Posts Tagged ‘ Islamic State ’

Yemen: 48 Saudi proxy troops dead in Islamic State bombing

December 19, 2016
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"A suicide bomber from the Islamic State group killed at least 48 Yemeni soldiers in Aden Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks against recruits in the country's second city. Military officials and medics said dozens more were wounded in the attack that targeted a crowd of servicemen who had gathered to collect their salaries near a base in northeastern Aden. ... The attack comes eight days after a similar bombing at Al-Sawlaban claimed by IS killed 48 soldiers and wounded 29 others. [Saudi invaders and their quislings] have fought a months-long campaign against jihadists who remain active in the south and east of the impoverished Arabian peninsula country. IS and its jihadist rival Al-Qaeda have taken advantage of a conflict between [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] and Yemen's Huthi [government], who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south." (12/19/16)

http://dailytimes.com.pk/world/19-Dec-16/48-yemeni-soldiers-dead-in-is-claimed-bombing  

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Syria: Assad regime has full control of eastern Aleppo, says Russian UN ambassador

December 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Eastern Aleppo has fallen, and military activities there have stopped, according to Russia's United Nations ambassador. 'The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo,' Vitaly Churkin told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Residents of eastern Aleppo told ABC News that it is quiet there, with no sounds of battle, but ABC News could not immediately confirm whether fighting has ended. ... The Russian announcement came after months of siege and years of fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. In recent months, the Syrian government, with help from its Russian and Iranian allies, intensified its airstrikes on eastern Aleppo and tightened the siege in an attempt to gain full control of the area, rebel held until recently." (12/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-government-reportedly-kills-dozens-civilians-aleppo-spot/story?id=44160179  

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Syria: Islamic State forces recapture Palmyra

December 12, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants re-occupied Palmyra on Sunday, taking the ancient central city from government troops in a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq, a Syrian government official and the group said. In retaking Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timing its attack to coincide with a massive government offensive to capture the last remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city. Palmyra, with its towering 2,000-year-old ruins, holds mostly symbolic meaning in the wider Syrian civil war, although its location in central Syria gives it some strategic significance as well." (12/11/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-recaptures-palmyra-syria-despite-russian-bombs-activists-say/  

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Yemen: Islamic State suicide bomber kills 35 troops aligned with Saudi invaders’ quisling regime

December 11, 2016
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Military.com    

"A suicide bomber killed 35 soldiers and wounded about 50 on Saturday at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Aden, military and medical sources said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. ... IS and its jihadist rival Al-Qaida have taken advantage of a conflict between [a quisling regime backed by invading forces from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states] and the Huthi rebels [sic], who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south." (12/11/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/12/11/is-suicide-bomber-kills-35-yemen-soldiers.html  

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Iraq: US forces bomb Mosul hospital

December 9, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it carried out an airstrike on a hospital complex in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the request of Iraq's military. Air Force Col. John L. Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that the coalition did not 'have any reason to believe civilians were harmed.' However, when specifically asked whether there were patients at the city's main hospital, Dorrian said that was 'very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity.' A review of the intelligence that led to the decision is underway, he said." (12/08/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/08/504815234/u-s-led-coalition-hits-main-mosul-hospital-with-airstrike  

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Kosovo: Police claim to have thwarted “synchronized” Islamic State terror attacks

November 18, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Police in Kosovo say they have arrested 19 people and thwarted simultaneous Islamic State attacks in Kosovo and neighboring Albania, including a planned assault on the Israeli national soccer team during a match. The suspects, who were planning 'synchronized terror attacks,' were rounded up over the past 10 days in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, police said in a statement Wednesday. The suspects were receiving orders from Islamic State member Lavdrim Muhaxheri, the self-declared 'commander of Albanians in Syria and Iraq,' police said." (11/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/17/police-isil-attacks-thwarted-kosovo/94013658/  

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Iraq: Amnesty accuses possible regime forces of crimes in Mosul

November 10, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Rights group Amnesty International has accused men in Iraqi police uniforms of torture and unlawfully killing villagers 'in cold blood,' in the operation to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS control. Amnesty said in a statement Thursday that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the ISIS militant group." (11/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/middleeast/amnesty-iraqi-forces-killings/  

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Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle on streets of Mosul

November 3, 2016
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CNN CNN    

Iraqi forces have entered ISIS-held Mosul for the first time in more than two years and are battling ISIS militants on the front line, defense officials told CNN. Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim told CNN that units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the city on Thursday, adding that troops had stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east. ... Officials had warned that entering Mosul would likely trigger the fiercest fighting yet, and that the battle is expected to be fought 'street to street,' or even 'house to house.'" (11/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/middleeast/mosul-offensive-iraq-troops-in/  

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Iraq: Islamic State forces attack Kirkuk

October 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS militants attacked several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said, even as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the second-largest city of Mosul. Dozens of militants targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices in Kirkuk, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said. A number of people were killed and wounded, but officials could not provide an exact figure." (10/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/middleeast/iraq-kirkuk-attacks/  

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Iraq: “Heavy losses” for Islamic State in battle for Mosul, regime forces say

October 18, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Iraqi security forces on Monday said the Islamic State has had 'heavy' losses of militants and equipment as the long-awaited battle for Mosul wages. ... Mosul is considered one of the most important battles in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, as it is considered the militant Islamist group's last major stronghold in the country." (10/17/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/17/Heavy-losses-for-Islamic-State-in-battle-for-Mosul-Iraqi-forces-say/1871476706804/  

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Iraq: Regime launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

October 17, 2016
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Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    

"Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants' last major stronghold in the country. Helicopters released flares overhead and explosions could be heard on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages, a Reuters correspondent said. The United States predicted Islamic State would suffer 'a lasting defeat' as Iraqi forces mounted their biggest operation since the US withdrew its own troops in 2011. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people." (10/16/16)

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/10/17/iraq-launches-mosul-offensive-drive-islamic-state/  

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US Army to deploy 1st Infantry Division troops to Iraq

October 16, 2016
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Military.com    

"The U.S. Army announced Friday it will deploy about 500 soldiers from the Big Red One to Iraq this fall. The 1st Infantry Division Headquarters troops will assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Oct. 14 Army press release. The Fort Riley, Kansas, unit will replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), providing command and control of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces." (10/14/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/10/14/army-deploy-1st-infantry-division-soldiers-iraq.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm  

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Syria: ISIS suffers major symbolic defeat with loss of Dabiq

October 16, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The Islamic State has been dealt a major symbolic blow in the battle for its existence. Turkish-backed rebels, reportedly supported by United States special forces, seized the Syrian town of Dabiq Sunday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to Islamic prophecies central to the Islamic State's radical message, Dabiq is the site of an end-of-days battle that ushers in the apocalypse. Now, having lost control of the town, the Islamic State must scramble to change a narrative that has been a core part of its appeal." (10/16/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1016/ISIS-suffers-major-symbolic-defeat-with-loss-of-Dabiq  

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Turkey: Regime says its troops will stay in Iraq until Islamic State cleared from Mosul

October 12, 2016
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Reuters    

"A planned U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul could cause 'blood and fire' in the region if not carefully handled, Turkey warned on Wednesday, saying it would keep troops nearby despite Baghdad's opposition. President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey, locked in an escalating row with Iraq over who should take part in the planned Mosul assault, would do all it could to prevent the operation from deepening sectarian conflict on its borders. ... Soldiers from Turkey, a regional power with the second largest armed forces in NATO, have been training Sunni Muslim and Kurdish Peshmerga units at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq and want them to take part in the expected battle for Mosul." (10/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey-idUSKCN12C0KF  

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Syria: Islamic State bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing

October 6, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 29 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed in a bombing near Syria's border with Turkey, activists say. The attack reportedly occurred during a change of guard at the rebel-controlled Atmeh crossing, in Idlib province. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a remote-controlled device. A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said a suicide car bombing had targeted a rebel convoy." (10/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37572169  

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Syria: Nusra Front says senior leader killed in drone attack

October 4, 2016
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New York Times    

"A leading figure in Al Qaeda who became a prominent member of its Syrian offshoot, the Nusra Front, was killed in a drone attack on Monday, according to the group. Abu Faraj al-Masri, who spent years in prison in his native Egypt on charges of plotting with fundamentalist Islamist groups and later left for Afghanistan, reportedly died when the vehicle in which he was traveling was hit in rebel-held Idlib in Syria's northwest. The United States Defense Department said in a statement that Mr. Masri had been the target of an American airstrike near Idlib on Monday." (10/04/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/world/middleeast/syria-nusra-front-masri.html  

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Ryabkov: “[D]e facto support of terrorists from the US and the current administration”

September 29, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Russia's rift with the U.S. over Syria is growing after Moscow accused Washington of 'de facto support for terrorists.' Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov reacted angrily to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's threat Wednesday to end discussions between the two countries if Russia did not end its current operations in Aleppo and uphold the ceasefire. Kerry also said that the Russian indiscriminate attacks in Syria, in support of the Assad regime, would merely allow radical groups to increase their influence and plot attacks 'against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.' But Ryabkov accused the U.S. of effectively siding with the radicals." (09/29/16)

http://europe.newsweek.com/russia-accuses-us-de-facto-support-terrorists-504154  

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Hacker who leaked US military “kill list” for Islamic State sent behind bars

September 27, 2016
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"An ISIS supporter who hit the headlines after breaking into computer systems in order to steal and leak the details of military personnel has been awarded a sentence of 20 years in prison for his crimes. Ardit Ferizi, also known as 'Th3Dir3ctorY,' was charged at the Eastern District of Virginia court by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema last week, according to the US Department of Justice (DoJ). ... Ferizi, who once lived in Malaysia, was arrested by local police on a provision arrest warrant on behalf of US law enforcement and later pleaded guilty to all charges." (09/26/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hacker-who-leaked-us-military-kill-list-for-isis-sent-behind-bars/  

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Syria, Russia: US-led invaders’ airstrike kills regime forces

September 18, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting. The strike occurred Saturday in an eastern part of Syria that is not a part of a delicate and nearly week-old ceasefire. The US military said it was targeting ISIS militants and if it hit Syrian troops, it was an accident. Russia and Syria said the strikes prove Washington and its allies are sympathetic to ISIS." (09/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/middleeast/syria-claims-coalition-airstrike-hit-regime-forces/  

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Germany: Three Syrian nationals arrested on Islamic State “mission” allegations

September 13, 2016
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Newsweek    

"German police arrested three Syrian men in dawn raids Tuesday on suspicion of being sent to the country by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) to carry out an attack, authorities said. Prosecutors identified the suspects only as Mahir al-H., 17, Ibrahim M., 18, and Mohamed A., 26, as dictated under Germany's privacy laws. More than 200 members of the security forces were involved in the raids to arrest the three men in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein." (09/13/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/germany-arrests-three-syrian-nationals-sent-execute-mission-isis-497862  

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Syria: Islamic State reports death of senior leader

August 31, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Islamic State reported the death of its chief spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, on Tuesday, potentially signaling the loss of a senior militant who has steered the group’s campaign to bring violent operations to the West. If confirmed, Adnani's death would damage the Islamic State in two areas that have made the terrorist organization particularly dangerous: its sophisticated use of social media to reach a global audience and its willingness to employ the crudest forms of violence in scattered plots outside Iraq and Syria." (08/30/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/30/islamic-state-reports-death-of-spokesman-and-senior-leader-in-aleppo/  

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Germany: Teen who allegedly stabbed cop charged with support for Islamic State

August 29, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"German federal prosecutors said Monday they had brought charges against a 16-year-old girl who allegedly stabbed a policeman in February in an operation for the Islamic State jihadist group. The German-Moroccan teenager, identified only as Safia S., was charged on August 12 with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and support for a foreign terrorist organisation, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement. A second suspect, named as 19-year-old German-Syrian national Mohamad Hasan K., was charged on suspicion of failing to report Safia S.'s planned attack." (08/29/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/teenage-cop-attacker-linked-charged-germany-101927662.html  

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Iraq: Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly wedding blast

August 29, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and injured 16 others at a wedding Sunday in the Iraqi city of Karbala. A statement released by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said four suicide attackers targeted 'a Shiite gathering.' Iraqi authorities said there were five would-be suicide bombers, and that security members killed four." (08/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/29/middleeast/iraq-isis-wedding-attack/  

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ISIS is Islamic, but most of Islam is not ISIS

August 25, 2016
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The American Spectator
by Robert Zapesochny  

"President Obama and Hillary Clinton are wrong when they say ISIS is not Islamic. Let me be perfectly clear. The majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but al-Qaeda and ISIS are part of an Islamic fundamentalist tradition. The idea of narrowly interpreted the Koran to justify terrorism can be traced to numerous Islamic scholars over the centuries. Out of the four major schools jurisprudence (madhhabs) within Sunni Islam (Hanbali, Hanafi, Shafi'i and Maliki), the most rigid in interpreting the Koran is the Hanbali." (08/25/16)

http://spectator.org/isis-is-islamic-but-most-of-islam-is-not-isis/  

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Syria: Turkish forces shell Islamic State, Kurdish positions

August 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town. Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have also gathered in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, poised for an offensive to drive IS out of Jarablus. Turkey has also shelled Syrian Kurdish forces nearby, apparently to deter them from taking Jarablus themselves. ... Turkish forces have been exchanging shellfire with IS positions in the Jarablus area since Monday. However, Turkey is also wary of moves that might bolster Syrian Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, which it views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish-Kurdish rebel group fighting for autonomy since the 1980s." (08/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37161538  

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