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Taliban says will not take part in Afghan peace talks
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [960 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trump's voice mail has been hacked.

"The messages appear to show that Trump had a surprisingly cosy relationship with the more left-leaning section of the media than one might imagine."
Posted by: Iblis || 03/05/2016 17:56 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban says will not take part in Afghan peace talks
[Rooters] The Taliban said on Saturday it would not take part in peace talks brokered by a four-way group including representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States.

The Taliban, ousted from power in a U.S.-led military intervention in 2001, has been waging a violent insurgency to try to topple the Western-backed Afghan government and reestablish a fundamentalist Islamic regime.

Following a meeting of the so-called Quadrilateral Coordination Group made up of representatives of the four countries in Kabul in February, officials said they expected direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to begin in early March.

But the Taliban, which calls itself the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, publicly denied they would be participating in any upcoming talks in Islamabad.

With the American troops remaining in the country conducting air strikes and special operations raids in support of the Kabul government, the Taliban would not participate in talks, the group said in a statement.

"We reject all such rumors and unequivocally state that the leader of Islamic Emirate has not authorized anyone to participate in this meeting," the statement said. "(Islamic Emirate) once again reiterates that unless the occupation of Afghanistan is ended, black lists eliminated and innocent prisoners freed, such futile misleading negotiations will not bear any results."

Direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban have been on hold since last year's announcement of the death of the movement's founder and long-time leader Mullah Mohammed Omar some two years earlier.

New leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has laid down preconditions for taking part in any talks as he struggles to overcome factional infighting, with some breakaway groups opposing any negotiations whatsoever.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2016 09:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [533 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mafia refuses to discuss surrender with the keystone cops. Is anybody surprised?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 03/05/2016 13:32 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
KDF jets pound Shaboob base in Gedo
Kenyan fighter jets have on Friday bombed a position controlled by Al-Shabaab militants in neighbouring Somalia, reports said.

A resident told Radio Shabelle by phone that the KDF warplanes had targeted a big camp in Sidamo village, 50Km west of Bardere town in Gedo region. The Kenyan military airstrike inflicted heavy losses on the civilians, and destroyed livestock and wells in the rural area with the Al-Shabaab presence.

“The Kenyan warplanes fired five missiles on the area run by Al shabaab. Large number of livestock killed in the air-raid,” said a resident, speaking to Radio Shabelle via telephone.

Kenya regularly carries out airstrikes in the regions of southern Somali border regions.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Shabelle? Shaboob base in Gedo? Sounds like dialog from a bad Star Wars movie ripoff.
Posted by: Thriger Sinatra4642 || 03/05/2016 17:47 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Police officer killed in Egypt's Shubra Al-Kheima
[AlAhram] The incident took place as police were targeting suspects believed to be involved in the killing of four coppers earlier this week

A senior police officer was killed early on Thursday during a firefight with suspected criminals in the Shubra Al-Kheima neighborhood north of Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry said in a statement.

The incident erupted as police were targeting two suspects believed to be involved in an attack on a police force that killed four coppers earlier this week in Qalyoubiya's Khanka district, state news agency MENA said.

Two coppers, a captain and a sergeant, were maimed during the exchange of fire, the ministry added.

A security source said police have identified two suspects in Thursday's killing--both runaways who had previously been sentenced to death and life in prison in absentia. Two other suspects were also nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
on Thursday.

On Sunday, assailants opened fire on a police vehicle carrying four coppers during a raid to arrest outlaws in the area, officials said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 01:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:


Abdurrahman Sewehli’s Tripoli home rocketed
The Tripoli home of maverick Misratan politician Abdurrahman Sewehli was hit by a rocket today in a likely response from those who deplore his support for the Government of National Accord.

A visibily angry Sewehli called a press conference to condemn the rocketing as the work of terrorists. UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler said that the assault was an unacceptable act that could not be tolerated. He added that the attack on Sewehli was an attack on all supporters of the Libyan Political Accord.

At around noon, the RPG slammed into Sewehli’s house in the Ben Ashour district near the Swiss embassy. It caused no casualties and the assailants were not identified.

Sewehli, a member of both the House of Representatives and of the rump of the GNC, has recently been deeply critical of GNC president Abu Shamain. Last December, he accused the GNC leader of hypocrisy, narrow self-interest and political insanity in obstructing the Libyan Dialogue.

The GNC-appointed Tripoli administration of Khalifa Ghwell has warned that those backing the GNA would “face the consequences”.
Posted by: badanov || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Military Shuts Cattle Market 'financing' Boko Haram
[NEWSMAX] Nigeria's military has closed one of Africa's biggest cattle markets, charging sales of stolen animals is helping finance 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...
's Islamic insurgency, according to angry residents who say thousands of people have lost jobs, beef is no longer available and animals are dying in a sealed abattoir.

The three-week-old closure of the market in Maiduguri, the main city in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, is piling on tensions and economic strain in a city overrun by war refugees, and is increasing animosity toward the military, according to people interviewed by the AP.

Some 20,000 cattle and goats locked into the main abattoir are dying from lack of water and food, according to Abubakar Abba of the Livestock Traders' Union.

The closure is affecting markets as far away as Lagos, the commercial capital more than 1,500 kilometers (940 miles) southwest of Maiduguri, where cattle prices are rising daily, said Umar Adamu, chairman of the United Butchers' Association.

Maiduguri's was the last major cattle market operating in the region, where the insurgency has closed at least eight others, said Musa Abdullah of the Cattle Traders' Union. Traders came from southern Nigeria as well as West and Central African nations.

"This clampdown has affected thousands of truck drivers, loaders, butchers, even water sellers ... the consequences will be devastating," Abdullah warned, saying his organization has 12,000 members and the butchers' more than 200,000.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  Sell me your cow - I can give you these three magic beans....
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/05/2016 0:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Profits of capitalism or protection money?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 03/05/2016 14:33 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Drone kills four suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen
A drone strike killed four suspected al Qaeda militants in a car in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa on Friday, local officials and residents said.

The car burst into flames and plumes of black smoke were billowing above the main road where the drone struck, they said.

Al-Qaeda propaganda brochures were scattered over the ground by the road, local officials said.

During nine months of civil war and military intervention by a Saudi-led Gulf Arab coalition last March, the United States has kept up drone strikes against extremist groups in Yemen.

With near-daily air strikes, Gulf Arabs and the U.S. are trying to rout the Iran-backed Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who now control areas close to the presidential palace, and restore the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

In the chaos around the Houthis push south, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an affiliate of the global Sunni Muslim militant organization, has expanded its foothold in a country which has a long and porous border with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia sees the Shi’ite Houthis as a proxy for Iran, its main regional adversary.

Viewed by Western analysts as the most dangerous arm of al-Qaeda, AQAP claimed responsibility for the Jan. 25 attack in Paris on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. AQAP has suffered setbacks in recent months, losing its leader and several senior leaders in U.S. drone strikes, and is facing competition from the new Yemen branch of ISIS.
Posted by: badanov || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


UAE Forms Two Takfiri Brigades in Yemen’s Aden
[ALMANAR.LB] Authorities of the United Arab Emirates are working on establishing two military brigades for the takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
groups in the southern Yemeni province of Aden, Al-Manar Website learned.

An official at the Yemeni Ministry of Defense told the "Khabar" news agency that UAE has recently decided to establish two brigades of these groups in Al-Mashareea area in the region of Dar Saad, named Zyed Brigade and Khalifa Brigade.

A terrorist takfiri called Mehran Al-Qabati has been also appointed as a commander of one of the two brigades.

According to the source, the project is facing strong opposition by southern leaders, who belief that the brigades are going to be built on "Sunni religious basis," which may provoke further sectarian conflicts in the city.

Since being seized by forces of Saudi-US aggression, Aden is witnessing destabilized security, and tens of almost daily liquidations have been recorded.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:


4 Catholic nuns, 12 others killed in Yemen retirement home
[DAWN] Gunmen in southern Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Friday stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa, killing 16 people, including four Catholic nuns, officials and witnesses said.

The killing spree began with two gunnies who first surrounded the home for the elderly in Aden.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
four others entered the building on the pretext they wanted to visit their mothers at the facility, according to the charity, Yemeni security officials and witnesses.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The gunnies then moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head. A nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that she hid inside a fridge in a storeroom after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting, "Run, run."

Khaled Haidar told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that he counted 16 bodies, including that of his brother, Radwan. All had been shot in the head and were handcuffed. He said that in addition to the four nuns, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards were among those killed.

He said that his family was the first to arrive at the house and that he spoke to the surviving nun, who was crying and shaking. Haidar said that his family later handed her over to a group of southern fighters in charge of security in the local Aden district of Sheikh Osman.

Sunita Kumar, a spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity in the Indian city of Kolkata, said the members of the charity were "absolutely stunned" at the killing.

"The Sisters were to come back but they opted to stay on to serve people" in Yemen, she added.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  I am trying to wrap my head around "Yemen" + "Retirement Home" and the disconnect - it burns, it burns
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/05/2016 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  These assholes are worth a drone strike
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2016 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Not just a retirement home, Bov, but a Catholic retirement home manned by nuns.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 14:02 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sure in the MSM it'll be covered like Zimmerman and Ferguson. /sarc off
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2016 17:04 Comments || Top||

#5  TW, I get what it is - just that after a lifetime of devoted service to the order, why not provide a retirement in some less predictably hostile environment?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/05/2016 23:50 Comments || Top||

#6  scrub previous - i see they elected to stay. I am sorry for being snarky, they did not deserve this
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/05/2016 23:52 Comments || Top||


Europe
Europe's migrants
Britain to Boost Calais Security Fund by 20 mn Euros

[AnNahar] Britannia has already contributed more than 60 million euros and "there will be around an extra 20 million euros ($15 million)" Harlem Desir told RFI radio, with the money used to boost "security of the access zone to the tunnel... and fighting trafficking networks".

Kosovo Charges Three Kosovars Alleged to be Islamic State Supporters

German Court Sentences IS 'Storm Trooper' to 4.5 Years

[AnNahar] A German court on Friday convicted an Islamic State "storm trooper" who helped track down deserters for the jihadist group in Syria, sentencing him to 4.5 years in prison. Nils Donath, a 25-year-old German national, had traveled to Syria in October 2013 to join the jihadist group which controls a large swathe of Syria and Iraq. Donath has been in police custody since his arrest upon his return to Germany in January 2015.

Migrant Killed in Brawl at Swedish Asylum Center

[AnNahar] A 19-year-old asylum-seeker was stabbed to death Friday in a brawl at a Swedish refugee hostel, police said, adding that three other asylum-seekers had been arrested. Police were alerted to a fight at the Stora Asylum Center outside of the town of Lindesberg, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of Stockholm, at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) on Friday. The victim was stabbed in the throat and rushed to hospital, but died shortly after his arrival, said police. Two other murders have occurred at Swedish refugee centers this year.
From Breitbart:
03/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Another Teen Girl Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS
An 18 year old Chechen-born girl was given a sentence of six months after she was convicted of involvement in a terrorist organization. The teen attempted to join ISIS in order to marry an Islamic state fighter in Syria. The verdict comes int he wake of another teen from Sweden who was arrested in Austria after attempting to go to Syria to also join ISIS.

04/03/2016 – KIEL, Germany – Police Find Photos of Victims on Migrant Smartphones
Police have found photo evidence that supports the claims of two young girls who were sexually harassed by a mob of migrants outside a shopping centre, reports Welt. Police had earlier claimed there was no evidence of the harassment which turned out not to be true. The 2 Afghani asylum seekers were arrested after violently resisting police but have since been released.

04/03/2016 – TRAISKIRCHEN, Austria – Donation Centre Burned to the Ground
Catholic charity Caritas had their donation centre burned down in the Austrian town of Traiskirchen which has been made a hub for migrants. Some 120 pallets full of clothing and hygiene products were destroyed in the blaze, reports Kurier. Eleven fire brigades and a total of 130 men helped put out the fire and police have so far not indicated they have any suspects and say it is too early to tell who might have set the fire.

04/03/2016 – POTSDAM, Germany – Migrant centre responsible for crime-wave
Over 500 cases of violence were recorded at a single Asylum centre last year in Brandenburg. Also included were at least 16 sexual offenses including three that involved the abuse of children. Two homicides were also recorded by police. “We need more police and a stringent deportation of criminals,” said a spokesman for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

04/03/2016 – MUNICH, Germany – PEGIDA Man Fined €2,100 for speaking
“Do you want total war?” was enough to land a PEGIDA speaker a 2,100 euro fine after using the sentence in a speech at a meeting in Munich last October. The judge ruled that the sentence had once been uttered by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in a 1943 speech at the Berlin sports palace during the second world war, and so the man had broken German law.
From the Daily Mail:
Turkey agrees to take back failed asylum seekers who try to settle in Europe following new deal with Brussels

Migrant attacks and a conspiracy to hide the truth in Europe's most liberal country: How Sweden has stopped its citizens discussing the refugee influx

Surrender on illegal migrants: Britain cannot deport thousands of failed asylum seekers because there is nowhere to send them, admits Home Office minister
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 06:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Britan has no where to send them? How about Gibraltar; Camp Gibmo.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 03/05/2016 14:38 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes on IS in Syria
[An Nahar] Turkish armed forces launched new artillery strikes on positions of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group in Syria, local media reported on Friday.

Turkish artillery fired shells from howitzers positioned in its border region against IS targets in the north of Syria's Aleppo province, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported reported.

A fragile ceasefire backed by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has taken effect in Syria, but the deal does not apply to territory held by the IS group and al-Qaeda affiliate 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.

This was the second time within a week that Turkey had shelled IS targets in Syria, after a period of over a month when there had been no reports of Turkish strikes against the Lion of Islam group.

Turkey had on February 28 shelled six IS targets in Syria a total of 41 times, a senior government official said this week.

From mid-February, Turkish artillery had also on successive days shelled targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) inside Syria, with the military saying it was responding to incoming fire.

But Turkey has not shelled any positions held by Syrian Kurdish fighters inside Syria since the ceasefire was implemented from at midnight last Friday, the official said.

Washington had urged Ankara to halt its fire on the PYD and its People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.

The issue of the Syrian Kurds had caused a rare rift between Ankara and Washington, which regards the YPG as the most effective fighting force on the ground against IS and wants Turkey to focus on the fight against jihadists.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kurd kommies kill kops
A car bomb and rocket attack by Kurdish militants killed two police officers and wounded 35 people in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin on Friday, security sources told Reuters.

The attack was carried out around 6 am by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the town of Nusaybin, near the Syrian border, they said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A ceasefire between the PKK and the state collapsed last July and attacks on Turkey's security forces have since increased amid a surge in violence in the predominantly Kurdish southeast that has killed hundreds of people.

Violence has also increased elsewhere in Turkey. A suicide car bombing targeting military buses in Ankara killed 29 people last month. The government said that attack was carried out by a member of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia with help from the PKK.

Turkey has also become a target for Daesh militants, who are blamed for three suicide bombings - one last year in the town of Suruc near the Syrian border and another in the capital, Ankara, and one in Istanbul in January. Those attacks killed more than 140 people.

The PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, launched a separatist armed rebellion against Turkey in 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have since been killed.
Posted by: badanov || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:


Turkish authorities seize newspaper close to cleric Gulen: state media
[REUTERS] Turkish authorities seized control of the country's largest newspaper on Friday in a widening crackdown against supporters of U.S.-based Muslim holy man Fethullah Gulen, an influential foe of President Tayyip Erdogan.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a few thousand supporters who gathered outside Zaman newspaper's offices and chanted, "Free press cannot be silenced."

Rights groups and European officials criticized the confiscation of Zaman and its sister publication, the English-language Today's Zaman, which occurred on the eve of a summit between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and as concerns mount that the Turkish government is stifling critical media.

Administrators were appointed to run Zaman at the request of an Istanbul prosecutor, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Officials were not immediately available to confirm the reports.

Erdogan accuses Gulen of conspiring to overthrow the government by building a network of supporters in the judiciary, police and media. Gulen denies the charges. The two men were allies until police and prosecutors seen as sympathetic to Gulen opened a corruption probe into Erdogan's inner circle in 2013.

"It has been a habit for the last three, four years, that anyone who is speaking against government policies is facing either court cases or prison, or such control by the government," said Abdulhamit Bilici, editor-in-chief of Zaman.

"This is a dark period for our country, our democracy."

Zaman is Turkey's biggest selling newspaper, with a circulation of 650,000 as of the end of February, according to media-sector monitor MedyaTava website.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  Greeat - can we do this for the NYT?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/05/2016 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  or .... did "we" (leftards) already do it 70 years ago....you be the judge
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/05/2016 0:12 Comments || Top||

#3  This is very bad. Zaman was largest opposition newspaper against Erdogan. Erdogan now has left few public voices against the Caliphate .
Posted by: Zorba Oppressor of the Pixies1484 || 03/05/2016 3:00 Comments || Top||

#4  They elected him dictator. Now the rest of the world has to deal with the fallout.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 9:50 Comments || Top||

#5  "Emboldened Mohammedan Donald,
You can't hold a candle to Ronald,
But Turks love belonging
(please don't call it schlonging):
Thank Allah you wasn't McConnelled!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/05/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||

#6  :-)

Erdogan now has left few public voices against the Caliphate .

Since insulting him now will get one sent to jail...
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 14:17 Comments || Top||

#7  "Since insulting him now will get one sent to jail..."

Really?

Hey, Ergy - yer mutha sleeps in pay terlets.

Come get me - if you dare.
Posted by: Barbara || 03/05/2016 14:33 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
LEAs arrest 70 suspicious persons, seize drugs, ammunition
SWABI: At least 70 suspicious persons were apprehended in a joint search operation of police and Pakistan Army in Razar, a tehsil of district Swabi and recovered cache of ammunition and drugs from their possession.

According to press release issued by the office of District Police Officer (DPO), a joint operation was conducted under the supervision of Swabi DPO Javed Iqbal Khan, police, Pak Army, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), elite force, RRF, Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) took part in search operation conducted under the leadership of DSP Ejaz Abazai in mountainous areas including Karamar, Shera Ghund, Pumna Cheena, Ismalia, cadet college and other adjacent areas against criminals.

During the search operation, the LEAs apprehended at least 70 suspicious persons and recovered one 12-bore rifle, four pistol and dozens of rifle cartages from their possession. The LEAs during the search operation, searched 141 houses along with lady constables.

About 189 suspicious were searched through CRVS and 95 vehicles were checked and verified by VVS. During the operation about 25 tenants, one illegal migrant and five facilitators of criminals have been taken into custody. In another operation, ASI Shafiq Khan arrested four drug traffickers and recovered huge cache of drugs from their possession.

During the search operation, about 1,015 grammes of charas from accused Mujeebur Rehman, 1,020 grammes of charas from accused Muhammad Sadiq while Amir, Haider and Zafar with 4,695 grammes of charas collectively. Police have registered a case against all the drug traffickers under Drug Act separately and started investigation. Police have also arrested a proclaimed offender during the operation.
Posted by: badanov || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under:


4 suspected militants killed in clash with FC
[DAWN] QUETTA: Four suspected Death Eaters were killed and two others injured during a search operation conducted by security forces in Kahan area of Kohlu district on Thursday.

Three suspects were picked up from Dera Bugti and 12kg of kaboom and wire were seized from them.

Personnel of the Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
(FC) and an intelligence agency carried out the search operation on information about the presence of Death Eaters in Kahan area, official sources said, adding that a heavy exchange of fire took place in which four Death Eaters were killed.

The FC front man said the dear departed belonged to a banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
and five hideouts were busted.

Besides kaboom, an improvised bomb and weapons were recovered.

The front man said the Death Eaters were involved in attacks on security forces, assassination'>assassination
s and other subversion activities.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


Iraq
ISIS sends bombers against Kurd positions in Mosul
DUHOK – The Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group launched on Friday a series of suicide bombings on positions for the Kurdish Peshmerga near the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.

Scores of the Peshmerga soldiers were reportedly injured in the attacks.

“Daesh (ISIS) terrorists carried out four suicide attacks near the Peshmerga headquarters in the Aski sub-district near Mosul,” Peshmerga spokesman Jabbar Derwalli told ARA News, adding that five Kurdish soldiers were injured in the attacks.

“The radical group tries to compensate its recent losses in Nineveh and other areas in northern Iraq by conducting such suicide attacks,” Derwalli said.

The official pointed out that the Peshmerga has installed new checkpoints in the vicinity of Aski and other liberated areas near the border with the Kurdistan Region “to monitor any suspected movements by the terrorists in order to prevent them from reaching their targets”.

This comes just two days after similar bombings by ISIS hit a Peshmerga headquarter near Makhmur and killed several Kurdish soldiers.

Speaking to ARA News, Brigadier General Talat Saleh Zarari of the Kurdish Peshmerga army said earlier on Thursday that their recent gains in Nineveh province “reflect the gradual collapse of ISIS”.

“Under heavy blows by the Peshmerga, ISIS is getting weaker day by day. With the constant advance by our units and allied forces in northern Iraq, ISIS appears unable to resist for long,” he said.
Posted by: badanov || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Female attacker rams into soldier at Gush Etzion junction
[Ynet] Terrorist coming from direction of Jerusalem drives onto the sidewalk at the main West Bank junction, hitting one soldier and lightly wounding him; she was shot dead by troops posted at the scene.

A female attacker tried to ram into soldiers posted at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on Friday morning.

The woman, who arrived at the junction from the direction of Jerusalem, drove onto the sidewalk and hit one of the soldiers, lightly wounding him. Other soldiers were able to get out of the way on time.

She was shot to death by soldiers from the Oketz Unit posted at the junction, and a knife was found on the dashboard of her vehicle.

The wounded soldier was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center suffering injuries to his legs.

The Gush Etzion junction is one of the main targets for terror attacks over the past five month.
Al Manar points out:
The Gush Etzion junction, where the operation took place, is a major intersection near a large block of Zionist settlements in the southern West bank, and a major hub for hitchhiking soldiers and settlers on the road between Al-Khalil and Al-Quds.
And The Times of Israel reports it was suicide by IDF:
An initial investigation shows that the Paleostinian woman killed when she attacked and maimed an Israeli soldier in the West Bank on Friday morning had had a row with her husband and decided to commit suicide.

Paleostinian media reports later identified the attacker as mother of four Amani Husni Sabatin, 34, from the Paleostinian village of Husan, near Bethlehem.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 01:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Islam allows women to drive?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2016 5:50 Comments || Top||

#2  "New housing lot available. As-is. Buyer must remove rubble"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2016 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Wym.....
Nevermind
Posted by: Shipman || 03/05/2016 7:34 Comments || Top||


Hamas Fighter Buried after New Gaza Tunnel Collapse
[An Nahar] The military wing of the Paleostinian Islamist movement Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, on Friday buried one of its men killed in the collapse of a Gazoo tunnel, the latest in a string of such incidents.

Ezzedine al-Qassam said its fighter Mohammed al-Astal "was martyred while working in one of the tunnels of the resistance", referring to an underground network built for fighting Israel.

At the funeral in his southern Gazoo hometown of Khan Yunis, Astal's body was escorted to the grave by a crowd of mourners, many of them armed.

His death brought to 12 the number of Gazooks killed in five separate tunnel collapses since January 26, as growing Israeli concerns grow over the reconstruction of "attack tunnels".

Ten of the dead have been members of Ezzedine al-Qassam.

Some Paleostinians blame the cave-ins on winter flooding, while others point the finger at neighboring Egypt which has launched an offensive against tunnels into its territory.

Israel’s military chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, has said that krazed killer tunnels in Gazoo are now the army's main priority.

In repeated conflicts with Israel, Hamas forces have used the tunnels to avoid or carry out attacks, store weapons and at times to enter Israel and capture soldiers.

Paleostinian turbans in Gazoo have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  So, he was buried twice?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 03/05/2016 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Paleostinian turbans in Gazoo have fought three wars with Israel since 2008
And been beaten back, then graciously allowed to regroup and retrench by the Israelis in a game of 'Whack-a-Mole'.

Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2016 3:13 Comments || Top||

#3  7 million Joooooos working on a tactical problem for 7 years. I know what advice I'd give the paleos, keep doing what you're doing.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/05/2016 7:37 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
NPA role suspected in killing of ex-police chief in Mindanao
[Inquirer] Police authorities have started looking into the possible involvement of Maoist militants in Wednesday's killing of the former chief of police of Maragusan.

Chief Insp. Andrea dela Cerna on Thursday said that the police have not discounted the involvement of New People's Army insurgents especially in the wake of reports the militants had set loose hit men to target security forces in the region.

Dela Cerna said prior to the murder of former Chief Insp. Jer Igtanloc Jr., the victim had already reported an NPA plot after another retired police officer was killed in Maragusan. She said, "But he (Igtanloc) did not say if he was included on the supposed NPA hit list."

Igtanloc had just dropped off his daughter off at school here and was on his way home when gunned down. Investigators say the gunmen tailed the victim on motorcycle. A gunman fired several times at the victim who fell to the pavement. Dela Cerna said, "The assailants even drove closer to the fallen police official and fired at him again several times before speeding away."
Posted by: ryuge || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Major Busts in Syria, Lebanon Shed Light on Captagon Trade
Bottom line: everybody is making it, and many are taking it.
[AnNahar] A string of major drug busts in Syria and Leb has drawn new attention to the trade in captagon, an illegal substance that has flourished in the chaos of Syria's war.

Security forces in both countries have clamped down in recent months on exports of the psychostimulant, produced in swathes of Syrian and Lebanese territory where government oversight is lax or non-existent.

"When the Syrian crisis started, Leb and Syria were transformed into a gateway to smuggle captagon," a Lebanese security source told Agence La Belle France Presse on condition of anonymity.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Captagon, take me awayyyy
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2016 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  We should airdrop all the meth seized stateside and airdrop it on isis territory. We all know from mugshots what a great long term habit it is. Just the thing for those boys.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2016 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I can just picture an organized crime boss meeting where the head gumba said, "What we need is an area not controlled by any government. Any ideas on how to make that happen?"
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 03/05/2016 8:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Change 'head gumba' to Hillary and it will be more believable. Although she was probably aiming at Libya.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/05/2016 11:32 Comments || Top||


Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes on IS in Syria
Significant or merely symbolic? The article does not say.
[AnNahar] Turkish armed forces launched new artillery strikes on positions of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group in Syria, local media reported on Friday.

Turkish artillery fired shells from howitzers positioned in its border region against IS targets in the north of Syria's Aleppo province, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported reported.

A fragile ceasefire backed by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has taken effect in Syria, but the deal does not apply to territory held by the IS group and al-Qaeda affiliate 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.

This was the second time within a week that Turkey had shelled IS targets in Syria, after a period of over a month when there had been no reports of Turkish strikes against the hard boy group.

Turkey had on February 28 shelled six IS targets in Syria a total of 41 times, a senior government official said this week.

From mid-February, Turkish artillery had also on successive days shelled targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) inside Syria, with the military saying it was responding to incoming fire.

But Turkey has not shelled any positions held by Syrian Kurdish fighters inside Syria since the ceasefire was implemented from at midnight last Friday, the official said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes on IS in Syria

Kills a bunch of Kurd civilians?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2016 5:51 Comments || Top||


Air Raids Hit Syria Rebel Bastion despite Truce
[An Nahar] Warplanes struck a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital on Friday for the first time since a fragile truce began over the weekend, a monitor said.

"Two air strikes hit the edge of the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta and one person was killed," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said the strikes were conducted by either Syrian or Russian planes. It was unclear whether the individual killed was a civilian or a fighter.

Friday marked the seventh day of the truce brokered by the United States and Russia.

Eastern Ghouta, the largest rebel bastion east of Damascus, was regularly and fiercely bombarded by government forces in the lead-up to the ceasefire.

On the day before the truce came into effect, 25 air raids targeted the opposition stronghold, 10 of which struck Douma.

But the suburb had seen relative calm since the ceasefire began.

The most powerful rebel group in Eastern Ghouta is Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
(Army of Islam) which is part of the High Negotiations Committee opposition grouping that agreed to the ceasefire.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, says it determines whether strikes were carried out by Syrian, Russian or US-led coalition aircraft based on the location of the raids, flight patterns and the types of planes involved.

A local committee of activists wrote on Facebook that three raids, believed to be Russian, targeted the edges of Douma on Friday.

"There is also heavy artillery targeting the town," the Douma Coordination Committee wrote.
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Syrian rebels gain yardage in Raqqa
KOBANE – Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday recaptured new areas in northern Syria subsequent to clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), military sources reported.

The Kurdish-Arab SDF alliance was able to expel ISIS fighters from strategic towns and villages in the countrysides of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

“The SDF units liberated the Shamandour town and the villages of Saraya and Tarwaziya near Tel Abyad city in northern Raqqa province,” Kurdish spokesman for the SDF Sarhad Abbas told ARA News.

“Our forces collected dead bodies of 13 ISIS militants after the clashes, while the rest withdrew from those areas to avoid further losses under heavy blows by the SDF,” Abbas said, adding that their forces have seized “a large deal of ammunition and heavy weapons during the clashes on Friday evening”.

Also on Friday, ISIS jihadis evacuated their strongholds in the Sere Kaniye countryside of Hasakah province.

“The terror group was forced to retreat from main areas in Sere Kaniye after being hit with heavy artillery shelling by our forces,” the SDF spokesman said.

At least eight ISIS militants were reportedly killed in the Sere Kaniye bombardment.
Posted by: badanov || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrians Use Truce to Resume Friday Protests
[An Nahar] For the first time in years, hundreds of Syrians nationwide took advantage of a nearly week-long ceasefire on Friday to resume anti-government protests under the slogan "The Revolution Continues!"

Waving the three-starred tricolor flag that has become the uprising's emblem, demonstrators in opposition-held areas of Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa and Homs called for the downfall of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
's regime.

"You could say we've gone back to the beginning," said Hasaan Abu Nuh, an activist from the flashpoint rebel town of Talbisseh in central Homs province.

Syria's conflict first began in March 2011 with widespread protests against the regime.

Demonstrations were at their largest on Fridays, and activists early on began assigning themes to the weekly marches.

But by 2013, a fierce government crackdown and heavy shelling had stamped out most attempts to stage protests.

Abu Nuh said the last demonstration in Talbisseh was in June 2012. Since then, rocket attacks and air strikes made residents too afraid to gather in large numbers.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
a landmark ceasefire that came into effect early last Saturday has brought relative calm to opposition areas.

On the first Friday since the truce began, crowds across the country returned to the streets, waving banners reading "The Revolution Continues!"

"People are so, so happy. There was crying, there was joy, but there was also a lump in people's throats," Abu Nuh said.

"There were a lot of young guys that used to protest with us who weren't there today because they've been killed," he told AFP by phone.

In Syria's second city, Aleppo, hundreds of people erupted into the streets in the opposition-held eastern neighborhoods.

"With this truce, we have the opportunity to express why we came out to the streets in the first place, which is the downfall of the regime," said Abu Nadim, an activist in the city.

He said he also wanted to show the world that demonstrators in Aleppo and elsewhere are not "armed gangs, but a people demanding freedom and the downfall of the regime".

Abu Nadim is responsible for coming up with slogans and painting them on large, white banners.

AFP spoke to him while he painted "Long live Syria, may Assad fall!" ahead of a protest where nearly 100 people marched carrying similar signs.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Arab spring 2.0
Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/05/2016 2:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Time for the U.S. to dip into the Strategic Stilt Supply and airdrop surplus paper mâché heads to the rebels.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/05/2016 7:57 Comments || Top||

#3  :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2016 15:43 Comments || Top||


2 Syrians killed, 5 Injured in Terrorist Rocket Attack in Deir Ezzor City
[ALMANAR.LB] Two Syrians were killed and 5 others were maimed due to a terrorist rocket attack on al-Qosour and al-Jora residential neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city.

A source in the province told SANA news hound that ISIL’s Lions of Islam fired 6 rocket shells on al-Qosour and al-Joura neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city, claiming the lives of a man and a woman, injuring 5 others and causing material damage to public and private properties.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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