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Bangla: IS claims second murder in a week
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [914 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah, 1905, the year of my dear late father's birth. The women were sullen, sort of, just like all young women at that age and stage. Damn but I'm feeling old tonight. Where did the years go? Goodnight and joy be with you all.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 05/01/2016 1:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually smiling for a photograph didn't start until personal photography with portable film cameras started coming along. If you look at the photos from the Civli War period until the early 20th century you won't see much in the way of smiles. Due to the slow speeds the plate photographers discouraged smiling and also a photograph session was considered a serious business.
Posted by: Chaith Oppressor of the Lutherans1517 || 05/01/2016 6:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you for your entry to the Burg and comments Chaith.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2016 7:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Ah, 1905, the year of my dear late father's birth. The women were sullen, sort of, just like all young women at that age and stage. Damn but I'm feeling old tonight. Where did the years go? Goodnight and joy be with you all.

Mine was 1909. "He began his working life behind the plow."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2016 7:49 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Top ISIS leader killed in Afghan Air Force raid in Nangarhar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top leader of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed in an Arclight airstrike 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.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Achin district.

According to the MoD, Rafiuddin was involved in providing weapons and finance to the loyalists of the terror group operating in Nangarhar province.

The Afghan forces have stepped up operations to eliminate the loyalists of ISIS in Afghanistan amid concerns the terror is attempting to expand foothold in the country.

A front man for the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan earlier said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has the potential to be an ’enormous’ threat in Afghanistan.

The US forces in Afghanistan have also increased Arclight airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group with the hief of communications for the coalition, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, kept in touch with the world by Obamaphone,
...was ruled by a Democrat machine from 1942 through 1971. After the river caught fire during the administration of Carl Stokes they tried a Republican, then went back to being Democrats when the party hacked up Dennis Kucinich ...
, earlier saying the United States has carried out 70 to 80 Arclight airstrikes against ISIS in Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban’s shadow district governor arrested with 7 companions in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A shadow district governor of the Taliban group was tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
during an operation by the Afghan intelligence operatives in eastern Nangarahr province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said Abdul Wali who is also famous as Mansoor was appointed as the shadow district of Rodat district by the Taliban group.

A statement by NDS said Wali was arrested during a special military from the vicinity of Sarkali village in Rodat district.

NDS in its statement further added that the remaining companions of Wali has been identified as Nazifullh son of Haji Qasim, Bilal son of Abdul Wali, Qari Abdullah son of Abdul Wali, Bilal son of Mir Ahmad, Inamullah son of Raees Khan, Haroon son of ghulam, and Sulaiman son of Roz Khan.

The intelligence operatives also confiscated a rocket launcher, 1 PK machine gun, 5 Ak-47 rifles, and 1 pistol from the detained myrmidons.

According to NDS, the snuffies were involved in plotting and carrying out insurgency activities in Rodat district before they were arrested by the intelligence operatives.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the arrest of the group’s big shot so far.

Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban’s Zakat collector arrested in northern Pul-e-Khumri city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a Taliban group member who was involved in collecting Zakat from the local residents in northern Baghlan province.

According to the security officials, the suspect was arrested during an operation in Pul-e-Khumri city, the quiet provincial capital of northern Baghlan province.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan cops have stepped up crackdown on the Death Eaters of the group across the country to suppress the insurgency activities of the group which has been rampant since the group announced its summer offensive earlier this month.

Baghlan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed bad boy groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Taliban group started creating safe havens in Dand-e-Ghori district earlier this year, forcing the Afghan cops to launch a major operation to the curb the activities of the group.

The operations continued for several weeks before the Afghan forces managed to retake the full control of the area earlier last month.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Drone strikes, infighting and AAF raids kill over 50 militants in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 57 anti-government armed Death Eaters were killed in separate Arclight airstrikes and infighting among the rival bad boy groups in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

According to the local government officials, the Death Eaters were killed during the past 24 hours in different parts of Nangarhar.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani said at least 23 Death Eaters were killed in an Arclight airstrike in Chaparhar district.

He said a commander of the Death Eaters was also among those killed and at least 6 others were maimed in the raid.

Khogyani further added that at least 8 ISIS loyalists were killed and 5 others were maimed during an infighting in the same area.

According to Khogyani, at least 15 ISIS loyalists were killed in an Arclight airstrike Haska Mina district.

The Afghan forces have stepped up operations to eliminate the loyalists of ISIS in Afghanistan amid concerns the terror is attempting to expand foothold in the country.

The US forces in Afghanistan have also increased Arclight airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group with the chief of communications for the coalition, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, kept in touch with the world by Obamaphone,
...was ruled by a Democrat machine from 1942 through 1971. After the river caught fire during the administration of Carl Stokes they tried a Republican, then went back to being Democrats when the party hacked up Dennis Kucinich ...
, earlier saying the United States has carried out 70 to 80 Arclight airstrikes against ISIS in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


2 prominent Taliban commanders killed in police ambush in Ghazni
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two prominent commanders of the Taliban group were killed in an ambush by the Afghan police forces in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the two top Taliban capos were killed in Deh Yak and Gilan districts of Ghazni on Friday.

A statement by MoI said one of the commanders was identified as Khalid who was killed along with his 3 companions on Friday night.

The statement further added that 3 Death Eaters were also maimed in the ambush while the commander was killed in Gilan district.

According to MoI, the second Taliban capo was involved in major terrorist related activities and their elimination will have a positive impact on security situation of the country.

The Afghan police forces have also seized some weapons and ammunition after killing the Taliban capos, MoI added.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed holy warrior groups including the Taliban snuffies are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Six dead as Sudan army, insurgents clash in province
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] New fighting has broken out between Sudanese troops and rebels in the state of South Kordofan, leaving six bandidos bully boys dead and several maimed, a rebel group said.

President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
’s forces have been battling the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile since 2011, but in recent months the two southern states have seen long periods of calm compared with previous years.

The SPLM-N said festivities began on Wednesday and continued until late Friday, with fighting initially erupting west of the town of Um Serdiba.

"On our side we lost six comrades and 18 others were maimed," rebel front man Arnu Lodi said in a statement late on Friday.

He said the rebels had inflicted "heavy casualties" on the Sudanese troops.

The military front man was unreachable for comment.

Khartoum limits press access to the war-hit border regions, making it nearly impossible to verify the often-contradictory reports from the army and the SPLM-N about fighting there.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Arabia
Yemen govt forces seize Qaeda-held military camp
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemeni government forces backed by an Arab coalition seized an al-Qaeda training camp in the southeastern province of Hadramawt Saturday along with "large amounts" of weapons, its governor told AFP.

It comes during an offensive launched last month to recapture areas in the south overrun by al-Qaeda and which on Sunday saw loyalist forces recapture Hadramawt historic provincial capital Mukalla, which the bandidos gunnies had occupied for a year.

"The offensive is continuing in Qoton to hunt down al-Qaeda murderous Moslems," said Hadramawt governor Major General Ahmed bin Braik, referring to a town north of Mukalla.

Braik said government forces overran an al-Qaeda training camp in the town where they "confiscated large amounts of weapons" and "tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
eight al-Qaeda murderous Moslems".

"Mukalla is now a safe city," Braik added.

The capture of the military camp comes as Yemen’s warring parties began face-to-face peace talks on Saturday on "key issues" in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country.

An AFP news hound there said the situation had returned to normal as pro-government forces deployed across Mukalla with troops from the Arab coalition securing the ports.

Government troops that seized the city were backed by special forces from Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the United Arab Emirates, as well as by coalition air strikes, the alliance said in a statement.

At least 27 Yemeni soldiers died in the fight to retake Mukalla, military officials and medics said.

And while the coalition has said that more than 800 bandidos gunnies were killed, al-Qaeda issued a statement on Monday denying the claim as "lies" and saying its dead "do not exceed the number of fingers on both hands".

The statement addressing Hadramawt residents and signed by Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
, another name for Al-Qaeda in Yemen, said that the bandidos gunnies withdrew only to spare Mukalla the destruction of fighting.

"We will fight the battle by our own rules and ways and not by those of the enemy," said the statement, adding that the UAE had played the biggest role in the fight for Mukalla.

An officer there had told AFP that residents of Mukalla, home to an estimated 200,000 people, had appealed to the bandidos gunnies to spare it and pull out.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
is regarded by Washington as the network’s most dangerous branch, and AQAP bandidos gunnies have come under repeated US air and drone strikes.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Bangladesh
Two temples attacked, 13 statues damaged
[Dhaka Tribune] Miscreants attacked the Central Ziu Mondir and Rishipara Kali Mondir in Sadar upazila and damaged at least 13 statues of Hindu deities yesterday.

Bimal Krishna Adhikari, president of the Central Ziu Mondir, said a group of miscreants attacked the two mondirs at night and vandalised 13 statues.

Sensing the incident, locals went to to the spot and chased the criminals. They also confined one Sirajul Islam involved with the incident.

Later, they handed him over to police.

Shahidul Islam, sub-inspector of Palong Model cop shoppe, said they were trying to arrest the criminals.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:


Bangla: IS claims second murder in a week
[Dhaka Tribune] A Hindu tailor from Tangail’s Gopalpur sued in 2012 allegedly for defaming Islam was killed by the local members of international murderous Moslem organization 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....
yesterday.

Three youths coming on a cycle of violence went to the shop of Nikhil Chandra Joarder, 50, at Kalibari bazar of Dubail village around noon, called him outside and then hacked him to death, Gopalpur OC Mohammad Abdul Jalil said.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [496 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Migrant miscreants, native response
Fire Ravages Muslim Prayer Hall in Corsica

[AnNahar] Muslim prayer hall in the French island of Corsica was ravaged by fire on Saturday in what prosecutors said was probably a criminal attack.

The blaze occurred just months after the island, popular with tourists for its turquoise waters and picturesque mountains, was rocked by anti-Arab riots over Christmas.

The building, one of the largest prayer halls in the capital Ajaccio, suffered major damage in the fire, said Abdallah Zekri, the head of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
"It has been calm since the end of the year, but unfortunately certain ill-intentioned people want to inflame the situation," he told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Protests erupted on the Mediterranean island over Christmas after firefighters and police called to a low-income immigrant neighbourhood were ambushed and attacked. Demonstrators shouting slogans such as "This is our home!" and "Arabs get out", vandalised a prayer hall and set fire to books including copies of the Koran. Several anti-Muslim acts occurred in the weeks that followed, including an attack on a Muslim butcher's shop.

Nationalists won regional elections in Corsica for the first time in December. The island has the second largest proportion of foreigners in La Belle France, at between eight and 10 percent of the total population, after the Gay Paree region.
More migrant adventures from Breitbart:
30/04/2016 – LINZ, Austria – Migrant Arrested In Hospital After Sex Attack

A 35-year-old Algerian migrant attacked a woman in Linz, attempting to rape her. The woman put up a fierce fight, breaking his nose, which enraged the migrant. Instead of raping her, he beat her unconscious instead.

Instead of lying low, the migrant went to hospital to seek treatment for his injuries, where he was arrested, reports Kronen Zeitung.

30/04/2016 – LEIPZIG, Germany – Migrants Protest Moving Away from Tent Camp

Migrants in Leipzig are protesting the governments plan to move them into better living quarters. The migrants say they are happier living in tents than being moved elsewhere. Migrants chanted “we stay here!” but Leipzig authorities have said that the area where the tents are must be closed and the migrants moved to better accommodations reports Leipziger Volkszeitung.

30/04/2016 – GANDERKESEE, Germany – Five Migrants Rape Underage Girls

Police are investigating allegations that five migrants have raped a pair of underage girls. The girls aged 16 and 15 were held, assaulted and beaten by the migrant gang. Police report investigations are ongoing and no suspects are in custody Kreiszeitung reports.

30/04/2016 – BERLIN, Germany – 'Arab Mafia’ Worked at Migrant Reception Centre

A member of one of the so called Arab Clans of organized crime is said to have worked at the State Office of Health and Welfare (LaGeSo) as a translator. According to an investigation the gang members would have had access to sensitive security data. The Arab crime families are said to have been trying to recruit migrants into their criminal gangs reports RBB Online.

29/04/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Sex offender escape attempt thwarted

A 16-year-old Afghan asylum seeker being held for his part in a gang rape of a young Austrian woman launched into a frenzied attack on a female prison officer yesterday, believed to be an escape attempt. Unfortunately for the suspected criminal, the police officer he targeted is an experienced martial arts practitioner and was able to return him to his cell under restraint, reports Kronen Zeitung.

28/04/2016 – STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Yet another Green politician suspended

Another member of Sweden’s “infiltrated” Green party has been suspended for holding extremist views. Muslim politician Derya Uzel Senirs has been asked to end her work for the party and to leave her assignment for denying the Armenian genocide.

Ms. Senirs was the author of a statement about the genocide, and had promised before the 2014 elections to work to “counter the recognition of the genocide” within Sweden, reports Expressen.

In recent weeks other members of the Sweden Greens have quit politics for anti-Semitism, association with Islamist extremists and Turkish neo-Nazis, for refusing to shake hands, and for attempting to influence the agenda of the television news. Read more at Breitbart London.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Revenge is a dish best eaten cold.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 05/01/2016 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  You have to EARN the title of "EUroweenie".

I will just bet the EUroweenie population of the EUroweenieland just love having to learn to love the Moslems who have been embraced as their new neighbors. Come on down and bring all your friends. We can all get Geschmucktenlieben together.
Posted by: Marilyn Jomotle6622 || 05/01/2016 6:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you for your entry to the Burg and comments Marilyn

Hemingway. It's always friggin' Hemingway.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/01/2016 10:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Merkal's friends in the old land of Bach
Erdy's pea cock, own strutting the notch
From the tents come a fugue
Of Mohommeds' debut
"Depart, or your young girls are fahcked!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/01/2016 12:20 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 and now it's back as "One Eyed Snore9089"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/01/2016 12:28 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish artillery destroys 28 Kurd residences
[ARA News] QAMISHLI – The Turkish army forces have been bombing the Kurdish city of Nusaybin southeastern Turkey for months. At least 28 residential buildings in the city have been destroyed and burned under heavy bombardment, Kurdish activists reported on Saturday.

Turkish army forces continue its offensive through shelling the city’s neighborhoods by tanks and heavy artillery, according to local sources.

Speaking to ARA News in the war-torn city of Nusaybin, rights activist M.Z. confirmed that the Turkish army forces have been bombing residential neighborhoods in Nusaybin with heavy artillery and tanks for months, amid continued clashes between Turkish troops and the PKK-affiliated People’s Defense Forces (HPG).

“Turkish army forces have burned more than 28 houses of civilians in neighborhoods of Zein al-Abedin and Kanika inside the city [Nusaybin],” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source pointed out that pillars of smoke have been rising from the Kanika and Zein al-Abedin since Friday-midnight as a result of the burning of houses in the city caused by the Turkish bombardment.

Members of the campaign “No to Silence”, launched by a group of Kurdish activists in the Nusaybin’s twin city of Qamishli northeastern Syria, confirmed that the Turkish army forces intensified their bombardment on Nusaybin since Friday midnight.

Dozens of residential buildings have been destroyed by shelling and completely demolished by bulldozers, according to Kurdish activists, who have been documenting the Turkish violations against civilians in Nusaybin.

“We have taken photos and some videos from the Syrian side of the border,” a member of the Kurdish group told ARA News. “We are coordinating with reliable sources inside the war-torn city in order to document all violations against civilians’ rights in Nusaybin.”

Around 35,000 civilians trapped in the city are suffering from severe shortage of water, food and medicines as well as complete electricity outage, according to local sources.

Over 1,000 civilians have been reported dead since the start of the Turkish military campaign against the Kurdish cities and towns in southeastern Turkey last July, while hundreds more have been injured and tens of thousands displaced due to the military operations by the Turkish forces southeastern the country.

More than 100,000 displaced people have been documented in two months, while many others remain stranded in the war-torn towns and villages in the Kurdish region, according to local activists.

In February, the army targeted the PKK strongholds in Nusaybin and Şırnak with tanks and artillery from the hills that overlook the two Kurdish areas, in a bid to remove the PKK-led checkpoints erected on the roads linking the cities in Turkey’s south-east, according to Turkish military sources.

Violence has raged between the government forces and the Kurdish PKK rebels in Turkey’s Kurdish region since July subsequent to the collapse of peace talks–aimed at ending a three-decade conflict in the country.
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Two Israeli Bedouins kidnapped, then released, in Turkey
This story is decidedly odd.
[IsraelTimes] Two Israeli students from the Bedouin village of Rahat in the Negev who had been studying in Armenia
Why Armenia, a Christian country, when the Bedouin are Muslim?
were kidnapped -- and later released -- by an unidentified group in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, Israeli authorities said Saturday.

The kidnappers demanded that members of the students’ families pay a ransom, or else the two would be sold to 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, according to Channel 10.
Why would ISIS buy them?
The students were released Saturday, and are currently at a cop shoppe in the southern Turkish city of Mersin, the Foreign Ministry said, adding no further comment.

The two had apparently been in Turkey in order to purchase gold.
...good prices on jewelry for mothers, sisters, and future wives.
No further details concerning the incident were made public.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why Armenia?

Because if you can't get into med school in Israel, you go to Romania. If you can't get into med school in Romania, you go to Armenia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/01/2016 12:32 Comments || Top||

#2  The two had apparently been in Turkey in order to purchase gold

Ima thinkern the purchase was intended for something else besides gifts.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/01/2016 15:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Bedouins are nomadic tribesmen. Likely they were following the caribou herds.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/01/2016 16:17 Comments || Top||


Turkish army captain killed by PKK sniper fire
A Turkish Army captain was shot dead by an outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) sniper early on April 30 during a military operation in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin.

Turkey’s military also confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed in the district where operations have continued since March 14, when a curfew was declared.

Captain Alper Kalem was wounded in the fire in clash that erupted when a group of soldiers were trying to remove the bombs on the streets laid by the PKK militants at 7 a.m. local time.

Kalem was hospitalized by succumbed to his wound.

In the same neighborhood, two soldiers and one soldier were wounded in a rocket attack on an armored vehicle.

The clashes were continuing as of noon on April 30, agencies have reported.
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India-Pakistan
Two arrested in Lahore for ‘links’ with TTP
[DAWN] LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has detained two persons, including the office-bearer of a religious party, on suspicion of having relations with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).

A senior police official, privy to the information, told Dawn the suspects, identified as Asim and Azhar, were running a madressah at Samanabad. He said they were taken into custody by the officials of the law enforcement agency on the basis of some intelligence reports.

One of them ‐ Asim ‐ was also said to be the office-bearer of a religious party, the official said, adding that the CTD had detained him under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

He said the joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe the Gulshan-e-Park suicide kaboom would also grill the suspects.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Baghdad declares state of emergency
Ruh-roh...
A state of emergency has been declared in Baghdad and the city's gates closed after hundreds of protesters stormed its parliament.

Supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad's Green Zone and entered the parliament building. Protesters have also blocked the city's airport in a bid to prevent officials from fleeing the country.

The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting, "The cowards ran away!" in apparent reference to lawmakers leaving parliament, one of the witnesses said.

A guard at a checkpoint said the protesters had not been searched before entering. About ten members of the armed group loyal to Sadr were checking protesters cursorily as government security forces who usually conduct careful searches with bomb-sniffing dogs stood by the side, the witness said.

The protesters wove Iraqi flags and chanted "Peaceful, peaceful!". Some were standing on top of concrete blast walls that form the outer barrier to the Green Zone. Thousands more remained at the gates of the district.

Supporters of Sadr, whose fighters once controlled swathes of Baghdad and helped defend the capital from Islamic State, have been demonstrating for weeks at the gates of the Green Zone, responding to their leader's call to pressure the government to reform.

Abadi wants to replace some ministers - chosen to balance Iraq's divisions along party, ethnic and sectarian lines - with technocrats in order to combat corruption; but political parties have resisted the changes. Abadi has warned that any delay to the vote could hamper the war against Islamic State, which controls vast swathes of northern and western Iraq.

Rudaw TV showed protesters chanting and taking selfies inside the parliament chamber where moments earlier lawmakers had been meeting.
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#1  if ISIS is using al-Sadr as an agent, he is doing a hell of a good job



Posted by: lord garth || 05/01/2016 9:21 Comments || Top||

#2  More likely it's the Iranians.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/01/2016 10:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Who knew he'd resurface to stir up the kak? Should have been martyred long, long ago.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2016 11:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Should have been martyred long, long ago.

And then have his teeth fixed postmortem. Even Allen wouldn't want to look at a mouth like that.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/01/2016 12:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Why is this guy still wasting Oxygen?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/01/2016 14:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Because a) He's being sheltered in Iran and b) the only danger he presents is to Iraq. Something that isn't high on the WH list of threats.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/01/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||

#7  It's been a while since we had an administration this clueless.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/01/2016 15:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Not clueless, just on the other side.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/01/2016 16:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Big question at the WH tonight: What happens to the polls in Ohio and Virginia if Baghdad falls?
Posted by: Thrusing Phineng9449 || 05/01/2016 17:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Looks like it might be happening. I hope we can get our people out in time.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2016 17:23 Comments || Top||

#11  We gonna see helicopters on the roof?

Oh, that's right, the Democrat operatives with bylines don't cover that kind of stuff anymore.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/01/2016 20:20 Comments || Top||

#12  Must be quite a difficult decision. Relive their glory days of the fall of Saigon or protect the administration and the Democrats.

Tough one for them...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/01/2016 21:40 Comments || Top||


ISIS Oil Minister dies in Iraqi artillery strike
ERBIL – Iraqi army forces shelled strongholds of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern province of Nineveh, killing a senior jihadi member along with several escorts, military sources reported on Saturday.

“The army-led operation, which took place on Friday evening, targeted the ISIS senior official and the oil minister Wahid as-Sabaawi, a former leading member of the Farman Hadi Hamad group, during the 15th Artillery Squad’s bombardment on the outskirts of al-Qayyarah area south of Mosul,” the Nineveh operations command in the Iraqi army said in an official statement.

In March, US-led coalition forces conducted several airstrikes in the Iraqi province of Anbar, killing Mohammed Khalaf al-Satouri, a senior official in the ISIS group along with four of his companions in the western district of Hit in Anbar, according to official sources.

Also in March, Thaher Mohammed Salman al-Sabawi, a top ISIS commander in Nineveh province, was reported dead along with other militants from the group, according to Iraqi security sources.

Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi media worker Adib al-Jiddea said that the group has received painful blows during the past few months, especially after the US-led coalition forces intensified airstrikes against its command centers and vital resources in Syria and Iraq.

“The radical group was also exposed to painful blows by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army troops who were able to kill dozens of senior jihadis over the past few months,” al-Jiddea reported.

“The international and local powers are determined to eradicate this terrorist group because it has become a real threat not only to the region but also to the entire world,” he said.

The coalition’s airstrikes have also recently killed dozens of prominent ISIS leaders across Syria besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by ISIS. With the death toll increasing in its ranks, the hardline group currently suffers shortage of manpower and financial resources.
Posted by: badanov || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kurds liberate Albu Fargy village
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Saturday the Peshmerga forces managed to liberate Albu Fargy village near al-Bashir vicinity in southern Kirkuk.

A source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Peshmerga forces backed by the international coalition aviation liberated Albu Fargy village near al-Bashir vicinity.”

Earlier today, a security source revealed, that the Peshmerga forces were able to liberate al-Mazraa village in southern the province, and started to advance toward the villages of Albu Mufarej and Imam Ali in al-Bashir vicinity.
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Anbar Antics: 32 die

25 ISIS troops die in Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday the commander of Jazeera Operations General Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced, that the security forces repulsed an attack launched by ISIS east of Haditha District, while pointed out that 25 ISIS terrorists were killed during the attack.

Daboun said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The military troops from al-Jazeera Operations and the Federal Police managed to repulse an attack launched by ISIS on the security forces in Albu Hayat area east of Haditha District.”

Daboun added, “The security forces were able to kill 25 ISIS terrorists, including six suicide bombers.”

Iraqi warbirds hit ISIS mortar positions in Baghdadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera and al-Badiya Operations Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced on Saturday, that the international coalition aviation bombarded two mortar detachments belonging to the so-called ISIS west of Ramadi.

Daboun said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation bombarded two mortar detachments belonging to ISIS in Joba area north of Baghdadi vicinity (90 km west of Ramadi).”

“The bombardment destructed the two detachments and killed six terrorists. ISIS was using the two detachments to bomb al-Baghdadi vicinity with mortar shells,” Daboun added.

ISIS launches rocket artillery attack on Baghdadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday the member of Baghdadi Local Council Abdel Jabbar al-Obeidi announced, that the so-called ISIS shelled the vicinity with 20 rockets.

Obeidi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS terrorist gangs shelled al-Baghdadi vicinity with 20 rockets,” pointing out that, “The rockets fell on different areas in the vicinity.”

Obedi added, “The shelling didn’t result in any casualties among the civilians,” indicating that, “ISIS launched the rockets from al-Baghdadi Island.”

7 ISIS Bad Guys die in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in Anbar Operations Command announced on Saturday the killing of seven ISIS elements in an armed attack by unidentified militants in central Fallujah.

The source, said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Unidentified militants attacked a gathering of ISIS elements near the area of Alwa in the neighborhood of al-Joulan in central Fallujah, resulting in the death of seven ISIS elements,” adding that, “The attack came on the background of leaflets that had been distributed in the streets of the city threatening ISIS elements who prevented the families from leaving their areas.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq forces in major offensive on ISIS-held town
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi forces launched a final assault Saturday to retake the Turkmen majority town of Bashir from ISIS myrmidons, Kurdish authorities said.

Pressure for an operation to retake the town had grown in March after ISIS launched a chemical attack from Bashir on the nearby town of Taza that killed at least three children.

"Bashir village is surrounded and 80 percent has been cleared," the Kurdistan Region Security Council said on social media.

It said the push was launched at 0300 GMT to attack Bashir from the northern, eastern and southern sides.

Turkmen units from Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) militia umbrella group, which announced an operation to retake the town earlier this month, were also taking part.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  No word on the Turkish battalion that's still in Iraq?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/01/2016 10:40 Comments || Top||


Bomb attack on Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad kills at least 19
A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 19 people and wounded 48 others on April 30 in an attack claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on a group of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in a southeastern suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources said.

A second explosion near a Shi'ite militia checkpoint in the capital's Dora district killed two and wounded three others, police sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that blast.

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said a fighter in the Nahrawan district had driven a truck loaded with three tonnes of explosives into the gathering of Shi'ite pilgrims. They had been heading to Baghdad's Imam Kadhim shrine to commemorate the 8th century death of one of Shi'ite Islam's senior figures.

Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but attacks against both the security forces and civilians are still frequent.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
Bomb kills one, injures five in southern Thailand
[The Nation] A bomb explosion in Thailand's southernmost province of Yala killed a soldier and wounded five others as they were helping a local resident renovate a house, officials said, suggesting the attack might have been revenge after the recent arrest of a key terror suspect. The attack also coincided with 12th anniversary of the bloody Krue Se incident, when 32 people were killed in the Krue Se mosque after a series of attacks swept the far South on April 28, 2004.

Rangers yesterday were helping a local resident in Yaha district with renovations when a homemade bomb exploded. The bomb is believed to have been detonated remotely. Sergeant Tuan-aguchi Bonban was killed on the spot while five other soldiers were wounded and admitted to hospital.

Colonel Thanut Pisansithiwat said the attack might have been in response to the arrest of prime suspect Abdulrohi Saniming, aka "Poh Long", a few days ago. He said, "We know who is behind this blast and we will find them."

Meanwhile in Pattani province, police inspected a crime scene in Yarang district where a drive-by shooting on Wednesday night killed a man and wounded his wife. Tractor driver Chirasak Insri was gunned down while he and his wife were riding a motorbike. A man drove by them on another motorbike, shot at them and fled from the scene.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


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al-Nusra artillery hits Kurds positions in Afrin
[ARA News] AFRIN – Syrian Islamist rebels pounded the Kurdish city of Afrin in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo with heavy weapons, causing casualties among civilians, including women and children, local sources reported on Saturday.

The Islamist groups led by the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda branch in Syria, have been indiscriminately bombing Afrin since Friday-midnight, from their positions in Azaz city in northern Aleppo.

Speaking to ARA News in Afrin, media activist Mohammed Rashad said that Islamist rebel groups bombed several villages in the vicinity of Afrin, in response to their heavy losses during fighting against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern suburbs of Aleppo.

The SDF includes the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) along with allied Arab and Christian groups. The SDF, which is supported by the United States, is mainly designated to fight Islamists including al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in northern Syria.

“Islamist rebels also targeted the village of Qatama [administratively linked to Sherran township] in Afrin suburbs adjacent to the border town of Azaz,” Rashad reported, pointing out that more than 10 shells hit residential buildings in Qatama on Saturday.

At least nine civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed and dozens others injured in Saturday’s attacks, according to medical sources that spoke to ARA News on condition of anonymity.

Islamist groups also bombed the villages of Bufalun near Shirawa township and Qastal Jindo. The death toll was not immediately clear.

In this regard, Kurdish politician Pierre Rustam told ARA News: “Over the past two days, the Turkish army forces launched a number of shells on Kurdish controlled areas, including Afrin and Tel Abyad [Gire Spi] on the borderline with Turkey.”

“Meetings have been held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep between leaders of the opposition factions and Turkish army leadership in order to open fighting fronts against the Kurds in Aleppo province. Mobilizing Turkish forces on the border seems to be a sign for this plan,” he said.

“Turkish authorities have been inciting Syrian Kurds to respond militarily to its aggression in order to provide an argument for the international community that its national security is at risk, and therefore it has a legitimate right to access deeply inside Syrian territory and impose a buffer zone in northern Syriaــ which is rejected by both US and Russia,” Rustam argued.

On the other hand, “Turkey appears to push Islamist rebels, especially the radical groups, to engage in battle with the Kurds in a bid to put more pressure on the US to stop supporting the YPG forces, especially after Washington’s recent remarks of excluding the Democratic Union Party (PYD) from being a terrorist group,” the Kurdish politician told ARA News.

“Turkey currently aims to foil the Kurdish political project in Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan],” Rustam concluded.

Heavy fighting erupted between Islamist rebel groups and the SDF forces a few days ago in the towns of Tal Rifaat and Ain Daqna in the northern suburbs of Aleppo, during which Islamists have incurred significant losses in manpower and equipment, where over 50 militants were killed, while 11 fighters from the SDF forces lost their lives in the clashes.
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#1  Who names a town after Nose Spray?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/01/2016 10:33 Comments || Top||


Suicide bomber ‘kills five Kurdish police’ in Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A jacket wallah killed five Kurdish coppers at a checkpoint in Syria’s divided northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, police said.

Four others were maimed in the attack on the city’s demarcation line, according to Jowan Ibrahim, the commander of the Kurdish police known as the Asayish.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but the ISIS group has claimed previous bombings in the mainly Kurdish city.

Control of Qamishli is split between Kurdish militia and pro-regime fighters, who agreed a truce last week after several days of rare festivities.

The army and the Kurds have coordinated on security against ISIS group bully boyz in surrounding Hasakeh province, but tensions have built up between the sometimes-rival authorities.

The army and its militia ally, the National Defence Forces, control Qamishli airport and parts of the city, as well as areas of the bustling provincial capital Hasakeh to the south.

Nearly all of the rest of the province is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who have declared an autonomous region across the mainly Kurdish northern areas they control.

The YPG is regarded by the Pentagon as the most effective fighting force against ISIS on the ground in Syria.
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Syrian regime airstrikes kill 7 in Aleppo: Local sources
[AA.TR] A total of seven people were killed and another 30 injured on Saturday in Arclight airstrikes carried out by the Syrian regime in opposition-held areas of the northwestern Aleppo province.

Civil defense officials in Aleppo told Anadolu Agency that regime warplanes had struck the province’s opposition-held Bab al-Nayrab and Bustan al-Qasr areas.

Rescue workers, they added, were now in the process of searching for survivors buried under the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Several structures in Bustan al-Qasr were reportedly leveled by Saturday’s Arclight airstrikes.

For the past 10 days, Syria’s Assad regime -- with Russian support -- has been carrying out Arclight airstrikes in opposition-held areas of Aleppo that have targeted civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, mosques and markets.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Air strikes hit hospital in Aleppo, at least 27 killed:
Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria's Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city's last paediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
This is why the Syrian government excluded Aleppo from the truce, so that they could bomb a hospital...
The Al-Quds hospital was supported by international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which said it was destroyed after being hit by a direct air strike that killed at least three doctors. The head of a rescue service put the death toll at 50, saying most of the dead were in a building next door.

"Destroyed #MSF-supported hospital in Aleppo was well known locally and hit by direct airstrike on Wednesday. Hospitals are #notatarget," an MSF Twitter account said.

Bebars Mishal of the Civil Defence in Aleppo told Reuters that 40 people had been killed in a five-storey building next to the hospital.

A Syrian military source said government warplanes had not been used in areas where airstrikes were reported.
"Wudn't us."
The Russian defence ministry, which is also conducting air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, could not immediately be reached for comment. Russia has previously denied hitting civilian targets in Syria.
"Wudn't us, neither. Have you tried the Ruritanians?"
The Syrian state news agency SANA said nine people had been killed in rebel shelling of residential areas of Aleppo on Thursday. The Syrian military source said the army has been responding to insurgent attacks in Aleppo, adding: "If the militants continue using this fire and bombardment of civilians, the army will certainly not be quiet about it."

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday the cessation of hostilities agreement was "barely alive".
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US, allies conduct 24 strikes against Islamic State
[Ynet] The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boyz in Iraq with 17 strikes on Friday and seven in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.

Four of the strikes in Iraq were near Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
hitting two Islamic State tactical units, an excavator and three bridges used by the holy warrior group.

In Syria, four strikes were near Mar'a, hitting an Islamic State fighting position and vehicle.
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