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Jordan army clashes with Islamic State militants fleeing Syrian forces
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Afghanistan
Taliban militants suffer casualties in Ghazni artillery strikes
[KhaamaPress] The Talibs suffered casualties during the artillery strikes conducted in support of the armed forces operations in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast said at least five forces of Evil were killed or maimed during the operations.

A statement by Thunder Corps stated that the Afghan armed forces conducted operations with the help of artillery support in Andar district, leaving at least four forces of Evil dead and another Lion of Islam maimed.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Shash Khel area of the district.

In the meantime, the Afghan armed forces discovered and defused five different types of improvised bombs during the separate operations conducted in Moqor district of Ghazni, the Thunder Corps added.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern parts of the country where the Talibs and terrorist belonging to the other groups are actively operating in some of its districts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Three foreign nationals shot dead after abduction from Kabul city
[KhaamaPress] At least three people hailing from foreign countries were rubbed out shortly after they were kidnapped from Kabul city.

The security sources are saying that the foreigners were kidnapped from the vicinity of the 9th police district of the city.

The sources further added that the dead bodies of the foreign nationals were recovered from Musahi district of Kabul.

According to the officials, the foreigners are hailing from India, Malaysia, and Macedonia, who were rubbed out after kidnapping from the city. Officials in the Criminal Investigation Department of Kabul also confirmed the kidnapping and murder of the three foreign nationals.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

This is not the first time foreign nationals, including women, have been kidnapped in Kabul city but numerous such incidents have taken place the past as well. The Talibs group often claim responsibility behind the abduction although some of the kidnappings are done for ransom by criminal gangs.
An Nahar adds:
The victims, all worked for a logistics company in Kabul, a front man for the interior ministry said.

"At this stage we think it is a terrorist incident," police front man Hashmat Stanikzai told AFP.

The incident happened after the group left their office with a car and driver Thursday. Just over an hour later their bodies were found in what appeared to be a different car by authorities in the rural outskirts of Kabul.

"They had been shot inside the car," said Bahar Mehr with the interior ministry.

Another front man with the ministry said the car's driver was being questioned by police and treated as a possible suspect.

He added that all three had been handcuffed and shot, with two of the bodies later placed in the trunk of the car.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


US airstrikes pound ISIS, Taliban positions, leaving 7 militants dead
[KhaamaPress] The US forces based in Afghanistan carried out a series of Arclight airstrikes on ISIS and Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
positions in eastern Kunar and 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.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military said the airstrikes left at least seven gunnies dead.

A statement by Silab Corps said the US unmanned aerial vehicles pounded the ISIS hideouts in Milwa and Gorgori areas of Deh Bala in Nangarhar province.

The statement further added that the airstrikes left at least six ISIS gunnies and their hideouts were totally destroyed.

Silab Corps said the US unmanned aerial vehicles also targeted the Taliban targets in Watapur district of Kunar and as a result a Taliban group member identified as Masiullah was killed.

The Silab Corps in its also added that the airstrikes did not inflict casualties on the local residents of the two provinces.

This comes as counter-terrorism operations are underway against ISIS and other gunnies in eastern Kunar, Nangarhar, and other restive provinces in the East.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Islamic State kills four tribesmen in attack against village, west of Nineveh
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) 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, disguised in uniform of the pro-government paramilitary troops, have killed four rustics in west of Nineveh, urging residents of five villages to leave, a security source was quoted saying on Thursday.

"Islamic State attacked the village of al-Shaqij, west of Hatra region and killed four members of Shamar tribe. The murderous Moslems were disguised in the uniform of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces)," the source told Baghdad Today website.

The murderous Moslems, according to the source, "stole amounts of jewelry of the victims. After the attack, five Arab tribes fled the region heading toward the camps of Tal Abta."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Salahuddin festivities: Iraqi Army jets permanently unwind 19 turbans


Army airstrike leaves fifteen Islamic State members killed in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi army jets have killed fifteen Islamic State members, as their rest houses were destroyed in Salahuddin province, a commander said on Thursday.

"Army jets, in coordination with Samarra Operations Command, managed to destroy several Islamic State rest houses," Maj. Gen. Hamed al-Maliki, of the army, said in a statement. "Several Islamic State members holding weapons, estimated at 15 militants, were killed after following and shelling them."

The strikes, according to Maliki, "comes within operations carried out by the army jets, which managed to confiscate several rest houses in Hamreen mountains as well as regions between Hawija, Kirkuk and Hamreen."

Four Islamic State militants killed in army airstrike in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi army jets have killed four Islamic State members in an airstrike in Salahuddin province, the media service of Samarra Operations Command said on Thursday.

"Four militants were killed in al-Farhatiya region, west of Is-haqi region, by the army jets," Maj. Gen. Emad al-Zuhairi, was quoted saying."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Terrorist cell, of 15 militants, arrested in Kirkuk: Defense Ministry
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Defense Ministry has announced arresting 15 members of a terrorist cell in Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
in coordination with security services in the province.

In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said, "the intelligence and security departments of Kirkuk, in coordination with joint security forces, managed to arrest a terrorist cell in Kirkuk, composed of 15 members."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:


Security personnel killed, another wounded in bomb blast, north of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi security personnel was killed, while another was maimed in a kaboom, north of Baghdad, a source from the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

"A bomb, placed on the side of the road, went off in Sabaa al-Bor region, north of Baghdad, while a vehicle for security troops was passing, which left a personnel killed and another injured," the source told Baghdad Today.

Troops, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous, "rushed to the accident spot, transferred the injured to hospital, while the victim was taken to forensic medicine."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
U.S. volunteers battle the flames in Israel
[Jpost] Inspired by their global bonds of brotherhood, a group of 10 American firemen recently flew to Israel to fight ongoing fires in the South, a firefighter from Baltimore told The Jerusalem Post, while on standby at the Sderot fire station Wednesday.

"We, as firefighters, like to think of ourselves as committed to an international brotherhood and sisterhood, and there is so much going on here in Israel that we feel really compelled to help however we can," said Dr. Jeffrey Ellenbogen, a physician and volunteer firefighter.

The group of volunteer firefighters, who hail from a variety of states, took vacation from their jobs to help lighten the burden on Israeli fire and emergency services, which have been strained to put out blazes caused by incendiary kites, balloons and condoms launched from the Gaza Strip for the past four months.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/03/2018 06:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe we should send some volunteer artillery folks over there instead.
Posted by: gorb || 08/03/2018 7:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Blow the fires out with HE.
Great idea!
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 9:33 Comments || Top||

#3  What brave, generous souls. Here’s hoping Hamas soon gives up this tactic, or Israel starts harming the firemakers instead of just shooting in their general direction.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 14:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Willy Pete in the opposite direction could create an effective 'back fire'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/03/2018 15:17 Comments || Top||

#5  re#2:I came across an article about Finland trying to blow the fires out with guided bombs. It seemed to work for the Finns.
Posted by: irishrageboy || 08/03/2018 22:52 Comments || Top||


Firefighters tackle over a dozen arson blazes in Gaza border region
[IsraelTimes] Firefighters worked throughout Thursday to extinguish 13 blazes caused by incendiary balloons landing in Israeli communities near the Gazoo Strip, a front man for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Authority said.

For over three months there have been near-weekly violent border protests organized by Gazoo’s Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, rulers. In addition to the airborne incendiaries, deadly festivities along the Israeli-Gazook border have seen Israeli security forces facing gunfire, grenades, Molotov cocktails, and efforts ‐ sometimes successful ‐ to damage or penetrate the border fence. An Egyptian-brokered informal ceasefire has so far prevented the tense situation from escalating into all-out war, but has not ended the arson attacks.

On Sunday the security cabinet will reportedly discuss a truce proposal being brokered by United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
envoy for Middle East peace Nickolay Mladenov, who has met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Hamas leaders in the Gazoo Strip.

Mladenov’s proposal envisions Israel removing recent restrictions on the Kerem Shalom crossing for goods into Gazoo, and both sides agreeing to a ceasefire which would include the cessation of airborne arson attacks, according to recent Egyptian media reports.

The envoy has been shuttling between regional leaders in an effort to defuse the situation before explodes into full conflict. His proposal for calming tensions has reportedly been worked out in cooperation with Egypt and other Arab states.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Philippines nabs cleric over Basilan bomb
[Reuters] The Philippine military said on Thursday it has arrested a Muslim cleric who knew in advance about a bomb that killed 11 people on Basilan island in an attack earlier this week that raised fears of Islamic State involvement.

Acting on a tip off, rangers raided the home of Indalin Jainul, alias Ustadz Abdulgani, 12 hours after Tuesday's bombing in Lamitan town. Informants told the army that the cleric knew the bomb would go off and had been helping foreign operatives reach Basilan from Malaysia. A grenade was found at his home.

Jainul is charged with multiple murder and illegal possession of explosives. His family protested what they called trumped-up charges.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack which killed five militias, a soldier, and four civilians, including a child, calling it a "martyrdom operation". The driver of a van carrying the device also died. He was believed to have detonated the device when questioned at the checkpoint.

Defense officials dismissed the Islamic State claim as propaganda, with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana describing the claim as "just speculation".
Posted by: ryuge || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Figures: Muslim Cleric Indalin Jainul, alias Ustadz Abdulgani. "They took my Holy Hand Grenade!"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2018 6:52 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights
[Reuters] Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier.

Underlining the tensions, Israel killed seven militants in an overnight air strike on the Syrian-held part of the Golan Heights, Israeli radio said on Thursday.

Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian defense ministry official, said that Russian military police had on Thursday begun patrolling in the Golan Heights and planned to set up eight observation posts in the area.

He said the Russian presence there was in support of United Nations peacekeepers on the Golan Heights who, he said, had suspended their activities in the area in 2012 because their safety was endangered.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2018 09:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


State Dept. Reconsidering $850M Contract for IED, Bomb Removal
[Free Beacon] The State Department is reconsidering an $850 million contract award for IED and bomb removal in hot spots around the world after a previous agency grant to the same company received new scrutiny just weeks into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's tenure.

The State Department's Political-Military, Weapons Abatement (PMWRA) Office awarded the lucrative bomb-removal contract in May to Tetra Tech, an engineering services company that has a more limited history in munitions and ordnance clearance than several other companies and NGOs the U.S. government has worked with previously.

The contract would have made Tetra Tech the only commercial entity responsible for U.S. taxpayer-funded IED and other bomb clean-up efforts around the world.

The bomb-removal work is extremely dangerous but critically important for communities displaced by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which left IED booby traps intended to maim or kill returning families or government workers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2018 08:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:


Syria claims to down ‘hostile target' during airstrike near Damascus
[IsraelTimes] Loud kabooms reported west of Syrian capital, where Israel has reportedly attacked an Iranian base in the past.

Syria said late Thursday that its air defenses destroyed an unspecified enemy target during an attempted Arclight airstrike west of Damascus, as residents reported a series of loud kabooms around the Syrian capital.

The statement, published in official state media Sana, said Syrian air defenses "engaged a hostile target and destroyed it," but gave no further details.

The pro-government al-Masdar news service said that air defenses fired several missiles to fend off an attack near the el-Kisweh region and that it was not clear if the Syrian missiles were fired at an aircraft, drone or incoming rockets.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that a "missile attack hit regime and pro-regime forces positions west of Damascus" without being able to identify the side responsible.

Israel has been blamed for previous attacks on a suspected Iranian military base in the el-Kisweh area. An attack in May killed at least nine Iranians.

Israel has carried out dozens of strikes in Syria in recent months and been blamed for dozens more, which it has not acknowledged.

Israel has vowed not to let Iran establish a military presence in Syria.

There was no immediate comment from the IDF.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Jordan army clashes with Islamic State militants fleeing Syrian forces
[AlAhram] The Jordanian army said on Thursday it killed several 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....
bully boyz who approached its border as they fled a Syrian offensive that drove them out of their enclave in the southwest of the war-torn country.

Army units had used "all types of weapons" to shell a group of bully boyz who had come close to its side of the Yarmouk Valley in festivities that lasted nearly twenty-fours from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, an army source said.

"We applied rules of engagement and members of the ISIS (Islamic State) gang were forced to retreat inside Syria and some of their members were killed," an army source told state news agency Petra.

After weeks of intensive Russian-backed bombing, the Syrian army seized the lush agricultural territory where the Yarmouk River flows that was once controlled by a group affiliated to Islamic State group known as the Khaled Bin Walid Army.

Jordan, alongside other Western and Arab backers, had supplied former Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA)rebels with weapons and logistical support to defeat the bully boyz until the rebels themselves were defeated by the Syrian army last month and lost ground.

A Jordanian army source said the bully boyz who fled from the border were then chased by the Syrian army conducting operations in the area to drive them out of their last hideouts.

The bully boyz had sought to take cover among hundreds of civilians camped near the Jordanian border to escape the bombing of their villages during the offensive against the murderous Moslems, an intelligence source said.

The heavy fighting had displaced most of the former 40,000 inhabitants and caused many civilian casualties, this source said.

After the capture of the area, there are dozens of bully boyz from an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 fighters who once controlled the area who are believed to be now hiding in a rugged terrain that separates the borders of the two countries near the Yarmouk Basin, the source said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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Fri 2018-08-03
  Jordan army clashes with Islamic State militants fleeing Syrian forces
Thu 2018-08-02
  Egypt police kill five members of terrorist group Hasm in Nile Delta shootout
Wed 2018-08-01
  Man arrested after suspected homemade explosive device found at Vereeniging, South Africa mosque
Tue 2018-07-31
  It was terrorism: Iran denies any role in deadly Tajikistan attack
Mon 2018-07-30
  2 killed in Gaza blast during attempted launch of projectile toward Israel
Sun 2018-07-29
  Duterte invites the Abu Sayyaf to peace talks
Sat 2018-07-28
  Police enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, clash with worshipers in Temple Mount riots
Fri 2018-07-27
  Imran to be next PM
Thu 2018-07-26
  Houthis send missiles at tankers transiting from the Red Sea
Wed 2018-07-25
  Russian Air Force launches more than 40 airstrikes over southwest Syria
Tue 2018-07-24
  2 Syrian missiles with half-ton warheads trigger Israel's anti-missile system
Mon 2018-07-23
  Several dead in Kabul suicide blast as exiled VP Dostum returns
Sun 2018-07-22
  Iraq protests death toll reaches 11 amid ongoing popular unrest
Sat 2018-07-21
  Rebels handover more towns to ISIS in southwest Syria
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  Senegal convicts 13 suspected Boko Haram fighters

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