Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi

isis-flagA follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday.

A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.

“The person who carried out the stabbing of a guard outside the American embassy in Nairobi last Thursday was a soldier of Islamic State responding to calls to target coalition countries,” Amaq said.

kenya-map-1Kenya’s police spokesman said at the time the motive was unclear and an investigation was launched. The spokesman could not immediately be reached on Saturday.

Islamic State previously claimed an attack in Kenya in September by three women who were shot dead after they tricked their way into a police station in Mombasa and tried to torch the building, according to police. The police in Kenya have also previously said they had detained sympathizers with the group.

But experts say it is not clear how close the connection is between groups and individuals proclaiming allegiance to the Islamist group and the Islamic State organization in its Middle East heartland of Syria and Iraq, where it is increasingly pressure from regional and international forces.

 

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ISIS hides bombs inside teddy bears and toy trucks, using improvised devices to target children as forces close in on Mosul

northern-iraq-mapIn the war-ravaged town of Mosul, a teddy bear or truck is a rare treasure to a child.

But these innocent-looking toys are actually the trigger for sinister booby traps that detonate as soon as they are touched.

An innocent-looking teddy bear is actually a bomb meant for Iraqi children
An innocent-looking teddy bear is actually a bomb meant for Iraqi children

The ploy marks a sickening new low for Islamic State, who currently hold Iraq’s second largest city, as they can only be intended to target children. Adults would walk straight past them.

These and other cunningly disguised improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been put on display at a training center for locally-trained bomb disposal experts as 40,000 soldiers, state-sanctioned militia members and other fighters prepare to encircle Mosul to cut off ISIS forces from outside help.

Colonel Nawzad Kamil Hassan, an engineer with the Kurdish forces, asked, ‘Why would ISIS use something nice, like a bear or a rabbit?

‘They used this toy because they know the Peshmerga [Kurdish fighters] will not touch it but children will.’

This seemingly harmless toy truck is actually a trigger for an explosive device
This seemingly harmless toy truck is actually a trigger for an explosive device

He added: ‘They are not even animals. They are worse than animals.’

His unit has cleared 50 tons of explosives in two years from areas once controlled by militants, including five tons from a single school in Sinjar city to the west of Mosul.

The city, around 250 miles north of Baghdad, has been under ISIS control since June 2014. 

The offensive to take it back is the largest deployment of Iraqi forces since the 2003 invasion by the U.S. and coalition forces.

isis-flagThe U.S. military estimates ISIS has up to 5,000 fighters inside Mosul and between 1,500 and 2,500 in a defensive belt around the city. 

Of these, around 1,000 are believed to be foreign fighters.

Other IEDs, including some with detonators attached to playing cards, watches and lengths of hosepipe, have been laid out to slow the encroaching forces and delay recovery should they succeed in seizing control.

Senior ISIS Jihadis Move Wives Out of Mosul

Members of the feared and brutal all-female Islamic-State Al-Khansa Brigade. Now those women are on the run from Iraqi forces
Members of the feared and brutal all-female Islamic-State Al-Khansa Brigade. Now those women are on the run from Iraqi forces

In preparation for the battle to take back the Iraqi city of Mosul, reports indicate that senior Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) fighters are trying to save their wives from being captured by Iraqi forces

A local source in the Nineveh Governorate who requested anonymity told Alsumaria News on Wednesday, October 19, “In the past two days, the city of Mosul has been cleared from ‘the women of the caliphate’ — wives of the seniors of ISIS, especially the ones that carry Arab or foreign citizenships.

“They were moved to the Syrian cities under ISIS [control], including Al-Raqqah. The departure of ‘the women of the caliphate’ has been given a green light by [self-proclaimed caliph] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in order to prevent their captivity, in case Mosul will be freed by the security Iraqi forces.” 

In related news, another source in the Nineveh Governorate reported that the previous day, an uprising by youth in Mosul overtook control an ISIS position. The source said that the youth killed two ISIS jihadis, burned their car and raised the Iraqi flag, before retreating to safety.

ISIS Battles Israel From Gaza Strip

Rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel.
Rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel.

ISIS says it was behind a rocket strike against Israeli civilians launched from the Gaza Strip on October 5th.

While it’s been reported for some time that the Islamic State has sympathizers and even cells operating from Gaza, now the movement is making official its presence in the Palestinian coastal enclave.

The organization’s Gaza branch is known as the Grandsons (or Descendants) of Friends of the Prophet. Their tagline is Aknaf Bait al-Maqdis – The Environs of Jerusalem – Gaza Branch.

On the organization’s website it claimed responsibility for the rocket, which landed on a street in Sderot, the closest Israeli town to the Gaza Strip. “It was part of our ongoing jihad against the enemies of Allah– the Jews.”

The website includes photos of religious Jews, including children, promising “they won’t know safety in Muslim lands as long as our veins beat.”

The group has not made public operational details nor numbers of its fighters.

ISIS also has a foot in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula just across the border from Gaza. There the organization has carried out numerous attacks, predominantly against security personnel, killing scores.

ISIS thwarts rebellion plot in Mosul

isis-in-syria-and-iraqIraqi security officials told Reuters that ISIS quashed a rebellion plot in Mosul. According to the reports, the rebellion attempt was planned by a group of ISIS commanders including a close associate of the murderous terrorist organization’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

It appears that the rebels planned to assist the Iraqi forces during their battle to regain control over Mosul, which is currently under the control of ISIS. In light of the rebellion plot, the murderous terrorist organization executed 58 people who were suspected of planning to participate in the rebellion. Some local residents claimed that they saw ISIS members drowning the suspects and then burying them in mass graves on the outskirts of the city.

“This is a clear sign that the terrorist organization has started to lose support not only from the population but even from its own members,” said the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service Spokesman.

Egyptian Air Force strikes ISIS targets in Sinai, kills at least 15 terrorists

egypt-and-sinai-mapThe Egyptian Air Force on Saturday attacked ISIS targets in the Sinai Peninsula. According to reports, at least 15 members of the terrorist group were killed and dozens more injured. This air strike comes one day after ISIS killed 12 Egyptian soldiers in a shooting attack.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the shooting, though the Egyptian government is blaming it on an ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said on Facebook that the attack “increases our determination to carry on with our battle.”

The Egyptian army has stated that the targets included ISIS ammunition storages, guard posts and hiding spots.

12 Egyptian soldiers killed, 8 injured in attack in Sinai

Scene of the attack in the Sinai
Scene of the attack in the Sinai

At least 12 Egyptian soldiers were killed Friday in a terror attack that was apparently carried out by ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula. In addition, 8 soldiers were injured when the terrorists opened fire on a military checkpoint.

The attack occurred about 40 kilometers (approximately 24 miles) from Bir el ‘Abd in Northern Sinai. According to the reports, the terrorists were armed with automatic firearms and heavy machine guns. The wounded received medical treatment in the city of Arish.

This shooting attack was the latest in a series of terror attacks carried out by terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.