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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two Bloids in a row? Three makes a trend...
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Yea!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/17/2018 11:21 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Ghani Bans Pakistani Trucks From Entering Afghanistan
[Tolo] The Transport Ministry said on Sunday President Ashraf Ghani has issued a decree banning Pakistani trucks from entering Afghanistan.

The ministry said the trucks will only be allowed up to the border crossing.

According to the ministry, Pakistani trucks will have to offload their goods and transfer them to Afghan trucks.

Pakistani trucks have until now crossed into Afghanistan at Torkham and Spin Boldak borders and many transport their goods on through the borders into other Central Asian countries.

"The Afghanistan and Pakistan Trade Agreement (APTA) has expired. Before this Pakistan did now allow Afghan trucks to enter its territory. So we do the same and after this Pakistani trucks will be unloaded at borders and Afghan trucks will carry the goods to Hairatan and Shir Khan ports," transport ministry spokesman Hekmatullah Qawanch said.

Meanwhile a number of transport company officials said government should implement the decree as soon as possible. They said until now Pakistan refused to allow Afghan trucks to cross the border but the Pakistani trucks could come into Afghanistan.

"By this move lots of people will get job opportunities and the transit companies will also get work. Currently there is no work for transit companies and the drivers are at home," a director of a transport company Abdul Ghafoor Norzai said.

"Pakistani trucks go to every part of our country, but our trucks are not allowed to enter Pakistan. We want government to do the same to Pakistan and also help us to be allowed to enter neighboring countries," Abdul Rauf, the head of a transport company said.

The ministry also said they will sign transit agreements with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan soon and based on the new agreements, Afghan trucks will be allowed to enter the three countries.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2018 12:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  According to the ministry, Pakistani trucks will have to offload their goods and transfer them to Afghan trucks.

Teamsters branching out?
Posted by: Raj || 02/17/2018 15:11 Comments || Top||

#2  It was a one-way deal. Afghans are feeling the Trump effect. Better Deals™
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2018 18:40 Comments || Top||


Local Taliban leader among 6 killed in US airstrike in Uruzgan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local leader of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group was killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted by the US forces in southen Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Wednesday in the outskirts of Tarinkot city, the quiet provincial capital of Uruzgan.

A local police official confirmed that six Taliban Lions of Islam including one of their local leaders Mullah Ghazi were killed and four others were maimed.

The source further added that a hideout of the Taliban group was eliminated in the airstrike in Garam Aab area.

Several weapons, ammunition, and explosives belonging to the Taliban group were destroyed in the airstrike, the police official added.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Radical Imam's Widow Jailed over Kenyan Attack
[AnNahar] A Kenyan court on Friday sentenced the widow of a radical imam to 10 years in prison for her role in a failed attack on a cop shoppe in the port city Mombasa.

Haniya Said was found guilty of conspiracy for supporting an attack in which three women fire-bombed the city's main cop shoppe on September 11, 2016, wielding knives and stabbing an officer.

All three attackers were rubbed out.

"Guilty of the offense of conspiracy," said magistrate Diana Mochache. "I hereby sentence you to 10 years in prison."

The attackers were said to be supporters of 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....
group.

Said is the widow of Aboud Rogo Mohammed,
... who until his death was very busy in the jihad biz, and who set the pattern for his successors to die violently in turn ...
a holy man killed in Mombasa in August 2012 who was until his death the main preacher at the city's Musa mosque, seen as the heart of radical Islam in Kenya.

The imam was accused of recruiting young Kenyans to fight in neighboring Somalia with Shabaab, East Africa's long-time branch of al-Qaeda, Islamic State's rivals.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 3 In Kenyan School Attack
[RADIOSHABELLE] Suspected al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
Death Eaters killed three Kenyan teachers and injured one other in an attack Friday on a school in the country’s northeastern county of Wajir, officials said.

The Death Eaters in early morning attacked the Qarsa primary school near the borders with Somalia and Æthiopia, in a town about 70 km from Wajir town, the capital of the county, killing three non-local teachers, said Mohamud Saleh, coordinator of Kenya’s northeastern region.

Authorities have been working to find another teacher who was allegedly shot in the hand and escaped with injuries.

Saleh said that ongoing efforts have been made to trace the killers, who escaped soon after the incident.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali Troops Recapture Town From Al-Shabaab
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali government forces retook control of the key town of Toratorow which lies in the southern Lower Shabelle region, officials said Friday.

The Somali National Army [SNA] troops backed by foreign soldiers thought to be Americans seized the town following the withdrawal of al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
Lion of Islams.

The allied forces who were reported to have moved from Balli-Doogle airbase are now in full control of the town and expected to expand their operation to the nearby areas controlled by Al-Shabaab.

Toratorow has been the scene of series of US Arclight airstrikes in the past few months as the town was the main bastion housing Al-Shabaab high-ranking commanders.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Roadside Bomb Blast Kills Puntland Soldiers In Galgala Mountains
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least two Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
soldiers were killed on Friday in a roadside kaboom blast in Galgala Mountains of Bari region, Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
media outlet reported.

Al-Shabaab said in a statement posted on its affiliated website that the soldiers died after the roadside kaboom struck the military vehicle on the outskirts of the Galgala Mountains.

At least two soldiers were killed and one was also maimed in the blast, according to Al-Shabaab. There were no independent sources confirming the casualty figures.

Puntland soldiers are battling bully boyz from al-Shabaab in Galgala Mountains.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Morocco Acquits ex-Guantanamo Detainee
[AnNahar] Morocco has acquitted a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, held without charge by the U.S. military for over 13 years, of "undermining state security," his lawyer said Friday.

Yunis Chekkouri
...also named in DoD documents as Yunis Abdurrahman Shokuri, Yuunis Shokuri, Ahmed Abdullah Al-Wazan, and Younous Chekkouri, for reasons that no doubt made sense at the time...
was tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
by Pak forces in late December 2001 with a group of several dozen alleged fighters who had fled the Tora Bora cave complex in eastern Afghanistan, a stronghold of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and its al-Qaeda allies. The following year he was flown to the Guantanamo Bay military prison, where he was locked up for over 13 years but never charged.

In September 2015, Chekkouri was released and sent back home where the authorities put him on trial for "undermining state security."

He was acquitted on Thursday of any wrongdoing, his lawyer Khalil Idrissi told AFP. The official MAP news agency confirmed, citing the court.

"The mistake has been acknowledged... the charges against him were contradictory and had no logic to them," Idrissi said.

Chekkouri, who had repeatedly denied the accusations against him, told AFP after the verdict: "The nightmare is over."

In May last year, Chekkouri, who has said he traveled to Afghanistan on a "humanitarian" mission, was sentenced to five years in prison but he appealed.

"The verdict was unfair. I knew that I would be proven innocent," he told AFP.

"I can now say I have turned the page on Guantanamo," he said, calling it a "cruel prison" where he said detainees are submitted "every day to interrogations, physical and psychological tortures."

Under former U.S. president George W. Bush, the U.S. military built a prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, located on an American naval base on the eastern tip of Cuba, in the months following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In January, U.S. 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...
announced he would keep the detention facility open, breaking from his predecessor Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
's efforts to shutter it.

Guantanamo, once home to 780 prisoners detained for their alleged links to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, now holds 41 detainees.
No doubt that number will soon increase.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 01:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Operation Sinai 2018, Day 7: Egyptian army kills 3 'takfiris', arrests 224 'criminal elements'
[AlAhram] Three "takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
s" were killed by the Egyptian armed forces in northern and central Sinai on Friday, the army said in a statement.

Military front man Tamer El-Rifai said forces also incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
224 "wanted criminal elements", destroyed 10 4x4 vehicles and 68 weapons caches, and detonated 28 IEDs planted in the field of operations on Friday.

El-Rifai’s statement about the seventh day of Operation Sinai 2018, the military’s new counter-terrorism operation, is the eighth military communique on the operation since it began last week.

The operation involves land, naval and air operations. Land, sea and air forces have carried out security patrols to combat attempts to smuggle arms or infiltrate through southern and western borders, El-Rifai added.

Forces involved in the operation have also destroyed nine farms used to grow illegal narcotics and seized large amounts of drugs and communication facilities, he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Over 7 civilians killed in 41 aggression air strikes over 24 hours
[SABANEWS.NET] At least seven non-combatants were killed and three maimed in more than 41 air strikes which launched by US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition on several provinces of 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...
over the past 24 hours, medics and officials tod Sana News Agency on Saturday.

In Taiz province, six civilians, including children, were killed in an initial toll in an air strike targeted civilians’ lorry in Magbana district.

In Jawf province, three air strikes were waged on Khub-washaaf district, and an air raid on Maslub district.

In Hajjah province, the aggression warplanes launched an Arclight airstrike on Hairan district and 20 air strikes on Haradh and Medi districts.

In Saada province, the fighter jets of aggression launched two strikes on Aal-mujada area of Bagem district, three air strikes on Sawh and Farea areas of Kutaf district and an air strike hit Azhur area of Razeh district.

Also in Razeh district of Saada, an air strike was launched on Aal-ali area, damaging civilians’ properties.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
Saudi force targeted Ghur area of Ghamer district and several areas of Munabeh border district by missiles and artillery.

In Sanaa province, six airstrikes were waged on several areas of Nehm district and there were reports of causalities.

Also in Nehm district, a civilians was killed and three were maimed in an initial toll when air strikes targeted a car on Aqran area.
In Najran border district, the warplane of aggression launched a strike on Shurfah site.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  "Over 7"?
8?
7-1/2?

Metric system math?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#2  They found an extra ear, Frank.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Trying to beat Chicago this weekend?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2018 11:41 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Four arrested with 25 firearms in Bandarban
[NEWAGEBD.NET] A joint force of Rapid Action Battalion and Bangladesh Army tossed in the clink
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
four suspected ’miscreants’ on early Friday and seized 25 firearms and 2,037 rounds of bullets during a raid at Bonpur Rajapara hill area under Lama upazila in Bardanban district.

The arrestees are Tuisa Mong, 35, Oikya Marma, 39, Mifong Marma, 45, Chainung Marma, 36, all residents of village Trideba under Lama upazila, said a RAB blurb.

RAB said the joint force carried out the raid at remote Bonpur Rajapara hill area after they were tipped off that a group of miscreants had gathered a huge amount of illegal firearms and ammunition to commit terrorist activities.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Gang leader eliminated, 1 officer killed in anti-terrorist op in southern Russia
[RT] A local gang leader has been neutralized after exchanging gunfire with security forces during a counter-terrorist operation in the Republic of Dagestan
...a formerly inoffensive Caucasus republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca...
. A dramatic standoff left one special operative dead and several injured.

A shootout unfolded in the North Caucasus region Thursday afternoon, when law enforcement officers cornered an armed bad boy in the "mountain-wooded area" near the village of Harachi, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) confirmed.

Although the bad boy was given a chance to lay down his arms and surrender, he began shooting at security forces squad and was bumped off. As a result, one special forces officer was killed, and several others were maimed. No civilian casualties have been reported.

The officers found a grenade, a rifle and ammunition at the site.

The gang leader has been wanted since 2011 in Russia. According to NAK information, the bad boy used to head the local so-called Harachinckaya gang and was a skilled demolitionist. "The neutralized [gang] leader was linked to a series of terrorist activities, including kaboom of convoy of Interior Ministry forces in December 2013," the NAK statement read.

The committee, along with Dagestan’s Federal Security Service
... the successor to the KGB...
(FSB), promptly declared a counter-terrorist operation in the territory at 11:50 local time after receiving information on the bad boy’s whereabouts.

While the authorities have not identified the slain bad boy, Russian media reported he was a 57-year-old Kuramagomed Asadulayev, nicknamed ’Sniper’.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Emirate of Caucasus


Down Under
Police: Momena was in contact with foreign fighters in Syria
[Dhaka Tribune] Momena Shoma, the woman who was tossed in the calaboose
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
in Australia last week after stabbing a man, had been in contact with several Bangladeshi 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....
fighters in Syria, says Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam.

Monirul said Shoma had applied for a Ottoman Turkish visa after securing admission at a Ottoman Turkish university, but it had been denied by the embassy in Dhaka. At the time, many Bangladeshis were being denied visas to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
for fear they would seek entry to the Syrian battlefield, as thousands of IS supporters had done.

Then she went to Australia securing a scholarship from a university and launched an IS inspired "lone wolf" attack in Melbourne.

Monirul Islam said Shoma had struck up a relationship with Nazibullah Ansari, a Bangladeshi national fighting in Syria. Shoma wanted to marry Nazibullah, but her family refused to allow the two to marry.

The information came forth during the interrogation of Momena’s younger sister Asmaul Hosna Sumona and their father, Monirul said.

In 2016, law enforcement agencies had included Nazibullah’s name on the first list of the 10 missing youths suspected to be involved with militancy.

A CTTC official said Momena also had contact with another Bangladeshi holy warrior, Gazi Sohan.

Gazi introduced her to Nazibullah in 2014, when she was studying English language and Literature at North South University (NSU).

Gazi Sohan went to Syria to fight for Islamic State murderous Moslems on December 11, 2014 but came back to Dhaka on May next year. He has been held in the custody since his return.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Turkey: Six journalists given life sentences over coup
[Al Jazeera] A Ottoman Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in prison in relation to a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported.

The six journalists received aggravated life sentences for "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order", an unnamed judicial source told Anadolu news agency on Friday.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
has accused the journalists of having links to a movement headed by exiled Moslem scholar Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, who Ankara alleges was behind a deadly failed putsch in July 2016. Gulen, who is based in the United States, denies the accusation.

The individuals sentenced on Friday in the Istanbul court include Ahmet Altan, the former editor-in-chief of Taraf newspaper, his brother, journalist and academic Mehmet Altan, and prominent Ottoman Turkish journalist Nazli Ilicak.

The journalists, who were tossed into the calaboose for about a year, can appeal the ruling all the way up to the Ottoman Turkish Supreme Court, Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu reported from Istanbul.

"Aggravated life sentence means if prisoners are granted immunity by any other future government or any other judiciary, these people cannot benefit from that," Koseoglu said.

Turkey Frees German-Turkish Journalist after Year in Jail

[AnNahar] Turkey on Friday freed a German-Ottoman Turkish journalist held for more than a year in jail without facing trial, in a surprise move which may help repair severely eroded ties between Ankara and Berlin.

Deniz Yucel, 44, the The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
correspondent of Die Welt newspaper, had been held since February 14, 2017 on accusations of supporting terror groups.

In a fast-moving day of events, he was released after prosecutors finally unveiled an indictment detailing the charges against him and requesting that he be nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for 18 years.

But critically, the court also ordered that he be allowed to go free after the issuing of the indictment, potentially drawing the curtain on the biggest bone of contention in a major crisis between the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
allies.

Prosecutors charged Yucel with "making terror propaganda" and "inciting public hatred and hostility", state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
Anadolu reported.

However,
denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the court-ordered release was "unconditional."

"We presume that he will be allowed to leave the country," he added.

An AFP journalist saw Yucel -- looking tired but happy -- return to his apartment in the Istanbul district of Besiktas. Gabriel later said Yucel was heading to the airport. Leaving the country would allow him to be tried in absentia and thus not face any jail time even if convicted.

- #FreeDeniz campaign -
The incarceration of the German-Ottoman Turkish correspondent has been the biggest stumbling block to rebuilding badly damaged ties between the governments of Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslems ..
and 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...
Erdogan had repeatedly personally described Yucel as a "terror agent", causing consternation in Germany.

Merkel said that she welcomed the release and thanked "all those" who had worked to free Yucel.

Adding a note of caution, she added: "I know there are other people, perhaps less well known, who are in prison in Turkey and we hope their legal proceedings will be resolved quickly."

Also detained were a number of German citizens or dual nationals whom Berlin considered political hostages. Relations have recently started to recover from their deep crisis after Turkey released several German citizens.

Merkel had on Thursday told Turkey's visiting Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Yucel's detention stood in the way of efforts on both sides to improve "clouded" relations and marked a continuing "burden."

She reiterated German concerns about the rule of law in Turkey, where the authorities had suspended tens of thousands of people after the failed coup.

Yildirim also cautiously welcomed the release, saying "some of the issues causing some problems in Germany-Turkey relations in the past period seem to be resolved today."

"God willing it will be better," Yildirim said
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
Al-Qaida fighter, absent from court, gets life in prison
[AnNahar] While on the run, Harun later criminal masterminded a failed plot to bomb a U.S. embassy in Nigeria, the government said.

A self-described al-Qaeda "warrior" who was in a firefight in Afghanistan that left two U.S. servicemen dead refused to attend his sentencing Friday, when a judge ordered him to serve life in prison.

"I can’t think of a more serious crime," U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said as he announced the sentence for Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Harun
...who is in our archives as Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun...
in a Brooklyn courtroom where a monitor showing the entrance to Harun’s cell rested near his lawyers. Harun also had refused to attend his trial last year.

The judge rejected Harun’s claim that he was more a soldier than a terrorist, saying Harun wanted to kill "dozens or maybe hundreds of Americans" and those from other nationalities, as well.

"I’m confident the defendant doesn’t differentiate whether they are civilians or soldiers," Cogan said.

A jury last March convicted Harun after prosecutors said he confessed while in Italian custody that he threw a grenade and shot at an American military unit in a 2003 ambush that killed Army Pvt. Jerod Dennis, of Antlers, Oklahoma, and Air Force Airman Ray Losano, of Del Rio, Texas.

While on the run, Harun later criminal masterminded a failed plot to bomb a U.S. embassy in Nigeria, the government said. He was under the direct supervision of al-Qaeda higher-ups, including some still held at Guantanamo Bay, it said.

The Saudi-born defendant who claims Niger citizenship had insisted he was a "warrior" who should face a military tribunal rather than a civilian court prosecution.

Cogan said soldiers in wartime don’t target "embassies" in third-world countries.

Harun, 47, was extradited from Italia to the United States in 2012.

The judge said Harun told prison officials Friday: "This is not my court. That is not my judge."

Cogan called Harun "self-absorbed," noting that he was willing to speak to the judge and his lawyers as long as he thought he was going to get his way.

"If this man ever walks the streets again, the first thing he will do is try to kill Americans," Cogan said. "He has one gear. That’s to kill Americans."

"There is not an ounce of remorse, not a smidgeon of self-doubt," the judge added.

He said he knew the life sentence would not end terrorism, but hoped it would work "best at the margins," where one potential terrorist might decide a life behind bars was not worth killing.

He also refused to recommend Harun serve his sentence at a particular facility.

The judge said the Federal Bureau of Prisons "is going to have its hands full with this violent and uncooperative defendant."

And though he said he suspected Harun was not listening to the court’s video feed, Cogan instructed him that he could appeal.
This article starring:
Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


India-Pakistan
Indian troops kill two Kashmiri people in Poonch
[PAKISTANTODAY.PK] Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism
... any action taken by a non-Moslem state that constrains the violent impulses of Moslems or their allies ...
martyred two young people in Poonch district of the Indian-held Kashmire (IHK).

The troops killed the young people during a violent military operation in Balakote area of the district. On the other hand, demonstrations erupted in Palhallan area of the Baramulla district after the Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation.

The local police and the Indian troops used brute force to disperse the protesters, triggering festivities between the government forces and the demonstrators. The local media reported that the festivities were continuing in the area after the start of the operation.

The authorities have suspended mobile internet service in the district while all entry and exit routes to Palhallan have been sealed by the Indian forces. Clashes were also witnessed between the troops and the protesters in Arwini area of Bijbehara during the operation last evening.

In another development, unidentified button men attacked the camp of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Panzgam Awantipora area of the Pulwama district.

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Iraq
Senior IS Leader Returned to Iraq from Turkey
[AnNahar] Iraqi authorities said Thursday they have managed for the first time to have a top leader of 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....
group extradited from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi, 55, was tracked to Turkey's Sakarya region, detained and returned through cooperation between Ottoman Turkish, Iraqi and U.S. intelligence agencies, a bigwig in the interior ministry's Falcons unit hunting IS members told AFP.

The break came after his unit had "infiltrated the highest levels" of the jihadist group, he said.

A native of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, Ithawi was the group's "minister" in charge of religious edicts and headed a IS committee that decided on senior appointments, according to the official.

He had fled the group's now-shattered "caliphate" in Syria and was living under his brother's name in northern Turkey.

"We asked our ambassador in Ankara to intervene with the Ottoman Turkish authorities by providing the arrest warrant issued by Iraqi courts and recent photos of Ismail," the official said.

IS swept across Syria and northern Iraq in a lightning advance in 2014, unleashing a reign of terror across a vast swathe of territory that lasted some three years. The group's territory has now been wiped out in Iraq and reduced to a small foothold in Syria by a series of punishing assaults in both countries.

The focus has since switched to tracking down the group's big shotship and the thousands of imported muscle who once flocked to its banner.
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#1  Hope it's painful
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2018 7:51 Comments || Top||


Iraq jails Turkish woman, Syrian for life over IS ties
[AlAhram] An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a Ottoman Turkish woman and a Syrian man to life in jail over ties to 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....
group, a judicial front man said.

The woman was accused of "hiding the actions of a terrorist group to which her husband belonged", Supreme Judicial Council front man Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said, referring to IS.

"The court condemned another Syrian terrorist to life in prison for belonging to IS and for taking part in attacks against Iraqi soldiers," he said.

Iraq in December declared victory against IS after a years-long battle to retake large swathes of territory the jihadists had seized in 2014. Several hundred foreigners, both men and women, are thought to have been detained in the fighting.

An Iraqi court last month condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the jihadist group. She is believed to be the first European woman to be sentenced to death in Iraq in relation to IS.

In September last year, Iraq sentenced to death by hanging a Russian man who was captured in second city djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and found guilty of fighting for the group.

In December, a Swede of Iraqi origin was among 38 people executed after being convicted of "terrorism".

Three French women awaiting trial in Baghdad could face the death penalty
for joining IS, sources with knowledge their cases told AFP last month.
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Paramilitaries kill Islamic State members attempting attack against borders from Syria
[Iraq News] The pro-government paramilitary forces have killed 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....
Death Eaters as they attempted attacking the troops on the Iraqi-Syrian borders, the media service of the troops reported on Thursday.

In a statement, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, "the first brigade blew up a vehicle of Islamic State members and killed those on board, south of Tal Sufuk border crossing."

"IS members were on board a vehicle coming from Syria in attempt to attack PMFs," the statement added.

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Islamic State doctor arrested in an offensive, northwest Mosul: Military intelligence
[Iraq News] The military intelligence department have tossed in the clink
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
a doctor who treats Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
members who were maimed during djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
liberation battles in an offensive in northwest of the city.

In a statement, the department said, "said the military intelligence arrested a terrorist in Zumar, northeast of Mosul."

The Death Eater, according to the statement, "used to work as a doctor who was in charge of the treating other holy warriors who got maimed during liberation offensives." He was one of those wanted by Zumar court.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
4 Soldiers Injured in Roadside Bomb Detonated at Gaza Strip Border Fence
At approximately 3:40 PM on Saturday, a roadside bomb was detonated against an IDF military force moving near the border fence of the southern Gaza Strip. Two IDF soldiers were seriously injured and two others were moderately and lightly injured. The soldiers were evacuated to hospital for medical treatment.

Large IDF forces were dispatched to the scene, and shortly thereafter, the IDF attacked an Islamic Jihad post near the fence on the Gaza side, near the point where the bomb had been detonated.

The IDF clarified that the incident had taken place near the fence, so that there was no terrorist threat to Israeli settlements in the Gaza vicinity and there were no special instructions given to local residents, including the thousands of visitors who were in the area to celebrate the Red South festival.

On Friday, during an Arab riot near the border fence, which takes place almost every Friday, a terrorist force took advantage of the confusion to approach the border and bury the explosive charge right next to the fence, opposite Ein Hashlosha. The same terrorists apparently hung up a flag on the fence in order to draw IDF forces to that point and then detonated the bomb.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria Troops Find Mass Grave West of Raqa
One wonders how many tens of thousands of bodies will eventually be found.
[AnNahar] Syrian troops have uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of more than 30 people killed by 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....
group in Raqa province, state media reported on Friday.

It is the third such find by the army in recent months in territory formerly held by the jihadists west of their onetime bastion.

"In cooperation with specialists, an army unit came across a mass grave of civilians and combatants executed by the Islamic State group in western parts of Raqa province," state news agency SANA reported.

A member of the civil defence told the news agency that a total of 34 bodies had been exhumed from the grave near the town of Rathman. The remains were transported to the military hospital in neighbouring Aleppo province to be identified.

Government troops control the southwest of Raqa province, but the rest of it, including the historic provincial capital, is held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who overran the jihadists' infamous bastion in October.

In late December, Syrian troops found two mass graves in the west of the province. State media later reported that more than 150 bodies had been exhumed from them.

The Islamic State group, which proclaimed a "caliphate" over swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, has now lost almost all the land it once controlled. It has been held responsible for multiple atrocities during its reign of terror, including mass executions and decapitations.
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Desperate to Come Home, Syrians Brave IS Mines in Raqa
[AnNahar] The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces ousted IS from Raqa in October, then handed the city over to the Raqa Civil Council.

But Raqa natives are complaining that demining firms hired by the RCC are taking too long, and have taken matters into their own hands. Young men are charging up to $100 to search and clear homes of mines -- a small fortune for war-weary Syrians.

"It's becoming a lucrative business. The officials are ignoring it, and we don't have the means," said resident Hamed Saleh, 28.

A large part of his home in Raqa is inaccessible because of mines.

According to Human Rights Watch, local officials were receiving about 10 requests for house inspections for a single neighbourhood, every day. But they were only able to clear about 10 cases per week across the entire city, the New York-based rights group said this week. It documented at least 491 people, including 157 children, maimed in mine blasts, many of whom died.

Goh Mayama of the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said his clinic receives an average of six mine blast casualties a day on average in Raqa, about a quarter of whom die.

- 'A view to kill' -
Demining operations in Raqa have been supported by the US-led coalition that backed the SDF's drive against IS. In December, the SDF said it had demined half the city.

"The hospitals, public institutions, schools, power stations and bakeries are all demined," said SDF official Lokman Khalil.

"Raqa's a big city. There's a huge number of mines and it'll take time," he told AFP.

He said the SDF had tried to keep civilians away, but Raqa natives eager to leave displacement camps and come home had ramped up the pressure.

Now, the city's main streets have been cleared for traffic, though mounds of debris still line the sidewalks. Outside one damaged building, a group of children in oversized sweaters rummage through a pile of twisted metal and corrugated iron. Men with picks and shovels poke through the ruins, emerging occasionally with an unwent kaboom! mine.

"We're paying people out of our own pockets to clear our streets and houses," said Abu Mohammed, a resident in his forties. The four-storey apartment building he owns has been completely destroyed, but he cannot begin rebuilding because of mines inside.

"I have three kids. I keep them locked at home so that mines don't go off as they walk in the streets," he said.

According to the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
, some 60,000 people have returned to Raqa despite warnings of the danger.

"The number of unwent kaboom! ordnance in Raqa is something that we have never seen before. It's extreme," said Panos Moumtzis, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria.

Between 50 and 70 people were being maimed or killed every week because of mines in the city.

"Just to give you a point of comparison, it's the number that takes place in Afghanistan in a year," Moumtzis said. "It's planted with a view to kill."
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Rantburg Exclusive: 2/16/2018 SDF Battlefield Combat Report Afrin, Syria
1-Afrin: Sterk village which is followed directly to Afrin city, was a target of heavy weapons by the Turkish army and its Jihadist factions.The indiscriminate shelling started since last night until midnight, causing damages to the civilian homes.while the Turkish warplanes were roaming over the city center of Afrin last night.

Last night Juqeh and Ster villages were shelled by Turkish artillery at 3:30 PM, where 4 shells landed Juqeh village and three other shells landed on Ster village.

2- Jinderes: Yesterday at 3:30 PM, our forces observed 4 Turkish military vehicles in the vicinity Dewa village. Our forces targeted the four vehicles by rockets and completely destroyed them (videotaped)



After that, a photographs emerged from the vicinity of the village showing the Turkish invasion army and the terrorists of Daesh and Al-Nusra front, using the children as human shields during their invasion on Afrin. The pictures showed a group of children surrounded by military vehicles loaded with Doshka and the gunner on it, shelling Jenderes the whole Last night.

The Turkish recconnaisance aircrafts roamed over Jinderes since the early morning.

Also Sindianka village was exposed to a heavy shelling since 1 pm this afternoon until writing this report.

In another scene showing the Turkish brutality and its Daesh and Al-Nusra factions, they shelled Abdul Rahman shrine, which proves that the invaders targets even our graves and monuments after destroying our villages, cities, infrastructure and the populated areas.

During afternoon hours, the Turkish invasion army and Al-Nusra/Daesh terrorists tried to advance towards Muhamadiyah village, accordingly, our forces engaged with them and pushed them back after heavy losses. The terrorists left their corpses behind them and fled. Our forces are still pursuing them until writing this report.

3-Sherra: last night at 9 PM, Baflun village was exposed to airstrikes by the Turkish invasion army. The raids targeted civilian homes.

4- Raju: our forces bombed a Turkish armored last night in Kaniyah Batmaneh.

This afternoon, Kharab Sorek village was exposed to a heavy shelling by Daesh and Al-Nusra terrorists causing heavy damages to civilian homes and the mosque.

The Turkish invasion army and its allies of Daesh and Al-Nusra terrorists shelled heavily Haj Khalil village and Mira mount. The shelling started at 1 pm this afternoon until writing this report.

In Shadiyah village, our forces carried out an ambush against the Turkish invasion army and Daesh/ Al-Nusra terrorists. As a result for the ambush, our forces could destroy a tank and a four-wheel-drive vehicle killing everybody inside.

5- Shiyah ( Shaik Hadid), our forces observed movements for the Turkish army and its terrorists in Chaqalah village and carried out an ambush for them last night. Accordingly, our forces destroyed a four-wheel-drive vehicle and killed everybody inside.

In a blatant challenge to the world, the Turkish state no longer conceals its public alliance with Al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists, where a lot of footage emerged showing this alliance. Today, another scene emerged showing some of Al-Nusra terrorists seeking wounded Turkish soldiers during their engagement with our forces in Jinderes.


SDF MEDIA CENTER
16-FEB-2018

Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  In addition to the above Syrian Defense Forces report there are numerous reports coming out that on this day civilians areas were exposed to chlorine gas attacks by the Turks which has caused severe lung problems for the victim, reminiscent of the Saddam atrocities executed against the Iraqi Kurds of his day.

Speaking of retro-active times, German defense contractor Rheinmetall has inked a deal to retrofit Turkeys German built Leopard II Panzers for an undetermined amount of blood money.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/17/2018 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  And blood money it is, just like the dual purpose and not dual purpose war materiel German, French, and Russian companies sell to Iran.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2018 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  This is a WAR CRIME: "the Turkish invasion army and the terrorists of Daesh and Al-Nusra front, using the children as human shields during their invasion on Afrin. The pictures showed a group of children surrounded by military vehicles loaded with Doshka and the gunner on it, shelling Jenderes the whole Last night."
Posted by: 3dc || 02/17/2018 1:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Folks were put to death in Nuremberg trials for actions like that. This should be pointed out to the Turkish Fools.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/17/2018 1:36 Comments || Top||

#5  This should be pointed out to Rex Tillerson.
Posted by: Clurong Peacock9529 || 02/17/2018 9:19 Comments || Top||


Al-Qaeda readies for war of revenge after assassination of commander by rival rebel faction in northwest Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Following the liquidation of a high-ranking commander belonging to al-Qaeda affiliate militia Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham
(formerly Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
) by fighters of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
-linked Harakat Noor al-Din al-Zenki group in northwest Syria, authorities from the former-mentioned faction have now called for a war of Dire Revenge.

During the late hours of Thursday night, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham commander Abu Ayman al-Masri (an Egyptian national) and his wife were gunned-down by Noor al-Din al-Zenki bully boyz at a checkpoint in western Aleppo province (pictures here).

Since then, leading figures within Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham have called for vengeance against Noor al-Din al-Zenki, threatening the rival myrmidon group with all-out war.

Early reports state that Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham has started moving convoys of troops and heavy equipment from Idlib’s countryside towards Noor al-Din al-Zenki positions and bases in west Aleppo.

Even prior to Abu Ayman al-Masri’s liquidation of Thursday night, tensions between Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Noor al-Din al-Zenki had been on the rise for at least two weeks.

This latest escalation appears to almost guarantee that another inter-rebel war will erupt across northwest Syria soon ‐ the previous one taking place in mid-2017.
An Nahar adds that Abu Ayman’s wife was only wounded, and:
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Masri was in charge of education services for foreign members of the organization. He had previously served as a military trainer for new recruits.

"Abu Ayman was a member of al-Qaeda international," the Observatory said, adding that he had fought with the organization in Afghanistan.

Masri was already in Syria when al-Nusra Front began establishing itself as a major force in rebel ranks in 2014.

The Nureddine al-Zinki movement is a hardline Islamist faction with a powerful presence in western parts of Aleppo province near the border with Idlib. It formed a short-lived alliance with HTS in 2017, but has broken it off and the two groups have clashed in the past.
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#1  I guess all the suicide bombings and slaughter of innocents in their wake doesn't count as provocation?
Posted by: gorb || 02/17/2018 15:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Popcorn. With wasabi dip.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2018 15:23 Comments || Top||


Top ISIS commander eliminated by Syrian airstrike in rural Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] Information has just begun to surface that the Syrian Air Force killed a high-ranking ISIS commander during a strike against positions of the terrorist group in northeast Hama province well over a week ago.

The slain bad boy commander has been identified as Gazook Paleostinian Abu Abdullah al-Ghazzawi (picture below).
They do get around, those Palestinians. The West Bankers tend to make themselves useful in Saudi factories and such, where their Israel-supported educations make them useful; the Gazans have lately been going in for leadership among the jihadis. Perhaps they’re frustrated with Hamas’ impotence with regard to Israel in recent years.
He led forces of 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....
affiliate militia Jund al-Aqsa (technically defunct since February 2017).

Abu Abdullah al-Ghazzawi joined the ranks of ISIS in Syria at some point during 2013. Prior to that he was an active member of the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", rebel group in Gazoo.

Reports also mention that twenty days prior to being killed by Syrian airpower in rural Hama, Abu Abdullah al-Ghazzawi had been maimed, losing one of his hands (apparently so badly injured that it had to be amputated).

The Syrian Army successful concluded its operations against ISIS in northwest Syria well over one week ago, and no specific date as to when the ISIS commander was killed has yet been provided.

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#1  Reports also mention that twenty days prior to being killed by Syrian airpower in rural Hama, Abu Abdullah al-Ghazzawi had been maimed, losing one of his hands (apparently so badly injured that it had to be amputated).

I like it - killing him a bit at a time
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2018 8:58 Comments || Top||


Turkish-backed rebels expand control over southern Afrin, Kurds invite Assad to join the fun
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels continued their advance in the Afrin region of Aleppo this week, capturing several sites from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) at the Jandaris axis.

Led by the Faylaq al-Sham faction of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels managed to capture the town of Daywan Fouqani in southern Afrin on Thursday after a fierce battle with the the YPG forces in the area.

As a result of this advance, the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels were able to expand their buffer-zone around the Jandaris axis.

Syrian Army can be present in any part of Afrin: YPG media adviser
[ALMASDARNEWS] The media adviser of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Rizan Haddou, told al-Mayadeen TV on Friday that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) can be present in any part of the Afrin region.

Haddou told the Lebanese channel that the YPG applauded the Syrian Army for downing the Israeli F-16 last week and added that he hopes they shoot down a Ottoman Turkish warplane too.

The YPG media adviser stated that Afrin is Syrian land and part of Syria, so the SAA is welcome to enter this region at any juncture.
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ISIS scores big advance in Yarmouk Camp, entire district nearly captured
[ALMASDARNEWS] For the second time this week, 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) has scored a big advance in the Yarmouk Camp District, seizing several areas from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
.

According to the terrorist group’s official media wing, their forces began the day by attack HTS’ positions at the al-Malyoun and al-Mashrou’ neighborhoods of the Yarmouk Camp.

The Islamic State would ultimately infiltrate HTS’ lines in al-Malyoun and al-Mashrou’, forcing the latter to retreat further north in order to avoid being overrun by the terrorist group.

ISIS claimed at least five HTS fighters killed during the battle, including two HTS field commander.

As a result of Friday’s advance, the Islamic State is now on the verge of seizing the entire Yarmouk Camp District.

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