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Afghanistan
Taliban’s shadow district chief killed during gun battle with Nangarhar residents
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A shadow district chief of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has been killed during the festivities with the local residents 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.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said Taliban’s shadow district chief for Khogyani district was killed on Tuesday after a brief clash with the residents of the district.

The statement further added that the shadow district chief of the Taliban for Khogyani has been identified as Waifullah who was also famous Omar.

Another key Taliban group member identified as Enayatullah was also maimed during the clash, the police commandment said, adding that the Afghan army soldiers arrived in the area to assist the local residents.

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Explosion targets Taliban vehicle in Kandahar leaving 11 dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven people were killed in a roadside mine kaboom in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, the local authorities said Wednesday.

The incident took place late on Tuesday night in the vicinity of Maiwand district of Kandahar.

According to a statement by the provincial government, a four by four vehicle belonging to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Death Eaters struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in Khak-e-Chopan area of Maiwand district late on Tuesday night.

The statement further added that eleven people inside the vehicle were killed in the kaboom.

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Africa Horn
Gunmen kill Somali Elder involved in Election
[SHABELLENEWS] Gunmen believed to be Al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
members have shot and killed a well-known Somali elder in Mogadishu on Wednesday morning, witnesses said.

The witnesses, speaking to Radio Shabelle identified the elder as Abdulkadir Sheikh Hussein Farey, saying he killed by two gunnies at close range outside his house in Waberi district.

The killers managed to escape the scene after the shooting. It is yet unclear the motive behind the killing of the elder, but, Police said investigation is underway.

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Africa North
Militants kill 10 Sinai tribesmen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS murderous Moslems in Egypt’s restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula ambushed local rustics who were securing an area in the region, killing 10, security officials said.

The men were from the Tarabin tribe and were manning a checkpoint near a krazed killer-stronghold south of the border town of Rafah when the murderous Moslems approached them in a vehicle and opened fire, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because they were not authorized to talk to news hounds.

Local residents who witnessed the attack told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the murderous Moslems were using a security vehicle they had apparently captured in fighting from security forces. The eyewitnesses also spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.

No krazed killer group immediately grabbed credit for the attack.

Sinai’s powerful tribes have stayed on the sidelines of the battle between Egyptian authorities and a growing insurgency led by the ISIS krazed killer group that has been raging in North Sinai in recent years.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
an open conflict between the rustics and the murderous Moslems emerged in recent weeks.

In late April, an ISIS jacket wallah killed four rustics standing watch in Rafah. The tribes retaliated by killing eight suspected ISIS fighters in a battle in the town earlier this month.

Moussa al-Delh, a powerful member of the Tarabin tribe announced earlier this month in a statement on his Facebook page that the tribe is in war with murderous Moslems under the leadership of the state, inviting other Sinai tribes to join the fight.
Ynet adds this amusing tidbit:
ISIS
...by which they mean Ansar Bayt al Maqdis...
even claimed that Israel provides air support to the Bedouin tribe in the battles between the sides.
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Clashes between rival militias cause panic in Tripoli
[Libya Herald] At least one person was killed and a number of others injured today in central Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
when two rival local militias battled it out for control of the area.

The two ­‐ the Nawasi brigade, which controls much the corniche from the Libyana headquarters near Busetta to Suq al-Thalath on the west side of the city and which is trying to expand its zone, and the Ghazewy brigade, based in the Old City, have been rivals for some time. One area of contention has been their relationships with black market currency dealers. Some are protected by Nawasi, others by Ghazewy.

The situation spiralled out of control today when a woman queueing at a bank off Martyrs’ Square was reported rubbed out by one of the militias. It has not been disclosed which militia or which bank, although there are reports of attempts to arrest a member of the Ghazewy.

There were festivities near Busetta and near the Corinthia Hotel, and both militias called on their supporters to be ready for a major confrontation. Somehow, however, the situation calmed down during the afternoon, without any obvious reason.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea, one that didn't involve kerosene...
both Dreibi district and the Airport Road saw tanks and other heavy weapons appear on the streets but residents say they heard no shooting.
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National Library in Benghazi recaptured as LNA losses mount
[Libya Herald] The Libyan National Army (LNA) has recaptured the National Library in Benghazi’s Sabri district from Islamic forces of Evil in heavy fighting there and in Suq al-Hout during which at least 13 more soldiers died and another 55 maimed.

The fact that in the48 hours since the assault on the last two murderous Moslem enclaves began, at least 24 troops have died and over 110 been maimed is evidence of the fierce resistance the LNA is encountering. There are still no figures for killed or captured murderous Moslems.

The National Library set in its own parkland is reported to have been badly damaged in the fighting. It is unclear what has happened to its stock of 150,000 books and archives.

Social media pictures posted by LNA soldiers show tanks attacking from the coastal side of Sabri, suggesting that the forces of Evil may finally have been cut off from their intermittent supplies brought in by boat.

The LNA is also reported to have captured ground around the al-Hilal football ground.

Roads leading from the front lines to the Benghazi Medical Centre and the Jalaa hospital remained blocked to civilian traffic to allow Red Islamic Thingy ambulances clear passage.

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Egypt's army destroys large quantity of explosive materials, trench in North Sinai's Rafah: Spokesman
[AlAhram] Egypt's armed forces said on Wednesday that it was able to destroy a large amount of kaboom used by faceless myrmidons in North Sinai.

In an official statement, army front man Tamer El-Refaie said that the military's second field army discovered and were able to dispose of kaboom used by the faceless myrmidons to manufacture improvised bombs (IEDs) in the city of Rafah.

They were also able to demolish a 600-metre trench used by faceless myrmidons to hide and plan attacks against Egyptian security forces.
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Some 300 migrants storm border fence in Spanish enclave
*sigh* What message is Morocco sending this time by letting them through?
[AlAhram] Around 300 sub-Saharan African migrants colonists stormed the six-metre razor-wire fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla early on Tuesday, with around 100 successfully crossing the border, police said.

Three coppers were maimed and required medical attention after the 0500 GMT rush, after migrants colonists threw stones at border security, Spanish police added.

Spain's two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, are often used as entry points into Europe by African migrants colonists, who either climb over border fences or try to swim along the coast.

Over 1,000 migrants colonists attempted to cross into Ceuta in January, but most were returned to Morocco.
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Britain
UK parliament terror suspect 'linked to Afghanistan'
[AlAhram] A man tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
near the British parliament last month was involved in bomb-making in Afghanistan in 2012, it was alleged Wednesday as he appeared in court on terrorism charges.

Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali,
...the known wolf who was born abroad but reared in Tottenham. He first became known to the world when he participated in George Galloway's 2010 Viva Palestina road trip to Gaza, during which he became friends with the future notorious Al Shabaab jihadi Thomas Evans...
27, was arrested not far from Prime Minister Theresa May's office on April 27, in possession of three knives, London's Westminster Magistrates Court heard.

He is charged with preparing terrorist acts relating to that incident, and faces two other charges of having or making explosives related to activity in Afghanistan in 2012.

The court heard that his fingerprints were alleged to have been found on parts for improvised bombs (IEDs) recovered in Afghanistan that year by US intelligence.

Ali, from north London, told the magistrate: "I don't recognise the charges."

He remains in jug and will appear at the Old Bailey court in London on May 19.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Tajikistan detains son of defector to ISIS
[Ynet] Tajik security services have detained the eldest son of a former elite police force commander who defected to 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....
two years ago, suspecting that the young man was going to join his father, security sources said on Wednesday.

The United States last August offered up to $3 million for information about Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, whom it trained in counter-terrorism before he joined Islamic State.

Washington has described Khalimov as "a key leader" of Islamic State, which has seized parts of Syria and Iran and staged or inspired deadly holy warrior attacks around the world.
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Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs
Attacks on refugee homes sink to pre-refugee crisis level: report

[TheLocal.de] The number of attacks on refugee homes has decreased within the first three months of the year, reaching pre-refugee crisis levels, according to a media report on Tuesday.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) recorded 93 attacks against refugee homes within the first three months of the year, according to a government response to a Die Linke (Left Party) enquiry seen by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ). That would be about one attack per day.

This was about on par with the 106 incidents reported at the beginning of 2015, before the influx of refugees peaked in the autumn of that year.

Germany took in a record 890,000 asylum seekers in 2015. That same year, the number of attacks against refugee homes also hit record levels, with 1,031 incidents reported. That was more than five times the 199 cases in 2014. Last year also saw nearly 1,000 attacks against asylum facilities.

So far in 2017, 86 of the 93 reported cases were linked to right-wing radicals, according to the report.

Outside of asylum homes, 318 assaults were reported against asylum seekers or refugees, the vast majority of which were also linked to right-wing radicals. Another 25 attacks were against hired or voluntary refugee aid workers.

Stockholm terror suspect was mentally fit at time of attack, doctors judge

[TheLocal.se] Sweden's National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) handed the results of its examination of Rakhmat Akilov
...the rejected asylum-seeking father of four who drove a hijacked, bomb-laden 30-ton truck through a crowded Stockholm pedestrian zone in April on orders of ISIS after he was sent back after trying to get to Syria. He killed four and injured 15, considerably fewer than he'd planned because his bomb didn't explode. This proves that Allah did not approve...
to Stockholm District Court on Wednesday, in which it concluded that the Uzbek national was not suffering from any mental issues when the attack was carried out.
The unstable ones are no good for more complicated operations.
The same is true of Akilov's condition during the investigation, doctors also concluded. As such there is no reason to consider psychiatric care as part of any eventual sentence, they judged.

Hungary Calls for Unified European Union Migrant Deportation Scheme

[Breitbart] Hungary has urged Brussels to create a European Union-wide (EU) deportation mechanism, stating that removing migrants who have no right to reside in the bloc is “mostly not possible” in current conditions.

Sweden falls out of love with migrants: Report finds the liberal nation now has a much more negative view of immigration following spate of sex attacks
10/05/17
[DailyMail] Researchers found that far-right Swedish groups are encouraging the country's increasing lack of tolerance when it comes to migration.

Voluntary returns: when asylum seekers want to go home

[DW] BLUF: For those migrants who decide to return home, going through German channels can take two months or considerably longer to find out if the German government will pay for their trip and funding to start a small business... or not.

German police raid homes in search of IS members

[IsraelTimes] Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office says police have raided homes in four states in connection with three people suspected of links to the Islamic State group. Federal prosecutor’s spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said in a statement that apartments and other locations were searched in Berlin, Bavaria, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt on Wednesday morning.

Two suspects are accused of membership in a terrorist organization on allegations they belong to IS, while the third is suspected of supporting a terrorist organization. Two are also accused of weapons violations. No arrests were made and no names were released. Prosecutors say the suspects are believed to be connected to a Syrian arrested in 2016 who was suspected of planning a bombing attack, and another Syrian arrested last week in Leipzig on IS membership charges.

German Police Arrest Two Alleged Syrian Jihadists

[AnNahar] German police Tuesday arrested two suspected Syrian jihadists, one of them an alleged member of the Islamic State group accused of slitting the throat of a regime soldier, prosecutors said. The alleged former IS member, identified only as 30-year-old Abdulmalk A., was arrested in Berlin, and his 23-year-old compatriot Mousa H. A. in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Both men allegedly first joined the Islamist rebel group then called Al-Nusra in 2012 to battle the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with Abdulmalk A. commanding fighters. He allegedly captured a Syrian army sniper in early 2013 near the city of Tabqa, forced him to dig his own grave and slit his throat, the prosecutors said in a statement.

In mid-2013 Abdulmalk A. switched allegiance to the IS, in his eastern home city of Deir ez-Zor, joined its combat operations and then was tasked with administering the IS-captured Tabqa Dam, Syria's largest.

From Breitbart - Europe Migrant Crisis:
Italian Police Link Somali Migrant Traffickers to ISIS and Al Shabaab
10 May
Italian police say they have found indirect links between Islamic militants and a Somali-run migrant trafficking and money transfer ring that was busted in overnight raids in southern Italy. Police said the leader of the Bari-based ring had been in telephone contact with a Somali man arrested in Italy in July on suspicion of having helped two Islamic State foreign fighters enter Italy via Malta.

Italy Investigates Aid Groups Suspected of Working With Traffickers to Facilitating Illegal Migration
10 May
An Italian prosecutor says he is investigating employees of aid groups that are rescuing migrants off Libya for allegedly facilitating illegal migration, but says it’s not a punishable crime since saving lives at sea is paramount. Trapani

Reporter Attacked Live on Air During Report on Immigration in Rome
9 May
An Italian TV reporter and her cameraman were assaulted during a live broadcast whilst covering the living conditions of African migrants hoping to break into northern Europe in search of higher welfare payments.

Leaders of Europe’s Top Four Economies Have Zero Children Between Them
9 May
With the election of Emmanuel Macron to the presidency of France over the weekend, the leaders of Europe’s top four economies — Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy — have zero children between them, a feat perhaps never before matched in European history.

Up to 245 Migrants Missing After Smugglers Wreck Two Ships
9 May
U.N. agencies say up to 245 migrants and refugees are missing and feared dead following two recent shipwrecks of smugglers’ boats in the Mediterranean Sea. UNHCR says one of its partner agencies, the International Medical Corps, reported

Sweden Sees Significant Increase in Asylum Seekers After Scrapping ID Checks at Border
9 May
After scrapping border identification checks for people coming from Denmark into Sweden, the Swedish government has noted a large increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the country.
Unexpectedly.
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#1  Le Pen would have been better for slowing the invasion.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/11/2017 9:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Great roundup TW!
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#3  Thank you, KBK. Glad you like it.
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Germany detains third man suspected of planning 'extremist' neo-Nazi attack
[AlAhram] German police have detained a second soldier suspected of involvement in a plan by an army officer and a student to carry out an attack, possibly on left-wing politicians who don't oppose immigration, the federal public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor's office named the third suspect in the case, which has shocked the country and prompted a debate about the depth of right-wing radicalism in the military, as Maximilian T., a 27-year-old German national.

"The accused is strongly suspected of planning a severe act of violence against the state out of a right-wing bully boy conviction," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The three had planned to carry out an attack and make it look like it had been the work of Islamist turbans, it said. Former president Joachim Gauck and Justice Minister Heiko Maas were on a list of possible targets prepared by the suspects.

The first soldier and the student, named Franco A. and Mathias F. respectively, were detained on April 26.

The prosecutor's office said in its statement that Maximilian T. had at times covered up Franco A.'s absences from military barracks, suggesting he was also a soldier.

"Maximilian T. had covered up arising absences, making excuses on behalf of Franco A. to bosses," the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office declined to say explicitly that Maximilian T. was a soldier.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has come under fire for her s handling of the case, with some saying her harsh tone towards the armed forces implied most soldiers were right-wing radicals. Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom...
defended the minister on Tuesday.

"This is an unbelievable story with a right-wing bully boy background and it was right that the defence minister did not try to minimize it but rather called it what it is, and we say we have to investigate whether such thing occurs often," Merkel told the broadcaster WDR.

Von der Leyen has apologized for her blanket criticism of the military, saying she regretted remarks that military leaders were weak and unable to deal with problems like sexual harassment claims and right-wing extremism.

The scandal has also raised questions about the competence of staff at shelters where migrants colonists first register before they can apply for asylum. Franco A., who served with an army battalion stationed in La Belle France, had used a fake identity to register as a Syrian refugee and moved into a shelter for migrants colonists in Bavaria even though he speaks no Arabic.

Prosecutors believe the three wanted to implicate asylum seekers in the attack and make the public believe that Islamists were behind it.

The soldier had previously been detained in late January by Austrian authorities on suspicion of having hidden an illegal gun in a bathroom at Vienna's main Schwechat airport. Von der Leyen said Franco A. had intended to have the finger prints of a Syrian asylum seeker on the gun, which he wanted to use in a possible attack and leave at the scene.

Germany to make reforms to army after far right plot: Minister

[AlAhram] German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said she would respond to the discovery of far right sympathisers in the German army with reforms, including revising one of the force's post-Nazi era founding principles.

Von der Leyen told reporters she would on Wednesday inform a special session of the parliamentary defence committee about the investigation into the case and far right sympathies within the military.

She said the ministry would clarify its "Traditionserlass," a policy last updated in 1982 that gives a differentiated view of how troops are to treat and view the legacy of the German military. Von der Leyen, whose post includes the role of commander in chief of Germany's armed forces, is a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel who is gearing up for a national election in five months' time.

The military needed a faster and more efficient reporting scheme for incidents and potential threats and would need to increase the political education of troops, the minister said.
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#1  Hey, three guys!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/11/2017 0:21 Comments || Top||


French police seek 3 men suspected in Paris attack plot
More details about this report from two days ago, plus the names of the hunted miscreants
[AlAhram] French police searched Tuesday for three men suspected of plotting an 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-inspired attack after authorities conducted a major operation at a Gay Paree train station.

A ticket vendor in the northern town of Valenciennes thought she recognized one of the three men listed on police wanted notices on social networks. That prompted the police operation and the temporary closure of one of Gay Paree' main transit hubs, the Gare du Nord, late Monday. No arrests have been made.

Rocco Contento of Unite SGP police union told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named the vendor informed police. Two other coppers confirmed the information to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named on customary condition of anonymity on Tuesday.

The three suspects have been identified by police as Belgian citizens Bilal Al Marchohi and Tarik Jadaoun,
...oddly enough, those names don't sound Flemish, French, or even German...
and Afghan national Zabihullah Sarwari.

The busy Gare du Nord -- the terminus of a large suburban and national rail network as well as the hub for Eurostar trains from London -- was evacuated after 11 p.m. on Monday night as officers from the special BRI intervention force started pouring into the station.

A security perimeter was established and all passengers on the train from Valenciennes were taken to a nearby brasserie to be searched, Contento said. "Unfortunately it was determined that the person was not in the train," Contento said.
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#1  Still seeking 3 guys?
I'm sensing a pattern.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/11/2017 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  It's like they read it in a manual somewhere, Skidmark
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/11/2017 14:54 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Heavy firing on LoC
[Daily Excelsior] Pakistain army tonight opened heavy shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in violation of ceasefire.

Reports said Pakistain opened firing with automatic weapons followed by shelling at Sher Makri and Numb Kaladi areas of Nowshera sector in Rajouri district around 11 pm.

The Indian side retaliated, leading to heavy exchanges, they said, adding there were reports that Pakistain army could try to facilitate infiltration attempts by the turbans under the cover of firing.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side in the firing and shelling. Casualties, if any, on the other side were not known.
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#1  How many infiltrators this time?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/11/2017 8:55 Comments || Top||


Militants abduct, kill Army officer in Shopian
[Daily Excelsior] An Army officer Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, 22, was kidnapped from his relative’s house and rubbed out by murderous Moslems in Shopian district of South Kashmire last night.

A senior police officer said that the officer had gone to attend a marriage ceremony of his cousin at Batapora in Shopian last evening. He was kidnapped by at least 5-6 murderous Moslems at around 10 p.m from the marriage party.

The officer said that locals and relatives didn’t inform the police about the abduction of the Army officer. He said that he was killed by murderous Moslems but they are investigating the other angles as well. He said that the officer had stayed at his home for 5 days but no one harmed him there. He said that someone tipped off the murderous Moslems that led to his abduction and killed. Two bullet marks were found on his body.

The officer said that the body of the Army officer riddled with bullets was spotted by a local at Harmain in Shopian and he subsequently informed the police.

A police party rushed to the spot and recovered the body. After conducting legal formalities, police handed over the body to family of the killed officer at Kulgam.

A local at Sadsuna village said that they heard three gun shots at around 11:30 p.m. He said that in the morning they found the body of the Army officer in the village road. He was tortured before being rubbed out.

Lt Umar was posted with a RAJRIF in Akhnoor area of Jammu. The officer was just commissioned in December 2016.

Srinagar-based Defence spokesperson, Col Rajesh Kalia, said here that in dastardly act, some unidentified murderous Moslems yesterday kidnapped and then killed a young Army officer, Lt Umar Fayaz, who had come on leave to his native place in Kulgam district of South Kashmire to attend a marriage in his family. The Army spokesperson said that the officer was unarmed.

Col Rajesh Kalia said: "The young officer was presently serving in Akhnoor, Jammu. The Army salutes the braveheart and stands by the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy and commits to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice."

The Army officer was given a guard of honour and drapped in tricolor at his ancestral village of Kulgam district. Several hundred people including his relatives and neighbours attended his funeral that passed off peacefully.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the killing of Army officer.

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Iraq
Iraqi forces advance in Mosul and liberate the Maamel neighborhood
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The commander of the second operations in the counterterrorism agency, Major General Maan al-Saadi, announced on Wednesday that his forces liberated the neighborhood of al-Maamel in the heart of the right coast of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Al-Saadi said in a statement to Al Arabiya that his forces liberated al-Maamel neighborhood Wednesday after freeing the industrial zone yesterday. The forces are now surrounding the agricultural reform district in preparation for entering in the coming hours and then liberate it.

Al Saadi continued saying, "We are investing the victory and the high spirits of our forces in the field against the defeat and the low morals of the terrorist organization. Our forces now control the Maamel neighborhood after a battle that lasted from the early morning hours and ended with us controlling the neighborhood in the heart of the right coast of Mosul."

On the course of the battles, Saadi stressed that the coming days will carry many surprises asserting, "We will have achieved the greatest victory in controlling all the land of Mosul."

The death of a leader and three of his lover companions
For his part, the commander of the forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism unit, Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Asadi announced the death of an ISIS leader during the battles over al-Maamel district in Mosul.

Al-Asadi told Al Arabiya that the terrorist Abu Ayyub al-Shami and three of his lover companions were killed during the battles in the al-Maamel neighborhood.

As for civilians, he said that they have opened safe corridors for the exit of citizens, emphasizing, "We have managed to evacuate about 10,000 people over the last four days and we have been able to move them out of the battlefield."

Posted by: Fred || 05/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Two articles on DAESH tactics in Mosul:

1)Musings on Iraq: How Daesh has fought the battle of Mosul

2)West Point CTC: Mobility and Tactics in the IS defense of Mosul
Posted by: Frozen Al || 05/11/2017 13:17 Comments || Top||


Kurdish forces push back a dozen ISIS militants on Makhmour front
[RUDAW.NET] Around a dozen ISIS militants were surprised when they came across Peshmerga forces on the Makhmur front south of Erbil on Tuesday.

“Tonight, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, nearly 10 to 15 ISIS militants fell into an ambush set up by the Peshmerga forces in the village of Pungina east of Baqert town. Some of them were injured, some ran away, leaving behind a dead body,” Sirwan Barzani, commander of the Makhmur front, told Rudaw.

The Makhmour front manned by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and located about 70 kilometers south of Erbil, has helped to protect the Kurdistan Region since the ISIS group first emerged in late 2013.

“ISIS militants left behind a number of binoculars, light weapons, and planted bombs. We are currently searching the area to find other ISIS militants,” he added.

The Kurdish Peshmerga, supported by the international anti-ISIS coalition, has battled extremists along a nearly 700 kilometers of frontlines stretching across the south of the Kurdistan Region.
Posted by: Fred || 05/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas says assassin of military operative captured
[Ynet] Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced Thursday that the individual responsible for the March assassination of Hamas operative Mazan Fukha outside his home in Tel al-Hawa has been arrested, adding that he acted on behalf of the Israeli security forces.

Joined by Fukha’s widowed wife and newly elected leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sanwar at a press conference, Haniyeh said that the suspect had confessed to the hit.
Also confessed to infecting Arafat with HIV, assassinating Julius Caesar, and molesting cockroaches.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/11/2017 11:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  the suspect had confessed to the hit.

let's see the "suspect's" injuries
Posted by: Frank G || 05/11/2017 12:39 Comments || Top||


Animal cruelty: Arabs kill cows in Jezreel Valley
[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] Border Police locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
three Arab residents of Yafia on Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing seven cows to death in the Jezreel Valley.

The suspects killed the cows on Israeli Memorial Day last week, in retaliation for the cows straying onto land which does not belong to their breeder.

The suspects allegedly used a scythe of approximately six feet in length to kill the cows.

The suspects, who are in their 60s, 40s, and 20s, were transferred for further investigation. The Tiberius Magistrate Court extended their remand until this coming Sunday.

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#1  Mooderers!
Posted by: gorb || 05/11/2017 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Must have been to Obama's speech about beef.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/11/2017 0:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Not the livestock!

Posted by: Pliny Glons2836 || 05/11/2017 6:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Death cult. Doubtful PITA will protest. These Arabs killed off their sex workers?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/11/2017 9:47 Comments || Top||

#5  "Animal cruelty" as distinct from "Cruelty to animals"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/11/2017 11:04 Comments || Top||


Palestinian teen caught with pipe bombs outside courthouse
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian teenager was incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
outside a military court on Wednesday when police discovered he was carrying two pipe bombs.

The suspect was caught while attempting to pass the checkpoint outside the military court near Nablus, Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Border Police and military police became suspicious when he claimed he did not have his identity card with him, she said. They detained him and searched him, discovering two pipe bombs hidden in his clothes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Turn him loose. Personal use!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/11/2017 2:55 Comments || Top||

#2  For peaceful Islamic purposes.
Posted by: gorb || 05/11/2017 10:39 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for blasphemy
[DAWN] Jakarta’s Chris­tian governor was enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
for two years on Tuesday after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Moslem-majority nation.

Many people waiting outside the Jakarta court shouted "God is greatest" as news came through that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama would be sent to prison for insulting Islam, a surprisingly harsh verdict after prosecutors had only recommended probation.

Purnama, Jakarta’s first non-Moslem governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, looked calm when the verdict was announced and said he would appeal, as some of his supporters in court burst into tears.

He was immediately transferred to jail and authorities said his deputy would take over running Jakarta for the final few months of his term. Hundreds of his supporters descended on the prison shouting "Free Ahok" -- Purnama’s nickname -- and violently shook the gate of the facility.

The 50-year-old was hauled into court last year to face trial on charges of insulting the holy Koran while campaigning for re-election, after the blasphemy accusations sparked a series of mass protests in Jakarta spearheaded by radical groups and encouraged by his rivals.

Tuesday’s jail sentence and his loss last month to a Moslem challenger in the Jakarta vote, which he had once been favourite to win, has fuelled fears that hardliners are growing increasingly influential and that the country’s version of Islam that has been praised widely is under threat.

"It’s another big step in the slow decline of religious freedom in Indonesia," said Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch, after Purnama was enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
The United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
and urged Indonesia to review its blasphemy laws, while the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
called on Jakarta to uphold its "long-standing tradition of tolerance and pluralism".

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#1  Apparently the Indonesian government found a way to hold people accountable for violating Sharia law.

Senator Graham et al must be pleased.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 05/11/2017 19:46 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US-backed SDF recaptures Tabqa near Raqqah from Daesh
[217.218.67.231] US-backed bad boys, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have fully captured the city of Tabqa and a nearby dam from the ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist group.

The SDF, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, on Wednesday recaptured the city, which sits on the Euphrates River and on a strategic supply route about 55 kilometers west of Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria.

SDF front man, Talal Sello, told AFP that the forces had "achieved victory and completely liberated the city and the dam."

Rami Abdel Rahman of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed the development.

Both the dam and the city are under the control of the joint force, according to the monitoring group.

The SDF had been fighting ISIS in Tabqa, as part of the "Wrath of the Euphrates" operation, which was launched in November 2016.

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US offers $10 million reward for Syria rebel leader
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Trump administration is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information about the whereabouts of the military leader of Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front.

The State Department says the reward will be paid for information "leading to the identification or location" of Abu Mohammed al-Golani. The offer is the first under the department’s "Rewards for Justice Program" for a Nusra Front leader.

In a statement, the department said that the group under Golani’s leadership had committed numerous attacks in Syria, including many against civilians, since 2013.

Golani, a Syrian national believed to be in his 40s, has been identified by the US as a "specially designated global terrorist" since 2013 and subject to US and international sanctions, including an asset freeze and travel ban.

The Nusra Front is designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the US. In 2016, it changed its name to the Fatah al-Sham Front and formally cut ties with al-Qaeda last year, but is still widely seen as being linked to the global terror network.

Posted by: Fred || 05/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


SDF announces it ‘fully liberated’ Tabqa Dam
[RUDAW.NET] Kurdish-majority forces have announced they "fully liberated" Tabqa Dam on Wednesday from ISIS, a day after the US announced it would further its partnered forces in northern Syria.

"Syrian Democratic Forces have fully liberated Tabqah Dam. Security operations continue in the area," read a tweet from the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG).

YPG and Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) members dually comprise the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which the US-led international coalition has been supporting in the fight against ISIS.

AFP news agency reported it had spoken with SDF spokesperson Talal Silo, who said "his forces 'achieved victory and completely liberated Tabqa city and the dam.' Combing operations [are] ongoing."

The SDF later formally announced its celebrations after recapturing Tabqa in a tweet.

The declaration comes a day after the US Defense Department announced it had been authorized to further arm Kurdish fighters in northern Syria ahead of the offensive to retake Raqqa.

The Coalition had announced earlier on Wednesday that a few neighborhoods in Tabqa still contained ISIS resistance.

"SDF and [the] Syrian Arab Coalition have successfully liberated the vast majority of Tabqah and continue to clear the final two neighborhoods," wrote the Coalition’s spokesperson US Col. John Dorrian in a tweet.

Tabqa is strategic because of its dam between Lake Assad, which connects to the Euphrates River. An air field is also located south of the city, which the SDF took control on March 27.

The securing of Tabqa is seen as one of the final hurdles prior to commencing operations to retake ISIS’s de facto capital city of Raqqa.

Neighboring The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has objected to YPG’s participation in Raqqa operations.
Posted by: Fred || 05/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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  Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for blasphemy
Wed 2017-05-10
  US ignores Turkey’s objection, approves arming Kurdish forces in Syria
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  Egypt issues life sentence for Muslim Brotherhood chief
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