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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1818 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Burleque, the early version of Barbeque? Might explain the Adipose on the Rose.
Posted by: jay-dubya || 08/07/2016 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Barbeque is older than burlesque. All the 16th century pirates were into barbeque, that's why they were called buccaneers.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/07/2016 14:24 Comments || Top||

#3  "The barbecue sauce on the Rose!
The audience licking your toes!
The roar of the greasepaint,
The smoke in a cloud..." "Ain't
It tough to get dose out yer clothes?"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/07/2016 16:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Mentioned in The Tempest IIRC which was set on a barely disguised Bermuda. Around 1600
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 16:51 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan general bans Pakistani rupee in southern province
[NYT] A senior Afghan police official regarded as one of the country's most powerful men has banned the use of the Pakistani currency in the key southern province of Kandahar.
Well they did kill his father.
The police chief of Kandahar, Gen. Abdul Raziq, said he has declared the use of the Pakistani rupee in business transactions a crime. But he says he hasn't yet decided on the punishment.
Disappearance was a common punishment while he was in charge of the Afghan Border Police (ABP) in Kandahar Province.
I suspect the punishment will be more like confiscation, with the proceeds being used to look after Mr. Big...
The rupee has been widely used in Afghanistan's eastern and southern provinces bordering Pakistan. The Iranian currency is used in the western border provinces.

"I'm not against business, but I don't want any other currency to be used in our country, especially the Pakistan and Iranian currencies," Raziq told The Associated Press Sunday.

Raziq's ban came into effect last week. Traders said it had an immediate effect, with the afghani strengthening in recent days.

"This is very good news, as people have been confused about what currency they should use and keep," said Kandahar tribal elder and businessman, Ahmad Shah Khan.

He said the afghani had strengthened to 560 for 1,000 Pakistani rupees, from 630 per 1,000 before the ban. The official Central Bank exchange rate Sunday was 622 per 1,000.

The afghani has also strengthened against the dollar, from 68 to 65 since the ban was introduced, traders said. The official rate is currently 67.5 afghanis to the dollar.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2016 08:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But they're softer and more absorbent than the Afghan currency!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/07/2016 19:24 Comments || Top||


Helmand War Rages As Battles Spread To Outskirts Of Capital
As battles continue raging in the war-hit southern province of Helmand, some lawmakers on Saturday blasted provincial authorities for what they called a lack of coordination between security forces.

They said that several areas in the province have collapsed to the Taliban over the past few weeks and that the fighting is taking a heavy toll on security forces.

"They (Taliban) fight in groups including guerrilla war, they can not be deployed in a certain location forever," said Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman of the ministry of defense.

At the same time, rumors have surfaced that the Taliban has cordoned off the Kandahar-Lashkargah highway.

"The Army and other forces are deployed over there, but the coordination between these forces is not good, drug smuggling and an intelligence war are other issues, ISI (Pakistani military intelligence service) has established another commission in the Quetta Shura (Afghan Taliban's powerful council) for Helmand war," said senator Sher Mohammad Akhondzada.

It is said that the Taliban has also widened its insurgency campaign in districts across the province – in a bid to mount pressure on security forces, of whom many are cornered in trenches in the particularly volatile district of Nad Ali.

"All government officials in Helmand are in a deep sleep, they wait for the Americans to come and conduct air strikes or when the commandos come and conduct operations, the forces are still in a defensive position in Helmand," said senator Hashim Alokozai.

It is reported that Taliban outfits control many areas in both Kunduz and Helmand and that military forces are battling to hold on to the provincial capital's in both provinces.

"In Helmand only some government compounds are under control of government, enemy exists three kilometers from there and they control the majority of Helmand areas, this is a collapse," said MP Obaidullah Barakzai.

Drug smuggling is one of the key elements of the longstanding war in Helmand as the province produce large of amounts of opium in the country

Analysts criticize the ministry of defense for not having taken control of the war in the province over the past ten months – which has resulted in the war spreading as far as the outskirts of Lashkargah city, the center of Helmand.

Video report at the link
Posted by: badanov || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under:


ISIS loyalists behead two men in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The 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 have beheaded two men 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 on charges of supporting the pro-government forces in their fight against the terror group.

The two men were reportedly executed in the restive Kot district on Friday which comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting operations against the terror group in this district.

The sympathizers of the terror group started circulating the photographs of the brutal execution of the two men in social media.

The ISIS loyalists have threatened everyone who backs the Afghan government against its self-declared Caliphate to face a similar punishment once captured by the group.

The latest execution by ISIS loyalists comes as the terror group received major blows during the ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar province during the recent weeks.

Both the Afghan and US forces conduct regular raids against the loyalists of the terror group in Nangarhar province.

The Afghan forces captured numerous key compounds used by the terror group in Nangarhar province after launched a major operation this province around two weeks ago.

Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


10 civilians killed in Paktia explosions
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least ten non-combatants were killed in separate bomb kabooms in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan on Friday, local officials said.

Provincial governor’s front man Naqib Ahmad Atal said at least five members of a single family bit the dust in the first kaboom in Samkanai district.

He said the incident took place after a vehicle carrying the civilians struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Atal further added that five more were killed in a separate kaboom targeting a tractor vehicle in the same district.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind teh incident.

Taliban bandidos myrmidons and forces of Evil belonging to the other myrmidon groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but the ordinary civilians are often targeted in such attacks.

This comes as 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...
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released the latest civilian casualties report late last month which stated at least 3726 non-combatants were killed or maimed between January and June of this year.

Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Explosion in Kabul leaves 5 policemen dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least five coppers bit the dust in an kaboom in the outskirts of Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
province late on Friday, local officials in Pashtun-infested Logar province said Saturday.

Provincial governor’s front man Salim Saleh said a commander of the Public Order Police Forces lost his life along with 4 coppers in Khak Jabar district.

He said Gen. Abdul Satar Hashemi was killed on Friday evening as he was on his way from Pashtun-infested Logar to Kabul and his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.

Saleh further added that Gen. Hashemi was serving as the commander of the 5th brigade of the Public Order Police Forces.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

According to reports, at least six civilians including a woman were killed in a similar incident on Azra-Khak-e-Jabar highway around four days ago.

Taliban Death Eaters and snuffies belonging to the other myrmidon groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but the ordinary civilians are often targeted in such attacks.

Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Fresh violence claims lives of 10 soldiers, 61 militants: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers bit the dust in the latest counter-terrorism operations across the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Khost, 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..
, Ghazni, Kunar, Pashtun-infested Logar, Uruzgan, and Farah province.

The statement further added 61 bandidos Lions of Islam were killed, 53 others including the 13 were maimed during the same operations.

At least 13 of the bandidos Lions of Islam were killed in Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand, 13 others were killed in Moosa Khel district of Khost, and 21 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 Achin district of Nangarhar.

According to MoD, at least 10 Taliban Lions of Islam were killed during a separate operation in Andar district of Ghazni province and 4 others were killed in separate raids in Kunar, Pashtun-infested Logar, Uruzgan and Farah provinces.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

This comes as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are busy conducting their annual counter-terrorism operations across the country.

The annual operation ’Shafaq’ was launched in response to Taliban’s annual spring offensive which the group launched in mid-April this year.
Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Shaboobs launch rounds of mortar on Baidoa
A 15-year old girl was killed and four other family members were wounded after al-Shabab militants fired mortars on the southwestern town of Baidoa early Saturday morning, witnesses said.

The militant group fired 11 rounds of mortars on several targets in the town including the airport and residential areas according to witnesses. One of the mortars landed on a home killing the girl and wounding her mother, two siblings and a sister in-law. Baidoa is 245 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu.

The father of the girl, Sheikh Ibrahim Sheikh Mohamed told VOA Somali said his daughter was in grade nine in high school. He said the youngest victim, his son, is seven years old. The attack occurred at around 3:30 am when the family was sleep, Mohamed said.

Deputy Director of Baidoa hospital Ahmed Ibrahim Ali said he expects the wounded to recover.

Somali MP Sidow Aden Abadir who visited the victims condemned the militant group for the shelling.

“Innocent victims were hurt in the hand of evil; may Allah bless the dead and heal the injured,” he said.

It’s the second heaviest bombardment on the town by al-Shabab in just over a month. In July two children were killed and 19 others were wounded after heavy mortar attack by al-Shabab.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Four North Sinai civilians killed by IED planted in garbage bag
[AlAhram] Four non-combatants were killed in North Sinai's El-Arish after an improvised bomb planted in a garbage bag detonated late Friday in the vicinity of a cop shoppe, state owned MENA agency reported.

According to a security source, the IED went kaboom! on El-Bahr Street as a sanitation truck was collecting garbage, killing a cleaning worker and a passerby.

Two members of the same family were also killed in the blast, 21-year-old Basma Said Mostafa Rashad, who died of her injuries on Saturday, and her brother Mohammed Said Mostafa, who died instantly when caught in the blast.

Three other people were maimed in the kaboom.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the attack, which comes only one day after Egypt's army announced that it killed the leader of Egypt’s 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....
affiliate Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis in Arclight airstrikes south of El-Arish.

The group, which originated in Sinai and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State holy warrior group in November, has grabbed credit for most of the attacks against security personnel and installations in the restive governorate.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/07/2016 01:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  "Mom, have you seen my IED?"
"Yeah, I threw it out"

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2016 10:46 Comments || Top||


Sebha airport plundered
[Libya Herald] The lawlessness gripping Sebha has extended to the plundering of the town’s airport. A large generator was stolen from outside the main building. Five days ago computers and printers were also taken.

An official at the airport complained that this was not the first time that the airport had been raided by thieves. The original use of the stolen computer equipment is unclear but without the emergency generator, the airport is now at the mercy of frequent and extensive power cut in the town.

Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  One of the huddud punishments defined by Mohamed either in the Kuran or the Hadith is the amputation of limbs for thievery. If the same punishment were imposed in the USA we would have a lot of handless beggars.
Posted by: Hupoluter B. Hayes2368 || 08/07/2016 10:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Sharia for everyone, Hupoluter?
Posted by: Pappy || 08/07/2016 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Naw, we teach thieves advanced LockSmithing at the hoosegow.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 11:38 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian gov't dismisses new BH leader as 'cheap propaganda'
[ALLAFRICA] Erstwhile leader of Jama'atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da'awati wal-Jihad, otherwise known as 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...
, Abubakar Shekau, has released a recorded message a few hours after news of his successor was made public by ISIS.

This came as the Federal Government, yesterday, dismissed as cheap propaganda reported appointment of a new leader for the sect, saying it was too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated terrorist group

The Islamic state bad boy group on Wednesday announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader of its West African affiliate, Boko Haram.

Shekau in the 10-minute 23-second audio message in Arabic and Hausa, said he was deceived, but vowed never to stray from the ideology of the Jama'atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da'awati wal-Jihad which he said had a basis in the Koran.

Shekau in the recorded message said nothing would deter the sect from pursuing its cause, even if they were called 'kwawarij', meaning those that opposed arbitration as a means to chose a new leader.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster...
the Federal Government has described as cheap propaganda the report that ISIS had appointed a new leader for Boko Haram, saying it was too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated terrorist organization.

The government, in a remark made by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the ongoing All Nigerian Conference of Editors in Port Harcourt, said: "By the way, don't believe the cheap propaganda by the global terrorist group, ISIS, which has reportedly named a new leader for Boko Haram.

"Our gallant military has put Boko Haram on the run and nothing will bring back the terrorists, not even the wishful thinking by ISIS."

Strategy Page: Boko Haram caught between the Nigerian air force and civilian village defence forces
Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Tor Al-Baha is on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster
The town of Tor Al-Baha, described by its governor Ulwan Al-Atri as the first line of defence for the temporary capital Aden, is suffering from poverty, unemployment and a lack of food after violent military confrontations between Popular Resistance forces and the rebels have been ongoing since the beginning of last year.

Tor Al-Baha is now dripping with the blood of Popular Resistance fighters who sacrificed their lives to stop Houthi militias and rebel forces from advancing. Rebel militias are stationed in Al-Qabita and Hayfan which are on the town’s northern border and they seek to reach the centre of the town which is only a few kilometres away from these locations. However, the militias are being faced with fierce resistance from the Popular Resistance in Tor Al-Baha.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the governor of Tor Al-Baha Ulwan Al-Atri said that the town is the “first line of defence for the interim capital Aden” as Tor Al-Baha’s border with the province of Taiz starts with the Al-Anad airbase border in the east and ends with the Al-Utayrah area in the west. He continued by saying that the continuation of the war and its duration has caused economic collapse and a rise in unemployment and begging. The situation of citizens is bordering on a humanitarian catastrophe in the absence of employment opportunities, salaries that have been delayed for several months and the collapse of the currency. The disappearance of petroleum products has caused the collapse of workshops, transport vehicles being taken out of service and the disruption of irrigation systems used on farms.

Asharq Al-Awsat
Posted by: badanov || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Al-Qaeda operatives killed in Yemen strike
[AlArabiya] The US military killed three al Qaeda operatives in a strike on Thursday in Yemen, US Central Command said on Friday.

The Central Command statement did not specify how the strike was carried out or the identities of those killed.

Al-Qaeda exploited the civil war in Yemen between Shiite Houthi rebels and government forces to expand its presence in the south and southeast.

The United States regularly conducts air strikes against al-Qaeda. A March strike on a training camp west of Mukalla killed more than 70 fighters.
Posted by: badanov || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


UN: Yemen talks in Kuwait end, peace efforts to continue
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] UN envoy to 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...
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced on Saturday the end of Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, but said negotiation between the two Yemeni warring sides will resume within a month.

"Yemen peace talks will resume in a month, and the location will be decided later," Ould Cheikh Ahmed told news hounds during a presser in Kuwait.

The UN, meanwhile, did not ask Kuwait to hots the second rounds of talks, Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.

The envoy thanked the two sides: the internationally recognized government of Abedrabu Mansur Hadi, and the Iran-backed 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 and their allied former Yemeni 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...
and his loyalists.

The diplomat said bringing the two sides "at one negotiation table was an achievement in itself," but said "trust was missing," calling to implement measures to build "trust" between the two.

The envoy highlighted nine points as recommendation for the two, including the release of all political prisoners and bringing military experts to the next round of talks.

He said: "We will leave the two sides time to consult with their leadership."

The envoy rejected that the talks in Kuwait have failed, and criticized any "unilateral" steps taken by any of the two sides.

But he did not make any further mention of how the Houthis and forces loyal to Saleh on Saturday appointed a council set up to govern Yemen, in a new blow to the UN-mediated peace talks.

The militia alliance announced the creation of the council on July 28, a move denounced by Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed said previously it would damage the talks and represented a "grave breach" of UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

The council includes 10 members, equally divided between Houthi and Saleh loyalists, according to a list published by the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency on Saturday.

They include Salah al-Sammad, head of the Houthis’ political wing Ansarullah, and Sadek Abu Ras, deputy head of Saleh’s party, the General People’s Congress.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed is expected to announce the suspension of the talks on Saturday in Kuwait, in the presence of the Houthis and government delegations.

The UN envoy told Kuwaiti TV on Thursday that he hopes to relaunch talks in the future.

The talks began on April 21 but broke down last month when the Houthis rejected a UN peace plan, saying any settlement must include the formation of a unity government.

Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  The diplomat said bringing the two sides "at one negotiation table was an achievement in itself," but said "trust was missing," calling to implement measures to build "trust" between the two.

Maybe a Houthi could fall backwards off a table, and the Hadis could catch him?
Posted by: Pappy || 08/07/2016 10:41 Comments || Top||

#2  why haven't the Saoodis located and bombed the sh*t out of Saleh?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2016 11:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe they could run the rope course together, making sure no one has a knife or a bolt-cutter.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 21:14 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Nazimuddin Samad murder mastermind identified
[Dhaka Tribune] Police have said they have identified the criminal mastermind and the perpetrators of the killing of Jagannath University (JnU) Masters student Nazimuddin Samad in Old Dhaka, and they belong to the banned Lion of Islam outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT)

A "sleeper cell" of the outfit from Sylhet targeted 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad for his writings online, followed him and carried out the killing.

Police have gleaned these information by interrogating one of the attackers who was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in April, a senior Detective Branch (DB) official told Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

The arrested attacker is Mehedi Hasan Ami alias Rafi alias Osama alias Hasan alias Abdullah, from Purba Darga gate area of Kotwali cop shoppe in Sylhet city.

A Dhaka police team arrested him on April 19 from Sylhet.

Interrogating Ami, Sherlocks gleaned the identities of five others responsible for the attack, including the criminal mastermind of the gruesome killing. The criminal mastermind was identified as Saiful Islam, an ABT member who is on the run.

On April 6, Nazim, information and research secretary of Sylhet district unit Bangabandhu Jatiya Jubo Gay Pareehad, also a Gonojagoron Moncho activist, was hacked to death in Old Dhaka’s Sutrapur.

A day after the incident, Nurul Islam, sub-inspector of Sutrapur cop shoppe, filed a case against four to five person or persons unknown.

Within a few days, ABT, the Bangladesh division of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), claimed the murder, calling Nazim a blasphemer.

Sutrapur police investigated the case at first but handed it over to Criminal Investigation Department, and then it was given to the DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit for further investigation.

Nazim was a student of Leading University of Sylhet and completed LLB there in 2014. Ami was also a student of the university.

At that time, Nazim used to write against extremism and radicalism on facebook.

When bloggers Ananta Bijoy Das and Niladri Chatterjee were killed, the former in Sylhet on May 12 last year and the latter on August 7 in Dhaka, Nazim grew concerned.

He even possibly escaped one attack, a few days after Niladri’s killing, when four to five youths followed him in Ambarkhana area of Sylhet and he took shelter in a nearby mess. Later, Nazim stopped writing online.

He came to Dhaka in January and got himself admitted to JnU in February and began living in Gendaria. Just two weeks later, he was killed in the Ekrampur intersection area nearby.

An official involved in the investigation process, requesting anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that Nazim was targeted when he used to write. The planning was made in Sylhet but the execution was done in Dhaka.

One of the attackers, Ami, during interrogation gave sensational information to Sherlocks, who was earlier a Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member and later joined with ABT activities.

An investigating source said Ami’s information has already helped law enforcement break down ABT’s network in Sylhet and led to arrests.

On August 2, CT unit arrested Ifat Ahmed Chowdhury Nahid, a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, for suspected involvement with ABT.

On July 19, CT unit arrested another suspect, Abdul Aziz from the same department at SUST.

Saiful Islam, additional deputy commissioner of CT unit, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had information and idea on the numbers of ABT leaders in Sylhet.

"Some have already been arrested and others will be arrested soon," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team


Europe
France expels Malian on suspected militant links, more costs of colonization
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] La Belle France has expelled a Malian believed to pose a "serious threat to public order for belonging to a Lion of Islam Islamist movement," the interior ministry said Saturday.

"Malian national Moussa Keita was expelled to his homeland yesterday bringing to 81 the number of expulsion measures taken since 2012," the ministry said.

The ministry said Keita was expelled Friday on his release from jail after serving "a heavy sentence for common law offences," the ministry said. Those included armed robbery, according to a source close to the case.

The source also said Keita had indicated interest in joining Islamist snuffies in Syria and Iraq.

On Thursday, La Belle France had expelled Algerian Abdelkrim Mostefai on suspicion of links to Lion of Islam networks, according to a police source.

Cycling championship in Nice cancelled because of terror concerns

[AnNahar] In Nice mayor Philippe Pradal told a news conference that the decision to cancel the European road championships had been taken due to the level of policing available.

"Given that it was an event that would have required a large police presence, and that we have not received any guarantees about their deployment, the cycling championships that Nice was due to hold in France's name are cancelled," he said.

Many traditional and cultural festivities have been either downsized or cancelled altogether, with Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian saying the series of jihadist attacks in France put the country in a "war situation".

"Everyone must understand that we are in this situation and that sometimes that entails constraints," he said.

France returns hundreds of migrants to Italy

[Ynet] France has returned some 200 migrants to Italy who plunged into the sea to cross into France, evading border controls.

They were among some 300 who had moved to the rocky shoals on the Italian side of the border in recent days, in defiance of authorities who had removed migrants from the shoreline last summer. The No Borders activist group said the action was aimed at forcing the border to re-open. They plan a protest on Sunday.

USA Today has more:
Paris prosecutor's office said a Frenchman arrested in the Netherlands in March was transferred to France Thursday. Anis Bahri was handed preliminary terrorism charges for an alleged attack plot and placed in custody. French investigators suspect him of being an accomplice of Reda Kriket, a Frenchman arrested a few days before him in the Paris region for allegedly plotting an attack in France.

Dozens of summer events have been canceled because maximal security cannot be assured despite an additional injection of security forces.

However, one major event that draws thousands, including many suffering serious illnesses, is not being scratched: the Feast of the Assumption on Aug. 15 in the pilgrimage site of Lourdes in southern France, with its sanctuary reputed for its curative spring waters. Security plans for Lourdes' biggest annual event were being announced next week.

Marseille, France's second largest city, has canceled a string of events, including the Aug. 13 flyover of the "Patrouille de France" air team that streams the French colors through the sky.

"This is absolutely not surrender to terrorism," Prefect Laurent Nunez insisted in an interview with the AP on Thursday, noting that numerous events were not scratched.

The number of soldiers patrolling Marseille increased from 350 to 600 after the attack in Nice.
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#1  France started phasing out PeaceTime conscription in 1996 (sez wiki) however...


/France accordingly suspended peacetime military conscription in 1996. President Jacques Chirac's government formally announced the end of compulsory military service[4] in 2001. Young people must still, however, register for possible obligatory service of an unspecified nature (should the need arise). A recent change is that women must now register as well.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 11:43 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Kurd Kommies Kill Two Turk Soldiers in Hakkari
Two soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in the Şemdinli district of the southeastern province of Hakkari on Aug. 5 in an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

PKK militants targeted the Tekeli Battalion Command’s base area with long-barrel guns. An aerial operation was initiated in the area to apprehend the militants.
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#1  PKK is not as communist as it used to be. They have an ideology called Democratic Con-Federalism which seems to be a fusion of various ideologies. I'm sure some of the rank and file are still commies but I'm not real sure if the movement can still be called commie.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/07/2016 0:21 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three children injured in blast
[DAWN] PARACHINAR: Three children were maimed when an unwent kaboom! shell went off in Belyamin area of lower Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
here on Friday.

Local people said that the children identified as Kashif Hussain, Akbar Abbas and Qaim Hussain, all of them students, were grazing cattle in the nearby mountain when they came across a shell.

The shell went kaboom! when the children tried to break it. As a result, they were maimed.

The injured children were shifted to Alizai hospital where the doctors said that they were in stable, pH balanced condition. The political administration registered the case and started investigations.

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14 killed in terror attack in Assam
Follow-up from yesterday. A reminder that not all terrorists are Islamicists.
At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 others injured after terrorists opened fire and hurled grenades at a busy market area in the northeastern Indian state of Assam Friday, a top police official said, Xinhua reported.

The incident took at the busy weekly Balajan Tiniali market outside the state's Kokrajhar town, around 220 kms from Guwahati, where hundreds of people had gathered for trade. The terrorists came in an auto-rickshaw and started firing indiscrimately at the market.

"At least three to four militants attacked the market place in the afternoon. One militant has also been neutralised. We have launched an intensive operation to track down others involved in the terror attack," state police chief Mukesh Sahay told the media.

While 14 people lost their lives, those injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals where the condition of some are said to be serious, the official said.

Local TV channels reported the area has been cordoned off by the security forces and operations have been launched to track down the militants who are suspected to be hiding in nearby buildings in the area. Some reports said a building adjacent to the market place caught fire in the attack.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the attack. "We strongly condemn it. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and those injured."

Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also condemned the attack and promised action. "Whoever is responsible for this will not be spared. Our policy is zero tolerance for terrorism," he told the media in the national capital.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, police suspect the militants were rebels of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland in Kokrajhar, which has been fighting for a separate homeland for the region's ethnic Bodo people.
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Iraq
Ninevah Nightmares
Iraqif forces capture Ramah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Ramah village in southern Mosul has been liberated from ISIS control, informed Iraqi army.

Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operations General Najim al-Jabouri, sharing details, said, “Security forces liberated Ramah village toward al-Qayyarah axis in southern Mosul.”

“Forces from the police and army are continuing to advance after liberating Qayyarah and controlling the majority of areas and villages in and around Mosul,” Jabouri added.
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Anbar Antics

Iraqi forces capture ISIS bomb factory near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The commander of Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi announced on Saturday about the discovery of an ISIS booby-trapping laboratory east of Ramadi.

Mahlawi in a press statement, said, “A force of the army belonging to the 10th Division managed, through inspections and cleansing operations in Khalidiya Island, find a booby-trapping plant containing explosive materials.”

Mahlawi added, “The force killed three terrorists who were hiding in a house in Khalidiya Island, east of Ramadi.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead
1 dead in artillery attack near Radwaniyah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed that shelling towards southwest of Baghdad killed at least one person and injured around eight others.

“Two mortar shells were lobed near Radwaniyah. Ambulances rushed to the incident area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the body of the deceased to the forensic department,” the source further added.
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ISIS destroy deeds in Mosul sparking fears that minorities will lose ownership
[RUDAW.NET] 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....
holy warriors have reportedly collected and burned all deeds to houses and land in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and issued owners with new ownership documents, a Kurdish official said on Friday.

"After forcefully seizing the documents, on Friday August 5, ISIS [ISIS] organization torched all the house and land deeds and documents from [the time of the] Iraqi government in Mosul," Saeed Mamuzini, who was the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s representative in Mosul before the city was taken over by the Islamic State, told Rudaw.

Mamuzini added that ISIS holy warriors have printed new deeds and documents bearing the ISIS logo and given them to those occupying homes and land in the city. The fear is that property owners who fled the city and whose houses have been taken over by others will now have problems establishing ownership of their houses and land.

This destruction of the deeds threatens minorities in the region, Mamuzini said, "Because [any house and property of] Kurdish families who fled ISIS in the region has been occupied by an Arab family."

Homes and property of Yezidi and Christian minorities have also been appropriated by the Death Eater group.

ISIS holy warriors took over Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in June 2014, and the city has been the group’s main stronghold in Iraq for more than two years.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas member killed in Gaza tunnel collapse
[IsraelTimes] A member of the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, terror group was killed on Saturday when a tunnel collapsed in the Gazoo Strip, Paleostinian health officials and the group’s military wing said.

The front man of the Paleostinian health ministry in Gazoo, Ashraf al-Qodra, identified the man as Khaled al-Hoor, 22.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades in a terse statement said it "deplored" Hoor’s death.
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#1  No last words, I expect.
just a muffled sucking sound.

"Izz ad-Din", really?( catchy name.)
So is" Khalid , son of a Whore ", but we won't go into that.
Posted by: Greanter Creater1877 || 08/07/2016 8:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Khalid means immortal or long lasting or eternal

so

the Eternal son of Hoori
Posted by: lord garth || 08/07/2016 9:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Burial services were already done
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2016 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Gee Hemingway - I guess you just got schooled.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/07/2016 10:50 Comments || Top||

#5  :)
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Pappy I know your in the desert, where did you learn to play the fish?
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 11:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Irrigation canals, Ship.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/07/2016 13:29 Comments || Top||

#8  They are not happy unless they are burrowing. Like moths to the light of a candle.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/07/2016 13:53 Comments || Top||

#9  They are not happy unless they are burrowing. Like moths to the light of a candle.

The insect metaphor. Quite appropriate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2016 13:55 Comments || Top||

#10  They hibernate patiently. Haters
Lie idle beneath the invaders,
But finally they gotta
Rise up -- intifada! --
And make like Islamic cicadas.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/07/2016 16:41 Comments || Top||

#11  A wonderful metaphor, Zenobia F.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/07/2016 20:30 Comments || Top||

#12  That is a keeper, Zenobia F!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/07/2016 23:24 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Indonesian police: plot foiled to fire rocket at Singapore
[BOSTONHERALD] Indonesia's counter-terrorism police on Friday jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
six suspected turbans who were allegedly planning to launch a rocket attack on downtown Singapore from nearby Batam island.

The Indonesian men were captured Friday on the Indonesian island, which is about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Singapore, said National Police front man Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar.

He said the arrests, which included the 31-year-old alleged leader of the group, highlight the continued threat posed by snuffies in Indonesia despite a sustained crackdown by authorities.

"We have strong indications that the six men were planning to launch a rocket at Singapore's Marina Bay from Batam," Amar said. He would not confirm whether an actual rocket had been found in the police raid.

Marina Bay is a busy area close to the heart of Singapore's downtown filled with office towers, waterside eateries and tourist attractions, including one of Asia's biggest casinos.

Amar said all the men claimed they were members of Katibah Gigih Rahmat, a little-known Death Eater group that helps Indonesian turbans travel to Syria. Police believe it has received funds from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Syria.

Naim has been linked to a succession of poorly executed attacks in Indonesia, including a suicide kaboom outside police headquarters in the city of Solo last month that killed the bomber.

Singapore state media reported that local authorities were aware of the rocket plot.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement that Singapore's security agencies had coordinated with Indonesia to monitor the activities of the group and apprehend those involved.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Moslem nation, suffered a spate of deadly attacks by members of the Jemaah Islamiyah murderous Moslem network, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

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Three wounded by gunmen in southern Thailand
[The Nation] Three people were injured in two separate shooting attacks in Pattani's Ma Yor and Khok Pho districts on Thursday night.

In the Ma-Yor attack, an official from the Narcotics Control Board and a local resident were injured in an ambush at 10:30 p.m. In the Khok Pho attack, which occurred around the same time, two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at ten young Muslim men having a meal at a house near the Nurudin mosque.

Police suspect that both incidents were part of the ongoing insurgency in southern Thailand.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US-backed Syrian forces seize 'Islamic State' stronghold Manbij
[DW] The Syrian Democratic Forces have cleared 90 percent of the strategic city of "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....
" Lion of Islams. Manbij had been "a citadel of foreign terrorists," said a front man for the US-led coalition against the group.

"The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Manbij on Saturday and are combing the city in search of the last remaining jihadists," the Observatory said.

Around 90 percent of the city had been cleared of the IS fighters, but skirmishes continue in parts of the city, including the center, SDF-allied Manbij military council front man Sharfan Darwish told Rooters news agency.

In May, the SDF launched a major offensive in and around Manbij to sever the key transit point in the Lion of Islam group's supply route from the Turkish border to Raqqa, its de facto capital.

Backed by US Arclight airstrikes, the SDF surrounded the city in June. However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
the alliance of anti-IS Syrian groups, including Kurdish YPG fighters, faced setbacks as the Lion of Islam group fought back using jacket wallahs and boom-mobiles.

The offensive witnessed a series of successes in August, with US-led coalition front man Mark McGurk saying the Lion of Islam group's defenses had been degraded "in what had been a citadel of foreign terrorists."
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Air raids kill 10 near Syria hospital
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A barrage of air strikes on Saturday near a hospital in northwestern Syria killed at least 10 civilians, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitor said the raids targeted the town of Milis in Idlib province, which borders The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and is controlled by a rebel alliance led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian branch.

The Britannia-based monitor said three children and two women were among the dead, adding that the raids were carried out by either Russian or regime warplanes.

The Idlib Media Center, which publishes news on developments in the province, said a hospital was hit in the raid by unidentified aircraft and that at least six people had been killed.

The World Health Organization said Syria was the most dangerous place for health care workers to operate last year, with 135 attacks on health facilities and workers in 2015.
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Syrian opposition: rebels break Aleppo siege
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A major Syrian opposition body announced on Saturday that rebel fighters have broken a devastating government siege of the battered city of Aleppo after six days of fierce battles.

"Rebels break Aleppo’s siege," wrote the Istanbul-based National Coalition on Twitter. The Islamist faction Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
also confirmed on Twitter that a rebel advance had "opened the route to Aleppo."

A monitor said earlier that a Syrian coalition of rebels on Saturday seized key positions south of Aleppo as they press a major offensive to break the government siege of the city.

"The Army of Conquest on Saturday took control of the armament school, where there is a large amount of ammunitions, and a large part of the artillery school" at a military academy south of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A quarter of a million civilians still live in Aleppo’s opposition-controlled eastern neighborhoods, effectively under siege since the army, aided by Iranian-backed militias, cut off the last road into rebel districts in early July.

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist rebel groups called "Jaish al Fateh" that includes Jabhat Fateh al Sham, the former al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, Ahrar al Sham and other smaller groups, said they had taken the main fortress-like artillery academy in the Ramousah quarter in southwestern Aleppo.

They were now fighting to take the other military academies adjoining the artillery base that are among the country’s largest.

The artillery base is almost 2 km from the besieged opposition area. It has a huge supply of ammunition and is used regularly to shell parts of the city held by opposition forces.

The rebels are trying to break through a strip of government-controlled territory to reconnect their encircled sector of eastern Aleppo with a swathe of Death Eater territory in the west of Syria, effectively breaking the siege.

The fall of that strip would also cut off western Aleppo, which is in government hands.

"There are two jacket wallahs who have driven into regime posts inside the artillery base," said Abu al-Walid, a fighter with Ahrar al Sham, who said there was fighting inside the base.

Hundreds of fighters were clashing with government troops only a few hundred meters from each other in parts of the artillery base after breaking into government defenses around the heavily fortified compound, rebels said.

500 killed in Aleppo battle
More than 500 rebels and government forces have been killed in one week of fierce fighting to control the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Observatory said.

The Observatory said the majority of those killed since July 31 were rebels fighters and turbans "because of the aerial superiority of the regime and intense Russian air strikes" but it could not immediately provide a breakdown of the toll.

Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city before the outbreak of the civil war five years ago, has been divided between government forces and rebels since the summer of 2012.

Seizing full control would be the biggest victory for Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
in five years of fighting and demonstrate the dramatic shift of fortunes in his favor since Russia joined the war on his side last year.

Extremist rebels have poured in thousands of fighters mainly from the rebel-held province of Idlib in north western Syria and deployed dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in the operation that was named the "Epic battle of Aleppo."

Inside the city, Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), among them vetted US-backed groups, helped pile pressure on the army and its allies along other front lines.

Foreign opponents of Assad including 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...
and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
have been supplying vetted rebel groups with weapons via a Turkey-based operations center.

Some of these groups have received military training overseen by the US Central Intelligence Agency. The vetted groups have been a regular target of the Russian air strikes.

Jabhat Fateh al Sham, which is believed to have carried out at least three suicide kabooms so far, said it also killed a number of Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah fighters it said were defending the artillery school.

The holy warrior Shi’ite group that fights alongside Assad’s government forces is an ally of Iranian-backed militias and the Russians in trying to help Assad regain control of the opposition-held parts of Aleppo.

The deputy head of the powerful Lebanese Islamist group, Sheikh Naim Qassem
... the Grand Vizier of the Hezbullies...
, said in an interview with Rooters this week he saw no immediate end to the war in Syria.

The army said it had foiled the attack on the artillery base and two major military academies. Hundreds of murderous Moslems had been killed and much of their armoured vehicles and tanks destroyed, the army said. It said the assault was the biggest by rebels against government-held areas in the last few years.

"Today there was a large scale attack by the terrorist gangs and they used all types of weapons but were are fighting this attack and will defeat them," said Brigadier General Deeb Bazi, the head of one of the military academies targeted.

The army said at least a thousand murderous Moslems had been killed since the assault began earlier this week.

An army statement later said it had succeeded in containing the attack with help of allied forces and destroyed three explosive laden suicide vehicles. Reinforcements from pro-government militias were also coming to shore up army positions.

Rebels said jets flying at high altitude, believed to be Russian, intensified their strikes on the area but were unable to hold back rebel advances because of the terrain.

Both Moscow and its Syrian and Iranian allies see the outcome of the battle over Aleppo as decisive, counting on a crushing blow to murderous Moslems who were on the march until Russia intervened, shoring up Assad’s rule.

The complex, multi-sided civil war in Syria, raging since 2011, has drawn in most regional and global powers, caused the world’s worst humanitarian emergency and attracted recruits to Islamist militancy from around the world.
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#1  Not sure if the siege is broken, still 2 km away?
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Poorly phrased line in the article. The rebels inside east Aleppo also attacked southwestwards at the same time, and took a district to the southeast of the artillery college. It looks to be a legitimate defeat, there are tons of images of entire parks of captured artillery from the Idlib rebels. It'd take another major offensive to break back through and re-establish the supply route and the siege line. Theoretically the SAA and Hezbollah forces now stuck in west Aleppo along with god knows how many civilians could be supplied via the corridor blown through the rebel lines in the north last month, but that was just heavily fought over, and probably isn't clear enough to make a decent line of communication, not to mention it's mostly an isolated Kurdish enclave tentatively allied with the Syrians out of survival concerns.

The infuriating thing from a regime point of view is that the air force and the Russians were used throughout the breakout battle in bombing interior Idlib crossroads and civilian areas rather than any sort of serious CAS in support of the siege. Of course, there is a question about whether either the regime or the Russian air arms are *capable* of effective CAS, it requires forward air controllers, proper communication assets and training. Meanwhile, the Manbij siege is wrapping up, which saw effective CAS cooperation between a coalition air-force and mostly untrained Kurdish militia, probably with a strong leavening of American special forces on the ground.

Now, Manbij and Aleppo are an order of magnitude different from each other - the forces on both sides were much smaller, the urban areas aren't in the least comparable, so take that for what it's worth.
Posted by: Charles M. Hagmaier || 08/07/2016 5:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks Charles, comment more.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/07/2016 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Welcome indeed. Don't be a stranger.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2016 8:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Perhaps the Russians aren't used to CAS in urban terrain.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/07/2016 13:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Russian have experience in urban CAS
Posted by: badanov || 08/07/2016 15:18 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS attacks buses carrying civilians near Tikrit

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – ISIS today attacked the buses that were carrying displaced persons out from Tikrit. Over 20 mortars were shelled on the buses but nobody was hurt or there was no fatality in the attack.

General Manager of the State Company for Travelers and Delegates Transportation Abdullah Laibi, in a statement issued to the media, said, “Seven buses of the company were attacked by ISIS with over 20 mortar shells. The attack was made when the buses were leaving Tikrit and were carrying the internally displaced persons (IDP) out of the city.”

“Apart from damaging the windshields, the buses received no other damage. No person were also hurt,” Laibi added.

ISIS stops 3,000 from leaving Hawija

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) informed on Friday that according to reports available with them, ISIS detained around 3000 persons who tried to escape to Kirkuk city in Iraq.

As per reports, UNHCR office received reports that ISIS, on August 4, 2016, arrested about 3000 displaced persons while they were trying to flee Hawija to Kirkuk city. Reports further suggest that 12 of them were killed by the outfit.

200 dead found in mass grave in Anbar

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – An official of al-Hashed al-Shaabi announced on Saturday about the discovery of an ISIS mass grave in Khalidiya Island in Anbar province.

Commander of Imam Ali Division Ahmed al-Fatlawi said, “A mass grave, including around 200 bodies, which are believed to be that of ISIS fighters, was discovered in Khalidiya Island in Anbar province.”

“The graveyard of dead members of the outfit was from previous battles. ISIS buried its dead members in a collective manner,” Fatlawi added.

It may be mentioned here that the army, police and federal police in the past few successfully liberated Khalidiya Island.

Iraqi kops rescue civilians from ISIS control

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Salahuddin province informed that a team of the province police successfully rescued three families who fled from Hawija from ISIS control in eastern Tikrit.

Sharing details the source said, “Police forces today clashed with ISIS members at al-Abyad, 40 km northeast of Tikrit. The ISIS members were chasing the families who fled from Hawija district in western Kirkuk while the police had this face-off. In the exchange of fire, two ISIS fighters were killed and they rescued the fleeing families. The families were later transferred to al-Alam in eastern Tikrit.”

85 civilians die in Hawija

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – An official from al-Hashed al-shaabi mitia, Jabbar Maamouri announced on Saturday, that 85 civilians were killed in Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk.

Mamouri, in a press statement, said, “Intelligence reports indicate that at least 85 civilians were killed in a mass massacre carried out by ISIS in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk. The dead included women and children,” further adding, “Hundreds of families are being currently held hostage by the outfit.”
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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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Fri 2016-08-05
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Thu 2016-08-04
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Wed 2016-08-03
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Tue 2016-08-02
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Mon 2016-08-01
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Wed 2016-07-27
  Islamist Militants Kill Nine Christians in Democratic Republic of Congo
Tue 2016-07-26
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Mon 2016-07-25
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