A splodydope suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting.
Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final. He said most of the casualties were civilians.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack.
Lutherans? Ruritanians? Laplanders? Esquimaux?
Casualties were high because the crowd was so dense, since people had come from nearby districts to cheer on their team. No other details were immediately available because of the remoteness of the location.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach condemned the "cowardly" attack.
"It is an attack on sport itself and on the positive values it can bring to help build strong communities and foster peace and reconciliation around the world," he said in a statement.
The Taleban banned public sports events as un-Islamic during their five-year rule before the 2001 US-led intervention that toppled them from power.
Kenyan security forces have killed 100 militants a day after a deadly attack on a bus. The forces crossed into Somalia to launch two "successful operations on the hideouts of the perpetrators," according to Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. The camp where the attack was planned was destroyed, Ruto said.
On Saturday, Shaboobs ambushed a bus in Kenya and mowed down those who failed to recite Koran verses, killing at least 28 people.
The bus, with 60 people aboard, was going from Mandera, near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia, to Nairobi. Militants stopped the bus at a hilly area and stormed in, demanding those onboard recite Koran verses. As others watched, they opened fire on passengers who failed to do so.
Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for mosque raids this week. It described those killed as Christians.
Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto said Kenyan troops also destroyed four trucks carrying weaponry.
Police this week closed the four mosques in Mombasa, a largely Moslem city unlike much of Kenya where Christians make up 80 percent of the population, on the grounds they had come under the influence of hardliners.
"Any place of worship that willfully hosts terror platforms disqualifies itself from the sanctity of a place of worship," Ruto said.
[AnNahar] An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday confirmed jail terms for at least 85 students convicted of illegal demonstrations and vandalism in protests backing ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, officials said.
Hundreds of students have been tried in civilian courts after violence on campuses, bastions of pro-Islamist activists following the army's overthrow of Morsi in July 2013.
His student supporters have clashed regularly with security forces on university campuses since a nationwide government crackdown left hundreds of people dead and thousands tossed in the clink Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! More than 200 Morsi supporters have also been sentenced to death after speedy mass trials, which the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... criticized as "unprecedented" in recent history.
A Cairo appeals court upheld verdicts sentencing at least 85 students in separate cases to jail terms of up to five years after finding them guilty of illegal protests, illegal assembly, vandalism and joining a terrorist group, judicial sources and a lawyer said.
Defense lawyer Mukhtar Mounir, who represented nine defendants, confirmed the outcome to Agence La Belle France-Presse.
"A Cairo misdemeanor court of appeals confirmed the verdict against 85 students, including five female students... for violent festivities in al-Azhar University," said Mounir, who attended Sunday's session.
The verdict can still be appealed at the Court of Cassation.
At least 14 students were killed in festivities with security forces during pro-Morsi rallies at universities across the country during the academic year that ended in April.
Morsi himself and several top leaders of his Moslem Brüderbund movement are also on trial on charges punishable by death.
The authorities blacklisted the Brotherhood as a "terrorist organization" last December.
You take a little break from your Chaucer essay to hang with buddies at the protest. Next thing you know your in the jug for five years. Plus there were only five girls there and once the police deveiled them you wished the whole thing had been a matyrdom operation.
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[AnNahar] Morocco has jugged Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! six suspects after an online video showed masked men pledging allegiance to the head of the jihadist Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group, officials and media said on Sunday.
Media reports said the video that went online last week was filmed in Morocco and showed three masked men holding the IS flag and introducing themselves as soldiers of the Islamic State.
The video purported to announce the creation of "Jund al-Khilafa" or soldiers of the caliphate, in the Maghreb.
The interior ministry said three people were arrested in connection with the video on Saturday and three more on Sunday.
A statement did not identify the suspects but said the head of the group and two of his accomplices "were jugged You have the right to remain silent... in 2008... for their involvement in terrorist plots" and links with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
A cell phone used to film the video was seized by security forces and police, as was a blade one suspect held while all three were "pledging allegiance to (IS chief) His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us... ," it said.
According to the interior ministry, the suspects also "threatened to carry out criminal acts" in Morocco after undergoing military training at IS camps in Libya, Syria and Iraq.
Morocco has announced the arrest of several would-be jihadists in recent weeks, and last month it boosted security across the kingdom to counter any threat.
Authorities say that more than 2,000 Moroccan jihadists, including some with dual nationality, are now fighting in Syria and Iraq where IS has set up a caliphate in territory it controls.
Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP on Sunday.
"Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish," Abubakar Gamandi said.
He said the insurgents set up a barricade at Dogon Fili, 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Doron Baga, and stopped a convoy of fish vendors around midday, slaughtering some of them and drowning others in the lake.
"The Boko Haram gunmen slit the throats of some of the men and tied the hands and legs of the others before throwing them into the lake to drown," Gamandi told AFP by telephone from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
Doron Baga, 180 kilometres from Maiduguri, is the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), comprising troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger fighting the Islamist group. The MNJTF was formed in 1998 to fight trans-border crime but its mandate was expanded to tame the Boko Haram insurgency in the volatile region.
Gamandi claimed the assailants killed all of their victims without using their guns.
"The attackers killed their victims silently without the use of the gun to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops," Gamandi said.
A military officer in Maiduguri confirmed the attack but said details were sketchy.
"We heard of the attack near Doron Baga but we don't have any details because the area falls under the operational jurisdiction of the MNJTF," the military officer said.
News of the attack was slow to emerge due to the destruction of mobile phone towers in the area by Boko Haram in previous attacks.
Incessant Boko Haram attacks have disrupted fishing and farming along the shore of Lake Chad and fishermen from Doron Baga were forced to abandon fishing and turned to importing dried fish from neighbouring Chad. Gamandi said the Dogon Fili route provided the safest passage for traders from Doron Baga to Chad as other routes are infested with Boko Haram gunmen who rob and kill travellers.
Last December at least seven fishermen were killed when Boko Haram Islamists attacked Doron Baga in a nocturnal raid that left many homes burnt. In August, the Islamists raided Dogon Baga and kidnapped 97 people after killing 28 villagers.
The hostages, including women and children, were loaded on speed boats and ferried across the Lake into Chad. Chadian troops rescued 85 of the hostages when they intercepted a convoy of buses transporting them from the shores.
[IsraelTimes] British police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said Sunday ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.
"We've said on average over the last few years it's been about one (plot) a year, but this year alone we think four or five," Scotland Yard commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told BBC television.
He added: "Certainly we've seen a change to the momentum... we've seen a change to the frequency and the seriousness of the types of plots that we're looking at."
More than 250 counter-terrorism arrests have been made so far this year, according to police sources.
Most recently, three people were charged in London last week over an alleged plot which media reports said included a plan to behead somebody in Britannia.
Hogan-Howe said the threat from so-called "lone wolf" attacks by individuals or small groups was causing "growing concern," and warned their ability to act quickly left little time for the security services to intervene.
But he said the public could help by being more vigilant, particularly in crowded places and transport hubs where attacks are more likely to happen.
For a week starting on Monday, police will hold a series of events across Britannia to let ordinary people and businesses know how they can help by identifying and reporting suspicious behavior.
The campaign will also urge people to question charities about where their money is going, amid concerns that some are being used to channel funds to Lion of Islams.
"If the public, the businesses and police work together with the security services then that's an incredibly powerful team," Hogan-Howe said.
The national terror threat was raised in August to "severe," meaning an attack is highly likely, but the police chief said the message was to "keep calm but be aware."
He repeated fears that Britons who have gone to fight with jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria might return to use their new training and experience to attack Britannia.
But he did not comment on a claim by an opposition Labour politician that as many as 2,000 Britons are fighting overseas -- four times the official estimate of 500.
Khalid Mahmood, an MP for the city of Birmingham, told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that in his area -- which has a significant number of Moslems -- there was a "huge problem" of people going to fight with the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) group.
[AnNahar] Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.
The assault, launched early Sunday northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, is the latest in a series of drives that have seen some territory lost to a sweeping June offensive by the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group being regained.
"Army and police and (militia) forces attacked from the southern and western sides of the Jalawla and Saadiyah (areas), while (Kurdish) peshmerga forces attacked from the northern and eastern sides of Saadiyah," Staff General Abdulamir al-Zaidi told Agence La Belle France-Presse.
Accounts differed as to the extent of the gains in the two areas, with some sources saying they had been retaken and others reporting parts were still outside government control.
"The number of peshmerga killed is 20 and more than 40 were maimed during festivities against (IS) and by bombs at the entrance of Jalawla, inside Jalawla and in Saadiyah," peshmerga commander Mahmud Singawi told AFP.
Karim al-Nuri, a senior commander in the Badr militia, which took part in the operation, had earlier said bombs killed 12 members of the anti-IS forces.
He did not specify whether those killed were from the government security forces, Shiite militiamen, rustics or Kurdish fighters.
Explosive devices hidden beside or under roads and planted in buildings are a hallmark of IS, taking a toll on its enemies even after it withdraws or is forced out of an area.
An army brigadier general said Saadiyah and Jalawla were "the main centers of support for (IS) hard boys", whom security forces are seeking to isolate in the nearby Hamreen mountains.
The two areas are also important because of their proximity to the autonomous Kurdish region, which is battling the jihadists, and to the border with neighboring Iran, which is also helping Iraqi forces.
Sunday's operation came on the heels of another that saw the strategic northern town of Baiji retaken from the Death Eaters and a months-long siege of Iraq's largest oil refinery broken.
Security forces and pro-government fighters also retook the Jurf al-Sakhr area south of Baghdad, which had posed a threat to both the capital and the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, which millions of pilgrims visit each year.
However, it's easy to be generous with someone else's money... the Death Eaters sill hold large areas of the country, including the key cities of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , Tikrit and Fallujah.
IS spearheaded a major offensive in June that overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, sweeping security forces aside.
Backed by a U.S.-led campaign of air strikes and by international advisers, Shiite Death Eaters and Sunni rustics, they are now performing better, but still face major challenges in the battle against IS.
SAS quad bike squads kill up to 8 jihadis each day
Targets are identified by drones operated by SAS soldiers
Who are then dropped into IS territory by helicopter to stage attacks
The surprise ambushes are said to be 'putting the fear of God into IS'
The raids are attacking IS's main supply routes across western Iraq
[DailyMail] SAS troops with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns have killed hundreds of Islamic State extremists in a series of deadly quad-bike ambushes inside Iraq. Defence sources indicated last night that soldiers from the elite fighting unit have eliminated ‘up to eight terrorists per day’ in the daring raids, carried out during the past four weeks.
Targets are identified by drones operated either from an SAS base or by the soldiers themselves on the ground, who use smaller devices.
The troops are also equipped with quad bikes – four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles that can have machine guns bolted on to a frame. They then seek out IS units and attack the terrorists using the element of surprise and under the cover of darkness.
The SAS’s guerrilla-style raids are targeting IS’s main supply routes across western Iraq and vehicle checkpoints set up by the terrorists to conduct kidnappings and extort money from local drivers. The SAS’s raids are intended to degrade Islamic State’s fighting capability ahead of a spring offensive by 20,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops next year, with the UK providing additional training for these soldiers.
Angola was a complete bitch with the three different rebel groups fighting each other and the Portuguese government, throw in the Cubans and those psychopaths from the Congolese rebels in the Northeast and it was a fever swamp.
I was out of there before Cassinga, I would have liked to have been there.
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian sources reported Sunday that Jewish settlers torched a house near the West Bank city of Ramallah, and spray-painted anti-Paleostinian slogans at the scene.
There were no injuries reported in the suspected hate crime.
The Paleostinian residents of the Khirbet Abu Falah village said that early Sunday, settlers knocked on the door of the house, and after receiving no answer, spread lighter fluid over the residence and set it alight.
But the mayor of the village said Molotov cocktails hurled at the structure sparked the blaze.
"At 4:00am (0200 GMT), settlers came and threw molotov cocktails at a house which partly burned down," said Masud Abu Mura, mayor of Khirbet Abu Falah, northeast of Ramallah.
He said four women were inside the house at the time, but they all escaped unharmed.
Hebrew graffiti was found at the scene bearing the words "Death to the Arabs," and "Avenge the blood of the fallen servants."
Israeli officials from the government administrator in the West Bank opened a probe into the possibility the incident was a "price tag" hate crime attack, according to the Walla news site.
On November 12, a West Bank mosque in the neighboring Paleostinian town of al-Mughayir was set on fire, in what local residents said was a "price tag" attack by myrmidons, but what police said did not look like a hate crime.
The incident did not coincide with previous "price tag" attack patterns, leading police to believe the mosque was not burned for ideological reasons, Channel 10 reported.
The police source also added that no racist graffiti was found at the scene, conflicting earlier Paleostinian news reports.
Israeli Police were unable to entirely rule out the option that this was a nationalist attack, as Paleostinian authorities refused their entry to the village and did not allow them to conduct a wide-scale investigation.
The mayor of the village said he had no doubt that Jewish settlers were responsible, citing a previous settler attack against another mosque in the village two years ago and frequent settler attacks against vehicles and olive groves there.
"Only Jewish settlers would do this," he said.
The reports, which accused settlers of committing the arson, indicated that villagers noticed fire and smoke coming from the mosque at around 3:30 a.m, according to Israel Radio.
The mayor said efforts of residents and Paleostinian fire services to quell the blaze succeeded only in saving the building's second floor.
Head of the Shomron Regional Council Gershon Mesika condemned the blaze, saying whoever set the fire was a "pyromaniac," according to Ynet. He qualified, however, that thus far "no Jew has ever been caught setting fire to a mosque."
[IsraelTimes] IDF forces tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! 12 suspects in the West Bank, one of whom was allegedly active with the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... terror group, in the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday.
The suspect involved with IS was one of seven suspects who have been implicated in throwing improvised explosives and Molotov cocktails at civilians and security forces. He was picked up in Hebron along with three others, according to Israeli news outlet Ynet.
The other suspects were allegedly involved with Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
Israeli security forces are wary of the Islamic State, which has conquered swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, spreading into Israel and the West Bank, and have attempted to crack down on any show of support for the group. However, it's easy to be generous with someone else's money... the popularity of the group appears to be growing among the Arab population amid some of the highest tensions the country has seen in years.
Ten Israelis have been killed in Paleostinian terrorist attacks in recent weeks.
Last week police arrested six Arab Israelis for spraying graffiti in Arabic praising the Islamic State on a memorial monument for fallen Druze IDF soldiers along the Carmel Scenic Route, located east of the predominantly Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel. The incident came in the wake of the shooting by a police officer of a 22-year-old Arab Israeli man in Kafr Kanna on November 15.
Last month, residents of Daliyat al-Karmel, south of Haifa, discovered four graffiti spray paintings of the word "Daesh" -- an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State -- near a soccer field in the city
In a separate incident, the words "Daesh is on the way" were found daubed in Arabic alongside an Israeli flag in the village of Bana'a, in the Galilee.
The Shin Bet internal security service and police believe that, as of last month, more than 30 Israeli Arabs have joined the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms IS, ISIS and ISIL.
[Ynet] Official Gazook sources said a 32-year-old Paleostinian was killed by IDF fire east of Jabalia close to the security barrier with Israel. He was evacuated to a hospital in the northern Strip where he succumbed to his wounds. The circumstances behind the shooting were unclear.
The IDF said two Paleostinian suspects approached the security barrier, and soldiers asked them to maintain distance. After the IDF force had gun sex and the Paleostinians continued approaching, they shot towards the legs of one of the suspects ‐ a hit was identified. The second Paleostinian then fled.
[Ynet] The Southern District Attorney's Office filed an indictment with the Be'er Sheva Magistrates Court on Sunday, charging a resident of Gazoo for trying to enter Israel using a forged medical entrance approval.
The indictment states that the suspect paid $1,500 for the issuance of the "approval," arrived at the Erez crossing in a wheelchair, and tried to enter Israel with a humanitarian permit.
The defendant was charged with counts of attempted fraud under aggravating circumstances and using a forged document under aggravating circumstances.
[Ynet] Cleared for publication: The Shin Bet, with cooperation by the Northern District of the Israel Police, jugged Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! a 23-year-old resident of Yafa an-Naseriyye, an Arab council in the lower Galilee, Hamza Sami Sari Magasmah at Ben Gurion Airport a month ago upon his return from Syria on the suspicion he joined the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group in Syria.
The suspect admitted during questioning that he left for Turkey on October 5th, 2014 with three of his friends, and he and two of the friends decided to continue to Syria in order to join the Islamic State group.
Magasmah and his two friends, also from Yafa an-Nasweriyye, infiltrated Syria and arrived at an Islamic State group registration camp where they were drafted into the terror organization.
[Mindanao Examiner] At least 25 people were killed and wounded in a bomb attack late Sunday in the southern Philippine province of North Cotabato.
Capt. Jo Ann Petinglay said the explosion left two people dead and wounded at least 23 more near a store, but it was unclear whether the attack was by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters or another militant group in the area. The number of casualties is expected to increase as more victims were being rushed to the hospital for shrapnel wounds.
Just recently, an improvised explosive device went off in Cotabato City and injured two people. The 6th Infantry Division said a 60mm mortar exploded along Sinsuat avenue. It said an unidentified man threw the improvised explosive. Nearby soldiers witnessed the incident.
On November 18, a lone BIFF member also killed three soldiers from the army's 9th Intelligence Service Unit in the town of Datu Piang in Maguindanao. The militant killed an army major and two privates who were traveling in a car. It was the second attack in recent weeks in Maguindanao when some 500 militants also attacked a detachment of the 45th Infantry Battalion in the village of Sapakan in Rajah Buayan town.
[Bangkok Post] A man and his wife were gunned down in a gun attack in Yala province on Sunday. Witnesses said the couple were traveling on a motorcycle from Yaha district to sell vegetables in Khok Pho district of Pattani. They were followed by two men on another motorcycle.
At Ban Chopunae, the two men shot them with pistols before speeding away. The couple were killed on the spot.
[AnNahar] Jihadist Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group (IS) fighters shot down a government warplane over the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The IS shot down a regime warplane over Huweijet Saqer in Deir Ezzor province on Sunday, the Observatory said.
The aircraft was downed after the air force carried out some 20 strikes against jihadist positions in the province which neighbors Iraq.
[Ynet] Syrian activists say rebels and al-Qaeda turbans are attacking two predominantly Shiite Moslem villages in northern Syria that have been besieged by hardline opposition fighters for some 18 months.
The Local Coordination Committees, which is an activist collective, and the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group say the attack on the pro-government villages of Nubul and Zahra began overnight.
The Observatory says Islamic rebel groups and fighters from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front seized an area south of Zahra on Sunday. It says at least eight rebels and several pro-government fighters have been killed in the festivities.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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