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Terror leaders Hapilon (Abu Sayyaf), Maute (Maute Group) gunned down in Marawi
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion; sentencing on 23 Oct
[NYTimes] FORT BRAGG, N.C. ‐ Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, setting off a huge military manhunt and a political furor, pleaded guilty on Monday to desertion and to endangering the American troops sent to search for him...It will now be up to an Army judge here at Fort Bragg to decide the sergeant's punishment, following testimony at a hearing that is scheduled to begin next week. The desertion charge carries a potential five-year sentence, and the charge of endangering troops; formally known as misbehavior before the enemy; carries a potential life sentence.

In a military courtroom here on Monday morning, Sergeant Bergdahl stood before the judge, Col. Jeffery A. Nance, and described his [Bergdahl's] actions as inexcusable.....

After he [Bergdahl] was freed [in exchange for 5 hard core terrorists], President Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said Sergeant Bergdahl, who was promoted while in captivity, had served with "honor and distinction," and Mr. Obama appeared with his parents at the White House...
[a YouTube of this is here]
Posted by: lord garth || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Firing squad
Posted by: Chris || 10/17/2017 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Perpetual exile at sea: The Man Without A Country.
Posted by: magpie || 10/17/2017 0:31 Comments || Top||

#3  He's served his time and will need employment after his conviction and discharge. Permanently assign him to the Soetoro Secret Service Detail.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2017 0:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Piece of shit. We lost Men looking just for you. No remorse and an obama bail out?
The left really is the enemy here, but he is a product of it.

Posted by: newc || 10/17/2017 2:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Notice how there was no trial perhaps some physiological chemical and biological testing of him the airforce dude who took a trip with Obama to Kenya and changed his stipes and the little child from the russia NSA paper work engineered lie!
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 10/17/2017 7:36 Comments || Top||

#6  #2, you'd have to find a Navy ship unlikely to find itself in a collision at sea. That option has been dwindling rather steeply lately.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/17/2017 8:52 Comments || Top||

#7  The fact that Obama traded the Taliban's equivalent of Chief of Staff and Minister of Intelligence (Fazl and Wasiq) for this confessed criminal and deserter is stunning...and then holds the deserter up as a hero in the rose garden ceremony.

Fazl is a legitimate war criminal that ordered the killing of thousands...and was responsible for the murder of Mike Spann.

This is a failure of Bush as well - the military commissions should have convicted Fazl long ago.
Posted by: Tennessee || 10/17/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Howz about the Pueblo?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/17/2017 12:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Permanently assign him to the Soetoro Secret Service Detail.

Amen. I can think of a few more I'd like to add to that detail.
Posted by: gorb || 10/17/2017 13:21 Comments || Top||

#10  "Howz about the Pueblo?"

Aren't we in arrears on berthing fees?
Posted by: OregonGuy || 10/17/2017 14:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Aren't we in arrears on berthing fees?

John Kerry to the White courtesy day moorage wharf phone please
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/17/2017 14:38 Comments || Top||

#12  If they accept pounds, I suggest at least 8 payments of 1000 would at least cover the interest.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/17/2017 15:47 Comments || Top||

#13  Soaking the noodle now
Posted by: KBK || 10/17/2017 19:02 Comments || Top||

#14  I can't believe he pleaded to misbehavior before the enemy. What a maroon. He has served 5 years as a pow and would have walked on time served by just pleading to desertion and making the court prove misbehavior. With the misbehavior charge, he will spend many more well deserved years in Leavenworth.

With respect to the comments on the U.S.S. Pueblo, we should scuttle her with the help of a couple dozen SDBs from an F-15E just off shore. She is our ship, U.S. territory, and we can use it for target practice whenever we like.
Posted by: rammer || 10/17/2017 21:58 Comments || Top||

#15  How about when Kimmy is on it?
Posted by: gorb || 10/17/2017 23:14 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
8 ISIS Bad Guys smoked in Kunar
At least eight Daesh militants were killed in a clash with security forces late Saturday night in Kunar province, the Ministry of Interior said on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the MoI the clash took place after a number of Daesh militants attacked several police check posts in Shage village of Sayedabad capital of Kunar province.

Four other Daesh militants were wounded in the clash, MoI said.

Two police soldiers were also wounded in the clash, the statement added.

No further details were provided.
Posted by: badanov || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban leader captured in Samangan
A key Taliban member was arrested on Sunday evening in a security forces operation in Samangan province, security officials said Monday.

Samangan police said Shafiullah, the Taliban member, had been involved in a number of insurgent attacks in Darahsof district of the province.

According to police, Shafiullah confessed to his crimes during a preliminary investigation.

No further details were provided about the operation.

Taliban has not yet commented.
Posted by: badanov || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


New deadly clash erupt among Taliban-ISIS after Akhundzada’s call for ceasefire
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A new wave of deadly clash has erupted among the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS turbans days after the leader of the Taliban group Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada called for a ceasefire between the two groups, believing that the motive of the two are the same in the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office 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..
in a statement said the latest festivities erupted in Wazir Tankai area of Khogyani district in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that six ISIS turbans and three Taliban faceless myrmidons were killed in the latest festivities.

At least three Taliban faceless myrmidons were also maimed during the festivities, the provincial government added.

In the meantime, the Nangarhar government said the loyalists of the ISIS terrorist group also killed four civilians in a separate attack in this province.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including the Taliban and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the recent incidents so far.

This comes as the leader of the Taliban earlier called on his commanders and leaders to reach to a ceasefire with the ISIS turbans in Afghanistan and refrain from further infighting with the group.

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Mogadishu bombing: al-Shabaab behind deadly blast, officials say
Link courtesy of lord garth yesterday.
[TheGuardian] Security personnel say they have detained key member of cell behind attack that has killed at least 320 people.

Security officials in Somalia say a key member of the cell that launched a devastating attack on Mogadishu has told them that al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
, a violent Islamist group in Somalia, was responsible for the blast.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
7 die as Bad Guys knock over Sinai bank
EL-ARISH, Egypt: In a brazen daytime attack, about a dozen militants robbed a local bank, lobbed grenades and traded gunfire with security forces guarding an unused church in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing seven people, including three civilians, officials said.

The militants drove into the city center of El-Arish in the morning then split into two groups. One group traded gunfire with the guards outside the Church of Saint George, security and military officials said. Services at the church were suspended months ago, following a wave of attacks on Christians in Sinai.

The church attack was meant as a distraction from the bank, where the second group of militants first shot and killed the bank guards, then stormed in and emptied its safe. The heavy security and military forces deployed in the city put up little resistance.

The attacks left three civilians, including a child, three guards and one soldier dead and wounded another 15 people, including women and children, the officials said.

The two groups of attackers were caught on camera while fleeing the site of the clashes in a stolen pickup and three motorcycles.

“They looted the entire bank and left explosive devices inside,” a senior security official said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA confirmed that three policemen were killed in an armed attack on the bank in El-Arish.
Posted by: badanov || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Houthis reinforce line near Taiz
Taiz- Militia sources in Yemen said that coup factions have stepped up their weaving of landmines into the southwestern villages near Taiz. The increase in mine-planting activity comes after suffering steep losses in the battlefield.

On the other hand, a pro-government military source belonging to the 35th Armored Brigade said that insurgency militias continued to plant mines across civilian infrastructure, such as farms, residential neighborhoods, and near water wells.

Al-Houd, Al-Sayyar, Al-Sharaf villages and the Othman Bin Affan School in Al-Houd, were among areas targeted.

The source further stressed that national army units pushed against attempts for coup militias to advance into the city of Taiz and the countryside.

Most attempts were staged to progress and restore sites lost east and northwest of the city.

The source added that Houthi-planted mines have killed 9 civilians, including two women and three children, in August alone.

Last Friday, the mines killed a citizen named Saif al-Qamri, and wounded four women in the area of ​​Hamli, west of Taiz.

Planting mines increased fiercely in retaliation to Zaid bin Ali al-Sharfi, a senior Houthi field commander, being killed in the fierce battles between militias and the Yemeni armed forces in the north-western frontier of Harad.

The statement issued by the Media Center of the fifth military region underlined that the leader of the Houthi militia, Zaid bin Ali Sharfi was killed on Friday evening, in the battles between the forces of the National Army on the one hand and Houthi, Saleh militias on the other near the border frontier of Harad.

The center quoted military sources as saying that the corpse of Sharfi is still laying in the Harad desert as the militias were unable to retrieve their dead due to fierce ongoing battles.

The statement said that the arms officer in the warehouse of the Midi Front and the leader of the Houthi militia, Waleed Mohammed Ahmed al-Houthi, was also killed along with four other Houthi leaders in an air raid by the Arab coalition east of Midi.
Posted by: badanov || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Four Houthi field commanders killed opposite Najran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Military sources revealed on Monday the death of four 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 ...
militia field commanders during air raids by the Arab Alliance coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen.

The coalition targeted militia sites opposite the border city of Najran region, 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...
The sources said that among the dead militia leaders included Mukhtar Saleh Suwaid, Omar Mohammed al-Khulani, Ahmad Ahmad al-Shaafali and Ghaddan Mutahar al-Zamanani.

This comes after Saudi forces also targeted last week Houthi militias positions and those belonging to the ousted guard of former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
near Najran.

Saudi forces, through the use of tanks and artillery, as well as military vehicles with heavy weapons also targeted militia positions who attempted to trespass onto Saudi military posts near the border regions.

At the time, Saudi forces also killed at least 40 bandidos Lions of Islam who tried to advance to the Saudi border. It has also been able to destroy dens used by militias as its stronghold.

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Drone strikes target ISIS training camps in Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Unmanned aerial drones struck two ISIS training camps in central Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
for the first time in the country's conflict, leaving an unknown number of dead, security sources told AFP Monday.

Witnesses said villagers were prevented by tribal leaders from approaching the area and retrieving the dead and maimed for fear of additional strikes.

Locals said the camps, both in Bayda province, were named after prominent ISIS figures: Yemen chief Abu Bilal al-Harbi and former global front man Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, killed last summer in a US air strike.

This is the first time security sources loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government have announced raids against ISIS footholds.

ISIS and its myrmidon rival al-Qaeda have taken advantage of a conflict between the government and Houthi myrmidons, who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south.

ISIS, however, has risen to prominence in the country's civil war targeting both army recruits of the government and Yemeni Shiites, which it considers heretics.

It entered the war in March 2015 with a series of attacks on Shiite mosques in the capital, leaving more than 140 people dead.

The group's last major attack was a suicide kaboom in the government stronghold of Aden last December, which killed 48 soldiers.

Al-Qaeda has distanced itself from ISIS attacks, claiming that it seeks to avoid "the shedding of any Moslem blood" while focusing on fighting the "Americans and their allies."

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Qatari security forces storm Sultan bin Suhaim’s palace in Doha
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sky News reported that the palace of Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim al-Thani in Doha was attacked by unit of 15 gunnies in a raid carried out the State Security Forces last Thursday evening, which started at 9:00 pm to 3:00 am.

It resulted in the confiscation of arounsd 137 bags and a number of iron boxes containing the documents and holdings of Sheikh Sultan, as well as the large holdings and archives of his father, former Foreign Minister Suhaim bin Hamad Al Thani, which constitutes a wealth of information and political value, and accurately records the history of Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
and its internal events since the sixties until his death in 1985.

In a previous invasion violation of privacy, state security agents stormed the private room of Sheikh Mina al-Dosari, the widow of Sheikh Suhaim and the mother of Sheikh Sultan, and confiscated all her personal and family pictures, as well as all her jewelry, valuables and money. During the three operations, minors were subjected to assault, beatings and arrest. The Sudanese housekeeper was first deported from Qatar and the Moroccan nationals "M.S." and "Y.F.", whose fate is still unknown, were nabbed
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
The other Sudanese workers were beaten and detained for eight hours. Until now, all the minors in the palace are being held in a specific area and prevented from leaving. The minors from inside are under the full control of state security officers.

In one testimony received by Sky News, the assault squad was dealing violently with tools to break doors and locks.

Sky News reported that Qatari authorities froze all accounts of Sheikh Sultan and seized his seals, sukuks and commercial contracts, posing a risk of falsifying and damaging them at all levels. The pictures and sections of Sheikh Muna are a flagrant violation of their privacy.

This is the second operation in a week after the freezing of the accounts and property of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani.

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Qatar (MB)

#1  9 P.M.? Sounds almost like somebody took a page out of the RAB's training Manual.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/17/2017 14:40 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
‘Chelsea bomber’ convicted of attack that injured dozens
[NYPOST] A homegrown Islamic terrorist was convicted Monday of detonating do-it-yourself time bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey last year ‐ setting him up for a mandatory sentence of life in a federal prison.

A Manhattan federal jury found Ahmad Khan Rahimi,
...incorrectly named in news reports in the early days of his adventures as Ahmad Khan Rahami. The Guardian reported he spent time in a religious seminary in Pakistain closely associated with the Afghan Taliban.....
29, guilty as charged on eight counts following a two-week trial over the twin blasts in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and in Seaside Park, N.J,. on Sept. 17, 2016.

"Rahimi’s crimes of hate have been met with swift and resolute justice," acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said in a prepared statement.

"Today’s verdict is a victory for New York City, a victory for America in its fight against terror, and a victory for all who believe in the cause of justice."

The feds alleged that Rahimi’s Internet searches and writing found in notebook he kept showed he was obsessed with the late Osama bin Laden
... who used to be alive but now he's not...
, al Qaeda and ISIS, but the Elizabeth, N.J., resident ‐ who immigrated from Afghanistan at age 7 ‐ wasn’t accused of formal ties to any terrorist groups.

The fiend remained dead-eyed composed as he heard the verdict against him, which followed less than four hours of deliberations over two days, and tried in vain to make eye contact with members of the eight-man, four-woman jury.

He then chatted and chuckled with his defense lawyer as Judge Richard Berman met in the jury room with the panel.

Laughter from the group was heard through the door in the courtroom.

As he left the courtroom, the jury’s foreman said: "It’s never easy to part of something like this."

Berman scheduled sentencing for January 18. Rahimi has been tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
without bond since his arrest following a bloody shootout with cops in Linden, N.J.

Defense lawyer Sabrina Shroff said she would seek a sentence of less than life on counts 1 through 6, on hopes that an appeals court overturns the remaining counts, which carry mandatory life sentences.

No one was injured by Rahimi’s first blast ‐ in Seaside Park ‐ because the bomb went kaboom! ahead of a charity race that had been delayed.

But the pressure-cooker bomb he later planted on West 23rd Street injured dozens of people and caused millions of dollars in property damage.

A third device, left on West 27th Street, didn’t go off ‐ and Rahimi’s lawyer last week threw the prosecution for a loop when she told the jury it was because Rahimi got cold feet after hearing the blast on West 23rd Street.

In a bid to dramatically reduce Rahimi’s chance of spending the rest of his life in prison, she asked the jury to acquit him of three counts tied to the unwent kaboom! device.

The feds tied Rahimi to the attacks through purchases he made at Home Depot and on eBay for parts used to make the bombs, as well as through fingerprint and DNA evidence.

Victims of the West 23rd Street bombing offered dramatic testimony, with Chelsea resident Cort Cheek describing a "double boom" so loud "it was like the end of the world."

The feds also played dozens of damning surveillance videos that showed Rahimi walking around Manhattan while pulling a pair of roller suitcases, each of which held a homemade bomb.
This article starring:
Ahmad Khan Rahami
Ahmad Khan Rahimi
Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


India-Pakistan
Suspected US drone strikes near Kurram Agency kill 5
[DAWN] A suspected United States drone killed five people in an attack on a compound in Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
on Monday, officials said.

At least four missiles were fired during the strike in the Kurram Agency close to the Afghan border, said the officials.

"Five people have been killed in a dronezap on a suspected Death Eater's house," an intelligence official told AFP. A local administration official also confirmed the toll.

The dronezap was reported days after the Pakistain Army said that it had recovered "safe and sound" a family of foreign hostages from the custody of a terrorist outfit after it received and acted on intelligence shared by the United States (US).

On Monday, one official claimed that the target was a suspected Death Eater Abu Bakar, commander of the Haqqani network.

An attack in the same region in September left three people dead and two maimed.

It is the second such strike since US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
in August accused Pakistain of offering "safe havens" to myrmidons.
Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Iraq seizes Kirkuk from Kurds leaving two US allies locked in conflict and bringing end to move for independence
[Independent] Elite Iraqi security forces have captured the Kurdish government headquarters buildings in the centre of Kirkuk with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordering the Iraqi flag to be raised over Kirkuk and other disputed territories. An Iraqi Oil Ministry official said that it would be "a very short time" before the Iraqi military seized all the oilfields in Kirkuk province.

The century-old movement for Kurdish independence has suffered a calamitous defeat as Iraqi military forces retake the Kirkuk oil province, facing little resistance so far from the Peshmerga fighters. Kurdish officials accuse part of the forces belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish parties, of "treason" in not resisting the Iraqi assault.

Iraqi Kurdish dreams of achieving real independence depended on controlling the oil wealth of Kirkuk which is now lost to them, probably forever. Such autonomy as they did have will be curtailed, with Turkey announcing that it will hand over control of the border gate between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan to the central government in Baghdad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2017 01:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  bringing end to move for independence

So sez a British rag.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2017 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  The independence dream was alive when Saddam was gassing the Kurds, how can it be over now?
I'm just wondering how many Iranians and militias were waiting outside Kirkuk?
Posted by: jvalentour || 10/17/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm just wondering how many Iranians and militias were waiting outside Kirkuk?

All of 'em.

That whole enemy of my enemy thing is gonna twist again. We saw
Posted by: Tennessee || 10/17/2017 10:51 Comments || Top||

#4  That whole enemy of my enemy thing is gonna twist again.

Feel free to view Kurds as your friends, and everybody else in ME - except Israel - as your enemy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2017 13:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Figures. The Kurds were built up in the media as giant killers, but they've never really been all that. They were stomped by ISIS, same as everyone else. The media likes them because they're somewhat secular. But they've always needed, like the Shiites, serious air support to get anywhere. Just after 9/11, even the ramshackle Northern Alliance managed to rout the Taliban, with B-52 strikes leading the way.

Frankly, without Russian and American air strikes, Syria and Iraq would be ISIS-ruled today. ISIS's only problem would be getting hold of new military aircraft.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/17/2017 15:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Basically we need the Kurds to conquer Syria so they have access to the sea and have at least one peaceful border (with Israel). As is they really are geographically screwed.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2017 17:58 Comments || Top||

#7  They can't conquer Syria. We can. But do we want to fight Turkey for the privilege of doing so? Even carving out a corridor to the sea would be a major undertaking in the face of Turkish opposition. The other problem is Kurdish fecklessness. In a quarter century of de facto independence, Iraqi Kurdish has evolved into an economic basket case. Do we really want to carry them for the rest of eternity? If you join KRG to the PYD/PKK, you have a broken Iraqi Kurd economy joined to a Syrian Kurd Marxist economy. Exactly how is this a viable economy short of endless US subsidies?

Forgetting the economic aspects, how about the Kurds simply showed some fight? Last I heard, they're getting chased out of Kirkuk. The Iraqi army took 9 months to overrun Mosul, with major US air support. We are days into the Iraqi invasion of Kirkuk, and already the Kurds are getting rolled back, even without US air support for the Iraqis. The principal difference between the Shiites and the Kurds is journos ran interference, PR-wise, for the Kurds, because the Kurds aren't holy rollers.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/17/2017 22:18 Comments || Top||


Iraqi forces attack Kurd positions in Ninevah
Bashiqa (IraqiNews.com) An informed Kurdish military source has indicated intentions of the Iraqi troops as well as the Shia-led paramilitary troops to attack two regions near Mosul after midnight.

“Confirmed news received by Peshmerga from official authorities showed the intentions of both the Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] to attack Bashiqa and Khazer regions, who are under Peshmerga’s control,” the source told Alghad Press on Monday.

“PMFs leaders informed Peshmerga about intentions to advance toward Bashiqa and Khazer without waging war or fights against Peshmerga,: the source said. “Peshmerga responded saying that the regions will not be handed over, despite orders were made by the supreme command in Kurdistan.”

Bashiqa is located northeast of Mosul, while Khazer is on the road linking Mosul and Erbil.

Iraqi troops managed to gain control on wide regions in Kirkuk. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi gave orders, early on the day, to security troops to protect all citizens in Kirkuk. The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) then announced that Iraqi troops advanced to seize the oilfields in the province.
Posted by: badanov || 10/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


2 Iraqi militia die in bomb attack in Babil
Babil (IraqiNews.com) Two paramilitary personnel were wounded in a bomb blast in northern Babil, a security source said on Monday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “a bomb, placed on the side of the road, exploded targeting a patrol of al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] in Jurf al-Nasr, north of Babil.”

“The blast left two personnel seriously wounded,” the source added.
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Iraqi forces seize territory from Kurds in independence dispute
[DAWN] Iraqi forces seized a key military base, an airport and an oil field from Kurdish fighters on Monday in disputed Kirkuk province in a major operation sparked by a controversial independence referendum.

The offensive, which follows weeks of soaring tensions between two US allies in the battle against the murderous Moslem 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, aims to retake oil and military sites that Kurdish forces took over during the fightback against the fighters .

Thousands of residents were seen fleeing Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk city, according to an AFP journalist.

Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the capital of the oil-rich province, after the launch of the operation overnight which triggered a spike in oil prices on world markets.

But after the initial festivities Iraqi forces made rapid progress, suggesting Kurdish fighters were withdrawing with little or no resistance.

Iraq's Joint Operations Command said its forces had retaken the K1 military base northwest of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
the military airport east of the city and the Baba Gargar oil field, one of six in the disputed region.

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Israel destroys anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fires at IDF jets
[IsraelTimes] Israeli recon planes were flying over Leb when Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile targeted them, army says.

Israeli Air Force jets destroyed an anti-aircraft battery well inside Syria on Monday morning, after the surface-to-air system launched a missile at a different plane over the skies of Leb, the army said.

A military spokesperson said that "a number" of Israeli planes were flying over Leb as part of a "routine reconnaissance mission" on early Monday morning, when they came under attack by the Syrian anti-aircraft battery.

The targeted Israeli reconnaissance aircraft were not hit by the Syrian interceptor missile and returned to base safely, according to IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

He would not elaborate on the number or type of aircraft, nor on where exactly they were flying over Leb.

A few hours later, the IAF sent out a separate sortie to attack the anti-aircraft battery ‐ an SA-5 model ‐ which was located some 50 kilometers east of Damascus, Conricus said.

The Russian military, which is allied with Syria and operates in the war-torn country, was notified "in real-time" ahead of the Israeli Arclight airstrike on the SA-5 battery, the spokesperson said.

The Israeli jets launched four bombs at the Syrian anti-aircraft system. According to an initial IDF assessment, the strike destroyed the SA-5 battery, or at least "incapacitated" it, Conricus said.

The IDF believes the Syrian battery that was struck was the same one that fired at the reconnaissance planes.

The IDF said it holds Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad’s regime responsible for the fire.

Conricus said that while the army will continue to defend itself, it was not looking to "destablize" the situation with Syria.

"Preserving the relative stability is a common interest," the lieutenant colonel said.

The incident came hours before Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was due to meet with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv.

When Shoigu arrives in Tel Aviv "he will get a full briefing on the matter," Conricus said.

The spokesperson acknowledged the sensitivity of the timing of the incident and the potential for it to cause tension during Shoigu’s visit, but said the military was "confident it won’t influence anything else."

"This was obviously not a preplanned event," he added.

In order to avoid unwanted festivities with the Russian troops in Syria, Jerusalem and Moscow have developed a communication system.

Israeli officials do not typically discuss the full extent of the coordination between the two militaries, but stress that the IDF does not seek Russian permission before carrying out Arclight airstrikes in Syria.

In general, Israel’s operation in Syria consist of bombing sites that are used to develop, store and transport advanced weaponry to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group, making Monday’s strike something of an anomaly.

According to Conricus, this was the first time that Israeli aircraft were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles over Lebanese airspace since the start of the Syrian civil war. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
it was not the first time that IAF jets had been attacked by an SA-5 system.

In March, Assad’s military fired multiple interceptor missiles from an SA-5 system at Israeli jets flying over Jordan on their way back from a bombing run in Syria. The IAF jets were unharmed, but one Syrian missile seemed to be on a trajectory that took it toward an Israeli community and so it was shot down by the Arrow 2 air defense system, in the first reported use of the system.

However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
in that case, Israel did not respond to the anti-aircraft attack on the IAF jets with a retaliatory Arclight airstrike on the SA-5 battery that launched it.
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Southeast Asia
Terror leaders Hapilon (Abu Sayyaf), Maute (Maute Group) gunned down in Marawi
[CNN] Two key ISIS-affiliated leaders engaged in a standoff with Philippine security forces in Marawi have been killed. The two leaders were named as Isnilon Hapilon, who was declared the IS emir for southeast Asia, and Omar Maute, a leader of a local militant group that had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

The pair were killed, along with seven other rebels, while attempting to exit a building at street level during a four-hour gun battle, General Eduardo Ano said at a news conference. Maute was shot in the head by a sniper. Their bodies were positively identified by a former hostage, Ano said.

The deaths of both Hapilon and Maute will likely hasten the retreat of Maute militants from Marawi, according to security analyst Richard Heydarian. He said, "The political and military leadership of the ISIS movement (in the Philippines) has essentially been neutralized."

There are still 22 hostages and eight foreign militants remaining, according to Ano.

The death of Hapilon and Omar Maute may come to signal the final stage of the protracted and destructive standoff in Marawi, but it's feared that fighters could resort to traditional types of terror attacks -- a possibility President Duterte warned of Wednesday.

Duterte said,"They will not disappear. They will regroup anywhere and everywhere. Be patient. This terrorism inspired by IS will not go in about seven to 10 years ... terrorism is a deadly movement to confront us and our children. Your children will encounter this. It will reach your retirement age. So just be prepared for that."
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#1  Chased that POS for two years. Hit him with artillery and hurt him, but he lived. Our biggest failure was not getting him in 2003. Thanks to the sniper that hit him. The world is a better place...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/17/2017 12:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully it was painful, however brief
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army Combat Summary
The Syrian Army units found arms, ammunition and telecommunication devices, some of which are Israeli-made, inside ISIL dens while combing a number of villages in the countryside of Homs and Hama.

SANA reporter in Homs said that army units are continuing to comb the areas which have been liberated from the ISIL terrorists in Jib al-Jarrah area and Salamyieh southern countryside.

The reporter added that while combing the area, army units found varied types of arms, ammunition and telecommunication devices including “An Israeli-made artillery piece, 800 mortar shells, a machinegun with 10 thousand bullets, in addition of an amount of bullets of 17 mm, 14,5 mm and 30 mm machineguns and an RPG, 3 RPG launchers and a number of telecommunication devices.”

Source: SANA
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US-backed fighters seize infamous Raqqa roundabout from ISIS
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US-backed Syrian fighters on Monday said they gained complete control of an infamous Raqqa roundabout used by ISIS holy warriors for public beheadings and crucifixions.

The Syrian Democratic Forces said they had "totally liberated" the northern city’s al-Naim roundabout, dubbed "Roundabout of Hell" by residents under ISIS’s three-year rule.

The capture followed fighting since Sunday near the roundabout, east of the municipal stadium still held by the murderous Moslems, the Arab-Kurdish alliance said in a statement.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor, said ISIS withdrew two weeks ago from the area but the SDF could not immediately take control because of land mines.

On Sunday, SDF fighter Hazem Kobane told AFP: "Our forces were combing al-Naim... today. There was no one there."

The SDF, backed by a US-led coalition, are on the verge of seizing Raqqa after having taken around 90 percent of ISIS’s former de facto Syrian capital.

Fighting late Monday continued near the city’s stadium and hospital, where 25 holy warriors surrendered and two suicide kabooms failed, the SDF said.

Only around 300 IS fighters are believed to remain in the devastated city.

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Tue 2017-10-17
  Terror leaders Hapilon (Abu Sayyaf), Maute (Maute Group) gunned down in Marawi
Mon 2017-10-16
  The "War after ISIS" begins in Iraq
Sun 2017-10-15
  Report: U.S. Coalition Cuts Islamic State Revenues over 90 Percent
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  Iraqi forces move to begin operations against Kurds
Fri 2017-10-13
  Iraq PM Denies Attack Plan as Tensions Rise with Kurds
Thu 2017-10-12
  British jihadi Sally Jones killed by US drone strike fleeing ISIS hell
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  Bangladesh arrests top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami
Tue 2017-10-10
  Nusra Front, Islamic State clash in Syria's Hama province
Mon 2017-10-09
  Syrian rebels capture ISIS HQ in Deir Ezzor
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  Two Saudi guards killed in attack on royal palace in Jeddah
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  Driver 'deliberately mows down pedestrians' outside London Museum
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  Iraqi premier claims victory against Islamic State in Hawija
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  3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger
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  Daesh defense line collapses in Hawijah as Iraqi forces liberate more villages
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