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Afghan forces clear strategic Tora Bora of ISIS militants: Gen. Waziri
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Afghanistan
Afghan forces clear strategic Tora Bora of ISIS militants: Gen. Waziri
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have cleared the strategic Tora Bora area of ISIS bad boys, inflicting heavy casualties to the fighters of the group, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) front man General Dawlat Waziri said Monday.

He said the mountainous terrains of the area and its surroundings were cleared during the operations conducted two days ago.

Gen. Waziri further added that the Afghan cops are still stationed in the area and a search operation is underway to find the snuffies who fled the area during the operations.

According to Gen. Waziri, the ISIS hard boyz have hidden themselves inside the caves in Tora Bora and Afghan forces are busy conducting clearance operations to find them and fully clear the area.

In the meantime, the provincial government in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
said the Afghan forces have started clearance operations and moving towards Alif Khel and Markhanai villages in Pacher Agam district, located close to the Tora Bora area which has been fully cleared.

A statement by the provincial government said the operations are being led by the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan national army and in joint cooperation between the Afghan commandos, Afghan intelligence, and security personnel from the other institutions.

The statement further added that no casualties have been reported among the security forces involved in the operations.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [464 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS loses two top foreign supporters in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, has lost two of its top foreign supporters in eastern Nangarahr province.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the East said at least eleven forces of Evil of the terror group were killed during the counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

A statement by the 201st Silab Corps said two key foreign supporters of the terror group and one of their commanders were killed during the operations, Silab Four (7).

The statement further added that the ISIS local leader killed during the operations has been identified as Qari Abdul Wahid.

The operations were conducted with the support of the close air support and artillery units, the 201st Silab Corps added.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Four Al shabaab suspects in apprehended in Kenya
[SHABELLENEWS] Police in Mombasa tossed in the slammer
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
four terror suspects at the weekend for plotting to carry an attack during Eid celebrations.

Three suspects Yayha Salim Bakari ‐ a teacher at Masjid Majilis in Kikambala, Julius Mwandenzi alias Zinde, Zebebwa, Ibras and Abdallah Ramadhan were arrested in Voi town.

Police said they were escaping to Nairobi.

Another suspect, Mohammed Anguzo, was arrested in Nairobi and is yet to be airlifted to Mombasa to face similar charges.

A fifth suspect, who is yet to be identified, escaped when the detectives from the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATPU) stormed their hideout in Voi.

An officer who sought anonymity told The Star that the five suspects had recruited several minors aged 16-17 to join al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
"We received information from KDF intelligence teams in Somalia and we laid an ambush.They will be arraigned in Mombasa this morning. But one managed to escape during the raid," he said.

The officer added: "We will seek more days to interrogate them."

More than 80 people were arrested in an anti-terror swoop in Eastleigh area, Nairobi on Sunday.

The suspects include 15 foreigners and are under interrogation for radicalisation.

In April, a wanted terror suspect Juma Athman was arrested by ATPU officers in Mombasa.

Athman, 24, was apprehended at his house in Shika Adabu, Likoni.

Police recovered two grenades, 10 bullets and CDs with materials for radicalisation.

An AK 47 rifle, a jungle jacket, his Kenyan passport, and binoculars were also seized during the raid.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Govt says captured Al-Shabaab intelligence head
[SHABELLENEWS] Somalia’s Minister of Internal security Mohammed Abukar Dualle "Islow" has announced that government forces have detained ahead of Al shabaab head of Intelligence in Mogadishu.

Speaking at a presser, the minister said Abdiwahab Khalif Ahmed aka "Isse Tarabun" was incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in an operation carried out in Bakaro, the capital’s biggest market.

The Security Minister said they also believe that Ahmed had been responsible for the liquidations and car kabooms in Mogadishu.

The Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab group is yet to release its own statement, in regard to the alleged capture of the Intelligence commander.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
126 refugees feared dead after shipwreck off Libya
[Al Jazeera] At least 126 refugees are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after the motor of their boat was stolen, causing it to sink, the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
' migration agency has said.

According to testimony from four survivors brought to Italia, the refugees - mainly Sudanese - left on Thursday from Libya trying to make the dangerous crossing to Europe, Flavio Di Giacomo, front man for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.

The men said that after a few hours at sea a group of Libyan traffickers intercepted their boat, he added.

"They stole the motor - something which has happened a few times recently - and at that point, the boat started to take on water and sank."

Rescued by fishermen
Passing Libyan fishermen rescued the four survivors - two Sudanese and two Nigerian men, and put them on another boat with about 1,000 other refugees. They were eventually rescued and brought to the Sicilian port of Palermo.

"They were in shock, traumatised by what had happened, and exhausted," Di Giacomo said, adding that there were no official witnesses to what had happened, but refugees from the second boat had confirmed the account.

Gangs in Libya have built a lucrative trade out of packing refugees into rickety boats heading for Italia, where more than 65,000 have arrived so far this year.

As of June 14, 1,828 people are believed to have died trying to reach Europe, according to IOM figures.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Africa Subsaharan
Five female suicide bombers killed 16 in double attack in Nigeria
[AlAhram] At least 16 people died in a double suicide kaboom near a large camp for people made homeless by years of 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...
violence, Nigeria's emergency services and locals said Monday.

The bombing was one of a series of attacks in the conflict-hit region on Sunday which killed a total of 24 people, most of them civilians.

In the attack, which took place on Sunday evening, two women blew themselves up in Kofa village which houses a large camp for those displaced by Boko Haram violence, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

"They killed 16 people," said regional NEMA front man Abdulkadir Ibrahim. Kofa lies about 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

Local residents gave an initial toll of 12 or 13 dead but the front man said three of the maimed had shuffled off the mortal coil in hospital.

At around the same time, two more kabooms occurred inside the nearby Dalori 2 camp which is home to some 10,000 people, he said, indicating it was caused by another two female bombers.

Several people were maimed but only the attackers died, he said, without saying how many were hurt.

Dalori is home to two camps which together provide shelter for some 50,000 people displaced by the violence between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army. It is one of the largest camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in this remote region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


CAR government signs peace deal with rebel groups
[Al Jazeera] The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has signed an "immediate ceasefire" deal with rebel groups at a meeting in Italia's capital, Rome, aimed at ending violence in the strife-torn country.

Under Monday's accord, gangs will be given representation in the political arena in exchange for an end to attacks and blockades, and their members will be brought into the country's armed forces.

"We commit to the immediate implementation by political-military groups of a country-wide ceasefire, to be monitored by the international community, as a fundamental step on the way to definitive peace," the deal read.

"The government undertakes to ensure military groups are represented at all levels" and are "recognised as part of the reconstruction efforts", it said.

The rebel groups pledged to ensure "the free movement of people and goods by removing illegal barriers as an immediate consequence of the ceasefire".

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under: Seleka

#1  let's see how that worked out for you in 3, 6, 9 months
Posted by: Frank G || 06/20/2017 19:46 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemeni (Hadi-loyalist) army controls mountain summit between al-Jawf and Amran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Yemeni army took control of Jabal Ham, the border between the provinces of al-Jawf and Amran, where the soldiers of the Sixth Military Region are clashing to control the ruling areas.

The militias were entrenched at the foot of Mount Ham after the National Army took control of its summit, causing the Houthi’s to suffer setbacks.

The commander of the 122nd Brigade said in an exclusive interview that the militias are killing the injured elements so as not to care for them.

The Battle of al-Jawf can be described as a battle for control of the summits and ruling point.
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi naval forces detain three Iranian revolutionary guards
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] 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 naval forces say they have detained and are currently questioning three men believed to be Iranian Revolutionary Guards after their armed boat attempted to breach their territorial waters on Friday.

An official source stated that at 20:28 on June 16, three small boats, bearing red and white flags, entered the Saudi territorial waters in the Arabian Gulf. Saudi navy forces were able to capture one boat while the other two escaped.

"They headed at speed towards platforms of Saudi oil field of Marjan. Immediately, the Saudi naval forces fired warning shots, but the boats did not respond. Consequently, one of the boats was captured which was loaded with weapons for subversive purpose, while the other two escaped," a statement on Saudi Press Agency read.

A statement released by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Informational and Culture quoted a navy source as saying that the attack was apparently carried as a terrorist operation aimed at causing serious damage to life and property.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stresses its determination to combat and eradicate terrorism and its sources, as a part of the country’s permanent objective to protect its national security against any external aggression," the statement added.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [499 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  The Saudis need to take pictures of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards crying and post the pictures online!
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  ZH: Every day brings another scary headline from the Middle East — which makes it easy to treat them as background noise rather than a clear and present danger. But the latest batch is reminiscent of the Balkans circa 1914, which means it may be time to tune back in...

I typed an almost identical comment yesterday, and then decided not to post it.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/20/2017 15:32 Comments || Top||

#3  What I meant is there will be some unforeseen spark which sets off an Saudi Iran war with the USA and Russia already heavily involved, and China the big loser if oil stops flowing from the Gulf.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/20/2017 17:26 Comments || Top||

#4  And this titbit from Strategypage.

Sophisticated arms getting from Bahrain to Syrian Kurds.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/20/2017 19:36 Comments || Top||

#5  I think Iranian tradition is parading them blindfolded and bound in front of chanting mobs crowds, and held as hostages. Saudis should respect the Iranian's traditions
Posted by: Frank G || 06/20/2017 19:50 Comments || Top||


Expulsion of Qataris from Gulf states comes into effect
[Al Jazeera] Amnesty says deadline imposed by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE shows "utter contempt for human dignity".
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Qatar (MB)


Britain
Finsbury Park van attacker: 'Darren? He's a bloody psycho': Ex-friends say dad-of-four terror suspect who split from partner six months ago is a heavy-drinking brawler who was thrown out of pub for cursing Muslims day before attack
Attempted suicide by cop with a Muslim escort after his life fell apart?
[DailyMail]
  • The 47-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder and terror charges is named as Darren Osborne, from Cardiff

  • He is accused of driving van into crowd outside Muslim Welfare House near Finsbury Park Mosque at 12.20am

  • Father-of-four was born in Singapore but grew up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and now lives in Cardiff

  • White suspect 'yelled: 'I'm going to kill all Muslims - I did my bit' and smiled, waved and blew kisses at public'

  • Imam and other worshippers pinned him down as he urged them to kill him but they kept him there until arrest

  • Drinkers in his local pub in Cardiff have this evening claimed he was thrown out on Saturday after being drunk

  • Muslims were leaving taraweeh, late night prayers observed during the festival of Ramadan when the van hit

  • One confirmed fatality is a man who was receiving first aid from members of the public at a bus stop nearby

  • In the months before the alleged terrorist attack, jobless mechanic Osborne was on a downward spiral and his relationship with the mother of his children was on the rocks, locals said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [886 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well,,, that is at least one MSM narrative.

I can easily come up with a few more to suit my perspective, too.
Posted by: Woodrow Hatfield4289 || 06/20/2017 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  None of which makes him guilty of deliberately driving into a group of muslims.

There are plenty of muslims in his local area. Why did he drive to London?
Posted by: phil_b || 06/20/2017 4:22 Comments || Top||

#3  But, phil_b, after two attacks by Muslims - the narrative needs this to be an Islamophobic terrorist attack!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/20/2017 6:27 Comments || Top||

#4  The "fatality" was dead before he got there, right?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/20/2017 7:22 Comments || Top||

#5  And so the issue is joined.
Posted by: brujotejano || 06/20/2017 8:34 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 The "fatality" was dead before he got there, right?

I think the fatality was dying independently. He apparently had nothing to do with that.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 9:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Looks to me like an RTA that's been seized by the MSM

There was a fatal deliberate crash yesterday in Calais, gimmigrants (most likely islamic) placed a barrier in the road a truck stopped suddenly caused the van behind to crash and the driver died.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/20/2017 11:23 Comments || Top||

#8  I see a grudge match in the future between knife weilding gangs of infidels and Islamists in vans.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/20/2017 13:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Hahaha...bringing a van to a knife fight!
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 13:45 Comments || Top||

#10  What I don't get is the guy was unemployed and lived in a tent but somehow had a van?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/20/2017 13:57 Comments || Top||

#11  A rented van.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/20/2017 14:51 Comments || Top||

#12  Still no CCTV, it's a drink drive RTA
(Road Traffic Accident)
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/20/2017 15:25 Comments || Top||

#13  Translation, please: what does RTA mean?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 16:27 Comments || Top||

#14  Another TLA for the RAL (Rantburg Acronym List)
Posted by: SteveS || 06/20/2017 17:39 Comments || Top||

#15  Added to Acronym list

Just a note, in the United Kingdom, the proper term is 'RTC' "Road Traffic Collision"

I now have six acronyms in the list with one undefined.

Should I email it to Fred for inclusion in the Rantberg sidebar or wait until I have a few more?
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 18:23 Comments || Top||

#16  This acronym link may be of assistance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 18:31 Comments || Top||

#17  Thanks Besoeker, I added it to my acronym tools.

And thanks to Shipman for defining the undefined acronym I had. (Over at the O-Club)
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 18:37 Comments || Top||

#18  I now have six acronyms in the list with one undefined.

What is your undefined one, Seeking cure? Someone always knows the answer here, that's one of the pleasures of this place. And Rantburgers are very generous about sharing their knowledge. My vocabulary has grown dramatically since I started hanging out here, though Mr. Wife has occasionally been startled as a result. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 19:11 Comments || Top||

#19  TWMAPGNFAB

You Know That Would Make A Pretty Good Name For A Band

I was over at the O Club and saw that Shipman answered this one.

All 6 of my current Rantberg acronym are now defined.

Thanks and yes I agree, the collective knowledge here is to be believed!
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 20:18 Comments || Top||

#20  Come hang out at the O Club any time, Seeking cure -- an invitation extended to all who see this. It isn't a restricted space for"officers", whatever that might mean here, but is just a chat room for whoever wants to chat about anything.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 20:42 Comments || Top||


Man with axe and knives arrested near Kidderminster TA base
[BBC] Anti-terror police have arrested a man with knives and an axe near an Army Reserve centre (formerly known as TA).

West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit and officers from the West Mercia force held the 23-year-old by the Kidderminster centre on Sunday night.

Officers said there was nothing to indicate a threat to the premises on Birmingham Road or any link to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London.

The man's motives are not yet known and he remains in custody, police said.

Asst Ch Con Martin Evans, of West Mercia Police, said: "On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody.

"I understand that this will be extremely concerning for the residents of Kidderminster but I would like to reassure you that at this time we believe the suspect was acting alone and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident."

He said an "extremely sensitive investigation" was under way and confirmed additional police patrols would take place in the town to reassure people.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Martin Evans, of West Mercia Police, said: "On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat ...

"But we won't name him."
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  No name = Muhammad?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/20/2017 5:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Or, Ali... Mustafa... Mohammar... Rashid...
Posted by: Pappy || 06/20/2017 10:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Sir Percival turns up in Mercia:
His mum hid Islam (and vice versa),
But knighthood will flower,
And Muslim kill-power
Must push against British inertia.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/20/2017 12:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Meh. Sir Pure.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/20/2017 12:42 Comments || Top||


Europe
Brussels train station evacuated amid unverified reports of explosions and one man shot as soldiers swoop on city centre
[TheSun] BELGIAN police have reportedly shot a suspect wearing an “explosive belt” at Brussels central train station.

Troops swarmed the city centre terminal after unverified reports of a blast inside before the man was “neutralised”.

Police tweeted to say the "incident involving an individual" was under control and there were no other casualties.

Dozens of police cars could be seen outside the station tonight as passengers are reported to have fled "in panic".

Passengers reported being evacuated from the station and were told to wait in a nearby restaurant.

Broadcaster RTL quoted Fires Services spokesman Pierre Meys confirming that some kind of an explosion had happened in the city's Central station on Tuesday.

Meys could not say what had caused the blast but could only confirm that firefighters were at the scene.

The Belgian capital's Grand Place, a major tourist site filled with restaurants and shops, was evacuated along with the station about 200m (656 feet) away.
Update at 4:55 p.m. EDT:
The suspect was said to be wearing a rucksack packed with explosives around Belgium's busiest railway station.

The attacker was "shot several times" and it appears that "he triggered a device", according to a source.

Police sources said the attacker was seriously injured in the blast, and subsequently died from his wounds.

Nicolas Van Herrewegen, a railway sorting agent, told reporters: "I was behind a wall when it exploded.

"I went down and alerted my colleagues to evacuate everyone. He (the suspect) was still around but after that we didn't see him."

He added: "It wasn't exactly a big explosion but the impact was pretty big. People were running away."

He described the suspect as well-built and tanned with short hair, wearing a white shirt and jeans.

The witness said: "I saw that he had something on him because I could see wires emerging, so it may have been a suicide vest."

Officers have confirmed that no one else was injured or killed in the explosion.
The Telegraph adds:
The Terror Events monitoring website said that multiple witnesses and sources claimed that the perpetrator shouted "Allahu Akhbar".
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/20/2017 15:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under:

#1  multiple witnesses and sources claimed that the perpetrator shouted "Allahu Akhbar".

Sadly, we'll never know his true motivations
Posted by: Frank G || 06/20/2017 19:09 Comments || Top||

#2  He was trying to clear his throat of all the fire. Yelling to God for help, just look at the poor man burning in the pictures!

/s
Posted by: Charles || 06/20/2017 21:07 Comments || Top||

#3  We'll always have Brussels
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/20/2017 22:12 Comments || Top||


Road blocks placed around Helsinki church to avoid possible attacks
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Road blocks were placed on Monday around the Rock Church, a popular tourist attraction in downtown Helsinki, to protect it from possible attacks.

The police suspected an terrorist attack had been prepared targeting the church. The criminal police announced on Monday the threat was being investigated, but gave no more details.

Police inspector Tero Haapala told national broadcaster Yle Monday evening that the possible plan had been at an early stage and it was not near operational level.

The church, built partially underground, was under major police control on Sunday. The police said on Sunday "a person of interest" was being sought but could not be found.

On Monday, the driveways and pedestrian walkways around the church were partially closed with concrete blocks. Access of the public to the church was not restricted.

Besides the Lutheran services for the Toolo district congregation, the church is also open throughout the day for tourists.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [447 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unless they have changed , the last people on earth to get up close and personal with would be the Finns, their hobbies were getting drunk and having knife fights.
Posted by: Ulains Thuque6389 || 06/20/2017 1:06 Comments || Top||


Car rams police vehicle on Paris' Champs-Elysees, attacker dead
[Iran Press TV] A man has rammed his car into a police vehicle in central Gay Paree, prompting a fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
kaboom in what French security officials described as "a deliberate act."

French police said the incident occurred on Monday when the driver hit a police van before bursting into flames on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in the center of the capital, adding that no officers or pedestrians were maimed and that the situation was under control.

Police found a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles in the car.

Security forces in Gay Paree cleared the area and cordoned off the avenue, closing two nearby metro stations. Police warned people to avoid the area, which is popular with tourists.

The counter-terrorism unit of the prosecutor's office in Gay Paree has launched an investigation into the incident, which took place close to the presidential palace and the US embassy.
The Daily Mail has the usual photos and videos, and Fox News adds:
The attacker, a 31-year-old man from the Gay Paree suburb of Argenteuil, was badly burned after his car went kaboom! when he deliberately crashed it into a police van.

The attacker was identified as Adam Dzaziri. Dzaziri, who had been raised in the Salafi Islamic ideology, didn’t have a criminal record but he had been on La Belle France’s security watch list since 2015 due to ties to "the radical Islamist movement," according to news.com.au.
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
2 Navy sailors gunned down in Gwadar shooting
[DAWN] Two Navy sailors were martyred and at least three others were maimed when their vehicle was attacked in the Jiwani area of Gwadar district, Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Monday.

The sailors were transporting iftar items during a routine run from Jiwani city when their vehicle was ambushed by four assailants on two cycle of violences, a senior local administration official told DawnNews.

The assailants opened fire on the vehicle indiscriminately, leaving one man martyred and five maimed, he said.

A front man for the Navy, however, said that three personnel had been injured.

The five maimed were shifted to Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
for medical treatment. One of the maimed departed this vale of tears, bringing the corpse count to two, the official added.

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Southeast Asia
Indonesians, Malaysian en route to Marawi arrested
[GMA News] Three individuals suspected to be Islamic State militants en route to Marawi City were nabbed by authorities in Sabah. Two of the suspects are Indonesian and the third is Malaysian. The military did not specify the exact date of the arrest.

Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi confirmed the trio's affiliation with ISIS. The task force has since warned Mindanao residents that anyone proved harboring terrorists will face heavy criminal charges

Indonesia's government had earlier deployed fighter jets and additional policemen in northern Borneo to beef up security in case Maute members attempt to flee to their country.
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Maute militants use drones to evade Philippine troops
[GMA News] While Philippine troops use drones to gather information about the terrorists in Marawi, Maute militants are also using drones to escape the military offensive in the beleaguered city.

A report on 24 Oras showed a video of what sounded like Maute rebels launching a drone while chanting "Allahu Akbar" before its deployment to the frontline.

Military spokesperson Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera said the military first saw the Maute drones during the first week of clashes in the city.

Meanwhile, the report said soldiers on the frontline have been complaining of the foul smell of decomposing corpses belonging to the Maute group. Stray dogs were also seen carrying human remains for food.

Clearing operations in Marawi City are still ongoing with several Maute militants hiding in fortified basements. The report said soldiers are using tear gas to extricate Maute rebels hiding in civilian houses.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)

#1  Also blow me up suck me ruck me dolls in honey traps!
Posted by: Snilet Hatrack8707 || 06/20/2017 17:50 Comments || Top||


Bomb kills six soldiers in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] A bomb exploded on a road in Pattani province, killing six soldiers and hurting four others, two seriously, shortly before noon on Monday.

As a pickup truck carrying ten army soldiers was on a road in Thung Yang Daeng district, an underground bomb went off, completely destroying it. A combined security team checked the scene in the afternoon. They found pieces of the pickup truck within a 50m radius of the blast. The impact created a 1.5m-deep and 2m-wide hole on the laterite road with body parts scattered everywhere. Officials said it was one of the bloodiest incidents in the southern province.

The soldiers had been sent to replace another team who had patrolled the woods and hills. The mission was to put pressure on the rebels who might have hidden there.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
BREAKING: US F-15 Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Syria
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2017 12:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [418 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A U.S. F-15 took down the drone because it was “showing hostile intent” to coalition forces on the ground, according to a U.S. defense official. The Shahed 129 drone was flying in a pattern that would have taken it directly over where U.S. troops were operating at a combat outpost near the Syria-Jordan border to train coalition ground forces in the fight against ISIS, according to a Pentagon press release.

Last drone shot down was two weeks ago and it was Hesbie-owned.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/20/2017 13:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Drones don't get warning shots
Posted by: Frank G || 06/20/2017 14:12 Comments || Top||


Lebanon nabs IS suicide bomber ahead of terror attack
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Leb's General Security Directorate said Monday that it locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a Lebanese member of the terrorist 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 (IS) who was plotting to carry out a "suicide kaboom" in the country.

"During interrogation, he confessed to the charges and that he had first belonged to the al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front group and undergone military training at the hands of the (slain Lebanese) terrorist Osama Mansour," the General Security said in a statement.

"He took part in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
's festivities and after the end of Tripoli's battles with the army he communicated with the terrorist Osama Mansour, who told him that he had chosen him to carry out a suicide operation," the statement added.

"Mansour then asked him to maintain readiness until he is informed of the target and until he receives a boom jacket and he agreed" the statement added.

The detainee, identified as A.A., later communicated via social networking websites with a number of IS faceless myrmidons before pledging allegiance to the group through senior IS official Abu Amina al-Souri.

He was psychologically prepared to carry out a suicide operation but his arrest foiled the attack, the General Security added.

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Iran denies Saudi claim of Revolutionary Guards' arrest
[Al Jazeera] Iran has denied claims by 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...
that three of its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members had been nabbed
Please don't kill me!
aboard an explosive-laden boat near an oil platform in the Gulf.

Majid Aghababaie, head of border affairs at Iran's interior ministry, said the three people detained were fishermen from the southern Iranian port of Bushehr.

"There is no proof that they are military personnel," he said, in remarks carried by the ILNA news agency.

Earlier on Monday, Saudi Arabia's information and culture ministry said the three people "are now being questioned by Saudi authorities".

"It is clear this was intended to be a terrorist act in Saudi territorial waters designed to cause severe damage to people and property," the ministry said.

The latest incident comes at a time of already heightened tensions between the two rival regional powers.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia said it had seized weapons from a boat captured in the Gulf's Marjan field at about 8:30pm (17:30 GMT) on Friday.

It said the navy fired warning shots when three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters and headed at high speed towards the platforms.

That statement made no mention of explosives and did not detail what type of weapons were found, though it said they were for "subversive purposes".

It also made no mention of arrests but said the boats bore "red and white flags".

Two of the boats got away, the statement said.

On Saturday, Iran accused the Saudi coastguard of killing one of its fishermen after two fishing boats may have strayed into Saudi waters.

Some officials of the IRGC have also claimed that Saudi Arabia had a hand in attacks in Tehran earlier in June.
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Russia threatens to target coalition planes in Syria
[Al Jazeera] Russia has said that it will treat all US-led coalition aircraft to the west of the Euphrates River in Syria as "targets" and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian warplane.

Moscow has only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to prevent conflict between the different forces operating in Syrian airspace.

Sunday’s downing of the jet and Russia's response on Monday further complicate Syria's six-year war and come as the US-led coalition and allied fighters battle to remove the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) group from its Syrian bastion, Raqqa.

Russia's foreign ministry accused Washington of failing to use the hotline before downing the plane near Raqqa and called for a "careful investigation by the US command" into the incident.

"Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the international coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air defences on and above ground," it warned.

Russia's defence ministry condemned the downing of the jet in a separate statement, saying the latest incident, in addition to others, was a violation of international law.

"As a result of the strike, the Syrian plane was destroyed. The Syrian pilot catapulted into an area controlled by Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant] terrorists. His fate is unknown," the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Yea sure Vlad: after you bent over and spread them for Turkey, people are really scared of Russia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/20/2017 6:42 Comments || Top||

#2  the 'west of the Euphrates' wording is interesting

almost all of Kurd land is west of the Euphrates

the Euphrates valley itself is the stronghold of ISIS (e.g., Raqqa)

with some diplomacy, this could result in a Syria Safe zone in SE syria and a Kurdish autonomous zone in the NE.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/20/2017 10:33 Comments || Top||

#3  I meant Kurdland is east of the euphrates
Posted by: lord garth || 06/20/2017 10:33 Comments || Top||

#4  I hope my multinational oil and gas stocks do not lose value especially the Russian one that America protects in Iraq what a fucking joke!
Posted by: Snilet Hatrack8707 || 06/20/2017 17:46 Comments || Top||


Terrorist ringleader killed in clashes with IRGC in SE Iran
[Iran Press TV] The ringleader of a terrorist group has been killed in festivities with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, a provincial security official says.

Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province's deputy governor for security affairs, Ali Asghar Mir-Shekari, said on Monday that Molavi Jalil Ghanbar Zehi, the ringleader of the so-called Ansar al-Furqan group, had been killed during the recent festivities with the IRGC’s Qods Headquarters in Qasr-e Qand Heights.

He added that the body of this "international terrorist" along with four of his deputies and elements is now in the hands of the IRGC Ground Forces.

The official noted that Iranian security officials had been conducting measures over the past 25 years to arrest this terrorist due to his numerous crimes committed in the southeastern Iranian border areas.

Commander of IRGC’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour told Fars news agency on Sunday that IRGC forces had managed to kill all members of the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist outfit and completely dismantle it after the start of the operation in the town of Qasr-e Qand on Thursday.

He added that the identity of the gunnies had not been determined yet, adding, "The gunnies were members of the Ansar al-Furqan group and their identities are under investigation."

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Syrian pilot found alive after US downed plane over Raqqah
[Iran Press TV] The pilot of Syrian fighter plane recently shot down by the US-led coalition has been found in the countryside of Raqqah.

According to Sputnik, Captain Ali fahd was found alive and well by Syrian troops in the village of Shuwaihat in southern Raqqah on Monday.

The pilot had landed close to the village after successfully parachuting from his Sukhoi Su-22 aircraft, which was shot down on Sunday. After the Syrian army announced that one of its planes had been shot down, the US claimed that it had targeted the plane "in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces" in Syria’s Tabqa.

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