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30 Dead in Boko Haram Attack on Three Nigeria Villages
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Afghanistan
2 metric tons of explosives seized in Kabul
"Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good time with all that stuff" -- Major T. J. "King" Kong
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has seized 2,000 kilograms of explosive materials in capital Kabul.

A statement released by the NDS on Wednesday states that the explosive materials discovered in 21st sector of the city were placed in 20 bags of 50 KGs.

The 2,000 KGs of “ammonium nitrate” were sent to Kabul from across the Durand Line by Mawlawi Aziz who is instructor of terrorist attacks for Haqqani network, the statement adds.

The plan was to use the explosives in terrorist attacks in Kabul.

A footage released by the spy agency shows a huge controlled-detonation in a deserted area identifies as Bot Khak where the raid was conducted.

Statements released by NDS usually do not contain exact date of the achievement but they come after recent activities.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [427 views] Top|| File under:

#1  2 metric tons? 2000 kilograms would be ONE metric ton.
Posted by: Seeking a cure for ignorance || 12/17/2015 12:51 Comments || Top||

#2  We've a troll
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/17/2015 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Call Frank G - he can build a bridge to put the troll under.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/17/2015 13:20 Comments || Top||

#4  A metric ton is not an official SI unit of measure, but it's generally considered to be 1000 kg, or about 2200 pounds.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 12/17/2015 14:20 Comments || Top||

#5  1,000 kg = 1 metric ton (aka tonne), of course. In the metric system it's all about powers of 10, without any other conversion factor. Perhaps he was confused with a short or US ton, which is 2,000 lb. And then there's the imperial/British/long ton, which is 2,240 lb., for reasons best left unexplored.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 15:00 Comments || Top||

#6  2 metric tons? 2000 kilograms would be ONE metric ton.

Think again. 1 thousand kilograms == 1 metric one, ergo 2 thousand kilograms == 2 metric tons.

See here.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 15:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't confuse the poor thing.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/17/2015 15:33 Comments || Top||

#8  So, between 4000 and 5000 pounds of explosive, or fertilizer.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 15:34 Comments || Top||

#9  4409 pounds and a few ounces.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/17/2015 15:36 Comments || Top||

#10  For peaceful Islamic purposes, of course.
Posted by: gorb || 12/17/2015 16:39 Comments || Top||

#11  At least it wasn't listed in imperial gallons and blamed on The West.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/17/2015 16:51 Comments || Top||

#12  ummmm...20 bags of 50 kg. each is 1000 kg., not 2000 kg as stated in the article...
Posted by: ptah || 12/17/2015 21:11 Comments || Top||

#13  Common Core
Posted by: Frank G || 12/17/2015 22:09 Comments || Top||


Blue on blue: Taliban-ISIS clashes leave 15 dead in Nangarhar
Heavy clashes have erupted between two militant groups in eastern Nangarhar province resulting in the deaths and injuries of dozens of insurgents.

Spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province told Khaama Press on Wednesday that the sporadic clashes have erupted between Daesh and Taliban in Dago, Sangina, Sulaimankhil, Gratak and Mano villages of Chaparhar District in past two days.

“15 armed opponents have been killed and 36 others wounded in these clashes,” Ataullah Khogyani said.

The governor’s spokesman further said that out of the 15 killed, four of them were members of Daesh and 11 others belonged to Taliban.

“Out of the 36 wounded, 11 of them belong to Daesh and 25 others were members of Taliban,” he said.

Khogyani confirmed that two civilians have also sustained injuries in these clashes.

“Commanders of armed forces went to Chaparhar District yesterday to see the area and take proper measures for the security of locals,” he said. “We are committed to take all measures to respond to security threats.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ISIS Militants Launch Radio Station In Nangarhar
Radio enslaved Afghanistan?
Daesh militants have launched an anti-government radio station called "Voice of the Caliphate" through which they promote themselves and attract new recruits.

Nangarhar provincial council members and MPs, along with Jalalabad residents, said on Wednesday that the radio station broadcasts throughout Jalalabad city, the provincial capital, as well as through the districts.

Content includes anti-government messages and calls on the youth to join their ranks.

According to Nasir Kamawal a Nangarhar provincial council member: "It is clear they have their own radio and I think it is broadcasting on 90FM and doing too much anti-government propaganda."

"This radio will have a negative impact on us Muslims and the new generation and youth," said Fridon Khan Momand a member of parliament.

Officials also said the radio broadcasts on a 90FM frequency adding that the broadcasting location was unknown.

Numerous residents who have tuned in to the station say Daesh broadcasts a Fatwa of Jihad against government and are encouraging youths to fight the administration.

"Most of the publicity is that we must fight against the government," said one of the residents.

"The government must shut the radio station down because the radio really has an effect on the youth," said another resident.

"Daesh militants are recruiting youth for their war and they are mostly calling on unemployed youths," said another resident.

While Nangarhar Information and Culture Department is not aware of the radio station, the provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said that efforts have been started to get the station off air
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"We are not aware about the radio station which is broadcast in insecure areas," said Aworang Samim the information and culture department head.

"This radio is broadcasting from across the border and we had talks and maybe we reach a good result and remove the radio," said provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani. He did not however clarify who the talks had been held with.

This comes after the U.S and NATO Commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, on Tuesday warned of the increase in Daesh supporters in Afghanistan.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Campbell said that he is sure some foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq have joined Afghan fighters in Nangarhar and are trying to establish a regional base in the province.
Video report at the link
I'm utterly astounded at the unavailability of radio direction finding equipment in the Pak-Afghan theater. Back in my day we could expect results within a hundred meters, but I guess the quality must have deteriorated after I left.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Ah another clue from the Fred.
Odd Neptune
RDF
humm
Posted by: Shipman || 12/17/2015 8:24 Comments || Top||

#2  you can bet if they were playing DMCA-rights-protected pirated music, they'd have been located and arclighted

drink up!
Posted by: Frank G || 12/17/2015 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Jamming?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/17/2015 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Odds on them linking up with Radio Pacifica and NPR?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/17/2015 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  The physical station is a low value target. Identifying and tracking the participants and their associate network, priceless!
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 11:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Demolishing the station and killing all parties concerned within five minutes of them coming on the air would do wonders.
Posted by: Fred || 12/17/2015 12:46 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Kenya: Mandera Police Foil Shaboob Attack On Buses
Police in Mandera on Tuesday foiled a planned Al-Shabaab attack targeting two passenger buses heading to the town. County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said 12 police officers were escorting the buses from Elwak through Wargadud location when they were ambushed.

“It is true there was an attack on a convoy of two buses coming from Elwak at Kona area, where our officers engaged suspected terrorists in a fire exchange but none of them was injured,” said Mr Shisia.

He said it was not an ordinary attack because the attackers targeted security agents after leaving the two buses to pass through their trap.

“We have cordoned off the area and our security agents are pursuing the attackers. We believe something positive will come out,” said Mr Shisia.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Kenya Charges Man For Alleged 'Attack' Plot
[AnNahar] A Kenyan man has been charged with receiving Iranian training in Iraq to carry out attacks in the east African country.

Kenyan police say Yassin Sambai Juma, 25, was trained by Iran's elite Quds Force -- claims denied by Tehran, and was charged in court on Monday.

He was incarcerated
You have the right to remain silent...
along with another Kenyan man in Nairobi last month, Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, who has not been charged.

The charge sheet only mentions Iraq.

Juma is accused of having traveled to Karbala in Iraq where he "received training or instruction in the practice of military exercise... for the preparation to engage in the commission of a terrorist act."

Police chief Joseph Boinett last month said he believed the two arrested men had traveled to Iran several times.

"We have irrefutable evidence they were recruited into an Iranian spying ring," Boinett said after the arrests, claiming the men plotted "terror attacks" in Nairobi.

Iran's embassy in Kenya has denied any links to the two Kenyan men.

Iranians are treated with particular suspicion in Kenya, which is a close ally of Israel.

In May 2013, a Kenyan court sentenced two Iranians to life in prison on terror-related charges, including possessing explosives allegedly to be used in kabooms.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Africa Subsaharan
30 Dead in Boko Haram Attack on Three Nigeria Villages
[AnNahar] Brutal weekend attacks on three villages by 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 in the restive northeast of Nigeria have left 30 dead and 20 others maimed, a vigilante told AFP.

"Most of the victims were slaughtered and most of the maimed (had suffered) machete cuts," Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian helping the Nigerian military fight Boko Haram, said of Saturday's attacks in the villages of Warwara, Mangari and Bura-Shika in Borno state.

News of the attacks has been slow to emerge because telecom masts in the area have been destroyed in previous Boko Haram raids, hindering communication.

The Islamists invaded the villages, hacking and slaughtering their victims before setting the villages on fire.

The villages are near Buratai, the hometown of Nigeria's highest military chief Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

‎Warwara, where 20 people were killed, was the worst affected, said Musa Suleiman, another vigilante.

The attackers killed six people in Bura-Shika and another four in Mangari, he said.

The latest deaths take the number of people killed in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May to more than 1,530, according to an AFP tally.

Residents of the villages fled to Biu, 30 kilometers (19 miles) away.

Buratai and nearby settlements have recently been the targets of deadly raids by Boko Haram, which have left scores dead and entire villages looted and burnt down.

Residents believe the attacks are in response to the pressure that the army chief is exerting on Boko Haram in counter-insurgency military operations.

On Thursday Boko Haram gunnies killed 14 people -- decapitating some of them -- when they raided Kamuya village, the hometown of the army chief's mother, and burnt it down.

Nigeria's government has vowed to end the Boko Haram insurgency by this month but the deadline looks likely to be missed as attacks persist.

The Islamists' grip on the region has suffered as a result of offensives launched by local armies, leading to raids like Saturday's becoming rarer.

There has, however, been a spike in suicide kabooms in Nigeria and neighboring 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...
, Chad and Niger.

At least 17,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in 2009.

A new 8,700-strong Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin was supposed to have been deployed in late July.

But the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-backed force has yet to start operations, with no reason given for the lengthening delay and questions over whether the countries have the resources to commit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [598 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Soddys continue air war in Yemen: Al Manar
Violating the ongoing truce in Yemen, the Saudi warplanes continued on Wednesday targeting the Yemeni provinces, killing four civilians and destroying public facilities.

The Saudi warplanes destroyed the Yemeni oil firm in al-Zammar, killing four civilians.

The Yemeni army and public committees also managed to repel many advance attempts carried out by the Saudi-led terrorists.

Politically, the UN-sponsored Yemeni talks in Switzerland continued on Wednesday as media reports noted that there has not been noted any progress due to the continual Saudi aggressions despite the truce.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under:


Yemen rebels in multiple ceasefire violations
Yemeni coup rebels shelled residential areas in some parts of Yemen and attacked tribal villages in violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire announced at midnight on Monday.

The Iranian-backed Houthis and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh shelled many civilian areas in Hazm Al Adin town in the Southwestern Ibb governorate just hours after the ceasefire was announced ahead of peace talks which started in Geneva on Tuesday, Yemen’s Marib Press said.

“The shelling was so heavy that there was panic and stampedes among women and children in those areas,” the report said, quoting residents.

In the Western Dhamar governorate, the insurgents launched a surprise attack on a village, prompting the tribesmen to fight them, the report said, adding that the Houthis and their allies withdrew from the village after heavy clashes that resulted in the destruction of two rebel armored vehicles.

It said the rebels also attacked Al Hadaa area in Dhamar but faced tough resistance from the tribes and local residents.

“Heavy clashes erupted on Tuesday afternoon…the tribes remained on alert after the rebels retreated and residents said they expect fighting to resume in that area.”

Other Yemeni news networks said the rebels shelled many areas in the Southwestern Taiz governorate and Marib in Central Yemen just after the ceasefire went into effect.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemen sides agree prisoner swap
What's left of them, anyway.
ADEN/GENEVA: Yemen’s warring parties agreed on Wednesday to exchange hundreds of prisoners in a move aimed at supporting UN-sponsored peace talks which resumed for a second day in Switzerland, as reported fighting and airstrikes appeared to violate a cease-fire.

A seven-day truce, timed to coincide with the peace talks, began at mid-day on Tuesday to halt fighting in nine months of civil war between the Iran-allied Houthi movement based in Yemen’s north and Saudi-backed southern and eastern fighters loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The prisoner swap would be one of the most positive signs yet in the civil war, which has killed almost 6,000 people and drawn in foreign powers.

Some 360 members of the Houthi movement held in Aden would be exchanged for 265 southern civilians and fighters, and both groups were en route by bus toward the exchange venue in central Yemen according to officials from the warring sides.

The fragile cease-fire appeared to be generally holding Wednesday despite breaches.

Although fighting has subsided, both sides traded blame for violations that have left at least 24 people dead since the truce began at midday (0900 GMT) Tuesday.

The Saudi-led coalition accused the Houthi Shiite rebels of flouting the cease-fire from its very first hours, and acknowledged that it had “responded to these violations”.

The rebels, meanwhile, accused the coalition of breaking the truce immediately after it began by carrying out “a series of raids on various provinces”.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Assiri, said that the alliance’s leadership “realizes that this is an important and crucial phase to find a peaceful solution, but has a military commitment to respond to violations.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
UK Terror-Related Arrests Reach Record High
[AnNahar] The number of terror suspects apprehended in Britannia has reached a record high, fueled by a surge in arrests related to international terror, according to official figures released Thursday.

A Home Office (interior ministry) report said there were 315 terror-related arrests in the year to September -- an increase of a third over the preceding 12 months.

There was a 31-percent increase to 238 in the number of arrests on suspicion of international-related terror offenses, the figures showed.

The number of women jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
more than doubled from 21 to 50, while the number of under-18s detained jumped from eight to 15.

"The majority of the increase in the number of women getting arrested has been linked to international-related terrorism," the Home Office said.

Of those arrested, four out of five were British or held British dual nationality -- up from 56 percent when data collection began on September 11, 2001.

"There was a 41 percent increase in the number of persons arrested who considered themselves to be Asian, and a 25 percent increase in the number that considered themselves to be white," the report said.

Some 51 people faced prosecution for terror-related offenses in the year to September, up from 30 in the previous year.

Of those, 43 were convicted -- 28 having pleaded guilty -- and eight were acquitted.

"We are determined to detect, disrupt and where possible prosecute all terrorist threats to the UK," said Security Minister John Hayes.
Don't forget to go after the homegrown rape-grooming groups, too. That kind of soft jihad is just as important in regaining control of your territory.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
17 bodies found dumped in ravine in Guerrero state
Authorities have pulled 17 bodies from a ravine in southern Mexico after they were reportedly discovered by a man who travelled from the United States in search of a missing relative.

"There were nine complete bodies and eight half-burned" in the 500-meter-deep canyon in the violent state of Guerrero, an official from the attorney general's office told AFP on condition of anonymity on Tuesday.

The bodies were discovered between December 8 and 11 in the village of Chichihualco, whose population is known for its production of handmade footballs.

The identities of the victims, and even their gender, are unknown. Officials also do not know how long ago they died.

Across the region, clandestine graves are often found with one or several bodies inside, but this was a particularly grisly find.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:

#1  lemmings?
Posted by: Frank G || 12/17/2015 8:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting. I visited my son's in laws there two years ago. I saw soldiers driving around in trucks in full battle gear, but no actual violence.

On the other hand, my daughter-in-law ' s nephew had been kidnapped a year earlier.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/17/2015 9:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Migrants that missed their bus-fare payments?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/17/2015 9:52 Comments || Top||

#4  "Friends and Family" consequences?
A little too far south to be border hoppers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 10:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Disappearing
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 14:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Mexican narco gangs do this to innocents to "heat up the plaza", which means go to the territory of rivals, execute a large number of innocents, then in come Mexican cops and soldiers, thus hurting movement and drug trade in the area.
Posted by: badanov || 12/17/2015 20:20 Comments || Top||


Europe
Vid of Paris Jihad Bomber Dancing and Clapping at Serbia Refugee Camp
[Pam Geller.com] NO Muslim migrants. This is coming down to the American people vs Obama. He's not a president. He's a bloody dictator.

The laughing terrorist: Video of 'Stade de France bomber' Ahmad Almohammad clapping and dancing at Serbia camp

  • Video emerged reportedly showing Paris bomber at Serbian refugee camp
  • Ahmad Almohammad, 25, filmed laughing, clapping in footage, it is claimed
  • Passport with his name found outside Stade de France after suicide attack
  • Man with that name came to Europe from Syria via Greece, Serbia, Croatia

    Laughing and clapping to the music, this is the ISIS terrorist who sneaked into Europe on a Syrian passport to blow himself up outside the Stade de France, it is claimed.


    A shock video has emerged, which is believed to show Ahmad Almohammad celebrating in a refugee camp in Serbia.
  • Posted by: Besoeker || 12/17/2015 09:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  We always hear this: Jihadis get a pass on all those prohibitions "conservative" muzz are allegedly enamored of - booze, drugs, strip joints, music, dancing, shave off beards. All allowed if there will be killing at the end. It's all hypocrisy. Those who support the flow of "refugees and migrants" that hides these creatures are hypocrites too.
    Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/17/2015 9:52 Comments || Top||


    Suspects in Paris, Brussels attacks may be linked
    [IsraelTimes] Man believed to have chauffeured bandidos bandidos turbans in November attack in La Belle France befriended gunman in attack on Belgium Jewish museum

    A Muslim man accused of helping stage the recent attacks in Gay Paree befriended the alleged Brussels Jewish museum killer while in prison.

    Mohammed Amri, who French police believe acted as a chauffeur for some of the bandidos bandidos turbans who killed 130 people in Gay Paree last month, became friends with Mehdi Nemmouche in a Belgian prison, the Gay Paree Match weekly reported last week. The report was based on an investigation led by the Phlegmish-language Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.

    Nemmouche is standing trial for the May 2014 attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, which killed four people.

    Amri is said to have helped Salah Abdeslam, an Islamist thought to be one of the criminal masterminds of the November 13 attacks, flee the Gay Paree region for Belgium. Amri denies the charges.

    Abdeslam is the subject of an ongoing international manhunt. According to Gay Paree Match, Belgian authorities learned that Abdeslam may have been hiding in an apartment in the heavily Muslim Brussels neighborhood of Mollenbeek on the night of November 15, but did not storm the locale until the morning of November 16, since Belgian law prohibits searches in homes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. except in the case of fire or a serious crime in progress. By the time police raided the apartment, Abdeslam had already left.
    I wonder if there's a Sharia4Belgium connection -- a few years ago they were sending lots of lads to join the jihad in Syria...
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under:


    Man Killed as Blast, Fire Hit German Refugee Shelter
    Example #259,375,392 why it is critical not to drive the peasants into revolting.
    [AnNahar] German police said a man was killed in a social welfare shelter that housed refugees after it was hit by an kaboom and fire in the early hours of Wednesday.

    The building in Harburg, south of the port city of Hamburg, housed vulnerable people including 20 refugees, said police in a statement.

    They said the cause of the blast remained unclear and that they had no indication so far of a xenophobic attack.
    So it could have been a propane cooking tank? Good to know.
    Police were investigating whether the corpse recovered is that of a missing German resident of the building. All other inhabitants were rescued unharmed.

    Police said emergency services were alerted around midnight (2300 GMT).

    "According to witness accounts, there was an kaboom in a building with several inhabitants. The building was already in flames when emergency services arrived," police said.

    Several German shelters for refugees have been hit by attacks in recent months, as anger grows among the far right over a record number of asylum seekers arriving in the country this year.

    More than 1,300 far-right offences associated with refugee shelters
    ...or offenses, anyway. The far right claim is generally presented without support...
    -- including arson, vandalism and online hate speech -- were recorded from January to mid-November, up from 482 for all of last year, according to official figures.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Or perhaps an unwanted side effect of a refugee-generated IED. You read it here first.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/17/2015 14:07 Comments || Top||

    #2  That would be "refugee"-generated IED, AH.

    Accuracy is important.
    Posted by: Barbara || 12/17/2015 16:33 Comments || Top||

    #3  "Ah, mohammed al mohammed. Nice kid, an orphan. Loved to make clocks. But he did mention that while standing in the doorway of a restaurant, during the coarse of the day he heard someone say how good the schweinebraten is. His feelings were hurt and his dignity upset.

    So it is here that I call for a complete and immediate ban on the public serving of pork and pork products until a further understand can be agreed upon."
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/17/2015 16:42 Comments || Top||

    #4  I'd prefer a "complete and immediate ban on moslems until a further understanding can be agreed upon," swksvolFF.
    Posted by: Barbara || 12/17/2015 18:14 Comments || Top||


    Austria: 2 men arrested, possibly connected to Paris attacks
    [Ynet] Austrian authorities are investigating two men incarcerated
    I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
    several days ago for possible links to last month's attacks in Gay Paree that killed 130 people, officials said Wednesday.

    State Prosecutor Robert Holzleitner said the two - arrested during the weekend in a migrants' shelter in Salzburg - are suspected of "participation in a terrorist organization," with investigations focused on their possible connection to the Nov. 13 attacks. Holzleitner said the suspects arrived in Europe from the Middle East but refused to give further details, saying that would jeopardize the investigation.

    The daily Kronen Zeitung said the suspects are French citizens with Pak and Algerian roots who were believed to have crossed into Europe with some of those who carried out the Gay Paree attacks. The newspaper said the two entered Austria in October using fake Syrian passports and were waiting for orders to carry out attacks.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:


    The Grand Turk
    Turkey steps up security operations in southeast, nine killed
    [AlAhram] Turkish security forces stepped up operations targeting Kurdish bully boyz in southeastern towns on Wednesday, security sources said, as pro-government media detailed plans for a 10,000-strong force to restore state control in the region.

    The mainly Kurdish southeast has been beset by conflict between the police and armed forces and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters since July, when a ceasefire collapsed and left in tatters a grinding of the peace processor launched three years ago.

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pledged on Tuesday to prevent the PKK "spreading the fire" from Syria and Iraq to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    by imposing control in towns, like the army has done in mountainous areas where the bully boyz are active.

    One person was killed in a clash in Cizre near the Syrian border, which was placed under curfew on Monday evening, state officials said. Kurdish Firat news agency described an 11-year-old boy as being rubbed out.

    Turkish military also said eight Kurdish bully boyz were killed in Cizre on Tuesday after they shot at the soldiers during an operation.

    Residents of Silopi, 30 km (20 miles) away near the Iraqi border, said kabooms rocked the town early on Wednesday and deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said security forces had begun raiding houses.

    "In Silopi, soldiers and police have started to break down doors and conduct raids on houses," HDP Sirnak deputy Aycan Irmez wrote on Twitter alongside a photo showing dozens of soldiers gathered on a pavement.

    "Throughout the night and particularly around 2-3:30 a.m, we heard the noise of intense shelling," one resident who declined to be named told Rooters. "It is impossible for us to go outside and look. Even going out on the balcony is risky," he added.

    Haberturk newspaper said some 10,000 police and gendarmerie troops were to be deployed in a major operation against PKK hard boys, removing ditches and barricades erected by them in urban areas to obstruct the movement of security forces.

    Operations To Continue
    "Today's operation and the ones that will follow are essential," Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said in an interview with broadcaster Bloomberg HT. "How can you have bandidos going down into the towns? We will conduct this struggle in a powerful way and continue to do so."

    Another HDP deputy, Ferhat Encu, wrote on Twitter that security forces, backed by tanks, had launched attacks in Silopi and that the town's state hospital was being used as a base for soldiers and police.

    On Tuesday, a roadside kaboom destroyed an armoured vehicle and killed three coppers in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

    HDP co-leader Figen Yuksekdag told deputies from the party in Diyarbakir on Tuesday that 200,000 people had been displaced in the southeast in recent months as a result of conflict hitting areas under curfew where some 1.3 million people live.

    "The Turkish Republic is conducting a special law and special war against one part of society: the Kurds. If the people of Turkey turn their backs to this reality everyone will lose," she said.

    The PKK launched its insurgency in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Peace talks between its tossed in the calaboose
    Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
    leader Abdullah Ocalan and the state ground to a halt early this year. The PKK is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union
    ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
    .
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    #1  pro-government media detailed plans for a 10,000-strong force to restore state control in the region.

    Turks massing at the border.
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    Turkey foils ISIS suicide attack on US consulate in Istanbul
    [Rudaw] Turkish authorities have jugged
    Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
    a suspected ISIS member for allegedly planning to attack the US consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    's Today Zaman reported.

    The threat of the suicide kaboom closed the consulate for one day on December 15.

    "Muhammad Raghil Al Hardani, a Syrian national, was detained by security forces at the Kahramanmaras bus station," Today Zaman reported.

    According to Turkish security officials al Hardani had recently entered Turkey from Syria.

    The Turkish security had informed the US consulate about the threat and provided information on the planned attack.

    Al Hardani's capture comes at a time when the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    (ISIS) has expended its activities beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria where the group maintains its bases.
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    #1  for real? Or Kabuki?
    Posted by: Frank G || 12/17/2015 7:07 Comments || Top||

    #2  "No, no! No bombings! We've just finished integrating our data feeds!"
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 16:06 Comments || Top||


    Home Front: WoT
    Chattanooga shooting a 'terror attack' sez Comey
    FBI Director James Comey twice called the deadly Chattanooga shooting that killed four Marines and one sailor a “terror attack” during a press conference with NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton on Wednesday. Bratton and Comey spoke after addressing the NYPD Shield Conference in New York City.
    All the while Obama was saying that it wasn't...
    ...and the White House angry with him for saying that about San Bernardino. I believe the term is "doubling down."
    “We’ve investigated Chattanooga as a terror attack from the beginning,” Comey said. “The Chattanooga killer was inspired by a foreign terror organization. It’s hard to entangle which particular source…there are lots of competing poisons out there.”

    “We’ve investigated Chattanooga as a terror attack from the beginning."

    - James Comey, FBI director
    That response came as Comey was asked to clarify an earlier statement in which he linked the root cause of the July 16 rampage by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Kuwait, to the recent Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

    “San Bernardino, as with Chattanooga, another terror attack we’ve dealt with in recent times…” Comey began the answer to a question about the Dec. 2 terror attack in California.

    Abdulazeez, 24, was fatally shot by police after opening fire at a military recruiting center and then driving to a reserve center, where he killed five.

    Hours after Comey designated the shootings as terrorism, the Secretary of the Navy announced that the victims of those attacks will receive the Purple Heart.

    "Although the Purple Heart can never possibly replace this brave Sailor and these brave Marines, it is my hope that as their families and the entire Department of the Navy team continue to mourn their loss, these awards provide some small measure of solace," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "Their heroism and service to our nation will be remembered always."
    And I'll bet Ray was gritting his teeth the entire time.
    During the five months since the Chattanooga attacks, law enforcement officials and the Obama administration have seemingly had some reluctance to label that act a terrorist deed. Then-U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said Chattanooga was being investigated as an act of “domestic terrorism” during a news conference on the day of the shooting – but he walked back that terminology moments later, saying the investigation would ultimately determine if the rampage was terrorism.
    And now, Mr. Killian?
    Killian resigned in November to join a national law firm. His last day was Dec. 5.
    How .. convenient...
    The following evening, during an address to the nation, President Obama took another step toward defining Chattanooga more clearly.

    “As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society,” Obama said. “It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009. In Chattanooga earlier this year. And now in San Bernardino.”
    Now that he can't deny it, he'll try to use it as an excuse to grab our guns...
    Further clarification could come soon as an updated statement on the attack was expected to come this week, an FBI spokeswoman for the Knoxville office told FoxNews.com on Wednesday.
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    #1  Suddenly.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 15:35 Comments || Top||


    India-Pakistan
    Man shot dead in Mastung
    KHUZDAR: A man was gunned down in Gazgi area on the outskirts of Mastung town on Wednesday.

    Bahadur Khan was passing through a market when armed men on a motorcycle opened fire at him, police said. Mr Khan died on the spot.

    The body was taken to Civil Hospital, police said, adding the motive for the attack was not clear. No arrest was reported.

    Published in Dawn, December 17th, 2015
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    Police claim foiling school bombing plan
    PESHAWAR: The Peshawar police on Tuesday claimed to have foiled a plan to bomb a school on the first anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) massacre by arresting five suspected terrorists and seizing a 40kg explosive device.

    City police’s chief Mubarak Zeb told a news conference at the Malik Saad Shaheed police lines that arrests were made in light of investigation into the reported gas cylinder blast in a mosque in the limits of the Mathara police station two days ago.

    He said the investigators had found out that an improvised explosive device had exploded and not a gas cylinder.

    The police chief said the police later arrested the mosque’s prayer leader, Qari Kashif, a resident of Ghilachi area in Mathara.

    He said the prayer leader told investigators that he and his accomplices living in the area had planned to bomb a Warsak Road school on the first anniversary of the APS attack.

    Mr Zeb said on the pointation of the prayer leader, the police raided a house and arrested his accomplices, including Azizul Haq, Aftab, Sher Bahadar and Mohammad Alam, all residents of Mathara.

    He said the police also seized two explosive devices both weighing around 40kg, a rocket launcher, four fuses, a shotgun and a pistol.

    The police chief said one of the suspects, Aftab, suffered injuries during the blast.

    He said the police had formed several teams to arrest the suspects at large.

    Also in the day, the counter-terrorism department claimed to have arrested a man over the 2008 kidnapping of 10 Christians on outskirts of Peshawar.

    A statement issued here said the suspect, Shaukat, a resident of Saurizai locality, was involved in the kidnapping of 10 Christians from the limits of Pistakhara police station in 2008.

    It said the suspect was nabbed in Hazarkhawni village near Ring Road and shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

    The statement said the suspect was linked to a banned militant outfit and was wanted for various cases of kidnapping for ransom and extortion.

    Published in Dawn, December 16th, 2015
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    Mumtaz Qadri loses bid to review death sentence
    [Khaleej Times] Islamabad: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected a review petition against the death sentence of former elite force guard Mumtaz Qadri for killing Punjab
    1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
    2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
    3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

    governor Salman Taseer.

    A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa took up Qadri's review petition against the court's October 6 order for maintaining his death penalty.

    Mumtaz Qadri was feted as a hero by forces of Evil after he shot Salman Taseer 28 times in broad daylight in 2011.

    He later admitted the killing, saying he objected to the politician's calls to reform Pakistain's controversial blasphemy laws. Rights groups say these are frequently used to pursue vendettas, sometime against religious minorities.

    Taseer had also been vocal in his support of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after being found guilty of blasphemy.

    "The review petition has been dismissed" by a three-judge panel headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Qadri's lawyer Khwaja Mohammed Sharif said.

    Khwaja said his client's last option was to file a mercy petition to the President of Pakistain.

    In its ruling, the Supreme Court also declared the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision of annulling the death sentence under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) null and void.

    The sentence was first awarded by an anti-terrorism court and was then upheld by the IHC before being challenged in the apex court.

    Last month, Qadri threatened to commit suicide if he is not allowed to meet his family in a separate room.

    Earlier, when his brother and father went to meet him at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, they were only allowed to see him through an iron fence owing to security concerns. However,
    there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
    Qadri protested against the move and threatened to commit suicide if he was not allowed to meet his family in a separate room.

    Qadri was sentenced to death for the murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad's Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011.

    During the hearing, which continued for almost 45 minutes, former Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Mian Nazir Akhtar failed to point out any error in the court's judgement, resulting in dismissal of the review petition over non-maintainability.

    Further, Justice Khosa remarked that it was not proved that Salman Taseer had committed blasphemy.
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    Iraq
    15 Kurdish fighters killed in car bomb attack in north Iraq
    [ARA News] ERBIL – At least 15 Kurdish soldiers of the Peshmerga army were killed in an offensive by militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in northern Iraq, military sources confirmed on Wednesday.

    ISIS militants carried out two car bomb attacks on Kurdish security checkpoints near the town of Shingal (Sinjar) in northern Iraq, killing 15 Peshmerga soldiers and wounding ten others.

    A spokesman for the Peshmerga described the attack as the “fiercest” since the Kurdish troops retook the Yezidi region of Shingal from ISIS militants last month.

    “The wounded were transferred to Duhok city in Kurdistan Region for treatment,” the source told ARA News.

    “We consider this terror attack an infiltration into our headquarters in this area. We have been working on dismantling land-mines planted by the terror group before its withdrawal from Shingal and we will further fortify every area we retake in order to prevent such incidents.”
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    ISIS mortars at Mosul base hurt 4 Turkish soldiers, kill 2 Iraqi trainees
    [Rudaw] 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) gunnies on Wednesday launched a prolonged mortar barrage at a military base in Iraq where Turkish forces are training Sunni militiamen, killing two of the trainees and wounding six.

    Former djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    Governor Atheel Nojaifi told Rudaw by telephone that Turkish trainers were unhurt. But The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    's official Anadolu Agency reported that four Turkish soldiers were hurt.

    "Although no life-threatening injuries were reported, the maimed soldiers were rushed to a hospital in Turkey's Sirnak province," the agency said.

    The mortar attack, which lasted three hours, targeted the Gudad military base in the town of Bashik, in Iraq's Mosul province, according to Nojaifi.

    More than 100 Turkish troops reportedly entered Iraq's Mosul province on December 5, reportedly with tanks and heavy weapons.

    They are stationed in the towns of Zlekan and Bashik, in eastern Mosul province, reportedly to train volunteers of the Sunni Hashd al-Wataniya militia.
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    Peshmerga foil 9 car bombs on northern Mosul front
    [Rudaw] Peshmerga forces foiled nine boom-mobiles deployed 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) bully boyz on the Nawaran front in northern djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    on Wednesday, where festivities are ongoing, a Kurdish Peshmerga commander told Rudaw.

    The commander, who spoke to Rudaw on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said there were casualties among the Peshmerga, but that no official figure has been released so far.

    The Nawaran front is on the Nineveh plain, 10 kilometers from northern Mosul.

    Earlier Wednesday, the bully boyz launched several assaults against the Peshmerga on different battlefields.

    Six Peshmerga soldiers were killed when their base near Kaske, west of Mosul, was attacked by ISIS jacket wallahs. Two other suicide bombers were killed before they could detonate their payloads.

    On Wednesday afternoon, ISIS bully boyz breached Peshmerga defense lines near the Domez military base in Shingal with two boom-mobiles.

    One was taken out by a Milan missile and the other by coalition warplanes, according to Brig. Hakar Mohsin, a Peshmerga commander on the front. He said there were no injuries or casualties to the Peshmerga from that attempt.'

    Also Wednesday, ISIS bully boyz launched a prolonged mortar barrage at a military base in Bashik in eastern Mosul, where Turkish forces are training Sunni militiamen, killing two of the trainees and wounding six. The Turkish trainers were reportedly unhurt.
    An Nahar looks at the bigger picture:
    Iraq Kurds Say Repelled Major IS Offensive

    Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces repelled a multi-pronged offensive by the Islamic State group in the northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, officials said.

    One of the targeted areas included a base housing Turkish soldiers that has been at the heart of a bitter dispute between Baghdad and Ankara.

    Peshmerga forces repelled coordinated attacks by IS in Nawaran, Bashiqa, Tal Aswad, Khazr and Zardik, the Kurdistan Regional Security Council (KRSC) said.

    "This was an attempt by (IS) to breach peshmerga defensive lines following significant losses in recent months," it said.

    "A number of fronts, including Bashiqa and Nawaran and Khazr north and east of djinn-infested Mosul, were attacked by (IS) holy warriors this evening," Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the ministry responsible for the peshmerga forces, told AFP.

    The jihadists "used boom-mobiles and mortars and rockets and after that launched attacks on peshmerga sites on all of these fronts", Yawar said.

    The KRSC, which is headed by de facto regional president Massud Barzani's son Masrour, claimed that more than 70 IS members were killed in the attacks.

    That claim could not be independently verified, and the statement provided no indication of possible peshmerga casualties.
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    Italy sends troops to protect Iraq’s Mosul Dam
    It's not just American sneakers on the ground...
    [Rudaw] Italia's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced Wednesday that his country will dispatch 450 soldiers to protect Iraq's djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    Dam installation.

    The Italian prime minister told national TV, according to AFP that after "an Italian company" requested the dam be protected he intends to "send 450 of our men there to help protect it alongside the Americans."

    Renzi pointed out that the dam is situated in the middle "of a dangerous zone, on the border with ISIS. It is seriously damaged and risks collapse."

    There have long been fears that the dam would collapse and endanger the lives of millions of Iraqis due to its closeness to 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) territory and the dam's deteriorating structure.

    The director of the dam, Riyaz Izzadin, told Rudaw earlier this month that, "If it collapses, most of the city of Mosul will be flooded and up to half a million people could immediately be endangered."

    "The U.S. personnel are frequently visiting the dam and are well aware of the dangers, but they don't want to say it to us openly," he added.

    According to AFP the Italian Trevi conglomerate has a $2 billion contract to shore-up the dam.

    ISIS briefly occupied the dam in August 2014 before they were pushed back by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by US air support.
    An Nahar adds:
    So far the security situation has been too precarious for the work to shore up the dam to begin.

    The 450 Italian troops will be in addition to the 750 already on the ground in Iraq as part of international efforts.
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    #1  Wonder if they got a Status of Forces agreement beforehand?
    Posted by: Pappy || 12/17/2015 9:44 Comments || Top||

    #2  And Swedes aiding the French in Mali.
    Wonder if somebody got the memo?
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 15:39 Comments || Top||


    Kirkuk police break up secret ISIS cell
    [Rudaw] Kirkuk police broke up and tossed in the slammer
    ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
    members of an 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) cell who had plans to carry out bombings in the city and the Kurdistan Region, the police said Wednesday.

    Chief of Kirkuk suburbs police Brig. Sarhad Qadir told Rudaw that members of the secret cell had previously been linked to the al-Qaeda.
    So veterans of the original organization, not Johnnie-come-latelies. How exciting!
    "The cell consisted of four ISIS forces of Evil and for two weeks we had information about their entrance into Kirkuk,
    ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
    " Brig. Qadir said.

    The forces of Evil were arrested in a police operation in city the center.

    Kurdish Peshmerga forces and police maintain miles of defense lines south of Kirkuk and have in the last several months foiled several ISIS attempts to reach the city.
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    Syria-Lebanon-Iran
    Kurds clash with regime troops in Syria’s Qamishli
    [ARA News] QAMISHLI – Clashes broke out in Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli between Kurdish security forces of the Asayish and pro-Assad fighters, security sources and eyewitnesses reported on Wednesday.

    The clashes, which were described by activists as ‘rare’ since both sides were cooperating in protecting the city against jihadist groups, have caused the injury of two regime fighters and one Kurdish member of the Asayish.

    “Both sides exchanged fire from their security checkpoints in central Qamishli, which caused a state of panic among civilians,” an eyewitness told ARA News.

    The Asayish and regime troops have installed separate security checkpoints in the city and its entrances in a bid to prevent movement of suspected jihadists across the city, as battles continue between the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied rebels on the one hand, and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on the other hand, in the countryside of Qamishli and other areas of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria.

    The clashes come after Kurdish security forces arrested some nine regime fighters on Tuesday midnight after one of them opened fire on Kurdish traffic police in the city. The regime forces responded by arresting three Asayish members on Wednesday afternoon, a Kurdish security official told ARA News in Qamishli.

    In the meantime, pro-Assad armed units of the National Defence Force in Qamishli arrested dozens of young men in the city under the pretext of military conscription, which raised the anger of the Kurdish authorities that had established a so-called Auto-Administration together with local Christian and Arab groups in northern Syria to run the three regions of Qamishli, Kobane and Afrin.
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    ISIS executes 11 of its own militants
    [ARA News] QAMISHLI – The militant group of Islamic State (ISIS) has executed one of its own officers and ten of his escorts in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul in Nineveh province on charges of “treason”, local sources reported on Wednesday.

    Sadoun al-Luhaibi (aka Abu Hafsa) was arrested along with ten of his personal escorts on Tuesday. They were subsequently executed by the group on charges of communicating with the anti-ISIS Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq.

    Abu Hafsa, who served as administrator of al-Hadr district in Nineveh province under ISIS leadership, was accused of “treason” for leaking information to “hostile troops”, according to a statement by the ISIS-led Sharia Court in Mosul.

    Iraqi police officer Muhammad Jabouri told reporters in Nineveh that Abu Hafsa was replaced with Abu Bakr al-Dayyah, a Syrian member of ISIS, to lead al-Hadr district on behalf of the radical group.
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    #1  Maybe they weren't 'militant' enough.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/17/2015 14:05 Comments || Top||

    #2  In for the gold, out with the lead.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 15:35 Comments || Top||


    Syrian army recaptures key hilltop of Jabal Nuba in Latakia
    [ARA News] LATAKIA – Subsequent to fierce clashes with rebel groups, Syrian regime’s army forces and allied militias regained on Wednesday the strategic hilltop of Jabal Nuba in the coastal province of Latakia, officials reported.

    The Jabal Nuba hill overlooks the main supply route for the rebels between Latakia and Aleppo.

    A Syrian army officer told state agency SANA that their troops “took full control of the strategic Jabal Nuba after killing a number of terrorists”.

    The Syrian regime describes all anti-Assad rebel factions in Syria as ‘terrorists’, including western-backed moderate rebels.

    The recapturing of Jabal Nuba comes amid intensifying military operations by the Syrian regime’s army and allied militias, supported by a Russian air cover, in the coastal province of Latakia –President Bashar al-Assad’s heartland.

    The pro-regime officer added that the ongoing operations aim at retaking all areas under rebels’ control in the province.

    The Syrian army units, backed by Shiite militants of Lebanese Hezbollah, have made progress in the past few weeks against the rebels in several fronts, including Homs, Aleppo and Latakia. The Russian air support has been paving the way for those troops to retake key areas from rebel groups.
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    Four more Iranians killed in Syria clashes
    Four more Iranians and one Afghan citizen were killed in Syrian conflict in the recent days, the official IRNA news agency reported. Reportedly, all those killed, were buried in various cities in Iran. It hasn’t been revealed in what region of Syria they were killed.

    Meanwhile, in recent months, Iran’s IRGC has lost about 50 of its servicemen in Syria.
    Sucks to be a tool of a repressive regime...
    Tehran has always expressed support for the Syrian government since it views the Assad regime as its main strategic ally in the region and as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.
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    #1  Only four and fifty? Somebody isn't trying hard enough.
    Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/17/2015 8:57 Comments || Top||


    German airforce runs first refuelling mission over Syria
    [AlAhram] Germany's military staged its first aerial refuelling mission of allied fighter jets targeting Syria's ISIS hard boyz group, the armed forces said Wednesday.

    The A310 MRTT refuelled two combat aircraft Tuesday before returning from its five-hour mission shortly after midnight to the southern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    military base at Incirlik, said a Bundeswehr front man, without identifying the other planes involved.

    The tanker aircraft is part of Berlin's deployment to aid the multinational anti-ISIS coalition, which also includes six German Tornado surveillance jets, a frigate helping protect the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and up to 1,200 troops.

    Unlike La Belle France, the United States and Britannia, Germany is not conducting bombing missions.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  Germany is not conducting bombing missions.
    Swedes and French in N. Africa.
    Italians on the move in Iraq.
    Germany practicing combined forces penetration tactics.

    Somebody DID get the memo!
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 15:44 Comments || Top||


    Russia says air force made 59 sorties, hit 212 targets in Syria in past 24 hours
    [Ynet] Russia's air force made 59 sorties in Syria in the past 24 hours and hit 212 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....
    targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Khaseke and Raqqa, Defence Ministry official Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies on Wednesday.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Guessin' they're not getting inflight recalls or dumping ordinance returning from a cancelled mission.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 10:54 Comments || Top||


    On Syria’s ‘Mountain of Kurds,’ Russian air raids bring destruction and death
    Why would Russia target Kurds, when they want them included in the Syrian peace talks? There are small clues scattered throughout the article.
    [Rudaw] Ever since they took up arms against the Damascus regime in 2011, the villagers of Jabal Akrad near Latakia in northwestern Syria have been fighting for survival.

    But that is getting harder, now that Russian planes and helicopters have joined the war on the side of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Supressor of the Damascenes...
    's regime, said Firas al-Omar, a Syrian Kurd who leads 200 rebels on Jabal Akrad -- or the Mountain of Kurds.
    Continued on Page 49
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Why would Russia target Kurds, when they want them included in the Syrian peace talks? There are small clues scattered throughout the article.

    What's the answer to the quiz?
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 10:57 Comments || Top||


    Terror Networks
    US, allies launch 11 strikes in Iraq, six in Syria (n=17)
    [Ynet] The United States and its allies on Tuesday staged a fresh round of air strikes 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....
    , with six in Syria and 11 in Iraq, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement released on Wednesday.

    The nearly dozen strikes in Iraq included three near Al Qaim that hit a headquarters used by the bully boy group and two improvised bomb facilities. Other strikes hit near Sinjar, Ramadi, Kisik and Hit, according to the statement.

    In Syria, six air strikes near three cities hit three Islamic State tactical units, among other targets.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/17/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  That means fourteen extra "strikes" available.

    Maybe they're saving them for when the economic numbers come out?
    Posted by: Pappy || 12/17/2015 9:49 Comments || Top||

    #2  among other targets

    Swedes and French in N. Africa
    Italians as a strategic occupation force in Mosel
    German air power engaging in Greece
    Turks massing at the border

    I've got to be an optimist and consider these US 'low value target' missions as practice for clearing air defense from air corridors.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 12/17/2015 16:04 Comments || Top||



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