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One Killed as Bomb Blast Rocks Ahmadi Mosque in Bangladesh
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Yokota AB lockdown
[CNN] A suspect got onto a U.S. air base in Japan on Saturday "with a suspicious package," prompting a temporary lockdown and investigation, the base said.

Security forces from the 374th Airlift Wing "apprehended [the] suspect who gained unauthorized entry into at Yokota Air Base," according to a post Saturday on the base's Facebook page.

That person was not identified, nor did authorities say what was in the "suspicious package."

Still, the fact the suspect is in custody was enough for officials to issue an all-clear and lift the shelter-in-place order at 8:50 p.m. (6:50 a.m. ET) Saturday.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/26/2015 11:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Colonel with a box of KFC? In violation of Michelle's nutritional dictate?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/26/2015 14:53 Comments || Top||

ISIS fanatics in Afghanistan release new video showing extreme violent acts
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists 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) terrorist group in Afghanistan have released a new propaganda video which purportedly shows the extreme violent acts of the terror group in Afghanistan.

The authenticity of the video has not been verified but it was released by the affiliates of the terror on Friday morning having a title of "Khurasan, The Graveyard of Apostates".

Although the loyalists of the terror group have released numerous videos in the past which purportedly shows the execution of prisoners.

a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
the latest video purportedly shows the operational capability of the terror group which was in an emergent stage until a few weeks earlier.

The video shows suicide kaboom on a check post apparently belonging to the Afghan cops using a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and roadside kaboomings targeting the government vehicles as well the non-government organizations.

In other parts of the video, the fanatics of the terror group are shown beheading a man and execution of two other men by firing from a close range.

The video carrying subtitles in Pashto language claims that the violent acts took place in central Pashtun-infested Logar, eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
and southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...

An ambush on a vehicle convoy of the Pak security forces and fierce shootout has also been included in the new video.

This comes as the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter warned regarding the emergent threat of the terror group during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday, however he said the threat posed by the terror group is being tracked very closely as they have started creating 'little nests' in Afghanistan.

...back at the Alamo, Davy was wondering if Buck was okay. He suspected he wasn't...
he commander of the US and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell earlier said the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to establish a regional base in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province.

In an interview with The News Agency that Dare Not be Named, the commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, said Tuesday that foreign bully boyz from Syria and Iraq had joined the loyalists of the terror group in eastern Nangarhar province and are trying to consolidate links with the leadership of the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.

Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Time to bite the bullet and go hat in hand to the Rooshuns. Cut a deal, we'll finance a new "tsar bomb" + costs. We can drop it or they can drop (flip a coin?). But the target is 10k ft. Above the Khyber pass.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/26/2015 7:59 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Kenyan police officer killed in IED attack in Lamu
One Administration Police officer was Friday morning killed when a vehicle they were travelling in drove over an explosive suspected to have been planted by Al-Shabaab militants along the Hindi-Bodhei road in Lamu. The officers were said to be heading to Bodhei, which is at the border between Lamu and Garissa when the incident happened at around 8am.

Confirming the incident, Linda Boni Operation Director Mr James ole Serian said nobody was injured and that police were pursuing the suspects responsible for the attack.

Mr Serian dismissed earlier reports which had indicated that one AP officer was killed while three others were critically injured and others reported missing in the morning attack.

“It is true. One police officer died while the rest of the officers that were in the vehicle came out safely. Nobody is critically injured. No one is missing. We are pursuing the suspects responsible for the attack,” said Mr Ole Serian in a text sent to the Nation.

Sources who talked to the Nation, however, claimed that the vehicle was also burnt to ashes by the suspected Al-Shabaab militants before they escaped into the expansive Boni Forest.

The incident comes just weeks after two people were killed at Milihoi in Lamu County when over 20 suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a lorry that was heading to Hindi form Mpeketoni to deliver building blocks.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Pro-ISIL converts, Shaboobs clash in deadly Puntland infighting
ISKUSHUBAN, Somalia --
Yeah, try finding that on a map...
Not that far from Aintkushuban.
Heavy fighting between Pro-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and Al Shabaab militants has raged in Bari region village of Timirshe of northeastern Somalia according to residents, Garowe Online reports.

Heavily armed Al Shabaab militants on Thursday tracked a group of fighters loyal to former ideologue Abdulkadir Mumin, subsequently engaging in fierce gun battle that resulted in unknown casualties.
Most excellent black-on-black fight...
Timirshe is agricultural village that lies a few kilometers away from Iskushuban, a town just 150 south of Bossaso port city.

Gunfire was ringing out around the village as of Thursday afternoon, residents said by phone from Timirshe.

Abdulkadir Mumin whom more than two dozen militants accepted his loyalty to self-proclaimed ISIL caliph, abu-Bakr Al Baghdadi has been on-the-run since late October when a long running merger crisis furthered with Mumin’s defection. Garowe Online has learned that Mumin had since been expecting arms consignment by Yemeni Daesh due to mounting Al Shabaab pressure.

Officials tell GO that no go ahead has been given to Puntland Defence Forces (PDFs) for subdueing Timirshe infighting.

Somali militant group is languishing in damaging dissension which in recent weeks degenerated into open confrontations over whether to switch allegiance to ISIL.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Officials tell GO that no go ahead has been given to Puntland Defence Forces (PDFs) for subdueing Timirshe infighting.

Let em kill each other to the last man. THEN go in and kill him
Posted by: Frank G || 12/26/2015 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Love the Asterix picture. "quelle nez!"
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 12/26/2015 18:49 Comments || Top||

Gunmen kill colonel in Aden shooting
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a colonel in Yemen’s southern resistance in Aden on Tuesday night, a local official said, the latest in a string of assassinations in the city often carried out by militants. The gunmen opened fire on a car containing resistance leader Jalal Al Awbali in the Dar Saad district of northern Aden, killing him immediately, the official said.

Militants from both Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Yemeni wing of the Baghdadi militia
...an interesting description of ISIS...
have staged attacks throughout southern parts of Yemen, including in Aden, for years.

The rate of attacks in Aden has accelerated since July, when local forces backed by the government of President Abd Rabuh Mansour Hadi and a military alliance recaptured the city from the Houthi militia after months of street fighting.

Insecurity in Aden, the biggest prize yet won by Hadi in Yemen’s nine-month civil war, threatens to undermine the campaign waged on his behalf against the Houthis and army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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JMB den bust: Three placed on 6-day remand
[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court has granted six days of remand for each of the three JMB men who were tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
from a den of the banned myrmidon group in Mirpur on Thursday.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Islam granted the bail after DB produced the JMB men before the court on Friday afternoon.

The remanded JMB men are Abu Sayeed alias Rasel alias Salman, 22, Md Elias alias Omar Faruk, 23, and Mohsin Ali, 20.

Earlier in the day, a case was filed against five JMB men and five to six unnamed people over the busting of JMB den. DB Inspector Md Shafiuddin filed the case with Shah Ali cop shoppe.

Police, RAB and SWAT team, in a join drive, arrested seven people from the JMB den on Thursday.

The law enforcers also seized at least 17 hand-made grenades.

DB said the recovered grenades were similar to those used in the Tazia attack.

In addition, they also recovered a "suicide belt," three crude bombs, two pipe bombs, a computer casing, a pipe drilling machine, several electronic circuit boards, wires, explosive substances and Jihadi books.

The drive was conducted on the basis of a tip off from another Tazia attack suspect arrested on Wednesday.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

One Killed as Bomb Blast Rocks Ahmadi Mosque in Bangladesh
[ALMANAR.LB] A bomb went kaboom! Friday at a mosque of the minority Ahmadi Muslim group in Bangladesh's northwestern town of Bagmara leaving the suspected jacket wallah dead and three other people injured, police said.

Police said the kaboom occurred when the small Ahmadiya Muslim Jamaat mosque at Bagmara, some 250 kilometers (150 miles) from the capital, Dhaka,was packed with worshippers during Friday prayers.

"One person was struck down in his prime and three other people were maimed. It seems he was carrying the bomb and it looks like it was a suspected suicide kaboom," local police chief Motiar Rahman told AFP.

Ahmad Tabshir Choudhury, a front man of the Ahmadiya Muslim Jamaat in Bangladesh said there were two unknown people who came to the mosque where nearly 100 people including women joined the Friday prayers.

"The bomb exploded during the prayers. One of the two unknown people died. It appears that he was a suicide bomber," Choudhury told AFP.

He added that four Ahmadis were maimed including one whose condition is serious.

No group has grabbed credit, but in recent months, homegrown outlawed myrmidon group, Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and 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 grabbed credit for kabooms on a top Shiite shrine and a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh.

Members of other minority groups, including Sufis have also been attacked and killed, and two Christian priests have survived attacks claimed by myrmidons.

Ahmadis are a tiny Muslim group in Bangladesh. In the past, they have often been barred from setting up mosques.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [405 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

UK Cities Under ISIS Threat For Boxing Day: Expert
[NDTV] A counter-terrorism expert has warned that British cities could be a target 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) terror attack on Boxing Day, marked the day after Christmas, according to a leading specialist.

Will Geddes, head of global security firm International Corporate Protection, believes Boxing Day, which is today, would provide the ideal situation for the terrorists, the 'Daily Express' reported today.

"I don't think Christmas Day will be a target for ISIS, even though it's a Christian holiday, because there won't be big crowds which is what they want for maximum impact. But Boxing Day could be as lots of people will be out for the sales in cities across the UK, all gathered in big crowds," he told the newspaper.

His comments come as Britannia's security service, MI5, has put the UK terror threat from international terrorism at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Unlike other terrorist organizations which have come before, such as Al Qaeda, it is hard to predict what ISIS will or will not do, he said, but crowded places on a poignant day are a target.

The leading counter-terrorism specialist praised the number of attacks the British security services have foiled but said the constant cuts by the UK government to policing and security staff levels will begin to affect how much Britons are protected.

He said: "We're not going to see the end of this threat by the end of this decade."

"A lot of the time you're looking at the radicalised individual, not just groups, which is very difficult to deal with."

"If you look at the number of successful times attacks have been prevented it's impressive - it amounts to one a day this year. We have to be grateful for how well our security services are doing but it won't be their fault if their funding is slashed but the public will no doubt suffer then."
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  It all started with Palestinian terrorism---now guess who invented "The Palestinian People"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Boxing Day...or any other day ending in 'Y".
Posted by: AlanC || 12/26/2015 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  now guess who invented "The Palestinian People"?

I know who supported them, or more specifically, the PLO, for decades...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/26/2015 11:23 Comments || Top||

#4  No matter the starting point, you always end at the same place Pappy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 13:18 Comments || Top||

I know who supported them, or more specifically, the PLO, for decades...

The UN.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/26/2015 13:38 Comments || Top||

#6  They abetted, but somebody else paid the freight.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/26/2015 17:25 Comments || Top||

Protesters ransack Muslim prayer hall on Corsica
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and tried to set fire to copies of the Koran on the French island of Corsica Friday, police said, in an attack condemned by the government. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote on Twitter that the break-in in the city of Ajaccio was “an unacceptable desecration.”
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#1  yet more push back. this is not going to end well.
Posted by: Nguard || 12/26/2015 1:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Unlike the burning of Christian churches throughout the Muslim world, which is just fine.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/26/2015 2:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Always victims. Moslems, no?

Blow it out of your ass. Corsica did.
Posted by: newc || 12/26/2015 2:22 Comments || Top||

#4  What goes around
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Humm, homeland of the inventor of whiff oh grapeshot. Corsicans were born rebelling.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/26/2015 8:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Nobody dead.
Posted by: gorb || 12/26/2015 11:23 Comments || Top||

#7  What's an acceptable desecration? Curious, just in case...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/26/2015 13:41 Comments || Top||

#8  when Muslims do it, Rob
Posted by: Frank G || 12/26/2015 14:17 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
One soldier killed, two others wounded in clashes in southeast Turkey
[Hurriyet] One soldier was killed while two others were maimed in festivities with members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Sirnak, Turkish Armed Forces has announced.

"Three of our brothers in arms were maimed during an operation in Sirnak's Cizre district at 8:34 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2015," the blurb said, adding the wounds of one of the soldiers were critical.

While all injured soldiers were transferred to a hospital, one succumbed to his wounds during treatment.

The Armed Forces claimed that six PKK Lions of Islam were "neutralized" during the festivities, a euphemism used by the military to indicate they were either killed or captured.

A curfew has been in force in Cizre since Dec. 14 as upward of 10,000 soldiers attempt to remove trenches and barricades. The curfews imposed on southeastern towns have forced locals to remain inside their homes, where many have run out of water, electricity and even food.
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Six civilians wounded in cultural center bombing in Turkey’s southeast
[Hurriyet] Four students and two library personnel have been maimed in a kaboom at a cultural center in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

Masked holy warriors of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) entered the cultural center's boiler room at 9 a.m. on Dec. 25 and placed some improvised bombs inside while security forces were working to remove trenches and barricades erected near the Sirnak Environment and Urban Planning Directorate adjacent to the center.

A fire erupted inside the building in Sirnak's central Yeni Mahalle neighborhood as a result of the kaboom and accompanying Molotov cocktails attacks.

Reports indicate 17 students were studying in the library, which is connected to the provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate, at the time of the attack.

While all students were evacuated alive, four students and two personnel were maimed in the fire. Reports indicate PKK holy warriors shot up security forces during the evacuation, which quickly precipitated festivities as police returned fire.

The fire was brought under control with the use of water cannon after firefighters failed to appear at the scene.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/26/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

Two grenades lobbed at FC camp in Khyber
[DAWN] LANDI KOTAL: Unidentified men lobbed two hand grenades at the Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
camp here on Thursday morning, but there was no damage as the devices went kaboom! in open area.

Security officials said that the attack was carried out from the Shalman gate side of the camp at around 5:00am. They said that two hand grenades landed at an empty compound inside the camp and thus no damage was caused.

Security forces immediately cordoned the area and also conducted a search operation in the nearby localities. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
it could not be ascertained if any arrests were made in the search operation.

The attack was second of its type on the FC camp in last two weeks. The previous attack also had not caused any damage to the buildings.

...back at the wine tasting, Vince was about to start on his third quart...
Khasadar force in Jamrud foiled an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of urea to Afghanistan. Officials said that over 200 bags of urea were being transported in a truck which was intercepted at Prang Sam checkpost. They said that driver of the truck had been taken into custody.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Lashkar-e-Taiba Militant Killed In Kashmir
[NDTV] A Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in north Kashmire's Bandipora district, police said today.

Omais Ahmad Sheikh alias Hamza, a resident of south Kashmire Pulwama district, was killed in a shootout with security forces in Sumbal, 30 kms from here, a police official said.

The security forces had launched an anti-militancy operation in the north Kashmire town last evening following information about presence of ultras there, the official said. He said Sheikh's body was recovered from the encounter site late last night and handed over to his family in Chatapora area of Pulwama district.

...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
a shutdown was observed in Pulwama town and adjoining areas of Jammu and Kashmire.

The police official said a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary personnel has been carried out in Pulwama for maintaining law and order.

Minor incidents of stone-pelting by youths on police personnel have been reported from Pulwama chowk and Murran chowk but there were no reports of anyone getting injured in the incidents so far, the official said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

Iraqi Forces Close In on Final Islamic State Post in Ramadi
[WSJ] Iraq's military said it was closing in Friday on a former government compound in Ramadi that remains the only area of the city still under 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....

Iraqi forces were less than a mile from the compound where about 100 bully boyz are holding out, the government said. Though Iraqi troops greatly outnumber the Islamic State fighters, they have struggled to advance in a landscape dotted with land mines and improvised bombs.

"Our preparations to attack the government compound are still on and we are approaching step by step," Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Bilawi, commander of the Anbar province emergency police division, said Friday.

"Still the IEDs and booby-trapped houses have made the biggest delay for our forces," he said. "The engineering teams are doing most of the work now just to defuse explosives and whenever they are done with them we can attack the government compound."

Iraqi forces backed by U.S-led Arclight airstrikes started a new push earlier this week to retake Ramadi, the thriving provincial capital of Anbar about 60 miles west of the capital Baghdad.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Bombs slow Ramadi advance
Iraqi forces dodged sniper fire, car bombs, roadside bombs and booby traps as they battled on Friday to root out militant hunkered down in a strategic compound in central Ramadi.

Elite forces from the counter-terrorism service (CTS) faced limited resistance when they punched into central Ramadi four days earlier, in a final push to retake the city they lost to the Daesh group in May. Militants concentrated their defence around the main government complex in the Hoz neighbourhood and now Iraqi forces are struggling to break in.

"We are facing many obstacles, mostly snipers and car bombs," said one CTS fighter, 1st Lieutenant Bashar Hussein, from a position in Dhubbat neighbourhood, just south of Hoz.

The terrain allows a small number of determined men to hold off a larger force.

Iraqi soldiers were around 500 metres away from the compound on Thursday and had only inched a little closer by Friday.
Definitely a time to bring in an Arclight. B52s with laser-guided weapons would fix this.

Oh, and drinks in the O-Club on me...
"Daesh resistance got stiffer as Iraqi forces moved closer to the government compound," said an army brigadier general. "Our forces are now just over 300 metres away from those buildings," he said.

The number of fighters still holding out in the city was estimated at fewer than 400, with reports of some retreating from the front by using civilians as human shields.

"Operations to liberate Ramadi need time. It isn't easy to retake it quickly," said Ibrahim Al Fahdawi, the head of the security committee for nearby Khaldiya district.

"Booby-trapped houses, suicide attacks, improvised explosive devices, snipers, mortars, rockets: Daesh is using everything it's got to stop the progress of the security forces," said Fahdawi. Daesh posted several statements online over the past two days claiming to have inflicted serious losses in multiple attacks across Ramadi.

Iraqi security officials only admitted to limited casualties and said they were able to repulse suicide car bomb attacks.

The loss of Ramadi, which lies about 100km west of Baghdad, was Baghdad's most stinging defeat in the war against Daesh since the militants took over a third of the country last year. A key component of Daesh's victory in May was the use of dozens of massive suicide car bombs to blitz government positions but, more than six months on, the security forces came prepared.

"They've tried but they've had less success for several reasons," said Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the US-led coalition that has been carrying out daily air strikes. "Both Iraqis and the coalition have become much better at identifying these threats earlier on," he said.

"The Iraqis have been equipped with AT4 shoulder-fired anti-armour rockets, so the coalition has trained them on how to deploy these weapons, provided them with 5,000 of them and the Iraqis have used them to great effect," Warren said.

Also slowing the security forces' advance was the presence of civilians trapped in their homes. Dozens of families that had stayed in central Ramadi, many of them prevented from leaving by Daesh when the security forces launched their big push on Tuesday, have managed to flee.

But Fahdawi said dozens remained trapped, mostly in the neighbourhoods of Al Thaylah and Al Jamaiyah. "Daesh detained all the men and left the women and children in their homes... It may be because they want to prevent a revolt against them from what's left of the male population," he said.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

2 Palestinians Arrested for Christmas Tree Arson in the West Bank
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Paleostinian security forces say they enjugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
two suspected Islamic turbans in the burning of a Christmas tree in the northern West Bank.

A Paleostinian security officer said Friday the suspects set fire Wednesday to the tree in Zababdeh, a Christian majority village near Jenin. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn't authorized to speak to news hounds.

He says both suspects are under investigation for possible ties to holy warrior Islamist groups. He also says Paleostinian security forces arrested Wednesday about a dozen suspected radical Islamists in Bethlehem.

Christians make up about 2 percent of the West Bank population.

Paleostinian assailants attacked Israelis in three West Bank incidents Thursday as visitors flocked to Bethlehem for a subdued Christmas Eve. The attackers were shot and killed by Israeli security forces.
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Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:46 Comments || Top||

Palestinian woman tries to ram car into Israeli border guards, killed
A Palestinian woman tried to ram a car into Israeli border guards in a village in the occupied West Bank on Friday, before being shot dead, the police said.

"An attempted attack to ram a car into border guards deployed in the village of Silwad (northwest of Ramallah) failed. The border guards spotted the terrorist... fired on her and killed her," a police spokesman said in a statement.

The attempted car ramming came shortly after a Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, said a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry of the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

Around 40 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes that took place at several points along the barrier that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip. An Israeli army spokeswoman reported that "hundreds of Palestinians" took part in the clashes.

The Palestinians were "attempting to damage the security fence by throwing rocks and hurling burning tyres at it. Forces on the site responded to the immediate danger of infiltration (into Israel) asking them to halt and firing warning shots," the spokeswoman said.

"But because of the ongoing violence and the threat to nearby (Israeli) communities they fired towards the main instigators," she said.
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#1  Arab drivers.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Cold g(r)om, Westinghouse even

Posted by: Shipman || 12/26/2015 8:07 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Indonesia Arrests 2 Over New Year Suicide Terror Plot
[NDTV] Indonesian police said today they have enjugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
two men, including a member of China's Uighur minority, allegedly involved in a planned New Year suicide kaboom in Jakarta.

Police arrested an Indonesian, named as Arif Hodayatullah, near the capital for driving a car without a licence plate and found several books about bomb-making inside the vehicle, according to a document seen by AFP.

An anti-terror squad raided his house in West Java, where they arrested a Uighur, identified only as Alli, and confiscated a boom jacket and material to assemble a bomb.

"We also found a design (of where the attack would be carried out), but we have only found one, we need to investigate more," national police front man Anton Charliyan said late Thursday.

The arrests come at a time of heightened alert after police arrested several other suspected Lion of Islams.

On Monday police in Java arrested five suspects from a cell linked to the ISIS, and four from one linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network, responsible for several major attacks in Indonesia.

The country is deploying more than 150,000 military and police personnel during the Christmas and New Year period and has increased security at its airports after a threat was directed at one serving Jakarta.

A police source, who declined to be named, said Alli was believed to be a bombmaker and was chosen to carry out the suicide attack.

Hodayatullah told police he was instructed by a man named Bahrunnaim, a holy warrior residing in Syria, to help Indonesians wishing to join the ISIS group.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, suffered several major kabooms by Islamic bully boyz between 2000 and 2009, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

But a crackdown has weakened the most dangerous Lion of Islam networks.

However the emergence of ISIS has sparked alarm that Indonesians returning from battlefields in the Middle East could revive them.
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#1  As per NET Artics, INDONESIA is ascribed as struggling internally or politically wid "TWO ISLAMS" - one peaceful, "moderate", and pro-status quo; the other for the Country to blow + be more assertive + aggressive, i.e. "radical", on the International or Geopol stage as many Indonesian Locals, both Muslims + Non-Muslims, desire their Country to be a [Muslim/Islamic]
"Great Power" includ Global Superpower.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/26/2015 0:44 Comments || Top||

Bodyguard of Tehran’s Friday preacher killed in Syria, volunteered in Iranian militia
[Rudaw] The bodyguard of a high-ranking and famous Iranian holy man has been killed fighting in Syria, according to news reports.

Muhsin Faramarzi was killed while fighting in Syria alongside Shiite militia and Syrian government forces. According to Tasnim news agency, Faramarzi had traveled to Syria as a volunteer fighter under the Iranian militia group known as Defenders of the Shrine.

Faramarzi was the personal bodyguard of Muhammad Imami Kashani, the Friday preacher of Tehran.

Since the start of the Syrian war thousands of Iranian nationals have traveled there to fight with the army against rebel groups.

The shrine of Sayda Zainab, the eldest daughter of Prophet Muhammad is located in Damascus. She is highly regarded by the Shiite sect.

Scores of other Iranian soldiers and high-ranking military advisors are believed to have been killed in Syria, mostly in recent fighting around the northern city of Aleppo.

Faramarzi's death could be considered high-ranking due to his closeness to the preacher of Tehran, a position also held by the Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei himself.
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Nine Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria in last 48 hours
[Beirut Daily Star] Nine Hezbollah fighters were killed in the last 48 hours during battles in two rebel-held towns near Syria's capital Damascus, a security source told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity Friday.

The combatants were killed in the Eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, which has been devastated by fighting since the outbreak of Syria's conflict in March 2011, as well as in the town of Daraya southwest of Damascus, the source added.

Hezbollah is taking part in a number of offensives launched recently by the Syrian army against rebel-held positions in various districts across the country, backed by the Russian air force.

Air raids by Syrian government warplanes on Hammuriyeh and Irbin in Eastern Ghouta, the largest rebel stronghold in Damascus province, killed 28 civilians, including 10 children, an activist group said Thursday.

At least 60 others were also maimed in the raids, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The town of Daraya has been under siege by Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
's government forces since 2013.

Hezbollah has officially announced its support for Assad, saying that its decision is aimed at preventing Syria from falling into the hands of turbans and protecting Leb from krazed killer groups.

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#1  9 + revengeTM, not a bad day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:54 Comments || Top||

4,000, half of them hard boyz, to leave Damascus suburbs
BEIRUT: Some 4,000 people, half of them fighters, will leave three besieged districts south of Syria’s capital at the weekend as part of a landmark cease-fire, sources told AFP Friday. Daesh and its rival, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front, will reportedly quit the districts of Qadam, Hajar Al-Aswad and the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmuk.

“An agreement was reached whereby 4,000 fighters and civilians, including members of Al-Nusra and Daesh, would leave” the neighborhoods on Saturday, one government official close to the negotiations said.

They would then be transported to the northern cities of Raqa, held by Daesh and Marea which is controlled by extremists and Al-Nusra, the official said.
It would be dreadful if the team busses went to rival campuses...
The second phase of the deal would see government institutions reopen in the neighborhoods and “the necessities of daily life would be secured,” the official said.

It will be the first time in more than two years that market goods have been able to be sent in to the three southern districts, which have been under a crippling government siege.

Daesh attacked the Yarmuk Palestinian camp in April, fighting Al-Nusra units there for control. The militants then overran parts of Qadam in August after launching an attack from their base in nearby Hajar Al-Aswad. Their advance into Qadam had brought them closer than ever to central Damascus.

The cease-fire deal comes after two months of intense negotiations between Syria’s government and district leaders, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one local leader in Qadam said: “Every fighter will be allowed to leave with his family and one suitcase and his personal weapon.”

The areas are already in the process of being demilitarized. Eighteen buses had also crossed into the neighborhood in preparation for Saturday’s evacuation, which would include “2,000 combatants, mostly fighters,” he added.

Mohammad Al-Omari, a representative of Syria’s reconciliation ministry, told AFP that the “first phase of the deal will have a positive effect on Yarmuk and all of the southern areas.”

He said he hoped a “larger reconciliation process” would allow some 1.8 million people to return to the southern suburbs of Damascus.

A UN representative in Damascus told AFP the UN had no role in the negotiations or developments in the southern suburbs of the capital.
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Rooshun air force: 5,240 sorties in Syria since Sept. 30
Russia’s air force has made 5,240 sorties since it started the strikes in Syria on Sept. 30, including 189 sorties on Thursday alone, Russia’s defence ministry told reporters on Friday.
I suspect that each Rooshun aircraft dropped at least one bomb...
Russian long-range strategic bombers have carried out 145 sorties since Sept. 30, Sergei Rudskoi, a department chief at the General Staff of the armed forces, told a news briefing in Moscow.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's like they take this all thing seriously, or something.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Hoping we got ants looking at fuel, maintenance and in the hangar.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/26/2015 11:17 Comments || Top||

#3  The Russians don't give a damn about collateral damage all they want to do is kill/destroy the enemy.

We seem to care more about collateral damage and bad press than we do about winning a war.

Winning a war means killing people and breaking things. Some times an innocent bystander gets killed in the process...regrettable but it happens.

Don't let the innocent bystander twist you into inaction.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 12/26/2015 19:00 Comments || Top||

Syria rebel chief Zahran Alloush killed near capital
Zahran Alloush, head of the powerful Jaish Al Islam Syrian rebel group, was killed on Friday east of Damascus, a monitoring group and Syria's opposition said.

His death "stands as one of the most significant opposition losses" of Syria's nearly five-year uprising, analyst Charles Lister said on Twitter.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Alloush and five other commanders were killed "in an air strike that targeted one of their meetings in Eastern Ghouta."
Whose aircraft? Rooshun? American? Ruritanian?
The death of Alloush, 44, was confirmed on Twitter by the head of Syria's opposition National Coalition, who posted a message of condolence.

Syria's state television channel also reported the death by air strike, but did not say who had carried out the raid.

Jaish Al Islam is the most prominent rebel faction in the Eastern Ghouta region, an opposition bastion east of the capital, and was recently represented at landmark opposition talks in Saudi Arabia. The Syrian government regularly refers to the group as "terrorists".
The group returns the description...
Alloush's death comes after Syria's army announced a massive operation to retake rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. The regime's forces have been backed by Russian air strikes since September 30.

Jaish Al Islam was known to have extremist views and to have supported the establishment of Daesh before recently moving towards a more moderate position.

Alloush spent at least two years in Syrian prisons before being released in a general amnesty in June 2011.
An Nahar adds Syria sez they dunnit:
A senior member of Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
confirmed Alloush's death to AFP, saying three planes targeted a "secret meeting" of commanders.

In a statement carried by state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
, Syria's army command said it had conducted the "special operation" that killed Alloush as part of its "national mission."

A Syrian security source told AFP "dozens" of rebel fighters were killed in the raids, carried out by Syria's air force with newly-provided Russian missiles. The jets launched two rounds of strikes on the meeting with four missiles each, the source said. At least 12 Jaish al-Islam members and seven from the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
group were killed.

Backed by Riyadh, Jaish al-Islam recently took part in landmark opposition talks in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
It was known to have bully boy views and to have supported the establishment of an Islamic state before recently moving towards a more moderate position.
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Russian Intelligence Spots, Destroys Oil Tankers on Iraq-Turkey Border
[ALMANAR.LB] Russian intelligence has spotted up to 12,000 tankers and trucks on the Turkish-Iraqi border, the General Staff of Russia's armed forces reported.

"The [aerial] imagery was made in the vicinity of Zakho (a city in Iraqi Kurdistan), there were 11,775 tankers and trucks on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border," Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy told journalists on Friday.
"It must be noted that oil from both Iraq and Syria come through this [Zakho] checkpoint," General Rudskoy said, according to RT.

Heavy-duty trucks loaded with oil continue to cross the Turkish-Syrian border as well, Rudskoy said. At the same time, the number of tankers on the northern and western routes used for transporting oil from Syria is declining, the general added.

"According to satellite data, the number of oil tankers moving through the 'northern route' towards the refinery in the [Turkish] city of Batman has considerably diminished," Rudskoy said, adding that the number of tankers using the 'western route,' between the Turkish cities of Reyhanli [on the Syrian border] and the city of Iskenderun, has decreased to 265 vehicles.

The Russian Air Force in Syria has destroyed about 2,000 tankers used by the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
turbans for oil transportation. In the last week, Russian warplanes eliminated 17 convoys of oil tankers and a number of installations used by gunnies for oil extraction and processing.

The Russian Air Force's effective strikes in Syria have forced the gunnies to look for new routes for crude oil transportation. Today, tankers loaded with oil in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province, under ISIL (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....
in Iraq and Levant) control, are moving towards the Iraqi border in the direction of Zakho and djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
despite a considerable diversion, the finishing point of the trafficking route remains The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
," Rudskoy said.
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#1  I suppose all of this represents an 'intelligence gap' for USI. [sarc off]

When will these people be evicted from NATO ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/26/2015 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Zakho, the lost twin-city of STAR WARS:THE FORCE AWAKENS [Planet] "JAKKU"???

Coincidence, you say, I think NOT!

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/26/2015 0:19 Comments || Top||

#3  When will these people be evicted from NATO ?

For an ou rooinek you're such a Pollyanna, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:50 Comments || Top||

#4  However the refineries in Khatgurl and close by Penguine remain functional under the Turkish Umbrella.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/26/2015 8:17 Comments || Top||

Islamic State Sanctioned Organ Harvesting from Captives in Document Taken in US Raid
[NEWS.VICE] 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....
authorized the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group's Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent holy warrior group may be trafficking in body parts.

The ruling, contained in a January 31, 2015 document reviewed by Rooters, says taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim's life, even if it is fatal for the captive, is permissible. It justifies the practice in part by drawing an analogy to cannibalism in extreme circumstances, a practice it says earlier Islamic scholars had allowed.

"Saving a Muslim from death or deterioration is an Islamic legal duty that should be performed with every legitimate way or financial means," says the document, which is in the form of a fatwa, or religious ruling, from the Islamic State's Research and Fatwa Committee. "The jurists of the Shafi'i and Hanbali schools and others permitted, when necessary, the killing of the infidel combatant or the apostate should one need to consume their flesh for the purpose of saving his own life."

"The apostate's life and organs don't have to be respected and may be taken with impunity," the translation continues. "Organs that end the captive's life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited."

Rooters couldn't independently confirm the authenticity of the document. US officials say it was among a trove of data and other information obtained by US Special Forces in a raid in eastern Syria in May.

The document does not offer any proof that Islamic State actually engages in organ harvesting or organ trafficking. But it does provide religious sanction for doing so under the group's harsh interpretation of Islam -- which is rejected by most Muslims. Previously, Iraq has accused Islamic State of harvesting human organs and trafficking them for profit.

The document does not define "apostate," though the Islamic State has killed or imprisoned Shia Muslims, non-Muslims, such as Christians, as well as Sunni Muslims who don't follow its holy warrior views.
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#1  I suppose that's why the beheading thing is so important now? They are saving the organs for sale. Anything else, sure, but a transplanted muslim head, no thanks.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/26/2015 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't believe they've the tech.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/26/2015 2:51 Comments || Top||

#3  PP starting to expand with a new line?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/26/2015 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  they do not need that much tech. in a major iraqi hospital if they have surgeons capable of performing a transplant then they can do it

they have some advantages with no respect for human rights.

they can keep the donor victim alive, put them sedated in the operating room then take the organ direct from the live body once the recipient is open and ready

they do not have to care if the donor survives

that is a fresher organ than one that has to be refrigerated and shipped on ice in the West, from a willing donor
Posted by: anon1 || 12/26/2015 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  plus this is a religious ruling

it does not mean they have the tech or are doing it now

it is a ruling so that one day when the caliphate has the tech to do it, they know that they can

kind of like how Hizb ut-Tahrir have an entire foreign policy position drafted in their caliphate constitution even though they do not yet control territory
Posted by: anon1 || 12/26/2015 8:42 Comments || Top||

harsh interpretation of Islam -- which is rejected by most Muslims

Assertion without evidence. The only Muslims who oppose ISIS are those whose gravy trains are threatened by it.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/26/2015 13:40 Comments || Top||

#7  I mean Shia Ayatollahs publicly hanging gays from hydraulic cranes is totes moderate compared to Sunni ISIS publicly throwing them off the buildings
Posted by: Frank G || 12/26/2015 14:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Sell what's left in the meat markets of IS-controlled territories.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/26/2015 23:23 Comments || Top||

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