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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wow...!
Posted by: Crusader || 12/18/2016 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  She had one heck of a maiden name.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 12/18/2016 1:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Vow, I'm moved
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/18/2016 1:18 Comments || Top||

#4  "Diana's a heckuva looker!"
"Och aye, and a merry old Flucker."
An Irishman present:
"If she were a pheasant,
Bejeezus, how pleasant to pluck 'er."
Posted by: Spanky Poodle4735 || 12/18/2016 3:04 Comments || Top||

#5  'Twas Inaugural Eve, when all through the land
Not a creature was stirring, not woman nor man
The bunting was hung by the platform with care
In hopes that the President soon would be there

Adult babies were nestled all snug in their safe spots
While visions of peppermint lattes danced through their thoughts
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my bare feet
Had just settled on the couch to write up some Tweets

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the designer window treatments and threw up the sash

The moon on the crest of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of midday to objects below
When what should my wondering eyeballs now view
But a nondescript van with a medical crew

With a little old lady so wrinkled with sag
I knew in a moment she must be The Hag
More rapid than eagles her minions they came
And she cackled, and wheezed, and called them by name

"Now Weiner! McAuliffe! Podesta and Mills!
On Huma! Palmieri! On Chelsea and Bill!
To the top of the platform on the Washington Mall
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
So up to the Capitol her minions they flew
With the van full of medication, and Saint Hillary too

And then, in a twinkling, I heard a guffaw
The grasping and clinging of each grubby paw
As I drew in my head, set for taking my lumps
Down the stairway St. Hillary came with a thump

She was dressed in polyester, from her head to her foot
And her clothes were all draped like a baggy Mao suit
An enemies list she had stashed in her pants
And she looked like a homeless guy starting a rant

Her eyes-how they wandered! Gone wild with strabismus!
She kept sticking her nose into everyone's business
Her droll little mouth was drawn back in a sneer
And the chin whiskers bleached, until they were clear

A bottle of vodka was clutched in her fist
And the vapors encircled her head like a mist
She had a harsh laugh and a fake Southern drawl
She warn't no ways tahrred, in spite of it all

She was chubby and plump, a right nasty old elf
And I laughed when I saw her, in spite of myself
A three-hundred-sixty degree twist of her head
Soon gave me to know I had something to dread

She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work
Emptied everyone's stockings; called me "Deplorable jerk!"
Then mashing the throttle right down to the floor
Her Hoveround rose up the stairway once more

She lurched toward her van, her team gave her a boost
And away they all flew like the down of a goose
But they heard me exclaim, ere they drove out of sight-

"Happy Christmas to all! She's not President tonight!"
Posted by: Jon Ericson || 12/18/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#6  What is surprising is that I remembered her as being rather buxom, as in the teen age boy fantasy realm. In this pic, her endowments seem less impressive, at least in comparison with those less modestly displayed these days.
Posted by: nimble spemble || 12/18/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Gravity.
Posted by: no mo uro || 12/18/2016 9:22 Comments || Top||

#8  For clarification, #6 was NOT about swillary! Ay-yi-yi!!!!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/18/2016 9:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Zenobia F, I had to look up Flucker.

Mr. Ericson, impressive.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2016 10:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Miss Dors was a cute little thing! I hear she spoke a strange dialect called British.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 12/18/2016 10:46 Comments || Top||

#11  What knockers!

(Surprised that line hadn't been used.)
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/18/2016 14:08 Comments || Top||

#12  TW everyone that's anyone knows that a Flucker is or was a crew member of the Barb.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/18/2016 14:13 Comments || Top||

#13  a crew member of the Barb.

Shipman, not only was that not one of the possibilities I found, but I have no idea what a Barb is. My education has clearly been sadly neglected.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2016 14:21 Comments || Top||

#14  #5 full bloom as it were. Quite impressive.
Posted by: Dale || 12/18/2016 17:45 Comments || Top||

#15  I shamefully neglected to mention the author of that delightful poem... It was muldoon @ Ace of Spades Headquarters.
Don't want to steal no valor.
Posted by: Jon Ericson || 12/18/2016 19:01 Comments || Top||

#16  Good move. Morons be here too
Posted by: Frank G || 12/18/2016 19:11 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Bad Guys execute Afghan Golden Throat in Logar
Unknown armed men on Thursday gunned down radio journalist Qazi Mohammad Nasir Mudasir, the editor-in-chief of local Radio Paigham in Logar province.

Mudasir was on his way home from Mohammad Agha district in the province when gunmen stopped his car and killed him on the spot, local officials said.

NAI—an organization supporting open media in Afghanistan - has warned that cases of violence against journalists have dramatically increased in recent months. They called on government to take initiatives to better protect journalists.

In addition to this, Saleem Saleh, a spokesman for the provincial governor, has said that the Taliban pulled Mudasir from his car and executed him on the side of the road – an allegation the insurgency group has denied.

Referring to government’s responsibility toward the security of journalists, NAI has called on the Afghan government to deliver on its promises toward safeguarding the lives of journalists.

According to NAI, the killing of Mudasir raises the number of journalists killed in the country during the current year to 14 – up from five last year.

Up to 85 cases of violence against journalists were recorded last year, while this year it was about 420 cases, NAI said.

“Our demand from President (Ashraf) Ghani and (CEO Abdullah) Abdullah is to show their commitments toward freedom of press, they should personally investigate the case of Mr. Mudasir so that we can trust that press activities in the country moves in the right direction, but the current circumstances indicate that we are moving toward a perilous geography for journalists,” said chairman NAI Mujeeb Khelwatgar.

Meanwhile, civil society activists and journalists in Logar have said that Mudasir had no sort of rivalry or enmity with anybody in the area. They have called for a full inquiry into the killing.

“I knew Mr. Mudasir for the past seven years, he was a noble and innocent man. But the issue is that we have some problems in Logar and sometimes it is publically announced from the mosques that war against the journalists and government is legitimate,” said civil society activist Bashir Darez.

Two years ago, Mudasir’s brother was also killed in a mysterious way.

“Once Mudasir was taken by ISAF and once by the NDS forces for investigation, but they got nothing from him and released him. Mudasir was a good man and all young journalists in Logar had attended his class,” said a radio journalist in Logar Matiullah Sarwari.

Qazi Mohammad Nasir Mudasir was 55 years old and had worked in the media for over 25 years.

He was also known as a mentor to local journalists in Logar.

Mudasir is survived by four sons and two daughters.
Posted by: badanov || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under:

#1  gunmen stopped his car and killed him on the spot

What was random violence (hurray!) now appears to be manifesting as targeting kill teams.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/18/2016 22:46 Comments || Top||


16 ISIS loyalists killed in US airstrike in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 16 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 were killed in a US Arclight airstrike in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by the provincial police commandment, the bandidos bully boyz were killed in a dronezap conducted in Achin district late on Friday night.

The statement further added that the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Abdul Khel area and a weapons and explosives cache belonging to the terror group was also destroyed.

The local residents did not suffer any casualties in the Arclight airstrike, the statement added.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Gunmen kill 5 female workers of Kandahar airport
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Unknown gunnies have killed at least 5 female workers of the Kandahar airport in Kandahar city earlier today, local officials said.

The incident took place in the vicinity of the city as they were travelling towards the airport for their routine work.

According to reports, the female workers were performing security duties in the airport and belonged to a private security company.

Provincial governor’s front man Samim Khpolwak confirmed the incident and said the driver of the female workers was also rubbed out.

Abdullah vows justice for slain Kandahar women at ‘any cost’

[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
has vowed justice for the slain female security personnel of the Kandahar airport as he strongly condemned the brutal murder of the women.

"I strongly condemn the attack on innocent & armless women by coward and wild enemies in #Kandahar this morning," Abdullah said in a statement posted in his Twitter.

Abdullah further added "This is not Islam. This is not something Afghans were taught in our culture. Afghans would never open fire on women."
It sounds good, anyway.
He said "We are committed to bringing these attackers to justice. whatever cost it takes, we will make them pay for it. It is a must!"
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Shaboobs briefly seize Mahady town from troops
Heavily armed Al shabaab fighters have retaken briefly the control of the strategic city of Mahaday in middle Shabelle region on Friday night following a deadly attack, residents said.

According to residents, Mahaday has been attacked from several direction by truckloaded Al shabaab militants who seized the city’s police station and the administrative headquarters.

Somali government troops have pulled out of the town after they were overpowered during the overnight battle by Al shabaab fighters. At least two people killed in the attack

The government forces backed by AMISOM soldiers are reported to have recaptured the district on Saturday morning peacefully after Al shabaab militants’ withdrawal.
It's the minuet in Somalia...
Posted by: Steve White || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Osama bin Laden’s son denied entry into Egypt
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptian authorities at Cairo airport denied the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now beyond all cares and woe...
’s son entry into the country on Friday evening, after his flight arrived from 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...
, Egyptian daily newspaper Youm7. An official source Cairo airport said that bin Laden’s son, arrived in Egypt on a plane coming from Doha and left the country shortly after when security authorities denied his entry.
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  According to Al Arabiya, Osama's favorite son, age 23, heir to the Al Qaeda leadership, and reportedly married to a daughter of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, argued in Spring this year, "Syria is the 'best battlefield' leading to 'liberating Al-Quds', the Arabic name for Jerusalem."

“The road to liberating Palestine is today much shorter compared to before the blessed Syrian revolution,” he said.

The $1 million question is not why he has free passage in and through Qatar, the question is why does the USA have its major Middle East base in Qatar, home of the Muslim Brotherhood/Salafist-supporting Al-Thani family?

Posted by: Heriberto Greper9897 || 12/18/2016 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The $1 million question is not why he has free passage in and through Qatar, the question is why does the USA have its major Middle East base in Qatar, home of the Muslim Brotherhood/Salafist-supporting Al-Thani family?

Because Qatar has learned to dance on the head of a pin?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/18/2016 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  why does the USA have its major Middle East base in Qatar

Best bars.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/18/2016 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Best bars

Bahrain used to...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/18/2016 12:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't worry, Obumble will let him in the US...and give him a pardon...and welfare.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/18/2016 12:21 Comments || Top||

#6  While Skidmark and Pappy argue about where the best bars are located in the Middle East, Bin Laden is plotting vengeance. He may be a punk kid, but he is a dangerous punk kid.
Posted by: Heriberto Greper9897 || 12/18/2016 12:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Apologies for being flippant; I should be in awe of your august earnestness instead.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/18/2016 14:03 Comments || Top||

#8  It's important to be ernest, especially in Rantburg.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/18/2016 14:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Why is he still breathing?
Posted by: Crusader || 12/18/2016 20:42 Comments || Top||

#10  I have been saddened by the fact that few readers offer intelligent comments to the wealth of material the editors make available. Unfortunately, juvenility dominates.
Posted by: Heriberto Greper9897 || 12/18/2016 21:42 Comments || Top||

#11  Fortunately, for you HG, there are other esteemed journals of world news and opinion to be perused.
In many cases the editors, contributors and readers of this journal are not wordy, tea-sipping afternoon bloggers repeating unoriginal centric opinion but are actively engaged 24x7 in America's defense.

The light reflexive banter often is used as a communicative facade for deep and dark experience that might otherwise not be shared.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/18/2016 22:42 Comments || Top||


Arabia
At least 48 Yemeni soldiers killed in suicide bombing at military base
suicide bomber blew himself up outside a military camp in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday morning, killing at least 48 soldiers, a Health Ministry official said. The Islamic State group's Yemen-based affiliate claimed responsibility.

Abdel-Nasr al-Wali, a Health Ministry official based in Aden, told The Associated Press that 84 people were injured in the blast. Security officials said that preliminary investigations showed the blast was the work of a bomber wearing an explosives-laden vest. The attack took place as soldiers lined up to collect their salaries, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The IS affliate claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on IS-run Aamaq news agency. It identified the bomber as Abu Hashim al-Radfani and published a photo of him smiling and wearing a white vest as he stood next to the group's black flag. It also posted photos it said were of the blast that killed nearly 70. It was not possible to immediately verify the claim.

The blast took place at the same military base that was also struck by a suicide bomber on Dec. 10, killing 57 soldiers. The IS Yemeni affiliate also claimed responsibility for that attack.

In addition to IS, Yemen is the longtime home to an active branch of al-Qaida, widely regarded as the most dangerous of the international extremist group.

Aden is controlled by a loose coalition of troops loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, local militias and jihadi groups. They are battling Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who seized Yemen's capital, Sanaa, in 2014 and later swept across much of northern Yemen.

The Houthi's advances forced Hadi to flee the country and seek shelter in neighboring Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led coalition, mostly consisting of Gulf Arab states, subsequently intervened in Yemen in early 2015, launching a punishing air campaign against the rebels and their allies.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/18/2016 08:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  This seems to happen weekly. Perhaps the Yemenis should go to a monthly payroll.
Posted by: Vinegar Splat9232 || 12/18/2016 14:58 Comments || Top||

#2  It's difficult to get direct deposit for khat...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/18/2016 15:27 Comments || Top||


Militias Open Fire on Worshipers in Al-Bayda
"Kidnapping" AKA recruiting new shooters/fillers
Taiz – Houthi and Saleh rebel militias committed on Friday a new crime after entering a mosque in the city of al-Bayda, sporadically firing live ammunition at civilians and kidnapping a number of worshipers.

Local sources and eyewitnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat that, “Militias infringed Al-Tawhid Mosque in central al-Bayda with tens of armed men and tried to kidnap the Friday preacher and replace him with a preacher allied to them.”

However, the sources said worshipers gathered to prevent Houthis from replacing the preacher. “The armed militias therefore started shooting inside the mosque, injuring a number of worshipers, and kidnapping others,” the sources added.

The incident comes amid fierce battles in al-Bayda governorate at several fronts, where the Yemeni Army Forces and their allies had made an important advancement and recuperated several positions previously controlled by Houthi and Saleh rebel militias.

Political activist Ahmad al-Hamzi who is from al-Bayda told Asharq Al-Awsat that residents were angry with Houthi and Saleh militias after breaking into the mosque during the Friday prayers. “Those militias incite sectarian works against civilians as they try to enforce their ideas by the use of force,” al-Hamzi said.

The activist asserted that rebel militias had hysterically launched Katyusha missiles and mortars on civilian houses in the areas of Al ‘Ajradi and Al-Qawa’a in Az Zahir district.

In Taiz, Houthi and Saleh militias continue to commit new massacres against civilians by shelling the residential neighborhoods of the city and the villages of Hayfan and Al-Salo, south Taiz, and by attacking Yemeni army positions at several fronts.

At the field level, Arab Coalition jets raided on Friday positions of Houthi militias in Taiz. Eyewitnesses said: “The coalition jets raided militia positions in the 22 Brigade camp, east Taiz.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni Human Rights Minister Izzedine al-Asbahi posted on his Facebook page on Friday that the Taiz battle would end by a victory for the city, “which will turn into an example for change and as the last wall that confronted the pour of hatred and the rhetoric that destroyed humans before the stone.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


The Grand Turk
13 soldiers killed, 56 wounded in attack in Kayseri
A total of 56 people were being treated in hospital after a car bomb attack on a bus in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Dec.17, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said, an attack the military has said killed 13.

Soylu, who was speaking at a joint news conference with the health minister, said that 12 of the wounded were in intensive care and four were in critical condition. He did not give an update on the death toll.

Soylu also said seven suspects were detained in connection with Kayseri bombing, search under way for five others. "The terrorist was identified," Soylu added.

Health minister Recep Akdag told the news conference that a large number of the wounded were lightly injured.

The military earlier said that 13 soldiers were killed and 48 injured when a car bomb hit a bus transporting off-duty military personnel. The soldiers - all low-ranking privates and non-commissioned officers - had been given permission for leave from the commando headquarters in the city, it said in a statement. The wounded were being treated in hospital while there could also be additional civilian casualties, it added.

Turkey's Dogan News Agency had said the blast hit the bus as it drove past a car believed to be packed with explosives.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been informed of the attack by the chief of staff General Hulusi Akar, Anadolu Agency said.

Kurdish issue-focused People’s Democratic Party (HDP) issued a statement following the attack, saying that HDP strongly condemned the attack.

Moreover, Kayseri Governor Süleyman Kamçı earlier said it was a suicide attack. “The car bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker,” Kamçı added.

Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Twitter that Turkey would redouble its efforts to fight militancy. "We will fight these cowards with a national mobilisation," he said, without elaborating.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s media watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), imposed a temporary ban that includes live broadcast from the scene, footage taken from the time of the blast and afterwards, and images of bodies, the agency said in a statement.

An investigation to the attack is underway.

Material used in bomb attack in Kayseri is similar to Istanbul attacks

The materials used in a car bomb attack on a bus carrying off-duty military personnel in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Dec.17 were similar to those used in a twin bombing last week in Istanbul, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said.

Kurtulmus made the comment in an interview with broadcaster NTV.

All signs so far indicate that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was behind a deadly bombing on a bus carrying Turkish soldiers that left at least 13 dead and dozens wounded, Kurtulmuş said.

"All indications at present point to the PKK. We have to take into account all possibilities but the signs at present point to the PKK," he added.

HDP offices across Turkey attacked

[RUDAW.NET] A number of offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
were attacked on Saturday.

The party’s office in Istanbul’s Beylikduzu district was attacked by a group of 30 to 40 people who broke down the door, smashed windows and started a fire.

Police and fire trucks were called to the scene.

In the Darica district of Kocaeli, an unidentified person or persons opened fire on HDP’s district office. The police were called to the scene. No injuries have been reported and it is believed the office was empty at the time of the attack, CNN Turk reported.

Kurdish media has also reported attacks on HDP offices in Ankara, Izmir, Canakkale, Hatay, and Erzincan.

The attacks come the same day at least 13 Turkish soldiers were killed and 56 maimed in a boom-mobileing in the central city of Kayseri.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack yet but in the hours after the bombing, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
said that "Turkey is under the threat of attacks by terrorist groups, especially the separatist terrorist organization which is trying to do its best to block Turkey’s progress," referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Erdogan has frequently accused HDP members of supporting the PKK. Many HDP MPs, including the two co-chairs, are facing terrorism charges.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Suicide attack bid on Imambargah foiled in Hyderabad
[DAWN] HYDERABAD: A would-be jacket wallah was killed by Rangers on Daman-e-Kohsar Road in Latifabad on Friday, while an accomplice of his escaped.

According to a blurb issued by a Rangers front man in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
about the first such incident in Hyderabad, the bomber tried to enter an Imambargah
...since Pakistain is very religiously correct, Shia Moslems can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are...
while Friday prayers were under way.

"While trying to enter the Imambargah he lobbed a grenade at a Rangers van but the personnel responded swiftly and he was killed. His accomplice fled," it said.

The Bab-e-Ali mosque is a few metres away from the Amani Shah graveyard from where the body of the terrorist, who appeared to be in his late 20s, was shifted to the Liaquat University Hospital’s mortuary by the Edhi volunteers.

A Rangers officer, who was witnessing Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials defusing the boom jacket worn by the terrorist, told this correspondent that a team of the paramilitary force was carrying out snap checking when they spotted two men on a cycle of violence. When asked to stop, one of them entered the graveyard, while his accomplice fled on the cycle of violence. "The man who was killed lobbed a cracker inside the graveyard," he said, adding that the Rangers’ vehicle was not hit. Police said a 30-bore pistol was found in the possession of the dead terrorist, wearing black shalwar kameez.

However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
according to private security guards of the under-construction mosque, which also houses an institute, the prayers are held at around 1.30pm. "I heard a blast at around 11.45am and when I was coming to the mosque I saw that Rangers had besieged the graveyard. But no one tried to enter our mosque during the prayers," said Nazim Zaidi, who is associated with the security and management of the premises.

The construction began in 2013 and most of the structure has been completed. The institution is being supervised by Dr Ghazanfar Taqvi, based in Karachi.

Mr Zaidi said the premises had twice come under armed attacks last year and the incidents had been reported to the airport police.

"We noted suspicious movements by people outside and also previously found objectionable chalking on the mosque’s wall. This, too, was reported to police," he said.

It took BDS personnel more than an hour to defuse both parts of the suicide jacket. Rangers officials didn’t let photographers take snaps of the jacket. BDS official Ramzan Panhwar said: "There were no ball-bearings except for around 7kg of kaboom, which will be sent to a forensic laboratory for tests."

A detonator was also found in the hand of the dead terrorist.

Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


3 Indian soldiers die in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Suspected separatists killed three Indian soldiers after ambushing a convoy in India-held Kashmir, officials said Saturday.

An unknown number of people on motorbikes opened fire on the army convoy near Pampore town on the key highway a few miles south of Srinagar, the region's main city, officials said.

“Motorcycle-borne militants ambushed an army convoy. There have been casualties but details are being ascertained,” K. Rajendra Kumar, police chief of the Kashmir region told AFP.

An Indian army official on condition of anonymity told AFP that “three soldiers were killed in the attack”.

The gunmen fled the scene and a major search operation to track down the attackers had been launched, the source said.

Thousands of vehicles including army convoys pass daily through the crucial 300-kilometre Jammu-Srinagar highway — the only road link to the Himalayan valley.

Last month suspected militants killed seven soldiers after they attacked a military base along the highway.

Uptick in violence
In the worst civilian violence to hit the restive region of IHK since 2010, more than 120 Kashmiri civilians have been killed and thousands more injured in Indian-held Kashmir in clashes with security forces after the killing of a prominent Kashmiri separatist leader Burhan Wani, in a military operation on July 8.

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Kashmir's largest pro-independence militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), was killed along with two other separatists during a gun battle with Indian government forces.

Wani joined the HM group at the age of just 15, and was viewed as a hero by many in Kashmir. The state's former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted after his death that he had become the “new icon of Kashmir's disaffected”.

Witnesses said tens of thousands attended his funeral despite a curfew imposed by Indian authorities, chanting independence slogans.

Most have died in clashes between protesters and government forces who have fired tear gas and pellet guns at demonstrators.

India's home minister police and troops would use chilli-based shells instead of ones filled with birdshot after hundreds of civilians sustained serious eye injuries in the clashes.

The metal pellets fired from the pump-action shotguns rarely result in deaths, but can often blind victims if the fragments hit them in the eye.

Authorities have imposed a curfew across large parts of the region, with schools, shops and many banks closed.

Internet and mobile networks have also been cut off in a bid to prevent protests.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two gained independence from British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full.

Several rebel groups have for decades fought Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence for the region or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.
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3 soldiers killed, 2 injured in Pampore convoy attack
[Daily Excelsior] In one of the audacious attacks on an Army convoy today at Kadalbal in Pampore area of South Kashmire on National Highway, three Army personnel were killed and two others injured while snuffies managed to flee.

Sources said that Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) snuffies attacked an Army convoy at Kadalbal, Pampore on National Highway in district Pulwama at around 3 p.m.

They said that 5 snuffies came in a Sumo car and parked it near the bridge, some 200 meters from the highway in Kadalbal, Pampore. Sources identified the two snuffies who fired at the bus as Abu Ali and Abu Ismail, both Paks. "They were accompanied by a local Lion of Islam Ayub Lone while two more Arif and Riyaz were waiting in the Sumo. Militants after carrying out the attack crossed the bridge and boarded the Sumo to flee from the spot", they added.

The Army convoy was coming from Jammu and was on way to Srinagar when it came under attack at Pampore. Five Army men were maimed in the attack and three of them ‐ K Suratnand, S Panday of 51 Rashtriya Rifles and Ratesh C of 36 RR ‐ were declared as brought dead at 92-Base Hospital of Army at Badami Bagh Cantonment.

The two others, one identified as Mohammad Hussain of 17 Jammu and Kashmire Light Infantry (JKLI) and another of 13 RR suffered minor injuries in the attack and they are undergoing treatment at 92-Base hospital.

Army, Police and CRPF immediately reached the spot and massive searches were launched against the snuffies responsible for the attack. Several areas around Kadalbal were searched by the security forces but the snuffies had managed to flee. Security forces have, however, launched massive manhunt against these Lion of Islams.

Security forces also carried out checking of the vehicles on Pulwama road, Lasjin road and on the National Highway. However,
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no one was nabbed
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Sources said that security agencies had inputs that snuffies were planning attack on security forces on the Srinagar-Anantnag stretch of the highway. Security forces were already alert but snuffies managed to carry out the attack.

The traffic on the highway came to halt for about one hour after the attack and later there was massive traffic jams that took several hours for clearance.

Pampore has been the site of several attacks this year. In October, a gun-battle with two LeT snuffies who barged into Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building ended after nearly 60 hours. The same seven-story building was also targeted in a major attack in February during which 5 soldiers and a civilian were killed then.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of three Army personnel in a Lion of Islam attack in Pampore town. She said violence has never helped in the resolution of issues but only compounded the human miseries. She expressed her sympathies with the families of slain soldiers.
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174 ISIS Bad Guys die in Ninevah
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) We Are Coming, Nineveh Operations Command announced on Friday killing 174 members of the Islamic State, while trying to attack security forces in the province, as well as detonating their booby-trapped vehicles.

Commander of the Operations, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah, said in a press statement, “Federal Police troops continue searching and cleansing buildings and roads from explosive devices.”

“Terrorists tried to attack the villages of al-Arbaj and al-Azba, but our troops managed to kill 22 of them, in addition to detonating two booby-trapped vehicles,”Yarallah added.

Yarallah also revealed that troops of ‘We Are Coming, Nineveh’ Operations were able to advance into the neighborhoods of al-Intisar, Jadida al-Mofty, al-Salam, Younis al-Saba’wi and Falastine.

In addition, Yarallah pointed out that the Islamic State’s terrorists launched an attack on the neighborhoods of al-Intisar and al-Salam using suicide bombers and car bombs, but their attack was foiled by security troops who also detonated three car bombs and killed 27 terrorists.

Furthermore, Yarallah said that Counter-Terrorism forces managed to liberate the areas of al-Falah al-Oula, al-Falah al-Thaniyah and 40 other neighborhoods, and raised Iraqi flag over their buildings.

He added that security forces thwarted IS attempted attack on the areas of al-Nour and al-Bakr and detonated five booby-trapped vehicles, as well as killing 100 terrorists.

Another 25 terrorists were killed, and two car bombs were destroyed in Bawiza area by the infantry of the army’s 16th brigade,” Yarallah further added.

Nineveh province is witnessing extensive military operations to retake the city of Mosul, which was occupied by the Islamic State in June 2014.
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ISIS leader plotting an attack captured in Iran
[RUDAW.NET] An alleged ISIS leader was captured in Rojhelat, also known as Iranian Kurdistan, and accused of planning to carry out an attack, an Iranian official has said.

"Iranian security guards captured an ISIS leader in Urmia and prevented an attack being arranged by him," Qurban Ali Saadat, governor of Urmia said in a prayer ceremony on Saturday.

Saadat added that a number of ISIS-affiliated Death Eaters accompanying the leader were also incarcerated
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"The plot that the leader with his Death Eaters had planned was foiled," Saadat said, without detailing the identities of any of the Death Eaters or facts about their arrest.
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Syrian rebels capture new areas in Raqqa as ISIS beats feet
[ARA News] Raqqa – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued to advance in Raqqa Governorate on Saturday, driving Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists out of five more villages.

“The Syrian Democratic Forces initiated the attack by bombing ISIS’ headquarters in western Raqqa with heavy artillery and mortar fire. Five more villages were liberated today,” the SDF Media Office told ARA News.

Military sources confirmed that the Kurdish-led SDF troops captured on Saturday the villages of Brosenjar al-Shamali, Brosenjar al-Janubi, Sahba, Ebu Jalat and Haji Sleman west of Raqqa.

The SDF leadership stressed the key role of the US-led coalition’s air support in the battle for Raqqa.

“More than 25 ISIS terrorists were killed in Saturday’s operation,” SDF officer Daner Berkhudan told ARA News. “Several ISIS vehicles were seen leaving the targeted villages after the militants suffered heavy losses under the SDF bombardment.”

Saturday’s advance comes just a few days after the SDF expelled ISIS militants from ten other villages in western Raqqa last week– Bir Shallal, Um Salim, Safakher, Ajaj, Merwaniya, Krajah, Hamer Saghir, Hamer Kabir, Qerefdan and Draniya.

The SDF have released several statements, inducing the jihadists in Raqqa to surrender.

“To the jihadists of the so-called Islamic State, our fire will soon reach downtown Raqqa and by then you won’t be able to escape,” the SDF said in a hair-raising statement last Monday. “This is the final call: either surrender to the Syrian Democratic Forces or die.”

The Syrian Democratic Forces announced the beginning of the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation last week 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 long-term objective of Euphrates Wrath is the elimination of the Islamic State in its de facto capital, Raqqa city.

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.
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25 ISIL militants 'neutralized' in Syria
A total of 25 Islamic State Iraq and Levant (ISIL) millitants were "neutralized" in northern Syria as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish military said on Dec.17.

The Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement that 206 ISIL targets were destroyed. The targets included defensive positions, as well as command-and-control facilities, the statement added.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” to imply militants who have been captured or killed.
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ISIS bans pens and watches inside Mosul mosques

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Nineveh revealed, that the Islamic State deployed armed detachments at the gates of many mosques in some areas of Mosul, to prevent the entry of pens and watches with worshipers into mosques, Alsumaria News reported on Saturday.

The source told Alsumaria News, “Armed detachments belonging to the Islamic State were deployed before Jum’a (Friday) Prayer, at the gates of the mosques of the western side of Mosul.”

“The detachments rigorously inspected all worshipers, confiscated their pens and watches temporarily, before allowing them to enter the mosques,” the source explained.

“The Islamic State suspected that pens and watches might contain hidden cameras, after the videos recently published by the Intelligence Service about penetrating the terrorist group’s hideouts in Mosul,” the source further added.

ISIS abducts 43 for fleeing Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State abducted 43 civilians fleeing Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, for leaving the land of caliphate, a local source told Alsumaria News in Saturday.

The source said in a statement, “Today, Islamic State’s militants abducted 43 civilians, who fled Hawija toward Kirkuk, from the area located between al-Riyad and Hamrin Mountains.”

“The abductees were taken to an unknown destination. The militants abducted the civilians for leaving the land of caliphate, as well as collaborating with other citizens, to help people leave IS-held areas toward Kirkuk and Salahuddin,” the source added.

Noteworthy, many areas in Kirkuk, including Zab, Abbasi, Riyad, Rashad and Hawija are still under the control of the Islamic state.

100s flee Palmyra as ISIS waltzes in

[ARA News] Homs –Hundreds of civilians have escaped the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra after the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants took over the city last week.

More than 300 people have fled their homes in Palmyra over the past few days. “Most of them headed to the regime-held areas in Homs Governorate,” local media activist Abas al-Omar told ARA News.

“People of Palmyra are afraid of being used as human shields by ISIS,” the source said.

In the meantime, ISIS jihadists arrested four men in Palmyra on suspicion of helping residents escape the city.

Last Sunday, the ISIS hardline group recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Governorate. Activists and military sources confirmed the rout, reporting that the army had been forced to withdraw under fire. The army withdrew after the clashes reached the city center and it became impossible for them to push ISIS back.

Russia had supported the Syrian Army in Palmyra, with airstrikes and logistical support but their efforts were apparently insufficient to save the city.

ISIS first took over Palmyra in May 2015, following a protracted battle with regime forces. The Islamic State’s occupation was exceptionally brutal, even by the standards of Syria’s 5-year-long conflict.

ISIS executes teen in Kirkuk for spying

[ARA News] Kirkuk – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has executed an Iraqi teenager in southern Kirkuk, after accusing him of spying for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, local sources reported on Saturday.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested by ISIS militants earlier on Tuesday.

“The jihadist group claimed that after interrogations the teenager confessed that he has been spying for the Kurdish Peshmergas,” a local sources told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They executed him by firing squad.”

Also, the pro-ISIS Amaq News Agency released a video tape showing the execution of the blindfolded young man, claiming he was “a spy for the pro-Crusaders Kurdish troops”.

This comes amid intensifying clashes between the Kurdish forces and ISIS militants in the southern suburb of Kirkuk Governorate, where the radical group still holds several villages.

The ISIS hardline group has recently executed dozens of people on similar charges in Syria and Iraq.

On November 4, the Islamic State’s militants executed and crucified a woman in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, after accusing her of spying for Kurdish forces, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

Asmaa Muhammad, 41, was arrested by the ISIS-led Islamic Police –also known as Diwan al-Hisba– in a village in Deir ez-Zor countryside under the pretext that she has communicated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Asmaa was shot dead and then crucified in a public square in central Deir ez-Zor. Hundreds of people witnessed the brutal execution. “Her body was covered with blood when they brutally crucified her. They banned the people from approaching the body,” an eyewitness told ARA News.

On September 18, ISIS militants executed five young men in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, after accusing them of ‘spying for enemies’. The ISIS-linked Hisba Police raided the town of al-Tarif west of Deir ez-Zor and arrested five men on suspicion of spying for rival groups.

The Sharia Court ordered the execution of the five civilians on charges of “treason” against the ISIS self-declared Caliphate. “They were accused of spying on behalf of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces,” media activist Issam al-Hamid told ARA News in Deir ez-Zor.

On October 13, ISIS extremists beheaded seven civilians in the city of Mosul, after accusing them of spying for the Iraqi Army. Local sources told ARA News that the ISIS-led Islamic Police arrested seven men earlier on Wednesday. The men were accused of leaking information about the group’s deployments in Mosul city.

“The arrested men were charged with treason, apostasy and spying for hostile troops,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News. “They were beheaded in front of hundreds of people in central Mosul.”

On September 22, ISIS burned six civilians to death in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, after accusing them of ‘spying’.

The ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as al-Hisba, arrested six young men in Mosul city. The ISIS leadership then accused them of leaking security information about the group’s movements in Mosul to the Kurdish Peshmerga army and US-led coalition. The Sharia Court of Mosul said in a statement that after “interrogations” the suspects “confessed to have been cooperating with the Peshmerga and the crusader coalition” against the so-called Caliphate.

“The Sharia Court called for the most brutal punishment for those six young men. ISIS militants burned them to death in public on Thursday evening [Sept. 22],” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News. “Hundreds of people witnessed the execution. Also, the victims’ families were forced to watch their sons being burned to death.”
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