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Approx 20 50 dead inside Florida gay nightclub after mass shooting - possible Islamic connection
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Yesterday's outage
We were down for a few hours yesterday because of an outage at our hosting company. They had a power supply failure and we happened to be in the bank of machines affected. That's the first major failure I can remember with them and I've been with them for going on twenty years, so I don't expect another one soon.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whew -- glad that's taken care of. Thank you for everything, Fred.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Nothing I could do this time but sit and wait.
Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 0:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Not even any thumb twiddling? ;-) I put a comment that it was back up under your announcement on Rantburg's Facebook page.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 0:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you all for your careful administration.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/12/2016 0:39 Comments || Top||

#5  No noticeable effect here. If, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if it happens again, please notify.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 6:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Good. Chinese hackers had their fun I guess. Even could have been some here working for O. Lets see if other outlets have sudden issues.
Posted by: Dale || 06/12/2016 9:37 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
IS Fighters Kill Six Afghan Police
[An Nahar] 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....
fighters stormed a police base in eastern Afghanistan Saturday, killing at least six officials in a pre-dawn attack, months after the government claimed to have defeated the group.

The attack in Haska Mina district in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, bordering Pakistain, comes a day after three worshippers were killed and 70 others maimed in a bombing inside a mosque during Friday prayers in the restive province.

"The district police chief Shah Mahmood was martyred along with five other coppers" in Saturday's attack, Ataullah Khogyani, front man for Nangarhar's governor told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"Eleven ISIS fighters were also killed and seven others were maimed," he added, using the Arabic acronym for the group.

IS fighters are making inroads into Afghanistan, winning over sympathisers, recruiting followers and challenging the Taliban on their own turf, primarily in the country's east.

But in March Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
announced that the Islamists had been defeated after local security forces claimed victory in a months-long operation against the group.

The group also intermittently airs propaganda through a mobile radio station, which the government claimed to have destroyed in an air strike in February.

Militant strikes have recently increased in Nangarhar. Those killed during Friday prayers in Nangarhar's Rodat district included the prayer leader and a child, officials said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
IS retreats into Sirte centre, reported cut off
Tripoli, 11 June 2016:

An IS counterattack on Sirte port which the terrorists lost to Bunyan Marsous forces last night, was beaten off at noon today. IS are now encircled in the town though it is unclear if the cordon of Misratan-led forces is so tight that no IS people could slip away.

Along with the fall of the port, which is to the east of Sirte, a suburb nearby was also taken. The terrorists also lost a base in which Al Jazeera reported Nigerian Boko Haram fighters had been staying.

A local commander, Mohamed Al Hassan warned the network, as he stood in front of IS banners outside the camp gate, that IS had been weakened but they were not yet beaten.

In the course of the day warplanes from Misrata carried out six bombing raids on IS positions in the centre of the town. Artillery salvoes were also unleashed. The main target appears to be the Ouagadougou centre which has been used by IS as their main headquarters.

One symbolic location to the west of the town that has been overrun by Misratan forces was the Jafran roundabout in the centre of which IS used to hang out the orange jump-suited corpses of their murdered victims. Photos taken by advancing fighters of the grim framework on which the dead were tied in a cruciform position were posted today on social media. A later report said the framework had been torn down.

The key terrorist tactic that had challenged the Bunyan Marsous advance has been a combination of vehicle bombs and booby traps. An SVBIED (Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device) was launched at attackers yesterday but sources say that the IS fighters have not left behind the expected array of devices. This may be because they were overrun before they could rig them and perhaps because they are running short of explosives and armoured vehicles on which to launch them toward their attackers.
Posted by: badanov || 06/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Seven civilians killed by shelling in Benghazi: hospital official
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least seven civilians have been killed and eight maimed by shelling in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a hospital official said on Saturday.

He said the shelling had taken place on Thursday and Friday in residential areas close the frontlines in Benghazi, which has seen heavy fighting in some neighborhoods over the past two years.

Forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
launched a campaign against Islamists and other opponents in Benghazi in 2014. Haftar’s forces made substantial gains earlier this year, but fighting on the edges of the city has continued.

A special forces front man, Fadel al-Hassi, said shelling over the past two days had come from the Sabri and Souq al-Hut districts in northern Benghazi, where Haftar’s opponents have been holding out. The claim could not immediately be verified.

Earlier this week jets pounded Sabri and Souq al-Hut and at least six men from Haftar’s forces were killed in fighting on the ground.

Libya has been in turmoil since veteran ruler Muammar Qadaffy
...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse...
was forced from power in an uprising five years ago. A United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
-backed unity government is designed to replace two rival governments that have competed for power from Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
and from the east since 2014, backed by complex alliances of gangs.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan Forces 'Retake Port' in Jihadist Bastion Sirte
[An Nahar] Forces allied with Libya's unity government said Saturday they had recaptured the port in the jihadist stronghold of Sirte from 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 fighters who are now surrounded inside the city.

The fall of Sirte, the hometown of ousted dictator Moamer Qadaffy, would be a major setback to the holy warriors who have also lost territory in Syria and Iraq where they have declared an Islamic "caliphate".

The Libyan forces also retook a residential area in the east of Sirte, the main IS base in the North African country, a front man for the forces, Rida Issa, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The jihadists are now encircled in an area of around five square kilometres inside the city, he said.

The rapid pace of the anti-IS advance has surprised the Libyan authorities.

"The battle wasn't as difficult as we thought it would be," a Libyan government official said Friday.

Foreign intelligence services estimate the Death Eater group has 5,000 fighters in Libya, but its strength inside Sirte and the number of civilians living in the city are unclear.

Libya's unity government forces have fought fierce street battles with the jihadists around a sprawling Qadaffy-era conference centre which once hosted international summits but now houses an IS command centre.

An AFP correspondent at the scene reported heavy street fighting on Friday about two kilometres (one mile) from the Ouagadougou centre.

- 'We won't back down' -GNA forces used tanks, rocket launchers and artillery, the correspondent said, while the jihadists responded with machineguns, mortar rounds and sniper fire.

"We are fighting between houses, on the streets, and we won't back down before we eliminate them," said one GNA combatant, who declined to be named.

Warplanes have carried out air strikes around the conference centre and other IS positions inside the city, according to social media accounts belonging to the anti-jihadist operation.

Eleven members of the forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were killed and 45 maimed on Friday, mostly by sniper fire, Issa said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Bangladesh
Bangladesh Arrests 37 'Islamist Militants' in Crackdown
[An Nahar] Bangladesh police have placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
37 suspected Islamist holy warriors as part of a nationwide crackdown on jihadists, an official said Saturday, following a spate of murders of minorities and secular activists.

Police officials said more than 1,000 people were detained after the anti-militant drive was launched across the Moslem-majority country on Friday, although that number included regular arrests.

"In the last 24 hours, 37 Islamist holy warriors were arrested. They included 27 members of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)," A.K.M Shahidur Rahman, deputy police inspector general told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"Police have also seized one weapon, explosives and ammunition from their possession," he added.

Nine members of the JMB, a banned hard boy outfit, were arrested in Rajshahi, Shariful Islam, a police inspector in the northwestern district, told AFP.

Suspected Islamists have carried out several attacks in Rajshahi in recent months, including the killing of a liberal professor in April.

Police have blamed the JMB for most of the murders of minorities and secular activists in the last three years, which have seen nearly 50 people brutally killed.

The murders have spiked in recent weeks, with a gruesome wave of killings that has spanned from the capital Dhaka to remote parts of the north and coastal south.

On Friday, a Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death in the northwestern district of Pabna.

Also this week, an elderly Hindu priest was found nearly decapitated in a rice field, a Christian grocer was hacked to death near a church and the wife of an anti-terrorism officer was stabbed and shot.

Most of the latest attacks have been claimed either by 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 or by a South Asian branch of al-Qaeda.

Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums..
's government has, however, blamed homegrown Islamists for the attacks, rejecting claims of responsibility from the international jihadist groups.

The JMB is one of the main domestic hard boy outfits suspected of the murders, with police shooting dead five members of the group since Tuesday.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh


Caribbean-Latin America
Colombia Detains Asian Migrants Deserted by Human Traffickers
[An Nahar] Thirty-seven South Asian migrants colonists without visas have been detained in Colombia after they were abandoned by human traffickers, officials said Friday.

They were found near the town Riosucio that borders Panama after being "abandoned by individuals who transported them from one country to another," said the Colombian Navy in a release.

The migrants colonists -- 36 men and one woman -- came from Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistain.

Officials transferred them to the port town Turbo on the coast of the Gulf of Uraba, part of the Caribbean Sea. There they received food and medical attention before taken into the custody of migration authorities, said the statement.

Colombian officials have intercepted 322 undocumented individuals in Turbo, the majority Cuban, who are now in a shelter awaiting word from migration officials who will decide if they can stay, said Emelides Munoz, Turbo's government secretary.

Within the past 15 days more than 750 undocumented migrants colonists have been placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
throughout Colombia.

The country has deported more than 6,000 people since the beginning of the year, arresting nearly 4,000 in Turbo and the town Capurgana, both close to the Panamanian border.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking


The Grand Turk
3 suspects jailed over Istanbul car-bomb attack
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says three suspects have been ordered jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
pending prosecution in connection with a car-kaboom in Istanbul that killed 11 people.

Anadolu Agency says the court in Istanbul on Saturday charged one of the suspects with premeditated murder and membership in an armed organization, while the two other suspects were charged with membership in an armed organization.

There was no information on what role they played in Tuesday's attack which targeted a riot police vehicle and killed six coppers and five civilians.

A Kurdish Death Eater group, considered to be an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, grabbed credit for the attack and warned tourists that Turkey was no longer secure for them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:


Turkish warplanes kill 13 PKK militants in southeast
[Iran Press TV] Turkish warplanes have conducted fresh Arclight airstrikes against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), killing 13 holy warriors of the group in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

According to Turkish military sources, the holy warriors were spotted by drones in the Lice district of Diyarbakir on Saturday.

Turkish military said fighter jets also struck PKK positions in the provinces of Siirt and Hakkari as well as in northern Iraq.

The army also said two Turkish soldiers were killed and four others sustained injuries in festivities with PKK holy warriors in Hakkari on Friday.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio had his hands full of angry bleached blonde...
the Turkish General Staff, in a statement released on Friday, announced that Air Force fighter jets launched two aerial attacks against the mountainous Daglica area of Hakkari province earlier in the day, killing ten PKK members in the process.

Separately, three PKK holy warriors were killed during a counter-terrorism operation in the Ipekyolu district in Van province on Friday.

Posted by: Fred || 06/12/2016 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
Mateen Dad ran for AFG Presidency, supported Taliban, Possibly Pashtun
The father of Omar Mateen, identified by police as the man behind the carnage at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, is an Afghan man who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban.

Seddique Mateen, who has been referred to as Mir Seddique in early news reports, hosted the "Durand Jirga Show" on a channel called Payam-e-Afghan, which broadcasts from California. In it, the elder Mateen speaks in the Dari language on a variety of political subjects. Dozens of videos are posted on a channel under Seddique Mateen's name on YouTube. A phone number and post office box that are displayed on the show were traced back to the Mateen home in Florida. Mateen also owns a nonprofit organization under the name Durand Jirga, which is registered in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

In one video, Mateen expresses gratitude toward the Afghan Taliban, while denouncing the Pakistani government.

"Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up," he said. "Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon."

The "Durand Line issue" is a historically significant one, particularly for members of the Pashtun ethnic group, whose homeland straddles the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Durand Line is that border. It is not clear whether the Mateens are Pashtun. The Afghan Taliban is mostly made up of Pashtuns.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 14:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [449 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Falling apple, tree.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 15:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Damn the NRA has an extensive reach.

Conservative Xtians and their public health issues.



/s
Posted by: AlanC || 06/12/2016 16:19 Comments || Top||

#3  It's not about religion.
Posted by: KBK || 06/12/2016 18:39 Comments || Top||


Approx 20 50 dead inside Florida gay nightclub after mass shooting - possible Islamic connection
[CNN] Approximately 20 people people are dead inside Pulse nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the club. At least 42 people have been transported for medical treatment, he said.
Photo of 29 year old gunman Omar Mateen. TMZ link
Police have shot and killed the gunman, Mina told reporters.

"It's appears he was organized and well-prepared," the chief said, adding that he had an assault-type weapon and a handgun.

Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved.

The shooting began around 2 a.m., and an officer responded, Mina said. The officer engaged in a shoot out outside the club. The gunman then ran into the club.

"That turned into a hostage situation," Mina said.

More police rushed to the scene and broke down a door with an armored vehicle. At that point police shot and killed the gunman, Mina said.

CNN affiliate WKMG video captured club goers carrying injured people from the club.

FOX news, same story.

FBI reportedly investigating as an 'act of terrorism.'

Aljazeera reporting.

Guardian reporting.

50 dead in Orlando nightclub terrorism attack, state of emergency declared
[ORLANDOSENTINEL] One gunman armed with a pistol and an assault rifle killed 50 people and injured 53 more at a gay Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning in the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

Federal and local authorities are investigating the massacre as a possible terrorist attack and say the gunman may be an Islamic bully boy. The man, whom officials have identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, was killed after a shootout with Orlando police.

Police Chief John Mina said Mateen fired the first shot about 2:02 a.m. at an Orlando police officer and then ran into the club, which held more than 200 people. Details about exactly what happened inside the club were unclear, but police said handled it as a hostage situation.

By 5 a.m., the police department's SWAT team opened fire. They distracted Mateen with an bomb and plowed into the building with a vehicle. When officers went inside, they discovered 50 dead, including Mateen, and 53 injured.

Mina said nine officers were involved in the shooting, and one sustained an injury to his eye and was saved by his helmet.

Mina credited his officers with rescuing 30 hostages from the club, Pulse Orlando, on 1912 S. Orange Ave., which is just south of downtown Orlando and near Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared the city in "a state of emergency" and Gov. Rick Scott, who is on his way here, extended it to all of Orange County.

"Tonight our community witnessed or experienced a very horrific crime," Dyer said.

In an attempt to shift family members away from ORMC, where many of the injured were taken, authorities set up an information center at a nearby hotel, Hampton Inn at 43 Columbia Street and urged relatives to call 407-246-4357.

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, called the attack a "hate crime" because the shooting happened at a gay club.

Video shows shots being fired at Pulse nightclub
Video recorded by a witness shows the scene at Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando during a mass shooting.
"It's no coincidence the attack took place where it did and when it did," he said.

Authorities said there is no indication of future attacks in Florida or across the nation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation.

Mina said the situation is not related to a separate shooting Friday inside The Plaza Live theater in Orlando, where a man opened fire, killing former NBC's "The Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie and himself.

'I saw fire coming out of his gun'

It was Latin night at the club.

Christopher Hansen, who was inside, said he dropped to the floor when he heard about 40 gunshots. People ran from the bar as coppers screamed for everyone to leave.

"I just fell down and crawled out," said Hansen, 23.

"I helped someone who was on the ground. I wasn't sure if he was dead or alive," he said.

As people fled the club, Pulse Orlando posted a note to its own page that said, "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running."

Mina said some people trapped inside the club hid in the bathrooms and called 911.

Rosie Feba was there with her girlfriend for the first time.

"She told me someone was shooting. Everyone was getting on the floor," Feba said. "I told her I didn't think it was real, I thought it was just part of the music, until I saw fire coming out of his gun."

Feba and her girlfriend ran out of the club. On the way out, they saw a man who had been shot.

Feba grabbed him. Others around her called 911. Some of the man's blood stained the sleeve of her striped T-shirt.

Both Feba and her girlfriend were unharmed, but shaken. They waited in a CVS parking lot for more information.

Victims experiencing emotional trauma related to the shooting can dial 2-1-1 for support, said Ashley Blasewitz of the Heart of Florida United Way.

Looking for family

Many of the victims were taken to ORMC, where family members gathered, hoping to get information.

Florida Hospital wouldn't comment on whether it was treating any of the injured, but said they can check on names for families.

Mina called the mass shooting "absolutely terrible. ... one of the worst tragedies we’ve seen."

He said the immediate priority is to identify the dead and injured and notify their next of kin, something that he said would require people to be patient.

"Unfortunately this tragedy and the amount of bodies that are in there, the amount of victims, is going to take some time," Mina said.

Carlos Muniz went to OPD headquarters after the shooting to give an interview.

"It was massacre, basically," said Muniz, who was in the club at the time of the shooting. "And one of our friends is missing."

Muniz initially thought the shots were part of the music.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti...
authorities scoured the area for bombs, using robotic devices and K-9s. In addition to carrying the weapons, Mina said Mateen was possibly wearing an explosive "device."

Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, urged people to pray on what he called "a heart-breaking morning."

"It’s a horrible tragedy. We are mourning, We are sad. We are heart-broken," he said.

A mass shooting, he added, "is the worst nightmare, and we are sorry to know that it happened to us."

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1746 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Obviously one of those violent Trump supporters.

/s

If this turns out to be a Muzzie Trump will probably get a big lift.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/12/2016 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, the longer it goes without the shooters name and pic splashed all over the media, the more certain it is that the gunman wasn't Billy-Bob Redneck the notorious Tea Partier/Trumper.

I'm certain that the left-leaning punditocracy is weeping into their Sunday morning mimosas over that. OTOH, the CAIRistas are tuning up their patented "not a real Muslim/ROP/Backlish" whine to the point where it will sound like an old-fashioned air raid warning siren when they cut it loose.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 06/12/2016 8:24 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm certain that the left-leaning punditocracy.....

is working feverishly to craft the connection between Trump's Islamic immigration and visa cautions and helpless mooslim victims of racism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 8:36 Comments || Top||

#4  If there's lots of reporting on obooboo's golf and his daughter's graduation parties, you will know the "angry white male" shinola was not going to pass muster on this story...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Fox: FBI sez he's made terror threats in past. Bragged about belonging in Islamic extremist group

so, a known terorist
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 8:57 Comments || Top||

#6  While ISIS cheers the carnage, the media unwraps their "lone wolf extremist" hog wash non-judge mentalism paragraph.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 06/12/2016 9:18 Comments || Top||

#7  One thing for certain you can no longer believe the media. We had a young fellow found dead in a river here. Drugs were the cause no foul play in bold letters in headline. Rumors were incorrect. Reality is he owed 10000 to a drug gang and they sent a fellow to fix the problem. When the problem was fixed it set an example. Drugs are everywhere all across this country. With this administration everything fails.
Posted by: Dale || 06/12/2016 9:33 Comments || Top||

#8  [UPDATE: 9:10] CBS News has identified the shooter as Port St. Lucie resident Omar Mateen, a US citizen.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 9:35 Comments || Top||

#9  and when will the first 'if only we had gun control' comment beissued?
fwiw: this is not in the on line seattle times this morning at all
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/12/2016 9:38 Comments || Top||

#10  Welcome to the battlefield, in the ongoing game of Islamic whack-a-mole. You can either a) try to talk your shooter out of shooting you or b) return fire. There is no middle ground.
Posted by: badanov || 06/12/2016 9:41 Comments || Top||

#11  Afghan parents
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 9:47 Comments || Top||

#12  Was he just a gay-hating muzz (oops, redundancy alert), or did he have "boyfriend problems?" Inquiring minds want to know, but don't expect the gummint aligned media to supply any answers...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 9:50 Comments || Top||

#13  Do you think the Left will take notice now that the muzzies have attacked something they do care about, or does the suicide pact remain in effect?

My prediction - blame it on global warming and try to ban guns.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/12/2016 9:51 Comments || Top||

#14  ...Have been thinking about something all morning, and I hope I can put this with some coherence: What if those predisposed to terrorism and those who are specifically sent here to commit terror actually believe Donald Trump? What if they are starting to believe that Trump will not only be elected, but will go after them unlike anyone previously? What if they fear he will never let them swamp us the way they have other nations? What if they fear he will deal with them the way they deal with others?

What if they think that now is the time to strike, before he can stop them?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/12/2016 9:58 Comments || Top||

#15  Mike, that's exactly what "they." the GOPe and the dem crime machine ALL think...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 10:04 Comments || Top||

#16  What if they think that now is the time to strike, before he can stop them?

A good way to get Mr. Trump elected, despite the headwinds of non-support by the Republican establishment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 10:07 Comments || Top||

#17  FrankG, thank you for staying on top of this story as it developed this morning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 10:09 Comments || Top||

#18  Registered Democrat
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 10:10 Comments || Top||

#19  They were able to put the San Bernardino shooting to 'use' to further gun control even as they did their 'nothing to see here' bit about it being morghul immigrants.
Posted by: Phans Thavirong9072 || 06/12/2016 10:12 Comments || Top||

#20  True #14 but I believe they don't care and will continue. Psychotic as any liberal. That's why they refuse to adapt.
Posted by: Dale || 06/12/2016 10:13 Comments || Top||

#21  "If we just get rid of your icky guns, import more pisslamists and get a sharia-friendly Supreme Court, these trouble will soon be over" NYT / WAPO / LA Times editorials in 3...2...1...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

#22  Also time for Seattle / Portland / SanFran mayors to appear on the Sunday shows saying "...we are open minded - we welcome gays and gay hating sharia freaks alike..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||

#23  Daily Mail (UK) reporting:

"An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism, adding that they are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.

Police said the gunman, who was shot dead by officers, was believed to be in his 20s, while the FBI believe he may have 'leanings to radical Islamic terrorism'."

Lesson learned. Shooting random people is never terrorism. Shooting gays is.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/12/2016 10:27 Comments || Top||

#24  The shooter had a CCL.
Posted by: badanov || 06/12/2016 10:36 Comments || Top||

#25  No doubt one of those misunderstanders of Islam (1). ABC news already had an apologist on giving all the same platitudes. I wonder if they had him on call or flew him in something.

According to the FBI spokesman they are trying to determine if it was a violent crime....

(1) - That seem to comprise the vast majority of Muslims.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/12/2016 10:40 Comments || Top||

#26  The death toll now stands at 50 dead, 50 wounded.
Posted by: badanov || 06/12/2016 10:41 Comments || Top||

#27  According to the FBI spokesman they are trying to determine if it was a violent crime....

Of a piece with how the FBI is not trying to determine if swillary committed any crimes unfortunate choices...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 10:45 Comments || Top||

#28  ABC news is allergic to the word 'gay' this morning. If it could be linked to a Christian church in any way you can bet that 'gay' would be every third word...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/12/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||

#29  As Churchill said, mankind will occasionally stumble upon the truth, but then get up and stagger on nonetheless. Sad part is probably all the gay outreach to "frightened muslims" on college campuses right now...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 10:55 Comments || Top||

#30  So much for the Rainbow Coalition. This is the left's worst nightmare: one protected group launching a high-profile, too-big-to-ignore attack on another protected group. It's sort of like dueling unicorns.
Posted by: Matt || 06/12/2016 10:59 Comments || Top||

#31  This will just be reported as "workplace violence" - I guess for the bar staff. 'Gotta bury the lede .... nothing to see here, move along...
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 06/12/2016 11:03 Comments || Top||

#32  It's sort of like dueling unicorns

Exactly. Only problem is, unicorn believers think the fight always ends with both unicorns living together happily ever after.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 11:03 Comments || Top||

#33  The local news station just pinged my cell phone with the CNN version of the story Besoeker originally posted. It will be interesting to see how that reporting changes over the day, a control to understand what is being fed to the general public.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 11:04 Comments || Top||


#35  Fox news is reporting the FBI seems to be walking back Islamic terrorism and wondering if this is a hate crime ....wonder if it was ValJar or Rice who made the call . Look for Benghazi spin machine and Rhodes fingerprints.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 06/12/2016 11:20 Comments || Top||

#36  FBI seems to be walking back Islamic terrorism

Of course. Paul Krendler sleeps late on Sundays...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 11:23 Comments || Top||

#37  Somebody been making youtube videos again?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/12/2016 11:23 Comments || Top||

#38  The shooter had a CCL

He didn't cause a 100 casualties with a hand gun.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/12/2016 11:29 Comments || Top||

#39 

Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 11:30 Comments || Top||

#40  Local news station is an ABC affiliate. They pinged my phone with a live special report. Updated casualty numbers, teary plea from mother of a victim, killer named, no claims by "overseas terrorist groups"... but then statement that groups like ISIS hate homosexuals as a matter of religious principle, killer may have self-radicalized.

Richard Clarke, identified as former terrorism czar now being interviewed -- question to him about "proliferation of lone wolves like San Bernadino", his answer we differ from Europe: they have organized cells, we have self-radicalized lone wolves, this one was born here. This club had an off-duty police officer as hired guard. We cannot protect soft targets. Must pursuade people that terrorism is not proper Islam.

If cannot pursuade "troubled souls", as the FBI phrases it, we will see this more and more often
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 11:33 Comments || Top||

#41  Such a dhimlemma for the left here.

Which protected class gets thrown under the bus by the MSM?

So far it's the gays.

Sorry, gays!

There's just enough of you!

Gotta go with the numbers here.
Posted by: charger || 06/12/2016 11:38 Comments || Top||

#42  It's about modernity. Period.

You believe people should be free to live as they please, as long as they don't make any effort at all to inflict their choices on you.

LIBERAL FAIL

You believe people should be free to express their opinions, even if you disagree with them.

LIBERAL FAIL

You believe criminals should be punished for their crimes, not excused on a wide range of rationalizations.

LIBERAL FAIL

You believe every person's vote should be legitimate and should count, not subject to voter fraud cancellation and "party rules" nonsense.

LIBERAL AND GOPe FAIL.

Please feel free to add your own examples...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 11:39 Comments || Top||

#43  FBI FAIL

Omar Mateen, Terrorist Who Attacked Orlando Gay Club, Had Been Investigated by FBI

The senior law enforcement source reports that Mateen became a person of interest in 2013 and again in 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation at one point opened an investigation into Mateen but subsequently closed the case when it produced nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation.
“He’s a known quantity,” the source said. “He’s been on the radar before.”

Mateen was a U.S. citizen; his parents are from Afghanistan, CBS News reports.

The senior law enforcement source told The Daily Beast that Mateen was born in New York and was married for a time to a woman from New Jersey.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 11:41 Comments || Top||

#44  ...latest from Fox is that his father said:

"His father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News his son got angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago, suggesting that may have helped trigger the attack at the gay nightclub. The father claimed the massacre "had nothing to do with religion."

I'm guessing he already got the word.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/12/2016 11:41 Comments || Top||

#45  Fox's resident "expert", Rod Wheeler, former cop: "When you have an AR-15, you can literally shoot 100 rounds in, like, 9 seconds"


rrrriiiiiggghhht
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 11:43 Comments || Top||

#46  Hearing about an AR, hearing about an AK. Anyone got the true word? Not that it matters to anyone who is scared of things they know nothing about...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 11:46 Comments || Top||

#47  No word yet on whether either of his "pistols" were Ruger Glock & Wessons...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 11:47 Comments || Top||

#48  The Times of Israel adds the killer is married with a three year old son, and works in a security job.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

#49  A guy on twitter just said: Incredibly fucked up to live in a country where you have to specify WHICH tragic shooting in Orlando this weekend you're talking about.

I tweeted him a link for a passport application. :)
Posted by: badanov || 06/12/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

#50  Omar Mateen was FBI person of interest in 2013, 14
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/12/2016 11:56 Comments || Top||


#52  From the same Israel Times article, a more extended quote of what the father said:

Speaking to NBC news, Mateen’s father, named as Mir Siddique, said the act was not linked to religion but possibly homophobia.

“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country,” NBC news said, reading out his statement.

“This had nothing to do with religion,” he added according to NBC news, adding that his son “got very angry when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a couple of months ago.”


Not religion. Culture. The man drove two hours to a third city (saw in Miami, lives in wherever, went to Orlando) to kill as many strangers as he could because his culture told him to. Any chance they are Pashtuns?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/12/2016 12:02 Comments || Top||

#53  Gateway Pundit:

ISIS Announced Florida Threat THREE Days Ago: “We Will Attack Florida”


Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 12:05 Comments || Top||

#54  I'm guessing he already got the word.

Names, actually:

"Aunt" Zeitouni
"Uncle" Omar
"Sam Basile"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 12:05 Comments || Top||

#55  Buzzfeed News:

People Are Lining Up To Donate Blood For The Orlando Shooting Victims

This is what Americans do !
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 12:27 Comments || Top||

#56  This is what Americans do!

Agreed. Only problem is muzz donate blood too. Your blood to the ground.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 12:32 Comments || Top||

#57  The Hussien Regime will respond in a manner that will only escalate mass murder in the U.S. and the same generation that lost Iraq and Afghanistan are being PC Moderated regarding justice served to thier overlords will see many more peasants slaughtered stateside.
Posted by: Unelet Protector of the Sith2424 || 06/12/2016 12:34 Comments || Top||

#58  Liberals vote their feelings, so they should expect to feel bad. Unexpectedly, of course...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 12:49 Comments || Top||

#59  200 people in a club in FLa at 0200 and not 1 handgun in play?
Likely some defensive 'friendly-fire' casualties.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/12/2016 12:55 Comments || Top||

#60  The Hill:

Dem rep told Orlando shooter 'made pledge of allegiance' to ISIS
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/12/2016 12:57 Comments || Top||

#61  WZ is reporting his father was/is running for office in Afghanistan...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/12/2016 13:07 Comments || Top||

#62  WTF? Man with weapons and possible explosives arrested, said he was going to L.A. gay pride parade

Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition in the car of a man who told them he was in town for the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood, a law enforcement source said.

Early Sunday, there was a call to Santa Monica police of a suspected prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Patrol officers responded and encountered an individual who told officers he was waiting for a friend. That led officers to inspect the car and find several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb.

The car had Indiana plates. He did make comments that he was in town for the pride event in West Hllywood this weekend. Sources said they did not know of any connection between the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning and the Santa Monica incident, and the investigation has been taken over by FBI.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 13:18 Comments || Top||

#63  Note to know nothing liberals.

San Bernadino was an attack on a Christmas party. A Christian event.

Orlanda a gay club.

Islam is a doctrine of extreme intolerance.

And don't keep responding by demanding Americans must become more defenseless. And that we must continue to import more than 100 mohammedans a day.
Posted by: Unelet Protector of the Sith2424 || 06/12/2016 13:21 Comments || Top||

#64  Skidmark, I don't know Florida law but most places don't allow firearms into businesses that sell alcohol. So Omar, the CCL holder, may have been the only person in the club violating the firearms laws. Also, I suspect the carry rate of the gay populations is lower than that of the general population of the community.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/12/2016 13:32 Comments || Top||

#65  Remember. Sympathizing with people, in the mind of a liberal, means sympathizing with them on their terms.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 13:38 Comments || Top||

#66  Fox sez they had an off-duty cop as security and they patted down people on entry. He came at closing, 2 AM when everyone's starting to leave not enter, so he got in armed
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 13:44 Comments || Top||

#67  What happened to the security guard?
Posted by: Steve White || 06/12/2016 13:59 Comments || Top||

#68  From Fox:

Florida nightclub shooter apparently made threats in the past; ex-wife claims he beat her
Posted by: Steve White || 06/12/2016 14:01 Comments || Top||

#69  More on the spousal abuse from WaPo:

The ex-wife of the 29-year-old man suspected of killing 50 people in a Orlando nightclub early Sunday said that he was violent and mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married.

The ex-wife said she met Omar Mateen online about eight years ago and decided to move to Florida and marry him.

At first, the marriage was normal, she said, but then he became abusive.

"He was not a stable person," said the ex-wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety in the wake of the mass shooting. "He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn'™t finished or something like that."
Posted by: Steve White || 06/12/2016 14:03 Comments || Top||

#70  From what I'm reading, I'm wondering if the shooter motivation is some combination (in any order you like) --

a) his religion
b) schizophrenia
c) closet gay
Posted by: Steve White || 06/12/2016 14:05 Comments || Top||

#71  ISIS tells us what they are going to do and they execute. The ruling class willfully ignores their words and then act shocked when evil occurs.

We can not stop this type of evil, only prepare ourselves to confront it and kill it when it appears. God bless the officers that rushed in to kill this terrorist.
Posted by: Tennessee || 06/12/2016 14:06 Comments || Top||

#72  Lots of imams advocate "moderate" wife beating. Be interesting to see a list of how many of them have received State Department $$$
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 14:08 Comments || Top||

#73  "He was not a stable person," said the ex-wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety in the wake of the mass shooting. "He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn'™t finished or something like that."

And yet, she never filed a protective order.
Posted by: badanov || 06/12/2016 14:09 Comments || Top||


#75  "To assure you this had nothing to do with Islam, which is a Religion of Peace™...

Again"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 14:16 Comments || Top||

#76  Absolutely nothing in the WaPo article to indicate whether the ex was also ME extracted, or a white public school "diversity" zombie. In these instances, she is entitled to her anonymity, I certainly agree, but it would be interesting to know...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/12/2016 14:16 Comments || Top||

#77  #67 - from earlier news, the shooter was engaged by the cop, but managed to get into the building...probably in the crush of people exiting
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 14:18 Comments || Top||

#78  Aamaq issues claim for Orlando attack: "fighter from the Islamic State"

Al-Amaq News is a pro-Islamic State media outlet that emerged in August 2014 reporting on Islamic State activity in Syria.
Posted by: Tennessee || 06/12/2016 14:27 Comments || Top||

#79  It was interesting to me that about half an hour before the shooter was identified they brought the local imam to speak to the press briefing that was being held by the police chief. Of course he was heart broken about the tradgedy. Then he implored his listeners not to rush to judgement. What does that mean? I wondered. Does he know something the rest of us don't?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/12/2016 14:28 Comments || Top||

#80 
Was he just a gay-hating muzz (oops, redundancy alert), or did he have "boyfriend problems?"


Why not both? He wouldn't be the first. Wasn't there a Muslim serial killer (BIRM) who would have sex with guys then kill them?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/12/2016 14:33 Comments || Top||

#81 
What does that mean? I wondered. Does he know something the rest of us don't?


Friday's harangue at the mosque was about how Allah hates Jews and gays, but mostly Jews.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/12/2016 14:35 Comments || Top||

#82  Incidentally, as I understand it, for Pathans homosexuality is a norm.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/12/2016 14:53 Comments || Top||

#83  This type of incident will happen again and again. There are thousands of nutcases like Omar out there. Islamist have an army of individuals who are suseptable to commit acts of terrorism by their handlers----death by a thousand cuts. O is bringing them in by the gross. The libs enable this. People will need to know that the dems are enablers of death and pubs are dhimmi enablers.

We have weak leaders and enablers of the Islamic cause. A cancer within this country. The citizens helped put them there. This country is in a crisis. Of limited comfort is that this country is not the only one in this crisis.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/12/2016 16:07 Comments || Top||

#84  3 hours.
No, not good enough.
I know it takes some time for the SWAT boyz/gurlz to get all their accessories together, but 3 hours? That's too much time getting ready to form a committee.

Charles Whitman, a significantly better trained killer, was taken out by two cops who ran to the sound, covered by students with rifles, in 90 minutes.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/12/2016 16:13 Comments || Top||

#85  Yeah, maybe.

Posted by: SteveS || 06/12/2016 16:17 Comments || Top||

#86  It has been instructive to watch the collective nervous breakdown on social media as the left's favorite templates & narratives fail utterly.

Most have retracted into harmless and blessedly quiet "sitting, rocking, & thumb sucking" while posing pictures of happier times.
Posted by: Nguard || 06/12/2016 17:06 Comments || Top||

#87  If the FBI really said they don't know if it's a terror attack or not, then they're hopelessly lost.
Posted by: gorb || 06/12/2016 17:46 Comments || Top||

#88  The shooter was a registered Democrat in 2006. There's a fact that will quickly get buried by the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party; the MSM. They would have preferred a Dylann Roof; a neo- Nazi, racist nut job.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/12/2016 17:47 Comments || Top||

#89  Granted it's a Known Wolf. But why the long hostage standoff? Usually they go for immediate max carnage/self destruct.

And were the (100+) shot in the final hail of gunfire?
Posted by: Black John Smith || 06/12/2016 17:50 Comments || Top||

#90  The LE Tactical Decision post-mortem will be interesting. If, again if, a number of the KIA were initially shot and then bled out during the 3 hour period, serious assessments need to be made. After Columbine, I saw a lot of LE examination of tactics and the decision to go to early dynamic entry within the golden hour, accepting higher risk to entry teams to prevent more deaths. Too early to assess if the OPD responds had mitigating factors...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 06/12/2016 18:02 Comments || Top||

#91  Don't you feel safer?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/12/2016 18:16 Comments || Top||

#92  Does anyone know if he shaved his beard right at the end? One of the pics is a selfie that looks like he's rubbing his face like he just did.
Posted by: gorb || 06/12/2016 18:34 Comments || Top||

#93  You may have noticed that while the imam was making his remarks, when he got to the part about not jumping to conclusions the Chief and the Sheriff standing behind him exchanged long, significant glances.
Posted by: KBK || 06/12/2016 18:54 Comments || Top||

#94  The MSM is downplaying the incident not a one of legit Islamic terror but moreso as another Pro-NRA, Pro-GOP, anti-LGBT Nazi gun nut gone wild.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/12/2016 23:59 Comments || Top||


U.S. Man Imprisoned for Violating Syria Sanctions
[An Nahar] A Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, man was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for conspiring to skirt US sanctions against Syria by sending tactical military equipment to jihadists in the war-torn country.

Amin al-Baroudi, 50, a Syrian-born naturalized US citizen, pleaded guilty in January to purchasing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of tactical equipment, including night vision rifle scopes, speed loaders and bullet proof vests, destined for Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
, an turban group fighting to overthrow the regime of Bashir al-Assad.

Ahrar al-Sham frequently fights alongside the Al-Nusra Front, Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate that has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States, authorities said.

According to court documents, Baroudi and his co-conspirators traveled with the military goods aboard commercial flights to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and then smuggled them into Syria.

Baroudi was accused of making two such trips in February and March 2013.
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India-Pakistan
Militant blows himself up, two others held near Zhob
QUETTA: A militant blew himself up and two others were arrested during a search operation carried out by security personnel near Zhob on Saturday.

According to official sources, personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) launched the operation in the Kakhao area after getting a tip-off about the presence of militants there.

Men hiding in a house opened fire on FC personnel when they cordoned it off. This led to a heavy exchange of fire between the two sides.

Towards the end of the gunfight, one of the militants blew himself up. Security personnel arrested two militants and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the house.

The arrested militants were moved to an unspecified place for interrogation. A spokesman for the FC said the militants belonged to a banned organisation.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2016
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Iraq
10 dead found in mass grave in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Saturday, Salahuddin Provincial Council announced about the discovery of a mass grave near Yathrib in Salahuddin province and indicated that the victims were ‘executed’ by ISIS while it took control over the region.

The council, in a statement issued to the media, said, “Today a mass grave was discovered in Albu Geely village near Yathrib, south of Salahuddin.”

“The cemetery contains skeletal remains of ten people, belonging to the the al-Azza clan and they were killed by ISIS while they took control over the city.”
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2 Iraqi soldiers wounded in bombing in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A security source in Diyali province said on Saturday that two soldiers were injured in a bomb blast that was targeted at an army patrol in northeast of Baqubah.

The source, issuing a statement, said, “Today, an explosive device that was emplaced on the side of a road near al-Kaba (22 km northeast of Baqubah) went off on an army patrol. Two soldiers were injured in the blast,” adding, “Security forces cordoned off the area and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and has called on an investigation into the incident.”
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Anbar Antics: 8 die

Iraqi forces capture al-Zaban

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Fallujah District Council in Anbar Province announced liberating a new area in western Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad) from the ISIS control and raising the Iraqi flag over its buildings.

The spokesperson for the council, Salam Ajami, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces managed, at noon, to liberate Sen al-Zaban area from the ISIS control and raise the Iraqi flag over its buildings.”

“The ISIS members withdrew from Sen al-Zaban area to al-Halabesa area in western Fallujah, which will witness the launch of an extensive military operation in the coming few hours in order to free it and advance into the [area] of the Old Fallujah Hospital,” Ajami added.

Earlier toda, Joint Operations Command announced launching military operations to liberate the central areas of Fallujah from the ISIS control.

Iraqi forces capture 2 more areas near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – President of Khalediya District Council, Ali Dawood, announced on Friday that al-Subaihat and al-Fallahat, towards the west of Fallujah, have been liberated from ISIS control.

Dawood, in a statement issued to the media, said, “This morning security forces and clans, carrying out an extensive military operation, managed to liberate al-Subaihat and al-Fallahat situated towards the west of Fallujah city. The forces also successfully raised the Iraqi flag over a number of buildings in the two areas.”

Adding further, he said, “The liberation was made after the security forces gunned down a number of ISIS members, while a few others were forced to flee towards the center of Fajullah. The forces have gained complete control of the two regions.”

20 ISIS Bad Guys die near Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Anbar province announced on Friday that at least (20) ISIS members including four suicide bombers were killed during the liberation battles in Haditha near west of Anbar.

The intelligence director of al-Somoud brigade in Haditha, Lieutenant Colonel Nazim al-Jaghafi, in a statement said, “The joint security forces conducted a military operation against ISIS strongholds in order to liberate the areas near Haditha district and during the operation twenty (20) ISIS members including four suicide bombers wearing explosive belts were killed.”

Jaghafi added, “The security forces also managed to destroy four vehicles carrying weapons and mortar detachment in al-Sakra area during the liberation battles northwest of Haditha.”

Iraqi forces capture Albu Sanaa

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Local Council of Amiriyah Fallujah in Anbar province announced on Saturday that the security forces liberated Albu Sanaa area in southern Fallujah from ISIS grip and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings, adding that twelve (12) ISIS members were killed during the operation.

The head of the security committee of Amiriyah Fallujah Local Council Khodier al-Rashed, in a statement issued to the media and also obtained by IraqiNews.com, said, “At noon today, the joint security forces managed to liberate Albu Sanaa area completely from the ISIS control and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings,”

“During the operation, twelve (12) ISIS members were also gunned down by the security forces,” Rashed further stated in the statement.

Adding further, Rashed said, “The security forces from the army and police are advancing into the southern areas of Fallujah to meet the military troops currently positioned at the western sides of the city in order to storm into central Fallujah in the next few hours.”

Iraqis capture Albu Elwan Bridge

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Anbar Provincial Council announced liberating an area in western Fallujah from ISIS control, while the leadership of al-Hashd al-Shaabi emphasized the liberation of Albu Elwan Bridge towards the western side of the city.

The Head of the security committee in Anbar Provincial Council Rajee barakat al-Eissawi in a statement, also obtained by IraqiNews.com, said, “The security forces managed to liberate al-Nisaf area in western Fallujah from ISIS control. The operation resulted in the killing of ten (10) ISIS members and the destruction of three booby-trapped vehicles, as well as detonating a truck carrying large quantity of weapons and rockets.”

Meanwhile the commander of the 2nd regiment of Fallujah Shield brigade Colonel Orans Mohamed al-Eissawi said, “The security forces were also able to liberate Albu Elwan Bridge and raised the Iraqi flag over it,” adding that, “15 ISIS members were killed during the operations.”

“The joint forces are searching the areas around Albu Elwan Bridge to secure the passage of the military troops to al-Halabesa area in western Fallujah in order to liberate it from the ISIS control,” Eissawi added.
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Islamic State stones woman to death
[Iraq Sun] (IANS/AKI) Militants from 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 stoned a woman to death for alleged adultery in the northern city of Iraq, aided by onlookers, local news site Aranews reported on Friday.

"Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Zahraa mosque in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
to witness the execution of the woman," media activist Abdullah al-Malla was quoted as telling Aranews.

The IS bully boyz forced several civilians to take part in the stoning, Aranews cited an eyewitness as saying.

"They called on people to take part in the execution, saying we're in the holy month of Ramadan and we should show commitment to Allah's Sharia and that the woman deserved death for committing adultery," a witness said.

IS' al-Hisba moral police earlier detained the woman in Mosul's al-Tahrir district, accusing her of adultery. A Sharia court then sentenced her to death by public stoning.

During a lightening offensive in 2014, IS captured Mosul, making it the 'capital' of its self-styled Caliphate, which extends across swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

The ultra-extremist Sunni Moslem group has continued to mete out barbaric punishments to alleged transgressors in the areas under its control including stoning, beheadings, burning alive and amputations, according to rights activists and monitoring groups.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 8

1 dies in bomb attack in al-Dawra area

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Saturday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior stated, that nine people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb explosion that took place in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in al-Dawra area in southern Baghdad, killing one person and injuring eight others.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added, “Ambulances rushed to the area of the incident and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department,” pointing out that, “A security force cordoned off the area and barred approaching it.”

7 die in small arms attack in northern Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday, that two army members were killed, along with five of their families’ members in an armed attack on their house in northern Baghdad.

The source in a statement and obtained by IraqiNews.com, said, “This morning, unidentified gunmen stormed into a house belonging to two army officials in al-Tarmiya district in northern Baghdad and open fired inside the house. Two army men, along with two women and three children were killed as a result of this unabated firing.”

On condition of anonymity the source added, “Ambulances rushed to the place of incident and transferred the bodies of the deceased to the forensic lab. Security forces cordoned off the area and the incident is now investigated upon.”
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Iraqi Air Force Destroys 3 Booby-Trapped Vehicles in Fallujah
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Iraqi air force managed on Friday to destroy three booby-trapped vehicles driven by terrorist jacket wallahs in southern Fallujah city.

The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) issued a statement in which it mentioned that the destroyed vehicles were set to target the security troops.

It is worth noting that the PMF have completed their mission of liberating all the areas in Fallujah's vicinity so that the security forces storm ISIS strongholds in the city.

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Explosion in Iraq’s Baaquba Targets Tribal Mobilization Forces
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] An kaboom targeted a military patrol the tribal mobilization forces at an orchard in northeastern Baaquba city in the Iraqi province of Dayala, killing one fighter and injuring three others. A local security source confirmed the report and noted that the competent services started investigating the case.
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Maoist militants kill two Philippine soldiers in ambush
[Inquirer] Two Philippine soldiers were ambushed by suspected New People's Army insurgents in Davao Oriental on Friday morning. The two soldiers aboard a motorcycle were in Lupon town when they were shot by Maoist militants.

Military spokesman Ramon Zagala said, "They were not there for combat mission. What we see here is an act of treachery of attacking unarmed and in civilian clothes personnel. These are members of peace and development outreach program teams who are just there trying to build a community."

The identities of the slain soldiers, with a rank of corporal and private first class, were withheld pending notification of their families.

Zagala said they would file murder charges against the perpetrators. He said, "We won’t let this pass. We will continue our operations against them."
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Muslims Celebrate Iftar with Massive Beirut Explosion
no claims of responsibility yet
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#1  Ah yes, the aptly named Verdun District.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/12/2016 16:17 Comments || Top||

#2  We added Hezbollah to state sponsored terror financing list and they are taking it our on Lebanese Banks. Their hands are tied.
Posted by: newc || 06/12/2016 20:50 Comments || Top||


Coalition warbirds hit ISIS oil facility in Deir ez-Zor
[ARA News] DEIR EZZOR – US-led coalition’s warplanes on Saturday bombed an oil facility for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in eastern Syria.

Fighter jets of the western coalition launched several airstrikes on ISIS positions near the Abu Kamal city in Syrian eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

“The airstrikes targeted 11 ISIS fighting positions and an oil facility in the vicinity of Abu Kamal,” the coalition said in a statement.

Speaking to ARA News, local media activist Yalmaz Qassim said that Saturday’s strikes left heavy losses in ISIS’ ranks.

“At least five ISIS vehicles were destroyed and over 30 fighters were killed in the coalition’s raids,” Qassim reported, citing an ISIS official.

“Also, a major oil facility in the ISIS-held Abu Kamal city was destroyed by the coalition’s fighter jets on Saturday. This may increase the pressure on the group especially that they already suffer financial shortage,” the activist said.
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ISIS Top Dawg, 24 others die in Manbij
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – A top jihadi commander in the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed in clashes with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Aleppo province, military sources reported on Saturday.

Fierce clashes took place between the western-backed SDF troops and ISIS militants in the Um Mayyal village on the road between Aleppo and Manbij in northern Syria, leading to casualties on both sides.

The SDF was able to retake the village after ISIS withdrawal.

“Subsequent to fierce fighting on Saturday, our forces liberated Um Mayyal in the western countryside of Manbij on the Aleppo highway,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

“We have collected corpses of 24 ISIS militants who were killed in the clashes, including their commander Dahham al-Hussein,” the official said, adding that five SDF fighters lost their lives in the fighting and a dozen more were injured.

Al-Hussein was appointed by ISIS as an Emir [prince] in Um Mayyal village and he was in charge of the group’s military operations in western Manbij.
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#1  Many articles about "top Commander" etc, etc getting dirt nap; trouble is you never know from context if the deceased is Sgt Achmed the Dead Terrorist or Gen. Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
Posted by: Chuckles Slolutch3909 || 06/12/2016 14:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Dead is dead.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/12/2016 16:17 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army Advances in Raqqa Western Countryside
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army controlled the oil and power facilities in Tabaqa city in the western countryside of Raqqa province.

The Syrian army had regained controlled over Rasafa-Tabaqa road in Raqqa western countryside, defeating ISIS terrorists.

ISIS was also struck in Aleppo northern countryside, after the so-called "Syria Democratic Troops" besieged Manbej city completely.

In Tufeil near the Lebanese-Syrian border, the terrorist groups of Al-Nusra Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant) and the so-called Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) and "Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
" clashed fiercely, which claimed a number of turbans.

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Assad forces ‘bombed Daraya’ after food delivery
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United States condemned Bashir al-Assad's Syrian regime Friday, accusing it of bombing starving civilians just hours after they received a long-delayed UN aid shipment.

Late on Thursday, the besieged rebel-held town of Daraya received its first United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
food delivery since 2012, a lifeline for the suffering population.

Shortly afterwards, according to a witness and human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
monitors, Assad's forces bombarded the town, dropping indiscriminate barrel bombs from helicopters as residents shared food.

"The Syrian regime conducted multiple barrel kabooms on Daraya this morning," State Department front man Mark Toner said.

"That came just hours after the UN convoy arrived," he told news hounds.

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Bombers Kill Twenty Outside Shrine near Syrian Capital
[An Nahar] A double kaboom outside a Shiite shrine near Syria's capital killed at least twenty people Saturday, in the latest in repeated deadly strikes on the revered site, state media said.

The official SANA news agency said a jacket wallah and a boom-mobile struck at the entrance to the Sayyida Zeinab shrine, which is revered by Shiites around the world.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, reported a higher toll of at least 20 people killed and 30 maimed in the blasts.

The shrine, around 10 kilometres (six miles) south of the center of Damascus, is heavily guarded by pro-government forces but has still been the target of several jihadist attacks, including those claimed by 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....
(IS) group.

Syria's official Al-Ikhbariya channel showed images from the scene of burned-out cars billowing with plumes of black smoke.

Firefighters battled to extinguish the flames as shop signs lay in the street.

The last attack on Sayyida Zeinab on April 25 killed at least seven and maimed dozens.

A string of IS bombings near the shrine in February left 134 people dead, most of them civilians, according to the Observatory.

And in January, another attack claimed by IS killed 70 people.

Lebanese Shiite Lion of Islam group Hezbollah cited the threat to Sayyida Zeinab as a principal reason for its intervention in Syria's civil war on the side of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
The shrine contains the grave of Zeinab, a venerated granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, and is renowned for its glistening golden, onion-shaped dome.
The Times of Israel adds:
IS claimed the attack via its Amaq news agency, saying it was carried out by three jacket wallahs.
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Thousands of Civilians Trapped in Syria's Manbij
[An Nahar] Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped inside the northern Syrian city of Manbij after US-backed fighters surrounded 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 stronghold, a monitor said Saturday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) encircled Manbij on Friday, severing IS's principal supply route between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and its de facto Syrian capital, Raqa.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said warplanes from a US-led coalition were conducting heavy bombing raids on Manbij.

"Tens of thousands of civilians who are still there can't leave as all the routes out of the city are cut," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The US envoy to the anti-IS coalition backing the SDF, Brett McGurk, said the surrounding of Manbij had severed an important route for IS fighters.

"ISIS snuffies now completely surrounded with no way out," he wrote on Twitter, using another name for IS.

The city has been held by IS since 2014 and the Observatory said that thousands of inhabitants had recently fled Manbij as air strikes intensified.

"Bakeries in the town haven't been open since Friday and food is beginning to become rare," Abdel Rahman said.

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