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Yemeni (Saleh) army commander defects
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 12/28/2016 12:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Southern exposure.
Posted by: Dale || 12/28/2016 14:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Mirrors - One of the great inventions.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/28/2016 16:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Not so much as you get older. Now anyone under 45 is jail bait for me....make that 60.
Posted by: Jeasing Creque5352 || 12/28/2016 16:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey Jeasing, just because I've ordered, eaten, digested, had a nightcap and gone to bed doesn't mean I can't look at the menu.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/28/2016 17:27 Comments || Top||

#5  The usual 'minimum age rule' is (your age/2)+7
Posted by: Pappy || 12/28/2016 18:40 Comments || Top||

#6  The usual 'minimum age rule' is (your age/2)+7


(Seriously... even with that rule in place they still look like kids and they have families and 401Ks at that age)
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/28/2016 19:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Been married too long. Didn't spot the mirror until prompted... :(
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 12/28/2016 21:02 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Many U.S. pilots wore a traditional red
An F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Iraq, Dec. 25, 2016. Many pilots wore a traditional red "Santa" hat while flying on Christmas Day. F-16s are providing precision guided close air support during Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, a multinational effort to weaken and destroy Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant operations in the Middle East region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo | Senior Airman Tyler Woodward)

Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [693 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't wait till Groundhog Day.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/28/2016 4:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ...OTOH, I remember B-52 crews on alert wearing Santa hats. Slightly jarring.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/28/2016 5:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Up on the rooftop, click, click, click!

Down through your chimney.....
Posted by: no mo uro || 12/28/2016 5:47 Comments || Top||

#4  According to the U.S. Air Force, “many pilots wore a traditional red “Santa” hat while flying on Christmas Day,” in support of Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Or could there have been yet another, more subtle reason ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/28/2016 7:07 Comments || Top||

#5  ..someone has to work the naughty list. Send only the best.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/28/2016 7:50 Comments || Top||

#6  lease once again watch language when referring to Allied troops and using the word RED for with it it carries a connentation of them all being communist sypmathizers and would go aganist the NARRATIVE thus opening this site up to seizure and jail time starting in January watch your language girls!
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 12/28/2016 8:38 Comments || Top||

#7  #6 - Lighten up, Francis
Posted by: Frank G || 12/28/2016 8:50 Comments || Top||

#8  I thought RED meant "retired, extremely dangerous"

Of course, wait till the PC crowd gets ahold of this and starts yammering about offending moslems with a celebration of Christmas.

I think the comment about working the naughty list is classic and should be placed in the hall of fame.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/28/2016 10:55 Comments || Top||

#9  wait till the PC crowd gets ahold of this and starts yammering about offending moslems with a celebration of Christmas.

Santa Claus fights ISIS in Syria

Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/28/2016 11:25 Comments || Top||

#10  I'll get the net, I have had several tested upon my personage.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/28/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Blitzenkreig?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/28/2016 16:31 Comments || Top||

#12  So problematic.

An emblem, when getting your mitts in,
Enspirits ("On Donner and Blitzen!")
But next they'll be donning --
Extremism spawning! --
Jerusalem crosses on Whitsun.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/28/2016 20:01 Comments || Top||

1 kop dies in bombing attack in Lashkargah city
Officials said a suicide car bomber targeted high-ranking officials traveling in a police Humvee in Lashkargah city, in Helmand, early Monday.

Early reports indicated at least one police officer was killed and a number of others wounded.

According to the provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak police had been on their way to launch an operation to reopen the Kandahar-Lashkargah highway when the incident occurred.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Posted by: badanov || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under:

5 Bad Guys die in Jawzjan
At least five insurgents were killed and five others were injured in clashes with security forces in northern Jawzjan province on Sunday, local officials said.

The clash took place after a number of insurgents attacked the security forces check posts and started clashes, a police security official, Abdul Hafiz Khashi said.

The Taliban fled the area after security forces fought back, Kashi said adding that the forces seized some weapons.

There were no security forces casualties in the clash, according to Kashi.

However, the Taliban has not yet commented on the clash.
Posted by: badanov || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Forget the net, this calls for Thorazine. Sadly not allowed to play with the dart gun.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/28/2016 11:46 Comments || Top||

Taliban kommander, 6 others die in Ghazni
A senior Taliban commander named Mullah Firoz Jahadi, along with five other armed Taliban, were killed in Aab Band district of Ghazni province in an Afghan National Police operation.

The Ministry of interior (MoI) said in a statement that during the operation, nine other armed Taliban were wounded. They said two rocket launchers, two PK machine guns and one vehicle were seized.
According to the MoI, Jahadi had been one of the leaders of the Kunduz battle.
Posted by: badanov || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban executes 1 in Sar-e-Pul
A 30 year old woman was beheaded on Monday evening in Sar-e-Pul province by a group of armed men, local officials said Tuesday.

Provincial governor spokesman Zabiullah Amani, confirmed the incident and said that the armed men were linked with Taliban. The incident took place in the remote village of Latti in Sar-e-Pul.

Amani said that the women was beheaded because she visited the city alone without her husband.

Amani said that the victim’s husband is in Iran and they don’t have children.

Sar-e-Pul women's affairs head Nasima Arezo, also confirmed the incident.

The village is under Taliban control and so far no one has been arrested.

However the Taliban rejected any involvement.
Posted by: badanov || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban changes tactics in Badakhshan
Badakhshan local officials said Tuesday the Taliban in the province has changed its war strategy and are now bombing security check posts opposed to storming them.

According to local officials, the Taliban has conducted two suicide bombings against check posts this month and have moved their focus from Wardoj district to Baharak district.

Baharak district police chief Abdul Wodoud said both suicide bombings have been carried out in Baharak district.
In the first suicide attack two policemen were killed and three others wounded, Wodoud said.

According to Wodoud, insurgents carried out their second suicide bombing on Monday night in the same district. As a result of ensuing clashes, one insurgent was killed and two were wounded. The rest fled the area.

There were no casualties among security forces.

“We have families in Baharak district that cooperate with the Taliban but we are trying to stop the suicide attacks as we have already stopped their aggressive attacks,” Wadoud said.

Meanwhile a number of civil society members in the provincial capital Faizabad have raised concerns over the Taliban’s new tactics and said this will affect civilians.

Civil society members have criticized government forces for delaying the launch of their winter operation.

“Taliban techniques are very dangerous; with these techniques more civilians will suffer,” said Abdul Basir Wasiq a civil society activist.

Meanwhile, security forces in Badakhshan said they are waiting for orders to launch winter operations.

“We have all forces on the front line waiting for orders and when we receive orders we will launch our operation,” Wadoud added.

Badakhshan local officials said that preparations are being taken for an operation to eliminate insurgents during winter.

“Soon we will launch operations and it is expected that within two or three days we will launch our local operation and Wardoj district clearance operation will be conducted in three months of winter,” said Gul Mohammad Bedar deputy governor.

Taliban has controlled Wardoj and Yamgan districts for more than a year and are active in several other areas in Badakhshan.
Posted by: badanov || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 killed in Zabul airstrikes conducted amid ISIS expansion concerns
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least four holy warriors were killed in Arclight airstrikes conducted in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday.

According to MoD, the Arclight airstrikes were conducted in Dai Chupan and Mizan districts of Zabul.

The ministry further added that at least four holy warriors were also maimed in the Arclight airstrikes but did not elaborate further.

It is yet not clear if the holy warriors killed in the Arclight airstrikes belonged to Taliban Death Eaters group or any other holy warrior group.

This comes as Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
said Monday that special military operations will kick off soon in southeastern Ghazni and southern Zabul provinces to suppress the loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and Taliban Lion of Islams.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the elders of the two provinces which organized amid concerns that the fighters of the two group are attempting to expand foothold in some districts of the two provinces.

The elders of Zabul said the local residents in Khak-e-Afghan and Nawbahar districts have noted movements of the two groups to establish and strengthen their presence.

The Ghazni representatives also said the ISIS loyalists and Taliban Death Eaters have started to expand their foothold in Nawa district.

According to the Office of the Chief Executive, the elders of Zabul have said thousands of ISIS holy warriors have arrived in Khak-e-Afghan district.

The ISIS holy warriors have reportedly arrived with their families and are fully equipped with the area turning into an entry point for the foreign Lion of Islams.

Posted by: Fred || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Senior Taliban leader arrested in Logar, 60 killed during the operations: MoI
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said a senior Taliban leader was placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
during an operation in central Pashtun-infested Logar province while at least 60 others were killed during the counter-terrorism operations.

"Yesterday evening, a senior armed Taliban member named Shaista Mohammad was arrested when Afghan National Police launched a special operation in Qala-e-Ghafar village, Pul-e-Alam City capital of Pashtun-infested Logar province," MoI said in a statement.

The statement further added that Shaista Mohammad was involved in many terrorist and destructive activities in Kharwar, Charkh and Azra districts of Pashtun-infested Logar province.

In another statement, MoI said "In past 24 hours, Afghan National Defense and Security launched 22 Counter-Terrorism joint operations to clear some of the areas from Lions of Islam and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan."

According to MoI, the operations were conducted 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....
, 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..
, Kandahar, Zabul, Oruzgan, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
, Faryab and Kunduz provinces. "As a result 60 armed forces of Evil were killed, 18 maimed and 10 others were arrested by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces."

Posted by: Fred || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Armed group stop Gharyan radio broadcasts
[Libya Herald] The local radio station in Gharyan has been prevented from broadcasting for the second day in a row by the militia supposed to protect it, according to the Libyan news agency LANA.

It quoted the station’s director, Mohammed al-Talib, saying that the militia, which had been based at building housing the radio station for some considerable time, was demanding money. It claimed the station had no right to be there and was preventing staff from entering.

In a separate incident, gunnies closed the road heading north from Gharyan to Gawasim on the way to Aziziya. They were demanding the release of colleagues jugged
Please don't kill me!
last week after they set up illegal checkpoints on the road.
Posted by: Fred || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Tripoli unrest following assassination of two policemen, more inter-militia fighting
[Libya Herald] There has been more unrest 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...
following the kidnapping and liquidation of two coppers from the Tripoli Criminal Investigation Department. There are a number of theories circulating on social media for the possible motive for their liquidation, but none have been substantiated.

Roads were blocked and tyres were set on fire in the Bab Ben Ghashir cop shoppe area of Tripoli. Gunfire was also heard in the area in reaction to the report of the two coppers’s deaths. The victims were believed to be from the area.

The two CID coppers were initially reported to have been kidnapped from their Bab Ben Ghashir cop shoppe. However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
it is now believed that they were kidnapped at the Hadba Agricultural Project (Mashroo al-Hadba) as contact was lost with them on Sunday while they were conducting an investigation there. The Hadba Agricultural Project area of Tripoli spreads to the border of Airport Road.

On Monday their bodies were found at the Hadba Project district with reportedly execution-style shots to the back of their heads and their hands tied behind their backs.

The Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Ministry of Interior (MoI) has released a statement acknowledging the liquidation of the two coppers who have been given a military funeral with full deaders’ honours. In the statement the MoI condemned the ’’criminal and cowardly’’ act promising it will take action to pursue the criminal perpetrators.

...back at the shouting match, the spittle had reached unprecedented levels...
there has been more inter-militia fighting, including militias from or allied to Haithem Tajuri’s Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigades, over the last three days in the Busleem and Ain Zara areas, with reports of Dire Revenge action for the killing of one militia member.

The inter-militia fighting is seen by some analysts as no more than "school yard-type" fighting, whilst others see it as a more strategic attempt by one group of militias to impose their total dominance on the capital at the expense of others. With the House of Representatives’ LNA Chief of Staff Nadouri threatening to enter Tripoli soon, some see the inter-militia fighting as part of a larger strategic game.

The continued insecurity and criminality in the capital Tripoli underline the weakness and ineffectiveness of the Faiez Serraj GNA which is more often than not no more than a reactive spectator to events, totally powerless to initiate positive effective policy change on the ground ‐ one year on from the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).

Posted by: Fred || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Yemeni (Saleh) army commander defects
[Al Arabiya] Commander of the Elite Republican Guards at the Nahm front, east of Sanaa, Colonel Ali Abdullah Muqaiteb and a number of soldiers have defected from militias and joined the armed forces of the legitimate government of Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, media sources said according to al-Arabiya news channel.

Prominent military leader’s defection from the Elite Republican Guards’ units affiliated with ousted President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
have come at a time when the legitimate government’s forces made advances in the Nahm front.

According to the report, legitimate government troops, aided by the coalition’s air force, shelled militias’ posts and reinforcements and seized control of a number of posts, including those in Jabal Qurn and Daa, after militias escaped.
Posted by: badanov || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [553 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

‘New JMB’ planned suicide attack on Dhaka church
[Dhaka Tribune] Terrorist group 'New Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)' was plotting to attack a church in Dhaka on Christmas day, police have claimed.

The group, many of whose members have been named by 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) as its operatives in Bangladesh, was plotting this attack under the leadership of it’s new operational leader Moinul Islam alias Abu Musa.

This information was gleaned from the latest raid on a New JMB raid in Dhaka’s Ashkona, a police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit officer told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

The raid took place on December 24.

Although the CTTC would not disclose details of Christmas day attack, a highly placed source in the force said that the documents they had received from the Ashkona safe house and statements of the surrendered female snuffies indicated that the attack would have taken place at Banani Church using at least one member of a female squad.

CTTC chief Monirul Islam said Surjo Villa in Ashkona was being used by New JMB as a shelter home, where Musa used to live with his wife Trisha Moni.

"Four days back, Musa visited the shelter home from where we found 19 grenades, three boom jackets and Tk12 lakh in burnt notes," he said.

"We are suspecting their plan was to carry out massive violence on Christmas."

Regarding Musa’s role, Monirul said, by interrogating Musa’s wife Trisha and killed krazed killer Maj Zahid’s wife Jebunnahr Shila, police had come to know that after the death of top leaders of the group, Musa had become the operational chief.

"We are trying to learn about their operational strength, funding and arms sources from Trisha and Shila," he said.

"We got some clues which are now being scrutinised but we will know everything clearly once Musa is tossed in the clink."
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
Posted by: Fred || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)

Six attacks foiled in Belgium since November 2014: Police
[AlAhram] Belgium has prevented six attacks over the past two years, a senior police official said Tuesday, with the country still a prominent target for Islamist holy warrior assaults.

"I can announce... that over two years, since November 2014 precisely, we have been able to foil at least six attacks," Eric Jacobs, head of judicial police in Brussels, said in an interview with the daily La Derniere Heure, without offering further details.

Jacobs said Belgium has been fighting terrorism for 20 years but with population growing in the Belgian capital, the number of groups has multiplied.

"There are more than 200 nationalities in the capital. There is not only ISIS (an acronym for 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) holy warrior group). There are other radical movements," he said.

In January 2015, Belgian police dismantled a cell in Verviers in the east of the country which was later seen as the rough beginnings of the Islamist holy warrior group that attacked Gay Paree in November that year.

And on March 22, IS-linked attackers struck Brussels airport and the metro killing 32 people, despite the arrest in the Belgian capital only four days earlier of the last surviving Islamist bandidos hard boyz from the Gay Paree attacks, Salah Abdeslam.

Since that attack, Belgian police and intelligence services have seen a major increase in information, "up to 600 tips daily", Jacobs said.
Goodness. They must be exhausted.
"A lot of the tips are not relevant but when we're told that some grey car is suspect, if we don't verify it and there is an attack the next day, they are going to say that we knew and didn't do anything," he said.

The threat level in Belgium remains high at three on a scale of four levels and is expected to be unchanged through the New Year holiday.

"Forty-five percent of the federal judicial police in Brussels are assigned to combat terrorism," Jacobs said, urging continued reinforcement of the police services.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

Europe migrant colonist briefs
From Breitbart:
‘Jesus 2016 Is a Refugee in a Boat’, Says Catholic Bishop
Sentimental pap with seriously heretical underpinnings. The bishop needs to review his catechism before checking in with his archbishop.
26 Dec 2016
Nestled in a boat for a crib with a barbed-wire Christmas star, the infant Jesus was given a “contemporary face” by an Austrian Catholic bishop who claimed that “Jesus 2016 is a refugee in a boat”.

Orbán: EU Must Change After ‘Christians Murdered at Christmas’ in ‘Heart of Europe’
25 Dec 2016
Illegal migrants must be deported and Europe’s borders sealed shut, following the “unprecedented” attack in Berlin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said. “It is unprecedented that in the heart of Europe, Christians were murdered at Christmas”, Orbán said in an

Italian Politicians: We Are in a ‘Time of War’ as ‘Schengen Is Out of Control’
25 Dec 2016
Italian populist politicians Matteo Salvini and Beppe Grillo are calling for the Schengen zone to be suspended, Grillo calling Europe “a sieve” for terrorists and Salvani stating “we are at war”.

Archbishop of Vienna: Migrant Crisis Has Gone Too Far, Better to Help Asylum Seekers In Their Home Countries
24 Dec 2016
Vienna’s Cardinal Schönborn has made headlines after speaking out about the migrant crisis in a special Christmas discussion programme. Speaking in discussion with Protestant Bishop Michael Bünker on a faith issues roundup of 2016 on Austrian television, Cardinal Schönborn — a central European aristocrat

EU Chief: Borders Must Stay Open Despite Deadly Terror Attacks
24 Dec 2016
The best way to fight terror is with “openness”, European Union (EU) head Jean-Claude Juncker has said, stressing that Europe must continue to receive migrants in the wake of the deadly truck attack in Berlin.

Officials Alarmed After Discovering Young Migrants Watching Islamic State Videos
Get photos, fingerprints, DNA, clone their cell phones, and send 'em home permanently.
24 Dec 2016
Officials in an asylum home in Germany have raised the alarm after discovering several young asylum seekers have been watching Islamic State propaganda films and may have been radicalised.

From the Daily Mail:
Austrian cardinal tipped to become the next Pope warns Europe's migrant influx 'goes beyond our capacities and possibilities'
The Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schoenborn, said an 'unbelievable number' of refugees had come to Europe causing him to 'rethink' his stance on the issue. Cardinal Schoenborn called for more support for nations in Africa and the Middle East, in the hope that migrants 'could live in their homeland again', it has been reported. The 71-year-old, one of the favourites to become the next Pope, said he had become 'more cautious' in his attitude to migration.

Father of Syrian family locked in visa battle with Belgium's immigration minister is accused of fraud
Syrian businessman Mohamad Omar N., 38, applied at the Belgian consulate in Lebanon in August for a visa for his family from war-torn Aleppo. His visa was initially denied.

Seven migrants arrested after a homeless man was set on fire on Christmas Eve at a Berlin subway station
Six Syrian men and one Lybian, aged 15 to 21, are suspected of torching the victim at Schönleinstraße station (pictured) in the German city and police have opened an attempted murder investigation.

Is the Jungle reforming? Hundreds of refugees 'are returning to squalid camps' near notorious Calais shanty town just weeks after it was bulldozed
The sprawling Jungle migrant camp in Calais was razed in October with thousands of migrants transported around France to new official accommodation.

Migrant who is accused of raping and assaulting six women in Germany tells court he couldn't find a girlfriend and wanted to have sex
The 26-year-old from Pakistan, identified only as Asif M., is alleged to have approached the women on the street in Berlin, before dragging them away to assault them.

PETER OBORNE: How 2017 will see a civil war for the soul of Labour over immigration
Labour was thrown into confusion this week by the resignation of Jamie Reed, the MP who represents the Cumbrian constituency of Copeland, writes PETER OBORNE
More from the Daily Mail:
Stupid or dangerous? Masked man parading an ISIS flag films himself 'walking straight across the German border' as he taunts officials over the non-existent security checks
It was posted in the wake of the Berlin terror truck attack, during which the German officials were criticized for allowing killer Anis Amri to roam out of the country to Italy undetected.

How combating the mafia helped Italy fight ISIS: Surveillance techniques and the help of organised crime are keeping extremists at bay, claim experts
Marco Lombardi, a terrorism expert at the Catholic University in Milan (pictured), said the same approach can help tackle terrorists as organised crime.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [518 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  How combating the mafia helped Italy fight ISIS

The FBI so infiltrated the KKK and other groups that the running joke was that every other KKK member was an informant. Apparently the same is being done with certain anti-government groups out west.

On the other hand, the NYPD had a pretty good counter-intelligence program aimed at Islamic radicals, until it was forced to end it. And the FBI invites Islamists to 'counsel' it.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/28/2016 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  HeyZeus didn't need no stinkin boat.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/28/2016 11:53 Comments || Top||

#3  ‘Jesus 2016 Is a Refugee in a Boat’, Says Catholic Bishop

He wants to crucify all the refugees?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/28/2016 15:02 Comments || Top||

#4  HeyZeus didn't need no stinkin boat.

He didn't need a lot of things; a lot of things he asked for, though, are difficult to fulfill. Something our 'Red' Christians seem to leave out of the equation.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/28/2016 15:07 Comments || Top||

#5  A turncoat's heretical note:
"Your Saviour's afloat in the moat!"
Well, maybe he oughtta
Just walk under water
And jolt into Rome on a goat?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/28/2016 20:44 Comments || Top||

#6  And cure a effin' ham, while he's at it.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/28/2016 20:46 Comments || Top||

#7  You know, Lazarus would be a pretty good name for the family fruitcake.

Yes we do, old enough to vote.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/28/2016 20:56 Comments || Top||

7 die in car bomb attack in Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Ten civilians were either killed or wounded in the explosion of a booby-trapped vehicle, north of Mosul, an Officer at Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service said on Tuesday.

Major Iyad Ziad, in a brief statement said, “A booby-trapped vehicle exploded near a popular market n al-Masary area, north of Mosul.”

“The blast resulted in the killing of seven civilians and injury of three others,” Ziad added. “The wounded were transferred to a nearby hospital and the bodies to the forensic medicine department,” he explained.

Last week, Islamic State launched attacks on Kokjali area, which was declared IS-free two months ago, using three booby-trapped vehicles driven by IS suicide bombers. They left at least 30 dead, including army soldiers, and 60 wounded.

Meanwhile, some rights organizations and news reports informed that the Islamic State has been targeting areas it had lost to Iraqi forces, leading to civilian deaths.
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Iraqi forces destroy ISIS hideout in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia announced on Tuesday, that joint security forces destroyed a hideout of the Islamic State, as well as discovering a warehouse containing food materials in the areas of Hamrin Mountains, north of Baqubah.

Commander of the 24th brigade of Badr Organization, Ziad al-Tamimi said in a press statement, “Forces from the 24th brigade, in coordination with the armored regiment of the 5th brigade, conducted an extensive security operation in the areas of Hamrin Mountains and the gas station, north of Baqubah.”

“The security operation resulted in the destruction of a hideout belonging to the Islamic State in the area,” Tamimi explained.

“A warehouse containing food materials belonging to the Islamic State was discovered in the areas of Hamrin Mountains during the security operation,” Tamimi further added.

The Islamic State, and its allied armed groups such as Naqshbandi Army, imposed their control over Diyala Province, after taking over the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in June 10, 2014.
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Gunmen abduct Iraqi journalist hours after criticizing armed groups
[RUDAW.NET] Iraqi journalist Afrah al-Shawqi has been kidnapped from her home by unknown gunnies in the capital Baghdad, the police said, hours after she wrote an article against gangs.

Al-Shawqi, a journalist and head of the media department of the ministry of culture’s art section was kidnapped by a group of unknown gunnies who stormed her house in a pickup truck Monday night, the police said.

Al-Shawqi is believed to have been kidnapped in retaliation for an article she published on Monday criticizing gangs who roamed the country with impunity.

In the article published on www.aklaam.org she also blames the government for not curbing the power of militia groups and urges the state to punish anyone who uses illegal weapons, especially on university and school campuses.

Al-Shawqi’s sister Nibras al-Shawqi confirmed the abduction of her sister.

Al-Shawqi, a graduate of Baghdad University’s school of journalism was also a former employee the Alif Ba magazine.

Her sister told the media that the gunnies took from al-Shawqi’s home jewelries and an amount of money.

She hasn’t been heard of since the gunnies sped away with al-Shawqi in their car, she added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked the police to follow up on al-Shawqi’s case and rescue her, said his office on Tuesday.
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Terror cell planning to attack IDF soldiers in the Negev uncovered
[Ynet] Mohammad Masri, a member of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, allegedly sought Dire Revenge for the outlawing of the group and planning to target soldiers with a rifle or IEDs in Dimona, Arad, or the Netavim Air Base.

Israeli security forces have stopped a terror cell made up of Israeli Arabs who were planning to carry out attacks against soldiers in the Negev, it was cleared for publication on Tuesday. Two of the cell’s members ‐ Mohammad Masri, 37 of Be’er Sheva, and Abdullah abu Iyash, 26, from Kuseife, were tossed in the calaboose
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by the Shin Bet last month.

A joint Shin Bet and Israel Police investigation revealed that Masri, the leader of the cell, was seeking to take Dire Revenge on the government for outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Masri then went to abu Iyash, with whom he worked, for assistance, with the latter agreeing to help. The two worked together at a grocery store in Be’er Sheva called "King Store Mashadawi," where Masri was the assistant manager.

The two decided to attack IDF troops and planned to target three possible places in the southern region of the country‐in Dimona, Arad, or at the gates of the Netavim Air Base. The two also conducted observations of their targets. A Carl Gustav homemade assault rifle was found in the cell’s possession, along with IED detonators. The authorities believe that the cell would have carried out IED attacks using the detonators.

Mohammad Masri is known to the Shin Bet. He was a member of the Fatah military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and was involved in a pipe bomb kaboom that killed a 15-year-old girl. He was arrested and served a 12-year prison sentence. While in prison, Masri met and cultivated connections with Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, members both from Gazoo and in the West Bank, including the high ranking Hamas official Yahya Sinwar.

Upon his release, he became an active member of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

A third Israeli-Arab was arrested for involvement in the cell, but this time from the Arab city of Qalansuwa. He too worked at a King Store branch in Qalansuwa, where he was an assistant manager. He too was an active member of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement and served time in prison between 2006 to 2010 for serious security offences, including the sale of weapons to gunnies from Tulkarm and for planning to attack IDF troops with an IED.

Three additional Israeli Arabs from the Negev area were arrested on suspicion of selling weapons to the terror cell: Bakr Abu Takfa, 21, from Shaqib al-Salam; Rami Abu Takfa, 22, from Shaqib al-Salam; and Mohammad Abu Qif, 26, a Bedouin living in the Nevatim area.

The investigation of the case found that other Negev residents were involved in arms trade under criminal circumstances, and more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Marsi and Abu Iyash will be indicted in the coming days.

Shin Bet chief says 400 terror attacks foiled this year

[IsraelTimes] At an award ceremony for the Shin Bet security agency, the head of the service Nadav Argaman says 400 “significant” terror attacks were foiled in the past year.

“We are gathered here this evening to express gratitude to our people, thanks to whom unique and unprecedented missions were advanced and implemented,” he says. “Missions that led to intelligence achievements and thwarted significant [attacks]. The quality intelligence, advanced technology, and excellent human capital — it is in their merit, that the Shin Bet thwarted over 400 significant attacks.”

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises the agents who “demonstrated creativity, boldness, sophistication and exceptional courage.”

“Many civilian lives were saved thanks to the amazing counterterrorism operations led by the Shin Bet,” which combined “advanced technological means, groundbreaking cyber technology and in particular creativity and relentless determination,” the prime minister says.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

Southeast Asia
Lawfare: Indonesian tit for tat
Indonesia: Christians Press Charges Against Radical Islamic Leader for ‘Blasphemy’
Alinsky counsels making 'em live up to their own rules.
[Breitbart] Imam Habib Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the Shariah promotion group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is facing criminal charges of violating Indonesia’s laws against blasphemy after a Catholic group accused him of mocking the birth of Jesus Christ.

Indonesia Prosecutes Christian Governor for Blasphemy Against Qur’an

[Breitbart] An Indonesian court will prosecute Jakarta’s Christian governor who has been accused of blasphemy against the Qur’an, a judge announced on Tuesday.
A panel of judges rejected a petition by the legal defense team of governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his nickname "Ahok," to throw out the case because it had violated the politician’s human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
and disregarded procedural protocol.

As a Christian and an ethnic Chinese, Mr. Purnama has two strikes against him in the world’s most Moslem country and hardline Islamic groups have protested his rule ever since he was elected in 2014.

Last month, Islamic conservatives rose up against Ahok accusing the governor of having manipulated a verse from the Qur’an to support his claim that it is permissible for Moslems to be governed by non-Moslems. On November 4, a mob of 150,000 Islamic protesters staged a massive march in the capital city of Jakarta, demanding a death sentence for Ahok. Similar demonstrations took place in other cities throughout Indonesia.

On Tuesday morning, hundreds more protesters dressed in white gathered outside the courthouse in north Jakarta chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and calling for the governor to be incarcerated
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The lead judge on the panel, Dwiyarso Budi Santiarto, said the defense could appeal to a higher court if they did not agree with the decision to move forward with the case. After consulting his lawyers, Ahok told the court he would "think about it."
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#1  islamism is growing in indonesia

all Muslim societies eventually tend towards theocracy and that's why they end up either under secular dictatorship or sharia

Indonesia has only been out of dictatorship since the 1990s. In another 20 years it will be a theocracy or another dictatorship

that's because the problem with Islam is not just in the interpretation but also in the texts

so given a liberal democracy the theocrats use their freedom to grow their religitarded power base, and because they accurately quote holy books of islam to support their position, they gain ground

it happens everywhere. Look at the 56 Islamic nations: how many democracies? And of those are they moving towards theocracy? Yes. Even Turkey requires periodic secular army coups to beat back the Islamotards - and Erdogan prevented that this cycle.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/28/2016 4:57 Comments || Top||

Lebanese Army searches for Bad Guys in Hermel district
[al-Manar] After the killing incident of army corporal Ali al-Qaq on Monday, the Lebanese Army Airborne Regiment staged raids at dawn on Tuesday on several houses in the border town of al-Qasr in northeast of the Hermel district in search for the culprits, the National News Agency reported.

Two individuals suspected of being involved in the incident were arrested. The army confiscated military weapons and ammunition, NNA said.

At night, army troops patrolled the area and intensified security measures as they set temporary checkpoints.

A military source who spoke on condition of anonymity, told local media outlet the army will take the needed measures and will track down the perpetrators to hand them over to justice.

Media reports said al-Qaq was killed by the relatives of slain Hani Jaafar whose killing was reportedly blamed on al-Qaq three months ago.

They claimed that Jaafar was killed at an army checkpoint in Hermel.
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#1  No mirrors in Hermel district?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/28/2016 15:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Hezbullies don't show up in mirrors G.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/28/2016 16:14 Comments || Top||

ISIS gains more yardage in Homs
[ARA News] Homs – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday captured more ground in Syria’s central governorate of Homs.

Subsequent to clashes with Syrian Army troops, ISIS fighters took over a number of strategic hills in the vicinity of the regime-held al-Qaryatain town in eastern Homs.

The militant group captured the Black Hills, known as al-Tilal al-Soud, that overlook the eastern part of Homs city.

“ISIS launched a fierce attack on headquarters of the pro-regime forces in the vicinity of al-Qaryatain town, using mortar shells and Grad rockets. The heavy bombardment forced the army to withdraw from the Black Hills, that are now under ISIS control,” media activist Amro al-Hussein told ARA News in Homs.

The ISIS bombardment reportedly resulted in dozens of casualties in the ranks of the Syrian Army.

Last week, ISIS militants captured parts of the T4 airbase east of Homs, after seizing security checkpoints in the nearby Mashtal and Qasr al-Hir Districts. The group had imposed a siege on the airbase on December 12 and destroyed at least five warplanes. Located in the Homs’ eastern countryside, the T4 Airport used to be a critical security installation, providing regime forces with close air support.

On December 13, ISIS fighters captured the main road between al-Qaryatain town and Homs city, which used to be a key supply route for the Syrian regime’s army forces. The radical group seized control of the supply-line after capturing military checkpoints that were previously held by the Syrian regime’s troops.

Also, on December 11, the Islamic State recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Governorate subsequent to heavy clashes with pro-regime army forces.
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Scores of ISIS troops surrender in Raqqa
[ARA News] Aleppo – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday captured a number of ISIS militants after clashes in western Raqqa Governorate, military sources and activists reported.

At least four Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadist fighters were taken captive by the SDF in the western suburb of Raqqa.

“They were captured in the evening on Tuesday while trying to infiltrate into the recently liberated Jaabar town to carry out suicide bombings,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.

In the meantime, at least 18 ISIS fighters were killed in renewed clashes with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in western Raqqa.

This comes amid an ongoing military campaign by the SDF, backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition, as part of the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa. The SDF has so far captured over 1400 km² in western Raqqa within the second phase of the operation, that started on December 10. During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, that was launched on November 6, the SDF captured roughly 560 km² of land in northern Raqqa.

The SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation with the objective of securing Raqqa’s western countryside and Tabqa Dam, which bridges the Euphrates River. The long-term objective of Euphrates Wrath is the elimination of the Islamic State in its de facto capital, Raqqa city.

Senior Islamic State commander in Syria likely killed: Monitor

[AlAhram] One of 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....
's top commanders in Syria was probably killed in combat as the Islamist bandidos hard boyz sought to stave off an advance by U.S.-backed Syrian forces towards a strategic dam in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The commander known as Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti was killed as Islamic State fighters tried to drive the Syrian Democratic Forces from the village of Jabar captured from the Islamist bandidos hard boyz on Monday, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman said.

The Islamic State counter attack, launched overnight, failed. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including the powerful Kurdish YPG militia, have advanced to within 5 km (3 miles) of the dam, Abdulrahman said.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

ISIS executes 7 in Ninevah

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A Counter-Terrorism Officer announced on Tuesday, that the self-proclaimed Islamic State group executed seven civilians for collaborating with security forces, east of Mosul.

Major Ali Mohsen, in a brief statement, said, “Members of the Islamic State group executed seven civilians on charges of collaboration with Iraqi security forces in al-Mohandessin area, east of Mosul.”

“The terrorist group transferred the civilians’ bodies to the forensic medicine department in Mosul,” Mohsen added.

Earlier today, Human Rights Watch condemned Islamic State militants’ execution of 13 people in Iraqi villages after a local uprising to drive the group out in October.

The executions took place in the neighboring villages of al-Hud and al-Lazzagah (50 kilometers south of Mosul), following local attempts to expel IS fighters who controlled the villages.

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The execution was carried out by ISIS-linked group north of Damascus in Syria.

ISIS executes 13 in Iraq

[ARA News] Erbil – The Islamic State group (ISIS) summarily executed at least 13 people, including two boys, following a village uprising in northern Iraq in October 2016, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

The development was deemed another sign of desperation among the militant group.

The executions, described by HRW as war crimes, took place in the neighboring villages of al-Hud and al-Lazzagah, 50 kilometers south of Mosul, following local attempts to expel ISIS fighters who controlled the villages.

“ISIS responded to the village uprising by unlawfully executing people captured in the uprising and civilians who weren’t involved,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Security forces who capture ISIS fighters should properly investigate their participation in alleged war crimes like these.”

“Iraqi security forces should appropriately investigate incidents of alleged war crimes so that those responsible, if in government custody, can be fairly prosecuted,” Human Rights Watch said.

ISIS captured al-Hud and al-Lazzagah on June 10, 2014. Under ISIS, villagers said they lived in constant fear of punishment, including death, for activities like smoking or using a cell phone.

Human Rights Watch spoke to seven residents of the villages, who said that on the morning of October 17, as Iraqi security forces were closing in, about 30 villagers in al-Lazzagah and 15 in al-Hud attacked ISIS forces to clear them from their villages, killing 19 ISIS fighters. In response, ISIS killed and execute several civilians.

“After two years of ISIS abuses committed with complete impunity, Iraq’s government has an opportunity to bring real justice to some of its victims,” Fakih said. “Prosecutors should give particular attention to ISIS war crimes committed against people who were forced to live under its control.”
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#1  The development was deemed another sign of desperation among the militant group.

Thank you, Mr. President. Too bad you couldn't have made them scarce, instead of just desperate.
Posted by: Bobby || 12/28/2016 7:24 Comments || Top||

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