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Afghanistan
Explosion in Jalalabad city in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom rocked the picturesque provincial capital 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..
Jalalabad city at around noon time today leaving a number of people dead or maimed.

Provincial governor’s front man Attaullah Khogyani confirmed that the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 2nd police district of the city.

There are no reports available regarding the type of the kaboom but a local official confirmed that three people were killed in the kaboom.

The official further added that a number of people were also maimed in the kaboom but the exact number has not been ascertained.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

This comes as a group of gunnies launched a coordinated attack on Save the Children office in the 3rd police district of Jalalabad city nearly a month ago.

According to the local officials, the attack was carried out by a group of five gunnies with one of them initially detonating a vehicle packed with the explosives near the NGO office.

The officials said, the remaining four forces of Evil started festivities with the security forces that lasted for several hours before all of them were rubbed out.

At least four people including two employees of the NGO along with one of its security guards and an Afghan cops member were killed and twenty five others were maimed, the officials added.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


9 Afghan policemen, 13 militants killed in Farah clash
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eight coppers and thirteen anti-government armed bandidos Lions of Islam were killed during the overnight clash in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place late on Monday night in the vicinity of Bala Bolok district after a large number of bandidos Lions of Islam launched coordinated attacks on security posts.

Provincial governor’s front man Mohammad Nasir Mehri confirmed that at nine eight coppers bit the dust in the attack.

He said at least thirteen bandidos Lions of Islam were also killed after the Afghan cops responded to the bandidos Lions of Islam fire.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


8 policemen killed in overnight insurgent attack: Afghan officials
[DAWN] Afghan officials say bandidos Lion of Islams have killed nine coppers in separate attacks in the country's west and east.

In western Farah province, attacks on police checkpoints killed eight coppers.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesperson for the Farah governor, said two police checkpoints came under attack overnight, one in Bala Buluk district and one near Farah city.

Mehri said 13 bandidos Lion of Islams were also killed in the fighting, which started on Monday night and lasted till early Tuesday morning.

Separately, in eastern Kapisa province, two button men shot up the police, killing one officer.

Provincial spokesperson Qais Qaderi said both button men were killed and five suspects were tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
No one grabbed credit for the attacks, but the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have been active in Farah and have stepped up attacks on security forces across Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Suspect Arrested After Al Shabaab Attack On Wajir Teachers
[RADIOSHABELLE] A suspect has been tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
following the killing of four people by suspected al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
bully boyz in Wajir County.

Three teachers and the wife of one of them were killed at Qarsa Primary School early last Friday morning.

North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said a team of multi-agency security agents found the suspect.

Two are on the run, he said at Garissa Government Guest House on Tuesday.

Saleh did not give the details of the arrest but noted: "Security apparatus are determined to ensure the arrest of those involved in the killing of innocent Kenyans.

"I assure Kenyans that we will pursue this matter to the very end. Even if they cross over to Somalia we shall go for them. They will face the consequences.

"Surely, how do you kill a teacher who is teaching your children? This is being heartless."

Saleh spoke when he opened a five-day training workshop for chiefs and assistant chiefs from the County.

He warned the administrators against sleeping on their jobs, saying they will be sacked.

At a press briefing last week, the Coordinator issued the names of Kenyans he said had been working with the Somalia-based terror group.

He identified them as Maalim Yussuf, the commander, and his accomplices Daud Ahmed and his cousin Abdirashid Ibrahim, who are from Kotulo

Saleh said most terror attacks are led by Kenyan youths from the region who have been recruited by the bully boyz and are well known to the community.

Following the attack, non-local-teachers from the region have threatened to leave en masse as their lives are in danger.

Knut and Kuppet had asked them to leave but on Monday, Senators told them to stay put as the "very dangerous" call will deny children their right to education.

Teachers at some of the schools in Wajir and Mandera Counties have already left.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali Army Repels Al Shabaab After Attack In Qoryooley District
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali government forces have repelled al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
after an attack on Qoryooley, the southern agriculture-rich in Lower Shabelle region on Monday night, officials said.

The troops remained control of a town after Al-Shabaab holy warriors stormed an army base there last night, causing heavy festivities in which led to an unknown number of casualties.

"We chased al-Shabaab out of the town," said a military officer, who spoke to Radio Shabelle, on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Sources in the town said at least two civilians were maimed in the fighting between Al-Shabaab and Somali National Army [SNA] forces and admitted to local a hospital.

Residents confirmed fighting had ended and that the holy warriors had left the town.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somalia Military Court Sentences Army Officer To Death
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali military court on Tuesday sentenced a senior army official to death after finding him guilty of murdering chief commander of the Somali marines in Mogadishu on Jan. 18, officials said.

Chairperson of the Military Court, Hassan Ali Shute, said Abdinasir Hosh committed the crime deliberately and he killed the official at his office at Mogadishu seaport.

"The Court sentenced Col. Abdinasir Hosh Mohammed (54) to death after finding him guilty of killing the Somali Marines chief, Gen. Said Aden Yusuf at his office at Mogadishu Seaport on Jan. 18," Shute said.

He added that there had been an argument between the two before the accused opened fire on the dear departed. Shute said the court also stripped Hosh of his rank in the army and sentenced him to death.

The military court often carries out sentences and executions to al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
murderous Moslems and government soldiers who commit crimes despite condemnation from human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
groups including the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Attacks Girls' School in Yobe
[All Africa] Suspected 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...
members have attacked Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, in Burasari local government area of Yobe state.

Detail of the attack is still sketchy as at the time of filling this report.

The Commissioner of Police, Yobe State command, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu confirmed the attack, saying security operatives have been mobilized to the location.

A teacher in the school, who escaped the attack, said the attackers stormed the school around 7:00pm through the eastern part of the town.

"They shot sporadically and forced the school food store opened. We (staff) and the students ran into the bush for safety", he said.

When asked, whether there was abduction of the girls he said it's too early for him to comment on it.

"For now, we can't say anything until all the students returned tomorrow morning", he said.

A resident, Alhaji Ibrahim, said the attackers stormed the village in six Hilux vans through the eastern part while shooting sporadically.

"They force some shops opened and stole food items. We are yet to know if there are casualties because, everyone in the town has scampered for safety. Some fled to bush, others into their homes.

"They also attacked military location at the town entrance bridge. But we cannot tell if there is casualties there" he added.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Over 200 Boko Haram suspects convicted in Nigeria
[AA.TR] A total of 205 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...
snuffies have been convicted and 526 others freed for lack of evidence in the second round of mass trials of persons locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in connection with the insurgency in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, according to a statement.

In the statement issued on late Monday, Salihu Isa, Justice Ministry’s front man, said 73 cases were adjourned by the special panels trying the terrorism cases at a heavily guarded prison yard in central Niger state.

Isa said the panels comprising four judges tried a total of 301 cases.

Up from 475 last week, the front man said most of the 526 persons freed were minors or people with mental illness.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
3 civilians injured in 40 aggression airstrikes over 24 hours
[SABANEWS.NET] Three civilians were maimed when the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes launched 40 strikes on several provinces of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
over the past 24 hours, according to reports combined by Saba on Tuesday.

In Saada province, two civilians were maimed in an Arclight airstrike targeted Aal-Eqab area.

In Ketaf district of Saada, an air strike was waged on Sawh area.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster...
a woman was injured when the Saudi forces targeted by artillery and missiles shells Razeh district and damaged residents’ properties.
In the border district of Munabeh, Saudi missile shells destroyed a civilian’s home and killing dozens of sheep in Aal-amr area and in Ghamer border district missile and artillery shells targeted several areas.

In Marib province, nine air strikes were waged on Serwah district.

In Sanaa province, the warplanes of aggression launched four strikes on Nehm district.

In Hajjah province, over 20 air strikes were launched on Haradh and Medi districts.

In the border Saudi province of Najran, the warplanes of US- backed Saudi-led aggression coalition launched five strikes on Shurfa and Sudais sites.
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Army kills, wounds Saudi soldiers, mercenaries on Monday
[SABANEWS.NET] The army and popular forces have carried out military operations including artillery, missiles and snipping attacks on Saudi aggression soldiers and mercenaries' gatherings and sites over the past 24 hours, according to reports combined by Saba News Agency on Tuesday.

In Najran border province, artillery shelling targeted gatherings of Saudi-paid mercenaries in front of Boqea camp, while gatherings of Saudi soldiers shelled in Shrfa and Shabaka sites.

Also on Shabaka site, a Saudi soldiers was sniped, and a Saudi military vehicle was bombed by an bomb in front of Alib mountains.

In Asir border province, two of the mercenaries were rubbed out in front of Alb crossing.

In the border province of Jizan, two Saudi soldiers were sniped in Qewa and Hamidha villages.

Also in Jizan, Saudi soldiers' gatherings were targeted by artillery in Khashel-

tower, while Saudi military vehicle was bombed by an bomb in Hathra site, killing all its crew.

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...
province of Jawf, an offensive operation was waged on Saudi-paid mercenaries' sites in Haija area of Mazlub district, killing and wounding dozens.

In Kub-washaaf district of Jawf, two mercenaries' military vehicles were destroyed in Khalivin area and Sabrin front, killing and wounding all their crews, while ISIS leader was killed by fires of the army and committees in the district.

In Ghail district of Jawf, Katyusha rockets were fired toward mercenaries' gatherings, killing and wounding many of them.

In Nehm district, mercenaries' gatherings were shelled by artillery beyond Fatm mountain of Harib-Nehm.

In Taiz province, an advance attempt of mercenaries was foiled in Salw district, killing and wounding numbers of them.

In Moazea front of Taiz, two mercenaries were sniped, while in Bir-Basha, the army and committees destroyed a mercenaries' military vehicle in Kadaha by artillery shells.

Also in Taiz, dozens of mercenaries were killed and injured during an offensive operation on their sites in Kasara-air defense

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 repelled an infiltration attempt toeward Shaznana area of Qubaidh, killing and wounding dozens and without any progress.

In Karsh district of Lahj, dozens of mercenaries were killed and injured during repelling their infiltration attempt toward Hamraa Hill.

In Bayda province, gatherings of mercenaries and their military vehicles were shelled by artillery in Mukairas, causing direct causalities.

In Hajjah province, a military bulldozer was bombed by a guided rocket in the north of Medi desert.

In Marib province, sniper unit of the army and committees rubbed out 12 of Saudi-paid mercenaries in Serwah front.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
3 detained in southern France over 2017 Barcelona attacks
[Ynet] The French prosecutor's office says three people have been detained in La Belle France in connection with August's deadly attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.
The original post about the 8/17/2017 attack can be seen here. The two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils by the Moroccan-Spanish and Moroccan cell of friends’n’relations would have been much worse, had their Mother of Satan-filled truck bomb not gone off prematurely, taking their holy man leader straight to the afterlife he so thoroughly deserved. Apparently the authorities are still discovering others connected with the nefarious plot.
The arrests were made in the southern French regions of Tarn and Gard Tuesday after a decision by a French judge last month to launch a full inquiry into the Spanish attacks, which left 16 dead during the peak tourist season.

The three individuals are being held over the inquiry into "attempted murder as part of a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association." The identities and nationalities of the three have not been disclosed.

No charges have been made.

The French prosecutor's office said the three are in the network of one of the attack suspects in Spain but declined to elaborate.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Greece jails Palestinian over migrant smuggling
[Ynet] A Greek court in the northern city of Thessaloniki has convicted a Paleostinian man of running a major migrant-smuggling ring and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

Judges ruled Tuesday that 29-year-old Jamal Owda was active during the height of Europe's immigration crisis, from July 2014 to December 2015 -- when he was locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in Britannia following a Greek request.

Moslem colonists Migrants allegedly paid the ring 1,500 euros ($1,900) each to be taken from Greece to Serbia by road, at a time before Balkan countries closed their borders to check migratory flows. The traffickers' annual revenues exceeded 10 million euros ($12 million).

Owda, who denied the charges, was extradited to Greece last year after British authorities rejected his asylum application. Another 22 people have earlier been convicted of belonging to the group.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Greece jails Palestinian Stateless Arab Criminal over migrant smuggling
Posted by: Frank G || 02/21/2018 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Gee whiz Mr. Peabody why would Greece care if migrant Moslems are just passing through? They can collect their customary fees and make sure they don't stop until they reach Hungary or Austria.
Posted by: jpal || 02/21/2018 14:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe the check bounced.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/21/2018 15:02 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters: Anadolu
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 170 people suspected of links to the network accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

Those targeted in the operation, which was centred in Istanbul and spread across 37 other provinces, included retired, suspended and serving soldiers, Anadolu said, adding 22 of them were detained on Tuesday morning.

The suspects are believed to have contacted imams of the network via payphones and landlines, the news agency said. The arrests are part of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
's far-reaching crackdown against the network of U.S.-based Moslem holy man, Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, whom Ankara holds responsible for the failed putsch.

In the 19 months since the coup attempt - when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and warplanes to attack parliament, killing more than 240 people - Turkey has tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
more than 50,000 under a state of emergency. It has also sacked or suspended 150,000 people from their jobs in the military, public and private sectors.

The government dismisses rights groups' concerns about the crackdown, saying only such a purge could neutralise the threat represented by Gulen's network, which it says infiltrated institutions such as the judiciary, army and schools.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
School administration allegedly attacks polio team in Karachi, refuses to vaccinate students
[DAWN] A four-member team of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
health workers, accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Sheikh Rafiq, was allegedly attacked by a school's administration in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Nazimabad area on Tuesday after the team attempted to vaccinate its students against polio.

A first information report against the school was registered in the Nazimabad cop shoppe after the incident, with the assistant commissioner as the complainant. The institution was subsequently sealed.

According to DawnNews, the health workers had visited the school earlier to administer the polio vaccine to students.

However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
the school had reportedly refused to allow the children to be vaccinated, following which a team comprising polio health workers Asma, Shazia, Raees Farrukh and Raheela Masroor visited the school and insisted that the school officials not hinder them in their work.

Despite insistence from the polio team, the school administration allegedly refused to budge and physically attacked the health workers, as well as Rafiq. The car used by the health workers was also damaged.

Inspector General of Police Sindh A.D. Khowaja ordered the senior superintendent of police Central to submit a detailed report of the incident.

The school has been contacted for its version of the events.

Polio teams have also been the target of Lions of Islam allegedly after the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
spread rumours that the vaccination drives were a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Moslems.

Though attacks targeting polio teams have decreased in frequency over the last few years, incidents of violence still occur. Last month, two female polio workers were bumped off in Quetta. Officials have also been baffled by the number of incidents of well-educated people refusing to vaccinate their children.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Islamic State leaders killed in U.S.-Coalition airstrike, east of Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Two 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....
leaders, among others, were killed in an Arclight airstrike launched by the U.S.-led Coalition in east of Diyala, the military intelligence department announced.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the department said, "based on accurate information and in coordination with the Coalition, an airstrike targeted an IS rest house of the so-called Diyala State, north of Hamreen lake."

The airstrike, according to the statement, "left several IS leaders killed including a leader who was in charge of the administrative affairs in the province and his deputy."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two Iraqi civilians killed in landmine blast in western Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Two Iraqi non-combatants were killed on Tuesday when a landmine went kaboom! in an area in the western side of Mosul, a security source was quoted saying.

Iraqi Media News Agency quoted a security source in Nineveh province saying that a civilian and his son died when a landmine went kaboom! near a wrecked home in the Old City district.

The source said the the Old City is still "littered with explosives planted 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....
criminals during the battle for Mosul".
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


SWAT force arrests senior IS, Al-Qaeda commander in central Ramadi
Anbar (Iraqinews.com) ‐ A SWAT force placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on Monday night a senior 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) and al-Qaeda commander in central Ramadi, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website on Tuesday, the source said, "Adnan al-Marawi, a big shot in the Islamic State and al-Qaeda terrorist groups, was arrested on Monday night by a SWAT force in Ramadi’s al-Huz neighborhood."

"Marawi had been released by the investigations bureau of Anbar earlier," the source said, adding that a new list of wanted criminals has been issued recently.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Five people wounded in bomb blast in central Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five people were maimed on Monday as a kaboom took place in Baghdad.

"A bomb went off near a spa center in Karrada region in central Baghdad," Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the Baghdad Operations Command, said in a statement on Monday evening.

"The blast left five people maimed," the statement added.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF cyber warriors thwart major aviation terror attack
[Jpost] Soldiers in the IDF’s Unit 8200 thwarted a major Islamic State terror attack this past summer which aimed to bring down a civilian airliner headed from the Australian city of Sydney to Abu Dhabi, the army has revealed.

In cooperation with Israel’s intelligence community, soldiers provided exclusive intelligence that they had gathered on an attack that was being planned. This information led to the arrest of the suspects, even as they were in a very advanced stage in executing their terror plot, the army said.
More:
The ISIS-inspired attack against an Etihad Airways flight originating in the Australian city of Sydney to Abu Dhabi was thwarted by Australian officials in July. Four men were arrested in Sydney suburbs for planning two separate attacks. One of the attacks involved planting an improvised explosive device on an unwitting “mule,” who would carry the device on board the plane where it would be detonated in the air.

Local press at the time quoted Australian police as stating that one suspect planned to plant military-grade explosives that had been sent by a senior ISIS operative through international air cargo to the suspects in Australia.

For that plot, the New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team charged 49-year-old Khaled Mahmoud Khayat and 32-year-old Mahmoud Khayat with two counts each of acts in preparation for a terrorist act.
This article starring:
Mahmoud Khayat
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2018 10:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The FBI would have kept them under surveillance until the plane crashed and then quietly filed away the reports.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/21/2018 12:46 Comments || Top||

#2  My thoughts exactly SP. Example, the Texas "draw moohamhead contest" (Curtis Culwell Center attack) muslim terrorist shooting.

Days before an ISIS sympathizer attacked a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, he received a text from an undercover FBI agent.

“Tear up Texas,” the FBI agent messaged Elton Simpson (convert?) days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit filed in federal court Thursday.

“U know what happened in Paris,” Simpson responded. “So that goes without saying… No need to be direct.” If you’re wondering what happened to the FBI’s undercover agent, he fled the scene but was stopped at gunpoint by Garland police.

Never investigated and who was the agent and his supervisor? Well guess what Burgs, his name is Eric Jackson. FBI Director James B. Comey (leader of agency's sedation) has named Eric Jackson as the special agent in charge of the Dallas Division.

Figures, he's a Comey teat feeder.

And there was, is no investigation of the FBI's direct involvement in this, an Islamic terrorist attack conservative anti-jihad shooting.

Turns out that Minneapolis FBI head, Richard Thornton (Somaliland circus narrator) was another Comey boy. You just can't make this shit up...
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/21/2018 14:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm getting the impression that the FBI leadership is mostly Moslem. Which would explain a lot.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 02/21/2018 15:58 Comments || Top||

#4  I added a few paragraphs from the article, giving us names to search in the Rantburg archives. I’d forgotten this particular little excitement, which was a doozie — click on “Mahmoud Khayat“ in the article to see.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 18:09 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rantburg Exclusive: Day 30 of Erdogan's "3 day Invasion" of Afrin, Syria
1‐Afrin/city center: the Turkish occupation army and its terrorist factions (Daesh/Al-Nusra) brutally shelled the city center of Afrin yesterday, coincided with the arrival of the public civilian delegations to Afrin. Where 8 shells landed on Mahmoudiyah and Ashrafiyah neighborhoods last night at 9 pm, while Kafar Shelah village and its vicinity, exposed to a random artillery shelling lasted until the midnight.

2‐Shiyah (Shaik Hadid): fierce clashes broke out between our forces and the terrorist factions in the vicinity of Hikji and Marwaniyah village, coincided with Turkish raids and artillery shelling stared yesterday at 3 PM and lasted until midnight.

Last night at 7:30 pm, the clashes expanded to Senarah and Anqleh villages accompanied by Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling.

At 5 am of this morning, the Turkish army and the terrorist factions re-attacked Hikji village by airstrikes and artillery. Accordingly, heavy clashes broke out between our forces and the invaders which lasted until writing this report.

3‐Sharrah: all of the villages in Sharrah axis were targets of the Turkish indiscriminate shelling yesterday. The shelling was concentrated on Elika village and Shahid Rafiq cemetery in Matina village, which lasted until 11 pm last night.

This morning at 5 am, heavy clashes broke out in the vicinity of Ekdama, the hill of Shashmek village, Arab Weran and Deir Sawan villages, accompanied by artillery shelling and airstrikes which lasted until writing this report.

In Deir Sawan village, our forces destroyed a tank for the enemy and 2 BMB vehicles, where our forces conformed the killing of 20 terrorist including Turkish soldiers.

4‐Raju: last night at 3 pm, heavy clashes broke out between our forces and the invaders in the vicinity of Hobka village. the clashes lasted until the midnight, where our fighters confirmed the killing of 20 terrorists including Turkish soldiers. The Turkish army re-shelled the villages in Raju axis at 10 am this morning, which lasted until writing this report.

5-Mabatah (Ma’abatli): heavy clashes broke out between our forces and the Turkish invasion army and its terrorist factions (ISIS/ Al-Nusra) in the vicinity of Hebo village this morning, the clashes are still ongoing.

6-Belbeleh: since 10 am this morning, the Turkish artillery and jets targeted all of the villages in Belbeleh township. The shelling was concentrated on Ugah, Qastal Cholaqa, Qastal Khadriyah, Qastal Sharqiyah and Bakhja villages. As our forces engage with the Turkish invasion army and the terrorist factions until writing this report.

SDF Media Center
20-Feb-2018


Pro-Syrian militias entered Afrin today.


Link

Qatar will soon begin direct flights to Hatay, Turkey directly across from Afrin Canton, Syria. (Bringing in jihadi's to fight the YPG? Evacuating wounded to hospitals outside of Turkey to hide the casualties?)
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [486 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Day 30 of Erdogan's "3 day Invasion" of Afrin, Syria

Such a wonderful headline. There are consequences for purging all suspected of being politically unreliable because they’re good at their jobs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2018 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Erdogan has jailed at last count 789 people in Turkey who opposed the Afrin invasion.

The political opposition has been adamant that Erdogan gets the cooperation of Pencil Neck before the invasion, but he chose not to for expansionist reasons, not for anti-terrorist reasons.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/21/2018 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Rantburg U!
Posted by: newc || 02/21/2018 0:50 Comments || Top||

#4 

As these YPJ snipers move out to the front lines, their commander announces that there will be good news soon. This was posted 2 days ago and it could be in reference to the Syrian Regime moving in to counter Turkey today.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/21/2018 5:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Erdogan's "3 day Invasion" of Afrin, Syria

Nailing it.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/21/2018 7:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Day 30 of Erdogan's "3 day Invasion" of Afrin, Syria
Snark of the Day?
After the Great Purge™ was there anyone to tell the Grand Pasha that this might not be an act of "Genius! Sheer Genius!" (Wile E. Coyote version)? The only practical effect is to force the Kurds to become closer to Assad.
Posted by: magpie || 02/21/2018 11:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Excellent work UE7056.

Only site I know of covering this action. Love Rantburg.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/21/2018 13:11 Comments || Top||

#8  "Only site I know of covering this action. Love Rantburg."

The only serious site covering the WOT.
Thanks Fred.
Posted by: newc || 02/21/2018 18:46 Comments || Top||

#9  The only serious site covering the WOT.
Thanks Fred.


Gonna stand up and testify.
Was having a conversation with one of my more informed and interested friends shortly after Libya caught some tomahawks and Obama was learning to samba. I said something to the effect, "And can you believe what MILF is doing in the Philippines?"

He paused, as if waiting for the punch line. Eh?

Got him up to speed as best I could concerning the Philippines and Thailand. Hey, if you are still lurking, whassup man!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/21/2018 18:53 Comments || Top||

#10  its sad that it came to this. The initial problem could have been fixed if Bush had actually imposed consequences on Turkey for its refusal to act as a NATO partner and allow the northern axis access via Turkish ports in OIF-I. Bush really blew it. And Obama made it worse by his basically acting as Iranian ally in the region due to the 5th column treason inside the Oval Office at the highest level, Valerie Jarrett. If there was any justice she should have at least been indicted by now.

What makes it worse is that the best natural allies we have in the region are the Kurds. And we still have not given them the support and heavy weapons, including artillery, that they need. When will we act honorably and quit doing to the Kurds in SW Asia what our nation did to the Montagnard in Vietnam?

Its disgusting. There are brave men and women over there. And many US and other westerners helping them and trying to make a difference, in spite of our State Department and 3 letter agencies. I will go to my deathbed with no regrets for what we attempted to do, and ashamed of my government for failing to do the right things.
Posted by: OldSpook || 02/21/2018 19:18 Comments || Top||

#11  Sadly yes. OS captures it in his first paragraph.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2018 19:48 Comments || Top||

#12  swksvolFF

Thanks. Citizen journalism.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/21/2018 20:24 Comments || Top||


Over 160 civilians to leave besieged Shiite towns in new deal with Yarmouk Camp rebels
[ALMASDARNEWS] More than 160 civilians in the towns of al-Fou’aa and Kafraya will be transported from this besieged enclave to a government-held area, a military source told al-Masdar News this afternoon.

According to the military source, a deal was made between the government and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
that would allow the latter to transport their fighters and families from the Yarmouk Camp to the Idlib Governorate.

In exchange for safe passage, HTS will allow 160 civilians from Kafraya and al-Fou’aa to leave this besieged enclave in Idlib.

This deal comes just 48 hours after HTS lost most of the Yarmouk Camp District to the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS).

The deal will be facilitated by the Syrian Red Islamic Thingy Society.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US-led Coalition airstrikes near Deir Ez-Zor kill at least 16 people
[ALMASDARNEWS] The US-led coalition is reportedly continuing Arclight airstrikes in Syria, which, however, have not been authorized by the government of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
or the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
The Syrian state news agency SANA has reported a new massacre allegedly committed by the US-led coalition in al-Bahra village in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, which resulted in the killing of 16 civilians, including 9 women.

According to the agency, citing its local sources, the coalition warplanes have conducted a series of airstrikes on residential areas about 45 km to the northwest of the city of al-Boukama near Deir ez-Zor, causing material damages.

The media outlet stated that the corpse count was likely to rise, as the number of injured are at death's door after the strikes.

The anti-ISIS coalition forces have been conducting airstrikes against the terror group in Syria and Iraq since 2014, acting in Syria without any request or authorization by the government of President Bashir al-Assad or the United Nations.

Last month, SANA had reported another deadly airstrike by the coalition, claiming that fifteen civilians had been killed by the coalition’s actions.

Following the US-led coalition’s actions on the ground, the Syrian Foreign Ministry on December 14 sent a letter to the UN Security Council and to the UN Secretary-General, accusing the coalition forces of killing civilians in the province of Deir Ez-Zor.

The Syrian government blamed the coalition at the UN of making deals with the remnants of ISIS and coordinating its actions, as multiple reports appeared in the media that the US had evacuated ISIS gunnies and terrorist leaders from several areas across the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afrin Activities: Turks kill FSA fighters and Kurdish civilians, FSA returns the favour, Assad’s troops are/are not involved
Schroedinger’s cat has nothing on the Syrian troops.
At least 205 FSA fighters, 39 Turkish soldiers killed in Afrin

[ALMASDARNEWS] According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for the Human Rights (SOHR), at least 550 people, including combatants, have been killed in the Afrin region since the start of Operation Olive Branch on January 20th.

Of the 550 killed in the Afrin region, this is the breakdown that was released by the SOHR:
  • 39 Turkish Army soldiers have been killed

  • 205 FSA rebels have been killed

  • 219 YPG fighters have been killed

  • 112 civilians have been killed

The Turkish General Staff’s numbers differ greatly from the SOHR’s stats, as the former claims that 1,700 YPG fighters have been killed.

Syrian pro-gov’t forces deny abandoning Afrin battle

[ALMASDARNEWS] A pro-government fighter from the National Defense Forces (NDF) in northern Aleppo told al-Masdar News on Tuesday night that all reports of the NDF abandoning the YPG in Afrin are false.

The NDF source added that if any unit left Afrin, it was likely temporary as most of the fighters come from the pro-government towns of al-Zahra’a and Nubl in northern Aleppo.

Many of the NDF fighters from al-Zahra’a and Nubl are close with the YPG in Afrin, as they provided them necessary aid during the jihadist siege from 2013-2016.

These NDF fighters in al-Zahra’a and Nubl had initially asked to aid the YPG once the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels attacked Afrin on January 20th; however, the Syrian government had not approved this request.

Pro-Assad terror groups withdraw from Afrin

[AA.TR] Pro-regime groups, who tried to enter Syria’s Afrin to support YPG/PKK-ISIS against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s ongoing operation in the region, have withdrawn Tuesday before reaching the city following warning shots, according to reliable sources on the ground.

The pro-regime groups departed in the Nubl-al-Zahraa region, in southern Afrin, at around 5.00 p.m. (1400GMT) with the aim of supporting YPG/PKK-ISIS terror groups against Operation Olive Branch, said the source on condition of anonymity due to speaking to the media.

The militias tried to advance into the city with a convoy of 20 vehicles including armored vehicles with DShK heavy machine guns.

The withdrawal of the pro-Bashir al-Assad terror groups upon warning shot came when they were about 10 km (about 6 miles) away from Afrin, in northwestern Syria.

As the convoy moved ahead, artillery fire was used as a warning but did not hit any vehicles.

The movements of terrorist groups in Aleppo’s other regions towards Afrin are being monitored, the sources added.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-ISIS bully boyz from Afrin.

Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

[AlAhram] Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Ottoman Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict.

Soon after the convoy of militia fighters - waving Syrian flags and brandishing weapons - entered Afrin, Syrian state media reported that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
had targeted them with shellfire.

Syrian television had earlier shown the group of fighters passing through a checkpoint that bore the insignia of the Kurdish security force, some chanting "one Syria, one Syria", and driving further into Afrin.

The YPG hailed the arrival of the pro-government forces - which included militias allied to Assad but not the Syrian army itself - and said they were deploying along the front line facing the Ottoman Turkish border.

It made no mention of a deal that a Kurdish official said on Sunday had been struck with Assad's government for the Syrian army itself to enter Afrin.

YPG media adviser Rezan Hedo denied Erdogan's assertion that the convoy had turned back under Ottoman Turkish artillery fire, but he gave no details on its size or composition. A Britannia-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said one convoy had entered Afrin while another turned back.
In other words, everyone is right. Whew!
Ottoman Turkish markets faced a broad sell-off in response to news seen as indicating that a swift victory for the Ottoman Turkish campaign in Afrin could be more difficult than Ankara had expected, and that battle there could unsettle relations with Russia or Iran.
The poor darlings.
The lira weakened as much as 1.5 percent against the dollar, while stocks tumbled more than 2 percent ‐ their biggest one-day drop in five weeks.

The country’s dollar-denominated bonds also came under pressure, with longer-dated issues dropping 1 cent. The cost of insuring exposure to its sovereign debt rose.
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  You could go schizophrenic just following this carnage and turmolt. Especially if you could be in charge of it.

How to by everyone an out? no?

The complexity is staggering, and I contemplate nothing currently.

This scrum, if it edges too near, will end Iran.
Posted by: newc || 02/21/2018 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey is still letting the FSA do most of the fighting and dying. I don't think the FSA have the depth to do that long term.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/21/2018 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  The FSA is a feudal coalition of mercenaries and local militias captained by strongmen. So casualties will render them "combat ineffective" very quickly on the attack. The question is if the Turks can keep them attacking if the Syrians bring in artillery/anti-air assets to support the Kurds.
Posted by: magpie || 02/21/2018 19:04 Comments || Top||


E. Ghouta Adventures: Russian center and hospitals bombed, 167 innocent civilians assume room temp.

Russian E. Ghouta center for Syrian reconciliation comes under massive fire

[ALMASDARNEWS] Sputnik has received reports that the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, a peace monitoring and humanitarian organization jointly run by Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
, came under attack on Tuesday. No Russian casualties were reported from the incident, but Syrian civilians have been reported dead and injured.

"Residential areas, hotels in Damascus, as well as the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation came under massive shelling by illegal gangs operating in East Ghouta area today, causing significant infrastructural damage and casualties among the civilian population," the center said in a statement.

"There are no casualties among the Russian military personnel," the statement added.

The center was founded with the stated aim of speeding peace negotiations between the Syrian government of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
and opposition groups. All parties in the Syrian Civil War besides Islamist terrorist groups such as ISIS and the al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front have consented to the center’s creation, including the US and its Syrian and Kurdish allies.

The center is hosted at Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia Governorate ‐ around 200 miles north of Damascus. In December 2017, the base was targeted by a mortar attack which reportedly killed two Russian military personnel. A week later, in January 2018, the base was the target of an unsuccessful drone attack.

Six Syria enclave hospitals bombed in two days

[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Six hospitals have been struck over two days in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, putting three out of service and killing several people, the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
said Tuesday.

"I am appalled and distressed by reports of the horrifying attacks against six hospitals in East Ghouta over the past 48 hours," said Panos Moumtzis, the UN's regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis.

In addition to the six listed by the UN, another key hospital was hit and put out of service Tuesday, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said.

Syrian regime attacks kill 167 civilians in E. Ghouta

[AA.TR] At least 167 civilians have been killed in past two days by intensified Syrian regime attacks in the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta, said sources from the Syrian Civil Defense on Tuesday.

Sources from the Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, told Anadolu Agency that regime attack on civilian areas in Eastern Ghouta had killed 88 people on Monday and 79 on Tuesday.

According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground, the regime forces and their supporters have been intensifying attacks on such areas as Duma, Haresta, Hammuriya, Misraba, Marj, Saqba, Kafr Batna, Ayn Tarma, Shifonia and Beit Sawa since Monday morning.

The corpse count is expected to increase as attacks are still continuing in several areas.

Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Nevertheless, the Syrian regime continues to target residential parts of the city, killing at least 539 people -- and injuring more than 2,000 others -- since Dec. 29 of last year.
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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