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Pakistan Starts ’Last Phase’ of anti-Militants Offensive
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [925 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Feast of Porphyrius of Gaza. Also, happy birdy to Erdy!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/26/2016 9:43 Comments || Top||

-Lurid Crime Tales-
4 dead in Wichita, KS shooting
Video at the link shows the shooter firing an AK in an open field on full auto. He didn't buy it over the counter and he didn't get it in a kit.
[KWCH] Sheriff T. Walton said four people, including the shooter, were killed at the Hesston company Thursday afternoon. Fourteen other people were hurt. Six people are being treated at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita - two critical, four stable. Four people are being treated at Wesley Medical Center - three critical, one in surgery. Four others are being treated at Newton Medical Center.

Walton said the incident started at 5 p.m. at 12th and Meridian at Newton. Two vehicles were shot at, one driver was hit. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. The second driver was not shot. The shooter was shooting from inside a separate vehicle.

Walton said the shooter then traveled down Meridian to Hwy 81, where he shot another person in the leg. At that location, there was a report of a stolen vehicle.

Walton said the shooter took the vehicle and went to Excel Industries. Once he got there, he shot one person in the parking lot and then went inside the building where he shot 15 more people. Four people were killed including the shooter.

Walton said the first officer on the scene, shot and killed the shooter.

"There was particular law enforcement here in Hesston that responded right away. And even though he took fire, he went inside of that place and saved multiple, multple lives. A hero as far as I'm concerned."

Walton said fifteen KBI agents will now do an investigation inside Excel. He said there are a number of crime scenes.

He said the shooter used a long gun, something like an assault rifle - he also had a pistol on him.

"We always talk about, 'it can't happen here, and everybody says, 'it can't happen here.' But it's all those places that it happens at and here we are. It happened here... "This is a fairly peaceful community and to have something like this is tragic."

Excel will remain closed until law enforcement complete their investigation on the crime scene.
The Times of Israel adds:
The gunman was an employee at Excel Industries.

Local media identified the gunman as Cedric Ford, who worked as a painter at the factory and had posted a picture of himself on Facebook with an assault rifle.

Local media said Ford had an extensive criminal record, including a history of prowling, loitering and illegal weapons possession.

Several employees at the plant reportedly told the media they believed that the shooter had emotional and mental problems.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  probably not terrorism

Posted by: lord garth || 02/26/2016 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Name that ethnicity. Cedric was an angry black man.
Posted by: Zebulon Check7490 || 02/26/2016 4:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Local media said Ford had an extensive criminal record, including a history of prowling, loitering and illegal weapons possession.

So much for existing laws on gun control.

There was particular law enforcement here in Hesston that responded right away And even though he took fire, he went inside of that place and saved multiple, multple lives..

Someone actually learned from Columbine.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/26/2016 8:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Fox sez he had a Domestic Restraining Order. Boy that worked well
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2016 10:55 Comments || Top||

#5  I do not have anything to add at the moment: Wichita news: Kock brothers hate schools because they made Brownback attend a Wichita State NCAA game last year, hummvee = tank, everything is an AK-47 unless it is an assault AR-15 shotgun. 48 hour rule.

In fact, I thought I heard a reporter say something to the effect of, "SWAT members are surrounding his house, armed with AK-47s...."

Probably just jitters of a lesser 20s age graduate of not-real-life journalism school schppooning his pants that he may be a 15 minute national wonder, but his damn job is reporting the facts, not who may have used the last of the faculty ketchup from the break room.

Midway Island was to coal ships as Wichita is to Mexico meth/drugs.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2016 11:09 Comments || Top||

Two de-miners wounded in Taliban attack in Zabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two de-miners have sustained injuries in a Taliban attack in southern Zabul province.

The de-miners had gone to the thriving provincial capital Qalat from Shinkay District for buying food and on their way back they came under assault in Katali Manda area on Wednesday evening.

One of the victims told news hounds in the hospital that Taliban opened fire on them when they tried to escape.

"There were two persons, one with PK machinegun and another with Kalashnikov, the one with PK machinegun waved to us in order to stop the vehicle, my friend slowed down the vehicle but I told him not to stop and escape," said the victim. "As we passed through them, they opened fire on us."

"I believe my friend maimed first and then I," he added. "But we continued to drive and reach to a nearby security post where the ANA helped us."

...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?...

Humayoun Khan Gulzar, Police Chief of Shinkay District Katali Manda which belongs to the thriving provincial capital has always been a dangerous place to travel through and government needs to establish a check point there.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

700 militants abandon Jawzjan district with the arrival of Gen. Dostum

General Dostum. I'm thinking of doing my eyebrows like that.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Around 700 anti-government armed Lions of Islam have reportedly abandoned Qosh Tapa district with the arrival of Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum.
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
Gen. Dostum is accompanied by nearly 10,000 members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and is currently in Jawzjan to clear the areas under the Taliban control.

Speaking to local residents, Gen. Dostum said he has not visited Jawzjan to wage war and invited the anti-government armed Lions of Islam to join the grinding of the peace processor.

He said war is not a solution and called on anti-government armed Lions of Islam to join grinding of the peace processor and stop further bloodshed.

...back at the saw mill, Scarface Al had tied Little Nell to the log and was about to turn on the buzz saw...
he warned the anti-government Lions of Islam for pursuing violence, saying the consequences would be unpleasant if they opted to continue insurgency.

According to the local residents, several villages have been cleared of the Lions of Islam since the operations were launched two days ago and the security forces are currently busy to remove Improvised Explosive Device (IED) left by the Lions of Islam on the roadsides.

This is the third time Gen. Dostum is joining the Afghan forces to clear parts of northern provinces from the Lions of Islam presence.

Gen. Dostum first joined the Afghan cops in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier in the month of August last where he survived at least two liquidation plots by the anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations.

Initially his convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in Lions of Islam in Qaisar district in mid August while another plot to assassinate him was thwarted by the security forces and his special security guards few days later.

At least three jacket wallahs were tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district in connection to the attack plot.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "VP Dostum arrived with a convoy of empty shipping containers? Oh SH*T!"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2016 11:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Snark-o-the-day to Frank today!
Posted by: 3dc || 02/26/2016 13:56 Comments || Top||

Seven Taliban killed by own bomb during training in Ghazni
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Seven Talibs have been killed in the kaboom of their own bomb in central Ghazni province.

According the spokesperson of the provincial police headquarters, there was a training session in Hazrat Sahib Madrasa (religious seminary) in Mastofi village of Andar District on Wednesday night.

Ahmad Fahim Amiree told Shamshad TV that a Taliban capo was training his fighters on how to make bombs and detonate them when a bomb accidentally went kaboom!.

He said the blast left seven holy warriors, including the commander, killed and two others maimed.

Amiree identified the Taliban capo as Farouq.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS loyalists among 50 killed in Afghan army operations: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 50 anti-government armed snuffies were killed in joint military operations by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in various parts of the country in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 46 loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were among those killed.

MoD in a statement said at least 26 snuffies were also injured and another suspect was locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
during the same operations.

Providing further information regarding the operations, the statement by MoD further added that 46 snuffies affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group were killed in Achin district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
and 2 snuffies were killed in Gomal district of paktika province.

In a separate operation in Greshk district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, a number of snuffies were killed and five others were maimed, MoD said, adding that a commander of the snuffies was killed along with his fighters in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz and 15 others were maimed.

The statement by MoD also added that 10 snuffies including two commanders of the group were killed and two others were maimed in a separate operation in Posht-e-Rod district of Farah province.

Four snuffies were killed in an operation in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar and another one was injured in Injil district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province, MoD added.

According to MoD, the Afghan cops also seized some weapons, ammunition and explosives during the operations.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

NDS arrest 2 suspects over deadly bakery attack in Paktika province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives have tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
two suspects in connection to a deadly attack in bakery shop in eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said the two suspects were arrested during a special military operation from Yahya Khel district.

NDS in a statement said the two suspects have been identified as Asaluddin and Ghulam Mohammad who had organized the attack on 8th February.

The two suspects have confessed that they placed an bomb inside the bakery shop afer receiving instructions from the Taliban group. NDS added.

At least six people were killed and eleven others were maimed after the bomb exploded inside the bakery shop.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the group’s involvement in the attack which left the only the civilians dead.

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed myrmidon groups are actively operating, including the notorious Haqqani terrorist network which is blamed for numerous deadly attacks in the country.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Egyptian troops kill 9 militants in North Sinai operation: MENA
[AlAhram] Ten other suspects were placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
during raids in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid

Egyptian troops killed nine bandidos Lions of Islam and arrested several other suspects in Rafah on Wednesday, state news agency MENA reported.
The nine bandidos Lions of Islam were killed during a raid of a hideout in the North Sinai border town of Rafah, MENA added.

Ten other suspects were arrested during raids on the towns of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, where most of the recent deadly attacks by bully boy hard boyz have taken place.

Army front man Mohammed Samir published early Thursday a photo of what he said were ammunitions and explosives seized by Egyptian forces during a separate raid in Barth in central Sinai.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2016 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Prominent Sabratha IS member killed in continuing fighting
Continuing clashes in Sabratha today resulted in the death of a prominent Islamic State (IS) activist in the town, a local official has told the Libya Herald.

Abdullah Al-Dabashi, nicknamed “Hafter”, was killed when local activists attacked the house where he was staying. He is said to have been behind the kidnapping last November of the two Serbian diplomats who were killed in last week’s US air raid against IS.

The clashes followed action by armed residents in a number of Sabratha neighbourhoods, notably Zawagha, Alalgha and Khatatba. Together with security forces, they have been combing them in search of people suspected of being linked to IS.

In Khatabata, the homes of the Falah and Thabet families who have been accused of bringing foreign IS fighters to the town were attacked. Mohamed Falah, a colleague of Dabashi, was killed in those clashes. Moaz Thabet, accused of involvement with IS, was caught and arrested but his brother managed to escape

Although the town centre is now free of IS militants after they attacked the police station two days ago and murdered a number of policemen, there were still clashes this evening in Zawagha district.

Reinforcements from Ajilat, Zintan, Rujban and Zuwara have arrived in Sabratha to help in the fight against IS.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Libyan militia claim arrest of ISIS leader
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Libyan militia loyal to the Islamist-backed government in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
says it jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
the leader of the ISIS branch for a western city bombed by US forces last week.

The Special Deterrent Force says in a Facebook post Thursday that it detained the city of Sabratha’s ISIS leader named Mohammed Saad al-Tajouri and killed dozens of ISIS members in a gunbattle. Al-Tajouri was also known as Abu Sulieman.

SDF says he was sent by ISIS leaders in Sirte - a central city controlled by the group - to take charge of Sabratha. The militia says it will release videos of the arrest and al-Tajouri’s purported confessions.

ISIS tried to take over Sabratha on Wednesday by storming the security headquarters and beheading at least 12 of the SDF fighters inside.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Military Says Foils Boko Haram Attack
[ALMANAR.LB] Nigeria's troops have a foiled a planned Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
attack on a camp of displaced people in the northeastern town of Dikwa, previously targeted by the bully boys, the military said.

"From all indications, the holy warriors aimed at causing havoc at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located at Dikwa," army front man Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement late Wednesday.

He said security forces "decisively dealt with the terrorists", killing 26 of the bad boy Lions of Islam and seizing weapons and ammunition.

One soldier and a local vigilante assisting the military in the fight against Boko Haram were killed, he said.

Usman said three soldiers and four IDPs were maimed in the encounter, adding that anti-aircraft guns, assault rifles and explosives were among the weaponry recovered.

"The casualties have since been evacuated while the troops have been pursuing those holy warriors that escaped with gunshot wounds," he said.

Boko Haram, which has increasingly used suicide and kabooms as the military pushes them out of territories it once controlled, has previously hit Dikwa, some 90 kilometers (50 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of the sect.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

6 die, 16 tons seized in hashish bust in Soddyland
Those Saudis do like their vices.
Could have been worse, they could have been smuggling Bibles...
Saudi law enforcers have seized more than 16 tonnes of hashish and 26 million drug pills in four month during counter-narcotic operations that resulted in the death of one police man and five dealers, according to official data.

The interior ministry said 28 policemen and 13 drug smugglers were also injured during clashes between counter-narcotics units and the dealers.

The figures, published by Sabq newspaper, showed 953 smugglers, including 258 Saudis, were arrested during that the four-month period that ended on January 30.

The figures showed police seized 16.1 tonnes of hashish, 401 kg of cocaine, 8.3 kg of heroin, 565 gm of opium, 26.1 million drug pills and other drugs. Police also seized 339 guns, including 36 machine guns during the operations in various parts of the Gulf Kingdom, the largest Arab economy.

The report showed the cops also busted more than SR 26.5 million (Dh26.5 million) in drug money in possession with the smugglers.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:

Saudi nuclear physicist ‘part of Iran spy ring’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] More details have emerged on the ongoing trial of 32 people accused of spying for Iran 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...
, with latest developments being a nuclear physicist allegedly among the accused.

A Saudi defendant on trial at the Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday turned out to be a nuclear physicist, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The spy ring consists of 30 Saudis, an Afghan national who worked as a cook at a rice restaurant and an Iranian who speaks fluent Arabic.

Another Saudi defendant was a senior bank official. But neither his name nor the bank where he worked has been revealed.

On Tuesday, the third day of the court sessions, eight of the defendants stood before the court. They consisted of six Saudis, the Iranian and the Afghan whom the court provided with an interpreter.

The nuclear physicist told the judge that he had worked in China for six years. The Iranian suspect refused a lawyer and said he would defend himself.

The judge, however, advised him to avail of legal counseling provided by the court.

The general attorney, who read out the charges against the defendants, called for capital punishment for 31 defendants with the exception of the Iranian for whom he asked for a harsh and deterrent discretionary punishment.

The judge asked them to prepare their written replies for the next session. The charges also included establishing an espionage cell in favor of Iran, passing classified information to Tehran, traveling to Leb and other areas for meetings with Iranian intelligence elements and plotting to sabotage a number of vital economic and military installations in Saudi Arabia.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Saudi nuclear physicist?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2016 4:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The King Abdullah center in Riyadh has a large building devoted to nuclear activity.
Posted by: Bugs Unaviper5548 || 02/26/2016 9:46 Comments || Top||

40 detained in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar police on Thursday claimed to have apprehended 40 suspects including 11 Afghans and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession during search operations in different areas.

The police carried out door-to-door search operations in Hayatabad and Nasir Bhag areas and arrested the suspects. The police also claimed to have recovered 24 unregistered motorcycles, two pistols, a cache of bullets and drugs from suspects’ possession. Police also claimed to have arrested two alleged smugglers.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

5 suspects arrested, huge cache of ammunition recovered in Karachi
[NATION.PK] Rangers on late Thursday night took 5 alleged suspects into custody and recovered a huge cache of ammunition, during a search operation in Purana Golimar area.

According to Rangers sources, Rangers conducted the search operation on information of criminals in the area. The suspects were taken into custody on the identification of suspects tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
earlier and recovered the weapons hidden in a building.

According to the Rangers, the arrested suspects belong to the Baba Ladla group of Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
gang war. An interrogation of the apprehended suspects was underway.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Kinnison began his slow infiltration of the sewer system...
law enforcement agencies took the member of a political party Rizwan Awan into custody and shifted him to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location during a raid in Khadda market area of Lyari.

Meanwhile police also arrested two criminals during action in Lyari Agra Taj area. Police said ammunition was found from the suspects.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

Rangers arrest 'RAW agents' from Karachi
[NATION.PK] The Rangers’ Wing Commander Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Colonel Shahid has revealed that spies trained by Indian Secret Agency RAW have been jugged
You have the right to remain silent...
, Waqt News reported. "The arrested have accepted to getting training from RAW," he said, adding that the alleged RAW agents went to India through Sri Lanka.

While talking to media outside Sindh High Court, the colonel said companions of the culprits have also admitted to having been trained by the Indian Agency. "The arrested were involved in several kabooms and grenade attacks in Karachi," he said. "They attacked on Lee and Baloch Market and attacked Machis Street by a grenade. Several people have got injured and died due to these attacks. The colonel revealed that the alleged spies were trained in making time bombs in India.

The colonel further said the arrested spies had been involved in attack on Sindh Secretariat where 8 to 10 rockets were fired. "We have remained successful in arresting these culprits with the support of public," he said. "The people have played an important role by calling 1122 and giving information about the terrorists."
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Pakistan Starts ’Last Phase’ of anti-Militants Offensive
[ALMANAR.LB] Pakistain's powerful military chief has ordered his troops to begin the "last phase" of a bloody operation targeting forces of Evil in the restive northwest along the Afghan border, the army said.
The Haqqani Network seems to have come through the experience intact. I wonder why that is.
General Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
gave the order during a visit to forward troops carrying out the offensive in North Wazoo, in which the army says it has killed thousands of forces of Evil since it began in June, 2014.

"General Raheel Sharif directed to commence forthwith the last phase of operation in North Waziristan which aims at clearing the remnants of snuffies from their hideouts in deeply forested ravines, isolate them and indiscriminately sever their links with their abettors anywhere across the country," the army said in a statement late Wednesday.

A later tweet from a military front man said the operation "has begun", though the army offered no further details.

The army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
under US pressure in 2014 in a bid to wipe out bad boy bases in the North Waziristan tribal area and bring an end to the near decade-long insurgency that has cost Pakistain thousands of lives.

The operation was intensified after the Taliban massacred more than 150 people, the majority of them children, at a school in the northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
in December 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [441 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

5 ISIS Bad Guys die in Tikrit
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – The Federal Police Command announced on Thursday the killing of five ISIS elements during armed clashes in Makhoul Mountains north of Tikrit.

The commander of the Federal Police Command, Raed Shaker Jawdat, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the federal police in Makhoul Mountains had launched, today, surprise attacks on the ISIS headquarters in the villages of Massoud in Makhoul Mountains north of Tikrit, resulting in the death of five ISIS elements as well as the destruction of three defensive positions.”

Jawdat also added, “The federal police commandos foiled an ISIS attack in al-Sukariyah west of Baiji, resulting in the destruction of two vehicles equipped with heavy weapons.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS destroys 35 residences in Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A local source in Kirkuk province said Thursday, that ISIS blew up 35 houses for the displaced families who fled from Hawija southwest of the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “ISIS militants blew up 35 houses in the areas of Abbasi, Riyadh, Zab and the outskirts of Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk),” noting that “Those houses belong to displaced families that fled from the [ISIS] oppression.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “One of the [ISIS] leaders gathered the residents and told them that he had dozens of detainees that will execute them in the event of the escape of families from the district towards Kirkuk or Salahuddin provinces.”
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ISIS leaders likely face ISIS drumheads in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday, that the so-called ‘masked terrorist’ arrested dozens of prominent ISIS leaders on charges of treason, while pointed out that the arrest operations were carried out by orders of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The officials said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A terrorist called ‘the masked gunman’ arrested dozens of ISIS senior leaders by orders of the criminal al-Baghdadi on charges of treason,” pointing out that, “The arrested were also made to transfer their families after the arrival of the security forces near Mosul and the intensity of air strikes.”

The statement added, “The arrest operations led to noticeable collapse in the ISIS ranks.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  S'what happens when your eastern front is run by Russian Soviet trained Baathists, as opposed to the western front's Russian Soviet trained Caucasians .
Posted by: Pappy || 02/26/2016 17:59 Comments || Top||

5 ISIS troops die in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – Al-Hashd al-Shaabi leader Jabber al-Maamouri announced on Thursday, that a joint security force killed five ISIS members in an ambush north of Salahuddin.

Mamouri said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A joint combat force, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi fighters killed five ISIS members in an ambush on the agricultural road north of Salahuddin.”

Mamouri added, “The joint security force also destructed two vehicles equipped with heavy weapons.”

ISIS deploys line stiffeners in Salahuddin

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A local source in Salahuddin province said on Thursday, that ISIS used a special force called “the red streaks” after the collapse of the defensive line in the vicinity of Sharqat.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A combat force called the red streaks belonging to al-Asra army that forms the special guards of the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, arrived from Mosul to the vicinity of Sharqat.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The ISIS leadership in Sharqat had employed that force after the collapse of the defensive lines in the past two days as a result of low morale and serious concerns about the approaching security forces and al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia] towards Sharqat.”
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#1  Line stiffeners - interesting way to describe disciplinary troops.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/26/2016 18:10 Comments || Top||

Anbar Antics: 19+ die
Iraqi forces liberate Albu Daeig

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Head of Amiriyah Fallujah Council Shaker Mahmoud al-Eissawy announced on Thursday, that the security force liberated Albu Daeig area in western Amiriyah Fallujah and raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.

Eissawy said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces managed to liberate Albi Daeig area northwest of Amiriyah Fallujah, while raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.”

Eissawy added, “The operation was carried out by the 2nd regiment of the army’s 8th brigade, Amiriyah Fallujah police, emergency police regiments and tribal fighters, backed by the international coalition aviation and the Iraqi Army Aviation.”

19 SIS Bad Guys die in Albu Daeig

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, a source in Anbar Operations Command announced the cleansing of Albu Daeig area in southern Fallujah, while indicated to the killing of 19 ISIS members during the operation.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning the security forces carried out a military operation to cleanse the areas around al-Amiriyah, liberating Albu Daeig area after fierce battles and killing 19 ISIS members.

The source added, “The security forces also destructed four vehicles, in addition to detonating four headquarters and a missile launcher,” pointing out that, “The security forces searched Albu Daeig area and dismantled the improvised explosive devices to secure the area for the ground troops.”

Iraqi forces advance towards Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Anbar Provincial Council announced on Thursday the advance of the security forces and tribal fighters toward the new bridge in Fallujah, while pointed out to the liberation of the road linking between al-Salam center and Amiriyah Fallujah south of Fallujah.

The council member Ragee Barakat said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces and Albu Eissa tribal fighters advanced from Amiriyah Fallujah area toward al-Hassa area,” pointing out that, “These forces are advancing toward the new bridge on Euphrates River in Fallujah.”

Barakat added, “The security forces and tribal fighters managed to liberate the road linking between Amiriyah area and al-Salam police station in northern Amiriyah Fallujah.”
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Casualties reported in Baghdad bombing
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A police source revealed on Thursday, that a number of people were either killed or wounded in a suicide bombing on al-Husseiniyah march in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew up himself inside al-Husseiniyah march in al-Shola area in northern Baghdad,” pointing out that, “The attack either killed or wounded a number of people.”

The source added, “A security force cordoned off the explosion area and barred approaching it, while the ambulances rushed to the area to transfer the wounded to the hospital and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department.”
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At least 12 dead in Suicide Bombings at Baghdad Mosque
[ALMANAR.LB] At least 12 people were killed on Thursday in a double suicide kaboom targeting a mosque frequented by Muslim worshippers in the northwest of the Iraqi capital, police said.

"Two jacket wallahs wearing boom belts blew themselves up in front of the Rasul al-Azam (mosque) in the Shaala district" of Baghdad, a police official said, adding that more than 20 people were maimed in the blasts.
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#1  shia mosque
Posted by: lord garth || 02/26/2016 10:06 Comments || Top||

Rooshun T-90 in Syria disabled with TOW ATGM hit
Russian military journalist said that the Shtora system may have been turned off at the time of the hit. Another commenter said that the crew should have left a 125mm round chambered in the main gun, as the Shtora system will automatically turn the turret and return fire in the direction of the last laser detected once the vehicle has been lased.

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#1  Disabled? At least one of the crew is seen to be exiting, but the slo-mo looks like most of the explosion was outside the turret. But I'm a civilian.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/26/2016 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Guess 'jabbering' is an effective targeting technique.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/26/2016 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Note the differing sky conditions in the two scenes- clear, perhaps a little hazy, high sun for the footage of the tank, and scattered clouds with a thick cloud in the background, low sun, for the missile launcher.
Posted by: Grunter || 02/26/2016 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Astute comments at #3, and some possibly interesting light and weather optical sensor details.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2016 9:48 Comments || Top||

#5  The static overpressure and the resulting burst eardrums can be very painful.

Looking at the crewman exiting the T-90, he's holding his ears. his exit having more to do with pain than damage to the tank
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/26/2016 9:48 Comments || Top||

#6  couple of comments-
1.) looks like a tow 2A was used (direct attack). It is interesting that they are not getting the 2B. A top attack would be interesting.
2.) If the missile made it (can't tell from image) the hit did not necessarily cause a brew up. The fact that the gunner was able to bail out makes me think that there was a hit, but not not through the ammo rack. Lucky him.
3.)It is not unheard of for tanks to be placed in static defense positions and manned only by a gunner (T-90 has an auto-loader). This is common practice in MME. Would explain lack of other crew bailing out.
4.) I am aware of penetrating hits on armored vehicles that caused only minor damage. Without more information, i am wildly speculating that this track will most likely be back in service soon.
Posted by: Nguard || 02/26/2016 9:55 Comments || Top||

#7  The tank wasn't killed. The missile hit and detonated the reactive armor and the crewman failed a morale check and bailed out.
Posted by: Fester Thrimble9033 || 02/26/2016 10:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Can anybody tell which way the turret is pointing. On my screen, it looks like to my right and somewaht to the rear.
If true, that would mean the threat was that way and the guys setting this up didn't think somebody would be in their rear with a heavy anti tank weapon. 'cause that tank's ass was wide open.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/26/2016 10:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Back and to the left

oh, wait. That was JFK
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2016 11:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Turrent is pointing the wrong direction.
Posted by: Jiggs Wheger7136 || 02/26/2016 12:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Good hit on the turret, but I doubt it penetrated far. If it did, it was too high up to hit something vital.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/26/2016 13:32 Comments || Top||

#12  Got to watch the video without sound. Too much akbar-ing going on.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/26/2016 17:01 Comments || Top||

#13  When going home from work with a headache is a good day.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2016 18:41 Comments || Top||

#14  Wow. A direct hit. And survivors. Russia has been busy building armor solutions.

Obama needs to step up in RDT&E.
Posted by: rammer || 02/26/2016 22:20 Comments || Top||

Syrian Jihadis claim several Russian officers Tango Uniform via car bomb
[Jerusalem Post] Dozens of Russian Generals at a military base near the eastern Syrian city of Latakia were killed Sunday afternoon in a deadly car bomb attack committed by two opposition factions, Ahrar al-Sham and Bayan movement, Syrian opposition groups reported on Wednesday.

According to the media office of Ahrar al-Sham, the two factions, in coordination with local jihadists who were located at the Russian military base, decided to bomb the car after they observed a gathering of senior Russian generals at the military base.

Ahrar al-Sham claims that dozens of Russian generals were killed and injured in the explosion. According to the movement, the announcement of the terror attack was delayed until Wednesday to ensure that the jihadists who committed the attack returned safely to opposition territories.
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#1  Other open-source indicates a Russian general and his staff were been killed in an attack. No official confirmation.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/26/2016 18:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Iff true it won't end well for the Hard Boyz .

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/26/2016 23:18 Comments || Top||

Islamic State militants take over Syrian military base
I got twenny bux that sez the troops ISIS used to take Khanasser came from Iraq. Anybody want part of that action?
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of a key military base for the Syrian army in the northern Aleppo province on Thursday.

Subsequent to clashes with the Syrian regime’s army troops in the southern countryside of Aleppo, ISIS militants have reportedly captured the Air Defense (Al-Difaa’ Al-Jawi) base near the Khanasser town.

This comes just two days after ISIS fighters took over the strategic Khanasser-Ithrayya road, cutting off a main supply line for the Syrian regime’s troops between Hama and Aleppo.

“The Khnasser Ithrayya route was a main supply line for the regime’s troops fighting in Aleppo. The army relied on this line to receive military reinforcements from Hama to support its forces inside Aleppo,” media activist Abdulrahman Taha told ARA News.

After taking over the road and main towns in its surroundings, ISIS fighters had imposed a siege on the regime’s troops in the Air Defense base. The siege led to sporadic clashes and eventually resulted in the withdrawal of the pro-Assad forces from the base on Thursday evening.

“At least 15 Syrian army soldiers were killed in the clashes, beside the destruction of two tanks at the hands of ISIS fighters,” local media activist Muhannad al-Jassim told ARA News, adding that ISIS militants have seized a large deal of ammunition and heavy weapons after taking over the Air Defense base in southern Aleppo.

In the meantime, the Syrian army confirmed the evacuation of the military base, calling it a “tactical withdrawal”.
Then this happened:
Syrian Army Regains Khanasser, Inflicts Losses upon ISIL Terrorists

[ALMANAR.LB] Al-Manar correspondent reported that the Syrian army regained Moghirat town in north of Khanasser and a number of adjacent hills.

The Syrian army on Thursday took control of the strategic town of Khanasser in Aleppo southeastern countryside, field sources told al-Manar.

The sources said that the control of Khanasser comes following heavy festivities between the Syrian armed forces and Takfiri
...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...
bully boyz of ISIL (so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Iraq and Levant) and Nusra Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant).Khanasser in Aleppo countryside

The Syrian army inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists, the sources said, noting that many of them were killed an injured.

The Syrian army and allies also controlled Shlala village in Aleppo eastern countryside.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian army seized Rasm al-Nafel town, near Khanasser.

Khanasser is considered a bastion for ISIL Takfiris, because the town is the supply line that links Aleppo to its southern countryside.
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ISIS arrests two of its own jihadis before escaping to Turkey
[ARA News] The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group arrested on Thursday two of its own jihadis in Syria’s northern Jarablus city before they cross into Turkey.

A Tunisian man and his Chechen wife, who had joined the ISIS ranks in Syria last year, were captured on the Turkish border while trying to desert the group and flee Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Jarablus, media activist Nassir Taljbini said that the ISIS-led Islamic Police have been observing the movements of the jihadi couple, before arresting them on the Syria-Turkey border on Thursday.

“They were detained while trying to cross into Turkey in a bid to desert the group,” Taljbini reported, quoting an Islamic Police officer.

“The Tunisian jihadi has reportedly married the Chechen woman a few months ago after they met in Raqqa. They were transferred to Jarablus last month in order to serve as guards for an ISIS Emir (prince). There have been suspicions about their movements, but they were eventually arrested before leaving Syria,” the informed source told ARA News.

The jihadi couple has been referred to the Sharia Court for interrogations subsequent to their arrest on Thursday midnight.

The ISIS-led Sharia Court usually orders the beheading of any dissidents on charges of ‘high treason’.
Posted by: badanov || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Terror Networks
US leads 22 strikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 22 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on Thursday.

In Syria, there were seven strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft, the Combined Joint Task Force said.

Near al-Hawl, five of the strikes hit two Islamic State tactical units and destroyed seven Islamic State buildings and a fighting position, it said, while near Albu Kamal, two strikes hit a gas and oil separation plant and a refinery.

In Iraq, 15 strikes were coordinated with the Iraqi government, the statement said.

Nine strikes near Mosul hit two tactical units, an improvised weapons factory, an IED factory, a mortar factory and a car bomb facility. Seven fighting positions were also destroyed.

Other strikes in Iraqi were conducted near al-Qaim, Falluja, Hit, Kisik and other cities, the task force said.
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ISIS threatens Facebook & Twitter CEOs over blocked accounts
[NATION.PK] 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....
has released a disturbing video threatening the creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey. The footage show a series of chilling messages and a photograph of the pair which is subsequently riddled with fake bullet holes.

The Islamist terrorist group made a 25-minute propaganda video entitled, "Flames of The Supporters," in which they said they will retaliate if they are forced off the social network sites.

Facebook and Twitter have been launching a campaign to stop Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and its supporters from using the platforms to spread their propaganda and attract new followers.

The jihadists say they are hitting back and have managed to hack and take control of 10,000 Facebook accounts, 150 Facebook groups and 5,000 Twitter profiles. The terrorist group says it will retaliate if any attempts are made to stop them using the sites.

IS also mocked Twitter and Facebook in its attempts to block accounts they used, adding that they would make 10 new accounts for each one blocked. The video was first published by the Vocativ website, whose analysts found the video on the messaging site Telegram, which is often used by IS jihadists.

There was also a photograph of Zuckerberg and Dorsey, whose faces were covered in mock bullet holes.

A spokesperson for Twitter told the Guardian that the company would not be releasing a response because they receive such threats on a regular basis.

"It just happens all the time," the spokesperson said.

"All the time? With Dorsey’s face?"

"All the time," the spokesperson confirmed.

"Isn’t that a little scary?"

"Welcome to our everyday life."

Twitter announced in February that it had suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting murderous Moslems acts, mainly related to IS bad boys, in the last eight months.

"Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by bully boy groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism," Twitter said in a statement on February 5. "As the nature of the terrorist threat has changes, so has our ongoing work in this area."

In March, IS apparently declared war on Twitter and issued a threat against Dorsey and its employees after the social platform started blocking jihadist accounts
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  It was so much easier when you were simply blocking right-wingers, eh?
Posted by: Pappy || 02/26/2016 11:57 Comments || Top||

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