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Police arrest knife-wielding 14-year-old girl in West Bank
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Afghanistan
Taliban leader and 32 militants belonging to Red Unit killed in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader belonging to the Red Unit of the group was killed during an operation jointly conducted by the Afghan and US forces in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said at least 33 turbans including the leader of the group were killed during the operation conducted in Nad-e-Ali district.

The statement further added at least 30 turbans including the leader of the group were killed during the joint operations involving Arclight airstrikes in Nad-e-Ali district.

The Taliban leader in command of the Red Unit has been identified as Kamran and had recently arrived to Nad-e-Ali district from Kajaki and Musa Qala district to plan and coordinate a large attack on the security check posts, the statement said.

The operations were launched based on the intelligence information available with the security forces regarding the planned attack, the statement said, adding that three more turbans were killed during a separate operation conducted in Loy Bagh area of Nad-e-Ali district.

Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [412 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Senior Taliban commander Faqir Mohammad Khairkhwa killed in Laghman
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A senior commander of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has been killed along with six other turbans in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a reputionagreat wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the senior Taliban Überstürmbannführer killed during the operation has been identified as Faqir Mohammad Khairkhwa who was killed during an operation on Friday.

The officials further added that another Taliban krazed killer was also critically maimed during the operation.

The turbans suffered the casualties during the Silab-5 operations being conducted in the restive parts of Laghman province, the officials said, adding that the Afghan cops did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

The operations are being conducted in the center of Laghman province and Pahlawan Baba, Qala-e-Najaran, Sarketaban, Qala-e-Fatiullah, Noor Mohammad Khan Band, Mir Osman, Qala-e-Sufian, and Khas Harmal village of Alingar district, the officials said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Militants launch coordinated attack on Kabul Bank in Gardez
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of heavily armed faceless myrmidons launched a coordinated attack on Kabul Bank branch in Gardez city, the placid provincial capital of Paktia province this afternoon.

The provincial public health officials said at least two people were killed and nearly 20 others have been maimed so far as festivities are still underway in the area.

Officials in Paktia police commandment confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports suggest at least five holy warriors are involved in the attack.

However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
the Ministry of Interior (MoI) front man Najib Danish said the attack was carried out by a group of 3 faceless myrmidons who were all killed by the security forces.

He said at least 31 people including 3 security personnel and 28 civilians were maimed and the attack was over with the killing of three assailants.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ISIS commander among 16 killed or wounded in Nangarhar operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least sixteen turbans of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria, ISIS terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, were killed during the counter-terrorism in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said a commander of the group identified as Hamza was killed along with 9 other krazed killers.

The statement further added that six other turbans were also maimed during the operations.

According to the provincial government, the operations were conducted in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar.

Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Grunts like reading about dead officers.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/21/2017 13:46 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
One dead, two wounded in Mogadishu confrontation
[SHABELLENEWS] At least one government soldier was reported killed, and two others maimed in an armed confrontation in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

The clash broke out between two tax Police servicemen Mogadishu’s Dharkenley district early in the morning, according to an eyewitness who spoke to Radio Shabelle.

So far, the reason behind the deadly clash remains unclear, however, the local Police officers later intervened in the Mogadishu incident.

Somali government is yet to release its own statement concerning the skirmish.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
5,000 refugees rescued in 48 hours off Libya’s shores
[Iran Press TV] Some 5,000 refugees bound for Italia have been rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries say.

Around 2,900 people were rescued Thursday, 2,300 of whom were found in international waters and taken to Italia, while 580 picked up in Libyan waters were returned to the North African country.

Through Friday until Saturday morning, coastguards rescued another 2,100 refugees packed in 17 vessels, but found the body of one man who drowned, the Italian coastguard said.

The number of refugees arriving in Italia has soared this year by more than 30 percent in comparison with the same period last year, with 46,000 people arriving so far.

But of every 39 refugees, who survive the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, one dies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, adding that 1,244 refugees were known to have died so far this year.
Breitbart adds:
Amidst scandals of Mafia involvement in migrant rescue efforts in Italy, some 4,400 mostly sub-Saharan African migrants arrived on Italy’s shores between Thursday and Friday. As usual, the migrants were picked up just miles from the Libyan shoreline and shuttled by Coast Guard vessels, the Spanish navy and various NGOs all the way to Italy.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [456 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "Rescued"?

"Intercepted"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2017 10:25 Comments || Top||

#2  "Look, Nonna, a baby bird! Can I keep it?"

"Madonna! Put it back, quickly, or Juncker will
shoot the whole village. Oh, here's your mom."

"Guess what I found today -- a football stadium full of angry, unknown people whom you two must humor and support, along with their offspring and their pals from wherever, for the rest of your lives... or Juncker will shoot the whole village."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/21/2017 17:01 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Clashes between CAR rival rebels kill 22, displace 10,000
[Iran Press TV] Clashes between rival Christian and Moslem militias in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bria have claimed the lives of at least 22 people, including 17 civilians, and displaced 10,000 others over the past week.

"The fighting between gangs in the northeastern town of Bria and elsewhere in eastern CAR must stop," Diane Corner, the deputy head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the African country, known as MINUSCA, said in a Saturday statement.

"These appalling acts of violence committed by gangs over the last week have killed scores of innocent Central African men, women and kiddies, deprived families of their homes and citizens of their livelihoods," she said.

Nearly 36 people were also maimed in the festivities, the UN mission noted.

On Friday, the rival factions fought over Bria's airstrip. Humanitarian workers were forced to seek refuge inside the MINUSCA base in the area as a result of looting and insecurity.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Seleka


Bangladesh
Suspected militant hideout cordoned off in Narsingdi
[Dhaka Tribune] Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has cordoned off a suspected holy warrior hideout in Narsingdi’s Gabtoli area.
Whoa! How is it that this was not concluded in a rapid crossfire in the small hours of the night, while all honest citizens are snugly asleep in their little beds?
However,
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
those inside the building claimed that they were not bully boyz when contacted by the Dhaka Tribune.
Even more off script. This will not do.
"We have surrounded an under-construction building
...a suitably proletarian location...
from Saturday afternoon
Eh? Since when is the RAB about during the day, except to receive an award for ridding the world of a substantial number of serious miscreants wanted on twelve systems?
on suspicion that a few bully boyz are holed up in the ground floor of the two-storey building," RAB 11 Commanding Officer Lt Col Kamrul Hasan said.
That would be information received, as they say, from Mahmoud the Weasel's fourth cousin twice removed, who is handling the family business in this locality.
Later, RAB-11 Assistant Director Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Alek Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune: "Five to six bully boyz may be inside the residence. We have asked them to surrender, but there has been no response from inside the building."
No, no -- first the miscreants' Spidey Sense is triggered, causing them to exit their proletarian meeting place (strawberry field, brick manufactury, banana plantation, etc) shooting wildly, then the RAB respond with two precisely placed shots --one behind each ear -- at the miscreant in question, who dies promptly on The Spot. This time it has gone very, very wrong.
"We could not confirm the existence of any woman or child in the residence," he also said; adding that RAB and local police have cordoned off the residence and surrounded areas since 4pm.
"Yo, miscreants! Ya got any wimmen and kiddos in there?"
"Yes, Mr. jawanwallah: four wimmen and 17 kiddos, half each boys and girls -- Aishaullah is a hermaphrodite."
"Got it, thanks. *aside* They could be lying, Sarge -- I checked the form for not sure."
The decision to start an operation inside the den will be taken soon, after RAB high-ups from Dhaka reach the spot.
The Spot is a necessary part of the script...
Azar Bin Mahfuz, who claims to be the brother-in-law of one of those in the building,
...his wife married up...
spoke to news hounds after rushing to the scene upon hearing news of the raid.
The Mahamoud the Weasel clan inform in both directions, it appears; keeping their extensive offspring in braces and piano lessons is an expensive undertaking...
He alleged that those inside were madrasa students,
...Eh? What are they doing meeting in so proletarian a spot as a half-built building?
not holy warriors, and provided the contact number of his brother-in-law Masudur Rahman.

When contacted, Masudur told the Dhaka Tribune that he was in the building with four others. They are: Salahuddin, Moshiur Rahman, Mojibur Rahman and Abu Zafar.
You can't fool me. That last one is a Disney cartoon monkey.
Masudur claimed that none of them were bully boyz and that four of them had gone to the building to receive private tuition from Abu Zafar.
They have a madrassah, so why do they need a dangerous and dirty building site?
He added that the doors and windows of the building were unlocked,
...and, in fact, nonexistent...
but law enforcement officials were not allowing them to leave. He also denied having been asked to surrender by the officials.

The house is owned by Mainuddin, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Libya. His family had lived there before the death of his wife a year ago.

The building has been empty since then.

"One Salauddin rented the ground floor flat by introducing himself as a madrasa student one month ago. Five more people were seen residing with him in the house," said Nurul Islam, owner of a neighbouring shop.
Stranger and stranger, and without any conclusion whatsoever. Send the script back for a rewrite.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [583 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)

#1  wondering if/when the Periwinkle Pen would appear; first saw this @ob-dark-thirty and had similiar questions. being of techno- peasant background unsure of how to insert inline snark: waited for experts to arrive and she did.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/21/2017 21:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Dear USN, Ret, all you need do is volunteer to be a moderator, and you, too can go backstage and add inlines to your heart's content. I've no doubt you would climb that particular learning curve far faster than I did.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2017 22:43 Comments || Top||


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs

Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children
19 May
[Ynet] The Italian government has made 12 vaccines mandatory for children attending schools up to age 16 in an effort to combat what it characterizes as misinformation.
That's the official, polite explanation.
The measures approved Friday follow an intense public debate over vaccines after a measles outbreak and political sniping over accusations that the populist 5-Star movement had emboldened anti-vaccine advocates.

Premier Paolo Gentiloni told a news conference that the new rules aimed to combat "anti-scientific theories" that have lowered vaccination rates in recent years.

The government approved making 12 vaccines, including measles, rubella and chickenpox, mandatory starting this September for children entering school.

Protest over “no-go zone for women” in Paris immigrant district
19 May
[TheLocal.fr] Women took to the streets of one of the poorest areas of Paris on Friday to protest at what they say has become an all-male “no-go zone”, where any female daring to venture out alone is subject to severe sexist harassment or worse. The district, whose streets are usually lined with large groups of young men of African and Arab origin, is located around La Chapelle metro station on the border of the 10th and 18th arrondissements in the northeast of the French capital.

Norway seizes weapons, remands Islamist for four weeks
19 May
[TheLocal.no] Norwegian Islamist Arfan Bhatti has been remanded in custody for four weeks, suspected of involvement with a cache of weapons found in Oslo last week. Oslo District Court believes that there are several grounds on which to suspect that Bhatti may attempt to destroy evidence should he be released, according to the report.

Two others have been arrested, of which one remains in custody while the other has been released, reports NRK.

The Islamist, who has Pakistani parents, was born and brought up in Oslo, where he joined the Young Guns gang in the early 1990s. He later became radicalised, and was jailed for his role in shots fired at an Oslo synagogue in 2006. After being released from prison in Pakistan in 2013, Bhatti warned Norway against joining the US-led coalition against the Islamic State terror group in 2014.
...at the time Mr. Bhatti was a leading figure in Ansar Al-Islam, affiliated with ISIS.
His stepson was last year reported to have been murdered by a rival, who was himself then executed by Isis for the crime.

Danish teen convicted of attempted terrorism gets 6 years
18 May
[Ynet] A Danish court has sentenced a teenage girl to six years in jail, two days after she was found guilty of attempted terrorism by planning bomb attacks against two schools when she was 15.

Holbaek District Court judge Peder Christensen said Thursday that Natascha Colding-Olsen, now 17, had converted to Islam in 2015, intended to carry out attacks including on a Jewish school, and possessed chemicals. During the trial at the court northwest of Copenhagen, she admitted making contact with people whom she thought were radical militants.

She was convicted on Tuesday. Prosecutors had demanded her incarceration at a mental institution, but the judge said he didn't find a "fully adequate basis" for doing that.

Integration Commissioner Says German Culture Does Not Exist, ‘Diversity Is Nation’s Strength’
17 May
[Breitbart] German culture does not exist and the nation’s history has been shaped by “immigration and diversity”, according to Federal Integration Commissioner Aydan Özoğuz, who has argued migrants shouldn’t be expected to assimilate.

Pakistani Man Faces Terrorism Charges in Germany
17 May
[Breitbart] German prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Pakistani man with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba group to fight against Indian forces in the Kashmir region. The federal prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that Muhammad Aafaq I., whose last name wasn’t given in accordance with privacy regulations, joined the group in 2008 to fight against Indian control of the areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

Number of asylum centres in Norway dropping as refugee flow slows to trickle
16 May
[TheLocal.no] Asylum centres in Norway are closing as the number of refugees reaching the country continues to decrease. Staff at the centre must be given three months’ notice of redundancy. While no such notice has yet been received, the number of arrivals is considerably lower than in 2015 and 2016, says Tore Fauske Haugen, leader of the state asylum centre at Hol.

“On the 1st January 2016, 32,000 asylum seekers lived at asylum centres in Norway. On 1st January 2017 it was 14,500. Today it is 9,924. If that trend continues it will be fewer still by the end of the year which presumably also means fewer centres,” he said.

EU Urges Member Nations to Share more Refugees
16 May
[AnNahar] The European Union's landmark migrant plan to share 160,000 refugees in Italy and Greece among their EU partners is likely to result in less than 40,000 people finding new homes by the September deadline. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Tuesday that more than 18,000 migrants have been relocated and that 12,500 people in Greece and some 4,000 in Italy are eligible to go. He said those people can be relocated by September, but he noted that some countries haven't relocated a single person, "in breach of their obligations."

Hungary and Poland voted against the plan, but were on the losing side and refuse to take part.

Dutch politician Wilders says still 'available' as coalition talks fail
15 May
[DW] Talks between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD and three other parties have ended without success. The smallest of the possible coalition partners, Green Left, refused to break a promise on immigration.

Culture clash: Afghan police chief beat deported asylum seekers on Danish plane
15 May
[TheLocal.dk] The confidential report on the most recent Danish deportation to Afghanistan on 28th of February this year includes statement from 11 Danish police officials, writes Politiken.

The two men were beaten by the head of Afghan border police on board the aircraft when they refused to disembark after landing in Kabul, says the report. After landing, 11 of the 16 left the aircraft and a family of three were still sitting in their seats near the front when the two men refused to leave their places, according to the report.

“In this connection, he [the Afghan police officer] made use of force that would not have been deemed justifiable had Danish police acted similarly in the course of their duties in Denmark,” concludes the report.

A total of 50 Danish officers took part in the deportation of a total of 16 rejected Afghan asylum seekers, which was subject to protests by activists in Denmark.

Germany, Italy float EU mission to stop migrants in southern Libya
14 May
[DW] Germany and Italy have reportedly demanded an EU mission along Libya’s southern desert border to stop migrants trying to reach Europe. Both countries said current efforts to stop human smuggling are not working.

Migrant colonist given four months' jail under new law for grabbing woman's bum
12 May
[TheLocal.de] On Wednesday the jury in Bautzen, Saxony, convicted a 27-year-old Libyan to a four-month custodial sentence without probation for grabbing a 34-year-old woman’s buttocks three times against her will on a public street.

“It may be the first conviction Germany-wide under the new regulation,” said Judge Dirk Hertle.

Paragraph 184i was implemented in the criminal code after the incidents in front of Cologne Cathedral on New Year’s Eve 2015, when hundreds of women reported that young men from North Africa sexually assaulted or robbed them. The new paragraph became law in November 2016 and two weeks later, the crime in Bautzen took place, said Hertle.

From Breitbart:
Munich Public Muslim Prayer Cancelled For Security Reasons
20 May
A planned protest by Muslims in Munich, who were going to conduct their Friday prayers in the central Marienplatz square, has been cancelled as authorities fear a backlash from right-wing demonstrators. The protest organised by Muslim Massi Popal was originally meant to

Medical Charity Slams “Hate Campaign” Against Orgs Bringing Migrants To Europe From Mediterranean
19 May
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has complained that there is a “hate campaign” being directed against Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean by Italy and others. The Director General of MSF in Italy, Gabriele Eminente commented on the current wave of

After Home of Right Wing Leader is Attacked, Message from Swedish Media is He Only Has Himself to Blame
19 May
The house of Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats, was attacked earlier this week and one Swedish journalist claims that Åkesson only has himself to blame for it. TV4 sports journalist Christoffer Eriksson said that Mr

Pro-Migrant Activists in Greece Under Investigation for Sexually Exploiting Migrants
18 May
The European Union has begun an investigation into allegations that pro-migrant volunteers in Greece are sexually exploiting migrants.

Italian Government Wants Stricter Rules for Controversial Pro-Migrant NGO Vessels
18 May
The Italian government is looking to create a stricter environment for pro-migrant NGO rescue ships operating out of the country which would include being deployed only under Italian coast guard discretion.

Identitarians Block Pro-Migrant NGO Ship in Sicily
18 May
Several members of the hipster-right, anti-mass migration Identitarian youth movement blocked one of the ships of a pro-migrant NGO which was setting sail for Libya to pick up migrants and ferry them to Europe.

Pakistani Man Faces Terrorism Charges in Germany
17 May
BERLIN (AP) – German prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Pakistani man with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba group to fight against Indian forces in the Kashmir region. The federal prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that

Germany: Iraqi Asylum-Seeker Convicted of Raping Chinese Students
16 May
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a 32-year-old Iraqi man of raping two Chinese college students in the western city of Bochum.

Asylum Seeker Brutally Tortures Fellow Migrant, Gouges Eyes over 50 Euro Debt
16 May
An asylum seeker in Germany brutally tortured a fellow migrant by cutting off his eyelids and blinding him by shoving a pen into his eyes over a 50 euro debt.

Green Party MP Went to Sea With ‘Migrant Rescue’ NGO Under Criticism for Helping People Smugglers
16 May
German Green Party leader in Hamburg Anna Gallina accompanied one of the several migrant rescue NGOs accused of either helping or encouraging people smugglers by the European Union.

From the Daily Mail:
Harrowing footage shows Italian coastguards rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean Sea as more than 2,000 are plucked from the water in a day after using ramshackle vessels to reach Europe
20/05/17
The coast guard said 2,121 people had been rescued altogether from 17 vessels between Friday and Saturday morning as they tried to reach Europe - but one body was recovered. Smugglers are cramming migrants onto boats in Libya at a record pace this year. Arrivals in Italy, where rescued migrants are brought, are up 35 percent on the same period last year. A day after reaching safety, migrants who were on board the vessels told of arbitrary detention, slavery and beatings in Libya as Europe seeks to build up the Tripoli-based coastguard.

Migrant 'bound for Britain' is found burnt to death after being electrocuted in Cannes close to film festival site where Vanessa Redgrave film about refugee deaths premiered
20/05/17
The 'almost unrecognisable body' of the unidentified 30-year-old man was found hidden in a rooftop electrical unit of a train at Cannes La Bocca station just after 10pm last night.

Is Europe committing suicide? Controversial book claims elites in UK and the Continent are encouraging mass immigration because they've lost faith in historic Christian values
20/05/17
Journalist Douglas Murray writes in his new book The Strange Death Of Europe that our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the ‘mass movement of peoples into Europe

Eritrean migrant who 'cut off fellow asylum seeker's eyelids and bit off his ears' in Germany told victim 'he was going to EAT his flesh'
18/05/17
The unnamed 20-year-old is on trial in Hanau, Hesse, accused of attempted murder and serious assault but may now face further charges

Ministers call for an 'EU border' in Africa to stem the flow of migrants into Europe as it emerges 42,500 have landed in Italy this year
18/05/17
Record-breaking numbers of migrants are crossing the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy, prompting fears that authorities are powerless to stop another crisis.

Let in immigrants or 'pay the price': Merkel warns that Britain will be made to suffer if an EU migrant cap is introduced in the wake of Brexit
17/05/17
The German chancellor said her suggestion 'isn't malicious' but an 'obstacle' would be created to compensate the remaining 27 EU member states if such a policy emerged.

'Fairy godmother' brings migrants to Europe on a flying carpet after helping them get past Baltic border guards in EU-backed cartoon
16/05/17
An animated film produced by non-profit Europeens Sans Frontières and backed by the European Commission has been branded 'propaganda' by viewers online

German council confiscates six apartments to help ease migrant housing shortage - and owner will have to pay five-figure renovation bill
15/05/17
Six privately-owned apartments in Hamburg were handed over to a city trustee at the weekend who will now renovate and rent them to tenants of their choosing, against the will of the owner

Ukrainian people smugglers 'are using luxury yachts to get illegal migrants into the EU'
14/05/17
Migrants are paying wealthy Ukrainian gangs more than £5,500 to smuggle them from Turkey to Italy on luxury yachts - with more than 2,000 making the trip in the last year
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
13 suspects arrested over alleged links to Gülen in Turkey’s Mugla
[Hurriyet Daily News] Thirteen people trying to flee The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
were incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
on May 20 for their alleged links to the Gulen Movement, led by U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, is believed to have orchestrated July, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Police detained the suspects in Dalaman district of the southwestern Mugla province while trying to flee to the Greek island of Rhodes, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Police also detained two others who were allegedly helping the suspects escape, according to the source.

The source said two of the suspects were ex-security officers who were dismissed from their professions, and two of the suspects were minors.

An estimated 280,000 Turkish liras ($78,000) worth of currency was seized during the operation, according to the source.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Four killed in Indian Kashmir firefight
[Al Ahram] Two soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed Saturday in Indian Kashmire near the de-facto border that divides the disputed territory with Pakistain, the Indian army said.

Kashmire has been split between India and Pakistain since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, with both nations claiming it in its entirety.

Indian army front man Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the four died during an exchange of fire.

"Two holy warriors attempting infiltration into our side in Kashmire in Naugam sector were eliminated. Two soldiers were also martyred in the exchange of fire," he told AFP.

Indian and Pak soldiers have in recent weeks clashed along many areas of the Line of Control, the de-facto border dividing Kashmire between the two countries, leading to deaths of soldiers and civilians on both sides.

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Three IED blasts rock Peshawar locality
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: Three improvised bombs went off in the limits of Daudzai cop shoppe here early on Friday. However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
there were no casualties reported.

The blasts took place in Ghani Rehman Qila area located along the Charsadda Road on the outskirts of the quiet provincial capital.

A Duadzai cop shoppe official told this correspondent that the first blast took place outside the residence of Ijaz Ahmed at 3.30am, slightly damaging the house’s gate. The second blast targeting vehicle of Mohammad Younas, a cousin of Ijaz, took place at around 5.50am, the official said, adding Younas, who was coming to visit his relatives after hearing of the blast occurred on the Charsadda Road, escaped unhurt in the attack.

The third kaboom occurred near a garbage dump in the same area, the official said, recalling that Ijaz’s father, Khaista Meer, was also killed in an IED kaboom in 2012.

A senior police official said the reason behind the blasts was personal enmity, which also claimed the life of Khaista Meer.

He said one of the devices weighed around 200 grams, while the other about 600 grams. "All the three blasts took place in short distance of each other," the official said. The CTD registered an FIR and started investigations.

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Iraq
More than 80 killed, injured in several Baghdad, Basra blasts

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The total corpse count of boom-mobileing blasts, which occurred late on Friday in Baghdad and Basra, reached 35 victims, Anadolu news agency quoted medical and security sources as saying on Saturday.

Two booby-trapped vehicles, driven by suicide kaboomers, went kaboom! at Abu Dsheer checkpoint, located at the northern entrance of the capital of Baghdad.

The blasts left 24 victims and 17 injured, the source, who preferred anonymity said.

Two other blasts occurred in Basra when booby-trapped vehicles went kaboom! at al-Remeila military checkpoint, located on a highway near oilfields in Basra. Eleven persons were killed, while 32 others were maimed.

Later on Friday, 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....
grabbed credit for the Basra boom-mobileing.
Update from The Times of Israel at 6:00 a.m. EDT with details:
In Baghdad, suicide boom-mobileers attacked in the area of a checkpoint in the city’s southern Abu Dsheer area, killing 24 people and wounding 20, Brigadier General Saad Maan told AFP. Security forces were able to kill one of the attackers, but the second blew up his boom-mobile, Maan said.

IS issued a statement claiming the attack but gave a different account of how it unfolded, saying that one Death Eater clashed with security forces using a light weapon before detonating an boom belt, after which a second blew up a boom-mobile.

And in south Iraq, a jacket wallah blew up an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Basra, killing 11 people and wounding 30, according to Riyadh Abdulamir, the head of Basra province health department. Another Death Eater who left a second explosives-rigged vehicle was killed by security forces, the Basra Operations Command said.

IS also claimed the Basra attack, but said that both bombs were successfully detonated.
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Ninevah and Western Mosul Reconquest

Federal Police: 172 IS snipers killed since launch of western Mosul operations

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) More than 100 Islamic State snipers were killed since start of military operations in western Mosul in February, Federal Police have said.

In statements on Saturday, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, Federal Police chief, said, “the troops concluded the liberation and combing of Iqtisadiyeen and 17 Tamuz (July 17th) districts. Barriers were set at entrances of al-Najjar and al-Shifa districts in western Mosul.”

“66 militants were killed, 13 vehicles and nine motorbikes were destroyed,” Jawdat said.

“The total results of operations launched by Federal Police in western Mosul included retaking 80 targets, killing 172 snipers, destroying 373 booby-trapped vehicles,” he added.

“40,000 families were evacuated, while 10,000 families returned back to their homes. 55,000 food baskets were offered since the launch of operations in western Mosul,” according to Jawdat.

Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past two weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City.

Seven paramilitary personnel killed, others injured in several IS attacks, west of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Seven paramilitary personnel were killed, while others were wounded in several attacks by Islamic State in west of Mosul, a source from Nineveh police said.

“Islamic State militants launched several attacks against al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Units] checkpoints in Deheila village, west of Mosul,” Captain Amir Watheq told BasNews on Saturday.

“Seven personnel were killed, while others were injured,” he added
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Soldier, IS Arab leader killed in two attacks, west of Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A soldier was killed, three others were severely maimed in an attack launched 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....
Death Eaters in Rutba town, in west of Anbar.

"IS Death Eaters attacked soldiers from different units 170 KM in Rutba on the international road, west of Anbar, leaving a soldier killed and three others profoundly injured," a security source from Anbar Operations Command told AlJournal News on Saturday.

"The troops opened fire against the Death Eaters, but the attackers were able to escape toward the western desert," the source added.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that "the attacks by IS members against military personnel, Jazeera Operations Command and the border troops personnel have taken place recently." The areas, where troops are targeted are known as "death zones" that are surrounded by desert from all sides, making it hard to be fully secured.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
a leader from the paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) declared killing a Tunisian IS leader, west of Ramadi.

"IS Death Eaters, headed by a prominent leader called abu Hareth al-Tounsi attempted attacking a security barrier in al-Baghdadi district," Qutri al-Ebeidi, PMU official said.

"The troops foiled the attack and killed all the assailants, including the Arab Death Eater," he added.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police arrest knife-wielding 14-year-old girl in West Bank
[IsraelTimes] Border Police officers on Saturday thwarted an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank, south of Ramallah, police said.

The suspect -- a 14-year-old Paleostinian girl -- was placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
by officers while carrying a knife in her hand after failing to obey their calls to halt, according to police. According to Hebrew media reports, officers used pepper spray in order to stop the girl.

Officials added that the suspect was taken in for questioning after her arrest.

No shots were reported fired in the incident.
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Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf militant killed, two surrender in Sulu
[SunStar] An Abu Sayyaf rebel was killed and two others surrendered after Philippine troops clashed with the militants around 2 a.m. Friday in Bangalaw Island, Banguingui, Sulu. The rebels were under the late sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya, who was killed in a clash with marines last month in Indanan, Sulu. The gun battle resulted in the death of Misaya's follower identified only as Imbo.

There were no reported casualties on the government side while the Abu Sayyaf militants were believed to have suffered more casualties as bloodstains were found on their retreat path.

Sobejana said, "Imbo is an ASG/KFRG (Abu Sayyaf Group/Kidnap-for-ransom-group) member and trusted contact on Bangalaw island of the late Misaya. He is a KFR contact and facilitator in the island and a keeper of Misaya's firearms and pump boats used in kidnapping ventures."

The two Abu Sayyaf militants who surrendered were identified as Janatin Mudjaral Madjakin, and his son, Aldaside.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Daesh terrorists kill 19 Syrian civilians, abduct 3 SDF militants
[Iran Press TV] A monitoring group says members of 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 have killed nearly 20 people, including two children, in a village in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Director of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abdel Rahman, said on Saturday that ISIS Death Eaters raided the village of Jazirat Albu Shams, northwest of Dayr al-Zawr, last evening and executed 19 civilians, including two women and two children, with bullets to the head.

He added that ISIS Death Eaters then set the corpses ablaze, noting, "Some were rounded up in the street before being killed, and others were executed at home."

Abdel Rahman further stated that ISIS Takfiris also kidnapped three gunnies of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) before withdrawing from the village.

The development came just a day after ISIS snuffies executed more than 50 people in Syria’s central province of Hama.

The SOHR reported that at least 15 civilians and 27 pro-government fighters were killed when ISIS snuffies launched attacks against the villages of Aqarib al-Safi and al-Mabujeh on Thursday.

Most of the civilians had been beheaded and mutilated, the Britannia-based group said, noting that another 10 bodies were yet to be identified as pro-government fighters or local residents.

It added that 15 ISIS snuffies were also killed in the dawn attack on the two villages.
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Ongoing clashes in Deir Ezzor as IS shells al-Qossour neighborhood
Deir Ezzor (IraqiNews) The self-proclaimed 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 shelled al-Qossour neighborhood, late yesterday, while festivities broke out between Syrian regime forces and the terrorist group in the vicinity of a military air base, a war monitor reported on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) stated that a man was killed in al-Qossour neighborhood due to mortar shelling by the Islamic State on the area.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
army warplanes bombed several areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, late yesterday, but no casualties had been reported.

Also, festivities broke out between the Syrian government forces and the Islamic State turbans in the areas of al-Haweka, al-Rasheediyah and Deir Ezzor Military Airbase, after the terrorist group attacked the area.
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Airstrikes and shelling on Salamiyah, Raqqa and Damascus leave casualties
(IraqiNews) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, on Saturday, that Syrian government forces shelled areas in the city of Salamiyah, in eastern Hama, while pointed out that coalition aircraft struck Raqqa and army warplanes bombarded the southeastern countryside of Damascus.

The observatory stated that Syrian government forces shelled, yesterday, several arreas in the western countryside of Salamiyah City, in eastern Hama, but no casualties were reported.

Meanwhile in Raqqa, aircraft of the US-led international coalition struck areas in the northern outskirts of the city, the main stronghold 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....
in Syria, without resulting in any casualties.

In Damascus, several pro-government forces fighters were either killed or maimed in an air strike carried out by the army warplanes on al-Dakwa area, in the southeastern countryside of Damascus.
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Airstrikes and ongoing clashes in eastern and northern Aleppo: monitor
Aleppo (IraqiNews) Warplanes bombarded several areas in Maskana town, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, while festivities continued between regime forces and 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....
myrmidons, a war monitor reported on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that army warplanes bombed the town of Maskana and other areas, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
festivities that broke out between the Syrian government forces and the Islamic State snuffies continues, in eastern Aleppo, resulting in the fall of an unidentified number of casualties among the ranks of the two fighting sides.

Syrian government forces also shelled several areas in Kafr Hamra and Andan towns, in northern Aleppo, while Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shelled the outskirts of Azaz city, in the northern countryside of Aleppo, but no casualties were reported.
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Leb General Security Arrests Iraqi Spying for Israel
[AnNahar] The General Directorate of General Security placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
an Iraqi national over his involvement in spying operations in favor of the Israeli enemy, the State-run National News Agency reported on Saturday.

As part of its efforts to counter espionage and dismantle linked cells inside Leb, the General Security arrested Iraqi M.Y. for collecting data in favor of Israel, NNA said.

The suspect admitted during interrogations that he was recruited by one of the Israeli officers, active in foreign operations in the Arab countries, executing liquidations and training fighters.

He was tasked with collecting security data about the Lebanese army and Lebanese officials. Moreover he was requested to recruit individuals to form a sabotage ring.

The man has also linked his Israeli operator to his brother in Iraq in order to gather information about the activities of the Iraqi authorities, it added.

The suspect was referred to related authorities and efforts are ongoing to arrest the rest of network.
The Times of Israel reports that Hizb'allah said they caught him.
Ynet adds:
The Lebanese news website El-Nashra reported Saturday that the suspect claimed he had been recruited by an "officer" in a mechanism called TASA ELITE, which is affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Defense and deals with operations in Arab countries, including liquidations and fighter training.
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