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Taliban Deploys 100 Tons Of Weapons To Badakhshan-Nuristan Valley: Mohaqiq
[Tolo News] Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
's second deputy Mohammad Mohaqiq Saturday claimed that the Taliban has deployed a hundred tons of weapons into a valley between Badakhshan and Nuristan provinces.

"The information we received reveals the Taliban has deployed 100 tons of weapons in a valley between Badakhshan and Nuristan provinces and some other areas including thousands of weapons in Moman valley and likewise in southern Afghanistan in Bahramcha area. These all show that the war is not going to end easily," he said.

The remarks come a day after Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
said peace talks with the Taliban will likely start within a few weeks.

women are made to be loved, not understood...
Mohaqiq seems to be cautious about the peace talks.

"May God not engage someone with a bad neighbor, if a bad neighbor continues with bad deeds, then it becomes an obstruction, I seek refuge in God, now we have extended the friendship hand," Mohaqiq said, referring to President Ashraf Ghani's recent tour to Pakistain.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  If you know there are a hundred tons deployed than you likely know where they are so "Bomb them".
Posted by: 3dc || 12/13/2015 7:31 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Grenade blast at mosque in Addis Ababa injures six
A hand grenade was hurled at a mosque in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Friday and the blast injured at least six people, witnesses said.

The attack took place just after Friday’s prayers at Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa’s Mercato district, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood. Witnesses said at least six people were taken to a nearby hospital.

“I saw three people with heavy injuries, one of which looked like he had lost both hands,” said Sileshi, a witness who did not wish to reveal his full name.

Government spokesman Getachew Reda confirmed the attack and said the number of wounded was not yet established. He said it was not clear who was responsible for the attack.
Lutherans? Amish? Esquimaux?
An Nahar has a higher number:
At least 17 people were maimed when a grenade was thrown into the main mosque in the Æthiopia capital Addis Ababa after Friday prayers, a government front man said Saturday.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lutherans? Amish? Esquimaux?

Depends on who's doing the reporting.

BBC sez: "Several rebel groups are fighting low-levels insurgencies in Ethiopia. A court in Ethiopia sentenced 18 Muslims, including clerics and a journalist, to up to 22 years in prison under controversial anti-terrorism legislation in August."

VOA is going with Al-Shaboob.

Al-Jizz is alluding to "Muslim-Christian relations," though they also report Oromo protests against government plans to "better integrate development across the wider region".

Al-Najar and other regional press are also going with "Christian-Muslim tensions" as well as citing armed rebel groups.

It's a Sunni mosque, at least based on open-source. The Saudis seem to use it for visiting-official functions.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2015 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The ghost of Haile Selassie
Posted by: Frank G || 12/13/2015 10:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Late on the protection payments?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/13/2015 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  More, more.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/13/2015 12:51 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Egypt jails two policemen for beating lawyer to death
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Egyptian court sentenced two officers with the secret police to five years in prison on Saturday for beating to death an imprisoned lawyer, the second such verdict in a week.

The two officers, a lieutenant colonel and captain with the national security force, had been accused of torturing Karim Hamdi to death in a Cairo cop shoppe in February.

He had been held on suspicion of belonging to the Moslem Brüderbund movement, which the military had ousted from power in 2013.

Both defendants had been released on bail during the course of the trial and it was not clear when they would be detained. They can appeal the ruling.

The verdict came two days after another court sentenced an officer to five years in prison for beating a prisoner to death in a cop shoppe.

There has been an increase in reports of beatings and deaths in detention in recent months, prompting President Abdelfattah al-Sissi and the interior ministry to pledge they would hold to account those responsible.

The prosecution referred on Thursday nine coppers to trial on charges of beating a detainee to death in a cop shoppe in the southern town of Luxor.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Accident, time out fur coppers.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/13/2015 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  It's testimony to the self-control of policemen everywhere that this is not common.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2015 1:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Red on Red?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/13/2015 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  It's testimony to the self-control of policemen everywhere that this is not common.

In Pakistan it's the lawyers beating people up, for some reason.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 9:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Do not go there, James.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/13/2015 12:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Must feel funny being their court appointed attorney.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/13/2015 20:56 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
At Least 7 Civilians Killed in Suicide Attack in North Cameroon
[AnNahar] At least seven non-combatants were killed Friday in a suicide kaboom in Kolofata, northern 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...
, a region where 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...
Islamists are highly active, local officials said.

"We've registered eight deaths at the site, including the jacket wallah," a regional security source said without saying if the attack on a food stall was carried out by a man or a woman.

A source close to regional authorities also confirmed the attack to Agence La Belle France Presse and put the toll at eight dead, including the attacker.

It was the second time that Kolofata, which is regularly targeted in attacks blamed on Boko Haram, has been hit by a suicide attacker. At least seven were killed there in a double suicide attack on September 13.

The town is located near Kerawa, another Cameroonian town which lies on the Nigerian border where up to 40 people bit the dust on September 3 in one of the deadliest attacks on Cameroonian territory.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Yemeni missiles hit Saudi military bases
The propaganda here is almost as blatant as the anti-Trump writings of the MSM...
The Yemeni army and popular forces conducted several retaliatory attacks against key military bases and positions in two Saudi provinces, inflicting heavy losses on the kingdom's forces, IRNA reported. Yemeni forces fired 13 missiles at al-Jamarak region in the Saudi province of Jizan, killing at least two Saudi military men.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces took control of the villages of Al-Khadmeh and Al-Wastah in addition to three military positions in Jizan province, FNA reported.

The army and the popular forces also hit the Jebel Hamr, al-Hazar and al-Sadis military bases in the province of Najran, and killed tens of Saudi troops and destroyed their military hardware. The Yemeni forces' missile and artillery fire has destroyed tens of Saudi military sites in Najran, Jizan and Asir provinces in the last three days. A large number of Saudi troops have been killed and many more wounded in the Yemeni forces' retaliatory attacks on their positions.

The Yemeni forces also destroyed a Saudi Abrams tank and four Bradleys in the outskirts of Al-Muhdef military base on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Yemeni forces launched missile attacks on the Saudi military bases in the province of Jizan with their new home-made missiles named 'Cry'. The Yemeni missiles destroyed al-Ain al-Harreh and al-Salah military bases in Jizan province, inflicting heavy losses on the Saudi army. The Yemeni forces also hit several Saudi military centers in the Southern parts of Al-Khuba region.

Al-Hamdani noted that the army and popular forces also seized the Riyadh government's strategic military positions in Najran province after several hours of clashes with the Saudi forces, seizing heavy machinery and a large cache of weapons and military tools, including mortar-launchers.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  "We moiderized 'em!"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/13/2015 11:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Anybody have a link to what REALLY happened?
Posted by: Old Patriot || 12/13/2015 15:27 Comments || Top||

Ireland refusing entry to mooslims and potential terrorists
[PJ Media] The number of Muslims deemed to be a security risk and refused entry through Cork Airport has almost doubled in the past two months. Further armed gardaĂ­ are expected to be posted to the airport as concerns heighten about the continuing threat of Islamic extremist terrorist attacks in Western Europe. GardaĂ­ are also liaising closely with the Muslim community in Cork and monitoring its own ranks amid fears of infiltration by Islamic State (IS) cells or 'lone wolf' fighters.

Senior gardaĂ­ [coppers] say around 40 people who had arrived at the airport on foreign flights in the past two months had been refused entry. The figure compares to about 12 each month in the previous year. Chief Superintendent Michael Finn said gardaĂ­ were extremely vigilant in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in London and Paris. He said people were refused entry because of concerns about the validity of their passports and other paperwork they were carrying.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/13/2015 14:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Coal to Newcastle?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/13/2015 14:25 Comments || Top||

#2  "Potential terrorists" refused entry to Ireland.

Guess it takes one to know one.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/13/2015 14:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Exceeding the carry capacity Barb.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/13/2015 14:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Only terrs who can hold their Jameson's allowed to remain.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/13/2015 15:54 Comments || Top||

#5  islamofascists targetting merry old ireland?

or people with fake IDs they got from IS trying to flee syria?

Ireland is a backdoor into britain
Posted by: anon1 || 12/13/2015 16:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Will they let Donald Trump in?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/13/2015 16:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Just as an interesting thought experiment, if the 1st world decided to stop all Muslim immigration until Islamic terrorism is ended, that would certainly motivate the Arab world to clean up its act in a way that nothing else would.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/13/2015 17:25 Comments || Top||

#8  No, Iblis. That would mean no more Muslim immigration.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/13/2015 18:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Either way, would that be a bad thing?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/13/2015 19:41 Comments || Top||

#10  Sounds like the irish are gettin it right to me. Barbara, u can call them terrorist if u want to, but at least they tryin to take care of their own on this one.
Posted by: chris || 12/13/2015 19:43 Comments || Top||

#11  The Irish are getting it right. The Soddies wont allow them in either. Its pretty simple. You don't drink water tainted with poison, no matter how small the parts per million are...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/13/2015 19:58 Comments || Top||

Finland Charges Two Refugees With Terror Murder Of 11
[Daily Caller] Finland charged two 23-year-old Iraqi refugees Friday morning with a terror-related murder of 11 people, after they were allegedly spotted in an Islamic State (ISIS) execution video from 2014.

The execution video shows victims lying on the ground getting shot one by one by unmasked shooters. The men were detained Thursday and were charged Friday morning based on a probable cause. They both plead not guilty.

The executions were part of the June 2014 ISIS Camp Speicher massacre of unarmed Iraqi air force cadets near Tikrit, which is believed to have taken more than 1,000 lives.

They arrived in Finland as refugees in September. Detective Jari Räty declined to comment on whether or not they had filed asylum applications.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/13/2015 12:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Would the U.S. be able to (or care enough to) determine whether the refugees Obama wants to bring in also had similar murder ties to ISIS. I doubt it if they were not able to pick out the San Bernardino Muslim shooters as threats.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/13/2015 19:47 Comments || Top||

Suspected ISIS recruiter arrested in Spain's Ceuta
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Spaniard has been jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in the Spanish north African territory of Ceuta on suspicion of recruiting youth to fight for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, the interior ministry said Saturday.

The 34-year-old Ceuta resident, arrested at dawn in the Mediterranean peninsula bordering Morocco, "was carrying out recruitment and indoctrination of youths with a vulnerable profile," the ministry said in a statement.

He offered them "help to travel to conflict zones and join the Daesh [Islamic State] terrorist organization," it said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The suspect was known for "his adherence to Salafist ideology," it said, referring to a fundamentalist branch of Islam.

The ministry has said it has arrested around 100 suspected jihadists this year.

Spain has been on a heightened anti-terror alert -- level four of a possible five -- since June.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Helvetia: Two arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses
[CNN] Swiss police have enjugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
two people with Syrian passports and found traces of potential bomb-making chemicals in a car as security remains high around Geneva amid a terrorism alert and a hunt for suspects, authorities said Saturday.

Authorities have been looking for at least two people with indirect links to suspects in the November 13 Gay Paree terrorist attacks. It was not immediately clear whether Saturday's arrests were linked to the attacks in Gay Paree, in which 130 people were killed.

The two were arrested Friday and charged Saturday, according to a statement Saturday from the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
They were arrested on suspicion of the manufacture, concealment and transport of explosives or toxic gases, as well as on suspicion of violating the prohibition of groups such as al Qaeda, ISIS and similar organizations.

Geneva Minister of Economy and Security, Pierre Maudet, told CNN two people of Syrian origin were arrested in the greater Geneva area.

The two suspects had Syrian passports, Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot told news hounds in Geneva Saturday.

Investigators still have to determine the link between the two suspects and the traces of explosives found in their vehicle, Jornot said. The presence of such evidence does not mean that the two were involved in transporting explosives in the vehicle, and they claimed that they had acquired the vehicle recently, the prosecutor said.

According to a European security source briefed on the investigation, the materials Swiss police found were traces of precursor products. Precursor products are chemicals which could be turned into explosives or other harmful substances.

'From a vague threat to a precise threat'
During a house search, which had no direct connection to the ongoing terror threat in the Geneva area, police discovered Thursday that an individual who was described as a right-wing sympathizer and survivalist had accumulated an "impressive" quantity of weapons, Jornot said.

The arsenal included Kalashnikovs, a M16, two Glock handguns, a MG42 machine gun and one pump-action shotgun, as well as other weapons, described as antique guns, Jornot said. Police also found a Nazi flag, he said.

The alert level in the city remains high, but Swiss authorities said various events planned over the weekend will go on.

The U.S. Embassy warned Americans in Switzerland to "maintain a high level of vigilance."

The Swiss alert came after a tip from U.S. intelligence officials, who told their Swiss counterparts that they had intercepted communications among bully boyz discussing the idea of attacking Geneva, as well as reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
and Toronto, a source close to the investigation told CNN.

Authorities were looking for at least two other people with indirect links to suspects in the November 13 Gay Paree terror attacks.

"We have gone from a vague threat to a precise threat," Emmanuelle Lo Verso, head of communications at the Geneva Department of Security, told CNN on Friday. She would not comment further.

Police chief: ISIS cell could exist in Geneva
Whatever the nature of that threat, it was likely more well developed than any possible danger for Chicago or Toronto, said CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem.

Kayyem said she suspects that "the intelligence about Geneva was stronger, more specific than it was about the other cities because you're simply not hearing about that kind of reaction from either Toronto or Chicago at this stage."
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Russia says it fired warning shots at Turkish ship in Aegean to avoid collision
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy [Resourceful], had been forced to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision and that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident.

The Interfax news agency said that the Turkish vessel, which the ministry did not name, had failed to respond to earlier warnings, but had sharply changed course after shots were fired before passing within 500 meters of the Russian warship.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/13/2015 11:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I believe sounding your horn is the custom, but warning shots will work, too.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/13/2015 13:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Yelling "Ramming speed" over the bullhorn wasn't helpful either.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/13/2015 14:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Why bother defending actions to the media?
Posted by: Sloluth Protector of the Weak7539 || 12/13/2015 15:09 Comments || Top||

#4  ^^ ROFLMAO, Sven. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 12/13/2015 15:10 Comments || Top||

#5  How many oars did the Turkish ship have?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/13/2015 16:33 Comments || Top||

#6  All it takes is one hot head...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/13/2015 18:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Personally, I'm more concerned about China firing shots at the USN or USAF in the South + East China Seas, espec at the USN, espec given China's histoire' of intiating sudden or "bolt from the blue", surprise MilActions agz its Rivals.

Worry more about IRAN versus Turkey + KSA, not Turkey-vs-Russia, as both Turkey + KSA curren have set up mil presence in Iran's "Sphere of influence" in the Persian Gulf + Iraq.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/13/2015 19:41 Comments || Top||

#8  * RELATED SPUTNIK > TURKISH FISHERMEN CLAIM THEY DIDN'T APPROACH RUSSIAN [Naval] SHIP, + also didn't hear or see any warning shots.

Claim they were never closer than 1.1-miles = 1.8-kms to the Russians.





Russia atempting to contain or isolate Turkey.

Not exactly sending RSAF TU-95 "BEAR" strategic bombers to Guam to deter Obama - you know, CHINA -but close enough for Darth Sith purposes.




Unlawful military incursion in violation of Iraq sovereignty.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/13/2015 23:04 Comments || Top||

Former AKP deputy detained in major ‘parallel state’ operation
[Hurriyet] A former Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy was detained early on Dec. 11 in Istanbul as a part of a fresh wave of operations targeting the alleged "parallel state" of sympathizers of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen.

Counter-terrorism police conducted operations in 10 provinces across The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
including Istanbul, Ankara and Sanliurfa, and a number of detentions were reported.

Former AKP Izmir deputy Ilhan Isbilen was detained in Istanbul and was taken for a health check. He is expected to be sent to Ankara.

Isbilen had served as the general manager of daily Zaman and Samanyolu TV, outlets known as being close to Gulen. He had resigned from the AKP after the Dec. 17-25 corruption operations and stood as an independent candidate in the June 7 general election.

...back at the saw mill, Scarface Al had tied Little Nell to the log and was about to turn on the buzz saw...
police also sought to detain the medical doctor of Gulen, but he was not at home in Istanbul's Beylikduzu district when they arrived.

Detention warrant for Akin Ipek
...who is, presumably, someone we would know were we politically aware Turks...
A detention warrant was issued on Dec. 11 for 65 suspects as a part of an Ankara-based operation targeting top figures of alleged "parallel state," state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The suspects included the former editor-in-chief of Daily Zaman Ekrem Dumanli, the CEO of the Koza Ipek group Akin Ipek, Samanyolu TV head Hidayet Karaca, who is already under arrest, and Fatih University rector Professor Serif Ali Tekalan.

Forty-three of the suspects are reported to have been abroad when the police arrived to detain them.

The massive prove of Dec. 11 came a day after a Turkish government-backed lawsuit has been filed against Gulen in the United States.

A lawyer hired by the Turkish government, Robert Amsterdam, provided a copy of the filing in the U.S. district court in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges that Gulen orchestrated human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
abuses from his residence in Pennsylvania against three men in Turkey.

It alleges that Gulen ordered followers among the police and judiciary to plant evidence against the three men and build false criminal cases that led to their imprisonment.

The Turkish government claims Gulen has been running a parallel state by getting his followers into key positions in state institutions, including the police and judiciary.

It has labelled Gulen's movement a terrorist organization. Gulen has denied the allegations.
No, no! Certainly not!
The suit dated Dec. 7 alleges that Gulen targeted the three men because they were part of a rival spiritual movement critical of his teachings.
An Nahar adds some background:
Gulen went into exile in 1999 to escape charges leveled by the former authorities that were eventually dropped. He built up a vast array of interests in finance, the media and private education as well as enjoying influence in the police and judiciary.

The authorities now refer to his group, which calls itself Hizmet (Service) as the Fethullah Terror Organization (FETO), and accuse it of trying to overthrow the government. But Gulen supporters ridicule the claims, saying their only crime is to oppose Erdogan and press for their vision of combing Islam and progressive values.

The current campaign against Gulen dates back to December 2013 when the government blamed him for sensational corruption allegations against Erdogan's inner circle and has since accused the aging preacher, believed to be 74, of trying to overthrow the authorities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
Border Patrol Whistleblower explains Farook investigation shut down
[Daily Caller] A former Department of Homeland Security agent says that an investigation he was conducting into a fundamentalist Islamic group operating in the U.S. may have helped stop San Bernardino jihadi Syed Farook had the government not shut down his probe.

During an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Thursday, Philip Haney said that in 2012 as an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center, he opened an investigation into a Sunni Islamic group called, Tablighi Jamaat, a subset of the fundamentalist Deobandi movement.

But Haney said that just a year into the investigation it was shut down by the State Department and the Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

The reason the investigation was quashed? Because the federal government did not want to profile Islamic groups, Haney told Kelly.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/13/2015 12:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat

#1  Life is a civil liberty. The victim's family should sue.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/13/2015 13:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe we should look to see if we have too many Muslims who are cozy with the Salafists in our government.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/13/2015 19:24 Comments || Top||

Enrique Marquez Built Pipe Bombs with Terrorists
[Breitbart] A new report on Friday suggests that Enrique Marquez, the neighbor and relative-through-marriage who bought the long rifles used by terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in their attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino last week, also helped them build pipe bombs.

CNN reports that Marquez told investigators that he had joined Farook in building potentially deadly bombs as a "hobby," though not the bombs used in the attack.

During the attack, Farook and Malik left pipe bombs at the scene of the shooting where they killed 14 and injured 21, hoping to kill medical personnel and law enforcement when they arrived on the scene. The bombs, which were to have been operated by remote control, failed to detonate. During their flight from police, Farook and Malik also tossed homemade bombs from the SUV in which they were fleeing from police--which also failed to explode.
Failed to explode? Very strange, very strange. Perhaps Farook forgot to add the explosives? Or perhaps he did and.....
After the FBI raided Farook and Malik's apartment, they found 19 pipe bombs, evidently stockpiled for future attacks. Catherine Herridge of Fox News reported last week that the bombs found were of a design popularized by Al Qaeda through its Inspire magazine, and lately adopted by followers of the so-called Islamic State.

Marquez, a convert to Islam, is thought to have plotted a previous terror attack with Farook that the two abandoned in 2012.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/13/2015 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [425 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hope the FBI is squeezing this guy hard for any info he might have.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/13/2015 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Since he has checked into a mental hospital, do we assume the FBI 'interview' happened there?
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 12/13/2015 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Was Marquez an FBI plant? Is that why so much seeming stupidity in the investigation - more cover-up than fact-finding? It would explain a lot, if the attack was not the planned one, which would have been stopped.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2015 10:46 Comments || Top||

#4  All indications point to the FBI being aware [at some level] of Farook. It would seem entirely counter-intuitive that our Law Enforcement (LE) and national intelligence establishment are so richly blessed with counterterrorism leads that it tossed the data on Farook, his family, and connections to the cutting room floor.

Perhaps I'm giving them too much credit, but if we're that bad, we're really SOL.

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Posted by: Besoeker || 12/13/2015 11:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Decent (and lengthy) timeline here. I'm leaning toward clusterf**k at the Federal level. The media's behavior is reprehensible as well.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2015 12:44 Comments || Top||

#6  The media's behavior is reprehensible as well.

No news there. We used to mock the Soviets and their media puppets, the whole "In News there is no truth and in Truth there is no news" thing. But I'm having a hard time seeing the difference between CNN and Pravada.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/13/2015 14:01 Comments || Top||

#7  "I'm having a hard time seeing the difference between CNN and Pravda."

Pravda was more honest, Steve.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/13/2015 15:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Pravda's in Russia. CNN is here.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/13/2015 18:10 Comments || Top||

#9  So what Ivy League or Top University will Marquez + the ITS-A-CLOCK-NOT-A-BOMB Kid be attending at public expence???

just wonderin'.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/13/2015 20:04 Comments || Top||

Two TTP men killed in police 'encounter' near Sohrab Goth
[DAWN] Two suspected snuffies were killed by coppers in an 'encounter' in the outskirts of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Saturday.

Responding to a tip off, the police encircled an alleged myrmidon hideout near Sohrab Goth. The suspected snuffies reportedly shot up the police party.

In the exchange of fire, two snuffies were killed while four others managed to escape, claimed Malir SSP Rao Anwar.

SSP Anwar identified one of the dear departed as Abdullah, alias Kobra, a member of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).

"The men were involved in incidents of extortion, kidnapping for ransom, as well as terror attacks," the SSP added.

Arms and kabooms have reportedly been siezed from the myrmidons' custody.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: TTP

TTP claims responsibility for killing retired Major of Pakistan Army
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) grabbed credit for a string of attacks across Pakistain which left four security personnel and a retired major of Pakistain Army killed.

According to reports, unidentified gunnies riding on cycle of violence fired indiscriminate bullets on Ali Raza, a retired Major of Pakistain Army, in Phase-I of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Defence Housing Authority (DHA) neighbourhood on Saturday and fled the area. Ali Raza was struck down in his prime.

The second attack was carried out in Quetta, the picturesque provincial capital of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province. A bomb went off close to a security check post in Brewery road leaving a number of casualties.

Local media outlets have published different accounts regarding the casualties, some suggest one security personnel belonging to the Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
was killed and four others maimed but some others state that four coppers were killed in the kaboom.

The third attack was carried out in a Qazi Kalay area of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...

A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) belonging to the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) sustained serious injuries in the shooting.

Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: TTP

US-led warplanes slam ISIS on Gwer front
[Rudaw] A Peshmerga official said Saturday that his forces repulsed an attack by 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) snuffies on the Gwer front shortly after coalition fighter jets bombed the group's bunkers in the area.

"At around 7:00am ISIS fired mortar shells at the Peshmerga frontlines and later the Peshmerga repulsed an attack," Brig. Tahir Jadir, a Peshmerga commander on the Gwer front, told Rudaw via telephone.

Jadir added that coalition warplanes "launched 10 consecutive Arclight airstrikes, destroying an ISIS base."

The confrontations ended without any losses to the Peshmerga casualties. ISIS casualties remains unknown.

Meanwhile on Friday coalition fighter jets destroyed 15 ISIS tunnels south of Kirkuk.

Peshmerga commander Kemal Kirkuki told Rudaw that his forces did on the same day capture a number of ISIS snuffies disguised among civilians returning to their liberated areas.

ISIS has been pushed back in all Kurdish areas in the past several months, but the group engages the Peshmerga in daily skirmishes along the Kurdistan Region's 1050KM border with the hard boy group.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Daesh bomber kills six guards on Iraqi border
[ARABNEWS] A jacket wallah struck an Iraqi position on the border with 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...
, killing six guards, officials said Saturday, an attack claimed by the Daesh [Islamic State] group.

The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged truck at a border post in Iraq's vast Anbar province on Friday and also maimed 14 guards, an army lieutenant colonel and a local official said.

Daesh [Islamic State] issued a statement claiming the attack, which it said was carried out by a bomber identified as Abu Ali Al-Ansari.

The statement was accompanied by photos, some of which were apparently shot from a drone.

One showed a truck trailed by a long cloud of dust approaching a small outpost in the desert, while another pictured a massive column of smoke tinged with fire almost completely obscuring the position.

Other shots showed fighters with machine guns and a mortar who were said to have supported the attack.

The truck itself was shown swathed in home-made armor that covered all but a small window for the driver and an air intake for the engine.

Daesh [Islamic State] has overrun significant territory in Anbar province, which stretches from the borders with Syria and Jordan to the western approach to Baghdad, including scenic provincial capital Ramadi.

Daesh [Islamic State] used dozens of car and truck bombs in the operation in which it seized Ramadi in May, and bombs are a key aspect of the jihadists' offensive and defensive tactics.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Southeast Asia
Thai policemen survive motorcycle bomb attack
[The Nation] Four forensic policemen and an accompanying security team had a narrow escape yesterday morning when a motorcycle bomb exploded just after their convoy passed it in Narathiwat province. Police inspected the scene and found what was left of the motorcycle that carried the bomb.

Police blame insurgents for the attack.

In related news, Ma-useng Sahoh, deputy police inspector of Ma Yor Police Station, was gunned down in front of his home in Pattani province on Friday night. Police suspect the motive for the murder was either a personal conflict or the ongoing insurgency.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

Leb Army Arrests IS Militant who Confesses to Terrorist Plans
[AnNahar] The army tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Lebanese runaway Ahmed Adnan al-Hamad in the Akkar town of Mashta Hasan for having links to terrorist groups, the Army Orientation Directorate said in a statement on Saturday.

Al-Hamad had links with terrorist Mohammed Ahmed al-Satem and had schemed to carry out attacks in the area of Wadi Khaled, the statement added.

The detainee had admitted that the so-called al-Satem had briefed him on the plans 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....
to recruit fighters and establish terrorist cells and gangs in Wadi Khaled in a bid to target army positions in conjunctions with military operations inside the Syrian territory.

Al-Hamad said that he had joined a group of five members and were all tasked with recruiting other units and with collecting information about collaborators with the security services to be eliminated afterward.

On Monday, the Security forces arrested two Islamic State jihadists who had plotted to carry out attacks inside Leb.

Dozens of suspects were arrested across the country in recent weeks.

The crackdown followed an IS suicide kaboom in the southern Beirut suburb of Bourj al-Barajneh that killed 44 people and maimed around 240 others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 01:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS says it was behind deadly attack in Syria's Homs
...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) group said it was behind a deadly attack in the central Syrian city of Homs on Saturday that killed at least 16 people and maimed dozens more.

"Abu Ahmed al-Homsi parked his car in the Zahra neighborhood and went kaboom! it among the 'rafidis' before detonating his explosives belt," an ISIS statement said, using a derogatory term for Shiites.

The statement said the twin blasts in a pro-regime area of the city killed more than 25 people and maimed 70. Earlier, the provincial governor and a monitoring group said 16 people died and 54 were maimed, speaking of a single kaboom.

A vehicle bomb detonated close to a hospital in the mainly Alawite neighborhood of al-Zahra in the east of Homs city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The second large blast, originally suspected to have been a bomb, appeared to have come from an exploding gas canister and maimed people who had come to tend to victims of the first kaboom in the densely-populated neighborhood, state media said.

State television had earlier described the attack as "two large terrorist kabooms." News agency SANA said the vehicle bomb had been packed with 150 kg of explosives. It published a photo of two men carrying a woman away from burning wreckage.

Footage on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
showed a chaotic scene with black clouds of smoke rising above twisted metal debris. People stumbled over the rubble as they tried to ferry people away from the site.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Hizbullah Buries Commander Killed in Syria
Hizb'allah appears to be losing the cream of their fighters in Syria, poor dears.
[AnNahar] Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
buried a leading commander in the south of the country on Monday, after he was killed "performing his jihadist duties in Syria", his party said.

"The Islamic Resistance (armed wing) is celebrating a leader from its heroic, sacrificing forces, the martyr Hassan Hussein al-Hajj... who died while performing his jihadist duties in Syria," it said in an official obituary.

Hizbullah has intervened in Syria on behalf of the embattled regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
, dispatching fighters and commanders to various fronts around the country.

According to the South Leb local news website, which is close to Hizbullah, Hajj was "the head of Hizbullah's operations inside Idlib" in northwest Syria.

He was killed in fierce festivities between Hizbullah fighters and "a takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
(extremist Sunni) group", it said.

Although Hizbullah did not specify when Hajj was killed, local media said he died on Saturday.

Phillip Smyth, an expert on Shiite militias in Syria and Iraq, told AFP that Hajj was a "leading command element" in Hizbullah and killed in Idlib.

Hajj was buried in al-Louaizeh village. The funeral was attended by large crowds including Hizbullah officials.

It was a rare move for the party, which has normally refrained from giving details on its military losses in Syria.

Hizbullah's obituary said Hajj had led "some of the most famous special operations" against Israeli forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  /donkey laff
Posted by: Shipman || 12/13/2015 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Arc light raids could bury lots of them. Without proper religious ceremony though, which must be why we don't do them.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2015 10:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Hajj was buried in a coffee can in al-Louaizeh village
Posted by: Frank G || 12/13/2015 12:34 Comments || Top||

#4  21 kazoo salute.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/13/2015 14:06 Comments || Top||

Afghan Teen among Latest Killed in Iran's Syria War Effort
[AnNahar] A 17-year-old Afghan was among almost 30 Iran-backed fighters killed in festivities in Syria since the end of November, according to Iranian media reports.

Teenager Mehdi Ahmadi, a member of the Fatemiyoun Brigade, was buried in Tehran on Wednesday, the Tasnim news agency said.

His death adds to a fast-rising casualty list that includes Paks and Iranian volunteers.

The Fatemiyoun Brigade, named after Fatima the daughter of Prophet Mohammad, whose mausoleum near Damascus is venerated by Shiites, is backed by Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards in the Syrian war effort.

The Guards have provided military advisers to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
's army as well as training and organizing militias and fighters against Sunni rebel forces seeking to oust Assad.

The latest deaths bring to about 80 the number of Iranians, Afghans or Paks killed in Syria and then buried in Tehran since the beginning of October.

The increased casualties reflect their greater role in frontline battles, according to Iranian commanders.

"Today we are fighting thousands of kilometers away for our defense," General Ali Jafari, commander of the Guards, said on Wednesday, according to the military's Sepah News service.

"The future of Islam and the world will be determined by the war in this part of western Asia," he said in a speech to families of fighters and Iranian volunteers killed in Syria.

Several generals, colonels and more junior commanders from the Guards have also been killed in Syria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Terror Networks
US, allies launch 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
[Ynet] The United States and its allies targeted 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....
with 12 strikes in Iraq and five in Syria on Friday, the US military said.

Four of the strikes in Iraq hit Islamic State tactical units, three fighting positions and destroyed a machine gun position near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a statement issued on Saturday said.

In Syria, four of the strikes were near Mar'a and damaged four Islamic State buildings.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Oh, good - that means there's seven more airstrikes available for later in the month - or for Tuesday, after Mr. Obama's visit to the Pentagon.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2015 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Will nobody rid us of this noodle-thing?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/13/2015 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  17 Air Strikes Launched * 25 percent Effectiveness Factor = 4.25 Actual Air Strikes (AAS).
Posted by: SteveS || 12/13/2015 11:51 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 Will nobody rid us of this noodle-thing?

This slippery, noodlesome beast,
Whose posting your Pater has greased,
Supplies me with chuckles,
But, probably, Knuckles
Will prove a removable feast.

Now all I gotta do is set that to "The Musical Priest." Sob.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/13/2015 19:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Jeez, whatta lotta commas. As always, edit to taste.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/13/2015 19:14 Comments || Top||

ISIS might have Passport-Printing Machines
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] American intelligence has issued warning of another serious threat posing from the terrorist group 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....
in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An intelligence report obtained by ABC News states that the terror group's followers may have infiltrated American borders with authentic-looking passports ISIS has printed itself with its own machines.

According ABC News, the 17-page Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Intelligence Report which was issued to the law enforcement last week says that ISIS likely has been able to print legitimate-looking Syrian passports since taking over the cities of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour, where blank passports and passport-printing machines were available.

"Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports 'issued' in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.," the report states, according to ABC News.

ABC News has cited FBI Director James Comey as saying that the intelligence community is very concerned over the issue.

Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  may have infiltrated American borders with authentic-looking passports
Easier to move across borders on other continents.
Here they just need a student(or fiance) visa for entry.
Posted by: Sloluth Protector of the Weak7539 || 12/13/2015 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Many don't use passports who come across a porous southern border.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/13/2015 8:53 Comments || Top||

#3  So, they're like the Fed and Treasury, printing stuff without any backing. You accept the paper, right?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/13/2015 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Not to worry - we've been assured multiple times that "rigorous checks" are in place, right?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2015 9:11 Comments || Top||

#5  By top men. Top men.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/13/2015 9:55 Comments || Top||

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