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Page 1: WoT Operations
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Good morning!
Posted by: Steve White || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good work Doc.

I assume that's Granny of "How many lumps" fame.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/24/2016 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Setting cookie...
Posted by: abu do you love || 07/24/2016 13:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Actually Abu that's a munitions plant not a bakery.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/24/2016 14:44 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sure she'll do a bang up job!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/24/2016 15:39 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Clash during Taliban leader’s funeral in Parwan, casualties feared
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A clash has reportedly taken place during the funeral of a Taliban leader in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

Sources in Parwan province have said at least nine people were killed and several others were maimed after the clash broke out during Mullah Shakoor’s funeral.

The sources quoted by RFE further added that the incident took place in Syed Khel district, leaving at least 9 dead and 15 others maimed.

The local government officials have not formally confirmed the casualties so far and have said several people were enjugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
following the incident.

Mullah Shakoor was reportedly killed in a mine kaboom last week days after he was appointed as the group’s deputy shadow governor of the group in Parwan.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups including the Taliban Lions of Islam are actively operating in a number of the remote districts of Parwan province.

The Taliban Lions of Islam often conduct insurgency activities in parts of this province, including suicide kabooms on government workers and security forces.

This comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the group announced its spring offensive in April this year and vowed to carry out more attacks as the group’s insurgency enters its 15th year.
Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


80 dead, 231 wounded as twin blasts strike Hazara demonstration in Kabul
[DAWN] Two powerful kabooms on Saturday destroyed crowds of minority Hazaras in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 80 people and leaving 231 others maimed, Afghan public health ministry said.

Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group grabbed credit for twin kabooms. The bombings, apparently aimed at sowing sectarian discord in a country well known for Shia-Sunni harmony, came as thousands of Hazaras gathered to protest over a multi-million-dollar power line.

"As a result of the attack 80 people were martyred and 231 others were maimed," the interior ministry said in a statement.

"Based on initial information, the attack was carried out by three jacket wallahs... The third attacker was bumped off by security forces."

The Taliban, who are in the middle of their annual summer offensive and are more powerful than IS, strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
any involvement in the attack.

IS claimed the bombings in a statement carried by its affiliated Amaq news agency, calling it an attack on Shias.

One of the march organisers Laila Mohammadi said she arrived at the scene soon after the blast and saw "many dead and maimed people".

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  see this is where you get it wrong watching western TV - all these #BLM, #OccupyWallstreet, #NoBloodForOil marches - cops just standing around looking tolerant (coz rules).

Here you are in primitiveland thinking a march or demo is gonna work - only marches or demos that are ok are the ones against dishoonrable wives, heretics, Christians and other kuffar. Stay safe, arm up, coz y'all Hazaras are on the list.
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 07/24/2016 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  thousands of Hazaras gathered to protest over a multi-million-dollar power line.

reeeaaally?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 10:56 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Former Somali MP escapes car bombing in Mogadishu
A former Somali lawmaker has narrowly escaped an assassination bid after bomb fitted into his private car went off outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday evening, police said. The explosion which was aimed to assassinate Sheikh Yusuf Ali Ainte who served as a legislator in former Somali parliament happened near Wehliye hotel near Somali parliament building in Mogadishu.

Somali police officer has confirmed the attack, saying Mr. Ainte was in the hotel at the time of the car bomb blast. No one was killed or injured in the failed attack.

Afterwards, Somali police personnel have arrived the scene of the blast, and kicked off a combine-out searches for the suspects, but no arrests were made, according to the eyewitnesses.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is why I have remote start!

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2016 0:34 Comments || Top||


Huge blast targets AMISOM convoy, 2 dead
A powerful blast ripped through a military convoy transporting African Union peacekeeping forces in southern Somalia on Saturday, killing at least two people. A local sources told Radio Shabelle over the phone that a bomb planted at a roadside near El-Waregow area has struck the AMISOM convoy, destroying one armored vehicle.

In the aftermath of the blast, AMISOM soldiers opened fire on a nearby crowd, killing at least two unarmed civilians, while several others were wounded, some critically. The AU forces closed off a wide area around the scene at El-Waregow, 30Km away from Marka city after the land-mine explosion, and kicked off a comb-out searches for the suspects, according to the sources.

The AMISOM convoy left Barawe and en route to were on their way to Marka at the time of the roadside bomb attack, which was the latest in series of assaults in the region.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Gunmen Assassinate Muslim Clergyman in Southern Yemen
Unidentified armed man have shot and killed a Muslim clergyman in Yemen’s port city of Aden on a day which also featured fresh Saudi bombardments, leaving some people dead.

Local sources said gumen, carrying firearms fitted with silencers, attacked Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Zuhri as he left al-Rahman Mosque after leading dawn prayers Saturday, the Huna Aden news website reported. Sheikh Zuhri was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds, it added.

In the capital Sana'a, a grenade exploded outside a mosque as worshipers were leaving after midday prayers. There were no injuries or casualties and no group claimed responsibility for the explosion under a parked car by the Bilal mosque in western Sana'a.

Takfiri militants have exploited Saudi attacks on Yemen over the past 16 months to strike at various targets and wreak havoc.

The Houthis have controlled Sana'a since 2014 when former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi stepped down and fled to Aden before taking refuge in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia launched a ferocious military campaign then to restore Hadi to power and crush the Houthi movement. More than 9,400 people have reportedly been killed in Saudi airstrikes.

Hadi loyalists and allies from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia control Aden and have pledged to win back control of the capital.

ISIL said it carried out an attack on a mosque in Sanaa last September that killed 10 worshipers.

Early Saturday, warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes in Nihm district of Sana'a Province as well as the city of Sirwah, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

On Friday, at least 20 civilians sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes struck areas close to Hajar dam in Majz district of the northwestern Sa’adah province.

People had reportedly massed near the dam to cool off amid simmering summer temperatures when the airstrike took place.
Posted by: badanov || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under:

#1  another day in Dar Al-Islam
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 11:08 Comments || Top||


Saudi shoots down Houthi ballistic missile
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s air defense system has destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Saturday, security sources told the Arabic website of Al Arabiya News Channel.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  With WHAT? Iron Dome? Patriot? Mossberg?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/24/2016 8:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Carefully aimed vituperation.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/24/2016 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Voodoo
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2016 11:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Jeez, Pappy. I had to look that word up.

Will come in useful at a future date, I'm sure.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/24/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||


Britain
UK police: More people likely involved in attempt to abduct serviceman
[Ynet] Police say two people who tried to abduct a British serviceman outside a Royal Air Force Base three days ago were probably part of a larger team.

Norfolk Police said Saturday the serviceman only saw two people, including one with a knife, but that others were likely involved.

The serviceman was running near the RAF Marham base in Norfolk when he was grabbed by a man who tried to force him into a van. The man had an accomplice carrying a knife but the serviceman escaped unharmed.

The incident Wednesday shared some elements of the 2013 attack on soldier Lee Rigby, who was stabbed to death on a London street in by two al-Qaeda-inspired bully boys.

Police are asking for help locating two suspects, said to be of Middle Eastern origin
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2016 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When caught, I'm sure they'll be shown to have been thoroughly vetted, plus arresting them is islamophobia.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/24/2016 8:35 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
A Frozen War in Russia's Backyard Heats Up
[The National Interest] More than two months ago, an escalation in the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict without precedent since 1994 occurred in Nagorno-Karabakh. From the night of April 1 to April 2, combat operations continued until April 5, having begun in two parts of the contact line between the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army and the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. On that day, the parties agreed to an armistice, signed in Moscow. The four-day war answered many questions regarding military balance, while posing new ones. Since the threat of another escalation is not excluded, it makes sense to analyze the condition of the armed forces of Armenia, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan, taking into account the results of the short but bloody April war. But first, we must talk about the early history of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict.

Roots of the Conflict: The Early Twentieth Century

Bloody collisions occurred between Armenians and Azerbaijanis twice at the beginning of the twentieth century: from 1905 to 1907 and from 1918 to 1920. During those years, after the end of the First World War, the Soviet Union was taking shape. During this process, in 1921 the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, approximately 90 percent of its population Armenians who practiced the Christian religion, was allocated to the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. Some years later the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region (NKAR) was created, and was deprived of any direct land connection with the Armenian SSR.

Somewhat like the conflict, the article goes on and on.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2016 13:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Turkey stirring the pot. I wonder if Recep thinks of it as a countermove to Russian interference in Syria.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2016 14:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Joe M nailed it two days ago.

Hillary or Trump, 'tis gonna be another banner 4 years for popcorn futures
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/24/2016 16:08 Comments || Top||


Europe
‘Strange and withdrawn': What drove 'Ali Sonboly' to launch Munich massacre?
[Guardian] Ali David Sonboly finished his paper round on Friday evening, used a young woman's hacked Facebook account to issue a clumsy invitation to a local McDonald’s, then set off to kill anyone unlucky enough to take it up.

The 18-year-old was known to neighbours and schoolmates as a chubby loner who was shunned by classmates and shunned his local community in turn, rarely seen unless he was out on a paper round delivering a local free-sheet.

He had sought treatment for depression and psychiatric problems, police revealed after he shot nine people in cold blood, then killed himself. But his transformation into a violent killer still stunned those who had watched the uneasy teenager grow up.

Classmates, family friends and neighbours said the tall, withdrawn young man had always seemed more shy than violent. Police confirmed that he had no criminal record and had never crossed the radar of German intelligence services. "He wasn’t intimidating-looking, but a little strange in character," said Stephan Baumanns, the 47-year-old owner of the Treemans bakery and coffee shop, which sits near the entrance to the Sonboly family apartment. "He always seemed a bit nervous."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2016 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps the author can write me a write-up of what the, what nine?, people who are dead will be like in 10 years.

bullshit. such bullshit.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/24/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  What drives an adherent of Religion of Peace to commit an act of terror? Can science answer this question?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2016 11:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Society drove this poor kid. Society. Always.
German press has already criticized the Bavarian who insulted the killer. So insensitive.

Btw this Bavarian tried to take him out by throwing a beer bottle at him and was shot at.
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/24/2016 11:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Bavarian tried to take him out by throwing a beer bottle at him

An empty bottle, one trusts?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2016 11:57 Comments || Top||

#5  From The Daily Mail:

An anonymous person posted on a website - thought to be a chat room - that they went to the same school as Ali Sonboly

They wrote on a website, thought to be a chat room, that pupils 'always mobbed' Sonboly - which in German means 'bullied' - while he was at school.

The post read: 'I know this f****** guy, his name is ali sonboly. he was in my class back than (sic). we always mobbed him in school. and he always told us that he would kill us.'

He was put through a trade school in his early teenage years when it became apparent he was unlikely to complete the standard German Abitur exams.

But he ended up failing at his school too, blaming bullying by 'Turkish and Arabic' schoolmates as being the reason for his poor educational performance.


Yesterday it was suggested that this might have been a Sunni-Shia thing. But the Guardian article made it clear the outgoing younger brother had no problems in the same community, so perhaps it was that any excuse will do for those inclined toward "mobbing".
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2016 11:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Bavarian tried to take him out by throwing a beer bottle at him

Impact Eisernes Kreuz bitte! Such bravery.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2016 12:01 Comments || Top||

#7  No Bavarian would waste a full beer bottle.
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/24/2016 12:06 Comments || Top||

#8  This is typical of lefty thinking. People are basically good, so if they do something bad then someone or something must have driven them to it. Poverty, society, bullying - something. It takes a more level head to accept that people are ***not*** basically good.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/24/2016 12:58 Comments || Top||

#9  **breaking**
Another "Not a terror attack" by a Syrian refugee in Reutlingen, southern Germany, with a machete.

On Foxnews - 1 killed 2 hurt
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 13:19 Comments || Top||

#10  2 killed you mean Frank G. Woman who was hacked to death was pregnant.
Posted by: Charles || 07/24/2016 14:42 Comments || Top||

#11  yep
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 14:44 Comments || Top||

#12  just a cultural misunderstanding
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/24/2016 14:52 Comments || Top||

#13  I read that a guy in a Beemer ran him over
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 15:15 Comments || Top||

#14  That was NOT a misunderstanding
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/24/2016 15:22 Comments || Top||


Car-b-ques, French Police Attacked over Death of Yoot in Custody
[AnNahar] Protesters furious over the death of a yoot in jug attacked police and burnt cars in a fourth night of unrest in northern suburbs of Gay Paree.

Ten people were placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
and four officers slightly injured in the violence in Beaumont-sur-Oise and two other towns nearby, local authorities said Saturday.

At least 1,500 people had taken to the streets of Beaumont-sur-Oise on Friday to protest at the death of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old who died on Tuesday shortly after he was arrested.
A few days ago the BBC characterized him as "a young black man," and there are apparently a number of footballers of the same name, all seeming to hail from either Mali or Ivory Coast.
Some wore T-shirts bearing the slogan "Justice for Adama, you will never have peace without justice".

Later in the night, some people fired buckshot and crude homemade devices at police, an AFP news hound said. They also started a fire in factory that makes palettes and torched dustbins and 10 vehicles, local authorities said.

Police reinforcements were called in to help the 150 officers already on duty.

Authorities said an autopsy revealed Traore was suffering from a serious infection at the time of his death and that his body showed few signs of violence. He was taken into custody after interfering in the arrest of his brother in an extortion case, according to a source close to the investigation. But his sister Assa accused police of causing her brother's death.

"My brother was killed, he was subjected to violence," she told news hounds.

According to local prosecutor Yves Jannier, Traore "fainted during the ride" to the cop shoppe, and paramedics were called immediately but were unable to revive him. Jannier said the infection had "impacted several organs", while the medical examiner had found scratches but no "marks of significant violence" on the man's body.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2016 02:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I didn't know Baltimore was in France.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/24/2016 11:04 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Omar Mateen's Wife Located 6,600 Miles Away from Orlando
[True Pundit] While the FBI and Attorney General Loretta Lynch continuously dodge questions about the current whereabouts of Noor Zahi Salman, True Pundit has located the spouse of the Orlando mass killer.

Salman, AKA Zalman, has been missing from the public eye for weeks. And when we first learned of her whereabouts, we were somewhat astonished especially knowing that she is/was the target of a federal grand jury convened to possibly indict her as an accomplice to her mass-murdering and allegedly deceased husband. As such, it would be almost unheard of for Salman to travel outside the United States. But that is where she is, according to federal law enforcement sources.

Last week, Salman was traveling in the Middle East, specifically Amman Jordan, according to our intelligence sources (not the FBI). That is a long way from Florida and a possible US indictment as a murder accomplice. Again, international travel is rare for such suspects who have been interviewed by the FBI as a suspected part of such a crime. But Salman is no quiet, innocent homemaker. She and her attorneys have much leverage and apparently, she is employing it. True Pundit, within hours of Mateen’s rampage at Pulse Nightclub, identified the gunman as a paid informant of the FBI. Such informants are usually paid $100K or more. The evidence gathered since then has been rather overwhelming proving Mateen worked with and for the FBI prior to the shooting. Salman is the key to unraveling the truth. While the FBI would never divulge this fact, Salman could. One prime-time TV interview and the FBI’s Orlando charade collapses. And therefore, it only benefits the US government to allow a suspected accomplice to murder travel the world while the US case grows cold.

Federal sources said Salman’s family is from Palestine, close to where she was located traveling in Jordan. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with the Palestinian Authority. Our question is: Will the United States ever see Salman again?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2016 04:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that," Lynch candidly replied. "I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now."

~ Attorney General Loretta Lynch, 21 June 2016

Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2016 5:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Israel can keep track of her, I suppose. Their extradition arrangements with the PA are a bit ad hoc, but nonetheless real.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2016 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, we can be assured the FBI has top men on it. Top Men.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/24/2016 8:19 Comments || Top||

#4  He sent me out to buy a dozen pressure cookers. That was the last straw.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2016 8:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Ok.
Who it was who put chips on 'US government bundles Mrs. Mateen to Middle East to avoid awkwardness of investigation and trial' come pick up your prize.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/24/2016 10:27 Comments || Top||

#6  DOJ - "we were keeping a close eye on Mateen, it was just that he was so shifty...you know you just can't win them all. We will do better the next time."

Us - "well, his wife helped at least we will have a small chance at justice...where is she?"

DOJ - "it has been stressful for her lately...she is on vacation..."

Us - "if anyone needs to be on the no-fly list it ought to be her"

DOJ - "no comment"

Posted by: Tennessee || 07/24/2016 11:20 Comments || Top||


3 Palm Beach County men charged in plot to join ISIS
FBI says trio's plot to travel to Syria to join 'violent jihad' thwarted

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Three Palm Beach County men who planned to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State have been charged with knowingly conspiring and attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, federal authorities said Friday.

Gregory Hubbard, 52, Darren Jackson, 50, both of West Palm Beach, and Dayne Christian, 31, of Lake Park, were named in a federal criminal complaint as being ISIS sympathizers.
A reminder that not all terrorists are named Mohammed...
According to the complaint, Hubbard expressed support for ISIS, described as ISIL, and told an FBI confidential informant that he wanted to travel to Syria and join ISIS to engage in a "violent jihad."

The FBI said Hubbard introduced the informant to Christian and Jackson, both of whom provided weapons and firearms instructions to them for the purpose of traveling overseas to join ISIS.

"Christian stated that he was in contact with a Syrian national inside Syria who was a member of ISIL," the complaint said.
We might not be able to arrest that "Syrian national", but perhaps we can drone-zap him?
The FBI said Hubbard and Christian used the phrase "soccer team" as code when referring to ISIS and "playing soccer" when referring to joining ISIS.

"Both Hubbard and Jackson stated that they felt persecuted because of their Islamic faith and that they thought the other individuals at the shooting range were training to kill Muslims," the complaint said.

The FBI said Hubbard purchased an airplane ticket to Germany, where he planned to board a train to Turkey and then on to Syria.

Special Agent Brian King listed several examples of the trio's support of ISIS, including during a meeting between Hubbard and the informant at a restaurant and while Christian and Hubbard discussed a potential target at Christian's gym.

Hubbard and the informant were eating at a restaurant in December when a news report on the mass shooting at San Bernardino, California, came on the television. The informant said the shooting was a tragedy, but Hubbard "grew upset, stood up suddenly and loudly exclaimed that he did not care how many Americans and infidels were killed." Hubbard also said he didn't care if others noticed his outburst.

Later that month, Christian spoke about wanting to follow a man who had worn a U.S. Marines shirt home from the gym and shoot him.

"Christian said that he could hide in the bushes outside the victim's house for two hours and wait for him to come home and then 'pop,'" the complaint said.

Hubbard was arrested Thursday at Miami International Airport as he prepared to embark on his overseas trip. Jackson was arrested after dropping off Hubbard at the airport. Christian was arrested while he was at work. The FBI said Christian also admitted to buying four guns in the last year, including an AK-47 assault rifle. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 5.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Quetta Quorpse Qount
[DAWN] QUETTA: Six people, including a five-year-old girl, were maimed in a kaboom on Double Road in the Sariab area on Friday.

According to sources, the bomb was placed on the middle of the road and it exploded by remote control. The blast rocked the entire Sariab area on the outskirts of the lovely provincial capital.

SSP Naddem Abbas said that security personnel might be the target of the blast.

The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital, where the condition one of them is stated to be critical.

Some vehicles were damaged and windowpanes of nearby buildings were smashed by the impact of the powerful blast.

Police have taken a suspect into custody for interrogation.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under:


Kashmir Korpse Kount
[DAWN] Two more people died in India-held Kashmire on Friday, police said, as anti-India protests and festivities with government forces persisted despite a strict curfew in place for a 14th straight day.

One man died from injuries suffered earlier and another man died in fresh firing, said a police officer.

Authorities tried to prevent protests by barring people from Friday prayers in most of the big mosques but they prayed in small neighbourhood mosques instead, and the protests and festivities began afterwards.

Kashmire’s largest street protests in recent years erupted after Indian forces killed a top krazed killer leader on July 8. At least 48 civilians, mostly teens and young men, have been killed.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Soldier killed, five wounded in Kalam IED blasts
[DAWN] Two powerful roadside blasts, caused by as many improvised bombs (IEDs), rocked the Kalam valley on Friday, killing a soldier and wounding five others.

Government sources said that one IED went kaboom! when an army vehicle reached the Bahan area of Kalam tehsil at around 2pm. A soldier, identified as Arif, was killed, while two others were maimed.

Earlier, a roadside IED went kaboom! at about 11am when a vehicle was passing through the same area. Three people -- Ghagra tehsil nazim
...small time big shot, the chief elected official of a local government in Pakistan, such as a district, tehsil, union council, or village council...
Syed Salar Jehan and his two relatives Syed Imad Jehan and Shehzad Niazi -- were maimed in the kaboom. They were taken to hospital.

The sources said that it was not clear whether the nazim was the target of the IED.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory the smoke and fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight...
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra condemned the attack on security forces and expressed his shock and sorrow over the loss of the precious life.

In a statement, the governor expressed sympathies with members of the bereaved family and the injured and termed the attack a cowardly act of terror.
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Iraq
Islamic wack a mole continues: ISIS moves its stronghold
ZAKHO – Leadership of the Islamic State (ISIS) started relocating its headquarters in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province in a bid to minimise losses in its ranks after the US-led coalition intensified its airstrikes on the city, while the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army troops on Sunday continued their advance in Mosul suburb.

Activists and eyewitnesses in the city of Mosul –main ISIS bastion in Iraq– reported that the militant group has relocated the centres of al-Hisba police, the Sharia Court, the weapons stores and security headquarters.

“The group has moved those key departments to other districts of Mosul believed to be safer,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

“ISIS has also relocated its weapons arsenal. The new stores are positioned inside populated neighbourhoods that are rarely exposed to airstrikes,” the source reported.

The move comes as an attempt by ISIS to avoid further losses in its ranks, as dozens of its jihadis have been killed recently either under airstrikes by the US-led coalition or under bombardment by the ground troops of the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi army.

“This procedure by ISIS was expected,” said Raafat al-Zarari, head of Nineveh media centre.

“The group has recently suffered heavy losses in manpower and equipment under airstrikes and shelling, especially after several confidential strongholds for the group in Mosul were uncovered and became an easy target for the coalition and its allies,” al-Zarari told ARA News.
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#1  "So he packed them all up and they moved to Beverly"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Feel the sudden the need for a carton of Winstons.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/24/2016 11:35 Comments || Top||


ISIS assistant Henchman dies in small arms attack
Hurrah! Another number three goes down!
(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD- Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Saturday the assistant of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed and a number of his associates were injured during an operation carried out by forces of Tigris Operations towards the north of Diyala province .

The Defense Ministry, in a statement, said, “The members of the first regiment of Tigris Operations gunned Hashim Nassif Jassem al-Hayali, the assistant of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, apart from injuring a number of his aides at Mukhisa, towards the north of Diyala. ”

“The operation was based on accurate intelligence,” the statement added.
Not to mention accurate shooting.
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Trench cuts off Iraq’s Fallujah from the north following ISIS defeat
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi forces are digging a trench on the northern outskirts of Fallujah a month after taking it back from ISIS, security officials said on Saturday, raising concerns about repopulating the deserted city.

Displaced residents are waiting for Fallujah’s streets and buildings to be cleared of ISIS explosives before returning, while the troops that retook the city are gradually being replaced by local police and tribal fighters.

Even as attention has shifted north recently to an expected offensive on djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Iraqi forces have continued to pursue ISIS fighters, estimated in the several hundreds, in western Anbar province, where Fallujah is located.

The ultra-hardline snuffies regularly launch suicide kabooms against security forces near Fallujah as well as near Ramadi and Hit further to the west from the open desert or farmland areas to the north.

The trench north of Fallujah extends about 5 km east from the Euphrates river towards the main highway from Baghdad, an hour’s drive away, said Major General Saad Harbiya, an army commander. It is about one meter deep and 1.5 meters wide, he said by phone.

Harbiya said the barrier was meant to keep forces posted outside Fallujah from entering the city proper following allegations that homes and public buildings had been looted and burned after the ISIS defeat.

Keen to avoid a repeat of systematic looting after the recovery of cities like Tikrit and Baiji last year, government forces say they have managed to limit abuses to a few isolated cases in Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
long a bastion of Sunni Moslem insurgency and seen as a launchpad for kabooms in Baghdad.

Berms made of rubble and burnt-out cars went up on many roads inside the city after ISIS was routed in late June in order to confine an array of Iraqi forces to their separate areas of operation.

Mayor Issa al-Issawi, who fled following the ISIS seizure of the city in January 2014, said the trench was built for security reasons but would hinder efforts to restore life to the city, which once had a population of around 300,000.

"Fallujah is now divided and we cannot work comfortably. This is not how things should be done," he said.

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Iraqi Jailhouse stories: 63 detained
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – Salahuddin Operations Command announced arresting 63 ISIS members who sneaked among displaced people from Sharqat district north of Tikrit.

The commander of Salahuddin Operations Major General Jumaa Anad in a statement said, “The joint security forces, in the least few days, have arrested 63 ISIS members who sneaked from al-Sharqat district along with the displaced people. The arrests was carried out based on intelligence information.”
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Salahuddin Kombat Kourier: 6 die
Six killed, eight injured in Sharqat bombing

(IraqiNews.com) SALAHADDIN – A security source in Salahaddin province announced on Saturday that six civilians were killed and about eight others injured in a bomb blast that targeted the families escaping ISIS control in Sharqat Island towards the north of Salahaddin province.

Speaking to Iraqi News the source said, “An explosive device planted to the side of a road in Sharqat Island exploded at noon today, while families escaping ISIS control from the district were heading towards Baiji. Six civilians were killed and eight others were injured.”

Seeking anonymity the source said, “ISIS is planting explosive devices on the paths of the families fleeing their control. Taking risks, several families every day, are escaping through these roads and bomb blasts like the one day have claimed a number of innocent lives.”
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Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 5 die
5 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day

(IraqiNews.com) KIRKUK – A security source in Kirkuk informed on Saturday that five ISIS members were killed and nine others injured towards southwest of the province.

The source, while speaking to Iraqi News, said, “The Peshmerga forces today foiled and ISIS attack at the Valley of Oil area, 30 km southwest of Kirkuk. At least five ISIS members were killed and nine others were injured. An ISIS vehicle was also destroyed. ”

Seeking anonymity the source said, “ISIS, through these attempts, are trying to prove that it is still capable of attacking the security forces. The outfit has suffered miserably on the hands of Peshmerga forces and the international coalition aviation.”
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Ninevah Nightmares
ISIS attack fails near al-Qayyarah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Nineveh Operations announced foiling an ISIS that was launched using a number of booby-trapped vehicles south of Mosul.

The commander of Nineveh Operations General Najjim al-Jabouri in a statement said, “International coalition troops managed to foil an attack launched by ISIS, which was targeted at al-Gadaa and al-Awsaja villages in the western area of al-Qayyarah, south of Mosul.”

“The security forces also killed dozens of ISIS members who were trying to sneak into Qayyarah,” he added.

Jabouri further said, “The coalition troops also shelled eight rockets launching pads in Qayyarah,” adding that, “Forces from security directorates and the army’s 15 brigade are deployed around al-Gadaa and al-Awsaja anticipating similar attacks.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 5 die

3 die in bomb attack in al-Seha

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – An informed source informed that three civilians were killed and thirteen others were injured in the explosions of improvised explosive devices at Dawra and Diyala Bridge.

According to information shared by the source, it was stated, “A civilian was killed and six others were injured in a bomb blast near shops in al-Seha neighborhood at al-Dawra area in southern Baghdad.”

The source added, “Another bomb exploded near a popular restaurant in Diyala Bridge area southeast of Baghdad, killing two persons and injuring seven others.”

i dead in bomb attack in al-Dwara

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed that and IED explosion in southern Baghdad toady morning killed one army man and injured four others.

“An army patrol was passing through Arab Jabbour village in al-Dwara when the blast took place and killed one army man. Four other received serious injuries,” informed the source.

Adding further the source said, “Security forces rushed to the area and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital and the dead body was sent to the forensic department. Forces have cordon off the area and blocked it from any human traffic.”

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
The Military Campaign in Idlib Intensifies
The Military campaign in Idlib and its countryside, north-west Syria, continues and this has led to the disruption of citizens’ daily lives. According to what an activist in the local council Abu Rabee told Asharq Al-Awsat, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has responded to this by bombing the towns of Fua and Kefraya, and has threatened to invade the two cities if the campaign is not stopped.

He explained that the bombing which targeted Kefraya and Fua is a warning against an escalation that would lead to the two towns being invaded in the event that the campaign targeting Idlib continues, and this would spell the end of the agreed upon truce.

Jaysh Al-Fateh and the regime’s forces reached an agreement for a cessation of hostilities between them in September last year in the city of Zibdani, Damascus which the regime’s troops tried to invade by launching a large military campaign that lasted three months. This coincided with a similar truce in the towns of Kefraya and Fua which were blockaded by Jaysh Al-Fateh in an attempt to invade the two towns.

The opposition believes that the escalation of bombing to include civilian areas, markets, mosques and hospitals in Idlib aims to force civilians to flee and leave major cities in a bid to replicate what happened in the northern Aleppo countryside.
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ISIS sez they dunnit: Rebel leader dies in Daraa
DARAA – The Islamic State radical group (ISIS) on Saturday claimed responsibility for the assassination of a prominent Syrian rebel leader in Daraa province, southern Syria.

Shakir Nabbut al-Rashwani, commander of the Homs al-Waleed rebel group, was reported dead when militants bombed his car in the al-Balad district of Daraa city.

ISIS released a statement on Saturday midnight, claiming responsibility for the assassination of the rebel leader.

Al-Rashwani had earlier led several offensives against ISIS militants in southern Syria, in which dozens of ISIS fighters were killed.

“The terror group has attached an explosive device to al-Rashwani’s car, and then detonated it, killing him and three other rebels,” media activist Muhammad Obedo told ARA News in Daraa.

“The explosion took place in the al-Balad district near the train station on Saturday afternoon,” the source added.

“Shakir Nabbut al-Rashwani was a main enemy for ISIS in southern Syria. He led rebel operations against this barbaric group in Daraa province and killed many of them. His death came as a shock to all rebel factions in Syria,” spokesman of the Shamiya Front Saleh al-Zein told ARA News.

“We promise him that we’ll continue this struggle until cleansing Syria from ISIS and pro-Assad militias,” al-Zein said.
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That'll shut 'em up: Syria bombs human rights center
DAMASCUS – A Syrian regime fighter jet on Saturday attacked an office for the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) near the capital Damascus.

“Two missiles fired by a Syrian government fighter jet hit the VDC office in the Ghouta district of Damascus countryside on Saturday,” the centre said in a statement.

“According to confirmed evidence, the attack occurred during airstrikes on civilian areas in Doma city in eastern Ghota. The attack led to considerable material damage and the destruction of the office,” it said.

VDC office director, Thaer Hijazi, said that “Doma city and the rest of eastern Ghota cities are under a heavy attack for a week now, where the frequency was noticeably increased during the last week.”

“Yesterday the main city market was attacked resulting in nine deaths, while today the attack started at noon and in the beginning focused on the city outer neighbourhoods but moved to the city centre later.”

The Syrian regime air force launched Saturday a total of twelve airstrikes in the vicinity of Damascus, resulting in 70 injuries and 4 deaths.

“In the afternoon, one of the VDC offices was attacked by two missiles launched from Syrian government jet fighters. The attacked building hosts other civil organization offices like the Local Development Office, The Hurras Network, an office for Rising for Freedom, and an office for the Syrian Non-Violence Movement. The attack did not result in any human casualties but considerable material damage and the destruction of the office.”

The Violations Documentation Centre condemned the bombardment of its office in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, considering it to be in line with the other systematic and continuous hostile activities carried out by the Syrian government against the civilians in the Ghota area.

“The VDC ensures the continuity of its independent legal work in documenting the violations against human rights and the International Humanitarian Law in the Ghota and the rest of Syria from all parties to ensure the fulfilment of its main objective of bringing about justice for the victims and hold perpetrators for the war crimes accountable,” the centre said.
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#1  "This just in. Another attack violation has occurred in...OH SHIT!"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2016 11:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Bonzai!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2016 11:41 Comments || Top||

#3  "It was in the way of the thing we were trying to hit. That makes it a human shield."

Quite possibly true, too, given the penchant for putting armories in schools and mosques, and quartering fighters in hospitals.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2016 12:27 Comments || Top||


Sporadic clashes rock Syria’s Manbij as deadline passes
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS group bandidos Lions of Islam clashed Saturday with US-backed fighters in Syria’s Manbij, a monitor said, as a 48-hour deadline passed for the bandidos Lions of Islam to leave the battleground town.

The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Manbij Military Council, part of the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance that is fighting ISIS with support from a US-led coalition.

The bandidos Lions of Islam are accused of using civilians as human shields in Manbij, located in the northern province of Aleppo on ISIS’ main supply route between Syria and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
"The 48-hour period is over, and there will be no more opportunities like this one for ISIS (ISIS)," a Manbij Military Council commander told AFP on condition of anonymity.

ISIS has "not responded" to the SDF’s offer and had instead "attacked our positions" in Manbij, he said.

"We will intensify our attacks on their remaining positions in the town," the commander said, adding that the SDF was working to "secure safe passages" for civilians in Manbij looking to flee.

The ultimatum came after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said that at least 56 civilians, including children, were killed on Tuesday in coalition air strikes near Manbij.

Coalition front man Colonel Chris Garver said on Friday that ISIS had "used civilians as human shields and as bait" in order to draw the fire of the SDF towards civilians.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said there were sporadic festivities inside Manbij and raids by the US-led coalition on the town as the deadline approached for ISIS to leave.

"ISIS is fiercely resisting attempts by the SDF forces to advance inside the city and is pushing children towards the frontlines in spite of the deadline," he said.

The coalition front man said that the jihadists were mounting an exceptionally tough fightback in Manbij.

Fighting has grown more intense as SDF units move into the city, he said, "which is sort of different than what we saw in Ramadi and what we saw in Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
" two Iraqi cities from which jihadists were ousted this year.

"It’s a fight like we haven’t seen before," said Garver.

He estimated that the SDF had taken back roughly half the city, an area still housing at least 2,000 civilians.

Garver said he could not confirm that the SDF had issued an ultimatum to ISIS fighters to leave Manbij.

He said that Tuesday’s air raid was called after the SDF "observed a large group of ISIS (ISIS) fighters in a convoy who appeared to be readying for a counterattack."

"The strike was against both buildings and vehicles," said Garver.

Afterwards, the front man said, the coalition received both internal and external reports "that there may have been civilians in the area who are mixed in and among the ISIS (ISIS) fighters."

The US-led coalition has opened an investigation into the reports of civilian deaths, which have sparked condemnation including from Syrian activists and opposition groups.
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#1  "Clashes Rock"?



Posted by: Pappy || 07/24/2016 9:38 Comments || Top||


Iran stops ‘terrorist infiltration’ from Turkey
[DAWN] Iranian forces have foiled a "terrorist" bid to infiltrate the country from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, the official IRNA news agency said on Friday, in the latest report of tension at its borders.

The elite Revolutionary Guards (IRCG) intercepted on Thursday morning "a terrorist group trying to infiltrate the country using Iran’s border with Turkey", IRNA reported quoting a regional commander.

One suspect was killed and one nabbed
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
while the other two fled back towards Turkey, said Alireza Madani, a commander in the West Azerbaijan province that borders Turkey. They were intercepted near the city of Salmas and two military rifles were seized, he said.

"Based on the intelligence acquired by the IRGC, the four bully boyz were counter-revolutionary elements who lived in Turkey. They wanted to launch terrorist activities in Iran but their plans were aborted," Madani said.

He gave no further details about the incident, which comes after Turkey declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of a failed coup.

West Azerbaijan province in north-western Iran lies across the border from Turkey’s mainly Kurdish province of Van, often the scene of festivities between Turkish forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The group, which has been demanding greater rights and self-rule, has staged near-daily attacks against the Turkish security forces since a two-and-a-half-year truce collapsed last July.

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