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11 headless bodies found in Aden
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Good evening
Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lemur Dumbham's neck is bigger than that girl's thigh...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/15/2016 21:29 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
US conduct more airstrikes in East of Afghanistan, 12 ISIS militants killed
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US forces based in Afghanistan conducted at least three more Arclight airstrikes against the loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, leaving at least 12 of them dead.

The local security officials said the Arclight airstrikes were conducted using unmanned aerial vehicle in Achin district.

The officials further added that the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in different times on Tuesday in Mazdaki, Bazar and Gand areas.

According to the officials, at least 2 loyalists of the terror group were also maimed in the Arclight airstrikes.

The officials also added that the local residents did not suffer any casualties.

The loyalists of the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as a commander of the terror group was killed along with his three fighters in a similar Arclight airstrike a day earlier.

According to the local security officials, the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the restive Achin district, targeting the bandidos Death Eaters in Abdul Khel district.

Earlier, another commander of the terror group who was actively recruiting for the terror group was killed during an operation in Khogyani district.

Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.

The increased raids, usually involving dronezaps, by the US forces followed a broader role granted by the B.O. regime earlier this year.

Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Notorious commander of Hezb-e-Islami, Zardad, returning to Kabul: Report
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Reports have emerged regarding the possible return of a notorious commander of Hezb-e-Islami, Zardad, is returning to 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....
today.

The issue became viral in social media shortly after scores of people gathered in the airport to welcome the notorious commander who is believed to be returning from London.

Dozens of photographs purportedly showing the supporters of the notorious commander have been shared in the social media.

There are mixed reactions regarding his return to Kabul with majority recalling the grave human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
violations Zardad committed while he was fighting during the devastating Kabul war.

Reports regarding the return of Zardad come as the Afghan government is busy requesting the UN Security Council to lift sanctions against the leaders of Hezb-e-Islami.

Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-i-Islami-Hekmatyar


Taliban suffer heavy casualties in an airstrike in Balkh province of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs suffered heavy casualties in an Arclight airstrike conducted in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Wednesday.

According to a statement by MoI "Today early morning, during an Arclight airstrike 21 armed Taliban were killed and some amount of light and heavy rounds of ammunitions destroyed as well."

The statement further added that the Arclight airstrike took place in Chamtal district but no further details were given.

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

Balkh is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups have recently been trying to destabilize the province.

Numerous have operations have been launched by the acting governor and prominent politician Ata Mohammad Noor in some remote districts of the province to suppress the gunnies activities.

According to the local officials, several signs showing attempts being made by the loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group to expand foothold in this province were also found.

On the other hand, the officials warned that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in some other provinces as well.

The move by ISIS loyalists came as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant in some northern provinces during the recent months, including the strategic Kunduz city.

Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Shooting in Kabul airport leaves a foreigner dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A foreigner was left dead and at least two others were maimed in a shooting incident 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....
airport this afternoon, security sources said.

According to the sources, the incident took place after a policeman opened fire on the foreign national, leaving him dead along with two others maimed.

The sources speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that the rogue policeman was locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
shortly after the incident and is in the security forces custody.

The main motive surrounding the shooting spree has not been ascertained so far, the officials said, adding that an investigation is underway regarding the incident.

According to the officials, the dear departed man hails from Uganda and was apparently working for a security company.

The officials also added that the injured Afghan man is believed to be his translator who was injured in the attack along with another Afghan civilian.
Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Shaboob #3 whacked in Jowhar
An Al shabaab commander is reportedly killed in Somalia following clashes between armed residents and militants near Jowhar town, 90Km north of Mogadishu. The Al shabaab commander who was identified as Abdirahman Rahole has been shot dead by two armed men at Barsane area, about 50Km away from Jowhar.

Ibrahim Aden Moalim, one of the killers, told media that they killed the Al shabaab commander after he took forcefully money and livestock from local residents.

The local police officers in Jowhar said they welcome the murder of the alleged Al shabaab leader, and called on residents to take army against Al shabaab militants.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Traces of explosives found on bodies in EgyptAir crash
Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry says traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May.

A ministry statement issued Thursday says a criminal investigation will now begin into the crash of Flight 804, which killed all 66 people on board.

No one has claimed to have attacked the plane. The crash came seven months after a Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after taking off from an Egyptian Red Sea resort, killing all 226 people on board.

The local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group said it had downed the Russian plane with an explosive device planted on board. Russia said the aircraft was likely downed by explosives.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/15/2016 09:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2016

Back in May, Trump was criticized and vilified by the establishment for making this eminently reasonable assumption.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 12/15/2016 14:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Surely it was another lone wolf. Which was part of a pack.
Posted by: gorb || 12/15/2016 18:31 Comments || Top||


Cairo Church Kaboom: Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS teamed up, Qatar denies involvement
[AlAhram] The Ministry of Interior said Mahmoud Shafik Mohamed Mustafa, 22, a.k.a. Abu Abdallah El-Masri, was a member of a Moslem Brüderbund terrorist cell managed by an Egyptian runaway "doctor" in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
identified as Mohab Mustafa al-Sayed Kassem.

According to the Ministry of Interior’s statement, the cell which recruited the jacket wallah was told by their Brotherhood leader, the doctor, to make contact with Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in North Sinai. It was Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, said the statement, which trained members of the cell in the use of explosives.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Benghazi Defence Brigades admit deaths of leading members
[Libya Herald] The Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) says that its front man and another leading member of the group were killed during last Wednesday’s attack on the oil crescent area. It also accuses Europe and the West of being behind a number of kidnappings and killings in 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...
, including that of Salafist holy man Sheikh Nadir al-Omrani.

In a statement today, the BDB said that its front man, Mansour al-Faydi, was killed in Libyan National Army Arclight airstrike on Jufra airbase. Another commander, whom it named as Ahmed al-Shaltami, later died of wounds received in a subsequent air raid on the base. A number of other, unnamed fighters were also said to have died.

Shaltami was reportedly a leading member of Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
in Benghazi ‐ part of the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council ‐ before being forced to flee the city.

The BDB also claims that Libyans acting as agents of Europe and the West were behind the abduction and killing in Tripoli of al-Omrani and of Abdul Latif al-Kreek.

Al-Kreek was one of the commanders of the Bunyan Marsous operations room. He disappeared in Tripoli on 15 November. An alleged supporter of the so-called 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....
who was placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
and is being held in the capital has supposedly confessed to involvement in his kidnapping and murder. A video of his confession was published today. Significantly, it shows signs of him having been beaten on the head.

In its statement, the BDB also claimed that the West’s Libyan agents were planning to kill a number of other holy warriors including Ziyad Belam (former head of the Omar Mukhtar Brigade in Benghazi), Ismail Salabi (a former commander of the 17 February Brigade), Benghazi Death Eaters Ahmed Majberi and Nasser al-Maqsabi (0ne of the leaders of Libya Shield
...a conglomerate of pro-Islamist militias deployed across Libya. It reports to the Libyan defense ministry and is organized like a real army unit. Its commander used to head a Benghazi brigade called Free Libya Martyrs...
No 1 brigade).
Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia

#1  The BDB also claims that Libyans acting as agents of Europe and the West were behind the abduction and killing in Tripoli of al-Omrani and of Abdul Latif al-Kreek.

Whatever happened to the good old days of being a "CIA lackey"?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/15/2016 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I prefer running dawg capitalist. I always envision a Sheltie with a Sawyer.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/15/2016 16:07 Comments || Top||


Army makes further costly advance in Benghazi
[Libya Herald] The least 11 soldiers died today and eight were maimed during heavy fighting as the Libyan National Army worked its way further into the terrorist-held enclave in Benghazi’s Ganfouda district.

Airstrikes and artillery fire preceded the advance to secure the Tarek Alharaba (Smugglers’ Road) between Ganfouda and Bousneeb which army commanders consider strategically significant.

In the course of the last 24 hours it is said that a major food dump has been overrun along with a building housing an IS radio station. A small ammunition store was also said to have been found and destroyed.

The flow of civilians leaving the enclave continues to be intermittent. LNA sources have denied that social media pictures of fleeing families which were published earlier in the week were fakes. Today the army said that only four families had come over. There are however reports that two prisoners held by the hard boyz somehow found freedom. The pair had originally been picked up in 2011 during the Revolution and later fell into the terrorists’ hands.

Despite now being apparently entirely cut off from any resupply, fighters from the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council and their terrorist allies from IS and Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
continue to exact a heavy toll. The fight has been notable for the number of senior officers to be killed. Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
field commander Akhram al-Bassiouni was the latest victim, one of four soldiers to die on Sunday.

Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Zintani militia reopens Rayayna oil pipeline after two years of closure
[Libya Observer] A Zintan-based gang, dubbed Rayayna Patrols Brigade, of the Petroleum Facilities Guard reopened the Rayayna oil pipeline on Wednesday after receiving instructions to do so by the western operations room of the armed forces led by Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
Rayayna oil pipeline connects al-Sharara and al-Feel oilfields to the oil terminals in western Libya.

In a statement issued by the gang, it said it shut the pipeline for two years disallowing oil to be pumped through it based on the necessities of the war in the western region as oil was used to fund illegitimate wars.

The Zintani gang that is affiliated with Haftar’s forces shut the pipeline in late 2014 after Zintani forces had pulled out from their positions in 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...
as they were defeated by Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
forces, which were formed from different brigades from various Libyan cities following the surfacing of Dignity-like operation in Tripoli.

The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanallah, said they filed a lawsuit in last October at the Attorney General’s Office against the militia that is shutting down Rayayna oil pipeline and he immediately accepted the lawsuit.

Sanallah added that the Zintan-based militia closed the pipeline in Rayayna district and made Libya lose over 27 billion dollars, although the pipeline is located 30 km away from Zintan.

The Head of the Audit Bureau, Khalid Shakshak said in a televised interview last November that the reopening of Rayayna oil pipeline and the resumption of pumping oil through it would solve 70% of Libya’s economic crises.
Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram: Troops Kill 17, rescue 605 in Borno
[DAILYPOST.NG] The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor has disclosed that the Operation Rescue Finale launch by the command was making headway in its activities in the Sambisa Forest.

The commander while briefing newsmen at the headquarters, Wednesday, in Maiduguri, told journalists that troops has so far cleared almost the entire Sambisa Forest and have continued to make progress with good records in various operations in the last one week.

According to him, 17 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...
fighters have been wasted while engaging troops fighting in various locations within the forest, an operation which also led to the rescue of 605 hostages.

"These victims who have been rescued include, 69 adult male, 180 adult female, 227 male children and 229 female children." he added.

While speaking on the money recovered from the Boko Haram fighters as well as the pile of weapons so far recovered, General Irabor said, " the weapons are being destroyed as the army do not use them." He, however, added that, the money are being return to the treasury through the appropriate channel after proper record had been taken.

He also said that Boko Haram fighter that have been locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
are in the custody of the Nigerian army where they’re being taking care of, and will subsequently be counseled before they are reintegrated into the society.

While answering questions on whether or not the military is ready to open the road to Kukawa local government in the northern Borno by December 4, 2016 as claimed by the Chairman of Kukawa local government , General Irabor said, there was nothing like that, as the road will remain close due to activities of the bully boyz in northern Borno.

Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Saudi minister expresses concern over kidnapping of judge in Qatif
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] 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 Justice Minister Waleed bin Mohammad al-Samaani, who is also the chief of the Supreme Judicial Council, has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over the disappearance of Sheikh Mohammad al-Jirani, a judge at the Endowments and Inheritance Department in the Qatif court, justice ministry spokesperson Sheikh Mansour al-Ghefary has said.

Reports earlier said that the police have launched an operation to locate Sheikh Mohammad al-Jirani who was kidnapped by masked men in front of his house in Al Qatif in the Eastern Province.

Mayor of Tarout, Abdulhalim Kidar, condemned Jirani’s abduction under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday morning. Kidar told al-Arabiya.net that he saw Jirani’s shoes in front of his home, near his car, which indicates he was brutally kidnapped by a terrorist group that wants to target the country.

He added that the security forces have been working since early Tuesday and have carried out checks in the neighborhood looking for evidence. They are trying to investigate the incident which was reported to them by Jirani’s wife.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
a news report carried out by Gulf News, quoted family members of Sheikh Mohammad Al Jirani as saying that he was forced into a car by three assailants as he was leaving his home on Tuesday morning. The judge’s wife, according to the report, said the kidnapping occurred at around 9 am as he was waiting for her in his car to take her to a woman’s sports club.

According to the newspaper, other judges at the department condemned the kidnapping, saying that it was a strange behavior associated with gangs and criminals.

"This is a new attitude that reminds us of criminal gangs. I am confident the security authorities will be able to deal with it appropriately, and I call on all people to cooperate to help locate Sheikh Al Jirani," Sheikh Hassan Al Saffar was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


11 headless bodies found in Aden
ADEN: Eleven headless bodies have been dumped in a nature reserve in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, a local news website reported on Wednesday.
If one of them is yours step right up and claim it.
The Aden Al-Ghad news website quoted a security source in the city as saying that the male bodies were found on Tuesday evening in Al-Hiswa reserve, west of Aden.

It was not clear who killed the men and why, but Aden Al-Ghad said the condition of the bodies suggested they had been dumped there more than a month ago.

Yemen's second largest city has been suffering from lawlessness, as armed groups including Daesh and Al-Qaeda continue to maintain influence nearly a year and-a-half after supporters of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by Arab coalition troops, drove the Iran-aligned Houthis out.

The government is struggling to restore security to the city of one million. The southern port city is under the control of the internationally recognized government.

Last Saturday, a suicide bomber killed 50 soldiers when he blew himself up at a military base in the city in the latest of a series of attacks claimed by Daesh.

Posted by: badanov || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  November 2016: 11 headless bodies found in Aden.

December 2016: 11 body less heads found in Aden.

January 2017: heads don't match bodies.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 12/15/2016 1:58 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
LeT comdr among 2 militants killed
Good. More, please.
[Daily Excelsior] The divisional commander 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...
was killed in a shootout in North Kashmire’s Sopore area while a local bad boy was bumped off in South Kashmire today.

Sources said that security forces got information about presence of LeT divisional commander, Abu Bakar, hiding in Bomai village of Sopore. The area was cordoned of by Army, police and CRPF during which the bad boy opened fire on troops leading to a shootout in which security forces killed him.

Abu Bakar was active since 2009 in Kupwara and Handwara areas of North Kashmire but for one year he was active in Sopore area but failed to establish base in Sopore town.

Sources said that he was motivating local youth for joining militancy and launching infiltrating hard boyz to Central and South Kashmire.

Commander 5-Sector of Army, Brigadier Vikram Nagpal while giving details about the operation said: "We got information about presence of one of the holy warriors of LeT in Zaingair area of Sopore. His name was Abu Bakar who happened to be commander of LeT. He had been active in this area for quite some time. Based on the specific information, a joint operation was launched along with the Army, SOG of Sopore, J&K Police component and a component of CRPF in the Bomai village of Sopore town. During the initial fire fight we tried to get this bad boy surrendered but he refused to do so and in the ensuing fire fight he got eliminated. From him we have recovered one AK-47 rifle, four magazines, few rounds and two hand grenades. His body has been handed over to the police. He has been active in the area for last four years."

A senior police officer said that the mobile services were temporarily suspended in the area to stop rumours about the encounter.

The killing of bad boy sparked protests in the area during which protesters pelted stones on the security forces. Security forces fired teargas to chase away the protesters.

In the meantime, a local Hizb bad boy from South Kashmire was killed in an encounter with security forces today while two of his associates managed to flee from the spot.

The shootout between hard boyz and security forces started in an apple orchard at Bewoora Mirhama village of South Kashmire’s Anantnag district. Security forces received an information that a group of hard boyz will pass through an apple orchard and they laid ambush.

A bad boy was killed on spot when he along with two associates walked into ambush while two others managed to escape.

The dear departed bad boy was identified 24 year old Basit Ahmed Dar alias Sameer son of Ghulam Rasool Dar, a resident of Mirhama Bijbehara.

Basit, the son of a Bank Manager according to family sources, had gone missing two months ago and had joined militancy. He was studying in Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora.

People took to streets and clashed with security forces in Bijbehara, Kanelwan, Bewoora and Sirgufwara areas of the district after the news of death of Basit Rasool spread in the area.

Security forces fired teargas and pellets to quell the protests in which at least four persons from Sirgufwara were maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 12/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

#1  Hummmm, got a n00b.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/15/2016 16:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Short lifespan of #3s, donchaknow
Posted by: Pappy || 12/15/2016 18:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
4 Palestinian minors arrested over gun making
[IsraelTimes] IDF and police confiscate weapons, ammo and equipment in ongoing crackdown on homemade weapons used in terror attacks.

Israeli security forces this week tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
four Paleostinian minors from the West Bank suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails and making homemade weapons, police said Wednesday.

On Monday, IDF forces and police arrested two minors in the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar suspected of recently launching multiple rock and firekabooms at the nearby settlement of Migdal Oz, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. During their interrogation, police said, the pair confessed to belonging to an illegal weapons-making cell in their village.

Security forces returned to Beit Fajjar overnight Tuesday and arrested two more minors in connection to the operation.

Ammunition and various gun parts were seized during the arrest raid.

Police said the investigation into the four minors was ongoing. Their identities were not released.

Separate arrest raids carried out the West Bank overnight Tuesday, saw another 10 Paleostinians wanted by Israel detained by the IDF and Shin Bet, the army said.

A statement from the IDF said five of the suspects were detained for low-level acts of violence and disturbing public order. The other five were detained over their affiliation with various Paleostinian terror groups, including Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,.
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#1  Firekaboooms! Stuff writes itself sometimes.
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Israeli car hit by gunfire outside Ramallah; woman driver, two kids unharmed
[Israel] IDF searches for perpetrator after vehicle shot multiple times near Deir Abu Mash’al; earlier, stab attacker rubbed out by police in East Jerusalem.

A gunman shot up an Israeli car with two children in the back seat outside Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday evening, causing damage to the vehicle, but no injuries, the army said. The Israel Defense Forces launched a search for the perpetrator of the shooting attack, who had expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

An Israeli woman was driving near the Paleostinian village of Deir Abu Mash’al, northwest of Ramallah, when a gunman shot up her car, the army said. Photos from the scene showed multiple bullet holes on the side of the vehicle and on the door; the pictures also showed the children in the back seat.

The shooting attack came hours after a 21-year-old Paleostinian man attacked a group of coppers in the Old City of Jerusalem with a screwdriver, stabbing one of them in the head and another in the upper body, police said.

In response, the officers opened fire, shooting the assailant and mortally wounding him.

A 12-year-old resident of East Jerusalem with a light head wound claimed he was also attacked by the assailant. Police said they were still investigating the claim.

According to police, the assailant was a 21-year-old Paleostinian man from the Paleostinian village of Bayt Surik, northwest of Jerusalem, who entered Israel without a permit.

He was taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus at death's door. After extensive CPR attempts, doctors pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
, a hospital spokesperson said.
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#1  You Rantburgers have had a very bad effect on me. Every time my dear wife of 53 years tells me of someone we know who has died I find myself saying aloud "He's dead, Jim".

I then get a lecture about civility from my dear wife.
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#2  Dear Cs: at least you don't catch yourself (sometimes) writing reports to the boss and using words like 'Crossfire', 'festivities,' RAB or other Burg-isms......
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 12/15/2016 19:24 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 - LOL!, and #2 as well
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Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf releases three hostages
[Gulf Today] The Abu Sayyaf released three hostages - two Indonesian crewmen of a tugboat and a Filipino businesswoman - due to pressure from what the military called the intensified "search and destroy operation" launched against them by Philippine security forces.

Military spokesman Filemon Tan said the two freed Indonesian hostages were the last two of the seven crewmen abducted by the Abu Sayyaf from an Indonesian tugboat while sailing off the Sulu Sea on June 22. He disclosed the militants turned over the two Indonesian hostages to the Moro National Liberation Front in the town of Patikul, Sulu on Monday but admitted he was not aware that a ransom has been paid.

In a related development, an official of the National Bureau of Investigation reported that a group identified with the Abu Sayyaf freed Filipino businesswoman Clarita Belisario who was kidnapped while working at her gasoline station in the town of Linamon, Lanao del Sur in September.

Jam Dimaporo revealed that Belisario was released after her family paid $3,400 to the abductors representing the fee for her "board and lodging" while in captivity, a euphemism for ransom.

With the release of the two Indonesians, Tan said the Abu Sayyaf are still holding a total of 23 foreign hostages, composed of six Vietnamese sailors, five Malaysians, four Indonesians, one Dutch, one German and one Korean.
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Bomb injures four Thai border policemen
[Bangkok Post] Four Thai border patrol officers were slightly injured in a bomb attack while traveling in a vehicle in Narathiwat province on Monday morning.

After being alerted about the bomb, police sent a team of explosive ordnance disposal and forensic officials to the scene. Bomb parts in a steel box indicated around 10 kilograms of explosives might have been used and triggered remotely by radio. A damaged pickup truck and motorcycle were found near the scene. Four policemen were sent to the hospital with chest pains and ringing in their ears.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a team of six policemen were on patrol in a pickup truck and a motorcycle. A kilometer from their base, a bomb planted near a sign was triggered.

Police suspect the attack was the work of insurgents.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army resumes operations after truce is violated
[al Manar] Russia’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that the militants broke a truce intended to allow them to evacuate from eastern Aleppo, prompting the Syrian army to resume its operation there.

The ministry said that its military monitors in Syria had organized the evacuation of militants from the city by bus following an agreement between militant commanders and the Syrian government, a process that was supposed to begin at 0400 GMT.

But the convoy of civilian buses gathered in the Salaheddin neighborhood came under fire from territory held by militants after the insurgents regrouped and relaunched hostilities in an attempt to break through Syrian positions to the northwest, the ministry said.

“The attack by the terrorists was warded off. The Syrian army continued its operation to liberate the eastern districts of Aleppo controlled by the militants,” Russia’s military said in a statement.

A deal reached Tuesday, which would end years of fighting in the city, called on militants and civilians whom the insurgents use as human shields start evacuating from Aleppo.

If implemented, the deal would mark a major victory for the Syrian government and the worst defeat for militants. It will leave the government in control of the country’s five major cities.

Earlier Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow expected fighting by militants in Aleppo to end in the next “two to three days” and for the situation to be resolved.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that Lavrov had on Tuesday discussed the situation in Aleppo with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Turkey on Tuesday confirmed that a ceasefire deal had been struck and that those leaving would go to the northwest province of Idlib, held by Takfiri militant alliance known as the “Army of Conquest”.
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Rebel forces continue shelling residential areas in Aleppo
[AlManar] Armed groups operating in the Syrian province of Aleppo shelled the city neighborhoods with rocket projectiles and explosive bullets, killing 3 civilians and injuring scores others, in addition to causing material damage in homes and properties.

“Terrorist takfiri groups shelled today [Wednesday] afternoon several rocket projectiles and explosive bullets against Al-Khalidiya, Al-Neel, Al-Fayd, Al-Sukkari, Al-Ferdows and Al-Salehin,” state-run news agency SANA reported citing a security source.

Armed groups attacks left three martyrs and 45 injured.

Earlier on Monday, armed groups shelling on Aleppo’s Bab Al-Faraj and Al-Ma’di killed eight people and injured 47 others.

Heavy Shelling Continues over Aleppo as Evacuation Stalls

[Asharq Al-Awsat] A deal to evacuate rebel districts of Aleppo stalled on Wednesday as fierce fighting rocked the city and insurgents appeared to have rejected new conditions imposed on the deal by Iran.

A ceasefire agreed on Tuesday by Turkish intelligence and the Russian military was to have permitted evacuations to Idlib province to begin on Wednesday morning. However, fighting resumed on Wednesday after Iran demanded the simultaneous evacuation of wounded from two villages, Foua and Kefraya, that are besieged by rebel fighters, according to rebel and U.N. sources.

There was no sign of that happening. Air strikes, shelling and gunfire erupted on Wednesday and Turkey accused regime forces of breaking the truce. Also, Syrian state television said rebel shelling had killed six people.

There was no immediate indication when the evacuation might take place but a pro-opposition TV station said it could now be delayed until Thursday.

Residents said shells had fallen on the road on which the evacuations were supposed to take place.

They said the bombardment with artillery and airstrikes as well as alleged use of cluster bombs, had resumed at a pace greater even than before the ceasefire deal.

“Save us, people. Save us, people, world, anyone who has even a bit of humanity,” said one doctor in a voice message from a besieged district. “We beg you, we beg you, the dead and wounded are in the streets and people’s homes have collapsed on top of them. Save us. Save us.”

Another resident said: “We want to leave. We don’t want more massacres, let us leave. What is happening?”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that rebel resistance was likely to end in the next two or three days.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Aleppo later on Wednesday, the Kremlin was quoted as saying.

Nobody had left by dawn under the plan, according to a Reuters witness waiting at the departure point, where 20 buses stood with engines running but showed no sign of moving into rebel districts.

People in eastern Aleppo packed their bags and burned personal belongings, fearing looting by the Syrian regime and its Iranian-backed militia allies.

In what appeared to be a separate development from the planned evacuation, the Russian defense ministry said 6,000 civilians and 366 fighters had left rebel-held districts over the past 24 hours.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Wednesday all sides to abide by the ceasefire agreement for the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Erdogan said in televised remarks that the ceasefire was “perhaps the last hope for the innocents” of eastern Aleppo and appealed for the immediate opening of a humanitarian corridor “without any obstruction or sabotage” so people can safely leave the area.

Erdogan decried the violent acts committed by Assad’s regime, saying: “not even a few hours had passed since the agreement was reached that the regime forces broke the ceasefire and once again started to attack civilians.”

Erdogan added that “Assad’s regime is clearly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Aleppo. Everybody needs to see this reality, including those who give him support.”

At the United Nations, the United States said the violence in the city, besieged and bombarded for months, represented “modern evil”.

The once-flourishing economic centre with its renowned ancient sites has been pulverised during the war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people, created the world’s worst refugee crisis and allowed the rise of ISIS.

As the battle for Aleppo unfolded, global concern has risen over the plight of the 250,000 civilians who were thought to remain in its rebel-held eastern sector before the sudden army advance began at the end of November.

Tens of thousands of them fled to parts of the city held by the government or by a Kurdish militia, and tens of thousands more retreated further into the rebel enclave as it rapidly shrank under the army’s lightning advance.

The rout of rebels in Aleppo sparked a mass flight of terrified civilians and insurgents in bitter weather, a crisis the United Nations said was a “complete meltdown of humanity”. There were food and water shortages in rebel areas, with all hospitals closed.
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ISIS suicide bombers hit Kurdish positions near Raqqa
[ARA News] Raqqa – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group launched on Wednesday several suicide attacks in western Raqqa, targeting defences of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

ISIS suicide bombers targeted security checkpoints of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)–leading member of the SDF– near Ain Issa town.

“Members of the radical group carried out four simultaneous attacks at YPG checkpoints in the vicinity of Ain Issa,” media activist Jivan Mustafa told ARA News.

The number of casualties remained unknown.

The Kurdish forces have not issued any statements yet with regard to the attack.

This comes days after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation to capture western Raqqa.

“Daesh terrorists try to impede our progress through launching such suicide attacks,” an SDF officer told ARA News in western Raqqa, using another acronym for ISIS. “But such cowardly attacks won’t affect our advance.”

The Syrian Democratic Forces announced the beginning of the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation last Saturday. While the first phase focused on securing both banks of the Balikh River, the second phase aims “at liberating the western countryside of Raqqa.”

The SDF and the US-led coalition have liberated 37 km2 so far as part of the second phase of the operation. During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, SDF soldiers captured an area measuring approximately 560 km2. The long-term objective of Euphrates Wrath is the elimination of the Islamic State in its de facto capital, Raqqa city.

Military sources told ARA News that more than 200 ISIS jihadists have been killed since November 6. Cihan Shekh Ehmed, an SDF spokesperson, declared that the “operation will continue until all of its goals are accomplished.”
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