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Africa Horn
Somali pirates seize fishing trawler off Somalia coast
Police say Somali pirates have seized a fishing trawler owned by a local businessman and forced the mostly foreign crew to disembark.

Col. Mohamed Hassan told The Associated Press on Friday that the pirates used a small skiff to board the trawler off the village of Eyl in the northern semiautonomous state of Puntland. Hassan says the pirates likely will use the trawler as a mother ship to carry out hijackings in international waters.

The incident comes shortly after Somali pirates seized an oil tanker and its Sri Lankan crew for several days — the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel in the area in five years.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Car bomb kills 1, injures 2 in Mogadishu
A police official says a car bomb blast near a restaurant and hotel in Somalia’s capital has killed at least one person and wounded two others. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the car bomb detonated in the middle of a road near the presidential palace.

Another car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near the presidential palace, killing at least six people. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

The extremist group has denounced Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as an “apostate” and warned Somalis against supporting him. Al-Shabab was kicked out of Mogadishu under Mohamed’s brief term as prime minister in 2010-2011.
Nursing a grudge, are they...
Posted by: Steve White || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Cairo Blast Kills Egyptian Man
[AnNahar] An kaboom killed an Egyptian man on Friday in Cairo, the interior ministry said.

The blast in the Maadi district, caused by a "strange metal device", killed a 35-year-old doorman as he cleaned a garden, the ministry said in a statement.

His wife and two sons were maimed in the kaboom.

Islamist gunnies have set off bombs in Cairo, usually targeting coppers, since the 2013 overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi, a Moslem Brüderbund politician.

His overthrow led to a deadly police crackdown that killed hundreds of Islamist protesters, and an insurgency centred in the Sinai Peninsula that killed hundreds of soldiers and coppers.

Maadi is a large district that houses embassies and expatriates as well as middle and working class areas.

The site of the kaboom was not close to any embassies, some of which had been threatened by jihadists over the past few years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/25/2017 06:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
At Least 50 Killed by Armed Men in C. Africa
[AnNahar] At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after gunnies attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes told AFP.

Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who beat feet from Yasseneme village, said the attackers had "fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants".

"The provisional toll of the attacks in the Agoudou Manga, Yasseneme and Ngouyanza is at least 50 dead. Dozens more have been injured," said Isaac Arata-Naba, an Agoudou Manga resident.

Tchoulekrayo said the attacks were staged by members of the UPC, a faction of the former rebel and mainly Moslem Seleka
...a 'mainly' Moslem rebel force in the Central African Republic that overthrew the govt, imposed a regime of rapine and looting on the country's non-Moslem population, and was then tossed by France. They still exist, getting funding and weapons from somewhere or other, licking their wounds, complaining about the oppression of Moslems, and occasionally raping and looting someone...
movement "which is continuing to stage reprisal attacks against natives."

But a UPC (Unity of Central African People) source denied the group was involved in the latest attacks.

The source said a rival Seleka faction called the Popular Front for the Rebirth of the Central African Republic had raided the villages, adding that they were targeting UPC positions.

One of the world's poorest nations, the Central African Republic has been struggling to recover from a three-year civil war between the Moslem and Christian militias that started in 2013.

President Faustin-Archange Touadera took office in March 2016 with a mandate to lead a transition to peace but much of the country remains under the control of gangs.

Deadly festivities between rival factions have regularly broken out near the central town of Bambari, where a contingent of the U.N. peacekeeping force is based.

The fighting is linked to the control of lucrative mines in the mineral-rich country and racketeering.

An independent U.N. expert on Central Africa, Marie-Therese Keita-Bocoum, had in February deplored that "gangs have taken over more than 60 percent of the country."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/25/2017 06:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under:


Boko Haram IED Factory Discovered and Destroyed In Konduga, Borno State
[NTA.NG] Troops of 103 Battalion, 7 Division, Nigerian Army of Operation LAFIYA DOLE along with some Civilian JTF today, conducted clearance operation at Gombole, Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

During the operation, the troops neutralized a number of Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Lions of Islam hiding in the area. They also discovered and destroyed an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) factory located at the village.

The team further recovered 3 cycle of violences, 4 primed Suicide Vests and 4 stolen military desert camouflage. They rescued 4 females and 6 children from the terrorists.

Unfortunately, a soldier sustained injury and he was evacuated by Nigerian Air Force. The soldier is in stable, pH balanced condition.

Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Boko Haram gangsters arrested in Katutura
... and the infestation spreads...
[NAMIBIAN.NA] POLICE nabbed
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
11 members of a gang called Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
in Windhoek's Katutura suburb on Tuesday. A member of the Khomas police community affairs' department said the arrested gang members were aged between 16 and 27.

According to the police, the gang has been harassing people, as well as stealing and damaging property in parts of Katutura.

"These may sound like petty crimes, but it starts like this and if not controlled, it gets out of hand. There are various cases opened against the gang members, hence the arrests," the policewoman stated.

Deputy commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi also confirmed the arrests, and said police were investigating the gang. But at this point in time, he could not comment extensively on the investigation.

An undercover police source told The Namibian yesterday that the gang appears to have about 100 members operating in areas such as Shandumbala, Okuryangava and Goreangab.

The source added that at least one gang member was wanted in connection with murder, and that the Boko Haram gang has increasingly become known for violence.

A Shandumbala resident, who was harassed by the gang, said the gangsters were more dangerous when they were under the influence of alcohol.

"I don't understand why these children are doing this. They don't care if you are an old person or not," the resident, who declined to be named, said. Another resident from the Gemengde area said they lived in fear of Boko Haram.

"I am a businesswoman. These boys would come to my place and provoke people. Sometimes they will pretend to fight each other, just to turn against the person trying to help. These boys are dangerous, especially in the evenings. They can easily kill you. They are very angry," she stressed.

Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
MSF withdraws from hospital in Houthi-held region of Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have decided to withdraw from al-Thawra hospital in the Houthi-held governorate of Ibb due to the breach of their "no weapons policy."

Since the turmoil began in the country after the 2014 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 ...
coup in Sanaa, which led to an ongoing conflict that began in 2015, MSF has provided civilians with medical facilities that have become scarce due to the war.

"Due to our inability to run activities according to MSF’s principles of independence and impartiality, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from Al Thawra hospital in Ibb," the program manager for MSF in Yemen, Hugues Robert, said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement stated that MSF, which employs 66 people in the hospital, would not depart immediately, but gradually over the next three months.

The head of the Yemeni government’s Higher Relief Committee, Abdul Raqeeb Fatah, said according to local media reports that the reason behind MSF’s withdrawal was due to harassment by Houthi militias who are in control of the area. The report said that turbans entered the hospital with weapons.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
MSF denied the media reports, stating that they are not accurate. They said there have been no harassments and that medical personnel were never prevented from treating patients.

"The reason MSF decided to withdraw from the hospital was because people would refuse to leave their weapons outside before entering when we asked them to do so. This of course is a health and safety risk for both patients and staff," MSF press officer Maha Oda told Al Arabiya English, explaining that this was a breach of MSF’s no weapons policy.
Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Joint forces ready for raid on Sylhet militant den
[PRIMENEWS.BD] Joint forces are preparing to raid a house, presumed to be a hideout of bully boys, at Shibbari of the district’s Dakkhin Surma upazila.

Law enforcers also brought two ambulances outside the building around 4:45pm, after a four member bomb disposal unit reached there.

Police cordoned off the suspected bully boy den in the early hours of Friday asked the suspected Death Eaters to surrender.

However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
the Death Eaters did not surrender till filing of the report at 7:00pm.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy's udder had begun to ache...
a team of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit arrived at the spot around 3:52pm from Dhaka.

Later, the joint forces comprising of district police, and members of SWAT, including the bomb disposal unit, and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) started the preparations to enter the house.

Earlier, ’the bully boys’ talked to police from the house several times.

In response to the police request for surrender, a male bully boy said at noon, "Send in force."

"We’re on the path of Allah. Send SWAT team as early as possible. Why are you killing time?...we don’t have enough time," said a female voice from the building at noon.
Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Female militant in Sylhet may also be from Bandarban
[Dhaka Tribune] Three of this family and many more from the neighbourhood have gone missing over the past year

The family of Zubaira Yasmin, the female turban enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
from Chittagong earlier this month, believes that their other daughter Monji Ara Parvin may be in the Sylhet turban den.

As of 8pm Friday, police had two buildings in Shibbari area under Dakshin Surma upazila of Sylhet surrounded for 17 hours, having located a turban hideout there. Officials have said there is a woman named Morjina in there.

Zubaira and her husband Kamal Hossain, from Baishari union in Naikkhyangchhari upazila, Bandarban were killed during a police raid on March 16 in a turban den in Sitakunda, Chittagong.

Kamal, Zubaira and her brother Jahirul Haque left Bandarban over a year ago. Monji Ara, 16, left sometime later. The family says they were out of touch for eight months.

Bandarban police later said many people from the union had gone missing.

Ziabul Haque, Zubaira’s brother, said Monji Ara may be the woman named Morjina in the Sylhet den.

"Whether it is my sister or anyone else, if they are involved in anti-state activities they must be strictly punished," he said.

Sub-Inspector Abu Musa of the Baishari Police Investigation Centre said police cannot immediately confirm that Monji Ara is Morjina.
Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


IS claims second attack in a week
[Dhaka Tribune] 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....
has described Friday’s incident as a suicide kaboom by one of its supporters at the Dhaka airport intersection Friday night, its second claim of attack in Bangladesh in the window of a week.

However,
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Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [516 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamic State claims suicide attack near Bangladesh airport
[REUTERS] Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack carried out at a checkpoint near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, saying it had killed several police officers. The militant group said it also wounded many officers in the blast, in a statement published on supporters' social media accounts.
Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Britain
London attack: More about Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood as two people remain in custody
[Telegraph] Scotland Yard on Friday afternoon issued the image of the middle-aged British Moslem convert who brought carnage to the heart of London on Wednesday.

Two suspects, both men, remained in jug on Friday night. Seven people have been released with no further police action. A 32-year-old woman, tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in Manchester, has been bailed pending further inquiries, while a 39-year-old woman arrested in east London has been released on bail until late March.

Two people remain in hospital in a critical condition, one with life-threatening injuries. Two police officers injured in the attack are also in hospital with "significant injuries" after Masood ploughed a car down Westminster Bridge and stormed the Parliamentary estate arm

It comes after Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer, disclosed that 2,700 items - including "massive amounts of computer data" - have already been seized in raids on 16 properties.

The revelations came as a picture emerged of the killer's nomadic lifestyle. Masood - a 52-year-old father of three with a string of convictions stretching back decades - claimed he was an English teacher. He was born in Kent on Christmas day, before later converting to Islam.

Hours before carrying out his atrocity, the career criminal stayed at a hotel in Brighton, telling staff as he checked out that he was he was going to London. He reportedly added: "It isn't what it used to be."
The Times of Israel adds:
Khalid Masood, who killed 4 outside the UK parliament, reportedly married a Moslem woman in 2004 and moved to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
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....
group claimed that Britannia’s deadliest terror attack in 12 years was conducted by one of its "soldiers" acting on a call to target countries in the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists.

Police said there was no further threat, but counter-terrorism commander Mark Rowley said they were trying to establish whether Masood acted alone "or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him."

Released by police, the passport-style photo of Masood, who also used the names Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao among other aliases, shows a black man with a shaved head and a goatee beard.

At least 50 people from 12 different countries were maimed when Masood plowed his rented car into crowds of people walking along the pavement on Westminster Bridge, before crashing the vehicle into the fence outside parliament.

Three people on the bridge died after being hit by the speeding car then the attacker leapt out and fatally stabbed a police officer just inside the gates of the Houses of Parliament before being rubbed out.

According to The Sun tabloid, he married a Moslem woman in 2004 and moved the following year to Saudi Arabia to teach English, returning in 2009, but officials could not confirm this.

Rowley said police were "looking at his history" and appealed to the public to come forward with any information about him.

"Our investigation focuses on understanding his motivation, preparation and associates," he said.

Detectives have searched 21 properties in London, Brighton, Wales, Manchester and the central English city of Birmingham in one of Britannia’s biggest counterterrorism operations in years. Wednesday’s attack was the deadliest in Britannia since jacket wallahs killed 52 commuters on London’s transit system in July 2005.

Rowley said that contact had been made with 3,500 witnesses, adding "We’ve received hundreds of uploads of video images to our online platform."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Nobody seems to be doing a live feed today, choosing instead to post articles about what has been discovered about Mr. Masood's peripatetic life. The Daily Mail has three articles, the Telegraph and Guardian each have one, and while thus far there is some agreement -- born to a young mother who married well two years later, drugs and outbursts of violence in adulthood, prison conversion after 9/11, three sequential wives, time spent in Saudi Arabia teaching English -- there is disagreement on other things.

Fog of data collection -- no doubt consensus will be reached, but none of the articles called out to me to be posted at this point.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/25/2017 12:59 Comments || Top||


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs

German state bans mosque group after imam calls for killings

[Ynet] German state officials say they've banned an Islamic cultural association that ran a mosque in the central German town of Kassel due to extremist comments. Hesse state Interior Minister Peter Beuth said Thursday that the Almadinah Islamic Culture Association was banned because the group's leading imam had, among other things, repeatedly called for the killing of infidels in his sermons. Investigations by the authorities also confirmed that several members of the mosque had already left Germany for Syria to join extremist Islamic fighters there.

Portugal quizzes Moroccan IS suspect extradited from Germany

[Ynet] Portugal's attorney general says investigators are preparing to question a Moroccan man extradited from Germany who is suspected of providing financing and recruitment assistance to the Islamic State group.

The attorney general's office said in a statement that the man arrived in Portugal from Germany on Thursday after Portuguese authorities issued a European arrest warrant for him.

The statement said the man is suspected of belonging to and supporting a terrorist organization, which it named as the Islamic State group.

Around 250 feared dead in new Med migrant boat sinkings: NGO

[AlAhram] Around 250 African migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after a rescue boat found two partially submerged rubber dinghies off Libya, a spokeswoman for the NGO which operates the vessel said Thursday. Laura Lanuza of Spanish charity Pro-Activa Open Arms said its boat had recovered five floating corpses close to the dinghies, about 15 miles off the Libyan coast. She told AFP that they would typically have been carrying 120-140 migrants each.

Dunkirk refugee camp is the stuff of nightmares

[DW] In the wake of the dismantlement of the "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, the migrant population of the Dunkirk camp, La Linière, has doubled. Abigal Frymann Rouch reports on their desperate attempts to reach the UK.

Report: Cologne New Year's Eve attacks 'could have been prevented'

[DW] A report obtained by German media has slammed authorities for mistakes leading to the mass sexual assaults at the city's train station. Police public relations in the aftermath were self-serving, the report also said.

On December 31, 2015, large-scale sexual assaults and thefts against women took place in numerous German cities including Cologne, where around 1,000 men descended on the square next to the central train station and proceeded to corral, rob and assault individual women. Over 1,200 criminal charges were subsequently made, around 500 of which pertained to sexual assault.

From Breitbart:
Public Anger Growing at ‘Taxi’ NGOs Picking Up Migrants From Mediterranean
22 March
Politicians and members of the public are growing frustrated with civilian volunteers who rescue migrants in the Mediterranean with some calling them “migrant taxis”.

Eastern European Youth: Islamism Biggest Problem in the European Union
22 March
According to a new survey, young Eastern Europeans love the idea of freedom of movement but totally disagree with open doors mass migration and see Islamism as the biggest threat to the European Union (EU).

Sweden: Asylum Seeker Forced 10-Year-Old to Watch Porn Before Raping Her
22 March
An asylum seeker who forced a 10-year-old to watch pornographic films before raping her is now pleading with the Swedish government not to deport him back to Iraq.

EU Says They Can Force All Members, Including Poland, to Take Migrants
21 March
The European Union’s commissioner for migration says there are ways to make all EU members states comply with the program of relocation of migrants among them.

Rapid Increase of Migrants Arriving in Greece
21 March
The migrant deal between the European Union (EU) and Turkey may be failing over 350 migrants have arrived in Greece in three days, up considerably from previous weeks.

Migrant Crisis Summit: Libya Demands €800 Million to Stop Smuggler Boats
20 March
European and North African countries met in Rome Monday to discuss the migrant crisis, which saw more than 150,000 migrants land on Italian shores in 2016 and thousands killed in dangerous conditions on the Mediterranian Sea.

Hungary Opens Base for Army Border Patrols to Stop Migrants
20 March
Hungary’s defense minister inaugurated a small military base on Monday on the country’s southern border for soldiers patrolling to prevent the entry of migrants.

Two Albanians and Polish Lorry Driver Jailed for Smuggling 20 Illegals into UK
19 March
Two Albanians and a polish lorry driver have been jailed for their involvement in the “appalling but profitable” people smuggling business, after 20 illegals migrants were found in the back of a lorry.

Sweden to Give Prison Guard Internships To New Migrants
19 March
Asylum Seekers from the Middle East are being trained to become prison guards in a new program at the Mariefred prison set up by the Swedish government. The new program, initiated by the Swedish probation and prison system, aims to see

EU Border Control Accuses NGOs of Providing Shuttle Service for African Migrants
18 March
In a remarkably blunt analysis of the massive migration from North Africa to Italy in 2016, the European Frontex agency has denounced human traffickers’ exploitation of NGOs to efficiently transport African migrants from Libya to Italy.

EU Says 1.2 Million Sought Asylum in Bloc Last Year
16 March
The European Union’s statistical agency says more than 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the bloc last year, mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/25/2017 05:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Terror alert in Lille as 'gangster' gunman shoots three people outside a Metro station 'to settle scores' as the French city is put in lockdown by armed police just two days after London attack
[DailyMail] At least three people including a teenage boy were wounded tonight after a man opened fire next to an underground train station in the northern French city of Lille.

Police said the 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg, while the others were wounded in the neck and back.

Anti-terrorist police were on the scene in minutes, but early indications were of 'a settling of accounts' by the shooter.
The high cost of not surrendering.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lots of terrorism is funded by gangsterism...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/25/2017 11:02 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Hezbollah Financier Arrested
[NBCNEWS] A top financial supporter of Hezbollah was tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
overseas earlier this month on an 11-count indictment unsealed Friday in federal court.

Kassim Tajideen of Beirut, Leb is charged with evading U.S. sanctions placed on his because of his financial support for Hezbollah, officially designated as a terror group by the U.S. government.

The arrest came after a two-year investigation let by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is part of Project Cassandra, which targets Hezbollah's global support network. Tajideen is accused of operating front companies for Hezbollah, and was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2009.

The indictment says that over the past three years, Tajideen transferred more than $27 million via at least 47 wire transfers to individuals in the U.S., who helped Tajideen continue to do business with U.S. companies and ship U.S. goods out of the U.S.
Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [507 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  According to An Nahar, it was the Moroccan authorities who arrested Mr. Tajideen in Casabalanca on March 12th, then deported him to America.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/25/2017 16:25 Comments || Top||


Virginia federal judge rules in favor of Trump's travel ban
[LATIMES] Unlike federal judges before him, a judge in Virginia on Friday ruled in favor of President Trump’s revised travel ban in a case brought by Moslems who said the president’s executive order illegally discriminated against their religion by restricting travel from six majority-Moslem countries.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District Court of Virginia in Alexandria wrote that the plaintiffs, the Council on American-Islamic Relations
... the Moslem Brüderbund's American arm ...
and other Moslem community leaders from across the country, probably would not prevail in their suit.

Trenga said the travel ban likely "falls within the bounds" of Trump’s authority as president, and he rejected a request to halt the order.

Trenga’s ruling doesn’t have an immediate effect on the ban, which was put on hold by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland last week. But it gives ammunition to government lawyers arguing for the ban across several U.S. courts where cases against it are are pending.

The Hawaii and Maryland rulings agreed with arguments that the travel ban violated the Constitution by discriminating against Moslems. The judges cited statements by Trump and his campaign associates about restricting Moslem travel to the U.S. as evidence of their intent to single out followers of Islam.

Trenga’s opinion gave less weight to Trump’s statements. It more strictly looked at how the travel ban is worded in light of presidential power over immigration and national security.
Posted by: Fred || 03/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are we now in the midst of a Federal Judicial referendum ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/25/2017 2:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Trenga said the travel ban likely "falls within the bounds" of Trump’s authority as president, and he rejected a request to halt the order.

Finally, a federal judge (Trenga) who knows the law and follows it--not a frickin bought lefty "judge in a box" who pops up whenever needed to push a lefty cause.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/25/2017 16:56 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Clashes in Srinagar, Sopore
[Daily Excelsior] Stone-throwing festivities broke out at many places in Srinagar and Sopore areas of Valley today after Friday prayers during which one youth sustained grievous hand injury.

Soon after Friday prayers, groups of youths after holding anti-election protest pelted stones on security forces in the premises of Jama Masjid in Old City area of Srinagar. However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the security personnel deployed in large numbers chased away the protesters. The festivities between youth and security forces also erupted at nearby Rainawari area.

Intense festivities between youth and security forces erupted at Anchar locality of Soura in city here after Friday, prayers. Police lobbed teargas shells and stun grenades towards protesters who, however, remained unfazed and continued pelting stones.

One youth identified as Manzoor Ahmad of Baramullla district suffered grievous hand injury after a stun grenade he tried to throw towards police went kaboom! in his hand and as a result his thumb fell apart.

The post-Friday festivities also raged at Sopore town of Baramulla district. Police fired several teargas canisters towards rock-throwing crowd in Jama Masjid area. The festivities in the area continued for several hours but no one was reported injured in these festivities.
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Iraq
Video released of the 200 people reportedly killed by US-led airstrikes in Mosul
[ALMASDARNEWS] Footage shows disturbing images of some of the victims, including children and babies burnt beyond recognition as workers sift through the rubble to search for any remaining survivors and clear the debris. Some reports have put the corpse count from the Arclight airstrike at around 230.

Rudaw correspondent in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Hevidar Ahmed said that 130 of the people were killed inside one house alone, with a further 100 killed inside, most of them believed to be civilians.

"Some of the dead were taking shelter inside the homes," said the correspondent.

A US Central Command spokesperson has admitted that the US-led coalition carried out several Arclight airstrikes targetting IS forces in the region, but there has been no comment on the specific corpse count so far.

The military operation against the self-proclaimed 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; formerly ISIS/ISIS) in Mosul began on October 17 last year.

ISIS captured the city in 2014 and the offensive is now fronted by the US-led anti-IS coalition and the Iraqi army, who have been carrying out Arclight airstrikes in the city. Thousands of Mosul residents have been forced to flee the fighting as the campaign escalates.
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#1  Hevidar Ahmed said that 130 of the people were killed inside one house alone,

Uh huh. Pull the other one
Posted by: Frank G || 03/25/2017 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, Frank, it was a funeral home...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/25/2017 12:52 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Senior Hamas militant assassinated in Gaza Strip
[Jpost] Senior Hamas militant Mazen Fukaha was assassinated in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry in the small coastal enclave said.

"The martyr Mazen Fukaha was shot in the head leading to his death," Health Ministry Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said on Twitter.

The deadly incident took place in front of Fukaha’s home in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in the southern half of Gaza City.

The parties behind the assassination are unknown, the Hamas-backed Interior Ministry said in a statement, adding that the Hamas-dominated security services opened an investigation.

Hamas, however, accused Israel of carrying out the assassination.

"Hamas and its fighting brigades place the full responsibility for this reprehensible crime on the Israeli occupation and its collaborators," Hamas said in an official statement.
The Times of Israel adds:
Originally from a small village in the West Bank, Faqha headed the Hamas office tasked with launching terror attacks against Israel from and in the territory. His subordinates in the branch specialized in recruiting suicide attackers, collecting weapons and preparing explosive devices.

Faqha, 38, was responsible for sending a suicide bomber to carry out an attack in northern Israel in 2002 in which nine people were killed and 52 were wounded.

He was captured by the IDF and Shin Bet security services that year in his home village of Toubas in the northern West Bank.

According to a report in Haaretz from the time, Faqha was captured after a lengthy manhunt. He had previously been involved in several other attacks.

Before his release as part of the Shalit deal, Faqha was serving nine life sentences for planning the deadly 2002 terror attack.
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#1  Justice delayed, not denied
Posted by: Frank G || 03/25/2017 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Fox adds:
Faqha was sentenced to nine terms of life imprisonment for directing suicide bombing attacks against Israelis. He was freed along with more than 1,000 other prisoners as part of an exchange in 2011 that released captive Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit. Faqha was among dozens of West Bank residents Israel deported to Gaza or elsewhere because of the severity of their crimes.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Top Al-Qaeda commander in northern Hama eliminated by Syrian Army
[ALMASDARNEWS] The top Al-Qaeda rebel commander of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in northern Hama – “Abu Ahed” – was eliminated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) during the battle for Qomhana today. Abu Ahed was leading the jihadist rebel assault in northern Hama this week before he was killed by the Syrian Arab Army at the Qomhana front.
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ISIL withdrawing fighters from southern Syria to concentrate on Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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....
(ISIS) has withdrawn from the al-Lajat Plateau of northeastern Dara’a after occupying this area with the jihadist rebels for two years.

According to Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
’s official media wing, their forces took control of Hawsh Hamad in the al-Lajat Plateau, following reports of the Islamic State’s mass withdrawal from this area.

Similar to al-Lajat, the Islamic State also gave up several points in the Qalamoun Mountains without putting up a fight against the rebel forces.

ISIS has mostly halted their offensive operations in southern Syria, as their forces are greatly needed in the al-Raqqa Governorate.
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Syrian Army fully liberates ISIL’s east Aleppo bastion
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken full control of Deir Hafer after Russian and Syrian sappers cleared the entire town of land mines and IEDs.

According to a military source in east Aleppo, the Syrian and Russian sappers entered Deir Hafer this morning, marking the first time pro-government forces have seen the town since they withdrew from the area in early 2013.

Since launching this phase of their East Aleppo offensive, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated more than 170 villages and two dozen hilltops.

With Deir Hafer fully under their control, the Syrian Arab Army has successfully secured the Kuweires Military Airport, eliminating 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....
threat.
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Jihadist offensive ends before it even begins in rural Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] al-Masdar News reported earlier today that the jihadist bandidos forces of Evil of Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and Faylaq al-Sham launched a new offensive this morning that targeted the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate.

According to the military source, the jihadist rebels are attempting to capture the villages of al-Mughayr and Bredge in order to build a buffer-zone around the key town of Kafr Naboudeh, whcih is located along the Idlib Governorate’s southern axis.

However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
this new offensive was over even before it could go into full swing.

Just a couple hours after the new offensive was launched, the jihadists failed to make any advance at all and after suffering heavy casualties withdrew. At least 15 of the attackers were killed.

In defense, the Syrian Army relied heavily on artillery and missiles strikes targeting attacker positions.
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Syrian SDF forces reach Tabqa dam; US, French forces reach Euphrates dam
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the entrance to the Tabqa dam where they are clashing with ISIS, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF’s spokeswoman for the campaign to drive the holy warrior group from Raqqa, said on Friday.

The US-led coalition against ISIS air-dropped SDF fighters near Tabqa late on Tuesday on the southern side of the Euphrates, and other militia fighters were already present on the river’s northern bank.

Al Arabiya’s sources also revealed that US and French forces have reached the Euphrates dam.

The dam, the biggest on the Euphrates, stretches 4km across the river to the southern bank and provides one of the few land crossings remaining after the destruction of many bridges during the conflict.

Tabqa is about 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa, which ISIS has used for years as one of its main bases of operations, including to plan and direct attacks overseas, and which sits along the northern bank of the Euphrates.

With the help of coalition air strikes and US special forces on the ground, the SDF launched an operation late last year to isolate Raqqa and has surrounded the city in a large pocket of land backing onto the river.

Late on Tuesday, the US coalition air dropped SDF forces onto the southern bank of the Euphrates west of Tabqa, part of their preparations for an assault on the dam and a nearby town and airbase of the same name.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of La Belle France, which is a member of the US-led coalition, said on Friday that the battle to recapture Raqqa was likely to being in the coming days.
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Iranian militias support Assad in Damascus battle
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The official website of Harakat al Nujaba militia has published pictures showing the presence of its elements in the vicinity of Damascus, to support the head of the Syrian regime Bashar al Assad in his war against the Syrian opposition, which is acquiring military gains in Jubeir, Abbasin and Fares Khouri street.

Harakat al Nujaba, which adopts the ideology of Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khomeini, asserted that the images published by the elements are in the context of their presence in the "vicinity of Jubeir and Abbasin," according to a report released Thursday.

The militias have posted various pictures of their elements deployed in the area, in their uniforms.

One photograph shows the presence of one of the militias’ religious figures, without naming him, wearing his turban and uniform and carrying his chaplet.

Iran has brought dozens of sectarian militias to Syria to fight and maintain al Assad regime, led by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, the Iraqi Nujaba which follow the ideology of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Fatimiyoun militia and others.
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Washington sanctions 30 entities and individuals linked to Iran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US administration has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign entities and individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran’s missile program or for violating export restrictions on the Islamic Theocratic Republic, North Korea, and Syria.

The State Department announced in a statement on Friday "a group of eleven entities and individuals from China and North Korea were sanctioned for transfer of sensitive items for Iran’s ballistic missile program."

According to the statement, nineteen entities or individuals were sanctioned for other violations under Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act."

It is believed that the entities and individuals have transferred or acquired sensitive technology that could contribute to the development of weapons of mass destruction, the State Department said.
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Twin offensives in Syria put pressure on Islamic State
[PRESSHERALD] Syrian government forces are besieging the last 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....
stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo, weeks after launching an offensive to retake the entire province, state media and an opposition monitoring group reported Thursday.

The push on Deir Hafer comes as U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allies behind Islamic State lines to spearhead a major ground assault on the strategic town of Tabqa in Raqqa province, which borders Aleppo.

That airlift marked a deepening U.S. involvement in Syria’s conflict ahead of a looming battle for the murderous Moslem group’s de facto capital, the city of Raqqa.

The airlift was part of what Pentagon front man Eric Pahon described as a large, high-priority offensive to secure the area around Tabqa and the associated Tabqa Dam.

The twin offensives follow weeks of mounting pressure on the opposition to surrender in pockets outside Damascus. That campaign has been underway despite a nominal cease-fire signed last December.

A front man for the powerful Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
rebel faction described the twin offensives as a message to negotiators in Geneva that "the revolutionaries are able to overturn the scales and return to a military solution."
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