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15 suspects detained in Nangarhar
Arrest 515 suspects have been rounded up during separate raids of security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials say three suspects have identified themselves as Pakistani nationals while the others, which include a woman and two children, have said they are Tajik and Uzbek nationals.

Spokesperson for the governor of Nangarhar province says the three suspects who identify themselves as residents of Kuram Agency and Swat areas of Pakistan were arrested from Ghanikhil District and the 12 others were detained from Ghazi Amanullah Khan City of Rodat District on Saturday.

It is yet unknown what the suspects planned to do but Ataullah Khogyanai said the investigation is still open to find out more about them.
Nangarhar which shares a long border with Pakistan has turned into a hot spot of terrorists in the eastern part of the country.

It was predominantly a Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami area of insurgency but now the affiliates of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh and other militant groups have also established a foothold in parts of it.
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Security force repel ISIS attack on security posts in Nangarhar
Afghan national security forces have rebuffed a coordinated attack by the affiliates of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which also goes by its Arabic name Daesh, on security posts in eastern Nangarhar province.

Nangarhar police spokesperson says a group of armed militants attacked security posts in Pandola and Girdi areas of Achin District yesterday.
Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal writes in a statement released to media this morning that police gave befitting response to the militants and they were pushed back.

“One armed opponent was killed and two others wounded in the retaliatory attack,” Col. Mashriqiwal has said in the press release.
There were no casualties to police and civilians, the statement adds.
Although, Col. Mashriqiwal has not specified what group the militants belonged to but Achin District is a stronghold Daesh in Nangarhar.
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Help Sought For Helmand's Marjah District
Marjah district in southern Helmand province will fall to the Taliban if reinforcement troops and more military hardware is not sent in to help locally-based security forces, said local officials on Sunday.

The officials raised their concerns over the deteriorating security situation in the district – which follows on the heels of the recent falling of Khanshin district to the Taliban.

"Khanshin district fell to Taliban, Marjah is under threat of collapse and Garmser [district] is a target for them [militants]," said Mohammad Hashim Alokozay, a senator from Helmand.

"If the security situation prevails, Helmand will soon witness major attacks by the Taliban," he added.

The head of Helmand provincial council Mohammad Karim Atal also raised the same concerns over the security situation in the district.

"Marjah [district] is under serious threat. If it is not supported it will soon fall to anti-government militants," he said.

Meanwhile, the mother of a soldier in Helmand claims that her son, along with several of his colleagues, have been under siege by militants for the past few days.

"My son is under siege with several other troops. They have been promised help but no attention has been paid to them so far. What are air force planes for - that they are not going to their help," asked the woman.

However, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said militants have been defeated in Marjah and that the security situation is improving there.

"There is no problem in Marjah. A militant attack occurred yesterday [Saturday] but they faced serious defeat [by security forces]," the spokesman said.

Waziri added: "Currently there is no security problem in Marjah and there is nothing to worry about."

With winter having set in in the northern and eastern parts of the country, militants appear to have focused attention on southern, warmer provinces - Helmand and Zabul.

Video report at the link
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Army officer killed for collaborating with Shaboobs in Waajid
An official says the army soldiers have shot and killed a colleague suspected to be an Al shabaab secret agent in the western town of Waajid, the regional district of Bakool,

Confirming the incident, Col Abdirahman Tima-adde who is the chief of Somali army in Bakool region said the soldiers have killed the officer after they suspected him collaborating with Al shabaab as ‘an undercover agent.

On the other hand, Tima-adde added that Somali national army (SNA) and African Union troops (AMISOM) have pushed the Al shabaab militants out their remaining pockets in Bakool region.
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#1  Drumhead court-martial?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2015 8:25 Comments || Top||

One Kenyan soldier dead, 2 wounded in ambush by Shaboobs
A Kenyan official says Somalia’s Islamic extremist insurgents al-Shabab have ambushed an army truck killing one soldier and wounding two. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said Sunday the soldiers were travelling to Mandera town, in Kenya’s north, from Nairobi when they were ambushed by al-Shabab fighters between Elwak and Lafey towns.

Shesia said the area of attack is close to Kenya’s border with Somalia making it easy for the attackers to move back into Somalia before Kenyan military reinforcements arrived at the scene.

Kenya has experienced a wave of retaliatory attacks by al-Shabab since it sent its troop to Somalia to fight the extremists in 2011. Al-Shabab militants were responsible for attack on a university in eastern Kenya this year which killed 147 people, many of them students.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Gunmen torch Zawia University admin block
Tripoli, 12 December 2015:

A large part of the administrative block at Zawia University has been burnt down today in an attack by armed gunmen.

The attack gutted of a number of offices, including those of the president, the senior administrator and the finance and records departments.

Some reports say that the arson attack was mounted by individuals who had threatened to torch the university if they were not hired.

Blockades, particularly of oil facilities around the country by those demanding work have not been unusual. Zawia itself has seen its refinery besieged several times by locals who stopped workers and trucks moving in and out. However generally the blockades have been peaceful.

The town’s university, however, is not a stranger to violence. Buildings were hit by rocket fire earlier this year.

This May gunmen shot dead a student in front of his classmates. The young man, Malik Ibrahim Zagruba, was the son on a prominent opponent of Libya Dawn.

There have also been student protests. In March, the university was closed for a week, following demonstrations by students. Administrators explained that the shut-down was on the grounds of security.
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12 rebels killed in clash with Yemeni resistance
Yemen’s national army and resistance fighters killed 12 Houthi rebels and captured five others during heavy fighting in the Southwestern Al Dale governorate.

The fighters also captured Yaees village in the governorate after clashes with the Iranian-backed coup insurgents on Saturday, Yemen’s ‘Masdar Online’ said.

It quoted resistance sources as saying the 12 were killed during fighting outside the village following an offensive launched by the army and resistance.

“Five rebels were captured while five resistance men fell as martyrs.

“Our men succeeded in seizing the village,” a source said.

The report said a resistance unit attacked the house of Houthi field commander Ahmed Mutahar in the village, adding that heavy clashes were raging late Saturday in the area.

In other areas, the army and resistance units kept up the pressure on the Houthis and their allies in Taiz and other areas as the coalition continued their raids on rebel targets.
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Kuwait mosque blast: Death for terrorist upheld
[ARABNEWS] Kuwait's appeals court Sunday upheld the death penalty for the main organizer of the bombing of a Shiite mosque claimed by the Daesh [Islamic State] group that killed 26 people.

The court however reduced the death sentence handed out to the alleged leader of Daesh [Islamic State] in Kuwait, Fahad Farraj Muhareb, to 15 years in prison.

A lower court in September issued the death penalty to Muhareb and Abdulrahman Sabah Saud, who drove the jacket wallah to the mosque site on June 26.

It also handed out jail terms of between two and 15 years to eight others, including five women, and acquitted 14 others.

In Sunday's ruling, the appeals court acquitted one of the five women.

There was tight security for the hearing, with armored vehicles outside the Kuwait City court complex and helicopters patrolling overhead.

Judge Hani Al-Hamdan said the cases of five men sentenced to death in absentia for their role in the bombing were not reviewed because they remained on the lam.

Under Kuwaiti law, sentences issued in absentia are not reviewed by higher courts until convicts appear.

Four of the men on the lam are Saudis, including two brothers who smuggled the explosives belt used in the attack into Kuwait from 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...
. The fifth is a stateless Arab.

A total of 29 defendants, seven of them women, had been on trial on charges of helping the Saudi suicide bomber carry out the attack on a Shiite mosque in the capital, which was the bloodiest in Kuwait's history.

During the initial trial, Saud confessed to most charges but he denied all of them in the appeals court.

Among those acquitted Sunday was Jarrah Nimer, owner of the car used to drop off the bomber.

A Daesh [Islamic State]-affiliated group calling itself Najd Province claimed the Kuwait City bombing as well as suicide kabooms at two Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in May.

Kuwaiti courts have already issued several verdicts on Daesh [Islamic State] supporters and financiers.

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50 Houthis killed in battle
[ARABNEWS] With battles still raging at the Saudi-Yemeni border, the enemy is forcing large numbers of its fighters to pass through in a bid to penetrate the border, promising their fighters they are near a big victory, but incurring more human losses, equivalent to half of these large forces during each battle.

At the same time, the joint military force is still in control in every area of the border, deterring any attempts to infiltrate Saudi territory.

Al Ekhbariya satellite TV channel, the Ministry of Culture and Information-operated Arabic channel, featured an extensive detailed news report on the battles. This past Friday, the channel's news news hound was there on the battlefield describing some of the details of the happenings on the ground, near Wadi Almoghaialh in Jazan, where a surveillance tower for the joint military forces is keeping a close eye on the area. The tower witnessed one of the biggest attacks from the enemy side on Friday.

"About 200 fighters of the enemy forces advanced with weaponry close to the border. The joint military force saw them and engaged them in a four-hour battle, killing more than 50 of the enemy fighters. Two soldiers of the joint force were martyred and one injured during the battle," said news hound Khalid Al-Janahi.

Brig. Abdullah Al-Juaid, a commander of the joint force who was one of the fighters at the front, described the situation as reassuring. He said: "The valley is full of the bodies of the Lion of Islam and we are in full control."

The enemy was showering Almoghaialh center with weapons including Katyusha rockets, mortar shells, artillery and tanks. Also during Friday's operations, hostile elements were seen in separate locations moving on the border, but the Saudi soldiers dealt with them opening direct fire, killing 12 of them, and destroying two vehicles and one rocket launcher.

News reports by the TV channel explained that the Houthis and the supporting battalions of the Republican Guard, in addition to the forces loyal to President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, tried to launch more attacks on the border in the Jazan sector to achieve results and occupy locations to acquire favorable positions ahead of the Geneva negotiations.

Khalid Rashid, the channel's cameraman, said: "I honestly feel that my camera is helpless in transmitting the facts and realities lived by the Saudi soldier on the battlefield while protecting his country. It is not easy at all to show viewers how the Saudi soldier, standing on the border, protecting the country, is very outstanding and different in everything, in his rationale and thinking, in his actions and behavior. He is a true hero indeed. I wish I could roam with my camera the city of Sanaa to register the joy of the Yemeni people for liberating their country."

Another member of the news team, Imad Al-Ameer said: "What these soldiers do makes me feel small and falling short of doing anything for my country. Their actions actually say 'My soul is a mere sacrifice for my country.' They are brave men, loyal to each other and to their country."

He added that Saudi soldiers possess, in addition to their bravery and good physical strength, high combat skills, knowledge of technical and technological sciences.

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Three ‘militants’ killed in Mashkay gunbattle
QUETTA: Three suspected militants were killed and many others injured in a gunbattle with security forces in Mashkay tehsil of Awaran district on Sunday.

Officials said that security personnel were on a patrol in Nagkour area when some militants attacked them.

They said the personnel returned fire and an exchange of fire between them continued for some time before the attackers fled taking with them their injured.

The attackers left behind bodies of their three aides and a huge quantity of arms and ammunitions.

After the gunbattle, the personnel launched a search operation in the area which was continuing till late night.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2015
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Five TTP men arrested in Ziarat
QUETTA: Security forces on Sunday arrested five suspected militants of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Ziarat.

Official sources said that the arrests were made during a search operation launched by Frontier Corps personnel in Aghbarg area of Ziarat district on an intelligence report about the presence of TTP suspects.

FC spokesman Khan Wasey claimed that all five suspects belonged to TTP. He said a huge quantity of automatic weapons and ammunition was found in their possession.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2015
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Terrorist killed in police encounter
SHEIKHUPURA: A terrorist was killed while a policeman injured in an alleged encounter in Sheikhupura on Sunday, officials said.

The encounter took place when police and secret agencies conducted raids in Safdarabad area of Sheikhupura on a tip-off of terrorists’ presence in the area. The terrorists opened fire on the law enforcers, leaving policeman injured.

On retaliation from police, a terrorist, who is affiliated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan, was killed, while three of his aides managed to flee. A suicide jacket, 2 hand grenades and a huge cache of arms were recovered from the possession of the deceased. Police launched search operation in the area to arrest remaining terrorists.
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Death toll in northwest Pakistan blast rises to 24
[REUTERS] A blast killed 24 people and injured 70 in the northwestern Pak city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, and a banned Sunni Islamist group grabbed credit for the attack.

"This is Dire Revenge for the killing of Muslims by the Syrian president and Iran," said Ali bin Sufyan, front man for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
(LeJ), an Islamist group whose sectarian ideology is closely aligned with 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....
. He was speaking to Rooters by phone.

Earlier this week Rooters reported that a Shi'ite unit of Pak fighters known as the Zeinabiyoun were joining the war against Islamic State in Syria. Many come from Parachinar, which has a large Shi'ite population, unusual in Sunni-majority Pakistain.

Regional sources said there were hundreds of Paks fighting in Syria.

Sufyan said Parachinar residents should not travel to Iran or Syria to fight in the war there on behalf of the Shi'ites.

The explicit linkage of the Pakistain bombing to the war in Syria will alarm Pak officials, who are keen to play down reports that Islamic State is seeking to establish a foothold in their country.

A couple of small Lion of Islam groups who splintered from the Pak Taliban pledged allegiance to Islamic State, but they have not had much impact.

But across the border in Afghanistan, murderous Moslems who split from the Taliban and pledged allegiance to IS have established training camps, taken over territory and clashed with the Taliban.

Like Islamic State, which set up a cross-border caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, the LeJ wants to kill or expel Pakistain's minority Shi'ites and establish a Sunni theocracy.

The LeJ had once enjoyed the open support of Pakistain's powerful spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence
...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir...
, but the group suffered a series of setbacks this year.

The leader of LeJ, his two sons and several brass hats were rubbed out in police custody this July; police say they were trying to escape. Last month another top LeJ commander was shot by police while in jug.

But Sunday's bombing, if carried out by the LeJ, is proof that the group can still mount devastating attacks.

Parachinar local government official Riaz Hussain said Sunday's blast targeted crowds at a market.

"The corpse count has reached 24 and 70 are maimed," said Amjad Ali Khan, the political head of Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
. Parachinar is the capital of Kurram. ‎

"Some of the injured are at death's door," said Shafiq Hussain, a health worker at the Agency Headquarters Hospital Parachinar.
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Kurd, ISIS forces battle near Mosul
[ARA News] ERBIL – Fierce clashes took place between Kurdish Peshmerga troops and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the western suburb of Mosul, military sources reported on Sunday.

The clashes broke out after ISIS militants tried to attack Peshmerga headquarters west of Mosul, in northwestern Iraq, with two car bombs.

“Our forces targeted the cars before they reach their targets,” Peshmerga officer Saeed Fadil told ARA News. “Huge explosions took place after hitting the cars with machine guns, which indicates those have been loaded with large amounts of explosives.”

The Peshmerga officer pointed out that the clashes centered near the Kesk sub-district (25km west of Mosul).

At least five ISIS militants were killed in the clashes, while one Peshmerga fighter lost his life shortly after being injured.

“The Peshmerga has also repelled an attack by Daesh terrorists in Mashouq village,” Fadil told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

In the meantime, the US.-led coalition conducted a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the vicinity of Mosul

“More than 50 Daesh terrorists were killed in Sunday’s airstrikes near al-Haytham village on the outskirts of Mosul city,” the Peshmerga officer reported.
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

2 die in Baghdad bomb attack
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Interior Ministry announced on Friday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast near a popular market northeast of Baghdad.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded this morning in a market near al-Shaab area northeast of the capital Baghdad, killing two people and injuring six others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added: “Ambulances rushed to the scene and transported the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the bodies of the dead to the forensic medicine department.”
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Iraqi security forces detain ISIS Top Dawg in Diyali
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – An informed security source in Diyali Province said, that a special force had managed to detain an ISIS leader during a security operation northeast of Baqubah.

The source, who requested anonymity, reported for IraqiNews.com, “A special force had carried out a proactive operation in the depth of Hamrin Mountains (75 km northeast of Baqubah), resulting in the arrest of an ISIS leader after chasing him for about an hour.”

The source added, “The detainee is from the residents of al-Hawija and he was tasked with managing a camp that is under construction in Hamrin,” indicating that, “The aim of the camp was to capture former ISIS elements who fled from the provinces of Diyali and Salahuddin.”

Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Thought this might be a story about bagging al-Baghdadi.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2015 10:01 Comments || Top||

11 ISIS Bad Guys die in Anbar
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A source in Anbar Operations Command said on Sunday, that 11 ISIS elements had been killed during military operations in the northern and southern axes of the city of Ramadi.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “The security forces, with support from the international coalition, had managed to kill 11 ISIS elements and inflict material and human losses upon ISIS ranks during military operations in the northern and southern axes in the city of Ramadi.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The international coalition aviation and a joint force from the army and other security forces were able to shell and destroy three booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers in the same axes.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkish warbirds hit Kurd targets in Dohuk
(IraqiNews.com) Dohuk – On Saturday, witnesses said that Turkish warplanes had bombarded sites belonging to the PKK north of Dohuk province.

The leader of the border village of Nazdour, Khalil Nazdouri, announced in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Turkish warplanes conducted a violent raid on sites belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party on the Iraqi-Turkish border,” pointing out that, “The raid included the areas of Kabseta, Kara Mountains and Matin in the district of al-Emadiyah.”

“The attack lasted for more than an hour without knowing the losses which were inflicted by it,” the statement added.
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Iraqi forces clear area near Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Khalidiya District Council in Anbar province announced, that the joint forces were able to cleanse al-Aramil neighborhood south of the city of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad) from the control of the ISIS organization.

The Head of Khalidiya Council Ali Dawood said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The security forces backed by police and tribal elements, with support from the coalition warplanes, were able to cleanse al-Aramil neighborhood (6 km south of Ramadi) from the control of the ISIS,” noting that, “The battles resulted in killing of 22 elements of the organization.”

Dawood added, “The security forces are working to dismantle the explosive devices and booby-trapped houses in al-Aramil neighborhood to ensure progress to the depth of the other regions in Ramadi.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket attack
[IsraelTimes] Army says it targeted 2 Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, posts in the Strip, hours after projectile explodes in south of country

Israeli aircraft struck in the Gazoo Strip Sunday night, hours after a rocket fired from the territory went kaboom! in Israel. The army said it targeted two Hamas military posts in northern and central Gazoo. There were no immediate reports of Paleostinian casualties.

The IDF noted that it holds Hamas rulers responsible for any attacks emanating from the Strip.

The rocket prompted air-raid sirens in multiple communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, the IDF said. Residents of Sha'ar HaNegev, a group of communities bordering the Gazoo Strip, said they heard a loud kaboom, but no injuries or damage were reported. The military said the rocket landed in an open area.

Israel regularly carries out limited air strikes on Hamas targets in response to sporadic rocket-fire, though it is believed that the rockets are fired by fringe groups inside Gazoo, rather than by Hamas.

The latest attack came as Hamas demanded the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails in exchange for information on the fate of two IDF soldiers declared killed in action during last summer's Gazoo war.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

16-year-old Palestinian attempts stabbing in West Bank, is shot
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A 16-year-old Paleostinian attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank Sunday before she was shot, Israeli and Paleostinian authorities said.
If somebody's trying to stab you, you kinda look at the knife, not at his ID card...
Paleostinian security sources named her as 16-year-old Hebron resident Lama al-Bakri.

"A stabbing attempt was thwarted," the Israeli army said in a statement, without providing her condition.

A spokeswoman for the Hadassah hospital said the assailant was being transferred to the Jerusalem facility, with her condition unknown.

Further details on the incident were not immediately available.
The Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba is located in the southern West Bank outside the flashpoint city of Hebron, where much of the recent violence has been focused.

Tensions have been high between several hundred Israeli settlers who live in the heart of Hebron under heavy military guard and Paleostinian residents.

Since October 1, almost daily attacks by Paleostinians and festivities with Israeli soldiers have killed 116 on the Paleostinian side, 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...

Many of the Paleostinians killed have been attackers, while others have been rubbed out by Israeli security forces during festivities.
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#1  And the MSM headline will read "Palestinian teenager shot nlby IDF"
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/14/2015 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  "Palestinian teenager child shot nlby IDF"

Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/14/2015 10:20 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Bomb kills ranger, dad at his mother's grave
[The Nation] A concealed bomb exploded at a graveyard in Yala province as a paramilitary ranger and his father prayed at the grave of his mother yesterday morning. The blast immediately killed Saikh Jehdoma and wounded his 63-year-old father. The corpse of Saikh's mother was blown out of the grave.

Saikh's mother died on December 10.

A police spokesman said, "We believe the bombers might have been hiding nearby and detonated the hidden bomb when they saw the victims praying unsuspectingly."

Police have identified a suspect, Rorki Dorloh, who has previously been accused of other bombings, perhaps being behind the attack that targeted Saikh.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Syrian rebel artillery pounds ISIS targets near Arisha
[ARA News] HASAKAH – The Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday bombed a main stronghold for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the northeastern province of Hasakah, local sources reported.

The SDF shelled the ISIS-held town of Arisha with heavy artillery and mortar fire.

“ISIS militants are heavily deployed in Arisha town. The SDF’s bombardment on the town was aimed at destroying ISIS major headquarters there in a bid to storm Arisha and retake it from the militants,” local media activist Ali Farraj told ARA News.

At least four ISIS vehicles were destroyed and some 15 militants were killed in the attack, according to a spokesman for the SDF.

Arisha, located some 33km south of Hasakah, is considered one of the strategic strongholds for ISIS extremists in northeastern Syria.

“Retaking Arisha town in southern Hasakah would enable our (SDF) troops to continue their advance against Daesh terrorists towards Shaddadi city,” the source said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The western-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF has regained more than 220 villages and towns in Hasakah province from ISIS over nearly two months of military operations.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) include Kurdish units of the YPG and YPJ, the Syriac Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion.
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

40 die in Damascus airstrikes
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – Syrian air force launched a deadly airstrike on the rebel-held city of Douma in the suburb of Damascus, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, activists reported on Sunday.

More than 40 civilians were killed and some 75 others wounded in an airstrike by pro-Assad air force in Douma.

“The airstrike hit a building where a large number of civil rights activists and residents of Douma were gathered to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the city,” local media activist Ali Hassan told ARA News.

“There was no single armed person in the targeted building. All casualties are civilians,” the source reported.

Hassan added that local rescue teams have pulled dozens of victims from the rubble, pointing our that many others could still be trapped under the ruins of the bombed building.

“This is an apparent massacre against innocent people. The international community has done nothing to stop this bloodbath,” he said.

In the meantime, a local medical team installed a field hospital in central Douma to treat the wounded.

“There is a sharp shortage of medicines and staff. The number of victims could increase in the coming hours,” a nurse told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.

The rebel-held city of Douma has been under regime siege for more than two years. According to locals, Syrian warplanes have repeatedly bombed the city, causing large numbers of casualties, mostly civilians.
An Nahar adds:
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rockets fired by regime forces rained down on the towns of Douma, Harasta, Saqba and Arbin in the opposition-held Eastern Ghouta region.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said air strikes also hit the towns, but it was unclear whether they were carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes.

Government forces regularly bombard Eastern Ghouta, and rebels there fire rockets and mortar shells into the capital.

On Sunday, three people, including two children, were killed in rebel mortar fire on Damascus, according to the state news agency SANA. Three more people were killed and dozens maimed in mortar fire on a Damascus suburb controlled by government forces, SANA reported.
Posted by: badanov || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Strikes on Syrian school district, other areas, kill 28
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Air and missile strikes on a school district and other areas in bully boy-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 28 people on Sunday, including two children and a school principal, a group monitoring the Syrian war said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes hit the town of Douma, 15 km northeast of the capital, and surface-to-surface missiles fired by the Syrian army also hit the surrounding areas, including Eastern Ghouta.

The areas have been under heavy bombardment in recent months. The Syrian army has said its strikes target forces of Evil that have launched attacks on government-held areas.

The Observatory, which gathers information from a network of contacts on the ground, said at least 40 mortar bombs fired by forces of Evil in the eastern suburbs hit Damascus on Sunday, killing at least one child and wounding several.

State news agency SANA said three civilians had been killed and at least 30 maimed, in mortar attacks targeting residential neighborhoods of Damascus. Most of the victims were school students, it said, citing its news hound in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 15 strikes in Iraq, seven in Syria: US military
[AlAhram] The United States and its allies conducted 15 air strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group on Saturday, the coalition leading the operations said.

Six strikes in Ramadi hit multiple ISIS targets, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Sunday, as Iraqi forces attempt to retake the city from the bully boys.

Other air strikes in Iraq hit near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
Sinjar, Tal Afar, Sultan Abdallah, Rawah and Qayyarah, the coalition said in a statement.

In Syria, the air strikes hit near five cities including the bully boy stronghold of Raqqa, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2015 02:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  But did the air strikes deliver any munitions?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/14/2015 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Twenty-two... means two left over... plus seven extra from Sunday... ooh, the bad guys are gonna get it on Tuesday!
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2015 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Again with the haphazard, half-hearted, half-assed air strikes. What are we trying to prove? That we're not serious? I think that's already been established.
Posted by: regular joe || 12/14/2015 15:51 Comments || Top||

SAS sniper foils suicide bomb attack by killing five jihadis with just THREE bullets
[EXPRESS.CO.UK] A HERO SAS sniper has foiled a terror attack by killing three jihadis and two ISIS guards - using just three bullets.
Judging from the other content on the site, the report could be up 100 percent bullshit.
The sharp-shooter took out three terrorists, at least two of whom were wearing explosive vests, as they made their way to carry out a suicide mission.

The unnamed veteran, who joined the SAS a decade ago, saved potentially hundreds of lives by unleashing three well-aimed shots from a distance of 800m.

The operation took place two weeks ago at a bomb factory around 10km outside the ISIS-occupied city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [491 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Even a good fiction can inspire someone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2015 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  3 for 5? Man those budget cuts are tough.

Lucky the boyz like to line up for you.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/14/2015 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  It's why you always shoot the guy wearing the boom vest first...
Posted by: Steve White || 12/14/2015 7:49 Comments || Top||

#4  88 mm sniper rifle....
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/14/2015 8:25 Comments || Top||

#5  SAS sniper foils suicide bomb attack by killing five jihadis with just THREE bullets. Damn, that guy's good.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2015 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  try and do that with a shutter gun
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2015 11:24 Comments || Top||

#7  try and do that with a shutter gun

This gives me an idea . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 12/14/2015 13:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Magic bullet technology has evolved apparently.
Posted by: Charles || 12/14/2015 20:48 Comments || Top||

ISIS orders killing of children with Down's Syndrome in latest sickening attack on the innocent
[MIRROR.CO.UK] Vile ISIS terror thugs have issued a fatwa to kill babies and children with Down's Syndrome, it has been reported.

Iraqi activist group djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Eye says the ISIS Shar'ia Board issued a savage "oral fatwa (an Islamic term for a religious decree)" to its members authorising them to "kill newborn babies with Down's Syndrome and congenital deformities and disabled children".
Interesting. Not all that much close-cousin marriage there, one would think, so why is this suddenly a concern?
If true - and reports from the war-torn region are difficult to verify - it means ISIS has taken a leaf from the Nazis, who murdered disabled children it perceived to be a "burden on the state".
Also, for accuracy, the ancient Greeks, though likely they are not the inspiration.
Mosul Eye monitored the deaths of children with Down's Syndrome and other congenital deformities and discovered the fatwa was issued by one of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
s's Shar'ia judges, a Saudi judge named " Abu Said Aljazrawi.
A Saudi? Perhaps this was inspired by recollection of the high level of birth defects back home, rather than a result of the drugs the Lions of ISIS take.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [388 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Y'know, ISIS - Planned Parenthood could offer "technical support" and remove that touchy little newborn/postborn issue...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2015 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  ..and share profits for the parts.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2015 9:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Nazism. Waiting for the left to be outraged.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2015 14:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Good Luck with that JohnQC.

The left does the same thing by way of 'abortion'.

Remember how they wanted Sarah Palin to abort Trig because he had Down Syndrome?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/14/2015 14:34 Comments || Top||

#5  The ISIS has repor already killed 38 Babies + Kiddies wid Downs Syndrome thus far.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/14/2015 22:26 Comments || Top||

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