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At least 12 dead in 'terrorist attack' after truck crashes into Berlin Christmas market
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [465 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Pearl Gurly-Brown1100 || 12/20/2016 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Theme! Shmeme!
All I know is that studio was cold.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 12/20/2016 18:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Old Edo, and samurai sighing,
The grabby ones suddenly dying:
A gaijin's umbrella
Would fold and the fellas
Saw Mademoiselle's guillotine flying.

File under "Shaw Bros. movies that never got made."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/20/2016 20:53 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Pakistan jailed some Taliban leaders leaving Quetta, 6 reach Helmand: Raziq
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least six Taliban leaders have left the Quetta city of Pakistain along with their family members and have shifted to Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, Kandahar’s police chief General Abdul Raziq said.

Speaking in a gathering attended by elders and Ulemas of 10 provinces, Gen. Raziq said some of the Taliban leaders who were looking to leave Quetta have been placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
and jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by the Pak military.

Gen. Raziq further added that there are no reports regarding the fate of the family members of the Taliban group leaders who have been jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
This comes as reports emerged late last month suggesting that top Taliban leaders in the group’s leadership council may have abandoned Pakistain and have likely moved to Afghanistan.

A front man for the group Zabiullah Mujahd confirmed to News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the leadership council was relocated some months ago.

Mujahid did not provide further information regarding the exact date and location within the country where the leadership council was relocated.

However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
another Taliban official has said the council has been shifted to southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan officials earlier said the group is looking to shift its leadership council in Helmand province by intensifying attacks on key districts of the province.

The move if confirmed would reflect the growing international pressure as well as the Afghan government on Pakistain to take actions against the leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani network based in key cities of Pakistain, including Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Quetta.

Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban leader killed in Afghan forces night raid in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A leader of the Taliban group was killed during a night conducted by the Afghan special forces 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 said the operation was conducted late on Sunday night in Chaparhar district.

The security officials said another Taliban holy warrior accompanying the Taliban leader was also killed and another holy warrior was maimed.

The officials further added that the Afghan forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the operation.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Night raid? I thought the Caped Crusader had banned them? Oh yeah, he's done
Posted by: Frank G || 12/20/2016 0:31 Comments || Top||


5 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed by own bomb in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least five turbans of Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
were killed in a premature kaboom triggered by their own Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in East of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the turbans were killed after the IED went off prematurely in Asmar district of Kunar.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Lashkar-e-Taiba, a military wing of Markaz ad-Dawat wal Irshad (MDI), is a Pakistain-based bad boy group which has operations in several South Asian countries, including Afghanistan.

It was found in 1990s by Hafez Saeed but it is believed the group has not been heavily involved in the Taliban-led campaign against western forces in Afghanistan, but is believed to operate in Kunar and Nuristan in the east of the country.

According to reports, Lashkar-e-Taiba has close links with Islamist turbans based in Pakistain’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, but retains its own distinct and independent identity and ideology.

The premature blast resulting to death of the turbans comes as the anti-government armed bad boy groups have been frequently using IEDs as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and Afghan officials.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
in majority of such attacks, the ordinary Afghan civilians are targeted with the UN mission in Afghanistan accusing the turbans for the majority of the civilian deaths and injuries.

Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


Bad Guys kidnap Red Cross workers on highway
According to ICRC spokesman Ahmad Ramin Ayaz, the ICRC staff had been traveling in two vehicles when the incident occurred.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped an International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) employee on Monday afternoon on the Kunduz-Mazar-e-Sharif highway.

According to ICRC spokesman Ahmad Ramin Ayaz, the ICRC staff had been traveling in two vehicles when the incident occurred.

Ayaz said they were on their way to Kunduz from Mazar when gunmen stopped both vehicles. They took one staff member hostage.

The ICRC has not released the identity of the kidnapped employee but said it was concerned about the safety of its workers.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:


1 dead in bombing in Kunduz
According to officials the blast happened during rush hour on Monday at a busy bazaar in the city center.

One person was killed and at least 22 people wounded in an IED explosion in Kunduz city.

According to officials the blast happened during rush hour on Monday at a busy bazaar in the city center.

Explosives had reportedly been packed onto a cart, which was then placed at the bazaar.

Hospital officials also confirmed late Monday afternoon that one person was killed and 22 wounded.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under:


5 Taliban die in Nangarhar
At least five Taliban insurgents were killed in an attack on a police checkpost in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday afternoon, local officials said. In addition, six other insurgents were injured.

The attack took place in Surkhroad district of the province after a number of insurgents attacked the checkpost. However, security forces fought back, resulting in the deaths of some of the insurgents, Provincial Police Chief Sayed Gul Aqa Rohani said.

There were no casualties among security forces, said Rohani. However, the Taliban have not yet commented on the attack.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban publicly executes woman in Afghanistan
[INDIA] The Talibs publicly executed a woman in northwestern Badghis province of Afghanistan after forcing her to divorce her husband. A local official said the incident took place in Ab Kamari district late on Sunday night after the Talibs stormed into her father’s house in Maida Qul village, reports the Khaama Press.

The official said that the woman was forced to shift to her father’s house after Talibs forced her to divorce her husband whom she had married after divorcing her first husband. The Talibs punished the woman after her first husband returned from Iran and lodged a complaint with them. The bully boy group has not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as numerous incidents of public execution by the Taliban have been reported during the recent months across the country. Earlier this month, the Talibs hanged a 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....
Polytechnic University engineering student accusing him of spying for the government.

Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Eh, in one month this will be "Trump's Illegal War" and all the usual suspects will be screeching that it's his fault.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/20/2016 8:15 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Jubbaland says killed 15 Shaboobs near Kismayo
At least 15 Al-Shabaab militants [were dispatched] in their clashes in south Somalia on Saturday, Jubbaland state officials said.

Ahmed Mohamud Ahmed, spokesman for Jubaland State security agency, said their forces backed locals near Kismayo town who were fighting Al-Shabaab.

“Al-Shabaab militants killed nine livestock owners. They also stole 2,000 camels from the locals. Later the locals backed by the military fought back the militants where the forces killed three Al-Shabaab fighters and injured several others,” Ahmed said.

The spokesman said Jubaland State forces captured three key locations from Al-Shabaab militants in Saturday’s operation.

“Our forces made progress in the fight against terrorists. We captured three key areas including Janay-Abdale and Ber-hano, about some 60 kilometers west of Kismayo town. We are in full control of those locations and we remain there and continue the liberation,” he added.

Al-Shabaab militants has not commented on the latest clashes in Lower Juba region in southern Somalia.

Similar confrontation happened in central Somalia on November after locals rejected to pay taxes (Zakawat) imposed by Al-Shabaab.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Zawia power station attacked
Tripoli, 19 December 2016:

Zawia’s Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station was attacked last night by an armed group and staff forced to disconnect power lines to Tripoli and its suburbs.

At a press conference today, a GECOL official said that as a result of the attack, output at both the station’s units had been reduced, drastically cutting the power supply.

Insisting that the company was not on any one group’s side, he warned that any further attacks could result in the complete disruption of power supplies to the capital. Power station staff were increasingly frightened and might stop working altogether.

Questions are now being asked as to whether the attack was by criminals intent on some sort of financial gain or by a politically-driven unit intent on destabilising the capital 50 kilometres to the east by reducing the power supply and thus making the exhausted and dispirited population all more willing to accept a change of regime.

Forces linked to the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, mainly Zintani and Wirshefani, have been closing in on Zawia in recent days, and Hafter has called on officers and soldier to be ready for an offensive against the capital.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:


Egyptian kop dies in Cairo raid
[al-Manar] A suspected leader of a newly-emerged militant group, the Hassam Movement, and a policeman were killed during a police raid in the Egyptian capital, the interior ministry said Monday.

Security forces raided a group hideout, where members “held organizational meetings and made explosive devices to be used in a series of hostile operations”, in the October 6 district of western Cairo.

Hassam claimed responsibility for the December 11 bomb attack inside a Cairo church that killed 26 people and a December 9 bombing that killed six policemen in western Cairo.

The ministry said its forces responded to gunfire from inside the apartment, while a police official said on condition of anonymity that the incident took place on Saturday.

The group leader killed was named as Mohamed Abdel-Khaleq Farag Ali, but the ministry did not specify if any other suspects were involved in the exchange of gunfire.

Hassam, in a statement circulated on social media, said one of its members was killed, identifying him as Mohamed Ashour Desheisha.

Attacks on security forces have escalated since the military’s July 2013 ouster of Egypt’s former Islamist president Mohammad Mursi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group, and a crackdown on Islamists.

Analysts had warned that Islamists affiliated with the Brotherhood, though not necessarily under their control, could step up violence in the face of the crackdown.

Most attacks in Cairo have been claimed by Hassam and another little-known group, Lawaa al-Thawra.

Militants in North Sinai province, at the heart of an insurgency against security forces, pledged allegiance to the ISIL ‘jihadist’ group in November 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Gaddafi brigades back in the game in Libya's Benghazi
[Libya Observer] The so-called 32nd Reinforced Brigade, a former armed group loyal to slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has been regrouped and joined Benghazi's ongoing clashes.

A video posted on social media on Saturday showed pro-Gaddafi militants with their heads wrapped in green taking part in Dignity Operation's fight for the control of besieged district of Ganfouda. The militants were cheering while three bodies from rival groups were being displayed on a tank.

"Ganfouda is being liberated," one of the green militants chanted.

Dignity Operation and its media outlets are denying reports of presence of former Gaddafi brigades and mercenaries from Chad and Sudan in Benghazi.

In September, Khalifa Haftar's militias seized the country's main oil ports in the oil crescent region with the help of rebels from Sudan and Chad.

Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Europe
Berlin truck attack suspect released due to lack of evidence
[The Local de] The day's events from Berlin after a truck ploughed into a Christmas market on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48.

What we know so far:

- A large truck drove into a crowded Christmas market in west Berlin at around 8.30pm on Monday evening.

- So far 12 people have been confirmed dead, and 48 have been injured. Over a dozen are in a critical situation.

- Police confirmed they believe the attack was deliberate, but are said on Tuesday they might have arrested the wrong man.

- Prosecutors have now released the suspect.

- Police are telling Berliners to stay alert and to call them if they see anything suspicious.

- Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the attack was presumably an act of terrorism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/20/2016 13:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:


Berlin Terror Attacker Is A Pakistani Refugee
[Daily Caller] A Monday report in the German newspaper Die Welt claimed the alleged driver of a truck that killed at least 12 in a Berlin Christmas market is a Pakistani refugee.

The report said that the alleged terrorist arrived in Germany in February 16, 2016. Die Welt did not list its sources. The alleged driver has been taken into custody. A Polish citizen found dead in the cab of the truck was the registered driver of the vehicle, which was reportedly stolen from a construction site.

The Islamic State has not claimed responsibility for the attack but in recent months they have encouraged followers to use vehicles as weapons. A July truck attack killed 87 in Nice, France.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/20/2016 02:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pakistani refugee ==> Muslim ==> Not Terrorism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/20/2016 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Germany reaps what it has sown.
Posted by: Regular joe || 12/20/2016 8:57 Comments || Top||

#3  German police now is almost certain that the Pakistani is NOT the driver.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/20/2016 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Pakistani refugee from what? I mean, I know that country is full of violent nut jobs and rage boys but there is no full blown war there at the moment. So from what is he seeking refuge?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/20/2016 11:52 Comments || Top||

#5  "Happy Holidays"
Posted by: Regular joe || 12/20/2016 12:09 Comments || Top||

#6  So from what is he seeking refuge?
The reality that is Pakistan.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/20/2016 12:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Pakistan and Reality are two different things
Posted by: Frank G || 12/20/2016 13:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Although getting the driver would be great, the killer with the most blood on her hands is hiding in plain sight.
Posted by: gorb || 12/20/2016 20:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Who'll bravely unravel the turban,
Avenging those Germans and Urban?
Francisco? The Preezy
Who terrorised DC
And flees in an armoured Suburban?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/20/2016 22:02 Comments || Top||


At least 12 dead in 'terrorist attack' after truck crashes into Berlin Christmas market
Update from yesterday's news...
[NYDAILYNEWS] ISIS had not taken responsibility for the Berlin crash as of Monday night.

A passenger in the vehicle, which had a smashed windshield, was among those killed in the crash.

The truck itself is owned by a Polish man, whose cousin told broadcaster TVN24 that he feared the vehicle had been hijacked.

One witness described seeing bodies beneath the truck.

German authorities were slow to call the incident terrorism, or even intentional.

"I don’t want to use the word ’attack’ yet at the moment, although a lot speaks for it," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told ARD television. "There is a psychological effect in the whole country of the choice of words here, and we want to be very, very cautious and operate close to the actual investigation results, not with speculation."
"I don’t want to use the word ’attack’ yet at the moment, although a lot speaks for it," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told ARD television. "There is a psychological effect in the whole country of the choice of words here, and we want to be very, very cautious and operate close to the actual investigation results, not with speculation."

But diplomats and leaders from other countries wasted no time condemning the attack.

Ned Price, a front man for the U.S. National Security Council, said in a strongly worded statement that the incident "appears to have been a terrorist attack."

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and maimed dozens," Price said in a statement.

"Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies."

President-elect Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
tweeted about the attack before issuing an official statement.

"Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday. ISIS and other Islamic snuffies continuously slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad," Trump said in the statement.
"Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday. ISIS and other Islamic snuffies continuously slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad," Trump said in the statement.

"These snuffies and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners."

German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas said that he mourned with the families of the victims and was looking into the cause.

"When will the German state of law strike back? When will this cursed hypocrisy finally stop? These are Merkel's dead," said Marcus Pretzell of anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany
Despite Germany’s cautious approach, some in the country used the violence to blame the migration policies of Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom...
, who championed the cause of Syrian refugees and has accepted hundreds of thousands of them since last year.

"When will the German state of law strike back? When will this cursed hypocrisy finally stop? These are Merkel's dead," said Marcus Pretzell of anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany, one of many parties that will challenge the chancellor in next year’s elections.

"We mourn the dead and hope the many injured can be helped," Merkel’s front man, Steffen Seibert, said on Twitter.
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [679 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  SKY: Witness reports, "It wasn't an accident."
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/20/2016 1:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I will crush Mekel the Sneak's soul between my boot and stirrup.
Posted by: Jon Sobieski || 12/20/2016 17:33 Comments || Top||


Three hurt in shooting at Islamic Center in Zurich
[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] Moments after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated,Swiss police reported that three people were hurt during a shooting at the Islamic center in Zurich. According to reports the three are seriously injured. The motives of the gunman are as yet unknown.

More here from Hurriyet Daily
Breitbart adds:
The Islamic centre closest to the main train station is the al-Hidaya Verein mosque which lies just north of the Zurich Hauptbahnhof. The centre was accused of ties to extremism by German journalist Shams Ul-Haq in October of this year. Mr. Ul-Haq went undercover and infiltrated the mosque where he described the Somali Imams as preaching Death Eater ideas.

The undercover journalist also accused the group who run the mosque, Forum of the Orient (Forient), of hiding migrants colonists as well as other illegal activities. Imam of the Islamic centre Mohammed Hakimi has claimed that the mosque preaches a tolerant version of Islam and has denied all the allegations made by the German-Pak journalist.
An Nahar reports the shootings took place inside the mosque:
A body was found a few hundred meters (yards) from the scene, an AFP photographer said, but it was unclear if it was connected to the shooting, which took place inside the city's Islamic Center, near the central station.

At around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT), an unknown person entered the Islamic Center, where several worshipers were gathered, and began shooting, Zurich police said in a statement.

He "fired several shots at the worshipers," police said.

"Three men, aged 30, 35 and 56, were injured, some seriously. The suspect then escaped from the mosque in the direction of Central Station," the statement said.

Witnesses had described the shooter as a man aged around 30 wearing dark clothes and a dark woollen cap, witnesses said.
Update from Deutsche Welle at 11:50 a.m. ET:
A gunman who opened fire on about a dozen worshippers inside the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Zurich Monday evening has been rubbed out after fleeing the scene.

"The dead man found around 300 metres (yards) from the scene of the crime after the shooting in the mosque is the suspect," a statement on a police website said.

Police had initially refused to say if the body, found under a nearby bridge, was linked to the shooting.
The oddity of this report is, if he was found dead, who shot him?
Posted by: Fred || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


10 Teens Arrested for Planning Christmas Attacks in Belgium
Ten teenagers suspected of planning terrorist attacks on Christmas markets were placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
in Belgium. Speaking for the Belgium prosecutor’s office, front man Eric Van Der Sijpt said the group had received instructions online as to how to make bombs and kill people.

"[The teenagers] were recruited by terrorist groups to prepare or commit terrorist acts," the front man said.

The arrest follows the detention of a 12-year-old boy who tried to detonate a nail bomb at a Christmas market in Germany. He was described as being "strongly radicalized" and "incited and instructed" by an "unidentified member of ISIS," according to Sherlocks that spoke to the German Magazine Focus.

The boy reportedly planned to travel to Iraq and join ISIS last summer. He was not arrested because he is younger than the criminal age of responsibility in Germany. He was taken into foster care, however.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Sounds like native Belgians to me!
Posted by: Raj || 12/20/2016 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  No "rehabilitation". Kill them
Posted by: Frank G || 12/20/2016 7:21 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
2 die in Balochistan landmine attack
Two people, riding a motorcycle, were killed by a landline explosion in Balochistan's Dera Bugti district on Monday.

The explosion took place in the Kathan area of the district, said Levies sources.

"Two people riding a motorcycle were killed when the drove over a landmine," said a Levies official.

Both people died on the spot, added the security officials.

"Unknown miscreants had planted the landmine on the roadside to target people travelling on the road," said the Levies official.

Security officials reached the site of the incident and started their investigations. There was no claim of responsibility.

Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. The largest province of the country by area, is home to a insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists.

Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region. The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under:


Iranian Praetorian Guard officer dies in border bombing
[Al Arabiya] An IRGC officer was killed and another wounded in car bomb following clashes with Baloch insurgents near the border with Pakistan, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps announced (IRGC).

In a statement, IRGC stated that the car bomb was detonated remotely whilst the soldiers were returning from pursuing Balochi armed insurgents in the Saravan region, East Baluchistan. The militants have fled back across the border, according to YJC of IRNA.

Lieutenant Hassan Jazini was killed and another soldier was critically injured in the blast.

Last week, two IRGC elements were injured when improvised explosive device IED went off in Saravan city, in Sistan-Baluchistan province, southeast Iran, coincided with a massive war drill game staged by the Iranian army in the area.

Baloch insurgents often claim responsibilities of armed assaults attacks against Iranian security forces, in response to military operations carried out by Iranian forces to hunt the Baloch dissidents, who claim they are waging a resistance war against Tehran’s ethnic and sectarian repression against the Sunni.
Posted by: badanov || 12/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


India indicts Jaish-i-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar over Pathankot attack
[DAWN] India's top counter-terrorism agency on Monday charged Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and its leader Masood Azhar with perpetrating a deadly attack on the Pathankot air force base in January this year.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) alleged that all four gunnies who stormed the air base on Jan 2 were "Pak nationals" and that Masood Azhar, the top leader of JeM, was the criminal mastermind behind the attack.

"All the gunnies are accused of waging war against India. This was a criminal conspiracy to attack our security infrastructure," said a bigwig at the NIA in New Delhi.

The presentation of a charge-sheet to a trial court wraps up India's investigation into the 18-hour siege at the Pathankot air base in which seven Indian security personnel and the four assailants were killed.

The attack, which came a week after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a 'surprise' visit to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
on the occasion of his granddaughter's wedding in Lahore last year, derailed a tentative thaw between the nuclear-armed rivals.

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Iraq
Mosul Offensive News

14 ISIS Bad Guys die in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An Army Officer of Nineveh Operations Command revealed on Monday, that Iraqi security forces continue advancing toward the eastern side of Mosul.

Captain Iyad Ziad said in a press statement, “Security forces continued advancing toward the eastern side of Mosul, and stormed into al-Mazare’ area, as well as killing and wounding members of the Islamic State in the first hours of the storming operation.”

“The [security] forces stormed into al-Mazare’ area after liberating large areas of al-Wehda area in the southeastern side of Mosul,” Ziad added.

“The forces also killed 14 members of the Islamic State, including 4 suicide bombers, and wounded others,” Ziad further added. “Furthermore, our forces are planning to reliberate al-Salam Hospital,” he explained.

4 Iraqi militia die in fighting against ISIS

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An Officer in Nineveh Operations Command declared on Monday, that four members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi were killed by an attack launched by the Islamic State, west of Mosul.

Captain Amir Wathiq said in a press statement, “Four Shia members were killed in an attack launched by the Islamic State on Abu Senam village, in the axis of Tal Afar district.”

“The extremist group attacked Tal Afar Airport with mortar shells, as well as destroying two vehicles belonging to al-Hashd al-Shaabi in the main road of the airport,” Wathiq added.

Iraqi militia continues offensive operations

[al-Manar] Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces released on Monday a map showing the areas liberated in Nineveh since the start of operation nearly two months ago.

According to the map, the PMF, commonly known as Hashd Shaabi in Iraq, has liberated an area of 2,618 km2, while the federal police has liberated an area of 960 km2, added to the initially liberated area of 1,831 km2 in Nineveh which Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, lies in.

According to the PMF, the volunteer forces destroyed on Monday several vehicles belonging to Takfiri ISIL group in west Mosul.

The PMF statement said that their forces had thwarted an ISIL attack in Abu Snam town, west of Mosul.

The Takfiri militants started their attack with a booby-trapped vehicle, but the PMF destroyed it and repelled the attack, according to the statement.

The PMF also foiled another ISIL attack near the town of al-Shariaa west of Tal Afar, killing the terrorists who waged the attack and destroying their vehicles, the PMF said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s office said that the PM was informed about the operations taking place in Nineveh, and that Abadi, who is also the General Commander of the Armed Forces, issued instructions to the forces in the battlefield.
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2 Iraqi spec ops die in bombing in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Two Iraqi army commandos died on Monday in an IED explosion east of Salahuddin, said a local official.

Four other personnel were also wounded in the attack that targeted a commandos patrol in Tuz Khurmatu, according to the precinct’s municipal official, Shalla Abdol.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but security forces and civilians in the region have been occasionally targeted by Islamic State militants.

Iraqi government forces, tribal militias and US-led air forces have been in battles with IS at several cities held by the group since it declared a self-styled Islamic “caliphate” in 2014. Forces are currently waging a decisive campaign against the group’s last outstanding stronghold in Mosul, the recapture of which will be a killer blow to the group’s existence in the country.

IS still maintains other less significant hideouts in Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar, which security officials say will be targeted by joint government and tribal campaigns under preparation.
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Anbar Antics


9 ISIS Turbans have a Very Bad Day

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Nine Islamic State fighters were killed on Monday in an airstrike carried out by Iraqi army fighter jets west of Anbar, a source has said.

Iraqi air forces pounded an IS hideout in the village of Raihana in the town of Annah, killing nine militants inside, a source told Alsumaria News.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said in a statement its air forces targeted IS ammunition stacks and booby-trapping workshops in Okashat desert area, also in the west, as well as in al-Akra village in Haditha.

IS militants still maintain holdouts at western Anbar regions, most notably at the towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaem, launching from there occasional attacks on civilians and security forces who respond with airstrikes on the group’s locations relying on intelligence tips.

Iraqi security forces, assisted by tribal militias and US-led international air forces, have been struggling since October to drive IS militants out of towns they had captured in 2014.

Captured Syrian military vehicles in use by ISIS in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Syrian army vehicles seized by Islamic State militants during battles with government forces in Syria are now seen in Anbar, a commander at al-Hashd al-Shaabi in the province said Monday.

“Daesh (IS) have brought some Syrian army vehicles to the town of Annah,” said Nazem al-Jugheifi, an intelligence officer at Anbar’s popular mobilization forces. “They seized it after regaining control over the Syrian city of Palmyra,” he said.

“International coalition air forces have pounded some underground tunnels where IS hide those vehicle,”he said.

IS recaptured the historic city of Palmyra after intense battles with the Syrian government army which was backed by intensive strikes from Russian fighter jets a week ago.

IS militants still maintain holdouts at western Anbar regions, most notably at the towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaem, launching from there occasional attacks on civilians and security forces who respond with airstrikes on the group’s locations relying on intelligence tips.

A senior army officer was recently quoted as saying that the group withdrew some of its members from Anbar to joint the Syria front.

Iraqi security forces, assisted by tribal militias and US-led international air forces, have been struggling since October to drive IS militants out of towns they had captured in 2014.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead


1 dead, 8 wounded in bomb attack in 2 separate incidents in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and eight others were injured when two IED blasts hit two separate regions in southern Baghdad on Monday.

An explosive device exploded near a popular market near Jisr Diyala district in southern Baghdad, killing one and wounding 5, sources told Alghad Press.

In another incident, three civilians were wounded when an IED went off at al-Seha district in Dora, south of the capital, according to Saad Maan, spokesperson of the interior ministry’s Baghdad Operations, who revealed that the device was placed inside a vehicle.

Since 2014, violence surged in Iraq with the Islamic State militants taking over wide areas of the country to establish their self-styled “islamic caliphate” The United Nations said in November that 58000 people died since then until September 2016. 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, like Baghdad, 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 which hope the city would be recaptured soon and deal the fatal blow to the group’s existence in Iraq.
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Brief technical delay in schedule saves Jordan tourists' lives
[Jordan Times] AMMAN -- The bus driver was supposed to show up at 7:30am on Sunday to pick up a group of tourists from Amman to Karak. He was late because of a technical problem, which made the tourists a little upset.

In the afternoon, they rejoiced at the very thing that annoyed them in the morning, because it saved their lives, or at least spared them the horror other visitors of the old Crusader castle had to experience.

"Thank God he was late. We feel very lucky today that he was late. We are now safe," Liam Jouannon, an 18-year-old tourist from Australia, a member of the group, told the Jordan Times Sunday.

The driver was supposed to take the group of 13 tourists, coming from Australia, Canada, the UK, the US and New Zealand, to the Dead Sea then to Karak Castle, which in the afternoon was the scene of a shootout between security forces and terrorists.

The terrorist attack in the southern town, 150km from Amman, led to the death of at least four policemen, three gendarmerie members, two citizens and a Canadian citizen.

"When the driver was late, we started to crack jokes about lack of punctuality... Then we moved on with our journey," their tour operator, who preferred not to be named, told The Jordan Times.

Around 2:00pm, the bus was two minutes away from the castle that was built in the 1140s. Then, traffic came to a complete standstill, and a few minutes afterwards, the bus driver was supposed to take a right turn that leads to the castle.

"At the turn, a man waved for us not to enter and asked us to drive straight... I realised there was something wrong and the tourists were upset that they miss visiting the castle despite being very close to it following a long journey," the guide said.

A few minutes later, the passengers could hear an exchange of fire, said the guide.
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IDF uncovers 'largest weapons factory ever discovered' under Hebron home
[Ynet] IDF, Border Police and Shin Bet forces raid an illegal weapons factory located under a home in south Hebron overnight Sunday; 2 suspects were detained and hundreds of materials for weapons production confiscated.

IDF forces from the Judea and Samaria Brigade seized 15 lathes and other production materials used for making illegal, homemade weapons during a raid in Hebron
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
overnight Sunday. The materials and secret factory were discovered in a large underground space built beneath a house in southern Hebron.

An officer in the Judea and Samaria Brigade said the raid is part of an ongoing campaign against illegal weapons production and increased terrorist activity in the West Bank. Security forces estimate that most of the shooting attacks that occurred within and beyond the Green Line were conducted with weapons produced in the West Bank.

Hundreds of soldiers from various units such as the 890th Paratrooper Brigade, the 77th armored brigade, combat engineers and Border Police took part in the raid.

The IDF is calling the discovery "the biggest weapons factory ever discovered in the West Bank."

Forces discovered more than 100 Carl Gustav m/45 barrels, Russian 7.62 sniper rifles and for the first time, M16 rifle parts with assembly instructions.
Photos of the haul at the link -- click on the headline above to see.
During the raid, IDF forces also discovered a large cache of ammunition hidden in one of the walls of the house.

Security forces left Hebron with all the confiscated weapons and the two owners of the factory, a father and son, who were turned over the Shin Bet for questioning.

During an initial field interrogation, the father claimed to be producing farming equipment, until soldiers discovered the large underground plant on the floor below where the man lived with his wife and younger children.

Stabbing attack foiled in West Bank

[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian woman was incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
at the Qalqilya checkpoint in the West Bank after apparently planning to carry out a stabbing attack. Channel 10 says the woman approached troops with a knife. They fired shots in the air and she surrendered and was arrested. There are no injuries.
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#1  if the paleos had an independent state these weapons would prob be used first in a civil war and then in extermination of losers in that war and then for terrorism against Israel
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Hezbollah Accused of Committing Massacres During Aleppo Evacuation
[THETOWER.ORG] The Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah and Shiite militias fighting on behalf of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
have been accused of committing massacres as civilians and rebel fighters were being evacuated from eastern Aleppo, Voice of American reported Friday.

According to leaders of the Syrian opposition, Shiite Lions of Islam commanded by Iran stopped a convoy carrying some 800 refugees from Aleppo and forcibly disarmed rebel fighters, in violation of the ceasefire agreement. They proceeded to seize a group of civil defense workers overseeing the evacuation, killing three of them.

"Militias forced everyone to get off the buses, confiscated all individual weapons, forced men to get undressed to their underwear, killed three men and injured 7 others, then forced the convoy to go back to the besieged area of Aleppo city, and some buses are still missing," said Ahmad Abo al-Nour, a witness to the killings.

In another incident, observed by a witness who wished to remain anonymous, members of Hezbollah stopped a convoy consisting of 20 buses. Hezbollah fighters and tanks surrounded the vehicles, firing wildly and expelling the Red Thingy and Red Islamic Thingy workers who were overseeing the evacuation. They forced all the men to get off the buses, confiscating their weapons and mobile phones.

A rebel fighter who was accompanied by his pregnant wife and tried to resist was killed along with four others. Hezbollah then reportedly commandeered a number of the civil defense vehicles and ambulances, forcing the rest of the convoy back into the besieged section of Aleppo.

While Russia, an ally of Iran and Assad, has claimed that all rebels and civilians who wanted to leave Aleppo have done so, Syrian opposition leaders and the Turkish government say that thousands more are still stranded in the city. Evacuations resumed overnight Monday after days of delays and multiple accounts that pro-Assad forces killed and abused convoy passengers on their way out of eastern Aleppo, The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
reported.

The reports of Iran-backed militias carrying out killings in the aftermath of the fighting echo similar reports regarding Iran-backed militias in Iraq.

In August, Rooters reported that the United States had failed to restrain the Iraqi Shiite militias or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), many of whom have been deployed to Aleppo, from committing widespread human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
abuses against Sunni civilians during the battle for Fallujah. In March 2015, similar reports about the atrocities committed by the Shiite militias emerged following the battle for Amerli.

The close ties between Iran and the PMU, which the News Agency that Dare Not be Named called "just as brutal" as ISIS in 2014, have been extensively documented. The militias are headed by Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, who U.S. officials have accused of bombing the American and French embassies in Kuwait in 1983. al-Mohandis, a deputy of IRGC chief Soleimani, was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2009, along with Kata’ib Hezbollah, one of the main PMF militias, for targeting American and coalition forces in Iraq.

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Kurd forces press ISIS at Raqqa
BEIRUT: Several villages held by Daesh have been captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of militias backed by the United States that includes a strong Kurdish contingent, an organization that monitors the war said on Monday.

The advance is part of a military campaign backed by an international coalition led by the United States to drive Daesh from its Syrian capital of Raqqa. It follows SDF gains against the jihadist group across the north of the country.

The strongest group in the SDF is the People’s Protection Units or YPG, a Kurdish militia, but Washington has said that any operation to retake Raqqa should be predominantly Arab, the ethnicity of most of the city’s residents.

The latest advances in the countryside about 50 km (30 miles) west and northwest of Raqqa follow an earlier phase of SDF gains on another front about 30 km north of the city.

Three SDF soldiers were killed fighting Daesh after the capture of five villages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Monday.

Daesh had been on the back foot in both Syria and Iraq, where it is under attack in Mosul, its biggest and most important possession, and after a string of US air strikes that have killed many of its leaders this year.

However, earlier this month it launched a surprise attack 160 km southwest of Raqqa to retake the ancient desert city of Palmyra, which it had lost in March to Syrian army forces backed by Russian air power after a nine-month occupation.

That attack demonstrated the risks still posed by the group across Syria even after its territorial losses there since mid-2015, including holdings along the Turkish border which were once its main route for supplies and recruits.

Complicating the efforts against Daesh is a second campaign being waged against it in northwest Syria by Turkey and Syrian rebel groups allied to Ankara. This has taken a large area from the jihadist group but is also aimed at stopping Kurdish expansion.

The Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are now attempting to capture the city of Al-Bab from Daesh, a move that will end Kurdish hopes of uniting their two separated areas of self rule in northern Syria.

Early on Monday, the Turkish military said one of its soldiers had been killed in a car bomb in Al-Bab on Sunday and that 11 militants were also killed in clashes that day.
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