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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1024 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A sad picture from time gone by..... WTF? I mean WTF? Was everyone crazy in yesteryear?
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  she was a scratcher
Posted by: Frank G || 07/31/2016 9:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah. The mysterious Big Shirl, at last.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/31/2016 10:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Obviously, an Irish wedding.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/31/2016 10:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Or Irish funeral. It's often hard to tell the difference.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/31/2016 15:05 Comments || Top||

#6  No reason it can't be both.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/31/2016 16:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Possibly a Zita-phobe Olympian.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/31/2016 18:23 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
36 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 36 loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police department in a statement said the bandidos gunnies were killed in the ongoing ’Qahr Silab’ operations being conducted in Achin district.

The statement further aded that some weapons and ammunition were also seized during the search operations in Kot and Haska Mina districts.

The loyalists of the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan forces launched a major operation against ISIS bandidos gunnies in eastern Nangarhar province over a week ago to eliminate the safe the Lions of Islam of the group from the province.

The operations were launched amid concerns the terror group is attempting to expand insurgency in the province and other parts of the country.

The top US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson recently said the loyalists of the terror group in Afghanistan has direct links with the main group in Syria and Iraq.

Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Explosion rocks Herat city, 2 dead, 4 wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A relatively heavy kaboom was heard in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
city earlier today leaving at least 6 people dead or maimed.

Provincial police front man Abdul Rauf Ahmadi confirmed two people including a policeman were killed and four others were maimed.

Earlier a security official said the incident left one person dead and four others were maimed.

The blast took place in the north of the city near a compound of the Afghan army.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Boy, 12, assigned for attack on a stadium arrested by Afghan forces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops foiled a suicide kaboom plot by the anti-government armed Death Eater groups on a stadium in Badghis province.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the terrorist groups had appointed a 12-year-old boy for the attack on the stadium in Qala-e-Naw city.

NDS in a statement said the terro group of Abdul Aziz was looking to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device in the stadium which was planted in the body of the young boy.

The statement further added that a wrestling match was organized the terror group was looking to attack the gathering of the people by detonating the body-borne Improvised Explosive Device using a remote control.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Afghan children have regularly been recruited by the Death Eater groups, the Taliban and the Haqqani network for the terrorist related activities, including suicide attacks.

Madrasas are described as the main recruitment source for the Death Eater groups as poor families in Pakistain and Afghanistan send their sons to such madrassas for free education and lodging.
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan troops press offensive against ISIS
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] When Afghan troops pushed into Kot, a district close to the border with Pakistain, this week, they found many of the houses empty, with posters plastered on the walls and black flags left by departing ISIS fighters.

Backed by US special forces troops and Arclight airstrikes that authorities say have killed hundreds of ISIS fighters in recent weeks, the Afghan army has launched an offensive against the movement, which is now believed to be confined to three or four districts in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghan commanders said they faced little resistance as they pushed into Kot after a heavy air and artillery bombardment as fighters pulled out into nearby mountain areas.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
IS claims suicide bombing in Benghazi
A foto of the dear departed at the link
A suicide car bomb attack which yesterday killed two members of the Libyan National Army in Benghazi’s Gwarsha district and wounded another four has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS). It named the suicide bomber as Ziyad Fawzi Gergum, posting photos of him and of the attack taken by a camera-mounted drone.

Funeral prayers for him were organised by the family today in Misrata where they have been living recently.

The family, however, are claiming that he was killed, not in a suicide bombing, but in a French airstrike. For its part, Sadek Al-Ghariani’s Tanasah TV said that he died in an operation carried out by the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council against the LNA.

Gergum himself, before the attack, posted a photo of Osman Bin laden on his Facebook page.

According to a source in Benghazi, he was a member of a relatively well-to-do local family involved in the shoe whole-selling business and was born in 1990. Following the revolution, when he was a member of the 17 February Brigade, he went to Syria where he was a member of Liwa Al-Umma under former Tripoli mayor Al-Mahdi Al-Harathi. Wounded there, he was taken to Turkey for medical treatment. He then returned to Benghazi where he joined IS but was wounded in Benina and sent this time for medical treatment to Misrata where his family joined him. Leaving them there after recuperating, he went to Sirte, remaining there for some time before returning to Benghazi where he remained until yesterdays’ suicide operation.
Posted by: badanov || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  For its part, Sadek Al-Ghariani’s Tanasah TV said that he died in an operation carried out by the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council against the LNA.

Okay, surely, it's problematic at best. Still, dead is dead.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 8:23 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
UNICEF Resumes Aid to NE Nigeria after Convoy Attack
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] UNICEF will continue to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, despite an attack on its convoy by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
turbans, the UN children's agency has said.

The Takfiris ambushed a humanitarian convoy that included workers from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM while returning from Bama in northeast Borno state on Thursday, injuring several people, including two soldiers, and prompting UNICEF to temporarily suspend relief assistance to review the situation.

"We are working at full strength in the Borno state capital Maiduguri," UNICEF Nigeria Representative Jean Gough said in a statement late Friday.

"We continue to call for increased efforts to reach people in desperate need across the state. We cannot let this heartless attack divert any of us from reaching the more than two million people who are in dire need of immediate humanitarian assistance."

The agency urged donors and humanitarian organizations to scale-up the response to the emerging disaster in Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency.

"The violence has disrupted farming and markets, destroyed food stocks, and damaged or destroyed health and water facilities. We absolutely have to reach more of these communities," he said.

UNICEF estimates that 244,000 children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone. And if they are not reached with treatment, one in five of them will die.

Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Coalition warplanes attack Houthi fighters near Saudi border
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Warplanes of a Saudi-led coalition bombed 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 ...
fighters from 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...
seeking to infiltrate 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...
on Saturday, killing tens of Houthi militiamen, security sources said.

The bombing took place on the Yemeni side of the border close to the Saudi city of Najran, they said. Clashes were also seen in the northwestern Yemeni town of Haradh which borders the kingdom, witnesses told Rooters.

The flare-up in fighting was one of the worst since peace talks began in Kuwait in April between Yemen's government and the Houthis to end a 16-month conflict that has left more than 6,400 people dead, nearly half of them civilians, and displaced more than 2.5 million.

A truce that began in April has slowed the momentum of fighting, but violence continues almost daily.

Prospects for progress in the talks dimmed further this week when Houthi rebels and their allies in the political party of a militarily powerful former president, President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, announced they had decided to form a political council to unilaterally rule the country.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
Yemen envoy, said the move gravely violated UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which calls on the Houthis "to refrain from further unilateral actions that could undermine the political transition in Yemen".
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Another Gulshan attack suspect held
[Dhaka Tribune] Police have locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
a suspect from Muradnagar upazila in connection with the Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery attack.

A team of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police picked up Mithu from his house on Monday noon and took him to Muradnagar Police Station.

The arrestee was identified as Mohammad Mithu, son of Majibur Rahman of Sharmanda village in the upazila. Police said he was the family car driver of central BNP leader Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu.

After a primary interrogation at the cop shoppe in the presence of his family members and local UP chairman Abdus Samad Majhi, the DB team, led by DB's Deputy Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman, left for the capital with Mithu in jug at 7pm.

A police source said Mithu was seen driving a white private car near the Holey Artisan Bakery before the terrorist attack on July 1.
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


BGB busts RSO meeting, AL MP flees
[Dhaka Tribune] BGB members on Saturday afternoon tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
four people including a former commander of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and a Saudi national while holding a secret meeting in the dead of night in Teknaf.

Awami League politician from Cox’s Bazar 4 constituency Abdur Rahman Bodi, Teknaf Upazila Chairman Jafar Ahmed, Vice-Chairman Maulana Rafique Uddin and Baharchhara Union Chairman Aziz Uddin also attended the meeting held at the house of Maulana Syed Karim in Shamlapur area
of Baharchhara.

"But they managed to flee the scene.
... as though they had never been...
before we reached the house," Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abuzar Al Jahid said.

The four arrestees are former RSO commander Hafez Salaul Islam, a resident of Dakkhin Muhuri Para in Cox’s Bazar; Syed Karim; Saudi national Abu Saleh Al Gambi; and Maulana Md Ibrahim of Dhaka.

The three others present at the meeting expeditiously departed at a goodly pace, said the battalion’s Deputy Commander Maj Abu Russel Siddique, who led the drive conducted by a special BGB team around 3:30pm.

Police say Salaul was arrested several times in the past but managed to get bail.

When contacted, Bodi claimed that he had not been present at the meeting, rather "I came later and assisted the BGB men in arresting the four."

The four detainees were being questioned at the Teknaf BGB camp.

The RSO is a Myanmar-based sectarian outfit, and has connection with several local Lion of Islam groups including outlawed Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

According to police and local sources, Salaul has close ties with the ruling party MPs from Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf, and several other leaders of the BNP and its ally Islami Oikyo Jote.

He recently set up an Islamic centre at Dakkhin Muhuri Para allegedly by grabbing seven acre land of the Forest Department and three acres from the locals. The activities of RSO are operated from this centre, say sources.

On the other hand, politician Bodi has long been accused of patronising illegal Rohingya immigrants colonists in his area.
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

#1  I hates it when they go grabbing land.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 8:25 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Brazil Arrests Lebanese with Hizbullah Links
[AnNahar] Brazilian police announced on Saturday the arrest of a Lebanese man suspected of having links to Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
, media reports said on Saturday.

Fadi Hassan Nabha, 42, who is wanted for drug trafficking charges was tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a week ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Sao Paulo police said in a statement that Nabha was arrested late on Thursday at his home in Caieiras, a suburb of Sao Paulo.

He has been on the Interpol's wanted list since 2013 for drug trafficking.

The report added that Nabha had served in Hizbullah special services and had trained on the use of weapons and explosives.

Brazilian authorities had been searching for Nabha since May, added the report.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Europe
Austria To Build Huge Border Fence To Stop Migrants As Free Movement Crumbles
[Breitbart] AUSTRIA has unveiled plans to build a massive 100km fence along its border to stop migrants and refugees crossing into the country.

Engineers in the central European state have finalised plans for the vast barrier, which would stretch along its entire southern border with Hungary.

Austria has repeatedly clashed with Brussels over its clampdown on illegal migration and has already put a daily cap on the number of people who can claim asylum.

And earlier this year the country’s parliament voted through a motion allowing it to declare a state of emergency if migrant numbers suddenly rise, meaning it could instantly shut its borders.

The new border fence will mark a considerable escalation in Austria’s physical attempts to bring down migration, with the country only having constructed one small 4km fence along its border with Slovenia to date.

State officials have reached agreements with hundreds of landowners along the 100km stretch of border which will allow the fence to be put up in record time should the number of refugees increase again, according to a police spokesman.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/31/2016 11:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But, because it's not build by Israel, it's not a racist fence?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/31/2016 12:20 Comments || Top||

#2  and it's not racist because it's not built in Cali, Ariz, NM or Tx.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/31/2016 13:23 Comments || Top||


Remembrance March for Victims of Nice, France Terror Attack Called Off Due to Islamist Threats
[Gateway Pundit] A remembrance march for victims of the Islamic State truck attack in Nice, France has been banned because of continuing safety concerns and stretched security services.

Two weeks ago, on the 14th of July, hundreds of people were mown down by a man crying "Allahu Akbar" as they celebrated France’s national day on the coastal Promenade des Anglais.

More than 10,000 people indicated on Facebook that they would attend the "white march" to remember the 84 who died and the dozens still in hospital.

"Given the very strong mobilisation of law enforcement and emergency and threat, the Alpes-Maritimes authorities have decided not to allow the white march that was to be held Sunday", authorities announced today in a statement, Le Figaro reports.

The organisers, "who had duly filed a declaration", were "informed yesterday (Wednesday)" of the decision, which was "made in consultation with the Mayor of Nice" the statement explained.

"March together to honour the victims of the attack on July 14, which killed at least 84 innocent people", organisers announced on Facebook.

"A thought for their families but also the wounded still hospitalised in the process of fighting," they added.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/31/2016 08:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where's that railroad car?
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 8:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The Religion of Peace might respond violently
Posted by: Frank G || 07/31/2016 9:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Arm the marchers.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/31/2016 10:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Will the French stand for anything? Get your collective heads out of the sand.
Posted by: jvalentour || 07/31/2016 10:14 Comments || Top||

#5  How about concealed carry and defensive handguns training for French citizens? I think that would be a more fitting memorial to the persons of the Nice massacre. Hollande has been full of tough talk but nothing but belated reaction.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/31/2016 16:38 Comments || Top||


Europe Migrant Roundup: Sunday July 31
From Breitbart:
After Terror Attacks Europe Struggles With How To Defend From The Enemy Within
30 July 2016
PARIS (AP) — You can’t put a guard in every church and patrol every beach. But after a wave of attacks in Western Europe, authorities are struggling to protect their people as best they can. The French Riviera city of

Merkel Ally Blasts ‘We Can Do It’ Approach To Migrant Crisis, Terrorism, Calls For Burka Ban
30 July 2016
MUNICH/BERLIN, (Reuters) – Bavaria’s premier, whose state bore the brunt of recent attacks in Germany, took aim at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy on Saturday by rejecting her “we can do this” mantra. The comments from Horst

New Police Task Force Visits Migrant Homes For Signs Of Terror, Sex Abuse, Drugs, Violence
30 July 2016
Police in Austria have begun visiting Asylum homes across the country to check for signs of radicalisation among the residents to prevent potential future terror attacks.

Danish Populists Call To Topple Government To Stop Muslim Migration
30 July 2016
A prominent member of the Danish People’s Party has called for the toppling of the Danish government to push through a temporary ban on Muslim migration.

Authorities Pay Swedish Youngsters To Play With Migrants And ‘Refugees’
30 July 2016
Swedish authorities have begun paying Swedish youths to spend time with “asylum seekers”, in a desperate attempt to show that integration and multiculturalism can work.

Claim: Nice Attacker Was ‘No Borders’ Activist… Yet Politicians Claim Rejecting Migrants is “What ISIS Wants”
30 July 2016
While politicians and journalists rush to tell Europeans that rejecting mass migration from Muslim countries “is what ISIS wants”, police in Italy and France are investigating Mohamed Bouhlel’s links to No Borders activism.

Italy Launches Graphic Ad Campaign To Discourage African Migrants
29 July 2016
Italy launched an internet, TV and radio campaign on Thursday to discourage Africans from setting out on the often deadly voyage to Europe.

Amnesty International Warns Germany Over Deportations
28 July 2016
Human rights group Amnesty International has warned the German Federal government that deporting migrants to “crisis countries” could be a clear violation of international law.

Migrant Sex Criminal: I Hate Sweden, I’m Just Here to F*** Swedish Girls
28 July 2016
The victim of a man who allegedly sexually harassed four women has told a local newspaper that the migrant told them that he hates Sweden and is only there so that he can “f*** Swedish girls”.

Syrian Migrant Pair Admit To Bathtub Murder
28 July 2016
Two weeks after Salzburg police made the grim discovery of a dead Serbian national in a bathtub two Syrian migrants have been arrested, confessing to killing the man.

Deportations Stall As North African Nations Won’t Accept Their Own Migrants Back
27 July 2016
North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Ralf Jäger has slammed countries in North Africa saying that they are uncooperative when it comes to accepting deported migrants.

24 Cases of Migrant Sexual Assault At Music Festival
27 July 2016
Bremen police have admitted that they have at least 24 investigations open into alleged sexual assault at a cultural festival where women say they were sexually harassed by young migrant men.

Shooting In Sweden Immigrant Ghetto Shopping Mall — Gunman At Large
26 July 2016
A man was shot at Rosengård district mall today, a known crime hotspot in one of Sweden’s many so-called ‘no go zones’ — migrant ghettoes. The offender, who shot a man in the leg after an apparent brawl in the Rosengård

Migrant Murdered In Calais Jungle Gang Fight
26 July 2016
An African migrant planning to enter Britain illegally was killed in a gang fight that broke out between 200 Africans and Afghans in the Calais Jungle migrant camp, adding to the toll of violence and destruction at the besieged French seaside town.

83 Per Cent Of Germans Say Immigration Nation’s Top Threat
26 July 2016
More than four out of five Germans have named migration as the biggest challenge their country faces after a record influx of more than a million migrants entered Germany last year.
And from the Daily Mail:
Merkel on the ropes: Thousands of German protesters take to the streets saying she 'Must Go' and a key coalition ally withdraws support to open-door immigration policy after terror attacks
30 July 2016
More than 5,000 protested in Berlin (pictured) and thousands more throughout Germany over the 'open-door' policy that many have blamed for four brutal terrorist attacks that left 13 dead over the last month. The Chancellor faced a fresh wave of fury after it emerged that two recent terror attacks and a third killing were carried out by men who entered the country as refugees. Now her key ally in Bavaria - which bore the brunt of the attacks - has launched a fresh attack on her leadership, distancing his party from Merkel and straining the coalition that keeps her in power. Earlier this week she proclaimed 'we can do this' as she promised not to let four violent attacks guide her political decision on immigration. But Horst Seehofer (inset), the conservative premier of Bavaria, said today '"We can do this" - I cannot, with the best will, adopt this phrase as my own.'

Judo gold medallist and accomplice who only gave themselves life jackets as they smuggled 18 Albanians - including women and children - across the Channel on sinking ship for £90,000
30 July 2016
Mark Stribling and Robert Stilwell were arrested after attempting to smuggle the illegal immigrants - including one woman and two children - into the country through Dymchurch, Kent

Taxpayers handed £1.9million bill for 'phantom' deportation flights that asylum seekers never boarded in Theresa May's last year as Home Secretary
28 July 2016
The bill was the highest for three years - and up nearly a fifth on 2014-15. Tory MP Peter Bone told MailOnline that scrapping the Human Rights Act would allow ministers to crack down on 'bogus legal challenges'.

Eritrean refugee 'rapes a 79-year-old woman in a CEMETERY in Germany while she was visiting her sister’s grave'
27 July 2016
The pensioner, who lives in a nursing home, was attacked while visiting the grave of her sister in Ibbenbueren in Western Germany. The suspect, 40, has been charged with rape.

People smugglers 'making a mockery' of UK borders: Damning evidence shows how easy it is for criminals to avoid penalties after a third of fines are never paid
27 July 2016
People smugglers are making a ‘laughing stock’ of Britain’s porous borders, says a report by the Home Affairs Select Committee. Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said British truckers were 'furious'.

Where's my money? Turkish president Erdogan accuses EU of breaking pact on migrants and says he is still owed £2 billion for stopping them entering Europe
27/07/16 04:00
Turkish president Recep Erdogan says the EU has transferred only 2million of the 3billion euros (£2.2 billion) promised to Ankara as part of the agreement to manage migration.

Iraqi-born British citizen 'masterminded international people trafficking network smuggling hundreds of migrants into the UK from camps in France'
26 July 2016
Rekawt Kayani, 34, is wanted in France to face trafficking charges which could see him jailed for 10 years. He was apprehended in May at his home in Derby on a European arrest warrant.

PIERS MORGAN: The only way to defeat this Caliphate of Cowardice is to slam our open immigration doors shut and teach those we do let in how to survive and thrive in Western life
26 July 2016
Once we open our doors we don’t seem to make any coherent, sensible provisions for what happens next to the people who pour through them, writes PIERS MORGAN
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well i saw the photos on Dailymail article of protest in Germany and seem to be very small.
Posted by: Tarzan Slailet2796 || 07/31/2016 5:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Just realized that the Daily Mail link was missing...fixed now. My apologies to all who tried to go there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2016 9:39 Comments || Top||


Belgium charges man with planning attack, releases brother
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Belgium charged a man with planning to commit murder in a terrorist attack and released his brother after a series of house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said.

For the time being, there was no connection with the attacks at Brussels airport and the metro on March 22, in which 32 people were killed, the prosecution office said on Saturday.

Nourredine H., was detained with his brother Hamza H., on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack somewhere in Belgium.

A judge on Saturday charged Nourredine with attempting to commit a terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist organization, and extended his custody.

His brother was released without charge.

The federal prosecution office had earlier said it appeared from its initial investigation that there were plans to carry out an attack somewhere in the country.

Public broadcaster RTBF said that Nourredine had previously helped others travel to fight in Syria and had recently travelled widely across Europe, making a number of contacts in La Belle France. It added he was looking for weapons, which had prompted Belgian Sherlocks to act.

Police carried out seven house searches in the region of Mons and a further house search in Liege on Friday evening. No weapons or explosives were found.
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The Grand Turk
Developing: Thousands Of Turkish Forces Surround U.S. Base At Incirlik Airbase
[WeaselZippers] Erdogan has blamed Turkish Air Force members who had worked closest with NATO and U.S. as being involved in coup. They have also previously accused U.S. of involvement in the coup, even blaming the former commander of the base, who retired in March and couldn’t have been involved. But an Erdogan Islamist paper explicitly blamed him, stoking flames against NATO and the U.S.

’Protesters’, read Erdogan Islamists, were there Thursday, with pro-Erdogan Islamists yelling "death to the US" and called for the immediate closure of the Incirlik base.

Meanwhile Obama is on his birthday golf outing with the boys.

Update:
Reports of protesters in front of the U.S. Consulate in Adana. That is about 13 minutes away from Incirlik. Chanting "America, go away!"
Uh Oh.
Update at 12:45 a.m. ET: The only English language news reports I can find are from Australia and Russia Today, and they are reporting from their twitter feeds, as far as I can tell, just like this Weasel Zipper report. As you find new developments please add them to this thread, dear Reader, so as not to split the discussion.

Thanking you for the moderators,
trailing wife
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#1  Better get the nukes out. Erdogon is going on to dreams of sultan.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/31/2016 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Better get the nukes out. Erdogon is going on to dreams of sultan.

But ISIS will wind up with the nukes.
Posted by: badanov || 07/31/2016 0:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Barack Obama supports Erdogan. Not our troops.

"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
Posted by: Percy McCoy7690 || 07/31/2016 0:10 Comments || Top||

#4  1979 deja vu.
Posted by: charger || 07/31/2016 0:12 Comments || Top||

#5  What if we evacuated all troops to nearest safe place and all
nukes suddenly exploded do to Turkish clumsy nosiness? Tragic accident eh?
Posted by: Sgt.D.T. || 07/31/2016 1:02 Comments || Top||

#6  7000 Turks surrounding Incirlik a NATO nuclear base. Numerous dump trucks at the base at 3A.M. large enough to carry just about anything out of the base.

Communications into the base do not work anymore. Email (via internet) and landline phone calls do not go through.

Cut and past the following Incirlik discussion link.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/i%CC%87ncirlik

Posted by: Percy McCoy7690 || 07/31/2016 1:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Oughtn't satellite phones still work, even if email and landline phones were blocked?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2016 1:15 Comments || Top||

#8  The fecal matter hits the rotary air impeller.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/31/2016 2:02 Comments || Top||

#9  I hope our indolent Kenyan master has a plan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/31/2016 3:07 Comments || Top||

#10  The reality is that the Turks can come in and take whatever they want.

The upside is if they take the nukes, they will be kicked out of NATO (I hope).
Posted by: phil_b || 07/31/2016 3:19 Comments || Top||

#11  news.au.comstory. On situation at Incirlik. I can find nothing on the story available elsewhere.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/31/2016 3:35 Comments || Top||

#12  And what will be the reaction in Germany and Italy? Will our bases there be told not to interfere? Could this be what took place in Benghazi, or am I jumping to conclusions ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/31/2016 3:41 Comments || Top||

#13  'Safety Inspection' sounds ominously like'Taking nuclear weapons for safekeeping'.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/31/2016 4:20 Comments || Top||

#14  There are both Turkish airforce and US presence at Incirlik. The Turkish government claimed that an F16 that took part in the supposedly coup attempt was based out of Incirlik. The Turkish commanding officer of the Turkish presence at Incirlik was detained days ago. Protesters recently at Incirlik claimed US forces there were also responsible. Supposedly todays so called response was to address rumors of another coup attempt orchestrated I would assume by other Turkish airforce personel at Incirlik. A US General was scheduled to arrive at Incirlik today. Hopefully to arrange a departure of US forces and the nukes would be my recommendation.
Posted by: Unelet Protector of the Sith2424 || 07/31/2016 4:22 Comments || Top||

#15  Incirlik never made much sense when there are the British sovereign bases on Cyprus, which the US already uses.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/31/2016 5:12 Comments || Top||

#16  Erdogan: Free nukes!!!

?
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 07/31/2016 6:33 Comments || Top||

#17  I hope our indolent Kenyan master has a plan.

Deny there is any problem?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/31/2016 6:57 Comments || Top||

#18  Daily Caller reporting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/31/2016 7:37 Comments || Top||

#19  hope our indolent Kenyan master has a plan.

This IS the plan.
Posted by: Shatle Spaviter1495 || 07/31/2016 8:00 Comments || Top||

#20  " Barack Obama supports Erdogan. Not our troops."

He's not the only candidate to do so. Oh well, at least we can pretend we've gotten Dire Revenge for the Kennedy Killing.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/31/2016 8:35 Comments || Top||

#21  Oh, this is so not good - I hope that non-essential military personnel have been drawing down since the end of March, when dependents were ordered out of Incirlik. Story from Military Times on dependents being ordered out here.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 07/31/2016 9:10 Comments || Top||

#22  #18 Daily Caller reporting.

Good find, Besoeker. Thank you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2016 9:24 Comments || Top||

#23  He's going full Kim
Posted by: Frank G || 07/31/2016 9:52 Comments || Top||

#24  Cooled off for now
Posted by: jay-dubya || 07/31/2016 9:56 Comments || Top||


#26  Everything west/north of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles should be split between Greece and Bulgaria.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/31/2016 10:08 Comments || Top||

#27  Back in the old pre-PC days when handling like material, there was no margin of error. The instructions for my system, if about to be overrun, was to detonate in place.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/31/2016 10:15 Comments || Top||

#28  phil_b: Some time ago the Turks would not allow the US to use Incirlik as a drone base when asked. Then the US recently received OK to revive the Incirlik base that had been non-operational for years. I suggested then that it was one Muslim Brother (Erdogan) doing a favor for another Muslim Brother (B. Obama). The fact that we have anything to do with Erdogan after it was learned that he was supplying arms to ISIS is absurd.
Posted by: Flusotle Barnsmell8444 || 07/31/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||

#29  some info from the twitter feed:

In the wake of the coup attempt, several military officials at the Incirlik Air Base, including its commander, General Bekir Ercan Van, were arrested on treason charges by Turkish authorities, which claimed that one of the rogue F-16 planes taking part in the rebellion to overthrow Erdogan’s government had been refueled there.

The general had even reportedly attempted to seek asylum in the US, but his plea was apparently rejected.

Incirlic Air Base is used by both the Turkish and US militaries and is vital to the US-led anti-terror bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq. It also serves as one of six NATO storage sites for US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. The exact number of nuclear bombs kept at the base is unknown, although, according to various estimates, it may store up to 90 warheads.

P.S. How do you say "cluster f**k" in Turkish?
Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/31/2016 12:15 Comments || Top||

#30  How do you say "cluster f**k" in Turkish?

If Turkey gets the bomb, we'll be saying it in Hebrew.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/31/2016 12:24 Comments || Top||

#31  So Vlad, warm water port?
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 14:40 Comments || Top||

#32  Don't worry G(r)om the Turk is hapless. Everything you've read about Turkish troops in Korea was PR. Without German leadership and logistical support Winston Churchill would have kicked islam ass at the Daradanelles and did so at Salonika. Stay friends with the E
Egyptians and the Jordanians. Get tight with Cyprus and the Greeks, spit on the Turkamen.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 14:47 Comments || Top||

#33  Difficult to believe. Good news is we got nukes. Hell we got Ohio Class crazed killers. Fuck 'em.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 15:00 Comments || Top||

#34  Wondering if there is a one-way ticket to Ankara in Fethullah Gülen's near-future?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 07/31/2016 18:39 Comments || Top||

#35  Well Barry did say he wanted to reduce the US nuclear arsenal.

Any word on Top Secret Arming Procedures traveled across State Department?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/31/2016 19:31 Comments || Top||

#36  If Gulen is smart, he needs to be headed to Canada for asylum. Obama will hand him over as part of his Muslim Brotherhood duties.
Posted by: Floth Munster3600 || 07/31/2016 19:54 Comments || Top||

#37  Apparently the Turks train with the nukes, so I assume they have the codes. And I doubt a physical hack is too difficult.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/31/2016 20:16 Comments || Top||

#38  Wondering if there is a one-way ticket to Ankara in Fethullah Gülen's near-future?

He'll be bundled on a red-eye flight to Istanbul before the US elections.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/31/2016 20:24 Comments || Top||

#39  Stars and Stripes

http://www.stripes.com/news/more-protests-at-incirlik-as-us-turkey-tensions-ratchet-up-1.421551
Posted by: Large Thrusoling7890 || 07/31/2016 21:11 Comments || Top||

#40  Re Gulen going to Canada: remember Skippy Trudeau is in charge there. He might hand Gulen over to the Turks.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/31/2016 21:12 Comments || Top||

#41  He would be safer in Uganda.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/31/2016 21:21 Comments || Top||

#42  I can't imagine the US letting Gulen leave the country without Turkish approval.
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/31/2016 21:36 Comments || Top||

#43  There is no evidence at all against Gulen. The Police were his "guys" that dis-armed the Army. He was no where anywhere. Maybe a more Sufi oriented than Sunni driven whatever.
Posted by: newc || 07/31/2016 23:58 Comments || Top||


35 Kurd kommies die in attack on Turkish base
Live to fight another day: Not found in Kurd Kommie parlance
Turkey’s army foiled a Kurdish attempt to storm a base in the southeastern Hakkari province early on Saturday, killing 35 militants, military officials said. The militants attempted to take the base in three different groups, but were spotted by aerial reconnaissance. An air operation was launched, killing 23 of them, the officials said.

Four more were then killed in a ground operation, they said.

The remaining eight were killed hours before in clashes in Hakkari’s Cukurca between soldiers and militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the officials said.

The soldiers were performing a security check when they were attacked by militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) late Friday.

Friday’s clashes in Cukurca also left 25 soldiers wounded, the officials said.
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India-Pakistan
Rangers vehicle targeted in Larkana bomb attack, one killed
LARAKANA: One Rangers official was killed and at least 14 others including five Rangers personnel sustained injuries in two explosions near a Rangers checkpost on Miro Khan Road here on Saturday, security sources said.

DIG Larkana Rangers Abdullah Shaikh told journalists 500 grams of explosives were used in each of the bombs, one of which was planted in a bicycle and the other under a garbage can.

The injured, which included five Rangers personnel and 10 passers-by, were shifted to Chandka Medical Hospital for treatment. However, one Rangers official succumbed to his injuries.

Another Rangers official was said to be in a critical condition.

A heavy contingent of the police cordoned off the area after the blasts and started a search operation in the area. Police sources told Dawn two suspects were arrested in the police operation, and shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation

A bomb disposal squad from Sukkur has reached the spot to determine the nature of the bombs.

Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akber also reached the location.

The newly-elected chief minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah took a strong notice of the attack. He telephoned DIG Larkana Abdullah Shaikh and directed him to bring all those involved in the attack to justice and report to him as soon as possible.

Rangers personnel have been targeted in Karachi and other parts of Sindh in the past as well.

The paramilitary force was targeted four times in March through grenade attacks in Karachi, leaving at least three Rangers soldiers wounded.
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FC controls all posts, hilltops along Afghan border in Khyber
[DAWN] LANDI KOTAL: The Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
along with the Khasadar and Levies personnel have taken effective control of almost all checkposts and hilltops in the Khyber Agency
... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
’s remote Bazaar Zakhakhel area along the border with Afghanistan.

According to information gathered from the security forces and political administration, the FC and Khasadar personnel fortified their position in the strategic Mishtari camp ‐ the forces headquarters in Bazaar Zakhakhel. They have also established joint checkposts in Tsasubi Kandaw and Maro Sar as part of the government’s border management policy to check illegal entry of Afghans into Pakistain via designated border points.

Officials said that a Lt. Colonel, Major and Captain of FC along with a subedar of Khyber’s Khasadar force were officiating their platoons at the Mishtari camp. The FC personnel were also deployed at Umar post, Ghakhi Kandaw, Mangal Bagh
...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency...
Kandaw and Tangay Sar hilltops and passages to check the movement of suspected murderous Moslems in the region which had served as headquarters of banned Death Eater organization Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
(LI) from 2005 to 2011.

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Iraq
Turkish warbirds hit Kurd Kommie water supplies in Qandil
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad- A well placed source in Baghdad informed that Turkish airstrikes against PKK guerrillas along the borders of Kurdistan Region have damaged to water supply resources of the villages near Mount Qandil.

Quoting an official from the Directorate of Water and Sewerage of Warti area, 36 km from Rawanduz in northwestern Erbil, the source said that every time Turkish warplanes bomb the area, they cause damage to the water supply network, particularly in Zargali village; which has always been on the target list.

“Village’s water supply has repeatedly been cut. The latest bombing in the area left the village without water for nearly a month,” the source informed quoting the official.

It may be mentioned here that the residents of these frequently targeted areas previously have demanded the government to pressure PKK to remove its bases from the areas.
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Ninevah: Airstrike removes 10 Turbans from gene pool
(IraqiNews.com) NINEVEH – Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced on Saturday that ten ISIS members were killed in an airstrike in the center of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

Media official in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Ghyath Surji, through a press statement, informed, “The international coalition aircrafts this afternoon carried out an air strike, which was targeted on a house that was been used as headquarters by the ISIS at al-Hadbaa neighborhood in central Mosul. The airstrike killed 10 ISIS members.”

Surji added, “The house was competely destroyed in the bombing.”.
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Anbar Antics: 20+ die

Khalidiya offensive begins

(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – Al-Hashed Al-Shaabi Command in Anbar province announced on Saturday that the liberation operations of Khalidiya Island to the east of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad) has begun.

The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar province in a statement said, “Iraqi forces, assisted by members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, have begun storming into Khalidiya island, 20 km east of Ramadi.”

Iraqi forces attack in four directions

(IraqiNews.com) ANBAR – Khalidiya Council Chairman in Anbar, Ali Daoud, informed on Saturday that the security forces have entered Khalidiya Island from four sides.

Daoud, in a press statement, said, “Iraqi Security Forces entered Khalidiya Island, 23 km east of Ramadi), from four directions. ISIS resistance is weak in the areas and the villages of Khalidiya.”

“Over 20 ISIS members were killed in aerial bombings jointly carried out by the International Coalition Aviation and Iraqi Air Force at Albu Bali area in Khalidiya. ISIS’ anti-armors and tanks were also destroyed in the bombing.”

ISIS masses troops to hit Heet

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Heet Council in Anbar province revealed on Saturday that ISIS is mobilizing its members in Heet Island to attack the district center.

The head of Heet Council, Mohammad al-Hiti said, “ISIS has begun massing its fighters in Heet Island and have begun preparation to attack Heet district (70 km west of Ramadi). Urgent military operation is required to prevent this advance.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die

2 die in bomb attack in Mahmudiya

(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – A source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry on Saturday reported about 1o casuaties after a blast ripped through Mahmudiya in south of Baghdad.

The source, sharing details about the incident, said, “A bomb exploded this morning near a popular market in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring eight others.”

The source, who asked not to be named, said “Security forces rushed to the area and transported the wounded to Mahmudiya General Hospital. The bodies of the deceased were sent to the forensic department. They further cordoned off the area and barred anyone from approaching it.”
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Brother-in-law of IS leader al-Baghdadi said killed in Iraq
[IsraelTimes] Airstrike in town near Syrian border kills 12 other high-ranking terror figures; IED-making lab, weapons depot also destroyed.

Some 13 senior 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....
figures, including the brother-in-law of the terror group’s leader, were killed in an Arclight airstrike in Iraq, the Iraqi joint operations command reported on Saturday.

The Arclight airstrike on Friday in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim in Anbar province, near the border with Syria and some 400 km northwest of the capital Baghdad, killed Ahmed Hassan Abu Kheir, His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
’s brother in law as well as one of his deputies, according to Saudi news channel al-Arabiya.

The Iranian al-Alam channel identified the deputy by the nom de guerre Abu Qasourah, a deputy war minister in the Islamic State.

At least 11 other IS gunnies were maimed in the air raid, according to the report.

A number of imported muscle were among the 13 fatalities, including from Russia and Chechnya, the Iraqi command reported.

A laboratory used to make improvised bombs (IEDs) and a weapons depot were also destroyed in the strike, according to the Iraqis.
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Southeast Asia
Philippine president calls off truce after rebel attack
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called off a weeklong cease-fire after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline, in an early setback to his efforts to end one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions.

It was the first irritant in what has been a blossoming relationship between Duterte, who calls himself a left-wing president, and the Maoist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades-long insurrection. Both sides had previously agreed to resume peace talks next month in Norway, and it was not immediately clear whether the talks would be affected.

Withdrawing his cease-fire order, Duterte said in a statement Saturday evening that he had ordered all government forces to go on high alert and "continue to discharge their normal functions and mandate to neutralize all threats to national security, protect the citizenry, enforce the laws and maintain peace in the land."

In a separate statement issued after the cease-fire order was lifted, the military said that the New People’s Army guerrillas had "missed a golden opportunity" to demonstrate their commitment to peace.

"This could have been what the Filipino nation had been waiting for - the silencing of the guns that could have hastened development, especially in the countryside," military chief of staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya said in the statement, adding that the armed forces would abide by Duterte’s latest order.

Duterte, who was sworn in on June 30, declared the government cease-fire Monday during his state of the nation address. Two days later, however, rebels killed the militiaman and maimed four others in southern Davao del Norte province, angering Duterte, who sought an explanation for the attack and gave the gunnies until 5 p.m. Saturday to declare their own cease-fire.

The rebels failed to declare a truce by the deadline. A regional rebel front man, Rigoberto Sanchez, instead accused the military of disobeying the president by continuing combat deployments and operations in the country’s south.

"There is no conspicuous and veritable unilateral cease-fire exercised by" the military, police and paramilitary forces in the south," he said in a statement posted on a rebel website.

While the New People’s Army in the south was ready to reciprocate Duterte’s cease-fire, "it cannot be harangued to reciprocate a unilateral cease-fire order that is overtly mocked by the Armed Forces of the Philippines hierarchy and its ground troops and paramilitary forces," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said that government forces have continued to undertake combat operations, surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and psychological warfare in civilian communities, and alleged that troops were protecting "illegal activities such as drug trade and logging and mining pay-offs."

Military officials have denied rebel allegations that their combat operations were continuing, saying troops immediately shifted to defensive positions after the president announced the government cease-fire.

The snuffies had been recalled from a security mission following Duterte’s truce declaration and were traveling back to their patrol base when they came under rebel attack, the military said.

Duterte flew to Davao del Norte on Friday to attend the slain militiaman’s wake. Visibly upset, he asked the rebels if they would match his cease-fire.

"If I don’t get the word from you, then I will lift the order of cease-fire," the president said, adding that he was rejecting rebel demands for him to withdraw government troops and coppers from certain rural areas.

Rebel leaders then asked Duterte to give them more time to study his truce declaration, and the president responded by saying that was "not a good response."

The decades-long communist insurgency has left about 150,000 combatants and civilians dead since it broke out in the late 1960s. It also has stunted economic development, especially in the countryside, where the Maoist gunnies are active.

Under Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, peace talks stalled over the government’s refusal to heed a rebel demand for the release of some captured guerrillas. Duterte, however, has agreed to the release of detained rebels, who would be involved in peace talks, and designated two allies of the guerrillas to Cabinet posts in concessions aimed at fostering the talks.

It was unclear whether the emerging differences between Duterte and the guerrillas would affect the peace talks, scheduled for Aug. 20-27 in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

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#1  "Governing is hard!" - President Barbie
Posted by: Pappy || 07/31/2016 12:48 Comments || Top||

#2  ^^^ Indeed
Posted by: Shipman || 07/31/2016 15:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Gosh, you'd think a committed band of Maoist guerillas would respond favorably to a unilateral cease-fire. *eyeroll*
Posted by: ryuge || 07/31/2016 15:45 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian rebel troops continue advances into Manbij
MANBIJ – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) freed some 3,000 civilians on Saturday, after making more advances against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the city of Manbij, the SDF leadership reported.

Speaking to ARA News, the official spokesman of the SDF-led Manbij Military Council Sharvan Darwish said they have freed nearly 3,000 cvilians after their forces took control of the Al-Jazeera road in Manbij city in Syria’s northern Aleppo province.

“Everyday we are liberating civilians who were trapped inside clashes districts and take them to safe areas,” he said.

“In the last few days our forces were able to release 500 to 1000 civilians per day, however today the number has increased after we liberated the Al Jazeera road,” the SDF official told ARA News.

ISIS militants have been using the trapped civilians as human shield in order to halt the advance made by SDF forces. The group has also killed dozens of people who tried to escape the city of Manbij.

The Kurdish-led SDF forces accepted an initiative by the Manbij notable citizens to open a humanitarian corridor, but so far, ISIS did not respond to any initiative to free civilians stranded in the war-torn city.

“More than 70 per cent of Manbij is officially liberated. Our forces are now tightening the siege over the city. The ISIS militants will soon collapse in Manbij, and we are not far from liberating the city centre,” Darwish concluded.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edtion
ISIS kidnaps 20 yutes

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A source in Kirkuk informed on Saturday that ISIS kidnapped 20 persons during a raid at a number of villages west of Kirkuk (250 km west of Baghdad), charging them to be collaborating with the security forces.

Sharing details the source said, “ISIS members carried out raid operations and arrested a number of villagers in Hawija, 55 km west of Kirkuk.”

The source, who requested anonymity, further added, “Total 20 persons were arrested by the ISIS and of them, mostly were young people. The arrested individuals were charged of spying and cooperating with the security services. They were taken to an unknown destination.”

It may be mentioned here that areas south and west of Kirkuk have been under ISIS control since June 2014.

No Netflix and Kill for you: ISIS bans satellite TV

(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) decreed that it will punish owners of satellite dishes in Deir al-Zour province (north-eastern Syria) with 50 lashes and a fine of 10,000 Syrian Pounds which is equal to approximately $46 US Dollars.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “ISIS has recently stepped up its campaign to ban the use of satellite dishes in the territories under its control in Syria and Iraq because they claim to broadcast rumors among Muslims.”
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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