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BREAKING: Senior Republican politician and several aides shot at baseball practice near Washington
[Telegraph]
  • Several injured after shooting at baseball practice in Virginia

  • '50 shots fired by gunman with rifle'

  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and aides among injured

  • At 7:30 a.m. police tweeted 'Suspect believed in custody'
The Telegraph is updating this story, so check back, dear Reader.
Update from Fox News at 8:35 a.m. EDT:
The gunman was shot by U.S. Capital Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. Rep. Mo Brooks reportedly used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise's bleeding.

"Both @POTUS & @VP are aware of the developing situation in Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About three minutes the shooting began, DeSantis said.
There is a lovely tweet with photograph of Congressional Democrats praying for their colleagues.
Update from the BBC at 8:55 a.m. EDT
Mr Brooks said a gunfight ensued between the shooter and the congressmen's police security detail.

CNN reports that two police officers were also shot.

Mr Brooks said the shooter was armed with a rifle and opened fire from behind the dugout, using it for protection.

The congressman, who said he took refuge behind a batting cage, described the attacker as a middle-aged white male "a little on the chubby side".
All these sources are updating, so check them all for the latest.
Update from the Telegraph at 10:00 a.m. EDT:
  • Five taken to hospital after shooting at baseball practice in Virginia

  • Gunman in hospital, shot by Capitol Hill police

  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and aide to Roger Williams among injured

  • Scalise shot in hip and undergoing surgery, his office say

  • Victims in stable condition
  • Update at 8:00 p.m. EDT from the Daily Mail -- as usual, with lots of pictures:
    Congress shooter was 5'6" rude loner who creeped out female bar staff at BBQ restaurant where he spent happy hours - after moving to D.C. to protest president he hated
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/14/2017 08:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1873 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Assaults on Trump supporters during the primary and election season, stoking of hate, et al. Pretty much the Bleeding Kansas phase. For the Left there never is a 'going back'.
    Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/14/2017 8:49 Comments || Top||

    #2  Anyone doing the assassination "Chic" should now be considered a domestic terrorist and dealt with accordingly.
    Posted by: DarthVader || 06/14/2017 8:57 Comments || Top||

    #3  Nobody get ahead of ourselves. They targeted GOP, so could be liberal or conservative.
    Posted by: Charles || 06/14/2017 9:02 Comments || Top||

    #4  Just saw on the TV, the shooter was asking whether Congressmen were Republicans or Democrats.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 06/14/2017 9:05 Comments || Top||

    #5  Where was Kathy Griffin when it happened?
    Posted by: Iblis || 06/14/2017 9:08 Comments || Top||

    #6  Time for national concealed carry?
    Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2017 9:25 Comments || Top||

    #7  Buy ammo stocks this am?
    Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2017 9:25 Comments || Top||

    #8  check out..
    Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2017 9:27 Comments || Top||

    #9  My Congressman. His security detail deserve a lot of credit - two handguns vs semiauto rifle.
    One has to wonder how the shooter managed to manage only a few hits out of 50 or so shots with a rifle at fairly short range.
    Posted by: Glenmore || 06/14/2017 10:37 Comments || Top||

    #10  From the descriptions of the shooter's behavior I'm gonna guess: a radicalized leftist who only recently became familiar with firearms - just familiar enough to be a threat. Had the shooter actually known what they were doing, we'd be looking at something even more horrific than what it already is. =
    Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/14/2017 10:53 Comments || Top||

    #11  More people should be carrying concealed, and to quit being sheep for the slaughter. When you incite people to do crazy stuff like antifa, this is what you get.
    Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/14/2017 11:14 Comments || Top||

    #12  Glenmore, there were reports that the gunman repeatedly fired into the air. Likely to get people to scatter.
    Posted by: Pappy || 06/14/2017 11:18 Comments || Top||

    #13  If you have a weak stomach don't read the leftist twitter comments. Very repugnant.
    Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/14/2017 11:24 Comments || Top||

    #14  Shooter is James Hodgekinson, who:
    On March 22 he wrote on Facebook, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
    Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 06/14/2017 11:36 Comments || Top||

    #15  Fair to say the they just declared civil war on the rest of us?
    Posted by: Raj || 06/14/2017 11:41 Comments || Top||

    #16  My Congressman also. Today's MSM reporting will be in Standard 911 Format: "Terrible tragedy .. BUT..." With everything before BUT being mere padding. Also, I wonder if Steve now qualifies to have a ship named after him.
    Posted by: Matt || 06/14/2017 11:41 Comments || Top||

    #17  Yep Raj, its war.
    Posted by: DarthVader || 06/14/2017 11:44 Comments || Top||

    #18  Paging Dr Newton. Dr Isaac Newton to the white courtesy phone.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2017 12:20 Comments || Top||

    #19  Shooter is evidently a Bernie Bro
    Posted by: lord garth || 06/14/2017 12:25 Comments || Top||

    #20  So my knuckle dragging perspective: Congress and the media have blood on their hands. We are lucky as hell that this was not some 3% guy or there would be a body count. Congress has the opportunity to drive a narrative here. For the last two years they have rode the media wave dehumanizing everyone on the other side, driving us to Antifa and now this. The left and the right have both done this and fed the fires. They have spun the American people into a frenzy. The media drives it 24 hours a day. We will see more and more of this until our leaders show unity. Showing unity is how we stop this impending civil war. Our self serving leaders need to stand up and show unity, be representative of "we the people" and reach compromises. Gun laws wont fix this, only narratives and calm leadership can do this.
    Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/14/2017 12:31 Comments || Top||

    #21  WaPo: Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St. Louis, said in an interview Wednesday that he became friendly with James T. Hodgkinson, whom law enforcement officials identified as the shooter, during their work in Iowa on Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Orear said Hodgkinson was a passionate progressive and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others...“He was more on the really progressive side of things.”

    The Post reached out to Orear after seeing that he liked one of Hodgkinson’s Facebook post.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/14/2017 12:33 Comments || Top||

    #22  Heavy.com explored his Facebook page. Definitely a Bernie bro.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2017 12:34 Comments || Top||

    #23  From the twitter (?) feed on the facebook page (at the link) -
    “We were like sitting ducks,” Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, told Fox News. “Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre.” Paul told CNN, “When you have no way to defend yourself … the field was essentially a killing field.

    Posted by: Bobby || 06/14/2017 12:47 Comments || Top||

    #24  There can be no unity when one side is all about Resistence! and delegitimizing their opponents, while indulging themselves with a relentless stream of assassination pr0n. The rhetoric from the Left has been over the top since the campaign. They have brought this upon the nation because they last an election - not in response to any perceived right-wing provocation
    Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/14/2017 12:54 Comments || Top||

    #25  Congressmen may start packing & wearing body armor now.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/14/2017 12:59 Comments || Top||

    #26  This is how it starts.

    Damn.
    Posted by: The peanut gallery || 06/14/2017 13:37 Comments || Top||

    #27  Parallels the attempted assassination of Andrew Jackson.
    Posted by: Iblis || 06/14/2017 13:39 Comments || Top||

    #28  I understand that liberals, progressives and such don't like to be confused with facts but it wasn't the Republicans who cheated Bernie out of the election. Just sayin'.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/14/2017 13:42 Comments || Top||

    #29  “We were like sitting ducks,” Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, told Fox News.

    You are sitting ducks because you believe that Democrats have the same respect for the old rules: both written and unwritten that you have. But they have an entirely different playbook - look up Khmer Rouge, senator.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2017 13:52 Comments || Top||

    #30  We Lose 93 Million Americans A Day to Gun Violence

    Terry McAuliffe
    Posted by: Beavis || 06/14/2017 14:09 Comments || Top||

    #31  p.s. Hey (fake-Ayn) Rand, wanna bet some left wing site has already proclaimed "Let this be a warning to all you Rethuglicans - if you keep supporting Trump-Hitler's racist, sexist, Zionist, Islamophobic, pro-Russian policies - that's what you'll get!"?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2017 14:12 Comments || Top||

    #32  McAuliffe/Harris 2020!

    er, or is it Harris/McAuliffe 2020?
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/14/2017 14:12 Comments || Top||

    #33  ...as long as it isn't Hillary.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/14/2017 14:13 Comments || Top||

    #34  if he's a "Bernie Bro" shouldnt he be hunting Killary and the Democrats who shut down his bid to be the democrats Presidential contender.
    Posted by: 746 || 06/14/2017 14:13 Comments || Top||

    #35  Consider what is required to be a true Bernie-Bro. Then, recall the events of Portland just 2 weeks ago.
    Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/14/2017 14:16 Comments || Top||

    #36  So one more observation. This shooter is a 66 year old housing inspector. By all accounts a rational man. So we have to drive into the question of what drove him to pick up arms and sacrifice his life for this cause. Now the Troll answer is he a lib, or Bernie socialist, or Antifa. But this does not get to any root cause. So again We have to look at what drove him, and what drives the others to action. Men are all rallied into action, even crazies have the voices in their heads that rally them. Give me liberty or give me death is a rally term that turned into a battle cry. Men are driven to action when they feel threatened or something they love and value is threatened. The threat can be real or perceived, but it has to be believed. This guy believed what his leaders were saying, they. In short trusted their leaders to lead. The Antifa crowd believe capitalism will end the world, environmentalists believe Trump will kill the planet, and the right believes the Dems are all self-serving and evil. All of which are perceptions, not true, and all did not just happen but were driven by people of power and respect. But all are narratives driven from someone or some group supported by our collective leaders in DC. The DC shooter is not a nut, or crazy. He is a fool, or as they say, useful idiot.
    In short I believe our media is seditious, trading our national health and security for advertising dollars and click bait, and our political leaders are attention whores that are so self-absorbed they do not realize the course they have set America on. Again, peeling back the hate and disgust for our political elite, I do believe they all started with noble intentions. I have to believe this, the other option is not imaginable. So this all goes sideways as our media drives a 24 hour news cycle. They need controversy, political controversy. There just are not enough plane crashes to fill the news cycle. So let’s drive 24 hour politics on the news. When there is nothing of interest, let’s talk abortion, gun control, race relations, get the public lathered up. Now with the increased political coverage the politician are drunk with exposure. You see it with other celebrities, the more exposure they get, the more self-serving they become. We are reaching an apex here with our current leaders. Their elitism in unabashed, they are glowing in the spotlight and saying whatever will keep the light on them. In that they have forgotten the very principles of leadership that they were elected to perform. They have developed an outlandish new form of MOB rules with the media. We hired them to serve us, to go to DC and make our nation function as fair, as honest, as strong, and as cheaply as humanly possible. We did not send them there to be divisive, hateful, and to dehumanize people who disagree. Our political class must learn to better manage this media spotlight. They must learn to tone down the rhetoric. Or we will enter into the next Civil War.
    Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/14/2017 14:46 Comments || Top||

    #37  "I have to believe this, the other option is not imaginable."

    Believe it. It's amazing how often your enemies will tell you exactly what they are up to. The problem, often enough, is that we fail to believe anyone would be so malignant. Well, some are.
    Posted by: Iblis || 06/14/2017 14:58 Comments || Top||

    #38  36 49-Pan:

    Here is a link to a Daily Caller Article on violence against Republicans.

    For our enlightenment, please post a link to an article detailing physical violence initiated by Republicans within the same time span used in the article.
    Posted by: ptah || 06/14/2017 15:22 Comments || Top||

    #39  "I have to believe this, the other option is not imaginable."

    But it is the truth. The left has open called for fighting republicans in the streets. They openly post pro assassination images. Punch them and get in their faces. #Resistance They side with the violent thugs that tear up colleges. They call off police to allow the people on the right to be beaten. This is the course they are plotting.

    Civil war is most likely inevitable and remember who pushed to get there.
    Posted by: DarthVader || 06/14/2017 15:23 Comments || Top||

    #40  Rep Claudia Tenney (NY) has received threatening email after shooting. "1 down, 216 to go".
    Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/14/2017 15:33 Comments || Top||

    #41  The link doesn't work ptah.
    Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/14/2017 15:55 Comments || Top||

    #42  Militant Democratic Party. An ideology of violence. Lies. Prosecution by inuendo on the Hill. Violence in the streets of the right.

    Fire Mueller or the Democratic anti¬right hunting season continues.

    Bernie adamently went after the Christian right by going after a President Trump Christian department nominee. Restore the Ten Commandments which says do not lie, do not bear false witness, do not murder or our Judeo Christian civilization will continue to spital down into uncivilized violence.
    Posted by: Threatch Jeamp8135 || 06/14/2017 16:10 Comments || Top||

    #43  shooter was asking whether Congressmen were Republicans or Democrats

    Some pictures showed guys wearing t shirts or baseball uniform jerseys that said "Republican." I'm going to guess the Democrats had similarly labelled attire. But the guy had to ask...
    Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/14/2017 16:11 Comments || Top||

    #44  Sen.Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says Virginia shooter apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign, adding that he's 'sickened by this despicable act.'

    Somewhat similar to the actions of Ms. Winner at Fort Gordon. Do we have a pattern ?
    Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2017 16:43 Comments || Top||

    #45  ptah's link
    Posted by: Cholutch Stalin8357 || 06/14/2017 16:58 Comments || Top||

    #46  Congressmenmay start packing
    How will they get a carry permit in DC?
    Posted by: Glenmore || 06/14/2017 17:03 Comments || Top||

    #47  Ptah, We can point fingers at each other or we can find the root cause and go after it. I don't argue the daily caller, what I'm concerned about is how they were motivated to get there. ALL revolutions are started this way. Finding the trigger point and stopping it is the goal. Stopping it after lead flies is war, and war is always the result of failure see and fix a problem early. We are at the cusp, some say past it, of a real shooting war inside America. It does not matter who starts it, if we can see it coming we should try and remove the drivers. Toning down our leaders rhetoric and shutting down the press's over dramatization of our leaders remarks will go a long way to keeping people in a more rational state. The power of propaganda is driving this, Antifa and the rest. When the right feels threatened enough to act it will get unbearably ugly. The right own the guns and vets, if they/we act the brutality will be unacceptable. We have to diffuse it before we feel the need to act with the same violence they are using, because with shooing over 50 rounds, this lib only hit 5, it would have been a blood bath if the 3% guys had done it. We need to end this before it gets to that.
    Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/14/2017 17:04 Comments || Top||

    #48  WTFF, we know what the cause is and we've been pointing it out for months now, and quite vociferously these past few weeks. The problem is The Left has not even paused in their push to overturn the will of the people. And right on time, BLMs Shaun King blames the shooting on White People. The violence is going to continue because The Left insists on it. Fresh off of attacking an elected official for his Christian faith, Bernie Sanders this Saturday called PDT "the worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country" Fast forward to today. Of course, if WE want to end the violence, we can always just surrender.
    Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/14/2017 17:27 Comments || Top||

    #49  49Pan or when smart bots are used to hunt. Not hard to do.
    Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2017 17:36 Comments || Top||

    #50  The left should be careful. Remember what William Tecumseh Sherman said.
    Posted by: Jomong Bourbon9156 || 06/14/2017 17:44 Comments || Top||

    #51 
    Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/14/2017 17:45 Comments || Top||

    #52  Ten Times Democrats Glorified Violence Against Republicans Since Election Day
    Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/14/2017 17:58 Comments || Top||

    #53  Rex nailed it in #48. The left and its leadership/media team (which comprises more than 90 percent of what gets aired or published) is pushing for outright war against Trump and conservatives. The GOPe is sitting on its hands and pretending they don't see this.

    The left should be *very* careful what they wish for.
    Posted by: Crusader || 06/14/2017 18:51 Comments || Top||

    #54  Sorry Deacon: extra spaces were included: Fixed Link.
    Posted by: Ptah || 06/14/2017 19:06 Comments || Top||

    #55  WaPo again:
    Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), a member of the GOP baseball squad who was on the scene during Wednesday morning’s shooting, said Congress should explore allowing lawmakers to carry weapons to defend themselves.

    “If this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far,” Loudermilk told reporters Wednesday at the Capitol. “I had a staff member who was in his car maybe 20 yards behind the shooter, who was pinned in his car, who back in Georgia carries a 9-millimeter in his car. . . . He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here.”

    WaPo did point out that Alexandria VA has few restrictions on gun ownership or possession, but bans firing guns (except by LEOs in performance of their duties).
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/14/2017 19:53 Comments || Top||

    #56  One potential drawback of Congressman carrying, is that they may well shoot each other during arguments.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/14/2017 19:54 Comments || Top||

    #57  I've added a Daily Mail article about Mr. Hodgkinson as an update to the original post. An interesting man.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2017 20:07 Comments || Top||

    #58  One potential drawback of Congressman carrying, is that they may well shoot each other during arguments.

    98% of the time I really can't see how this is a bad thing..... ;)
    Posted by: DarthVader || 06/14/2017 20:08 Comments || Top||

    #59  One potential drawback of Congressman carrying, is that they may well shoot each other during arguments.
    Might be a feature, not a bug...
    Posted by: Glenmore || 06/14/2017 20:09 Comments || Top||

    #60  49 Pan: I agree that the situation is deteriorating, but how do you expect to successfully address it apart from the facts?

    The situation has deteriorated to the point that both sides will only listen to their leaders. As my link showed, there have been abundant opportunities for Democrat leadership to condemn violence perpetrated by their constituents, but with the (issued just today) condemnation by Bernie Sanders, they have not. Now, if you would please provide a link showing that Republicans and Jacksonian Democrats have instigated violence, THEN we'll certainly demand strong language condemning such violence, as well as issuing it ourselves.

    As it stands, the facts show that the violence has been initiated entirely from the leftist Democratic side, with the SOLE instance of active self-defense coming from the Berkeley riot AFTER the police deliberately withdrew equal protection under the law. For the most part, this shows remarkable constraint without any need of admonishment from their leaders. Equivocations and avoidance of the facts is the moral equivalent of you saying to them "YOU didn't build that character. YOU are totally devoid of internal moral strength. YOU need powerful leaders such as US to keep YOU on the straight-and-narrow."

    Posted by: Ptah || 06/14/2017 20:13 Comments || Top||

    #61  Drat...I intended to hit Preview instead of Submit.

    Goodness, this behavior is almost EXACTLY the same avoidant behavior with regard to the facts that happens when there is a Muslim terror incident: focus condemnation and warnings on the victims and intently ignore what the FACTS tell us.
    Posted by: Ptah || 06/14/2017 20:17 Comments || Top||

    #62  Trump hater who hung out at YMCA near baseball field weeks before shooting Rep. Steve Scalise

    Hodgkinson was married to Suzanne Hodgkinson. He also has a daughter and grandchildren and was from Bellville, IL. What did he tell his wife about why he was staying at the YMCA during these weeks in DC? Just seems odd.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 06/14/2017 20:53 Comments || Top||

    #63  OK, so you are either trolling my comments or you missed the point completely. Your muzzie comment leads me to believe you missed the point. I'm not giving the dems a break here, They and the media are responsible for this. I'm trying to look past this, if we do we will find some of the same root causes that align with radicalization of muslims in America, its the same root cause that promoted Nazism, the fascism of the antifa thugs, and the KKK. Yes every group I listed, except the muzzies are liberals, so the fuck what? We can start shooting liberals. What we have to do is interrupt the ability of preaching hate to get to a wide public. My comments are more about what it takes to motivate someone to action and an opinion on how this guy got radicalized enough to be willing to die for his cause. Liberalism is not a disease, this guys actions are a product of motivating events. I believe the 24 news cycle and the radical language from our attention whore political class led to this. Again, I don't argue that the left is much further down the road to radicalization and civil war than the republicans. My point also is that the right is not very far from the returning fire mode. The actions of the press and the media are textbook methods of instigating a civil war. Separate the people into two groups, dehumanize the other side, make their beliefs a disease, make them the fault for everything wrong, the instruction manual is fairly simple. Read Jacques Ellul, the propagation of men's minds. It is a study of WWII and how men were motivated to fight. I was hoping on a discussion on how to silence the hate rhetoric from our so called leaders, how to reduce the influence the press has on our society. How to prevent the narrative from driving us into civil war. But I guess finger pointing is the easy button. Its the same with the muzzies. I'm not giving either a pass, the radical is our enemy, because they are acting. I want to get at the controllers, the motivators, and when America has a sound discussion on that, we will be a better nation. Understanding the motivation for the hate from the left and the hate from the muzzies happens the same way. Its not about hug and welfare and empathy, this is about understanding the process of radicalization and discussing way to shut it down, before loonies like this take action.
    Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/14/2017 21:53 Comments || Top||

    #64  Hung out. FBI said he was sleeping in his vehicle.
    Posted by: KBK || 06/14/2017 22:04 Comments || Top||

    #65  excellent food for thought 49 Pan
    Posted by: 746 || 06/14/2017 23:28 Comments || Top||

    #66  "May you live in interesting times!"
    Oh, crap!
    Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/14/2017 23:37 Comments || Top||

    #67  This is like analyzing the characteristics of a disease in order to stop it from its origins and not treat it symptomatically.

    You can bet you bottom dollar that Soros et al analyze processes to cause disruption and environment for revolution revolution to futher their ends.
    Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/14/2017 23:48 Comments || Top||

    #68  We do not vote on OUR RIGHTS.
    Carry a sidearm.
    Posted by: newc || 06/14/2017 23:54 Comments || Top||

    #69  Sorry pan, but if you want to know how "radicalization" takes place it would begin with the regular destruction of truth. Your own attempt at rational discussion betrays that some of that destruction has already affected you--you referred to "radical" muslims. Sorry--they're not "radical"--that's merely part of the fiction the powers that be are selling. They are *literalist* Muslims, not "radical"--they do what they do because their holy book tells them to literally do so.

    Everyone can't be "Hitler". Islam is a morally challenged belief system (to put it mildly). Men and women are different. One can't change one's "gender"--they can only butcher their body. Its not a "clump of cells"--its an unborn child. These are only a few of the things that most people understand almost inherently, yet we now live in a society where voicing such common sense risks a public outcry.

    Truth--it always begins and ends with truth.
    Posted by: Crusader || 06/14/2017 23:55 Comments || Top||

    #70  Our war is with False Doctrine, Mental midgets with psychobabble, unproven systems, and those whom destroy civilization.
    Ergo, Ideology.
    Posted by: newc || 06/14/2017 23:56 Comments || Top||


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    province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday.

    According to the local government officials, the latest casualties were inflicted to the fighters of the two groups in the past 24 hours in various parts of the restive Chaparhar district.

    The officials are saying that 27 ISIS forces of Evil and 11 Taliban forces of Evil were killed in total in the past 24 hours, adding that 8 ISIS forces of Evil and 4 Taliban forces of Evil were also maimed during the incidents.

    At least seven Taliban forces of Evil were killed and 4 others were maimed after they were targeted in an Arclight airstrike in Sparai area of Chaparhar while 27 ISIS forces of Evil were killed during the infighting with the Talibs in Spin Jomat, Masta Khel, and Sholani areas, the officials said.

    According to the officials, at least four Taliban forces of Evil were also killed during the festivities with the ISIS turbans.

    The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army earlier had said at least six ISIS forces of Evil were killed during the festivities but no reports were given regarding the Taliban casualties.

    The source further added that the local residents of the area have also suffered casualties besides they suffered financial losses as festivities still continue between the two sides.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Africa Horn
    Four people killed in central Somalia over clan revenge
    [SHABELLENEWS] At least four civilians were reported to have been killed, and several maimed by clan holy warriors in central Somalia on Tuesday morning, residents said.

    Armed clan loyalists attacked a make-shift IDP camp at Kahan-Dhale village in Galgadud region, near Somalia’s border with Æthiopia, and rubbed out four people, including women.

    Liyu police ‐ the Æthiopian Somali Region special force is reported to be responsible for the murder of the civilians, who were IDPs fled from the drought-hit areas in Galgadud region.

    Local armed clan militia linked with Liyu police began targeting the IDPs from central Somli, who recently arrived in the border town of Kahan-Dhale looking for food and water.
    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:


    Int’l naval coalition step up fight against Somali Pirates
    [SHABELLENEWS] An international naval coalition is stepping up its presence in the Bab Al Mandeb strait in response to attacks on vessels passing the coast of Somalia.

    The strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, is a key passage for world trade.

    "Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters," the Combined Maritime Forces said on Monday.

    "In response to these threats, the Combined Maritime Forces will be increasing the naval presence" in the western part of the Gulf of Aden, it said.

    The 31-state naval alliance, based in Bahrain and led by the United States, oversees security in some international waters including the Gulf of Aden.

    A small boat went kaboom! late last month "for an unknown reason" in a thwarted attack on a tanker in the area, the alliance said.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


    Africa North
    Benghazi’s iconic Tahrir Square taken by LNA as Suq Al-Hout hit by airstrikes
    [Libya Herald] Benghazi’s iconic Tahrir Square and the courthouse that faces it, from where the Revolution was launched on 17 February 2011, was today taken from forces of Evil by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

    Troops are moving further into Suq Al Hout, the penultimate enclave held by Islamist fighters. Air strikes have continued throughout the day. it is reported that al-Zawia al-Rifaiya had been taken and there have been intermittent festivities in the Municipal Square. One army source predicted the district would fall shortly.

    LNA casualties in this operation have been notably light when compared with the dead and injured among the forces that assaulted Ganfouda and finally took the 12 Apartments a month after declaring victory in the rest of the district.

    Today a soldier was killed and two companions injured when a device, thought to be a land mine, went kaboom! as they searched the former internal security headquarters which the LNA overran yesterday. Troops have been ordered out of the building until it has been cleared by engineering units.

    A shell apparently fired from Sabri, landed close to the Jalaa hospital but failed to explode. The hospital is the main reception centre for LNA maimed. There are still no details of Lion of Islam casualties and prisoners. The Suq al-Hout operation has been notable for the limited number of social media messages posted by soldiers.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


    Arabia
    Yemeni retaliatory attack leaves four Saudi soldiers dead
    [217.218.67.231] At least four Saudi soldiers have been killed when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched an attack against a border crossing in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Asir as they continue their retaliatory raids against Riyadh regime’s aerial bombardment campaign.

    An unnamed military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot the troopers in the al-Alab border crossing on Tuesday afternoon.

    Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters also lobbed several artillery rounds at al-Makhrouq military bases in Najran region, located 844 kilometers south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, though no reports of casualties were immediately available.

    Earlier in the day, Yemeni forces had targeted Saudi army compounds north of al-Shabaka military base in the al-Sharafa region of Najran, causing casualties.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


    Europe
    At least 150 riot police arrive in Calais after gangs of armed migrants set up road blocks
    [DailyMail]
    • France dismantled the Jungle camp in October displacing some 8,000 migrants

    • They were dispersed around the country but there were fears they would return

    • Video footage shot from lorry shows gangs running after trucks trying to get in

    • Experts feared a surge of violence this summer as migrants returned to Calais

    • The tactics have been used at least three times in as many weeks

    • Estimates of 300-600 currently sleeping rough in the area

    • Charities complaine police are trying to stop food and water hand-outs to the migrants


    Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [567 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

    #1  Why riot police when foreign nationals are committing organized violence? Send in troops.
    Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/14/2017 0:04 Comments || Top||

    #2  Why riot police when foreign nationals are committing organized violence? Send in troops.

    Because, if French authorities were capable of this kind of common sense, there wouldn't be a "migrant" camp there in the first place.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2017 2:01 Comments || Top||

    #3  Plus the troops would just surrender.
    Posted by: DarthVader || 06/14/2017 8:58 Comments || Top||

    #4  Crack heads and into the shipping container ya go
    Posted by: Frank G || 06/14/2017 10:28 Comments || Top||

    #5  #4 Crack heads and into the shipping container ya go

    Do we stack em lengthwise or crosswise?
    Posted by: SteveS || 06/14/2017 11:47 Comments || Top||

    #6  Yes.
    Posted by: Pappy || 06/14/2017 13:50 Comments || Top||

    #7  Do we stack em lengthwise or crosswise?
    Just use an open-topped garbage container and compact as needed. Then tarp properly to prevent the Dreaded Unsecured Load Citation...
    Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/14/2017 14:22 Comments || Top||

    #8  In the good old days they used a small whiff of grapeshot to breakup this sort of thing.
    Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/14/2017 15:18 Comments || Top||

    #9  Plus the troops would just surrender.

    Need to find a Corsican to lead again. Oh, right, he sort of burn through the good lot a bit too fast. Never mind.
    Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/14/2017 15:48 Comments || Top||

    #10  Need to find a Corsican to lead again.

    Dien Bien Phu?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2017 16:01 Comments || Top||


    India-Pakistan
    US drone strike kills two militants in Pakistan
    [Iran Press TV] Pak officials have announced the death of a key krazed killer commander in an Arclight airstrike allegedly carried out by a US drone.

    Three intelligence officials said on Tuesday that Abu Bakr, a commander of the Haqqani krazed killer Network, was killed earlier in the morning when his house in northwestern Pakistain was targeted by missiles.

    They said Abu Bakr’s house was located in Dewal, a village some five kilometers south of the city of Thal, where a US drone had been seen hovering. They said the krazed killer commander was inside the house as two missiles hit the property.

    The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said an aide to the krazed killer commander was also killed in the strike.

    Residents said three more people, including a boy, were maimed in the attack.

    Local media said Abu Bakr, known by his original name Omar, was from Afghanistan’s Khost province
    ... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
    and had been living in the tribal regions of Pakistain over the past years. He then moved to Dewal after the Mighty Pak Army launched a massive crackdown to hunt key krazed killer leaders in the restive Wazoo region.

    There was no official confirmation from Washington neither from US military officials based in the region. Some reports said the dronezap, if confirmed, could be related to a recent attack in the diplomatic region of the Afghan capital, Kabul, which killed some 150 people. The Afghan government has blamed the Haqqani network in Pakistain for the high-profile attack. However,
    some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
    in a later audio message issued by big shots, the group denied any involvement.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


    Iraq
    Turkish army says 20 Kurdish militants killed in air strikes in southeast, Iraq's north
    [AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    's military killed 20 forces of Evil from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, the army said in a statement on Tuesday.

    In three separate air strikes, Turkish warplanes hit the southeastern province of Van bordering Iran, and northern Iraq's Zap and Hakurk regions. Some of the forces of Evil were believed to be in preparation of an attack, the military said.

    Sixteen forces of Evil were killed and a gun post and a logistics hub were destroyed in two separate air bombardments in Iraq. Air strikes in Van killed four other hard boys, the army said.

    The PKK, which has carried out a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, has camps in the mountains of northern Iraq, near the Turkish border. It is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union
    ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
    Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


    Two members of ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ killed as booby-trapped cooking pot explodes
    [Iraq News] Two members of the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    ’s so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" were killed as a booby-trapped cooking pot went kaboom! in al-Mutaibija region, on borders between Salahuddin and Diyala provinces, a local source said.

    Speaking to AlSumaria News on Monday, the source said, "two members of the so-called ’Cubs of the Caliphate’ were killed as a booby-trapped cooking pot went kaboom! while being transferred from one of the group’s rest houses in Mutaibija to be placed on a road."

    "Several IS cubs were recently transferred from Hawija to Mutaibija to boost the group’s capabilities," the source, who preferred anonymity said. The group, according to the source, "now depends on different methods to manufacture bombs using pots and plastic bottles in different sizes."

    Founded by the group, the Cubs of the Caliphate is formed of teenagers to either transfer explosives or commit suicide kabooms.
    ...many of them were Christian or Yezidi captives before being given this opportunity; others were the sons of unconnected Sunnis...
    Occasional attacks have been witnesses in Mutaibija by Islamic State against government and paramilitary troops deployments since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and PMUs, launched a major offensive to retake areas occupied by IS since 2014, most notably the city of djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    .
    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  We-Blows
    Posted by: Frank G || 06/14/2017 10:29 Comments || Top||

    #2  :)

    We be loaded sincerely
    Posted by: Shipman || 06/14/2017 10:44 Comments || Top||

    #3  They blow up so fast!
    Posted by: Creling Pelosi3622 || 06/14/2017 13:24 Comments || Top||

    #4  No merit badges, obviously.
    Posted by: Pappy || 06/14/2017 14:16 Comments || Top||

    #5  I'll bet their Pinewood Derby IED-cars are something to behold. but trying to get a KA-BOOM within the allotted 5 ounces might be a challenge.
    Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/14/2017 16:48 Comments || Top||


    Twenty IS militants killed in heavy shelling on Diyala-Salahuddin borders
    [Iraq News] Heavy shelling targeted 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....
    locations in Mutaibija region on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, according to a local source.

    "Air force launched strikes late on Monday against IS havens in Mutaibija on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin," Udai al-Khadran, mayor of al-Khales town, north of Baquba, told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

    According to Khadran, "more than ten locations were targeted during the shelling," which he described as ’heavy’.

    "Twenty faceless myrmidons were killed and injured, while hideouts and rest houses as well as explosives were destroyed," he added.
    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Ten suspects arrested, Islamic State rest houses destroyed, northwest of Baqubah
    [Iraq News] Ten suspects were placed in durance vile
    ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
    , while two rest houses of the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    were destroyed, northwest of Baquba, according to the Dijla Operations Command.

    "Joint troops of police and army, supervised by the command, launched campaigns at regions of al-Ghalbiya, al-Hadid, al-Hashimiyat and Habhab, in northwest of Baqubah, in search for the IS’s sleeper cells," Mag.Gen.Mazhar al-Azzawi told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

    "Two rest houses were destroyed and ten suspects were arrested and transferred to security departments for investigations," Azzawi added.

    The Dijla Operations Command launched a series of campaigns over the past few weeks in Diyala, which helped arresting several suspects.

    Attacks launched by Islamic State Death Eaters against security troops, the pro-government forces and civilians surged over the past few weeks in northeast of Diyala, which urge the Iraqi forces to prevent the Death Eaters infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and al-Azeem town.

    IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk,
    ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
    posing threats to the liberated regions.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Iraqi forces kill 23 IS militants inside Mosul’s Old City, 21 militants’ bodies found
    [Iraq News] Iraqi government forces made incursions on Monday into western djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    ’s Old City district, 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 last bastion in the city, an officer has said.

    Cap. Adel Haider, from Nineveh police service, told BasNews that Federal Police forces invaded Bab Sinjar popular market, engaging in violent encounters with IS murderous Moslems who included jacket wallahs.

    "Security forces are putting the market under a full siege.....and killed nearly 23 holy warriors, including suicide kaboomers," Haider said, adding that army warplanes backed the offensive.

    The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said Sunday its forces invaded the Old City from Bab Sinjar, a northern entrance, after recapturing Zanjili district. The Old City, currently IS’s last hideout in western Mosul, was the birthplace of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed "caliphate" when supreme leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    ...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
    made a sermon with the announcement in 2014.

    Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and launched another offensive in mid February to retake the western side of the city.

    Also on Monday, DPA quoted Iraqi security sources saying that field hospitals had received the dead bodies of 21 IS murderous Moslems from several areas retaken from the murderous Moslem group. The corpses, which bore gunshot marks in the head, had been strewn at streets, the source said, adding they had probably been executed by unknown individuals.

    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan
    Confirmed (again): Hamas used hospitals to launch rockets during 2014 Gaza conflict
    [LI] Hamas provoked the 2014 Gaza war through relentless rocket launches at Israel.

    In retaliating, Israel faced a dilemma -- Hamas used the Gaza civilian population as human shields. Hamas also intimidated journalist into trying to cover up this human shield strategy so that the media focused primarily on the civilians killed or injured when Israel attacked rocket launch sites.

    And it worked. Civilian casualties (which were exaggerated by Hamas-controlled Gaza health authorities) created a media and international firestorm meant to limit Israel’s ability to defend itself.

    But over time, the truth came out about how Hamas used even hospitals as firing positions, Hamas hides in, under and around Gaza’s main hospital, and the media covers it up (Video):
    Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2017 02:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under:


    Border Police say they thwarted Hebron stabbing
    [IsraelTimes] Border Police said they foiled a stabbing attack outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the flashpoint city of Hebron
    ...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
    Monday evening.

    Officers noticed the suspect, a female Paleostinian in her twenties, approaching an IDF inspection post gripping a knife, officials said.

    They then startled her from behind, causing her to drop the weapon.

    The woman, a resident of the West Bank village of Yatta, was detained and taken for further investigation by security officials.

    Attempted stabbings against security forces and worshipers are common in the city, particularly near the religious site, holy to both Judaism and Islam.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


    Southeast Asia
    Militants claim Philippine troops have failed to regain control of besieged Marawi
    [SCMP] Islamist faceless myrmidons control about 20 per cent of Marawi City in the Philippines, a top general said on Tuesday, refuting a claim by Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    (IS) that its fighters were still "spread in more than two-thirds" of the town after three weeks of fighting.

    Last week a military front man said the Death Eaters, who tried to seize and seal off Marawi on May 23, had been beaten back into less than 10 per cent of the Moslem-majority town on the island of Mindanao.

    IS’s news agency, Amaq, said that the Philippines military had "completely failed" in a first effort to regain the city, at least 200 of its troops had died and many had fled their positions amid fierce fighting.

    "Islamic State fighters are spread in more than two-thirds of Marawi and tighten the chokehold on the Philippine army that is incapable of maintaining control of the situation," it said.

    Military front man Brigadier General Restituto Padilla branded the Amaq report "pure propaganda".

    "Should we take their word that they control two-thirds of Marawi? With 202 confirmed forces of Evil killed why should we even give them the chance of airing their lies?" he said.

    Asked to comment on how much of the lakeside town was still occupied, Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, head of military command in Western Mindanao, said it was 20 per cent.

    "Out of 96 barangays [neighbourhoods], they are holding portions in Marinaut, Lulut, Mapandi and Bongolo Commercial District, which only comprise 20 per cent of the whole Marawi City ... and its getting smaller everyday," he said.

    Almost the entire population of about 200,000 fled from Marawi after the faceless myrmidons stormed it, but the military believes that beyond the checkpoints now fencing off its main roads there are still some 500-600 civilians trapped or being held hostage.

    Padilla said that, as of Tuesday, the number of security forces and civilians who had died in the battle for Marawi stood at 58 and 26, respectively.

    The seizure of Marawi by fighters allied to Islamic State, including some from the Middle East, has alarmed Southeast Asian nations which fear the ultra-radical group ‐ on a back foot in Iraq and Syria ‐ is trying to set up a stronghold on Mindanao that could threaten their region.

    Indonesia says it was looking to set up joint patrols with the Philippines and Malaysia to prevent Islamic faceless myrmidons who have laid siege to Marawi.

    Indonesia’s military chief, General Gatot Nurmantyo, said late Monday that he and Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu would meet next week with their counterparts from Malaysia and the Philippines on Indonesia’s Tarakan island in northern Borneo, just across the border from Sabah, Malaysia. He said they would discuss increasing security and signing an agreement to step up joint patrols.

    Nurmantyo said Indonesia needed to be aware of the movement of IS-aligned faceless myrmidons in the Philippines who assaulted Marawi because Indonesia already had sleeper sleeping cells that most likely have been long embedded in the country. He said IS-affiliated cells exist in all of Indonesia’s provinces except Papua.
    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran
    SDF shells Raqqa City using heavy artillery and army aviation
    [Iraq News] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on Tuesday, carried out air strikes and artillery shelling on areas, east of the city of Raqqa.

    Qasioun News reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces conducted air strikes and artillery shelling on the area of Dawar al-Barazi, 23 Shabat Street and the neighborhood of Abu al-Hays, east of the city of Raqqa, however, no casualties were reported.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
    Army Aviation carried out several air strikes on the old bridge area, south of Raqqa, causing only material damage to the area.

    Furthermore, festivities broke out between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    group in al-Sena’a area, north of the city of Raqqa.

    Noteworthy, Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the international coalition, retook strategic locations and neighborhoods in the city, since last Tuesday.
    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Syrian army, allied forces capture key towns west of Raqqah
    [Iran Press TV] Syrian army soldiers backed by fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah have managed to liberate several key towns in the desert area west of Raqqah from ISIS Takfiri
    ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
    forces of Evil as they continue to score more territorial gains in battles against Lions of Islam across the Arab country.

    A military media unit run by Leb's Hezbollah said on Tuesday that the army made a sudden advance by capturing the villages of Rajm Askar, Bir Inbaj, Zahar Um Baj, Jab Aziz, Jab al-Ghanem, Abu Sousa and Jab Abyad from ISIS in western countryside of Raqqah.

    Syrian government forces and their allies pushed southwards to the Ithriya-Tabqa highway.

    The area between Ithriya and Tabqa is important for the army since it can be used to attack government-held towns and supply routes.

    The road was used by the holy warriors to attack positions along the government's main supply route to Aleppo near Ithriya. If the road is fully captured, it would help Syrian government forces advance into the desert.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another kaboom...
    the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that the Syrian army had advanced in that area. al-Rusafa oil field is located nearby.
    Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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