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Israelis kill Ahmad Nasser Jarrar, terrorist behind murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevah
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Afghanistan
Nangarhar Nastiness: Taliban turbans surrender, ISIS emir and friend bite the dust

Taliban leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad’s 10 insurgents join peace process

[Khaama Press] At least ten insurgents belonging to the Taliban group leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants led by Ismail alias Fawad joined the peace process due to the ongoing peace efforts of the provincial National Directorate of Security.

The statement further added that the militants joined peace process in Khogyani district and also handed over some weapons and ammunition to the local authorities.

The weapons handed over to the authorities include five Ak-47 assault rifles, two pistols, a rocket launcher, six hand grenades, and one communication device set.

The militants were previously active in Khogyani district where they were conducting destructive activities under the leadership of the Taliban leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad, the statement added.

The leader of the group Islami said they have been conducting insurgency based on irrelevant and wrong instructions of the Taliban group leaders since last eight years.

He said the Taliban insurgents who have joined peace process are regretting for their activities and he called on other insurgents to renounce violence and join peace process.

They also promised to live a peaceful life after the reconciliation process and contribute in the reconstruction of the country.

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

ISIS military in charge for Haska Mina killed in East of Afghanistan

[Khaama Press] A key ISIS leader in charge of the military commission of the terror group for Haska Mina district has been killed in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment said a clash broke out between the ISIS militants and the Afghan security forces in Chaparhar district late on Monday, leaving at least four ISIS militants dead or wounded.

The Nangarhar police officials are saying that the Afghan police and army forces were busy conducting routine patrol when they were ambushed by the ISIS militants.

The officials further added that the Afghan forces responded to the ISIS fire and forced the militants to retreat, leaving two of them dead.

According to the police officials citing intelligence reports two ISIS militants including Qari Habib the military commission in charge of the group were killed during the clashes.

The other ISIS member killed during the clashes has been identified as Qari Hanifa and two others were wounded, the officials said.

According to the security officials, the Afghan armed forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the clashes.

The ISIS terrorist group has not commented regarding the clash and the killing of its senior leader so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2018 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Those who join the Peace Process™ via the "Peace of the Grave" initiative have proven to be the most reliably committed to Peace in the long term...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/07/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||


Vehicle packed with 2 tons of explosives seized in Kabul city
[Khaama Press] The Afghan national defense and security forces have foiled a deadly explosion in Kabul by seizing a vehicle packed with explosives.

Security officials are saying that the vehicle was discovered from the vicinity of the 8th police district of the city.

According to the officials, the militants had stored around 2 tons of explosives inside the Mazda type vehicle and were looking to carry out an attack in an unknown location in the city.

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

This comes as reports emerged on Monday suggesting that a vehicle packed with explosives has been discovered from an area close to the embassy of Russia.
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Suicide bomber surrenders to security forces in Helmand
[Khaama Press] A suicide bomber tasked by the militant groups to carry out an attack in southern Helmand province has surrendered to the security forces.

The provincial government media office in a statement said a suicide bomber who was sent by the Taliban group to carry out a suicide attack in Mukhtar area in Lashkargah city, has surrendered to the security forces.

The statement further added that the suicide bomber refrained to carry out the attack and today handed himself over to the police forces in the city.

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

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and often carry out insurgency activities in its various districts.

This comes as the Afghan security forces on Monday killed a suicide bomber before he manage to carry out a deadly attack using a car bomb in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, a suicide bomber riding a Toyota Town Ace vehicle packed with explosives was identified before he carry out an attack in Marjah district.

The incident took place at around 11:30 am local time on Monday in the vicinity of Terikh Nawar area of Marjah district, the officials added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2018 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


US launches airstrikes on Taliban training camps
[LWJ] The US military launched a series of airstrikes on Taliban training camps located in Afghanistan’s remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan. The camps were used by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and other terrorist groups.

“Over the past 96 hours, US forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan by such organizations as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and others,” Resolute Support announced in a press release.

According to Resolute Support, the airstrikes also “destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of being converted to vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”
The secondaries must have been glorious.
The strike took place in the district of Warduj, a US military officer told The Washington Post. FDD’s Long War Journal has assessed Warduj to be under Taliban control. The district has changed hands several times over the past 4 years. The presence of camps in the district is further evidence that the Taliban controls the district.

Badakhshan, once a peaceful province, has become a Taliban hotbed since the US withdrew the bulk of its forces after the troop surge ended in 2012. Of Badakhshan’s 28 districts, LWJ assesses three to be Taliban controlled and another nine to be contested.
Another of President Obama’s achievements about to be erased by his successor, one hopes.
The East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which is also known as the East Turkistan Islamic Party, is an al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group based in Afghanistan and Pakistan and operates throughout Central Asia.

ETIM’s emir has served on al Qaeda’s shura, and it has operated a training camp that was sponsored by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. After the Taliban lost control of Afghanistan in 2001, the ETIM established training camps in Pakistan.

ETIM fighters have fought alongside the Taliban and other jihadist groups against Coalition and Afghan forces since the US first invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

The US has previously targeted ETIM leaders inside Pakistan in its drone campaign. In Aug. 2010, the US thought it killed Abdul Haq al Turkistani, the emir of the ETIM, in a drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan. Turkistani later re-emerged in a video in 2015, and said he was severely wounded in the 2010 drone strike. Abdul Haq issued another in 2016 that took al Qaeda’s side in its dispute with the Islamic State.

The US was also thought to have killed Emeti Yakuf (a.k.a. Abdul Shakoor Turkistani), in a drone strike in Pakistan in Aug. 2012. Yakuf took control of the ETIM as Turkistani was recovering from his injuries, and also took control of al Qaeda’s network in Pakistan’s tribal areas in 2010.
This article starring:
ABDUL HAQETIM
Abdul Shakoor Turkistani
Posted by: 3dc || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Report: Gazans who joined IS battling Hamas in Sinai
Cleaning each other from the shallow end of the gene pool.
[Ynet] Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper reports dozens of Gazooks who left to fight in Iraq, Syria and Libya have returned to the region, with some of them joining the Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula to battle both Egypt and Hamas.

Dozens of Gazoo residents are battling Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, under 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....
's black flag, reported Tuesday morning Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar in an overview of the struggle between the Islamic State's Sinai branch and Hamas in Gazoo.

Dozens of Gazooks left the strip to fight in Iraq, Syria and Libya, the paper reported, but have since returned to the region. While some of them turned themselves into Hamas's hands, as the terrorist group is cracking down on the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in the strip, others still have decided to remain in Sinai and battle Hamas there under IS's auspices.

The fight between the two terror groups was dubbed a "direct and vicarious war" by Al Akhbar, the culmination of which was brought to bear in a video put out by IS recently showing the execution of a man named Musa Abu Zamat, who was once an IS activist himself but was killed for transferring arms to Hamas through smuggling tunnels going into Gazoo from Sinai.

In the purported execution video, both the speaker and the executioner are former Gazoo residents, one of which is even allegedly the son of a senior Hamas official from the al-Shati refugee camp.

Hamas has obtained information, Al Akhbar further reported, that some 50 Gazooks are fighting for the IS in Sinai‐having joined the bully boy Sunni terror group in the past few months‐alongside the group's imported muscle.

The share of Gazooks in the Islamic State's ranks in the Sinai Peninsula was estimated to be only 10 percent, with the remaining being 50 percent Egyptians and 40 percent citizens of other Arab states.
Good to know.
While the Islamic State was still trying to entrench itself in Sinai, it attempted to establish links with some of Gazoo's terrorist groups under the watchful eye of Hamas, but the latter group's crackdown on Salafi activists and other entities affiliated with IS led to the war.

The Hamas-IS struggle was later compounded by the Egyptian army's efforts to curtail the Salafist group's power in northern Sinai, and its subsequent forced cooperation with Hamas.

Al Akhbar also claimed the aforementioned execution video was only one documented instance, whereas seven more people were executed for the same charges previously.

On the topic of Egypt's unwilling cooperation with Hamas, the Gazoo-ruling group received intelligence obtained by the Egyptian army that pointed to the IS's Sinai branch's intentions to carry out suicide kabooms in the strip and near the Sinai-Gazoo border.

Following up on an investigative report by the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

published recently that exposed the extent of the alleged Israeli involvement in military operations against IS in Sinai, sources who spoke to Al Akhbar claimed that more than 17 of the group's bigwigs were taken out by Israel, most of whom were previously active in Paleostinian terror groups.
Go Israel!
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#1  Popcorn
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/07/2018 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  A heartwarming story. Islamic , very islamic.
Posted by: Cleart Flenter2305 || 02/07/2018 3:55 Comments || Top||


Egyptian military court upholds two death sentences over 2013 murder of police conscripts
[Al Ahram] Egypt’s high military appeals court upheld on Tuesday death sentences handed to two defendants over the August 2013 murder of two police personnel in North Sinai.

A first-degree military court originally sentenced the pair to death in 2015 for their involvement in the Lion of Islam attack on al-Gora checkpoint in the North Sinai city of al-Arish, and for possessing illegal firearms.

The attack resulted in the deaths of two police conscripts and injured another officer.

Tuesday's ruling cannot be appealed.
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Arabia
S. Arabia says Yemen rebel ballistic missile shot down
[DAWN] Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom by Yemen’s Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels on Monday, state media reported.

The attack was launched from Yemen’s northern governorate of Saada, a Houthi stronghold, and "intercepted" at 7:23 local time, Colonel Turki al-Maliki told state news agency SPA.

Maliki, front man for the Saudi-led military coalition supporting the government in Yemen, said the missile was headed toward the city of Khamis Mushait ‐ about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of the border.

Riyadh had warned that "Iranian-manufactured ballistic weapons" threatened the kingdom’s security following an attack it said was intercepted near Riyadh airport in November. Maliki on Monday accused the Houthis of "repeatedly targeting densely populated cities" and accused the kingdom’s regional rival Iran of delivering the weapons to the Death Eaters.

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Army attacks Saudi army, its mercenaries in battle fronts over Monday
[SABANEWS.NET] Missile and artillery forces of the army and popular committees have shelled Saudi army and its mercenaries' gatherings and sites, Killing and wounding dozens over Monday, according to army media reports combined by Saba News Agency on Tuesday.

In Asir border province, a short-range missile was fired toward King Faisal military base in Khamis Mushait city.

Artillery and missile force bombed Saudi-paid mercenaries' gatherings in front of Alab crossing and Asar and Hanjer censorships of Asir.

In Rabuaa city, Saudi soldiers' gatherings were shelled by artillery.

In Jizan Saudi border province, Zilzal-2 missile and Katyusha rockets were fired toward gatherings of Saudi soldiers in Tiwal crossing, while three soldiers were sniped in Khuba.

In Kamer village of Jizan, a military vehicle was smashed by the army and committees.

Also in Jizan, Katyusha rockets were fired toward Maazab Leadership center.

In Hemiah center, artillery shells targeted Saudi soldiers' gatherings, while three of soldiers were sniped south of Hamidha village and Khazan hill of Qewa village.

In the border province of Najran, artillery bombardment targeted mercenaries' 'gatherings in the east of Abassa site.
In Shorfa site, gatherings of Saudi soldiers were targeted by missile.

In Taiz province, Qaher-M2 ballistic missile was fired toward enemy gatherings in the west coast.

In district of Habashi mountain, an infiltration attempt of mercenaries was repelled in Adana area, resulting in loss of life and military equipment.

In west coast and Makha coast fronts, six of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and another was injured by fires of the army and committees.

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, 15 of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed in an unique ambush carried out by engineering unit of the army and committees in Karsh district.

Also in Karsh, the army and committees repelled mercenaries' infiltration toward Hamra hill, killing and wounding dozens, damaging a military vehicle and killing two of its crew.

In Jawf province, artillery shelling targeted gatherings of mercenaries in Bayda area of Maslub district.

In Khub-washaaf district of Jawf, artillery and missile force of the army and committees shelled gatherings of mercenaries in Mahamesha area, Khalfain and Khanjer camp.
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Zilzal-2 missile fired toward enemy camp in Asir
[SABANEWS.NET] Rocketry force of the army and popular committees on Tuesday fired a missile toward Saudi army's camp in border province of Asir, a military official told Saba.

Zilzal-2 missile targeted the enemy in Qamat-Sheikh area, inflicted them heavy causalities, the official added. The army and committees also destroyed two military vehicles of Saudi army during repelling their infiltration in front of Alab crossing.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
the US-baked Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes targeted its mercenaries' gatherings and gear in western Majaza of Asir.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


10 civilians killed, 18 wounded in 60 airstrikes over Monday
[SABANEWS.NET] At least ten non-combatants were killed and other 18 maimed, including children, in more than 60 Arclight airstrikes launched by US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes on several Yemeni provinces over the past 24 hours, officials and medics told Saba on Tuesday.

In Saada province, six non-combatants were killed and other seven maimed in airstrikes hit Qutainat area of Baqem district, destroying two civilians' cars.

In Majaz district of Saada, four non-combatants were killed and seven maimed in Saudi airstrikes hit civilians' cars in Raghafa area.

Also in Saada, the warplanes of aggression launched two strikes on Malahidh area of Dhaher district, and seven strikes on Mandabah and Aal-hamaqi areas of Baqem district.

In Kutaf district of Saada, four aggression airstrikes were waged on Aal-Jubara valley.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head...
Saudi missiles fired toward Boqah and Aal-Sheikh areas of Munabeh district.

In Hajjah province, four children were seriously injured when cluster bombs dropped by a coalition aggression warplane went off in Sheab area of Abs district.

Also in Hajjah, the aggression warplanes launched eight strikes on Maqshap area of Ka'aidana district, another one on Hairan and 26 airstrikes were waged on Haradh and Medi district.

In Sanaa province, two Saudi-led aggression airstrikes hit Nehm district.

In border province of Asir, the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes launched six raids on Majaza.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Iraq
Baghdad Bomb & Bullet Bulletin

Three tribal fighters killed, wounded in bomb blast, south of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three tribal fighters were killed and wounded in a bomb blast in south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Tuesday.

“A bomb explosion targeted a car while personnel of the Tribal Mobilization Forces were inside in Hour Rajab region, south of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

“The blast left one killed and two others wounded,” the source added.

Moreover, the source said that another bomb explosion took place “near stores at al-Latifiya region, south of the capital, leaving three people wounded.”

Two civilians wounded in Baghdad bomb explosion

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Two civilians were wounded Tuesday in a bomb explosion in southeastern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad News website, the source said, “An explosive charge planted by terrorists went off at al-Mada’in district, southeast of Baghdad, leaving two civilians wounded.”

“Security forces cordoned off the blast site and carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source pointed out.
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Police forces arrest former Islamic State media official in Iraq’s Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Security forces tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on Tuesday a former 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....
media official after raiding a house of one of his relatives in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said that security forces "arrested Mazhar Hamad al-Ghesh at al-Houd village in southern Mosul district of Qayyarah."

"Al-Ghesh was arrested while hiding inside a house of one of his relatives," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, stressing that the arrest was made upon accurate intelligence reports.

The source added that al-Ghesh, as a media official, was entitled to deliver blurbs of the terrorist Islamic State group.
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Huge ISIS surprise offensive stopped dead in its tracks by Iraqi forces on border with Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Iraqi forces have foiled a huge 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....
offensive launched against their border positions from inside Syria almost being overrun at first but holding out long enough for air support to arrive an annihilate the terrorist onslaught.

On early Tuesday morning, Islamic State gunnies based in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border mustered elite storming forces and boom-mobiles for a powerful offensive against Iraqi troops.

When ISIS delivered its blow, it fell on positions of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units’ (PMU) 29th Brigade in the strategic Tal Saffook region on the border with Syria.

Two car kabooms were hurled at Iraqi forces ‐ it is unclear whether they hit their mark or not ‐ after which Islamic State shock troops attempted to rush PMU defenses.

Although almost being overrun, 29th Brigade held on long enough for the Iraqi Air Force to arrive and assist it in the battle with precision strikes that apparently devastated ISIS ranks.

In the end, terrorist fighters called-off their assault after heavy losses (number unspecified) and retreated back across the border into Syria.

Although today’s attack was big, it is by no means the first time ISIS has launched assaults against Iraqi forces from its holdouts in the east Syrian desert.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israelis kill Ahmad Nasser Jarrar, terrorist behind murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevah
More on this story.
BLUF:
[LI] Abbas’ Fatah Movement was quick to honor as a "Martyr" Ahmed Nasr Jarrar who led the group of terrorists who shot and murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, father of 6, in a drive-by shooting last month. The terrorist was killed by Israeli soldiers yesterday while resisting arrest. Fatah posted the picture of Jarrar with his father, calling him the "young lion":
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Israeli lightly wounded in West Bank stabbing, attacker shot dead
A Palestinian assailant was shot dead on Wednesday after stabbing a security guard at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.

The civilian guard, stationed at the Karmei Tzur settlement north of Hebron, was slightly wounded. Another security guard shot and killed the attacker, the military said in a statement.

"When we arrived to the scene, we saw a 34-year-old man standing near the entrance to the settlement," Magen David Adom Paramedic Dvora Aviad said. "He was walking, with an injured hand from stabbing. With the assistance of an IDF medical force, we gave him initial medical treatment and he was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in mild condition."
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Nablus manhunt: Palestinians fire, lob Molotov cocktails at IDF forces
[Ynet] Some 500 Paleostinians confronted IDF forces that raided Nablus during manhunt for Ariel terrorist; security forces retaliate by firing in the air, deploying crowd control measures; 1 Paleostinian killed, more than 20 maimed in festivities, Paleostinians report.

Some 500 Paleostinians confronted IDF forces that raided Nablus Tuesday during a manhunt for Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, the terrorist who stabbed Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal to death Monday at Ariel Junction. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that during the riots Paleostinians fired at the forces and lobbed Molotov cocktails at them.

Security forces responded by firing in the air and deploying crowd control measures to disperse the assembled mob. Forces from the Samaria Regional Division jugged
Palestinian injured from stones hurled by settlers avenging deadly stabbing

[IsraelTimes] Police arrest three Israelis, who army says instigated riot by pelting vehicles and preventing Palestinian traffic from entering Nablus.

Continued on Page 49
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Fierce clashes breakout between Israeli forces, Palestinians in Jenin
[ALMASDARNEWS] Jenin in West Bank was scene of festivities between protesters and Israeli forces as the bloody remains of Ahmad Jarrar,
...named in yesterday's article about his death as Ahmad Nasser Jarar, a member of the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and son of senior Izzadin Kassam Brigades commander Nasser Jarrar...
a 22-year old Paleostinian allegedly responsible for January murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, were retrieved by the demonstrators on Tuesday.

Protesters threw stones at Israeli forces as they responded by teargassing the crowds and firing rubber bullets which reportedly injured nine people.

Israeli forces were apparently on a one-month manhunt for Jarrar as they claimed he had criminal masterminded the drive-by shooting attack near the West Bank city of Nablus which resulted in the death of the Israeli.

Having surrounded the building where Jarrar had taken refuge, Israeli forces opened fire on him as he emerged from the hideout with an M-16 rifle.

Fatah condemns Israel for killing Hamas terrorist behind rabbi’s murder

[IsraelTimes] Palestinian Authority's ruling party calls Ahmad Jarrar a 'martyr,' accuses Israel of sowing 'destruction and tension'.
More here.
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Italian magazine publishes Arafat's secret journals
The red journals revealed?
[Ynet] L'espresso publishes 19 volumes of Paleostinian leader's journals, divulging PLO chief's methods of maintaining plausible deniability on carrying out terrorist attacks, while showing satisfaction after they were carried out; Arafat called Shimon Peres an 'excellent person and beautiful ornament'; journals also highlight Arafat's perjury in former Italian PM Berlusconi's corruption trial, forcible support of Saddam Hussein in first Gulf War.

Nineteen volumes of journals written by former Paleostinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat over the course of nearly 20 years were divulged Sunday in the Italian L'espresso news magazine, shedding light on both the personality and life of the former Paleostine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief.

The journals, it was revealed, were kept by two trustees in Luxemburg since Arafat's death in 2004.

The article, penned by Lirio Abbate, revealed details relating to the process of reaching the Oslo agreements, as well as to Arafat's meetings with late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and then-foreign minister Shimon Peres.

For instance, after one of Arafat's meeting with Peres, according to L'espresso, the Paleostinian leader described his Israel counterpart as an "excellent person, and a beautiful ornament." It was unclear whether Arafat's statement was made with affection or disparagement.

It was further disclosed that shortly before marrying Suha Tawil, Arafat wrote in his journal, "How can I marry Suha? I'm already wedded to Paleostine and its people."

Arafat's journals also show the former leader of the PLO never personally gave orders to carry out his group's terrorist attacks. When he was asked to green-light such terrorist acts by subordinates, the journals show, he'd tell them to decide for themselves.

Furthermore, when an attack he had prior knowledge of was carried out, he'd smile and say, "Good, good!"

In addition, Arafat claimed his support of Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War, for which he was soundly criticized by other Arab states, was involuntary, and given despite the fact he thought he was making a terrible mistake. "I tried to make several phone calls to talk (Hussein) away from this madness," Arafat wrote.

Most of the text carried by L'espresso deals with Arafat's ties to the uppermost echelons of Italian government. The journals reveal, for instance, that Arafat fessed up to providing a false alibi for then Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on one of the Forza Italia leader's numerous corruption probes.

Arafat had a clandestine meeting with Berlusconi in 1998, it was divulged, and then provided a false statement to Italian prosecution, in which he alleged that Berlusconi transferred 10 billion Italian liras to the PLO to support the Paleostinians, rather than to an Italian party.

Arafat, it appeared, perjured himself for a "considerable sum," which Berlusconi later provided him. The journals also contain a log of all of the sums of money Arafat received from the Italian leader.

Another affair that rocked Italia and is outlined in the journals is the PLO's involvement in the hijacking of the Achille Lauro ocean liner in 1985, which concluded with the murder of its Jewish-American disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer.

The journals reveal that then foreign minister and future prime minister Giulio Andreotti allowed terrorist criminal mastermind Muhammad Zaidan, at Arafat's request, to escape to Tunisia.

Arafat also approved an agreement reached with Italia in the 1980s, according to which the PLO will abstain from carrying out attacks on Italian soil in return for authorities there turning a blind eye to its operations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: PLO

#1  "excellent person, and a beautiful ornament."

Arabic for "useful idiot"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/07/2018 5:56 Comments || Top||

#2  A Romanian neighbour once told me Nicolae Ceausescu would let Arafat use the presidential jet but would have it fumigated afterwards.
Posted by: Classer || 02/07/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  The Dread Red Binder™
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2018 7:33 Comments || Top||

#4  It was further disclosed that shortly before marrying Suha Tawil, Arafat wrote in his journal, "How can I marry Suha? I'm already wedded to Paleostine and its people particularly the young boys."
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2018 7:35 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria: Air defenses respond to Israeli strike near capital
[NYPost] Syria's official news agency says the military has responded to "a new Israeli aggression" near the capital.

SANA says air defenses confronted the Israeli planes, which targeted an outpost in the Damascus countryside. It did not provide details and there was no immediate comment from Israel.

Wednesday's report was the second such accusation in less than a month.
Update from The Times of Israel at 1:30 p.m. ET:
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor of the war, said at least some Israeli missiles had hit military targets near Damascus.

"Syria’s air defense system blocked some of the missiles, but others hit ammunition depots near Jamraya," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Jamraya, which lies just over 10 kilometers (seven miles) northwest of Damascus, is home to several military positions and a branch of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).

The US has repeatedly imposed sanctions on the SSRC for its alleged role in chemical weapons production. La Belle La Belle France has also imposed sanctions on the agency.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2018 11:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  "...As soon as they're safely out of range."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/07/2018 20:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Exactly how does air defense block "some missiles"?
Posted by: E. Clainter9830 || 02/07/2018 20:28 Comments || Top||


Islamic State crucifies youths in Yarmouk camp in Damascus
Damascus (Syria News) The self-proclaimed Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
has crucified a number of youths in al-Yarmouk Camp, south of the capital, Damascus, Enab Baladi News reported on Tuesday.

The Islamic State group, however, did not issue any clarification about the execution of the youths, as it used to do in its held areas.

The Islamic State is currently controlling 70% of the camp’s areas, which previously witnessed several execution on different charges.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
Rabee Sawra News agency reported that the radical group crucified two youths, yesterday, near al-Orouba border, while crucified two others, two days ago, near Paleostine Mosque, in Damascus.

The youths were crucified on charges of smuggling house equipment from the camp to the town of Yalda, south of Damascus, the agency added, while explained that the crucifixion lasted for three days.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State group controls the majority of the camp and al-Hajar al-Aswad camp, in addition to al-Assali area and al-Tadamon neighborhood. ISIS also announced capturing al-Zayn neighborhood, south of Damascus, after military confrontations against the Syrian rebels.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2018 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamist rebels strike bus carrying civilians in Damascus, 3 killed
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Salafist tough guys launched a number of mortar shells and rockets into Damascus, today, causing several casualties in the process.

In one particular attack, three non-combatants were killed and eight others were maimed when Salafist tough guys in the East Ghouta fired a missile at a bus located inside the Old District of Damascus.

The Salafist tough guys would then target several other areas in Damascus, including the al-Malki and Mezzeh districts.

Both the Syrian government and Salafist tough guys have been exchanging hostilities in east Damascus, today, resulting in civilian casualties on both sides.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Al-Qaeda says dead Russian pilot ‘stolen’ from them, claims to possess bodies of 5 more Russian military personnel killed in Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] A powerful al-Qaeda-linked militia which operates throughout Syria claims to posses the bodies of five Russian military personnel that were killed in the country’s northwest some eighteen months ago.

In a recent statement released via its official media channels, the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham
(formerly Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
) claimed that it was in possession of the bodies of five Russian service personnel (2 of which are officers) that were killed when rebel fire downed their Mi-8 military transport helicopter whist it was over Idlib province on August 1, 2016.

Furthermore, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham also clarified in the statement that the recent transferal of Russian Su-25 pilot Roman Filipov’s deceased remains ‐ killed on Saturday after his warplane was shot down ‐ to the Ottoman Turkish military (who then handed it over to Russian authorities) was not the group’s doing.

In other official communiques, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham claims that ’revolutionaries’ (a reference to Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
fighters) ’stole’ Filipov’s body from its possession.

Whilst sources claim that the Russian pilot’s body was handed to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
by Free Syrian Army-linked group Faylaq al-Sham, no details exist on how rebel group came into possession of it.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  Being old enough to remember what the Soviet GRU/KGB did to Lebanese who killed and maimed some Soviets in the early 80s - I need to ask: "Are these idiots born brain dead?".
Posted by: 3dc || 02/07/2018 7:12 Comments || Top||


Turkey-led forces claim chemical weapons attack launched by Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Afrin, major casualties
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-led forces are claiming that Kurdish paramilitary groups in Syria’s Afrin region fired on them with chemical munitions delivered from artillery systems causing considerable casualties among their ranks.

According to the official media center for the Olive Branch operations room, Kurdish forces have attacked pro-Ankara rebel groups with at least one artillery shell loaded with chlorine gas.

Rebels say that the chemical attack took place at the town of Bulbul, located just kilometers from the Ottoman Turkish border.

Emerging reports by opposition sources claim that 20 rebel fighters were maimed, seven of them critically.

In recent days, pro-Ankara forces have suffered a series of tactical defeats around Bulbul, failing to break into mountain countryside further south and suffering notable losses in manpower and equipment for every assault.

It is worth noting that the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
and opposition groups often make baseless chemical gas attack claims every time they are losing a major battle somewhere in the country.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Trying to figure out how to cover up the loss of all those tank crews to the Kornet missiles?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/07/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#2  high explosives are chemicals...just saying
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2018 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Or their own chemical munitions weren't properly stored.
Posted by: Unavirt Unuling4300 || 02/07/2018 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Rojava Defense Units | YPG @DefenseUnits · 16h16 hours ago
The Turkish army, which suffered heavy blows during our operations in the Şêkurzê area, bombed the area with artillery shells from chemical weapons. +

The occupying Turkish state and the terrorist groups under their control claim that chemical weapons were used by the YPG in order to fabricate a cover for their fiasco in the north of Afrin. +

Our forces moved to high points after being subjected to the effects of the weapon during conflict, and the Turkish-backed terrorists left on the ground were affected by the weapon themselves. +

As the People's Defense Units, we feel the need to reiterate that we have no basis other than the legitimate line of defense against the fascist attacks on our lands and on our people. We condemn the use of these and similar weapons no matter where and whoever it is used by.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/07/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Arab Pride/Honor Culture Lying, again? In Kenneth M. Pollack's Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 he discusses 'imaginary battles' where the local officers would report 'victorious' morning attacks followed by mid-day enemy counterattacks ending with them being in the original positions at dusk -- none of which happened.
So, how much of this actually happened?
Posted by: magpie || 02/07/2018 10:35 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces score mammoth advance against ISIS in northwest Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army have scored another mammoth advance against ISIS, the second in a single day, across territories held by the terrorist group in the country’s northwest.

Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that assault units of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division seized another 29 towns from Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eaters during recent hours amid an ongoing all-out offensive against the jihadist faction across northeast Syria.

Reports identify the new group of towns and villages to be captured by Syrian troops as Jubb Utman, Rasem Bajris, Khayrieh Segira, Khayrieh Kebira, Maseidah, Hawa, Azeziyah, Barudih, Jadwayah Kibiliyah, Hamdaniyah, Kahyrieh Maeatih, Hawa Sharqiyat, Dalalatan, Tal Halawat, Luwaybidat, Sukayri, Mulawlah, Um Aj, al-Dak, al-Salhiyah, Rasm al-Kharayj, Najm al-Zohor, al-Halbiyah, al-Masloukhyah, Houmi, Dalla, Mlolah, Loubidah and Tall al-Raman

By this advance, the Syrian Army has now seized 45 settlements from ISIS across northwest Syria in a single day (more specifically, just 12 hours).
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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  McCabe Resigns
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  Top Houthi leader killed in Sanaa by unknown individuals
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