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Afghanistan
5 Taliban smoked in Baghlan
At least five Taliban insurgents were killed in ongoing operations in northern Baghlan province on Monday, local officials confirmed Tuesday.

In addition, seven other insurgents were wounded.

The “Alburz 22” operation was launched on Monday in Baba Nazar and Khalazi area of Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khumri city, capital of Baghlan, to clear the area of insurgents, provincial police chief Ikramuddin Sare said.

“Jalal who is also known as Khaternak and Juma Gul, the two-key members of the Taliban are also among the dead,” he said.

However, he did not provide further details about the operation.
Posted by: badanov || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  I thought smoking was haram . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 01/17/2018 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  I think it is OK if you are actually on fire.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/17/2018 0:33 Comments || Top||


4 die in rocket attack in Faryab
At least four civilians were killed on Tuesday morning when a rocket landed in a Bazar in Faryab province, local officials said.

According to the officials 42 other civilians were wounded in the attack.

Khwaja Sabz Posh district governor Abdullah Masoumi said the rocket was fired by the Taliban and instead of hitting the district council building it hit the Bazar.

According to Masoumi Tuesday is Bazar day and dozens of people from surrounding villages had been there to do their shopping.

So far no group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Posted by: badanov || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


US drones target ISIS gathering in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US unmanned aerial vehicles on Sunday targeted a gathering of the Lions of Islam 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 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 officials of the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army, the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Deh Bala district.

The officials further added that several Lions of Islam of the terror group had gathered in meeting when the US drones targeted them, leaving at least ten Lions of Islam dead.

The Silab Corps officials also added that eight foreign Lions of Islam were among those killed in the airstrikes.

In the meantime, the Afghan forces also conducted an operation in Ghani Khel district during which at least ten Death Eaters were killed and two others were detained, the officials added.

Militants belonging to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group are mostly operating in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district while both Taliban and ISIS Death Eaters are operating in Deh Bala district.

This comes as the air and ground operations are underway against both the groups in the restive parts of Nangarhar province in a bid to suppress the Death Eaters from their attempt to expand foothold in this province.

Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Rocket lands in Kabul diplomatic area, no casualties reported
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom rocked Kabul city earlier tonight with the security officials saying that a rocket has landed in the diplomatic area of the city in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area but the attack has not caused any casualties.

The Ministry of Interior officials confirmed that the rocket landed in the vicinity of the 14th street of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area.

A front man for the ministry Nusrat Rahimi confirmed that the rocket landed in the 14th street of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area but no one was hurt in the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Clashes in Balkh province leaves over 20 militants dead, wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty two murderous Moslems were killed or maimed during the festivities in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, the Afghan army officials said late on Monday.

According to the officials of the 209th Shaheen Corps, the clash took place in the vicinity of Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province between the Afghan armed forces and the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
holy warriors.

The officials further added that seven murderous Moslems were killed and five others were maimed during the festivities that took place in the vicinity Salbaroon, Khwajah Roshnayi, and Samochak villages.

Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


23 militants killed in separate US drone strikes in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty three gunnies 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 and other bad boy groups were killed in separate dronezaps 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 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military said Tuesday that the latest Arclight airstrikes were carried out in Achin and Shirzad districts.

A statement by the Silab Corps said the US unmanned aerial vehicles targeted the hideout of the gunnies in Marki area of Sherzad district on Monday, leaving two gunnies dead.

The statement further added that the holy warriors killed during the air raid have been identified as Osman and Abbas and a vehicle, a PKM machine gun, an rocket launcher and an Ak-47 rifle were also destroyed.

In another airstrike carried out in the vicinity of Mamand Daga area of Achin district, at least twenty one IS holy warriors were killed, the statement added.

According to the Silab Corps of the Afghan military, the local residents and security personnel have not suffered casualties in the airstrikes.

Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afghan Special Forces continue pursuit of Taliban in the North
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Special Operations Forces of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) continue to apply pressure on the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
through an aggressive winter campaign in the northern parts of the country.

With the new fighting season is due to kick off in coming months, the size and strength of the Afghan Special Forces are also expected to increase with addition of the new commando forces.

10th Special Operation Kandak Commandos conducted a series of weapons proficiency ranges at Camp Pamir, Kunduz province, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2018. Divided into three special operations light infantry companies, the 10th SOK always actively pursues the enemies of Afghanistan with at least one Commando element. The special operators fired company organic weapon systems to include rifles, light and heavy machine guns, RPGs and mortars, according to a report Maj. Tony Mayne of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


15 Tajikistani militants killed in Afghan Air Force raids in Badakhshan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least fifteen murderous Moslems hailing from Tajikistan were killed were killed in a series of Arclight airstrikes conducted in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

According to the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military, the Afghan Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes against the murderous Moslems hideouts in Jurm district using the A-29 planes.

A statement by the Shaheen Corps said at least fifteen murderous Moslems were killed and eleven others were maimed in the airstrikes.

Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: East Turkestan Islamic Movement


Africa North
6 LNA soldiers die in Jaghboub Oasis
Tunis, 16 January 2018:

Sudanese rebels killed six Libyan National Army (LNA) soldiers and captured another yesterday near to the Jaghboub Oasis, close to the Egyptian border.

Initially it was thought the so-called Islamic State was the attacker, but now it is understood the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) were culpable.

The seven soldiers were part of the LNA’s 106 and 501 desert patrol brigades, and effectively border guards. The six bodies were found rotting in the desert and the other LNA fighter is missing, presumed abducted.

They were named as Ibrahim Al-Barasi and Salah Al-Barasi from Beida, Muftah Al-Barasi from Marawa, Nasser Al-Qut’ani and Saqur Al-Qut’ani from Um Al-Rizim. The identity of the final dead LNA soldier is unconfirmed and Hisham Al-Barasi from Beida is the missing member.

In late October 2016, 13 members of JEM were killed near Jaghboub in clashes with a Kufra-based Salafist brigade supportive of the LNA.

On 23 September 2016, six Libyans were kidnapped south of Jaghboub by JEM while they were on a bird-hunting tour. Initially, JEM demanded LD 2 million but this was negotiated down to half a million LD.

JEM are typically described as mercenaries, willing to work with anyone who will pay them and let their group move freely. However, pictures have emerged of JEM fighters with notable figures in the Islamist-led Benghazi Defence Brigades including a senior commander nicknamed Al Nahla or ‘the bee”. Others are seen as supportive of the LNA.

It has also been rumoured that JEM were in the Wershefana area alongside pro-Qaddafi fighters.

The UN Libya Experts Panel final report presented to the Security Council in June 2017 revealed an immense presence of foreign groups who contributed to an escalation of violence in the country. This included JEM and the Sudan Liberation Army. Also noted were Chadian groups such as the Front pour l’alternance et la concorde au Tchad (FACT), Conseil de Commandement Militaire Pour le Salut de la Republique (CCMSR) and Rassemblement des forces democratiques (RFC).
Posted by: badanov || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Check a map. The fact that Sudanese JEM rebels and Chadians could be making trouble that far north in Libya defies logic. Jaghboub is the home of the Sanussi brotherhood, an important Sufi movement that has followers across north Africa. It was also the stomping grounds of King Idris I, who was ousted by Qadafi. This report really needs further explanation and analysis.
Posted by: Clurong Peacock9529 || 01/17/2018 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  You raise a good point, Clurong Peacock9529. It’s the Libya Herald. Why would a local English-language paper make such a claim, or why would their reporter be told such a thing?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/17/2018 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Was it the People's Front of Judea or the Judean People's Front?

And how do you tell the difference?
Posted by: jpal || 01/17/2018 11:54 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthis threaten to execute prisoners
The Yemeni pro-Iranian group has threatened to execute military detainees, who are loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, on charges of participating in the uprising the latter has called for last month and ended with his death and abuse of his relatives and hundreds of members of his party, according to security sources opposed to Houthi militias in Sanaa.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Houthi group continued mobilizing people for the fighting front at the level of the provinces and the directorates that fall under its control, in an attempt to assign their ranks on various fronts while the National Army, which is supported by Saudi-led coalition forces continue their progress.

The sources said that the leader of the group, who is appointed deputy coup minister of interior Abu al-Karar al-Khaiwani, gathered Sunday about 600 of the military detainees loyal to the former president in the central prison in Sanaa and threatened to execute them.

The Houthi leader asked the detainees to write down their confessions on the roles they played during the confrontations between the militias and the former president's guard in several political districts in December, the sources added. He told them to include in their confessions the names of the leaders from whom they were receiving direct instructions.

According to the sources, who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat and requested to remain anonymous for security reasons, the Houthi official gave orders to subject Houthis to torture and extract confessions from them by force.

Leader of the Houthi so-called Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Samad issued what he called a "general amnesty" for the civilian participants in the uprising of the former president, whom the group described as "sedition of treacherous militias," exempting soldiers, most of whom were among the escorts of the houses of Saleh and his relatives and headquarters for his party, General Peoples Congress (GPC).

The Houthi group has released during the past two weeks some civilian detainees and pro-Saleh tribal leaders while activists from the GPC say that about 2,000 members of the GPC are still being held by Houthi militias in secret prisons in Sanaa and cities controlled by them.
Posted by: badanov || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bahrain: Radar tracks show Qatari jets flying by Emirati airliners
[ARABNEWS] Bahrain released radar tracks on Tuesday it said showed Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i fighter jets passing by Emirati commercial airliners on their way to the island nation, encounters which started a new dispute between the Gulf nations amid the diplomatic crisis gripping Doha.

The UAE will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the UN aviation agency. The UAE will accuse Qatar of violating the reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
Convention, which governs the use of airspace, in a complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi told Rooters.

Al-Suwaidi said two Qatari warplanes twice flew dangerously close to the UAE airliners as they descended toward Bahrain International Airport in separate incidents on Monday, and could be seen by the pilots and passengers.

"It’s a very obvious violation," he said by phone.

Al-Suwaidi said the UAE aircraft had been intercepted in airspace managed by Bahrain. He refused to say whether their flight paths had taken them across Qatar, the most common route from the UAE to Bahrain.

The UAE has banned Qatari aircraft from using its airspace as part of the restrictions imposed since June. Qatar has not reciprocated.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Qatar (MB)


Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia from Yemen
[ARABNEWS] Saudi air defense forces announced on Tuesday that they intercepted a ballistic missile, launched by Yemen’s 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, over Jazan at around 8:20 p.m.

It comes after Saudi forces intercepted another ballistic missile fired by the Houthis over the southern province of Najran, bordering 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...
last week.

Meanwhile,
...back at the cheese factory, there was only one thought in the mouse's mind: I can do this! I can do this! Then the trap sprung...
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Tuesday that Iran was the biggest source of danger in the region because of its role in Leb, Yemen and Syria.

Iran supplied the Houthi militias with missiles that targeted Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, he told the media alongside his Belgian counterpart Didier Renders at a presser in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

"The nuclear deal with Iran needs improvement to prevent Tehran from enriching uranium," al-Jubeir added.

Commenting on al-Jubeir’s statement, Renders said: "the nuclear agreement with Iran is still optimal and its implementation is important," adding that "we will discuss with Iran the issue of ballistic missiles and wars in the region."
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Wanted terrorist Abdullah Al-Qalaf killed in eastern Saudi Arabia
[ARABNEWS] Saudi coppers rubbed out a Saudi national accused of carrying out a number of terrorist crimes after he opened fire on them on Monday evening.

Al-Qalaf refused to comply when security personnel tried to arrest him and he opened fire. Security officials were required to deal with him accordingly.
State security authorities were monitoring Abdullah bin Mirza Ali al-Qalaf, according to an official source.

The official said al-Qalaf was found near a farm between the towns of Awamiyah and Qudayh in a silver Hyundai Sonata car bearing a false license plate.

The operation occurred during security monitoring and surveillance of terrorist elements in the town of Awamiyah in Qatif province, the source said.

Al-Qalaf refused to comply when security personnel tried to arrest him and he opened fire. Security officials were required to deal with him accordingly to neutralize the situation, and al-Qalaf was killed. No bystanders or security personnel were maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
‘ISIS-inspired’ mosque teacher, 25, ‘prepared students for terror acts by showing them beheading videos, plotted attacks on targets including Big Ben and the Queen’s Guard
[DailyMail] An ISIS-inspired mosque teacher prepared his students for acts of terror with physical training and role playing classes as he plotted strikes on targets including Big Ben and the Queen's Guard, the Old Bailey heard.

Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, allegedly planned atrocities across London when he was working at the Lantern of Knowledge Islamic boys secondary school in Leyton, east London, where he taught.

He denies showing videos of beheadings to pupils at the school or plotting terrorist acts, but admits training children at the Ripple Road Mosque in Barking, east London, where he also taught.

Haque, who allegedly planned attacks on Big Ben and the Queen's Guard, has confessed to having copies of the ISIS magazine Rumiyah.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said Haque decided in 2016 and early 2017 to carry out one or more violent attacks in this country.

Haque became obsessed by the Westminster attacks of March 22 2017 in which which five people die and more than 50 people injured.

'It proved to be for him a subject of fascination and contemplation, as you will hear him say in due course,' Mr Heywood said.

In covert recordings with fellow accused terrorist Abuthaher Mamun, 19, Haque said, 'We are here to cause terrorism, we are a death squad sent by Allah.

Haque expressed fears of a 'snitch' and discussed the justification for killing civilians, jurors were told.

Mr Heywood said of Haque: 'There is justification of killing civillians, there is reference to the need to deter what Mr Haque calls 'the enemy'.'

Haque praised the late Osama bin Laden
... who is no longer with us, and won't be again...
and IS fighters in Africa as well as Khalid Masood, and had told the police he was a 'loyal soldier' 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....
, the court heard.

On 11 April 2016 he attempted to fly from London Heathrow to Istanbul and was stopped by security officers.

He claimed he was going on a pilgrimage to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
after a few days holiday in Istanbul.

Haque was in possession of two mobile phones which he had used to visit news sites about the terror attacks in La Belle France and Belgium and Syrian beheadings.

Haque is on trial with Nadeem Ilyas Patel, 26, who allegedly plotted with him together to obtain a firearm.

Patel denied that charge but admitted to having a Walther P99 handgun adapted to discharge a noxious liquid or gas.

Muhammad Abid, 27, denies failing to disclose information about Haque's terror planning.

Mamun, 19, denies trading in financial options in order to finance the attack allegedly plotted by Haque.

All four men were detained in a string of raids on May 17 after an investigation by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.

Haque, of Forest Gate, east London, denies two counts of preparing to commit acts of terrorism, one count of dissemination of terrorist publications and one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He admits to dissemination of terrorist publications, and four counts of collection of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Abid, of Manor Park, denies failing to disclose information about Haque.

Mamun, of Barking, denies preparation of terrorist acts.

Patel, of Forest Gate, denies conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He admits possession of a prohibited weapon.

The trial continues.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "We're Lions of London! We're Barking!
Islamically strict in our marking,
At Lantern of Knowledge
Mohammedan College,
We'll teach you to drive without parking!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/17/2018 13:18 Comments || Top||


Europe
Raids across Germany target suspected Iranian spies
[DW] Germany-wide police raids have been carried out on suspected Iranian spies, thought to be members of the al-Quds Brigade. Iran has been linked in the past to spying, assassinating dissidents and targeting Israelis.

German authorities on Tuesday conducted searches of homes and businesses belonging to 10 suspected Iranian spies. The Federal Prosecutors Office ordered the searches after receiving a tip from Germany's domestic intelligence agency.

The suspects are believed to have spied on persons and institutions "on behalf of an intelligence entity associated with Iran," the prosecutor's office said.

No arrests were made during the raids, which were carried out in Baden-Wurttemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Berlin.

The German magazine Focus, which first reported on the searches, said that the 10 individuals were suspected members of the al-Quds Brigade, the external operations arm of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC).

Iranian agents are believed to regularly spy on Israelis, Jewish institutions, Iranian dissidents and other targets abroad. Focus reported that the 10 persons are suspected of spying on Israeli and Jewish targets. Germany authorities have not confirmed the report.

Long history of Iranian espionage
Earlier this month, Germany summoned Iran's ambassador in Berlin after a 31-year-old Pak student was convicted of spying for Iran on Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician Reinhold Robbe. Robbe was the former head of the German-Israel Friendship Society.

The Islamic Theocratic Republic and its Lebanese Shiite ally, Hezbollah, have long been accused of carrying out multiple deadly attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets abroad.

Last April, federal prosecutors filed charges against two men suspected of spying on the opposition People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) on behalf of Iranian intelligence. The Gay Paree-based MEK seeks to overthrow Iran's theocratic government and is widely disliked inside the country, where it is labeled a terrorist organization. The Iranian government blamed the group for stirring up unrest earlier this month. Formerly listed as a terrorist organization by the EU and United States, the MEK has also been accused of carrying out covert operations on behalf of Israel and the United States.

Iran has been linked to the liquidation of multiple dissidents, mostly Kurds and MEK members, throughout Europe. In 1992, four Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders were assassinated in a Berlin restaurant by Iranian agents. The liquidation in Berlin, and another three years earlier against Kurdish dissidents in Austria, occurred at a time when the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan was leading a low-level insurgency in Iran.
The Times of Israel adds:
Israel’s Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, said Israel had "bolstered security" at the embassy and that Israelis were "warned" about the incident.

A Quds Force-affiliated agent pleaded guilty in 2012 to plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, DC.

In 1992 three Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders and their translator were rubbed out at a Greek restaurant in Berlin. The shooting was believed to have been ordered and carried out by Iran. Two Iranian men and a Lebanese citizens were found guilty of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. Two of them were later released from prison in 2007.

The same year a series of kabooms in Bankgok, Thailand, injured five people in what Thai authorities said was a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
to target Israeli diplomats. Two Iranians were locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
and convicted over the bombings, including one who lost his legs when a grenade he threw at pursuing police bounced back at him. Arrest warrants were issued for several other Iranian nationals, some of whom were believed to have escaped to Iran.
A subsequent Times of Israel article has more:
The Mossad intelligence service provided critical information that led to raids on the homes of suspected Iranian spies throughout Germany, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

According to the Kan report, the al-Quds Force had tried to recruit non-Iranian Shiites ‐ primarily those with European citizenship ‐ to establish a terror cell to carry out attacks throughout the continent.

Israel’s Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, told Kan that "the affair should raise a red flag not only in Germany, but in all of Europe."

"The time has come for the Germans and the Europeans to understand what is hidden behind the Iranian smile of recent months," the ambassador added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  But...the nuclear deal...moderate reformers in charge! How did this happen?
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 01/17/2018 12:50 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
SSP Rao Anwar escapes suspected suicide attack in Karachi
[GEO.TV] Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar has escaped a suspected suicide kaboom on his vehicle in 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...
, police officials told Geo News on Tuesday.

Speaking to Geo News, Anwar confirmed that he remained unhurt in the attack in the city's Malir Cantonment area on Tuesday evening. He said the kaboom took place when attackers hit his armoured personnel carrier (APC).

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has taken notice of the attack and ordered police officials to submit a report on the incident.

This is not the first time Anwar has been the target of an liquidation attempt.

In May 2015, assailants targeted his police convoy in a gun-and-grenade attack. The police personnel escaped unhurt, while five attackers were killed in retaliatory gunfire in that incident.

His convoy was again attacked near his residence in the Malir Cantt area in June 2015. The coppers remained unhurt while all attackers were again killed in retaliatory fire.

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Iraq
Iraqi militia dies in Babylon
Babylon (Iraqinews.com) – A senior leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) was killed on Tuesday in a shooting incident near his house in Babylon governorate, a security source was quoted as saying.

In an exclusive interview with Baghdad Today, the source said, “Unidentified gunmen killed Amjad al-Jabouri, a senior leader with the Shiite Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq group, after opening fire at him near his house at al-Haswa area in Babylon.”

“One of Jabouri’s companions was injured in the shooting,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

“The assassins fled the scene immediately after the attack,” the source added, noting that security forces carried the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while the injured was moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Popular Mobilization Forces, an alliance of volunteer Shiite paramilitary forces, have actively backed the Iraqi government’s military campaign against IS since 2014, when they were formed upon a top Shiite clergy edict to counter the Sunni Jihadist group.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin
3 die in small arms attack

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three people, including a military conscript, were killed in an armed attack, north of Baghdad, a security source said on Tuesday.

“Unidentified gunmen opened fire against three persons, including a military conscript in al-Shaab region, north of Baghdad,” the source told Alghad Press.

“The victims were taken to forensic medicine department,” the source added.

1 dead in car bombing attack in al-Tobji

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – One person was killed on Tuesday in a car bomb blast in Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, “An owner of a construction company was killed after a bomb fixed to his vehicle went off at al-Tobji area in western Baghdad.”

“A security force rushed to the blast site and carried the dead body to the forensic medicine department,” the source added.
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26 people killed, 95 injured in deadly twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad
Updated numbers on this report from yesterday.
[Iraq News] At least 121 people were killed and injured in a deadly twin suicide kaboom in central Baghdad in the wee hours of Monday, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, "The corpse count from the twin suicide kaboom that rocked al-Tayaran Square in central Baghdad early on Monday rose to 26, while 95 others were maimed."

"There are coppers among the casualties," the source said, adding that the kaboom caused severe damage to vehicles that were at the scene.

Another security source told Shafaq News that the kabooms took place "after two jacket wallahs wearing boom belts blew themselves up at a crowded site near al-Tayaran Square where many construction workers were gathered."
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#1  fatality count is 38 as of a few hours ago
Posted by: lord garth || 01/17/2018 19:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Sunnis. Shia's ain't concerned
Posted by: Frank G || 01/17/2018 19:45 Comments || Top||


Suicide attacker killed in operation in Salahuddin
[Iraq News] Iraqi troops have killed a suicide kaboomer, in east of samarra, Salahuddin, a security source said on Tuesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Tuesday, "Saraya al-Salam troops, in coordination with security troops, managed to carry out wide-scale campaign to purge several regions in east of Samarra."

"The operation left a suicide attacker killed," the source, who asked to remain anonymous, added.

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Islamic State member in custody dies with bird flu in Mosul hospital
[Iraq News] An 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....
member held in jug has succumbed to death after being infected with bird flu in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a medical source from Nineveh province said on Tuesday.
The heart (urp!) bleeds...
"An IS bully boy died after being infected with bird flu," the source told AlSumaria News, marking it as "the first case recorded in Mosul hospitals."

The medical staff, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, "evacuated al-Shifaa hospital and vaccinated the patients at the hospital."

Earlier on the day, medical sources were quoted saying that al-Salam Educational Hospital in eastern Mosul recorded three deaths with the disease, while the fourth case was recorded at al-Shifa Hospital in the western region of the city. Medical workers raised alert in the city, especially with drugs needed to counter the disease short of demand. He warned that the situation makes more deaths possible.

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#1  Thought he could fly, did he?
Posted by: gorb || 01/17/2018 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "Keep f'n that chicken"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/17/2018 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  A lonesome Mohammedan fellah
Yells, under a crescent moon, "Stella!"
Comes an echo within
Like a kick from a djinn.
"I'll miss you, my sweet Salmonella."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/17/2018 13:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Bomb planted at West Bank holy site, is detonated safely
[IsraelTimes] After controlled blast, some 1,000 Jewish worshipers visit Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, as residents riot and stone their buses

Army sappers detonated a cellphone-operated bomb that was apparently planted by Paleostinians at the entrance to the Joseph’s Tomb holy site in the city of Nablus early Tuesday morning, ahead of a visit by approximately 1,000 Jewish worshipers, the army said.

There were no injuries or significant damage caused by the controlled blast, and the pilgrimage to the shrine continued as planned, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.

The 1,000 or so worshipers were escorted to Joseph’s Tomb ‐ believed to be the burial site of the biblical patriarch ‐ by IDF soldiers, border guards and Israel Police officers, the army said.

According to the military, as the group was leaving the area, local residents began to throw rocks at the troops and the buses, causing no injuries, but some light damage to the vehicles.

One of the rioters was nabbed
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
, the army said.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, IDF troops arrested 10 Paleostinian suspects in predawn raids. Two illegally owned guns were confiscated by Israeli soldiers in the town of Silwad, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

Pilgrimages by Israeli or foreign civilians to the Joseph’s Tomb holy site are frequent catalysts for violence. In the past, Nablus residents have attacked the groups visiting the site with rocks, Molotov cocktails and rifle fire. As a result, those interested in visiting the site require a military escort.

The left-wing B’Tselem rights group has condemned the routine practice, saying that "Israel has preferred the interest of Jewish worshipers over the rights of the Paleostinian residents, their security, their safety and their daily routine."

In August, two Paleostinians were shot and maimed by Israeli troops who were providing protection to Jewish worshipers visiting Joseph’s Tomb.

In October 2015, Paleostinian rioters set fire to the holy site. It was restored and reopened a few weeks later.
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#1  Zero outrage.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/17/2018 16:19 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Jaysh Al-Islam claims they recaptured all lost territory in East Ghouta town
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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...
claimed this week that their forces were able to recover all of the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) inside the East Ghouta town of al-Nashabiyah.

According to Jaish al-Islam activists, their forces launched a swift counter-assault against the Syrian Army on Sunday night, striking the latter’s positions at the key hilltop of Tal Firzat near al-Nashabiyah.

Once they cleared the Tal Firzat area, Jaish al-Islam reportedly pushed back the government forces from al-Nashabiyah and restored the points they previously lost.

While the front-lines are unclear at the moment, it appears that the fighting has all but dissipated at al-Nashabiyah, as both sides have halted their attacks.
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