[ShabelleMedia] At least one soldier was killed and nine others sustained wounds on Tuesday in a kaboom at a bus station in Barawe, a coastal city in southern Somalia.
The explosion happened during rush hour and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast which bore all hallmarks of al-Shabaab ...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... ’s past attacks.
In the aftermath of the attack, police sealed off the scene and carried out a search but no arrest was made for the incident, which comes amid an anti-Al-Shabaab military operation.
[ShabelledMedia] The Somali military claimed to have overrun a key al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... , functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... tax base in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the country.
The target of the special forces’ security operation was the financial center of the terrorist group and at the time of the attack, some al-Shabaab leaders were present at the center.
A senior militant leader of terrorist group al-Shabab has been killed and civilian hostages set free, according to a statement by Somalian authorities on Saturday.
The Somali National Army (SNA) conducted the military operation, killing al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shahab terrorist leader Carab, known by his short name, and wounding Osman Daud and Aw Maay, the other senior members of the terrorist organization, according to Daud Aways, the minister for Information, Culture, and Tourism.
The operation was carried out by an elite military unit of the SNA in the al-Shabab-controlled town of Mubarak, located 95 kilometers (59 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, according to a statement issued by his ministry.
"Special forces of the Somali national army (SNA) have destroyed al-Shabab's financial center in Mubarak area of Lower Shabelle region of Southwest State of Somalia, killing the leader of al-Shabab in the area and wounding nearly a dozen," the statement said.
During the operation, it freed several civilians who were being held by al-Shabab in the center, it added.
Residents in Mubarak, where the operation took place, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that several civilians were killed and more than a dozen others were injured during the airstrike.
They were taken to hospitals in Mogadishu for treatment, they added.
The Somali government has not responded to the claim of an airstrike.
While al-Shabab claimed on its propaganda website that the airstrike in Mubarak late Friday killed at least 10 people and injured 20 more.
Since U.S. President Joe Biden authorized the redeployment of U.S. troops in Somalia, the country has seen an increase in airstrikes against al-Shabab terrorists, most recently in the Hiran region, which killed more than 14 terrorists.
Somali National Army and allies have been conducting security operations across the country mainly targeting Al-Shabaab militants and their taxation centers. It's through these centers the militants collect money from locals, consequently, using it to purchase weapons.
An audit carried out by the United Nations indicated that the militants have been setting aside $24 million for the purchase of weapons from their $100 annual budget. While most of this money comes from extortion, some come from the group's financiers abroad.
Meanwhile, al-Shabaab claimed to have fired a drone strike in Mubarak which killed 7 ‘most of them truckers and farmers. However, the reports could not be independently verified, but the US army recently confirmed that the militants are capable of using drones having sort improved technology.
[ShabelleMedia] At least eight migrants colonists died and another 15 were missing after a boat sank off Tunisia on Thursday, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italia, State Monastir Radio said.
The coastguard rescued 14 migrants colonists who had been on the overcrowded boat, which sank off Chebba town in Mahdia region.
A security official said that the boat set off from El Awabed coast in Sfax region this week. He added that most of migrants colonists in the boat are Tunisians.
The coastline of Sfax has become a major departure point for people fleeing poverty in Africa and the Middle East for a chance at a better life in Europe.
In recent months, dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings from Tunisia and Libya toward Italia.
Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous journey crossing the Mediterranean in recent years.
[Breitbart] Spates of violence between gangs of youths have broken out across the multicultural city of Leicester after it hosted the India vs Pakistain cricket match on August 28th.
In response to the festivities between Hindu and Moslem men, Leicestershire Police announced that they would be using special powers to stop and search anyone in the city without the need for reasonable grounds to do so as a precautionary measure.
A dispersal order was also put in place from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, with police being allowed to order anyone under the age of 16 to return to their homes. According to a report from the BBC, a total of 131 people were stopped and searched and 18 were told to disperse.
So far police have arrested only four people in connection with the outbreak of sectarian violence in the city:
A 19-year-old man from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of possession of a conducted energy device (CED)
A 24-year-old man from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon
A 17-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon
A 25-year-old man from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving
Footage shared on social media showed gangs of youths brawling with each other. One man remains in hospital after an assault, and another three, including a man who was stabbed in the hand, suffered injuries, though none are believed to be life-threatening.
According to the local Leicestershire Mercury newspaper, one officer was apparently assaulted last week by a member of the crowd, before being subdued by other officers who rushed in to help.
[Breitbart] Spanish police have arrested a suspected radical Islamic murderous Moslem who allegedly procured an antique hand grenade that he was plotting to use to conduct a terrorist attack.
The man was arrested by the Mossos d’Esquadra, the police force of the autonomous community of Catalonia, on September 2nd and is said to have been in the advanced stages of radicalisation and looking to carry out a terrorist attack.
The investigation into the alleged jihadist began in May when police found a hand grenade from the era of the Spanish civil war, which took place from 1936 to 1939, in a vacant home in the town of Empuriabrava and investigations into the people who had procured the house led them to the suspect, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports.
According to the newspaper, Sherlocks were also able to find knives and a replica pistol in the man’s possession. The suspect was also said to have become increasingly aggressive and spoke out in favour of jihadist groups and that he was willing to carry out a violent mostly peaceful action in Catalonia.
The suspect also changed his appearance during this time and has both consumed and shared jihadist propaganda material relating to martyrdom primarily and encouraged others to engage in violent mostly peaceful action. The man has since been placed in a foreigner’s internment centre where he awaits possible deportation from Spain.
The arrest comes less than a month after Spanish authorities working with Austrian police arrested two jihadists who had come into the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... illegally through the Balkan migrant route. One of the men, a Moroccan who had previously lived in Spain, was also arrested in Catalonia in the town of Mataró.
Radical Islamic extremism remains a threat in Spain, especially in Spanish prisons where officials were warned of threats from jihadi inmates earlier this year in May by the Spanish Interior Ministry, which noted an article in a Jihadi magazine that encouraged inmates to murder prison guards.
[Breitbart] An African migrant, who allegedly wanted to return to his native country, entered a cop shoppe in the French city of Toulon last weekend and attacked several coppers, injuring five of the officials.
The incident took place on Saturday morning at the central cop shoppe in Toulon and saw the man, a 22-year-old asylum seeker originally from the African country of Mali, enter the cop shoppe and then began to make various remarks at the officers, including demanding to be allowed to return to his home country.
The 22-year-old then punched a window and after an officer attempted to see what had occurred, the Malian migrant attacked the officer, punching him in the chest, broadcaster BFMTV reports.
Several other officers then came to the aid of the officer who had been attacked and while they were able to restrain the African migrant and get him in handcuffs, he was able to hit several of the officers while he was being subdued. The officers have since pressed charges against the man, who is said to be an asylum seeker living in La Belle France legally.
The incident is just the latest to involve an asylum seeker or an illegal migrant attacking French police in recent months and comes just days after two migrants colonists'>North African colonists from Morocco and Algeria were arrested after ramming their vehicle into a police vehicle while trying to flee from a checkpoint. Four officers were maimed as a result of the ramming, with the officers seeking hospital treatment for injuries to their necks and backs.
Earlier this year in May, another migrant, said to be living in La Belle France illegally and the subject of a deportation order, attacked several officers in the city of Tarn while yelling the phrase "Allahu Akbar!" and threatened to kill the officers. Five police were maimed as a result of the man’s assault, which took place just outside of a local mosque.
[Rudaw] Iraq’s Security Media Cell on Saturday announced the killing of a "dangerous" Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) leader in an air operation last month.
The cell announced the killing of Abu Fatima, in an air operation on August 20. The cell added that the dear departed was the military commander of the group in Salahaddin province and was one of the "dangerous Lions of Islam and had participated in terrorist attacks against security forces and civillians".
The cell on Saturday also announced the killing of another four members of the group in an operation on the banks of Lake Hamrin in Diyala province.
Iraqi state media also reported that the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) had destroyed an ISIS den used to produce improvised bombs (IEDs) for the group in Salahaddin province.
[Rudaw] A Kurdish shepherd was kidnapped by suspected Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) members in northern Diyala province on Monday, a local security official told Rudaw, with the site of the kidnapping situated in a security gap.
"ISIS holy warriors kidnapped a shepherd in Narin village because no security forces are present in the area," local security head Shamal Abdulrahman told Rudaw’s Hunar Hamid. The village is located close to the town of Qara Tapa.
Wali Rostam, a village resident and the abductee’s cousin, said that this is the third kidnapping the village since 2019 and that they previously had to pay ISIS holy warriors a fee of $57,500 in exchange for an abductee’s freedom.
Rostam added that they expect ISIS fighters to contact them in the evening to demand a price for the shepherd’s release.
An ISIS attack on a group of shepherds in Kirkuk late last month killed one civilian and injured another.
Earlier in August, five Iraqi soldiers were killed in an ISIS attack in Diyala.
[Jpost] 12 suspects arrested, weapons confiscated in latest Break the Wave operation • Clashes break out, at least two Palestinians hit.
In the latest of nightly raids by Israeli security forces ]— dubbed Operation Break the Wave — the IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police operated at a number of towns in the West Bank overnight, arresting 12 suspects, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced.
The security forces operated in the towns of Surif, Bayt Awa and Khirbat Carmel near Hebron as well as the Ayda and Jalazone refugee camps, Silwad near Ramallah, and A-Ram near Jerusalem.
Border Police officers and the IDF Nahal unit operated in Jenin, arresting four people suspected of terrorist activities and confiscating weapons.
PALESTINIANS, ISRAELI FORCES CLASH
During the operation in Jenin, shots were fired and explosives, as well as Molotov cocktails, were thrown at the soldiers, who responded with gunfire.
The IDF Spokesperson acknowledged that one person was hit as a result. Additionally, one of the suspects that the security forces were trying to arrest attempted to escape, during which the soldiers shot at him under arrest protocols, and he was hit. Palestinian media has noted at least two injuries as a result of clashes with Israeli troops throughout the night.
More weapons were confiscated in Beit Jala and Abu Dis in the Etzion regional area. Additionally, two suspects were arrested.
According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, stones were thrown at the troops while they were operating in Abu Dis, who responded with riot dispersal methods.
Three more suspects were arrested at the Kalandia refugee camp. All the suspects that were apprehended with transferred for further questioning
[FoxNews] Minister Benny Gantz says Iran is distributing the missiles to its extremist proxies.
Iran is using proxy facilities in Syria to develop advanced missile systems and distribute them to its regional allies, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday.
Gantz made the statement during an address at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York City. Gantz says the weapons are being manufactured inside Syria's Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques (CERS), displaying a map of the various locations.
"Under the vision of Qasem Soleimani, Iran transforms this into production facilities for low-range missiles and weapons," Gantz said. "In other words, we can get another Iranian front, a factory for advanced strategic weapons."
"The underground facility at Masyaf, where an advanced missile facility is located, holds significant danger for Israel and the region," he added.
Gantz went on to discuss Iran's nuclear threat, saying the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly found Iran to be developing out-of-bounds uranium.
"It could happen in the next few days, it could happen in a long time, it could never happen. What is important is that Iran must be kept from nuclear capabilities," he said.
"Not only Iran has accumulated capabilities and infrastructure, but knowledge that cannot be reversed. According to our assessment, should Iran want to do so, it can reach nuclear weapons in a matter of weeks," Gantz added.
Iran has abandoned many of the commitments it made in the 2015 nuclear deal after the U.S. withdrew from it under former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden's administration has made little progress toward another deal.
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