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Afghanistan
Security Officials Take Steps To Rid Surobi Of Taliban
Security officials have said they are in the process of dismantling a Taliban hideout in Surobi district in Kabul province – a hideout from where militants allegedly organize attacks on Kabul city as well as Laghman, Kapisa and Nangarhar provinces.

Security sources have said there are more than 300 insurgents hiding out in remote and inaccessible parts of Ozbin in Surobi district.

Ozbin is located about 20 kilometers from Surobi's center and only 90 kilometers from Kabul city.

Sources say there are a number of villages and valleys that are believed to be safe havens for Taliban fighters.

TOLOnews reporter Tamim Hamid, who visited Surobi on Saturday, met with officials who said the insurgents also prey on locals and extort money from them.

Fakhrullah, an army commander, said: "They [militants] have centers [hideouts] in upper areas such as Qala-e-Sorkh and Diwana Ha areas, and from there they organize a number of attacks on Kabul [city]. They get to the capital city through different ways."

Sources say Ozbin is a good income source for the Taliban as they allegedly extort money from locals, especially for electricity.

Meanwhile, the district chief of Surobi, Fahim Musazai said they plan to establish local police in Ozbin area in order to maintain law-and-order.

"Tribal elders have said they are ready to help government to establish local police in the area. We have shared the issue with the Interior Minister and he vowed to provide us with the facilities for this," he added.

A number of residents of Surobi meanwhile said the presence of militants has created many problems for locals.

"The people are faced with lots of problems, including violence against women, poor economy, family problems and others, therefore they need psychologists and counseling centers – particularly for women," said Jan Agha, head of a youth training center in Ozbin.

"We have several students in schools and we have tried a lot to improve their knowledge, but we are faced with a lack of professional teachers," said Momen, the head of a training center in Surobi.
Posted by: badanov || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Four killed as 'Boobs, allied troops battle near Bula-burde
A Somali official says four people, including militants were killed in a fierce fighting between Al shabaab fighters and SNA, along with Djibouti-an peacekeepers in Hiiraan region. Confirming the incident, Bula-burde district commissioner Abdulaziz Durow said the fighting broke out at militants-controlled Doonkadiide village, killing three Al shabaab fighters and SNA soldier.

“Our SNA soldiers and their allied AMISOM troops attacked Al shabaab base at Doonkadiide village and killed three fighters while one Govt soldier lost his life,” said Bula-burde DC.

On the other hand, Mr Durow denied the district is still under Al shabaab siege.

Bulo-burde is in the middle of nowhere a strategic town, linking Somalia’s Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, and was an important base for al-Shabab for more than five years.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Arabia
Bahraini F-16 jet crashes in Saudi near Yemen border
According to the coalition forces in Yemen, a Bahrain F-16 fighter jet has crashed on Wednesday in southern Saudi Arabia close to the Yemen border in Jizan. The fighter jet had experienced technical failure but its pilot has survived the crash.

A statement by the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and released by the Saudi Press Agency said that to "the Bahraini air force pilot participating in the coalition managed to escape after his plane crashed in Jizan region on Wednesday morning after a technical malfunction."

Bahrain has taken part in the Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing Iran-allied Houthi militias for nine months, and scores of ground forces from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been killed since the start of the conflict.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No fire, no scorched nearby vegetation. Somebody forgot to look at the gas gauge.
Posted by: Betty Hitler2611 || 12/31/2015 5:33 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 - which is technically a "failure"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2015 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Waiting for the report from Al Manar... F16 shot down, fourteen aircrew killed....
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 12/31/2015 13:37 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Hand bombs blasted near 7 centres in Jessore
[Dhaka Tribune] Hand bombs have been blasted allegedly by the ruling party men near seven polling centres in Jessore Sadar municipality.

At least five people were maimed in the incidents. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the injuries were not severe.

The polling centres are: Aminia Madrasa, Rail Station Govt. Primary School, Islam Colony Govt. Primary School and Police Lines High School.

Assistant Police Super Bhaskar Saha said: "We heard about the crude kabooms and sent police on the spots. Police brought the situation under control."

Supporters of Awami League rebel candidates, BNP candidates and voters alleged that the ruling party men blasted the bombs.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Daesh-linked gunmen kill guard at UNESCO heritage site
[Telegraph] Gunmen reported to be from a Daesh-linked group opened fire at a UNESCO world heritage site in the Russian republic of Dagestan on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding 11.

The region surrounding the ancient city of Derbent has long been plagued by shootouts between police and members of the underground Islamist insurgency. The area has also become a focus for Daesh recruiters.

The shootings targeted a group of local residents, two of them border guards, who had climbed onto a viewing platform to survey the city by night. The suspects allegedly opened fire towards the citadel at Derbent from three positions in a nearby forest.

Rasul Temirbekov, a representative for the Investigative Committee, said that "a minimum of three people carried out the attack," adding that they believed Islamist extremists were behind it. Those who carried out the attack were not identified, but the leader of the group was named as Abutdin Khanmagomedov.
Update from Al Ahram at 1:30 p.m. ET:
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) group has grabbed credit for a shooting at an ancient citadel in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan
...a formerly inoffensive Caucasus republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca...
that killed one and injured 11, the SITE Intelligence Group said.

"With the help of Allah, the warriors of the Khalifate were able to attack a group of Russian special service officers in the city of Derbent in southern Dagestan, killing one officer and injuring the others," the bully boyz monitoring organization SITE quoted ISIS as saying on Wednesday.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


China-Japan-Koreas
Top Aide to North Korean Leader Dies in Car Crash
[ALMANAR.LB] Kim Yang Gon, a high-ranking North Korean official tasked with handling the fractious relationship with South Korea, has died in an automobile accident, state media reported.

He's the latest in a series of top aides to young North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
who are reported to have died in recent years.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) provided no further details Wednesday on the death of Kim Yang Gon, 73, who was a veteran of negotiations with South Korea since the era of former leader Kim Jong Il.

Kim Yang Gon played a prominent role in talks to defuse tensions between the two sides after an exchange of artillery fire in August. He was the head of the United Front Department, the main agency responsible for dealings with South Korea.

"He was surely trusted by the Kim family regime," said Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. "The one who appointed him head of the United Front Department was Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader. And what we knew was that he was really close to young Kim Jong-un."
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [409 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  "He's Gon, Jim"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2015 7:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Go to your room, Frank.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2015 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe, he pissed on the The Leaders hushpuppies and needed to be re-educated, but the feral dogs were already fed.(Way to go, Frank G!)(How do you make a a "thumbs up" emoticon?)
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 12/31/2015 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  All that traffic in norkland. This was what, their first traffic fatality in 2015?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/31/2015 11:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Of course the car collided with several large caliber bullets that ran a light!
Posted by: Pliny Glons2836 || 12/31/2015 16:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Took a wrong turn onto an artillery range, during a live fire exercise...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2015 17:46 Comments || Top||


Europe
Brussels Cancels New Year's Festivities over Terror Threat, Detains New Suspect
[AnNahar] The annual New Year's Eve festivities and fireworks in the heart of Brussels have been canceled for security reasons, the mayor announced on Wednesday, as the Belgian capital remains on high alert over a possible terror threat.

"Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel the fireworks and all that was planned for tomorrow (Thursday) evening and that would have brought a lot of people together in the center of Brussels, following a risk analysis by the crisis center," mayor Yvan Mayeur told Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

Last year, some 100,000 people turned out to watch the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks display at the Place de Brouckere.

Mayeur said in the current circumstances it wasn't possible to "guarantee that we can check everyone coming to the event".

"It's better not to take any risks," he added.

The Belgian capital, home to the headquarters of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, has been on high alert since the November 13 gun and suicide kaboom attacks in Gay Paree that left 130 dead.

A key suspect in the Gay Paree attacks, Belgian-born runaway Salah Abdeslam, is believed to have fled to Brussels in the hours after the massacre, which was claimed by 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....
jihadist group.

The Belgian authorities have so far detained nine men in the case including four accused of helping Abdeslam get away from the scene of the crimes.

Earlier Wednesday, Belgian police held a man for questioning following a new search in the troubled Brussels immigrant neighborhood of Molenbeek in connection with the Gay Paree attacks.

Earlier this week, Belgian police tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
two people suspected of plotting attacks in Brussels during New Year festivities, with officers seizing military-style training uniforms, computer hardware and Islamic State propaganda material.
Update from Ynet at 1:10 p.m. ET:
Belgium detains six more over New Year's attack plot

Belgian police detained six people during house searches in Brussels on Thursday as part of an investigation into an alleged plot to carry out an attack in the capital on New Year's Eve.

Police carried out searches at six locations in the Belgian capital and one just outside the city, seizing computers, mobile phones and equipment for airsoft, a sport involving guns that shoot non-lethal plastic pellets.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [457 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "It's better not to take any risks," he added.

"Everyone should stay home in 2016 ... and lock your doors"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2015 7:04 Comments || Top||

#2  So who won?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2015 8:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Does mean the party is officially over for Europe?
Posted by: regular joe || 12/31/2015 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  So this is what it means to have a multi-cultural society? We all sacrifice our freedom and our traditions so that these people can live among us?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/31/2015 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2015 12:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Had to run a little 'relay' for that, g(r)om.

"This video contains content from LatmaTV. It is not available in your country."

Our PC 'minders' must be at work.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/31/2015 17:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Happy New Year from Germany.

45 minutes ago Munich was put on high serious dire this time we mean it terror alert, railway stations evacuated and people told to stay away from public places.

Yeah right. On New Years Eve. Of course people are celebrating and ignoring.

Just in case something happens, we have stuff to shoot back tonight.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/31/2015 18:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, it's 2016 in Israel. Good night
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2015 18:59 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish prosecutor: Police foil New Year's eve attack
[AlAhram] Turkish police on Wednesday detained two suspected 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....
holy warriors who were believed to be planning suicide kabooms during New Year celebrations in central Ankara, officials said.

The two men were detained in a raid on a cell house in the low-income Mamak neighborhood of Ankara, where police also seized a boom jacket armed with a bomb, an bomb that was fortified with ball bearings and metal sticks and placed inside a back-pack as well as bomb-making equipment, according to the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's office.

The two Turkish nationals, identified by their initials M.C. and A.Y., were being questioned by anti-terrorism police.

The prosecutor's office said the men had staked out possible locations in Ankara, where they could carry out the attacks. The state-run Anadolu Agency, quoting unnamed police and judiciary officials, said the would-be-attackers were planning to detonate the bombs at two locations near bars and a shopping mall near The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's central Kizilay district during the celebrations.

"They were caught before they had the opportunity to take action," the prosecutor's office said.

The private NTV news channel, quoting security sources, said the two had "frequently" moved in and out of Syria and that security officials had been monitoring their movements for the past month.
An Nahar adds that Europe is on alert for the holiday:
In The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's biggest city Istanbul, 15,000 police will be deployed to ensure security over the New Year, including 5,000 in the area around the central Taksim Square, the city's deputy police security chief Zafer Baybaba said.

European capitals have also beefed up security after the coordinated attacks in Gay Paree which left 130 people dead and hundreds more maimed on November 13.

Austrian police said Saturday they had stepped up security in Vienna and other cities after receiving a warning of possible attacks during the holiday season.

And Moscow's Red Square, traditionally a place where people gather to ring in the New Year, will be closed to revellers on December 31 amid mounting security concerns.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
Agents nab Pakistanis with terrorist connections crossing U.S. border
[WASHINGTONTIMES] The Border Patrol nabbed two Pak men with ties to terrorism at the U.S.-Mexico border in September in the latest instance of undocumented Democrats from so-called "special interest countries" using the southern border as a point of entry to the U.S.

Muhammad Azeem and Mukhtar Ahmad, both in their 20s and from Gujrat, were caught Sept. 20 by agents south of San Diego and just over the international border from Tijuana. When agents checked their identities through databases they got hits on both of them: Mr. Ahmad popped up as an associate of a known or suspected terrorist, while Mr. Azeem's information had been shared by a foreign government for intelligence purposes.

Both men had been processed two months earlier by immigration officials in Panama, suggesting they took advantage of smuggling networks or other routes increasingly used by Central American undocumented Democrats to sneak into the U.S.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing to see here, plebes, go about your business
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2015 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Think they are the first, or just the first caught?
Symbolic attacks on New Years Day would have a huge audience. Pray we are able to catch what might be planned!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 12/31/2015 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Immediate release ordered by Loretta Lynch?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2015 13:33 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
BNP-A candidate’s house torched in Kech
Geneva Convention rules being applied in Pakistan elections...
[Dawn] GWADAR: The house of Mohammed Ali Rind, who is contesting the by-election for PB-50 Turbat-3 as a candidate of the Balochistan National Party-Awami, was torched on Wednesday.

The incident took place in Mand Bullo, a small town in Kech district along the border with Iran, Levies officials said.

They said that a group of armed men riding a vehicle reached the house early in the morning and set it on fire. No one was in the house at the time of the attack.

“All rooms and household items were gutted,” said Barkat Ali Rind, an eyewitness.

The fire could not be brought under control for hours as the town does not have any fire-extinguishing equipment.

Two days ago, armed men had torched the house of PML-N candidate Mir Akbar Askani in Tump area.

The third important candidate is former speaker of the Balochistan Assembly and leader of National Party, Muhammad Akram Dashti, whose house in Turbat town was also attacked.

By-election for PB-50 is scheduled for Thursday.
Posted by: badanov || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:


Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for MQM, PPP and Pasban leaders
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for five absconders in a terror case registered against former federal minister and PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain.

The court ordered Investigating Officer (IO) Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Altaf Hussain to arrest and produce the absconders ─ Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) Waseem Akhtar, Anis Qaimkhani, Saleem Shahzad, PPP's Qadir Patel and Pasban leader Usman Moazzam ─ before the court on the date of the next hearing on January 8.

MQM's Rauf Siddiqui who was also named an absconder in the investigation report is on pre-arrest bail.

A First Information Report (FIR) booked Dr Asim for allegedly treating and harbouring terrorists, gangsters and activists of banned militant outifits at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the behest of political leaders.

Police in the remand paper earlier had stated that IO Rana Zulfiqar had questioned Dr Asim, who confessed to having provided treatment to alleged terrorists of the MQM and gangsters of Lyari at his hospital and harboured them after MQM leaders Waseem Akhtar, Rauf Siddiqui, Anis Qaimkhani and Saleem Shahzad, Qadir Patel of the PPP had allegedly asked him to do so.

The court on Wednesday (today) also expressed displeasure over provision of incomplete prosecution documentation by IO DSP Hussain to Dr Hussain and directed the IO to produce all prosecution documentation along with a list of documents before the ATC in the next hearing.

The court, in a hearing earlier this month, had ordered that copies of all prosecution documents, including statements of witnesses, be handed over to Dr Hussain in compliance with Section 265-C of the Criminal Procedure Code by December 30.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Hussain has been on physical remand of the National Accountability Bureau and will be produced before the court on Jan 5.

The arrest of Dr Hussain, chairman of the Sindh Higher Education Commission, came on Aug 26 and was described as the first major action against PPP leaders during the ongoing Karachi operation.

Following the end of his 90-day preventive detention with Rangers, police sought multiple extensions in his remand for further questioning and collection of evidence in a case relating to treatment of, and sheltering, terrorists.

After police released him on Dec 11, he was arrested by NAB from the court's premises and an accountability court later remanded him to the anti-graft body's custody until he was arrested by the police again on Monday.
Posted by: badanov || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under:


Rocket launchers recovered from farmer’s outhouse
From one outhouse to another
[Dawn] TOBA TEK SINGH: Saddar police on Wednesday recovered three rocket launchers and their gun from the outhouse of a farmer, and arrested him and his son belonging to Chak 376-JB, Bassi.

The outhouse of Ghulam Sabir is located near Jhang branch canal from where a rocket launcher and its gun had been recovered on Tuesday. The canal is closed for a month for desilting and only a very small amount of water still flows.

Sabir told police he saw the rockets and gun in the canal and took them to his outhouse.

Station House Officer Ali Raza said bomb disposal staff of the Civil Defence department had defused the three rocket launchers. He said police were probing both Sabir and his son Mohammad Raza.

About two weeks ago, Toba and Jhang police and security agencies had launched a joint search operation in the villages located around Pakistan Air Force Rafiqui Airbase Shorkot.

The federal Interior Ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell had written a letter stating that Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Al Qaeda and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) were plotting an attack on the airbase. Sources said the letter had mentioned that Al Qaeda’s Shoaib Cheema alias Muneeb and Amer Ali Chaudhry alias Arsalan and Huzaifa were planning the attack with the connivance of LJ.

During search operations, security agencies had taken some suspects into custody for investigation. The rocket launchers were believed to have been dumped into the canal by some suspects due to fear of a search operation.

Police were searching the area after recovery of rocket launchers and their guns.

FIRE: Three members of a family received serious burn injuries when a fire broke out due to gas leakage in a room of their house in Bakhshi Park on Wednesday.

Abdul Rauf and sons 14-year-old Amer Ali and 12-year-old Imran Ali were asleep in a room when a gas heater caught fire and spread to their beds.

All three were injured critically and admitted to the DHQ Hospital.
Posted by: badanov || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A shitty place to hide them.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/31/2015 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Whoa. That stinks!
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  It's either there or in the storage shed with the goat-restraint harnesses.

What's a fella to do?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/31/2015 11:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Tell me the Canal wasn't providing drinking water downstream since the outhouse was so close...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/31/2015 16:24 Comments || Top||

#5  "Tell me the Canal wasn't providing drinking water downstream since the outhouse was so close"

I would, but I hate to lie.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/31/2015 18:21 Comments || Top||


Arms, explosives seized in Kishtwar
[Daily Excelsior] Army troops of Delta force and police today unearthed a hideout of the holy warriors at Hachot forests in Kishtwar district and recovered large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives.

Acting on tip off, a joint team of Army and police launched massive searches in Hachot forests of Dul area and destroyed the hideout of the krazed killers.

Recoveries made from the hideout included one AK-56 rifle along with four magazines, 150 rounds of AK-56, one 7.62mm Self Loading Rifle (SLR) along with two magazines, 12 hand grenades, eight UBGL grenades, two hand held radio sets, one radio set antenna, two all purpose binoculars and two combat pouches.

The recoveries have delivered a major setback to the krazed killers, official sources said.

Police party in the operation was led by SDPO Padder Pardeep Singh.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


3-4 militants trapped in Pulwama
[Daily Excelsior] Security forces today cordoned off Gussu village of South Kashmire's Pulwama district and conducted searches as they have reports of a group of murderous Moslems hiding in the village.

Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmire Police, Army 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 183 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cordoned off Harpora locality of Gusoo village this afternoon.

They cordoned off the village after a tip off about presence of murderous Moslems in the village. The troops sealed all the entry and exit points and also brought in generators for lighting the entire area.

The cordon around the village has been tightened as security forces believed that 3-4 murderous Moslems are trapped in the village.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Militant who threw grenade into Karachi's Saudi consulate jailed for 14 years
[DAWN] A court on Wednesday sentenced a turban to 14 years in prison for hurling grenades at the 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...
n consulate in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, four years ago, a prosecutor said.

Zaki Qazi of the little known Lashkar-e-Mehdi group and his accomplice Tabish Hussain lobbed two grenades at the mission as they rode past on a cycle of violence in May 2011, causing no casualties.

Police carried out a raid in November that year, killing Hussain during fighting and arresting Qazi -- who claimed to be from the Shia sect.

The suspected criminal mastermind of the grenade attack had died at a local hospital from bullet wounds he sustained during an armed encounter in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in November, 2011, police said.

Special public prosecutor Shamim Akhtar said, "The court has awarded 14 years' imprisonment to the accused (Qazi) and confiscation of his property."

Pakistain has since the 1980s been a battleground for proxy groups funded by Saudi Arabia and Iran. Sectarian violence has claimed thousands of lives over the past decade.

Donors in Saudi Arabia have long been accused of quietly funding terror groups sympathetic to the kingdom's hardline version of Sunni Islam.

Leaked diplomatic cables by the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as The Liberatress of Libya and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another William H. Seward ...
in 2009 said Saudi Arabian donors were "the most significant source of funding to terrorist groups worldwide".

The cable cited the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Pakistain's sectarian gunnies Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
as examples of where funds were being channeled.
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Iraq
Bad Guys take down Baghdad jeweler for USD $1 million
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, a source in the Ministry of Interior announced, that an armed gang has stolen one million dollars from a jeweler in central Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “An armed gang wearing black clothes managed to steal one million dollars from a jeweler in al-Nehr Street in central Baghdad,” adding that, “The gunmen managed to escape after seizing the money, while the jeweler was not harmed.”
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Hands full: Fallujah residents fighting ISIS troops
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Wednesday, that violent clashes broke out between the residents of Fallujah and ISIS militants in the city of Fallujah.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The residents of Fallujah have shown great displeasure due to the siege imposed by the ISIS on the city,” noting that, “[They] demanded the ISIS to allow them to get out of the city, but the organization had refused.”

“This dispute led to the outbreak of armed clashes between the gathering of the people on the one hand and the ISIS militants on the other hand,” the source also added.
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ISIS executes 40 civilians in Ramadi
One last hurrah before the end comes.
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Wednesday, that the ISIS militants had executed 40 civilians, including women and children, in eastern Ramadi.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This evening, militants belonging to the ISIS had executed 40 civilians, including women and children, in the area of al-Sharka in eastern Ramadi,” pointing out that, “This came after the ISIS militants had dressed in military uniforms of the Iraqi army to lure the citizens.”
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#1  Clearing out unsold inventory at the local slave market?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/31/2015 7:52 Comments || Top||


25 ISIS Bad Guys die in coalition airstrikes
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh province said on Wednesday, that 75 ISIS elements had been either killed or wounded in an aerial bombing that targeted the so-called ISIS “Sharia Court” east of the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, warplanes of the international coalition bombed the buildings of the Sharia Court as well as the central prison belonging to the ISIS organization in the government complex, in addition to three other sites in Sommur neighborhood east of the province.”

The source added, “The strike resulted in killing 25 ISIS elements and wounding 50 others, including leaders,” pointing out that, “The bombardment was conducted by Hillfire smart missiles.”
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Ramadi is 80% destroyed
Gee. Golly. Gosh. Shucks. That's too bad. I suppose sowing the site with salt is out?
Aachen, Frankfort, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe. All blasted to hell and back in a certain war. All pretty much rebuilt (except for East Berlin) within a decade or so. Think Ramadi is going to be picturesque in that time?
The problem is that our forces and influence will be gone in a matter of months. We stayed in Europe and Japan for a coupla generations before kicking the Japs and the Krauts back out on their own. Think our elites will want to hang out with those folks?
Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [463 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Just do the remaining 20%.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2015 4:49 Comments || Top||

#2  So it's "Detroit" then.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2015 12:43 Comments || Top||

#3  That's the whole point t of ISIS. Take over the Sunni bits of Iraq and Syria, kill lots of them, and give the Iranians a pretext to move troops in, and kill more when they take it back. Ethnic cleansing with plausible deniability.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 12/31/2015 13:30 Comments || Top||

#4  I can't top Pappy and grom.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/31/2015 18:10 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
BIFF assaults prompt villagers to take up arms
[Inquirer] Attacks by renegade Moro militants are prompting residents of a village here to arm themselves for protection, say village leaders. Men from the village of Kauran said they would not leave anything to chance following attacks by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that began on Christmas Day and have already killed at least six villagers.

"This is to defend ourselves and our communities," said a farmer, brandishing an Armalite rifle. He denied that he and other villagers who were arming themselves were members of the Pulahan, a Christian militia.

The farmers said that after the BIFF rampage, village leaders decided to go out on armed patrol to secure the village. The farmer said, "We take turns securing the village. Some sleep, but many of us remain awake at night."

The farmer said the village residents can't understand why the BIFF has made their community a target. He said, "This is too much. We have not done anything wrong. We are just farmers working hard to earn a living. Then the BIFF would come and kill us. This is not correct, this is inhuman."

Local residents said that aside from killing six of their neighbors, BIFF guerrillas also attacked the village of Palian on December 24 and executed two men. The farmer said, "We were supposed to celebrate Christmas. Instead, we are mourning the deaths of our six neighbors."

Another villager, who apparently has not slept for days, said they could not afford to be complacent because "there are reports that the BIFF is just around the village, observing and watching us. If they attack again, we are ready this time."

Since the Christmas Eve attack, only men move around the village while children and women were moved to the village hall. At least 6,000 people from neighboring villages have also fled.

One armed villager said, "If they come, we will welcome them with bullets, we will return the favor."

Colonel Ricky Bunayog, head of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, said soldiers had already been deployed around the communities the BIFF attacked. "The military is ready now," he said.

“We are holding the BIFF accountable for these attacks,” said , head of the Western Mindanao Command, after meeting local military commanders in Maguindanao province.

Asked to comment on civilians taking up arms, Major General Mayoralgo de la Cruz said only militiamen would be allowed to carry firearms in the village. He said, "If civilians are proven to be possessing guns without authority, they will be arrested and charged. Only paramilitary [men] will be allowed to carry guns in Kauran."
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Eight Abu Sayyaf militants killed in Sulu clash
[Inquirer] Eight Abu Sayyaf militants and one Philippine soldier were killed as troops and insurgents clashed anew in Sulu on Wednesday.

Military spokesman Major Filemon Tan, Jr. said the battle happened in Patikul town amid the continuing military operation against the Abu Sayyaf. He said, "The group of Scout Rangers hit about a hundred armed bandits under the group of Hajan Sawadjaan."

Tan said four soldiers were injured, while the Abu Sayyaf had eight of its gunmen killed and seven injured.

Wednesday's clash was the latest encounter involving soldiers and the Abu Sayyaf this month as the military intensified its operation against the group in Sulu.

On December 22, five Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in Patikul town. On Monday, two marines were killed when heavily armed Abu Sayyaf militants stormed a military detachment in Talipao town in an apparent retaliatory attack.
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Five Thai militants given long sentences for 2004 attacks
[The Nation] Thailand's supreme court on Tuesday awarded life sentences to three men and jail terms of 13 years and four months to two others after they were found guilty of terrorism in the far South more than a decade ago. The verdict reversed two previous rulings that had acquitted the five on grounds of insufficient evidence.

The defendants were charged as members of Bersatu, which has acted under supervision of BRN Coordinate, a militant group responsible for a series of deadly attacks. The men were arrested in connection with the murder of a senior policeman in Pattani's Muang district on December 29, 2004.

Maarsi Bunphol, Mustopa Jehya and Ulai Sohpanae were initially given life terms, but sentences for the latter two defendants were commuted to 33 years and four months because they confessed. Ilyas Manwang and Usman Pachee were found guilty of supporting terror and given 20-year terms, reduced to 13 years and four months since they provided useful testimony.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Islamic State theologians issue 'rules of the road' regarding slave sex.
[Rooters] Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State's previous known utterances on the subject, a leading Islamic State scholar said. It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the sexual slavery of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

Read the fatwa here.

The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May. Reuters has reviewed some of the documents, which have not been previously published.

Among the religious rulings are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both. Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as "part of a joint ownership."

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused the Islamic State of the systematic abduction and rape of thousands of women and girls as young as 12, especially members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. Many have been given to fighters as a reward or sold as sex slaves.

Far from trying to conceal the practice, Islamic State has boasted about it and established a department of "war spoils" to manage slavery. Reuters reported on the existence of the department on Monday.

In an April report, Human Rights Watch interviewed 20 female escapees who recounted how Islamic State fighters separated young women and girls from men and boys and older women. They were moved "in an organized and methodical fashion to various places in Iraq and Syria." They were then sold or given as gifts and repeatedly raped or subjected to sexual violence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/31/2015 00:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [478 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Worse than American campuses, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2015 4:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds very Islamic to me? And Allah seems to be that sort of guy.
Posted by: Woozle Chusosing7172 || 12/31/2015 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  When will he hear all the "moderate" muslim holy-mens comment on the validity of all this?

Shouldn't all those famous schools, e.g. Al Azhar, be speaking out on this issue?



/sarc
Posted by: AlanC || 12/31/2015 7:48 Comments || Top||

#4  You won't hear much about it from western feminists either...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/31/2015 15:04 Comments || Top||

#5  "You won't hear ANYTHING about it from western feminists either"

Fixed.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/31/2015 18:19 Comments || Top||

#6  So what is the proper gay bordello rule set for captured ISIS terrorists (they are not POWs) turned into bordello slaves?
Posted by: 3dc || 12/31/2015 19:13 Comments || Top||


Russia made 121 air sorties on Dec 28-29, hit 424 targets in Syria
[Ynet] Russia's air force made 121 sorties and hit 424 targets in Syria during December 28-29, Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said that the strikes had occurred in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Daraa, Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor provinces.

The targets included a building in the outskirts of Raqqa, which was destroyed following a direct hit by an Su-34 bomber, following a tip-off that it was being used for a meeting of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
field commanders, the ministry said.

Three months of Russian raids kill more than 2300

[AnNahar] Three months of Russian air strikes in Syria have killed more than 2,300 people, a third of them civilians, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Russia began conducting its air war in Syria on September 30 in support of embattled ally Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Moscow's strikes on Syria have killed 2,371 people so far. The toll includes 792 civilians, among them 180 children.

The raids killed 655 fighters from 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....
jihadist group, which Russia says it is targeting along with "other terrorist groups".

Another 924 opposition fighters -- ranging from U.S.-backed rebels to members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and IS rival Al-Nusra Front -- were also killed in the Russian strikes.

The Britannia-based Observatory has an extensive network of sources inside Syria. Russia, a U.S.-led coalition and the Syrian air force are all carrying out air raids in the country, but the Observatory differentiates between strikes based on the type of aircraft flown and the munitions used.

Russia has come under growing criticism from rebels, human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
groups, and the West for inflicting civilian casualties.

Amnesia Amnesty International last week said Russian raids had killed hundreds of civilians, many in targeted strikes that could constitute war crimes.

U.S. State Department front man Mark Toner echoed the accusations on Tuesday, saying Russian strikes have "killed hundreds of civilians, including first responders, (and) hit medical facilities, schools and markets."

More than 250,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-government protests.
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Air strike kills Bangladeshi IS militant in Syria
[Dhaka Tribune] An alleged murderous Moslem 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....
originating from Bangladesh has been killed in an air strike in Syria.

Syrian-based Bangladeshi Saiful Haque Sujan was killed near Raqqa on December 10, reports the Washington Post.

Army Colonel Steve Warren, the top front man for US-led military coalition, listed the names of 10 IS turbans including the Bangladeshi one who were killed in the air strike.

"My point is this: We will continue to hunt ISIL leaders who are working to recruit, plan and inspire attacks against the United States of America and our allies," Warren said, using an acronym for the Islamic State murderous Moslem group.
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Syrian Army Continues Operation in Rural Daraa
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army continued on Wednesday the operation in northern Daraa countryside, targeting an gang at the Sheikh Meskin roundabouts that was fortifying inside a building.

The operation left 7 gunnies killed or injured, and cannon launcher 81 destroyed.

At least eight other gunnies were killed by direct artillery fire and guided missiles fired at two cars of the gangs on the road Ibta' Sheikh Meskin in northern rural Daraa.

SANA reported that murderous Moslems are fleeing en masse from Sheikh Meskin after a number of their leaders were killed, while the army cut off all supply routes for terrorist organizations.

Earlier Tuesday, Army units established control over Tal al-Hash and the 82nd brigade camp in the vicinity of Sheikh Meskin town, 22 km north of Daraa city.

Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the killing of the so-called "commander of Liwa Jund al-Rahman" terrorist Youssef Abdullah al-Ammar, and another commander nicknamed Abu al-Majed.

Meanwhile,
...back at the precinct house, Don Calamari's lawyer was getting even redder in the face...
local sources affirmed the killing of head of Al-Nusra front operations in Sheikh Meskin city terrorist Abu Mohammad Hafez.

The Syrian army launched in May 2013 a wide scale military offensive against the gangs and 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...
organizations operating in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Suicide blasts hit Kurdish-controlled city in Syria
Several suicide bomb blasts hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people. Kurdish officials and a group monitoring claimed there had been two bombings, while sources on social media said there had been three.

The explosions took place in Qamishli, near the Turkish border, the Kurdish YPG militia's Redur Xelil told Reuters. He said it had most likely been carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which the YPG is fighting in Syria's northeast, and that dozens were believed to have been killed or wounded.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 30 people had been killed or wounded.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US airstrikes kill planners of Paris attacks
Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Terror Networks
US leads 28 air strikes against Islamic State
[Ynet] The United States and its allies staged 28 air strikes on Tuesday 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....
in Iraq and Syria, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement.

In Syria, four strikes near four cities struck tactical units and an oil pump station, and destroyed two vehicles and an excavator, according to a Combined Joint Task Force statement released Wednesday.

In Iraq, 24 air strikes concentrated near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and Ramadi struck bunkers, fighting positions and bombs among other targets, the statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  25 strikes still in the 'surplus' column.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2015 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Do those spare strikes "roll over" into the new year, or do they expire at midnight?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/31/2015 19:00 Comments || Top||



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