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Two suicide attackers, Islamic State member killed as troops repel attack in Baghdad
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Afghanistan
Save the Children offices attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
[BBC] Attackers have detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

At least two people have been killed and 12 injured, officials say. It is believed about 50 staff were in the building at the time.

At least three gunmen are involved in the attack, reports say, with fighting continuing on the upper floor.

The Islamic State group has said it is behind the attack.

What's the latest?
The attack started at about 09:10 local time (04:40 GMT) on Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle explosive at the entrance to the Save the Children compound, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, told the BBC.

An eyewitness who was inside the compound at the time told AFP news agency that he saw a gunman hitting the main gate with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

Unconfirmed reports say at least two attackers have also been killed.

Afghan commandos have joined police to try to end the attack.

Local reporter Bilal Sarwary said the army had told him that 45 people have been rescued from the basement, but there is still fighting on the upper floors.

Who is responsible?
The Islamic State group said in a message on its news outlet Amaq that three attackers and an explosives-laden car had targeted "British, Swedish and Afghan institutions in Jalalabad".

The city has been a stronghold for IS, whose fighters have been active there since 2015.

The Taliban had earlier denied carrying out the attack.
Lots of photos and video at link
At 3:40 p.m. ET, the Daily Mail has more photos and a brief video here.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/24/2018 06:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Someone got very tired of all the guilt commercials on TV.
Coming soon: carpet bombing the Humane Socity.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/24/2018 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Coming soon: carpet bombing the Humane Socity.

Just the HSUS, ed. They co-opted the Humane Society name and are just fundraisers for Greenpeace, Sea Shepherds, Earth First! and other terrorist organizations.

They are not your local folks with the kennels.
Posted by: Spats Crinerong1550 || 01/24/2018 8:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Sort of like 'Planned Parenthood' or the 'Clinton Foundation' then. A convenient cover for action ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2018 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Or maybe they had the wrong address.
Somebody 'swatted' StC?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2018 10:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe if they took down that poster of Nancy on tbe gate it would help.
Posted by: gorb || 01/24/2018 10:29 Comments || Top||

#6  The Taliban had earlier denied carrying out the attack.

They sell drugs to children; war through other means.
Posted by: C. Elmomoger7737 || 01/24/2018 18:42 Comments || Top||


3 ISIS militants killed, 1 wounded in Nangarhar airstrikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three forces of Evil 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 were killed in Arclight airstrikes 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 airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Achin district.

Accordig to the Silab corps, at least one Lion of Islam was also maimed when their hideouts were hit in the airstrikes in Mamand Dara area of Achin.

The local residents and security personnel engaged in the anti-IS operations did not suffer any casualties, the Silab Corps added.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Somali Military Convoy Targeted In IED Blast Near Mogadishu
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least five Somali government soldiers are reported to have been killed and several others maimed in a landmine blast near Mogadishu on Tuesday.

According to witnesses, the kaboom which has resulted from a roadside kaboom has destroyed a convoy ferrying Somali troops at Taredishe area, about 13Km west of the capital.

Al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
has claimed credit for the attack and said it killed the commissioner of Elbur district and his security guards after their vehicle was hit by a remote-controlled IED.

Radio Shabelle, however, could not independently verify the claim of al-Shabaab over the death of the DC. The Somali military did not respond to calls for comment.
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Benghazi car bomb death toll rises to 33 and wounds 71
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The corpse count from a boom-mobile blast has risen to 33 people and maimed 71 others near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night, security officials told Al Arabiya.

The explosives-rigged vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central neighborhood of al-Sleimani, a security source said.

Sources have also confirmed to Al Arabiya that Libya's counter-espionage director at Libyan Intelligence, Brigadier Mahdi Falah is among the dead in the blast.

Spokesman of Central Security in Benghazi Tarek al-Kharraz earlier told Al Arabiya that the bombing left more than 40 maimed.

"Aid is still ongoing, while the criminal investigation teams and other security services are investigating the incident to reach the culprits," Kharraz told Al Arabiya.

He confirmed that the bombings were targeting civilians in the densely populated Sleimani area.

Libya has been rocked by chaos since a 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muamar Ghadafi, with two rival authorities and multiple militias vying for control of the oil-rich country.

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

But festivities and attacks in the city have continued, including against diplomatic facilities and security forces.

Haftar supports a parliament based in the far east of Libya, while a rival United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
-backed unity government in the western capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
has struggled to assert its authority nationwide.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


LNA airstrikes hit Sudanese and Chadian militias
[Libya Herald] The Libyan National Army (LNA) has carried out Arclight airstrikes on Sudanese and Chadian rebels in the south east of Libya, near to Rabiana.

Spokesman Ahmed Mismari said it was part of the new Operation Desert Fury that seeks to curb the influence of militias and criminals operating in the region. Reports say a convoy of 15 vehicles was hit with the LNA saying it caused "heavy losses". One Benghazi source said Egyptian planes were involved too.

While the target yesterday was fighters that form part of the Sudanese and Chadian opposition, the LNA said they were seeking to end widespread robbery and human trafficking too.

It comes only three days after the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement killed six LNA soldiers and kidnapped another near to the Jaghboub oasis.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


RADA arrests 61 connected with Mitiga airport attack
[Libya Herald] The Rada Special Deterrence Force announced that it has nabbed
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
61 people and released another six, following the attack on the Mitiga airport compound that shook Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
last week.

Spokesman Ahmen Ben Salem had previously told the Libya Herald "it was impossible to count" how many were arrested, such was the high number. Rada said the attack from militias mainly from Tajura was an attempt to break out some of their comrades held at Mitiga’s jail.

Demonstrations in Tajura have been held urging the release of those detained by Rada. The criticism is that many have been arrested based purely on suspicion and no charges have been made against them.

Today, the 33rd Brigade, a militia that led the Mitiga assault and was until last week recognised by the Presidency Council’s (PC) defence ministry, said it would stand up for the oppressed and the displaced.

In a nod to allegations it is close to Islamists, the 33 Brigade applauded controversial former Grand Mufti Sadqi al-Ghariani and bandidos Lions of Islam recently ousted from Benghazi, while threatening Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Hafter.

It also criticised the ’’frigate PC’’ (which had arrived in Tripoli onboard a frigate) delegation that recently visited Mitiga, saying it showed blatant solidarity with the "so-called deterrence force" (Rada).

The Brigade, led by a man called Bashir Khalfallah, more commonly known by his nicknamed al-Bugra or ’the cow,’ said they would ignore decisions made by the PC, an apparent reference to the government decision to ’disband’ their group.

At least 20 people died and dozens more were maimed as the 33 Brigade launched an attack on Mitiga and its environs. The airport was closed and has only recently reopened in the last two days.

There were rumours that a ceasefire had been agreed after Rada and the 33 Brigade appeared to be readying themselves for another round of festivities, before quickly backing off. However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
Rada has insisted it would never strike a deal with "outlaws".

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egyptian forces permanently unwind 8 turbans, arrest two more in N. Sinai raids

Six terrorists killed in shootout with police in North Sinai: Egypt's interior ministry

[AlAhram] Egypt's interior ministry said Tuesday that six bad boyz were potted in a shootout with police during a raid on a bad boy hideout in North Sinai.

Security forces tracked a group of forces of Evil who plotted to increase attacks against security forces as the country celebrates national police day on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.

Police forces then raided the terrorists' hideout, which had been used as a base for staging attacks in the North Sinai capital of Arish, the ministry added.

Six bad boyz were potted as security forces exchanged fire with bad boys.

Egyptian army kills two 'dangerous extremists' ahead of terror plot in North Sinai

[AlAhram] Egypt’s army said it killed two dangerous turbans in North Sinai ahead of their plot to carry out a terror attack against the forces, a statement by the Egyptian armed forces read on Tuesday.

In an official statement, armed forces front man Tamer El-Refaie said the second field army, in coordination with air forces, killed the turbans and tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
two others.

The army also destroyed a number of hideouts used by the terrorists, as well as a 4x4 vehicle laden with explosives and six improvised bombs (IEDs).

Another car carrying kabooms was also seized by the authorities.

"The second field army continues its efforts to eliminate criminal and holy warrior elements in North Sinai," the statement concluded.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Europe
'Knifeman' brandishes weapon at Belgian train station police - shots fired
The smart money says he will turn out to be Muslim, very probably an asylum seeker, and a known wolf — a petty criminal with mental health or drug/alcohol problems.
[Express] A MAN has been shot after reportedly brandishing a knife at an on-duty policeman in the Belgian city of Ghent, officials have revealed just days after the nation reduced their terror threat level for the first time in two years.

Police shoot knifeman at Gent train station

Officials are yet to confirm the motive of the incident.

The incident took place outside the Gent-st-Pietrea station to the south of the City's centre.

The area is currently on police lockdown – however train services are believed to still be in operation.

Regional officials have confirmed investigations are ongoing.

Spokeswoman for the regional Prosecutor An Schoonjans said: "A shooting incident happened at the station of Gent-Sint-Pieters.

"The railway police have fired at a man with a knife.

"The man was taken to the hospital and injured and is in danger.

"We investigate the exact circumstances of the facts."

A student who witnessed the incident said: “The man first entered the station loudly”.

"Then he pulled a knife and held it in the air.

“When the police ordered the man to lay down his knife, he refused.”

The man reportedly also entered a shop across the road before the incident – where he also brandished the weapon.

The shopkeeper said he “looked desperate” during the exchange.
Update from Breitbart at 3:20 p.m. ET:
Belgian police shot an Afghan migrant at Ghent station Tuesday night after the man approached officers, threatening to attack them, and ignored orders to drop a knife.

Two shots were fired by the officers after the man failed to respond to orders to drop the knife, one of which struck the would-be assailant, causing him to drop his weapon. The 28-year-old man, who was described as being of Afghan origin and as wearing "a white turban" was handcuffed and taken to hospital, and was at death's door, although that has now improved.

Belgian Phlegmish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports nothing is known about the man, his identity, or motivation ‐ however, Belgian police have said they do not believe the "undocumented" Afghan was moved by a terror motive to take a knife to attack police at the station.

The paper also reported although there was no certainty over who the man was, he did not appear to be known for previous crimes and "there are no signs of radicalisation."

Het Belang van Limburg reports that rumours the man quoted verses of the Koran during the attack had not been confirmed by police.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Good thing they downgraded the security posture, like yesterday.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2018 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently some in the Belgian police didn't hear of the downgrade.

Or they heard of it all too well.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/24/2018 15:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Drug withdrawal?
Posted by: C. Elmomoger7737 || 01/24/2018 18:02 Comments || Top||

#4  ... Muslim, very probably an asylum seeker, and a known wolf — a petty criminal with mental health or drug/alcohol problems.

He's also likely to have been recruited as an informer by some EU country's law enforcement.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/24/2018 19:48 Comments || Top||

#5  The man was taken to the hospital and injured and is in danger.

Range time is in order
Posted by: Frank G || 01/24/2018 21:14 Comments || Top||

#6  From An Nahar, not worth doing an entire article for tomorrow:

"There are no signs of radicalism or terrorism but there are a lot of signs the man has psychiatric problems," Ghent prosecutor's spokeswoman An Schoonjans said.

The Afghan, a resident of the northeastern tourist city of Ghent...
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2018 23:50 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains dozens more in ‘terror propaganda’ clampdown
[AnNahar] Ottoman Turkish security forces on Tuesday detained dozens more people across the country on accusations of disseminating propaganda for "terror" groups, in a major clampdown as Ankara presses its new offensive inside Syria.

Forty-two people were detained in locations ranging from Izmir on the Aegean to Van in the east over their postings on social media.

Twenty-four people were tossed into the calaboose in other cities on Monday.

The detentions come as The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
pressed ahead with its military incursion in northern Syria against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.

Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
called for national unity over the operation and warned those responding to calls for protests would pay a "heavy price".

Twenty-three suspects were detained in the Aegean province of Izmir, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Six of the suspects had been planning a protest in a park, the agency said.

The Izmir provincial chairman of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was reportedly also detained.

Eleven people were taken into custody in the eastern cities of Van and Igdir while others were placed in durance vile
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in the southern city of Mersin and Mus in the east.

The six detained in Van are accused of making propaganda and sharing information that is "not true" about the Syria operation, dubbed "Olive Branch".

After the arrests on Monday, rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) hit out at Ankara's "intolerance of criticism", in a statement.

Emma Sinclair-Webb, HRW's Turkey researcher, said prosecutors were misusing articles of the law to "silence" journalists, government critics and activists.

"Turkey's silencing of voices who speak out against war is in violation of its own laws and obligations under international human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
law," she said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
controversy rumbled over the vandalising by protesters of the offices of a newspaper in the Ottoman Turkish Cypriot breakaway statelet -- recognised only by Ankara -- that had called the operation an "occupation". Hundreds had demonstrated outside the offices of the daily Afrika newspaper in Nicosia on Monday, apparently responding to a call by Erdogan who had criticised the paper.

"Intimidating journalists is unacceptable. The European Parliament will always defend media freedom, the cornerstone of democracy," wrote the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani on Twitter, as he condemned the attacks on the newspaper.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Iraq
Turkey Strikes Kurdish Militants in Iraq 'Planning Attack'
[AnNahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
launched air strikes in northern Iraq on Kurdish bully boyz planning an attack, the army said on Tuesday, just days after Ankara began an offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria.

The strikes took place on Monday in the Zap region of northern Iraq, not far from Turkey's southeastern border, the Ottoman Turkish military said in a statement.

The army said it was targeting members of the "separatist terrorist organization" -- Turkey's official term for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The bully boyz were planning an attack on border security posts and bases, the military said, adding that the strikes destroyed weapons emplacements and shelters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2018 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Erdogan offer any proof or just being an NAZI killer?
Posted by: 3dc || 01/24/2018 0:58 Comments || Top||


Two suicide attackers, Islamic State member killed as troops repel attack in Baghdad
[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....
krazed killer and two suicide kaboomers were killed as Iraqi troops repulsed an attack in Baghdad, a command announced on Tuesday.

"Troops of the Baghdad Operations Command managed, today, to kill two suicide attackers wearing suicide belts and an IS member, who was with them, in al-Dhabitiya region, north of the capital," Maj. Gen. Jalil al-Rubei’y, the commander, told AlSumaria News.

The krazed killers, according to Rubei’y, were intending to carry out operations in Baghdad. Their weapons were seized.

Earlier today, a civilian was killed, while four others were maimed as a bomb went kaboom! near a market in al-Yusufiya region, south of Baghdad. Moreover, a roadside kaboom went kaboom! while an army patrol was passing at al-Tarmiyah district in northern Baghdad, leaving a soldier dead and two others maimed.

On Saturday, the command announced killing a jacket wallah in an agricultural region, north of Baghdad.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamic State senior members arrested in operation, south of Mosul
[Iraq News] 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....
senior members were locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in an operation launched in south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, an intelligence source from Nineveh Police said on Tuesday.

"During a campaign launched by Nineveh Police intelligence in al-Eraij village in Qayyarah town, troops arrested Tareq abu Islam, chief of Islamic State’s Hisbah (vigilantism) in Nineveh, who is accused of ordering murder of hundreds of civilians, in accordance with the Death Eater group’s edicts, while occupying the post in the Old City," Cap. Alaa al-Bayati told BasNews.

"Security troops managed also to arrest Ayman Waad al-Jarjari, who was in charge of the group’s so-called Bayt-ul Mal," Bayati added.

"Based on accurate intelligence information, troops arrested the wanted persons while hiding in one of the old houses along with a family. They were taken to Nineveh Police department for investigations," he added.

Earlier today, the Defense Ministry said Iraqi army forces are launching a clearing operation against IS hard boyz based on intelligence information with support from the United States-led international coalition in "Jozor al-Makhlat" (islands) in Nineveh.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamic State big turban, two close personal friends killed in airstrike in Diyala
[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....
leader and two of his lover companions in an Arclight airstrike, northeast of Baqubah, an official from Diyala province said on Tuesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the security committee of Diyala provincial council, said, "an airstrike targeted a rest house near Hamreen lake, leaving a big shot killed and two companions killed. The rest house, located underground, was destroyed."

"Shelling the rest house was based on intelligence information that accurately located it," Husseini said. "Aerial bombardment helped in 2017 in killing more than fifty IS members, including prominent leaders, especially in al-Zour basin, al-Waqf and Neft Khana," Husseini added.

According to security sources, air force carried out several airstrikes that targeted Islamic State pockets in Diyala over the past few months.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  keep saying; it's got to be making them nuts trying to figure out how our guys knew.
Is there a mole?
Is there a signature they give off they don't know about (commo?)?
How can they operate while trying even harder to hide?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 01/24/2018 6:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Mods - Please file under "Diyala Dead Guys Digest"
Posted by: Tiny Sputer8745 || 01/24/2018 7:38 Comments || Top||

#3  :-) This will show up in a search for Diyala, Tiny Sputer8745, even if not given the Dead Guys Digest heading. We use that when collecting more than one article for the geography — it’s easier to see what is happening by grouping articles when a sub-country region gets busy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2018 8:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Sorry, TW__ a lame attempt at humor - my apologies for making extra work for you.
Posted by: Tiny Sputer8745 || 01/24/2018 8:43 Comments || Top||

#5  It’s a pleasure seeing Fred’s work developing those images appreciated, my dear, so no apology necessary. (I love them, too!) This just highlights that I’m not at all subtle, and need humorous remarks made clear with a LOL or ;-).
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2018 16:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Appreciated in their absence, even: the perennial "needs x graphic," or, re the (pre-arrest) Kasur Kid-Killer stories, "Mephistopheles pic deemed inadequate? Yeah, probably."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/24/2018 23:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Border guards foil stabbing attack in West Bank — police
[IsraelTimes] Security forces on Tuesday foiled an attempted stabbing at a West Bank junction, when they opened fire on two Palestinians who attacked them, police said.

The would-be assailants approached border guards at the Tapuah Junction, police said in a statement.

Officers opened fire and “neutralized” the attackers, police said.

A spokesman for the Samaria Regional Council said the two, both 16-years-old, from the West Bank city of Jenin, suffered leg injuries and were evacuated to a hospital.

There were no injuries to security forces.

“A short time ago, a border police officer at an observation point at the Tapuah junction spotted two Palestinian suspects approaching one of the bus stations at the junction,” a Border Police statement said. “The officer at the lookout point updated the forces stationed at the bus station accordingly. The soldiers asked the suspects to halt but when they refused to do so, the soldiers fired in the air.

“At that point, one of the suspects drew a knife and rushed at he soldiers,” the statement continued. “The forces responded with fire at the legs of the assailants, neutralizing them both. Both received first aid at the scene and were evacuated to a hospital for further treatment.”

The Tapuah Junction has been a site of frequent stabbing attacks in recent years.
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IDF said to arrest family members of suspect in Israeli man’s killing
[IsraelTimes] Brother of Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, who is wanted for killing Raziel Shevach, picked up in overnight raid, Paleostinian media say.

The brother of one of the gunnies suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting attack earlier this month was tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
early Tuesday morning by Israeli security forces, according to Paleostinian media.

The Paleostinian Ma’an news outlet reported that Israel Defense Forces soldiers in Jenin arrested Suhaib Nassar Jarrar, brother of suspected terror cell leader Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, who is believed to have evaded Israeli arrest raid last week.

The official Paleostinian Authority Safa news outlet reported that Wissam Assam Jarrar, a relative of Ahmad, was also arrested in Jenin.

Israeli security officials would not confirm the arrests, as there is a gag order in place preventing publication of details related to the case.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the IDF announced that eight Paleostinian suspects were arrested between Monday night and Tuesday morning in raids throughout the West Bank.

On January 9, shortly before 8 p.m., 35-year-old father of six Rabbi Raziel Shevach was driving his car on the highway near his home in the Havat Gilad outpost when shots were fired at him from a passing vehicle. Shevach, a volunteer medic, was shot in the neck, but managed to call his wife and tell her to call an ambulance. Civilian and military medics rushed to the scene and tried to stop the bleeding as they took Shevach to Kfar Saba’s Meir Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
after life-saving efforts failed.

Israeli security services launched a manhunt after the perpetrators, leading them to a house in Jenin where the suspects were believed to be hiding last Thursday.

In an operation led by the Israel Police’s counterterrorism unit, security forces used a technique known as "pressure cooker," in which troops use a number of high-intensity weapons and tools to disorient the suspects inside a house before knocking down a wall and entering the structure in full force.

A firefight broke out during the arrest raid. One suspect was killed and another was taken into custody. Two coppers were maimed, one of them seriously.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
Ahmad Jarrar apparently succeeded in fleeing the scene. Israeli forces have been in pursuit of him ever since, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman saying on Friday that he is "living on borrowed time."
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150 ISIS militants killed in strike in Syria: Coalition
[RUDAW.NET] Some 145-150 ISIS Lions of Islam were killed in a "precision strike" on a headquarters of the group in eastern Syria, the coalition announced Tuesday evening.

The strike hit an ISIS headquarters and command and control centre near As Shafah, in the Euphrates River valley, about 20 kilometres from the Syria-Iraq border.

The "heavy concentration of ISIS fighters... appear to have been massing for movement," the coalition stated in their published announcement.

"The strikes underscore our assertion that the fight to liberate Syria is far from over," said Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, commanding general of the coalition’s special operations task force.

Coalition allies the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) assisted in "target observation prior to the strikes," the statement confirmed.

"Our SDF partners are still making daily progress and sacrifices, and together we are still finding, targeting and killing ISIS holy warriors intent on keeping their myrmidon hold on the region. We cannot take our focus off our mission, and we must not lose our momentum in taking these holy warriors off the battlefield and preventing them from resurfacing somewhere else," said Jarrard.

Earlier in the day, US Defence Secretary James Mattis criticized The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s military offensive against Kurdish forces of the SDF in Afrin as a distraction from the war on terror.

"The violence in Afrin disrupts what was a relatively stable area of Syria. It distracts from international efforts to ensure the defeat of ISIS, and this could be exploited by ISIS and al-Qaeda," he said, urging everyone to remain focused on the war against ISIS.

Turkey maintains that its military operation in northwest Syria is against Kurdish forces with ties to the PKK, a named terror organization.
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'260 terrorists neutralized' in Operation Olive Branch
[AA.TR] At least 260 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and ISIS forces of Evil have been neutralized since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria, Ottoman Turkish General Staff said Tuesday.

In a statement, the military said The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
carried out this operation under international law and Article 51 of the UN Charter and respecting Syrian territorial integrity.

It added the operation targets forces of Evil and their shelters, positions, arms and equipment. Precautions were being taken to prevent civilians and innocents from being harmed in the operation.

It also said the number of martyred soldiers increased to three after a soldier was martyred during festivities with forces of Evil in the operation. It added one soldier was also injured in the clash.

Turkey on Saturday launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and ISIS forces of Evil from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the military, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Ottoman Turkish borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military has also said it is putting "utmost importance" on not harming any civilians.
An Nahar adds:
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said 43 Ankara-backed rebels and 38 Kurdish fighters had been killed in the fighting so far. It has also said 28 civilians have been killed on the Syrian side but this is vehemently rejected by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey which says it is only targeting krazed killers.
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#1  Olive club, you mean?
Posted by: gorb || 01/24/2018 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  ISIS is not in Afrin.

The UN has not authorized Turkish action either. Article 51 allows self defense and it requires belief that PYD = PKK to use this rationale.

Several countries, e.g., Egypt, Russia and Iran regard this Turkish action as either illegal or irresponsible. Syria considers it an invasion.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/24/2018 8:59 Comments || Top||


Turkey Extradites Sidon Bombing Suspect to Lebanon
[AnNahar] The Intelligence Branch of the Internal Security Forces on Tuesday received from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
via Beirut's airport a man wanted over the Sidon bombing that maimed a Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", official on January 14.

The National News Agency identified the suspect as Mohammed Youssef al-Hajjar. According to al-Hayat newspaper, the man hails from the Iqlim al-Kharroub town of Shehim and was a Beirut resident.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
has him bumped off, too.

had personally contacted the Ottoman Turkish leadership, urging it to facilitate the handing over of Hajjar, who fled to Turkey after the attack.

Hajjar has been described as one of the bombing's criminal masterminds.

The other suspect, Mohammed Baytiyeh, reportedly fled to The Netherlands and contacts are underway between Beirut and Amsterdam to verify his presence in the European country.

The Intelligence Branch had quickly identified the potential suspects in the wake of the attack.

Hamas' Leb branch had named the maimed official as Mohammed Hamdan.

"The blast maimed his leg, destroyed his car and damaged the building. Preliminary evidence points to Zionist (involvement) behind this crime," Hamas said in a statement.
Or not, as it turns out. As was pointed out at the time, had Israel been involved the target would have been killed.
A military source told AFP that a BMW "detonated, wounding Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan," and the Lebanese Army said a "500-gram bomb" had been placed in his vehicle.

An AFP journalist in Sidon saw the burnt-out vehicle, a silver BMW, in a parking lot of an apartment building where Hamdan lived.

Hamdan did not appear to have a public or political role in Hamas, but a Paleostinian security source told AFP that he was a member of the organization's security apparatus.

"Hamdan is an official in Hamas' security service. His work is linked to internal Paleostinian affairs," the source said. "Because of the nature of his work, the fingers are pointed to the Israeli enemy."

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel in the past decade and is based in Gazoo, but it operates branches elsewhere in the Middle East including Leb.
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Terror Networks
The kill chain: inside the unit that tracks targets for US drone wars
[Guardian] In a dimly lit room at McConnell air force base in south central Kansas, analysts from a national guard intelligence reconnaissance surveillance group watch live drone surveillance video coming from war zones in the Middle East.

During combat, the analysts become part of a "kill chain" ‐ analyzing live drone video, then communicating what they see ‐ in instant-message chat with jet fighter pilots, operators of armed Predator and Reaper drones, and ground troops.

They carry out drone warfare while sitting thousands of miles from battlefields. They don’t fly the drones and don’t fire the missiles. They video-stalk enemy combatants, and tell warfighters what they see. The work, they say, helps kill terrorists, including from Isis.

The group does this work in the middle of America, at an air base surrounded by flat cow pastures and soybean fields. The 184th Intelligence Wing of the Kansas air national guard, started this work about 2002. Until last year, most people in Kansas knew nothing about their role in drone warfare.
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#1  Great write up.
There will always be critics of success.
By its nature war is inhumane.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2018 1:34 Comments || Top||



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