Hi there, !
Today Thu 04/21/2016 Wed 04/20/2016 Tue 04/19/2016 Mon 04/18/2016 Sun 04/17/2016 Sat 04/16/2016 Fri 04/15/2016 Archives
Rantburg
394310 articles and 1408858 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 39 articles and 85 comments as of 15:32.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion        Politix    Posting Order
Ivory Coast Attacks 'Number Two' Arrested in Mali
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 1: WoT Operations
4 23:56 Procopius2k [984] 
2 17:02 49 pan [350] 
1 08:19 AlanC [335] 
0 [151] 
0 [203] 
2 12:44 Steve White [515] 
0 [151] 
0 [208] 
0 [164] 
1 06:21 lord garth [189] 
0 [167] 
2 11:42 Frank G [241] 
0 [168] 
0 [177] 
0 [182] 
0 [189] 
0 [175] 
0 [166] 
0 [183] 
0 [226] 
0 [181] 
Page 2: WoT Background
13 21:47 Lone Ranger [459]
5 13:03 Bobby [242]
0 [160]
7 13:07 DarthVader [356]
0 [167]
0 [137]
0 [192]
Page 3: Non-WoT
0 [274]
2 18:15 Ebbang Uluque6305 [342]
2 18:10 Skidmark [409]
5 14:00 AlanC [258]
5 16:17 g(r)omgoru [261]
7 18:10 phil_b [423]
11 19:48 trailing wife [485]
2 20:13 charger [353]
Page 4: Opinion
8 23:49 rammer [407]
Page 6: Politix
3 20:42 Ho Chi Crinens5363 [367]
3 15:59 newc [267]
Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2016 13:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [984 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Always a bridesmaid...
Posted by: JHH || 04/18/2016 13:57 Comments || Top||

#2  or a rutabaga.. it's a little hard to tell....
Posted by: Angoling Prince of the Sith1435 || 04/18/2016 14:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Cried Oliver Wendell, right haughtily,
"You've covered your skirt mighty bawdily
With my marine neighbors!
Come see me in chambers
And throttle a cuttlefish naughtily."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/18/2016 20:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Ah, bringing back 'safe' outfits for college dates.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2016 23:56 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
After 13 years, CIA honors Green Beret killed on secret Afghanistan mission
[Stars and Stripes] When Nathan Ross Chapman became the first military casualty to die by enemy fire during the war in Afghanistan, the only American flag available for his casket was a patch torn off the uniform of an airman loading his coffin for the long trip home. He was buried on Jan. 11, 2002, a week after his death, with full military honors in Tahoma National Cemetery, Washington.

It took another 13 years for the CIA to recognize on its Memorial Wall that Chapman, an Army Green Beret, was also one of its own -- the sergeant first class had been officially detailed to the agency in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks and died acting as a CIA paramilitary team's communications specialist.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2016 09:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is my understanding Ross Perot provided some very significant support for SFC Chapman's family.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2016 9:04 Comments || Top||

#2  As he always does. Ross is a patriot.
Posted by: 49 pan || 04/18/2016 17:02 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
MoD confirms 2 pilots injured as helicopter was hit by 82mm rocket
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed that an Afghan army helicopter was hit by 82mm rocket fire anti-government armed myrmidon groups.

Dawlat Waziri, front man for the Ministry of Defense, said the helicopter was making emergency landing in Nari area of Kunar when it was hit by the rocket.

He said two pilots of the helicopter suffered minor injuries after the rocket impacted the helicopter and caught fire.

Waziri further added that the Taliban group claims that 20 soldiers were killed in the incident are baseless and the two pilots have fully recovered.

The Taliban group released the video late on Friday as part of the group’s ongoing propaganda as the group has launched its spring offensive under the name of Omari Operations.

The group announced its offensive early on Tuesday and vowed to carry out more attacks across the country.

The Lions of Islam of the group has since then launched numerous coordinated attacks including a major offensive in northern Kunduz province with an aim to capture the strategic Kunduz city.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the attack was repulsed by the Afghan cops, causing heavy losses to the myrmidons.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


6 militants killed, 3 wounded in Afghan Air Force raid in Farah
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Afghan-Air-Force-MD-530At least 6 murderous Moslems were killed and 3 others were maimed in an Arclight airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Posht-e-Rod district of Farah.

MoD further added that another operation is being conducted in Bala Murghab district in the west of the country.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Farah is among the relatively volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed Death Eater groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations amid deteriorating security situation in the country.

The increase in operations comes amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency as the group announced its spring offensive last week.

The increasing raids against the Death Eater groups follow as the government’s efforts to encourage the krazed killer groups for peaceful settlement of the violence has not yielded any positive result so far.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Over 90 militants killed in Afghan forces clearance operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Over 90 anti-government armed forces of Evil were killed and 48 others were maimed during the clearance operations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were 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..
, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Kandahar, Zabul, Badghis, Farah, Jawzjan, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Baghlan, Kunduz and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces.

A statement by MoD said the operations were conducted by the security forces who were receiving artillery and close-air support.

The statement further added at least 22 of the forces of Evil were killed in Sangin district of Helmand which included a group’s commander.

At least 38 forces of Evil were killed and 13 others were maimed during the operations in Dasht-e-Archi, Khanabad and in the outskirts of Kunduz city, MoD said, adding that 8 others were killed and 13 more were maimed in a seprate operatoin in Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul province.

The Afghan forces killed 11 forces of Evil and maimed 12 others during a separate operation conducted in Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shahbuddin of Baghlan, the statement added.

A clearance operation was conducted in Farah province in the west of the country where 6 forces of Evil were killed and 3 others were maimed, MoD said.

The statement by MoD also added that 8 forces of Evil were killed and 7 others were maimed during an operation in Andar and Deh Yak districts of Ghazni province.

According to MoD, at least 5 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces also bit the dust during the operations.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Ivory Coast Attacks 'Number Two' Arrested in Mali
[AnNahar] Mali's special forces have nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
the suspected "Number Two" of a group of Islamists accused of carrying out an attack last month on Ivory Coast's Grand Bassam resort, Malian security sources told AFP Sunday.

Malian national Alou Doumbia, 32, was arrested in the capital, Bamako, on Saturday night, the sources told AFP. He was wanted in connection with his role in a grenade and rifle assault on Grand Bassam's beachfront hotels that left 19 people dead.

"Special forces from Mali's intelligence services carried out the arrest of the Number Two of the organization behind the terrorist attacks against Ivory Coast during a 'special operation'," one of the sources told AFP under condition of anonymity.

Fifteen people have been detained in connection with what was Ivory Coast's first jihadist attack, later claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in retaliation for anti-terror operations in the Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
led by La Belle France and its allies.

Doumbia drove the attackers from Mali to Ivory Coast, according to a second security source, and helped the group rig a 4x4 vehicle to hide an arsenal of weapons in the spare tyre well.

The brains of the operation, Kounta Dallah, is still on the lam, and is suspected of both organizing and taking part in the attack, as well as appointing Doumbia to his role.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [515 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  "I will call him... Number Two"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2016 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  You arrest number two's, you whack number three's.

It's good to be a number two...
Posted by: Steve White || 04/18/2016 12:44 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Yemen Troops near Aden Airport
Four Yemeni soldiers were killed in a Sunday suicide attack on a checkpoint near the international airport in second city Aden, a security official said.

"A suicide bomber driving a bomb-laden vehicle blew himself up on Sunday upon arrival at a checkpoint near Aden airport," the official told AFP.

"Four soldiers were killed and two others were wounded," he added, without blaming any group for the attack.

On Friday, a car bomb exploded in the port city near a building housing the foreign ministry, without causing casualties, security sources said.

ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for that attack and also for a suicide bombing Tuesday in Aden targeting army recruits that killed five.
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:


Ceasefire agreement reached in Taiz
The Local De-Escalation Committees in the Governorate of Taiz have reached an agreement with the warring sides to reinforce ceasefire on all fronts in the city and its western districts, open the roads and lift the siege of the city.

The cessation of hostilities began at midnight on April 10 to pave the way for the next round of face-to-face talks on April 18 in Kuwait.

The committees said the ceasefire would come into effect at 3pm (local time) on Saturday.

Under the agreement, a source at the committees added, roads from the city's downtown leading to capital Sanaa and Al Hudaydah would be opened in the first phase and other roads will follow gradually.

''An understanding has been reached to reinforce the ceasefire on the ground,'' a source at the committees said, adding that monitors will be deployed to supervise implementation of the ceasefire.

The source said that each of the warring sides will bring lists of prisoners for a potential swap.

On Friday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told the 15-member Security Council that Yemen is now at a critical crossroads with one path leading to peace while the other can only worsen the security and humanitarian situation.

He expressed his hope the parties will come to an agreement on a clear way to end the violence and devastation in Yemen.

The talks between the internationally-recognized government and Houthi militias will commence on April 18 and aim to reach a comprehensive agreement, to end the conflict and allow the resumption of inclusive political dialogue in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) and other relevant resolutions.
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Migrant madness
From the Daily Mail:
We really could make this a daily feature at the Burg...
If someone else wants to take it on. Otherwise I'll continue checking these two sites every several days.
More than 400 migrants drown in the Mediterranean after four overcrowded boats capsized whilst crossing from Egypt to Italy

18/04/16 Dozens of African have reportedly drowned after a boat carrying 400 people capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the 400 migrants aboard the boat were fleeing from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea and had been hoping to reach Italy.

Libyan authorities round up 200 migrants just about to make perilous Mediterranean crossing after raid on Tripoli safehouse

18/04/16 Libyan authorities have arrested 203 migrants and in an alleged people smuggler after busting a illegally migrant safehouse in Tripoli just hours before the group were set to travel to Europe.

There's no place like Rome! 12 migrants arrive in Italian capital to start new life after Pope Francis plucked them from Lesbos camp

17/04/16 Twelve refugees have arrived in the Vatican (shown) after Pope Francis rescued them from a camp in Lesbos following a visit to the Greek island to highlight the humanitarian crisis.

Migrants who battled Paris vigilantes with iron bars, planks and bottles 'were on their way to UK'

17/04/16 An officer investigating the mass brawl by the Stalingrad Metro station, caught on CCTV (pictured) said that four migrants were taken to hospital and many were on their way to the UK.

People smugglers use ancient donkey trails to establish new migrant route through the Alps after Austria tightens border controls and Switzerland deploys army

16/04/16 Located deep within the woods above the Brenner Pass connecting Italy and Austria, every night about 50 migrants pay smugglers 200 euros each to be led through the trails.

And from Breitbart:
17/04/2016 – BORLANGE, Sweden – Migrant raped woman at knifepoint

An 18 year old Nigerian migrant stands accused of raping a woman at knife-point. The Swedish court heard that when the woman was at his apartment, he drew a knife and told her if she didn’t have sex with him, he would rape her, which he did.

He is also facing charges for having stabbed another woman, and for sending death-threats. He will be deported if convicted, reports FriaTider.

17/04/2016 – LEKSAND, Sweden – Migrant to be deported for rape

A Syrian migrant has been sentenced to two years in prison, and will be deported after serving his time for the rape of a woman at a migrant centre. The 34 year old man forced his way into his victim’s room at the specialist reception centre for deaf and hard of hearing migrants in January, then breaking down the door to her toilet, where she was hiding.

The court heard the man only stopped the violent rape of the woman once he saw his own wife walk past the bedroom window. He was convicted on the strength of his victim’s testimony and DNA evidence, reports FriaTider.

17/04/2016 – CALAIS, France – Migrants Have “No Intention” of Assimilating

An Arabic-speaking aid worker has warned Europe to “get tough”, saying migrants have no intention of assimilating into Western society.

He told the Express that he has often overheard the migrants saying things in Arabic they wouldn’t say in English as they mistake him for a Muslim – and that they often refer to his fellow charity-workers as “filthy Christian kuffars [non-believers]”.

“The difference is I know these people, I hear them. I’m sorry, I have to say it, I hear what they say when they speak to their own people – not what they say in English,” he said.

“I am not saying don’t take them, I am saying your country needs to be strong, get tough.

“What happens is you let them build mosques and you let them practice their religion and then what? They don’t want to live by your rules. You don’t know what is going on in mosques.

“You have to make it happen or it won’t be your country anymore. They have no intention of living under Christian law. … Help? Yes, but be smart.”

16/04/2016 – FREIBERG, Germany – Migrant Threatens to Behead Saleswoman

A 23-year-old Algerian asylum seeker threatened to behead a saleswoman with a machete and afterwards attacked a kebab shop. The migrant is said to have terrorized the town and committed multiple offences including shoplifting, drug possession and resisting and insulting police officers.

He also is said to have driven a car while on drugs, without a license and with fake license plates, reports news.de

16/04/2016 – BRENNER, Austria – Open Borders Activists Plan New Border Protest

Plans are under way for a new protest at the Austrian-Italian border by left win activists who want to see migrants let through. The original protest in early April saw several police officers injured by open borders activists. Left-wing party Left Ecology Freedom visited the area to prepare but have not announced a date for the protest, reports TheLocal.

16/04/2016 – COLOGNE, Germany – NYE Sex Attacks: Migrant Thief Sentenced

The first criminals charged in the wake of the NYE sex attacks in Cologne have been sentenced. An Algerian migrant was sentenced to one year in prison for stealing the wallet of a woman on the night.

The 21-year-old came from Algeria to Germany in November of 2015 as an asylum seeker, reports Zeit.

15/04/2016 – LEIBNITZ, Austria – Girls molested in ‘broad daylight’

Two 18 year old girls were forced to run and hide from a 42 year old Slovenian man after he attempted to molest them in the street. The man passed the girls a number of times in his car, and then got out, verbally abusing them, prompting them to flee and call the police. During interrogation the man confessed to harassing the girls, and to other crimes stretching back two years, reports Kronen Zeitung.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  God created Man and Woman; Sam Colt made them equal.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/18/2016 8:19 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Three police officers killed in separate PKK attacks
Three police officers were killed while eight security officials were wounded in three separate attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on April 16 and 17 amid ongoing security operations in a number of Turkey’s southeastern provinces.

PKK militants launched a rocket attack against an armored police vehicle passing through Vatan Street in central Şırnak and injured three police officers. All three were transferred to the nearby Şırnak State Hospital, where police officer Hüseyin Danacı, 28, succumbed to his wounds. The other officers are reportedly in good condition.

A funeral ceremony was held for Danacı at the 23rd Gendarmerie Border Division Command on April 17. His body was later sent to his hometown of Kayseri in Central Anatolia.

In a separate attack, special operations police Sinan Kunduracı was killed in Hakkari’s Yüksekova district at 3 p.m. on April 17, while a soldier was wounded. According to reports, two other soldiers were wounded as clashes erupted in northeastern Kars province.

Later in the day, one police officer was killed while three others were wounded as militants detonated an improvised explosive device during the passage of policemen in Nusaybin’s Abdulkadir Paşa neighborhood in southeastern Mardin province. The wounded policemen are being treated at Nusaybin State Hospital, according to reports.

Meanwhile, 15 PKK militants were killed by security operations in different operations across southeastern provinces of Şırnak, Mardin and Hakkari on April 16, according to a statement by Turkish Chief of Staff.

In the statement released on its official website, the army said some seven militants were killed in Nusaybin, six were killed in Şırnak’s center and Aslanbaşer district, while two others were killed in Hakkari’s Yüksekova. A total of 633 militants were killed so far in all three provinces combined, the army added.

Fresh curfews are still being declared in the region, as Diyarbakır’s Silvan is has been put under repetitive curfews since April 14.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Two killed in attack on pro-govt lashkar chief
LANDI KOTAL: An activist of a pro-government armed group and a would-be suicide attacker were killed in the Bazaar Zakhakhel area of Khyber tribal region late on Saturday night.

A spokesman for the group, Hakim Khan, told reporters that the target of the suicide attack was one of their leaders, Bilal Afridi. He said Mr Afridi was in the hujra (guest house) of Said Jamal in the Kharko Sarhgi area when a man reached there and insi­sted on going inside the mud compound. He was intercep­ted by a guard of Mr Afridi’s.

“The suicide jacket that the unidentified man wore exploded when the guard Umar Khan fired at the attacker, killing him on the spot. The guard also lost his life in the blast,” the spokesman said.

Local authorities sent a khasadar party to carry out an investigation into the incident.

Published in Dawn, April 18th, 2016
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
UK firm 'employed former child soldiers' as mercenaries in Iraq
[Guardian] A former senior director at a British firm says that it employed mercenaries from Sierra Leone to work in Iraq because they were cheaper than Europeans and did not check if they were former child soldiers.

James Ellery, who was a director of Aegis Defense Services between 2005 and 2015, said that contractors had a "duty" to recruit from countries such as Sierra Leone, "where there's high unemployment and a decent workforce", in order to reduce costs for the US presence in Iraq.

"You probably would have a better force if you recruited entirely from the Midlands of England," Ellery, a former brigadier in the British army, told the Guardian. "But it can't be afforded. So you go from the Midlands of England to Nepalese etc etc, Asians, and then at some point you say I'm afraid all we can afford now is Africans." He said the company had not asked recruits if they were former child soldiers.
Don't take it so hard Brigadier Ellery, the push for 'local nationals' and cost savings has beset our diplomatic establishment as well, and with some genuinely horrific outcomes. Perhaps were talking about the same firm? Does Benghazi and Blue Mountain Security ring a bell ?
Aegis Defence Services, which is chaired by Sir Nicholas Soames, a Tory MP and Winston Churchill’s grandson, had a series of contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to provide guards to protect US military bases in Iraq from 2004 onwards. From 2011 the company broadened its recruitment to take in African countries, having previously employed people from the UK, the US and Nepal.

Contract documents say that the soldiers from Sierra Leone were paid $16 (£11) a day. A documentary, The Child Soldier's New Job, to be broadcast on Monday in Denmark alleges that the estimated 2,500 Sierra Leonean personnel who were recruited by Aegis and other private security companies to work in Iraq included former child soldiers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:


ISIS renews chemical attacks on Peshmerga forces
[ARA News] QAMISHLI ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday launched an offensive on positions for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, using rockets filled with chlorine gas, according to local sources. At least one fighter from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces was killed and four more wounded in the attack.

Local activists confirmed that ISIS attacked the Peshmerga forces in the fighting front of Kweir in Makhmur district with chemical weapons, killing the Kurdish fighter Jaffar Omar Karim and wounding four others, who suffered suffocation.

Iraqi Kurdistan authorities said in a medical report that the corps of Karim and his face was exposed to burns, without the emergence of any traces of bullets in his body.

In the meantime, Kurdistan Regional Security Council (KRSC) has reported earlier that the ISIS hardline group has repeatedly used chemical weapons against the Peshmerga forces on several fighting fronts in the region.

In November 2015, the Peshmerga forces have repelled an attack by the radical group, during which ISIS was planning to use chlorine gas against the Kurdish troops in a military base near Erbil, according to the Peshmerga leadership.

In August 2015, Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan confirmed the use of mustard agent by ISIS extremists against the Peshmerga forces. The Peshmerga Ministry in the Kurdistan Region said in a statement at that time that blood tests have shown the use of the chemical agent by the terror group against the Kurdish forces. At least 35 Peshmerga soldiers have been exposed to the mustard agent, while some of the injured soldiers have been taken abroad for treatment.

The ministry urged all countries combating the ISIS extremist group to provide the Peshmerga forces with anti-chemical gear.
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  ISIS is not a signatory to the Geneva Conventions banning chemical warfare, right.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/18/2016 11:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Iraqi Kurdistan authorities said in a medical report that the corps of Karim and his face was exposed to burns

a real corpseman, O?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2016 11:42 Comments || Top||


Diyala Daily Devastations:: 1 dead
4 civilians wounded in mortar attack

(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A local source in Diyali province said on Sunday, that four civilians had been injured in a mortar shell fall that took place in a field northeast of Baqubah.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Four civilians had been injured as a result of the fall of seven mortar shells on the village of Abu Karma (25 km northeast of Baqubah),” noting that, “[The attack] was launched from a field filled with armed cells linked with ISIS.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.”

ISIS Top Turban killed by sniper

(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Sunday, a local source in Diyala Province revealed, that a member in al-Hashd al-Asha’ri was killed by a sniper fire northeast of Baqubah.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A member in al-Hashd al-Asha’ri was killed by a sniper fire in a checkpoint inside the gardens of al-A’li area.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The sniper fire came from the gardens of al-Zour area.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Ninevah Nightmares: 19+ die
17 ISIS troops die in airstrikes

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday the killing of 17 ISIS members, including a financial official, during an aerial bombardment in the city of Mosul.

The officials said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The F-16 warplanes conducted three air strikes, based on information by the National Intelligence Agency, targeting three headquarters belonging to the ISIS in the district of Tal-Kaif in the city of Mosul,” pointing out that, “The bombardment resulted in the destruction of the three headquarters as well as the death of seventeen terrorists.”

The statement added, “The terrorist Ahmed Qasim al-Farahat, the financial official in Tal-Kaif, was among the dead,” indicating that, “[He] was recently transferred from the district of Tal-Afar to Tal-Kaif.”

ISIS Top Dawg dies in airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh Province announced on Sunday, that a biological expert in the so-called ISIS was killed in an air strike carried out by the international coalition aviation on a pharmaceutical laboratory north of the province.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Yesterday the coalition aviation bombed Nineveh pharmaceutical laboratory north of the province, destructing the laboratory completely,” pointing out that, “ISIS was using the laboratory to develop its weapons.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The bombardment resulted in the killing of a biological weapons expert and other ISIS members.”

ISIS Top Turban dies in airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday the killing of the so-called ISIS Wali of al-Hamadaniyah District in an aerial bombing by the international coalition aviation east of the city of Mosul.

The officials said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with Nineveh Operations Command, carried out an aerial strike that targeted a gathering for ISIS elements in the village of Omar-Kan in Nineveh Plain in the district of al-Hamadaniyah east of Mosul,” adding that, “The aerial bombardment resulted in killing a group of terrorists including the terrorist known as Barzan Hossam, the new Wali of al-Hamadaniyah District.”

More from Ara News

ISIS executes journalist

[ARA News] DUHOK – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed a journalist and a member of the Nineveh police forces in Mosul city in the Iraqi northwestern province of Nineveh, local sources reported Sunday.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, rights activist Khalid Musilli said: “Subsequent to several months of detention, ISIS militants executed Saturday the Iraqi journalist Ayham Khazaal, who was working as a broadcaster in the local television of Sama al-Mosul.”

“Daesh has also brutally executed Nashwan Khazaal, the journalist’s brother, who was serving as a member of the Nineveh police forces in the region,” Musili said, using an acronym for ISIS.

Both brothers were accused of spying for the US-led coalition and Iraqi security forces, according to the same source.

“The victims were shot dead in front of a crowd of people in western Mosul,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source confirmed that both victims were arrested together in the northern city of Mosul several months ago and tragically killed in public in front of dozens of people.

The execution was carried out at Qasim al-Khayat Square west of the city, and some residents handed over corpses of the two brothers to the forensic medicine.

“A member of the ISIS-led Sharia Court, who recited the death sentence in public, threatened to hunt what he called ‘all spies’ of the US-led coalition in the region, including journalists and aid volunteers,” he reported.

Journalists and media activists are main targets for ISIS jihadis, who view reporters as spies for the western powers, leaking security information about the militants’ positions in the region.

In July 2015, the extremist group executed more than 25 Iraqi journalists in Nineveh province. In August 2015, ISIS militants executed the journalist Sabah Muhammad and photographer Walid Abdullah, who worked for al-Musiliyah channel in Mosul, on charges of violating the group’s regulations.
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


12 ISIS Bad Guys die in Kirkuk airstrike
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Sunday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced, that 12 ISIS members were killed in air strikes conducted by the Iraqi Army Aviation southwest of Kirkuk.

The journalists said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Iraqi Sukhoi aircraft bombed ISIS headquarters in al-Bashir village southwest of Kirkuk, destroying the headquarters, hideouts, a bulldozer and a booby-trapped vehicle belonging to ISIS terrorists.”

The statement added, “The air strikes also resulted in the killing of 12 terrorists in the village.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics: 4 die

4 ISIS Bad Guys die near Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera Operations General Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced on Sunday, that the security forces killed four ISIS members west of Ramadi, while pointed out that the international coalition aviation destructed a booby-trapped vehicle west of Haditha.

Daboun said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the army’s 7th brigade managed to destroy a mortar detachment and killed four ISIS members in Juba area north of Baghdadi vicinity.”

Daboun added, “The international coalition aviation in cooperation with the army’s 7th brigade destroyed a booby-trapped vehicle belonging to ISIS in al-Khasfa area west of Haditha City.”

Iraqi forces dismantle 56 ISIS booby traps

(IraqiNews.com) Anabr – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi revealed on Sunday, that the security forces found tunnels and weapons caches belonging to the so-called ISIS, and dismantled 45 IEDs and 11 booby-trapped houses in Ramadi.

Mahlawi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the army’s 16th brigade found tunnels and weapons caches belonging to ISIS in Abu Tiban area northwest of Ramadi,” pointing out that, “The force destructed the tunnels completely.”

Mahalawi added, “The caches contained rockets launchers, mortar shells, explosive devices and different weapons,” indicating that, “The security forces also cleansed 4 streets, as well as dismantling 45 improvised explosive devices and 11 booby-trapped houses in al-Aramel neighborhood in southern Ramadi.”

Iraqi forces seize booby trapped vehicle

(IraqiNews.com) The commander of al-Jazeerah Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dbon, announced on Sunday seizing a booby-trapped armored vehicle carrying large amounts of explosive materials west of Ramadi.

Dbon said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the army’s Seventh Division, with support from the tribal fighters, had managed to seize a booby-trapped armored vehicle carrying large amounts of explosive materials near the vicinity of Kabisa South of Heet City (70 km west of Ramadi),” adding also that, “Another force from the Seventh Division was able to seize a Katyusha rocket with a rocket launcher and explosive devices near the vicinity of Kabisa south of Heet City.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Molotov cocktails hurled at homes in Jewish East Jerusalem neighborhood
[Ynet] Police arrest Arab hurlers of Molotov cocktails at homes in Ma'ale ha-Zeitim neighborhood; residents of Ma'ale ha-Zeitim complain that similar incidents happen almost daily, but thank police for their efforts to undermine assailants.

Arab residents of East Jerusalem threw Molotov cocktails Saturday at police and Border Policeman in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Ras al-Amud, adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Ma'ale ha-Zeitim. The forces placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
one of the assailants. Residents of the Ma'ale ha-Zeitim neighborhood say such incidents occur almost daily.

A member of the Ma'ale ha-Zeitim Security Committee, Joshua Wander, said that Arabs practically hurl Molotov cocktails at Jewish homes and police forces nightly. He added that he heard kabooms last night: "I ran outside and I saw the fire and that they (the police) had arrested a number of young persons. It seems that the police had been waiting for them and we would like to thank the police for (its) work."

A video that has spread on Paleostinian social networks shows Molotov cocktails being thrown in addition to one of throwers being injured by a Molotov cocktail thrown by another Arab. According to a resident of Ma'ale ha-Zeitim, the documentation of these incidents by Paleostinians demonstrates that they are organized. He said. "Throwing Molotov cocktails lasts five seconds. They succeeded in capturing those moments on a camera, which means photographer is one of them."

Maor Tzemah from "Go, Jerusalem," an organization advocating for the full application of Israeli illusory sovereignty over Jerusalem, said, "Unfortunately throwing Molotov cocktails in Jerusalem has become a routine affair. I call on the minister of internal security to use his authority and order the end to this dangerous phenomenon."
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under:


Southeast Asia
Maoist militants seize five policemen in Davao city
[Mindanao Examiner] Maoist militants launched simultaneous raids in Davao City and captured 5 policemen and 2 government militiamen. New People's Army spokesman Rigoberto Sanchez has declared the policemen as prisoners of war.

Sanchez said the policemen were in their patrol vehicle when militants from the 1st Pulang Bagani Command intercepted them. He said, "The POWs will be held in custody pending an investigation for possible war crimes and other crimes against the people and the revolutionary movement."

Their capture came after militants swooped down an army post in Paquibato district on Saturday and clashed with security forces. Two militiamen surrendered following a gun battle that lasted about 30 minutes. Two other militiamen managed to escape.

Sanchez said, "The victorious tactical offensive comes at the heels of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' pompous declaration that (the anti-insurgency campaign) Oplan Bayanihan has weakened the armed resistance of the NPA following the death of beloved Red Commander Leoncio “Ka Parago” Pitao last year.

"As Oplan Bayanihan nears its defeated end, this latest tactical offensive of the People's Army serves as a nail in the coffin to one of the most atrocious operation plans the fascist AFP has ever unleashed against the Filipino people."

He said the 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion and all ten NPA units in the Davao region have become even more inspired to wage armed struggle, agrarian revolution, establish the seeds of a socialist government and "squarely defeat the onslaught of heightened and sustained attacks by enemy troops."
Posted by: ryuge || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria truce threatened as 22 killed in clashes
BEIRUT: Twenty-two civilians were killed in an exchange of fire in Syria’s second city Aleppo, a monitor said Sunday, in one of the highest single tolls since a fragile truce came into force.

Nearly all warring parties in Syria — the regime, rebels, radicals, and Kurds — have carved out zones of control in war-torn Aleppo province.

Since Feb. 27, a truce has seen violence drop across parts of Syria, including the provincial capital of Aleppo city.

But renewed violence in the northern city during the past 24 hours has seriously strained the truce, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

At least six civilians were killed and eight wounded in regime airstrikes on rebel-held eastern parts of the city on Saturday.

And a barrage of rockets and sniper fire by opposition groups onto government-controlled western districts killed 16 civilians, including 10 children and two women.

“There’s a clear escalation. This was the bloodiest incident in Aleppo and its province” since the cease-fire took effect, said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

“This escalation directly threatens the truce.”

Brokered by Russia and the United States, the agreement to cease hostilities excludes the fight against the Daesh group or Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

The truce had largely held across parts of Syria since late February, despite frequent accusations of breaches on both sides.

But violence around Aleppo has sparked concerns the cease-fire may peter out, partly because rebels are involved in the battles too.

Daesh terrorists have seized fresh territory from rebel groups in recent days, threatening the key opposition bastion town of Azaz, just 8 km south of the Turkish border.

The onslaught has forced 30,000 Syrians to flee, and tens of thousands more are at risk of displacement.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, half of the country’s population has been displaced — including five million who have fled to neighboring states.

More than 270,000 people have been killed.
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In March 2016, about 600 were killed in Syria (including combatants).

Prior to that fatalities were running 1000 to 5000 a month.

Yes, it was a decrease but still a wretched situation.
Posted by: lord garth || 04/18/2016 6:21 Comments || Top||


Turkish rocket artillery hits Kurd positions near Kobane
[ARA News] ERBIL – The Turkish army on Saturday bombed Kurdish positions in Syria without causing any casualties, Kurdish officials confirmed.

“At about 4 pm today, Turkish army shelled about 6 rockets at Dikmatash village in Afrin and fired at a YPJ [Female Protection Units] headquarters but no casualties confirmed yet,” Idris Nassan, a
Kurdish analyst and former official in the Kobane administration, told ARA News.

The news was also confirmed by Kurdish activists. “There are no injuries, although the Turkish army fired more than 6 mortar shells near the village,” Kurdish activist Nidal Hassan told ARA News.

This is not the first time Turkish troops target Kurdish positions in Syria.

Last Thursday, Kurdish activists and fighters accused the Turkish troops of targeting positions for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the eastern neighborhoods of Tel Abyad city in Raqqa province.

Turkey has also been supporting Syrian rebel groups with artillery against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurds.

Moreover, hundreds of civilians recently fled Aleppo to Afrin after fighting intensified between ISIS and Syrian rebel groups.
Posted by: badanov || 04/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:



Who's in the News
25[untagged]
6Islamic State
3Taliban
1Houthis
1Govt of Iran
1Commies
1al-Qaeda in North Africa
1Boko Haram

Bookmark
E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
Comments Spam
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Thugburg
RSS Links
Gulf War I
The Way We Were
Bio

Merry-Go-Blog
Hair Through the Ages









On Sale now!


A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Seafarious
Pappy
lotp
Scooter McGruder
john frum
tu3031
badanov
sherry
ryuge
GolfBravoUSMC
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Gloria
Fred
Besoeker
Glenmore
Frank G
3dc
Skidmark
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2016-04-18
  Ivory Coast Attacks 'Number Two' Arrested in Mali
Sun 2016-04-17
  Dozens of Hezbollah militants 'accidentally' killed in chemical attack
Sat 2016-04-16
  UK police arrest 5 in terror probe
Fri 2016-04-15
  Sharia police preacher faces terrorism charges
Thu 2016-04-14
  SSS announces arrest of another ‘top Boko Haram terrorist’
Wed 2016-04-13
  Belgian police arrest 3 in Paris terror attacks investigations
Tue 2016-04-12
  Saudi FM: Red Sea islands have returned to the kingdom
Mon 2016-04-11
  Ahrar al-Sham commander slain in Aleppo clashes
Sun 2016-04-10
  Four Brussels suspects charged with terror offenses
Sat 2016-04-09
  Lebanon sentences ex-minister Samaha to 13 years in prison
Fri 2016-04-08
  Danish Police Arrest Four Alleged ISIL Fighters, Seize Weapons
Thu 2016-04-07
  Secular Bangladeshi writer murdered in the street
Wed 2016-04-06
  Tripoli authorities cede power to Libyan unity government
Tue 2016-04-05
  al-Nusra Top Dawg dies in Idlib airstrike
Mon 2016-04-04
  Strikes kill Qaeda spokesman, militants in Syria

Better than the average link...



Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
54.224.91.58
Paypal:
WoT Background (7)    Non-WoT (8)    Opinion (1)    (0)    Politix (2)