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Afghanistan
Afghan Taliban leader injured in firefight
[ARABNEWS] Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was injured in a firefight following a verbal dispute at a meeting of holy warrior commanders in Pakistain, officials said, exposing the deep divisions within the fractious holy warrior movement.

"Mansour was maimed. He was rushed to hospital and we are not sure if he survived his wounds," Sultan Faizi, the front man for the Afghan first vice president, told AFP.

An Afghan intelligence source confirmed his account, and hard boy sources also told AFP that Mansour had been injured.

Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid denied that any such firefight took place.

Mansour was announced as the new Taliban chief on July 31, after the holy warrior movement belatedly confirmed the death of Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
, who led the group for some two decades.

But splits immediately emerged in the Taliban following his appointment, with some top leaders refusing to pledge allegiance to him, saying the process to select him was rushed and even biased.

Four people were killed in the firefight Wednesday, a Taliban source close to Mansour's group told AFP, and a number of people injured.

"Akhtar Mansour is among the injured but the extent of his injuries is not clear," he said.

His account was confirmed by another Afghan Taliban source.

The meeting was at the home of Abdullah Sarhadi, a commander in Mansour's group and a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who had been placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
after 2001 by the US, then released, the Taliban sources said.

He was arrested again later on by Pakistain, then released sometime in 2012, they said.

"There were differences on some points which later turned into harsh words, then Sarhadi opened fire and the others returned fire," the Taliban source said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "To the mattresses, boys!"
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was injured in a firefight following a verbal dispute at a meeting

Translation:

"Bitch, where's my money?"
Posted by: charger || 12/03/2015 22:14 Comments || Top||


22 Villages Cleared of Insurgents in Faryab: Officials
[Tolo News] At least 22 villages have been cleared of Taliban Death Eaters during a military operation in northern Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday.

Seven Death Eaters have been injured in the operation.

Sakhi Dad, commander of 209 Shaheen National Corps, says that the operation was launched three days ago in Pashton Kot district of the province and 22 villages have been cleared of Lion of Islams.

"The operation still continues in the district to clear all Lion of Islams," he said.

However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
he did not provide details about any casualties among security forces sustained during the operation.
Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


40 Percent Of Terrorists Fighting ANSF Were Freed From Prison: Shahim
[Tolo News] Chief of Army Staff General Qadam Shah Shahim said at a Special Forces graduation in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
that 40 percent of Lions of Islam currently fighting against the ANSF were once inmates who have since been freed.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 1,080 officers and soldiers from the Special Forces Special Operations Command in Resh Khor, Kabul, the general said that Afghanistan's armed forces have strong support of their government.

"At the moment 40 percent of Lions of Islam who are fighting against us are those who have been released from our own prisons," said Shahim.

"Those who have released these Lions of Islam from our prisons must apologize to the nation," he added.

"When the Lions of Islam kill our children and women we never get rest. But we continue our operations to defeat the terrorists," said Bismillah Waziri, an Army Special Operations Commander.

"We special forces promise the people of Afghanistan we will defend the country, property and honor with our blood - as our fathers defended the country," said Abdul Rahim a military intelligence officer.
Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


NDS detains 11 members of Jundullah terrorist group in Kundoz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency has incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
11 snuffies belonging to Jundullah, a terrorist group affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) the primary murderous Moslem group in Pakistain.

A statement released by NDS on Wednesday states that the group was arrested during a raid in Dara-e-Sof area of Khan Abad Distruct of northern Kundoz province while they were collecting almsgiving.

The gunnies wearing green army jackets and possessed different types of weapons including PK machinegun, Kalashnikov and Rocket launcher were arrested after a brief shootout with NDS personnel.

NDS blurb further states that one murderous Moslem was killed during the shootout.

Five army suits and black masks were confiscated from the terrorists, the blurb adds.

This comes after the key northern city had briefly fallen to Taliban in which officials said Pak snuffies were involved.

Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Jundullah


Africa Horn
Shaboobs routed from Aysoora by AU, Somali Army
THE Somali National Forces supported by African Union Forces from Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) contingent have overpowered Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, flashing them out of Aysoora town, located 280km south West of Mogadishu. According to Capt. Flavia Terimulungi, the UPDF contingent spokesperson, “on 28th November 2015, our operation code-named ‘Fagia Adui’ which means ‘sweep the enemy’ in Kiswahili saw forces move 20Km further from Baraawe port towards Kisimayo port.”

Terimulungi adds in a press statement that, “the attack was conducted at dawn and by 7:00am, Al-Shabaab had been subdued and the territory objectively secured and as they fled, they left their families behind.”

Since September, Al-Shabaab has been controlling a stretch of 79Kms from Subley to Baraawe Port which has been the main supply point and source of revenue for the insurgents. The Al-Shabaab also used Aysoora as a base to carry out attacks on Baraawe district.

Earlier media reports indicated that the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala also joined the contingent at the frontline in making final preparations for the operation to conquer territory through meetings with the commanders and giving morale to the troops. The statement says that Battle Group XVII Commander, Col Bob Ogiki whose unit conducted the operation, briefed troops about the significance of the move.

“Securing Aysoora will allow free movement of the population that has been restricted up until now, it will also facilitate the provision of the much needed humanitarian assistance to the local population,” Ogiki said.

He added that the capture of Aysoora denies Al-Shabaab another source of illegal income after a string of defeats and the loss of their major source of revenue in Baraawe and many other places.

“This operation should be a demonstration of AMISOM’s continuing determination to support the people of Somalia as they embark on a new path of renewal and reconstruction.” Col Ogiki briefed his troops who were deployed to Somalia earlier last month.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under:


Shaboobs get drone-zapped in Lower Shabelle
A base of Al Shabaab fighters in Kunyo-Barow village in Lower Shabelle region has been targeted in a reported drone strike on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents reported heavy explosions near Al shabaab base in the area as a result of the airstrike by a suspected U.S. drone. The casualty figure in the air attack is unclear at this time.

U.S. has in the past carried out many airstrikes in suthern Somalia, including a drone attack which killed Al shabaab leader Ahmed Godane near Barawe town in Lower Shabelle region On 1st September, 2014.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Gunmen seize Surman businessman’s three young sons
The three young sons of a prominent Surman businessman were seized by gunmen today in broad daylight.

In a hail of gunfire, six kidnappers shot and wounded the driver of the family vehicle before abducting the children of Riad Abdul Hameed Ali Asharshar. The attack, which happened at traffic lights in the town’s main street, was carried out in full view of passers-by.

The kidnappers drove away with their victims in four Chevrolets with darkened windows.

Riad Asharshar is the brother of former GNC member for Surman, Adel Abdul Hameed Ali Asharshari .
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:


Senior LNA commander killed in Benghazi front line
A senior Libyan National Army (LNA) commander, Colonel Ali Al-Thamen, was killed this morning at Benghazi’s Sidi Faraj front line, Dignity Operations Room spokesman Naser Al-Hasi confirmed.

The LNA is the officially recognized army of the internationally recognized government and parliament based in eastern Libya.

Al-Thamen was the Commander of the Dignity Operation Room for all of the Benghazi front lines.

It is believed that Al-Thamen was killed by the explosion of a mine while he was exploring the area with his fighters.
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under:


ISIS in Libya Train to Fly Planes
ISIS terrorists in the city of Sirte, northern Libya, are training to fly planes using at least one flight simulator according to military sources in the North African state. The sources added that there is a prevailing belief amongst investigators that the device was seized from the training departments of Gaddafi’s looted airports. Other sources stated that “It’s a modern simulator, which may have arrived from abroad”, noting that it was roughly the size of a small car. The simulator is complete with a steering wheel to practice take-off and landing, a radar screen, and a communications device to contact the control tower.

A senior Libyan military officer said in an interview during a recent visit to Cairo that a group of ISIS leaders, amongst them retired officers from Libya and a number of neighbouring countries, obtained the first simulator device that specialises in civilian planes last October. Security services have gathered new information from Sirte during the last two weeks suggesting that another fighter jet simulator had arrived. However, its type remains unknown.

A security official working in a team that follows the activity of ISIS in North Africa said that information about ISIS militants training to fly civilian planes in Libya exists and added that the Libyan Air Force which lacks armaments attempted to hit at least one base where the training is believed to take place several times but that the operations were unsuccessful.
Ynet adds:
An estimated 3,000 ISIS fighters are currently based in Libya.
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Are they training to land them too?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/03/2015 11:30 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
2 suicide bombers kill at least 6 in northern Cameroon
[Ynet] Two teenjacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bombers detonated explosives in a north 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...
town, killing at least six people, the governor of Cameroon's Far North province said Wednesday.

Soldiers killed a third suicide bomber before she could attack in the town of Waza late Tuesday, said governor Midjiyawa Bakary.

"We have reliable information the attackers came from Nigeria," Bakary said. Senior military official Col. Jacob Kodji on Wednesday said 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...
Death Eaters have been using teenage suicide bombers and planting land mines.

Two Cameroonian soldiers were killed Monday by a land mine planted by murderous Moslems in the village of Gangse in northern Cameroon, Kodji said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/03/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Cameroon: Troops free 900 hostages held by Boko Haram
[WASHINGTONPOST] A multinational force freed 900 hostages held 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...
Lion of Islams, killed more than 100 fighters and tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
100 others last week, 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...
's government front man said Wednesday.

Hostages from Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad were held in several camps and were being trained as jacket wallahs, fighters and thieves, said Issa Tchiroma Bakary. Joint forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin carried out the sweep Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, he said.

Troops also arrested 100 fighters, including a group leader, from Boko Haram's strongholds in the Sambisa Forest, which straddles northeastern Nigeria and Cameroon, and in the Lake Chad area, Bakary said.

The freed are being reunited with their families, he said. Trauma care is available for those who need it, including maidens of tender years and women who might have been used as sex slaves, he said.

Nigerian troops have rescued hundreds of Boko Haram captives this year but none of the 219 girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok town. Their mass abduction in April 2014 sparked international outrage against the bandidos gunnies and Nigeria's government for failing to rescue them.

Boko Haram's 6-year-old Islamic uprising has killed an estimated 20,000 people and driven 2.3 million from their homes, according to Amnesia Amnesty International and the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
.
Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Yemeni Army & Committees Advance in Mareb, Taiz
The Yemeni army and popular committees managed on Wednesday to control al-Melh mountain in Mareb province, inflicting heavy losses upon the Saudi-led terrorists.

The Yemeni forces also controlled Wadi al-Arish area in Taiz province, killing and injuring scores of the Saudi-led mercenaries.

The Saudi waplanes struck residential areas in the various Yemeni provinces, causing much losses.
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under:


Soddy war birds hit Sanaa
Arab coalition warplanes raided positions controlled by the Iranian-backed coup rebels in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday, a news network reported on Wednesday.

The raids came as the national army and resistance fighters announced they have completed preparations to attack the Houthis and their allies in the Southern Shabwa governorate expel them from Bihan town.

The raids by the coalition jets targeted the Presidential Palace area and Jebel Al Nahdayn, where the Houthis and their allies are deployed, Mareb Press said.

It quoted residents in Sanaa as saying several jets struck targets in those areas at around 2.00 pm local time and that large palls of smoke were seen billowing.

“The planes also attacked a rebel missile brigade in Attan area in Western Sanaa,” the report said without giving details of losses.

In Shabwa, the national army and the resistance announced that they have completed military preparations to attack the rebel-controlled Bihan.

Mareb Press quoted a military spokesman as saying the imminent offensive is intended to seize the town and eject the Houthis and forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It noted that Bihan is the last rebel base in Shabwa after the insurgents were thrown out of all other areas.
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under:


Al-Qaeda militants take over 2 south Yemen towns
ADEN, Yemen: Al-Qaeda fighters retook on Wednesday two southern Yemeni towns they briefly occupied four years ago, residents and local fighters said, exploiting a collapse of central authority in Yemen which is in the throes of an eight-month war.

In an early morning surprise attack on the Abyan province capital Zinjibar and neighboring town of Jaar, the militants overcame local forces and announced their takeover over loudspeakers after dawn prayers.

Residents identified them as Ansar Al-Sharia, a local affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

At least seven local militiamen and five militants were killed, according to local fighters. Militants were deployed to the streets of both towns, and in Jaar blew up the house of a local commander killed in the fighting, residents said. Schools and shops were closed.

A Saudi-led coalition has since March been trying to vanquish Yemen’s Iran-backed Shiite Houthis, who captured large parts of the country and wrested control from its government, which only recently returned from exile.

“The entrance of Al-Qaeda this time happened in the absence of any state institutions, which Al-Qaeda exploited,” said Zinjibar resident Fadl Mohammed Mubarak.

Jaar and Zinjibar are about 50 km (30 miles) east of the main port city of Aden, where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is currently staying after returning from Saudi Arabia last month.

Parts of Abyan including Zinjibar and Jaar fell to Islamist militants in 2011 for over a year as government control waned during Arab Spring protests.

No help despite warning to government

This time, Yemen’s northern Houthi clan and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh are fighting against the Saudi-led Arab coalition and fighters loyal to Hadi.

On Wednesday, local militia commander Abdullatif Al-Sayed, said his forces tried to repel the attacks. He said he had tried to alert government officials to what he thought were suspicious Al-Qaeda movements, but had received no help.

Fighters allied with Hadi, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, retook Aden from the Houthis in July, but residents have complained of lawlessness in the city as masked Islamist gunmen appeared on its streets.

Jaar has in past years lost civilians in air strikes intended for militants, and during a visit by Reuters to Jaar in late 2013, sympathy for militants was still evident. Tribal leaders have often warned US drone attacks on Al-Qaeda were creating sympathy for the group.
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:


Bangladesh
Extremist killed in shootout in Jessore
[Dhaka Tribune] An bully boy was killed early yesterday in a shootout between two outlawed groups of Jessore's Abhaynagar upazila.

The shootout took place in the upazila's Ranagati village between Zia Bahini and Turo-Noso Bahini around 2:30am.

The dead Bidyut Kumar Roy, 35, was a listed criminal with nine cases against him including murder, Officer-in-Charge of Abhaynagar cop shoppe Sheikh Nasir Uddin said.

He said a shootout was taking place in Ranagati village between two terrorist groups over establishing supremacy in the area.

Later, a team of police went to the spot around 3:30am and recovered the body.
Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
The British Are Coming! UK Votes To Bomb ISIS In Syria
[Daily Caller] The United Kingdom voted to extend bombing missions conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) to Islamic State targets in Syria.

Until now the U.K. limited itself to targeting ISIS in Iraq and previously refused to hit ISIS strongholds in Syria on the grounds that it does not have the necessary authorization from the United Nations or the domestic government.

Members of parliament (MPs) clashed for several hours over the government's motion to strike ISIS in Syria. Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron made the case to parliament that bombing ISIS in Syria will help to ensure the security of the British people and degrade ISIS's ability take territory.

Cameron argues there are 70,000 fighters in Syria who oppose ISIS and will be helped by the U.K.'s intervention. The source for this figure is the U.K.'s Joint Intelligence Committee.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 07:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's like everybody and their mom at law "we ain't afraid of S-400".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/03/2015 8:32 Comments || Top||

#2  The skies must be getting awfully crowded about now, if they weren't before.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/03/2015 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  The skies must be getting awfully crowded about now The latest weather prediction out there is for continued aluminum overcast with spotty precipitation of high explosives.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/03/2015 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  4 years ago they voted to join the IS side and bomb Assad, now they've voted to join Assad's side and bomb ISIS. At least the bombs get used either way.
Posted by: Dopey Wittlesbach2663 || 12/03/2015 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Gonna need air traffic controllers.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 11:57 Comments || Top||

#6  @#5 lol!
Posted by: borgboy || 12/03/2015 14:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Yosarrian!!!
/channeling Catch 22
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/03/2015 20:37 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Another imam gunned down in Dagestan
[RFE/RL] An imam in Russia's Dagestan region in the North Caucasus has been killed in an attack.

Police officials in Dagestan say that unknown attackers gunned down imam Suleiman Kokreksky in the evening on December 1 in the city of Khasavyurt near the border with Chechnya. He is the third imam killed in Dagestan by unknown assailants in recent months.

Imams Zamirbek Makhmudov and Magomed Khidirov were gunned down in August and September, respectively.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Round-up: Jihad encounters in Britain and Europe
UK police arrest 4 men under Terrorism Act

[Ynet] British police have jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
four men in their 30s on suspicion of committing offenses under the Terrorism Act. Police said the men were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Police say searches are being conducted at seven separate addresses in Luton, 30 miles (50 kms) north of London, where the men were arrested. Vehicles are also being searched.

Police say the arrests are not related to the recent Islamic State group attacks on Paris.

New arrest in Paris attacks linked to apartment raid

[Ynet] French police have tossed in the calaboose
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
two people outside Gay Paree -- one of them for suspected links to the only man charged in connection with the Nov. 13 attacks in the capital, according to two officials close to the investigation.

The first arrest on Tuesday was of a 25-year-old man suspected of being an intermediary to Jawad Bendaoud, who already has been handed preliminary charges for providing housing to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected planner of the Gay Paree attacks that killed 130 people. The intermediary, whose name wasn't disclosed, was arrested in his home in Malakoff, south of Gay Paree by counterterrorism police, officials said. A few hours later, police went with the suspect to search another apartment in Saint-Denis, a northern Gay Paree suburb, and jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a woman who was there.

Belgium Police Detain Two over Paris Attacks
Whether they'll be arrested is a different question -- most of those picked up aren't.
[AnNahar] Belgian police on Wednesday held two people for questioning in connection with the Gay Paree attacks, after carrying out a series of searches in their hunt for key suspects with links to the November 13 massacre.

"This morning five premises were searched in the Brussels region, concerning the ongoing federal investigation into the runaway Mohammed Abrini and into Ahmed Dahmani who is currently detained in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
," the federal prosecutor said in a statement.

Belgium last week issued an international arrest warrant for Abrini, 30, who was filmed along with top suspect Salah Abdeslam at a petrol station on a motorway near Gay Paree in a car that was later used in the attacks.

Dahmani, a Belgian citizen of Moroccan origin, reportedly scouted out targets for the Gay Paree attacks and was tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
as he was allegedly trying to make his way to Syria.

The searches took place in several Brussels neighbourhoods, including the troubled Molenbeek district where several of the Gay Paree attackers resided, including suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in a raid by French police.

CNN on Monday said Salah Abdeslam, who is Belgian, had managed to slip out of Europe and into Syria since the atrocity, though Sherlocks believe he may still be in Europe. Belgian Sherlocks said on Tuesday they are working on the assumption that Abdeslam is still in Belgium, where he is believed to have fled to hours after the Gay Paree attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/03/2015 02:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


France Shuts Down 3 Mosques In Crackdown
[HOSTED.AP.ORG] The latest on the recovery from and investigation into the Nov. 13 attacks in Gay Paree that killed 130 people. All times local:

2:35 p.m.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says three mosques have been shut down in La Belle France since the Gay Paree attacks as part of a crackdown on Death Eater activities.

Cazeneuve told news hounds it was the first time mosques are being closed in La Belle France "on grounds of radicalization."

One of the mosques, 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Gay Paree in Lagny-sur-Marne, was targeted by raids early Wednesday, with police seizing a 9mm revolver, a computer hard disc and jihadist propaganda. Cazeneuve said the mosque also had a non-authorized Koranic school.

One person was placed in jug following the raids, with 22 others banned from leaving La Belle France. Nine others were put under house arrest.

The two other mosques, in Lyon and Gennevilliers in the Gay Paree region, were shut down last week amid a state of emergency.

Cazeneuve says police have seized 334 weapons since the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead in Gay Paree.

1:40 p.m.
The directors of the Bataclan concert hall in Gay Paree, where two-thirds of the 130 victims of the Gay Paree attacks were killed, have said it will reopen before the end of 2016.

Jules Frutos - who has run the venue with Olivier Poubelle since 2004 - told Le Monde in an interview published Wednesday that "it's necessary to see the doors open again."

Poubelle said that "it shouldn't be turned into a mausoleum. Or a pilgrimage site."

World leaders, including Barack Obama
It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth- or sixth-most interesting person....
, have been visiting the site this week, each bringing a white rose to honor those who died in the Nov. 13 attacks.
The Times of Israel adds:
The assets of Imam Mohammed Hammoumi, who ran the mosque and the cultural associations until he left to live in Egypt in 2014, were frozen in April.

Authorities said Wednesday the prayer room in L'Arbresle had been used by hard boyz suspected of having contacts with others in Syria.

Cazeneuve later told the French parliament that there had been 2,235 searches leading to 263 arrests since the three-month state of emergency began.

"In 15 days we have seized a third of the weapons of war we would normally recover in a year," he said.

Of the 334 firearms seized, 145 were rifles and 34 assault weapons.

Cazeneuve said 330 people "who had been under surveillance by the security services for links to radical Islam have been put under house arrest."
Posted by: Fred || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Closed the mosques ya say? We'll knock me over with a feather! But will they remain closed? They need to be leveled and carted away.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/03/2015 11:18 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 11:59 Comments || Top||

#3  The problem is not mosques, the problem are these who go there.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/03/2015 13:23 Comments || Top||

#4  More, more. close them all, and bulldoze the rubble, with the "Parishonrs" inside.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/03/2015 14:29 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Curfew and armed clashes in Turkey’s Kurdish Diyarbakir
[Rudaw] The Turkish army declared a curfew in several neighborhoods of the Kurdish district of Sur in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Kurdish Diyarbakir province earlier this week, local news agencies reported.

According to an announcement by district officials the curfew, in several neighborhoods, would last until further notice.

Since late July, Turkey has been in a renewed conflict with its outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Mehmduh Tura, a junior governor in Sur, explained that the reason for the curfew was to "ensure the security of life and property of our citizens," according to Turkish news agencies.

The curfew follows the resumption of fighting with the PKK and the murder of a prominent Kurdish lawyer in the city of Diyarbakir earlier this week.

Meanwhile,
...back at the mall, Clarissa suddenly spied Mr. Bartlett at the checkout counter. He was buying Grecian Formula!...
the Firat news agency reported that police fired on a group gathering at Dagkapi Square in the district, leaving on woman dead and a man severely maimed.

Police and special operations teams have joined the operation, with helicopters providing air support for the operation, the Dogan news agency said.

No casualty figures from the conflict have been reported yet, but unconfirmed reports claim dozens maimed on both sides.

Following the curfew, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) expressed outrage, saying they were "worried about loss of lives."

"After the curfew declared in Sur, the district has been blockaded by security forces and afterwards festivities have begun. We want to note that we are worried about loss of lives following the curfew," the HDP said in a statement.

One soldier killed, eight wounded in PKK attack in Turkey’s southeast

[Hurriyet] One soldier was killed and eight were maimed on Dec. 2 in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attack in the southeastern province of Mardin. PKK forces of Evil remotely detonated a bomb placed on the Mardin-Midyat motorway during the passing of a military convoy. One soldier was killed and five soldiers in the military vehicle were maimed while three civilians also passing in their own vehicles were also maimed as a result of the attack. The maimed were taken to Mardin State Hospital for treatment.

Security forces blocked the motorway to traffic as a wide-scale operation was launched to apprehend the PKK forces of Evil responsible for the attack. A search for another possible explosive is also ongoing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
PJ Media: Garage of San Bernardino Shooters Housed IED Factory
San Bernardino's police chief painted a picture of a veritable IED factory in the garage of the husband and wife who shot up a county employees' Christmas party in San Bernardino.

The death toll remains at 14, while the number of wounded ticked up to 21.

Chief Jarrod Barguan said about 300 officers from local, county, state, and federal agencies responded to the attack from Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who fired between 65 and 75 rounds inside the auditorium of the Inland Regional Center.

Officers found in a bag at the scene three pipe bombs rolled into one remote control car device "that appeared not to have worked in this case," the chief said. "We don't know if they attempted to do that and it failed or what the story is."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 14:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office... said the FBI is studying "some international travel" on the part of Farook...

"I do not know all the countries he visited," he said, pressed on reports that Farook had made a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, but said the travels did include Pakistan...

CNN cited law enforcement sources as noting Farook was "in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism."


Not another "Tsaranev"?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 15:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently a Watch List is exactly that -- certainly not a not To Do List.
Posted by: JHH || 12/03/2015 16:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Reid calls Local Pipe Fitters Union "Quasi-Militant Wing" of GOP.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/03/2015 16:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Another known wolf.

Why am I not surprised?
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/03/2015 16:55 Comments || Top||

#5  My preliminary, tin hat bet is, he [and possibly his activities] were known to the FBI.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 17:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Always reactive, always behind the OODA Loop.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/03/2015 17:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Again, this employment place attack appears to be an alternative or secondary target. What was the primary target? For what target(s) were the IED's intended?

What event prompted a default to a secondary target, one where Farook was employed and known. If the workplace was NOT the primary target, was the primary target dumped because the pending attack was discovered? Were the explosives found to be inert...........?

Lots of questions yet to be answered.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 19:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Always reactive, always behind the OODA Loop.
Posted by Alaska Paul


When General Mike Flynn commanded JIEDDO (The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency) his thrust was discovery "before the boom."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 19:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Again, this employment place attack appears to be an alternative or secondary target. What was the primary target? For what target(s) were the IED's intended?

Following a pattern, I would guess fire and police
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 21:34 Comments || Top||

#10  Yes, 'Fire and Police' are very likely targets, no, probable targets. But what pushed the terrs off their primary target? I can't believe that the Christmas party was their primary. It had the potential to be a 'game ender' and indeed was.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 21:58 Comments || Top||

#11  B, I believe this was Al Qaeda in the planning and the supplying, so the holiday party/meeting was a natural primary target. The IEDs would have been icing on the cake for them had they worked.
Posted by: badanov || 12/03/2015 22:51 Comments || Top||


Ulster County, NY Sheriff: All Licensed Handgun Owners Should Carry Them
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- All licensed handgun owners in Ulster County should carry their pistols.

That's the message Thursday from the Ulster County Sheriff. Ulster County is located about two hours north of New York City.

"In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to please do so," wrote Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum in a Facebook post. "I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 14:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the rest of NY law enforcement will throw you in jail for brandishing or some other trumped up charge.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/03/2015 15:58 Comments || Top||

#2  If the government won't protect us, what else are we supposed to do?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 16:35 Comments || Top||

#3  The state cops will probably not be happy about this. And they report to Governor Cuomo who wants to disarm all law abiding citizens.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/03/2015 17:42 Comments || Top||


Shooter's Neighbor Didn't Report '€˜Suspicious Activity' For Fear Of Being Labeled Racist [VIDEO]
[Daily Caller] Neighbors of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook told ABC Wednesday that they noticed "suspicious activity" at Farook's home recently, but did not report it for fear of being called racist.

One neighbor noted that police had been called to the Farook household in the past, "maybe for a domestic violence dispute."

Additionally, Aaron Elswick -- a neighbor of Farook's mother in Redland -- said that another neighbor told him "they had I guess been receiving packages -- quite a few packages within a short amount of time, and they were actually doing a lot of work out in the garage."

"She was kind of suspicious and wanted to report it," Elswick explained, "but she said she didn't want to profile."

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing ."
~ Edmund B
urke
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 13:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It could have been a meth lab.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/03/2015 14:18 Comments || Top||

#2  That's political correctness for you. Get you killed, it will.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 14:48 Comments || Top||

#3  It could have been a meth lab.

Given the locale, it was a very good possibility.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 15:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Obama's true legacy.
Posted by: Caesar Hupomoque7314 || 12/03/2015 22:37 Comments || Top||


Suspect ID'd in San Bernardino Massacre as Syed Farook
Law enforcement officials have identified Syed Farook as one of the suspected shooters who attacked a center for the disabled in San Bernardino, California, according to NBC News. The Daily Beast has learned that the police have just executed a search warrant at a Redlands, California address—an address that belongs to Farook’s family.

Police pursued a car leaving from the Redlands address, Chief Jarrod Baraugan said at a Wednesday evening press conference. A male and female suspect were inside the car, and both of them have been killed. Both of the suspects were armed with assault rifles and handguns, Baraugan said. Police have apprehended a third man, but have not identified his relation to the attacks yet.

An eyewitness at the Inland Regional Center, where gunmen killed 14 and wounded at least 18 more, told police he saw a man leaving a meeting of county employees this morning, looking nervous. Poice officers named Syed Farook as that man in their radio communications. At approximately 11 a.m., at least two people entered the center and opened fire.

Farook, who also went by his middle name, Raheel, was a business taxes representative for the California State Board of Equalization, according to his LinkedIn profile. He is a 2003 graduate La Sierra High School, and most recently studied finance at California State University Fullerton until 2013.

Records show Farook bought a two bedroom Corona home in March 2014. Farook’s social media profile shows he is married and has at least one young child.

Shootout in Redlands near Farook residence

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said a tip led officers to a home in Redlands. He said officers were watching that house when a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle appeared nearby. Police gave chase and those suspects — reportedly clad in “assault-style gear” — drove back to the area where the original crime scene took place. An officer-involved shooting took place where the two suspects — one man and one woman — were killed.

“We do not have any identification on who those suspects are, we do not have any motive for the shooting at this point,” said Burguan. “The only information I have at this point is they came prepared to do what they did and that they were on a mission.”

He added it’s believed the suspects — who were armed with long guns, not handguns — had fled, possibly in a dark-colored SUV.

Around 3:15 p.m. there was a report of a brief chase between law enforcement and possible suspects. Officers pointed their guns at the vehicle as it stopped not from the crime scene. Sky9’s Stu Mundel reported that a “man was deceased” next to the vehicle. The vehicle was riddled with bullets.

At 3:35 p.m., Mundel listened to scanner traffic and reported that “all suspects” were accounted for; by 4:30 p.m. officials said one suspect was dead and another was at large.

An officer was reported down but apparently that officer only suffered a graze wound, according to reports from the scene.

SWAT officers made a methodical search house-by-house about five blocks from where police and the suspects exchanged gunfire.

Rolling Coverage in the Guardian (UK)

From the map, it seems the shootout and the house search are more than five blocks apart.
See other posts on this story here and here.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [556 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if he was born in the U.S. (homegrown terrorist) or emigrated from elsewhere. Syria would be quite ironic, wouldn't it? Of course, he was a legal resident. Yes?
Posted by: Bobby || 12/03/2015 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  if they ever have to face a major threat on the ground in country send in an off-duty Texas traffic cop.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/03/2015 9:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I just almost fall over in shock at the "tactics" these wannabee SWAT guys use. Who is teaching that stuff to them. One RPG or one LAW and the entire team is toast (literally).

Did you notice how the administration rolled out the mass shooter gun control thing in MINUTES after the word first got out.

Do you suppose they will have some goofball Benghaziesque explanation for why a Muslim would suddenly go from good boy to trained killer.

This was no random crime
Posted by: Mystic || 12/03/2015 9:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Did you notice how the administration rolled out the mass shooter gun control thing in MINUTES after the word first got out.

At a minimum, the Mohammedan followers and the Obama regime share similar goals. Both are fully aware that no effective takeover of the United States can be realized until the population is disarmed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 12:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Farook, who also went by his middle name, Raheel, was a business taxes representative for the California State Board of Equalization, according to his LinkedIn profile. He is a 2003 graduate La Sierra High School, and most recently studied finance at California State University Fullerton until 2013.

Well, either he fabricated his profile, or the press did some bad research.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  "either he fabricated his profile, or the press did some bad research"

No reason it can't be both, Pappy.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/03/2015 13:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Two Farooks...one a health inspector
Posted by: crazyhorse || 12/03/2015 21:06 Comments || Top||


Syed Farook is religious, sez Dad
One of the suspects in Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. has been identified as Syed Farook, according to reports. Farook was linked to the horrific slaughter that took place at the Inland Regional Center, according to NBC News.

After police announced that two suspects — a male and a female — were dead following a car chase and shoot out with police, a search began at a nearby Redlands apartment linked to the suspects.

A man who identified himself as Farook’s father told the Daily News his son worked as a health technician inspecting restaurants and hotels.

“I haven’t heard anything. He worked in a county office,” Farook's dad told The News. “He’s married and has a kid. We’re estranged because my wife got the divorce, and they are together. She doesn’t want to see me.”

Farook said he hasn’t seen his son in some time.

“He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”
Other posts on this story can be found here and here.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/03/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1285 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “He was quiet but always polite,” Maria Gutierrez told The News. “Maybe two years ago he became more religious. He grew a beard and started to wear religious clothing. The long shirt that’s like a dress and the cap on his head.”
Posted by: KBK || 12/03/2015 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll speculate he was a jihadist fanticist, and a particular event pushed him to get real about it at this time and place.

They were prepared, but it doesn't seem planned. Shooting 20 people then going home seems a strange thing to do.
Posted by: phil_b || 12/03/2015 0:23 Comments || Top||

#3  yes of course, the weapons and body armor were just normal possessions of health technicians; his recent interest in religion could not possibly have anything to do with this.nothing to see here.
move along.
Posted by: Grins Snese4215 || 12/03/2015 0:53 Comments || Top||

#4  What the hell are family members doing in front of cameras so soon? Have they been interviewed by law enforcement yet? WTF is going on with this frikkin CAIR BS?
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 12/03/2015 1:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Expect the Obama regime to launch withering PR attacks on the 2nd Amendment in an attempt to dilute Islamic involvement.

Inescapable irony - Farook's job was to protect the public sector from sickness and disease in 'Sanctuary City' San Bernardino.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 2:35 Comments || Top||

#6  So why did he go to a Christmas party in the first place? Was he invited so he wouldn't be offended for being left out? Or was it a holiday party with no religious overtones - this is California, after all. I believe Santa was in the building, handing out presents. Is Santa Claus an offensive religious icon?

Just another example of too many guns and workplace violence. Right!
Posted by: Bobby || 12/03/2015 8:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Killers were wearing GoPro cameras during massacre!

The name of the female suspect in San Bernardino shooting is – Tashfeen Malik.

Several jihadists in Europe have worn cameras during their bloody attacks in the past year.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/03/2015 8:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Speaking of not taking long:

The brother-in-law of Farook told of his “shock” and how he had “no idea” how such a tragedy could have happened. Farhan Khan [speaking from an office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in Anaheim] told the media at a press conference that he wanted to convey his and his family’s sadness and condolences to the victims. He said he spoke to Farook just a week ago.

The Los Angeles branch of Cair (Council on American–Islamic Relations) has also condemned the attack.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 8:18 Comments || Top||

#9  A GoPro is an expensive piece of kit. Good thing the perp had a gov't job.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 8:20 Comments || Top||

#10  Nota bene: the article has been updated since it was posted last night. Summary at the moment: The two dead killers are Mr. Farooq and the wife he brought back from a visit to Saudi Arabia. His baby girl was left with his mother when they went on their rampage. Two fo the guns were bought legally. The third person is apparently still being investigated.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/03/2015 8:23 Comments || Top||

#11  The two dead killers are Mr. Farooq and the wife

Aha! This proves heterosexual marriage leads to violence!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/03/2015 8:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Timeline appears a bit off.

The shooters were NOT on the 'no fly list.' Prohibiting no fliers from buying weapons really would have stopped them from arming themselves (thanks for another idiotic suggestion, Dems).

He traveled to Saudi "earlier this year" and came back married to Malik, whom he had met online? They have a six month old?

Let's see - any child six months old must have been born around May 2015. But he traveled when? Earlier THIS year? Conceived around Sept 2014 via the internet?

She must have entered the US in the late stages of pregnancy wearing full Islamic garb so the baby bump wasn't visible.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 8:31 Comments || Top||

#13  He was very religious....He’s Muslim.”

And that kind of sums up the problem doesn't it?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/03/2015 8:56 Comments || Top||

#14  Besoeker, according to The Guardian's new liveblog on the story today (Dr. Steve linked to their liveblog yesterday in his other post), they married two years ago. Wife is Pakistani, brother apparently served in our armed forces,
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/03/2015 8:59 Comments || Top||

#15  Is Santa Claus an offensive religious icon? Is the Pope Catholic?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/03/2015 9:23 Comments || Top||

#16  I wonder if "Allan snackbar" was recorded on those GoPros.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/03/2015 9:24 Comments || Top||

#17  A GoPro is an expensive piece of kit. Good thing the perp had a gov't job.

Not really. Sure, the top of the line is expensive, but I just picked up Hero3+ Silver for $199. So, well within a California civil servants budget. And used ones are available for even less.
Posted by: Spinesing Gray3122 || 12/03/2015 9:39 Comments || Top||

#18  Seems he's integrated well. Has dispute at work, goes home, gets gun, blows workmates away.

Religion doesn't seem any more relevant than it was at Columbine, Sandy Hook or a post office near you.
Posted by: Dopey Wittlesbach2663 || 12/03/2015 10:10 Comments || Top||

#19  "The shooters were NOT on the 'no fly list.' Prohibiting no fliers from buying weapons really would have stopped them from arming themselves"

Plus it would have been the thin end of the wedge, eroding our Second Amendment rights. I might not agree with his religion or action yesterday, but he has every right to arm himself - its what the founding fathers wanted and Barack Hussein Obama aint taking that away.
Posted by: Dopey Wittlesbach2663 || 12/03/2015 10:13 Comments || Top||

#20  Is Santa Claus an offensive religious icon?

ANYTHING is offensive to liberals and muslims.
Posted by: frozen al || 12/03/2015 11:08 Comments || Top||

#21  Read it again, Dopey. I doubt he was pissed of that someone used his tape dispenser.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 12/03/2015 12:35 Comments || Top||

#22  Ref #10 and the timeline. The following from Breitbart:

Regarding that couple, there are now questions about the timing of their marriage. Their child–whom they left with relatives–was reportedly born in May, but they were only married earlier this year, reportedly. That raises questions about a premarital liaison–or perhaps about a sham marriage arranged for other reasons, perhaps for a pretext for Malik to be in the country. Still unclear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 12:58 Comments || Top||

#23  Another question. If they were married only earlier this year - how did she get her spousal visa approval so soon? Usually it takes several months (especially when ICE is busy processing Obama's illegal-alien children.).

Is Visa Express back again? Were some wheels greased?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/03/2015 13:35 Comments || Top||

#24  CNN doing its usual weasling. FBI reports he was in touch with international terror groups. CNN says,"but workplace dissatisfaction" may have also contributed". They just can't bring themselves to admit their narrative is bogus.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 12/03/2015 15:00 Comments || Top||

#25  They just can't bring themselves to admit their narrative is bogus.

Because, if you take away the narrative, what's left?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/03/2015 15:23 Comments || Top||

#26  Is Visa Express back again? Were some wheels greased?

"In July 2014 [Farooq] returned from overseas with Malik, who was on a Pakistani passport. They later married, and she was here on a K-1 visa for fiancés."
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 15:50 Comments || Top||

#27  Motive is important, and if the motive is a belief system, then yes it is different than a crazy kid with mommy issues.

Take that guy down in Oklahoma a little ways back. Did he 'go postal' and start cutting former employers' heads off, or did he plan a dire revenge.

It makes a difference as to what charges they can press against the one captured. I have been told some insurance policies have terrorism clauses, would make a difference there as well. Makes a difference to the victims' families as well for coping or closure.

Like Deacon said, that is too many people and too much stuff to think this happened because somebody took his Swingline stapler.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/03/2015 15:58 Comments || Top||

#28  Thanks Pappy. I was under the impression he married her over there and the brought her back here.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/03/2015 16:29 Comments || Top||

#29  I was under the impression he married her over there and the brought her back here.

Reports are that he did marry her in Saudi Arabia. Probably gamed the system by saying she was his fiancé and married her again in the US, since a Saudi marriage might have raised flags.

Oh, and it seems that U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has taken charge of the San Bernardino investigation. So we now have "top people" working on it...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 16:35 Comments || Top||

#30  Oh, and it seems that U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has taken charge of the San Bernardino investigation. So we now have "top people" working on it...
Posted by: Pappy


Interesting indeed. Appears the Champ's 'workplace violence' theory is kaput. Any Saudi royal family connections? Inquiring minds, etc, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 16:46 Comments || Top||

#31  Appears the Champ's 'workplace violence' theory is kaput.

Now Loretta proves her worth.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/03/2015 17:01 Comments || Top||

#32  I certainly hope we don't soon discover that Farook was part of an 'FBI sting' operation gone terribly bad.

I believe I read somewhere he was targeting someone specifically, a betrayer possibly? With all the ammo, IED materials, and explosive discovered, appears he had much greater plans in store than a suicidal employment shoot'em up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 17:03 Comments || Top||

#33  No doubt Loretta is working the angles to blame it on the Tea Party and Conservatives.

If only we gave him a job! (oops... he had one...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/03/2015 17:45 Comments || Top||

#34  I just find it interesting that:

There was essentially a US domestic news blackout for almost a day. Yes, there was and continues to be misinformation, as per any event like this. But the volume of 'news' was at an uncharacteristically subdued level and practically non-existent in the San Bernardino area.

SBPD and the Sherriff's Department were able to locate (per a "tip") the residence and the vehicle very quickly

The FBI's LA office was on scene within a very short period of time

CAIR had both located the brother-in-law and held a news conference at their offices, and issued a condemnation, three or so hours after the attack

The DOJ is involved - at the USAG level - in a little over 24 hours
Posted by: Pappy || 12/03/2015 17:52 Comments || Top||

#35  Maybe Champ is getting a little concerned that he might have a credibility problem.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 18:52 Comments || Top||

#36  When the FBI says [paraphrasing] "Farook was in contact with known potential terrorist persons of interest, but those persons of interest cases had been closed"......my bullshi* meter begins to vibrate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 18:58 Comments || Top||

#37  Domestic version of Benghazi. Several agencies need room to sanitize their involvement.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/03/2015 19:16 Comments || Top||

#38  Watching CNN (ugh) in the Munich area, it appears that (reluctantly) they are coming around (glacial speed) to the idea of terrorism.
The garage full of boom material kind of blows holes in Champ's gun control narrative, huh? (no pun intended).
Posted by: USN, Ret || 12/03/2015 22:40 Comments || Top||


Shooting rampage in California leaves 14 dead, 17 wounded
Latest from the AP can be found here.
It appears that Farouk was an employee there, and was kicked out of a holiday party, before returning with two of his closest friends and shooting the place up. Farouk was a devout Muslim and an environmental health specialist, by trade. Most of what we know at this point seems to suggest a workplace incident, but for the AKs, body armor and the IEDs.
[Rooters] Gunmen opened fire on a holiday party on Wednesday at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others, then fled the scene, triggering an intense manhunt and a shootout with police, authorities said.

One suspect was struck by gunfire and one officer was injured in a confrontation hours after the mass shooting, San Bernardino police spokeswoman Sergeant Vicki Cervantes told reporters, adding that a second suspect might still be "outstanding."

She did not know the condition of the struck suspect but said the officer's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a televised news briefing earlier that as many as three suspects were believed to have made their getaway in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle. A vehicle matching that description turned up at the shootout with police several hours later, Cervantes.

The police chief said 14 people were killed and 14 others wounded in the initial shooting spree, which unfolded at 11 a.m. on the campus of the Inland Regional Center, an agency that serves the developmentally disabled.

Cervantes later revised the toll of wounded to 17, not including the suspect and police officer who were shot later.

The shooting rampage in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles, marked the deadliest U.S. gun violence since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, in which 27 people, including the gunman, were killed.

As the suspects fled, authorities ordered a security "lockdown" of all local schools, as well as city and county buildings, and area hospitals were placed on alert, Burguan said. Police searched door to door in the Redlands neighborhood a few miles from the site of the attack.

Burguan said he knew of no possible motive behind the attack.

"We have no information at this point that this is terrorist-related, in the traditional sense that people may be thinking," he added. "Obviously, at minimum, we have a domestic-type terrorist-type situation that occurred here."

He said the suspects were armed with rifles.
Unless I'm missing something, there appears to be a great deal information being held back by law enforcement. Person by the name of Syed Farook named as suspect.
Subsequent posts here and here.


From the UK's Daily Mail, story and photos we no longer see here in the States.
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#1  It appears that Farouk was an employee there, and was kicked out of a holiday party

Latest word out of the press is that he "left suddenly, leaving his coat on his chair."
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#2  Obama says it could have been work place violence, calls for more gun control. I call for Obama to be impeached before his deranged policies get even more of us killed.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 12:37 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Rangers kill two suspected terrorists in Karachi shootout
KARACHI: At least two suspected terrorists were killed in a shootout with Rangers personnel in Karachi's Mai Gari Northern Bypass area, said a press release issued by the paramilitary force Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, the Rangers conducted a surgical operation targeting the hideouts of suspected terrorists. Upon seeing the Rangers personnel, the suspected terrorists opened fire at the paramilitary force, reads the statement.

Rangers personnel responded with retaliatory firing as a result of which two suspected terrorists were killed.

The targeted terrorists, whose identities were being ascertained, were involved in recent killings of law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel, the paramilitary force said.

The Rangers personnel also arrested at least 10 suspects during raids in different areas of the city within the last 24 hours, DawnNews reported.

Also read: Terrorists kill two army personnel in Karachi

The raids come just a day after two masked men on a motorbike shot dead two army personnel as they targeted a Military Police jeep on MA Jinnah Road, one of the city’s busiest arteries, sowing fear and panic in the neighbourhood.

The incident set alarm bells ringing in the security and political administration as Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah called Corps Commander, Karachi, Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, to convene a meeting on Wednesday to discuss progress on implementation of the National Action Plan.

Reward for tip-off

In a statement, the Rangers announced a Rs2.5 million reward for the person who can provide information leading to the suspects behind the attack on the military personnel yesterday.

The paramilitary force urged citizens to provide them any information leading to the attackers on their 1101 helpline via call or SMS. The identity of the person providing the information will be kept confidential, said the statement.

Karachi operation

Rangers is currently leading a grand operation against criminal elements in Karachi.

The ‘operation’ against criminal elements in Pakistan’s commercial hub was initiated back in September 2013 after the federal cabinet empowered Rangers to lead a targeted advance with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.

A high-level apex committee meeting chaired by the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on May 14, 2015 decided to implement effective policing and surveillance in the "vast suburbs of Karachi", to prevent what the military spokesperson said were "sneaking terrorist attacks".
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Afghan Taliban chief ‘seriously injured’ in internal firefight
Slappin' leather, Al Qaesa style

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was injured in a firefight following a verbal dispute at a meeting of militant commanders in Pakistan, officials said, exposing deep divisions within the fractious militant movement.

“Mansour was seriously injured. He was rushed to hospital and we are not sure if he survived his wounds,” Sultan Faizi, the spokesperson for the Afghan first vice president, told AFP. An Afghan intelligence source confirmed his account, and insurgent sources also told AFP Mansour had been injured. Four people were killed in the firefight Wednesday, a Taliban source close to Mansour’s group told AFP, and a number of people injured. “Akhtar Mansour is among the injured but the extent of his injuries is not clear,” he said.
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4 APS attack militants hanged in Kohat
[NATION.PK] Four snuffies involved in the Army Public School attack were hanged at the Kohat Central Jail today. The execution comes as the country prepares to observe the first anniversary of the attack on Dec 16.

The army chief had signed the black warrants of Maulvi Abdus Salam, Hazrat Ali, Mujeebur Rehman and Sabeel alias Yahya on Monday. Militants stormed the school on Dec 16, 2014, killing at least 144 people, most of whom were children.

In the wake of the APS carnage, military courts were set up for trying gunnies under amendments made to the Constitution and the Army Act. This was the first sentence approved by the army chief following the Supreme Court's August 2015 judgment giving legal cover to the establishment of military courts.

The ISPR had earlier released the following details of the convicts and the crimes for which they were sentenced:

The convict civilian Molvi Abdus Salam s/o Shamshi was an active member of Toheedwal Jihad Group (TWJ). He was found involved in harboring jacket wallahs, later used in the attack on the Army Public School, Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, which resulted in the deaths of 151 persons including 125 children and injuries to 147 persons and damage to govt property. He was also involved in abetting deaths of two colonels and a civilian, Director of National Development Complex (NDC). He confessed to his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on four charges and awarded the death sentence.

Civilian Hazrat Ali s/o Awal Baz, the convict was an active member of Toheedwal Jihad Group (TWJ). He was found involved in attacking law enforcement agencies, abetting kidnapping and killing of Levies soldiers and collecting funds for attack on Army Public School, Peshawar. He was also involved in killing 23 Levies soldiers. He admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on five charges and awarded the death sentence.

Civilian Mujeebur Rehman alias Ali alias NajeebUllah s/o Ghulab Jan, the convict was an active member of Toheedwal Jihad Group (TWJ). He was found involved in transporting 10 suicide bombers for the attack on Pakistain Air Force Base Peshawar. He was also involved in attacks on law enforcement agencies and abetment in the attack on the Army Public School, Peshawar, which resulted in the deaths of 151 persons including 125 children, injuries to 147 persons and damage to government property. He admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on three charges and awarded the death sentence.

Civilian Sabeel alias Yahya s/o Atta Ullah, the convict was an active member of Toheedwal Jihad Group (TWJ). He was found involved in the attack on Pakistain Air Force Base, Peshawar; a Police check post, transportation of 10 suicide bombers and abetment in the attack on Army Public School, Peshawar, which resulted in the deaths of 151 persons including 125 children and injuries to 147 persons. He admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on three charges and awarded the death sentence.
Ynet adds one key fact:
The four men were said to belong to the Toheedwal Jihad Group (TWG), a heretofore unheard of faction of the Pak Taliban.
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Iraq
7 Peshmerga killed by booby trapped home in Shingal area
[Rudaw] Seven Peshmerga were killed and one maimed by kabooms in a home in Shingal that was booby trapped 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....
(ISIS) forces before they pulled out of the area, a Kurdish official said.

"In the village of Jidara, 25 kilometers west of Shingal city, a bomb remaining in one of the abandoned homes went kaboom!, killing seven Peshmerga and wounding one," Shingal Mayor Mahma Khalid told Rudaw by phone.

In the liberation of Shingal, "we did not have such a big loss of life as we had today," he added.

In mid-November, Peshmerga forces backed by US-led coalition Arclight airstrikes drove ISIS out of Shingal in a matter of 48 hours. Since then, "the village is in the hands of the Peshmerga," Khalil said.

Hundreds of bombs by disposal teams have been defused since Shingal was liberated and "they are still working hard to defuse them all," he said.
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More than 600 ISIS militants die in northern Iraq
[ARA News] ERBIL – At least 618 militants of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in November during battles with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and U.S.-led strikes in Iraq.

Saeed Mamozini, media official in the Kurdistan regional Government (KRG) in Nineveh, said in a press statement that 618 ISIS militants were killed last month in clashes with the Peshmerga and airstrikes by warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition.

“ِAlso in November, ISIS extremists executed 133 people, including 47 women on various charges, while some 25 children reportedly died because of hunger (in areas held by the group),” Mamozini told reporters.

The Kurdish official pointed out “at least 212 people sold their kidneys in the areas under ISIS rule.”

In the meantime, an informed source told ARA News in Mosul that five ISIS militants were killed on Tuesday “while trying to place explosive devices in a residential building in the village of Bazwaya east of Mosul”.

“One of the explosive devices was mistakenly detonated during the operation, causing a huge explosion inside the building and claiming the lives of the five militants,” he said.

“The group used to fill civilians’ houses with explosives in a bid to terrorize people as well as kill any Kurdish fighter approaching the ISIS headquarters,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.

“ISIS rules people with an iron fist,” a resident in Mosul’s suburb told ARA News. “But they will face defeat soon before the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces.”
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10 ISIS baddies die in Kirkuk airstrikes
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said, that ten elements of the ISIS had been killed in an aerial bombing by the international coalition southwest of the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This evening, warplanes of the international coalition bombed gatherings for the ISIS in the districts of al-Rashad and al-Riyad as well as the outskirts of Hawija District (55 km southwest of Kirkuk), resulting in the death of ten ISIS elements.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The air strike targeted sites and tactical units belonging to the organization based on accurate intelligence.”
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10 ISIS troops die in battles near Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeerah Operations Maj. Gen. Ali Dbon announced on Wednesday the killing of 10 ISIS elements as well as the destruction of 27 explosive devices in the district of al-Baghdadi west of Ramadi.

Dbon said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today the artillery of the 7th brigade had managed to shell a number of targets for the ISIS organization as well as their gatherings in al-Baghdadi Island northeast of al-Baghdadi District (90 km west of Ramadi).”

“The bombardment resulted in killing 10 elements of the ISIS, in addition to detonating 27 explosive devices by the engineering force of the 7th brigade,” the statement added.
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5 ISIS elements killed in airstrike in Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi annonced on Tuesday killing five members of the ISIS in an Iraqi aerial bombardment north of Ramadi.

Mahlawi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi warplanes in coordination with our ground forces were able to bombard ISIS gatherings near Albu Dyab region, north of Ramadi.”

Mahlawi added “The bombing resulted in the killing of five members of ISIS and the destruction of a vehicle that was carrying weapons.”

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#1  B, C, N, O and F

Next target the Noble Gases
Posted by: Shipman || 12/03/2015 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Just because a Chem 101 student puts a periodic table poster on the wall doesn't make them Dmitri Mendeleev.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/03/2015 16:58 Comments || Top||


8 die in bomb attack near Baghdad
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast west of Baghdad.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded this morning near shops in al-Iskan area west of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added: “A security force rushed to the scene and transported the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the body of the dead man to the forensic medicine department, while a raid and search operation was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”
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Hezbollah Brigades kill 5 suicide bombers near Karbala
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A security source announced on Wednesday, that Hezbollah Brigades have killed five suicide bombers that tried to storm the masses of visitors heading to Karbala.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The Brigades of Hezbollah clashed this morning with five suicide bombers that were trying to storm masses of visitors heading to Karbala, killing the suicide bombers.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “the clashes lasted for more than an hour.”

The Hezbollah Brigades and the rest of factions of al-Hashed al-Shaabi participate actively in securing the visitors, who are heading on foot to the city of Karbala.
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16 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike near Tikrit
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Joint Operations announced on Wednesday, that 15 elements of the ISIS killed in an aerial bombardment north of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The army aviation carried out air strikes that targeted a gathering of elements of the ISIS in Makhoul Mountains north of Tikrit, resulting in the killing of 15 elements of the organization.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added: “the bombing also led to the destruction of weapons store.”
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#1  How come the Iraqis can kill only the bad guyz and not baby duck and fluffy bunnies?

Or is that fluffy ducks and baby bunnies?
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police demolish terrorist’s East Jerusalem home
[IsraelTimes] Ibrahim al-Akari killed two in a vehicular attack a year ago, was rubbed out at the scene; troops arrest 28 suspects overnight

Police were out in force in the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem Wednesday morning as IDF engineers demolished the family home of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terrorist Ibrahim al-Akari, who killed two Israelis in a vehicular terror attack in the city last November.

Akari was a Hamas operative whose brother was once sentenced to life in prison for murdering an Israeli police officer, but was released in the prisoner exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. On November 5, 2014, Akari rammed his vehicle into a group of Border Police officers at the Shimon Hatzadik light rail station in northern Jerusalem, then went on to ram nearby pedestrians before exiting the vehicle and attempting to attack Israelis on foot. He was shot and killed by police at the scene.

Border Police Superintendent Jadan Assad was killed in the attack. Shalom Aharon Baadani, a 17-year-old Jewish seminary student hit by Akari's car while riding a bicycle near the rail station, died two days later of his wounds.

IDF soldiers also entered the town of Doha, west of Bethlehem, early Wednesday in order to identify the home of Raed Muhammad al-Khatib, who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack Tuesday at the nearby Gush Etzion Junction.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato...
security forces tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
28 Paleostinian suspects overnight, the IDF said in a statement. Of them, 13 are suspected of "popular terror," a term used to denote rock-throwing and firekabooms, usually against Israeli motorists, the army said.

The sweep of arrests took place throughout the West Bank, in Dir Amar northwest of Ramallah, Kafr Akeb southeast of Ramallah, Beit Ummar southwest of Bethlehem, and in at least four villages in the Hebron area.

A major operation involving forces from four IDF brigades in Hizme, southeast of Ramallah, uncovered large number of weapons hidden in Paleostinian homes, including three rifles, ammunition, military equipment, daggers, knives and written materials containing incitement to terror attacks, the army said.

In its statement, the IDF noted that several attacks against Israelis in recent weeks had originated from Hizme.
Ynet adds:
During their operations in Shuafat, troops seized an M-16 assault rifle and ammunition magazines. In addition, Border Police forces tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a Paleostinian woman at the Shuafat checkpoint who was trying to smuggle a knife hidden inside a gallon of yogurt.
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Southeast Asia
Mayor: Group linked to Daesh active in Cotabato City
[Inquirer] Armed men linked to Daesh have been recruiting Cotabato City youths to undergo training on bomb-making, Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. has confirmed despite military and police denials. He said, "I was told about this in the past and that information was confirmed with the death of armed men in Palimbang, three of whom were from Cotabato City."

He was referring to the November 27 clash in the town in Sultan Kudarat province between Philippine troops and militants reportedly belonging to the Ansar al-Khilafah Philippines. The military had earlier reported recovering Daesj flags and firearms from the battleground.

Guiani said he is alarmed and "deeply disturbed" by the information he received that at least 30 young residents had been recruited by the Daesjinspired Ansar al-Khalifah Philippines. They were promised food and pocket money while training for bomb-making in the hinterlands of Palimbang.

Guiani said the group "targets minors, out-of-school youths and teenagers who are fond of reading the Koran." Some of them had told their parents that they would study Islamic theology in General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat, he said.

Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan told reporters over the weekend that authorities had yet to find solid proof that Daesh had gained a foothold in his area of jurisdiction, which includes Sultan Kudarat.

The recovery of Daesh flags at the site of the Palimbang clash wasn't enough for the military to draw a conclusion, Pangilinan said. The militants might have just idolized Daesh so much that they decided to use their flag, he added. Using the flag could only mean that Ansar al-Khalifah Philippines wanted to draw national and global attention, he said.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rooshun warbirds hammer ISIS troops in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday waged a major offensive on positions of the Syrian rebels in villages and towns recaptured from the group last week in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, military sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, the rebel commander Saleh Zein said that fighters from the Levant Front in conjunction with the Halab Operation Chamber were able to repel the “deadliest” attack launched by ISIS terrorists in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

“The terror group tried to break into the region from several fighting fronts, including the villages Oum al-Qura, al-Kafra and the town of Dalha,” he added.

The terror group was able at last to seize al-Kafra after fierce clashes with rebels, according to the rebel commander.

“At least 15 rebel fighters lost their lives during the ISIS-led offensive, while our fighters killed six ISIS terrorists in Wednesday’s clashes,” Zein said, arguing that ISIS’s advance came after the Russian warplanes bombed several locations belonging to the rebels in the area.

The rebel commander pointed out that ISIS continued its bombardment on the town of Marea for the second consecutive day. The group targeted the town with several Grad rockets.

“The group also tried to break into the Dalha town near the Syrian-Turkish border –which fell to the rebel group of Sultan Murad Brigade ten days ago.”

The Sultan Murad Brigade includes Turkmen fighters who are heavily supported by the Turkish government.

ISIS has clearly declined over the last two weeks and lost several key villages and towns near the Syrian-Turkish border, including the towns of Dalha and Harjala.

However, the group was able to fight back on Tuesday and Wednesday after Russian and Syrian warplanes intensified their airstrikes on rebel positions, especially those held by the Levant Front in northern Aleppo.
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ISIS executes gay couple in Palmyra
Of course they did. Because in the short term, the fewer others there are -- whatever the excuse might be to get rid of them -- the more loot for the Lions of Islam.
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) threw two Syrian men off the top of a building in Palmyra city in the central Syrian province of Homs, after accusing them of being a gay couple, local sources reported on Wednesday.

A masked ISIS militant carried out the death sentence against the supposedly “gay couple” after the decision was approved by the Sharia Court in Palmyra.

Hawas Mohammed, 32, and Mohammed Salameh, 21, were brutally thrown off the top of a building in front of a crowd of people in central Palmyra.

“An ISIS Sharia judge has asked both victims before their execution whether they felt satisfied with the group’s rule. One of the victims replied that he would have preferred to be killed by firing squad, but the judge responded that this way of execution (namely throwing the victims from the top of a building) will cleanse their sins,” an eyewitness told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.

“Then the masked militant threw Mohammed and Salameh off the top of the Wael Hotel’s building, which is the highest building in Palmyra city,” the source added.

Speaking to ARA News, human rights activist Ali Abbas said: “The incident is not the first of its kind and it will not be the last. We have documented the execution of at least 36 people at the hands of ISIS in the same way under the pretext they were gay.”

“Sharia judges have been carrying out the same sentence for all those proved being homosexuals,” he added.

Abbas pointed out that ISIS aims to terrorize civilians by conducting all kinds of brutal punishments against those who break the group’s strict rules.

“ISIS extremists carry out such executions in public in a bid to terrorize everyone,” he argued.

In October, the radical group brutally executed two Syrian men in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, throwing them off a roof on charges of “committing buggery”, according to local activists.

The two men were allegedly a gay couple. They had been thrown off the roof of al-Hikma hospital’s building in Deir ez-Zor.

Also in October, the hardline group had executed two Iraqi men in the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul for being gay. The ISIS militants brutally threw the two young men off a building’s roof under the pretext they were a gay couple.

The ISIS-linked Sharia Court had issued a decision to execute every gay man by throwing him from the top of a building.

“Daesh accuses people of being gay only on basis of some superficial information without any investigation. Although the Islamic law bans homosexuality, but the brutal punishment by Daesh has never been witnessed throughout history,” civil rights activist Raed Ahmed told ARA News in an earlier interview, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
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Kurds fighting Al-Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Clashes renewed between the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Islamist factions linked to the Syrian armed opposition in Aleppo, local activists reported on Wednesday.

Over the past two days, the Kurdish forces, backed by allied rebel group of the al-Thuwar Army, have recaptured several villages in Aleppo countryside following fierce clashes with Islamist armed groups, during which casualties fell on both sides.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Wael Mohammed said that the YPG forces, backed by rebels of al-Thuwar Army, were able to take full control of the villages of Miremin and Anab in the countryside of Afrin in Aleppo province after clashes with Islamist fighters.

The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria) have seized these two villages several days ago before the Kurdish fighters and allies expel them again. The battles left casualties on both sides.

“At least six Islamists have been killed,” Mohammed said.

The source added that five fighters from al-Thuwar Army, a YPG ally, were held captives in an ambush by al-Nusra Front on the outskirts of Kashtaar town in Aleppo suburbs.

Al-Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham fighters have been targeting the YPG headquarters in the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud with rocket-propelled grenades and hell cannon, injuring a number of civilians, eyewitness told ARA News.

The Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood has been besieged by Islamists for weeks.

On the other hand, the YPG responded by targeting locations of Islamists in al-Shkef and Kastillo districts of Aleppo, causing the injury of four civilians, according to activists.

The rebel group of Ahrar Souriya Brigade announced in a statement earlier this week that they imposed a blockage on Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood. Islamist factions aim to storm the Kurdish neighborhood in a bid to expel the Kurdish YPG forces from the area, after accusing the YPG of having links with the Syrian regime. However, the YPG leadership repeatedly denied these allegations, stressing that its main fight at the moment is against radical Islamists.
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ISIS beheads Rooshun spook
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) has released Wednesday a new video showing a militant beheading what the group claimed to be a Russian spy in the ranks of Islamic State fighters.

The video shows the executioner waving a knife and standing behind a kneeling captive.

The video comes as Russia stepped up airstrikes on rebel groups in Syria, bolstering the military forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to activists.

Under the banner “O Russians, You Shall be Disappointed and Humiliated,” the radical group shows a militant speaking fluent Russian, threatening Russia before cutting off the captive’s throat.

The 8-minute video has been widely circulated by pro-ISIS activists and sympathizers on the social media.

The captive confesses he had been recruited by Russian intelligence to gather information on ISIS, especially from the new members who joined the group from the Caucus region.

Khasiev Magomid, was born on August 4, 1992, in the city of Grozny in the Chechen Republic. He entered the ISIS-held territory under the name of “Haroun” by order from the Russian intelligence.

In the new video, Magomid confessed that he will disclose his real objectives through entering “​​the land of the caliphate”.

“In June 2014, while I was on my way to Grozny returning from Maikop, where I was working and studying, a number of men stopped me,” he said. “I discovered later I was arrested by the secret police who took me to the Russian intelligence branch in the city. They accused me of drug use and then raised questions about Islamic State,” he added.

“The Russian intelligence branch asked me to enter the ISIS-held areas in Syria. I agreed and completed all the paperwork and the terms of the contract between us,” Magomid said, pointing out “I was trained on how to communicate and deal through a third broker called Grant, whom I was supposed to contact once a month.”

“I was sending him pictures of the Mujahideen and their families and the leaders’ headquarters.”

“I was also asked about those ISIS members from Caucasus, who want to return back home and carry out attacks on Russian interests,” he added.

Magomid entered the ISIS-controlled region on August 26, 2014 through a broker received him in Istanbul, and then he was transferred to Iraq, but he was arrested later by ISIS militants, according to his confessions.

“We were looking for you and you have come to us on your feet,” the masked militant said in the video, vowing Russians “you will not find safety in your homes.”

In the past, ISIS released videos showing their fighters beheading foreigners, journalists, aid workers and minority groups, like Yezidi Kurds and Christians. “Jihadi John,” who was identified as Mohammed Emwazi, beheaded his captives while he was masked.

In Wednesday’s video, the executioner shows his face unlike Emwazi.

The group’s new video shows images of Putin before the unmasked ISIS militant cutting off the neck of the alleged spy in the footage. The video ends with the man’s face overwhelmed with blood on the ground next to the body.

Since the start of the Russia air campaign in Syria last September, ISIS has threatened to carry out attacks against Russia. In Egypt’s Sinai region, ISIS claimed responsibility for downing the Russian passenger plane in late October, killing a total of 224 people.
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Terror Networks
ISIS Training Militants On Commercial Flight Simulators In Libya
[Daily Caller] Islamic State militants in Libya are learning how to fly commercial jets in large simulators imported from abroad, according to reports from Arabic media.

ISIS is reportedly training pilots in the Libyan city Sirte using large and comprehensive flight simulators, Libyan officials told an Arabic daily Wednesday according to Ynetnews. ISIS has an estimated 3,000 fighters in Libya and has controlled Sirte for several months.

"The simulator is about as large as a small car, and simulates every facet of flight including air-to-ground communications," the sources said. A group of ISIS commanders reportedly obtained the simulator in October and have at least one other simulator, which they are using to train fighter pilots.

If ISIS strengthens its hold in Sirte, it could gain direct access to the Mediterranean and southern Europe.

"Libyan Air Force planes, that were not sufficiently armed, have previously attempted to destroy at least one ISIS training camp, but the attacks achieved little results," a security official who was part of a team monitoring ISIS in Northern Africa told the Arabic daily.

A belief the United States is secretly in league with ISIS is widespread in Iraq among both Sunni and Shia groups, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Many believe that is the only explanation for what they see as a failed U.S. campaign against ISIS.
Ynet link to article.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 06:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Moscow, London, and Paris are likely 25m targets. The recent downing of a Russian airliner may have simply been a test run. I would not discount simultaneous, multiple ISIS targeting during the upcoming Christian Holiday.

This may at least partially explain the UK's recently announced bombing campaign.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/03/2015 7:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Um, this doesn't meet my definition of contained no matter how small the simulator is.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/03/2015 8:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll assume the automatic firmware updates should be easier to corrupt than a centrifuge.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/03/2015 9:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Glad we gave them Libya so they could train in peace and quiet.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/03/2015 10:21 Comments || Top||

#5  A belief the United States is secretly in league with ISIS is widespread in Iraq among both Sunni and Shia groups, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Many believe that is the only explanation for what they see as a failed U.S. campaign against ISIS.

Yeah. ISIS, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Obama. Somehow they do all seem connected.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/03/2015 12:13 Comments || Top||

#6  And if we know where this facility is, what are we waiting for? A little shock and awe would do the trick. Or, maybe, we decided those guys are not the enemy? Or we wouldn't want to offend a friendly government? Or what?
Posted by: KBK || 12/03/2015 12:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't be silly KBK - we don't have the necessary UN Authority to do so. You noticed the Brits argued about that before they voted to attack ISIS in Syria?
Posted by: Bobby || 12/03/2015 13:56 Comments || Top||

#8  When it absolutely, positively needs to be destroyed overnight, send in ....... (fill in the blank). B-52's, Sayeret Matkal, the SAS, DevGru, etc.
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 12/03/2015 19:56 Comments || Top||



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