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-Lurid Crime Tales-
POTUS plans to review case of Matt Golsteyn, military officer charged with murder
[Wash Times] President Trump declared Sunday that "at the request of many," he plans to review the murder charges against Maj. Matt Golsteyn.

"He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas," Mr. Trump tweeted, calling the soldier a "U.S. Military hero."

On Friday, Army Lt. Col. Loren Bymer announced that the officer would be charged after killing an alleged Afghan bomb-maker.

Maj. Golsteyn admitted in a 2011 job interview with the CIA that he shot and killed the man, who be believed was responsible for killing two Marines in an explosion.

The Army Criminal Investigative Division never found any evidence or corroborating witnesses but based their conclusions off of his admission to the CIA.
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#1  I believe it would have been better for Pres. Trump to have said nothing and let the UCMJ process take it's course. If there is to be one, a pardon can come at any point.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2018 6:10 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan and U.S. forces kill 9 ISIS-K militants in Kunar, Nangarhar provinces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan and U.S. forces have killed at least nine snuffies affiliated 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....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K)during the separate operations conducted in eastern Kunar and 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..
provinces.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East issued a statement on Monday, stating that at least four ISIS-K snuffies were killed in a dronezap carried out by the U.S. forces in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province on Sunday.

The statement further added that the Afghan Intelligence forces carried out operations with the U.S. air support in Pech Dara of Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, leaving at least 5 ISIS-K snuffies dead.

According to 201st Silab Corps, another ISIS-K murderous Moslem was also maimed during the same operations.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Armed brigades in Libya's capital form Tripoli Protection Force
[Libya Observer] Special Deterrence Force (SDF), 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...
Revolutionaries Brigade, Eighth Brigade (Nawasi), Bab Tajoura Brigade, and Joint Deterrence and Intervention Force Abu Salim said in a statement that they had been united under Tripoli Protection Force.

The statement says that Tripoli Protection Force rejects using power to gain political benefits, adding that the unity of the brigades is an attempt to block the recent military movements in the western region.

"We have heard one party of the Libyan conflict trying to resort to using military actions in the western region and thus destabilize Tripoli again and lead to killings and injuries as well as a deduction of properties in the capital. That is why, unity among us is very vital." The statement reads.

It also hailed the efforts of the UNSMIL and its Head Ghassan Salame, pledging support for the upcoming Libyan National Conference in January, saying it would welcome hosting it in Tripoli.

"We reject referring the entire Libyan military institution to one person and taking advantage of it to seize power." The statement remarks.

The announcement of the coalition of forces - which all operate under the Presidential Council's government in Tripoli - came after a meeting in Tripoli port.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Yemeni army shoots down Iranian-made Houthi drone in Marib
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Yemeni army announced on Tuesday that a military drone belonging to the 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 America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias was shot down in the eastern province of Marib.

The official website of the Yemeni army, that members of the 25th Mika brigade were able to shoot down the plane in the areas between the districts of Harib and Jubba south of the Marib province.

"After inspecting the wreckage of the aircraft carrying explosives, it turned out to be Iranian-made," the statement read.

Several drones have been shot down in recent weeks in different Yemeni fronts where flight engineers from the Yemeni army confirmed that they were made in Iran. In April, two planes of the same type were dropped inside Saudi territory.

A report issued by the Center for Armed Conflict Research in London explained that Iran’s military technology had reached the Houthi militias by helping them use the drones they had previously said were homemade and which were smuggled to the Houthis with other weapons including ballistic missiles.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemen's Hodeida calm after ceasefire takes effect
[PULSE.NG] Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida was calm Tuesday as a ceasefire took effect and a team including members of the warring sides prepared to monitor the truce agreed at talks in Sweden.

A lasting ceasefire would be a major step in efforts to end Yemen's devastating war, which has killed thousands and left 14 million people on the brink of famine.

The truce which came into force overnight was due to be followed by a team of observers deploying "within 24 hours", a United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
official said.

The Redeployment Coordination Committee includes members of the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-aligned Houthis but is chaired by the UN, said the official who requested anonymity.

"Both parties said publicly they are abiding by the ceasefire," the official told AFP.

The observers are due to oversee the implementation of the truce, the withdrawal of both warring parties from Hodeida city and the pullout of Huthis from its major ports.

The committee chair is expected to report to the UN Security Council on a weekly basis, as part of a diplomatic push to end the conflict which erupted in 2014.

The war between the Houthis and troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi escalated in 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition stepped in on the government's side.

Since then some 10,000 people have been killed, according to the World Health Organization, but some rights groups believe the toll is far higher.

'COMPLETE CALM'
The ceasefire was meant to enter into force at midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday but festivities continued until 03:00 am, pro-government sources and residents said.

Calm held on Tuesday morning in Hodeida city, whose port is the gateway for the vast majority of imports to Yemen.

"There has been complete calm since 03:00 am 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...
time in the city of Hodeida," a military source loyal to the government told AFP.

Residents confirmed by phone that there has been no fighting between the government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition and Iran-aligned Houthis since 03:00 am.

But it was not possible to determine if the halt in fighting was in response to the ceasefire or just a temporary stoppage.

Residents said that daily fighting would usually be fierce in the evening and at night, before coming to a standstill at dawn.

The two warring sides have welcomed the truce in the strategic Red Sea province.

The agreement reached last week included an "immediate ceasefire" in Hodeida and its surrounds, but the truce was delayed as fighting continued.

HODEIDA RESIDENTS 'HOPEFUL'
UN envoy Martin Griffiths said on Sunday that the UN was working with both sides to ensure the ceasefire accord was "implemented timely and properly".

In addition to the withdrawal of fighters from Hodeida, the agreement included a planned prisoner swap involving some 15,000 detainees.

A "mutual understanding" was also reached to facilitate aid deliveries to Yemen's third city Taiz -- under the control of loyalists but besieged by rebels.

The two sides have agreed to meet again in late January for more talks to define the framework for negotiations on a comprehensive peace settlement.

Hodeida residents said they hoped the truce would lead to lasting peace.

"We are hopeful that things will go back to the way they were and that there would be no aggression, no air strikes and lasting security," Amani Mohammed told AFP.

Another resident, Mohammed al-Saikel, said he was optimistic the ceasefire would pave the way for a broader truce.

"We are hopeful about this ceasefire in Hodeida and one for Yemen in general," he said.

"We will reach out in peace to whoever does the same."
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
German court sentences man over anti-migrant illegal gun site
[DW] The right-wing activist had urged people to arm themselves against migrants colonists. A judge said he had used used racist sentiment to help sell the illegal weapons.

A German court on Tuesday sentenced a far-right activist to prison for the illegal sale of 167 weapons on an anti-immigrant website.

Mario R., whose last name was not given in line with German privacy laws, was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison and had €99,100 ($112,287) confiscated for illicit trafficking in firearms.

The 35-year-old German national ran a website called "Migrantenschreck," which roughly translates as "Scourge of Moslem colonists Migrants." The website urged people to "arm themselves against refugees."

The portal sold gas-powered pistols that fire high-velocity rubber bullets, crossbows, rubber ammunition and similar weapons. It also featured a ticker on sensationalist anti-immigrant stories.

On the website, men in tutorial videos were seen using the weapons to destroy cardboard cutouts of migrants colonists and leading German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslems ..
"Protect yourself and your family," proclaimed the now-defunct site.

According to the indictment, Mario R. sold the guns from Hungary to buyers in Germany between May and November 2016. The weapons were legal in Hungary but required a permit in Germany.

Mario R. admitted to the crime, but maintained that he was not aware of German law. He can still appeal the verdict and was allowed to leave the court so long as he reports to police.

The judge said that the defendant had used racist sentiments "in a particularly insidious way."

He was tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in Budapest in 2016 on a European arrest warrant.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2018 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under:


German police raid Berlin mosque over suspected 'terror financing'
[DW] Authorities raided several buildings in the German capital as part of a larger terrorism probe. One imam is suspected of sending money to an Islamist fighter in Syria in order to carry out "terrorist criminal acts."

Police raided a mosque and several other buildings in Berlin on Tuesday morning in an operation into suspected terrorism financing, prosecutors said.

State criminal police, intelligence officers as well as special police forces took part in the raids, which included the As-Sahaba mosque in the Berlin neighborhood of Wedding.

One of the main suspects was identified as Ahmad A., a holy man at the mosque who preaches under the name of Abul Baraa.

The 45-year-old is suspected of sending money to an Islamist fighter in Syria "for purchasing military equipment to carry out terrorist criminal acts," prosecutors said on Twitter.

Authorities did not immediately release further details about the raids or provide further details about when the alleged money transfer took place.

The As-Sahaba mosque is under surveillance by Germany's domestic intelligence agency and is considered an important meeting point for members of Germany's radical Salafist scene, according to the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper.

The mosque was founded in 2010 by the German-Egyptian Islamist Reda Seyam,
...Al Qaeda-linked jihadi recruiter, financier of jihadi activities at the behest of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate back when Prince Turki bin Faisal was running things — including the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing that killed 200 — and papa of a bouncing baby boy named Jihad... Salafist doesn’t come close to his orienration...
who is accused of taking part in a terror attack in Bali, according to the paper. He later left Germany to travel to Syria to become the "education minister" for the myrmidon "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.
This article starring:
Reda Seyam
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I will not say I told you so.
Posted by: newc || 12/19/2018 1:11 Comments || Top||


Jihadist Migrant Plotted to Bomb Vatican, Italian Churches at Christmas
[BREITBART] Italian counter-terrorism police have incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a Somali migrant with ties to 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....
, who discussed bombing Christian churches throughout Italia this Christmas, specifically mentioning Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

In an operation involving multiple Italian and international law enforcement agencies, police arrested 20-year-old Mohsin Ibrahim Omar, also known as Anas Khalil, in the southern Italian port city of Bari last Thursday, Italian media reported on Monday.

According to reports, Omar was in direct contact with an operational jihadist cell and had active plans to target Christian churches during the upcoming Christmas holidays, starting with the "biggest one", Saint Peter’s Basilica.

In his communication, Omar spoke of striking the Vatican on Christmas day or shortly afterwards, when there would be "the pope and so many people" and the church would be "full, full, full". Police discovered pictures of the Vatican on the man’s phone, which he had downloaded from the internet.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
Two Maute gunrunners nabbed in Valenzuela City
[Rappler] Two alleged gunrunners for the Maute terrorist organization responsible for the Islamist takeover of Marawi City, were collared along the North Luzon Expressway in Valenzuela City on December 16.

According to the police report, partners Edgardo Medel and Rosemarie Medel were nabbed by special operations agents, after being caught in a buy-bust operation. Police were able to find the two with the help of a tipster. This source identified the pair as suppliers for the Maute group and are already taking orders for the 2019 elections.

After building up their case and establishing contact with the suspects, undercover cops arranged for a staged purchase. Right after the deal, cops arrested the couple. Seized from the two were two assault rifles, a handgun, and 12,893 rounds of live ammunition for M-60 light machine guns.

The couple brought their three children in the transaction. They were turned over to their other relatives, police said.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rubble and Charred Cars in Former Syria Jihadist Hub
[AnNahar] Burnt-out cars, craters and collapsed buildings dot the side of a road in the Syrian village of Hajin, after US-backed forces expelled 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.

The sound of mortar fire and flying bullets resounded inside Hajin on Saturday, as huge clouds of grey smoke billowed over the outskirts of the large village in eastern Syria.

The yellow flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces flew above one building, after the Kurdish-led fighters seized the village from IS jihadists on Friday.

"Hajin has come under the control of our forces," SDF commander Zanar Awaz said.

"We are now fighting on the outskirts of Hajin and we are preparing to enter nearby villages," he said in Kurdish, a shot of white in his short black hair.

"We will finish off this terrorist group."

Hajin lies on the east bank of the Euphrates in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the border with Iraq.

The village's capture marks a milestone in a massive and costly operation backed by a US-led coalition to expel IS from eastern Syria.

On Saturday, armoured vehicles brought in SDF fighters to reinforce the front lines outside Hajin, as coalition planes and helicopters flew overhead.

An SDF fighter sitting on the top of a vehicle with fellow combattants flashed a victory sign.

- TUNNELS AND TRENCHES -
The Kurdish-led SDF launched an offensive in September to expel IS from a pocket including its main village Hajin, but their advance has been fraught with obstacles.

"We've been facing a lot of difficulties: IS boom-mobiles, suicide kaboomers. Most of them are foreign," Awaz said.

On Saturday morning, IS launched a counterattack, but the SDF said it succeeded in repelling them with the backing of coalition air strikes.

Since the start of the operation on September 10, at least 930 jihadists and more than 540 SDF fighters have been killed, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

In addition, more than 320 civilians have bit the dust, many in coalition air strikes, according to the Observatory. The coalition has however repeatedly denied targeting civilians.

But no civilians were visible in Hajin on Saturday, after thousands fled the village and nearby areas.

A convoy of armoured cars ferried in US soldiers, churning up dust along the way.

On a hill that used to act as the village cemetery, tunnels and trenches dug by the jihadists lay covered in sheets and colourful blankets.

Bullet and artillery shell casings covered the ground.

- 'DEATH IS THEIR DESTINY' -
SDF fighter Bahouz, who did not give his last name, remembered first entering the district's hospital.

He said he took pictures of the dead jihadists he saw there.

"They think they'll go to paradise, but we killed them," he said, carrying a gun and hand grenades around his waist.

"Death is their destiny as they destroyed everything."

IS swept across large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, implementing their brutal interpretation of Islamic law in areas they controlled.

But they have since seen their dream of a state crumble, as they have lost most of that territory to various offensives.

In Syria, IS fighters are holding out in what remains of the pocket that once included Hajin, including the villages of al-Shaafa and Sousa.

They have also retained a presence in the vast Badia desert, but that front is managed by Russia-backed regime forces.

According to the Observatory, a total of 17,000 SDF fighters are involved in the fight to seize the eastern pocket, compared to around 2,000 jihadists.

Inside Hajin village, SDF fighter Mohammed al-Mohammed said his spirits were high.

"There's only a bit left" to capture from IS, said the 19-year-old.

"We will head on to al-Shaafa and Sousa to liberate them and win, God willing."
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Heavy clashes continue in Deir Ezzor as Daesh refuses to give up last Euphrates pocket
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) is not quite done in the eastern part of the Euphrates River Valley region, despite losing a significant portion of territory to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the last two weeks.

In an effort to take advantage of the rough weather conditions, the Islamic State launched a big counter-attack in eastern Hajin on Monday.

The terrorist group was able to retake several areas from the Syrian Democratic Forces east of Hajin before making their push to reenter the town.

While the Islamic State claims they are entrenched inside of eastern Hajin, the Syrian Democratic Forces deny the terrorist group possesses any portion of the town.

With a limited U.S. air presence over Hajin due to the weather, the Syrian Democratic Forces have been forced to rely on their ground troops to beat back the terrorist combatants.

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