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4 Suspects Charged Over Alleged Christmas Day Terror Plot in Australia
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Good Christmas Eve!
Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [621 views] Top|| File under:

#1 

Merry Christmas!!
Posted by: Spike Thrunter2093 || 12/24/2016 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll have fun unwrapping it.
Posted by: gorb || 12/24/2016 0:20 Comments || Top||

#3  But then what ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/24/2016 0:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Play with it while nobody's looking then rewrap it and hope nobody finds out.
Posted by: gorb || 12/24/2016 5:17 Comments || Top||

#5  But then what?

Since this is a family friendly site... I'll avoid posting a description.

And Pappy would put me in the naughty box.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/24/2016 8:06 Comments || Top||

#6  um.. we are talking about the box she's holding aren't we? :)

Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/24/2016 8:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Kilt-wearing Santa plays flame-shooting bagpipes while riding unicycle
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 12/24/2016 10:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Kilt wearing Santa... is that you Deacon?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 12/24/2016 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Don't go there, you can't win.
Posted by: Jeasing Creque5352 || 12/24/2016 12:22 Comments || Top||

#10  um.. we are talking about the box she's holding aren't we? :)

Damnit!!!

I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good, I will be good...
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/24/2016 12:50 Comments || Top||

#11  Heh....A merry Christmas to all!
Posted by: Ptah || 12/24/2016 18:22 Comments || Top||

#12  May all the joys of the season be yours, my dears.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/24/2016 19:30 Comments || Top||

#13  Since Hanukkah began today, #12 tw, the same to you, too. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 12/24/2016 20:15 Comments || Top||

#14  Feeling pretty good about the pony this year. I'm due.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/24/2016 20:19 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban Commander Killed In Baghlan Clash
[Tolo News] A Taliban’s local commander was killed in a clash between the fighters and security forces in Baghlan-e-Markazi district in Baghlan province, local officials said on Friday.

The shootout occurred on Thursday night after the Taliban fighters faced an ambush by police force members in the district, Baghlan-e-Markazi Police Chief Colonel Mohebullah Kohdamani said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
according to a blurb by Parwan governor’s office, police force members in the central province have foiled a roadside kaboom by defusing 16 kilograms of explosives which was planted by forces of Evil on Koh-e-Safi district’s main road to target security forces.
Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Hijackers surrender - PM; hijackers had identical 'replica' weapons - government
[INDEPENDENT.MT] Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the hijackers on the Libyan plane which was hijacked on its way to 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 diverted to Malta "surrendered, (were) searched, and (were) taken into custody."

Four hours after the Afriqiyah Airways A320 landed in Malta, the two hijackers gave themselves up to the Maltese authorities after they had first released the other 109 passengers and seven members of the crew.

The plane landed in Malta this morning at 11.32am, with sources initially saying that two hijackers on board the flight were threatening to blow up the aircraft. It had left Sebha at 10.10am on its way to Tripoli, but it was hijacked and diverted to Malta. TVM is reporting that the hijackers are armed with hand grenades and are Qadaffy supporters. One of them sported Libya's national flag at the time Muammar Qadaffy
...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse...
was in power.

Ali Milad, the pilot, told Libya Channel TV network that initially the hijackers had asked him to head to Rome. He identified the two hijackers as Moussa Shaha and Ahmed Ali, Libyans who other officials said were in their twenties.

The pilot said the men were seeking political asylum in Europe and wanted to set up a political party called "the New Fateh." Fateh is a reference to former Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffy, who led Fateh revolution after his coup in 1969.

Sources told The Malta Independent that the two hijackers are Libyans from the south of the country. The sources said the two hijackers demanded asylum in Malta, but other reports say that they seek the setting up of a pro-Qadaffy political party in Libya.

The two hijackers are from the south of Libya, and are believed to be in their 20s.

It took more than two hours since the plane's landing for the hijackers to agree to the opening of the aircraft door and release the first passengers.

The plane's door was opened at 1.44pm and women and kiddies were seen disembarking. This was followed by men, and by 2.37pm, a total of 109 passengers had disembarked. The passengers left the aircraft without carrying any hand luggage.

One man, believed to be one of the hijackers, was briefly seen at the top of the stairs leading to the aircraft with the old Libya flag, the all-green flag used by former leader Muamma Qadaffy. He and the second hijacker later disembarked from the plane, a few moments after the crew including the pilot left the aircraft.

They were both taken into custody and are being interrogated. They are expected to be arraigned in court in the coming hours.

The government later said initial forensic investigations about the hijack of the Air Afriqiyah flight shows that the weapons used were identical "replica" weapons. "Replica" weapons are imitation weapons. Some replica weapons could be used to fire like real weapons, while others do not have this capability. To the layman's eye it is hard to distinguish between a replica weapon that can fire and one which doesn't.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  To the layman's eye it is hard to distinguish between a replica weapon that can fire and one which doesn't.

Apparently the folks in airport security in Sebha knew the difference and they weren't concerned.
Posted by: gorb || 12/24/2016 0:27 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Fate of Pakistani crew on ship attacked near Yemen uncertain
[DAWN] Mystery surrounds a reported missile attack on a merchant ship manned by Pak crew off the coast of Yemen, near the war-torn country’s Hodeidah port.

Syed Mohammad Ahmed, an official of Arabian Marine Services, the manning agent of the Iranian vessel MV-Jouya-8, claimed that eight Pak sailors, seven of whom had been provided by his company, were on the ship when it was hit by a missile four days ago.

The ship was reportedly on its way to Dubai after delivering cargo in Egypt.

Talking to Dawn over the phone, Mr Ahmed said, his information was based on a telephone call received from Mr Kabir, the chief officer of the ship, who reportedly jumped off and swam to the coast.

"The fate of other seven Pak crew members is still unknown," he said, adding the vessel probably sank after the strike.

He said Mr Kabir had called him from Yemen.

The Red Sea port of Hodeidah is controlled by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia.

"It was a minute and a half call and the quality of voice was very bad so I don’t have more details," said Mr Ahmed, adding that he had shared the available information with the Pakistain Navy.

There was no claim about the source of the attack.

Earlier this month at least six Pak sailors were killed when their ship was bombed by Saudi jets off Mokha coast in the Yemeni province of Ta’izz. It remains unclear what happened to the other six on board that ill-fated ship.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
Two men convicted of trying to leave UK to join Islamic State in Iraq
[THEGUARDIAN] Two men have been found guilty of trying to join 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....
fighters in Iraq, while a third has been convicted of attempting to keep their plan a secret.
Just chop their heads off.
Aras Hamid, 26, and Shivan Azeez Zangana, 21, who goes by Azeez, were both convicted of preparing acts of terrorism, while Hamid was also found guilty of assisting another in commission of terrorist acts. Ahmed Ismail, 19, was convicted of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

At the start of their trial at Kingston crown court on Monday, the prosecutor Robin Sellers told the jury the three men were involved in a "concerted attempt" to leave the country and further terrorist activities either themselves or by aligning themselves under Islamic State.

He said Hamid played the leading role and was the common link between the other two and, while all three were "Kurdish in origin", Ismail had been naturalised and was a British citizen.

The offences took place over a relatively short period of time in mid-2016 and included a meeting between Ismail and Hamid in Coventry on 10 May.

Three days later, a number of people called 999 to express fears that Azeez was planning to leave the UK, prompting the authorities to try to locate him.

Azeez left his brother’s home in Sheffield the same day and met Hamid in Birmingham, with the pair later visiting a travel agent to buy a plane ticket for Azeez to travel to an airport in Iraq from Gatwick.

On 17 May, officers from the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit (WMCTU) found the pair sleeping as they executed a warrant at the Al Noor mosque in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning. The police placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Azeez and seized items from Hamid.

Hamid was detained two days later when he was discovered hiding in the back of a lorry travelling on the A2 at about 2am.

"The crown says he was trying to leave the UK covertly [by] in effect being smuggled out," Sellers said.

The court heard that Ahmed Ismail’s brother, Mohammed Ismail, travelled to Syria to fight with Isis in 2014 and Ahmed is believed to have originally intended to travel with Hamid and Azeez, but changed his mind after concerns over his brother’s status with his superiors within the bad boy group, who suspected his brother of being a spy. Ahmed Ismail was arrested on 22 May.

Hamid, of no fixed address, was also convicted of having a false Bulgarian passport after pleading guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing. He, Azeez, who is from Sheffield, and Ismail, from Coventry, will be sentenced on 3 January.

The head of WMCTU, Ch Supt Sue Southern, said: "As a result of enquiries, counter-terrorism Sherlocks discovered Hamid’s instrumental role in organising travel plans for himself and Azeez for preparation for acts of terrorism. We also uncovered examples of Hamid’s extreme ideology and radicalisation and the pivotal role he played in orchestrating the travel plans for himself and Azeez.

"
Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Down Under
4 Suspects Charged Over Alleged Christmas Day Terror Plot in Australia
[ABCNEWS.GO] Four men have been charged in what authorities allege was a plot to launch a Christmas Day terrorist attack in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city.

Authorities detained five suspects, all men, in raids on Thursday night and Friday. Initially, three of the suspects were charged on Friday with preparing or planning a terrorist attack, The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported. Authorities announced later in the day that a fourth man had been charged.

Hamza Abbas, 21, Ahmed Mohammed, 24, and Abdullah Chaarani, 26, did not enter pleas or apply for bail. They will appear in court next on April 28. Each faces a life sentence if convicted. The fourth man, a 22-year-old that authorities did not name, was also charged with preparing or planning a terrorist attack.

Four of the five suspects were born in Australia while the fifth was born in Egypt but holds dual citizenship.

Authorities say the men took inspiration from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
and planned to use explosives, knives and a gun to attack well-known landmarks in Melbourne, including the Flinders Street train station, Federation Square and St. Paul's Cathedral.

The alleged plotters were under police surveillance prior to the raids and had moved quickly from the planning stages to being able to strike, authorities said.

"Islamist terrorism is a global challenge that affects us all. But we must not be cowed by the terrorists," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told news hounds.

Law enforcement officials said the suspects posed a serious threat, adding that it was one of the most substantial terrorist plots seen in the country in recent years.

"In terms of events that we have seen over the past few years in Australia, this certainly concerns me more than any other event that I've seen," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [517 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Europe
Bomb destroyed near Turkish center in Brussels
[AA.TR] Police in the Belgian capital Brussels destroyed a bomb in front of a Turkish community center on Friday.

Omer Zararsiz, the head of Turkish Federation of Belgium said that a suspicious package was found in front of the building in the afternoon.

He said a federation member noticed the package and police was alerted.

According to Belgium media, Denis Goeman, front man for Brussels prosecution office, confirmed that there was an explosive -- a gas tube and an ignition system -- in the package.

Belgium is on alert since suicide kabooms were carried out in March at Zaventem Airport and the Maelbeek subway station in Brussels, killing 32 people.
Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Lol that picture! Look at the cat, first laugh of Christmas Eve.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/24/2016 3:22 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/24/2016 11:42 Comments || Top||


IS group acknowledges death of Berlin Christmas market attacker
[Al Ahram] Militant group Islamic State has acknowledged the death of the Berlin Christmas market attacker, according to a posting by its Amaq news agency. "The executor of the Berlin attacks carries out another attack on Italian police in Milan and is killed in a shoot-out," the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
Virginia Man Nabbed for Planning ISIS Attack, Says FBI
A man living in the heart of Virginia's military powerhouse area, who the FBI said purchased an AK-47 after the San Bernardino terrorist attack and was close to committing his own attack, has been charged with attempting to support ISIS. Lionel Nelson Williams, 26, of Suffolk, Va., a Virginia-born U.S. citizen who also went by the name Harun Ash-Shababi, was arrested there Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, the FBI was tipped off in March that Williams was posting ISIS content and lectures from late al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki on his Facebook page -- with Williams' own commentary including "The Jihad (the struggle) doesn't end just because it stops feeling good" -- and had recently "acquired" an assault rifle.

"It's time for me to take a stand. I stand with #Dawlah'. If that means you want nothing to do with me, then fine," Williams publicly posted on his page in mid-March, leading the FBI to interpret this as a pledge of allegiance to ISIS. Four days later, he shared a video with the comment, "I love the Mujahideen the world over. Youtube/Facebook had the gall to delete it sometime ago, but somehow it's been remade/reuploaded. Allahu Akhbar!"
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Posted by: Steve White || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
School blown up in Mohmand
[DAWN] GHALANAI: Unknown miscreants blew up a community primary school for boys in Michnai Mosal Kor area of Ekkaghund tehsil in the wee hours of Thursday.

Official sources in Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
said that some unknown miscreants had planted an bomb at the building of community model primary school for boys of Malik Nasir Khan in Mosal Kor area at night which went kaboom! with a bang early on Thursday. They said that one room of the school was completely destroyed.

In the same area, unknown miscreants planted an bomb at the main gate of house of a local transporter, identified as Kala Khan. They said that one room of his house was extensively damaged in the blast. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
no loss of life was reported in the incident.

Naib tehsildar, Ekkaghund, Amir Nawaz confirmed the incident, saying that the school was closed and there was no loss of life in the blast.

In Tank, a watchman was injured when unknown miscreants targeted the basic health unit in Gomal area with an bomb while a hand-grenade was hurled at a house in Garah Shehbaz on Thursday.

According to police, unknown miscreants planted a remote-controlled bomb on the roof of a washroom of BHU in Kot Hakeem, Gomal area, which went kaboom! at 7:00am. As a result, the watchmen suffered injuries. He was taken to the DHQ hospital, Tank. The police said that the washroom was destroyed in the incident.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy was furiously chewing her cud and thinking...
unknown miscreants hurled a hand grenade at the house of one Mohammad Ramazan. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
no loss of life or property was reported.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Constable killed in Mastung grenade attack
[DAWN] KHUZDAR: A police constable was killed and another injured late on Thursday when a checkpost came under a grenade attack in Mastung, some 50km off Quetta, police said.

Two faceless myrmidons on a cycle of violence hurled the grenade into the police checkpost near the Bakra Mandi area of Mastung and fled. The grenade went off, hitting the personnel.

"As result of the kaboom one constable was killed and another sustained serious injuries," they said.

Law enforcement agencies personnel shifted the dear departed and the injured to Mastung Civil Hospital.

"Constable Abdul Mutlib was struck down in his prime while Shah­nwaz was maimed. He is being treated in the hospital," doctors at the facility said.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


Rangers conduct multiple raids in Karachi, arrest five suspects
[DAWN] In an intelligence-based operation, Rangers on Friday claimed to have jugged
You have the right to remain silent...
five individuals in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
suspected for involvement in terror financing.

The paramilitary troops raided two different offices on I.I Chundrigar Road and Hockey Stadium.

According to unconfirmed media reports, both offices belong to a close aide of a political leader.

The cache of arms and ammunition recovered includes 17 Kalashnikov rifles, four pistols, nine ball bombs, and a variety of different types of ammunition.

In a separate raid, personnel from the paramilitary force raided an empty plot situated in the Baldia Town area of the metropolis.

A large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot, claimed the Rangers spokesperson.

Following the raids, 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...
called on Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar for updates regarding the matter.

The premier is said to have also asked about the motive behind these raids.

The raid came hours ahead of the arrival of the PPP co-chairman, who returned to Pakistain after 18 months in self-imposed 'exile'.

Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Information Maula Bukhsh Chandio, reacting to the raids, said the provincial government was not taken into confidence before carrying out these raids.

He criticised Chaudhary Nisar for trying to portray these raids as having some kind of relevance to the political situation in the country.

"The timing of these raids will give rise to the perception that they were politically motivated and had little to do with the [Karachi] operation," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Iraqi forces recapture Mosul police station from Daesh
[AA.TR] Iraqi forces on Friday recaptured a cop shoppe in the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
from the ISIS terrorist group, according to a military source.

The cop shoppe’s recapture was the army’s first major move in the area since military operations were temporarily suspended last week in preparation for a broader attack -- along multiple fronts -- on parts of the city still held by the terrorist group.

"Forces from the 16th Division of the 76th Army Brigade and the Nineveh Guards Force began the operation on Friday at 8:00 a.m. [local time]," Staff Brigadier-General Nazim al-Kubaisi, who commands the 16th Division, told Anadolu Agency.

"Following two hours of festivities, they managed to entirely liberate Police Academy headquarters in Mosul’s northern al-Qahira district," he said.

Al-Kubaisi went on to point out that U.S.-led coalition warplanes did not take part in Friday’s operation.

"Our forces will continue to advance on predetermined targets... and will join up with anti-terrorism forces and the army’s Ninth Division on the banks of the Tigris River on the left [i.e., northwest] side of Mosul," the army officer said.

In mid-October, the Iraqi army launched a wide-ranging offensive aimed at retaking Mosul, ISIS’s last major stronghold in northern Iraq.

Officials in Baghdad have vowed to recapture the city, which fell to the terrorist group in mid-2014, by year’s end.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
Myanmar Muslim killed after speaking to reporters
[Al Jazeera] The headless body of a Moslem villager has been found days after he spoke to news hounds on a rare government-guided media tour of restive northern Rakhine state, Myanmar police said on Friday.

Police did not give a motive for the killing of the 41-year-old man, whose body was found floating in a river, but said he spoke to Burmese journalists on Wednesday in Ngakhura village.

"On Thursday his family said he had disappeared after giving interviews to journalists," Police Colonel Thet Naing in Maungdaw town told AFP news agency.

"This afternoon [Friday] I got the report his headless body was found... We have confirmed from villagers that it is him," he said.

Myanmar soldiers have taken control of the dangerous and remote region bordering Bangladesh since October 9 when gunnies raided police posts, killing nine officers.

Troops have killed more than 80 people in Rakhine since the start of crackdown, according to official figures.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Damascus water supply cut after rebels pollute it
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Damascus water authority has been forced to cut supplies coming into the Syrian capital for a few days and use reserves instead after rebels polluted the water with diesel, it said on Friday.

The al-Fija spring which supplies Damascus with water is in the rebel-held Wadi Barada valley northwest of the capital in a mountainous area near the Lebanese border.

The government controls much of the surrounding territory and on Friday carried out aerial attacks and shelled the rebel-held area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A military news outlet run by Syrian government ally Hezbollah said the rebels in the Wadi Barada valley had refused to leave the area and as a result the Syrian Arab Army began an offensive against them on Friday morning.

Through a series of so-called settlement agreements and army offensives, the Syrian government, backed by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, has been steadily suppressing armed opposition around the capital.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is that chemical warfare or sabotage, or both?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/24/2016 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Is this a new template for Islamic Terrorists here in the US? I remember the cops at reservoirs in the wake of 9/11.

A coordinated dumping of something like diesel at several of the water sources at the same time, or even a "lone wolf" could cause much consternation.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/24/2016 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  This is something the infrastructure folks here have been worried about for years. Lots of steps taken to mitigate potential breaches, but 'there's always a way'.

Doesn't take a 'crew' to pull something like this off, either.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/24/2016 8:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Couldn't happen. We have signs everywhere saying to stay away from the water reservoirs.
Posted by: gorb || 12/24/2016 10:28 Comments || Top||

#5  But they're all in ENGLISH, gorb.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/24/2016 11:33 Comments || Top||

#6  The perps would need many tanker trucks if using diesel. However a a gallon of alar Would suffice to contaminate a gillion gallons of water as well as cause the acidic rein.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/24/2016 12:15 Comments || Top||

#7  I remember... the Animas!
Posted by: Raj || 12/24/2016 12:44 Comments || Top||

#8  The acidic reign may be over, Ship.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/24/2016 13:29 Comments || Top||

#9  It's more basic than that...
Posted by: Steve White || 12/24/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||

#10  to your room!
Posted by: Frank G || 12/24/2016 16:45 Comments || Top||


88 civilians killed in Turkish airstrikes in al-Bab, monitor
[RUDAW.NET] Eighty-eight civilians have been killed in Turkish Arclight airstrikes on al-Bab in the past 24 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

"SOHR was informed that the Arclight airstrikes led to the death of 16 civilians today, including 3 children," the conflict monitor stated on Friday, bringing the total number of civilians "killed by Turkish Arclight airstrikes in al-Bab city to 88 in the past 24 hours, including 24 children and 13 women."

The monitor reported that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
carried out a "massacre" in al-Bab on Thursday, killing 72 civilians. Some died because of lack of medical supplies and health care professionals, the Observatory added.

The al-Bab Military Council, a local body formed to oversee the liberation of the city, released a statement on Twitter on Friday stating that more than 84 people were killed and more than 45 injured in Arclight airstrikes on Thursday.

The Turkish armed forces announced on Friday that they had "neutralized" 40 ISIS faceless myrmidons in the al-Bab area since Thursday night, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The Turkish General Staff claimed to have hit 51 ISIS targets in the city, including destroying ISIS’ military headquarters.

The Arclight airstrikes come after 16 Turkish soldiers were killed and over 30 maimed by ISIS this week as Turkish forces and their allied Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) pushed deeper into the myrmidon-held city.

Turkey has been supporting hundreds of Free Syrian Army fighters in northwestern Syria with tanks, artillery, Arclight airstrikes and a small number of ground troops since they launched the Euphrates Shield operation on August 24. The goal of the military operation is to clear the border area of all "terrorists," Turkish officials have said, naming both ISIS and Kurdish forces.

Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday that more than 1,000 ISIS faceless myrmidons had been killed since the military operation Euphrates Shield began, Anadolu Agency reported.
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Syrian forces clear explosives in evacuated east Aleppo
[Al Ahram] Syrian state TV says army experts are dismantling explosives and booby-traps left behind by rebels before they left the last neighborhoods they held in the northern city of Aleppo.

The TV's correspondent in Aleppo says mining experts entered the neighborhoods of Ansari, Sukkari and Amiriyeh early Friday, beginning their work in main streets in order to open them.

The Syrian government took full control of Aleppo on Thursday for the first time in four years after the last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out of war-ravaged eastern districts, sealing the end of the rebellion's most important stronghold.

The evacuations ended a brutal chapter in Syria's nearly six-year civil war, allowing Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
to regain full authority over the country's largest city and former commercial hub.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


IS kills 27 Syria regime fighters near Palmyra
[Al Ahram] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) bully boy group killed 27 Syrian soldiers and allied bully boyz in a series of attacks near Palmyra in the past 24 hours, a monitor said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS began launching attacks on Syrian regime forces and their allies on Thursday night and that festivities were ongoing.

IS targeted several villages with a majority population from Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
's Alawite clan, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

The Islamist faceless myrmidons were trying to "totally surround" the Tayfur military airport and "cut its supply route," said Abdel Rahman.

The Britannia-based Observatory said the base is located between the cities of Palmyra and Homs in central Syria.

Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Terror Networks
Trump team seeks names of officials working to counter violent extremism
[Reuters] U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked two Cabinet departments for the names of government officials working on programs to counter violent extremism, according to a document seen by Reuters and U.S. officials.

The requests to the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security involve a set of programs that seek to prevent violence by extremists of any stripe, including recruitment by militant Islamist groups within the United States and abroad.

Reuters could not determine why the Trump team asked for these names. The Trump team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump has frequently criticized President Barack Obama for not doing enough to battle Islamic militants and for his refusal to use the term "radical Islam" to describe Islamic State and other militant groups.

Some career officials said they feared the incoming administration may be looking to undo the work that the Obama administration has done on countering violent extremism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/24/2016 06:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [686 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How open will the bureaucrats be to explaining to Trump's transition team that the last 8 years of violent extremism focus has been on the tea party and white Christian Americans and not toward Islamic fascism?
Posted by: Airandee || 12/24/2016 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Turns out 90% of them worked to counter Trump's election campaign?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/24/2016 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Well you have the IRS. The Justice Department. The EPA. ...

Oh... you mean Islamic Extremists? Well lets see... um.... ahh.... I'll have to get back to you on that.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/24/2016 8:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Remember that this is 'Rooters'. The request most likely was part of a much larger 'duty listing' questionnaire that would be very typical when new management takes over a company in the private world. Not as common in Government.

They're only gleaning one aspect for their hysteria.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/24/2016 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  transition team has asked two Cabinet departments for the names of government officials working on programs to counter violent extremism

Remember to include contractors and outside consultants (which in this administration included members of the Muslim Brotherhood).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/24/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

#6  "Sorry, it seems those names disappeared when we deleted the Muslim registry."
Posted by: gorb || 12/24/2016 10:25 Comments || Top||

#7  seems those names disappeared

"Well, since we can't vet them, they're outta here..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/24/2016 10:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Seems like first order of business is to ensure everyone is doing necessary work. Anyone who's been through a corporate merger knows how this goes.

Nice to see it applied to government.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/24/2016 13:05 Comments || Top||

#9  Department of Education, EPA, DEA, ATF, and the DOJ are all extremist organizations.

Gotta lot of work ahead of ya.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/24/2016 13:30 Comments || Top||

#10  ..and the IRS, don't forget.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/24/2016 15:28 Comments || Top||

#11  I sense panic rising among the swamp creatures throughout the DC area - as well it should be.

'Brings to mind these old Dilbert comic strips:

http://dilbert.com/strip/1994-08-11

http://dilbert.com/strip/1993-10-26

http://dilbert.com/strip/1994-03-09

Posted by: Lone Ranger || 12/24/2016 15:59 Comments || Top||

#12  Some career officials said they feared the incoming administration may be looking to undo the work that the Obama administration has done on countering violent extremism.

Eh - not to be a spelling Nazi but: You misspelled covering up.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/24/2016 16:31 Comments || Top||

#13 
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 12/24/2016 22:37 Comments || Top||



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