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15 die in drone attack in Nangarhar
At least 15 civilians were killed in an airstrike conducted by the US forces in eastern Nangarhar province in a raid which was apparently aimed at eliminating the loyalists of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed that the civilians suffered casualties in the airstrike on ISIS loyalists in Achin district of Nangarhar on Wednesday.

“In the early morning of 28 September, an international military forces unmanned aerial vehicle conducted an airstrike, reportedly targeting members of ISIL/Daesh, that struck a civilian home killing the 15 civilians,” UNAMA said in a statement.

condemning the civilian casualties in the attack, the UN mission said at least 1 civilian men were killed and 13 others were wounded in the raid.

“The civilians had gathered in a village to celebrate the return of a tribal elder from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and were reportedly sleeping in a guesthouse of the elder when the airstrike occurred. Civilian victims of the strike included students and a teacher, as well as members of families considered to be pro-Government. Government sources report that ISIL/Daesh personnel also died in the attack,” the statement said.
So the civilians were what the Geneva Conventions call human shields. That makes their deaths the responsibility of ISIS.
UNAMA further added that United States Force-Afghanistan acknowledged conducting the airstrike through a statement released on 28th September but refrained from elaborating further while they “are still reviewing all materials related to the strike.”

“UNAMA reiterates the need for all parties to the conflict to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law,” the statement added.
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS Bad Guys desert in wimminz clothing
...The look of love is on your face...
The US forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) slammed the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan for deliberately using civilians as shield to escape the ongoing counter-terrorism operations.

The statement by USFOR-A came as reports emerged Wednesday suggesting some local residents suffered casualties during an airstrike that targeted the loyalists of the terror group in Achin district of Nangarhar.

“Daesh is killing innocent Afghan men, women, and children. They continue to put innocent lives at risk by deliberately surrounding themselves with civilians and dressing in female attire,” USFOR-A said in a statement.

The statement further added “We have repeatedly said that we will target Daesh wherever they are in order to disrupt their operations, degrade their attack networks, and protect innocent lives.”

According to the US forces, Nangarhar province has been a focus for Daesh activity since 2015. Daesh seek to use the area to train, equip, disseminate propaganda, and expand their control over innocent Afghans.

“Our Afghan partners, especially their special forces, have been working diligently to disrupt and destroy Daesh in Southern Nangarhar, and we continue to work alongside them to support their efforts. The ANDSF have significantly reduced Daesh presence and inflicted hundreds of casualties on them. In addition and as part of US unilateral counter-terrorism operations, US forces also killed their leader in Afghanistan, Hafiz Sayed Khan, in late July,” the statement added.

In regards to the alleged death of civilians in Achin airstrike, USFOR-A said “We won’t discuss the details of the specific counter-terrorism operation conducted in Nangarhar on 28 September because we are still reviewing all materials related to the strike. We take every possible measure to avoid civilian casualties in these operations, and will continue to work with Afghan authorities to determine if there is cause for additional investigation as we partner with the Afghan government in the broader fight against terrorism.”
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Look for the ACLU claim that they were just innocent cross-dressers.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/30/2016 9:16 Comments || Top||

#2  "Oh, I'm a jihadi and I'm okay..."
Posted by: Pappy || 09/30/2016 10:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Jihadi in wimminz clothing is killed and appears before Allan:

- All right, 72 male virgins for you.
- But I'm a man!
- OK, 72 crossdressing male virgins for you. Next!
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/30/2016 11:25 Comments || Top||

Africa North
US invests $50m in Niger drone base for counterterrorism
[BBC] The US is investing at least $50m in a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones.

The US already has a presence in the capital Niamey, where it shares an airbase with France's anti-Islamist force, Operation Barkhane.

MQ-9 Reaper drones are stationed there. But the new facility, in the central city of Agadez, will give Washington greater ability to use drones against Islamist extremists in neighbouring countries like Libya, Mali and Nigeria.

A spokeswoman for the Pentagon, Michelle Baldanza, confirmed the US had agreed to pay for a new runway and "associated pavements, facilities and infrastructure".

She estimated the cost at $50m but The Intercept, which first reported the story, said it is projected to cost twice that. The investigative news site reports that it has obtained files that show the project is considered "the most important US military construction effort in Africa" and will be completed in 2017.

Drones, also known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) are used by the military for surveillance and to drop bombs, in places where it is too risky or difficult to send a pilot.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/30/2016 03:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [449 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This doesn't seem to make much sense until one realizes that the Global Hawk has vast range and a 36 hour flight time. The Predator with payload has a range of 400 miles plus 14 hour loiter time. Aspects of the MQ-9 Reaper remain a secret but in the overlap with Djibouti base probably covers all of Mediterranean coastal and Sahelian Africa.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 09/30/2016 6:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Wonder why we couldn't get a spot on the family ranch in Kenya?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/30/2016 16:24 Comments || Top||

Egypt jails 93 for ‘inciting riots’
[MIDDLEEASTMONITOR] An Egyptian military court has sentenced 93 civilians to between 10 years and life imprisonment on charges of "inciting riots", sources revealed.

Lawyers Khaled Komi and Samir El-Farra said the military court in Asyut handed down life sentences to 62 defendants in absentia and ten-year jail terms to 16 defendants who were present in court. A further seven were acquitted. Details of the terms handed down to the other defendants were not made public.

The charges relate to the events following the dispersal of the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda Squares on 14 August 2013.

Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Gee, how many BLMers, Democrats and SJWs could be rounded up here on similar charges?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/30/2016 8:22 Comments || Top||

Senior Egyptian official escapes assassination attempt
[MIDDLEEASTMONITOR] A boom-mobile went kaboom! this evening in the Egyptian capital Cairo, local media reported, in an apparent liquidation attempt against the country’s assistant attorney general.

Media organizations including the government owned Akhbar al-Youm said a private car, which was laden with explosives, detonated as the convoy of the Assistant Attorney General, Zakaria Abdul Aziz, passed by.

Abdul Aziz was not injured in the blast.

Civil enforcement officials rushed to the scene of the bombing and combed the area looking for further bombs.

On Facebook, the Egyptian Interior Ministry wrote that "a car which was parked on the side of the road went kaboom!... The incident did not result in any injuries to the Assistant Attorney General or his security; however a civilian who works as a patrolman in the area was injured and was taken to hospital for treatment."
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Houthi wimmin rob residences
Houthi wimmin sack Sanaa
Not really. Always wanted to write a headline like that.
[Al Arabiya] After recruiting children to fight their war, Houthi militias are now using women fighters to start breaking into homes and looting valuable items, local sources in the capital Sanaa confirmed.

They stormed and looted one house on Tuesday night in al-Hasba neighborhood north of the capital Sanaa. Sources said they were able to do so with the help of Houthi militiamen, who arrested family members of the house in question.

Earlier this month, footage and images of the parade – held by women loyal to the Houthi movement – circulated on social media, showing children and infants alongside women carrying rifles and heavy artillery as they paraded in trucks declaring support to the militias.

In a video report by Houthi-affiliated news channel al-Masirah, children and infants were seen holding rifles and pledging to protect their homeland.

“We will defend our country, till the last drop of our blood,” a young girl at the parade tells al-Masirah news channel, while a woman participating in the ceremony says: “On one shoulder I carry my child and on the other shoulder I carry my weapon.”
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  “On one shoulder I carry my child and on the other shoulder I carry my weapon.”

"This is my rifle, this is my gun..."
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/30/2016 16:28 Comments || Top||

#2  This is my rifle, this is my son?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/30/2016 18:19 Comments || Top||

Yemeni government launches offensive on Houthis in Taiz
[MIDDLEEASTMONITOR] The Yemeni army and Popular Resistance Forces today launched a major offensive against 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 ...
and Saleh sites in Taiz, southerwest of the country.

A front man for the military council in Taiz, Colonel Mansour al-Hassani, said that government forces launched a military operation in the western and north-eastern side of the city.

He added: "The national army and popular resistance advanced from several directions... and achieved great successes." Fighting was ongoing he said.

The Saudi-led coalition’s fighter jets struck Houthi positions and those of forces loyal to the group and targeted sites on the western side of the city, al-Hassani said. "They achieved their objectives accurately."

...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...
has been lock in a bitter battle between Shia Houthi fighters allied with forces loyal to ousted 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 government forces led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who is being backed by the Saudi-led coalition’s Arclight airstrikes.

Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

European migrant adventures
From Breitbart:
Denmark Allows Migrants to Break Law and Keep Child Brides
29 Sep 2016
Child brides as young as 14 are being reunited with their older, migrant husbands in Denmark after immigration services claimed that upholding Danish law breached their “human rights”.

Newly Arrived Syrian Migrant Molested Woman, Headbutted Police At Notting Hill Carnival
29 Sep 2016
A Syrian “refugee” is in court after molesting a woman and attacking a police officer at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival — crimes committed only shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom. Westminster Magistrate’s court heard how 23-year-old Mohammed Al-Youssfi — a

Austria: Migrant Influx Will See Welfare Spending Leap 35 Per Cent
29 Sep 2016
The wave of newcomers who entered Austria during the migrant crisis will cause social benefits spending to soar by 35 per cent, a report has revealed.

Anti-Mass Migration Political Party Hands Out ‘Anti-Migrant’ Spray
28 Sep 2016
A tongue-in-cheek stunt highlighting the epidemic of migrant sex attacks in Europe has drawn criticism, after a Danish anti-mass migration party handed out cans of ‘Asyl-Spray’ repellant, which the packaging boasts is “legal” and “effective”.

Fears of Migrant ‘Exodus’ from Egypt
27 Sep 2016
The European Union (EU) is watching the migrant situation in Egypt after an increase in sea crossings and following claims from Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that five million migrants are residing in the country waiting to cross the Mediterranean.

Migrant Smuggler Leftist Politician Could Lose Legal Immunity
27 Sep 2016
German prosecutors have requested that the legal immunity that all German MPs receive be lifted in the case of a Left Party politician who smuggled a migrant into the country.

Angela Merkel: We Need Migrant Deals With African States Like EU-Turkey Pact
26 Sep 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said the European Union needed to establish migrant deals with African countries such as Egypt and Tunisia along the lines of the agreement it already has with Turkey.

Mother ‘Drugged, Abducted and Raped’ by Gang of Migrants in Sunderland
26 Sep 2016
A mother-of-three was allegedly drugged and raped by a gang of migrants in Sunderland, sparking violent demonstrations and social unrest in the city.

Germany Accuses Doctors of Preventing Migrant Deportations
25 Sep 2016
Fewer failed asylum seekers are being deported from Germany to their home countries and according to the German government it is doctors who are not allowing them to carry out deportations. The German Interior Minister Thomas De Maizière is causing

From The Daily Mail:
Four Pakistani teenagers are arrested after being accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old boy at a Greek migrant camp and recording it on mobile phones
The 16 and 17-year-olds were detained at the Moira camp on the island of Lesbos and now face felony rape and child pornography charges after allegedly raping another Pakistani teenager.

Up to 12,000 migrants are on the run after arriving in Britain and skipping their first meeting with border chiefs
Figures released today show that of the 77,000 asylum seekers whose applications are being processed, 11,988 did not attend their first meeting with British border agencies.

'Bribed' to go home: Illegal migrants given hugely generous packages to persuade them to leave UK
A senior immigration official appeared on a spiritual guru's TV show (pictured) to promoted new measures to effectively 'pay' migrants to leave. Critics say the scheme amounts to a bribe.

Asylum seekers shipped to Papua New Guinea will receive secret $20,000 cash bonuses from the Australian government to reward them for going home
Refugees are being offered $20,000 to return to their home country instead of being kept in detention centres or waiting for resettlement in Australia
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:

Man jailed in Germany for trying to smuggle arms to Paris
[AlAhram] A Montenegrin man was handed a four-year jail sentence in Germany Thursday for heading to Gay Paree with assault rifles and explosives hidden in his car shortly before the November attacks.

The 51-year-old was locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
during a routine check on a Bavarian motorway on November 5, just over a week before 130 people were killed in a coordinated suicide bomb and gun assault in the French capital.

Police discovered a cache of weapons in his car, including eight Kalashnikovs, handguns, two hand grenades and 200 grammes (nearly half a pound) of TNT explosives.

The accused, Vlatko Vucelic, told the superior regional court in Munich at the start of his trial this month that he was aware the weapons were in the car but he denied any knowledge of an attack being planned.
Possibly true... though one wonders for whom and why he thought he was transporting such illegal items.
The court on Thursday convicted the defendant, who had no previous criminal record, of unlawful possession and transportation of assault weapons.

But it said in a statement that it "had not been proved that he was to bring the weapons to Gay Paree knowingly for a planned attack".

The court was unable to determine who had ordered the arms shipment, paying the defendant 2,000 euros ($2,240) for the transport.
I seem to recall that the DoD had a cute little program they used in Iraq to trace all the connections between the people the troops dealt with, until patterns revealed themselves. It would be a lovely thing to apply to 15,000 the French authorities are keeping an eye on, and the 5,000, as I recall, that the Germans are watching ditto, crossed with those who have been killed or arrested while on ISIS' business -- and all the names on their phones and laptops.
Prosecutors had argued he was fully aware the weapons were to be used for a planned terror attack.

The sentence was the result of a plea bargain based on a full confession.

The deadly November onslaught in Gay Paree was claimed 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....
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Man jailed in Germany for trying to smuggle arms to Paris
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/30/2016 3:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Skidmark wins!
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2016 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Police discovered a cache of weapons in his car, including eight Kalashnikovs, handguns, two hand grenades and 200 grammes (nearly half a pound) of TNT explosives.

"I thought they was for an Islamic wedding"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2016 11:43 Comments || Top||

#4  "I thought they was for an Islamic wedding"

"My brother is marrying my sister, so it's a double celebration for me."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/30/2016 13:27 Comments || Top||

Update - India hits at Jihadi bases inside Pakistan
[LI] Last night, the Indian Army carried out a series of covert operations targeting Jihadi bases along its border with Pakistan. According to official Indian sources, the counter-terrorism strikes killed 38 Islamists as well as couple of soldiers of Pakistan's regular army, who were overseeing these Jihadi bases. Indian Special Forces went 2-3 km inside Pakistan's border destroying up to 6 Jihadi camps. No casualties were reported on the Indian side. The strikes come less than 2 weeks after Islamists attacked an Indian Army base in India's Kashmir region, killing 18 soldiers.

India has faced a sustained terrorist campaign in its Muslim majority northern state of Kashmir since the 1990s. Terrorists have killed nearly 5,000 Indian civilians and over 2,000 Indian soldiers since 2001. Tonight's cross-border operation, first of its kind conducted by India, shows the change in country's military doctrine since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office 2 years ago.

Following tonight's strikes India has put its army along the international border with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on high alert. Indian newspaper Times of India reports:
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/30/2016 03:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How you say 101 in Hindi?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/30/2016 17:01 Comments || Top||

Army rubbishes Indian 'surgical strikes' claim as two Pakistani soldiers killed at LoC
[DAWN] At least two Pakistain Army soldiers were killed as Indian troops fired across the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmire, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. The Pak military confirmed the deaths of its soldiers yet dismissed the Indian claim of 'surgical strikes'.

"There had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is [an] existential phenomenon," said an ISPR statement released shortly after the Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) held a presser making claims about surgical strikes.

India strikes, Pakistain responds
An exchange of fire between Pak and Indian LoC troops began at 2:30am and continued till 8:00am in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Jammu and Kashmire, the ISPR statement said.

"Pak troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC."

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said nine soldiers were maimed during the incident, and added that small firearms were used to respond in a "befitting manner".

Shortly after the exchange of fire, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence held a joint presser in New Delhi in which DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh alleged that surgical strikes were conducted by the Indian army on "terror launch pads along the LoC". The strikes will not continue, he said.

The Indian DGMO claimed that "some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control".

"The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these forces of Evil and those who are trying to support them... The operations aimed at neutralising the forces of Evil have since ceased."

Sources quoted by Indian media alleged that Indian para commandos went 2-3 kilometres into AJK in Mi-17 choppers and destroyed six 'terror camps', killing at least 38 suspected forces of Evil along with Pakistain Army troops.

Singh said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with "an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmire and various other metros in our country."

An Indian military source said the operation was carried out on the Pak side of the Line of Control where there were between five and seven infiltration "launchpads".

"It was a shallow strike. The operation began at around midnight and it was over before sunrise," this source, who had been briefed by his superiors on the operation, said. "All our men are back. Significant casualties inflicted. Damage assessment still going on."
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  For something that's supposedly 'rubbish', the Paks are making a big deal out of it.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/30/2016 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  which is [an] existential phenomenon
Can it be the one, and the other?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/30/2016 16:36 Comments || Top||

Pakistan captures one Indian soldier at LoC, several others killed
[DAWN] MUZAFFARABAD: An Indian soldier has been captured by the Pakistain army, while Indian soldiers have also been killed in the episode of firing across the Line of Control, it emerged Thursday.

Confusion over the capture of the soldier persists as neither Indian nor Pak officials are issuing any official statements on the matter, as yet.

An Indian army official based in New Delhi said, "It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistain side of the Line of Control".

Avoiding connecting the capture to today's firing incident, he said such incidents of people including civilians crossing the frontier by mistake have happened in the past from both sides.

Building a case in favour of India, he added that those who strayed are returned.

"Pakistain has been informed [of the soldier's crossing] through the DGMO on hotline," ANI News quoted Indian Army sources as saying.

On Pakistain's side, two officials based in Chhamb sector said the Indian soldier with weapons was captured at 1330 local time on Thursday.

Separately, security sources confirmed the same to Dawn.com. The sources said a 22-year-old Indian soldier by the name Chandu Babulal Chohan was taken into custody by Pak forces.

They added that at least eight Indian soldiers were killed. The bodies of the Indian soldiers have not been recovered by the Indian Army from the site of the skirmishes at the LoC. Security sources claim an attempt to recover the bodies by the Indian Army has not been made yet as they fear coming under fire from Pakistain Army troops.

In his show Capital Talk on Geo News, Hamid Mir said that 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two sectors. Defense analyst Major General (Retd) Ijaz Awan, who was on his show, confirmed his claim.

More from The Nation: 14 dead
At least 14 Indian soldiers have been killed in retaliatory firing by Pakistani forces in response to Indian aggression along the Line of Control (LoC), security sources said on Thursday.

Defence analyst Major General (retired) Ijaz Awan said that 14 Indian soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire between armies of Pakistan and India along LoC.

“There have been eight casualties in one sector and six in the other. According to my sources the bodies of eight Indian soldiers have not been picked up from Tatta Pani Sector," said Awan.

The development comes in wake of cross-border firing between armies of the two countries, along the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday.

The exchange of fire took place in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Kashmir, and lasted about six hours, ISPR said in a statement.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa also confirmed the deaths of two Pakistani soldiers in the exchange of fire.

Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt-Gen Ranbir Singh claimed Indian Army had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads along LoC.

Pakistan, however, refuted the Indian claim. “The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorist bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects,” ISPR said.

Tension between Pakistan and India has been high since an Indian crackdown on dissent in Kashmir following the killing by security forces of Burhan Wani, a young separatist leader, in July.

Both the South Asian rivals claim Kashmir in full, but govern separate parts, and have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

India Launches Strikes on Militants in Pakistan
[Asharq al-Aswat] India said on Thursday it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected murderous Moslems preparing to infiltrate from Pakistain-ruled Kashmire, marking an escalation in tensions between the uneasy and nuclear-armed neighbors.

Pakistain said two of its soldiers had been killed in in an "unprovoked" attack and in repulsing an Indian "raid", but denied India had made any targeted strikes across the de facto frontier that runs through the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmire.

Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the director-general of military operations, announced news of the strikes in New Delhi -- which sent shares on the Indian stock market sliding nearly two percent.

The announcement followed through on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning that those India held responsible "would not go unpunished" for a Sept. 18 attack on an Indian army base at Uri, near the Line of Control, that killed 18 soldiers.

"Some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control," Singh told news hounds, describing the intelligence information as "very specific and credible".

"The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these Lions of Islam and those who are trying to support them.

"The operations aimed at neutralizing the Lions of Islam have since ceased."

Singh said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with "an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmire and various other metros in our country."

A senior government source said commandos flown in by helicopter carried out the strikes some way across the unofficial border known as the Line of Control (LoC).

The strikes raise the possibility of a military escalation between nuclear-armed India and Pakistain that would wreck a 2003 Kashmire ceasefire.

India’s disclosure of such strikes was unprecedented, said Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, and sent a message not only to his own people but to the international community.

"India expects global support to launch more focused action against Pakistain," Sahni told Rooters. "There was tremendous pressure on the Indian prime minister to prove that he is ready to take serious action."

Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  iN "My Jihad", written by Aukai Collins and published in 2003, the author notes his involvement in the Kashmir Jihad, and the role the Pakistan military (ISI) played in that event. Historically, it seems that whenever the ISI feels threatened (for whatever reason), it re-opens the Kashmir front.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 09/30/2016 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  If Pakistan launches a nuclear attack on India will that be a victory for "Smart Diplomacy" or a result of stupid people doing stupid shit?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/30/2016 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  What is the expected response of a nuclear strike by Pak?
Posted by: Sgt.D.T. || 09/30/2016 20:10 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 What is the expected response of a nuclear strike by Pak?

Pakistain will cease to be country.
Posted by: Black Bart Glutch4583 || 09/30/2016 20:47 Comments || Top||

ISIS Underboss dies in airstrike in Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – Iraqi media outlets revealed on Thursday, that ISIS Wali of Hawija was killed, along with 13 of his aides, by an air strike conducted by Iraqi Air Force, southwest of Kirkuk.

According to Al Mada website, “The aircraft of Iraqi Air Force bombarded, at noon today, a gathering of ISIS members inside tunnels in Hawija district, killing ISIS Wali of Hawija, Abu Nasser al-Zawbaei, along with 13 of his aides, as well as destroying the tunnel completely.”

“The air strike was carried out based on accurate intelligence information,” Al Mada added.

Noteworthy, ISIS members have imposed their control over Kirkuk province, including the areas of Hawija, al-Riyad, al-Abbasi, al-Zab and al-Bashir village, after capturing Mosul, the center of Nineveh province.

More from ARA News
ERBIL – A prominent jihadi leader and Deputy Chief of Military in the Islamic State (ISIS) group was killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in northern Iraq, officials said on Thursday.

Abu Jannat was killed in an air raid in Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.

“He was responsible for military operations around Mosul and manufacturing chemical weapons,” said Col. John L. Dorrian, a US Air Force spokesman.

“Daesh is under consistent pressure and will try to reconstitute. We’re not going to let them,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“The removal of Daesh propaganda minister Dr Wa’il has disrupted the illusion that things are going well for the group in Mosul,” Dorrian said.

The US-led coalition said it had killed three ISIS commanders the last week, stepping on ISIS foreign fighters footprint.

“Coalition strikes are relentless—hunting ISIS in Mosul and taking out their leaders on the battlefield,” the official spokesman said.

According to Dorrian, the US-led coalition is prepping the battlefield to liberate Mosul “by removing ISIS leaders in Iraq and Syria”.

'I beheaded them, I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies': The 'housewife' tribal militia leader and grandmother who tops ISIS's most wanted list in Iraq
No safe spaces for this lady.
[DailyMail] Wahida Mohamed Al-Jumaily, better known as Um Hanadi (pictured), heads a 70-strong unit which has driven ISIS out of her city, and claims to have killed 18 terrorists herself.
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Salahuddin Combat Courier
Iraqi forces capture 32 ISIS Turbans

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – Iraqi media outlets reported in Thursday that the security forces managed to capture 32 members of the Islamic State group (ISIS) during security operations in the cities of Tikrit and Baiji, in northern Salahuddin.

Al Mada website stated, “This morning, the security forces managed to arrest 32 ISIS members through security operations in the cities of Tikrit and Baiji.”

“The captured ISIS members sneaked into the areas and disguised among the displaced families,” Al Mada explained. “They were transferred to detention centers for interrogation,” Al Mada added.

On Tuesday, Daur District Council in Salahuddin Province announced that five houses were destructed by IEDs planted by ISIS in eastern Tikrit, and warned of the return of the ISIS members to the eastern villages in the district.

It is worth to mention that the joint security forces managed to liberate the city of Tikrit in 31 March 2015, and Baiji in mid-November 2015.
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antics

Iraqis clear Albu Diab area

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Anbar Operations Command announced on Thursday, that the security forces managed to free the entire area of Albu Diab, north of Ramadi, and raised the Iraqi over its buildings.

The Command said in a press statement, “Today, the security forces managed to fully liberate Albu Diab area from the ISIS control.”

“The [security] forces also raised the Iraqi flag over the water station building area,” the statement added.

Yesterday, Anbar Operations Command announced that the security forces liberated five areas in Albu Diab Island, north of Ramadi, from the ISIS grip. The liberated areas are Sumaia School, al-Mawali, Albu Mubajl, Albu Judai and al-Walaa center.

Noteworthy, ISIS members used to launch attacks from Albu Diab area on the nearby areas.
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

Kops stop bombing in Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Iraqi security forces managed on Thursday to foil a suicide attack using an explosive belt in eastern Baghdad, and killed the suicide bomber, Al Mada website reported.

The Iraqi media outlet stated, “A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt tried, this morning, to blow up himself near a popular market in Hayy Ur area, in eastern Baghdad,” adding that, “Nearby police forces shot the suicide bomber, killing him on the spot.”

“The security forces dismantled the explosive belt and transferred the body to the forensic medicine department to be identified,” Al Mada explained. “The security forces also imposed strict procedures in anticipation of the presence of other suicide bombers,” Al Mada added.

Noteworthy, Iraq is witnessing a surge of violence since 2013. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced that more than 1700 casualties were recorded only in August, in different areas of Iraq, and revealed that Baghdad was the most affected.
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Gazan man killed in Islamic Jihad tunnel collapse
[IsraelTimes] Several others injured as underground passage, reportedly reaching into Israel, gives way in northern region of coastal enclave.

At least one Paleostinian was killed when a tunnel under the border with Israel collapsed in the northern Gazoo Strip on Thursday, an official in the Strip said.

The Gazoo Health Ministry said the accident while working in a "military tunnel" used by the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
terror group. It said Ahmed Mayyat was killed and three others were maimed Thursday without elaborating.

Mayyat was a local contractor hired by the Islamic Jihad to remove a bomb from the tunnel, the group said.
...and then the tunnel collapsed, suggesting he was unsuccessful. But why would they want to remove the bomb?
Local media reported he also worked for several international aid organizations in Gazoo on a freelance basis.
Why would international aid organizations in Gaza need to hire a bomb remover?
There were conflicting reports on the number of fatalities in the incident. The Maan News Agency reported one person was killed and several serious injured. Israel’s Channel 2 reported that three Paleostinian diggers died in the cave-in.

According to the Paleostinian news agency Maan, the tunnel ran beneath the border between the coastal enclave and Israel, near Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Strip. The collapse is the latest in a series of cave-ins to claim Paleostinian lives over the past year. Israeli military officials have refused to say whether they are causing the collapses.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad

#1  Decades ago sophisticated techniques were instituted to stop North Korean tunneling into South Korea. Today in the USA, cities and towns employ common "potholing" and vacuum excavation to locate underground utilities, and I'm sure the Israelis have improved on that technique. If archaeologists have devices that can find holes in pyramids...
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 09/30/2016 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Israeli military officials have refused to say whether they are causing the collapses.

Carl Spackler: [preparing to dynamite the gopher tunnel] In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher'.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  :) made my day Frank.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2016 11:24 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Two killed, nine injured in attacks across Thai south
[The Nation] Thai insurgents gunned down a female gas-station employee in Pattani province yesterday afternoon and then detonated two home-made bombs, injuring seven people, as security forces responded to the shooting.

Twenty minutes after Teerapat Chantharojwong was shot and killed by four gunmen on two motorcycles, police officers were inspecting the scene in Khok Pho district when the bombs went off. The blasts wounded four policemen, two paramilitary ranger volunteers and one civilian.

It was reported that paramilitary rangers arrived at the scene while the suspects were still there and shot and injured one suspect. Pattani police chief Pol Maj-General Thanongsak Wangsupa instructed officers to search medical facilities in nearby areas for the injured suspect.

In another deadly attack in the far South, ten militants opened fire on three defense volunteers in front a school Narathiwat province yesterday morning, killing one person and wounding two others. Police said the militants arrived on five motorcycles. The pillion riders opened fire on the three defense volunteers with AK-47 assault rifles. The insurgents also snatched the volunteers' M16 assault rifle and two AK-47s before fleeing. Police removed 60 spent cartridges from the scene.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan revealed that a list of names for a 13-man "front command Cabinet" to tackle the insurgency in the far South was ready and awaiting the signature of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

In Narathiwat's Muang district, 471 marines from eastern Thailand attended a ceremony to report for duty in the far South after arriving in three landing ships at the beach-front pavilion of Chulaborn Military Camp yesterday morning.
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ISIS digs in at Margada
[ARA News] HASAKAH – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) started digging trenches in the vicinity of Margada town in northeastern Syria in a bid to fortify and protect its headquarters there, local sources reported on Thursday.

This comes after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled the group from major areas in Hasakah governorate, northeast Syria.

The town of Margada, located at the administrative borders between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor, is considered the last ISIS stronghold in Hasakah governorate.

“The Islamic State members have dug a trench around the northern part of Margada. The project is expected to proceed and cover the town’s suburbs from all sides,” local media activist Azzam Khallawi told ARA News.

The group has also planted dozens of landmines in the vicinity of Margada in a bid to impede the SDF progress.

“We are already aware of those tactics by this terrorist group,” a SDF spokesman told ARA News. “ISIS believes that such kind of fortifications could prevent our forces from retaking Margada. But we reassure them that we’re prepared for any scenarios.”

The radical group had launched a similar project in November 2015 by fortifying its headquarters and digging trenches in the surroundings of al-Hawl town on the Syrian-Iraqi border. However, the US-backed SDF troops were eventually able to liberate the town after heavy clashes with ISIS.
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Militant fighters of(ISIS) are digging trenches around Margada, Syria to fortify its headquarters. So, it's known that it's their headquarters? What's preventing the taking out of their headquarters?
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/30/2016 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  It's next to a habitat of the endangered Syrian Skink.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/30/2016 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  “The Islamic State members have dug a trench around the northern part of Margada. The project is expected to proceed and cover the town’s suburbs from all sides,”

"Do we have a flooding option? Where's the closest point to the sewage treatment reclamation pond?"
"They don't have one, Sir."
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/30/2016 16:33 Comments || Top||

Hezbollah soldiers wounded by landmine in southern Lebanon
[ALMASDARNEWS] Three Hezbollah soldiers were reportedly maimed on Wednesday evening when a landmine went off near the border fences at the village of Mtallah in the Nabtiyeh District of southern Leb.

The maimed Hezbollah soldiers were transported to a field hospital at the border-town of Marjeyyoun, where they were treated for their injuries.

This is the first reported landmine incident in southern Leb since a UNIFIL convoy struck a 30 year old mine near the occupied-Sheba'a Farms region.

Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syrian Edtions

ISIS would-be kidnapper assumes room temperature

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – The leader in al-Hashed al-Shaabi forces, Jabbar Maamouri, announced on Thursday, that a woman killed an ISIS militant who tried to kidnap her daughter near Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

Mamouri said in a press statement, “A woman from a village near Hawija attacked an ISIS militant, who was trying to kidnap her 9-year-old daughter,” adding that, “She stabbed the militant in chest several times with a knife.”

“The woman fled with her children before the arrival of a force belonging to ISIS, which burned her house and carried out a search operation,” Mamouri explained. “Anger spreads among the people of Hawija, due to ISIS horrendous crimes against the families,” Mamouri added.

Noteworthy, ISIS has been controlling Hawija district in Kirkuk province for two years, and since then it seeks to impose its radical vision on all aspects of life in the district. Meanwhile, the Iraqi forces are preparing to launch a military operation to free the district from the grip of the extremist group.

ISIS troops beat man in Hawija because of MP3
Video report at the link
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – Iraqi media outlets announced on Wednesday that ISIS flogged a civilian in central Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, because of a song by the Emirati singer Hussain al-Jasmi which was discovered on his cell phone.

Al Sumaria reported “Today, ISIS found a song of the artist Hussain al-Jasmi on a civilian’s phone during a snap inspection at a security checkpoint in central Hawija.”

Hussain al-Jasmi’s cheerful song, “We Are All Iraq”, urges solidarity with the people in the war-torn country and its music video, as seen below, has been viewed on YouTube over 16 million times.

“The song sparked anger and resentment among ISIS militants, and pushed them to arrest the civilian and transfer him to a detention center,” Al Sumaria explained.

“ISIS punished the civilian with 20 lashes,” Al Sumaria added.

“ISIS prohibits listening to songs in general, and conducts sudden inspections on the civilians’ phones from time to time,” Al Sumaria stated.

ISIS has controlled Hawija district in Kirkuk province for over two years, and since then it seeks to impose its radical vision on all aspects of life in the district. Meanwhile, the Iraqi forces are preparing to launch a military operation to free the district from the grip of the extremist group.

ISIS executes 15 in Deir ez-Zor

[ARANews] QAMISHLI – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed 15 civilians on Thursday in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The victims were accused of violating ISIS regulations.

The ISIS-led Sharia Court accused them of fighting the Caliphate and violating the Sharia law.

“The Sharia Court charged the victims with apostasy and ordered ISIS executioners to behead them in public,” local media activist Dahham al-Ali told ARA News.

The 15 civilians were beheaded in front of hundreds of people in the Sabhiya District of Deir ez-Zor on Thursday evening.

“It was a horrible thing to see. People were terrified and everyone remained silent while these brutal executions were taking place,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The group hasn’t even explained what those people have done to deserve this. ISIS just accused them of being apostates and beheaded them,” another witness said.

Mass Executions
This comes just a few days after ISIS militants executed dozens of prisoners in a major detention centre in the Iraqi northwestern city of Mosul.

“At least 75 prisoners were executed by ISIS in the Mosul Central Prison,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News on Sunday, citing an ISIS official.

Most of the victims were young Iraqi men who have been recently arrested by ISIS militants in Mosul and other parts of Nineveh province. “The Islamic State’s leadership has charged them with treason,” the informed source reported. The executed civilians included at least 25 media activists.

Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi security officer Zanoun Sabaawi said that the ISIS radical group has threatened all journalists and media activists of execution if they report on local developments in areas held by the group. “Terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) want all their violations and atrocities against the Iraqi people to go unnoticed. That’s why they try to prevent reporters from covering local news in places like Mosul,” Sabaawi said.

Thousands of people have been arrested, tortured and executed at the hands of ISIS militants across Syria and Iraq since June 2014, when the group took over major areas in both countries.
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US-led coalition killed 13 Daesh leaders this month
[MIDDLEEASTMONITOR] Thirteen ISIS leaders have been killed by the US-led coalition in the past month in Iraq and Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve front man John Dorrian told news hounds today.

"By taking these individuals off the battlefield, it creates some really disruptive effects to enemy command and control," Dorrian said.

Amongst those killed was ISIS’s minister of information, known as Dr Wail, and the Emir of east djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
military police Abu Bakr. "The removal of #daesh propaganda minister Dr Wa’il disrupting the illusion that things are going well for #ISIS in #Mosul," he wrote on Twitter using another acronym for the group.

"We removed #ISIS deputy militar emir Abu Jannat. He was responsible for military operations around #Mosul and manufacturing chemical weapons."

Dorrian said there are between 3,000 and 4,500 ISIS snuffies remaining in Mosul.

US and Iraqi commanders are expected to begin a push on Mosul by the second half of October to rid Iraq’s northern capital from ISIS.

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