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Top Pakistani extremist killed in 'shoot-out' with police
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9 Talibunnies die in Takhar province
At least nine Taliban militants including three senior commanders of the group have been killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the Taliban militants were killed in Khwaja Bahauddin district during the gun battle which started few days earlier.

Provincial governor spokesman Sanatullah Temor confirmed that three commanders of the Taliban militants were killed and the group’s shadow district governor was injured during the clashes.

Meanwhile, a police official in Takhar said the Afghan security forces have started clearing operations to recapture parts of Darqad district which fell to Taliban control earlier.

He said at least four members of the Afghan national police sustained injuries during the operations.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Takhar is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northeastern Afghanistan however the anti-government armed militants have recently increased their insurgency activities in parts it during the recent months.

Takhar is surrounded by two relatively volatile provinces, Badakhshan in the east and Kunduz in the west where Taliban militants are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities in their various districts.
Posted by: badanov || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 ISIS terrorists arrested from capital Kabul
At least four militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been arrested from Paghman district of Kabul. The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the suspects were arrested during a special military operation conducted by intelligence operatives.

A statement by NDS said the detained militants have been identified as Nisar Ahmad, Nabullah, Obaidullah and Syed Sohail who were recruited by ISIS commander Rafiullah.

The statement further added that Rafiullah is leading a group of 20 militants in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province.

NDS also added that the group was looking to assassinate police commander Sher Agha by detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted under a culvert in Zarashkh area of Paghman.

The detained militants have confessed that they were affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group, NDS said.

This is the first time the Afghan security forces have arrested militants affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group from capital Kabul.

The militants are arrested amid concerns that the terror group is expanding its activities in various parts of the country by establishing foothold in remote parts of the volatile provinces including the eastern Nangarhar.
Posted by: badanov || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Mali detains two suspects linked to hotel siege
[IsraelTimes] Malian special forces arrest two suspects Thursday over a siege at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako that left 20 people dead, security sources say.

"Two suspects linked to the attack last week at the Radisson hotel have just been jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
and they are being interrogated," one of the sources tells AFP.

The identity of the suspects and their alleged role in Friday's jihadist attack on the 190-room Radisson Blu hotel is not immediately known.

Another security source says a telephone had led to the capture of the two, but gives no further details.

Armed men held 170 guests and staff in a siege that lasted about nine hours last Friday before Malian and international forces stormed the hotel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Morocco breaks up 'ISIS-linked terrorist cell'
[AlAhram] Moroccan security forces have broken up a "terrorist cell" linked to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group and jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
its three members, including a woman, the interior ministry said Thursday.

The cell, operating in the cities of Fez, Casablanca and Ouled Taima, followed "instructions from the terrorist group and was planning... attacks in the kingdom," a statement said.

This is the third time Morocco has announced the arrest of people affiliated with ISIS since the group carried out a bombing and shooting spree in Gay Paree on November 13 that left 130 people dead.

Moroccan intelligence helped put French Sherlocks on the trail of the Belgian jihadist suspected of orchestrating the attacks.

A Moroccan tip-off, along with other information, helped police track Abdelhamid Abaaoud -- a Belgian of Moroccan descent -- to an apartment block in a northern Gay Paree suburb, where he was killed in a raid last week.

Belgium has asked Morocco to share any intelligence it has to help track a key suspect in connection with the Gay Paree attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
18 killed in Boko Haram attack in southeast Nigeria
[AlAhram] Eighteen people were killed and 100 homes torched in an attack in the dead of night by Nigeria's 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...
fighters on a village near southeastern Bosso, local authorities told AFP on Thursday.

"The toll is 18 dead, 11 hurt, almost 100 homes burned down" in the village of Wogom late Wednesday, the mayor of Bosso, Bako Mamadou, told AFP.

A humanitarian worker said the Islamists came from Nigeria and crossed the Komadougou Yobe river, the border between Niger and Nigeria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Bahrain jails reporter on terrorism charges
Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi was accused of giving mobile phone SIM cards to demonstrators and taking photographs of anti-government protests, RSF reported.
Bahrain this week jailed a freelance photographer for 10 years and stripped him of his nationality after convicting him of terrorism, the media rights group Reporters sans Frontiers said on Tuesday.

Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi was accused of giving mobile phone SIM cards to demonstrators and taking photographs of anti-government protests, RSF reported.

A report on Bahrain News Agency late on Monday quoted Prosecution Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi as saying the High Court had sentenced three defendants to 15 years in prison and three to 10 years for setting up and joining a terrorist cell.

None of those sentenced were named and it was not clear if Mousawi was among them.

It quoted him as saying they had trained to make explosives, conducted illegal rallies, possessed petrol bombs, committed forgery for the purpose of terrorism and attempted murder in 2013 and 2014.

In a separate case reviewed by the same court, a judge sentenced 16 defendants to 15 years in prison and three others to 10 years, BNA quoted Hammadi as saying.

On November 16, Bahrain jailed 12 people and revoked their citizenship for carrying out bomb attacks on police in 2013 and 2014, it said.
Posted by: badanov || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under:

Bangladesh Police Kill Shiite Shrine Blast Chief Suspect
[AnNahar] Bangladesh police shot and killed a top bad boy who was the main suspect behind deadly kabooms at a Shiite shrine during late-night raids, officers said Thursday.

Five faceless myrmidons from banned local Islamist outfit Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were also tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
during the raids carried out by police in Dhaka late Wednesday.

Police accused the slain bad boy, a JMB commander who went by multiple aliases including "Albany", of hurling grenades into the capital's main Shiite shrine which was packed with worshippers last month, killing two and injuring dozens.

The raids came as tensions ran high in Bangladesh following a spate of assassination'>assassination
s and fears of mounting Islamist violence in the conservative country of 160 million.

"Albany was injured in an encounter with police on Wednesday night. Later he was brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where a duty doctor declared him dead," Dhaka police front man Monirul Islam said at a briefing.

"Albany threw five grenades at the crowd at Hossaini Dalan (Shiite shrine)," Islam added, without using a formal name for the bad boy.

"He was also the main suspect in the murder of a police officer at Ashulia (outside Dhaka) and he slaughtered Khizir Khan, a Sufi leader, early this month."

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 grabbed credit for the October 24 shrine blasts and a series of other attacks including the killing of two foreigners weeks earlier.

But the government has said IS has no presence in Bangladesh and instead accused homegrown bad boy groups, including JMB, and the Islamist-allied political opposition of trying to destabilize the country.

Police suspect JMB has been trying to regroup in recent years after its then leaders were executed in 2007 over a series of blasts.

The shrine attack further heightened the fears of minorities living in the mainly Muslim but officially secular state.

While the blasts were believed to be the first attack on Shiites in Bangladesh, banned Islamist bad boy groups have killed more than a dozen Sufi Muslims and attacked Hindus and Christians in the last two years.

The killing of four atheist bloggers and a publisher this year has also undermined government efforts to play down the threat posed by hardliners, experts said.

The country has been plagued by unrest in the last three years, and experts have warned that a long-running political crisis has radicalized opponents of the government.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

Berlin police arrest 2 terror suspects, raid mosque
[IsraelTimes] Berlin police say they are raiding a mosque after the arrest of two people suspected of belonging to an Islamist Death Eater group.

Police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer says the two suspects were tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
before the raid of the mosque Thursday in the city's western neighborhood of Charlottenburg. She did not give any further details on the suspects or the raid because the search was still ongoing.

In September, Berlin police raided eight buildings after a months-long investigation into suspected Islamist Death Eaters involved in violent activities. Police said at the time there was no evidence that suspects had been involved in planning attacks in Germany.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under:

Migrants Try to Break through Greece-Macedonia Border
[AnNahar] Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences to cross from Greece into Macedonia, which imposed new border restrictions last week, throwing stones at police, AFP news hounds said.

At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged in front of them.

All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.

"We can't wait any longer, last night we slept under the rain," Heritier Shabani, a 31-year-old man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
who was among the more than 200 trying to get through, told AFP.

"I want to go where I will be welcome," he said, adding that he left his homeland some two months ago, and landed on the Greek island of Samos around ten days ago.

Since last week, Macedonia, which lies on the main migrant route to northern Europe, has restricted passage to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back.

Some 800 people are stuck on the border, mostly Iranians, Moroccans, Bangladeshis and Paks in addition to sub-Saharan Africans.

They have spent days at Idomeni sleeping on the ground, with humanitarian organizations struggling to provide basic sanitation and shelter.

The government this week said it was encouraging people with no chance of getting across the border to turn back, and would provide transportation, but Shabani said this was not the case.

"The Greeks aren't telling us anything," he said. "There are no buses, or not enough buses".

Some 850,000 people have entered the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
this year, more than half of them landing in Greece, and the bloc has struggled to formulate a strategy to deal with the crisis.

The security backlash has intensified after at least two of the bombers in the November 13 attacks in Gay Paree were confirmed to have come through Greece, posing as refugees.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I want to go where I will be welcome,"

the barbed wire barrier wasn't a clue?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/27/2015 9:30 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Italy seizes 847 shotguns on the way from Turkey to Belgium
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 11:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [420 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Turkey, huh?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/27/2015 11:40 Comments || Top||

#2  A shipment probably going to citizens wishing to defend themselves against terrorists. SEIZE them!
Posted by: Dino Dingle7763 || 11/27/2015 12:01 Comments || Top||

#3  From the article:

UPDATE: It's been reported this is a legal shipment that was missing paperwork. Bad timing!
Posted by: Pappy || 11/27/2015 12:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Guess I'm going to have to make my own from now on....
Posted by: Grealet Stalin3886 || 11/27/2015 16:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Stuff falls of a truck, paperwork blows away. Whadda ya gonna do?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/27/2015 16:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Turkey is well known to make many sporting guns. Shotguns are legal in EU, so Rantburgers get off you high horse.
Posted by: jvalentour || 11/27/2015 23:44 Comments || Top||

Turkey moves 20 tanks to Syrian border, 18 jets on patrol - Russia sends warship
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:

#1  it is escalating

Turkey is killing and locking up reporters who know about their arming ISIS

and their agents in other countries (turkish spies in australia too) are pumping facebook with anti-russian pro-turkish propaganda

eg - that Russia was trying to bomb refugee camps. Or *how many times does turkey have to warn russia in our airspace*

much as i hate putin i can smell the stench of turkey supporting ISIS now it is in my nostrils
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  How long can an M-60 last in a modern battlefield?
Posted by: 3dc || 11/27/2015 12:33 Comments || Top||

#3  You know, I was sure Recep will (eventually) start a war with Israel. Instead, he's started a war with Russia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/27/2015 17:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Recip is going to get pink misted if he keeps this up.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/27/2015 17:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't dare say that Turkey is chicken!
He's itching to hand out a licking,
In pointy-toed shoes
He's just dying to use...
"Somebody is getting a kick-- aieeeeeee!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 11/27/2015 18:22 Comments || Top||

#6  IIRC from before Thanksgiving, Putin was sending an upgraded or improved KIEV-class Battlecruiser -the RNS MOSKVA - to stand watch off Syria.

AFAIK the Cold War-era KIEVS are deemed the real platforms, core, or symbols of the Russian Navy's warfighting ability, NOT its Strategic or Tactical Nuke Submarines given the two latters' myriad probs both at sea andor in port.

NOt to argue, however, that Russia's Subs aren't potent or dangerous.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/27/2015 19:53 Comments || Top||

US journalist killed in Turkey for exposing Turkey using WFP trucks to give weapons to ISIS
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [747 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This US journalist plus the two locked up yesterday, are not the only ones

this British journo killed in mysterious circumstances at Turkish airport last month.

the kicker? she spoke arabic and was researching

international development support to female media professionals in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2013 and she had been carrying out field work in Irbil, Iraq, since July.

That means there was a good chance she found out about Turkey using WFP trucks being used to ferry weapons to ISIS and was coming back to the ANU in Australia where she might tell everyone about it.

So, like the US journalist Serena Shim, she was executed. This time made to look like *suicide* which her colleagues do not believe.
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Regretfully, anytime I see a movement suggesting 'regime change' somewhere in the world [Syria, Libya, or elsewhere], I default to a single, three letter agency as either advocate or on some occasions, the contradictory agent of the suggested change. Seldom does there appear to be a neutral setting.

I would offer the ill-fated Kurdish effort to establish a sovereign nation in their homeland as a proof of my theory of default. The Obama regime shares company with both Turkey and Iran in opposition to the Kurdish sovereignty effort.

As far as this video goes, a template for a potential WFP fraud is clearly evidenced in the old UN 'Food for Peace' programme of the mid-1990's, headquartered in the Baghdad Canal Hotel. Other more recent frauds might well include large outlays [$500 million for example] for the training of 5 'Islamic moderate' host nation anti-ISIS fighers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/27/2015 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh my god $500 million to train 5 people???
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 2:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes, but they are very "well" trained.
Posted by: Steven || 11/27/2015 4:28 Comments || Top||

#5  http://time.com/4102375/syria-rebels-training-program-pentagon-cost-2-million/
Posted by: Betty Hitler2611 || 11/27/2015 5:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Besoeker, can you elaborate on your comment re WFP and Iraq? Was it related to the oil for food program?
Posted by: Spomong Bourbon8696 || 11/27/2015 10:23 Comments || Top||

#7  another bit of Turkey info i just found

Turkey last year had 49 people taken hostage by ISIS - and they were freed with no fuss. They were embassy staffers.

Turkey is TOTALLY the ally of ISIS

everyone else they capture gets crucified, beheaded, shot, burned to death, drowned in a cage, sold into sex slavery or any other of 100 nasty medieval dispatches.
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 11:05 Comments || Top||

#8  I always found it rather peculiar that the Turkish ambassador to Libya was one of the last people to meet our Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/27/2015 13:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Remember, though, this journalist worked for Press TV, the mouthpiece for Iran, and hardly the most trusted name in news reporting.
Posted by: JC || 11/27/2015 18:54 Comments || Top||

Two journalists nabbed in Turkey for story on weapons-loaded intelligence trucks bound for Syria
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under:

#1  if this was the only one i would not be smelling a rat.

but this comes after the Turkish intel execution of US reporter Serena Shim (posted link already) and of British journalist and researcher Jackie Sutton last month.

The thing they all had in common - knowing too much about Turkish involvement funding ISIS
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 1:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Putin called it all out.Acting on it right now.
Posted by: newc || 11/27/2015 1:51 Comments || Top||

#3  can we pleease kick turkey out of nato

cannot have an islamist in there white-anting it accessing all the plans and secrets, kick erdogan out of nato!!
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 2:15 Comments || Top||

#4  First - NEO
Second - unass every uniform military personnel.
Then give them the "Dear John" letter.
No need for hostages.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/27/2015 7:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Fuckers had a clear window to intervene early in the conflict and win fame, glory and an extra serving of meatballs. It would have been a winning move, but nooooo.

Also don't believe to much of the BS about the Turks in Korea, that was Madison Avenue, now the the Glostermen that was for real, think Zulu with automatic weapons.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 13:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Wouldn't the three-letter company evoked by mumblings of "regime change" be also behind these assassinations and arrests in Turkey? Because, if Turkey is aiding anti-Assad ISIS and Turkish Syrians, and that company is training anti-Assad forces, however successfully, Turk intel and that company are coordinating, meaning, to the death of exposers, as best they can. No? In a sense, US national sovereignty and security depend on the incompetence, stupidity and treachery of that company, one would think. With luck, POTUS Cruz will cure that hemorrhagic fever: http://theological-geography.net/?p=23143 Someone must and will.
Posted by: TopRev || 11/27/2015 17:42 Comments || Top||

Top Pakistani extremist killed in 'shoot-out' with police
[AlAhram] A top member of a Pak Sunni bad boy group that has been behind numerous bloody attacks on minority Shiite Muslims has been killed in a shoot-out with police, officials said on Thursday.

Haroon Bhatti, a senior member of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
(LeJ), was incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
with the help of Interpol last month in Dubai and brought to Pakistain.

"Bhatti was being interrogated and during the course of interrogation, the police raided a compound of snuffies Wednesday night" in the eastern city of Lahore, senior local police official Omar Virk told AFP.

He said the Lions of Islam opened fire on the police from the compound.

Bhatti, who had identified the compound for police, had accompanied them on the raid, he said, adding that the bad boy and three other Lions of Islam were killed inside the compound "in the exchange of fire".

So-called "encounter" killings like Thursday's incident have long aroused suspicion among rights activists in Pakistain, who accuse the authorities of using them as a means of disposing of troublesome Lions of Islam and criminals without going through the courts.

Pakistain's legal system is notoriously slow and relies heavily on witness testimony rather than scene of the crime evidence.

Cases against Lions of Islam affiliated with groups like LeJ often collapse because there is little protection from intimidation for judges or witnesses.

LeJ has grabbed credit for some of the most brazen attacks on Shiites in Pakistain's recent history, including a January 2013 bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed over a hundred members of the Shiite Hazara minority group.

In February 2013, LeJ grabbed credit for another attack in the same neighbourhood that killed around 80 members from the Hazara community.

Authorities had also been accused of quietly tolerating LeJ until July, when the organization's leadership was wiped out in a battle with police in the eastern city of Lahore.

The group remains active, according to experts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [490 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

Baloch separatists release video of Allah Nazar claiming he's alive
ISLAMABAD: Baloch separatists released a video on Thursday purporting to show that their leader Allah Nazar, who the government believed it had killed in a raid in August, was alive and leading the insurgency.

The violent campaign in Balochistan poses a threat to China's planned $46 billion Pakistani economic corridor (CPEC), which culminates in the province's Gwadar port.

The date of the video released by the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) could not be independently verified, but BLF spokesman Miran Baloch said it was shot in Balochistan in November.

Nazar who appeared in the video was seated next to an automatic rifle and wearing an ammunition belt.

Two independent sources who have had contact with Nazar, who has been in hiding for years, confirmed it was him in the video, although they did not know when it was filmed.

The BLF is one of several separatist groups that have been fighting against government forces in mineral-rich Balochistan province for almost a decade.

"We have not seen the video so we cannot comment on it," said Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti.

In September, Bugti said the government believed Nazar had been killed in a military operation in Awaran district in August.

Nazar, a doctor from the provincial capital of Quetta, is the most prominent Baloch separatist leader still fighting in the country. Others remain in exile, including Brahmdagh Bugti, who in August said he was ready to negotiate with the government.

Balochistan is the poorest and least developed province in the country, and separatists have been demanding an end to what they say is the exploitation of its gas and mineral resources by other parts of Pakistan.

Separatist militants have carried out frequent kidnappings and bombings against government and security targets, including gas pipelines and other infrastructure. Meanwhile, human rights groups allege the state has carried out a campaign of kidnapping, torture and extrajudicial killings of suspected separatists.
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TTP commander Sajna killed in drone strike
KARACHI: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Khan Saeed, also known as Sajna, was reported killed in a United States (US) drone strike in Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report.

At least 12 other militants were killed and 20 had been wounded in the drone strike, the NYT quoted a Pakistani intelligence official as saying. The strike occurred in the Damma region in Khost Province, near Shahadianu Patala, a Pakistani town in North Waziristan, the intelligence officials said.

The report said the death of Sajna was confirmed by another Pakistani intelligence official on the condition of anonymity.

Local elders claimed the drone strikes took place during a meeting called to resolve differences between various factions of the Taliban.

The claims, however, have not yet been independently verified. Tracking of drone strikes in Afghanistan is patchy since many of them take place in remote regions. There has also been no comment on the matter as yet from American officials, who do not typically comment publicly on drone strikes.

The death has not yet been denied so far by the Mehsud faction of the TTP which Sajna heads. Sajna had publicly rejected the TTP’s central leader Mullah Fazlullah in 2014, saying his own faction would continue fighting by itself, the NYT reported.

A Peshawar-based military official told the NYT that Sajna was a leading figure of the TTP and that both Pakistani and American security forces were after him for a long time.

If the commander’s death is confirmed, “it would certainly be a big blow to the Taliban, both in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said a Pakistani Taliban commander who gave an interview by phone on the condition that his name not be used.
Posted by: badanov || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Federal minister escapes attack on life in Bannu
BANNU: Federal Minister Akram Khan Durrani narrowly escaped an attack on his life after an improvised explosive device hit his convoy in Bannu on Thursday, killing two policemen.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Bakakhel police station said that Akram Khan Durrani, a JUI-F stalwart and the federal minister for Housing and Works, was on his way to Bannu after holding a political rally in Bakakhel area when his convoy came under attack. “Five more people were injured in the blast but the minister remained unhurt,” confirmed the SHO.

Security forces reached the blast site soon after the attack and cordoned off the area, while the injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu.

Police said the killed were identified as Ehsan s/o Ghulam Daud and Arif s/o Ejaz. The injured were identified as Abid Khan, driver of an ambulance, Shireen Khan, tubewell operator, and Abdul Rauf dispenser.

This was the first such attack on Durrani. However, party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been previously targeted thrice in suicide attacks.

Last year, the JUI-F chief survived a suicide attack on his convoy in Quetta but an activist of his party was killed and 22 others wounded.

Back in October, a similar IED blast killed a tribal leader Syed Ali in Nullah Tochi area of the district. Syed Ali and his son were passing by the area in a vehicle when a remote-controlled IED detonated.

President Mamnoon Hussain strongly condemned attack on the convoy of Durrani.

In a statement, the president said a decisive action was being taken to overcome the unrest despite cowardly attacks by the terrorists. He prayed for forgiveness of those martyred in the attack and courage for the bereaved families to bear the loss with fortitude.

He also directed the authorities concerned to provide best possible medical facilities for treatment of the injured persons.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also strongly condemned the attack. The prime minister, who is in Malta to represent Pakistan at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also expressed sorrow over the death of two men in the attack.
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Iraqi militia shoots drone down in Anbar
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Albonmr tribal leader in Anbar province, Naim al-Gaood, announced on Thursday, that the fighters of his clan had managed to bring down a drone belonging to ISIS in Barwana area west of Ramadi.

Gaood said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The Albonmr fighters were able to monitor and shoot down an ISIS drone in Barwana area in Haditha District (160 km west of Ramadi).”

Gaood added that “The plane was containing a camera,” indicating that “the drone was trying to record the whereabouts of tribal fighters and security forces to carry out terrorist and criminal operations.”
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ISIS mutilates 70 of its own in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh province said on Thursday, that the ISIS has cut off the ears of 70 of its elements in Nineveh, because of cowardice and leaving the fighting fronts.
As soon as they wanted to leave they became not-their people.
The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The so-called ISIS legitimate judge issued, today, a decision to cut the ears of 70 ISIS elements in Nineveh, because of fleeing from the battlefield and leaving the front lines,” noting that, “most of the punished elements were local residents who joined the organization during the current year.
Joined, got the benefits, now that the bombers are overhead they want to leave? Lucky they didn't lose a hand or worse as thieves and traitors.
Posted by: badanov || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Only oe ear? Then bullfighter's job was only fair
Posted by: JFM || 11/27/2015 11:05 Comments || Top||

Teenage Terrorist Files Complaint Against Cop Who Shot Her
Posted by: SteveS || 11/27/2015 15:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  he didn't shoot enough
Posted by: Frank G || 11/27/2015 17:52 Comments || Top||

#2  That's not funny, that's sick.

No, wait, hell yes that is funny.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 20:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Everyone is so damn tetchy these days. It's getting so you can't wave a scissors around in a threatening manner without some knucklehead putting a couple of rounds in you.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/27/2015 20:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Pop ups on that page are annoying. Avoid it.
Posted by: 3dc || 11/27/2015 21:16 Comments || Top||

Palestinian killed, 5 hurt in West Bank clashes with IDF
[IsraelTimes] Incident at refugee camp near Hebron brings Paleostinian corpse count to three in 24 hours

Paleostinian man was killed and five others were maimed in a series of festivities with IDF forces in the West Bank on Thursday afternoon, according to Israeli and Paleostinian reports.

Khaled Jawabra, 20, was killed in a confrontation near the al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. He was the third Paleostinian killed in festivities with security forces on Thursday, according to the Paleostinians. Among that number is a man who tried to attack soldiers with a knife.

Near Hebron, five Paleostinians were maimed in festivities with a joint force of IDF soldiers and Border Police. According to the Paleostinian news agency Ma'an, the Israeli security forces were using live fire.

The Israel Police said in a statement that the Paleostinians threw rocks and a Molotov cocktail at the troops. The military did not report any casualties or damage, nor did it not confirm that soldiers fired on the protesting Paleostinians.

Earlier Thursday, a Paleostinian man tried to stab security forces at an army checkpoint outside the northern West Bank settlement of Tapuah, security officials said. The attacker was shot and killed during the attack, police said. No Israelis were maimed.

Overnight Wednesday, a 21-year-old Paleostinian was killed in festivities that erupted when IDF troops raided the village of Katana, searching for ammunition and arresting suspected terrorists. Paleostinians hurled Molotov cocktails and stones at the troops, the army said.

Yehya Taha was shot in the head by Israeli troops and died later, according to Paleostinian Health Ministry front man Mohammed Awawdeh.
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#1  Yehya Taha was shot in the head by Israeli troops and died later

"Natural causes. Heart failure"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/27/2015 10:21 Comments || Top||

PA security forces said to foil ‘over a hundred’ attacks
Credit where due. The PA understands that things would be much worse if Israel took over terror prevention.
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian officials warn that measures proposed by IDF are insufficient to stop violence without diplomatic progress

The Paleostinian Authority has thwarted dozens of planned stabbing attacks on Israelis by young Paleostinian men and women over the last few month, sources from both sides told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

The Paleostinian sources claimed more than 100 attacks have been foiled by the PA security apparatus since October 1. If true, the claim means that the number of attacks on Israelis, of which there have been fewer than 100 to date, would have been more than doubled.

The attacks foiled were at different stages of preparation; in many cases, youths or teenagers were caught after posting on social media that they were preparing to carry out attacks against Jews and were willing to die in the process, the sources said. The Paleostinian security agencies tracked the would-be attackers through the internet and then either jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
them or detained them, while asking their families to be on the alert for any attack attempts.

Paleostinian security forces or Israeli intelligence have a limited or sometimes nonexistent window in which to intercept such attacks, as the youths usually set out just moments after writing a message of this nature. In one incident in Hebron, a Paleostinian teen finished writing a farewell message to his friends on his Facebook page and immediately left the internet café from which he was posting, walked several hundred meters to a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs and tried to stab IDF soldiers there.

Paleostinian agencies are also continuing their routine activities, including the confiscation of illegally held weapons and their transfer to Israel, as well as arresting 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...
activists, the Israeli and Paleostinian sources said. The Hamas website said Thursday that Paleostinian intelligence and preventative security forces had arrested four Paleostinians due to their "political affiliation" -- a euphemism for membership in these groups.

On Wednesday, a senior IDF officer said the army had recommended that the government supply PA security forces with more weapons and even armored vehicles to bolster them in their fight against terrorism.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified shortly afterwards that he was not planning to act on the recommendation.

Senior Paleostinian Authority officials told The Times of Israel that the PA security forces' ability to act was diminishing, and warned that unless there were some progress on the diplomatic front, the time would come when the PA would be unable to intercept attacks. The officials said that the list of steps proposed by the IDF was insufficient, and that a significant diplomatic push was necessary to stop the escalation in violence.

Netanyahu has repeatedly blamed the PA, including its President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
, for inciting the current upsurge in Paleostinian terror attacks on Israelis, by falsely claiming that Israel is planning to change the status quo regarding access to the contested Temple Mount.
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Russia says 'destroyed' Syria rebels in area where jet brought down
[AlAhram] Russia on Thursday said its forces had wiped out Syrian rebel groups operating in the area where one of its jets was brought down, unleashing a huge bombardment after rescuing a pilot.
The Turkmen were toast, then crumbs.
"As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and artillery of the Syrian government forces carried out massive strikes in the indicated area for an extended period," military official Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies, adding that "the bully boyz operating in that area and other mysterious groups were destroyed."
"A fine dust was subsequently discovered spread in a thin layer across several square miles of landscape.When tested, it was discovered to have a highly organic chemical composition."
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope they took BDA pics for Yippy
Posted by: Frank G || 11/27/2015 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Also sends a message to the Turk's puppets that big daddy won't be able to help you when the time comes. The Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions (or connections).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/27/2015 8:02 Comments || Top||

#3  This will go down very badly with the the Turkish Mustafa in the street.
Posted by: phil_b || 11/27/2015 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Looking like Secretariat thar you commie bastard.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 13:27 Comments || Top||

#5  This calls for a press of the delicious button.

Posted by: Mike N. || 11/27/2015 18:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Come home Mike we need you
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 20:04 Comments || Top||

#7  I doubt they were as efficient as they say they are.
Posted by: jvalentour || 11/27/2015 23:45 Comments || Top||

5 die in airstrikes near Raqqa
ARA News

ALEPPO – At least five children have been killed in an airstrike believed to be conducted by the international coalition’s forces on a school in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa, the major stronghold of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), activists reported on Thursday.

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, civil rights activist Anas Raqqawi reported that “nine civilians were killed, including five children, and 13 others were hardly injured in an airstrike on the Hetin primary school” in the ISIS de facto capital Raqqa.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a monitoring group documenting ISIS violations in Raqqa, released images showing large pieces of metal shrapnel from rockets.

“The area surrounding Hetin school was used by ISIS as a public square for punishments where the ISIS-linked Sharia Court punishes opponents,” Raqqawi said.

On Thursday, the group chopped off a man’s hand after being accused of robbery. On the same day, a woman was stoned to death in front of Hetin School for committing the “sin of adultery”, according to a statement by the Sharia Court.
Posted by: badanov || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  At least five children have been killed in an airstrike believed to be conducted by the international coalition’s forces on a "school"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/27/2015 10:22 Comments || Top||

#2  An 'Arc Light' is what is called for. Their tunnels and bunkers would be like tissue paper.
Sadly, it won't happen with this administration.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 11/27/2015 11:12 Comments || Top||

#3  drink up!
Posted by: Frank G || 11/27/2015 11:18 Comments || Top||

#4  According to Al Ahram:

The school, like others in Raqqa, has been taken over by ISIS.

In other words, it was being used to train up Lion Cubs in the skills of jihad, not the gentler arts of reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 11:48 Comments || Top||

#5  But what about the bunnies and kitties!!
Posted by: AlanC || 11/27/2015 13:19 Comments || Top||

#6  I'd use the short-range attack Pickups for this mission. Ta hell with the expense sez I! You every seen a fully decked out F-150 dropped from 35,000 fetes with an indicated initial airspeed of 330 knots? You haven't? Why, back in the day, according to my cousin Steven, it was a common sight in the 'nam, course, but it was a long time ago, things were different then, pickups were made with American steel, you didn't mind the rattles because you knew your Union brothers had excellent, high paying low skilled jobs. One yours for the asking if you got home safely. The C-130(FO) was used for the dangerous mission, mostly to close the shipping channel on Haiaphong Harbour. Low and slow the C-130 would come in out of the dawn, lower the rear gate and roll out the F-150s, usually they were strippers with 3 on the tree, but on occasion a "Cleaveland" was dropped on a HVT (like 5 water buffalo). There are roumors that something called a "Ranchero" was used in the nascent SEAD mission. I dunno, it was a long time ago, things were different then.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 14:00 Comments || Top||

#7  "The children were busy in their peaceful classes (IEDs & decapitation techniques) when the bombs began to fall."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/27/2015 14:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Damn! Putin is blowing up Hiluxes again.....
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/27/2015 14:38 Comments || Top||

Syrian regulars recapture strategic point in Latakia
QAMISHLI – Backed by a Russian air cover, Syrian army forces regained Thursday a strategic hill in Jebel al-Turkman (Mount Turkmen) in Lattakia, western Syria, after being engaged in fierce battles with the armed opposition factions in the area, local activists reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Latakia, media activist Mohammed Muwafaq said the government forces were able to recapture the key hill of al-Zahiya from opposition fighters who operate in the Syrian coastal region.

“Rebels pose a threat to the Russian military presence in the coastal region. This is why the pro-regime forces strive to regain it entirely with the support of Russian warplanes,” Muwafaq reported.

The source pointed out that the Syrian army made a “significant progress” towards the coastal areas held by the rebels, after intensifying their military operations in Latakia.

“Russia uses sophisticated missiles and internationally banned bombs against local rebels in a bid to reduce their advance towards the Mediterranean Sea,” he stressed.

“It (Russia) does this mainly to prevent any possible attacks on its interests in the coastal region,” Muwafaq said.

Russia has built strategic bases in the coastal region of Syria. It recently brought more sophisticated anti-plane missiles to these bases, according to Syrian military officials.

Russian politicians reiterate they do not back Assad, but rather they defend their interests in Syria’s coastal region.

“Turkey has mixed the cards in the region after downing the Russian plane,” a Syrian official told ARA News on the condition of anonymity, pointing out “Turkey is currently trying to support the armed Turkmen factions in Latakia’s mountainous area, which raises concerns of the Syrian regime and Russia.”

“Fighting will definitely escalate in the coming days in the region.”

Rebel groups in Jebel al-Turkman area in the countryside of Latakia have been engaged in fierce battles with the regime forces and allied militias for weeks.

Subsequent to a series of intense fighting with al-Nusra and other rebel factions, the Syrian army forces and allies imposed full control over the al-Zahiya hill. Rebels were forced to retreat northeast towards the Jebel al-Akrad (Kurds mountain), which borders Jebel al-Turkman.
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2 al Nusra fighters die near Aleppo
URFA – At least two militants of the al-Qaeda-linked group of Nusra Front were killed Thursday in clashes with Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Kurdish-populated neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, northern Syria, military sources reported.

The Media Centre of the YPG released Thursday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “Al-Nusra terrorists have been randomly targeting the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud with mortar shells since November 24.”

“The YPG and female fighters of the YPJ responded to the terror attacks with painful blows, killing at least two terrorists from the Nusra Front and destroying two armored vehicles in Shukef and Kastillo areas,” the statement added.

“The Kurdish units have cut-off the supply lines of the Nusra Front in response to their recent attacks on civilians in the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud.”

“The clashes between the Kurdish forces and Nusra terrorists continued until Thursday midnight,” the YPG leadership said.

Last Tuesday, an informed source from the YPG told ARA News that militants from al-Nusra Front tried to progress towards the Kurdish neighborhood and shelled the area with dozens of mortar shells and ‘hell cannon’.

The YPG’s leadership pointed out that the shelling resulted in civilian casualties and material damage to the residential buildings.

Al-Nusra gunmen imposed blockade on the neighborhood after they cut off the Shukef and Kastillo highways in Aleppo.

Two weeks ago, al-Nusra had announced the start of the second phase of the battle for Aleppo. It aims at taking over areas held by the regime’s army and Kurdish forces.

Over the last two months, Syrian regime forces were able to regain several key towns in the southern countryside of Aleppo, including al-Widehi and Ibtin, but rebel fighters have succeeded to stop their advance and recaptured some points they have lost recently.
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Did Russia Just Bomb A Turkish Convoy In Northern Syria?
Posted by: newc || 11/27/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [636 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Update#3: I agree with this Business Insider analysis .... Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane (Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider). The one thing that I would add is Russian support for Kurdish groups .... do not be surprised in the next few weeks/months we hear reports of Kurdish forces having money, new and better weapons, good communications equipment, and excellent intelligence.

Something to monitor in the days ahead.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/27/2015 1:31 Comments || Top||

#2  good. Go Kurds!
Posted by: anon1 || 11/27/2015 2:32 Comments || Top||

#3  The traditional allies of the Kurds has been the Russians
Posted by: BernardZ || 11/27/2015 4:33 Comments || Top||

#4  The traditional allies of the Kurds has been the Russians

The things I don't know! Tsarist Russia or the Soviet Union, BernardZ?
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 4:46 Comments || Top||

#5  And deh Joooooooooos (discreetly)
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 7:04 Comments || Top||

#6  In the past, PKK has received support from the Soviet Union, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Greece.

Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/27/2015 8:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Russia has decided to no longer import a series of goods from Turkey and import them from Israel. Go Russia!!!
Posted by: JFM || 11/27/2015 11:09 Comments || Top||

#8  With gas and the best desal technology in the world, Israel can produce as much summer veg as Russia wants to buy.
Posted by: phil_b || 11/27/2015 11:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Thank you, Zhang Fei. So true, Shipman dear.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/27/2015 12:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Russia has decided to no longer import a series of goods from Turkey and import them from Israel.

Are these the same goods EUros want to label?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/27/2015 14:00 Comments || Top||

#11  I would expect the Bosporus to be closed to Russian shipping in the next few days. While it might hurt Russian commercial shipping, I doubt it will do much for Russian military forces, which can come from Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, and the Kona Peninsula ports. If Turkey does manage to stop Russian imports, we might see more shipping through other European nations, bypassing Turkey and the Black Sea completely.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/27/2015 14:34 Comments || Top||

#12  OP, I thought there was a treaty that guarantees Russia free transit of the Bosporous. It includes warships. If Turkey closes it, it would probably be a causus belli.

Does NATO Article 5 apply if Turkey starts it and Russia retaliates?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/27/2015 15:33 Comments || Top||

#13  I believe the Treaty of Whatever gives Turkey the right to close the straits in time of war or whenever they feel like it. (I'm paraphrasing)

If the Turks do close the Bosporus, I'd call that a bold move for a one-eyed Ottoman. It would stay closed right up until the Russians need to move something thru it. Remember that business in the Crim? That was over the mere intimation the Russians might lose access.

Does NATO Article 5 apply if Turkey starts it and Russia retaliates?

"You have reached the NATO Article 5 Hotline. Expected wait times are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line."

Posted by: SteveS || 11/27/2015 15:46 Comments || Top||

#14  "Pulse ' 1' para Inglés... Basın '2' İspanyolca için . Basın '3' Fransızca için . Basın '4' Vietnamca için ...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/27/2015 17:32 Comments || Top||

#15  Bosporus only important to re supply Latakia in a smolder war. In the big shit the Black Sea Fleet is DOA and not much of a factor. The Turkd
S suck dead bunnies, but I would expect them to hold most of Anatolia proper and perhaps more along the Syrian and Bulgar border zones.

The Russ have never let their lines of communication run thru the Bosforus.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 20:28 Comments || Top||

Transporter of Bourj Barajneh Bombers Killed in Syria
[AnNahar] The man who transported the Bourj al-Barajneh jacket wallahs to Leb was killed in an ambush by the Syrian army and Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
fighters in Syria, reports said.

"The transporter of the suicide bombers was killed in an operation carried out by the Syrian security apparatus and Hizbullah inside Syria's territory," al-Manar TV confirmed.

Media reports said the assailant is known as Abdul Salam Abdul Razzaq al-Hindawi.

LBCI said that Hindawi was ambushed in an area that falls under the power of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Reef Homs.

He is one of the main figures who coordinate and transport suicide bombers from the Syrian al-Raqqa to Leb, it added.

On November 12, two suicide kabooms rocked a busy shopping street in Beirut's southern suburb of Bourj al-Barajneh, killing 43 people and wounding over 239 others.

The bad boy Islamic State group claimed the attack.

Security measures were intensified afterward and police were able to dismantle terror cells and arrest several Islamic State members involved in planning, executing, transporting the explosives and suicide bombers to Leb.

On Wednesday, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged 26 people with belonging to the IS bad boy group among them are 13 detainees who are linked to the bombing.

The suspects are charged with receiving orders from IS "prince" Abou al-Walid al-Souri and with planning to carry out terrorist attacks and bombings in various Lebanese regions.

In addition, they were charged with transporting kaboom, explosive vests, weapons, and ammunition and hiding them in various apartments in Beirut and the North and transporting suicide bombers and recruiting members for the IS.
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Syrian Paper Recounts Rescue of Downed Russian Pilot
[AnNahar] Syrian special forces launched an operation "behind enemy lines" to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday.

"Eleven members of an elite unit of the air force intelligence service and a (Russian-language) translator, led by an officer, infiltrated 3.5 kilometers (two miles) behind enemy lines in the Al-Atira region on Tuesday and recovered the airman," the pro-government newspaper said.

Al-Atira is an area of Latakia province, around 12 kilometers (eight miles) from the border with Turkey.

Syrian forces launched the operation after Turkey downed the Russian jet on Tuesday morning, forcing the two-man crew to eject over rebel-held territory. According to Al-Watan, the team set out in late morning from the Hmeimim airbase in Latakia, where Russian forces are concentrated.

The plane's pilot had already been killed by rebel fire as he parachuted down but a Russian drone spotted navigator Konstantin Murakhtin in hiding on the ground. The "Russian drone communicated to Syrian special forces the navigator's location, as well as where the terrorist groups were," Al-Watan said, referring to the rebels.

"He was spotted thanks to his GPS. It was a race against time because the hard boyz were also looking for him."

The paper said the rescue team clashed with rebels during the 12-hour operation, but were able to recover Murakhtin, who was injured in the leg.

Speaking to Russian state media on Wednesday, the navigator gave no details of his rescue, which the Russian military said involved its own special forces working alongside Syrian troops.

Russia has not released the name of the slain pilot, although 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...
has said he will posthumously be given Russia's highest award for valor, the Hero of Russia medal.

His body is believed to still be in the hands of rebel forces in Latakia province.

Murakhtin is also to be decorated along with soldiers involved in the rescue operation, including one Moscow has said was killed when his Mi-8 helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after being hit by gunfire.
The Times of Israel adds:
An Iranian news agency claims that General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations wing, is behind the rescue of the Russian pilot downed in Syria.

Soleimani was reported lightly injured earlier this week near Aleppo.

After the pilot was downed by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
on Tuesday, "credible information was obtained that a number of special Turkish units had been sent to the scene to take the Russian pilot captive to blackmail Russia later," the semi-official Fars News Agency reports, based on a report in the Persian-language version of the Russian Sputnik news agency that quotes an unnamed Syrian officer.
Unwise if true, interesting if false. I wonder which it is?
"While the Russians were planning for another operation to free the pilot immediately, General Soleimani contacted them and proposed them that a special task force unit be formed of Hezbollah's special forces and Syrian commandos who have been trained by Iran and are fully familiar with the geographical situation of the region to be tasked with the ground operations and Russia provide them with air cover and satellite intelligence."

The alleged operation to rescue the Russian pilot was carried out by eight Hezbollah fighters and 18 Syrian commandos and covered by Russian satellites and air force. The team "saved the pilot after infiltrating 6 kilometers behind the enemy lines, killing the holy warriors operating in there and destroying their hi-tech equipment," it says.
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#1  Um, smells like down on the farm Friday.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/27/2015 20:30 Comments || Top||

Syrian regime forces intensify shelling of Turkmen regions
[Hurriyet] Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
's forces have intensified the shelling of Kizildag, a strategic point in northwestern Syria controlled by Turkmen forces, daily Hurriyet has reported.

Regime forces had made significant progress around Turkmen Mountain and its environs during festivities over the last 12 days before eventually facing Turkmen resistance just in front of the Turkish border.

we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
al-Assad's forces, who retreated to the Kessab hillsides, continued their uninterrupted shelling of Kizildag on Turkmen Mountain on Nov. 25.

Intensive attacks in Jabal al-Akrad, a neighborhood of Turkmen villages, were also ongoing, according to local sources.

Emrah Celik, a 27-year-old district organization member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in northwestern Tekirdag province who joined the Turkmen forces voluntarily, said the 2nd Coastal Division has been fighting against regime forces for the last seven months.

"We are defending Turkmen Mountain and our region against powerful countries, al-Assad, who has the backing of Russia and Iran, the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] and the Democratic Union Party [PYD], despite all impossibilities under harsh conditions. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has always been accompanying us. We are staying up all night in tents and at positions. Despite all the tough conditions, Turkmen Mountain will not fall and, God willing, Turkmens will be victorious. We are also handing out aid to the locals. Our priority is the peace and comfort of our people," said Celik.
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