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Good morning
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#1  caused more eye injuries than a Red Ryder BB Gun™
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2016 10:34 Comments || Top||

#2  And that's just from trying to focus!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/14/2016 12:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Would you happen to have a Ben Hur, eighteen sixty, Third Edition, with the duplicated line on page one-sixteen? ...Or a Chevalier Audubon eighteen forty?
Posted by: Pholulet Wheanter7550 || 05/14/2016 20:16 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Armed Men Rape Woman in Baghlan
Armed men have reportedly raped a woman in Guzargah-e-Noor district of northern Baghlan province after beating her husband, officials reported.

The victim has asked for justice to be served, but said that the police department in the district did not take action against the perpetrators when she reported the incident.

Meanwhile, district police headquarters officials said that the security forces have arrested a suspect allegedly involved in the rape case.

The victim was on her way home from Takhar province when the armed men opened fire on the car they were heading home in. Her husband was injured in the shooting. The men then allegedly raped the woman.

"They beat me and snatched my scarf, they took me into the car and tied my mouth and hands," the victim said.

Meanwhile, family members of the victim have asked the government to arrest the criminals and bring them to justice.

"I ask the president of Afghanistan to provide us justice," the victim's husband said.

Baghlan police have pledged to expand operations and arrest the criminals.

Video report at the link
Posted by: badanov || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Open season, Kill the bastards, justice served. Damn straight
Posted by: Jan || 05/14/2016 16:34 Comments || Top||


Militant commander wounded after hit by a roadside bomb planted own fighters
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of the anti-government armed bully boyz was maimed in an kaboom triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was planted by his own fighters.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the incident took place in Rodat district of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

MoD in a statement said at least two bully boyz were also killed in the incident and four others including the commander of the group were maimed.

The statement by MoD further added that the maimed bully boyz commander has been identified as Zubair who is well known as Abdullah.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups including the Taliban turbans have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert of the Taliban group was killed in an kaboom in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan earlier.

According to the security officials, the IED expert and three bully boyz were busy in making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) when the kaboom took place.

The Taliban turbans 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 || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Pakistan, Afghanistan deploy tanks as fencing dispute escalates
[DAWN] LANDI KOTAL: Tension further heightened between Pakistain and Afghanistan on Thursday and the two countries deployed tanks and armoured personnel carriers along the tense Torkham border besides sending more troops after their negotiating teams failed to resolve the border fencing dispute, political adminis­tration sources told Dawn.

The two countries have locked horns over the issue of fencing of some points at the border.

Pakistain has started fencing some vulnerable points of the border with Afghanistan to plug illegal and secret border crossings and movements of people.

The sources said that Pakistain sent army troops and additional Khasadar Force and Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
personnel on the border on Thursday in retaliation to Afghanistan’s reinforcement of its troops and border security forces along the border.

Afghanistan has objected to the border fencing and officially protested to Pakistain over the issue.

Because of the tense situation, the border remained closed for the third consecutive day.

Informed sources told Dawn that negotiating teams of the two countries briefly met at the Pakistain side of the border at around midday amid expectations that the issue would be resolved.

These expectations, however, proved short-lived as the meeting ended without reaching any agreement, much to the disappointment of scores of travellers and traders who have been stranded on both sides of the border for a couple of days.

The Pak team consisted of Sector Commander Brig Qayyum Paracha, Khyber Rifles Commandant Col Tariq Hafeez and Assistant Political Agent Rahimullah Mehsud while the Afghan team was represented by Border Police Commander Zabeehullah and Lt Col Nisar Ahmad.
Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Several rockets fired on Rassoul Sayyaf’s residence, no casualties reported
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Militants fired several rockets on the residence of Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf earlier this evening in Paghman district of Kabul.

Sources close to Sayyaf have confirmed the incident but did not elaborate further on how many rockets were fired on his residence.

The sources confirmed that no there were no casualties in the attack, calling it a move by the terrorists and criminal gangs.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack which comes nearly eight the militants fired several rockets on Sayyaf’s residence.

Sayyaf is one of the most influential jihadi leaders and has been harshly criticizing the Taliban group for their insurgency activities.

Reaffirming his hard stance against the insurgent groups, Sayyaf called on militant groups last month to end slavery for the outsiders.

Sayyaf was speaking during a gathering to commemorate the 24th anniversary of Mujahideen’s victory against the former Soviet-backed regime.

Sayyaf said the militant and terrorist groups fighting in the country should not brand their insurgency as Jihad, insisting that killing of children, women, destroying houses and committing other horrific crimes are not a holy war.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Deadly battle kills eight militants in Somalia
At least eight terrorists militants and a soldier were killed and 2 others wounded in deadly battle between government forces and Al Shabaab terrorists fighters outside Wajid town in southwest of Somalia’s Bakol region.
That's why the newspaper hack called it a 'deadly' battle...
The fighting started after heavily Somali military forces attacked on positions controlling by Al Qaeda terrorists linked Al Shabaab terrorists militants in El-malable area outside Wajid town, officials said.

Deputy District Commissioner for Wajid, Adow Abdurahman Jugle said that his soldiers killed at least 8 terrorists militants from Al Shabaab and confiscated AK-47 with bullets during the battle. He added that 1 government soldier had been killed and 2 others were also wounded in the fighting against terrorists insurgents.

In an interview with Radio Shabelle based in Mogadishu, he vowed that his troops would continue military operations against Al Shabaab terrorists until the militants are eradicated.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  "O Allah," groaned Achmed, unsteadily,
"Must war be kinetic and deadly?
Those civilized nations
Express their impatience
Through red lines and deadlines so prettily!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/14/2016 15:36 Comments || Top||

#2  *Applause*
Posted by: Pappy || 05/14/2016 19:56 Comments || Top||


Africa North
2 suspected militants shot dead near Tunis
TUNIS: Two suspected militants were killed on Wednesday during a security operation near the Tunisian capital against a cell planning “simultaneous” attacks, the Interior Ministry said.

Sixteen others were arrested during the operation in Ariana province just outside Tunis, and Kalashnikov assault rifles, pistols and ammunition were seized, it said.

The ministry said the suspects had gathered in the area from different parts of the country “to prepare simultaneous terrorist operations.”

A resident of the Sanhaji district told AFP that a two-hour gunbattle erupted with the suspects after the national guard launched the raid at around 8 a.m. (0700 GMT).

“They were not from the neighborhood. We didn’t know them. They rented the house recently,” she said.

Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has suffered from a wave of militant violence since its 2011 revolution that ousted former ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Daesh claimed brazen attacks last year on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis and a beach resort near Sousse that killed a total of 60 people, all but one of them foreign tourists.

A November suicide bombing in the capital, also claimed by Daesh, killed 12 presidential guards and prompted the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Thousands of Tunisians have joined militant groups in conflict zones such as Iraq, Syria and Libya over the past few years.
Posted by: badanov || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:


Morocco unravels IS plot to attack tourists, Western facilities
[IsraelTimes] Chadian national said affiliated with jihadist group incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in Tangiers for planning ’dangerous’ attacks


Morocco’s Interior Ministry said Friday that authorities have arrested a Chadian national affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group and unraveled a "dangerous" plot to attack Western diplomatic buildings and tourist sites.

The Chadian was arrested Friday in a safe house in the northern city of Tangiers. The Interior Ministry statement did not identify him.

It said the suspect flew to Morocco from Chad on May 4, landing at the Casablanca airport. It said he had a mandate from IS to organize a terror cell comprised of Moroccans and Algerians to attack Western diplomatic buildings and tourist sites.

It compared the scope of the threat to the simultaneous bombings in Casablanca on May 16, 2003, that killed 33 people.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Well, at least they don't have Transgender bathrooms in Morocco and Algiers. They aren't culturally sensitive to the desperate plight of the LBGT community and the Democratic Party imperatives of the homosexual ( can I say that ?) brothers and sisters. Or sister and brothers, I forget which.
Posted by: Floth Cheack2372 || 05/14/2016 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  A trans tourist with intestinal difficulties
Asked a Berber named Sevil for the facilities
The local did thus swoon
Around spun the room
Awash with barbarian incongruities.
Posted by: JHH || 05/14/2016 19:54 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemeni forces ‘captured 250 Qaeda’ after city retaken
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemeni government forces have captured around 250 "al-Qaeda members" since they retook Mukalla, the largest city in the country’s southeast, last month, a top officer said on Friday.

"We have tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
around 250 members of al-Qaeda, including some leaders, since our operations began," General Faraj Salmin told AFP.

Salmin commands the second military zone which includes Mukalla, capital of the vast desert province of Hadramawt.

The port city was retaken from the gunnies on April 24.

"One of these chiefs, Mohammed Saleh al-Orabi who calls himself the emir of Shar, was detained on Thursday" in the area of the same name some 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Mukalla, he added.

All of the arrests were made in Mukalla and its surroundings, the general said.

Al-Qaeda occupied the city for a year, and imposed strict Islamic law on residents.

Special forces from the UAE, a member of a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels across Yemen, played a major role in retaking Mukalla.

Last week, the United States said that "a very small number" of American soldiers were also involved in the operation.
Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Britain
Life Term for Briton for IS-Inspired Plot against U.S. Troops
[AnNahar] A British man who plotted an 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....
-inspired attack on U.S. military personnel based in England was on Friday incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
for life and told he would spend at least 12 years behind bars.

Junead Khan, 25, was a committed supporter of the IS group and he also idolized Mohammed Emwazi, the late British Lion of Islam nicknamed "Jihadi John", who appeared in a string of IS execution videos.

Khan had used his job as a delivery driver for a pharmaceutical firm as cover to scout U.S. Air Force bases in eastern England between May and July 2015, it emerged during his trial.

"Junead Khan was not far from the commission of the murder to be committed by horrifying method in the street in order to create terror and terrorist propaganda in this country," judge Andrew Edis said as he sentenced him. "His offense was so serious that a life sentence must be imposed."

Khan, from Luton, north of London,
...like Molenbeek, Luton often pops up in reports from England...
had exchanged online messages with an IS fighter in Syria called Abu Hussain, who prosecutors said was a British man, Junaid Hussain.

Hussain was later killed in a U.S. drone strike.

The trial heard how one message described an attack on military personnel, which Khan and Hussain compared to the deadly knife attack by two Islamists on British soldier Lee Rigby in London in 2013.

Khan, who stared straight ahead as he was sentenced, had also been found guilty of preparing to join the IS group in Syria with his uncle, 23-year-old Shazib Khan.

Shazib Khan was given a 13-year sentence, of which he will have to spend at least eight years in jail.

The judge said the two men, who are of Bangladeshi background, were "committed supporters of ISIS (IS), an organization which wishes to control the world and which will stop short of no barbarity in order to do so."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Brute fascist! She's puttin' the boot in,"
The Moslems and bolshies are hootin'.
Stand tall, Stacy Dooley
And stomp them all coolly,
Diminutive daughter of Luton.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/14/2016 15:45 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia Detains Four Crimean Tatars over 'Terrorism'
[AnNahar] Russia on Thursday detained four Crimean Tatars, a group opposed to Moscow's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine, on suspicion of belonging to radical Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
, lawyers and prosecutors said.

Since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Russia has cracked down on the peninsula's Muslim Tatar community with frequent house searches, arrests and closures of independent media and has banned the group's governing body.

Hizbut Tahrir (Party of Liberation) seeks to re-establish a Caliphate -- a pan-Islamic state based on Islamic rule harking back to medieval times -- and has been banned in Russia since 2003.

Rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov told AFP that on Thursday morning two busloads of armed officers swept into the town of Bakhchysaray, Crimea's ancient capital, and searched five homes and a cafe.

The FSB officers detained four Crimean Tatars and took them to the security force's headquarters, the lawyer said. He added that the men were likely to be formally placed in durance vile
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in jug on Friday.

"I see this as real repression," Kurbedinov said.

Crimea's fiercely pro-Kremlin chief prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya said on Facebook that the FSB had arrested three suspected participants and one organizer of a local cell of Islamist Hizbut Tahrir party, outlawed in Russia as a terrorist organization.

She accused the men of carrying out "hidden anti-constitutional activity through carrying out propaganda among the public."

The suspected organizer of the "terrorist cell" faces up to 20 years in jail, while participants face up to 10 years.

Poklonskaya told Russian news agencies that the FSB had also summoned a prominent Crimean-Tatar community leader, Ilmi Umerov, for questioning on suspicion of making "public calls to breach Russia's territorial integrity."

Umerov was a longtime head of the Bakhchysaray district who quit when it moved under Moscow's control.

Crimean prosecutors on Thursday also announced that U.S.-funded Russia Free Europe/Radio Liberty's website, which carries news and views on Crimea, has been blocked in Russia as Death Eater.

Prosecutors have already opened a criminal probe into the site for alleged Death Eater activities, saying it aimed to "discredit the activities of Russia in Crimea."

"This is an aggressive act," RFE /RL's editor-in-chief Nenad Pejic said in a statement.

He accused Russia of using the "outrageous pretext of extremism" to "censor RFE/RL and prevent the audience in Russia and Crimea from learning the truth about the annexation."
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Europe
Migrant adventures in Europe
[Breitbart] 13/05/2016 – STUTTGART, Germany – Muslim elected as parliament speaker for first time
Muhterem ArasMuhterem Aras, a Green Party politician, is originally from Turkey. She took the post in Baden-Württemberg from a member of the anti-immigration AfD party on Wednesday.

“We wrote history today”, she proclaimed after her victory, the Independent reports.

13/05/2016 – BAVARIA, Germany – Migrants Smuggled “Like Cattle”
Police in Bavaria say that migrants were smuggled into the country via commercial trucks ” like cattle.” Four men are in court for smuggling Iraqi and Syrian nationals and are said to have organized at least 20 such smuggling trips. The four men could face lengthy prison terms if convicted, reports Spiegel Online.

13/05/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Migrant Attempts to Rape Cyclist
Yet another attack in Vienna’s famous Prater park has involved a migrant, who attempted to rape a 48-year old woman who was riding her bike. The 21-year-old migrant from Algeria was fought off by the woman and fled after a passer-by attempted to intervene.

Police found the migrant near the crime scene and arrested him Kronen Zeitung reports.

13/05/2016 – Germany – Private Security Booming Due to Migrant Crisis
The migrant crisis has led to a boom for private security companies who can’t fill vacancies fast enough to guard migrant homes. Around 235,000 people in Germany now work in the sector and there are around 15,000 vacancies. The industry has reported a revenue of seven billion euros in the past year reports N-TV.

The haste to fill positions has led to some questionable recruiting decisions in Germany, as Breitbart London has reported. Many of the new guards are recently arrived migrants themselves with no qualifications and who can barely speak German. Christian refugees have fared particularly badly under their Muslim guards, and there have been reports of bullying.

13/05/2016 – SICILY, Italy – Italian Police Arrest Migrant Sex Traffickers
Police in the Sicilian town of Catania arrested 13 Somalian migrants accused of trafficking migrants and holding them for ransom while making them work as sex workers. The Somali’s held the migrants against their will in rented apartments and forced family members abroad to pay for their release Spiegel Online reports.

13/05/2016 – MUNICH, Germany – Knife Killer Released from Psychiatric Care
The man who killed a 56-year-old in Munich this week is said to have just been released from a psychiatric hospital before he struck. Police said he spent the day at the hospital after his grandparents had urged him to seek help. The 27-year-old yelled “allahu ackbar” as he killed his victim and injured several others, as reported by Breitbart London.
The typical age when schizophrenia blooms.
12/05/2016 – Germany – No idea how much is being spent on migrants
According to reports around two thirds of German municipal governments have no idea how much they spend on migrants though the total is estimated in the billions of euros. Many towns have long term contracts and have not received any migrants while other give migrants up to 1,500 euro a week.

One German financial expert representing municipalities admitted, “We currently have no overview of the costs actually incurred within the local communities,” Zeit reports.

12/05/2016 – VASTERAS, Sweden – Police caught self-censoring reports
Unexpectedly.
A Swedish woman was surprised to discover that after she was molested by a man in the town of Vesteras the police had closed the investigation as unsolved, and had deleted her ethnic description of the attacker from their files.

The case was only re-opened after she took per story to Swedish radio. Apologising for the action, police commissioner Johan Stenvi said the deletion shouldn’t have taken place as “we want to have as much information as possible about a suspicious person”.

10/05/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Asylum Seekers Cost Vienna 290 million Euros
Asylum seekers in Vienna are expected to cost 290 million euro this year, a revised number from January where it was predicted to be 235 million. In January of last year Vienna had only 7940 migrants to pay for but the city government expects by December of this year the number will increase to over 36,000 reports Kronen Zeitung.
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Bosnian Police Seize Arms Headed for Sweden
[AnNahar] Bosnian police said Friday they had nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
five suspected smugglers and seized arms including rocket launchers destined for Sweden, but declined to confirm reports it was for an Islamist group.

The five were seized Thursday in an operation carried out in coordination with Swedish police, Bosnian police spokeswoman Mirna Miljanovic told AFP.

"A huge quantity of arms, ammunitions and military equipment was seized," Miljanovic said, adding that one person was earlier arrested in Sweden, and two others were still on the lam.

The search was conducted at seven locations in the northern Bosnian towns of Gradiska and Laktasi, he said, giving no further details.

The suspects have admitted involvement in smuggling, Boris Grubesic, a front man for Bosnia's prosecutor office told AFP.

But he said there was no evidence so far that they had links with terrorist groups, and they do not fit a jihadist profile.

A police source who asked not to be named said however there were some indications the arms were destined for a group called the Muslim Brothers. The link with Islamists was "not official," the source said, giving no other details of the group, whose name is similar to the Egypt's opposition movement the Moslem Brüderbund.
Good to know, however unofficially.
Local media said the arms included four rocket launchers, 16 hand grenades and one sub machine gun, as well as rifles, pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Following the 1990s wars in the Balkans, arms from the region have been easily available to criminal groups from Western Europe.

They have also been used by jihadists, including the commandos in the Gay Paree attacks last November which killed 130 people in the French capital.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


The Grand Turk
Eight PKK suspects detained over Istanbul car-bomb attack
[Hurriyet Daily News] Eight suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been detained in an operation launched after a bomb attack in Istanbul’s Sancaktepe district. Eight people, of whom five were soldiers, were injured when a bomb-laden car was detonated near a military post in Sancaktepe on May 12.

One of the detained suspects, identified as İ.İ., was the person who allegedly parked and detonated the car bomb, as reported by Anadolu Agency.

After the attack anti-terror police officers launched a simultaneous operation on 70 different addresses in Istanbul.

The interrogations of the detained suspects were ongoing and the number of detentions could reportedly increase.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said the explosion inside the parked car occurred at around 4:45 p.m., shortly after a shuttle bus carrying military personnel departed from the İsmail Hakkı Tunaboyu military post.

A number of buildings and shops near the military post were damaged by the explosion. The front of the shuttle bus was also damaged by shrapnel from the bomb-laden car.
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9 soldiers, 15 militants killed in clashes, ops in Turkey’s southeast
A total of six soldiers were killed in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) while two pilots died as a military helicopter which was dispatched to pursue militants crashed in the eastern province of Hakkari early on May 13.

Meanwhile, a ninth soldier died in eastern Thrace when a military vehicle rolled down a hill.

Six soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded as clashes erupted between security forces and PKK militants at the Çığlı base in Hakkari’s Çukurca district at around 4:50 a.m. on May 13. A helicopter was sent to the area to intervene against the militants but the helicopter crashed at around 5:50 a.m. due to an unknown technical problem.

The General Chief of Staff released a statement on the incidents, noting that both pilots had died in the crash. An air-borne operation was launched to apprehend the militants, the statement said, adding that six PKK militants had been killed so far.

A ninth soldier was killed in the Kaynarca town of Kırklareli’s Pınarhisar district as a military vehicle rolled down a hill for an unknown reason during a military exercise.

In a separate incident in the southeastern province of Siirt, police forces and gendarmerie officials seized a bomb-laden car and two PKK militants late on May 12. According to security sources, gendarmerie teams attempted to stop two “suspicious” automobiles in Siirt’s Baykan district but had to chase the suspects as they ignored the warning and fled the scene.

The vehicles were finally stopped near Çaykaya village where two militants were killed in the ensuing clashes and a soldier was wounded. Some 200 kilograms of improvised explosive devices were found in one of the vehicles.

In anti-terror operations in neighboring Şırnak province, a total 15 PKK militants were killed over the past day, raising the total number of casualties to 355 since the beginning of the operations on March 14.
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India-Pakistan
Suspected member of banned outfit held
[DAWN] RAWALINDI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
a suspected member of a banned outfit in Attock on Wednesday, police sources said.

The sources said Mohammad Hanif alias Qari Asim Moavia, an active member of the outlawed Harkatul Mujahideen, was collecting wheat bags from villagers for the proscribed organization when he was arrested.

During the interrogation, the suspect confessed to raising funds from the villagers for the banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
. The villagers told the CTD that the suspect had been threatening them to give him wheat bags.

During the interrogation, the CTD also recovered a large quantity of wheat the suspect had collected from the villagers and stored there.

The accused was produced before the Anti-Terrorism Court which remanded him in the police custody for nine days.

It may be noted that scores of people have been placed in the fourth schedule of the Anti-terrorism Act in different areas of Attock, Hassanabdal and Fatehjang.

In April, the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NATCA) and 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 had expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
s over the illegal settlements of Afghan nationals in these areas and directed the police to remove them. But the police made no progress on the directives so far.
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Iraq
Turkish warbirds hammer Kurd kommies in Qandil Mountains
(IraqiNews.com) Local witnesses said on Friday, that Turkish warplanes attacked sites for the PKK militants in Qandil Mountains north of Iraq.

One of the witnesses reported for IraqiNews.com, “Turkish warplanes conducted a violent attack on sites for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the areas of Ainza and Lyoza located in Qandil Mountains, ” pointing out that, “The size of losses caused by the attack is still unknown.”

The witness added, “The Turkish air strikes are ongoing until now,” noting that, “Smoke rose from the areas which were bombed.”
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13 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike near Fallujah
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia in Anbar Province announced on Friday killing 13 ISIS elements in an aerial bombing by the international coalition south of Fallujah.

The commander of Karmat-Fallujah brigade within al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia, Colonel Khamis Bahr al-Halabousi, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, based on intelligence information, targeted a gathering of ISIS elements in the area of Ahsa in the vicinity of al-Ameriyat (18 km south of Fallujah), resulting in the death of 13 elements of the [ISIS], in addition to destroying two vehicles that had carried a rocket launcher.”

Halabousi added, “The cleansing battles are still ongoing in the axes of Ameriyat Fallujah.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die

1 dead in bombing at al-Dawra

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior said on Friday, that ten people had been either killed or injured in a bomb blast south of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device has went off near shops in the area of al-Dawra south of Baghdad, resulting in the death of one person and wounding nine others,” adding that, “A security force rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine authority.”

1 soldier dies in bomb attack at al-Latifiya

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Friday, that five elements of the army had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast that targeted their patrol south of Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “An [improvised] explosive device (IED) went off targeting a patrol for the Iraqi army while passing in the vicinity of al-Latifiya, south of Baghdad, resulted in the killing of one of its elements and wounded four others, in addition to causing material damage to the patrol vehicle.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “Ambulances rushed to the scene and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while a security force imposed a cordon around the area of the incident and prevented approaching it.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian rebels drive ISIS from Hasakah
[ARA News] HASAKAH – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured a main town south of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria after clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), military sources reported on Friday.

The SDF regained control of the Kishkish town near Shaddadi city in the southern countryside of Hasakah.

“Subsequent to fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists, our forces were able to liberate Kishkish town,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News in Hasakah, using an acronym for ISIS.

At least seven ISIS militants were killed in Friday’s clashes, while the SDF lost two of its fighters before pushing ISIS out of the town, according to the spokesman.

The Kishkish town has been used by ISIS as a supply route to launch its military operations against the Kurdish-led SDF troops in Hasakah province, especially after losing the key city of Shaddadi which used to be a main bastion for ISIS in northeastern Syria.

Also on Friday, the US-led coalition launched several airstrikes in northeastern Syria, hitting ISIS fighting positions and heavy weapons in the Ziyarat and Humera villages in Hasakah province.

The SDF units include Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters –mainly supported by the United States in the war on ISIS.

The SDF military campaign in northeastern Syria aims to control the entire countryside of Hasakah province, especially after recapturing key areas from ISIS, including Shaddadi and the town of al-Hawl on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

More than 275 ISIS militants were killed and 33 ISIS vehicles were destroyed at the hands of the SDF fighters in the battle for Shaddadi, according to the SDF leadership.

“Our operations will continue until we regain the entire region from ISIS,” the SDF leadership said in a statement.
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American airstrike help rebels advance in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Syrian rebel fighters on Friday made new gains against militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, amid intensified US-led airstrikes on ISIS fighting positions in the area, military sources reported.

Rebels of the Levant Front [al-Jabha al-Shamiya] and allies recaptured the Yahmoul town in the suburbs of Azaz city north of Aleppo on Friday evening after fierce clashes with ISIS militants.

“Our advance was facilitated by the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on ISIS positions in Yahmoul,” the Levant Front spokesman Salih al-Zein told ARA News.

“After liberating the town [Yahmoul] from ISIS terrorists, we found the corpses of over 25 ISIS fighters, some of them were killed in the clashes while others were apparently killed under airstrikes on Friday evening,” Zein said.

The rebel official told ARA News that ISIS withdrew from the eastern suburbs of Azaz city towards the Jazir village in the northern countryside of Aleppo province.

“They are currently stationed in Jazir and Ahmadiya villages. Our next operation will target those key ISIS bastions in the area,” he said.

The hot fighting fronts of Yahmoul, Jazir and Ahmadiya are located near the Syrian-Turkish borderline, where Turkmen constitute a large proportion of the population.
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Rebels kill at least 75 Quds Brigade militants north of Aleppo
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Two rebel factions said they have killed at least 75 militants from the pro-regime Palestinian al-Quds Brigade north of Aleppo province this week.

Noor al-Din al-Zinki Movement, in statement posted online, said it had killed at least 30 Quds militia militants early Thursday while 46 more militants were killed during the week in the countryside of Aleppo.

Regime forces battled rebels north of Aleppo on Thursday as a ceasefire expired in the city itself, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rebel sources told Reuters.

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.

At least five insurgents were killed in the fighting, the British-based Observatory said.

In a southern district of Aleppo city, insurgent sniper fire killed three people, the Observatory said. State news agency SANA said gunfire had killed at least two people.

The 48-hour truce in the city of Aleppo announced by the Syrian military on Monday ended at 1 a.m. (6 p.m. ET).
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U.S. air strike kills 16 Nusra Front members east of Idlib
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A U.S.- led air strike hit a Nusra Front meeting in Abu al-Dhour air base in Idlib province, killing 16 senior members of the al-Qaeda-linked group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activists said on Friday.

The disused air base had been heavily bombed in the attack, the British-based Observatory said.

In northern Aleppo province, fighters of Aleppo's Operation Room have recaptured Handcart camp and al-Rashideen neighborhood north and west of the war-torn city.

On Thursday, Noor al-Din al-Zinki Movement, in statement posted online, said they killed at least 75 militants from the pro-regime Palestinian al-Quds Brigade this week.

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

At least five insurgents were killed in the fighting, according to the Observatory.

Jaish al-Fatah has also thwarted regime forces and allied militias attack on the newly-captured town of Khan Touman, rebel source said on Friday.
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Idlib: At least 6 people killed in regime missile attack on Maaret Masrin
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 6 people have been killed in regime vacuum missile attack on Maaret Masrin in Idlib province, activists said Friday.

The Bashir al-Assad war planes have also hit Ariha town, wounding é' people, local residents say.

Early Friday, a U.S.- led air strike hit a Nusra Front meeting in Abu al-Dhour air base in Idlib, killing 16 senior members of the al-Qaeda-linked group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activists said on Friday.

The disused air base had been heavily bombed in the attack, the British-based Observatory said.

In northern Aleppo province, fighters of Aleppo's Operation Room have recaptured Handcart camp and al-Rashideen neighborhood north and west of the war-torn city.

On Thursday, Noor al-Din al-Zinki Movement, in statement posted online, said they killed at least 75 gunnies from the pro-regime Paleostinian al-Quds Brigade this week.

The Observatory said pro-regimeAt least 6 people have been killed in regime vacuum missile attack on Maaret Masrin in Idlib province, activists said Friday.

The Bashir al-Assad war planes have also hit Ariha town, wounding é' people, local residents say.

Early Friday, a U.S.- led air strike hit a Nusra Front meeting in Abu al-Dhour air base in Idlib, killing 16 senior members of the al-Qaeda-linked group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activists said on Friday.

The disused air base had been heavily bombed in the attack, the British-based Observatory said.

In northern Aleppo province, fighters of Aleppo's Operation Room have recaptured Handcart camp and al-Rashideen neighborhood north and west of the war-torn city.

On Thursday, Noor al-Din al-Zinki Movement, in statement posted online, said they killed at least 75 gunnies from the pro-regime Paleostinian al-Quds Brigade this week.

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

At least five bandidos bully boys were killed in the fighting, according to the Observatory.

Jaish al-Fatah has also thwarted regime forces and allied militias attack on the newly-captured town of Khan Touman, rebel source said on Friday. forces had launched an attack on Handarat and al-Rashideen, supported by air strikes targeting Handarat in addition to the only road into rebel-held areas of the city.

At least five bandidos bully boys were killed in the fighting, according to the Observatory.

Jaish al-Fatah has also thwarted regime forces and allied militias attack on the newly-captured town of Khan Touman, rebel source said on Friday.
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#1  vacuum missile?
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#2  If such exists Silky wants two.
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Assad-backed militias commit crimes in western countryside of Homs
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Despite the attempts of the security forces to control the Western countryside of Homs, many groups of “Shabiha” still uncontrollable, as they commit crimes of killing, abduction, looting and they become the main decision makers in the area, and members of these groups of Alawite and Christian majority have become acting in the Western countryside of Homs in the way they like without any deterrent.

Many names given to these groups like: Karir, nadhir, Bishr Yaziji, Kherbit tin, Khirbit Hamam and Ghawar.

One of the crimes was the one committed against the lawyer Ibrahim Juma from the village of Baroha, who was abducted with his wife and one of relatives in his way to Damascus driving his luxury car. Both his wife and other lady were released to bring the ransom of 2 million Syrian pound. Although the wife recognised the abductor and the one who took the ransom, but the security forces done nothing, moreover, the lawyer was not released, and his his body was found burned in a landfill of the village of Kherbit Hamam, which was identified by the DNA sample.

All the security forces had done, was considering the lawyer as a “martyr” till catching all criminals responsible for his death. Two other bodies were found with his body, and no one recognised them.

Another crime was against a young man from al-Akrad neighbourhood in al-Arida town, his body was found, after abducting and killing him to steal the 400 thousand Syrian pound he was carrying. His killer was known, who was one of the National Defense Forces, who was known of his crimes of killing, looting, rape, prostitution, which forced the security forces to prosecute him and in their attempt to catch him he was killed during mutual firing, which annoyed the criminal’s family which threatened of revenge, but mediation by the sect Sheikhs calmed down the tension.

Another similar crime was against a lady called “Khadouj” from the village of al-Zara, she disappeared when she left the house, she was wearing 12 golden bracelets and earrings, her body was not found, and the security forces was not able to do anything to find her despite the suspicions were directed to a member of the National Defense Forces “Shabih” lives near her and was following her.

There are many of similar crimes in the countryside of Homs committed by members of the national defense Forces, but no one is till now able to stop them and their crimes.
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Terror Networks
Beatings will continue: Iraq and Syria Edition
[ARA News] ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) have forced a number of civilians in Mosul to take part in executing hostages from the Iraqi security forces, eyewitnesses and local activists reported.

“Islamic State’s jihadis brought five hostages from the Iraqi security forces to the Bab al-Toub square in central Mosul to execute them in public on Thursday,” media activist Abdulla al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

“The group then asked for volunteers from the audience to participate in the execution of the hostages, who were described by ISIS as ‘apostates’ and ‘enemies of the Caliphate’,” the source continued. “When nobody volunteered to help the militants in the execution, the group chose five men from the public and forced them to shoot the hostages in the head.”

Speaking to ARA News, head of the Nineveh media center Raafat al-Zarari said that ISIS is trying to involve innocent civilians in its brutal acts in order to support its propaganda.

“By showing civilians as partners in executing what the group considers as apostates and enemies, ISIS is actually trying to show that it still has a social incubator in Mosul and that people are supporting the group’s alleged Caliphate,” Zarari said.

More than one million and a half of civilians are still stranded in the ISIS-held city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, according to local activists.

ISIS Snipers fire on refugees leaving Fallujah

ISIS snipers are targeting humanitarian corridors established by Iraqi security forces to relieve suffering in the ISIS-held city of Fallujah, a Pentagon official said Friday.

Baghdad-based military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the shooters were preventing residents from escaping Fallujah, which is only about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is facing major shortages of basic supplies including medicine.

“We know that the Iraqis have attempted on several occasions to open up humanitarian corridors to allow some of those civilians to come out,” Warren told Pentagon reporters in a video call.

“Those have met with generally not much success. ISIL has done things like set up snipers to cover down on those corridors, to kill people as they're trying to get out. So that has really discouraged their use,” he added, using an acronym for ISIS.

Warren later said Iraqi forces had tried to set up three corridors, but these have been all but abandoned because of the snipers.

“Word must have spread because no civilians have tried to use the corridors in the last few weeks,” he said.

Anti-government fighters took control of Fallujah in early 2014 during unrest that broke out after security forces demolished a protest camp farther west, and it later became an ISIS stronghold.

Warren said Iraqi security forces now “generally” surround Fallujah and have begun to slowly “chip away” at it.

“This is the very first city that ISIL gained control of,” he said.

“ISIL’s been there for more than two years, so they are dug in and dug in deep. This is a tough nut for us to crack here. This is a tough nut for the Iraqis to crack.”

US forces are training and advising Iraqi partners as they try to repel ISIS jihadists from the country.

The Pentagon says the ISIS group is losing ground, and the jihadists have suffered major defeats in Iraq, including the loss of the cities of Heet and Ramadi.

But they remain in control of Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul and it is not clear when Iraqi troops will mount an assault to retake it.

Warren said there was no “no military reason” for Iraqi forces to liberate Fallujah before they could tackle Mosul.

About half of Iraq’s security forces are focused on protecting Baghdad, where IS fighters claimed responsibility for a string of suicide attacks this week.

At least 94 people were killed in three blasts in Baghdad on Wednesday, the deadliest day in the Iraqi capital this year.

al-Nusra fighters kill 19 civilians in Hama

Al-Qaeda fighters and their allies shot dead 19 civilians from President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority in their own homes after seizing their village in central Syria, a monitor said Friday.

Other villagers were kidnapped following the assault in which eight pro-regime militiamen were killed trying to defend Al-Zara in Hama province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“During the attack, they entered houses and opened fire on families, killing at least 19 civilians, including six women,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

State news agency SANA condemned the “massacre” of villagers in Hama, which like neighboring Homs province is mainly Sunni but has a significant Alawite minority.

“Terrorist groups infiltrated Al-Zara and carried out a massacre as well as destruction and pillage,” it reported.

The five-year civil war in Syria has enflamed sectarian resentment between the country’s Sunni majority and the Alawite minority that is the main prop of the Assad regime.

The Alawites -- followers of an offshoot of Shiite Islam who are mainly concentrated in the Mediterranean coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus -- are despised as heretics by the Sunni extremists of Al-Qaeda.
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