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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [817 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Apache Scouts
Posted by: Pappy || 05/13/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Good stuff Pappy, but I have hunch the young fellow pictured is a Hollywood Scout, him don't look like Idegenous American.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/13/2016 17:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Deacon, look at the rifle is it legit for 1886, picture on Wiki showed single carbines of some sort, but they were around for a long time.

But the gloves, the gloves! I want to see the hands!
Posted by: Shipman || 05/13/2016 17:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Humm, Apache Dancer?

:) I learned that from F. Pruitt
Posted by: Shipman || 05/13/2016 17:09 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Security Forces Launch Helmand Operation
Helmand Police Chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang said on Thursday an operation codenamed Khanjar was launched in Lashkargah city and four other districts of the province two days ago to clear the areas of militants.

Sarjang said the operation will continue until all militants have been eliminated.

According to Sarjang, as a result of the operation, so far several villages have been cleared of Taliban and troops are making steady progress.

"The military council of the province decided to start the operation and we started the operation under the name of Khanjar on Tuesday and as a result we have cleared many villages and killed and wounded more than 20 Taliban," Sarjang said.

Video report at the link
Posted by: badanov || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban commander among 4 killed in Afghan Air Force raid in Takhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban capo was killed in an Arclight airstrike by the Afghan Air Force in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Taliban capo identified as Hanif was killed in the raid which was conducted in Darqad district.

A statement by MoD said at least two other bully boyz were also maimed in teh airsrike which was carried out as part of the routine counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

The Talibs are active in some parts of the northeastern Takhar province and are often carrying insurgency activities.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread...
the Afghan forces have stepped up clearance operations to suppress the insurgency activities of the group as they have announced to increase attacks as part of the group’s spring offensive.

Earlier, a deadly suicide kaboom plot to target a populated area of Takhar in northeast of Afghanistan was thwarted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said last week a would-be jacket wallah was tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in connection to the attack plot by the intelligence operatives.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


1 dead, 10 wounded as suicide attack rocks Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A suicide kaboom took place in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, two days after a similar attack left at least 10 people dead.

The incident has reportedly taken place in Ghani Khel district targeting the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces.

A local security official confirmed that the ALP forces were targeted near a hospital in Ghani Khel district, leaving one dead and ten others maimed.

The official further added that the children are among those maimed, expressing concerns that the corpse count could rise.

The last suicide attack took place late on Tuesday evening after a jacket wallah detonated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in Nazian district.

According to the local security officials, at least 10 people including women and kiddies were killed in the attack and 23 others were maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Torkham border closed as tensions persist among Afghan and Pakistani forces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The main border gate between Afghanistan and Pakistain remained close for second day as tensions persist among the Afghan and Pak border guards, reportedly on the issue of fencing the border by Pak forces.

According to the reports, hundreds of vehicles have remained stranded on both side of the border as well as thousands of people who have taken shelter in the hotels and other accommodations near the border gate.

The gate has reportedly been closed by the Pak forces on Tuesday when Afghan border security officials stopped Pak security forces from installing barbed wire along the border.

Officials in Pakistain quoted in local media reports have said the move was part of the National Action Plan, which was decided by border security management.

They have also warned that the gate will remain closed until are allowed to install the barbed wire.

The latest tension among the Afghan and Pak border guards comes weeks after the two sides engaged in a clash 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 incident in Goshta district took place late last month with the local officials saying the Pak forces started shelling the Afghan border posts.

A similar incident took place in Goshta district earlier in the month fo March following Pak militia forces attack in Anarki area of Goshta district.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Taliban IED expert killed with 3 others after blown up by own explosives
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert of the Taliban group was killed in an kaboom in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.
"Mahmoud! Are you sure you should be smokin' a stogie while you're handlin' [KABOOM!]"
The Ministry fo Defense (MoD) said the IED expert and three bully boyz were busy in making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) when the kaboom took place.

MoD said the incident took place in Sojani village of Chardara district where the Taliban forces of Evil are actively operating.

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

This comes as at least 9 would-be jacket wallahs were killed after their boom jackets went off prematurely in this province last month.

Earlier, a group of 10 bully boyz were blown up by their own explosives as they were busy making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southeastern Ghazni province.

According to the security officials, the bully boyz were busy making the IED inside a mosque in Andar district when their explosives went off prematurely, leaving all 10 bully boyz dead.

The Taliban forces of Evil and bully boyz belonging to the other Lion of Islam groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

The IEDs are the main contributors to the casualties of the Afghan cops but are also considered as a key factor in growing civilian casualties.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Tremble in fear of the Djinn of Electro-Static Discharge, O my brothers, for you are but a moist red smudge before his power. Also his close friend, Free Radical Reaction.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/13/2016 12:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Clearly, Fred, that's why smoking is haram.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/13/2016 12:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Speaking of which - why can't somebody find a passage in the Holy Crayon that forbids blowing up ancient history and innocent people?

If pork and nicotine are bad for you, and haram, shouldn't explosives be haram, also?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/13/2016 12:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Taliban IED expert killed with 3 others after blown up by own explosives

More/faster, please.
Posted by: gorb || 05/13/2016 15:57 Comments || Top||

#5  I'd put you up for SOD SteveS, but it would be unseemly, since I intend to steal that comment, throw in a vowel, mispel a word or too and claim it as my own.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/13/2016 17:21 Comments || Top||


Over 80 Taliban militants killed or wounded as heavy clash erupt in Herat
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 82 Taliban snuffies were killed or maimed during a heavy clash in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province of Afghanistan, the security sources said Thursday.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the murderous Moslems were killed during the clearance operations conducted as part of the Zafar-4 military operations.

However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the local officials, said the murderous Moslems were killed after launching coordinated attacks on several security posts.

The officials put the number of dead murderous Moslems at 35 and at least 40 others were maimed.

Provincial governor’s front man Jilani Farhad said the murderous Moslems were looking to take control of Char Qala and Sangistan areas of the city.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far which comes as the group has been attempting to launch major attacks as part of its spring offensive.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the space pirate fleet to attack Zemblonia...
the Afghan officials are optimistic that Taliban’s spring offensive has been successfully repulsed in key parts of the country and heavy casualties have bee incurred to the group’s fighters.

The Taliban group announced its spring offensive under the name of Operation Omari last month and vowed to pursue despite efforts by the government to end the war through peaceful negotiations.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
U.S. air strike kills five al Shabaab fighters in Somalia
A U.S. forces in Somalia called in an air strike on Thursday that killed five fighters from the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab, the Pentagon said.

The U.S. forces had been advising Ugandan soldiers with the African Union mission (AMISOM) during an operation against an illegal taxation checkpoint when the Ugandans got into a firefight with 15-20 al Shabaab fighters. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said no American forces were wounded on the ground during the incident, which took place west of Mogadishu, the capital.

“U.S. forces were not involved with this firefight. We were nearby but not directly involved ourselves,” Davis told a Pentagon news briefing, adding that the American forces were further back from the fighting, acting in an advisory role.

The United States has about 50 military personnel inside Somalia and has repeatedly targeted the group in recent months, including a strike on a senior al Shabaab leader in April and another on a training camp in March that killed some 150 fighters.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram bomber kills self, policemen at Borno Government House
[DAILYPOST.NG] The Nigerian Army on Thursday announced that a combined team of coppers maintaining security duties at the entrance of Borno State Government Secretariat, in Maiduguri, intercepted and prevented a male Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
jacket wallah from entering the place to attack workers.

Colonel Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations, in a statement said in the process of stopping the terrorist, he detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on his body, killing himself, a policeman and critically injured another policeman who prevented him from gaining entry into the Secretariat Complex.

He stated that the injured policeman died later, adding that 18 people that sustained various degrees of injuries have since been evacuated to hospital for treatment.

"Troops have cordoned off the area and evacuated all workers from the Secretariat and reinforced security.

"In addition, the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) and K9 teams have been mobilized to the Secretariat for screening until it is declared safe.

"This unfortunate incident has reinforced the need for more security consciousness and awareness on the part of all of us as the remnants of the Boko Haram gunnies and their sympathizers still mingle with the society.

"It, therefore, behoves on all and sundry to ensure that they are detected and prevented from carrying out their dastardly acts," the statement concluded.
Ynet adds that Boko Haram has a new tactic:
A jacket wallah pretending to be a madman went kaboom! Thursday and killed at least five people outside government offices in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.

Another six people were maimed, the witnesses said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
for their safety. Many more could have died but guards prevented the seemingly demented man from entering the complex, they said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Nigeria: Troops Intercept Another Boko Haram Suicide Bomber
[ALLAFRICA] The Nigerian army says troops from its 7 Division Garrison, on Wednesday interceptedaBoko Haram terrorist from detonating a suicide bomb in Sulaimanti community, in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.

A statement by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorist, armed with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), attempted to attack worshippers at the Sulaimanti mosque during early morning prayers, but was prevented from gaining access to the mosque.

The army said five civilians sustained injuries when some of the IED exploded, and that a team of Explosive Ordinance Device was quickly drafted in to defuse the remaining ones.

The injured have been evacuated to the hospital, while the troops and security agents have intensified patrol within the area, the army said.

The army attributed the successful interception of the suicide bomber to the collaboration between the military and the Civilian JTF.

The acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Victor Ezugwu, was said to have visited the community shortly after the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
ISIS claims attack in Yemen's Mukalla, 10 soldiers killed
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS has grabbed credit for a car kaboom that killed ten soldiers in the Yemeni port city of Mukalla on Thursday.

The bad boy group said in an online statement that one of its members had blown himself up in a car near government troops.

Medical sources said earlier that ten soldiers had been killed at a naval camp near the port of Khalaf in Mukalla when a car went kaboom!. About 15 soldiers were maimed, they said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Eight wounded in Istanbul bomb attack near military post
Eight people were injured when a bomb-laden car was detonated near a military post in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul on the afternoon of May 12, Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin has stated. Şahin said five soldiers and three civilians were slightly injured in the blast.

The governor said the explosion inside the parked car occurred at around 4.45 p.m., after a shuttle bus carrying military personnel departed from the İsmail Hakkı Tunaboyu military post. He added that one of the injured civilians is in a critical condition while the others are all receiving treatment.

A number of buildings and shops near the military post were damaged due to the explosion. The front of the shuttle bus was also damaged due to scattered pieces from the bomb-laden car.

Military sources say they are discussing the possibility that the car was detonated earlier than expected, as the military shuttle was about 25 meters away at the moment of explosion.

The attack targeted military personnel departing from the İsmail Hakkı Tunaboyu Army Aviation Regiment military post, according to the Doğan News Agency.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under:


Blast in Turkish town kills 4, injures many more
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Four suspected bomb makers were killed and 15 people maimed when an kaboom destroyed a village in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s mainly Kurdish southeast, security sources and the Interior Ministry said.

The blast occurred at about 10:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) in the Sarikamis district, about 25 km (15 miles) from the region’s biggest city of Diyarbakir, as Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eaters loaded explosives onto a truck, according to the Interior Ministry.

Four of the maimed were at death's door, security sources said. Witnesses reported hearing the loud kaboom from miles away.

The blast followed a car kaboom near a military facility earlier in the day in an Istanbul suburb that maimed seven people, and a boom-mobileing in Diyarbakir on Tuesday that targeted police and killed three people.

Turkey has been hit by a series of bombings this year, including two suicide kabooms in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on ISIS and two boom-mobileings in the capital Ankara, which killed a total of 66 people and were claimed by a PKK offshoot.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:


Government
Continued from yesterday: New Benghazi Witness Says U.S. Could Have Saved Lives That Day
[The Blaze] A member of the U.S. Air Force, who was stationed in Italy during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, insisted Wednesday that the U.S. could have done more to help the four Americans who died that night.

"I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and got there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to...at least stop that second mortar attack and have those guys running for the hills, and basically save lives that day," the man, who chose not to reveal his identity, said on Fox News - "Special Report."

I would like to applaud everyone's comments from yesterday, most especially Mike Kozlowski's obviously learned explanation at numbers 3 and 5 which can be found at this link.

As mentioned in Mike's #5; with regard to approval from the Italian Government for a launch from Aviano to Sigonella thence Benghazi, it is my understanding that the Italians would most likely request permission from the government of Libya for our planes to operate in their [Libyan] airspace prior to granting (Diplomatic Clearance-DC). Standing DC does exist for refueling missions however. All that is needed here are flight paths and call signs.

Aviano is a USAF base operated by US Military and civilian personnel with all the resources needed to serve as a home base for US Fighter Aircraft. Sigonella is a joint Italian, US base staff with some Italian and US military personnel but mostly manned by Italian Civilians that are unionized.

Potential Obama regime hesitancy or unwillingness to act along with possible Italian obstruction, either political, labor union, or 'all of the above' could easily result in mission failure. Of course if one is seeking a delay or outright denial, requesting host-nation approval would appear to be a likely course of action.

It might be instructive to note that the U.S. Government response has consistently pointed to the 'time and space conundrum' as the reason for lack of military response. I have yet to see Diplomatic Clearance sited as a reason.

Again, thanks Mike. Additional comments ?
A big thanks from me as well, especially to Mike K.

A commenter below notes with some disbelief that we don't have a few air units prepared at all times for a 'hot' situation. Recall that on 9/11, home-front F16s were unarmed -- one brave pilot (I forget her name) had planned to ram an airliner if it was about to slam into a building. So I don't find it all that hard to believe that we weren't prepared, even at Aviano with Libya brewing up just across the Med.

One important reason why Obama and Hillary won't come clean, and why the press won't go after the issue, is noted by another commenter: we all know what Amb. Stevens was doing in Libya. That's exactly what Champ and the MSM don't wish to discuss. And that's why four men were hung out to dry, even as three of them didn't know why.

It's a defining characteristic for Champ: he wants something but he doesn't want to do the heavy lifting to accomplish it. And he doesn't ever, ever want the risk of public failure.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is not the first time this Experienced Man has made whiz bang comments. It really changed my view on this whole ordeal.
Posted by: newc || 05/13/2016 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  With respect, Mike tells us why a close air support couldn't have been launched, presuming all the protocols.
Point is, nothing else was done, either. Not even any flyovers with aircraft not loaded for CAS, which, as it happened, were requested. The time to load out a strike is only an issue if you presume the thing will be over by the time you get there. How did anybody know? And you don't even start?
Panetta said you don't go in without intel, hoping nobody would remember that State and DoD were on the horn with the guys in real time. Nobody's had that much intel in war, ever.
Vehicles on the runway? That's why they make bulldozers. Presuming the Italians even had a clue.
Thing is...forget the time issues. NOBODY EVEN STARTED. Nobody got the word to try to get ready. Whether some folks started to prepare aid of whatever kind they could and were told to actually "STOP" what they were doing is one question. That's "Stand down". But where were the Start orders which, ultimately but--here is the point, unpredictably--were too late? It would be different if a couple of appropriately-loaded F16s came over the city an hour late. You do your best and perhaps you'll be in time. Sometimes you're not.
Here, NOBODY WAS TOLD TO START.
That, and I say this with respect to Mike's points, is the point.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/13/2016 7:29 Comments || Top||

#3  I re-read yesterday's comment "We'll never know". But this story is just as good as any of the stuff that came out of D.C. It's too bad we'll never know.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/13/2016 7:31 Comments || Top||

#4  I concur Richard. I might further add that the U.S. gov't inaction continued even after the successful exfiltration of the remaining U.S. survivors from Benghazi.

Ambassador Stephen's journal was found by a CNN reporter 3 days after the attack.

Link

Siting 'security concerns', U.S. investigators did not arrive at the Benghazi facility for several days following the attack.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/13/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#5  MK, thank you for your contribution.

I am not an expert of military procedures or readiness. I do find it hard to believe that the US Military does not have aircraft on standby for a "hot" situation in that part of the world. I'm not saying you are wrong, just saying it's hard to believe.

But all this is just secondary to the real issue as to the why Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi. He was running Libyan guns to AQ. The press knows it, they just won't report it. Who gave him the orders and who was working with him locally and in DC?
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/13/2016 8:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Amb. Stevens met with Turkish Consul on the date of the attack. No one to my knowledge has ever tried to interview the Consul. He was a remarkably experienced diplomat to be located in the Libyan backwater. In fact, he was the cutout between the Americans and the Turkish vessels that delivered the military goods to Turkish ports.
Posted by: Gomez Clunk9535 || 05/13/2016 10:06 Comments || Top||

#7  RA interests me with his "they didn't bother to start" kinda think that part might angle might have.

I am a born civilian, and not at all familiar with ready getting a strike force together under intense pressure. I am a race fan though, pretty familiar with F1 crew tactics. We're the ground crews getting ready for a pit? Or did the call never come? Did they get a heads up?
Posted by: Shipman || 05/13/2016 18:30 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
‘30 terrorists planning attacks’
[DAWN] RAWALPINDI: The Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Home Department has directed police across the province and the Pakistain Rangers to make foolproof security arrangements in light of intelligence that a group of 25 to 30 forces of Evil have planned suicide kabooms in different parts of the country.

According to the intelligence, the jacket wallahs belong to the ex-Tariq Geedar group led by Omer Mansoor, residing in border area of Nangerhar province of Afghanistan.

It said the forces of Evil had planned suicide kabooms in various cities of Pakistain. In this regard, the Nadra office located in Torkham will be their prime target.

The home department also directed the authorities concerned to call a meeting of divisional intelligence committees and review the security of government installations and other buildings.

The law enforcement agencies were directed to keep not only an eye on suspects, but provide security to the buildings identified in the intelligence report.

Regular combing and search operations should be carried out in the targeted areas.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact...
the Additional Inspector General of Police (AIG) Rawalpindi has intimated the capital territory police citing the intelligence to make foolproof security around a restaurant which is frequently visited by foreigners.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: TTP


4 Tableeghi Jamaat men wounded in gun attack
KARACHI: Four members of the Tableeghi Jamaat were shot at and wounded when they were preaching in F. B Area, Block-17, on Wednesday evening, officials said.

As a group of eight people knocked at the door of someone in a street, two gunmen riding a motorcycle and wearing helmets appeared on the road and opened fire on them and fled, said Central SSP Muqadas Haider.

Four people sustained wounds and were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment. Three of them were in stable condition while the fourth one needed a surgery, added the officer quoting the hospital officials as saying.

The gunmen used the 9mm pistol and the investigators collected five spent bullet casings from the crime scene, the police added.

The SSP said it was the routine of the Tableeghi Jamaat members to visit different areas for preaching.

Man found shot dead in car

A 55-year-old man was found shot dead in the Manghopir area on Wednesday, police said.

Abdul Shakoor’s body with bullet wounds on his head was found in a car parked in Mohammed Khan Colony in Ittehad Town.

The victim had left his home in Rasheedabad in Baldia Town on Tuesday afternoon but did not return back, said Manghopir SHO Ghulam Husain Korai quoting the victim’s family as saying.

He had a rent-a-car business in Boulton Market since past over 20 years.

The deceased’s son, Mohammed Hakim, who received the body, told the police that his father had been with his friend. The son refused to divulge more information, the officer added.

The police suspected that he had been killed somewhere on Tuesday as no spent bullet casing was found from the crime scene.

Body found in Gulbahar

An unidentified man was found shot dead in the Gulbahar area on Wednesday, police said.

The body of around 50-year-old man was recovered from the Lyari riverbed. The body bore bullet wounds on his head, said Gulbahar SHO Ghulam Asghar Abbasi.

The victim was clad in a white shalwar kameez and from his appearance looked Baloch.

Man found dead on Superhighway

A body of a man in his 60s wrapped in a bed sheet was found near the Buraq petrol pump off the Superhighway within the remit of the Sohrab Goth police station.

Sohrab Goth SHO Aziz Sheikh quoting the doctors of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said that he had been poisoned. The body was taken to the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth for want of identification.

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2016
Posted by: badanov || 05/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat


6 IS operatives sent to custody
[Daily Excelsior] Six suspected terror operatives, alleged to have links with ISIS, were today sent to judicial custody by a special court after NIA submitted that they were not required for custodial interrogation in the case.

According to sources, during an in-camera proceeding, District Judge Amarnath sent accused Mohd Azeemusan, Mohd Osama, Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Meeraj and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed to judicial custody till June 10 after they were produced before the court on expiry of three-day NIA custody.

The sixth accused, Mohd Mustaq Seikh, was sent to judicial custody till May 19 when his 90-day custody period, since his arrest, will expire.

The six accused were incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in the case for allegedly having links with ISIS. The Home Ministry had later transferred the case to NIA.

The NIA had taken custody of the accused, who were in judicial custody earlier, on the ground that the probe in the matter was at a crucial stage and they were needed to be confronted with other accused arrested in connection with another terror case.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had told the court that their custody was required in order to unearth larger conspiracy of ISIS.

It had earlier told the court that during the custodial probe conducted by the Delhi Police, certain names, codes and mobile numbers of some active members and motivator of ISIS, were disclosed by them.

These members were involved in furtherance of activities of their ideologies using Internet-based communications like Facebook, Skype and other platforms to lure youths in joining the proscribed terrorist organization, it had claimed.

The Special Cell had registered the FIR in January under the sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. Later the case was transferred to the NIA and a fresh FIR was registered.
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Iraq
US coalition refuses to back Shia militias near Kirkuk
Iranian militias to wipe their tears with USD $150 billion
QAMISHLO – There are increasing tensions between Baghdad and Washington over the role of Shia militias, US analysts suggest. In the last operation for the Shia Turkmen village of al-Bashir in the beginning of May, the US only supported Peshmerga forces.

“The Peshmerga with the assistance of coalition airstrikes seized Bashir from ISIL [ISIS] in an operation that lasted less than 24 hours. Bashir was an important support zone for this enemy,” said Colonel Steve Warren, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman.

The statement of US coalition official angered local Turkmen Shia Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that have failed over nearly two years to take the village of Bashir without Peshmerga support, and claimed that the PMU played the main role in the operation.

The local Turkmen PMU units failed to advance in Bashir, lacking US coalition support.

However, Col. Christopher Garver, CJTF-OIR Public Affairs Officer, in an exclusive statement to ARA News, said the Kurds played the main role in liberating al-Bashir from ISIS, although the PMU assisted.

“The Peshmerga, with the assistance of coalition airstrikes, liberated Bashir. Popular Mobilization forces were in the region in a supporting role, but the Peshmerga conducted the operation,” the top coalition’s official told ARA News.

US analysts suggest there are tensions between the U.S. and Baghdad over the role of the PMU units, also known as Hashd Sha’abi in Arabic.

Speaking to ARA News, Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security, said there are growing concerns in Washington over the PMU.

“There is very real and growing tension between the U.S. and Baghdad on the proper role of the Hashd Sha’abi,” Heras said.

“The U.S. is being bluntly told by Iraqi Sunnis who are willing to work with the anti-ISIS Coalition that the involvement of the Hashd Sha’abi in seizing ISIS areas is a non-starter. The United States’ Iraqi Sunni partners will not back any effort that involves the Hashd Sha’abi, even in a token role,” he added.
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#1  Background:

As the Shiite government in Baghdad struggled to fight the Sunni extremist group ISIS, many Shiite Iraqis looked to Iran, a Shiite theocracy, as their main ally. More Iraqi Shiites came to trust the powerful Iranian-backed militias that had taken charge since the Iraqi army deserted en masse in the summer of 2014. Dozens of paramilitary groups were united under a secretive branch of the Iraqi government called the Popular Mobilization Committee, or Hashd Shaabi.

Under Iranian guidance, Iraq’s Shiite militias are evolving into a permanent force resembling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. That sectarian force would operate in tandem with Iraq’s regular military. Some Popular Mobilization Forces are reportedly better equipped than the Iraqi army [IA], which likely has a detrimental effect on recruitment and retention in the IA.
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Ninevah Nightmares: 10 die
3 ISIS Top dawgs die in Iraqi airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh province said on Thursday, that 3 ISIS leaders, including the so-called Wali of Dijla, had been killed in an aerial bombing by the international coalition south of Mosul.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Warplanes of the international coalition bombed an [ISIS] headquarters near a gas station in the village of al-Haj in the vicinity of al-Qayara south of Mosul,” adding that, “The bombardment resulted in killing the [so-called] ISIS Wali of Dijla, known as Abu Omar al-Aferi as well as the military officer for Wilayat Dijla and the executions officer for Wilayat Dijla.”

7 ISIS Bad Guys die in Kurd artillery attack

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Kurdistan Democratic Party announced on Thursday the killing of seven ISIS elements in an artillery shelling by the security forces south of Mosul.

The spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Nineveh Province, Saeed Mamouzini, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the Peshmerga targeted the ISIS headquarters with heavy artillery in the villages of Barima and Khur-Subat in the vicinity of Bashiqah (22 km south of Mosul).”

Mamouzini added, “The artillery shelling resulted in the death of seven ISIS members, in addition to destroying three vehicles belonging to them.”
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Beatings will continue: Ninevah Edition
ISIS executes 5 of its elements on charges of spying in central Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh province said on Thursday, that the so-called ISIS had executed five of its elements on charges of cooperating with the security forces in central of Mosul.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A leaked video clip showed the ISIS execution of five of its own elements by firing squad on charges of spying and cooperating with the security forces,” adding that, “The execution was carried out in the area of Bab al-Toub in central Mosul.”

The source also added, “The [ISIS] forced the residents to come to the scene and watch the process of the execution.”
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#1  What else is new? Remember Abu Nidal, the all time worst terrorist...who executed everybody in his own operation, then took refuge chez Saddam Hussein, who obliged him with many bullets to the head!
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Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 1 detained
Hand grenade wounds policeman, 1 detained

(IraqiNews.com) Basra – On Thursday, a security source in Basra Province revealed, that a wanted man threw a hand grenade on a security force while trying to arrest him in al-Zubair District.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A security force stormed a house in al-Zuhairiya area in al-Zubair District to arrest a man wanted on criminal charges,” pointing out that, “The criminal threw a hand grenade on the security force, wounding a policeman with serious injuries.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The security force exchanged fire with the criminal and managed to arrest him.”
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Anbar Antics: 15+ die

Iraqi forces repel ISIS attack on Albu Eitha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday the Mayor of Ramadi Ibrahim al-Awsaj announced, that the security forces repulsed an attack launched by ISIS and destructed three booby-trapped vehicles north of Ramadi, while indicated to the participation of the international coalition aviation and Iraqi Air Force.

Awsaj said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS launched an attack on the security forces who were stationed in Albu Eitha area north of Ramadi using three booby-trapped vehicles.”

Awsaj added, “The security forces from the army, police and tribal fighters managed to repel the attack and destroyed three booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers, as well as killing 9 ISIS terrorists,” pointing out that, “The international coalition aviation and Iraqi Air Force participated in the repulse of the attack.”

4 ISIS Bad Guys die in Iraqi operations near Baghdadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera Operation Major General Ali Ibrahim Dabon announced on Thursday, that four ISIS members were killed by artillery shelling carried out by the army’s 7th brigade in Juba area in Baghdadi Island, while pointed out to the advance of the security forces and tribal fighters to liberate Juba area and al-Rab’ei village in the island.

Dabon said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning the security forces from the army’s 7th brigade, police, emergency regiments and tribal fighters advanced to liberate Juba area and al-Rab’ei village in Baghdadi Island north of Baghdadi vicinity.”

Dabon added, “The international coalition aviation and Iraqi Air Force are participating in the operation to back the security forces and tribal fighter during their advance,” pointing out that, “Four ISIS members were killed in an artillery shelling conducted by the army’s 7th brigade in Juba area in Baghdadi Island.”

ISIS tunnel destroyed in Iraqi aviation operation

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, Jazeera Operations commander Ali Ibrahim Dabon announced, that a tunnel belonging to the so-called ISIS was destructed by an air strike conducted by the Iraqi Army Aviation west of Ramadi.

Dabon said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Iraqi Army Aviation backed by the army’s 7th brigade managed to bombard a tunnel belonging to ISIS in Juba north of Baghdadi vicinity (90 km west of Anbar).”

“The bombardment resulted in the destruction of the tunnel and killing of all ISIS members who were inside it. A hideout was also destroyed and two ISIS leader were killed by an air strike carried out by the Army Aviation in al-Qutnia area in al-Baghdadi Island,” Dabon added.

Iraqi warbirds turn ISIS security chief into a fine, red mist

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, Official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced the killing of the so-called ISIS general security officer in Rutba District by an air strike launched by F16 fighter jets.

The journalists said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Iraqi F16 fighter jets conducted an air strike on al-Rutba area in western Anbar, resulting in the destruction of hideouts, manufacturing laboratories, Diwan al-Zakat and a weapons cache belonging to ISIS.”

The statement added, “The air strike also resulted in the destruction of al-Hisba officer’s hideout and the so-called ISIS general security officer Omar Saeed al-Elwani.”

Iraqi militia to impose curfew in Albu Eitha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday the leadership of al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia announced, that the security forces imposed a comprehensive curfew in the northern areas of Ramadi (110 west of Baghdad) after the attack that was launched by ISIS on the area, while pointed out that intelligence information indicated that ISIS is planning to launch other attacks in the coming hours.

The commander of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in the western axis of Ramadi, Falah al-Kargouli, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces from the army and police imposed a comprehensive curfew in the northern areas in Anbar till further notice, while closed all entrances and main bridges,” pointing out that, “The curfew was imposed on the back of the attack that was launched on Albu Eitha area in northern Ramadi.”

Karghouli added, “Intelligence information indicated that ISIS is planning to launch other terrorist attacks during the next hours,” noting that, “The ISIS danger is threatening Ramadi because it (ISIS) is still controlling the area of Ramadi Island and some parts of Albu Ali al-Jassim and Albu Obeid [areas].”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 5 die

2 kops die in small arms attack on kop shop

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A police source revealed on Thursday, that the attack that targeted the police station west of Baghdad either killed ow wounded 6 people, mostly policemen.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The outcome of the attack that targeted al-Eintsar police station west of Baghdad, this morning, reached 2 dead, including the station’s police chief, and 4 wounded.”

The source, who requested to be anonymous, added, “A security force cordoned off the incident area, while transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department.”

More on the attack here and here

2 die in bomb attack in al-Obeidi

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior asserted on Thursday, that nine people had been either killed or injured in a bomb blast east of Baghdad.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device went off near a number of shops in the area of al-Obeidi east of Baghdad, resulting in the death of two persons and wounding seven others.”

“A security force rushed to the area of the incident, while transferred the injured to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine authority,” the source added.

1 dead in sniper attack in al-Latifiyah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday, that a soldier had been killed and an army officer was injured by a sniper in al-Latifiyah area south of Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a sniper targeted a [security] checkpoint for the Iraqi army in the vicinity of al-Latifiyah south of Baghdad, resulting in the death of one soldier and wounding an officer,” adding that, “A security force rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine authority.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
6 Palestinian teens arrested after rioting near Jerusalem
[IsraelTimes] Boys light fire near security barrier, throw rocks at security forces; no injuries as Israeli vehicles stoned in West

Six Paleostinian teenagers were tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
near Beitunia, north of Jerusalem, on Thursday morning after lighting a fire near the security barrier.

The six, ages 14-17, also hurled rocks at Border Police who came to detain them. There were no reports of injuries.

Rock-throwing was also reported in the capital and on the West Bank road to the Etzion Bloc, where person or persons unknown pelted passing Israeli vehicles with stones, causing no injuries or damage, according to Israel Radio.

In Jerusalem, a 16-year-old Arab teenager threw stones at a car on Uzi Narkis street, which runs through the neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Beit Hanina. The assailant was arrested for the attack, which caused damage to the vehicle, according to the Walla news website.

The incidents came as thousands of Israelis headed to national parks and beaches to mark Independence Day.

Earlier Thursday, a 20-year-old was stabbed and lightly maimed in northern Jerusalem. Police said the young man was attacked in the city’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood and stabbed in his upper body. His assailant escaped and officials said it was not yet clear whether the attack was criminal or nationalistic in nature.

Israel closed off the West Bank and Gazoo Strip for 48 hours beginning midnight Tuesday-Wednesday for Israel’s memorial and independence days.

The closure began at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and is expected to end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, the army said, though the reopening will be subject to a "situational assessment."

The closure took effect soon after an Israeli officer was maimed by bombs at a West Bank checkpoint Tuesday evening, and after two Israeli women in their 80s were stabbed by masked assailants in a terror attack in Jerusalem earlier in the day.
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Southeast Asia
Key figure in Thai insurgency dies in Malaysia
[Bangkok Post] Masae U-seng, a key figure behind the separatist insurgency in southern Thailand, has died of tuberculosis in hospital in Malaysia, a security source said yesterday. Masae, from Narathiwat province, died in Kuala Lumpur on April 30. The source said his body was buried in Malaysia.

Masae held a top position in one of the six militant groups under the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN). He also served as leader of the rebel youth group, and he opposed the idea of peace talks being held between Thailand's government and the Majlis Syura Patanai (Mara Patani) umbrella group in Kuala Lumpur.

In 2004, Masae was charged with rebellion and racketeering after security officials searched his home and Samphan Witthaya religious school where they found documents about the 'seven-step ladder' theory believed to be a master plan for the insurgency in southern Thailand. Masae is thought to be the creator of the plan.

The source said Masae's death was not disclosed earlier for fear young members under his care would be upset.

He added Abdulasis Salae, a former teacher who is secretary-general of the BRN, has replaced Masae. Abdulasis was one of nine suspects arrested in Thailand on rebellion and racketeering charges. He later jumped bail and escaped to Malaysia.

Also among the nine suspects was Mazukri Hari, head of Mari Patani who represents the group in peace talks with the government, which stalled recently when the Thai negotiating team declined to endorse the terms of reference.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Top Hezbollah commander in Syria Mustafa Badreddine killed by Israel, group says
[IsraelTimes] Mustafa Badreddine, wanted by US and Special Tribunal on Leb, said assassinated in Arclight airstrike on Damascus airport

The pro-Hezbollah al-Mayadeen news outlet reported early Friday that top Hezbollah operative Mustafa Badreddine was killed in a purported Israeli Arclight airstrike in Syria earlier in the week.

The reported attack took place near the Damascus airport on Tuesday.

Badreddine, 55, is said to have inherited the leadership of Hezbollah’s military operations from former commander and cousin Imad Mughniyeh, who is also believed to have been assassinated by Israel in 2008.

Badreddine has had a long career leading terror attacks and military operations for Hezbollah. He is being tried in absentia in The Hague for his alleged involvement in the liquidation of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

His latest role in the organization was as its chief operational commander in Syria, where the Iran-backed group has sent thousands of fighters to prop up the regime of dictator Bashir al-Assad.

According to a July 2015 US Treasury statement announcing sanctions against him, Badreddine "is assessed to be responsible for Hizballah’s military operations in Syria since 2011, including the movement of Hizballah [Hezbollah] fighters from Leb to Syria, in support of the Syrian regime. Since September 2011, strategic coordination was handled between Assad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah on a weekly basis, with Badr Al Din [Badreddine] accompanying Nasrallah during the meetings in Damascus. Since 2012, Badr Al Din coordinated Hizballah military activities in Syria. Badr Al Din led Hizballah ground offensives in the Syrian town of al-Qusayr in February 2013, and in May 2013 the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) confirmed that Badr Al Din was leading Hizballah’s operations in al-Qusayr."

Hezbollah confirmed Badreddine’s killing, noting in a statement that he "took part in most of the operations of the Islamic resistance since 1982."

There was no confirmation from Israel overnight of its presumed role in the killing. Israel rarely acknowledges its role in such operations, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly confirmed in recent months that Israel was actively working to disrupt Hezbollah’s arms smuggling operations in Syria and build-up of capabilities on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
The Jerusalem Post has more on the ex-gentleman's career, including a list of his known names of convenience and a photo from happier days.
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#1  Hat tip to Wretchard T Cat:

An Assad regime mouthpiece on Monday reported the details of the alleged Israeli flight path and smart bombs used in the Saturday night airstrike that killed notorious Hezbollah terrorist Samir Kuntar.

According to Syrian newspaper As-Safir, Israeli Air Force fighter jets fired their payload from within Israeli airspace, sending the bombs some 90 kilometers (56 miles) to Damascus, where they struck Kuntar’s sixth-floor apartment.

Syrian aerial defense systems identified the Israeli planes, As-Safir said, but since the planes were operating within Israeli territory, the Syrian army did not react to them.

Israel, for its part, has not taken credit for the strike, though government officials have happily acknowledged news of Kuntar’s death.

According to the Syrian report, two Israeli F-15 airplanes flew from the Hatzerim IAF base near Beersheba to the Sea of Galilee, where they fired four SPICE-2000 missiles. After the attack, Syrian search and rescue teams recovered pieces of the missiles, which were created by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the newspaper reported.
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#2  He goes on:

The Russian air defense would have had a minutes, at most, to respond to the incoming. Badreddine would never have seen it coming. They can be salvoed, several to an F16. The Israelis could simply have saturated even the S-400s.

Which just goes to show Russia's real air defense is deterrence, not those SAMs. Badreddine is a permissible target. Russia's not going to war over him. He knows that now.
Posted by: badanov || 05/13/2016 6:20 Comments || Top||

#3  "Knock knock"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2016 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Amazing piece of ordnance.
Posted by: badanov || 05/13/2016 10:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Russia's not going to war over him. He knows that now.

Oh my. If I could write like that...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2016 11:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Clarice Feldman:

Israelis will be blamed, but may not be responsible for the demise of the dear departed...
Posted by: badanov || 05/13/2016 11:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Badanov: Russia's not going to war over him. He knows that now.

TW: Oh my. If I could write like that...

Me: Yup. I wonder if we shouldn't have 'likes' in the comments just for writing like that particular turn of phrase...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/13/2016 11:26 Comments || Top||

#8  A glide bomb that can glide 100 km and hit within a one meter radius of nominal? Crikey that's some glide bomb!

There's going to be a lot of twisted turbans and vamoosed curly-toed slippers as word of this gets around...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/13/2016 11:28 Comments || Top||

#9  sending the bombs some 90 kilometers (56 miles) to Damascus, where they struck Kuntar’s sixth-floor apartment

Compared to Wikipedia: Since it has a total of 12 control surfaces in 3 groups (fore, mid-body and tail), the "Spice" has a very long glide range, of about 60 kilometers.

37 miles or 56 miles. An improved version? Or were the jets over the border? Higher altitude?

More please.
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#10  Well, I don't know Bobby, but I once got out from paying a speeding ticked by convincing a NM trafic judge that I forgot that the speedometer is in miles not km.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/13/2016 13:43 Comments || Top||

#11  Too much
Lk info too early, doesn't fit IAF SOP, it was the piano Or a Sinner in the hands of a pissed dawg


The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked. His wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else but to be cast into the firke. He is of purer eyes than to bear you in his sight; you are ten thousand times as abominable in his eyes as the most hatefpkul, venomous serpent is in ours.

You have poffended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince, and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else that you did not got to hell the last night; that you were suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up. There is no other repkason to be given why you have not gone to hell since you have sat here in the house of God provoking his pure eye by your sinful, wicked manner of attending his solemn worship. Yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell.



Tl;dr
Watch it assholes
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Syria’s al-Qaeda branch seizes central Alawite village
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syria's al-Qaeda branch and allied fighters from ultraconservative rebel factions on Wednesday seized a village of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
's minority Alawite sect in central Syria, following fierce festivities with government troops.

The capture of Zaara, which was reported by activists and Syrian state media, is sparking fears of an outbreak of sectarian violence as activists say many families from the village are missing.

The development came as the International Red Thingy was expected to deliver the first aid in almost four years to a cut-off Damascus suburb besieged by government forces.

The International Committee of the Red Thingy was to bring humanitarian relief to Daraya in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Islamic Thingy and the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
, said ICRC front man Pawel Krzysiek. It would be the first aid sent to rebellious Daraya since November 2012. The UN estimates the suburb's current population is between 4,000 and 8,000 people.

The civil war in Syria, whose population is majority Sunni, was sparked by a crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011 but it has also developed a distinct sectarian undertone. The Alawites are an offshoot of Shiite Islam and Assad, an Alawite, has presented his side as defending the country's minorities against a Sunni Islam terror insurgency.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group tracking the conflict, said families disappeared from Zaara after the Lions of Islam overran the village. Along with Syria's al-Qaeda branch known as the Nusra Front, other hard-line factions that took part in the raid on Zaara included Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and Faylaq al-Rahman.

Separately, al-Qaeda's more powerful rival, the ISIS - also an krazed killer Sunni group - is in control of about a third of Syria's territory since its blitz in the summer of 2014 when it captured large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Both al-Qaeda and ISIS are designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations and were not part of a US-Russia-brokered cease-fire that was implemented at the end of February.

Syrian state media said "terrorists" killed a number of townspeople and kidnapped others, adding that they looted and destroyed many homes in Zaraa.

World powers working to promote a resolution to Syria's civil war are planning to resume talks next week in Vienna, with UN-led, indirect peace negotiations between Syria's government and opposition representatives expected to follow some days later.

The Vienna talks aim to build on a US-Russia agreement announced this week to try to restore a nationwide cease-fire.
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Fighting erupts north of Aleppo as ceasefire expires
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syrian government forces battled rebels north of Aleppo on Thursday as a ceasefire expired in the city itself, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rebels sources said.

The fighting was focused around the rebel-held Handarat area which is important because it is near the last route into opposition-held areas of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city before the conflict and now divided between the government and rebels.

The Observatory said pro-government forces had launched an attack in the area, supported by air strikes targeting Handarat in addition to the only road into rebel-held areas of the city.

The rebel sources said government forces had initially captured some ground, but this was later recovered. Syrian army officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The 48-hour truce in the city of Aleppo announced by the Syrian military on Monday ended at 1 a.m. (2200 GMT).
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Terror Networks
US, allies target IS group with 33 strikes over two days: US military
US leads 19 strikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria on Wednesday

[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 19 strikes against 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....
Death Eaters in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement Thursday.

The Combined Joint Task Force said 13 of the strikes hit targets near 10 Iraqi cities, including near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
where two strikes destroyed nine rails used to launch rockets, as well as a vehicle and assembly area used by Islamic State Death Eaters. The US led coalition, working with Iraqi forces, are trying to retake the key city.

Two other strikes hit hear Al Baghdadi, striking two units of myrmidon fighters, among other targets, the task force said.

US, allies target IS group with 14 strikes on Tuesday: US military

[AlAhram] The US-led coalition on Tuesday staged 14 strikes against Islamic State in its latest round of daily strikes on the myrmidon group in Iraq and Syria, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement.

In Iraq, nine strikes near seven cities hit two units of Islamic State fighters, a weapons caches and several pieces of equipment, among other targets, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Wednesday. One strikes near Ar Rutbah was inconclusive, it added.

Five strikes near three Syrian cities hit five of the myrmidons' tactical units, three fighting positions and two vehicles, the task force said.
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