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We're back
After a catastrophic hard drive crash, a new box, five days, and the remaining hair torn out of my head we're back. I'm sorry for all the downtime.

We're current as of the 4:30 pm backup on the 25th. The new box isn't quite as nifty as the one that broke, but it's not broken, either. We've got twelve GB of memory instead of 16, an i5 processor instead of an i7. We'll see how well it works under load.

I'm going to try and recover the data from the old box. The physical backup we're working from was current a couple months ago, so we're missing graphics and code tweaks and such. I do my best there.

Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 02:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1023 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thank you, Fred. Sorry about the hair.
Posted by: Matt || 06/30/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Comments were busted. I think they're fixed now.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Comments seem to be mighty touchy. I'll be keeping an eye on them.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 11:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Okay. I think comments are fixed now. I'll now turn my back on it to see if it breaks. If not, I'll clean up the mess.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 12:04 Comments || Top||

#5  I say
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/30/2016 12:05 Comments || Top||

#6  test
Posted by: Frank G || 06/30/2016 12:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Good work, Fred.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/30/2016 12:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Thank you Fred. "Things happen" as Paddington would say and your continued diligence, even with setbacks on the path, is greatly appreciated.

As a person who grew up in an earlier time, with only one rotary phone in the house (party-line to boot), no ZIP codes or direct-dial long distance, patience is learned and good results are valued.

In an age where instant gratification is expected, I sometimes feel out of place.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/30/2016 12:20 Comments || Top||

#9  Great! ...and here's something in the tip jar.
Posted by: magpie || 06/30/2016 12:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Rantburg is also mirrored at the O-club right now.

Sure missed the site.
Posted by: newc || 06/30/2016 12:49 Comments || Top||

#11  I greatly missed the site, thank you for making it return. The insight and attitude of the regulars here lifts my spirit many times, and makes me laugh often. But most importantly, I find here threads and articles and ideas that the MSM, and even other conservative news and opinions sources miss or overlook. Thanks for making a valuable part of my morning ritual return.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 06/30/2016 13:08 Comments || Top||

#12  Welcome Back! I will come in off the ledge now.
Posted by: Spinesing Gray3122 || 06/30/2016 13:11 Comments || Top||

#13  *sigh of relief* I was so afraid it was my computer with the problem. There's so much going on and I missed y'all!
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 06/30/2016 13:13 Comments || Top||

#14  I'm afraid I'm not going to be able ti fix the o-club for a few days. Gloria's taking me off to New York for a weekend vacation so I can fret about all the bugs crawling out.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 13:17 Comments || Top||

#15  thank you!! whew.....
Posted by: 746 || 06/30/2016 13:29 Comments || Top||

#16  What kind of RAM and can the mainboard take more?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/30/2016 13:31 Comments || Top||

#17  Well done with persistence! Got a good hunk of Janet Yellens for you in PayPal.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/30/2016 13:36 Comments || Top||

#18  Great to see you back.
Burgexit is the last thing I'd want to see.
Posted by: European Conservative || 06/30/2016 13:38 Comments || Top||

#19  didn't think I had any addictive habits; last few days shot THAT theory to bits.

Thanks Fred!
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/30/2016 13:46 Comments || Top||

#20  Whew! I didn't think I could hold my breath that long!

Sorry you had to sacrifice your hair, Fred. :-(
Posted by: gorb || 06/30/2016 13:51 Comments || Top||

#21  I hit the tip jar. Welcome back.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/30/2016 13:55 Comments || Top||

#22  Great job Scotty. Now how soon can we have warp drive?
Posted by: Crusader || 06/30/2016 14:10 Comments || Top||

#23  I'll only look for Warp 5 for now.

Hit the tip jar, should be good for a few hair plugs.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/30/2016 14:13 Comments || Top||

#24  Tip in transit through paypal.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/30/2016 14:19 Comments || Top||

#25  Thank God you are back.
Posted by: Grins Snese4215 || 06/30/2016 14:22 Comments || Top||

#26  i was furst dam it!
Posted by: .5mt || 06/30/2016 15:13 Comments || Top||

#27  Was worried something had happened to you, Fred.

Hard drive and hair remediation funds are on their way.
Posted by: Flusogum Speaking for Boskone1123 || 06/30/2016 16:17 Comments || Top||

#28  Thank God and Fred!
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/30/2016 17:39 Comments || Top||

#29  I chipped in some gelder tokens earlier even though the comments weren't working.[grrr]
Welcome back, Fred.
While you were down I had to make do reading other blogs for content, worst two minutes of my life!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/30/2016 18:20 Comments || Top||

#30  Gave a random try last night before bed to see if the 'Burg was up - and up it came.

The look on my face, you'd think I saw Santa Claus.

Thanks for the hard work Fred, et al.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/30/2016 18:29 Comments || Top||

#31  Hit the tip jar via paypal. glad to have you, and the site, back.
Posted by: Ptah || 06/30/2016 19:11 Comments || Top||

#32  Hit the tip jar. We're all counting on you - good luck.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 06/30/2016 21:51 Comments || Top||

#33  You can use this until we get the Officer's Club back and ready.

It ain't much, but it will do until then.
Posted by: badanov || 06/30/2016 22:15 Comments || Top||

#34  As I've said when this first came back (and comments were broken):

Welcome Back! And Thanks!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/30/2016 22:29 Comments || Top||

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens
[BBC] Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say.

Two bombs hit a convoy of buses carrying graduates from a ceremony on the city's western outskirts.

Paghman District Governor Musa Khan told the BBC that all but two of the dead were police cadets.

The bombing was claimed by the Taliban and follows an attack on a bus just over a week ago that killed 14 people.

BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says the latest violence in Afghanistan - just a few days ahead of a Nato summit in the Polish capital Warsaw - underscores the need for a continued Western engagement in Afghanistan where local security forces are having only limited success in restoring order.

The US and Nato combat mission in Afghanistan ended in December 2014.

US forces have taken on an advisory role since then, while also carrying out counterterrorism missions against so-called Islamic State and remnants of al-Qaeda.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2016 08:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under:

Fierce clashes kill dozens across Yemeni cities
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Clashes in several areas across Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Friday killed 22 militias and 11 members of pro-government forces, military officials said, after peace talks hit a new barrier.

Fierce battles erupted in the northern Jawf province when Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias attacked loyalists in al-Motoon district, triggering a counter attack by government forces backed by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition, a military official said.

The fighting left 13 militias dead, while eight loyalists were killed by mistake in an air strike that missed its target, the official added.

Further south, three Houthi militias were killed in festivities in Bayhan, Shabwa province, another military official said.

And in the southwestern flashpoint city of Taez, six militias and three loyalists were killed in renewed fighting when holy warriors attacked government troops on the southwestern outskirts of the city, a military official said.

Clashes have continued despite a UN-brokered ceasefire that entered into effect on April 11 and paved the way for peace talks in Kuwait.

Those talks received a new blow on Thursday when government representatives demanded a full withdrawal of Iran-backed militia from territory seized since 2014.

On Wednesday, the rebel delegation said it would not sign up to any deal on military and security issues until there was agreement on a consensus president and a national unity government to oversee the transition.

The peace roadmap put forward by UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed proposed the formation of a unity government in tandem with the withdrawal and disarmament of the militia, although he acknowledged major differences between the two sides’ timetables.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 02:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi police officer killed in kingdom’s east
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Authorities in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
said on Friday that a police officer working on a traffic patrol was rubbed out in the kingdom’s east.

According to the News Agency that Dare Not be Named, the Interior Ministry said the officer, identified as Faisal al-Harbi, was killed by unknown assailants early Friday morning in the city of Saihat. It said an investigation was ongoing.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 02:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Armed police to patrol French beaches amid terrorism fears
[Guardian] Tourists visiting French resorts this summer will see armed police patrols on the beaches, as the country beefs up security measures for the holiday season.

Officers belonging to the CRS riot police force, who have previously been equipped with batons and handcuffs, will be allowed to wear special holsters carrying weapons for the first time. Bulletproof vests will also be at their disposal.

The move comes two weeks after an unarmed French police chief and his partner were killed in a stabbing in front of their house outside Paris. Isis claimed responsibility for the attack, which has sparked a debate in France about whether the forces should carry weapons outside working hours. France remains in a state of emergency following November’s deadly attacks, which left 130 dead.

Concerns about the security of shoreline resorts have also grown since last year’s mass shooting at the Tunisian tourist resort of Port El Kantaoui, near the city of Sousse.

Nicolas Comte, a spokesman from the Unité SGP Police-Force Ouvrière, the syndicate representing the French national police, said on Wednesday that there had been no specific terrorist threats; the measures were taken primarily to ensure the safety of lifeguards.

"This is the first time that these officers will be armed. Normally throughout July and August they are in their swimsuits and unarmed," he said, according to local reports.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2016 09:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

Belgium detains 2 in new anti-terror raids
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Belgian police detained two men for questioning after fresh anti-terror raids overnight, the federal prosecutor’s office said Saturday amid reports of a planned attack on a Euro 2016 fanzone.

"One man was jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in (the eastern town of) Verviers and another man in Tournai," close to the French border, a front man said.

"It is too soon to talk about a terror attack," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 02:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Istanbul attack planner reportedly identified as Chechen ISIS trainer
[FoxNews] A Chechen terrorist responsible for training Russian-speaking Lions of Islam for ISIS is believed to be the planner of Tuesday’s deadly Istanbul airport massacre that killed 43, according to Turkish media.

Akhmed Chatayev was identified on a UN sanctions list as an ISIS leader and was wanted by Russian authorities, Rooters reported citing the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper. Chatayev had been wanted for links to terrorism since 2008, Russia Today reported, citing Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

Another attacker, also Chechen, was named as Osman Vadinov by the Hurriyet newspaper. Vadinov reportedly arrived in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
in 2015 from Raqqa, the Syrian capital of ISIS’ so-called caliphate. Turkish officials did not confirm either Chatayev or Vadinov as being involved in the attack.

Turkish police on Thursday linked the airport jacket wallahs to Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and rounded up 13 more suspects in connection with the attack. State-run Anadolu Agency said the raids were carried out in Istanbul's Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli neighborhoods, which span the city's Asian and European sides.

Police seized three hunting rifles and documents relating to ISIS.

In separate large-scale police operations, nine suspects believed to be linked to ISIS were also detained in the coastal city of Izmir. It was not clear if the suspects had any links to the carnage at the airport. The report said the suspects were in contact with ISIS Death Eaters in Syria and were engaged in "activities that were in line with the organization's aims and interests," including providing financial sources, recruits and logistical support.

Days before the Istanbul attack, on June 25, security forces killed two suspected Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eaters who were trying to cross the border illegally and ignored orders from security forces to stop, according to local media reports. One of the two Death Eaters was wanted by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
on suspicion that he would carry out suicide kabooms in the capital Ankara or in the southern city of Adana, Anadolu said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2016 10:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [464 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Muslims killing Muslims. Shock? Outrage?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/30/2016 12:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Wonder if there was supposed to be Russian politicians or delegations somewhere in the terminal at that time. Maybe something more than just creating a mass casualty incident. Usually you don't see mid to high level Chechens resorting to general mayhem unless there was an ulterior plan for something.

I understand that they didn't get too far into the building before being intercepted by security. It could have been a lot worse.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/30/2016 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  coincidence so soon after turkey prez apologized to vlad for airliner shootdown?
Posted by: blackjack || 06/30/2016 12:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Vlad's idea of a proper apology for something like this
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/30/2016 12:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, the post phone-conversation timing does seem... interesting.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/30/2016 14:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Could they be trying to bring about an Islamic state in Turkey? Not the moderate kind the throat slitting kind.
Posted by: jpal || 06/30/2016 15:58 Comments || Top||

#7  I thought "Recip" had some kind of business arrangement with ISIS, with regard to oil, refugees, etc. I wonder if some change or termination of arrangements made ISIS pi$$ed. Just an idea.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/30/2016 17:53 Comments || Top||

Chilling picture of smiling Istanbul airport suicide bombers seconds from death mission as police fear another attack 'imminent'
It's the Daily Mail, so lots of photos at the link for those who were not following events on their own while Fred was wrestling with the unexpected replacement device.
[DailyMail] These are the three ISIS jacket wallahs bombers pictured entering Istanbul Ataturk Airport before they slaughtered 43 44 people and injured 240.

The jihadis who used suicide bomb vests and high velocity AK-47s and Glock pistols to carry out their attack are understood to be from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

All three are understood to have Russian passports in their possession.

The Turkish prime minister had previously linked the attack to ISIS - although the terror group is yet to claim any responsibility.

Sources have also revealed it's feared a second cell is about to attack imminently.

The three men in Wednesday night's attack are said to have hired a first floor apartment in the district of Fatih - 12 miles from the airport - 32 days ago and signed a one year contract.

An estate agent who rented the gang the property said they spoke in Russian and showed him Russian passports.

Neighbours have revealed the trio "spoke to no one" during their stay but were often heard arguing loudly.

Security officials believe the three men are part of a cell who trained with ISIS in Raqqa within the last year.

Investigators combing the apartment for evidence found the men had installed a metal door on the inside of their front door.

One of the men, dressed in a red T-shirt, has been named as Osman Vadinov, a Russian national.

Security officials are hunting a fourth member of the gang who is believed to be on the loose.

Police found notebooks and "manuals" near to the apartment which had been dumped by the gang.

The three men took a taxi to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, the third largest in Europe, before engaging their bloody assault.

A taxi driver who picked them up told police the men were speaking Russian and were "calm and measured" and he "had no suspicions of them at all".

A disturbing timeline has now emerged which reveals seven minutes of mayhem when the three jihadis split up to target different areas of the airport to create maximum damage and panic among travellers.

They arrived at 9.49pm local time (7.49pm BST), taking out their guns from a suitcase and with bombs in backpacks as well as suicide belts hidden underneath their jackets.

Two of the men went inside the airport while one made his way to the car park.

He was challenged by a security guard who became suspicious after seeing his large jacket.

After challenging him for identification the jihadi shot him and then detonated his explosives vest.

One of the men then made his way to the VIP area of the airport while the other went towards the international arrivals section.

At 9.53pm one of the jihadis who goes to the VIP section is shot by a hero cop, falling to the floor and then detonates his bomb.

As hundreds of terrified people scramble for the exits the terrorist at international arrivals detonates his bomb after shooting indiscriminately.

Sources say they fear a second cell is poised to attack imminently.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2016 10:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  VIP area and international arrivals, eh.

Looking for someone or some group perhaps.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/30/2016 15:47 Comments || Top||

Istanbul airport attack: ISIS leadership involved in planning, Turkish source says
[CNN] Turkish officials have strong evidence that the Istanbul airport attackers came to the country from the Syrian ISIS stronghold of Raqqa and that the group's leadership was involved in the planning of the attack, a senior Turkish government source told CNN Thursday.

Officials believe the men -- identified by another Turkish official and state media as being from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan -- entered The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
about a month ago from Raqqa, along with the boom jackets and bombs used in the attack, the source said.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [412 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  First welcome back, I can't survive multiple days without the 'burg.

Second, do you think JF'nK has figured out the motivation yet?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/30/2016 14:07 Comments || Top||

#2  the meatless patty again?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/30/2016 15:35 Comments || Top||

At least 42 44 killed in terror attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport
[Hurriyet] At least 42 44 people were killed and 239 others were maimed when suspected 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 the Levant (ISIL) bully boyz attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport late on June 28, the Governor's office announced on June 29.

It added that 10 of the victims were foreign nationals and three had dual-citizenship.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under:

Istanbul Airport Bombers Were RU, Uzbek, Kyrgyz Nationals, Turkish Official Sez
ISTANBUL, June 30 (Reuters) - Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 42 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official said on Thursday.

The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey this year.

The three bombers opened fire to create panic outside, before two of them got inside the terminal building and blew themselves up. The third detonated his explosives at the entrance. A further 239 people were wounded.

The official gave no further details beyond confirming the attackers' nationalities and declined to be named because details of the investigation have not yet been released. Investigators had been struggling to identify the bombers from their limited remains, officials said earlier.

"A medical team is working around the clock to conclude the identification process," one of the officials said.

The pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper said the Russian bomber was from Dagestan, which borders Chechnya, where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and religious militants since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

The Kyrgyz security service declined to comment, while the Uzbek security service could not immediately be reached.

Turkish police detained 13 people, three of them foreigners, in raids across Istanbul in connection with Tuesday night’s attack.

Counter-terrorism teams led by police special forces launched simultaneous raids at 16 locations in the city, two officials told Reuters. Turkish authorities have said they believe Islamic State was behind the airport attack.

Yeni Safak said the organizer of the attack was suspected to be a man called Akhmed Chatayev, of Chechen origin. Chatayev is identified on a United Nations sanctions list as a leader in Islamic State responsible for training Russian-speaking militants, and as wanted by Russian authorities.

The Hurriyet newspaper named one of the attackers as Osman Vadinov, also Chechen, and said he had come from Raqqa, the heart of Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria.

Turkish officials did not confirm to Reuters that either Chatayev or Vadinov were part of the investigation.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2016 07:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:

Iraqi flag raised in liberated Fallujah neighborhood
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Baghdad Operations Command said on Saturday that an Iraqi flag was raised on top of a medical center for a newly liberated Al-Jolan neighborhood north of Fallujah city, marking new successes by the country’s security forces against ISIS bad boys.

On Saturday, Iraq’s government also said in a statement that its forces have "cleaned" Al-Mualimeen neighborhood in Fallujah in the western province of Anbar from ISIS bad boys.

"Baghdad Operations’ fighting forces were able to fully clean Al-Mualimeen neighborhood in Fallujah today," the statement read.

It added: "The forces were able to eliminate a number of terrorist ISIS members, and make [ISIS] incur equipment losses."

The news comes after Iraqi security forces were able last week to liberate the center of Fallujah city. Iraqi security forces are continuously trying to liberate areas in the northern part of the city.

On Friday, Makhool, a district in the province of Salah Al-Din which lies north of Baghdad, has been recaptured from ISIS forces of Evil on Friday, the Iraqi government said in a statement.

Salah al-Din is on the border with Nineveh province where Iraq’s second largest city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
is located. Mosul fell under ISIS control since June 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 02:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [722 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Then there's this: Fallujah Homes Burned and Looted

Posted by: Pappy || 06/30/2016 15:02 Comments || Top||

US-led strikes pound ISIS in Iraq, kill 250 fighters
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against ISIS around the city of Fallujah on Wednesday, US officials told Rooters, with one citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed.

If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would be among the deadliest ever against the myrmidon group. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the operation and noted preliminary estimates can change.

The strikes, which the officials said took place south of the city, where civilians have also been displaced, are just the latest battlefield setback suffered by ISIS in its self-proclaimed "caliphate" of Iraq and Syria.

The group’s territorial losses are not diminishing concerns about its intent and ability to strike abroad though. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
pointed the finger at ISIS on Wednesday for a triple suicide kaboom and gun attack that killed 41 people at Istanbul’s main airport.

CIA chief John Brennan told a forum in Washington the attack bore the hallmarks of ISIS "depravity" and acknowledged there was a long road ahead battling the group, particularly its ability to incite attacks.

"We’ve made, I think, some significant progress, along with our coalition partners, in Syria and Iraq, where most of the ISIS members are resident right now," Brennan said.

"But ISIS’ ability to continue to propagate its narrative, as well as to incite and carry out these attacks - I think we still have a way to go before we’re able to say that we have made some significant progress against them."

On the battlefield, the US-led campaign against ISIS has moved up a gear in recent weeks, with the government declaring victory over ISIS in Fallujah.

An alliance of militias have also launched a major offensive against the bad boy group in the city of Manbij in northern Syria.

Still, in a reminder of the back-and-forth nature of the war, US-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an ISIS-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the bandidos murderous Moslems mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2016 02:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I assumed this was another summation of a week's worth of air strikes or something like that, but apparently they pounced on a huge convoy of fleeing Daesh vehicles, like the old days of the first Gulf War.
Posted by: Charles M. Hagmaier || 06/30/2016 14:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Well something happened for sure, in one of those pix an Abrahms is looking at the damage, but from the scars, he'll, looks like napalm to me.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/30/2016 15:40 Comments || Top||

Israeli girl stabbed to death by Palestinian inside bedroom
[BBC] A teenage Israeli girl has been stabbed to death in an attack at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Thirteen-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was attacked while she slept inside her bedroom in Kiryat Arba.

A security guard who responded to the incident was wounded before the attacker was shot dead by other guards.
The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as 19-year-old Mohammed Tarayreh, from the nearby village of Bani Naim.

Thirty-four Israelis have now been killed in a wave of knife, gun and car-ramming attacks since October. More than 200 Palestinians - mostly attackers, Israel says - have also been killed in that period.

The assailants who have been killed have been shot either by their victims or by security forces as they carried out attacks. Some attackers have been arrested.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2016 08:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [570 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Aaaannnnd she was a US Citizen. Any comment Oblahblah??
Posted by: Frank G || 06/30/2016 18:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Any word on the motivation of the attacker? We may never know for sure.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/30/2016 19:06 Comments || Top||

#3  According to Ynet,the dear boy was following the example of friends and relations:

The IDF has imposed a full closure of the terrorist's village, Bani Na'im, and troops have already questioned both of his parents at their home, taking the father with them for further questioning.

After the attack, the 17-year-old terrorist's house was decorated with Fatah and PLO flags.

The terrorist's sister was proud of her brother's actions. "My brother is a martyr, praise be to God. May God avenge the Jews. God willing, my brother will be happy in heaven. It's enough to me that God supports (him)," she said.

The terrorist's mother said her son has recently posted to social media photos of his cousin, Yusef Taraireh, also of Bani Na'im, who was killed during an attempted vehicular attack at the entrance to Kiryat Araba in March.

He also posted photos of Majid Khader, from the same village, who committed a vehicular attack last week near Kiryat Arba—and wrote that she had died a martyr.

A week before the attack, the terrorist wrote "Death is a privilege" on Facebook as well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2016 21:39 Comments || Top||

#4  He was a sweet boy taken in the prime of his life...

(that is what OBumbles would say...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/30/2016 22:23 Comments || Top||

#5  "Transfer $10mil to Iran from the Anti-Terrorist slush fund."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/30/2016 23:56 Comments || Top||

Was the Istanbul attack an act of retaliation for Turkey-Israel accord ?
[Jerusalem Post] Tuesday's suspected ISIS attack tack on the Ataturk Airport was likely preplanned and unrelated to the rapprochement between Turkey and Israel and Russia, a senior Turkish official and other terrorism experts told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday.

However, there is evidence Islamic State was angry about the repairing of relations between Turkey, Israel and Russia, publishing a statement in the latest edition of its official newsletter.

A senior Turkish official told the Post "the main reason behind the Islamic State attacks is Turkey’s role in the international coalition [against the group]."

Asked if the attack could be meant as a response to Turkey’s diplomatic moves to repair relations with Israel and Russia, he responded, "An attack of this scale takes planning. But we are not ruling out the fact that the terrorists may have picked this date to challenge Turkey’s diplomatic efforts."

Rafael Green, director of the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), told the Post, "It is very unlikely the deal with Israel had anything to do with it."

"As in the past, Islamic State does not claim responsibility for attacks in Turkey," he added.

Islamic State criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is similar criticism that came from al-Qaida and others, may point to a motive being Turkey’s support for Free Syrian Army and other Islamist factions in Syria.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2016 08:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Turkey has allowed the US to use Incirlik for quite a while and this has resulted in at least hundreds probably thousands, maybe over 10k of dead ISIS fighters.

A plausible reason for ISIS to attack.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/30/2016 12:40 Comments || Top||

Two wounded in shooting near Kiryat Arba, terrorism suspected
A gunman opened fired near the town of Kiryat Arba in Judea, wounding two people.

Initial reports indicate the incident is likely a terror attack.

The wounded are both in serious condition. The terrorist has reportedly been eliminated.
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US-backed Syrian fighters push into Manbij
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US-backed Syrian fighters pushed further into the ISIS group stronghold of Manbij on Saturday, seizing a key road junction and grain silos overlooking the city, a monitoring group said.

The city lies close to the border with Turkey and is a key staging post on the militants’ supply line to areas under its control in eastern Syria and neighboring Iraq.

The US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces, which have thrust into Manbij after driving across the Euphrates River from the east, have encircled the city and are now closing in with the support of US-led coalition air strikes.

The Syrian Democratic Forces overran the Mills Roundabout in the south of the city on Saturday after capturing nearby grain silos overnight, taking them significantly closer to the city centre, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“The grain silos overlook more than half of Manbij. SDF fighters can climb to the top and monitor the city,” said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

The Raqa Revolutionaries Brigades - one of the Arab components of the Kurdish-dominated alliance - confirmed that SDF forces had seized the silos and pushed into the city.

Captured by ISIS in 2014, Manbij has served as a key transit point for foreign fighters and funds, as well as a trafficking hub for oil, antiquities and other plundered goods.

Its loss would deprive the militants of vital revenues and mark the greatest victory so far for the Kurdish-led alliance which has already sealed most of the Turkish border.

Some 200 US and other coalition advisers are supporting the offensive launched at the end of last month.

ISIS has thrown large numbers of fighters into the battle, losing 463 since May 31, according to the Observatory. The SDF has lost at least 89.

Pounding Aleppo
Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the rebels’ sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said.

An AFP correspondent in the rebel-held east of the city said the air strikes lasted throughout the night into the morning.

Aleppo, which was Syria’s commercial and manufacturing hub before civil war broke out in 2011, has been a key battleground ever since rebels seized eastern neighborhoods of the city the following year.

A two-day truce brokered by Moscow and Washington earlier this month in a bid to rescue a wider ceasefire expired without renewal and Russia warned it would press ahead with it air campaign, saying the rebels had failed to deliver on promises to break ranks with al-Qaeda loyalists.

The Russian strikes focused on the Castello Road, the only remaining route out of the rebel-held east of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Russian planes are backing a Syrian regime ground offensive on the northern edges of the city, while Syrian planes bomb the eastern neighborhoods,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

A child was among two people killed in strikes on the rebel-held Al-Maysar neighborhood, the White Helmets civil defense group said.

“In the past two days, my kids and I haven’t been able to sleep all night because of the huge blasts, the likes of which we haven’t heard before,” said 38-year-old shopkeeper Abu Ahmed.

A father of three, Abu Ahmad owns a small convenience store in east Aleppo.

“We haven’t been able to get any products or produce for the shop over the past two days because no one can use the (Castello) road,” he said.

The renewed government offensive around Aleppo comes a day after another key ally, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, pledged to send more fighters to join the “greatest battle” of the war.

31 killed in east Syria
Meanwhile, the Observatory said Russian air strikes killed at least 31 civilians and wounded dozens more on Saturday in a militant-held town in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

The monitor said the raids hit the town of Al-Quriyah, controlled by ISIS in Syria’s oil-rich Deir Ezzor province.

Observatory head Abdel Rahman said there were 16 other people killed but it was not immediately clear whether they were civilians or ISIS fighters.
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