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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Setting cookie... sorry.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/19/2016 23:19 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Top police official survives roadside explosion in West of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top police official escaped unhurt from a roadside kaboom kaboom in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the police chief of Obe district, Sher Aqa Alokozay, survived the attack but a policeman sustained injuries.

The officials further added that a vehicle of the police forces also sustained damages in the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Shooting in Kabul leaves 3 dead and 3 others wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three people were killed and three others sustained injuries in an attack by gunnies 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....
late on Saturday.

A security official in Paghman district, where the incident took place, said the gunnies managed to flee the area after the attack.

The source speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that the gunnies opened fire on the security forces, leaving three people dead, including a member of security forces.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


5 militants killed, 6 wounded as Afghan forces repulse attack in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 5 bully boyz were killed and 6 others were maimed after the Afghan forces repulsed a coordinated attack on security check posts 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.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the bully boyz launched a coordinated attack on the security posts in Surkh Rod district late on Saturday afternoon.

The statement further added that the offensive by the bully boyz was successfully repulsed by the Afghan forces, leaving at least 5 bully boyz dead and 6 others maimed.

According to the local security authorities, the Afghan forces and local residents did not suffer any casualties in the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Al-Ghasri: 2500 IS radicals were killed in Sirte battle
[Libya Observer] The front man for Bunyan Marsous
...(al-Bunyan al-Marsous, Solid Base) An operation carried out by Misratan forces loyal to the Libyan Goverenment of National Accord to dislodge ISIS forces from Sirte. 2,500 turbans were reported killed in the operation, which lasted from May through December.GNA's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj officially announced the end of military operations on 18 December 2016...
, Mohammed al-Ghasri, said the number of IS forces of Evil who were killed in the battle of liberating Sirte reached 2500, adding that investigation with the IS captives is still underway.

Al-Ghasri’s statement was made on Sunday in a joint presser with the Health Minister-designate of the UN-proposed government, Omar Bashir and the head of the medical team that was formed by al-Bunyan al-Marsoos operations chamber, Ahmed Haman.

Answering a question about the long time the forces took to declare the liberation of Sirte, al-Ghasri said Jiza neighborhood was the last hideout for the forces of Evil and all the commanders of the frontlines agreed to get the civilians out of it despite the criminality of some women who were disregardful of the fighter’s trust in them by blowing themselves up while being rescued.

"We have rescued more than 100 children and women and they are now at Misrata Central Hospital receiving medical care after being exhausted by war and hunger." He remarked.

He also called on the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities to take care of the maimed so that they continue to send them for treatment abroad or pursue their treatment inside Libya, adding that they should take care also of the fighters who had their limbs amputated as well as the families of the killed fighters.

The journalist, Abdellateef Shanbira, said a group of al-Bunyan al-Marsoos forces carried out Saturday a combing through campaign included southern Sirte districts as well as a number of valleys and towns on the fringes of Sirte, saying it had busted some dubious trucks along with the drivers near al-Namous valley and another person who had a gun and ammunition on him. He added that the combing through campaign is still ongoing for the second day in a row in southern Sirte.

Military Force to be tasked with securing Sirte main entrances

[Libya Observer] The Military Governor of Sirte, Brigadier Ahmed Abu Shahma, disclosed that he proposed the formation of a military force dubbed "Al-Bunyan al-Marsous Brigade" as per the plan laid for the security of Sirte main entrances and its suburbs.

In a TV statement on Friday, Abu Shahma said demining works are still ongoing in Sirte by the engineering units from Misrata, Zliten and 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...
"We have allocated a cemetery for the bodies that are left in Sirte and the Red Islamic Thingy volunteers as well as the Crime Fight Department personnel have started to give a hand in this process.

Only when we finish demining in Sirte areas like Jiza neighborhood and other farms around the city as well as al-Ghribat, Sawawa and other pockets, we would declare the official liberation of the city." Remarked Brig. Abu Shahma.

He also called on the Sirte displaced families not to rush into coming back to their houses, pointing out that they should remain where they are now to avoid any inconvenience and to be safe so that the demining works end smoothly.

UN congratulates Bunyan Marsous on Sirte victory, rebuilding now the priority

[Libya Herald] The UN has sent congratulations to the Bunyan Marsous Operations Room (BM) on its defeat 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....
(IS) in Sirte but warned that the struggle against terrorism was not over.

"Libyans should remain vigilant in the face of terrorism," UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler said.

Fears by numerous officials in Libyan that many IS supporters managed to escape from Sirte and could regroup elsewhere.

"I call on Libyans to seize this opportunity to promote national reconciliation and push ahead with the implementation of the interim security arrangements," Kobler said. "This requires the integration and rehabilitation of fighters and weapons’ collection to give way to a professional security apparatus with a unified command."

Nonetheless, the victory in Sirte was "a major step forward in liberating Libya from terrorism, ending the days of the Islamic State controlling territory in the country," a statement from UNSMIL said.

"Defeating terrorism throughout Libya benefits all Libyans," stated Kobler, paying tribute to those Libyans who had died in the fight against IS.

"My sincere condolences to their families and I wish those injured a speedy recovery," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Dignity Operation militias arrest Tawergha municipality member over photo
[Libya Observer] Security forces loyal to Dignity Operation have apprehended Sheikh Ismaeil Shaban, the head of the committee of Tawergha IDPs camps 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...
and the Tawergha municipality member in Saluq, western Benghazi.

Media sources from Benghazi said Shaban was jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
when he was attending the funeral of his nephew in Saluq as a security force stormed into the site and took him from among the mourners to one of Haftar-led security buildings in the district.

The sources added that Dignity Operation militias accused Shaban of terrorism after they found a photo of him alongside the Libyan Mufti, al-Sadiq al-Gharyani, in his cell phone.

Sheikh Shaban is the preacher of the mosque at the Tawergha IDPs camp in Tripoli’s Airport Road and one prominent figure of the national reconciliation commissions as well as the Misrata-Tawrgha dialogue committees.

Dignity Operation forces are accustomed to arresting anyone suspected of opposing them or their leader, 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...
, and they usually charge them with ready-made charges like sponsoring terrorism or belonging to Moslem Brüderbund Group so that they can throw them in one of their infamous jails like Garnada Prison, which was hellish for even pro-Haftar figures who later opposed him or his sons and followers.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


IS ‘policeman’ caught in Ganfouda water tank as terrorist enclave shrinks
[Libya Herald] The terrorist enclave in Benghazi’s Ganfouda district is reported to have shrunk to a few blocks as the Libyan National Army claims continued progress. But today’s advance cost the lives of three more soldiers and a number of maimed including another army commander.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
at least five hard boyz were said to have been killed, including Marwan al-Fezani, a former 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...
commander from the city’s Leithi district who subsequently joined IS. Another bad boy, Akreem al-Gabali, described as a IS policeman, was captured by troops when he was hiding in a water tower.

The army dead were from the 309 Tobruk Brigade and the injured officer was Marine infantry commander Faiez al-Saal.

Troops have been delayed by booby traps, some of them inter-linked. Such devices were found in some number two months ago on the Garayunis campus of Benghazi University. It was for this reason that sources said it was not possible to retrieve the body of a member of 210 Brigade for three days because of a second unwent kaboom! booby trap close by.

In the last 48 hours the LNA has found vehicles hidden in buildings which were abandoned by the terrorists. Some of them were armoured and one bore the sign "Islamic Police". Troops also discovered more stores of food, which may have been looted from the Customs compound. One army source said that either the hard boyz had been hoarding foodstuffs for themselves or reports of starvation among those trapped within the Ganfouda enclave were inaccurate. There has been no official statement today about any more civilians fleeing terrorist positions.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
there are unconfirmed reports that a Paleostinian alleged to have been an IS photographer has died in jug at Granda prison, 25 kilometres east of Beida. It is claimed that Rami Youssef was detained by LNA forces at Labraq airport. He is supposed to have been based in Derna where he was recording executions. It is not clear when he was locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
nor how he died.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  This water smells like arse. Please have someone go inspect the tank.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2016 4:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Weaponizing ecoli?

Posted by: Skidmark || 12/19/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||


Suicide bomber kills seven in Libyan city of Benghazi
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least seven people were killed and eight maimed when a jacket wallah targeted forces loyal to Libya’s eastern government in Benghazi on Sunday, medical and security officials said.

ISIS said it carried out the bombing, in the besieged district of Ganfouda. The area is one of the last pockets of resistance holding out against the Libyan National Army (LNA), a self-styled force loyal to eastern commander 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...
Haftar has been waging a military campaign in Benghazi for more than two years against Islamists and other opponents. The fighting is part of a broader, low-intensity conflict in Libya, which splintered into multiple political and armed factions after the uprising that toppled Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
in 2011.

This year the LNA has made major gains in Benghazi, though fighting and attacks have continued in parts of the city.

All those killed in Sunday’s bombing were from the LNA, a medical source from Benghazi’s main hospital said.

The attack came after the latest advance on Saturday by the LNA, which said following heavy festivities that it had taken control of buildings along the seafront west of Ganfouda, encircling its opponents.

At least three LNA troops were killed in Saturday’s fighting, security and medical officials said. An LNA front man, Ahmed al-Masmari, said 13 fighters from "terrorist groups" had also been killed.

Recently there have been efforts to evacuate civilians trapped by the fighting in Ganfouda but only small numbers of women and kiddies and foreign workers have left the area. Masmari said on Sunday that about 120 families remained inside Ganfouda.

Those fighting the LNA in Benghazi include the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC), a coalition of Islamists and self-proclaimed revolutionaries, as well as Lions of Islam loyal to ISIS.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


Egypt seizes Iranian ship loaded with drugs
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egypt’s navy seized an Iranian boat on Saturday that was carrying drugs on the Red Sea, attempting to smuggle the narcotics into the country, Kuwait News Agency reported.

During inspection, Egyptian authorities found 171 kilograms of drugs, a number of cellular mobiles, as well as US, Iranian and Pak currencies.

All seven crewmen ‐ whose nationalities were not revealed ‐ were jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
and await legal action against them.
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Methamphetamine?
Posted by: Pappy || 12/19/2016 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  According to Al Ahram it's heroin, Pappy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 12:28 Comments || Top||

#3  So, smuggling, and not supplying Islamists in the Sinai.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/19/2016 15:02 Comments || Top||


Arabia
ISIS claims bomb attack in Aden that killed 49
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A jacket wallah killed at least 49 soldiers in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, officials there said, which the ISIS group's Yemen-based affiliate grabbed credit for.

The officials said the soldiers were queuing to collect salaries near a military base in the Khor Maksar district when the attacker went kaboom!.

Abdel-Nasr al-Wali, a Health Ministry official based in Aden, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that 84 people were maimed in the blast.

The attacker immersed himself among the soldiers at al-Solban base, in al-Arish district, a military official said.

The ISIS affliate grabbed credit for the attack in a statement posted on ISIS-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.

Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Breaking: Terror attack on Berlin Christmas market
[Guardian] Several people have been killed and as many as 50 injured after a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin, according to local media reports.

They suggested the vehicle ran into the market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church on Monday evening. The reports cited police at the scene who said initial indications pointed to a terror attack.
Mirror link on the same story courtesy of Bright Pebbles. Both no doubt will update as new information comes in.
The Guardian's liveblog is here.
The Telegraph live update is here.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [950 views] Top|| File under:

#1  German media report that the truck had Polish number plates (that doesn't mean the driver is Polish). The driver fled. A person has been apprehended but it's not yet known whether he is the driver.

Up to now at least 9 people dead, more than 50 people wounded.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank you, European Conservative.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 15:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like they got the driver. Co driver dead.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:51 Comments || Top||

#4  said the truck was hired from Poland.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 15:53 Comments || Top||

#5  @EC What's the mood in Germany?

Why isn't Merkel toast already?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 15:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Good. Now to identify him, and whether it was an accident or intentional. If he is a jihadi, I hope the police and politicians will not be so stupid as to try to hide the truth.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 15:55 Comments || Top||

#7  An accident is possible but somehow I don't believe it. We'll see.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Bright Pebbles

Merkel isn't toast because nobody in the CDU has the balls to step up
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 16:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Polish TV reports that the Polish owner has reported that his truck was stolen.

Also the Generalbundesanwalt has taken over the case. This points to a terror attack.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 16:15 Comments || Top||



#12  European Conservative. Recent reports indicated that people who criticised Merkel on social media were being investigated by the state. Is that true? Is that why people are afraid to step up?
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 12/19/2016 16:35 Comments || Top||

#13  Busy day for the Amish people
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 16:35 Comments || Top||

#14  I had to look up Generalbundesanwalt.
For anyone else who doesn't know, I got this:

"The Federal Prosecutor of the Federal Supreme Court is the supreme law enforcement agency of the Federal Republic of Germany in the field of state protection. It shall exercise the office of the public prosecutor in all serious state protection matters which are particularly sensitive to internal or external security.

Domestic security is affected by politically motivated crimes, especially terrorist acts of violence, external security through treason and espionage. The Federal Prosecutor's Office at the Federal Court of Justice is also responsible for the prosecution of offenses under the Criminal Code."

Correcting my ignorance one day at a time.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 12/19/2016 16:37 Comments || Top||

#15  They'd be very busy if they investigated everyone who criticizes Merkel.

But I do notice that authorities are stepping up their more or less unveiled threats against Facebook and Twitter.

The former German president of the EU parliament (who wants to become chancellor) has called for making presumed "fake news" illegal (whatever this means).

Not encouraging.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 16:40 Comments || Top||

#16  Btw I have heard many many words in the last hours.
Guess which word is missing?
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 17:20 Comments || Top||

#17  Surprise us
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2016 17:21 Comments || Top||

#18  Hint: First letter is an I
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 17:22 Comments || Top||

#19  One "m"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2016 17:23 Comments || Top||

#20  You're up to something.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 17:27 Comments || Top||

#21  It looks like the truck was on its way from Italy to Poland and was hijacked.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 17:35 Comments || Top||

#22  So the dead 'co-driver' was the real driver who got hijacked and murdered?
Posted by: jpal || 12/19/2016 17:42 Comments || Top||

#23  Leftist MSM here is called it a truck accident at the moment until they can figure out how to protect the letter "I" first.
Posted by: Woozle Glinenter1578 || 12/19/2016 17:44 Comments || Top||

#24  jpal, could be but not confirmed.
We can definitely rule out an accident.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 18:21 Comments || Top||

#25  aftermath
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 18:31 Comments || Top||

#26  The German daily Welt reports that the driver is a "refugee" from Pakistan although this has not been confirmed.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 19:09 Comments || Top||

#27  the rumour is the original driver was Polish, and the pakistani terrorist hijacked the van and killed him.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 19:11 Comments || Top||

#28  The arrogance of German television is quite amazing. A moderator told his audience that it's midnight now and there won't be any more news about the attack until tomorrow morning.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 19:16 Comments || Top||

#29  German authorities began early Tuesday to sketch a politically explosive portrait of the man arrested in the Berlin Christmas-market attack.

According to a report in the German newspaper Die Welt, translated with computer assistance by the Washington Times, the suspect is a newly-arrived Pakistani refugee.

Der Tagesspiegel, a rival Berlin daily paper, had a similar account, reporting that the man was either Pakistani or Afghan.

In an indication that authorities know a great deal about the man, Die Welt specified the date on which the man arrived in Germany — Feb. 16 this year.

At that time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was defending her government’s open-door policy to refugees from the Muslim world in the face of an increasing backlash from German voters.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 19:50 Comments || Top||


#31  Danke, Merkel!!
Posted by: charger || 12/19/2016 20:00 Comments || Top||

#32  12 dead now
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 20:33 Comments || Top||

#33  CNN reports that a "truck" killed 12.
Posted by: Clomogum Lumplump7756 || 12/19/2016 20:37 Comments || Top||

#34  We have reactions and condolences from many international leaders.

Guess who hasn't said anything yet?
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 20:42 Comments || Top||

#35  They usually wait for 24 to 48 hours to announce responsibility.
Posted by: newc || 12/19/2016 21:11 Comments || Top||

#36  #35, Busy Presidentin' (Golfing and freeing prisoners)
Posted by: Frank G || 12/19/2016 21:12 Comments || Top||

#37  Guess who hasn't said anything yet?

Still in a sand trap would be my guess.
Posted by: Raj || 12/19/2016 22:23 Comments || Top||


Suspect in murder of PKK female members dies in Paris hospital
[RUDAW.NET] A Turkish citizen held in La Belle France and charged with the murder of three female members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) three years ago has died in a Gay Paree hospital

A French judicial source said Omer Guney died on Saturday as a result of brain illness, AFP reported.

"He was the only suspect sent for trial, scheduled to start next month, on charges of "murder in relation to a terrorist enterprise" over the killings of the three women, including Sakine Cansiz." AFP wrote.

The bodies of Cansiz, Fidan Dogan, 28, and Leyla Soylemez, 24, were found by the French police inside a Kurdish information center in Gay Paree in January 2013.

"Guney denied involvement in the killings, though Sherlocks said they had surveillance footage of him entering the scene of the crime and one of the victim's DNA was allegedly found on his coat." according to AFP.

The Turkish government and its intelligence service MIT denied any involvement in the triple murders, but "French Sherlocks had concluded that members of the Turkish national intelligence agency MIT were "implicated" in the triple murder, according to an informed source."
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Poor bugger. We tried pain killers, but within minutes of administering, he had flushing, itchy rashes, a blocked and runny nose and severe difficulty breathing quite similar to asthma.

He's in a better place now.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2016 4:05 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Russian ambassador to Turkey seriously injured TU after being shot in 'assassination attempt'
[Mirror] Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been seriously wounded in an 'assassination attempt'.

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was rushed to hospital after he was shot as he attended an event at an art gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Photos published online by Turkish media showed Mr Karlov on the floor in a pool of blood.

The gunman allegedly entered the art gallery with police identification, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

The attacker allegedly fired a shot into the air as the ambassador spoke and then turned the gun on him, shooting him at least once.
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#1  WeirdDave at AOSHQ: "Anyone remember what happened the last time the representative of a major world power got shot in a (more or less) Balkan country? It was good, right?"

Snark of the day with diamonds and swords.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/19/2016 11:56 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Here we go. Our ambassadors might get killed with impunity, but Vlad don't play that.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/19/2016 12:05 Comments || Top||

#3  He didn't do anything about the plane that was shot down on Erdogan's direct order.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2016 12:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Condition updated to Tango Uniform.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2016 12:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Russian Ambassador to Turkey dies of gunshot wound
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2016 12:53 Comments || Top||

#6  We're lucky that Russians aren't paranoid.
Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Matt || 12/19/2016 12:57 Comments || Top||

#7  We're lucky that Russians aren't paranoid.

Matt has my vote for snark of the day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2016 12:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Vlad will have to put O's threats aside now and concentrate on a bigger problem.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/19/2016 12:58 Comments || Top||

#9  I suspect Edrogan is involved and assumes the Russians aren't going to do more than talk.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/19/2016 13:00 Comments || Top||

#10  22 year old Turkish copper, according to reports.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/19/2016 13:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Pi$$ed off the Russians were successful in Syria. I notice no Americans were tarveted.
Posted by: gorb || 12/19/2016 13:05 Comments || Top||

#12  Targeted. Where is autocorrect when you need it?
Posted by: gorb || 12/19/2016 13:07 Comments || Top||

#13  It is now reported that Karlov has died from his wounds. Picture of the assassin, who is reported to have yelled "We die in Aleppo, now you die here". Assassin killed at the scene by security forces
Posted by: Frank G || 12/19/2016 13:22 Comments || Top||

#14 
Posted by: Blinky Big Foot2075 || 12/19/2016 13:24 Comments || Top||

#15  This will hurt Erdogan.
Posted by: Herb Grumble7153 || 12/19/2016 13:28 Comments || Top||

#16  One can only hope.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 12/19/2016 13:53 Comments || Top||

#17  Russians retaliate against Turkey. Turkey invokes NATO defense.

Question is, would NATO come to Turkey's aid at this point?
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/19/2016 14:16 Comments || Top||

#18  He's dead, Jim.

Saudi/ISIS/al-Qaeda Sunni Islamofascists are trying to drag the US into war against Iran/Russia/Assad in Syria

They KNOW that January 20 President Trump comes to power and will join forces with Russia to crush ISIS. Their only chance is to set these potential allies against each other.

Saudi money and influence has bought operatives in high places everywhere Turkey, US, CIA, Obama administration. They are cunning and well-connected.

We are at HIGH RISK from now to January 20.

PLEASE tell President Elect Trump to get on the phone to Vladimir Putin and say: wait till January 20

Turkey is in NATO: attack on 1 is attack on all. Russia must not retaliate until Trump gets in and we can kick that Sunni Islamist Erdogan out of NATO
Posted by: anon1 || 12/19/2016 14:20 Comments || Top||

#19  Assassin was an Islamofascist - here he is pointing at the sky shouting Allahu Akhbar having shot the ambassador

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9OVq27QGmY

Note he is clean-shaven. Shaved off his jihadi beard to infiltrate.

his behaviour appears as other sunni Islamofascists
Posted by: anon1 || 12/19/2016 14:23 Comments || Top||

#20  Remember the KGB Response in Lebanon? I am sure that Putin does...
Posted by: magpie || 12/19/2016 14:34 Comments || Top||


#22  Assassin killed at the scene by security forces

Rather convenient.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/19/2016 15:05 Comments || Top||

#23  3 Shot at Zurich Islamic Center.
Posted by: Bob Cheter2825 || 12/19/2016 15:10 Comments || Top||

#24  Mods please note: Terror attack on Berlin Christmas Market
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:20 Comments || Top||

#25  Sorry Bright Pebbles, missed your posting
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:21 Comments || Top||

#26  At least 9 dead
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:24 Comments || Top||

#27  Rantburgers are fast, European Conservative.

The Mirror article has been updating about the assassinated Russian ambassador as information comes in.

The dead gunman has been identified. An address connected to him and his family is being raided. While the Russian foreign ministry characterized this as a terror attack -- which of course it is -- they will go today to the UN Security Council about it. I can't imagine that accomplishing anything, and in the meantime a scheduled conference between Russia, Turkey, and someone else (Syria?) has not been cancelled, and Turkey is making soothing noises.

Question is, would NATO come to Turkey's aid at this point?

It was made clear after the Turks shot down the Russian jet that NATO would not get involved. The same principle could easily apply here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 15:26 Comments || Top||

#28  Of course this is not a NATO thing.

We just came back from a Munich Christmas Market. The same thing could easily happen here. No security against trucks.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:31 Comments || Top||

#29  Don't worry about Vlad, he knows what is going on and what the game is. He knows what to do. He'll either wait till after the inauguration and smash Turkey like a bug or he'll do it the KGB way and leave a string of heads at key intersections all over Turkey...I bet the KGB is looking at ways to Tango Uniform Erdigon.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/19/2016 15:31 Comments || Top||

#30  Meanwhile, our Kenyan master enjoys his Hawaiian vacation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2016 15:40 Comments || Top||

#31  That's maybe the best he can do, as usual.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:42 Comments || Top||

#32  Your article is published, European Conservative. Active major jihad attacks get published no matter what time they occur.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 15:42 Comments || Top||

#33  Thanks tw. I would have posted earlier but I was out.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/19/2016 15:44 Comments || Top||

#34  Shooter live on camera here
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 15:52 Comments || Top||

#35  Always welcome, European Conservative.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 15:52 Comments || Top||

#36  Two men were inside the lorry of the alleged terror attack in Berlin. One is dead, the other one has been arrested, @ARDde reports.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2016 15:53 Comments || Top||

#37  Thank you, Bright Pebbles. You and European Conservative are making a very good tag team to keep us updated on the very latest.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 16:00 Comments || Top||

#38  Yes, excellent work EC and BP. Just glanced at the views, now at 332.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2016 16:10 Comments || Top||

#39  About Turkey invoking treaty. Depends. If Russia attacks after January 20 th, Trump will tell Turkey to get stuffed.
Posted by: JFM || 12/19/2016 16:19 Comments || Top||

#40  I think Putin will be much more subtle about his response than to actually attack Turkey. As someone said, there will be heads posted all over Turkey. The assassin's family and village will suffer consequences. The Russians do not have the same restrictive ROEs that Americans do.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/19/2016 16:33 Comments || Top||

#41  The Russians do not have the same restrictive ROEs that Americans do

And they won't claim that their Ambassador was killed because of some cheesy video production.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/19/2016 16:38 Comments || Top||

#42  Meanwhile, our Kenyan master enjoys his Hawaiian vacation.

Somebody needs to turn the TV to ESPN and show a bracketology program. Adult things are going on.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/19/2016 16:42 Comments || Top||

#43  Trump will tell Turkey to get stuffed.

Something Americans deal with this time of year.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/19/2016 18:14 Comments || Top||

#44  Don't forget our Kenyan Master just threatened Russia over the DNC hacks a few days ago.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/19/2016 19:04 Comments || Top||

#45  BREAKING: Report: Head Of Foreign Ministry Department Shot Dead In Moscow…
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 12/19/2016 19:47 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
5 wounded in convoy ambush is Quetta
QUETTA - At least five security men yesterday were injured when a convoy of the Awaran assistant commissioner and the district police officer came under militants’ attack, the AC and the DPO, however, had a narrow escape.

According to details, the motorcade of the DPO and the AC was attacked by terrorists in the Jahoo area of district Awaran. The terrorists, resorting to indiscriminate fire, injured five security men, including three police and two levies officials.

The security forces retaliated and forced them to flee. The injured security personnel were immediately shifted to the district hospital. On receiving the information of the incident, a heavy posse of law-enforcement agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the area.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri condemned the terrorist attack on the convoy of the DPO and the AC. He sought a report on the incident and ordered the security forces to bring the perpetrators to justice at all cost.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti also strongly condemned the attack and sought a report from the authorities concerned.

He directed the health authorities to provide the best treatment facilities to the injured security personnel.
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'Unprovoked' mortar fire by Iran's forces kills one in Balochistan's Panjgoor
[DAWN] A person was killed and two others injured when mortar shells, reportedly fired by Iranian border guards, hit a vehicle in Panjgoor district of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
near Pak-Iran border on Sunday.

A senior district administration official, who wished not be named, told DawnNews that Iranian border guards reportedly fired nine mortar shells into Pak territory.

"One mortar shell hit a civilian vehicle near the Pak-Iran border in Panjgoor district," he said. The incident resulted in the death of one individual while two others were maimed who were rushed to nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment.

"This was an act of unprovoked firing committed by Iranian border forces," the official said. Without any justification and in complete violation of our territorial integrity Iran fired mortar shells in Pak area, the officer maintained. Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
personnel also reached the spot as investigation into the attack went underway. Security was tightened around the border by Pak security forces after Iranian violation. Iranian border guards have been repeatedly firing mortar shells and rockets into Pak territory for the past few years. Islamabad has repeatedly lodged protest in the regard, but to no avail.
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#1  Pity the poor Pak. Iran on one side, India on the other, Afghanis in the markets, and the Army in Islamabad.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/19/2016 9:20 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News
Iraqi forces continue operations in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi joint security forces attacked on Sunday Islamic State locations at al-Wahda district in eastern Mosul, a special operations officer said.

Anadolu Agency quoted Brig. Gen. Taher al-Sammak, SWAT forces, as saying that a force from the 9th division, assisted by another from the army’s elite Counter Terrorism Service, carried out offensives on al-Wahda district, under an aerial cover from US-led coalition fighter jets.

He said progress remains slow, however, as IS militants continue to fiercely fight back relying on snipers and IEDs.

“The purpose behind that operation is to regain control over al-Salam hospital and move onwards to the district’s center,” he stated, referring to the strategic IS-held facility which Iraqi forces had to withdraw and where they lost many personnel under intense attacks from IS almost ten days ago.

Sammak pointed out that three soldiers were wounded in Sunday’s operations, but said the number of casualties among militants remains unknown.

Meanwhile, IS media agency Amaq reported that 4 Iraqi soldiers died in an attack by the group on security locations at the outskirts of al-Intissar district, also in eastern Mosul.

In western Mosul, al-Hashd al-Shaabi troops’ media service said Sunday that two IS fighters were killed in an attack on an al-Hashd location at Hammoud Abdulaziz village.

Ground operations almost halted over the past three days due to bad weather conditions. The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said Saturday there was no progress on the operational level except for combing of areas liberated from IS.

Iraqi government forces, backed by US-led fighter jets and popular militias, have been carrying out a major campaign since mid October to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last IS stronghold in the country.

Iraqi generals have said they became in control over 40 districts out of 56 in the east, promising to totally liberate that region in the near future. IS remains in control over several areas in the west near the borders with Syria, but popular militias fighting on the government’s side say supply routes from Syria have become under their control.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday IS insurgency cost his country losses worth US$35 billion.
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15 ISIS troops die in Salahuddin
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Fifteen Islamic State extremists were killed and wounded on Sunday after an attempted attack on federal police and popular troops, al-Hashd al-Shaabi, at a region between Salahuddin and Kirkuk.

The militants wounded two members of Imam al-Hussein brigade, a militia operating as part of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, after they attacked it at al-Fatha region on the borders of Salahuddin, according to Sabhan al-Jubouri, a senior al-Hashd leader in Kirkuk and chairman of Hawija council.

He said police and al-Hashd forces killed five militants and wounded ten others who fled away.

ISIS fighters have been in control over several regions in southwestern Kirkuk since the group proclaimed a self-styled ”Islamic Caliphate” in several Iraqi cities in 2014. Preparations are underway for a joint campaign by security and popular forces to retake those regions.
Posted by: badanov || 12/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Car bomb detonates in Fallujah
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi police announced, that a car bomb exploded, west of the city of Fallujah, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

Alsumaria stated, “A booby-trapped vehicle, parked in al-Halabesa area, west of Fallujah, exploded today, leaving a number of casualties.”

“Security forces rushed to the area of incident and barred approaching it,” Alsumaria added.

The city of Fallujah witnessed in 11 December 2016, a twin bomb explosion that targeted checkpoints in central and western the city.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die


1 dead in roadside bombing attack in al-Rashidiya

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded three others in northern Baghdad, security sources said Sunday.

The bomb went off at al-Rashidiya district, said the sources, but no one claimed responsibility.

Violence surged across Iraq as Islamic State extremists captured several Iraqi cities in 2014, and continues even as the group is sustaining defeats during a current wide-scale campaign by Iraqi forces and tribal militias.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said early December that violence during November claimed the lives of 926 civilians and wounded 930 people. It said more than 58000 died in violence since June 2014 and until September 2016.

Observers believe ISIS have begun to target several areas across Iraq to divert security focus on Mosul, where the group fights to defend its last bastion in Iraq under the brunt of continuous advancements by Iraqi government and popular troops.

1 dead in car bomb attack in Maared Hubaibia

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and three others injured on Sunday when a booby-trapped vehicle exploded in eastern Baghdad, police said.

“A booby-trapped car exploded this afternoon at Maared Hubaibia, east of Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding three others,” Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson of the Interior Ministry’s Baghdad Operations said in a brief statement.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack.

Violence surged across Iraq as Islamic State extremists captured several Iraqi cities in 2014, and continues even as the group is sustaining defeats during a current wide-scale campaign by Iraqi forces and tribal militias.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said early December that violence during November claimed the lives of 926 civilians and wounded 930 people.

Observers believe ISIS have begun to target several areas across Iraq to divert security focus from Mosul, where the group fights to defend its last bastion in Iraq under the brunt of continuous advancements by Iraqi government and popular troops.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
RT: Israeli tanks fire into Gaza in response to alleged cross-border gunfire
[RT] Israeli tanks have fired into the Gazoo Strip in response to shots fired from there at Israeli troops, the IDF said, adding that none of its soldiers were maimed in the gunfire.

The tanks aimed at Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, positions, according to the Israeli Army’s statement on Twitter. The fire destroyed a Hamas military post, Ynet news reported.

The IDF launched three tank shells at the post, which is located east of Bureij, according to Paleostinian sources, cited by Ynet.

It comes a day after Hamas accused Israel of killing its drone expert, Mohhamed Zawari nicknamed ’The Engineer’, in Tunisia over the weekend.

The Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, said he had collaborated with them for 10 years, as cited by Rooters.

Tensions between the Lion of Islam group and Israel are running high. About a week ago, a Gazoo-based Hamas official, Fathi Hammad, told al-Aqsa TV channel, that the Lion of Islam group was ready to share its Qassam rockets with any Arab army willing to fight the Jewish state.

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#1  According to The Times of Israel, the Gazan(s) shot at Israeli troops repairing the border fence, a common occurrence. As is the Israeli response.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 13:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't bring a gun to a tank battle
Posted by: Frank G || 12/19/2016 13:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Frank G writes the internet post of the day. (And I'm the former Chicagoan!)
Posted by: borgboy || 12/19/2016 20:14 Comments || Top||

#4  There are two kinds of men in this world, my friend: on with a Merkava and the other with a Kalashnikov! The one with a Kalashnikov digs (his grave)!

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez
Posted by: borgboy || 12/19/2016 20:20 Comments || Top||


Arab MK allegedly smuggled mobile phones to Palestinian security prisoners
[IsraelTimes] Balad politician Basel Ghattas confronted by police after a jail visit on Sunday, says he has ’nothing to hide’; Liberman: Balad is a party of spies and traitors.

Police have launched an investigation into an Arab politician suspected of undermining state security by smuggling mobile phones to Paleostinian security prisoners.

Basel Ghattas, a politician from the Balad Party, which is part of the Knesset’s Joint (Arab) List, will be investigated for a suspected breach of security, Balad said, adding that the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit summoned Ghattas for questioning.

Ghattas is suspected of smuggling 15 mobile phones on Sunday to two Paleostinian security prisoners at Ketziot prison, south of Beersheba in southern Israel, Channel 2 reported. One of the two prisoners, both members of Fatah, is serving a 37-year term for murder.

Police were waiting for him when he emerged from a jail visit on Sunday, Channel 2 reported. It said police asked him to accompany them, but he refused, citing his Knesset immunity.

Ghattas said on Sunday evening that "Balad is being deliberately targeted" by the Israeli authorities, that he has "nothing to hide," and that he would present himself for questioning as necessary.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is considering halting all MKs’ visits to security prisoners, Channel 2 said.

"It is clear that the police are insisting on continuing their political pursuit of Balad MKs and senior party members," Ghattas said. "This behavior shows a policy of political Dire Revenge which has not frightened us in the past and will not frighten us in the future either."

Balad, an acronym for the Arabic for National Democratic Assembly, is part of the Joint List, a coalition of Arab Israeli parties in parliament. The party is especially critical of Israeli policies and one of its members of parliament, Hanin Zoabi, has frequently angered Israeli officials.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened...
Nibin Abu Rahmoun, the woman who will head the party’s Knesset list in the next elections, was also questioned by police, Haaretz news site reported on Sunday.

Balad officials were investigated for financial irregularities in September. At the time the party denounced the probe as an attempt to silence Israel’s Arab minority, which accounts for 17.5 percent of the country’s eight million population and is largely supportive of the Paleostinian cause.

Party MK Said Nafa served a year-long prison sentence after being convicted of illegally traveling to Syria.

Balad’s three Knesset members fired up the rubes among Jewish Israelis earlier this year when they met relatives of Paleostinians whom authorities say were killed while carrying out attacks.

In response, parliament passed a controversial law in July allowing the expulsion of MKs deemed guilty of racial incitement or supporting armed struggle against Israel.

Balad founder and then MK Azmi Bishara fled Israel in 2007 amid allegations he advised Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and directed its rocket fire against Israel during a month-long war the previous year.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement Sunday evening that the suspicions against Ghattas were "no more than another link in a chain of evidence that the ’Joint List’ is actually the ’spy and traitor list’...

"We will continue in our efforts to ensure that not only will they not be part of Israel’s Knesset, but that they will no longer be citizens of the State of Israel," Liberman said.

The Joint List holds 13 of the 120 seats in parliament and is the third largest bloc in the legislature.
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#1  Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is considering halting all MKs’ visits to security prisoners, Channel 2 said.

No need for additional visits. The prisoners can now ring him up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2016 4:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Israelies have a history of handing their own cell phones out.
Posted by: airandee || 12/19/2016 5:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Insert 15 mobile phones (no chips or batteries) and jail him
Posted by: Frank G || 12/19/2016 6:40 Comments || Top||

#4  He fit all in at once? He'd go over big in San Francisco.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/19/2016 7:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Trump won! Enough with this "alleged" bit!
Posted by: borgboy || 12/19/2016 20:28 Comments || Top||


Jordan declares end of castle siege, says four gunmen killed
[Reuters] Jordanian security forces said they killed four "terrorist outlaws" after flushing them out of a castle in the southern city of Karak where they had holed up after a shoot-out that killed nine people.

An official statement said the four assailants, who shot at police targets in the town before heading to the Crusader-era castle, carried automatic weapons. Large quantities of explosives, weapons and suicide belts were seized in a hideout, the statement said.

It made no mention of their identity or whether they belonged to any militant group, raising speculation they could have been tribal outlaws with a vengeance against the state rather than Islamic State fighters, who control parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq.

A Canadian woman, three other civilians and five police officers were among the nine killed during the exchange of gunfire between the assailants and security forces.

At least 29 people were hospitalized, some with serious injuries.
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#1  From Al Ahram today:

Police said they suspected IS jihadists were behind the attack.

"The four dead militants are Jordanian members of a terrorist cell suspected of belonging to IS," a security source told AFP.

It was unclear whether any militants were still at large.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/19/2016 16:58 Comments || Top||


Three Palestinians arrested for suspected arson attacks
[IsraelTimes] Suspects are accused of setting fires in West Bank for ’nationalistic’ motives during a rash of wildfires last month.

Three Paleostinians were tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in November by Israeli security forces on suspicion of deliberately setting fires during a wave of blazes that broke out across Israel and the West Bank, the Shin Bet security agency said on Sunday.

The arrests -- which had previously been under gag order -- were carried out in a joint operation by the IDF, the Israel Police and the Shin Bet on November 26, the domestic security agency said.

The three suspects, Joad Mohammad Faiz Dahr, 19, Hamdan Saqr Hamdan Lami, 19, and Yazid Ahmad Hamdan Lami, 24, are all from the Paleostinian village of Iskaka in the northern West Bank.

According to a Shin Bet spokesperson, the three have been accused of carrying out arson attacks next to their village and near an access road to the settlement of Ariel.

Although it was not specified on which date they allegedly set the fires, three suspects were spotted by security cameras on November 25 attempting to ignite a blaze outside of Ariel.

The Shin Bet said that the suspects are accused of committing arson with nationalistic motives.

The cases have been transferred from the Shin Bet to the IDF’s Military Advocate General, where the three are expected to stand trial.

The arrests of the men came at the tail end of a series of fires that ravaged Israel between November 18 and November 26, many of which are believed to have been deliberately set.

According to Fire Services front man Yoram Levy, there were over 2,000 brush fires during this period, with 39 of them considered to be major. Fifty of the fires are currently being investigated as potential arson attacks.

In all, at least 35 people have been arrested in connection with the fires but almost all of them have since been released.
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Palestinian, 19, shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces
[IsraelTimes] Army and border police pelted with rocks in village near Ramallah; one Israeli officer injured.

A Paleostinian teenager was rubbed out early Sunday during festivities with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

An army front man said the incident occurred in the village of Beit Rima, near Ramallah, after Israeli security services were confronted by Paleostinian youths rioting and throwing rocks.

One border police officer was injured by the rock-throwing.

The army front man said that security forces used riot dispersal means in order to quell the festivities and fired toward the main instigators.

The Paleostinian Health Ministry said that Ahmed Hazem al-Rimawy, 19, was killed in the ensuing fire.

Paleostinian media reports said the teenager was the son of Hazem Atta al-Rimawy, who had spent 15 years in Israeli jail and was released three months ago.

The army said it was looking into reports that another Paleostinian was injured during the riots.

According to reports in the Hebrew-language media, al-Rimawy was shot in the chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
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#1  More please.
Posted by: Crusader || 12/19/2016 0:02 Comments || Top||

#2  I was hoping the '19' was a count.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/19/2016 7:48 Comments || Top||


Canadian tourist among seven dead in Jordan attacks
Who the hell says, "Oh, the Levant is lovely this time of year. Let's go for a visit!"
[Dhaka Tribune] Gunmen killed seven people including a Canadian tourist and coppers Sunday in a city in southern Jordan where security forces were hunting down the unidentified attackers.

The shootings took place in Karak, a tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader castles in the region, around 120 kilometres south of the capital Amman.

Jordan’s general security department said four coppers, a female Canadian tourist and two Jordanian non-combatants were killed in a series of shootings. Several others were reported maimed.

The first attack took place when a police patrol went to check on a fire that broke out in a house in Karak, the department said.

"As soon as they reached the area, unknown gunnies who were inside the house opened fire on the patrol, wounding a policeman, and then fled by car," it said in a statement carried by the official Petra news agency.

"Shortly afterwards, gunnies opened fire on another patrol without causing any casualties," it added.

Additional information from Al Jazeera:
A senior security source said some people were trapped in a lower floor of the citadel when the assailants took shelter there, but denied media reports that they were being held hostage.

"There are no hostages. But some people who were on a lower floor were afraid of leaving as the gunmen traded fire with the security forces," said the source who did not wish to be identified. He said that the fighters were on a higher level inside the fortress.

The Jordan Tourism Board described the Karak citadel, which dates back to the 12th century and has withstood many sieges, as a "maze of stone-vaulted halls and endless passageways".

The general security department statement said "five or six gunmen" were thought to have been involved in the shootings.

However, Hani al-Mulki, Jordan's prime minister, who was addressing parliament at the time of the shootings, said that "special forces and policemen are surrounding 10 gunmen holed up inside the Karak citadel".

It was not immediately clear who was behind the shootings.

Witnesses posted purported amateur videos and images of the incidents on social media.
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Turkish forces launch new attacks on Kobane
[ARA News] Kobane – Turkey’s military targeted a headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the city of Kobane in northern Syria, military sources reported on Sunday.

“The Turkish artillery bombed the YPG-held village of Tel Shaeer in Kobe’s western countryside, targeting a YPG security centre,” YPG officer Salih Watti told ARA News.

The attack, which took place in the evening on Sunday, only caused material damage. No casualties were reported.
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4 die in ISIS mine attacks in Hasakah
[ARA News] Hasakah – At least four civilians lost their lives and nine more were seriously injured on Sunday when a landmine exploded near a residential building. The landmine was one of thousands which were laid by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate.

“A landmine exploded in Aliya District, southwest of Hasakah, causing the death of four people,” human rights activist Wael al-Muhssin told ARA News.

“Nine others were wounded in the explosion. They were transferred immediately to the Hasakah National Hospital for treatment,” the source reported.

Eyewitnesses said that the explosion caused destruction to civilians’ houses.

“The mine, that had been planted by ISIS in front of a residential building, exploded when a motorcycle was passing by in the evening on Sunday,” a spokesman for the Kurdish Asayish Police told ARA News.

The Aliya District and other parts of southern Hasakah were liberated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last February. While the jihadists are gone, their traps continue to pose a daily threat to civilians.

In most countries, the manufacture and use of landmines and similar indiscriminate weapons is illegal under the provisions of the UN’s Ottawa Treaty. In June 2014, Northern Syria – Rojava (NSR) banned the use of antipersonnel landmines.

Similar detonations have been reported in Kobane and Manbij, resulting in dozens of civilian fatalities. Abdulrahman Hemo, the head of the Kobane reconstruction board, told ARA News that “50% of the civilian death toll in Kobane has been caused by explosives laid in the ground.”

The Islamic State has been on the back foot for months, losing hundreds of villages and towns in northern Syria. As the jihadists withdraw they are planting landmines, near communities and along public roads.

Unmarked explosive devices have killed dozens of people in Hasakah Governorate, especially in the countryside where civilians are often unaware of the danger. The landmines also hamper resettlement efforts and preclude crop cultivation.

Responding to the challenge, Northern Syria – Rojava established the Roj Organization to demine Hasakah Governorate. The organization was established five months ago, with a modest budget and a staff of Kurdish volunteers. Their work is exceptionally dangerous.

Muhammad al-Himas, a member of the Roj Organization, told ARA News that his colleagues have been “encountering mounting difficulties while trying to dismantle the explosives.”

“Operating with such modest equipment affects the progress of our work,” al-Himas said. “We haven’t received any support from the international community.”
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Syrian Army foils another ISIS attack in eastern Homs countryside
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Saturday, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) thwarted another powerful attack 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....
of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) southwest of the strategic T4 (Tiyas) Military Airport in the eastern part of Homs province.

According to a military source at the T4 Airbase, the aforementioned terror group launched an attack in the area of al-Fawaraa water wells. Repelling the assault, government forces managed to destroy 3 armoured vehicles, including 2 battle tanks, and 5 technical vehicles while also killing at least 20 ISIS murderous Moslems in the process. As a result, murderous Moslems were forced to retreat.

In the meantime, another SAA unit repelled an ISIS assault on one of the Army's defensive positions in al-Furs hills northeast of the city of al-Qaryatayn. Here, government troops were able to destroy 2 armoured vehicles and 3 technical vehicles mounted with 23mm automatic anti-aircraft guns.

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Islamist field commander killed in an explosion in Idlib province
[ALMASDARNEWS] A field commander in "Ahrar Al Sham" islamist group known as Abu Uday was assassinated on Saturday night in an kaboom near the town of Ma'arrat al-Nu'uman in Idlib province.

According to a military source, Syrian military intelligence agents planted an IED (improvised bomb) under Uday's car and detonated it when he was inside.

This is not the first time when Syrian Army carries out such operations eliminating jihadist commanders in Idlib in a bid to weaken the islamist groups ahead of the upcoming Idlib offensive.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the space pirate fleet to attack Zemblonia...
several reports coming from Idlib province indicate growing support for 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....
of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) among local population. A video from Sarmin town in Idlib countryside shows a demonstration in support of ISIS with the participants chanting "We want Islamic State"

Recently, there were several other reports about similar demonstrations in other locations in Idlib province. Also, some sources claimed that about a 100 turbans from various jihadist opposition groups defected to join ISIS ranks.
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Several hundred militants reconcile with Syrian government in Damascus province
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Saturday, more than 600 bully boyz in Zakiyah and Deir Khabiyah villages in West Ghouta region of Damascus province reconciled with Syrian government as per the offer made by the latter during negotiations over surrender of neighbouring town of Khan al-Shih.

According to the presidential amnesty decree, all the bully boyz who do not want to be evacuated to Idlib province turned in their weapons and can now return to peaceful live and labour activity as their legal status is settled.

The village of Deyr Khabiyah was seized by Syrian Army on October 14 during the West Ghouta military operation. Most of local residents fled to neighbouring Khan al-Shih back then only to return after the reconciliation deal between the government and gangs was settled. Zakiyah, on the other hand, was never seized by government troops. Instead, its residents were persuaded to agree with the terms of reconciliation agreement.

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Buses attacked, burned on way to Aleppo
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Several buses en route to evacuate ill and injured people from the besieged Syrian villages of al-Foua and Kefraya were attacked and burned on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said.

Rebel factions in Aleppo have condemned Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
's burning of the evacuation bus.

Activists say snuffies have burned at least five buses assigned to evacuate maimed and sick people from two villages in northern Syria.

The incident could scuttle a wider deal that encompasses the evacuation of thousands of trapped rebel fighters and civilians from the last opposition foothold in east Aleppo.

The opposition’s Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the al-Qaeda affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front burned buses assigned to evacuate people from the rebel-besieged villages of Foua and Kfarya.

Hezbollah, the Lebanese turban group fighting alongside Syria’s government, says the buses were burned during fighting between the al-Qaeda-affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front and a rebel group that supported the evacuations.

The Observatory says six buses were burned while Hezbollah’s media outlet put the number at five.

Evacuations to resume
The evacuation of the rebel-held enclave of east Aleppo resumed late on Sunday night after three days of delays, a UN official in Syria told Rooters.

"Evacuations are on. Buses and ambulances are leaving east Aleppo now," the UN official said in an email message, adding that the first people left east Aleppo at around 11 p.m. (2100 GMT).

The official had no immediate information about a planned simultaneous operation to evacuate people from two Shiite villages near Idlib that are besieged by mostly Sunni rebel forces.

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Twenty-five buses enter Aleppo to evacuate trapped civilians and rebel fighters
[RUDAW.NET] Twenty-five green buses which have now become a symbol for the evacuation process in Syria entered the rebel-held eastern Aleppo to evacuate thousands of the remaining fighters and their families on Sunday.

The evacuation is expected to resume after the rebel groups agreed to allow simultaneous evacuation of the injured and "humanitarian cases" from two government-held villages they currently besiege.

The number of the buses is expected to reach as many as 100, the official SANA news agency reported on Sunday.

The Syrian regime and the rebels, and their international backers, mainly Russia, Iran, and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, were negotiating the terms of the new agreement for much of Friday and Saturday with the talks mainly focusing on the fate of the pro-regime Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya, encircled by the armed opposition.

The new deal is also expected to allow a limited evacuation of people from these two villages.

Syrian state TV reported that five buses have also entered the two villages.

2,500 people from the two villages will be evacuated in return for the evacuation of the rebel fighters and their families in Aleppo, Idlib governor told al-Manar, a satellite channel for the Lebanese Hezbollah militia fighting in the country in support of the Assad regime.

The governor added that another 1,500 people will be evacuated in a second stage from these two villages in return for the evacuation of 1,500 people in Madaya, a rebel-held town close to the capital Damascus.

Some 10,000 people were evacuated in several trips on Thursday and early Friday, the International Committee of the Red Thingy stated on Saturday, which, along with its Syrian counterpart, are facilitating the evacuation. But the evacuation was put on hold midday on Friday, with both sides accusing each other of violating the terms.

One bigwig from the powerful Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
rebel group told AFP news agency on Saturday that they are working on simultaneous evacuations in Aleppo and two other places in Syria.

"There will be evacuations from Foua and Kefraya, as well as Madaya and Zabadani, and all the residents of Aleppo and the fighters will leave."

Al-Manar, a satellite channel for the Lebanese Hezbollah militia fighting in the country in support of the Assad regime, claimed that designated buses for the evacuation of "the humanitarian cases" were being prepared to enter the two villages of Foua and Kefraya Saturday night.
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#1  "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"

Nixon
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Terror Networks
ISIS offers $1mn reward for Kurdish-Danish Peshmerga
[RUDAW.NET] ISIS has offered a $1 million reward for whoever kills a Kurdish woman who fought the group in Syria and the Kurdistan Region.

Joanna Palan, 21, is originally from Iranian Kurdistan and now carries Danish citizenship.

She returned the Middle East to join Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS in Syria and the Kurdistan Region.

But this is illegal under Danish law and she was arrested on her return to Denmark. She is now facing a potential prison term as well as losing her Danish citizenship.
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