was foiled by the security forces.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Nusra arrests three alleged spies for Syrian government in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] al-Qaeda-linked jihadi group said they have uncovered a spy network for the Syrian government in northern Idlib countryside amid reports of a potential onslaught against the jihadi-held province.

The three captured men, originally from northern Idlib, were responsible for providing the Syrian Intelligence with information, coordinates and images about jihadists’ bases, positions and whereabouts in the northern countryside near the borders with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
including Bdama and Dana towns.

A video was released by the group showing the three men confessing the accusations. However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
AMN couldn’t verify the authenticity of the content.

It is no secret that Syrian Army spies have been active recently; posting photos with leaflets pledging allegiance to the Syrian government and threatening rebel groups.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Jihadist group releases video of kidnapped Italian, Japanese journalists in Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] A jihadist group has released videos of a Japanese journalist and an Italian man held captive in Syria in which they appeal for their release, U.S.-based monitors have said.

The two men ‐ Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda and Italian national Alessandro Sandrini ‐ appear in two separate videos that are nonetheless similar in their staging and were released by the SITE group, which tracks white supremacist and jihadist organizations.

SITE did not say which group was responsible for the videos.

Both men are shown kneeling in front of a wall wearing orange jumpsuits while gunnies dressed head-to-toe in black stand behind them.

Jumpei is thought to have been kidnapped by the al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, a former al-Qaeda affiliate, in northern Syria in 2015.

He identifies himself as Korean in the video but speaks Japanese, giving the recording date as July 25, stating that he is in a bad situation and asking for help.

Sandrini gives a different date, July 19, and says that it is his last request to the Italian government.

The Italian hostage was kidnapped in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
in October 2016 before being taken to Syria, according to reports in the Italian media. He is believed to be from Brescia and is said to be around 32 years old.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Daraa difficulties: 200 turbans surrender, another village captured, Russia airstrikes 13 innocents


Syrian Army captures more than 200 terrorists alive in largest ISIS mass surrender

[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured more than 200 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....
(ISIS) bully boyz alive in the Yarmouk Basin region after concluding their field operations in southwest Syria.

According to a field report, the more than 200 Islamic State fighters surrendered themselves to the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division after failing to fend off the government’s large-scale advance earlier this week.

Most of the Islamic State bully boyz surrendered themselves inside the key town of Shajarah, which was liberated on Sunday by the Syrian Arab Army.

This is one of the largest mass surrenders for the Islamic State bully boyz since they first entered this war.

Syrian army free Qusayr Village in Daraa Province

Daraa (Syria News) The Syrian army managed, on Wednesday, to free the village of al-Qusayr in Yarmouk Basin, after capturing the last stronghold of the Islamic State group in Daraa Province.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the Syrian army troops engaged with the ISIS militants in al-Qusayr Village, after capturing the town of al-Shagara and villages of Abdeen, Ma’raba, Koya and Bayt Ara, and managed to capture the last stronghold of the terrorist group in the province.

Russian airstrikes kill 13 civilians in Daraa southwest of Syria

Daraa (Syria News) The Martyrs Documentation Office in Daraa has reported that 13 civilians, including, children, were killed by a Russian air strike, which was carried out on Yarmouk Basin area, in the western countryside of Daraa.

The office issued a report, today, documenting the killing of 13 civilians, mostly women and children, after being injured in air strikes and artillery shelling that were carried out on Yarmouk Basin, while pointed out that another civilian was killed during an indiscriminate gunfire in the province.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Russian airstrikes kill 13 civilians in Daraa southwest of Syria
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/02/2018 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  There is an old Nguyen Charlie comic: Sarge is chasing the VC Nguyen who rabbits down a hole in a cloud of black clothing and pops back up as a white pajama clad 'peaceful farmer' -- Sarge looks out of the panel and says "I hate it when that happens"...
...Its amazing how all casualties become civilians after the fact.
Posted by: magpie || 08/02/2018 9:58 Comments || Top||



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