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Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul
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Afghan air force pounds Taliban, ISIS: 22 die
22 militants have been killed in the newest airstrikes conducted by Afghan Air Force in eastern and southern parts of Afghanistan.

A statement released by the Ministry of Defense states that based on the coordinates provided by the 201st Selab Military Corps in the country’s east, Afghan Air Force targeted positions of Daesh militants in Achin District of Nangarhar province leaving 18 militants killed.

The airstrikes were carried out by helicopters equipped with MD-530 and MI-17.

Meanwhile, Afghan Air Force targeted a vehicle in Gerishk District of southern Helmand Province killing four insurgents.

Defense Ministry statement further states that the vehicle was completely destroyed in the airstrike carried out in Yakhchal area.

Although, the statement does not specify group-ties of the militants killed but Afghan forces are engaged in heavy clashes with Taliban in Gerishk District.
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Taliban leader, 10 others die in Farah
A senior Taliban leader has been killed along with his ten fighters in western Farah province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday.

The Taliban insurgents along with their leader were killed after ambushing a convoy of the Afghan national security forces in Andar Dara district.

Provincial police chief Toryalai Abadyani confirmed the death of the senior Taliban leader along with his ten fighters.

According to Abadyani, the Taliban leader killed during the gun battle has been identified as Mullah Bismillah who was appointed as shadow district governor of Posht Koh district.

He also added that ten Taliban militants were also injured during the gun battle which lasted for almost one hour.

A member of the Afghan police was also injured during the gun battle, Abadyani said, adding that four vehicles of the Taliban militants were damaged.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Farah is among the relatively volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya repels ISIS assault on oil terminal
Libyan guards said Monday they repelled a maritime assault by ISIS on Zueitina oil terminal in the north of the country.

ISIS tried last week to seize export terminals in the so-called "oil crescent" of northern Libya, killing 56 people in two suicide bombings in Zliten and Ras Lanouf, east of Tripoli.

"On Sunday night, the guards intercepted three boats trying to enter the oil port of Zueitina," Ali al-Hassi, spokesman for the guards protecting oil facilities for Libya's recognised government.

"They opened fire and hit one of the boats. The other two made off but returned a short while later to tow the vessel which had been hit," he said.

"We can say it was ISIS because we'd received information that ISIS would try to enter Zueitina by sea," the spokesman told AFP.
For a country that depends on oil revenue to have any standard of living at all, seems like every single side in that country is willing to blow up the oil. Smart...
Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Libya is still a country?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 2:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Libya's recognised (sic) government.

Exactly how does one recognize a Libyan government?

Does it wear a carnation in its buttonhole?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/13/2016 11:15 Comments || Top||

Comment redacted. We don't engage in gratuitous insults of other regular commenters at the Burg. Further violations will lead to banning. Don't do it again.

Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/13/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

#4  No insult intended. Sorry.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/13/2016 13:57 Comments || Top||

Death of madrasa student sparks violence in Brahmanbaria
[Dhaka Tribune] Brahmanbaria town tuned into a battle field after the death of an eighth grade madrasa student early yesterday while undergoing treatment at the sadar hospital.

Deceased Masudur Rahman, 25, son of Elias Miah from Nabinagar area of the district, was a student of Jamia Islamia Yunisia Madrasa in the town. He sustained injuries during festivities with the police and local traders on Monday night.

Hearing the news of his death, students from different madrasas carried out massive vandalism yesterday morning in a planned manner in some parts of the town including the railway station, local branch of a private bank and Music Maestro Alauddin Khan Centre.
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Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  There are other vendors selling cell phones? Try the next vendor.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 01/13/2016 13:48 Comments || Top||

Bosnia Detains Four Suspected Jihadists, Seizes Weapons
[AnNahar] Authorities in Sarajevo said Tuesday that four suspected Bosnian jihadists were in jug following their arrest and the seizure of a cache of weapons along with 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....

One of the four, 22-year-old Senad Kostac, was detained in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
on the road to Syria and handed over to Bosnian authorities, said a prosecutor's statement.

The other three, aged 26, 27 and 55, were tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in Kostac's village of Velika Kladusa in northwestern Bosnia, accused of "trying to join a foreign paramilitary unit".

During a police raid, several hand grenades, landmines, a machine gun, various bullets and a flag of the Islamic State group were seized.

According to local media, the brother of one of the three arrested in Velika Kladusa died in January last year at the Syrian front.

In December, Bosnia arrested 11 suspected jihadists accused of planning to carry out an attack during the holiday season in Sarajevo.

A local court ordered the detention of eight of them for a month, while three others have been released.

Of some 200 Bosnian nationals who joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq in 2012 and 2013, at least 26 have died while about 50 have returned to the Balkan country, authorities say.

Last year, Bosnia hardened its legislation, allowing sentences of up to 20 years in jail for jihadists and their recruiters.

Around 40 percent of Bosnia's 3.8 million people are Muslim, most of whom follow a moderate form of Islam. The rest of the population are mostly Orthodox and Catholic Christians.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Daesh cell arrested in Turkish capital
[AA.TR] Turkish police detained 16 suspected Daesh [Islamic State] snuffies in Ankara province on Tuesday, police sources said.

A Turk and 15 Syrians were preparing a high-profile attack, according to police.

The arrests came as a Syrian jacket wallah linked to Daesh [Islamic State] killed 10 people in an attack on Istanbul's Sultanahmet tourist district.

The Turkish suspect, identified by police as the group's leader, was seized in a cafe in Tunali Hilmi, a busy shopping street in the capital. Other arrests took place in Polatli, Cubuk and Sincan districts.

Police said the group had been reconnoitering public buildings as potential targets.

A court imprisoned the Turkish suspect and ordered the others to be deported.

Ankara was targeted in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's deadliest terror attack in October when two suicide bombers killed 103 people. Last month, police incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
two alleged Daesh [Islamic State] members preparing to carry out a New Year's Eve attack in the capital.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul
[REUTERS] A jacket wallah thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul's historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on 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....
All of those killed in Sultanahmet square, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia - major tourist sites in the center of one of the world's most visited cities - were foreigners, Davutoglu said. A senior Turkish official said nine were German, while Peru's foreign ministry said a Peruvian man also died.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the bomber was believed to have recently entered The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
from Syria but was not on Turkey's watch list of suspected turbans. He said earlier that the bomber had been identified from body parts at the scene and was thought to be a Syrian born in 1988.

Davutoglu said he had spoken by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom...
to offer condolences and vowed Turkey's fight against Islamic State, at home and as part of the U.S.-led coalition, would continue.

"Until we wipe out Daesh [Islamic State], Turkey will continue its fight at home and with coalition forces," he said in comments broadcast live on television, using an Arabic name for Islamic State. He vowed to hunt down and punish those linked to the bomber.

Merkel similarly vowed no respite in the fight against international terrorism, telling a news conference in Berlin: "The gunnies are the enemies of all free people ... of all humanity, be it in Syria, Turkey, La Belle France or Germany."

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist, leftist and Kurdish turbans, who are battling Ankara in southeast Turkey, have all carried out attacks in the past.

Several bodies lay on the ground in the square, also known as the Hippodrome of Constantinople, in the immediate aftermath of the blast. It was not densely packed at the time of the kaboom, according to a police officer working there, but small groups of tourists had been wandering around.

"This incident has once again shown that as a nation we should act as one heart, one body in the fight against terror. Turkey's determined and principled stance in the fight against terrorism will continue to the end," President Tayyip Erdogan told a lunch for Turkish ambassadors in Ankara.
Hurriyet added:
Nabil Fadli, a 28-year-old ISIL holy warrior of Syrian origin who was born in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
in 1988, went kaboom! after blending into a tourist group of 33 German citizens on a visit to the Obelisk of Theodosius in Sultanahmet Square near the Blue Mosque in the morning hours of Jan. 12 when the popular square was relatively less crowded compared to the rest of the day.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [699 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Maybe these tourists should've gone to Poland or Hungary instead.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 2:32 Comments || Top||

One killed, five FWO men injured in attacks by militants
QUETTA: Suspected militants opened fire at a Frontier Works Organization (FWO) vehicle carrying officials on Tuesday, injuring at least five personnel in Balochistan's Turbat area, while a labourer was killed in a separate firing incident at an FWO camp in the same district, officials said.

Levies sources said the FWO personnel were going from Hoshap to Panjgoor area when their vehicle was attacked.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, while the assailants escaped unhurt from the spot.

In another incident, a labourer was killed when militants opened fire at an FWO Camp in Hoshap area of Turbat.

Levies and Frontier Corps officials reached the spot as investigation into the incident went underway.

Balochistan has been experiencing incident violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

The largest province of the country by area is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region.
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Man held for holding polio team hostage
[DAWN] Three members of a polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
team were held hostage when they tried to administer polio drops to the children of a family in Chak 80-A/TDA in Karor Lal Essan on Monday.

Reports said a polio team comprising lady health workers Bushra Latif and Abida Bibi, and Muhammad Akram went to a locality where Pukhtoon families were residing.

The team went to the house of Gulab Khan where his guest Rahim Khan, who came from Afghanistan, was also staying. As team members tried to administer polio drops to the children of Rahim Khan, he fell into a rage and snatched the vaccine box from a lady worker. The accused later held the three members of the polio team hostage.

On being informed by zonal supervisor Muhammad Ajmal, a police team reached the spot, recovered members of the polio team and tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
accused Rahim Khan.

Karor SHO Riaz Ahmad said the accused was arrested and a case was registered against him.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Kashmiri militant's funeral sees protests, clashes
[AA.TR] The Tuesday funeral of a prominent Kashmiri murderous Moslem killed in a shootout with Indian security forces last night has been accompanied by protests and festivities with Indian police.

Thousands turned out for the funeral of Sajad Ahmad Bhat, a murderous Moslem with the 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...
murderous Moslem outfit, who was buried Tuesday in his hometown of Panthachowk in Srinagar.

Mourners shouted pro-independence slogans and clashed with Indian police.

According to locals, police used teargas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.

Bhat was killed Monday night in a shootout with Indian security forces in Srinagar's Zakura area.

"There are thousands of people on the streets; protesters have blocked the roads," Panthachowk resident Mehraj Ahmad Shontoo told Anadolu Agency.

"Police have used teargas and gunfire to disperse the crowds, but the protests remain ongoing," Shontoo said.

Bhat joined the pro-independence Hizbul Mujahideen group in 2007, later joining the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
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ISIS beats shopkeepers over money
ERBIL – The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday flogged dozens of shopkeepers in Mosul city for refusing to deal with Iraqi Dinar, local sources reported. The militants whipped 90 owners of shops and their workers in the al-Toub district in central Mosul.

“Each shop owner and seller were flogged 50 times in front of hundreds of people on Tuesday,” a local media activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

After the rates of the Iraqi Dinar dramatically declined, most of the shopkeepers in Mosul started dealing with the US dollar, which has angered ISIS.

The radical group had imposed a ban on dealing with foreign currencies in territories under its control across Syria and Iraq.

“The group threatened the people of Mosul to be severely punished in case of dealing with US dollar or any other foreign currency. People are forced to deal with the local Dinar despite its deteriorating rates,” the source reported.
Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad

Playing hardball: ISIS burns its fighters alive for losing Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – News reports revealed, that the ISIS organization burned its fighters alive as a punishment for losing control of the city of Ramadi after they fled to the stronghold of the organization in Mosul.

A statement received by IraqiNews.com said, “ISIS fighters were burned alive in the main square in Ramadi in a terrifying message to other criminals who may be forced to defend Mosul of a possible attack.”

The statement added, “The expulsion of ISIS terrorists of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province is a serious setback to their goals of creating a caliphate across Iraq and Syria,” pointing out that, “The liberation of Ramadi is a great success for the Iraqi army.”

5 ISIS Bad Guys die in Anbar

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, Commander of Anbar Operations Command announced, that five elements of the ISIS organization including a sniper were killed in a security operation north of Ramadi in Anbar Province (110 km west of Baghdad).

Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com: “The security forces managed to kill five members of the ISIS organization including a sniper during the cleansing operation of Albu Faraj regions (18 km north of Ramadi), while destroyed a rocket launcher.”

Mahlawi added, “The security forces are working to dismantle the explosive devices and the booby-trapped houses planted in the city.”
Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [526 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  'Not a lot of recidivism in that army ... just sayin'
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 01/13/2016 2:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Yosef Djugashvilli, please come to the white courtesy phone.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 2:26 Comments || Top||

#3  logical problem

if ISIS is pushed out of Ramadi, how do they burn people alive in the main square of Ramadi

do they have a time machine?
Posted by: lord garth || 01/13/2016 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  At night when nobody was looking?

Good point.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 01/13/2016 8:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Was kinda curious about that too LG.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/13/2016 8:43 Comments || Top||

#6  if ISIS is pushed out of Ramadi, how do they burn people alive in the main square of Ramadi

Typo. They meant Mosul, whence they'd fled.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 9:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Saves money on the pension system. Oh, and no virgins for you!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2016 9:45 Comments || Top||

#8  "Join ISIS and you'll burn in hell...or Mosul"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

#9  That's gonna help meeting January's recruitment goals....

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Enver Lover of the Giants1228 || 01/13/2016 12:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Yosef Djugashvilli, please come to the white courtesy phone.

Rather appropriate, considering the western front of Islamic State is led by ex-Saddam (directly or degenerately Soviet Russian-trained) military.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/13/2016 14:59 Comments || Top||

#11  PJMedia has more on the fled Lions burning in Mosul here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 16:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Any chance we could send them Bo Bergdahl?
Posted by: anymouse || 01/13/2016 23:36 Comments || Top||

Baghdad bomb attack wounds 2
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, a source in the Iraqi police said, that two policemen have been injured in a bomb blast that took place in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This afternoon, an explosive device that was planted on the road side in the district of al-Tajy in northern Baghdad has went off while a vehicle for the federal police was passing in the area,” noting that, “The blast resulted in wounding two policemen.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “A security force rushed to the area of the incident, while the injured were transferred to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.”

2 More die in bomb attack in southern Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that 11 people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a bomb exploded in Madain area in southern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding nine others.”

The source added: “Ambulances 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 the security force cordoned off the incident area and prevented approaching it.”

10 ISIS operatives detained in Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday, that a terrorist group belonging to the ISIS was detained in the capital Baghdad.

The officials said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Military Intelligence Directorate had managed to detain a terrorist group, consisting of 10 important terrorists, in the capital Baghdad,” pointing out that, “The group had worked within the so-called Wilayat al-Janoub belonging to the ISIS organization and participated in terrorist operations against the security forces and civilians.”
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25 ISIS troops die in attack in Tikrit
(IraqiNews.com) Salahaddin – On Tuesday, a security source in Salahuddin Province stated, that the security forces were able to repel a massive attack carried out by ISIS west of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad) using eight car bombs driven by suicide bombers.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, the security forces were able to repel a massive attack carried out by ISIS suicide bombers driving eight booby-trapped cars in al-Jzeera area (15 km west of Tikrit), killing 25 elements of the organization.”

The source added: “The security forces compelled ISIS elements to retreat after a fierce battle,” pointing out that, “The security forces fully controlled the situation western the city of Tikrit.”

ISIS hits Tikrit with homemade rockets

(IraqiNews.com) Salahaddin – On Tuesday, a security source in Salahuddin Province announced, that the ISIS organization has attacked the city of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad) using a number of homemade rockets, while pointed out that the attack did not cause any casualties.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The ISIS organization launched a number of homemade rockets toward the city of Tikrit in conjunction with another attack west of the city.”

He added, “The rockets fell in different parts of the city without causing any casualties.”

Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The olde sugar and Potassium Nitrate number. Supply getting a little constricted?
Posted by: Shipman || 01/13/2016 8:45 Comments || Top||

Bomb hits casino in Diyala: 19 die
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – A source in Diyala police announced, that 63 people were either killed or wounded in the suicide bombings in Muqdadiyah District northeast of Baquba.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The final outcome of the double suicide bombings that were carried out on a casino in Muqdadiyah northeast of Baquba reached 19 dead and 44 wounded,” adding that, “The injured are receiving treatment in the hospitals of Diyala Province.”

Noteworthy, head of the Local Council of Muqdadiyah in Diyala Province announced yesterday, that 17 people were either killed or wounded in two suicide bombings in the center of the district northeast of Baquba (55 km northeast of Baghdad.)

Iraqi spook dies in suicide bomb attack in Baquba

(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Tuesday, Diyala Police Command announced, that the Director of Diyala Intelligence service was wounded and another intelligence officer was killed in a suicide bombing north west of Baquba, while indicated that the suicide bomber detonated his vehicle after the security forces besieged him.

Diyala Police Chief Jassim al-Saaedi said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Diyala police observed a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped vehicle near al-Shat area (30 Km west of Baquba),” pointing out that, “The suicide bomber intended to enter Baquba and detonated the vehicle after the security forces completely besieged him.”

He added, “The explosion wounded the Director of Diyala Intelligence Services, while killed another officer.”

3 wounded in Baquba bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A security source in Diyali province said on Tuesday, that three civilians have been wounded in a bomb blast that took place in a field east of Baqubah.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device that was planted inside a field in the village of Sha’a Ali (45 km east of Baghdad) has went off resulting in the injury of three persons,” pointing out that, “A security source transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment, while opened an investigation into the incident to determine the party that stands behind it.”

Two Iraqi journalists shot dead by militiamen

[DAWN] Gunmen rubbed out two Iraqi journalists on Tuesday in Diyala, a province where Baghdad declared victory a year ago but which is still plagued by chronic violence.

The murders came as a jacket wallah killed four coppers and maimed a top intelligence officer elsewhere in the province, a day after other bombings claimed 20 lives.

"Armed militias assassinated correspondent Saif Tallal and his cameraman Hassan al-Anbaki near Baquba," a Sharqiya news presenter said on the air.

The journalists were killed while returning to Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, from a reporting trip with Staff Lieutenant General Mizher al-Azzawi, the head of security command responsible for the province, the channel said.
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Sunni mosques firebombed in Iraq after IS-claimed blasts
[DAWN] At least seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops in eastern Iraq were Molotov cocktailed on Tuesday, security sources and local officials said, a day after 23 people were killed there in two blasts claimed by 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....
Ten people were also shot and killed in Muqdadiya, 80 km northeast of Baghdad, security and hospital sources said.

At least two Sunni mosques south of Baghdad were attacked last week after a Shia holy man was executed in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, triggering angry reactions in Iraq and neighboring Iran.

At the height of Iraq's civil war nearly a decade ago, such mosque attacks often unleashed Dire Revenge killings and counter attacks across the country.

Officials tried on Tuesday to head off further violence, condemning the mosque attacks as well as Monday's bombings which Islamic State said had targeted Shias.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Popcorn
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 2:27 Comments || Top||

Israel Struggles to Combat Homegrown Islamic State Threat
[USA Today] JALJULIA, Israel -- Israeli authorities are increasing security measures in Arab communities as a growing number of Muslims are signing up to fight for the Islamic State across Israel's northern border with Syria.

The Shin Bet, Israel's security agency, estimates that 50 Israeli Arabs have joined the civil war in Syria or are fighting in Iraq, and more may do so soon. The worry, as in Western countries, is that these fighters with the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, will return home to commit terrorist acts.

"ISIS recruits from Israel were not regarded as a problem a year ago, but the security establishment sees them as a concerning trend," said Boaz Ganor, director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Last year, Israel officially outlawed the Islamic State, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will revoke the citizenship of anyone planning to join the organization.

Ganor said the extremist group challenges Israel's efforts to track and deter potential recruits because its counterterrorism efforts have focused on the West Bank and Gaza rather than the homeland.

Most of the more than 1.5 million Arab citizens of Israel hold Israeli passports that allow them to travel throughout Israel and to countries such as Turkey, where Islamic State recruits have passed through to reach Syria.
Note the slightly modified title line from the Breitbart posting of the USA Today piece.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 07:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [388 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That first paragraph conflates two different issues. Arab Israelis -- both the cotizentry and the politicians, have for a while been asking for better policing and an active program to confiscate illegal guns in their communities. They want the level of safety that Jewish Israeli and mixed Jewish-Arab communities have -- more police, and a good deal less celebratory gunfire and people shooting at each other when they lose their tempers. Despite in actuality generally refusing to betray their "brothers" when witnesses are needed in real life to solve actual crimes. And in fact, after the Tel Aviv cafe shooting, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made this a priority.

Separately, the Salafist organization in Israel split recently. (I'm not sure exactly when, but it's clear in the past it wasn't a problem, or not much of one. Possibly resulting from the rise of ISIS.) The southern part seems interested in quietly living purely, as far as I can tell. But the northern part, based in the Galilee, has been agitating and working toward a) sending believers to ISIS in Syria, and b) preparing for conquering Israel from within. They've been very vocal since last September about protecting the Temple Mount from incursions by those dirty Jews, among other things, and their leader was recently arrested and jailed again, as I recall. We had that report at the time, though I can't find it to link -- sorry.

Finally, while Israel is very concerned about their Muslims going to ISIS and then coming back, it must be noted that 50 out of 1.5 million Arab Israelis is not actually very many, and even if we add those who were arrested while they were preparing to leave, and those who were arrested while plotting attacks at home in the name of ISIS, it still isn't a very high percentage of Israel's Muslim population.

Then too, at least one of those Arab Israelis who snuck off to ISIS in Syria was tortured and killed on the belief that the idiot was a Mossad spy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 10:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Off topic but it's amazing how close Trailing Wife's first paragraph dove-tails with certain African American groups in the USA.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/13/2016 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Not at all 'off topic.'
Posted by: Don Vito Cromotle9106 || 01/13/2016 11:12 Comments || Top||

#4  it's amazing how close Trailing Wife's first paragraph dove-tails with certain African American groups in the USA.

It's an underclass thing. In Britain it's the multi-generation Welfare yobs who behave the same way in all particulars.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 23:15 Comments || Top||

Stabbing thwarted as attacker shot dead by IDF
[IsraelTimes] Assailant tries to stab IDF soldier near Hebron; in separate incident, Paleostinian reportedly rubbed out in clash near Bethlehem

A Paleostinian man tried to stab a soldier near the Beit Anun junction in the Hebron area on Tuesday.

The man rushed an IDF patrol brandishing a knife. The soldiers opened fire, killing the attacker. The soldiers were not hurt, the IDF said.

In a separate incident, Paleostinian media reports that a 21-year-old Paleostinian was rubbed out by IDF forces during festivities in the town of Beit Jala, which lies between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

The man was hit by a bullet in the upper chest, fatally wounding him, Paleostinian sources said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now bulldoze his house.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2016 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Now bulldoze his house.

The Palestinians are voluntarily taxing themselves, as it were, to pay for rebuilding bulldozed properties. It will be interesting to see how long this enthusiasm is maintained -- the bulldozings are going to accelerate as Israeli authorities work their way down the miscreant list. Note that these are West Bank Palestinians, not Israeli Arabs. From yesterday:.

Palestinians raise NIS 250,000 ($63,500) to rebuild terrorist’s home

[IsraelTimes] Muhannad Halabi, 19, murdered two Israelis in Jerusalem in October and wounded a 2-year-old; his house was destroyed by IDF on Friday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 10:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Fine. Bulldoze his block.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2016 11:26 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sure its scary for the IDF members, but perhaps this is a good deal overall we have going on--"Palestinians" get killed and removed from the planet while most IDF members attacked get a superficial wound and go on with their lives.

Maybe we should encourage more of these trades.
Posted by: Crusader || 01/13/2016 11:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Why not? Hillary and Jon do.
Posted by: Angomosh Ghibelline7732 || 01/13/2016 16:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Let them rebuild and then Bulldoze any building on the lot for the next 40 years.
Posted by: Airandee || 01/13/2016 20:55 Comments || Top||

Reports of U.S. sailors' prompt release is speculation - Iran's Revolutionary Guards
[The Star] DUBAI (Reuters) - Ten U.S. sailors detained by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appeared to have entered Iranian waters by mistake and will probably be released, the IRGC's top naval commander said on Wednesday.

Iran detained the sailors aboard two U.S. Navy patrol boats in the Gulf on Tuesday in an incident that rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

"Our investigations show the two U.S. Navy boats entered Iranian territorial waters due to a broken navigation system," IRGC Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guards.

"The final order will be issued soon and they will probably be released," he added.
And why not: Iran has accomplished everything it wanted to do. It jabbed a sharp stick into Obama's eye, knowing that he'll still un-do the sanctions. Well done, Champ, well done...
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 04:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [662 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trump needs to pick this up and run hard with it, exposing Champ and the regime for what they are. See Ralph Peters for additional comment and classic anatomic descriptor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Ever thought it might be a show to increase Baraq's popularity (O delivers "strong message", sailors promptly released), Besoeker?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 5:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Released! And yes g(r)om, the PR aspects will no doubt be exploited. I can almost see the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens clenching his fists:

5 minutes ago
Good Morning America

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps has released 10 U.S. Navy sailors who were being held after their boats are said to have drifted into Iranian waters on a journey from Kuwait to Bahrain Tuesday.

"Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran. There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention,” according to a statement from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Office.

"The Sailors departed Farsi Island at at 8:43 a.m. GMT, aboard the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB) that they had been operating when they lost contact with the U.S. Navy. The Sailors were later transferred ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other Sailors took charge of the RCBs and continued transiting toward Bahrain, the boats' original destination. The Navy will investigate the circumstances that led to the Sailors' presence in Iran," the statement added.

Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for U.S. Fifth Fleet, told ABC News the sailors were recovered aboard Navy cruiser USS Anzio, which was in international waters, just outside Iranian territorial waters. Once on board, they were given an initial medical evaluation and were flown to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. They will receive additional assessments on board before being taken ashore to a facility in the region, although that may not be Bahrain.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, at least these kids are safe.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 8:23 Comments || Top||

#5  A real leader would tell Iran they had 5 hours to release the sailors AND the boats or the two aircraft carriers in the area would start to unleash hell. Followed by the bombers at Diego Garcia. Then by the B-2s back home.

If they still didn't comply, they could expect Ranger battalions and Marine Brigades to be rolled into their enrichment facilities with the orders "Go Nuts".
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2016 11:21 Comments || Top||

#6  The Times of Israel reports Iran claims the US apologized, Biden says no, and Kerry says his diplomatic friendship with the head of the nuclear negotiations swung the deal. That last suggests that he did make some meaningless apology, since his previous "friendship" consisted of being screamed at until he surrendered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 11:23 Comments || Top||

#7  I'll bet the boats didn't really have mechanical difficulties.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2016 11:25 Comments || Top||

#8  Also this, from Ynet:

Iran says seizure of US boats a lesson to 'troublemakers' in Congress

Iran's army chief said on Wednesday the seizure of two US navy boats and their 10 sailors should be a lesson to members the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions on Tehran.

"This incident in the Persian Gulf, which probably will not be the American forces' last mistake in the region, should be a lesson to troublemakers in the US Congress," Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran's armed forces, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 11:25 Comments || Top||

#9  At gorb, #7: I was wondering about that. I don't know these boats at all. I've read that these are twin diesel engined boats. How does it happen that all four engines break down at once?
Posted by: Steve White || 01/13/2016 13:36 Comments || Top||

#10  We must have spec'd some really crappy military hardware, I'm sure.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2016 13:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Run out of fuel?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 01/13/2016 13:50 Comments || Top||

#12  Towing not an option? Air cover? Other vessels in the area? Did the actual release take place a bit later than expected [after the State of the Union.... as opposed to just prior] ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 13:52 Comments || Top||

#13  I'very been wondering if strict ROES forced them to surrender to the Iranians, who may or may not have actually stopped them in Iranian waters.
Posted by: Wheagum the Rasher of Bacon8442 || 01/13/2016 14:00 Comments || Top||

#14  Per this article (HT Instapundit), these boats of Swedish origin are not designed for this climate and overheat regularly.
Posted by: Dar || 01/13/2016 14:50 Comments || Top||

#15  Hate to say this but I got to wonder about the crew -- they surrendered like a bunch of British swabbies, read their hostage video scripts w/out complaint and posed for pics in their disgrace, with nary a Hawaiian good luck hand gesture.
Posted by: regular joe || 01/13/2016 15:33 Comments || Top||

#16  Easy on the lads RJ. If I were a betting man I'd wager they were under very strict orders. When overtaken, it appears the gun mounts were empty as well. The report of failing communications is highly, highly suspect. Not to mention the incident's proximity to the State of the Union Address.

Had the release taken place just prior to the State of the Union, I cannot believe it would have gone unmentioned.

Please go ahead and call me cynical.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 15:40 Comments || Top||

#17  Correction to the above. Not ALL of the gun mounts were empty.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 15:48 Comments || Top||

#18  I remember back when we were a legitimate superpower.
Posted by: Crusader || 01/13/2016 15:50 Comments || Top||

#19  Kerry on the news, the giveaway (rooghly paraphrasing yesterday's statement):

"Just think where we'd be (USN crew seizure) if we didn't have the Iran Deal negotiations as a communication vehicle."

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 18:34 Comments || Top||

#20  May had missed it, but a CNN Segment this sunny Guam AM repor that the 10 USN have been formally released, but AFAIK has not mentioned anything about their two boats also being returned.

Personally, I'm more inclined to believe that this was a covert, PCorrect-Deniable Diplomatic exchange between two Nations overtly hostile to one another but in need of rapprochment agz a common threat or as per a common agenda.

Posted by: Josephmendiola || 01/13/2016 19:55 Comments || Top||

#21  Do the outfits they are wearing qualify as uniforms under Geneva conventions?
Posted by: KBK || 01/13/2016 21:10 Comments || Top||

#22  You nailed it Joe.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 21:11 Comments || Top||

#23  How can you defend yourself when you have to worry about being prosecuted at home?
Posted by: chris || 01/13/2016 23:42 Comments || Top||

Britain intensifies Syria strikes, uses Brimstone missiles
[Rudaw] The United Kingdom has increased its air strikes into Syria in recent days by firing advanced Brimstone missiles at 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) targets.

Downing Street has said that four Brimstone missiles were used on two missions in Syria on Sunday. One reportedly targeted an ISIS vehicle in the group's Raqqa stronghold and the other three were used in an attack on the ISIS-occupied Omar oil field.

These two missions were followed by three other strikes which did not use these advanced missiles but used Paveway bombs against ISIS cranes which had been brought into the Omar field to try and repair damages caused by prior air strikes.

The Prime Minister's office did not reveal if the latest strikes were believed to have resulted in any casualties.

"These [strikes] will all have been focused on either targeting Daesh [Islamic State]'s [ISIS] resuorces or targeting Daesh [Islamic State] snuffies who are seeking to destabilize Iraq, Syria and threatening other countries, said the British Prime Minster's spokeswoman.

Launched from Panavia Tornado jets the Brimstone are radar-guided missiles which can track moving targets with stunning precision, speed and efficiency. To date British air strikes into Syria have mostly focused on hitting ISIS's oil-related infrastructure in a bid to cripple that group.

These strikes come about a fortnight after Britannia's impact in the air campaign was questioned last month. After much debate in parliament it was revealed that Britannia had launched on a handful of strikes of questionable tactical importance into Syria. Which led some to wonder whether it was necessary for Britannia to be operating in Syria.

Britannia has been bombing ISIS forces in Iraq since late 2014. Last month it gave air support to the Iraqi military when it retook Ramadi from ISIS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I know of places where such missiles could be used to much greater effect.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Hellfire and Brimstone. Gotta love the names!
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2016 3:24 Comments || Top||

#3  I feel positively deprived. Americans have hellfire, Brits have brimstone. And all we have is a cartoon character and a gurl.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 6:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, but Popeye is special
Posted by: Shipman || 01/13/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

34 ISIS troops die while concerned over Obama's legacy
Just kidding -- US warbirds hit ISIS troops in Aleppo.
KOBANE – At least 34 militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed on Tuesday in renewed airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, officials said.

The western-backed alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed in a statement the death of 34 ISIS jihadis in Tuesday’s strikes.

“The coalition’s fighter jets bombed ISIS fighting positions near Manbij city in the northern countryside of Aleppo,” the SDF said.

“Our (SDF) units stormed ISIS headquarters in the bombed area east of Manbij and sized heavy weapons from the group. 34 corpses of the terrorists were found in the area, while the rest withdrew towards Manbij city,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.

The source added that the airstrikes also destroyed four ISIS vehicles and several machine guns.
Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS recruits former Syrian soldiers
HASAKAH – Dozens of Syrian soldiers who have recently deserted pro-Assad troops have joined the ranks of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, activists reported.

The ISIS military leadership in Deir ez-Zor released a list that included names of former pro-Assad soldiers who defected to join “their jihadi brothers” in the fight against “enemies of Allah”.

“They are currently receiving a Sharia training in Deir ez-Zor after deserting the Nusairi army,” a statement by ISIS leadership in Deir ez-Zor said, using another acronym for the mostly Alawite pro-Assad army.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, medi activist Fahed Abdullah reported that more than 50 soldiers have recently deserted the Syrian army in the eastern province.

“ISIS militants have arrested those soldiers before they join any rebel groups. They were obliged to join a Sharia training in the ISIS camp in Deir ez-Zor suburb,” Abdullah reported.

“The militant group has released their names to the public in order to put them in danger of prosecution by the Assad regime if they try to leave the province.”

“After 40 days of training in the Sharia camp, some of the soldiers will be sent to the fighting fronts and others will be used in suicide attacks,” Abdullah said, quoting an ISIS official in Deir ez-Zor.
Posted by: badanov || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Syria army retakes key militant bastion in Latakia
[Iran Press TV] The Syrian army, backed by volunteer forces, has managed to capture full control of the strategic town of Salma in the northwestern province of Latakia, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?

The armed forces and allies on Tuesday also managed to seize hilltops surrounding the town, which was controlled by foreign-backed bully boys.

The channel added that Syrian government forces are now defusing the mines and bombs "left behind by terrorist groups in the buildings, streets, and squares of the town."

Salma had served as the main stronghold for bully boy groups in Latakia, which is largely under the control of government forces.

...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Death Eaters in Latakia, including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, are largely stationed in the northern and northeastern areas of Jabal Akrad and Jabal Turkman.

Over the past several months, Syrian forces have been engaged in fierce fights to recapture those areas with the support of fighters of Leb resistance movement Hezbollah and Russian air raids.

Russia began its Arclight airstrikes against Daesh [Islamic State] Takfiris and other Death Eaters in Syria on September 30, 2015 at the request of the Damascus government.

Earlier on Tuesday, Syria's official news agency SANA reported that armed forces retook the Tartayah village as well as a number of hilltops and areas in Latakia.

The agency added that an army unit and allies established control over Jarjiseh town and the area north of al-Rastan Lake in the southern countryside of Hama Province.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Ok. Now start growing tobacco again.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2016 2:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Volunteer forces?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 01/13/2016 13:40 Comments || Top||

Two US Navy Boats Held By Iran But Will Be Returned
Iran is holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small Navy boats after the boats had mechanical problems and drifted into Iranian waters, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that they will be returned safely and promptly.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them. U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the Persian Gulf. They said that some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused them to run aground and they were picked up by Iran. The sailors were in Iranian custody on Farsi Island at least for some time, but it's not certain where they are now.

The semi-official Iranian news agency, FARS, said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's navy has detained 10 foreign forces, believed to be Americans, and said the sailors were trespassing in Iranian waters. FARS also reported that one of the 10 sailors was a woman.

"We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly," Cook said.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Don't they have tow lines?

Also, did I hear correctly that there is some important finalization date of the Iran deal in a couple of days?
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2016 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  2004 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel

2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel

The Iranians are exploratory aggressors.

They tested the coalition in Iraq and concluded that asymmetrical war was a safe option.

Their conclusion was correct. Iran prevailed in Iraq. The Bush administration was discredited, which led to the election of Obama who in turn enabled Iran's nuclear triumph.

What are they preparing this time? Is it the official nuclear breakout?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/13/2016 1:23 Comments || Top||

#3  "We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly," Cook said.

Ummmmm...yeah. About that:



Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/13/2016 5:09 Comments || Top||

#4  If there was ever a time for pissy to get pissy, this it it.

Yeah, I know. But I keep hoping he'll change.
Posted by: Ebbomorong Ghibelline8855 || 01/13/2016 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Does a day before President Trump's inauguration count as "promptly" ?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/13/2016 16:40 Comments || Top||

#6  I cannot believe that riverine boats cannot handle 72F to 80F water in the area. However, bad or dirty fuel can kill an engine quickly.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/13/2016 16:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Perhaps they were busy burying a terrorist at sea.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2016 18:30 Comments || Top||

#8  De latest from IRAN ...



US + French CV's.


Ditto as per potenial or possible "war warnings" from VARIOUS PERTS on US + Japanese countermoves agz China in both the SCS [PH to offer US use of 8 ea. PH Milbases-Camps in wake of PH Supreme Curt ruling in support of US-PH EDCA], + ECS [Japan decision to use JMSDF Military assets to warn off Armed Chinese CGS, Warships from territorial waters around disputed Senkakus/Diaoyus].


* WORLD NEWS > [Telegraph.UK] JAPAN ACCUSES CHINA OF SENDING DISGUISED ARMED WARSHIPS INTO ITS WATERS [Senkakus], i.e. Heavier-Armed-than-Usual China CG vessels on two separate occasions.

OOOOOOO, well lets just get the ISIS + AL-Nusra, etal. ME Hard Boyz involved in the SCS - YOU KNOW THEY WANT TO!?



The USoAmerika is on "the Path" towards subornment under Anti-Sovereign OWG + National-Global Socialism, BUT ISN'T QUITE THERE YET.


Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/13/2016 23:47 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Coalition air strikes destroy ISIS money, weapons and tunnels in Iraq and Syria
[Rudaw] A wave of coalition air strikes 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....
(ISIS) in Iraq and Syria in the last two days have destroyed millions of dollars in cash and a number of weapons and ammunition depots.

"At least 26 Arclight airstrikes were carried out in the last 24 hours in both Iraq and Syria by the international coalition to fight the Islamic State," the US department of defense said in a blurb Monday.

Two 900 kg bombs on a cash storage in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
destroyed millions of dollars ISIS had gained from oil smuggles and other illegal trade, the US military said.

In Syria, the air strikes targeted and destroyed a number of underground tunnels and vehicles in Raqqah, Mara, Ayn Isa,and Dayr Az Zawr.

In Iraq coalition aircraft supported the Iraqi forces in attacking ISIS ammunition depots in Haditha,Hit, Kiski, Qayyarah and Ramadi.

Monday's strikes are believed to be the biggest bombing of ISIS warehouses and facilities in Iraq and Syria in weeks.
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