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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [378 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I miss the party lines of the old days. There were 4 other homes on our line when I was kid. You would get a call and you knew a bored house wife or two were listening to your conversation.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/19/2018 3:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Ah yes, I remember the Ahearn sisters - 90 years old and heavy breathers....
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/19/2018 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Taking Joan B requests are we?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2018 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  You would get a call and you knew a bored house wife or two were listening to your conversation.

Now we have a bunch of bored NSA folks in curlers performing that function.
Posted by: gorb || 02/19/2018 9:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Thank you Fred.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2018 10:32 Comments || Top||

#6  I am sure that NSA has AI filtering the raw communication and then turning over interesting conversations to bored NSA staffers in curlers.

Which probably ignores the code that the deep state communicates with itself in plain sight.
Posted by: E. Mussolini5023 || 02/19/2018 10:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Fred, you spread joy and illuminate the heart today.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2018 11:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Thank goodness Fred has rediscovered Joan! Keep it up.
Posted by: Alistaire Untervehr8459 || 02/19/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

#9  A friend of the Libertarian bent liked to start a phone conversation with: "Revolution. Revolution. Revolution. Hello, NSA!!"
Posted by: magpie || 02/19/2018 13:29 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab terrorists kill 3 teachers at Kenya school
[AA.TR] Three teachers are confirmed dead after Somali-based al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
murderous Moslems attacked a primary school in northeastern Kenya early Friday, police confirmed.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group operating in the Horn of Africa is said to have entered the Qarsa school in Wajir County through the porous Kenya-Somali border, some 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the town.

"We’re not sure what their motive was, but they attacked the school early in the morning, killing three teachers and wounding a couple of others, who are suffering from gunshot wounds," a police brass hat from the area told Anadolu Agency on the phone.

"The Death Eaters planted improvised explosives on the road leading to the school, making it hard for ambulances and our teams to reach the place faster," said the officer, who asked not to be named due to restrictions to speaking to the media.

Speaking to Kenya’s Daily Nation online, Wajir County police commander Mohammed Sheikh said: "I can confirm that one of our vehicles that was responding to the attack was partly hit by an IED that had been buried along the route by the group, but all our officers are in good condition."

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egypt sentences 65 Islamists to jail for incitement
[Ynet] An Egyptian court has sentenced 65 members of the banned Moslem Brüderbund group to jail over alleged incitement against the state.

The decision late Saturday by a court in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig also acquitted eight individuals. Prosecutors say the group was caught with inflammatory leaflets opposing the army and state institutions, and calling for violence. Of the group, 44 were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, while the rest received two years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Frees 475 Boko Haram Suspects for Lack of Evidence
[AnNahar] Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, the justice ministry said Sunday.

Over the course of the week, hundreds of suspected Boko Haram bully boyz have appeared before a court at the Kainji military base in central Niger state.

The release order was issued on Friday, with the 475 suspects to be returned to their home states for "proper rehabilitation" before being sent back to their families, ministry front man Salihu Othman Isah said.

He said they had been jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
on grounds they either belonged to Boko Haram, or had concealed information about the group's plans or its members' whereabouts.

"However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
the Prosecution Counsel could not charge them with any offence due to lack of sufficient evidence against them. Therefore, the suspects were released."

Among those released was a maiden of tender years with a three-month-old baby from Borno State who was taken to a Boko Haram enclave by her brother and married off to his friend when she was 11. She was arrested in 2014 while trying to escape.

Also freed were two mechanics, identical twins who were arrested in Bauchi State in 2010 after servicing a vehicle at their workshop which belonged to a Boko Haram member.

Also Friday, the court imposed a second 15-year sentence on Haruna Yahaya, 35, who was involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok.

Earlier in the week, he had been jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
for 15 years but the court handed him an additional 15-year term, with the judge saying the two sentences would run consecutively.

- Years without trial -
In total, some 1,669 people have been processed in a string of mass hearings which began in October at four specially-constituted civilian courts inside the facility.

Most were men, but their number also included some women and kiddies, with Nigeria widely criticized for holding them and thousands of others for years without trial or even contact with a lawyer.

Before Friday's release of 475 suspects, 468 had been freed after it was found they had no case to answer; 45 were jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
for between two and 15 years and 28 had their cases transferred to other jurisdictions.

A further 82 pleaded guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence or release, taking into account time served in jug. And others were freed after spending years behind bars.

The remaining cases have been delayed for another hearing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Houthi forces strike Saudi Army positions in the Jizan Region
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Houthi forces targeted the Saudi Army’s positions in the Jizan Region near the northern border of Yemen this week, scoring several direct hits in the process. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters heavily bombarded the Saudi Army’s positions with artillery shells around the town of Hamda.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Iran, Iran, Iran.

That is the real news.
Posted by: newc || 02/19/2018 3:18 Comments || Top||


Arab Coalition intercepts ballistic missile in Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A ballistic missile was intercepted over the coastal city of Mokha west 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...
by Arab Coalition forces on Sunday.

Yemeni sources said that the ballistic missile launched by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias was destroyed by Arab Coalition air defense batteries before reaching its target.

Al-Arabiya correspondent reported that coalition aircraft destroyed a missile platform and more than 10 military vehicles carrying Houthi elements, as well as barricades and ammunition used by the militias.

The missile launch came as Arab Coalition fighters targeted Houthi militia reinforcements in the north-west of Taiz and south of the coastal province of Hodeidah.

Coalition aircraft also carried out 30 raids in the provinces of Hajjah, Saada and Jouf on Saturday which destroyed several targets.

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Clashes leave 27 dead as Yemen troops target Al-Qaeda
[NEWVISION.CO.UG] Eight soldiers and 19 suspected members of al-Qaeda were killed in 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...
on Sunday, as the army launched an offensive against key outposts of the Death Eaters, a military official said.

General Faraj al-Bahsani, governor of Hadramawt province, told AFP the army had taken control of the Mesini Valley west of Mukalla, a central site for al-Qaeda in southeast of the country.

Mukalla was the most populated Yemeni city under direct al-Qaeda control from 2015 to 2016, when the army and its regional military allies seized control of the port city.

Special forces trained by the United Arab Emirates -- a key member of a Saudi-led alliance fighting alongside Yemen's government forces -- over the weekend launched the offensive, codenamed "Al-Faisal", against al-Qaeda cells in oil-rich Hadramawt province.

Two soldiers were killed on Saturday in the offensive, which targets the Mesini and Amed Valleys -- both in the vast province of Hadramawt and home to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP).

The two valleys are critical to control over Yemen's southeastern coastline.

More than 9,200 people have been killed in the Yemen war since 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition joined the government's fight against Iran-backed Houthis.

Radical groups, including AQAP and 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, have flourished in the chaos of the war, regularly launching attacks on government and military targets.

The United States, the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen, has ramped up a long-running campaign against AQAP since 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...
took office in 2017.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Islamic State says responsible for attack on church in Russia
[REUTERS] 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....
has grabbed credit for a shooting in Russia’s southern province 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...
that killed five people on Sunday, according to the turban group’s news agency Amaq, although it did not provide immediate evidence for the claim.

A man shot into a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday, killing five and injuring at least five others, Russian news agencies reported, citing the local health ministry.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Five dead after church shooting in southern Russia, attacker killed
More on this story from yesterday.
[RT] Five people have been killed and several others injured in a gun attack on a crowd of churchgoers in 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...
in southern Russia, local police confirmed. The shooter was killed by security forces.

The shooting happened in the city of Kizlyar, a scenic provincial capital in the Republic of Dagestan. The gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle at a group of people leaving a church ceremony dedicated to the end of the Russian folk festival of Maslenitsa, which marks the start of Lent for Russian Orthodox Christians.

An eyewitness to the shooting, Oksana, told RT it happened right in front of a Christian church. The gunman targeted people as they were leaving, but luckily many of the churchgoers managed to take cover inside the building, giving more time for the security guards to respond to the attack.

"There were a lot of people there, moms with little children, elderly people. I believe God saved us, not allowing the man to get inside the church," the woman said. She added the gunman was killed as he was attempting to flee the scene.

The corpse count of the attack has risen from four to five people after a woman, who was among those delivered to the hospital, "died on the operation table," the Dagestani Health Ministry told Interfax. "According to preliminary data, the condition of the two other (patients) is critical," it added.

The health ministry said five people were maimed in the shooting and hospitalized. The interior ministry announced two of whom were security personnel who responded to the shooting and bumped off the attacker.

The four fatalities on site were all civilian women leaving the church, according to law enforcement. Interfax also cites a source as saying that the gunman had a female accomplice who fled before the shooting started.

The Russian Investigative Committee says the gunman has been identified as a local resident in his early 20s.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, was "stunned" by the attack in Kizlyar and demanded the most thorough investigation of the incident, Patriarch’s front man, priest Aleksandr Volkov, wrote on Telegram.

"The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church considers this terrible crime, committed on the eve of the Great Lent, a provocation aimed at instigating confrontation between Orthodoxs and Moslems, who have been coexisting peacefully for ages in the Caucasus," the front man wrote.

Dagestan’s Moslem Spiritual Authority has called the shooting a "tragedy," saying that it condemns all manifestations of violence. "We express our most sincere condolences to the relatives of those who were killed or injured," the Muftiyat said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs

Catching up, part 2. From Breitbart - immigration:
Sweden Democrats Promise to Reduce Asylum Numbers to Zero and End Chain Migration
18 February
The anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats (SD) have promised to reduce both asylum claims and chain migration — or ‘family reunification’ — to zero, and pledged to turn the migration board into a “remigration” board.

Council Of Europe Slams Crime Wave Sweden For Not Taking MORE Migrants
18 February
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks has criticised Sweden for not taking in enough migrants, saying that more chain migration — or ‘family reunification’ — would “help integration”.

INTERPOL: 50 Islamic State Jihadis Have Entered Italy Among Boat Migrants, May Be on Way to Rest of Europe
1 February
Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State militants currently in Italy who the agency believes may attempt to travel to other countries to commit acts of terror.

German Parliament Debates Increasing Chain Migration
1 February
German lawmakers are debating regulations over migrants’ rights to bring close relatives to the country, a topic which has been a major issue of coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats.

WATCH: German Women Launch Campaign Highlighting Increased Violence Against Women as a Result of Mass Migration
1 February
A group of German women have launched a campaign called #120db to lend a voice to women who have been physically or sexually attacked as a result of mass migration policies.

Despite Merkel’s Promises, Deportations of Failed Migrants Fell in 2017
31 January
Despite talking tough on illegal immigration in the run-up to 2017’s Federal elections, deportations of failed, terrorist, and criminal migrants fell last year, compared to 2016 levels.

Trump Supporting Italian Populist Leader: Islam Endangers Italy, Vows to Fortify Borders
31 January
Italian populist Lega leader Matteo Salvini has named Islam as one of the greatest threats to Italy and has promised to not only carry out deportations of illegals but secure all aspects of the Italian border on land and sea.

Austria’s New Right-Wing Chancellor Backs Hungary, Poland on Migrant Quotas
30 January
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he’s positioning his country as a bridge between the “Visegrad group” of eastern European nations and their western counterparts. Kurz said he agreed with the Visegrad countries – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland

Sweden Grants Custody of Children to Iraqi Who Got 13-Year-Old Cousin Pregnant by Rape
30 January
The Swedish government is under fire from critics after giving an Iraqi man custody of children he conceived with a then-13-year-old girl who was raped by the man after being sent to Iraq to marry him in 2007.

Pro-Sovereignty Populists on Course to Dominate European 2018 Elections
30 January
After the victory of pro-sovereignty Czech President Miloš Zeman, many are looking to the next three big national elections in Europe this year in which populists and pro-sovereignty parties look to dominate in Italy and Hungary and place strongly in Sweden.

Murder Spree: ‘New Swedes’ Shoot Man, Stab Trial Witness and Wife to Death
29 January
A number of men with migrant backgrounds have been convicted of a trio of murders in a Stockholm suburb, where a man was shot dead then a witness and his wife were brutally murdered.

No-Go Zones: UK Govt Warns People Travelling to Sweden Beware ‘Gang Crime, Shootings, and Explosions’
29 January
UK travel advice on Sweden has warned visitors to beware violence, gun crime, and “explosions” in the nation’s migrant-dominated ‘no-go zones’. “Crime levels are low” in the Nordic nation, the government advice notes, but goes on to caution: “Violent crime

Major Swedish Newspapers Set to Editorially Collaborate to Fight ‘Fake News’ Ahead of Election
28 January
Several of Sweden’s leading media organisations have pledged to collaborate on editorial matters ahead of the national election later this year in order to combat so-called “fake news” and misinformation.

Italian Populist Leader Promises To Deport 500,000 Migrants
28 January
Matteo Salvini, leader of the populist Lega Nord, has promised he will deport half a million migrants if he becomes Prime Minister of Italy.

Marine Le Pen Pays Visit to Prison Where Guards Were Attacked by Radical Islamic Extremist
27 January
Populist Front National leader Marine Le Pen visited several prisons where staff have been subjected to violence from inmates including one in which a radical Islamic extremist attempted to murder three guards.

German Children’s Television Channel Features Migrant Teens Learning How to Remove a Girl’s Bra
27 January
German children’s television channel Kika posted a short video on its website, using teens from migrant backgrounds, to show its underage viewers how to remove a woman’s bra.

Plainclothes Police Officers Severely Beaten by Drug-Dealing Migrants
26 January
Three Austrian plainclothes police officers were injured after they attempted to arrest two teenage Afghan asylum seekers who had offered to sell them drugs.

Police: Foreigners Vastly Over-Represented in Sex Crime Cases in Finland
26 January
Newly released statistics from the Finnish Police University College show that foreigners account for as many as 37 per cent of suspects in sexual offence cases in metropolitan areas despite making up only 10 percent of the population.

UN Refugee Chief Says Europe Must Prepare Systems to Cope with Bigger Migrant Flows
25 January
United Nations refugee chief Filippo Grandi has said that EU nations must prepare their asylum reception systems to cope with bigger migrant inflows.

‘Mohammed’ on Course to be Most Popular Baby Name in Germany
25 January
The name Mohammed and its many spelling variations are on course to become one of the most popular names in Germany going from 97th to 26th most popular in less than a decade.

Commission: Mass Third World Migration Central to EU Values, Refusing Quotas ‘Unacceptable’
25 January
Refusing refugee quotas is “unacceptable”, Brussels has said, stating that migration from Africa and the Middle East is “directly linked” to values on which the European Union (EU) was built.

Ministers Reject EU Demands that Migrants Arriving After 2019 Can Stay Indefinitely
24 January
European Union (EU) migrants arriving during the agreed so-called “Brexit transition period” will not automatically be allowed to stay in the UK indefinitely, ministers have been privately claiming.

Number of ‘Asylum Seeker’ War Criminals Discovered in Sweden Doubles in Two Years
24 January
The number of war criminals being discovered among asylum seekers in Sweden is rapidly increasing with the Swedish Migration Board claiming cases have doubled in the last two years.

Nine in Ten ‘Underage’ Moroccans in Sweden Caught Lying About Their Age
23 January
A new cooperation agreement between Sweden and Morocco to share their fingerprint databases has revealed that 90 per cent of “underage” Moroccan asylum seekers are really adults.

Bosnia: Sweden Is the Largest Market for Illegal Balkan Weapons
23 January
Bosnian prosecutor Goran Glamocanin has claimed that Sweden is the number one market in Europe for illegal weapons from the Balkan region after yet another explosion occurred in Malmö over the weekend.

Austria Announces ‘Border Protection Unit’ to Manage Migration
22 January
Austrian populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Interior Minister Herbert Kickl has announced the creation of a new border force which he said will “ensure orderly border management”.

Truckers Claim French ‘Switching Off’ UK-Funded Equipment Intended to Stop Illegal Calais Migrants
22 January
The Road Haulage Association has it on “very good authority” that the French are not using the expensive heartbeat monitors UK taxpayers funded to detect illegal migrants travelling from Calais.

French Leftists Complain Their Children Cannot Succeed in ‘Diverse’ Paris District Schools
20 January
Leftist parents living in the heavily-migrant populated 18th arrondissement of Paris are increasingly finding themselves conflicted, as they want “diversity” yet complain that the schools in their “diverse” district are failing.

Italian Election Favourite Blasts Brussels: ‘The EU Can Go F*ck Itself’
20 January
Italian populist Matteo Salvini, frontrunner to win the nation’s coming elections, has said the European Union “can go f*ck itself” in an explosive interview.

Failed Asylum Seekers Steal Police Sidearm, Take Hostages During Deportation Attempt
19 January
A family of asylum seekers set for deportation in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, took several people hostage during an attempt to deport them.

‘Stop Soros’ – Hungary Will Raise Taxes on Pro-Mass Migration Groups to Fund Border Protection Force
19 January
Hungary is crafting legislation aimed at tackling so-called ‘civil society’ groups which aid and abet mass migration, including a special tax on their operations and restraining orders for bad actors.

Researchers Find New Drug-Resistant Strain of Tuberculosis in Asylum Seekers
19 January
Swiss medical researchers have announced the discovery of a new strain of tuberculosis that is highly resistant to drugs, found in asylum seekers arrived in Europe from Africa.

France Sees Third Straight Year of Birthrate Decline
18 January
New figures showing that the birthrate in France has declined for the third year in a row as the death rate increased, according to the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).

Study: Muslim Migrants Have Medieval Attitudes Towards Jews, Gays, Women, and ‘Infidels’
18 January
An academic survey of asylum seekers in Graz, Austria, has found increasing religiosity and deeply worrying attitudes towards Jews, gay people, women, and ‘infidels’.

Populist Sweden Democrats Leader Vows to ‘Declare War’ on Rising Levels of Organised Crime
18 January
As the level of violence in organised crime in Sweden increases, leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson has vowed to “declare war” on organised criminal gangs and allow the Swedish military to support police efforts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Iraq
VIDEO: Iraqi forces deploy guided-missile combat drones to eliminate ISIS remnants
[ALMASDARNEWS] The aviation arm of the Iraqi Army is now deploying Chinese-built, Predator-like advanced combat drones to hunt down the remnants of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces across the country.

The combat drone, classified by its Chinese manufacturer as the CH-4B, is capable of operating at a height of 5,000 meters from where it can use laser-guided missiles and bombs loaded onto six hard-points near the wing-root.

Being equipped with advanced camera equipment, the drone can also serve in the reconnaissance role.

Given the limited reconnaissance-strike capability (i.e. the ability to constantly have warplanes in the air to track and attack targets as they are identified) of the Iraqi Air Force due to its size, the CH-4B of the Iraqi Army serves as a very helpful auxiliary fire support asset in direct assistance of troops on the ground and as a stand-off weapon.

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Are those the remnants that are ambushing Syrian generals?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/19/2018 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe they're ISIS remnants in charge of throwing acid in the faces of women who rejected them. I hear that's a thing in the ME with Arabs and shit.
Posted by: jpal || 02/19/2018 13:48 Comments || Top||


12 ISIL widows sentenced to death, life by Iraqi court
[Al Jazeera] A Ottoman Turkish woman was sentenced to death and 11 other foreign widows to life in jail by an Iraqi court, for their involvement 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 the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS).

The 12 women - 11 Turks and an Azeri, some of whom appeared at the court in Baghdad nursing infants - were convicted on Sunday, despite pleas they had been duped or forced by their husbands to join them in Iraq.

The women, aged between 20 and 50, were all tossed in the clink
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
or Tal Afar, where their husbands were killed as Iraqi forces recaptured the northern cities from ISIS last year.

Only the woman condemned to death, speaking through an interpreter, acknowledged she willingly travelled to Iraq with her husband and their children.

"We had to leave The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
because my husband was a wanted man. I wanted to live in an Islamic state where sharia (Islamic law) is the law of the land," she said.

But "I regret having come," said the 48-year-old Ottoman Turkish woman, whose husband and two sons were killed in air attacks.

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  some of whom appeared at the court in Baghdad nursing infants the next generation of terrorists

FIFY.
Posted by: gorb || 02/19/2018 9:12 Comments || Top||


Iraq tightens security on borders with neighboring countries over IS threat
What odds this lot of expensive, super high tech devices is as useless as the last lot of expensive but fake super high tech devices that Baghdad wasted large amounts of money on, dear Reader?
They would be better off buying unique monitoring services and imagery from Maxar.
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ A well-placed military official has uncovered an Iraqi plan to tighten security measures on the country’s borders with all neighboring countries, particularly with Syria, to foil any possible infiltration attempt by 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....
(IS) remnants.

Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah told the semi-official al-Sabah newspaper on Sunday that the Iraqi government had spent a huge amount of funds to install surveillance cameras on Iraq’s borderline with neighboring countries to spot the Islamic State bully boyz seeking infiltration into Iraq again following the group’s defeat at the hands of Iraqi soldiers earlier in December.

However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
Yarallah warned that the Islamic State group still "has sleeper cells in Iraq, making the war against its remnants take more time to eradicate them completely."
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#1  Buy one of those JSTAR-lite airplanes and study ground vehicular traffic at/near the borders for suspicious patterns.
Posted by: magpie || 02/19/2018 13:31 Comments || Top||

#2  If Iraq really wanted to tighten security they'd close all the mosques and arrest all the Imams.

Can't get any simpler than that can it?
Posted by: jpal || 02/19/2018 13:53 Comments || Top||


Three people injured in bomb blast near Baghdad street market
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Three civilians were maimed Sunday in a kaboom near a Baghdad market, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, "An explosive charge went off near a busy street market at al-Fallahat village in al-Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad."

"The kaboom left three people maimed," the source said, adding that the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, and security forces opened a probe into the incident.
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Four army personnel killed in clashes with IS militants in Iraq’s Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Four Iraqi army personnel were killed in festivities with 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....
(IS) Lions of Islam in southeastern djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security source was quoted as saying Sunday.

Speaking to Basnews website, the source said, "IS Lions of Islam have attacked army troops while taking over security from al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) at al-Namroud district in southern Mosul."

"Four army personnel were killed in the face-off," the source said, adding that the attackers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace to an unknown location immediately after the shooting.

Security forces launched a manhunt in search of the assailants, the source pointed out.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF attacks 18 Gaza targets after rocket hits Israeli home in south
[Ynet] After detonation of bomb near Gazoo border, IDF carries out attack against 6 Hamas targets in Gazoo, including offensive tunnel, weapons manufacturing facility, military complex; in retaliation, rocket launched from Gazoo hits roof of Sha'ar HaNegev home; IAF continues to pound terror targets overnight Saturday.

The IDF attacked 18 terror targets in the Gazoo Strip overnight Saturday, just hours after the Israeli Air Force attacked six Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, targets all across the Gazoo Strip, including an offensive tunnel running from the Zaytun neighborhood in Gazoo towards Israel.

Returning fire, a rocket launched from the strip landed on the roof of a residence in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. The family was home, but no one was harmed as the rocket failed to explode.

The rocket was launched mere hours after four IDF soldiers were maimed‐two seriously and two moderately‐when an bomb detonated near the border fence. The IDF responded to the rocket's launch by again attacking a Hamas outpost in northern Gazoo.

Amos, whose home was hit while he, his wife and their three children were home, said, "A huge miracle happened to us. Fortunately, our house's roof is heavily cemented and so the rocket couldn't get through."

Later Saturday, A group of at least four Paleostinians attempted to infiltrate the Israeli communities south of Gazoo through Rafah. IDF forces picked up on the attempt and opened fire on the infiltrators using tanks and other means. Paleostinian reports said two Paleostinians were maimed by tank fire and were taken to a hospital.

Egypt has been appealing to both sides to prevent further escalation. Hamas's leadership notified Egypt on a visit to Cairo it had no interest in escalation in the strip, as per a Paleostinian source in Gazoo.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said Hamas terror targets were hit in Gazoo, including a military complex on the former grounds of the evacuated Netzarim settlement "belonging to Hamas's unique military alignments, including weapons manufacturing sites." A Hamas military complex near Khan Yunis was also attacked.

Hamas responded to the IDF's attacks by saying Israel will be held responsible for the escalation in Gazoo, and then later claimed to have targeted the air force's planes with antiaircraft fire‐the first time Hamas admitted to targeting the army since Operation Protective Edge.

The air force reportedly attacked Hamas outposts in eastern Gazoo, as well as a rocket launch nook or an armament storage facility not far from the Karni crossing. Attacks have not yet targeted Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
. An IDF tank fired at an observation post in the southern strip earlier.

A situation assessment was held Saturday evening following the kaboom with the participation of Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Zamir, Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin and other IDF top brass.

"We consider any point in which a flag, bag or rock is is placed to be suspicious," the army said, adding, "This is an extremely serious terror incident that may destabilize the region. The device, which included a pipe and was part of a flag, was place on the Paleostinian side of the fence with the kaboom's main casualties coming from a Combat Engineering bomb removal squad, who seemed to have protection.

"The device belonged to rogue organizations and not Islamic Jihad. Hamas is responsible for the incident because it brought protesters to these 'spontaneous' demonstrations during the past few weeks, which are then utilized for terror."

The IDF noted a growing trend of escalation in the protests organized by Hamas near the border fence, which have included use of weapons such as frag grenades. The demonstrations were "unacceptable manipulations," as per the army.
A subsequent Ynet article adds:
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that the Popular Resistance Committees organization was behind the bomb set off near an IDF force on Saturday on the Gazoo border, which left four soldiers maimed.

"Until we eliminate them, the score remains unsettled. It will take two days, a week, or two weeks. We'll eliminate anyone behind the attack's execution," Lieberman told Ynet on Sunday morning.

Speaking about Israel's retaliatory moves in Gazoo, the defense minister said, "We hit 18 terror targets, 18 quality targets, almost all of which belong to Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,. This is perhaps the most significant and widespread strike we carried out since Operation Protective Edge. Hamas is the ruler, and we consider Hamas to be responsible for everything that is done in the Gazoo Strip and from the Gazoo Strip."

Palestinian teenagers killed in Israeli air raids
More on the four Gazans who tried to infiltrate via Rafah:
[Al Jazeera] Two Paleostinian teenagers were found killed in the southern area of the besieged Gazoo Strip, following two waves of Israeli air raids.

The two bodies of the two 17-year-old boys were retrieved in the city of Rafah on Sunday morning, Ashraf al-Qudra, front man for Gazoo's health ministry, confirmed.

At least two other Paleostinians have been maimed, one of whom is at death's door, and are currently treated in a medical facility in Rafah.

The official Paleostinian news agency WAFA reported that missiles launched from an Israeli F-16 attack aircraft damaged several civilian homes.
Added just before the midnight rollover:
After mere hours of quiet, rocket fired at Israel from Gaza
Islamic Jihad are idiots who need to get the last word.
[Ynet] A Code Red alert sounded Sunday evening in Sderot and several towns in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council after rocket fire from the Gazoo Strip was spotted, only hours after an earlier rocket landed on the roof of a residence of the region.

The rocket went kaboom! in an open area in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. There were no casualties and no damage was done.
Congrats, guys — you managed to hit the country you were aiming at, for a change.
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#1  They're asking for it. Cut off their power and let the sewage roar
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2018 8:51 Comments || Top||

#2  They're asking for it. Cut off their power and let the sewage roar
Posted by Frank G


Yep a few weeks without power and their kebabs aren't going to seem so tasty to the tourists. So sad but that's war.
Posted by: jpal || 02/19/2018 14:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Cut off their power

Egypt cut them off about the time they started the operation in the Sinai, so they’re depending entirely on Israel... and the PA footing the bill.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2018 14:46 Comments || Top||


Islamic Jihad plot to bomb Lieberman convoy foiled
[Ynet] Terror cell planned to plant explosive on road the defense minister was scheduled to travel on; second Islamic Jihad terror cell planning to carry out shooting attacks against soldiers and civilians in Gush Etzion also apprehended.

Israeli security forces have jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
members of an Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
terror cell that was planning to plant a bomb on a road Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s convoy was set to travel on, it was cleared for publication Sunday morning.

This is the second time in recent years that the Shin Bet has uncovered a plot to kill Lieberman, who lives in the Nokdim settlement in Gush Etzion. Last time was during Operation Protective Edge, when Lieberman was the foreign minister and Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", sought to target his convoy.

The Islamic Jihad cell members were aware of past failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
s and believed they would be more successful if they planted the explosive on the minister's travel route. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
they were apparently deterred by the heavy security surrounding Lieberman.

Another terror cell was operating in the Bethlehem area was also broken up in joint operation conducted by the Shin Bet, the IDF and the Israel Police. The cell was planning to carry out shooting attack against IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians in the Gush Etzion area. Overall, six holy warriors were arrested.

One of the holy warriors arrested, Awad Mahmoud Awad al-Asakra, 25, from the Rafidia neighborhood of Bethlehem, is an Islamic Jihad member who was placed under administrative detention for two years between 2015 and 2017 for plotting to carry out an attack.

Another suspect, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim al-Asakra, 32, also from Rafidia, was imprisoned by Israel twice in the past for his activity in Islamic Jihad and his involvement in preparing an bomb and planning an attack against IDF forces.

The Shin Bet's investigation found that the cell purchased explosives to prepare the bomb and approached terror elements in the Gazoo Strip for funding.

When they failed to secure the funding, they decided to prepare a dummy bomb in an effort to get money and recognition, so they could carry out even more attacks. The dummy bomb was seized when they were arrested.

The investigation also revealed one of the cell members wanted to be arrested so he could receive a prisoner's salary from Islamic Jihad.

Overall, six holy warriors were arrested. The suspects will be indicted Sunday at the Judea Military Court.
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Cops foil attempt by Palestinian to smuggle gun into West Bank military court
[IsraelTimes] Security forces today foiled an attempt to smuggle a homemade gun into the Samaria Military Court ‐ the third attempt in a week to smuggle in weapons at the West Bank facility.

A Border Police guard in charge of security checks at the entrance to the courthouse noticed a Paleostinian man acting suspiciously outside and after searching him, found the weapon, the Israel Police say.

The man, 19, was placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
This comes days after stopping a group of Paleostinians from smuggling pipe bombs into the court.

Mother, daughter lightly wounded when stones thrown at bus in Migdal HaEmek

[Ynet] A mother and her daughter, aged 60 and 30, were lightly maimed after stones were thrown at the bus they were traveling in. They were taken to the Emek Hospital in Afula for medical treatment. Police officers carried out scans for suspects.

2 Palestinians arrested after breaking through police checkpoint near Nablus

[Ynet] Border Policemen tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
two Paleostinians in their twenties from the village of Kablan after they broke through a police checkpoint near the village of Huwara, in the vicinity of Nablus. The two are said to have rammed vehicles and endangered lives. They were arrested at another police checkpoint, after a Border Policeman shot out their vehicle's tires.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rantburg Exclusive: 2/18/2018 SDF Battle Field Combat Report and Terrorist Attack In Qamlishlo
1-Sharra: the Turkish occupation army and Al-Nusra front bombarded heavily the village of Gobalaka last night, which caused damaged to the civilian homes and many civilians got wounded due to the brutal shelling by the terrorists.

Fierce clashes broke out between our forces and the invaders in the vicinity of Digmadash village since last night until the early hours of today’s morning, accompanied heavy artillery shelling. The clashes calmed down this afternoon.

Spontaneously with the former, Chema village was exposed to a heavy bombardment by the Turkish occupations army and its backed terrorist factions such as Daesh and Al-Nusra.

In Sarinjik and Darqliya villages, fierce clashes broke out between our forces and the invaders, accompanied by heavy artillery bombardment this morning.

2-Jinderes: the Turkish occupation army and its terrorist allies (Daesh/Al-Nusra) have bombed the villages in Jinderes axis, where 4 shells landed Kani Morek village. Also, the Turkish army was using its border outposts opposite to Jinderes as a rocket launching places.

In the axis of Tel Salur and Dewa villages, the Turkish invasion army and its terrorist factions have targeted civilian homes indiscriminately since today’s morning.

Our forces carried out a specific military operation against invaders’ points in the vicinity of Aqjala village last night, accordingly, fierce clashes broke out.

Due to the Turkish inability to achieve any progress, the Turkish army re-bombarded all of the villages in Jinderes axis accompanied by ISR roaming over.

3-Belbeleh: In Shaikhurza village the Turkish jets and artillery bombed the village last night. Also, the Turkish occupation army re-attacked the villages in Belbeleh axis, which lasted until the early hours of this morning.

4-Rajo: all of the villages in Raju axis were targets for the Turkish artillery since last night until this morning.

The Turkish artillery re-bombed the villages again until writing this report. Also, the Turkish UAVs are rooming over the area.

5-Shiyeh: the villages in Shiyeh township, were targets of the Turkish brutal shelling since last night until this morning.

In this afternoon, the Turkish artillery re-bombed the villages until writing this reported. Aslo the Turkish ISRs were roaming over the area.

6-Afrin: Afrin countryside was shelled by the Turkish artillery since last night until today’s morning.

7-Mabatah: the Turkish invasion army shelled the villages of Habo, Sarya, Damliya and Ba’adina since the early hours of this morning until the preparation of this report.

SDF-Media Center
18-Feb-2018


A car bomb in Qamlishlo, a Syrian, Kurdistan region outside of the conflict in the Afrin canton, killed a family of 4.

Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkish Army hurls another mechanized battalion at Kurdish forces in Afrin battle
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish Army has deployed tens more infantry fighting vehicles to the frontlines in Syria’s Afrin region as part of a reinforcement package aimed at bolster its hitting power against Kurdish forces.

Yesterday, photos emerged showing one of several new mechanized companies that the Ottoman Turkish Army is deploying to Afrin in a bid to offer more fire support to troops and allied proxy fighters currently battling Kurdish forces throughout the region.

The mechanized reinforcements are ACV-15 infantry fighting vehicles.
Wikipedia on the Turkish built ACV-15
In addition to severing as traditional battle-wagons for mechanized troops riding into battle, the semi-asymmetrical nature of the fighting in Afrin has also seen the armored vehicle be used as a standalone fire support weapon.

To this end, the 25-mm cannon on the ACV-15 offers exceptional hitting power against soft-targets and earth-based positions.

Although the Ottoman Turkish Army reinforcements are being deployed at battalion-level strength, they will likely be dispersed into separate infantry units when they finally enter combat.

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  To my admittedly inexpert eyes, the Turkish wagon looks a lot like a Bradley. Form follows function or a little borrowing among "friends"?
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/19/2018 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  reinforcements are being deployed at battalion-level strength, they will likely be dispersed into separate infantry units when they finally enter combat

Lesson unlearned - Train as you are going to fight, maintain unit cohesion.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2018 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  It’s underpinnings are older, from the M113 design.
Posted by: rob06 || 02/19/2018 8:53 Comments || Top||

#4  How many armored vehicles have the kurds destroyed since this little fiasco started?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/19/2018 12:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Not enough, Sock.

If they are taking out IFVs in large enough numbers for another battalion to be sent in, the Turks are not doing too well.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/19/2018 12:45 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army deploys entire artillery division of howitzers, field guns, mortars and Grad rocket launchers for east Damascus battle
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army has deployed an entire artillery division worth of fire support assets in preparation for a major offensive operation against bully boy groups in the East Ghouta region of Damascus.
Tactical Urban Renewal Program?
Among the vast array and great number of army fire support weapons that have arrived in Damascus (and continue to arrive) are medium and heavy howitzers (both self-propelled and towed), field guns, heavy mortars, Elephant rocket throwers and Grad rocket launchers.

Although all the artillery comes from different units of the Syrian Army, the sheer amount of it (which remains classified for now) and its concentration into a single operation is essential the equivalent of a Cold War-era Soviet artillery division used to support corps and army-level operations.

The deployment of such firepower is obvious ‐ the Syrian Army intends to completely pulverize bully boy defenses, using sheer support fire as a breakthrough method in and of its own right.

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#1  Readying the charge into Turkey?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2018 16:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Fat target.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/19/2018 23:19 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army general for Deir Ezzor killed by ISIS in deadly ambush
[ALMASDARNEWS] A leading commander in the Syrian Arab Army who was responsible for military intelligence in the Deir Ezzor region has been killed in an ambush carried out by 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....
forces.

On Saturday (likely in the afternoon), Syrian Army Brigadier General Jamal Razuk was killed in east Syria by Islamic State faceless myrmidons who ambushed (so reports say) his vehicle somewhere along the highway running from Deir Ezzor city to Palmyra.

Initial reports stated that the Syrian Amy general was killed in a traffic accident; however, not long after these reports, ISIS took credit for his death via the pro-Islamic State media outlet Amaq.

Brigadier General Razuk was the chief of military intelligence for the Syrian Army in the Deir Ezzor region.

The ambush that killed him likely originated from a vast section of ISIS-held desert countryside (several thousand square kilometers in size) just south of the highway running from Palmyra to Deir Ezzor.
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Car bomb in Syria’s Qamishli kills five people - state media
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A boom-mobile went kaboom! in the Kurdish-dominated city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday, killing five people and injuring seven, Syrian state news agency (SANA) said, citing a source in the police headquarters of Hasakeh province.

The kaboom targeted al-Hay al-Gharbi in the city, SANA reported.

The Kurdish YPG militia controls swathes of northeastern Syria including most of Hasakeh province where Qamishli is located.

It was not immediately clear what the kaboom targeted in the Qamishli, which is in the northern rural area of Hasakeh.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia based war monitor, said the last kaboom to target the city was in September, when a cycle of violence went kaboom! near the financial administration, killing a child and injuring several other people.
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Two European nationals ‘neutralized’ in Afrin, Syria
[AA.TR] Two nationals from European countries fighting as part of the terrorist group PYD/PKK have been "neutralized" during The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, northwestern Syria, according to information available online on social media.

While Turkey’s operation in Syria continues, information on social media about some holy warriors "neutralized" by Ottoman Turkish army shows that some were European nationals.

According to this information, Spanish national Samuel Prada Leon, codenamed Baran Galicia, and French national Olivier Francois Jean Le Clainche, codenamed Kendal Breizh, were both "neutralized" last week in Afrin, the site of Turkey’s counter-terrorist Operation Olive Branch.

There are many foreign holy warriors from European countries as well as the U.S. fighting for the PYD/PKK.

While Western countries have worked to stem their citizens from going to join ISIS, they have showed much less concern about Westerners joining the PYD/PKK, while largely failing to recognize the PYD/PKK as a terrorist threat.

Separately, Dutch citizen Sjoerd Heeger -- codenamed Baran Sason -- was killed in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, close to the Iraqi border, during festivities with the Syrian army and Iranian forces, also according to social media.
Rudaw adds:
Clainche was born in Malestroit, Spain, in 1977. Leon was born in Ourense in 1993. Both died defending Afrin on February 10.

That was the deadliest day for Ottoman Turkish soldiers in their Operation Olive Branch, losing 11 soldiers and a helicopter.

Heeger was born in the Netherlands in 1993. He died on Monday in Deir ez-Zor.
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