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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ugly and flat.
Posted by: Crusader || 10/12/2016 0:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Tried to pick up oriental chick and got shot down?
Posted by: Jeasing Creque5352 || 10/12/2016 1:17 Comments || Top||

#3  :)
Posted by: Shipman || 10/12/2016 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  That's gonna leave a mark...
Posted by: Raj || 10/12/2016 2:18 Comments || Top||

#5  One of John Podesta's UFO/alien fantasies?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/12/2016 7:03 Comments || Top||

#6  That's gonna leave a mark...

He's a War Hero™; it'll be just another scar.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/12/2016 11:43 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Key Taliban leader arrested with Pakistani currency, weapons in Logar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban leader who was channeling funds to the group’s fighters in central Pashtun-infested Logar province was tossed in the calaboose
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
during a special military operation, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday.

According to a statement by MoI, the Taliban leader Taj Mohammad, was also involved in supplying the faceless myrmidons with weapons and other logistics.

The statement further added Taj Mohammad was arrested during the operation conducted in the vicinity of Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The Afghan cops confiscated some weapons and Pak currency from Taj Mohammad, MoI said, adding that Taj Mohammad was playing a key role in equipping and supporting the group’s fighters in thsi province.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

The arrested of Taj Mohammad comes as the Afghan forces are busy in conducting their annual operation "Shafaq" which was launched in response to Taliban’s spring offensive "Omari Operations".
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Dostum off to Faryab amid reports of Ghormach fall
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
left Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
for the northern Faryab province this afternoon shortly after the Talibs seized control of Ghormach district.

A source close to the Vice President said Gen. Dostum left for Faryab on instructions of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
The source further added that Gen. Dostum is visiting Faryab to help repulse the growing attacks by the Taliban bully boyz in this province.

Ahead of his travel to Faryab, Gen. Dostum told news hounds that he has received the necessary instructions to eliminate the threats posed by the Taliban group.

This comes as a provincial council official earlier said the Talibs have taken control of Ghormach district after hours of clash with the security forces.

The Talibs have intensified attacks on key northern provinces during the recent months as the group attempts to expand its insurgency activities in northern parts of the country.

The Talibs launched a coordinated attack on the strategic Kunduz city last week and managed to infiltrate into some parts of the city, including the central Kunduz city square.

The Afghan forces managed to push the Talibs from the city although sporadic festivities still continue in parts of the city with the security officials saying the operations are slowly being as the group have taken positions inside the residential areas.

Abraham Lincoln’s General: U.S. Grant (“I Can’t Spare This Man; He Fights.”)
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Brows at Defcon 2, fuel the APC.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/12/2016 9:37 Comments || Top||

#2  FYI - DOS Cable October 29,2009, Re Dostum:

Shick, your post contained an excerpt that was marked (C). That means that excerpt was classified as (C)onfidential. . A low-level security classification, but a security classification.

Regardless of whatever source it was obtained from, it still holds a Confidential classification. Rantburg is a public site. We've been slamming Madame Secretary Clinton for the practice of misusing and abusing classified information; let's not repeat her actions.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 10/12/2016 11:45 Comments || Top||

#3  If Dostum can get rid of this, then he'd be more effective than any military operation he'd leads
Posted by: Pappy || 10/12/2016 11:51 Comments || Top||

#4  "I thought C was for cookie."

~HiRC
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/12/2016 13:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Anyone interested in Dostom and the effort by Clinton and Petraeus to halt his move from exile in Turkey to Afghanistan can access recent Wikileaks cables -- (C) and all.

No need to become nettled. Several here have been trained in 'Non-Disclosure.' The intent on this site has always been to keep everything UNCLAS.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 10/12/2016 13:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Shick de Medici6262 dear, you've very kindly fed my greed for knowledge recently, and I know that post was intended in the same vein. But some Rantburgers can get in serious trouble with their management if they read things they do not either have the classification rating for or haven't been read in on (if that's the proper terminology) that particular project. We had to be similarly careful back when Edward Snowden's trove of NSA documents was released. Very frustrating, but there it is.

Question to those who know: would I be correct in assuming UNCLAS means unclassified?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2016 16:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Also keep in mind that there are a lot of DoD people and military that read here. Classified information, even on wikileaks is still classified and they can get in trouble or be jailed for having any trace or cookie to it on their system.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/12/2016 17:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Well I guess leaking about the fusion sub is a no-go.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/12/2016 18:10 Comments || Top||

#9  General Tso's Alligator Sandwich?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/12/2016 18:43 Comments || Top||

#10  An open-faced Viet baguette he
Would slather with sauce from spaghetti,
Spread liver of bustard,
Add pico and mustard,
And top it with acai. Mmmm... pretty.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/12/2016 19:06 Comments || Top||

#11  That's the one with bacon, innit?
Posted by: Pappy || 10/12/2016 19:06 Comments || Top||

#12  TW: Yes you are correct.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/12/2016 22:52 Comments || Top||


Intense Battle Underway in Farah
[Tolo News] Reports from Farah province indicate that fighting has escalated between the Afghan cops and the murderous Moslem Taliban in the northern and eastern regions of Farah.

Amid fierce fighting between the two sides in the north, the Taliban launched fresh attacks on the eastern parts of Farah city and overrun the Dehak area of the city on Monday night.
This resulted in the closure of Farah-Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
highway.

In reference to a fresh spates of violence in the country, a number of ex-military experts have said that the poor leadership of the war has increased the scale of violence on multiple fronts across the country.

Meanwhile thousands of residents have fled their homes in Farah city.

Head of Farah provincial council has said that the situation in Farah is currently very tense. They called on the government to send reinforcements to the area including air support to defeat the Taliban.

Meanwhile the Taliban, after seizing Dehak area of Farah, blew up a compound near the city. But security forces are trying to prevent the advance of the Taliban.

"Intense battles are going on in Farah, I am telling central government that the situation is critical, I pray that Farah does not collapse to the Taliban, we want reinforcements," said Farid Bakhtor, head of Farah provincial council.

"We have lost all our assets and are wandering around with our children, we want the government to rescue us," said a resident, Saad Gul.

"There is good leadership among the security forces in Farah. Police and army commanders had deployed all the troops to the northern part of the city; the Taliban used the opportunity and infiltrated the city from the east," said Abdul Sattar Hussaini, former army officer.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


At Least 14 Dead in Kabul Shrine Attack
[Tolo News] At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday night after a number of gunnies entered the famous Sakhi Shrine in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
and opened fire on worshipers gathered for an Ashura ceremony.

Eyewitnesses also reported an kaboom.

The gunnies launched their attack shortly after 8pm. Officials said the last gunman had been killed by about 9.30pm local time.

In addition, 26 were maimed, including the police chief of PD3 and two other coppers. An NDS officer was also injured.

The area remains cordoned off by security forces.
Dawn adds:
Of the 14 killed, 13 were civilians and one a police officer. Three police were among the maimed, interior ministry front man Sediq Seddiqi said.

Some 36 people were maimed and at least one attacker killed, Sediqqi said.

Police also said two grenades had been detonated during the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban Face Setback in Dasht-e-Archi in Kunduz
[Tolo News] Amid ongoing battles in Kunduz province, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Tuesday launched a massive operation against the Taliban ‐ targeting hideouts and safe havens in Dasht-e-Archi district ‐ in a bid to push the Lions of Islam out of the area.

Residents in Dasht-e-Archi meanwhile have called on the Afghan government to ensure their security so that the Taliban are no longer able to launch attacks on the district.

Security forces battling the Lions of Islam on the frontline have said that the Taliban has also built hideouts in Imam Saheb and Qala Zal districts.

Reports indicate that the Taliban fighting in Kunduz use Dasht-e-Archi as a base to plot attacks on other areas.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?

Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features.

If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!...

security forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Qarloq and Pul-e-Moman areas of the district from the ground and carried out air strikes.

The military campaign in Dasht-e-Archi has meanwhile forced the Taliban to flee the area, officials said.

The security forces managed to recapture the key and strategic locations from the holy warriors during the campaigns.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Qoryoley Quorpse Qount
At least 3 people are confirmed killed and 15 others were injured in a heavy bombardment in Qoryoley district in Lower Shabelle region, 120Km south of Mogadishu, police said.

The barrage came after Al shabaab has fired salvo mortar shells at AMISOM bases in the outskirts of Qoryoley, according to the city’s police boss who spoke to Radio Shabelle.

Local residents said AMISOM responded the attack with mortar bombing that rained down on the town, killing at least three unarmed civilians after their houses were hit by shells. AMISOM said the people who have been wounded in the bombardment were taken to their military hospitals for medical treatment.

Al shabaab did not comment on the attack, which has claimed the lives of three innocent people, while over a dozen were injured, some critically.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Ethiopia Troops Pull out of Somalia Towns
[AlManar] Hundreds of Ethiopian troops pulled out of a town in central Somalia Tuesday, at least the second location vacated by their forces in recent weeks, a Somali security official said.

Security official Abdirisak Moalim Ahmed said Ethiopian soldiers present in El-Ali, Hiran region, as part of an African Union mission withdrew on Tuesday morning after artillery fire targeted their base overnight.

“The Ethiopian troops pulled out of El-Ali town early this morning,” said Ahmed, adding the reason for the withdrawal was unclear.

“They have headed for Beledweyne and the town is already taken by Shabaab militants,” he said.

The troop movement comes just days after Ethiopia’s embattled government declared a state of emergency in a bid to bring an unprecedented wave of protests under control.

El-Ali is at least the second town Ethiopian troops have vacated in recent weeks, after abandoning nearby Moqokori. No explanation has been given by the Ethiopian military while the spokesman for the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) did not respond to requests for comment.

“They continue creating vacuums and giving chances to the militants retake liberated towns,” said Ahmed.

The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab militants announced the takeover of El-Ali in a message distributed via the group’s Telegram account.

A resident said some townsfolk as well as Somali security forces had also abandoned the town.

“Most of the traders have fled the town after the Ethiopian troops pulled out this morning, we can see many people including the Somali security forces who have reached Beledweyne,” said Osman Adan.
Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Mali Suicide Bomber Dies in Failed Attack on Swedish Peacekeepers
[AnNahar] A jacket wallah was killed during an attempted attack on Swedish peacekeepers serving with the U.N.'s Mali mission in the central city of Timbuktu, Swedish and U.N. sources told AFP Tuesday.
Weapon in the foto: Kulsprutepistol m/45 (Kpist m/45), also known as the Carl Gustav M/45 and the 'Swedish K'
The U.N.'s MINUSMA mission was deployed to Mali in July 2013, with around 12,000 international police and military personnel attempting to secure lawless swathes of the vast Sahel nation.

"On Monday evening a Swedish patrol on assignment in Timbuktu city was attacked by a suicide bomber," a Swedish armed forces statement said.

"The soldiers were on a routine mission and were approached by an unidentified man who shortly thereafter detonated an explosive he was wearing on his body. The perpetrator died in connection with the attack," it added.

The interim head of the Swedish force in Timbuktu, Major Kristian Sandahl, confirmed no Swedes were maimed during the incident.

Conflicting reports issued earlier Tuesday suggested that Swedish forces had neutralized the attacker.

"A suicide kaboomer attempting to commit a terrorist act was neutralized," a source within the MINUSMA mission told AFP, requesting anonymity as the U.N. has yet to formally comment on the incident.

There are 209 Swedish military personnel and nine police serving with the Mali mission, according to the most recent U.N. figures from August.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2016 01:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Doesn't say if the Swedes actually fired their weapons, presuming they're allowed bullets.
What with one thing and another, a lot of countries' militaries have some guys with combat command time.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 10/12/2016 6:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I worry about you sometimes Mr. B. We need an e-mail address. :)
Posted by: Shipman || 10/12/2016 9:40 Comments || Top||


Libyan forces continue advance in Sirte
TRIPOLI: Libyan pro-government forces are advancing into the last area controlled by Daesh in the coastal city of Sirte, surrounding the militants after a five-month campaign backed by US air strikes, military officials say.

At least eight pro-government fighters were killed over the weekend as their forces pushed into the 600 block, an area in central Sirte, with snipers and boobytraps posing the main obstacles to their advance, the officials said.

A Reuters reporter on the ground said forces advanced across two streets on Sunday, but were facing resistance and discovering explosive devices in many buildings.

Losing the city would be a major blow to the group, but officials believe some of its fighters and commanders escaped before Sirte was surrounded, and may continue to wage guerrilla-style attacks even after it falls.

The advance is being led by the Bonyan Marsous forces, mainly fighters from the city of Misrata, who are supporting a United Nations-backed unity government in Tripoli that is trying to bring together rival factions.

“The forces of Bonyan Marsous made some advances and completely trapped the 600 block area in Sirte,” Misrata forces media official Ali Almabrouk said.

Mohamed Ghasri, a spokesman for pro-government forces, said two radical females had escaped with their three children and surrendered. They told Misrata forces they did not want to be used in suicide attacks, Ghasri said.

Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram: Air Force storms Sambisa forest
[DAILYTRUST.NG] The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), fighter jets have bombarded Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
locations in Sambisa Forest, Air Force front man, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said on Monday.

In a press statement, Famuyiwa said the (NAF), in the past one week, has successfully struck a number of Boko Haram locations, including their logistics bases, within the Sambisa Forest.

He added that the air interdiction missions were conducted day and night using a combination of combat platforms comprising F-7Ni fighter aircraft, Alpha Jets and Mi-24V helicopter gunship.
The F-7 is the export version of the Chinese J-7, in turn a copy of the MiG-21. The Alpha is a 1980s jet trainer / light attack aircraft from France.
He said the latest air strikes against the Boko Haram are fallouts of Operation Forest Storm launched by the NAF on 2 October 2016 to further degrade the capability of the Boko Haram elements within the Sambisa forest.

He added that the strikes are in order to create the enabling environment for ground forces to continue their operation.

He said from Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), it appears the forces of Evil are low on logistics as no vehicle was seen moving.

He Furthermore, Battle Damage Assessment showed that the entire operation was a success even as human intelligence confirmed that a number of the forces of Evil were killed.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Dozens of Saudi Troops Killed or Wounded in Stand-off with Yemeni Army in Jizan
[Al-Manar] A Yemeni military source said that the national military and the Popular Committees managed on Tuesday to fight off an attack by the Saudi-US aggression forces against Ad-Dood position in Jizan province, leaving dozens of the attacking military forces killed or wounded.

The Yemeni army also captured a Saudi vehicle and ammunition during fighting the attack.

Worthy to note it was the second attack in row on the same position by Saudi-led forces.

In a similar development in Jizan, Yemeni army launched an anti-armor rocket at Al-Karas position, destroying a Bradley-type vehicle used by the US-Saudi aggression troops.
Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Arab coalition operations kill 50 Houthis in Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi special forces along with the Arab coalition carried out a military operation in Yemen’s mountain tops to combat Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias near the Saudi border, Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Monday.

Sources said that the assassinations on the mountain tops resulted in the death of at least 50 Houthi militias, and destroyed several of their artillery store of ammunition and weapons.

A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been battling Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
since March 2015.

Houthi forces fire missiles or mortars almost daily into the southern Saudi border areas including Najran, and often test Saudi defenses with guerrilla-style incursions.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Women being ‘forced’ into New JMB
[Dhaka Tribune] As law enforcement agencies continue their streak of successful raids, the new Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) seems to have resorted to new operational strategies.

The top leadership of the New JMB is now aiming to recruit more female members for the outfit in a bid to dodge law enforcers using security loopholes and manage its organizational activities, Sherlocks said.

According to them, several female members have already joined the outfit but are not taking part in operational activities directly, rather participating in giving opinions.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
3 terrorist suspects detained in Kazakhstan
[Ynet] Kazakhstan's domestic security agency says that three people suspected of planning attacks against the country's security services have been incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in the capital, Almaty.

Tuesday's statement from Kazakhstan's KNB state security service said law enforcement officers found homemade explosives, detonators and Death Eater literature when they made the arrests.

Kazakhstan has seen an uptick in deadly incidents this year attributed by the authorities to radical Islamists. Twenty people were killed in the city of Aktobe in June when gunnies attacked a military base and a gun shop. Three people, including two coppers, were shot by turbans in Almaty the following month.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2016 01:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


Europe
Europe colonist briefs
Spanish police arrest 3 suspected of Islamist militant links

[AlAhram] Spanish police have arrested two men accused of belonging to Islamic State and a third man accused of spreading Islamist militant messages on social media, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Police detained a Spaniard of Moroccan origin and a Moroccan national said to have been communicating with leaders of the jihadist group and distributing recruitment material on social networks from their homes in Gijon and San Sebastian, it said.

The third man, a 38-year-old Spaniard, was arrested after police linked him to social media postings glorifying Islamist militants and after two house raids turned up a cache of banned weapons. He was detained in the northern city of Manresa and had no direct affiliation to militant networks, the ministry said.

Spanish police have arrested a total of 37 people this year with suspected connections to Islamist militants.

Train station evacuated in Germany over bomb threat

[IsraelTimes] Federal police deploy dogs, sappers in southwest town of Rastatt a day after arrest of suspected jihadist bomb plotter in Leipzig.
But no reports that anything was found.

From The Daily Mail:
Migrant who died in Calais ambush threw himself at car travelling at 40mph: Father and son involved in the incident say they have been left traumatised
12/10/16
Nafthali Reichman said he and his son Abraham (pictured) have been left traumatised after being ambushed by up to 50 migrants from the notorious Jungle camp near the Channel Tunnel terminal. The 63-year-old said the man had hurled himself on to the bonnet and smashed the windscreen in a desperate attempt to get to the UK. He also believes the Eritrean may have had a weapon.

Pictured: ISIS migrant who planned German bomb attack is tied up with electrical cable and pinned down by fellow Syrians after shaving his hair to escape police
11/10/16
Jaber Albakr was detained on Sunday in Leipzig in eastern Germany by two fellow Syrian refugees who invited him to their home but realised who he was wanted so tied him up and called police.

Revealed: The giant German refugee camp where Syrian refugee 'bomb plotter' hid for a YEAR under noses of police (and claimed £333 a month)
11/10/16
The Syrian refugee accused of plotting a major terror attack in Europe spent a year in one of Germany's largest refugee camps claiming generous handouts of up to £333 a month.

British jeweller, 35, could face 'involuntary manslaughter' charge after accidentally running over and killing Eritrean migrant in Calais
11/10/16
Abraham Reichman, 35, from London, swerved to try and avoid a gang that was trying to stop traffic on the busy A16 road as he was heading towards the EuroTunnel entrance in Calais on Sunday night.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Spain seizes drugs shipment to Libya in global operation
[AlAhram] Spanish police said Tuesday they seized nearly 20 tonnes of hashish in a boat heading to Libya, as part of a global operation targeting the financing of gangs in North Africa and the Middle East.

With the help of Europe's police agency Europol and air support from Italian police, Spanish forces intercepted the boat registered under the Panama flag off the coast of Almeria in Spain's southeast on September 23.

They said all crew members were detained -- 11 Ukrainians and one Uzbek.

The Guardia Civil police force said the boat was intercepted as part of an operation launched by Spanish, Moroccan, French, Italian and Greek authorities, with support from the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

A total of seven boats have been caught in the multi-country operation, two of them carrying weapons and five full of hashish.

They had all departed from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
Investigators believe the drugs would have been used to buy weapons.

He would not be drawn on which groups the drugs and weapons were benefiting, but said police were "convinced... that they also finance jihadist terrorism."
"This trafficking is being used to finance faceless myrmidons in existing conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East," Javier Rogero, lieutenant colonel at the Guardia Civil, told news hounds.

He would not be drawn on which groups the drugs and weapons were benefiting, but said police were "convinced... that they also finance jihadist terrorism."

Of the two boats intercepted with weapons on board, one of them was sailing under the Bolivian flag and the other was registered in Togo.

Altogether, they carried 11,400 long guns, more than a million cartridges and ten tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make explosives.

The boat registered in Togo was heading to Misrata on Libya's northwestern coast.

The intended recipients are unclear but Misrata is home to powerful militias who were among the forces that seized the capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
in 2014 and forced the government to flee further east.

But they are now fighting alongside forces from a UN-backed unity government formed earlier this year -- and re-established in Tripoli -- to oust the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group from nearby Sirte.

Since it started in 2013, the multi-country operation has resulted in the detention of 109 people of various nationalities, the majority of them Syrian, Moroccan and Spanish.
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The Grand Turk
Turkish Ruling Party Official Killed in Attack
[AnNahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says a local official from the ruling party has been killed in an attack in a mainly Kurdish town in southeast Turkey.

Anadolu Agency said Tuesday authorities believe the attack against Deryan Aktert, the ruling party's top official in the town of Dicle, was the work of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. There was no immediate responsibility claim.

It says assailants shot up a gas station owned by Aktert, abruptly ejecting him from the gene pool. It was unclear whether anyone else was hurt in the attack.

Fighting between the PKK and the state security forces resumed last year after the collapse of a fragile 2 ½-year cease-fire. Since then, more than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK snuffies have been killed, according to Anadolu.
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Turkey orders detention of 125 police officers - media
[AlAhram] A Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the detention of 125 coppers in the investigation of a religious movement the government blames for an unsuccessful military coup, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. It was the second wave of arrests since Oct. 7 to target suspected coup plotters in the police force.

The ruling AK Party, founded by Erdogan, will not harbour members of the Gulen network that Ankara lists as a terrorist organization, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in parliament. "AK Party will not shelter any traitor or terrorist," he said. "We are engaged in the same struggle (against Gulen's network) within the AK Party as we are in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, generally."

No high-ranking AKP members have faced charges in the post-coup crackdown, which has included the arrests of 32,000 people and purge of some 100,000 military officers, police, teachers, judges, prosecutors and others from state jobs.

Parliament on Tuesday will vote to extend the state of emergency, introduced in July for three months, until January. The vote is a formality as the AKP commands a large majority of parliamentary seats and the nationalist opposition has already pledged to back the move.

Yildirim acknowledged that a small number of mistakes might occur during the crackdown but said the government will not allow "unjust treatment" of citizens.

In Tuesday's operation, authorities conducted raids in Istanbul, and among the coppers being sought were 30 deputy police chiefs, Anadolu said. No one was immediately available at the prosecutor's office to comment on the warrants.

The Istanbul prosecutor said the officers were suspects because they allegedly used a little-known smartphone messaging app called ByLock, Dogan reported.

The state intelligence agency identified at least 56,000 operatives after it cracked ByLock, which Gulen's followers began using in 2014, officials said in August.

Gulen, 75, has led a decades-old religious movement whose members sought jobs in the security forces and civil service to expand his clout, authorities say. He fled Turkey in 1999 to avoid trial on suspicion of anti-secular comments.

Gulen's conservative network supported Erdogan, who has roots in an Islamist political movement, during the first half of his rule but the two men fell out over disagreements in foreign and domestic policy and revelations about a corruption investigation that targeted Erdogan's inner circle.

FETO Turkey's Daesh, says Deputy PM

[AA.TR] The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), believed by the Turkish government to be behind July 15 defeated coup, is The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's ISIS, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Tuesday.

"FETO is an organization which is no different from ISIS. We can even say that Turkey's ISIS is actually this organization," Kurtulmus told the 9th meeting of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul.

He went on to say that FETO not only abused the religious sensitivities of the Turkish nation for many years, but also proved that it could "ruthlessly use weapons" against the people.

"The whole world saw how FETO used fighter jets, tanks, rifles and bombs on the evening of July 15 to slaughter our people," he said.

The July 15 coup attempt martyred over 240 people and injured more than 2,100, leading to a nationwide probe to eliminate FETO sleeper cells which had infiltrated state institutions, including the judiciary and army.

Fetullah Gulen, who the Turkish government says heads FETO, has been living in Pennsylvania, U.S. since 1999.
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Home Front: WoT
Deadly small plane crash near Connecticut aerospace factory may have been was intentional
The pilot of a small plane that crashed near an aerospace factory in Connecticut, killing a passenger, reportedly confessed that the crash wasn’t an accident. The FBI is now investigating whether the Tuesday crash in East Hartford was intentional, law enforcement officials told The New York Times.
So not clear if it's WoT related, but something about this is strange.
Moved to P.1: WoT based on updated information posted below.
The Piper PA 34 crashed near a Pratt & Whitney around 3:40 p.m., on its final approach to Hartford-Brainard Airport. Officials said the small plane took off from the airport’s flight school. But officials said the passenger — 28-year-old Feras M. Freitekh, of Orland Hills, Ill. — was killed. Freitekh had been issued a private pilot license in May 2015 and was certified to fly single-engine planes. His relationship to the pilot is unknown.

The pilot reportedly confessed that the crash wasn't an accident.
Notice how we're halfway through the article and we still don't have the pilot's name. Is that because the FBI wouldn't release the name or because the MSM is protecting us from knowing things that we should know? As David Burge likes to say, "the MSM covers the news. With a pillow."
Two people who were in a minivan near the crash were treated for minor injuries.

Federal authorities started investigating the incident because the plane crashed near the Pratt & Whitney factory, which was deemed “critical infrastructure.” But company spokesman Ray Hernandez said that it did “not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved” in the crash.

The FBI did not immediately comment on the investigation.

More from CBS News

One of the men on the plane, Feras M. Freitekh, is a Jordanian national who first entered the U.S. in 2012 on a temporary student M1 visa to fulfill a course of study for flight school, CBS News has learned. At some point his status changed to an F1 visa, and he went to a language school in Toledo, Ohio. It then went back to an M1 visa.
Additionally, from me: the area that Mr. Freitekh lives in, Orland Hills, is one of the more favorite areas for the Arab immigrant population in Chicago.

Oh, and from other news reports: the "M" in Mr. Freitekh's name is for "Mohammad".
Moved to P.1: WoT on the basis of this Daily Mail article at 4:50 pm ET. As usual, they've been updating the article as new information came in. Edited for what has not yet been covered.
Flight instructor's desperate struggle to survive as his Jordanian student pilot tried to crash their plane: School owner fought for controls before fireball killed trainee and injured three others

  • Student pilot Feras M. Freitekh, 28, was killed and his flight instructor Arian Prevalla was seriously injured when a plane crashed yesterday

  • The experienced pilot told police from his hospital bed that Freitekh had crashed into the Connecticut high street intentionally

  • Pair were were arguing shortly before the plane crash, officials said

  • Prevalla had fought for control after Freitekh began flying 'erratically'

  • Several friends and relatives of Freitekh posted on Facebook that they 'forgave' him after the crash

  • FBI and state counter-terrorism unit are now investigating the claims

  • No evidence of terrorist activities were found when police searched Freitekh's home in Connecticut

  • They did find three foreign nationals living with him - all also studying for their pilots' licenses - who were interviewed but released without charge
  • Posted by: Steve White || 10/12/2016 11:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [741 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Nope, nothing suspicious here at all, no sir!
    Posted by: Sneager Sleng6708 || 10/12/2016 13:52 Comments || Top||

    #2  Please fly over there. No!
    Please fly over there. No!
    Please fly over there. No!
    KABOOOM!
    Posted by: Besoeker || 10/12/2016 13:56 Comments || Top||

    #3  The answer is simple, if you're an owner/operator of a flight school muslims and/or ME's don't get accepted as students.
    Posted by: Black Bart Glutch4583 || 10/12/2016 16:59 Comments || Top||

    #4  A Flight Instructor's greatest fear.

    A clipboard across the larynx (maybe twice), however, should have done the trick.

    PA-34 - Intermediate Twin Trainer..
    Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 10/12/2016 17:38 Comments || Top||

    #5  Good thing only M. died.
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/12/2016 18:02 Comments || Top||

    #6  Young Muslims, I'll tell you a story
    Of nice Mr. Peter "M" Lorre.
    He ran when a chalking
    Unravelled his stalking,
    But not your Mohammed, don't worry!
    Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/12/2016 18:39 Comments || Top||

    #7  @#3: Yeah, good luck with that.

    Since the 70's, I have yet to meet a Flight School owner who wouldn't sell his/her soul for a cash (or guaranteed loan) customer.
    Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 10/12/2016 19:37 Comments || Top||


    India-Pakistan
    Militants jump out of EDI building, one dead
    [Daily Excelsior] At least one bad boy of Lashkar-e-Taiba
    ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
    (LeT) was killed as two of them jumped out of window from the Jammu and Kashmire Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) building this evening as Army pounded rocket at the building for second consecutive day today.

    Sources said that two bandidos gunnies jumped out of the building at around 5 p.m today and one of them was struck down in his prime and his body has been seen by the Army and police lying outside while other fell in bushes and it is not clear whether he is dead or alive. One source said that Army saw him rushing towards the building.

    A senior officer said that prior to the jumping out of window, the two bandidos gunnies didn’t fire a single shot for 24 hours. He said that the security forces were thinking that the bandidos gunnies are dead but all of a sudden they jumped out of the window.

    The operation was put on hold this evening and not a single gunshot was heard from bad boy side after the two bandidos gunnies jumped out of window. Security forces are planning to carry out search operation tomorrow morning.

    The Army and police have tightened the cordon around the EDI complex so that the bad boys, if any one of them is alive, may not escape during the night.

    Earlier, throughout the last night and in the day, Army fired rockets on the EDI building causing deafening kabooms. These kabooms were even heard in Srinagar.

    Sources said that Abu Maaz and Abdullah, the two LeT bandidos gunnies were in the EDI complex and they came from Pulwama for carrying out the Fidayeen attack. They along with five others had infiltrated last year and come to Pulwama for carrying out an attack.

    Three of their associates were killed in February this year when they attacked a CRPF convoy killing two jawans and then entered the EDI where they killed three Special Force personnel including two officers and one employee was also killed in the shootout that lasted for over 48 hours. Their another associate, Abu Ukasha, was killed in Wandkhpora in March this year.

    It may be mentioned here that at least 3 bandidos gunnies of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were holed up in JKEDI complex at Pampore in the outskirts of Srinagar since yesterday morning.

    Sources said that these bandidos gunnies came through river Jhelum in a boat. The security agencies, however, were on high alert after they received inputs for last few days that a group of 4-5 bandidos gunnies are making movements in a white colour Alto Car in South Kashmire to carry out a Fidayeen attack.

    In the meantime, at least nine persons, including two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, were maimed in a grenade attack on a CRPF patrol party in South Kashmire’s Shopian district.

    Militants hurled a grenade at the CRPF personnel in Shopian town at around 11:40 a.m resulting in injuries to seven civilians and two security personnel.

    The injured have been taken to Shopian district hospital even as security forces have launched a search operation to track down the bad boys.

    A police front man said that some unknown bandidos gunnies hurled a grenade on police and security forces deployed at Bona Bazar area of Shopian, today.

    Two security personnel and some civilians were maimed in this grenade blast. The injured were shifted to hospital for treatment where their condition is stated to be stable.
    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

    #1  "One's dead and splattered. How's the other one"

    "He's bushed".
    Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 10/12/2016 16:08 Comments || Top||

    #2  The Army and police have tightened the cordon around the EDI complex so that the bad boys, if any one of them is alive, may not escape during the night.

    didn't seem to stop the one guy DURING DAYLIGHT
    Posted by: Frank G || 10/12/2016 16:24 Comments || Top||


    Iraq
    Ninevah Nightmares: 8 die
    8 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day

    (IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Nineveh Province revealed on Tuesday, that eight ISIS members were killed and the headquarters of Diwan al-Hisba was destroyed by a coalition air strike, in central Mosul.

    The PUK spokesman in Mosul, Gayath Sourji, said in a press statement, “The international coalition aircraft carried out an air strike targeting the so-called ISIS Diwan al-Hisba in Hayy al-Tayaran area, in central Mosul.”

    “The air strike destructed the headquarters completely, as well as killing eight members of ISIS,” Sourji added.

    The ISIS took over the city of Mosul in 10 June 2014, before extending its terrorist activities to other areas in Iraq, and committing massacres, genocides and crimes against humanity.

    Airstrikes destroy 8 kop shops in Ninevah

    [ARA News] Erbil – The US-led coalition launched on Tuesday a new wave of airstrikes on ISIS positions in Iraq’s northern Mosul city, targeting headquarters of the al-Hisba police.

    The coalition struck at least eight offices of the ISIS-led al-Hisba police in Mosul.

    “Warplanes of the western coalition bombed al-Hisba centres in the neighbourhoods of Narkal, Sukkar, al-Sada, Baweza, Baath, Yarmouk, Sinaa and Fesaliyah in Mosul city,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.

    Dozens of ISIS militants were killed in Tuesday’s strikes, which also caused a massive destruction to the targeted areas.

    “Today Mosul witnessed the fiercest airstrikes by the coalition,” al-Malla said.

    Activists reported a state of alert in ISIS’ ranks subsequent to the airstrikes.

    Battle for Mosul
    The US-led coalition said that the Islamic State (ISIS) has between 3,000 and 4,500 fighters in Mosul and that there are no signs that the group is leaving its de facto capital in Iraq. “We think anywhere from 3,000 to 4,500 [ISIS] fighters are in Mosul, somewhere in that ball park. It’s a mixture of Iraqi and foreign fighters,” Colonel Dorrian, a coalition spokesman said.

    However, Abu Azzam al-Muhajir, an ISIS militant from Saudi Arabia, disagreed telling ARA News there are at least 7,000 militants “ready to defend Mosul.”

    “Also, there are still 500,000 civilians living in Mosul, and they will not accept [their] return to the central government’s authority and rule by the Shia,” al-Muhajir told ARA News.

    The US-led coalition said it will continue to attack ISIS in Mosul. “[ISIS] shows no sign of really trying to leave Mosul at this point. Really, what they’ve done is they’ve continued to dig in, build elaborate defenses and so we’re really ready for a tough fight there,” Col Dorrian said. “The Iraqi security forces have been well trained to do urban style warfare. That’s one of the things that we’ve done for refit. We are expecting [ISIS to have] a mixture of Iraqi and foreign fighters.”

    An ISIS source told ARA News that group has cordoned all the roads to Nineveh Governorate and has completed almost 80 percent of their field works around Mosul.

    Those field works include a row of trenches, which are reportedly filled with crude oil. The trenches can be set alight to obscure visibility. ISIS has also erected concrete barriers near neighborhood entrances and key road junctures.

    The coalition’s Col Dorrian said that at least 8 brigades of the Iraqi Army will march on Mosul. “We also expect the Iraqi Police to be involved, because they’re going to be a part of the effort to maintain security once areas have been liberated. [The police need] to hold those areas so [ISIS] can’t re-infiltrate.”

    “We think it’s going to be a very large battle. We do expect the [Kurdish] Peshmerga to be involved, although the details of their involvement are still being worked out,” Dorrian said. ”We also expect there to be tribal forces involved.”
    Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Anbar Antics


    Heet Island "fully" captured
    Not keeping terribly close track, but I believe this is the third time Iraqi military leadership has declared Heet fully liberated.
    (IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations, Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced, that the security forces fully liberated Heet Island from the ISIS control, while pointed out to the participation of the international coalition air force, Iraqi Air Force and Army Aviation.

    Mahalawi said in a press statement, “Amry troops managed to liberate Heet Island, north of Heet city, from the ISIS control.”

    “The liberation battle was carried out without any resistance from the ISIS side,” Mahalawi explained. “The international coalition air force, Iraqi Air Force, Army Aviation and Artillery participated in the liberation battle of Heet Island,” Mahalawi added.

    Three weeks ago, security forces and tribal fighter started an extensive offensive to liberate Heet Island from the ISIS control.


    Iraqi forces capture 9 bomb factories in Anbar


    (IraqiNews.com) Anbar – An Iraqi media outlet reported on Tuesday, that army forces found nine explosives factories in Ramadi Island, north of Ramadi.

    Al Sumaria News stated, “Forces from the army’s 10th brigade found nine explosives factories in Ramadi Island, north of the city,” adding that, “The [security] forces also discovered three local-made rockets launchers in Ramadi Island.”

    The security forces managed to liberate Ramadi Island and imposed their control over it, while the engineering brigades continue removing land mines and improvised explosive devices from the area.
    Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


    Zero deaths in four explosions near celebration

    (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday, that a number of civilians were wounded in the explosion of four improvise explosive devices that targeted Husseiniyah celebrations in the areas of al-Shoala and Obeidi.

    The command said in a brief statement, “Two improvised explosive devices exploded in the area of al-Shoala, and two others exploded in al-Obeidi area.”

    “The blasts targeted Husseiniyah celebrations and resulted in the wounding of a number of civilians,” the statement added.

    Baghdad is witnessing extensive attacks using booby-trapped vehicles and explosive belts, in addition to other attacks against civilians and security members.
    Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan
    Shin Bet foils Hamas suicide bus bombing in Jerusalem
    [IsraelTimes] Shuafat refugee camp resident was allegedly days away from carrying out attack, directed by Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", in Gazoo; said bombings "the way of God"

    An East Jerusalem man was indicted Tuesday for planning to carry out a suicide kaboom on a bus in the capital, officials said.

    On September 9, the Shin Bet security service jugged
    Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
    alleged Hamas operative Muhammad Fuaz Ibrahim Julani, a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp, a few days before he planned to carry out his attack, the agency said.

    Over the past few months, Julani, 22, had been planning to carry out a terror attack on behalf of Hamas, the Shin Bet said.

    In September, he told an accomplice he planned to carry out the suicide kaboom as "this is the way of God," according to the indictment.

    The Hamas terror group’s operatives in the Gazoo Strip had been in contact with Julani through the internet in order to plan the bombing and had also encouraged him to recruit other people to carry out attacks, according to the indictment filed against him Tuesday in the Jerusalem District Court.

    "This investigation reiterates and highlights the unrelenting effort by Hamas operatives in the Gazoo Strip to instigate severe terror attacks in Israel and the West Bank," the Shin Bet said in a statement.

    Though Julani ultimately decided to carry out a suicide bus bombing in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of Jerusalem, according to the Shin Bet, he said in his interrogation he had also considered a shooting attack with an AK-47 assault rifle near the Hizme checkpoint; bombing a store where he had worked in 2011; throwing an improvised bomb at the checkpoint in Shuafat; and pipe kabooms in high-traffic locations of Jerusalem, like the bus station and the Malha shopping mall.

    Approximately a year ago, Julani had also considered carrying out a stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze’ev, going so far as to purchase a 6-inch (15-centimeter) knife and travel to the Jerusalem neighborhood, "but decided not to carry out the attack for fear that his parents’ home would be demolished," according to the indictment.

    Instead, the East Jerusalem resident decided to carry out a suicide kaboom after the Moslem holiday of Eid al-Adha, which was celebrated from September 12 to 16. By carrying out his attack after the holiday, Julani hoped to prevent Israel from restricting Moslems’ access to the Temple Mount during the holiday, according to the Shin Bet.

    The NIS 7,000 ($1,850) needed for the operation was allegedly provided by a resident of Hebron, identified in the indictment only as "Abu Muhammad," who also helped carry out some tests with the chemicals he purchased so that Julani could create his device.

    When Julani was arrested on September 9, he had already purchased the materials necessary to create his bomb, including nails that he planned to pack into the device to maximize the damage.

    It was his second time he purchased ingredients necessary for a bomb, since when Julani’s father discovered at some point over the summer that his son had been planning an attack, the 22-year-old "begged for forgiveness from his father and threw out the materials he had purchased," according to the indictment.

    At some point in August, Julani again decided to carry out his attack and purchased the materials necessary for a second time, according to the Jerusalem district attorney.

    Two members of Julani’s family, Mehmed and Iyad Julani, were also arrested for allegedly helping him hide his illegal weapons.

    Julani was charged with planning to assist the enemy in wartime, contact with a foreign agent, being a member of a terrorist organization and illegal use of property for the purpose of terror.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2016 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

    #1  But by all means, let's make sure to invite Hamas to the bargaining table.
    Posted by: Crusader || 10/12/2016 0:49 Comments || Top||

    #2  "but decided not to carry out the attack for fear that his parents’ home would be demolished,"

    What can you say? Demolishing houses and sealing up candy stores seem to work. Next, mosks.
    Posted by: Shipman || 10/12/2016 9:44 Comments || Top||

    #3  I was thinkern more along the lines of the "Russian solution."
    Posted by: Pappy || 10/12/2016 19:23 Comments || Top||


    Southeast Asia
    Rohingyas kill 4 Myanmar soldiers in Muslim-majority region
    [ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Four Myanmar soldiers were killed and one was injured on Tuesday when troops were attacked by suspected Muslim insurgents near the country’s border with Bangladesh, an official said.

    The Myanmar army, known as the Tatmadaw, has been sent into northern Rakhine State to seek attackers who killed nine police officers guarding the border early on Sunday.

    The majority of residents in the area are Muslims belonging to the stateless Rohingya ethnic group.

    Around 2.30pm on Tuesday, soldiers came under attack close to Pyaung Pyit village in Maungdaw Township, said Ye Naing, a director at the Ministry of Information.

    “One Tatmadaw soldier was injured and four were killed by the Muslim insurgents. One was dead on the enemy side,” Ye Naing told Reuters late on Tuesday.

    “Two guns and two magazines of ammunition were found.”

    Nine border police officers were killed and five were wounded in Sunday’s clashes, in which officials said scores of Rohingyas swarmed border guard posts and made off with guns and ammunition.

    Soldiers and police have been scouring Maungdaw Township since Sunday, employing helicopters to search the rugged terrain close to the frontier, which has been closed.

    In at least one instance, the hunt for suspects has led to soldiers killing residents who officials said ambushed them but who local Muslims said were trying to flee.

    State media reported on Tuesday that four bodies were discovered after soldiers opened fire in Myothugyi village, also in Maungdaw Township.

    Four suspected insurgents have been detained, said Ye Naing.

    Police told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that two suspects had said during interrogation that Sunday’s attacks were coordinated by a single leader operating on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

    The events marked a dramatic escalation in violence in Rakhine State, which has seen bouts of conflict between Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists but has not typically been the site of armed insurgency.

    Vijay Nambiar, special adviser on Myanmar to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called on civilians in “the area to exercise maximum restraint and not be provoked into any kind of response by targeting other communities or religious groups.”
    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  As Burma's Kachin, Karen, Shan, Wa and other ethnic minorities know, Burman soldiers are butchers. It is now the Rohingyas turn to find that out.
    Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 10/12/2016 6:36 Comments || Top||

    #2  The 1st Shikaris would differ.
    Posted by: Shipman || 10/12/2016 10:21 Comments || Top||


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran
    Syrian rebels advance towards ISIS stronghold in Aleppo province
    [ALMASDARNEWS] ISIS forces of Evil have withdrawn from their last salient near the Turkish border over the past 48 hours, handing over nearly a dozen villages southeast of Azaz to Turkish-backed rebel factions.

    Despite losing ground inside Aleppo city itself, Syrian rebel factions have seized over a hundred villages from ISIS in Aleppo's northern countryside during a major Turkish-backed offensive dubbed operation 'Euphrates Shield'.

    Given the current rate of advance, the Free Syrian Army
    ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
    (FSA) and Ahrar al-Sham
    ...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
    are expected to reach al-Bab before the end of 2016. The city of al-Bab is the last major ISIS stronghold in Aleppo province, thus representing an important buffer-zone into the Raqqa governorate, the de facto capital 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....
    .
    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Rebel defenses collapsing as Syrian Army advances at strategic East Ghouta town
    [ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rolling through the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus today, capturing several imperative sites from the Salafist tough guys of Jaish al-Islam
    ...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
    (Army of Islam).

    Led by the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Armed Forces renewed their offensive near al-Reyhan today after repelling the Jaish al-Islam counter-assault on Sunday morning.

    Minutes ago, the 105th Brigade and their allies captured the Reyhan Cemetery amid Jaish al-Islam's collapsing defenses at the town's entrance.

    Following the capture of the Reyhan Cemetery, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced to the local school and mosque inside the town, forcing Jaish al-Islam to fortify their last-line of defense in order to avoid being overrun.

    If the Syrian Armed Forces capture the local school, the entire town will likely fall minutes shortly after.

    In addition to this assault, the Syrian Armed Forces are also attacking al-Reyhan from the eastern flank, targeting the Ibn Sina'a Hospital (now rebel base) from the nearby Signal Base.

    Making matters worse for Jaish al-Islam, the Syrian Armed Forces are also attacking the Industrial Area that is located in the vicinity of Tal Kurdi.

    Jaish al-Islam is on their last leg in al-Reyhan; if they fail to hold this town, they will be forced to withdraw from nearby Tal Kurdi.

    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Jaish al-Islam (MB)

    #1  I think glaciers advance faster then the vaunted Syrian Army.
    Posted by: Raj || 10/12/2016 1:29 Comments || Top||


    High-ranking ISIS commander found dead in east Lebanon
    [ALMASDARNEWS] The high-ranking 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 al-Sham (ISIS) commander, Abu Bakr al-Raqqawi, was found dead at the village of Wadi 'Aata in the 'Arsal Barrens of Leb on Sunday.

    According to a Lebanese Army communique, Abu Bakr al-Raqqawi's body was discovered on Sunday near the border-town of 'Arsal; his cause of death is still unknown.

    Abu Bakr al-Raqqawi was a Syrian bad boy from the al-Raqqa Governorate that was leading the Lebanese faction of the Islamic State before his corpse was discovered on Sunday.

    Al-Raqqawi was responsible for the murder of Zaher Ezzeddine, a Lebanese soldier, in eastern Leb last year.
    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  Seems like a win for everyone except for Abu Bakr al-Raqqawi who punched out.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 10/12/2016 8:17 Comments || Top||


    Jihadi groups launch counter attack in northern Hama
    [ALMASDARNEWS] Fierce festivities are now taking place inside the strategic village of Kawkab in the northern countryside of Hama, only hours after the Syrian Army stormed the village.

    A jihadi coalition led by Ahrar al-Sham
    ...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
    group is launching a ferocious offensive to reverse the recent advances made by government troops and allied forces amid escalated jihadi infighting.

    A military source told AlMasdar News that only hours after the government forces managed to impose full control of Kawkab, jihadi bandidos gunnies sent huge reinforcements and initiated a counter offensive.

    Jihadi groups lost dozens of bandidos gunnies in the few past days in battles against the Syrian government forces and rival jihadi group, including senior commanders.
    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


    Syrian Army tightens noose around rebel-held Douma, captures new town
    [ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Army managed today to fully recapture al-Reyhan town deep in the rebel stronghold of the Eastern Ghouta region after severe battles with the Islamist bad boys.

    Having repelled a major attack by the Saudi-backed Jaush al-Islam forces of Evil on Sunday morning, the government troops launched a full-scale counteroffensive, which granted them full control of the Reyhan Cemetery, local school and mosque.

    Today, the government forces continued their advance, overrunning the rebels' last defense lines in the western flanks of the town.

    By capturing al-Reyhan, the Syrian Army is now positioned nearly 2 km from the rebel-bastion of Douma.

    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


    Kurd forces drive back ISIS attack near Hasakah
    Hasakah – Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled a renewed attack by Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah governorate, military sources reported on Tuesday.

    Clashes broke out in the vicinity of Shaddadi city in Hasakah’s southern countryside after ISIS militants attacked a security checkpoint for the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    The clashes centred in the villages of Hut and Hamma in southwestern Shaddadi.

    Local sources reported casualties on both sides. However, ARA News could not verify the exact number of casualties.

    “After three hours of clashes, Daesh militants were forced to retreat towards their bases in Margada city near the administrative border of Deir ez-Zor Governorate,” a YPG officer told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

    Similar clashes took place on Sunday between SDF fighters and ISIS militants in the southern countryside of Hasakah after ISIS carried out a car bomb attack on an SDF security checkpoint near Shaddari city. The extremist group has also struck the SDF headquarters in Shaddadi with a number of mortar shells. At least five SDF fighters were killed and two others were seriously injured.

    At the same time, ISIS jihadists tried to infiltrate into Azzawi town, which is also in northeastern Syria. Heavy clashes ensued between the SDF and ISIS.

    “ISIS militants have been trying to infiltrate into Shaddadi and other areas in southern Hasakah,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News. “Our forces were able to repel the attack and forced ISIS to withdraw towards Deir ez-Zor.”

    In mid-February 2016, People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied SDF fighters concluded a protracted campaign by liberating Shaddadi city. Since the campaign concluded, ISIS has been trying to return to the area, launching mortar and car bomb attacks from bases in Deir ez-Zor Governorate.
    Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Five children killed by rebel fire on Syria school
    [ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least five children were killed by rebel fire on a school in the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Tuesday, state media said.

    “Five children were killed and 15 wounded in terrorist shelling of a primary school in the Al-Sahary neighborhood of Daraa,” state news agency SANA reported.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, also reported the rocket fire on the school, saying at least six people had been killed, five of them children.

    It said that at least 25 people were wounded in the attack, and that the death toll was likely to rise because a number of the wounded were in critical condition.

    Rebel forces control most of Daraa province, but the provincial capital is largely controlled by the government.

    Daraa is sometimes dubbed the “cradle” of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that began with protests in the province in March 2011.

    Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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