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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Hospital computers across England shut down by cyberattack, hackers demanding ransom
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/12/2017 11:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [617 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How the hell did their IT let this happen? At the hospital I worked at, we had honeypots that the virus tried to write to so we could stop it. And even if it got to the other file shares, it was backed up every hour so we only lost a few minutes of data.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/12/2017 14:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Same story, some come in thru Vendor services...lab equipment, PET/MRI/CT sophisticated imaging, etc. Some still on XP because the programmers that wrote the vendor's control code left and nobody knows how to upgrade it. Others condemned to combat zero day exploits because the vendors can't/won't provide timely security patches.

Seimens PET scanners I have known were Ghosted nightly to flush the days collection of exploits.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/12/2017 15:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Treating their IT like their patients. What'a surprise.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/12/2017 15:56 Comments || Top||

#4  The fact they are still using XP shows they earned this ass raping.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/12/2017 16:13 Comments || Top||

#5  RT is the source here and their web site always seems so sketchy to me that I went to Drudge. Here is what I found:

Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/12/2017 18:08 Comments || Top||

#6  But, yeah, if UK NHS is using any kind of Microsoft product at all somebody needs to be sacked. Sounds like somebody needs to be sacked anyway. This is just negligence.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/12/2017 18:10 Comments || Top||

#8  And Moscow Police department, FEDEX, and many many more.
Thanks NSA!
Posted by: newc || 05/12/2017 18:20 Comments || Top||

#9  When W7 came into use, the British Gov and the Bank of England entered into a maintenance agreement with MS to provide continued support updates for XP for the sum of approx 1.1 mil Euro monthly. They had too many licenses to even contemplate upgrading.
Remember reading about it in the Economist.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/12/2017 18:39 Comments || Top||

#10  I just mirrored my main drive & I'm now backing up my data drive. Once I do those things, I disconnect the mirrored drive (power & data cables) and shut off the enclosure that has the backed up data drive. I'd suggest everybody do something similar and prepare for the worst, if you haven't done so already, in case IP addresses in the US are next.
Posted by: Raj || 05/12/2017 18:46 Comments || Top||

#11  Good idea, Raj. You could even use one of those little thumb drives these days. Some of them will hold 32 or even 64 GB. That's a lot of data. You back up your files, eject the drive and put it on a shelf. Now, let's see, I probably have one of them laying around here somewhere...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/12/2017 19:24 Comments || Top||

#12  my latest 64GB USB drive was, like $35 at Frye's. Make sure you AV scan it as well....
Posted by: Frank G || 05/12/2017 20:24 Comments || Top||

#13  If government can get into systems, then so can everyone else.
Posted by: Thravimp Lover of the Antelope7006 || 05/12/2017 23:32 Comments || Top||

#14  Ransomware attacks courtesy of Wikileaks' latest file dump. Idiots.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2017 23:42 Comments || Top||

Suicide bomber bearing Pakistani passport arrested in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A would-be jacket wallah has been tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
by the security forces before he manage to carry out an attack in Kabul city.

The Kabul police commandment said the suicide bomber was arrested during an operation in the vicinity of the 11th police district of the city late on Tuesday night.

According to the security officials, the suicide bomber was hiding in a house in Gulai Hesa Awal area in Khair Khana.

The officials further added that the suicide bomber was also bearing three hand grenades, a pistol, and a suicide kaboom vest.

Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [511 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  "I'm on a Tourist Visa"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/12/2017 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  "To See Paris Kabul and Die" doesn't have quite the same ring.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/12/2017 9:15 Comments || Top||

Afghan forces retake Zebak district from Taliban in Badakhshan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel have retaken the control of Zebak district from the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) front man Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the Afghan cops have retaken Zebak from the Taliban Death Eaters.

He said the control of the district fell around 1 pm local time today and the Taliban Lions of Islam have suffered heavy casualties.

Gen. Waziri further added that full details regarding the operation will be released later.

The anti-government armed hard boy groups including the Taliban Lions of Islam have not commented regarding the report so far.

Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS leader joins peace process in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key leader 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) terror group’s offshoot in Afghanistan has joined grinding of the peace processor in 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..

The provincial government in a statement said the ISIS group leader identified as Wafadar was in charge of a group of at least 15 murderous Moslems.

The statement further added that Wafadar was previously involved in terrorist related activities in Chaparhar, Haska Mina, and Kot districts.

Wafadar joined grinding of the peace processor after reaching to a conclusion and understanding the realities on the ground due to the efforts of the Afghan intelligence operatives, the statement said, adding that he has also handed over a pistol, a communications device, and two hand grenades to the government authorities.

The former ISIS leader has admitted that was involved in destructive activities with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group before and pledged allegiance t ISIS when the group established their presence in Afghanistan, committing horrible crimes and atrocities in the country.

He also admitted that the citizens of the neighboring countries are also present in the country operating under the flag of ISIS and are receiving command from the neighboring countries.

According to Wafadar, the ISIS faceless myrmidons are forcefully grabbing the harvest, livestock, and other properties of the local residents under their control for their living besides they are killing the citizens, a move which he says forced him to leave and join grinding of the peace processor.

Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [371 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Islamic State militants say killed 15 tribesmen in North Sinai
Fifty percent more on this story from yesterday, when only ten tribesmen were reported killed.
[AlAhram] The Sinai Tribes Union has vowed to avenge its members who were killed by the holy warrior group.

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....
holy warrior group claimed it killed 15 rustics in North Sinai on Wednesday, in the latest episode of festivities between the holy warriors and local tribes.

In a statement published on Thursday through its affiliated online Amaq agency, the IS group claimed that its affiliates in North Sinai ambushed a group of what it described as "pro-Egyptian army" rustics at a checkpoint west of the El-Perth area in the governorate, killing 15 of them.

The group stated that it killed Salem Abu Lafy, a leading figure in the El-Tarabin tribe, one of Sinai's largest clans, during the ambush.

On Wednesday the Sinai Tribes Union, a coalition of local tribes opposed to the IS group, confirmed in a statement on their official Facebook page the death of Abu Lafy during fighting with holy warriors, without disclosing specifics.

The union vowed to avenge his death and the death of other members killed by the holy warrior group.

The union also warned that the tribes, especially the El-Tarabin, would punish those who support the IS holy warrior group, harbour the holy warriors, or withhold information about the group from the tribes or the authorities.

On Wednesday, the AP said unnamed security sources had confirmed 10 rustics were killed in the festivities.

In late April, the El-Tarabin, Sawarka and Rumeilat tribes publicly declared they would "cleanse" North Sinai of the holy warrior group, in cooperation with the Egyptian armed forces.

Egypt’s army and police forces have been battling a holy warrior Islamist insurgency in North Sinai centered in the cities of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid for several years, with hundreds killed on both sides.

The IS group has also killed Sinai residents, who it described as collaborators with the Egyptian authorities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [401 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Libya intercepts 350 migrants after duel at sea
[AlAhram] Libya's coastguard on Wednesday intercepted a wooden boat packed with more than 350 migrants colonists after duelling with a German rescue ship and coming under fire from traffickers, the navy said.

The migrants colonists, who were bound for Italia, were picked up off the western city of Sabratha, said navy front man Ayoub Qassem.

The German non-governmental organization "Sea-Watch tried to disrupt the coastguard operation... inside Libyan waters and wanted to take the migrants colonists, on the pretext that Libya wasn't safe," Qassem told AFP.

The German non-governmental organization "Sea-Watch tried to disrupt the coastguard operation... inside Libyan waters and wanted to take the migrants colonists, on the pretext that Libya wasn't safe," Qassem told AFP.
Sea-Watch posted a video on Twitter of what it said was a Libyan coastguard vessel narrowly cutting across the bow of its ship.

"This EU-funded Libyan patrol vessel almost crashed (into) our civil rescue ship," read the caption.

Qassem also said the coastguard had come under fire from people traffickers, without reporting any casualties.

The migrants colonists were taken to a naval base in 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...
, where an AFP photographer said most of them appeared to be from Morocco and Bangladesh.

According to international organizations, between 800,000 and one million people, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, are currently in Libya hoping to make the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe.

Between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants colonists are being held in Libyan detention centres after entering the country illegally, an immigration official said on Tuesday.

The North African country has long been a stepping stone for migrants colonists seeking a better life in Europe. Smugglers have stepped up their lucrative business in the chaos which has engulfed Libya since its 2011 revolution.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [438 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  The German non-governmental organization "Sea-Watch tried to disrupt the coastguard operation... inside Libyan waters and wanted to take the migrants colonists, on the pretext that Libya wasn't safe," Qassem told AFP.

It's not often I'll root for Libya over Greenpeace wannabes.
Posted by: Raj || 05/12/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Sink em
Posted by: Frank G || 05/12/2017 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Hostis humanis Generis.
If a non-state actor wants to play military, find a convenient yardarm and treat them like Pirates.
Posted by: magpie || 05/12/2017 15:24 Comments || Top||

Ex-governor defies Hadi, forms autonomous body in Aden
[Iran Press TV] Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's governor for Yemen's port city of Aden, recently fired by the Saudi-backed former president, has launched an autonomous body to manage the war-wracked country's south.

Maj. Gen. Aidarous al-Zubaidi, who has fallen out with Hadi but is close to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), formed the new "transitional political council of the south" on Thursday.

The new council is made up of 26 members, including the governors of five southern provinces and two Hadi ministers.

The sacked governor said the new council would "manage the provinces of the south and represent (them) domestically and internationally".

Hadi dismissed his governor for Aden and his state minister Hani bin Breik on April 27 over their alleged close ties with the United Arab Emirates.

In a recent interview with Middle East Eye online news portal, Hadi accused the UAE of acting "like an occupation power in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
rather than a force of liberation."

The two men are also believed to be close to southern independence activists.

The move was a new blow to Hadi's efforts to keep together loyalists and reflected divisions among his supporters. Hadi has relied heavily on the militia recruited in the south, where separatist sentiments run deep.

The announcement on the formation of the council also comes days after thousands of people held a demonstration in Aden to denounce the sacking of bigwigs by Hadi.

Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:

Suicide blast kills 5 suspected militants, firefighter slashed to death in Rajshahi hideout
[Dhaka Tribune] Law enforcers cordoned off a suspected militant hideout in Benipur area under Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district on Thursday

6:30pm- Fire Service Director (operation and maintenance) Major AKM Shakil Nawaz says that a five member probe committee has been formed to investigate the incident, led by Rajshahi Fire Service Deputy Director Nurul Islam.

3:30pm- The bomb disposal team is reportedly on its way from Dhaka.

12:57pm: Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune: “Militants first hacked firefighter Abdul Motin and then blew themselves up.

“Motin was severely injured in the suicide blast. Later died of his injuries.”

12:08pm: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team arrives at the spot.

11:36am: Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit and local police are on the spot.

11:20am: Law enforcers to start the raid once Bomb Disposal Unit from Dhaka arrives at the spot.

11:15am: A police van carrying Sumaiya and her two children leaves the spot, our correspondent Abdullah Al Dulal reports.

11:13am: OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune: “Sumaiya has surrendered.”

11:10am: Senior ASP (Godagari Circle) Md Ekramul Hoque says: “A person wearing a suicide vest is hiding inside the house.

“We have also rescued a seven-year-old boy and one-month-old baby girl.”

10:39am: “Shazzad along with family started living in the house two months ago. He used to sell clothes while his sons Alamin and Soheb were farmers,” our photographer Azahar Uddin reports.

10:18am: Two executive magistrates arrive at the spot.

10:07am: OC Hibzur says: “Shazzad’s another daughter Sumaiya is hiding in a paddy field near the house. We have asked her to surrender but she is not willing to do so.”

9:57am: “Five militants, including Sazzad, his wife Beli, their sons Alamin, 30, and Soheb, 25, and daughter Karima, 18, died in the suicide blast,” Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune.

9:47am: One Shazzad owns the one-storey tin-shed house our photographer Azahar Uddin reports.

9:37am: “Firefighter Abdul Motin died when taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital,” Godagari OC Hibzur says.

9:20am: Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune: “We had asked the militants to surrender. They blew themselves up while coming out of the house.

“Firefighter Abdul Motin has also been injured in the blast.”

8:54am: “Four militants have been killed in the firing,” Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune.

8:45am: Gunshots heard.

8:30am: Godagari police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Hibzur Alam Munshi says: “Law enforcers cordoned off a house in Benipur village since 3am.”
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)

Three women charged with preparing a terrorist act and conspiracy to murder
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Three women charged with preparing terrorist act and conspiracy to murder

  • It follows police raid on a property in Willesden, north London, last month

  • Rizlaine Boular, 21, who was shot and wounded by armed officers is among those charged

  • Her mother Mina Dich, 43, and Khawla Barghouthi, 20, also face charges when the three come before a court today

  • The other three arrested in that raid have been released.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [420 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Defendants
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/12/2017 12:27 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia charges three suspects with terror in St. Petersburg metro bombing
[Iran Press TV] Russian prosecutors have charged three suspects over involvement in last month’s bombing attack in the Saint Petersburg metro.

Russia's Investigative Committee said on Thursday that the three, Bakhram Ergashev, Ibragimzhon Ermatov and Makhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov, were charged with involvement in a "terrorist act."

Investigators said the trio was also charged with having illegally used explosives in the April 3 attack, which killed 15 people. The committee added that seven other suspects will be charged in the near future.

...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Big Shirley was still trying to snatch Nunzio bald-headed. She was already halfway there...
Russia’s Federal Security Service
... the successor to the KGB...
(FSB) said that another suspect head been tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on Thursday over links to the metro bombing.

The FSB said the individual who bore the last name Ermatov had reportedly been involved in the "illicit trafficking of explosives linked to" the bombing.

A group suspected of links to al-Qaeda has grabbed credit for the attack, saying the bombing was a response to Russia’s involvement in the war against holy warriors, apparently making a reference to Moscow’s campaign against bandidos turbans in Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [420 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

The Grand Turk
Turkish court sentences notorious British ISIS member wanted by US, UK
More on this story from the other day.
[RUDAW.NET] A court in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has charged Aine Davis, 33, of west London with being member of a terrorist organization and sentenced to a seven-and-a-half-year prison term, according to a BBC report.

Davis is said to have been a member of the notorious gang of four British jihadists that other members called "The Beatles", including ISIS executioner "Jihadi John" or Mohammed Emwazi.

Emwazi is said to have been killed in a dronezap last year.

The quartet are suspected to be the ISIS men who brutalized Western hostages in Syria, subjecting them to harsh treatment such as routine beatings and waterboarding as well as mock executions. They are also suspected of having beheaded American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley.

Davis is said to have been smuggled out of Syria to Turkey by ISIS. He was later tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in 2015 in a raid on a villa in Silivri, west of Istanbul. Turkish officials stated that at the time of his arrest, he was in the process of plotting an attack on Istanbul to coincide with the attacks on Gay Paree in 2015 which left 130 people dead.

At the trial held on Tuesday, a Jordanian national and Saudi national were also convicted on ties to ISIS and were given the same prison sentence as Davis.

Davis denied involvement with the holy warrior group. "I am not IS. I went to Syria because there was oppression in my country," he said. Speaking in English, he told the court, "I want to make clear I am innocent of the charges. I don't even know why this case has taken so long to judge. I just want my freedom." Davis claimed he went to Syria on two occasions to participate in humanitarian work as reported by BBC.

The case took Turkish prosecutors 18 months to complete as authorities struggled with evidence in an attempt to prove a weightier charge that would have imposed a longer prison sentence on Davis.

Both British and US authorities had lobbied for Davis’ extradition to their own countries, hoping to put him on trial there.

So far, Davis holds the highest profile of British nationals to be arrested on ISIS related terror charges.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [738 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Another four terrorists convicted by military courts executed
[DAWN] Four gunnies -- belonging to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain and sentenced to death by military courts -- were executed in the prison here on Wednesday.

The hanged men were involved in committing heinous crimes, including killing civilians, attacking a mosque, destroying communications infrastructure and attacking personnel of law enforcement agencies and the armed forces, according to the army’s public relations wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

In a statement the ISPR said the four men confessed to having committed the crimes they were charged with before a magistrate and the trial court.

The gunnies who were hanged were: Qari Zubair Muhammad of Nowshera, who was involved in a deadly attack on a mosque; Aziz Khan of Swat, who destroyed security installations and possessed suicide jackets; Muhammad Omar of Swat, who was involved in fatal attacks on educational institutions; and Qaiser Khan, who was behind many terrorist acts.

After the executions the dead bodies were handed over to the Lion of Islams’ relatives.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Heavy Pak shelling targets civilians, migration begins
[Daily Excelsior] A woman was killed and her husband injured while several Government and private buildings including a school and forward posts of the Indian Army were pounded with 120mm mortars and automatic weapons by Pakistain army last night in Nowshera sector. In retaliatory firing by the Indian troops, Pakistain claimed that a civilian was killed and three others were maimed on their side.

The administration has ordered closure of Government schools along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector and set up two migrant camps at Government Higher Secondary Schools for Boys and Girls in Nowshera town, where some families reached late this evening from forward villages in anticipation of fresh mortar shelling by the Pak troops. The schools, falling within the range of two kilometers from the LoC, will also remain closed tomorrow.

Pakistain army used 120 mm mortars and automatic weapons in targeting forward areas of Jhanghar, Bhawani, Kalsian, Sher Makri, Qila Darhal, Sarya, Khamba and Pukharni along LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district at 10.40 pm last night. Indian side retaliated effectively and gave matching response to Pakistain, leading to heavy exchanges. The shelling was very intense till 2 am after which it was reduced to intermittent and completely halted at 6.30 am.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [433 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Cannons are prettier at night.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/12/2017 6:11 Comments || Top||

HM behind killing of Army officer
[Daily Excelsior] Security forces have identified three bandidos bully boyz of Hizbul Mujahideen, who, they believed, kidnapped and killed an Army officer in Kulgam district of South Kashmire yesterday.

Sources said that the security forces have launched massive operations against the killers of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, the young Army officer found dead in Shopian Kashmire after he was kidnapped from a family wedding.

They said at least 5 bandidos bully boyz of Hizbul Mujahideen were involved in his kidnapping and killing. Three of them have been identified as Abbas Bhat of Materbugh, Gayasul Islam of Chekchalun and Ashfaq Ahmad Thokar of Paderpora.

They said that this group has been involved in various militancy related incidents in the area including attack on a cavalcade of senior officers including SSP, DySP and SHO at Kumdalan village Shopian on May 9 in which they escaped unhurt.

These bandidos bully boyz are also believed to be involved in an attack on Army party at Imam Saheb area of Shopian on May 4 in which a civilian driver who was driving the Army vehicle and two Army men were maimed.

Sources said that the Army officer was killed with a rifle that was looted from a policeman in a recent attack on a court complex in Shopian as the empty cartridges of an INSAS rifle were found near his body.

And in the evening, a group of three bandidos bully boyz managed to escape after residents pelted stones on them at Khudwani in Kulgam district.

Sources said that security forces cordoned off village Khudwani after a tip off about presence of bandidos bully boyz in the village. As the security forces cordoned off the village, the residents came out in large numbers and pelted stones at them.

Police and CRPF fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters and dingdong battles continued for several hours but the operation was later called off.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin

Iraqi army launches large-scale operation against Daesh in Anbar
[Iran Press TV] The Iraqi army has launched a large-scale operation against ISIS in the desert areas of the western Anbar Province as the terrorist group is being dealt final blows in the country's fight against the 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...

An Iraqi army lieutenant colonel said the military, backed by local tribal fighters, began the operation against murderous Moslem hideouts early Thursday.

"The security forces are advancing from an area called 'Kilometer 160', west of [Anbar historic provincial capital city,] Ramadi, towards [the town of] Nukhayb," the officer added.

Furthermore, Iraqi Major General Mahmud al-Falahi, the head of Anbar Operations Command, said the Anbar push was aimed at flushing ISIS out of the desert regions and securing the town of Rutbah.

Anbar is the largest Iraqi province and borders Syria, Jordan and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
. It has been a murderous Moslem stronghold since 2014 when ISIS swept through Iraq.

The Iraqi forces have managed to retake most of the towns and cities in Anbar, but the hard boyz still control areas near the Syrian border.

Separately on Thursday, the head of the security committee of the Diyala governorate's general office announced that a ISIS ringleader, identified as Abu Ghatibah, was killed in a rocket attack on the terror outfit's hideout near the city of Baqubah.

Abu Ghatibah was close to ISIS leader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, the official pointed out.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [486 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

7 Israeli Arabs indicted for raising millions for outlawed group
[IsraelTimes] Suspects affiliated with banned Northern Branch of Islamic Movement, deemed a terror group, received cash from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
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and UK.

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Seven senior members of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement
...the Israeli branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, notorious for funding Hamas, agitating about the Temple Mount via their Mourabitoun cadres, and providing social services to the Arabs of the Galilee...
were charged on Thursday with offenses against state security for raising millions of shekels overseas for their group, which has been outlawed for terrorist activity.

The Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement was outlawed in November 2015. The government charged the group with links to terrorist groups and inciting a wave of violence. "Any person who belongs to this organization or who provides services to it or who acts within its framework is henceforth committing a criminal offense punishable by a prison sentence," a cabinet statement said at the time. The move also allowed for the confiscation of all property belonging to the group.

The seven allegedly continued working for the movement through cover organizations they set up for that purpose. A gag order, placed on the case when the seven were incarcerated
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in late March and early April, was lifted on Thursday.

According to the charges filed at the Jerusalem District Court, the men used the newly created organizations to collect donations, mainly from Turkey and Britannia, which were put toward terrorist activities. The indictment stated that the men also skimmed a percentage of the funds, which they received in cash, as their commission.

Two of the men were in possession of more than NIS 200,000 ($55,000) in cash when they were arrested.

Six of the men are from the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm while the seventh is from East Jerusalem.

The men, who have been in detention for some 45 days, were permitted to see their families for the first time on Thursday at the courthouse. A mini-riot broke out when security staff banned the men from touching or speaking with their wives and children.

The Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement rejects the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Paleostinians and boycotts national elections on the grounds that they give legitimacy to the institutions of the Jewish state.

Founded in the 1970s, the Islamic Movement is a political organization, religious outreach group and social service provider rolled into one. The movement’s overarching goal is to make Israeli Moslems more religious and owes much of its popularity to providing services often lacking in Israel’s Arab communities. Today the group runs kindergartens, colleges, health clinics, mosques and even a sports league ‐ sometimes under the same roof.

The movement split two decades ago. The more moderate southern branch began fielding candidates for the Knesset in 1996 and is now part of the Joint List, an alliance of several Arab political parties. Three of the Joint List’s 13 current Knesset members are part of the movement.

The northern branch had also funded a group called the Mourabitun, whose protests against Jewish visitors at the Temple Mount have occasionally turned violent. In September last year, Israel banned the group from the Mount.

One of the defendants said in court Thursday that "this will not stop us protecting al-Aqsa or from caring for the weak," referring to the Temple Mount by its Arabic name.

Police requested that the men remain in jug until the end of the legal process.

"They are accused of extensive financial activity for a terrorist organization, which works against a large population," the prosecutor wrote in the request. "Not only does the organization regard the rule of law in the state as an enemy, like other criminals, but it sees the state itself as an enemy, and seeks to destroy it."

A hearing was set for June 1, to allow the defense more time to study the files of the investigation.
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Clashes erupt at Palestinian protest in support of hunger strikers
[IsraelTimes] Palestinian youths hurl stones at IDF soldiers who respond with rubber bullets, water cannon; 2 injured

Clashes erupted in the West Bank on Thursday between Israeli soldiers and hundreds of Paleostinians protesting in support of hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, leaving at least two people maimed.

Youths wearing hoods or masks threw stones at IDF soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and water cannon containing foul-smelling liquid.

The two Paleostinians were hit by rubber bullets and evacuated on stretchers with bloodied legs, an AFP journalist reported.

The festivities broke out at a checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah.

The protest was called in support of hundreds of Paleostinian security prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails since April 17.

"We are entering an extremely critical period" for the hunger strikers, Qadura Fares, head of the Paleostinian Prisoners Club, said earlier at a rally in Ramallah. "A large number of prisoners can no longer move from their bed or take care of their basic needs."

The International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) visited the leader of the hunger strike, popular Paleostinian figure and convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti, on Thursday for the first time since it began. Barghouti is serving five life sentences for his role in orchestrating deadly terror attacks during the second Paleostinian intifada.

An ICRC front man was unable to provide an update on his health "in accordance with the principles of medical confidentiality."

The ICRC had also been allowed access to other prisoners on hunger strike.

Israeli authorities say 894 Paleostinian prisoners have kept up the strike, while Paleostinian officials say it is more than 1,000.

Some 6,500 Paleostinians are currently held by Israel for a range of offenses and alleged crimes.

Israel says prisoners’ conditions meet all international standards.

Explosives, gun seized in IDF raid in Tulkarem refugee camp

[Ynet] IDF forces, Border Police and the Shin Bet seized four pipe bombs and a Carlo sub-machine gun in the Tulkarem refugee camp.

Two residents of the refugee camp in their 20s were also detained for questioning in connection with the weapons.
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Coalition confirms Tabqa liberation, calls SDF ‘most committed’ partner against ISIS
[ARA] The Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) completed the liberation of the Tabqa Dam, the city of Tabqa and its nearby airfield from ISIS jihadists, the US-led coalition said on Thursday, adding that the SDF will now move on to isolate and eventually liberate the city of Raqqa from ISIS.

"The multi-ethnic SDF forced the surrender of Tabqa Dam and the remainder of Tabqa City, continuing the trend of ISIS’s diminished control of territory and people. The SDF has now further isolated ISIS in Raqqa, the terror group’s stronghold, and will continue to pursue the military defeat of ISIS throughout Syria," the coalition said in a statement obtained by ARA News.

"This is yet another victory by the SAC and the SDF, our most committed and capable ground force partners in the fight against ISIS who remain hard at work erasing ISIS from the battlefield, liberating their own people and lands," said the Coalition Spokesman Col. John Dorrian.

"In Tabqa, the SDF’s increased pressure on ISIS from each flank allowed it to accelerate the pace of the fight, clear the final neighborhoods of the city, and isolate Tabqah Dam. Approximately 70 ISIS fighters conceded to the SDF’s terms, which included the dismantling of IEDs surrounding the dam, the surrender of all ISIS heavy weapons, and the forced withdrawal of all remaining fighters from Tabqa City," the coalition said.

"The SDF accepted ISIS’s surrender of the city to protect innocent civilians and to protect the Tabqa Dam infrastructure which hundreds of thousands of Syrians rely on for water, agriculture, and electricity. The Coalition tracked fleeing fighters and targeted those that could be safely hit without harming civilians," the coalition added.

Dorrian said about 30,000 of the city’s residents have been displaced from their homes since the battle for the city started in late March.

The SDF operation began on March 22 with a surprise aerial infiltration behind enemy lines to the south of Lake Assad, severs ISIS’s ability to reinforce Raqqa and denies ISIS a key coordination hub that its foreign terrorist fighters used since 2013 to plan local operations and external attacks against the West.

"With its seizure, the coalition has prevented a potential humanitarian disaster and ensured local citizens will continue to receive the dam’s basic services," the coalition said.

"After ISIS’s defeat in northern Syria, ISIS moved its imported muscle and external attack planning operations to Tabqah in order to avoid coalition Arclight airstrikes within Raqqa. The operation to seize the Tabqa Dam, airfield and city disrupts ISIS operations in Raqqa and their ability to defend the city and plan and execute external attacks against the West," it said.

"With Tabqa now liberated and Raqqa further isolated, the Coalition and its partner forces continue to hinder ISIS’s ability to reinforce its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa, prevented a potential humanitarian disaster, and ensured local citizens will continue to receive the dam’s basic services," the coalition said.

"The SDF’s success against ISIS demonstrates the power of working by, with and through local partner forces fighting ISIS, among their own people, in their own territory," said coalition spokesperson Dorrian. "The SDF, fighting to liberate their own people and lands, have freed more than 8,000 square kilometers of Syria from ISIS since November."

After liberating Tabqa, the General Command of the Euphrates Operations room announced the fourth phase of the campaign of the Euphrates Wrath to liberate Raqqa.

"The General Commanders announced the Euphrates Wrath Operation to resume the fourth phase of the campaign," the SDF said. "After a halt of 15 days, the goal is to liberate the remaining villages around the city of Raqqa and prepare to begin liberating the city."

"The leadership warned all the people to move away from the enemy centers and buildings. Moving to the safe areas temporarily to facilitate the liberalization process," the SDF concluded.

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