[KhaamaPress] The Afghan armed forces have repelled two Taliban ...Arabic for students... attacks in western Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... and Farah provinces of Afghanistan, leaving more than 20 holy warriors dead or maimed.
The 207th Zafar Corps in a statement said a clash took place between armed forces and Taliban in Highway#1 of Farah province which resulted into the killing of 5 Talibs while 6 others sustained injuries.
The statement further added that a local commander of the group identified as Mullah Helal was also among those killed.
In the meantime, the 207th Zafar Corps said a separate clash took place between armed forces and Taliban in Pashtun Zarghoon district that left at least 4 holy warriors dead and 7 others maimed.
The 207th Zafar Corps also added that the festivities took place after Talibs attacked security outposts in the two provinces.
The anti-government armed holy warriors including Taliban have not commented regarding the festivities so far.
[KhaamaPress] Dozens of Talibs including two of their local commanders and leaders were killed in latest operations of Afghan Special Forces and Arclight airstrikes.
According to informed military sources, Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Alahsay district of Kapisa province killing Taliban ...Arabic for students... commander Amanullah and two other leaders.
The sources further added that an air strike in Chimtal district of Balkh province killed 7 Taliban fighters. Afghan Special Forces conducted separate raids in Uruzgan province killing 15 Taliban fighters and destroying 50 KG of homemade explosives, and a small weapons cache.
Afghan Special Forces also conducted a raid in Bakwah district of Farah province and confiscated 50KG of Methamphetaine, 2 KG of heroin and 30 KG of morphine-based substance, the source said, adding that the Special Forces conducted a similar raid in Nad Ali district of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province killing 11 Taliban fighters and destroying a small weapons cache and homemade kaboom.
In the meantime, airstrikes were carried out in Helmand province leaving 9 Taliban fighters dead in Nahr-e-Saraj and 6 others in Sangin district, the sources added.
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... (NDS), stormed a hideout, prison, and drug lab of Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... group in western Nimroz province.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the operations were conducted in Delaram and Khashrod districts.
The statement further added that hideout, prison, and drug lab belonged to Taliban group leader Mullah Salam alias Haji Saboor and Mawlavi Hashim alias Hanzala.
According to National Directorate of Security, a terrorist was killed during the operations, 10 thousand kgs of drugs,
...that seems a lot...
a mortar launcher, a PKM machine gun, 4 Ak-47 rifles, a Dragunov sniper rifle, 2500 liters of acid, 2500 liters of liquid drugs, and some other weapons, munitions, and military equipment were confiscated and the hideout, prison, and drug lab were destroyed.
The anti-government armed snuffies including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
[ToloNews] Gunfire and widespread shooting were heard in Mazar-e-Sharif city on Thursday close to police headquarters and the roads nearby were closed to traffic as armed forces loyal to former Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor are resisting the appointment of new police chief for the northern province.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that Gen. Abdul Raqib Mubarez will replace incumbent police commander Gen. Ikramuddin Sami, saying security situation has drastically worsened in Sholgarah, Balkh and Chimtal districts of the province.
"At least 25 illegal gunnies were locked away ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... by the police after opening fire on the police headquarters and the security forces, one security force member was maimed in the firing" said Nusrat Rahimi, acting MoI front man.
"Security situation is totally under the control of the security forces inside the police headquarters and all over Mazar-e-Sharif city," added Rahimi.
Balkh police have confirmed that Mubarez arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday who was accompanied by a delegation of the Ministry of Interior.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase... Atta Mohammad Noor, the Chief Executive of Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... Afghanistan who also served as Balkh governor has said that the new appointment violates the agreement he had reached with President Ashraf Ghani ...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. .. last year.
Noor has called on the people in the province not to go to their works and shut their businesses in protest to the controversial appointment.
But residents in Mazar-e-Sharif have expressed concerns over violence.
Reports, meanwhile, indicate that special units of Afghan National Police (ANP) were deployed in key areas of the province to avoid a possible security threat on eve of the appointment of new commander.
Local officials in Balkh so far have not given further details about the issue.
According to Munir Ahmad Farhad, a front man to Balkh governor, discussion is underway between tribal elders, MPs, members of Balkh provincial council and government representative to resolve the issue.
Some residents have said that security situation deteriorated in the province in recent months and that if the reshuffling lead to stability they will welcome such a move.
This comes at a time that the 209 Shaheen Army Corps in a statement said that the army is on red alert to ensure security and safety of the people’s life and property.
[DAWN] Thirty-one holy warriors, many of them believed to have been Al Qaeda gunnies, have been killed in Arclight airstrikes in south-eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.
The strikes were carried out in Ghazni province late Wednesday, where the defence ministry said they targeted a "base" belonging to the holy warriors.
"Qari Aref, one of the controllers (for Al Qaeda) was transferring these 31 terrorists, including nine jacket wallahs, in several cars when targeted by airstrikes and eliminated," the ministry said.
It described the fighters as all belonging to the Middle Eastern holy warrior group, although a front man for the Ghazni governor said fighters from the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... -affiliated Haqqani network were also present.
The defence ministry did not specify who carried out the airstrikes. Only Afghan and US forces in Afghanistan conduct airstrikes.
The Ghazni governor's front man, Mohammed Aref Noori, said the strikes had been carried out by US forces, but there was no immediate confirmation of his claim.
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[AnNahar] Lebanese construction worker Ahmed al-Sareji has been killed at the hands of the bully boyBoko 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... group, his brother said on Thursday.
Al-Sareji, who was born in 1965 in Haret Saida, had been kidnapped by the Islamist group around a week ago.
Mohammed al-Sareji, the man's brother, told the National News Agency that "machetes" were used in the murder and that he has communicated with the Lebanese consulate in Nigeria to unveil the incident's circumstances.
Tuesday's attack had left another person dead when four button men stormed a road construction site in the city of Kano.
"There was a kidnapping incident at Dangi Roundabout this morning and the victim is a Lebanese engineer," Kano state police front man Abdullahi Haruna told AFP on Tuesday.
"One person was killed and another injured in the attack," said Haruna. The victim was at the site without any assigned security, he added.
Witnesses said a Nigerian construction worker was killed and another injured, after they tried to prevent the button men from entering the site.
Kidnapping for ransom is widespread in the oil-rich southern delta region of Nigeria, where criminal gangs seize expatriate oil workers and wealthy Nigerians in exchange for hefty payments.
The gangs often roam on cycle of violences and are known to operate in northern Kaduna and neighboring Zamfara states.
Abductees are often released within days if the ransom is paid but residents say they can be killed if no money is forthcoming.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Saudi Coalition allegedly bombed their allied troops in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... this afternoon, killing several soldiers in the process.
According to the Mareb Press, the Saudi Coalition accidentally bombed the Yemeni National Army’s 1st Brigade at the Hashweh front in the al-Jawf Governorate.
As a result of this bombing, at least seven Yemeni soldiers were killed and more than 25 others were maimed.
The Mareb Press said that Thursday’s Arclight airstrikes mark the third time this year that the Saudi Coalition has accidentally bombed their allied forces.
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03/15/2019 00:00 ||
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[ALMASDARNEWS] Two suspected IS turbans were killed by Russian Special Forces in Stavropol in an operation that took place on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, according to the National Counter-Terrorism Committee (NAK).
The turbans were reportedly killed after they opened fire and used a grenade against the officers who had requested them to pull over.
According to the NAK blurb, both turbans came to Stavropol Territory to carry out acts of terrorism.
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03/15/2019 00:00 ||
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[ABC] CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand ‐ At least 40 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch Friday, a coordinated and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people have been taken into custody ‐ three men and one woman ‐ though police cannot assume that there are not other suspects at large.
The shootings occurred at the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid in Linwood, both in Christchurch’s city center.
"We are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat," Bush said, adding that the two locations were on lockdown.
Multiple improvised explosive devices were attached to vehicles as part of the attack, Bush told reporters. These had been "made safe by the defense force."
"This goes to the seriousness of the situation," he said.
Police were still treating the incident as ongoing into Friday evening local time and urged Christchurch residents to stay indoors and monitor the police website and social media.
The situation was also considered as to limited to Christchurch and Bush asked "anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. To close your doors until you hear from us again," he said.
All mosques nationwide have been asked to shut their doors.
the NZ govt has been one of the foremost anti Israel activists in the West
apparently, the govt did not expect this
also, the law requires all gun owners to be licensed
Posted by: lord garth ||
03/15/2019 7:00 Comments ||
48 hour rules for details on what happened, motives, ect. I mean, probably a White Power nutter. But I won't form opinion yet regardless of what the news is claiming. There's a whole LOT of angry reasons stupid people could find for shooting up a religious place. Goes double for a mosque.
Posted by: Charles ||
03/15/2019 7:12 Comments ||
The same number gunned down or bombed at a mosque in Iraq would barely register.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
03/15/2019 7:13 Comments ||
Well, one thing I can sure of is that "his motivates could not be determined" will not be part of the official report.
I noticed that in the reports. Would have guessed guns were illegal or rare in NZ given the general lefty nature of the place. Yet another case of "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
[DAWN] The police claimed that the five murderous Moslems tossed in the clink Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! in Mansehra ...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south... district had planned to target the China-Pakistain Economic Corridor project.
’High-profile’ murderous Moslems Mohammad Talah and Tayyab Shah and their accomplices, including Ahmad Shah, Aizaz Shah and Salahuddin, were produced in a news conference here.
District police officer Zaibullah Khan said the murderous Moslems were held in an operation jointly carried out by the police, security forces and counter-terrorism department in a village near Baffa area. He said the murderous Moslems were wanted for attacking a US charity, World Vision.
He, however, said he couldn’t share the details of the CPEC attack plans with the media due to their sensitive nature.
He said the murderous Moslems killed eight staff members of INGO World Vision, including four women, in Dogai area in 2010.
"The murderous Moslems belonging to the banned holy warrior outfit, Tehrik-e-Taliban ...Arabic for students... Pakistain, were also wanted for attacking the Pakistain Army’s convoy in Shinkiari, targeting an imambargah in Palas area, assaulting police in different parts of the district, and committing assassinations," he said.
Mr Zaibullah said the terrorists, who were expert at the making and blasting of indigenous bombs, had undergone a training session in Wazoo.
He said the arrested men also went kaboom! CD shops and target killed a man in Mansehra and Torghar districts.
Anbar (Iraqinews.com) An official source informed, on Wednesday, that 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 (ISIS) executed one of the citizens in Rutba District, 23 days after abducting him, Alsumaria News reported.
The source revealed that the Islamic State group has executed one of the citizens in Rutba, 23 days after abducting him while he was gathering truffles in Jalabat areas in the District.
The source, who asked to be anonymous, added that the terrorist group slaughtered the abductee.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?... a local source in Anbar Province, informed early this month that the Islamic State has executed five abductees of Rutba and Nakheeb areas, while pointed out that their bodies were found in the desert, west of the province.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
03/15/2019 00:00 ||
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Shouldn't that say 'murdered' instead of "executed?"
Posted by: Daffy Oppressor of the Trolls6133 ||
03/15/2019 18:56 Comments ||
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi civilian was killed and five others were maimed Wednesday in a mortar attack in the eastern province of Diyala, a provincial official was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Iraqi website Baghdad Today, the head of Qarah Tabbah district in Diyala, Wasfi al-Tamimi, said that a mortar shell fell on a house in al-Qasab al-Qadimah village in northeastern the province early morning.
"The mortar attack left a civilian dead and five others maimed," al-Tamimi added.
It is unclear where the mortar shells were fired from, he noted.
JERUSALEM (AP) ‐ Israeli warplanes on Friday struck some 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv. Rocket fire persisted into the morning, setting the stage for additional possible reprisals.
The army said that its targets had included an office complex in Gaza City used to plan and command Hamas militant activities, an underground complex that served as Hamas' main rocket-manufacturing site, and a center used for Hamas drone development. Islamic Jihad claimed credit for the rockets but the type of rocket is thought to be exclusively owned by Hamas.
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03/15/2019 06:48 ||
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Saw a link indicating that some Israeli media were saying the firing at Tel Aviv seemed to be an accident...
[Jpost] The IDF, ISA, and Border Police locked away Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! 15 Paleostinians overnight on Thursday, according to the IDF spokesperson's Unit.
They were taken in for interrogation because of their suspected involvement in terrorist activities.
Meanwhile, ...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived... during an IDF search for illegal weapons in the Ephraim Regional Brigade and in the area of the Samaria Regional Brigade, both located in the West Bank, the IDF seized a pistol, a Carlo pistol, several self-manufactured weapons, a rifle and ammunition.
The weapons were handed over to the relevant authorities.
[Ynet] Iron Dome activated but fails to intercept; strikes come amid Egyptian attempts to mediate lull in violence between Israel and Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,; Netanyahu calls emergency security meeting; all Paleostinian factions so far denied responsibility for the rocket fire
Israeli military confirms two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv area, as rocket alert sirens rocked the entire Dan region in central Israel on Thursday evening. Despite the apparent activation of the Iron Dome air defence system, the military said no rockets were shot down. It said there were no reports of casualties or damage.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure. The decision was followed by several other municipalities in the central Israel.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the enclave, where its dominant Hamas group has been engaged in talks with Egypt on a long-term ceasefire with Israel. In addition, the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... terror group‐initially thought to be behind the attack‐denied any involvement in the rocket fire.
The Hamas armed wing said in a statement it was also "not responsible" for the firing of the rockets "towards the enemy. They were fired as a meeting was underway between the leadership of the Hamas movement and the Egyptian security delegation over the understandings regarding the Gazoo Strip."
The attacks came as Gazoo rulers Hamas sought to contain riots by Paleostinians in the coastal enclave and security experts in Israel speculated that the domestic disturbances could lead the terror group to strike Israel as a diversion.
"No rocket fell in any built-up area," military front man Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio, declining to provide further operational details. "This was basically a surprise," Manelis said, adding that Israel had no advance intelligence warnings of the rocket fire.
"We don't know who carried it out (but) the Hamas organization is the main organization in the Strip. It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency security meeting in the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv following the event. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Twitter that Israel "would respond as necessary" to the rocket attack. Other Israeli politicians from across the spectrum called for a response to the rocket fire.
Following the rocket fire, Hamas evacuated all its headquarters in the Gazoo Strip in anticipation of a possible retaliation by Israeli military. A delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials, currently in Gazoo, is also expected to leave in the upcoming hours.
[Jpost] The IDF began striking targets in Gazoo on Thursday night in retaliation to two rockets fired at Tel Aviv earlier, the IDF spokesperson said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting at the Kiriya in Tel Aviv just after the attack to discuss Israel's response. Among those participating were Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen Aviv Kochavi, National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) head Nadav Argaman, and other senior security establishment officials.
[IsraelTimes] The IDF says that Hamas fired the two rockets at Tel Aviv. The short statement, which gave no further details, comes despite denials from the Hamas political and military wings that it was behind the first rocket fire on Tel Aviv since 2014.
[IsraelTimes] The Hamas-run health ministry says there are no immediate reports of casualties in the Israeli strikes on Gaza targets. Hamas and Islamic Jihad withdrew their forces from many of their bases and posts in anticipation of the IDF strikes after the two missiles were fired at Tel Aviv.
[Jpost] An Egyptian delegation in Gazoo discussing possible agreements with Israel left the coastal enclave after a pair of rockets were fired at Tel Aviv, according to media reports on Thursday. The delegation left at the behest of Israel, according to reports.
[IsraelTimes] Another Paleostinian armed with a knife detained earlier after crossing border fence, amid heightened tension with coastal enclave.
A Paleostinian was jugged Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! Thursday after infiltrating into Israel from the Gazoo Strip with an improvised bomb on his person, the Israel Defense Forces said.
A similar incident occurred hours earlier, when the military said another Gazook crossed the border fence armed with a knife and was apprehended by soldiers who spotted him near the border fence.
In both cases, troops conducted a search and discovered the weapons, after which both suspects were taken for questioning, the army said.
The border breaches came amid a period of heightened tensions in the region of the coastal enclave.
Last Friday, two Paleostinians, carrying a knife and a hand grenade, infiltrated into Israel from northern Gazoo, prompting a large-scale call-up of security personnel in the area before they were eventually arrested.
Paleostinians have been holding weekly border riots as part of what they call the "March of Return" since March 30, 2018.
Paleostinians say these protests are typically peaceful in nature and call for their right to return to their family homes in Israel and the West Bank (much of Gazoo’s population is made up of refugees from the 1948 War of Independence and their descendants) and for an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the enclave, which the two countries say is necessary to prevent terror groups from easily importing weapons and materiel.
Israel maintains that the demonstrations are orchestrated by Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,, which vocally supports them, sends free buses to the border and provides food and internet to participants ‐ as well as money for those injured in them ‐ in order to provide a cover for the organization’s nefarious activities along the security fence, including infiltration attempts, the planting of explosives and attacks on Israeli soldiers.
[AnNahar] Indonesian police said Thursday they had uncovered a huge stash of explosives linked to a terror suspect whose wife blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home.
The discovery of some 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of assembled explosives and bomb-making materials raised fears that a major attack was being planned, a month before national elections and less than a year after Indonesia was rocked by a wave of deadly suicide kabooms.
The suicide kaboom early Wednesday morning came after police had jugged You have the right to remain silent... the husband, Abu Hamzah, who was identified as a member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
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.... -linked jihadist network has been blamed for attacks last May in Indonesia's second-biggest city, Surabaya, the deadliest in years to rock the world's biggest Moslem majority nation.
Officers surrounded the arrested krazed killer's home in Sibolga on Sumatra island when the confrontation began.
During a nearly 12-hour standoff, the wife lobbed an bomb at security personnel, wounding a police officer, authorities said.
They later found parts of a woman's corpse and that of at least one child. Police initially said they thought two of the couple's children might have been killed.
"We're still trying to formally identify his wife because the body isn't one piece," said national police front man Dedi Prasetyo.
“Hey, Sarge — I found a nose and a left ear, but they look like two different sizes. Ya got another envelope for the remains?”
Police said they uncovered a large cache of bombs and kabooms in the couple's home and another in the same city.
"A total of 300 kilogrammes of bombs and bomb-making materials were discovered," Prasetyo said.
On Thursday, police destroyed materials in a controlled kaboom in a field.
University of Indonesia terrorism expert Stanislaus Riyanta said the large stash hinted that a serious attack was being planned.
"This is frightening," he told AFP.
"The impact of bombs depends on the materials used. But this amount -- 300 kilogrammes -- if used all at one time, could certainly be very destructive and deadly, especially in a densely populated area."
The arrest of Hamzah, who police said was a skilled bomb maker, comes days after authorities arrested two other terror suspects in other parts of the country. Police said all three were connected.
Last year, two families carried out attacks at churches in Surabaya, killing a dozen people and children of the attackers, including two maiden of tender yearss.
On Thursday, a Jakarta court sentenced several bully boyz linked to the Surabaya bombings with prison sentences ranging from about three to 10 years.
Since the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed over 200 people including scores of tourists, Indonesia has seen a string of deadly attacks that have tested its long-held reputation for religious tolerance.
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03/15/2019 00:00 ||
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[Rappler] At least two foreign fighters are believed to be among the 20 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters killed in military operations that began on Monday, March 11.
Philippine military spokesman Cirilito Sobejana said “more or less 20” were killed “including one foreign terrorist." He said the body of an Arab-looking fighter was seen among the dead.
Sobejana said Singaporean militant Muhamad Ali Abdul Rahiman, known as Mauwiyah, was also in the area along with BIFF subleader Salahudin Hassan during the air strikes. They are believed to be among those killed. He said they're still retrieving the body parts so the fatalities may be identified.
The 6th ID launched on Monday, March 11, air strikes and ground operations against BIFF fighters in the so-called “SPMS box” – the towns of Shariff Aguak, Pagatin, Mamasapano, and Salibo where the different BIFF factions operate. Up to 1,360 families or more than 5,000 residents were displaced in the military operations that was supposedly coordinated with local government units and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Captain Arvin Encinas, 6th ID spokesman, said the deaths resulting from the operations significantly reduced the number of BIFF combatants. He said they have names of at least 17 of the fighters killed in the operations, based also on information from the community. He said residents believe Mauwiyah was among those killed although only two bodies were recovered. Mauwiyah is a senior Jema'ah Islamiyah member reportedly associated with Moro militants.
The military estimates that over 200 fighters compose the three different factions of the breakaway group of the MILF, which now heads the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
[Bangkok Post] Two militants dressed like women threw a pipe bomb at the living quarters of a police protection unit at a village in Narathiwat province late on Wednesday morning. The attack at in Yi-ngo district caused no injuries, but two NCOs had a close call.
Police, troops and bomb disposal officers rushed to the scene found debris from the pipe bomb scattered around the entrance of the living quarters. The wall was riddled with shrapnel holes.
Police Sgt Kritsadakorn Kanchak said he and Police Cpl Maruwan Jaenu were leaving to set up a temporary checkpoint at a nearby market. Two people wearing Muslim women’s clothing arrived on a motorcycle and the pillion rider hurled an object towards the living quarters, he said. The object landed near a concrete post, and he saw it was a pipe with smoke coming out of it.
He and his colleague were on foot and only about three meters away. They fled out onto the the road. Less than ten seconds later, the pipe exploded. They fired four shots at the two attackers, who still got away.
[Jerusalem Post] The point of the drill is to showcase Iran’s military prowess. It comes in the wake of a large naval drill in February and frequent new tests of ballistic missiles.
Iran’s Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that it had launched a massive exercise involving 50 drones that are based on a US Sentinel drone the Iranians captured in 2011. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it was the strongest exercise of its kind to date.
Named "Beit al-Maqdis," a reference to Jerusalem, the operation was attended by the commander of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, and IRGC Aerospace Force commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh. Fars News and Tasnim News both reported details of the operation, noting that, "for the first time, 50 Iranian drones on the RQ-170 [US Sentinel] model operated with a number of assault and combat drones."
It was the first time, Iran says, that so many drones operated simultaneously in an "offensive operation" at distances of more than 1,000 km away from each other. They trained to strike predetermined targets with "high precision." IRGC Ground Force commander Maj.-Gen. Golam Ali Rashid boasted that while the US has said Iran is failing 40 years after the Islamic Revolution, in fact "today we are witnessing the strongest maneuvers of the IRGC’s Aerospace Forces." Enemies would be "humiliated and feel shame," according to the statement.
Salami said he appreciated the power of the IRGC’s air arm and that it shows that despite US sanctions, Iran is achieving success. Tehran says that it has created an indigenous and advanced copy of the Sentinel. Iran has showcased two versions of these copies since 2016, but video from the "Jerusalem" operation on Thursday showed them being lashed to trucks for the exercise. It wasn’t clear why a drone needs to be launched from a pick-up truck, if it is an "advanced" drone. Claiming that the IRGC is at the forefront of modern UAVs seemed to be in contrast to the photos from the operation, photos that the IRGC itself had released. However, Hajizadeh also pointed to drones that look like the US Predator MQ-1 as evidence that Iran has achieved results. The Shahed 129, first flown in 2012, is Iran’s copy of the Predator.
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03/15/2019 05:31 ||
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[AnNahar] The Lebanese Army on Thursday denied reports that one of its patrols had come under fire in the Hermel area of al-Matrabeh on Syria's border, clarifying that the shots "were had gun sex" and "from within Syrian territory."
In a statement, the army also urged media outlets to seek accuracy when publishing reports about the military institution.
State-run National News Agency had earlier reported that unknown assailants had opened heavy gunfire and shelled a Lebanese Army infantry patrol in Matrabeh.
NNA said the soldiers were unharmed and no casualties were reported. The assailants managed to flee towards the Syrian territory, it added.
[Rudaw] After a night of intense festivities between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) 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.... snuffies in Baghouz, hundreds of ISIS fighters and their families exited their camp and surrendered on Thursday.
ISIS is cornered in a tent camp on the banks of the Euphrates River near Baghouz, in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province. The SDF have broken into the camp on the western side, but progress is limited because of the presence of civilians.
"We are slowly going forward. If it hadn’t been for their families, our campaign would have been done long ago. There isn’t much left of the campaign," an SDF fighter told Rudaw.
The snuffies in Baghouz have two choices, Mustafa Bali, SDF spokesperson, told media: they either surrender unconditionally or get killed.
The SDF mostly progress at night because that is when civilians are hiding but jihadists are on the move, the SDF fighter explained to Rudaw.
"We are slowly going forward in the night so that our comrades don’t get martyred or injured and so that nothing happens to the women and kiddies," he said.
Veiled women and their young, wailing children struggled over the rough terrain, laden down with their possessions as they straggled into SDF-controlled territory. Haggard men, some injured, shuffled along and the occasional crack of gunfire or the bang of an kaboom could be heard.
"Our forces are advancing continuously on a number of fronts... the pace is very slow because of the civilians still trapped inside areas under the control of the ISIS mercenaries," a female SDF fighter told Rudaw, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The SDF is keeping open a corridor for families to evacuate and snuffies to surrender. On Thursday, 1,300 people ‐ families and fighters ‐ turned themselves in, Bali tweeted. More than 60,000 people have evacuated the Baghouz area since December, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Not all are giving up on their so-called caliphate that once covered swathes of Syria and Iraq.
In the past 24 hours, ISIS attempted more than 20 suicide kabooms, according to the SDF.
"Despite the ferocity of the battles and festivities on all fronts and axes, none of our fighters got hurt or damaged," the force stated, adding they have killed or injured 112 ISIS bully boys.
The Observatory has documented 11 SDF fighters killed.
U.S.-backed fighters besieging Islamic State's final shred of territory in eastern Syria said they had pushed further into the enclave following clashes and air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
"Our fighters advanced deep into areas controlled by the terrorist organisation and established a number of new points, following clashes in which terrorists sustained a number of deaths and injuries," a statement from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) press office said.
It said 15 members of Islamic State had been killed after they tried to attack SDF troops.
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