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Death sentences for nine 'hardcore terrorists' in Pakistan
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Afghanistan
Suicide bombing hits restaurant in Afghan capital Kabul
[IN.REUTERS] A suicide kaboom on a French restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
on Friday killed a 12-year-old boy and maimed more than a dozen other people, officials said.

The latest in a series of suicide kabooms in Kabul targeted "Le Jardin", one of a small number of restaurants in the city still frequented by foreigners.

The medical aid group Emergency said 15 people had been referred for treatment to the hospital that it runs nearby, and that a 12-year-old boy had been dead on arrival.

The incident came almost two years after a suicide attack on a Lebanese restaurant in the city killed 21 people, including 13 expatriates, and prompted many foreign organizations to withdraw staff or place tight restrictions on their movements.

In the hours after the kaboom, large numbers of police and security force personnel blocked off the site, parts of which were on fire.

During a search of the surrounding areas, one suspect was jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
, an Interior Ministry front man said.

Earlier this week, one civilian was killed and 33 were maimed in an attack claimed by the Taliban in an area close to Kabul airport. Last week, six U.S soldiers were killed as they patrolled near Bagram air base outside Kabul and, last month, suicide attackers struck a Spanish embassy guesthouse in the capital.

The attacks have coincided with renewed efforts to revive a grinding of the peace processor with the Taliban that broke down in July after news came out that the movement's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had died two years earlier.

Officials from Afghanistan, Pakistain, the United States and China are due to meet in Pakistain on Jan. 11 for a meeting aimed at laying the groundwork for talks with the holy warriors.

However the Taliban, which is struggling to contain bloody factional fighting over the leadership succession, has so far refused to take part while foreign forces remain in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
, who said this week that terrorism had to end for the talks to succeed, condemned the latest attack.
Al Arabiya reports it was a suicide car bomb.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Africa Horn
Virginia cabbie on FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia
[WASHINGTONPOST] A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list is in the custody of the Somali government, U.S. officials said.

Liban Haji Mohammed, 29, was detained shortly after prosecutors unsealed a warrant for his arrest and the FBI added him to the wanted list in late January. It is unclear how he was taken into custody or how soon he could be brought back to the United States.

The former cabdriver is charged with providing material support and resources to al-
Shabaab, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization allied with al-Qaeda. He is suspected of having an operational role in al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
and of trying to recruit people to join the group.

When FBI officials announced his inclusion on the most-wanted list, they said Mohammed was "an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil." Officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, noted that he had detailed knowledge of potential targets in Washington.

The FBI had offered $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction and launched a significant online campaign to find him.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  I thought al-Shabaab was the Somali government.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/02/2016 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Two years on the most wanted list and the Washington Post has no details about this persons immigration status, how they got here, how they traveled freely while on the no-fly list, how their family still lives in NOVA.... At least they did not blame Uber for his struggles as a cabbie.
Posted by: Airandee || 01/02/2016 7:32 Comments || Top||

#3  He'll be missed. He knew the backstreets going south from National Airport, through Old Town to the Parkway.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2016 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Why bring him back at all?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2016 11:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Why bring him back at all?

There's a open seat next to the First Lady for the State of the Union address?
Posted by: Pappy || 01/02/2016 11:34 Comments || Top||

#6  I think he learned to drive in Mogadishu. His cab had a giant X out of duct tape on the roof. Lousy radiator.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/02/2016 12:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Washington Post has no details about

Coming in a splashy Sunday feature article:

This person's immigration status - welcomed with open arms by the usual suspects.

How they got here, how they traveled freely while on the no-fly list - No comment, or meaningless drivel from anonymous sources.

How their family still lives in NOVA - You are still paying your taxes, aren't you, prole?

At least they did not blame Uber for his struggles as a cabbie - Communism and pisslamic fascism CAN coexist, but you, miserable prole, MUST DO YOUR PART!!!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/02/2016 15:39 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Arabia says 3 civilians killed in missile fire from Yemen
[AlAhram] Three civilians including two children have been killed in cross-border missile attacks from Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on a residential area in southwestern 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...
, civil defence authorities said.

Eleven others were maimed, among them nine children, when several missiles hit residential districts in the Jazan region on Thursday, civil defence front man Major Yehia al-Qahtani said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition that has been battling Iran-backed rebels in neighbouring Yemen since March.

The rebels intensified their rocket attacks across the Saudi border in recent days, prompting the coalition to threaten severe reprisals.

The Saudis have deployed Patriot missile batteries designed to counter attacks and have recently been intercepting missiles fired from Yemen on an almost-daily basis.

More than 80 people, most of them soldiers and border guards, have been killed in shelling and cross-border skirmishes in the kingdom's south since coalition operations began in Yemen.

In Yemen the conflict has left nearly 6,000 people dead since March, according to UN figures.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Six dead as Yemen loyalists, Qaeda suspects clash
[AlAhram] Six people were killed in a firefight Friday between Yemeni pro-government forces and Al-Qaeda suspects who were travelling in a weapons-laden vehicle toward second city Aden, security officials said.

Militiamen at a checkpoint in the southern Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province stopped the suspected jihadists, prompting an argument that sparked a shootout, the sources said.

Three Al-Qaeda suspects and the same number of loyalists were killed.

Among the dead was the head of a court set up by Al-Qaeda in the southeastern city of Mukalla, which has been under their control since April, the sources said.

Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
has been rocked since March by deadly fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels, who seized the capital in September 2014 before expanding south.

The conflict has been exploited by jihadist groups, who have made sweeping gains, particularly in southern regions.

Aden, Yemen's temporary capital, has been the scene of growing unrest as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, long active in the country, and the newly emerged ISIS appear to be vying for influence in the port city.

The Lions of Islam are occupying government buildings and are frequently seen patrolling several districts of Aden.

They have carried out several deadly attacks, assassinated government officials and intimidated civilians.
Update from The Times of Israel at 12:30 p.m. ET:
Ali Abed al-Rab bin Talab, better known as Abu Anwar, was the Death Eater group's chief judge in Yemen's largest province, Hadramawt, which al-Qaeda largely controls. He survived a suspected US drone attack in 2014.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Saudi ministry arrests man over murder of policemen in Qatif
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi authorities have placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
a man over a number of attacks on police in the kingdom's eastern Qatif region, including one that killed two of them, the interior ministry announced Friday.

Mufeed bin Ahmed Hasan Omran was arrested in Qatif for his involvement in "terrorist attacks", said a statement on state news agency SPA.

A machinegun, handgun, hashish and amphetamine pills were found at the scene.

Omran was allegedly involved in the November 18 killing of two coppers in Qatif.

He is also thought to have been involved in another shooting that maimed two Indian passers-by and a policeman when officers came under fire from a farming area in Qatif earlier the same month.

And he was allegedly involved in attacking a citizen in the same region. The statement did not clarify the victim was killed or give reasons for the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Europe
Gun Sales Surge In Switzerland As Army Chief Warns
[Zero Hedge] It would appear the people of Switzerland have been listening to their military leaders. Having recently been warned by the Swiss army chief of growing social unrest, SwissInfo reports applications for gun permits in Switzerland increased by 20% between 2014 and 2015, according to a survey conducted in 12 cantons. But while the army proposes "arm yourselves," Swiss crime prevention officials warn against the false sense of security that guns bring.

Whereas in 2011 numerous people in Switzerland voluntarily gave up their firearms, today more and more people are purchasing guns.

Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned, "The threat of terror is rising, hybrid wars are being fought around the globe; the economic outlook is gloomy and the resulting migration flows of displaced persons and refugees have assumed unforeseen dimensions," adding that "Social unrest can not be ruled out."

He further recalled the situation around the two world wars in the last century and advised the people of Switzerland to arm themselves.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2016 04:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Swiss crime prevention officials warn against the false sense of security that guns bring.

better to be unarmed and secure? STFU
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2016 10:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Of all of the recent news, this pronouncement by the Swiss Army is the most disturbing.

I shudder to think of what kind of intelligence would prompt him to tell his fellow citizens to pack heat and stock up on ammo.

That my friends has a very serious message if you read between the lines. Something is coming and that something has hell riding with it.

I think I'll go price some .45 ACP.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 01/02/2016 11:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I am surprised that the Swiss people disarmed themselves in 2011. Good news is I'm sure they haven't forgotten how to aim and fire.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/02/2016 12:57 Comments || Top||


French Soldiers Open Fire When Car Hits Them Near Mosque
[ABCNEWS.GO] French soldiers shot up a car that hit them at a mosque they were guarding in the southeastern city of Valence, officials said. Two people and one solider were hurt.

In what officials are calling a "surprising incident," a person drove toward the soldiers -- who were guarding the mosque -- and knocked them to the ground, said Frédéric Loiseau, the Secretary General of the Drome Prefecture, where Valence is located.

Loiseau told French TV channel I-télé that the driver then put the car in reverse as if trying to ram into the soldiers. At that point, the soldiers had stood up and told the driver to stop. When the person didn't, the soldiers opened fire, Loiseau said.

Loiseau said only one person was in the red Peugeot 307. The person, who authorities have not identified, was shot in the arm and leg and was taken to the hospital. The French Interior and Defense Ministers said in a joint statement that the driver was "seriously" injured and that authorities are waiting to question the person.

During the incident, one of the soldiers suffered a slight injury to the leg, and bystander was hit by a stray bullet in the calf, authorities said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ... the driver then put the car in reverse as if trying to ram into the soldiers. At that point, the soldiers had stood up and told the driver to stop.

Allow me to disbelieve.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2016 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Certainly not terrorism. Do you know how hard it is find a decent parking spot in France?

VALENCE,France (Reuters) - French investigators have found no evidence that a man who drove his car into troops guarding a mosque in southern France on New Year's Day was liked to a terrorist group, a local prosecutor said on Saturday.

"We have no evidence that could indicate an act of terrorism," Valence prosecutor Alex Perrin told reporters, saying the 29-year old Frenchman of Tunisian descent seemed to have acted alone. "He reportedly shouted "Allah is great", which suggests some sort of religious element."

"When he was apprehended, he mentioned the fact that he wanted to kill troops because troops killed people," the prosecutor added. "He said he wanted to be killed by troops."
Posted by: Betty Hitler2611 || 01/02/2016 13:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Wants to kill troops because they kill people and then be killed by other troops. Was his stereo blaring"Circle of Life?"
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/02/2016 13:05 Comments || Top||

#4  I always thought that a terrorist act was an act of violence that terrorized.
I see that the French view is that it is only such if the perpetrator belongs to some terrorist union.
The perp is quoted as saying that he wanted to kill troops (even those protecting a mosque) because troops kill people.
If that justifies his actions and makes them unterrorism, then it must not be terrorism to kill moslems because moslems kill people.
Is that what the French believe?
Posted by: Grins Snese4215 || 01/02/2016 15:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Sudden Jihad Syndrome? I'd bet a substantial sum of money that the miscreant is known to police, has a history of petty crimes and unprovoked violence, and that deeper exploration will reveal he has an untreated mental problem of some sort -- bipolar, paranoid schizophrenia, depression. There are fashions in how such people explain to themselves their intrusive thoughts: lost prince, alien probes, CIA radio sendings, God and his angels, call to jihad. I just read an article that said about half of those killed by the police in the US in the last few years have been the uninstitutionalized insane, mostly when the police responded to a call that they were attacking those around them.

Quite separate from the sane plotters, like the Farooks, who turn out to be connected.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2016 16:01 Comments || Top||

#6  CIA radio sendings,

For the hundredth time, people - shiny side out!
Posted by: Raj || 01/02/2016 17:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Lulz ^
Posted by: Shipman || 01/02/2016 17:58 Comments || Top||

#8  You would get to be jihadi if you were looking for a street parking place in Nice, France. And did not know about the 2000 space parking lot under the mall.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/02/2016 19:02 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Two Turkish police officers killed in Kurdish southeast
[AlAhram] Two coppers have been killed in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's predominantly Kurdish southeast during operations to push back Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) myrmidons, the Dogan news agency said on Friday.

The first policeman was killed in the district of Cizre late on Thursday when he and a group of colleagues came under rocket attack as they tried to break down barricades set up by PKK fighters, Dogan said.

The second was killed on Friday by a remote-controlled bomb in the district of Sur, where the local authorities have imposed a ban on demonstrations, Dogan said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Terror Attack At Indian Air Force Base
PATHANKOT: At least four terrorists launched an attack on the Indian Air Force base in Punjab's Pathankot on Saturday morning, authorities said. Two of the terrorists have been killed.

The gunfire started at around 3:30 am, authorities said, adding that an official car was used to launch the attack. The incident is being seen as connected to the hijacking of a police car a day ago.

Gunfire is being heard from inside the air base and reports suggest the terrorists have been contained in a non-operational area of the facility.

The technical area where MiG 29 fighter aircraft and helicopters are kept is safe, officials said.

The National Security Guard or the NSG has been called in, authorities said. Helicopters have also dispatched to the area for assistance in operation.

According to official sources, intelligence inputs had alerted security forces of a possible terror attack late yesterday following which the security had been increased in the area.

The strike is being suspected to have been launched by the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed who wanted to damage military assets in the area officials said.

The attack comes within six months of the Gurdaspur terrorist strike where three terrorists equipped with grenades and AK-47s, opened fire in Dinanagar killing three civilians.

The terrorists were shot dead after a 12-hour long gun battle with the security forces in which four policemen were also killed.
Update from An Nahar at 1:00 p.m. ET:
A major operation to secure an Indian air force base attacked by suspected Islamist turbans has ended, police said Saturday, 14 hours after gunnies wearing army uniforms infiltrated the installation in northern Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

state.

"The operation is just over. All four murderous Moslems are dead," Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, Deputy Inspector General of police for Pathankot region, told AFP.

Singh did not confirm reports that up to three Indian security personnel had been killed carrying out the operation.

The attackers, suspected to be from the Pakistain-based Jaish-e-Mohammed Islamist group, struck at Pathankot air base at around 3:30 am (2200 GMT) Saturday.

"They are from Jaish, Jaish has grabbed credit," Indian army Lieutenant General Satish Dua told news hounds in televised remarks.
Posted by: john frum || 01/02/2016 07:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Jaish-e-Mohammad

#1  let me guess where they came from..... ummmm
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2016 10:58 Comments || Top||


Gunmen attack Indian air force base near Pakistan border
[DAWN] A group of four to five gunnies attacked an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistain early Saturday, a top police official said, with fighting ongoing.
Ah, yes. Modi makes kissy-face with Nawaz on Christmas day, Indian military base attacked on New Year's. Just like clockwork.
"The base came under attack from four to five murderous Moslems at around 3.30am. The gunfire is still going on," Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, director general of police in Pathankot district in Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

state told AFP.

"Two of the attackers are believed to be dead in the shootout while the rest are holding out inside one of the buildings in the base," he said.

He added that there had been no damage to fighter planes at the base and that security forces were still trying to identify the attackers.

Pathankot is on the highway that connects India's insurgency wracked Jammu and Kashmire state with the rest of the country. It's also very close to India's border with Pakistain.
The Times of Israel adds:
A top security official, who asked not to be named, told AFP that the gunnies were believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed Islamist group, describing them as suicide kaboomers who breached security at the base in the northern state of Punjab while wearing army uniforms.

Authorities had put the state on high alert on Friday after five gunnies in army fatigues hijacked a car driven by a police brass hat, which was later found abandoned on the Pathankot-Jammu highway, an important road link connecting the restive neighbouring region of Kashmire with India's plains.

It was not yet clear if there was any link with Saturday's attack.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM)—also known as the Army of Mohammed, Khudamul Islam, and Tehrik ul-Furqaan among other names—is an extremist group based in Pakistan. It was founded by Masood Azhar in early 2000 upon his release from prison in India. The group’s aim is to unite Kashmir with Pakistan and to expel foreign troops from Afghanistan. JEM has openly declared war against the United States.

JEM continues to operate openly in parts of Pakistan despite the 2002 ban on its activities. Since JEM founder Masood Azhar’s release in 2000, JEM has conducted many lethal terrorist attacks, including a suicide bombing of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly building in the Indian-administered Kashmir capital of Srinagar in October 2001 that killed more than 30.

JEM has at least several hundred armed supporters located in Pakistan, India’s southern Kashmir and Doda regions, and in the Kashmir Valley. Supporters are mostly Pakistanis and Kashmiris, but also include Afghans and Arab veterans of the Afghan war against the Soviets. The group uses light and heavy machine guns, assault rifles, mortars, improvised explosive devices, and rocket-propelled grenades in its attacks. The US State Department designated JEM a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2001.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/02/2016 19:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Wait....what? Pakistain is involved? I was thinkrn Guam... JoeM and all
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2016 20:49 Comments || Top||


Police arrest 'Islamic State inspired militant' from Karachi
[DAWN] KARACHI: Police on Friday claimed to have apprehended a krazed killer having alleged links with Middle-East based Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, it has been learnt.

The police's Counter-Terrorism Department detained Abdul Aziz from Orangi Town area of the metropolis, said a police brass hat on condition of anonymity.

The officer said that the held suspect was allegedly collecting funds and was involved in recruiting youths for IS to be sent to Syria.

In a related development, Sindh Rangers on Friday apprehended two suspected murderous Moslems belonging to banned outfit in the same Orangi Town and recovered weapons from them, said the spokesperson of the paramilitary force.

Earlier this week, the CTD claimed that it had busted a cell of the krazed killer Islamic State group operating in Sialkot, locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
eight suspects and seized weapons, explosives and laptops, as well as a large number of compact discs containing publicity material.

Investigators claimed that the suspects had taken an oath to "overthrow democracy and introduce Khilafat in Pakistain through armed struggle".

The suspects arrested by CTD belong to different districts of Punjab, but Sialkot served as the base of their operations. They had already established infrastructure in the district to carry out operations across the country.

It was, however, not clear when did the CTD bust the cell.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Death sentences for nine 'hardcore terrorists' in Pakistan
[RFE/RL] Pakistani military courts have handed nine men death sentences over a series of attacks that killed dozens of security officials and civilians, including Shi'ites, in recent years.

In a statement, the military described the condemned men as "hardcore terrorists." It said the men include an Al-Qaeda militant and member of the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan has hanged more than 300 people since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014. The moratorium was lifted following a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people, mainly children. More than 7,000 inmates are on death row in Pakistani jails, most for decades.
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Iraq
U.S. reports 24 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq
[AlAhram] The United States and its allies conducted 24 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq on Thursday, the U.S. military said on Friday.

It said in a statement the strikes targeted ISIS positions in seven areas, including near Tal Afar, where 11 strikes destroyed nine bunkers, five culverts and four bridges used by the krazed killers.

Near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, three strikes struck a tactical unit and destroyed two heavy machine guns, six fighting positions, a weapons cache and a trench.

Four strikes near Ramadi hit a large tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised bomb facility, five krazed killer fighting positions and two heavy machine guns.

The strikes also targeted holy warriors near Hit, Kisik, Sinjar and Sultan Abdallah.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2016 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq forces extend Ramadi control, rescue civilians
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi forces on Friday pushed out of central Ramadi to extend their grip on the city, sweeping neighborhoods for pockets of Lions of Islam to flush out and trapped civilians to evacuate.

Federal forces declared victory Sunday in the battle for Ramadi, which was months in the making, but the Anbar thriving provincial capital has not been fully secured yet.

"Our security forces launched an operation from Khaldiya, east of Ramadi, and managed to liberate the College of Agriculture," said Hamid al-Dulaimi, Ramadi district mayor.

"They are clearing several other neighbourhoods," he said.

Hadi Irzayij, the Anbar police chief, said the security forces detained 30 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group fighters "who were attempting to flee Ramadi by blending in with civilians."

He said they were detained Thursday and would be interrogated.

"We are following a plan put together in a way that will prevent casualties in the ranks of the security forces," the police chief said.

ISIS, which took full control of Ramadi in May 2015, had planted thousands of bombs on roads and in buildings to defend the city.

Clearing operations are led by Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service (CTS), along with army, police and local tribal forces, as well as aerial backing from the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

The Lions of Islam are no longer in a position to fight back for Ramadi but many managed to pull out of last week's main battle and redeploy in eastern Ramadi or nearby rural areas.

A colonel in CTS confirmed that around 30 ISIS Lions of Islam had been tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
as they tried to slip out of Ramadi and described some of them as senior local leaders.

"What we are doing now is saving the trapped families," Majed Mohammed, a CTS major, told AFP.

He said their task was complicated by the high number of roadside kabooms laid by the jihadists and the fact that ISIS was opening fire on civilians trying to escape.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Suspect in Tel Aviv shooting is Arab Israeli from Wadi Ara
[IsraelTimes] Gunman's father, a police volunteer, recognized him in footage of the attack and called cops; police say it was likely terrorism, minister not certain

The security forces ascertained that the gunman who killed two people and maimed seven more in an attack in central Tel Aviv on Friday is an Arab Israeli from the north of the country.

The killer was still on the loose on Friday night. A gag order prevented the naming of the suspect.

Security sources identified the suspect as a 29-year-old resident of Arara, a village in Wadi Ara in northern Israel. The suspect's father, said to be a security guard and a police volunteer, recognized his son in video footage of the attack, and called the police.

The killer was acting out of "Islamist" motives, having been incited to violence, Channel 2 said.

But his former lawyer and relative, Sami Milhem, told Channel 2 that the man was suffering from mental health issues. "He is not of sound mind," Sami Milhem said. He confirmed that the suspect had previously served time in jail. The suspect's father was a volunteer with the police, Milhem said. He said that he had last seen the suspect at a wedding about a month ago, and he had seemed "stoned."

Channel 2 reported that the killer's cousin was rubbed out in a police raid in 2006, when the cousin was found to be storing weapons. Subsequently, in a 2007 incident, the killer attacked a soldier with a screwdriver and tried to grab the soldier's gun to avenge his cousin's death, and was incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for five years. After that incident, the suspect was given a psychiatric examination and found to require treatment, Israel Radio said. Relatives said he was depressed and had been working in various casual jobs of late.

Security forces were conducting extensive searches for the man, as police bolstered its presence on the streets of Tel Aviv and scoured the streets for a sign of him.

Another relative, Ahmed Milhem, urged him to turn himself in. The suspect's father was being questioned by police late Friday.

In his home village of Arara, the attack was widely condemned, Israel Radio said.

Footage from the scene of the attack shows people sitting in a cafe on the popular Dizengoff Street, and running for cover when the gunfire begins. The gunman can be seen coming into shot, as he sprays the street with his automatic weapon.

He had been filmed moments earlier in a natural foods grocery store, calmly removing the murder weapon from his backpack and stepping into the street. A Koran was later found in the backpack.

The two victims were rubbed out in the Simta Bar. One of them, Alon Bakal, was a manager. The second, 30-year-old Shimon Ruimi from Ofakim, was one of five long-time friends who were celebrating a birthday together.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan declined to discuss the details of the investigation into the attack on Friday night, telling Channel 2 only that it was advancing. The residents of Tel Aviv should carry on as normal, he said, citing the huge number of police deployed to the city in the wake of the attack.

Erdan said he could not confirm definitively that the shooting was an act of terrorism.

The head of the Joint (Arab) List party, MK Ayman Odeh, condemned the attack on Friday evening.

"It is heart-breaking to see the images from today. Even though we do not have all the details, we must condemn every attack on innocent civilians in the clearest and most unequivocal manner," he said in a statement.
Update from The Times of Israel at 12:45 p.m. ET:
Police on Saturday identified the suspected gunman in Friday's shooting attack in Tel Aviv as Nashat Milhem, a 29-year-old resident of Arara, a village in Wadi Ara in northern Israel. Ahmed Milhem, a relative, said the suspect stole his father's weapon from a safe at their home.
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#1  I feel sorry for the father. Hopefully the son will surrender himself or get hogtied and carried in by relatives.
Posted by: gorb || 01/02/2016 0:52 Comments || Top||


Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza targets following rocket fire
[IsraelTimes] At least five projectiles launched from Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-ruled Strip, two land in open area near Sderot; no reports of injuries
At least a few of them actually hit the country they were aimed at.
Force fighter jets conducted several air raids on Hamas targets in the northern Gazoo Strip overnight Friday-Saturday after at least two rockets fired from the Paleostinian enclave landed in open areas near the southern city of Sderot a short while earlier.

The army said two Hamas military compounds as well as "terrorist infrastructure" were targeted in the Arclight airstrike.

An IDF front man said that "Hamas is solely responsible for any act of terrorism from Gazoo," according to Channel 2.

A total of five rockets were fired from the Strip on Friday night, Channel 2 television reported. Three went kaboom! before they crossed the border, the report said.

There were immediate no reports of injuries or damage.

Air raid sirens sounded in communities bordering the Hamas-ruled Strip shortly after 11 p.m., followed by reports of sounds of kabooms near Sderot.

According to Channel 2, air raid sirens had not sounded in Sderot. Security forces searched the area for the landing sites, the report added. Local residents were instructed to enter their protected areas after the attack, the Ynet news website reported.
An Nahar adds that the Gaza lads were doing what they do on Fridays:
Also on Friday, two Paleostinians were slightly maimed by Israeli gunfire after they stormed the border fence in northern Gazoo, the Israeli army and Gazoo medics said.
Update from The Times of Israel at 12:30 p.m. ET: Ansar Bayt al Maqdis claims the rockets, which is possibly true.
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Southeast Asia
BIFF attacks three military detachments
[CNN Philippines] The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked three military detachments on New Year's eve. BIFF militants first attacked a mechanized infantry company in Datu Piang, Maguindanao with a grenade launcher.

The next assault was at an infantry detachment in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. An estimated 30 BIFF rebels took part in the attack. An hour later, the insurgents struck a detachment in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao. However, military forces were prepared and fought back. A 15-minute gun battle ensued and the militants withdrew in different directions.

Local residents reported that the retreating BIFF militants carried with them about five to six dead bodies along with "a massive number of wounded."
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#1  Local residents reported that the retreating BIFF militants carried with them about five to six dead bodies along with "a massive number of wounded."

"That went well..."
Posted by: Pappy || 01/02/2016 11:39 Comments || Top||

#2  They really rang in the New Year with a moveable feast. Sepsis for dessert and see them again in 2017.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/02/2016 12:53 Comments || Top||


Maoists free Philippine soldier held for three months
[Inquirer] Maoist militants released on New Year's Eve a soldier who was seized by the insurgents more than three months ago.

Sgt. Adriano Bingil was received by local officials in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte province, on Thursday, said Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez. Bingil, from Cagayan de Oro City, was snatched at gunpoint by New People's Army guerrillas as he was passing by a rebel roadblock in San Luis, Agusan del Sur, on September 19.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
French Jets Strike IS Oil Sites in Syria
[AnNahar] French warplanes bombed Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group oil installations close to its Syrian stronghold of Raqa on Friday, as La Belle France's defense minister visited the Jordanian air base where the jets took off.

"I have been informed of the operations which took place overnight against oil sites. We must continue with this logic," Jean-Yves Le Drian said during a New Year trip to the base, where around 250 French personnel are deployed.

The first French strikes of 2016 were carried out by two Mirage 2000s around 2:00 am (0000 GMT), according to a military source on the base.

La Belle France is a key member of the U.S.-led coalition that is carrying out air strikes on IS positions in Iraq and Syria.

The aerial campaign was stepped up after the deadly attacks claimed by IS in Gay Paree in November last year.

Bombing raids have increasingly focused on IS' oil infrastructure, which provides a key part of the jihadists' funding.

Two other jets took off from the Jordanian base Friday morning to serve as aerial support for Kurdish peshmerga forces battling IS around Sinjar, the northern Iraqi town that was cleared of the jihadists in November, the military source said.

They returned after five hours to accompany Le Drian's plane as it landed in Jordan, the source added.

The name of the base, where six Mirage fighter jets are stationed, is not being disclosed at the request of authorities in Amman.

Other French military assets in the region include the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, currently stationed in the Gulf, and six Rafale jets in the United Arab Emirates.

La Belle France carried out more than 390 strikes against IS during 710 missions last year.

It has provided extensive air cover for Kurdish and Iraqi forces battling the Death Eaters in Iraq and has flown sorties over Syria since September, according to the military.
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#1  that'll piss off Erdogan
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, but the point where it crimps the Turk economy and Erdo whimpers "OK, guys, this isn't funny anymore!" is the part that is worth waiting for...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/02/2016 15:32 Comments || Top||


U.S.-backed alliance advances against Islamist groups in Syria's north: Spokesman
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters advanced against Islamist snuffies in the north of the country on Friday, capturing at least one village in Aleppo province, a front man and a monitoring group said.

Fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria seized the village of Tanab near the town of Azaz after heavy festivities with the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and the powerful Ahrar al Sham, front man Talal Selo told Rooters.

"We liberated Tanab," he said.

Britannia-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Democratic Forces of Syria had also captured the village of Tat Mrash. Selo said he could not yet confirm its capture.

It came just days after the alliance seized a dam from 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) further east, cutting one of its main supply routes across the Euphrates.

Since the U.S.-backed alliance was formed last October, its fighters have opened several major offensives against ISIS with the ultimate goal of capturing Raqqa.

The alliance has separately been fighting in recent weeks against Nusra Front, Ahrar al Sham and other snuffies in northern Aleppo province.

The Democratic Forces of Syria includes the Kurdish YPG militia, which has been the most effective partner on the ground for U.S.-led air strikes.

Kurdish gains around Azaz, which is near the Turkish border, are also likely to increase concern in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
about growing Kurdish sway near the frontier. Ankara is fighting an insurgency against Kurdish PKK fighters in its southeast.

Washington's strategy in Syria shifted in 2015 from trying to train thousands of fighters outside the country to supplying groups headed by U.S.-vetted commanders.

The U.S. military estimates the Democratic Forces of Syria has captured around 1,000 square kilometers of terrain in the past six weeks or so, bolstered by coalition air strikes.
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Syrian Army Advances in Aleppo, Kills Terrorists in Daraa
[ALMANAR.LB] Battlefield sources told Al-Manar that the Syrian army continued on Friday advancing in Aleppo eastern countryside, controlling al-Najara village and killing a number of ISIL terrorists.

The Syrian Army units targeted a terrorist group, killing a number of its members and injured others in the vicinity of al-Sekak buildings to the northeast of Atman town in the northern countryside of Daraa province, a military source told SANA on Friday.

Later, Syrian army units destroyed a position for terrorist organizations in Daraa al-Mahatta and killed a number of gunnies and injured others in al-Nazeheen Camp as they destroyed a mortar launcher in al-Arbaeen neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad.
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Terror Networks
ISIS militants execute three Kurds on charges of 'spying for the Peshmerga'
[ARA] 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) Death Eater group executed three Kurdish men in Iraq's northwestern province of Nineveh on charges of spying for the Peshmerga forces, local sources reported on Thursday.

The victims were jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
last week in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
. The ISIS-led Sharia Court issued a statement saying: "Based on interrogations, the men were convicted of spying for the Peshmerga."

The Sharia Court order the holy warriors to execute the three Kurdish men in public.

"They were rubbed out in front of dozens of people after a member of the Sharia Court read the statement, threatening the Kurdish Peshmerga forces of facing defeat in case they try to invade Mosul," a local activist and eyewitness told ARA News.

The Peshmerga army and Iraqi government forces, backed by the western coalition, have been preparing for a large military operation aimed at regaining Mosul city from ISIS myrmidons.

This comes only two days after the radical group burned 20 media activists to death in Mosul city. The victims, who have been arrested in separate raids earlier this month, were executed on charges of leaking security information to "hostile parties".
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