Egypt: jihadists behind Sinai attack, 11 soldiers killed
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis take responsibility for 2/9 bomb
(ANSAmed) – CAIRO, SEPTEMBER 4 – Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a jihadist group operating in the Egyptian Sinai, on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack on soldiers two days before.
The attack near Rafah killed 11 Egyptian soldiers when a bomb exploded as their armored vehicle was passing by.
11 Egyptians Reportedly Killed from Gaza Terror Tunnel Blast
By Ari Yashar First Publish: 9/3/2014, 4:30 PM
A senior security source in the Sinai peninsula has revealed that the explosion that killed 11 Egyptian soldiers on Tuesday, which occurred near the Rafah crossing to Gaza, was in fact caused by an explosive planted in a tunnel.
The source was cited by Yedioth Aharonoth as saying the tunnel was dug under the main traffic circle in the city Rafah. After the incident, and the shooting to death of an Egyptian policeman in northern Sinai on Wednesday, security forces in the region raised their terror alert.
The report about the tunnel apparently would be the first instance of a tunnel from Gaza to Sinai being used not for smuggling goods and weapons, but rather to carry out an attack, in what has been termed a “terror tunnel.”
Just on Sunday it was reported that four smuggling tunnels into Sinai from Gaza were destroyed by Egypt, bringing the total of the destroyed tunnels to 1,710. It remains unclear which group is behind the Tuesday attack, as numerous extremist groups have been active in Sinai.
Iraq air strikes ‘kill senior Islamic State members’
A senior Islamic State military commander in Iraq has been killed in an air strike on the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi state media report.
Iraq’s defence ministry also said a top aide to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a strike on Mosul, but neither death has been confirmed.
Separately, IS fighters were reported to have kidnapped 40 men from a town in northern Iraq on Thursday.
The group has taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months.
Iraqiya TV quoted defence officials as saying Abu Alaa al-Iraqi, head of the IS military council in the city of Tal Afar, had died in an air strike.
Earlier reports on social media had suggested that al-Baghdadi himself had been killed in a separate strike on Mosul.
But the defence ministry said intelligence suggested the strike had killed one of the leader’s senior aides instead.
US forces began carrying out air strikes on IS positions in August after they took over several cities in northern Iraq. It is unclear whether the latest strikes were by US or Iraqi forces.
Several foreign ISIL militants killed in Syria airstrikes
At least 18 foreign militants, including an American, from the ISIL terrorist group have been killed during an army airstrike in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the air raid was carried out in the city of Raqqa on Thursday.
It added that several ISIL Takfiri leaders were among the victims of the airstrike.
The foreign-backed opposition group also said that an undisclosed number of ISIL militants were killed in another air attack by the Syrian army in the city of Abu Kamal near the border with Iraq on Thursday.
Over the past months, the Syrian army has made major gains in its battle against Takfiri groups across the country.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of the country, mostly in the east.
More here. (PRESS TV, Iranian propaganda outlet)
21 killed after Shiite rebels, pro-government tribesmen clash in Yemen
Sunday, 31 August 2014
At least 21 people were killed in weekend clashes between Shiite rebels and pro-government tribesmen in the north of Yemen, tribal sources said Sunday.
The fighting comes as the Zaidi Shiite rebels, also known as Houthis or Ansarullah, have been pressing for the government to step down and its fuel price hikes to be scrapped.
The clashes have rocked the Majzar region straddling the northern province of Al-Jawf and Marib, southeast of Sanaa, since Friday night, the tribal sources said.
The pro-government tribes are trying to “stop the rebels from advancing on Sanaa,” a tribal chief told AFP.
He said, on condition of anonymity, that Ansarullah fighters are trying to capture the Marib-Sanaa road, a key supply route for fuel destined for Sanaa.
Pakistan army ‘kills 910 militants in Waziristan offensive’
Pakistan’s military says it has killed at least 910 suspected militants since launching an offensive in the tribal area of North Waziristan in June.
Some 82 soldiers had died fighting the insurgents there and in raids across the country, the statement said.
The army said the main towns in North Waziristan, which had been a Taliban stronghold, were now under its control.
Media access is blocked in tribal areas near the Afghan border and there is no independent confirmation of the claims.
The army statement was released amid mounting anti-government protests in the capital. The military says it is not taking sides in the crisis.
The long-awaited offensive against the Pakistani Taliban finally began after the collapse of peace talks between the militants and the government.