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19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
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Posted by: 3dc || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [401 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They watch all movements on ADSB too. Useful when there is a conflict.
Posted by: newc || 05/06/2019 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Which do I need? My tin foil or lead foil hat?
Posted by: Wheamp Cleash5391 || 05/06/2019 2:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorry, I don't get it.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/06/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  In the clear? Not via secure channels? I should care, why?
Posted by: Fester Stalin7895 || 05/06/2019 9:18 Comments || Top||

#5  LJXSWP - EORAGLWW6SEIK47Y27GQSOVOO4DGP2W5W76ZZZZ
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X4CHHCTV66KNKFFFFFYUUS3TBTYQ3SUJJRLOXIIIIN2FHMLS
XJV4R6PBTP4SULNV2VIJHAI6U6W5555XHO4XT3GY
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 13:43 Comments || Top||

#6  #5LJXSWP - EORAGLWW6SEIK47Y27GQSOVOO4DGP2W5W76ZZZZ
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Posted by: Skidmark 2019-05-06 13:43


...My God, it's all so clear to me now. ;)

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/06/2019 18:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Mods,

A thousand pardons, I seem to have botched the formatting on that one, please feel free to delete.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/06/2019 18:12 Comments || Top||

#8  Fixed. Next time break up your character strings like Skidmark did, Mike dear.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 18:35 Comments || Top||

#9  It would be better to break it up after the quads
ZPF5
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/06/2019 19:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Duh, breaking it into 5's would be ok, but really, who could decrypt it. It is probably a one time pad.

This is a story about a message being sent via radio to operatives. Probably U.S. but not necessarily so.

This happens all the time.

Get back to basics. Sleep when you can. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Be professional, courteous, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Every day you wake, is a gift -- use it to extend your skills.
Posted by: rammer || 05/06/2019 23:09 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
17 Taliban, ISIS militants killed in separate airstrikes conducted in Uruzgan and Nangarhar provinces
[KhaamaPress] At least seventeen Death Eaters affiliated with Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and 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....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) were killed in separate Arclight airstrikes which were conducted in southern Uruzgan and eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

Informed military sources said Sunday that 12 Talibs were killed in Uruzgan province while similar airstrikes left 5 ISIS-K Death Eaters dead in Achin district of Nangarhar province.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban and ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.

The security situation in some of the districts of both Nangarhar and Uruzgan provinces have deteriorated during the recent years.

Taliban and ISIS Death Eaters are active in some of the districts of the two province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:


Afghan Special Forces conduct operation in Logar to disrupt high profile attacks in Kabul
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan military conducted an operation in Pul-e-Alam district, the thriving provincial capital of Pashtun-infested Logar province to disrupt high profile attacks in capital Kabul.

Informed military sources said Sunday "Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Pul-e Alam district of Pashtun-infested Logar to disrupt high profile attacks in Kabul and killed 1 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter."

The sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a similar raid in Deh Yak district of Ghazni and destroyed a small weapons cache.

The anti-government armed bandidos faceless myrmidons including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

The Afghan Special Forces have stepped up their counter-terrorism operations across the country to suppress the anti-government armed bandidos faceless myrmidons who are attempting to stage attacks in key provinces and cities of the country including capital Kabul.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Kabul: cops thwart kaboom, politico and wife shot


Police forces thwart explosion in Kabul city

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan police forces thwarted bandidos snuffies bid to detonate an improvised bomb in Kabul city earlier today, the Kabul Police said.

According to a statement released by Kabul Police Headquarters, the police foces discovered and defused a magnetic improvised bomb which was attached to a vehicle in the vicinity of the 1st Police District of the city.

The statement further added that the enemies had planted the improvised bomb to shed the blood of innocent people.

The anti-government armed bandidos snuffies have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the anti-government armed elements have been attempting to carry out terrorist related activities in the key provinces and cities of the country including Kabul city as part of their spring offensive.

Afghan Senator injured; his wife wounded in a mysterious shooting incident in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] Afghan Senator Mohamad Afzal Shamil was wounded in a shooting incident in Kabul city in the early hours of Sunday morning, the security officials said Sunday.

Officials in Kabul Police Headquarters confirmed the incident and said the wife of Senator Shamil was also killed in the incident.

The officials further added that the shooting took place at around 3am local time in the vicinity of 4th police district of the city.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting incident have not been ascertained so far with the security officials saying the incident may have links with the family feud.

A spokesman for Kabul Police Commandment Ferdaws Faramrz has to RFE’s Afghanistan service that the 12 security guards of the Senator were present in his residence when the incident took place.

Mr. Shamil was representing the North-eastern Takhar province in the Upper House of the Parliament, Meshrano Jirga (Senate House).
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under:


Gunmen Storm Baghlan Police HQ, 13 Killed
[ToloNews] The police headquarters of Pul-e-Khumri city in the northern Baghlan province faced a complex attack by a group of eight button men at around 12pm on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The attack started with a boom-mobile kaboom outside the police headquarters and was followed by at least six hours of gunbattle between the attackers and the murderous Moslems.

The Ministry of Interior said the attackers were equipped with boom jackets and that all of them were killed by the Special Unit of Police.

According to the ministry, the attack left at least 13 coppers dead and 55 others maimed, including 20 civilians.

Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
claimed the responsibility for the attack and claimed that a jacket wallah detonated a humvee full of explosives at the beginning of the attack.

This comes as Taliban members are conducting talks with US negotiators in Doha to find a political settlement for the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Al Ahram adds:
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said 13 police officers were killed in the attack, with another 35 wounded.

Eight attackers were also killed, Rahimi said in a statement, adding 20 civilians were wounded.

Faisal Sami, a senator from Baghlan province, put the toll at 12 killed and 60 wounded.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan Special Forces identify, arrest a prominent Taliban leader in Mazar-e-Sharif city
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan National Police identified and tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
a top Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader who was in charge of organizing terrorist attacks, collecting Zakat (charity), recruiting Lions of Islam and other destructive activities in Mazar-e-Sharif city and other parts of Balkh province.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the Taliban leader, Qari Aziz, was detained during an overnight operation carried out by General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) in Mazar Sharif.

"Qari Aziz was the main planner and organizer of bully boyz and destructive activities, armed assault and kabooms in Mazar Sharif and as well as in different parts of Balkh province," the statement added.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest of Qari Aziz so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


7 Taliban militants killed, drugs and weapons destroyed in Helmand raid
[KhaamaPress] At least seven Talibs were killed, some drugs and weapons were destroyed during a clash in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

"Seven Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters were killed during an Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) raid in Garm Sir and Nahr-e Saraj districts, Helmand province, May 03, 2019," the military source said Sunday.

The sources further added "During this operation, ASSF received small arms fire from multiple bad boys, forcing ASSF to respond with heavy machine gun fire, killing 7 Taliban fighters and destroying methamphetamine, refined drug product and weapons in Nahr-e Saraj district."

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense in a statement said "Last night an operation was conducted by ANA Commandos in Garm Sir district of Helmand province, one Taliban group leader named Zarqawee along with his 8 comrades were killed."

The anti-government armed hard boyz including Taliban have not commented regarding the operation so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province including Garm Sir and Nahr-e-Saraj and often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  We have never won a war on drugs. The second this engagement was about drugs was the same second that victory became impossible.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/06/2019 13:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, I think the moment the Beltway crowd decided the jihadis were misguided scamps wanting jobs and "democracy, whiskey, sexy" rather than rabid cockroaches in need of extermination was the tipping point.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/06/2019 15:31 Comments || Top||


Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in clashes with the Afghan armed forces in Zabul
[KhaamaPress] The Talibs have suffered heavy casualties in festivities with the Afghan armed forces in southern Zabul province, the Afghan military said earlier today.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said Afghan armed forces clashed with the Talibs in Shenkai, Arghandab, and Daichupan districts of Zabul province leaving at least 17 Death Eaters dead.

The statement further added at least 20 Talibs also sustained injuries during the same festivities.

The Afghan military has not disclosed further information regarding the possible casualies of the armed forces as a result of the festivities.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented regarding the Arclight airstrike so far.

Zabul is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


4 Taliban militants detained Paktia, women’s dresses, military kits confiscated: Thunder Corps
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces discovered women’s dresses and several other military kits from a group of Talibs who were incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
in South-eastern Paktia province, the Afghan military said Saturday.

Talibs and other holy warriors often use women’s dresses as a disguise to carry out terrorist related activities. Several bandidos holy warriors have been arrested in the past who had disguised as women to escape from security operations.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Afghan armed forces arrested four Talibs in Speri area of the placid provincial capital during an operation which was conducted in the framework of Thunder Operations.

The statement further added that the detained bandidos holy warriors belong to Qari Bilal group and the identities of the detainees have been ascertained as Mawlavi Nematullah son of Haji Gul Mohammad, Rohullah son of Taj Mohammad, Sultan Mohammad son of Gul, and Riaz son of Jan Zamin.

The detained bandidos holy warriors are hailing from the placid provincial capital Gardez city, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, adding that a rocket launcher, an Ak-47 assault rifle, two radio sets, women’s dresses, a Toyota Corolla type vehicle, and a cycle of violence were confiscated by the armed forces during the operation.

The anti-government armed bandidos holy warriors including Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have not commented regarding the Arclight airstrike so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Armed group kills 9 fighters in a military camp in Libya's Sabha
[Libya Observer] A group of button men attacked Saturday dawn Bridge 166 camp of Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's forces in Sabha, southern Libya, leaving 9 fighters killed, according to sources from the city.

Sabha medical center confirmed that it had received 9 bodies after the reported attack on Brigade 166, saying there were no injuries.

"We have received 9 bodies, some killed by gunshots and one with a decapitated head." Spokesman for Sabha medical center Osama al-Wafi told Libya al-Ahrar TV Channel.

In the meantime, the commander of South Protection Force of the Presidential Council Hassan Mousa accused Khalifa Haftar of being behind the reemergence of bully boyz and chaos in the south because of his war on Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
Sabha's municipality condemned the attack and called it a terrorist one, urging in a statement Haftar's forces to appoint a force to secure vital institutions in the south.

This attack is not the first in southern Libya since the takeover of Haftar's forces in the region. Ghadwa and al-Fuqhaa towns were both subject to attacks claimed by ISIS.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Haftar's forces kidnap two journalists working for Libya Al-Ahrar TV
[Libya Observer] Libya al-Ahrar TV Channel said two of its journalists were kidnapped by an gang loyal to Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
as they were covering the ongoing war in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
The channel urged for the immediate release of the two journalists Mohammed al-Qurij and Mohammed al-Shebani, reminding the kidnappers that detaining journalists is liable to local and international legal actions.

The channel also said it had started taking the necessary measures as per the local and international standards to secure the release of the journalists.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened...
the UNSMIL said journalists in Libya are facing threats and assaults as they pursue truths and freedom of speech, saying the latest was the kidnap of Libya al-Ahrar TV journalists.

"All journalists must be protected like all the civilians in the country. We condemn violence against journalists and call for the end of arbitrary detention." UNSMIL added.

Sources told The Libya Observer that the two journalists were kidnapped as they were moving from al-Aziziya to Sabea area in southern Tripoli. Later, one of the kidnappers called the families of the journalists and said would release them Friday after taking them from Tarhouna-based al-Kani militia, but the release did not happen.

This incident was also condemned by the Libyan Foreign Ministry, which called for the release of the journalists whom it said were doing their job to cover facts and show them to the public.

Likewise, Reporters without Borders denounced the kidnapping and called for the release of the journalists, condemning their detention by 'Al-Kanyat militias of Khalifa Haftar's forces' saying they were held in Tarhouna where Haftar's forces operations room is located.

"The armed forces should respect international laws and avoid targeting media outlets and journalists, who should be released immediately." Head of RSF's North Africa Office Suhaib al-Khayati said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


War on Tripoli: Second month in with the UN urging for truce
[Libya Observer] Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's offensive on Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
has entered the second month without any solid achievement, that is the entry to Tripoli, which was scheduled by Haftar in the span of 48 hours.

Clashes between Haftar's forces and the Libyan Army forces under the Presidential Council's government command are still ongoing with the latter taking an offensive stance contrary to the defensive one taken in the first weeks of the attack.

On Sunday, fighting intensified in Tuwaysha, Qasir Benghashir and Zatarna areas, with sources reporting that the Volcano of Rage Operation forces advanced in Qasir Benghashir frontline and would soon be in control of Afiya Hospital and Funduk al-Sharif areas, which are currently under Haftar's forces control.

"Our forces destroyed several military vehicles for Haftar's forces and advanced on Tripoli International Airport frontline ringing in the remaining fighters in south of the airport." Sources from the operation said.

Clashes in al-Zatarna, southern Tajoura, were an exchange of artillery without a remarkable advance from any side.

Air Force of the Libyan Army forces under the Presidential Council's government command carried out 9 Arclight airstrikes on Haftar's forces positions in Gharyan, al-Watiya airbase, Beer al-Alem, and Wadi Rabea, on the other hand, Haftar's warplanes targeted an area near al-Zahraa Brigade without reported casualties, according to the sources.

They added that several fighters from Haftar's forces had been captured, while others had been killed including a prominent big shot in Tuwaysha.

The UNSMIL, meanwhile, called on all parties to commit to an extendable one-week humanitarian truce
..The purposes of a truce are twofold: 1.) bring up more arms, ammunition, and reinforcements; and 2.) get the enemy to relax his vigilance. A truce is not the same thing as a ceasefire, and a ceasefire doesn't mean you have to stop shooting...
, however; no party has so far issued a reply to the UNSMIL's call.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under:


187 killed over 1000 wounded since beginning of hostilities in Tripoli
[Libya Observer] At least 187 have been killed and 1157 maimed, mostly civilians, since the start of the aggression on Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, the Health Ministry confirmed.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fawzi Ounis clarified in a presser Saturday that the ministry has evacuated more than 500 families from engagement areas with the assistance of the Frist Aid Service, noting that they have formed a panel of doctors to deal with the displaced, in addition to allocating funds for providing medical services to the concerned municipalities.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Down Under
Aussie judge jails extremist in Philippine terror plot
[Inquirer] The ringleader of a plot to take six Islamist extremists from Australia in a motor boat to the southern Philippines to overthrow the provincial government was sentenced by an Australian judge on Friday to seven years in prison. Victoria state Supreme Court Justice Michael Croucher ordered Islamic State sympathizer Robert “Musa” Cerantonio
...the Melbourne-born radical preacher who had converted from Catholicism in his youth...
to serve at least five years and three months in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

The 34-year-old had pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for hostile activities in a foreign country.

Cerantonio and five other men had plotted in 2016 to take a 23-foot power boat off the northeast Queensland coast to encourage others to overthrow the government in the southern Philippines and install sharia law. None of them could travel the 2,200 miles to the Philippines by conventional means because their Australian passports had been canceled due to concerns they would become foreign fighters.

They had towed the boat with a car 1,900 miles from their homes in Melbourne to Laura in the tropical north before they were arrested by police in May 2016. Croucher described the planned voyage by men with no experience of boats as a trip “foredoomed to failure.”

“It’s hard to imagine they would have made it very far past the breakers,” said Croucher.

The other five had already been sentenced from three years and ten months to four years in prison.

Croucher said Cerantonio’s role in sharing his “putrid ideas” deserved a greater punishment than the others who were subordinates and influenced by him.

Philippine authorities deported Cerantonio in 2014 because of his suspected links to militants based on YouTube videos showing him advocating jihad.

The judge said Cerantonio was obviously intelligent. He said, "He intended to use his considerable gifts for evil, not for good."

Croucher was not satisfied Cerantonio had renounced his extremist beliefs since his arrest.

Defense lawyer Jarrod Williams said Cerantonio did not fit the extremist stereotype and enjoyed music by AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and Rammstein. Williams said, "This is a man who doesn’t always fit the profile of an Islamic extremist."
This article starring:
Cerantonio
Posted by: ryuge || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Woman, boy killed in 'unprovoked' Indian shelling
[DAWN] A young boy and a woman were killed while another woman was maimed in two different areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) on Sunday amid "unprovoked shelling" by Indian troops from across the restive Line of Control (LoC), officials said.

According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistain Army troops responded effectively and targeted those posts which initiated fire. Intermittent firing is ongoing, the statement added.

The casualties occurred in Maal Gujran and Sehra villages in Khuiratta and Hajira subdivisions of Kotli and Poonch districts, respectively, where Indian troops resorted to shelling from 10am onwards, officials said.

In Hajira, Indian troops started shelling in Battal sector at about 10:45am "without any provocation, catching the residents off guard", said Javed Iqbal, a local police official.

"A mortar shell went kaboom! in the courtyard of a house, killing a woman on the spot and critically injuring her daughter in law," he said, adding that continued shelling has kept people of the area indoors.

Rubia Kanwal, Pooch district disaster management officer (DDMO), identified the dear departed as 45-year-old Nasreen Begum, wife of Chaudhry Wazir Hussain, and the injured woman as 24-year-old Sonia Nadeem.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Turkish helicopter gunship pursues PKK into Kurdistan Region villages
A minimalist map can be seen at the link.
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish helicopter gunships were involved in heavy attacks for several hours on suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the outskirts of at least three villages inside the Kurdistan Region on Saturday afternoon, leaving villagers terrified for their lives.

Dramatic footage captured by villagers showed two helicopter gunships firing in the close proximity of villages. Civilians are heard screaming as volleys of bullets from heavy machine guns on the helicopters hit the slopes just outside the village.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Two Islamic State fighters apprehended in Mosul — interior ministry
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that two Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Lions of Islam were locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in Mosul city, once a capital of the terrorist group’s sprawling self-proclaimed caliphate.

"Security forces, in cooperation with intelligence services, arrested two IS holy warriors, who were fighting for the so-called Jund (soldiers) Diwan," Mawazin News quoted the ministry’s spokesperson, Major General Saad Maan, as saying.

The two Lions of Islam were apprehended in al-Resala district in the western side of Mosul, added the front man.
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Iraqi troops apprehend IS militant, dismantle bombs in Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on Sunday an 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....
murderous Moslem during a military operation 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...
Anbar.

"The arrested murderous Moslem was responsible for collecting information about the army troops during the military operations to liberate Iraqi territory from IS jihadists," the Iraqi military intelligence directorate was quoted by Gilgamish as saying in a press statement.

According to the statement, nine bombs have been also found in al-Tharthar district in Anbar.

All the bombs have been successfully dismantled by the explosives experts at the scene, added the statement.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Exit one rocket squad video care of the IDF.
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Posted by: 3dc || 05/06/2019 05:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  That's gonna leave a mark.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/06/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#2  And the school it was located in, perhaps?
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/06/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||


Gaza Twitter Round-up: Hamas and Israel officially choose fight over cease fire...maybe.
Sunday’s Times of Israel liveblog can be found here. Headlineas of midnight EDT Monday:
Despite truce reports all Israeli schools in southern Israel to remain closed.
Update at 9:30 a.m. EDT: Monday’s Times of Israel liveblog can be seen here. Current claimed Palestinian death toll is 31, of which at least 11 where jihadis, while 4 Israelis were killed. Israel hit more than 350 targets. Gaza fired 690 rockets — Iron Dome intercepted 240.

[twitter]

And like the fickle folk now they change their minds. What will it be, come Washington, DC AM?
Not to worry— either Hamasniks or Islamic Jihadis won’t be able to resist shooting off more rockets soon enough. They have about 9,000 remaining in stock, after all. One does wonder if we will discover this was meant to be yet another huge joint pincer attack that the Israelis either disrupted or triggered early — that Islamic Jihad tunnel destroyed on the first day is suggestive — or if this is just the annual Ramadan rambunctiousness.

Whoops that cease fire was without anybody talking to Israel!
lord garth, commenting on another article quoting Palestinian officials claiming a hudna, wrote, “The IDF has not hit a target since about 900pm EDT Sunday and Hamas has not fired a rocket since about then also - about the past 2 hours before this post then have been a de facto truce.” So there’s that.

And hundreds of tanks and D9s come out to play
[Twitter]

Ynet has some statistics as of 9 pm local time:
The Public Security Ministry building, in the Rimal neighborhood of Gazoo City, was destroyed after IAF jets carried out its "knocks on the roof" policy of first dropping dummy bombs, to warn anyone inside to evacuate. The Israeli Air Force also hit other Gazoo targets, including the homes of Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", commanders and military installations.

Three Paleostinians, including two members of the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
miitary wing, were killed in Israeli strikes Sunday, bringing the number of Paleostinians killed since Friday to at least 13.

More than 650 hundred rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gazoo Strip since Saturday morning, a senior Israel Air Force officer said Sunday. This is far higher than the average of 150 rockets fired each day during the last Gazoo war in 2014, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.

"Two hundred rockets were fired at residential areas, with an interception rate above 86 percent," the officer said of Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, adding that the army was trying to ascertain why ome rockets managed to get through and hit residential areas. "No defense is absolute," he said.

According to the officer, the Israel Air Force had carried out more than 100 missions in Gazoo by late Sunday afternoon.

He added that the IDF is carrying out the instructions of the government and that for every building that they hit or significant strike, Gazoo faceless myrmidons react impulsively, and Israeli forces are prepared for any eventuality, including rockets fired deeper into Israel.

The officer also said that Hamas is trying to target IDF ground forces along the border using drones, but they have so far been thwarted.
From the Times of Israel at 6 am local time Monday:
On Sunday night, the Israeli military said it bombed some 40 "terror targets" in the Gazoo Strip in its latest round of Arclight airstrikes, bringing the IDF’s total number of raids up to 320 in the past two days. The military said it targeted "observation headquarters, underground bunkers, weapons caches, military facilities, launchpads, observation posts and more" in its most recent air raids.

The army said it targeted sites connected to both the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group, which rules Gazoo, and the Iran-backed Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
. Paleostinian medical officials reported 29 dead since Friday, including at least 11 terrorists, The Times of Israel confirmed.
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#1  a few hours ago (about 730am local time, about 1230am EDT Monday), Israel lifted civilian restrictions in the South part of the country
Posted by: lord garth || 05/06/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Israel's Iron Dome missile shield
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||


19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Nineteen Paleostinians were killed in the Gazoo Strip and four people were killed in Israel on Sunday, Paleostinian and Israeli authorities said, during the most serious escalation since a 2014 war.

Israel carried out a series of strikes in response to rocket barrages fired from the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-run territory.

In total 19 Paleostinians were killed by Israeli strikes in Gazoo on Sunday, the enclave’s health ministry said.

The ministry said among those killed on Sunday were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby. The Israeli military declined to comment on the claim.

At least six of those killed were confirmed to be bandidos bully boyz affiliated with the Paleostinian territory’s leaders Hamas or the allied Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
group.

On the Israeli side four non-combatants were killed as Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired barrages of rockets and at least one anti-tank missile from the enclave, Israeli authorities said.

Three of the dead were identified by authorities as Israeli citizens, with the nationality of the fourth not announced.

Israeli targets included internal security headquarters in the Paleostinian enclave, an interior ministry statement said.

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Israel kills Hamas commander in first targeted strike in years
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israel killed a Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", commander in the Gazoo Strip on Sunday in what the military described as a targeted strike and Paleostinians said was the first such action since the 2014 war in the Paleostinian enclave.

A military statement said that Hamed Ahmed Abed Khudri had been responsible for transfering funds from Iran to armed factions in Gazoo.

Paleostinian witnesses said he was killed in an air strike on his car.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the military to keep up "massive strikes" in response to rocket fire from the Gazoo Strip, as an escalation entered its second day.



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Israel army denies Gaza mother, baby killed by Israeli strike
[DAWN] Israel's army on Sunday denied claims from Gazook authorities that an Israeli strike killed a pregnant Paleostinian mother and her baby, saying errant Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, fire was to blame for the deaths.

"The terror organizations' propaganda at its finest," Israeli army front man Ronen Manelis said on Twitter.

"The mother and girl they're claiming in Gazoo that were killed in an (Israeli) attack were killed by Hamas use of weapons," he added, without providing further details.

Another Israeli military front man, Jonathan Conricus, told journalists later that based on intelligence "we are now confident" that the deaths were not due to an Israeli strike.

"Their unfortunate death was not a result of [Israeli] weaponry but a Hamas rocket that was fired and went kaboom! not where it was supposed to," he said.

The Gazook health ministry said on Saturday that Falestine Abu Arar, 37, and her 14-month-old daughter were killed by an Israeli strike that hit their home.

A severe escalation that began Saturday has seen Paleostinian gunnies fire some 430 rockets from Gazoo, Israel's army says.

Israel has responded with waves of air and tank strikes and says it is targeting only military-related sites. Four other Paleostinians have been reported killed, including at least two bad boys. One Israeli civilian was killed in a rocket strike on the city of Ashkelon near the Gazoo border.

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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka town under curfew after religious violence
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A city near Sri Lanka’s capital was placed under curfew by police Sunday, following festivities between Moslem and Christian mobs two weeks after suicide kabooms left 257 people dead.

A senior police officer said the restrictions were imposed to prevent an escalation of violence after attacks occurred in Negombo - north of Colombo - where over 100 people died in a church bombing.

"About two cycle of violences and a three-wheel taxi had been damaged in the festivities," the police officer told AFP.

"We declared a curfew till 7.00 am (0130 GMT) to contain the unrest," he added.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The country’s main international airport is located in the area, but police said there was no disruption to airport traffic.

The officer said an investigation was underway into the festivities, the first violence between Moslems and Christians since the Easter Sunday attacks targeting three churches and three luxury hotels in the country.
Al Ahram adds:
The Sri Lankan government has reimposed a ban on social media platforms in an effort to stop the spread of rumors after violence erupted like lava from a volcano between groups of civilians in Negombo.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US to deploy Abe Lincoln strike group and a bomber task force toward IRAN.
[Twitter]







Posted by: 3dc || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [405 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran might close the Strait of Hormuz for a little while but they wouldn't be able to hold it with the whole world pushing back. They would also try to stir things up with Israel as a distraction. And Maduro would take advantage of that.
Posted by: gorb || 05/06/2019 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Time to implement Tom Clancy's "Ryan Doctrine", take out the leaders of the country that starts things and not worry about the schlubs in the front line so much. The ayatholahs and caliphs should quickly get up close and personal with a missle.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/06/2019 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Rantburg Univ. target folder update.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#4  I worry about blue water ships in constricted waterways next to thick missile emplacements.
Posted by: Blinky Snaising6656 || 05/06/2019 7:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Rantburg Univ. target folder update.

*Snicker* Does that map include recent additions based on the truckloads of information the Israelis acquired drove off with?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 9:41 Comments || Top||

#6  "On April 23rd, a huge story went mostly unnoticed as former Iranian Brigadier General Ali Nasiri from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) allegedly defected to the United States through an embassy in the region. He had with him a treasure trove of documents related to Iranian military and intelligence plans."
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 05/06/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#7  If the Abe goes into the Gulf, I gotta expect a Boomer is already there, ready to fire if things get dicey.
Q: Are the Mullahs really sure they want to press that button, knowing they are already in some cross hairs somewhere????? This is not a Charlie and Lucy football moment; the stakes could get a lot higher a lot faster.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/06/2019 14:19 Comments || Top||

#8  On April 23rd, a huge story went mostly unnoticed

Not by Rantburg. We had two stories the next day, here and here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 19:18 Comments || Top||

#9  .....I gotta expect a Boomer is already there....

They never left. There's always one w/in Tomahawk range of Tehran.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/06/2019 21:18 Comments || Top||

#10  We know they are there because they are undetectable.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/06/2019 21:21 Comments || Top||


Preparations Seen By Iranian Forces That May INDICATE POSSIBLE ATTACKS ON U.S FORCES
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Posted by: 3dc || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Marine barracks should be on alert.
Posted by: Fester Stalin7895 || 05/06/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Hard to believe they would risk a direct confrontation. Also hard to believe we would see it coming.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/06/2019 13:13 Comments || Top||


Air strikes shut two hospitals in Syria’s Idlib
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Air strikes by Syrian government ally Russia on Sunday forced the closure of two hospitals in the Syrian province of Idlib, a war monitor said.

It came on a day that eight non-combatants were killed in bombardment by the regime and Russia across the northwestern province, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Idlib and other adjacent territories of Syria held by Death Eaters have faced intensifying bombardment in the past month.

On Sunday air strikes hit a hospital in Kafranbel and another located underground on the outskirts of Hass.

The raids were blamed on Russia by the Observatory. An AFP cameraman filmed the two facilities hit by strikes.

"The hospital in Kafranbel is out of order. The patients were transferred to other facilities in the region," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding one civilian was killed.

In Hass, air strikes blamed on Russia halted services at an underground hospital, said Syria Relief and Development, a non-governmental organization that runs the facility.

The facility had been evacuated shortly before the bombardments, he said, thanks to alerts from a warning system set up to analyze the flight paths of warplanes.

Idlib is under the administrative control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
(HTS), which is dominated by a faction previously known as the al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, before it renounced ties to al-Qaeda.

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Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2019-05-06
  19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
Sun 2019-05-05
  Iran money man zapped in Gaza
Sat 2019-05-04
  Israel strikes Gaza targets in response to heavy rocket fire Saturday
Fri 2019-05-03
  Taliban militants blow up one of the oldest shrines of Ghazni city
Thu 2019-05-02
  Iran, Turkey criticize US plan to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terror group
Wed 2019-05-01
  Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated businessman Malek sentenced to 25 years in prison
Tue 2019-04-30
  Gunmen kill pastor, worshippers in Burkina Faso church
Mon 2019-04-29
  Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seen in new video for first time in five years
Sun 2019-04-28
  Father, brothers of alleged Sri Lanka bombing mastermind killed
Sat 2019-04-27
  Sri Lanka - Inside help?
Fri 2019-04-26
  Jihadists 'blow themselves up' as soldiers raid suicide vest factory in Sri Lanka
Thu 2019-04-25
  Trump says sending ‘armed soldiers’ to US-Mexico border
Wed 2019-04-24
  Saudi Arabia beheads 37 for terrorism crimes, most of them minority Shiites
Tue 2019-04-23
  IS claims Sri Lanka blasts
Mon 2019-04-22
  Sri Lanka explosions, 24 arrested, 290+ dead, 8 kabooms

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