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-Land of the Free: Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant
Posted by DarthVader 09/23/2014  11:10 6 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Terror Networks: Who's Funding ISIS? Wealthy Gulf 'Angel Investors,'
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  09:43 5 Comments 350 words Read the whole thing on page 2
It's NBC so the odds of it being true are 50-50, though there's only a 10 percent chance of that.
A small but steady flow of money to ISIS from rich individuals in the Gulf continues, say current and former U.S. officials, with Qataris the biggest suppliers. These rich individuals have long served as 'angel investors,' as one expert put it, for the most violent militants in the region, providing the “seed money” that helped launch ISIS and other jihadi groups.

No one in the U.S. government is putting a number on the current rate of donations, but former U.S. Navy Admiral and NATO Supreme Commander James Stavridis says the cash flow from private donors is significant now and was even more significant in the early fund-raising done by ISIS and al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the al-Nusrah Front.

'These rich Arabs are like what 'angel investors' are to tech start-ups, except they are interested in starting up groups who want to stir up hatred,' said Stavridis, now the dean of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. 'Groups like al-Nusrah and ISIS are better investments for them. The individuals act as high rollers early, providing seed money. Once the groups are on their feet, they are perfectly capable of raising funds through other means, like kidnapping, oil smuggling, selling women into slavery, etc.'

Stavridis and other current U.S. officials suggest that the biggest share of the individual donations supporting ISIS and the most radical groups comes from Qatar rather than Saudi Arabia, and that the Qatari government has done less to stop the flow than its neighbors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. One U.S. official said the Saudis are 'more in line with U.S. foreign policy' than the Qataris.

Groups like ISIS and al-Nusrah employ fundraisers who meet with wealthy Sunni Arabs. Most of the Arab states have laws prohibiting such fundraising, but U.S. officials say the Qataris do not strictly enforce their laws.
#1: Do you suppose these guys invest in terrorist groups to keep the price of oil up?

Every time one of these terrorist groups sneezes, it is an excuse for the oil speculators to bump the price of oil.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-09-23 10:47 ||Comments

#2: I wonder how many of them would have to get whacked before it put a chill on the donations? Seems to me that'd be a little more cost effective than bombing the boys in the desert.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-23 11:27 ||Comments

#3: from LWJ:
Jihadists claim that the man shown in the photo to the right is known as Abu Yusuf al Turki, an Al Nusrah "commander" who trained fighters how to become snipers. Al Turki fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and was supposedly killed in the US airstrikes.

One of the twitter feeds reporting al Turki's death is associated with Sheikh Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, a popular Saudi cleric who is closely tied to Al Nusrah. The feed, which has more than 250,000 followers, provides news on events inside Syria and is also used by the jihadists to raise funds for their efforts.

The feed has posted a series of updates since the bombing campaign began.

Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-09-23 17:23 ||Comments

#4: With 250,000 followers why isn't he a target?
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-09-23 17:24 ||Comments

#5: We aren't done with the Al Ghamdi family, either.
Posted by: Grunter|| 2014-09-23 17:47 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: COL (R) Ken Allard: The error of relying on air power
Posted by Besoeker 09/23/2014  09:36 1 Comments 102 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Family Security Matters] It is the 21st-century version of the classic question once posed by The Eagles. So who you gonna' believe: President Obama or your lyin' eyes? Whether you're dealing with a cheating spouse or an incompetent president, a moment comes when the picture sharpens. This past week provided many such moments, all centered on the widening gap between our best national security experts and the amateur in the Oval Office.
An insightful article, only slighting eclipsed by yesterday's air campaign. We'll see what the Champ has to say in his media victory lap this morning.
#1: In Kosovo air power destroyed msotly dummies. That is what happens when you don't force the enemy to fire its real tanks and guns.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-23 10:15 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel Shoots Down Syrian MiG Over Golan Heights
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  07:57 4 Comments 186 words Read the whole thing on page 1
TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it entered the country's airspace on Tuesday, an official said.
Pic of the knock-down at the link.
"A Syrian aircraft infiltrated into Israeli airspace. The [Israeli Defense Forces] intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defense system," an IDF spokesman told NBC News, adding that the plane was thought to be a MiG. "The circumstances of the incident are being reviewed."

An unidentified Syrian military source described the shoot-down as an act of aggression, according to Syrian state TV.
As opposed to the penetration of Israeli air space?
The last time Israel downed a Syrian MiG was on Nov. 19, 1984, the IDF said. The Israeli policy is not to interfere in Syria's raging civil war, but officials have warned that anything that crosses the border will get shot down. A drone from Syria was shot down on Aug. 31 and shells from the fighting in Syria periodically land in the Golan Heights.
#1: Syrian military source described the shoot-down as an act of aggression Flying into Israeli airspace is an act of aggression.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-23 09:24 ||Comments

#2: Nice shooting.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-09-23 11:02 ||Comments

#3: I don't support Syria in this mess, but some tolerance might be in order. Was the pilot running from an ISIS SAM/Manpad and yes they have them. Or being Syrian got lost or scared shitless by all the crap that got shot or dropped last night. I do recall defectors back in the Cold War who brought their MIG with them. Israel does have very legitimate worries, Syria trying to drag them into this mess is one - to divert ISIS. Still Israel has suffered 1000's rockets so why drop a lone Syrian MIG?
Posted by: Chater Creash8965|| 2014-09-23 17:28 ||Comments

#4: The Israeli policy is not to interfere in Syria's raging civil war, but officials have warned that anything that crosses the border will get shot down.

The Israelis do what they say and say what they do. If the pilot was a defector, he woulda/shoulda/coulda given a clear signal.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-09-23 18:13 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel- Breaking: killers-of-naftali-eyal-and-gilad-eliminated
Posted by Frank G 09/23/2014  07:48 3 Comments 56 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The two Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and killed Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach have been killed in an overnight security operation.
RAB-like operation. Well done
RAB are amateurs compared to Mossad...
#1: i.e.: no prisoners
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-09-23 08:20 ||Comments

#2: Shouldn't have resisted.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-23 09:20 ||Comments

#3: "Put yer hands up. Too slow" Bang.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-09-23 10:14 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US, Arab Allies Launch First Wave of Strikes in Syria
Posted by Sherry 09/23/2014  01:09 14 Comments 368 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Seems there are planes from SA, Jordan and ??? flying (seems that could be good or bad.... can these pilots fly with our pilots? ... some bases somewhere, but at least there is involvement --- Ollie gave an incredible description for us civvies for all that is concerned for this to happen --- the AWACs, the refueling planes, the intelligence folks, command centers everywhere and of course, there are people on the ground directing traffic...
Godspeed to our military

The United States, joined by several Arab allies, launched an intense campaign of airstrikes, bombings and cruise-missile attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria Monday night marking the first U.S. military intervention in Syria since the start of that country's civil war.

Sources say the military operation includes fighter jets, B-1 bombers and Predator drones, as well as Tomahawk missiles launched from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Officials say the coalition is targeting about 20 sites, including command-and-control centers, training camps and weapons depots.

U.S. officials told Fox News that several Arab countries "including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates" were participating.
So sorta like but not as inclusive as the Bush coalition...
The operation was expected to last several hours, with the first explosions from Tomahawk missiles heard near Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria

U.S. aircraft include B-1 bombers, F-16s, F-18s and Predator drones, with F-18s flying missions off the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. Tomahawk missiles were fired from the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby released a statement Monday night saying, "I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.

"Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time. The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. "
#1: Reported -- F22's being used -- first time in combat.....
Posted by: Sherry|| 2014-09-23 01:54 ||Comments

#2: If you told me a year ago Sunnis would be bombing Sunnis, I wouldn't have believed you.

Jordan excepted BTW.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2014-09-23 03:01 ||Comments

#3: I guess the generals won that argument... or perhaps the Saudis did. One hopes Syria's Assad was given a few minutes warning.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-09-23 03:14 ||Comments

#4: First reports had it that jets from Bahrain and Qatar were used. Later reports imply the airbase at Qatar was used as command and control, nada mas. Nothing more on Bahrain. Number of planes used by UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan unreported. Number of sorties unreported.
Posted by: Beldar Sloque3832|| 2014-09-23 06:23 ||Comments

#5: I'm reasonably certain the regime coordinated the strikes with the Assad government in some manner. The early tip-off was when we were told by Washington that "there would be no coordination with Assad." Vlad or the Iranians may have even provided targeting folders.

The absence of any wild protestations from the Syrian Government or the Russians, should confirm my suspicions.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-23 06:24 ||Comments

#6: Assad probably assisted in providing intelligence for target selection. This will be a cluster within a month.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble|| 2014-09-23 08:51 ||Comments

#7: On the radio it mentioned Al Qaeda targets I guess those were thrown in so the law that Obama was originally against authorizing strikes can now be leveraged without requesting permission from Congress.
Posted by: airandee|| 2014-09-23 09:05 ||Comments

#8: Who's handing out the IFF codes? You think Russian Syrian pilots are on the distribution list? What happens if one comes within AA missile firing distance or AAA missile battery range (lights up the radar)? Or is it 'if it flies, it dies' the ROE?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-23 09:24 ||Comments

#9: Somehow the virulent ideology that creates such groups as ISIS and AQ will have to be addressed or the Whack-a-Mole terrorist problem will keep coming up.

This is going to go on for awhile. At least the price of belonging to a terrorist group has been upped.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-23 09:33 ||Comments

#10: What happens if one comes within AA missile firing distance or AAA missile battery range (lights up the radar)? Or is it 'if it flies, it dies' the ROE?

I would suspect that an 'understanding' was reached within the AO and flight corridors, since IS doesn't have any known operable high-speed aircraft.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-09-23 10:17 ||Comments

#11: Beo: The absence of any wild protestations from the Syrian Government or the Russians, should confirm my suspicions.

WashPo: Russia Condemns US Airstrikes Against Islamic State
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-09-23 11:02 ||Comments

#12: Yes Snowy, I saw that as well. Perhaps this is the standard Russian media line intended for the motherland proles. Appears Bashar Assad has given the thumbs up or "buy in."

Russia is insistent that U.S. measures to target militants in Syria lack authority without buy-in from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — a point Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon Tuesday."
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-23 17:23 ||Comments

#13: Holder: Al-Qaida offshoot hit by airstrikes was close to attack on U.S., allies

But, but, but..... I thought there was "no immediate threat".....?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-23 17:37 ||Comments

#14: Didn't these countries all fly with us during the first Gulf War against Saddam? So yeah it can be coordinated and carried out. Best part we used the confusion to finally bomb the Kardasians, in Brentwood, LA I think.
Posted by: Chater Creash8965|| 2014-09-23 17:40 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Hamas Tortures Citizens Next To A School, PA Daily Claims
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 500 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Classes in the southern Gazoo Strip city of Khan Younis have been disrupted by the screams and shouts of political prisoners being interrogated by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, security forces in a nearby building, an official Paleostinian Authority daily reported.

As reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas resumed in Cairo on Monday, Ramallah-based Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah claimed that pupils in a girls' school in central Khan Younis have been affected by "fear and horror" as a result of the torture, compounding their suffering during Operation Protective Edge.

Despite having formed a unity government of technocrats on June 2, the political schism between the two rival movements remains as deep as ever, with Abbas openly accusing Hamas of scheming to topple him
... a nice word for assassinate...
and of instigating the recent round of violence with Israel.

Many anonymous testimonies were sent to the daily by students fearing reprisal for complaining openly. "M," a new student at the school, asked her counterpart "A" about the origin of the shrieks and was told that the building next door belonged to Hamas police's General Investigations Department.

Another student, "S," said she was "really fearful" of the nearby cop shoppe, stating that "police should maintain law and order and not arouse angst through perpetual police car traffic and the coming and going of suspects being questioned.

Hamas has branded accusations such as those expressed by Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah a smear campaign instigated by Fatah,
Of course. Doesn't mean it isn't true, though.
which continues to oppress and harass Hamas operatives in the West Bank. On Sunday, West Bank security agencies incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
six Hamas operatives and summoned two for questioning, Hamas's Paleostinian Information Center news website reported.

The Islamic movement -- which banished Fatah from the Gazoo Strip in a bloody coup in 2007 -- continues to run its own ministry of interior in the coastal enclave, responsible for the multiple security forces active there. Fatah official Amin Maqboul told Hamas's Al-Resalah news website on Monday that reconciliation talks in Cairo will focus on applying the effective control of the unity government over the entire Gazoo Strip.
It's a lovely dream...

Iraq: Islamic State Lifts Smoking Ban In Kirkuk
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 326 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] 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 has revoked a smoking ban in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk in an effort to improve its image and battle growing popular disfavor.
Hmm... currying favour with the impious? Why ever would the dreaded Daesh do such a thing?
Vendors in the region can now openly sell cigarettes without fear of prosecution, according to a report published Thursday by the Arabic-language Almada Press news agency.

The group's image was heavily tarnished in the region following battles with Kurdish fighters in the area, its brutal treatment and executions of Iraqi soldiers and Western civilians.

The Middle East boasts some of the highest rates of smoking in the world, but smoking is considered "haram," forbidden, according to some radical interpretations of Islam.

Abdulrahman al-Gabouri, a resident of Kirkuk province, told Almada Press that the Islamic State had confiscated cigarette stocks after the jihadist group conquered the region several months ago. Al-Gabouri stated that the group later destroyed the cigarettes by running over them with American-made military hummers appropriated from Iraqi security forces.

According to another resident in the province, Islamic State fighters warned shop owners several weeks ago that they would be lashed if they were caught selling cigarettes, in accordance with a fatwa issued by the group's judicial authorities.
#1: In response, air strikes quickly reduce ISIS positions to smoking holes in the ground.
Ask, and ye shall receive...
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:33 ||Comments

#2: Cut into revenue, hmmm.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-09-23 17:30 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Erdogan Indicates IS Prisoner Swap, Cites Shalit Deal
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 850 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
indicated for the first time Monday that his country may have traded 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 prisoners it held captive in exchange for 49 Turkish hostages held by the terrorists.

Asked about it in New York on Monday, Erdogan said "such things may be possible." He said Israel released over 1,000 Paleostinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli hostage, a reference to the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011. "So you see, it's possible," he added.

In June 2006, Gazoo Lions of Islam infiltrated into Israel using a tunnel and attacked an army post , killing two soldiers, injuring a third, and taking Shalit as a captive. The raid was claimed by three terror groups, including Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,. In 2011, Israel released 1,027 Paleostinian prisoners, some of them convicted of murder, in exchange for Shalit.

On Saturday, the Islamic State hostages -- 46 Turks and three Iraqis -- were returned to Turkey after more than three months in the hands of the Islamic State group, which captured them when it overran the Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in June.

Turkish government officials have not revealed how they managed to secure the release of the captives. Erdogan denied paying a ransom but has been vague on whether there was a prisoner swap.

Speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, Erdogan tried to sidestep the question.

"This process that took 102 days involved an operation by the national intelligence agency ... it was a historic, very important process," he said.

Erdogan stressed that no payment was involved. "As to the rest, you probably cannot expect us to publicly divulge what the international agencies do in their business but the end result is that 49 diplomatic consular staff have been released."

Pressed further, he acknowledged that there may have been a prisoner swap.

"Such things may be possible," he said.

What Turkey may or may not have done to secure the release has been a subject of speculation. Many observers expressed disbelief that the ruthless terror group would have relinquished such a big bargaining chip without getting something in return.

Asked about joining the international coalition to fight the Islamic State group in Syria, Erdogan said Turkey has "no hesitation whatsoever when it comes to fighting terrorism."

He said Turkey has been unjustly criticized for not being clearer on the subject "because we were mindful of the safety of our citizens."

"This is a systematic attack on Turkey's international reputation," he said.

US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
said Monday that he expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the hostages' release.

Turkey, a US ally and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
member, has made commitments at various regional conferences to help in the effort against the Islamic State group but the help has been limited so far because "they first needed to deal with their hostage situation," Kerry said in an appearance on MSNBC.

"Now the proof will be in the pudding," Kerry said.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Fatah Rocket Production In Full Swing In Gaza
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 790 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, said it is producing more rockets and munitions to restock supplies that were consumed during the summer war in the Gazoo Strip.
Hudna! Hudna! Hudna!
Last week, a news hound from Russia's RT television network was given a tour of a rocket manufacturing site somewhere in the Gazoo Strip. A video of the visit, with English subtitles, was published on YouTube by Paleostinian Media Watch on Monday.
Click on the article headline to see the video at the link.
The RT news hound met with masked Fatah workers who were seen mixing rocket fuel and explosives in a saucepan heated with an open gas burner. In the small, windowless, facility, several rockets and mortars bombs could seen stacked up against a wall decorated with a poster featuring former Paleostinian leader Yasser Arafat.

"We are preparing and developing rockets in the productions division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades," one of the workers told the news hound. "During the last war we fired rockets at the Zionist enemy, we have notified the enemy that we have many more [rockets]. We have also successfully developed the K-132 rocket, which is here beside me."

It was not clear whether the reference to a K-132 rocket indicted a new weapon or one that has already by fired at Israel in the past.

Fatah is the party of Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
, though its armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, has been designated a terrorist organization by Israel, the US and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
for carrying out attacks against Israeli civilians.

In July, Fatah's armed wing in Gazoo joined Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
in firing rockets at Israel during the seven-week-long Operation Protective Edge.

Over 4,500 rockets were fired at Israel's towns and cities during the conflict, which ended with a ceasefire signed on August 26. The IDF launched intensive Arclight airstrikes at rocket launching sites and production facilities throughout the fighting.

Paleostinian sources claimed some 2,100 people were killed in the fighting, while Israel said about half of those who died were combatants. Israeli casualties included 66 IDF soldiers and six civilians.

Israeli and Paleostinian representatives are to gather in Cairo on Tuesday for talks on a long-term ceasefire agreement that the Paleostinians intend to include an easing of the blockade on the coastal enclave. Israel is expected to seek steps towards disarming Hamas and reestablishing elements of Paleostinian Authority control in Gazoo, as well as the return of the remains of two IDF soldiers killed during the fighting.

Good morning
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1

Africa North: Officials: French Citizen Kidnapped In Algeria
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 220 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] A French citizen was kidnapped by suspected Islamic snuffies while hiking in a mountainous Algerian region that is a known hideout for North Africa's al-Qaeda branch, officials said.

The kidnapping comes after 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....
Death Eater group issued a call for attacks on Westerners, particularly French citizens.
On the other hand, kidnapping foreigners for ransom is a local tradition going back to the eighteenth century, if not considerably earlier, so IS's call likely has nothing to do with it.

Afghanistan: Clashes Intensify in Helmand's Sangin District
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] According to some military officials in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, the festivities in Sangin district have intensified, leading to the collapse of 10 police outposts.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, these officials have stated that the bully boyz have surrendered nearly 700 coppers and are now only few kilometers away from the district governor's compound.

Afghanistan: Taliban Attack Kill Two ANA Soldiers in Herat
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 204 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] The Taliban killed two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and took 13 others in an attack on a military outpost in Western Heart province on Sunday night, local officials said on Monday.

According to Najeebullah Najeebi, the front man for Zafar Military Corps 207, the incident took place last night in Kishk-e-Rabat Sangi district of the province. There are some reports claiming that the soldiers joined the forces of Evil by their own will.

"A delegation has been sent to the area to investigate the matter," Najeebi added. "We will find out whether the soldiers were taken captive or if they left themselves."

Kishk-e-Rabat Sangi is one of the most insecure districts in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...

Afghanistan: Broad Support for Abdullah Abdullah As Possible Chief Executive
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 133 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Tolo News] A number of politicians and commentators on Monday said that Abdullah Abdullah is the best person for the Chief Executive position, and that if he does not fill the role, the national unity government could face problems.
I'm not real clear on the difference between "president" and "chief executive." I'll bet they're not, either.
The analysts stressed that Mr. Abdullah, who became the runner up in this year's election after the announcement of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's victory on Sunday, is an experienced politician and diplomat.

There have been some reports that Abdullah wants to designate another person for the position. But MPs on Monday spoke out in favor of Abdullah filling the role.
#1: Nice Star Trekian blouse.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-09-23 18:18 ||Comments

Iraq: IS Attacks Iraqi Army Base, Kill 40 And Capture At Least 70
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 473 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Jihadists attacked an Iraqi army base west of Baghdad with six jacket wallahs, killing 40 soldiers and capturing at least 70 others who fled, a senior army officer said Monday.

Four suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged armored personnel carriers at the base in Saqlawiyah on Sunday, while two others attacked with boom belts, General Rashid Fleih told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

"Forty soldiers and officers were killed and contact was lost with between 70 and 80" who fled the base and were subsequently captured 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....
(IS) jihadist group, Fleih said.

IS myrmidons, who led an offensive that overran swathes of the country in June, detonated a bridge near the base five days ago, isolating it, he said.

The jihadists also planted bombs on roads leading to the area, making it even more difficult to send reinforcements and leaving the soldiers to fight the gunnies from inside the base.

Then the suicide bombers struck on Sunday in one of the deadliest single attacks on Iraqi soldiers in years.

The United States launched a campaign of air strikes against IS in Iraq last month and La Belle France has also bombed the group, which holds significant territory in neighboring Syria and has declared a cross-border Islamic "caliphate".

IS has executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, beheaded foreign hostages and forced more than one million people from their homes in Iraq alone.

And its front man, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, called in a statement posted online Monday for Moslems to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the anti-jihadist coalition that the United States is working to form.

Africa North: Zahra hospital shelled and evacuated as fierce Warshefana fighting continues
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 30 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Patients and staff were evacuated today from Zahra hospital after it came under sustained attack from Libya Dawn forces with at least ten missiles or shells striking it . . .

Africa North: LJO condemns Benghazi murders
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 126 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] The Libyan Judges Organisation (LJO) has officially condemned the recent sharp increase in murders in Benghazi.
They're judges. What're they gonna say? "Good job?"
In a statement issued on Monday, the organization said that the liquidations were a "flagrant violation" of the human right to life and that they constituted a crime punishable by death.

The murders are inconsistent with the provisions of Islamic law, the statement also said.

They are targeting public figures, community activists, bloggers, journalists, military and coppers, politician, and even women, which is unacceptable, the statement said.

Africa North: Hassi's rival Tripoli government seizes control of the Ministry of Oil, as production falls
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[Libya Herald] The Oil Minister for the rival Hassi government has given a press conference in Tripoli and apparently taken control of the Ministry of Oil Ministry buildings, declaring his intention to protect the country's resources . . .
The rest of it's behind the pay wall. We can guess what it is.

Africa North: Algerian Army Says Top Al-Qaeda Militant Killed
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[Ynet] Algeria's Defense Ministry says army forces have ambushed and killed a top bad boy with links to Al-Qaeda.

The ministry said Monday army forces relied on local information to ambush a "leading terrorist responsible for many crimes" in a late night operation on Sunday. The bad boy, from the group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in the mountainous Kabylie region, some 50 miles from the capital, Algiers.
Can't say who he is, but he's really "top."
Algeria has been fighting the group since the 1990s, though they are now isolated in a few mountainous regions.

Arabia: Yemeni Official: 340 Killed In Week-Long Fighting
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[Ynet] Yemeni medical officials say 200 more bodies have been retrieved from the streets of the capital, Sanaa, bringing to 340 the corpse count from a week of fierce festivities between Hawthi Iranian catspaws on one side and Sunni murderous Moslems and army troops on the other.

The officials say many of the bodies were decomposed after being left for days in the streets and the heat as ambulances could not reach them amid intense fighting.

Africa North: New Thinni government finally approved
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[Libya Herald] After several days of political brinkmanship and heated debate within the House of Representatives, it finally approved the new government of Abdullah Al-Thinni this evening by 110 votes out of 112.

India-Pakistan: Three young men shot dead in Azizabad
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[DAWN] KARACHI: Three young friends were rubbed out while an employee of a hotel was maimed in an attack on a restaurant in Hussainabad in F. B Area on Sunday morning, Azizabad police said.

They added that 28-year-old Mohammed Sajid, 30-year-old Imran Karim, and 35-year-old Naved were having breakfast at the restaurant at around 7.45am when four gunnies on two cycle of violences arrived there and opened indiscriminate fire on them and fled. The three friends and an employee of the restaurant were maimed in the attack.

They were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced Sajid, Karim, and Naved dead on arrival while the restaurant employee, Nawaz Shareef, was admitted for treatment.

India-Pakistan: Armed clash in Balochistan's Turbat leaves 11 dead
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[DAWN] At least eleven people were killed during an armed clash between two groups in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
's Turbat area on Monday afternoon, an official said.

Akbar Durrani, the Home Secretary Balochistan, told Dawn gangs clashed with each other in the Bal Gitar area of Turbat. He said eleven people were killed during the armed clash that lasted for more than one hour.

India-Pakistan: PTI suspends Javed Hashmi's membership
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[DAWN] Suspending membership of renegade President of 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) Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, the party on Monday summoned him to the party secretariat to explain his case on September 29, DawnNews reported.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan

India-Pakistan: Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar named new ISI chief
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India-Pakistan: Challenge for new ISI chief
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[DAWN] SO endemically controversial has become the ISI director general's post in recent years that if incoming DG Gen Rizwan Akhtar were to simply leave office at the end of his term with his reputation neither bolstered nor harmed, it would count as a success at this stage. Consider the deep controversy that Gen Shuja Pasha had generated by the time he retired in 2012: a one-year extension the year before, the the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now neither a strong horse nor a weak horse, but a dead horse...
raid and 'memogate' are just some of the stunning lowlights, with persistent rumours of meddling in the political process dogging the latter part of his tenure. Now Gen Zaheerul Islam is set to leave office as an ongoing national political crisis he has been accused of engineering by some quarters rumbles on. So perhaps if the new director general were simply to keep a distance from politics and avoid national security crises, it would be an improvement over his predecessors.

Yet, while politics and the ISI are no strangers, the politicisation of the ISI in recent years has obscured a more fundamental challenge: getting the strategy against militancy right and helping restore internal security. In that regard, Gen Akhtar's counterterrorism experience in Bloody Karachi

The Grand Turk: Turkey Struggles With Spillover As Syrian Kurds Battle Islamic State
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[Ynet] Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an 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....
advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist bully boys.

In Turkey, which is struggling to manage an influx of more than 130,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees since Friday, security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurdish protesters who accuse Ankara of favouring Islamic State against the Kurds.

The main Kurdish gang in northern Syria, the YPG, said its fighters had halted the Islamic State advance east of the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, but that fierce fighting was continuing.

China-Japan-Koreas: In search for security, China's navy enters Strait of Hormuz
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[Ynet] Bandar Abbas, home of Iran's navy and the main port in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, is currently hosting two Chinese naval vessels on a five-day goodwill visit, underlining the increasingly warm relationship between the two countries.

It is the first such port call to Iran by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and highlights the efforts both China and Iran are making to counterbalance the power of the United States in the Middle East and along the sea lanes connecting the oil fields of the Gulf with major energy-consuming centres in Asia.

India-Pakistan: Shia mosque torched in Rawalpindi; ASWJ terrorist leader shot dead
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[ABNA.IR] Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) have set a Shia mosque on fire where Holy Quraan and banners were came under fire yesterday Sunday in Rawalpindi.

The Imambargah

Arabia: Bahraini court sentences 9 Shia activists to 5-year jail
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[ABNA.IR] A Bahraini appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that handed five-year imprisonment sentences to nine Shia activists.

According to Judicial sources in the nation's capital of Manama, the defendants, among them a photojournalist and an online activist, were convicted of calling for the downfall of the despotic Al Khalifa regime.

The court upheld an April ruling sentencing photographer, Hussain Hubail, and activist, Jassim al-Nuaimi, along with seven other Shias, to five years in prison, after convicting them of plotting to overthrow the ruling regime "through illegal means via media and social networks."

They were also convicted of calling for and taking part in anti-government protest rallies in the previous year.

Attorneys for the Shia activists, however, insist that the defendants are innocent and were forced to confess to the allegations under duress.

India-Pakistan: KARACHI: Three killed in firing on hotel mostly Shiite in Hussainabad
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[ABNA.IR] As many as three people were killed and many injured as a group of unknown men shot up a local hotel in the Hussainabad area of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Sunday, Dunya News reported.

According to sources, the unknown armed bike riders opened fire on the hotel when the people were busy having breakfast early morning on Sunday in Hussainabad where the majority of people belongs to Shia Islam and various congregations are organized. The firing resulted in killing three people whereas many were critically injured.

Olde Tyme Religion: Dalai Lama slams killing in name of religion, says concept of jihad being misused
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[ABNA.IR] The Dalai Lama on Saturday condemned mindless violence in the name of religion, saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted by forces of Evil in the Middle East.

The Nobel Peace prize winner and Buddhist spiritual leader was referring to bloodshed unleashed 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....
(IS) group in Syria and Iraq where it has overrun swathes of territory.
#1: saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted

Damn, now the Buddhists are more expert in the Holy Crayon than the Imams, Emirs and Mullahs.

Now that's chutzpah.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-23 07:36 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Al-Faissal, Zarif Announce 'New Chapter' in Iran-Saudi Ties
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[ABNA.IR] Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a meeting he held with his Saudi counterpart on Sunday would bring a new chapter in ties between their countries, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

"Both my Saudi counterpart and I believe that this meeting will be the first page of a new chapter in our two countries' relations," the agency quoted Zarif as saying after an hour-long meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faissal.

The meeting came on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The Grand Turk: Some 130,000 Syrians Reach Turkey, Fleeing IS
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[Ynet] The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of 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....
forces of Evil now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.

Numan Kurtulmus warned that the number could rise further but insisted that Turkey was ready to react to "the worst case scenario."

"I hope that we are not faced with a more populous refugee wave, but if we are, we have taken our precautions," Kurtulmus said. "A refugee wave that can be expressed by hundreds of thousands is a possibility."

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Arab-Israeli Leaders Protest Against Plague Of Illegal Arms
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[IsraelTimes] A masked man dressed in black barged into the office of Amal High School principal Youssef Hajj Yahya in Taibe last month and fired a number of rounds. Hajj Yahyah, who was in the midst of meeting with five teachers in his school, was critically injured and died on his way to the hospital.

The brazen August 25 execution of a prominent educator briefly made headlines in Israel's mainstream media but only highlighted its general disinterest in intra-Arab violence, which has reached terrifying levels, community leaders charged on Sunday. In September alone, 11 murders have occurred in Arab communities across Israel.

A few dozen Arab politicians and civil society representatives demonstrated across from the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Sunday, demanding that Israeli authorities treat the problem of armed violence in the Arab sector more seriously.
A few dozen Arab politicians and civil society representatives demonstrated across from the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Sunday, demanding that Israeli authorities treat the problem of armed violence in the Arab sector more seriously.

"I don't think murders in Jewish cities are treated so matter-of-factly," said 28-year-old Amid Hajj Yahya, Youssef's son, who was among the demonstrators in Jerusalem.

"In Tel Aviv or Herzliya, the killer would have been caught within a day or two, but here we are a month after the murder [and the killer is still on the lam]. The police deal with us as though we are third-class citizens."

Statistics regarding aggravated crime in Israeli-Arab society, published by the Knesset's research department on July 29, show a worrying picture. A survey of police indictments for violent crimes between 2006 and 2013 revealed that non-Jewish Israelis (mostly Arabs) -- despite constituting just 20% of society -- committed murder nearly six times more than Jews; committed robbery 3.5 times more; committed assault three times more; and assaulted coppers nearly five times more than Jews.

The prevalence of illegal weapons in Arab society was repeatedly mentioned by the demonstrators as one of the main problems to be tackled by Israeli police. According to the Knesset statistics, Arabs are 10 times more likely than Jews to be indicted for possession of an illegal firearm.

"There's a plague of illegal weapons across all Arab communities," MK Masoud Ganaeim (Ra'am-Ta'al) told The Times of Israel. "It is the responsibility of the police to collect these weapons... they sometimes ignore the problem and sometimes don't take it seriously."

Ganaeim, who noted that 60% of crime in Israel takes place within the Arab sector, said that most of the illegal weapons are stolen from army and police armories and traded on the black market.

"If police believed that these weapons are being used against Jews for nationalistic reasons, they would have collected them all. But they don't," he added.

High unemployment levels among Arab youth are a central factor in engendering violence, opined Muhammad Zeidan, head of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, an umbrella organization representing Arab civil society groups.

"Violence is the result of unemployment and unlicensed weapons, which reach the hands of our youth with remarkable ease," Zeidan said. "These weapons are pointed at Arab citizens today, but I don't know where they'll be pointed tomorrow. We don't want them directed at either Arabs or Jews."

Zeidan noted that just yesterday a loaded LAW anti-tank launcher was found in the Arab city of Baqa al-Gharbiya in central Israel and defused by police. He said that owners of illegal weapons much be punished much more severely than they are at present.

"It is illogical for someone caught with a LAW missile to be tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
for a month and then released home," he said.

Mahmoud Aasi, mayor of the 3,000-resident town of Kafr Bara in central Israel, agreed that light sentencing reduced the motivation of police to arrest Arab citizens in possession of illegal weapons. But he preferred to direct his criticism inward rather than at Israeli authorities.

"At the end of the day, it's a matter of culture. We are too trigger-happy," Aasi said, noting that two homicides took place over the past year in his town, one of the richest Arab communities in Israel.

"We have lost our ability to conduct cultural dialogue and have begun using the language of violence, shooting and crime. I'm worried that these weapons will eventually be directed at Jewish society, not even for nationalistic reasons [but for criminal ones]."

Aasi added that he, like all other Arab mayors in Israel, faces regular threats from organized crime within his own community. Two years ago, he refused to allocate land designated for the homeless to a local resident who wanted to sell the plots to criminals. As a result, Aasi's home was fired upon. When he filed a complaint with the police, he was warned not to testify lest "field soldiers" on the ground harm him. The mayor was forced to employ bodyguards for six months.

"What kind of life do you think that is?" he asked.
#1: The wall of silence like the mafia in Sicily
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-09-23 10:55 ||Comments

#2: Illegal means, "You got them, and I don't.".
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-09-23 17:16 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Video Games, Twitter Tricks: How ISIS Pulls In The Kids
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[IsraelTimes] Get the kids on your side. That's a strategy used by 20th century tyrants from Stalin to Hitler to Pol Pot for gaining and retaining power. The 21st century tyrants of ISIS, the Islamist group that seeks to set up a Moslem Caliphate in as much of the Middle East as possible, are using the latest tools in their quest for youth.

Over the past year, the group has made a splash on social media, producing slick recruitment videos, developing online games and activities, and utilizing Twitter to send out messages to users' networks.

In its latest social media foray, ISIS released a trailer for a game called the "Jihad Simulator," which looks suspiciously like the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto video game. In Jihad Simulator, players hijack military vehicles and blow them up, carry out drive-by shootings of police cars with markings used by American police departments), and shoot up what appears to be a school or office park. The video shows the perpetrators not as keffiyeh-wearing terrorists, but as long-haired American kids wearing hoodies and knit wool hats. And, of course, players get points for every "kill" or kaboom they successfully pull off.

It's not clear who uploaded the video, and there was no website link for the actual game. As of Sunday afternoon, the video had not been taken down by YouTube administrators. Still floating around on the Internet are the videos showing the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, journalists captured by ISIS and brutally murdered. Those videos were also posted on YouTube and quickly removed but can still be found -- so it's likely that the Jihad Simulator promo will have a long online life as well, regardless of what YouTube does.

ISIS is as concerned with Arabic-language video and news sites as it is with the Western-oriented YouTube, and according to Arabic news sites, there are dozens of Arabic language ISIS recruitment videos and even several jihadist games floating around the Internet. In one game aimed squarely at kids, Egyptian media report, players use animated characters to attack Iraqi and American forces, also represented by cartoon characters. There's no blood, but there is a lot of killing, and the game drives home a message of just how much "fun" jihad can be, what with all the cartoon killing, the Egyptian report said.

ISIS has plenty of other social media tricks, according to US cyber-security firm ZeroFox. In a special report, the group said that ISIS "has built a sophisticated and impactful online propaganda campaign using many social media networks, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp. The group employs experts in the areas of marketing, PR and visual content production to ensure the legitimate appearance of its messages."

One of the simple but effective methods spammers use to gear online conversation their way is by using hashtag hijacking, in which spammers use hashtags of trending Twitter topics in their own tweets to get the attention of people searching for a particular subject. With this tactic, ISIS could, ironically, soon be sending out jihadist and anti-American tweets using #worldseries, when the championship games of the Great American Pastime take place in October. Twitter's demographic skews young, and by choosing hashtags that highlight topics kids are talking about and searching for on Twitter, said ZeroFox, ISIS can make sure the people they're most interested in have access to their message

ISIS also uses a version of a tweet forwarding app which allows them to use member accounts to send out tweets on its behalf. The Arabic-language "The Dawn of Glad Tidings" app, which was until recently available in several Google Play stores, promises to give users up to the minute news about what is happening on the ground in Iraq and Syria -- but also has an option that allows users to automatically forward ISIS-oriented tweets. ZeroFox said the idea is that the tweets will reach "hundreds or thousands more accounts, giving the perception that their content is bigger and more popular than it might actually be."

ISIS also utilizes bot networks to spread its message. An old hacker standby, bot networks are essentially large groups of hacked computers that are surreptitiously used to forward e-mail and social media messages employing the user accounts of the owners of the computers. They're usually used to send out spam, but ISIS is using it to send out recruiting messages, mostly in Arabic, and with links to images and videos designed to appeal to the young recruits it covets.

US and European-based services can try to shut out ISIS social media efforts by closing down accounts that post their content -- but new accounts are being opened as quickly as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook close ISIS-oriented content pages. But good luck shutting down ISIS on its home turf -- the vast Arabic Internet -- said ZeroFox.

"We have seen social media platforms act as channels for virtual grassroots campaigns, where the voices of millions coalesce into a single actionable goal," said the cyber-security organization. "ISIS has taken this use of these platforms a step further by mastering the art of taking the voices of few and making them sound like the voices of millions. It is of utmost importance that the users of social media understand the real-world impacts it can have, because unfortunately, social media is not always used for good."

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israeli Said Slain Fighting For Islamic State
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[IsraelTimes] An Israeli Bedouin who joined the Islamic State was killed in Syria fighting for the radical jihadist group, Channel 10 reported on Sunday.

The unidentified man died last week after earlier crossing the border along with another member of his family, which hails from an unrecognized Bedouin community in southern Israel.

The news report gave no indication of the man's identity, the manner of his death, or the source of the information.

If confirmed, the man may be the first Israeli killed fighting for the Islamic State.

Israeli security forces received information about the man's plan to enter Syria before he had left the country, but were unable to act in time to prevent him slipping across the border, the report said.

In May, the Shin Bet security service said in a statement that an Arab Israeli from the town of Hura in the Negev Desert was arrested in late April for helping two family members leave Israel, enter Syria, and join the ranks of the Islamic State.

Idris Abu Alqayan, 23, was arrested on April 28 and charged on May 15 with conspiracy to commit a crime and aiding an unlawful exit from the country.

It was not clear whether the Israeli killed last week was one of the two that Alqayan aided in leaving the country.

At the beginning of September, the Shin Bet said that there are 10 Israeli-Arabs who are known to be fighting with the Islamic State, which has conquered large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Around 200,000 Bedouin live in the Negev, most concentrated in an area around the city of Beersheba.

Africa North: Egypt Militants Claim Blast Near Foreign Ministry
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[Ynet] An Egyptian murderous Moslem group has grabbed credit for Sunday's kaboom in a busy downtown Cairo street near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior coppers and maimed several other coppers.

Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, which has claimed previous attacks on police, said in a statement posted late Sunday on its Twitter account and on a murderous Moslem website that it had used an bomb on "officers of the criminal apparatus" as part of its campaign against security forces.

It said the attacks will not stop until "the ruling tyrants fall and God's Shariah is established."

Terror Networks: Islamic State Threatens Everyone In Sight
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Islamic State Calls For More Attacks On Egyptian Security Forces

[Ynet] 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....
called on Lions of Islam in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings, an announcement likely to deepen concerns over ties between the myrmidon groups.

"Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure," IS front man Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in a statement released online.

France: IS has threatened coalition civilians

La Belle France's top security official says bully boyz from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group have threatened to kill civilians in the coalition of countries arrayed against the holy warriors.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says he is confident in the country's security.

Cazeneuve said Monday "this threat to kill civilians, added to the execution of hostages and to the massacres, is yet another demonstration of the barbarism of these terrorists, justifying our fight without truce or pause."

He added that "La Belle France is not afraid because it is prepared to respond to their threats."

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

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's front man said its fighters are ready to battle a US-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Moslems and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad.

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani's 42-minute audio statement, which appeared to be a rallying cry, was the group's latest response to efforts by US President Barack Obama
Republicans can come along for the ride, but they've got to sit in the back...
to form a global coalition against it. He said the group welcomed the possibility of a ground war with the US, and he called on Moslems worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the coalition.

Iraq: Video: New ISIL Execution of 9 Iraqi Border Guards
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[ABNA.IR] New execution of nine Iraqi border guards by ISIL happened few days ago: Those border guards have already left there positions,changed their clothes and disguised into civilians but ISIL had already done checkpoints in all roads leading to Baghdad, they were caught and...
#1: The Iraqi people were far more secure under the protection of Saddam Hussein than Barack Hussein Obama.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-09-23 09:52 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Commander: Zionists Extremely Fearful of Iran's Long-Range Missiles
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[ABNA.IR] "At present, no country dares to attack Iran; the enemy (Israel) cannot even overcome (the Lebanese resistance group) Hezbollah" let alone threatening Iran, Commander of the specialized artillery and air defense center of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in the Southeastern city of Rafsanjan on Monday.

"Today, Iran's long-range missiles tremble the bodies of the Zionists and their allies," he added.

Iran enjoys long-range missiles, including Shahab 3, Sejjil and Qadr, which can hit as far as Israel and Tehran has repeatedly underlined that its missile program would never be a topic of nuclear talks with the six powers.

Iraq: UK female jihadists run ISIS sex-slave brothels
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[ABNA.IR] Startling details have surfaced of British female jihadists forcing captured Iraqi women into sexual slavery at brothels run by murderous Moslems 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), British media reported Thursday.

The Brothels, operated by the female "police force" called the al-Khanssaa Brigade, have been set up for the use of ISIS holy warriors, according to the Daily Mirror.
#1: "We condemn, in the strongest terms"

The germs the UN would be stemming,
In "strongest terms" always "condemning,"
Never seem much deterred;
Should they swap their absurd
"Wrongest term" for a turgid "contemning?"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-09-23 06:18 ||Comments

#2: Outstanding, Zenobia F! And so early in the morning, too.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-09-23 07:23 ||Comments

Down Under: Australian PM Promises Jail For Returning Jihadists
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[Ynet] Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday warned Australians fighting with bully boy groups in the Middle East they face lengthy jail terms if they return home.

"My unambiguous message to all Australians who fight with terrorist groups is that you will be tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
, prosecuted and incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
for a very long time," Abbott told parliament in a statement on national security.

Australia has announced tougher counter-terrorism laws to target home-grown snuffies and those who fight overseas over fears violent jihadist citizens in Syria and Iraq will return home.

Iraq: ISIS calls Obama 'the mule of the Jews' and John Kerry an 'old uncircumcised geezer'
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[ABNA.IR] ISIS is once again urging Moslems to 'kill disbelievers' and attacking Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
and President Barack Obama
I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go...
for recent statements they have made about the terrorist group in a new audio recording.
#1: And they talked to somebody who checked.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:17 ||Comments

#2: Maybe Kerry does have the hat to this day.
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-09-23 09:00 ||Comments

#3: the hat

*Golf Clap*
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-09-23 17:01 ||Comments

#4: Ouch. That's really going to hurt. Considering it's ISIS, maybe Obama and Kerry got off easy.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-23 17:16 ||Comments

Iraq: ISIS-branded merchandise sold on Amazon, Facebook
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[ABNA.IR] Despite Facebook's claims that a cluster of pages peddling ISIS goods would be taken down, recent searches show many pages containing merchandise with the terrorist group's symbols still remain on the most popular social-media site in the world.

"At Facebook, we have rules that bar direct statements of hate, attacks on private individuals and groups, and the promotion of terrorism," said Facebook front man Israel Hernandez in June. "We have a team of professional Sherlocks both here in the U.S. and abroad who enforce these rules. Where hateful content is posted and reported, Facebook removes it and disables accounts of those responsible."

The items offered for sale include baseball caps, clothing and jewelry -- many bearing the familiar black flag associated with the terrorist group and its slogan, "Baqiyah."

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hezbollah Ready to Hit Takfiri terrorists at Imam Khamenei's Order
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[ABNA.IR] Deputy Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Sheikh Naim Qassem
... the Grand Vizier of the Hezbullies...
said Hezbollah forces are fully ready to fight the terrorist Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
groups upon an order by Supreme Fearless Leader of the Islamic Revolution

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Lebanese Army Killed 50 Terrorists including Commanders in Arsal Barrens
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[ABNA.IR] The Lebanese army managed to killed dozens of terrorists in Arsal barrens in the last three days, Lebanese daily as-Safir reported on Monday.

The paper quoted well informed sources as saying that more than 50 terrorists including their commanders were killed in the army campaign in Arsal barrens in the last 72 hours. The sources noted there are aerial photos that confirm the blow they had received.

The army also carried out an arrest campaign, according to the sources.

-Land of the Free: Gun 'Buybacks" don't work. So, make them mandatory!
Posted by badanov 09/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 790 words Read the whole thing on page 4
A bit of fisking, low hanging, easy pickins from New Jersey.
There's little harm in the bill our state Assembly just passed, to expand gun buyback programs across New Jersey. It comes at no cost to the taxpayers. It would be paid for with forfeiture funds and private donations.
Nothing from government comes at "no cost". It costs someone something: their rights, dignity, etc
And who knows? It may even do some good. Having fewer guns lying around could mean they won't end up in the hands of a curious child, abusive spouse or suicidal person. Having a gun at home makes it three times more likely that you'll be murdered by a family member or intimate partner, or successfully attempt suicide.
Greater good argument.
But let's not kid ourselves: Gun buyback programs are not going to reduce murders in cities like Newark and Camden. Studies have found that buyback programs don't have much effect overall on either gun crime or gun-related injury rates.
So, why do them?
They don't directly target the guns that are more likely to be used in violence, and in general, the guns collected haven't overlapped much with crime guns. These are old weapons that some middle-aged guy found in his basement. What criminal is going to trade in his $700 Bushmaster for $250 from the state?
Those programs specifically target individuals who know nothing about guns, or who grab them in order to defy a family member, and sell them to the state. It is the crime of theft underwritten by government. See my argument that nothing the government does comes without cost.
The biggest problem with this approach, though, is that it tiptoes around the one reform that could really make a difference, but that Americans would never accept: Mandatory gun buybacks. That's what Australia did, after its own version of Newtown.
Let's become like Australia!
Following a mass shooting in Tasmania that left 35 dead, Australia banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, and required all the newly banned weapons to be bought back by the government. This cut the number of gun-owning households by as much as half.
Love it. "As much as half" which is a rhetorical device which means the statistical reduction in gun ownership may have been reduced to a statistically insignificant amount.
The mandatory buybacks were also accompanied by a uniform national system for licensing and registering firearms. Gun owners have to present a "genuine reason" to buy a weapon. A claim of self-defense isn't enough unless you have an occupational need to carry a gun.
The claim you have something to print in a newspaper isn't enough. You must have a compelling argument (see: greater good) for advancing free speech. See how easy that was? Using the "greater good argument" I managed to advocate the use of the one weapon fascists would reach for once guns are taken.
We understand this is not going to happen. Neither American courts nor most of the public would support it. As a nation we remain wedded to the delusion that gun ownership stops crime.
Just as the editorial writer remains wedded to the illusion that keeping and bearing arms is a public safety issue. It isn't, despite all the claims to the contrary. It is a basic right, property in an individual's possession that no other individual or government can take away no matter how much of a greater good it may serve.
But guess what? It worked in Australia. The gun homicide rate fell by 59 percent, and the suicide rate fell 65 percent. It virtually eliminated mass shootings.
Bully for Australia. We do things differently in America, and that is why this land is the arsenal of democracy.
And there was no corresponding increase in homicides or suicides that didn't involve firearms. In other words, people weren't just switching to other methods of violence -- when guns weren't as easily available, they weren't acting on these impulses at all.
See: Bully for Australia above.
So do all the voluntary gun buybacks you want. But until they are mandatory, and our society can see past its hysteria over "gun confiscation," don't expect it to make much difference.
The only "hysteria" being generated is that which comes from near constant threats to take guns and the soothing lie that more and more restrictive gun laws don't mean confiscation. They do and they always will.
#1: Mandatory buy back program?

Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-23 10:29 ||Comments

#2: Mandatory means you are forced to give up your gun. Isn't that a bit unconstitutional?
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-23 10:58 ||Comments

Down Under: Australia: We are the ones being terrorised, Muslims say
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[ABNA.IR] A car has been damaged and daubed with offensive comments, threatening letters have been sent and women have been abused in the street.

A backlash of hate crimes against the Moslem community after the police raids last week has also sparked a rash of social media comments such as "this is how they should deal with them", "behead them all", "give them a taste of their own medicine for a change" and "we just need to blow up parramatta n bankstown".

One of the founders of the Australian Arabic Council and human rights

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russia's Putin Looking At Cooperation To Fight Islamic State
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 348 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
discussed with his Security Council on Monday potential cooperation with other countries on fighting against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin's front man as saying.

"Permanent members of the Security Council exchanged opinions on possible forms of cooperation with other partners on a plan to counter Islamic State in the framework of international law," Interfax quoted Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov as saying. He did not say who the other partners were.
Starting to become concerned?

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Sierra Leone Records 130 New Ebola Cases During 3-Day Lockdown
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 79 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Ynet] Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola emergency operations centre, said on Monday.

The country ordered its 6 million citizens to stay indoors for three days until Sunday night in the most extreme strategy employed by a nation since the start of an epidemic that has infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa since March.
#1: As in 130 cases that already existed but they didn't know about.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:23 ||Comments

Bangladesh: UN Rapporteur: Peaceful assembly is not a threat
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[Dhaka Tribune] The government should not consider any peaceful assembly as a threat to the state, UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai said yesterday.

He said protests should be staged peacefully. Any unexpected incident during an agitation should not be categorically considered as violent and threat.

The remarks came at a discussion on freedom of assembly and association jointly organised by Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) and FORUM-ASIA in the city's Chhayanaut auditorium.

Bangladesh: Minor girl shot dead in Chittagong
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[Dhaka Tribune] A minor girl was rubbed out and her grandmother was maimed by a gang of robbers during robbery at a residence in the Charandwip area of Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong early yesterday.

The dear departed, Shamima Aktar, 5, received bullet wounds to her head and hands while her grandmother, Fatema Begum, 55, was also shot while she had her granddaughter on her lap, said police sources.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tariqul Islam of Patiya circle in Chittagong told the Dhaka Tribune that a group of bandidos numbering seven to eight had swooped in the house of Haji Ismail Khan in the Pathanpara area under Charandwip union around 2:30am and held the family hostage at gunpoint.

Afghanistan: Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as US 'sham'
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[Dhaka Tribune] Afghanistan's Talibs yesterday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States, and vowed to press on with their war.

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

Ghani's administration must now not only forge an effective government after so much acrimony, amid doubts about how long the pact will last, but must also deal with an emboldened Taliban insurgency.

Ghani was scheduled to hold his first news briefing as president-elect later on Monday.

India-Pakistan: Kashmir: a way forward
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India-Pakistan: AJK assembly seeks opening of Indian border for flood relief
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[DAWN] Pakistain-administered Kashmire's parliament on Monday called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides of the disputed territory to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods.

Monsoon-induced flooding has wreaked havoc on both sides of the Himalayan region.

Its effects have been particularly devastating in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmire where thousands of people lost their homes and were stranded for weeks without aid.

The floods, which hit on September 7, also caused devastating economic losses running into billions of dollars to the area's famed carpet exporters, with separatists heavily criticising New Delhi's response.

India-Pakistan: Punjab police beat park staff over entry ticket
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[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: The Lake view Park on Sunday witnessed an unprecedented mess after about 100 personnel of the Punjab police entered the facility without paying tickets and beat up the staff.

After arriving in the park, the coppers moved towards the aviary. When the staff deputed at the entrance of the aviary asked them to purchase tickets, the coppers refused. This led to a scuffle during which the coppers thrashed the employees of the aviary with kicks and fists.

"Around 100 Jawans of the Punjab police entered the park without paying entry ticket of Rs10 each. They later went into the aviary, being run by a private party, and refused the pay the entry ticket of Rs50 each," said Abdul Hafeez, the security in-charge of the park.

India-Pakistan: Qureshi has been in contact with US Embassy: Hashmi
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[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
renegade president Javed Hashmi has alleged the party's vice chairman Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi has been holding 'secret meetings' with US envoys and other staff of the embassy during early days of the sit-in.

Talking to the media here on Sunday, Mr Hashmi said only Imran Khan

India-Pakistan: Air strikes kill 23 suspected terrorists in North Waziristan
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[DAWN] At least 23 suspected bad boyz were potted on Monday in precise aerial strikes on forces of Evil hideouts in the Bangidar area of Ghulam Khan in North Wazoo Agency, said a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
this information could not be independently verified as the access of media is restricted in the region.

Military operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
was launched by the Pakistain Army on June 15 following a brazen hard boy attack on Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) negotiators.

The Taliban and their ethnic Uzbek allies both grabbed credit for the attack on Karachi airport, which was seen as a strategic turning point in how Pakistain tackles the insurgency.

Africa Subsaharan: Iranians Nabbed With Fake Israeli Passports Were Heading To Belgium, Not Israel
Posted by trailing wife 09/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 31 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Kenyan police say man and woman will not be treated as terror suspects, but rather as illegal migrants, and will be charged by immigration authorities for possession of forged passports.
#1: The very last place you'd take a phony Israeli passport is Israel. They can actually check to see if it's real, right?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:19 ||Comments

Africa North: Ansar gunman killed by crowd in Benghazi
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[Libya Herald] A gunman who shot an army colonel in Benghazi's Majuri district yesterday was himself shot and killed by an angry crowd after he tried to take cover in a local pharmacy. Omar Al Sangari, said to be a member of Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
, died in hail of gunfire when he left the pharmacy where he had taken cover, thinking that he was safe, local eyewitnesses told the Libya Herald. Earlier, Ansar members had tried to rescue him but fled when they were shot at by locals.

The saga, which took place early yesterday afternoon, is the first to directly link Ansar to Benghazi's liquidations. It started when Sangari, who is alleged to have been a local drugs dealer turned hired killer for Ansar, attempted to murder an army colonel who was shot a number of times. He still alive in hospital.

Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram to free 219 Chibok girls in swap deal
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[THENATIONONLINENG.NET] After much persuasion, 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...
has agreed to release the kidnapped 219 Chibok girls if the Federal Government will simultaneously set free its 18 key commanders. The two parties have asked their representatives to go back to their leaders on the new swap deal proposal.

Prior to the latest agreement at the talks in Abuja, which was witnessed by some officials of the International Committee of the Red Thingy(ICRC), Boko Haram had insisted on a piecemeal release of the girls, with priority given to 30 married Christians among them.

Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram: Abubakar Shekau Impersonator Killed?
Posted by Fred 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 382 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[CHANNELSTV] There seems to be a high possibility that leader of the 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...
sect, Abubakar Shekau, has been killed.

A source at the Defence Headquarters, on Sunday, revealed that Shekau is among the murderous Moslems killed by the troops in Konduga, Borno.

In the last few days, there have been several attempts by turbans to gain entry into Konduga, which the Nigerian troops, have continued to foil.

The intention of that desperate attempt, was for the turbans to recover the bodies of their prominent fighters, such as Abubakar Shekau and others, who had been killed in previous encounters in Konduga.

In the meantime, the Nigerian troops have begun mopping up operations in the area.

Many members of the Boko Haram are said to be fleeing into Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
for safety.

According to a military source, "it is getting more certain that the terrorist's commander, who has been mimicking Shekau in previous videos, is the one killed at Konduga, on September 17th, as massive relocation of turbans to seek safe haven in independent locations in Cameroon has been noticed."

Iraq: A peshmerga commander says Iraq needs ground troops to fully defeat ISIS.
Posted by Besoeker 09/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 103 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[National Review] Black Tiger Military Base, Mala Qara Village, Iraq — Less than 60 miles from Islamic State–held Mosul, Commander Sirwan Barzani enters a room filled with troops and maps. His Kurdish peshmerga soldiers promptly leap to their feet in deference.

Commander Barzani and his troops — peshmerga literally translates to “those who face death” — are on the front line of a perilous fight against the Islamic State. This summer, he tells me in excellent English, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq “just woke up and saw [that we suddenly had] more than 1,000 kilometers of border with the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.”
#1: Yeah, well, Sirwan Barzani, Obama's got some news for you. Obama's a better peshmerga commander than you are, and - despite you having spent your entire lifetime fighting to defend your people - he knows WAY more than you do about what goes on in your neighborhood - and he thinks you are a sissy for claiming that you need more help against the "JV" outfit that you are confronting.

Now, what Obama thinks you really need is some community organizing - and maybe a spiffy new (overpriced) website. And - if you sign your fighters up as "D" voters, and have them all apply for SNAP - well, maybe he can help work something out.

Otherwise, well .... you can suck eggs.

Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2014-09-23 01:06 ||Comments

#2: actually Commander Barzani said that Iraq needs NATO or US ground troops.

It is generally recognized that, although the Iraq army was in pretty good shape in, say 2009, Malaki basically ruined it by placing Dawa party Shia loyalists in division and brigade command positions and using the logistics and payroll commands as a cash cow for political friends.
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-09-23 08:15 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Hat tip to Vu Pham Nguyen Tung and VietJet
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"We have yet to decide if we will use these photos or not," he said. He also denied that the leak of the photos was a "PR ploy" by VietJet Air.
It would appear the decision has already been made.

-Short Attention Span Theater-: The most unprofessional media resignation of the year.
Posted by Besoeker 09/23/2014  00:00 5 Comments 17 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Now if we could just get the Champ to do the same.
#1: Unprofessional? Maybe. Ballsy and best? Yep. They were reporting on the medical marijuana coop, and she outed herself as the founder, and knew with that the media tut=tut crowd would get here fired, so she grabbed it and did an awesome Take This Job And Shove it move "F**k it, I quit" - pretty much: drop the mic and walk off the stage. Kudos to her for having the guts to do what so many others have wanted to do in a bad situation.

The reactions were damned funny.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-09-23 00:56 ||Comments

#2: I thought her resignation rocked!
Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2014-09-23 01:07 ||Comments

#3: Unprofessional media resignation. We're talking about a profession typified by narcissism, double dealing, backstabbing, betrayals both personal and wholesale, and lying elevated to art form. (Kinda explains why they're attracted to politicos.)
Unprofessional is good under these circumstances.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:28 ||Comments

#4: As the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, she had no business being the reporter on this story.

The reporter was the owner of a "Pot" club and also was the reporter on a story about pot. No bias there (sarc).
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-23 10:32 ||Comments

#5: Who says journalists and tv talking heads are professionals?
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-09-23 10:52 ||Comments

Britain: Lancet 'hijacked in anti-Israel campaign'
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 888 words Read the whole thing on page 2
More like a classic case of Stockholm syndrome...
For almost 200 years, it has been regarded as a well-respected medical journal. But according to senior British medical figures, the Lancet is being hijacked to campaign indefatigably against Israel, and used as a platform by alleged conspiracy theorists.

In August, it published a controversial "open letter for the people of Gaza" that condemned Israel in the strongest possible terms, but strikingly made no mention of Hamas' atrocities. The five principal authors of the letter made it clear that they had "no competing interests".

However, all of them have campaigned vociferously for the Palestinian cause over many years. In addition, a cache of emails openly available in Google groups show that two of the authors, Dr Paola Manduca and Dr Swee Ang, have sympathies with the views of David Duke, a white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard.

Dr Swee Ang, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr Manduca, a professor of genetics at the University of Genoa in Italy "who are both members of pro-Palestine NGOs" sent round-robin emails to their contacts promoting a video entitled “CNN Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix".

The video features an extended anti-Semitic rant by Duke, in which he claims that "the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking" and that "some of the Jewish elite practices racism and tribalism to advance their supremacist agenda".

Dr Ang wrote: "This is a shocking video please watch. This is not about Palestine "it is about all of us!"

In another email, Dr Manduca forwarded a message alleging that the Boston marathon bombings were in fact carried out by Jews. "Let us hope that someone in the FBI us smart enough to look more carefully at the clues in Boston and find the real culprits behind these bombings instead of buying the Zionist spin", it said.

Elsewhere, she shared an article comparing the Jewish state to a "strangler fig", which grows around other trees and takes their sunlight, often resulting in the death of the original trees.

David Duke has been delighted by the apparent support of these respected doctors. "The latest group of people to join the ranks of those who have broken the chains of Zionist censorship have been a brave group of medical professionals," he wrote on his blog.

In response to questions by the Daily Telegraph, Dr Manduca issued a statement in which she denied being anti-Semitic. "[But] I legitimately use my right of freedom of opinion," she said, "and do not agree or value the politics of the government of Israel, nor of many others, including Jews in and out of Israel."

For her part, Dr Ang said: "I didn' know who David Duke was, or that he was connected to the Ku Klux Klan. I am concerned that if there is any truth in the video, that Jews control the media, politics and banking, what on earth is going on? I was worried."

She said that she was made aware of the video by a friend, Dr Kamal Alubaid, who appears to have been active on 9/11 "truth" websites. In one post, he referred to the Jewish State as "Racist Apparthide (sic) Israel".

Moreover, Dr Mads Gilbert, a third author of the letter, gave an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in 2001 in which he said that the 9/11 atrocities were as a result of Western foreign policy, and that he supported terror attacks in that “context”.

Israeli campaigners brought this information to the attention of the Lancet in a letter sent on 1 September. However, the journal has refused to issue a response and has not removed the open letter from its website through which it collected 20,000 signatures in support of the letter.

"It's utterly irrelevant. It's a smear campaign," the editor of the Lancet, Dr Richard Horton, told the Daily Telegraph. "I don't honestly see what all this has to do with the Gaza letter. I have no plans to retract the letter, and I would not retract the letter even if it was found to be substantiated."

Dr Horton, who has in the past spoken at rallies organised by Stop The War Coalition, denied that the journal's reputation would be damaged by giving a platform to people who appear to hold such views, and said that the Lancet is not intending to investigate the allegations.

According to its critics, the current episode is just the latest example of anti-Israel prejudice that the Lancet's editors have encouraged.

"For many years, the Lancet has been consistently using its reputation to attack Israel," says Professor David Katz, an expert in infection and immunity at University College London.

"The Lancet is supposed to be a politically neutral medical journal. The fact that they have given proven anti-Semites a platform and not rescinded it, even when confronted with the evidence, is appalling.

"They have allowed their hatred of Israel to blind them to the norms of medical science and the pursuit of reason."
It goes on from there. David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy has more.
#1: The Lancet is so far out to the left that they should have reached stable earth orbit years ago.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:30 ||Comments

#2: Isn't this the publication which claimed there were about a trillion (ok.. 100k) civilian casualties in Iraq back during the war?
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-09-23 08:54 ||Comments

#3: That's the one, CF. I think the exact number was a squadrillion. Even the UN laughed at that.

Sad for what used to be a respected medical journal, once upon a time. But they are in good company - Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly...
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-09-23 17:08 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Americans Have Returned After Joining Islamists, US Admits
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 7 Comments 366 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The White House believes some Americans who have fought for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS) and other groups have returned to the US, an unnamed Obama administration official admitted for the first time Monday.
Why unnamed?
Over 100 Americans are believed to have joined Islamist extremists, the official admitted, during a press briefing on foreign nationals fighting in the Syrian Civil War.

Several watchdog groups and intelligence agencies have released estimates regarding Americans involved in the fighting, but Monday marks the first admission that US-born jihadists have returned home from a White House official.

“It includes those who’ve gone, those who’ve tried to go, some who’ve come back and are under active—the FBI is looking at them,” the official said. “These are FBI matters, I refer you to them on specifics.”

“This is worked on a case by case basis,” the official added, saying the White House “defer[s] to the FBI” on further questions. Specific organizations known to have recruited Americans, he said, are IS, Al Qaeda, and the Al-Nusra Front.
Poor official, going through life without a name...
Hours earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry also cited "100 Americans in Syria" in an MSNBC interview, but declined to mention any who have returned.

Exact data on foreign nationals globally is uncertain. Some estimates claim that up to 75,000 foreign nationals may now have joined Syrian rebel groups. But the Obama administration official added Monday that the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has placed the official estimate at closer to 15,000 foreign nationals from 80 countries, with roughly 2,000 Europeans and over 100 Americans.

Outrage and concern over American involvement with IS has risen dramatically over the past month, after the cruel beheading murders of three US and British journalists and escalating threats from the terror organization.

News of returning terrorists with US citizenship surfaces after two US nationals made headlines for attempting to help IS, with one Colorado woman aiming to marry into the group and a New York man actively involved in sending money and providing training for the organization.
#1: Just as long as they're not part of the Tea Party, right? How much damage could a dozen or so fanatics Muslims do (like 9/11 was so many years ago, dude)? /sarc not off
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-23 09:31 ||Comments

#2: I've been through the desert with a flack with no name,
It felt good to be out of the blame...
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-09-23 09:42 ||Comments

#3: “These are FBI matters, I refer you to them on specifics.”

Yes, based on the Feeb's track record we have a pretty good idea how it'll go on "specifics."
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-09-23 10:20 ||Comments

#4: Why did they come back? Did it get a little rough over there? No TV? No soft, comfy couch? No Cheeze Whiz?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-23 11:24 ||Comments

#5: Very good, Raj.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-09-23 11:29 ||Comments

#6: This would explain why Uber Car is doing so well, the Somali cabbies are off to jihad.
Posted by: Chater Creash8965|| 2014-09-23 17:46 ||Comments

#7: Continuing with Raj's start:

In the desert you shan't remember your name
'Cause there ain't no one gonna feel your pain
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-09-23 18:00 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Arab Gunmen Fire Automatic Weapons in Jerusalem Suburb
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 275 words Read the whole thing on page 1
A group of armed terrorists held an impromptu march through the streets of an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem, in the latest illustration of the growing lawlessness in Arab-majority sections of the capital.

The men - at least one of whom appears to be carrying a Fatah flag - fired in the air in what Quds News Network described as a show of force against "clients of the occupation, drug dealers and sowers of corruption."

The demonstration apparently took place in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, just two kilometers away from the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Ramallah.

Jewish residents of Jerusalem have complained for months of an alarming spike in violence against Jews and Jewish-owned property, particularly in Arab-majority neighborhoods and the French Hill area. In some cases, Arab extremists have targeted Jewish civilians and Israeli police with live gunfire, as well as rocks, molotov cocktails and fireworks. Several Jewish families who accidentally strayed into predominantly Arab neighborhoods have been targeted by anti-Semitic lynch-mobs.

Residents are describing the violence as a "silent intifada", and accuse security officials and local authorities of not doing enough to stamp out the problem. A recent protest by embattled residents singled out Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich out for criticism, accusing him of not enabling police to deal with the problem.

Stung by the criticism, Aharonovich joined the Jerusalem District Police Chief in a tour of some of the effected areas, and vowed a crackdown. A string of arrests have followed those pledges, but critics say authorities are still ignoring the root problem of a general state of lawlessness and lack of Israeli sovereignty in parts of the capital.
#1: Automatic Weapons in Jerusalem Suburb

Same problem in some Chicago neighborhoods too.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-23 08:03 ||Comments

#2: Beat me to it, P.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-09-23 08:18 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Arab Bank Found Liable for Backing Hamas
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 521 words Read the whole thing on page 2
A U.S. jury on Monday said that the Arab Bank provided material support to Hamas, Reuters reported. The jury said that the bank must therefore compensate the victims of two dozen attacks the group allegedly carried out in Israel and Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.

The judgment, which followed a closely watched six-week trial in a Brooklyn federal court, came in what lawyers said was the first terrorism financing civil case to reach trial in the United States.

Nearly 300 Americans who were either victims or related to victims of the attacks had sued Arab Bank. They accused the Jordan-based bank of knowingly maintaining accounts for Hamas operatives, and financing millions in payments for the families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, that began in 2000.

The bank went on trial in New York on August 14, and a defense lawyer for the bank told the jury last week that there is no evidence that the bank��™s executives supported terrorism.
Nothing written in English, anyway...
The families of several Americans killed in attacks in the early 2000s allege the bank violated the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act when it served as a conduit for money from a Saudi Arabian fund to the Palestinian Arab families.

The lawyer, Shand Stephens, claimed however that Arab Bank provided routine, internationally approved banking services and that none of the charities, which the plaintiffs say were Hamas fronts, were on any terror blacklist.

"None of them, not one, nada is on the U.S., UN or EU list during that very time. Not one," he said.

The plaintiffs filed their suit in 2004, four years into the Second Intifada terror war that left thousands dead. They said Arab Bank was the conduit by which the Saudi Committee for the Support of the Intifada Al-Quds fund sent money to the families of Palestinian Arabs who died - including suicide bombers.
And in a related story from Ynet, it never rains but it pours:
US court revives case accusing RBS' NatWest of aiding Hamas

A US appeals court on Monday revived lawsuits against National Westminster Bank by about 200 victims of attacks in Israel attributed to Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, who are seeking to hold the bank liable for handling transactions linked to the group.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge erred in dismissing the two lawsuits against the Royal Bank of

Scotland Group Plc unit over its dealings with Interpal, a London-based charity linked to Hamas.

Writing for a three-judge appeals court panel, Circuit Judge Pierre Leval said the US Antiterrorism Act required a showing only that NatWest knew or was deliberately indifferent to whether Interpal provided material support to Hamas, "irrespective of whether Interpal's support aided terrorist activities of the terrorist organization."

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US Reportedly Providing Indirect Military Aid to Hezbollah
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 541 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

Following ISIS's temporary conquest of Arsal last month on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, the US sent new weapons to the Lebanese army, which coordinates with Hezbollah. Likewise, US intelligence has found its way to Hezbollah according to Lebanese experts. That leaked intelligence may explain some recent impressive achievements against ISIS, including the first known Hezbollah drone strike.
I have no problem with this as long as we provide the same intel to the Israelis, including all contact info...
It is worth noting by contrast to the blasé indirect provision of intelligence and weapons to a terror group in Lebanon, during Operation Protective Edge US President Barack Obama blocked a routine Hellfire missile shipment to Israel and ordered strict supervision on future transfers.
There is that...
Afif told the American newspaper "we need to open up a new page with the world media, with the Arabs and internationally," hinting at the international legitimacy he hopes to achieve for the terror group under his role as media adviser to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Nasrallah recently expressed his fears of getting whacked by an Israeli drone his own shadow the ISIS "monster," calling the fight with the group "a battle of life and death no less important than fighting the Israeli enemy, as (ISIS) actions and objectives only serve Israel." Indeed Hezbollah has called to wipe out Israel numerous times, and fought terror wars against the Jewish state.

Ali Rizk, a Lebanese analyst at the pro-Hezbollah Al-Mayadeen news channel, told the New York Times that while the US cannot publicly ally with the terrorist organization Hezbollah, "what happens underneath is something totally different."

Justifying the aid, Rizk said "Hezbollah is not representing an imminent threat against the world. It represents a threat against Israel, as Israel represents a threat against Lebanon. But Hezbollah is not going to threaten the US and Europe. Nobody said Hezbollah is cutting off heads."
Israel isn't a threat to Lebanon. All Lebanon has to do is leave Israel alone...
While Hezbollah may be benefiting indirectly from the US, it remains antagonistic to America over Syria, where it has joined Iran in supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad against the very rebels the US is arming. However, the ISIS threat has indeed raised talk that the US may even join forces with Hezbollah's sponsor Iran.

Afif blamed Americans for causing ISIS by supporting Syrian rebels, saying "this beast which you raised up, as in past cases, you find it’s dangerous for you."
I'm waiting for him to blame George Bush. Perhaps he's waiting for Nancy Pelosi to do it as a professional courtesy...

Africa Subsaharan: Who is Abubakar Shekau?
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 1
On the off chance you care now that he's dead...
Shekau became Boko Haram leader in 2009, after the previous leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed. Shekau is the most wanted man in Nigeria. The US has offered a reward of £7m for information about his whereabouts.

The leader is nicknamed "Darul Tawheed", which translates as a specialist in Tawheed, an orthodox doctrine centring on the uniqueness of Allah. But Nigeria's mainstream Muslim clerics do not regard him as a scholar and question his understanding of Islam.

Shekau does not communicate directly with Boko Haram's foot soldiers and is said to wield his power through a few select cell leaders. Even then contact is minimal.

Last year, the Nigerian government said troops had killed Shekau. However, the leader subsequently appeared in a video he made to prove he was still alive.

Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram Fighters Surrender as Rumours Spread of Leader's Death
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 317 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Members of terror group Boko Haram are surrendering to Nigerian soldiers after rumours spread that their leader, Abubakar Shekau, was killed.

According to an anonymous source, Shekau was killed during clashes in Kodunga, Borno State, after days of fighting in which at least 60 insurgents were also killed and another senior leader was captured. Local media also reported that the rebels surrendered to Nigerian troops in Kodunga.
Even if this isn't true I'd be reporting it as such, just to see how many Boko hard-boyz would give up...
The Defence Headquarters, (DHQ), tweeted on Sunday that five Boko Haram members surrendered their weapons to soldiers and pleaded for mercy.

"Other captured terrorists have also been giving useful information on the subsequent plans of the group in an apparent offer to cooperate," DHQ also wrote.

The Nigerian government is still investigating allegations of Shekau's death. However, according to some reports it was Shekau's impersonator, rather than the leader himself, who was killed by the troops.
Nah, the impersonator is the one who is alive and supposedly giving orders. Look for the mole on the inside of his skin, just under the heart. You might have to dig a little...
Senior military sources told media agency PRNigeria: "It is getting more certain that the terrorists' commander who has been mimicking Shekau in those videos is the one killed in Konduga on 17 September 2014.

"The process of confirming that the dead body we have is the same as that character who has been posing as Shekau is ongoing. He is definitely a prominent terrorist' commander," the source said.
So he might have been a number 3 and not a number 1...

Africa Subsaharan: Boko Bad Boy whacked
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 215 words Read the whole thing on page 1
48 hour rule unless we see a severed head.
Cameroon's army has reportedly killed the leader of the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau after fierce fighting in the border region of Gambaru in the far north of the country on Saturday night.Although the information has not been made official, several army officers reached by telephone have described scenes of jubilation by their troops on the scene of the clashes as they hinted at the imminent end of the jihadist movement.

"Last night fighting was exceedingly violent. It even happened that our troops had to fight beyond our borders" an anonymous senior officer said.

Officials from the American Embassy in Cameroon, who have been informed of Shekau's apparent demise, have urged caution and asked for the DNA of the dead person purported to be the Boko Haram leader, according to internal sources.

Hours earlier, a statement from the Cameroonian government indicated that the army had killed a dozen Boko Haram assailants attempting a raid in the town of Amchidée in the far north along the Nigerian border.

It had also reported "heavy fighting in which the national defense forces successfully repelled the attackers."
#1: Gotta love that headline. The graphic is pretty cool too. But I'm confused. One story says he was killed in Camaroon and the other story says it was in Nigeria. Is he the bad boy so nice they gotta kill him twice?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-23 11:20 ||Comments

Iraq: IS kidnaps ten former policemen in Kirkuk
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 140 words Read the whole thing on page 1
KIRKUK A security source in the province of Kirkuk said that the elements of the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped ten members of the police and the awakening hwo declared their repentance after the events of the 10th June in western Kirkuk.

The security source said that the elements of the (IS) have abducted ten members of the police and the awakening in Hawija 55 km west of Kirkuk, on the pretext of cooperation with the government and forming an armed faction to fight them, after they declared their repentance in last June after the fall of the towns south and west of Kirkuk.

It is said that the (IS) stepped up abductions, arrests and assassinations in the last two weeks, under the pretext of cooperation with the security forces and to prevent the people from forming armed forces to fight them.

Iraq: Abadi orders detention of military leaders after gas attack
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 132 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Prime Minister and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces Haidar al-Abadi issued a statement this evening in relation to the Saqlawiya catastrophe.

The statement noted that a detention order was issued against army corps leaders of those who take the blame on al-Saqlawiya catastrophe in north of Fallujah and promised they will be interrogated.
It's better to arrest them rather than have them lead the counter-attack. Same thing happened to Nimitz, MacArthur and Eisenhower...
Abadi's Office affirmed in a statement today, that four days ago, Iraqi PM Abadi gave his orders to send military aid and additional troops to that area in north of Fallujah.

Iraq: ISIS kills 300 Iraqi soldiers by chlorine gas attack in Saqlawiyah
Posted by Steve White 09/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 203 words Read the whole thing on page 1
(IraqiNews.com) On Monday several Members of Parliament from Diwaniyah Province confirmed that ISIS killed over 300 soldiers using chlorine gas for the first time in Saqlawiyah, north of Fallujah.

Islamic Dawa party MP Ali al-Badri said, at a press conference at the parliament building in the presence of a number of deputies of Diwaniyah province and attended by IraqiNews.com that “the terrorist organization ISIS used chlorine gas for the first time in the region of Saqlawiyah after trapping more than 400 troops, resulting in the deaths of many of them due to suffocation while the terrorist gangs detonated car bombs within the brigade headquarters.”

Badri said, “We hold the full responsibility for the fate of the trapped soldiers to the Commanding General of the Armed Forces, Haider Abadi, and the security leaders, especially the Anbar Operations Chief, Lt. Gen. Rashid Flaih, because of the slow measures taken by the Air Force despite frequent appeals for rapid procedures to rescue the soldiers since several days ago.”
How about holding the ISIS responsible?
Badri added that the “Saqlawiyah crime is considered as the second Speicher Massacre,” stressing that “300 soldiers were killed in the attack.”
#1: Did the gas kill them, or did they die from falls, after tripping over all the "Obama red lines" drawn in the sands?
Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2014-09-23 00:58 ||Comments

#2: So the report should have read that Saddam's WMD stocks that slipped away to Syria are now in ISIS' possession.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-09-23 01:53 ||Comments

#3: Chlorine gas is pretty easy to make and would be my terror weapon of choice.

I've held off quite a few years saying that as I didn't want to give the wrong people ideas, but it's in the mix now.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2014-09-23 03:17 ||Comments

#4: The Speicher Massacre was near Tikrit in mid June 2014. No chlorine gas was used, just bullets. The dead (between 1000 and 1700) were unarmed cadets who were departing the training base for leave from Iraqi army training. They were captured by ISIS and executed in mass.
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-09-23 07:32 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Al Qaeda on the Indian Subcontinent says attack on US warships carried out by Pak naval officers
Posted by Frozen Al 09/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 52 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Except that they got a Pak frigate instead of an American aircraft carrier and got (according to the Paks) shot to pieces. I think it was Moshe Dayan who said that the biggest factor our side has going for it is the enemy's own ineptitude.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Leon Penetta: U.S. too late for Syria, or was that Benghazi?
Posted by Besoeker 09/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 58 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The rise of the brutal Islamic State group can partly be blamed on President Champ's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta.
Pure deflection. Champ now 'partly' under his own bus. Note the absence of mention of the U.S. troop pull-out from Iraq.
#1: In fairness, in an interview yesterday Penetta did mention that he "wished we could have retained a residual force in Iraq".... or words to that effect. Evidently he's stumping a new book which he has written.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-23 01:40 ||Comments

#2: It was too late right before they took down Quadaffi, but it made the Euro's happy.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-23 07:22 ||Comments

#3: Too late when he failed to bomb Assad's forces a couple of years back.

Had he done that the Syrian war would be long over.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2014-09-23 17:26 ||Comments