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Student sentenced to 15 years for planting bomb on London tube
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Portland OR Wacko Murders Good Samaritans
Anti-Islamic nut-job was harassing some Muslim women at the train station in the liberal bastion of Portland, Oregon. Three good Samaritans tried to defend the women and two were killed and one badly wounded for their efforts. Evil guns were not involved. Not a classic WoT Ops entry but seems the most appropriate place to put it.
[WashingtonPost] Christian, 35, is accused of fatally stabbing two men Friday night as they tried to intervene when he shouted anti-Muslim hate speech at two young women on a light-rail train in Portland. He is being held on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder, among other charges, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The attack comes as Portland has weathered rising tensions between groups with fiercely opposing views, including white nationalists, right-wing extremists, anarchists and so-called left-wing "antifascists," known as the "antifa."
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/27/2017 14:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Washington Post won't let me read your article without subscribing, Glenmore, but a subsequent article from the Post makes it clear this was not specifically an attack on supporters of Muslims:

According to witnesses, a white male passenger riding an eastbound MAX train early Friday afternoon began yelling what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” police said. Some of the slurs were directed at two female passengers, one of whom was wearing a hijab, according to police.

“This suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what we characterized at hate speech or biased language,” Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said at a news conference Friday evening.


Simpson added that it did not appear that the suspect or the victims had any relationship with one another.

“We don’t know if (the suspect) has mental-health issues or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or all of the above,” Simpson said. “With this incident, we’re obviously in early stages of the investigation.”

You are right that this is not a classic WoT article, though we do include attacks on Muslims under that heading when appropriate -- natives attacking "refugee" hostels, for instance -- so it's understandable that you put it here. But the additional information makes it sound like the police don't really believe this is an anti-Muslim attack, merely another crazy. The Portland police just arrested a man who has been throwing his semen at people, so clearly they are familiar with the signs. So I am moving it to Lurid Crime Tales. But because of the current atmosphere, I'm leaving it on Page 1.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 20:03 Comments || Top||

#2  This hits kind of close to home - it's my daughters neighborhood in Portland.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/27/2017 20:14 Comments || Top||

#3  I understand, my dear. Being the parent of adults is an entirely different category of worries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 20:17 Comments || Top||

Fresh Taliban attack on Afghan base kills at least 15 soldiers
[Dhaka Tribune] At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said Friday, in the second such assault on Western-backed forces this week.

The attack in Shah Wali Kot district late Thursday came just three days after 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when Talibs stormed another base in the same area.

The assault, mounted by hundreds of murderous Moslems, highlights a growing Taliban offensive in Kandahar, where security has relatively improved in recent years under the leadership of police chief and regional strongman General Abdul Raziq.

"The Taliban launched a coordinated assault on an army base last night (Thursday) in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province," ministry front man Dawlat Waziri said. "15 Afghan army soldiers were martyred and five others maimed... but the base was under the control of Afghan forces."

A provincial official who spoke on the condition of anonymity gave a higher corpse count of 20.

The Taliban grabbed credit for the Kandahar attack as their annual spring offensive intensifies and the insurgency expands more than 15 years after they were toppled from power in a US-led invasion.

The attack marks another setback for NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
-backed Afghan forces. It comes just a month after the Taliban killed at least 135 soldiers in the northern province of Balkh in the deadliest murderous Moslem attack on an Afghan military base since 2001.

The battlefield losses have raised concerns about the capacity of Afghan forces, beset by unprecedented casualties and blamed for corruption, desertion and "ghost soldiers" who exist on the payroll but whose salaries are usurped by fraudulent commanders.

During a deadly Taliban attack on security outposts in southern Zabul province on Sunday, local officials made desperate calls to Afghan television stations to seek attention because they were unable to contact senior authorities for help.

The pleas for attention, a major embarrassment for the Western-backed government, highlighted the disarray in security ranks.

As of February only about 60% of Afghanistan’s 407 districts were reported to be under government control, with the authorities in Kabul struggling to counter the ascendant Taliban, according to the US watchdog agency Sigar.

The Taliban launched their annual "spring offensive" in late April, heralding a surge in fighting as the US tries to craft a new Afghan strategy.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [371 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Sisi says Egypt has carried out airstrike on terror camps; sources confirm location is Libya
[AlAhram] Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in a televised speech following the terrorist attack on Christians in Minya on Friday morning, that an Arclight airstrike against a terrorist training camp was being carried out as he spoke.

He added that "Egypt will not hesitate in striking any camps that harbour or train terrorist elements whether inside Egypt or outside Egypt," adding that Friday's attack, which saw 28 Copts killed by armed gunnies, will not pass easily.

El-Sisi said that a strike was being launched targeting a camp that had been a source of holy warriors who had carried out attacks in Egypt, without specifying the location.

The Egyptian armed forces released a short video which was shown on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
after El-Sisi's speech. The voiceover said that upon the directions of the president, the airforce had carried out a strike against terrorist gatherings in Libya "after confirming their involvement in planning and committing the terrorist attack in Minya governorate on Friday."

The strike is still ongoing, the army video said.

Senior sources had earlier told MENA agency that the strike mentioned by the president targeted terrorist Death Eater group camps in Darna, eastern Libya.

El-Sisi directly addressed the American president Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
, saying: "Your Excellency, I trust your ability to wage war on terrorism as your first priority, with the cooperation of the whole international community, that should unite against terrorism."

He added that "all countries that support terrorism, should be punished, without any courtesy or conciliation."

"If Egypt falls, the whole world will be in chaos," he said. "We are waging a war on behalf of the world."

The president stressed the huge efforts that have been taken to fight terrorism. He said that Egypt had destroyed 300 vehicles trying to cross the border from Libya while bringing "evil" over the past two months.
The Times of Israel says the jihadi training camp belongs to ISIS, though without citing any evidence. Ynet adds:
Egyptian air force planes on Friday carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya where Cairo believes holy warriors responsible for a deadly attack on Coptic Christians earlier in the day were trained, Egyptian military sources said.
Update from Deutsche Welle at 9:50 a.m. EDT:
East Libyan forces said in a statement later that they participated in the Arclight airstrikes, adding they al-Qaeda-linked sites had been targeted.

Security officials quoted witnesses as saying they saw eight to 10 attackers in military uniforms and masks.

Christians account for more than 35 percent of the population in Minya, the highest level of any Egyptian province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [378 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Death toll in Upper Egypt shooting attack on vehicles carrying Coptic Christians rises to 28: Minya governor
[AlAhram] The number of Christians killed in an armed attack on buses carrying pilgrims in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate has risen to 28, with 23 injured, the governor announced on Friday afternoon.

In a phone call interview with local satellite channel ONTV live on Friday afternoon, Minya's governor, Essam El-Bedewy, announced the new corpse count, adding that seven of the victims were from El-Minya while the other 21 were from Beni Suef governroate.

Egypt's health ministry, however, maintains the corpse count at 26 .

Egypt’s interior ministry said in an official statement that unknown assailants driving three 4x4 wheelers attacked by "firing randomly" at the bus carrying Coptic citizens.

The ministry added that an official count of the final death and injuries toll was underway.

A cordon was imposed around the site of the attack, with security forces intensifying efforts to catch the culprits, according to the statement.

The ages of the victims ranged from children to over 60, the bishop of Minya told Egyptian private-owned TV Channel DMC. Many victims were children, only three children survived the attack, a source from the church told al-Ahram.

The bishop added that the vehicles attacked included a minibus and two cars.

The injured have been transferred to nearby hospitals for first aid and will later be moved to Nasser hospital in Cairo, according to the health minister's instructions, state news agency MENA reported.

No group has yet claimed the Minya attack, which is the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Egypt’s Christians.

Egyptian state Islamic authority cancels Ramadan celebration following attack on Copts in Minya

[AlAhram] Dar al-Iftaa, the Egyptian state body responsible for issuing Islamic edicts, has cancelled the celebrations scheduled on Friday to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

The grand mufti, Shawqi Allam, who heads Dar al-Iftaa, has issued a statement condemning the attack.

Gunmen attacked vehicles carrying Coptic Christians on their way to Saint Samuel’s Monastery in Minya on Friday, killing 28 people and injuring 25, according to the latest toll.

Dar al-Iftaa organises a yearly committee to observe the appearance of the crescent moon, announcing the start of the new lunar month of Ramadan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  But who cares?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 1:29 Comments || Top||

#2  ..take it up with the 10th circuit court.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2017 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, apparently, somebody does care.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 11:46 Comments || Top||

ANF recovers 1kg heroin from Abu Dhabi-bound passenger at Islamabad airport
[DAWN] The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) recovered one kilogramme of heroin from a passenger at the Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
International Airport, officials said Friday.

ANF officials said the passenger, Irfan Masih, was set to board an Airblue flight for Abu Dhabi on Thursday night when the drug was recovered from his handbag during checking at the immigration counter. Masih, who hails from Nankana Sahib, denied he had any knowledge about the presence of heroin in his bag.
The fact that he's a Christian makes me suspect he didn't.
The suspect was tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
and shifted to ANF headquarters. A First Information Report (FIR) was later registered against him under Section 9-C of the Control of Narcotics Substance Act.

According to officials, the suspect will be presented before a local magistrate on Saturday to seek his physical remand to hold an inquiry into where he was travelling to with the drugs.

The incident comes as several cases have emerged of narcotics being recovered from flights originating from Pakistain.

On May 22, some 20kg heroin was recovered from a London-bound Pakistain International Airlines (PIA) flight at Islamabad Airport.

A week earlier, British officials had found a "quantity of heroin" on the same flight, but in a different aircraft, after it landed at London's Heathrow Airport.

After the second heroin bust in a week, ANF officials have searched several planes for drugs before their departure from Pak airports.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

Student sentenced to 15 years for planting bomb on London tube
[Guardian] Damon Smith, 20, who has autism, had claimed he left bomb on busy London Jubilee line train as a prank.

A student with autism has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for planting a homemade bomb on a London underground train during morning rush hour.

Damon Smith, 20, constructed the rucksack bomb according to instructions in an online magazine linked to al-Qaida. Filled with ball-bearing shrapnel and using a £2 clock from Tesco as an improvised timer, the devise did not go off.

On Friday morning, he smiled in the dock at the Old Bailey in London as the judge, Richard Marks QC, sentenced him to 15 years in a young offender institution, with an extended period of five years on licence. Marks said although Smith had an interest in Islam, he was not motivated by terrorism.

Smith had pleaded guilty to perpetrating a bomb hoax, claiming he intended the device to work as a smoke bomb to stop the train “for a bit of fun”. But after a five-day trial, he was found guilty on 3 May of possession of an explosive substance with intent, contrary to the 1883 Explosive Substances Act.

Sentencing him, Marks said: “Quite what your motives were and what your true thinking was in acting as you did is difficult to discern with any degree of clarity or certainty.

“Whatever the position, the seriousness of what you did cannot be overstated, not least against the background of the fear in which we all live from the use of bombs here and around the world, an all too timely reminder of which were the events in Manchester earlier this week.”

Smith has Asperger syndrome and had a keen interest in weapons, which might have been connected to his condition, the jury was told during his trial. He was also interested in gambling and Islam, and had collected photos of extremists, including the ringleader of the 2015 Paris attacks.

He was 19 and studying forensic computing at London Metropolitan University when he left the rucksack containing the bomb on a Jubilee line train on the morning of 20 October 2016. Passengers discovered the device and alerted the driver, triggering a major security alert. Smith built the bomb after reading an article entitled How To Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of your Mum.

The jury heard that had the device worked, it would have detonated as people were being evacuated from North Greenwich tube station.

Smith was shot with an electronic stun gun and arrested near Holloway Road in north London the following day. Counter-terrorism officers who subsequently searched his former home in Newton Abbot, Devon, evacuated nearby houses after discovering another possible homemade bomb hidden in the attic.

A search of Smith’s home in Rotherhithe, south-east London, where he had moved with his mother after starting university, found a blank-firing, self-loading pistol and a BB gun, both bought legally, as well as a knuckleduster and a knife that he had showed off in an online video.

Police also found shredded paper with bombmaking instructions on them and a shopping list for “pressure cooker bomb materials” on an iPad he used. The note included a reminder to “keep this a secret between me and Allah #InspireTheBelievers”.

Smith’s barrister, Richard Carey-Hughes QC, said in mitigation that it was a tragic case for Smith and his mother. “This is a difficult climate to ask for mercy for someone convicted of this type of offence,” he said, referring to the suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester on Monday that killed 22 people.

“Nevertheless, we do so and we invite my lord to extend mercy. This case is different. It seems unique and so is this young man.”

In his defence, extracts of a psychiatric report were read out confirming an autism spectrum disorder. Smith had been interested in bombmaking since he was 10 and said it was “something to do when he was bored”.

On the first day of his trial, the judge asked the jury to disregard Smith’s smile as he listened to the prosecution outline the case against him. Smith was “acutely aware that he’s presenting himself in a manner that is odd and unsympathetic”, Carey-Hughes said. On the last full day of his trial, he declined to go into the witness box.

But Marks concluded that Smith was a dangerous offender, telling him: “I am influenced by your history of preoccupation with weapons and bombs, as well as by your condition, which makes it difficult for you to empathise with others and to understand and fully appreciate the very serious potential consequences of your actions, as this incident amply demonstrates.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 01:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [754 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "That's fine. You're also sentenced to 15 years in prison. As a prank"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2017 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  The pranks will start once he's in prison's shower.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 7:54 Comments || Top||

#3  He was also interested in gambling and Islam

Odd combination.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/27/2017 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  On the internet, Islam encourages bombs and provides instructions for both -- a ready made audience and permission for what he strongly wanted to do.

Perhaps he was interested in the applied statistics of gambling. Or perhaps because it takes place on another unsavoury corner of the internet.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 11:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Filled with ball-bearing shrapnel...

That's not a "prank smoke bomb".
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2017 12:57 Comments || Top||

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's barber cousin arrested as police say they now have 'key players'
An interesting comment I saw somewhere: Salman Abedi is acting like ISIS, but made a bomb like Al Qaeda.
The Telegraph liveblog stopped posting at 5:37 p.m. local time, after recording a return to the new normal: old activities have resumed under the watchful eye of more armed police and soldiers as Ramadan commences and ISIS calls for more attacks.
(Telegraph) A cousin of the Manchester jacket wallah, who runs a barber shop, was being questioned in connection with the attack on Friday night, as police said they were confident they had identified much of the terrorist’s network.

Abdallah Forjani, 24, was jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [721 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  acting like ISIS, but made a bomb like Al Qaeda.

In short "Indiscreet Muslim"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  So this is one network of how many?
One for every extended family?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 4:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Now we know what it takes to get the cops' attention.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/27/2017 7:11 Comments || Top||

#4  "victim of "very bad luck"

Lot of that going around. Must be Ramadan
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2017 7:14 Comments || Top||

#5  "Bad luck" otherwise known as long sequence of first cousin marriages?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 7:45 Comments || Top||

#6  And more than sadly, the terrorist scum also now how to get the police's attention.
Posted by: jthurber || 05/27/2017 10:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Sadly interesting, apparently many arrested and their proclivities were known to Police, who only watched.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 11:28 Comments || Top||

#8  You know why Skid - because thousands with the same proclivities are known to the police.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Surely a few more candlelight vigils will change their minds...right?
Posted by: Crusader || 05/27/2017 15:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Depends what you do with a candle, right?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 15:24 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkish security forces kill 29 Kurdish militants in clashes
DIYARBAKIR—Turkish security forces killed 29 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in an operation in a mountainous area of eastern Turkey's Agri and Van provinces, the Agri governor's office said on Friday.

Turkey's army said on Thursday three Turkish soldiers and a member of the state-sponsored village guard militia had been killed in the operation, launched in the Tendurek mountain area along the border of the two provinces, near the Iranian border.

A ceasefire between the Turkish state and the militants broke down in July 2015 and the southeast subsequently saw some of the worst violence since the PKK insurgency began in 1984.

More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict. The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Peshawar High Court stays execution of Taliban leader
[DAWN] The Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
High Court (PHC) on Thursday stayed the execution of former front man for the Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain’s Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
chapter, Moslem Khan, who was sentenced to death last year by a military court on multiple charges of terrorism.

The PHC bench comprising Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ijaz Anwer issued the order after a preliminary hearing of a petition filed by Nida Bibi, wife of Khan, challenging the conviction of her husband by the military court.

The bench issued notices to the ministries of defence and interior directing them to submit the record of the case and fixed June 1 for the next hearing.

Advocate Tariq Asad, representing the petitioner, put forward different objections to the trial of Khan under the Army Act.

He said that Khan was taken into custody by security forces in Sept 2009 after which nothing was known about him. Finally, his family came to know about his conviction through newspapers in Dec 2016.

The counsel said that the family had not been provided record of the trial proceedings and it was not known under what charges Khan had been convicted. They submitted an application to the military court of appeal seeking details of the trial proceedings, but no reply was given to them.

He said that Khan was not provided a counsel of his own choice and was denied fair trial as provided under article 10-A of the Constitution.

The counsel said that the convict had remained in jug of security forces for seven years and it was not known under what conditions he had been kept.

Apparently the proceedings of the military court were one-sided, he argued.

The Inter-Services Public relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, had on Dec 28, 2016 announced the conviction of Khan by a military court. The ISPR had claimed that he was involved in the killing of innocent civilians and attacks on armed forces and law enforcement agencies, which had resulted in death of 31 people, including Inspector Sher Ali, and injuries to 69 others.

It claimed that Khan was also involved in the slaughtering of four army officials -- Captain Najam Riaz Raja, Captain Junaid Khan, Naik Shahid Rasool and Lance Naik Shakeel Ahmed. Furthermore, he was involved in the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers and a local civilian for ransom.

The ISPR had said that Khan had admitted to his offences before the magistrate and the trial court.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Stolen from Gorb: Whomsoever you don't kill today will reappear somewhere else tomorrow.

More or less a quote
Posted by: Woozle and Company4485 || 05/27/2017 17:42 Comments || Top||

MQM-P’s ‘missing’ worker found shot dead
[DAWN] KARACHI: A ’missing’ worker of the Muttahida Qau­mi Movement-Pakistain has been found rubbed out, according to party leaders.

Furqan Iqbal was found dead with two bullet wounds on the upper torso of his body on Wednesday. His body was found on a road off Super Highway near a village within the jurisdiction of Memon Goth cop shoppe.

"The victim was an officer-bearer of the MQM-P and lived in Gulshan-e-Iqbal," said party chief Dr Farooq Sattar.

Speaking at a presser at party’s temporary headquarters in Bahad­urabad on Thursday, he claimed Iqbal was killed in ’custody’ and said such killings must be stopped.

Dr Sattar said over 150 workers of the party were missing and demanded their release.

He alleged that Iqbal was taken away by ’personnel’ in plain clothes. After his ’arrest,’ a petition was filed in the Sindh High Court, which was pending when he was killed after ’illegal detention’ of 14 days, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

'Unprovoked' Indian shelling kills woman in AJK's Bhimber district
[DAWN] A woman was killed in Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) during the early hours of Friday in what officials said is the latest ceasefire violation by Indian troops.

Farzand Begum, 60, wife of Noor Hussain, perished when a shell landed on her house and went kaboom!.

The woman was a resident of Naali village in Bhimber district, Deputy Commissioner Chaudhry Guftaar said.

Naali village, which falls in tehsil Barnala, is adjacent to the Samahni sector, which has been hit frequently by Indian troops in the recent past.

Shelling began in the area at around 3am, and the casualty occurred between 4 and 5am, Additional Station House Officer Hanif Ali said.

He added that since mobile phones do not work in the hilly area, they had sent a constable to ascertain details.

With the latest fatality, the number of killings in cross-border firing incidents in the ongoing month has risen to three on the Pak side, while at least 30 others have been injured.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [419 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  They...they just attacked the wagon train!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 22:40 Comments || Top||

Iraqi fighters take control of more areas near Mosul
[Iran Press TV] Iraq's pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have managed to take control of new strategic areas near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the last urban stronghold of 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...
ISIS faceless myrmidons in the Arab country, amid attempts by the terrorist group to reorganize itself elsewhere.

The Iraqi volunteer forces, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha'abi, said on Friday that they had captured the road linking the towns of Sinjar and al-Ba’aj, located west of the recently liberated district of Qairawan, which lies to the west of Mosul.

According to al-Sumaria news website, the popular forces had also captured the villages of Biski, al-Hatemia, Qabusia and Rambus Gharbia.

Domiz residential complex and Sinjar military base, located to the west of Mosul, were also liberated from the control of the ISIS terrorists.

The advances come as Iraqi army soldiers and pro-government popular fighters are engaged in a large-scale military operation to completely liberate Mosul.

The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.

US hampering Mosul liberation operation
A senior commander of Hashd al-Sha’abi slammed the so-called US-led coalition purportedly fighting ISIS, saying it was hindering efforts to liberate Mosul.

Hadi al-Ameri said the coalition provided very little assistance to the Iraqi troops.

The United States and some of its allies have been carrying out Arclight airstrikes in Iraq since June 2014 allegedly targeting ISIS terrorists. The raids, which have done little to dislodge the terror group, have on numerous occasions claimed many civilian lives and inflicted damage on the Iraqi infrastructure.

ISIS moves from Mosul to Hawijah
As ISIS loses its grip on Mosul, reports say the terrorist group is trying to reorganize itself in another Iraqi city.

Anwar al-Assi, the supervisor of Hawijah liberation force, said on Friday that ISIS had transferred its headquarters from Mosul to the city of Hawijah in the southwestern province of Kirkuk.

He said senior commanders of ISIS had chosen the city and the areas of al-Rab, al-Riad, al-Abbasi and al-Rashad following their defeat in Mosul.

Assi said about 400 faceless myrmidons had been relocated to the city, some of them via the Tigris River, on Thursday.

He added that the faceless myrmidons were transferred with their eyes covered in order to keep them from learning the route.

Assi said ISIS had mobilized its faceless myrmidons to attack Hamrin Mountains and Alas and Ajil oil fields as well as the areas bordering Tuz and Amerli.

...back at the shootout, another bullet hole appeared in Butch's hat......
Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim warned that Hawijah would turn into the de facto capital of ISIS in the absence of security forces.

According to Iraqi sources, Hawijah and its surrounding areas have been under the control of ISIS since summer 2014.
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Hundreds of Palestinian protest across West Bank, Gaza
It's the Friday before Ramadan starts, and boys will be idiots.
[IsraelTimes] Masked teens throw rocks, roll burning tires at IDF troops, who respond with rubber bullets, tear gas; one soldier lightly maimed.

Hundreds of Paleostinians took part in violent protests against Israeli troops across the West Bank and Gazoo on Friday, in support of a hunger strike by security prisoners.

Over all, 18 Paleostinian rioters were said to be injured in the festivities with IDF soldiers. One Israeli serviceman was also lightly maimed, the army said.

Paleostinian youths have been taking part in occasionally violent protests against Israeli troops on an almost daily basis, as the hunger strike enters its fifth week. Friday evening will also mark the beginning of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, a period which has historically seen an increase of tensions in the region.

In Jericho, dozens of Paleostinians attacked Israeli troops with rocks and burning tires. One soldier was lightly injured by a rock that was thrown at him. He was taken to receive medical care, the army said.

In Beita, outside Nablus, hundreds of young Paleostinians threw rocks and rolled burning tires at Israeli troops, who responded with rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades, an army spokesperson said.

According to the Paleostinian Maan news agency, one person was injured from gunfire during the protest and 11 more were lightly maimed from tear gas inhalation.

Multiple demonstrations broke out in the area of Ramallah, with dozens of people taking part in each protest, the army said.

There too the army said it used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the riot.

In Nabi Saleh, on the outskirts of Ramallah, two Paleostinians were maimed by Israeli gunfire, according to Maan news.

it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
IDF soldiers did not respond to every protest in the West Bank. For instance, a group of Paleostinians burned tires and demonstrated in the city of Qalqilya, but the troops present have not taken action against the protesters, the army said.

In multiple locations along the Gazoo border, Paleostinians rolled burning tires and threw rocks at Israeli troops on the other side, the army said.

A military spokesperson said the IDF soldiers were working to push back the Paleostinians who approached the security fence, but would not comment on what means were used to disperse the riots. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
Arab media reported that rubber-coated bullets and tear gas were fired at the protesters.

At least four Paleostinians were reported injured in the festivities.

In addition to expressing solidarity with the hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners, the Gazoo protests were also in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Strip, according to local Arab media.

Due to a spat over tax payments between the West Bank-based Paleostinian Authority and Gazoo’s Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", rulers, the coastal enclave has only had minimal access to electricity in recent weeks, as neither side agrees to pay the costs for power.

The prison hunger strike, which began on April 17, is being led by prominent Fatah political figure and convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
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#1  A headline I'd like to see is
Hundreds of Palestinian protest white privilege across West Bank, Gaza
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Southeast Asia
Dozens dead as Philippine troops, supported by gunships, fight militants in southern city of Marawi
[SCMP] Indonesians and Malaysians were among foreign Jihadists fighting the Philippine army in Mindanao island, Manila’s solicitor-general said on Friday, in a rare admission that outsiders were collaborating with domestic Islamist groups.

Philippine troops backed by armoured vehicles and rocket-firing helicopters fought to retake control of Marawi City, which has been under attack by gunnies linked 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....
(IS) since a raid earlier this week failed to capture one of Asia’s most-wanted myrmidons.

Rebels have torn through the streets of Marawi since Tuesday night, torching buildings, taking a priest and his worshippers hostage and sealing off much of the city. The violence forced thousands to flee and raised fears of growing extremism in the country.

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‘I.S. is here’ Duterte warns as battle rages on in southern Philippines city
[SCMP] Foreigners are among Islamist gunnies battling security forces in a southern Philippine city, the government said as soldiers tore down black 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....
(IS) flags in retaken districts and the reported corpse count climbed to 46.

Tens of thousands of people have fled festivities raging in Marawi, one of the biggest Moslem cities in the mainly Catholic Philippines, with cars choking roads out of the area.

President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern region of Mindanao on Tuesday, hours after gunnies loyal to Islamic State rampaged through the city in response to a raid on one of their safe houses.

"You can see that [IS] is here already," Duterte said in a speech yesterday at a military camp near Marawi, as officials said the Death Eaters were from multiple countries.

Six imported muscle were believed to have died in the bloodshed, according to Philippine military front man Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla, including Malaysians, Indonesians and another nationality which he did not specify. Another government official listed Singaporeans as also among the hard boys.

Padilla said 11 soldiers, two coppers and 31 bandidos Death Eaters had been confirmed killed in the fighting, which has involved the military bombing buildings where the bandidos Death Eaters have been hiding.

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Malays, Indonesians among Maute fighters in Marawi
[SunStar] The Philippine military on Friday confirmed the presence of foreign terrorists in Mindanao after six of the 12 verified Maute militants, who were among those killed in clashes in Marawi City were from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Solicitor General Jose Calida said Indonesians and Malaysians are fighting alongside gunmen who attacked the city on Tuesday afternoon. He said, "What is happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens. It has transmogrified into an invasion by foreign terrorists who heeded the clarion call of ISIS."

Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said the foreign terrorists visited the country a few years back to educate and meet with different jihadi groups in Mindanao. He said the military had previously uncovered evidence of their presence through recovered passports and confirmed reports that came from their respective nations, as well as through intelligence reports.

Padilla said that President Duterte has not yet verified if these foreign terrorists are from the Islamic State, but affirmed that these groups are trying to ally with ISIS, eager to comply with the requirements.

"These terrorist groups in the country have not been able to comply yet and that is the reason why many of these activities of violence, radicalism, and extremism, have been aimed precisely in Mindanao for that purpose," he said.

Padilla also said drug-related activities are the sole means for the Maute Group of generating funds for their attacks. He added that evidence of drug paraphernalia were recovered during their previous operations in the camps of the terrorist group.

Troops backed by armored vehicles and rocket-firing helicopters are still fighting to re-take control of Marawi, which has been under siege by gunmen since a raid earlier this week failed to capture one of Asia's most-wanted terrorists.

Rebels have taken over the streets of Marawi since Tuesday night, torching buildings, taking a priest and his worshippers hostage and sealing off much of the city. The violence forced thousands to flee the area.

At least 44 people have died in the fighting, including 31 rebels and 11 soldiers, officials said Thursday. It is not yet clear whether civilians were among the dead. Military Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano said that Hapilon is still in the besieged city and supporters are trying to find a way to extricate their leader.

Much of Marawi was still a no-go zone. Automatic gunfire and explosions could be heard clearly and plumes of black smoke rose from the direction of the city center. Air force helicopters swooped overhead.

As authorities tried to gain more control over the city, disturbing details have emerged. The rebels forced their way into the Marawi Cathedral and seized a Catholic priest, ten worshippers and three church workers, according to the city's bishop, Edwin de la Pena. Islamic State flags were planted atop buildings and flown from commandeered vehicles, including a government ambulance and an armored car, said Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., vice governor of Lanao del Sur province, of which Marawi is the capital.

More than half of the population of Marawi has cleared out, Adiong said.
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US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters
Unfortunately, it's the kind of thing that can be expected when one is deployed as a human shield.
[AlAhram] Dozens of relatives of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) holy warriors were killed on Friday in new US-led strikes on Syria, just hours after the UN urged nations striking them to protect civilians.

Bombing raids by the US-led coalition have pounded IS positions across Iraq and Syria since IS grabbed credit for the devastating bombing of a concert in Manchester on Monday.

Scores of civilians, many of them families of IS members, have been killed in bombing raids in recent days on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, held by IS since 2014.

Early Friday, at least 80 relatives of IS fighters were killed in US-led coalition bombardment, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The toll includes 33 children. They were families seeking refuge in the town's municipal building," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

"This is the highest toll for relatives of IS members in Syria," he told AFP.

Coalition strikes on the town killed 37 civilians on Thursday night after 15 had been killed on Wednesday, according to the Britannia-based Observatory.

The US military on Friday confirmed that it had struck "near Mayadeen" on May 25 and 26, but said it was "still assessing the results of those strikes", according to Pentagon front man Eric Pahon.

The US military insists that it takes every precaution to avoid hitting civilians, but the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
on Friday urged parties bombing IS to do more.

UN human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said "all states" whose air forces are active in the anti-IS missions needed "to take much greater care to distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians".

The Observatory gathered its information from civilian and medical sources on the ground in IS-held Mayadeen.

The town has seen an influx of displaced families from IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria, including its bastion Raqa.

It is in Syria's oil-rich east near the border with Iraq -- a region considered a prize by many of IS's enemies including the Syrian army.
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#1  Now, that must hurt.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Not such a deep bench now...
Posted by: Pappy || 05/27/2017 10:12 Comments || Top||

#3  An example of why your mom warned you about hanging around with a bad crowd. If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. And shrapnel.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2017 12:23 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd be happier if they'd been targeted.
Posted by: Angeter Whereck7089 || 05/27/2017 13:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Early Friday, at least 80 relatives of IS fighters were killed in US-led coalition bombardment, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

I'm good with that. Perhaps we could have 80 more tomorrow?
Posted by: Crusader || 05/27/2017 16:45 Comments || Top||

#6  It's what should happen.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2017 22:16 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army, Russian Marines head to east Hama for upcoming offensive
[ALMASDARNEWS] An elite unit from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made the arduous journey from Damascus to the eastern countryside of Hama, where they are preparing to launch a massive operation against 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....
(ISIS) hard boyz in the area, a military source told al-Masdar News on Thursday.

According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 4th Mechanized Division, alongside the 5th Corps and Russian Marines, is preparing to start its military operation to liberate the eastern countryside of the al-Salamiyah District, which has been under the Islamic State’s control for more than two years.

Among the many targets for the Syrian and Russian forces in eastern Hama will be ’Aqayrbat; this rural town is considered the Islamic State’s main stronghold in the province and it is centrally located along the terrorist group’s main supply route from rural Homs to the al-Raqqa Governorate.

If the Syrian Arab Army is successful in taking control of ’Aqayrbat and its nearby villages, then they will be in position to close the Islamic State’s important east Hama pocket.
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#1  Soviet SpecOPS made it to town just in time for the Ramadan festivities. Can't fight a war during the picnic of peace.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 11:29 Comments || Top||

Syrian Kurdish fighters attack Turkish military near Afrin
[ALMASDARNEWS] Predominately Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Thursday shelled a Turkish army base near Afrin district northwest of Aleppo, military sources reported.

“In response to the Turkish aggression against our people in Afrin, the YPG targeted headquarters of Turkey’s military with heavy artillery,” ARA News cites a YPG spokesman.

At least one Turkish soldier was killed and several others wounded in the bombardment.

“The clashes continued between the YPG and Turkish troops over the past few days after the latter entered Afrin countryside in a bid to hit YPG-held villages,” the Kurdish official said.

This comes just one day after three Kurdish fighters lost their lives when the Turkish army hit a YPG security office in the Jinderis area of Afrin district, northwest of Aleppo.

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ISIS unable to hold its ground as Iraqi forces liberate five more villages near the border
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are gaining steady ground in the western Nineveh governorate, liberating five more desert villages over the past 24 hours.

Engaging seemingly demoralized ISIS krazed killers, the PMU ‐ commanded by Haider al-Ameri ‐ managed to take control over the villages of Tall Ghiza, Hatimyia, Qabosyia, north Kabisa and south Kabisa.

Amid the aforementioned advance, an ISIS boom-mobile raced towards PMU positions only to be blown apart before reaching its designated target:

The PMU offensive looks to liberate the ISIS stronghold of al-Ba’aj and push towards the Syrian border, possibly even crossing into the Deir Ezzor governorate in support of the Syrian Armed Forces.
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Syrian Army tanks, infantry plow through ISIS territory in central Homs
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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....
’s days in central Syria appear to be numbered as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured some 3,000 square kilometers in barely 48 hours, thus reconnecting all roads between the ancient cities of Palmyra and Damascus.

Below, the SAA can be seen liberating the desert town of al-Buseerah, located southwest of Palmyra. The footage was released by the official SAA media wing:

With large ISIS convoys retreating from the Homs region en route to Raqqa upon word of SAA advances, these jihadist vehicles were hunted down by Syrian and Russian warplanes with the entire ordeal recorded on camera.

ISIS is now gearing up for the looming battle of Raqqa while the SAA seems keen to grab poorly defended jihadist territory in the rest of Homs province.
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Islamic State suffers heavy casualties in counter-offensive north of Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] In a last-ditch effort to stall the looming battle of Raqqa, ISIS militants launched a counter-attack on the Kurdish-held village of Maisalun some 10 kilometers north of Raqqa.

With 48 hours of clashes finally coming to end on Friday morning, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were able to repel the jihadist assault and retake lost positions inside the frontier village.

According to a local source, some 20 ISIS insurgent were killed in the Maisalun skirmishes while an three more ISIS members were burned alive after the SDF blew up a nearby ammunition warehouse. In addition, an ISIS fighter was taken captive and blindfolded.
"Aaaiiieee! Make him stop! I confess! I killed Jon Benet!"
Meanwhile, the SDF captured most of the Baath dam west of Raqqa amid dozens of US airstrikes on ISIS-held positions at the river facility. The advance concluded minutes ago, thus eliminating an ISIS pocket north of the Euphrates River.

Meanwhile, Kurdish forward units are merely three kilometers from Raqqa city’s gates and have fire control over its eastern neighborhood where an Islamic State flag is clearly visible.
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Russian Air Force wipes out high-ranking Chechen ISIS warlord in eastern Homs
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Friday evening, Al-Masdar News was informed that the Islamic State had lost one its top military commanders in Syria due to a pinpoint Russian airstrike in eastern Homs.
"Operations duty officer!"
"Your Immensity, Lieutenant Kizhe speaking! I just emailed you the coordinates of Abu Omar Al-Shishani!"
"What? Abu Ayoub..."
"Abu Omar, Your Enormity! Abu Ayoub's already dead!"
"Very well, Kizhe! I'll order several tons of bombs dropped on Abu Omar! If he's under them, he'll be dead, too! The Tsar... um... the President Himself (Praise be His Name!) will take his shirt off to you!"
"Spasibo, Your Gross Tonnage! Hot dingies! Betcha I get an Order of Suvorov outta this!"

Abu Ayoub Al-Shishani, not to be confused with the late Abu Omar Al-Shishani,
Certainly not!
was killed by a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 bomber jet during the Islamic State’s large-scale withdrawal from central Homs on Thursday.
"Shh! Abu Omar! What's that sound?"
Abu Ayoub Al-Shishani, a man of Chechen origin who also fought the Russian Army back home, drew up the military plans for the first ISIS assault on Palmyra back in March 2016 which led to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retreating from the ancient city at the time.
"Aaaiiieee! I am undone, too!"
The now deceased ISIS commander was also involved in a number of battles in neighboring Iraq, specializing in desert warfare around the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh. His death
Which one? Abu Ayoub or Abu Omar? Or both?
represents a major blow to the caliphate’s forces which must now find a replacement if they are to fend off an expected eastern SAA thrust from Palmyra, ultimately looking to relieve the besieged city and airport of Deir Ezzor.
"REPLACEMENT NEEDED! Must be Chechen expert in desert warfare. Big red beard an added plus! Resume to Box 622, Raqqa"
Russian and Syrian warplanes have played an instrumental role in driving back ISIS from the Syrian desert. A rare video emerged on Friday showing airstrikes pounding a large Islamic State convoy which tried to retreat from the region without success.
Well done, guys. More please.
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#1  Whomsoever you don't kill today will crop up elsewhere tomorrow.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2017 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Consistence has a value of its own.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 1:28 Comments || Top||

#3  "REPLACEMENT NEEDED! Must be Chechen expert in desert warfare. Big red beard an added plus

Is tele-commuting an option? And just how married are you to the big red beard thing?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2017 1:54 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ "Does Henna count?"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2017 8:13 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army shoots down armed Israeli drone which killed 3 soldiers
[ALMASDARNEWS] Around midnight, anti-aircraft units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down an armed Israeli drone which had conducted numerous sorties in Quneitra province, leading to the death of three SAA soldiers on Friday evening.
While staring at the pretty drone overhead, they accidentally fell into a drainage ditch and broke their silly necks.
The SAA troops were hit by the hostile drone while advancing behind enemy lines near the road between al-Hamdiyah and Abu Shabta, prompting the Syrian Air Defense Force to open fire and down the Israeli drone over rebel-held territory.
Oh -- not a ditch. They were shot by their own air defense, which almost entirely missed the drone. But if it weren't for the Israeli drone, the air defense guns would have stayed silent and the troops would still be alive. Thus it was that the Israeli drone killed them, you see?
Neither Tel Aviv or Damascus has responded to the mutual aggression yet. Nevertheless, the two countries remain at a state of war since the Israeli Armed Forces occupied much of the Golan Heights over five decades ago.
Israel never does, and if Damascus were to say anything they would find themselves in a war they alrady lost several times under considerably better conditions. At least they have the comfort of their manly mustaches. But wait -- there's more, per a last minute update from The Times of Israel at 12:10 a.m. EDT:
The Lebanese al-Miyadin network, which is affiliated with Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah, quoted on Saturday sources denying earlier reports of an Israeli Arclight airstrike on Syrian targets.

Syrian media had reported that three three soldiers loyal to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
had been killed overnight Friday-Saturday in a strike by an unmanned Israeli aircraft.

Al-Miyadin, however, claimed that the soldiers were killed in battles with rebels near the town of al-Hamidiya, not by the Israeli military.
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#1  Kamikaze drone
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 11:31 Comments || Top||

ISIS commander explodes himself inside a Lebanese Army vehicle
[ALMASDARNEWS] One of the leaders of the so-called "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....
" (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIS) in Leb was killed on Friday as a result of counter-terrorist operation of Lebanese Army in Arsal.
Particularly gory picture at link.
As paradoxic as it might sound, death of Bilal al-Baridi, the aforementioned IS commander, comes as a failure of the raid, and not a success.

Start of the operation was promising as Lebanese military stormed Baridi’s house and managed to capture him alive. Consequently, he was taken by a car to a military base in Beqaa province for questioning.

This is where the operation went wrong. Being on its way to destination, Army convoy was attacked by IS jihadists on two vehicles. In the ensued firefight, Lebanese soldiers killed a driver of one of the vehicles, while also captured two other holy warriors, after they had surrendered.

Taking advantage of the turmoil, Baridi managed to pull a hand grenade from one of the soldiers’ vest and detonated it instantly killing himself and injuring 6 soldiers as a result.
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#1  Next time use handcuffs. Behind his back. Tied to his ankles. And his nuts. While driving over a bumpy road. At high speed.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2017 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  After Boston, not gory enough.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Commendable initiative.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/27/2017 7:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Sounds like he truly didn't want to be interrogated.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/27/2017 8:43 Comments || Top||

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