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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [778 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "...and don't you dare call me Sir."
Posted by: JHH || 05/19/2016 0:30 Comments || Top||

Al-Qaeda commander among 5 killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of the al-Qaeda terrorist network was killed with four others during separate Arclight airstrikes involving unmanned aerial vehicle of the US forces in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in southern Zabul and northern Kunduz provinces.

According to a statement by MoD, the al-Qaeda commander killed in the Arclight airstrike has been identified as Mullah Mohammad Ali.

The statement further added that the turbans were involved in major terrorist attacks and atrocities committed against the citizens of the country.

The Arclight airstrike targeting the al-Qaeda comes amid concerns that the terrorist network is attempting to consolidate operations with the other murderous Moslem groups, including the Taliban faceless myrmidons in a bid to expand foothold in the country.

...back at the palazzo, Count Guido stepped from behind the suit of armor, rapier in hand. Ciccolini snarled and reached for his own weapon...
the Afghan and US forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations against the terrorist groups in Afghanistan, including the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to reports, the US Air Force dropped 251 bombs and missiles targeting mainly the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan during the months of January and February.

On the other hand, the Afghan forces are routinely targeting the terrorist groups in Afghanistan with increased capabilities, specifically with the addition of more combat helicopters and fixed wing light attack planes.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

NDS busted the most dangerous kidnapping gang in Herat province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives busted one of the most dangerous kidnapping gangs 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 National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said the gang consisted of 16 kidnappers and was led by Ghulam Farooq who is also famous as Abdul Ghafar.

A statement by NDS said the other leader of the gang has been identified as Lal Mohammad who is also famous as Zarif while the third leader of the gang has been identified as Taj Mir.
There's a fourth who self-identifies as Carmen Miranda. Nobody ever mentions him, though.
The statement further added that the gang was actively operating in Herat province in the past 8 months and had kidnapped at least 10 people.

The gang had demanded large ransoms from the families of the hostage for their release, NDS said, adding that three of the hostages have been identified as Abdul Wahab, Abdul Qadir and Nazir Ahmad who were killed by the gang.

NDS also added that the gang had established at least 8 cells in Herat province where they were keeping the hostages on temporary basis.

Kidnap for ransom cases still continue in parts of the country despite the Afghan intelligence nabbed two MAFIA bosses involved in major kidnappings who were later executed by the government.

The two top MAFIA leaders, Habib Istalif and Raees Khudaidad, were executed late in 2014 and early in 2015 after they were placed in durance vile
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
by intelligence operatives.

The NDS operatives released a hostage during an operation conducted in central Wardak province of Afghanistan late in the month of February.

The operation was conducted as the kidnappers were demanding a huge ransom of $1 million from the family of the hostage, forcing the intelligence operatives to intervene and secure his release.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under:

Chechen militant ‘Omar Chechen’ among 6 killed in north of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Chechen murderous Moslem identified as Omar Chechen was killed along with five others during the festivities in north of Afghanistan.

According to the security sources, the Chechen murderous Moslem was killed in Bghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province.

The sources further added that five others including a commander of the turbans identified as Qari Zahir were also killed during the festivities and 8 others were maimed.

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

The security situation in northern Baghlan province has been sharply deteriorating during the recent months which follow by a large a military operation launched to clear areas of Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shahabuddin near Pul-e-Khumri city earlier this year.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Tuesday at least 31 turbans were killed in separate air and ground operations of the Afghan cops in Surkh Kotal and Baghlan-e-Markazi district.

According to reports, heavy festivities continue between the Afghan forces and the murderous Moslem in Surkh Kotal after the turbans launched a major attack on security posts late on Saturday night.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Taliban militants have reportedly captured Surkh Kotal in Baghlan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs have reportedly captured Surkh Kotal in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan following days of heavy clash.

A local security official confirmed that the Afghan forces retreated from the area after they were under siege for several days.

The official further added that the security personnel under the siege of the Taliban murderous Moslems were rescued from the area.

The Taliban group earlier claimed that several security personnel were killed during the clash with the Taliban Death Eaters.

Heavy festivities in Surkh Kotal erupted late on Saturday night as the security officials claimed that at least 28 Taliban murderous Moslems were killed or maimed.

The area fell to Taliban control despite continuous raids by the Afghan cops to disperse the assailant murderous Moslems.

The Ministry of Defense said Tuesday that 31 hard boyz were killed in the air and ground operations of the Afghan cops in Surkh Kotal and Baghlan Markzai district.

Surkh Kotal is located in the outskirts of Baghlan near province where and the area has been witnessing violence during the past several months.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghanistan signed draft peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan government has signed the draft peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
, Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Khan said.

He told news hounds that the draft agreement has been signed and will become enforceable once the Hezb-e-Islami party signs it.

Khan further added that the group has agreed to have no links with the anti-government armed bully boy groups, insisting that Hekmatyar’s only demand is to remove his name from the international blacklist.

Welcoming Hezb-e-Islami’s decision to join grinding of the peace processor, Khan said the agreement will have a positive impact on security situation of the country.

According to Khan, the exact location where Hekmatyar is based is not clear so far but insisted that the government welcomes his return to the country.

He also added that Hekmatyar has neither demanded any privileges for joining grinding of the peace processor nor any post in the government.

Khan said the draft agreement was signed by Hezb-e-Islami representatives and Afghan peace council officials in the residence of Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani.

Khan hoped that the international community will help in removing restrictions on Hezb-e-Islami party.

This comes as the United States earlier welcomed political negotiations between the Afghan government and Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

"We support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process for a negotiated resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan," said John Kirby, front man of the US Department of State.

denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
Kirby said the United States will continue to seek reconciliation conditions, including that any reconciled group must end the violence.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-i-Islami-Hekmatyar

Top militant commanders among 17 killed as A-29s target militant hideouts in Kunar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two top commanders of the anti-government armed bandidos Lions of Islam were killed in an Arclight airstrike by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Ghaziabad district.

According to a statement by 201st Silab Corps, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) used A-29 light attacks aircraft in the raid which left at least 17 dead including two commanders of the Lion of Islams.

The statement further added that the commanders killed in the Arclight airstrike have been identified as Hamza and Akbar.

A mortar and rocket launcher along with 3 Ak-47 assault rifles and various other types of explosives belonging to the bandidos Lions of Islam were also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups including the Taliban Lions of Islam have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan forces have stepped counter-terrorism operations to suppress the insurgency activities of the Lion of Islam groups as the Lions of Islam are attempting to increase terrorist attacks by launching their spring offensive.

The Afghan forces are vastly utilizing the newly-added state of the art equipment including the A-29 Super Tucano fixed-wing aircraft to suppress the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups.

The Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano pilots have flown more than 260 sorties since January when they received the first batch of the light attack aircraft from the United States.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

12-year-old suicide bomber arrested before targeting populated area of Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) thwarted a twin suicide kaboom plot in capital Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
by arresting one of the would-be jacket wallahs.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the detained would-be suicide bomber is a 12-year-old boy who was appointed by the Taliban group to carry out the attack.

According to MoI, the boy has been identified as Mohammad Yaqoob son of Sher Mohammad who has confessed that he was trained in Juma Khani training camp in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

Yaqoob has also added that the training camp was supervised by TAliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghafoor and was appointed by him to carry out the attack 20 days ago.

He was due to detonate a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in a populated area of the city while another suicide bomber was given the task target the crowd after the first kaboom.

MoI said the child managed to flee and was on his way to Kunduz province when he was enjugged
Please don't kill me!
by the security forces.

This comes as a teenage suicide bomber assigned for a suicide attack by the Taliban group was arrested by the Afghan intelligence operatives from Kabul city last month.

The Afghan children have regularly been recruited by the murderous Moslem groups, the Taliban and the Haqqani network for the terrorist related activities, including suicide attacks.

Madrasas are described as the main recruitment source for the murderous Moslem groups as poor families in Pakistain and Afghanistan send their sons to such madrassas for free education and lodging.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Terrorist act may be behind disappearance of EgyptAir flight: Egypt's civil aviation minister
[Al Ahram] Minister Sherif Fathy said a number of times in the press conference that Egypt does not refute the assumption that all scenarios are possible
Minister comes to obvious conclusion as fanatical death cult murders another planeload of people gong about lawful and mostly harmless business.

EgyptAir MS804 plane wreckage found
7:00pm Egypt's aviation ministry said a letter it received from the country's foreign ministry says that Greek authorities have found “floating objects” that are part of the plane wreckage.

Pieces of plastic as well as lifejackets have also been found near the island of Karpathos, the ministry added in a statement.

"Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected," EgyptAir said.

"The Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane."
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 14:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

EgyptAir Jet Disappears Over Mediterranean Sea
[NEWS.SKY] A Greek frigate searching for an EgyptAir jet which disappeared mid-flight from Gay Paree to Cairo has discovered two large floating objects in the Mediterranean.

Greek defence officials told Rooters pieces of white and red plastic were spotted close to an area where a transponder signal was emitted earlier.

The discovery came as Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy said the plane was more likely to have been brought down by a "terror attack" than a technical fault,

A search is under way for the jet which disappeared with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board - including one British national.

The fate of the plane is not yet known and officials have said it is too early to rule out any possibility, including terrorism, but all those on board are now feared to have died.

French President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
said "unfortunately the information we have ... confirms to us the plane came down and is lost", suggesting it crashed near the southern Greek island of Karpathos where the search is focused.

At the same time, Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos said the aircraft was in Egyptian airspace and flying at 37,000ft when it made "sudden swerves" and plunged to 15,000ft.

He said it swerved "90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right" before vanishing.

Authorities are examining CCTV footage at Charles de Gaulle Airport - and investigating an account from the captain of a merchant ship who reported seeing a "flame in the sky" some 130 nautical miles south of Karpathos.

Mr Fathy said there were no known security issues with the passengers who boarded the jet, but further checks were being made.
Additional reporting and lots of photos from the Daily Mail UK.
Our Egyptian news source, Al Ahram has live updates here.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 09:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [827 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Champ blames Global Warming.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/19/2016 12:03 Comments || Top||

#2  "Champ blames Global Warming."

And the Republicans. And the Tea Party. And Boooooosh. (Not necessarily in that order.)
Posted by: Barbara || 05/19/2016 15:47 Comments || Top||

Egyptair passenger plane goes missing at 37,000 feet near Cairo
An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar, the Egyptian airline says.

It says there are 59 passengers and 10 crew members on board Flight MS804.

The aircraft was flying at 37,000ft (11,300m) when it went missing over the eastern Mediterranean. An official said the plane lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time (00:45 GMT).
AoS at 1030 ET: moved to 'Africa North' and WoT. Almost certainly a terrorist attack. Fred has a later post with more details. Use this or the later post for comments; mods will put up posts later today if more significant news comes in. Readers who find something on the web should put the link into a comment (use the 'link' button!) and we mods will follow up. Thank you.
See also later article and link to live updates here.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [633 views] Top|| File under:

#1  good chance this will become a WoT story soon
Posted by: lord garth || 05/19/2016 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, my guess as well. Off radar at 37k feet, no report of technical difficulty from cockpit. NSA unveils new collection effort. Delays at TSA. I wonder what we've not been told ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2016 6:34 Comments || Top||

#3  The Mail: EgyptAir jet went into a 'sharp spin' and fell 22,000ft before vanishing from radar says Greek defence minister, as air safety chief says crash was 'almost certainly a terror attack'
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2016 7:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Struggle, then a suicide vest at 22,000 feet?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/19/2016 7:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Yesterday French Intel reported that "France was the country most threatened by the Islamic State and that IS was currently planning new attacks." This morning Hollande is "keeping an open mind" on the fate of the Egyptair flight. And tonight WH spokesperson Josh Earnest will explain to us that this is a clear indicator that ISIS is weak and losing because they are striking out in desperation...
Posted by: Tennessee || 05/19/2016 9:58 Comments || Top||

#6  And tonight WH spokesperson Josh Earnest will explain to us that this is a clear indicator that ISIS is weak and losing because they are striking out in desperation...

Not a great deal of comfort for the 66 who perished or their families.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2016 11:20 Comments || Top||

#7  It looks like there is a higher than usual number of "crew members" (10) on the flight?
Posted by: regular joe || 05/19/2016 11:28 Comments || Top||

#8  And tonight WH spokesperson Josh Earnest will explain to us that this is a clear indicator thatISIS is weak and losing because they are striking out in desperation. a workplace incident occurred, possibly involving someone involved with the justice system. /em> FIFY
Posted by: AlanC || 05/19/2016 11:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Have they said if the flight originated in Paris, or if it had another stop beforehand? Doesn't give me the warm and fuzzy feeling if a major international airport in a country that's had recent issues may have let something slip thru..
Posted by: IG-88 || 05/19/2016 12:07 Comments || Top||

#10  My gut says mechanical.

Egypt air is unlikely to have great maintenance and they jumped at the idea of a terrorist attack once it came up because that would make it the fault of French security. Also I think most bombers blow up earlier rather than later.

My gut could be totally wrong, sometimes its full of crap. Has anyone taken credit yet?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/19/2016 15:02 Comments || Top||

#11  the plane was in Tunisia, Brussels and East Africa earlier in the week
Posted by: lord garth || 05/19/2016 15:15 Comments || Top||

#12  rjschwartz, it is looking more and more like this is the right category. There seems to be video of a fireball in the sky at the time and vicinity of the downward spiral. I do still have this tidbit in my unconfirmed bracket; without a reference point and comparing the movement to the supposed spiral I can only take the word of the presenter, which is to say I don't, not automatically.

Also was the deal about losing contact quite soon after arriving in Egyptian airspace. That is a bit convenient and has me concerned about a couple different things.

Some wreckage has been found, but that does not help the why, at least not yet.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/19/2016 18:28 Comments || Top||


Identity Of Three People On Board EgyptAir Flight Raises Questions

The presence of three security officers on board the EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed Thursday night, has a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator speculating what the reason may be.

French transport chief Alain Vidalies told reporters it is “the usual practice” having multiple security officers on a flight. MS804 only had 66 people total on board, including passengers and crew.

However, Greg Feith, a former investigator with the NTSB, told MSNBC, “The only other reason to have security personnel like we do here in the U.S. is if they were transporting some sort of prisoner or someone of interest,” adding, “But most likely this was similar to our federal air marshals flying on this flight.”
Posted by: Thor Lumumba3940 || 05/19/2016 19:36 Comments || Top||

MiG crashes at Tobruk
An airforce MiG 21 crash landed at Tobruk’s Gamal Abdul El Nasser Air Base killing one of the two people on board, Colonel Mohamed Rabie. According to an official the crash was caused by technical problems.
The MiG-21, Russia's answer to the F-104 "Widowmaker"...
The aircraft was being used on a training flight. The trainee, Captain Abdulgader Ali, survived with minor injuries.

It is the second crash landing at the airbase in a week. On Saturday an air ambulance helicopter flying from Labraq crashed with four people aboard but there was no serious injuries.

The airbase also serves as the town’s airport.
Posted by: badanov || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

Libyan forces retake checkpoint south of Misrata
[AlArabiya] Libyan military forces said on Tuesday they recaptured one of the main checkpoints south of the city of Misrata from ISIS, reversing some of the gains the militant group made earlier this month.

Seven members of the armed forces were killed and 19 were wounded, including three who died in a mine explosion as they took control of the checkpoint of Abu Grain, Misrata hospital spokesman Aziz Issa said.

ISIS fighters had overrun the Abu Grain checkpoint, town and several nearby villages after carrying out coordinated suicide bomb attacks on May 5.

Abu Grain is about 140 km west of ISIS’ Libyan stronghold of Sirte, on the main road leading south from the port city of Misrata.

The military has yet to take full control of the area, however.

“There are skirmishes from time to time against the militants,” said Mohamed al-Gasri, a spokesman for an operation room set up by Libya’s UN-backed unity government. “We will keep making progress to clean Abu Grain town of those militants”.

The unity government arrived in Tripoli in late March. Western states hope it will replace two rival administrations that have competed for power in Libya since 2014 and unite the armed brigades that supported them to take on ISIS.

The new government has moved to establish itself in western Libya with the backing of brigades from Misrata, which gained power due to its central role in the uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi in 2011

The new government’s operations room says it is preparing an offensive to recapture Sirte, which has been controlled by ISIS since last year.

The unity government, however, has so far struggled to win formal backing from factions in eastern Libya, where military forces also say they are preparing for an offensive against Sirte.

ISIS controls a strip of coast about 250 km (155 miles) long around Sirte but it has struggled to hold ground elsewhere in the country.
Posted by: badanov || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Car bomb, clashes with IS kill 32 Libya unity govt forces
[FRANCE24] Thirty-two fighters loyal to Libya's unity government were killed in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists and a car bombing Wednesday near the IS stronghold of Sirte, the military said.

"The toll of today's martyrs reached 32, and 50 others were wounded," the operations room set up by the new Government of National Unity (GNA) said on its Facebook page and Twitter account late Wednesday, updating an earlier toll of 18 dead.

Of the earlier toll, seven died in a car bomb attack in Buairat el-Hassun, 60 kilometres (35 miles) west of Sirte and the others were killed in an IS foray in Abu Grein, further west, that the GNA recaptured on Tuesday.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Israeli rocket sirens blare in south as Sinai fighting heats up
[IsraelTimes] IDF says alert a false alarm; reports of kabooms were from fighting on Egyptian side of the border

Rocket Sirens blared in several communities adjacent to the southern Gazoo Strip Wednesday evening in what the IDF said was a false alarm.

Residents of the Eshkol region reported at least two kabooms, but the army said they were apparently the reverberations from fighting on the Egyptian side of the border.

There were no rockets fired into Israel, the army said.

The army has reportedly beefed up its troop presence along the Israel-Egypt border in light of the increase in hostilities between 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....
and Egyptian forces in the northern Sinai, Channel 10 reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

U.S. Special Forces take the fight to ISIS in Libya
[CNN] Misrata, Libya. It is a tiny, remote aircraft hangar, carved in the Sicilian rock decades ago, but now home to a new and vital front for the United States against ISIS.

U.S. Special Forces and surveillance flights are operating on the ground and over Libya as the West moves to boost security operations in the country to bolster Libya's increasingly desperate fight against ISIS.

Surveillance flights over the country's 2,000-kilometer (1,240-mile) coast have been in operation from the remote Sicilian island of Pantelleria for over a year, and Special Forces have recently increased their presence on the ground. Witnesses and Libyan officials told CNN they are in evidence near the city of Misrata, with an estimated dozen soldiers operating out of a base near the city.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Sicilian rock"?? I wonder if siliceous (rock with a large portion of silica) is meant?
Posted by: Flilet and Tenille1671 || 05/19/2016 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice, but I think they are referring to the island of Pantelleria, a Sicilian island in the Strait of Sicily. I ran out of time, but I am guessing that due to its location and size it was used in WWII as an airbase, using the island's natural formation to create hangers for protection against enemy attacks, being fairly close to British Malta and in the historic invasion routes between Sicily/(Now Libya) and the East/West Mediterranean.

I had not heard of it, not that I am an expert of the region, but wiki says fresh water is an issue on an otherwise fertile soil (volcanic) so I wonder if the island was always just a gimmie during wars or if a lack of a decent harbor reduced its military importance until the age of the airplane.

Pantelleria looks to be about 200 miles from Misrata, and quite close to Tripoli.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/19/2016 12:23 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Army Clears more Boko Haram Camps in Sambisa Forest
[THESTREETJOURNAL.ORG] The Nigerian Army has said that troops of 7 Division have on Tuesday cleared 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...
bandidos murderous Moslems out of their Njimia camp within Sambisa forest.

A statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Wednesday, said while advancing earlier in the morning on the same day, the troops also cleared Boko Haram terrorist’s camps at Alafa, where they encountered heavy resistance from Boko Haram bandidos murderous Moslems and killed 15 of them.

He said: "The troops continued their advance through Alafa Main, Alafa Extension and Alafa Yaga-yaga, where they cleared remnants of the Boko Haram bandidos murderous Moslems hibernating there before arriving at their main objective, Njimia.

"Apart from destroying the camps, the troops rescued 41 hostages who were mostly women and kiddies. The troops also recovered 2 Dane Guns, several vehicles, cycle of violences and bicycles belonging to the terrorists.

"One significant aspect of this feat today was the combination of ground forces assault, Nigerian Air Force Jets provision for combat air support and monitoring of the operation directly by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu on board Air Force reconnaissance aircraft.

"It is gratifying to note that no casualty was recorded by own troops through the conduct of this operatio.

"On Tuesday 17th May 2016, troops of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation MESA in Zamfara State, raided suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandidos camp at Yan Mangu forest, near Dandindin village, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

"The troops also tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
2 bandidos and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 7 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions, 3 locally made guns and 1 cycle of violence.

"The two suspects were arrested while attempting to flee from the camps.

"Nevertheless, the troops have destroyed all the bandidos’ camps in the forest and are further dominating the general area and other flash points with raids and patrols", it added.
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#1  If it weren't for the women and kiddies they could just use bug poison on them and set an example for the rest of Boko Haram to fear. I wonder how many of the kidnapped school girls they will find.
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The Grand Turk
Turkish warbirds pound Kurd kommies
[AlArabiya] Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, killing at least ten fighters, security sources said on Wednesday.

The military has been carrying out regular air strikes against positions of the outlawed group in the mountainous regions of northern Iraq, where it has camps near the Turkish border, after the collapse of ceasefire last year.

Meanwhile, four Turkish soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a military convoy blamed on PKK militants, the army said.

The military convoy was travelling on the road between Semdinli and Aktutun in the southeastern Hakkari province when it was hit by the roadside bomb left by the “separatist terror group,” the army said, using its customary phrase for the PKK.

The nine injured soldiers were taken to hospital, four of them in serious condition.

Following the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in summer 2015, Turkey has been waging an offensive against the PKK, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by Ankara and its Western allies.

Since then, hundreds of members of the Turkish security forces have been killed in attacks but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed no let up in the operation.

Violence spiked again over the last week, with eight soldiers dying in a single operation against the PKK also in Hakkari province and 16 villages blown up in the province of Diyarbakir after intercepting a truck laden with PKK explosives.

More than 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984 demanding a homeland for Turkey's biggest minority.

Since then, the group has pared back its demands to focus on cultural rights and a measure of autonomy.
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One killed, 17 injured in Peshawar blasts
PESHAWAR: A constable was killed and 17 other people injured when two remote-controlled bombs detonated one after another in Peshawar's Mithra area Wednesday morning.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Abdul Majid Marwat said the injured include 11 Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) members, Counter-terrorism Department personnel and police and six civilians.

Superintendent Police (SP) Cantonment Kashif Zulfiqar said the first remote-controlled bomb exploded as a police van was passing by, injuring a policeman and pedestrian. As BDS reached the scene, a second remote-controlled bomb detonated.

The injured have been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, while additional police personnel have been deployed in the area.

Around 4.5 kilograms of explosive material was used in the bombs, SSP Abdul Majid Marwat said.

JUI-F leader gunned down
Haji Alam Shah, a local leader of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F), was gunned down in Dera Ismail Khan on Monday morning.

Shah was shot dead at his residence in Paroa tehsil in DI Khan, according to local police. Three armed men entered his home and opened fire, killing him on the spot, police said.

Police have registered a First Information Report against unknown persons and started an investigation into the incident.
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4 militants shot dead
[DAWN] LAHORE: Four suspected gunnies were rubbed out near Gujranwala on Tuesday.

According to a front man for the Counter Terrorism Department, the Gujranwala district police officer received information that seven gunnies belonging to banned Al Qaeda were on their way to Lahore from Sialkot.

He said a police team intercepted the suspects near Aimanabad, asked them to surrender, but they shot up police officials. Policemen returned fire. When the firing stopped, four bandidos bully boyz were found killed by their accomplices and three others managed to escape, he added.

He said police recovered a car, a cycle of violence and 1kg of explosives with ball-bearings, three pistols of 30 bore, one AK-47 rifle, two rockets and four hand-grenades from the scene. The front man said the suspects had planned to attack important government installations.
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Diyala Daily Devastations: 3 wounded
3 wounded in tribal firefights

(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – A security source in Diyala Province announced on Wednesday, that three civilians, including a woman, were wounded in a tribal dispute northeast of Baqubah.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A tribal clash broke out in one of the nearby residential neighborhoods in Abi Sayda vicinity (35 km northeast of Baqubah), resulting in the wounding of three civilians, including a woman, with different injuries.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The security forces cordoned off the area and opened an investigation into the incident.”

400 families return to Baqubah

(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – On Wednesday, a local official in Diyali Province said about 400 displaced families have returned to their homes in the village of Mansouriya east of Baqubah.

Head of Mansouriya District Council, Ragheb al-Anbaky said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The 400 displaced families represent the third batch that had returned to Mansouriya village (7 km east of Mansuriya vicinity),” adding that, “The return of families was completed in coordination with high security committees.”

“The pace of the return will be doubled in the coming period,” he added.
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Ninevah Nightmares: 136 die
Kurd artillery kills 5 ISIS Bad Guys

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Kurdistan Democratic Party in Nineveh Province revealed on Tuesday, that five members of the so-called ISIS were killed in an artillery shelling launched by the Peshmerga forces in northern Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman in Nineveh, Saeed Mamousini, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The artillery of Peshmerga forces shelled a gathering of ISIS in Barima village in Bashiqah vicinity (22 km north of Mosul).”

Mamousini added, “The shelling resulted in the killing of five ISIS members, as well as destructing a military vehicle.”

ISIS kidnaps 35 wimmin in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh Province announced on Wednesday, that the so-called ISIS abducted 35 women in central Mosul.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS kidnapped 35 women from the center of Mosul to force them into Jihad marriage (Jihad el-Nikah) and present them to ISIS Mujahedeen followers.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “ISIS members herded the women to an unknown destination.”

99 Dead ISIS Turbans found in mass grave near Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Kurdistan Democratic Party in Nineveh Province revealed on Thursday, that a mass grave containing bodies of 99 ISIS members was found west of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman in Nineveh Saeed Mamousini said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “We found a mass grave belonging to ISIS terrorist members, who were killed in the aerial bombardments that were carried out by coalition aircraft and confrontations with the Peshmerga forces.”

Mamousini added, “The cemetery is located in the district of Baaj (100 km west of Mosul), containing the bodies of 99 members of ISIS.”

22 ISIS troops die in Iraqi airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Nineveh Province announced on Wednesday, that 22 ISIS fighters were killed in an air strike conducted by the international coalition aviation on ISIS headquarters northeast of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The Patriotic Union spokesman in Mosul, Ghyath Alsurja, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition was able to bomb ISIS headquarters in the village of Tiskhrab in Bashiqah vicinity (22 km north east of the city),” noting that, “The bombing resulted in the killing of seven members of ISIS.”

Alsurja added, “The international coalition aviation managed to bombard ISIS headquarters in Bashiqah District northeast of Mosul,” indicating that, “15 ISIS fighters were killed in the bombardment.”

Kurdd forces stop ISIS attack, 10 Bad Guys die

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A military source said on Wednesday, that the Peshmerga forces foiled an ISIS attack on the area of Kesk, killing 10 ISIS elements, west of Mosul.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, Peshmerga forces repelled an attack by ISIS militants on a site for the Peshmerga in the area of Kesk west of Mosul,” noting that, “ISIS used mortar shells and suicide bombers during the attack.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “These forces were able to kill around 10 [ISIS] militants including suicide bombers,” pointing out that, “The coalition’s aircraft contributed to the support of the Peshmerga forces.”
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Anbar Antics: 2+ die

Iraqi forces take 15 villages

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Wednesday the commander of al-Jazeera Operations Major General Ali Dabon announced, that the joint security forces managed to retake 15 villages from ISIS grip west of Anbar, while pointed out to the participation of Anbar tribal fighters, army forces and the international coalition aviation in this operation.

Dabon said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The liberated villages are located on the strategic road linking between Ain al-Assad air base, Haditha District and the right bank of the Euphrates River,” pointing out that, “These villages include al-Wardiya village, al-Rabey, Ewinat, Swinaj, Abul Ela, al-Braziya, and Juba village near the residential complex west of Anbar.”

Iraqi warbirds destroy mortar team, ISIS hideout

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Wednesday the commander of Anbar Operation Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that the security force destroyed a hideout and a mortar detachment belonging to the so-called ISIS south of Fallujah City east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, international coalition aviation backed by a force from Anbar Operations managed to bombard a hideout belonging to the terrorists south of Fallujah, resulting in the killing of five ISIS members, as well as destroying the hideout.”

“The international coalition aviation also bombarded a mortar detachment belonging to ISIS near al-Salam intersection south of Fallujah, destructing the detachment and killing its elements,” Mahalawi added.

Iraqi forces take 4 villages near al-Rutba

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Wednesday, Federal Police Command announced, that the security forces managed to liberate four villages in Rutba District west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad) from the ISIS control, while also dismantled 200 explosive devices.

The Federal police Captain Raed Shakir Jawdat said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A security force from the Federal Police’s 18th brigade was able, at noon today, to liberate the villages of Ownaya, Sowinakh, al-Sawor and Abli in Rutba District (460 km west of Ramadi) from the ISIS control,” noting that, “The liberation battles resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS members.”

Jawdat added, “The security forces also managed to destroy two vehicles belonging to ISIS, while dismantled 200 explosive devices emplaced by ISIS members,” indicating that, “The security forces were able to impose its full control on Baghdadi–Haditha road.”

Iraqi airstrike destroys 2nd mortar team

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahalawi, announced on Wednesday, that the international coalition aviation had managed to destroy a mortar detachment and kill 2 ISIS members during an aerial bombing east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with a force from Anbar Operations, had managed to bombard a mortar detachment belonging to the ISIS in Khalediya Island (23 km east of Ramadi),” noting that, “The [mortar] detachment was shelling the center of Khalediya District,” pointing out that, “The bombing resulted in the destruction of the detachment and killed two of the terrorists.”
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Baghdad bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 8 die

Iraqi militiaman dies in bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that six members of al-Hashed al-Shaabi were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast targeted their patrol in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, at noon today, targeting a patrol of al-Hashed al-Shaabi while passing in al-Yusufiya vicinity in southern Baghdad, killing one of its members and wounding five others, as well as causing material damage to the vehicle.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to Mahmudiyah Hospital to receive treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while a raid was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”

2 Iraqi kops die in bomb attack in Arab Jabour

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, a source in the Ministry of Interior announced, that five policemen were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a bomb exploded on a police patrol while passing in Arab Jabour area in southern Baghdad, resulting in the killing of two people and wounding of three others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

5 Iraqi soldiers die in bombing at al-Latifiya

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A security source said on Wednesday, that 16 elements belonging to the army had been either killed or injured in a bomb blast that took place in al-Latifiya south of Baghdad.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a booby-trapped house exploded in the area of al-Latifiya while an army force was carrying out an inspection [operation] in the area, resulting in the death of one officer and five soldiers, in addition to wounding 10 others.”

The source also added, “A security force blockaded the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine authority.”
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Bombings in Baghdad leave 72 dead
[DAWN] At least 72 people were killed and more than 140 maimed by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year.

The Death Eater Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group claimed one suicide kaboom which killed 38 people and maimed over 70 in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shia district of al-Shaab.

A boom-mobile in nearby Sadr City left at least 28 dead and 57 maimed, and another car blew up in the mixed Shia-Sunni neighbourhood of al-Rasheed, south of the capital, killing six and wounding 21, the sources said.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the arrest of the security official in charge of al-Shaab’s security after the attack, his office said in a statement, without giving a reason for the detention.

Attacks claimed by IS in and around the city last week killed more than 100 people, the highest corpse count in so few days so far this year, sparking anger and street protests over the government’s failure to ensure security.

Security had improved in Baghdad in recent years as sectarian tensions waned and the city’s perimeter was fortified. IS, which controls parts of north and west Iraq, has not tried to take the capital but carries out increasingly regular suicide kabooms there, hitting Shia areas and government targets.

With the latest corpse counts, fears are growing that Baghdad could relapse into the bloodletting of a decade ago when sectarian-motivated suicide kabooms killed scores of people every week.

This has cranked up pressure on Abadi who is struggling to solve a political crisis or risk losing control of parts of Baghdad to IS Death Eaters. Away from the capital, Iraq’s military is waging a counter-offensive against the group.

Abadi has said the crisis, sparked by his attempt to reshuffle the cabinet in an anti-corruption bid, is hampering the fight against IS and creating space for more krazed killer attacks on the civilian population.
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Overnight raids in West Bank net two senior Hamas members, wannabe knife attacker nabbed in Beersheva
[IsraelTimes] IDF confiscates a ’dragon’ musket in West Bank

Israeli troops tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
16 Paleostinian suspects, including two senior Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, members, in raids around the West Bank Tuesday night and seized what appears to be an antique muzzle-loaded blunderbuss from a house in Hebron, the army said.
Photo of the thing can be seen at the link.
Waspi Kabaha and Rafat Nasif were picked up for the affiliation with the Hamas terror organization, while the rest are suspected of so-called popular terrorism, a catch-all term used by the Israel Defense Forces for rock throwing, violent demonstrations and other minor offenses.

Kabaha, a former Hamas minister of prisoners, was arrested from his home in Jenin, according to the Ynet news site. Nasif, a senior member of the organization, has been in and out of Israeli prisons for decades. He was picked up in Nablus.

While on a raid in Hebron, soldiers from the Nahal Infantry Brigade uncovered the vintage flintlock musket and confiscated it. The dragon, which is the technical term for a blunderbuss pistol, was “handed over to security forces,” the army said in a statement. It was not clear if the dragon seized by Nahal soldiers was still in working condition, an IDF spokesperson said.

Blunderbusses, which were used primarily in the 18th century, feature a smooth bore, making them highly inaccurate, and can only be loaded with one round at a time. In order to reload the weapon, a shooter needs to clean the rifle, reload it with gunpowder by hand and then a new cotton-wrapped bullet is pushed down the barrel with a ramrod.m Its slow reloading and inaccuracy forced the blunderbuss out of use by the mid-19th century.

The 16 Paleostinians placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
overnight came from villages and cities around the West Bank, including Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Abu Dis, Beit Fajjar, Beit Umar and the Paleostinian village of Tekoa, which is adjacent to a Jewish settlement of the same name.

Police nab man at Beersheba bus station with knife

[IsraelTimes] Police say a man in his 20s is locked away
Please don't kill me!
after he is spotted at the entrance to Beersheba bus station with a knife in his bag.

The man, from an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev, flees the bus station when security guards try to detain him, and is apprehended after a police chase. The suspect is taken in for questioning by police.
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#1  Don't think many blunderbusses used ball ammo. Nails, scrap iron, etc.
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ISIS shoots down US drone
[ARA News] ERBIL – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday shot down an American drone in northern Iraq, the group claimed in a statement.

“In al-Ayadiyah town of Tal Afar district, our fighters downed an American drone this morning,” ISIS military leadership in Tal Afar said in a statement published by the pro-ISIS Amaq agency on Wednesday evening.

Local sources in Tal Afar told ARA News that the Ayadiyah town was exposed to fierce airstrikes on Wednesday midnight.

“After ISIS militants hit a drone for the US-led coalition in Ayadiyah, the coalition responded with a series of heavy airstrikes hitting ISIS strongholds with more than 30 rockets,” head of the Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.
Oh dear. Just when the mighty Lions of Islam were celebrating their victory, too.
The source reported that the coalition’s strikes on Tal Afar in western Nineveh province on Wednesday were targeting an ISIS-led brigade headed by Sufian Ahmed Yousef.

“Yousef is the commander of ISIS operations in Tal Afar district. The coalition had received information about his movements and he was expected to hold a meeting with other ISIS leaders in Ayadiyah on Wednesday. However, his death is not confirmed yet,” Zarari told ARA News on the phone.

The coalition’s warplanes also targeted al-Ashiq town in Tal Afar with several airstrikes, bombing an ISIS weapon’s storage centre, local sources reported.

It was not immediately clear how many ISIS militants were killed in Wednesday’s strikes.
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#1  Do they have access to manpads or something?

Is it possible we just dropped it there and blasted any observers who came to celebrate their glorious victory over the West?
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US training Arabs for Raqqa fight
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – US-led coalition spokesman Colonel Steve Warren on Wednesday confirmed that a group of 200 Arab fighters is being trained by the US for future operations in Raqqa, the de facto capital of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Recently, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that the battle for Raqqa would begin soon.

Coalition spokesman Warren refused to confirm if the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units and leading member of SDF] has political motivations to connect the cantons from Kobane until Afrin in northern Syria, but said their focus is to defeat ISIS in Raqqa and Mosul.

“I don’t know what their political motivations are. Our focus is to provide advice and assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces and to help them get better as they continue to pressure Raqqa,” he said.
A much better decision than training "moderate Muslims" who upon graduation toddle off to their ISIS or Al Nusra units, passing on their new knowledge and new American weapons.
“That’s, you know, recall the secretary of defense several months ago, you know, told us look at the map and see Raqqa and Mosul as the two centers of gravity, the two keys to unlocking all of this,” he added.

The US colonel said that they would keep their focus on both sides.

Moreover, he said that the SDF has just now graduated an additional class of 200 Arab fighters who are going to join the Syrian-Arab Coalition (SAC).

The US has two air strips in Syria northern Kurdish region, one in Kobane and another in Rumen. Moreover, the US forces have a training base where they train Arab fighters of the SAC, and the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“We call it the SAC. So, the SAC is continuing to gain strength, it’s continuing to grow, and we’ll continue to build up in posture for an eventual move against Raqqa. That’s what our focus is,” Warren said.

SDF spokesman Talal Silo previously told ARA News that so far no SDF forces were trained by the US-coalition.

“Right now there is only coordination with airstrikes and there are some officers that give advices and recommendations,” he said.

“So far, there is no training. The only training is by the SDF themselves and clear for everyone in the SDF camp in a village near al-Hasakah,” the SDF official spokesman told ARA News.

Speaking to ARA News, Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security, said the US wants to build parallel anti-ISIS coalitions to the Syrian Democratic Forces. “That is why [250] US Army Green Berets are being deployed to northeastern Syria,” he said.

“The United States military is utilizing areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria as a beachhead to expand the training and advising of local militia forces against ISIS. It is possible, but unlikely, that training is being done inside of northeastern Syria without the Syrian Democratic Forces being aware of it,” he said.
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#1  Syrian-Arab Coalition, oh, never mind. I thought we had gotten serious and called up the ghost of Curtis.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/19/2016 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I keep wanting the other thread to read B-29s.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/19/2016 15:49 Comments || Top||

Sporadic press gangs for youth in Latakia city to join regime army: activists
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Security forces of the Syrian regime have arrested dozens of young people in the city of Latakia, to taking them to mandatory recruitment in the Syrian army, which forced many people to stay indoors, amid a state of prevailing terror in the city.

Mohammed al-Sahili, correspondent of Media Network of Latakia reported that dozens of on-foot patrols, or the so-called flyer-barriers have wondered in streets of the city and arrested all males aged between 18 and 35 years, the number of detainees exceeded 100 in Tuesday since morning till evening.

Al-Sahili added: "the city was in a state of panic because people who arrested were either queuing at bakeries or wondering in the market or sitting at cafes.

Moreover, the fixed barriers forced young people to get off the buses and taxis and arrested them.

Al-Sahili detailed that even those who have evidence postponing the service for university study or a copy of the family book showing that the person was an only-child did not work. All arrested young men were sent to the recruitment centers to be taken to the mandatory military service or a backup.

Well informed sources reported to Zaman Al that some detainees were released after paying bribes to officers in the Recruitment centers or according to recommendation from senior army officers.

Sources confirmed that advices were given to young men who were released to leave the country to avoid repeating the same experience with them their detention.

Zaher, one of detainee young men mentioned that his father was able to pay one million Syrian pound to release him, he swore that he would leave the country in any way.

A state of panic has occupied parents whom sons had not returned home. One of them Abo Amjad, from Salaiba neighbourhood, who started worrying because his only son had not returned from University. “I do not want to lose my only son in fighting with the Syrian regime, if he came back, I would hide him at home” said in panic.

The sound of Om Maher’s cry was heard from outside the house saying: “bring me my son, he is ill, he cannot fight.”

The Syrian regime had started similar campaign to collect youth for mandatory recruitment in different areas like jableh.

Experts explained that there a continuous depletion of the manpower of the National Syrian Army over the period of 5 years, resulted in significant reduction in soldiers number. For example, according to Abo Ayham, the field commander for a military formation in the countryside of Latakia confirmed that dozens of soldiers were killed within 5 days of the battle of al-Hadada, and the same happens in different fronts, which gives an indicator to the amount of loss in manpower of the National army.

“Arresting and mandatorily recruiting youth is expected, otherwise how would the regime compensate for all those losses in soldiers, we advise youth to hid at home or to come to the liberated areas to help them in departing the country.

A recent report from the U.S ministry of defense revealed that almost 100 thousand members of the National Syrian Army were killed since the beginning of the Syrian revolution.
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Latakia: regime forces press to take Hadadeh village
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian regime forces backed by Shiite militias have extended their attack on Jabal al-Akrad in Latakia province for the fifth day, breaching a partial ceasefire deal announced last week, activists said.

Regime forces are pressing hard to take al-Hadadeh village as rebel factions show unprecedented stubborn and solidarity.

Abu al-Laith, rebel commander said "despite Russian aerial backup, regime army has failed to take al-Hadadeh town." Rebels are united and solid, added.

Activist Abdul Rahman al-Lathqani said regime troops backed by aerial bombing had made slow advance near al-Hadada village on Sunday.

The aerial bombing has also targeted villages of Kabbana, Tuffahiya, Ein Hor in Jabal al-Akrad, and villages of Job Torous and Klaz in Jabal Turkmen.

Washington and Moscow agreed on fragile ceasefire deal in Damascus and Latakia on April 30 after the collapse of 'Cessation of Hostilities' deal that w ent into effect on February 27.
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13 civilians killed in regime air strikes on al Rastan- Homs
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A deadly air strike on a key city in the northern countryside of Homs left 13 people, mostly family members, dead, activists and monitor said Wednesday.

Syrian regime warplanes carried out 5 strikes on al-Rastan city, killing 15 people from the same family.

Activists posted footage on social media showed scattered bodies for women and children.
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Kurdish security forces clash with regime army in Hasaka city
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Dozens including civilians were maimed and killed by festivities between regime forces and Kurdish security forces, the Asayish, on Wednesday in the city of Hasaka over dispute who will guard 9 grade exams center, according to a Kurdish activist in Hasaka.

Activist Abed al-Ali said festivities have erupted between Asayish and regime forces in the central market in Hasaka city between al-Qamishli Street to the west, al-Khabour Street to the east, and Filistin Street in the south where the Kurdish Asayish is stationed in Marshou Square.

Al-Ali told Zaman al-Wasl, the festivities erupted when the Kurdish militia attempted to enter the exams center in al-Mwahada Syriac School which is guarded by regime forces near Filistin Street in the center of the city. Al-Ali pointed out that the lieutenant in charge of the center banned them from entering which led to a dispute between the two parties. The dispute turned into festivities in which one personnel from al-Hajaneh forces was killed and several injured from both forces.

A state of paranoia and panic hit the students who were performing biology exam in the centers near to the festivities area. They were locked into schools between 9 and 10 a.m. Several civilians were maimed and transported to hospitals, al-Ali added.

Asayish militia said on its official Facebook page that, "the regime mercenaries are shooting heavy fire in the central market in Hasaka city and they are spreading panic between locals and civilians." Without adding anymore details.

Similar festivities took place on 20 April between Asayish and National Defense Forces militia in the center of Qamishli city north of Hasaka which killed 17 personnel related to Kurdish militias subordinate to People’s Protection Units (PYD) and 20 personnel from regime and NDF forces.

In addition, the April festivities killed 17 civilians during the fight. The festivities ended in the fourth day by a truce and exchange of captives.

Regime, YPG and 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....
control Hasaka province. PYD controls the biggest area while regime controls security points and military divisions in the surrounding of Hasaka and Qamishli cities. On the other hand, Isis controls Markada town in the farthest south of the province.
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Aleppo: Tens of civilians freed by Kurdish militia after swap deal with rebels
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Dozen of families held captive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo city have been freed due to swap deal with Division 16 who released 16 SDF militants in return, the rebel group said on Wednesday.

A footage posted on social media by the Division 16 said tens of civilians including women and children, have been freed in the exchange deal.

The freed militants were fighting under banner of Jaish al-Thuwar, key unit in the Kurdish-led alliance.

On Monday, a similar deal took place between SDF and Ahrar la-Sham movement in the Kurdish-dominated neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud.
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At least 80 regime troops killed west of Damascus
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 80 regime troops have been killed and 170 more maimed in the ongoing offensive on Khan al-Sheeh town on the western outskirts of Damascus, activists said.

Local Coordinations committees said regime forces are planning to overrun Khan al-Sheeh, the key Western Ghouta suburb,taking advantage fro the Russian aerial support and allied militias.

Rebel factions have inflicted humiliating defeats on regime forces, according to activists since 250 troops have been killed and maimed.

Activist Diaa' Assoud said regime helicopters had dropped about 50 crude barrel bombs on Khan al-Sheeh in the past two days as Russia's warplanes carried out 6 raids on Wednesday.

7 civilians, including two children, were killed on Tuesday when regime forces opened fired on minibus in Khan al-Sheeh town.
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