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It’s official: SDF declare ‘total elimination’ of ISIS caliphate
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Afghanistan
ISIS Khurasan militants killed in Nangarhar drone strike: 201st Silab Corps
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Military in the East has announced that three murderous Moslems of ISIS Khurasan were killed in a dronezap 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.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the Arclight airstrike was carried out on Wednesday in Achin district.

The statement further added that the murderous Moslems were targeted in the vicinity of Pekha Valley of Achin.

The anti-government armed elements including ISIS Khurasan sympathizers have not commented in this regard so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed elements are active in some of its remote districts and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security personnel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two American service members killed in Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] Two American service members lost their lives during an operation in Afghanistan early on Friday, the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-led Resolute Support Mission said.

According to a statement released by Resolute Support Mission, the two U.S. service members lost their lives while conducting an operation.
RIP
No further details have been regarding the exact location where the two service members lost their lives.

More than 14 thousand U.S. troops are stationed in Afghanistan with most of them operating within the framework of Resolute Support Mission to train, advice, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

According to reports, more than 2400 U.S. service members have lost their lives in various incidents since the beginning of their mission in 2001.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under:

#1  sometimes the auto-translate comments seems inappropriate
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  RIP
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/23/2019 18:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Inappropriate auto-translate replaced with original wording, with my apologies for not catching that.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 21:03 Comments || Top||


Afghan armed forces conducted multiple air and ground operations in past 24 hours: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan has announced that the Afghan armed forces have conducted six joint operations, 83 Special Operations, and 7 Arclight airstrikes against armed snuffies in the past 24 hours.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, at least 29 snuffies were killed, 11 were maimed, and 3 others were tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
during the same operations.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Baghlan, Pashtun-infested Logar, Paktia, Badghis, Balkh, Kunduz, and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces and as a result 9 snuffies were killed, 3 were arrested, and 3 Ak-47 rifles were confiscated in Nika district of Paktia province while 5 snuffies were killed and 7 others were maimed in Dara-e-Suf Payeen district of Samangan province.

At least 6 snuffies were killed and 3 others were maimed in an airstrike in Chemtal district of Balkh province, MoD said, adding that 8 other snuffies were killed and 5 cycle of violences were destroyed in Shah Mardan Kalli and Khan Kali areas of Waza district in Paktia.

Another Death Eater was killed and one more was arrested in Nejrab district of Kapisa province, the statement by the Ministry of Defense added.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense said at least 5 Afghan soldiers also their lives and 8 others were maimed during the same operations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban suffer heavy casualties amid ongoing operations in Kunduz: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense has announced that joint operations of the Afghan army and the Afghan intelligence operatives are underway in the vicinity of the 6th police district of Kunduz city and Gul Tapa area of the province since last night.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense, the operations were launched based on repeated requests of the residents of the 6th police district of Kunduz city and Gul Tapa area regarding the activities of Talibs, mainly involving extortions.

The statement further added that the coalition forces are providing air support during the ongoing operations and at least 58 snuffies have been killed in Qomandan Dawood and Talwaka villages and Gul Tapa area so far.

Some of the key commanders of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
identified as Qari Qeyamuddin, Qari Yahya, Qari Amir, the shadow district chief of Taliban Gultapa, Zainullah, Obaid, Ehsanullah and Haroon are among those killed, the Ministry said, adding that 15 fighters of the Red Unit of Taliban are also among those killed and the dead bodies of some snuffies are still left in the area while others have been buried local residents in Talwaka and Tabra Kosh Villages and the injured snuffies are being treated in Doctors Without Borders clinic.

The Ministry of Defense also added that the compounds of snuffies are currently under the siege of Afghan armed forces and festivities continue in the mentioned area and some foreign snuffies including Pak and Tajikistani nationals have also been killed during the festivities.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense said four Special Forces soldiers have also bit the dust during the festivities and five others have sustained injuries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram militants kill 23 Chad soldiers: Security sources
[AlAhram] 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...
hard boyz killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers overnight, Chadian security sources said on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest such attack inside Chad by the Islamist bully boys.

Boko Haram has been fighting for a decade to carve an Islamist caliphate out of northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, and has carried out regular raids over loosely guarded borders into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
Friday's attack occurred in the town of Dangdala, near the banks of Lake Chad, two security sources told Rooters.

One of them added that the assailants were believed to have crossed the frontier from Niger before attacking Chadian soldiers around 1:25 a.m. (0025 GMT).

An army front man declined to comment.

Chadian soldiers are part of a U.S.-trained West African task force deployed to counter Boko Haram. The violence over the past decade has killed more than 30,000 people and forced about 2 million to leave their homes.
Deutsche Welle adds:
Security sources said the militants were believed to have made off with military equipment.
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Europe
German police arrest 10 people on suspicion of planning Islamist attack
[BBC] Police in Germany have arrested 10 people on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack.

The arrests were made after some 200 police officers carried out raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. The men had plotted to "kill as many 'non-believers' as possible" using a vehicle and guns, prosecutors said.

A 21-year-old man from Offenbach, near Frankfurt, and two 31-year-old brothers from Wiesbaden are the main suspects.

"They had already made contact with different arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and collected financial assets to use for the purchase of guns and the execution of the planned murders," a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said.

The suspects are aged between 20 and 42 and several are German nationals, the spokeswoman added. The men have been detained on charges of terrorism financing and criminal conspiracy.

Police seized 20,000 euros (£17,000; $22,500) in cash during the raids, as well as several knives, drugs, a number of electronic devices and documents.

Germany has been on high alert following several jihadist attacks in recent years. The most deadly was in December 2016 when a man drove a lorry into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.

Anis Amri, the Tunisian behind the attack, was shot and killed in Italy four days later.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2019 05:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Wow SCBBC must be getting it by now...

Maybe after Brexit they realised the TV tax ending is next.

They mentioned Islamist in first paragraph.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2019 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  several are German nationals

meaning the other 6-8 are Frau Merkel's Islamo-Trash Imports
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  several are German nationals

I wonder how many of them are named Hans or Dieter.

in December 2016 when a man drove a lorry into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.

Is anyone calling for lorry control laws to stop such horrific crimes? Demand that all lorries be registered with the state. Demand drivers undergo testing and qualify for a lorry license before they are allowed to operate these dangerous vehicles.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2019 10:32 Comments || Top||

#4  From Offenbach yeah sure you bet.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/23/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||


German prosecutors arrest 10 suspects over Islamist attack plan
[DW] Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the ten individuals were detained on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack using a car and guns. The aim was to kill as many people as possible.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt issued a statement on Friday to say the suspects were detained in police raids involving 200 officers in the Frankfurt region earlier in the day.

Commenting on the raids, Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth said: "Police intervened in a timely manner to prevent possible attack plans at an early stage."

There were no details on the nationalities of the suspects whose ages were given at between 20 and 42 years. They live in the Frankfurt, Offenbach, Wiesbaden and Mainz areas. Eleven people were initially incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
but the investigation was centered on ten suspects.

The main suspects were a 21-year old man from Offenbach and two 31-year brothers from Wiesbaden, all associated with the local Islamist Salafist community. All are German citizens.

The number of registered Islamists in the state of Hesse in 2017 was 4,170, including 1,650 Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...


KILLING UNBELIEVERS
According to the initial investigation, the accused were planning to use a vehicle and firearms to kill as many "unbelievers" as possible. They had rented a large vehicle and made contact with weapons' dealers and started to raise funds.

During the raids, police found and seized over €20,000 ($22,500) in cash, several knives, small quantities of narcotics, a variety of documents and electronic data storage equipment.

The charges include funding terrorism and conspiring to commit a crime. The accused are due to appear before a judge at the District Court of Frankfurt on Friday afternoon.

A number of plots have been foiled by police in recent months, with some similar raids.
Russia Today adds:
Several of the suspects are German citizens, according to the prosecutor’s office, but no other nationalities were specified.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Turkey orders detention of 144 over Gulen links
[AlAhram] The Istanbul chief prosecutor said on Friday it had ordered the detention of 126 suspects employed in the judicial system with alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, a holy man who The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
says orchestrated a July 2016 coup attempt.

About 250 people were killed in the failed putsch, in which Gulen, a former ally of President Tayyip Erdogan, has denied involvement. Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.

Turkey says that along with its military and state institutions, its judiciary was infiltrated by members of Gulen's network. Since the coup, thousands of prosecutors and judges have been dismissed.

The prosecutor's office said the suspects had lived in houses where the network trained individuals for work in the judicial system. The network then sought to place those who passed the exam in the judicial system as prosecutors or judges, while the rest became part of the network's lawyer organization.

Of the 126 suspects, 108 were lawyers on active duty, eight were judge or prosecutor candidates who were previously removed from their positions and one was a judge or prosecutor candidate on active duty, the prosecutor's office said.

Addresses of 12 of the suspects could not be determined or records showed they had left the country, it said, adding that operations spread over 37 provinces to detain the remaining 114 people were continuing.

In a separate operation on Friday, Ankara chief prosecutor's office said it ordered the detention of 18 suspects accused of links to Gulen who were working as engineers for the defence industry company Havelsan.

More than 77,000 people have been locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
pending trial since the coup and widespread arrests are still routine. Authorities have suspended or sacked 150,000 civil servants and military personnel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  So how many is that by now, 1/4 of Turkey's population?
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2019 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone tell them that Erdogan knew Gulen.
Posted by: gorb || 03/23/2019 18:32 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Mufti Taqi Usmani survives assassination attempt in Karachi
[DAWN] Prominent religious scholar, Mufti Taqi Usmani, on Friday survived an attempt on his life while his police guard and a religious scholar were rubbed out in a suspected assassination near Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Nipa flyover.

The police saw the attack as a conspiracy to sabotage peace in the city and trigger chaos in the country.

Taqi Usmani, belonging to the famous Darul Uloom Korangi seminary, was travelling along with his family in a car while another car belonging to his close aide was following behind.

When they descended from the ramp while coming from Rashid Minhas Road towards University Road, four button men riding two cycle of violences opened indiscriminate firing on his vehicle at NIPA (now NIM) roundabout.

Mufti Usmani survived the attempt on his life. However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
his police guard, Mohammed Farooq, was critically maimed.

The suspects also attacked the other car, resulting in bullet injuries to the driver, Sanober Khan, and a religious scholar, Maulana Amir Shahabuddin, belonging to the same seminary.

The incident occurred at around 12:30pm.

Raja Umer Khattab of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) said that the attackers engaged both vehicles at the same time, the initial probe had revealed.

Two button men attacked Mufti Usmani’s car from the right side and behind, resulting in injuries to both his police guard and the driver. Mufti was sitting on the rear seat along with his family members.

Two other button men opened fire on the car behind from the left side, resulting in bullet injuries to its driver and the religious scholar. The vehicle hit a vendor and stopped after hitting a Chhipa ambulance space at NIPA.

Mufti’s driver despite being injured managed to proceed to Liaquat National Hospital where the police guard, Farooq, was pronounced as dead.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
France reprimands Israeli envoy after shut down of East Jerusalem event
[IsraelTimes] Gay Paree says police action at French Institute cultural center was a ’serious and unacceptable attack,’ while Jerusalem insists event was sponsored by PA and thus illegitimate.

La Belle France’s foreign ministry on Friday summoned Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Gay Paree for a reprimand a day after Israeli authorities shut down a planned cultural event at a site belonging to the French Institute in East Jerusalem.

Israeli officials had alleged the event was to involve an association supported by the Paleostinian Authority. Israel has banned the PA from carrying out official business in East Jerusalem, which it considers territory under its jurisdiction.

The French ministry said that "such acts represent a serious and unacceptable attack on the functioning of our cultural network in Jerusalem." It vowed to "maintain and develop the close and long-standing relations it has with Paleostinian civil society."
...unlike the less close relations they are required by necessity to have with that shitty little country, Israel.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said deputy ambassador in La Belle France Marc Attali registered Israel’s protest over the institute hosting an event sponsored by the PA.

"The Israeli envoy made clear that we will not accept PA events in Jerusalem and that we expect our friends to honor the rules as well," it said.

The incident occurred Thursday at the Institut Francais Chateaubriand center in East Jerusalem, when in a rare move Israeli police entered the center and ordered the event canceled.

One of the women who was to participate told AFP "it was an event related to Mother’s Day" to sell crafts made by women from Jerusalem. She said similar events occur on a near-monthly basis.

The French consulate said it could not confirm if the association was indeed financed by the PA, but Paleostinians who were to participate in the event said the allegation was false.

After police arrived, La Belle France’s consul general immediately protested against the action at an institute "belonging to our diplomatic and cultural network," a French diplomatic source said.

The consul called on police "to leave the location," and security forces left in the late morning, the source said, adding that the consulate took the incident "seriously."

Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the Six Day War of 1967 and later extended illusory sovereignty over it in a move never recognized by the international community.

It considers the entire city its capital, while the Paleostinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  La Belle France’s foreign ministry on Friday summoned Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Gay Paree

He should show up wearing a yellow vest
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 5:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Paleostinian civil society."

Is that the one that gets electricity from Unicorn farts and fairy dust? Or is that just an oxymoron?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  And Frank in #1 takes the early lead for snark of the day.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Top the yellow vest off with a yarmulke, Commodore Frank,and we’ve got a winner.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/23/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#5  I'd pay to see that!
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||


Israeli Arab charged with aiding Hezbollah’s propaganda efforts
[IsraelTimes] Mahmoud Jabarin allegedly maintained contact with two affiliates of the terror group, provided them with footage from around Israel for psychological warfare purposes.

A 36-year-old resident of Umm al-Fahm was charged Friday at the Haifa District Court with aiding Lebanese terror group Hezbollah from within Israel, providing the organization with videos and photos which it used for propaganda purposes.

Prosecutors said Mahmoud Jabarin maintained contact with two Hezbollah figures: Ali Shaib, correspondent for Hezbollah mouthpiece al-Manar, and Bilal Abdel Satter, front man for the Islamic Resistance Support Association ‐ a charity body used to raise funds for Hezbollah.

Prosecutors said Jabarin intended to "carry out actions that would aid the interests and goals of Hezbollah in its psychological warfare against Israel, by taking photos and making videos throughout the country and sending them to the two agents, so that they would publish the photos/videos and sow fear and anxiety amongst the Israeli public...and to send a message that Hezbollah could reach anywhere in Israel."

Jabarin is also accused of expressing support and praise for Hezbollah on social media.

Officials noted that Jabarin had been summoned for questioning by Israel’s Shin Bet security agency both in 2012 and 2016 and warned against his continued support and contacts with Hezbollah-affiliated figures, but ignored those warnings.

He is charged with several counts of contact with a foreign agent, providing information to the enemy and expressions of support for a terror organization.

Prosecutors have asked that Jabarin be remanded until the end of proceedings.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Two Palestinians killed by IDF fire in weekly Gaza protests
[Jpost] Thirty more Paleostinians were maimed from IDF fire as 9,500 gathered along the Gazoo border fence to take part in the protests.

Israeli forces killed two Paleostinians on Friday and maimed 55 others taking part in weekly protests along the fortified Israel-Gazoo border, the Paleostinian health ministry said.

Medical officials said two men aged 29 and 18 were killed by Israeli fire at two sites in central Gazoo.

The Israeli military said its forces faced around 9,500 demonstrators, some hurling rocks and rolling burning tires. A military spokeswoman said troops had responded with "riot dispersal means" and fired according to standard operating procedures.
The Times of Israel adds:
Also Friday, a balloon carrying an incendiary device launched from Gazoo set a blaze between homes in the nearby Israeli kibbutz of Nir Am. The fire was extinguished and there were no reports of injuries. Another blaze was started near Kibbutz Be’eri.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Two Abu Sayyaf militants killed in Sulu clash
[Inquirer] An Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and an unidentified man were killed in a clash on Tuesday afternoon in Talipao town, in Sulu.

Military spokesman Divino Rey Pabayo said that troops clashed with five Abu Sayyaf rebels in a ten-minute firefight. The group was believed to be led by sub-leader Angah Ajid, whose body was left along with that of the unidentified man at the scene.

Ajid, who had been listed as a high-value target, was involved in a kidnapping in Sipadan on April 23, 2000.

On Monday, March 18, a clash in Banguingui town in Sulu resulted in one killed and one injured. Troops clashed with the rebels in sitio Mono-Mono in Simusa Island in a three-minute gun battle that killed Hamza Hamad, of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte. Alvin Mohammad of Simusa Island was captured in the same encounter.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/23/2019 18:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
It’s official: SDF declare ‘total elimination’ of ISIS caliphate
[Rudaw] The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared the territorial defeat 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....
(ISIS).

The SDF "declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100% territorial defeat of ISIS," Mustafa Bali, head of the force’s press office, announced on Twitter Saturday morning.

"On this unique day, we commemorate thousands of deaders whose efforts made the victory possible," Bali added.

Some 8,000 fighters of the SDF, a Kurdish-led umbrella force of Kurds, Arabs, and Christians of northern Syria, died in the war against ISIS. In Iraq, more than 1,800 Peshmerga were killed battling the group. The Iraqi army has not released their official figures casualties, but it is believed to be in the thousands.

The bright yellow flag of the SDF billowed in the wind on Saturday over Baghouz, the eastern Syrian village where the final battle against ISIS happened. The force held a brief presser in the village.

"We end the Jazeera Storm Operation here. We congratulate this victory as a glad tiding to Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, and all the people of the world," said Chiya Firat, referring to the SDF’s operation against ISIS in eastern Deir ez-Zor. Firat commanded the operation.

"We finished ISIS on the ground. We give this victory as a gift to the whole world and wish the best for everyone," he said.

In an earlier tweet that was subsequently deleted, Bali said that Baghouz village had been "fully liberated, SDF made victory against ISIS."

Taking advantage of Syria’s civil conflict and sectarian divisions in Iraq, the so-called Islamic State swept across large parts of both countries in 2014, declaring a caliphate that imposed a brutal rule over millions.

The first military defeat of the group came in the Kurdish city of Kobane, northern Syria in 2015. That began a gradual liberation of territory from the bully boys. Iraq declared military victory over ISIS in 2017.

Brett McGurk, the former US representative to the global coalition against ISIS, sent his congratulations to the SDF for their "remarkable [and] historic achievement."

Though ISIS no longer controls any significant piece of territory in Iraq or Syria, they are estimated to still have thousands of fighters on both sides of the border and combatting the group’s ideology remains a monumental task.

ISIS "fed on perceptions of unfairness in Sunni communities.
...which may or may not be real...
Its ideology remains a potent threat to stability unless the wellsprings of its support are addressed,"
...that idea being that they are entitled by their god to take everything by force, inclluding the lives, of those who do not believe in their god precisely as they do...
warned David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee on Friday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 10:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Another Obama program bites the dust.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/23/2019 18:23 Comments || Top||


Key jihadist figure killed in massive explosive in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] A massive kaboom rocked the city of Idlib on Friday after two boom-mobiles were detonated at the al-Jarra Roundabout.

According to a report from Idlib, two boom-mobiles were detonated at the al-Jarra Roundabout in the Bustan Ghanoum area, causing two massive kabooms that could be felt throughout Idlib city.

As a result of the attack, at least two Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
fighters were killed, along with the attorney general for the HTS-led Syrian Salvation Government.

Some Syrian opposition activists have taken to social media to accuse the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) sleeper cells in the area.

Recently, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham launched a major security operation to arrest and eliminate these Islamic State sleeper cells.

The Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham operation has been relatively successful, as they managed to arrest one of the highest-ranking Islamic State commanders in the Idlib Governorate.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Baghouz reconquista: Large brawl breaks out between Syrian and Iraqi ISIS members inside camp
[ALMASDARNEWS] A large brawl broke out between Syrian and Iraqi Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) members inside the al-Hawl Camp in Syria’s al-Hasakah Governorate last night.

According to reports, the massive brawl resulted in more than ten ISIS fighters needing medical treatment due to wounds sustained during the fight.

The reports did not specify why the brawl broke out between the ISIS fighters.

The al-Hawl Camp currently has a large number of Islamic State fighters and their family members staying there.

Many of the ISIS fighters had surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Baghouz area and were later transferred to the al-Hawl Camp.
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Huge blast rocks Idlib city for second time
[ALMASDARNEWS] Minutes ago, a massive kaboom rocked the city of Idlib for the second time in the last ten hours.

According to a report from Idlib, an improvised bomb (IED) targeted a vehicle around the al-Wahda Roundabout, causing a big blast that could be heard throughout the placid provincial capital.

The IED reportedly targeted the vehicle of a Libyan national from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
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SDF engages ISIS across 'several points’ in Euphrates valley
[Rudaw] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) engaged with Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) "in several points" in eastern Deir ez-Zor province early on Friday morning.

"Our force currently engages against ISIS bully boyz in several points on the Euphrates river valley," SDF overall commander Jia Furat said, as quoted by Mustafa Bali the head of the SDF Press Office.

The SDF did not indicate exactly where the festivities took place, but the gunnies have employed counterattacks this week outside of the SDF's three primary assault axes surrounding al-Baghouz.

Furat added that the "international coalition conducts several Arclight airstrikes against terrorist targets."

The SDF is the partnered ground force of the US-led international coalition.

The predominately-Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) forms the backbone of the SDF. Thursday evening, media close to the YPG reported that Baghouz had been "liberated" and the battle to defeat "terrorism ended."

Bali cautioned against media making such proclamations. He said only the SDF's official website, YPG official website, SDF spokesperson, YPJ spokesperson, or he should make such statements for them to be official.

Celebrations broke out in northern Kurdish cities, timed with the demise of the bully boy organization and the new year’s celebration, Newroz.

Baghouz on the Euphrates River and near the Iraqi border has repeatedly been described by senior US military officials as the final ISIS bastion east of the Euphrates.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
ISIS is already making a comeback in northern Iraq where the number of attacks on Iraqi security forces have increased significantly in recent months.

The ISIS propaganda magazine Al Naba claimed in its latest edition published on Thursday that in the first half of the Islamic calendar year which runs from September 11 until March 11, the group carried out 1991 operations. The number of attacks in Iraq were 864 as opposed to 667 in Syria.
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‘Heavy fighting’ in Baghouz as Trump declares ISIS defeated
[Rudaw] The crack of machine gun fire and the thud of Arclight airstrikes to the east of Baghouz, Syria belied a claim from US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
in Florida that the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) so-called caliphate was finished.

"So here is ISIS on election day. Here’s ISIS right now. If you look ‐ so there’s ISIS. And that’s what we have right now, as of last night," Trump told news hounds on arrival in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, showing maps of the region that indicated ISIS no longer controlled any territory.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders also said "the territorial caliphate has been eliminated in Syria."

That claim does not reflect the reality on the ground. "Heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy...
continues around mount Baghouz right now to finish off whatever remains of ISIS," tweeted Mustafa Bali, head of the media office of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are battling ISIS.

Reporters on the ground also contradicted Trump’s claim.

"Another airstrikes [sic] now, tracers, heavy machine gun fire on eastern end of Baghouz. I guess not everyone heard the White House statement re 100 elimination of ISIS territory," tweeted CNN’s Ben Wedeman.

He added that "hundreds" of snuffies were still fighting, according to the SDF.

The battle to defeat the snuffies in their last major holdout has played out over weeks because of the unexpected presence of tens of thousands of people ‐ including many women and kiddies ‐ in the small area.

Friday morning, the SDF said they had engaged with ISIS snuffies in "several points" and the US-led international coalition conducted a number of airstrikes.
Al Arabiya adds:
President Donald Trump said Friday "it's about time" that the group no longer controls territory in the region, after a campaign by US and coalition forces that spanned five years and two US presidencies, unleashed more than 100,000 bombs, and killed untold numbers of civilians.
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#1  "fighting to the death to hold the ground they stand on" does not equal "control of territory". Trump is correct
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Good opportunity to test our latest high tech weapons no?
Posted by: jpal || 03/23/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||



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