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Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria


We continue to bomb Islamic State fighters, meanwhile, they continue to expand their territories in Syria and Iraq. This whole endeavor is an exercise in futility. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Reuters

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BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.

In Palmyra, the Syrian air force struck at buildings captured by the Sunni militant group, whose arrival has raised fears that the city’s famed Roman ruins will be destroyed.

The air force leveled Islamic State “hideouts” and killed a large number of its members around Palmyra’s military air base, Syrian state media said.

Islamic State has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area 10 days ago, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Another 300 soldiers were killed before the Syrian city was captured, the monitoring group said.

The insurgents reinforced Ramadi on Monday, deploying fighters in preparation for battle against security forces and paramilitary groups advancing on the provincial capital, which lies 110 km (70 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Iraqi forces have regained ground east of Ramadi since launching a counter-offensive on Saturday, a week after it was overrun, and on Monday retook a rural area south of the city.

Police sources said Iraqi forces supported by Iran-backed Shi’ite militia and locally recruited Sunni tribal fighters had retaken parts of al-Tash, 20 km (12 miles) south of Ramadi.

Pro-government Sunni tribal fighters, with the help of the army, laid land mines to reinforce their defensive lines around Baghdadi, a settlement northwest of Ramadi which controls access to a major Iraqi air base. Islamic State attacked Baghdadi with seven suicide car bombs on Sunday.

In Ramadi, residents said trucks carrying Islamic State fighters arrived on Sunday evening.

Local man Abu Saed heard a commotion outside his house in the city’s southeastern Officers neighborhood. “I saw two trucks pull up outside with dozens of fighters carrying arms running quickly into nearby buildings and taking cover.”

Another resident said at least 40 fighters had jumped out of three trucks that arrived in the southern al-Tamim district on Sunday evening.

“They were carrying weapons and wearing mostly khaki dress with ammunition belts wrapped around their chests,” said Abu Mutaz. “They were talking in an Arabic dialect, they were not Iraqis.”

MAJOR SETBACK

The seizures of Ramadi and Palmyra were Islamic State’s biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war against it last year.

The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy of bombing from the air while leaving fighting on the ground to local forces.

In a sharp criticism of Washington’s ally, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Sunday accused the Iraqi army of abandoning Ramadi to a much smaller enemy force.

A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi dismissed the comments as “untimely and surprising at a time when Iraqi security forces are preparing to launch a counter offensive to retake Ramadi”.

The general in charge of Iran’s paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State.

“Today, in the fight against this dangerous phenomenon, nobody is present except Iran,” said Major General Qassem Soleimani, who is often seen on the battlefields of Iraq.

But in a move that could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement in the conflict, Turkey said it and the United States had agreed in principle to give air support to some forces from Syria’s mainstream opposition.

Meanwhile, the United States and its allies carried out 10 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and 25 strikes in Iraq since Sunday, the U.S. military said.

Most of the strikes in Syria were in the northeast, near Al Hasakah, while in Iraq, Islamic State positions were attacked near Baghdadi, Bayji, Fallujah and Mosul, among other sites.

Days after taking Ramadi, Islamic State defeated Syrian government forces to capture Palmyra, home to 50,000 people and site of some of the world’s most extensive and best-preserved Roman ruins.

The Observatory said there had been no reports so far of Islamic State destroying Palmyra’s ruins and artifacts.

The militants have proclaimed a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from territory they hold in Syria and Iraq. They have carried out mass killings in towns and cities they have captured, and destroyed ancient monuments, which they consider evidence of paganism.

In Syria, Hezbollah fighters captured two hilltops from al Qaeda’s Syria wing, the Nusra Front, in areas close to the Lebanese border and killed dozens of enemy combatants, Hezbollah-run al-Manar television reported on Monday.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war. The group’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has vowed to clear the border area of Sunni Muslim militant groups that have carried out attacks on Lebanese soil.

(Reporting by Baghdad Bureau, Isabel Coles in Erbil, Sylvia Westall in Beirut, Andrea Shalal in Washington; Editing by David Stamp and Sonya Hepinstall)

IS executes 16 traders on Iraqi road


More savagery from our Muslim “friends.” The religion of “peace” sure has set a nice example for the rest of the world to follow, hasn’t it? TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AFP

Baghdad (AFP) – The Islamic State group has executed 16 Iraqi traders taking food from the city of Baiji to the government-controlled western city of Haditha, officials said Sunday.

“Daesh executed 16 Haditha traders last night,” the mayor of the city, Abdelhakim al-Jughaifi, told AFP by phone.

“The victims were transporting mostly food goods, such as vegetables, from Baiji to Haditha,” he said.

Baiji, which lies on the Tigris about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Baghdad, is under IS control.

Haditha, which sits on the Euphrates about 130 kilometres (80 miles) southwest, is the last major city in the province of Anbar still under government control.

“They were stopped at a checkpoint and abducted,” the mayor said.

“They then executed them, some by shooting them, others by slitting their throats.”

He said Haditha residents found the bodies on the road and were able to bring them back.

A police lieutenant colonel confirmed the 16 executions. The victims were buried on Sunday, several sources said.

Abu Maath al-Jughaifi, a tribal fighter from Haditha, said a paper was found on one of the bodies in which IS said the executions were to avenge the deaths of jihadist fighters during a recent battle near Haditha.

According to government sources, at least 23 IS militants were killed in clashes in Khasfa last week, including two French nationals who drove suicide truck bombs.

Haditha is isolated in Anbar, where IS controls the border with Syria to the west and most of the land to the east, including the provincial capital Ramadi, which they seized on May 17.

According to residents, a bag of 50 kilos of flour fetches $900 in Haditha when it only costs $20 to $30 in Baghdad.

IS has allowed some trade to continue between the regions it controls and government areas but drivers generally have to pay a fee.

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Boko Haram hacks 10 to death in NE Nigeria: local official


Savages, a term synonymous with followers of Islam. What else can be said about these people and this barbaric faith? TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press 

AFP

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told AFP.

Maina Ularamu, local government chairman of Madagali, in the north of Adamawa state, said the attack happened early on Friday morning in Pambula-Kwamda village.

“The attackers went into the village around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) while residents were still asleep and used machetes to attack their victims,” he added.

News of the attack only emerged on Monday because of the remote location and communications difficulties caused by the insurgency.

The attack is the latest by Boko Haram in northern Adamawa state, which was declared “clear” of insurgents in March by the military.

A number of villages in the area have been hit as troops try to flush out rebels from their Sambisa Forest stronghold, just across the border in neighbouring Borno state.

Soldiers have in recent weeks rescued hundreds of women and children from the forest after they were kidnapped during Boko Haram raids.

On Sunday, 31 people — most of them children under 12 — who were freed last week were brought to the Malkohi camp outside the northeastern city of Yola, relief officials said.

On Monday, defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said troops had thwarted an attack on Mafa, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

About 30 Boko Haram fighters were killed and “many others” wounded, he added in a statement.

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Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found


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Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com

SPACE.com

Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found

A newfound galaxy 12.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most luminous one known in the universe, blazing more brightly than 300 trillion suns, a new study reports.

The engine behind the galaxy’s brilliance may be a supermassive black hole, researchers said. Such behemoths lurk at the heart of most, if not all, galaxies; material spiraling down into the black holes’ maws heats up tremendously, emitting huge amounts of light in visible, ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths.

If this is indeed what’s going on with the newly discovered galaxy, which is known as WISE J224607.57-052635.0, it raises an interesting question: How did the supermassive black hole get so big, so fast? After all, astronomers are seeing the object as it existed 12.5 billion years ago, when the universe was just 1.3 billion years old.

The black hole may simply have been born big, researchers said.

“How do you get an elephant?” study co-author Peter Eisenhardt, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. “One way is start with a baby elephant.”

But there are other possible explanations as well.

“Another way for a black hole to grow this big is for it to have gone on a sustained binge, consuming food faster than typically thought possible,” said study lead author Chao-Wei Tsai, also of JPL. “This can happen if the black hole isn’t spinning that fast.”

The feeding rates of black holes are limited by the light emitted by superheated infalling material, which pushes away surrounding gas. The more slowly the black hole spins, the less future food it blasts away into space, researchers explained.

Such supermassive black holes “could be gorging themselves on more matter for a longer period of time,” said co-author Andrew Blain, of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. “It’s like winning a hot-dog-eating contest lasting hundreds of millions of years.”

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft — for which Eisenhardt serves as project scientist — spotted WISE J224607.57-052635.0 along with 19 other “extremely luminous infrared galaxies,” or ELIRGs. The powerful light from the ELIRGs’ cores heated up surrounding dust clouds, which then emitted infrared radiation that WISE detected.

“We found in a related study with WISE that as many as half of the most luminous galaxies only show up well in infrared light,” Tsai said.

The new study appears in the May 22 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com.

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