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ISIS shadow judge among 5 killed in Afghan forces operations
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The Longest War: 8 Years After My Last Deployment, I Returned To AFG As A Reporter. Here's What I Found
[Task & Purpose] You know the story. On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked our nation. A few weeks later, we sent over a couple of Special Forces ODAs, a battalion of Army Rangers, and a few brave CIA paramilitary officers to extract a price from the responsible parties, as well as anyone who harbored them.

We were going to wage a war on terrorism. The good guys were gonna go get the bad guys.

Sixteen years, 2,407 American service members, three presidents, and $841 billion later, most Americans no longer care what we are doing over there or why we’re doing it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/21/2017 08:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [547 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So...
Was Rumsfeld right after all?
Posted by: jvalentour || 12/21/2017 13:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Very good article.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2017 15:37 Comments || Top||

#3  What you get for waging 'kinder gentler' war.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 12/21/2017 20:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Be Patient and the Afghan know you are sincere.

A golden gif may appear ;)
Posted by: newc || 12/21/2017 22:10 Comments || Top||

Taliban leader behind recent Helmand violence killed in airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader who was involved behind the recent wave of violence in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province has been killed in an Arclight airstrike.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the prominent Taliban Qari Fida Mohammad was among several killed as fighter jets bombed the Lions of Islam in Marjah district.

The statement further added that the airstrike was carried out today in the vicinity of Haji Baba roundabout.

According to Helmand provincial government, Qari Fida was a close aide to the shadow governor of the Taliban for Helmand Mullah Manan and was actively involved in recent violence in this province.

No further details have been given regarding the number of the Taliban gunnies killed or maimed in the airstrike.

death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
the Helmand government said an investigation is underway and more details will be released as appropriate.

Posted by: Fred || 12/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS shadow judge among 5 killed in Afghan forces operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least five ISIS faceless myrmidons including a shadow judge of the terror group have been killed in the latest operations of 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 the faceless myrmidons were killed during the operations conducted in the past 24 hours in Khogyani district.

The statement further added that the operations are being conducted as part of the Silab-4 and 9 operations to eliminate the faceless myrmidons of the terror group from Nangarhar.

At least seven faceless myrmidons of the terror group were also maimed during the same operations, the statement said, adding that three areas including a village have been cleared from the presence of the terror group.

Posted by: Fred || 12/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Egyptian forces clash with jihadists near Sinai airport
[IsraelTimes] Egyptian officials say security forces have clashed with jihadists near the airport of the northern Sinai city of el-Arish, killing five of them a day after a missile hit the facility during a visit by the defense and interior ministers.

The officials say an army captain was killed in Wednesday’s fighting in olive orchards near the airport. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The festivities came a day after a missile hit the airport during a previously unannounced visit to el-Arish by Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy and Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar, who is in charge of police.
Ansar Bayt al Maqdis claimed Tuesday’s attack on Wednesday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Saudi-led coalition air raids 'kill 11 Yemen civilians'
[Al Jazeera] Air raids by a Saudi-led military coalition across 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...
have been blamed for killing 11 civilians, a day after 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 ...
rebels fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The deadly attacks came on the 1,000th day of the devastating war that has killed about 10,000 people and left millions facing starvation.

The pro-Houthi Al Masirah television channel said 11 people were killed - including women and kiddies - and 19 others maimed in Thursday's air raids in Saada province in the country's far north.

A Houthi source told The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Anadolu news agency that Yemen's capital, Sanaa, was also struck by a series of air raids.

Fighter jets launched two attacks on Saada's Old Quarter, killing the 11 civilians, Abdelellah al-Ezi, head of the provincial health office, told German news agency dpa.

The aircraft later bombed the area as medical workers attempted to help the victims, al-Ezi said. "So far we have not been able to reach the area as jets are flying overhead," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 12/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Down Under
Car rams into pedestrians in Melbourne; up to 19 injured
[Ynet] Australian media say up to 19 people have been injured after a car drove into pedestrians on a sidewalk in central Melbourne.

Police have arrested the driver of the white SUV, which crashed into a cable car stop, but were not able to immediately confirm the cause of the incident or whether it was terrorism-related.

Media reports say up to 19 pedestrians have been treated for injuries, with 12 taken to hospitals, including a pre-school aged child in serious condition with head injuries.
I suppose it could be a drank driver, but...
Update from the Telegraph at 6:40 a.m. ET:
A man arrested after a car was driven into pedestrians in central Melbourne has a history of drug use and mental health problems, police have revealed as they said the incident is not believed to be terror-related.
Nutters have attacked for the glory of Allah, too. They just aren’t likely to be part of a highly choreographed and rehearsed plan with multiple attackers carrying guns and bombs.
The driver of the white SUV that ploughed into a crowd - leaving at least 14 people injured, several of them critically - in what officers believe was a "deliberate act" was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent.
The odds suddenly increased that this was a case of Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
There is no evidence or intelligence to suggest a link with terrorism at this stage,
...if terrorism is defined as having been been planned by an official ISIS/Al Qaeda/etc. ad nauseum attack planner and undertaken by trained ISIS, etc. cadres. But if it is someone who decided to kill for the glory of Allah, possibly but not necessarily encouraged by ISIS or Al Qaeda messages that Moslems around the world should undertake to attack unbelievers with whatever is at hand, then this could well be. Thank goodness for the bollards put up after a similar attack by what sounds like a paranoid schizophrenic — Christian variety — last January...
Melbourne's acting police commissioner Shane Patton said, adding that this is no known continued threat.

He added that a second arrested man, aged 24, is not believed to be involved. He was seen filming the incident with a mobile phone and was then searched by police, who found three knives in his bag.
Was a second terror attack averted?
In a terrifying incident during the pre-Christmas shopping rush, the four-wheeled drive vehicle rammed into a large number of pedestrians at high speed on the pavement outside Flinders Street railway station, one of the Australian city’s main transport hubs.

Earlier media reports suggested that a total of 19 people had been injured.

Police said 14 people had been taken to hospital for treatment, including several who were described as being critically ill.

The incident occurred when the vehicle struck a number of pedestrians in front of Flinders Street Station just after 4.30pm.
The Daily Mail describes the miscreant as a lone wolf, and has a good photo of the well groomed miscreant with a close-cropped beard held down on the ground by police, as well as a photo of the second man, who appears darker, with a bushy beard about 8” long, adding:
The driver was known to police and has a history of drug use, mental health issues and criminal history.
Update from the Daily Mail at 4:00p.m. ET:
Four are fighting for life in hospital after a car 'deliberately' ploughed into rush hour crowds in the heart of Melbourne.

A white Suzuki SUV with p-plates, driven by 32-year-old man of Afghan descent, who The Herald Sun have identified as Saeed Noori, crashed into a large group of commuters and shoppers at the corner of Melbourne's busy Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street at 4.41pm on Thursday.

The 32-year-old lone wolf driver was known to police and was arrested at the scene.

The driver, who is an Australian citizen, is under police guard at hospital with shoulder and hand injuries.

Victoria Police said the driver has a history of drug use, criminal history with a minor assault in 2010 and is on a mental health plan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/21/2017 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [450 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Commander Russell Barrett: "We believe based on what we have seen that it is a deliberate act. The motivations are unknown. It is still the early days of the investigation."

Posted by: Classer || 12/21/2017 4:41 Comments || Top||

#2  And it's iSlam...

Afghan i.e. muSlime with drug and mental illness.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/21/2017 7:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Driver Afghani but motive unknown. Right.
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/21/2017 7:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Known wolf, but nothing done...

Either they start shipping known wolf gimmigrants back to shitholistan or we start shipping the establishment there.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/21/2017 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Embrace the power of "and", BP
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/21/2017 7:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Good point.

Why wait? Let them enjoy the diversity they inflicted on us.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/21/2017 7:25 Comments || Top||

#7  AMAZING how quickly they can declare "Not Terrorism™!"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/21/2017 8:30 Comments || Top||

#8  There is no evidence or intelligence to suggest a link with terrorism at this stage,

Then find someone who is intelligent then.
Posted by: gorb || 12/21/2017 9:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Linked to TerrorIslam
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/21/2017 10:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Critically ill?

Tired of this bullshit.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/21/2017 10:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Apparently Commissioner Patton is also supposed to be a 'terrorism expert'. Some course he took in Victoria.
Posted by: Dron || 12/21/2017 13:09 Comments || Top||

#12  Islam is mental illness but this whitewash could be seen coming. The photo of the second man, the pure hate on his face tells it all.

Jihad. So what mosque did these pig turds crawl out from?
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/21/2017 13:09 Comments || Top||

Great White North
Canada jury clears man of terrorism charges in Christmas lights bomb case
[Ynet] A Canadian jury on Tuesday found a man guilty of possessing an explosive substance but cleared him and his partner of three terrorism-related charges after the government alleged they were trying to build a bomb with ingredients that included Christmas lights.
Just like the fellow who so damaged his belly (and nothing else) at the NY City Port Authority bus station in the name of ISIS recently. As for the Canadians, the only article we have in the archive can be seen here.
The Montreal couple, El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane, were charged with trying to leave Canada to join a terrorist group, possessing an explosive substance, facilitating a terrorist activity and committing an offense for a terrorist group.

Jamali, now 20, was found guilty of a reduced charge of possessing explosives without a lawful excuse and acquitted of other charges.

Jamali was given credit for time served and ordered released during a Tuesday afternoon hearing. He was also prohibited from owning a firearm for 10 years.

Djermane, 21, was acquitted of all charges. The two were tossed into the calaboose since they were jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in 2015, when they were teenagers.
”Go, and sin no more.”
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#1  What you subsidize . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 12/21/2017 9:26 Comments || Top||

Terror bid targeting Balochistan governor foiled
[DAWN] Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
security forces on Wednesday foiled a terror bid targeting Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai in the Gulistan area of Killa Abdullah.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti, while addressing a presser in Quetta, said that the suspects, who had planned twin suicide kabooms targeting Achakzai, had been tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and suicide jackets, 16 rockets, 80 landmines, and other weapons had been recovered from their possession.

The attackers were identified as Hamid Bashir from Punjab, and Munawwar from Gulistan, Achakzai's hometown.

Bugti said the suspects belonged to the same terrorist group that was behind the deadly attack on slain Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

home minister Shuja Khanzada.

According to initial reports, the attack on Khanzada was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
in retaliation for the killing of the former LJ chief, Malik Ishaq, in 2015.

Bugti added that "timely information ensured the terror bid was foiled in time, without the loss of life".

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Six civilians killed, wounded in bomb blast, northeast of Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Six non-combatants were killed and injured in a kaboom near a school in northeast of Diyala, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

"A bomb placed near a school gate in abul Khanazeer village, caused death of two civilians and four others maimed," the source told AlSumaria News.

"Security troops transferred the maimed to nearby hospital for treatment, while the victims were taken to forensic medicine department," the source, who asked to remain anonymous, added.
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Five Islamic State militants killed in repelled attack on Iraqi-Syrian border
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Five 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....
hard boyz were killed in a repelled attack on the Iraqi-Syrian border on Wednesday, paramilitary forces said.

"Popular Mobilization Forces’ (PMF) 1st brigade repelled a fierce attack launched by Islamic State against Tall Safuk area on the Iraqi-Syrian border," the paramilitary forces said in a statement, quoted by Baghdad Today, on Wednesday.

"The two-hour attack left five IS hard boyz killed," the statement read, adding that the PMFs have detonated a vehicle owned by the assailants and seized another.

"The security situation is now under control," the statement concluded.

Earlier in the day, a Diyala-based provincial official warned of the return of Islamic State hard boyz to a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces after the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from there.

Speaking to Alsumaria News, Abdul Khaleq al-Azzawi, a member of Diyala province council, said, "Islamic State hard boyz returned to Mteibijah border area between Salahuddin and Diyala provinces after Iraqi forces withdrew from there on Monday for unknown reasons."

Azzawi wondered how the "Iraqi military could take such a decision of withdrawal with no reasonable justification."

A military operation was launched earlier on Saturday to hunt down remnants of Islamic State at Mteibijah area in Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

Backed by paramilitary al-Hashd al-Shaabi, the troops advanced from three directions to clear Mteibijah area, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a brief statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2017 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antix

Anbar removed 38.000 leftover munitions in 2 years

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Civil defense in Anbar have cleared and destroyed 38.000 munition items left over from Islamic State militants’ presence and security forces battles against the group in the province.

Fawzi Yassin, commander of the province’s civil defense directorate, told Alsumaria News on Wednesday that teams, over the past two years, cleared and destroyed more than 38.174 projectiles from areas recaptured by security forces.

The removed explosives included rockets, bullet rounds and multi-sized projectiles, adding that efforts continue to clear the remaining areas.

Since 2015, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has cleared 390 priority locations in Falluja and Ramadi in Anbar province, removing more than 2,600 explosive hazards from areas reclaimed from Islamic State.

Leftover explosives continue to pose a threat at areas seized back from IS, occasionally leaving deaths among civilians, according to local news reports.

Three Iraqi soldiers wounded as rocket fired from Syria against western Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded as a rocket fired from Syria targeted their patrol in western Anbar, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

“Three Iraqi soldiers were injured at the Iraqi-Syrian borders, near Qaim, after their patrol was targeted,” the source told Alghad Press. “The patrol was targeted by a rocket fired from Syrian lands.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2017 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under:

Kurdistan problems post-poll

Kurdish forces arrest scores of civilians, cut off internet in Sulaymaniyah

Erbil (Iraqinews.com) Kurdish forces have launched a wide-scale arrest campaign in Sulaymaniyah to silence demonstrators, who have taken to the streets since Monday in protest at delayed salary payments and poor services.

“Kurdish troops have been heavily deployed at Halabja, Chamchamal, Ranya and Koysinjaq towns in Sulaymaniyah governorate, and have already arrested scores of civilians there,” Alsumaria News quoted Kurdish media outlets as saying.

“There is a heavy security presence in central Sulaymaniyah in particular,” it added.

Meanwhile, a well-informed source told Alghad Press that the Kurdish authorities have cut off internet services in Sulaymaniyah.

Internet service providers Korek Telecom and Fastlink have received orders from the Kurdish security to shut down the internet in Sulaymaniyah in the wee hours of Wednesday, the source said.

The Iraqi Kurdistan region has been witnessing a sweeping wave of protests since Monday as demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the austerity policy, recently adopted by the Kurdish government.

Kurdistan police: Two protesters killed in 2-day clashes with security forces

Anbar (Iraqinews.com) – Two Kurdish protesters were killed in clashes with security forces over the past two days, Ranya District Police said.

In a Wednesday statement, quoted by Baghdad Today, the Ranya District Police said, “The encounters between Kurdish forces and angry protesters left two people dead and several others injured,” the statement read.

“Security forces opened fire at protesters after several partisan headquarters and government institutions were set ablaze by them,” the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2017 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:

More Mosul Moslem Mayhem

9,000-plus died in battle for Mosul — nearly 10 times more than thought
As estimated by a team of AyPee reporters from things they were told and shown. Possibly the numbers are within the correct order of magnitude, but then one ponders the utter nonsense published in the Lancet about civilian deaths during the 2003 invasion. Read all the details at the link.
[IsraelTimes] NGO figures show Iraqi or coalition forces responsible for at least 3,200 civilian deaths in war against Islamic State.

Six Islamic State militants killed in campaign, southeastern Mosul: Officer

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops killed six Islamic State militants in a security campaign launched in southeast of Mosul on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.

“The federal investigations and intelligence agency submitted information to the National Security Agency over presence of six out of 20 militants, who previously infiltrated into Mosul, are there at a residential house in al-Shaimaa region, southeast of the city,” Cap. Mohamed Atwan al-Ghanimi, of the agency, said.

“Joint troops of the agency and the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service headed toward the target after drawing accurate plan,” he added.

Troops, according to Ghanimi, urged the militants to turn in themselves. However, they rejected and started confrontations. The snipers began with opening fire against the militants from several directions.

“In less than 10 minutes, all the militants were attacked. No casualties were reported among troops and civilians,” Atwan said.

Efforts are made to look for the rest of the militants, after information showed they sneaked toward the center of the city from desert regions, according to the officer.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2017 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  NGO figures show Iraqi or coalition forces responsible for at least 3,200 civilian deaths...
For varying definitions of "civilian"...
Posted by: magpie || 12/21/2017 17:31 Comments || Top||

Three people killed, injured in bomb blast near Baghdad market
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Three people were killed and injured in a kaboom north of Baghdad on Wednesday, a security source told Alghad Press.

"An explosive charge went off near a popular market at al-Falahat tribe in al- Tarmiyah town, north of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring two others," the source said.

A security force cordoned off the blast site, while ambulances carried the injured to a nearby hospital, the source added.
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Hundreds of Palestinians riot in fresh ‘day of rage’ over Jerusalem
[IsraelTimes] Army says troops employed nonlethal riot dispersal methods at Qalandiya checkpoint clash; Red Islamic Thingy says one Paleostinian was injured by live fire

Some 800 Paleostinians took part in violent demonstrations across the West Bank on Wednesday, following calls by the Paleostinian leadership for another "day of rage" in response to 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 protests were originally called to protest the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence, who was due to arrive on Wednesday but postponed his trip.

The largest demonstration took place at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, where hundreds of Paleostinians were clashing with Israeli troops, the army said.

Protesters were throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at troops and setting tires on fire. The soldiers were responding with nonlethal riot dispersal weapons, including tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. An army spokesperson said soldiers had not fired live rounds at protesters.

A front man for the Red Islamic Thingy disputed the claim, telling The Times of Israel that one of the 27 Paleostinians treated by the emergency service was injured by live fire.

In the Qaladiya festivities, four of the treated Paleostinians were maimed by rubber bullets, 16 by tear gas, one by a fall and one by a direct hit from a tear gas canister, the Red Islamic Thingy front man said.

In Bethlehem, one was treated for tear gas inhalation, and another two for choking on tear gas in Hebron.

Additionally, one was injured by live fire at a protest in Beit Ummar, a Paleostinian village near Hebron.

On Sunday, Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
’s Fatah faction called for "angry" demonstrations to protest against a Wednesday visit to Jerusalem by Pence after Washington said it would recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital.

by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the White House announced Monday that it had to delay Pence’s visit until an unknown date in mid-January as the Trump administration seeks to push through historic tax reform legislation.
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Hamas terror cell sought to kidnap Likud MK Yehudah Glick
[IsraelTimes] 3 charged with plotting against politician and IDF's Arabic front man Avichai Adraee, before deciding that targeting a soldier or settler would be more feasible

Three Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, Lions of Islam were indicted Wednesday for planning to kidnap Likud MK Yehudah Glick and the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson.

Last week, Shin Bet security service incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
the head of the cell, Mo’ad Eshtiya, 26, along with 19-year-old twin brothers Mohammed and Ahmad Ramadan in the Paleostinian village of Tel near Nablus.

According to the incident filed against the three in the Samaria Military Court, the suspects backtracked on their original plans to abduct Glick and the IDF’s Avichai Adraee and were instead plotting to kidnap an Israeli soldier or settler.

Eshtiya looked up information on Glick and Adraee on the internet before deciding that kidnapping a soldier or settler would be more feasible, the indictment said.

Following the arrests, the Shin Bet said that the Nablus-area cell had been in contact with officials from the terror group in the Gazoo Strip, which was financing the operation.

According to Israel Radio, the terror cell’s goal was to use the attack to advance negotiations for the release of Paleostinian security prisoners currently in Israeli jails.

Glick, an activist for Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount, though not at the expense of Moslem prayer at the disputed holy site, was shot four times at close range by a Paleostinian assailant in 2014 and was severely injured. After recovering, he went on to become a Likud politician.

Speaking to The Times of Israel Wednesday, Glick thanked the security forces for their work in apprehending the terror cell members. "We must always remember that the quiet that exists in Israel is due to their efficient and dedicated activity," he said.

Glick pledged to continue serving the public "with all my strength."

"I am not afraid, but I certainly will continue to take all the necessary precautions," the politician added.
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IDF arrests another Palestinian woman for hitting soldiers in video
[IsraelTimes] Nour Tamimi joins her cousin, Ahed, in jug for 'assault and incitement'; Israeli troops clash with Paleostinians while escorting worshipers to Nablus holy site

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a second Paleostinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh early Wednesday morning, in connection with an incident last week in which she and her cousin filmed themselves hitting and harassing soldiers outside their house.

The arrest of 21-year-old Nour Tamimi came a day after the arrest of her teenage cousin, Ahed. Ahed was remanded into custody for 10 days on Wednesday.

In the video, which was widely shared on social media on Monday, Nour can be seen wearing a black jacket and hitting and shoving one of the soldiers, while Ahed slaps and kicks them. The soldiers did not react.

Also overnight, the army led a group of some 500 Jewish worshipers to the Joseph’s Tomb holy site in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

During the visit, local residents clashed violently with the troops, throwing rocks and burning tires, the army said. The soldiers responded with mostly nonlethal riot dispersal weapons, like tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. There were also live shots fired.

Paleostinian media reported that three people were shot and injured. The army said it was familiar with the reports, but would not confirm them.

Three of the Paleostinians who took part in the riot were arrested, the army added.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested 13 other Paleostinian suspects before dawn on Wednesday, the army said.

Later on Wednesday morning, Border Police officers arrested a Paleostinian teenage boy in Hebron after he walked toward them "with a knife in his hand" near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site in the city, a police spokesperson said.

Nour Tamimi’s cousin Ahed, who is a minor, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday. She is suspected of committing assault and incitement, according to the army.

Later on Tuesday, a military court decided to keep her in jug until Thursday. Her mother, who was also detained on suspicion of assault and incitement, is also being held until Thursday.

Nabi Saleh ‐ 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Ramallah ‐ has been the frequent staging ground for provoked festivities between Israeli soldiers and Paleostinians, specifically members of the Tamimi clan, which has a history of getting involved in highly publicized interactions with the IDF.

According to the Paleostinian Ma’an news outlet, at a violent clash in the village last Friday, a cousin of Ahed Tamimi was shot in the head with a rubber bullet and remains in a coma as of Tuesday afternoon.

Bassem Tamimi, the girls’ father, told the Walla news site that before the incident the soldier who sustained the slaps had entered the family home and harmed his son Muhammad, 14. "It was only on camera that he tried to come across as the moral soldier."

He told Ynet that he rejected what he called attempts by the Israeli media to portray the soldiers as victims. They were standing on his property, he added.
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Ten bodies found in Myanmar mass grave
[DAWN] Myanmar's army said on Tuesday it found 10 corpses in a mass grave in a largely Rohingya village in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, the epicentre of a violent military crackdown that triggered a mass exodus of the Moslem minority.

Northern Rakhine has been gutted by violence that erupted on August 25, when the military launched a sweeping operation against Rohingya rebels who attacked police posts.

Since then hundreds of villages have been torched and some 655,000 Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh.

Doctors Without Borders says at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of violence, while the UN has accused the army of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign with possible "elements of genocide".

Myanmar, a mainly Buddhist country, has aggressively denied the charges and largely blocked off access to the conflict zone.

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Syrian Army’s offensive in southeast Aleppo takes disastrous turn
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful assault in the southeastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, today, targeting the jihadist-held town of al-Ramleh.

Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division and Elite Republican Guard managed to enter the town from its eastern flank this afternoon, following a fierce battle with the jihadist forces.

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the Syrian Army’s success would stop there, as they soon found themselves outnumbered and nearly surrounded inside of al-Ramleh.

According to preliminary reports, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
captured eight soldiers and killed a half dozen others during the short-lived attack today.

The Syrian Army will likely make another attempt to capture this town in the coming days, as they continue their push towards the strategic Abu Dhuhour Military Airport in east Idlib.
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Exchange deal sealed between Syrian Army and ISIS in southern Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] An exchange deal was reached between the Damascus authorities and the ISIS fighters holed up in Yarmouk Camp in southern Damascus.

The exchange deal’s terms are that in return for the Syrian Army’s release of female ISIS members and wives ISIS will return the bodies of two government fighters killed in the recent festivities in Tadamon district, which neighbors Yarmouk Camp.

Those deals are commonplace between all sides of the Syrian war. Multiple deals are struck on a routine basis between the Syrian government, ISIS, and the rebel forces over the exchange of corpses between the warring factions.
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