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Most senior leader of ISIS loyalists killed in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] One of the most big shots of the loyalist 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed during the operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the ISIS leader killed during the operation has been identified as Syed Omar Bajawari who was also famous as Khetab.

According to a statement by MoD, Bajawari was killed along with at least 24 faceless myrmidons during the counter-terrorism operations conducted in Achin district.

The statement further added that four ISIS commanders including Bajawari were killed along with 21 other bully boyz during the operations.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed faceless myrmidons have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.

Both the Afghan and US forces based in Afghanistan are conducting regular operations to suppress the insurgency led by ISIS faceless myrmidons and other bully boy groups including Taliban.

The local security officials said Tuesday that nine faceless myrmidons of the ISIS terrorist group were killed during the counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Special Forces of the Afghan National Police Pekha area of Achin district in the past 24 hours.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Suicide attack on an NGO foiled in Kabul city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have foiled a suicide kaboom plot on a Non-governmental Organization in capital 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....
The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the attack was plotted by the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to target an NGO in Kabul city.

According to a statement by NDS, the Afghan intelligence operatives managed to discover the explosives and materials prepared for the attack from the house of Qasim son of Abdul Malik who is a member of the network.

The statement further added that the cache was hidden in Dehsabz district of Kabul and included a suicide kaboom vest, 21 kg of explosives, 15 hand grenades, and some other technical equipments needed for the attack.

The intelligence operatives also confiscated two fake vehicle registration number plates from the house of the suspect.

Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani
...founder and still titular head of the Haqqani Network. Jalaluddin is old and tough and very crafty, one of the few Pashtun warlords who was worth spit...
. The group is allied with al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The US Department of State designated the HQN as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012.

This come as local officials in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
said at least twenty nine Lions of Islam of the Taliban group including two big shots of the group were killed in a US dronezap in the same district last month.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

25 militants killed, vehicle packed with explosives destroyed in Uruzgan airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty forces of Evil were killed and a vehicle packed with explosives was destroyed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was conducted in the vicinity of Tarinkot city, the lovely provincial capital of Uruzgan province.

Uruzgan is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban forces of Evil and turbans belonging to the other bad boy groups are actively operating in its various districts.

In the meantime, MoD said at least ten forces of Evil were killed and seven more were maimed during a separate operation conducted in the vicinity of Shindand district in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...

MoD also added that six turbans were killed during an operation conducted in Greshk district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

In another operation conducted in the vicinity of the central city of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, at least six turbans were killed and seven more were maimed.

According to MoD, at least one bad boy was killed and two more were maimed during an operation in Shajoi district of Zabul.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including the Taliban forces of Evil have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Misrata bombs Brak Al-Shatti airbase
[Libya Herald] Two aircraft thought to belong to Misratan forces are reported to have bombed Brak al-Shatti airbase this afternoon in reprisal for the Arclight airstrikes on Tamenhint airbase this morning. It is not known if there are any casualties. Attempts to contact the authorities in Brak have been unsuccessful so far.

It is believed the LNA aircraft involved in the Tamenhint strikes flew from the Brak airbase, itself taken over in early December by LNA units under General Mohammed Ben Nayel after Misrata’s Third Force had to pull out.

The general’s forces are now besieging Tamenhint.

There, it has emerged, there were no casualties in this morning’s attacks. These, according to a local resident, hit only the perimeter area. The Third Force were still in control, the confirmed.

It has also emerged that yesterday evening LNA aircraft once again attacked Jufra airbase, some 350 kilometres northeast of Tamenhint. It is held by Misratan forces as well as being a operating base for the Bengahzi Defence Brigades. The LNA Arclight airstrikes targeted weapons storage.

A large force comprising mainly the Benghazi-based Zawiya Martyrs Brigade led by Brigadier Jamal al-Zahawi is meanwhile reported to have set out today from Benghazi to attack the Jufra base.

Last week, Zahawi was appointed by the LNA general command as head of its Jufra operations room.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Libyan Coast Guard kills human smugglers off western coast
[Libya Observer] Four human smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with Libyan navy off the western shores on Thursday, a navy official has declared.

Spokesman of the Libyan Navy, Brigadier-General Ayoub Qasim, said Coast Guard patrol boats clashed with heavily armed gunnies escorting an illegal immigrants colonists’ boat after they refused to obey orders to stop.

"The gunnies opened heavy fire at Coast Guard patrols and we had to respond to their fire," he said, adding that two smugglers were tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
and another is still missing.

Qasim also declared that a foreign journalist accompanying Coast Guard patrols was injured in the exchange of fire.

Human smuggling has become a flourishing business in Libya due to the political and security chaos ongoing in the country

Last month, 15 illegal immigrants colonists were brutally killed by human smugglers after disagreement over payment.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Did their competition pay more?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/07/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably not this time:

a foreign journalist accompanying Coast Guard patrols was injured in the exchange of fire
Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2017 11:21 Comments || Top||

UN-proposed government's air force air-attacks Haftar's warplanes in south Libya
[Libya Observer] The Operations Room of the Presidential Council's air force has disclosed that their warplanes responded to the air attacks of Dignity Operation on the Third Force locations and the air force personnel in Timnahent air base.

The operation room said in a televised statement that upon instructions of the UN-proposed government's defense minister-designate, Mahdi al-Barghathi, the air force's fighter aircraft conducted Wednesday two Arclight airstrikes targeting the warplanes of the Haftar-led Dignity Operation that are positioned in Barak al-Sahtea airbase.

"This is a message for all those who cherish messing with the fortunes of the Libyans or acting away from the legitimate Government of National Accord." The statement states.

"The die is cast. Our air force will no longer tolerate such actions by Dignity Operation command and our personnel and warplanes will target any illegal movements across the entire country." The statement adds.

The statement also stressed that the air force personnel are always on alert to defend the security and illusory sovereignty of Libya, and to protect February revolution against any coup attempts.

Early Wednesday morning, Dignity Operation fighter aircraft started bombing locations around Tamnihint airbase in the southern city of Sabha, according to Jamal al-Treki, the Third Force's commander, who also confirmed that the force's fighters engaged in heavy festivities with Pro-Haftar gangs led by Mohammed Ben Nayel - a staunch follower of Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Drone Strike Kills Qaida Suspect in Yemen
[An Nahar] A dronezap killed a suspected al-Qaeda Lion of Islam in southern Yemen, a security official said on Thursday, as the US steps up its air war against the jihadists.

The missile hit al-Qaeda provincial official Ahmed Ali Saana as he was riding a cycle of violence late on Wednesday in the town of Khabar al-Muraqasha in Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, a major target of recent dronezaps, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The Pentagon has confirmed more than 70 air strikes on al-Qaeda targets in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
since February 28.

Yemeni security officials have reported dozens of suspected jihadist fighters killed in the strikes on Abyan and the neighbouring provinces of Shabwa and Baida.

More than two years of civil war in Yemen between government forces and Iranian catspaws who control the capital have created a power vacuum which al-Qaeda has exploited to consolidate its presence.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Woman who was thrown from Westminster Bridge during a terror attack on the day her boyfriend was set to propose, has died in hospital
[DailyMail] Romanian architect Andreea Cristea was pushed over a barrier into the River Thames when Muslim convert Khalid Masood carried out his murderous rampage.
Posted by: Crilet Angaiting1733 || 04/07/2017 04:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That was me!

Cookie got lost
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2017 13:54 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
8 people detained Thursday in connection with St. Petersburg Metro bombing – official
The hunt for our lone wolf's connections continues...
[RT] Eight suspects have been detained as part of the St. Petersburg terrorist attack investigation, according to the Russian Investigative Committee, which is leading the inquiry.

"As a result of investigative actions taken by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry, six suspects allegedly involved in the terrorist attack were detained in St. Petersburg and two more were arrested in Moscow," Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told journalists on Thursday.

She also said that an improvised explosive device (IED) was found in the detained suspects’ apartments during a police raid, along with firearms and ammunition. The IED found by the police is similar to the one that the St. Petersburg Metro bomber is believed to have planted at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station, the spokeswoman added.

Earlier, six suspected Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front recruiters, who reportedly originate from Central Asian countries, were detained in St. Petersburg.

On April 3, a terrorist attack believed to be a suicide bombing claimed the lives of 14 people, mostly students, and left about 50 people injured. The Russian Investigative Committee has identified 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen, as the bomber behind the attack.

He set off an explosive device inside a metro train and planted a second bomb at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station which was found and defused.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The hunt for our lone wolf's connections continues...

You mean the hunt for his pack?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/07/2017 11:55 Comments || Top||

Four suspects killed after police slaying in south Russia
[AlAhram] Russian law enforcement officers on Thursday killed four suspects accused of gunning down two traffic cops this week in an Islamist-linked attack in the southern city of Astrakhan, officials said.

The interior ministry said in a statement that one suspect was rubbed out after opening fire and injuring three officers who stopped the car in which he was travelling.

Three other suspects were then "liquidated" in a security operation in the southern town, the statement said.

Officials said the suspects were being hunted over the killing on Tuesday of two traffic coppers in what local authorities called a "brazen attack" by "radical Islamists".

The murders came with Russia on high alert following a bombing on the Saint Petersburg metro on Monday that killed 13 people. There is no apparent link between the two attacks.

Astrakhan lies several hundred kilometres northeast of the volatile North Caucasus, where Moscow is fighting a lingering Islamist insurgency.

While attacks against police regularly occur in Russia's Caucasus, they are much rarer in other regions.

IS group claims police killings in southern Russia

[AlAhram] 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) turban group on Thursday claimed the killing of two traffic police in southern Russia this week, as security agencies said they had rubbed out four suspects.

The Amaq propaganda agency linked to IS reported the killing of "two Russian coppers" in the southern city of Astrakhan, citing a "security source".

It also claimed an attack that maimed three National Guard officers on Thursday in an incident Russian authorities said saw one assailant suspected of involvement in the death of the traffic coppers rubbed out.

Three more suspects were later "liquidated" during a security operation in the city, the ministry said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  What about proper judicial process?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  grom, they received "Judicial Process, The Short Form", probably in the 9mm format.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/07/2017 12:35 Comments || Top||

#3  I was making fun - I like the way Russia, or China, deal with Muslims.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 13:24 Comments || Top||

Oil spikes as US strike against Syrian base roils global markets
[Gulf News] Oil jumped as the US cruise missile attack against Syria roiled global financial markets.

Futures in New York and London surged more than 2 percent, hitting the highest in a month. The strike early Friday targeted hangars, planes and fuel tanks at one Syrian military airfield, a U.S. official said. Syria borders Iraq, the second-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The news rippled across financial markets, with the yen and gold rising as stocks fell.

"Syria is not a big oil producer but it does potentially increase the risk of escalation in the whole region," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.

"We're seeing a risk response to the airstrike. Given rising supply, the size of inventories and the extent of the pick up in shale output, it does seem likely that price gains will be capped," Spooner said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2017 08:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under:

#1  since the opening of the futures, oil has retreated and as I type this, it has lost half of the post midnight surge
Posted by: lord garth || 04/07/2017 8:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Speculators. Let them eat fracking oil!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/07/2017 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Re-establishing my Nic.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/07/2017 10:00 Comments || Top||

#4  2%. That's not a knife spike. 50%. THIS is a knife spike.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/07/2017 10:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Heh. Always loved that trope. "In financial news... stocks took a hit today, with the Dow closing down almost eight... points.
Posted by: Flinerong Hupaick1940 || 04/07/2017 16:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Oil closed at up 1%.


Posted by: lord garth || 04/07/2017 16:26 Comments || Top||

Stockholm attack sees truck driven into crowd of people
[Metro] At least three dead and shots fired as truck crashes into crowds in Stockholm

The article is already updating at 10:30 EDT:
Five people have reportedly been killed after a truck was driven into crowds in central Stockholm.

The incident unfolded in Drottninggatan, a shopping district in the centre of the Swedish capital.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said everything indicates that the Stockholm truck crash is ‘a terror attack’.

One person has been arrested following the incident, the Swedish PM confirmed.

Police also said a number of people had been hurt in the incident, which comes after vehicles were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year and in London just two weeks ago.

The vehicle crashed into a busy department store in central Stockholm, with dramatic pictures from the scene showing fire and smoke billowing out of the cab of the truck.

People nearby were seen fleeing for their lives as the vehicle careered towards them.
10:32 a.m. EDT: Bright Pebbles submitted a link to the Ha'aretz article on the same story. Both are updating as information comes in, so check both to see the latest.
Update at 11:00 a.m. EDT: Beavis submitted a link to the BBC article on the story shortly before the above was published, which adds:
The firm that owns the lorry said it had been hijacked earlier in the day.

The crash happened at the Ahlens department store just before 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

Swedish brewery Spendrups said its lorry had been stolen on its way to a restaurant delivery.

Shots have also reportedly been fired in another part of the city, says BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, citing security sources.

It is not clear whether the two incidents are connected.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/07/2017 09:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [639 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "we'll probably never know the true motivation" in 5...4...3..
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2017 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  An exciting day, and it isn't even noon in America. I look forward to discovering whether the miscreant is a native convert, a long-settled immigrant from the Ummah, or a recent colonizer; how well connected the lone wolf will turn out to be; and, whether or not he is either a long term petty criminal or has psychiatric problems.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  has psychiatric problems

A brilliant Autistic.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/07/2017 11:29 Comments || Top||


Police release first images of #Stockholm truck crash suspect

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2017 12:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Sven is that you?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/07/2017 12:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Swedish brewery Spendrups said its lorry had been stolen
Now they're gonna ban beer! And on National Beer Day!
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/07/2017 15:55 Comments || Top||

#7  WARNING GRAPHIC Link to pictures of victims of islamic terrorism
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2017 17:31 Comments || Top||

#8  Please folks, no backlash against the Amish. Not all Amish are terrorists.
Posted by: Jack Salami || 04/07/2017 20:48 Comments || Top||

#9  svveedes so tolerant.

Posted by: Omaitch Phaitch9740 || 04/07/2017 21:16 Comments || Top||

#10  I look forward to the day when Americans are no longer afraid to give the stink eye to Islamics within our borders--they belong elsewhere. Islam is incompatible with our beliefs.
Posted by: Crusader || 04/07/2017 23:57 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey planning offensive against Kurd Kommies in Iraq
ISTANBUL: Turkey is planning in the next weeks to launch a new cross border military incursion to oust the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, a report said on Thursday.

The report in the pro-government Yeni Safak daily was not immediately confirmed by Turkish officials but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has over the last days indicated an operation in northern Iraq could be in the offing.

Turkey last week announced it had completed its half-year Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria against militants and Kurdish militia, although it is keeping a presence to maintain security in towns now under control of pro-Ankara Syrian fighters.

But Erdogan this week said Euphrates Shield was only a “first stage” and new military operations were being planned, including for Sinjar.
Yeni Safak said the new operation would begin in late April or May, after Turkey’s crucial April 16 referendum on expanding Erdogan’s powers.

It will be called Tigris Shield after the other great river in Mesopotamia, it added, and involve thousands of tanks, vehicles and artillery pieces used in the Syria operation.

Yeni Safak claimed the PKK had built up nine camps in the Sinjar region after moving in from 2014 to oust Daesh militants who have massacred the area’s Yazidi residents.

It said the aim of the operation would be to cut off any contact between Sinjar and the Qandil mountain area in Iraq to the further north, where the PKK has its main rear bases.

The incursion would also prevent cooperation between the PKK in Iraq and Kurdish militia in Syria that Ankara accuses of being the Syrian wing of the PKK.

A key base would be Bashiqa, outside the city of Mosul, where Turkey has maintained a military presence much to the annoyance of the Baghdad government.

Such an operation would risk raising tensions with Baghdad and also the US, which has kept a wary eye on Turkey’s unilateral incursion into northern Syria.

After a cease-fire and peace process collapsed in 2015, the Turkish government has vowed to destroy the PKK, which has waged a bloody insurgency since 1984.

From 2015, the Turkish air force has bombed PKK camps in Qandil mountain but this would be the first major ground operation in Turkey’s neighbor.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Mosul Offensive News

Iraqi forces capture Yamouk district, 42 ISIS Turbans die

Iraqi government forces, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led coalition, recaptured eastern Mosul from IS in January after three months of fighting, and launched another offensive mid February to retake the western region.

Dozens of Islamic State senior leaders died in airstrikes and ground offensives over the past few days.

Troops have been struggling to fully retake central Mosul’s Old City, a densely-populated and structured area which generals view as vital for victory over IS.

Maj. Gen. Najm al-Jubouri, head of the Joint Operations Command’s Mosul operations, said in statements on Wednesday that his troops have become in control over 90 percent of the “western axis”, and continue to advance in central Mosul.

Iraqi and coalition generals, though admitting the difficulty of the battle for the western region, said IS powers were waning, and that its members had no choice but to fight to death.

The conflict in Mosul has displaced at least 430.000 since operations launched in October, with more than 200.000 having fled the western region alone.
Google Map at the link

ISIS foreign fighters die in airstrike in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) U.S.-led coalition fighter jets killed more foreign members of the Islamic State in western Mosul on Thursday, according to Iraqi military intelligence services.

Strikes by the coalition killed 17 members, including 4 foreigners, in 17 Tamuz (July 17th) district in western Mosul, according to a statement by the intelligence service.

The members belonged to the “Soqour al-Khilafa” (Falcons of the Caliphate), an IS subdivision.

Those included Mohsen (Abu Rimas) Awad, a Saudi in charge of the battalion’s suicide bombers, Abdel-Razek (Abu Hesham) Hamdoun, the battalion’s military official, whose nationality was not identified, Khaled Abu Sharaf, an Australian and Abdullah (Abu Aesha) Khaled, a French leading the battalion’s commandos.

Iraqi government forces, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led coalition, recaptured eastern Mosul from IS in January after three months of fighting, and launched another offensive mid February to retake the western region.

Dozens of Islamic State senior leaders died in airstrikes and ground offensives over the past few days.

Troops have been struggling to fully retake central Mosul’s Old City, a densely-populated and structured area which generals view as vital for victory over IS.

Maj. Gen. Najm al-Jubouri, head of the Joint Operations Command’s Mosul operations, said in statements on Wednesday that his troops have become in control over 90 percent of the “western axis”, and continue to advance in central Mosul.
Google Map at the link

Iranian militia troops smoke 30 ISIS troops in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Parliamentary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Public Mobilization Units) troops have killed thirty Islamic State members and exploded three vehicles after confronting an attack launched by fighters, west of Mosul.

“The eighth brigade confronted on Thursday an attack by IS militants in al-Hadar area, west of Mosul, using six motorbikes” the media service said.

The service added that the troops encountered the attack, killing 30 IS members and destroying three booby-trapped motorbikes with weapons on them

Meanwhile, the troops also exploded a booby-trapped vehicle that targeted the supply roads in the southwest of Mosul.

“The 33rd brigade exploded a booby trapped vehicle before its arrival as it was targeting the supply roads southwestern Mosul,” the media service said.

The troops confronted several attacks by IS earlier on Thursday.

The PMUs, which consist of 66 militia groups, are considered one of the largest militias in Iraq. It was established in 2014 by a fatwa (religious edict) to fight the Islamic State.

In late 2016, the Iraqi parliament recognized the militia as a national armed force.

Iraqi troops took over east of Mosul in January and launched a new offensive to take the western region in February.

Iraqi Army helo downed in eastern Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An officer in Nineveh Police revealed, on Thursday, that an Iraqi combat helicopter crashed in al-Mohandessen area, in eastern Mosul.

Major Mahgoub Abdel Samad said in a press statement that the helicopter is believed to have been shot down by the Islamic State’s militants in al-Mohandeseen area, in eastern Mosul.

The helicopter crew, which consists of two pilots, were killed in the crash, Abdel Samad added.

Meanwhile, Federal Police Captain Ali Mohsen stated that the international coalition aircraft resumed their air strikes on the hideouts and headquarters of the Islamic State, in western Mosul.

An air strike was carried out on the General Hospital in western Mosul, killing the IS Mufti Abu Ayoub, Mohsen further added.

US-led coalition, Iraqi Air Force and Army Aviation continue conducting air strikes on the Islamic State’s headquarters and hideouts, to help security forces drive out the terrorist group of Mosul, and recapture the remaining areas in the western side of the city.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead

1 dead in market bombing attack in Madaen

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and eight others were wounded on Thursday when bomb blast rocked areas east and west of Baghdad, according to security sources.

Alghad Press quoted sources saying that an explosive device exploded near a cattle market in MAdaen, southeast of the capital, killing one and wounding three others.

Another bomb, also planted near a cattle market, exploded in al-Haswa district, leaving five wounded, according to Al-maalomah website.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has said that violence in the country lef 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 84 deaths and 246 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count.

While several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility, Islamic State militants said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.
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Salahuddin Combat Courier
6 suicide bombers die in Salahuddin

Baiji (IraqiNews.com) Security and paramilitary forces in Salahuddin province killed six suicide bombers on Thursday, while a seventh blew himself up, killing a child north of the province, according to security sources.

Alsumaria News quoted the sources saying the attackers, clad in military uniforms, sneaked into al-Hajjaj village, south of Baiji. Troops killed two before blowing themselves, but third hid inside a house, blew himself up and killed a child.

Meanwhile, the media service of the pro-Iraqi government troops paramilitary forces, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said four suicide bombers were also shot dead trying to enter Baiji’s Harariyat region.
Google Map at the link
Iraqi militia unit repels ISIS attack, 14 Bad Guys die

Baiji (IraqiNews.com) Kata’ib Jund al-Imam movement announced, on Thursday, killing 14 members of the Islamic State group, after repulsing the group’s attack on west of Baiji District, in Salahuddin Province.

The movement’s Official Abu Karar al-Asadi said in a press statement that Kata’ib Jund al-Imam managed to repulse a violent attack launched by the Islamic State group on al-Sineya-Haditha defense line, west of Baiji.

“Our security forces also inflicted heavy human and material losses on the attackers,” Asadi explained.

Furthermore, Asadi added that 14 members of the terrorist group were killed during the clashes and two others were wounded, while security forces burned three booby-trapped vehicles during the attack that lasted for more than three hours.

“Unfortunately, two of our soldiers were killed and four others were wounded during the attack,” Asadi stated.

Earlie today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi media office also announced repulsing another attack by the Islamic State group on al-Harariyat area in Baiji District.

Kata’ib Jund al-Imam is a Shi’a militia operating in Iraq, and is considered as part of al-Hashd al-Shaabi militias (Popular Mobilization Units).

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Iraqi Helicopter Downed in Fight to Retake Mosul
[Asharq al-Aswat] Terror group ISIS shot down an Iraqi helicopter operating over djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Thursday, as security forces announced they recaptured another neighborhood in their nearly six-month-old offensive against the terrorists’ stronghold.

The operation to retake west Mosul -- which the helicopter was supporting when it was downed -- has become a slow, grinding battle that has taken a heavy toll on civilians and pushed more than 200,000 to flee.

"The helicopter was supporting federal police forces in (west Mosul) and was hit by fire and crashed in the Mohandiseen neighborhood in east Mosul," Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, the front man for Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, told AFP.

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2 Palestinians arrested in West Bank for gun in car, car ramming
[IsraelTimes] IDF soldiers placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a Paleostinian on Thursday man after finding a pistol in his car in the northern West Bank, the army said.

The troops were searching the man’s vehicle at a roadblock near Tapuah Junction, when they found the gun. However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
there was no ammunition in the car.

"The weapon has been confiscated and the armed man was taken for interrogation," the army said.

Earlier in the day an Israeli soldier was killed and another lightly maimed in an car-ramming attack in the central West Bank on Thursday morning, officials said.

The Paleostinian driver of the car was captured by the Israel Defense Forces, an army spokesperson said.

The victim was named as Sgt. Elhai Teharlev, 20, from the settlement of Talmon. The other victim was also a soldier, also listed as in his 20s.

The two victims were standing on the sidewalk near a bus stop when the silver Audi struck them at the Ofra Junction on the Route 60 highway, northeast of Ramallah, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
More from The Times of Israel about the car rammer:
The Palestinian driver of the car was captured by the Israel Defense Forces, an army spokesperson said. He was identified by Palestinian media as Malek Ahmad Mousa Hamed, 21, from the nearby town of Silwad.

Hamed had driven back and forth along the road looking for soldiers to target, the officials said.

Hamed served four months in jail for attempting an attack at the settlement of Adam last year, military officials said. They said his attack Thursday was the ninth in the past two years to be carried out by residents of Silwad.
Over the course of the day, the Times of Israel liveblog recorded that the car rammer had stolen his father's car, that his home was raided, his family interrogated, their Israel entry permits frozen, and movement out of the town of Silwad restricted for all residents.
Ynet adds:
The terrorist was identified as Malak Hamed, a 21-year-old resident of Silwad whose family is closely tied to Hamas. Hamed had been arrested two years previously for attempting to enter the nearby settlement of Geva Binyamin.
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Hamas hangs 3 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel
[Ynet] The three men were hanged in a Hamas cop shoppe in Gazoo after being sentenced to death for undisclosed acts of 'collaboration' with Israel; executions are not connected to Mazan Fukha liquidation.

Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", hanged three Paleostinians accused of collaborating with Israel Thursday morning.

The three were sentenced to death before the liquidation of Mazan Fukha and have no connection to Hamas's pursuit of those responsible.

The three executed prisoners were identified as a 55-year-old man from Khan Yunis, a 30-year-old man from Gazoo City and a 42-year-old man whose place of residence was not disclosed.

The executions come a day after Hamas's attorney general announced that executions of collaborators would be carried out, trying to instill fear of cooperation with Israel among the strip's residents.

At the end of last week, the Interior Ministry in Gazoo announced that the security services were facing a major operation against collaborators in the investigation of the liquidation of Fukha.

Such operations often do not come with prior warnings, and it seems that Hamas was trying to shake things up to identify potential avenues for the escape of the assassin(s), despite the slight chance that they could still be found inside the strip.

The terrorist organization apparently has no leads as to the identity of the perpetrators or their collaborators.

One day after the announcement of an operation against the collaborators, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that it was opening a kind of system of pardons for the collaborators with Israel, and called on them to surrender within a week and receive security and legal protection.

It is quite possible that Hamas will place the blame on innocents who will have to confess to things they have not done, only to broadcast victory, even if it is a false one.
Al Ahram adds:
Hamas also tightly restricted movement out of the enclave following the liquidation.

On Thursday the interior ministry announced the measures had been eased.

Human Rights Watch Slams 'Barbaric' Hamas Executions

[An Nahar] Human Rights Watch condemned Thursday's executions of three men in the Gazoo Strip who were accused by Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", of collaborating with Israel, calling on the Islamist group to stop the "barbaric" practice.

"The abhorrent executions by Hamas authorities of three men in Gazoo deemed to be collaborators project weakness, not strength," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

"Hamas authorities will never achieve true security or stability through firing squads or by the gallows, but rather through respect for international norms and the rule of law."

It cited data from the Gazoo-based Paleostinian Centre for Human Rights as saying that the Islamist group had now executed a total of 25 Paleostinians since seizing power in the Gazoo Strip in 2007.
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#1  HumanRights Watch condemned Thursday's executions

Fund-raising time in Israel?
Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2017 11:26 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Two Suspected IS Members Arrested in Philippines
[An Nahar] Philippine authorities said Thursday they had foiled a possible terror attack after arresting a Kuwaiti man and his Syrian wife, both alleged members 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....
(IS) group.

Police nabbed Husayn al-Dhafiri and Rahaf Zina at an upscale district of Manila following a tip-off from the Kuwaiti authorities late last month, but the arrests were kept secret while Filipino authorities investigated further, officials said.

The pair had entered the country repeatedly in recent months as part of plans for "a bombing operation" either in the Philippines or Kuwait, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre told news hounds.

Aguirre said al-Dhafiri was an active IS member in the Middle East and said the United States authorities believed he could "pose a threat to the national security of the Philippines."

"He is alleged to have been involved in explosives manufacturing and possibly operational planning against Kuwait," Aguirre added.

He said Zina and Al Dhafiri married after her husband, a high-ranking IS commander, was killed in Syria.

The Filipino official said al-Dhafiri would be deported to Kuwait while Zina would be sent back to Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
from where she entered the Philippines.

"Both of them will be properly received by the security forces of those countries," he added.

The Kuwaiti embassy in Manila could not be contacted for comment.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has previously warned that IS members might make their way into the Southeast Asian nation by infiltrating its Moslem communities, concentrated in the south of the largely Catholic country.

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Russia Releases UAV footage of US Strike (Video)
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2017 17:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Russia says only 23 of the 59 missiles hit their targets. Sounds unlikely to me, unless a lot of equipment degradation occurred during Obama's tenure, or they define the targets as a few square meters. Besides, how would Russia know what the targets were? (Oh, Trump told them - part of the election assistance deal... /s)
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/07/2017 17:59 Comments || Top||

#2  What the Russians failed to report was that the remaining 36 missiles are still orbiting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2017 18:09 Comments || Top||

#3  @#2: Most excellent!

Conspiracy theory of the day: What if Putin had "the goods" on a "critical mass" of the Syrian government? Or ours?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 04/07/2017 21:41 Comments || Top||

The Message (h/t Donald Sensing)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 16:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [406 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gee, we kill all sort of people in war by various means, for some reason most 'civilized' nations have concluded wantonly using gas is a big no-no. Get it?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/07/2017 16:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm really sick and tiered of this "gentleman's" agreement.

If we have to kill some, let''s kill the right ones starting with pencilneck and moving on to the mad-mullahs and other assorted top drek.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/07/2017 16:57 Comments || Top||

Russian Special Forces Vets Are Turning Against Moscow In Syria
[Daily Caller] Russians are fighting on both sides of the civil war ripping Syria apart, possibly even against each other.

A small group of former Russian paratroopers are operating in northern Syria, fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed forces. The group was featured in a video segment hosted by Bilal Abdul Kareem, an American journalist operating in Syria who has been criticized for being overly sympathetic to Islamist groups.

"We came here to protect the weak women and children," a masked Russian veteran told Kareem. "And to help the people which made their choice and did rise against the tyrant [Assad]."

The video showed the Russian veterans practicing military maneuvers including marksmanship, area clearing, and first aid skills. Donned with matching camouflage uniforms and carrying Russian weapons, the veterans are now using the skills they learned in Russia against the Kremlin’s allies in Syria.
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#1  I need a grain of salt please. This feels like a puff piece. Special forces Vets has a nice ring to it, OK lets use that. In today's media I have very little confidence in the veracity of their works. However should this be true a mere tempest in a teapot. Its got no legs.
Posted by: Dale || 04/07/2017 16:46 Comments || Top||

U.S. launches cruise missiles against Assad's forces
A thank you to multiple Rantburg citizens who posted similar reports.
The Pentagon launched more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base late Thursday in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack this week that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Trump authorized the attack after he was briefed by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis in Palm Beach, Fla., where the president is hosting visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Two Navy destroyers patrolling in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired lethal salvos of Tomahawk cruise missiles into eastern Syria from hundreds of miles offshore, well out of range of Syrian air defenses, according to U.S. officials.

The target was Shayrat airfield, with two runways in western Syria that were used by Assad's warplanes to launch a chemical attack Tuesday against civilians in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikoun, the officials said.
The airfield is just southeast of Homs.
Targets included aircraft, fuel and weapons depots, and command and control facilities in Assad's stronghold, officials said. Pentagon officials said they were assessing the results of the strikes, adding that there were no plans for additional strikes Thursday.

The attack marks the first time the U.S. has deliberately targeted Assad's military in Syria's multi-sided civil war, now in its seventh year. Until now, the U.S. has focused only on targeting Islamic State militants.
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#1  Congress never acted on Resolution 21 which was the 2013 action that would have authorized Obama to hit Syria (but would have also prohibited boots on the ground). Of course the reason the Resolution was never voted on was that Syria 'agreed' to remove all chem weapons.

Its a tricky legal situation. Also a tricky strategic situation.

Hope this works.

Posted by: lord garth || 04/07/2017 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Everything in this worked Perfect.
The Law, Weather, Date, timing, statements, discovery, tracing, precision, - Perfect.

The Russians should have nothing to say.
Good Onlay with the OPORD too - every step if he gasses people like bugs again. More FP Leway.

Phaselines are now set against Assad, and other Nations will now understand they are laid for them Too.

Thanks General CHAOS!
Posted by: newc || 04/07/2017 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Map


Gassing people like bugs.
Posted by: newc || 04/07/2017 0:40 Comments || Top||

#4  "...where the president is hosting visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping."

I hope President Xi Jinping is watching and understand that the same thing will happen to North Korean if China doesn't do something about it.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 04/07/2017 1:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, I don't know if Alawis (there is no such thing as Syria anymore) really behind the gassing - but, they're all vermin. Too bad POTUS can casually kill them in their own countries, but is powerless to prevent their entry to USA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 2:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I like that we notified Russia ahead of the attack.
I hope this prevents Russia from responding
Posted by: Jan || 04/07/2017 2:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Expect similar notification - pertaining to Ukraine - from Russians next week, Jan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 2:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Did I miss an Ukrainian gas attack?
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/07/2017 5:43 Comments || Top||

#10  He campaigned on staying out of other people's business.

Yes, these people are butchers, but how does this get us out of foreign entanglements and the feckless Klingon and DoS strategy of 'regime change' and policing the world ?

Where is our strategic interest in all of this? Someone please inform me.

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2017 6:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Even as the warheads were exploding in Syria it seemed that these missiles were aimed at North Korea. That this was as much about restoring our credibility as it was anything else.

BTW, were any of our subsonic, non-stealthy Tomahawks intercepted by the vaunted S-300s?

Posted by: The peanut gallery || 04/07/2017 6:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Where is our strategic interest in all of this? Someone please inform me.

"We're crazy, don't mess with us."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 6:29 Comments || Top||

#13  were any of our subsonic, non-stealthy Tomahawks intercepted by the vaunted S-300s?

I believe the installations are operated by Russian "advisers".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 6:30 Comments || Top||

#14  Kookiez
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2017 6:31 Comments || Top||

#15  Were the advisers advised to leave, or to turn off their gadgets?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 04/07/2017 6:40 Comments || Top||

#16  Trump now faces the dilemma that every U.S. president has to deal with, sooner or later.

Accept barbaric actions against innocent civilians in other countries, including chemical attacks on children, or do something about it.

When things get unbearable the West usually opts for the latter, not after much bickering.

One thing is certain: If you draw a red line you must react if someone crosses it. Or whatever you say becomes meaningless.

That's why it's important to think before you draw those lines.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/07/2017 6:53 Comments || Top||

#17  A wise man once said if you own a car dealership you don't give the car away GET IT!
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 04/07/2017 7:00 Comments || Top||

#18  "We're crazy, don't mess with us."?

I'm kinda sorta OK with that as a national posture, though I can see how opinions might differ.

Gotta say I didn't see this coming. One upside is it's going to be hard to sell the "Trump is a Russian stooge" meme. Can we assume SecDef Mattis thought this was a good idea?
Posted by: SteveS || 04/07/2017 7:01 Comments || Top||

#19  Trump strategy now appears to be aligned with Graham and McCain, Pelosi and Schumer. Double face palm.

McCain And Graham Praise Trump’s Decision To Strike Assad
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2017 7:07 Comments || Top||

#20  Except, Bes, McCain wants us supporting ISIS to remove Assad. Neutralizing his chemical weapons isn't removing him.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/07/2017 7:27 Comments || Top||

#21  Millions of refugees are pouring into the West because of murderous ME factions and welcomed by open arms leftists, bringing their Islamic disease with them, breaking government budgets, destabilizing communities. Knocking these butchers on their ass as step 1 to stop a global crisis is ...

Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 04/07/2017 7:30 Comments || Top||

#22  Did I miss an Ukrainian gas attack?

Trump: Germany ‘owes vast sums’ to NATO, US for defense
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 8:19 Comments || Top||

#23  http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/iraq/nearly-300-died-in-mosul-air-strike-iraqi-officials-confirm-1.2007046 I hope Trump gets these useless cocksuckers!
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 04/07/2017 8:21 Comments || Top||

#24  Where is our strategic interest in all of this? Someone please inform me.

Don't know. And it happened with Xi Jinping and his wife ensconced in the honeymoon cottage.

Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2017 9:25 Comments || Top||

#25  Where is our strategic interest in all of this?

Where was our 'strategic' interest in Grenada?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/07/2017 9:27 Comments || Top||

#26  #10 He campaigned on staying out of other people's business. Yes, these people of butchers, but how does this get us out of foreign entanglements and the feckless Klingon and DoS strategy of 'regime change' and policing the world ? Where is our strategic interest in all of this? Someone please inform me. Posted by Besoeker

Concur with B on all.
Posted by: Tennessee || 04/07/2017 9:29 Comments || Top||

#27  All links in this thread are now clickable -- my small contribution after y'all did the heavy lifting on this very imteresting morning. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

As a message, may I suggest Do not do bad things -- we now punish. President Trump was talking about the dead babies before he gave the order.

...Though on second thought, for once caught before I clicked Submit, I can see how to the world that would look like a variant of We're crazy, don't mess with us. And that message is indeed doing double duty aimed at China -- whose tyrant (and his lovely wife) was perhaps changing for dinner with President and Mrs. Trump when the order was given, a thought-provoking realization -- and North Korea among others. President Trump did say America can act alone if the UN does not act... On the third hand, this will bring more urgency to future negotiations, and this president is all about negotiations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 9:49 Comments || Top||

#28  Even as the warheads were exploding in Syria it seemed that these missiles were aimed at North Korea. That this was as much about restoring our credibility as it was anything else.

I somehow missed that in my first reading of the discussion. You reached deeper into that thought than I, O peanut gallery.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

#29  The strategic purpose is, "Don't Fuck with US".

Obumble squandered any respect or fear of the US and countries are willing to ignore or attack us at will. All that changes when we use our power to smack a country that does bad things. Chemical weapons have been a no go since WWI and after the moving red line Syria has told us to go fuck ourselves. NKorea is watching and is doing the same thing and expecting the Obumble response.

Well, all those countries that want to do us harm have been put on notice with this strike. Do not use WMD. Do not fuck with US.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/07/2017 10:14 Comments || Top||

#31  1. Somewhere I missed where Syria messed with the US.
2. Defeating the Caliphate is THE US strategic objective in Syria.
3. The Caliphate is responsible for true genocide and lead all competitors in the ME in the conduct of "bad things."
4. The hunter that chases two rabbits catches nether proverb should be applied liberally. Fight and finish one war in a row...
Posted by: Tennessee || 04/07/2017 10:51 Comments || Top||

#32  When Hillary, Pelosi and Schumer back Trump on this, something's got to be wrong.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2017 11:18 Comments || Top||

#33  And the Rinos are backing this as well. I'm beginning to think although I voted for Trump, I must have pulled the wrong lever and gotten Hillary.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2017 11:28 Comments || Top||

#34  There is this article over at Zero Hedge which questions the narrative being put forth. Zero H.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2017 11:40 Comments || Top||

#35  Can we assume SecDef Mattis thought this was a good idea? The story put forth this a.m. was that Trump's advisors all supported this action.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2017 11:44 Comments || Top||

#36  Trump driving a wedge between Iran and Syria and defining a "real" red line for Russia?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2017 11:50 Comments || Top||

#37  As much as I am against interfering in the middle east there is a large ugly mess that Obastard left.

The Iranian issue starts but doesn't end with the nuclear "deal". There is also the development of Iran's Shia crescent through Iraq and Syria. Disabling that if not dismantling it completely is very important to a bigger picture than ISIS.

ISIS needs to be crushed but in this case the enemy of my enemy is definitely NOT my friend.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/07/2017 11:57 Comments || Top||

#38  Where is our strategic interest in all of this?

It makes Trump look presidential...I guess. Also, if Trump colluded with Putin to hack the election then how come he bombs Putin ally Assad? Hmmmm.

But, yeah, WRT Syria, I too believe that we should stay out of Syria. The history of our meddling in the Middle East is not good.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/07/2017 12:10 Comments || Top||

#39  comment #47
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2017 12:14 Comments || Top||

#40  RT not impressed:
‘Low efficiency’: Only 23 Tomahawk missiles out of 59 reached Syrian airfield, Russian MoD says
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 04/07/2017 13:08 Comments || Top||

#41  Where is our strategic interest in all of this?

There is no single straight path anyone can take to put the world back where things needs to be, but this seems to be a reasonable place to start, if you're ever going to start at all, and we'll make course corrections along the way as need be.

This seems to use an emotional event as a catalyst to send several messages that needed to be sent. Now people have to either put their money where their mouths have been, or to get real and shut up. It's been a long time since reality has had much of an influence on rhetoric.

Consider what eight years of not responding to these kinds of actions has gotten the world.
Posted by: gorb || 04/07/2017 13:13 Comments || Top||

#42  Btw, a Tomahawk cruises at approximately the same airspeed as a 747 (apx 480 kts).

Russian radar painted the missiles l-o-n-g before they arrived.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 04/07/2017 13:17 Comments || Top||

#43  I noticed the pink/reddened cheeks of the victims shown as well, but chalked it up to flawed memory on my part. It was striking. They looked otherwise healthy, not at all what I remember from sarin reactions.
And getting themselves aerated/aspirated with some gas masks at the treatment station? So, false flag feels likely.
I think Bes has the right of it.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/07/2017 13:18 Comments || Top||

#44  Strategic interest is all very well, but I'm tired of ideology based excuses. How the f*ck is it different from what Muslims do, or what communists did? Because your ideology is better - guess what they believed/believe?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 13:19 Comments || Top||

#45  Whiskey Mike, anybody spot green helmet guy in the background?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2017 13:21 Comments || Top||

#46  The Pentagon statement said that Russia chose to be willfully blind to the chem attack. That abrogated agreements in place and it came while the US and Russia were allegedly discussing a peach plan to divide Syria into cantons. On that reading, Assad used the chem to break up an agreement that would have reduced the Alawites to power only in areas where they are a majority.

That explains the gassing. The response was measured - Russian and Syrian troops were not attacked, Russia was given advance warning, the airfield and planes from that location were destroyed but no attempt was made to destroy likely chem weapon stockpiles elsewhere.

What interests me is the clear message to Beijing about Pyongyang: deal with them or we will.
Posted by: Angusock Chuting6110 || 04/07/2017 13:26 Comments || Top||

#47  Funny you should make mention of it g(r)om, was the first thing I thought of. The level of activity was off. He can't be everywhere can he, but the mentality in the area abounds; he has relatives.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/07/2017 13:34 Comments || Top||

#48  >Whiskey Mike, anybody spot green helmet guy in the background?

UK-trained doctor hailed a hero for treating gas attack victims in Syria stood trial on terror offences ‘and belonged to the group that kidnapped British reporter John Cantlie’

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2017 13:48 Comments || Top||

#49  Where is our strategic interest in all of this?

Where was our 'strategic' interest in Grenada?
Posted by: Procopius2k

October 23, 1983, in Beirut, 241 unarmed Marines dead.

October 25, 1983, Invasion of Grenada.

You decide.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2017 14:13 Comments || Top||

#50  Just getting the following into the record. It was published at The Times of Israel at 2:09 a.m. local time, which I believe was last night at 8:09 p.m. EDT:

UN council weighs compromise on Syria nerve gas probe

UNITED NATIONS – Seeking to avert a clash between Russia and the West, 10 Security Council countries on Thursday circulated a compromise resolution demanding a full investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Syria, diplomats said.

The new text — the third now before the council on investigating the apparent gas attack — was presented ahead of a closed-door meeting of the 15-member council on Syria at 6:30 pm (2230 GMT).

It remained unclear if Russia or the other four permanent council members would back the compromise presented as the United States was weighing military options in Syria.

Britain, France and the United States are pushing for a vote later Thursday on their draft text in response to the strike Tuesday on a rebel-held town in Idlib province that shocked the world.

Their compromise text would drop demands that Syria hand over information on its military operations on the day of the strike, replacing them with language from a previous resolution urging cooperation on chemical weapons investigations, diplomats said.

Russia has rejected the proposed Western-backed resolution as “categorically unacceptable” and put forward a rival draft that does not include specific demands that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation.

The Russian text calls for an investigation but requests that the council approve the makeup of the team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) dispatched to Idlib, according to the draft seen by AFP.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 14:17 Comments || Top||

#51  Every time we have a new President the local Thugs push and push to test resolve. How the President responds sets attitudes around the world.

Showing weakness would have indicated a continuation of Obama's weakness.

Showing overkill would have really freaked people out.

But some missiles after warning the Russians (which guaranteed that the Syrians were also warned) is a nice middle ground.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/07/2017 14:39 Comments || Top||

#53  Do I get this right? Daily Caller reports unemployed Russian vets have been hired as mercenaries by assorted Islamist groups in Syria. Missiles circled, Russian radar knew, then we precisely took out the airbase and fixed wing aircraft but not the chemicals out of concern for civilians. Since ISIS took over Mosul university and apparently have manufactured more, since Obama removed them all from Syria (wink,wink) and are delivering them via drones, not with aircraft. So I hope this is a ploy to jointly remove the weapons together so everyone can keep their heads. If not done jointly with Russia and Assad, we don't want to sacrifice the boots on ground and get mired in Syria and piss off all Trump's supporters. Jihadis have been breathing venomous threats to export terror to the US in retaliation & shouldn't be allowed access to the spared weapons. When Dems are applauding along with Deep State, I hope the President hasn't been suckered into this. I assume special forces are going to verify on the ground? Planning to take control of the remaining stockpiles is in the works I hope. Russians enroute?
Posted by: Sonny Darling of the Platypi5488 || 04/07/2017 15:56 Comments || Top||

#54  We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” then Secretary of State John Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in July 2014. Kerry was referring to a deal the U.S. and Russia struck in September 2013 in which the Russians agreed to help confiscate and then destroy Syria’s entire chemical weapons stockpile.

An article was published on April 6, 2017 that basically said: "PolitiFact retracts 'mostly true' ruling that US removed '100 percent' of Syria's chemical weapons."

WTF? The Russians didn't do their job whether intentionally or unintentionally? Obama and Kerry did not tell the truth? That could never be (sarc).
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2017 16:26 Comments || Top||

#55  The strategic purpose is don't use CBW again or the other five airbases get the same treatment. Letting evil people get away with using CBW sets a bad precedent. Pencilneck and all those dead babies can thank 'Bamer and Rice for setting that bad precedent.
Posted by: Neville Elminemp2042 || 04/07/2017 20:29 Comments || Top||

#56  Good old Obumble. Clarion of chaos. And by the word 'good', I mean the exact opposite.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/07/2017 20:50 Comments || Top||

#57  ‘Low efficiency’: Only 23 Tomahawk missiles out of 59 reached Syrian airfield, Russian MoD says

The Russian Defense Ministry says the US missile strike on a Syrian airfield wasn't very effective, with only 23 out of 59 Tomahawk missiles reaching their target. The locations of the remaining 36 missiles’ impact is now unknown, the ministry added.

Did we really miss our targets? It seems the other 36 cruise missiles hit their targets, it's just that those target is not at the one airfield.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 04/07/2017 21:41 Comments || Top||

#58  October 23, 1983, in Beirut, 241 unarmed Marines dead.

There's a difference between unarmed and disarmed. The CO and ambassador saw to that with the ROE. Talk at the time the CO was going to face courts martial till Ronnie went on TV and took the blame.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/07/2017 22:16 Comments || Top||

US-educated Islamic State propagandist killed in Syria
[Ynet] A US-Syrian 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....
murderous Moslem who helped run an online media campaign disseminating jihadist material to sympathisers around the world from its self-declared caliphate has been killed in Syria, the group said.

Ahmad Abousamra was killed in early January when a missile struck a house where he was staying north of the Syrian city of Tabqa, according to Islamic State publications including the English language online magazine Rumiyah which he helped set up.
In early January? Still, he isn't any less settled in Hell now than he was on the day he suddenly found himself there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Which of the networks was he with?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/07/2017 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Wonder if he was a Columbia J-school grad.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2017 11:33 Comments || Top||

#3  US-educated Islamic State propagandist killed in Syria

Probably a public school.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/07/2017 11:35 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army Operations Summary, April 7th, 2017
A military source announced that control was established over Telal Hakema ( Hakema hills) in the western direction of Deir Ezzor after destroying the fortifications of ISIL terrorists in it.

The source told SANA that army units, in cooperation with the backing forces, over the past few hours, carried out special operations against gatherings of ISISL terrorists in the western direction of Deir Ezzor, establishing control over the hills of Hilal, al-Dusham (the barricades) and Milad after destroying the last ISIS gatherings in them.

The source added that army units carried out intensive bombardments in the surrounding of al-Maqaber “cemeteries” area, al-Masane’ (the factories) and the water plant on the southern outskirts of Deir Ezzor, killing 48 terrorists and destroying a tank and 6 machinegun-equipped vehicles.


Army units operating in Lattakia countryside thwarted an attack launched by al-Nusra Front terrorists on the axes of Kabani/Kensabba in the northeastern countryside of Lattakia province.

SANA reporter in Lattakia said the army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, destroyed 3 vehicles rigged with explosives for terrorist organizations before they could reach the area surrounding a number of military points and safety villages on the axes of Kabani/Kensabba.

The reporter added that army units and terrorist groups engaged in heavy clashes when terrorists tried to advance toward the safety areas after the destruction of the vehicles. A large number of terrorists, most of them are members of al-Nusra, were killed, before others fled away towards areas near the Turkish-Syrian border.


Army units killed a number of al-Nusra terrorists in Daraa al-Balad and al-Lajat areas, and foiled their attacks on one of the military posts in the northwestern countryside.

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled an attempt by al-Nusra terrorist groups to infiltrate to one of the military posts in Jadieh village, 65 km northwest of Daraa city, after killing most of the terrorists while the others fled away.

The source added that an army unit killed, in special operation, all members of the terrorist group which was moving from al-Lajat area toward the northern countryside of Sweida.

In Daraa al-Balad, the military source said that the army carried out intensive strikes against gatherings and movements of al-Nusra terrorists in al-Karak neighborhood and on the left of al-Jomrok al-Qadeem (Old Custom) road, killing 8 terrorists and destroying two cannons and two heavy machineguns.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Turkey increases attacks on Kurds in Kobane, Efrin
[ARA News] The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Thursday said that the Turkish army and Turkey-backed rebels have stepped up their attacks on the Kurdish positions near Kobane and Efrin, in northern Syria.

“The invading Turkish army has attacked the Girêsor village to the east of Kobanê, and Çarıklı, Siftek and Boban villages to the west of Kobanê with heavy weaponry. Also, the Turkish aircraft carried several raids on the mentioned villages,” the YPG said in a statement.

“meanwhile, gang groups acting under the command of the Turkish army attacked Martyr Şîlan hill in Efrîn’s Cindirêsê sub-district,” the YPG added.

The YPG’s leadership reported that the the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels continued to attack Kurdish ares near Efrin over the last few days.

“On April 2, the invading Turkish army and affiliated gangs launched an attack on Ayn Deqnê, Vîla Qadî, Belûnê and Til Silor areas with mortars and heavy weapons,” the YPG said.

“On April 3, Turkish troops attacked Efrîn’s Maranez and Şêwarxa villages with howitzer fire,” it added.

“On April 4, gangs affiliated with the Turkish army attacked Maranez village again, and the YPG positions in Ayn Deqnê, Maranez and Belûnê villages at night. On April 5, Turkish army-affiliated gangs attacked Efrîn’s Malikiye and Maranez villages with howitzer fire,” the YPG said.

Moreover, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units said that Turkish UAVs carried out reconnaissance activity over Maranez, Malikiye, Vila Qadi, Ayn Deqnê and Belûnîyê villages, which was followed a bombardment on these areas with howitzer fire.

Clashes and tensions have continued between the Turkish-backed rebels and the YPG even after Turkey announced the end of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria in late March.

Furthermore, days after Turkey said it had ended the seven-month Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey is planning new offensives against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq, and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

Erdogan suggested that Ankara has “very good surprises for all terrorist groups, including the PKK, YPG, Daesh [Arabic acronym for Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] and FETO [Gulenist organization].”

The pro-Turkish government newspaper Yeni Safak on Thursday suggested that Turkey is planning to launch a ‘Tigris Shield’ campaign on 9 PKK positions in Sinjar, Zakho, and Duhok at the end of April. However, analysts suggest it is unlikely for Turkey to militarily intervene in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Nusra Militant Dead, Another Hurt in Arsal Outskirts Blast
[An Nahar] A member of the jihadist group al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front was killed and another was maimed in a kaboom in the outskirts of the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal on Thursday, state-run National News Agency reported.

It said the bomb was planted by jihadist rivals from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in the Wadi Ajram area in the town's outskirts.

Members of the two groups are entrenched in rugged areas along Leb's eastern border with Syria.

The Lebanese army regularly shells their positions while Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
and the Syrian army have engaged in festivities with them on the Syrian side of the border.

The two jihadist groups briefly overran the town of Arsal in 2014 before being ousted by the Lebanese army after days of deadly battles.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Explosions heard at Hezbollah compound near Damascus — report
[IsraelTimes] A series of kabooms were heard at a military compound belonging to Lebanese terror group Hezbollah near the Syrian capital of Damascus, local media reported in the early morning hours of Thursday.

According to local media, an "unidentified attack" was also reported against Hezbollah forces and Syrian government troops in a suburb of Daraa in southern Syria, in the Syrian Golan Heights. Reports in the Hebrew-language media said the attack was a battle between rebel fighters and Syrian and Hezbollah forces.

The incidents were first reported by Sky News Arabic.

The kabooms near the Syrian capital, according to the reports, took place in the mountainous Qalamoun area.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syrian Editions

ISIS executes civilians in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State fighters have killed several civilians over collaboration with security troops, southwest of Kirkuk, a security source in the province said Thursday.

“The so-called head of the legislative court in al-Hawija district (55 KM southwest of Kirkuk) ordered hanging some civilians, who were detained by the militants few days ago over spying for the troops,” an anonymous source told BasNews on Thursday without giving details on the number of the victims.

“The execution took place today at one of IS camps near Hawija,” the source said, adding that the bodies of the victims were not handed to their relatives.

On 13 March, another source in Kirkuk said the militants executed three civilians southwest of the province over spying for the troops.

Islamic State has executed hundreds of civilians and security members since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate” in 2014. The group carried out the executions of its victims, which it proudly posted through its media, over accusations of collaboration with the Iraqi security authorities or for attempting to flee areas under its control.

Hawija is a strategic town which has fallen into the hands of IS since mid-2014. Iraqi authorities postponed an operation to liberate the town last year, instead they moved onto central Mosul.

The Iraqi government is expected to launch an offensive to retake IS-occupied areas in Kirkuk once it is done with eradicating IS from Mosul, the group’s biggest bastion in Iraq.

Mosul civilians resort to cats, grass for food

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi people have spoken of the tragic situation they endure at Western Mosul, which is still controlled by Islamic State, saying they resort to cats and grass as food to survive. Deaths due to starvation were reported among children and the elderly.

Around 300,000 besieged civilians live at IS-held regions in Mosul, where battles between the militants and Iraqi troops backed by the U.S.-led coalition are ongoing.

“The residents here began to eat cats, grass and tree leaves as hunger strikes the districts controlled by IS,” Sufian Ahmed, one of the residents at al-Najjar district, told the London-based The New Arab website in a phone call. “We had hopes that the Iraqi jets throw bread for us instead of distributing the flyers.”

“The flyers are gathered and burnt for warming. Grass and tree leaves are boiled to be eaten. Many people died of hunger. We don’t know what destiny awaits us; either to die due to starvation or by shelling or be shot to death by IS,” he added.

Meanwhile, Abu Jaber, another Iraqi who shares the house with Sufian, said “the bodies of victims attract the cats toward destroyed houses, so we can hunt them there before slaughtering to eat them. Women and children have the priority to eat without making them watch the slaughtering of cats.”
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ISIS executes 7 in Raqqa

Raqqa (IraqiNews.com) The self-proclaimed Islamic State group, on Thursday, executed 7 civilians in one of the northern rural villages in Raqqa, for trying to flee the IS-held areas, while abducted others to use them as human shields.

Sources told Bas News that the Islamic State militants, who are stationed in Manzl village (25 km north of Raqqa) executed, today, seven civilians for trying to flee the IS-held areas.

The Islamic State group also abducted dozens of the village’s residents, in order to use them as human shields, while withdrawing from the village to avoid the coalition air strikes, they added.

Meanwhile, reports revealed that many wounded were found inside the village, after the exit of the Islamic State militants from the village, and they were transferred to the hospitals of Girê sipî (Tel Abiad).
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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