IRAQ: ‘ Suicide Bombers in Vehicles hit Security forces & their HQ ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:#BreakingUpdate June.13: Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias killing 11 people.

Islamic State militants attacked government forces and their Shi’ite militia allies on Saturday near the city of Baiji, Iraq.

Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias killing 11 people. The attack comes as the battle for control of Iraq’s biggest refinery continues.

Iraq has been struggling for stability since the last US troops pulled out in 2011, as the battle against Islamic State and extensive sectarian disputes obstruct efforts to rebuild the economy.

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CANADA: ‘ CF-18 FIGHTER JETS DROP FIRST LASER GUIDED BOMBS ON ISLAMIC STATE POSITIONS ‘

#AceWorldNews – CANADA – November 03 – Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets have dropped their first laser guided bombs on Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) targets since joining the US-led coalition against the extremist group, the country’s defence minister said on Sunday RT reported. 

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‘ Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets ‘

“Coordinated with our coalition partners, two CF-18s attacked ISIL targets with GBU12 500 lb laser-guided-bombs in the vicinity of Fallujah, Iraq,” Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.

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‘ Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets bomb Fallujah in two hourly strikes ‘

“The approximately four hour mission included air-to-air refuelling from Canada’s Polaris aircraft.

All aircraft returned safely to their base.” Canada’s Parliament approved a six-month mission against IS in October, with the mission mandate also approving.

Six CF-18 Hornet fighter jets, two CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, and one C-150 refuelling aircraft have joined the US-led coalition and stationed in Kuwait City since October 30.

Around 600 Canadian soldiers have also been stationed at the base.

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PENTAGON: ‘ Air-Strikes Causing ISIL to Change Tactics

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON(Fort Meade) – October 04 – Operations against the so-called Islamic State continue apace with 334 air-strikes against the terror group, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday.

Those air-strikes, the admiral added, are causing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to change its tactics.

Kirby briefed on the situation in Iraq and Syria and the coalition that is building against ISIL. He said there have been, to date, 248 airstrikes in Iraq and 86 in Syria.

While U.S. forces are carrying the primary load now, more and more coalition nations are participating.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced yesterday his government has approved airstrikes against ISIL.

The Defence Department has launched a new web page on defense.gov that focuses on the operations against ISIL.

It contains an interactive map which will detail continued air-strikes in Iraq and Syria, including mission objectives, number of air-strikes and aircraft utilized, the admiral said. 

New Tactics: 

The air-strikes are having an effect and the ISIL terrorists are changing tactics, Kirby said.

“Not surprisingly, they have gotten better at concealment,” the admiral said. “Before the air-strikes … they pretty much had free reign.

They don’t have that free rein any more, because they know we’re watching from the air.”

The terrorists have had to disperse, in part, because of the air-strikes inside Syria against fixed targets — headquarters buildings, command-and-control nodes, finance centres and oil refineries.

ISIL Remains Dangerous: 

Though the terrorists are being degraded, they remain a potent and dangerous threat, Kirby said. The group continues to threaten areas in Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq and areas in Northern Syria on the border with Turkey.

“We expect that they will continue to change their tactics, based on the increasing pressure they’re going to get, not just from the air, but from the ground, with Iraqi security forces,” Kirby said.

And, while the enemy changes, coalition forces will adjust, too, the admiral said.

“Everybody paints them as this great adaptive, capable, agile enemy,” Kirby said. “We’re pretty adaptive, capable and agile ourselves.”

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` Moner Mohammed Abu-Salha First American Suicide Bomber in America '

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – June 02 – Nearly 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, many Americans were likely surprised to learn that one of their fellow citizens had committed suicide on behalf of al Qaeda in a massive bombing attack last week in northern Syria.

The American al Qaeda recruit’s name was Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, according to the U.S. State Department, and he grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, where he played high school football.

Abu-Salha, who was 22, is the first American suicide bomber in Syria, but he is not the first U.S. citizen to die in a suicide attack on behalf of an al Qaeda-affiliated group. In the past six years, at least three Americans have conducted suicide attacks in Somalia for Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s Somali affiliate.

It is cases like that of Abu-Salha that explain why senior U.S. counter-terrorism officials tell me that they are “all Syria, all the time.”

Insurgencies such as the one going on in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad regime can go on for many years.

Indeed, since World War II, the average insurgency has lasted at least a decade, according to an authoritative study by RAND.

The Syrian conflict is now only in its fourth year, so Syria could well prove an important training ground for foreign fighters for many years in the future. Also, al Qaeda-affiliated groups now control territory stretching from Aleppo in western Syria to Falluja in Iraq, 400 miles to the east.

This is a large safe haven for al Qaeda in the heart of the Middle East.

The fact that the Syrian conflict will likely go on for a long time, and that it is already providing a large safe haven to al Qaeda and like-minded groups, deeply worries U.S. administration officials.

And Syria, after all, is an issue that has entirely happened on the Obama administration’s watch, unlike Iraq or Afghanistan.

According to a senior U.S. intelligence official, Abu-Salha is one of around 100 Americans who have travelled to Syria or have tried to do so as the civil war there grinds on.

Not all of these Americans have joined al Qaeda — there are many factions fighting in Syria — but a number have done so.

Four other Americans have been publicly identified as having tried to join al Qaeda in Syria or have fought alongside the group, according to a count by the New America Foundation.

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` Iraqi Government Forces Battling Armed Groups Repeatedly Struck Fallujah Hospital with Mortar Shells ‘

#AceNewsServices – BAGHDAD – May 27 – Iraqi government forces battling armed groups in the western province of Anbar since January 2014 have repeatedly struck Fallujah General Hospital with mortar shells and other munitions, Human Rights Watch said today.

The recurring strikes on the main hospital, including with direct fire weapons, strongly suggest that Iraqi forces have targeted it, which would constitute a serious violation of the laws of war.

Since early May, government forces have also dropped barrel bombs on residential neighbourhoods of Fallujah and surrounding areas, part of an intensified campaign against armed opposition groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS).

These indiscriminate attacks have caused civilian casualties and forced thousands of residents to flee.

“The government has been firing wildly into Fallujah’s residential neighbourhoods for more than four months, and ramped up its attacks in May,” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch. “This reckless disregard for civilians is deadly for people caught between government forces and opposition groups.”

The armed groups fighting against government forces in Anbar, including ISIS, say they have executed captured Iraqi soldiers. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb attacks against civilian targets in other parts of Iraq in response to the assault on Fallujah.

Human Rights Watch has found that ISIS abuses probably amount to crimes against humanity.

In Fallujah, ISIS has planted improvised explosive devices along the main highway and other parts of city, and is operating prisons in Fallujah and elsewhere, Fallujah residents said.

Six witnesses Human Rights Watch interviewed, three of them hospital staff, gave credible accounts of repeated strikes by government forces on Fallujah’s main hospital since January that have severely damaged buildings and injured patients and medical staff. An Iraqi government security officer based in Anbar, who spoke to Human Rights Watch on condition of anonymity, said government forces have targeted the hospital with mortars and artillery on 16 separate occasions.

The three hospital employees said mortar shells and projectiles had at various times struck the emergency room, the intensive care unit, the central air conditioning unit, a trailer that housed Bangladeshi hospital staff, and other parts of the hospital. The attacks injured four Bangladeshi workers, three Iraqi doctors, and an unknown number of patients, they said.

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` Suicide Bomber Kills Six Members of Security Forces ‘

 

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – DUJAIL – At least seven people were killed, including 6 members of the security forces, and 15 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew up his car in the town of Dujail in Iraq on Saturday.

The incident took place at an army checkpoint just north of Baghdad. Earlier a blast at an outside market killed 4 people and wounded 17 in the town of Tarmiyah, just north of the capital. Another bomb went off in the town of Dawr killing three Sunni fighters.

The death toll in Iraq now stands at hundreds of thousands since the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein and occupation by US-led forces.

In the last month alone, over 1,000 people have been recorded as killed.

Civilian casualties make up nearly all the deaths resulting from terrorist attacks and other violence in the country, which is torn by sectarian and political unrest.

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` Militants Attack a Bus Carrying Pilgrims Killing 11 People Including One Family of Eight Was Shot Dead ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – May 04 – Militants have attacked a bus carrying pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing 11 people, while a family of eight was shot dead south of the capital, Iraqi officials said Sunday.

Another 11 people were killed in less than 24 hours by shelling in Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for over four months, a doctor said on Sunday.

The shelling, which hit various areas in the city’s south, also wounded four people, Doctor Ahmed Shami said.

The bloodshed late Saturday comes during vote counting from the April 30 general election, the first since US troops withdrew in late 2011, and amid a protracted surge in nationwide unrest.

In the deadliest attack, a bombing and shooting targeting the bus of Shia pilgrims killed 11 people and wounded 21, police and a doctor said.

The pilgrims were returning from Samarra north of the capital, when a roadside bomb blast on the outskirts of the town of Balad was followed by gunmen opening fire on the bus.

The worshippers had been holding commemoration rituals to mark the death of Imam Ali al-Hadi, the 10th of 12 imams who are key to the Shia faith.

His body lies in a venerated shrine in Samarra that also houses his son Hassan al-Askari, the 11th imam.
Funerals for the victims were held on Sunday in southern Maysan province, an AFP journalist said.

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` Jihadist Attack by Iraqi Helicopters against a Convoy has Killed Eight trying to Enter Iraqi Territory '

#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – April 27 – An attack against a jihadist convoy by Iraqi army helicopters left eight people dead on Sunday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

“The army struck eight tanker trucks in Wadi Suwab inside Syrian territory as they were trying to enter Iraqi territory to provide the (jihadist) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with fuel,” Brigadier General Saad Maan said.

The attack, which occurred in eastern Syria as the convoy tried to approach the border, was the first time Iraq’s military has said it carried out an offensive in Syria.

Maan said there was “no coordination with the Syrian regime” over the strike and that it was simply protecting its border.

“Our responsibility now is to protect our border and to protect the border from the other side, because there is no protection from the other side,” he said.

The vehicles were travelling to the western Iraqi border province in Anbar, where ISIL has been fighting Iraqi security forces and controls the city of Fallujah.

ISIL first emerged in Iraq after the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003 and later began fighting in Syria.

The brutal methods its fighters used in Syrian areas under their control turned other opposition groups against them, and they were pushed back by other rebel groups into their stronghold in north-eastern Syria, where they still hold territory.

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` Sunni-Shia Sectarian War has `Killed More than 2,400 People ‘ in a ` Series of Attacks ‘ and Blood-Letting ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – April 07 – Iraqi Security Forces have killed 19 militants, while three others were killed in violence across the country on Monday, as unrest spreads ahead of parliamentary elections on April 30.

Iraqi police and soldiers killed 19 militants in clashes south of Baghdad as well as in the conflict hit western cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

Authorities also found the corpses of two men in different areas of Baghdad and a policeman was gunned down north of the capital.

The polls on April 30 are the first since 2010 and come amid the worst sustained period of violence since 2008.

The blood-letting is driven by a brutal Sunni-Shia Sectarian war that has already killed more than 2,400 people this year.

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` Iraq’s Day of Violence Includes Explosion in House, Clashes with Militants and Roadside Bomb ‘ Kills 18 Soldiers ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – April 05 – (ALBN) – An explosion at a booby-trapped house, ensuing clashes with militants and a roadside bombing killed 18 soldiers Saturday in Iraq, authorities said.

The blast happened Saturday afternoon when a group of soldiers searched a farmhouse in Garma, an area near the city of Fallujah, 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of the capital, police said.

Minutes later, police said gunmen opened fire on arriving soldiers.

The blast wounded 24 soldiers and levelled the home, officials said.

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` Iraq’s Al-Qaida Militants now want to control `Fallujah ‘ by trying to Implement `Shariah ‘ to win support of Sunni’s’

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – 23 March – Iraq’s Al-Qaeda-inspired militants who took over the city of Fallujah are now trying to show they can run it, providing social services, policing the streets and implementing Sharia rulings in a bid to win the support of its Sunni Muslim population.

Gunmen in ski masks and Afghan-style tunics patrol the streets, but also perform a sort of community outreach.

On a recent day, they were seen repairing damaged electricity poles and operating bulldozers to remove concrete blast walls and clear garbage.

Others planted flowers in a highway median, and some fighters approached residents in the street and apologized for gaps in services, promising to address them. AP

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15 journalists hurt in Kiev clashes

Fifteen journalists, mostly Ukrainian, have been hurt over two days of clashes between protesters and police in downtown Kiev. They include a news photographer for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Yevgeny Feldman, Interfax said. On Monday, a photographer for Ukraine’s LB.ua, Maks Levin, was beaten up, media reports say. Police also reportedly detained TV operator Vladimir Karagyaur.

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Woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid arrested in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong have arrested a woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid, the BBC reported. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is currently in hospital in Indonesia, said she suffered months of abuse from the 44-year-old woman in Hong Kong. Several thousand domestic staff rallied in Hong Kong to demand justice for Sulistyaningsih on Sunday. She was reportedly badly beaten and was in a critical condition when she arrived in Indonesia last week.

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14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile – watchdog

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, offering to destroy part of Syria’s toxic stockpile, Reuters reported. The companies include those from America, Europe and China, the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. It is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, and has earmarked up to $54 million for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters of toxic waste.

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600 people evacuated in Italy flooding

A Syrian-born doctor out visiting a patient died and hundreds of people were forced from their homes by flooding in Italy, AFP reported. The doctor, Elias Kassabij, 66, was carried away by the flood waters from a swollen stream near the port of Genoa in northwest Italy. The father of the young patient he had visited was rescued. Emergency workers near the city of Modena were looking for a man who took to a dinghy on a canal amid heavy rain to help some stranded people and fell into the water. Some 600 people were evacuated from their homes around Modena.

EU ministers approve the military mission in Central African Republic

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sending up to 1,000 soldiers to the Central African Republic, Reuters reported. The forces will back up French and African soldiers trying to restore order after bloody clashes. Diplomats earlier said the mission would be limited to four to six months, and soldiers would take over security at Bangui Airport to free up French troops.

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RussiaUS-UN meeting ahead of Geneva 2 possible on Jan. 21 – Moscow

A trilateral Russia-US-UN meeting on preparing the Geneva 2 international conference on Syria could be held on Tuesday, Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. It is possible that a trilateral meeting with the participation of US representatives and UN Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi “could take place tomorrow,” Gatilov said Monday.

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Workers to strike at top platinum firms in S. Africa

The AMCU union on Monday served notice to strike for higher wages within 48 hours at top global platinum mines in South Africa, AFP reported. Anglo-American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin confirmed members of the dominant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will start their strike at morning shift from Thursday. Earlier talks failed to provide a solution. Over 80,000 workers will strike at the firms, just over half their combined workforce. Workers demand a basic salary of 12,500 rand ($1,150) – more than double the 5,000-rand entry-level pay, according to the union.

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Militants attack NATO base in Afghanistan, ISAF service member killed

An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, according to the coalition. All nine insurgents wearing coalition uniforms were killed during the attack on the base in southern Kandahar’s Zhari district, AP reported, citing officials. Two civilian bystanders also died. As foreign troops withdraw this year, the Taliban have intensified a campaign against Afghan and international forces.

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Al-Qaeda has enough arms to ‘take Baghdad’ – official

Al-Qaeda fighters entrenched in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons allegedly to take the country’s capital, Iraq’s Senior Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday. Iraqi forces are fighting “fierce battles” against heavily armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah, he said. The weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq’s Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups are “advanced and huge and enough to occupy Baghdad,” AP quoted the official as saying. Iraq announced on Sunday an all-out military operation to push Al-Qaeda out of Ramadi.

 

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