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New Jersey Man Charged With Attempting to Support ISIS, Planning NYC Bombing
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Afghanistan
Clash among Afghan and Pakistani forces in Spin Boldak
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A clash broke out between the Afghan and Pak security forces in Spin Boldak near the Durand Line earlier this morning.

According to the local officials in Kandahar, the clash started around 3 am local time as the Pak militia forces were trying to conduct census work.

Provincial governor’s front man Samim Khpolwak confirmed the incident and said the militia forces of Pakistain had started census work in Loqman village which belongs to Spin Boldak district of Kandahar.

He said the Afghan cops prevented the Pak militia forces to do census work inside the Afghan soil which resulted into clash.

Khpolwak further added that the festivities continued for several hours and the two sides have sustained casualties but did not disclose the exact number.

In the meantime, the provincial security commandment in Kandarhar said additional border protection forces have been deployed in the area.

On the other hand the Pak authorities are claiming that a child was killed and 18 others were maimed during the clash.

The officials are saying that the Afghan cops used light and heavy weapon and the Pak forces responded to the fire.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  According to the local officials in Kandahar, the clash started around 3 am local time as the Pak militia forces were trying to conduct census work.

Seems like an odd hour for census taking.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  He said the Afghan cops prevented the Pak militia forces to do census work inside the Afghan soil which resulted into clash

Uh huh. Pull the other one
Posted by: Frank G || 05/06/2017 10:53 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Pentagon says U.S. Military member killed in Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia in an operation against the hard boy group al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
, the U.S. military said Friday.

The U.S. Africa Command says the service member was killed Thursday near Barii, about 40 miles west of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement says U.S. forces were conducting an advise-and-assist mission with Somalia’s military.

"U.S. forces are assisting partner forces to counter al-Shabaab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate’s ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America," the U.S. Africa Command says in a statement.

CNN reports that the the service member was part of a Special Operations team and that two others were maimed in what it called a small arms attack.

President Trump approved an expanded military role there some two decades after the U.S. largely pulled out following the shootdown of two helicopters in Mogadishu. In the incident, the bodies of American service members were dragged through the streets.

Trump’s order of stepped up operations includes carrying out more aggressive air strikes against al-Shabaab and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reports.

The U.S. Africa Command statement says it is supporting Somalia and its regional partners "to systematically dismantle this al Qaeda affiliate, and help them to achieve stability and security throughout the region as part of the global counterterrorism effort."

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egyptian authorities arrest two human smugglers in Alexandria
[AlAhram] Egyptian border guards and prosecutors incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in Alexandria on Friday two migrant traffickers who admitted to organising illegal migration trips to Europe, state news agency MENA reported.

Authorities seized three fishing boats used by the men to carry migrants colonists to Italia and Greece on dangerous trips that cost EGP 30,000-40,000 per person, MENA added. Investigations into the case are ongoing.

In November, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified a law aimed at curbing irregular migration and cracking down on human smuggling along the country's northern Mediterranean coast which has put thousands of migrants colonists on precarious boat journeys to Europe.

While the legislation does not punish the migrants colonists themselves, it imposes jail terms on those convicted of human smuggling or acting as brokers or controllers.

In September 2016, a boat carrying up to 450 people capsized off Egypt's north coast. At least 202 bodies were recovered from the sea and 169 people rescued.

In March, an Egyptian court handed jail terms to 56 people involved in the disaster.

Around 320 migrants colonists and refugees drowned off the Greek island of Crete in June of last year.

Survivors said that their boat had departed from Egypt. According to the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 5,000 migrants colonists are thought to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, a record figure the organization described as "a devastating milestone."

In recent years, thousands of migrants colonists and refugees from a number of countries have attempted to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, with an increasing number departing via smuggling boats from Egypt's northern coast.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Deadly clashes in Sebha over car robbery
[Libya Herald] Sebha is tense today after gangland fighting yesterday supposedly between members of the Awlad Sulaiman and Mahamid tribes left a number of them dead. Estimates vary between six and 15 dead, however, the mayor of Sebha, Rafeh Hamed, has said that officials are not "not yet sure" about the exactly number.

The maimed are put at 12.

The trouble started when a gang of Mahamid gunnies tried to steal a car belonging to a member of the Awlad Sulaiman tribe, Yahia Aswaidat al-Sulaimani, while he was heading to the Fajr (dawn) prayers. He resisted and was rubbed out.

Members of the Awlad Sulaiman, intent on Dire Revenge, then went to the area in the town known as Camp 80, near the Manshia neighbourhood and attacked members of the Mahamid tribe based.

Clashes are reportedly still ongoing despite attempts by elders from other tribes to mediate a peace. Mayor Hamed has effectively confirmed this, saying that the situation was still "not resolved".

However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
he also said that the festivities had nothing to do with the two tribes, that those involved were simply gangland criminals and most of them from other countries Libya. Only two of the dead were known to be Libyans, he claimed.

The district known as Camp 80 is inhabited largely by people from Chad and Niger, but many of them were in fact originally from Libya who returned, following a call from Qadaffy, and settled in what was then a camp in 1980 ­­‐ thus the name. It became overcrowded, squalid and poor but was re-laid out, with new roads and buildings, in the years immediately before the revolution.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Attack in Chad Kills Nine Troops, 40 Jihadists
[An Nahar] Nine Chadian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
attack on an army post in the Lake Chad region on Friday, local and security sources told AFP.

Some 40 Boko Haram jihadists were also killed as the army responded to the attack on the Kaiga post, sources said on condition of anonymity. A military official confirmed the attack without giving a toll.

"Very early this morning, Boko Haram fighters attacked the Chadian army's position in Kaiga on Lake Chad. They were pushed back," Chadian army front man Colonel Azem said in a statement.

Surrounded by Nigeria, Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, Chad and Niger, Lake Chad has been the site of frequent Boko Haram attacks. Chad's army is based on the north bank, where four Chadian soldiers and several jihadist fighters were killed in skirmishes in late September.

Over the past two years, the jihadists have been chased out of most territories where they founded a hardline Islamic state in 2014. But despite being weakened, they continue to fight army forces and launch suicide kabooms.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemeni military strikes Saudi-backed fighters near Mocha Port
[ALMASDARNEWS] Yemen’s military forces, backed by the Houthis and popular committees, fired a missile at a group of Saudi-backed fighters, north of the city of Mocha in the Taiz province. A military source told 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...
state news agency ( Saba) that the missile forces used an Urugan missile to strike the group of Saudi-backed fighters north of Mocha port city, causing direct injuries in their ranks.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  That's a heck of a platform for ragtag rebels.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2017 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  The "ragtag rebels" are Yemen military (especially missile forces) loyal to the previous strongman, plus Iranian and Hesb'allah trained and armed gunmen.

The Russians (again) made bank on them.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/06/2017 11:45 Comments || Top||


Cholera outbreak hits Yemeni capital
[ALMASDARNEWS] At least 200 cases of cholera have been reported in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a recently, local hospitals confirmed on Friday.

A joint statement released by hospitals in Sana’a revealed that 218 people have been affected by cholera, including 3 people who were killed by this disease.

The medical sources inside the province of Ibb in central Yemen, also confirmed to the Arabic language news site "Ababil Net" that the cholera epidemic has struck the region after the discovery of many cases.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi Military Reinforcements Enter Bahrain: Video
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Saudi troops entered on Friday Bahrain two days before Manama’s court issues verdict against Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem. The video shows the Saudi vehicles crossing King Fahd bridge which links KSA to Bahrain
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  So Saudi is providing Security and crowd control for Bahrain?

Bahrain Scholars: Any Verdict Issued by Regime Court against Sheikh Qassem “Invalid”, “Must Be Popularly Resisted”
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2017 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  What does all this kerfuffle around there do to all those big money European PGA events?




/sarc
Posted by: AlanC || 05/06/2017 7:26 Comments || Top||


Europe
IS Flag, Pledge Found in Car of French Military Base Suspect
[An Nahar] French authorities placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a suspected radical on Friday close to an airbase, finding guns nearby as well as an allegiance pledge 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....
and several of the group's flags in his car, sources close to the case said.

The pledge was on a computer flash drive discovered, along with the flags, in the ex-soldier's vehicle.

A shotgun and two vintage pistols were also discovered hidden near the base in Evreux, which is northwest of Gay Paree, the sources said.

The discovery comes two days before La Belle France votes in the presidential election run-off.

Police arrested the suspect early Friday after finding his car near the base. Gay Paree anti-terror prosecutors are investigating, but it is not clear why he was in the area.

The suspect, who was born in 1983, converted to Islam and has been under close surveillance since 2014 due to his radicalization.

The election campaign has been overshadowed by security worries.

Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old Frenchie, shot and killed a police officer and maimed two others on the Champs Elysees avenue days before the first round of voting, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Cheurfi was killed by police gunfire.

Greenpeace activists on Friday pulled off a daring stunt in central Gay Paree, attaching a giant banner to the Eiffel Tower and leaving police to admit security "flaws" at a time when terror fears remain high.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "We'll probably never know his motivations"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/06/2017 13:40 Comments || Top||

#2  And it was only a coincidence.
Posted by: gorb || 05/06/2017 14:08 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey Fires 100 More Judges, Prosecutors in Anti-Gulen Purge
[An Nahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's judicial authorities on Friday announced the sacking of over 100 more judges and prosecutors deemed to be followers of the alleged criminal mastermind of the July 15 failed coup, in a purge that shows no sign of letting up.

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) said that 107 judges and prosecutors were being fired in the latest wave of the purge against alleged supporters of the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
.

They are also the target of an arrest warrant but it was not clear if any were tossed into the calaboose so far.

Turkey accuses Gulen of criminal masterminding last year's failed bid to oust President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
but the reclusive preacher denies the charges.

Some 47,000 people have been locked away
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
under the state of emergency imposed after the coup, while tens of thousands more have lost their jobs.

Only last weekend, Turkey dismissed almost 4,000 public officials under the state of emergency while over 9,100 police were suspended on April 26.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
TSA Warns Trucking Companies of 'Truck-Ramming' Terrorism Threat
[Townhall] Due to increasing incidences of "truck-ramming" attacks, the Transportation Security Agency has sent a warning to the trucking companies of the nation.

TSA dispersed a 6-page report detailing the recent incidences and warning truck and bus companies that terrorists may try to hijack their trucks to employ in deadly attacks. The report outlined 17 "truck-ramming" incidences since 2014, which have killed nearly 170 people worldwide.

The Nice, France attack was specifically mentioned, as 85 were killed in the tragic attack on Bastille day. There has only been one instance in the U.S., in 2016 when a car drove into a crowd at Ohio State University and injured 11 people.

CBS News obtained a copy of the report and detailed some of TSA's important messages to companies, and even the general public.
"The report suggests drivers and staff who remain alert to potential threats and report suspicious activities to appropriate authorities are the most effective means of detecting acts of terrorism by a commercial vehicle.

The report also states that no community, large or small, rural or urban, is immune to attacks of this kind by organized or "lone wolf" terrorists. TSA recommends that the trucking and bus industries take an active role in protecting their businesses and communities from this potential threat."

"These low-tech methods of attack are becoming more commonplace around the globe," CNN reported on a TSA statement.

Many terrorist operatives have advocated for employing vehicles to kill in the name of Allah, according to an analysis CNN released on the terror tactic.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2017 08:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So is the TSA going to start frisking truck drivers? And expect the same reaction as when they frisk granny at the airport?
Posted by: Matt || 05/06/2017 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd just as soon TSA concentrate on air travel. I'll take my chances with the odd Mack or Peterbilt.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Many terrorist operatives have advocated for employing vehicles to kill in the name of Allah, according to an analysis CNN released on the terror tactic

God forbid we should profile, though...
Posted by: Frank G || 05/06/2017 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  I wonder if the free-flowing NAFTA transports, and their drivers, from Mexico will get a little more inspection.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2017 13:35 Comments || Top||


New Jersey Man Charged With Attempting to Support ISIS, Planning NYC Bombing
[NBCNewYork] Authorities say Gregory Lepsky wanted to travel to Syria
  • Gregory Lepsky, 20, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, faces charges of attempting to join and support ISIS

  • Federal prosecutors say they found a new pressure cooker in Lepsky's house

  • Lepsky allegedly told law enforcement he planned to detonate a bomb in New York City
A New Jersey man has been incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
for allegedly planning to set off a bomb in New York City in support of ISIS, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Gregory Lepsky, 20, will appear in Newark federal court to face once charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Police said they found a brand new pressure cooker at the man's home.

Lepsky was arrested Feb. 21 after a relative called police and said he had threatened to kill the family dog. While being treated for wounds to his arms, Lepsky said he had joined ISIS and had plane tickets to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, according to a criminal complaint.

While searching his home, authorities found a brand new pressure cooker hidden in his closet.

Lepsky subsequently claimed, while in the hospital, that he had been in contact with ISIS members via Facebook and that he had been studying how to make a pressure cooker bomb with gunpowder, the complaint says.

"Lepsky also stated that he was going to take the pressure cooker and gunpowder to New York City, bring the items into a crowded area of Manhattan, and blow it up to kill people. Lepsky explained that he would be rewarded in the afterlife for this act," the complaint said.

Further investigation revealed that Lepsky had multiple conversations on Facebook in which he said he had converted to Islam and wanted to go to Syria to fight non-believers, according to court documents.

A search of his phone turned up a variety of anti-Semitic images, the ISIS flag and a picture of an armed Lepsky dressed in fatigues and making pro-ISIS hand gestures, the complaint says.

Lepsky is not the first local man to be arrested in recent months for attempting to join ISIS. In March, the FBI arrested a Long Island man who tried to travel to Syria to join the terror group, and last November a Brooklyn resident was arrested with similar plans.

Lawyer information for Lepsky was not immediately known. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on the criminal charge.
The Daily Mail adds that he also told police he planned to kill his mother and:
He said in another Facebook message that his father was a Moslem from Chechnya, but stopped being religious when he moved to America.

'But I want to be different,' Sherlocks said he wrote. 'I want to be religious and grow up and be a martyr."
Ynet explains the dog thing:
Investigators said Lepsky told police he stabbed the dog because it was considered "dirty" in his view of Islam. Lepsky faces an initial court appearance Friday afternoon. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [540 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  convulsing and drooling in the electric chair is too good for him
Posted by: 746 || 05/06/2017 0:45 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Assailants mow down Ahmadi man
[DAWN] RAHIM YAR KHAN/CHINIOT: Armed assailants rubbed out a man belonging to the Ahmadi community on Zahirpir-Khanpur Road about 56 kilometres from here on Wednesday night.

Reports suggested Basharat Ahmad, 59, a resident of Khanpur’s Green Town area, was on his way home by cycle of violence when assailants fired at him near a filling station. Thought to be an accident, his family took the body home where they noticed a bullet mark on his head.

The DPO’s spokesperson told Dawn that Basharat Ahmad had been targeted and the assailants fled without touching his mobile phone and Rs15,000.

The Khanpur Saddar police started the paperwork but haven't done much else under Section 302 of PPC.

Information gleaned by Chiniot correspondent said Basharat Ahmad was going back home from his petrol station on Zahir Pir Road (which connects the city to main Pakistain Highway) when gunnies shot at him from point blank range and he was struck down in his prime.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistain spokesperson Saleemuddin condemned the attack and said this was the third incident in the last one month or so in which an Ahmadi community member had been slain. Advocate Malik Saleem Latif was killed in Nankana Sahib and Dr Ashfaq Ahmad in Lahore, he said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Three more terrorists executed
[DAWN] Another three hardcore snuffies belonging to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain (TTP), who had earlier been tried by military courts, were executed on Thursday.

The three were involved in committing heinous offences, including killing of innocent civilians and attacking security personnel, the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Several coppers and soldiers also bit the dust and a number of security personnel suffered injuries in separate attacks carried out by these men.

Those executed -- Hassan Dar, Umar Zada and Hazrat Ali -- had admitted to their involvement in these crimes before the magistrates.

It was not clear in which prisons were these convicts hanged. The punishment comes on the heels of four executions that took place on Wednesday.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Tribesmen surrender arms, ammunition in Kohat
[DAWN] KOHAT: Elders of the Ustarzai and Marai tribes voluntarily surrendered a second huge cache of heavy weapons to police on Thursday.

The submission was part of the de-weaponisation campaign launched by the administration in the area. The two tribes live along Hangu Road and also in Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
SP operations Tariq Mehmood told a presser that police and army had earlier given the April 15 deadline to all tribes to surrender arms. Later, the deadline was extended at the request of the tribes because they were not ready to give away their arms unless their reservations were addressed.

Fears expressed
The two tribes had demanded that the Mishti and Bezote tribes should also be forced to surrender arms. They had expressed the fear that in case of unilateral surrender of arms by them, they might be attacked by the rival tribes when they would be unable to respond.

The campaign came to a halt after the first surrender of arms made before the expiry of the deadline.

DPO Javed Iqbal and army officials assured the Ustarzai and Marai rustics that their rivals would not be allowed to take up arms against them.

Mr Iqbal told Dawn that he had discussed the matter with the army, which promised to set up check-posts in the areas adjacent to Orakzai Agency.

The arms surrendered by the two tribes included four anti-aircraft guns, two mortar guns, one heavy machine gun, one light machine gun, one 8mm machine gun, two rockets, one RR 75 machine gun, 143 mortar shells, and thousands of 12.7 cartridges.

Sources said that the tribes still possessed a large quantity of heavy weapons bought from Afghanistan from time to time for use in case of sectarian strife. Unless a peace agreement was inked between the rival tribes, complete de-weaponisation was not possible, they said.

The tribal elders, requesting not to be named, said that they did not trust the administration to protect them in case of a fight with rival tribes keeping in view their past experiences.

They said that Taliban
...Arabic for students...
were still present in the tribal areas whereas the murderous Moslem 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, which was their blood- thirsty enemy, had presence in Afghan areas located across the border.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Two Palestinians carrying knives arrested during Hebron protest
[IsraelTimes] Protesters clash with IDF troops during demo in solidarity with Paleostinian prisoners on hunger strike; Barghouti calls to ’rise up against humiliation.

Two Paleostinians carrying knives were tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
by Israeli security forces on Friday in Hebron
...Hamas central in the West Bank...
during a protest that broke out near a checkpoint in the West Bank city.

The two were said to have approached a group of soldiers, raising their suspicions. They were searched and once the knives were found were taken in for questioning.

The protest was in solidarity with Paleostinian prisoners in Israeli jails currently on a hunger strike.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, three Paleostinians were maimed during festivities with Israeli troops near Nablus.

Paleostinians across the West Bank have been protesting in recent weeks in support of the mass Paleostinian hunger strike, launched by convicted terrorist and popular Paleostinian figure Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms for orchestrating deadly attacks.

Paleostinian officials say some 1,500 security prisoners are participating in the hunger strike that began on April 17, with detainees ingesting only water and salt in protest of their conditions. It is unclear how many have been on strike for the full period as some of the original participants have since pulled out while others appeared to have joined.

Israel Prison Service front man Assaf Librati said earlier this week that 870 prisoners are still refusing to eat.

Barghouti is popular among Paleostinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Paleostinian presidency. Many Israeli and Paleostinian analysts have speculated that Barghouti organized the strike in a bid to boost his declining power in Paleostinian politics.

Over the past three weeks, support for the hunger strike has gained momentum, with West Bank marches, strikes and backing on Paleostinian social media.

Among the demands made by Barghouti and fellow prisoners are the resumption of a second monthly visit by family members (a benefit that was canceled by the International Committee of the Red Thingy last year due to budget cuts), the prevention of family meetings being canceled for security reasons, extending the length of each visit from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, and the restoration of academic studies and matriculation exams for prisoners.

Other demands include more television channels being available in cells and the installation of public telephones in security wings.
And ponies for everyone.
Barghouti on Friday published a letter in the Lebanese paper al-Mayadeen, telling the striking prisoners that they should "rise up against the humiliation we are undergoing."

He said the strike was an "inseparable part" of the Paleostinian struggle for "freedom and respect."

He added that he was placed in solitary confinement as a result of the strike, according to a translation of his remarks published in the Hebrew-language media.


Jordanians rally for Palestinian hunger strikers

[IsraelTimes] Protest, organized by Jordanian Moslem Brüderbund and youth groups, draws hundreds in Amman after Friday prayers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS fights off renewed Syrian Army assault near Deir Ezzor Airbase
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Friday, 10 soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were killed amid festivities with ISIS forces of Evil on the perimeter of Deir Ezzor Airbase, Amaq Agency claimed.

ISIS sustained a similar corpse count, a military source told al-Masdar News.

However,
denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
the ISIS outlet also released a video showing an anti-tank missile striking a Bofors 57 mm gun at an SAA-held trench inside the airport pocket near Harabesh Mountain:

On the other hand, the 104th Airborne Division of the Elite Republican Guard, National Defence Forces and allied tribal fighters managed to overrun numerous ISIS-held points in the region, even liberating the Electricity Station north of Deir Ezzor Airbase.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase...
liberation may soon be on its way to Deir Ezzor as reports suggest Suheil al-Hassan, commander-in-chief of the Tiger Forces has been deployed to the Palmyra frontier and will strike eastwards through 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....
territory towards the besieged city.

Although thousands of SAA troops are stationed inside the two Deir Ezzor pockets, government forces reportedly lack armored vehicles which are tricky ‐ if not impossible ‐ to replace through airdrops.
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Kurdish YPG fighters repel ISIS attack on Syrian gas facility
[ARA] Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Friday repelled an attack by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s (ISIS) jihadists on a gas facility near Shaddadi town in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

Clashes broke out between the YPG and ISIS after the latter attacked the Jibisa gas facility near Shaddadi.

"ISIS jihadists attacked a YPG checkpoint in Jibisa with mortar shells. The Kurdish fighters responded by bombing ISIS positions near Margada‐south of Shaddadi," YPG officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

After nearly three hours of festivities, the YPG forced ISIS holy warriors to withdraw towards their stronghold of Margada town.

Margada is the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Hasakah Governorate. It is located on the administrative border between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates.

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169 Killed in a Week of Insurgent Infighting near Damascus
[An Nahar] A week of infighting killed nearly 169 people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria's capital Damascus before calm returned on Friday, a monitor said.

The festivities erupted on April 28 between the powerful Army of Islam faction and the former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
Front, along with ally Faylaq al-Rahman.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor, said the area was calm Friday but also reported "a continued state of alert on both sides in the areas under their control."

The monitor said 156 fighters had been killed in the festivities, 67 from the Army of Islam and the rest from Fateh al-Sham and allied forces.

The fighting also killed 13 civilians, including two children, and maimed dozens, the monitor said.

The end of the fighting was confirmed by the Army of Islam, which said in a statement it had ended its operation against Fateh al-Sham after having achieved "most of its goals."

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the "situation has returned to how it was before," adding that "each side has taken back the areas it lost during the fighting."

He said Fateh al-Sham had been weakened by the fighting, and had leaned heavily on Faylaq al-Sham for support during the festivities.

Fateh al-Sham, previously known as 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, has a contentious relationship with some rebel groups, but many others have allied with it against the regime, despite its jihadist ideology.

The festivities are not the first time infighting has erupted in Eastern Ghouta, with around 500 rebels dying in weeks of battles that erupted in April 2016 between the Army of Islam and Fateh al-Sham.

The region is also regularly targeted by Syria's government.

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State Security Arrests Syrian in South over IS Ties
[An Nahar] A Syrian national has been tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in south Leb on charges of having ties to the terrorist 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.

Agents from the State Security bureau in Jezzine managed to arrest the Syrian A.A. "during his presence in a suspicious manner near some shops in the southern town of Sfariyeh," a State Security statement said.

"During interrogation, he confessed to communicating with several Syria-based IS group turbans," the statement said.

"Pictures of some members of the aforementioned group were also found on his cellphone," the statement added.

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Woman who Plotted Suicide Attack Referred to Judiciary
[An Nahar] The military intelligence directorate has referred to the judiciary a woman who had plotted to stage a suicide kaboom, the army said on Friday.

"Fatima Hassan al-Sultan was referred to the relevant judicial authorities for having ties to the terrorist ISIS (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 and plotting a suicide kaboom against a Lebanese army checkpoint in the town of Arsal," an army statement said.

The woman had also communicated with an IS leader with the aim of joining the ranks of the group in Syria, the military added.
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