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Afghanistan
Afghanistan Arms Civilians to Protect Mosques during Holy Month
[AnNahar] Afghanistan is arming hundreds of civilians nationwide to help protect mosques during one of the holiest months on the Islamic calendar after several deadly attacks on Shiite religious sites.

The government's move comes as it considers a similar proposal to arm 20,000 villagers to fight Islamist bully boys, highlighting the impotence of Afghanistan's army and police in beating back Lions of Islam and stemming the bloody violence.

The extra protection for mosques was announced on the website of Second Vice President Sarwar Danish. It also involves the deployment during the mourning month of Muharram of more troops and police around places of worship, particularly those of the Shiite Moslem minority.

Shiites, who number around three million in overwhelmingly Sunni Afghanistan, have regularly been targeted 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....
jihadists and accuse police and troops of failing to protect them.

"After the recent unfortunate incidents the people should not rely on security forces alone to provide them protection. The people, especially the youth, in their respective areas, need to focus on securing the mosques during the Muharram days," Danish said after a meeting with top security officials and Shiite leaders on Monday.

Muharram, beginning this week, marks the start of the Islamic new year and the mourning period for the seventh century killing of the prophet's grandson.

The holy day of Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of Muharram, is a key date.

Acting Interior Minister Wais Barmak said the training of "hundreds of people" recruited by the ministry to protect mosques had almost finished.

They will support the additional forces to be deployed around "sacred places".

"Measures have been taken to distribute weapons, salaries and other necessary means to the newly recruited people," Barmak said, according to the statement.

IS in the past 14 months has claimed a series of attacks which killed scores of Shiites.

There were two major assaults on Shiite mosques in August alone. In Kabul a jacket wallah and gunnies stormed a building during Friday prayers, killing 28 people and wounding scores more.

Earlier in the month an IS attack on a Shiite mosque in the western city of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
left 33 worshippers dead and 66 maimed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Count the "Honour" killings.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/21/2017 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  You've to arm Pathans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/21/2017 3:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Muslims (Sunnis) attacking and killing Muslims (Shias) and their mosques
I hate to be paraphrasing our troll, dammit

Tell me again how this is the Religion of Peace
Posted by: Frank G || 09/21/2017 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  You've to arm Pathans?

Keeps the Pashtuns on their toes?
Posted by: Pappy || 09/21/2017 10:00 Comments || Top||

#5  A social experiment in open vigilantism that probably won't be civil.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/21/2017 11:28 Comments || Top||

#6  'Afghan' and 'civil'?
Posted by: Pappy || 09/21/2017 13:00 Comments || Top||


US airstrike inflict casualties to foreign ISIS militants in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least four turbans four turbans 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an Arclight airstrike 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.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the Arclight airstrike was carried in the past twenty four hours in Haska Mina district.

The statement further added that the US unmanned aerial vehicles targeted the turbans of the terror group in Manogi area.

At least two turbans were killed and two others were maimed in the Arclight airstrike, the statement said.

The provincial government also added that some heavy and light weapons belonging to the terror group were also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

The US forces based in Afghanistan conduct Arclight airstrikes almost on regular basis in Nangarhar province where the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
murderous Moslems, ISIS loyalist, and gunnies from the other groups are attempting to expand their foothold.

At least two members of the Pakistain-based Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
group were killed in a similar Arclight airstrike in Nangarhar province on Monday.
Posted by: Fred || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kapisa Ulema chief was assassinated on Taliban instructions: NDS
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ulema Council chief of the northeastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan was assassinated on the instructions of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group, the Afghan Intelligence said Wednesday.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the main suspect involved the killing of Mawlavi Gul Mohammad Hanifyar, the Ulema Council chief of Kapisa, has been tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
The statement further added that the detained suspect has been identified as Abdul Muqeem who is currently in the custody of the intelligence operatives.

Muqeem was arrested during an operation of the intelligence operatives conducted in the vicinity of Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
at district of Kapisa, the statement said.

NDS also added that the detained individual has confessed that he is an active member of the Taliban group and was involved in the liquidation of Mawlavi Hanifyar.

He has said that the liquidation was carried out by him on the instructions of Khan Aqa.

According to Muqeem, Khan Aqa is also famous as Mawlavi Nasratullah and is currently involved in terrorist related activities in this province, being the shadow district governor of the Taliban group.
Posted by: Fred || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Mass grave found near Benghazi
Benghazi, 20 September 2017:

Saiqa Special Forces have found a mass grave containing some 80 bodies at the classical ruins near the famous Sidi Khribesh lighthouse in Benghazi’s Sabri district.

Mari Al-Houti, the head of investigations with Saiqa, said the Red Crescent was collecting the bodies and taking DNA samples so that they could be identified.

The bodies were relatively recent and, according to Houti, were those of people who had been killed during the fighting between the Libyan National Army and militants. Families of those who had lost someone were urged to contact the Red Crescent to help identify the bodies.
Posted by: badanov || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Saudi bombing kills 9 members of same family
[ALMASDARNEWS] At least nine civilians, five of whom were only children, have been killed on Tuesday when an air bombardment by the Saudi Airforce struck a residential area in northwest Yemen, according to local sources.

The victims were killed during a Saudi air raid on the Kushar district of the Yemeni province of Hajjah, about 130 kilometres northwest of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. Reportedly, the four women and five children were all members of one and the same local family.

Possibly in retaliation to the murderous air raid, Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
loyalist troops of the Yemeni Armed Forces and allied fighters from the Popular Committees fired a Qaher M2 ballistic missile at an assembly of foreign mercenaries loyal to the Saudi-led coalition in the al-Hazm district of the northern province of Jawf. No reports have surfaced thus far of casualties and material losses amongst the pro-Saudi forces here.
Posted by: Fred || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
Close friend of London Bridge terror attack ringleader jailed for 4.5 years after making ISIS video outside Windsor Castle urging followers to 'kill non-believers in their own land'
[DailyMail] Close friend of London Bridge terror attack ringleader who filmed himself driving past Windsor Castle shouting 'topple the Queen' in an ISIS propaganda video is jailed for four and a half years
  • Taha Hussain was closed to Khuram Butt, whose attack in June killed eight

  • Hussain 'could also have taken part if he had not been arrested beforehand'

  • Videos show him driving around Windsor shouting jihadist slogans from his car

  • Hussain and Haroon Syed would 'liberate' and topple a statue of Queen

  • He also appeared on the notorious Jihadi Next Door documentary on Channel 4

  • Judge jails him for four and a half years for YouTube videos and 'words of hatred'
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/21/2017 09:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Teenage boy, 17, is sixth person arrested over Parsons Green bucket bomb attack as police raid address in south London
[DailyMail]
  • Police raided the house in Thornton Heath, south London shortly after midnight

  • A 17-year-old boy was taken to a south London police station for questioning

  • Officers are continuing to search five houses in connection with the attack
And an earlier Daily Mail article identifies yesterday's arrested painter-decorator:
The man, named as asylum seeker Bilal Mohammed, 25, was pinned down by armed officers in the middle of the street in Newport, South Wales – more than 130 miles from the scene of Friday's attack in London.

Two other suspects, aged 30 and 48, were arrested a few hours later just two miles away in a raid on a 'halfway house' for asylum seekers.

Locals said Mohammed is a Kurdish student and part-time painter and decorator from Iraq, the same country as the teenage refugee suspected of planting the Parsons Green bomb.

Bilal Rehman, an elder at the mosque where Mohammed is said to have worshipped until around six months ago, claimed last night that he may have already been on the police radar. He said: 'He came to the UK when he was 15 or 16 for a safe haven.

'He was a gentle, quiet man who was studying construction or something to do with the building trade at college in Cardiff. But I think he may have already been known to the police. Officers went to his house about a year ago – they found books, I think.'

One local Muslim resident claimed the suspect had recently started receiving visitors in expensive cars from London. He said: 'He was always very humble, happy to be in the UK. But recently he started to receive visitors from people driving Mercedes and Jeeps, expensive cars with registration plates from London dealerships. It was very odd.'
Update at 10:40 a.m. EDT from the headline DM article -- wa haz a photo and a more accurate name for the painter-decorator, or what used to be called a handyman: Mahdi Ramadi, known as Bilal
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Mayor of London must be really proud.
Posted by: Clem || 09/21/2017 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  visitors in expensive cars from London

Mohammedans' hearts all aflutter
At overpriced motors from Qatar!
Can daring young Britons
Turned Mussulman kittens
Beat bloodthirsty van-hire nutter?

stale street theatre review

Keen fans of Mohammedan drama,
Of knifing and acid and hammer,
Can skip this. You'd cry,
And a Muslim might die
At the end of Mad Ramadan Rammer.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/21/2017 7:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Another lone wolf?


Obammer sure has a lot of sons.
Posted by: AlanC || 09/21/2017 8:48 Comments || Top||

#4  > part-time painter and decorator
Really boosting the economy there...
In reality suppressing wages and lowering the nation's average wage and GDP per head.

Only gain is for the establishment in terms of boosted rents and lower wages (at the expense of the rest of the population!)
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/21/2017 9:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Adam Smith don't do police-work.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/21/2017 10:02 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Punk rocker admits wearing ammo-studded belt on Pace campus was bad idea after sparking evacuation
[Daily News - New York] A Pace University student bit the bullet Friday and admitted that donning an ammo-studded belt to wear to his lower Manhattan campus was a serious fashion faux pas.

Saad Al Saud, a 19-year-old freshman from Saudi Arabia who goes by "Rex," said he had no idea his cartridge-carrying belt was going to cause such chaos.

"This got blown out of proportion," Al Saud told the Daily News. "Everyone was safe it was just an inconvenience. I don't think anyone should be held accountable."

A punk rocker whose wealthy family is in real estate, Al Saud said he’d worn his bullet belt many times since buying it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/21/2017 12:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "This got blown out of proportion,"

Consider yourself very, very lucky you didn't literally get blown out of proportion by the SWAT team.
Posted by: Raj || 09/21/2017 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Yoot's father sez "Overall, it's just a weird situation." I would have preferred a kinetic ending, but that's just me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/21/2017 12:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Second thought - maybe he thought he was going to be the next 'Clock Boy'?
Posted by: Raj || 09/21/2017 13:36 Comments || Top||

#4  My first thought is to gather a group of people together, dress them as punk rockers with ammo belts and run through the campus.

It is a form of protest.... ;)
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/21/2017 14:13 Comments || Top||

#5  ...Darwin nods.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/21/2017 15:40 Comments || Top||

#6  "But this is how I dressed at the schools I attended in Saudi Arabia."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/21/2017 17:24 Comments || Top||

#7  If only he had an Antifa flag...
Posted by: Pappy || 09/21/2017 19:54 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Five held after heroin seized from IHK-bound consignment
[DAWN] MUZAFFARABAD: Authorities in Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on Tuesday five people associated with intra-Kashmire trade for alleged attempt to smuggle drugs to India-held Kashmire from the Chakothi-Uri crossing point.

According to retired Major Tahir Kazmi, Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO) at the Chakothi terminal, they grew suspicious during the manual scanning of a truck, and finally seized 352 packets of heroin, weighing 51.7kg.

The contraband item was concealed in two of the 22 rolls, he said.

Mr Kazmi told Dawn that after the recovery of heroin from the first roll, he instantly called his seniors, retired Brig Tahir Hameed Mallick and retired Col Shahid, Director General and Director, respectively, of Cross-LoC Travel and Trade Authority, as well as Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hameed Kiani and Senior Superintendent of Police Riaz Haider Bukhari of Jhelum valley district to the terminal and the ensuing developments took place in their presence.
Posted by: Fred || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  100 lbs-ish of heroin already broken down for shipment to distributors. Get the names then shoot the driver.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/21/2017 11:32 Comments || Top||


Army chief signs off on death warrants for four 'hardcore terrorists'
[DAWN] Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday confirmed the death sentences awarded to four hardcore bandidos gunnies involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday.

The men were involved in attacks on law enforcement agencies and the armed forces, the ISPR said.

On the whole, they were involved in the killing of 21 individuals, the ISPR said, adding that arms and explosives were also recovered from the convicts’ possession.

The convicts were tried by military courts and awarded death sentences.

Shabbir Ahmed s/o Muhammad Shafique

The convict, a member of a proscribed organization, was involved in attacking the armed forces, which resulted in death of one Major Adnan and 10 other soldiers.

He was also involved in the kidnapping and slaughter of four soldiers.

The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court.

Umara Khan s/o Ahmed Khan

The convict, a member of a proscribed organization, was involved in attacking the armed forces which resulted in the death of three soldiers.

He was also involved in the destruction of the Government Girls Primary School in Hazara.

He was found in possession of a fire-arm and explosives.

The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court.

Tahir Ali s/o Syed Nabi

The convict, a member of a proscribed organization, was involved in attacking the armed forces, which resulted in the death of two soldiers.

The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court.

Aftabud Din s/o Farrukh Zada

The convict, a member of a proscribed organization, was involved in attacking law enforcement officials, which resulted in the death of a police official and injuries to another.

He was found in possession of a fire-arm and explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court.
Posted by: Fred || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  they were involved in the killing of 21 individuals

Wonder what killing hundreds with Heroin gets'em?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/21/2017 11:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Depends on whether it was an ISI operation?
Posted by: Pappy || 09/21/2017 13:05 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi warbirds hammer ISIS positions in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Tens of Islamic State militants were killed, while a workshop for vehicles booby-trapping were destroyed as Iraqi jets launched airstrikes that targeted the group’s haven in southwest of Kirkuk, according to the military media.

A statement by the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said, “based on information from the Joint Operations Command’s, Iraqi fighter jets carried out several airstrikes that left a workshop used for booby-trapping vehicles, two weapon stashes and a rest house destroyed in Hawija.”

“The air raids also left tens of militants killed and several booby-trapped vehicles and weapons destroyed,” it added.

Earlier this week, the group lost three of his main leaders in Kirkuk during September during accurate air raids that targeted its rest houses and camps in Hawija or regions in its vicinity, according to Jabar al-Maamouri, a paramilitary official.

Hawija and other neighboring regions, west of Kirkuk, have been held by IS since mid-2014, when the group emerged to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The group executed dozens of civilians and security members there, forcing thousands to flee homes.

Further reinforcements from the Federal Police were sent earlier this month from Baghdad to the town, as the military command declared, late August, the end of operations in Tal Afar, the militants’ last haven west of Nineveh, and the approach of the launch of offensives for Hawija.
Posted by: badanov || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


2 ISIS Bad Guys smoked in Diyala airstrike
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ISIS News Today/ Two Islamic State militants died on Wednesday when Iraqi army warplanes pounded the group’s locations northeast of Diyala province, a security commander said.

Mezher al-Ezzawi, commander of Dijlah Operations, said the pair were stricken by fighter jets while riding their motorbike in Wadi Thallab, Naft Khana, northeast of the province.
Posted by: badanov || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antix


Iraqi forces enter Annah

Annah (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces invaded on Wednesday the first of three Islamic State bastions in western Anbar and near the borders with Syria, military and paramilitary sources were quoted saying.

Iraqi army forces invaded the town of Annah, hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhanna area, a military source told Baghdad Today. He said troops invaded the town from the Shuqaq al-Sakaniya (residential apartments) entrance, having pounded IS locations with rockets.

Abdullah al-Jugheifi, a senior commander of mobilization forces backing the government troops, was quoted saying that government troops took over al-Senaa and Shuqaq neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said warplanes from the United States-led coalition killed 16 IS members and destroyed an ammunition storehouse in two raids on Annah.

Iraqi Army
On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the launch of an operation to clear Islamic State havens in western Anbar, starting with the town of Annah. He promised “a new victory”, adding that IS “will not reap but a humiliating defeat and death”.

Iraqi joint troops managed earlier this week to liberate Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on the borders with Syria.

Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition regularly pound IS locations in the province.

ISIS troops generate smoke to mask movements near Annah

Annah (IraqiNews.com) ISIS News Today: Islamic State militants used burned petroleum to blur vision for assaulting aircraft as operations continue to clear their havens in western Anbar.

Iraqi website SNG quoted a source at the Anbar Operations Command saying that the militias dug canals in the ground, fill them with black oil and set them on fire.

Meanwhile, Mohamed al-Basri, a senior leader at the Popular Mobilization Forces, the paramilitary troops fighting IS alongside the government, said the majority of fighters killed in operations in Annah were mostly Iraqis.

A few hours earlier, Iraqi forces invaded Annah, the first of three Islamic State bastions in western Anbar and near the borders with Syria, military and paramilitary sources were quoted saying.

The invasion came hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhanna area, a military source told Baghdad Today. He said troops invaded the town from the Shuqaq al-Sakaniya (residential apartments) entrance, having pounded IS locations with rockets.

Abdullah al-Jugheifi, a senior commander of mobilization forces backing the government troops, was quoted saying that government troops took over al-Senai and Shuqaq neighborhoods.
Posted by: badanov || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


Vendor dies in bombing attack at Kreyaat region

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An alcoholics seller was killed Wednesday when an explosive device fitted beneath his car exploded in northeast Baghdad, according to security sources.

According to security source speaking to Baghdad Today, the explosion took place at Kreyaat region, northeast of the capital. Perpetrators and motives have not been unveiled yet, but attacks against alcoholics stores have been rampant at Iraq’s religiously conservative regions over the past years.

Iraq’s parliament banned the import selling and manufacturing of alcoholics in October 2016, to the dismay of several personal freedoms activists.

An earlier law in 2001 had conditioned that alcoholics sellers be non-Muslims, Iraqi nationals and not less than 21 of age.

Baghdad Iraq
The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

1 dead in bombing in Abu Ghraib

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed, while four others were wounded as a blast occurred in southwestern Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb placed on the side of the road in Khan Dhari in Abu Ghraib district exploded on Wednesday evening, leaving a person killed and four others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Security cordoned the accident spot. The wounded were taken to hospital, while the victim was transferred to forensic medicine department,” the source added.
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Turkish warplanes kill three Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: Army
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish holy warrior targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing three holy warriors, the military said, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

In a statement, the military said the air strikes targeted the Zap region, the Ottoman Turkish name for a river which flows across the Ottoman Turkish-Iraqi border and is known as Zab in Iraq.

The air strike was the second on Tuesday and the third in the past two days since Ottoman Turkish soldiers started a military drill along the Iraqi border.

The army was training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border on Tuesday, less than a week before a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.

The show of force ahead of the vote reflects the scale of concern in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, which has the largest Kurdish population in the region, that the plebiscite could embolden the outlawed Kurdish PKK which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's southeast since 1984.

The Ottoman Turkish air force has frequently struck against PKK units in the mountains of northern Iraq. The group is designated a terrorist organization 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 || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Trump administration transfers $20 million to PA for wastewater projects
[IsraelTimes] White House redirects funds for West Bank use that were originally designated for economic aid to Egypt

The Trump administration has directed an additional $20 million for the Paleostinian Authority, to go to wastewater projects in the West Bank, a White House official told The Times of Israel on Wednesday.

After funds initially allocated for an economic aid package to Egypt were frozen in August over that country’s poor record on democracy and civil liberties, the State Department and National Security Council decided six weeks ago to re-distribute that money toward West Bank initiatives, the official said.

If those specific funds ‐ which were part of a Fiscal Year 2016 budget allocation ‐ were not transferred, they would have evaporated at the end of September, when the fiscal year ends and such an appropriation would expire.

The White House source denied that the looming passage of the Taylor Force Act, which is set to be voted on in December, was the impetus for re-directing that money. The source cited the administration recently saying it "strongly supports the Taylor Force Act" and signaled that the president would sign it into law.

Jewish Insider, which first reported the re-allocation, had quoted an unnamed Congressional aide who said the White House "is trying to get money out of the door before Taylor Force goes into effect."

"The $20 million in question was part of the reprogramming out of the Egyptian account, a decision that was made on a totally different level," the official said on Wednesday. "The urgency was the end of September date, not the Taylor Force Act."

The source also emphasized those funds would be routed to specific programs that were supported by Israel and designed to enhance West Bank Paleostinians’ quality of life.

"To be clear, this is not money that we are giving unfettered to the Paleostinian Authority" of the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
. "This is money that’s going to be used to complete very important sanitation projects that benefit the Paleostinian people," the official said.

"These projects that specifically improve the lives of the Paleostinian people are supported by the Israelis, because the wastewater issue is an issue for them, too."

The Taylor Force Act, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month, would cut US funding to the PA if it doesn’t cease what critics call its program of compensating gunnies and their families.

The Paleostine Liberation Organization has condemned it, saying shortly after its committee passage that legislation was "unacceptable" and would violate Paleostinians’ human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
Named after a former US army officer who was stabbed to death by a Paleostinian assailant when visiting Tel Aviv in March 2016, the bill was added earlier this month onto a larger appropriations bill slated for a December vote, in a bid to increase its chances of passing the Senate during the current legislative session.

In a talk Monday to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee’s annual meeting at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Trump’s special peace envoy Jason Greenblatt spoke about the administration’s hope to get more water and better sanitation in the Paleostinian territories.

An "area on which the United States and our partners are focused is wastewater treatment and reuse in the West Bank and Gazoo," he said, although he did not explicitly mention the $20 million that was being funneled for such projects.

Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans were highly critical of a similar B.O. regime decision to quietly authorize $221 million for Paleostinian programs during the former president’s final hours in office.

Trump officials went on to inform the Paleostinian Authority that it had frozen the funds just days after he entered the White House.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  You had better be real this time Abu Mazen, because we have been around the same tree with you fucking useless assholes too many times. You are now named DR Occupy, and your profession is squatting on Israeli Land and calling them "occupiers"

This is not a flash in the pan for you DR Occupy. One more hezbollah or rocket barrage from you pieces of satan shit will result in annihilation and expulsion of you and all your paliassholio friends off of ISRAELI LAND.

Do you hear me?
Posted by: newc || 09/21/2017 2:11 Comments || Top||


#3  This is money that’s going to be used to complete very important sanitation projects

Like flushing the tunnels of dead jihadis...and their sheep.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/21/2017 7:14 Comments || Top||

#4  How can you lower taxes and cut the federal debt when you're squandering money on Third World hell holes? And what guarantees are there that the money won't find it's way into the pockets of the crooks who run those places?

That's money that was collected from American citizens who would be better off if they could keep it for themselves and couldn't care less what happens when Palestinians flush their toilets. For all we care they can shit in sand and wipe their butts the old Arab way with their left hands because they hate us whether we give them the money or not.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/21/2017 9:45 Comments || Top||

#5  what guarantees are there that the money won't find it's way into the pockets of the crooks who run those places?

I thought there were specific provisions to assure that it would?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/21/2017 10:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, the waste part is obvious....
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/21/2017 10:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Of course, since money is fungible, the 20 million "earmarked" for waste water projects means the PA has 20 million it can spend on ammunition.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 09/21/2017 12:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Only 20 millions? That's an improvement, if it was Obama or Bush I'm sure it would be in the hundreds of millions.
Posted by: Charles || 09/21/2017 22:29 Comments || Top||


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Syrian Army kills Al-Qaeda emir of Aleppo in northern Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] The al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham group launched a large-scale offensive in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, Tuesday, targeting the key town of Ma’an near the Hama-Idlib Highway.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham would not go according to plan, as the terrorist group lost scores of combatants while attacking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the northern Hama countryside.

Among the Lions of Islam killed in northern Hama were several high ranking commanders of al-Qaeda, including the so-called ’emir’ of Aleppo: Abu al-’Abbas ’Anadan.

The jihadist rebels are still launching sporadic attacks in the northern Hama countryside; however, they have failed to yield any advance near Ma’an.
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Syrian Army officially retakes all lost territory in northern Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has officially reversed all of the jihadist gains in the northern Hama countryside after more than 24 hours of nonstop festivities with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.

Backed by nonstop Arclight airstrikes from their Russian allies, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces and 11th Tank Division managed to recapture the last three towns under Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s control.

According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the towns of Talisah , Shatheh and Qahirah in northern Hama, killing over 50 jihadist bully boyz from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in the process.

As a result of the Syrian Army’s gains today, the jihadist offensive in northern Hama is officially over.
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Elite Syrian forces make massive advance up west Euphrates bank amid major ISIS collapse
[ALMASDARNEWS] The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army have made a massive advance against ISIS in northwest Deir Ezoor Governorate and are now on the verge of reaching Syrian troops in southeast Raqqa Governorate.

Today, the Tiger Forces kicked off a major operation, assaulting far beyond the northwestern limits of Deir Ezzor city and moving up the length of the western bank of the Euphrates River.

According to military sources, the Tiger Forces liberated the towns of al-Tabni, al-Turayif, al-Buwytiyah, Khan Zahra and al-Masrab during the course of this push.

Furthermore, the elite formation also secured the strategic Salim mountain range and the Manjm al-Malah salt mines area.

By this advance, the Tiger Forces have reached the strategic town of Shamiya and are now somewhere between 25 to 30 kilometers away from reaching Syrian Army troops stationed in southeast Raqqa Governorate, themselves being near another strategic town ‐ Ma’adan.
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Syrian Army seizes ISIS tanks in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian Armed Forces continue to make substantial advances in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, seizing more territories from 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....
Having finally crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates last Monday, the Syrian Army ‐ backed by heavy Russian Arclight airstrikes ‐ was capable of recapturing several villages located deep in ISIS-held area in the eastern side of the city.

Photos released on social media shows T-55 and T-72 tanks for the terror group captured by the government troops after the jihadists retreated eastward.

The internationally-designated terror group has sustained grave losses since the Syrian Army and allied forces launched its full-scale operation to fully re-take the ISIS-controlled areas in Deir Ezzor.
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Russian airstrikes destroy 2 jihadist car bombs in north Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian jets have preemptively destroyed two al-Qaeda boom-mobiles in northern Hama Governorate. The jihadist group intended to use the devices against Syrian Army positions in support of a large offensive it launched yesterday.

According to sources, the two boom-mobiles were located well behind al-Qaeda’s front-lines in northern Hama by Russian air reconnaissance. Upon identifying the suicide vehicles, Russian precision munitions were directed onto them, destroying both.

Reports clarify that both boom-mobiles were not even en-route to their targets at the time of their destruction and that Russian airpower successfully interdicted them before Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham even initiated its offensive.

This serves to explain why no car kabooms were reported by any official sources yesterday despite that fact that jihadist forces launched a major offensive against the Syrian Army.

Jihadist militias such as Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham always use at least one to two boom-mobiles against pro-government forces during major offensive operations.
Posted by: Fred || 09/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


US-backed Syrian forces seize '90pc' of Raqqa from IS
[DAWN] United States-backed fighters have seized 90 per cent of Raqqa from the krazed killer Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group, a monitoring said on Wednesday as they announced they were in the "final stages" of capturing the terrorists' Syrian stronghold.

Under siege in the northern city for three months, IS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the Death Eaters in Syria and Iraq.

"Because of the heavy coalition air strikes, IS withdrew from at least five key neighbourhoods over the past 48 hours," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"This allowed the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to control 90pc of the city."

The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces the coalition is backing in Syria with air strikes, equipment and advisers.

IS pulled out of the north of the city and abandoned its grain silos and mills, and was now confined to the city centre, Abdel Rahman said.

The SDF said its forces had mounted a "surprise attack" on IS in the city's north.
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Israeli Warplanes Stage Raids on Border East of Shebaa
[AnNahar] Israeli warplanes have executed two air raids on al-Rashaha hill located at the Lebanese-Syrian borders east of the Shebaa town, the National News Agency said on Tuesday.

"Two intense kabooms were heard east of Shebaa particularly on al-Rashaha hills," said VDL (93.3).

It added that the raids have coincided with "intense Israeli overflights in the region and that the planes have release heat balloons."

Israeli warplanes regularly violate Leb's airspace.

Leb has filed a complaint with the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
against Israel last week for violating the country's airspace and flying low over the southern Lebanese city of Sidon.

Israeli jets have flown low over Sidon, causing at least one sonic boom.
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Islamic State 'execution' stopped by RAF drone in Syria
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