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ISIS counter-attack pushes Syrian forces out of Raqqa province
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Three arrested outside NYC after weapons cache, ballistic vests found in vehicle
[FoxNews] Three people who were arrested when police discovered a weapons cache in a vehicle outside New York City at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday, claim they were on they way to "rescue" a teenage girl involved in drugs, according to officials.

Port Authority Police Department Superintendent Michael A. Fedorko said that Dean Smith, 53, John Cramsey, 50, and Kimberly Arendt, 29, were taken into custody after they were stopped around 7:40 a.m. in Jersey City, N.J.

Cramsey wrote on Smith's Facebook page early Tuesday morning that he was driving to New York to "do an extraction" of a 16-year-old girl from a hotel room in Brooklyn after an issue involving drugs. Smith replied, "I'm there." It was unclear what, if anything, the weapons had to do with their plans.
It was abundantly clear...
The trio, from Pennsylvania, initially was stopped by Port Authority Police at a toll plaza for a cracked windshield, authorities said. An officer saw the weapons in plain view on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Officials found multiple weapons -- some loaded -- including rifles and handguns in their vehicle, described by a law enforcement source as a "jacked up SUV." Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that ballistic vests were also found in the SUV.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kelly Langmesser, told Reuters that counter-terrorism agents weren't involved and the case didn't have a "terrorism nexus."

"If it's not terrorism, it's criminal," a source told Fox News.

Drugs were also recovered from the vehicle, which has been cleared from the scene but is still being processed for evidence.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Doesn't sound like terrorism. Maybe vigilante-ism.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/22/2016 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  It was unclear what, if anything, the weapons had to do with their plans.

Not if you were around in 1976.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/22/2016 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  I bet the Police didn't do anything about the under-age girl in the Brooklyn hotel room. Too busy high-fiving over this
Posted by: Frank G || 06/22/2016 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  multiple weapons -- some loaded -- including rifles and handguns in their vehicle...a "jacked up SUV."...ballistic vests were also found in the SUV.
I guess I need to do some truck cleaning as this pretty much fits my PROFILE.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/22/2016 8:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Doesn't anyone know how to present a low profile and fly under the radar? And what is with announcing your intentions on FB?
Posted by: Zebulon Check7490 || 06/22/2016 11:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Did anyone do anything about the daughter and her dead friend?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/22/2016 12:17 Comments || Top||

18 militants killed in an airstrike in North of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 18 holy warriors were killed in an Arclight airstrike in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday.

The Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Garziwan district targeting the bad boys, MoD said, adding that 8 more holy warriors were critically maimed in the raid.

The Ministry of Defense also added that two vehicles belonging to the holy warriors were also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including the Taliban forces of Evil have not commented regarding the report so far.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed bad boy groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

This comes as a key Taliban group commander was killed during a shootout with the Afghan cops in Qaisar district two weeks ago.

The senior Taliban capo was identified as Mullah Kamal and was involved in major terrorist activities in this province.

Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336075 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS in Afghanistan claims attacks on Canadian Embassy guards in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists 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 (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan have grabbed credit behind a deadly attack on the Canadian Embassy security guards in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
The sympathizers of the terrorist group in Afghanistan have claimed that the attack was carried out by a suicide bombeق whom they have identified as Irfanullah Ahmad.

The loyalists of the terror group claim that a group of Nepalese guards working for a foreign embassy were targeted in the attack.

In the meantime, the Taliban group in Afghanistan has claimed that the attack was carried out by the fighers of the Taliban group.

Taliban group front man Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that over 20 people were killed or maimed in the attack.

At least 14 Nepalese security guards were killed after a jacket wallah targeted their vehicle in the 9th police district of Kabul city earlier this morning.

The Canadian Embassy in Kabul confirmed the attack on the employees of security company working for the Embassy in Kabul.

The attack was carried out around 6:00 am local time in Benayi area of the city in the 9th police district of Kabul.

The claim by ISIS loyalists which could not be verified indecently comes as they attempt to expand foothold in the country despite ongoing operations by the Afghan and US forces against the group in the country.

The Afghan and coalition forces officials earlier expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
s regarding attempts by ISIS loyalists to expand foothold in the country with an aim to further expand operations in the region and consolidate operations with the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

12 Taliban insurgents killed in separate ambushes by Afghan police
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 12 Taliban forces of Evil were killed in separate ambushes of the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

According to a statement by MoI "Eight armed Taliban were killed in an ambush of the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army in Sayed Abad village, Nad Ali District of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, yesterday morning."

The statement further added "In the meantime, the joint forces confiscated one PK machine gun, one AK-47 rifle and some amount of ammunitions from the scene."

"In a separate report, four armed Taliban were killed and five other armed Taliban were maimed in an ambush of the Afghan National Police in Mati Kali village, Gilan District of Ghazni province, yesterday evening," the statement said, adding that the Afghan police foces confiscated some amount of ammunitions and three cycle of violences as well.

The statement also added that the Afghan National Police detected six roadside kabooms which were placed by enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan in the main road of the Gilan District of Ghazni province.

Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ALP commander critically wounded in an explosion in Parwan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces was critically maimed in an kaboom in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

The provincial criminal investigation department chief Gen. Abdul Samad Zalmai said the incident took place in Charikar city earlier today.

He said the incident took place near the provincial government’s office in Charikar city but did not disclose further information.

In the meantime, another local security official, said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in a cycle of violence belonging to ALP commander exploded earlier today.

The official further added that the ALP commander lost his two legs in the kaboom and no casualites were incurred to the security personnel or civilians.
Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban kidnap scores of passengers from Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs have kidnapped scores of passengers from the restive in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
in southern Afghanistan.

The incident took place in Greshk district earlier today after the Talibs stopped a number of vehicles including a bus carrying passengers.

The passengers have been taken to an unknown location and the exact number of hostages yet to be confirmed.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

The Talibs have stepped up hostage takings across the country during the recent weeks as the group claim they abduct security personnel and government officials traveling in the highways.

Numerous kidnapping incidents have taken place in northern Afghanistan following a major kidnapping incident that took place late last month in northern Kunduz province.

At least 185 passengers were kidnapped as they were traveling on the main highway in Kunduz last month but majority of them were released after they were interrogated.

The Talibs killed at least 17 of the kidnapped passengers after they were accused of working for the government.
Later the same day:
Taliban claims snatching passengers on highways is not kidnapping

[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs group in Afghanistan has claimed that snatching passengers from the highways is not an act of kidnapping.

The Taliban group front man Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement following the kidnapping of scores of passengers in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

In his statement, Mujahid said the Taliban fighters took passengers from at least 3 buses with them amid suspicions they work for the security institutions of the country.

Mujahid further added that 27 people were taken by the Talibs and the remaining holy warriors were released after they went through a preliminary interrogation process.

He said the remaining 27 people would be released if found not guilty or would be handed over to the judiciary of the Taliban group if they had role in working with the security institutions.
Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336076 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The Talibs group in Afghanistan has claimed that snatching passengers from the highways is not an act of kidnapping

"It's..ummm...something else"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/22/2016 8:48 Comments || Top||

Africa North
39 dead in fresh Bunyan Marsous offensive in Sirte
[Libya Herald] At least 39 soldiers from the Bunyan Masrous operations room were killed today in massive clashes with Islamic State (IS) forces near the centre of Sirte. The fighting followed a fresh offensive by the operations room to seize the centre of the town.

Misrata Central Hospital reported that in addition to receiving 39 bodies, it was treating 33 injured, six of them in critical condition. Other reports, though, speak of at least 60 wounded. Most of the dead and injured are from Misrata although some are from Sebha, Sirte, Jufra and Waddan.

The number of IS casualties is unknown although the operations room spoke of dozens dead.

Most of the fighting was in the area known as “700 district” in south east of the centre, and less than a couple of kilometres from the Ibn Sina hospital. Bunyan Marsous says that it now controls much of the area as well as the already heaving damaged District No. 2 in the west centre of town along with the neighbouring Ben Hamal Mosque, the electricity headquarters north of the hospital and the radio station nearby.
Posted by: badanov || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Violent clash blocks travellers at Garabulli
Tripoli, 21 June 2016:

Violent fighting this morning blocked the Tripoli-Misrata main road at Garibouli. Travellers were warned on social media not to approach the area. Pictures of the conflict showed burning property and vehicles.

The cause of the fight remains unclear. A local resident claimed that Misratan militiamen were involved in a clash with local militiamen. However another source said that the destruction had followed a dispute between a shopkeeper and a checkpoint guard.

Many die in day-long Garabulli violence

Tripoli, 21 June 2016:

It appears that as many as 80 people may have died in fighting in Garabulli today, with tension remaining high as locals expect further violence in the next 24 hours.

Yesterday, a militiaman from a Misratan unit, believed to be the Bayou Battalion, which is based in the town, went into a shop and allegedly refused to pay for goods. The shopkeeper, Ali Al-Rajhi, shot the militiaman, identified as Al-Ghanma, in the leg. Some reports say Rajhi seized Ghanma’s own weapon and shot him with it. Before sunset, Ghanma’s comrades returned and burnt down the shop and demolished the shopkeeper’s home.

At dawn this morning, young men from Garabulli reportedly attacked three Misratan militia camps in the town, including that belonging to the Bayou Battalion as well as one used by military police. At some point, in one of the camps, a container holding ammunition is said to have exploded causing multiple deaths and injuries. A large brown cloud hung over a compound after the blast. It is being claimed that as many as 49 Misratans died in the course of the day, many apparently in that explosion. However, Misratan military sources are only been mentioning militiamen killed in the fighting in Sirte. There have been no comments about the Garabulli incident.

Meanwhile Garabulli sources are saying that 30 locals were killed and 25 wounded, many of them by Misratan fire from 106mm guns and, one report claimed, Grad rocket salvoes. A resident in the town told the Libya Herald that some of the wounded townspeople had died of their injuries because Misratans blocked the road to both Tripoli and Khoms. Ambulances were not allowed through.

The road either side of Garabulli had earlier been blocked by local residents with sand heaps.

The Bayou Battalion is reported to have abandoned its base and relocated to the village of Gasr Ben Hamad to the east of the town. One source in Misrata described the battalion as “hooligans deeply involved in people-smuggling”. Garabulli along with Zuwara has emerged as a key launching point for migrants.

Tonight the lightly-armed residents are preparing for what they believe will be a counter-attack tomorrow. One claimed that individuals from Tripoli had been arriving in the town to help with its defence.

The incident has been condemned by both the Presidency Council and by UN special envoy Martin Kobler.

In its statement, the Presidency called for militias to withdraw completely from Garabulli and for an investigation, saying that the guilty would be published. It also promised that the army would take over responsibility for security in and around the town.

In a tweet, Kobler said that he was shocked at what had happened and called on everyone to exercise restraint and resect the sanctity of Ramadan.

The death toll among Garabulli townspeople brings awkward echoes of Tripoli’s November 2013 Gharghour massacre in which 47 demonstrators died in a protest at the continued presence of outside militias. Those reverberations are the louder because there are unconfirmed reports that Bayou Battalion members were among the Misratans at the Gharghour base at the time of the killings.

At the time, there was widespread shock at what was the first major loss of life since the Revolution. The bloody confrontation, which was condemned by some in Misrata, led to the withdrawal of its militias from the capital. Misratan forces returned with the Libya Dawn takeover in June 2014. Militiamen from the city are now responsible for guarding prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj and other members of the Presidency Council in their headquarters in Tripoli’s Bu Sitta naval base.
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Arms depot blast kills 29 near Libya capital
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An kaboom in an arms depot near the Libyan capital killed at least 29 people and maimed dozens of others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.

The blast occurred in Garabulli, a town about 60 kilometers (40 miles) to the east of 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...
, when gunnies stormed the depot belonging to a militia, a security official said.

"Armed men stormed the arms depot which belongs to a militia from Misrata (further east). A blast occurred but the exact causes are still unknown. Maybe the militia had rigged the depot," said the official.

A medical source said at least 29 people were killed and dozens maimed.
"There are body parts" at the depot, he said, adding that the corpse count could rise.

The security official said the gunnies stormed the warehouse after clashing Tuesday with armed residents of Garabulli who had accused them of stealing from a grocery store.
Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Security forces repel attack in Ta’aiz
Six Houthi rebels including a commander were killed in two separate attacks in Al Baydha’a governorate.

The army and Popular Resistance forces continued thwarting attacks of Houthis in Ta’aiz.

Meanwhile, Yemeni President Abdurabo Mansur Hadi has urged 18,000 from Ta’aiz to join security forces.
Posted by: badanov || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Ballistic missile intercepted in Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A ballistic missile fired early Tuesday towards the central Yemeni city of Marib has been intercepted, a Saudi-led military coalition battling rebels in the impoverished nation said.

The missile was "destroyed with no damage" after its launch at around 12:15 am (2115 GMT), a statement from the alliance said.

"Coalition air forces immediately responded by destroying the missile launching pad."

Marib, controlled by forces loyal to Yemen’s recognized government, is east of the capital Sanaa, which remains in the hands of Shiite 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 ...

The Houthis overran Sanaa in late 2014 before moving into other parts of Yemen, prompting a Saudi-led coalition to intervene in March last year.

This was at least the third missile launch since United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
-brokered peace talks began in Kuwait in April between the Houthis and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Houthis are allied with elite troops loyal to Yemen’s former 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...
Negotiations in Kuwait have failed to achieve a major breakthrough, and fighting has continued despite a formal ceasefire in conjunction with peace talks.

Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has deployed Patriot missile batteries to counter tactical ballistic missiles which have been fired occasionally during the war.
Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336087 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Who is crewing the Patriot batteries? And launching one missile is supposed to do what? The bigger the warhead, the bigger the missile, the bigger the launching facility, the harder it is to move said launching facility in a rapid fashion.
So, you launch a single missile into an effective Patriot envelope and are pretty sure in advance you'll lose the launching facility.
Either the shooters are pretty dumb, or there's something OFF here.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 06/22/2016 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  It was a Mad Cow BOMARC?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/22/2016 20:39 Comments || Top||

Robber killed in gunfight
[Dhaka Tribune] A robber was killed and three police personnel were also injured
...a splinter, a stubbed toe, and a blister on a trigger finger...
in a shootout between his cohorts and police at Rasulpur village in Sarail upazila of the district early yesterday.

The dear departed was Abdus Sattar, 32, a resident of Rasulpur-Rifiujipara village of the upazila.

Officer-in-charge of Sarail Police Station Rupok Kumar Saha said police tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
Sattar from his house in Rifiujipara village on Monday evening.

Based on his information, a team of police along with Sattar conducted a drive in Rasulpur graveyard area to recover arms at about 1.15 am.
Was the graveyard next to a banana grove?
Spider senses tingling at the proximity of the law enforcers, associates of Sattar shot up them. In retaliation, the law enforcers also opened fire leading to a shootout for sometimes.
It took just long enough for those two bullets, one each behind each ear for thoroughness. Longer would have been wasteful.
Sattar was caught in line of the fire and was struck down in his prime while his associates managed to flee the scene.
... as though they had never been...

Did Sattar make it as far as the Dhaka Medical Center Trauma Unit door or did he go straight to Dr. Quincy?
Three coppers including a sub inspector were also injured during the shootout.
Injuries covered at the top of the story, and all have recovered by now.
Sattar was wanted in twelve systems eight cases including for robbery, the OC added.
And so, dear Reader, a good time was had by all, excepting the former miscreant, of course.
Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Late night drive, disappearing cohorts, dead body. Just a shutter gun short of being a old fashioned "crossfire".
Posted by: Green Steve || 06/22/2016 9:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Old School RAB and a Green Steve sighting!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/22/2016 16:40 Comments || Top||

JMB man Fuad sent to jail
[Dhaka Tribune] A court in Chittagong yesterday sent an operative of the banned Islamic Outfit Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh to jail in a case filed involving a recovery of dead body from Karnaphuli River.

Chittagong Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner Nirmalendu Bikash Chawakrabarty told the Dhaka Tribune: "The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Abdul Kader sent JMB Bulbul Ahmed Sarkar alias Fuad, alias Apple after his five-day remand period was over in a case filed with Bakalia cop shoppe last year."

Earlier, Bulbul was placed on five-day remand on June 14 after the Investigation Officer of Police Bureau of Investigation produced him before the court with seven day remand prayer.

Bulbul Ahmed Sarkar is the second-in-command of the banned outlaw JMB in Chittagong, said police. He was also the roommate of the previously tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
JMB leader Ershad who is serving time behind bars was arrested from Akbar Shah area in the city on March 23 last year.

The dead body of a man was recovered from Karnaphuli River’s Satsongho Ghat area on March 25 last year.

Detective Branch police led by its former Additional Deputy Commissioner Babul Akter arrested five JMB men including Fuad and Chittagong’s JMB explosive wing chief Towfiqul Islam alias Javed when they raided a JMB hideout in Chittagong city’s Khoaj Nogor area under Karnaphuli cop shoppe on October 5 last year.

During the drive DB police also recovered nine hand grenades, foreign pistols, 120 rounds of bullets and huge amount of bomb making materials. However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
Javed was killed in a grenade kaboom in police custody during a search operation in Oxygen area in the Chittagong city the following day.
Posted by: Fred || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

‘Suicide belt’ filled with salt and cookies triggers Brussels scare
[IsraelTimes] After major anti-terror operation, 26-year-old with psychiatric problems admits to making up claim he was kidnapped.

A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and cookies was placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.

Belgium remains on high alert after 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....
-claimed kabooms in March left 32 people dead at the airport and at a metro station near European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
headquarters buildings.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man, identified only as J.B., admitted having made up his claim that he had been kidnapped and driven to the City 2 mall in central Brussels fitted with an explosives belt for remote detonation.

"After an initial inspection it was confirmed that it contained salt and [cookies]. Any threat of an kaboom has been initially ruled out," prosecutor’s front man Rym Kechiche said in a statement.

Police later searched the house of the suspect’s mother where they found the remains of the material used in the fake belt.

"The suspect gave a confession and admitted having fabricated his abduction," Kechiche said.

The suspect also confessed to having taken at random a license plate number from a car in the street that he alleged was the one in which he was driven, he added.

The vehicle’s driver was released following questioning.

Prosecutors called for the man to undergo a psychiatric exam and be formally arrested on charges of falsely threatening an attack.

"J.B. is known to the authorities for various incidents, including some linked to psychiatric problems," Kechiche said.

In one recent incident, he had contacted the police saying he had been urged to leave for Syria to join the Islamic State group.

Tuesday’s apparent threat had triggered a massive security operation involving soldiers and police sealing off the shopping center and a nearby Metro station.

Prime Minister Charles Michel called an emergency meeting of his security cabinet when the shopping mall alert was ongoing, reflecting the tensions in the country.

"The situation is for now under control. We remain vigilant," Michel said after the meeting.

The terror alert level in Brussels remained at level three out of four, Belga news agency reported.

The City 2 mall had been mentioned in Belgian media in recent days as a possible target for attacks.
Al Arabiya adds:
The incident began at about 0430 GMT this morning after a report of a man acting suspiciously near the City 2 shopping centre triggered a bomb alert, broadcaster RTL reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  salt and saturated fats will kill you, just a LOT slower than a regular suicide belt
Posted by: Frank G || 06/22/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  The problem is that the mentally unstable are susceptible to doing this kind of thing, sort of a DDOS attack, while the disciplined evil ones organize serious mass attacks whose signals are masked by the noise of the nutters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/22/2016 14:43 Comments || Top||

Three arrested over links to killer of French police couple
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Three people have been jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
over their connection to the killer of a French policeman, police sources said on Tuesday.

A man who claimed allegiance to ISIS stabbed a senior French police officer to death on June 13 before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, officials have said.

The unidentified attacker killed the officer before taking his partner and their son hostage in their home in Magnanville, near Gay Paree.

He was rubbed out by members of an elite police unit after negotiations failed. The partner was found dead but the child was rescued.
The Times of Israel adds:
Investigators release a man held briefly Tuesday for his links to the jihadist killer of a police commander and his partner, saying they would not charge him at this stage.

The 41-year-old convicted jihadist had been incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in Les Mureaux, a town west of Gay Paree, where police carried out six raids looking for associates of Larossi Abballa, rubbed out by police after he killed the couple on June 13.

"There are no charges against him at this stage," the Versailles prosecutor tells AFP, adding: "The investigation continues."

The man, a Moroccan, was convicted in 2007 and nabbed
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
for eight years for his role in bombings claimed by Al-Qaeda that killed 33 people in Casablanca, Morocco, in 2003. He was stripped of his French nationality in a move that was upheld earlier this month.

Police officer Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and civil police employee Jessica Schneider were stabbed to death at their home in Magnanville, also west of the French capital. Abballa, 25, killed Salvaing before taking Schneider hostage and slitting her throat. Her three-year-old son who was in the house was traumatized but unharmed.
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Home Front: WoT
Brownsburg man arrested, accused of traveling to support ISIL
[WTHR] A Brownsburg, Indiana, man was tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
Tuesday for attempting to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

FBI agents arrested Akram Musleh, 18, as he tried to board a bus from Indianapolis to New York. The FBI believes Musleh was going to fly to Morocco in transit to ISIS-controlled territory.

The arrest was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler of the Southern District of Indiana and Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott of the FBI’s Indiana Division.

Musleh is accused of planning to provide support to ISIS by fighting for the terrorist group.

FBI agents were on the scene at Brownsburg Pointe Apartments in connection with the investigation.

Musleh attended Brownsburg High School
According to the criminal complaint, when Musleh was a student at Brownsburg High School in 2013, he posted three videos of Anwar Al-Awlaki to YouTube. Al-Awlaki was a radical holy man assassinated in a drone strike several years ago, and his videos encouraging Moslems to kill Americans have been associated with the radicalization of several suspects in domestic terror attacks.

The complaint says the school worked with the FBI to dissuade Musleh from "engaging in radical extremism."

In September 2014, Musleh bought an ISIS flag online. In June 2015, he was seen in a photo posing in front of the flag.

Musleh allegedly asked youths if they wanted to join ISIS
In April 2015, Brownsburg Police investigated an incident in Williams Park in Brownsburg to look into allegations that certain people at the park were asking juveniles if they wanted to join ISIS (another name for ISIS). The FBI determined that Musleh was one of the people asking juveniles about joining ISIS.

First attempt to travel to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
It's believed Musleh traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in June 2015, booking at least three separate one-way tickets from reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
to Istanbul. Musleh allegedly told U.S. Customs and Border Protection that he was going to Istanbul to visit family. Then he explained he was traveling to get married, and would be meeting his fiancee and her family there. But the FBI says Musleh doesn't have family or friends in Turkey - and they say that the alleged fiancee is an ISIS sympathizer living in Sweden.

Musleh was not allowed to travel to Turkey in June 2015 because his passport was set to expire that August. Turkey requires a minimum of six months of validity on passports for visitors.

Journal, online statements in support of ISIS
When the FBI conducted an authorized search of Musleh's checked baggage, they found a journal containing quotes from Al-Awlaki, the late Osama bin Laden
... who was laid out deader than a mackerel, right next to the mackerel...
and others associated with terrorist groups.

The FBI says Musleh posted statements supporting ISIS on social media and found evidence of that activity online.

One-way ticket
Investigators say Musleh bought a one-way ticket on April 4, 2016 for June 23, 2016, from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Casablanca, Morocco, and then on to Nador, Morocco. On April 21, 2016, he bought a one-way Greyhound bus ticket from Indianapolis to New York, to depart on June 21, 2016.

Musleh researched terror targets in Indiana
The FBI found that in May 2016, Musleh looked at a 2006 news article with the headline, "Indiana tops lists for terror targets," which details the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's list of 8,500 terror targets in the state. He also looked at commercial websites for pressure cookers a few days later and conducted extensive research on kabooms like dynamite, flash powder, explosive precursors, along with instructions about explosive chemical recipes.
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#1  should've done a Tony "The Ant" Spilotro on him.
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Iraqi commander: About 2,500 IS militants killed in Fallujah
[IsraelTimes] A senior Iraqi military commander says about 2,500 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....
holy warriors have been killed during a month-long offensive to recapture the city of Fallujah.

The counter-terrorism forces’ chief in the operation, Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, tells the local al-Sumaria TV late on Monday that the number of IS fighters inside Fallujah ranged between 3,500 to 4,000 when the offensive began in late May.

Iraqi troops have not disclosed their losses in Fallujah though the Islamic State group claims to have killed dozens.

Al-Saadi offers no specifics to back up the figure of 2,500 killed IS fighters. He claimed about 15 percent of them were imported muscle.

He cites Iraqi police reports as saying 1,086 IS-linked suspects have been placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
. He didn’t say how many IS holy warriors remain in Fallujah.
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#1  That's a lot of drop-guns.
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#2  Wait until you hear the north side is open, Askari and especially Jolan. Basically north of the central highway and just east of the river.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/22/2016 11:01 Comments || Top||

#3  OS, Open as a supply/retreat corridor?
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5 ISIS Bad Guys die in Diyali
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – On Tuesday, Dijla Operations Command announced about the death of five (5) ISIS members and injury received by seven (7) others, including top leaders of the group, while emphasized about the low presence of foreign elements within ISIS ranks.

The commander of Dijla Operations Lt. Gen. Mezher al-Azzawi, in a brief statement, also received by Iraqi News, said, “Detachments belonging to Dijla Operations carried out seven tactical operations in Diyali province during the month of June,” adding, “The operations targeted hideouts of ISIS cells, resulting in the death of five [ISIS] members and injury caused to seven others, which also includes senior leaders.”

Azzawi added “The strategy of proactive operations has paid off in Diyali province, by foiling several terrorist attacks and striking shelters that were under construction, especially at Hamrin region (55 km north east of Baqubah) during the past few weeks,” further adding, “the low presence of militants from Arab and foreign nationalities in ISIS at the province.”
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Salahuddin Combat Courier
ISIS Top Dawg Tango Uniform in airstrike in al-Sharqat

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – Leader of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia, Jabbar Mamouri, announced on Tuesday about the death a senior ISIS leader named Sarmad Mazahim, in an aerial strike on the outskirts of al-Sharqat.

Mamouri, in a statement issued to the media (which was also received by Iraqi News), stated, “Yesterday evening, warplanes launched an air strike at one of the ISIS shelters on the outskirts of al-Sharqat district and this resulted in the death of Sarmad Mazahim al-Hunayni- media officer of the ISIS.”

Adding further Mamouri said, “Hunayni is one of the close associates of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s and also one of the prominent leaders in the group.”

New Iraqi offensive to resume in northern Salahuddin

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – The administration of Salahuddin province announced on Tuesday that the joint security forces resumed its operations of liberating areas in north of the province after it was being suspended due to bad weather conditions.

Governor of Salahuddin, Ahmed Abdullah al-Jabouri, in a press statement said, “The joint [security] forces, at dawn today, resumed the liberation operations of the areas towards north of the province.”

Jabouri added, “The [liberation] operations were launched with the participation of different Iraqi forces after besieging ISIS terrorist gangs at Makhoul, al-Sharqat and al-Qayyarah,” further adding, “The operations were launched days ago but it was stopped owing to bad weather conditions in the area.”
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Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 35 detained
35 detained in Babel

(IraqiNews.com) Babel – A source from the Babel province informed on Tuesday that the Iraqi police have managed to arrest thirty-five (35) individuals from the province. These arrested individuals were in police hit-list and they were wanted for different criminal charges that were leveled against them.

According to information shared by the source, “Police forces, in coordination with the Intelligence and National Security Agency carried out raid and inspection operations at different areas of the province and they were successful in arresting thirty-five (35) wanted criminals, who were leveled with different criminal charges,” adding, “The police transferred the detainees to a security center for further interrogation.”
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Anbar Antics

Iraqi militia officer wounded in bombing in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Leadership of al-Hashd al-Shaabi announced on Tuesday that the Media Officer of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Captain Essam al-Din Abullah was injured in a bomb blast at central Fallujah.

The commander of al-Karma brigade in Anbar Province, Colonel Jumaa al-Jumaili, in a press statement, a copy of which was obtained by Iraqi News, said, “An explosive device exploded at noon today while a search operation at the residential areas was in full swing at central Fallujah. Media Officer of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Captain Essam al-Din Abullah received several injuries in the blast.”

Jumaili added, “ISIS have planted hundreds of IEDs at every street, residential areas and houses, as well as booby-trapping garbage baskets, gas containers and electricity poles.”

Iraqi forces capture bridge in al-Jumhoriyah in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, Federal Police Command announced liberating al-Jumhoriyah area and the old bridge in Fallujah City (62 km west of Baghdad), while further informaing about the killing of tens of ISIS members and destruction of three booby-trapped vehicles during the operation.

Federal Police Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat in a statement issued to the media,which is also received by Iraqi News, said, “The security forces, at noon today, managed to liberate al-Jumhoriyah neighborhood in central Fallujah and the old bridge of Fallujah in western the city, after fierce battles resulting in the killing of dozens of ISIS members and the destruction of three (3) booby-trapped vehicles.”

Jawdat added, “The operations are still going on to liberate the remaining areas of Fallujah, including al-Jolan neighborhood, 7 April and Bazara, in addition to freeing the popular market and eliminating ISIS cells.”

Iraqi forces capture in Hayy Al-Shurtta neighborhood Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Fallujah Operations Command revealed on Tuesday that the Anti-Terrorism forces managed to liberate Hayy Al-Shurtta neighborhood in northern Fallujah.

According to information obtained by Iraqi News, it was stated, “Today the Anti-Terrorism forces managed to completely free Hayy Al-Shurtta neighborhood in northern Fallujah and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings after killing many ISIS members and detonating two booby-trapped vehicles.”

The information added, “The Anti-Terrorism troops had achieved its specified targets in the northern side of the city of Fallujah.”

Iraqi army officer dies in sniper attack in Zankoura

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar announced on Tuesday that the commander of the army’s First Commando Regiment was killed by an ISIS sniper during the military operations at Zankoura, north of Ramadi.

According to information shared by the source, which was also received by Iraqi News, it was stated, “An ISIS sniper fired at the squad commander of the [army’s] First Commando Regiment of Anbar Operations Command, Lieutenant Colonel Abbas Abdul-Reda, during the advance of the security forces in the operations to liberate Zankoura, north of Ramadi. He died on the spot immediately.”

The information further added, “Security forces continue with their [military] operations to free Zankoura and Albu Risha, north of Ramadi, from ISIS control. The forces established security fortifications at the sites and places which have been liberated in Zankoura.”

300 Kurd prisoners released as ISIS gets the hell outta Dodge

[ARA News] DUHOK – Subsequent to the withdrawal of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) from major parts of Fallujah city, Iraqi forces announced the release of hundreds of Yezidi Kurds who had been taken by ISIS as hostages two years ago.

Activists confirmed the release of 354 Yezidi girls from ISIS detention in Fallujah.

“The freed girls had been taken as sex slaves by ISIS jihadis,” Yezidi rights activist Kelesh Shingali told ARA News. “They are now under the protection of the government forces and they’ll soon be transferred to the Kurdistan Region.”

“The release of those girls was a great accomplishment, especially after they suffered brutal practices and sexual abuse by ISIS barbarians,” he said.

“The entire Yezidi community is happy for the freedom of those girls, and we are looking forward to the release of the rest of Yezidi women held by ISIS,” Shingali told ARA News.

In August 2014, ISIS radicals took over the Yezidi region of Shingle (Sinjar) in northern Iraq, causing a mass displacement of nearly 400,000 people to Duhok and Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. Tens of thousands of Yezidis remained trapped in Mount Sinjar, suffering mass killings, kidnappings and rape cases, according to local and military sources. Also, more than 3000 Yezidi girls have been taken by the radical group as sex slaves.

On November 13, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition forces, announced the liberation of the entire Yezidi district of Shingal in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh after fierce battles with ISIS extremists. The Kurdish forces have recently discovered more than five mass graves in the Yezidi region, where hundreds of Yezidi civilians have been summarily executed and buried by ISIS jihadis. Yet, thousands of Yezidi women remain in ISIS captivity after being sold as sex slaves across the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria.

Human Rights Watch called on ISIS to urgently release Yezidi women and girls abducted since 2014. “The longer they are held by ISIS, the more horrific life becomes for Yezidi women, bought and sold, brutally raped, their children torn from them,” said Skye Wheeler, women’s rights emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“Many of the abuses, including torture, sexual slavery, and arbitrary detention, would be war crimes if committed in the context of the armed conflict, or crimes against humanity if they were part of ISIS policy during a systematic or widespread attack on the civilian population,” the HRW said. “The abuses against Yezidi women and girls documented by Human Rights Watch, including the practice of abducting women and girls and forcibly converting them to Islam and/or forcibly marrying them to ISIS members, may be part of a genocide against Yezidis.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 6 die

2 Iraqi militia die in checkpoint bombing attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior revealed on Tuesday that five (5) members of the Sunni Awakening movement (al-Sahwa) were either killed or wounded in an armed attack launched by unidentified gunmen on their checkpoint in southern Baghdad.

According to information shared by the source, and received by Iraqi News, it was mentioned, “Unidentified gunmen open fired, before noon today, towards a checkpoint of the Sunni Awakening movement (al-Sahwa) in Arab Jabour village in al-Dawra area, south of Baghdad and as a result of this two (2) of its members were killed and five (5) others were injured.”

The information added, “Security forces rushed to the area of the incident and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital for immediate medical attention. The bodies of the deceased were sent for forensic examinations. A security cordon has been imposed in the area and the incident is further investigated upon.”

4 die in small arms attack in Souib

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Nine casualties were reported on Tuesday after a suicide bomb attack near a a security post in the area of Souib, south of Baghdad. The news was shared by Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday.

The spokesperson for Baghdad Operations Command Maj. Gen. Saad Moen in a press statement, also received by Iraqi News, said,”A suicide bomber wearing explosive belt blew himself up while being searched by security forces stationed near al-Salam post at Souib, south of Baghdad,” adding, “The blast resulted in the deaths of four (4) security personnel while five (5) others were badly injured.”
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Iraqi forces seize 2 Fallujah districts from Islamic State
[Iraq Sun] Iraq's armed forces pressed on with their offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from 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....
on Tuesday, June 21dislodging the gunnies from two eastern districts and pushing them back into a handful of northern and western neighborhoods, Rooters reports.

A military statement said the elite counter-terrorism forces took the northeastern Shurta police district while units from Baghdad operations command recaptured the Askari military neighborhood.

Islamic State still held the northern districts of Jughaifi and Golan as well as the western banks of the Tigris river.

Fighting to recapture the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, now in its fifth week, has forced more than 85,000 residents to flee to overwhelmed government-run camps.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last week that the recapture of Fallujah would pave the way for the military to march on djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Islamic State's de facto capital, Rooters says.

The operation's commander Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi told Rooters on Monday that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces expected the final push would take place in the west.

The Iraqi army is also pressing on with an offensive to dislodge the gunnies from farmlands located on the western bank of the Euphrates, opposite the built-up area 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...
that the gunnies use as a base for snipers and mortar attacks.

"The simultaneous attacks are continuing from four directions to tighten the noose around ISIS (Islamic State)fighters entrenched in houses among civilians and prevent them from catching their breath," said Colonel Ahmed al-Saidi from the federal police.

Government troops launched the operation on May 23 to retake Fallujah, a bastion of the Sunni Moslem insurgency against U.S. forces that toppled Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, in 2003, and later against Shi'ite-led governments.

The gunnies seized Fallujah in January 2014, six months before they declared a "caliphate" over part of Syria and Iraq.

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Palestinians firebomb Israeli cars; teen shot dead by IDF
[IsraelTimes] Three Israeli motorists said lightly injured; army walks back statement blaming slain youth for attack.

Israeli troops rubbed out a Paleostinian teenager after Paleostinians threw Molotov cocktails at cars near the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Tahta early Tuesday. Other Paleostinians were maimed, Paleostinian security officials said.

The army said that troops shot at least two men, "after a number of Paleostinians hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at moving vehicles near the village of Beit Sira on route 443."

Three Israelis were maimed when their car was pelted with stones on Route 443, a highway connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that runs through the West Bank west of Jerusalem, the IDF said. Several vehicles were damaged.

"An initial review suggests that as the mob continued, nearby forces acted in order to protect the additional passing vehicles from immediate danger and fired toward the assailants," a military statement said. "Forces confirmed hits resulting in the death of one of the attackers."

An IDF spokesperson later retracted the statement, telling The Times of Israel that none of the Paleostinians hit by gunfire were believed to have been involved in the rock-throwing incident.
It's never a good idea to hang around when bullets are flying -- they don't differentiate between innocent and guilty.
Paleostinian officials named the dead youth as as 15-year-old Mahmoud Badran. Paleostinian media identified him as coming from the village of Kafr Qadum, east of Qalqilya.
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#1  he won't do that again
Posted by: Frank G || 06/22/2016 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Mob. Bullets. Mob disperses. Move along.
Posted by: John Frum || 06/22/2016 15:27 Comments || Top||

Syrian rebels open aid corridor to Manbij
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday opened a humanitarian corridor between the ISIS-held city of Manbij and its countryside, in a bid to help civilians evacuate the war-torn city.

Backed by the US-led coalition’s air cover, the SDF recaptured the entire countryside of Manbij from ISIS militants subsequent to heavy fighting. More than 105 villages were liberated since the SDF launched a battle for Manbij on 31 May, 2016. However, the group is still in control of the city of Manbij and has been using civilians as human shields in the fighting against the SDF.

“After capturing western parts of the city, our forces have opened a humanitarian corridor between the city and its liberated countryside in order to assist civilians to evacuate the city so that we can continue with our operations against ISIS terrorists inside Manbij city,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

Hundreds of civilians were able to escape the besieged city of Manbij, using the corridor opened by the SDF west of the city.

“The safety of civilians is a top priority for us at the moment, otherwise we would have already liberated the entire Manbij border pocket from ISIS,” the SDF official said. “So, now we are trying to rescue the stranded civilians and prevent the terror group from using them as human shields during the clashes. Then we’ll attack ISIS in its final stronghold in Manbij downtown.”

The 98-kilometer-long border area in Aleppo’s countryside is called the Manbij pocket, and is used by the Islamic State group (ISIS) to transport foreign fighters from Turkey to Syria, and to smuggle arm supplies to the de-facto ISIS capital of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria. Also, the extremist group has used the Manbij pocket to send trained jihadis abroad to conduct terrorist attacks. Closing it down would make Europe and America safer, US and Kurdish officials have said.
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ISIS counter-attack pushes Syrian forces out of Raqqa province
[RUDAW.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....
(ISIS) has reportedly pushed Syrian regime forces back out of the province of Raqqa in a large counter-offensive which has killed 40 soldiers, afflicting a serious setback on the regimes two-week old offensive against the murderous Moslems there.

"ISIS [ISIS] has managed to drive out regime troops from the administrative borders of Raqqa province after a fierce counter-offensive," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor reported.

ISIS launched this counter-offensive late on Sunday as the regime forces closed in on the town of Tabqa, home to a former airbase and Syria’s largest dam. Tabqa is 40 kilometers upstream, west, of the lovely provincial capital city of Raqqa, ISIS’s primary city stronghold in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory reported on Monday that the regime has been forced to 40km from Tabqa airport after previously being only 7km away from it.

Fearing losing Tabqa - and the regime successfully securing a foothold in Raqqa for the first time since August 2014 - ISIS poured hundreds reinforcements into that key town from Raqqa city.

The Observatory estimates that 40 of the regime forces were killed, including an officer, while no fewer than 21 ISIS murderous Moslems were killed. This brings the total casualties in the regimes Raqqa offensive to 93 dead regime forces and 126 dead ISIS murderous Moslems, according to the Observatory’s estimates.
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#1  The Russian air force was busy elsewhere?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/22/2016 14:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Firebombing villages in Idlib and Aleppo, far as I can tell. Maybe some CAS east of Palmyra. There's some claiming that the Tabqa area was under a sandstorm, but the footage doesn't show anything particularly extreme. And that there is a heck of a rout.

Might have been the result of withdrawals to south of Aleppo to reinforce or re-build a front behind where Hezbollah broke under the pressure of a rebel/Nusra offensive out of Idlib a couple days ago.

The regime policy of "fight everybody" seems to paying anti-dividends.

Meanwhile there's footage today of a B-52 over Manbij. I don't know if they were using telephoto lenses or if they're really flying BUFFs that low on CAS duty. I honestly thought they used the B-52s further out than that.
Posted by: Charles M. Hagmaier || 06/22/2016 16:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Telephoto, else there would be much more detail than shown.

Posted by: Shipman || 06/22/2016 16:57 Comments || Top||

#4  the fatalities just keep mounting

ISIS has probably lost over 35,000 fighters which is greater than their current active force strength; probably at least 5-10% of these losses were due to attacks by other anti Regime forces or ISIS fighters executed by ISIS

the Assad Regime military is a hollow shell of what they were in 2011; they are only kept alive because of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia
Posted by: lord garth || 06/22/2016 18:26 Comments || Top||

#5  I just don't get it. I was never in the military, which given my penchant for arguing with authority, is probably a good thing all around. I have all the respect in the world for you guys that have "been there, done that."

That said, though, I was raised on the stories of WWII and almost wound up in Viet Nam. 40 killed seems like a minor skirmish rather that the results of a "large counter-offensive".

So for all you spurts out there why am I so off the track?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/22/2016 20:43 Comments || Top||

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  Libya unity forces bombard ISIS in bastion Sirte
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  Rumour: Iraqi news site indicates IS supremo may have been hit by coalition force strike
Thu 2016-06-09
  Daesh blows up ancient monuments in Iraq
Wed 2016-06-08
  Five dead, eleven maimed in Karbala kaboom

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