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1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in Taliban attack in Helmand
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Afghanistan
1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in Taliban attack in Helmand
Praying for the survivors.
At least one US soldier was killed and two others were wounded in Taliban attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Earlier reports indicated an unknown number of Afghan and US troops were killed or wounded in the attack.

However, the US Forces in Afghanistan confirmed the incident and said one U.S. service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations near Marja in Helmand Province today.

Additionally, two U.S. service members were wounded. “We are deeply saddened by this loss,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, USFOR-A Spokesman. “On behalf of General Campbell and all of USFOR-A, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved.”

No further details were given regarding the identity of the deceased soldier, saying “U.S. Department of Defense Policy is to withhold the identity of the service member pending next-of-kin notification. We will release additional information as appropriate.”

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The Taliban militants have recently doubled their insurgency activities in different parts of Helmand province with an aim to capture key districts of the province.

Related story
Posted by: badanov || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [739 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  but of course the "Good War™" is over, right, you feckless bastard?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/06/2016 6:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Bad, bad area all the way up to the Kajaki Dam.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2016 7:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Fox News this morning reports they've got air cover and are no longer trapped, surrounded by a howling mob of the enemy. After the three casualties and the crew of the damaged helicopter were evacuated, the American and Afghan Special Forces troops are staying on. The original mission apparently was to get Taliban ("clearing operation" was the vocabulary in the report), so I guess they're taking advantage of the target rich environment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2016 10:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Probably not going to extract SOF until that PAV HAWK is pulled out. Suck them into the kill zone and let that orbiting AC-130 Spectre grind them up.

I'd love to see the After Action Report (AAR) on this one, intel estimates, overhead drone
surveillance, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2016 10:25 Comments || Top||

#5  And Tolo News reports that as of 18:35 local time reinforcement troops had got to them and got them out., leaving behind scores of Taliban casualties.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2016 10:38 Comments || Top||

#6  So this is 'Pavehawk Down'?
Of 2 recovery birds, one took inflight fire and aborted, the other banged the disk on a wall? Isn't this a well practiced accident?

The 1st bird yesterday was reportedly disabled by a mortar. Why would the bus driver use a hard pad that had been targeted, or loiter long enough for the mortar team to setup and engage?

Blah, blah, blah,...easy to criticize badly reported events with incomplete information 12000 miles away from my keyboard. Sometimes I get tired of hearing myself think.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2016 10:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank you for thinking aloud, Skidmark. You help me better understand what I read.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2016 11:06 Comments || Top||

#8  I like stories about... "scores of Taliban casualties," no matter who is reporting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2016 11:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Why would the bus driver use a hard pad that had been targeted or loiter long enough for the mortar team to setup and engage?

I suspect that all possible landing areas in or near the base had been previously targeted for future use.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2016 12:01 Comments || Top||


No casualties in Jalalabad explosion
A comparatively heavy explosion rocked Jalalabad city on Tuesday morning.

According to initial reports, it was a planted bomb that went off in the third sector of the city. The explosion site is close to the consulates of India, Pakistan and Iran.

“The blast took place due to a bomb placed in a garbage can close to Baet Nika mosque in Arzaq alley located in third sector of Jalalabad city at 11:20 am today,” states a post on the official facebook page of Nangarhar Media Center states. “It did not have casualties,” the press release adds.

Possible target the explosion is yet unknown but it comes few weeks after Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency foiled a terrorist plot to target vehicles of Indian consulate in Jalalabd city with a 30-KG bomb.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested terrorists Ata-ur-Rahman alias Hanzala and Abdullah alias Qari Ismail in the first half of December who were planning to plant the landmine on a road frequently used by the Indian consulate.
Posted by: badanov || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under:


Kabul Attack Left 2 Dead, 36 Wounded
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said that Monday night's explosion in Kabul left two dead and 36 wounded; however, eye witnesses say they saw at least six bodies, two of which were local shopkeepers.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said they have started investigations into the incident.

"The explosion occurred between two foreign camps. Police arrived in the area after a short time and helped take the wounded to hospital and helped those who were affected by the incident," he said.

It is said that the attack has some similarities with the Shah Shaheed truck bombing incident in September last year. This explosion killed 14 people and wounded more than 400 others.

On Tuesday, police kept the Hawa Shinasi area east of Hamid Karzai International Airport cordoned off to the public – allowing no one access to the blast site.

Meanwhile, eye witnesses and residents said they saw the bodies of at least six people including an Afghan security guard and two shopkeepers.

"The blast was very heavy. An interpreter for foreigners said that [many] tons of explosives were used in the attack," said Tamim, the owner of a restaurant in the area.

"Five to six bodies were there that could not be recognized. I took them to the car – myself," said an eye witness.

Residents also said their houses had been damaged by the explosion.

"Lots of damage has been inflicted to the [foreign] camps and to civilian houses as well," said Shafiullah, owner of a car park in the area.

"After the blast I left my house. My mother and sister were wounded by [flying] glass," said Roeena, a resident of Hawa Shinasi area.
Posted by: badanov || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under:


Kabul Jolted By Yet Another Blast
Kabul city was rocked by yet another blast on Tuesday night, the third in two days.

The incident occurred at 9.15pm local time in the area of 11th Street, Wazir Akbar Kahn – in the diplomatic quarter of the city.

No casualties were reported.

This comes after two suicide bombings occurred on Monday in the city.

Both of these incidents were close to the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Monday morning's explosion happened when a suicide bomber detonated his vest at a police checkpoint. No casualties were reported.

The second blast occurred on Monday night, which caused extensive damage in the Hawa Shinasi area near the airport. Two people were confirmed killed and 36 wounded.

Video report at the link
Posted by: badanov || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under:


Militants Still Active In Outskirts Of Kunduz City
One hundred days after the fall of Kunduz, militants continue to create problems on the outskirts of the city.

Kunduz Police Chief Qasim Jangalbagh said on Tuesday that plans are however in place to bring an end to this problem.

Jangalbagh said: "Taliban militants are operating on the outskirts of the city but we have plans to stop them and eliminate them."

Meanwhile, tribal elders and residents of the province warned that if government fails to ensure security in the city, the city might fall again to the Taliban.

The militants also have a widespread presence in different districts of Kunduz province, said locals and Dasht-e-Archi and Imam Saheb districts have reportedly turned into a hub for insurgents.

It is here that the Taliban not only keeps armored vehicles and other military equipment they seized during the fall of the city but the group has also allegedly established training centres in these districts.

Hajji Ghulam Sakhi, a tribal elder, said: "Security forces are operating inside the city but on the outside, there are Taliban militants."

A number of army officials in the province said that they are still on the defensive especially as the Taliban has armored vehicles.

But another problem Kunduz locals face is the lack of telecommunication services at night.

"Our cell phone coverage is disconnected at 6pm in the evening until 6am in the morning," said Farhad, a resident of Kunduz city.

In addition, residents said the militants wield so much power in the city that if telecommunication service providers do not follow their orders, the insurgents challenge their activities.

The acting governor of Kunduz, Hamdullah Danesh, said: "The decision to disconnect cell phone coverage was taken after night operations started by security forces in order to make our operations effective."

Even though it has been 100 days since the fall of the city to the Taliban, the tragic incident still haunts its residents and living in peace, they say, is still a dream.

Samiullah, a resident of Kunduz city, said: "We cannot get out of the city but the president [Ashraf Ghani] speaks out about security in our province."

After the fall of Kunduz city, President Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to the province and made a number of promises to residents. One of the main promises he made during his visit to Kunduz city was to bring back security to the city.

"The president has not fulfilled even one of his promises he made for Kunduz. We hope the government implements its promises," said Muhammad Nasim, a tribal elder.

After the collapse of the city to the Taliban, Ghani assigned a fact-finding commission to explore reasons behind the crisis. The team, in a 200-page report, explained the reasons behind the collapse; however, the report has still not been made public. Instead, a 40-page abbreviated version was released.

To answer the question as that why the team did not release the report, Amrullah Saleh, head of the fact finding team, wrote on his facebook page that he did only what he was assigned to do.

Fatema Azizi, a lawmaker from Kunduz, said: "It is not clear yet where the report of the fact finding team is. The report said there are some figures in the Presidential Palace that were involved in the fall of Kunduz city. Why has government not yet taken a decision in this regard?"

Taliban seized control of Kunduz city in September 2015 for three days before security forces moved in and retook control of the city.
Posted by: badanov || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Four Shaboobs killed in Rabdhure town
A police officer says four Al shabaab members were shot dead by the Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers in Rabdhure town, Bakool region following the murder of an elder by militants.

Confirming the incident, Hassan Mohamed Abdirahman who the police boss of Rabdhure, told Radio Shabelle that security forces carried out a security sweep in the area to prevent Al shabaab attack. He said the city’s security is reliable and 100% protected by the Govt troops, calling on local residents to work closely with security forces operating in the town.

Al shabaab militants used to launch attacks on Somali army bases in Randhure since the group were expelled from their main strongholds in Bakool region in 2014 by SNA and AMISOM forces.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under:


Gunmen attack Turkish building near Mogadishu airport
At least one person was killed and another was wounded when heavily armed unknown gunmen attacked a compound near Mogadishu airport that housing Turkish nationals, residents said. A resident told Radio Shabelle that they woke up late on Monday night to a heavy gunfire exchanging between security guards at the Turkish building and assailants.

“One attacker was killed and a security guard slightly wounded in the attack on the residence for the Turkish nationals near Mogadishu international airport,” said a resident.

The gunmen reportedly sped-off in a minivan after they were overpowered in the gunfight.

Turkish interests and diplomatic missions in Somalia have been repeatedly targeted by Al-Shabaab. Last Friday, a Turkish national working for a construction company was wounded when he was attacked while leaving a mosque after Friday prayers by gunmen in a speeding car.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  he was attacked while leaving a mosque after Friday prayers by gunmen in a speeding car

If the Turk was in a speeding car...
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2016 12:04 Comments || Top||

#2  The time-honored tactical issue
Played out on the road. Mogadishu:
Full auto, man shot. No
Vehicular lotto!
Don't get in the car or they'll grease you.

Mmmmeh. Tired.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/06/2016 13:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Was the building a hammam?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 17:07 Comments || Top||


Kenya arrests Shabab fighter, recovers weapons
[ARABNEWS] Kenyan police incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a suspected Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
fighter in Mombasa on Tuesday and recovered weapons that had been intended for use in aborted New Year's Eve attacks on the coastal city, a senior government official said.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa told a news conference that four other suspects had escaped the raid, including two gunnies from the Somali-based group wanted for major attacks on Kenya since 2013.

"These men are behind major plots for attacks in the country and are linked to the Garissa University and Lamu attacks," Marwa said.

"They had planned to attack public beaches in Mombasa during the New Year when there were many people, but they were deterred by the level of security we had mounted there."

Al-Shabaab killed 148 students in the attack on Garissa University last April. In June 2014, the group killed 65 people over a 24-hour period in and around Mpeketoni in Lamu county, also in Kenya's east. It was also responsible for a raid on Nairobi's Westgate Mall in 2013 that killed 67 people.

Kenyan authorities have circulated pictures of suspected al-Shabaab gunnies and offered a 2 million shilling ($19,569.47) reward for information leading to arrests.

Al-Shabaab seeks to overthrow the Western-backed Somali government. It has frequently attacked neighboring Kenya in recent years, saying it is retaliating for Kenya's participation in an African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
peacekeeping force in Somalia.

Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Tunisia Forces Kill Suspected Terrorist: Ministry
[ALMANAR.LB] Security forces in Tunisia have killed a suspected foreign terrorist during an operation in the northwest of the country, the interior ministry said.

National Guard units shot the man, who was armed, between Mount Serj and Mount Ballouta in Siliana province on Sunday, ministry front man Walid Louguini told Mosaique FM.

"Security forces were able to shoot and kill a terrorist element who, according to an initial assessment, appears to be a foreigner," he said late on Sunday.

They seized a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a hand-grenade and another bomb, he said.

Extremist Death Eaters have killed dozens of police and soldiers since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Officials survive Aden car bomb; 3 officers die
[ARABNEWS] Three senior southern Yemeni officials survived a suicide car bomb attack on their convoy in Aden and a subsequent gun battle that killed three of their guards on Tuesday, a government spokesman and security sources said.

The incident highlights the security chaos in the port city, the temporary seat of Yemen’s embattled government, as its loyalists seek to wrest the capital Sanaa from the Iran-allied Houthi movement with support from a Saudi-led coalition.

“A suicide bomber in a car detonated as the convoy of the governors of Aden and Lahj provinces along with the Aden security director passed through the area of Inma,” Nizar Anwar, a government spokesman said.

Three soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire which followed the attack, sources said, before the assailants retreated into the surrounding desert.

Aidaroos Al-Zubairi was appointed governor of Aden after his predecessor was killed in a car bomb attack on Dec. 6 claimed by Daesh, the latest attack by the new Yemen branch of the militant group against government targets.

Daesh has stepped up operations since the outbreak of civil war in Yemen, emerging as a forceful rival to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the main militant group in the country in recent years.

Security officials have launched a crackdown on suspected militants, imposing a curfew and arresting at least 70 suspects overnight, sources said.
An Nahar adds:
The liquidation attempt comes after security forces locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
a local al-Qaeda leader during a sweep targeting jihadists in the southern city, security officials said.

The capture of Mohammed al-restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
i, the group's chief in the Tawahi district, along with two of his bodyguards, sparked a shootout overnight in which a policeman was maimed, they said.

Aden, the government's temporary capital, has seen a growing jihadist presence, with 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 Yemen, and IS apparently vying for influence.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Aramco Bus Torched in Tense Saudi Eastern Province
[AnNahar] Saudi police said armed "troublemakers" torched a bus Tuesday in Eastern Province, which was home to Nimr al-Nimr, the prominent Shiite holy man whose execution sparked a regional crisis with Iran.

A police front man in the Shiite-majority province in the mainly Sunni Gulf kingdom said there were no casualties in the incident.

Cited by the official SPA news agency, he said four armed "troublemakers" intercepted the vehicle transporting workers in Qatif and set fire to it at gunpoint.

Social media sites said the bus belonged to the Saudi oil firm Aramco.

It was the second such incident in the oil-rich province since Saturday's execution of Nimr for "terrorism."
A nice little civil war along traditional lines would certainly gladden the hearts of the Mad Mullahs...
Late Sunday, police came under "heavy fire" that killed one person in Nimr's home village.

A virulent critic of the Saudi regime, Nimr was venerated in the kingdom's Eastern Province.

His execution led to Shiite protests in several Muslim countries and attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Riyadh's regional rival Tehran.

On Sunday 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...
broke off relations with Iran, and Bahrain and Sudan followed suit. The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait downgraded their diplomatic ties with the Islamic republic.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Messing with Aramco property is like shooting up a Coca-Cola Machine.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/06/2016 14:42 Comments || Top||

#2  That was a live round aimed squarely at the Saudi's wallet. Lighting up Aramco property WILL get a vigorous reaction.

I would hazard a guess that the (covert, irregular troops) Kinetic Phase of the Persian/Arab war of 2016 is officially under way.
Posted by: Nguard || 01/06/2016 16:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Sixth Sense sequel: "I see dead Shias"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/06/2016 21:43 Comments || Top||


Yemeni Army Refutes Aggression Rumors, Gains Military Victories in Jizan
[ALMANAR.LB] New details have been revealed about the decisive operations carried out by the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees on Monday in the Saudi area of Al-Tawal.

The national military established full control over Saudi military sites in the Al-Tawal border outlet during a major military operation that left dozens killed or injured and forced others to retreat long distances amid collapses and injuries among the enemy ranks.

A military source said the army troops and the Committees launched a surprise attack on the Saudi forces in their recently built positions in Al-Tawal region and killed dozens of Saudi soldiers and other mercenaries.

The source noted that the Yemeni Missile Unit also flattened other Saudi military posts in the areas of Beit Kaba', North Ataya and Mesfaq in Jizan, while the artillery fire targeted other Saudi sites in Khoba and Qae'm Zabid.

This military achievement comes in response to rumors promoted by the Saudi aggression media outlets about the progress of their mercenaries towards the district of Harad.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi Regime Forces Attack Awamiyah, Open Indiscriminate Fire at Houses
[ALMANAR.LB] Saudi regime forces attacked on Tuesday the town of al-Awamiyah in the Eastern province, opening indiscriminate fire at houses.

Local sources told al-Manar that Al-Saud forces attacked the town with armored vehicles, hitting the cars, houses and shops with random fire.

The sources said that the fire hit 21 cars, as it caused damage to 7 houses and 11 shops.

Al-Awamiyah is the town of martyr Sheikh Neener-neener Nimr al-Nimr who was executed by Al-Saud regime on Saturday.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Winning hearts and minds everywhere.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||

#2  is it wrong that I am rooting for mass casualties on all sides?
Posted by: Nguard || 01/06/2016 16:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Welcome to the club, Nguard.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 17:03 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korea Says It Has Detonated Its First Hydrogen Bomb
Thanks to 3dc for the tip.
North Korea declared on Tuesday that it had detonated its first hydrogen bomb.

The assertion, if true, would dramatically escalate the nuclear challenge from one of the world’s most isolated and dangerous states. In an announcement, North Korea said that the test had been a “complete success.” But it was difficult to tell whether the statement was true. North Korea has made repeated claims about its nuclear capabilities that outside analysts have greeted with skepticism.
There is the seismic evidence...
“This is the self-defensive measure we have to take to defend our right to live in the face of the nuclear threats and blackmail by the United States and to guarantee the security of the Korean Peninsula,” a female North Korean announcer said, reading the statement on Central Television, the state-run network.

The North’s announcement came about an hour after detection devices around the world had picked up a 5.1 seismic event along the country’s northeast coast. It may be weeks or longer before detectors sent aloft by the United States and other powers can determine what kind of test was conducted. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement that American officials “cannot confirm these claims at this time.”

But he said the White House expected “North Korea to abide by its international obligations and commitments.”
Expect all you like, Ned, but the Norks have a record of not doing so...
The tremors occurred at or near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where three previous tests have been conducted over the past nine years.

In recent weeks, the North’s aggressive young leader, Fat Bastard Kim Jong-un, has boasted that the country has finally developed the technology to build a thermonuclear weapon — far more powerful than the low-yield devices tested first in 2006, then in different configurations months after President Obama took office in 2009 and again in 2013. The North Korean announcement said the test had been personally ordered by the corpulent Mr. Kim, only three days after he signed an order on Sunday for North Korean engineers to press ahead with the attempt.

The announcer added that for the North to give up its nuclear weapons while Washington’s “hostile policy” continued would be “as foolish as for a hunter to lay down his rifle while a ferocious wolf is charging at him.”

Satellite photographs analyzed by 38 North, a Washington research institute that follows the North’s nuclear activity closely, showed evidence of a new tunnel being dug in recent weeks.

Another test by itself would not be that remarkable. The North is believed to have enough plutonium for eight to 12 weapons, and several years ago it revealed a new program to enrich uranium, the other fuel for a nuclear weapon. But if the North Korean claim about a hydrogen bomb is true, this test was of a different, and significantly more threatening, nature.

In recent weeks, the enormous Mr. Kim boasted that North Korea had finally developed the technology to build a thermonuclear weapon. When the decadent Mr. Kim first made the claim, in December, the White House expressed considerable skepticism, and several other experts say that the accomplishment would be a stretch, though not impossible.

Outside analysts took the claim as the latest of several hard-to-verify assertions that the isolated country has made about its nuclear capabilities. But some also said that although North Korea did not yet have H-bomb capability, it might be developing and preparing to test a boosted fission bomb, more powerful than a traditional nuclear weapon. Weapon designers can easily boost the destructive power of an atom bomb by putting at its core a small amount of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen.

Lee Sang-cheol, the top nonproliferation official at the South Korean Defense Ministry, told a forum in Seoul last month that although Mr. Kim’s hydrogen bomb boasts might be propaganda for his domestic audience, there was a “high likelihood” that North Korea might have been developing such a boosted fission weapon.

And according to a paper obtained by the South Korean news agency Yonhap last week, the Chemical, Biological and Radiological Command of the South Korean military “did not rule out the possibility” of a boosted fission bomb test by the North, although it added it “does not believe it is yet capable of directly testing hydrogen bombs.”

For the Obama administration, which only six months ago supposedly defused the Iranian nuclear threat with an agreement to surrender limit its capabilities for at least a decade, the announcement rekindles another major nuclear challenge — one that the administration has never found a way to manage.

The North has refused to enter the kind of negotiations that Iran did. Unlike Iran, which denies it has interest in nuclear weapons, the North has forged ahead with tests and told the West and China it would never give them up.

Mr. Obama, determined not to give the country new concessions, has neither acknowledged that North Korea is now a nuclear power nor negotiated with it. The White House has said that it would only restart talks with the North if the goal — agreed to by all parties — was a “denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”

China has also failed in its efforts to rein in Mr. Kim.
China has the ability to curb its dog whenever it wants. That it has not done so to this point suggests that there has not been on attempt to "rein in" Pudgy in any significant way. It's all theater done for the benefit of gullible Western analysts...
He has never been invited to Beijing since his father’s death, and Chinese officials are fairly open in their expressions of contempt for him. But they have not abandoned him, or cut off the aid that keeps the country afloat.

With the test conducted Tuesday night — Wednesday in North Korea — three of the North’s four explosions will have occurred during Mr. Obama’s time in office.
They'll still blame Bush...
Combined with the North’s gradually increasing missile technology,
Developed in cooperation with Iran...
its nuclear program poses a growing threat to the region — though it is still not clear the North knows how to mount a nuclear weapon on one of its missiles.
That's just an engineering problem...
The test is bound to figure in the American presidential campaign, where several candidates have already cited the North’s nuclear experimentation as evidence of American weakness — though they have not prescribed alternative strategies for choking off the program.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/06/2016 09:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [560 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  detection devices around the world had picked up a 5.1 seismic event along the country’s northeast coast

USGS summary detail
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

#2  In many ways the perfect metaphor for Champ's time in office.

Hey Chaps, no more on the job training for presidents. What do you say?
Posted by: Iblis || 01/06/2016 11:01 Comments || Top||

#3  yes, mounting a nuclear weapon on a missile is 'just an engineering problem' but it is a difficult one

U-235 bombs are pretty heavy and bulky

Pu-239 bombs can be made lighter and smaller but Pu-239 is not so easy to work with

also there is the 'ignition at the right time' issue

airplanes make a better delivery system for threshold and post 'first test' nuclear weapons powers

Posted by: lord garth || 01/06/2016 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  They'll still blame Bush...

Actually, it was Mr. Clinton who worked out an "agreement" with the Norks.

As an aside, it appears that the NorKs also had a successful test of a sub-launched missile as well.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2016 12:07 Comments || Top||

#5  I would bet my paycheck they had Iranian help. Heck, this might even be an Iranian test as well. What better way to test a bomb? Especially if it isn't in your country.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2016 13:13 Comments || Top||

#6  No, Ned's not exactly objecting:
"We're more in the way of expecting!"
Is little shit regnant
A little bit pregnant?
"Let's pause once again for reflecting."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/06/2016 13:43 Comments || Top||

#7  From State via Top Secret e-mail:
"Fear notteth of banquetting blackmail.
Without our Heinz ketchup
Kim never can catch up
The gap in atomic shrimp cocktail."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/06/2016 14:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Nukes emit lots of light when they go off, Well they did call him the light bringer didn't they?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2016 14:32 Comments || Top||

#9  All this talk of NoKo being unable to mount a warhead on a missile is garbage.
AQ Khan provided Libya with engineering blueprints for a Chinese designed missile warhead, The Chinese gave this design to Pakistan and Pakistan gave it to everybody else, including North Korea, with whom it shared bomb technology in exchange for missile technology. The Chinese have the North Koreans the missile tech. The aim of both proliferations was to encourage nuclear and missile free zones in east asia and south asia, neutering India, Japan, South Korea as they get locked into decnuclearization agreements with NoKo and Pakistan. Unfortunately for China, India won't play ball, and Japan while non nuclear on paper could build a large and sophisticated arsenal very quickly.
Posted by: John Frum || 01/06/2016 14:50 Comments || Top||

#10  And the North Korean test site has never been calibrated to obtain the empirical constants used to estimate yield. Any figures given by outsiders are just guesses,
Posted by: John Frum || 01/06/2016 14:54 Comments || Top||

#11  So is North Korea completely out of the Chinese control now or is this at the behest of Bejing?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/06/2016 14:58 Comments || Top||

#12  The yield Y of a nuclear explosion is given by the equation
M = a + b log Y
where a and b are empirically determined constants for the test site and M is the magnitude.

Initial reports gave the a magnitude of 5.1

for the Novaya Zemlya test site, the eqn would be
5.1 = 4.45 + 0.75 log Y
this gives a yield Y of 7.3 kt

for Nevada Test Site, it would be
5.1 = 3.92 + 0.81 log Y
this gives a Y of 28.6 kt

Nobody has calibrated the North Korean test site and so the empirical constants can only be guessed, based on presumed geology (or chosen to give the yield you wish to claim).
You have estimates of 7 to 29 depending on the numbers you choose and measurement used.
Posted by: John Frum || 01/06/2016 15:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Testing at reduced yield would avoid blowing out the test tunnel and contaminating their country.
50kt would make a nice package suitable for MIRVing a missile. The United Kingdom uses 100kt warheads on its Trident SLBM missiles with yields of 0.3 (unboosted primary), 5-10kt (adjusting tritium boosting) and 100t (full yield)
Posted by: John Frum || 01/06/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||

#14  "They'll still blame Bush...

Actually, it was Mr. Clinton who worked out an "agreement" with the Norks."

Doesn't matter, Pappy. The usual suspects will still blame Bush. And probably Reagan.

Posted by: Barbara || 01/06/2016 19:32 Comments || Top||

#15  Iff KJU = Pudgy can detonate an alleged MINI H-BOMB = MINI-NUKE, it won't be long before his Country will be able to detonate a FULL-SIZED H-BOMB OR NUKE.

AFAIC NOKOR's action is ultimately covertly about its relationship wid overlord CHINA + wanting to break free from the latter's domination.

As I've said or inferred many times before, China will NOT allow formal Reunification between the two Koreas until it first gets back TAIWAN once-n-forevar. KJU = Pudgy has to find a way to prevent NOKOR State + Econ collapse while also preventing Chinese takeover, espec annexation, for any reason, + while keeping alive both NOKOR"s brand of State Socialism + relevancy of the Kim Family per se to any new post-Reunification Unified Govt + other.

WOULDN'T SURPISE AT ALL IFF PUDGY KEEPS A CASE OR TWO OF MAALOX + ASPIRIN AT HIS SIDE AT ALL TIMES.

* FYI IIRC GUAM PDN this wet Guam AM > [AP] US INSTITUTE: NORTH KOREA STILL WORKING ON SUBMARINE-LAUNCHED MISSLE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2016 19:58 Comments || Top||

#16  * PACIFICNEWSCENTER GU K-57 this AM > GUAM IN THE MIDDLE OF RISING TENSIONS BETWEEN US, CHINA, + RUSSIA.

Yuuuup, GOD + MADONNA + NOSTRADAMUS + 1960's-1970s Guam Taotamonas still on the money or mark in New Year 2016.

[LOOKING GRIMACINGLY/ANGRILY AT US ARMY VIETNAM SOLDIER, FUTURE CLINTON ADMIN VPOTUS AL GORE + M-16 here].

lol.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2016 20:07 Comments || Top||

#17  I'm still trying to figure out which of the top 20 largest American cities that I would miss.
Posted by: Pliny Hupaviter4091 || 01/06/2016 22:29 Comments || Top||

#18  * LUCIANNE > [AP] NORTH KOREA BOMB TEST COULD FURTHER IMPERIL [NoKor] RELATIONS WID CHINA.

Yuuup - CHINA = BREAKING CHINA'S HOLD ON HIS COUNTRY IS SSSHHHH ...PCCCCCC PUDGY'S COVERT REAL TARGET OR FOCII, NOTSOMUCH THE US-ALLIES.

and

* JAPAN TIMES > COMMENTARY: PACIFIC DREAMING IN MOSCOW.

Salvation for Pudgy???

Does DARTH VLAD/VLADVEDEV = OWG CO-SUPERPOWER RISING RUSSIA have the NATIONAL WILL + RESOURCES + STABLE ECON, ETC. to be able to confront fellow OWG CO-SUPERPOWER RISING CHINA OVER NORTH KOREA + OTHER IN EAST ASIA-PACIFIC, + WHILE RUSSIA IS STILL HEAVILY TIED UP ON ITS WESTERN SIDE???

Pugdy = NOKOR is walking a dangerous, poten EXISTENTIAL tightrope by trying to accomplish several parallel agendas at same time.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2016 23:14 Comments || Top||


Europe
Libyan terror suspects nabbed in Genoa
Tunis, 5 January 2016:

Italian police say that on Sunday they arrested three Libyans terror suspects who had arrived in Genoa on a ferry from Tunis.

Each man was understood to be driving an identical Hyundai vehicle and none had any luggage. The suspects, aged 50,43 and 39 have not been identified. They are being investigated in connection with money laundering linked to international terrorism.

It is being alleged that investigators found pictures of weapons and guerrilla warfare on their mobile phones.

It is likely that the men arrived in Genoa onboard that Italian-flagged ro-ro passenger vessel Excellent, which runs regularly between the Italian port and Tunis, each voyage taking 24 hours.
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The Grand Turk
Turkey assassinates three Kurdish female activists in Sirnak
[ARA] Amid the continuous military operations by the Turkish forces in the southeastern Kurdish province of Sirnak, three prominent female political activists were reported dead on Tuesday.

Turkish security forces rubbed out the three Kurdish activists in Silopi town of Sirnak province.

Sêvê Demir, member of the Democratic Regions Party (BDP), Pakize Nayir, co-leader of the People's Council in Silopi, and Fatma Uyar, member of the Free Woman Union were found dead subsequent to a security raid in Silopi town on Tuesday.

The liquidation of the three Kurdish female activists raised the outrage of the Kurdish parties in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
The People's Democratic Party (HDP) and the Democratic Regions Party (BDP) issued a joint statement condemning the liquidation.

"This crime confirms the brutality of the authorities against the Kurdish people and the peaceful activists. Those women have been struggling for the legitimate civil rights of their people," it said.

Under the pretext of combating rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Turkish army and security forces have been waging fierce operations against the Kurdish towns of Cizre and Silopi in the southeastern province of Sirnak for weeks.

Local sources argued that the Turkish operations aim at punishing the entire Kurdish population in the region for alleged cooperation with the PKK.
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#1  I guessin' ANKARA = TURKEY isn't worried about any International outcry or backlash over this???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2016 1:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought Turks prefer little boys?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 5:28 Comments || Top||

#3  They keep those 'alive', g(r)om.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/06/2016 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  I guessin' ANKARA = TURKEY isn't worried about any International outcry or backlash over this???

Putting down the Kurds is an internal affair, JosephM. The world has more urgent concerns.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2016 12:00 Comments || Top||


Escaped ISIL militant still at large
[TODAYSZAMAN] Mahmoud Al Ghanim, an ISIL myrmidon who beat feet from Erzurum State Hospital where was he receiving treatment under police custody by jumping out of a window, has still not been found, according to the Security General Directorate (EGM).

Ghanim was detained by the Turkish police in early December in Erzurum. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
he was placed in the Erzurum State Hospital due to injuries. The ISIL myrmidon managed to escape from police custody on Dec. 12.

News of the escape came to the public's attention after the EGM and the Istanbul and Erzurum Police Department's counterterrorism units issued a circular to all 81 provincial police departments ordering them to tighten security.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has recently adopted a more aggressive policy against ISIL which, according to experts, led the ISIL leadership to consider attacking Turkey.

Several media outlets reported in previous months that, in a plan approved by ISIL leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, 100 murderous Moslems have been assigned to give military training to ISIL members and sympathizers in Turkey.

Russian news agency Sputnik reported on Sept. 30 that 100 ISIL murderous Moslems have already entered the country to give training to sleeper cells. According to the agency, after crossing Turkey's border from Syria in groups, the murderous Moslems scattered to Adana, Adiyaman, Ankara, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kilis, Konya and Sanliurfa. The murderous Moslems were instructed to avoid unnecessary communication by phone. In addition to arms training, those ISIL murderous Moslems in Turkey will also be taught to make bombs.

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ISIL militants say they had orders to bomb Parliament
[TODAYSZAMAN] Two members of the Death Eater 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 the Levant (ISIL) group, who were detained by the Turkish police on Dec. 30, 2015, have reportedly stated during interrogation that they were instructed by a leading ISIL figure to carry out attacks on government buildings in Ankara that included Turkish Parliament and courthouses.

According to a report released by Cumhuriyet daily on Tuesday, the two bully boyz who intended to carry out suicide kabooms, Musa Canöz (28) and Adnan Yildirim (40), stated that they received 20 days of training in preparing bombs and explosives in the Syrian city of Raqqa where the headquarters of ISIL are located.

"When we returned to Ankara we made our own boom jackets. Our main goal was to deal a deathly blow to the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party]. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
we were later instructed to carry out attacks on governmental buildings. Then we begun to question this order to bomb Ankara courthouses, Parliament and cop shoppes and gave up on the plan. While looking for a place to dispose of the bombs and ammunition we were caught by the police," the turbans reportedly said during the police interrogation.

Anti-terrorism police in Ankara had reportedly been closely following Canöz and Yildirim for three months before they detained them in late December.

The raid came after the police deciphered the final message in a series sent by Enes, who is of Arab origin. During the raids, police seized hand-made explosives and bomb-making equipment produced by the two krazed killers.

According to another report released by the Hurriyet daily on Jan. 1, the instruction was given to the two potential jacket wallahs by a leading ISIL figure with the code name Ebu Enes, who is known to be a sheikh. It was also noted that the bully boyz came to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
from Syria in September of last year where the attack was planned.

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Turkey Police Raid 16 Suspected ISIL Hideouts
[ALMANAR.LB] Investigations into the identity of an English-speaking man who featured in an ISIL group video are focusing on a Briton, Siddhartha Dhar, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Dhar was born a Hindu and ran a business renting out bouncy castles in northeast London before converting to Islam and becoming radicalized, the broadcaster said.

It cited an unnamed official source as saying that Dhar was the main suspect, although Britannia's intelligence services never comment on the record about their investigations.

On Sunday, ISIL released a video featuring a masked fighter carrying a gun and speaking English which showed the killing of five "spies" it said had worked with the international coalition fighting ISIL holy warriors in Iraq and Syria.
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India-Pakistan
New posts in Bajaur to stop cross-border attacks
KHAR: The security forces have set up dozens of new posts along the Pakistan Afghanistan border to stop cross-border attacks and infiltration of militants from the neighbouring country.

Briefing journalists about the security measures, Commandant Bajaur Scouts Col Niyar Zaman said here on Monday that the measures were part of a strategy to make the agency safe and stop cross-border attacks.

He said that new posts were established at various areas including Nawagai, Chamaraknd, Mamond, Salarzai, Charmang and Kamangara along the border. He said that those areas were strategically important. The official said that all the newly established posts were fully functional and well-trained troops were deployed there. The step would secure the border areas from cross-border attacks and stop infiltration of militants from Afghanistan in Pakistani territory, he added.

“The posts are now completely functional and equipped with all kind of modern weapons and other items,” said Col Zaman. He added that after the establishment of new posts the security personnel would easily check suspicious activities in the region.

The official said that residents of the border areas welcomed establishment of the new posts as they felt more secure and comfortable. He said that establishment of new posts in the border localities strengthened relations between the local people and security forces.

“The establishment of the new posts by the security forces has not only increased confidence of local people but people’s support for the forces,” said the official.

He said that people and security forces were on the same page about maintenance of peace and stability in the region and elimination of militants and anti-social elements.

Published in Dawn, January 5th, 2016
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Explosives found under overhead bridge stairs in Lahore
LAHORE: A five kilogramme (kg) bomb with ball bearings and a remote control device was found under the stairs of the Samsani overhead bridge on Canal Road on Monday, sometime after Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan drove through the area.

Sadar Division Superintendent of Police (SP) Haroonur Rasheed told Dawn patrolling police officials checked the stairs of the bridge during their routine patrolling and seized the five-kg bomb, 2.5kg ball bearings and two gallons petrol along with a remote control.

He said soon after the discovery of the explosives, they launched a search operation in Nawab Town, Thokar Niaz Baig and Hanjarwal.

He said apparently the bomb had been placed to harm the interior minister who crossed the bridge on his way to Islamabad.

The SP said the bomb was handed over to forensic experts for further investigations.

He said that the police that discovered the explosives would be rewarded with prize and appreciation certificates.

Published in Dawn, January 5th, 2016
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100 Pakistanis joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The Pakistani government of Punjab Province announced that at least 100 of its residents have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq and that it has arrested 40 ISIS members, including leading figures. The government also stated that it is working to limit the recruitment of its citizens and curb any influence of terrorism in Pakistan.

The Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said in a statement followed up by IraqiNews.com, “About a hundred Pakistanis including women had joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” indicating that, “The government is exercising great efforts to limit the recruitment of the Pakistanis by ISIS.”

Sanaullah added, “The security authorities have arrested eight activists belonging to ISIS in Sialkot in the Punjab region,” pointing out that, “The government is keen to curb any influence of the ISIS in Pakistan.”

The Minister continued, “The Anti-Terrorism forces have carried out a number of raids against ISIS supporters, while managed to arrest more than 40 suspects with links to the ISIS organization including women.”

Noteworthy, western intelligence reports have confirmed that the ISIS organization includes militants from nearly 81 countries around the world, including European and Middle Eastern.
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#1  I would bet the number is alot higher..
Posted by: chris || 01/06/2016 6:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Why should they join ISIS in Syria and Iraq, chris, if they can kill infidels & heretics & rape shameless women at home?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 6:13 Comments || Top||

#3  To be fair, would you want to stay in Pakistain?
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2016 12:09 Comments || Top||

#4  It's the cool gang to joon right now
Posted by: chris || 01/06/2016 19:31 Comments || Top||


Iraq
15 ISIS troops die in airstrike near Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, a security source in Anbar Province announced, that 15 elements of the ISIS organization were killed in an aerial bombardment in Baghdadi city west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad), while emphasized that the bombardment has also destroyed a rocket launcher and an armored vehicle belonging to the organization.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, the Iraqi Aviation warplanes (based on information from the National Intelligence Service) shelled ISIS sites in al-Baghdadi area west of Ramadi, killing 15 elements of the organization and destructing a missile vehicle, as well as an armored vehicle.”
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ISIS destroys hospital in Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province revealed, that the ISIS organization managed to detonate some parts of Ramadi General Hospital north of the city (110 km west of Baghdad), before the arrival of the Iraqi security forces.

The Head of the Council Ali Dwood said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The ISIS elements were able to detonate large parts of the Ramadi General Hospital in al-Thayyalah area in northern Ramadi, before the arrival of the security forces to cleanse the hospital of the organization’s elements.”

Dwood added, “ISIS has evacuated the civilians who were detained to other areas outside the Ramadi Hospital,” pointing out that, “Large parts of the hospital were detonated by improvised explosive devices and bombs.”
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ISIS prepares new offensive near Haditha
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, Anbar Provincial Council announced, that the ISIS organization has prepared its elements to attack Haditha District west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad) from two axes, while emphasized that the Iraqi Army backed by the international coalition aircrafts are working to shell the convoys of ISIS convoys before reaching their goal.

Anbar Provincial Council’s spokesman Eid Ammash Karbouli said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces reinforced its military presence in the axes of Haditha District, due to the preparations of ISIS to attack the front lines of the Iraqi ground forces from two axes including Khasfa area and Barwana Island west of the province, while the international coalition aircrafts intensified its sorties in order to shell ISIS gatherings.”

Karbouli added, “The Iraqi army backed by the international coalition aviation, is working to bomb ISIS conveys and vehicles before reaching the security forces gatherings.”

ISIS launches attack on Haditha and Bruwana from 4 axes, says Gaood
ISIS not ready to go into that good night...
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – On Tuesday the leader of Albu Nimir clan, Naeem Gaood, announced calling up the tribes as well as the security forces after ISIS had launched a violent attack on Haditha and Bruwana from four axes.

Gaood said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The tribes and security forces began a major call up after the ISIS had launched a violent attack on the district of Haditha and the area of Barwana from four axes,” adding that, “The ISIS carried out the attack after receiving large reinforcements from Mosul, Syria, Heet and areas in western Anbar.”

After Islamic State collapse in Ramadi, militants intensify siege of Haditha

[WASHINGTONPOST] 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....
snuffies have launched a deadly offensive against security forces in a key part of western Iraq, residents and tribal fighters said Tuesday, unleashing a wave of boom-mobiles and seizing an area near one of the country's largest dams.

The fresh attacks in Haditha district have set off some of the fiercest fighting in that area in months -- and follow the stunning defeat of the Islamic State in the nearby city of Ramadi in December. An Iraqi army offensive backed by U.S. Arclight airstrikes forced the jihadists to retreat from Ramadi last month, marking a devastating blow for a group striving to expand its Islamic "caliphate."

But this week, the snuffies turned their guns on Haditha, a strategic area about 90 miles northwest of Ramadi and home to Iraq's second-largest hydroelectric dam. U.S. troops are also training Iraqi forces at the Ayn al-Asad military base just 20 miles away. The snuffies have had Haditha encircled for more than a year.

Haditha, in Anbar province, holds both symbolic and strategic significance. The district is one of the last government redoubts amid swaths of bully boy-held territory in the desert of western Iraq. And its six-mile-long dam generates power for large tracts of the country, granting whoever controls it influence over much of Iraq's electricity and water supplies.

25 Iraq Fighters Killed Thwarting IS Assault in Anbar

[AnNahar] At least 25 Iraqi fighters have been killed repelling a major three-day offensive 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....
group in the region of Haditha in Anbar province, security sources said Tuesday.

"We have given 25 deaders in 72 hours," a tribal commander, Sheikh Abdallah Atallah, told AFP by phone from Haditha, an area that includes a key dam and has held off IS since 2014.

"It was one of the biggest offensives we have seen. It came from three directions," he said, adding that dozens were also maimed.

The mayor of Haditha, located about 200 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Baghdad, confirmed the casualty toll.

"We have more than 20 deaders and more than 50 maimed. They are from the army, CTS (the counter-terrorism service), the police and the tribal fighters," Mabrouk Hamid said.
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#1  "It was one of the biggest offensives we have seen. It came from three directions, axes" he said,
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18 ISIS troops die in Kurd defensive near Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Tuesday, a security source announced, that the Peshmerga forces managed to repel ISIS attack on al-Khazer axis north of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while emphasized that 18 elements of the organization were killed during the attack.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, the Peshmerga forces were able to repel an attack carried out by the elements of ISIS on Safiya village in Khazer axis (40 km north of Mosul), killing 18 element of the organization.”

The source added, “The clashes between the elements of ISIS and the Peshmerga forces lasted nearly for four hours, while the international coalition warplanes intervened to back up the Peshmerga forces.”
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ISIS abducts 25 near Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province announced on Tuesday, that the ISIS militants abducted 25 people on charges of cooperating with the security forces in the district of al-Hawija.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS militants kidnapped 25 civilians from the village of Shaut and Haot in the district of Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk),” noting that, “Seven former members of al-Sahwa forces were among the kidnapped.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The abduction was on the pretext that they were cooperating with the security agencies.”
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Iraqi Anti-Terrorism forces retake Barwana City in western Anbar
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, a source in the Joint Special Operations Command announced, that the Anti-Terrorism forces have imposed its full control over Barwana city.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, the Anti-Terrorism forces were able to retake Barwana city west of al-Anbar, while managed to kill all members of ISIS who have entered the city.”

Earlier this week, Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defense called the security forces to secure its defense lines, while the Joint Special Operations Command pointed out that ISIS took advantage of the bad weather to attack the military units.

Noteworthy, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced, that dozens of ISIS elements were killed, while their vehicles were destructed in a bombardment carried out by the Army’s Aviation in Barwana city western Anbar.
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134 ISIS Bad Guys die in Anbar, Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The Joint Operations Command announced on Tuesday the killing of 134 terrorists during security operations in the provinces of Anbar and Salahuddin.

The Operations Command said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces, with support from the Iraqi aviation and warplanes belonging to the international coalition, had managed, during the last 24 hours, to kill 134 terrorists and destroy vehicles, weaponry and other targets in the provinces of Anbar and Salahuddin,” pointing out at the same time to, “The arrest of a wanted individual in the capital Baghdad.”

The statement added, “The commandos brigade of Basra Operations Command carried out an operation in the the areas of Ghamaj River and Hor al-Saad, resulting in the arrest of nine wanted individuals.”
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ISIS rocket artillery hits Samarra
BM-21 Grad 122mm, not "Katushas"...
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Tuesday, a security source announced, that a civilian was wounded in an attack carried out by ISIS using Grad missiles on Samarra south of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This afternoon, ISIS carried out an attack using seven Grad missiles on the center of Samarra Island (40 south of Tikrit), injuring one civilian with serious injuries.”

The source added, “The security forces rushed to the attack area, while imposed strict measures in anticipation of similar attacks.”
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1 dead, 9 wounded in Baghdad bomb attack
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that ten people were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast near a popular market south of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, at noon today, near a popular market in Yusufiya vicinity south of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring nine others.”

The source added, “The ambulance rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while the security force cordoned off the incident’s area and prevented approaching it.”

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Fighting intensifies between ISIS troops and Kurds in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Media official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan organizations in Nineveh, Ghias al-Surji, announced on Tuesday the outbreak of violent clashes between Peshmerga forces and ISIS militants east of Nineveh.

Surji said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Violent clashes broke out, this evening, between Peshmerga forces and ISIS in al-Asfar Mountain, Zrdek and Bartalah region east of Nineveh,” noting that, “The violent clashes are still continuing between the two sides.”

“Peshmerga forces have caused deaths and injuries in the ranks of the organization,” he added.
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U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi warplanes bomb ISIS convoys near Bruwana, Haditha
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The head of Haditha District Council announced on Tuesday, that the U.S.-led international coalition aviation as well as the Iraqi Air Force have begun intensively bombing ISIS conveys near Haditha and Bruwana, pointing out to the killing of tens of elements of the organization.

The head of the council, Khaled Salman, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation and Sukhoi warplanes belonging to the Iraqi Air Force as well as the army’s artillery forces began bombing the ISIS conveys near the areas of Haditha and Bruwana.”

Salman added, “The bombing resulted in killing tens of ISIS elements in addition to destroying their vehicles,” pointing out that, “Three booby-trapped vehicles had been detonated before reaching their targets.”
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ISIS tries to impede Peshmerga progress towards Mosul
[ARA] Clashes broke out on Tuesday between Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga and holy warrior fighters 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....
(ISIS) east of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city in Iraq's northwestern province of Nineveh.

The festivities, which centered in the Bartalah sub-district east of Mosul, came subsequent to an attack by ISIS faceless myrmidons on Peshmerga positions in the area.

Kurdish army of the Peshmerga has recently made progress in the eastern and northern countryside of Mosul , in a bid to retake the city from ISIS jihadists in cooperation with the Iraqi army and supported by the U.S.-led coalition.

Speaking to ARA News, a front man for the Peshmerga said that the Kurdish forces pushed ISIS back after heavy festivities on Tuesday evening.

"After more than four hours of festivities, Daesh [Islamic State] Lions of Islam were forced to retreat towards Mosul city," the source said, using another acronym for ISIS.

"Daesh [Islamic State] Lions of Islam also targeted our (Peshmerga) headquarters in the Safiyah village in Hamdaniya sub-district north of Mosul, but we were able to repel the attack with support of the coalition's warplanes," he said.

ISIS has reportedly used boom-mobiles and mortar shells in its attacks on the Peshmerga positions east and north of Mosul on Tuesday.

This comes as the radical group tries to fortify its headquarters in the city of Mosul amid preparations by the Kurdish Peshmerga army and Iraqi government forces to launch a large operation aimed at regaining Mosul from ISIS.
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Peshmerga foil ISIS suicide bombers
[RUDAW.NET] Peshmerga forces foiled 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) jacket wallahs who tried to infiltrate Kurdish lines of defense on the Bashik front on Tuesday, killing and wounding several of the bad boys, a Peshmerga official told Rudaw.

"Earlier this evening, ISIS forces of Evil with boom belts plotted to target the Peshmerga by taking advantage of the foggy weather in the village of Sheikh Ali on the Bashik front, but they were repelled," said Brig, Anwar Kolit.

"The Peshmerga and warplanes from the US-led coalition foiled the plot, shelling the bad boys, killing a number of them and wounding others," he added.

We "are bombing ISIS on a daily basis, and when the weather is bad or foggy they launch assaults," he said, adding that is why the Peshmerga are always "on alert to repulse any attack they might launch on the front."

ISIS forces of Evil have recently been suffering a series of setbacks and losses on the battlefield against the Peshmerga and Iraqi army.

On Monday, the Iraqi army announced that a day after ISIS forces of Evil captured a number of villages and towns in Anbar province, the military managed to recapture four districts in eastern Ramadi.
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Palestinian Martyred, Israeli Soldier injured in New Stabbing Attack
[ALMANAR.LB] A Paleostinian stabbed and maimed an Israeli occupation soldier in the southern West Bank on Tuesday before being rubbed out.

"An assailant stabbed a soldier at the Gush Etzion junction," occupation army statement said.

"Forces at the scene responded to the attack and shot the assailant, resulting in his death," the statement said, noting that the injured soldier was receiving emergency medical treatment.

A front man for the Zionist entity's Magen David Adom emergency medical service said a 34-year-old Israeli was taken to hospital with stab wounds to his face and hand.
The Jerusalem Post points out:
A terrorist stabbed and lightly maimed an IDF reserve soldier Tuesday morning at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.
It wasn't a very exciting day over there.
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Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2016 7:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorry g(r)omgoru but the Site has a policy against genocide.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2016 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  What did I say?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  "Kill them all".
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2016 8:52 Comments || Top||

#6 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 8:56 Comments || Top||

#7  which is effectively the same thing.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2016 13:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Use dictionary!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 13:34 Comments || Top||

#9  We barbarians familiar with dictionary, g(r)im. There are no live martyrs. And try coffee or tea tomorrow.
Posted by: JHH || 01/06/2016 14:29 Comments || Top||

#10  Barbarians understand the difference between voluntary and involuntary---degenerates don't.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 17:10 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ahrar al-Sham's commander in Homs killed by unknown assailants: statement
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Unidentified assailants killed Tuesday top commander of Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
movement in the central Homs province, the powerful Islamist group said in statement.

Ahrar's Shura Council member and its Emir in Homs province, Mohammed Hassan al-Said, was killed when unknown gunnies opened fire on him in al-Farhaniya village in the northern countryside of Homs.
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#1  Unknown assailants who been overheard to speak in Russian?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 5:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Arabic, with a Russian accent.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2016 13:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Pater, how many russians speak arabic?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2016 13:17 Comments || Top||

#4  I knew a couple, from my gadabout days in the Mideast. But that was some two decades ago.

I suspect there might be a few others still around, especially in the special branches.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2016 13:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Did I also mention that Russian cigarettes are... lacking?
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Kurds foil ISIS terror attack in Syria's Hasakah
[ARA] Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (YPG) locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on Tuesday a krazed killer 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....
(ISIS) in Hasakah, northeastern Syria.

The krazed killer, who was captured at a YPG checkpoint in the Nashwa district in Hasakah city, was reportedly planning to infiltrate explosives into the city in preparation to carry out a terror attack.

The Kurdish leadership in Hasakah said in a statement that the suspect was riding a cycle of violence loaded with bombs.

"When the terrorist tried to escape the guards at the checkpoint, our forces stopped him immediately. He was arrested after we found a large deal of explosives in the bags of his cycle of violence," YPG member Egid Qamishlo told ARA News in Hasakah.

"We have recently arrested several ISIS bully boyz who tried to infiltrate into Hasakah and the nearby city of Qamishli," he said.

"We have installed new checkpoints across the province in order to prevent any such attempts, for any terror attack claims lives of innocent civilians," the Kurdish front man said.

The bad boy group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday claimed the responsibility for three bombings that hit restaurants in the city of Qamishli, killing 16 civilians and wounding more than 45 others.
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Terror Networks
126 nightclub singers, dancers wanted by ISIS
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 126 singers and dancers who had worked in Syrian nightclubs are wanted 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....
, according to an ISIS document obtained by Zaman al-Wasl.

The wanted women are used to dance and sing in the nightclubs of Raqqa, Aleppo and idlib provinces, an ISIS source said.

The artists will be stoned to death as soon as being tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
. Yet, no one has been captured, the source added.

The Death Eater Sunni Islamist group who controls swathes of Iraq and Syria have crucified, stoned and lashed tens of musicians, sorcerers and homosexuals, accusing them of debauchery and libertinism.

Most of the wanted women are Syrians in addition to Iraqi, Egyptian, Moroccan and Tunisian nationals.

The list has mentioned their workplace, their name and nickname and province.

Syria's war started with a pro-democracy movement that grew into an armed uprising and has inflamed regional confrontations. More than 250,000 people have died in the conflict, according to United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
estimates.
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#1  The ISIS folks are tired of having unattractive fodder in the rape rooms and slave blocks.
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