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Deadly clash erupts among ISIS militants and local residents in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A deadly clash erupted among the murderous Moslems of ISIS terrorist group and local residents in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, leaving several people dead.

According to the local officials in Nangarhar, the incident took place on Thursday in the vicinity of Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.

The provincial government media office also confirmed the incident and said at least twenty four ISIS loyalists were killed during the festivities.

The statement further added that the festivities took place in Tangi, Anarkhel, and Sulaiman Khel areas of Khogyani.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
holy warriors also intervened in the clash and jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
at least five ISIS murderous Moslems and took place them to an unknown location, the statement added.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.

Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.

The US forces in Afghanistan dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS hideouts in Achin districtlate in April this year that resulted into the elimination of the largest tunnels network of the terror group besides leaving nearly 100 ISIS murderous Moslems dead, including some of their big shots.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The locals are killing ISIS? About time.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  They probably wanted a cut on the local opium profits.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/22/2017 8:20 Comments || Top||

323 people arrested on various criminal charges in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three hundred and twenty three people were enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on various criminal charges over a period of almost one month from capital Kabul.

The Kabul police chief and head of the Criminal Investigation Department informed regarding the latest developments during a presser.

The officials further added that 15 of those arrested had links in armed robberies and were arrested from different parts of the city.

At least six others were arrested in connection to the murder and inflicting injuries to the civilians, the officials added.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

U.S. airstrike kills at least 9 Afghan police
[WASHINGTONPOST] A U.S. Arclight airstrike killed at least nine "local security personnel aligned with Afghan Government forces," a front man for the U.S. military confirmed late Friday.

U.S. forces apparently mistook the police for the Talibs the U.S. and Afghan forces were fighting.
Luncheon Shura? Retirement ceremony? Pay-day activities ?
The Arclight airstrike took place in the Gereshk district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, where U.S. and Afghan forces have been locked in fierce fighting with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
. Local media reports put the number of dead at 17. A U.S. military statement said that an investigation would be conducted "to determine the specific circumstances that led to this incident."

Helmand’s governor, Hayatullah Hayat, said that two commanders of the national police were among those killed and that many bodies were still under rubble, making an exact toll hard to determine.

According to Hayat, the Taliban had recently seized a number of police posts and captured Humvees stationed there, making it easier for aircraft to confuse the two groups.

"The police had recaptured a post from the enemy, and it was hit by mistake with the belief that the Taliban fighters were still dug in there after they took the post on Thursday," said Hayat, who was reached by phone. He claimed that 70 Taliban fighters had also been killed in the offensive, which took place around midday Friday.

A U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because official details about the strike had yet to be released, said that U.S. Marines in Helmand had helped coordinate the strike with Afghan cops. The official said that the area had recently been taken over by the Taliban and that their Afghan counterparts indicated that the positions were not friendly or manned by government forces.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Horn
Somali Intelligence Official shot dead in Galkayo, killers escape
[SHABELLENEWS] A senior Somali Intelligence officer was reported to have been rubbed out in Galkayo, the capital of Mudug region in central Somalia on Friday, July 21.

Residents confirmed to Radio Shabelle the unknown gunnies murdered Hassan Ali Geelle, the officer working for Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

The killers managed to escape the scene before the arrival of the security forces, who later launched in investigation into the incident. No group claimed credit for the liquidation.

In a separate incident, assailants hurled a grenade bomb at a cop shoppe in northern Galkayo under Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...

Local officials said gunnies tried to storm the Police post following the grenade blast, but the security forces repulsed them during a brief confrontation.

No casualties was reported, as a result of the attack, according to the official who spoke to Radio Shabelle on condition of anonymity.
Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Two Hasm members killed in shootout with police in Fayoum: Egypt's interior ministry
[AlAhram] Two members of the Hasm murderous Moslem group were killed in a shootout with police after a raid on their hideout in Fayoum governorate, Egypt’s interior ministry has said.

The two men are "two of most prominent cadres of the armed wing of the Moslem Brüderbund...and were charged with planning and training in order to launch a number of terrorist attacks," a statement released by the ministry on Friday read.

Egypt's interior ministry searching for gunmen who killed policeman near Fayoum

[AlAhram] Egypt’s interior ministry is searching for the assailants who attacked police vehicles near the city of Fayoum on Thursday night, killing a policeman and injuring three police conscripts, state news agency MENA reported.

Unidentified gunnies fired "heavily and randomly" at three police vehicles driving on the Cairo-Fayoum ring road on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement late on Thursday.
Based on the first article, it seems safe to assume these are the Hasm miscreants subsequently caught in the shootout.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

Home Front: WoT
Trump administration transfers al Qaeda suspect to the U.S. to face terrorism charges
[CBSNEWS] The Trump administration has transferred an al Qaeda suspect from Spain to the U.S. to face trial in federal court for terrorism charges, CBS News has confirmed.

Ali Charaf Damache
...the dual national Algerian Irishman who was such great friends with Pennsylvania native Colleen LaRose, aka Jihad Jane. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted...
was charged with helping to plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons, according to The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
, which first reported the transfer.

Damache was scheduled to appear in federal court Friday in Philadelphia, which the report says makes him the first foreigner brought to the U.S. to face terrorism charges under President Trump.

Mr. Trump and members of his administration, like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have previously advocated using the prison at Guantanamo Bay to hold and prosecute terrorism suspects, the report notes.

Former President B.O. sought to close the detention facility, but was unsuccessful, with Congress blocking him from fulfilling that promise. Instead, he transferred 161 detainees from the prison. Mr. Trump made clear on the 2016 campaign trail that he opposed Mr. Obama's efforts and called on him before the inauguration to stop releasing detainees.
This article starring:
Ali Charaf Damache
Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Four killed in attack on police van in Karachi's Korangi area
[DAWN] Three police personnel and a 12-year-old boy were killed after six unidentified individuals opened fire on a police van parked near Korangi's Darul Uloom in 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...
on Friday.

Superintendent Police (SP) Landhi Arif Aslam confirmed that an Awami Colony Police mobile was the target of the attack.

The dead personnel were identified as Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Qamar Din and Constable Babar Ali. Constable Amjad, who was injured in the incident, departed this vale of tears after being taken to the hospital. The identity of the boy is still not known.

Jinnah Postgraduate Medical College Director Dr Seemi Jamali has said that all four victims received multiple bullet wounds, while a passerby Abid, 15, who was injured in the incident is now out of danger.

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Sepoy martyred in IED blast during Khyber-4 operation: ISPR
[DAWN] A soldier embraced martyrdom in an improvised bomb (IED) during Operation Khyber-4 in Khyber Agency
... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday.

Sepoy Mohammad Yasir embraced martyrdom in Rajgal valley of Khyber Agency during a clearance operation, said the military's media wing.

"Ground troops have established posts on important heights in Rajgal valley of Khyber Agency," said the ISPR, adding that IEDs were being neutralised by the advancing troops with the support of army engineers during the operation.

The Operation Khyber-4, launched under Operation Raddul Fasaad (RuF) is progressing as planned, said ISPR.

Funeral prayers of the soldier were offered at Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
Garrison on Friday.

Khyber 4 seeks to target terrorist hideouts in what the DG ISPR called "the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)".

Since the launch of Operation RuF, the army has launched 46 major operations in the country and over 9,000 intelligence-based operations (IBOs).

About 1,760 joint check-posts have been established in coordination with police and other law enforcement agencies.

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One killed in held Kashmir as Indian troops open fire on protesters
[DAWN] The Indian Army opened fire on a group of protesters Friday, killing one youth and injuring another in India-held Kashmire, police said.

The demonstrators had gathered in the town of Beerwah after senior separatist leaders called for a strike against the Indian rule in Kashmire.

Soldiers opened fire after mistaking a firecracker for a grenade kaboom, police claimed. A statement, issued by police claimed that someone among the protesters hurled a firecracker towards the army men. The army personnel mistook the cracker as a grenade and they opened fire, it added.

Indian authorities have imposed a curfew in parts of the main city Srinagar where separatists had called for a march to the office of a UN military observer group to protest against recent civilian killings and arrest of dozens of political activists.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

UNSC sanctions individuals, entities linked to IS, Al Qaeda
[ECONOMICTIMES.INDIATIMES] The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to impose sanction measures on two gangs, two entities and four individuals linked to 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....
(IS) and Al Qaeda.

Two gangs are the Al Qaeda-linked Jund al Aqsa and the IS-linked Jaish Khalid ibn al-Waleed, both fighting in Syria, reports Xinhua news agency.

Two money exchange businesses based in Syria -- Hanifa Money Exchange Office and Selselat al Thabab -- are believed to have financial relations with the terrorist groups and were put on the sanction list.

Muhammad Bahrum Naim Anggih Tamtomo, Ornaa Rochman, Murad Irakfievich Margoshvili and Malik Ruslanovich Barkhanoev were added to the list because of their participation in terrorist attacks associated with IS and Al Qaeda.

The sanction measures include asset freeze, a global travel ban and an arms embargo which prevents direct or indirect supply of arms or related materials to the individuals and entities, according to the resolution.
Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS snuffie in escape bid dressed as GIRL
[DAILYSTAR.CO.UK] AN Islamic State fighter disguised as a woman was caught – when Iraqi troops spotted his beard.
One of the more brilliant ISIS bad boyz, eh?
The desperate jihadi dressed in drag as he tried to flee the liberated Iraqi city of Mosul. He had slapped on lipstick, plucked his eyebrows and painted his eyelids in vibrant eyeshadow. But he only trimmed his beard – keeping a moustache and goatee.
I've always wondered if there's not a non-religious reason Moslems cover their wimmin like that. I mean, there's gotta be some reason they're not proud of them.
Liberating troops rumbled him, and slapped him in handcuffs before snapping his mugshot.
"Jest keep yer hands in the air where we can see 'em, missy!"
Hordes of Isis fighters are desperate to dodge capture after the city was freed from the brutal terror group. They have been resorting to all kinds of tricks to slide past the authorities and many have taken to dressing-up as women to elude detection.
"What're you doin' after the indictment, cutie pie?"
One painted his face with thick make-up and wore a padded bra to give himself feminine curves. But his thick carpet of chest hair was clearly visible through his vest.
"He looks kinda like me sister, back in old Sadr City!"
Another was scooped up wearing a striking red velvet ladies’ suit. His beard had tipped-off the troops who arrested him.
"Step over here, if y'don't mind, missy! Yeah, you, the one with the braids in yer beard!"
And three young warlords were snared trying to pass themselves off as a family group. They caught the attention of Iraqi troops because the “mother” of the family was wearing an eye-catching electric blue outfit.
"Oh, honey! Where did you get that dress?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [641 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Whichever mod did the heavy lifting... Outstanding!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2017 12:33 Comments || Top||

#2  He certainly made an effort to improve his appearance, poor thing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 12:37 Comments || Top||

#3  The mod was Fred Pruitt, MM.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 12:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Stone him her!
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2017 12:41 Comments || Top||

#5  I think one takeaway is pancake is poor at covering power burns or abrasions or whatever is going on over that one side of the just slightly modified monobrow...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2017 12:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I think the gentleman -- or his partner in cosmetics -- drew the brow too thick, then tried to cover it up by slapping more foundation on it instead of starting over again with clean skin, MM. And, upon seeing the mess he'd made, left alone the other brow and the dirty fingerprints on the forehead.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 12:55 Comments || Top||

#7  I always tell my girlfriend that if I had to deal with makeup, I'd cry. Then I remind her she does not need any...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2017 13:06 Comments || Top||

#8  It wasn't a disguise, xie was ready for a date.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/22/2017 14:24 Comments || Top||

#9  RuPaul's having a really bad day...
Posted by: Raj || 07/22/2017 16:27 Comments || Top||

#10  This is what happens when young boys grow up without ever seein' a lady up close.
Posted by: Dron66 || 07/22/2017 16:43 Comments || Top||

Palestinian Breaks Into Home, Stabs Three Israelis To Death
[Daily Caller] A Palestinian stabbed three Israelis to death and wounded a third in a West Bank settlement on Friday.

The attacker broke into the victims’ home, located in a West Bank settlement near Halamish, before stabbing them, according to the Times of Israel. The victims included a man in his 40s, another in his 60s and a woman in her 40s, according to paramedics. A fourth woman was also reported to be in serious condition on the way to a nearby medical center in Jerusalem.

A neighbor shot the Palestinian attacker, though reports are conflicted as to whether he is dead or alive.

"When we went into the house we saw four casualties lying [on the floor] with stab wounds," Ohad Amitoun, a rescue worker with Israel Maden David Odom emergency service told the Times of Israel. "Another 60-year-old woman was conscious and suffered stab wounds to her upper body. She was treated at the scene and was evacuated by an MDA intensive care ambulance. She was in moderate-serious condition."

The deadly attack followed a series of violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, which left three Palestinians dead and more than 190 injured. The clashes were a response to Israeli’s installation of new metal detectors outside the Temple Mount compound, which houses the al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli security forces installed the metal detectors after a group of Palestinian terrorists shot and killed three Israeli police near the compound.
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#1  Rev up the D9s!
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2017 7:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup. Israel to raze home of Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2017 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  I want to raze all their homes, with them inside.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/22/2017 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Several non-Israeli news services apparently reported the two parts of this story - 3 Israelis stabbed to death, 3 Palestinians killed in violent clashes - as if the deaths were equivalent.

They are obviously not equivalent - the Israelis were murdered. The Palestinians were shot while rioting.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/22/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#5  1. These are almost the most worthless people on the planet.
2. They are all apostate heritics.
3. There is no such thing as a "Palestinian"
Posted by: newc || 07/22/2017 11:37 Comments || Top||

#6  3. There is no such thing as a "Palestinian"

Could someone please point me to sources of information to support this statement. Personally, I agree with it. I was having a conversation with a colleague about this very thing, and my argument was weak and my information to back it up was weak as well. Thanks you.
Posted by: Omilet Gonque2971 || 07/22/2017 12:05 Comments || Top||

#7  There has never been a State of Palestine.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2017 12:44 Comments || Top||

#8  If you interested in historical facts Omilet Gonque2971, From time immemorial is your best bet. However, an average "anti-zionist" is not really interested in historical facts. So, you might point out that Israel has very advanced tech and - if they persist with their Holocaust by proxy efforts, might get MAD.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/22/2017 13:10 Comments || Top||

#9  There has never been a State of Palestine.

Saw a guy who crapped himself after passing out in a beer joint restroom, leaving him in a complete state of Palestine.

(smiles that the computer wanted to capitalize that word)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/22/2017 20:59 Comments || Top||

#10  g(r)omgoru, an excellent suggestion! Thank You, for the reference.
Posted by: Omilet Gonque2971 || 07/22/2017 22:21 Comments || Top||

Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years
[REUTERS] Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Paleostinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Paleostinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.

Paleostinian President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors. He gave no details, but current contacts are largely limited to security cooperation.

"I declare the suspension of all contacts with the Israeli side on all levels until it cancels its measures at al Aqsa mosque and preserves the status quo," Abbas said in a brief televised speech.
AA.TR adds:
Security measures by Israel trigger protests, with 3 Paleostinians killed and nearly 400 injured.

Abbas went on to confirm that "we will continue to support the steadfastness of [people in] Jerusalem and we decided to allocate $25 million for that.”
The view of events from Israel:
Gazans riot, throw stones at IDF troops along border fence

[IsraelTimes] Army investigating reports of Paleostinians injured in festivities; three killed, over 200 hurt in earlier riots in Jerusalem, West Bank according to Red Islamic Thingy
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Southeast Asia
Philippines scraps peace talks after attacks on troops
[AA.TR] President Rodrigo Duterte has scrapped peace talks with communist rebels after they allegedly conducted a series of attacks on security forces.

"Let us renew the fighting for another 50 years. It's what you want," Duterte was quoted as saying by the Rappler at Davos City investment forum on Friday.

The backchannel talks between the government and Communist Party of Philippines (CPP) were supposed to resume within the next few days.

Previously, the talks were suspended in May after the president imposed martial law in the southern island of Mindanao following the siege laid by the ISIS-linked Maute group in Marawi City.

On Thursday, the president visited the Marawi City and told soldiers that New People’s Army (NPA), armed wing of the CPP, would be their next target.

"They owe us a lot. I no longer want to talk to them. They have killed many of my troops," Duterte told soldiers.

His announcement came after five members of his Presidential Security Group (PSG) were maimed in an attack claimed by the NPA in North Cotabato province Wednesday.

Also, police chief of Guihulngan city in Negros Oriental province and four others were killed, in an attack allegedly staged by suspected communist rebels Friday.

According to a report by inquirer, the coppers responded to a call from a provincial board member, who claimed that gunnies tried to ambush him and his driver.

The rebels attacked the responding coppers and a firefight ensued between them.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: Commies

2 missing after Abu Sayyaf rebels torch Basilan sawmill
[NEWSINFO.INQUIRER.NET] Two persons went missing when Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
gunnies stormed a sawmill in Maluso, Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
on Thursday, authorities said Friday.

Maluso Mayor Hanie Bud told the Inquirer that Dodong Divinagracia, 50; and his son, Ily, 25, were manning the sawmill when Abu Sayyaf gunnies came and set the place on fire.

"We are waiting for updates as the military and barangay (village) officials concerned are still in the area," Bud said.

Supt. Nickson Muksan, the Basilan police chief, said a civilian had reported that the gunnies included Abu Sayyaf members Pasil Bayali and a certain Otoh Dobol and that the Divinagracias were taken as hostages.
Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

US General confirms ending of program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria
[CNN] A senior US general has confirmed that the US has ended a classified CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria.

Appearing at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, General Raymond Thomas, head of US Special Operations Command, said the decision was not made to appease Russia which supports Assad.

"From at least what I know about that program and the decision to end it, absolutely not a sop to the Russians," Thomas said. "It was I think based on an assessment of the nature of the program, what we're trying to accomplish, the viability of it going forward and it was a tough tough decision."

John Brennan, who served as director of the CIA under President Barack Obama was also asked about the decision at Aspen by CNN's Elise Labott. He did not talk about the specifics of the program, but he said the anti-Assad rebels deserve US support.

Thomas went on to offer extended comments on a number of national security and military matters at Aspen.
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Rebel ambush kills 28 pro-govt fighters near Damascus
[DAWN] At least 28 Syrian government soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed on Wednesday in a rebel ambush in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, a monitor said on Thursday.

The fighters came under attack by the Army of Islam rebel group as they attempted to advance in the town of al-Rihan, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Eastern Ghouta region is a major rebel stronghold near the capital, and it has been the frequent target of government military operations.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said rebels opened fire on the government troops as they entered an area where the opposition fighters had planted mines.

He said the ambush was the deadliest incident for government fighters in Eastern Ghouta since February 2016, when 76 regime troops were killed in Tal Sawane.

Eastern Ghouta is in one of the four proposed "de-escalation zones" designated in an agreement reached by government allies Iran and Russia and rebel backer The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
in May.

But the deal has yet to be fully implemented over disagreements on the monitoring mechanism for the safe zones. In recent weeks, government warplanes have bombed the Ain Terma area that links Eastern Ghouta to the rebel-held parts of the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since its conflict broke out in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

New US troops and weapons arrive for Raqqa assault plus map of US bases in Syria
Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Such a happy story! Except for the Turkish map of American bases, I mean.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 10:04 Comments || Top||

Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi Female Fighters Back for Revenge
[AnNahar] She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by 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 but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered.

Her hair tucked under a tightly wrapped forest green shawl embroidered with flowers, Heza says battling IS in its Syrian bastion has helped relieve some of her trauma.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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