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Deputy of Islamic State’s Baghdadi killed in Iraqi airstrike: Intelligence source
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12 Taliban insurgents killed in US airstrike in Tarinkot city
[Khaama Press] At least twelve Taliban
...Arabic for students...
turbans were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted by the US forces in souther Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

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

A security source involved in the operations said a local Taliban Überstürmbannführer identified as Mullah Basir was also among those killed.

The source further added that two Taliban turbans were also maimed in the airstrike.

The anti-government armed holy warrior groups including the Taliban turbans have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as a local leader of the Taliban group was killed in a similar airstrike conducted by the US forces in Tarinkot city last Wednesday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

5 Afghan intelligence staff killed in Parwan attack
[Khaama Press] At least five workers of the Afghan Intelligence Agency, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), were killed in snuffies attack in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Wednesday in the vicinity of Bagram district.

The district administrative chief of Bagram Abdul Shukoor Qudoosi confirmed the incident and said the dear departed individuals all belonged to the NDS directorate of Kapisa.

He said the intelligence director of Kapisa and four other staff of the provincial intelligence directorate of Kapisa were among those killed.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups including the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
hard boyz have not commented regarding the report so far.

Parwan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban hard boyz are actively operating in some of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Roadside bombings, suicide kabooms, murders, and other forms of terrorist attacks are often reported from the restive districts of Parwan.

some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the counter-terrorism operations are underway against the anti-government armed bully boy and terrorist groups in a number of the northern provinces including Parwan province to suppress the anti-government armed elements.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:

3 ISIS militants killed, 1 wounded in US drone strike in Afghanistan
[haama Press] At least three militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in a US drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the latest drone strike was carried out in the vicinity of Deh Bala district.

According to the Silab Corps, at least one ISIS militant was also wounded in the airstrike that was carried out on a ISIS hideout in Langari area.

The anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including the ISIS insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in the East but the terrorist and anti-government armed militant groups have started their operations in some of its remote districts during the recent years.

However, the counter-terrorism operations by the Afghan national defense and security forces as well as airstrikes on ISIS hideouts and other terror groups are underway in this province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

First troops among new front-line adviser brigade arrive in Afghanistan
[Stars and Stripes] A new Army unit created specifically to advise and assist conventional foreign military forces has begun deploying to Afghanistan.

The 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade — whose members will be dispersed at outposts throughout the country and be closer to the front lines of the war than most U.S. troops have been in years — is a key component of the Trump administration’s strategy for ending a stalemate with the Taliban.

Instead of advising high-ranking Afghan commanders, as is done now, the new brigade will work with battalion-level personnel. U.S. military officials in Afghanistan have often cited this as a vital, missing component of their advising efforts.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Horn
US air strike in Somalia kills four al Shabaab militants
[Ynet] A US air strike against al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
bandidos murderous Moslems in Somalia killed four members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the US military said in a statement on Thursday.

The strike, which took place on Wednesday near the town of Jamaame, was coordinated with the Somalia's government and the US Africa Command said it did not assess that any civilians had been killed in the strike.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018: A successful start after 10 days
According to this, they’ve been busy. Including pushing back the adventurous Turkish navy, which apparently would like Egypt’s Mediterranean gas field for itself.
[AlAhram] As the counter-terrorist Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 (COS 2018) continues to unfold, communiqués released by the military front man indicate the operation is picking up in pace and intensity. No official timeframe has been given for the operation and experts acknowledge that it is difficult to predict how long it could take.

The first 10 days of action in the field have had considerable results, according to the military front man’s communiqués. The Air Force has struck 158 mobile and fixed targets and artillery forces struck 234 targets on days nine and 10. Sixty-seven bad boyz were potted in direct festivities during raids on their lairs, including three individuals on security agencies’ most wanted lists.

Video footage published by the military front man on social networking sites shows how direct confrontations are carried out in residential areas that have been cleared of civilian inhabitants.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Africa Subsaharan
British Couple Kidnapped in S. Africa
[AnNahar] An elderly British couple have been kidnapped in South Africa, police said Thursday, amid reports they were kidnapped by bully boyz suspected to have links to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

The British foreign office confirmed that a pair of Britons had been kidnapped and warned of a heightened risk of attacks by "terrorists" in South Africa.

The couple were kidnapped in KwaZulu-Natal province last week and have not yet been found, South African police told AFP, adding that two arrests had been made.

Local media said the couple, who live in Cape Town, were kidnapped while holidaying near the town of Vryheid.

Their disappearance was linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, reports said. Police declined to comment on any such link.

But they said the two suspects, Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 38, and Fatima Patel, 27, faced a charge of kidnapping as well as offenses that fall under an anti-terrorism act.

Patel was previously tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
in 2016 during raid that led to the arrests of twin brothers accused of plotting attacks on the U.S. embassy in Pretoria and Jewish institutions.

In London, the British Foreign Office updated a travel advisory, saying "snuffies are likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa."

"The main threat is from bully boyz linked to ISIS (formerly referred to as ISIS). In February 2018, two South African-British nationals were kidnapped," it said.

ISIS, ISIS and ISIS are alternative names for the IS group.

The advisory said that some South Africans who had visited Syria, Iraq and Libya were "likely to pose a security threat on their return."

"There's also a threat from individuals who may have been inspired by terrorist groups, including ISIS," it added.

The U.S. and Britannia warned in 2016 of the possibility of attacks by jihadist bully boyz in South Africa's major cities.

The country has so far been spared the jihadist attacks that have struck several other countries on the continent. Moslems account for just 1.5 percent of South Africa's 54 million people.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Boko Haram militants kill 7 in Cameroon, Chad
[AlAhram] Nigeria's 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...
Islamist Death Eaters have killed five civilians and two soldiers in fresh attacks in Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
and Chad, local sources said Thursday.

"A group of Boko Haram fighters made an incursion during (Tuesday) night in Assigashia," a source close to administrative authorities in the northern Cameroon border area said, asking not be named.

"The attackers killed five people and maimed five more."

The raid was confirmed along with the casualty toll by an official in the Cameroon security services.

Assigashia is a border town which gives direct access to Nigeria and has seen many Boko Haram incursions in the past.

The Nigerian Islamist Death Eaters are blamed for killing another civilian in the town in January.

In Chad, meanwhile, two Chadian soldiers, including a captain, were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on Wednesday, a senior military official said Thursday.

The attack took place in the west of the country in the Lake Chad region near the Nigerian frontier as the troops were returning from a border patrol.

"The Boko Haram attackers disappeared into the islands" on the lake, the source said.
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More than 100 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram still feared missing after 'some' rescued by Nigerian military
Slightly more on this story from yesterday.
  • Militants stormed the government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi

  • Some were later recovered and officials said some 50 girls are unaccounted for

  • But parents compiled a list of 101 missing and presented it to the governor
An earlier version of this article, now disappeared, reported:
Up to 76 girls among the 111 feared kidnapped in the latest 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...
school raid have been rescued by Nigerian military, but fears remain for those still missing.

The bodies of two others were also recovered in the operation while a number of girls are still missing after the attack on the village of Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, a local official said.

Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School on Monday evening. But a number of the girls were found in a broken down vehicle which the faceless myrmidons apparently abandoned in panic while they were being chased, a military source revealed.

Abdullahi Bego, front man for Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said late on Wednesday that 'The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army.'

Bego's statement was the first confirmation the girls were kidnapped. Initially, the students were reported to have fled with their teachers at the sound of gunfire.

Bego did not specify the circumstances in which the girls were rescued nor how many were recovered, and said more details would be released in due course.

A student who escaped Monday's attack said some of her classmates had jumped over a perimeter wall at the sound of gunfire, and got into vehicles parked nearby.

It was thought the vehicles were then taken by the Islamist krazed killers.

A senior military source in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, told AFP the girls from Dapchi were 'found... on the border between Yobe and Borno'.

'The girls were abandoned with their vehicle. It had broken down and the faceless myrmidons panicked because they were under siege by pursuing soldiers,' he added.

'The fear is that some of the other girls may have been taken along by the faceless myrmidons because the girls were not in a single vehicle. Only those in the broken down vehicle were lucky.'
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German-Russian, 70, Stabs Afghan, Syrian, Iraqi Refugees
Were they annoying him?
[AnNahar] A 70-year-old man has been placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
accused of "politically motivated" attempted murder days after attacking three asylum seekers with a knife, German police said on Thursday.

The bloody attack took place outside a church in the western city of Heilbronn last Saturday, leaving a 17-year-old Afghan badly maimed and an Iraqi and Syrian man, 25 and 19, injured.

The suspect, a German-Russian dual national who was drunk at the time of the attack, was overpowered with the help of passersby until police arrived and detained him.

He was initially charged with assault and released but on Wednesday prosecutors raised the charge to "politically motivated" attempted murder and issued a formal arrest warrant.
Mustn’t touch the protected class, donchaknow.
The man was rearrested on Wednesday after police had further questioned the victims, witnesses and the suspect, police said in a statement.

The suspect told police he was angered by Germany's asylum policy that brought more than a million refugees and migrants colonists to the country in recent years, police said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "What gonna do to me... I'm 70...put me in prison and my access to healthcare improves and I probably get fed better, and no rent. Throw the book at me!"
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/23/2018 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't think of a better cause to be safely locked away for.
Posted by: jpal || 02/23/2018 13:30 Comments || Top||

Man killed in LoC mine blast
[DAWN] A 50-year-old man was killed while two others were maimed in a landmine kaboom in a village of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) on Wednesday, according to an official.

Chaudhry Guftar Hussain, deputy commissioner of the southernmost Bhimber district, told Dawn that the incident occurred along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Lawana Khaitar village of tehsil Barnala, where the victims were collecting firewood.

Muhammad Inayat, who was believed to have triggered the landmine, died while Muhammad Hafeez, 25, and Muhammad Tariq, 40, were maimed, he said.

Posted by: Fred || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Five civilians wounded in two bomb blasts in Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five civilians were maimed in two kabooms that took place in north and southwest of Baghdad, security sources said on Thursday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, a source said, "a bomb went kaboom! near a market in al-Mushahada region in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, leaving three civilians maimed."

Security troops, according to the source, "arrived to the accident spot and transferred the maimed to hospital for treatment."

In related news, another source said two people were maimed in another kaboom in southwest of the capital.

"A bomb went off near stores at Shuhadaa al-Bayaa region in west of Baghdad, leaving two civilians maimed," the source said. Ambulances rushed to the kaboom spot and transferred the maimed to hospital.
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Iraq extradites to Russia four women, 27 children, who belonged to Islamic State
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has announced extraditing four women and 27 children, who belonged to 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....
, to Russia, AlSumaria News reported.

In remarks to media channels, the ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Mahjoub, said, "Iraq has extradited to Russia 27 children and four women who were tricked into joining Islamic State."

They were handed over after being interrogated, Mahjoub said, adding "they were proven to have not participated in terrorist operations against civilians or security troops."

we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
he said, "they will stand trial in Russia for entering Iraq illegally."

Russian media previously reported that authorities managed to return back a Russian child, whose parents joined terrorist groups, including IS, in Syria and Iraq.

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesperson of the media office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was quoted on Wednesday by al-Hurra TV channel as saying that Iraq will coordinate with the countries of detainees who had been proved innocent of crimes, including murders and bombings, in Iraq, to hand them over.

Hundreds of foreign wives and children of IS members, who were captured as security forces gradually seized back territories held by the bully boy group since 2014, are held by Iraqi authorities.
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Deputy of Islamic State’s Baghdadi killed in Iraqi airstrike: Intelligence source
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) 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....
’s deputy supreme leader has been killed in an Arclight airstrike launched by Iraqi troops, the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV channel reported on Thursday.
So it might even be true.
Abu Abdul Rahman al-Tamimi al-Eteibi al-Jizrawi, the deputy of His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart...
, was killed in an Iraqi airstrike, the channel quoted an intelligence source as saying without giving details about the circumstances of killing him.

Jizrawi, according to the channel, was killed depending on information collected by the Iraqi intelligence.

...back at the palazzo, Count Guido stepped from behind the suit of armor, rapier in hand. Ciccolini snarled and reached for his own weapon...
the Iraqi Media News Agency quoted Hisham al-Hashimi, an expert on terrorist groups affairs, as saying that Jizrawi was killed in a joint operation by the Iraqi intelligence and the U.S.-led Coalition as they launched an airstrike in al-Hijin region, east of Syria, on January 20.

"The airstrike is considered the fourth for the Iraqi intelligence in less than six months. The death of Abu Saleh Hifa (Iyad al-Ebeidi), Baghdadi’s deputy, was confirmed after Abu Ali al-Anbari then the death of Abu Yahia al-Iraqi (Iyad al-Jumeili), Baghdadi’s deputy, after Abu Saleh Hifa," Hashimi added.

The third strike, according to Hashimi, "resulted in arresting Abu Zeid al-Iraqi (Ismail Elwan al-Eithawi)."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Palestinian tries to attack soldiers, dies after he is shot at, beaten
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian man tried to attack an IDF soldier with a metal table during a riot in the West Bank city of Jericho on Thursday morning, but was shot at and forced to the ground by Israeli troops, who were then filmed striking him repeatedly and apparently fatally wounding him during the arrest, the army said. The army said the assailant also tried to grab a soldier’s gun as he was being detained.

Relatives of the man ‐ Yassin al-Saradeeh, 33 ‐ and a Paleostinian NGO claimed he died from being beaten by the troops.

The army said it was investigating what happened and collected testimony from the soldiers involved. An autopsy was also performed, though the results were not immediately available.

A military spokesperson acknowledged the video and said the soldiers were in the city for "routine activities" when the festivities broke out.

Security camera footage from the scene showed a Paleostinian man throwing rocks at a soldier, who was taking cover behind a wall. Someone, presumably the same Paleostinian man, can then be seen running toward the soldier with what appears to be a small table.

As the suspect ran at him, the soldier stepped out from behind the wall and shot at the man, who fell to the ground, though it was not immediately clear if al-Saradeeh had been hit by the gunfire.

In the video, other soldiers could then be seen punching and kicking the man, who struggled with them, before dragging him out of frame.

"[The troops] fought with the terrorist at close range and succeeded in stopping him," the army said.

An army spokesperson said al-Saradeeh tried to steal a soldier’s gun, pointing to a moment in the footage ‐ around the 28-second mark ‐ in which the Paleostinian man can be seen lunging at one of the soldiers.

"That’s also what the soldiers are saying in their debriefing," the spokesperson said.

The army said a knife was later found in the Paleostinian man’s possession.

His brother also appeared on Paleostinian television and said that al-Saradeeh had been incarcerated by Israel during the Second Intifada for terrorist activities.

The Paleostinian Prisoners’ Club NGO also said that al-Saradeeh had inhaled a substantial amount of tear gas during the festivities.

His family said the IDF notified them of their son’s death on Thursday morning.

Residents of Jericho held a general strike in the city in response to al-Saradeeh’s death.
Which did not result in his resurrection, but did prevent any business being transacted. Children will go to bed hungry tonight as a result.
In raids across the West Bank, Israeli security forces incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
11 Paleostinian suspects believed to have taken part in violent demonstrations and rock throwing attacks, the army said.

In addition, troops found and confiscated an M-16 assault rifle and two locally produced Carlo-style submachine guns in the Paleostinian town of Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley, as part of a joint IDF-Israel Police operation.

A pistol that had been hidden in a house in the northern West Bank town of Nur a-Shams, near Tulkarem, was also confiscated, the army said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The guy throws rocks at Soldiers, who are armed. Nt a good idea. Then he rushes them swing a metal table. He gets shot. Excuse me, but what precisely did he expect? The in the heat of the engagement everyone is surprised that the Soldiers come out and sincerely proceed to stomp him around th head and buttocks.

Its a mystery to me why the brother and the Paleo neighbors are extremely surprised at the result. Do they thing it was entirely unjustified? Something "unfair" has been done to the deceased? Its all a big "surprise"?

Let's see you do it again and see if you get a different result the second time.
Throwing rocks at armed soldiers and then swinging on them with a metal table. Uh Huh, a sure fire winner what could go wrong? Next time the Palestinians should just strip naked and pour mayonnaise on their heads.
Posted by: Glavise Sforza4112 || 02/23/2018 5:27 Comments || Top||

PA police rescue US delegation egged by protesters in Ramallah
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinians chant 'America is the head of the snake' as delegation of New York City Council members and civil society groups drive by

In the second incident of its kind in recent weeks, a US delegation visiting the West Bank had to be rescued by Paleostinian Authority coppers after being attacked with eggs by Paleostinian protesters.

The delegation included New York City Council members and civil society groups that were in Ramallah to meet with Paleostinian Center for Policy and Research Survey (PCPRS), a local polling company.

"America is the head of the snake" and "Americans are not welcome in Paleostine," the protesters chanted as they tried to force their way into the offices of the center. Others chanted: "Jerusalem is the capital of Paleostine," and carried placards denouncing both the US and Israel.

As the delegation members were being whisked out, some of the protesters threw eggs at them. No one was hurt.

PA anti-riot coppers, some of them wearing masks covering their faces, escorted the US guests to a police van that took them to a secure location.

Most of the protesters belonged a group called "The Committee for the Resistance against the Wall and Settlements."
Sounds like something someone just made up.
Others described themselves as "anti-normalization" activists.

Jamal Juma’ah, one of the leaders of the protest, said that he and his friends wanted to send a message to the Americans that they are "unwelcome in Paleostine."

Juma’ah accused the US administration of "publicly endorsing the Zionist project" because of Trump’s Jerusalem decision.

"There’s no place for Americans in Paleostine," he said. "This is the message of Paleostinian youths and their popular committees to the Americans."
Ooohh, popular committees. Scary.
He also warned PCPRS and other Paleostinian institutions against hosting Americans.

"Any organization that works with or hosts Americans will be acting in violation of the decisions of the Paleostinian leadership," Juma’ah said, referring to recent decisions by the PA to boycott US officials, including US Vice President Mike Pence.

A senior PA police officer in Ramallah said, "While we respect people’s right to protest, it’s our duty to protect anyone who is in our areas."

Last month, Paleostinians attacked a US delegation visiting the Chamber of Commerce in Bethlehem, forcing its members to flee the city. No one was hurt in that incident either. The US delegation had arrived in Bethlehem to meet with Paleostinian businessmen as part of the cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce and the US Consulate in Jerusalem.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Eggs ? Eggs? For a bunch of New Yawkers there to lend their support to the Palestinian Cause against the Embassy mving to Jerusalem and against too many Jewish settlements ( that seems to work just fine )..

Suggestion : try scooping out your Privy next time and forget the eggs. Lather up the New Yawkers with that. Use a bat to to apply it effectively and generously. Give them multiple coatings. Nothing is too good for a New Yawker Delegation.
Posted by: Glavise Sforza4112 || 02/23/2018 5:38 Comments || Top||

Syrian YPG militia: Gov't has taken control of Aleppo district
[Ynet] The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia commander in Aleppo said the group's fighters had gone to nearby Afrin region to help repel a Ottoman Turkish assault and as a result the Syrian government had regained control over Kurdish-held districts in Aleppo.

"We in Aleppo have gone to the Afrin canton. As a result the eastern districts of Aleppo city fell under the control of the Syrian regime," said Furat Khalil, YPG commander in Aleppo, in a message to Rooters.
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Russia Tested 'Over 200 New Weapons' in Syria
[AnNahar] Russia has tested over 200 new types of arms in Syria during its campaign in support of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
, a senior politician said Thursday, as Moscow was accused of taking part in air strikes against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

"As we helped the brotherly Syrian people, we tested over 200 new types of weapons," said Vladimir Shamanov, a former commander of Russia's airborne troops who now serves as head of the Russian Duma's defense committee.

"It's not an accident that today they are coming to us from many directions to purchase our weapons, including countries that are not our allies," he said.

"Today our military-industrial complex made our army look in a way we can be proud of," he said.

Russia, a close ally of the Syrian government in the protracted multi-front war, has been accused of indiscriminate bombing throughout the conflict causing massive casualties.

The latest criticism focuses on the air strikes against the enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where more than 350 civilians have been killed in five days, but the Kremlin denied involvement in the regime-led assault.

Shamanov's remarks also come amid reports that Russia has deployed its Su-57 stealth fighter prototype in Syria, where two such planes were reportedly spotted Wednesday.

Photos of the fifth generation jet, allegedly over Syria, were re-posted by various state media Thursday.

A source in the defense ministry confirmed to RBK news agency that the two planes were sent to the Hmeimim base "for a test in real conditions."

Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the reported deployment of Su-57.
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#1  Wikipedia on SU-57
Posted by: 3dc || 02/23/2018 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The Daily Mail has photos.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/23/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

Rantburg Exclusive: Horrific Afrin Civilian Attrocities 2/22/2018
There was not a release of battle field events by the SDF as they were overwhelmed with numerous reports of major human rights atrocities coming in regarding NATO member Turkish Military and their Al Qaeda allies, three of which are listed. I leave it up to the moderators to filter out any items that may be too graphic for publishing:
1) A major convoy of unarmed, civilian activists heading to Afrin to show solidarity with the people of Afrin was struck by Turkish artillery and air strikes. Early reports indicate many fatalities and wounded.

2) A large group of unarmed young women in a village were rounded up and summarily executed. The video does seem to show one victim in military kakis but the rest the young women appear to show only civilian clothing, most likely young mothers who lived throughout the village. (Video of the casualties)

Factions of the "Olive Branch" Operation carry out field executions in the countryside of #Afrin, killing 7 persons including women @syriahr @hrw @amnesty @KenRoth https://t.co/uaKYy5X3xZ pic.twitter.com/CpTYmmwax6

— MutluCiviroglu(@mutludc) February 22, 2018


3) An unarmed farmer who was working on his farm was summarily executed as Al Qaeda took possession of his tractor. (Video of the execution)

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#1  Turkish forces, war crimes. What else did you expect? I hope the Russians bomb the shit out of the Turks and their proxies. Make them pay the price. Because the US is too gutless to step in and stand up to Erdogan in any meaningful way.

Sanction Turkey now - and throw them out of NATO. Withdraw all forces and support - crater the runways on the way out.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/23/2018 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  So THAT happened.
Posted by: newc || 02/23/2018 1:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Nuke Ankara.
Posted by: Betty Hatfield5124 || 02/23/2018 6:40 Comments || Top||

#4  If the strategy is to kill civilians and all the women, then the operation is intended as a raid/spoiling attack, not an attempt to capture and hold territory.

If so, then the real Syrian/Iranian forces aren't going to oppose the Turks since they would take losses fighting a force that will soon be leaving. It seems likely that this incursion into Syria will result in the Turkish forces' withdrawal in a few weeks, as soon as they execute or drive out all the fertile women in the Afrin area.
Posted by: rammer || 02/23/2018 21:44 Comments || Top||

#5  A genocide by other means. Turks, what vicious assholes they are.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/23/2018 23:32 Comments || Top||

Afrin Activities: Syrians wave arty in general direction of Turks, who destroy aid convoy in return

Syrian gov’t forces strike back at Turkish troops in Afrin

[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian government forces fired several artillery shells towards the Ottoman Turkish troops responsible for attacking the humanitarian convoy in Afrin tonight.
According to a military source in Aleppo, the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF), in coordination with the Kurdish YPG, fired the artillery shells at the Ottoman Turkish troops; however, the source could not confirm if this attack scored any direct hits on the latter.
A symbolic demonstration of the manly fierceness of their Arab mustaches rather than actual fighting, then. Definitely golly.
The Ottoman Turkish attack on the humanitarian aid convoy in Afrin tonight, marked the second time in the last 72 hours that the forces loyal to Ankara have targeted the Ziyarah Crossing.

The situation remains very tense in Afrin, with both sides on high alert after this violent exchange tonight.

Turkish forces strike humanitarian aid convoy entering Afrin

[ALMASDARNEWS] Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces fired several missiles towards a humanitarian convoy that was entering the Afrin region.

According to a military source, the humanitarian convoy was entering the Afrin region through the Ziyarah Crossing, when it was struck by the Ottoman Turkish Army’s grad missiles.

The source added that several trucks were badly damaged and many aid workers were maimed as a result of this attack.
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Jihadist forces battle over west Aleppo towns
[ALMASDARNEWS] For the second day in a row, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya clashed inside the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.
Jabhat Tahrir Souriya (Syrian Liberation Front) was created three or four days ago by the merger of Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki.
According to pro-opposition activists, the rebel alliance between Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and Harakat Nouriddeen al-Zink, dubbed Jabhat Tahrir Souriya, launched an attack on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s positions in Kafr Naha.

This attack resulted in a series of fierce festivities between the jihadist forces, but no change in the ground situation.

The two jihadist forces also clashed near the town of Dart ’Izza, with Jabhat Tahrir Souriya also leading this attack against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.

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Coalition: 841 civilians killed in Iraq, Syria operations till January
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The United States-led coalition has said it had killed 841 civilians in its operations against 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....
bandidos bully boyz in Iraq and Syria, its combined command said on Thursday.

The Combined Joint Task Force of the coalition said in a statement it assessed, during January, 116 credible reports of civilian casualties resulting from coalition operations. " To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses at least 841 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve".

According to the statement, " The Coalition and our partners have liberated over 98% of the area formerly controlled by ISIS (Arabic acronym for Islamic State), and have liberated 7.7 million Iraqis and Syrians once held under brutal ISIS rule". It added that, despite the proclaimed achievement, "much work still needs to be done to ensure the lasting defeat of the terrorist, criminal organization".
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