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Drone strike kills 15 Daesh militants in Nangarhar
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Afghanistan
Drone strike kills 15 Daesh militants in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 15 holy warriors from the terrorist group 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) which also goes by its Arabic name Daesh [Islamic State] have been killed in a drone strike in eastern 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..
province.

According to Nangarhar Media Center, the holy warriors were targeted by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAE) in Mamond Dara area of Achin district last night.

It further states that weapons and ammunition of the holy warriors were also destroyed in the attack.

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan have increased air campaign against holy warriors in Nangarhar which is considered the stronghold of Daesh [Islamic State] in Afghanistan.

The coalition officials estimate around 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters are stationed in eastern Afghanistan and are trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangarhar Province.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [517 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K


Operations led by Ata Mohammad Noor launched in Balkh ahead of Nowruz celebrations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) launched clearance operations in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan to suppress the activities of the anti-government armed Death Eaters ahead of Nowruz celebrations.

The provincial government media office said the counter-terrorism operations are led by the acting provincial governor Ata Mohammad Noor.

The operations were launched late on Sunday afternoon in a number of districts of Balkh province, the provincial government media office said, adding that numerous Death Eaters were killed or injured during the operations.

The Afghan cops also tossed in the calaboose
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
a number of Death Eaters during the operations which are still being conducted.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups have not commented regarding the launch of the operation so far.

Balkh has remained among the relatively peaceful provinces during the recent years. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
the anti-government armed Death Eaters have increased insurgency activities in a number of northern province recently, including certain parts of Balkh province.

Nowruz marks the first day of the Persian New Year, an event tht has been celebrated for more than 3000 years.

Thousands of people visit the northern Balkh province to participate in a traditional flag hoisting ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif city which is performed in Hazrat Ali shrine.

Balkh is not host to thousands of Afghans visiting from various provinces of the country but scores of people from the regional countries are also visiting the province to mark and celebrate the start of the new persian year.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire in Goshta district of Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan and Pak forces exchanged along the Durand Line for several hours starting late on Sunday afternoon, local officials in 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..
said.

The festivities erupted in Goshta district of Nangarhar province around 2:00 pm local time and reportedly continued for several hours.

According to the local officials, the exchange of fire erupted after the Pak militia forces attack Anarki area in Goshta district.

A member of the provincial council said the Afghn forces were forced to respond to the heavy fire by the Pak forces who were using light and heavy weapons, including artillery fire.

There are no reports if the festivities resulted to any death or injuries on the two sides with the main motive behind the clash yet to be ascertained.

Provincial governor front man Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident but he did not disclose further information in this regard.

This comes as a similar incident took place between the Afghan and Pak forces along the Durand Line earlier last year.

Local officials in Kandahar province said the festivities between the two sides broke out after Afghan border police forces stopped the Pak troops to create check posts inside the Afghan soil.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Wonder if Paks're doing cover-fire like they do in J&K?
Posted by: Pappy || 03/08/2016 14:06 Comments || Top||


33 militants killed after attacking army posts in Helmand: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 33 anti-government armed gunnies were killed after attacking the Afghan army posts in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

A statement by MoD said at least 14 gunnies were killed and 17 others were maimed after attacking the army posts in Kajaki district on Sunday.

The statement further added that 19 gunnies were killed and 5 others were maimed in a separate attack on army posts in the vicinity of Lashkargah city during the same period.

MoD said the festivities did not incur any casualties to the local residents and Afghan army personnel.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups, including the Taliban holy warriors group have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed gunnies are actively operating adn frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The growing violence forced the Afghan armed forces to retreat from several posts during the recent weeks, a move the Afghan defense officials said was aimed at preventing further casualties and bolster security of key central bases.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ISIS militants among 19 killed in latest clearance operations: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 19 anti-government armed murderous Moslems including 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 killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan army and security personnel from the other security institutions in the past 24 hours.

A statement by MoD said at least 17 murderous Moslems were also injured during the operations and several weapons, ammunition and explosives were seized.

The statement further added that 14 murderous Moslems were killed and 17 others were maimed in Kajaki district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and 2 others were killed in Ghazni.

In a separate operation in Achin district of eastern 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..
province, at least 3 murderous Moslems affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group were killed, MoD added.

MoD also added that a huge cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives was seized during a clearance operation in Dand-e-Ghori district of Baghlan province.

According to MoD, the cache included 2 suicide kaboom vests, 6 remote controls used for landmines, 3 sacks of explosives, 7500 rounds of PK machine gun ammunition, 481 rounds of Ak-47 rifle ammunition, 11 rockets, 5 improvised bomb, 30 mortar rounds, 56 82mm rockets, 940 rounds of Dshk ammunition, 7 mortar rounds, 10 landmines, and several other types of explosives and chemicals.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Explosion leaves 3 civilians dead in Herat province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three civilians in an kaboom in western 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 of Afghanistan this afternoon, local officials said.

The incident took place in Shindand district around 12:00 pm local time after a civilian vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Provincial governor front man Jilani Farhad confirmed the incident and said at least three civilians were also maimed in the incident.

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

Talibs and holy warriors from the other hard boy groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces which normally lead to civilian casualties.

A civilian was killed and five others were maimed in an kaboom involving Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in eastern 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..
province of Afghanistan late last month.

According to the latest UN report on civilian casualties, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) remained one of the top causes of civilian deaths in the country during the year 2015, which saw 3,545 deaths and 7,457 casualties.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Steep rise in Afghan army casualties, 26 soldiers martyred in past 3 days
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] There has been a steep rise in Afghan National Army (ANA) forces casualties during the recent days as the Ministry of Defense (MoD) reported at least 26 deaths in the past 3 days.

In the latest Operational Update, the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said Monday that 13 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) bit the dust during counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

In another Operational Update on Sunday, the Ministry of Defense said at least 6 soldiers of the Afghan army were martyred while conducting clearance operations against the anti-government armed holy warriors.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had a cup of coffee. Even instant would do...
the Ministry of Defense reported that 7 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces bit the dust during the counter-terrorism operations.

There has been a sharp rise in the casualties of the Afghan national security forces since they took full control of the security responsibilities from the coalition forces at the start of last year.

The Afghan armed forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations during the recent months amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency across the country.

According to the earlier estimates by security officials, the Afghan army deaths stood at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised bomb (IED) attacks.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Operation Enduring Freedom ended Dec 2014

we are now in Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Afghanistan has about 150k troops active of which at least 25% to 50% are not combat ready.

taliban have about 30k to 50k (many of whom are part timers)

ISIS, Al Q, Haqqani and others from <1k to 10k

Afghanistan has lost some 20k to 50k soldiers, police, etc. in past 15 years (depending on how militias, part timers, deserters are counted).

Taliban has lost some 20k-60k.

No end in sight for this conflict.







Posted by: lord garth || 03/08/2016 8:49 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Weapons seized by Australia may have come from Iran, intended for Houthis
[CNN] An Australian naval ship has seized a large arms cache that may have come from Iran and headed to 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...
by way of Somalia.

The Australian Navy said that one of its ships patrolling the region, the HMAS Darwin, intercepted a small, stateless fishing vessel about 170 nautical miles off the coast of Oman when it made the discovery.

On board they found more than 2,000 pieces of weaponry -- including 1,989 AK-47 assault rifles and 100 rocket-propelled grenades.

According to a U.S. assessment, the weapons were believed to be initially sent from Iran and were likely intended for Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels in Yemen, Lt. Ian McConnaughey with the U.S. Navy told CNN.

U.S. Central Command is still gathering more information to determine the arms' final destination, McConnaughey said.

An Australian Defense Ministry front man told CNN there were 18 people of various nationalities on board the ship, but officials could not initially confirm that their identification documents were valid.

Authorities believe the weapons were headed for Somalia based on interviews with crew members, but that information is preliminary and may change as the investigation continues, the front man said.

The crew was allowed to depart after the weapons were seized, in accordance with international maritime law.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Geez,

back in the day, they would have walked the plank.

what's our navies coming to?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/08/2016 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  is there any end to the supply of AK
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/08/2016 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Anyway to end the AK? Nope
Posted by: Claising Flavimble5530 || 03/08/2016 9:49 Comments || Top||


U.S. claims to have killed 150 fighters from Al-Shabaab in Somalia
[CNN] In a move to stop what the U.S. military said was an imminent threat against U.S. troops and African peacekeeping forces in Somalia, a U.S. strike in Somalia killed as many as 150 suspected Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
fighters, the Pentagon said Monday.

The Pentagon initially characterized the attack as a drone strike, but later clarified that the operation involved both manned and unmanned aircraft.

The strike took place Saturday, 120 miles north of Mogadishu at a training site called "Raso Camp," according to Pentagon front man Capt. Jeff Davis.

The camp had been under observation by U.S. Special Operations forces for several weeks, Davis said. The camp had about 200 fighters on site including Al-Shabaab trainers.

Separately, a U.S. official told CNN that the Al-Shabaab fighters were standing outside in military formation when the strike occurred.

Intelligence indicated the group was training for some time and was in the final stages of getting ready to conduct a "large-scale attack," Davis said.

Pentagon front man Peter Cook said in a statement that the attack was taken in defense of "our African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission" in Somalia and that "The fighters who were scheduled to depart the camp posed an imminent threat" to the mission.

He added, "The removal of these fighters degrades al-Shabaab's ability to meet the group's objectives in Somalia, including recruiting new members, establishing bases, and planning attacks" on U.S. and African Union forces.

The military did not specify the location of where the U.S. thought an attack might happen, but it is well known that the U.S. maintains a limited military presence at the airport in Mogadishu and that small numbers of U.S. Special Operations forces have traveled to other locations in the country.
An account from Shabelle is here.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Breitbart: Nearly the entire graduating class martyred.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/08/2016 4:33 Comments || Top||

#2  How about the faculty?
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/08/2016 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  I heard they made great contributions to the local community. For example, they make the best fertilizer for miles around.
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2016 12:31 Comments || Top||

#4  The camp had been under observation by U.S. Special Operations forces for several weeks, Davis said.

Nah, turncoat. Somebody mohommad somebody.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/08/2016 13:04 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Two policemen killed in North Sinai in IED explosion
[AlAhram] Two coppers were killed and four other police personnel injured in an IED kaboom in Al-Arish city

Two low-ranking coppers were killed while a police officer and four conscripts were maimed after the kaboom of an improvised bomb (IED) west of Al-Arish city in North Sinai early on Monday, Ahram Arabic news website announced.

The IED went kaboom! and hit an armored vehicle that was carrying the security personnel in west Al-Arish.

The kaboom killed 35-year-old El-Siyad Azab and 33-year-old Mohammed Hamdy, who were both low ranking coppers.

The injured police personnel were transferred to hospital.

The attack comes 24 hours after an attack targeted an ambulance transferring injured conscripts to hospital after an earlier attack on Sunday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:


Morocco says it has dismantled 5-member Islamic State cell
[Ynet] Morocco's Interior Ministry says it has dismantled a five-member Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group cell planning to detonate explosives in crowded public spaces.

The brief statement Monday said the cell had planned to make the explosives using a pressure cooker, and made plans to train in Libya, where the myrmidon group has made inroads.

Monday's statement didn't specify the nationalities of those placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
, but Moroccans make up a large portion of IS recruits.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Dismantled"
One of TW's clever euphoniums?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2016 21:57 Comments || Top||


Misratan planes attack Sirte
Aircraft are reported to have struck IS targets in Sirte today, inflicting heavy casualties.

Jamal Zubia, head of the Ghwell administration’s foreign media department said IS headquarters had been bombed by aircraft from Misrata. “Many leaders are believed to have been hit, 18 are claimed dead and there have been many casualties.”

He added that IS had been evacuating medical equipment from the town’s Ibn Sina hospital to set up a field hospital, in anticipation of further attacks.

However at least two different sources inside the town have said that the airstrike did not hit any IS targets but struck civilian areas, where one local was killed.

Meanwhile it is also being reported from Sirte that IS have demanded that everyone in the town brings their children to their local mosque for lessons on sharia and missionary work.
Posted by: badanov || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  down to village-states?
Posted by: 3dc || 03/08/2016 8:46 Comments || Top||


Tunisia: 36 militants killed after attack on barracks
[CNN] At least 36 bandidos snuffies were killed in festivities after an attack on a military barracks near Tunisia's border with Libya, Tunisia's interior ministry said Monday.

Seven "terrorists" were also tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
after the attack in the town of Ben Gardane, the ministry statement said.

The ministry earlier said 17 people -- including seven civilians, six members of the national guard, two coppers, one soldier, and one customs official -- were killed, but a later statement gave a total of 18, without indicating if the new fatality was a civilian or a member of the military.

Security forces are chasing "the groups," and entrances to Ben Gardane have been secured, the government said.

Air patrols in the area around the border have also intensified, and the main crossings with Libya -- Ras Ajdir and Dheiba -- have been closed.

Authorities have asked residents in Ben Gardane to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Georgian sentenced to 14 years for ISIS recruitment
[Ynet] A Georgian man has been convicted of recruiting people into the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

In the same case, the court on Monday also sentenced two others to 11 and 10 years in prison for attempting to join the group and a fourth, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to one year.

The recruiter, Ayup Borchashvili, was a holy man in the village of Dzhokolo in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge that is heavily populated by ethnic Chechens.

One of the area's residents, Tarkhan Batirashvili, became one of the top commanders of the Islamic State murderous Moslems under the name of Omar al Shishani.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  14 years for arranging murders. Sweet deal!
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2016 8:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Sent to a recruitment center.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2016 16:09 Comments || Top||


Europe
Father is hospitalised by 'Sharia patrol' in Austria
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK]
...after he told them to stop threatening his wife and daughter for not being properly dressed as fears rise of no-go areas in Vienna.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [418 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Modern leftists, undoing the centuries old work of Count Niklas Salm.
Posted by: Solomon Blah8511 || 03/08/2016 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  A nightingale sang, "Sure, it's petty,
But, Turkey, I'm totally ready
To trade you all (sorry!)
For one ricercare
By poor Alessandro Poglietti."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/08/2016 1:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I would like to see a comment by Tom Kratman.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2016 2:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Ahhhh, the wonderous fruits of multi-culturalism.

No-go areas, vice patrols and mosques they all go together.

Paging Vlad Tepes, Charles Martel or El Cid to the white courtesy phone.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/08/2016 7:31 Comments || Top||

#5  They don't have concealed carry in Austria.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/08/2016 12:52 Comments || Top||

#6  A nice counterpoint to yesterday's Why Don't They Want Us? article.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/08/2016 17:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Badges?
We are the Sharia Police!
We don't need no stinking badges!
Posted by: Shipman || 03/08/2016 19:28 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains IS group suspects; seizes explosives, suicide vest
Someone forgot to pay the cumshaw, or belonged to one of the unapproved groups...
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says security forces have tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
two suspected Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group holy warriors and seized plastic explosives and a boom jacket.

Anadolu Agency says Monday that the two were apprehended at a border crossing, when authorities noticed that they were trying to place a bag inside the back of a truck that had entered Turkey from Syria.

The bag contained 10 slabs of plastic explosives, a boom jacket and a detonator, the agency said. There was no further information on the suspects.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Government
These Special Ops transports hide in plain sight
[The Week] December, the Libyan air force inadvertently exposed a secretive U.S. Wolfhound transport plane on a runway. The passengers -- American commandos -- had arrived in the country for a covert meeting with the Libyan army. "While in Libya, members of a local militia demanded that the U.S. personnel depart," a Pentagon spokesperson told The Guardian after photos of the soldiers spread online. "In an effort to avoid conflict, they did leave, without incident."

But the mission was only a glimpse at a fleet of transport planes with far greater reach -- and which stays far busier -- than previously thought. An official history of the U.S. Air Force's 27th Special Operations Wing in 2013 shows these aircraft and their cousins operate well beyond North Africa and the Middle East.

War Is Boring obtained the heavily redacted copy of the history through the Freedom of Information Act.

The historical review describes more than 10,000 secretive missions on five continents that year, including everything from shuttling around commandos to delivering humanitarian aid. All three types of aircraft carried civilian style paint schemes -- generally white with various colored stripes -- and registration codes to help conceal their true identities.

At that time, the wing's 318th Special Operations Squadron was flying a combination of small, single engine PC-12 utility planes and slightly larger twin-engine C-145A Skytruck cargo haulers. The 524th Special Operations Squadron owned all of the flying branch's Wolfhounds -- as it does to this day.

For decades now, the Air Force has flown secretive missions around in the world in unmarked aircraft. Since at least the 1990s, the super secret 427th Special Operations Squadron has maintained a collection of similarly discreet aircraft.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/08/2016 15:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...When I was stationed at Langley AFB VA in the late 80s, I was surprised to see a Lockheed L-100 (civilian C-130) show up on a regular basis. I mentioned it once, was gently taken aside and then told that if I ever mentioned it again, I could probably count on being thrown out of said aircraft. at altitude.

Belonged to the good folks at Southern Air Transport....

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/08/2016 17:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Wow Uncle Harold this is cool!

2 years later, TLH to TPA first, we don't get parachutes?
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India-Pakistan
ASI shot dead in Pishin
QUETTA: A police officer was gunned down in Pishin and a barber lost his life in Chagai while resisting robbers on Saturday, police said.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Ali Ahmed was on duty at a checkpost when men on a motorcycle opened fire at him.

The officer was taken to hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

In Chagai, two men entered a barber’s shop and asked Intizar Hussain, the barber, to hand over cash and mobile phone. Intizar offered resistance and was shot dead by the robbers who decamped with the loot.

The Levies took Intizar’s body to his native town in Punjab and registered a case after taking some suspects into custody.

Published in Dawn, March 7th, 2016
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At least 17 killed, including 2 children, in Pakistan suicide attack
[CNN] At least 17 people, including two coppers and two children, were killed in a suicide kaboom Monday in Pakistain's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province, police said.

At least 31 other people were maimed in the attack in Charsadda district, said district police Chief Sohail Khalid, adding that five women, four children and five police officials are among the injured.

A front man for the Pak Taliban grabbed credit for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the execution of Mumtaz Qadri on February 29.

Qadri was convicted of killing the governor of Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

province in 2011.

The bombing incident began about noon local time, when the attacker opened fire outside the gates of the Charsadda court, Khalid said. When security officers tried to stop him from getting inside, the gunman detonated explosives that were strapped to his body.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
issued a statement condemning the attack.

"The nation is united in its commitment to wipe out this menace from our soil," the statement read. "Those who embraced martyrdom in the line of duty sacrificed their today to safeguard a peaceful tomorrow for our future generations, and they deserve gratitude and recognition of the highest degree."
Al Ahram adds:
The Pak Taliban's Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction grabbed credit for the attack.
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Iraq
Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 17 die
16 ISIS troops die in airstrikes

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province announced on Monday, that fifty members of the so-called ISIS, including Caucasians, were killed in an air strike launched by the Iraqi F16 fighter jets southwest of the province (250 km north of Baghdad), while indicated to the destruction of a number of ISIS headquarters.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Iraqi F16 fighter aircraft shelled ISIS headquarters in Hawija (45 km south west of Kirkuk),” indicating that, “The operation resulted in the destruction of four headquarters belonging to ISIS and four plants for making booby-traps.”

The source added on condition of anonymity, “The air strike also destroyed anti-aircraft weapons, as well as killing fifty ISIS members, including Caucasians, while preparing to carry out suicide operations in Hawija.”

Noteworthy the areas of south and west of Kirkuk are still under ISIS control since June 2014, and these areas include Hawija, Zab, Riyad, Abbasi and Rashad.

1 dead in artillery attack near al-Rashad

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – One of the leaders of Obeid clan in Kirkuk said on Monday, that a civilian was wounded in a shelling that targeted the house of one of the leaders of the clan southwest of the province.

Raad Samy al-A’asi, the leader within Obeid clan, said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A shelling of unknown source targeted the house of Sheikh Saad Samy al-A’asi located in the village of Samy al-A’asi in the district of al-Rashad (35 km southwest of Kirkuk) resulting in the injury of one civilian that was present inside the house as well as the destruction of the house.”

A’asi added, “The village is still under the ISIS control”, calling on the government “to liberate the village and free the besieged civilians who are still there.”
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35 Killed Clearing Bombs in Ramadi in Two Months
[An Nahar] Three Iraqi fighters died Monday trying to defuse bombs left behind by the jihadists in Ramadi, as the toll taken by the huge mine-clearing effort there continued to rise.

The victims were three local tribal fighters killed by the kaboom of improvised devices they were attempting to defuse, Anbar province governor Sohaib al-Rawi said.

He said the danger posed by unwent kaboom! bombs and booby-traps remained an obstacle to the return of Ramadi's residents.

The local government "understands the pressing need for IDPs (internally displaced persons) to return home, but we will not allow a chaotic return resulting in more casualties," he said on social media.

"We have lost more than 35 members of the security forces and sons of the tribes (tribal fighters) this year," Hamid al-Dulaimi told AFP.

"As of yesterday, we had a toll of 15 deaths in our ranks alone," said Omar Khamis al-Dulaimi, a big shot in the tribal fighters working alongside federal forces.

Ramadi was declared liberated when Iraqi forces wrested the main government compound back from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group late last year, but the city was completely retaken only last month.

Laying thousands of bombs and booby-trapping buildings was the backbone of IS' defense of the city last year.

Explosive ordnance disposal training has been a main focus for the U.S.-led coalition.

"The destruction is enormous, people are still being killed by IEDs and mines that have been left by Daesh [Islamic State] (IS)," the US envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said on Saturday during a visit to Baghdad.

"We're very focused now on the counter-IED (improvised bomb) mission," he said.
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#1  de--freeaking---fuse?!?!?!?!
Blow the bastard in place. Don't get all these good guys killed.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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3 die in small arms attack in Maysan
(IraqiNews.com) Maysan – A source within the police force in Maysan province said on Monday, that three people had been killed in an armed attack east of al-Ammara area.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This evening, unidentified gunmen attacked a civilian car on the road east of al-Ammara area, and opened fire on the car, killing three people inside,” pointing out that, “A security force cordoned off the area and transferred the bodies to forensic medicine authority, while opened an investigation into the incident.”
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ISIS detains 3 for collaboration
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh Province announced on Monday, that the so-called ISIS arrested three young men in central Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) for collaborating with the security forces.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS members arrested three young men of the residents of al-Rifai neighborhood in central Mosul, on charges of spying and passing information to the Iraqi security forces.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “ISIS militants took the young men to an unknown destination.”
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Anbar Antics
10 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes near Albu Obeid

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi said on Monday, that ten ISIS members were killed in an aerial bombardment east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today the international coalition aviation backed by the army troops bombarded mortar detachment belonging to ISIS in Albu Obeid area east of Ramadi.”

“The bombardment resulted in the killing of 10 ISIS members, in addition to destructing the mortar detachment,” Mahalawi added.

ISIS munitions supply vehicle destroyed in al-Baghdadi Island

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A security source in Anbar Province announced, that a vehicle carrying rockets belonging to the so-called ISIS had been destructed in al-Baghdadi Island.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces shelled a vehicle carrying rockets belonging to ISIS while transferring it from al-Dolab area in Heet District to al-Baghdadi Island northeast of Baghdadi.”

The source added, “The shelling resulted in the destruction of the vehicle and rockets, as well as killing ISIS members who were inside the vehicle.”

Iraqi forces destroy 3 VIEDs near Albu Obeid

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi stated on Monday, that the security forces destructed three vehicles belonging to the so-called ISIS east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “An army force managed to destruct an armored vehicle, as well as a pick up vehicle carrying sub-machine gun in Albu Obeid area,” pointing out that, “All ISIS members inside the two vehicle were killed.”

Mahalawi added, “A booby-trapped Hummer vehicle driven by a suicide bomber broke down on the international highway,” indicating that, “The army forces detonated the vehicle, without inflicting any human or material losses in the security forces’ ranks.”
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4 detained by kops in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – Diyali Police Command announced on Monday the arrest of four wanted individuals on charges of criminal offenses south and east of Baqubah.

The spokesperson for Diyali Police, Ghaleb al-Atiyah, said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The police forces conducted raid operations south and east of Baqubah, resulting in the arrest of four wanted individuals on charges of criminal offenses.”

Atiyah added, “The detainees were taken to a security center for interrogation.”
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9 detained on terrorism charges in Babylon
(IraqiNews.com) Babylon – A police source in Babylon Province announced on Monday, that the security forces arrested nine wanted people on charges of terrorism northeast of the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “The security forces from the police, national security and intelligence, carried out raid and search operations in Jablah area and managed to arrest nine wanted people on charges of terrorism.”

The source added, “The security forces transferred the arrested to a security center for interrogation.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Small attacks across the Jewish state
Two explosives thrown at Border Policemen at Rachel's Tomb; none hurt

[Ynet] Two makeshift bombs were thrown at Border Policemen securing the Rachel's Tomb area on Monday. No one was hurt in the incident.

Palestinian woman arrested near Abu Dis after knife found in her possession

[Ynet] Border Police officers tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a Paleostinian woman near Abu Dis on Monday after finding a knife in her possession.

The suspect, who raised the suspicion of the fighters at the Kiosk checkpoint, approached the troops with a backpack on her back. The Border Policemen ordered her to stop and throw her bag to the ground. After searching it, the fighters found a knife inside. During initial questioning on the scene, the suspect said she planned to commit an attack against security forces.

Police nab 3 Turks entering Israel through Jordan

[IsraelTimes] IDF soldiers signal to border guards to pick up the infiltrators; 14 Paleostinians tossed in the slammer
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in West Bank


Israeli forces arrested three Turkish nationals who had crossed into Israel from Jordan overnight Sunday, police announced Monday. IDF soldiers first spotted the three men and signaled to Border Police officers to investigate, the police said in a statement.

Police fanned out on a stretch of Arava Valley road that runs parallel to the border to nab the three, an Israel Police front man said. The men were found near the Grofit Kibbutz, just outside of Eilat, and taken to the southern city for questioning.

In the West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested 14 Paleostinians overnight.

Of them, 12 were arrested for so-called "popular terrorism" -- Molotov cocktail and rock throwing or participation in violent demonstrations. The other two were arrested for undisclosed reasons, the IDF said. Five of the Paleostinians who were arrested came from the Qalandiya refugee camp, where last week a violent clash broke out between IDF troops and local Paleostinians when a pair of soldiers accidentally entered the camp.

The firefight that erupted in Qalandiya left one Paleostinian dead, 10 Israeli soldiers injured and dozens of Paleostinians maimed.

Japanese tourist wounded in stone-throwing attack outside Jerusalem church

[Jpost] A 69-year-old tourist from Japan was lightly maimed on Monday by stone-throwers who pelted a group of visitors from a roof near Saint Anne's Church in Jerusalem, police said.

Paramedics transferred the maimed woman with light wounds to the head to the emergency room at Hadassah University Medical Center.

"I'm a tourist in Israeli as part of a tour group of Japanese people who love Israel, I was very surprised by the stone-throwing attack," said the maimed woman. "At the time [of the attack] I was praying and I didn't understand what had hit me."

She added that she had not been seriously maimed.

"I am still happy that I came to Israel and I do not regret it, I will continue the tours and I soon join back with the group after my treatment at Hadassah," she stated.

Police have launched searches for the perpetrators of the incident that occurred outside the Roman Catholic church near Lion's Gate. The identity of the assailants was not initially known.

Palestinians say Gaza man shot, wounded by IDF

[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian medical sources in the Gazoo Strip claimed Monday that the IDF shot and moderately maimed a man during a border incident. Israel said, however, that troops only had gun sex as a warning.

According to the Paleostinian new agency Ma’an, local Gazooks reported that the man was shot in the leg east of Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-ruled Strip, where he lay unattended for half an hour until an ambulance could reach him. The man was eventually taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in nearby Deir al-Balah.
No doubt there is an official Paliwood video of the poor, suffering victim... and more video of him dancing with the guys at a wedding immediately thereafter.
The IDF said in a statement that troops came under fire and responded with warning shots into the air.

"Initial reports suggest that earlier this morning an assailant shot up IDF soldiers securing the border along the southern Gazoo Strip, adjacent to the community of Kissufim," the statement read. "Forces responded, firing warning shots into the air."

There were no injuries among the IDF soldiers.
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#1  Latest fatal stabee was a US Tourist. Biden's visited. This was probably a tribute for Barack's support of the Paleos
Posted by: Frank G || 03/08/2016 14:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Not small for the victims.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2016 16:08 Comments || Top||


East Jerusalem lawyers jailed for acting as Hamas messengers
[IsraelTimes] Brother and sister Medhat and Shireen Issawi to be imprisoned for eight and four years, respectively

Two East Jerusalem lawyers were handed prison sentences on Monday for relaying messages between Paleostinian terrorist groups in Gazoo and security detainees in Israeli prisons.

Medhat Issawi, 42, and his sister Shireen Issawi, 37, were sentenced to eight and four years, respectively, by the Jerusalem District Court.

They were charged in 2014 for conveying messages to faceless myrmidons in prison, and were tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
along with four other attorneys earlier that year by the Shin Bet security service and Israel Police.

They two, who have a law practice in the city’s Isawiya neighborhood, are accused of taking advantage of lawyer-client confidentiality permitted by Israeli authorities to act as couriers between Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, and Paleostinians incarcerated by Israel.

The lawyers allegedly transmitted instructions for hunger strikes and details of prisoner releases, and were paid NIS 500-700 ($144-$200) per message. Some of the communications were conveyed to Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives abroad.

The messages included details related to the finances of running Gazoo organizations, the logistics of hunger strikes, identifying which prisoners were to be released in the Gilad Shalit deal, and organizing support for Khaled Mashaal to lead Hamas.

Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas during a raid into Israel in 2006, was eventually released in 2011 in exchange for over 1,000 Paleostinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS Top Dawg dies in US airstrike
Foto of the Dear Departed with his trusty, rusty AK...
HASAKAH – U.S.-led coalition on Monday renewed its airstrikes on headquarters of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, killing a number of militants and destroying several ISIS vehicles.

American fighter jets hit ISIS positions in the town of Markadah in southern Hasakah with several strikes.

“At least twenty ISIS militants were killed in the airstrikes, including the prominent jihadi leader Hussam al-Shallouf,” rights activist Salman Malla Rashid told ARA News in Hasakah. The source added that over five ISIS vehicles were destroyed in the raids.

Al-Shallouf, a Syrian member of ISIS, was responsible for torturing and beheading anti-ISIS activists in Markadah.

“This man had tortured and killed hundreds of people accused of violating ISIS regulations in the town,” Rashid reported, citing eyewitnesses and officials.

In the meantime, clashes continued between ISIS militants and western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Markadah suburbs.

Supported by an air cover form the U.S.-led coalition, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF has recently recaptured the city of Shaddadi, major ISIS bastion in Hasakah province. Last week, the SDF announced the start of the battle for Markadah.
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#1  “This man had tortured and killed hundreds of people accused of violating ISIS regulations in the town,”

Too bad he couldn't have been turned over to the locals then.
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7 die in bomb attack on Kurd held Qamishli
QAMISHLI – An explosion hit the Kurdish city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Monday, causing casualties among civilians. An explosive device was detonated in front of the Kindi Park in the crowded Quwatli street in central Qamishli, causing the injury of at least seven people.

Local sources confirmed that the injured were transferred to Qamishli’s national hospital subsequent to the attack, while the Kurdish Asayish security forces evacuated the location of the bombing and surrounded the area.

The Asayish leadership said in a statement that the blast took place when an explosive device left by terrorists was detonated “in a bid to kill innocent civilians and terrorize the people”.

Kurdish activists accused the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) of being behind the attack.

ISIS has been engaged in clashes with Kurdish YPG troops in the countryside of Qamishli in the last few months, before the Kurdish fighters were able to expel the militants from the southern suburb of Qamishli with support from the western coalition’s air forces. Since then, ISIS has been accused of conducting a series of suicide attacks and car bombings in Qamishli and its countryside.
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Nusra, Allies Advance on Regime-Held Northern Hilltops
[An Nahar] Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate and allied jihadists advanced on a set of strategic hilltops held by pro-regime forces in the north on Monday, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the forces of Evil battled government loyalists and briefly seized one of three hilltops in the Al-Eis area south of Aleppo city.

"The pro-government fighters pushed them back, but there are still fierce festivities as the fighters from 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, Jund al-Aqsa, and other groups try to advance," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The jihadists detonated five boom-mobiles during their offensive.

"The hilltops are important because they reinforce the regime's presence in the outskirts of Aleppo and gave them a presence near the main highway south towards Damascus," Abdel Rahman said.

Aleppo province is broken up into a complex patchwork of territories under various groups.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group is dominant in the east, while rebel groups -- some allied with al-Nusra -- control much of the west.

Government forces based south of Aleppo city have tried to expand their control north and east.

Further west in Idlib province, at least 12 people were killed in an air strike believed to have been conducted by either Russian or regime planes, the Observatory reported.

The raid struck a diesel market in the town of Abu Duhur, controlled by a coalition of groups including al-Nusra.

"At least three of those killed were identified as civilians, but the rest were so badly burned that they were not identified," Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Monday was the tenth day of a landmark ceasefire across parts of the country brokered by the United States and Russia.
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Hassan Yaaqoub's Brother Arrested at Airport
[An Nahar] The brother of former MP Hassan Yaaqoub was locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
at Rafik Hariri International Airport on Monday against the backdrop of the kidnapping of Hannibal Qadaffy, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Hussein Yaaqoub was apprehended based on a judicial arrest warrant.

The former politician was arrested in December and charged for his involvement in the kidnapping of Hannibal Qadaffy, the son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy
...whose instability was an inspiration to dictators everywhere, but whose end couldn't possibly happen to them...
Hannibal was kidnapped in a Syrian area near the Lebanese border on December 11 before being smuggled into Leb's Bekaa region. He was handed over hours later to Lebanese security forces.

Lebanese authorities have charged Hannibal with withholding information about the disappearance of revered Shiite holy man and founder of the AMAL Movement Moussa al-Sadr, who vanished in Libya in 1978 along with two companions.

The Yaaqoub brothers are the sons of Sheikh Mohammed Yaaqoub -- one of the two companions who disappeared with al-Sadr in Libya.

NNA said Monday that their mother Sheikha Imthal was hospitalized following the arrest of her son at the airport.

She was taken to Hotel Dieu Hospital's emergency unit after complaining of chest pain and partial paralysis in her arm as a result of her shock, NNA added.
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IS Leader Found Dead in Outskirts of Arsal
[An Nahar] The dead body of an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boy was found in the al-Ajram area in the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

Hussam Trad, aka Abou Bakr al-Qari, was found sustaining a gunshot wound to his head, NNA added.

Al-Qari was killed five days ago by an Islamic State bully boy over conflicts among the ranks of the group group against the backdrop of their battles with 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.

Early this year, fierce festivities broke out between al-Nusra Front and the IS rival jihadist groups in the outskirts of Arsal, leaving several faceless myrmidons dead and maimed from both groups.

The festivities erupted after the IS tried to control positions of al-Nusra.

Armed groups have taken positions in the outskirts of Arsal since the 2014 battles with the Lebanese army after the former tried to control military positions in the town.
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General Security Arrests IS Fighter who Beheaded Medlej
[An Nahar] General Security announced Monday that it has detained an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group jihadist who confessed to beheading a kidnapped Lebanese soldier in 2014.

IS had kidnapped the soldier along with other members of the security forces during fierce festivities in August 2014 between Lebanese troops and jihadists in the northeastern border town of Arsal on the Syrian border.

Of the 30 troops and coppers kidnapped by IS and al-Qaeda affiliate the 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, four were executed.

After long and arduous negotiations, al-Nusra released 16 of them in December 2015, leaving nine in the hands of IS.

"The General Security Directorate ... has detained S.J., a Syrian national, for membership of a terrorist organization," the security body said.

"After interrogation, he confessed to being a member of the terrorist group Daesh [Islamic State] ... and to beheading the martyred soldier Abbas Medlej," it added, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Medlej was the second Lebanese captive to be killed after the jihadist assault on Arsal.

According to General Security, the detainee also confessed to killing a police officer during the raid.

"He was recently involved in surveillance of Lebanese army checkpoints in Arsal, as a prelude to a new attack aimed at kidnapping soldiers," the statement said.
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Air strike hits Syrian market, opposition says truce must be respected
[REUTERS] A Syrian or Russian air strike was reported to have killed at least a dozen people and possibly many more at a market in northwestern Syria on Monday, straining a cessation of hostilities agreement meant to pave the way for peace talks.

In a further upsurge in violence, al Qaeda's Nusra Front and other Islamist Lions of Islam not included in the U.S.-Russian agreement attacked government forces in a neighbouring province, a monitoring group said.

The agreement, accepted by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
's government and most of his enemies, has reduced violence in Syria since it took effect on Feb 27, the first truce of its kind in a 5-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and caused the world's worst refugee crisis.

Foreign powers hope the pause in fighting can lead to peace talks to end the conflict. But the agreement, which has not been directly signed by the Syrian warring parties and is less binding than a formal ceasefire, is very fragile and each side has accused the other of breaking it.
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Terror Networks
Ex-Guantanamo prisoners suspected of rejoining militants increases
[Reuters] The number of former Guantanamo Bay prison inmates who are suspected of having returned to fighting for militants doubled to 12 in the six months through January, the Obama administration said on Monday.

The increase could fuel Republican attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama's plan to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba, which has come to symbolize aggressive detention practices following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and opened the United States to accusations of torture. Most detainees have been held without trial for more than a decade.

The closure plan, drawn up by the Pentagon and which requires approval by Congress, proposes 13 potential sites on U.S. soil to hold 30-60 detainees in maximum-security prisons.

According to figures released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), as of Jan. 15 the United States also had confirmed that seven out of 144 Guantanamo prisoners who were freed since Obama took office in January 2009 have returned to fighting.
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#1  Inconceivable!
Posted by: GORT || 03/08/2016 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  But are they still eligible for USG dental care, videos, meds ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/08/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

#3  What did we think they were going to do? Open delicatessens?
Posted by: Large Jotch6800 || 03/08/2016 13:18 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought they would go back to being the innocent shoe peddlers they claimed to be. Alas, we have made terrorists out of them! It is all my fault for not understanding. :'-(
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2016 13:46 Comments || Top||


US targets Islamic State in Syria, Iraq with 18 strikes
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against 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 Syria on Sunday in their latest round of daily strikes, according to the coalition leading the operations.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in a statement released on Monday, said it had staged a dozen strikes against the forces of Evil in Iraq. Its efforts near 10 cities hit five tactical units as well as numerous fighting positions and an Islamic State headquarters, it said.

In Syria, the task force conducted six strikes near three cities, hitting five tactical units as well as five vehicles, among other targets, the US-led coalition said.
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