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More Than 100 School Girls Poisoned in Herat: Officials
[Tolo News] Local officials said more than 100 school girls were poisoned in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province early Monday.

The incident took place in Herat city when the girls were at school, said officials.

The girls have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said.

"So far it's not clear how the incident happened but we have started investigations," officials said.

Officials did not provided further details about the incident.

Poisoning of school pupils, especially at girls schools, has increased in recent months -- sparked concern among many families in Afghanistan.

No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

150 Insurgents Killed in Nangarhar Military Operation
[Tolo News] At least 150 Taliban hard boyz were killed in a large-scale military operation in eastern 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..
province in the past month, local officials said on Monday.

In addition, more than 100 other hard boyz were maimed.

The operation was launched in Hesarak, Sherzad and Khoghyani districts of the province which borders Pakistain. The operation was launched to clear hard boyz a month ago and ended on Monday, Mohammad Zaman Waziri, the commander of Selab 201 Military Corps in eastern Afghanistan said.

The operation was named "Musalas-e-Ahaneen" in which 13 security soldiers were also killed and three others injured, Mohammad Zaman Waziri said.

The military officials said that the hard boyz gathered across the border and come into Afghanistan with the intention of destabilizing the country.

"We have destroyed all Taliban bases in Hesarak and Sherzad districts of the province and the Taliban hard boyz had massive casualties in the month's operation," said Waziri.

The military soldiers, who have since returned to their bases, said the "Taliban hard boyz created problems for residents in these areas. We were sent from different provinces to rescue our people."

"I have fought the Taliban hard boyz face-to-face and the people," a soldier Ahmadullah said.

Another soldier, and resident of eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, Mustafa said that "the Taliban created problems for the people. I have killed a number of Talibs and as long as I am alive I will rescue my peoples from them."
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [600 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

NDS detain 30 terrorists involved in recent Kabul attacks
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The National Directorate of security (NDS) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency has detained 30 key members of Haqqani terrorist network and Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
Shura of Taliban during special operations.

A statement issued by NDS on Monday states that these holy warriors were involved in recent deadly attacks in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
. These attacks left hundreds of people killed and maimed. Two of these attacks were carried out in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas and the two others were carried out on Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
International Airport and Parliament House.

The statement further states that these people were planning more attacks in Kabul but NDS personnel detained them before they could implement their intentions.

The detained holy warriors include Qari Janan the Peshwar Shura designated governor of Kabul's Deh Sabz District and some his lover companions.

They also include some commanders from Haqqani terrorist network identified as Israr Ahmad, Malik and Mustafa who implemented one attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport and two others in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas.

According to NDS statement these holy warriors were working on carrying out 13 more attacks in Kabul to target the Presidential Palace, NDS compound in Shash Darak area, Ministry of Defense, U.S. Embassy, police headquarters, Parliament House and Khatam-un-Nabiyeen University.

The Press Release further states that last week NDS seized 13 tons of kabooms in two trucks in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province. According to the statement these trucks were made ready to cross into central provinces for kabooms.

Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya loyalist forces battle ISIL in Benghazi
[Hurriyet Daily News] Libyan pro-government forces on Aug. 31 battled jihadists from 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 the Levant (ISIL) group in second city Benghazi, where five pro-government fighters have been killed in two days of violence, media said.

Four loyalist soldiers died and 22 were maimed on Aug. 30 in festivities with ISIL in the southern district of Hawari, the pro-government LANA news agency reported.

"Fierce festivities with all sorts of weapons are still ongoing Monday between the army and terrorist groups," LANA said, quoting a military source.

Loyalist forces have advanced into Hawari and control much of the district, it added.

The eastern city has been rocked by near-daily fighting for more than a year between pro-government forces and gangs including fighters from the radical 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 ISIL.

LANA also cited an army front man as saying that a special forces commander, Imad el-Jazwi, was killed in a mine blast on Aug. 31.

Jazwi had been searching a house in the central neighbourhood of Al-Laythi when the kaboom killed him and maimed three members of his unit, the front man said.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Moamer Qadaffy.

The North African nation has two rival parliaments and governments and several gangs vying for power and its oil wealth.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Tripoli car bombing at Mellitah HQ
[Libya Herald] A boom-mobile went kaboom! outside the 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...
headquarters of the Mellitah Oil and Gas company.

The car is understood to have been blown up in a narrow street beside the building in Dahra. Witnesses said two other cars nearby had went kaboom!, possibly as a result of the first blast.

Mellitah is a joint venture between the National Oil Corporation and Italia's energy giant Eni.

Initial reports of deaths and injuries appear to have been wrong and an Eni front man played down the results of the kaboom, saying there there was little damage. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
those who have seen the wreckage say that the first floor of the building was badly damaged.

The attack happened after most office workers had gone home. It has also occurred on the eve of the 46th anniversary of the coup which brought Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
to power in 1969. As a result, it was thought at first there might be a link.

death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
this evening IS was claiming on Twitter that its "brave soldiers" had been able to bomb "the apostates".

In what is seen as a disturbing development, a number of photographers taking pictures outside building after the kaboom were placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
, allegedly by Rada forces, and were still being held by sunset this evening.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Killers on Horseback Massacre nearly 80 in NE Nigeria
[AnNahar] Suspected 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...
gunnies on horseback rubbed out nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday.

The attacks were the latest bloodbath in the six-year-old insurgency by the hard boy group aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the volatile region.

Babakura Kolo, a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were rubbed out in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday.

"Reports reached us of an attack on Baanu village late Friday where Boko Haram gunnies riding on horses opened fire on the village. Sixty-eight people were killed in the attack," Kolo told AFP.

He said the gunnies stormed Baanu around 8.30 pm (1930 GMT), shooting sporadically.

Baanu resident Aisami Ari who fled the attack to the state capital Maiduguri on Saturday, also confirmed the attack and the corpse count.

"The attackers came on horses around 8.30 pm and began shooting sporadically. The whole village was thrown into confusion and everybody fled. We returned after they had gone and found out they had killed 68 people in the village," he said.

"Most of us left the village on Saturday for fear of a fresh attack," he added.

A government official, who demanded anonymity, however put the corpse count in Baanu at 56.

Kolo also said four people were killed in another attack by the Islamists in Karnuwa village on Saturday.

"They rubbed out four people in the village, including the chief imam of the village, his son and two neighbours," he said.

Local resident Saleh Musa told AFP of a third attack on Hambagda on Sunday where they killed seven villagers and injured five others.

"The attackers arrived on horseback around 2:00 pm while people were praying in the mosque. They went straight to the mosque and opened fire on worshipers," said Musa who later fled to the nearby town of Askira Uba.

"They killed seven people, while five others were maimed. I was late for the afternoon prayers and I was at home preparing to go to the mosque and join in the prayers when the attack happened."

Army front man in Maiduguri, Colonel Tukur Gusau, and Borno government front man Isa Umar Gusau said they could not immediately comment on the attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/01/2015 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Houthis detain dozens in Yemeni capital
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iranian-backed 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 and forces allied to deposed leader President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
have launched a large campaign of raids and arrests against activists and politicians in the Yemeni capital.

According to Al Arabiya News Channel, at least 50 people have been tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
in Sanaa where Houthis have a dominant presence.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
the Saudi-led coalition has sent military support to forces loyal to the internationally-recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi in the eastern province of Marib, according to the channel.

If pro-government forces manage to push the Houthis out of Marib, they could potentially advance rapidly across Jawf, a flat, desert province bordering 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...
that is also a gateway to Saada.

Since late March, the Saudi-led coalition has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to Saleh, in a bid to put Hadi's government back in power.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police
[Hurriyet Daily News] A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said late Aug. 29.

"A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey's
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
western shores tried to illegally enter [Greek waters]," the Marine Ministry said in a statement.

Greek port police and officials from the EU border agency Frontex managed to halt and board the boat.

Shots were fired during scuffles between the police and three suspected people smugglers from Turkey, the ministry said.

One of the suspected smugglers, who were all locked away
Please don't kill me!
, admitted to injuring an officer after grabbing his pistol, the statement added.

The dead migrant was "probably killed by gunfire," a doctor at Symi health center was quoted as saying.
An investigation into his death has been launched. No details on his origin were given.

Marine Minister Christos Zois expressed sadness over the youth's death while praising the police for their "daily struggle in difficult conditions to aid migrants."
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

Army Creating Cyber Units With Soldiers, Civilians
[Mil.com/Stars and Stripes] YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Army is looking for soldiers and civilians to serve in new cyber units charged with protecting critical stateside infrastructure and creating "effects" on the battlefield in support of conventional forces. The challenge: Attracting the creative, energetic talent typically drawn to the freewheeling tech sector.

Army Cyber Command has about 20 teams in place, out of the 41 that it hopes to form by the end of next year, said Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, an adviser to Army Cyber Command and its commander, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon.

Cyber protection teams harden key networks, mitigate risk and hunt for intruders. Other teams protect critical infrastructure, support commanders on the battlefield, analyze intelligence and develop software, Harris said.

Recruiters are hoping to tap into some of the energy that has helped Silicon Valley lead the world in information technology. However, it's unclear whether the Army can provide an environment compatible with the techies whose skills have made Google, Microsoft and Apple household names. A different sort of soldier will need to be recruited to fight in "a seriously nontraditional" space, said Arizona State University engineering professor Braden Allenby.

The challenge for recruiters is twofold. They need to attract skilled techies to the military, then make sure they don't trigger an "immune response" from the more traditional military organizations they need to work with, Allenby said.

The Army has been building its cyber force since 2010, and Harris said the goal is to recruit 1,899 cyber workers -- its share of 6,000 employees under the umbrella of the Defense Department's Cyber Command.

The Army's cyber teams are scheduled to be fully staffed by the end of next year, though it will take longer to complete training, said Capt. Micah Bushouse, who works for Army Cyber Command's advanced concepts and technology section.

Bushouse, whose job is to ensure cyber soldiers have the funding and gear they need, has a telecommunications degree from Michigan State University and spent nine years as a signal officer before joining Army Cyber Command.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [654 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. The mentality and profile of the cyber types does not fit the 18th Century military social order. Nor does it fit the institutional structure of routine reassignment, 'professional' development, and 'up or out' personal management of the place. You have to remember the Los Alamos crew were 'bright' civilians and while the senior management and administration team was in uniform, the workers were not. Think charter schools vs public school. Think Freikorps rather than line units.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/01/2015 10:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Think higher salaries.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 09/01/2015 14:40 Comments || Top||

#3  They do that with the National Laboratories(Livermore, Los Alamos, Aragonne, et al). Civil Service couldn't pay enough to attract 'smart people' for DoD tech (and nuke) research in the post WWII period, so they set up the laboratories as contractors to the government. Then you get the other problem. They become 'welfare' for the gifted. You down size the military massively for whom their existence was an excuse and you keep all the laboratories.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/01/2015 15:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #3. Particularly true of the Hanford Nuclear Site in Richland, Wa. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a division of 'non-for profit' Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI). The "clean-up" progresses at the Atomic City at the desired contractor-for-life PNNL snails pace.

Many if not all of the sites listed in #3 are run by BMI (or their subs) under the stewardship of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Each is a kingdom unto itself reporting loosely to BMI corporate masters in Columbus, Oh.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/01/2015 15:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Then you get the other problem. They become 'welfare' for the gifted.

But first, they've delivered.

p.s. What's wrong for welfare for the gifted? IMO, beats the hell of investing most in the worst.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/01/2015 15:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Just like everything else the government sticks it fingers in. You get more of what you subsidize causing distortions in resource distribution. It's all fun(d) and games, till other people's money runs out.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/01/2015 16:09 Comments || Top||

#7  What's wrong for welfare for the gifted? IMO, beats the hell of investing most in the worst.

I always kinda wondered that myself. See also...Military leaders warn U.S. is falling behind in cybersecurity
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 09/01/2015 16:15 Comments || Top||

#8  1. The labs went off the rails to 'discover' new means of killing time and money when defense shrunk. So, when you do have an issue of cyber security, they aren't there in the force that's needed to address the issue. Misallocation of resources.

2. Get the damn lawyers out of the loop and go on the offensive.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/01/2015 17:21 Comments || Top||

India alleges arrest of another Pakistani in India-held Kashmir
[DAWN] Indian authorities have claimed the arrest of a terrorist who they allege belongs to Pakistain and was sent to India-held Kashmire to setup a Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) camp in the area, according to a report published on the Hindustan Times website.

The reports claims that Assad Ahmed, cousin of an alleged Pakistain-trained suspect who was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
last week in India-held Kashmire, had told the Hindustan Times that the arrested man Sajjad is of Pak descent.

Indian media channels showed images of a man carrying an AK-47 rifle at the entrance of a cave in India-held Kashmire, whom they have identified as Sajjad Ahmed also known as Jawed Ahmed, and claimed that the arrested terrorist had confessed that he was a resident of Pakistain's Muzzaffargarh district.

The Hindustan Times quoted Assad, a security guard 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...
, as saying: "yes, I am the brother of Sajjad Ahmed. We read about his arrest in Indian-held Kashmire in a local daily".

Assad's statements pertaining to Sajjad's father allegedly matched those of Sajjad himself when he spoke to army interrogators. "Yes, his father's name is Faiz Baksh and he is a resident of Muzaffargarh," he said.

Sajjad is allegedly the second suspect captured by Indian forces this month whom they allege has been sent from Pakistain.

The arrests come at a time when National Security Adviser (NSA) level talks between Pakistain and India have been suspended amid frequent exchanges of fire between border troops of the two nuclear-armed neighbours, which have claimed the lives of several civilians on both sides of the border.

The latest development also follows the arrest of several suspects in Karachi and Lahore whom security and intelligence agencies claim to have links to India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spy agency.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

Cracker explosion near private university in Karachi triggers panic
[DAWN] Two persons were maimed when unknown miscreants resorted to firing and hurled crackers near a private university 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...
's Gulistan-e-Johar area Monday evening, triggering fear and panic.

"Unknown miscreants threw two crackers, which landed near the boundary wall of Habib University," said Gulshan Superintendent of Police, Abid Qaimkhani.

The guards of the varsity resorted to gun sex in response, added the officer.

"It did not appear to be an attack on the varsity but its motive seemed to create harassment and fear," opined the police officer.

Contingents of police and Rangers rushed to the spot and launched a search operation in the adjoining Pehlwan Goth locality, said SP Qaimkhani.

"It was not a university-specific incident," said Habib University President Wasif Rizvi.

According to Mr. Rizvi, a law-and-order situation emerged in the neighbouring Pehlwan Goth area where suspects resorted to firing. As a result, the university's security personnel were alerted.

Later, the varsity's spokesperson, Sibtain Naqvi, said Rangers and police contingents searched the campus and cleared it.

The university spokesperson added that sounds of firing and kaboom were heard "near the varsity."
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#1  "White Lives Matter Too"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/01/2015 10:07 Comments || Top||

Battle for Baiji grinds on as ISIS strikes back
[RUDAW.NET] Fighting is still underway between Iraqi forces and ISIS for control of the critical refinery town of Baiji, with the the city's mayor describing the process as slow.

"The military operation had been temporarily slowed for two weeks as army forces, the Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Units] and local police reorganized in order to restart their attacks," Mayor Mohamad Mahmud, told Rudaw Arabic on Sunday.

Baiji, located in Salahadin province roughly 210km from Baghdad, fell to ISIS in 2014. The city's oil refinery is said to be the largest in Iraq and vital for the economy.

"A military operation is going on in Tal Jirad against Daesh elements, south of Baiji," the mayor added, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The government has claimed victory in Baiji several times in the past months, but the reports have been unfounded. ISIS suicide kabooms have halted the advances of Iraqi forces, according to reports.

ISIS murderous Moslems attacked Hashd al-Shaabi forces in recent days, rigging 18 military vehicles with explosives, killing and wounding dozens of Iraqi forces.

Reports that the Shiite militias, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, had withdrawn from Baiji and Anbar last week have been denied by the group's commanders.

Local media reported that Shiite militias' alleged withdrawal from Iraq's Anbar and Baiji was caused by the presence of US advisers in the area.

The pro-Iranian Shiite group, however, claimed that US forces have no role on the ground and that their forces will not withdraw from the battle.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

New ISIS footage shows Shiite hostages being set on fire
[RUDAW.NET] 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....
has released video footage allegedly showing the jihadists burning alive four Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militia members in retaliation for what the group says was the burning alive of an ISIS member by a prominent Shiite holy warrior named Abu Azrael, ISIS' Anbar province media office said Monday.

In the ISIS video, the group's Death Eaters show a Hashd al-Shaabi hostage video footage containing the killing of an ISIS holy warrior earlier by Abu Azrael, before setting the four captives alight.

Three of the Hashd al-Shaabi shown are from the Shiite tribe of Ghazalin in the city of Najaf, and one of them is from the tribe of Kanan in Babil province.

Footage appearing to show Abu Azrael carving the flesh from the body of a charred ISIS fighter he burned alive has recently made the rounds on the Internet.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Posted by: Huperelet Sforza5791 || 09/01/2015 4:08 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
The 'Birmingham Koran' fragment that could shake Islam after carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than the Prophet Muhammad
o. Fragments of the oldest Koran were discovered last month in Birmingham

o. Carbon dating found the pages were produced between 568AD and 654AD

o. But several historians now say that the parchment may predate Muhammad

o. They believe that this discovery could rewrite the early history of Islam

Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Parchment was often re-used because paper was so valuable. Unless there is something in the Koran saying that the pages were new or something I don't think there is anything here. Date the ink perhaps that'll prove something.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 09/01/2015 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  "'This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran's genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven.'"

More likely is that they mis-translated a pre-existing text from another language, which explains some of the gibberish in the Koran.

Posted by: frozen al || 09/01/2015 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  That book is as useless for Civilization as Mein Kompf
Posted by: newc || 09/01/2015 13:10 Comments || Top||

#4  ...but apparently great in motivating people to conquer and loot, as in both cases.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/01/2015 17:23 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Despite MNLF calls, Misuari warrant stands
[Inquirer] The Moro National Liberation Front said it was hopeful that the Philippine government would lift the arrest warrant for its leader, Nur Misuari, so he could join the delegation to Manila on September 2 for the tripartite meeting with the government and the Organization of Islamic Conference.

On its official Facebook page, the MNLF said Misuari and some 80 MNLF officials were included in the list of those attending the meeting, to thresh out problems hounding the erstwhile militant group. The MNLF wrote, "We hope the warrant would already be lifted against our beloved leader Prof. Nur Misuari."

Misuari has been in hiding after warrants were issued against him over the September 2013 siege, where at least 300 people were killed and over 120,000 families displaced. Despite being in hiding, Misuari maintains close contact with the MNLF faction that he heads.

Regional State Prosecutor Peter Medalle said they have not received any information that Misuari's warrant would be lifted and that the former miltant leader-turned-politician could still be nabbed on sight.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Russian jets in Syrian skies
[Ynet] Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Salafist tough guys; US stays silent.

Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state.

According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base.

In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.

Past reports have stated that the Russians were in talks to sell the Syrians a package of MiG-29 fighter jets, and Yak-130 trainer jets (which can also serve as attack aircraft.) The current makeup of the expeditionary force is still unknown, but there is no doubt that Russian pilots flying combat missions in Syrian skies will definitely change the existing dynamics in the Middle East.

The Russians do not harbor offensive intentions towards Israel or other sovereign states in the area, and their main stated goal is battling ISIS and preserving Assad's rule. However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
their presence will represent a challenge to the Israeli Air Force's freedom of operation in the skies above the Middle East.

Western diplomatic sources recently reported that a series of negotiations had been held between the Russians and the Iranians, mainly focusing on ISIS and the threat it poses to the Assad regime. The infamous Iranian Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani recently visited Moscow in the framework of these talks. As a result the Russians and the Iranians reached a strategic decision: Make any effort necessary to preserve Assad's seat of power, so that Syria may act as a barrier, and prevent the spread of ISIS and Islamist backed militias into the former Soviet Islamic republics.

The Russians are not the only ones coordinating their Middle East policy with the Iranians; The US has also jumped aboard that train. American government officials have been holding intensive consultations with representatives of the Iranian regime concerning a stronger joint effort against ISIS in Iraq. It seems that the US government currently views Iran as a central and necessary force in the campaign against ISIS within Iraq.

The Iranian-American cooperation is focused on two focal points: The first being Anbar province, where the Iraqis have thus far failed to expel ISIS; and the second djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, where the Iraqis have yet to come up with a feasible plan to recapture the city.

Western diplomatic sources have emphasized that the B.O. regime is fully aware of the Russian intent to intervene directly in Syria, but has yet to issue any reaction. The absence of a vocal opposition from the B.O. regime is compounded by its cessation of calls for the dissolution of Assad's murderous regime.

This and more: The Iranians and the Russians- with the US well aware- have begun the struggle to reequip the Syrian army, which has been left in tatters by the civil war. They intend not only to train Assad's army, but to also equip it. During the entire duration of the civil war, the Russians have consistently sent a weapons supply ship to the Russian held port of Tartus in Syria on a weekly basis. The ships would bring missiles, replacement parts, and different types of ammunition for the Syrian army.

Arab media outlets have recently published reports that Syria and Russia were looking for an additional port on the Syrian coast, which will serve the Russians in their mission to hasten the pace of the Syrian rearmament.

In the meantime, Assad's army is in full scale retreat in the strategic province of Idlib. Mere days ago, a force from the Jaesh Al Fatah (A coalition or rebel groups including Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
) advanced on the Abu Duhur military airfield in southwestern Syria's Iblib province, which borders on Latika. Alwaite and Christian residents of the area have fled to the last remaining Alawite Bantustans along the country's coastline.

Even The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, which has so far avoided any action which would strengthen Assad, has had to come to terms with the Russian-Iranian move and the resulting American silence, leading it to launch its own bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria.

During a recent trip to Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
, Erdogan reached understandings with the Qataris and the Saudis regarding a program to arm Moslem Brüderbund backed rebels who are fighting against ISIS, de-facto fighting both Assad and ISIS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/01/2015 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  It seems that the US government currently views Iran as a central and necessary force in the campaign against ISIS within Iraq.

Burning the barn to get rid of the rats?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/01/2015 5:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Obama contribution will be to rename Syria to Assyria. Similar action as with Mt. McKinley. He doesn't originate these ideas. Someone is pulling his strings.
Posted by: Dale || 09/01/2015 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Renaming conventions are a tribal thing used to establish ownership. I'm surprised The Hague hasn't already been renamed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/01/2015 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  In regards to Syria "the Russians are coming" to clean up the mess that Susan Rice's Syrian rebel initiative not only failed miserably, but the immediate surrender of Ms Rice's rebel forces resulted in more arms for Al Qaeda in Syria. It was not only Ms Rice's failure, the failure rests squarely on the US Senate who approved the failed adventure by a vote of 78-22 in 2015. Washington overall is completely incompetent in the ME.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 09/01/2015 11:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Washington overall is completely incompetent in the ME.

Posted by: AlanC || 09/01/2015 12:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Obama has chosen the Russian/Iranian side over the Gulf States. Saudi Qatar Kuwait UAE must be furious.

I don't feel sorry for the gulf states as they preach religious intolerance and Christian/Jewish hatred.
Posted by: paul || 09/01/2015 13:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't worry EH, your secret is safe. The MSM will never report it...
Posted by: Steve White || 09/01/2015 18:24 Comments || Top||

13 people, including 6 children, killed in air strikes on Eastern Ghouta
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 13 people, including 6 children, have been killed on Sunday in Syrian regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta Suburbs near Damascus, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said 7 people, including 3 children, have been killed in missile attack on Saqba town in the eastern district of Damascus.

Also 6 people, including 3 children and 2 women, have bit the dust in raids on Douma city, some 15 km (10 miles) northeast of the capital. The area is besieged by regime forces.

The monitoring group that tracks Syrian war said at least 16,744 enforced disappearance cases by regime have been documented in Damascus suburbs since the Syrian revolution erupted in March 2011.

Last week, government air strikes on east of Damascus had killed 247 people, including 50 children, and maimed 1,000 more people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The attacks on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region included Aug. 16 air strikes that killed 117 people in a marketplace in Douma.

A rescue service operating in the rebel-held region, the Civil Defense, had documented 265 deaths, including 44 children and 33 women in the same period, said the front man for Rif Damascus - the rural area around the city. Speaking to Rooters via the internet, he put the maimed at 1,200.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Fatah Army renews attacks on two Shiite villages in Idlib
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Fatah Army rebels have renewed attacks on two Shi'ite villages in northern province of Idlib, pressing advances as a ceasefire broke down the day before.

Activists said the ongoing festivities that erupted on Sunday are taking place in al-Sawaghiya district near of Kefraya and al-Foua villages in the northwest of rebel-held province.

The heavy shelling has also renewed in Zabadani town near the Lebanese border.

The truce between the Syrian army and the Lebanese group Hezbollah on the one side, and Fatah Army represented by the dominant Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
movement, on the other, came into effect on Thursday. But it took just two days to break out.

The sides had discussed evacuating the maimed from the three areas under the ceasefire but so far none have been transported out, the Observatory said.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Battling rebels, ISIL moves closer to central Damascus
[Hurriyet Daily News] 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 the Levant (ISIL) faceless myrmidons battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighborhood Aug. 31, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the center of the capital, a monitoring group said.

ISIL faceless myrmidons fought street battles against Salafist tough guys in Asali, part of the capital's southern Qadam district, after seizing two streets there over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"This is the closest ISIL has ever been to the heart of Damascus," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

He said the jihadists had advanced from the adjacent Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood, where they have been based since July 2014.

A Syrian military official confirmed the festivities and said he was "very happy that they are fighting."

"But we are ready to react if they try to advance into government-held territory," the official told AFP.

According to the Observatory, opposition-held Qadam has been relatively quiet since a truce between rebel groups and regime forces there a year ago.

It said fighting in the district on Aug. 30 left 15 fighters dead, but it could not specify how many were from ISIL and how many were Salafist tough guys.

Abdel Rahman said the "fierce street battles" had forced civilians to flee the area.

Since its expulsion from the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus last year, ISIL has used Al-Hajar Al-Aswad as a base for attacks on the capital. From there, it tried to seize the Yarmuk Paleostinian refugee camp in April, but was pushed back.

That same month, ISIL kidnapped two opposition fighters from Qadam and beheaded them in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Terror Networks
US Allies conduct 1 air strike in Syria and 11 in Iraq against Islamic State
[Ynet] The US military reports that US Allies conduct one air strike in Syria and 11 in Iraq against 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....
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Posted by: trailing wife || 09/01/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Air strike in Syria? Is that part of defending the "red line"?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/01/2015 12:24 Comments || Top||

#2  target Mosul and Raqqaa then target any convoys or training centers linked to isis.

Posted by: paul || 09/01/2015 14:14 Comments || Top||

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