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MoI confirms ongoing sporadic clashes in Ghazni city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials confirm that sporadic festivities continue between the Afghan forces and the Talibs in southeastern Ghazni city.

MoI front man Najib Danish said the Talibs have a presence in the western parts of the city and additional forces have been deployed to clear the city from the presence of the Lion of Islams.

He ruled out that the presence of the Death Eaters in the outskirts of the city could pose serious threats to the capital provincial.

According to Danish, the security forces are busy conducting clearance operations and the city will likely be fully cleared until this evening or tonight.

we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
he said the operations are slowly being conducted as the Death Eaters have taken position inside the civilian houses.

There are no reports available regarding the latest casualties toll inflicted upon the security forces and the Talibs.

Provincial security Chief Farid Ahmad Mashal had earlier said the dead bodies of at least 39 Death Eaters are left in the eastern parts of the city.

Provincial public health directorate officials had also said earlier the bodies of at least 16 people including two civilians have been shifted to the hospital along with at least 30 others who have sustained injuries.

According to the officials, at least 26 security personnel are among those maimed during the festivities.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

US airstrike target ISIS Khurasan hideout in Nangarhar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A US Arclight airstrike targeted a hideout of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) in 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 two turbans dead.

The provincial security commandment in a statement said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity off Nazian district.

The statement further added that the US forces carried out an airstrike on a hideout of the ISIS Khurasan group in Do Khole area of the district, using unmanned aerial vehicles.

According to the provincial security commandment, the airstrike left at least two ISIS Khurasan turbans dead.

The airstrike did not inflict casualties on the local residents and the security personnel involved in counter-terrorism operations, the statement added.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Egyptian police foil bomb attack on church north of Cairo, casualties unknown
[AlAhram]Egyptian police foiled a bombing attempt targeting a church in the town of Mostorod in Qalioubiya governorate, just north of Cairo, state TV reported.

The attacker was confirmed to have died.

No further information on casualties was released.

More to follow.
Update at 7:55 a.m. EDT, containing slightly more information:
According to the website of Egyptian state television, an unidentified terrorist, who was wearing an explosive belt, tried to infiltrate into the worshippers gathered at the Virgin Mary Church for a service.

Security around the church prevented him from doing so, however, and he subsequently detonated his explosives on top of Mostorod Bridge, killing himself in the process.

He had been intending to blow himself up to cause the maximum casualties among the churchgoers, state television said.

No further information on casualties has yet been released.

Worshippers at the service were celebrating the annual Fast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which began on 7 August and concludes on 22 August.
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#1  cookie reset
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Houthi forces strike Saudi military camp
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
forces launched a ballistic missile towards southern 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...
, tonight, targeting a military base inside the Asir province.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion fired a ballistic missile towards a Saudi military camp inside the al-Jurbah area of Asir.

No details were released on the fate of the missile.

On Friday, the Houthi forces fired a ballistic missile towards the Jizan region of Saudi Arabia; however, this projectile was intercepted by the Saudi aid defense.

This latest barrage of missiles comes just 48 hours after the Saudi-led Coalition bombed a bus in Sa’ada, killing at least 51 people, including 40 children.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  TWO (2) missiles over two days = a Barrage
Posted by: Frank G || 08/12/2018 6:38 Comments || Top||

Police kill two students in Faisalabad ‘encounter’
[DAWN] FAISALABAD: Millat Town police allegedly killed two matriculation students in an “encounter” on Wednesday night, claiming that both opened fire during a chase.

The killing of Usman and Arslan of Muslim Town led to a protest by their family members and villagers who gathered at the Allied Hospital Chowk and threw traffic out of gear for hours.

City Police Officer Ashfaq Ahmed Khan said a five-member committee, comprising SSP (Operations) Sultan Haider (convener), SSP (investigation) Syed Nadeem, Madina Town SP Asif Amin, SP (legal) Farhat Abbas and DSP Nishat Abad Qaiser Musthaq, has been formed to probe into the issue.

He said the committee would finalise its report within 24 hours and stern action would be taken against the policemen if found guilty.
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Students. Taliban. of Muslim Town. hmm
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/12/2018 10:15 Comments || Top||

3 Chinese nationals among 5 injured in Dalbandin suicide attack
[DAWN] A bus carrying a team working on the Saindak Copper-Gold Mine project was attacked by a jacket wallah near Dalbandin bypass in Dalbandin, Balochistan...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, levies sources said on Saturday.

The team, which included Chinese employees working on the project, was on its way to Dalbandin from Saindak district in Chaghi when it came under attack.

According to security sources, the bomber attacked using a Zamyad truck, an Iranian-manufactured vehicle commonly used to transport oil. The area where the attack took place is close to Pakistain's eastern border with Iran.

At least three foreigners and two FC soldiers were maimed when the attacker detonated his explosives.

They were shifted to Arab Hospital Dalbandin and are receiving treatment. Local officials have said they are in stable, pH balanced condition.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

3 policemen martyred in militant attack on Gilgit-Baltistan checkpost
[DAWN] At least three coppers were martyred and two others sustained injuries when unidentified button men opened fire on a police checkpost in Kargah Nala area of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) early on Saturday, police said.

Five or six snuffies attacked the Kargah Police Checkpost in Joot area, some 40 kilometres from Gilgit, at around 5am, Superintendent of Police (SP) Gilgit Tanvirul Hassan told DawnNewsTV.

Twelve police personnel were present at the checkpost at the time of the attack. Three foot constables (FC), namely Nawaz, Fazal and Wakeel were martyred in the firing. FC Zeshan and FC Zia were maimed and were shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Gilgit for medical attention.

According to SP Hassan, one of the assailants was killed, and another injured in retaliatory fire by the police. The rest of the attackers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace after dropping their weapons.

According to Deputy Inspector General Gohar Nafees the assailant killed in the encounter, known as Commander Khalil, had a bounty of Rs3 million on his head. He was nominated in multiple cases related to terrorism, including the murder of nine foreign tourists in Nanga Parbat in 2013. He was also suspected of being involved in the murder of three security officials in Chilas in 2013.

A second attacker, identified as Commander Umar is injured, police say. Both the attackers belonged to Diamer.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: TTP

CTD claims arresting two accomplices of Mastung bomber
[DAWN] The Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday claimed to have locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
the father and brother of Mastung bomber and on their pointation two more suspects, stated to be aides of the bomber, were also apprehended.

Separately, the CTD also arrested three suspects including two alleged ’hit-men’ reportedly belonging to Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
gang-war and Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
’s London faction.

Talking to media persons, CTD SSP retired Captain Parvez Ahmed Chandio said police acted on a tip-off and arrested Muhammad Nawaz and Haq Nawaz from Banaras area, who, according to police, were planning to flee to Afghanistan.

After the deadly suicide kaboom at an election rally in Mastung, Balochistan...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, on July 13 in which over 150 people including election candidate Siraj Raisani were killed, both the suspects went in hiding.

Muhammad Nawaz is the father of bomber Hafeez Nawaz, while Haq Nawaz is his brother.

During the initial probe, Muhammad Nawaz told police that his three sons including the bomber, his wife and four daughters had moved to Afghanistan on May 29.

He told the police that initially his ’bomber’ son was associated with TTP’s Fazlullah group, but later on he joined ’Daud Mehsud group.’

On pointation of the arrested father and son of the bomber, the police conducted raids in Manghopir area and Old Subzi Mandi and arrested two suspects, Sheeraz alias Saifullah and Wali Ahmed alias Abu Ubaid.

"They are accomplices of the jacket wallah," claimed the CTD official.

They belonged to Jaishul Adl outfit based in Afghanistan.

"They got training from Panjgur in Balochistan and Afghanistan on different occasions," believed Chandio. The held suspects also studied at the same seminary where the suicide bomber studied.

Besides, CTD SSP Naveed Ahmed Khowaja said that another team of the CTD arrested Syed Muhammad Zohaib alias Zohaib Pathan who was associated with Shahid Bikak group linked with Lyari gang-war elements.

During the initial probe, the held suspects ’confessed’ to killing 19 people in the metropolis. Sindh government has announced Rs2 million head money on his arrest.

Moreover, the CTD arrested another suspect Shakir alias Bunti who was associated with MQM’s London faction.

He had killed assistant sub-inspector Gohar Abbas in 2012.

Separately, the police arrested two suspects, Abdul Waheed and Muhammad Amin who were involved in looting people who drew cash from ATMs in the city, said Khowaja.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Southeast Asia
Two communist rebels killed in Agusan encounter
[PhilStar] Two New People’s Army militants were killed in a clash with Philippine troopers in Agusan del Sur last Sunday. The slain guerillas were identified as Juan Precioso, alias Max; and Dondon Montilla, alias Amag, of the NPA’s North Central Mindanao Regional Command. Reports said the clash happened in Barangay Oro, Esperanza.

In Ifugao, 20 communist rebels surrendered to the 54th Infantry Battalion in Asipulo town over the weekend. Soldiers also overran an NPA camp in Sitio Dibulod, Dicamay 2, Jones last Saturday.
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Morrocan blamed for bloody Basilan bombing
[Gulf Today] A senior Philippine cabinet official said that intelligence agents “are 80 percent sure” that a Moroccan national with links to the ISIS-inspired Abu Sayyaf terrorists was responsible for the deadly bomb explosion that killed 11 people including himself on the island province of Basilan on July 31. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana cited the testimonies of two witnesses as well as militiamen who told investigators that the driver of the van packed with improvised explosives was “foreign looking” and could not speak the local language.

Lorenzana also said that intelligence agents secured a photo of a “foreign-looking” person believed to be a Moroccan national from their sources in Basilan’s neighboring island of Sulu where the Abu Sayyaf operates, who was labelled as a “martyr” with his head encircled. But he insisted that Abu Sayyaf militants were behind the attack and were targeting about 4,000 schoolchildren who were to participate in a parade in Lamitan City on July 31.

He said, “We suspect that the guy was trying to bring his van to a plaza in Lamitan where about 4,000 schoolchildren were to participate in a parade after completing a nutrition program sponsored by the Department of Education.”

Based on intelligence reports, Lorenzana added that the Moroccan, he did not identify, tried but failed to recruit Moro youths willing to undertake “suicide-bombing missions” for the Abu Sayyaf, who gained notority for a spate of kidnap-for-ransom cases that been marred by the beheading of their foreign and Filipino hostages.

Lorenzana said the Moroccan was driving a passenger van when it developed engine trouble before reaching a checkpoint manned by soldiers and militiamen in a village in Lamitan. The driver used sign language in seeking help to move the van because he apparently did not speak the local language. Several militiamen, who responded to his call for help became suspicious when they saw “containers with wirings” inside the van and reported this to the soldiers, he said.
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Russian military creates 8 outposts along Golan Heights border
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian military police will create eight outposts near the demilitarized zone at the Golan Heights on the Syrian-Israeli border, a deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syria in charge of of military police, Viktor Zaytsev, said.

According to the official, the first permanent observation post of the Russian military police has already been set up.

"Seven more will be created in the future. They will serve as a security guarantee for civilians of the Quneitra governorate," he said.

Another deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syria, Sergei Kuralenko, said the outposts will be created near the demilitarized zone, controlled by UN forces.

"I would like to stress that there will be no Russian military police posts in the demilitarized zone," he said.

Golan Heights
The Golan Heights had been part of Syria since 1944, but the territory was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1981, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a law on the Golan Heights, which unilaterally proclaimed Israel’s illusory sovereignty over that territory. The annexation was deemed illegal under UN Security Council Resolution 497 of December 17, 1981.

Later, a part of the territory and the town of Quneitra were returned to Syria on the condition that the territory will be demilitarized and a UN mission will be deployed there.

According to earlier reports, a UN mission, accompanied by the Russian military police, has for the first time ever entered the region from the territory of Syria since the start of the Syrian conflict. Prior to that, UN forces headquartered in the capital Damascus, had to enter the area via the Lebanese border, because the Syrian part of the demilitarized zone was held by hard boys.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I hope that no one gets an itchy finger, or is duped into something stupid. That just doesn't give me a comfortable vibe.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/12/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting.
A line of defense against an Israeli land assault of Damascus.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/12/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Kinda seems like a ww2 defense strategy.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/12/2018 16:51 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army kills 13 ISIS terrorists in east Sweida
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army continued their field operations in the eastern countryside of Sweida this afternoon, targeting 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....
’s (ISIS) last positions around the al-Safa Canyon.

According to the latest communique from Sweida, the Syrian Arab Army killed at least 13 members of the Islamic State near the Bir Hassan area of Sweida’s Badiya al-Sham region.

This attack comes after the Syrian Arab Army already advanced past the Ard al-Kara’ area in eastern Sweida earlier today.

The Syrian Army is now working to clear the Bir Hassan area after this latest clash with the Islamic State terrorists.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Syrian Army’s 4th Division heads to northwest Syria for Jisr Al-Shughour offensive
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division has left the Daraa and Sweida provinces for northwest Syria, tonight, a military source told al-Masdar News.

According to the military source, the 4th Division left southern Syria with a large arsenal of missile launchers and armored vehicles.

In addition to their equipment, the 4th Division is bringing thousands of soldiers that were previously deployed inside the Damascus Governorate.

The 4th Armored Division will be leading their own attack that is separate from the Tiger Forces.

The Tiger Forces will begin their attack along the Idlib-Hama axis, while the 4th Division is believed to be leading the charge in the al-Ghaab Plain.

Both the Tiger Forces and 4th Division are two of the Syrian Arab Army’s most successful divisions and their battle experience should play an integral role in the offensive.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Jihadist rebels attack Shiite towns in northern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels in northern Aleppo, Friday, carried out an attack on the two Shiite towns located north of the quiet provincial capital.

The turbans heavily shelled the towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa on Friday night, killing at least two people and wounding three others.

Both of the casualties were children that were inside their homes when the jihadist rebels in nearby Anadan began their attack on al-Zahraa and Nubl.

In retaliation, the Syrian Arab Army began heavily shelling the jihadist-held towns of Haritan, Anadan, and Hayyan in northwest Aleppo.

Tonight’s attack by the jihadist rebels marks the first time this month that they have struck the government-held towns in northern Aleppo.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Syrian air defense targets potential missile above Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] At approximately 1:00 A.M. (local time), the Syrian military activated their air defenses and targeted an unidentified object in the night sky.

According to preliminary reports, the Syrian air defenses targeted a potential missile over the western countryside of Damascus.

The unidentified object has been described as a missile and it was said that the Syrian air defenses targeted and eliminated the object.

No further details were released at this point.
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$29.95 drone from Target downs 3 $57,899.99 Russian missiles.
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#2  Natives getting frisky?
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Russian forces attack west Aleppo for first time in months
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a powerful attack against the jihadist rebels in the western countryside of Aleppo on Friday.

According to a military communique, the Russian Aerospace Forces strategically bombed a weapons depot and headquarters belonging to the Ottoman Turkish-backed Jabhat Tahrir Souriya group inside the west Aleppo town of Urum Kubra.

The communique added that the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed both the jihadist weapons depot and headquarters on Friday, causing a massive kaboom that could be heard from several kilomters away.

This strike by the Russian Aerospace Forces marks the first time in several months that they have targeted the jihadist rebels in west Aleppo.

The reason for the absence of Russian jets in west Aleppo is due to the large presence of Ottoman Turkish Army soldiers near the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway.

today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
when the Russian forces receive direct coordinates of a jihadist site, they will attack their positions.
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Iranian ballistic missile flew over Strait of Hormuz during recent drill
[ALMASDARNEWS] When Iranian naval forces trained for an operation to potentially shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz last week, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps quietly tested a ballistic missile over the same strait, according US spy satellites.

Fox News reported Friday that Iranian forces launched the Fateh-110 Mod 3 missile during Iran’s large-scale naval exercises to practice shutting down the Strait of Hormuz, citing information from a US surveillance satellite and three officials familiar with the matter. It appears to be Tehran’s first missile test of 2018.

The missile took off from Bandar-e-Jask, Hormozgan Province, in southeast Iran, US officials told Fox, and traveled approximately 100 miles over the Strait of Hormuz before landing in a desert on Iranian territory. The flight path was "shore-to-shore," one of the officials said.

The Pentagon acknowledged Iran’s naval exercises but declined the opportunity to comment on the missile launch.

"It’s pretty clear to us that they were trying to use that exercise to send a message to us that as we approach this period of the sanctions, they had some capabilities," US Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, told news hounds Wednesday at the Pentagon. Iran, however, regularly conducts naval drills near the strait, and the missile test was done in what amounts to Iran’s territorial waters, a US official confirming the test said, Rooters reported.

Any disruption in the strait’s security would instantly spur chaos in energy markets and could have devastating impacts on national economies across the globe. Data from Lloyd’s List Intelligence suggest some 80 percent of crude oil flowing out of the Persian Gulf through the strait is destined for China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore and other Asian markets.

"The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil chokepoint because its daily oil flow of about 17 million barrels per day in 2015 accounted for 30 percent of all seaborne-traded crude oil and other liquids. The volume that traveled through this vital choke point increased to 18.5 million b/d in 2016," the US Energy Information Agency reports.

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Air strikes kill 14 civilians in northern Syria
[DAWN] Air strikes killed at least 14 civilians and maimed dozens more on Friday in a rebel-held town in northern Syria, a war monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not say whether the raids on Orum al-Kubra in Aleppo province were carried out by regime or allied Russian aircraft.

"A series of air strikes on the town killed 14 civilians, including three children, and left dozens of people injured," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The toll may rise... because people are trapped under the rubble," Abdel Rahman said.

The strikes came as heavy bombardment slammed into the neighbouring province of Idlib, held by jihadists and rebels.

At least nine non-combatants were killed on Friday in that shelling, said Abdel Rahman.

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