February 10, 2016

The Militants

Three security officials killed, two wounded in PKK attacks in Turkey’s southeast

As originally posted: Hürriyet Daily News
February 10, 2016


Two soldiers and one police officer were killed and one soldier and one policeman were injured in attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakır and Şırnak on Feb. 9.

The attack occurred after security forces spotted around 10 PKK militants attempting to infiltrate Turkish territory at 6:30 p.m.

Two soldiers were wounded, one severely, as clashes erupted between security forces from the Cizre/Yüzsüren border patrol and the infiltrating militants.

The Turkish Armed Forces released a statement about the attack on Feb. 10, announcing that one of the soldiers was killed.

“The wounded soldiers were transferred to a hospital, but despite all efforts our heavily wounded comrade-in-arms could not be saved,” the statement said, adding that the soldier succumbed to his wounds at 9:30 p.m. The identity of the soldier was not disclosed.

Another soldier was killed in clashes that erupted during an operation against PKK militants in Diyarbakır’s Sur district.

The soldier, identified by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency as gendarmerie captain Fatih Yaşar, succumbed to his wounds at Diyarbakır Military Hospital at 11:45 p.m., according to another official statement by the Armed Forces.

Meanwhile, an armored police vehicle on patrol duty was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade at 10.10 p.m. in Şırnak’s Cumhuriyet Square on Feb. 9.

One officer, identified as Mehmet Güngördü, was killed at the site while a wounded policeman was taken to Şırnak State Hospital for treatment.

In addition to the casualties in Cizre and Sur, six security officers were killed earlier on Feb. 9.

One police officer and one soldier succumbed to their injuries sustained eight days ago in attacks by the PKK in Şırnak and Diyarbakır.

The police officer, 24-year-old Tayfun Yüce, was wounded on Feb. 1 as PKK militants detonated an improvised explosive device during the passing of an armored police vehicle in the Ataken neighborhood of Şırnak’s İdil district.

Yüce was taken to the Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) in Istanbul for treatment but he died early on Feb. 9. His funeral will take place in his home Ceyhan district in the southern province of Adana.

Meanwhile, a soldier and a policeman were killed during operations conducted against PKK militants in Cizre.
The security officials were identified as special operations police Osman Yurt and private soldier Vedat Dolançay.

Finally, two public servants were killed and another was wounded in a car bomb explosion in Şırnak province.

The civil servants, identified as, Diyar Oslu and Ahmet Arttı, were killed in the powerful explosion that destroyed the vehicle while Abdülkerim Oslu suffered severe injuries and was promptly transferred to Şırnak State Hospital.

The Mujahideen

One killed as district H.Q shelled

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 9, 2016

LOGAR, Feb. 9 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked the headquarters of the district of Charkh in Logar province on Tuesday, killing one puppet with leaving many others wounded.

February 09, 2016

The Militants

Two security forces killed in Şırnak’s Cizre

As originally posted: Hürriyet Daily News
February 9, 2016


One soldier and one police officer were killed on Feb. 9 during operations conducted against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the Cizre district of the southeastern Şırnak province.

PKK militants attacked security forces during operations in the district, which have been ongoing since early December along with round-the-clock curfews. One soldier and one police officer were killed in the attack while two soldiers and one police officer were injured.

Meanwhile, one police officer and one soldier succumbed to their injuries sustained eight days ago in attacks by the PKK in the southeastern provinces of Şırnak and Diyarbakır.

The police officer, 24-year-old Tayfun Yüce, was wounded on Feb. 1 after PKK militants detonated an improvised explosive device during the passing of an armored police vehicle in the Ataken neighborhood of Şırnak’s İdil district.

Yüce was taken to the Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) in Istanbul for treatment but he succumbed to his injuries early on Feb. 9.

Yüce’s funeral will take place in his home Ceyhan district in the southern province of Adana.

In addition, one soldier wounded in a PKK attack in the Sur district of Diyarbakır on Feb. 1 also succumbed to his injuries at GATA, the General Staff announced on Feb. 9.


The Mujahideen

Mujahideen construct bridge in Nuristan

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 8, 2016

NURISTAN, Feb. 8 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate constructed an important bridge joining some areas in Want Waygal district of the province.

Mujahideen have launched a series of projects for public welfare since they gained control of this district three months ago.

Meantime, Mujahideen have carpeted and repaired roads, a constructed number of the bridges in different parts of this district.

February 08, 2016

The Hackers

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The Hackers

Hacker Publishes Over 9,000 Stolen DHS Employee Details Ahead of FBI Agent Database Dump

by David Gilbert

As originally posted on: International Business Times
February 8, 2016

A hacker followed through on his threats by posting a database including details of almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees online and promised to post a similar database today, featuring details of 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) employees.

The hacker announced the publication of the DHS hack on Twitter, soon followed by the promise to publish the FBI database Monday. The DHS database — published on text-sharing website Cryptobin — contains names, titles, email addresses and phone numbers of 9,355 DHS employees.

The database appeared to be genuine and matches other online records. Ahead of the publication of the database, the hacker shared the information with Motherboard, which carried out its

own checks and found most of the information matched up.

The hacker also shared the supposed FBI database, and it too appeared to be genuine, according to Motherboard's own investigations. The hacker explained to the publication exactly how he was able to access the huge trove of data.

The initial point of compromise was a Department of Justice email account, though how this was compromised remained unclear. The hacker sent an email from the DoJ account to Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox as proof. Using the compromised details, the hacker attempted to access the DoJ portal but failed. “So I called up, told them I was new and I didn't understand how to get past [the portal]. They asked if I had a token code, I said no, they said that's fine — just use our one.”

From there, the hacker was able to gain access to an internal DoJ network which he claimed contained 1TB of data, though he was able to download only 200GB.

The DoJ, DHS or FBI have yet to comment on the apparent breach.

The Twitter account used by the hacker suggested the reason for posting the stolen data online was to bring attention to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The account suggested there was more than one hacker involved in the data breach, with a former member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad among those named.

February 07, 2016

The Tabloid

San Antonio tabloid threatens to publish address of every local police officer after after unarmed black man is shot dead

As originally posted on: FarrahGray.com
February 7, 2016

Reports: Daily Mail

The editor-in-chief of a tabloid threatened to publish the names and addresses of every cop in San Antonio after police mistakenly took 36-year-old Antronie Scott’s cellphone for a gun and fatally shot him.

KENS-TV reported that Stephanie Zarriello of the San Antonio Observer said: ‘Like Ku Klux Klansmen with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice.

‘Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection.’

Her comments were made at a press conference held by the newspaper Saturday, where the owners of the paper spoke on behalf of Antronie Scott’s family.

The 36-year-old black man, who was wanted for felony firearm and drug warrants, was being followed by an undercover detective on Thursday night.

Read More: Daily Mail

The Mujahideen

Police officer surrenders to Mujahideen, brings equipment

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 7, 2016

HELMAND, Feb. 07 – A police trooper has repented his mistakes and switched sides to Mujahideen in Achakzo area of Marghab district early this morning, bringing a rifle and a communication radio to Mujahideen.

February 06, 2016

The Mujahideen

ANP tank destroyed in Khan-e-Sheen

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 6, 2016

HELMAND, Feb. 06 – A hireling police APC was destroyed by an IED attack in Mirza Agha Ghondi area of Khan-e-Sheen district early this morning around 8:00 am local time.

The Gunmen

Gunmen attack Bole DISEC members; one soldier killed

As originally posted on: citifmonline
February 5, 2016

Members of the Bole District Security Committee in the Northern Region were on Friday morning attacked by unknown gun men near Dollor Power, a mining community, leaving one soldier dead and other security personnel injured.

The DISEC members, led by the District Chief Executive (DCE) were ambushed by the gun men few meters to the community after crossing the Black Volta.

It is unknown whether the gun men were robbers or Ivorian rebels who are believed to be hiding in the community.

A Journalist from Bole who reported of the incident to Citi News says the DCE, James Jaaga, is unhurt, while the injured are receiving treatment at the Bole District Hospital.

By: citifmonline.com/Ghana

February 05, 2016

The New People’s Army

3 soldiers killed, 2 hurt in clashes with NPAs in Pantukan, Compostela Valley

by Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano

As originally posted on: Davao Today
February 5, 2016

DAVAO CITY – Three soldiers were killed while two others were wounded in a series of clashes yesterday with New People’s Army in Pantukan, Compostela Valley, the Army reported on Thursday.

Army spokesman Captain Rhyan Batchar said the first gunbattle happened in Sitio Sapang Tin-aw, Barangay Tibagon in Pantukan at 1:00 pm when a platoon of soldiers encountered 60 NPAs belonging to Pulang Bagani Command 3.

“The exchange of gunfires lasted for 30 minutes and forced the rebels to scamper in different directions. While the soldiers were clearing the enemy positions, the withdrawing NPAs detonated IEDs [improvised explosive device] killing two soldiers and wounding two others,” he said.

Batchar said the second clash happened at 6:00 pm in Sitio Biasong, Barangay Napnapan, also in Pantukan.

He said the NPAs, numbering around 10, fired upon a platoon from the Bravo Company of the 46th Infantry Battalion.

Batchar identified the casualties in Barangay Tibagon as First Lieutenant Ralph Pantonial and Private First Class Eulezys Bantulo, while soldiers identified only as Private First Class Sabido and Corporal Velunta were wounded. A Pfc. Moreno was killed in the second incident.

Batchar said the Army believes that large formations of NPAs are in Pantukan.

Major General Rafael Valencia, 10th Infantry Division commander expressed his grief on the death of the soldiers

“The 10ID shall remain to be a strong military organization and will be relentless in our campaign against the NPAs,” said Valencia. (davaotoday.com)

February 04, 2016

The Islamic State

ISIS attacks kill 31 Iraqi soldiers in two days

February 3, 2016

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Islamic State (ISIS) has shelled Anbar provincial capital Ramadi on Wednesday and killed 13 Iraqi soldiers.

According to Al Jazeera in the village of Abu Risha north of Ramadi ISIS artillery killed four soldiers.

In the eastern suburb of Shujirayah nine soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 8th Division were killed by shelling when they attempted to force some 300 ISIS members from the area. That area is believed to be the last foothold ISIS retains in the city.

This attack comes after a deadlier attack on Tuesday. Tuesday's attack killed 18 Iraqi soldiers in a suicide car bomb attack north of Ramadi.

Iraq declared that Ramadi was successfully liberated from the group late last December. While ISIS were forced from the center by elite Iraqi special forces with close US air support militants still cling to some of the city's suburbs.

February 03, 2016

The Sniper

Sniper takes out police officer in Lashkargah

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 3, 2016

HELMAND, Jan. 03 – A hireling ANP gunman was killed by a sniper close to Maktab area of capital Lashkargah at 10:00 am local time on Tuesday.

The Attackers

Attack damages oil pipeline south of Libya's Zueitina port

February 1, 2016

Feb 1 Maintenance teams are working to repair damage caused by an attack on an oil pipeline south of the Libyan port of Zueitina, a spokesman for the pipeline's guards said on Monday.

It was not clear who carried out the attack late on Sunday evening, but Islamic State militants have been active in the area in recent weeks.

An explosion and fire hit the pipeline in the desert 75 km (47 miles) south of the terminal, said Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for the Petroleum Facilities Guard that controls nearby oil installations.

The pipeline leads from oil field 103 to the export terminal at Zueitina, which was closed last year by a conflict between Libya's rival governments, one based in Tripoli and the second, internationnally recognised one in the east.

Islamic State militants have taken advantage of political chaos and a security vacuum to establish a foothold in Libya. Last month, they launched a series of attacks causing major damage at the oil terminals of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, which lie between Zueitina and the Islamic State-controlled city of Sirte.

Libya's oil production has shrunk to under 400,000 barrels per day, less than a quarter of the 1.6 million bpd it was producing before the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Larry King)

The Fighters

IS attack kills over 18 Iraqi soldiers

As originally posted: Prothom Alo
February 2, 2016

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group killed 18 Iraqi soldiers in a suicide car attack north of Ramadi, continuing their counter-assault after being driven from the city by Iraqi Security forces last month, reports Al Jazeera.

Military sources told Al Jazeera that Tuesday morning's attack took place in the town of Al-Bu Dhiaab, just a few kilometres north of Anbar province's capital.

Three ISIL suicide bombers attempted to attack members of the 39th brigade of the 10th army division, but two of their vehicles were demolished by anti-tank missiles, the military sources were quoted to have said.

The third bomber, however, managed to make his way to the gate of the army's headquarters and detonate the explosives, killing at least 18 soldiers, said the report.

"This is a major blow for the Iraqi Security Force. The north of Ramadi was supposed to be secure," said Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad.

Khan said that it was too early to say that ISIL's recent attacks against Iraqi forces around Ramadi could be labelled a "resurgence".

"What we do know is that ISIL is able to mount attacks because they are a lot more nimble," he said.

The Iraqi army reportedly declared Ramadi liberated in early January after a major offensive reclaimed government offices in the city centre.

But since then, Iraqi forces have faced continued onslaughts from ISIL and fierce resistance in areas it holds in Ramadi's suburbs - with dozens of Iraqi soldiers killed in attacks last week, according to Al Jazeera.

Elsewhere, in Ramadi's eastern Shujirayah neighbourhood, Iraqi forces were attempting to clear about 300 ISIL fighters believed to be holed up there.

"This is the fourth time Iraqi forces have mounted an offensive to take these eastern neighbourhoods, the last remaining pocket of ISIL fighters," Khan said, adding that booby traps set by ISIL have so far slowed the advance.

February 02, 2016

The Hackers

Medfield pays hackers $300 to unlock its computer system

by Jim Haddadin

As originally posted: Medfield Press
February 2, 2016

MEDFIELD — The town of Medfield paid hackers a $300 ransom last week after its municipal computer system was crippled by a cyber attack, according to an announcement from the town.

Officials say a hacker likely gained access to Medfield’s computer network after an employee opened an email containing a virus. The hacker then launched a malicious program that locked most of the town’s files, and also infected its backup system.

"When we came in to work on Monday there was a popup message on one of our machines that said, ‘Good morning, boys and girls. We've taken control of your data,’” recalled Assistant Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler.

The town’s IT staff quickly realized they were unable to clean the infected machines, Trierweiler said.

"It was very creepy, to be honest,” she recalled. “After the first 10 minutes we were thinking, ‘OK, who's playing a practical joke on us?’ And then we realized it was real."

After discovering the hack on Jan. 25, town officials consulted with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and other communities that have been targeted with so-called “ransomware” viruses.

Hackers use the software to encrypt a victim’s files, then demand payment to release the data. Police departments in Tewksbury, Swansea, and Durham, New Hampshire, have fallen victim to similar attacks within the past three years.

"We're finding that ... it's happening more and more to small towns, especially our size, and it's just not being talked about as much as it should be," Trierweiler said.

Officials in Medfield ultimately chose to pay the $300 ransom on Jan. 26 after numerous attempts to unlock the town’s data failed. The payment came in the form of one half bitcoin, a type of
digital currency that is nearly impossible to trace.

Trierweiler said the unidentified hackers instructed the town to create a public email account and send a message containing copies of certain electronic files that had been transferred to the town’s computers to verify their identity. The town then sent money to a third-party broker to complete the transaction.

The hackers provided the town a software key to begin unlocking their files. Medfield’s computer system came back online Monday, though officials say they are still rebuilding parts of their network. No data was compromised and no files were removed, according to the town.

“The Medfield School Department information and records are stored on a different server and were not affected by the virus,” reads an announcement released Monday night. “Payroll and employee information is stored off-site with a payroll (vendor).”

Officials say the town’s IT department is strengthening cybersecurity in the wake of the attack.

Trierweiler said the episode was unnerving because the town previously took steps to protect its data, such as installing antivirus software and backing up its files, as required by the town’s auditors.

"It's scary that you're following all the protocols that are in place and it still didn't make a difference in this case," she said.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 617-863-7144 or jhaddadin@wickedlocal.com. Follow him on Twitter: @JimHaddadin.

The Rebels

Rebels ambush govt forces in Kashmir

As originally posted on: KashmirDispatch
February 2, 2016

Srinagar: KD

Pro freedom rebels attacked a government forces patrol in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday, sources said.

The attack took place on a party of government forces in Arwaen region in the southern district’s Vejbuer.

The sources said that forces have cordoned off the area and have launched searches.

Local police sources told Kashmir Dispatch that rebels hurled a grenade and fired shots at the patrolling party of para-military Central Reserve Police force in which a trooper received minor injuries.

The injured trooper was hospitalized.

The Martyr Mujahid

Martyr attack hits police base in Kabul city; up to 40 killed

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 1, 2016

KABUL, Feb. 1 – Al-Emarah News said Monday a martyr attack carried out by Muhammad, a lone Mujahid of the martyr unit if the Islamic Emirate has killed and wounded up to forty policemen in Kabul city, the Afghan capital.

The martyr Mujahid blew up his explosive-filled vest at entrance to the base in Deh Mazang area of Kabul city Monday at around 1:45 p.m. local time, leaving some 40 minions dead and wounded.

February 01, 2016

The Gunmen

Two Saudi security personnel killed in shooting

January 31, 2016

RIYADH, Jan 31 (KUNA) -- Two Saudi security men were killed on Sunday in a shooting by gunmen in Seihat City in Saudi Arabia's eastern Qatif Governate, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

They were shot dead while their security patrol was guarding a money transfer vehicle in Seihat city, the ministry said.

The competent police authorities in Qatif governate have started criminal investigation measures and the incident js still under a security follow-up, it added. (end) yms.mt

The Militants

Soldier, policeman killed SE Turkey - army

January 31, 2016

ISTANBUL, Jan 31 (KUNA) -- A Turkish soldier and a policeman were killed Sunday during clashes with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Cizre district of Sirnak southeast the country.

According to army sources, the outlawed PKK militants launched an attack on army troops in Cizre, which initially caused severe injuries to the personnel.

The southeast region of the country is witnessing daily clashes between PKK militants and Turkish security forces since the breakdown of the cease-fire agreement last July. (end) ta.hb