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IS attacks at Brussels airport, metro, at least 34 dead, 200 injured
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [946 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Postcards... Ima sensing a theme here.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/22/2016 10:38 Comments || Top||

#2  You just know the man has a serious stash.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/22/2016 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  The shift from these polished old photos
To snapshots of floozies in no clothes
Saw mountains of saucers
Abandoned by tossers
At Venus's shrine as ex-votos.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/22/2016 13:02 Comments || Top||

#4  I is in awe, Zenobia.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/22/2016 13:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Great word: ex-votos. TY
Posted by: mossomo || 03/22/2016 17:03 Comments || Top||

#6  My humble and inadequate attempt at following Zenobia's lead.....

A prez named O was no quitter
But at baseball he was just a sitter
Be it Iran or Fidel
Evil---how could one tell?
While Europe went into the sh*tter
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/22/2016 19:07 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Air strike leaves three Daesh militants killed in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Three snuffies belonging to the outlawed gang 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 known by its Arabic name Daesh [Islamic State] have been killed in an air strike in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, spokesperson for Nangarhar Police Headquarters said on Monday.

According to Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, the air strike was carried out in Mamond area of Achin district around 03:30 pm on Sunday.

With its epicenter being Achin district, Nangarhar is the stronghold of Daesh [Islamic State] in the eastern part of the country, where the group is trying to establish a base of operations in its rugged mountains.

Coalition officials estimate between 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters are stationed in eastern Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K


10 Pakistani nationals arrested in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 10 Pak nationals have been nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by police in Rodat 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 Monday.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesperson for Nangarhar Police Headquarters said these people who had been residing in Afghanistan without official documents were arrested during a search operation on Sunday.

An investigation is underway from them to find out if they have links with any myrmidon group but if they had not been involved in any wrong doings, they would be sent back to their country.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under:


23 militants killed in latest air and ground operations of Afghan forces: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 23 anti-government armed gunnies were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 3 gunnies affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were also killed in the raids.

According to an operational update by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the Afghan Air Force (AAF) also participated in the raids as part of the ongoing counter-terrorism operations.

At least three ISIS loyalists were killed 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 while 5 others were killed in air and ground operations in Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, the operational udpate said.

At least 4 others were killed in a separate operation in Sangin district of Helmand, MoD said, adding that 2 others were killed in Paktia and Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
s.

MoD also added that 7 gunnies were killed during an operation in Shindand district of 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.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Six suicide bombers among 17 killed in a military raid on Taliban prison in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Military personnel have raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan and released everybody kept inside as hostages, the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.

A statement released by the ministry states that the prison belonging to Mullah Abdul Bari Zakir in Shoraki area of Nahr-e-Siraj district was raided last night.

The statement adds that 16 civilians were released from the detention but their identities would be shared with media later.

17 Death Eaters, including six jacket wallahs, were killed in the raid, the blurb states, adding that there was no harm to the military forces.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report.

However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
the group runs prisons in various parts of the country where they keep security personnel or others they have held on suspicion of being babus government employees or supporting government.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


6 Afghan soldiers martyred amid surging violence across the country
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eight Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers bit the dust in the latest counter-terrorism operations across the country, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

"The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan," a statement by MoD said, adding that 6 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

The statement by MoD further added that 23 forces of Evil were killed, 5 forces of Evil were maimed during the clearance operations conducted in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, 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...
, Paktia, and Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
s.

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

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

The Afghan armed forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency during the past several months which has been unprecedented as the forces of Evil group was usually reducing insurgency activities during the winter time.

This comes despite ongoing efforts to end the violence through reconciliation process but the Taliban group has not shown a positive sign to participate in the talks so far.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
KDF kills 40 Al Shabaab, captures commander
KDF sodiers killed nineteen suspected militants, who had attempted to attack their camp in Somalia’s town of Afmadhow shortly after midnight. KDF soldiers also destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle, popularly referred to as ‘technical’ and seized 10 AK 47 rifles and three rocket propelled grenades from the attackers.

Obonyo said KDF soldiers on patrol in Afmadhow in Lower Juba stumbled upon the attackers near the Amisom and Somalia National Army camps and altered their colleagues.

“The al Shabaab terrorists had approached the camp at night with intent to attack and cut off the SNA from Amisdom camp. KDF soldiers on patrol identified engaged them in a fierce battle,” he said.

“Al Shabaab attempted to fight back but were swiftly repulsed by the KDF soldiers on patrol and those in the camp. Following the incident, 19 militants were killed and one technical vehicle destroyed. Some arms and ammunition recovered include 10 AK47 rifles and three rocket propelled grenades.”

Al Shabaab militants attacked a KDF camp in El Adde on January 15 and killed.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Tunisian Forces Kill 'Terrorist' near Border Attack Town
[An Nahar] Tunisia's security forces have killed a "terrorist" outside the southern border town of Ben Guerdane where jihadists mounted a deadly assault earlier this month, authorities said Monday.

"A terrorist element holed up in a house was killed in the Sayah area" near the Libyan border, the interior and defense ministries said in a joint statement.

Security forces found his body after several hours of heavy festivities, a security source said.

Ten members of the security forces and one civilian were maimed in the fighting, a Ben Guerdane hospital official said. Three are still in hospital.

The army and security forces have deployed around Ben Guerdane since jihadists launched a dawn assault on security installations in the area on March 7, killing 13 members of the security forces and seven civilians.

The security source said the Monday raid came as part of an operation launched Sunday to target the alleged killer of an official in the security forces during the March 7 assault.

On Monday morning, President Beji Caid Essebsi met Prime Minister Habib Essid to discuss "the security situation in Ben Guerdane," a statement from the president's office said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the March 7 attacks, but authorities blamed them on 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.

Tunisian authorities said two "terrorists" were killed Saturday in the same area.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  As per SPUTNIK NEWS, the Hard Boyz had better get their jihad together before Vlad sets up Russia's new FTA-FTZ + Security Zone in North Africa.

VLAD IS COMING, VLAD IS COMING!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/22/2016 2:07 Comments || Top||


Algerian Troops Kill Six Jihadists
[An Nahar] Algerian soldiers killed six suspected jihadists in an area near the Tunisian border on Monday, the defense ministry said.

They were killed in an "ongoing army operation" in El Oued province, 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Algiers, it said in a statement.

Five Kalashnikov assault rifles, three machine guns and an automatic pistol were seized, it added.

The ministry did not link the operation to an assault on Friday claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on a gas plant in Krechba further south.

On Monday, Britannia's BP and Norway's Statoil -- who run the plant with Algerian company Sonatrach -- said they would temporarily pull out their staff from two gas facilities in Algeria after the attack.

Last month, Algerian troops recovered six Stinger shoulder-fired ground-to-air missiles and other weaponry in an operation in El Oued in which three suspected jihadists were killed.

A total of "157 terrorists, including 10 commanders" were killed or nabbed
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in military operations last year, according to the defense ministry.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Arabia
11 Hizbullah-Linked Lebanese Declared 'Persona Non Grata' in Kuwait
[An Nahar] In a new series of expulsions, Kuwait has deported eleven Lebanese and three Iraqis after it has been proven that they belong to 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...
, the Kuwaiti al-Qabas daily reported on Monday.

"They have been deported at the request of Kuwait's state security apparatus," the daily quoted a Kuwaiti security source as saying on condition of anonymity.

"The Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah has formed a specialized team to follow up on the requests of the state security with regard to the deportation requests," the source stated.

"The State Security has prepared a new list that includes names of Lebanese and Iraqis some of whom are general managers or senior advisers in reputable companies who were declared persona non grata," it added.

"They should be deported for Kuwait's public interest," it pointed out, adding that "their expulsion will prevent them form entering the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the future."

The move comes shortly after Kuwait announced last week that 1,100 Lebanese and Syrian nationals will be banned from renewing their residence permits for having direct links to Hizbullah.

Several of the expelled were forced to leave the country within a period of one month while the more "dangerous ones" were requested to leave immediately.

Last week, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper said that Kuwaiti authorities have started to prepare lists of Hizbullah supporters to prevent their arrival in the country and others in anticipation of their deportation.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  OTOH WORLD NEWS > [JPOST] IRGC COMMANDER [Gen. Saeed Qasemi] DEMANDS THAT IRAN ANNEX BAHRAIN, + rejoin it wid Iran's Busheshr Province.

PUTIN TAKES BACK THE CRIMEA.
CHINA = BEIJING [still] WANTS TAIWAN.
PH POLITICOS [still] WANT MALAYSIA'S SABAH.
IRAN WANTS BAHRAIN.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/22/2016 1:55 Comments || Top||


Yemen army gains new areas in Ma’rib
The national army and popular resistance in Yemen has announced they have gained control over large parts of the city of Huraib in the Ma'rib province following fierce battles with the coup supporting fighters and Houthi militias.
Howzat ceasefire thingy workin' out?
In a statement carried by the official state news agency last night, a Yemeni military source said that the national and resistance armies, with support from the Arab coalition forces, were able to recover a number of areas in Ma'rib, including a military base and part of Al Hashfa.

The source added that fighting is still ongoing and that the allied forces are advancing forward while the Houthi militias are fleeing towards Al Shakir.
Posted by: badanov || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Ma'rib would be a pretty good name for a BBQ joint.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/22/2016 15:06 Comments || Top||


Saudi Air Raids Kill 11 Civilians in Yemen’s Al-Jawf
The Saudi-led aggression continued on Friday massacring the civilians in the various Yemeni provinces.

In this context, the Saudi air raids killed 11 civilians in Matoun district in al-Jawf province.

The Saudi warplanes also launched on Monday a number of raids in Sanaa and other Yemeni provinces.

On the other hand, the Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed four vehicles for the Saudi-led mercenaries in Asilan in Shabwa province.

Politically, Ansarullah spokesman asserted that the talks with Saudi aims at concluding a comprehensive ceasefire, noting that tackling the humanitarian issues (prisoners, missed fighters) is scheduled to precede the final agreement.
Posted by: badanov || 03/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Multiple injuries at Belgium airport after 2 explosion heard
Multiple people were reportedly injured in an explosion at a Belgium airport Tuesday morning after two explosions were heard, according to Sky News.

"I was in the duty free in Zaventem Airport and I heard two very, very loud explosions," an eyewitness told the UK based news agency.
Update at 0720 CT: Dear Lord. More from the AP here.
Update at 0730 CT: Apparently the first bomb hit the American Airlines check in counter at the Brussels Airport. Daily Mail UK story here.
Update at 1400 CT: ISIS, of course, claims responsibility. It will take some time to figure out if they're telling the truth or lying so as to confuse us. The count is now, per Belgian authorities, at at least 31 killed and under 200 injured.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 03:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1876 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Flemish Buddhists, no doubt.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 5:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Ostendibly, yes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2016 5:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Blast recorded at a Metro station close to the European Commission.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 5:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Station de métro Maelbeek
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 5:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Suicide attack confirmed for Brussels airport (13 confirmed dead at this time). No confirmed number of victims (10 at least) in the metro station, but since it was rush hour, casualties might be heavy.

Brussels has basically shut down, no public transport.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 6:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Looks like Belgium needs an Enoch Powell
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2016 6:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Photos and story at this link
Posted by: 3dc || 03/22/2016 6:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Someone at the link said 5 blasts....
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2016 6:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Intifada comes to Europe.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 6:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Protected by their friends (probably illegal migrants) in the islamic colonies of Brussels.

If you're near a mosque there's a high risk of terrorism
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2016 7:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Air travel the target once again. Who could have known ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2016 7:03 Comments || Top||

#12  Did Enoch Powell saved Britain?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 7:13 Comments || Top||

#13  23 dead as of about an hour ago
Posted by: lord garth || 03/22/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Not yet, but he looks like a prophet, to me.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/22/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#15  Enoch Powell, that is.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/22/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#16  If he helped get rid of Heath then he helped save Britain.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2016 8:00 Comments || Top||

#17  If I recall in the Paris attacks the authorities used the Metro to transport the security and responders to the first attack scenes. I wonder if the secondary attacks in Belgium are a reaction to this.
Posted by: airandee || 03/22/2016 8:39 Comments || Top||

#18  Thank you very much to g(r)omgoru for posting this in the small hours of the night, and to European Conservative for the updates ditto. NBC News just interviewed an American who is in the airport now. He went there to see his girlfriend off on a flight back to the U.S. He reported two explosions within the airport, no knowledge of anything outside.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 8:43 Comments || Top||

#19  I woke up to Donald Trump being interviewed for his reaction. Mr. Wife reports he expressed no sympathy for the victims.

The reporter at the desk is now saying that there is more visible security, there is as yet no plans for changing how things are done. And almost 7,000 Europeans have gone to Syria and returned -- too many to keep track of. Compares to 70 in the U.S.

Free University of Brussels evacuating, schools on lockdown. Subways, busses locked down, cell phones not working -- service shut down so terrorists can't communicate? Chatter reduced in recent days.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 8:53 Comments || Top||

#20  @airandee

Rather not. The metro station was deliberately chosen because it's the closest to the EU Commission.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 9:01 Comments || Top||

#21  @trailing wife

Reading about Donald Trump's foreign policy "ideas", I'm not surprised. I know that some people on Rantburg support him, but this man is totally clueless when it comes to foreign policy issues.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 9:03 Comments || Top||

#22  Flemish TV reporting third suicide belt found, undetonated. Searching for whoever discarded it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 9:04 Comments || Top||

#23  Business and politics are different skill sets, European Conservative. And New Yorkers can be astoundingly parochial, because the world comes to them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 9:18 Comments || Top||

#24  @EC Having a clueless President will be a step on the right direction after a President who is on enemy's side.
Posted by: Phaving Spaique8685 || 03/22/2016 9:21 Comments || Top||

#25  I note Putin was one of the first to offer condolences and help.
This while our prez. parties with the Castros.

Sigh.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/22/2016 9:28 Comments || Top||

#26  This clueless candidate will hand the next presidency to Hillary or - who knows - Bernie.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 9:32 Comments || Top||

#27  @trailing wife

Indeed. In foreign policy you can't just file a Chapter Eleven if you make a serious error.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 9:34 Comments || Top||

#28  he expressed no sympathy for the victims

It is important to distinguish between European elites---who are accessories to Islamic terrorism, and ordinary Europeans---who are complaisant victims.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 9:53 Comments || Top||

#29  #18 TW, I can't take credit for "the small hours of the night" (+8)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 9:55 Comments || Top||

#30  I can't take credit for "the small hours of the night" (+8)

Yes, you can, dear g(r)omgoru. You were up and posting when all here were asleep -- part of our lovely foreign (and domestic late to bed and early risers) contingent who enable just this kind of 24 hour coverage when we couldn't know it would be wanted in the small hours of our night.
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According to NBC, doctors at the airport are reporting pulling nails from some of the wounded, presumably from the sucide belts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 10:21 Comments || Top||

#31  President Obama is making a speech in Cuba right now. He is prefacing his remarks with a few sentences about the attacks in Brussels. Condolences, thoughts and prayers with the people of Belgium, Solidarity. Will defeat ISIS. All the right things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 10:35 Comments || Top||

#32  Second that; my morning news, as it is, was puppy dogs and bunny whiskers.

I did find it interesting that Trump's opinion has already been asked, as this was a 2am event, if you will. I remember it took almost a week before anyone interrupted Dear Reader's Great Brazilian to ask about warships launching tomahawks at Libyan targets.

Suppose this is a reprisal for catching Sally a couple days ago?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/22/2016 10:42 Comments || Top||

#33  NBC: Explosive may be TATP -- "mother of satan"
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 10:46 Comments || Top||

#34  We can say all we want about trump. But the fact remains. Our leadership in Washington is corrup, does not care about the people they are supposed to represent, and are driving our nation into ruin. Our president is posing for pictures next to a mural of his childhood hero, his closest friends are supporters of terrorism, and he gave nukes to our number one enemy that for the last 30 years has had the sole focus of destroying America. Our congress has done nothing to stop him and have supported him at nearly every turn. The democrats put up a habitual liar and criminal as their front runner and a socialist/communist as their number two. The Republican Party has Ted Cruz and rhomney as their guys. And we are complaining about trump? Our government needs an overhaul and that comes in one of two ways. The first is to elect outsiders and destroy the status quo or the other is with armed revolution. No one wants the second, except maybe our current president. With both parties fighting to keep their corruption and fraternal biases in place it is clear to me our nation need a good hard look inward and our democracy needs to get the vermin rooted in Washington out of positions of power. Any other candidate than trump will keep business as usual going in DC and that is the last thing we need. If trump offends a few people along the way. So be it.
Posted by: 49 pan || 03/22/2016 11:09 Comments || Top||

#35  I mentioned that perhaps state responses can never work against non-state actors - only non-state response.
Then another suggested Letters of Marque for responses.

That's an interesting idea.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/22/2016 11:24 Comments || Top||

#36  Letters of Marque was how it used to be done.

The proxie/non-state war is not a 20th century concept.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/22/2016 11:41 Comments || Top||

#37  Let Baraq offer the condolences. At least Trump will not continue Baraq's policy of importing even more of these "Flemish Buddhists" to our country.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/22/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

#38  Trump is obviously affected by this or he wouldn't be so upset. Those who feel that because he doesn't care because he didn't say what they wanted to hear explicitly are just looking for excuses to hate him. Get over it. This man will take care of the problem if given half a chance.

0bean will only do so as a matter of political necessity. 0bean's main efforts so far have been to combat AGW and to diminish the role of the USA in the world in order to facilitate handing the reigns over to socialist and communist powers.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||

#39  Baraq has a mouthful of condolences for all the victims and all of their families after all of the attacks and yet the attacks continue. Gimme a president who will put a stop to it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/22/2016 11:56 Comments || Top||

#40  And I can't help thinking that Europeans know in their hearts what they need to do about it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/22/2016 11:58 Comments || Top||

#41  This recalls the Barbary Wars. The Euros diddled along paying the tribute. The Americans fought back and won.

This needs to be the approach to Isis, AlQ and all the other myriad scum.

Unfortunately there are too many cowards and appeasers and outright traitors among our "elite" to actually fight back properly. Given the current conditions GWB's half assed attempt is the best we can hope for and I doubt that we'll make it to that.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/22/2016 12:13 Comments || Top||

#42  I agree with much of your post #34, 49Pan, saving only this:

Our congress has done nothing to stop him and have supported him at nearly every turn.

The current and previous Congresses have had Republican majorities, but not enough to override a presidential veto. This limited what they were able to accomplish, given Democratic Congresscritters who toed firmly the party line. Also, the Republicans there have been divided between the long-term establishment and the tea party newcomers, the latter being numerous enough to prevent things they didn't want from getting done, but not enough -- and not organized and experienced enough -- to persuade the old hands to join them in making the things they did want happen.

John Boehner was not able to herd those cats. It remains to be seen whether his successor is more effective.

The Republican Party has Ted Cruz and rhomney as their guys.

Rubio was the GOP establishment's man this time round. They loathe Cruz, for reasons I fail to grasp. Governor Kasich has my dream resume: private industry, tapped to serve a previous president, Congress, governor. A shame he is the wrong man for the time, but he clearly is.

I'm grateful that Mr. Trump has moved the Overton Window, as they say (I'll look up the term one of these days), and forced discussion of a lot of things that needed to be discussed. My concern is that he is not a politician, only a user of politicians in exchange for donations, and that he'll be eaten alive by the Democrats and the bureaucrats if he wins. Look what they did to George W. Bush, who'd been the Republican governor of formerly Democratic Texas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 12:35 Comments || Top||

#43  My view of trump is this. He's the anti-hillary "gimp"* to take her out and discuss all her problems and wear her out on the campaign trail.



*The Ice Hockey guy who takes out the opponents star player before being sin-binned.

/Politics
So what's the EUSSR going to do about the problems it's made?
Wonder if we'll be told by the MSM if any of the bombers and support network are from the "syrians"...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2016 12:59 Comments || Top||

#44  @ European Conservative:

January 2016 – Donald Trump Warned Brussels, Belgium – The New York Times Mocked Him For It…
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/22/2016 13:07 Comments || Top||

#45  Thanks TW. I always respect your comments. I am also worried that the machine will eat him alive. They hurt bush who I felt was a great man, not the best politician on his feet, but had the heart of an American lion. I think trump was will get the pacs on his side, it's all about the money, and they will control their respective congress critters.
Posted by: 49 pan || 03/22/2016 13:21 Comments || Top||

#46  Well, back to closed borders checking passports...already started in some Euro countries..
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/22/2016 14:16 Comments || Top||

#47  Ynet has ISIS' claim of responsibility:

IS claimed responsibility in an online statement. “A number of Caliphate soldiers wearing explosive belts and carrying explosive devices and machine guns attacked places that were carefully chosen in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and stormed the Brussels airport and the metro station and eliminated a large number of crusaders and then detonated their explosive belts,” read the statement. The statement included a typical threat: “We promise the crusading nations that have allied against the Islamic State that there will be black days in response t their aggression against the Islamic State. What is coming will be far more terrible, with the help of Allah.”

Dr. Steve's Daily Mail link last updated at 12:37 p.m. ET. They report three have been arrested in connection with the attack, and the police have CCTV footage of the airport suicide bombers in the act.

I'm going to keep this thread, the Daily Mail and CNN up today.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 14:39 Comments || Top||

#48  Overton Window
Posted by: WarDoof || 03/22/2016 14:59 Comments || Top||

#49  CNN reports raids in Schaerbeek, Brussels, home to large Turkish and Moroccan populations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 15:06 Comments || Top||

#50  Overton Window

That didn't work as a link, WarDoof. What is the URL you intended?

I didn't say so yesterday, but welcome!
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 15:09 Comments || Top||

#51  @44 Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

“There is something going on, Maria,” he said. “Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”

Sorry but that's a trivial "warning". Could apply to just about any place in the world.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 15:28 Comments || Top||

#52  Guess trump never read overton's window. That or he is trying to break the frame around it.
Posted by: 49 pan || 03/22/2016 15:29 Comments || Top||

#53  National Review, Trump & Overton Window

...and, thank you.
Posted by: WarDoof || 03/22/2016 15:30 Comments || Top||

#54  Sorry but that's a trivial "warning". Could apply to just about any place in the world.

Any place where there are Muslims. You're right, EC. It was all totally predictable, just not politically correct to predict it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/22/2016 15:42 Comments || Top||

#55  Just remember: He picked out France and Belgium in that order as examples. After about the first two, the rest will be "me-too"s.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 15:46 Comments || Top||

#56  I could have done the same. Sorry I don't need to hear advice from a guy who wants to ban entry to all Muslims and at the same time builds a luxurious golf course in Dubai (and isn't even able to finish it in time).

Trump is a hypocrite, a fraud, and certainly not a Republican.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 15:53 Comments || Top||

#57  Is he a racist homophobe, too?
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 16:03 Comments || Top||

#58  As for Republicans, they are few and far between these days. They are opportunists just the same.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 16:05 Comments || Top||

#59  I guess the crocodile isn't eating the last
Posted by: regular joe || 03/22/2016 16:12 Comments || Top||

#60  @#56: Unless Dubai nationals are planning on secreting themselves in golf bags bound for the US, don't see the connection.

That Mr. Trump has stated that we should temporarily (you did listen to him, right?) keep out Muslims until we can work out an intelligent policy of excluding those that wish to kill us is prudent, not racist. How, btw, are things going in Sweden?

That Trump may be our cleanest dirty shirt gives me little but hope for something better.

Not holding my breath.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/22/2016 16:20 Comments || Top||

#61  I'm afraid we have no choice but to put Muslims on hold until we can get a handle on the situation. It's a corollary of "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." The world has been given no choice by a bunch of terrorists wolves hiding amongst migrating sheep. The terrorists have forced us to take this unpopular route, but by God I will take it if I have to, no matter how much it sorrows me. Hopefully we can figure out a better way before the terrorists come for your neighbor or even you. I don't know about anybody else, but I'm certain that honest sheep will just have to understand that we have to do what we have to do. And the complicit sheep will complain. Shoot them, too.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 16:26 Comments || Top||

#62  Is he a racist homophobe, too?

Of course he is. And don't forget Nazi.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/22/2016 16:30 Comments || Top||

#63  What Trump has to say about anything is called vaporware in the software industry. Nothing of substance.

But frankly, this thread shouldn't be about him.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 16:31 Comments || Top||

#64  Trump is the child who shouted "the king is naked".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 16:32 Comments || Top||

#65  What Trump has to say about anything is called vaporware in the software industry. Nothing of substance.

Why didn't you say so sooner? I'm converted. Who should I vote for?
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 16:37 Comments || Top||

#66  Is he a racist homophobe, too?

The first USA politician who didn't forget that he was talking about and started mumbling appologies when accused of these things.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 16:38 Comments || Top||

#67  Choices aren't exactly stellar but if I could vote I'd probably vote for Kasich. At least he has a realistic chance to beat Hillary and seems to be a reasonable guy.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/22/2016 16:41 Comments || Top||

#68  Kasich came out of the pro-immigration closet. In a BIG way. He said he'd have everyone on a path to amnesty within 100 days of being elected. Sorry, he's part of the problem.

I could live with Cruz. He has a better developed and integrated understanding of the world, at least for now. I have been watching Trump learn from zero, and he's picking it up fast enough for my liking.

But I prefer Trump. He has way more business experience, and we'll need that to get the beacon relit (prosperity first, the rest will follow). His instincts as one guy are worth more than all the other experts combined so far, too. All-in-all, I believe he will honestly look for and find solutions that are minimally influenced by our self-serving elite. Of course they will blackmail and hold him hostage as best they can to serve their own interests, but he's in a better position to resist than all the rest except for maybe Cruz.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 16:56 Comments || Top||

#69  For what its worth my wife has stopped calling herself a Republican she prefers conservative. Trump might be a Republican but he's not truly conservative (same with most of the establishment Republicans these days).

That matters to some, not a bit to others.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/22/2016 17:07 Comments || Top||

#70  #53 National Review, Trump & Overton Window

Now I know! Thank you for this contribution to my education, WarDoof. I've saved it for future reference.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2016 17:12 Comments || Top||

#71  Yeah, the Republican party has become a bunch of opportunists by another mother. Just as bad as the Dems. Completely useless. Hopefully they get morphed into something that is good for the country. Trump is going by what is the center of popular thinking if you first remove the PC moron crowd from the population. What is left isn't necessarily conservative, but at least it's practical and will survive longer. I don't know where conservatives will find a home. I think they'll find room under the new Republican tent, though.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 17:26 Comments || Top||

#72  TW thank you for the link to Schaerbeek. Looks like it used to be a nice place.

So looking at its sister cities...interesting choices.

Give'm hell Belgium.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/22/2016 17:38 Comments || Top||

#73  London, Madrid, Paris, Brussels. Modern advanced Western civilization (or what it passes for) still practices 'human sacrifice' in the name of the God of Virtue practiced by the ruling class.

Meanwhile the same ruling class will busy themselves with removing and banning a substance that if it was greater than one part in a hundred thousand or million might just cause a couple premature deaths years down the line.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/22/2016 18:14 Comments || Top||

#74 
Posted by: 3dc || 03/22/2016 19:10 Comments || Top||

#75  Cruz is my antiestablishment preference. Trump isnt conservative or consistent, Cruz is. But that aside, whoever it is should be hammering this HARD against Hillary and Bernie:

Obama, their guy, said Climate Change is a bigger danger than ISIS. Bernie is big on Climate, and Hillary was SecState in the time that all this was set up.

Hang this one around their neck like a millstone. The GOP in DC will not. So its up to the candidates to do it.
Posted by: Unomoper Squank1009 || 03/22/2016 22:26 Comments || Top||

#76  That'll only work if Dems go along with it. They are predisposed to looking the other way when things like email, Benghazi, and debunking AGW subjects come up.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2016 23:02 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
3 charged, 1 nabbed on Iran sanctions evasion charges
[IsraelTimes] Suspects conspired to defraud banks, violate US sanctions in hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions

Three people have been charged with conspiring to evade US sanctions against Iran, and one has been tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
after they processed hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions on behalf of Iranian businesses or Iran’s government, authorities announced Monday as they unsealed an indictment in New York.

Reza Zarrab, a 33-year-old resident of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, was arrested Saturday at a Miami airport while two others remain runaways on charges that they conspired to violate sanctions against Iran and Iranian entities. A message for comment left with Lee Stapleton, a lawyer for Zarrab, was not immediately returned after her client was detained following an appearance in Miami federal court.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said the men conspired to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions barred by US and international economic sanctions. They said the defendants were working on behalf of the Iranian government and Iranian businesses.

They said the two men and a woman were helped by co-conspirators as they used an international network of companies in Iran, Turkey and elsewhere to launder the proceeds of the illegal transactions and defraud several financial institutions, including US banks, by concealing the true nature of the financial moves.

Diego Rodriguez, head of the FBI’s New York office, said the crimes were carried out from 2010 to 2015. He said the charges should send a message to others who try to hide their true business partners.
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India-Pakistan
Police arrest 31 suspects in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: At least 31 suspects including 14 Afghans were arrested during search operations by police in different areas of Peshawar on Monday.

The police conducted raids in Tajabad, Danishabad and Sufaid Dheri areas and rounded up 31 suspects. The police also claimed to have recovered weapons, ammunition and drugs from the suspects’ possession. The identity of detainees could not be ascertained immediately.
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Rangers check post attacked
KARACHI: A Rangers check post was attacked with a cracker bomb in Korangi area of Karachi on Monday, raising the total number of such attacks to four this month.

According to reports, the incident took place at Korangi no 2-1/2. However, no casualties were reported. Heavy contingent of police and Rangers reached on the spot immediately after the incident. On Friday last week, unidentified outlaws hurled a grenade at the check post of paramilitary troops at main Korangi crossing, leaving two personnel injured. Similar attacks also took place in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Essa Nagri areas of the city on March 13.
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Rangers arrest MQM Deputy Convener Shahid Pasha
KARACHI: Rangers personnel arrested Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) Rabita Committee (Coordination Committee) Deputy Convener Shahid Pasha in a raid early on Monday morning.

MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil confirmed that Pasha was taken by Rangers into their custody during a raid at his apartment in the Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of the metropolis.

The arrest was condemned by MQM's leadership.

The arrested suspected was presented in an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) where the administrative judge was informed regarding Pasha's preventive detention for three months.

The court also ordered the formation of a joint investigation team to probe the charges against the MQM leader.

Pasha was made deputy convener of the coordination committee a year ago, and is believed to be an important figure in MQM's organisational structure and has held various posts with the political party.

The arrest comes after MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar, in an earlier press conference, had accused the Rangers of torturing and interrogating "40 under-trial prisoners" belonging to the MQM imprisoned at Karachi Central Jail, and "pressuring the workers to leave the party".

He alleged the workers were being forced to fill out a pro forma and told that they would be allotted every facility in prison, cases against them would be withdrawn and they would be released only if they changed their loyalty.

MQM lawmakers staged a walk out from the Sindh Assembly in protest against Pasha's arrest.

Notices to DG Rangers, IG Sindh
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notices to DG Rangers Maj Gen Bilal Akbar, Inspector General of police Sindh A. D. Khawaja and Sindh home secretary seeking their comments on a petition filed by the family of Shahid Pasha.

The petition stated that law-enforcement agencies personnel picked Pasha up from his Karachi residence early on Monday. However, even after the passage of several hours, he could not be located nor was his arrest made public.

A two-judge bench of SHC after hearing the petition issued notices to Rangers and Sindh police, directing them to file their comments by April 11.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned.
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Two key commanders among 12 militants killed by FC
QUETTA: Frontier Corps personnel claimed to have killed at least 12 suspected militants, including two key commanders, in Balochistan's Kohlu district on Monday.

The miscreants in Kohli's Nasau area were killed in exchange of fire during a security forces' operation in the area, and a large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from their possession, spokesman Frontier Corps Khan Wasey said.

The miscreants were involved in attacks on security forces and vital national installations in the area, he added.

The miscreant commanders were identified as Jamir and Baloch Khan, Wasey said, adding that the dead miscreants belonged to a banned militant organisation operating in the area.

"Exchange of fire is still underway", Wasey said.

Security forces have intensified their actions in Balochistan after the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.
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Iraq
Second attack on U.S. Marine firebase in Iraq
[CNN] For the second time in three days, the first U.S. military firebase in Iraq has come under attack from ISIS. The base, known as Firebase Bell, came under small arms fire from a group of about 10 ISIS fighters who also attacked a nearby U.S./Iraqi installation at Makhmur in northern Iraq.

No U.S. personnel were wounded, and at least two ISIS fighters were killed, according to Army Col. Steve Warren, the coalition spokesman. Warren said he didn't have an exact distance of how close the gunmen came to the U.S. security perimeter, saying only "a couple of hundred meters, I would assume."

The remaining attackers "ran away in fear," Warren said.

A U.S. Marine stationed at Firebase Bell was killed by an ISIS Katyusha rocket attack on Saturday. Eight U.S. troops were also wounded in the attack. Three were medivaced to Germany where one is described as having serious injuries a defense official told CNN.

The U.S. believes the firebase was deliberately targeted by ISIS fighters who were aware it was there, Warren said. He noted the helicopters bringing in troops and equipment were readily visible. But the defense official noted that there are several ways ISIS could have learned the Marines were there, "You can't hide 200 Marines," the official said.

The U.S. currently has between 4,500 and 5,000 troops in Iraq on a regular basis, about 1,000 over the stated limit. This includes the 200 Marines that are at the firebase along with 200 special operations forces whose presence is not publicly acknowledged the official said.

The coalition refused to publicly reveal the exact number of U.S. troops currently in Iraq, with Warren only telling reporters that it was within 3,870 troops. "There's been a decision made not to release that number," he said.

Warren added that Congress had been informed of the methodology the military used to calculate troop levels.

On Sunday, the coalition announced that in consultation with the government of Iraq, the U.S. "has assigned a detachment of U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the support of Iraqi Security Force and Coalition ground operations. The detachment from the 26th MEU will add to the Marines and Sailors currently in Iraq" supporting the effort against ISIS."

The U.S has similar artillery at two other large Iraqi bases, but Bell is the only known firebase. That terminology signifies this is a small remote location designed to use its artillery to support infantry troops at forward locations.

The Marines will be using their field artillery, including the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, in the coming weeks to help defend Iraqi troops as they move towards Mosul. For now, the artillery is to defend another nearby base where American troops are getting 5,000 Iraqi forces ready for the operation to retake Mosul.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2016 04:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bell came under SAF (Small Arms Fire) but only 2 of the 10 attackers were killed? Counted ten did you? Air support? Pursuit?

The remaining attackers "ran away in fear," Warren said.

Fear? A ten man ISIS element engages a Marine fire base with SAF out of fear? It was a probing attack Colonel. They were simply doing as instructed. Please terminate the Pentagon drivel and get those people ready for the main attack. Is having a Marine fire base overrun with U.S. captives led away a regime 'legacy' for an incoming pub administration ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2016 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  The Daily Beast: ISIS Knew Just Where to Hit These U.S. Marines


"The U.S. military quietly acknowledged that the line between offensive and defensive warfare in Iraq blurred in Makhmour, as many expect the fire base to be part of the eventual fight to reclaim Mosul. Moreover, the defense officials said the fire base was to be the first of several, though they stopped short of specifics.

Even though they were at the front lines of the push toward Mosul, the Marines did not count in the U.S. military’s official figures of troops in Iraq. Rather they were listed as serving a temporary-duty assignment and therefore not part of the official 3,870 count of troops in Iraq [File under "How to Cook The Books - VRWC] . Up until Monday, the U.S. military has said fighting troops were part of their official figures."

Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/22/2016 9:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Rather they were listed as serving a temporary-duty assignment and therefore not part of the official 3,870 count of troops in Iraq [File under "How to Cook The Books -

Yep, rotating 179 days of TDY just like the lst SFG(A) from Okinawa to Vietnam.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2016 9:58 Comments || Top||

#4  What would Putin do?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2016 9:59 Comments || Top||

#5  the Marines did not count in the U.S. military’s official figures of troops in Iraq. Rather they were listed as serving a temporary-duty assignment and therefore not part of the official 3,870 count of troops in Iraq

Called it yesterday. And no - it won't be 179. More like 89. Six-month amphib deployments to the Gulf are passé.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/22/2016 10:49 Comments || Top||

#6  The liberation of Mosul had better begin soon.

And it had better be successfully and quickly executed.




Posted by: lord garth || 03/22/2016 11:07 Comments || Top||

#7  It's the third liberation of Mosul.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/22/2016 15:19 Comments || Top||


Jihadist Attack Kills Six Soldiers in Western Iraq
[An Nahar] At least six soldiers were killed Monday in an attack in western Iraq claimed by 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 that began with five jacket wallahs ramming explosives-laden vehicles into a checkpoint, officials said.

Several foreigners were among the bombers, including a Frenchie, according to a statement by IS which said its fighters carried out the attack.

A senior officer in the Iraqi army, manning the checkpoint near the town of Al-Baghdadi in Anbar province, said nine soldiers were also maimed.

He told AFP that after the suicide kabooms some 25 jihadists launched an assault on the checkpoint, the main one on the road leading to Al-Asad air base, where a large number of Iraqi troops and foreign advisers are stationed.

The officer said most of the gunnies were wearing boom jackets.

About five hours of festivities ensued, he said, and all the attackers were killed, with the support of strikes from the U.S.-led international coalition.

Malallah al-Obeidi, who heads Al-Baghdadi local council, confirmed the details of the attack and said Iraqi forces were in control of the checkpoint.

IS, in its statement posted on social media, claimed that the battle was still ongoing.

It also gave names or noms de guerre for five "martyrdom knights" that suggest at least four of the bombers were foreigners.

Among them was a Frenchie, "Abu Zubayr al-Faransi", as well as a Jordanian and Turk.

"Clashes erupted with the enemy of Allah and the mujahedin (holy warriors) managed to control a checkpoint called Majid and a large nearby post," the statement said.

The group claimed 60 soldiers were killed or maimed, that some of their equipment was seized and fighting was ongoing.

Al-Baghdadi lies on the Euphrates river, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Iraqi security forces have in recent days been involved in a major push to retake the city of Hit, which lies further along the river and is controlled by IS myrmidons.

They are closing in on the town from Al-Baghdadi and from Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province which was fully retaken from IS last month.

The vast operation to flush IS out of cities in Anbar has displaced tens of thousands of people and fighting is far from over.

"We fear that as many as 50,000 individuals will be displaced in the upcoming days as the military operations continue," said the Norwegian Refugee Council's program manager, Salah Noori.
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Dozens of ISIS Bad Guys die in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in the Joint Operations Command announced on Monday, that dozens of ISIS members were killed in an aerial bombardment south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, Nineveh Intelligence and Security Directorate, in coordination with the Joint Operations launched a fatal air strike against a large gathering belonging to ISIS near Qayyarah Bridge (60 km south of Mosul), killing dozens of ISIS militants.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The Joint Operations warplanes are continuously conducting air strikes on ISIS gatherings and their stronghold in the city of Mosul.”
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Iraqi forces stop ISIS attack in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Salahuddin province said on Monday, that the joint forces had managed to foil an ISIS attack on Ajil and Alas oil fields, while pointed out to the killing of 15 ISIS elements and wounding 8 others north of the province.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The army forces as well as the Federal Police and al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia] were able to foil a massive attack by ISIS on Ajil and Alas oil fields,” noting that, “Those forces killed 15 [ISIS] elements and wounded 8 others.”

“The two fields were secured and ISIS has not achieved any progress in them,” the source added.
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2 Iraqi militia die in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A local source in Diyali province said on Monday, that two tribal fighters were killed in an armed attack by ISIS on a security post northeast of Baqubah.

The source, who asked anonymity, reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, militants belonging to the ISIS attacked a security checkpoint near the village of Albu Musa (42 km northeast of Baqubah), resulting in the death of two fighters with al-Hashed al-A’asha’ri [militia],” adding that, “The security authorities opened an investigation into the incident, while transferred the two dead bodies to the forensic medicine authority.”
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Security forces kill 5 foreign suicide bombers in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday, that five foreign suicide bombers were killed while trying to attack Makhmur camp in Nineveh Province.

The journalists said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, a force from the army’s 15th brigade managed to kill five suicide bombers while trying to attack the security troops near Makhmur.”

The statement added, “The foreign suicide bombers came from al-Nasr Sayed Sultan village.”
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Anbar Antics: 54 die
Iraqi forces repel ISIS attack on Albu Obeid area

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Anbar Operations Command announced on Monday, that the Iraqi security forces repelled an ISIS attack by four booby-trapped vehicles on Albu Obeid area east of Ramadi.

The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces were able, today, to repel an ISIS attack by four booby-trapped vehicles on the military troops in Albu Obeid area east of Ramadi,” adding that, “Those forces managed to detonate the vehicles remotely by Kornet and guided missile system, [resulting] in the killing of all suicide bombers.”

For his part, a security source reported for IraqiNews.com that one of the booby-trapped vehicles was detonated near the military troops, resulting in the death of three soldiers and wounding four others.

ISIS, Iraqi militia slug it out at al-Baghdadi

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The leader of the First Martyr Battalion of al-Buraq forces within al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia, Wathiq al-Fartousi, said on Monday, that violent clashes broke out between the joint security forces and ISIS elements east of al-Baghdadi District.

Fartousi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces as well as the First Martyr Battalion of al-Buraq forces within al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia] has clashed with the ISIS elements after the latter attacked a checkpoint belonging to the army’s Seventh Division east of al-Baghdadi (90 km west of Ramadi).”

He added, “The security forces as well as al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia], backed by the aviation, had managed to detonate 5 booby-trapped vehicles for [ISIS] and kill 25 suicide bombers wearing explosive belts,” pointing out that, “Confrontations by the security forces and al-Hashed al-Sha’bi against the [ISIS] elements are still ongoing.”

19 ISIS Bad Guys die near Khalidiya Island

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Head of Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province announced on Sunday, that 19 militants of the so-called ISIS were killed in the cleansing battles of Albu Bali and Khalidiya Island northeast of Ramadi axis, while pointed out to the liberation of 50% of Albu Bali area.

The Head of Khalidiya Council Ali Dawood said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning the security forces carried out a wide-scale military operation on ISIS gathering in the areas of Albu Bali and Khalidiya Island, killing 19 ISIS fighters.”

Dawood added, “The security forces managed to free 50% of Albu Bali region north of Ramadi, after liberating Albu Obaid Island,” noting that, “The liberation operation of Khalidiya Island is continuous with the participation of the security services and international coalition aviation.”

Iraqi forces close in on Heet

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Monday, that the security forces are 1 kilometer away from the center of Heet City, while pointed out that the forces advanced from the eastern axis of the city.”

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Directorate and the Army advanced progressively to liberate the district of Heet (70 km west of Ramadi) from ISIS,” noting that, “Those forces are 1 kilometer away from the center of the city, [advancing] from the eastern axis.”

“The forces have managed to cleanse the liberated areas of any bombs or explosive mines on the roads,” the source added.

7 more ISIS Top Dawgs die near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Monday, that seven Arab ISIS leaders were killed during the cleansing battles of al-Karma District east of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while indicated to the presence of 300 ISIS militants in the district.

The commander of the 3rd battalion in Karmat Fallujah brigade Colonel Ahmed Karim al-Nayel said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces carried out a large-scale military operation to cleanse Abadi area in al-Karma District, killing seven Arab leaders belonging to ISIS, and destructing three vehicles were used by ISIS leaders to launch attacks against the army and police.”

Nayel added, “Intelligence information indicated to the presence of 300 ISIS members in the district, after killing dozens of ISIS members during the cleaning battles.”
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Iraqi militia drives back ISIS attack on Taza: 20 miscreants die
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Monday, al-Hashd al-Shaabi spokesman in the northern axis Ali al-Husseini announced, that 20 members of the so-called ISIS were killed in an attack carried out by the terrorist organization on Taza vicinity in southern the province, while pointed out that two members of al-Hashd al-Turkmani were wounded during the attack.

Husseini said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS members carried out an attack, at dawn today, on three axes toward al-Hashd al-Shaabi defense lines,” pointing out that, “20 members of ISIS were killed during the attack.”

Husseini added, “Two fighters of a-Hashd al-Turkmani were wounded with minor injuries,” indicating that, “al-Hashd al-Shaabi artillery in Taza vicinity was able to destruct booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS.”
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1 dead in Baghdad bombing
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Monday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in western Baghdad.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this morning, near industrial shops in the district of Abu Ghraib (20 km west of Baghdad), killing one person and wounding seven others.”

The source, who asked 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 of the incident and barred approaching it.”
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Syria Army Inches Closer towards IS-held Palmyra
[An Nahar] Battles raged around Palmyra Monday as Syrian soldiers backed by Russian warplanes sought to recapture the ancient city in what would be a major symbolic victory over 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.

Troops and allied militia backed by Russian air power have since early March been pushing an advance around the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Pearl of the Desert".

They are now just four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the gates of the city that fell to the jihadists in May last year, sending shock waves around the world.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, the advance has been "slow" despite some 800 air strikes by Russia and the Syrian regime this month alone.

Last week, the army recaptured a strategic hill at the southwestern entrance of Palmyra, four kilometers from the city.

IS has fiercely resisted the advance, killing at least 26 pro-government fighters on Monday, the Observatory said.

Aamaq, an IS-linked website, claimed that 30 troops were killed in an attack by a jihadist jacket wallah.

"Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Irene was indignant at the thought of doing such a thing without benefit of clergy...
warplanes believed to be Russian struck parts of Palmyra city and its surroundings in the east of Homs province, as well as al-Qaryatain in the southeast," the Observatory said.

"The battle for Palmyra is decisive for the regime, as it paves the way for the recapture of the desert area all the way up to the eastern border with Iraq," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"IS would automatically lose the desert stretching from Palmyra to the Iraqi border -- in other words, 30,000 square kilometers (12,000 square miles)," he added.

That would cut IS' area of control from some 40 percent of Syrian territory to 30 percent, the Observatory said, adding that jihadists could then be pushed across the border into Iraq.
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70 Syrian naval spec ops die near Palmyra
[ARA News] HOMS ــ Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday killed 70 members of the naval commando forces from the Syrian army in the western suburbs of historic Palmyra, in Syria’s central Homs province, media sources reported.

The group’s news agency of Amaq released a report saying: “Islamic State’s fighters were able to kill 70 marine commandos in a car bomb attack in the Duwwa area west of Palmyra.”

“The operation also led to the death of the Division’s commander, Rahmoun Askar,” Amaq reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Homs, rights activist Amr Hussein said that pro-regime army bid farewell to dozens of naval commando forces in Palmyra on Monday subsequent to the ISIS-led attack.

“A state of alert hit the ranks of the regime’s forces after the attack, which came as a shock to the army,” the source reported.

This comes as clashes continue between ISIS and the Syrian army in the Duwwa area west of Palmyra. The army has recently advanced against ISIS in Palmyra with the support of the Russian warplanes.

In May, the hardline group took over the ancient city of Palmyra after fierce battles with Syrian army forces. The group has executed dozens of captured soldiers in the Roman amphitheater, and destroyed several ancient shrines and Roman monuments.
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#1  hard to know whether this is really accurate

but if so, it might be a sign that the Russian partial withdrawal has led to bad times for the Assad forces (they've already lost 100k to 150k when you combine the Army, Guard, police and militias)
Posted by: lord garth || 03/22/2016 21:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Syrian Naval Spec-Ops = can Scuba, for short distances
Posted by: Frank G || 03/22/2016 21:27 Comments || Top||


5 suicidal ISIS miscreants die near Kobane
[ARA News] KOBANE ــ Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) were able Monday to kill five suicide bombers from the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) near Kobane in the Syrian province of Aleppo, military sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, YPG spokesman Haboun Osman reported that several ISIS gunmen, dressed in YPG uniforms, tried to infiltrate into the Kurdish city of Kobane through a Kurdish-held checkpoint in southern Sirrin.

“The YPG fighters clashed with them and were able to kill three suicide bombers who blew themselves up during the clashes,” according to the source.

“Two ISIS jihadis tried to flee, but our fighters (YPG) were able to shoot them dead as well,” the spokesman said, pointing out that the Kurdish forces extended their military operations in the area on Monday evening in search for other insurgents.

The ISIS move comes while thousands of Syrian Kurds gather in Kobane and other Kurdish areas in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran to celebrate the Kurdish National Day “Newroz“. The terror group was apparently trying to target Kurdish celebrators, according to activists.

The hardline group considers all Newroz celebrators as apostates, and that they must either repent or be bought to a Sharia court for prosecution and punishment.
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ISIS troops capture 5 Syrian Army checkpoints in Hama
[ARA News] HOMS – Subsequent to fierce clashes, the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) captured five military checkpoints for the Syrian regime army in Hama province, military sources confirmed on Monday.

Speaking to ARA News in Hama, rights activist Louay Baroudi reported that ISIS took over five checkpoints from the pro-regime forces near Mount Shaer in the Hwesis district–on the highway that leads to the Shaer oilfield.

“Daesh seized control of those checkpoints after bombing positions of the regime’s army, killing over 20 Syrian troops on the checkpoints and destroying three tanks and two armored vehicles,” Baroudi said, using an acronym for ISIS.

The hardline group seized a large deal of light and medium weapons, and two tanks (type T 55 and T 62), the source reported.

“Today’s operations come as the group tries to ease the pressure on its militants in the city of Palmyra and its surroundings,” Baroudi told ARA News. “Also, ISIS launched several attacks on the pro-regime forces stationed in the Shaer oilfield, forcing them retreat to ad-Duwwa district.”
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Terror Networks
Unusual pizza order delivers police to hideout of Paris jihad mass murderer Salah Abdeslam
"One large pie with the severed heads of Infidels, please." No, actually, it was just the quantity ordered that gave away the hideout of Salah Abdeslam.
Check out the pizza cardboard box in the article.
An unusual pizza order led police to the safe house of one of the masterminds behind the Paris terror attacks, ending a four-month manhunt.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, who masterminded the logistics behind the November 13 attacks on the French capital that left 130 people dead, was discovered hiding at a friend's flat. The home was just metres from the house in which Abdeslam had grown up in Molenbeek, Brussels – an area which has come under increased scrutiny in recent months after it was discovered three of the terrorists in the Paris attacks, including Abdeslam, were raised there.

Police first suspected Abdeslam was in the area after they found his fingerprints on a glass at a nearby property that was raided as part of the manhunt.

Abdeslam's friend, Abid Aberkan, had been under surveillance since attending the funeral of Abdeslam's brother, Brahim – a fellow Paris terrorist. Police were fairly certain that Aberkan was harbouring Abdeslam, but it wasn't until the pizza order that their confidence was confirmed.

"We were fairly confident he was there but the giveaway was the pizza order," a police source told The Sun.

Aberkan's mother ordered six pizzas. With police knowing that only three people lived in the property, they raided it and recovered Abdeslam….
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#1  I like that story. Good story.

Now, is the pizza box in English?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/22/2016 17:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Charge the mother
Posted by: dk70 the scantily clad || 03/22/2016 17:44 Comments || Top||

#3  If you put our halal pizza by sausage double, Allah help you infidel!
Posted by: Shipman || 03/22/2016 19:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Did he give himself up so that the attacks would be successful? The police concentrating on him and being lax everywhere else?
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