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Ruritanian warplanes hit Al Shaboobs outside Kismayo town
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Good morning
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#1  interesting dentation....
Posted by: Sonny Sforza2570 || 09/28/2016 11:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Forest Fairies don't got Obamacare Dental.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 09/28/2016 16:52 Comments || Top||

Taliban’s military chief for Badakhshan killed by Afghan forces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The military chief of the Taliban group for northeastern Badakhshan province was killed during a brief clash with the Afghan forces in this province.

According to the local security officials, Mullah Hafiz was killed along with six other forces of Evil after launching a coordinated attack on security posts in Jurm district.

A front man for the 808th Spinzar Corps Mahfuzullah Akbari said the attack was launched late on Monday night from different angles but the Afghan forces managed to repulse it without sustaining any casualties.

Akbari further added that the local residents also did not suffer any casualties during the clash.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

12 Afghan soldiers killed by fellow soldiers in Kunduz province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 12 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces bit the dust in an insider attack involving fellow soldiers in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

A security official in north of the country confirmed that the incident took place late on Monday night after two soldiers opened fire on comrades in a security post.

The source further added that the outpost was located in the outskirts of Kunduz city.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups including the Taliban murderous Moslems have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed krazed killer groups are actively operating in a number of its districts.

The Talibs managed to briefly take control of the strategic Kunduz city last year but the Afghan forces managed to retake by launching a major offensive.

The group also launched numerous attacks by announcing their spring offensive in mid-April this year but failed to take control of any strategic area.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban claims to capture surveillance drone in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs group in Afghanistan has claimed to capture a surveillance drone in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The group’s front man Zabiullah Mujahid said the drone was downed in Merano village of Behsud district of Nangarhar province.

He claimed that the drone which seems to be of ScanEagle type belongs to the US forces in Afghanistan but the Afghan army also uses the same drone for the surveillance operations.

The Afghan forces received several ScanEagle drones under a contract from the US government worth $70 million.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced in November last year that a contract worth $70 million ha sbeen awarded to a US-based company for the procurement of the ScanEagle drones.

A statement by DoD said the systems include 65 ScanEagle drones in total, along with spare parts, support equipment, field service support, as well as an in-theatre training facility.

The United States started the delivery of the surveillance drones as part of the coalition forces efforts to enhance the capabilities of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), specifically the Afghan Air Force.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
US accused of killing 22 in misdirected Somalia air strike
An air strike in northern Somalia left as many as 22 soldiers dead overnight, local officials said on Wednesday, and one region said the United States had been duped into attacking its troops.

Galmudug's Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his region's soldiers had been killed in the strike, adding that the rival neighboring region of Puntland had requested it on the pretext that the men were al Shabaab Islamist militants.
words fail
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#1  "Pay us"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/28/2016 20:17 Comments || Top||

Ruritanian warplanes hit Al Shaboobs outside Kismayo town
Ruritanian Unknown fighter jets have bombed Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab targets in Kismayo town, lies about 328 miles (528 km) southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu, witness said.
F-16? Salmon, green and periwinkle roundel? Purple ostrich feather painted on the vertical stabilizer?
The warplanes struck Kanjaron area, according to local residents. It is too early to say the figure of the casualty.

The warplanes dropped several troops on the ground and arrested at least 4 people on suspicion of Al Shabaab members.
So must be Ruritanian UH-60s...
Somalia army backed by African Union (AMISOM) troops and US especial forces launched several attacks on militant-held areas in south of Somalia in the past months.
Ynet adds they were definitely Ruritanians:
US military says it kills 4 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

The US military says it has killed four al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in what it calls airstrikes in self-defense.

A US Africa Command statement on Tuesday says the extremists launched attacks on Somali troops and their US advisers on Monday in a village near the port city of Kismayo.
Generally speaking, not a good idea...
The statement says Somali forces returned fire, killing several extremists, but the attack continued. The US then conducted its strike, killing four fighters.

US forces have carried out several airstrikes in Somalia in recent years, killing many al-Shabab leaders.
Posted by: Steve White || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [483 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Soldier, Civilian Killed in Mali's Timbuktu
[AnNahar] One soldier and a civilian were killed in Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu in a suspected jihadist attack, military sources told Agence La Belle France Presse Monday.

The killers arrived in the town in a vehicle and lay in wait for the victims outside their house before gunning them down with an automatic weapon, a Malian army officer told AFP.

Over the course of the last few months, three people, including an army officer accused of sharing the movements of jihadist groups in the Timbuktu region with Mali's army and its allies, have been killed.

Northern Mali has seen repeated violence since it fell under the control of Tuareg-led rebels who allied with jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in 2012.

Attacks are now becoming more frequent further south, in the country's centre, close to its borders with Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
and Niger.

Ongoing international military intervention since January 2013 has driven Islamist fighters away from major urban centres which they had briefly controlled.

But despite a peace accord last year, large tracts of Mali are still not controlled by domestic or foreign troops, and jihadist groups have over the past year carried out attacks in central Mali as well as back in the long-troubled north.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/28/2016 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Drop in US airstrikes on Sirte
There has been a marked drop in US air strikes on IS positions in Sirte, which may reflect a reduction in the number viable targets.

Yesterday there were no US attacks at all, with only one, on what was described as a terrorist supply point, during Saturday, after four air attacks on Friday. The U.S. Africa Command has reported that as of yesterday it had launched 175 airstrikes in and around Sirte.

There was limited fighting today as Bunyan Marsous forces appeared to be preparing for another large assault. Four fighters have died in the last 24 hours and at least four more were injured. The BM operations room said that two terrorists also died.

The official death toll among the predominantly Misratan militias is now approaching 600 with more than 2,000 men injured. Some observers believe that the cost in lives and wounded may in fact be higher.

Despite being surrounded in the town’s Third District in an area of around a square kilometre, and being blockaded by sea, the terrorists still do not seem short of ammunition and explosives. Two car bombs were destroyed on Thursday while they were still leaving IS lines.

Though not confirmed by the BM operations room, there have been media reports that women have been seen fighting with the terrorists.

Italian troops are now guarding a 12-bed Italian army field hospital at Misrata airport. The paratroopers arrived by sea in Misrata in a low key operation. They were met by members of a small contingent of Italian soldiers who came by air two weeks ago.

The field hospital is to be expanded shortly to accommodate 50 injured. According to a spokesman in Rome, a C-130 Italian air force transport has been stationed at Misrata airport to evacuate seriously wounded cases.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Banker kidnapped in Tripoli
The deputy general manager of the Libyan Foreign Bank has been kidnapped in Tripoli. Amr Alhgag who is in charge of banking operations was seized by an armed gang in front of his house in the capital’s Gargaresh district yesterday evening.

His family say they have not heard from the kidnappers and do not know if he was abducted for ransom or some other reason.

Kidnapping of people regarded as either wealthy or working for a company that will pay for their freedom has become dangerously common in Tripoli and has is one of the reasons many residents have left the country.

It is thought that a small number of gangs are responsible for much of the wave of kidnappings. They also appear to enjoy using extreme violence in their activities. There equally appears to be links between kidnapping for money and extremism.

One family now based in the UK have reported how their 65-year-old uncle, retired teacher Saeid Soleman Shriha who was seized in July in Tripoli, was tortured and murdered by kidnappers who claimed they were supporters of the so-called Islamic State. They had demanded LD 800,000 and later sent the family a photo of his dead body.

The family, however, also believe that racism may have played a part, noting that they are Amazigh and stating that anti-Amazigh abuse continues in Libya.
Amazigh, it turns out, is what the Berbers of North Africa call themselves.
Banker Alhgag, from Zuwara, is also believed to be Amazigh.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe they can kidnap a few banksters in the States?
Posted by: Raj || 09/28/2016 0:10 Comments || Top||

Mali: ICC - Mali Fighter Jailed for Destroying Timbuktu Sites
[All Africa] The International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
(ICC) has sentenced a former Malian fighter to nine years in prison for destroying shrines and historic sites in Timbuktu during Mali's 2012 conflict.

In a landmark judgement experts hope will send a strong message to safeguard the world's ancient monuments, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi become on Tuesday the first person to be convicted of cultural destruction as a war crime by the ICC.

"The chamber unanimously finds that Mr al-Mahdi is guilty of the crime of attacking protected sites as a war crime," judge Raul Pangalangan said at the tribunal in the Hague.

During a two-day trial in August Mahdi asked for forgiveness, urged all Moslems to not follow his example and said he had been swept up in an "evil wave" by al-Qaeda and the Ansar Dine
...a mainly Tuareg group that controlled areas of Mali's northern desert together with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and MUJAO in early 2012...
gangs that briefly seized control of the ancient sites in the city of Timbuktu.

As part of a plea agreement, the prosecution and the defence requested a sentence of between nine and 11 years in prison. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
the judges were free to ignore the recommendation and hand down a sentence of up to 30 years.

Mahdi had admitted to charges of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the North African city. Prosecutors said he led a group of inquisitors religious police using pick-axes and crowbars to destroy nine mausoleums and the door of a mosque, and at times took part himself.

Despite Timbuktu's reverence as the epicentre of Islamic learning during Mali's 14th-century golden age, armed fighters condemned the land as idolatrous.

During the trial, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda compared the attacks to the smashing of monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) and the 2001 destruction of the Afghan Bamiyan
...a place in Afghanistan that used to have some historically interesting statues of the Buddha carved into a mountainside. Then the holy men showed up and now all they have is some big holes...
Buddha statues by the Taliban.

Archaeologists hope, in light of the prevalent war on art, that the trial will send a hard-hitting message to groups that wrecking culturally cherished artefacts will not go unpunished.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Soddys die in Yemeni rocket artillery attack near Jizan City
[AlManar] A number of Saudi soldiers were killed or injured in a rocketry attack launched by the Yemeni army and popular committees into a military camp in KSA’s Jizan city.

Military sources reported that weapons and several military vehicles were destroyed in the attack which also burnt the camp.

Yemen has been since March 26, 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.

Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive ex-president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Muslim cleric gunned down in north Caucasus
[RFE/RL] A deputy imam in Russia's southern Stavropol region in the North Caucasus has been killed. Mukhammad Rakhimov, the grand mufti of the Stavropol region, said the deputy imam of a mosque in the village of Kara-Tyube, Ravil Kaibaliyev, was gunned down by unknown assailants on September 26.

In August 2015, Kaibaliyev's predecessor as deputy imam of the mosque, Zamirbek Makhmutov, was also gunned down by unknown assailants. Kaibaliyev is the seventh imam killed by unidentified attackers in the Stavropol region since 2012.

Imams appointed by the official Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Russia usually support government policies and propagate moderate Islam. They are often attacked by radical Islamist groups that call for separation from Russia and the establishment of an Islamic state in the region.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:

Security forces foil terror bid in Balochistan
QUETTA: Security forces seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition from the Pak-Afghan border area of Panjpai, claimed Frontier Corps (FC) on Tuesday.

"The forces conducted a raid in Nullah and recovered 1800 kilogrammes of explosives, 150 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and other weapons," said Frontier Corps Spokesperson Khan Wasy.

Frontier Corps officials added that each IED weighed 20 kilogrammes.

"The terrorists were trying to shift the weapons and explosive materials to interior parts of Balochistan to carry out subversive activities," Wasy said, adding, "security forces conducted the raid on a tip-off."

No arrests were made as the terrorists fled from the spot.

Bomb disposal squad was also called in later to defuse the IEDs.

In August, the Coun­ter-Terrorism Department (CTD) clai­med to have foiled a terror bid and arrested two men allegedly working for Afghan intelligence.

The men were planning to bomb densely populated areas of the provincial capital in order to cause widespread destruction.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:

Hand grenade kills boy in Peshawar
[DAWN] A grenade kaboom killed a teenager in Shaheen Colony area here on Monday afternoon.

Police identified the teenager as Ishaq, 13, a resident of the colony situated on the Bara Road. Police said the incident took place at around 2pm.

A police official told Dawn that the bomb went off inside the house, when the child pulled the grenade’s pin.

a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
he said it was not clear how the child managed to get hold of the bomb. "It is not clear whether someone gave the bomb to him or he found it or it was inside a rickshaw which they found parked inside the house," he said.

The official said the family had no enmity. The slain teenager was a 3rd grade student at a local school.
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Six cops among 11 injured in Charsadda blast
[DAWN] Eleven people, including six coppers suffered injuries in a kaboom in Saro Kalley area of Shabqadar here on Monday morning.

The police told Dawn that Death Eaters went kaboom! a bomb, which was planted on a road under construction in Maasam Korona area near Qila Shah Bag, by remote control when the Saro Kalley cop shoppe’s patrol van reached there.

They said the blast injured Saro Kalay cop shoppe SHO Wilayat Khan, head constables Ayayaz Khan and Mohammad Fawad and constables Zakir Ali, Shah Faqir and Asif Khan. The police said the kaboom also damaged a school van passing by and thus, injuring five people, including driver, two students and two people.

They said the injured were shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Shabqadar from where those at death's door were referred to hospitals in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
The personnel of bomb disposal unit inspected the blast site and collected evidence.

They later told news hounds that the bomb weighed from seven to eight kilogrammes and was went kaboom! by remote control.

The police said they had begun investigation after registering a case against miscreants.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Ninevah Nightmares
Iraqi airstrike destroys 3 VBIEDs

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Nineveh Police announced on Tuesday that three car bombs belong to ISIS were destroyed in an air strike carried out by the international coalition in al-Houd village, south of Mosul.

“The international coalition launched an air strike on al-Houd village, south of Mosul, destroying three car bombs belong to ISIS. The car bombs were prepared to attack Iraqi security forces in Qayyarah area, south of Mosul,” The Police Command said in a press statement.

“The airstrike completely destroyed the vehicles and killed the people inside,” the statement explained. “The international coalition also targeted gatherings of ISIS near Qayyarah and killed dozens of ISIS militants south of Mosul,” the statement added.

Iraqi military forces are getting ready to recapture the city of Mosul next month after air strikes of the US-led coalition weakened ISIS defenses in the city.

Dozens of ISIS Bad Guys die in artillery and airstrikes near Mosul

[ARA News] DUHOK – Warplanes of the US-led coalition on Tuesday bombed ISIS headquarters in the vicinity of Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, killing and wounding dozens of militants.

“A key stronghold for ISIS on the road between Mosul and Khazir District was hit with a coalition airstrike. At least 28 ISIS fighters were killed and three armoured vehicles were destroyed in the air raid,” the head of Nineveh Media Centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.

“14 other militants were injured in the airstrike,” al-Zarari reported, citing an ISIS member.

Also on Tuesday, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched an artillery attack on ISIS strongholds in the Bashiqa District north of Mosul.

“The Peshmerga hit Daesh fighting positions in Bashiqa with heavy artillery, killing at least 11 militants,” Kurdish officer Bilind Shekaki told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

This comes as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army troops, backed by the US-led coalition, continue preparations for a major offensive to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS.

Mosul, which has been under ISIS control since June 2014, is considered the main bastion for the radical group in Iraq.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antics

Iraqi forces clear 350 residences of mines

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of the Anbar military operations Genenal Ismail al-Mahalawi announced Monday that 350 houses were cleared of explosive devices in the city of Fallujah, al-Sumaria news reported.

“Engineering unit of the army was able to clear 350 houses in different areas of the city after mines and improvised explosive devices found were dismantled,” said Mahalawi in a press statement

Mahalawi also explained that 12 explosive devices were safely detonated by another engineering unit belongs to the Iraqi forces without causing any losses.

the new website also mentioned that Security forces continue to clear areas south and west to Fallujah as well as the city center from mines and explosive devices after the city was entirely liberated from the grip of ISIS months ago.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Suicide bomber kills at least nine in Baghdad
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A jacket wallah detonated his explosive vest in a predominately Shiite Moslem district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and wounding 30, police and medical sources said.

The blast targeted a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, they said, adding that the corpse count could climb further.

ISIS has intensified kabooms in government-held areas of Iraq this year as it loses territory to US-backed Iraqi government forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

The ultra-hardline group claimed a truck bombing in July that killed at least 324 people in the Karrada shopping area of Baghdad - the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The group continues to control vast areas in northern and western Iraq, including the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, captured in 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Some details on the Gaza Wall
Posted by: phil_b || 09/28/2016 18:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Jordanian writer’s killer confesses, faces execution
The next steps on this story from a few days ago.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A former imam who rubbed out writer Nahed Hattar on the steps of the palace of justice on Sunday, faces execution after confessing to the shooting.

Riyad Abdullah, 49 years old, gave himself up to police
...no, two of the victim's brothers and a friend chased down the miscreant and captured him, then held him until the police arrived. At that point they turned him over to the police. Any surrendering he may have done afterward was merely posturing to pretend a Moslem murderer was not subject to citizen's arrest by lowly Christians...
after he killed the writer who was facing prosecution for insulting Islam. Abdullah performed the Hajj pilgrimage, a week before the crime.

Now it has been revealed that the killer was the imam of one of Amman mosques six years ago before being dismissed by the Ministry of Religious affairs. It is understood that he is not a member of any terrorist organizations.

Abdullah was remanded for 15 days and charged with premeditated murder, a crime that is punishable by death in Jordan. He recognized his victim, he told police, through a search for his image on the Internet after the caricature of God was published on a Facebook page.

He admitted to the killing and said he did not regret what he did, adding: "Any person misrepresents the Divine Entity must be killed".

It is understood the defendant bought the gun last week, he walked, Sunday morning to the justice palace located in the region of the Abdal, and waited the victim one hour before the writer was to stand a trial.

Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist who was a supporter of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
, was placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
last month after he shared a caricature that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

Many conservative Moslem Jordanians considered Hattar’s move offensive and against their religion. The authorities said he violated the law by sharing the caricature.

Jordan Vows Crackdown on Online Incitement after Writer Murder

[AnNahar] Jordanian authorities vowed Tuesday to crack down on incitement to violence on social media, two days after the murder of a writer over which the government has faced public anger.

Justice Minister Bassam Talhuni, quoted by official news agency Petra, said that "anyone who uses social media to spread hate speech" would face charges.

"Certain acts of incitement to hatred could be defined as terrorist crimes... and we will deal with them in accordance with anti-terrorist laws," he said.

On Monday, hundreds of protesters erupted into the streets calling on the government to resign over its failure to prevent the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar.

Hattar's family says the authorities were warned of threats to Hattar's life, including from his assailant, and of personal attacks on social media but had failed to take action.

The interior ministry said Tuesday an unspecified number of arrests had been made in connection with incitement to "hatred and confessional discord" on social networking sites. They included a social media user who set up a Facebook page campaigning for the release of Hattar's killer, who gave himself up to police at the scene and faces a charge of premeditated murder.
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Betcha no execution. After a proper quieting period he'll walk.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2016 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  No doubt suitable compensation will be made by Riyadh to the ex-imam for the inconvenience he endured.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/28/2016 10:43 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Weapons destined for Abu Sayyaf group seized in Philippines
[UPI] Philippine police confiscated $125,000 worth of high-powered firearms destined for the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
separatist group, law enforcement said.

The cache of weapons and ammunition was displayed Tuesday by National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa. He said the ammunition was traced to a government arsenal and the serial numbers of the weapons are being researched under the assumption they are of the same origin.

He added Abu Sayyaf members have been in the Manila area since August, purchasing the weapons, which include grenade launchers and automatic rifles.

"I have directed the director of [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group] to trace these seized arms and ammunition," he said.

The weapons were seized from four tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
suspects in San Juan City, Mindanao, on Sept. 24. The island of Mindanao includes a Moslem enclave and is the focus of Abu Sayyaf terrorist activity.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

Notorious Abu Sayyaf brothers killed in Sulu raid
[Manila Bulletin] Two Abu Sayyaf militants were killed during a raid conducted by Philippine troops yesterday morning in the town of Pata in Sulu province while another rebel facing seven counts of kidnapping was arrested in Zamboanga City.

Military spokesman Filemon Tan, Jr. identified the slain miltants as Nixon Muktadil and Brown Muktadil - more notoriously known as the Muktadil brothers. Tan said the soldiers raided Tambulian Island early yesterday morning after receiving reports about their presence. When the troops arrived, a gun battle broke out with the militant pair being killed in the clash.

According to Tan, the brothers were involved in the kidnappings of 26 Indonesian and Malaysian nationals, mostly tugboat crewmen in the last five months.

On Monday, police in the city also arrested an Abu Sayyaf militant who was facing seven counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges in Isabela City, Basilan province. Chief Inspector Elmer Solon identified the arrested rebel as Abdul Baliyung, alias Majula Gani.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

Insurgent weapons cache uncovered in southern Thailand
[The Nation] A regiment of Thai rangers seized explosives and bomb-making components from a forest in Narathiwat province Tuesday morning. It is suspected that the munitions belonged to a group led by wanted man Arong Deuramae. The two-hour search in a forest in Ra Ngae district followed a tipoff by locals, who reported they spotted a group of suspicious men hiding in the woods.

Although the men had fled by the time the officers arrived, the officers found a blacked-painted Honda motorcycle - later identified as the motorbike of Wannapa Phromka who was gunned down on July 29 - along with two already-assembled bombs, a grenade, some electrical circuit boards, a shotgun with ammunition, AK47 magazines and three communication radios.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

ISIS Turban dies in shootout with professionals
[AlManar] Lebanese army killed the terrorist Mustafa Mohamad Al Ahmad on Tuesday during an exchange of fire as he was trying to escape, Army Command – Orientation Directorate said in a statement.

“On Tuesday at 6:20 a.m. in the al-Kneisseh town in Akkar and while the army was trying to arrest Mustafa Mohamad al-Ahmad, aka Moustafa Awad, for belonging to the ISIL terrorist group, the assailant opened gunfire at the army troops,” said the statement.

“The army was compelled to fire back at the militant which caused his death,” it added.

Ahmad belonged to the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group and operated in the north eastern region of Lebanon.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Regime forces launch offensive on capital's western suburbs
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian regime forces launched new offensive on the western suburbs of the capital, saying it wants to clear rebel pockets in area close to an Alawite-dominated district, activist said Tuesday.

The local rebels of Qudsaya and al-Hama clashed with regime ground troops as they press to seize the strategic suburbs, 7 km (5 miles) west of Damascus.

Pro-regime social media pages said regime has encircled the area, making it in complete isolation.

Bashir al-Assad's forces have brutally pounded the rebel-held areas that surrounding Damascus and have also reached fragile truces in other ares to make its 'safe zone'.
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#1  So, this would be like "regime" forces launching an offensive to re-take Alexandria and Arlington VA.

Somehow I don't think most people understand what's going on over there.
Posted by: AlanC || 09/28/2016 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Not surprising, given that there's a dearth of major-league Western-news-agencies' correspondents in Syria (and Iraq, and Yemen, and Somalia, and Libya, and Ukraine, and Venezuela, and...)
Posted by: Pappy || 09/28/2016 14:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Plenty in Israel, though.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2016 14:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Now, then I think about it, I've watched BBC correspondent reporting on situation in Aleppo from Jerusalem.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2016 14:55 Comments || Top||

#5  S'where the bars are.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/28/2016 19:36 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army, Hezbollah capture the Farafira District in east Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Hezbollah, captured the Farafira District in east Aleppo after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Fatah Halab.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah seized the Farafira District after advancing from the northeastern axis of the Aleppo Citadel in the Old Aleppo Quarter this morning.

The military source added that the Syrian Arab Army's sappers are now demining the area before allowing soldiers to enter the buildings in the Farafira District.

...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible...
southeast the Aleppo Citadel, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah are attempting to enter the Bab al-Nayrab District; however, there have been no reports of any advance there.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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ISIS seizes television equipment in Deir ez-Zor

[ARA News] DEIR EZZOR – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group stormed civilian houses in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate and confiscated dozens of satellite receivers, activists reported on Tuesday.

The campaign reached the cities of al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, where the ISIS-linked al-Hisba police broke into houses in search for satellite devices.

“After collecting the devices, ISIS militants destroyed them in public,” local media activist Samer al-Khalaf told ARA News.

The radical group has also arrested dozens of people for trying to hide their satellite receivers during the raid.

“ISIS has tightened security measures in al-Bukamal and its surroundings. Nobody is allowed to leave the city under any circumstances,” al-Khalaf reported.

Also, ISIS has shut down the internet network in the city of al-Bukamal, local sources told ARA News.

ISIS beats 6 wimmin for their raiment

[ARA News] RAQQA – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) publicly flogged six Syrian women on Tuesday for violating the Sharia dress code, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

The ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as al-Hisba, arrested and flogged the six women in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city–which is deemed a de facto capital for the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.

“Al-Hisba forces arrested six women near the central marketplace in Raqqa on Tuesday morning under the pretext that they have violated the Sharia dress,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The group has publicly flogged the women, with 50 lashes each,” media activist Salim al-Raqawi told ARA News. “They vowed that any woman violating the regulations would face an even harsher punishment.”

According to local sources, those public punishments take place on a daily basis in ISIS-held areas as the group tries to show off that it’s still in power.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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