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Afghan woman kills 25 Taliban rebels to avenge her son's murder
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 14:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [809 views] Top|| File under:


Afghanistan
Afghan woman kills 25 Taliban rebels to avenge her son's murder
[KP] An Afghan woman has killed at least 25 Taliban militants to avenge the murder of her son who was a police officer in western Farah province.

According to reports, Reza Gul was forced to pick up arms after her son was shot dead by Taliban militants in front of her eyes.

Her son was leading a small group of police forces in a check post located in a village of Farah province.

She was supported by her daughter and daughter-in-law during the gun battle which lasted for almost 7 hours that left at least 25 Taliban militants dead and five others injured.
Sediq Sediq, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the armed campaign by women against the Taliban militants is a symbol of a major revolution and public uprising against the group.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

Farah is among the volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2016 03:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [799 views] Top|| File under:

#1  File under "Legends of Wild East"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2016 5:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Now that is how to celebrate International Women's Day.
Posted by: Herb Greagum1687 || 03/10/2016 5:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's hire her.

A drone fired Hellfire costs ~$28 mil per shot.

She probably didn't spend more than 5 bucks on ammo.

Not to mention effectiveness & efficiency.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/10/2016 7:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Another 'Feel Good Story of the Day" as far as I am concerned.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/10/2016 7:32 Comments || Top||

#5  And, IIRC, if a Muslim is killed by a woman, he doesn't get his 72 virgins.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/10/2016 9:56 Comments || Top||

#6  I'd love to hear she is eating their hearts after she shoots them.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/10/2016 10:42 Comments || Top||

#7  As Kipling wrote,

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
and the women come out to cut up what remains,
jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
and go to your gawd like a soldier.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/10/2016 11:17 Comments || Top||

#8  this sounds too good to be true
Posted by: lord garth || 03/10/2016 12:01 Comments || Top||

#9  Hear, hear, #2 Herb! :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 03/10/2016 12:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Hear, hear, lord garth
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2016 13:09 Comments || Top||

#11  She should join forces with that guy who carries a knife in his neck.
Posted by: KBK || 03/10/2016 17:41 Comments || Top||

#12  You mess with the Gul, you get the thorns. But, yeah... ["I WANT TO BELIEVE" poster here]
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/10/2016 20:23 Comments || Top||


Coordinated attack on Helmand’s Gerishk district
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of armed turbans have launched a coordinated attack on Gerishk district of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

Officials say the attack started around 6 am this morning and gunnies are firing light and heavy arms on the governor’s house, police headquarters and other government buildings.

The attack has been reportedly initiated by around 10 gunnies equipped with boom jackets and other explosives.

So far three of them have been killed and others are still exchanging fire with security forces.

Abdul Jabar Qahraman, commander of Helmand battle says one policeman has so far lost his live in the attack.

Taliban have grabbed credit for the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Horrific video shows torture of alleged suicide bomber in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A horrific video has emerged online which purportedly shows brutal torture of an alleged jacket wallah in southern Afghanistan.

The video immediately went viral on social media on Tuesday, causing uproar among the Afghan people as well as the authorities who are saying the brutal act has been carried out by irresponsible armed individuals.

The video shows a group of heavily gunnies capturing an individual with his hands tied as he is brutally beaten for his crime, allegedly looking to carry out a suicide kaboom.

In other parts of the video, the men are shown tying the alleged suicide bomber behind a vehicle and is dragged on the street.

The exact location of the incident has not been ascertained so far but it is believed that the alleged bomber has been jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Najib Danish, deputy front man for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) strongly condemned the brutal act and said a group of irresponsible gunnies are involved, ruling out the involvement of security personnel.

He said the act is against all values of Islam and human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
, insisting that the security personnel are all committed to respect the laws of the country, specifically the war rules.

Danish also added that the police authorities in the relevant province have been instructed to take immediate actions for the detention and trial of those involved in the brutal act.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Sadly, the video is not available at the link.
Posted by: gorb || 03/10/2016 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  WARNING:
Angry folks in this video
Don't expect it to be up long.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2016 2:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I bet the torturers were people who had family or friends killed by indiscriminate 'suicide' bombers. Yes, it seems an excessive response, but in their culture it may be what is needed, and we all know we have to respect culture.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/10/2016 7:59 Comments || Top||

#4  ...using the language they all understand.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/10/2016 8:53 Comments || Top||


Pakistani choppers bombed areas in Kunar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Pak choppers have reportedly entered about two kilometers inside eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan and bombed areas there, Azadi Radio quoting a local official reported on Wednesday.

When officials say Pak choppers they usually mean the military ones.

According to the report, the choppers entered into Dangam district two times on Tuesday and threw bombs.

Inayatullah, governor of Dangam district while confirming the report told Azadi Radio that more than 100 shells were also fired from across the border into Dangam district in the past two days.

No casualties have been reported in the incidents.

Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising. And then he smelled the smoke...
police chief of Kunar province said that Pak forces have also violated border policy by moving into the zero point areas of the Durand Line.

Abdul Habib Sayedkhili added that Pak forces have established security posts in the zero point areas and targeting Kunar province from there.

This has forced hundreds of families to vacate the border areas.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  When I see 'Pak choppers', I get the mental image of a moped with extended front forks.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/10/2016 14:58 Comments || Top||


Security forces foil Daesh-planned attack in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Security forces have foiled a planned attack of the terrorist group of 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 is also locally known by its Arabic name Daesh [Islamic State] 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.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesperson for the police headquarters of Nangarhar said murderous Moslems had intended to carry out destructive activities in Tooragha area of Kot district but police and army prevented them immediately after receiving a tip-off around 10 am today.

He said a clash erupted between the two sides which took about an hour and thirty minutes leaving several murderous Moslems killed and maimed, and one locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
.

Col. Mashriqiwal added that four dead bodies were left behind from the murderous Moslems on the battle ground.

Two fighters of the group were killed in an artillery attack in Achin district yesterday.

Spokesperson of Nangarhar Police said artillery targeted residence of Abdullah, the group’s local commander in Pikhi area.

Security forces and civilians did not suffer casualties in the incidents, the spokesperson added.

Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K


Top Taliban leaders among 67 reported killed in Herat infighting
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Amid ongoing fierce festivities among Taliban factions 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, reports have emerged regarding the death of two top leaders of the group.

The two top leaders of the group have been identified as Mullah Malik and Mulalh Wakil who have been killed during ongoing infighting which erupted two days ago.

According to reports, Mullah Malik and Mullah Wakil were Taliban’s big shot and were operating for the group in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

Preliminary reports suggest at last 67 Talibs have been killed and 65 others have been maimed as festivities still continue between the two sides.

Local officials said Tuesday that festivities between the two top Taliban leaders, Mullah Samad and Mullah Nangialai, broke out on Monday afternoon in Shindand district.

The officials further added that the deadly infighting erupted due to differences on group’s leadership.

The latest festivities between the Taliban factions follows almost three months after a similar clash broke out between the rival groups in this province.

The Taliban factions are occasionally engaging in deadly infighting, mainly due to differences over the group’s leadership, which changed following the death of the group’s founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Mullah Mansoor assumed charge of the Taliban group in July last year following the announcement of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.

His controversial appointment as new Taliban supreme leader led to widening rift among the Taliban leaders who are often entering into deadly clash.

Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militants abduct 11 civilians in northern Sar-e-Pul province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs have kidnapped at least 11 civilians from an highway in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan, local officials said Wednesday.

The officials further added that the civilians were travelling in a vehicle when they were stopped and kidnapped by the Lion of Islams.

A member of the provincial council Mohammad Ali Hakimi confirmed the civilians were on their way to quiet provincial capital when their vehicle was stopped.

Sar-e-Pul is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed forces of Evil groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Heavy festivities were reported in parts of Sar-e-Pul province as the Talibs launched coordinated attacks on Afghan security posts late last year.

The Talibs also took control of Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
at district following an offensive earlier in the month of October last year.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil also kidnapped five civilians from a highway between the northern Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul province earlier in September last year.

Militants are often stopping the civilians buses and vehicles on main highways in volatile parts of the country and kidnap civilians, accusing them of working for the government or being members of the security forces.

Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


No casualties as suicide blast rocks Kabul city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A relatively heavy kaboom rocked Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
city this afternoon a jacket wallah detonated his explosives in 2nd Police district of the city, killing himself only in a premature blast.

Najib Danish, deputy front man for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), confirmed that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the Ministry of Finance in Police District#2.

He said there were no casualties as a result of the attack and only the suicide bomber was killed.

A security official in Police District#2 earlier confirmed that two suicide bombers were looking to attack a government compound in the city but were killed after their explosives went off prematurely.

The official further added only the two suicide bombers were killed in the incident and there are no reports of casualties to the civilians or security personnel.

The area where the incident has taken place is housing several ministry compounds and is located close the presidential palace.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  I like the title
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2016 11:38 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
US Troops in Helicopter-Borne Raid in Somalia: US Official
[ALMANAR.LB] US troops took part in a helicopter-borne special forces raid against Shebab insurgents in Somalia, a US official said Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the overnight Tuesday to Wednesday operation as a "US partnered raid" with US troops accompanying Somali forces.

An Nahar adds:

U.S. aircraft were used in the operation, which the front man described as an "advise, assist and accompany mission" with the Somali army.

"We did go on the mission but we did not go all the way to the objective," Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

Shabelle adds: "top" Al shabaab leaders killed in US airstrike on Raso camp

A Somali official says senior Al shabaab commanders are among 150 militants killed in a U.S. airstrike on a training camp in Hiiraan region of central Somalia.
Senior = number three?
The district commissioner of Bulo-Burte Abdiaziz Durow confirmed the death of the Al shabaab’s head of defense Sheikh Abukar Ali Aden and other top leaders who were killed in drone attack.

Mr Durow said the slain leaders were attending a closing ceremony for new Al shabaab recruits trained in Raso camp near Bulo-Burte town at the time of the U.S. airstrike last Saturday.

Those killed in the U.S. Drone attack include Yusuf Ali Ugas, Al shabaab governor who was in charge of Hiiraan region and Mohamed Mire, a high-ranking militant leader.

The Pentagon has announced U.S. drone attack killed 150 Al shabaab members in the airstrike, targeted Raso training camp located west of Bulo-Burte town, a figure Al-Shabaab described as an exaggeration.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  "We did go on the mission but we did not go all the way to the objective"

They sat on the skids and watched.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2016 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Um, I don't remember a declaration of War against Somalia. Did this go to Congress.............or is this in Minnesota?


/sarc
Posted by: AlanC || 03/10/2016 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Africa is the new 'Good War.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2016 7:12 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Cairo blast wounds 3
Three people were wounded in an explosion in the Egyptian capital, Sputnik reported with the reference to the local media.

The explosion took place on Wednesday in the Giza suburb of Cairo, hitting a police armored vehicle, according to the Al-Youm al-Sabea online newspaper. The vehicle was only lightly damaged, but two passengers and the driver of a taxi that was passing by at the time of the explosion were injured.

The man who detonated the explosive device was caught and beaten by locals until police units arrived.
Good going, locals!
Posted by: Steve White || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under:


Tunisian Forces Foil overnight Terrorist Attack, Kill 6 Gunmen
[ALMANAR.LB] Tunisian security forces killed six "terrorists" overnight near Ben Guerdane after a deadly terrorist attack on the town near the border with Libya, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

"Security and army units tonight eliminated five turbans in the Benniri sector" near the frontier, the ministry said late Tuesday.

Early Wednesday it revised the toll, saying that a sixth suspect terrorist had been killed overnight.

Four Kalashnikov assault rifles were recovered, it added.

Tunisian media reports late Tuesday said security forces had surrounded a house where suspected holy warriors were holed up, but this information has yet to be officially confirmed.

Benniri is a few kilometers (miles) south of Ben Guerdane which is still under curfew after Monday's dawn attack in which 36 assailants, 12 members of the security forces and seven non-combatants were killed.

The authorities said the attack was an unprecedented assault by the so-called 'Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) 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...
group aimed at setting up a new stronghold in the country across the border from Libya.

Witnesses reported a massive security presence on Wednesday in Ben Guerdane, a town of 60,000 people.

The authorities have warned that mopping up operations after Monday's attack would continue.

Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Tuesday that about 50 Death Eaters were believed to have taken part in the assaults on an army barracks and police and National Guard posts.

Defense ministry front man Belhassen Oueslati said 17 suspects were incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on Tuesday near a military barracks and handed over to the National Guard for questioning.

Khaleej Times adds: Deader count up to 10

Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


‘Radicalized’ Frenchman held after flying to Morocco with knives in baggage
[AnNahar] A Frenchie described as "radicalized" was locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in Morocco after arriving on a Ryanair flight with knives and a gas bottle in his luggage, a local government official said on Wednesday .

The 31-year-old man, who had previously been under house arrest in La Belle France, was held upon arrival in Fez on Sunday, where authorities discovered the items, as well as a black balaclava, in his luggage.

He flew there with the low-cost airline from Nantes in western La Belle France, despite heightened security following 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 attack on Gay Paree in November that left 130 people dead.

Local government officials identified him as Manuel Broustail, a former soldier who converted to Islam. He was arrested in November after the attacks and sent to his room.

The municipality of the Loire-Atlantique region said Broustail was no longer under house arrest when he checked into the flight, and there was no reason to stop him leaving La Belle France.

According to photos published in Moroccan media, Broustail's luggage appeared to contain at least four kitchen knives, a machete, two pocket knives, a truncheon, a balaclava and gas bottle.

The municipality said La Belle France had signaled the man's presence to the Moroccan authorities and that his arrest in Fez "was not a matter of chance".

The Dublin-based carrier Ryanair told AFP the case was "the responsibility of Nantes airport security officials who are investigating".

The municipality said Broustail's hand luggage had contained nothing out of the ordinary, and his checked baggage had not raised alarm bells when passing through electronic detectors as it did not contain explosives.

A source close to the investigation said Broustail had moved to Morocco with his wife last year and had returned to La Belle France to sell his apartment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Bet he's a chef.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2016 2:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Knives and a gas bottle. I guess he was planning on getting right to work when he landed.
Posted by: gorb || 03/10/2016 14:45 Comments || Top||

#3  One needs a gas bottle for the crème brulee...
Posted by: Pappy || 03/10/2016 15:09 Comments || Top||

#4  yeah he was on his way to auditions for Master Chef Raqqa....
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 03/10/2016 22:18 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Soddys participate in prisoner swap
Saudi Arabia released seven Yemenis in exchange for one of its soldiers, the kingdom's news agency reported Wednesday. It marked the first announced prisoner swap since a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries went to war against Yemen's rebels nearly a year ago.

The Saudi military and the rebels known as Houthis frequently clash along the kingdom's southern border with Yemen. The statement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency, did not specify if the Houthis had been holding the soldier who was released.

SPA said Yemeni tribal leaders coordinated the prisoner swap that led to the release of Cpl. Jaber Al Kaabi. It also said Yemeni tribal figures helped facilitate the delivery of aid across the border into Yemeni villages.

The statement said the seven Yemenis had been detained in areas of military operations near the border, but did not give details on when the Yemenis and the solider had been detained nor where the exchange took place.

In September, the Houthis released a video purporting to show another Saudi corporal, named Ibrahim Al Hakimi, being held captive.

The Yemeni capital of Sanaa and the northern region of the country where Houthis are in control have reported relative calm in recent days.
Posted by: badanov || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Prisoner Swap Takes Place as Yemenis, Saudis Hold Talks in Border Area
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni sources denied as not accurate reports which said that Ansarullah delegation went to Riyadh for talks with the Saudi regime over its brutal aggression against the Arab impoverished country.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
the sources did not deny that talks had really taken place, noting that they were under the request of Riyadh.

The two sides met in a border area, the sources told al-Manar, noting that Riyadh offered to stop the Arclight airstrikes on Sanaa in exchange for that Yemeni army and the popular committees stop their retaliation attacks in the areas across the border with Saudi.

For its part, the Yemeni side refused the Saudi offer, insisting that the aggression should be halted against all the areas across 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...
and not only in Sanaa, the sources added.

In this context, the sources said that the Saudi offer comes as a result for its failure in the battlefield, in addition to the threat posed by Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
groups in the south.

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

another Yemeni source said that a prisoner swap deal took place between the two sides.

The swap included a Saudi colonel and Yemeni fighters, the source said, noting that the Saudi side recovered dozens of bodies of Saudi soldiers and mercenaries fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen has been since March 26, 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.
Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to runaway president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
Yemeni army, backed by the committees has been engaged in battles with Saudi-led mercenaries and Hadi’s militias in several areas across the country.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi Warplanes Raid Several Yemeni Cities
[ALMANAR.LB] Saudi warplanes raided on Wednesday Mede desert as well as al-Jawf, Harad, Sarwah, and al-Nawahy cities, causing much destruction.

The Yemeni army and popular committees clashed fiercely with the Saudi-led mercenaries in al-Maashiq and struck them in several other areas.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
the Yemeni rocketry force launch Qaher missile onto the snuffies in Maareb, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Gulf States Snub Hizbullah-Affiliated Channels
[An Nahar] Information ministers of the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council have taken a series of measures following the GCC's blacklisting of Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
last week.

During a meeting they held in Riyadh on Tuesday, the ministers decided to take all legal measures to prevent cooperation with TV channels affiliated to Hizbullah or its leaders.

The statement issued following the meeting said "Hizbullah seeks to stir strife and incite chaos and violence."

The ministers stressed that legal measures apply to production companies, producers, and all that falls under the umbrella of the media as part of measures taken to implement the GCC resolution which considered Hizbullah a terrorist organization.

The move by the Saudi-led bloc of six Gulf nations last Wednesday came less than two weeks after Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
announced it was cutting $4 billion in aid to the Lebanese army and security forces.

There are fears that the Gulf states would pile more pressure on Leb, including deporting Lebanese expats and stopping flights to Leb.

The Saudi Embassy in Beirut denied a report
No, no! Certainly not!
in the Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas that Saudi Arabian Airlines has urged travel agencies in Kuwait to stop booking flights to Leb on the kingdom's national carrier.

The airline urged the agencies to allow travelers, who have already booked their flights, to redeem their tickets, al-Qabas said.
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Europe
Europe's migrant adventures
Breitbart:
09/03/2016 – HERRENBURG, Germany – Mentally handicapped girls molested

Men described by the lifeguard as “of Arab origin” molested two girls aged 12 and 17 in a hot tub in full view of other bathers, reports Die Welt. The girls are both mentally handicapped and were in the hot tub alone at the time.

The perpetrators were told to get out by a lifeguard but fled the scene before police could arrive. Police are currently searching for witnesses to help identify the suspects.

Daily Mail:
Macedonia closes its doors 'completely' to migrants trapped in Greece after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announce total shut down of their borders
10/03/16
Skopje had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis through, but is now stopping doing so after its neighbours Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia tightened up their policies.

Migrant abducts mother's four-year-old son at Austrian swimming pool and molests her when she goes to find him in latest terrifying sex attack
09/03/16
The man, who barely spoke German, grabbed the four-year-old boy from the children's play pool, pictured, in Klagenfurt and then groped the child's mother when she went to look for her son.

Leaked police report reveals a spike in migrant crime in Germany... and warns that sex attacks, violence and radicalisation will rise even further
09/03/16
A report by the North Rhine-Westphalian Department of the Interior warns of a spike in the number of crimes – of violence, sexual, property theft and narcotic offences – committed by refugees.
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Severed Head Found at Amsterdam Hookah Bar
[An Nahar] Dutch authorities closed down a notorious Amsterdam hookah bar Wednesday after a severed human head was discovered at its entrance, a grisly find believed to be linked to a drug war between rival gangs.

A passer-by signaled the gruesome scene to police, who linked it to the discovery of a decapitated body in a burnt-out car elsewhere in the city.

Police said the body belonged to 23-year-old Amsterdam resident Nabil Amzieb, who was known to the authorities.

"A police probe later confirmed the head belonged to the body," they said in a statement.

The hookah bar called the Fayrouz Lounge is a "well-known gathering spot for criminals involved in the so-called "Mocro-war", a power struggle mainly between Moroccan gangs in the city, public broadcaster NOS said.

It most likely represented a "new phase" in the gang war, which has seen several others murdered in the scenic Dutch capital, including one man who was killed after visiting the same bar, Dutch media reports said.
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#1  Headless body in topless bar?
Posted by: Raj || 03/10/2016 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  In Amsterdam a newshound howls
While tears drip down his foamy jowls:
"Dear God, I'll never understand
Why it could not have been a hand!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/10/2016 0:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Play it again Sam.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2016 7:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Is the Hookah Bar also a Headshop?
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/10/2016 8:34 Comments || Top||

#5  If the U.S. would bring in enough Syrian widows and orphans, perhaps we too could have a notorious hookah bar.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/10/2016 13:38 Comments || Top||

#6  "police . . . linked [the head] to the discovery of a decapitated body in a burnt-out car elsewhere in the city"

"Holmes, how do you do it?"
Posted by: Barbara || 03/10/2016 14:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Oh THAT decapitated body!
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/10/2016 14:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Since it was a hookah bar was it a smoked head or just your normal chopped one waiting for the head shrinkers?
Posted by: 3dc || 03/10/2016 17:20 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
USAF veteran convicted of attempting to join IS
[Reuters] Tairod Pugh, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was found guilty on Wednesday of attempting to join Islamic State, according to his lawyer.

After a week-long trial in Brooklyn federal court, a jury found Pugh, 48, guilty of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, and obstruction for destroying four portable electronic storage devices after his detention in Turkey.

Prosecutors said Pugh immersed himself in violent Islamic State propaganda for months before buying a one-way flight from his home in Egypt to Turkey, where he hoped to cross the Syrian border into territory controlled by the extremist group.

He was detained by Turkish authorities at an Istanbul airport and eventually flown to the United States to face terrorism charges.

Pugh's defense lawyers argued that his only offense was to express "repugnant" views about Islamic State in Facebook posts and to watch dozens of the group's slickly produced recruitment videos. They said he traveled to Turkey to find work, not to become a jihadist.

But prosecutors pointed to a letter he drafted to his Egyptian wife, found on his laptop, in which he vowed to fight for Islam and declared he had two options: "Victory or Martyr." The letter was written days before he flew to Turkey, though it was unclear whether he ever sent it.

He also took with him to Istanbul a black facemask, a map depicting Islamic State's strongholds in Syria and a chart of the border crossings between Turkey and Syria.

Pugh served as an avionics specialist in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990 and later worked as an Army contractor in Iraq from 2009 to 2010, prosecutors said.
Rantburg's Tairod Pugh archive can be seen here.
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#1  Should have left him for the Egyptians to dispose of.
Posted by: Betty Hitler2611 || 03/10/2016 2:49 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't suppose a treason charge is in the works - probably get him for micro-agression
Posted by: Thraiting Uneans6342 || 03/10/2016 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  expect a Rose Garden photo op with Weasel One
Posted by: Vortigern Thusock5388 || 03/10/2016 15:10 Comments || Top||

#4  0bean can always celebrate by releasing a few more from Gitmo.
Posted by: gorb || 03/10/2016 15:19 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
2 security officials, 6 militants killed in Balochistan
QUETTA: Two Security personnel and six suspected militants were reported killed during an armed clash in Balochistan’s Sibi district on Wednesday.

The spokesman of Balochistan government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, said security forces killed six suspects including an alleged militant commander during an operation in Sibi district.

Addressing a press conference at Chief Minister's Secretariat, Kakar said the deceased commander was identified as Aslam alias Acho.

“Aslam alias Acho has reportedly been involved in a series of terrorist activities,” Kakar added.

Security forces recovered weapons and explosives from the possession of the suspected militants, a security official told Dawn News.

The deceased suspects belonged to the banned militant organisations, claimed the official.

Bodies of the slain security personnel were brought back to Quetta Cantonment, with their funeral prayers attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz and other high ranking officials.

Security forces have intensified their actions in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.
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LeT comdr, Udhampur attack mastermind among 2 killed
[Daily Excelsior] In a major success against the Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT), security forces today bumped off its top commander and criminal mastermind behind last year’s attack in Udhampur on a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy, Abu Ukasha, and his associate while LeT divisional commander, Abu Dujana, along with 9 other LeT snuffies managed to escape from the cordon.

After a specific input received by the Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmire Police, Srinagar, about presence of 11 snuffies including top leadership of LeT, security forces this afternoon launched searches at Chandipora, Goripora and Wadhakpora villages in South Kashmire’s Pulwama district.

A top police officer said that they had information about the presence of 11 snuffies of LeT who had a meeting in the area. As they were holding the meeting in the Agriculture farm in Wadhakpora in Awantipora area of South Kashmire’s Pulwama district, security forces laid the cordon and conducted searches during which shootout broke out that lasted for several hours.

Security forces cordoned off vast area and had a fierce shootout with the LeT snuffies at Wadhakpora in Awantipora area in which two snuffies were killed. They have been identified as Abu Ukasha and Abu Hafiz. They also recovered two AK-47 rifles, four magazines and two pouches from their possession.

Large number of security forces took part in the operation as the area is vast and has bushes as well. Besides SOG Srinagar, those who were part of the operation include 10 Para, 50, 42 and 55 Rashtirya Rifles of Army, 185, 110 and 18th battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), SOG Awantipora and Pulwama.

Abu Ukasha was one of the most wanted snuffies in Kashmire and National Investigating Agency (NIA) had announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head for his involvement in Udhampur attack. He was part of the three snuffies who carried out the attack in Udhampur on BSF convoy last year. One of his associates, Mohammad Noaman was killed and Mohammad Naveed was jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
in Udhampur but Abu Ukasha managed to return to his base in South Kashmire.

As the security forces were engaged in the shootout with the two LeT hard boys, 9 other LeT snuffies including divisional commander of the LeT, Abu Dujana managed to slip out of the cordon, taking advantage of dense vegetation and bushes in the area.

Meanwhile,
...back at the hoedown, the fiddler suddenly struck a sour note. The dancing stopped abruptly. Everyone looked at Bob...
SOG Srinagar and Army today cordoned off Wanihama village of Ganderbal district in the outskirts of Srinagar. SOG Srinagar received a tip off about the presence of two snuffies of Hizbul Mujahideen in Wanihama and cordoned off the area.

As the searches were underway, snuffies opened firing on police leading to a brief shootout. However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
snuffies managed to escape from the spot leaving behind one AK 47 rifle and few rounds.

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Iraq
ISIS attacks Kurd, Iraqi positions in Mosul
QAMISHLI – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has stepped up its attacks on locations of the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the outskirts of Mosul city in Nineveh province, northern Iraq, Kurdish military sources reported on Wednesday.

“Daesh militants shelled joint positions for the Peshmerga and Iraqi army in Mosul suburb in a bid to impede their progress towards the city,” said Sirwan Barzani, leader of the Peshmerga forces in the fighting front of Makhmour-Kweir, using an acronym for ISIS.

The bombardment has killed and wounded a number of soldiers from the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army, the official reported.

Barzani pointed out that ISIS had earlier launched several attacks against the Peshmerga forces in the Makhmour front, “but these attacks have doubled since the arrival of the Iraqi military forces to the area.”

“Daesh (ISIS) tries to fight back after the Peshmerga and allies made remarkable gains in Mosul countryside,” he added.

Speaking to ARA News in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, political analyst Ahmed Suleiman said: “By launching such attacks, ISIS tries to impede the ongoing progress by the Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops near Mosul, which is the main bastion for the radical group in northern Iraq.”

“Backed by an air cover from the U.S.-led coalition, the Kurdish Peshmerga and allies Iraqi forces have launched the battle for Mosul, and they seem determined to continue their military operations there until regaining the strategic city,” Suleiman said.
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11 Iraqi kops die in ISIS attack in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Salahuddin Province announced on Wednesday, that 11 elements of the police had been either killed or wounded in an attack launched by ISIS on a thermal power station northeast of Baiji in northern Tikrit.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Yesterday, ISIS members attacked the police force that was assigned to protect the thermal power station in Shweich area northeast of Baiji, using light and medium weapons, killing five policemen and wounding six others,” adding that, “A security forces rushed to the area and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department.”

The source continued, “Preliminary information indicates that the ISIS militants sneaked from Hamrin Mountains toward the power station.”
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30 detained in Babel
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – A source within the police force in Babel said on Wednesday, that 30 wanted individuals had been arrested on charges of criminal offenses during security operations in different areas of the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, Babel police forces managed to detain 30 wanted individuals on charges of criminal offenses, ranging between murder, theft and armed robbery, during operations carried out in different areas of the province.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The [police] forces transferred the detainees to the police station for interrogation.”
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2 Iraqi militia die in bomb attack in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A local source in Diyali province said on Wednesday, that two elements of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia had been killed in a bomb blast north of Baqubah.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported for IraqiNews.com, “A bomb that went off while being dismantled by two elements of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi in the village of al-Tala al-Awla near al-Azeem (63 km north of Baqubah) resulted in their death,” adding that, “A security force arrived in the area and opened an investigation into the incident.”
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Bad Guys knock over currency exchange house in Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Wednesday, a security source in Kirkuk Province revealed, that an armed group stole 15 million dinars from the owner of a currency exchange office in southern the province.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, a group of gunmen robbed the car of a currency exchange office’s owner in June 1st neighborhood in southern Kirkuk, while managed to steal 15 million dinars and escaped to unknown destination.”

The source added, “A police force arrived in the area and opened an investigation into the incident.”
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Anbar Antics: 11 die
9 ISIS Bad Guys die near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar Operations Command announced on Wednesday, that nine members of the so-called ISIS, including Arabs, were killed in cleansing battles in southern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, a security forces carried out a military operation targeting ISIS gatherings in the axes of Ameriya (22 km south of Fallujah), killing nine members belonging to ISIS, including Arabs,” noting that, “The operation also resulted in the destruction of three vehicles Albu Hatim and Albu Eifan areas in southern Fallujah.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The cleansing battles are continuous in Amiriyat Fallujah axes, especially in the areas near Euphrates River and Fallujah Dam to ensure cutting ISIS supply lines to weaken its capabilities.”

Iraqi forces liberate Modern Village (Actual town name)

Iraqi security forces. Archival photo.
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Head of the security committee in al-Wafaa area in Ramadi District Hussein Kassar announced on Wednesday, that the security forces liberated the Modern Village north of Ramadi and raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.

Kassar said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today the forces from the Anti-Terrorism Bureau and Iraqi army backed by the police emergency regiments and tribal fighters managed to liberate the Modern Village north of Ramadi and raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.”

“The liberation operation didn’t meet any resistance from ISIS that withdrew its fighters toward Heet,” Kassar added.

Iraqi reinforcements arrive near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that the Anti-Terrorism Directorate has sent military reinforcements in preparation to retake al-Hamidiya and Albu Obeid areas east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Military reinforcements belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Directorate arrived from Dhi Qar Province to al-Hamidiya and Albu Obeid areas east of Ramadi.”

“These troops will join the army’s 8th and 10th brigades, as well as the tribal fighters to retake Khalidiya Island from ISIS,” Mahalawi added.

ISIS leader dies in airstrike near Kabisa

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Wednesday, that the so-called ISIS Wali of Kabisa District had been killed in an aerial strike by the international coalition west of Ramadi.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with the army’s Seventh Division, bombarded one of the strategic ISIS headquarters in the district of Kabisa south of Heet (70 km west of Ramadi).”

The source also added, “The bombardment resulted in killing a number of [ISIS] elements, including the Wali of Kabisa District as well as a prominent leader of [ISIS].”
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Baghdad bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die
Civilian dies in small arms attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force said on Wednesday, that a civilian had been killed in a militant attack in central Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, unidentified militants opened fire against a civilian in the area of al-Ameriyat in western Baghdad, resulting in his immediate death.”

The source added, “A security force arrived in the area and transferred the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while opened an investigation into the incident.”

1 dead in bus bombing

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday, that seven people had been either killed or wounded in the explosion of an adhesive bomb that was emplaced under a bus in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an adhesive explosive device emplaced under a bus exploded while passing in Husseiniya area in northern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding six others, including the bus driver, as well as causing material damage to the bus.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area and prevented approaching it.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Terrorists carry out two shooting attacks in Jerusalem; One critically wounded
[Jpost] Violence rattled the capital for a second day Wednesday, when two Paleostinian bandidos turbans responsible for separate drive-by shootings were killed by police during a shoot-out near the Old City following a citywide manhunt.

An Arab-Israeli man in his late 50s was critically maimed after being shot twice by the suspects during the shootout, which took place on a major thoroughfare between the New Gate and light-rail tracks.

At approximately 8 a.m., police first received reports about two suspicious Arab men driving a blue vehicle on Golda Meir Boulevard in the capital’s Ramot neighborhood.

Moments later, shots were fired from the car in the direction of an Egged bus, police said.

Before officers arrived at the scene, an armed Israeli man who witnessed the shooting exited his car and fired a single shot at the terrorists’ vehicle before they fled the area.

"We know that shots were fired in the direction of the bus by two Arab suspects armed with automatic weapons, but no bullet holes were found on the bus itself," said Police front man Micky Rosenfeld, who added that no casualties were reported.

"Police units immediately set up road blocks and launched a search for the vehicle driven by the terrorists, which we knew was still in Jerusalem and was spotted by special patrol units between the Old City’s Damascus Gate and New Gate one hour later."

Rosenfeld said that when police approached the car, shots were fired at them before the officers returned fire and killed both suspects.

None of the officers were maimed, but a 57-year-old Arab-Israeli bystander walking in the area was struck in the head and chest by two bullets fired by the suspects.

Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene treated the east Jerusalem resident, who was rushed to Hadassah- University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus at death's door.
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Palestinian tries to stab soldiers near Ariel, is shot dead
[IsraelTimes] No injuries to security forces at West Bank checkpoint, in third attack in three hours Wednesday morning.

In the third attack in the space of three hours, a Paleostinian man attempted to stab IDF soldiers on Wednesday at a checkpoint near the West Bank Paleostinian village of Salfit, close to the Ariel settlement.

The attacker was rubbed out and there were no reports of injuries to security forces.

"An assailant armed with a knife attempted to stab forces at a checkpoint south of Qalqilya," the army said in a statement. "The force thwarted the attack, responding to the immediate threat, and shot the assailant, resulting in his death."

The attempted stabbing Wednesday morning came hours after two hard boyz carried out a shooting attack in Jerusalem that seriously injured an Arab-Israeli man.
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Palestinian woman with a knife caught inside settlement
[IsraelTimes] Suspect sneaks into Kedumim in the West Bank, chases female resident before being jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by troops


Israeli security forces arrested a Paleostinian woman who broke into the Kedumim settlement armed with a knife on Wednesday, an army spokesperson said.

The woman snuck into the Mitzpeh Yishai neighborhood of the Kedumim settlement, which is located just east of the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba.

The suspect chased after a female resident of the settlement before security forces arrived to the scene and wrestled her to the ground, the IDF said. She is suspected of having intended to attack the woman in her home, Army Radio said.

She was taken in for further questioning.

Kedumim is located next door to the Paleostinian village of Hajjah, which was the hometown of 22-year-old Bashar Massalha, who carried out a deadly stabbing attack in Jaffa on Tuesday night.

Following the attack, the IDF closed off Hajjah and carried out searches in the village.

The IDF arrested 16 Paleostinian suspects in the West Bank on Tuesday night, 12 of them for rock-throwing or participating in violent protests. Another suspect is believed to be a member of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, the IDF said.

The allegations against the other three suspects were not disclosed.
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#1  International Women's Day was Tuesday. That would explain the surge of violence that day.
Posted by: gorb || 03/10/2016 12:14 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Power pole blast kills two Thai soldiers
[Bangkok Post] Two soldiers were killed and three others wounded when a power pole was bombed and fell on their teacher-protection patrol in Narathiwat province on Wednesday afternoon.

Troops, paramilitary rangers and defense volunteers were traveling in two vehicles as escort to a teachers' car in Chanae district when a roadside power pole was blown up. The pole snapped and fell on to the roof of the leading Isuzu pickup truck which carried three officers. The pole bounced onto the car with three teachers and the school director. Defense volunteers in the rear vehicle ordered the director to drive the badly damaged car back to school to take shelter.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kurds, rebels cut ISIS supply line in Hasakah
HASAKAH – Backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled Wednesday militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) from a key town in northeastern Syria.

Subsequent to clashes with ISIS militants, the SDF has recaptured the Umm Madfah town in Hasakah province, on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Umm Madfah was a main supply route for ISIS jihadis between their de facto capital of Raqqa and the southern countryside of Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

The town had also served as a meeting point for ISIS jihadis during their movements between Syria and Iraq.

“By retaking Umm Madfah, our fighters were able to block the ISIS supply line between Raqqa and Hasakah,” SDF official spokesman Talal Silo told ARA News. “Also, the movement of the terrorists was paralyzed after this victory by our forces in northern Syria.”

ISIS Under SDF Fire

The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian units, had earlier liberated more than 240 towns and villages from ISIS militants on the border with Iraq, the last of which was Shaddadi–main ISIS bastion in Hasakah province.

Two weeks ago, the SDF alliance had seized control of a key gas facility and main financial resource for the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province. The western-backed forces regained control of the Jibisa gas facility, located about 12km east of Shaddadi city in southern Hasakah.

The facility had been used by ISIS for nearly two years as a source to fund its operations. Informed sources told ARA News that ISIS used to produce 5,000 gas cylinders a day in Jibisa to be sold at the black-market. Local sources reported that ISIS has been coordinating with the Syrian regime to sell the gas it used to extract from Jibisa fields, and that the regime’s employees have been working in the facility even during ISIS control.

Jibisa gas facility is considered one of the main gas facilities in northern Syria for its huge production that has been feeding power stations in central Syria. The facility was run by some 500 workers, including specialized engineers, technicians and workers.
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Iran Defies US Warnings, Tests more Ballistic Missiles in Second Day of Drills
[ALMANAR.LB] Iran said its armed forces had fired two more ballistic missiles on Wednesday as it continued tests in defiance of US warnings.

"Long-range Qadr-H and Qadr-F precision missiles were fired today... which destroyed targets" some 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away, official media quoted the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Hussein Salami, as saying.

State television broadcast video of two missiles being fired from a site in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran.

The Islamic Theocratic Republic also carried out multiple ballistic missile tests on Tuesday.

The missile sanctions were imposed a day after nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted.

US State Department front man John Kirby warned on Tuesday that Washington might take unilateral or international action in response.

"The more our enemies increase the sanctions the more intense the Guards' reaction" will be, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh who heads the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace wing said on Wednesday.

"Yesterday we saw missiles fired from silos and platforms and today the launches are taking place from the heart of our Islamic land," he added.

"The reason we have designed these missiles with such a range -- 2,000 kilometers - is to be able to hit our remote enemies, the Zionist regime," ISNA news agency quoted Hajizadeh as saying.

The latest tests, called "The Power of Velayat", a reference to the religious doctrine of the Islamic republic's leadership, were undertaken by the Revolutionary Guards and Aerospace Forces.

The series of tests included short-, medium- and long-range precision guided missiles, with ranges of 300 kilometers, 500 kilometers, 800 kilometers and 2,000 kilometers, state media reported.
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#1  The MMs are rubbing O's nose in it, it appears. Is the Champ a chump? NO! Champ is aiding and abetting the MMs in getting their nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems. Millions will die. And congress sits on its collective a$$. And we pay huge sums for suicide on the installment plan.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/10/2016 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  I think a little launch site irrigation is in order.

Fukushima authorities still don’t how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2016 2:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Red lines at the ready, awaiting the CIC order to deploy.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/10/2016 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  The Times of Israel adds:

Iran test-fires 2 missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/10/2016 11:40 Comments || Top||

#5  One of these from 27 seconds in?
video link
Posted by: 3dc || 03/10/2016 17:33 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army Widens Secured Zone in Eastern Rural Aleppo
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army - and allied forces - managed on Wednesday to widen the secured zone of Khanaser town environs in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo.

The national military also seized full control over Shabib hills and the towns of Kharbil, Akeel, Al-Qleia' and Sarda located to the east of Khanaser.

The latest military campaign claimed a number of bandidos Lions of Islam and left several ISIL gunnies maimed, as many of the group's mercenaries were fleeing away towards the eastern region.
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4 Held for Smuggling Arms to Arsal Militants
[An Nahar] The army incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Wednesday thirteen suspects in the Bekaa region in two separate operations, according to military statements.

"Following search and investigations, an Intelligence Directorate patrol raided the houses of Ibrahim Ahmed Matar, Ali Ahmed Matar, Hussam Abdo Matar and Mustafa Mohammed Seifeddine in the Bekaa area of Jdeidet al-Fakiha, where it managed to arrest them," an army statement said.

The four were wanted on charges of "smuggling arms, ammunition and military equipment to the turban groups in Arsal's outskirts," the army added.

It said the suspects used "secret compartments inside an Opel car and a Volkswagen car" to carry out their smuggling operations.

"A rocket, a shell, pistols, light ammunition, a large cache of military gear and a BMW car with no legal registration papers" were seized in the raid, the army added.

Separately, an army force arrested nine Syrians and Paleostinians in the Bekaa area of Majdel Anjar for "entering Leb illegally and possessing a car with no legal papers and a number of surveillance cameras," the military said in another statement.

Extremists from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front and 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 are entrenched in mountainous regions in Arsal's outskirts and along the porous Lebanese-Syrian border.

The gunnies clash with the army and with Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
occasionally but a major confrontation erupted in August 2014 when the two groups overran Arsal in the wake of the army's arrest of a senior turban.

Nineteen soldiers and around 60 gunnies were killed in the fighting. The two groups also kidnapped during the battle dozens of troops and coppers of which four were eventually executed.
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Names of 22,000 IS members said leaked to news channel
[IsraelTimes] Jihadist group’s recruitment documents include previously unknown jihadis from across Europe, US, Canada

Tens of thousands of documents containing the names, addresses, phone numbers and family contacts of jihadis who joined 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 have been given to Sky News, the broadcaster said Wednesday.

Sky reported that a disillusioned former member had handed over the documents on a memory stick that had been stolen from the head of the group’s internal security police.

The documents are forms that IS recruits had to fill out in order to be accepted into the organization, and contain information on nationals from 51 countries, the broadcaster reported.

"Sky News has informed the authorities about the haul," the news channel wrote on its website. No comment was immediately available from Britannia’s interior or foreign ministries.

Some of the documents reportedly contain the information of previously unknown jihadis located across northern Europe, the United States and Canada, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East, it said.

Richard Barrett, former global terrorism operations director at MI6, wrote on Twitter that the records would shed an "invaluable light" on who had joined IS.

"This is going to be an invaluable resource for analysts," he added.

Copies of the documents broadcast by Sky News showed that recruits would have to answer 23 questions including on their blood type, mother’s maiden name, "level of sharia understanding" and previous experience.

Some of the names in the documents are of fighters who have been already identified, such as Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a former rapper from west London who once posted an image of himself on Twitter holding a severed head.

Another named is Junaid Hussain, a cyber-operative for IS from the British city of Birmingham who was killed in a drone strike last August, and 21-year-old Reyaad Khan who appeared in a recruitment video and was killed last year.

The documents were obtained from a man who uses the name Abu Hamed, a former Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
member who joined IS.

He stole the memory stick of documents and handed them over in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
to a journalist, explaining that he left because Islamic rules had collapsed inside the group.

Hamed claimed the group had given up on its headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa and was moving into the desert.
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#1  I heard several Americans were on the list. Politicians. High ranking. Democrats. Western US Senators. Former Secretaries of big, old departments. Former junior Senators from mostly-blue Midwestern states bordering Lake Michigan. Probably just coincidence, or nom de guerre, in honor of their American namesakes.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/10/2016 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Won't the news people have to return the stolen property (files) to ISIS? Wouldn't doing that get them exclusive interviews with ISIS leaders? Besides, turning them over to Western intelligence would be taking sides, and they can't compromise their neutrality.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/10/2016 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  "I think the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant."
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2016 10:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Hunting season!

Posted by: 3dc || 03/10/2016 17:24 Comments || Top||


Pentagon Says ISIL’s Shishani Killed in US Strike over Syria
[ALMANAR.LB] US officials said on Tuesday that a top leader of the so-called 'Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) 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...
group may have been killed during a US Arclight airstrike in Syria.

Abu Omar al-Shishani, described by Pentagon as "ISIL Minister of War", is one of the most wanted terrorists, whose capture will cost a reward up to $5mn.

Born in 1986 in Georgia, Shishani was known for being a military advisor close to ISIL leader, His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
The Arclight airstrike was carried out by war jets and unmanned aerial vehicles that targeted Shishani near the Syrian city of Al-Shadadi, and killed 12 other krazed killers, a US official said.

The US Defense Department believes that Shishani was dispatched to Shadadi to reinforce ISIL gunnies following a series of defeat they suffered last month.

"He was a Georgian national based in Syria, who chaired high ISIL posts, including the Minister of War," Peter Cook, Pentagon front man said, adding that Shishani's death will limit the ISIL's ability to coordinate attacks and defend strongholds.

"It will also limit the group's ability to recruit imported muscle, especially in Chechnya and Caucasus.

Several US officials - asked not to be named - expressed optimism following the Arclight airstrike, despite that the killing of Shishani has not been yet confirmed.

'Omar the Chechen': Notorious, Red-Bearded IS Warlord

[AnNahar] On Wednesday, a U.S. official said Shishani -- whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili -- "likely died" in an assault earlier this month by U.S. warplanes and drones in northeastern Syria.
Lots of obituary information about Mr. Batirashvili at the link -- his Christian father, his time in the Georgian army -- just in case he really is dead.
Shishani's father, Taimouraz Batirashvili, told the Russian news agency Interfax that he had no confirmation of his fate.

"I know nothing about the death of my son. They announce his death almost every month," he said.
Update from The Times of Israel at noon ET:
State commander leader Omar al-Shishani, known as Omar the Chechen, was “seriously injured” in a recent strike in northeastern Syria but not killed despite US suggestions to the contrary, a monitoring group said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that according to its sources the March 4 strike had indeed targeted the jihadist’s convoy, killing his bodyguards, while Shishani himself “was seriously injured.”

“He’s not dead,” the Observatory’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “He was taken from the province of Hasake to a hospital in Raqqa province where he was treated by a jihadist doctor of European origin."
Pray for sepsis.
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