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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: UN envoy in Damascus to seek quick Aleppo truce
Posted by Steve White 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 412 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Damascus -- UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in war-ravaged second city Aleppo during talks Saturday with the Syrian government, an official said.

De Mistura is due in Damascus in the afternoon just after lunch and “hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project” to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation who spoke on condition of anonymity. The envoy has met with government officials and opposition chiefs in recent weeks to promote his plan for a temporary truce in Aleppo in order to move aid into the northern city.

Once Syria’s commercial hub, Aleppo has been devastated by fighting that began in mid-2012, and the city is now split between loyalist forces and rebels.

Last week De Mistura said “the government of Syria has indicated to me its willingness to halt all aerial bombing and artillery shelling for a period of six weeks all over the city of Aleppo from a date we’ll announce from Damascus”.

Under the plan, rebels would be asked to suspend rocket and mortar fire in the city during the freeze.
What do the government forces do in response -- mop up?
De Mistura’s visit to Damascus coincides with a meeting of the main opposition National Coalition in the Turkish border town of Kilis to discuss the his plan, an alliance spokesman said. Those at the meeting — including coalition chief Khaled Khoja, opposition figures and representatives of Aleppo’s civil society — would declare a position on De Mistura’s plan.

It would run into Sunday and conclude “with an announcement on the creation of a follow-up committee that will make contact with De Mistura about his project,” said the spokesman.

When he revealed his plan this month, De Mistura said he had asked the Syrian government to allow a UN team into Aleppo to identify a district for a trial ceasefire.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad told Al Watan newspaper that the envoy suggested the trial begin simultaneously in Salaheddin and Saif Al Dawla neighbourhoods. Located in southwestern Aleppo city, the two battleground districts are divided between loyalist forces and rebels.

French parliamentarians who met Syrian President Bashar Al Assad on Wednesday have said the embattled leader expressed support for the plan which De Mistura has been mulling since his appointment in July.


Africa Horn: 11 killed as allied forces clash with Shaboobs in Bakool
Posted by Steve White 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 126 words Read the whole thing on page 1
HUDUR, Somalia -- At least 11 people died after Somali government forces aided by African Union peacekeepers raided Al Shabaab bases in Bakool region of southern Somalia on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

Somali National Army (SNA) commander in Bakool Abdirahman Mohamed told the media that fierce fighting in El Bar area left 8 terrorists militants dead and scores wounded.

Meanwhile Al Shabaab operations terrorist spokesman Abdiasis Abu Muscab claimed victory against the allied forces, saying they killed ten soldiers and destroyed several military vehicles.

Mohamed added that only three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in the battle.

Following severe setback on the frontline in central and southern Somalia, Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group reverted to cowardly hit-and-run attacks.


Iraq: Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack On ISIS
Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 2 Comments 457 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DailyBeast] The U.S. military's goal to retake Iraq's second largest city from the self-proclaimed 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 been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told The Daily Beast. That's a major shift for the Pentagon, which recently announced that the first major ground offensive in the war against ISIS could come in the next few weeks.

Defense officials once hoped that Iraqi troops could move into djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
by the Spring and reclaim the city from ISIS. Now, those officials say, Fall is more realistic. And even that date was tenuous.

"It is an Iraqi decision but we don't want to do anything until they are ready and can win decisively," a military official explained to the Daily Beast. "They cannot now."

Since December, when U.S. officials first suggested a spring timeline, the Iraqi government repeatedly pushed back publicly, saying its forces were not ready. And yet U.S. officials kept suggesting such a campaign was possible. The CENTCOM briefing outraged many in Baghdad who felt pressured. In a televised address last week, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Obeidi would not confirm the proposed timeline, but rather rejected the U.S. decision to name specific months for an operation.

"This is urban warfare and we have civilian populations. It is very important to take time and accuracy in setting the plan for this battle," Obeidi said.

All the while, there were inside the Pentagon that launching a plan too soon could have long term adverse affects on their seven-month air campaign against ISIS.

CENTCOM officials appeared eager to launch the campaign in anticipation of the summer and holy month of Ramadan, when troops would be fasting from sunrise and sunset, making such an offensive all but impossible.

But as criticism of that plan mounted, defense officials increasingly began stressing readiness and not timelines. Rather than an American-pushed spring offensive, officials stressed, it was an Iraqi-led operation that would be decided by the government there.
#1: Well that will give you plenty of time to come up with a good plan and see if the enemy approves.
Posted by: chris|| 2015-03-01 00:31 ||Comments

#2: Looks like someone that can actually assess readiness filed a report on the true condition and training of the Iraqi Army.

Kurds would likely be ready but they are primarily light infantry - and still need artillery. And too few of them for a major offensive in an urban area.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-03-01 00:46 ||Comments



Iraq: Southern Baghdad Mortar attack causes 3 injuries
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[IraqiNews.com] The mortar shell which hit Dora area of southern Baghdad on Saturday evening resulted in injuring three persons.

Security source reported to IraqiNews.com "Casualties of the mortar attack which hit Shurta neighborhood of southern Baghdad on Saturday evening resulted in three injuries among civilians and material damage for several houses."


Iraq: Death toll of Balad Ruz bombings hit 68 deaths, injuries
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[IraqiNews.com] The corpse count of the two boom-mobiles that hit Balad Ruz district of Diyala, earlier today climbed to 15 deaths and 53 injuries.

The casualty figure of the two bombings that swept a market in Balad Ruz reached 15 and 53 injuries, security source told Alforat.


Africa North: Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'
Posted by Fred 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 347 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[THEGLOBEANDMAIL] An Egyptian court declared Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the rulers of the Gazoo Strip who once found a warm welcome under the country's past Islamist government.
And in Israel there was much rejoicing. Except on the Left, which will worry that Hamas would lose all motivation to negotiate for peace.
Hamas losing all motivation to negotiate for peace? Don't worry, the Iranians will get them back into line at the peace processor...
The ruling by Judge Mohammed el-Sayed of the Court For Urgent Matters described Hamas as targeting both civilians and security forces inside Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula and aiming to harm the country. The Sinai has been under increasing attack by Islamic Death Eaters since the Egyptian military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

"It has been proven without any doubt that the movement has committed acts of sabotage, liquidations and the killing of innocent civilians and members of the armed forces and police in Egypt," the judge's ruling said, according to state news agency MENA.

In Gazoo, Hamas official Mushir al-Masri condemned the decision and urged Egypt to reverse course.

"This ruling serves the Israeli occupation. It's a politicized decision that constitutes the beginning of Egypt evading its role toward the Paleostinian cause," he said. "This is a coup against history and an Egyptian abuse of the Paleostinian cause and resistance, which fights on behalf of the Arab nation. We call on Egypt to reconsider this dangerous decision."


Britain: PEGIDA holds first rally in English city of Newcastle
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[FOXNEWS] The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA has held its first rally in Britannia, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people have been jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Police said Saturday that about 375 people joined the PEGIDA rally in Newcastle, 290 miles (465 kilometers) north of London. About 2,000 people joined the counterdemonstration.

Police say the arrests were isolated and the event was largely peaceful.

The leader of the Liberty GB political party Paul Weston told the gathering that Moslems will become a majority in Britannia in the coming decades and will "take over" the country.


Bangladesh: 3 burnt in Habiganj train arson
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[Dhaka Tribune] Three people were burnt in an arson attack on a train in Habiganj's Madhabpur yesterday night.

Maya Begum, 40, her daughter Amina Khatun, 22, and Madhab Raudra, 30, were admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital shortly after the attack.

They were travelling to Sylhet from Chittagong by Paharia Express, which came under attack in Noapara around 9pm.

Officer-in-Charge of Shayestaganj cop shoppe Yasinul Haque said police were trying to nab the attackers.


Bangladesh: Hanif: Khaleda, get ready for life in jail
Posted by Fred 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 440 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Dhaka Tribune] BNP Chairperson the loathesome Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
should prepare herself for jail because her politics is over, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said yesterday.

"You [Khaleda] should prepare to be in prison, where you have to stay for the rest of your life," he said.

Speaking at a convention of the ruling party's Meherpur district chapter at Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Park in the town, Hanif said the BNP chief is waging a war with people.

"Khaleda is ecstatic with people burning to death in petrol kabooms. She should be brought to book for this. She is also attempting to turn Bangladesh into a failed state by imposing blockade for 54 consecutive days for no reason," Hanif said.

Hanif criticised Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
saying that no religion supports cutting people's tendons or beheading them, reports our Meherpur correspondent.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible...
Prime Minister's Political Adviser HT Imam yesterday said if people do not eliminate BNP-Jamaat, the very existence of the country will be threatened.

As the BNP-Jamaat is run by Pakistain, they want to return to Pakistain, he said.


Bangladesh: Militant den busted, arms, explosives seized
Posted by Fred 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 313 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Dhaka Tribune] Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have busted a myrmidons' den in Bashundhara Residential Area of the port city's Halishahar and seized firearms, ammunition, and bomb-making materials.

RAB 7 Commanding Officer Lt Col Mista Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune: "Acting on a tip-off,
*Ring, ring* "Mahmoud the Weasel here. Listen carefully, I will say this only once."
the RAB members raided the first floor of a five-storied building in the residential area,
Hopefully a suitably proletarian apartment block, though it definitely doesn't compare to a brickyard or strawberry field...
and tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
three myrmidons."

"We have seized 30 grenades, along with a huge cache of firearms, ammunition and kabooms from their possession. We are estimating that some 300-400 bombs could be made using the explosives."
Not just some little gang of miscreants, but a criminal manufactury. Good work, RAB!
Benazir Ahmed, the newly-appointed RAB director general, will arrive in the city around 12pm and brief the media over the recovery of the firearms and explosives, said the official.


India-Pakistan: Terrorist attack in India may lead to nuclear war: US experts
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[DAWN] A major terrorist attack in India might lead to a large-scale military assault on Pakistain, which then could lead to a nuclear war in one of the world's most populous regions, the US Congress was told.
Good thinking, that. Since half the population of Pakistain consists of certifiable lunatics it's entirely likely.
Two US experts on South Asian affairs -- George Perkovich and Ashley Tellis -- presented the doom's day scenario before a Senate panel earlier this week.

The US Senate and the House of Representatives held a series of hearings this week to consider the B.O. regime's budget proposals for 2016.

While debating the US State Department's proposals for foreign aid, politicians invited senior US officials -- including Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
-- and think-tank experts to explain the administration's foreign policy.

During one of these hearings, the two experts argued that Pakistain might use nuclear weapons against India if the latter launched a large-scale military assault in retaliation for a major terror attack from across the border.

"South Asia is the most likely place nuclear weapons could be detonated in the foreseeable future. This risk derives from the unusual dynamic of the India-Pakistain competition," said Mr Perkovich, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
#1: Would never happen with nuclear China so close.
Posted by: chris|| 2015-03-01 00:33 ||Comments



Afghanistan: Pakistan sends relief goods to avalanche-hit Afghanistan
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[DAWN] Two C130 aircraft carrying relief goods were dispatched on Saturday (today) from the Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi to Afghanistan's Panjshir province for victims of a massive avalanche, said a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The relief goods include tents, blankets, stoves, as well as eatables like rice, ready-to-eat meals and medicines.

More than 250 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan this week,

The bulk of the deaths have come in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 186 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told AFP.


India-Pakistan: Security forces arrest key militant in Quetta
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[DAWN] Security forces nabbed
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
a key krazed killer from Quetta's Lak Pass area in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Saturday morning.

Security sources told Dawn that forces arrested Abdul Salam Regi during a raid in Lak Pass.

Later, he was shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Sources added that Regi was affiliated with the banned krazed killer group Jundullah, and was planning to launch suicide kabooms in Balochistan and Iran.

"We are interrogating the suspect," Home Secretary Balochistan Akbar Durrani told Dawn. He, however, stated that the suspect's affiliation with Jundullah is yet to be confirmed.


Africa North: Wataniya TV in Sebha silenced after attack: report
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[Libya Herald] The Wataniya TV and Radio stations in Sebha have gone off air today after the building housing them was attacked this morning. It is not clear if the attack was political. As well as smashing up the premises, those responsible are reported to have stolen cables and equipment.
"No more moose and squirrel for you!"
Questions are being asked about the role of police who were supposed to be protecting the building. They are said to have been withdrawn before the attack.

It is that not the first time Wataniya in Sebha has been attacked. Generators have been stolen more than once.

Meanwhile it is reported that a university professor in the town died earlier this week when he was hit by a stray bullet. Mansour al-Sanusi Hammadi is reported to have been killed on Thursday.

Occasional random shootings continue in the town, regarded as the capital of Fezzan. Recently a mortar was reported to have hit a Sebha wedding tent killing three women wounding many more.
#1: And yet their Nielsen ratings have surpassed Brian Williams, go figure.
Posted by: Chuckles Gravins5654|| 2015-03-01 00:07 ||Comments



Africa North: Claims and counter claims over crashed aircraft
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[Libya Herald] Mystery surrounds reports that a Libyan jet fighter plane was shot down and crashed yesterday just near the border with Tunisia. The Tunisian news agency TAP has quoted an unnamed senior Tunisian security official saying that a plane belonging to Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
crashed just five kilometres inside Libya, adding that it may have been shot down by the Libyan National Army.

Tunisia's Radio Tataouine also reported but it said it had happened 15 kilometres from the border.

For his part, the Libyan National Army's front man, Colonel Ahmed Masmari, has said that a Aero L-39 Albatros trainer aircraft, converted by Libya Dawn to launch missiles, had been shot down as it was trying to attack Wattiya airbase.

In 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...
, however, Libya Dawn has denied losing any aircraft. Also, a photo purporting to be of the burned-out aircraft does not look like an Aero L-39 Albatros. Indeed, it does not look like any aircraft belonging to Libyan air force.

The head of the air force Saqr Adam Geroushi said that he had not heard about the crash but would check on it.


Arabia: Al-Dairi: Some 5,000 foreign fighters present in Libya
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[Libya Herald] Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Dairi has claimed there are some 5,000 foreign combatants fighting alongside holy warriors in Libya.

Many terrorist leader in Libya are foreigners. The so-called Emir of 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....
in Libya is a Yemeni. One of the men who carried out the bombing in Guba was Saudi, Dairi told AFP this week.

Indeed, Al-Dairi's number seems low. Many think there are many more imported muscle here. With Libya's mostly non-existent borders, it is not difficult for them to enter, especially in the south from Mali, Nigeria and Niger.

The Guba bombings was the second time IS has used imported muscle to carry out Libyan suicide kabooms in Libya. IS claimed the assault on 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...
's Corinthia hotel last month was carried out by a Tunisian and a Sudanese. A video that has recently surfaced showing the two men discussing and planning the attack seems by their accents, to confirm this.

Al-Dairi used repeated the government's call for the arms embargo to be lifted and for the international community to arm the Libyan National Army. He also warned that terrorism is a growing threat not only to Libya but also to the region and even Europe.


Africa North: Sudanese no longer barred from entering Libya
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[Libya Herald] Sudanese nationals are no longer barred from travelling to Libya. Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has lifted the ban, just one month after it was put in place.

The government clamped down on Sudanese, as well as Syrians and Paleostinians on 6 January because of supposed intelligence indicating that these countries were involved in "undermining" Libya's security and illusory sovereignty.

Libya's Foreign Ministry has said that the ban was lifted "as an expression of gratitude" because of Sudan's support and efforts to further the reconciliation process in Libya. The ministry also said that Sudanese in Libya have played a key role in Libya's development, working as doctors, engineers, professors, professionals and manual labourers.


Arabia: Yemen's banks deteriorate as the economy collapses
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] Fears of economic collapse are causing Yemeni citizens to withdraw their US dollar savings from banks and keep the dollars at home. Yemen is facing economic collapse for several reasons:
  • The political chaos of the country having two capitals after 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 ...
    seizure of Sanaa is preventing many businesses from operating.

  • The fighting has reduced oil exports, Yemen's main source of dollars. At the same time the price of oil has been falling, so even less money is coming in.

  • 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...
    used to provide aid to the Sunni-led government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, but that aid was cut off when the new Shia-led Houthi government took over.
  • It is possible that the Sanaa regime will soon be unable to pay salaries within a few weeks. The economic collapse represents a recruiting opportunity for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
    ...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
    .(AQAP). Widespread protests and riots, as well as terrorist acts by AQAP, are expected to increase


    Arabia: Rival protests grip Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab as al-Qaida kills 4 soldiers
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    [YEMENONLINE.INFO] Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Iranian catspaws who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged "foreign conspiracies" -- a reference to international backing for Yemen's embattled president, who managed to escape house arrest at the hands of the rebels earlier this month.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
    rallies against the rebels known as Houthis took place in several other places across the country, including cities of Taiz, Hodida, Bayda and Dhamar.


    The Grand Turk: Turkish President Erdogan slams Austria's controversial Islam law
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    [Hurriyet Daily News] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
    strongly criticized Austria on Feb. 28 for approving a controversial bill that revises the status of Moslems in the European country.

    "On the one hand you tell about the EU acquis, but on the other hand you take steps which totally oppose the EU acquis," Erdogan said at a meeting in Istanbul before his departure to 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...
    for an official visit.

    According to the Europa portal, the community acquis or acquis is "the body of common rights and obligations which bind all the member states together within the European Union
    ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
    ... Applicant countries have to accept the Community acquis before they can join the Union."

    The Austrian Parliament passed a law on Feb. 25, stirring a debate.

    The updated "Law on Islam," which was prepared by the coalition of the Social Democratic Party and the People's Party, aims to regulate how Islam is managed inside the country, and includes provisions requiring imams to be able to speak German, standardizing the Koran in the German language, and banning Islamic organizations from receiving foreign funding.

    The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    will make every effort to protect Moslems in Austria, especially those of Turkish descent, from being harmed due to a controversial recently approved bill regulating Islam in the country, Turkey's EU minister said on Feb. 26.

    "We cannot accept any harm to Moslems because of this law and we will make every effort to prevent such harm," Minister Volkan Bozkir told Anadolu Agency during a visit to Finland's capital, Helsinki.

    The president also referred to the recent incidents of Islamophobia
    ...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
    and biases against Moslems in the West, especially Europe, "The incidents are shifting to a different ground. We have to stop these biases."
    Islam has been an official religion in Austria since 1912.


    Africa North: Iran denounces Egypt court's ruling Hamas
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    [Iran Press TV] Iran has reacted strongly after a court in Egypt labeled the Paleostinian resistance movement Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, a "terrorist" organization.
    The poor darlings. They've been working and plotting for so long to complete the encirclement of Israel, and now Egypt is going to ruin everything by ruining Hamas.
    Condemning the verdict, which was issued on Saturday by the Cairo Court of Urgent Matters, an Iranian deputy foreign minister said later in the day that "Hamas is not a terrorist organization."

    "The Tel Aviv regime is the illegitimate and terrorist regime, which is incapable in the face of the resistance, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad
    ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
    (another Paleostinian resistance movement)," said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs.

    "The Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms anywhere, including in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Africa, and Europe," the Iranian official also said,

    Following the court's announcement on Saturday, the Paleostinian resistance group released a statement, describing the court's decision as "shocking and dangerous."

    "The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Paleostinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement added.

    The court had also claimed in a lawsuit on January 31 that the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, was involved in recent attacks against Egypt's security forces.


    Terror Networks: ISIS blows up road to Mosul airport
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    [RUDAW.NET] A source inside djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    said ISIS snuffies have detonated explosives on the road to Mosul International Airport in a bid to prevent coalition forces from using the route.

    "Out of fear of an expected massive assault on Mosul against ISIS, the group's snuffies launched a pre-dawn blast on the route to Mosul International Airport in the neighborhood of Zaghlan, south of the city, with the aim of stopping coalition forces that may use the airport to hit ISIS bases inside Mosul," Saaed Mamuzini, a Kurdistan Democratic Party official in Mosul, told Rudaw.

    Mamuzini added that following the destruction of the Mosul Museum there is a risk the snuffies would destroy the ancient city of Nimrod, some 30 km south of Mosul.


    Terror Networks: Kurdistan arrests six suspected pro-ISIS clerics
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    [RUDAW.NET] Kurdish security forces have placed in durance vile
    Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
    six holy mans for allegedly supporting 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....
    and inciting violence in the Kurdistan region.

    "Three holy mans were arrested in the city of Erbil, and one in the town of Harir in the province of Erbil, another in Bardarash ​​area in the province of Dohuk, and one in Zaryan, Sulaimani province, on charges of encouraging ISIS ideology and inciting violence," sources told Rudaw.

    Last November, a Kurdish holy man from Erbil known as Mullah Shwan joined ISIS with his wife and children. Mullah Shwan appeared in a video released by ISIS earlier this month that threatens the Kurdish leaders and vows to take control of the Kurdistan region.

    According to the sources, the detainees are still under investigation and have not been convicted for any crimes.

    Kamal Moslem, Kurdistan Regional Government's minister of Religious Affairs, was skeptical that such a number of preachers had been arrested.

    "This issue has got to do with the security authorities in the Kurdistan Region. They should speak about this matter," said Moslem.

    Nearly 500 Kurds joined ISIS last year, but the number has declined dramatically since ISIS attacked areas in the Kurdistan region.

    KRG security forces have also taken stricter measures and worked to educate young people about the risks involved with joining the Islamic State.


    Terror Networks: ISIS leaders killed in Peshmerga victory in Shingal
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    [RUDAW.NET] Peshmerga forces fought off a fierce four-pronged ISIS assault in Shingal on Friday with the help of coalition Arclight airstrikes.

    "The Death Eaters launched the assault at 9:30 last night," Peshmerga commander Hasim Sitai told Rudaw. Sitai said the Peshmerga did not suffer any casualties in the hour-long battle.

    Sitai added that two prominent ISIS leaders, Abu Yaqub and Abu Omar, were killed along with several Death Eaters and some of the dead bodies were left behind.

    "We are making a solid plan to re-launch an assault on the ISIS in Shingal with the aim of driving them totally out of the area," Sitai said.


    Africa North: In Algeria, Women 'Imams' Battle Islamist Radicalisation
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    [AnNahar] Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria's battle against Islamic radicalization since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s.

    Their aim is to steer women away from false preachers promoting radical forms of Islam.

    The surge of the Islamic State


    Iraq: MoD replaces Commander of IA 7th Division
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 2 Comments 61 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [IraqiNews.com] The Ministry of Defense announced replacing the General Commander of the Seventh Division of the Iraqi Army, Majid al-Lihaibi.

    Source stated to IraqiNews.com "The MoD issued a decision to replace Lihaibi with the Commander of the 27th Brigade, Noman al-Zubaie."
    Why would they do this?
    #1: Didnt pay his share of the kickbacks up the chain of command?
    Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-03-01 00:07 ||Comments

    #2: Speculation: the Iraqis are trying to stand up a functional national army and are doing what needs to be done. Hey, stop laughing. It could happen.

    Ok, OK, if I was betting, my money is on #1.
    Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-03-01 01:11 ||Comments



    Iraq: Belgium to send 35 soldiers to Iraq
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 134 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [IraqiNews.com] Belgium is to send 35 soldiers to Iraq to help train the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS, AFP reported on Friday. The troops are expected to leave today on a six-month tour of duty in a "secure location", a government statement revealed.

    According to a front man for Defence Minister Steven Vandeput, the Belgian soldiers will have no combat role and will focus on "training and advice".

    Belgium has been a member of the international coalition against ISIS since last September. Six F-16 jets and 120 personnel of the Belgian Air Force are based in Jordan, from where they join air strikes against the ISIS myrmidons.
    #1: Members of the 32nd Chocolatiers.
    Posted by: Steven|| 2015-03-01 03:11 ||Comments



    Iraq: 11 citizens killed, injured western Anbar
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    [IraqiNews.com] 11 persons killed of western Anbar.

    Security source stated to Iraqi News "Two persons were killed and seven others injured due to mortar shells attack when the ISIL elements targeted Baghdadi district of western Anbar."


    Iraq: 6 Terrorists killed, injured in Tikrit
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 190 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [IraqiNews.com] Six snuffies affiliated to what is so called 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 Levant were maimed in Tikrit city.

    Security source reported to Iraqi News "The Iraqi army shelled the terrorist shelters and resulted in killing four snuffies and wounding two others in Albo-Abed village in Tikrit city."


    Home Front: WoT: U.S. Court Denies Request to Move Boston Bombings Trial
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 363 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] A U.S. court Friday denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements.
    "Plaaaaaaayyyyyy baaaaaalllllll!"
    A three-judge panel came down in a two-to-one split decision against the move.

    According to the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit panel, Tsarnaev had "not met the well-established standards for such relief."

    His lawyers, who have made multiple attempts to move the proceedings, claimed that pretrial publicity had so prejudiced potential jurors that a fair and impartial jury could not be formed in Boston, where the April 15, 2013, marathon attacks killed three people and maimed 264.
    Move the trial to Amarillo. Or Knoxville. Or Provo. Or Tuscaloosa. Be careful what you wish for...
    But, according to the two concurring judges, "any high-profile case will receive significant media attention."

    "Knowledge, however, does not equate to disqualifying prejudice," Chief Judge Sandra Lynch and Circuit Judge Jeffrey Howard said, citing other high-profile trials that went forward in the communities where the events in question took place. These included trials for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and that of Zacarias Moussaoui, known as the "20th hijacker" in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

    Tsarnaev, 21, faces the death penalty if convicted over the Boston attacks -- the worst such incident in the United States since 9/11.

    In his dissenting opinion, Circuit Judge Juan Torruella said that "given the impact of the bombing and subsequent press coverage on the entire city, it is absurd to suggest that Tsarnaev will receive a fair and impartial trial in the Eastern Division of the District of Massachusetts."

    A court official has said a sufficient number of qualified jurors have been identified and anticipated that formal seating of the jury and opening statements will begin Wednesday.

    The marathon attacks plunged Boston into mourning and revived fears of terrorism in the United States more than a decade after 9/11.


    The Grand Turk: Jailed Kurdish Leader in Turkey Urges PKK to Lay Down Arms
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 561 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] The placed in durance vile
    Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
    leader of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday made a "historic" call to the separatists to hold a disarmament conference, a key step in efforts to end The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    's 30-year Kurdish insurgency.

    "As we are ushering the 30 years of conflict towards permanent peace, it is our primary goal to reach a democratic solution," Abdullah Ocalan said in a message relayed by Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) politician Sirri Sureyya Onder.

    "I'm calling on the PKK to hold an extraordinary congress in spring to make a strategic and historic decision on disarmament," Onder quoted Ocalan as saying in a joint presser with Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan.

    "This is a historic call to replace armed struggle with democratic politics."

    Onder said that both sides were "closer than ever to peace."

    The message came after an HDP delegation met with PKK rebels for talks at their base in the Kandil Mountains in Iraq on February 23 and met Ocalan himself on his prison island of Imrali on the Marmara Sea on Friday.

    The presser was of significant importance because it was the first time a message by Ocalan was read live on television and in the presence of Turkish government officials.

    Akdogan emphasised the importance of a ceasefire and said: "We have reached an important and historical point in the grinding of the peace processor."

    "Silencing arms will contribute to the development of democracy," he said.

    In 2013 Ocalan called for a "historic" ceasefire, after many months of secret negotiations with the Turkish government aimed at ending a conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people since 1984.

    But peace talks stalled in September 2013, when the holy warriors said they were suspending their pullout from Turkish soil after accusing Ankara of failing to deliver on promised reforms.

    Government officials have recently stepped up efforts to restart talks with the Kurds and have met with their representatives in the hope of reaching a disarmament deal with separatist rebels by Kurdish New Year in March.

    The new efforts come against the backdrop of a contentious security bill -- currently being debated in parliament -- boosting police powers to crack down on protest.

    The bill, which was introduced after deadly pro-Kurdish protests in October, risks jeopardising the fragile grinding of the peace processor with the outlawed PKK if passed.


    Africa Subsaharan: Experts Say Military Operations Force Boko Haram Back to Urban Warfare
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 152 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] Bomb attacks in Nigerian towns and cities look likely to increase in the run-up to forthcoming elections, despite the military claiming increasing successes against 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...
    in captured territory.

    At least 86 people were killed in kabooms blamed on Boko Haram this week alone, all of them at crowded bus stations in the northeast, wider north and also in the country's central region.
    #1: What? Return to urban warfare and give up on all the good eating in the Magumeri forest ?
    Posted by: Chuckles Gravins5654|| 2015-03-01 00:22 ||Comments



    Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Mom of murdered Russian opposition leader: Putin will 'kill you for that'
    Posted by Fred 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 148 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [FOXNEWS] The murder of prominent Putin critic Boris Nemstov in a gangland-style killing steps from the Kremlin came just weeks after the dissident told a magazine his mother worried the Russian leader would have him bumped off for his outspokenness.

    "'When will you stop cursing Putin? He'll kill you for that.' She was completely serious," Nemstov told Sobsesdnik earlier this month, according to the Wall Street Journal, adding that the former Deputy Prime Minister under Russian president Boris Yeltsin expressed some worry but not as much as his mother.

    The Boston Globe reported that Nemstov also told the magazine in reference to his 86-year-old mom, "She is truly scared that he (Putin) could kill me soon for all of my statements, both in real life and on social networks. This is not a joke; she is a smart person."


    Europe: Copenhagen Gunman's Third Accomplice Charged
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    [AnNahar] Danish judicial authorities on Saturday charged a third alleged accomplice in Copenhagen's twin shootings this month, accusing him of helping the attacker obtain a bulletproof vest and a knife, a court front man said.

    The defendant, a slender 18-year-old in khakis and a red sports jacket, denied the charges before his custody hearing held behind closed doors, news agency Ritzau reported.

    "He is accused of helping the attacker and will be detained for 26 days," Jens Stausboell of Copenhagen district court told Agence La Belle France Presse.

    The man was identified Friday by public broadcaster DR as the younger brother of gunman Omar El-Hussein, a Dane of Paleostinian origin who killed two people in the capital this month.

    Three accomplices in all have been detained for allegedly helping the gunman, who was rubbed out by police in a pre-dawn shootout following the attacks.

    Two men -- nabbed
    Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
    in the immediate aftermath of the February 14-15 shootings -- have been charged with hiding El-Hussein after his first attack and helping him obtain and get rid of weapons, Stausboell said.

    Armed with an assault rifle, El-Hussein fired 28 bullets a cultural centre hosting a seminar on free speech and Islam.

    He later shot up a synagogue, killing an unarmed Jewish security guard.
    Not just a known wolf, but actually the tip of a spear with a 3:1 tail.


    Arabia: Kuwait Reopens Yemen Embassy in Aden, instead of Sanaa
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 247 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    The next domino.
    [AnNahar] Kuwait has joined its Gulf partners 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...
    and United Arab Emirates and decided to reopen its Yemeni embassy in Aden, instead of the militia-controlled capital Sanaa.

    "In the framework of supporting constitutional legitimacy in Yemen represented in President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi... the state of Kuwait has decided to reopen its embassy in the city of Aden," the foreign ministry said, quoted by the official KUNA news agency.

    The ministry said the decision was in accordance with an agreement by the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

    Aden was the capital of an independent south Yemen before the two Yemens were united in 1990.
    Iran may well discover that taking half of Yemen, while exciting philosophically, is a net loss rather than a profit.


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Dozens Dead as Qaida in Syria Takes Rebel Base
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 438 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    "Weapons transfer to target group achieved, sir."
    "Well done, Jones. Well done, indeed," is precisely how I hope the conversation didn't go. But the other possibility isn't much better:
    "I don't understand it, sir. Every time we arm and train a group of the good rebels, the bad rebels overrun them and take the weapons."
    [AnNahar] Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove U.S.-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.

    At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra
    ...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
    Front jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    It said fierce fighting had broken out on Friday night for Base 46, west of the city of Aleppo.

    "Al-Nusra captured Base 46," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britannia-based Observatory.

    Base 46 is a sprawling military compound that rebel fighters seized in November 2012 from troops loyal to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Scourge of Qusayr...
    .

    In a statement, residents in the nearby rebel-held village of Atareb criticized the attack on the base and appealed to Al-Nusra to instead fight the "infidel regime and its allies".

    The offensive came a month after Al-Nusra -- al-Qaeda's official affiliate in Syria -- expelled Hazm from Regiment 111, another base they had taken from Assad's forces.

    Hazm is mainly present in northern Syria. Last year, it was the first to receive U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from its Western backers.

    It is one of a number rebel groups that the United States classes as "moderate". They are loosely branded as the Free Syrian Army
    ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
    .


    Arabia: Drone Raid Kills Three Qaida Militants in Yemen
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    [AnNahar] A drone strike Saturday killed three al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.

    The raid "targeted a vehicle in which three members of al-Qaida were riding in the village of Bijan, in Shabwa province," the source said.

    All three were killed, and their bodies burnt.

    Yemen has descended into chaos since a Shiite militia overran the capital in September.

    The Huthi militia effectively placed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi under house arrest in January but last week he escaped to the southern city of Aden.

    Despite the turmoil, President Barack Obama vowed on January 25 not to let up in the U.S. campaign against jihadists in the strife-torn Arabian Peninsula country.

    Within a week, a U.S. drone strike killed Harith al-Nadhari, a senior al-Qaida figure, and three other militants in Shabwa province, the jihadist network said on Twitter.

    The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is seen by the United States as the deadliest branch of the global extremist network.
    While Boko Haram and ISIS have become the deadliest jihadi organizations overall.


    Africa North: Egypt Brotherhood Chief Handed Fourth Life Sentence
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    In WoT Background because nowadays all death sentences for Moslem Brotherhood types seem to get an automatic appeal, and are frequently overturned. But perhaps after fifteen or twenty years in an Egyptian prison some of these men will decide the MB approach to governance was, after all, unwise.
    [AnNahar] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Moslem Brüderbund over the killing of protesters who stormed the group's Cairo headquarters in 2013.

    Three co-defendants of Mohammed Badie -- the Islamist movement's spiritual leader who already faces three other life terms from other cases -- were sentenced to death in the same trial.

    Fourteen others, including Badie's deputies Khairat al-Shater and Saad al-Katatni, were handed life terms.

    All were convicted on charges of "murder" and "incitement to murder" as well as possessing arms, but can appeal the verdicts.

    Badie and the other defendants present in court for the verdict denounced the sentence and shouted: "Down with military rule".

    On June 30, 2013, protesters stormed and torched the Cairo headquarters of the Moslem Brüderbund as millions erupted into the streets of Egypt demanding the resignation of president Mohammed Morsi.

    Morsi, who belongs to the Brotherhood, was ousted just days later by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi after one year in office.

    Prosecutors said 12 protesters were killed when they clashed with Morsi supporters during the storming of the Brotherhood offices, while more than 90 were maimed.

    Badie has already been sentenced by three separate courts to three life terms, and he was also handed two death sentences that were later overturned on appeal.

    Since Morsi's overthrow in July 2013, the authorities have launched a brutal crackdown against his supporters leaving hundreds dead and thousands tossed in the slammer
    Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
    after often speedy mass trials.

    Morsi himself is facing several trials on charges that are punishable by death, while his Islamist movement has been designated a "terrorist group".


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Two Bishops Kidnapped in Syria in 2013 'Safe' in IS Hands
    Posted by trailing wife 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 631 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    For a given value of safe that means only until the nearest IS idiot decides to follow Mohammed's example.
    [AnNahar] Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria in April 2013 are doing well and in a safe area away from the intense festivities between 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, rebels and the forces of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Light of the Alawites...
    's regime.

    According to a report published in al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday, the whereabouts of the two bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, remain unknown as the IS holy warriors continuously changed their location "for reasons related to secrecy and to protect them from the surrounding fighting and shelling."

    However,
    women are made to be loved, not understood...
    a source confirmed to the daily that they are "in an area under the control of the IS."

    The two bishops were kidnapped at the end of April, reportedly near the rebel-held town of Kafr Dael, near Aleppo in northern Syria.

    The al-Qaeda-affiliated Asbat al-Ansar was allegedly the group behind the abduction of the two bishops.

    Media reports had said that the group, which was loyal to al-Nusra
    ...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
    Front, became discreetly loyal to ISIL.

    No group has officially grabbed credit for their kidnap.

    A committee was recently established by Ignatius Aphrem II, patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, to follow up the case.

    The daily reported that some agents "contacted the committee claiming to have valuable information on the two bishops and demanded approximately $100,000 in return."

    The newspaper said that the committee dealt seriously with the agents, who failed to answer personal questions about the two bishops, indicating that they are lying.

    It assumed that the IS considers the bishops a chance to receive funding, however, the group didn't attempt to make any demands so far.

    Christians constitute some five percent of Syria's population, a patchwork of religious and ethnic groups.

    Rights groups say Christians are especially vulnerable in the chaos that has engulfed Syria ever since the outbreak of a conflict in March 2011.


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Two Syrians Detained in Nabatiyeh for Joining ISIL Ranks
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    [AnNahar] The General Security Directorate detained on Saturday two Syrian national on charges of belonging 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....
    of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    The state-run National News Agency reported that Ali Abed al-Awad (41) and Awad Mohammed al-Ali (19) were detained in the area of Buwaiti in the village of Kfarjoz in the southern province of Nabatieh.

    The two detainees confessed during investigations of taking part in the fighting in Syria, where they joined the ranks of the Islamic group.

    A number of people have in recent months been charged with belonging to ISIL and other turban organizations.

    The army and security forces have been cracking down on suspects wanted on terrorism charges.


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Cautious Calm on Outskirts of Ras Baalbek as Army Fortifies Posts
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    [AnNahar] Relative calm prevailed on Saturday across the outskirts of the northeastern border village of Ras Baalbek in the Bekaa after the army fortified its posts in the area.

    Sources said in comments published in As Safir newspaper that the "pre-emptive strike by the Lebanese army against the gangs, which were preparing to attack weak posts in the area, had a harsh impact on them."

    "The hard boyz were confused by the military's attack on its positions (on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek," sources said basing its statement on the wiretapping that the army and security forces, which are heavily deployed in the area, are carrying out.

    The source estimated that the hard boyz are preparing for a swift retaliation to reclaim the land that the army controlled.

    The army continued to target on Friday turban posts on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, a day after it seized two hilltop positions.

    Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwaji and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel toured the area of operation to inspect the progress of military.

    The army command said in a communique that the operation was in line with efforts to secure villages near the eastern border with neighboring Syria.

    The statement did not name the turbans, but most are believed to be 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....
    group, who together with the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have been holding around 20 Lebanese soldiers and coppers hostage since August.

    The army frequently clashed with the hard boyz in their hideouts near the Syria border.


    Home Front: Culture Wars: Christian protesters disrupt ‘Muslim Day' with Lord's Prayer in Oklahoma capital
    Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/01/2015  00:00 3 Comments 49 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    "A state trooper identified the woman as Christine Weick, an anti-Islam activist who has disrupted similar events at the National Cathedral and the Texas Capitol. Highway patrol officers escorted Weick from the building, but she was not arrested."
    #1: Without looking, can anyone name the political party of the village idiot in the story ?
    Posted by: Chuckles Gravins5654|| 2015-03-01 00:17 ||Comments

    #2: What village idiot?
    Posted by: Jarong Elmereger1776|| 2015-03-01 00:37 ||Comments

    #3: Rep. Shelton ignored those links when he said, “If you elect a Muslim to office, you’re participating in government. You’re better off.”

    I think he means this village idiot.
    Posted by: Remoteman|| 2015-03-01 02:13 ||Comments



    Terror Networks: Bolton on nuclear deal: "It's a debacle for the United States, worse, it's a grave danger"
    Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 42 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Independent Sentinel] "They're not natural allies, but Iran can provide three components that al-Qaeda desperately needs to launch a high-profile attack -- an attack that would avenge the death of Osama bin Laden and bring about the devastation of the Great Satan."


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: We will raise the flag of Islam over the White House - Iranian Cleric
    Posted by Gling Sneper4712 03/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    A senior Iranian cleric with close ties to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Friday that "we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House" in response to the killing of Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards operatives on the Golan Heights last month.

    According to foreign media, Israeli attack helicopters killed six Hezbollah terrorists along with six Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) operatives, including a high-ranking general.

    Among the Hezbollah operatives killed in the strike was Jihad Mougniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's former military leader, Imad Moughniyeh, who according to Western intelligence sources, was in the midst of setting up a terrorism base on the Syrian Golan and plotting rocket attacks, bombings, anti-tank missile strikes, and cross-border infiltrations against Israel.

    The cleric, Ali Shirazi, made the remarks to the official Revolutionary Guards web site. His comments were reported by the Saudi-owned news network Al Arabiya.

    "The resistance front led by Iran would retaliate from the global arrogance of killing [Iranian officers] and Hezbollah men" on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, Shirazi said during a ceremony honoring Iranian soldiers who died in Syria and Iraq.

    The cleric added that Iran continues to make its presence felt in a number of areas throughout the region, including Yemen, where a sect affiliated with Shi'ite Islam has overthrown a ruling government and taken power.
    #1: ValJar is already planning it.
    Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-03-01 00:47 ||Comments



    Terror Networks: Norway Just Deported 824 Muslims, Every American Needs To See What Happened Next
    Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 53 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    "Despite all the liberals in Norway deeming this "racist", the logical party went ahead with it and the result almost shut down every opposing voice in the government instantly. This is one of the best stories we have eve seen come from such a liberal area of the world."
    #1: This looks like they're implementing Spengler's recommendations.
    'The means by which France, or any other nation, could defeat the terrorists are obvious: to compel the majority of French Muslims to turn against the terrorists, the French authorities would have to make them fear the French state more than they fear the terrorists.

    That is a nasty business involving large numbers of deportations, revocation of French citizenship, and other threats that inevitably would affect many individuals with no direct connection to terrorism.'
    Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2015-03-01 01:50 ||Comments



    Terror Networks: PJMedia: Inside an ISIS Handbook for Foreigners Running to the Islamic State
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