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Scores of Islamic State militants surrender to security forces in Mosul
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Afghanistan
ISIS suffer casualties during clashes with the Afghan forces in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Militants affiliated with 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 suffered casualties during the festivities with the Afghan cops 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 an armed clash erupted among the Afghan forces and ISIS forces of Evil in Khogyani district soon after Silab-4 operations were launched to suppress the holy warriors.

The statement further added that 9 ISIS forces of Evil were killed and 4 others were killed during the festivities while 5 villages have been cleared from the presence of the holy warriors.

According to Nangarhar government, the Afghan cops have also confiscated some weapons, ammunition, and explosives during the operations.

Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US airstrike leaves 3 ISIS militants dead in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three ISIS turbans were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted by the US forces 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.

According to the local officials, airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Haska Mina district on Saturday.

The provincial police commandment also confirmed the report and in a statement said a hideout of the terror group was pounded in Awghaz area.

The statement further added that three turbans of the terror group were killed in the airstrike but no one else was killed or maimed.

The anti-government armed turban groups including the ISIS turbans have not commented regarding the report so far.

At least twenty five turbans affiliated with the terror group were killed in the latest airstrikes conducted in this province last week.

According to the officials of the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army in the East, the airstrikes were carried out on Tuesday in the vicinity of Achin district.

The officials further added that the turbans and their hideouts were hit during the raids in Mamand Shin area, leaving twenty of the loyalists of the terror group dead.

Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


76 Militants Killed In Commandos Operation In Kunduz
[Tolo News] At least 76 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bandidos myrmidons were killed in a five-day military operation conducted by the Afghan National Army Commando Corps in Kunduz province, front man of the corps Jawed Salim said.

Dozens of other snuffies were maimed in the military operation, he said in a statement released on Monday.

The military operation was started in Imam Sahib district five days ago to clear the areas of myrmidons, Salim said.

He added that a number of the villages were cleared of snuffies and the operation ended early on Monday morning.

"An officer was also killed and two commandos were maimed during the operation," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somali forces drive Al-Shabaab out of fresh areas in Gedo
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somalia security forces have captured several rural areas in Somalia’s southwestern Gedo region from al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
, an official said Monday.

"The government troops retook locations between Garbaharey and Bardere and are now in full control," Abdi Ali Mohammed, a Somali military official in the region, told Radio Shabelle.

Al-Shabaab has not released a statement regarding the military claim.

Mohammed said the capture followed an operation by the security forces, noting there was no resistance as al-Shabaab Lions of Islam vacated the area following reports of troops’ movement.
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Libyan forces suffer casualties as fighting drags on in Benghazi
[ARABNEWS] Libyan forces fighting in Benghazi have lost four men and seen 10 maimed so far in December, five months after declaring victory in a campaign to control the eastern city, a medical source said on Monday.

Three of the dead from the Libyan National Army (LNA) were killed by snipers and one by a land mine as it faces resistance from a group of fighters in the Benghazi district of Khreibish.

There have been daily festivities in the area and occasional air strikes.

LNA commander Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
declared victory in a three-year military campaign against an array of forces of Evil and other fighters in Benghazi in early July.

The fighting is part of a broader conflict that developed following the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
. Haftar has opposed a UN-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, as he has gradually strengthened his position on the ground.

Also on Monday, he UN urgently appealed for countries to take in 1,300 "extremely vulnerable" refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants colonists in the country.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said there was a dire need for 1,300 resettlement places by the end of March 2018.

"This is a desperate call for solidarity and humanity," Volker Turk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, said in a statement.

"We need to get extremely vulnerable refugees out of Libya as soon as possible," he said. The chaos-ridden country has long been a major transit hub for migrants colonists trying to reach Europe. Many refugees and migrants colonists have fallen prey to serious abuse there at the hands of human traffickers and others.
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Two dead in suicide bombing in Cameroon mosque
[AlAhram] Two people were killed on Monday when a jacket wallah attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
jihadists, sources said.

"A suicide bomber went kaboom! this morning in a mosque in Kerawa," on the border with Nigeria, a regional security official reached by AFP said.

"Two civilians and the bomber were killed," the source said, confirming an account by an eyewitness, who said the event took place shortly after morning prayers, when the mosque was relatively empty.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2017 05:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemeni army seizes three districts in Hodeidah, Iran evacuates advisers
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Following the progress that the Yemeni army made supported by popular resistance in Hodeidah, navigational sources in the port of Hodeidah revealed that Tehran vacated 40 military advisers from the area along with UN workers in Yemen.

Prior to this, Tehran had evacuated its embassy employees from Sanaa following the intense battles between 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 ...
militias and the General People’s Congress Party (GPC) forces in the Yemeni capital last week.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pound, the little lost dog backed into the corner and showed its teeth. And what big teeth they were!...
Houthi militias are still being clamped down in the west coast of Yemen, with national army and coalition forces fast approaching the city of Hodeidah.

The evacuation of Iranian advisers along with UN workers took place three days ago through the Hodeidah port which is controlled by the militia.

Sources at the port confirmed that the operation was done very discretely so as not to attract any attention.

More notably, the decision to evacuate the Iranian advisers closely followed the killing of Iranian missile expert Hussein Khasrawy, who was killed on Saturday in a coalition raid in Sanaa.

Media sources said that the embassy employees were evacuated from Sanaa to Muscat, after the embassy building was exposed to an air raid during a battle between the Houthis and GPC forces last week.

Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Houthis kill 20, arrest dozens in latest crackdown
[ARABNEWS] Yemen’s official news agency SABA said the 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 ...
militias have killed at least 20 people and detained dozens across the country’s north since assassinating former President 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...
The Houthis appear to be escalating their crackdown on any possible sign of rebellion among their one-time allies from Saleh’s party, the General People’s Congress. They are also shutting down the Internet and tightening an already existing media blackout.

According to SABA, now under control of the internationally-recognized government, the Houthis also blew up 20 houses in the northern province of Hajja and replaced the province’s governor who was a onetime Saleh associate.

The agency reported on Monday that the Houthis also tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
49 people in Mahwet, another northern province in Yemen.

Houthi violence continued despite a call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a renewed push to end the war.
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Second Jewish building in Sweden attacked with firebombs
[IsraelTimes] Molotov cocktails thrown at chapel in Malmo cemetery, two days after synagogue in Gothenburg hit; on Friday, marchers in Malmo vowed to 'shoot the Jews'

Swedish police on Monday said they were probing an attempted arson against a Jewish chapel after a similar attack against a synagogue, which came in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Two burning objects were thrown at the chapel, located at a Jewish cemetery, in Sweden’s third largest city of Malmo, the Jewish assembly said in a statement on Monday.

The Local news website said Molotov cocktails had been thrown at the building.

Malmo police front man Lars Forstell told AFP that the incident is being investigated "as an attempted arson" and that the motive is unclear.

No serious damage was done to the building and no one was hurt.

But the Jewish assembly in Malmo said it sees the incident as "extremely serious."

"We strongly emphasize that we can never accept being subjected to threats and attacks," it said in the statement.

The chapel was the target of a previous arson attack in 2009, the Local website reported at the time. A small fire started causing a little damage to the building.

In 2015 Swedish police posted officers at the cemetery after a Jewish man reported he was intimidated by passersby at the site.

Swedish police have tightened security near Jewish sites across the nation following a fire attack on a synagogue in the second largest city of Gothenburg on late Saturday.

More than a dozen men hurled Molotov cocktails at the synagogue in the southern Sweden city, hours after locals marched there against 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...
’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The synagogue did not catch fire and no one was hurt. Police have detained three men on suspicion of attempted arson.

In Malmo on Friday, around 200 protesters gathered, threatening and calling for violence against Jews, according to the Swedish daily Sydsvenskan.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Sunday condemned the synagogue Molotov cocktailing and the calls in Malmo for violence against Jews, saying anti-Semitism had no place in Swedish society.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has also condemned "calls for violence against Jews."

This was a reference, in part, to chants about shooting Jews heard at the Malmo rally.

"We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews," some in the rally of 200 demonstrators shouted, according to the public radio station. Intifada is the Arabic-language word for a violent uprising.

"There is no place for anti-Semitism in Swedish society," Lofven said in a statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Malmo police front man Lars Forstell told AFP that the incident is being investigated "as an attempted arson" and that the motive is unclear.

Of course not Lars
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2017 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Abu Sven
Posted by: Frank G || 12/12/2017 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Once is a minor arson incident, twice is random coincidence, three times is Islamophobia.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/12/2017 12:52 Comments || Top||

#4  They should close the building as it's forcing peaceful muslims to firebomb it and risk burns.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2017 13:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Malmo police front man Lars Forstell told AFP that the incident is being investigated
But not to include entry into the Muslim Quarter, which is too dangerous.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/12/2017 14:25 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 - "Attractive Nuisance"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/12/2017 14:29 Comments || Top||


Man held over jihadist murders of French police couple after 'DNA found on their computer'
[YAHOO] French police jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
a man on Monday in connection with the jihadist murder of a police couple after his DNA was allegedly matched to traces found in their home near Gay Paree, legal sources said.

It also claimed that the 24-year-old has been linked to Larossi Aballa,
...whose name is more commonly given as Larossi Abballa in our archives...
the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) Death Eater who claimed the June 2016 attack in a live video from the murder scene before being killed by police in a shootout, the sources added.

The suspect, who was not on a terrorism watchlist, was arrested in the western Gay Paree suburb of Les Mureaux.

His brother, Charaf-Din Aberouz, 29,
...who was jailed earlier in the decade for some Al Qaeda nonsense, then got up to more nonsense after being released...
has already been charged with providing logistical assistance to Aballa, whose chilling attack - one in a string of assaults in La Belle France since January 2015 - caused shock in police ranks.

Aballa stabbed police captain Jean-Baptiste Salvaing to death outside his home in Magnanville, 60 kilometres west of Gay Paree, and then slit the throat of his lover companion Jessica Schneider in front of the couple's three-year-old son.

In a Facebook Live video from the scene, he called for further terror attacks.

The man arrested Monday was already investigated over a foiled attack by a group of female jihadists who tried to set set fire to a car containing gas canisters near Notre-Dame Cathedral in Gay Paree in September 2016.
The ladies in question being Ornella Gilligman, Sarah Hervouet, Amel Sakaou and Ines Madani.
Charged with failing to report that plot, he spent four months in preventive custody before being released in January.

He is still under formal investigation in that case and faces charges of "failing to denounce a terrorist crime".

Investigators believe that a notorious French IS member, Rachid Kassim, directed both attacks from the Middle East, using the encrypted Telegram app.
...and many others during his meteoric career as a seducer of French youth...
Kassim is believed to have been killed in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in February.
This article starring:
Larossi Abballa
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
Day 2: Taxi driver 'intentionally' detonated crude bomb made of Xmas lights, sugar and match heads in NYC subway tunnel after 'seeing Christmas posters on wall' and days after 'big row with his family'
[DailyMail] Follow up to the events of yesterday.
  • A pipe bomb prematurely went off in an underground tunnel linking the Times Square subway station and the Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning around 7:20am

  • The suspect has been identified as unmarried 27-year-old green-card holder Akayed Ullah

  • Ullah came to the U.S. seven years ago from Bangladesh on a visa for people who have family in the U.S.

  • He was the only one seriously injured in the blast

  • Ullah was taken to Bellevue Hospital for serious burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen

  • CNN reports that the bomb detonated prematurely and that if it had gone off as intended the damage could have been catastrophic

  • Ullah says he made the explosive himself last week, after reading instructions on the internet

  • The FBI has been swarming multiple addresses connected to Ullah in Brooklyn

  • His parents have since released a statement saying they are 'outraged' by the treatment of their family

  • Neighbors say they heard yelling and screaming coming for the apartment the last two nights and that Ullah was not a friendly person

  • Ullah told investigators that he carried out the attack as revenge for recent actions by Israelis against Muslim Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

  • The incident happened just days after President Trump sparked demonstrations across the world by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city

  • Trump said in a statement that 'lax' immigration policies were to blame for the attack, and urged Congress to 'enact legislative reforms to protect the American people'
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [429 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  His parents have since released a statement saying they are 'outraged' by the treatment of their family

So typically Muslim.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2017 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's an idea: he got here via chain immigration, so let's clear the problem up with chain deportations.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/12/2017 7:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Using real chains. Maybe with a whiff of grapeshot?
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 12/12/2017 7:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Xmas lights, sugar and match heads? I thought bomb making under Islam was more sophisticated.
Posted by: jpal || 12/12/2017 9:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Of course the pisLamic PR jihad front CAIR was right on hand. Defending muslim terrorists, spitting on American human victims.
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/12/2017 10:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Good thing he didn't use Ramadan lights then.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/12/2017 14:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Xmas lights, sugar and match heads?

Sounds like the brandied Christmas fruitcake my mother used to make.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/12/2017 14:39 Comments || Top||

#8  I grew up in a simple Rum Sponge family Skid.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/12/2017 18:25 Comments || Top||

#9  I can’t claim to be grown up Ship.
I think I’m an adult but my wife says my maturity was stunted about 14.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/12/2017 19:40 Comments || Top||

#10  You too?? I don't even have to ask my ex-wife. My friends agree....heh
Posted by: Frank G || 12/12/2017 20:37 Comments || Top||

#11  my wife says my maturity was stunted about 14.

I prefer to think of it as boyish charm. Opinions may differ.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/12/2017 23:07 Comments || Top||


Self-propelled vessel intercepted smuggling more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine near Texas
[FOXNEWS] A U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepted a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel engaged in smuggling more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine, federal officials said Sunday.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on November 13, CBP and Marine Operations (AMO) tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
the crew during operations in international waters, and all three suspects will face charges in the U.S.

"The narco mobs are relentless and extremely innovative," National Air Security Operations Center ‐ Corpus Christi Director Allen Durham said.

"Interdicting self-propelled semi-submersible vessels requires expertise and the right aircraft. Air and Marine Operations will continue to beat the cartels at their own game to protect our borders."

The multi-day operation from surveillance to interception, according to CBP, involved several interagency partners including the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy.

AMO operates maritime patrol aircraft from Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, to conduct long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions along the U.S. borders and in drug transit zones in Central and South America, according to CBP.
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Guess it won't be a white Christmas.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/12/2017 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Shit, a mere drop in the bucket.
Posted by: Chris || 12/12/2017 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  By self-propelled, do they mean it was steering itself; no crew?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/12/2017 14:33 Comments || Top||

#4  The sub had a crew of three, all arrested of course.

"Self Propelled" means it can move itself, like self propelled lawn mower and the like.

In this case I suspect the Coast Guard was saying the submarine had its own propulsion system as opposed to being towed underwater by a surface boat.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 12/12/2017 16:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Heard they captured one of these a couple years back. Showed photos and that one was 'self-propelled', too.

Apparently they work, so I'd expect there's quite a few out there.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/12/2017 19:22 Comments || Top||

#6  The mules/drivers will flood them upon discovery and expect USCG rescue...perhaps that should be revisited
Posted by: Frank G || 12/12/2017 20:35 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Six 'terrorists' linked to Peshawar ATI attack arrested in KP
[DAWN] Six 'terrorists' suspected of involvement in the Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 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.
Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) attack which took place earlier this month were incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
during raids in the areas bordering Charsadda and Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found 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..
and Kunar...

, according to official sources.

Suicide jackets and kaboom were recovered from the possession of the six 'terrorists', who are said to have links to a sub-group of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
faction, the sources said.

The main culprit behind the attack remains absconding despite raids being conducted by security forces in Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
, where he was reported to have been present. Efforts are underway to arrest him.

Three murderous Moslems dressed in burqas stormed the ATI hostel situated near Peshawar's University Road on Dec 1, killing nine people and injuring 37 others.

The attack was claimed by the TTP. Both police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers based in Afghanistan.

At least nine suspects were arrested during a pre-dawn search operation carried out by law-enforcement agencies on the outskirts of Peshawar the day after the attack.

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3 militants, woman killed in Handwara encounter
[Daily Excelsior] Three Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) turbans and a woman were killed today in an encounter in Handwara area of North Kashmire’s Kupwara district while turbans attacked at cash van of Jammu and Kashmire Bank in Shopian district of South Kashmire, killing two guards.

Police said that the woman got injured in the cross firing during the shootout and later succumbed to her injuries.
Continued on Page 49
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Iraq
Baghdad bomb and bullet bulletin

Two people injured in bomb attack on Baghdad house

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Two people were injured in a bomb attack in Baghdad on Monday, a security source told Alghad Press.

“Unidentified gunmen hurled a bomb at a house in al-Shu’ala neighborhood in Baghdad, injuring two people,” the source said.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and a probe was launched into the attack, the source added.

Iraqi forces seize 18 mortar shells, defuse seven bombs in Baghdad

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Iraqi security forces have seized 18 mortar shells and defused seven bombs in Baghdad on Monday, a military command said.

“The troops found 18 mortar shells and nabbed a number of outlaws who are wanted on different charges south of the Iraqi capital,” the Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press on Monday.

Also, the forces seized one kilogram of the highly explosive TNT material and a detonator north of Baghdad, the statement read, adding that seven bombs were defused at al-Halabsa area west of the capital city.

Residents of Baghdad area say stringent security turns it into a big prison

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Residents of an area in northern Baghdad are decrying what they describe as unbearable security restrictions and sectarian discrimination that turn the area into an actual prison.

London-based al-Quds Alarabi quoted residents of Mashahda, Tarimiya, saying they are always undergoing stringent vetting and ID checks at checkpoints in the neighborhood. The army “maintains the closure of vital pathways, and has imposed “weeks-long curfews, trapped citizens inside and outside, and carried out random arrests”.

“The area has turned into both a big prison and a military barrack that is difficult to live in,” Omar Abu Kamel, a resident of the area, told the paper. “Many people are feeling rage, injustice and sectarian discrimination due to provocative practices by the Iraqi army and humiliating measures”.

Even residents with documents proving they belong to the area cannot escape the lockup, according Abu Kamel. “Many people have now no other choice but to relocate”, he said. “The security policy in Mashahda has emptied the area of men who had to migrate for fear of kidnapping or detention”.

Abu Kamel accused army troops of carrying out home raids, assaulting dwellers and getting ransoms in return for the release of arrested family members. He said unknown, masked gunmen also usually pass through the army checkpoints unquestioned before making detentions.

Baraa al-Mashadani, a blacksmith, recalls how soldiers blocked his way to home in central Tarimiya and ordered him to turn back or, otherwise, get arrested for “collaborating with terrorists”. He said he, however, holds an ID that verifies he is a local of the area.

In June, in response to wide complaints of mass detentions in Tarimiya, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the campaigns were targeting Islamic State hideouts.

Throughout Iraq’s three-year campaign to eliminate Islamic State militancy, local and international human rights groups, and international agencies, have occasionally warned against vengeful violations by government and paramilitary troops against civilians from opposite sects. They urged the government to ensure civilians are not abused for unbased accusations of affiliation with the militant group.
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Scores of Islamic State militants surrender to security forces in Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) Dozens of 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....
bully boyz have surrendered to security forces after the bully boy group was completely driven out of its last stronghold in Iraq, a security official said.

"About 53 Islamic State bandidos Lions of Islam gave up their weapons at al-Hadar district, 80 km west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, before handing themselves into joint Iraqi forces," Brigadier General Saad Ahmed al-Janabi from the Interior Ministry’s Emergency Response Department told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

"Of all, 25 IS bully boyz were found to be Iraqis, who joined the bully boy group after the fall of Mosul city in 2014, while the other 28 bully boyz are of Arab and European nationalities," Janabi said.

"The local bandidos Lions of Islam were handed to the cabinet’s homeland security apparatus, while the foreign bully boyz were moved to the Counter Terrorism Service for deportation after coordination with the embassies of their countries," he added.
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#1  "Dig a BIG hole"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/12/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  You think this is the first hole I ever dug?
Posted by: Tommy DeVito || 12/12/2017 11:51 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes.
Posted by: Nicky Santoro || 12/12/2017 16:20 Comments || Top||


Seven Islamic State members killed in security operation, west of Ramadi
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Severn 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....
members were killed in a security operation in west of Ramadi, Anbar, a senior paramilitary official said on Monday.

"Joint troops of army’s seventh division and tribes carried out an operation in the desert, north of Baghdadi town, west of Anbar," Qutri al-Obeidi, a leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), told AlSumaria News.

"The troops managed to kill seven IS krazed killers, who were hiding inside a rest house near al-Saridiya village,"Obeidi added.
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Clashes break out between Iraqi, Kurdish troops in disputed region
Erbil (IraqiNews.com) Clashes broke out between Iraqi and Kurdish troops in the disputed region between Erbil and Baghdad, Kurdish media reported on Monday.

Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) accessed Fekaka village, in Qurret Tabah region, for the first time since 2014, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan media channels said.

The Kurdish troops deployed in the village, according to the reports, were engaged in festivities with Iraqi troops, however, the tensions eased later. It was revealed later that Iraqi troops arrived to arrest two suspects.

The suspects were then incarcerated
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and taken out of the village, the reports added.

Baghdad had declared intentions to retake areas disputed on with Erbil following the Kurdistan Region’s vote for independence from Iraq in September, urging Peshmerga to cooperate with federal troops.

Iraqi government forces approached the southern borders of Erbil, capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, shortly after engaging in festivities with the region’s forces in northern Kirkuk in October.
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Turkish air strikes kill 29 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: Army
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on Monday and killed 29 of the group's krazed killers, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's armed forces said.

The PKK fighters were believed to be preparing an attack on Ottoman Turkish border posts from the Hakurk and Metina regions of northern Iraq, the army said in a written statement.

Several caves and shelters used by the snuffies were destroyed in the air strikes, it said.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
After Iron Dome shoots down rocket fired at Ashkelon, IDF hits Gaza targets
[IsraelTimes] Two rounds of rocket fire and Israeli responses, a day after Israel blew up Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terror tunnel dug under the border.

Israeli forces attacked Hamas targets in the northern Gazoo Strip early Tuesday after Paleostinians fired a rocket toward the southern city of Ashkelon, the army said. The rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery.

After the rocket fire, Israeli aircraft and a tank attacked Hamas sites in the Strip, the army said, noting that it holds the terror group, which runs Gazoo, responsible for all rocket attacks.

This was the second round of Paleostinian rocket fire and Israeli responses in the day.

The rocket, fired at about 11:30 p.m., triggered early warning sirens in Ashkelon, the Lachish region and in the area around the Gazoo Strip.

The IDF said the Iron Dome successfully intercepted the rocket. No injuries were reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket fire, which came hours after Israel shelled a Hamas position in Gazoo in response to a missile shot from Gazoo.

No impact site was identified from the rocket fired earlier Monday, the army said, but reports indicated at least one missile landed in an open area near the border fence in the Eshkol region, opposite the southern Strip.

"The IDF hold Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gazoo Strip," the IDF said.
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Southeast Asia
Philippine military ‘neutralizes’ 350 Abu Sayyaf rebels in 2017
[Inquirer] Four commanders of military task forces in Western Mindanao reported more than 350 neutralized Abu Sayyaf terrorists since January this year. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr., commander Western Mindanao said a total of 353 members of the Abu Sayyaf were neutralized, “five times higher than the number of neutralized members in 2016 that only recorded 75.”

Of the total, 136 Abus surrendered: 72 in Basilan, 43 in Sulu and 21 in Tawi-tawi, Galvez said in his 2017 operations report. He said 127 were killed and 90 were caught within their jurisdiction. Galvez attributed this to the military’s “intensified combat and law enforcement support operations.

He said kidnapping incidents this year went down to 12 from 23 in 2016. The insurgents attacked civilians 77 times, which is was also down from 123 incidents in 2016.
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Abu Sayyaf Executes Vietnamese Boat Captain
[BENARNEWS.ORG] 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...
kidnapers executed a Vietnamese hostage after holding him captive for more than a year in the southern Philippines, the military said Monday.

The body of Pham Minh Tuan, the captain of the M/V Royal 16 vessel who was taken hostage along with five crew members by Abu Sayyaf hard boyz in November 2016, was recovered in a coastal village on Jolo island at the weekend, military officials said.

"Tuan’s remains were airlifted to Manila and turned over to the Vietnamese Embassy," said Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares, head of the regional police.

M/V Royal 16 was carrying cement from northeastern Vietnam to the Philippines when it was attacked off the island of 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...
in the south.

The boat had 19 crew members aboard, according to the Vietnamese embassy in the Philippines, but the attackers took six, including the captain, as hostages and let the rest go.

Tuan and his five crewmen apparently were taken to the jungles of Jolo island farther south, military officials said. One of the five escaped in June, while two had their heads chopped off a month later.

Mijares said the button men initially thought the boat captain could be ransomed for a big amount, but they were mistaken. He did not elaborate.

Last month, troops rescued four Vietnamese hostages from the Abu Sayyaf but found a fifth dead. This group was taken from another ship button men boarded in February.

At least six foreigners are believed to be held captive by Abu Sayyaf, officials said. The bandidos last year had beheaded two Canadians and a German national held separately, after ransom payments demanded by the captors were not met.
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Two men claim trial to links with Abu Sayyaf
[THESTAR.MY] Two men, who were placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
hours before the 29th SEA Games closing ceremony in August, have claimed trial to charges of having ties with the 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...
terror group.

Hajar Abdul Mubin, 25, from Sabah who is also known as Abu Asrie, was charged under Section 130KA of the Penal Code with being a member of the group since 2010.

Hajar was accused of committing the offence at ZA 2-14 Lorong Pangsa Baiduri 2, Taman Desa Baiduri, Cheras between 2010 and Aug 30, 2017.

His brother-in-law, Abdul Syamir Dabilin, 25, a Filipino, was charged with intentionally omitting information regarding a terrorist act, an offence under Section 130M of the Penal Code.

Both men lived in the same flat in Taman Desa Baiduri.

Hajar is liable for life imprisonment and a fine, while Samir could be tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
up to seven years prison, fined or both upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Azlina Rasdi prosecution while the accused were unrepresented.

High Court judge Mohd Sofian Abd Razak set Jan 11 next year for mention of the case and for the accused to hire lawyers.

It was reported Hajar was among eight suspected Abu Sayyaf turbans ‐ Malaysians and Filipinos ‐ who were arrested in an operation in Cheras on the eve of National Day on Aug 30 which was also the closing ceremony of the Games.

Hajar was believed to be a member of the Jolo-based Lucky 9 kidnap-for-ransom group with links to the Abu Sayyaf based in jungles of Jolo and 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...
islands in the Philippines.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
IS group driven out of Syria's Idlib after incursion: Monitor
[AlAhram] 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 jihadists have been driven out of Syria's Idlib province, two days after making an incursion into the region bordering The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, a war monitor said Monday.

IS fighters captured the Idlib village of Bashkun at the weekend after festivities with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
, an alliance of rebel forces dominated by a former al-Qaeda affiliate.

"After fierce fighting, Tahrir al-Sham has once again chased IS out of Idlib," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor.
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Al-Qaeda emir in southern Syria assassinated
[ALMASDARNEWS] The liquidation of Hay’at Tahrir al Sham’s (HTS) commanders continues across Syria- this time ,however, not in Idlib but rather in southernmost province of Dara’a.

Unknown assailants assassinated Mounir al-Moslemi, nicknamed Abu Namer Jabha, one of HTS’s most important emirs and commanders in Syria’s south.

He was the master planner behind many IEDs and liquidation operations against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in the southern province.

He was murdered when masked assailants opened fire on his car on the Rakhim-Karak Highway in East Daraa countryside instantly killing him. It remains unknown whether the Syrian intelligence or a rival rebel group was behind the liquidation of the Nusra key figure.
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Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase
[YAHOO] Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
has said Russia will withdraw the bulk of its forces from Syria following the "successful intervention" in the conflict there.

The announcement comes after the defence ministry said last week that Russia had "completely liberated" Syria 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), despite reports that the terrorist group still controls some remote territory there.

Speaking to soldiers at Russia's Khmeimim airbase during his first trip to Syria, where he was welcomed by Syrian president Bashir al-Assad, Mr Putin said he was ordering the defence minister and head of the general staff to begin withdrawing Russian forces to their home bases.
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  Coptic pope cancels Pence meeting over Jerusalem
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  Ahrar al-Sham commander eliminated in Idlib
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  Egyptian grand mufti affirms death sentences for 13 Ajnad Misr terrorists
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  Houthis execute ‘thousands’ in two days: UN’s Yemen envoy
Wed 2017-12-06
  Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled
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  Iranian Embassy In Sana’a Has Been Attacked
Mon 2017-12-04
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