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Nearly 70 dead in Al-Shabaab attack on Puntland military base
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-War on Police-
Officer, Bystander Shot; Suspect Killed In Dundalk Shooting
[BALTIMORE.CBSLOCAL] Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Dundalk Wednesday afternoon.
Dundalk is a working class neighborhood just outside Baltimore.
The officer was trying to question the suspect, but police said instead of cooperating, he pulled out his weapon and started shooting.

The incident began just after 2:45 p.m., when police got a call about an armed robbery near the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Ave near Avon Beach Road.

Police said when they got there, the suspect was trying to make a getaway on an MTA bus. When they tried to stop him, things quickly escalated.

"Shoved a gun in the guy’s face and was like give me all your money," the woman who called police said.

"When the police responded out here, they were able to locate what they thought was the MTA bus involved. They stopped the MTA bus and they engaged the suspect," said Jennifer Peach of the Baltimore County Police. "At some point during that engagement, the suspect fired shots at the officers. The officers then returned fire and shot the suspect."

"He told her to back up. He said it like 3 or 4 times and he had the gun aimed at her and he let off a fire. He shot the gun and we’re all ducking," the woman said.

The suspect was shot, and later died from his injuries.

A female Baltimore County Police Department officer was shot in the leg, and was taken to a hospital.

"They had the bus surrounded, shots started being fired," said witness Clayton Brown. "The bullet went by me and hit the sign. The officer went down, that scared me more than anything."

A bystander was also shot. Both are at death's door.

About a dozen people were on the bus during the shootout.

The female bystander is expected to survive.

Police say they have body-camera footage of the incident and also footage from the MTA bus.

Nearby schools were placed on lock-down.

"I was hysterically crying all the way here. It kind of makes me emotional again," Jayne Blair said.

"She would have never got shot had I not called and he wouldn’t be dead had I not called, and I feel like crap," the caller said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under:

#1  On a freaking BUS? Could have been a lot worse.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 06/09/2017 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  "Dundalk is a working class neighborhood just outside Baltimore."
But the original is in Scotland.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/09/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  [CORK BANSHEE-PICAYUNE]
From Baltimore, ructious abduction
By Murad the Barbarous Dutchman,
The Orangeman's pillagers
Filching her villagers
Under Mohammed's escutcheon!
Gentry urge patience. Papists and pilchards hardest hit.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/09/2017 10:30 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
10 ISIS Bad Guys die in Nangarhar
At least 10 Daesh insurgents were killed in foreign troops airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province in the past 24 hours, local officials confirmed on Thursday.

The airstrike was launched in Nargose and Chenar area of Kost district and “foreign insurgents were also among the dead,” a spokesman for the provincial governor, Attaullah Khoghyani said.

He said that the airstrike continues in the province.

He did provide any further details.

from Khaama: Fighting continues between Taliban, ISIS
Deadly clashes broke out between the Taliban insurgents and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, leaving several dead from both the sides.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the incident took place in the vicinity of Pacher Agam district.

He said the militants of both the groups exchanged heavy fire in Suri Village, Judri, Saleh Baba shrine, and Wachi Lagadi areas.

Khogyani further added that so far 12 ISIS militants have been killed and two others have been wounded and two civilians were also killed.

At least three Taliban insurgents have also been killed during the clashes, Khogyani said, adding that hundreds of families have been forced to flee from the area.

According to Khogyani, provincial governor Mohamamd Gulab Mangal has also visited the affected families and security personnel in Hejratullah Rahmani area.

He promised that the Pacher Agam areas where the militants are conducting insurgency will be cleared in the near future.

The ISIS loyalists have long been attempting to gain foothold in the strategic Pacher Agam district in a bid to expand their presence and operations in this province.

The deputy house speaker of the Afghan parliament Zahir Qadir earlier had warned that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to establish the Khurasan Caliphate in Afghanistan and are busy expanding their presence in some of the difficult terrains of the country.
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  What began as a friendly argument concerning the size of the Prophet's Nose escalated into several suicide hangings and one mullah left a note saying" Blame no-one for my death."
He was found holding his pet cat and wearing an oversize bra, possibly belonging to his mother.
Posted by: Glomorong Jusosh1815 || 06/09/2017 7:02 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Nearly 70 dead in Al-Shabaab attack on Puntland military base
[DAWN] Heavily armed al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
murderous Moslems have stormed a military base in Somalia's semi-autonomous state of Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Thursday.

Residents said civilians, including women, had their heads chopped off during the rampage.

Officials called it the region's deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the hard boy 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.

The attack began with a blast at the remote Af-Urur camp, roughly 100 kilometres west of the commercial hub of Bossaso, before the bandidos holy warriors overran the base and killed soldiers at close range, said Ahmed Mohammed, a senior military official.

Close to 70 people were killed, though an exact corpse count was not yet available, Mohammed said. Abdi Hersi Ali, Puntland's interior minister, said troops suffered causalities but he declined to give further details.

Residents in the area reported chaotic scenes, with fighters beheading several civilians they encountered.

One witness, Abdibasit Hassan, said women were among those beheaded. "The situation is grim over there. This attack was an unexpected one," Mohammed said. The murderous Moslems, including jacket wallahs, reportedly attacked the base from three directions, forcing soldiers to retreat.

Col Hashi Ahmed, a senior military official, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that reinforcement troops reached the area and drove the bandidos holy warriors out of the camp. He estimated that at least 100 fighters were involved in the attack.

Al-Shabaab claimed killing at least 61 soldiers in the attack. The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group, which monitors murderous Moslem groups, said the murderous Moslem group issued the claim via its Shahada News Agency. Al-Shabaab also said it seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition and more than a dozen military vehicles.

Puntland in northern Somalia also faces a growing threat from IS-linked fighters who have split from al-Shabaab.

Liban Mohammed, a nurse at the hospital in nearby Armo town, said at least 40 maimed soldiers had been brought there after Thursday's attack.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram attacks leave 13 dead including the attackers, dozens hurt in Nigeria city
[AlAhram] At least 13 people are dead, including four attackers, after Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
launched the deadliest attack in months on the northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
city that is the birthplace of the krazed killer group, police said Thursday. The attack came just hours before a visit by the country's acting president.

The jihadists attacked late Wednesday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as evening prayers were ending, targeting four locations around the city. Thirteen people were killed, including four attackers, Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said.

Extremists also clashed with soldiers outside the city in Alidawari village and Jiddari Polo suburb, where homes were set on fire, Chukwu said. Nigerian forces killed three Boko Haram holy warriors in that fighting, he said, and one attacker was captured alive.

Acting president Yemi Osinbajo arrived in Maiduguri on Thursday to launch a food relief program for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes in the wake of Boko Haram attacks in the region. The eight-year insurgency has killed more than 20,000, kidnapped thousands and spilled into neighboring countries, creating a vast humanitarian crisis with thousands said to be near starvation.

The attacks late Wednesday in Maiduguri took place in various locations around the Chad Basin Development Authority headquarters just before 9 p.m., resident Alhaji Bashir said. The targets included a mosque, he said.

Young members of a civilian defense group, who have come together to combat the Islamic krazed killers, saw one jacket wallah at the headquarters. "One of the youth vigilantes rushed to hold him, and the bomb went off and killed the suicide bomber and three other persons," Bashir said.

In another attack, a exploding trollop female suicide bomber entered a crowd of worshippers leaving prayers and detonated her explosives, he said.

Dozens of injured people filled the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital on Thursday, said Abba Shehu, a private security worker.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Fighting intensifies in Sanaa, Hajjah, and Saadah
Taiz – Command of Forces of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen raided on Houthi and Saleh’s warehouses and clusters in Midi front of Hajjah governorate, on the Saudi border. The coalition intensified its raids on Houthi sites in several Yemeni cities under militias’ control.

The coalition concentrated its raids on Sanaa, Hajjah, and Saadah.

Media center of the army Fifth Military Zone reported a military source confirmation that the coalition targeted Houthi sites with eight raids including a weapon storage south of al-Nasim farms as well as reinforcements in Hiram and Ahem heading towards south of Midi.

This happened at the time coalition air force continue to raid on military sites of the insurgents in Sanaa and its outskirts.

During the last three days, raids targeted Nahdayen military camp, the Presidential Palace, and other insurgency camps.

In Taiz, clashes intensified between troops of Yemeni National Army and Houthi and Saleh’s militias on the western and eastern front lines of the governorate. The army began cleansing strategic locations on the eastern front and closing in on the Special Force camp in al-Houban area.

Commander of the 22 Mika brigade of National Army Abdallah al-Sharaabi told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that by taking over Mohammed Ali Othman school, the national army will be able to advance further. He added that the military school is very important for the insurgents and by liberating it, the army would be able to stop Houthi and Saleh insurgents’ reinforcement line to the surrounding of the military camp and the Republic Palace.

Yemeni forces will proceed with their battle against the insurgents in the governorate, confirmed Major General Khalid Fadel, commander of Taiz front.

The statements came during an inspection tour by Fadel at the battlefront around the military camp of Mohammed Ali Othman school.

Fadel stressed on the necessity for the Yemeni forces remaining firm and pursuing their march until the liberation of the province and the ousting of the militias. He added that the National army is advancing towards the officers’ military school on the outskirts of the Tashrifat military camp and was able to besiege Mohammed Ali Othman school.

A Yemeni official source reported that 56 billion Yemeni Riyal had been wired from the Central Bank to the account Ministry of Defense to pay the wages of Yemeni armed forces for the months of January and February.

Saba News Agency said that the government finally started paying salaries of civil servants in all liberated governorates until the end of May and in some Houthi-controlled areas.

The government called the international community to exert pressures on the insurgents to release the state’s revenues from the Central Bank in Aden.
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemeni forces target Saudi F-15 fighter jet over Sana’a
[Iran Press TV] Yemeni air defense forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have reportedly intercepted and shot down a twin-engine, all-weather tactical F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

An unnamed Yemeni military source told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the aircraft was targeted with a surface-to-air missile as it was flying in the skies over the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Thursday.

The jet had purportedly taken part in Arclight airstrikes against residential neighborhoods in Yemen.

Earlier in the day, Saudi fighter jets pounded a commercial district in the Ghamar area of Razih district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa'ada, leaving at least three civilians dead and destroying several buildings.

Saudi military aircraft also carried out two strikes against the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers east of the capital, but no immediate reports of casualties were available.

Separately, Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees launched a barrage of artillery rounds at the Hanjar base in the Qulal Shaibani area of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s southwestern border region of Asir, though no words of casualties or the extent of damage caused were reported.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Down Under
Man, 32, is taken into custody as anti-terror police raid homes across Melbourne after Somalian-born ISIS fanatic's attack
[DailyMail]
  • Police are conducting anti-terror raids across Melbourne's northern suburbs

  • The morning search warrants are in relation to Monday's siege in Brighton

  • A 32-year-old is being questioned by police in relation to the incident

  • Somali refugee
    ...and known wolf...
    Yacqub Khayre killed one man and held an escort hostage
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 03:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Albanian ISIS 'commander' from Kosovo killed
[RFE/RL] The self-proclaimed commander of Albanians fighting with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has been killed there, the leader of the Muslim community in his hometown of Kacanik said.

Florim Neziraj said that Lavdrim Muhaxheri's brother had informed him of Muhaxheri's death earlier in the day. He said family members told him that Muhaxheri was killed by an air strike in Syria and asked him to notify the Islamic community of his death.

Muhaxheri, an IS fighter who has declared himself as the "commander of Albanians in Syria and Iraq," is notorious in Kosovo for a video posted on the Internet in 2014 showing him beheading a man in Iraq. Another video showed him killing a person with a rocket-propelled grenade.

In November, officials in Kosovo said they had arrested 19 people on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State and planning to carry out terrorist attacks. Police said the suspects had received orders from Muhaxheri.

Muhaxheri's death was announced over mosque speakers in Kacanik, in keeping with tradition when someone from the community dies. This decision caused criticism in Kosovo. But Neziraj said, "We are serving every citizen and the mosque belongs to everyone."
Posted by: ryuge || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
Truck crashes into 2 DC Police officers, terrorism not ruled out
[RT] Two suspects are in jug after a pickup truck crashed at high speed into three DC employees, including two coppers, one of whom is in "very critical condition," according to Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Two MPD officers are being treated at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and one DC transportation department officer was also injured, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser told news hounds Thursday evening.

A white pickup truck struck the officers in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of the District of Columbia, an area that MPD Chief Newsham described as a "nightlife area."

A weapon was recovered from the truck, Newsham said.

"We have to look at that very closely," Newsham told a news hound who asked if he was ruling out terrorism. "We do not have a motive at this time."

Two occupants in the truck were tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
as suspects and sustained non-life threatening injuries, Newsham said.

One witness described hearing sounds that sounded like shots.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 12:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [405 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wonder why no pics of the perps?
Posted by: dacama || 06/09/2017 15:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Had some pics over at WZ earlier, unless it is lighting looks like allen-head.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/09/2017 17:57 Comments || Top||

#3  The Washington Post has more, including names.

Bob Rogan, chief of staff to Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), ran from a coffeehouse and reached the truck’s dazed passenger as he climbed from the wreckage, a cut on his forehead. Rogan said the man told him that he and his friend had been to a club and smoked something.

“ ‘I told him not to do this,’ ” Rogan recalled the passenger saying. “ ‘I told him to slow down, and he wouldn’t slow down.’ ” Rogan said the driver remained behind the wheel, swaying slightly and appearing disoriented.

D.C. police arrested the two men in the pickup, both from a rural county in Virginia 40 miles south of Richmond, as investigators tried to piece together what caused Thursday night’s crash along the 2400 block of 18th Street NW, in the heart of one of the District’s most vibrant and busiest nightlife areas. A police report says that in the pickup’s back seat, investigators found a military-style weapon described as a Romarm Cugir rifle, the Romanian version of the AK-47. It was not clear why the men had the gun.

Police identified the driver as Brandon Figures-Mormon, 22, of Disputanta, Va., who was charged with assault with intent to kill and illegal possession of a firearm. They said the passenger was Dwayne Nicholas Taylor, 23, of Prince George, Va.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 20:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Farther down the article we are informed that Mr. Figures-Mormon had enlisted in the Marines, but was tossed out on his ear the first year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 20:20 Comments || Top||


US Arrests, Charges Naturalized Hizbullah 'Operatives'
[AnNahar] Two naturalized Americans from New York and Michigan have been charged with terrorism, accused of operating on behalf of Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
in the United States, Panama and Thailand, US officials announced Thursday.

Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer el Debek, 37, were tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on June 1 in the Bronx and just outside bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
, respectively, US officials said. They appeared before US magistrates separately.

Both were hit with a raft of charges that include providing material support to Hizbullah -- which Israel and the West consider a terror group -- weapons offenses and receiving military-type training from group.

If convicted they could spend decades in a US prison.

Debek, on Hizbullah's payroll for years, conducted surveillance in Panama, where he scoped out the US and Israeli embassies and assessed vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships passing through it, US officials said.

Kourani allegedly monitored potential targets in the United States, including military bases in New York, acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said.

Hizbullah is the most powerful gang in Leb. Although blacklisted as a terror group in the West, it enjoys widespread support in Leb because of its "resistance" to Israel and social welfare programs.

US officials said Kourani received weapons training from Hizbullah as a teenager in Leb before moving to the United States legally in 2003, to obtain degrees in biomedical engineering and business administration.

They alleged that he was recruited into Hizbullah's operations unit Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
in 2008, and the following year became a naturalized US citizen.

He communicated with his handler through coded emails, and received bouts of weapons training and drills on tactics in Leb, US prosecutors said.

In the United States, he allegedly scoured for firearms suppliers, Israeli military personnel, airport security information and surveilled US military and law enforcement facilities in New York, sending information back to Hizbullah.

US officials say Debek visited Thailand in May 2009 on his US passport, tasked with cleaning up explosive precursors in a Bangkok house that had been abandoned by others because they were under surveillance.

In 2012, he went on a Hizbullah surveillance mission to Panama, tasked with identifying areas of weakness at the Panama Canal and providing information about how close someone could get to a ship passing through the Canal, officials said.

Panama's government expressed "satisfaction" over the arrests, saying "it maintains active cooperation with international intelligence bodies to prevent this type of threat."

The statement said US authorities had alerted Panama in 2014 that Debek might try to enter that country, and "actions were immediately taken in line with the law to impede his entry."

Debek allegedly told the FBI that he was detained by Hizbullah from December 2015 to April 2016, and falsely accused of spying for the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that his military training included extensive instruction on bomb-making.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 02:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


'I want to burn the White House down': Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] She is charged with 'willful retention and transmission of defense information'

  • The 25-year-old was indicted by a federal grand jury and a judge ordered her to be detained until her trial

  • Winner faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if she's found guilty

  • Indictment states she worked with top-secret clearance at government agency

  • Government claims they found handwritten notes at Winner's home which appeared to sympathize with Osama bin Laden and other terrorists

  • In one note, Winner allegedly wrote: 'I want to burn the White House down and go live in Kurdistan'
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [721 views] Top|| File under:

#1  10 years in Leavenworth and then Kurdistan. No,no I am sorry, what did Kurdistan do to deserve her.
Posted by: Steven || 06/09/2017 2:37 Comments || Top||

#2  I wouldn't be overly concerned about Low-T. I recommend the Air Force, then possibly contracting at Fort Gordon. There will be plenty of time for men later on.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/09/2017 2:57 Comments || Top||

#3  ...And now there's considerable concern about her activities as a translator while she was in the Air Force.

Poor little snowflake is about to find out that 'resistance' has a price.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/09/2017 4:32 Comments || Top||

#4  You tell me this airhead is fluent in Farsi, Pashtu, and Daru?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/09/2017 5:29 Comments || Top||

#5  When does she start to transition and change her first name to Bradley?
Posted by: Airandee || 06/09/2017 6:15 Comments || Top||

#6  You tell me this airhead is fluent in Farsi, Pashtu, and Daru?

Difficult CAT-III languages I believe. DLAB test scores please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/09/2017 7:07 Comments || Top||

#7  “I’m pretty, white and cute,” she allegedly told her sister. Prosecutors said Winner told her sister she would braid her hair and cry in court.
What a snowflake!
Posted by: Whavish Thusoling5684 || 06/09/2017 7:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Einstein had some very horrible political views too. Genius does not equate to real world smarts.

Not to say that she's a genius, but, assuming she does know all those languages, it says nothing about her political acumen or character.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/09/2017 7:34 Comments || Top||

#9  Intelligence and moral compasses don't always align. Snowden was a brilliant snowflake, Bin Laden was also brilliant. Honor, integrity, and a strong moral compass have little to do with intelligence... Otherwise intellectually challenged people like me would be stealing, raping, and burning, instead of defending.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/09/2017 10:14 Comments || Top||

#10  She also used a personal portable hard drive on her AF laptop. Wonder what else she's downloaded? Lucky we have Trump. Obama would've pardoned and hired her
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2017 10:27 Comments || Top||

#11  People on other websites have pointed out her expertise was in Iran/Afghanistan, not Russia. Which raises the question of how she got ahold of Russian intercepts:

1) Did she acquire them under false pretenses? (a crime)
2) Did she acquire the intercepts with the intent to distribute them to unclassified persons.
3) Does her pledging allegiance to Iran meet the legal definition of Treason?
4) Are the cats more intelligent than their owner?
5) Would the NSA be better off hiring the cats instead of Reality Winner?

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/09/2017 12:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Which raises the question of how she got ahold of Russian intercepts:

She likely had access to finished intelligence products on the 'high side' (JWICS).
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/09/2017 13:36 Comments || Top||

#13  49 Pan. Many kinds of intelligence. Geniuses like Einstein can be like little kids outside their area of expertise. But, learning a language gives you an insight how people speaking it think - because you don't learn language without reading books in it (I don't mean Sapir - Whorf). Also, learning a foreign language, let alone three, is a lot of work - work and leftards don't mix.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/09/2017 15:21 Comments || Top||

#14  Not all that bright, if she is splitting infinitives. 'I want to burn the White House down' more properly would be [subject] want to burn down the [object].
Posted by: Bobby || 06/09/2017 16:30 Comments || Top||

#15  #7 “I’m pretty, white and cute,” she allegedly told her sister.

She is white. She's a traitor.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/09/2017 18:58 Comments || Top||

#16  #10 Add: Apparently a Flash Drive. I thought USB ports were disabled post-Manning?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2017 20:22 Comments || Top||

#17  Not all that bright, if she is splitting infinitives.

Why Bobby, I never would have tagged you as a grammar snob. How delightful! That right there is how I persuaded trailing daughter #2 to care about grammar and spelling during her early school years. It made so much sense to her that she took on editing her schoolfriends' writings, so their thinking would get full credit, too.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 20:44 Comments || Top||

#18  ^ this. I supervise engineers. Bright, Professionally Licensed©. I routinely correct their grammar and punctuation and "redo it". Why?
"Because your thoughts, intent and backup are solid - you write poorly at points and it diminishes the truth of what you're saying. Fix it!"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2017 21:45 Comments || Top||

#19  You, too, are a joy and a wonder, Frank G.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 23:06 Comments || Top||

#20  The Finnish have a word for it.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/09/2017 23:50 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Key militant arrested in Swat
[DAWN] MINGORA: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Swat police claimed on Wednesday to have arrested a key militant from Chuprial Bazaar in Matta tehsil here.

According to police, a high profile militant identified as Javed was arrested following a tip-off. He was allegedly wanted to law enforcement agencies in several anti-state and terrorist activities during the Swat insurgency.

“He along with other militants conducted a hand grenade attack on peace militia when they were in a mosque at Gwalrai area of Matta tehsil in 2008, leaving 11 people dead,” said a statement issued from the office of CTD Swat.

He was allegedly involved in the abduction of 55 persons belonging to peace militia in Swat too.

The police shifted him to unidentified location soon after his arrest for further investigation.
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6 'militants', Indian soldier killed in IHK encounter
[DAWN] Six suspected bully boyz and an army soldier were killed in a pair of gunbattles along the highly militarised de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmire between India and Pakistain, the Indian army said Thursday.

Three 'militants' and a soldier died in fighting that erupted Thursday after the suspected bully boyz allegedly crossed over into India-held Kashmire's (IHK) Nowgam sector from Azad Jammu and Kashmire, Indian Army Spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia claimed.

Kalia said three other suspected bully boyz were killed Wednesday in Machil sector.

There was no independent confirmation of the incidents.
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#1  that's what the last couple days of "LOC indiscriminate firing" were over
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2017 10:29 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Twin ISIS suicide bombings kill at least 30, injure up to 40 in Iraq
[RT] 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 claiming responsibility for two kabooms which killed 30 and injured up to 40 in central Iraq. One blast rocked the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala, second only to Mecca in importance for pilgrims.

The first attack took place in Karbala, 100km south of Baghdad, at around 11:30am local time when a bomb went kaboom! at a city center bus depot, injuring five people, reports local media outlet Al Hurra news.

Hours later, at roughly 1:45pm local time, a jacket wallah attacked a busy market in Musayib, about 50km east of Karbala. It killed at least 30 and injured 35, according to Iraqi security sources cited by Rooters.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIS) already grabbed credit for the attacks via their Amaq propaganda news network.

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ISIS woman dies in IED attack in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State’s so-called “Black Widow” female member was killed in a bomb blast that occurred outside her house on the outskirts of Hawija town, southwest of Kirkuk, a local source in the province said on Thursday.

“A prominent female leader with the Islamic State’s female wing called the ‘Black Widow’ was killed today in a blast caused by a bomb placed near her house on the outskirts of Hawija,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“The member is a widow of one of IS leaders who was killed around a year ago in an airstrike. A prominent female member in Hawija, she used to work for the IS Hisbah (vigilantism) department,” the source who preferred anonymity added.

Hisbah committees are IS’s religious law enforcement arm, which arrests whoever violates the group’s extreme religious rules and carries out sentences issued against them.

Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014.

Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.

Last month, news reports quoted sources as saying that the extremist group opened alternative headquarters for its so-called “Nineveh State, “Dijlah State”, “Salahuddin State” and “Diyala State” in Hawija.
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Ha Ha *wipes tears* Ha ha ha

that's too bad.
*snicker*
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2017 10:31 Comments || Top||


Iraqi forces fingered for massacre in Mosul
Mosul (Reuters) The killers made no attempt to hide the bodies of the 15 men they shot dead by the side of a road cutting across wheat fields in northern Iraq.

Blindfolded and bound, the victims lay decomposing in plain sight of the occasional car that drives along this route scattered with spent bullet casings. Two of the men had been marched a short way into the field, where one was apparently forced to kneel before being shot from behind.

Prostrated beside him, the other man wore faded jeans. In his back pocket was an ID card: Qusay Mohammad, age 31.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


1 dead in shootout in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A security source in Salahuddin Province informed that a civilian was killed and two others were wounded in an armed attack in Balad District, south of Tikrit, Alsumaria News reported on Thursday.

The source revealed that six gunmen fired indiscriminately, this evening, in Balad District, resulting in the killing of a civilian and injury of two others.

Security forces cordoned off the area of incident, while transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the body to the forensic medicine department, the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, Iraq is witnessing an extraordinary situation, where military operations continue to drive out the Islamic State group from its-held areas.

Meanwhile, US-led international coalition is conducting several air strikes on the terrorist group headquarters, leaving dozens of casualties.
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13 die in fighting in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen civilians were killed, while eight others, including Islamic State militants, were wounded in violent attacks that occurred in several regions in Diyala, security officials and eyewitnesses said on Thursday.

DPA news agency quoted sources as saying that IS militants stormed house of an air force agent in Qurret Tabah village, northeast of Baqubah, and shot him dead in front of his family.

In a market in al-Hadi district in Abu Sayda village, northeast of Baqubah, a bomb blast left two civilians killed and two others wounded, the sources added.

Another bomb placed on the side of the road leading to Jalawla town exploded while an Iraqi army patrol was passing, killing three soldiers and injuring two others, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, Iraqi army, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) carried out a military operation in al-Burda region, in the depth of Hamreen mountains, killing four militants and destroying a booby-trapped vehicle.

In related news, the sources added that unknown gunmen opened fire against three civilians at each of al-Asri, al-Tami and al-Tikiya al-Thaniya districts in central Baqubah and Muqdadiyah.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi artillery causes civilian casualties in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Several citizens were killed and injured on Thursday as Iraqi troops shelled Mosul’s Old City, local residents told Shafaaq News.

A civilian was killed, while three others were wounded as mortar missiles shot by Iraqi forces against al-Qulay’at region in the Old City, the residents said.

Earlier this week, Col. Reda Abdullah al-Bahadli, of the Rapid Response forces, was quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying that airstrikes launched by army jets against IS locations in al-Shifa district, northeast of Mosul, on Saturday claimed lives of 43 civilians. 30 others were killed as the troops attacked IS pockets in districts of al-Shifa, al-Zanjili, al-Borsa, Bab Sanjar and Bab al-Toub in western Mosul.

IS now has only two remaining districts of al-Shifaa, al-Zanjili and parts of the Old City.
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi forces execute hospital employee suspected of ISIS links
[RT] Details of the gruesome murder of a hospital employee by members of an elite Iraqi counter-terrorist unit have been shared by photographer Ali Arkady, who in an interview with RT, recalled that the man was shot after soldiers suspected him of trying to lead them into a trap.

The original 12-second smartphone clip depicting the cold-blooded murder of an unidentified Iraqi was allegedly recorded by the Iraqi Emergency Response Division (ERD) in December 2016. It shows a man, whose arms are tied behind his back, trying to run away from his executioners before being murdered in broad daylight by his captors.

The details of the apparent extrajudicial execution were made public by Arkady, a freelance filmmaker who between October and December of last year, documented the accomplishments and atrocities of the ERD ‐ the Iraqi special forces unit tasked with hunting down 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) fighters in Iraq.

Speaking to RT about the murder video, Arkady revealed how the man’s executioners boasted about killing an unarmed Iraqi. The incident, Arkady recalled, unfolded on December 12, 2016, when two members of the ERD ‐ Captain Omar Nizar and Sergeant Haidar ‐ who the filmmaker has been following for months, returned from one of their assignments.

The ERD officers recorded the execution on their smartphone, and once back at the unit's headquarters, were very eager to share the footage with Arkady and at least two other journalists present there.

"They started showing [the footage], saying, look how we killed this person. He leads us into a village. We wanted to extract information out of him," Arkady told RT.

"[The footage] showed how Sergeant Haidar started firing, unloading around 6-9 shots at the person. Then you hear Captain Omar’s voice [saying], ’Haidar, stop, that is enough. I want to talk to him.’ But then he himself shot this person three times."

Further conversations on that day revealed that the Iraqi was murdered for allegedly trying to lead the special forces unit into an ISIS ambush.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF shuts down weapons workshop in West Bank, 7 arrested in overnight raids
[IsraelTimes] Israeli security forces entered the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar overnight Wednesday to shut down a weapons manufacturing workshop.

IDF forces confiscated a lathe from the facility, which was believed to be involved in producing makeshift firearms that could be delivered to terror groups.

Also overnight, seven Paleostinians, including one Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", operative, suspected of involvement in terror groups or participating in violent protests were jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in other operations across the West Bank, the Walla news website reported.

IDF soldier injured by stone throwing protestors in Hebron

[Ynet] An IDF soldier was lightly injured overnight by protestors throwing stones at coppers in Hebron. The soldier was maimed in the back by a cinderblock thrown at him was evacuated to the hospital in Jerusalem.

Israel arrests Palestinian former hunger striker for incitement

[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian who had been released from Israeli prison following a two-month hunger strike was again tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
overnight for incitement, Israeli security forces say.

Mohammed Allan was detained for questioning "as part of the struggle against the phenomenon of Paleostinian incitement in media and social media, which leads to severe attacks in Israel," the Shin Bet says.

The 32-year-old resident of Einabus in the northern West Bank was arrested for "inciting through the media while calling for acts of terror and resistance to the ’Zionist enemy,'" it says.

In November 2015, Allan was released from a year in jail under an Israeli measure known as administrative detention, which allows imprisonment without trial for six-month periods renewable indefinitely.

He was arrested for contacts with the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
with the aim of carrying out attacks.

Allan began a hunger strike in June 2015 that brought him near death and also boosted tensions in the occupied West Bank, with Israel announcing in September that it would not be extending his detention.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 01:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  at least they won't have to feed him
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2017 10:36 Comments || Top||


Arab Israeli brothers charged in Hamas plot to murder Israeli officer
The family that plots together...
[IsraelTimes] Shin Bet says Adam and Firas Faki were at heart of planned killing, intended to avenge March’s death of Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror chief Mazen Faqha.

Four Arab Israelis were charged Thursday with serious offenses connected to an alleged plan to assassinate an Israeli army officer in Dire Revenge for the shooting death in Gazoo in March of Mazen Faqha, a Hamas terror chief. Three further suspects are in jug.

Faqha was tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
for life for orchestrating a 2002 suicide kaboom that killed nine people, but was released along with more than 1,000 other Paleostinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was held by Hamas for five years. In Gazoo, he oversaw efforts to recruit cells to carry out terror attacks from the West Bank against Israeli targets. He was killed on March 24 by unknown gunnies.

In May, Hamas executed three men it accused of the liquidation and of collaborating with Israel.

The alleged Dire Revenge plot came to light after security services detained seven residents of the central Israeli town of Jaljulia, near Kfar Saba, on suspicion of dealing illegally in weapons.

One of them -- Mahmood Muhammad Abed al-Karim Daud -- revealed details of two brothers involved in the attack plan while under interrogation, the Shin Bet security services revealed Thursday.

The brothers, also from Jaljulia, are Adam Ismail Muhammad Faki, born in 1992, who is known to police for criminal activity, and Firas Ismail Muhammad Faki, who is two years older, known to the security services for his support for 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....
movement and for planning criminal and security-related activities in his hometown.

Firas Faki was one of four Jaljulia residents detained in December 2015 on suspicion of illegal arms dealing and taking part in riots.

The details form part of a charge sheet submitted by central district prosecutors to the central district court on Thursday.

According to the Shin Bet, during a trip Adam Faki took to the Gazoo Strip in December 2014 for a family wedding, he was recruited to Hamas by two Hamas activists -- his half brother Muhammad and another man, Hassan al-Matsi.

While in the Strip, Adam Faki took part in military training and shooting practice. Also participating was Hassan Jabari, a senior Hamas figure and brother of the late Ahmed Jabari, who served as acting head of the terror organization’s military arm when he was killed in an Israeli Air Force strike on the enclave in 2012.

Muhammad Faki told his half-brother Adam to acquire weapons, identify a victim and recruit a helper, the charge sheet said.

Adam subsequently tried to get hold of two pistols and silencers from another Jaljulia resident, Yassin Mar’ari.

Adam’s brother Faras was locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
on suspicion of having known about the plan and even of helping half-brother Muhammad to contact Adam secretly via his cellphone.

The Shin Bet said that the incident highlighted the risk of weapons circulating among criminals being transferred to terrorists.

The investigation also showed how Hamas was "exploiting Israel’s humanitarian policy" vis a vis the Gazoo Strip for terrorist purposes, the Shin Bet added, using family visits and permits for merchants or patients needing medical treatment to go in and out of the enclave.

In November, the Shin Bet arrested another resident of Jaljulia suspected of planning to join IS in Syria.
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Hamas Leader Killed In 'Accidental' Gaza Explosion
In which we are given a name for yesterday's unknown explodee.
[JPOST] A prominent leader of Hamas' Izzadin Kassam brigade was killed Wednesday in an "accidental" explosion in southern Gaza, according to PA news outlet Ma'an.

The explosion occurred at a Hamas post near Rafah, injuring three other militants, according to the Palestinian news agency.

Hamas described Ibrahim Hussein Abu al-Naja as a prominent leader and said the source of the explosion was not clear.

This is not the first time militants have been killed in mysterious Gaza Strip explosions, with Ma'an reporting that numerous Hamas "resistance posts" have been destroyed over the past few years.

On April 26, an "accidental" explosion killed an Islamic Jihad military member during preparatory work in the site, the terrorist group announced.

The Gaza Ministry of Health later stated that another Palestinian was wounded in the same "accident."
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#1  Is that covered under hovel owners insurance?
Posted by: Steven || 06/09/2017 2:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The mystery of why you are there to start with, and then why are you handling explosives? I thought the "Palestinians" taught their kids this shit in kindergarten.

The fact you have no identity and have amassed so much shame in such a short amount of time in the last Century tells me that you are in a DEATH SPIRAL.

You surpassed the point of accepting failure which makes any animal dangerous.

And this is your rebuttal from on High.
This is the first converse You will hear.
Posted by: newc || 06/09/2017 2:47 Comments || Top||

#3  He was just there looking for the mayonnaise and was going to fix a sandwich.
Posted by: Glomorong Jusosh1815 || 06/09/2017 6:51 Comments || Top||

#4  The gefilte fish in the fridge should have tipped him off.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/09/2017 7:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Mayo and g-fish in the same 'fridge can call down lightning bolts from on high, no bomb required
Posted by: Shipman || 06/09/2017 11:27 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Ex-Marawi mayor apprehended for rebellion
[Manila Times] The former mayor of battle-torn Marawi City was arrested Wednesday evening at a police checkpoint in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental, two days after an arrest order was issued against him and more than 180 others for rebellion.

Fahad "Pre" Salic is among 184 individuals charged for rebellion. Also charged was his brother, Omar Ali Solitario, likewise a former mayor of Marawi City, the PDP-Laban provincial chairman, and a commander of the Moro National Liberation Front. He remains at large.

Regional police spokesman Lemuel Gonda said Salic was arrested on Wednesday evening in San Martin village. He was en route to Cagayan de Oro City when he was flagged by members of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Public Safety Company.

The ex-mayor immediately denied involvement in the ongoing Maute attack on Marawi. He was temporarily locked up at Villanueva town jail. Salic is related to the Maute terrorist leaders, brothers Omar and Abdullah, who lead the so-called IS Ranao. Salic's wife, Rasmia, is a niece of Farhana Romato Maute, mother of the radical siblings..

In December, the two former mayors were said to have acted as government missionaries to the Maute rebels who took over Butig, Lanao del Sur, for ceasefire talks. They were said to be among a group of influential relatives of the Mautes who met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City in November last year on the latter's invitation.

Duterte had tagged the two as among narco-politicians in the province.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested Cayamora Maute, father of Omar and Abdullah, along with his third wife Kongan Alfonso Balawag and two other family members in Davao City.
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Indonesia arrests suspects in Marawi siege, Jakarta bombing
[Rappler] Indonesian police on Thursday said they arrested a man suspected of helping Indonesians join the attacks in Marawi City, as well as two others suspected of helping inspire a double suicide bombing in Jakarta.

Indonesia's National Police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of helping Indonesians travel to Mindanao to join the Maute group, which is affiliated with the Islamic State. The police said four of the people he helped were being sought by Philippine authorities.

Of the eight foreign fighters confirmed killed in the Marawi clashes, two were Indonesians, according to Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Meanwhile, two other men captured on Wednesday in Bandung are suspected of being involved in suicide bombings in Jakarta on May 24. Three policemen died in the explosions.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
‘Death to Saudi & US’: Thousands of mourners attend funeral for Tehran attack victims
[RT] Thousands have turned out to mourn the victims of the Tehran attacks, shouting "Death to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
" and "Death to America." It comes after Iranian leaders accused Washington and Riyadh of supporting the attacks which killed 17 people earlier this week.

Crowds gathered on the streets of the Iranian capital to shout slogans against the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on Friday, while reaching out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

Earlier on Friday, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the attacks would only increase Tehran's hatred against the US and its "stooges" including Saudi Arabia.

The attack "will not damage the Iranian nation's determination and the obvious result is nothing except an increase in hate for the governments of the United States and their stooges in the region like Saudi (Arabia)," he said ahead of the funeral, according to state media.

Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 12:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  One of the stooges is named Mo.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/09/2017 13:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Since ISIS claimed credit for the attacks how come they don't get 2 minutes of hate as well?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/09/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||

#3  a terrorist attack from Balochistan about now would be just the thing to confuse the Mullah's "death to..." mantra
Posted by: lord garth || 06/09/2017 15:12 Comments || Top||

#4  It's been "death to USA" for 30 years. So, I kinda, like the new version (even if I think it was a false flag operation - would ISIS attack heavily guarded places?)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/09/2017 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  grom

The attack severely damaged the Mullahocracy's prestige, embarrassed the IRG, disrupted business in Tehran which surely cost the various crony capitalist types substantial amounts of money and ruined the day's events at the Khomenei mausoleum.

The false flag theory seems pretty thin.

Posted by: lord garth || 06/09/2017 16:57 Comments || Top||

#6  We don't know that the attack "severely damaged the Mullahocracy's prestige". We do know it generated a lot of internal outrage (the wars throughout ME that Iran is involved in are not exactly popular with Iranians), and garnered sympathy from the useful idiots. We also know that well orchestrated suicide attacks against hard targets are not common.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/09/2017 17:21 Comments || Top||


US shoots down pro-Syrian government drone firing on coalition forces: Spokesman
[AlAhram] The United States shot down a pro-Syrian regime armed drone that was attacking U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria on Thursday, a U.S. military front man said, the first time the regime had attacked coalition forces.

U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, who is a front man for the U.S.-led coalition fighting 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, said the MQ-1 like armed drone was destroyed after it fired upon coalition forces carrying out a patrol outside a deconfliction zone in southern Syria. Dillon said there were no coalition casualties.

Dillon said that earlier in the day the United States had also carried another strike out against pick-up trucks with weapons who had moved against U.S.-backed fighters near the town of At Tanf.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2017 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


US-backed rebels pound Syrian Army positions on the Damascus-Baghdad highway
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Thursday, Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) rebels based in the Syrian Desert bombarded checkpoints controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied paramilitary factions on the Damascus-Baghdad highway in southeastern Homs.

Using GRAD rockets and artillery guns, the FSA’s Osoud al-Sharqiya, Ahmad al-Abdo Martyrs Brigade and Maghwar al-Thwara struck SAA positions around the Zaza checkpoint which was liberated last month by Syrian government forces whom hope to reach the strategic al-Tanf border crossing, thus creating a land route to territory held by the friendly Iraqi Army.

Meanwhile,
...back at the mall, Clarissa spent the day shopping for new underwear. Tonight was going to be a special occasion...
the US Airforce conducted a new wave of sorties against the SAA, destroying multiple technicals and killing an unknown number of military personnel.

Despite hostilities by the US and its vetted proxies, the SAA is steadily advancing towards the al-Tanf crossing while simultaneously capturing turf on the provincial border with Sweida.

Washington has so far warned the SAA to stay outside a 55 kilometer buffer zone covering the al-Tanf border area are where US special forces have established a military base.

However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
the SAA has not adhered to the US buffer zone. On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) also bombed US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in retaliation over the ongoing American aggression.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian Army on the roll as ISIS retreats from 20 villages in western Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Thursday, 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....
forces completely withdrew from vulnerable territory located on the southern bank of the Euphrates River on the frontline between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

This led to the SAA and SDF exchanging skirmishes with one another in a de facto no-mans zone in western Raqqa which government forces hope to take control of in the coming hours after liberating the adjacent Maskanah Plains last month.

Although ISIS no longer controls around 20 villages due to the tactical retreat, much of the rural area is believed to be booby-trapped and remains off limits to both the SAA and SDF.

Therefore, the SAA’s Tiger Forces are expected to wait until Friday morning before entering the abandoned villages. Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact...
Russian and Syrian warplanes bombed ISIS convoys which were leaving the aforementioned area en route to Raqqa city.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian Army overruns town in eastern Damascus after clashes with Islamist rebels
[ALMASDARNEWS] Late on Thursday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) imposed full control over Hawsh al-Dawahra in the East Ghouta after capturing most of the rural town from Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
the day before.

Led by the 105th Brigade of the Elite Republican Guard, the Paleostine Liberation Army (PLA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), government forces overran the last sniper nests and gun positions despite facing many Islamist units whom tried desperately to cling onto control of the town, located southeast of the Islamist stronghold of Douma.

The media wing of Jaish al-Islam claimed its turbans were able to maintain a foothold in Hawsh al-Dawahra; however, a source embedded with the Elite Republican Guard assured al-Masdar News that all turbans had been pushed to the town’s western fields and outskirts.

Jaish al-Islam also published footage of the battle, claiming to have destroyed a BMP-1 and T-72 tank along with killing 16 SAA soldiers, events which the aforementioned SAA source told al-Masdar News were exaggerated.
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Iranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack
[FREEBEACON] Iran released video footage showing a drone shadowing U.S. military forces operating in Syria just a day before an unmanned aerial vehicle launched a strike on American forces in the war-torn country, a move that has raised concerns among U.S. officials about the Islamic Theocratic Republic's increasing willingness to use military force in the region.

Iran's release of the video--which shows it using a drone to monitor U.S. operations as a Farsi-language narrator threatens to strike American forces--comes as the American military on Thursday was forced to shoot down a drone in Syria that was firing on coalition forces.

The Thursday attack, which U.S. military officials say was sponsored by Syrian-regime allies--which include Iran--highlights the increased threat posed by the Islamic Theocratic Republic to U.S. forces operating in Syria.

While U.S. military officials would not confirm the drone was Iranian in origin, the timing of the attack and release of video footage by Iran has fueled speculation among national security insiders that Iran is stepping up its operations to counter U.S. military forces in Syria.
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Iran, the new target
[DAWN] INTO the cauldron of Middle East and Gulf politics, the krazed killer 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 has once again inserted itself with potentially terrifying consequences for a region already mired in tension, conflict and war.

The twin terrorist strikes in Tehran yesterday were designed not just to inflict casualties on the Iranian people, but also to send a signal that the state of Iran itself is under attack.

The choice of targets -- the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, who founded the present-day Iranian state -- could not be more potent.

The IS, with its explicitly sectarian agenda, appears to have demonstrated that it has the resources to strike in the heart of the most important Shia-majority country in the Moslem world.

And it has managed to do so at a time when, instead of uniting against the threat the group poses to all nations, the Moslem world is riven by some of the most bitter politics and disputes in years.

Much will depend on how the Iranian state reacts and the position that the Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
-led cluster of Moslem countries takes on the attack.

The sensible approach is clear: Saudi Arabia should recognise the peril that the IS poses to all states and immediately adjust its increasingly hawkish approach to Iran and countries allied with it; Iran should reconsider its provocative search for more influence in the Middle East and the Gulf and, instead, focus on the necessary fight against the IS.

But the sensible approach is likely to have few takers and already hawkish elements in Iran have suggested that Saudi Arabia may have had a role in the Tehran attacks.

With Tehran in recent years accused of cultivating sectarian proxies and non-state krazed killer groups across swaths of the Middle East, the possibility of a fresh wave of violence across the region cannot be ruled out.

Yet, more conflict cannot be regarded as a foregone conclusion in a region where historical rivalries and even enmities have been managed for long stretches.

While the Middle Eastern and Gulf countries will have to take responsibility for maintaining the peace between themselves, two factors appear to have contributed to the new imbalances in the region.

A metastasising IS is clearly a threat to everyone -- a terrorist super-group that threatens all countries but that few states appear to truly understand.

It is impossible for states to manage relations among themselves while the IS remains active on the scale it is today.

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#1  But the sensible approach is likely to have few takers

A pretty common malady.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/09/2017 10:48 Comments || Top||

#2  As with the carrier based bombing of Tokyo in 1942 the result of this will be more psychological than material.

Glad I got my pop-corn order in early.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/09/2017 12:55 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
ISIS executes 230+ for leaving Mosul
Update from a previous story
[ARA News] Credible reports indicate that at least 231 civilians attempting to flee western Mosul have been killed by ISIS fire since 26 May, including at least 204 over three days last week alone, the UN reported on Thursday.

“The UN Human Rights Office has been documenting ISIL’s use of civilians as human shields and its slaughter of those attempting to flee since the start of the Mosul operation, but recent reports indicate a significant escalation in such killings,” the UN said in a statement.

“On 26 May, ISIL reportedly shot at civilians trying to flee al-Shifa neighbourhood in western Mosul, killing 27 people, including 14 women and five children. Their bodies were reportedly buried two days later by neighbours,” the UN stated. Moreover, the UN reported other incidents, such us the killing of 163 civilians in the al-Shifa neighbourhood on 1 June, and on 3 June, ISIS shot at least 41 civilians in the same location, while they attempted to flee ISIS.

“Shooting children as they try to run to safety with their families – there are no words of condemnation strong enough for such despicable acts,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. “I call on the Iraqi authorities to ensure that those who are responsible for these horrors are held accountable and brought to justice in line with international human rights laws and standards. The victims of such terrible crimes must not be forgotten.”

“The murder of civilians, as well as the intentional directing of an attack against civilians who are not directly taking part in hostilities, are war crimes,” the UN said.
Furthermore, the UN said there are reports of civilian casualties by air strikes.

”The [UN] High Commissioner called on the Iraqi Security Forces and their Coalition partners to ensure that their operations comply fully with international humanitarian law and that all possible measures are taken to avoid the loss of civilian lives. He urged the Iraqi authorities to ensure that any allegations of human rights violations committed by Iraqi Security Forces are also fully investigated and those responsible held accountable,” the UN said.

Dave Eubank from the Free Burma Rangers also confirmed the reports in an email to ARA News. Eubank was operating with his group in West Mosul on 1 June.

“With God’s help, and Iraqi Army and police, and U.S. military, we were able to do the rescue. We saw over 50 shot dead by ISIS yesterday and today, and helped 30 shot people who managed to escape,” he said on 2 June.

“All last night people came crawling across the highway near the hospital near the first bridge. Early this morning we saw that at least four people were still alive including children, but ISIS controlled all access and swept the area by sniper, machine gun, mortar, and RPG fire. There was no way to help them even though they were only 150 yards away,” he said.

His group that is trying to help injured civilians, and tries to save civilians from ISIS, they have seen around 50 dead bodies spread out along the street. “Dead babies, mothers, and people of every age – and had been like this for two days in the blazing sun and ISIS shooting,” Eubank told ARA News.

However, due to the US providing support to his group and the Iraqi army, his group saved several civilians after the US provided a smoke screen in Western Mosul.
Posted by: badanov || 06/09/2017 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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