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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit
Posted by Frank G 12/20/2014  10:19 5 Comments 275 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.
"where you going with that suitcase?"
"Ummm....outside"
"I don't think so" *bam*

An activist opposed to both IS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is well-known to the British business broadsheet, said he had "verified 100 executions" of foreign IS fighters trying to leave the jihadist group's de facto capital.

IS fighters in Raqqa said the group has created a military police to clamp down on foreign fighters who do not report for duty. Dozens of homes have been raided and many jihadists have been arrested, the FT reported.

Some jihadists have become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria, reports have said.
no, reeeaaaallly?
According to the British press in October, five Britons, three French, two Germans and two Belgians wanted to return home after complaining that they ended up fighting against other rebel groups rather than Assad's regime. They were being held prisoner by IS.

In total, between 30 and 50 Britons want to return but fear they face jail, according to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, which had been contacted by one of the jihadists speaking on their behalf.
don't let em come back. They made a fatal error in judgement
#1: I'm guessing that none of those mentioned "Britons" is named Clyde.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink|| 2014-12-20 11:06 ||Comments

#2: Bet it seemed like a good idea at the time, didn't it, Mahmoud?
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-12-20 11:23 ||Comments

#3: Glamour go out of it for you Achmed. Did that happen when the shooting started?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 11:32 ||Comments

#4: it's all fun and games til someone loses an eye a head
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-12-20 12:04 ||Comments

#5: Did that happen when the shooting started?

No. It started when the other side started shooting back.

Old joke from Desert Storm:
Q. How can you tell the Republican Guard is very smart?
A. They know the difference between unarmed children and the 24th mech.
Posted by: frozen al|| 2014-12-20 12:10 ||Comments



Caribbean-Latin America: Obama Apologizes to Castro
Posted by Elmeter Shons8608 12/20/2014  07:10 2 Comments 171 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Cuban communist leader lectures Obama for 30 minutes.

Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation.

Obama began the phone call with Castro with what he described as 15 minutes of opening comments. It was the first conversation between the heads of state in both countries since 1961.

"I apologized for taking such a long time," Obama said. Castro responded by reminding Obama that the American president was still young enough to beat Castro's brother, former Cuban president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who once gave a 7-hour-long speech.

According to the president, Raul Castro proceeded to speak to Obama uninterrupted for 30 minutes.
#1: Commies helping Commies...
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-12-20 11:38 ||Comments

#2: the American president was still young enough to beat Castro's brother, former Cuban president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who once gave a 7-hour-long speech.

Please, please no! I'll take the waterboarding and other EITs.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 11:50 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Several Taliban militants killed in Peshawar region
Posted by ryuge 12/20/2014  04:44 0 Comments 66 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Pakistani security forces said they killed several Taliban militants in and around Peshawar on Saturday, four days after Taliban gunmen massacred dozens of children.

Sources said at least five insurgents, including a top commander, were killed Saturday in a battle in the Mattani area of Peshawar. In addition, at least two suspected militants and two police officers were reported killed in Charsadda, a suburb of Peshawar.


Home Front: WoT: Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 12/20/2014  01:50 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 1


International-UN-NGOs: The Most Dangerous Nuclear Threat No One Is Talking About
Posted by Besoeker 12/20/2014  01:44 2 Comments 65 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[National Interest] While Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs are all the rage these days, the most dangerous nuclear threat facing the world continues to go largely unnoticed.

Namely, China and India are both on the cusp of deploying multiple independently targetable reentry (MIRV) vehicles on their ballistic missiles, a development that is likely to have profound, far-reaching consequences for the region and beyond.
#1: Am certain the ChiComs send Mr. & Mrs. Clinton Thank You notes regularly for the AGM technology.
Posted by: Hupineger Glomomp7489|| 2014-12-20 12:52 ||Comments

#2: er, AKM technology. Sheesh.
Posted by: Hupineger Glomomp7489|| 2014-12-20 12:55 ||Comments



Science & Technology: NASA approves SpaceX path towards crewed Dragon debut
Posted by 3dc 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 202 words Read the whole thing on page 3
NASA has approved SpaceX’s first Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) milestone. Known as the Certification Baseline Review, the milestone covers SpaceX’s plans for the design, manufacture, integration, launch and recovery of the crewed Dragon – through to her test flight – with the goal of achieving certification to launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

While the near-term importance of returning a domestic crew launch capability to the United States is obvious, the funding to achieve that goal has been placed on a low calorie diet when compared to some of NASA’s more obese flagship projects, such as SLS, Orion and even the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

This is mainly due to the challenging allocation of NASA’s numerous budget lines, within the outlined program of record goals, all of which is heavily influenced by political direction.

This slippage also results in a “Catch 22″ scenario where hundreds of millions of addition dollars is being sent to Russia to cover the ever-increasing gap in NASA’s crew launch requirements.

Soyuz seat purchases are also expected to continue through the early phase of commercial crew flights, providing the contingency of a back up option.



China-Japan-Koreas: Seoul urges Pyongyang to follow Cuba's path in external ties
Posted by Steve White 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 224 words Read the whole thing on page 2
SEOULSouth Korea called on North Korea Friday to follow Cuba's footsteps in improving ties with the U.S. and other nations.
Please don't, Obama has given away enough stuff this week...
The U.S. and Cuba announced their decision earlier this week to end five decades of Cold War hostility and revive diplomatic ties. It has effectively made North Korea the only diplomatically-isolated nation on the planet.

"With this latest decision, (we) expect acceleration of Cuba's fence-mending with the international community and hope that North Korea would actively join the trend of change in the international community too through the right choices," Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The South "welcomes the decision between the U.S. and Cuba to push for normalized relations," it added. "Our government expects and supports the leaders of the two countries' efforts to end 50-years of conflict and isolation and open the door for a new era of cooperation."

The U.S.-Cuba rapprochement raised hopes for the possibility of Washington seeking a similar engagement mode with Pyongyang. Responding to such speculations, however, the White House said Thursday North Korea is different from the Cuban case due to its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea kept mum on the surprise move by the U.S. and Cuba.


China-Japan-Koreas: China to oppose referring N. Korea to ICC
Posted by Steve White 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 255 words Read the whole thing on page 2
BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Yonhap) -- China said Friday that it would oppose referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court, dimming chances of the regime being held accountable for human rights abuses detailed in a ground-breaking U.N. probe earlier this year.
Comes as a surprise, huh...
China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks a day after the U.N. General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution calling for North Korea to be sent to the international court. The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold a meeting next week to discuss the issue.

Asked whether China would veto the U.N. resolution at next week's Security Council meeting, Qin replied, "The Security Council is not the right place to discuss the issue of human rights."

"And referring the issue of human rights to the International Criminal Court will by no means help solve the problem," Qin said.
Though a coup, a JDAM, or a mysterious accident would...
A 400-page U.N. report, published earlier this year, criticized the North Korean regime for committing "crimes against humanity," citing widespread executions of people, torture and sexual violence.

The U.N. resolution will be non-binding unless endorsed by the Security Council, where China and Russia, both friendly to North Korea, have a veto. Already, China has openly voiced its objection to the resolution.
#1: Make them vote no.
Posted by: Muggsy Platypus5898|| 2014-12-20 00:44 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: Fat Boy to Waddle to Russia in May
Posted by Steve White 12/20/2014  00:00 3 Comments 222 words Read the whole thing on page 2
North Korean leader Pudgy Kim Jong-un is likely to visit Russia in May, the Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday.
If we had a CIA worth anything the plane would crash in Siberia...
Moscow invited Kim to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 next year, the Japanese daily said quoting diplomatic sources. If he goes, Kim will also sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it added.

Last month, North Korea's de facto No. 2 leader Choe Ryong-hae agreed on an exchange of visits and cooperation in 2015, the 70th anniversary of both Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule and Russia's World War II victory.

The North has attempted to break its diplomatic isolation with the help of Russia as its relations with China deteriorate.

"Kim's ultimate goal is to stay in power as long as possible," a senior government official here said.
No, really?
"He has already consolidated his power internally by executing his uncle Jang Song-taek and is likely to try and win global recognition for his status in 2015."
Will Russia still be in business next year?
#1: His duty is also to prevent any NOKOR state collapse, espec one resulting in de facto Chinese takeover.

Anyhoo, wish Kimmie luck wid Vlad because he'll need it ...

* GROONG > RUSSIA'S CONTAGION TO ASIA [read, CHINA] SEEN AS LIMITED BY [Russian/Moscow] POLICY SHIFTS, ECONOMY.

* BLOOMBERG > > COLD-WAR SUEZ CRISIS ERA [1956]LOOMS AS RUSSIA BURNS THROUGH ITS CASH.

1956 UK = 2014 Russia = USA refused to help NATO ally Britain get a vital IMF loan to alleviate INternational pressure on Brit Currencies unless London adhered to UN demands to end Crisis + leave Egypt.

UK = Russia, Egypt/Suez Canal = Crimea???

* BHARAT RAKSHAK > [NITI Central = PTI] SOUTH KOREA TO INDIA: PREVENT CHINA [resurgence +] REGIONAL HEGEMONY.

Pudgy's SSSSHHH ... CCCCCC anti-China agenda gets SSSHHHH ... CCCCCC help from SOKOR???

* FYI DURDGEREPORT > [Washington Free Beacon] RUSSIAN NUCLEAR BOMBERS AGAIN BUZZ GUAM, on December 13th.

US, Artic-claimed "Near/Around" Guam = actually should read "OVER" GUAM.

FYI certain local patrons here on Guam have complained about "Compact-Impact" FSM Micronesians wanting any + all Chamorros = non-Micronesians to leave Guam for Hawaii + CONUS, a move which ironically would be indirectly/roughly consistent wid the Bammer's anti-US US OWG Globalist agenda + China's desire to acquire 1/2 of the Pacific = Guam-WESTPAC from the USA.

Before + during WW2, WESTPAC + MICRONESIA = under Japanese control soon to be under non-Japan Chinese control???
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-12-20 01:12 ||Comments

#2: FYI DURDGEREPORT > [Washington Free Beacon] RUSSIAN NUCLEAR BOMBERS AGAIN BUZZ GUAM, on December 13th.

No worries Joe, they'll be departing Guam and landing at NAS GITMO soon.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 01:23 ||Comments

#3: I thought the Kim family was allergic to air travel, and preferred to go by rail.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-12-20 03:52 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Puntland Govt frees two convicted Shaboobs
Posted by Steve White 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 396 words Read the whole thing on page 2
GAROWE, Somalia -- Puntland Government in northern Somalia has released two convicted Al Shabaab members from a prison in the state capital of Garowe on Sunday according to security sources, Garowe Online reports.
Looks like the numbers and the passphrase to the account in the Caymans checked out...
The two-Abdirizak Hussein Tahlil (Ilka Ase) and Mohamed Nuh Adan (Abu Hafsa)-were found guilty of terrorism by Puntland military court on March 2, 2013, and sentenced to death after they were captured along with explosive devices.

Following intelligence briefings, security forces captured Adan (Abu Hafsa) while travelling to Somaliland capital of Hargeisa where he hails from in 2012. As a result of monitoring activities, intelligence service listened to the mobile phone of Adan (Abu Hafsa) who received a call from Tahlil ( Ilka Ase), Puntland military court prosecutor said during the criminal hearings in the court building. The colleague at the time questioned Adan (Abu Hafsa) on the type of explosive devices required for apparently coordinated terror operation.

“Tahliil showed off extreme reluctance to come to the bus station since he was known and in turn requested his accomplice [Abu Hafsa] to arrive in Barahley neighborhood which straddles the border [between Puntland and Galmudug],” added court prosecutor, citing testimonies.”Tahlil was red-handedly seized along with explosive devices on a wheelbarrow”.
Such a homely detail, that wheelbarrow -- so delightfully old fashioned, even bucolic, contrasting poetically with the evilly modern explosive device it contains. (Extra points if "the container and the thing contained" popped into your head as you read that.)
Gunmen from the clan that terrorist Tahlil belongs to, right away backlashed and kidnapped four Puntland civilians from Galkayo’s vast north.

“The relatives of the kidnapped civilians discussed the matter with former Puntland President Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Farole but Farole turned down the request as it might have paved the way for new ransom technique,” former Puntland government official told Garowe Online.

As of yet, the reasons behind the release of the two convicted Al Shabaab members remain mystery, with credible sources unveiling possible presidential pardon. Officials at Puntland’s ministry for security were not available for comments when contacted.

Media workers in the region reported on the two men and their explosive devices on March 3, 2013.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israeli aircraft strike Gaza targets after rocket attack
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 454 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] The Israel Air Force on Friday night struck Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, targets in the southern Gazoo Strip for the first time since the summer?s war.

The air force reportedly struck a Hamas training ground near Khan Yunis.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Gazoo residents reported low-flying Israeli aircraft over the Paleostinian enclave and multiple Arclight airstrikes. Unconfirmed reports indicated Israeli warships may also have shelled the Gazoo Strip.

A front man for Gazoo?s Hamas-run Health Ministry said there were no casualties in the attack, the first air strike by Israel on the Paleostinian enclave since the summer truce that ended the 50-day war between the sides.

The IDF Spokesperson?s Unit said in a statement that Israeli planes ?struck Hamas terror infrastructure site in the southern Gazoo Strip? in response to Friday?s rocket attack, and that a direct was confirmed.

?The IDF will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well being of the civilians of Israel,? Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. ?The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible and accountable for today?s attack against Israel.?

Friday night?s Arclight airstrike came following a rocket attack on southern Israel on Friday afternoon. Paleostinians in Gazoo fired a Kassam rocket at an Israeli community in the Eshkol region near the Gazoo Strip, causing neither casualties nor damage.

It was the third time that Gazoo snuffies have fired rockets at Israel since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, last summer?s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gazoo Strip.

IDF soldiers swept the area Friday and found the remains of the rocket.
#1: look for the UN to seek relandscaping costs from Israel...
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2014-12-20 09:53 ||Comments

#2: Another round of Gaza Whack-a-Mole.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-12-20 11:59 ||Comments



International-UN-NGOs: UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 millions for oil spill
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 232 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] The U.N. General Assembly
...the powerless place where countries go to jointly register disapproval of Israel...
has overwhelmingly approved a resolution asking Israel to pay Leb over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.

The assembly voted 170-6 in favor of the nonbinding resolution, with three abstentions. Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia, Micronesia and Marshall Islands voted ?no.?

The resolution says ?the environmental disaster? caused by the destruction of the tanks resulted in an oil slick that covered the entire Lebanese coastline and extended to the Syrian coastline, causing extensive pollution.

The assembly acknowledged the conclusions in a report by Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
that studies show the value of damage to Leb amounted to $856.4 million in 2014.
#1: They are asking, not demanding. That is a step up.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-12-20 00:44 ||Comments

#2: How about we won't kill the lot of them in the next two weeks?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-12-20 06:33 ||Comments

#3: Take it out of what Israel gives the palieos. Make them pay for it.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-12-20 08:06 ||Comments

#4: So, Leb hosts a Hezbollah army that attacks Israel and expects to be compensated when consequences happen? FOAD
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-12-20 09:26 ||Comments

#5: What happens when they say "no"?
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-12-20 11:26 ||Comments



Terror Networks: More Coalition airstrikes hit IS targets in Iraq and Syria Thursday
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 133 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IraqiNews.com] A Pentagon statement said that U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued Arclight airstrikes on IS targets in Syria and Iraq Thursday, using fighter and bomber aircraft during six Arclight airstrikes in Syria and five Arclight airstrikes in Iraq.

The Arclight airstrikes in Syria destroyed seven IS fighting positions and an IS building and tactical unit. In Iraq, they destroyed an IS excavator, three IS vehicle and two IS tactical unit.
#1: HBG, YJA, YBS, STAR, YPG, YPJ - These being Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish fighting groups and Shingal defense forces worked together through out Norther Iraq and Northern Syria to expel ISIS from many towns to establish a contiguous open corridor from Mt Sinjar Iraq to Rojava, Syria.

This is critical since Turkey is hostile to the Kurds and refused to establish a humanitarian corridor, the Kurds were able to establish a humanitarian corridor of their own from Iraq friendly areas to northern Syria.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-12-20 00:56 ||Comments

#2: Dozens of European and African ISIS fighters have been killed in the Northern Iraq area by the Peshmerga.

The Peshmerga are reporting that in many areas ISIS is in disarray as ISIS did not anticipate such a rapid advance of the anti-ISIS forces in Northern Iraq within the past two days.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-12-20 01:10 ||Comments

#3: American Dean Parker describes in detail what it is like being in the YPG.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-12-20 01:25 ||Comments

#4: Kurds eliminate two ISIS sentries with two shots.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-12-20 01:33 ||Comments

#5: I hope 'Dean Parker' is a nom de guerre. I reckon it's a bit late to discuss the dangers associated with vids and interviews. Embedding with host nation is smart. Steering clear of western advisors, even smarter. Best of luck to you broer.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 07:39 ||Comments



Iraq: Air strike kills ISIS army commander and deputy of al-Baghdadi
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 528 words Read the whole thing on page 2
More detail on yesterday's article:
[IraqiNews.com] A senior US military official announced that a US raid killed Haji Mutazz, an ISIS deputy of the so-called Caliph His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, and Abdul Baset, an ISIS army commander in Iraq.

This comes at a time when US General James Terry, the head of the campaign led by US the so-called the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), announced earlier on Thursday that the international coalition launched 1361 raids against ISIS sites since the start of operations in August.

He added that ?the international alliance stopped the advance of ISIS fighters as they face difficulty in movement and communication as a result of the air campaign. I think we have made significant progress in stopping their progress.?

He explained, ?[the Arclight airstrike campaign] has been estimated to stop ISIS? advance. They are trying at the moment to maintain the areas they control. I think they are facing problems in communications and supplies.?

He also stressed that the current pace of the bombing is suitable, even if the Iraqi leaders are demanding to intensify air strikes and heavy weapons, adding that ?The basis is to build something inside the Iraqi army, giving it an offensive spirit, and we will continue the strikes.?

The US military announced on Wednesday that coalition aircraft launched 61 raids in Iraq since Monday, mostly in the north of the country, what constitutes a steady increase for the rate of the raids carried out against the organization in the past few weeks.
Another Iraqi News article adds:
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey said, that the air strikes which targeted senior leaders in the group were designed to curb the group’s ability to conduct its own attacks, supply and finance its fighters.

The Pentagon said, that Abd al Basit, the head of Islamic State’s military operations in Iraq, and Haji Mutazz, a key aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the group, were killed in U.S. air attacks, which occurred between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9. Another air strike killed Radwan Talib, a midlevel commander who was assigned as ‘wali,’ or governor, in Mosul.

Dempsey said, “It is disruptive to their planning and command and control,” adding, “These are high-value targets, senior leadership."


Caribbean-Latin America: Obama warns North Korea over Sony hack: ‘We will respond’
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 6 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation over a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and pledged not to bow to dictators, as an envoy for Pyongyang denied involvement.
"Yeah, you short little guys better watch it, 'cause you saw what we did to Fidel and Raul!"
Threats issued after the November attack prompted the movie giant to cancel the Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” a madcap satire about a CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The anonymous hackers invoked the memory of September 11, 2001 in threatening attacks on cinemas screening the film, prompting major theater chains to say they would not screen it.
#1: a madcap satire about a CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Perhaps the 'madcap satire' aspect needs a re-look vs yet another churlish threat.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 00:42 ||Comments

#2: ValJar recommended full diplomatic recognition and an exchange of published personal biographies of both Dear Leaders, in print and audio?
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2014-12-20 07:18 ||Comments

#3: and an exchange of published personal biographies of both Dear Leaders

It will be a contest between them as to who has killed more people. Whether it's the Nobel Peace Prize winner or the megalomaniac despot.

Can't wait, inquiring minds want to know.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-12-20 09:04 ||Comments

#4: I did not know Kim Jong-Un won the Nobel Prize.
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2014-12-20 09:06 ||Comments

#5: Of course Obama ignores blaming a certain movie producer for Benghazi and then getting him jugged...

Just saying..

Also, NKor may be doing Sony a favor. One rumor floating about has test marketing showing a dud and the movie being fully insured...

Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-12-20 10:18 ||Comments

#6: nice one, brer
Posted by: Matt|| 2014-12-20 10:19 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Woman caught with bomb in Kiev
Posted by badanov 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 87 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The SBU beat the hell out of her as well.
On December 19, members of the Ukrainian SBU arrested a suspected saboteur in central Kyiv who, acting under instructions of her Russian superiors, had transported a powerful bomb from Luhansk under control of Russian-backed militants from the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic.” She was picked up in Kyiv’s busy center just after she left the handbag with the bomb inside, reported Markian Lubkivsky, senior adviser to the SBU, on his Facebook page.
#1: The SBU beat the hell out of her as well.

maybe she just fell down. A LOT
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-12-20 09:24 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: This Week In Guns, December 20th, 2014
Posted by badanov 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 1052 words Read the whole thing on page 3


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Powerful people are still trying to seize privately owned guns because they think they can. Ever wonder why, in the face of opposition folks want to act out their Hitlerian fantasies?

Because we are all a buncha of dumbasses!

From Bearing Arms we get a story about a sheriff who has publicly stated he will not enforce the new Washington state universal background check law.

Good for him.

Now, ask him to stop receiving money for the massive gun right infringements funded by Congress yearly, and I'd bet he'd be less than enthusiastic about that. Right out of your own pocket does Congress take money to ensure the state of Washington and counties do background checks on incidents that have happened at any time in your life, for the rest of your life.

But you know Bearing Arms. A man has gotta make a living even if it means whistling past the background checks Congress funds every year, essentially robbing you at gunpoint so you can be prevented from exercising your right to purchase a firearm.

Maybe a standard ought to be maintained whereby if you praise someone for their "pro 2nd Amendment stance" they should be asked, do you take federal money for background checks?

I think it would quiet down a lot of the lies that are being spread by the commercial sellers of guns. After all, as I have said before, they are part of an ongoing problem, and as long as we continue to contribute money to allow infringements, more infringements are coming, soon.

I will not comply, my ass.

Lastly, a bit of silliness from the AK crowd: The AK-47 Fruitcake Test, not the name of a 1960s rock band, but an actual AK-47 firing test using a fruitcake.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for rifle ammunition were steady, while prices for pistol ammunition were mixed.
Prices for used rifles and used pistols were mixed.

Pistol Ammo


.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Quality Made Cartridges, Aguila, reloads, brass cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: +.02 Each After Unchanged (11 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: I.Q. Metals, Store brand, FMJ, reloads, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX ammunition, Store brand, reloads, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (16 Weeks)(!!))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Selway Armory, Brown Bear, Steel Cased, FMJ, .18 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Kinetic Munitions, Black Munitions, reloads, FMJ, .18 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: +.02 Each After Unchanged (9 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Fiocchi, JSP, .41 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250 Rounds: LAX Ammunition, Store Brand, reloads, .34 per round (From Last Week: -.05 Each)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: Goose Island Sales, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged)

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (10 Weeks)(!)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Silver Bear, steel cased, .41 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .45 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (27 Weeks)(!!!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (8 weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf WPA, steel case, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Lucky Gunner, Wolf WPA, steel case, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: South Georgia Outdoors, CCI, RNL, .08 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 325 rounds: Trop Gun Shop, Federal Automatch, .09 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $536 Last Week Avg: $553 (-) ($600 (9 Weeks), $526 (4 Weeks))
California (232, 230): Bushmaster Patrolman Carbine (M-4 Pattern): $589 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($600 (7 Weeks), $530 (4 Weeks))
Texas (288, 289): Mixed Build: $500 (Same Gun)(5 Weeks) ($600 (9 Weeks), $450 (7 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (165, 170): Bushmaster Carbon: $490 ($600 (10 Weeks), $490)
Virginia (264, 263): Mixed Build: $550 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($615 (7 Weeks), $550 (9 Weeks))
Florida (395, 381): Mixed Build: $550 ($599 (2 Weeks), $450 (8 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,118 Last Week Avg: $1,098 (+) ($1,158 (3 Weeks), $953 (8 Weeks))
California (43, 46): Noreen Firearms: $1,700 ($1,700), $1,000 (4 Weeks))
Texas (52, 55): DPMS LR-308: $900 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($1,400 (5 Weeks), $900 (6 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (40, 37): Bushmaster ORC: $990 (Same Gun)(5 Weeks) ($1,100 (6 Weeks), $990 (5 Weeks))
Virginia (52, 43): DPMS LR308: $1,000 ($1,100 (4 Weeks), $900 (14 Weeks))
Florida (61, 59): Rock River Arms: $1,000 ($1,500 (5 Weeks), $1,000 (10 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $512 Last Week Avg: $540 (-) ($569 (4 Weeks) , $462 (6 Weeks))
California (34, 42): Centurion AK: $560 ($695 (4 Weeks), $350 (7 Weeks))
Texas (62, 67): IO: $500 ($660 (8 Weeks), $350 (6 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (58, 55): Century AKMS: $500 ($650 (6 Weeks), $450 (7 Weeks))
Virginia (68, 72): Century Arms Vz2008: $450 ($525 (8 Weeks), $450 (4 Weeks))
Florida (136, 133): CAI: $550 ($550, $300 (4 Weeks))

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,975 Last Week Avg: $1,544 (+) ($1,975, $1,017 (9 Weeks))
California (2, 2): Romak PSL: $2,000 (Same Gun (7 Weeks)) ($2,000, $2,000)
Texas (2, 2): Romak PSL: $1,950 (Same Gun)(3 Weeks) ($1,950 (2 Weeks), $1,200 (7 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (0, 3): None Available
Virginia (0, 1): None Available
Florida (0, 1): None Available

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $370 Last Week Avg: $395 (-) ($450, $390 (4 Weeks))
California (160, 174): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($400 (6 Weeks), $350 (5 Weeks))
Texas (214, 208): Taurus 1911PT: $525 ($600 (4 Weeks), $375 (9 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (183, 176): Rock Island Armory: $325 (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($450 (4 Weeks), $325 (2 Weeks)
Virginia (162, 154): LLama: $250 ($450 (4 Weeks), $250)
Florida (353, 364): Tisas: $350 ($425 (9 Weeks), $350 (10 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $326 Last Week Avg: $312 (+) ($335 (9 Weeks), $297 (4 Weeks))
California (159, 155): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $315 ($350 (6 Weeks), $300 (12 Weeks))
Texas (242, 254): Sig Sauer P290RS: $320 (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($350 (11 Weeks), $290 (5 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (231, 219): Smith & Wesson Model 459: $300 ($350 (10 Weeks), $295 (5 Weeks))
Virginia (239, 254): Ruger LC9: $320 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($350 (10 Weeks), $275 (5 weeks))
Florida (424, 414): Smith & Wesson Model 59: $375 ($375, $270 (2 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $335 Last Week Avg: $315 (+) ($345 (6 Weeks), $300 (8 Weeks))
California (87, 85): Smith and Wesson Sigma: $300 (Same Gun (2 Weeks))($350 (10 Weeks), $275 (7 Weeks))
Texas (154, 154): Smith & Wesson Sigma SD40VE: $325 ($425 (4 Weeks), $300 (10 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (127, 127): Smith and Wesson Sigma: $275 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($340 (6 Weeks), $275 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (101, 106): Glock 27: $450 ($450, $300 (8 Weeks))
Florida (213, 212): Glock 22: $325 ($375 (6 Weeks), $275 (10 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (Florida)

Walther P38 Chambered in 9mm Parabellum

Chris Covert writes for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com
#1: The left has taken note of Adolph Hitler's success in confiscating firearms. They will keep making inroads where they can. Gun control and ultimately gun confiscation will always be on their agenda.

The AK-47 Fruitcake test is impressive (LOL). Should you be on the receiving end, if you are not killed by a 7.62×39mm round, you will be killed by a piece of fruitcake.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 09:59 ||Comments



Africa Subsaharan: Nigeria Says Reports of Latest Islamist Kidnap 'Unverified'
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 461 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Nigeria's military on Friday confirmed a deadly attack by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
in the northeast village of Gumsuri but said reports of a mass kidnapping needed to be verified.

"Troops are patrolling the general area of Gumsuri in search of terrorists," a statement from defense ministry front man Chris Olukolade said.

"Although it has been confirmed that some people were killed by the gunnies during the attack, the reported abductions as claimed by unidentified sources being quoted in some foreign media is yet to be verified from any credible sources in the community," he added.

At least 32 people were killed in the attack that began late Sunday and at least 185 others, mostly women and kiddies, were kidnapped, witnesses and local officials said.

The attack recalled the mass abductions in the nearby town of Chibok in April, when more than 200 girls were seized by the Islamists in a raid on a school.

Days after the Chibok abductions, Olukolade said all but eight of the girls had been rescued by troops, a claim he was forced to retract the next day.

Of the 276 girls seized from the school, 219 are still missing, despite government claims in October that a deal for their release had agreed with alleged Boko Haram negotiators.

?Troops have been ordered to sustain an aggressive patrol over the area and the surrounding communities in order to ensure that gunnies do not have any freedom of action in the area while the counter-terrorism campaign continues,? the statement further said.

Details of the attack took four days to emerge because the mobile phone network in the area has completely collapsed and many of the roads are impassable due to Boko Haram's strength in the region.

Gumsuri falls in Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram's five-year uprising, which has killed more than 13,000 people.

The Death Eaters control large parts of the state, but the military has vowed to retake all lost territory.
#1: There's a difference between "unverified" and "didn't happen."
Posted by: Fred|| 2014-12-20 10:58 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Qaida in Syria Seizes Tanks, APCs from Army
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 232 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Al-Qaeda gunnies in Syria seized dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers from the army when they took two regime bases this week, a monitor said on Friday.

Al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front, Al-Qaeda's Syria branch, captured the Wadi al-Deif and Hamidiyeh military posts in the northwestern province of Idlib on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britannia-based group, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, had said in an earlier report that nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in a 24-hour battle for the bases.

Al-Nusra Front fighters, backed by allied Islamist Lion of Islams, captured at least 120 soldiers, the Observatory said at the time.

On Friday, it reported that the jihadists also seized 35 tanks and 20 armored personnel carriers "stuffed with ammunition".


Terror Networks: Killing Top IS Leaders Not Enough to Cripple Group, Say Experts
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 705 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The Pentagon has hailed the deaths of several top leaders of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, but experts say this is far from enough to cripple what has proven to be a resilient organization.

U.S. officials say air strikes have killed several senior and mid-level jihadists including Abu Moslem al-Turkmani, the right hand man of IS chief His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, dealing a serious blow to the group's operations.

But analysts warn that disruptions of this type are often fleeting and that the U.S.-led coalition needs to look beyond their military campaign to weaken the group that has become the world's most feared jihadist organization since proclaiming a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq six months ago.

"Eliminating key leaders is a means to disrupt plots and degrade capabilities. But they do not defeat or destroy terrorist organizations," said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA agent and adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
who is now a leading terrorism expert.

"Al-Qaeda in Iraq lost its top leadership twice but still thrived sufficiently to give birth to the Islamic State."

Pentagon front man Rear Admiral John Kirby said strikes against the group's leadership were disrupting the jihadists' "ability to command and control current operations against" Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces.

But the real impact is hard to quantify, especially as the command structure of the Islamic State group is largely a mystery to intelligence services, with its members masters at disguising themselves through a multitude of false identities, nicknames and noms de guerre.

And the Western view of a pyramid-like command structure with a supreme leader, deputies and cascading line of subordinates does not take into account a reality where tribal, regional, cultural and historical ties often take precedence.

Even if jihadist supremo Baghdadi was killed, this would not see the ideology that spurred the creation of the so-called caliphate crumble overnight.

"If Baghdadi is out of the picture before his caliphate is firmly established, the Islamic State group will be seriously challenged, but with resourceful lieutenants in charge, it will not be finished without a further fight," said Michael Ryan of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.

U.S. officials have been open about the limits of the military operation and have warned the West will have to dig in for the long haul to combat IS.

Military chief General Martin Dempsey recently told the U.S. Senate that IS would "ultimately be defeated when their cloak of religious legitimacy is stripped away and the population on which they have imposed themselves reject them.

"Our actions are intended to move in that direction. This will require a sustained effort over an extended period of time. It is a generational problem, and we should expect that our enemies will adapt their tactics as we adjust our approach."


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS Threatens to Execute Soldiers Held Hostage, Slams Hizbullah 'Allies'
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 207 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] A French-speaking jihadist threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

The threat was made in a video Agence La Belle France Presse obtained from a Salafist holy man, Wissam al-Masri, who is mediating the release of 25 police and soldiers held by IS and the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda the al-Nusra


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 2 Syrians Held for Attacking Army in Arsal Clashes
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[AnNahar] The army on Friday enjugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
two Syrians in the Bekaa region on charges of involvement in the deadly August festivities in the northeastern border town of Arsal, in which several troops and non-combatants were killed.

?The army intelligence arrested in the northern Bekaa town of Fakiha the Syrians Ahmed Mefleh Seifeddine, 20, and Abdul Karim Ahmed Seifeddine, 39,? state-run National News Agency reported.

The two men hail from the Syrian town of al-Nizariyeh in the central Homs province, NNA said.

It said they were apprehended ?for taking part in the assault on the army during the Arsal festivities.?

Around 20 troops and 16 non-combatants were killed when snuffies from the al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front and the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
stormed Arsal on August 2 and engaged in fierce battles with the army.

Gunmen who came out of the Syrian refugee encampents in the area assisted the jihadists in their assault.

The snuffies also took hostage around 36 soldiers and coppers of whom seven were eventually released and four were executed.

They are threatening to kill more captives if Lebanese authorities do not release Islamist prisoners held in Leb.


Iraq: Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis
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[IsraelTimes] Sporadic festivities between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and 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....
Death Eaters, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi politician said Friday.

Fighting was still underway near the mountain, said politician Mahma Khalil, himself a member of Iraq?s minority Yazidis. He also cited the need to plan and prepare for logistics and transportation, as other reasons for the delay.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were able to ease the plight of the thousands of Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar and delivered a substantial amount of food and supplies to them.

The delivery was made possible after the peshmerga?s battlefield advance on Thursday, when the Kurdish fighters managed to retake some ground lost in the summer to Islamic State snuffies and opened up a corridor to the mountain.

The development was an incremental step in the battle to retake the town of Sinjar, at the foothills of the mountain by the same name, which fell to the Islamic State group in early August.

The Kurdish peshmerga troops, backed by US-led coalition Arclight airstrikes, launched the operation to retake Sinjar on Wednesday.

?The situation of these trapped people is better now, with the fresh supplies and we hope to evacuate them as soon as possible,? Khalil told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.


India-Pakistan: Peshawar School Massacre Splits Afghan, Pakistani Militant Groups
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[NBCNEWS] The massacre of innocent schoolchildren at a military-run school in Pakistan this week didn't just shock the nation and the world — it divided even the militant groups who had seemed hardened to indiscriminate violence.

"The intentional killing of innocent people, children and women are against the basics of Islam and this criteria has to be considered by every Islamic party and government," Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement soon after the horrific siege, which left 148 people dead, most of them children.

The Afghan Taliban are allied to the Pakistani Taliban across the border, and both are fighting to overthrow their own governments and establish an Islamic state. The two groups are so closely linked that the Pakistanis pledge allegiance to the Afghan group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The Pakistani Taliban — headed by Maulana Fazlullah, the man who ordered the assassination of schoolgirl Mala‎la Yousafzai — claimed responsibility for the Peshawar school attack. He said it was revenge for Pakistan's military campaign against the Taliban in the country's northwest.

After the Afghan Taliban, a major splinter group of the ‎Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan- Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) also publicly condemned the attack, calling it "un-Islamic, inhuman and unethical."

"We consider Mullah Mohammad Omar our supreme leader. When he and his Taliban condemned the attack on school, there is no other way for us except to strongly condemn the attack on the school and the ruthless killing of innocent children there," said Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman of the TTP-JA.

He said they had expressed their sympathies and condolences to the families of the children who died in the siege at the Army Public School in Peshawar, where many students are the children of Pakistani military personnel.

Privately, commanders agreed that the TTP's actions were a step too far.

"No religion allows this what these people had done in Peshawar," a senior Pakistani commander who spoke on the condition of anonymity told NBC News. "Attacking a school and killing innocent children is not bravery."
Tell that to Boko Haram. Attacking schools and killing or kidnapping innocent children is their specialty.
Another member of the TTP-JA said the massacre had saddened them — and hurt their standing.

"It damaged the image of jihadi organizations in eyes of the fellow Muslims, which Maulana Fazlullah and his men don't understand," said the commander, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The strike also looked certain to deepen existing divisions.

"These were the reasons we left Maulana Fazlullah and his men. They don't have principles for running a jihadi organization," said the commander. "Fazlullah and his men have no vision and mission except to kill innocent people."

He said before separation, they had tried several times to convince Fazlullah and his senior commanders to develop a proper strategy ‎and have policies regarding women's healthcare and education — but he didn't listen.

"Maulana Fazlullah has become controversial in jihadi circles and it was a huge embarrassment for him and his organization when the Afghan Taliban condemned their act publicly," the commander said.

A senior member of the Afghan Taliban said Fazlullah and his commanders complained to them after the group denounced the massacre.

"We told them that attacking schools and killing children, even non-Muslims, has never been our policy," he added.


India-Pakistan: Mumbai trial delays
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[DAWN] IN a move that bewildered many here, and much of the outside world too, the anti-terrorism court charged with trying Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders for their role in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks saw fit to grant bail to the principal accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi just days after the Peshawar school carnage that so shocked the world this week. While the court may have acted according to the rules and within the letter of the law, there is also a context here that cannot be overlooked.

Consider that for five years the trial has remained in limbo, hearings repeatedly adjourned on one pretext or another —
...more witnesses disappearing and dying...
so why pick this week of all possible weeks to grant bail to Lakhvi? It suggests a tone deafness that at the very least offends common sense at this sensitive, possibly pivotal, moment in the country’s history. Instead of building on the consensus that militancy needs to be systematically eradicated from all corners of the country, the national conversation is being pulled in unwelcome directions.

On the Mumbai-related trials the facts speak for themselves. The Pakistani state itself acknowledged that the attacks were planned and masterminded by individuals based in Pakistan. During the course of the Indian investigation, the state here provided a great deal of evidence to help piece together how the attacks were carried out. Indeed, the ATC trials were triggered by that very process of the Pakistani state investigating and unearthing evidence against the architects of the Mumbai attacks. Lakhvi, a top echelon leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, was at the centre of the evidence pieced together by not just Pakistani authorities, but also Indian and other international investigators. In no normal, fair and independent judicial system would the trial of Lakhvi go nowhere for years before resulting in his bail. The government has rightly acted to keep him in custody for now, but that is only a fire-fighting measure. What is really needed is for the trials of Lakhvi and his co-accused to be taken up again with a seriousness of purpose and sound legal strategy. For in these Mumbai trials, Pakistan’s overall record in the fight against militancy is also on trial. Both the political and military leadership of the country has stated repeatedly that there is no longer such a thing as a good militant. For that to be true, individuals like Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi cannot be allowed to simply walk away free men.


India-Pakistan: Mutual antipathy hampers Pakistan control of militants
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 140 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Dhaka Tribune] The vast majority of Paks may be united in grief for the school children murdered in 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.
- but many say they still don't know who carried out the attacks.

For the media ‐ both in Pakistain and abroad ‐ the issue is clear enough: the Pak Taliban did it.
#1: Terrorism and bloodshed is to Pakistan as NASCAR is to......
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 01:10 ||Comments



Bangladesh: Ansarullah militants making ‘drones’
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[Dhaka Tribune] Detectives said they have busted a turban hideout in Jatrabari of the capital where members of radical Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) were working to produce drones with a view to launching "deadly attacks" on key installations carrying explosives, and detained two youths.

"After being successful in their experiment that ran for nearly six months, the detained Ansarullah members were at the final stage of their planning to make real drones," Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of Police, said yesterday.

The forces of Evil needed around Tk50 lakh to make the real drones ‐ unmanned remote-controlled aircrafts extensively used by the US targeting forces of Evil in Pakistain.


Bangladesh: Ex-Jubo Dal leader killed ‘over control of extortion racket’
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[Dhaka Tribune] Former Jubo Dal leader Afzal Hossain Sattar alias Gola Kata Sattar was killed by hired hitmen over the control of the tannery industry extortion racket in the Hazaribagh area of the capital.

"A hired shooter killed him according to the direction and planning of top criminal Sanjidul Islam Emon, while he [Emon] was in jail," Lt Col SM Masud Rana, commanding officer (CO) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 2.

He said Sherlocks were suspecting that Emon's motive to incite and coordinate the killing was to establish his supremacy in the extortion of Hazaribagh's tannery businesses.

The RAB 2 CO said information about the motive for the murder was obtained following the arrest of Md Masud Rana, 33, a prime suspect and First Information Report-listed accused.

"RAB tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
Masud Rana from his father-in-law's house in the capital's Shewrapara neighbourhood around 5:30am yesterday," he said.

"Masud mainly worked as the coordinator of the killing mission and did it because Sattar, together with three of his brothers, killed Masud's elder brother in the Nawabganj area of the capital in 1996," said Lt Col Masud.

Thirty-seven -year-old Sattar, a former president of Ward 48 of the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and a raw-hide trader, was rubbed out in broad daylight in the Jigatola Tin Mazar Mosque area on December 14. A case was filed with Hazaribagh cop shoppe.

The plan to kill Sattar was hatched six months ago when the dear departed was out of jail on bail.

Top criminal Emon inspired Masud to carry out the Dire Revenge killing, the CO said at a press briefing at the RAB office in the capital's Agargaon area.

Masud, along with another accused, Ibrahim Khalil alias Bulu, watched Sattar for the last four months following Emon's suggestion. Both stayed in contact with Emon continuously about the killing mission over their cell phones, the RAB 2 CO said.

They tried repeatedly to kill Sattar during the last four months, but failing to do so, gave the job to Goni, a hired shooter.

Masud told RAB he came to know that Goni was a trained shooter from Bulu, according to the RAB CO.

"On the day of the killing, Masud set up Monir, Rajat, Rana and Taposh at different spots of Jigatola. Goni was in the front-line. Sattar was shot point-blank by Goni and was struck down in his prime," the Lt Col Masud said.

"Emon and Sattar worked together before 2005 and both are accused in a number of cases. The dear departed, Sattar, was an accused in at least 15 criminal cases including murder, robbery and extortion," he said.

After 2005, due to a massive drive against criminals by law enforcers, Emon and his associates went into hiding and crossed the border. The police's Criminal Investigation Department brought Emon back to the country from India in 2007. At that time, a conflict also arose between Sattar and Emon and they started working separately, Lt Col Masud said. But he could not say why enmity arose between Sattar and Emon in 2007.

RAB and the police are keeping an eye on Emon's men because he is believed to be in control despite being in jail, Lt Col Masud said.


Bangladesh: Court sends 24 Tabligh Jamaat men to jail
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[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court sent 24 Tablighi Jamaat
A group of itinerant Deobandi preachers who form one of al-Qaeda's recruiting arms...
men to jail yesterday.

Magistrate Mizanur Rahman passed the order and set tomorrow to hear whether these arrestees could be released on bail.


India-Pakistan: A new line was crossed
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[Dhaka Tribune] The 13th century Italian poet Dante once uttered a profound note of caution by stating: "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." After witnessing the brutal massacre of 132 children in the city of 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.
in Pakistain by Taliban on December 16, 2014, a similar chord was touched in the entire civilised world where no room is left for being a neutral observer to this overall ordeal.

The truth is, the mass murder that we witnessed, and the brutality that was exhibited collectively make us believe that a new line of immoral conduct was crossed in Peshawar to which we cannot be silent. In essence, there was an Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF Grants Entry Permits For Christians In Gaza, West Bank In Honor Of Christmas
Posted by trailing wife 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 485 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Ynet] Paleostinian-Christians to receive permits to visit family outside of Gazoo and West Bank starting December 19th; up to 200 will travel abroad as part of holiday season 'good faith' gesture.

Some Paleostinian-Christians will be able to temporarily visit family outside of Gazoo and the West Bank this holiday season, an IDF Spokesperson's Unit statement said Thursday.

As part of the easing of restrictions in light of Christmas, up to 200 Paleostinian-Christians living in Gazoo and the West Bank will be allowed to travel abroad by way of Ben Gurion Airport during the upcoming Christmas holiday.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced that in a decision agreed upon by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and outgoing Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, the IDF will carry out "confidence-building measures" with the Christian-Paleostinian population of Gazoo and the West Bank in light of the holiday season.

Along with additional IDF forces and police presence to ensure "smooth and fast" entry into Bethlehem for visitors during Christmas, temporary permission will be given to Christian Paleostinians from Gazoo and the West Bank to leave the territory and visit family and partake in religious ceremonies starting on Friday, December 19th until January 19th 2015.

The announcement revealed that Christian-Paleostinian from the West Bank would be given long-term entrance to Israel during the holiday season without a quota.

Furthermore, 700 Paleostinian-Christians living in Gazoo will be able to visit family living in Israel or the West Bank. In this category some provisions apply ? the entry permits will only be valid for residents ages 16 and under and 35 and over, while men between the ages of 16 to 35 will only be allowed entry permits following a security check.

Furthermore, 500 Paleostinian-Christians from the West Bank will be allowed entry into Gazoo to visit family following a security check.

Lastly, 200 Paleostinian-Christians from Gazoo and the West Bank will be given permission to travel abroad by way of Ben Gurion Airport in coordination with the head of the District Coordination Office and following an individual security screening.

Also noted in the announcement ? border crossings will be open extended hours during the next month in tandem with the expanded entry permits.

In 2009, there were an estimated 50,000 Christians living in the Paleostinian territories, with about 30,000 Christian-Paleostinians living in Gazoo and about 127,000 Christian-Arabs living in Israel.
#1: A good deed, no doubt soon to be punished.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Only 2% Of $5.4 Billion Pledged For Gaza Actually Delivered
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Especially for JFM.
[Ynet] Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gazoo after the war between Israel and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, Paleostinian, UN and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.
No wonder the UN is demanding more pledges.
Te conference in Cairo had been hailed as a success, with Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
promising $1 billion, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
$500 million and the United States and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
a combined $780 million in various forms of assistance.

Half was expected to go to rebuilding houses and infrastructure in Gazoo destroyed during seven weeks of fighting, and the rest to support the Paleostinian budget.

But of the total, only $100 million or so has been received, according to U.N. and other officials.
How odd. Saudi Arabia has been delivering money to Egypt with alacrity -- why the difference?
While the EU and the United States have accelerated some funding that was already in the pipeline, very few new pledges have come to fruition.
#1: only $100 million or so has been received

Probably closer to 300 million - but transfer fees, shipping and handling...
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#2: We eliminate the middleman and pass the savings on to us you!
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-12-20 11:36 ||Comments

#3: Infrastructure, yeah right, I guess that's what tunnels would fall under.

Pappy, if they got one third that would be an improvement over most charities and their 90% overhead.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-12-20 11:57 ||Comments

#4: "call now and we'll double our pledge!*"

*just pay separate shipping and handling and kickbacks and....
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China-Japan-Koreas: S. Korea Far-Left Party Dissolved for 'Backing N. Korea'
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[AnNahar] South Korea's nascent far-left political party was disbanded Friday in a rare decision by the constitutional court which condemned it as a pro-North Korean group.

In an 8-1 decision, judges endorsed the government's petition to disband the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) and ordered the forfeiture of all of its five seats in parliament.

The court ruled the party's platform ran counter to the basic democratic order of the constitution by supporting North Korea's ideological doctrine.

"I hope today's decision will terminate the time-consuming ideological debate in our country," Park Han-Chul, the court's chief judge, said before reading a verdict.

The court was tightly guarded by about 1,000 riot police as hundreds of people from rival groups gathered in the nearby streets, according to images broadcast on television.

About 200 conservative activists, including some veterans clad in military uniforms, hailed the court's decision, waving national flags.

Across the street, some 400 UPP members demonstrated against President Park Geun-Hye, accusing her government of trampling over democratic principles.

"Today the constitutional court opened a dark age with an authoritarian decision," said UPP leader Lee Jung-Hee, who ran in the presidential race in late 2012 and made a big splash in a televised debate with a personal attack on Park.

The leftist party has been at the centre of political debate since UPP politician Lee Seok-Ki was incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
last year on charges of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

The politician, who is on trial, was accused of seeking to "revolutionise" the South in pursuit of North Korean aims.

The main opposition Democratic Party approved of his arrest but opposed the cabinet petition.


The Grand Turk: Turkey Court Releases Anti-Erdogan Editor, Arrests TV Chief
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[AnNahar] A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in jug in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...

Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, was to be freed but Samanyolu TV (STV) chief Hidayet Karaca was placed under arrest after they were detained in weekend raids of suspects accused of plotting to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...

Seven other suspects in the case were ordered released by the court in Istanbul while three more -- all coppers -- were also remanded in jug.

Both the Zaman newspaper and the STV channel are linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Moslem holy man living the United States, who was once a strong supporter of Erdogan but has turned into his arch foe.

Erdogan accuses Gulen of running a "parallel state" and being behind sensational corruption allegations against his inner circle that broke on December 17 last year.

State-run TRT television said that an arrest warrant had also been issued for Gulen "for leading a terrorist organization".

However the United States has so far paid little attention to repeated requests from Turkey for his extradition from his base in the state of Pennsylvania.

Turkish television said that Karaca had been charged with "forming and running a terrorist organization" while the three police incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
had been charged with "membership of a terrorist organization".

Dumanli has been slapped with an exit ban from Turkey, indicating he is still set to face trial.

According to Zaman's website, after the decision was announced Karaca raised his hands and said: "No need to be worried, God helps."

"Just as this is an arrest order for a fictional scenario, this is a fictional ruling."

"Those who made this decision will appear before the court one day," he said.

His arrest is believed to be linked to a popular drama series on STV, "Tek Turkiye" (One Turkey), which tells the story of a doctor who goes to work in the Kurdish-majority southeast amid the armed rebellion by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels.

The European Union had condemned the arrests as running contrary to European values but Erdogan has struck back, telling the bloc to "mind their own business" in a row that risks permanently damaging relations.


Africa Subsaharan: Kenyan Leader Signs Controversial Anti-Terror Bill into Law
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All the kewl countries are doing it nowadays.
[AnNahar] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law a controversial anti-terror bill that sparked brawls in parliament and charges that it violated basic freedoms.

Kenyatta said he was satisfied that the amendments passed by the National Assembly on Thursday did not breach the bill of rights.

"All concerns raised by the different stakeholders were addressed by the relevant parliamentary committees," he told journalists, calling on all Kenyans to read the new law and ascertain this for themselves.

"Its intent is one -- just one -- to protect the lives and property of all the citizens of this republic," he said.

The new law gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on terror suspects and curtail press freedoms in a country that has suffered a string of attacks by Somalia-based Shabaab Islamists.

The controversial measures extend the time police can hold terror suspects from the current 90 days to nearly a year, increase sentences and give more powers to tap phones.

Journalists could face up to three years behind bars if their reports "undermine investigations or security operations relating to terrorism," or if they publish images of terror victims without permission from the police.

The government argues the measures are necessary to confront the bad boys, but rights groups and the opposition say they are an assault on basic freedoms.

Divisions over the legislation triggered heated exchanges between politicians that culminated in a brawl, forcing the vote to be repeatedly delayed on Thursday.

Kenyatta said the conduct of MPs opposed to the bill was "deplorable" and accused them of "being oblivious to the threat that is upon our country at this point in time."
#1: Western powers Mostly Western journalists had also expressed concern over the measures. FIFY
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Afghanistan: France to Withdraw Last Troops from Afghanistan this Month
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[AnNahar] The French military mission in Afghanistan will officially end on December 31 when the last of its forces leave the country, the defense ministry said Friday.

The departure of around 150 soldiers from Kabul will put an end to a 13-year mission as part of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
#1: Two things made trips to Kandahar and the 'boardwalk' worthwhile; the German PX, and the occasional glimpse of strikingly attractive, young French female soldiers.

Thank you France.
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#2: The smart and the dead.
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Iraq: Iraq Kurds Press Fightback as Top Jihadist Reported Killed
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[AnNahar] Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group so far on Friday, buoyed by U.S. reports that jihadist supremo His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
's top aide in Iraq has been killed.


Iraq: Bombings Kill 11 People in Iraq
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[AnNahar] Iraqi authorities say bombings have killed 11 people in the capital Baghdad.

Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Friday morning when a bomb went kaboom! near a market in Baghdad's northern district of Shaab, killing four people and wounding nine others.

Later on, a kaboom at a commercial street in eastern Baghdad killed two people and maimed eight others. In downtown Baghdad, a bomb went off near car repair shops, killing two people.

Police said a kaboom near an industrial area killed three people and maimed seven others in Baiyaa district in western Baghdad.

Medics in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


Arabia: Three Soldiers Killed in Yemen 'Qaida' Bomb Attack
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[AnNahar] A suspected al-Qaeda kaboom killed three Yemeni soldiers and maimed five others Friday, a military source said, the second attack in days on security forces in Yemen's southeastern Hadramawt province.

An bomb planted in the town of Seyun exploded remotely as a vehicle carrying army personnel passed by, the source said.

Three soldiers were killed on Wednesday in a similar bombing west of Seyun.

Security forces are often the target of deadly attacks, which are usually blamed on al-Qaeda Death Eaters, who are active in the violence-wracked country.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
is considered by Washington as the jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Army Intelligence Detains Prominent ISIL Leader
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[AnNahar] The army intelligence has detained a prominent leader at the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who was allegedly planning to carry out terrorist acts in Leb.

A military source told al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Friday, that the arrest was carried out two days ago, without revealing any further details.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, described the arrest as ?important,? considering it a blow to the terrorist organizations.

The source pointed out that the detention comes in light of the heavy security measures taken by security forces to safeguard situation in the country, noting that it could play a role in the release of the kidnapped servicemen, who are held hostage by ISIL and the al-Qaeda-affiliate al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front.

The security force members were captured when the jihadists briefly overran the northeastern border town of Arsal in August, sparking fierce battles with Lebanese troops.

Four have been executed so far, and the jihadists have threatened to kill the remaining hostages unless there is a deal to free Islamist prisoners in Leb.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: ISF Arrests Baathist Network that Kidnaps Anti-Assad Syrians
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[AnNahar] The Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch has locked away
Please don't kill me!
a network allied with the Syrian regime that kidnaps opposition members and hands them over to the authorities in Damascus, al-Mustaqbal
... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri...
daily reported on Friday.

The newspaper quoted a high-ranking security official as saying that the cell is led by Majed Mansour, a Baath Party official in the West Bekaa.

The group, which includes Baath party members, had been recently abducting Syrian opposition members and smuggling them to Syria to be executed later on, the source said.

Their latest victim was Syrian Mohammed Ahmed al-Naamani who was kidnapped five days ago from an area in the West Bekaa and was handed over to intelligence officers in Damascus.

The official, who was not identified, told al-Mustaqbal that the Intelligence Branch carried out coordinated raids on Thursday to arrest the cell's members.

Mansour was able to escape but his brothers Khaled, Alam and Mansour were arrested, the official said.

The ISF also apprehended Syrian Mahmoud Hassan and seized arms from the house of the cell leader.

Other network members were arrested during raids in several Lebanese regions.

So far, seven suspects are in jug, the official said, adding that security forces are pursuing three others.

But LBCI said the number of arrested suspects rose to nine on Friday.

One of them was seized after he was injured during a raid carried out by the ISF in the West Bekaa, it added.


Terror Networks: Multiple IS leaders killed in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq: Pentagon
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[IraqiNews.com] U.S. Arclight airstrikes have killed several senior Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) leaders in recent weeks, blunting the group?s ability to fight Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

?I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition Arclight airstrikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIL)?, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement, using the group?s alternative name.

?We believe that the loss of these key leaders degrades ISIL?s ability to command and control current operations against Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), including Kurdish and other local forces in Iraq,? he said.

The success of these Arclight airstrikes demonstrates the coalition?s resolve in enabling the ISF to disrupt and degrade IS as they continue to regain control of their territory, he added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the pastor had finally been wrestled from the pulpit.
Y'got the wrong guy! he yelled just before Sergeant Malone's billy club landed...

another Pentagon statement said that U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued Arclight airstrikes on IS targets in Syria and Iraq Thursday, using fighter and bomber aircraft during six Arclight airstrikes in Syria and five Arclight airstrikes in Iraq.

The Arclight airstrikes in Syria destroyed seven IS fighting positions and an IS building and tactical unit. In Iraq, they destroyed an IS excavator, three IS vehicle and two IS tactical unit.

On the same day, U.S. President Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the political and security situation in Iraq and the progress of Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to counter IS.

The president reiterated his commitment to supporting the ISF through training programs, provision of weapons and equipment, and Arclight airstrikes.


India-Pakistan: The poison within
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[DAWN] “IF you keep vipers in your garden,” goes the old proverb. “Don’t be surprised if you get bitten.”

After years of getting bitten regularly, we have developed an immunity to snake venom. But every once in a while, a particularly poisonous serpent can still inflict a lot of suffering. And then cries go up to clear the garden once and for all.

Once the nasty Americans leave the neighbourhood, they will calm down; and we should not kill the snakes that only bite our neighbours
But soon, the pain subsides, and the soothing refrain goes up: they are our snakes, after all, and we can train them to behave better; they are only reacting to drone attacks; once the nasty Americans leave the neighbourhood, they will calm down; and we should not kill the snakes that only bite our neighbours.


India-Pakistan: Walk the talk
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[DAWN] MAY the horror that visited 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.
last Tuesday be the last such tragedy to visit any parent, any family at home or abroad. It's pointless to say now if the Peshawar nightmare could possibly have been averted.

Equally, it is incumbent on each of us to pause and ponder how we got here; to ask if the steps to hell can be reversed; if somehow the takfiri


India-Pakistan: It wasn’t the final atrocity
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[DAWN] THE gut-wrenching massacre in 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.
's Army Public School has left Pakistain aghast and sickened. All politicians have called for unity against terrorism. But this is no watershed event that can bridge the deep divides within. In another few days this episode of 134 dead children will become one like any other.

All tragedies provoke emotional exhortations. But nothing changed after Lakki Marwat when 105 spectators of a volleyball match were killed by a jacket wallah in a pickup truck. Or, when 96 Hazaras in a snooker club died in a double suicide kaboom. The 127 dead in the All Saints Church bombing in Peshawar, or the 90 Ahmadis killed while in prayer, are now dry statistics. In 2012, men in military uniforms stopped four buses bound from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, demanding that all 117 persons alight and show their national identification cards. Those with typical Shia names, like Abbas and Jafri, were separated. Minutes later corpses lay on the ground.
#1: According to Hildabeast, we should try to understand and make peace with these enemies psychopaths.
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-Obits-: Abu Muslim al-Turkmani: From Iraqi officer to slain ISIS deputy
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Fadel Abdullah al-Hiyali, aka Abu Muslim al-Turkmani who U.S. officials say was killed in recent anti-ISIS air strikes, was reportedly a former Iraqi officer under Saddam Hussein and had served time in a U.S.-run prison before becoming “the right hand man” of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the militant group’s leader.

U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that three senior ISIS leaders were terminated by anti-ISIS coalition air strikes between November and December.

The newspaper, quoting unidentified officials, said Turkmani and Abd al Basit, described as the head of ISIS military operations in Iraq, were killed in the strikes between Dec. 3 to Dec. 9. Radwin Talib, who was the ISIS governor in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, was killed in late November.

Al-Turkmani, also known as Haji Mutazz, reportedly served as a deputy to Baghdadi, the self-styled "caliph" of ISIS which seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria earlier this year that prompted a U.S.-led coalition military response.

Al-Turkmani was apparently in charge of overseeing Iraqi provinces under ISIS and was a close aide to Baghdadi, according to documents seized by Iraqi forces following a raid on an ISIS member's house earlier this year.

The documents, which illustrated the leadership structure under Baghdadi, showed al-Turkmani as the second in command.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
there have been conflicting reports over his seniority in the ISIS leadership structure.

U.S. officials quoted by ABC news described him as "the right-hand man" of Baghdadi. A U.S. intelligence source told CBS News that Turkmani, "though not the 'No. 2 of ISIS as commonly reported, was a very high-ranking and significant figure in the group, particularly in Iraq."

Al-Turkmani reportedly hailed from the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, which is located along a strategic corridor to Syria and is considered home to mostly ethnic Shiite and Sunni Turkmen.

He reportedly served as a former lieutenant colonel in the Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein. He later joined an Iraqi insurgency following the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and apparently served in a U.S.-run prison before joining ISIS.

The U.S. Defense Department told CBS News that Turkmani and Talib, the other ISIS figure killed in the December strikes, "were once prisoners at Camp Bucca, a U.S. prison in Iraq."

"At least 12 of ISIS's brass hats, including leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, served time there," the department said.

So far, ISIS has not released statements confirming the death of Turkmani on any of its social media accounts.

According to the Long War Journal, a respected counter-terrorism blog, Turkmani is considered the senior most ISIS leader killed in Iraq and Syria since the death of the group's military emir Abu Abdulrahman al Bilawi, and Baghdadi's deputy Samir al Khlifawi, in January 2014.

Earlier in November, it was reported that al-Turkmani was killed in an air strike that was said to have "fatally maimed" ISIS leader Baghdadi.

In early November, tribal sources told Al Arabiya News Channel that Baghdadi was maimed in an air strike in Iraq.

At the time, the United States said it could not confirm whether Baghdadi was maimed in U.S.-led Arclight airstrikes on the group in Iraq.


The Grand Turk: Turkish PM halts traditional gift giving in bid to boost economy
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the government has decided to drop a traditional practice of giving gifts during official events as part of plans to boost the economy, Turkish news agency Cihan reported Thursday.
Ummm... Boost the economy by not spending money?
“We are suffering serious waste in government spending due to gift giving, and local authorities should drop it from this day forward,” Davutoğlu told a press conference in Ankara.
Y'mean he's only referring to govt officials bribing each other?
Davutoğlu said the decision comes as part of an eight-step reform package to maintain sustainable growth.
Step one: form a committee. Step two: Set salaries for the committee...
He added that the new measures would raise Turkish gross domestic product (GDP) to $2 trillion by the year 2023.
Most of the gain will be seen in 2022. Look for it.
On Thursday, the lira struck a low in value of 2.41 lira to the dollar and 3.03 to the euro - breaking through the crucial 3.0 barrier. The currency rallied, strengthening to 2.32 lira per dollar and 2.87 to per euro on Thursday.


Economy: Oil rebounds despite worries about ample supplies
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Oil prices rebounded sharply Friday from the prior day's dives, despite concerns about abundant global supplies and weaker economies in Europe and China.

West Texas Intermediate for January delivery leaped $2.41 to close at $56.52 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, more than wiping out Thursday's loss that hit a fresh five-year low.

Brent North Sea crude for February delivery, the international benchmark, settled at $61.38 a barrel in London, up $2.11 from Thursday's closing level.

"I think the facts that have driven us to these five-years low are still the primary drivers on the market, those being the global oversupply and the [weakened] economic conditions in China and Europe that are curbing crude demand," said Gene McGillian of Tradition Energy in a market note.

"But we are in temporary oversold conditions, and we're heading into the final weeks of the year, and we see traders that are making profits on short positions."

Oil has shed about half its value since June, and a decision in November by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to maintain output levels despite falling prices has weighed on the market.

"The petroleum markets continue to chop sideways within the recent trading range, having located some buying interest at the fresh five-year lows reached this week," said Tim Evans of Citi Futures.

For Evans, Friday's rebound in part was a "simple portfolio rebalancing, with traders judging that there's less downside risk and perhaps somewhat more upside potential from current levels, at least relative to where prices were at any point over the past six months."
#1: All of this in spite of Champ's reluctance regarding drilling on gov't land, off-shore production, and Keystone. The resiliency of the global free market and the American economy must be nearly as great a disappointment to him as it is for his communist colleague Vladimir Putin.
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#2: Funny - I saw WTI closing at $51 this afternoon.
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-12-20 00:40 ||Comments

#3: $1.87 a gallon for ethanol gas. $2.15 a gallon for non ethanol.
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#4: Up 3 bucks after a drop of 50 bucks is hardly a "rebound".
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Terror Networks: Shami Witness arrest rattles ISIS’ cages on Twitter
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, author of the highly influential pro-ISIS twitter account @ShamiWitness, on Saturday in Bangalore, India, is putting jihadist tweeps on notice. Deactivation, suspension and anxious-ridden tweets have been widely visible in the last two days,
O brave, brave Lions of Islam!
while more questions are being raised to improve Twitter's anti-extremism tools and prevent ISIS from using it as a platform.

"He became a hub for ISIS recruits and propaganda," that's how La Belle Frances Townsend, president of the "Counter extremism Project" (CEP), sums up the rise and fall of Shami Witness, who raked up more than 18,000 followers on Twitter in the last two years.

From his executive office in India's "silicon valley," Shami Witness cheered on ISIS and its reign of horror more than 4,000 km away in Iraq and Syria. His outing and arrest this week after a Channel 4 investigation is a "very good development," Townsend tells Al Arabiya News, proving that an anonymous address and fake Twitter handles are no guarantee for impunity.

Sophisticated and 'legitimate'
Phillip Smyth, a researcher at the University of Maryland who had interacted with Biswas in the last two years, qualifies his strategy as "looking legitimate" while "humanizing ISIS."

Millions checked the Shami Witness Twitter feed every month, among them are leading journalists and counterterrorism experts in the West, desperate for any kind of information on the krazed killer group. His strength was in his ability to break news and report firsthand developments on ISIS, which proves according to Townsend that he had direct contact with its fighters on the battlefield.

Smyth's first interactions with Shami Witness were in spring of 2013, through Biswas' first account @elsaltador. "He played a neutral-slightly Islamist personality until around late 2013 before turning into full ISIS mode in 2014," Smyth tells Al-Arabiya News.

The transition Smyth suspects was a reaction to Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, whom Biswas favored originally, clashing with ISIS. During that period, Smyth says Biswas increasingly sent him privately "very sectarian posts and praised jihadist activity in Syria."

Shami Witness was sophisticated enough and "understood how to manipulate the English language social media sphere for analysis and attract journalists seeking quick information and snarky posts," according to Smyth. He tweeted Abdul Rahman Kassig's beheading video and hailed arrests of Kurdish women fighters in Kobane. He also gave logistical advice at times about crossing into ISIS territory.

Twitter and extremism
The Shami Witness bust and arrest is sending shockwaves through jihadist Twitter circles. Some have already reconsidered and deactivated their Twitter accounts, while others are questioning the authenticity of other Jihadist accounts and possibility of intelligence agencies tracking them.
#1: Glad to hear he was pinched.
Posted by: Muggsy Platypus5898|| 2014-12-20 00:47 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Putin says ‘he is loved and loves in return’
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 224 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] President Vladimir Putin let slip during his annual news conference Thursday that he "loves" and is loved in return, but refused to reveal the identity of his mystery partner.

A young female journalist from a provincial television channel put the question to Putin, saying that "the friends of my aunt" had all badgered her to find out the relationship status of "Russia's top bachelor".

"Give a big hello to your aunt's friends, thanks for such attention," Putin said smoothly, before going into a long spiel about mortgages.

But he then returned to his love life, bizarrely recounting a conversation he had with a friend he described only as a top boss in Europe.

-- "Listen, do you have a love?" the friend asked.

-- "In what way?" Putin responded.

-- "Well do you love someone?"

-- "Well yes."

-- "And does someone love you?"

-- "Yes."

-- "Well thank God."

The friend was so pleased at the news that he "downed a vodka," Putin said.

The Russian leader refused to give any more details, only reassuring his supporters: "Everything is in order. Don't worry."

Putin has been linked to Alina Kabayeva, a former Olympic rhythmic gymnast 31 years his junior who until recently was an MP in Russia's ruling party.
#1: Lucky man.
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2014-12-20 08:05 ||Comments

#2: "But my love is a strong love, and can be harsh at times."
Cracks riding crop.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-12-20 09:07 ||Comments



Africa North: Party says Bouteflika’s mental ability intact, will continue in power
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 202 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
... 10th president of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and is currently on his third or fourth term. Maybe it's the fifth. He'll likely die in office of old age...
's mental and cognitive faculties are intact and he will continue to govern, the ruling FLN party's chairman said on Friday, in comments aimed at quashing rumors over the ageing leader's health.

Bouteflika, 78, suffered a stroke last year that put him into a French hospital for months and fuelled speculation over whether the former independence fighter would step down and make way for a transition in the North African state.

"The president's motor skills are reduced because of the neurological accident, but he leads the country with his mental faculties and cognitive abilities and those are intact," the FLN ruling party leader Amar Saadani told Rooters on Friday.


Arabia: DON’T wear the veil, Saudi cleric reiterates on TV
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 7 Comments 162 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Saudi holy man caused massive controversy this week when he said on a prominent television program that contrary to what some Moslems believe, women are NOT required to wear the niqab (face veil) and are allowed to use make-up and other beauty products.

To further strengthen his argument, Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamidi brought his wife UNVEILED to last Saturday's "Badria," a talk show hosted by the renowned Saudi media personality Badria al-Bishr on Al Arabiya's sister channel, MBC. (Episode can be watched here).

Ghamdi, who is a former head of the Holy City of Makkah's branch of the Saudi Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (commonly known as the Religious Police), was discussing a fatwa (religious edict) which he had issued previously, permitting women to show their faces and wear make-up.
#1: Your face should not be hidden. Modesty is a personality attribute.

Posted by: newc|| 2014-12-20 01:00 ||Comments

#2: The old ways are best.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 01:04 ||Comments

#3: Jibril spoke for Allah almighty:
"Mohammed, a woman is flighty.
You'll itch, twitch, and jerk,
Act the berk, go berserk,
Because she won't wear a long nightie!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-12-20 02:09 ||Comments

#4: The actual admonition is to cover the hair (as with Mennonites and Amish sects, or older Catholic nun orders).
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2014-12-20 07:12 ||Comments

#5: Damn hair rays!!
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-12-20 07:52 ||Comments

#6: The Al-Ghamidi's are swingers?
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2014-12-20 09:00 ||Comments

#7: As expected, his views were not welcomed

PC dictates over there too.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 09:33 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Turkey issues arrest warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 140 words Read the whole thing on page 1
There can be only one.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Moslem holy man Fethullah Gulen, who President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of seeking to overthrow him, state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Friday.

Guen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has been in open conflict with Erdogan since graft investigations targeting the then-prime minister's inner circle a year ago.

Erdogan blamed the investigation on Gulen, but the holy man denied involvement.
#1: Let's see if Holder (and Obama) are willing to extradite him from Pennsylvania.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-12-20 09:02 ||Comments



Arabia: Kuwait court jails three ISIS supporters
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 111 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Kuwaiti court has tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
three Arab supporters of ISIS bad boy group, in a first for the Gulf emirate, newspapers reported Friday.

The court sentenced a Kuwaiti to 10 years in jail for urging support for the group and also for insulting Kuwait's ruler in public.


India-Pakistan: Pak: Formation of counter-terror working group under consideration
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 154 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] The first meeting of newly formed Anti-Terrorism National Action Plan Committee (ATNAPC), consisting of representatives of political parties and officials of armed forces and intelligence agencies, is underway on Friday to thrash out a 'national action plan' to counter terrorism.

Speaking to Dawn.com, 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) leader Arif Alvi said that his party would suggest formation of a working group consisted of counter-terror experts. Heads of concerned intelligence agencies should be part of the working group, he suggested.
#1: If they're attempting to build a pro-Islamic counter-terror working group, they should contact the White House.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 07:43 ||Comments

#2: Two questions: (1) Who are they going to work for? and (2) Who are they going to work against?
Because, basically, that's what separates counter-terrorism from the gestapo.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-12-20 12:05 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Peshawar attack united nation against terrorism: Altaf
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 81 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday took out a rally on M A Jinnah Road from Tibet Center in solidarity with victims of Peshawar carnage and Pakistan Army.

Speaking on the occasion, MQM chief Altaf Hussain paid tribute to the victims of the deadly Taliban siege of an army-run school that killed almost 150 people, mostly children.

He said this great national tragedy has united the country against terrorism.


India-Pakistan: Seven KP terror convicts likely to be hanged: IG prisons
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 510 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] The province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
has seven prisoners sentenced to death under the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) and are likely to be hanged after Prime Minister 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...
lifted the moratorium on the death penalty.

Inspector General (IG) of KP prisons Kifayatullah Khan told Dawn that the total number of prisoners sentenced to death and are currently imprisoned, is 192, out of which six or seven are those who had been charged and punished under the ATA.

According to jail statistics, the total number of prisoners in KP jails is 8,955 with Haripur having the highest number with 1,941, 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.
Central jail with 1,859, Bannu with 718 and Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
with 340 prisoners.

The remaining prisoners are kept in other jails of the province.

Responding to a query about threats to jails in Peshawar after the school attack, the IG said that the execution of condemned prisoners was banned in 2008, "but we are progressing with the procedure as per new directives".

Regarding the links of prisoners to murderous Moslem groups, Khan said that it was not the jail authority's mandate. However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
those convicted under the ATA or charged under Articles 302 and 788 are applicable under terror charges.

Khan also remarked that security was on high alert following intelligence reports of looming threats.


India-Pakistan: Zero tolerance for terror, Nawaz, Raheel decide
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 156 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] Meeting of the civilian and military leadership led by Prime Minister 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...
and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the General Headquarters on Friday concluded with the two expressing strong resolve to eradicate terrorism from the country, senior security sources told Dawn.

During the meeting centered on national security, the leadership agreed that no leniency would be extended to bully boyz and tough steps would be taken in this regard.
#1: did anyone tell the ISI?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-12-20 10:00 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Time to confront the Taliban apologists in our midst
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 199 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Don't they hop your head off for that?
[Dawn] There is so much already said and that will be said about the attack in 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.
on the Army Public school this week. And yet, one cannot underestimate the need to keep speaking about it.

Like most people I know, I monitored my social media feeds and consumed this, worst of news cycles as it played out on December 16. I tried to keep my wits about me, alternating between journalistic rage at the insensitivity of jamming microphones in the faces of grieving parents, to the ethical implications of running pictures of dead children.


India-Pakistan: Death for terrorism
Posted by Fred 12/20/2014  00:00 3 Comments 200 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] The atrocities unleashed by the banned TTP in 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.
on Tuesday have illustrated, horribly, that decisive and cohesive action is required against the monster of militancy. But while there is justified anger against the perpetrators of the attack on the Army Public School, government action should not take its cue from populist demands that are based more on emotions than reason.

It is in this context that we must see Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
#1: Don't know about you, but I'm tired of Pakistani lamentations over their chickens coming home to roost.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-12-20 06:48 ||Comments

#2: ditto g(r)om.

Article after article of hand wringing with nary a word of a solution.

It seems that they seem themselves as sophisticated elitists (think Harvard faculty) with not a clue, or desire, as to how or why to get ones hands dirty cleaning up the mess.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-12-20 08:07 ||Comments

#3: First, consider how ineffective capital punishment would be in the case of those militants terrorists who resort to suicide bombing as their primary weapon of death and destruction. Indoctrinated to the point where the perpetrator does not expect to emerge from the attack alive, how can the death penalty be expected to deter others of his ilk?

Go after the masterminds and those who indoctrinate the bombers.

Besides, the death penalty will always remain a cruel and inhumane form of punishment, even if those sentenced to die are found guilty of having perpetrated the most barbaric of acts.


I see little difference in whether you shoot 150 schoolchildren or blow them up. I see they also have their anti-death penalty adherents in Pakistain. What the terrorists do is inhumane. However, the terrorist gives little thought to that notion. The death penalty prevents the terrorist from planning or committing future atrocities.

The Pakistainians need to go after the ideology and those who preach the ideology that sanctions and legitimizes these acts of terrorism. This needs to be done in other parts of the world as well.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 09:27 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama’s Imaginary Son
Posted by Beavis 12/20/2014  00:00 7 Comments 290 words Read the whole thing on page 4
In which is discussed life in the time of eens-weentsy microaggressions carried out by eensty-weentsy micropeople against people who're ever so much nobler and sensitive than louts like us.
In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:
The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.
Once again, Barack Obama’s imaginary son has found himself unfairly in trouble with the law. If you recall, his imaginary son was also shot by an imaginary neighborhood watch guard in the same style as Trayvon Martin. But Obama’s imaginary son is plucky and resilient and has lived a hard life in the hood so he keeps bouncing back.

In his life, Obama’s imaginary son has been shot at, concussed out of football, and racially profiled. Yet he keeps picking himself up and carrying on. Obama’s imaginary son should be an example to us all. No matter what kind of imaginary circumstances we find ourselves in, we can continue on with our imaginary lives.
#1: Luckily, Al Sharpton is making himself available to assist the 'imaginary son' with his healing process.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 00:25 ||Comments

#2: The Bammer = Madonna = BradGelina, etal. = can't adopt a male child from Malawi andor elsewhere.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-12-20 00:46 ||Comments

#3: Joe - Much better if they simply MOVE to Malawi.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 01:27 ||Comments

#4: Barry must have been mightily impressed with Jimmy Stewart's movie, Harvey to have brought him to life in his speeches.
Posted by: Kofi Black1964|| 2014-12-20 07:25 ||Comments

#5: He's a blathering, opvokked, kak disturber without a cause. The countdown to the dustbin of history has begun.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 07:58 ||Comments

#6: Sounds like his imaginary son should take up safer activities such as checkers or needlepoint, to prevent from being fired on.
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2014-12-20 08:10 ||Comments

#7: Obama mistaken as a waiter? Michelle mistaken as a Target clerk?

We should be so lucky that Obama were a waiter rather than president. He has cause a lot of racial strife in this country. There are two versions of Michelle's story. One story was given on Letterman, the other more recently. The first story had it that she was taller than the person asking for help. She said she was pleased to help. Now it's a racist thing?

These two people need to get over themselves. Far too much self-absorbed naval inspection. IMO these two are in lock step with the Reverend Al. All three are race hustling.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 09:39 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Virginia Dem Lawmaker Had Improper Sexual Relationship With Teenager
Posted by Hupainter Cletle2366 12/20/2014  00:00 8 Comments 38 words Read the whole thing on page 6
As I recall, those of the Yiddish persuasion have a "C" word for guys like this.
#1: Standard democratic credentialing, albeit gender confused.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 00:51 ||Comments

#2: Del. Joseph Morrissey resigns in wake of conviction — and promises to run again

Democrat. Nuff said
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-12-20 09:20 ||Comments

#3: Had this been a conservative, Republican, or Tea Party member, you would not stop hearing about it forever.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 09:29 ||Comments

#4: John, if he had been a Republican, he would have been hounded from office BEFORE he was convicted.

Luckily, members from both parties will probably eject him from the house if he gets re-elected.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-12-20 10:26 ||Comments

#5: I lived in VA for a couple of years. Apparently the age of consent there is 14.
Posted by: texhooey|| 2014-12-20 11:04 ||Comments

#6: #5 I lived in VA for a couple of years. Apparently the age of consent there is 14.
Posted by: texhooey 2014-12-20 11:04



Intrafamily: 12
Posted by: Caesar B. Hayes2876|| 2014-12-20 11:18 ||Comments

#7: § 18.2-63. Carnal knowledge of child between thirteen and fifteen years of age.

If any person carnally knows, without the use of force, a child thirteen years of age or older but under fifteen years of age, such person shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

However, if such child is thirteen years of age or older but under fifteen years of age and consents to sexual intercourse and the accused is a minor and such consenting child is three years or more the accused's junior, the accused shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony. If such consenting child is less than three years the accused's junior, the accused shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Posted by: Fred|| 2014-12-20 11:25 ||Comments

#8: I recall the outrage when Jerry Lee Lewis married his first cousin once removed. Myra was only 13 years old at the time. Lewis was 22 years old.
Some additional trivia that you may or may not know. Lewis was born to the poor family of Elmo and Mamie Lewis in Ferriday in Concordia Parish in eastern Louisiana, and began playing piano in his youth with two cousins, country music singer Mickey Gilley and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. His parents mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. Influenced by a piano-playing older cousin, Carl McVoy (who later recorded with Bill Black's Combo), the radio, and the sounds from a black juke joint across the tracks called Haney's Big House. wiki
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 11:45 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Top 10 Lies in Obama’s Cuba Speech
Posted by Hupainter Cletle2366 12/20/2014  00:00 7 Comments 13 words Read the whole thing on page 4
#1: Fictional speaker gives fictional speech. Move along now, nothing of consequence to be found here.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-12-20 00:29 ||Comments

#2: I don't think he was lying because he believes what is coming out of his mouth for the most part. Our problem is that what he believes is mostly factually incorrect. We have twice elected a president that is dumb and thinks he is smarter than anyone that doesn't blurt out Chomsky quotes.
Posted by: Super Hose|| 2014-12-20 01:25 ||Comments

#3: For the Left there is only power, everything else is just rationalization.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2014-12-20 07:30 ||Comments

#4: No mention by Obama of the thousands executed by firing squads after the Cuban Revolution and after the Bay of Pigs, no mention of the Angolan incursion to support leftists, or Somali, no mention of the expropriation of land from Cubans and Americans, no mention of spread of communism in this hemisphere by Castro, no mention of the many political prisoners who were tortured and died at the Isle of Pines, or no mention of the cop killers and thugs in the U.S. who fled to Cuba and were given sanctuary in Cuba (they still remain there). Obama is very selective in his history.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-12-20 08:46 ||Comments

#5: "Only Native Americans can complain."

"We are all Americans."
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-12-20 08:50 ||Comments

#6: I heard scuttlebutt to the point that he may want to intentionally deny the Dems (Hillary) the state of Florida in the next election. How better to do that then this (spit) Cuba speech?
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-12-20 10:31 ||Comments

#7: He just can't help it, it's what he does...
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-12-20 11:41 ||Comments