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-Lurid Crime Tales-
DEA Crackdown Bags Senior MS-13 Leader, 16 Others
[DAILYCALLER] The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) bagged the senior MS-13 leader for the Northeast U.S. along with 11 other high-ranking members of the gang in a Thursday crackdown operation, the New York Post reported.

The 17 defendants ‐ five of whom are not MS-13 members ‐ are facing charges including second-degree murder, drug trafficking, and conspiracy. They face up to 25 years in prison if convicted, the Post reported Thursday. The unnamed Long Island-based leader operated two cells, code-named "Hollywood" and "Sailors." He reported and transferred proceeds directly to MS-13 heads in El Salvador, according to the DEA.

"It started as a small-scale drug investigation on Long Island, a DEA investigation which is still growing, and as it went along and we brought other agencies on, we saw a violent threat that pushed us to get even more agencies involved and eventually apprehend this regional leader of MS-13," DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said in a statement. "Not only did we arrest the highest-level Mara Salvatrucha leader in the Northeast who reports to MS-13 in El Salvador, but we sent a message that we will continue to investigate their violent crimes and bring justice to their victims."

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  The Mexican American community is by far the victim of MS13 violence and that message should be central to convincing Mexican Americans to combat the Dems immigration policies from El Salvador and other sh*t holes.
Posted by: Cheretle Angeans6218 || 01/13/2018 17:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Mexican American community is by far the victim of MS13 violence
More accurately the Latin American community. And the competing gangs, Hispanic, black and to a degree white.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/13/2018 18:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Salvadoran first but equal opportunity
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2018 19:09 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan Air Force carry out more raids on ISIS targets in Kunar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Air Force continues to pound the ISIS targets in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan in response to a large scale attack which was repulsed earlier this week.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army said the latest Arclight airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Suki district.

A statement by the Silab Corps said at least three ISIS Lions of Islam were killed and a 82mm rocket launcher, 2 Ak-47s rifles were destroyed in the airstrikes.

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Local uprising forces clash with US Special Forces in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A clash broke out between the local uprising forces and the US Special Forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday, the local officials said.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Achin district where an operation is underway to eliminate the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

Achin district administrative chief Ismail Shinwari confirmed the incident but did not elaborate further saying still there is no information available regarding the cause of the incident and possible casualties.

However, another security official in the area said the clash broke out after a verbal clash and as a result at least eight public uprising forces members have been killed.

On the other hand, the Taliban group claims that the attack was carried out by one their fighters who had managed to infiltrate among the public uprising forces ranks.

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Kabul police intervene, rescue trader as kidnappers demanded $3m in ransom
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Kabul police forces have rescued a local trader who was kidnapped by a gang of dangerous kidnappers and were demanding a ransom of $3 million in exchange for his release.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials said Friday that a group of at least tweleve people have been placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in connection to the kidnapping case.

The officials further added that the gang led by Nangialai, also famous as Mama, had kidnapped a local trader Hashmatullah from the 9th police district of the city few days ago.

According to the CID officials, the police forces intervened and launched an operation as the gang was demanding $3 million from the family of the hostage.

This comes as there has been a sharp rise in criminal-related incidents in Kabul city and other key cities of the country during the recent years.

Earlier, a woman was arrested by police in Kabul on charges of kidnapping a 5-year-old child and was demanding a hefty amount of money against the release of the hostage.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials said late in December that the woman was arrested during an operation from teh 13th police district of the city.

The officials further added that the child who was kidnapped from the vicinity of the 6th police district of the city was also recovered from the custody of the woman.

According to the CID officials, the woman was demanding a ransom of 500,000 Afghanis against the release of the child.

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
81 migrants held in Libya face deportation
[ARABNEWS] Authorities in eastern Libya said they had incarcerated
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
and would deport 81 migrants colonists from Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
, Æthiopia and Somalia who had beat feet from smugglers after failing to reach Europe.

The migrants colonists were reported to authorities by a holy man at a mosque on the coast to the south of the Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said on Thursday.

"They were arrested in the Zueitina area at a camp of illegal migrants colonists," said Ahmed al-Arifi, an official from the department for countering illegal migration in the eastern city of Benghazi. "They were arrested for deportation back to their countries."
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Home Front: WoT
Brother of US man killed fighting for Daesh sentenced
[ARABNEWS] The brother of a San Diego man believed to be the first American citizen killed while fighting alongside the ISIS in Syria has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on terrorism-related charges.

Marchello Dsaun McCain was sentenced Friday in federal court in San Diego for illegal possession of a cache of firearms and body armor and making false statements to federal agents about international terrorism.

McCain is the brother of Douglas McCain who was killed in 2014 in Iraq while fighting alongside the ISIS in Syria.
A bit of a geographical conundrum there. I was under the impression ISIS kept the foreign jihad tourists in the Syrian side of the border.
The United States unsealed a two-count indictment charging Canadian national and former San Diego resident Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi with conspiring with Douglas McCain and others in the United States and Canada to provide support to forces of Evil in Syria.
This article starring:
Douglas McCain
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  More local flavor here. Send him to PMITA
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2018 6:45 Comments || Top||

#2  You mean Federal PMITA prison?
Posted by: Raj || 01/13/2018 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  McCain... where have we heard that name before? Any relation?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/13/2018 18:29 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
China Appears to Have Secretly Sold Pakistan a Large Combat Drone, Says Report
[National Interest] China appears to have secretly sold Pakistan a large combat drone, according to new satellite images.

This was first pointed out by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. Citing satellite images from November 2017, the Center reported on January 5th that there was a medium-altitude long-endurance drone spotted at the Alam Air Base in Mianwali, Pakistan. "The drone in the image appears to be a Wing Loong I. This assessment is based on its wingspan‐which we believe to be around 14 meters‐ and its V-tail, as well as a comparison with other satellite images of the Wing Loong I elsewhere in the world," the Center noted in its report. The report was later confirmed by IHS Jane’s, which cited different satellite images taken from the same time.

The Wing Loong I is a strike-capable medium-altitude long-endurance drone built by the Chinese firm Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). It has a length of nine meters and a wingspan of fourteen meters. It can fly at heights of nearly 25,000 feet with a maximum speed of around 280 km/h and a range of 5,000 kilometers. According to IHS Jane's, it has a maximum take-off weight of 1,150 kilograms with a maximum payload capacity of 200 kg. The payload is split fifty-fifty between internal and external weapon stores. It is considered to be China’s version of America’s Predator drone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2018 15:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I can just see it being used on an accidental hit on a US SOF unit in the border region of Afghanistan...with the claim that they had strayed in to Pak territory and they mistakenly thought they were ISIS.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/13/2018 21:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Oooohhh.... nice. New target.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2018 21:37 Comments || Top||

#3  My first thought was that it was for Maritime surveillance to match what the Indian Navy is contemplating. The airfield is smack dab in the center of Pakistan so... New wonder widget for ISI?
Posted by: magpie || 01/13/2018 23:04 Comments || Top||


TTP claims responsibility for Karachi policeman's 'target killing'
[DAWN] Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain (TTP) has grabbed credit for the life attack on the policeman who was rubbed out on Friday morning in the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Nazimabad area while on his way to work.

Senior Superintendent of Police Central Irfan Ali Baloch told Dawn that TTP grabbed credit for the attack on Shakir, who was part of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) West's reserve force.

The SSP also termed the incident as a assassination.

The policeman was on his way to work when two faceless myrmidons on a cycle of violence shot up him, killing him on the spot.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and Inspector General of Police A D Khowaja, all took notice of the incident and ordered DIG West to provide them with details of the case.

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
One killed, 4 wounded in bomb blast southeast of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and four others were maimed on Friday when a kaboom rocked an area southeast of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

A security source told Alghad Press that an improvised bomb went off near a fish market in Madaen, southeast of the capital, killing one person and wounding four others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2018 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Over 100 Palestinians said injured in West Bank, Gaza clashes
[IsraelTimes] 46 reported maimed from live and rubber bullets during violent protests, which come amid heightened tensions in wake of Tuesday’s shooting attack.

Hundreds of Paleostinians were said to have been injured Friday during festivities with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gazoo Strip.

Citing the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-run Paleostinian health ministry in Gazoo, the Haaretz daily reported 46 were lightly or moderately maimed by live and rubber bullets. Of those, 41 were maimed during festivities at a number of locations along the Gazoo border.

Another 105 Paleostinians were said to have been injured from inhaling smoke and tear gas.

In the West Bank, festivities were reported near Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jericho, among other places.

In Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, Border Police officers placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
three Paleostinians suspected of throwing rocks, molotov cocktails and burning tires at security forces. Video released by police showed the suspects being detained by undercover officers.

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...
’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, there have been violent protests every Friday in the West Bank and Gazoo, although their size has shrunk in recent weeks.

Earlier, the army said residents of Nablus threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops searching the area during a pre-dawn arrest raid. The soldiers retaliated with riot dispersal methods, the military said in a statement.

The arrests came amid an ongoing manhunt after the perpetrators of a lethal terror attack in which an Israeli father of six was bumped off on a nearby West Bank highway on Tuesday night.

On Friday morning, the Israel Defense Forces announced that it was keeping in place a series of checkpoints in the Nablus area that it set up following the shooting attack.

It was not immediately clear if the man arrested in Nablus early Friday morning ‐ identified by the Paleostinian Ma’an news agency as Muathe Rayan ‐ was connected to the army’s manhunt, or if he is suspected of an unrelated crime.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS ruthlessly hangs beheaded rebel from cage after advancing in south Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] The so-called 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....
(ISIS) launched a big assault inside the city of Hajar al-Aswad, Friday, targeting Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
’s last positions in the area.

According to the terrorist group’s official media wing, their forces managed to capture most of al-Zeen Street after a fierce battle with Jaish al-Islam on early Friday.

The terrorist group’s official media wing released several images from the battle, including several gruesome photos that showed Jaish al-Islam fighters decapitated and hanging from a cage.

ISIS has recently increased their military activity in southern Damascus after several month of inactivity inside Hajar al-Aswad, Tadamon, and Yarmouk Camp.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Jaish al-Islam (MB)


Jihadist rebels suffer heavy losses in disastrous offensive in southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels are having a rough night in the Idlib Governorate after both of their counter-offensives ended in complete disaster.

Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Islamist rebels attempted to retake the towns of ‘Atshan and Sinjar on Friday, despite the fact that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had already heavily fortified the area.

Using young suicide bombers to carry out SVBIED attacks, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham repeatedly attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s lines at ‘Atshan and Sinjar; however, they failed on every try.

According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Army lured the jihadist rebels to enter one area unopposed near ‘Atshan tonight before they laid a successful ambush on the group of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham militants.

The source added that over 20 militants were killed near ‘Atshan, while 15 more were killed at the Sinjar axis tonight.

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Jihadist counter-offensive takes a massive nose dive near Abu Dhuhour Airport
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist counter-offensive in the Idlib Governorate tonight began with a lot of promise, as their forces managed to capture at least two towns near the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
this success would be short-lived, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements that arrived to drive back the encroaching jihadists.

According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Arab Army killed a large number of jihadist rebels, including several members of the al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
.

The military source added that the Syrian Army destroyed several technical vehicles that belonged to the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham holy warriors near the Abu Dhuhour Airport.

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra



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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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