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Church bombing north of Egypt's capital kills 26
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Afghanistan
Taliban’s deputy governor and 6 Tajik militants among dozens killed in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The shadow deputy provincial governor of the Taliban group for the northern Kunduz province has been killed along with dozens of other holy warriors in northern Kunduz province.

According to the local government officials, the Death Eaters were killed in the vicinity of Dasht-e-Archi district.

Provincial police chief General Abdul Hamid Hamidi confirmed that Mullah Assadullah Mazlumyar, the shadow deputy provincial chief of the group for Kunduz was killed in Arclight airstrikes conducted in Mullah Quli area of Dasht-e-Archi.

Gen. Hamidi further added at least fourteen Taliban holy warriors were also killed in the Arclight airstrikes.

However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army in the north, in a statement said at least 17 holy warriors including Mullah Mazlumyar and six Tajikistanis were killed.

In the meantime, another official in the north put the number of the Death Eaters killed in the Arclight airstrikes to 24 hard boys.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that 11 holy warriors were killed and six others were maimed during a separate operation in Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
province.

Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


24 ISIS militants killed during various operations in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty four bandidos turbans affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group 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 provincial police commandment in a statement said the bandidos turbans were killed in the restive Achin and Haska Mina districts.

The statement further added at least nine of the bandidos turbans were killed during an operation conducted by the Special Forces in the vicinity of Mazdaki area of Achin.

At least eight others were killed after they were targeted in an Arclight airstrikes in Batan and Shadal areas of Achin.

The police commandment also added that an Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Gorgori area of Haska Mina district which left at least seven bandidos turbans dead.

Some weapons, ammunition, and explosives belonging to the terror group were also destroyed, the statement said, adding that the security forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the ground attacks and Arclight airstrikes.

Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.

Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Special Forces and Air Forces continue attacks on safe havens of terrorists: Waziri
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) Special Forces and the Air Forces continue strikes against the safe havens of the murderous Moslems across the country, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) front man Dawlat Waziri said. (Photo: 438th Air Expeditionary Wing)

According to a statement quoting Gen. Waziri, at least 32 snuffies including 13 loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the operations conducted by the Special Forces and the Afghan Air Forces in the past 24 hours in various locations of the country.

The statement further added that five turbans affiliated with the al-Qaeda terrorist network were also among those killed during the operations.

Gen. Waziri said at least eight foreign snuffies were also killed and four others were maimed during the operations.

He said at least eight Tajjik snuffies and the deputy shadow governor of the Taliban group identified as Mullah Asadullah were kille during the Special Forces operations in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz.

Gen. Waziri said at least 13 ISIS loyalists out of dozens killed in the past 24 hours were eliminated during the Special Forces operations in Deh Bala and Achin districts of 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..
He also added that five al-Qaeda terrorist network affiliates were killed during the operations in Geru district of Ghani.
Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Top Haqqani terrorist network leaders killed in Ghazni airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two big shots of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network were killed in an Arclight airstrike in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the two big shots were among at least six turbans killed in the Arclight airstrike on Friday.

According to a statement by MoI, the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Parcha area of Geru district.

The statement further added that six turbans were killed in total in the Arclight airstrike and the Haqqani network leaders killed in the raid have been identified as Mohammad Gul Nafiz and Mawlavi Rashid.

The two leaders were reportedly having key role in organizing suicide kabooms and other insurgency in this province, MoI said, adding that some weapons and a vehicle belonging to the murderous Moslems were also destroyed.

Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


57 insurgent troops die in Afghan operations
At least 57 insurgents, including Daesh militants, have been killed in the past 24 hours across the country in Afghan security forces joint operations, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement among the 57 insurgents killed, 18 were Daesh militants.

During the operation 22 other insurgents were wounded, the statement said.
The operations were conducted in Laghman, Uruzgan, Helmand, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Kunduz, Ghazni and Sar-e-Pul provinces, the statement added.
During the operation security forces seiized weapons and destroyed two vehicles.

No information was provided about civilian or military casualties.
Posted by: badanov || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Puntland executes alleged Al-Shabaab members
[SHABELLENEWS] The tribunal court of Somalia’s northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
has executed five alleged Al shabaab members by firing squad in Bosaso town on Saturday.

The military court of Puntland state said the executed men were found guilty of carrying out several liquidations in the coastal and commercial town of Bosaso in the past.

"All of them have been found guilty of being members of Al shabaab and killing senior Puntland officails in Bosaso early this year," said Puntland military court chairman.

Abdiftitah Hajji Aden, the Puntland court chairman has added two others were sentenced to life imprisonment, for being members of the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab turbans.

The court said the executed five men were found guilty of killing former Puntland Presidency director Aden Gaas Huruse and Puntland deputy police commander Jamac Sahardiid.

In recent months, Puntland has launched crackdown on Al shabaab as its military court sentenced individuals linked to Al shabaab tough punishments such as death penalty.
Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Recidivism Rate = Zero
Posted by: Frank G || 04/09/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||


KDF kill senior Al Shabaab commander in Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] The Kenyan military Saturday said it had foiled an attack by al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
Lions of Islam on a military base in neighboring Somalia, in the process killing Bashe Nure Hassan, a top al-Shabaab commander.

Kenya Defense Forces front man Col. Joseph Owuoth Saturday said in a statement that Kenyan soldiers rushed to the aid of Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers who were being attacked by al-Shabaab at around 3.05 East African time (0005GMT).

"In the subsequent engagement AMISOM [African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia forces from Kenya] supported the SNA allies using mortars and machine gun fire to scuttle the terrorist attack," Owuoth said, adding that the attack happened at Kulday, Somalia.

"Following the failed terrorist attack, two al-Shabaab holy warriors were neutralized and scores injured, and one of the holy warriors killed was an al-Shabaab commander, Bashe Nure Hassan," he added.

According to the Kenyan military, Bashe Nure Hassan was a Kuday resident who was born and raised in the area before joining the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab Lion of Islam group several years back.

Kenyan soldiers also said that they recovered an assortment of weapons including three AK-47 rifles, 11 magazines, a satellite phone, and 290 rounds of ammunition. The Kenyan military said that there were no casualties from the Somali army side or Kenyan side.
"The report did not indicate what type of weapons the detained civilians weren't carrying."
Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Update: 2 Church bombings north of Egypt's capital kills 26 37 47
[AP] A bomb exploded in a church north of Cairo that was packed with Palm Sunday worshippers, killing at least 26 people and wounding 71 others, officials said.

The attack in the Nile Delta town of Tanta was the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt's Christian minority, which makes up around 10 percent of the population and has been repeatedly targeted by Islamic extremists. It comes just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit the Arab world's most populous country.

CBC TV showed footage from inside the Mar Girgis church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers. Regional Deputy Health Minister Mohammed Sharshar confirmed the toll.

No one immediately claimed the attack, which comes a week before Easter.

Pope Francis decried the bombing, expressing "deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation." Word of the bombing came as Francis himself was marking Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square.

Grand Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, head of Egypt's Al-Azhar -- the leading center of learning in Sunni Islam -- likewise condemned the attack, calling it a "despicable terrorist bombing that targeted the lives of innocents."

The attack adds to fears that Islamic extremists who have long been b
Update from The Times of Israel at 9:55 a.m. EDT:
Islamic State claims 2 bloody Egypt church bombings

Interior ministry says jacket wallah carried out Alexandria attack in attempt to target Coptic Pope Tawadros II.

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....
terror group grabbed credit for bombing two Egyptian churches on Sunday in the deadliest attacks on the country’s Christian minority in recent memory.

"Islamic State squads carried out the attacks on two churches in Tanta and Alexandria," said the group’s Amaq News Agency in a statement published on social media accounts.

The two bombing attacks, in which at least 37 people were killed, appeared to be coordinated, with the first going off at a Coptic church north of Cairo Sunday morning, followed by a second kaboom at a church in the coastal city of Alexandria in the afternoon.

According to the Health Ministry, at least 11 people were killed and 33 maimed when a boom-mobile detonated outside the St. Mark’s Church in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Egypt’s interior ministry said that a suicide bomber was behind the second blast. The bomber tried to storm the church where Coptic Pope Tawadros II was leading a Palm Sunday service but went kaboom! when police prevented him from entering, the ministry said in a statement.
Update at 3:00 p.m. EDT: Al Ahram liveblogged the events of the day. Key bits: 3 police were killed blocking the St. Mark's Cathedral suicide bomber entry; total casualties from the Tanta attack are 29 dead and 71 wounded, for St. Mark's 18 dead while an earlier toll had 66 wounded for a total of 47 dead today.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2017 07:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [876 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  another suicide bomber hit a church in alexandria, egypt a few minutes later
Posted by: lord garth || 04/09/2017 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Religion of Peace
Posted by: Frank G || 04/09/2017 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  We should welcome them to our midst and tolerate their culture.
Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 9:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Ansar Bayt al Maqdis/ISIS dunnit. In theory it might have been one of the new military arms of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/09/2017 10:05 Comments || Top||


Two 'terrorist elements' killed in police raid on explosives farm in Egypt’s Beheira: MENA
[AlAhram] Two turbans were killed in a shootout with security forces at a farm in the Nile Delta's Beheira governorate,
...the Beheira governate has a history of bombings, generally linked to the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrating their unhappiness with the government. Politically it is a stronghold of the Salafist Nour party...
following a tip-off to police that the premises were being used to manufacture explosives, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

After they received the tip, National Security in Beheira verified the information and received clearance to raid the farm.

The myrmidons, according to MENA, fired at security forces when they detected them on the property, prompting the forces to fire back.

Security forces found three automatic rifles at the farm as well as a number of explosives and ammunitions.

In August 2015, three police personnel were killed and 27 others injured in a bombing that targeted their bus in Beheira. Five individuals were tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
and tried for the attack.
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Libyan military operation launched against fuel smugglers
Tripoli, 7 April 2017:

The Fuel Crisis Committee, originally established by Tripoli municipal council in 2015 to find solutions to the shortage of fuel in the capital, yesterday launched what is being called “Operation Mediterranean Storm” to counter the smuggling of Libya’s subsidised fuel by sea.

It is being undertaken in collaboration with air force and navy units backing to the PC.

The committee since reports that, at as result, six vessels believed to have been involved in smuggling sped off near Zuwara fearing they would be attacked.

The same committee, which also operates in conjunction with the National Oil Corporation, has already been working to try to block fuel smuggling by land to Tunisia. In January, this led to angry protests at the Ras Jedir border crossing and the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane in January.

In an indication of a growing antagonism in Libya to the international community as well as to the press, the committee has meanwhile decided to restrict news about its activities. It will appear only on its Facebook page. The move, it says, is to prevent the media having access to the operation, describing it as hostile, especially the foreign press.

Meanwhile in a separate development, the Libyan coastguard supported by the UN-backed government shot at a boat allegedly belonging to migrant smugglers yesterday.

Spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Reuters that four suspected smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with the Libyan coastguard off western Libya. A German journalist embedded with the coastguard was also said to have been hurt, although a colleague described the wounds as not severe.

(Initially, we reported that the Fuel Crisis Committee has been set up by the Presidency Council. This was a mistake and we apologise for the error: Ed)
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Arabia
Two Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen drone strike
[AlAhram] Two suspected al-Qaeda turbans were killed in a dronezap in war-torn Yemen, local security sources said Saturday amid a surge in US raids against Islamist bully boys.

The sources said the drone, apparently American, hit the fighters on Friday evening as they rode a cycle of violence through the Sawmaa area of central Baida province.

The region is a stronghold of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP), which has taken advantage of the chaos caused by more than two years of civil war to expand its presence in Yemen.

Baida was the site of the first raid ordered by US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
after he took office in January.

The US has since escalated its drone war in Yemen, where security officials have reported dozens of suspected Islamist turbans killed in strikes on 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...
, Baida and the neighbouring province of Shabwa.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

#1  Kookies
Posted by: badanov || 04/09/2017 10:18 Comments || Top||


Europe
Norway police neutralize bomb outside Oslo subway station, suspect arrested
The next round of elections across Europe is going to be very interesting. This isn't just something that happens in bad neighbourhoods anymore.
[IsraelTimes] Police in the Norwegian capital of Oslo said they neutralized an bomb found in a busy area of downtown Oslo late Saturday night and said they had tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a suspect.

Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as "bomb-like," was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralized.

Police would not give any details about the suspect, or further information about the device.

Pedersen said the device was found on the street just outside the Groenland underground station, and police swept through the area to remove people from bars and restaurants.

"Every restaurant was being closed," said 23-year-old Malin Myrvold, who witnessed the scene from a fourth-story window. "You could see cops in heavy armor going in every store and restaurant.

"We were trying to see what was going on. The police were screaming at us to get back inside and stay where we were," she added by telephone.

Norway was put on high alert after neighboring Sweden suffered a truck attack in the capital that killed four people and injured 15.

The Norwegian incident happened less than a mile from the government buildings that were damaged in a deadly kaboom carried out by right wing krazed killer Anders Breivik in 2011. That bomb and a subsequent gun massacre killed a total of 77 people.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under:

#1  police swept through the area to remove people from bars and restaurants.
"Every restaurant was being closed," said 23-year-old Malin Myrvold, who witnessed the scene from a fourth-story window. "You could see cops in heavy armor going in every store and restaurant.
Norway was put on high alert after neighboring Sweden suffered a truck attack in the capital that killed four people and injured 15.


Kinda hard to downplay that
Posted by: Frank G || 04/09/2017 8:45 Comments || Top||


Swedish anti-terror police are pelted with STONES while arresting Stockholm attack suspects
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Police officers responding to the Stockholm terror atrocity were attacked by a gang of youths who pelted them with stones last night, Swedish coppers have said.

The attack happened last night near Rinkeby, part of the 'immigrant no-go zone' that gained notoriety when President Trump referred to it in a controversial speech in February.

It is thought that the officers were taking part in an operation to arrest a 17-year-old and his mother at an address linked to the 39-year-old prime suspect.

Both have since been released without charge.

'During the night my colleagues were exposed to stone throwing in [the suburb of] Tensta, in the middle of an ongoing terror operation.

'Some people will never learn,' Abdallah Ahmed, a police officer, said in a social media post.

'To terror I want to say one thing, in pure Swedish: go to hell. My thoughts go to those affected in every way.'
And then there was one...
Herewith a summary of another lengthy Daily Mail article reporting on the official press conference about the status of the Stockholm truck ramming attack:
The unnamed 39 year old Uzbek man from Uzbekistan
...I know, but sometimes these people settle elsewhere before coming West...
who was arrested early Saturday morning in Marsta confessed in a mixture of Swedish and Russian to being the driver responsible for the Stockholm truck ramming.

An unexploded IED was later found in a suitcase inside the truck.

It is not known how long the man, described in Swedish media as a father of four with ISIS propaganda on his laptop, has been in Sweden. Nor is is known if he had accomplices, but to the police the IED suggests a planned terror attack rather than a sudden impulse.

Police revealed an Uzbek man living at the same address as our miscreant ran a cleaning company investigated by police in 2015 for funding ISIS as part of an Uzbek crime ring. But the police were unable to prove terror financing, so of the five charged only three were convicted of financial impropriety. Our miscreant's address was also that of a key member of the group.
One has to wonder if all these people were actually a single person, perhaps under several names...
A 17 year old boy and his mother, arrested Friday night because our miscreant had been registered as living at their north Stockholm address, were released Saturday morning. The woman said our miscreant had never actually lived there.

A pack of heroes, not a herd
"Hero" appears to be the Swedish police terminology. I quite agree.
A hero security driver saved pedestrians' lives by driving behind the terrorist's truck honking his horn to alert bystanders, a police source has said.

The mystery driver, who works for a security company but has not been named, was making his way along Drottninggatan high street yesterday afternoon when he became suspicious about the hijacked beer lorry. When the terrorist passed him, the driver followed close behind, honking his horn to warn people to get out of the way.

The driver is the third 'hero' that have been praised by Swedish police investigating yesterday's attack.

In the minutes after the atrocity, two anonymous 'hero witnesses' alerted police after spotting the suspect on foot. One woman saw the man on a commuter train in the minutes after the attack and immediately alerted police, but the man bravely ran away before she could pursue him. Later, an unnamed man spotted the suspect at a nearby petrol station in Marsta, a suburb of Stockholm. The witness recognised the man from pictures released in the media and followed him in his car.

A nearby patrol was alerted and officers were scrambled to intercept the suspect who was arrested close to nearby Arlanda airport.
Update from the Daily Mail at 9:40 a.m. EDT:
One Brit, one Belgian and two Swedes, one an 11 year old schoolgirl, are the four dead. Their families have been informed.

The 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan should have been deported from Sweden after his application for a work permit in 2014 was denied. In June 2016 the Swedish migration board made the decision to deport him.
The 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan should have been deported from Sweden after his application for a work permit in 2014 was denied. His case was in limbo for two years, but in June 2016 the Swedish migration board made the decision to deport him. He went underground, however, evading police and picking up work in the construction industry.

Police have said that there are more than 3,000 migrants like him living in Stockholm unlawfully and escaping deportation.

A person who was arrested at 9am today has become the first alleged accomplice to be formally charged with terror offences by Stockholm's prosecutor. Five other suspects also taken into custody yesterday are still being questioned in custody.

The 39-year-old fanatic, who has been charged with terror offences, came to the attention of police 'a long time ago' due to his online glorification of ISIS. But investigators assessed him as simply a jihadi sympathiser and did not believe him to be dangerous.

According to a woman living at an address in the suburb of Hjulsta where the terrorist received his letters, he showed no outward signs of religious observance and enjoyed a liberal lifestyle.

The woman told Swedish media, 'It's horrible. I have never seen any signs that he was an extremist or cared about religion. On the contrary, he partied and drank alcohol like many other Uzbeks in Sweden.'

Described as a conscientious worker, the 39-year-old Uzbek was employed as a construction worker specialising in asbestos disposal and is understood to have used his salary to support his wife and four children in his native Uzbekistan. He was trained in handling bombs, and had a certificate showing he had knowledge of explosives.

The suspect had longtime connections to Uzbek criminals who were suspected of having links to radical Islamic groups. One of his former flat-mates ran a cleaning company that was accused of funding ISIS in 2015. According to neighbours, three or four Uzbek labourers were living at the one-bedroom property in Vällingby, a suburb of Stockholm, which 'reeked of cigarette smoke and spicy cooking'.

Ten of the 15 injured are still being treated in hospital, with four suffering 'severe' injuries.
Posted by: Fred || 04/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [509 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Why weren't the rock throwers pelted with bullets?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/09/2017 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  attacked by a gang of youths who pelted them with stones last night

Subsequently a number of stone-throwing arms were broken by Police.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2017 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Sven and Ole?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 04/09/2017 10:57 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey arrests 29 ISIS linked suspects
Ankara – Turkish police forces arrested on Friday 29 ISIS suspects during major anti-terror raids in a number of neighborhoods in Istanbul and other Turkish cities.

The campaign was launched in the framework of a series of operations carried out by security forces throughout Turkey, exceeding 12,500 operation during which thousands of wanted and suspected members of terrorist organizations were arrested.

The Istanbul Security General Directorate launched campaigns to reveal ISIS activities in the country and prevent any terrorist attack, according to security sources.

Sources added that in addition to the security plans in Istanbul, the directorate carried out near-simultaneous raids on 51 houses in three Turkish cities.

Turkish authorities continue their operations to carry out pre-emptive strikes against terrorist elements ahead of a referendum on the constitutional amendment in Turkey, which is scheduled to be held on April 16.

Turkey received warnings from Australia and New Zealand regarding possible terrorist attacks on the commemoration of a World War I campaign that is being held this month.

ANZAC Day is an annual holiday commemorating the April 25, 1915 landings in Gallipoli — the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I.

Holland, Germany, USA, Israel and Iran warned their citizens in Turkey of terrorist threats and urged them to be cautious and not to go to Turkey, especially in the south and south-east areas of the country. Meanwhile ISIS called on its militants in Turkey to carry out attacks at all voting sites on referendum day.

“Choosing a lawmaker other than God is a curse,” ISIS said on its monthly magazine Rumiyah’s April issue.

“Like the ones who say “yes” in referendum are heretic, “no” voters are also heretic. Muslims must not go to ballot boxes – they must stay away from it and must declare their hostility to ones who go to vote.”

In a common matter, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on April 7 at an opening ceremony in the southeastern province of Şırnak that terrorist organizations will be erased from Turkey.

“Who has been harmed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) the most until today? It was you. It was Şırnak, Cizre, Idil and Silopi. They had dug trenches, burned down buildings, laid explosives, and martyred our police and our soldiers. These traitors will pay the price,” Yildirim said.

Following an 82-day long curfew, which was first imposed on March 14, 2016, many districts of Şırnak were destroyed due to the clashes between security forces and PKK militants.

Slamming the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for “acting along the PKK during the clashes,” Yildirim said the criticisms from European countries and institutions were biased.

“Now these HDP members go to Europe and complain about Turkey. They don’t mention terror, the pits and their politics of ditches. They say that the state had burned Cizre and Şırnak. The Netherlands, Switzerland or Austria may act as if they have believed it, but my citizens in Şırnak; Kurds, Arabs and Zazas know who did what,” he said.

“We have halted this atrocity and their terror politics,” he said.

Yildirim stated that the destroyed districts will be renewed by the state.

“We will reconstruct all the buildings that were destructed in the most beautiful way,” he added.
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India-Pakistan
Lahore blast handler among 10 killed
[DAWN] LAHORE: Ten suspected turbans of the Jamaatul Ahrar
...A Pak Taliban splinter group that split off from the Mullah Fazlullah faction because it wasn't violent enough...
, including Anwarul Haq, the handler of Feb 13 kaboom on The Mall, were killed in an operation by the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

police’s Counter-Terrorism Depart­ment (CTD) on Friday night.

According to a front man for the CTD, a team from Lahore was taking five tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
suspects, including Haq, to Manawan for seizing weapons and explosives when they were attacked at about 1.15am near Ring Road by nine "terrorists".

The attackers got the arrested suspects freed and fled towards the Ravi river in the Manawan area.

The CTD officials called for more force and chased the suspects. At about 1.45am, they located the suspects and ordered them to surrender, but the turbans shot up them and an encounter ensued. When the firing stopped, 10 men were found dead.

Five of the killed turbans were identified as Haq, Abdullah, Attaur Rehman, Imam Shah and Irfan Khan.

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Pak Kops kills 10 Taliban gunnies in Lahore
Pakistani police killed 10 Taliban gunmen in an early morning shootout Saturday in Lahore, officials said, with several militants tied to a February bombing in the eastern city dying in the skirmish.

The gunfight erupted as authorities were escorting five members from the Pakistani Taliban to an arms cache when they were ambushed by gunmen aiming to free the group, said a spokesman with Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department.

“Ten terrorists from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ul-Ahrar were killed during an operation with the Counter Terrorism Department in Punjab including the accused handler of the February 13 Lahore blast,” said the official, referring to a Pakistani Taliban faction.

According to the spokesman the fire fight ensued for half an hour with at least 10 gunmen killed.

The skirmish comes days after seven people were killed and 19 wounded during a Taliban suicide attack targeting a census team in the city.

Lahore has been on edge since a wave of violent attacks across Pakistan in February killed 130 people and shook citizens emboldened by growing security.

The attacks included a bomb blast in the eastern city on February 13 which killed 14 people in an assault claimed by Pakistani Taliban faction.

Ten days later a fresh blast sent panic through the city when it killed eight people, though officials later said it was a gas leak, not an attack as initially feared.

The renewed violence has dented optimism after the country appeared to be making strong gains in its decade-and-a-half long war on militancy, with analysts speaking of a militant resurgence.
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Honorary Somali consulate ransacked in Karachi
[SHABELLENEWS] The Honorary Consulate of Somalia in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
’s Clifton area was robbed late on Friday night, police said.

Senior Superintendent Police District South Saqib Ismail Memon told Dawn that six or seven men entered the premises of the consulate late night.

The men took away two laptops, three mobile phones and Rs 7,000 in cash, Memon said.

The police are investigating the matter further.

The African country’s honorary consulate was inaugurated in Karachi last month on March 16, to celebrate 57 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistain and Somalia.
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Iraq
Army forces kill 7 IS leaders, arrest others west of Mosul
[Iraq News] A Counter-Terrorism Officer informed, on Saturday, that Iraqi army forces killed seven leaders 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....
group, while emphasized that security forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia are significantly advancing in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Major Ali Mohsen, in a press statement, said that Iraqi security forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia advanced toward al-Mzawya, west of Mosul.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?...
Iraqi army forces killed seven Arab leaders of the Islamic State group, and locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
three others during the confrontations, Mohsen added.
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Security forces foil attack on al-Hashd al-Ashaeri checkpoint near Baqubah
[Iraq News] A local official in Diyala Province declared, on Saturday, that al-Hashd al-Ashaeri foiled an attack launched by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
on a security checkpoint, east of Baqubah.

Head of Mansuriya Council, Ragheb al-Anbaki, said in a press statement that the Islamic State group launched an attack on a checkpoint belonging to al-Hashd al-Ashaeri, on the outskirts of Sharwain area, in the vicinity of al- Mansuriya area.

Al-Hashd forces managed to foil the attack, and forced the Islamic State members to flee, Anbaki added.

Noteworthy, security checkpoints in the villages of al- Mansuriya are frequently attacked by the Islamic State bad boys, and sometimes resulting in casualties.
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Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi forces discover IS tunnel south of Mosul

[Iraq News] A Police Officer in Nineveh, on Saturday, revealed that Iraqi forces seized large quantities of weapons inside a tunnel belonging to 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....
, south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Captain Jassim Mohammed, in a press statement, said that security forces discovered a tunnel belonging to the Islamic State in al-Koliyat area, south of Mosul, containing large quantities of weapons and rockets.

The security forces started to search and cleanse the area of al-Koliyat from the remnants of the Islamic State group, after discovering the tunnel, Mohammed added.

3 ISIS Big Turbans have a Very Bad Day in western Mosul

[Iraq News] Military Intelligence Directorate announced, on Saturday, killing 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....
officials of communications, defense detachments and commando, in an air strike carried out by the international coalition aircraft, in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The directorate released a statement saying that based on information obtained from the Military Intelligence Directorate, US-led international coalition targeted via an air strike a vehicle carrying a number of the Islamic State foreign leaders in the intersection of 17 Tammuz and Mushayrafa, in western Mosul.

The air strike resulted in the killing of three Islamic State officials including the communications official Abu Huzaifa, Russian nationl, defense detachments official Abu Tamara, Chechen national and commando official, known as al-Matuni, the statement added.
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Southeast Asia
Six dead after shootout between police and suspected jihadis at tourist hotspot
[EXPRESS.CO.UK] SIX suspected jihadis have been rubbed out by police in Indonesia. The group were killed after a failed drive-by targeting coppers. The incident took place at around 5pm local time (11am GMT) in East Java.

Police front man Frans Barung Mangera said officers had been monitoring a vehicle which had links to snuffies in the area.

He said: "We tried to stop that vehicle, but the vehicle did not stop." Mr Mangera said those in the vehicle then "took out weapons and shot at officers".

The men then fled into a plantation before a shoot-out ensued. The front man said: "By around 5pm we had immobilised all of them."

Police had been monitoring the vehicle in connection after three suspected members of Islamic bully boy group Jemaah Anshorut Daulah were tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
yesterday.

The incident took place in East Java, Indonesia this afternoon

Indonesia has been on high alert over a recent resurgence in radicalism inspired by the bully boy group 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....
.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army retakes lost turf as northern Hama becomes jihadist deathtrap
[ALMASDARNEWS] Dozens of jihadist forces of Evil were neutralized on Friday evening as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) conducted a tactical withdrawal from a number of points, only to retake them hours later.

After the arrival of new Tiger Forces reinforcements earlier in the day, the SAA quickly recaptured Maardes Silos, al-Tarabia checkpoint, the Maardes army base and cemented its control over the nearby village of Iskandariya
... named after Alexander the Great, today it's a mostly Sunni-inhabited slum ...
h after attacking the area from two flanks.

Now, the Tiger Forces are once again gearing up for a looming assault on Maardes and will look to capture Souran in the following days. If succesful, they will have reversed all jihadist gains since rebel forces began a large-scale offensive on March 21.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the primary faction fighting in rural Hama, is outnumbered by the pro-government forces but is nevertheless putting up a defiant effort to stop the SAA from pushing into the Idlib governorate, considered Islamist heartland.
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Fourth batch of jihadist rebels depart from Homs bastion to Turkish border
[ALMASDARNEWS] The fourth batch of jihadist rebels and their families departed from the al-Wa’er District of Homs City, today, en route for the northern Aleppo town of Jarabulus near the Turkish border-crossing.

According to local news hounds, the jihadist rebels and their families loaded the buses in al-Wa’er this morning after the government provided the agreed upon buses to make the long trip from Homs to Jarabulus.

Today’s transport was considered one of the smallest group’s to depart from al-Wa’er; however, another batch of jihadist rebels and their families are expected to leave the district in the coming days, as part of the agreement with government.
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Syrian Army confirms targeting US aircraft in Al-Qamishli
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Syrian Special Forces unit targeted a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft flying over their positions in northeastern Syria , a military source confirmed to al-Masdar this evening.

The U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was reportedly hovering over the Syrian Army’s Regiment 54 Base in al-Qamishli, when the personnel at the installation opened fire on the plane.

The aircraft fled the area around the base after it came in contact with the Syrian Arab Army on Saturday evening, the military source added.

Today’s confrontation in the al-Qamishli District of the al-Hasakah Governorate marks the first time since Friday that the U.S. and Syrian forces have confronted one another.
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Jihadist rebels close to capturing key district in Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham launched another powerful assault on the al-Manishiyah District of Dara’a City, capturing large chunks of this area after a fierce battle.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham originally began their assault at the al-Manishiyah District on Wednesday, but were later repelled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) by nightfall.

However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
on Friday, the jihadist assault finally made significant headway, as they broke-through the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses around the western perimeter of the al-Manishiyah District, giving them the upper-hand in the battle.

According to a military source from the 5th Armored Division, the jihadist rebels have captured more points inside the district today, putting them in position to seize al-Manishiyah in the coming days if the Syrian Arab Army does not receive the necessary reinforcements to hold their positions.
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Syrian Army makes new advance in east Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the Paleostine Liberation Army (PLA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), carried out a new assault in the East Ghouta region of Damascus on Saturday, targeting the defenses of the Salafist tough guys east of Douma.

Led by their 105th Brigade of the Elite Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies attacked Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
’s (Army of Islam) positions at the small village of Hawsh al-Dawahirah, resulting in a series of intense festivities on Saturday afternoon.

According to local activists, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies managed to capture local grammar school that was turned into a bad boy base and a nearby checkpoint.

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#1  Seems to be an uptick today regarding the Syrian Army.

Why the h-e-double hockey sticks were the runways at Shayrat Air Base not destroyed? We seem to have aircraft armed with precision bombs in the area, right?

ROE, I reckon.
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Massive explosion rocks Jordanian border-crossing in southern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] A massive kaboom was reported at the Jordanian border-crossing in Dara’a tonight, as a boom-mobile exploded at local checkpoint near the al-Rukban Refugee Camp.

According to local activists, at least 10 people were reportedly killed or maimed by this boom-mobileing tonight.

Following the boom-mobileing, intense festivities broke-out between the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) and unknown Death Eater group that is suspected to be comprised 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....
(ISIS) members in southern Syria.

The Jordanian Air Force is now flying over this camp and monitoring the area for any potential terrorist activity.
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#1  There may be more to this. UNCONFIRMED REPORTS: U.S. MASSING TROOPS AND TANKS IN JORDAN TO INVADE SYRIA AGAINST ISIS
Posted by: Slineth Grereger4724 || 04/09/2017 15:01 Comments || Top||


al-Qaeda linked fighters attack Paleo Kops in Sidon
Casualties were reported as fierce fighting erupted on Friday in Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, after extremist militants opened fire on the joint Palestinian security force.

Al-Manar correspondent in Sidon reported that Bilal Badr group, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, opened fire on the joint security force which was deploying in one of the three posts agreed upon following the last battle which lasted for days in the refugee camp last February.

Our correspondent said that the 100-member-force led by Brig. Gen. Bassam al-Saad managed on Saturday morning to get into Al-Tireh area, the stronghold of Badr group, forcing the Takfiri group to retreat to Al-Safsaf area.

The newly formed Palestinian joint security force includes members of Fatah Movement, Hamas, Osbat al-Ansar and other Palestinian factions.

RPGs (Rocket-propelled grenade) and gunfire have been heard across the camp till Saturday morning, our correspondent said, putting the toll of the clashes so far at two killed and 13 injured.
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Syrian regulars smoke al-Nusra fighters in Daraa
Army units killed a number of terrorists including leaders of al-Nusra Front terrorist organization in Bosra al-Sham and Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa southern province.

A military source told SANA that an army unit on Saturday morning carried out concentrated bombardments against a command center belonging to al-Nusra terrorist organization in the eastern countryside.

The source added that the center was destroyed and all terrorists inside it were killed.

An army unit also killed all members of a terrorist group on the road of al-Sad in Daraa al-Balad area.
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Kurds hit ISIS command center in Taqbah, kills16 ISIS Baddies
[ARA News] The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday continued their military operations against Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in the vicinity of Tabqa, in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province.

The SDF media office told ARA News that their forces shelled ISIS security headquarters to the east of Tabqa town.

At least 16 ISIS militants were killed and dozens were wounded under SDF fire on Saturday.

“We were able to destroy five ISIS vehicles and seize light weapons and a large deal of ammunition after the group evacuated the targeted area,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

In the meantime, clashes broke out between the Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS in the village of Hadaj west of Tabqa.

“The clashes took place after ISIS targeted an SDF checkpoint with mortar shells,” a local media activist reported. “The SDF was eventually able to repel the attack and prevent ISIS’ progress,” he confirmed to ARA News.

Noteworthy, hundreds of ISIS jihadists have escaped Raqqa since the US-backed SDF troops launched a major operation to isolate and eventually liberate Raqqa city from the radical group last November.

This comes as part of the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, aimed at liberating Eastern Raqqa from ISIS jihadists, launched by the SDF on 4 February.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at isolating the ISIS radical group in its de facto capital.
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Belgium suspends air operations in Syria
Letting the big boys figure it out among themselves.
[ARA News] The Belgian government on Saturday temporarily suspended air strikes in Syria after Russia stopped its coordination with the US-led coalition. However, a coalition official told ARA News the international coalition continues its air strikes.

“The international coalition looks day by day how the situation evolves,” Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput told VRT news. “If the coalition says it’s safe enough and asks us to continue the missions, we will do that,” he said.

The Belgian government temporarily suspended its missions in Syria after the US hit a Syrian regime airbase in response to chemical attacks on Syrian civilians. Following the strike, the Russian government suspended its coordination with the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.

“The Coalition is maintaining its flight operations in support of our partner forces’ defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. We refer you to the Belgian government in regards to your query,” Col. Joe Scrocca, United States Army and Director of Public Affairs for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) told ARA News.

A quarter of the missions of Belgian F-16 jets are carried out in Syria, while the rest is carried in Iraq since October 2014. The Belgian fighter jets are based in the al-Azraq base in east Jordan.

“Coalition contributors want to minimize the risk to their militaries,” Washington-based analyst Nicholas A. Heras, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told ARA News.

“U.S.-Russian deconfliction in Syria is essential to allowing the U.S. Coalition partners to have the peace of mind that they will not be unwillingly thrust into a shooting war between the Americans and the Russians,” Heras said.

“America’s Coalition partners signed up to fight ISIS, not go to war with Russia. The United States and Russia are at a tense standoff in Syria,” he concluded.
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#1  What? Oh, it's OK, the plane is just out of gas.
Posted by: Steven || 04/09/2017 3:07 Comments || Top||


Russia deploys missile frigate in eastern Med
According to Wikipedia, the frigate Admiral Grigorovich has been in commission only since last year. She is the Russian Navy's latest.
[ARA News] Russia on Saturday sent a warship armed with cruise missiles to join its battlegroup off the Syrian coast.

The step comes as part of Russia’s response to the US cruise missile strikes on the Syrian regime’s airbase of Shayrat in Homs province.

The frigate Admiral Grigorovich, reached the group of at least six warships off the coast of Syria, Russia state media reported.

The warship carried Kalibr cruise missiles, the Russian equivalent to the US Tomahawk missiles fired at Shayrat, and has previously fired them at targets in the war-torn country, according to reports.

“There’s a bad scenario with this flexing of muscles,” Fyodor Lukyanov, a leading foreign policy analyst in Moscow, told The Guardian on Saturday.

“The danger of a clash between the US and Russia in Syria is not pleasant, and it could have bad consequences.”

“But there’s also a positive scenario. For Trump, discussion with Russia about co-operation in Syria was impossible before because it was a discussion from a position of weakness,” Lukyanov said.

“Now we can say that America has shown its abilities, has returned to the picture, and the conversation won’t be one-sided, neither side will dominate, and this creates possibilities and preconditions for dialogue.”

Also, Putin’s spokesman said that the Russian president viewed the strikes as “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law, and under a false pretext”, but the rebuke seemed a bit rote and lacking in vinegar.

Russian troops, that support Assad regime in Syria, had been evacuated from the Shayrat airbase after the US reportedly warned Russia about its attack.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry cancelled a “deconfliction” agreement, designed to prevent mid-air collisions, under which the US and Russia informed each other about their military operations.
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#1  I wonder which SSN is trailing her.
Posted by: Glirt Glick3831 || 04/09/2017 13:37 Comments || Top||

#2  "One ping only"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/09/2017 13:52 Comments || Top||

#3  "I wish I could have seen Montana..."
Posted by: Raj || 04/09/2017 14:51 Comments || Top||



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