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Good morning
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Afghanistan
Roadside Blast Kills Two Civilians in Helmand
[Tolo News] At least two non-combatants were killed and three others were maimed in a roadside blast in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province on Tuesday, local officials said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in Musa Qala district when a roadside mine hit a civilian vehicle, District Governor Mohammad Sharif said.

"Among the injured civilians were two women and a child; they were all from the same family," Sharif added.

The victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack yet.
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Taliban Burn Down Civilian Homes in Kunar
Taliban murderous Moslems burned downed six civilian houses in Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
on Tuesday night, local officials said on Wednesday.

According to the provincial Police Chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhili, the Taliban ambushed local police outposts in Marwara district of the province two days ago, starting a clash with the local police in which seven murderous Moslems were killed.

The Taliban retaliated with torching civilian houses on fire in the district.

The Taliban have threatened to burn other houses too and because of these threats 154 families have fled their homes.

The bully boy group has not yet commented about the attack.
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Africa North
Libya Islamists Launch New Assault on Benghazi Airport
[AnNahar] Islamist fighters launched another offensive Wednesday on the airport in Libya's Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them, an AFP correspondent said.

The fighters of the Shura Revolutionary Council, which includes the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
group, have been trying since early September to capture the facility, which houses both civilian and military airfields.

Oil-rich Libya slid into chaos after Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
was toppled in a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
-backed uprising three years ago, with interim authorities confronting powerful militias that fought to oust the veteran dictator.

On Wednesday, the AFP correspondent in Benghazi said heavy artillery fire could be heard since dawn in the southern suburb of Benina, where the airport is located.

Nine soldiers from a special forces unit loyal to renegade former general Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
have been killed and another 30 maimed in the fighting over the past three days, according to one of their commanders.

In May, Haftar launched a campaign to wipe out Islamists in Libya.

There has been almost daily fighting between his forces and the militias, which now control nearly all of Benghazi, Libya's second city and the cradle of the 2011 uprising.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Standing Buffalo drew a bead on his old enemy and squeezed the trigger...
a senior militia commander and former MP has been killed in fighting with rival militias west of the capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, one of his comrades and a medical source said.

Mohammed al-Kilani was slain while commanding elements of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
) alliance in festivities Tuesday with fighters accused of being loyal to Qadaffy in the suburb of Warshefana, said the leader of the allied Shield Brigade.

Another source, from Kilani's hometown of Zawiyah, said he had been killed in an ambush along with three companions as they were returning to Tripoli.

A hospital source in Zawiyah confirmed receiving Kilani's body, along with three others.

Kilani had served in the previous parliament as a member of the Wafa bloc, accused by its rivals of backing radical Islamists in Libya.

Fajr Libya rejects the legitimacy of the new parliament, elected in June, and of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, who moved to the far eastern town of Tobruk in August for security reasons.

Its fighters, a powerful presence in the capital, called the same month for the reinstatement of the outgoing General National Congress.

The assembly tasked pro-Islamist Omar al-Hassi to form a parallel government, which is not recognized by the international community.
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Jihadists Claim Attack That Kills Six Egypt Policemen
[IsraelTimes] A Lion of Islam group in Egypt has claimed the killing of six coppers in a roadside kaboom in the Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with jihadists.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula...
(Partisans of Jerusalem) have orchestrated a string of attacks to avenge a deadly government crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

The al-Qaeda-inspired group posted a video late Tuesday on Twitter showing the bombing hours earlier of a security convoy on a road between the North Sinai lovely provincial capital el-Arish and Rafah on the Gazoo border.

An armored personnel carrier is seen flying into the air while a Lion of Islam shouts "Allahu Akbar."

The video was also posted on YouTube along with the group's logo of a black flag, an AK-47 assault rifle and an open Koran.
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Urgent aid arrives in Warshefana after days of fierce clashes
[Libya Herald] Supplies from the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy and the International Red Thingy have arrived at Warshefana's Zahra Hospital following days of brutal violence in the area which has led to the deaths of dozens of civilians and combatants.

The Libyan Red Islamic Thingy and the ICRC said they had delivered enough supplies for up to 130 war-maimed as a temporary solution to the crisis.

Military sources in Warshefana claimed that casualties from yesterday's fighting alone had been devastatingly high. They alleged that as many as 40 had been killed, most of them civilians, with at least 70 maimed who have receiving treatment at Zahra Hospital. The source confirmed that the hospital had been struggling to meet the pace of injuries with a shortage of medical supplies as a result of the effective siege on the town.

The bombardment of grad missiles and shells by Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
forces on Warshefana continued into the night with reports of reinforcements arriving from Zawia and Janzour to join the onslaught. Libya Dawn positions were later hit by Arclight airstrikes of an unknown origin at Warshefana and a camp near Zuwara.

There were also unconfirmed reports that some Zawia residents had begun indiscriminately attacking civilians from Warshefana in retaliation for the capture of LROR leader and Zawia local Shaaban Hadia Al-Zawi, better known as Abu Obeida.

The ICRC has been working with the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy to support Libyan hospitals, delivering medical supplies to health facilities in Mitiga, Zawia, Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, Zintan, Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Abyar and Marj.

It temporarily moved its international staff to Tunis on 15 July.
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Fighting in Obari between pro- and anti-Libya Dawn groups
[Libya Herald] Fighting broke out this afternoon in Obari between local Tebu Death Eaters and a group of Tuaregs said to be Islamists and supporters of Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
. The latter are reportedly not from Obari.

Communications with the desert town are extremely difficult at present but according to Tebu sources in Murzuk, the Tuareg group arrived in Obari three days ago and took the old cop shoppe as their headquarters. Today, according to the sources, they went to the petrol station and tried to take it over from Tebu militia guarding it. This led to a shootout which resulted in the Tuarges being forced out of both the petrol and cop shoppes. It is reported that a number of Tuaregs were killed in the fight and other injured but numbers have not bee confirmed.

The Tebus say they suffered no losses.

The Tebu sources also claim the Tuareg group is the same as one that tried to take over the nearby Sharara oilfield a month ago at the bidding of Libya Dawn. They also report that local Tuaregs in Obari have said that the group has nothing to do with them and that they are living peacefully with Tebus and Arabs in the town.

Last week, local Obari Tuaregs rejected an appeal from a visiting Misratan delegation that they support Libya Dawn.
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Derna Islamist leader killed in Benghazi
[Libya Herald] One of the leaders of the Shoura Council of Islamic Youth in Derna, Salah Benali, was killed yesterday fighting with his militia alongside Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
and the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council (BRSC) in their bid to take Benina Airport.

The death has been reportedly been confirmed by an official with the Martyr Rafallah Sahati Brigade, out of which Ansar originally sprung and which is also part of the BRSC.

Contrary to its name which suggests that it is an advisory group, the Shoura Council of Islamic Youth is a militia which was formed at the beginning of April by amalgamating three existing radical Islamist militias in Derna -- the Army of the Islamic State of Libya, local members of Ansar al-Sharia and the private forces of Sufian Ben Qumu, who remains the main political power in the town.

The militia has earned itself a reputation for violence and militancy with some of its members displaying admiration for Al-Qaeda and sporting its black flag. It has carried out at least two public executions in the town which have been condemned as tantamount to murder by Amnesia Amnesty International.

The Benalis are a prominent local family most of whose members do not support extremism, "We don't understand why Saleh and his brother were attracted to it," one family member told the Libya Herald.
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Africa Subsaharan
Over dozen killed in Boko Haram clashes in northern Nigeria
[Iran Press TV] At least 15 people have been killed and 35 others maimed during festivities between Nigerian military forces and Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
forces of Evil north of the West African country.

Kano State police commissioner Adelere Shinaba said gunnies ran into the Federal College of Education in the state capital of Kano on Wednesday, after engaging police outside the grounds.

Shinaba added that police opened fire as shooting broke out, causing the explosives-laden vest of one of the assailants to detonate. The other gunman was rubbed out.

He said security forces recovered explosives and two Kalashnikov assault rifles from the slain bad boys.

President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
extended his condolences to the families of the victims."The president commends the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force who took prompt action to confront the attackers and minimize resultant casualties," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
Army Spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye says several Boko Haram forces of Evil were killed in a fierce battle with Nigerian troops in the town of Konduga late on Tuesday.

He added that pick-up trucks with mounted machine- and anti-aircraft guns, an armored personnel carrier and assorted arms and ammunition were recovered after the battle.
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Arabia
Yemen army attack kills 65 Shia Houthis in Jawf Province
[ABNA.IR] Local security officials say Houthis were killed in a military air raid in the northern province of Jawf on Wednesday.

The casualties come after Yemeni air force hit the house of a pro-government tribal leader which was stormed and held by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to Americaâtm¢, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
fighters.

In a separate development, at least ten people were killed and dozens more injured in a confrontation between government forces and protesters southern Sana'a.

Thousands of Houthis and other revolutionaries have been staging protests in the capital city of Sana'a for nearly a month with angry revolutionaries accusing the government of corruption and urging its resignation.

On Monday, the Houthi leaders said they had suspended their participation in talks with the government over what they called foreign intervention in the negotiations.

Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has urged Yemeni officials to probe the recent killing of protesters in the country's capital.

"As Yemen faces various internal challenges, it is more crucial than ever that violations of international human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
law are not swept under the carpet," media outlets quoted Colville as saying.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
BBC team under attack in southern Russia
The team had just left a cafe in the town when at least three aggressive individuals approached our car, confronting and attacking us, says BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg. Using physical violence the men grabbed the camera, smashed it on the road, and then escaped with it in a getaway car. During the scuffle the BBC cameraman was knocked to the ground and beaten.

Following the attack, the team spent more than four hours being questioned at a local police station. During that time, the recording equipment left behind in the car was tampered with; the hard drive of the main computer as well as several memory cards with video material had been wiped clean.
More Russian goonery trying to cover their criminal acts in the Ukraine, and Putins attempts to hide the truth from the Russian people
It's Russia. The Russian police used to be the Soviet police. The Putin goons used to be KGB goons.
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#1  Well at least they weren't beheaded.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 09/18/2014 11:56 Comments || Top||

#2  ROTFMAL
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2014 12:04 Comments || Top||

#3  The Beeb, huh? Let's play another round of "Who Do I Root For?".
Posted by: SteveS || 09/18/2014 12:50 Comments || Top||

#4  They should be thankful they're not back home. If they had been, they would've been arrested (a'la the early teen girl confronting her Paki rapists in England and she was arrested).
Posted by: BA || 09/18/2014 13:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Sergei, you got another donut?
Posted by: Raj || 09/18/2014 14:29 Comments || Top||

#6 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2014 14:44 Comments || Top||

#7  I, for one refuse to feel sorry for the BBC. They repeatedly misrepresent mideast politics. They will find it not so easy to do in Mother Russia. I'm not excusing violence, but they are dealing with Putin...
Posted by: borgboy || 09/18/2014 17:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Red on Red.
Posted by: charger || 09/18/2014 17:29 Comments || Top||


Down Under
Mass Counter-Terror Raids In Australia
[DailyTelegraphAustralia] o Massive pre-dawn operation in Sydney and Brisbane involving 600 officers
o ASIO and counter-terrorism operation swooped on homes in north-western Sydney and Brisbane
o Several arrests made as raids continue

ASIO and counter terrorism police have swooped on homes across north-western Sydney and other states this morning in what is believed to be the largest anti-terrorism bust in the nation's history.

Several arrests have reportedly been made in the secret pre-dawn raid, which is still in progress.

The arrests follow the execution of a number of search warrants in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

The Australian Federal Police can also confirm it is conducting search warrants in Brisbane.

Warrants are being executed in the suburbs of Mount Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood.

As this activity remains ongoing, it is not appropriate to comment further at this time.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

The raid is believed to have been mounted following months of surveillance of people linked to the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The Daily Telegraph has learned that an estimated 600 officers from the Australian Federal Police, NSW counter terrorism unit and ASIO launched the pre-emptive strike in the early hours of this morning.

The raids and arrests are believed to have been based on the execution of multiple ASIO and AFP warrants.

It is believed that dozens of suspects have been netted, with links to a Brisbane man who was recently arrested on suspected terrorism related charges.

It is believed that a terrorist network had been planning to carry out a series of attacks in Australia.

The raid follows the lifting of the national security alert level from medium to high last Friday by the outgoing director general of ASIO David Irvine.

It is believed the size of the raid eclipsed that of Operation Pendennis in 2005 when several hundred ASIO, AFP and NSW police arrested 13 men across Melbourne and the Sydney suburb of Bankstown, who had been planning bomb attacks in both capitals.
Update at 7:37 ET from Australia's 9News:
UPDATE: Former actor and "senior ISIL figure" Mohammed Baryalei named as man behind alleged Sydney beheading plot

Sydney terror accused Omarjan Azari was allegedly working with Australia's most senior ISIL member and Underbelly actor Mohammad Baryalei to commit acts of terror, police have said.

Mr Azari faced Central Local Court today charged with serious terrorism-related offences.

9NEWS understands Mr Azari is accused of plotting to abduct people off the streets and decapitate them in a manner similar to the recent ISIL beheadings of US and UK citizens in Syria. Mr Azari allegedly intended to wrap the bodies of victims in ISIL flags and upload video of the murders online. The video would help fuel the ISIL terror campaign which has led to the formation of an international coalition to eliminate the group.

Court documents showed police have accused Mr Azari of working with Baryalei, Fairfax Media has reported.

Baryalei, 33, is believed by authorities to be a senior ISIL member who recruited at least half of the Australians fighting with the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. He was a former bouncer and played a paramedic on Underbelly: The Golden Mile.

Police said raids across Sydney this morning thwarted a plan to commit violence against "a member of the public on the streets".

Fifteen people were detained after over 800 police officers searched 15 homes and 10 cars in north-western Sydney, in a joint AFP and NSW Police counter-terrorism operation called "Operation Appleby".

Azari was the first person to be charged following the raids. He did not apply for bail today and will remain in custody until the case returns to court in November.

A second man has since been charged with weapons offences.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it's believed an Australian senior ISIL member overseas was ordering networks back in Australia to conduct "demonstration killings".

Police raids this morning were also carried out in suburbs in and around Brisbane but police said they weren't directly linked to the operation in Sydney. AFP Acting Chief Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the operation was following up on an investigation from last week. He said they were still working to determine links between the Brisbane and Sydney raids.

Last week, Brisbane man Omar Succarieh, 31, was arrested and charged with terrorism-related offences following a raid at an Islamic bookshop in Logan. He's accused of fundraising for Syria-based extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra and helping another man, Agim Kruezi, obtain funds to fight for a terror organisation overseas.

Mr Succarieh, who is due to apply for bail in court today, is believed to be the brother of Ahmed Succarieh, who reportedly became Australia's first suicide bomber in Syria last year.

Logan man Kruezi, 22, has alleged links to the Islamic State group.

Yesterday, a Lakemba money transfer business owned by the sister and brother-in-law of convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf was shut down. Authorities suspected it was sending millions of dollars to the Middle East to finance terrorism.

There are about 60 Australians believed to be fighting in Iraq and Syria with groups such as Islamic State, while another 100 are suspected of providing support from Australia.

Mr Abbott lifted the country's terror alert to high last Friday. Today he praised Australian police and security forces who he said were "one step ahead of those who would do us harm".
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#1  I wonder if they found the rockets they were looking for...
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/18/2014 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  And Muslims are protesting. Not the plot, but the raids.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/18/2014 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Insh'allah!
Posted by: borgboy || 09/18/2014 17:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Australia had better re-think the firearms thing in Australia. Some years ago, firearms were outlawed, confiscated and the citizens were disarmed. That turned out to be a very bad idea. They need something like our 2nd Amendment so that citizens have a even chance against wannabee beheaders and thugs. Moreover, it is the last defense against a tyrannical government. Enough politeness already with these jihadists SOBs. Should a citizen blows a couple of these jihadist a$$holes away in self defense, other jihadists might have second thoughts about their evil. Additionally, the world would be fewer a couple of jihadists.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/18/2014 17:24 Comments || Top||


Europe
Kosovo Makes Arrests In New Push To Stem Flow Of Fighters To Syria, Iraq
[Ynet] Police in Kosovo enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
15 people on Wednesday, including a number of imams, in the second major operation in weeks to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria, a police source said.

Local media reported that an influential imam of the Grand Mosque in the capital, Pristina, was among those arrested, as was the leader of an Islamic-rooted political party.

Most of Kosovo's 1.8 million people are ethnic Albanian Moslems and lead largely secular lives.
Michael Totten writes very positively of the Kosovars in Where the West Ends.
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#1  Stem the flow? Let 'em go...just don't let them come back, in or out of body bags.
Posted by: AlanC || 09/18/2014 6:54 Comments || Top||


France Detains Six People Suspected Of Recruiting Jihadists
[Ynet] Six people have been detained in La Belle France on suspicion of recruiting candidates for jihad, a judicial source said Wednesday, as the number of French citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria increases.

The suspects, two of whom are minors, were held in the suburbs of the eastern city of Lyon as part of an "anti-terrorism" probe launched in July.

According to a police source, a brother and a sister are among those detained since Tuesday, and one of the suspects is linked to Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), an Islamist holy warrior group that had called for La Belle France to become an Islamic caliphate and was banned in 2012.
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Great White North
Ringleader in Canada Terror Case Pleads Guilty
[AnNahar] The alleged ringleader of a Canadian terror cell entered a guilty plea Wednesday to possessing an bomb, and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Hiva Alizadeh was one of three men incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
in police raids and charged in 2010 in what was described in court as a plot to attack Canadian military and other targets.

An Ottawa X-ray technologist, Hisbahuddin Ahmed, is awaiting sentencing after he was found guilty in July of participating in the conspiracy.

A third man, Khurram Sher, a Canadian doctor of Pak heritage who once auditioned for a televised talent show, was acquitted at trial of terrorism last month.

Police had seized circuit boards and other materials that could be used to make bombs, from the group.
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Home Front: WoT
New York Man Charged With Trying to Recruit ISIS Fighters in US
[ABCNEWS.GO] Federal authorities have charged an upstate New York man with trying to persuade two others in the United States to join the Islamic State, or ISIS, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria that U.S. officials have been outspoken about for weeks.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, also plotted to kill U.S. soldiers who had returned from Iraq, federal prosecutors announced today.

Last year, two FBI informants began building relationships with Elfgeeh, who -- not realizing they were working with the FBI -- encouraged them to go overseas and join Lions of Islam in Syria, prosecutors allege in court documents. For months, Elfgeeh had been posting Tweets and other messages online praising ISIS and, among other things, urging others to donate a third of their salaries to Lions of Islam in Syria, according to charging documents.

ISIS "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah," Elfgeeh allegedly said in one message.
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#1  In his f*%king dreams.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/18/2014 17:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Referring to the above quote of this slimy jihadist. ISIS "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah
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House authorizes arming, training of Syrian rebels
[USATODAY] A wary Congress voted Wednesday to authorize President Obama's mission to arm and train Syrian rebel forces as part of the administration's effort to dismantle the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group.

The bipartisan 273-156 vote came after days of debate in which lawmakers across the political spectrum expressed doubts about the scope and merits of the mission but conceded that the potential threat to the U.S. is too great to ignore.
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India-Pakistan
Swabi police repulse attack on checkpost
[DAWN] Police repulsed a midnight attack by snuffies on a checkpost near the border between Swabi and Buner districts, said DPO Sajjad Khan here on Tuesday.

Addressing a presser, he said that about 15 snuffies attacked Darran post from two different directions at midnight. He said that two coppers, guarding the post, exchanged fire with the assailants. Total 12 coppers were present at the post at the time of attack, he added.

The firing awakened the remaining 10 coppers, who took positions and repulsed the attack successfully, the DPO said. He added that police from different areas had also been called for reinforcement.
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Two suspected militants held
[DAWN] Security agencies detained two suspected gunnies and recovered weapons and Jihadi literature from their possession during a raid on a mosque in Talagang on Tuesday morning.

Sources told Dawn that heavy contingent of security forces raided the mosque in Rahimabad locality near Malakwal village at about 5am.

During the operation, 12 people were picked up for questioning but 10 of them were released as they were Afghan nationals and possessed valid refugee cards. The remaining two persons, identified as Khadim Hussain, a resident of Gujranwala, and Mohammad Moazam of Bahawalnagar, were detained by security agencies and shifted to an unknown place for interrogation.

The sources said 13 guns, 10 SMGs, 19 pistols and 42 bullets were recovered from the suspects.
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Ex-councillor of MQM, son killed
[DAWN] KARACHI: A worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
, who was a former councillor, and his young son were bumped off in an attack apparently carried out on political grounds in Orangi Town on Tuesday, police said.

They added that Syed Rasheed Ahmed, 50, and his son, Syed Adil Ali, 23, were sitting at their 'Hamara Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Restaurant' near Sabri Chowk when at about 8.30am three assailants riding a cycle of violence emerged there, fired at them indiscriminately and rode away.

The father and the son sustained multiple bullet wounds and were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors declared them dead on arrival.

Hospital source said Rasheed and his son sustained five and seven bullet wounds, respectively.

Tension gripped the Orangi Town locality after the attack.

SSP-West Irfan Baloch said the incident appeared to be an outcome of assassination on political grounds.

The victim, Rasheed, was a former councillor in the area.
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Police claim killing seven suspected terrorists in Karachi
[DAWN] Police on Wednesday claimed to have killed seven suspected forces of Evil and tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
one in injured condition in a raid conducted following firing and a blast in Afghan Basti near Suhrab Goth, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives, SSP Malir Rao Anwar said the forces of Evil of proscribed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's (TTP) Waliur Rehman group were killed after a police encounter that lasted for two hours.

He said the action was taken upon reports of presence of ten forces of Evil in Afghan Basti, adding that a suspect was arrested in injured condition while two others managed to escape through Malir River.

The dead and injured were later shifted to Abbasi Shahid Hospital.

Police officials also claimed to have recovered weapons, hand grenades and home-made tennis-ball bombs in large quantity. The recovered ball bombs were also presented before the media.

SSP Anwar said that same home-made bombs had been used in attacks on Sohrab Goth Police Station and Al-Asif Police Checkpost.

It may be mentioned that law enforcers have apprised the Supreme Court in written about hindrance they face in raiding Afghan Basti due to presence of TTP's Waliur Rehman group. Dead bodies belonging to the Death Eater group have also been recovered from different deserted areas of the port city in the past.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
deteriorating law and order and increasing incidents of assassinations were discussed in a meeting headed by the DG Rangers in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
.

The meeting decided to expedite the ongoing targeted operation against criminals and Death Eaters in the city. More cooperation among all law enforcing forces for the next phase of operation was also agreed upon in the meeting.
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Air strikes kill 40 suspected militants in fresh N Waziristan blitz
[DAWN] At least 40 terrorists, including unidentified foreign hard boyz were killed and five murderous Moslem hideouts destroyed in aerial strikes early on Wednesday in Datakhel tehsil of North Wazoo Agency, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Fighter jets struck suspected terrorist hideouts in the Kiza Madakhel, Datakhel, Ezark areas of the Agency.

The ISPR said that faceless myrmidons hideouts and ammunition dumps were destroyed in the strikes targeting Nawae Killi and Zaram Asar villages situated in the north of Datakhel.
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Iraq
Suicide Attack Kills 7, Destroys Bridge in Iraq's Ramadi
[AnNahar] A suicide car kaboom killed seven people and destroyed a vital bridge Wednesday in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar where government forces have been battling jihadists.

Five other people were maimed in the afternoon blast, Mahmud al-Wazan, a colonel in the police force, told AFP. He said the victims appeared to be civilians.

Doctor Ahmad al-Ani from Ramadi hospital confirmed the casualty toll.

Wazan said the blast destroyed the Albu Faraj bridge on the Euphrates, in a northern district of Ramadi, which lies about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad.

"It is the fourth Ramadi bridge to get blown up and it was the last one civilians could use," he said.

The two remaining bridges have so far been used by the government security forces battling Islamic State jihadists who control some districts of the placid provincial capital.

The Sunni province of Anbar is a stronghold for the IS fighters who launched a major offensive across northern and western Iraq three months ago.
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#1  job security
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#2  Another one? I know Muslims hate dogs, but is there some hitherto unexplored antipathy toward bridges we don't know about? Or is it civil engineering in general?
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14 IS militants killed as chlorine-gas rocket explodes
At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded.

Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad. Al-Dhuluiya was also where four members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen suffered symptoms of asphyxiation after inhaling chlorine gas released by two improvised explosive devices.

It was the first time that chlorine has been used as a weapon in Iraq, although it is not uncommon in neighbouring Syria, where the regime's use of it has been denounced by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
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#1  Boys will be boys.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2014 4:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Chlorine, uh? To use on other Moslems, I presume. Why am I smiling?
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646 || 09/18/2014 7:14 Comments || Top||

#3  "Hey dude! have a hit on this!"
At least it worked as intended; Adolf Hitler got chlorined in WW1 and survived. (I'm told it tales care of roaches and rats, too.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/18/2014 7:32 Comments || Top||

#4  mix powdered chlorine tablets (like the kind used for disinfecting water supply) with, say, isopropyl alcohol in a tank and you may get quite a bang

the ingredients are relatively inexpensive but, of course, if you don't know what you are doing, well...
Posted by: lord garth || 09/18/2014 8:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Enshaallah meets freshman chemistry.
Posted by: OldSpook || 09/18/2014 9:51 Comments || Top||

#6  We need the dancing v!rgins pic!
Posted by: BA || 09/18/2014 9:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Virgins are up.

This would seem to lessen the certainty that only the Pencilneck forces have been gassing people, wouldn't it? He's probably waiting for the international apology.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2014 11:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Hitler got mustard gassed. Take powdered chlorine tablets of the type used in swimming pools and mix with brake fluid. Don't stand too close.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/18/2014 11:29 Comments || Top||

#9  HAHAHAHA....

Oh sweet irony!
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/18/2014 11:49 Comments || Top||

#10  @Fred,
Yep it does seem to destroy the narrative that Assad was using gas...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2014 12:19 Comments || Top||

#11  I love the smell of chlorine in the morning. It smells like...gaackkk...mmmph...thump.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/18/2014 12:46 Comments || Top||

#12  Stuff's got some kick.
Posted by: KBK || 09/18/2014 14:15 Comments || Top||

#13  14 members of ISIS = a start.
Posted by: borgboy || 09/18/2014 17:09 Comments || Top||

#14  I guess they were working on the Darwin Award when the chlorine-gas rocket exploded.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/18/2014 18:09 Comments || Top||

#15  This would seem to lessen the certainty that only the Pencilneck forces have been gassing people, wouldn't it?

Totally agree. Problem is even in this article is refers to the Syrian Regime's use only, no speculation that perhaps at the very least both sides have used them, even as ISJV is caught red handed here.
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Iraqi Forces Kill 16 ISIL Terrorists in Northern Babil
[ABNA.IR] ''The security forces carried out a wide security operation in Sahrawi area at the borders between Jurf al-Sakher and Amiriyat al-Fallujah areas that resulted in killing 16 terrorists,'' a security source said. ''The security forces also managed to destroy several terrorists' shelters during the same security operation,'' the source added.
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#1  'Terrorist shelters'; they use to call those mosques.
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Iraqi army launches offensive on Islamic State in three cities
[Dhaka Tribune] Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation against Islamic State holy warriors in three cities in central Iraq yesterday, fighting to regain control of lost ground, security sources said.

The offensives in Ramadi, Falluja and Haditha in the western province of Anbar started before dawn. Sunni tribes revolted in these areas in late 2013 when Iraq's former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki moved his forces into the cities to suppress a year-long anti-government protest movement.

Islamic State holy warriors then entered the cities and became the dominate force over the course of several months' fighting against the Shi'ite-led government.

Security sources said the Iraqi Army's 8th division hit areas in western Ramadi with mortars, artillery and rocket fire. Government-aligned Sunni tribal fighters also clashed with Islamic State in Ramadi, leaving eight people dead, a hospital source in Ramadi said.

In Falluja, heavy shelling and Iraqi air force strikes hit the al-Sujur district on the edge of the city, killing 12 civilians, medics in Falluja said.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jerusalem: Two Additional Suspects In French Hill Gas Station Arson
[Ynet] Investigators of the Jerusalem Police's central unit tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
two additional youth from Isawiya suspected of involvement in the arson incident of a gas station at the French Hill in Jerusalem.

So far six suspects have been arrested. On Wednesday at 13:00 four of them will brought to a remand hearing at the Jerusalem's Magistrate's Court.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Navy Saves Chinese Freighter from Pirate Attack
[ABNA.IR] The Chinese freighter asked for emergency help from the Iranian fleet when it encountered with 5 pirate boats equipped with light and semi-heavy assault weapons.

Shortly after the emergency call, Iran's "Bayandor" destroyer rushed to the scene and foiled the hijacking of the Chinese ship.

The ship had set sail from Singapore and was bound to the Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
n port city of Jeddah.

The Chinese vessel left the area without suffering any damage.

The 31st fleet, comprising Bayandor destroyer and Bandar Abbas military ship, has set sail for the high seas as part of Iran's plans to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers in different shipping routes.

This is the second time the Iranian servicemen could retake a Chinese ship hijacked by pirates.

Back in July, Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country's naval forces have saved vessels from around 20 countries in the international waters from pirate attacks.
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#1  Doesn't say if the 5 pirate ships are now fish houses, but we can hope.
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Attacks in Damascus, Hama, Homs Leave 3 Killed, 23 Injured
[ABNA.IR] Three non-combatants were killed and twenty-three others were maimed by terrorists' mortar shells that targeted several provinces on Wednesday, state-run SANA news agency reported.

A civilian was killed and four others were maimed in terrorist mortar attacks which targeted residential neighborhoods in Damascus city.

SANA news hound quoted a Damascus Police Command source as saying that a mortar round fired by gunnies fell near al-Shallal roundabout in al-Mazra'a neighborhood, claiming the life of one civilian and injuring another, in addition to causing material damage to a number of cars.

The source added that three civilians were maimed by mortar shells that hit al-Adawi area. The shells also caused material damage to two buildings and a number of nearby cars and vehicles.

Several other cars and a number of shops were also damaged as other mortar shells landed in the areas of al-Sebki in al-Sha'lan neighborhood and in Bab Sharqi, the source added.

In the central province of Hama, two civilians, including a woman, were killed and another was injured in terrorist rocket attack on Mhardeh city in the countryside.

A source in Hama Police Command told SANA news hound that gunnies targeted Mhardeh city with four rocket shells that hit the western neighborhood, killing two civilians, one of them a woman, and injuring another, in addition to causing material damage to the citizens' houses and properties.

Terrorists fired a number of rocket shells on several neighborhoods in the city of the central province of Homs, leaving 18 civilians injured, according to a source at Homs Police Command.

The source told SANA news hound that the rocket shells hit al-Walid suburb and Wadi al-Dahab neighborhood, wounding 18 civilians, in addition to causing material damage in the areas where the shells landed.

On Tuesday, 7 civilians were maimed in terrorist rocket and mortar attacks on Wadi al-Dahab and Ekrema neighborhoods and al-Walid suburb in Homs city.
Ynet adds:
NGO: Nearly 50 dead in Syria air strikes on central province

At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Two days of air strikes left women and children among the dead, including a mother who was killed along with five of her children, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of sources.
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