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Merry Christmas from the Burg
Merry Christmas and joy to all our fellow Rantburg citizens!
Posted by: Steve White || 12/25/2015 09:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [542 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A song of Joy for our hearts from Walt Kelly (we miss you):

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker 'n' too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, 'lope with you!

Hunky Dory's pop is lolly,
Gaggin' on the wagon, Willy, folly go through!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' polly voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!


And a Merry Christmas to all..........

MR
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/25/2015 9:42 Comments || Top||

#2  A very Merry Christmas to all who serve and keep us safe in our beds at night. You are the true heroes in the world. May the good Lord bless you and keep you and your family safe and in good health.
Posted by: Warthog || 12/25/2015 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Blessings to all Our Exceptional People people here on the Burg!
Posted by: newc || 12/25/2015 12:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Frank G || 12/25/2015 12:16 Comments || Top||

#5 
Posted by: badanov || 12/25/2015 12:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Merry Christmas
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/25/2015 13:13 Comments || Top||

#7  A Merry Christmas to all from Alaska! Might even get some snow tomorrow.

Mullah Richard----the whole Walt Kelly carol. Brings back memories as a kid, when I was an absolute fanatic of Walt, due to his word play. Here is another Walt carol:

Churchy la Femme:
Good king Sauerkraut look out!
On your feet so porous
While the snoo lay round about
Deep with crispness chorus

Owl:
What's "snoo?"

Churchy la Femme:
Not much, how's you?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/25/2015 13:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Merry Christmas from the Family. Peace on Earth and goodwill to men.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/25/2015 15:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Merry CHRISTmas!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/25/2015 15:10 Comments || Top||

#10  leaving a "Mr Robot" binge view behind to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Posted by: 3dc || 12/25/2015 15:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Merry Christmas from short-sleeved shirt Texas.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/25/2015 18:39 Comments || Top||

#12  Merry Xmas from short sleeved New Hampshire. Gerbil Worming!
Posted by: KBK || 12/25/2015 19:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Merry Christmas and Fröhliche Weihnachten from sunny warm Germany (We're doomed)
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/25/2015 20:03 Comments || Top||

#14  Thanks, Mullah. We were having a Christmas carol sing-a-long at our work pot-luck lunch earlier this week, and of course I sang the first verse of that song.

[Then had to sing the rest of the lyrics from the original song - couldn't remember the rest of the Boston Charlie lyrics. :-( Will print this for the future.]
Posted by: Barbara || 12/25/2015 20:04 Comments || Top||

#15  Y'all are funny - thanks.

Merry Christmas! :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 12/25/2015 20:07 Comments || Top||

#16  Merry Christmas from the Gulf of Mexico, 78 degrees with 92% humidity. But still 67 degrees inside my work unit.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/25/2015 20:08 Comments || Top||

#17  Yeah, it's warm here in Virginia, too, SB.

But not as warm as in 1955!

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/25/2015 20:13 Comments || Top||

#18  Into the 20's here in San Diego inland tonight. Frost warning. It's not that unusual on clear cold nights
Posted by: Frank G || 12/25/2015 20:45 Comments || Top||

#19  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 to All from Guam.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/25/2015 22:09 Comments || Top||

#20  Praise the Lord! I suddenly understand Joseph Mendiola!
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/25/2015 22:40 Comments || Top||

#21  *snicker*
Posted by: Frank G || 12/25/2015 23:25 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Ghormach District In Badghis Recaptured By ANSF
[Tolo News] Government buildings and district police headquarters in Ghormach district in Badhgis province - including the center of the district - have been recaptured from the Taliban by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), confirmed officials.

Mohammad Reza Rezai, an Afghan National Army front man in Faryab said that on Thursday morning an operation was launched to retake Ghormach. The operation, under the leadership of the Afghan National Army and with the participation of Afghan National Police and the Afghan National air force, was successful.

According to Rezai, the center of Ghormach district had been under the Taliban control for about two months. When the Taliban captured the district a police commander and 11 other soldiers were killed, he said.

The Taliban has yet to comment on the recapture. However festivities are still underway in three parts of the district between government forces and the Lion of Islam group.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Blast Kills Foreign Fighters In Badakhshan: Officials
[Tolo News] Badakhshan officials said Thursday evening that a blast was reported in Chakaran area if Wardoj district which is believed to have claimed the lives of a number of imported muscle.

The incident took place at about 5.30pm.

According to Badakhshan police no details were available. They said however that it appeared the blast was the result of differences between the Taliban.

The Taliban has not yet to commented on the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


NATO Says US Launches Air Strikes in Sangin District
[ALMANAR.LB] The United States launched air strikes against Taliban gunmen in southern Afghanistan, after storming the strategic opium-rich district of Sangin, NATO said Thursday.

"US forces conducted two strikes in Sangin... on December 23 against threats to the force," a spokesman for the military coalition said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces pushed back a major Taliban assault with the help of the US
[BUSINESSINSIDER] Afghan forces backed by U.S. air strikes pushed back a Taliban onslaught Thursday in a strategically important district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, officials said.

Sangin district had been besieged by the bully boyz for weeks before an uptick in the ferocity of the fight this week sparked concerns it could fall to Taliban control.

But civilian and military officials said Sangin remained in government hands after the United States conducted two Arclight airstrikes overnight, and Afghan military helicopters dropped food and ammunition to soldiers and police who had been surrounded and trapped inside the district army base for days.

The presence of a small contingent of British troops, who arrived in the Shorab base -- formerly Britannia's Camp Bastion during their Afghan combat mission -- on Wednesday had helped boost morale of both civilians and security forces, officials said.

Overnight, the Taliban captured parts of the center of Sangin district around the district governor's compound, but the Afghan forces, bolstered by reinforcements, soon succeeded in driving them further out, said Akhtar Muhammad, a police commander in Sangin.

"An hour later we recaptured that building and now we have it," he told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

In recent days, the Taliban assault has threatened to overrun Sangin, a major poppy-growing area in Helmand, raising alarm that Afghan forces were too overstretched to fend off the insurgency. The Taliban this week pronounced they had seized control of the district, but the claim was widely refuted by Afghan officials.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Arabia
Dozens of Saudi-led Mercenaries Killed, Injured in New Toshka Attack
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni army and popular committees fired a toshka (SS-21 Scarab) missile on al-Anad military base in the southern Yemeni province of restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
, killing and injuring dozens of Saudi-led forces and mercenaries.

Yemeni sources first reported the missile attack which is part of the army and committees' retaliation for the brutal attack by the Saudi-led aggression against the Arab impoverished country.

Sabaa news agency then quoted army front man, Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman as confirming the rocket attack. Toshka missile attack

"The missile unit targeted a gathering for the aggression forces in al-Anad military base with a Toshka ballistic missile," Luqman announced.

The front man praised the army and the committees, saying the rocket hit its target with high level of accuracy, noting that the attack came after intelligence surveillance activity.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Sure not payin off to be a merc in this war.
Posted by: chris || 12/25/2015 9:32 Comments || Top||

#2  The payoff is gorgeous, just not for the payers or payees...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2015 12:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't bunch up. People getting lazy in the threat assessment department and a lack of skills in operating beyond fixed installations. Or the Saudis might consider anti-theater ballistic missile capabilities to cover their asses.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/25/2015 12:12 Comments || Top||


Europe
Ninth person arrested in Belgium over Paris attacks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Brussels police have locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
a man in connection with the Nov. 13 murderous Moslem attacks in Gay Paree which killed 130 people, federal prosecutors said on Thursday, bringing the total number of arrests in Belgium to nine.

The man was arrested earlier this week but prosecutors kept it quiet in order not to alert potential accomplices, a front man for federal prosecutors said. More details will be released later on Thursday, he said.

Belgian newspaper DH reported that the man arrested had been contacted by Hasna Ait Boulahcen, who gave shelter to the presumed ringleader of the Gay Paree attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Boulahcen and Abaaoud were both killed in a police raid days after the attacks.

On Monday police detained five people in several searches in Brussels, but all were released later that day.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Germany withdraws Patriot missile systems from Turkey
[AA.TR] Germany is withdrawing its Patriot missile systems from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, about three years after bringing them in.

Sources from the Turkish port of Iskenderun said the Danish ship with the patriot missile systems left Turkey on Tuesday. The ship is headed to Germany.

The German government has previously said that the mandate of the mission would end on January 2016.

Germany had deployed Patriot batteries in the southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras in January 2013, as part of a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
mission to counter possible threats from Syria.

Germany provided two of five NATO batteries and around 250 personnel for the mission.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If Turkey is going to throw in with Iran and Syria, they don't need that stuff, right?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2015 9:22 Comments || Top||


French Police Detain Female Muslim Convert With Fake Pregnant Belly For Suicide Bomb
[THEGATEWAYPUNDIT] French anti-terror police have detained a woman found with a fake pregnant belly which they suspect she may have been planning to use to conceal explosives for a suicide kaboom.

The arrest of the 25-year-old Muslim convert and her 34-year-old partner came as La Belle France remains on high terror alert during the Christmas holiday season, a month and a half after attacks by Islamic faceless myrmidons killed 130 in Gay Paree.

The couple were jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
late last week in Montpellier for condoning terrorism. Investigators later found the fake belly when they searched their home in the southern town.

The fake belly had been covered in aluminium foil in a possible attempt to make its potential contents undetectable at security gates, a source close to the investigation said.

Female jacket wallahs have hidden explosives in fake pregnancy bellies for attacks in the Middle East on many occasions, and the prosthetic stomachs have also been used to conceal drugs.

Police also found myrmidon Islamist propaganda on the couple's computer in their home in Montpellier, and the woman had searched online for information on how to make bombs, a police source said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
LE on Alert: Dozens of Propane Tanks Stolen in Philadelphia
[PJ Media] Police and counterterrorism officials are looking for a man who stole dozens of industrial propane tanks from two Philadelphia facilities last week, law enforcement sources told NBC10.

Security footage from the facilities show a man loading 43 tanks of various sizes into a dark-colored minivan, according to sources.

Twenty-four of the tanks are said to be the size and style used to fuel forklifts, sources said. Also taken were nine tanks that hold 100 pounds of fuel, four 50 pound tanks, four 33 pound tanks and two 2 pound tanks, according to sources.

Investigators sent out a bulletin to authorities across Northeast Philadelphia asking them to be on the lookout for the van and thief.

Dozens of propane tanks were also reported stolen from several locations in Independence and Lee's Summit, Missouri, earlier this month.

Around the same time, managers from five Missouri Walmarts alerted law enforcement about Middle Eastern men purchasing large numbers of untraceable disposable cellphones from their stores. Several law enforcement agencies in Missouri have reportedly notified the FBI about the bulk purchases.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2015 07:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [520 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Van reported heading towards Arlen Texas.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/25/2015 13:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Look for the ALAHAKBR license plate.
Posted by: gorb || 12/25/2015 16:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Rice cookers?
Posted by: Clyde Elmenter7874 || 12/25/2015 21:56 Comments || Top||


Arizona Man Charged With Supporting Islamic State Group
[ABCNEWS.GO] An Arizona man already accused of helping plan an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in the spring also planned to fight with 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....
group and inquired about explosives to attack a Super Bowl game, an indictment states.

The document released Wednesday charges Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Prosecutors allege he researched traveling to the Middle East to fight alongside the group and inquired about the types of explosives that would be needed to blow up a mall and the stadium in metro Phoenix where the 2015 Super Bowl was held.

Kareem's attorney, Daniel Maynard, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment on Thursday.

Kareem is accused of researching the trip and seeking the pipe bomb information with Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed in a May 3 shootout with police outside the cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.

An earlier indictment accused Kareem of providing the guns used in that attack, hosting the gunnies in his home to discuss the contest, and practicing shooting with Simpson and Soofi in the desert outside Phoenix.

The new charge alleges he encouraged Simpson and Soofi to carry out violence in the United States in support of Islamic State and impose retribution for U.S. military actions in the Middle East.

A section of the indictment describing Simpson and Soofi's trip to the cartoon contest says they were carrying a printed paper version of the Islamic State flag.

Cosme Lopez, a front man for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, which is prosecuting Kareem, declined to say whether authorities believe the Texas attack was carried out on behalf of Islamic State.

Maynard previously said the case was trumped up and based largely on an unreliable confidential informant.

Maynard has sought to stop prosecutors from using al-Qaeda promotional materials found in Kareem's possession as evidence during his trial. A ruling has not yet been made on the request.

The indictment says Kareem, Simpson and Soofi began in 2014 to conspire to support Islamic State and considered targeting military bases, individual military service members, shopping malls and the Super Bowl.

It says Simpson and Soofi drove to Yuma and other spots in Arizona near military installations after discussing the plan to attack bases.

In a bizarre turn, authorities say Kareem faked having being struck by a car in a parking lot and later tried to make an insurance claim in a scheme intended to support the conspiracy.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Arizona man. Yeah, that's a real vato name he's got there...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2015 9:24 Comments || Top||

#2  ...yeah, and we need to import more. (Do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/25/2015 12:04 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
'Hyderabadi in al-Qaeda training camp'
[The Hindu] A team of intelligence officials are rushing to Delhi after they discovered that one Hyderabadi boy was spotted in the company of al-Qaeda murderous Moslems on Afghanistan-Pakistain border.

The boy with the nom de guerre of 'Omar Hyderabadi', was reportedly spotted at a terrorist camp of al-Qaeda in a remote area on Af-Pak border by members of a module of al-Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) which was recently busted by Delhi Special Police.

Except the bare details, the module didn't know precise details of Omar but they confirmed that the youngster from Hyderabad was part of the AQIS network.

"For the first time a Hyderabadi's name having connections with al-Qaeda cropped up," said top intelligence officials.

They had information that Omar was from either Chanchalguda or Barkas localities. Their inquiries indicated that Omer had flown to one of the Gulf countries a few years ago and had come in contact with the terrorist network and through them approached Pakistain's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) officials.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Iraq
30 ISIS Bad Guys die in Fallujah
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, Baghdad Operations Command announced the continuation of the liberalization operations south of Fallujah, while indicated to the killing of 30 terrorists and the dismantlement of 45 improvised explosive devices.

The spokesman of Baghdad Operations Command Saad Maan said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The heroes of Baghdad Operations Command are continuing the liberation operations in southern Fallujah (62 km west of the capital), dismantling 45 improvised explosive devices and cleansing the liberated areas.”

Maan noted, “The SWAT team managed to kill eight terrorists and dismantle 12 improvised explosive devices in Naemeh area,” indicating that, “The army’s sixth brigade killed 13 terrorists and destructed two vehicles belonging to the enemy in Ma’ameer area.”

“The army’s seventeenth brigade were able to kill nine terrorists, while dismantled 33 improvised explosive devices and destructed three sites for the enemy in Bostan al-Tikriti area,” he also added.
Posted by: badanov || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [528 views] Top|| File under:


Iraqi forces clear two more districts in Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, a source in the army’s eighth mechanized infantry division in Anbar Province stated, that the engineering unit managed to cleanse al-Thubat and al-Aramel areas south of Ramadi, while dismantled hundreds of improvised explosive devices in the city.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the engineering unit of the army’s eighth division managed to cleanse al-Thubat and al-Aramel areas south of Ramadi, while dismantled hundreds of improvised explosive devices in its roads and buildings.”

“An army force clashed with ISIS elements south of Ramadi, killing 20 of the organization’s elements including 2 snipers and inflicting human and material losses upon them,” he added.

Noteworthy, the Anti-Terrorism, police and army forces managed to liberate the areas of al-Thubat, al-Aramel, and al-Bakr south of Ramadi during the past couple of days.
Posted by: badanov || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:


11 die in bomb attack near Baghdad
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Thursday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that 11 people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast north of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near shops in Sabaa al-Bour area north of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding nine others,” adding that, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while an operation was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq 'nets 40 ISIS operatives' in major swoop
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraq's intelligence service said Thursday it detained 40 members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group as part of a major operation in Baghdad and Diyala provinces.

"The Iraqi national intelligence service, in coordination with Baghdad and Diyala security forces, carried out an operation which resulted in the arrest of 40 members of varying rank," a statement said.

Diyala is a province just northeast of the capital where ISIS has not had fixed positions in almost a year but has carried out several deadly suicide boom-mobileings.

"Many bombs, suicide belts and cars used by the holy warriors were seized, as well as large amounts of money they used to fund their criminal activities," the statement said.

The intelligence service said the detained ISIS members had requested assistance from cells in other parts of the country, suggesting the group is weakened in Baghdad.

The swoop was the continuation of an operation that had already resulted in more than 30 arrests and the dismantling of a boom-mobile-making cell in Baghdad in March.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi Forces Achieve Gains in Ramadi Operation
[ALMANAR.LB] Iraqi forces have continued to register gains in their ongoing effort to free the city of Ramadi from holy warriors of the so-called 'Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
group, Iraqi military sources reported on Wednesday.

"Clashes remain ongoing between counter-terrorism forces and ISIL holy warriors who have taken up positions only a few hundred meters from Ramadi's local government HQ," Ibrahim al-Fahdawi, head of security in the city's Khaldiya district, said.

Iraqi troops are now preparing to storm Ramadi's Al-Hoz district in which the government HQ is located, Walid al-Duleimi, a colonel in the Iraqi army, told media outlets.

On Tuesday, Iraqi security forces backed by US-led coalition air power launched a major operation aimed at capturing Ramadi, the regional capital of Iraq's western Anbar province.

They have since managed to seize two districts in the southern part of the city.
A few days before the operation, Iraqi planes dropped leaflets over the city calling on local residents to leave the area within three days.

In November, Iraqi security forces -- backed by pro-government units -- managed to establish control over roughly half of Ramadi.

In June of last year, ISIL overran djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
-- Iraq's second largest city -- before moving on to occupy additional territory in both Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi government forces, along with pro-government units and Kurdish peshmerga fighters, now seek to retake ISIL-held areas with air support from the US-led coalition.

Over the last year, US-led coalition warplanes have struck numerous ISIL positions in both Iraq and Syria, forcing the takfiri group to withdraw from a number of areas it had previously captured.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf leader arrested in Zamboanga
[MB.PH] A Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
-based commander of the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
Group (ASG) and his security escort were apprehended by a composite police and military team at a local wharf in this city Wednesday morning, a few minutes after the bandit leader disembarked from a ferry boat.

Zamboanga City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro yesterday identified the tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
ASG leader and his escort as Commander Suhod and Abu Haris, respectively.

The two were arrested at around 8 a.m. Wednesday, minutes after they disembarked from M/V Anika, a ferry boat serving the Zamboanga City -- Isabela City, Basilan route.

Casimiro said Commander Suhod was one of the leaders involved in the kidnapping of the employees of the Golden Harvest Farm in Basilan province few years ago.

The arrested men are now in jug of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group for proper processing.

Casimiro said the arrest of Suhod was a result of an information they received from their informant, who tipped them on the arrival of Suhod in this city.
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Pro Syrian air forces hit residential district in Damascus
ARA News

DAMASCUS – At least 17 civilians were killed and 25 others injured in renewed airstrikes by the Syrian regime’s air force near the capital Damascus, local sources reported on Thursday.

Syrian fighter jets launched several raids on the opposition-held district of Hammuriyah in southeastern Damascus.

“The raids caused mass destruction in residential buildings and shops in central Hammuriyah in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus countryside,” civil rights activist Muhammad Nasser told ARA News in Damascus.

“The civil defense activists have collected the bodies of 17 victims, while more than 25 others were pulled from the rubble and transferred to a field hospital for treatment,” Nasser said.

A medical source in the targeted district told ARA News that activists were searching for victims under the rubble until the midnight on Thursday.

“There are more victims under the ruins of the destroyed buildings but the lack of equipment prevents the activists from rescuing them,” the source said, adding that the injured are in need for intensive care while the field hospital suffers sharp shortage of staff and medicines.

“The death toll will definitely increase in the coming hours if we do not receive the needed supplies urgently,” the source said.

Armed rebel groups are in control of Hammuriyah district. The Syrian regime forces have repeatedly bombed the district and its surroundings in Eastern Ghouta after accusing the rebels of using the area as a basis from which they shell regime-held neighborhoods in central Damascus.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News
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Kurds, Arabs force ISIS 6 villages near Kobane
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KOBANE – After one day of starting its military operations in the southern countryside of Kobane, the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) from six villages in the area, military sources confirmed on Thursday.

The SDF, which has earlier recaptured more than 220 villages and towns in Hasakah province from ISIS, announced on Wednesday evening the start of a new military campaign against the extremist group south of Kobane.

“Hours after launching the anti-Daesh campaign south of Kobane, our (SDF) units regained six villages from the terror group,” said SDF spokesman Vidan Zinar, using another acronym for ISIS.

Units of the SDF, which include Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters, have regained the villages of Saharij, Jabbad, Abidat, Marwaha, Mazra’a and al-Mansiyah near Kobane after bombing ISIS positions with heavy artillery.

The SDF spokesman confirmed the death of at least ten ISIS militant fighters in the operation, adding that the rest “escaped the area towards their headquarters in northern Aleppo”.

The western-backed alliance has also seized a large deal of ammunition and three ISIS vehicles in Thursday’s operation.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Kurdish member of the SDF Sarhad Abbas said their units are now preparing to storm ISIS headquarters near Tishreen Dam on the Euphrates River.

“Liberating Tishreen Dam from the terror group would cut one of the main ISIS supply lines, as it links Raqqa province with Manbij city in the northern countryside of Aleppo,” the source said.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News
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ISIS agrees with Syrian government to withdraw from Damascus
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DAMASCUS – Subsequent to reaching an agreement with the Syrian regime’s army, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) starter to evacuate their strongholds in the southern suburb of Damascus, activists reported on Thursday.

The radical group and the regime’s army reached an agreement earlier this week, entailing the withdrawal of ISIS militants from Damascus suburb towards Raqqa–the ISIS de facto capital in northeastern Syria.

“Dozens of vehicles carrying ISIS militants were seen existing the al-Qadam district in the southern suburb of Damascus towards the highway that leads to Raqqa,” media activist Ismael al-Shami told ARA News in Damascus.

“This is the first batch of ISIS fighters withdrawing from Damascus, as the group is expected to further evacuate the districts of At-Tal and al-Hajar al-Aswad in accordance with the recently reached agreement between the group and the pro-Assad army,” al-Shami reported.

After taking over several areas in the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, ISIS militants have been locked in fierce clashes with rebel factions and pro-Assad troops.

It is not clear yet which factions would take over those districts after ISIS withdrawal.

Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News
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ISIS seizes district in eastern city from Syrian troops
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syrian activists and the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group say the hard boyz have seized a district previously held by Syrian troops in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

The industrial district of Deir el-Zour fell to the group late Wednesday following an attack and fierce festivities between the two sides.

The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency said Thursday that the group began its attack on the district with three successive suicide operations that struck Syrian army outposts inside.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the ISIS capture of the district.

The city in the country's east is held mostly by ISIS but Syrian troops control a few districts inside and the Deir el-Zour airport on the outskirts of the city.

Families of ISIS fighters to leave south Damascus in U.N. deal
Shouldn't they be sold into slavery?
Hundreds of families of ISIS hard boyz and some injured fighters are expected to leave rebel-held areas in southern Damascus under a U.N.-brokered deal, a monitor said on Thursday.

Rami Abdulraham, head of the UK-based Observatory for Human Rights, said safe passage would be given from the Paleostinian refugee camp of Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus and neighboring Hajar al Aswad.

The families and some fighters will be taken to the ultra-hardline myrmidon group's stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria and other ISIS-controlled areas over several months, ultimately ending the group's presence in areas near the Syrian capital.
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Syrian Army Inflicts more Losses upon ISIL Terrorists in Aleppo
[ALMANAR.LB] More of the terrorists' hideouts and vehicles are getting destroyed as the army units targeted their positions and sites in various areas across the country, state-run SANA news agency reported.

In Aleppo, army units destroyed targeted positions of the so-called 'Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
group in the villages of Sharbaa, Rasm al-Kabir and Rasm al-Kama in the eastern countryside of the province.

A military source told SANA that hideouts and vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns were destroyed in the operations.

More vehicles for ISIL faceless myrmidons were destroyed in al-Bab city, 38 km northeast of Aleppo city, and in the surroundings of al-Nairab Airport, 10 km east of the city.

Al-Nusra Front-linked faceless myrmidons had some of their centers hit and destroyed by the army units in Orum al-Kubra and al-Zirbeh villages in western and southwestern Aleppo.

In the northwestern countryside, an army unit directly hit gatherings of faceless myrmidons in Hreitan town, leaving many of them dead and destroying their weapons and vehicles.

Sites of al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
faceless myrmidons were targeted in the neighborhoods of al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid, al-Sakhour, al-Sheikh Khodr and al-Rashidin in Aleppo city.
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