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-War on Police-
Man wearing body armor shoot Boston officers with assault rifle
[SouthAfricaToday] A man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle shot two Boston police officers who were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, before being shot and killed by other officers, police said.

The two wounded officers were hospitalized in “extremely critical condition” early Thursday morning.

“Domestic calls, as you know, are probably the most volatile. You never really know what you’re walking into,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “And I think we see right now the dangers of our job.”

Evans said the suspect fired at the officers late Wednesday night shortly after they arrived at a home in the city’s East Boston neighborhood. Several other officers who were stationed outside ran inside and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

“Two of the officers dragged their fellow officers out of the line of fire so they were in a protected zone, and the officers continued to engage in a gun exchange,” Evans said.

The officers shot and killed the suspect and then began administering first aid to the wounded officers, one a 28-year veteran, the other a 12-year veteran of the force.

“One officer had his hand in one of the wounds and I think that was instrumental in getting the officer down to Mass General quickly,” Evans said.

Both officers were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where they were being treated for serious injuries. Nine other officers were being treated at Tufts Medical Center for trauma, stress and minor injuries.

Police, initially concerned that their might be a second suspect, ordered residents to shelter in place. That order was later lifted.

Police did not identify the suspect or the two wounded officers.
Posted by: SAT2014 || 10/13/2016 05:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  East Boston used to be mostly Italian, now it's mostly spics.
Posted by: Raj || 10/13/2016 11:20 Comments || Top||

#2  The perp's a spic as well. He's dead, and he watched Dog the Bounty Hunter way too many times.
Posted by: Raj || 10/13/2016 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Police say Figueroa was not licensed to carry a gun in Massachusetts.

Quick Johnson, more controls on law abiding citizens!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2016 13:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Later reports has the weapon as a "tactical" shotgun.
Posted by: Chantry || 10/13/2016 18:22 Comments || Top||

#5  The guy claimed he had a private security company and was a 'bounty hunter' yet couldn't legally carry? Either he was a first class nut job or the cops are 'fibbing.'
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/13/2016 22:38 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Security Forces Break Siege On Baghlan Military Base
[Tolo News] Afghan cops successfully ended a nine-day siege by the Taliban of a military base in Qarghan hill, Phul-e-Khumri, in Baghlan, rescuing 120 security force members.

The turbans had surrounded the base nine days ago. The siege ended when troops were brought in from other parts of the province.

Gen. Shaor Gull a military commander in Baghlan said that during the operation 34 Taliban members were killed, 60 were maimed and four others were tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
by the Afghan cops.

According to him, during the operation a Taliban tank was also destroyed.

Meanwhile in a separate clash between security forces and the Taliban in Zabul province one police officer was killed and four others were maimed, officials said.

According to the officials, festivities started along the 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....
-Kandahar highway.

On the other hand, the Taliban conducted a rocket attack, which hit a house, in Shah Joy district of Zabul. Two women were killed and four men were maimed.

Local officials in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
also reported rocket attacks in Helmand province.

According to them Taliban fired off three missiles from the third zone of Lashkargah city to the capital.

There were no reports of casualties.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Yellow Wolf clutched at his chest and fell from his horse...
a source told TOLOnews that Taliban once again resumed their attacks on parts of Helmand's second zone and have entered the area. Clashes are ongoing.

Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban Pushed Back From Kunduz City
[Tolo News] Kunduz security officials said on Wednesday they have pushed the faceless myrmidons out of Kunduz city and will continue their clearance operations.

The festivities between security forces and Taliban lasted 11 days.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the crisis led to thousands of families fleeing their homes. The local economy was also badly affected as most businesses and shops have been closed for more than a week.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Death Toll Rises To 15 In Balkh Blast
[Tolo News] At least 15 people have been killed and more than 30 maimed in an kaboom near a mosque in Balkh district of Balkh province on Wednesday afternoon, local officials confirmed.

Munir Ahmad Farhad, front man for Balkh's governor, said that an IED exploded near a mosque.

Some of the maimed are at death's door, hospital officials said.

No group, including the Taliban, have grabbed credit for the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Wife dies in Khoms assassination attempt: report
[LibyaHerald] The pregnant wife of one of the leading Salafists in Khoms died today when gunmen tried to kill her husband.

According to reports from Khoms, 100 kilometres east of Tripoli, gunmen started firing at Nasser Abu Sabah who was driving in the town with his wife at the time. She was hit and died instantly.

The attackers are unknown. Although there have been some clashes between rival families in Khoms it is suspected they may be Islamic State (IS) sympathisers. Although IS dogma is derived from Salafism, it has regularly targeted Libyan Salafists, regarding them as ideologically tainted.
Posted by: badanov || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


Africa Subsaharan
10 killed in Shia Muslim clashes in Nigeria
[AlAhram] At least 10 people were killed and scores injured on Wednesday in violent festivities between Shia Moslems, civilians and security forces across northern Nigeria, according to members of the pro-Iran group Islamic Movement in Nigeria and witnesses.

Despite being banned in one northern state, thousands of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) members had taken to the streets for the annual Ashura march, a major Shia festival.

Soldiers and police opened fire on an IMN procession in the town of Funtua in northern Katsina state, killing 10 people and injuring scores of others, IMN front man Husseini Yero told AFP.

"We now have the dead bodies of 10 of our members killed by soldiers and coppers who opened fire on our procession," Yero said.

Two Funtua residents, who asked to remain anonymous because of security concerns, confirmed seeing 10 bodies and "several" people with injuries.

The violence comes less than a week after northern Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai banned the group as an "unlawful society", saying it was a security threat and calling for security forces to "vigorously" arrest its members.

In the city of Kaduna, a mob looted and torched the home of the IMN leader in the city. Hundreds of men sacked the home of Mukhtar Sahabi in the Tudun Wada area before setting it on fire.

"We are still trying to confirm the fate of two of our members that were in the house," said IMN member Ishaq Saleh. "We are afraid they might have been killed."

In northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano, dozens were maimed when mobs attacked the IMN procession with stones, police said.

"The IMN procession was attacked by hoodlums who pelted them with stones for blocking the roads, which denied many people access to the market and the main hospital in the city," said Kano police front man Magaji Majia. "We treated 17 people injured by the mob in our clinic and rescued 138 IMN women from the mob."

Clashes between the Nigerian military and IMN supporters led to over 300 deaths in December last year. Two days of violence began on December 12, when supporters of the pro-Iranian holy man and IMN head, Ibrahim Zakzaky, refused to allow the chief of army staff's convoy to pass through the northern city of Zaria in Kaduna state.

Rights group Amnesia Amnesty International later accused Nigeria's military of "excessive force".

IMN leader Zakzaky, who lost an eye and was left partly paralysed in the violence, has been held in jug since December, with fears the military crackdown could result in a violent uprising similar to the devastating 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...
insurgency.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The IMN procession was attacked by hoodlums who pelted them with stones for blocking the roads, which denied many people access to the market and the main hospital in the city," said Kano police front man Magaji Majia. "We treated 17 people injured by the mob in our clinic and rescued 138 IMN women from the mob."

Perhaps there's a lesson here for BLM protests blocking highways and roads
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2016 14:22 Comments || Top||

#2  well, yeah, but if LE is ordered to stand down, and a regular citizen goes solo, what do you think will be the end reault? BLM are literraly untouchable under Obama/DoJ/FBI

not like we live in a civilised country like Nigeria /sarc
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 10/13/2016 23:50 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Officials say US missiles destroy radar sites on Yemen coast
It was either this or confront Iran directly.
U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles destroyed three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea Coast early Thursday, officials said, a retaliatory action that followed two incidents this week in which missiles were fired at U.S. Navy ships.
I was wondering when we'd get around to this...
The strikes marked the first shots fired by the U.S. in anger against the Houthis in Yemen's long-running civil war. The U.S. previously only provided logistical support and refueling to the Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, including supporters of Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

While the U.S. military has been focused on al-Qaida in Yemen, the Houthis had not been a primary target of American forces until the missile launches from Houthi-controlled territory this week.

No information on casualties from the U.S. missiles was provided by American officials. The three radar sites were in remote areas, where there was little risk of civilian casualties or collateral damage, said a military official who was not authorized to be named and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The destroyer USS Nitze launched the cruise missiles, the official said.

President Barack Obama authorized the strikes at the recommendation of Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. U.S. officials had said earlier that the U.S. was weighing what military response to take.

"These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway," Cook said following the U.S. action. "The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb and elsewhere around the world."

Loai al-Shami, a Houthi spokesman, declined to comment immediately on the U.S. strike.

Early Wednesday, two missiles were fired at the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyer that is conducting routine operations in the region with the USS Ponce, an amphibious warship. Neither missile got near the ship, said a U.S. military official.

The missiles were fired from the Yemen coast, near the location used Sunday when two missiles were launched at the same two ships, said the official. A second official said it wasn't clear whether the ship's countermeasures caused the missiles to hit the water on Wednesday or if they would have landed there anyway.

"These unjustified attacks are serious, but they will not deter us from our mission," the chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, said in a statement Wednesday. "The team in USS Mason demonstrated initiative and toughness as they defended themselves and others against these unfounded attacks over the weekend and again today. All Americans should be proud of them."

The missiles fired on Sunday were variants of the so-called Silkworm missile, and both also fell harmlessly into the water. The Silkworm is a type of coastal defense cruise missile that Iran has been known to use.

Sunday was the first time that U.S. ships were targeted by a missile launch from Yemen. Last week, an Emirati-leased Swift boat came under rocket fire near the same area and sustained serious damage. The United Arab Emirates described the vessel as carrying humanitarian aid and having a crew of civilians, while the Houthis called the boat a warship.
Posted by: gorb || 10/13/2016 04:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Who's going to tell Obama?
Posted by: Bobby || 10/13/2016 7:03 Comments || Top||

#2  It seems that reporters conveniently forget that when the US was challenged in the Persian Gulf then President Ronald Reagan ordered an attack on the Iranian Navy. The destruction was such that Iranian belligerance ceased.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 10/13/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  I suspect the sites were warned in advance. Can't put Russian technicians at risk now can we ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/13/2016 7:44 Comments || Top||

#4  So heat up Yemen to take the heat off of giving Up Syria to the Russians?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/13/2016 8:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Iranian Revolutionary Guard operators for the Iranian Silkworm-clone? This could explain the "misses" as Inshallah quality control plus vulnerability to counter-measures.
Posted by: magpie || 10/13/2016 13:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Likely IRGC supervision and IRGC/Houthi operators on both the radar and launch sites. Houthi and Iranian eyeballs on small craft providing additional spotting.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/13/2016 14:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Never let it be said we didn't do the least we could do.


Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2016 15:05 Comments || Top||

#8  The Swift video looked like it was taken from a boat. Good call on the Radar Pappy.

The Ponce is an interesting ship.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/13/2016 15:19 Comments || Top||


Yemeni army, allies intensify attacks on Soddys
[AlManar] 15 Saudi soldiers were killed and 40 others were injured after frustrating their advance attempt towards Mount Al-Dood in Jizan.

The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees launched rocketry attacks on various Saudi military sites, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Ansarullah movement leader Sayyed Abdol Malek Badreddine al-Houthi delivered a speech on Ashura occasion, stressing the Yemeni steadfastness in the face of the US-administered Saudi war.

Sayyed Houthi underscored that the Yemenis are confronting a war on their values, hailing all those who support Yemen against the Saudi aggression, including Hezbollah and his Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.
Posted by: badanov || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi forces down missile fired by Yemen’s Houthis
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi air defense forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s 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 ...
militia toward Khamees Mushait city in the kingdom’s southwest on Tuesday night, a Saudi-led coalition said in a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

The Houthis said on Twitter that their missile was aimed at Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s King Faisal Military Camp located about 40 km (25 miles) north of the Yemeni border.

But the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces destroyed the missile before it could cause any damage, according to the statement by the coalition, which since March 2015 has been fighting the Houthis and launching air strikes across 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...
to try to restore the Saudi-backed government of exiled President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Saudi forces responded to the missile attack by attacking the launch site, the statement added.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  O' Lawz! Where are my Paks?
Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2016 15:07 Comments || Top||

#2  "The believing youth" - got yer necktag?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 10/13/2016 23:55 Comments || Top||


Top Military Brass among Those Killed in Yemen Funeral Strike
[AnNahar] Leading rebel officers were among those killed in the weekend air strike on a funeral in Yemen's capital, blamed on pro-government Arab coalition warplanes, according to official media reports on Tuesday.

Funerals for several top rebel-allied officers and officials killed in Saturday's strike were held in Sanaa on Tuesday, rebel-controlled Saba news agency reported.

The Iran-backed rebels have blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the air strike, one of the deadliest since the alliance launched a military campaign against the Shiite Death Eaters in March 2015.

After initially denying responsibility, the coalition said Sunday it was ready to investigate the "regrettable and painful" strike, while UN chief Ban Ki-Moon demanded a "prompt and impartial" probe.

Three commanders of the elite elite republican guard brigades, loyal to former 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...
who is allied with Shiite Houthis, were said to be among those killed.

They were named by Saba as General Ali al-Jaefi, head of the elite republican guard and Brigadiers Abdulmalik Marzooq and Ali al-Hamzi.

General Ahmed Manea, a member of the supreme security committee, was also among those killed in the air strike which killed at least 140 people and maimed more than 525 others according to the UN.

Deputy security chief of Sanaa province, Ahmed al-Shalef, and the head of the rebels' civil status authority, brigadier Yehya al-Rowaishan, were also listed as killed in the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  The headline explains all...
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 10/13/2016 23:57 Comments || Top||


US destroyer targeted again by missile off Yemen: official
[AlAhram] A US destroyer has for the second time in four days been targeted by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen, a US defense official said Wednesday. The USS Mason detected an incoming missile at about 6:00 pm local time (1500 GMT) and deployed unspecified countermeasures, the official said.
Mason has the AEGIS system, so we can guess...
"It is unclear if the countermeasures caused the missile to hit the water, or if it would have hit the water on its own," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
No one was injured and the ship was not struck.

On Sunday, two missiles fired from rebel-held territory 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...
fell short of the Mason while she patrolled the Red Sea off the coast of the war-torn country. Both missiles hit the water before reaching the ship and no one was injured in that incident, officials said.

Wednesday's attack saw a "coastal defense cruise missile" fired from a Huthi-controlled area south of al-Hudaydah, the unnamed defense official said.

Missile attack on warship launched from Houthi territory

[ArabNews] WASHINGTON, United States: The Pentagon said it would respond “at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner” after a new, attempted missile attack on a US Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen on Wednesday, the second such incident in four days.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the USS Mason detected at least one missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory near Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

“The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach USS Mason,” Cook said in a statement.

Other US officials said the USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce — an amphibious transport dock — fired defensive salvos in response to the missiles, neither of which hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.

The USS Mason detected an incoming missile at about 6 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) and deployed unspecified countermeasures, a defense official said.

“It is unclear if the countermeasures caused the missile to hit the water, or if it would have hit the water on its own,” the official said.

The renewed attempt to target the US Navy destroyer will add pressure on the US military to retaliate, a move that would represent the first direct US military action against Houthis in Yemen’s conflict. The Pentagon hinted about possible retaliatory strikes on Tuesday.

The incidents, along with an Oct. 1 strike on a vessel from the United Arab Emirates, add to questions about safety of passage for military ships around the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

The Houthis, who are battling the internationally-recognized government of Yemen President Abd Rabbu Mansour Al-Hadi, denied any involvement in the previous attempt to strike the USS Mason or the nearby USS Ponce on Sunday.

But US officials have told Reuters there is growing indications that Houthi rebels, despite those denials, were responsible for Sunday’s incident.

The rebels appeared to use small skiffs as spotters to help direct the missile attack on the warship. The United States is also investigating the possibility that a radar station under Houthi control in Yemen might have also “painted” the USS Mason, something that would have helped the Houthi fighters pass along coordinates for a strike, the officials have said.
Simple: destroy the radar station, and any others that 'paint' our ships...
The Houthis, who are allied to Hadi’s predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh, have the support of many army units and control most of the north including the capital Sanaa.

Reuters has learned that the coastal defense cruise missiles used against the USS Mason on Sunday had considerable range, adding to concerns about the kind of heavy weaponry that the Houthis appear willing to employ and some of which US officials believe is supplied by Iran.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  And, surprisingly enough (considering the current CiC, etc. snuggles with Iran), U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 10/13/2016 12:16 Comments || Top||

#2  ...maybe someone failed to ask 'mother may I' first?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2016 13:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Another, implied, issue is the potential for Iranian/Hesb'allah/Houthi denial-of-access, i.e., closing off Red Sea shipping routes.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/13/2016 15:10 Comments || Top||

#4 
Mason has the AEGIS system, so we can guess...

Fried the guidance package 12 clickers out?
Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2016 15:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Radar sites are dead. Tomahawked.
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/13/2016 15:29 Comments || Top||

#6  I suspect there are, or will be, mobile sites.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/13/2016 17:48 Comments || Top||

#7  What is that now, three destroyers and an anti-mine ship?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/13/2016 17:59 Comments || Top||

#8  How's Djibouti with Yemen trying to shut down the strait?
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/13/2016 23:54 Comments || Top||


Down Under
Two known wolf yoots remanded into custody after arrested in Sidney with knives and notes pledging to ISIS
[ABC.au] Two 16-year old teenagers were placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
by the state's Joint Counter-Terrorism Team at Bankstown in Sydney yesterday, in the lane behind a Moslem prayer hall.

They were found in possession of two large bayonet-style knives, bought earlier that day, and religious notes that allegedly pledged allegiance to 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....
One of the boys is a relative of Hamdi Alqudsi
..the 42-year old, two-wived, Sydney grandfather who recently met his just reward...
, who has been enjugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
for helping young Australians travel to Syria to fight in the country's civil war.

The pair did not appear in Parramatta Children's Court this morning and did not apply for bail, and it was formally refused. In opposing bail, police said the pair posed an unacceptable risk to the community.

They are due to return to court in December, unless they apply for bail before then.

One of the two facing terrorism-related charges in Sydney allegedly referenced the murder of NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng, telling his mother he would do "something to them that they have never seen before".
Photo of the moving black object labelled as his mother can be seen at the link.
Police have alleged the teenager attended a protest four years ago at Hyde Park.
"He allus been trouble, yer honour!"
Police said the teenager's co-accused had shown no remorse for his actions, and while in jug could be seen laughing and joking.

According to the documents, he was stopped by authorities while attempting to enter a region that is controlled by an internationally recognised terror group.
"The Turks caught 'im trying to sneak into Syria, yer honour, so they sent 'im home."
It is also alleged that when he returned to Australia he was found in possession of electronic material believed to have been produced by Islamic State.

At a presser this morning, police said the boys had been charged with acts in preparation to commit a terrorist act and with having membership with a terrorist organization.

"Those charges are extremely serious charges with the acts in preparation to commit a terrorist act with a maximum of life imprisonment," NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said.

Police said they were "well aware" of the teenagers.

"We will be alleging this attack was inspired by Islamic State," she said.

"What we do know, though, is that the actions, we will allege, were enough to say they were preparing to do an attack, although we don't know specifically where that attack was going to take place," Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

She said it was is "the 11th imminent attack... we have prevented in this country. There have been four attacks, three have been in NSW".

As part of their operation, officers searched a number of homes and also a prayer hall.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2016 02:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Three Iranians caught in Italy with fake Israeli passports
[IsraelTimes] Israel checking whether the 3, who were deported to Turkey, are tied to Iranian global terror plots against Israelis

Three Iranian nationals were caught in Italia with forged Israeli passports, Channel 2 News reported Wednesday night.

Italia updated Israeli authorities on the incident and deported the three to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
via Serbia, according to the report.

Security officials are looking into possible connections between the three and attempts to carry out terror attacks against Israelis throughout the world.

In January two Iranians were tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in India after attempting to board a flight using fake Israeli passports. The two were reported to be a married couple who had been living in India for the past several years and intended to use the fake passports to immigrate to the United States.

In 2014, two Iranians were arrested at an airport in Nairobi, Kenya, after attempting to enter the country using fake Israeli passports. They were sentenced under anti-terrorism laws to two years in prison and ordered to pay a large fine.
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#1  Customs official: "Bonjour."

Iranian agent: "Allahu Akbar! err, Shalom."
Posted by: gorb || 10/13/2016 1:45 Comments || Top||

#2  "The monobrow gave you away"
"Mine?"
"No. Hers"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2016 9:46 Comments || Top||


Chemnitz terror suspect Jaber Albakr found dead in cell
[DeutscheWelle] Jaber Albakr, a Syrian suspected of planning a terror attack in Germany, has been found dead in his jail cell. He was suspected of planning to carry out a kaboom on an airport

A Syrian man suspected of planning to carry out a kaboom on a German airport was found dead in his jail cell after committing suicide, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.

"On the evening of October 12, 2016, Jaber Albakr, who was suspected of planning a serious attack, took his life in the detention centre at Leipzig correctional hospital," the ministry said in a statement.

AlBakr was incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
on Monday following a two day manhunt after security forces found explosives in his apartment in the eastern German city of Chemnitz.

It is unclear how the suspect was able to kill himself in his cell despite being under surveillance due to the risk of suicide and a hunger strike. DPA news agency reported AlBakr hung himself.

The 22-year-old Syrian refugee was subdued and handed over to police in Leipzig on Monday by three other Syrian refugees, who have since been described as heroes. They reportedly invited the runaway to stay in their apartment, only to realize shortly later that Albakr was being sought after by police.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence service, said Albakr was preparing to carry out an attack on a Berlin airport within days before the raid on his apartment.

Albakr arrived in Germany last year and had been granted asylum after passing security checks. Investigators say they believe he was motivated 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....
" and may have become radicalized while in Germany.
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#1  Curiouser and curiouser.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2016 13:58 Comments || Top||

#2  It is unclear how the suspect was able to kill himself in his cell despite being under surveillance due to the risk of suicide and a hunger strike. DPA news agency reported AlBakr hung himself swallowed his foot.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2016 14:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Scalia Disease?
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Wheelchair-bound woman gang-raped by six migrants at Swedish asylum centre
A wheelchair-bound woman was gang-raped by up to six migrants at a Swedish asylum centre after asking if she could use their toilet, it has been reported. The woman, in her 30s, was sharing a taxi home with a man after going in the medieval town of Visby on Sweden's Gotland island when she asked to stop off.

Her fellow passenger invited her inside before she was brutally set upon in the toilet, her lawyer said.

The assault sparked anger in the town and extra police were called to the island when an angry mob attacked the asylum centre with rocks.

The victim's lawyer Staffan Freriksson said the abuse started in the toilet and several other men joined in. He added: 'Where they came from we don't know. This was going on for a couple of hours.

'She got paralysed in this situation and was not able to bring herself to resist physically, other than saying no.'

He said his client is unable to walk long distances and needs a wheelchair. She was eventually able to escape the building.

Six men aged in their 20s were arrested in the days that followed they were later released. Sweden's Expressen newspaper reported that the suspects were all asylum seekers and that the attack allegedly took place at asylum accommodation.

The head of Gotland police Torbjörn Nilsson said: 'Gotland is safe, compared to other places, and there are few crimes compared to the rest of the country. But the way people have now acted is unprecedented.'
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#1  the abuse started in the toilet and several other men joined in

One Muslim, one Jew, one Christian, one Catholic, one Buddhist, and one Hindu, right?

But the way people have now acted is unprecedented.

Only if you've been living under a rock.
Posted by: gorb || 10/13/2016 2:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Only if you've been living under a rock.

A really big rock...with earplugs in....and a blindfold...and then buried the rock under 20 tons of sand.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/13/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  When IKEA starts depicting these sorts of tableaux in their print catalog and web site, you will know it's the new normal...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/13/2016 9:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Six men aged in their 20s were arrested in the days that followed they were later released Sweden's Expressen newspaper reported that the suspects were all asylum seekers and that the attack allegedly took place at asylum accommodation.

So... because the six were Muslim and it took place at the asylum center, its OK? So they were released? Did they also get the commemorative T-shirt with matching socks?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/13/2016 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Good to know islam is handicapped accessible.

Also good the extra police arrived to chase off those mean ol' locals.
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The Grand Turk
Turkey Detains Dozens over Alleged PKK Links
[AnNahar] Turkish police have detained dozens of people including pro-Kurdish party officials, accusing them of spreading propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a security source said on Wednesday.

At least 49 people were detained for allegedly spreading "terror propaganda" and "membership of a terror group", as part of an operation against the PKK in Van and Hakkari in eastern and southeastern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, the official told AFP.

Among the detainees were several officials from local branches of the pro-Kurdish, left-wing Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

The Turkish government says the party has links to the PKK -- a claim the HDP denies.

Two members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were killed this week in two attacks that were blamed on PKK hard boys.

It was not immediately clear if the latest arrests were linked to a police hunt for the perpetrators of the attacks in Van and in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
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Home Front: WoT
Army officer recognized for actions at Boston Marathon bombing
[Army News Service] WASHINGTON -- Lt. Col. David P. Diamond, who provided aid to victims and assistance to Boston Police in the immediate aftermath of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has been awarded the Soldiers Medal for his actions that day.

It was Sen. John McCain who pinned the medal on Diamond's chest during a Capitol Hill ceremony Sept. 27. Among those in attendance were Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey.

"This is really a reflection of my profession of arms, not of myself," Diamond said, after receiving the medal. He serves now as legislative affairs officer within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. "I come from great stock, and great training and great leadership. It's a culture, a family we have developed together. Those actions are really representative of what we all do in the military."

Back on April 15, 2013, Diamond was serving as a legislative affairs officer with U.S. Special Operations Command. He and his family were in Boston, so that he could run in the marathon. He said for that day, he'd set a personal goal for himself to run the race in less than four hours -- something he had never done before. He completed the race in 3 hours and 56 minutes.

After he crossed the finish line, he said, he waited for other runners to finish, and for results and awards to be given. He sat near the finish line to recover from the race.

"I just sat down on the side of the road to kind of collect myself, do some texting, find where my family was," he said. "That's when the bomb detonated."

Within five minutes of finishing the race, Diamond heard the first of two improvised explosive devices go off. He was but 50 yards from that explosion. There was a "VIP bridge" there that allowed certain spectators to cross the road and move into the bleachers that had been set up for them. It was that bridge, he said, that had shielded him from the first blast.
Con't.
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#1  good on him
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Climate activists terrorists shut off oil pipelines which provide 15% of daily US consumption
[Reuters] All it took was a pair of bolt cutters and the elbow grease of a few climate activists to carry out an audacious act of sabotage on North America's massive oil and gas pipeline system.

For an industry increasingly reliant on gadgets such as digital sensors, infrared cameras and drones to monitor security and check for leaks, the sabotage illustrated how vulnerable pipelines are to low-tech attacks.

On Tuesday, climate activists broke through fences and cut locks and chains simultaneously in several states and simply turned the pipelines off.

All they had to do was twist shut giant valves on five cross-border pipelines that together can send 2.8 million barrels a day of crude to the United States from Canada - equal to about 15 percent of daily U.S. consumption.

The activists did no damage to the pipelines, which operating companies shut down as a precaution for checks before restarting.

The United States is the world's largest energy market, and the infrastructure to drill, refine, store and deliver that energy to consumers is connected by millions of miles of pipeline that are impossible to protect entirely from attack.

"You're not manning these things on a permanent basis. It's not viable," said Stewart Dewar, a project manager at Senstar, an Ottawa-based company that authored a 2012 white paper on pipeline security. "It's too expensive."

There are more than 200,000 miles (322,000 km) of oil lines and many times that of natural gas lines across the United States. Thousands of rural and often remote pumping and valve stations dot the country.

The cost of posting armed guards at valve stations, usually found every 20 miles along the underground pipelines, would be prohibitive, said Dewar.

For companies, there are few options to police the parts of their pipeline networks that sit above ground, such as the valve stations.
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#1  More than a few years back the enviros attacked the logging industry out west. They succeeded in avoiding arrest for a time. When caught, they were severely punished. Attacks then ceased.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262 || 10/13/2016 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Say Thank You Lord this kind of attacks do not appeal to Islamic mentality (not enough blood).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2016 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Does the fact that this involves interstate / international commerce make this a federal crime? Or is it a guaranteed ticket to the Obama WH?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 10/13/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Shoving bolt cutters up someone's arse would quickly solve this bad habit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/13/2016 8:00 Comments || Top||

#5  I would shoot them.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/13/2016 8:24 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm with Whiskey Mike -- they're endangering lives by playing with systems they don't understand. Shoot them.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/13/2016 8:30 Comments || Top||

#7  WM, RC, shooting is too quick unless you start at the ankles and work your way up slowly.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/13/2016 8:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Take note how easy it is. You can't protect it all. If and when a civil war breaks out, a lot of places are going to be without. NIMBY will bite deep.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2016 9:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Hang them from the pipeline.

Posted by: DarthVader || 10/13/2016 9:43 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, they probably didn't go far. They must have walked to the site, since using a car would contribute to global warming.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/13/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||

#11  Cars? Those things that run on petroleum? (or coal or uranium)
Posted by: SteveS || 10/13/2016 11:52 Comments || Top||

#12  Well, if you believe that climate change is as bad as the liberals do, this sort of thing would be warranted. Heroic, even! I suppose that'll be their legal defense.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/13/2016 13:17 Comments || Top||

#13  Didn't Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising" (WW3) begin with an attack on pipelines in a refinery?

Its national defense infrastructure. Treat it as such. Better fences, maybe electric and some concertina. Remote monitoring. I'd pony up a couple pennies a gallon to cover operating it.
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/13/2016 15:06 Comments || Top||

#14  Put alligators inside the fence and feed them every three days.
Posted by: gorb || 10/13/2016 15:12 Comments || Top||

#15  Shoot, shovel and shut up.
Posted by: Angetch Lumplump6105 || 10/13/2016 17:18 Comments || Top||

#16  "..."You're not manning these things on a permanent basis. It's not viable," said Stewart Dewar, a project manager at Senstar, an Ottawa-based company that authored a 2012 white paper on pipeline security. "It's too expensive...."

Not so expensive in 2016. An integrated system of cameras, barriers, drones, satellites would be about 25% of the cost of a similar but not-as-good integrated system in 2012.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/13/2016 21:58 Comments || Top||


Iraq
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS orders newborns' names changed

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Iraqi media outlets reported on Wednesday, that the Islamic State (ISIS) gave the families of Mosul 24 hours to change the names of their newborns that the group see as inappropriate for the state of caliphate.

Al Sumaria News revealed that a committee belongs to the ISIS searched the newborns data in the city of Mosul over the last days, and marked about 120 newborns’ names, and after that the ISIS gave the families of these newborns 24 hours to change their names for being inappropriate for the state of caliphate.

“The decision raised a notable discontent and resentment amid the people of Mosul,” Al Sumaria News added.

The Islamic State took over the city of Mosul in June 2014, to be one of its key strongholds in Iraq.

ISIS sell Mosul homes of Iraqi officials

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Islamic State members sold houses belong to a number of security members, professors and government employees in Nineveh province for 25 million dinars per house, Al Sumaria News reported on Wednesday.

The media outlet stated, “ISIS Diwan al-Hisba sold houses belong to security members, professors and government employees for cheaper prices,” pointing out that, “The ISIS sold the houses for 25 million dinars each, while the real price is more than 100 million dinars per house.”

The Islamic State is controlling the city of Mosul since mid-2014, while the security forces are preparing to launch an assault to storm into the city and liberate it from the ISIS grip.

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Diyala Devastations
Iraqi forces destroy 20 ISIS vehicles

(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – Tigris Operations Command announced on Wednesday destructing 20 vehicles belong to ISIS on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin.

Commander of Tigris Operations, Lieutenant General Mazhar al-Ezzawi, said in a press statement, “Forces from Tigris Operations, police and army, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia, conducted a military operation west of al-Adim vicinity on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, and destructed 20 vehicles belong to the ISIS.”

Ezzawi added, “The operation was also conducted with the cooperation of Army Aviation,” noting that, “The combat detachments also discovered a vehicle belongs to the ISIS containing the bodies of two ISIS militants, as well as dismantling many explosive devices that were planted by the ISIS members to hinder the advance of the security forces.”

The areas between Diyala and Salahuddin are witnessing active movements of ISIS sleeper cells from time to time, in order to disturb internal stability and security.
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Anbar Antics


Iraqi militia prepares for offensive on Haditha-Baiji road

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Forces from the army’s 7th brigade backed by tribal fighters are preparing to liberate Haditha-Baiji road, north of Anbar Province, Al Sumaria News reported on Wednesday.

Al Sumaria News stated, “The 27th regiment of the army’s 7th brigade was assigned to liberate Haditha-Baiji road, north of Anbar.”

“The tribal fighters will join the army forces in the operation, in order to secure and control the road after the liberation operation,” Al Sumaria News added.

The Haditha-Baiji road is located north of the city of Haditha in Anbar Province, and it is a desert road, where the Islamic State group (ISIS) members are usually deployed.

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Ninevah Nightmares
65K soldiers massed for attack on Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Iraqi forces are preparing for a battle that is expected to take place in the coming few days to liberate the city of Mosul from the grip of the terrorist group, ISIS.

Iraqi media outlets mentioned that around 5,000 fighters belonging to ISIS occupy the city of 1.3 million besieged residents.

News websites reported that 65,000 Iraqi soldiers divided into 6 divisions are expected to participate in the imminent battle.

Around 10,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are expected to participate in the battles that will take place in northern and eastern axes of Nineveh plain.

Around 24,000 members of Nineveh Police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi Milita are ready to participate in the battle as support forces. Iraqi Air Force in coordination with the air force of the US-led coalition will provide air cover for the ground operation.

In a related development, al-Hashd al-Shaabi Milita Forces announced on Monday that 14 of its members were killed by 5 Katyusha rockets fired by ISIS militants at Camp Zilkan north of Mosul.

Media outlets revealed that only 76,000 tents have been set up to receive Mosul families, while at least 300,000 tents are supposed to be set up to receive the large number of families expected to flee the city at the start of the battle.

ISIS could use CBR weapons in upcoming Mosul battle

[ARA News] Erbil – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) may use chemical weapons to protect its main Iraqi bastion of Mosul, officials said on Wednesday.

Informed sources told ARA News that after seizing chemical weapons in Syria, ISIS militants moved a large deal of those weapons to Mosul, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.

“ISIS has brought several shipments of chemical weapons, particularly chlorine and mustard agents, to Mosul earlier this week,” the head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari said.

The move comes ahead of the Mosul operation, planned by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army troops, supported by the US-led coalition.

The operation, which is expected to start within weeks, is aimed at capturing the city of Mosul from ISIS and expel the radical group from its main bastion in northern Iraq.

“If those reports are confirmed, we may face a more complex situation in the battle for Mosul than expected,” a Kurdish Peshmerga official told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We are aware of ISIS moves in Mosul. The group has recently changed its main positions inside the city and installed new checkpoints in Mosul suburb. The terrorist group is willing to put all of its strength in the upcoming battle for Mosul,” the official said. “Using chemical agents during the fight is highly possible, and we’ll make our preparations for such a scenario.”

Previous Chemical Attacks
On 21 September, ISIS militants hit an Iraqi army base with shells that reportedly contained mustard agent.

According to a joint investigation by the United Nations and a chemical weapons watchdog, the ISIS group has used banned chemical weapons. Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria have been exposed to several chemical attacks by ISIS, according to reports.

Also, on 18 September, ISIS launched a chemical attack on the villages of Um Hosh and Herbel in Afrin District northwest of Aleppo. The attack led to the injury of five civilians and three members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who were transferred to the Afrin Hospital. A medical sources in Afrin told ARA News that the injured suffered from suffocation. “The victims have been clearly exposed to a chemical gas attack.”

Speaking to ARA News, Rezan Heddo, a member of the Syrian Democratic Council, said: “ISIS and other radical Islamist groups in Aleppo province are in possession of chemical weapons. They have used those weapons in several attacks on populated areas in Aleppo province, especially against the Kurds.”

In April, the SDF leadership confirmed that several shells containing chemicals dropped on their positions in the vicinity of Shaddadi city [60 km south of Hasakah city] northeastern Syria. “On April 26, ISIS terrorists pounded our fighters’ positions in the Taqa village near Shaddadi with mortar shells containing toxic chemicals. 15 fighters of the SDF have been injured and suffered suffocation by toxic gases.” A Medical source in Hasakah told ARA News that investigations confirmed the SDF fighters have been exposed to an attack by chemical agents.

Also in April, ISIS militants launched an offensive on positions for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, using rockets filled with chlorine gas. At least one fighter from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces was killed and four more wounded in the attack. Local activists confirmed that ISIS attacked the Peshmerga forces in the fighting front of Kweir in Makhmur district with chemical weapons, killing the Kurdish fighter Jaffar Omar Karim and wounding four others, who suffered suffocation.

The Kurdistan Regional Security Council (KRSC) said that the ISIS hardline group has repeatedly used chemical weapons against the Peshmerga forces on several fighting fronts in the region.

In November 2015, the Peshmerga forces have repelled an attack by the radical group, during which ISIS was planning to use chlorine gas against the Kurdish troops in a military base near Erbil, according to the Peshmerga leadership.

In August 2015, Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan confirmed the use of mustard agent by ISIS extremists against the Peshmerga forces. The Peshmerga Ministry in the Kurdistan Region said in a statement at that time that blood tests have shown the use of the chemical agent by the terror group against the Kurdish forces. At least 35 Peshmerga soldiers have been exposed to the mustard agent, while some of the injured soldiers have been taken abroad for treatment.
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Islamic State drone kills two Kurdish fighters, wounds two French soldiers
[AlAhram] A booby-trapped drone launched by 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 murderous Moslems killed two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and maimed two French soldiers earlier this month north of the IS-controlled city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Kurdish and French officials said on Wednesday.

The drone blew up when Peshmerga fighters tried to lift it after it crashed to the ground, Jabbar al-Yawar, secretary general of the autonomous Kurdish region's defence ministry, told Rooters. "It seems it was booby-trapped."

The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday that the drone had been intercepted in flight on Oct. 2 and went kaboom! near the Kurdish and French soldiers when it hit the ground. It was unclear, Le Monde said, whether the drone was remotely detonated or carried a timed bomb.

Yawar, speaking from Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, said the French soldiers had been training Kurdish fighters near the site of the drone crash near the town of Dohuk.

Peshmerga forces plan to take part in a planned U.S.-backed Iraqi military offensive to oust the Islamic State group from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and the last urban centre still under IS control in Iraq after a series of government offensives to reverse the jihadists' lightning seizure of territory in 2014.

The U.S.-led coalition against IS includes French, British, Canadian and other Western military contingents.

The two maimed French soldiers were immediately returned to La Belle France for medical treatment and one of them was "between life and death", according to Le Monde. It said other French soldiers were also lightly maimed by the blast but gave no details.

French government front man Stephane Le Foll confirmed the injuries.

"Yes. They were maimed by a drone that landed and then went kaboom!," he told news hounds after a weekly cabinet meeting.

La Belle France has about 500 troops in Iraq as part of a U.S.-led coalition The numbers include special forces that have been training Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

In anticipation of the offensive to dislodge them from Mosul, IS murderous Moslems have placed booby traps across the city, dug tunnels and recruited children as spies, according to Iraqi and U.S. officials.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Riots erupt in east Jerusalem on Yom Kippur, Silwan man killed in clash with police
[Jpost] Thousands pray at Western Wall without incident; Jerusalem deputy mayor calls for cancellation of all Arab construction in capital, deportation of terrorists’ families.

A 20-year-old Arab man who threw Molotov cocktails at border police during a riot in southeast Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood was rubbed out shortly after Yom Kippur commenced on Tuesday night, as police responded to two other riots in Arab areas in the capital.

According to police, rioting broke out in Isawiya, Jebl Mukaber and Silwan less than an hour after Judaism’s holiest day began.

"Arabs living in these neighborhoods threw petrol bombs and rocks at officers who responded to a dangerous and life-threatening situation," said Police front man Micky Rosenfeld on Wednesday night. "One resident in Silwan, who threw a petrol bomb at officers at close range, was injured critically and died. Police attempted to treat him for his injury, but local residents removed his body from the scene and he died a short time later."

The dead man was identified in Arab media as Silwan resident Ali Atef Ebrahim Shoyoukhi, 20, who was released from prison earlier this year after serving a 15-month sentence.

Shoyoukhi was buried a few hours after later.

Police dispersed the remaining rioters using non-lethal force, Rosenfeld said, adding that no other serious injuries were reported.

Despite the violence in east Jerusalem, Rosenfeld said thousands of Jews prayed at the Western Wall in the Old City without incident.

Over 3,500 officers from multiple units have been canvassing the capital during the High Holy Days, Rosenfeld said.

Also on Tuesday night, Paleostinians fired at soldiers near the West Bank security barrier in the vicinity of the village of Ni’lin. Soldiers who were dispatched to the area by an army lookout returned fire and the suspects fled, the IDF said.

Units from the Efraim Territorial Brigade conducted searches in the area and incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
a number of suspects following the exchange of fire.

The closure imposed by the IDF on the West Bank was gradually lifted after the end of the holiday on Wednesday night.

In the Upper Galilee over the holiday, shots were fired at three houses of the same family in Beit Jann, with no injuries reported. While in Deir el-Asad, near Karmiel, the house of a 30-year-old local was damaged from gunfire, with no injuries reported. In both cases the background is unknown and police are conducting an investigation.

Another shooting occurred in the Beduin village of Shakib al-Salam, southeast of Beersheba, where a man was maimed and treated in fair condition at the city’s Soroka-University Medical Center.

Hamas accuses Israel of shooting, killing Gaza boy

[IsraelTimes] Army says it has no knowledge of cross-border incident, after Palestinians claim 10-year-old was shot by soldiers near fence.
It's a Heisenberg Uncertainty event. Until we open the box, we can't know if there is a dead boy inside.
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#1  Army says it has no knowledge of cross-border incident, after Palestinians claim 10-year-old was shot by soldiers near fence.

Probably shot by a relative who raped him and blamed it on Israel.
Posted by: gorb || 10/13/2016 1:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Police attempted to treat him for his injury, but local residents removed his body from the scene and he died a short time later.

Paleo history in a nutshell
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2016 9:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Joo cooties are potentially dangerous.

Much safer to treat massive burns with chanting.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/13/2016 17:10 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rooshun airstrikes on Aleppo intensify
[Asharq Al-Awsat] The Russian air force has intensified its raids on neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo after attacks carried out by the Syrian regime’s forces aimed at recapturing southern neighbourhoods in besieged eastern Aleppo failed. Opposition forces also recaptured most of the sites that the regime advanced on and the attacks suggest that the Syrian regime and Russia are attempting “to put pressure on the civilian population to get out of Aleppo” according to what an opposition source told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Russian jets renewed heavy air strikes yesterday after five days of relative calm during which the number of air strikes fell to a low level. At least 12 civilians were killed in the escalation that coincides with diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict coming to a standstill. Activists said that Russian warplanes targeted the Fardous neighbourhood, central Aleppo that is controlled by the opposition.

The opposition source in Aleppo said that the regime’s forces “are compensating for their inability to advance on the ground with aerial bombardment”.

A correspondent for AFP said that raids on residential neighbourhoods in the eastern part of the city took place at around noon and that they specifically targeted the neighbourhoods of Al-Qaterji, Al-Maysir, Qadi Askary and Bustan Al-Qasr. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “12 civilians, including at least four children were killed during intense Russian raids on the neighbourhoods of Bustan Al-Qasr and Fardous”, and that many people were still trapped under the rubble. According to the director of the Observatory Rami Abdul Rahman, “Russian raids today are the heaviest on residential neighbourhoods since about a week”.

Air strikes carried out by Russia and the regime on the northern countryside of Latakia have stopped. Russian warplanes had previously stepped up raids on opposition sites in Jabal Al-Akrad which is situated in the northern countryside of Latakia. The Syrian regime’s forces recaptured all sites that opposition factions advanced on during the battle of Ashura on Monday night. The battle was launched in order to recapture areas that it lost in the area during the past year.
Posted by: badanov || 10/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The death toll from the Russian action in Syria is probably above 4000 by now.

This is a triumph of the 'smart diplomacy' of the Obama/Clinton/Kerry 'reset', 'red line' and 'negotiate' strategy.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/13/2016 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  The Russians are doing to Obama Inc what the Donks do to the Trunks. Smile, nod their head, agree, and then do what they want to do anyway. See - the Scorpion and the Frog.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2016 13:22 Comments || Top||

#3  See - the Scorpion and the Frog.

I think of it as more of "The 5 years old and the grown up".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2016 13:24 Comments || Top||

#4  We need to let congress and state dept argue about it for another 8 months, then it will be all over.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/13/2016 18:09 Comments || Top||


Turkish troops attack Kurd positions in Khenitiya
Tel Abyad – Turkey’s military targeted on Wednesday headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the city of Tel Abyad in northern Syria.

“The Turkish artillery bombed the YPG-held village of Khenitiya in Tel Abyad countryside, targeting a YPG security office,” Kurdish officer Salih Watti told ARA News.

The attack, which took place in the afternoon on Wednesday, caused material damage. No casualties were reported.

However, the Kurdish YPG troops responded to the fire’s source by launching artillery shells against the Turkish army forces stationed near the Syrian border.

It was not immediately clear whether the YPG bombardment caused any casualties among the Turkish forces.

“We stressed earlier that we won’t remain silent towards the Turkish violations on the border. We will respond to any attacks by Turkey’s military,” YPG officer Watti said.

On 28 September, at least nine civilians were killed and several others wounded in a Turkish artillery attack. The shelling occurred in Kahila, a Kurdish town near the Syrian border city of Tel Abyad. In a statement, the leadership of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) condemned the Turkish attack. The YPG said that Turkey is targeting Kurdish areas in northern Syria “to undermine the Kurdish progress against ISIS.”

“We’ll not allow Turkey to continue those violations at the border. We are ready to respond and we’ll do whatever it takes in order to stop this offensive against our people,” the YPG leadership said in a statement.

The Kurdish YPG and their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), captured the strategic city of Tel Abyad in June 2015. The conquest of Tel Abyad was disconcerting for ISIS militants due to its location. Tel Abyad is only 90 km from Raqqa –the group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Since ISIS was driven from Tel Abyad, Kurdish positions have been exposed on two fronts. The YPG has to guard against Turkey’s military on one hand, and ISIS on the other.

Speaking to ARA News, YPG officer Habun Osman accused the Turkish government of supporting ISIS in their campaign to retake Tel Abyad. Osman believes that the Turkish government desires “to assist the terror group [and] export its oil to the black market via Turkey.”

“Before the YPG-SDF forces retook Tel Abyad from ISIS in early 2015, the terror group used to export its oil tankers through this border crossing to the black market,” Osman said.

“When ISIS was in control here, Turkey never attacked the group’s positions. Now that Tel Abyad is under Kurdish control, the Turkish Army continues to attack the area,” the YPG officer told ARA News.

This is not the first time Turkey has targeted Syrian Kurds. According to military sources, the Turkish Army has launched more than 22 attacks on Kurdish positions in northern Syria. Most of the attacks targeted YPG-held areas in Aleppo and Raqqa Governorates.
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Negotiations to surrender east Aleppo under way
[ALMASDARNEWS] Negotiations to surrender the rebel-held east Aleppo pocket have begun between the Syrian Arab Army's High Command and Islamist groups, a local source told al-Masdar News on Wednesday afternoon.

The two parties are currently negotiating the possible exit of all Islamist groups from east Aleppo, via the contested Bustan al-Qasir District.

If the Islamist groups agree to the terms offered in today's negotiations, the Syrian Armed Forces will be in full-control of some east Aleppo neighborhoods.

While the Syrian Armed Forces have found some rebel groups to negotiate with, large Islamist factions like Harakat Nouriddeen al-Zinki and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
(formerly al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front) refuse to speak to the government and their Russian allies.
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Syrian Army, allies, capture Islamist fighters in southern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] Scores of Islamist forces of Evil were killed and maimed as the Syrian Army, aided by allied force, seized several parts of Sheikh Sa'eed District of southern Aleppo. Pro-government sources reported that several hardline forces of Evil have been captured alive by government forces inside the recently captured district.
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