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Bomb attack plot uncovered in Jalalabad
A coordinated suicide attack has been foiled by the Afghan national security forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Monday.

A statement by NDS said a group of six heavily armed insurgents including 2 suicide bombers were arrested by the Afghan intelligence operatives before they execute the coordinated attack.
The statement further added that the group was looking to carry out the attack in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province.

The militants belong to the Taliban militant group, NDS said, adding that the Afghan intelligence operatives also seized 2 suicide bombing vests along with two Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to NDS, the detained individuals have been identified as Munsifullah who was appointed to carry out the suicide attack together with Noor-ul-Haq.

The other militants were identified as Mansoor-ur-Rehman, Pacha Gul, and Ibrahim, NDS added.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the detention of the group’s suicide bombers and militants which comes amid rampant insurgency activities by the militant group across the country.
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3 school students killed, 8 wounded in rocket attack by militants in Khost
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three school students bit the dust and eight others were maimed in a rocket attack by anti-government armed faceless myrmidons in southeastern Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) said the incident took place this morning in Bak district after a mortar round landed in a primary school.

A statement by MoE said two female students were among those killed in the attack, urging the Afghan security institutions to take immediate steps in identifying and trying those involved behind the incident.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the attack.

Khost is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed krazed killer groups including the notorious Haqqani network bandidos bully boys are actively operating in a number of its districts.

Found in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani, the terrorist network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Wazoo, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in 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....
in September 2011.

The network is allied with al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region and was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012 by the US Department of State.

Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Canadian man released after 5 years in captivity in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Canadian citizen who was kidnapped in late 2010 in Afghanistan has been released by its captors, it has been reported.

According to the Canadian media quoting the government officials, the 27-year-old Colin Rutherford was released with the mediation of Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada Stephene Dion on Monday confirmed Mr. Rutherfod was released five years after he went missing.

Mr. Dion in a statement said "I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Government of Qatar for its assistance in this matter."

The Talibs group in Afghanistan confirmed that Mr. Rutherdford has been kidnapped by their holy warriors, three months after he went missing while travelling as a tourist.

He was accused of espionage while travelling to Afghanistan. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
the Canadian authorities at that time said Mr. Rutherford was a tourist in Afghanistan and was seeking to learn Pashto during his travels.

The circumstances surrounding his release have not been ascertained so far and there are no reports regarding the health condition of Mr. Rutherford.

According to the statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Canada, Mr. Rutherford is still outside Canada. "we look forward to Mr. Rutherford being able to return to Canada and reunite with his family and loved ones."
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  A tourist wanting to learn Pashto?
In the words of the owner "well, that makes sense, not a lotta sense, but sense"
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like he got his wish. Not the way he probably imagined, but he got his wish.
Posted by: gorb || 01/12/2016 10:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Probably got the full cultural immersion, if you know what I mean.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 12:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Funny, I was just discussing the story The Monkey's Paw with my daughter.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/12/2016 16:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Lion's Paw moar better
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 18:53 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Senior Muslim Brotherhood figure arrested over Giza shooting
[IsraelTimes] Ten people tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in connection with attack on Israeli Arabs outside Egyptian hotel near pyramids

Egypt has arrested a senior member of the banned Moslem Brüderbund group on suspicion of involvement in an attack on Israeli Arab tourists on Thursday at a hotel close to the Giza pyramids.

No one was hurt in the attack, during which more than a dozen individuals opened fire on the tourists with fireworks and birdshot, causing some damage to the hotel's facade and tour buses parked nearby.

Egyptian media reported Monday that security services had arrested Abed Al A'al Al Asiri, along with two of his sons and seven other suspects.

The tourists, who numbered roughly 40, were Israeli Arabs, mainly from the northern town of Umm al-Fahm.

According to initial reports, the shooters were part of a mob of 15 individuals that gathered outside the Three Pyramids Hotel. They were identified by Egyptian media as linked to the Moslem Brüderbund group. Early reports said they shot fireworks and rubber bullets at the hotel as the Israelis were unpacking their suitcases from the buses.

The shooters aimed at the tourists as they walked from the entrance of the hotel to the parked buses nearby.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  Abed Al A'al Al Asiri,
Oh, please.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Lets hope his human rights are not violated during the investigation.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Thousands of 'Huma' e-mails are supposed to be released by Foggy Bottom very soon, late Friday afternoon I suspect. It will be very interesting if her MB connections or Foundation fund raising efforts surface on any of these.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/12/2016 2:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Apparently a few missed the memo.
Posted by: gorb || 01/12/2016 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Guess he won't be ringside at tonight's SOTU address.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 01/12/2016 18:36 Comments || Top||

30 released, but kids still being held
Tunis, 11 January 2016:

The thirty people kidnapped from the city of Sabratha being held in the neighouring city of Surman were released yesterday, Sabratha Municipality Council reports.

The 30 were arrested on the main motorway linking the two cities. Drivers were stopped and asked to identify where they were from, and those from Sabratha were taken by the kidnappers.

They were kidnapped to be used as a bargaining tool in revenge for the Sabratha and Surman authorities having arrested their fellow gang members implicated in the kidnapping of the three Shershary children in December.

The three Shershary children are believed to still be under the control of their kidnappers in a house sieged by armed authorities in Surman since Friday. Gunfire had been exchanged during the holdout since Friday.
Posted by: badanov || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

Fresh fighting in Obari condemned by Presidency Council
Ghat/Tripoli, 10 January 2016:

Fresh fighting broke out in the troubled southern oasis town of Obari today between Tuareg and Tebu forces. Four people are reported to have been killed and five wounded when a Tebu militia launched what is reported to have been a heavy attack in the town.

It coincided with talks starting in Sebha between representatives of the two communities on implementing the agreement signed in November brokered by the Qataris.

The clashes as well as attacks on the town’s civilian population have been condemned by the Presidency Council led by prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj. In a statement calling on both sides to respect the agreement, it said that violence could only inflame the conflict.

The ongoing conflict between Tebus adn Tuaregs in the mainly Tuareg town has resulted in 300 deaths since it started in September 2014 and resulted in over 200 families being displaced.
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Soddys detain 49 terror suspects
[Saudi Gazette] Forty-nine suspects on terror charges were caught during the past 10 days in a preemptive crackdown in various parts of Saudi Arabia, security sources said.

The sources said the suspects surrendered without any resistance. They consisted of 36 Saudis, six Syrians, four Yemenis, a Sudanese and a Filipino.

Last September Saudi’s Interior Ministry announced that it intercepted a terror cell during four simultaneous operations in Riyadh and Dammam. The ministry confirmed that the cell was linked to the suicide bomber behind the Abha mosque attack that took place last August.

During the Riyadh operation, Saudi forces arrested Faysal Hamed al-Ghamdi, a wanted man who had threatened to kill his father.

Another suspect Aqeel Ameesh al-Mutairy was killed during heavy clashes during the last September raid.

Official figures put the number of terror suspects arrested in Saudi Arabia in the last seven years at 4,777.
Posted by: badanov || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They consisted of 36 Saudis, six Syrians, four Yemenis, a Sudanese and a Filipino.

So basically twelve effectives?
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 12:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Got the gallows, May as well use'em
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/12/2016 23:02 Comments || Top||

Saudi Regime Forces Storm Houses in Qatif as Protests Proceed
[ALMANAR.LB] Al-Saud regime forces raided late on Sunday several houses in Qatif in the Eastern province, as protests against the execution of prominent holy man, Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr proceeded.

Local sources said that several houses were raided near al-Nahash Hussayniyah in Qatif. The houses are for Mahrous and Asfour families, the sources added.Saudi Regime Forces Storm Houses in Qatif

Armored vehicles also entered al-Awamiyyah, the town of Sheikh Nimr along with three activists who took part in pro-democracy protests.

Saudi regime executed Sheikh Nimr on January 2. He was a vocal supporter of the mass pro-democracy protests against Riyadh, which erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, where a Shia majority has long complained of marginalization.

...back at the dirigible, Cynthia backed into the galley, the barbecue fork held in front of her.
Jack! she called. Where the hell are you?...

peaceful rallies condemning the execution of Sheikh Nimr continued to take place in Qatif.

On Sunday, activists on social media announced a schedule of peaceful rallies aimed at demanding the handover of the deaders' bodies.
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#1  D-9s, I can get them for you wholesale.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Caterpillar stock needs an uptick. I bet they're identifying these areas and offering "alternatives"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/12/2016 20:50 Comments || Top||

Masked men attack Saudi intelligence compound with firebombs
[Al Ahram] Masked men threw Molotov cocktails at an intelligence service compound in the city of Qatif in eastern 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...
, activists said on Monday, in an apparent reprisal for the execution of a prominent Shia Muslim holy man earlier this month.

A Saudi Interior Ministry front man said "there was a failed terrorist attempt to burn the building with Molotov cocktails" and that one of the assailants was captured.

Video footage posted on social media and dated Jan. 9 showed several masked young men moving under cover of darkness and lobbing Molotov cocktails over the protective outer wall of a building compound. Most of the Molotov cocktails were seen exploding on the ground inside, setting a nearby tree on fire.

The authenticity of the footage could not immediately be confirmed.

It was not initially clear who was behind the attack. But the recording contained a footnote indicating that it was carried out by Shia youth seeking to avenge the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a vocal critic of the kingdom's Sunni Muslim monarchy.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Soddys seize 8.6K+ rounds of ammunition
A long weekend's worth for some Americans
Saudi Security patrols in Jazan region have foiled an attempt to smuggle 8,682 live shots of ammunition.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Khalid Abdullah bin Quziez - a media spokesman of Mujahideen Directorate Branch in Jazan - as saying that during night field work, one of the patrols monitored a vehicle in Dafa Valley.

The driver managed to escape after his vehicle overturned, but 8,682 live shots of ammunition were found inside the vehicle.
Posted by: badanov || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Won't even move the bullet meter on This Week in Guns.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:02 Comments || Top||

Army and Resistance advance against rebels
The official spokesman of the Yemeni Army, Brigadier Samir Al Hajj, has confirmed that the National Army and the popular resistance loyal to the legitimate authorities in his country have made significant advances on various battlefronts against the coup militia.

This came in a report submitted to Yemen's Council of Ministers at its regular meeting in Riyadh yesterday (Sunday) under the chairmanship of Yemen's Vice President and Prime Minister, Khaled Bahah, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported.

Al Hajj also highlighted the plans prepared by the army to fight the coup militias for the next phase.
Posted by: badanov || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Another JMB man arrested
[Dhaka Tribune] Members of Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in a drive incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
another suspected member of banned bad boy outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt.
(JMB) from Noakhali early yesterday.

Md Nurunabi Raju, 30, was arrested in case filed with Sadarghat cop shoppe over a mugging incident that place on September 23 last year, said Sub-Inspector of DB Sontosh Chakma.

DB's Deputy Commissioner Kusum Dewan said: "Acting on a tip-off, a team of DB arrested Raju from Sultanpur area, Begumganj upazila around 3am."

Raju is an active member of the JMB who had taken part in the mugging operation. After the snatching, he took shelter
at his father-in-law's house in Noakhali, the DC said.

During preliminary interrogation, Raju admitted his involvement with Sadarghat mugging incident and told other associates' name to the police, added SI Sontosh.

On September 23, 2015, a team of JMB activists blasted several grenades while mugging a local businessman named Satya Gopal in Majirghat area of Sadarghat that left two JMB men killed.

During investigation of the kaboom, police found JMB's involvement and arrested five JMB members, including Towfiqul Islam Javed, 22, head of the outfit's explosive wing in Chittagong, in the city's Khoyajnagar area on October 5, last year.

Police also found nine handmade grenades, ammunition and a massive amount of explosives in his possession.

A team of Detective Branch took Javed to Oxygen area to arrest his cohorts.

Then, Javed was killed in a grenade kaboom.

The rest of the arrested activists confessed during initial interrogation that eight of JMB members had conducted the mugging in Sadarghat area, where they snatched Tk5.40 lakh away from Satya Gopal, manager at Shah Corporation, and left him critically injured, who later died.

During the mugging operation, they blasted grenade in a bid to show their strength, but ended up accidentally killing their two fellow snuffies -- Rabiul and Rafiq -- on the spot, they said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

#1  The Spot strikes again, I can't tell from the stoooooooory if this was in the Oxygen area or in some other Tony Upazila.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:04 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Georgia arrests suspected radioactive materials smugglers
[IsraelTimes] Three men nabbed for trying to sell cesium-137, a byproduct of nuclear reactors that could make a 'dirty bomb'

Georgia's security agency said Monday it had incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
three men suspected of peddling radioactive cesium, the latest in a series of operations against nuclear smugglers in the ex-Soviet nation.

The agency said Monday that the men were arrested in the capital, Tbilisi, while trying to sell an unspecified amount of cesium-137 for $100,000. It didn't say when the arrest was made or give any other details.

Cesium-137, a byproduct of nuclear reactors, is used for various medical and industrial purposes.

Georgia and some other ex-Soviet nations have seen numerous attempts at contraband trade in radioactive substances. There have been fears that if such materials fall in the hands of myrmidons, they could be used in a "dirty bomb," a device intended to contaminate large areas using conventional explosives.

Georgia has relied on assistance from the US to combat nuclear smuggling. Georgian law enforcement agencies have arrested dozens of suspected traders in radioactive substances over the past several years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't want another Russian invasion, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 2:47 Comments || Top||

Belgium claims dismantling human trafficking network
[AA.TR] Belgian authorities claimed to have dismantled an international criminal organization that smuggled thousands of people to the U.K., local media reported Monday.

Citing the prosecutor's office of the Belgian province of East Flanders, Belgian newspaper Mediahuis reported Monday that the network smuggled over 3,000 undocumented Kurds and Iraqis to the U.K. through Belgium.

Six people suspected of being complicit in the smuggling operation were incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
, including two suspected leaders of the criminal network, which reportedly smuggled 20 people on average every day in trucks after payment of €3,000 ($3,300) per person, according to Mediahuis.

Two suspected leaders of the network were arrested Friday in the UK, according to Belgian news agency, Belga News.
According to An Nahar:
Belgian police aided by their British counterparts said Monday they have smashed a ring that smuggled possibly thousands of migrants into Britannia, with 12 suspects tossed in the clink
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
in the case.

Ghent prosecutors' spokeswoman Eva Brantegem said the two suspected ring leaders were arrested in Britannia last week in cooperation with Britannia's National Crime Agency. Belgium has asked for their extradition.

Police added that 10 Iraqi Kurdish men suspected of participating in the ring were already in jug after being arrested in Belgium between May 22 and November 25 last year.

Europol told AFP last year that it estimated around 30,000 people were involved in smuggling migrants into and through Europe in the continent's biggest migration crisis since World War II.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

Teen who stabbed French Jewish teacher cited IS group
[FRANCE24] A teenager who stabbed a Jewish teacher in the southern French city of Marseille Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who told police he attacked in the name 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....
(IS) group, according to a prosecutor.

The attack, which left the 35-year-old teacher with an injured hand and shoulder, occurred in broad daylight in the south of the city, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin told news hounds Monday.

The 15-year-old ethnic Kurd rushed the victim from behind and stabbed him in the shoulder, then chased after him for a few metres until he fell, Robin said.

The victim fended off the assailant using his arms and legs, as well as his "holy book", which was damaged in the scuffle, the prosecutor said.

The teenage suspect "has the profile of someone who was radicalised on the Internet", Robin told a press briefing.

"He claimed to have been acting for Daesh [Islamic State]," Robin said, using the Arabic acronym for the IS group.

"You get the sense that he does not have a full grasp of the fundamentals of Islam," he added.

A good student radicalised online
The boy admitted to Sherlocks that he planned to arm himself and kill police as soon as he is released, according to Robin.

The prosecutor said the teenager's family was unaware of his radicalisation and that he was a "good student".

"It appears there was a form of premeditation" with the intent of killing the victim because of his religion, Robin said.

The teenager, who will turn 16 next week, faces charges of "attempted murder on grounds of religion" and "defence of terrorism".

Reacting to the incident on Twitter, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, "The anti-Semitic aggression against a teacher in Marseille is revolting."

The teacher was on his way to work at the Franco-Hebraic Institute when he was attacked.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Paris ISIS Attacker May Have Taken Part In New Year's Eve Attacks, Was Arrested For Sex Assault In Cologne In '14
The Syrian man rubbed out by French police last week may have taken part in the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve.

ISIS supporter Walid Salihi, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was placed in durance vile
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in 2014 in Cologne for sexually abusing women in a night club.

Salihi is said to have 'rubbed the behinds of females' and touched their 'intimate parts,' according to a German police report.

A friend of Salihi was arrested after the Cologne mass attacks, where hundreds of women were sexually assaulted, leading to suspicion that he may have been part of the mob on New Years Eve before travelling to La Belle France, Bild newspaper reports.

Salihi was rubbed out when he tried to enter the cop shoppe in Barbes, northern Gay Paree, shouting 'Allahu Akbar' and threatening officers with a knife on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...

He was later found to have carried a fake bomb vest and a piece of paper where he pledged allegiance to ISIS.

German authorities have confirmed the Salihi lived in a centre for asylum seekers in Recklinghausen, some 60 miles north of Cologne, where police found he used seven aliases.

'We don't know who the man really is,' said Uwe Jacob, director of the local state criminal office probing his background and movements in Europe.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Arab Refugees Arrested, Released In Attack On French Jew In Germany
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It was only a Jooooooo.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  A French Jooo. Those aren't listed as an endangered species in Deutschland.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 13:00 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Russian among Daesh suspects in southern Turkey
[AA.TR] A Turkish court on Monday remanded in jug two Daesh [Islamic State] suspects, including a Russian national, who were recently locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
in the southern province of Adana, a security source said Monday.

The court also decided to release six Turkish nationals and expel 16 Egyptians - including seven children.

Turkish police seized two rifles and "digital materials" during raids on 11 addresses linked to the suspects.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Is he a real Russian: can he drink a third of a bottle of vodka while occasionally sniffing, not munching, a pickle?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 4:43 Comments || Top||

Turkey arrests 12 Egyptians for trying to join ISIS
[Al Ahram] Egypt's consul in Istanbul, Bassam Rady, confirmed on Monday that the Turkish authorities had incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
12 Egyptians in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
for allegedly joining ISIS, Rooters' Aswat Masriya reported.

In statements to Aswat Masriya, Rady stated that the 12 Egyptians were arrested in Adana province while attempting to join ISIS and that the Egyptian consulate was following the case.

He also added that there would be a demand made to Turkey to deport those arrested back to Egypt.

The Egyptian consulate will also appoint lawyers to follow the investigations, Rady said.

On Sunday, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that Turkish police had arrested a group of 15 Egyptians and Russians, in addition to 7 Turkish men, for joining ISIS in Adna and Elazig provinces.

Foreign ISIS recruits often cross Turkish borders to join the murderous Moslem group in Syria and Iraq.
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#1  But did not arrest 30 MALAYSIANS for same.


The ISIS/ISIL is officially setting up in the PH.



Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/12/2016 23:28 Comments || Top||

This Army general is likely to lead the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command
I am told this may be a very difficult confirmation.
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#1  Why would it be difficult, Besoeker? Looks like a good candidate for the slot, at least from my outside perspective. Not PC enough?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/12/2016 12:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Not PC enough?

I think that ticket's been punched:

His most recent billets have pushed him into the public light as the Army’s Ranger School, which falls under his watch, recently graduated the first three women in the storied course’s history.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  The 'diva Ranger' decision was made at pay grades high above those found at Fort Benning. I can only guess the reasons for the suspected confirmation difficulty.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/12/2016 13:50 Comments || Top||

#4  I worked with him years ago. I think he will do a great job..
Posted by: 49 pan || 01/12/2016 19:12 Comments || Top||

#5  IIRC he was nicknamed "Scott" because he was a great fan of ROCKY HORROR in his younger days.

82nd ABN, 2nd INF, 75th, Delta, ARSOC, now JSOC - good thing he stayed a regular 9-5 or 10-10 Soldier only and didn't become too involved wid CIA + NSA activities.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/12/2016 20:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Was he the guy command sent to evaluate the three ladies?
Posted by: jvalentour || 01/12/2016 21:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Wait!
"National Mission Force"?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/12/2016 22:59 Comments || Top||

Top LeT comdr Sajjad killed in Srinagar
[Daily Excelsior] In a major success for the security forces, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) commander was killed during an encounter in the outskirts of Srinagar this evening.

Police and security forces received information about presence of Sajjad Ahmad Bhat in Gossu village of Zakura in the outskirts of Srinagar this evening.

They cordoned off the Gossu village and during searches Sajjad fired at them and tried to escape from the security cordon but security personnel fired at and killed him on the spot.

As the security forces rubbed out Sajjad Ahmad in a brief shootout in the village, his associate managed to escape from the encounter site under the cover of darkness.

Security forces called off the operation after killing Sajjad and conducting searches of the villages for his associate. The killing is said to be a major success of the security forces as he was one of the main architects of setting up of LeT bases in South Kashmire since 2007.

Sajjad Ahmad Bhat alias Peer son of Mohammad Amin Bhat resident of Aripora, Zewan in South Kashmire district of Pulwama joined LeT in 2007 and was active since then.

Police had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to the informants leading to his arrest or killing but Sajjad managed to survive all these years but maintaining secrecy about his movements.

Sajjad was injured in October 2012 during an encounter in Pulwama district in which the then divisional commander Abdul Rehman alias Rehman Bhai was killed. He was treated and operated three times for his bullet injuries.

Sajjad first helped Rehman Bhai to set up network for LeT in South Kashmire and then after his killing he helped former LeT divisional commander Abu Qasim to strengthen the network. Qasim who was criminal mastermind of Udhampur attack on BSF last year was killed last year.

Reports said that after his injury in 2012, Sajjad mostly focused on arranging finances for the LeT.

Large number of people had gathered at Pantha Chowk in the Southern outskirts of Srinagar soon after his death and they blocked the National Highway. They were waiting for the body of Sajjad as police was still conducting legal formalities till late night.

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Friendly-Fire Strike Kills Nine Shia Fighters Near Tikrit
[NRTTV] A drone reportedly belonging to the Iraqi army struck Shia paramilitaries near the city of Tikrit on Sunday, killing nine fighters, a militia front man said.

Spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi told AFP that Iraqi forces mistakenly identified the group of fighters as krazed killer before launching the deadly Arclight airstrike.

"The drone struck with a first missile and then two more seven minutes later," he said.

The fighters were part of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, known as Hashid al-Shaabi, which has emerged as a dominant force against 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....
(IS) across central parts of Iraq.

Assadi said nine fighters were killed and another 14 injured as a result of the strike.

"We were under attack, we called for ground support but when it arrived, the drone struck," he added.

...back at the wrecked scow, Agent 49 felt gingerly for his head. It was still there. He had been hoping differently...
speaking to NRT, the head of the Security and Defense committee in Iraq's Parliament, Hakim Zamli confirmed the reports but said an investigation was underway.

"We are still looking to determine the source of the plane," Zamli said, adding that authorities from the anti-IS Coalition said an Iraqi drone had accidentally hit the fighters.

23 Iraqi militia die in friendly fire incident in Tikrit

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Monday, al-Hashed al-shaabi spokesman Ahmed al-Asadi announced the death of nine of al-Hashd elements in a strike mistakenly carried out by the Iraqi army near the city of Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad).

Asadi said, “On Saturday, Nine elements of al-Hashed al-Shaabi fighters were killed and fourteen others were injured in a shelling carried out by the Iraqi Aviation by mistake in Salam village south of Speicher Camp.”

Asadi indicated, that an investigation was opened based on the instructions of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the incident.
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#1  Wedding parties need to trail tin cans.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:19 Comments || Top||

#2  And not celebrate by shooting AKs in the air.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/12/2016 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Should've been flying the Iranian flag.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 13:04 Comments || Top||

Bombings at Iraq cafe kill 20: Officers
[Al Ahram] Bombings killed 20 people and wounded dozens at a cafe in the Iraqi town of Muqdadiyah northeast of Baghdad on Monday, officers said. A bomb exploded at the cafe and a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle after people gathered at the scene, a police captain and an army colonel said.

More from Youth Independent:
Militants attacked a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 40 more.

A gun battle lasted almost two hours, and officials were nervous a hostage situation was ensuing. But when the fight came to a close, officials said that most of the deaths had actually been caused by car bomb that started the attack and by two suicide bombers who struck at the mall’s entrance, The New York Times reports.

An Iraqi security official claimed that the attackers killed at least 17 people, including five security force members, and injured almost 40 people.

The Islamic State (ISIS), or the terrorist group that controls big portions of Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for the two-in-one attack. The group said that it targeted a gathering of “rejectionits,” otherwise known as Shi’ite Muslims.

The group also said that four militants were involved and said that they killed nearly 90 people in a social media post, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group, which is keeps up with jihadist communications.

“What is coming is worse and more bitter, God permitting,” the group stated.
An Nahar adds:
IS has suffered a number of military setbacks across Iraq in the past year. Security officials say fierce battles and relentless air strikes have depleted its manpower. Analysts see that as a reason for the drop in attacks targeting civilians in the capital which were an almost daily occurrence two years ago.

The Iraqi intelligence services announced on December they had detained 40 IS members as part of major swoop in the Baghdad area. They described the arrests as the continuation of an operation that saw them bust a car bomb-making cell in Baghdad earlier in 2015.
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ISIS executes 85 kops in Ninevah
[ARA News] ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed on Monday 85 police officers in the Iraqi northwestern provence of Nineveh, local media sources reported.

The radical group had arrested dozens of Iraqi police forces across Nineveh last week, accusing them of working for the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad against the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Abdullah al-Malla said that ISIS militants executed a large number of the arrested Iraqi police officers in the vicinity of Mosul in Nineveh province on Monday.

“85 police officers loyal to the Iraqi central government were executed by firing squad in the Ghazlani Camp in Al-Raas sub-district,” al-Malla reported.

“The officers were executed while wearing their police uniform, after being accused by the Sharia Court of treason and cooperation with Crusader forces against the Caliphate,” the source said.

The ISIS-led Sharia Court issued a statement accusing the Iraqi police forces of ‘fighting the Caliphate’ on behalf of the ‘Crusaders’ –in reference to the U.S.-led coalition.

The radical court ordered their immediate execution, threatening that any member of the Iraqi forces or the Kurdish Peshmerga captured by ISIS would face the same fate.
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Kurds reinforce Kirkuk
[ARA News] DUHOK – Kurdish army of the Peshmerga started fortifying the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq in a bid to protect the oil-rich city against the threat of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), officials said on Monday.

The Peshmerga forces started last week digging a trench along the southern suburb of Kirkuk, which has been exposed to ISIS offensive over the past few months.

Kamal Kerkuki, member of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, told reporters on Monday that the trench being worked on by the Peshmerga forces is aimed at maintaining the security in the city of Kirkuk against any aggression by ISIS terrorists.

Speaking to ARA News in Kirkuk, Peshmerga official Qassim Khourshid said: “ISIS terrorists have repeatedly tried to infiltrate into Kirkuk to hit headquarters of the Peshmerga and take over the city’s oil fields.”

“The trench will serve as a fortification against any offensive by the terror group,” he said.

Khourshid added that the trench project may continue to include most of the borders of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq in order to protect the region’s people and resources against ISIS threat.

“This fortification is not aimed at separating the region from Iraq completely. Its main objective is to protect the Kurdistan Region which has sheltered thousands of Iraqis who escaped ISIS,” he said. “The Peshmerga proved its effective role in the war on this terror group, and the protection of civilians and the public properties have always been a top priority for our army.”

Kirkuk oil fields produce up to 500,000 barrels per day, according to official reports. ISIS has tried earlier to storm the city from the southern suburb, but the Peshmerga forces repelled the attacks in cooperation with the U.S.-led coalition’s air force.
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Bad Guys detonate 3 mosques in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Monday, a security source announced, that an armed group detonated three mosques in Miqdadiyah District in Diyala, while indicated that the security forces imposed a curfew on the district.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Unidentified gunmen have detonated three mosques in Miqdadiyah District,” adding that, “Military reinforcements arrived in the district.”

He continued, “The security forces decided to impose a full curfew on the district till further notice.”
Posted by: badanov || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IMO, if they blow up mosques, they can't be all bad.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps they're available as contractors.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  ....doing the jobs americans won't do....
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 01/12/2016 23:58 Comments || Top||

ISIS arrests 12 Kurds in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Monday, Kurdistan Democratic Party in the province of Nineveh announced, that the ISIS organization has arrested 12 Kurdish citizens in central Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Spokesman in Mosul Saeed Mamouzini said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS elements arrested of 12 Kurdish citizens in the city of Mosul,” adding that, “The detainees refused to participate in military operations in Mosul.”

Mamouzini added, “The elements of the organization herded the detainees to an unknown destination.”

Noteworthy, ISIS imposed its control over the city of Mosul in Nineveh province (405 km north of Baghdad) in the tenth of June 2014 and extended its activities to several provinces and regions.

ISIS executes 8 in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, that the so-called ISIS has executed eight members of the Iraqi security services in the city of Mosul in Nineveh province (405 km north of Baghdad), while pointed out that the executions were carried out in one of the province’s prisons.

Kurdistan Democratic Party’ Spokesman in Mosul Saeed Mamouzini said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS elements executed eight elements of the security personnel in the Iraqi army and local police,” adding that, “The execution took place in one of the province’s prisons using firing squad.”

Noteworthy, ISIS imposed its control over the city of Mosul in Nineveh province (405 km north of Baghdad) in the tenth of June 2014 and extended its activities to several provinces and regions.
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Iraqi regulars, militia kill 70 bad guys near Haditha
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of the army’s 7th brigade, Maj. Gen. Nouman al-Zubai, announced on Monday liberating the area of al-Sha’i north of Haditha District.

Zubai said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the army’s 7th brigade, backed by tribal fighters, had managed to liberate the area of al-Sha’i northwest of Bruwana north of Haditha District from the ISIS control,” pointing out that, “The forces managed to killed around 70 elements of the organization, in addition to destroying 7 vehicles for them during the liberation operation.”

40 ISIS Bad Guys die in Anbar

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, a source in Anbar Operations Command announced, that 40 ISIS member including prominent leaders in aerial bombardment were killed while trying to escape to the north of the city of Ramadi.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi Army Aviation shelled a convoy of 20 vehicles and equipped with machine guns for ISIS when they tried to escape from al-Sofiya area to the Albu Obaid area north of Ramadi, killing over 40 elements of the organization including prominent leaders.”

The source added, “The operation was carried out based on accurate intelligence information that indicated to the presence of large numbers of ISIS elements including prominent leaders who are planning to escape to the north of Ramadi.”

Security forces liberate Sakran area

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, Haditha Mayor Mabrouk Hameed announced the liberation of al-Sakran area northwest of Barwana in Haditha District west of Anbar, while pointed out that dozens of ISIS elements were killed.

Hameed said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces in cooperation of the tribes managed to liberate al-Sakran area (14 Km northwest of Barwana), while raise the Iraqi flag above one of the area’s buildings.”

“The area was liberated after a number of confrontations between the security forces backed by the Iraqi tribes and the ISIS organization,” adding that, “These confrontations resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS elements.”
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Baghdad bombs: 8 die
5 civilians killed in double bombing east of Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Monday, a source in the Ministry of Interior announced, that five civilians were killed by unknown gunmen in the New Baghdad area east of the capital.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Unidentified gunmen detonated two car bombs, while clashed with the security forces when they tried to break into the mall of New Baghdad area east of the capital.”

The source added: “Five civilians were killed according to the preliminary outcome incident’s report,” pointing out that, “The security forces were able to foil the attack, while continued to clash with the militants.”

2 Wounded in bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Monday, that two civilians had been wounded in a bomb blast that took place in eastern the capital Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device that was emplaced on the road side in the area of al-Bawiyah has went off injuring two civilians,” adding that, “A security force cordoned off the area and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment, while opened an investigation into the incident.”

6 Casualties in Bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force said on Monday, that a person had been killed and five others were injured in a car bomb blast in the Nahrowan area southeast of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a booby-trapped vehicle that was parked on the road side in the area of Nahrowan exploded resulting in the death of one person and wounding five others,” noting that, “Ambulances rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital and the dead body to the forensic medicine department.”

2 die in mortar attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Monday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that 11 people had been either killed or wounded by three mortar shells south of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Tis morning, three mortar shells fell near houses in Hor Rajab village Dawra area south of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring nine others.”

The source added: “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while a raid was carried out to search for the missile launchers.”
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Far-left activist arrested trying to flee country days after bombshell TV investigative report
Far-left activist Ezra Nawi was arrested by police at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Monday as he was attempting to leave the country, just days after he was featured in an investigative TV show boasting on a hidden camera about how he helps Palestinian security forces find Palestinians who sell land to Jews.

Nawi will be investigated by the special investigative unit of the Judea and Samaria police on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 01:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  actions have consequences? Who knew?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/12/2016 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully, this incident will shed light on American NGOs funding this despicable activity.
Posted by: Gerthudion White4991 || 01/12/2016 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I guess I'm ignorant of this. Aren't NGOs just supposed to bring in food, blankets, medicine, micro loans, etc.? Of course, they never stay in their lane. So how do they fit in here?
Posted by: gorb || 01/12/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Thet're like a virus, they can fit in anywhere.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 12:05 Comments || Top||

Palestinian attempts to stab soldiers in West Bank, is shot
[IsraelTimes] Man pulls out a knife during a routine inspection near Hermesh; receives medical treatment at the scene, army says

IDF troops shot and injured a Paleostinian man who attempted to stab them near the Hermesh settlement in the northern West Bank on Monday, the army said.

According to the IDF, the soldiers were inspecting the man at a checkpoint near Hermesh, southwest of Jenin, when he pulled out a knife.

The forces on scene opened fire, shooting and wounding the Paleostinian man. He was treated at the scene for his injuries, the army said.

No IDF troops were maimed in the attempt.

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Apparently they don't learn by example.
Posted by: gorb || 01/12/2016 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps the IDF Has.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/12/2016 0:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Never bring a knife to a gunfight?
Posted by: Raj || 01/12/2016 0:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Never bring an arab to a Joooo fight.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:21 Comments || Top||

IDF troops seize weapons in West Bank, raid university
[IsraelTimes] 'Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, propaganda' confiscated from Birzeit campus; 15 Paleostinians tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in overnight operations

Israeli soldiers raided a West Bank university overnight Sunday, seizing materials linked to local terror cells as well as "Hamas propaganda," the IDF said.

Birzeit University was one of the targets in a series of raids carried out across the West Bank overnight, an army front man said. During the operations, soldiers arrested 15 terror suspects, seized weapons stockpiles and made preparations to destroy the home of a Paleostinian man who attacked soldiers earlier this week.

The army said the raid on Birzeit, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah, was directed at terror cells believed to be operating from the campus.

"Security forces seized materials including propaganda for Hamas belonging to the illegal association 'Kotla,' known for its links to the Hamas terror organization," an IDF statement read.

"Incitement is a major factor fueling the recent terror. Localized cells affiliated with large organizations, including Hamas, promote and encourage terror and acts of violence against Israeli civilians and security forces," the statement added.

The army has stepped up its routine nightly raids in West Bank towns and villages as a wave of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks continues across the country, with over 25 Israelis having been killed in such attacks since October. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed incitement by Paleostinian leaders for the ongoing violence.

Birzeit, considered the best university in the West Bank, has long been a center of political activism. In April of last year, Hamas beat out political rival Fatah in the Birzeit student council election, marking a dramatic turn in the school's political alliances.

Twelve of the detainees picked up overnight are suspected of direct involvement in recent attacks on civilians and security forces, with one belonging to Hamas, the army said.

During an arrest in the West Bank village of Kfar Irtah, soldiers seized weapons and ammunition stockpiles suspected of being held for use in future attacks.

Soldiers also mapped out the house of Paleostinian man who tried to stab IDF soldiers Saturday morning near the West Bank settlement of Beka'ot, east of Nablus.

Twenty-three-year old Mahmad Akab Mahmad from Kfar Jadida near Jenin was one of two assailants rubbed out in the incident. No Israelis were maimed.
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Obama's chance to emulate Carter - Iranians grab 10 US Navy sailors and 2 small boats

Iran detains 10 US sailors after vessels stopped in the Gulf

Iran has detained 10 US sailors after their vessels were stopped in the Gulf, a US official told the BBC.
"We lost contact with two small US naval craft en route from Kuwait to Bahrain," the official said.
He said that the Iranians informed the US that the sailors were safe and "will promptly be allowed to continue their journey".
The incident happened near Farsi Island after one of the ships encountered mechanical problems.
After the incident, US Secretary of State John Kerry immediately called Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to begin negotiations.
An unnamed official told the Associated Press that Mr Kerry "personally engaged with Zarif on this issue to try to get to this outcome".

Mr Kerry and Mr Zarif developed a personal relationship throughout three years of negotiating a nuclear deal.
Iran's semi-official news agency FARS reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard detained the nine men and one woman, and that they had been "trespassing" in Iranian waters.
It is not clear when the sailors will be released.
In December, Iran's navy conducted rocket tests near US warships and other commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.
The tests were "highly provocative", a US military commander said at the time.
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#1  something wicked this way comes isbu 2 1
Posted by: Goober Flusock7526 || 01/12/2016 18:49 Comments || Top||

#2  So are Baraq's speech writers scrambling right now to include something about this incident in his State of the Union Address tonight?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/12/2016 18:54 Comments || Top||

#3  "Gonna need more empty chairs."

Suppose the sods are feeling a bit peaked?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/12/2016 19:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Weakness begets crisis.
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 01/12/2016 19:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Ebbang,
No, even the teleprompters can't be briefed that quickly...better to blame it on a youtube video.
Posted by: Capsu 78 || 01/12/2016 19:19 Comments || Top||

#6  I dunno. I wan't gonna watch his speech but now I might.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/12/2016 19:33 Comments || Top||

#7  I feel very badly for the sailors.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/12/2016 19:34 Comments || Top||

#8  My thoughts return to Cambodia and North Korea. And then I think about all the scandals and changes of command to impact the Navy over the last couple of years and I am left to conclude, "par for the course."
Posted by: Gerthudion White4991 || 01/12/2016 19:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Year 2016 starts off wid a bang in ME and Asia-Pacific for mighty "red line" Imposer-not-a-Defender POTUS Obama.

Won't take much to devol from setting up US-led Anti-US OWG-NWO to de facto Superpower = Co-Superpower-vs-Co-Superpower(s) MilPol confrontation + mil conflict.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/12/2016 19:46 Comments || Top||

#10  I feel very badly for the sailors.

Agreed. If the crazed Medes and Persians keep them, hostage status and show trials would not be far behind.
Posted by: JHH || 01/12/2016 19:52 Comments || Top||

#11  I wish I could say that this action proves that Iranians are crazy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 21:44 Comments || Top||

#12  Both the Pentagon and WH claim they expect the USN Sailors to be released soon.

OTOH the WH says that this incident will likely not be brought up during the Bammer's upcoming final SOTU address.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/12/2016 22:58 Comments || Top||

#13  I remember how urgently the Iranians got the hostages off the ground, and into the air - home-bound - a few hours (minutes???) before President Reagan took the oath of office in January 1981. Quite a contrast!!!

Would the Iranians pull this kind of crap under a President Trump????
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 01/12/2016 23:17 Comments || Top||

12 children dead after Russia strike hits Syria school
[Al Ahram] At least 12 children and three adults were killed in a Russian air strike that hit a school in Syria's Aleppo province on Monday, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the three adults included a teacher, and that the strike in the town of Anjara also injured at least 20 people, all of them children and teachers.

The monitor said there had been heavy air strikes and festivities between government and rebel forces since Sunday in the northern province, which is controlled by a mixture of moderate and Salafist tough guys.

Photos distributed by media activists in Aleppo province showed a classroom full of rubble with the wooden tops of desks blown off their metal frames.

The Britannia-based Observatory also reported that three children were killed by rebel rocket fire on a government-held district in Aleppo city.

Control of the city has been divided between government forces in the west and rebel fighters in the east since shortly after fighting began there in mid-2012.
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#1  Regards from Beslan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 2:07 Comments || Top||

Aid Convoy Enters Besieged, Starving Syrian Town
[NRTTV] Aid convoys entered the besieged Syrian town on Monday (Jan. 11) where thousands are trapped and the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
says people are reported to have died of starvation.

Dozens of trucks bearing the Red Islamic Thingy logo and carrying food and medical supplies left Damascus for Madaya near the Lebanese border as part of an agreement between warring sides.

Video shot by Rooters showed the trucks at Tukiyah, 12 kilometers away from Madaya, and then followed the trucks as they entered the city.

Another convoy was en route to two Shi'ite villages, al Foua and Kefraya in the northwestern province of Idlib 300 km (200 miles) away, the Red Thingy said on its Syria Twitter account. Under the agreement, aid was to enter Madaya and the two villages simultaneously.

Madaya is besieged by pro-Syrian government forces, while the two villages in Idlib province are encircled by rebels fighting the Syrian government.

The blockade of Madaya has become a focal issue for Syrian opposition leaders, who told a U.N. envoy last week they would not take part in talks with the government, slated for later this month, until it and other sieges are lifted.

The United Nations said on Thursday (Jan. 7) the Syrian government had agreed to allow access to Madaya, where U.N. officials say there have been credible reports of people dying of starvation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, puts the toll at 10, while opposition activists say it is in the dozens. Rooters could not independently confirm the reports.

One opposition activist has said people were eating leaves and plants.

The Madaya blockade began six months ago when the Syrian army and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, started a campaign to reestablish Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
's control over areas along the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  UN's sacred mission---prolonging wars.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 2:46 Comments || Top||

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KRG Blocked IS Website And Radio
[NRTTV] In a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the KRG has reportedly interrupted an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) propaganda website and the radio station. According to the statement, the network was cut off so the IS could not expand outreach within Kurdistan. The decision to restrict the media services was done by the KRG.

In order to avoid the violent rhetoric of IS in Kurdistan, the Ministry decided to cut off any vague networks that could be related to the holy warrior group.

Mawlood Bawamurad, Minister of Transportation and Communications said, "the decision from the KRG to cut off the website and radio of IS in order to avoid their message from entering of Kurdistan."

The KRG also instructed three ministries, including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture and Youth, and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, to avoid having IS websites and radios entering in Kurdistan. The stations are likely based in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a city seen as the IS headquarters in Iraq.

The Minister of Transportation and Communication added, "we have cut all networks that IS could benefit from in the area, which are not far from Kurdistan, especially Erbil and Duhok cities."

The action is seen as an effort to limit influence in the Kurdistan Region, as IS has used social media and traditional media to spread propaganda.
Posted by: Fred || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Funny how the Kurds can do it and we can't.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/12/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

Western coalition bombs ISIS cash storage facility in Iraq
No more checks in the checkbook for you, ISIS
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – The U.S.-led coalition bombed a cash storage facility for the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadi group in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, a U.S. defense official confirmed on Monday.

The airstrike, in which some 900-kilogram of bombs were used, hit the facility, destroying millions of dollars worth of cash, the official said.

“We estimate in the millions of dollars… from all their illicit stuff: oil, looting, extortion,” the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

ISIS is considered the richest terrorist group in the world, with large oil revenues, beside imposing taxes on people in areas under the group’s control and collecting ransoms from families of hostages in order to fund its daily operations across Syria and Iraq.

The radical group’s revenue from oil production used to reach more than $45 million per month. However, the amount has recently decreased due to the intensified airstrikes.

United States and allies have recently stepped up airstrikes on ISIS’s financial resources in the region. The Pentagon said in a statement that the coalition’s strikes have caused “significant damage” to ISIS’s ability to fund itself.

According to local activists, the terror group makes most of its money from taxing, oil sale, kidnapping, ransoms and the sale of antiquities.
CNN adds:
Two 2,000-pound bombs destroyed the site quickly. But the longstanding impact may be even more significant. The officials said the U.S. plans to strike more financial targets like this one to take away ISIS's ability to function as a state-like entity.
Posted by: badanov || 01/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Meh, Flooded It Again Tamil money, Johnson! Stop the press, clean it and get the special ink.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/12/2016 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  ISIS is considered the richest terrorist group in the world

Nuts. "Palestinian People" is the richest, as well as the biggest, terrorist group in the world.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/12/2016 2:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Cash storage facility?

Isn't that called a bank.......or a Clinton Foundation?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/12/2016 7:15 Comments || Top||

#4  First it was oil trucks that had escaped destruction and then petroleum installations that were targeted. Now it is IS banks. Has the Pentagon (or the White House) grown a pair of balls, or is there something else afoot?
Posted by: Gerthudion White4991 || 01/12/2016 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Someone pointed out their lack of balls and now they are covering up.
Posted by: gorb || 01/12/2016 11:02 Comments || Top||

#6  It was a race to beat the Ruskies, before the U.S. was made to seem even less relevant.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/12/2016 11:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Making sure the IOUs signed by Hillary are destroyed...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/12/2016 11:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Apparently they decided not to follow the Muslim Brotherhood's example of winning friends and influencing people.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/12/2016 13:19 Comments || Top||

#9  They should have robbed it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/12/2016 16:20 Comments || Top||

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