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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Very modern looking photo because most people did not smile for photos which were regarded as "instant Portraits" in the 19th century.
As Brownies proliferated then more casual approach to photos took shape of more out of studio work and personal photos which allowed people to start smiling when picture was taken.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 02/20/2018 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Molly looks like the kind of kid who's gonna smile regardless.
Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 21:18 Comments || Top||

9 abducted civilians found dead in Afghanistan
[DAWN] An Afghan official says that bodies of nine civilians kidnapped by forces of Evil early last year have been found in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
A district governor says the bodies, including three of tribal leaders, were found dumped in a common grave over the weekend.

Sayed Rahman Mohmand of Kot district says the locals found the bodies in neighbouring Achin district.

The nine were kidnapped by forces of Evil in early 2017 in Kot and nothing was known about their fate till now.

Mohmand says 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....
(IS) group was behind the abduction and the killings, though the turban group has not grabbed credit for the deaths.

Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Op. Sinai: Egyptian army kills 4 'takfiris,' arrests 417 'criminal elements' in north and central Sinai
[AlAhram] Four "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, the army said in a statement on Monday, as comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 enters its second week.

The term "takfiri" refers to Sunni Moslems who accuse other Moslems of being infidels, often as a justification for using violence against them.

Military front man Tamer El-Rifai said that one non-commissioned officer and two soldiers were killed, while another two other officers were maimed.

Forces also tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
417 wanted criminal elements and destroyed 27 vehicles, four hideouts and 224 weapons caches.

Army engineers also uncovered and diffused 101 IEDs, which were planted to target security forces during operations, the army said.

Law enforcement forces also released a number of suspects after ascertaining their non-involvement in any open investigation cases or violence.

El-Rifai’s statement is the 10th military communiqué on the sweeping counter-terrorism operation since it began on 9 February.

Since the beginning of the operation, a total of 65 takfiris have been killed and hundreds of criminal suspects have been arrested, according to military statements.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Releases More Boko Haram Suspects
[AnNahar] Nigeria has freed another 51 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 in the latest round of dropped cases for lack of evidence, the justice ministry said Monday.

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

A total of 526 suspects have been released from custody after it was found there was not enough evidence to prosecute them, underscoring concerns from human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
groups that the Nigerian military has been arbitrarily arresting and detaining civilians during the Islamist insurgency.

"Among the reasons for setting the 526 suspects free are want of evidence, under aged (minor) and persons suffering from mental illness," ministry front man Salihu Othman Isah said in a statement.

Only one suspect, Modu Maina, was discharged and acquitted by the judge, Isah said.

"Maina confessed that he was forcefully initiated into the Boko Haram group but relocated to Lagos to avoid being locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in Bama," Isah said.

"He said that all the confessional statements he made to Joint Task Force (JTF) was under alleged torture."

Isah added that "about 205" detained suspects were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment, with jail terms ranging from three to 60 years.

The remaining 73 cases have been adjourned until the next hearing.

In total, over 1,000 people have been processed in a string of mass hearings which began in October at four specially-constituted civilian courts inside the facility.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

Yemeni army, committees achieve great victories in battlefronts over Sunday
...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...
army and popular forces have achieved great victories in the battlefronts against Saudi-led aggression collation soldiers and its mercenaries over Sunday, according to military reports combined by Saba News Agency on Monday.

In the border province of ASir, an offensive was carried out against positions of Saudi army in Um-Riyah hill in Thaban area, which resulted in several dead and maimed among the Saudi soldiers.

In Alab crossing of Asir, a Saudi-paid mercenaries was rubbed out and mercenaries’ gatherings were shelled by artillery.

In Najran border province, the army and committees repelled an infiltration of Saudi-paid mercenaries in al-Ajasher area off al-Khadra outlet, inflicting losses in lives and gear upon them.

In Jizan border province, a military Saudi bulldozer was smashed in Hamidha village by a guided missile, while four Saudi soldiers were sniped in Qewa village.

Also in Jizan, artillery force of the army and popular committees targeted Saudi soldiers’ gatherings in Nashaw and beyond Bojan sites, causing direct causalities.

In Taiz province, 12 United Arab Emirates soldiers were killed and destroyed eight military vehicles in an attack in Mouza district.

Also in Mouza district, The army and committees set a tightened siege on the remaining UAE troops and mercenaries , while warplanes of Saudi aggression dropped cluster bombs on its mercenaries, killing dozens of them during they tried to escape.

Furthermore, 4 Emirati armored vehicles and 4 others of Saudi-baked mercenaries were destroyed in the army and committees mik4litary operation in Mouza district.

Also in Taiz, attacks were carried out on Saudi-paid mercenaries' locations in Mawza district and broke an attempted infiltration into al-Salw district, inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy.

In Marib province, a missile, Zilzal-2, was fired toward Saudi-paid mercenaries’ gatherings, killing and injuring dozens of them in Nehm district.

In Saada province, the air defenses of the army and popular forces shot down a reconnaissance plane belonging to Saudi forces in Boqa district.

In restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province, The army and committees took control over Sabih and Sharara valleys of Qabayta district killing and injuring dozens of the mercenaries.
also in Lahj, an infiltration of the mercenaries was foiled in Karish area, inflicting them heavy losses.
Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Daily Mail names ISIS killer in Dagestan Orthodox church massacre
And has photos and videos as usual. More on this and this from yesterday.
  • Gunman screamed 'Allahu akbar' as he opened fire at church in Kizlyar, Russia

  • Khalil Khalilov killed five female worshippers before being shot dead by police

  • Footage shows 22-year-old walking to the church and a woman fleeing the scene

  • ISIS claims that one of its 'soldiers of Islam' carried out the massacre on Sunday
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

2 Afghan-based TTP terrorists killed by security forces in Bajaur: ISPR
[DAWN] Two Afghan-based Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
(TTP) bully boyz were tracked down and killed by security forces in Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
during an intelligence-based operation (IBO), an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) blurb said on Monday.

The suspected gunnies entered Bajaur Agency via the Kagha Pass. They were tracked down by security forces and surrounded by a cordon near the Ghatki Kaga area, the ISPR said, and were killed when they attempted to escape.

Suicide jackets, anti-tank mines, magnetic mines, prepared remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Devices, remote-controlled receivers, detonators and communications equipment "bearing [an] Afghan mobile company's signature" were recovered from the possession of the myrmidons, ISPR said.

The ISPR added that, through the IBO, the security forces had foiled a major terror bid in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Islamabad.

Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: TTP

2 Indian soldiers killed after eight-year-old Pakistani boy dies in cross-LoC firing: ISPR
[DAWN] In a tit-for-tat action, Pakistain Army on Monday destroyed an Indian army post across the Line of Control and killed two soldiers hours after a Pak minor boy lost his life in Indian firing on a border village.

"Pakistain Army troops neutralised [an] Indian post which targeted a minor along [the] LoC," killing two soldiers, the military's media wing said in a brief statement.

Nearly two hours earlier, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had said in a tweet that an eight-year-old boy named Ayan was killed due to Indian firing in Janjot Bahadar village of Azad Jammu and Kashmire's Kotli district.

"Use of Pellet guns in Indian Occupied Kashmire and blatant targeting of innocent unarmed civilians across LoC exposes [the] true Indian face," he wrote along with a photo of the dear departed boy.

Abid Hussain, an official at Khuiratta cop shoppe, told Dawn by telephone that Ayan Zahid, son of Chaudhry Muhammad Zahid was in the courtyard of his house when a bullet fired from across the LoC hit him in the head at about 5pm.

Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

ISIS ambushes, murders less than 30 paramilitaries in Kirkuk

IS claims responsibility for killing 20 Iraqi security personnel in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militant group has announced killing twenty Iraqi security personnel in an ambush in southwest of Kirkuk.

According to Amaq website, the group’s media arm, “IS members killed 20 Iraqi security personnel and burnt five vehicles in an ambush on Sunday evening, southwest of al-Riyad town in Kirkuk.”

In related news, Ali al-Husseini, commander of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the northern axis, said some PMFs are likely to be alive hiding.

Earlier today, the troops announced murder of 27 personnel in the wake of an attack by IS militants at al-Saadouniya village in Riyad.

“The region is completely cordoned. Searching efforts are ongoing. The accident took place while it was raining. It was in the dark. We need more hours to know if there are personnel still alive. Maybe some of them are captured or hiding,” Husseini told Shafaq News without giving details on the number.

Most of the signs, according to Husseini, “indicate that some elements are still hiding without being captured by IS.”

He also added that the militant group did not announce captivating any of them.

PMFs, along with Federal Police, launched on Monday an offensive near Kirkuk.

Islamic State’s attack in Kirkuk leaves 21 paramilitary personnel killed

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Number of paramilitary personnel killed by Islamic State members in southwest of Kirkuk have reached 21 victims, sources were quoted saying on Monday.

Troops of the Federal Police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) raided, early today, al-Saadouniya village after combing the region, the sources told DPA. The forces then withdrew after finding more victims, reaching 21. Most of them were beheaded. Seven military vehicles were burnt.

Iraqi troops, according to the sources, are still looking for the militants in order to reach the abducted personnel in Hawija.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, a security source said IS members disguised as Federal Police personnel in a fake checkpoint.

On Sunday evening, news reports said security troops lost communication with 24 paramilitary personnel in addition to losing track of eight vehicles in Hawija. Other reports indicated confrontations between PMFs and Islamic State members in southwest of the province.

24 paramilitary personnel likely abducted by IS Sunday, west of Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Security troops have lost communication with more than twenty paramilitary personnel in addition to losing track of eight vehicles in west of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

“Communication with 24 personnel of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) on board of eight vehicles was lost in the wake of confrontations with Islamic State members in al-Riyad region in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

The source added that the operation was likely to have been carried out “setting up a trap for the fighters.”

Meanwhile, Ali al-Husseini, PMFs spokesperson in the northern axis, told Baghdad Today, that “troops cordoned off the region and are waiting until the morning to get to know more details and invade it.”

Earlier today, news reports indicated confrontations between PMFs and Islamic State members in southwest of Kirkuk.

“Clashes took place between PMFs and Islamic State members near al-Shahriya bridge in Riyad town,” the source added.

Last week, Kirkuk Governor Rakan al-Jabouri warned that Islamic State still poses a serious threat to the security of the province, saying that the militants are still active in Kirkuk’s remote areas and farms around villages.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Blast near popular Baghdad market leaves four civilians killed, injured
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Four non-combatants were killed and injured Monday in a kaboom near a popular market in northern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, "An explosive charge went off near a popular market at al-Taji rural district in northern Baghdad, leaving one civilian dead and three others injured."

A security force cordoned off the blast site, while ambulances carried the victims to a nearby hospital, the source added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:

Iraqi court will deport French female jihadist after serving jail term
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ An Iraqi criminal court ordered on Monday deporting a French female jihadist to her country after she serves a seven-year jail term.

Melina Bougedir was locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
last year in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city along with her four children, three of whom have already been repatriated to La Belle France, as she stood trial for entering Iraq illegally, according to La Belle France 24.

Bougedir, who appealed veiled at the court, said that she had entered Iraq in October 2015 after spending four days in Syria, along with her husband, who was later killed in Iraq.

Last week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Baghdad that suspected jihadists should be tried in the countries where they committed their "crimes", while reiterating La Belle France’s opposition to the death penalty

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi court sentenced a Ottoman Turkish woman to death and 10 others to life in jail for belonging to IS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Seven Islamic State members arrested in operations in Mosul: Ministry
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced arresting seven 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 during several operations launched in Mosul.

In a statement issued on Monday, Saad Maan, the ministry spokesperson, said "the Rapid Response police in Nineveh tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
seven IS members who are involved in several terrorist cases."

"One of them was sentenced in absentia to life," he added. The seven members "were arrested in several places across Mosul."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

IAF destroys Gaza Hamas tunnel in overnight blitz
No word on the fate of those who were in the tunnel at the time...
[Ynet] Defense minister confirms Israeli jets took out a Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", attack tunnel near strip's southern tip; fresh strike comes in wake of rocket fired Sunday into Israel.

Israeli jets attacked overnight Sunday a Hamas attack tunnel in southern Gazoo near the Kerem Shalom crossing after a rocket fired from the Strip went kaboom! Sunday evening in an open area in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman confirmed Monday afternoon that the jets had destroyed the tunnel.

A statement issued by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit shortly after the Israel Air Force (IAF) struck the target indicated that the fresh attack had been launched in response to Gazoo’s rocket fire.

"Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in the Gazoo Strip, above and below ground," the statement read. "The army will continue to act to ensure security for the citizens of Israel using all means at its disposal."

According to Paleostinian officials, the attack was carried out in the area where a destroyed airport is located in Dahaniya, close to the Israeli border.

The strikes homed in on an open area, where a comparatively large number of missiles were fired by the IAF. One official in Gazoo told Ynet that more than ten missiles were fired in the area.

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. There were no casualties and no damage was caused.

In addition to sporadic rocket fire that has plagued southern Israel in recent months, tensions were further heightened on the border when two soldiers were maimed Saturday afternoon when an bomb was set off near an IDF patrol around the border fence in the southern Gazoo Strip, opposite the Ein HaShlosha kibbutz.

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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Rantburg Exclusive: 2/19/2018 SDF Battle Field Combat Report, Afrin Canton, Syria
1- Afrin: with the arrival of the vanguard of the public delegations to Afrin coming from Aleppo, the Turkish occupation army and the terrorist factions have began to shell the city center of Afrin by heavy artillery, the shelling is still ongoing until writing this report, where the shelling is focused on Tranda neighborhood in Afrin.

2- Raju: Raju township was a target of a brutal bombardment by the Turkish war-jets since yesterday at 3 pm until the midnight accompanied by artillery shelling.

Also, Khalilka village and its vicinity were arenas for fierce engagements between our forces and the Turkish occupation army and its terrorists factions (Daesh/Al-Nusra). The clashes started last night, where our forces confirmed the death of 7 enemy soldiers. Later, the clashes expanded to Hajika village accompanied by artillery shelling lasted to the midnight.

3- Sharra: last night at 7 pm, the Turkish occupation army and its terrorist factions had bombed Alika village by heavy artillery. The bombardment lasted to the midnight.

Since last night and even the moment of preparation of this report, the Turkish jets did not calm down, where Deir Sawan village down to Nabi Horri castle and Halobiyah village in addition to Maydanki village, were targets of the Turkish air strikes and artillery, coincided with the outbreak of fierce clashes between our forces and the invaders which was ongoing until writing this report.

4- Jinderes: the villages along the border were targets for the Turkish raids and artillery accompanied by heavy clashes between our forces and the terrorist invaders. The sporadic shelling is still ongoing until writing this report.

5- Mabatah: the Turkish invasion army and its terrorist allies (Daesh/Al-Nusra) shelled indiscriminately on the downtown of Mabatah and the surrounding villages. The bombardment is continuous until the preparation of this report.

6- Basutah: Basutah and the surrounding villages were exposed to a brutal bombardment by the Turkish invasion army and terrorist factions. The bombardment targeted the populated neighborhoods, which accordingly, several civilians got martyred and wounded including women and children.

SDF Media Center

A thirteen year old child was killed by NATO member Turkey via heavy and indiscriminate artillery and air strikes against civilian areas. YPG had warned civilians two days ago to move out of those areas as if they anticipated an increase in indiscriminate bombing due to their frustration with Olive Branch.

Erdogan has responded to word that Syria may support the YPG in the Afrin Canton by warning Syria that they will be attacked if they do.

The street in front of the US Embassy in Turkey has been renamed Olive Branch.
The kind of insult so meaningful to the Byzantine mind of the Ottoman Turk, and seen as so childishly uninteresting by Americans.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  After seeing a longer version of this video that would not post I could only find this shorter version on YouTube.

This is an ISIS groomed child soldier captured in Idlib, Syria who is confessing to having fought with ISIS for two years to an interrogator.

At the end of the video after answering the interrogators questions, the child asks as cool as a cucumber, "Are you going to shoot me?" at the end of this video. The longer version that I could not post from elsewhere has the interrogator responding, "Shoot him."

Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/20/2018 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Statement of Hediye Yusuf, Co-chair of the Council of the Federation of Northern Syria, given to InfoCenter Afrin Resistance

20 febrero, 2018

EXCLUSIVE/IC Afrin Resistance – Afrin, 19.02.2018

“Untill now, the Syrian State keeps silent against the occupation of its territory. Before this current situation Turkey already occupied Syrian territory in Jerabulus, Bab and Ezaz. Against this occupation the Syrian state had given some very coward statements. The Syrian state hasn‘t played its role as a state that would defend its borders against occupation.
This is also the case for the agreement between Turkey, Russia, the [Syrian] Regime and Iran concerning Afrin. Turkey approached with the will to occupy the area of Afrin. Turkey`s plan was to occupy Afrin within 3 hours. That‘s what Turkey had announced, what Erdogan had anounced. First they had said 3 hours, then they said three days, then one week. Everybody was watching and kept silent. The Syrian state stayed silent against this as well.

The plan was based on the occupation of Afrin. But what happened instead was that the people of Afrin were starting an historical resistance. The people of Afrin stood up against the occupation. Today, the people of Afrin have been resisting for 31 days. They did not allow the occupation plan to reach its goal. The people as well as the fighters of YPG, YPJ and SDF have shown an historical resistance against the occupational attacks. With this the resistance foiled the calculations that were made [by Turkey] and made the plan of occupation fail. At the same time this resistance still continues.

Against this the Syrian state remained silent. Against the occupation attacks against this territory [in the region of Afrin] it remained silent. As we have already stated before, the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria is a part of a united Syria. So we had made clear that the Federation is a geographical federation and Northern Syria is a part of Syria.

Therefore our position has always been, if there is a possibility for a dialogue that helps to open the way for a democratic solution in Syria we would use this and support this. On the base of a federal system like we have announced in Northern Syria, we think that Northern Syria will play an important role in the democratic solution process for Syria: We are open for dialogues with the [Syrian] regime. The basis of any dialogue is to reach the aim of a democratic solution. Therefore, we had made these declarations already before. Now there is the current situation:

The resistance of Afrin is a historical resistance. It is the resistance of the century. It has created public attention and thwarts the plans that had been made before. At the same time all people of Syria know the existing reality of occupation. Therefore, now there is a dialogue between the military forces on the base that the Syrian Regime as a state gets involved inside the frame that it should play its role in preventing its ground from occupation. If these existing dialogues bring any results, then the Syrian army should keep with its tasks as a state in the meaning that it would protect the airspace over Syrian ground. But these are only dialogues. If it comes to a military agreement, there will be an official statement made by the YPG. Untill the YPG doesn‘t give an official statement, we can‘t say anything about if a contract has been made.

Apart from that, in the frame of this resistance and on a political ground, there is no dialogue with the Syrian regime. Therefore, for the future of Northern Syria and as we said already before, we are ready for dialogues. But to the present time there is no such discussion. There is nothing like the things that are being said such as handing over Afrin to the regime. These things are not true and have never been for discussion. What is existing right now is a dialogue for coming to a military agreement, so that the plan of occupation through the Turkish state will be thwarted. It is in that frame.“
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/20/2018 5:18 Comments || Top||

#3  The kind of insult so meaningful to the Byzantine mind of the Ottoman Turk, and seen as so childishly uninteresting by Americans.

Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/20/2018 9:54 Comments || Top||

Three Iranian police officers killed in clashes with protesters
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Three coppers were killed on Monday in festivities with protesters in northern Tehran, police front man Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi said on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
The festivities were between security forces and dervishes of the Gonabadi denomination who had gathered in front of a cop shoppe, demanding the release of some members of their Sufi religious order, according to video footage posted on social media.

Some local news agencies reported the death of a number of police forces during the festivities.

A video of was posted showing a bus trampling a number of coppers involved in suppressing the protesting Sufis..

According to security sources, the bus driver was placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
, and investigations are underway to find out his identity.
Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Turkish-backed rebels nearly in control of strategic town in northwest Afrin
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels are on the verge of capturing the strategic town of Rajou in northwestern Afrin, pro-opposition activists are reporting via social media.

Based on the photos that have been released, the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels have secured the hilltops overlooking Rajou, which has basically given them fire control over the town.

...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's gun out of his hand......
in southern Afrin, the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels scored another big advance at the Jandaris axis, seizing Tal al-Qillah, Diywan Tahtani, and Biyout Sattouf after a short battle with the YPG forces.

Led by the al-Sham Regiment of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), the TUrkish-backed rebels are attempting to clear the area around Jandaris in order to secure this imperative front near the Idlib Governorate.

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Syrian warplanes launch huge attack across east Damascus as ground offensive looms
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian warplanes have carried out a massive air assault against holy warrior defenses across rebel-held areas of east Damascus, delivering dozens of Arclight airstrikes within a matter of hours.

According to military-affiliated sources, the Syrian Air Force has kicked-off large scale operations over the skies of East Ghouta. So far, Sunday has witnessed Syrian jets hit holy warriors with thirty plus airstrikes.

Syrian warplanes reportedly struck holy warrior tactical positions, gathering points and movements in and around the district towns of Shifounyah, Douma, Hamouriyah, Sakba and Masraba.

The bombing raids by Syrian airpower are being reinforced by non-stop rocket and howitzer shelling by artillery forces of the Syrian Army.

The heavy bombardment of holy warrior defenses across East Ghouta comes as the Syrian Army is makes its final preparations for a massive ground offensive against armed rebel factions ‐ to be the largest ever conducted within the vicinity of the Syrian capital ‐ from multiple directions.

Syrian Army commander vows to ‘wipe the floor’ with militants in the East Ghouta

[ALMASDARNEWS] The commander of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces division, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, was videotaped delivering a new speech to his soldiers in the East Ghouta. In the speech, the Tiger Forces commander vows to “wipe the floor” with the militants in the East Ghouta, adding that if they are going to play with fire, he will bring hell to them.
More "gonnas" there than "dids."

Islamist rebels hit Damascus city hard in retaliation for Syrian Army attack

[ALMASDARNEWS] The tit-for-tat attacks continued in east Damascus today, as Islamists fired several rockets and mortar shells towards the government-held districts in response to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) overnight attack.

According to an al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, the Salafist tough guys fired tens of mortar shells and missiles into the capital city’s residential areas, causing several casualties in the process.

The field correspondent stated at least ten shells hit Dhahiyat al-Assad, while another twenty missiles and shells struck Bab Touma and Bab al-Salam.

The military would also strike the Jaramana suburb, which is located directly of the East Ghouta region.

As a result of this Islamist rebel attack on Damascus, more than ten civilians were maimed, including three children.

Syria: 77 civilians killed in regime bombardment

[Al Jazeera] At least 77 civilians have been killed near Damascus in less than 24 hours in heavy bombardment by Syrian government forces as they prepare a ground operation to recapture the opposition-held enclave, a war monitor group said.

Air raids and artillery fired on Eastern Ghouta - a suburb of the Syrian capital - have killed at least 20 children since Sunday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

Some 300 people have been maimed during the attacks, according to the monitor.

"The heavy shelling targeted mainly all residential areas in Eastern Ghouta," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the SOHR, told dpa news agency.

Government forces are preparing to launch a major ground assault on Eastern Ghouta following the heavy bombardment, which began on Sunday, SOHR said.

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