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Nuristan’s Duab district police chief killed in militants ambush
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The district police chief for Duab district of the restive Nuristan province was killed in turbans ambush earlier today, local officials said.

Acting provincial governor for Nuristan province Hafiz Abdul Qayum confirmed the report and said the district police chief was killed in an ambush in eastern Laghman province.

He said Enayatullah was on his way to his house when the turbans ambushed him in Alingar district, leaving the police chief dead and his driver maimed.

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

This comes as the Taliban led insurgency has been rampant during the recent months across the country despite efforts to end the ongoing violence through reconciliation process.

Laghman and Nuristan provinces are among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed turbans are active in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Talibs have recently attempted to carry out deadly attacks on government institutions in this province but the attack plots were foiled by the security forces.

The Afghan intelligence operatives locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a would-be jacket wallah before he carry out an attack in a busy part of Mehtarlam city late last month.

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Two drug smugglers arrested in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Police have tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
two drug pushers during separate raids in Behsood 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, an official said on Tuesday.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesperson for the police headquarters said both smugglers were arrested from Samarkhil area.

While talking to news hounds in Jalalabad, Col. Mashriqiwal added that Najibullah was arrested with 60 kilograms of hashish today and Ihsanullah with eight kilograms of hashish yesterday.

Nangarhar police spokesperson further said that the smugglers were transporting the hashish in two vehicles.

Najibullah and Ihsanullah have been put behind and taken under investigation in order to find out information about their partners in crime.

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

15 militants killed in latest air and ground operations of Afghan forces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 15 anti-government armed turbans were killed and 24 others were maimed in the latest counter-terrorism operations, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

Acccording to an operational update by MoD, the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan army, Afghan police and other security institutions who were supported by the Afghan Air Force.

At least 7 of the turbans were killed in air and ground operations in Nawa and Khanshin districts of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, MoD said, adding that 11 others were maimed.

MoD further added that 2 turbans were killed and 4 others were maimed in a seprate operation in Shahid Hasas district of Uruzgan province, while 4 turbans were killed and 6 others were maimed during an operation in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province.

A weapons cache of the turbans was discovered and seized during ongoing operations in Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shahabuddin districts of Baghlan province and a suspected hard boy was tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
, MoD added.

At least 2 turbans were killed, 2 turbans were maimed and 3 others were maimed in seprate operations in Maiwand district of Kandahar, Nejrab district of Kapisa, and Shindand district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province, according to MoD operational update.

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Shaboobs move to new coastal villages in Puntland
GAROWE, Somalia-Senior Al Shabaab official has delivered religious sermons in the coastal village of Garmaal following a surprise thrust into Garacad on Monday afternoon, Garowe Online reports. Residents reached on phone by GO has confirmed that militants travelling in boats entered the small village on Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of fishers flock to Garmaal—a few kilometers off historic Eyl town-- for fishing activities every year.

Al Shabaab official identified as Saacid Karate called on villagers to cooperate with them, claiming that they are only spreading Islam. Al Qaeda-inspired fighters hoisted their flag in Garacad overnight, local clan elders said.

Militants vacated Garacad in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dividing themselves into groups, according to witnesses.

Locals reported that armed militias on foot took to a road and sneaked through Kulub, an area 10km away from Jariban.

“They are in motion. These men are walking and I can see boats some miles off the coast,” said, elder Ibrahim Yusuf Egal.

Puntland Vice President AbdihakinAbdullahi Haji Omar has meanwhile convened emergency security meeting at the State House to discuss latest developments including Al Shabaab’s sporadic takeovers of areas along the Indian Ocean.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Puntland Security Minister AbdiHirsi Ali (Qarjab) blamed Somalia’s Federal Government (SFG) for fuelling Al Shabaab push in order to distract international attention from the controversial 4.5 power sharing formula. He said, the government will immediately respond to the militancy emerging afresh in Puntland.

“They [Al Shabaab militants] are afraid of us, that’s why they began withdrawing from [Garacad],” Qarjab told a group of reporters in Garowe.

Somali government officials couldn’t be reached for comments on Puntland allegations.

Around two boatloads have arrived in Garacad on Tuesday in what appears to be latest sign of growing Al Shabaab exodus towards Northeast.

Garacad is situated, 260km on the Indian Ocean side of Galkayo. It is yet unclear whether new wave of disembarking insurgents is aimed for reinforcements.

“Arrival of 600+Al Shabaab in Gara’adMudug reflects lax security policy in Puntland,” tweeted political analyst Yusuf M. Hassan, calling for Puntland government to do more in protecting the public.

Puntland has put all security apparatuses on standby in the wake of Al Shabaab seizure of Garacad and other coastal villages, senior security official told Garowe Online under customary condition of anonymity.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Shaboobs kidnap 3 Aid workers in Gedo region
Militants with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al shabaab have on Tuesday abducted three humanitarian workers at a village near the town of Bardere in Somalia’s south-western Gedo region, source said on Tuesday.

The aid workers who are working for the Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent Societies have been kidnapped by armed Al shabaab men from Sidimo village, 50 kilometers west of Bardere town which is under Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM control.

A Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent Societies staffer who asked not to be identified disclosed the names of the abducted aid workers as Aden Abdi Aden, head of the organization’s health operation in Gedo, his deputy Abdinasir Abshir and Ali Sugulle.

“The Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent Societies staff have been kidnapped after the car they were travelling in came under Al shabaab attack at Sidimo area while on their way to El Wak town,” said the source.

Al shabaab did say any word about the alleged abduction against the aid workers.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Sorman councillor gunned down
Tripoli, 15 March 2016:

A Sorman councillor has been murdered in a drive-by shooting in front of his home in the town.

Khaled Al-Bashir Al-Maghuri was gunned down yesterday as he was leaving for work. Armed men in a vehicle came up the Maseef Road to attack him.

Local journalist Mohamed Balili told this newspaper “ Maghuri worked in the municipality’s health department. He was going to his office as usual when he was targeted. The attackers disappeared. He was a busy guy and everyone liked him”.

The only explanation Balili could find for the councillor’s murder was that ever since he had taken office, he had stood out against corruption

Colleagues in the town’s health services stopped work while family and friends blocked roads in protest at his murder
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under:

IS murders another Libyan soldier
The so-called Islamic State (IS) has issued a new video appearing to show a Libyan army soldier being shot dead. The soldier is said to have been captured in Benghazi and then moved to Sirte.

In the video, thought to be filmed on the beach at Sirte, an IS gunman threatens to capture other soldiers in Benghazi and likewise execute them.
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Militants stage attack in eastern Libya
Suspected ISIS militants staged an attack on a power and water plant about 80km from the major Sarir oil field in eastern Libya late on Monday, an oil facilities guard said.

Security forces foiled an attempted suicide car bombing by killing the driver, before engaging the attackers in clashes, the guard said. An engineer and a resident also confirmed the attack.

Any threat to the Sarir area would cause particular alarm because more than half of Libya’s remaining oil production comes from the region.

No group immediately claimed the attack, but ISIS fighters have previously targeted against oil installations in Libya, stepping up their campaign against export terminals in the east of the country at the start of this year.

As Libya’s intermittent conflict has dragged on, production has fallen to about 360,000 barrels per day, less than a quarter of its level before the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

Militants loyal to the ISIS have exploited political chaos and a security vacuum to establish a foothold in the country. They took control of Sirte last year, and have a presence in several other towns and cities.

The group has caused extensive damage to oil infrastructure, but has not taken over facilities and profited from them as it has in Iraq.

Western powers have been searching for ways to stop ISIS’s expansion in Libya, but have been frustrated by recent delays to the formation of a UN-backed unity government.
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
Roadside Bomb Kills Three Vigilantes in NE Nigeria
[AnNahar] Three civilian vigilantes on their way to fight Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
were killed and seven others injured when their vehicle hit a landmine, residents told AFP on Tuesday.

The vigilantes from Chul village in Borno state were moving on Monday evening to battle Boko Haram gunnies who had stormed the neighboring village of Huyum when the accident occurred.

"We lost three of our colleagues to a roadside kaboom yesterday evening on their way to repel Boko Haram in Huyum," said Adamu Galadima, a vigilante in the town of Askira Uba.

"The vigilantes were approaching Huyum, which was under Boko Haram attack, when the front tire of their vehicle hit a bomb planted by the attackers", said Galadima, who attended the victims' funerals.

Boko Haram fighters had anticipated that soldiers from Askira or vigilantes from nearby hamlets, would use the roads and planted bombs to slow them down, said Huyum resident Peter Malgwui.

"Vigilantes from Chul heard of the attack and rushed to counter the Boko Haram gunnies when they hit the bomb, killing three and injuring seven," added Malgwui, who fled following the attack.

Boko Haram gunnies travelling in an open van attacked Huyum at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT), firing indiscriminately and forcing residents to flee into the bush, he said.

A woman was rubbed out in the attack while a girl was shot and injured in the leg, he added.

The gunnies were believed to have come from nearby Sambisa forest, which has long been Boko Haram's enclave and base.

On June 8 last year Boko Haram killed 15 in a sweeping raid on Huyum, torching the entire farming village using petrol after looting food supplies and livestock.

Months later, residents who fled that attack began returning to the village to rebuild their homes following a series of successes by the military against Boko Haram.

Nigeria maintains the sustained counter-offensive has left Boko Haram "technically" defeated but sporadic attacks continue, including in northern Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Manar: Soddy airstrike kills 107
The Saudi warplanes raided on Tuesday Khamis market in Yemen’s Hajja, killing at least 107 civilians and injuring dozens of others.

The Saudi warplanes also launched 11 raids on Arkoub military camp in Khawlan al-Tayal governorate in Sanaa.

For their part, the Yemeni army and popular committees repelled an attack launched by the Saudi-led mercenaries in al-Qasr area in Taiz, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Argies sink the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010
[CNN] Buenos Aires Argentina's coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country's coast.

The Argentine Naval Prefecture chased and eventually sank the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 vessel after detecting it illegally fishing within the country's exclusive economic zone, officials said Tuesday.

First, according to a statement from the coast guard, warning shots were fired. The Chinese vessel, Argentine authorities said, responded by turning off its lights and deliberately trying to crash.

"On distinct occasions, the offending boat realized maneuvers aimed at colliding with the coast guard, putting not only its own crew at risk, but also the personnel of the coast guard," the statement said.

That's why the coast guard opened fire, Argentine officials said.

The vessel sank, and four people on board -- three crew members and the captain -- were rescued by Argentina's coast guard. Other crew members who'd been on the Chinese vessel boarded another fishing boat that had been traveling nearby, the coast guard said.

Argentina's foreign ministry and the Chinese consulate have been notified, the coast guard said.

Chinese officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Video posted on YouTube by the coast guard shows the Chinese boat listing to one side during the operation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [539 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It might be interesting to see what is in that ship.
Posted by: gorb || 03/16/2016 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  The wife says the name roughly translates as:
Shandong Commercial Long Distance Fishing #010
Posted by: 3dc || 03/16/2016 0:54 Comments || Top||

#3  As a reminder, iff BRAZIL doesn't want to be a OWG Co-Superpower and be in charge of OWG SOUTH AMERICAN UNION(S), ARGENTINA WANTS THE JOB.

But youse didn't hear it from Argentina ...
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/16/2016 1:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Video

Posted by: Eohippus Glorong1220 || 03/16/2016 7:03 Comments || Top||

#5  "As a result, water entered the vessel's body and the vessel began to sink," the statement said

Nothing gets by the Chinese.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/16/2016 14:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Long way to go for fish. Although, the Rooshuns used to 'fish' off the American coast all the time.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/16/2016 14:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, the Argies gave the ship a chance to GTFO, but they did not take it. Write up the after action report and call it a day.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/16/2016 19:23 Comments || Top||

#8  I wonder if Trump will use the Coasties to protect US fisheries like this?
Posted by: Thrusotch Ulath5297 || 03/16/2016 20:16 Comments || Top||

Syrian Arrested in Sweden for War Crimes
[AnNahar] A 45-year-old Syrian man with a Swedish residency permit has been tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
for alleged war crimes in northern Syria, officials said Tuesday.

Haisam Omar Sakhanh, was arrested on Friday and remanded in jug in Orebro, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Stockholm.

He was detained on Monday night as part of an investigation into acts committed in the province of Idlib but the prosecutor gave no details of the alleged crimes.

The Swedish daily Expressen said he is suspected of having participated in the execution-style murder of seven men in Idlib in April 2012.

A video, originally published by The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
in 2013, graphically shows the execution of the men with their hands tied behind their backs. It is alleged that Sakhanh was one of the executioners.

The video, which was also posted by Expressen, shows a man suspected of being Sakhanh holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

The men are bent forward on the ground and at the request of a leader, they were executed.

"During war you have the right to kill in a way that you wouldn't have the right to do when you're not in war," said Kristina Lindhoff Carleson, the prosecutor handling the case, told AFP.

"Still, there are rules that must be followed according to international law. You can't just do any destructive or murderous thing."

Sakhanh was granted official residency in Sweden on October 30, 2013. Before moving to Sweden, he had lived in Milan, Italia since 2002, where he worked as an electrician, according to Italian media reports.

After the civil war in Syria broke out in 2011, Sakhanh became a leading opposition figure who actively protested against the Syrian regime's abuses, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

In February 2012, he was arrested by Italian police after a demonstration at the Syrian embassy turned into a riot. Exiled Syrians stormed the embassy and guards were beaten, according to the newspaper.

Sakhanh was released by police after questioning and then disappeared.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

Driver killed in Berlin car bomb may have been victim of 'Mafia-style hit'
[MIRROR.CO.UK] A boom-mobile has went kaboom! in central Berlin killing the driver in what may be a Mafia-style hit.

The huge blast shook the German capital at around 8am this morning.

"Our Sherlocks believe it was an bomb that caused the vehicle to explode," said Berlin police on Twitter.

A picture posted by the force showed the wreckage of a silver Volkswagen Passat estate
...what we in America would call a station wagon...
on the street with its windows blown out and its front end smashed in.

The 43-year-old man killed in the blast was known to the police for drugs and violence offences, according to German newspaper BILD.

His car was registered to a woman in Berlin with a "Turkish-sounding" name, the paper added.

Police have ruled out terrorism and believe the "hit" is more likely linked to organised crime, it was claimed.

Residents in the western district of Charlottenburg were warned to close windows and stay indoors as investigations continued.

A short time later they were reassured the scene is safe.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Later reported as migrant drug gang activity.
Posted by: Ho Chi Crinens5363 || 03/16/2016 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh? Then jihadis could be involved as well. They do lke hooking up with established drug gangs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 2:13 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Pappy || 03/16/2016 11:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Later reported as migrant drug gang activity.

What kinda sounding name did the victim have? You have terrorism with guns and bombs and then you have narcotics, or as they say on the Mexican border, narco terrorism. No reason the Turks can't do it as well as the Mexicans.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/16/2016 12:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Ooooohhh... Well played, Pappy. Would they dare run it now?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Well that is one less diesel that VW will have to recall.....
Posted by: Blossom Shomoter3773 || 03/16/2016 15:44 Comments || Top||

One dead after raid linked to Paris attacks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Police found a man dead when they stormed a house in Brussels at the end of a major terror operation Tuesday, several hours after they were shot at during a raid linked to last year’s attacks in Gay Paree, a prosecutor said.

It was not clear whether the dead man was one of the suspects sought in the raid earlier Tuesday in the Forest neighborhood of Brussels, the Belgian capital where several of the Gay Paree attackers lived.

Four coppers from the French-Belgian operation were maimed when at least one suspect opened fire through the door, apparently with an assault weapon, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Forest mayor Marc-Jean Ghyssels told local media two people had barricaded themselves in a home during the raid, but it was not clear what happened to them.

The prosecutor, who asked not to be identified because the operation was not finished, said it was not clear if suspects from the raid were on the run. He said many people fled the area when they heard gunfire, and it was too early to say if some were suspects or all were just people trying to escape.

The anti-terror raid in the Forest neighborhood was linked to the Nov. 13 gun and kabooms on a stadium, cafes and a concert hall in Gay Paree that left 130 people dead.

Yet police didn’t expect violent resistance on Tuesday, the prosecutor said. That indicated they were not targeting a major suspect like Salah Abdeslam, who fled Gay Paree and remains on the run. Most of the attackers died that night, including Abdeslam’s brother Brahim, who went kaboom!.

Four months on, Belgian police and magistrates are still piecing together the role Belgian nationals and others living here played in aiding the Gay Paree attackers.

The suspected ringleader of the attacks was a Brussels resident, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Another attacker, Bilal Hadfi, was said to have lived for a time in the Forest neighborhood. Hadfi went kaboom! outside a stadium in Gay Paree the night of the attacks and Abaaoud was killed in a police raid in a Gay Paree suburb soon after.

On Tuesday, the Forest neighborhood was locked down for five hours after the initial burst of gunfire.

Police sealed off a wide perimeter around the area where the shots were heard to keep the many bystanders at a safe distance. A helicopter was hovering overhead to patrol the area as police were still looking for at least one suspect.

Several hundred spectators were trying to get a closer look at the operation in the multicultural neighborhood, which has a big Audi car factory nearby. Audi asked its personnel to stay at the plant while the police raid was going on.

Several hooded officers wearing body armor milled around the neighborhood and ambulances were on standby.

Belgian authorities have stepped up their counterterror efforts since a lone gunman killed four people at the Brussels Jewish museum in May 2014.

The small western European country has also been prime recruiting ground for ISIS, and officials freely acknowledge their concerns about what radicalized recruits might do after returning home from the battlefields of Syria or Iraq.

Tuesday’s raid was a reminder of the anxious days the Belgian capital lived through in November and December, when the subway and schools were closed for a time, and the New Year’s Eve fireworks display was cancelled because of the threat of Death Eater violence.

Big piece in the Guardian
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Latest report sez the deader was Algerian.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/16/2016 14:43 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkish Forces Clash with Kurdish Rebels after Ankara Blast
[AnNahar] Turkish security forces clashed with rebels in the main city of the Kurdish-dominated southeast Tuesday, days after a deadly bombing in Ankara that the government blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Fighting with rocket-launchers and automatic weapons was under way on Tuesday morning in Diyarbakir city's Baglar district, several parts of which have been put under curfew, an Agence La Belle France Presse journalist reported.

Security sources said a police officer and three "terrorists" had been killed, and around 10 civilians maimed.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has been waging an all-out offensive against the PKK in parts of Diyabakir since December, but this is the first time festivities have spread to Baglar.

The violence broke out on Monday evening when young PKK members put up barricades and burned vehicles in Baglar, security sources said, prompting a swift response from the police.

Civilians were forced to flee from their homes by the festivities, carrying their belongings through the streets past burned-out vehicles.

Turkey IDs Ankara bomber as PKK rebel who trained in Syria

[IsraelTimes] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s Interior Ministry has identified the attacker who carried out a deadly suicide kaboom in Ankara as a 24-year-old woman who allegedly joined the Kurdish rebels in 2013 and trained in Syria.

A government statement identifies the bomber blamed for killing 37 people, including herself, as Seher Cagla Demir.

The statement says Demir joined the PKK rebels, crossed into Syria and received what it called "terror training" from a PKK-linked Syrian Kurdish militia.
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Great White North
Toronto attacker says ‘Allah’ told him to stab soldiers
[IsraelTimes] Police investigating if Ayanle Hassan Ali’s assault on a military recruitment office was an act of terrorism

A man who stabbed two Canadian soldiers at a military recruiting office in Toronto on Monday said he was acting on orders from "Allah," police said.

Police chief Mark Saunders told a presser, however, that suspect Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27, appears to have acted alone and that so far "there is nothing to suggest the accused is working with anyone or in concert with any organization."

The alleged assailant entered a government office building Monday afternoon and without provocation stabbed a soldier in the arm at the reception desk, then sought to wound a second soldier before he was subdued.

Neither victim was seriously maimed, police said.

Saunders said the suspect was overheard saying at the scene of the assault, "Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to kill people."

Ali was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possessing a dangerous weapon. He was scheduled to make a brief court appearance in the afternoon.

Asked if Sherlocks viewed the assault as an act of terrorism, Saunders said: "We’re looking into it."

The Toronto police have asked federal prosecutors and security agencies for help in determining if there is a link to organized bad boy movements, he said.

"The investigation’s incredibly early, there has to be a lot of analysis that has to be done so we can give a full and proper picture as to what exactly motivated this act," Saunders explained.

"At this point in time, the charges that we’ve laid are criminal," he said.

Few details were released concerning the suspect, who was born in Montreal and moved to Toronto in 2011.

Following his arrest, he was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.
Either a jihadi or schizophrenic? There is always the possibility he is both...
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did Allan tell Ali to act apologetic about his order?
Posted by: gorb || 03/16/2016 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Following his arrest, he was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

"Yep. Definitely a Muslim."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/16/2016 3:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Want some poison in your water.?
ExLax in your tea?
What's all these questions Shin-Bet asking me?
This is the craziest resistance that ever could be
Don't turn off the lights TW will find me see?

Allah told me to cut and run
Allah told me to cut and Run
That's the way to stay soooon, yo

Posted by: Shipman || 03/16/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  OK, who let him out?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/16/2016 13:15 Comments || Top||

#5  We're trying to find the net. I think he ate it.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/16/2016 14:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Delightful, Shipman. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Was it Allah the Merciful or Allah the All-Forgiving?
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/16/2016 15:20 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 03/16/2016 15:58 Comments || Top||

24 suspects arrested
[DAWN] QUETTA: Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
(FC) and police claimed on Monday to have locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
24 suspects during a search operation in Samungli and its adjoining areas in the quiet provincial capital.

FC Spokesman Khan Wassey said that police and FC personnel conducted the search operation in Samungli and its adjoining areas, during which they arrested 24 suspects and seized two pistols, shotguns, subversive literature, passports and Afghan refugee cards.

The suspects were handed over to the police for investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

3 of 10 Pak terrorists neutralized
[Daily Excelsior] Security agencies have killed three of the 10 suspected Pak forces of Evil who had allegedly entered Gujarat
...where rioting seems to be a traditional passtime...
recently to carry out attacks on high-value targets.

Top official sources said the three were neutralised in a western State last Friday before they could carry out any attack in the country.

The remaining seven forces of Evil have also been zeroed in their hideouts and operation is on to neutralise them, the sources said.

As the operation is still ongoing, security agencies were not ready to give the details, the sources said.

The group, all suspected to be Pak forces of Evil belonging to LeT and JeM, had planned to attack the Somnath temple in Gujarat during Shivratri on March 7 besides other targets, they said.

Immediately after the intelligence input about the infiltration of the forces of Evil was received, the Centre had dispatched four NSG teams to Gujarat and they were put in different locations in the State.

An alert was sounded in Gujarat and all metros by Central security agencies following reports about infiltration of the terrorists.

An advisory was issued to enhance security at all strategic locations, sensitive industrial sites and religious places after intelligence inputs suggested that the forces of Evil had entered Gujarat taking the sea route.

A similar alert was also sent to Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chandigarh.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

ISIS suicide attacks on Peshmerga around Kirkuk
Pre-dawn ISIS suicide assault wounds four Iraqi soldiers

[Rudaw] At least four Iraqi Army soldiers were maimed on Tuesday in Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) suicide kabooms on the Makhmour front in northern Iraq, a Peshmerga official told Rudaw.

ISIS bombers launched three suicide attacks at about 3 a.m., said the source.

"It appears that ISIS has taken advantage of the foggy weather to launch their attacks," he said.

The official also explained that "two of the jacket wallahs were killed before they detonated their payloads and the third managed to detonate his explosives, wounding four soldiers."

In earlier comments to Rudaw about the Iraqi Army base in Makhmour, Peshmerga Commander Najat Ali had warned that the location was unsafe and open to rocket attacks. Early this month, four Iraqi soldiers were killed and at least 23 maimed in an ISIS rocket attack on their base near Makhmour.

Five Peshmerga including commander wounded in ISIS suicide attack in Kirkuk

[Rudaw] At least five Peshmerga, including a prominent commander, were maimed in a suicide kaboom by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) Lions of Islam on the frontlines in the southern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Tuesday, a Kurdish commander told Rudaw.

"At around 5:30 six jacket wallahs attacked the Peshmerga, but their assault was foiled," said Brig. Swara Tofiq of the Peshmerga forces on the front, who said the assault was near the village of Graw.

Mam Khafa, a prominent Peshmerga commander, is among the maimed, his son told Rudaw. Another soldier is at death's door, according the Peshmerga.

Tofiq added that the Lions of Islam had taken advantage of bad weather to infiltrate the Peshmerga bunkers.

Kamal Kirkuki, commander of the western front where Kirkuk is located, confirmed that "there are casualties among the Peshmerga, but no figure is out yet." He added that "there are still sporadic fire exchanges in the village of Graw."

The frontlines south and west of Kirkuk have experienced major confrontations between ISIS and Kurdish forces in the last two years. But the Peshmerga are well prepared for such surprise attacks, said Kirkuki.

Another major suicide attack by ISIS Lions of Islam on Peshmerga defense lines south of Kirkuk was foiled Saturday morning, the frontline commander said.

On Monday, Kurdish security forces announced they had captured the culprit behind Saturday's suicide kaboom.

Kurds kill 5 ISIS troops in Kirkuk

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province announced on Tuesday, that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces had managed to foil an attack by ISIS militants on their headquarters northwest of the province, while pointed out to the killing of five suicide bombers belonging to the ISIS.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Peshmerga forces repelled, this morning, an assault by ISIS and killed five suicide bombers that attacked the headquarters of the 108th Brigade and 110th Brigade of the Peshmerga forces in the vicinity of Srklan in the district of al-Dabs (45 km northwest of Kirkuk), following clashes between the two sides,” indicating that, “An element of the Peshmerga was killed during the clashes, while five others were wounded.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkey says its jets pounded PKK positions, killing 45
More on this story from yesterday.
[Rudaw] Turkish fighter jets pounded several Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq on Monday, killing 45 holy warriors, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

"Nine F-16 and two F-4 jets carried out the raids on PKK positions in Qandil and Gara on March 14," the agency reported on Tuesday, quoting a military source as saying on Tuesday.

Gun positions, caves and shelters have reportedly been destroyed, it quoted the source as saying.

The Arclight airstrikes follow a boom-mobileing in Turkey's capital Ankara on Sunday that killed at least 37 people, and which the government blamed on the PKK.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there are "almost definite findings" that of PKK involvement.

Turkish security forces claimed that one of the suspected attackers who detonated the boom-mobile was a female member of the PKK.

On Monday Turkish warplanes also bombed 18 PKK-related targets in the Kurdistan Region, mere hours after the Ankara attack, while police carried out raids in Turkey’s southeastern city of Adana, arresting 38 suspected PKK members.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:

ISIS executes 50 for desertion in Anbar
ERBIL – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has publicly executed dozens of its own militant fighters who fled the fighting fronts with Iraqi forces.

The militants were arrested after evacuating their fighting positions in ar-Rutba and Hit districts, west of Ramadi. The ISIS fighters were detained and executed at the hands of fellow jihadis in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, local sources reported on Tuesday.
Iraqi Army and government needs to promise protection for all IS deserters. Ship them to Mauritania...
“Daesh military leadership in Mosul considered them as traitors and beheaded them in front of hundreds of people, including jihadi commanders and Sharia officials,” an eyewitness told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.

“They were mostly Iraqi jihadis who fought in ISIS ranks in Anbar province,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

As the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops extended their military operations against ISIS in the vicinity of Mosul, a state of alert prevailed in the group’s ranks in the city–which has been under the jihadis’ control for over two years and deemed a de facto capital for the ISIS self-declared Caliphate in Iraq.

“ISIS jihadi families have escaped from the districts of ar-Rutba and Hit towards central Iraq and Mosul, while many others headed to the villages on the Syrian-Iraqi border,” rights activist Muhammad Moselli told ARA News. “This comes amid constant advance by the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, and continuous airstrikes by the western coalition.”

In the meantime, the security committee of the Khalidiya District Council in Anbar announced on Monday that dozens of civilians were displaced from the Hit and the Mohammadi districts west of Ramadi.

“We expect the Iraqi army and security forces to storm the districts of ar-Rutba and Hit soon,” it said in a statement.

“The Iraqi security forces were able to open safe routes in the vicinity of Hit, transferring more than 80 families to relatively safe areas in the districts of Khalidiya and Habbaniyah,” the Committee Chairman Ibrahim Fahdawi told local reporters. “We will provide the displaced families with food and health care.”

Fahdawi pointed out that hundreds of displaced Iraqi citizens “are trying to reach the city of Ramadi” after ISIS militants fled to al-Qaim city on Syria-Iraq border.

The province of Anbar had been under ISIS control for nearly two years ago. However, the Iraqi army and security forces, supported by the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, were able to recapture the city of Ramadi and its western countryside from the radical group, killing hundreds of jihadi militants during the battles.
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [671 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  ISIS begins to unravel?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/16/2016 3:21 Comments || Top||

#2  The eastern front, at least.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/16/2016 11:28 Comments || Top||

#3  The executions will continue until morale improves.
Posted by: gorb || 03/16/2016 11:49 Comments || Top||

#4  With the desertions under fire, maybe. Separating the real Jihadis from the mercenary horn dawg's.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/16/2016 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  ISIS has been executing its own troops for desertion, cowardice and other impropriaties since at least Sept 2014.

Probably well over 2000 have been executed so far. In addition over 8000 ISIS troops have been killed in Syria and over 2000 in Iraq.

Truly remarkable given that they probably field no more than about 30k in Iraq and Syria combined at any one time.

Their recruitment of fighters from the region and from outside the region orders of magnitude higher than Al Q.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/16/2016 18:52 Comments || Top||

#6  garth not 50 at one time.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/16/2016 19:04 Comments || Top||

#7  grom,

that's true

typical executions are a few or a dozen or so at a time

however, after losing an engagement on the Kurdish front in the Yazidi area, ISIS executed about 70 charged with planning to depart the Caliphate army
Posted by: lord garth || 03/16/2016 19:46 Comments || Top||

11 ISIS Bad Guys die in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – Tigris Operations Command announced on Tuesday, that 11 members of the so-called ISIS were either killed or wounded in a security operation carried out by the security forces in Muqdadiyah District northeast of Baquba, while indicated to seizing a number of explosive devices and belts.

The commander of Tigris Operations Lt. Gen. Mezher al-Azzawi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com “Today the security forces from the police and army carried out a security operation in al-Khalawiya area north of Muqdadiya (35 km north of Baquba), killing nine members of ISIS, and injuring two others.”

Al-Azzawi added, “The security forces were able to seize 50 explosive devices and 15 explosive belts in several areas of Baquba.”

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Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi kops repel ISIS attack in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A security source in Nineveh province said on Tuesday, that the security forces foiled a suicide attack by ISIS on a military camp south of Mosul.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from Nineveh Operations Command repelled an ISIS attack by six explosive belts on a camp belonging to the security forces in Makhmour south of Mosul,” adding that, “The security forces killed the suicide bombers before reaching the camp.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 4 die
2 die in bombing attack

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

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this morning, near a popular market in Sabaa Bour area in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others.”

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 bodies of the dead to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of the incident and prevented approaching it.”

2 Iraqi soldiers die in mortar attack on checkpoint
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that ten people, including 5 members of the Iraqi army, had been either killed or wounded by three mortar shells in southern Baghdad.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Three mortar shells fell, this morning, near an Iraqi army checkpoint in Arab Jabour village in southern Baghdad, killing two of its members and injuring three others,” pointing out that, “Five civilians were also wounded while passing in the area.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of ​​the incident and carried out a raid operation to find the launchers of the missiles.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

Girl, 17, arrested with knife at West Bank junction
[IsraelTimes] Border Police had advance intelligence of planned stabbing at site which has been terror attack target

Border Police on Tuesday tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a 17-year-old Paleostinian girl with a large kitchen knife in her bag near a heavily guarded junction south of Nablus -- the site of several terror attacks during the current wave of violence which started in September.

Border Police were on alert at the Tapuah checkpoint near the junction after receiving army intelligence that a young woman had left her home in the Jenin area with the intention of carrying out an attack, a police spokesperson said.

The girl, traveling in a taxi, aroused suspicion when she said she did not have identification with her. A check revealed that she was the one named by army intelligence, police said.

The girl was arrested and taken in for questioning by security services.

Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under:

Russian fighter jets 'continue Syria raids' as troops withdraw
Russian fighter jets have continued to carry out intense air raids in Syria in support of forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad after Moscow said it had begun withdrawing its forces from the country.

Syrian government forces on Tuesday advanced towards the historic city of Palmyra under “heavy Russian air cover”, according to Al-Manar – a television station belonging to Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside the Syrian president’s regime.

Palmyra was seized last summer by Islamic State, which destroyed many of the city’s monumental ruins. The renewed offensive in the area came as Russian warplanes began leaving Syria following a six-month campaign that was crucial in halting the momentum of opposition fighters and cementing Assad’s rule in the country’s western provinces.

Russia’s defence ministry said a first group of planes had taken off for home from the Hmeymim airbase near Latakia. In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, it said aircraft would be relocated from the airbase to their home bases in Russia. State television showed footage of soldiers loading an Ilyushin-76 transport plane with equipment to be returned to Russia. An unspecified number of Su-34 fighter jets were among the first group to set off for the long-distance flight back.

“Personnel are loading equipment, logistics items and inventory into transport aviation aircraft,” the defence ministry wrote, adding that Shoigu had ordered the “main part” of the contingent in Syria to be redeployed.

On Tuesday afternoon, the first planes from Latakia landed at an airbase near Voronezh, where they were greeted by families and friends. Returning pilots were tossed in the air by celebrating crowds of comrades, with television crews on hand to capture the scenes and relay it to Russian homes as a sign of the mission’s success.

“We will carry out any command of our commander-in-chief at any point on the planet,” said an unnamed pilot interviewed on his return.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suspect a tarp.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/16/2016 12:05 Comments || Top||

#2  "Oceana is at war with Eastasia. Oceana has always been at war with eastasia."
Posted by: Nguard || 03/16/2016 22:48 Comments || Top||

ISIS-set minefield kills 5 Kurd fighters
HASAKAH – At least five Kurdish YPG fighters were killed and 20 more wounded in the explosion of land-mines that had been planted by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) before their departure from Shaddadi city in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, military sources reported on Tuesday.

Backed by a western air cover, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have expelled ISIS jihadi fighters from Shaddadi in mid-February.

Since then, specialized teams from the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–leading member in the SDF– have been searching for and dismantling land-mines and explosive devices left behind by ISIS militants.

Speaking to ARA News in Shaddadi, a YPG spokesman said: “On Tuesday evening, several land-mines exploded while our special teams were trying to dismantle them in the southern suburb of Shaddadi city.”

“The incident led to the immediate death of five of our forces and the injury of more than 20 others, some of them are in critical conditions,” the official said.

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.

Recapturing Shaddadi –ISIS main bastion in Hasakah province– came after the SDF units cut off a main supply route for the ISIS radical group near Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq.

Furthermore, 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 in February. The western-backed forces regained control of the Jibisa gas facility, located about 12km east of Shaddadi city in southern Hasakah.
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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