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Fifth Column: CO governer blames shooting on "Inflammatory Rhetoric" from bloggers and talk radio
Posted by DarthVader 11/30/2015  10:15 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Iraq: Kurdish fighters say US special forces have been fighting Isis for months
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  10:02 0 Comments 164 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[The Guardian] On a damp afternoon in Iraqi Kurdistan, a 29-year-old peshmerga fighter named Peshawa pulls out his Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, flicks hurriedly through his library until he finds the video he wants, and presses play.

The clip, filmed just after dawn on 11 September, shows four tall and western-looking men in the heat of a battle against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. "These are the Americans," says Peshawa in a secretive tone.

One is crouched behind a machine gun firing round after round from the top of a fortified mound; another lies on his front a few feet away, legs outstretched and taking aim at the enemy with a long rifle. A third wields a long-lens camera taking photo after photo, and the last stands back, apparently overseeing the others during the combat south-west of the city of Kirkuk.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Homeless man beaten in April outside Phila. gas station dies
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  09:46 0 Comments 188 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Philly.com] The last time Diane Barnes visited her brother Robert, who was living on the streets in Olney, was in January. She brought him new boots for the cold weather. She also tried to give him new gloves.

"He insisted that I give [the gloves] to his friend," who also was homeless, his sister recalled Thursday night.

The next time she saw her brother, it was in a surveillance video released to the media showing him being viciously attacked outside a Sunoco in Olney on April 7. She recognized her brother from the new boots. On Wednesday, Robert Barnes, 51, died at Abington Memorial Hospital.

The video, which was widely aired, shows a vehicle pulling up to the Sunoco at 5338 N. Fifth St., and three women and several juveniles rushing out toward Barnes. In all, he was ambushed by six individuals who used Mace, a hammer, and the leg of a rocking chair as weapons. Barnes suffered multiple skull fractures and broken bones, police said. The attack left Barnes in a coma.

His sister said he eventually opened his eyes, but was unresponsive and remained in a vegetative state.

Home Front: Culture Wars: The Witches of the Ivy League
Posted by g(r)omgoru 11/30/2015  09:25 0 Comments 237 words Read the whole thing on page 4
The rumpus over perceived racism at American universities, with its demands for "trigger warnings" against possibly hurtful statements, "safe spaces" to protect minority students against felt hostility, and "speech codes" which forbid statements that might offend self-styled victims, has turned into something of a circus.

...The targets are university administrators and faculty who without exception are commited liberals and professed enemies of racism, but who are insufficiently vigilant against "casual, everyday slights and insensitivities," as a US News commentary noted. It is one thing to revile the student protesters as "college crybullies," as my friend Roger Kimball did recently at the Wall Street Journal, and another to talk about rope in the house of the hanged.

Kimball sees this as the triumph of the 1960s radicalism that took root in universities and now has become the reigning ideology of the academic establishment. A widely-read Atlantic magazine commentary by Prof. Jonathan Haidt blames the hysteria on changes in child-rearing practice during the 1980s. But the hysteria at American universities is instantly recognizeable as a commplace if neglected practice of European civilization (among others), namely the witch-hunt. The 20 victims of the 1692 Salem witch trials have become the stuff of American legend, but the inquisitors of Massachusetts hardly make the league tables: up to 100,000 presumed witches were executed in Europe between 1450 and 1750, during the rise of the Age of Reason.

Home Front: Culture Wars: The Upside Down Campus Protester
Posted by g(r)omgoru 11/30/2015  09:19 1 Comments 88 words Read the whole thing on page 4
h/t Instapundit
One common denominator characterizes almost all unrest on college campuses: the demands to create more "-studies" courses (black, Latino, feminist, gay, etc.) and thus to hire more -studies professors.

An empiricist from Mars might observe that the chief beneficiaries of the protests are -studies academics. They alone will win more jobs and classes, which otherwise few students wish to attend and from which fewer gain any factual knowledge, written and oral speaking skills, or improvement in inductive thinking.
#1: It's like early unionization in which the 'bosses' use thugs to establish membership and extort demands from the people who provided the means of production. Yeah, you need more union 'stewards' on the payroll.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-11-30 09:47 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Expedition To Study Global Warming Put On Hold Because Of TOO MUCH ICE
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  06:53 4 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[The Daily Caller] An expedition to study the effects of global warming was put on hold Wednesday. The reason? Too much ice.

The CCGS Amundsen, a Medium Arctic icebreaker and Arctic research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, was to travel throughout Hudson Bay, a body of water in northeastern Canada, but was rerouted to help ships who were stuck in the icy water.

A Coast Guard officer said the conditions were the "worst he's seen in 20 years," reports CBC news.

"Obviously it has a large impact on us," says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. "It's a frustrating situation."

ArcticNet is a network of scientists who study "the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic."

The vessel is one of only two icebreakers in the Arctic, leaving the ship obligated to reroute their travel plans to help break ice for resupply ships.

Johnny Leclair, an assistant commissioner for the Coast Guard, said there should be two more icebreakers headed to the Arctic in the next week, which would free up their ship to continue on their originally planned trip.

Fortier is hopeful the season will still be productive.
#1: Fortier is hopeful the season will still be productive.

Of course it will. Global warming is getting worse! Sorry. Climate Change is getting worse. In less than ten years, it'll be different.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-11-30 07:14 ||Comments

#2: whatever, it's getting worse! Now gimme my grant money
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-11-30 07:54 ||Comments

#3: map of ice extent at the end of last week

note ice excess in Hudson Bay, ice deficit north of scandinavia
Posted by: lord garth|| 2015-11-30 08:32 ||Comments

#4: Bookmark for future reference.

Correlation is not causation, but many, if not all, of man’s worst times since the last glacial maximum occur during colder and dryer periods. Often these times were made worse by warfare as in the Greek Dark Ages, the sacking of Rome, the collapse of the Akkadian Empire, etc. The colder and more arid climate could have been part of the cause of the wars. We go to war when we are starving and thirsty. More importantly, I was unable to find evidence of a crisis* that was due to warming.

* not to be confused with modern media created and hyped pseudo-crisis
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-11-30 09:07 ||Comments

Economy: Lifting Champ's Oil Export ban will Create 300k Jobs And $38 Billion
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  06:44 2 Comments 1080 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Daily Caller] Lifting the oil export ban will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars according a Friday article by Heritage Foundation economist Nicolas Loris.

"Lifting the ban would generate more jobs for Americans, supply the United States and the world with more affordable energy and provide important geopolitical benefits for Washington and its allies. Unfortunately, some politicians want to hold this common-sense measure hostage until they get funding for their pet projects." Loris says, and concludes that "[t]he decision to export crude oil should be decided by those who produce and sell the oil, not by Washington bureaucrats."

Presently, selling American crude oil to other countries is illegal, despite the best efforts of House Republicans who voted to lift the ban in October. The Senate is preparing to act to lift the ban, but President Barack Obama has threatened to veto any attempt to do so.

Exporting oil will boost U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by $38 billion, reduce the trade deficit by $22 billion and add 300,000 new jobs by 2020, according to studies cited by Loris.
#1: Must be a tough call for Champ. Selling off our oil means we have less and helps keep the price down for poor undeveloped countries - like Kenya. On the other hand, it keeps the price low, which is bad for his oil-producing buddies. But it would reduce unemployment. But that reduces government dependence, which is a good thing.

Good thing he has ValJar to point him in the right direction - this is sooooo confusing!
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-11-30 07:57 ||Comments

#2: Champ's export ban? Here I thought that was something that popped up well before the man was even around. IIRC that the deal for the Alaskan oil pipeline banned export of that crude. Then the '73 oil crisis did it's thing to the process.

If there's anything at is subject to vagaries of the market, oil certainly is one. I'm sure the quick buck artists are desperate to dump on the international market at our long term expense.

Right now we're sitting on a self sufficiency as the world is going mad. Better to look long term for our security.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-11-30 08:56 ||Comments

Government: Senator Rubio Vows to Restore Intelligence Programs Restricted by Obama
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  06:16 1 Comments 279 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[PJ Media] With our president running off to Paris not in response to the recent terror attacks, but to deal with what he considers our greatest national security threat -- climate change -- 2016 is more than ever a foreign policy election.

Not surprisingly, however, Republican candidates are emphasizing this continued spread of radical Islamic terrorism. Few have been more focused on the issue than Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. PJ Media's Diary of a Mad Voter sent Senator Rubio six questions in the crucial area of foreign policy, which he has been gracious enough to answer. Among his responses below, Rubio has promised to restore overseas intelligence programs Obama has restricted.

Part of an ongoing series, these questions are not meant to be "gotchas," but an opportunity for the candidates to explore their views at length, which we feel they don't always get to do during the televised debates. Previously, Senator Ted Cruz answered a similar series of foreign policy questions for us. Readers can find his answers here.

PJM: Once deemed a "jayvee team" and then "contained" by President Obama, events (Paris, Sinai, Beirut) have shown ISIS very much alive, growing and dedicated to their goal of a global caliphate under Sharia. Furthermore, the attack in Mali has demonstrated the supposedly quiescent al Qaeda also remains active. Making matters worse, a new Pew Poll reveals upwards of 287 million of those polled in 11 Muslims countries viewed ISIS favorably or were "neutral" to it. Given the horrific situation, what specific concrete steps would a Rubio administration take starting day one to put an end to these and similar groups militarily and ideologically?
#1: Not all intelligence agencies are keen to see some programs restored. Killing and eating weaker offspring means there are fewer mouths to feed, it provides a source of nutrition, and removes carcasses from the burrow.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-11-30 06:39 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Jewish Businessman Buys Meals for 400 U.S. Soldiers
Posted by BrerRabbit 11/30/2015  05:23 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Government: In Confidential Memo, the Hildebeest Urged Champ To Close Gitmo
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  02:46 3 Comments 160 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Huffpoo] WASHINGTON -- Weeks before she stepped down as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a memo urging President Barack Obama to step up his administration's efforts to close the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in his second term. In the confidential January 2013 memo obtained by The Huffington Post, Clinton told Obama she worried that support for closing Guantanamo would further erode unless the administration took action.

"We must signal to our old and emerging allies alike that we remain serious about turning the page of GTMO and the practices of the prior decade," Clinton wrote in the document, using the military abbreviation for the U.S. naval base. "The revitalization of transfers, efforts to prosecute some detainees in federal courts, a longer-term approach to the return of Yemeni detainees, and credible periodic reviews would send the signal and renew a credible detention policy."
#1: So she could say, "I told him to try harder."
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-11-30 07:06 ||Comments

#2: send them to Chappaqua? I thought not
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-11-30 07:39 ||Comments

#3: I have an idea. Grab one of the Ghost Fleet ships awaiting the shipbreaker and turn it into a prison hulk for the Gitmo detainees, and moor it 12 miles offshore until it sinks.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-11-30 08:54 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Matome Letsoalo article on tribalism
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  01:57 3 Comments 226 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[news24] BLUF: As much as we can admit the involvement and influence of external sources in African ethnic conflicts, at the end of it all, it is the locals themselves who choose to take up arms against their fellow brothers for whatever end. I believe any culture which doesn't teach its devotees to respect and live in harmony with others should be detested, no matter what race or how powerful it may be.
Matuma Letsoalo is a senior politics reporter at the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003, focussing on politics and labour, and collaborated with the M&G's centre for investigations, amaBhungane, from time to time. In 2011, Matuma won the South African Journalist of the Year Award and was also the winner in the investigative journalism category in the same year. In 2004, he won the CNN African Journalist of the Year prize – the MKO Abiola Print Journalism Award. Matuma was also a joint category winner of the Mondi Shanduka SA Story of the year Award in 2008. In 2013, he was a finalist for Wits University's Taco Kuiper Award.

#1: I believe any culture which doesn't teach its devotees to respect and live in harmony with others should be detested, no matter what race or how powerful it may be.

Aside from the obligatory reference to 'external sources,' perhaps the term of reference the author is alluding to is the 'Rule of Law.' In any case, Letsoalo's astute observations reach far beyond his homeland.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-11-30 02:13 ||Comments

#2: IMO, tribalism is genetic, not cultural.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-11-30 03:13 ||Comments

#3: Tribalism is the default setting for human organizations. It is right in there with "Grinding Poverty" as part of the default setting for the human condition.

See Heinlein for definition of "Bad Luck" as to why we still see so much of it.
Posted by: Nguard|| 2015-11-30 04:02 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Florida '€˜Muslim-free' gun shop owner wins discrimination suit
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  01:35 0 Comments 89 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Wash Times] A federal discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim activist group against a Florida gun retailer owner who declared his shop a "Muslim-Free Zone" has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ruled that Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan's sign was protected by the First Amendment, and the activists couldn't prove they were injured by the action, a local NBC affiliate reported.

-Land of the Free: Concealed Carry and Home Defense: 6 Home Defense Carbines, 5 are NOT AR's
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  01:32 0 Comments 261 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[The Daily Caller] First things first: Shotguns are devastatingly powerful. Nothing can compare to the 12 gauge at close range. Even birdshot, which is still one mass of moving lead at close range, will tear a human to shreds.

In my battery I have a Remington 870 and a bandoleer of slugs and buck ready to go for when the SHTF. You don’t lose much with a 20 gauge at close range either, and you gain some agility with a smaller gun, and more family members are likely to respond better to the 20.

The second point I’d like to make is on handguns for home defense: Shoot the biggest cartridge you can handle. That means a .40 S&W, a .45 ACP or a .357 magnum. Ask a doctor in an urban area where shootings are common and you will find these result in the most one-shot kills.

A 9mm? Well, if that’s what you have, use it, but they just can’t compare to the bigger rounds. I’m not a caliber snob myself, but face it: Bigger is better if you can handle the gun. And again, I’m not talking about concealed carry which can dictate a smaller round because you just can’t carry a larger gun at times, but I’m talking about guarding the homestead and your bedside piece.

But what is the best home defense gun? A rifle carbine.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: RU to Escalate Syria Offensive With Ground Troops, Arab Media Claim
Posted by Besoeker 11/30/2015  01:26 0 Comments 216 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Breitbart] TEL AVIV -- News reports in the Arab world claim Russia is planning to escalate its military involvement in Syria by sending in ground troops and increasing airstrikes, according to translations provided by the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI).

Syrian and pro-Syrian Lebanese media have published reports over the past two weeks claiming that Russia is launching a new stage of its offensive in Syria, with December witnessing unprecedented escalation in which a ground operation will be launched. "December will be hot on the ground in Syria," Lebanese daily Al Akhbar reported.

In a talk with the Russia's Ministry of Defense on November 20, President Vladimir Putin said that the current offensive in Syria is "not enough to clear Syria of armed and terrorist groups and defend Russia from a possible terrorist attack," adding his hope that the next stages of the offensive will lead to better results.

According to MEMRI, Russia's decision to increase its involvement in Syria is likely motivated by the upcoming UN supervised meeting on January 1, 2016, in which Syrian regime and opposition representatives are set to negotiate. Russia and its allies Syria and Iran are hoping that the next stage of the offensive will earn them "bargaining chips" ahead of the meeting.

The Grand Turk: EU, Turkey Agree 3 Billion Euro Aid Deal to Stem Migrant Crisis
Posted by trailing wife 11/30/2015  00:00 2 Comments 684 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Turkey and the European Union agreed at a summit on Sunday on a "historic" three-billion-euro ($3.2 billion) aid deal to stem the flow of Syrian refugees and other migrants to Europe. Ankara's bid for membership of the EU will be kickstarted in return for its cooperation in preventing the 2.2 million Syrian refugees it hosts from coming to Europe, EU president Donald Tusk said.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was a "historic day" and vowed that his country would keep its promises, in the face of skepticism from some countries in the 28-member EU.
Real promises or hudna promises? This is the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood, after all.
"We expect a major step towards changing the rules of the game when it comes to stemming the migration flow that is coming to the EU via Turkey," Tusk told a press conference with Davutoglu and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

"We will also step up our assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey through a new Refugee Facility of three billion euros," the former Polish premier added.

Turkey's progress in meeting the terms on the deal would be reviewed at least once a month, Tusk said. A long history of wariness between Brussels and Ankara, coupled with European concerns over human rights and Turkey's role in the Syrian conflict, including the shooting down of a Russian warplane in the last week, made the negotiations difficult.

- Rights issues 'not forgotten' -
Juncker insisted that the three billion euros "are not being given with no strings attached."

He also added that despite the deal "we have not forgotten the differences that still remain with Turkey over human rights and freedom of the press, and we will return to them."

Two Turkish journalists charged with "spying" over their reports about Ankara's alleged arms supplies to Syrian rebels had urged the EU on Saturday not to compromise on rights at the summit.

Davutoglu, who was standing in for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the deal would "re-energize" Turkey's EU accession process, which has made little headway since it started in 2005.

"This is a historic day and a historic meeting, the first meeting of this kind since 11 years," the Turkish premier added.

"Turkey will be fulfilling all the promises of the joint plan," he said, adding that "this three billion euros is to be spent for refugees in Turkey, it's not for Turkey."

Turkey is the main gateway for migrants and refugees to reach Europe, and Germany has pushed for the summit as it is the main destination for most of the people arriving in the bloc.

- Turkey's EU bid boosted -
Under the agreement, Turkey will take steps including cracking down on people smugglers and cooperating with the EU on the return of people who do not qualify as refugees. Turkey will meanwhile get its wish for the acceleration of its bid for membership of the EU, with only one of 35 so-called "chapters" in the accession process completed in a decade of stop-start talks.

The EU agreed to open Chapter 17 of Turkey's accession process -- covering economic and monetary policy -- by mid-December. It also agreed to have two summits with Turkey each year. But the summit conclusions deliberately left future steps vague, saying that preparations for the opening of further chapters would start in the first three months of 2016, but dropping a mention of five chapters that had appeared in an earlier draft.

Brussels also committed to easing the rules for visas to visit the EU's Schengen passport-free area by October 2016, a major demand by Ankara.

The talks were complicated by resistance in particular by Cyprus, due to decades of tensions with Turkey on the divided east Mediterranean island.

The case for cooperation with Turkey comes against a backdrop of growing security concerns over the migrant crisis, especially after the November 13 attacks in Paris, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), which left 130 people dead.
#1: EU gives them 3 billion euros, Russians drop 3 billion rubles worth of munitions on their heads. What is it about Turkey that attracts all these expenditures?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-11-30 02:31 ||Comments

#2: Meanwhile, Turkey continues to bomb Kurdish towns and villages along the southern border.
Meanwhile, the USA finds excuses not to bomb oil tanker trucks that help to fund ISIS.
Meanwhile, Russian activity in Syria's northwest have checked the US presence at Turkey's Incirlik air base.
Posted by: Spomong Bourbon8696|| 2015-11-30 07:42 ||Comments

Europe: German police tackle mass brawl at Berlin refugee shelter
Posted by trailing wife 11/30/2015  00:00 3 Comments 839 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AlAhram] Hundreds of refugees fought each other on Sunday in a mass brawl at a Berlin shelter and more than 100 police were called in to restore order, in an episode underlining the challenges Germany faces in handling hundreds of thousands of migrants. Although violent incidents in such centres are frequent,
Frequent? No wonder the natives are upset.
the chaos in the shelter at Berlin's disused Tempelhof airport, which erupted as lunch was being served, was worse than normal.

"There were apparently many hundreds of people involved," a front man for the police told Rooters TV. Police made an unspecified number of arrests.

Michael Elias, who is in charge of the shelter, said that 830 people were housed at the facility and that between 20 and 30 started the disruption.

"It's the simple fact that there are a lot of young men travelling alone here. We withdrew ... because the situation simply went kaboom!. It was a complete blow-out."

Such scenes feed scepticism among the German public about accepting refugees. Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom...
's popularity has slumped, a sign of the public's cooling attitude towards the influx of people fleeing conflict in countries like Syria.

Earlier this year, Germany's police union and women's rights groups accused the authorities of playing down reports of sexual assault and even rape at refugee shelters because they feared a backlash against asylum seekers.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has called on Germans to avoid succumbing to blanket suspicion of migrants, of whom up to a million are expected to arrive this year.
An Nahar adds:
Several people were placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
at the fight that started in the food distribution queues at the former airport of Tempelhof, which has been turned into a temporary accommodation for 1,200 refugees, an AFP photographer witnessed.

The brawl came just hours after another mass fight at a refugee shelter in the Berlin suburb of Spandau, where migrants went at each other with fire extinguishers, a police front man said. Windows were smashed, sofas were thrown, and fire extinguishers emptied, said police, adding that several residents of the shelter were maimed. Some 500 people evacuated the building "in fear and panic" over the dispute.

Separately, two other fights broke out in other shelters. At a refugee home in Berlin's Kreuzberg area, a 18-year-old struck a 17-year-old on the head with a belt, police said. Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Big Shirley was still trying to snatch Nunzio bald-headed. She was already halfway there...
five people were maimed in a fight between Syrians in the showers of an accommodation in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Such disturbances have occurred before in other shelters in Germany, with tensions escalating quickly between often traumatized people from different cultures sharing packed spaces.

At the same time, they have been relatively rare
How "relatively rare" could it be, if such incidents are "frequent", as Al Ahram reports?
given the sheer numbers of new arrivals -- Germany expects to take in a million asylum seekers this year alone, and has put up hundreds of thousands in flats, army barracks, sports halls and tent cities.

Germany's police union had called for refugees to be separated by religion and by country of origin to minimize the potential for conflict.
#1: Give them knives, baseball bats & machetes and let them sort it out amongst themselves.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-11-30 00:51 ||Comments

#2: Anyone caught fighting - ship em back. Immediately
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-11-30 08:50 ||Comments

#3: What? The socialist don't provide them 'safe spaces'?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-11-30 09:09 ||Comments

Iraq: Turkey bombards Kurdistan region border villages
Posted by trailing wife 11/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 137 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
late Sunday once again started shelling Kurdish fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in border villages of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Turkish artillery began shelling the villages of Bedkar, Spindar, Baluka and Kara in the Kani Masi district of Amedi, according to Rudaw correspondent Gharib Majid. Intermittent Turkish shelling is ongoing and casualties are not yet known.

Ankara has a history of bombarding border areas of the Kurdistan region in Iraq to target PKK fighters, mostly around Mount Qandil.

India-Pakistan: 23 arrested in Pakistan in kop krackdown
Posted by badanov 11/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 269 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Two Afghans among 10 suspects arrested in Sargodha

SARGODHA: At least 10 suspects including two Afghans were arrested during crackdowns in different areas of Sargodha on Sunday. Police said that it conducted operation against the outlaws in Pathan Colony and Muhammadi Colony of Sargodha district.

The police during operation searched 50 houses and arrested 10 suspects including two Afghan nationals. The detainees were shifted to police station where the police after registering a case against them have started investigating.

13suspects arrested in Rahimyar Khan

RAHIMYAR KHAN: Police and sensitive agencies have arrested 13 suspects during search operation on Sunday. According to details, responding to an intelligence report, the police and sensitive agencies personnel conducted joint operation in Majeed Colony of Khanpur tehsil in Rahimyar Khan.

During operation, 13 suspects were arrested who have been shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation.

Three arrested, as PTI-PML-N activists clash in Hafizabad

HAFIZABAD: The police have arrested three workers of political parties and registered cases against 10 others after armed clash between activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Sunday.

According to police, supporters of PTI and PML-N candidates who contested recent local government (LG) elections traded fire over political differences.

However, no causality was reported in fire exchange. Heavy contingent of police rushed the scene of clash, arrested three including son of Afzal Kasab, newly-elected councillor of PML-N, while cases have been registered against 10 others belonging to both parties and raids for their arrests were in progress.

India-Pakistan: Terror bid foiled in Peshawar
Posted by badanov 11/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 43 words Read the whole thing on page 1
PESHAWAR: Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) on Sunday defused a three-kilogramme bomb in Muhallah Shahi Abad area, police said.

Police was informed that unidentified miscreants planted a bomb outside a house. Later the BDU defused the bomb and save the area from huge damage.

India-Pakistan: 14 arrested in attack on police officials
Posted by badanov 11/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 163 words Read the whole thing on page 1
PESHAWAR: During a crackdown on Sunday, the police have arrested fourteen suspects including four culprits allegedly involved in attacks and murder of police personnel. SSP Operations Dr Saeed said police conducted operation against outlaws in Armar area of the provincial capital Peshawar during which four culprits involved in attacks on police personnel were arrested.

The SSP said that the nabbed accused had attacked police in September during which three policemen were martyred and seven others were critically wounded.

They were also wanted by various police stations in a number of criminal cases, said the SSP. The security forces on Sunday also conducted a search operation and detained 10 suspects including six Afghans from Hassan Ghari, Machni Gate sites in Peshawar. All the suspects have been shifted to undisclosed place for investigations.

Police spokesman told media that lethal weapons and ammunitions have been recovered from the suspects. The operation has been conducted on information provided by the intelligence agencies on presence of Taliban’s suspects.

Arabia: Yemeni general promises 'surprises' in Taiz
Posted by badanov 11/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 257 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Among the range of surprises we can assume are either Barky's resignation or Al Baghdadi does a pole dance on Al Jazeera
A Yemeni national resistance leader has promised surprises on the war front in the Southwestern Taiz governorate in the next few says, saying it would expedite its liberation from the Iranian-backed insurgents.

Brigadier Sadeq Serhan, chairman of the military council in Taiz, said the coalition-backed military operation to eject the Houthis out is progressing as planned.

Quoted by the Qatari ‘Al Jazeera’ news network, he said the national army and resistance fighters have seized many areas since their launched the liberation battle last week, including mainly Al Omari military camp, Wazeya and the strategic Dhabab town which is close to the vital Bab Al Mandeb waterway.

“There will be surprises in the next few days against the Houthis and their allies and I think they will accelerate the liberation process,” he said.

He accused the coup rebels of planting landmines in all areas which they have quit, adding that he believes Iranian military experts are helping and training them on mines.

He warned against calls by deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh for a ceasefire, describing them as mere “manoeuvers”.

“He calls for stopping the war while at the same time he sends reinforcements and instructs tribe leaders loyal to him to mobilise their forces,” he said.

The general accused the coup rebels of committing war crimes by shelling civilian areas, besieging cities, blocking medicine and food supplies and raiding homes.

Arabia: Houthi Top Dawg dies with 4 others
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The brother of the Houthi leader was killed in an attack in North Yemen while a rebel field commander was killed in a national resistance raid in another area.

The Saudi state TV 'Al Ikhbariya' said Ibrahim Badruddin Al Houthi, the brother of the Houthi top leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi, was killed along with eight aides in the Northern Yemeni town of Saada, the rebel chief’s birthplace.

“Ibrahim Badruddin and eight other Houthis who were with him were killed in an attack in Saada on Sunday,” the channel said without giving details of the attack.

The Saudi satellite TV news channel Al Arabiya also reported Al Houthi’s death but did not give any details.

In another development a Houthi field commander and four aides were killed in a resistance attack in the South-central town of Al Bayda on Sunday.

Abu Yaslam and his guards were passing in a motorcade in Al Qamlain area in Al Badya when they came under an attack by the resistance fighters, the Yemeni news network ‘Masdar Online’ said.

Arabia: Soddy warbirds attacks boats carrying arms to Houthis
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ADEN: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Saturday two small boats carrying weapons to Iran-backed Houthi terrorists on the southern coast of Yemen, a military official said.

Weapons were being unloaded from the two fishing boats near Belhaf, in Shabwa province, when the pre-dawn raid struck killing three smugglers, the military official said.

The coalition has imposed a blockade on Yemen to prevent weapons from reaching the Houthis and allied renegade troops loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Troops loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by coalition air and ground support, in July pushed the rebels out of Aden — Yemen’s second city — and four other southern provinces, including Shabwa. But the area around Belhaf is controlled by tribesmen and some are involved in smuggling weapons to the terrorists further north, the official said.

Government forces backed by the coalition launched an all-out offensive recently to push the rebels out of the southwestern province of Taez and break the siege of loyalists in its provincial capital.

The UN aid chief earlier accused Houthis of blocking and diverting deliveries of aid to Taez where some 200,000 people are living under siege.

Government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have been battling since September to push the terrorists out of Taez as part of their campaign to recapture the capital Sanaa farther north.

“Houthi and popular committees are blocking supply routes and continue to obstruct the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid and supplies into Taez city,” said Stephen O’Brien, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Suicide bomb attack kills
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[ARA News] ALEPPO – Rebel fighters of the Syrian opposition blew up Sunday several headquarters for the regime’s army forces in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of troops, media activists reported.

The explosions was followed by fierce clashes between the two sides.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Wael Mohammed confirmed that Aleppo rebels (Operation Chamber of Fatih Halab) in conjunction with other Islamic factions, fought fierce battles against the Syrian army forces and allied militias for several hours subsequent to detonating a series of regime-held buildings in Seif al-Dawla district in Aleppo.

“Opposition fighters had already dug a tunnel under these buildings, or headquarters ran by pro-Assad forces, and then detonated them with remote control, killing and wounding dozens regime troops,” he added.

The source pointed out that fighting continued in the neighborhoods of Salah al-Din, Seif al-Dawla and al-Ashrafiya for several hours, during which a number of casualties fell from both sides.

In the meantime, pro-regime army forces targeted the neighborhood of Bani Zaid in Aleppo with more than 15 artillery shells, local sources said. Several civilian casualties were reported in the shelling.

In return, Syrian rebels bombed the regime-held neighborhoods of al-Meidan, Suleiman al-Halabi and the Jamiyat al-Zahra with several homemade rockets, causing the deaths of two civilians and the injury of six others, some of them are in critical conditions.

Opposition fighters in the city of Aleppo are trying to ignite several fighting fronts simultaneously in a bid to disperse the strength of the regime’s army and allied Shiite militias. By this, they are trying to relief rebel fighters in the southern fronts of Aleppo.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: British jihadist Sally Jones threatens to blow herself up
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Miss Sally can just blow me...
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – Sally Jones, who left the UK to join the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), has threatened to blow herself up after her husband was killed in a drone strike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria’s Raqqa.

Jones, 47, is a former punk rocker, originally from Kent. She has converted to Islam and has been radicalized recently through direct contact with jihadist groups online.

Quoting a Muslim extremist woman who killed herself along with scores of Russian soldiers in a truck bombing in 2000, Jones has expressed herself on the social media that she could be about to become a “black widow” suicide bomber.

The term “Black Widows” refers to a group of Chechen Muslim women whose husbands were killed by the Russian forces in Chechnya.

She moved to Syria with her 10-year-old son in 2013 and joined ISIS after being brainwashed.

“I know what I’m doing. Paradise has a price and I hope this will be the price for Paradise,” Jones tweeted. If she carried out her threat, she would be ISIS’s first widely known female suicide bomber.

Her husband Junaid Hussain, 21, was a cyber-hacker and a key propagandist and recruiter for the ISIS terror group. He was killed in an airstrike in Raqqa, the major bastion of ISIS in Syria.

Jones has been following her husband’s path, recruiting young men and women to join ISIS’s ranks.

“I would never love anyone but him,” the extremist widow said on Tweeter, referring to her dead husband, though the group’s leadership prevents widows from staying a long time without husbands, according to ISIS-linked sources.

Jones’s message came after her husband found killed in an airstrike by a U.S.-led drone on Raqqa last August.
#1: hmmm nobody's stopping you, trollop
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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Burglar stuck in chimney dies after homeowner lights fire
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[Fox] A burglar stuck in a chimney died Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire in the fireplace, California authorities said.

The burglar climbed in the chimney Friday night to rob the home in the small city of Huron but became stuck, Fox 40 reports. The man was discovered just before 3 p.m. Saturday when the homeowner came home and lit the fireplace.

The homeowner heard the burglar scream from inside the chimney and worked to put the fire out, causing the house to fill up with smoke, the station reported.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said firefighters responded to the home and dismantled the chimney to rescue the burglar. But when they pulled him out, he was dead.

The coroner's offices removed the body from the scene and will conduct an autopsy to determine his identity and the exact cause of death, a sheriff's deputy said.
#1: causing the house to fill up with smoke,

This reminds me of what my older brother Dave did back in the late 1970's. I don't remember exactly why, but he hated the neighbors two houses down, so during a snowstorm, he climbs onto their roof with a 2' x 2' piece of plywood and a couple of bricks after they started a fire in their fireplace. Over the chimney this stuff went, and over to the neighbors' house went the firetrucks fifteen minutes later.
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India-Pakistan: Desecration case suspect on judicial remand
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[DAWN] GUJRAT: Police claim to have jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
the suspect involved in the desecration of a shrine and the Holy Koran that were set ablaze on Friday morning at Bowali Khurd village in Sara-e-Alamgir Saddar police precincts.

A local court of Gujrat sent the suspect to district jail on judicial remand after the police produced him before judicial magistrate Zaman Ranjha at district headquarters instead of going to the court of area magistrate in the respective Sara-e-Alamgir tehsil due to security reasons.

Police say the suspect, who belongs to the same village, is said to be a psychopath who had turned into a 'vagabond' after his family severed links with him due to his 'bad habits'.

Gujrat District Coordination Officer Liaquat Ali Chattha and District Police Officer Rai Zameerul Haq told news hounds at a joint news conference at Jinnah Hall of Sara-e-Alamgir that the law-enforcement agencies had traced and arrested suspect Irfan alias Fani and all necessary steps would be taken for speedy trial.

PML-N MNA Abid Raza Kotla and MPA Malik Hanif Awan were also present at the news conference.

The bigwigs also commended the positive role of local people, politicians, media and civil society in tackling the issue.

The DPO said Sherlocks from various LEAs were probing the suspect.

Gujrat SP (investigation) Kamran Mumtaz told Dawn that the suspect had been traced with the help of the locals and he confessed to committing the crime of torching the shrine of Baba Meray Wali Sarkar and the copies of the Holy Koran.

He said the suspect had been seen by locals while roaming in village streets just before the people came to know the incident and residents informed the Sherlocks who arrested him on Friday evening.

India-Pakistan: Man gets 45-year jail for amputating arms of boy
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[DAWN] GUJRANWALA: Anti-Terrorism Court No 2 judge Bushra Zaman handed down on Saturday 45-year imprisonment and fined Rs400,000 to an accused on charges of amputating both arms of a minor boy in Gujrat.

He will have to undergo six-month additional jail term in case of default in payment of fine.

According to the prosecution, convict Ghulam Mustafa had amputated both arms of Tabassum, 10, over a petty issue on July 21, 2014.

India-Pakistan: Three terrorists with explosives arrested
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[DAWN] The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Saturday tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
three alleged terrorists, who were planning to bomb Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) here, highly placed sources said.

They added that a CTD team from 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.
, acting on a tip-off, stopped a car coming from Bannu at Jarma bridge here. Three forces of Evil belonging to Khyber Agency
... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
, who were currently residing in various parts of Peshawar, were arrested. They were identified as Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
, Mali Khan and Fareed Khan.

The CTD squad recovered 20 kilograms of explosives stuffed in a gunny bag, a safety fuse, 12-meter-long detonating cord, a remote controlled bomb receiver and an electric detonator from the vehicle.

The arrested forces of Evil were shifted to Peshawar after registration of case against them in Kohat.

India-Pakistan: Two 'peace volunteers' killed in Mohmand
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[DAWN] Two peace volunteers were killed in a roadside blast in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
on Saturday.

Sources said that Hazrat Noor and Mohammad Gul were going to Daroo bazaar on a cycle of violence when an improvised bomb placed on the road in the Sanger Khawar area went off.

Noor was struck down in his prime. Gul was critically injured and taken to hospital where he died after a while.

They had both remained members of a peace committee in the Mohmand tribal region.

After the incident, security personnel launched a search operation in the area. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
no arrest was reported.

India-Pakistan: Imran warns of bloody revolution if peaceful change is thwarted
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[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
has warned that there will be a bloody revolution in the country if political forces are denied right to come to power through peaceful means.

He was speaking at a rally organised jointly by his party and the 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...
here on Saturday in connection with the third phase of local government elections scheduled to be held in the city on Dec 5.

"People will no longer allow the group of 500 families to continue to suck their blood," he remarked.

Mr Khan criticised the Election Commission of Pakistain for adopting what he called double standards while dealing with the ruling and opposition parties.

He said the ECP had restricted his movement in Islamabad and his speeches at various other places during the campaign for local government elections in recent days, but failed to stop PML-N leaders from violating its code of conduct.

India-Pakistan: FIR against Mumtaz Qadri's supporters
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[DAWN] About 400 activists of Shabaab-e-Milli were booked by police after they took out a rally in favour of the murder convict, Mumtaz Qadri, police said here on Saturday.

On Friday a large number of people gathered at Expressway near Kuri and staged a protest against the conviction. Mumtaz Qadri sentenced to death for killing the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

governor, Salman Taseer.

The gathering supported the killer and demanded his acquittal. Besides, the participants criticised the government and judiciary, the police added.

After getting the information the police approached the area and asked them to disperse, but they refused, causing traffic jam at the Expressway, they said.

Later a case was registered against them on charges of PPCs 341, 188 and Amplifier Act, they added.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran demands closure of UN nuclear watchdog probe
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[DAWN] Iran said on Sunday there would be "no final implementation" of a nuclear deal with world powers unless a probe into allegations of past weapons research is closed.

The declaration, by a top security official, comes after the head of the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA said a report into the possible military dimensions of Iran's activities would not be "black and white".

Iran has always denied seeking to develop an atomic weapons capability, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy production and medical purposes only.

Referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the July 14 agreement's official name, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, said anything short of the watchdog's probe being closed was "unacceptable to Iran".

"Without the closure of the file regarding past issues, there is no possibility of implementing the JCPOA," the official IRNA news agency reported him as saying.

India-Pakistan: PTI's rally marches through Karachi, Imran addresses gathering in Lyari
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[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) on Sunday, led by party chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
, thronged the city with their massive rally that marched through the different areas of the metropolis as part of the election campaign ahead of the upcoming local government polls.

Imran also addressed a public gathering at Lyari's famous Kakri ground in the evening, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to the party activists and supporters, Imran said "I have has come to make a new 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...
and new Lyrai".

"The people were divided on political and ethnic grounds by political forces for their own benefit," Imran maintained.

The PTI chairman said that he has witnessed the downfall of Karachi at the hands of police and corrupt political parties.

He claimed that Karachi's investment got shifted to Dubai and the metropolis was systematically ruined to develop Dubai.

Terror Networks: Lords of darkness
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[DAWN] IN 2004 Abu Musab Zarqawi, leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, wrote a letter to the late Osama bin Laden
... who doesn't live anywhere anymore...
in which he set out his organization's strategy. Outlining Iraq's ethnic and sectarian fault lines, Zarqawi declared his intention to target Iraq's majority Shia population in order to create a reaction against Iraq's Sunnis. He wrote, "If we succeed in dragging [the Shias] into the arena of sectarian war, it will become possible to awaken the inattentive Sunnis as they feel imminent danger and annihilating death at the hands of the [Shias]."

The logic was that those Sunnis, or some of them at least, would then flock to Al Qaeda's banners. At the very least, the idea of coexistence and political compromise, abhorrent as it was to Zarqawi, would be badly damaged if not destroyed.
#1: How ironic! A Pakistani journalist lecturing the West on fascism.
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The Grand Turk: In the eye of the storm
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[DAWN] Istanbul was calm, normal towards the end of last week as I spent 24 hours there while in transit. But reading local English-language newspapers another realisation hit home: how drastically The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
may have changed from the country of Mustafa Kemal Pasha's vision.

Mustafa Kemal, Ataturk (father of the Turks), visualised a democratic, secular society embracing modern values, Western attire and even the Roman script. He rose to power after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War and believed the religion of Islam will be "elevated if it ceased being a political instrument" like it was in the past.

Today, some 90 years on, Turkey seems split down the middle among Islamists such as President Erdogan whose party is in power, and the fragmented secularists who failed to win a majority in the recent parliamentary elections.

Erdogan's critics believe he cynically manipulated the election result by provoking a confrontation with traditional Kurdish adversaries in its run-up and was able to galvanise support for his own party by spreading fear of what would happen if the other side won.

Whether this criticism is valid or not is for another day. What is clear is that Turkish society is divided into those who believe Erdogan offers a solution for all that is wrong with the country, and those who feel appalled that he is altering Ataturk's Turkey beyond recognition.

What happened at a football match over the past week, following the Gay Paree carnage carried out by the Death Eater 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, was utterly shocking. During a minute's silence to honour the memory of the Gay Paree victims, a section of the crowd raised 'Allah-o-Akbar' slogans.

This left many Turkish media commentators distressed. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
one of them pointed out in a column that it reflected what many have known in Turkey: that about a 10th of the country is sympathetic towards IS and supports it.

It seemed like yesterday Turkey was steaming towards membership of the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, working hard at goals such as economic criteria and at bettering its human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
record. It was seen as an economic powerhouse knocking at EU's door. It seemed to be swallowing the bitter pill of making concessions to the Kurds.

But despite all its incredible hard work and the aspirations of not just its secular population, but also Islamist leaders such as Erdogan, as it approached the point where its request could be considered Ankara was blackballed by La Belle France's then right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy
...23rd President of the French Republic. Sarkozy is married to singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, who has a really nice birthday suit...
. His reasons seemed less about economic and political concerns and more about the faith of a majority of Turks.

Terror Networks: The etymological evolution of 'IS'
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[DAWN] FOR governments, media outlets and academics the world over, a question continues to confound: what exactly do you call the bad boy outfit that currently controls considerable chunks of Iraq and Syria? What should it be out of IS/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh [Islamic State]?
In case you were wondering about the multiplicity of names...
We may ask what's in a name? But there are issues of political correctness, legitimacy and accuracy at stake: many in the international community -- especially in the Muslim world -- do not want to grant what is clearly a lethal terrorist outfit legitimacy by referring to what it calls itself in Arabic: ad-Dawlat al-Islamia, literally translated as 'the Islamic state'.

It may be helpful to recall what these multiple acronyms actually stand for. While the meaning of IS has been explained above, ISIS is the English translation of what the outfit called itself in Arabic before it transformed into a self-declared 'caliphate' in June of last year: ad-Dawlat al-Islamia fil Iraq was Shaam, or the Islamic State
#1: You don't have to call them---they come on their own.
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India-Pakistan: Developed countries more responsible for tackling climate change, says Nawaz
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[DAWN] Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
on Sunday said that with the developed countries having more responsibility in tackling the climate change challenges, Pakistain was ready to contribute in the global efforts.

"Though Pakistain has minimum level of carbon emissions, we will contribute in the global efforts to tackle the climate change issues," Nawaz said in a brief chat with the media soon after his arrival in Gay Paree to attend the two-week 21st UN Climate Change Conference being opened in the French capital on Monday.
#1: "Give us some money!"
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-11-30 01:12 ||Comments

Bangladesh: Showdown in Tejgaon
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[Dhaka Tribune] Fierce violence broke out in the capital's Tejgaon yesterday as police and transport workers clashed for around an hour over an eviction drive in the area.

At least seven people, including journalists and city corporation employees, were maimed during the violence, while several vehicles in the area were also vandalised.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq, who was present with the eviction team, had to take shelter inside a workers' union office during the violence.

Law enforcers and locals said the transport workers -- although agitated -- were initially cooperative when the DNCC authorities started the drive at Tejgaon truck stand in the morning.

But tensions crossed the tipping point after a bulldozer shoved a covered van, which the workers said had been standing there for some time.

Police asked transport workers to remove the covered van, but no one cared. Then the bulldozer hit the covered van. Angered at the incident, workers started throwing bricks at the police, who reportedly retaliated with rubber bullets.

Demonstrating workers said two of the protesters, transport manager Bodruddoza, 55, and truck driver Jasim Uddin, 40, were hit by bullets shot by the police. Another garment worker named Masum Billah was also hit by a bullet.

Santu Chandro Das, assistant sub-inspector at Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost, said Bodruddoza was admitted with gunshot wounds to his both legs, Jasim was hit on his right ear and arm, and Masum had wounds on his arm and back.

All of the injured men were released after primary treatment, the ASI added.

a woman is only as old as she admits...
claims of police shooting were denied by Tejgaon zone Deputy Commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarkar. He termed the situation an isolated incident and said: "The police did not open fire on transport workers. Some people are distracting them by speaking about police shooting." The police also did not arrest anyone in connection with the clash, he added.

During the violence, protesters allegedly assaulted The Daily Star photographer Anisur Rahman, bdnews24.com photographer Tanvir Ahmed and two city corporation employees.

Media vehicles belonging to Channel i, Independent Television, Ekushey Television, two pick-up vans of the city corporation, and DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq's SUV were vandalised. The adjoining Tejgaon and Sat Rasta Intersection remained closed to traffic for around three hours, which caused traffic tailbacks in the nearby areas.

Mayor caught in violence

As the violence unfolded outside, the mayor, who went to the Tejgaon truck stand around 1pm to oversee the eviction drive, stayed inside the Bangladesh Truck and Covered Van Union office there. Railways Minister Md Mazibul Hoque also went to the scene with Annisul, but left under police protection as violence broke.

"I have been running the Tejgaon bus stand eviction drive in consultation with the railways minister and local transport leaders for the sake of the city dwellers. I will not retreat from the drive in the face of protest from some grabbers," Mayor Annisul told news hounds while inside the union office.

"The drive will continue. This mayor is not a coward who will leave amid such chaos. We are clearing government land. The prime minister is with me in this move. I am not scared of anyone," he said. Commenting on the injuries, he said: "I have heard that one person was injured. But I have no idea if it is true or a rumour."

The mayor said some people were instigating others to throw bricks at law enforcers and the DCC officials.

Also present there, Truck and Covered Van Owners Association President Rustom Ali expressed his support for the eviction drive. "We have been announcing for the past three or four days to clear the truck stand. We fully support the eviction drive." He, however, added that some quarters had been trying to prevent the move. "Some grabbers, groups of workers and mechanics who are dependent on the truck stand for their livelihoods are instigating others against the eviction."

Yesterday's eviction drive follows an earlier ultimatum set by Mayor Annisul, who told truck owners on November 8 to clear illegal infrastructure from Tejgaon to increase parking space and reduce traffic congestion in the area.

Afghanistan: 300,000 Acres Of Land Grabbed Illegally: Nangarhar Officials
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[Tolo News] A number of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
provincial council members along with residents on Sunday expressed their concerns over the rampant land-grabbing practice currently being witnessed in the province.

They say that numerous influential people in the province are usurping privately-owned and government property -- including mosques and public parks.

However the mayor of Jalalabad rejected claims that mosques and public picnic areas have been seized.

The mayor, Hamidullah Afghan, said: "This area is 23 meters in length including 13 meters which is related to public park. The area is under construction. A greenery area will be built in front of the park which is part of the contract and there is no grounds for grabbing the lands."

According to local officials, more than 300,000 acres of land has been grabbed illegally in the province over the past few years.

One resident of Jalalabad, Jamila, claims that influential people have illegally seized four acres of her land. She has appealed to the authorities to ensure those guilty are brought to book.

She said: "I have at least two acres of land but this man wants to grab it because he is powerful. It is six months that I am working with the Attorney General Office [AGO]. I have a letter from Nangarhar provincial council which has mentioned that the man has grabbed my land but the AGO is giving me the run around and every time they tell me to come back another day."

However she is not the only Nangarhar resident who has fallen victim to this problem. Residents say it is a common occurrence throughout the province.

"This area was once a public park and people used it for different purposes including sports but now it has been grabbed and I have no idea whether they have the permission of the municipality or not," a resident of Nangarhar said.

A number of provincial council members have also expressed their concerns over this issue.

One member Zabihullah Zemarai said: "Lots of properties have been grabbed or are on the verge of being grabbed. The former president [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...
], the current president [Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
] and the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
have not taken any steps in this regard and I think they do not have any will to do so."

Another provincial council member, Suhrab Qaderi said: "They build houses or shops where there are green areas. This is illegal and it should not be done."

Afghanistan: Experts Advise Against Establishment Of Militia Groups
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[Tolo News] Military experts on Sunday warned that unless the establishment of militia groups is stopped, the practice could lead to the collapse of government.

But the Interior Ministry has assured the nation that it will prevent the formation of such groups, stating they can negatively impact rule of law and nation building efforts.

The recent formation of militia groups in the country has sparked public concern. People believe that if they are not stopped, they could pose a problem in the future.

Jawid Kohistani, a military analyst said: "It has been seen in the past that militias have resulted in the collapse of governments therefore the Afghan government should take this issue very seriously in order to prevent problems in future."

An MP Safiullah Muslim said: "I think if creating militia groups continues it will become a problem for security - like the Taliban."

Meanwhile the Interior Ministry is aware of the issue and is reportedly working on a strategy to stop the practice.

MoI front man Sediq Sediqqi said: "Establishing militia groups will not have any place in Afghanistan because such groups can harm security, nation building and governance."

This comes after the first deputy speaker in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) Abdul Zaher Qadir recently accused government of supporting Daesh [Islamic State]. He also said he had established a militia group to fight Daesh [Islamic State] in 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..
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio had his hands full of angry bleached blonde...
deputy front man for President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
, Sayed Zafar Hashemi said: "After the first deputy's accusation President [Ashraf] Ghani appointed a delegation to investigate his [Qadir's] claims."

Many people believe that the establishment of militia groups will not be in the best interests of the country and many think there is no guarantee that such groups will not start fighting government forces, which will ultimately lead to more insecurity in the country.

Afghanistan: NDS rescues child from kidnappers in Kabul
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency has rescued a child from kidnappers in capital 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....
A statement released by the NDS on Sunday states that eight-year-old Mohammad Ibrahim who is a student of grade eight was kidnapped from the 17th sector of the city and kept in Astar Ghach village of Qara Bagh District for 20 days.

Kidnappers had asked Ibrahim's father Shireen Aghan for 100,000 American dollars in return, the statement adds.

In a raid, Ibrahim was recovered and one of the kidnappers by the name of Fahim S/O Khan Mohammad who is also a resident of 17th sector was jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
In a footage released by the spy agency, Shireen Aghan is shown with Ibrahim who thanks NDS for securing his son.

The suspected kidnapper is also shown in the video confessing to his crime.

Afghanistan: Armed men kill a teacher and his son in Urozgan's Khas Urozgan District
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Unidentified gunnies have rubbed out a teacher with his son in Khas Urozgan District of central Urozgan province.

Governor of Khas Urozgan District says gunnies went to the instructor's house in Sheikhi area and as he went out with his son they were rubbed out.

He said miscreants bumped off a third person who watched the murder.

Although, Karmi held Taliban responsible for the attack but the group's spokesperson has not yet commented on the report.

This was second reported attack of unknown gunnies in Afghanistan last night.

The other attack was carried out in Zaranj, the picturesque provincial capital of southwestern Nimroz, in which a former government official was killed.

Sayed Nazir Sadat the former director of Hajj and Religious Affairs of Nimroz was returning from mosque after offering prayers when unidentified gunnies shot up him.

Home Front: WoT: This Week in Books
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The Holy War for Constantinople and The Clash of Islam and The West
Roger Crowley
Hachette Books, reprint, 2006
Hyperion, 2005
First, apologies for the inconsistent posting - busy time of year.
I'm sure the importance of the Bosphorus is well known to Rantburgers as the access from The Black Sea and The White Sea (Mediterranean) as well as The Middle East and Europe.

Before getting too far into this moment of history, it must be remarked, as Roger Crowley does, considering the sacking of Constantinople during The Fourth Crusade and the eventual transformation of Constantinople into the capital of the Ottoman Caliphate, that much of the information quoted is from second hand and/or spurious accounts. The players in this moment of history just really do not like each other, so one side's account of another can be skewed at the least.

And just who is involved can be best summarized in the prologue (page 6-7):

Modern nationalists have interpreted the siege of Constantinople as a struggle between Greek and Turkish peoples, but such simplifications are misleading. Neither side would have readily accepted or even understood these labels, though each used them of the other. The Ottomans, literally the tribe of Osmen, called themselves just that, or simply Muslims. "Turk" was a largely pejorative term applied by the nation states of the West, the name "Turkey" unknown to them until borrowed from Europe to create the new Republic in 1923. The Ottoman Empire in 1453 was already a multicultural creation that sucked in the peoples it conquered with little concern for ethnic identity. Its crack troops were Slavs, its leading general Greek, its admiral Bulgarian, its sultan probably half Serbian or Macedonian. Furthermore under the complex code of medieval vassalage, thousands of Christian troops accompanied him down the road from Edirne. The had come to conquer the Greek-speaking inhabitants of Constantinople, whom we now call the Byzantines, a word first used in English in 1853, exactly four hundred years after the great siege. They were considered to be heirs to the Roman Empire and referred to themselves accordingly as Romans. In turn they were commanded by an emperor who was half Serbian and a quarter Italian, and much of the defense undertaken by people from Western Europe whom the Byzantines call "Franks": Venetians, Genoese, and Catalans, aided by some ethnic Turks, Cretans - and one Scotsman. If it is difficult to fix simple identities or loyalties to the participants at the siege, there was one dimension of the struggle that all the contemporary chroniclers never forget - that of faith. The Muslims referred to their adversary as "the despicable infidels," "the wretched unbelievers," "the enemies of the Faith"; in response they were called "pagans," "heathen infidels," "the faithless Turks." Constantinople was the front line in a long distance struggle between Islam and Christianity for the true faith. It was a place where different versions of the truth had confronted each other in war and truce for 800 years, and it was here in the spring of 1453 that new and lasting attitudes between the two great monotheisms were to be cemented in one intense moment of history.

One of the differences between this siege and previous attempts was the use of cannons. Mr. Crowley gets into many of the conditions leading to the siege, including the casting of cannon (page 92):

When the furnace was judged to have reached the correct temperature, the foundry works started to throw copper into the crucible along with scrap bronze probably salvaged, by a bitter irony for the Christians, from church bells. The work was incredibly dangerous - the difficulty of hurling the metal piece by pie e into the bubbling cauldron and of skimming dross off the surface with metal ladles, the noxious fumes given off by the tin alloys, the risk that if the scrap metal were wet, the water would vaporize, rupturing the furnace and wiping out all close by - these hazards hedged the operation about with superstitious dread.

And details of the defenses (page 82):

The first line of the walls built in 413 deterred Attila the Hun, "the scourge of God," from making an attack on the city in 447. When it collapsed under a severe earthquake the same year with Attila ravaging Thrace not far away, the whole population responded to the crises. Sixteen thousand citizens totally rebuilt the wall in an astounding two months, not just restoring Anthemius's original structure, but adding an outer wall with a further string of inter spaced towers, a protecting breastwork, and a brick-lined moat - the fosse - to create a formidable barrier of extraordinary complexity (excellent sketch page 81).

And the mood of the people. Constantine XI was pro-union with the Papacy on account of increased security against the looming Ottoman expansion. The people were anti-papist for both dogmatic reasons as well as practical; is was under the banner of the Papacy when the westerners sacked Constantinople (Page 68):

The people were profoundly antipapist, "the wolf, the destroyer"; "Rum Papa," the Roman Pope, was a popular choice of name for city dogs. The citizens formed a volatile proletariat: impoverished, superstitious, easily swayed to riot and disorder.

Having the motivations and what is at stake of the four major sides - Byzantium, Ottoman, Venetian, and Papacy - is satisfying as the siege grinds, and grinds, and grinds.

Link is to Amazon's page for 1453.
The book is also published by Faber and Faber, 2005, as Constantinople: the Last Great Siege, 1453. Recommended.

Africa Horn: Iranian navy frees fishing vessel hijacked off Somalia coast
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EL HUR, Somalia -- Iranian navy has freed a fishing vessel hijacked off the coast of Somalia over a week ago from Somali pirates in a rare raid on Saturday afternoon, Garowe Online reports.

According to on-the-ground sources, the fishing boat, FV Mohamed with 15-member crew was stormed by foreign commandos in helicopters. Initial reports obtained by GO indicate that Iranian Special Forces conducted the operation off El Hur coastal village in central Somalia.

The raid marks the first by Iran navy in the Red Sea. It’s yet unclear whether the operation resulted in casualties.

A gang of three seized the Iranian flagged vessel—but--owned by Pakistanis last week.

Iraq: 12 ISIS elements killed, wounded in coalition strike south of Mosul
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Erbil – Peshmerga forces announced on Sunday killing and wounding 12 ISIS elements in an air strike by the coalition forces in Makhmour District south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

Media spokesman of Peshmerga forces Ahmed Jaf said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “the international coalition aircraft bombed this morning sites belonging to ISIS in Krmurdi village in Makhmour district south of the city of Mosul, killing five elements of the ISIS and injuring seven others.“
Rudaw adds:
[Rudaw] The US coalition Arclight airstrikes destroyed four vehicles of the self-claimed 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....
or ISIS in Ankawa village in Makhmour, a Peshmerga official on Makhmour front told Rudaw on Saturday.

The Peshmerga spokesperson at the front told Rudaw the US coalition were informed by Peshmerga forces about ISIS military activity at the area.

He said "there is a main military base belonging to ISIS in Ankawa village."

The spokesperson said the US coalition managed to destroy an ISIS military base in Kudela village in Makhmour and killed several ISIS bad boys.

Kudela village is 22km away from Makhmour town, considered as a critical point between linking the Peshmerga stockades with the areas that still under ISIS control.

ISIS positions are less than 20 kilometers from Makhmour. Due to the proximity, Peshmerga forces have strengthened security measures there.

Peshmerga officials claim that ISIS can no longer advance into the Kurdistan region's borders.

Iraq: Baghdad Kabooms Today
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Security forces kill suicide bomber by ambush south of Baghdad

Baghdad Operations Command announced on Sunday the killing of a suicide bomber that attempted to target the masses of visitors south of the capital.

A spokesman for the command, Brigadier Saad Maan, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the 17th brigade under the command of Baghdad Operations managed to kill a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt before arriving at the road of the visitors through an ambush in southern Baghdad,” without giving further details.

7 killed and wounded in explosion south of Baghdad

A source in the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday, that seven people had been either killed or wounded in the explosion of an explosive device south of Baghdad.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded this afternoon near lakes for fish farming in the district of Madain south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding five others.”

The source, who asked not to be named, said: “Ambulances rushed to the scene and transported the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the bodies of the dead to the forensic medicine department,” without giving further details.

11 killed and wounded in bomb blast north of Baghdad

A source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday, that 11 people had been killed and wounded in a bomb blast north of Baghdad.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded this morning near shops in the village of Hamamiyat in Taji District north of Baghdad, resulting in the killing of two people and wounding nine others.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “A security force rushed to the scene and transported the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the bodies of the dead to the forensic medicine department, while a raid and search operation was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”

Afghanistan: NATO reaffirms military support to Afghanistan
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KABUL -- The United States-led NATO coalition on Sunday reaffirmed its commitment to Afghanistan's security forces and said it would not leave the Afghan forces alone on the battlefield. As fears grow over the increase in violence seen these past few months and over what lies ahead in next year's fighting season, the Resolute Support Mission reaffirmed its commitments to train, advice and assist Afghan forces in their bid to curb the Taliban.

Resolute Support Mission’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Brigadier General Wilson Shoffner said the coalition was considering a comprehensive review of the planning process as well as the targeting process at all levels of the command chain.

NATO said the alliance would take new initiatives to protect civilians during engagements, adding that the alliance's advisory role and technical support would continue to be given to Afghan troops until sustainable peace and stability was restored in the country.

At least 13,000 NATO soldiers still serve in Afghanistan out of which 9,800 are deployed by the US Army. It is expected that up to 8,000 US troops will continue their mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016.
Unless Champ brings them all home early for some stupid reason.

The Grand Turk: Russia to receive body of deceased pilot from Turkey
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ANKARA -- Turkey says it has received the body of a Russian pilot killed after his plane was shot down on the Syrian border, the BBC reported on Sunday.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the body of Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov would be given back to Russia. Russia state television reported had reported that Peshkov's body was still in rebel-controlled Syrian territory. Russia posthumously awarded him its highest honour for valour, Hero of the Soviet Union Russia.

India-Pakistan: Twin explosions rock Quetta; no loss of life
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QUETTA: Two low intensity blasts hit Chashma Achozai area close to the airport Saturday afternoon.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by miscreants went off in a deserted area close to the railway track, said officials. Security officials rushed to the site and cordoned off the area after the first explosion. As officials gathered to investigate the site, another blast took place close by. Police sources said there was no loss of life as a result of the twin blasts, which caused panic among people. Chashma Achozai is located on Quetta’s airport road and is considered a peaceful neighbourhood. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts.

Last month, a blast in a local bus killed at least 10 people, two of them children, on Quetta’s Sariab Road. Twenty-two people were injured in the incident, six of them seriously. Law-enforcement agencies have intensified their operations against terrorists in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.

India-Pakistan: Pakistan throws weight behind war against IS
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BIRGU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that Pakistan regarded the militant Islamic State (IS) group as a terrorist organisation and supports international efforts to counter the threats posed by it.
Sure he does. How about al-Qaeda? The guys slipping over the line of control in Kashmir?
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other world leaders attended two retreat sessions on the second day of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that focused on violent extremism, Sustainable Development Goals and migration. The sessions held at the 14th century Saint Angelo Fort situated in Malta’s historic city of Birgu, also known as Vittoriosa, gathered the world leaders to delve upon finding working solutions to the issues that were impacting the Commonwealth countries.

The sessions were joined by heads of government, including Malta’s Joseph Muscat, Britain’s David Cameron, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull, French President Francois Hollande, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and other representatives from 53 member states. The retreat sessions provided the CHOGM leaders an opportunity to mingle with each other, and have their say in bilateral exchanges away from the public platform. Besides exchange of pleasantries, the heads of government did not miss the opportunity to share with each other their opinions on current global security challenges and the suite of domestic, regional and international policy responses required to counter extremism.

In an informal interaction with other heads of government, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif conveyed Pakistan’s strong condemnation of terrorist activities whether committed by individuals, groups or states resulting in violence or threat of violence. He apprised other leaders that Pakistan was also cooperating with the international community to deal with militancy and fully implemented the UN Security Council sanction regimes against terrorism.

The CHOGM leaders shared views on promoting global partnerships between the Commonwealth and other like-minded organisations pursuing similar agendas and stressed upon the states to invest in preventive measures to protect their citizens from threat of violence extremism. During the second retreat session held with the agenda of implementation of SDGs and migration, the prime minister informed other leaders that Pakistan was facing the issue of migrants and refugees from over 35 years. He stressed that Commonwealth must advocate long-term view of migration with more opportunities for regular and legal migration.

Africa Horn: Ruritanian Air Force Strikes Again in Hiiraan Region
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An official says unidentified military jets bombed Al shabaab bases in the Somali region of Hiiraan on Sunday, the latest in series of aerial bombardment against the Al Qaeda-linked militants.

Confirming the incident, Col Mohamed Omar Aden who is a senior Somali army commander in the region said the jets hit Yasooman, Ceeldheer and Ceel lahelay villages, which are all under Al shabaab control.

No casualties reported in the multiple airstrikes against Al shabaab strongholds in Hiiraan region. African Union troops in the region did not comment on the air attacks.

Ruritania U.S. has in the past carried out several airstrikes targeted senior Al shabaab leaders, including Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr who was killed in drone attack near Barawe town in September 1, 2014.

Europe: Germany planning to deploy 1,200 troops for Daesh fight
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Germany is planning to deploy 1,200 troops to help France in the fight against Daesh in Syria, its army chief said on Sunday, in what would be the military's biggest deployment abroad.
I'll believe it when I see it, but this would constitute a modest surprise...
"From a military point of view, around 1,200 soldiers would be necessary to run the planes and ship," army chief of staff General Volker Wieker told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that the mission would begin "very quickly once a mandate is obtained".

"The government is seeking a mandate this year," said Wieker.

Berlin on Thursday offered France Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate, aerial refuelling and satellite images in the fight against the Daesh group. Between four and six Tornados would be deployed to deliver images of the ground, even in poor weather and during the night, Wieker said.

Asked why Germany had shied away from participating in direct air strikes, Wieker said the coalition already had "sufficient forces and means" dealing with that aspect of the battle.

"What is needed is reconnaissance on the ground, so that these forces can be deployed effectively. Our Tornados can contribute a lot in that area," he said.

Talks are ongoing with Turkey and Jordan on stationing the planes in Incirlik - which also serves as a base for US jets, as well as in Amman.

Wieker swiped aside any criticism that Germany had opted for "the least dangerous" tasks, saying: "This allegation is not justified. What is the difference when you fly a bomber jet or a reconnaisance plane over the same area? The levels of threat and danger are the same."

Post-war Germany has been traditionally reluctant to send troops abroad, although it has joined UN-mandated missions in the Balkans and elsewhere, and the Nato coalition in Afghanistan. Germany has not taken part in air strikes against the Daesh in Syria and Iraq, which have been mainly flown by US and French aircraft.

After France last week invoked a clause requiring EU member states to provide military assistance after the Paris attacks, Germany swiftly announced its participation in the fight in Syria.
#1: Meanwhile, "BATMAN VS SUPERMAN:DAWN OF JUSTICE" fans, NOT to be outdone by the Germans ...


10K in Syria + 10K in Iraq - mostly Advisors + SPECOPS - in addition to a new 100,000 Sunni Arab Coalition force.


IMo prolly safe to say that Washington is well-aware that China's aggressive moves n East Asia-Pacific [WestPac] means TROUBLE = US-CHINA MILITARY CRISIS IN EAST ASIA-PACIFIC IS COMING, + SOONER NOT LATER.



Over the East China Sea + Taiwan + IOR also.

* TELEGRAPH.UK > JAPAN BOLSTERS DEFENCES AROUND DISPUTED [East China Sea = Okinawa Archipelgo-Perfecture]. Contingents of JGSDF Troops includ SAMS + ASBMS/SSMS to be deployed to Ishigaki, Miyako, + Awanami-Oshima islands, in addition to already = pre-existing JSDF capabilities on Okinawa Island per se to greatly improved or expanded.


"US-style", "US-par, OWG Co-Superpower China wants both "post-US" Manifest Destiny, + its "Sphere of Influence" befitting a Superpower andor "Co-Superpower" sibling of the US, + IS WILLING TO RISK OR WAGE MAJOR WAR AGZ THE US-ALLIES TO DO SO.

Beijing would like to take this post-Thanksgiving 2015 holiday opportunity to once again politely remind Japan + US-World that IT HAS NUKE WEAPONS THAT CAN STRIKE + WIPE OUT BOTH JAPAN + CONUS, WHILE JAPAN PER SE HAS NONE.





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Arabia: 16 dead in fighting for south Yemen province
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Yemeni pro-government forces were battling on Sunday to oust Iran-backed Houthi rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks. Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 rebels in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed.

Daleh is one of five southern provinces which the coalition-backed loyalists retook from the rebels in a July offensive. But the Houthi rebels and their allies managed to recapture the province's second-largest city, Damt, earlier this month.

Further north, in Yemen's third city Taez, where a loyalist garrison has been under rebel siege for months, three civilians were killed and at least 20 wounded by rebel mortar fire late on Saturday, medical and military sources said. Loyalist troops and their coalition backers launched an offensive to try to break the siege earlier this month but it has made little headway.

In the rebel-held capital Sanaa, coalition aircraft carried out what a military source described as the heaviest strikes in weeks. The rebels overran Sanaa in September last year before capturing much of the rest of the country and forcing the government into exile.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian opposition says Russian strikes kill 18
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Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes struck the town of Ariha, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens more. The Local Coordination Committees, an activist collective, said the airstrikes struck a busy market, inflicting heavy casualties. The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said the airstrike destroyed three buildings in the centre of Ariha.

Ariha Today, a Facebook page that covers events in the town, said the airstrikes were carried out by Russian warplanes, killing 40 people and wounding more than 70. Conflicting tolls are common in the chaotic aftermath of violent incidents in Syria.

If Russian warplanes carried out Sunday's strikes it would be one of the deadliest incidents since Moscow began launching airstrikes in Syria two months ago. Opposition activists say scores of people have been killed by Russian strikes since the air campaign began on September 30.

An amateur video posted online showed several men being treated on the floor of what appeared to be a clinic. Blood stains could be seen on the floor's white tiles. On the street outside, four men could be seen lying near the building, with several young men weeping over them. Shortly afterward, an ambulance arrived and a wounded man in a wheelchair was carried into the clinic.

Russia says its airstrikes are targeting the Daesh group and other "terrorists," but Western officials and Syrian rebels say most of the strikes have focused on central and northern Syria, where Daesh does not have a strong presence.
An Nahar adds:
The strikes hit the Idlib province town of Ariha, which is controlled by the Army of Conquest, a rebel alliance of mainly Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda affiliate 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 .. ...
Front, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Army of Conquest alliance seized Ariha in May after heavy fighting with regime forces.

Iraq: Iraqis find 3 more mass graves in formerly Daesh-held Sinjar
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More on this story from yesterday.
Iraqi officials say three more mass graves have been found in the northern town of Sinjar, where Kurdish forces backed by US-led airstrikes drove out Daesh militants earlier this month.

Qasim Simo, the head of security in Sinjar, said on Sunday that the graves are believed to contain 80 to 100 bodies. Two graves have been found east of the town and one has been found within the town itself, bringing the total number of mass graves uncovered to five.

Daesh captured the town in August 2014 and began killing and enslaving members of the Yazidi religious minority, leading thousands of residents to flee into the mountains. A US-led coalition began carrying out strikes against the extremist group later that month, partly out of concern for their plight.

Iraq: Yazidi Women Tell of Rape and Enslavement at Hands of ISIS
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KHANKE CAMP, Iraq -- The grandmother lifted her face to heaven and let out a high wail.

"I pray for this hell to end," the 64-year-old said before crumpling onto the floor of her hut.

Kimy Hassan Sayfo's daughters and granddaughters have been held captive by ISIS. Two daughters recently escaped but extremist fighters have kept her young granddaughters "for themselves," she said. Her story echoes those of countless others across this vast tent city full of Yazidis, a tiny and ancient religious minority reviled and persecuted by ISIS.

More than 3,000 women and girls were taken captive when ISIS attacked ancestral Yazidi villages around northwestern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain in August 2014. Nearly half-a-million people have been displaced since, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government's Yazidi Affairs Directorate.

Today, community leaders say around 2,000 women and girls are still being bought and sold in ISIS-controlled areas. The young become sex slaves and older women are beaten and used as house slaves, according to survivors and accounts from ISIS militants.

The women and children were held in a school where, she said, the guards would come at night to take away women and rape them.

ISIS has published documents justifying the enslavement of Yazidis as spoils of war, and activist Khider Domle has interviewed dozens of women and girls who have fled their captivity.

"Every time a woman escapes we learn more about how they are using Yazidi women," he said.

Domle said the women, especially those who end up in ISIS strongholds in Syria, tend to be traded or sold three or four times as fighters move to different locations and leave the women behind.

"Some are sold for weapons, or for just $10, or 10 cigarettes," Domle said.

Europe: Police, migrants clash on Macedonia border
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Police in Macedonia fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for days at the Greek border and who are demanding passage to western Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out.

Macedonia, along with other Balkan countries on the migrant route, began turning away "economic migrants" nearly two weeks ago. Human rights groups have criticized the decision, under which only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans are allowed through. The new restrictions triggered days of protests from Iranians, Pakistanis, Moroccans and others, stranded in squalid tent camps on the border. Some Iranians have sewn their lips shut. One man on Saturday threw himself on railway lines before the police, screaming and flailing.
Was he then taken to a secure psychiatric facility?
Saturday's violence broke out after one migrant, believed to be a Moroccan, was electrocuted and badly burned when he climbed on top of a train wagon. An angry crowd surged towards lines of Macedonian police and began throwing stones, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
So they were Palestinians?
The police responded with tear gas and stun grenades, driving the crowd back, a Reuters photographer at the scene said. Some officers threw stones.

In a surge that began about 18 months ago, migrants have been flowing across Balkan borders, having landed by boat in Greece from Turkey. Human rights groups say international conventions require countries to treat asylum requests on merit, not on the basis of nationality.
"International conventions" didn't anticipate three million asylum requests...
Earlier on Saturday, Macedonian soldiers began driving metal poles around 3 meters high into the cold, muddy ground, building a barrier similar to that erected by Hungary on its southern border. The Macedonian government said it had no intention of sealing its border completely. A government spokesman said the aim of the fence was "to direct the inflow of people towards the controlled points for their registration and humane treatment."

"We would like to underline that the border will remain open," said spokesman Aleksandar Gjorgjiev. "We will allow passage for the people who come from war-affected regions as we have done thus far."

Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia say they began filtering the migrants after Slovenia, further along the route, announced it would start doing the same.
#1: Start shooting them, then they'll start turning back.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-11-30 00:58 ||Comments

#2: The narrative must be maintained.

All these stories talk about "desperate", "traumatized", "oppressed" etc. migrants but never how they're mostly all military age, single, violence prone men.

Wonder why that is.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-11-30 07:40 ||Comments