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Afghanistan
Over 50 killed as clashes intensify among top Taliban leaders in Herat
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Over 50 Taliban Lions of Islam have died and as much others have sustained injuries as festivities have intensified among the supporters of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and dissident Taliban leader MULLAH Rasool.

According to local government officials the incident took place in Zer Koh area of Shindand district and festivities still continue between the two sides.

Provincial governor front man Ehsanullah Hayat said festivities erupted early on Monday morning but intensified on Tuesday.

Hayat confirmed over 50 gunnies have been killed so far and around 50 others have been maimed.

Another security official said scores of gunnies from the neighbouring provinces have poured into Shindand to support gunnies engaged in the ongoing fight.

According to reports Raz Mohammad Nangialy is leading the war in favor of Mullah Rasool while Mullah Abdul Samad is fighting in favour of Mullah Mansoor'.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the ongoing clash so far.

Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
is among the relatively peaceful provinces in Western Afghanistan however the anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups have recently increased their ins urgency activities in a number of its districts, specifically those located in remote parts of it.

Mullah Mansoor assumed charge of the Taliban group in July this year following the announcement of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar's death.

His controversial appointment as new Taliban supreme leader led to widening rift among the Taliban leaders who are often entering into deadly clash.

In the latest incident, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was reportedly maimed after a shootout among Taliban fighters in Pakistain with reports even suggesting Mullah Mansoor has died.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  He, he, he.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2015 2:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Time to check the pop-corn stock.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/09/2015 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder when obama will send kerry to try truce talks?
Posted by: chris || 12/09/2015 8:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Speaking of Kerry, which side is he negotiating with?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/09/2015 8:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Whichever side Pakistan isn't on?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Doesn't really matter with Kerry. He's perfectly adept at speaking out of both sides of his mouth, or even a third orifice if necessary.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 11:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Can't tell the difference between them all, Mr. B.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/09/2015 12:09 Comments || Top||

#8  This is one way in which killing leaders is more productive than killing low-level fighters. The deaths of low-level fighters don't trigger succession battles.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 12/09/2015 18:10 Comments || Top||


Drone strike leaves 11 Taliban militants dead in Nangarhar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven Taliban bandidos Death Eaters were killed in an Arclight airstrike in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday.

The Arclight airstrike was carried out by coalition forces in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, provincial police front man Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said, adding that the air raid did not incur any casualties to the local residents.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the loss of their fighters so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed bandidos bandidos Death Eaters are actively operating in a number of its districts, including the restive Khogyani.

Extremists loyal to the newly emerged Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are also actively operating in a number of Nangarhar districts where periodic terrorist related activities are reported along with festivities between ISIS affiliates and Talibs.

This comes as at least fifteen civilians and seven coppers sustained injuries in an kaboom in Surkh Rud district of Nangarhar province earlier on Monday morning.

The incident took place after a jacket wallah detonated a truck packed with explosives near the district administrative compound.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban attack in Kandahar airfield leaves at least 9 dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of Taliban jacket wallahs launched a coordinated attack in Kandahar airfield on Tuesday evening, leaving at least nine people dead.

The attack carried out by a group of heavily armed Talibs triggered a standoff which continued until around 11:00 pm local time.

Provincial governor front man Samim Khpolwak confirmed the incident but he said it is yet not clear how many Death Eaters were involved in the attack.

A local security official said the Death Eaters launched an attack on a compound of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kandahar airfield.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added at least 9 people were killed and around 15 others were maimed during the shootout.

According to the eyewitnesses in the area, the Talibs initially launched the attack by hurling hand grenades and taking position inside an old school building located near the airfield.

The Talibs group claimed responsbility behind the attack.

Today's attack comes a day after the Talibs attacked a cop shoppe in the 9th police district of Kandahar city, leaving two coppers maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Two "American" Shaboobs surrender in Somalia
MOGADISHU -- The defections of two fighters, an American and a U.S. resident, from Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels highlight tensions within al-Shabab over whether it should remain affiliated to al-Qaida or switch allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to an al-Shabab commander.

Foreign fighters are being alienated and feel trapped in Somalia over suspicions that they are plotting to switch allegiance to the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq, Abu Mohammed, a military commander with Al-Shabab told The Associated Press Tuesday. The “ambitions” by some foreign fighters in al-Shabab to join the Islamic State group had led to them to be isolated within the Somali group and even face death at the hands of their erstwhile comrades-in-arms.

An American who had been fighting with al-Shabab left the rebels and was arrested by Somalia’s security forces on Monday. Abdimalik Jones, who said he is from San Diego, was arrested in the southern port of Barawe, said African Union spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna.

Jones claimed he fled al-Shabab because of rifts within the group, said an official with Somali security forces who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press. Jones is missing the index finger of his right hand, said the official.

Separately an American resident, a Minnesota man named Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, who joined al-Shabab in Somalia more than seven years ago, surrendered to Somalia’s federal government on Nov. 6, the U.S. State Department said in an email to The Associated Press. It’s not immediately clear why his arrest wasn’t announced earlier. Hassan was a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. but not an American citizen.

Hassan had been fighting with al-Shabab but recently went online to urge others to carry out violence on behalf of IS. State Department spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala said Hassan is in the custody of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency in Mogadishu. She said the U.S. is discussing the case with the Somali Federal Government, but noted that Washington does not have an extradition agreement with Somalia.

The two defections show tensions within al-Shabab, according to Mohammed.
“Some mujahedeen fighters are now preferring to fall into the enemy’s hands instead of meeting death in the hands of brothers,” said Mohammed, adding that the friction over IS “is messing everything up here.”

Al-Shabab’s leadership declared that fighters acting in contravention with the mainstream stand to be aligned with al-Qaida would represent “Bid’ah,” or misguidance, which would lead to them being killed.

Foreign fighters with al-Shabab would have to give up their desire to join IS to escape death, said Mohammed.

“They have no choice,” he said by phone from southern Somalia.

The defections by the two foreign fighters would not have much impact on al-Shabab militarily, but it may make it more difficult for al-Shabab to recruit more foreign fighters, said a senior Somali intelligence official.

“At this point, the group is gambling on its drive to attract foreign volunteers — it gives the impression that foreigners are unwelcome,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

He said the defections of the two Americans appear to be separate.

“They have no time to coordinate for their defections,” he said. “Everyone is on his own way to escape an imminent death.”
Posted by: Steve White || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Leave these fighters over in Somalia and don't let them ever come back. Maybe someday, they and others like them will come to realize how special their U.S. citizenship is.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/09/2015 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  "was"
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2015 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Jihad not all it's cracked up to be?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/09/2015 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Angling for consulting work with the FBI or DoJ...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 16:36 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Bomb attack kills four security personnel in Egypt's North Sinai
[AlAhram] Four security personnel were killed on Tuesday and four others maimed in a kaboom in the restive North Sinai town of Rafah, security sources said.

A roadside kaboom was remotely detonated by suspected Islamist holy warriors as an armoured vehicle carrying the forces passed by the town's center, near the border with the Gazoo Strip and Israel.

Security forces have been scanning the area searching for the perpetrators.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


ISIS (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) may have seized weapons from interdicted shipment to Hamas
[Ynet] Weapons that survived an Egyptian strike on an arms convoy heading to Islamic State's Sinai affiliate and used in a massive operation against Egyptian forces.

Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, believes a shipment of arms to Gazoo that was interdicted by Egypt could have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, Ynet has learned.

A recent major-scale Egyptian operation to thwart the smuggling of weapons into the Gazoo Strip may have had an unintended consequence.

A few days after the operation against a convoy of Gazoo-bound arms, fighters in Sinai from Ansar Beit al Maqdis, a group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State nearly a year ago, mounted a large scale attack against Egyptian security forces in the peninsula using weapons similar to those seen in the shipment.

The Hamas leadership believes that ISIS seized the weapons that remained intact after the Egyptian strike on the weapons convoy, having told Hamas that the weapons were destroyed.

The Sinai branch of the radical terror organization has seemingly become independent of Hamas, despite basic logistical ties that were formed between the organizations.

These ties included the transfer of ISIS fighters maimed in the fighting with Egyptian forces to Gazoo's Shifa hospital for medical treatment and the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Hamas to ISIS in Sinai in exchange for the smuggling of raw materials used in the strip's domestic weapons manufacturing.

In order to facilitate the flow of weapons shipments, the ISIS affiliate, which took over the Sinai side of the Gazoo smuggling tunnels, demands a "tax" in the form of a small number of the weapons.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Torches Village near Kidnapped Girls' Town
[AnNahar] 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...
gunnies have torched almost an entire village near the northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
n town of Chibok from where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, a resident who fled and a local elder said Tuesday.

The raid in Takulashi village happened on Sunday and saw the Islamists loot food supplies, two days after fighters stole more than 200 cattle from the same location.

Recent months have seen a reduction in such hit-and-run raids in rural northeast Nigeria, in an indication the rebels' ability to strike has been reduced by an army counter-offensive.

But sporadic raids still occur and there is concern about an increase in suicide and kabooms in urban centers.

A group of snuffies on bicycles and on foot invaded the farming and herding community at about 6:00 am (0500 GMT) on Sunday, shooting indiscriminately and setting fire to homes.

"They burnt more than 100 homes in the village. Only five houses were spared the inferno," said a resident who gave his name as David, after fleeing to the nearby town of Askira Uba.

The attackers loaded food supplies onto four vehicles they took from the village and burnt four more they were unable to take with them. The rest of the supplies were set on fire.

"We will have to wait till everybody is back to know if there were any fatalities in the attack," Ayuba Chibok, a community leader in Chibok, told AFP.

"We are making contacts with the residents who fled to locations where there is a phone network.

"We thought the worst had happened after Boko Haram rustled over 200 cattle in the village on Friday."

In April last year 12 people were killed when gunnies attacked Takulashi in the wake of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok by Boko Haram.

Fifty-seven girls escaped soon afterwards but nothing has been seen or heard from the remaining 219 in captivity since a video in May 2014.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 05:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  Mooch still toting that #BringBackOurGirls sign with her bitchy resting face?
Posted by: Frank G || 12/09/2015 8:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't forgettum w/de rigueur Stage Left Head Tilt.
Posted by: JHH || 12/09/2015 20:05 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
JMB man who killed Kunio arrested
[Dhaka Tribune] Police say they have placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
the prime suspect in Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio's murder, adding that the arrested JMB man also killed a mazar khadem last month in Rangpur.

Masud Rana, 38, is a regional leader of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt.
, said Humayun Kabir, the acting deputy inspector general (DIG) for Rangpur Range.

Rana was arrested from his house, the acting DIG said without disclosing the time of arrest.

Police sources, however, said Rana had been arrested sometime before last Thursday. News of his arrest had not been announced to the media earlier for the sake of ongoing investigation, the acting DIG said yesterday.

Rana had previously been in jail for two years, but secured bail and started to reorganise JMB activities in the district following his release.

"Masud Rana is the JMB regional commander of the region and was one the shooters [of Kunio]. He confessed in the court of Senior Judge Shafiul Alam that he shot at Hoshi Kunio," acting DIG Kabir said.

The same person killed Khadem Rahmat Ali on November 10 at Choita intersection in Kaunia upazila and also tried to kill Bahai community leader Ruhul Amin two days earlier.

Following Rana's confession, the police recovered three knives including one that Rana admitted of using to hack khadem Rahmat to death. They also searched the vicinity of his home and found fifty empty cans that were supposed to be used for making crude bombs.

However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
police are yet to recover the firearm and the bike that were used to kill Kunio.

The 65-year-old Kunio was killed by three unidentified cycle of violence-riding men in Kachu Alutari village on October 3.

Earlier, the police detained five suspects in the Kunio murder case including Rashidunnabi Khan Biplob, the younger brother of BNP leader Habib Un Nabi Sohel, and the victim's business partner Humayun Kabir Hira.

At the time, law enforcers also claimed that all three of Kunio's attackers have been arrested.

But yesterday, the police did not say whether the latest arrest had any links with the previous detainments.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh


Europe
Third Paris concert hall attacker ID'd, visited Syria - judicial source
[Rooters] PARIS, Dec 9 - A third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 has been identified as a 23-year-old from Strasbourg who went to Syria with a group of other young people at the end of 2013, a judicial source and other officials said on Wednesday.

Sources close to the situation named the attacker, who died in the assault, as Foued Mohamed-Aggad. Prime Minister Manuel Valls confirmed on BFMTV that the man had finally been identified.

Other members of the group that went to Syria were arrested and imprisoned in May 2014 after their return, the sources said. Mohammed-Aggad's older brother Karim, who also visited Syria, is in jail in France, the judicial source said.

The Bataclan shootings were part of a co-ordinated attack around Paris that killed 130 people. Islamic State, the militant group that now controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility.

The other two attackers at the Bataclan, among seven in all who died in the assaults around the city, have been named as Samy Amimour, 28, from Drancy, north east of Paris, and Ismail Omar Mostefai, 29, who lived in Chartres, south west of Paris.

Amimour also spent time in Syria, as did the presumed ringleader of the Nov. 13 attackers, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 28, a Belgian of Moroccan origin who was killed the following week in a police raid near Paris.

Another attacker, Salah Abdeslam, 26, French and born in Brussels, is still on the run.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 06:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:


European encounters of the jihadi and "migrant" kind
Spain arrests two suspected ISIS recruiters

[AlAhram] Spanish police on Tuesday incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
a man and a woman suspected of recruiting Islamist holy warriors and launching terror threats against Spain and La Belle France, the country's interior ministry said. The pair pledged allegiance to Daesh [Islamic State] and its leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
FBI Director Comey provides San Bernardino terrorist update
[Examiner] FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the pair of suspects in last week's San Bernardino shooting were radicalized at least two years ago.

"San Bernardino involved two killers who were radicalized for quite a long time before their attack," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "In fact, our investigation to date, which I can only say so much about at this point, indicates that they were actually radicalized before they started dating each other online."

"As early as the end of 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and married and lived together in the United States," he said.

Comey also said investigators are struggling to gather information about domestic terrorists because of restrictive privacy policies. Comey said encryption has become part of the "statecraft" of the Islamic State.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 13:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Makes one wonder if their 'marriage' was only a sham to get her into the U.S. (as a number of people on Rantburg have mentioned).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/09/2015 16:31 Comments || Top||

#2  I've not seen confirmation as to whether the pair were married in Saudi Arabia first.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 16:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Good point. And DNA testing for the child - the timing of that seems odd.

Can you imagine being this kid and growing up knowing who your parents were?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/09/2015 16:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes. Like the Rosenberg kids, complete denial.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 17:01 Comments || Top||


San Bernardino Shooters Practiced Attack a Year in Advance
San Bernardino terror couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik spent at least a year preparing for their terror attack, NBC News has learned, practicing at a local gun range and making financial plans for their family after their deaths.
So not sudden jihadis. Makes the trip to the Middle East to procure a 'wife' look more and more like an ingenious method to bring in a co-conspirator and fellow shooter.
And the husband may have discussed an attack as many as three years ago, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.

Two sources said Farook and Malik had practiced their shooting skills at a Riverside, California-area gun range for a year or more before last Wednesday's attack on a holiday office party. They killed 14 people and wounded 21 more with firearms at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Counterterrorism officials also told NBC News that Farook and Malik were making preparations for some time to "take care of both grandma and the baby." The couple lived in a Redlands, California residence with their 6-month-old daughter and Farook's 62-year-old mother, Rafia Farook. They left their daughter with Rafia Farook on the morning of the attack.

Investigators are examining a $28,500 deposit made to Farook's bank account in the weeks before the Dec. 2 rampage. A U.S. counterterrorism official said that he didn't have details on the transfer, but that it "would be consistent with them making preparations for grandma and the kid."
You may now bet your last dollar that our government will 1) let grandma keep the cash and 2) give her welfare benefits 'for the sake of the child'...
"They had purposely thought through that problem," said the official. "There were other indications of preparations."

Reuters reported that the loan to Farook was made by the online lender Prosper. In a statement, Prosper said that the company is "prohibited by law from disclosing any non-public, personally identifiable information regarding any loan originated through our platform."

"All loans originated through the Prosper platform are subject to all identity verification and screening procedures required by law, including U.S. anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering laws," the spokesperson said. "Like all Americans, Prosper is shocked and saddened by recent events in San Bernardino."
Shocked enough to help law enforcement?
And a senior law enforcement official told NBC News Tuesday that FBI investigators have been told that Farook discussed staging an attack in California as early as 2012.

The official said investigators don't yet know what to make of the claim, although they say it may bolster their growing suspicion that Farook was radicalized long before he returned from Saudi Arabia last year with his wife.
He went to Soddy-controlled Arabia to get someone who would help him with the job. We're going to discover, as time goes on, that this was an operation that was both opportunistic -- Farook fell into the hands of ISIS -- and at the same time well planned.
The latest revelations come after NBC News reported Monday that federal investigators are interviewing a neighbor of Farook and Malik who bought two of the four guns that were used in the massacre. That man, Enrique Marquez — who NBC News has learned is an in-law of Farook — had converted to Islam about three or four years ago, according to the son of the imam at the Islamic Center of Riverside.
And went to the same armory mosque, where introductions were made and instructions passed down...
Marquez, along with Farook and Malik, attended the mosque, officials have said. In 2014, records show, Marquez married a woman named Mariya Chernykh — the sister of Tatiana Farook, who is married to Syed Rizwan Farook's brother, Syed Raheel Farook.
Are the sisters from Chechnya?
Both Tatiana and Syed Raheel Farook were witnesses at the ceremony, according to public records.

Enrique Marquez and Mariya Chernykh also listed their home address as the same one belonging to Syed Raheel Farook and his father.

Muhammed Kuko, the son of the imam at the Islamic Center of Riverside, told NBC News that Marquez went to Friday prayers there in addition to working at its bookstore. He said he heard Marquez was a gun hobbyist, and he came across as mild-mannered, smiling and helpful — and Kuko never heard him express any extreme or conservative views. He said he would be shocked if Marquez was knowingly an accomplice to the massacre.
Shocked, shocked indeed. And deep down, pleased...
Kuko added that Farook was also reserved and mild-mannered, and sometimes liked to play on the mosque's basketball court.

Marquez has not been named as suspect in the case, and investigators say he has been cooperative. Law enforcement sources said he bought the two semiautomatic rifles used in last week's attack in 2011 and 2012. All four guns were purchased legally, officials have said.
And then given illegally to Farook. Marquez is going to be doing some time in a federal prison when this is over.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/09/2015 08:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Given the results, I wouldn't say they "practiced."
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 11:34 Comments || Top||

#2  If that money from Prosper really was a loan, won't they be looking to get it back?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/09/2015 12:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump's idea would have saved 14.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/09/2015 12:09 Comments || Top||

#4  San Bernardino attackers talked ‘about jihad and martyrdom’ in 2013

All that NSA snooping for nothing apparently....
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/09/2015 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh... and remember it is domestic right wing groups that are the threat according to the feds.

So BOO NSA and fuck you.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/09/2015 12:33 Comments || Top||

#6  All that NSA snooping for nothing apparently....

no kidding!!
Posted by: 746 || 12/09/2015 16:10 Comments || Top||


FBI probes Islamic State, terror links to San Bernardino massacre
It would appear in this article [dated Dec 5] that Malik's extended family had strong ties to Islamic Radical elements in Pakistan, yet the State Dept. Investigation for her K-1 fiance visa found no such issues and allowed her to enter the US to marry Farook and establish permanent residence.

Sort of begs the question regarding gov't "vetting" of refugees or anyone else for that matter. That of course assumes there ever was a question regarding governmental abilities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 03:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  it is irrelevant whether there are links or not

It will not help stop the next attack done by a person who speaks to nobody and is linked to nobody

but who truly believes that killing for allah will get him a golden ticket to paradise with no judgement on the way

Islamist ideology is the problem ISIS is just the symptom

this is not a crime and punishment narrative. You cannot win it by cops and spies.

The ONLY way to win it is to actively support these people - muslims who are fighting Islamofascist ideology

support them, fund them, give them a platform to speak in the media frequently and often

and silence the Islamofascists. Deport them, prosecute them under treason laws. Declare the Caliphate (not ISIS) the enemy and ban sharia.

make it crystal clear that under no circumstances will religion be allowed to dictate laws. A secular society is the only one that can work

This is what will work.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/09/2015 5:37 Comments || Top||

#2  In the U.S., immigration officials and politicos act as if there is some entitlement that requires we accept the Muslims from places that are our enemy into our country. That is insanity.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/09/2015 7:42 Comments || Top||


San Bernardino Health Inspector/Shooter Visited 11 School Cafeterias
[Breitbart] San Bernardino school officials have revealed that due to his job as a San Bernardino County health inspector, terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook inspected eleven school sites in the county for months before he massacred 14 people and wounded 21 others last week.

Less than 24 hours before the massacre, San Bernardino City Unified School District officials discovered that Farook visited one site only two months before the shootings.
Appears some potential primary targets may have been identified. The number of schools visited also closely parallels the pipes or pipe bombs found at the terrorist residence. At a minimum, 'placement and access' along with the ability to conduct pre-attack surveillance has been established.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [535 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Probably part of his job description. I'm glad he didn't act on the obvious vulnerability there.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/09/2015 1:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Having spent some time in that part of the world, the hiring of a 'Muslim health inspector' here in the States, seems just a bit odd. But I suppose anything is possible in the gov't hiring process.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 3:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, if he's been eating in them, it'd explain a lot.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2015 3:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Imagine a Beslan butchery here. It probably would finally be enough to break the leash of constraint. I wouldn't want it to happen but I'd enjoy the total melt down of the MSM remaining cred trying to cover for the enemy. It would be the point where you could openly call the anti-American Left for what they are.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2015 8:33 Comments || Top||

#5  My fear P2k is that such an event, rather than causing total meltdown, would cause total surrender.

Then, are there enough liberty lovers left to start the revolution?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/09/2015 10:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Any bets on the county was forced to hire him to make racial quotas and to insure the school lunches meet muslim standards.

Maybe the schools were a target for the pipe bombs - but something caused that plan to be aborted.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/09/2015 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, first it was 12 pipe bombs found at the residence, with one multiple charge bomb at the workplace that failed to ignite or be set off. Now it's 19 pieces of pipe, with no further mention of 'hobby car' firing devices or bomb contents.

I remain skeptical of the Bureau's evolving story, as always.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 11:22 Comments || Top||

#8  I remain skeptical of the Bureau's evolving story, as always.

It's really too early to say there's valid data. What we're getting is the media scrambling to put together "news," while the Bureau, LE, WH, various interest groups, etc. try to massage information to suit their ends. At this point it's mostly noise.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 11:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Having spent some time in that part of the world, the hiring of a 'Muslim health inspector' here in the States, seems just a bit odd.

Easily explained by Affirmative Action.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/09/2015 12:08 Comments || Top||

#10  I suspect that he seemed very American when he got the job. He was born in the US and his brother was in the military. I think something happened later in his life, by then, even if anyone noticed, firing someone of color can get complicated.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/09/2015 14:33 Comments || Top||

#11  How explosive is a pipe bomb? If you planted one in a caffeteria and blew it up at the busiest time of day would you even get all the kitchen staff? Lots of metal equipment that could block an explosion. I'd be searching for poison at the fellow's residence on the off chance he wanted to kill large numbers.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/09/2015 14:35 Comments || Top||

#12  If he poisoned the ketchup at every cafeteria for example we might have taken a long time to figure out why kids were dropping off here and there around the county.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/09/2015 14:35 Comments || Top||

#13  Moo sez no ketchup.

Also that bitch was too damn ugly to be allowed in.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 17:03 Comments || Top||

#14 
I think something happened later in his life...


Mommy and Daddy were already jihadis-in-waiting. He spent his life with a chip on his shoulder; all it took was for him to decide to "defend his religion".
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/09/2015 18:36 Comments || Top||

#15  Remember Beslan.

The irony is even iff there was "total" gun control, e.g. pre- and post-1991 Commie-Soviet Bloc incidents IT LIKELY WOULD NOT HAD PREVENTED ANY DEDICATED CRIMINAL(S) FROM KILLING EN MASSE WID BLACK MARKET ANDOR NON-GUN WEAPONS.

The slaughter would've been more violent, more bloodier, + on a much larger overt or covert scale than anything in the US.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/09/2015 19:43 Comments || Top||


Gun buyer, shooter's brother married to Russian sisters
As we continue to un-peel the onion...
Riverside County marriage licenses confirm that Enrique Marquez, the man authorities said bought the assault rifles used in the San Bernardino shootings and Syed Raheel Farook, brother of shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, were both married to sisters.

The women are both from Russia.

Suspected terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook and Marquez were both witnesses at the June 2013 wedding of Syed Raheel Farook, the documents show.

Marquez was married in November 2014.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/09/2015 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Personally I blame CAPTAIN BENTEEN on the Hill.

[MADONNA'S "FROZEN" = NOSTRADAMUS' "THREE SISTERS" here].

OOOPPPSSS, my bad, am mixing up Guam Taotamona past wid Guam Taotamona future - D *** NGED SOLAR FLARES!

Never e-v-a-r! mix the Sun wid AM Donuts, People.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/09/2015 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Could you try that again, this time in English? I've grown tired of reading your cryptic bullshit. We're on the same side but you're annoying as hell. If you have a point, make it.

Posted by: Crusader || 12/09/2015 0:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Just in from clandestine transmitters:
JOE's pastry is getting the jitters.
The Red rice's rising
And Okie's capsizing
Have shaken his poor apple fritters.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/09/2015 0:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice.
Crusader, you managed to tweak both flakes.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/09/2015 2:12 Comments || Top||

#5  I just skip them both.
Posted by: jvalentour || 12/09/2015 8:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Joe is a Rantburg treasure.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/09/2015 8:33 Comments || Top||

#7  I seek them out and re-read often.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 9:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Fritters and poetry, bring it on!
Posted by: SteveS || 12/09/2015 10:00 Comments || Top||

#9  should've seen Muck4Doo in action
Posted by: Frank G || 12/09/2015 10:10 Comments || Top||

#10  One could mark GWOT eras with the output of Rantburg's odder characters. This has been a long, strange, essential project. (Thank you, Fred.)
Posted by: Classical_Liberal || 12/09/2015 12:12 Comments || Top||

#11  LOL. Joe and ZF are both Rantburg treasures.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/09/2015 12:13 Comments || Top||

#12  When the blogging winds turn ugly, I will stand with Joe and ZF.
Posted by: Sgt.D.T. || 12/09/2015 13:38 Comments || Top||

#13  Joe and ZF quite often remind me of this fellow.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 13:44 Comments || Top||

#14  Ima miss Muck4Doo

In his honor an old RB thread:


#1 steve have purdy good keyboard. im not see that symbol in title on my keyboard.
Posted by: muck4doo || 04/23/2004 11:18 Comments || Top||

#2 £ key right above ¥ key mucky. see? look to right of ¢ key.
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/23/2004 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3 LOL Dave D. Do you enjoy pulling the wings off flies?
Posted by: Shipman || 04/23/2004 13:04 Comments || Top||

#4 Nah. I'm just a natural-born smartass.
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/23/2004 13:18 Comments || Top||

#5 ©¿© me too
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2004 15:11 Comments || Top||


Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 17:10 Comments || Top||

#15  heh
Posted by: Frank G || 12/09/2015 17:51 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Professor held for links with banned organisation
[DAWN] LAHORE: Police's Coun­ter-Terrorism Department (CTD) nabbed
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on Monday a Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

University teacher for his alleged association with the banned Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
(HuT) group.

A CTD team raided the house of Assistant Professor Ghalib Ata of the Institute of Administrative Sciences in Allama Iqbal Town early in the morning and took him away for interrogation.

Official sources told Dawn that Professor Ata were tossed into the calaboose for his alleged links with HuT.

"Intelligence agencies and the CTD have been directed not to allow HuT to continue its activities," sources said, adding that Professor Ata was being interrogated for taking part in activities of the banned outfit.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-ut-Tahrir


Army chief signs death warrants of four 'hardcore terrorists'
[DAWN] Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
on Tuesday signed the death warrants of four "hardcore terrorists" nearly one week after four men were hanged through a military court order for involvement in the 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.
Army Public School attack.

An ISPR statement issued Tuesday evening said the men were convicted for "slaughtering, suicide kaboom, abduction for ransom and funding Lions of Islam organizations".

The ISPR statement said four men, namely Noor Saeed alias Hafiz Sahib, Murad Khan, Inayatullah, Khakay Khan and Israruddin alias Abu Lais will be hanged, but did not provide further details on the cases against them.

Last week, the warrants of Maulvi Abdus Salam, Hazrat Ali, Mujeebur Rehman and Sabeel alias Yahya were signed by the army chief, and they were hanged days later in a Kohat jail. The men were convicted by a military court and hanged just days ahead of the first anniversary of the APS attack on December 16.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Daesh loses large part of Ramadi
[ARABNEWS] Iraqi security forces on Tuesday recaptured a large area on the southwestern side of Ramadi from the Daesh [Islamic State] group, which overran the city in May, officials said.

Retaking the Al-Tameem area from Daesh [Islamic State] is a significant breakthrough for Iraqi forces, which have been fighting for months to secure territory around Ramadi, a major city west of Baghdad and the capital of the vast Anbar province.

"Today, our forces completely cleared the Al-Tameem area after a fierce battle against Daesh [Islamic State] gunnies," Sabah Al-Noman, the front man for Iraq's counter-terrorism service, said.

Daesh [Islamic State] Death Eaters "had no choice except to surrender or fight and they were completely destroyed," Noman said.

Maj. Gen. Hadi Irzayij, the police chief for Anbar, confirmed that Al-Tameem had been retaken as did Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, the front man for the Joint Operations Command.

"The liberation of Al-Tameem will greatly help in speeding up the liberation of the city of Ramadi," Rasool said. "Iraqi forces are ready and close to entering the center of the city," Irzayij said.

Iraqi forces were working to clear bombs planted by Daesh [Islamic State] in Al-Tameem, which is bordered by a branch of the Euphrates River that divides it from the next bad boy-held area.

Daesh [Islamic State] overran large parts of Iraq in June 2014, including major territory in Anbar, which stretches from the borders with Syria, Jordan and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
to the western approach to Baghdad.

Shifting parts of Ramadi, located 100 km from Baghdad, had been held by anti-government fighters since the beginning of 2014. But Daesh [Islamic State] did not succeeded in completely overrunning it until May of this year.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow...
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has halted a deployment of troops to northern Iraq but will not obey Iraq's request to withdraw those already there, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, insisting they had been sent with Iraq's knowledge to help fight Daesh [Islamic State].

The arrival of a heavily armed Turkish contingent at a camp near the frontline close to the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
has added yet another controversial deployment to a war against Daesh [Islamic State] that has drawn in most of the world's major powers.

Ankara says its troops are in Iraq to train Iraqi forces. "Training at this camp began with the knowledge of the Iraqi Defence Ministry and police," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [497 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Just in time for the holidays, Israelis seize Palestinian rock i-doll
[IS Times] Some 4,000 plush toys of rock-throwing men dressed in Palestinian garb were intercepted Tuesday at the Haifa port by Israeli authorities, who said the dolls were headed for the Palestinian Authority and were part of an incitement campaign.
Methods of radicalization, actually no mystery at all.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry g(r)om, you'll have to apply for an on-line refund.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 11:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Bet they'd sell on Ivy-League campuses.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 12:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Wait. I see no holes in the feet.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/09/2015 12:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Paleo boys play with dolls.. that will suit them well if they grow . they can then play with each other.....
Posted by: Mae West || 12/09/2015 15:43 Comments || Top||

#5  They'd make great stocking stuffers.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/09/2015 17:23 Comments || Top||

#6  "Get one for the Progressive in your life!"
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 18:53 Comments || Top||

#7  campuses

New students from Sunni to Shia
To Hebrews who have no idea,
Queer, commie, or arty,
Look sharp for your party
In classic collegiate keffiyeh.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/09/2015 20:49 Comments || Top||


5 Arab Israelis arrested for IS support, planning terror attacks
[IsraelTimes] Nazareth family members purchased guns, trained for attacks in Israel, after becoming more religious, security service says

Israel has jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
five Israeli Arabs from Nazareth on suspicion of supporting 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....
and preparing to carry out terror attacks, the Shin Bet security service announced Tuesday.

The cell's members, all reportedly members of the same family, were arrested in October and November in a joint operation of the Shin Bet and Israel Police, according to officials.

The men were named as Abd al Karim Ihab Abdel Rahman Suleiman, 22; Mohammed Ihab Abdel Rahman Suleiman, 18; Abdel Karim Jamal Ali Suleiman, 23; Mohammed Salah Mohammed Suleiman, 19 and Murad Mohammed Salim Suleiman, 27.

The five relatives held secret meetings and trained in the use of weapons ahead of planned attacks in Israel, according to the Shin Bet. Over the past year, the suspects became more religious and expressed support of the Islamic State and the so-called jihad against apostates.

Earlier this year, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared the Islamic State an illegal organization, making support for the pseudo-caliphate a crime in Israel.

Two rifles, a Russian SKS and a Swedish Carl Gustav were also confiscated in the arrests, after the suspects revealed the weapons' whereabouts. According to the security service, they practiced using the guns in a grove not far from Nazareth.

The police's Northern District filed indictments against all five men at the Nazareth District Court on counts of illegal possession of weapons, supporting an illegal terror group and meetings held in support of an illegal organization.

At least 40 Israelis are believed to have joined the Islamic State in recent years, according to Shin Bet assessments.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces break out in Bethlehem
That's it -- the only excitement reported for the day.
[Ynet] Clashes between Paleostinians and Israeli security forces broke out at the northern entrance to Bethlehem on Tuesday afternoon following the funeral of Malik Akram, the 21-year-old Paleostinian who was rubbed out in the city's Dheisheh refugee camp during confrontations with IDF troops in the camp overnight. The funeral had been sponsored by the PFLP.

Clahes also broke out in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, as well as next to Rachel's Tomb.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dheisheh refugee camp

That brings up memories.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2015 2:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Was a rock involved?
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Several tons (spread over 5, a month/year), Ship.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2015 11:00 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Six killed in land dispute between MILF, villagers
[Inquirer] At least six people were killed when suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front militants clashed anew with armed villagers in Tulunan, North Cotabato over a long-standing land dispute on Tuesday.

Tulunan police chief Ronnie Dillera said at least 30 armed men descended on Sitio Saban in Barangay Maybula, along the town's border with nearby Columbio, Sultan Kudarat and harassed villagers tilling their farms. He said the gun battle between the two groups lasted for about three hours and left three villagers dead. Three of the attackers were also killed.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Moro Islamic Liberation Front


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Leadership: Something Bad Happened In 2009
Essentially two stories in one:
[StrategyPage] After the November 13 ISIL attacks in Paris France decided to greatly increase its aerial bombing in Syria. Since France had worked with the United States before in fighting ISIL and both were NATO members, the Americans were asked to help with finding targets to hit.

The French quickly discovered that the Americans had discovered many valuable ISIL targets that they had not hit because there was some risk of hurting civilians. French intelligence officers (in charge of identifying targets) were surprised as it was understood that there was always some risk of hitting civilians but believed that the risk had been vastly reduced with the widespread introduction of precision bombs and missiles.

The French soon discovered that since 2008 American aerial bombing efforts had been continually ordered to reduce civilian casualties more and more. The French discovered that over Syria about 75 percent of American warplanes sent out to attack ISIL targets returned without attacking anything because there had been some risk of civilian casualties. American staff officers told their French counterparts, off-the-record, that there were plenty of critical (to ISIL) targets the U.S. could hit but have not been able to because ISIL keeps civilians in the vicinity.

The Russians, who do not coordinate attacks on ISIL with the Americans, had found many of the same key targets the Americans knew about and bombed them. This caused more damage to ISIL in a few weeks than the Americans had in over a year. The French were free to hit those targets and the French proceeded to do just that. The U.S. government has not interfered with this, at least not yet.

One unpublicized achievement of the American led air campaign against Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria has been the remarkably small number of civilian casualties. This bombing campaign began in August 2014 and despite over 8,200 targets hit (with smart bombs or missiles) since then there were only a few incidents of civilians being killed. Pilots and troops on the ground have complained how this was accomplished by putting priority on not hurting civilians rather than on doing the greatest damage to ISIL.

While the Islamic terrorists were hoping for civilian casualties, to use for mobilizing international media criticism of the air attacks in general, they could only muster about 60 seemingly real accusations of civilians being killed. Only ten percent of those survived close examination and the number of civilians killed was miniscule compared to the number of Islamic terrorist deaths and historically extremely low. But the Islamic terrorists were quietly pleased that they had been able to protect their most valuable targets by using civilians as human shields.

For ISIL even the threat of civilian losses to air strikes had proved a valuable asset in Syria and Iraq. In this respect ISIL is benefitting from pioneering work done by the Afghan Taliban to make it more difficult for Western air forces to use their smart bombs and superior sensors to find and cripple Islamic terrorists on the ground. American, Iraqi and other Arab leaders are complaining that the restrictive American ROE (Rules Of Engagement) are and how these rules severely limits the number of targets that can be hit.

As a result ISIL can move around more freely despite the constant presence of coalition aircraft overhead. That is no longer the case now that the French, Russians and most Arab air forces are ignoring the American ROE to go after things ISIL cannot afford to lose. In response the American ROE has been loosened up a bit.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 07:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [614 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I could have told you the same thing about a day or two after we started boming isis.
Posted by: chris || 12/09/2015 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  "Something Bad Happened in"... November of 2008.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 8:19 Comments || Top||

#3  If we want to limit civilian casualties, why isn't the ISIS territory buzzing with drones looking to take out specific targets?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/09/2015 8:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Something bad did happen in 2009, it was called Obammer.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/09/2015 8:34 Comments || Top||

#5  ..cause the AF insists only pilots run drones? There are only so many available who are not working their careers up through the fighter mafia ranks.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2015 8:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Very little to do with drones. everything to do with ROE.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/09/2015 17:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Yup. That's the reason there haven't been any ARCLIGHT strikes in the Muddled East, even though the Vietnam War proved how effective they are in destroying the will of an enemy to fight. One ARCLIGHT strike over Raqqa or Mosul would have more effect than all the precision strikes since 9/11. Our "leadership" isn't just incompetent, it's on the other side.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 12/09/2015 17:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Ima got a 21st century stealthy thirst.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 18:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Drink UP! and Dumb bombs in mass effect is good
Posted by: Frank G || 12/09/2015 18:23 Comments || Top||

#10  "Our 'leadership' isn't just incompetent, it's on the other side."

This.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/09/2015 18:28 Comments || Top||

#11  The Enemy = "Threat" is ALWAYS WATCHING, STUDYING, ANALYZING, + ALTERING HIS METHODS AS NEEDED.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/09/2015 19:45 Comments || Top||


ISIS commander among 11 killed in Syria air raids
[AlAhram] A commander and a child soldier were among 11 Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group fighters killed Tuesday in air strikes on Raqa, the bad boys' de facto capital in Syria, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was unable to specify the nationality of the aircraft that carried out the raids nor the identity of the slain commander.

The man was killed in a strike on the Ferdaos district, while raids elsewhere in and around the city killed 10, including a child soldier from the ranks of the "Cubs of the Caliphate", said the Observatory.

Raqa is frequently the target of air strikes by the US-led coalition, as well as the Syrian air force and Russian warplanes that began an air campaign in Syria in late September.

The US-led coalition has expanded its operations in recent days, partly in response to the deadly attacks in Gay Paree claimed by ISIS. Britannia voted on Wednesday to join the coalition's strikes in the war-torn country.

Russia stepped up strikes against ISIS after the group claimed to have downed a Russian passenger plane over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in October.

At least 32 ISIS fighters were killed Sunday in apparent US-led air strikes on Raqa province, said the Britannia-based Observatory.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2015 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iran arrests 53 people for running pro-ISIS websites
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iran's cyber police chief said on Monday officers had tossed in the calaboose
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
53 people for running websites supporting ISIS, Tasnim news agency reported.

Kamal Hadianfar said most had been based "in provinces near border areas," without specifying where.

Shi'ite Muslim power Iran said last month it had broken up a cell recruiting fighters for the hardline Sunni Muslim group in Kermanshah, a western province close to the Iraqi border.

The area has a large Sunni Kurdish population that has risen up against Tehran in the past Iran has also sent officers to help in the fight against ISIS murderous Moslems in Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  also there are sunni populations in the Southeast of Iran (Balochs) and the Southwest of Iran (Arabs)
Posted by: lord garth || 12/09/2015 0:18 Comments || Top||


Russia says hit ISIS with submarine-launched missile
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia had for the first time struck Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria with missiles fired from a submarine in the Mediterranean.

"The targets were two large terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa," Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
in a televised meeting, adding that the Calibre missiles had been fired from the submarine Rostov-on-Don.

"We can say with complete confidence that fairly serious damage was done to weapons stores and a factory for preparing mines and, naturally, oil infrastructure."

Shoigu said Russia had informed Israel and the United States in advance of its plan to launch missiles from a submarine.

He said that, over the previous three days, Russia's air force had flown more than 300 sorties over Syria and struck more than 600 targets of various types.

Russian bombers flying over Syria were being accompanied by fighter jets, as Putin had ordered, he added.

Russia began intervening directly in Syria's civil war at the end of September with air strikes in support of its ally, Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
But the intervention has had unintended consequences, notably when The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
shot down a Russian fighter jet that it said had strayed into Turkish airspace, an allegation that Russia denies.

Putin told Shoigu that Russian Sherlocks should open the flight recorder of the Russian plane only in the presence of international experts, "to carefully document everything."
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#1  TAKE THAT AMERIKA - Nothing for the USN to do but send an all-Female Submarine to attack China's heavily defended Three Gorges???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/09/2015 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Joseph, are you well?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2015 2:01 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought that was one of JM's better ones.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/09/2015 6:59 Comments || Top||

#4  I think the Russkies are realizing the opportunity to field test their materials. Nothing sells quite as well as 'battle proven' material.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2015 8:26 Comments || Top||

#5  When I saw this, I thought the same P2k.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/09/2015 9:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Live fire testing.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 10:01 Comments || Top||

#7  It was (almost) comprehensible, BP.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2015 10:58 Comments || Top||

#8  It can take a bit to parse.

I consider it vigorous morning mental exercise.

If you can parse JM at 8AM you are either doing pretty damn good - or are totally screwed.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/09/2015 11:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Whahahahahha
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2015 11:27 Comments || Top||

#10  With attack subs that's cool. Not an all femalian boomer tho. Joe, doesn't bare thinking about.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/09/2015 17:19 Comments || Top||

#11  An all female boomer crew is a very scary idea.

Because eventually their cycles will syncronize and they will all have PMS, and nukes, at the same time.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/09/2015 17:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Lest we fergit, wid the USDOD about to open any + all combat jobs to women, nothing in my post is in-feasible in this Age or Era of US-led Anti-US OWG-NWO + Globalism.

UN "PEACE-KEEPING"/POLICE ACTIONS = SYNONYMOUS WID "LOW-INTENSITY" WAR OR WORLD WAR, ERGO WOMEN IN COMBAT INCLUDING SENDING WOMEN ON ATTACK MISSIONS FORMERLY OR HISTORICALLY CARRIED OUT BY MEN.

FYI 'tis also a old childhood dream or vision of mine from childhood, like Chinese "white" ships off Guam.

* FYI also from WORLD NEWS > [HuffPo] WILL GUAM [ [+ US Forward Bases in Pacific] BE AMERICA'S NEXT "PEARL HARBOR"?, or "Pearl Harbor(s)" given China's long histoire' wid conducting sudden military surprise attacks on its enemies.

As for Darth Vlad, RUSSIA'S MILITARY BADLY NEEDS THE REAL-TIME PRACTICE; + RUSSIA ALSO NEEDS BOTH THE MEDIA + MILPOL CREDIBILITY, + "SPHERE(S) OF INFLUENCE" AS WELL BEFITTING A OWG "CO-SUPERPOWER" ON PAR WID AMERIKA.

Russia, China, + Iran must Geopol expand as Amerika unilaterally or self retreats Geopol.

As for Darth Vlad, since the Bammer isn't going to do anything or much to stop His + Co-Superpower Russia's rise, THE ONLY THING THE BAMMER MAY BE WILLING TO DO IS HIT PUTIN = RUSSIA IN SOME BENIGN, ALTERNATIVE OR DIVERSIONARY WAY.

Prolly safe to say the Bammer = USA is helping Russia's struggling econ by allowing Russia to openly promote its weapons vee Russia's mauling of the ISIS in comparison to Obama's much-criticized drone program.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/09/2015 22:26 Comments || Top||


At least 20 killed in clashes between rival Syrian rebel groups
[IsraelTimes] Tensions flare between US-backed Kurdish rebels and Islamic militants as anti-IS strikes continue

Fighting between US-backed Syrian rebels and rival bandidos faceless myrmidons has killed more than 20 people in northern Syria over the past two days, opposition activists said on Monday.

The fighting between the so-called Democratic Forces of Syria, which is led by Kurds, and Islamic bandidos faceless myrmidons has flared in recent days in the northern province of Aleppo. Most of the fighting has taken place in the border area, where The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
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