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Several dead in Kabul suicide blast as exiled VP Dostum returns
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Afghanistan
11 ISIS Khurasan militants surrender to Afghan forces in Jawzjan province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven forces of Evil affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the forces of Evil surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in Qosh Tapa district.

The source further added that the forces of Evil also handed over five weapons and six cycle of violences to the Afghan armed forces.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including ISIS Khurasan forces of Evil have not commented regarding the report so far.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US forces kill 4 ISIS-K militants in Achin, Nazian districts
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US force conducted Arclight airstrikes in Achin and Nazian districts of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 4 ISIS Khurasan (ISIS-K) snuffies dead.

The provincial security commandment in a statement said Saturday that the airstrikes were carried out in the two districts on Friday.

The statement further added that three ISIS Khurasan snuffies were killed and one of their Dshk heavy machine gun was destroyed during the airstrike conducted in Bagh Dara area of Achin district.

The US forces also conducted airstrike in Nazian district targeting the ISIS Khurasan snuffies in Spin Zhai area, leaving one bully boy dead.

According to the provincial security commandment, the local residents and security personnel on the ground did not suffer any casualty during the airstrikes.

Earlier, the provincial government had said at least six snuffies affiliated with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and ISIS Khurasan groups have been killed and five others sustained injuries during the separate operations conducted in Haska Mina and Khogyani districts.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Several dead in Kabul suicide blast as exiled VP Dostum returns
[Al Jazeera] At least 14 people have been killed and more than 40 maimed in a suicide kaboom near Kabul's international airport that struck minutes after Afghan Vice President Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
returned to the country from more than a year in exile, police said.

Kabul police front man Hashmat Stanekzai said the blast on Sunday went off near the main airport entrance, where supporters had been waiting to greet Dostum as his motorcade passed on its way to the city centre.

Dostum, who was travelling in an armoured vehicle, was unharmed in the blast, which was claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) group.

"The blast happened right after Dostum's convoy left the airport," said Stanekzai.

Civilians, including a child, and security force members were among the casualties, according to Najib Danish, interior ministry front man.

He added that the jacket wallah was identified by police but he detonated his explosive vest before he could be safely apprehended.

Dostum's return
Dostum, who is linked to a number of of human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
abuses in Afghanistan, was mobbed like a celebrity as he left the chartered plane from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
where he has lived since May 2017.

Dostum's triumphant return was in stark contrast to the outrage he faced after reports in 2016 that his guards had seized political rival Ahmad Eshchi and subjected him to beatings, torture and violent sexual abuse.

He denied Eshchi's accusations but, amid international demands that he face justice to show that powerful politicians were not above the law, he left the country in May last year, saying he needed to seek medical treatment in Turkey.

On Saturday, Ghani's front man said accusations against Dostum would be dealt with by independent legal authorities.

Once referred to as a "quintessential warlord" by the US State Department, Dostum has long been accused of serious human rights abuses.

Shortly after the US-led campaign in 2001, he was accused of killing Taliban
...Arabic for students...
prisoners by leaving them locked in airless cargo containers. He has denied the accusations.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6570 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Afghan Welcome Party™
Posted by: Frank G || 07/23/2018 8:40 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Two Palestinian scientists found dead in an apartment in Algeria
[PRESSTV] Two Paleostinian scientists have been found dead in an apartment in Algiers, says the Paleostinian Embassy in Algeria.

Suliman al-Farra, 34, and Mohammed Albana, both from Khan Younis in the Gazoo Strip, were found dead in an apartment on Sunday.

Based on preliminary findings, the pair either died of gas inhalation or due to electrocution from a short circuit.

Paleostinian reports claim the two scientists were assassinated.

A local news agency in Gazoo said that "the death occurred two days ago and was discovered by incident on Sunday evening after the neighbors smelled the smell of gas scattered in the building."

It also noted that police found one of the corpses near the door, while the other found in the bed.

"We don’t have any more details, I expect the authorities in Algeria and the Paleostinian embassy there to do everything necessary to understand what happened," said Albana's brother.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Scientists? Like medical researchers? Botanists? Astronomists?
Posted by: gorb || 07/23/2018 14:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, one can't just take a dead infidel's word for these things, now can one?

Posted by: Chong Bumble3308 || 07/23/2018 14:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps they are Religious Scientists experimenting with the afterlife.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/23/2018 16:44 Comments || Top||

#4  A wild wooly Welshman of Harlech
Sang basso, and wonderfully warlike,
Till the weaponised leek
Laid to waste his physique
And he waned, a wan, wheezy pilgarlic.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 07/23/2018 20:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Zenobia F, once again you are a joy and a delight. “Weaponized leek,” forsooth!
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 21:28 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram kills 18, abducts 10 in Chad
[Al Jazeera] At least 3,000 villagers have been forced to leave their homes in the Lake Chad region after a Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
attack on a village near Chad's border with Niger left at least 18 people dead.

Lake Chad governor, Mohammed Aba Salah, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that the fighters also kidnapped 10 women.

"Boko Haram fighters slit the throats of two [people] and shot the other 16," he said. "One of the 10 women kidnapped by Boko Haram managed to escape and return home."

Aba Salah also said that the evacuation following the attack was "a precautionary measure".

Boko Haram is in control of the area across Lake Chad's borders with both Niger and Nigeria, he said.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
8 Saudi-led airstrikes target Hodiedah
[SABANEWS.NET] The US-Saudi-led coalition fighter jets on Sunday waged eight airstrikes on Hodiedah province, an official told Saba. The strikes hit al-Tuhitah and Zabid, al-Luhaih districts, as well as Kamaran Island.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
Pakistan election candidate killed in suicide attack
[Al Jazeera] A suicide kaboom has killed a candidate in Pakistain's general election in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
, the latest in a series of deadly attacks targeting the polling process.

Ikramullah Gandapur was killed after his convoy was attacked in the town's Kulachi area on Sunday, police said.

Gandapur's party, the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
, condemned the attack, but campaigning continued ahead of Wednesday's polls.

"Saddened to learn that Ikram Gandapur departed this vale of tears," tweeted party chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
. "My prayers go to his family. May Allah give them the strength to bear this loss."
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mastung bomber studied in Karachi seminary
[DAWN] The man who blew himself up at a Mastung election rally on July 13 and killed nearly 150 people, including Balochistan Awami Party candidate Siraj Raisani, was a student at a seminary in Karachi before being shifted to Afghanistan along with his family, where he got militancy training, it emerged on Friday.

The alleged suicide bomber has been identified by authorities as Hafeez Abbasi, a young man in his early 20s.

Sources in the Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department told Dawn that their counterparts in Balochistan had shared with them a preliminary report of the suicide explosion and they carried out further work here.

The CTD-Quetta had provided fingerprints of an unclaimed body to the CTD-Sindh to match it with the record of the National Database and Registration Authority. It transpired that the alleged suicide bomber was a resident of Gharibabad Mohalla in Dhabeji, Thatta.

A special CTD team was immediately sent there on July 17 and to their utter surprise, his father, Mohammed Nawaz, without any hesitation told them that his son Hafeez had been shifted to Afghanistan’s Spin Boldak area.

Three sisters, two brothers living in Afghanistan
Mr Nawaz, who is living with another son, Haq Nawaz, in Thatta also told the CTD team that not only Hafeez but his wife, his two other sons and three daughters had also been shifted to Afghanistan.

The family originally hailed from Molia village in Abbottabad.

They said that Abbasi had studied at a seminary in Shah Faisal Colony for three years where he adopted the path toward militancy. His certain colleagues at the seminary were instrumental in motivating him towards militancy and they allegedly sent him to Afghanistan.

The sources disclosed that as per information provided by his father, his three daughters, who had been shifted to Afghanistan, were ‘Alima’ (religious scholars) and two of them had married IS militants there.

His two more sons, Abdul Aziz and Abdul Shakoor, were also living in Afghanistan, they said, adding that Shakoor recently told his father that now “it’s his turn” to become a suicide bomber, said the sources.

Abbasi’s eldest sister was married and lived with her family in their hometown in Abbottabad.

The suspected bomber’s father along with his son used to sell milk and vegetables in the Dhabeji area.

The CTD sources said that the father did not show any remorse or express any feeling of sadness when they informed him that his son had carried out a suicide attack in the Mastung rally.

Links with former Karachi TTP chief
The father told the CTD that Abbasi was working with Haji Daud there.

A CTD official told Dawn, on the condition of anonymity, that Haji Daud, also known as Daud Policewala, was a policeman in Karachi till mid-2000. He was also appointed as the city chief of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) by now slain Mullah Fazlullah.

The official said they got reports that Haji Daud had developed differences with Mullah Fazlullah as he joined the militant Islamic State group. He was also reportedly injured in a clash with TTP militants there.

The sources said that the CTD officials got the mobile phone number of Hafeez from his father and by using latest technology they came to know that he had arrived in Chaman from Afghanistan on June 29.

He was also in touch with at least nine persons, including three belonging to Sindh, they added.

The alleged bomber was later moved to Qila Abdullah and subsequently to Mastung, where he had carried out the suicide attack on Siraj Raisani’s election rally.

The CTD-Sindh informed their counterparts in Balochistan about Abbasi’s alleged handler in Qila Abdullah and his local facilitator in Mastung.

Important arrests made
In Karachi and Thatta, the sources added that law enforcement agencies conducted raids and made “some important arrests”.

A CTD official feared that Abbasi’s younger brother Shakoor, who is a teenager, might carry out a terrorist attack.

The official, who wished not to be named, told Dawn that they had arrested some members of the IS network in Karachi.

He added that concerted efforts were under way to ‘dismantle’ the group before it could strike again in the country.

The CTD official believed that IS was “actively flourishing and being patronised by foreign intelligence agencies” in Spin Boldak “to sabotage the election process, trigger destabilisation in the country and to mainly target CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor- related activities”.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Watchman hurt as grenade goes off in seminary
[DAWN] A watchman was maimed when a grenade went kaboom! in a seminary in Rizvia Society on Friday evening, according to the area police.

They said the kaboom occurred near the room of a teacher in the Tanzeemul Makatib seminary. The blast caused fear and panic among residents of the area, they added.

A police team rushed to the spot and took the watchman, Yawar Abbasi, 50, to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital under custody. He was provided first aid and kept in jug for interrogation, the police said.

SHO of the Rizvia Society cop shoppe Nawaz Brohi citing preliminary investigation claimed that the hand grenade went off in the hands of the watchman. He argued that the man sustained wounds on his hands.

The officer said that it was yet to be ascertained how and why the grenade was taken into the seminary. Some of the seminary staffers were also taken to the cop shoppe for interrogation in this regard, he said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's gun out of his hand......
the Sindh inspector general of police, Amjad Javed Saleemi, has taken notice of the grenade blast and asked the DIG West to hold an inquiry and submit a report to him immediately, according to a police spokesperson.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Return of the Holy Hand Grenade...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/23/2018 7:56 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi security announce capture of two Islamic State members in Nineveh
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces announced on Sunday the capture of two members of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in the group’s last bastion of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city.

"The two murderous Moslems were locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
while trying to escape from Tal Afar district to Mosul city using a stolen car with fake IDs in their possession," Dijlah TV quoted the Nineveh Police Command as saying in a statement.

According to the statement, the pair have been taken to the headquarters of the Nineveh Police Command for interrogation.
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Prominent Islamic State leader arrested, east of Fallujah: Source
Anbar (iraqiNews.com) A prominent 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....
leader was locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in a security operation, west of Anbar, a commander said on Sunday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, Mohammed Mordi al-Jumeili, of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, security troops carried out a campaign in several regions in al-Karma, east 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...
during which a prominent Islamic State leader was arrested."

The member "is a wanted member who carried out several terrorist crimes w while the group was in control of the city," he said.

He was taken to a security facility for investigations, he added without giving further details.
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Iraqi troops arrest IS fighter, destroy terrorist hideout in Nineveh, Salahuddin
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi troops killed on Sunday an 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....
fighter and destroyed a terrorist hotbed in Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website, the source said the crime prevention bureau in Tal Afar "locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
a terrorist who was working for the Islamic State as a fighter at a security checkpoint in Tal Afar district in Nineveh."

"The terrorist was arrested with documents proving his affiliation with the IS group in his possession," the source noted.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster...
the Iraqi security media center announced that an Islamic State hotbed was destroyed during a security operation in Salahuddin province.

According to the center, the hotbed comprised 28 grenades and other materials used for making bombs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Eight civilians bodies, including five children, recovered from under rubble in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Eight dead bodies of civilians were recovered from under the debris, while removing the rubble near Tigris river in Mosul, a source from the civil defense said on Saturday.

Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Maher Salem said "civil defense forces managed to recover bodies of eight dead civilians, including five children, who were killed during liberation battles in Mosul."

"The forces recovered the bodies while removing the rubble from the regions of al-Maydan and al-Makawi, near Tigris," Salem added.

The bodies "were sent to forensic medicine department to recognize their relatives," he added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Fifteen Islamic State members killed by Iraqi fighter jets, northeast of Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Fifteen 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....
members were killed in an Arclight airstrike<, northeast of Diyala, a commander said on Sunday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Mazhar al-Azzawi, said "fifteen Islamic State members were killed in shelling by the Iraqi fighter jets in Felkana region, northeast of Diyala."

Security services have announced killing several Islamic State members in airstrikes against the rest houses of the krazed killer group over the past few months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli jets said to strike Iranian-run missile production facility in Syria
[IsraelTimes] The site has been bombed by Israel in the past and the US accuses Syria of producing sarin gas there; hours before attack PM vowed to keep hitting Iranian presence in Syria
Some photos and video at the link, though I'm not sure they're very informative.
Israeli jets reportedly carried out a strike Sunday on a missile production facility in northwest Syria that observers say was supervised by Iranians. In the past, the site was allegedly used to produce and store chemical weapons.

"One of our military positions in Masyaf was the target of an Israeli air aggression," Syria’s official news agency SANA said quoting a military source. Hebrew media quoted Syrian opposition officials as saying that several Hezbollah members were killed, but the reports could not be confirmed. SANA said the strikes cause only "material damage."

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Israel fires on Gazans launching flaming balloons, breaking short period of calm
[IsraelTimes] Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",-run health ministry says 2 maimed in strike, the first in the Strip since massive Israeli bombardment on Friday after killing of soldier

An Israeli aircraft fired at a group of Paleostinians launching incendiary balloons into southern Israel from the northern Gazoo Strip, the army said, breaking two days of relative calm along the border.

The Hamas-run Gazook health ministry said two people were maimed in the strike. It listed the injuries as light to moderate.

An incendiary balloon was discovered earlier in the day in the Eshkol region, though it did not start a fire.

As of 8:45 p.m., there had been no fires in southern Israel sparked by airborne arson devices from Gazoo, according to a spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue Services southern division.

Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel would react harshly to any violence coming from Gazoo.

"We hit Hamas very hard over the weekend and ‐ if it proves necessary ‐ we will hit them seven-fold," Netanyahu said, according to a statement from his office

The Arclight airstrike was the first in Gazoo since Israel hit dozens of Hamas targets on Friday, though tanks struck a pair of observation posts Saturday in response to an attempt to breach the border and an incendiary balloon launch.

The Israeli bombardment came after a Paleostinian sniper rubbed out an IDF soldier, Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi, 20, along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave ‐ the first Israeli killed in an attack from Gazoo since the 2014 war.

Four Paleostinians were killed ‐ three of whom were acknowledged as Hamas fighters.

Israel said it has no interest in engaging in another war with Hamas, but said it will no longer tolerate the group’s campaign of flying incendiary devices into Israel.

Earlier Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced that Israel was prepared to remove the punitive economic measures it put in place earlier this month in response to these "fire kites and balloons," if the Gazoo-ruling Hamas terror group stopped the airborne arson attacks.

"Yesterday was one of the calmest days, perhaps, since March 30," Liberman said. "If that situation continues today and tomorrow as it was yesterday, then, on Tuesday, we will revive the regular procedures and also expand the fishing zone to what it was before."

The defense minister made his comments at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, the only Israeli crossing for commercial goods into and out of the Gazoo Strip, which has been closed to everything but shipments of food, medicine and occasionally fuel since July 9.

Liberman stressed that calm also meant an end to months of kites and balloons carrying Molotov cocktails over the border fence from the Paleostinian enclave to burn Israeli farming land.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Gotta love the impartial press -- the Israelis broke the calm, after defending themselves from an incendiary attack and a sniper shooting a soldier. The Gazoos never, ever start the violence, do they?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/23/2018 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course not, Rob. They act as they must as members of the Ummah in Dar al Harb, the house of war, where by definition all they do is defensive against the actions of the unsurrendered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2018 21:30 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Maoist militant killed, two soldiers injured in Zamboanga
[Mindanao Examiner] Philippine troops killed a top communist leader in a gun battle that left 2 soldiers injured in Zamboanga del Norte, an army spokesman said Thursday.

Military spokesman Ronald Suscano said Edwin Lapinig, commander of the New People’s Army in Western Mindanao, was killed in Sindangan town where police commandos, backed by soldiers were trying to arrest him on Wednesday. Lapinig opened fire on security forces which triggered the gun battle. No soldiers or policemen were killed or wounded in the firefight, said Suscano, who called the slain rebel commander a “notorious terrorist leader.”

Security forces tracked down Lapinig’s hideout after a long intelligence operation. The militant leader was also tagged as behind the killing of two soldiers and the disarming of policemen in Don Victoriano Chiongbian town in the neighboring province of Misamis Occidental, and the series of arson attacks on construction sites in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Five Abus, one soldier killed in Sulu clashes
[PhilStar] Five Abu Sayyaf bandits and a Philippine soldier were killed in two separate encounters in Sulu on Thursday.

Military spokesman Gerry Besana said four followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Almujer Yaddah were killed and four other rebels injured in the clash with soldiers at the boundary of Barangays Tanum and Liang in Patikul town. Joint Task Force Sulu commander Divino Rey Pabayo said, "We lost one soldier... Two others who were wounded were evacuated to the Camp Teodulfo Station Hospital based in Jolo."

Another clash, in which another rebel was killed, occurred between troops and the group of Almadjan Sahidjuan, alias Apoh Mike, in Barangay Tabu-Bato, Maimbung.

The military has intensified its operations against the Abu Sayyaf after six kidnap victims rescued by the military on Tuesday revealed that they were with two other hostages when they were held captive in Sulu for 20 days. The rescued victims said they were with Jelster Ed Tiu Quimbo, the son of Labason town Mayor Eddie Quimbo, who was kidnapped in March last year, and coconut farmer Jose Duterte, who was seized along with his wife Jessica in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte last year.
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Syrian Army takes over last rebel stronghold in Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian forces have officially imposed full control over Nawa city in southern Syria after murderous Moslems left to the country’s deal as per evacuation deal with the Syrian Government.

Fierce battles were fought for the last holy warrior bastion before the Nusra-linked holy warrior fighters succumbed to Syrian Army’s terms of surrender.

Militants who ruled out reconciliation have been deported ‐ along with their families ‐ to the Jihadi-controlled province of Idlib in northwest Syria.

With the evacuation of Nawa Death Eaters, the entire Daraa province has become free from Jabhet al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
terror group.

Earlier on Saturday, murderous Moslems who controlled the town of Mahajeh have been also evacuated to Idlib as per a similar deal; thus fully securing the Damascus-Amman highway.

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Jihadists set ablaze UN post in Golan Heights ahead of evacuation
[ALMASDARNEWS] Extremist snuffies in northern Quneitra set fire on the former UN post before leaving the area as per a surrender deal with the Syrian government.

The post acts as the only crossing between Syrian territories and the Occupied Golan Height, and used to be run by the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

According to a military source, the post was used by Nusra snuffies to store weapons, ammunitions and various supplies provided by Israeli Army.

The hardline rebel groups in Quneitra province accepted an evacuation deal after the Syrian Army launched a powerful assault to regain control on the entire southwest Syria.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Four rebel commanders flee to Israel as Syrian Army takes over Quneitra
[ALMASDARNEWS] Israeli Army has welcomed four top commanders of the Syrian rebel force in Quneitra province as the Syrian Army is increasingly gaining ground in southwest Syria.

The commanders are: Moaz Nassar and Abu Rateb of Fursan al-Golan Brigade, Ahmad al-Nahs of Saif al-Sham Brigade, and Alaa al-Halaki of Jaish Ababeel.

Those have fled Syrian territories with their families and were secured by Israeli military once they get to the border line.

Opposition sources revealed that the aforementioned commanders have been recruited by the Israeli intelligence to rebel against the Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
, and remained in touch with Israeli officers ever since.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Militant drones attack Hmeymim Airbase in Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] According to the Hmeymim airbase representative, one drone approaching the military facility was terminated on Saturday and the second one ‐ on Sunday morning.

"On Saturday, July 21, 2018, at nightfall, the Russian air defense at the Hmeymim airbase detected an unidentified small-sized air target (UAV) at a considerable distance approaching the Russian military facility. The aerial target was destroyed by the Russian airbase’s standard anti-aircraft guns. On Sunday morning, July 22, 2018, the air defense destroyed at long range another unknown UAV that was approaching the Hmeymim airbase from the northwest," the report said.

There were no casualties or material damage in both cases and the Russian air base is operating as normal, the representative added.

Only a day before this statement, the Russian military mentioned an unidentified drone, which had been destroyed by air defenses.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian army continues push into Quneitra amid ongoing evacuations
[Al Jazeera] Troops loyal to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
have recaptured a string of villages straddling the southern provinces of Deraa and Quneitra as they edge closer to a 1974 demilitarised zone with Israel.

The advancements come as more rebel fighters and their families departed southern Syria on Saturday as part of an evacuation deal reached with the government last week.

The first convoy of 55 buses, carrying some 2,800 people, arrived in northern Syria's opposition-held Idlib province on Saturday after rebels in Quneitra agreed to hand over medium to heavy weaponry and surrender the strategic area.

Another 48 buses left Quneitra on Saturday evening as part of the ongoing evacuations, with a final convoy expected to exit on Sunday before loyalist troops assume full control of the territory.

Footage emerged, however, of one of the convoys being stopped by Iranian-backed groups near Homs.

Sources told Al Jazeera the fighters pointed their guns at the buses and asked that the drivers stop the vehicles.

Syrian forces, backed by a Russian air campaign, have been pushing into the edges of Quneitra province following a relentless aerial bombardment campaign last month that routed rebels in adjoining Deraa province.

The Syrian army wants full control over Quneitra province where Israel has deep concerns over the presence of Iranian backed groups in the so-called Triangle of Death area

Western intelligence sources say the area is a bastion of Iranian-backed groups, including Leb's Hezbollah.

Israel signalled it would not impede the Syrian army presence in Quneitra as long as it steered away from the demilitarised zone, and said it will continue to escalate attacks along its frontier and elsewhere in Syria where it suspects Iranian-backed forces are stationed.

Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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