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Terror on Swiss train as passengers are attacked by passenger with fire and knife
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [989 views] Top|| File under:

#1  aerosol hair style
tats and specs assault the eyes
and in her hands - what?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/13/2016 1:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Bat-Widget
Posted by: Shipman || 08/13/2016 1:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Tattoo gun?
Posted by: Chaith Oppressor of the Lutherans1517 || 08/13/2016 2:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice glasses. Holding an airbrush?
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 08/13/2016 10:38 Comments || Top||

#5  It is a tattoo gun. Nasty device.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/13/2016 12:43 Comments || Top||

#6  I give up. Early photo of Hillary in college days?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/13/2016 19:31 Comments || Top||

#7  not far off, JohnQC

hmm, I just uploaded a pic youngHRCfugly.jpg but can't find it in Pix - said it uploaded ok. One of these days I'll figure the inner workings of the 'burg out.
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/13/2016 20:41 Comments || Top||


-Lurid Crime Tales-
The Kathy Shelton story
[Mail] A child rape victim says she cannot forgive Hillary Clinton for defending her rapist in court 40 years ago, saying the Democratic presidential candidate attacked her credibility despite knowing that her assailant was guilty -and later laughed about it in a taped interview.
Kathy Shelton was just 12 years old when a 41-year-old drifter raped her on the side of a desolate Arkansas road in 1975.

Now, four decades later, she has agreed to be named and pictured for the first time in this Daily Mail Online exclusive because she is furious that her rapist's defense attorney - Hillary Clinton - has been portraying herself as a lifelong advocate of women and girls on the campaign trail.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/13/2016 12:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:


-War on Police-
New Mexico police officer shot dead during traffic stop
[UPI] Three suspects were taken into custody after a New Mexico police officer was rubbed out during a traffic stop.

According to Las Cruces Sun-News, Hatch Police officer Jose Chavez, 33, was shot during a traffic stop after pulling over a grey Lexus at 3:41 p.m. Friday.

"During the traffic stop, a passenger who was in that vehicle reportedly exited the vehicle and fired shots at the officer," Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Jameson said.

Chavez died on Friday evening at University Medical Center in El Paso. Another officer responding to the traffic stop witnessed the shooting and called for medical attention.

KRQE reports the second officer engaged in a high speed chase with the shooter along Interstate 25.

The suspects carjacked another vehicle during the chase and shot the driver, whose condition is unknown.

"The suspects abandoned the vehicle they were in and reportedly carjacked a red Chevrolet Cruze at the rest area and allegedly shot the driver of that car," Jameson said.

The manhunt came to an end, as police were able to flatten the vehicles tires using stop sticks and "coax" the driver out of the vehicle.

"He surrendered to our deputies. At that point, the deputies noticed that the driver of the vehicle who was the suspect again was suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh," said Jameson.

The driver was taken into custody at around 5 p.m. The other two suspects were captured before 7 p.m. after attempting to flee the scene.
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WOT really? Cartel crime? Or just regular pendejos dirtbags?
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 12:16 Comments || Top||

#2  If the shooter was here illegally, that's de jure immunity.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/13/2016 12:40 Comments || Top||

#3  The usual suspects did away with the death penalty in NM a number of years back.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/13/2016 12:55 Comments || Top||

#4  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the identity of the man who is accused of shooting and killing 33-year-old Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez. They are saying the man is Jesse Hanes, 36, who reportedly had an outstanding warrant for aggravated murder in Ohio. - cite
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/13/2016 13:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Is that "Jessuh" Hanes? If you know what I mean?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/13/2016 16:10 Comments || Top||

#6  mugshots here - 2 white guys
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/13/2016 17:28 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm reminded of the angry redheaded guy interviewed in an Ohio parking lot who said the people killed on 9/11 "got what they deserved." The buckeye knows how to turn that sort out in droves...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/13/2016 18:33 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Heavy fighting as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital
[The National] Fighting raged in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province on Thursday after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban forces of Evil advancing on the capital of the southern poppy-growing region.

Afghan forces fought back forces of Evil in Nawa district, south of Lashkar Gah city, on Wednesday, raising alarm that the placid provincial capital was at risk.

Afghan and US officials said they would not allow another urban centre to be captured, after the Taliban briefly overran northern Kunduz city last September in their biggest victory in 15 years of war.

"The security situation in Lashkar Gah is under our control," said defence ministry front man Dawlat Waziri.

"We have retaken control of Nawa. Fighting is still going on in the outskirts but we are making progress with clearance operations," he said, adding that dozens of Taliban were killed in the fight.

Battles in recent days across Helmand, seen as the focal point of the insurgency, sent thousands of people fleeing to Lashkar Gah, resulting in a humanitarian crisis as officials reported food and water shortages.

The United States has stepped up air strikes supporting Afghan forces, highlighting the intensity of the battle in Helmand.

The turmoil underscored an unravelling security situation in Afghanistan.

About 30,000 people have been displaced in Helmand in recent weeks, officials said, with many of those fleeing to Lashkar Gah forced to abandon their lentil, maize and cotton crops during the lucrative harvest season.

"We left everything behind in Nawa ‐ our house, our grape and maize harvests. We fled with 15 members of my family to Lashkar Gah, fearing for our lives," Mohammad Ali, 40, said in a camp in the placid provincial capital.

"For the last three days we have been surviving on bread and water. We will die of hunger."

The residents of Lashkar Gah said the city was besieged, with roads from neighbouring districts heavily mined by the krazed killers.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it had downscaled its team in Lashkar Gah, with some non-medical staff moved from the city.

"In Helmand, #Afghanistan, we’re still running Boost hospital... as fighting nears," the international medical charity tweeted on Wednesday.

"We’ve shared coordinates of our 300 bed hospital to approaching warring parties in Helmand."

The Taliban controls or contests 10 of the 14 districts in Helmand, the deadliest province for British and US forces in Afghanistan over the past decade.

NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
officially ended its combat mission in December 2014, but US forces were granted greater powers in June to strike at the forces of Evil as president Barack Obama
I am not a dictator!...
vowed a more aggressive campaign.

Washington has deployed several hundred troops in Helmand in recent months.
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Emir of Islamic State in Afghanistan maybe really dead this time
[USATODAY] A U.S. Arclight airstrike last month killed Hafiz Sayed Khan, the head 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....
's branch in Afghanistan, a Pentagon front man said Friday.

Khan was killed July 26 as U.S. and Afghan Special Forces conducted operations against the terror group in southern 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, Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge said in a statement.

His death comes as part of a major effort to crush the Islamic State, which became a growing threat in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Khan, a former Pak Taliban member, became head of the region's Islamic State branch, known as the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province, in 2015, pledging allegiance to the group's overall leader 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...
Trowbridge said Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, and that his network terrorized Afghans, especially in Nangarhar, which borders Pakistain.

The Afghan branch uses the Nangarhar area to train, equip, disseminate and control fighter pipelines, providing Islamic State commanders throughout Afghanistan with a continuous supply of fighters, he said

"Nangarhar province has been a hotbed for (Islamic State) activity since the summer of 2015," Trowbridge said. "Khan’s death affects recruiting efforts and will disrupt (their) operations in Afghanistan and the region."

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistain Omar Zakhilwal told Rooters that the strike also killed several senior Islamic State commanders and fighters.
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Militants claim French drone killed civilians
Benghazi, 12 August 2016:

Four members of the same family, including two children, were reported to have been killed in a Benghazi airstrike today which Islamist militiamen are blaming on a French drone.

The Benghazi Defence Brigade has posted graphic video of a collapsed building in Ganfouda with crushed bodies inside. A later clip shows children being treated for what appear to be serious injuries.

There is no footage of the remnants of the munition that destroyed the property. It is unclear what caused the BDB to believe it had been targeted by a French drone.

Ganfouda and Gwarsha are now invested by the army who after swift advances in June, now appear to be making little or no progress against the IS and Ansar Al-Sharia terrorists trapped in the coastal enclave and their allies in the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council.

There are reports that French special forces have been pulling out of Benghazi. The presence of these troops was revealed when three of them died in a helicopter smash last month, admitted by the French government.

It had been known for some while that a unit of specialist troops had been based near Benina. Following the helicopter wreck, Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj met France’s ambassador to Libya, Antoine Sivan on the edge of the Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott and delivered a formal protest.

The speculation is that French forces are pulling out as a result of that meeting. However the evidence for the withdrawal seems slight. One anonymous source told a Turkish news agency that there did not seem to be as many French soldiers around as before.
Posted by: badanov || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Our human shields...didn't"
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 9:28 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthi Top Dawg, 40 others now pining for the fjords
Lovely plumage, doncha think?
Wonder if they'll nail his feet to the perch?
Saudi forces backed by aerial shelling from the Arab Coalition have killed an Iran-backed Houthi leader and 40 other militias near the kingdom’s southwestern borders with Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Thursday.

Saleh al-Houthi Mouawad Kibsi, the slain Houthi leader, was in charge of the militia’s military operation in the Yemeni region that borders the Saudi southwestern city of Najran. It was reported that Kibsi was killed along with his brother and two of his companions.

Earlier Thursday, the Saudi-led Arab coalition also launched air strikes on Houthi sites in the capital Sanaa and surrounding area, targeting the militia’s air bases and arms warehouse.

Sources told Al Arabiya News Channel that the raids also targeted areas where Houthis carried out fierce battles against forces loyal to the internationally recognized government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had to flee the country after a Houthi coup in September 2014.

Since Tuesday, the Arab coalition resumed its Operation Restoring Hope against the Houthis and their allies loyal to deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh after UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement.

The operation was also renewed after the Houthis started launching operations on the Saudi borders, which Riyadh dubbed as a “red line”.

The Houthis and Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) hold most of Yemen’s northern half while forces loyal to Hadi share control of the rest of the country with local tribes.

The fighting in which more than 6,400 people have been killed - half of them civilians - has created a humanitarian crisis in one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.
Posted by: badanov || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemeni forces arrest Al Qaeda leader who confessed to killing Emirati officer
[THENATIONAL.AE] Antiterrorism forces have placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
the head of Al Qaeda in Yemen’s restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province along with seven other members of the group.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  pliars and blowtorches, please
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 9:30 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Bangladesh police arrest five planning suicide attacks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Bangladesh police said on Friday they had locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
five members of a domestic Islamist Death Eater group planning suicide kabooms in the capital, Dhaka, as authorities hunted for the criminal mastermind of a deadly assault last month.

Police swooped on the cell on Thursday on the outskirts of Dhaka and said the suspects, including four would-be bombers and a bomb-maker, were sent to the capital to bolster the attack capability of the group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt.
(JMB).

"All of them were from the northern part of the country and were sent to Dhaka," said Monirul Islam, chief of the Dhaka police counter-terrorism unit.

He said the men were planning to launch attacks against high-profile targets in the city but he did not provide details.

Officers recovered jihadi material, 25 detonators and a huge amount of raw materials for explosives at the site in Kalyanpur, the same suburb where police potted nine suspected JMB members on July 26, Islam said.

Police have accused JMB, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, of a series of attacks over the past 18 months that has ratcheted up worries about the threat of militancy in the Moslem-majority South Asian country.

The attacks include the July 1 assault on an upmarket Dhaka cafe in which 22 people were killed, most of them foreigners.

ISIS grabbed credit for the cafe attack and while the government has dismissed the claim, security experts say the scale and sophistication of the assault suggest links to trans-national networks.

Islam, the counter-terrorism chief, said police believed that Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a Canadian citizen and prime suspect in the cafe attack, is in Dhaka.

Police are hunting for him, a sacked army major-turned Death Eater, Syed Mohammad Zia ul Haque, and a third suspects known as just "Merjer" in connection with the cafe attack, he said.

Analysts say Chowdhury was the same person ISIS identified in April as its commander in Bangladesh. But the government insists that ISIS has no presence in the country.

Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh


Europe
Man with knife attacks 7 people on Swiss train
Posted by: SAT2014 || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:


Terror on Swiss train as passengers are attacked by passenger with fire and knife
Lemme guess...he cursed in Swiss?
According to early reports, a man boarded the train, started a fire and then began stabbing passengers
How do you say "Allahu Akbar" in Helvetian?
Swiss train passengers have reported been attacked by a man with 'fire and a knife' sparking fears of new terror attack.

According to early reports, a man boarded the train, started a fire and then began stabbing passengers.

At least seven passengers were left seriously - suffering from burns and knife wounds after the 27-year-old man launched the assault.

A six year-old child is reported to be among those attacked by the man, who police revealed is a Swiss citizen.

There are reports that flammable liquid was used in the horrifying assault.

The attack took place on Saturday at around 2:20 p.m, just before the entered Salt Station in the canton of St Gallen in north eastern Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
.
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 13:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [617 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not easy to become a Swiss citizen. Would speculate convert rather than refugee.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/13/2016 14:19 Comments || Top||

#2  They know he's Swiss but they can't tell us his name. Hmm, I guess William Tell.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 08/13/2016 17:33 Comments || Top||

#3  He yodeled: "allahooooooooooo akhbar"
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 19:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Aw Frank - was it The Lonely Goatherd?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/13/2016 20:47 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
6 miscreants busted in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: Six suspected terrorists were apprehended along with a cache of arms and ammunition during a combing operation in Kallar Syedan and Gujar Khan areas of Rawalpindi district on Thursday, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

Amongst the persons arrested are two "important" militant commanders. Prepared improvised explosive devices (IED) were also recovered from their possession, said the statement.

Combing operations, which are underway across the country, are the latest initiative undertaken by the army against hiding 'terrorists' and terrorist sleeper cells.

A day after the horrific militant attack in Quetta which left over 70 people dead, the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif had instructed corps commanders and intelligence outfits to further intensify combing and targeted operations with the aim to eliminate terrorists and sleepers cells.

'Terror bid foiled'
In an unrelated development, four suspected suicide bombers were arrested in a raid by security forces in Khyber Agency's Jamrud tehsil, officials said.

Five suicide jackets and 15 kilograms of explosives were recovered from the suspects' possession.

The alleged terrorists appeared to have entered Khyber Agency through the Afghanistan border, said Assistant Political agent Ziaur Rehman

Security sources said the suspects were planning to attack security installments and hospitals on August 14 during Independence Day celebrations in Peshawar.

Rehman said the alleged militants have been shifted to a undisclosed location for further interrogation.
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JUI-F leader shot dead in Lower Dir
[DAWN] TIMERGARA: The district deputy general secretary JUI-F and an active member of Talash Dushkhel Qaumi Jirga, Syed Shah Ali Khan, was rubbed out by unidentified persons in Amlook Darra in the limits of Talash cop shoppe on Thursday morning.

Sources said that unidentified persons opened firing on him when he was asleep in the lawn of his house in Amlook Darra Talash village. The JUI-F leader was struck down in his prime.

The killers managed to escape after committing the crime. Police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified persons and started investigation. The heirs of the dear departed did not name anyone in the FIR.

The local chapter of JUI-F held a protest demonstration against the killing of its leader and demanded immediate arrest of the killers.

Hundreds of workers, led by JUI-F provincial chief Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, blocked Timergara-Chakdara Road in Talash for some time.

Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Four TTP suspects killed in Manghopir ‘encounter’
[DAWN] Law enforcement agencies on Thursday claimed to have killed four suspected snuffies belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain in an encounter in the Manghopir area.

They said the TTP suspects (Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
group) had arrived in the city to sabotage Independence Day celebrations.

The law enforcers conducted a targeted raid in Mir Mohammed Goth, and in the ensuing encounter, the four suspects got killed, according to the Rangers spokesperson.

"It was a joint operation conducted by the Pakistain Rangers, Sindh, and police," said Manghopir SHO Ghulam Husain Korai.

He identified the dear departed as Ikramullah, Sajjad alias Sajid, Ayaz and Jibran. "All of them belonged to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban (Swat group)," said the officer.

"They were involved in the killing of coppers and soldiers," said Mr Korai.

Three Kalashnikovs, kaboom and grenades were seized from their custody after the shootout, the officer said.

He said that a threat alert had already been issued on account of the Independence Day celebrations and they had received intelligence reports that the snuffies had arrived in the city to carry out terror act.

Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Al Qaeda highlights ‘Qari Imran Camp’ in South Waziristan
[LONGWARJOURNAL.ORG] Al Qaeda released a video of its fighters training at a makeshift camp in South Wazoo in 2013, long after the Pak military claimed the tribal agency was cleared of jihadists.

The video was produced and released by As Sahab, al Qaeda’s official media outlet. The Qari Imran
... the Qari Imran training camp is located in South Wazoo. It is named after its commander, Qari Imran alias Hakeem Nasir of the Mehsud group. Dawn describes Qari as an al-Qaeda facilitator, and the camp specializes in turning out boomers. 10 to 15 bad boyz were dronezapped at the camp on September 11th, 2008...
Camp is named after al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent’s former commander for Afghanistan who also served as a member of AQIS’ central shura, or central advisory council. The US killed Imran in a drone strike in January 2015.
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Manbij: Retreating ISIL fighters take 2,000 civilians as human shields
[The National] Around 2,000 civilians have been taken hostage as human shields by ISIS forces retreating from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a coalition fighting the forces of Evil and a monitoring group said on Friday.

Sherfan Darwish, a front man for the Manbij Military Council, said ISIS fighters used the civilians to ensure that they were not attacked as they withdrew north to Jarablus, an ISIS-held town on Syria’s border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
The council is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab factions that have surrounded Manbij since June. In a rare move last month, the SDF offered ISIS safe passage out of Manbij in a bid to avoid civilian casualties that they feared would come with an assault on the town. ISIS ignored the offer.

By the end of July, the SDF had captured most of Manbij with the help of air strikes from the US-led anti-ISIS coalition. In recent days, only small pockets of ISIS fighters remained in the town.

While around 2,000 civilians were kidnapped by ISIS in their retreat, Mr Darwish, the Manbij Military Council front man, said that an additional 2,500 civilians who had been held captive by ISIS were freed by the SDF.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on sources in Syria, said the civilians were placed in hundreds of cars that then headed for Jarabulus.

Elsewhere in Syria, government forces continued their assault on rebels in and around the city of Aleppo, where last week a coalition of opposition factions broke a three-week government siege of the city’s east. On Friday, air strikes in Aleppo province hit a market, a hospital and a village, killing at least 18 people.

Air strikes continued to target healthcare and emergency response facilities in the area.

A hospital in the town of Kafr Hamra, on the northern front line between rebels and government troops in Aleppo, was hit before dawn, killing two workers. A Syrian Civil Defense centre in eastern Aleppo was also hit by an air strike.

Last month, 43 health care facilities in opposition areas of Syria were partly or completely destroyed by the conflict.

"With heavy bombing continuing relentlessly in Aleppo especially, hospitals and clinics need to be treated as the sacred life-saving places they are, not as additional bombing targets," Nadim Houry, the deputy Middle East director of Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
said.

As the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
continues to urge weekly ceasefires to allow the delivery of aid to civilians trapped in Aleppo and a resumption of diplomatic talks, Turkey said on Friday that it was willing to work with Iran to resolve the conflict in Syria.

"We will closely cooperate on these issues [on Syria] after this meeting. There are issues we agree on, especially on Syrian territorial integrity," said Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Friday after meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Posted by: Fred || 08/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Jihadists foil first Syrian Army offensive in southern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Hezbollah, launched a massive offensive on Thursday morning that targeted the southern Aleppo districts under the control of the jihadist rebels.

Led by the Tiger Forces and Hezbollah, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies stormed the Al-Ramouseh District from four different axes, catching the jihadist rebels of Jaish Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) off-guard on Thursday morning.

Initially, the Syrian Armed Forces were successful, seizing several points in eastern Al-Ramouseh; however, following a counter-attack by the jihadist rebels, the government units withdrew from the captured sites, returning to the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project.

While this first assault could be considered a failure; it has become normal for the Tiger Forces to seize points from the jihadist rebels and then withdraw before nightfall.

The Tiger Forces did this "advance and withdraw" assault on a number of occasions during the Al-Mallaah Farms offensive in late June; it allowed them to constantly weaken the enemy defenses, while probing for new attack point.
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#1  Sounds a very Russian tactic. Wonder if Syria has Penal Battalions.
Posted by: phil_b || 08/13/2016 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Fall back on the crib!
Posted by: Shipman || 08/13/2016 1:39 Comments || Top||

#3  City fighting B Hard. Better people have had to fall back and regroup before trying a second through Nth time. Hue, Monte Cassino, Shuri Line, etc.
Posted by: magpie || 08/13/2016 11:18 Comments || Top||


Swedish jihadist killed in Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] A 21-year old man from Eskilstuna has died in Syria, according to relatives.

He had traveled to the war zone last year and has previously been identified as a recruiter for violent Islamist organizations writes the Eskilstuna Courier.

The youngster is believed to have been killed in the fighting that took place in areas controlled by the Jaish Al-Fateh jihadist coalition, but the exact cause of death is unclear. The man did not uncover which organization he fought in Syria, though he was most likely part of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Jund Al-Aqsa. The Swedish Foreign Ministry could not confirm his death.
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#1  21-yr old "youngster"
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Named Sven?
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/13/2016 10:08 Comments || Top||


Rebel group Latakia leadership almost entirely wiped out
[ALMASDARNEWS] After two consecutive failed attacks on the government-held region of Kinsabba, the top three commanders of Faylaq Al-Sham
...also known as Homs Legion, is an alliance of Islamist Jihadist rebel groups which formed in order to consolidate the strength of moderate Islamists during the Syrian Civil War. The alliance was formed from 19 different groups, some of which were previously affiliated with the Syrian Moslem Br&uum;derbund and Shields of the Revolution Council...
’s coastal military concentration were killed along with dozens of their men. The commanders were identified as Abd Al-Salam Omar Kiliyeh, Samer Fawwaz Sadeq, and Wafi Mohammad Hashem. Below are the condolence statements of the Faylaq Al-Sham jihadist faction.
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Nusra commander defects to ISIS with his battalion
[ALMASDARNEWS] The leader of Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
’s, now Jabhat Fath Al-Sham, Barraq Battalions defected from the Al-Qaeda affiliated terror group and joined the notorious ISIS group.

He was based in the troubled Yarmouk Paleostinian refugee camp that was once a very prosperous district in Damascus. Notably, violent battles took place between the two internationally-recognized terror groups a few months ago.

ISIS may now look to attack the government positions near the city center of Damascus or the rebel positions of Jaish Al-Islam in the nearby Yalda.
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Bethnal Green schoolgirl who joined ISIS is killed in a Russian airstrike
[ALMASDARNEWS] A schoolgirl from Bethnal Green who travelled with two other teenagers to join 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....
(Isis) in Syria is believed to have been killed by a Russian Arclight airstrike. A-Level student Kadiza Sultana, 17, is believed to have left her home in east London during the Easter holidays in 2015 to join the myrmidons.

The Bethnal Green Academy student was joined by her friends, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum, both 15-years-old when they all travelled to Raqqa, Syria. The trio then married foreign IS (ISIS) fighters in the terror group’s de facto capital.

Sultana is believed to have died earlier this year when the residential home she was staying in was hit by a bomb believed to have been dropped by a Russian plane. The other two girls are still believed to be living in Raqqa.

ITV News spoke to Sultana’s sister, Halima Khanom, who said her sibling had become disillusioned with life in the caliphate and planned to return to the UK.
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#1  ITV News spoke to Sultana’s sister, Halima Khanom, who said her sibling had become disillusioned with life in the caliphate and planned to return to the UK

"NO"
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/13/2016 9:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Too bad, so sad.

Actions have consequences, who knew?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/13/2016 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  The trio then married foreign IS (ISIS) fighters in the terror group’s de facto capital.

And the downside of Assad and Putin bombing ISIS is what again ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/13/2016 11:34 Comments || Top||

#4  @ Frank G - of course they were planning on coming back to England - no doubt well pupped by those virile Lions of Islam, surely it is the job of the dhimmis to pay for the raising of the next generation.
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/13/2016 17:43 Comments || Top||

#5  La vipere engendre la vipere.... (Vipers breed vipers)
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/13/2016 17:53 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm sure my pico-violin is around here somewhere . . . .
Posted by: Barbara || 08/13/2016 19:25 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army, Hezbollah launch surprise offensive to capture key town in Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Marines, backed by the Desert Hawks Brigade and Hezbollah, launched an imperative offensive on Friday to capture the key Latakia town of Kabbani near the Idlib border.

The offensive was launched from two different axes, with the Syrian Marines and Desert Hawks striking Jaish Al-Fateh’s (Army of Conquest) defenses at the Zuwayqat Mountains, while their allies from Hezbollah attacked from the small hilltops overlooking Kabbani from the west.

Following a fierce battle at the Zuwayqat Mountains on Friday afternoon, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over this site, killing several jihadist rebels in the process of their advance.

With the Zuwayqat Mountains under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are now in position to strike Kabbani from the southern perimeter; however, they have yet to attack the town today.

Aiding from above, the Russian Air Force has been flying sorties all day over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia, propelling the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies near Kabbani.

If the jihadist rebels lose Kabbani to the Syrian Armed Forces, they will be in serious trouble at the key Idlib village of Sirmaniyah, which is located just southern of Jaish Al-Fatehms stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour.

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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syrian Edtions

Syrian Democratic Forces release civilians trapped by ISIS

[ARA News] KOBANE – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have announced the final phase of the operation to liberate civilians taken hostage by ISIS in the al-Sirib neighbourhood in Manbij city, after ISIS rejected initiatives to allow civilians to escape the war-torn city.

According to the SDF-led Manbij Military Council, they have saved so far 170,000 civilians trapped in the city from ISIS. “ISIS has been using civilians as human shields and make them part of their military plans since the liberation campaign began [on 31 May], but we took all necessary measures to protect the life of our people,” the council said in a statement on Friday.

The SDF-affiliated Manbij Military Council says that their forces now control most of Manbij, and tightened the siege on ISIS militants. In a response, ISIS has tried to use civilians as human shields “in order to exploit our moral commitments,” the council said.

“As a result we have offered three initiatives to save civilians, and to remove them from the battle zones, the last one was five days ago, but it was rejected by ISIS extremists who have no concern about innocent children and women,” the council said.

ARA News reporters have witnessed several civilians being injured and killed by ISIS mines and snipers, some of them are being treated by the doctors in the Amal hospital in Kobane.

Video report at the link

ISIS executes 1 in Ninevah

[ARA News] DUHOK – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday executed a young Iraqi man by throwing him from the top of a building on charges of being gay.

ISIS extremists detained the young man in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province under the pretext that he was “a homosexual“.

“The young man was brutally thrown from the top of a tall building in front of dozens of people,” a local media activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

ISIS has also released a videotape showing the execution of the young man and the beheading of others that, according to the group, have violated the Caliphate’s rules.

“Those who dare to oppose Allah’s Sharia and the Caliphate’s rules deserve punishment,” an ISIS jihadi said before his fellow militants conducted the execution.

Speaking to ARA News, head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari said: “Civilians who live under ISIS suppression are forced to follow any order by the group, otherwise they could get killed. It’s a bitter reality in territories held by this terror group.”

The ISIS-linked Sharia Court had issued a decision to execute every gay man by throwing him from the top of a building, according to eyewitnesses.

Over the past three years, the extremist group has executed dozens of allegedly gay men in its areas of control in Syria and Iraq.
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