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Pakistani militants among 10 killed in U.S. airstrikes in Kandahar: Gen. Tadin Khan
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. forces carried out a series of Arclight airstrike
s in Maiwand district of Kandahar province killing at least 10 hard boys.

Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said the airstrikes were carried out in Akhtari and Band-e-Timor areas of the district.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that the airstrikes also killed five Pak hard boys.

He also added that the airstrikes maimed 6 more hard boys.

The airstrikes also destroyed five house-borne improvised bombs,
...house-borne IEDs? What on earth are they?
five hideouts of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, two vehicles and two cycle of violences.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Kabul city resident arrested for cooperating with the terrorists: MoI
[KhaamaPress] The police forces in Kabul have arrested a resident of Kabul city on charges of cooperating with the terrorists.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the police forces arrested the suspect from Chelsitoon area of Kabul.

The statement further added that the suspect was cooperating with Talibs.

The ministry has not disclosed further information regarding the detained individual.

...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck slipped the habañero into the roasted jalapeño...
the Ministry of Interior added in its statement that the suspect is in police custody and an investigation is underway from him.

The anti-government armed elements including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

12 Taliban militants killed in Special Forces raid, airstrike in Zabul
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed 12 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters during separate operations in two districts of Zabul province.

The informed military sources said Saturday that the Afghan Special Forces killed 11 Taliban fighters during an operation in Shah Joy district of Zabul.

The sources further added that the Special Forces also detained two bandidos bandidos hard boys during the operation.

The sources also added that an Arclight airstrike
killed 1 Taliban fighter in Shinkay district of Zabul.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Helmond: Pak Talib tied up, 15 Talibs air struck

Afghan Special Forces arrest another Taliban fighter holding Pakistani NIC

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested another Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter who was holding a National Identity Card of Pakistain.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces conducted an operation in Kajaki district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
on Thursday night.

The statement further added that the Special Forces destroyed 3 compounds of Taliban during the operation.

They also killed one Taliban fighter during the same operation.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested two Taliban fighters with one of them holding a Pak National Identity Card, the Special Operations Corps added.

...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
the Special Forces confiscated some explosives, two cycle of violences and a radio communication device during the operation.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operation so far.

Airstrikes kill 15 Taliban militants in 2 districts of Helmand

[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate airstrikes in two districts of Helmand killing at least 15 Taliban militants.

According to a statement released by security institutions, the security forces killed 7 Taliban fighters by conducting airstrikes in Sangin district.

The statement further added that similar airstrikes were carried out in Musala district in the past 24 hours.

The statement also added that the airstrikes in Musa Qala killed 8 Taliban fighters.

The anti-government armed militants have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Farah: 6 Talibs toes up, cops kill 3 more

Special Forces inflict heavy casualties on Taliban militants in Farah province

[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan Military inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
during a raid in Farah province.

The 207th Zafar Corps in a statement said the Special Forces targeted a group of Talibs in Shiwan area of Bala Bolok district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces killed 6 Talibs during the operation.

The Special Forces also maimed 9 Talibs during the same operation, the 207th Zafar Corps added in its statement.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operation so far.

Taliban Attack Pushed Back In Farah: Officials

[ToloNews] Afghan cops thwarted a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack on the outskirts of the city of Farah in the west of Afghanistan, the provincial police front man Mohibullah Mohib said.

The attack was carried out on a security forces outpost in Police District One in the city of Farah, Mohib added.

Mohib said that "dozens of Talibs" were involved in the attack which left three turbans dead and three others maimed.

He said that one policeman was killed in the clash and three others the head of the Police District One headwaters were maimed.

Taliban has not commented on the report.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

7 Taliban militants killed, 4 house-borne IEDs destroyed in Logar and Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 7 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters in Pashtun-infested Logar and Kandahar provinces.

The Special Forces also destroyed four house-borne improvised explosives devices

The military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban fighters in Mohammad Agha district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The Special Forces killed 4 Taliban in a similar operation in Maiwand district of Kandahar, the officials added.

They also destroyed 4 house-borne improvised bombs during the same operation, the officials added.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

15 Taliban militants killed in Special Forces operation, airstrikes in Ghazni
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate operations in Ghazni province and killed 15 Talibs.

The informed military sources said Saturday that the Special Forces of the Afghan military killed 4 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters during an operation in Ghazni.

The sources further added that the Special Forces also detained 2 Taliban fighters and destroyed 2 landmines.

The Special Forces also destroyed 8 Improvised Explosive Devices during a separate operation in Deh Yak district of Ghazni, the sources added.

...back at the hoedown, the fiddler suddenly struck a sour note. The dancing stopped abruptly. Everyone looked at Bob...
the security forces conducted separate airstrieks in Ghazni, Giro and Andar district.

According to military officials, the Arclight airstrike
s killed at least 11 Talibs in the three districts.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan Special Forces rescue soldiers from a Taliban prison in Ghor
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces rescued 3 security personnel from a Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
prison in Ghor province.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said Saturday that the Special Forces freed the three security personnel during an operation on Friday night.

The statement further added that the Special Forces conducted the in Gharmain Village located in the outskirts of the capital of Ghor.

The Special Force have rescued hundreds of civilians and security personnel during the similar operations conducted in recent months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

At Least 10 Imams Killed In Nangarhar In Two Months: Official
[ToloNews] Almost a dozen religious scholars have been killed in attacks by unknown gunnies in the eastern province of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
in the past two months, the provincial governor’s front man, Attaullah Khogyani said on Saturday.

Khogyani said that no one has been arrested in connection to the killings.
"Details of some cases have been shared by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
with the other religious scholars in Nangarhar," said Khogyani.

The deputy head of Nangarhar Provincial Council, Abdullah Shinwari, said that a number of foreign intelligence agencies are behind the murders in the province.

"We held meetings with local officials on how to ensure the safety of the religious scholars," Shinwari said.

Nangarhar residents, meanwhile, called on government to ensure the safety of imams.

"The attacks are threat against all religious scholars in Nangarhar," said Hassan, a Nangarhar resident.

In a recent incident, Mullah Safiullah Hanafi, Imam of Qaletak mosque in Khiwa district of Nangarhar was killed in an attack by unknown gunnies the district when he was leaving the mosque on June 12.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Abdullah Shinwari, said that a number of foreign intelligence agencies are behind the murders in the province

I think he means Pakistan
Posted by: lord garth || 06/16/2019 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  That would be "The Jalalabad Peer Review".

There was felt a need to protect islam (as much as it can be protected) from further devolution into the mayhem inducing frenzy it's becoming. For this reason a number of shia and some sunni clerics cooperated to make academic agreements on certain commandments and proscriptions in their scripture. This entailed weeding out some stuff that was added in by later scribes and amending stuff without permission or discussion with the larger rabid community of scholars. Many of the clerics in civilized areas of Afghanistan have tried to realize the potential of a tolerant society.

As a result, they invite opprobrium from their rabid peers. And bullets. Sometimes friendly agencies can be asked to 'even the score' and off one of the hardliner sunni clerics. Eventually a truce is made, but not for long. After all, nobody can convince them that the whole philosophy is suicide anyway.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/16/2019 2:08 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somali civilians, Kenyan police officers killed in blasts
[DW] A series of explosions have claimed the lives of Kenyan coppers and Somali civilians. The attacks, claimed by al-Shabaab
...... the personification of Somali state failure...
jihadists, came after a rival militia executed a group of civilians.

At least eight people were killed when a boom-mobile went kaboom! near the Somali parliament in the capital of Mogadishu on Saturday. Another 16 were maimed, according to doctor Abdiqadir Aden from the private Aamin ambulance service.

Elsewhere in Mogadishu, security services at a checkpoint managed to spot another boom-mobile and open fire at it, killing a man in the car, which then went kaboom!. No other casualties were reported in that incident.

Another blast targeted a vehicle transporting coppers in Kenya, near the Somalian border. Kenyan forces fight al-Shabaab jihadists in the region, including on Somali territory with the aid of a local Somali militia.

The transport was carrying 11 officers when it was "hit by an improvised bomb," said police inspector general Hilary Mutyambai. He did not say how many people were killed or injured. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
a regional police source told the AFP news agency that eight coppers bit the dust in the attack.

The al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group grabbed credit for all three attacks.

The incidents came after a Somali militia executed nine civilian members of the Rahanweyn clan, which is suspected of having links to al-Shabaab, as retribution for the killing of a policeman by al-Shabaab. Witnesses outside the central city of Galkayo said militia button men picked up their victims from the streets or their homes before executing them.

"This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo," local police official Mohammed Abdirahman said.

"All of the civilians belong to one clan and the button men shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabaab button men killed a policeman," he added.

"This is an unacceptable act and we will bring those perpetrators to justice," said Hussein Dini, a traditional elder.

"Their killing cannot be justified. It seems that the merciless button men were retaliating for the security official who they believe was killed by al-Shabaab button men belonging to the clan of the victims."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

KSA intercepts 5 drones launched by Houthis on Abha Airport
(IraqiNews) The Saudi-led military coalition announced, yesterday, that Saudi forces managed to intercept five drones launched by Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
rebels on Abha Airport. The attack is the second one conducted by Houthis on the airport in two days.

The coalition revealed that the drones targeted Abha Airport, where a missile fired last week injured 26 civilians, while it also targeted the nearby city of Khamis Mushait that has a key airbase.

In a press statement, the coalition said, "Royal Saudi Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Defense, on Friday morning, intercepted and brought down five drones launched by the Houthi militia on Abha International Airport and Khamis Mushait Province."

It also added that the airport is functioning probably, and there is no delay in the flights and passengers’ traffic.

Earlier, the pro-Houthis Massera TV channel announced that the Houthi militias launched a drones attack on Abha Airport. Houthis, who have been facing constant coalition raids since 2015, intensified their attacks lately using missiles and drones across the borders.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Drone Wars Over Yemen And Gulf Of Oman Revealed
[Jpost] Two US MQ-9 Reaper drones were involved in incidents in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
and the Gulf of Oman that raises questions about the extensive use of the drones and also how Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and its allies are targeting them. Fox News and CNN revealed that a US drone was targeted by an Iranian missile during the June 13 tanker incident and that a drone was downed over Yemen by Iranian-backed Iran's Houthi sock puppets
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under:

Iraqi intelligence forces seize 6 explosive belts in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces found on Saturday six boom belts inside an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
hideout in the western side of Mosul.

The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said in a press statement that its forces, in cooperation with troops of the Nineveh Operations Command, stormed an Islamic State arms depot in the western side of Mosul.

The troops found six boom belts, five grenades and a number of detonators at the scene, added the statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Dupe entry: Some things gorb noticed about the tankers that Iran attacked
My thoughts are in no particular order, but here they are.

One thing I noticed is that the video seems to have been taken in the dark. Combined with the idea that the tanker was probably evacuated means they could probably easily get away with running a boat up next to it and detaching the unexploded mine.

Conversely, the limpet mines could be attached to a lightly crewed ships almost as easily, especially if there was some kind of simultaneously distraction ploy.

I don't know if the water currents would make placing the limpet mines difficult while the ship was under way.

The photos of the holes in the tankers seems to show them to have been in a line at about 6' above the waterline in all cases. Not exactly where an underwater torpedo would have hit. I do not believe the tankers had been unloaded by the time the pictures were taken.

It seems that any kind of missile or drone would have a hard time duplicating this kind of accuracy regarding hole distance from the waterline.

If the crew of the Japanese tanker noticed drones flying about, they could have been a distraction or they could have just been doing damage assessment of the limpet mines effectiveness. Results might have been used to decide whether further action would be required or if a limpet mine that failed to explode would require removal.

It seems to me that underwater mines could prove to be problematic to remove if they failed to explode, hence the more easily removed above-waterline limpet mines. They would also be less of an "act of war" than suddenly sinking a ship with the crew aboard.

The shape of the holes does not suggest a high speed projectile, which to me means a round hole. It seems to my inexperienced eye the kind of damage a limpet mine or above-waterline bomb might produce.

The symmetry of the damage to both the Norwegian tanker and the Japanese tanker suggest hand placement of the limpet mines.

Of course, if Iran could do this, so could the US. But this feels more like how the Iranians would handle this than what the US would do to try to fake it.
Posted by: gorb || 06/16/2019 01:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The lack of pictures of or reporting of cargo loss (oil slick) is interesting.

Happy Father's Day all.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/16/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#2  My recollection of oil tanks is they have double hulls and the tanks are segmented. My guess is one mine may puncture 1 tank and the oil is caught in the annular space.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 06/16/2019 7:05 Comments || Top||

Syria Flare-Up Kills 35 Fighters, Including 26 Pro-Regime Forces
[AnNahar] At least 35 combattants including 26 pro-regime forces were killed Saturday in festivities and air strikes that erupted at dawn in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian regime and Russian air strikes killed nine jihadists and rebel fighters and festivities left 26 pro-regime forces dead in the north of Hama province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Explosive bike blast injures 2 persons in Hasakah, Syria
(IraqiNews) A blast hit al-Talae’ Neighborhood in the Syrian City of Hasakah, on Saturday, injuring two persons.

According to preliminary information, the earth-shattering kaboom occurred at 11:15 am, on Saturday, near the Industrial Institute in Talae’ neighborhood, in the city of Hasakah.

The blast took place due to the earth-shattering kaboom of a booby-trapped cycle of violence, and resulted in the injury of two persons, in addition to inflicting slight material damage to the area.

The injured persons were transferred to one of the hospitals in Hasakah to receive the needed treatment.

After the blast, Kurdish security forces (Asayish) cordoned off the incident area, and started an investigation into its circumstances.

It is noteworthy that Hasakah, which has a large Kurdish population, began witnessing protests of several thousand people against the Syrian government in 2012. From 2013, the militia associated with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the People’s Protection Units (YPG), controlled Kurdish districts and government Arab districts.

There were also festivities in the city between an Arab murderous Moslem group and the YPG, according to Wikipedia.
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