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Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
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Afghanistan
Airstrikes kill 24 Taliban militants in Paktika, Ghazni and Herat provinces
[KhaamaPress] At least 24 Talibs were killed in latest Arclight airstrikes which were conducted in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, Ghazni, and Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province.

According to informed military sources, at least 20 of the forces of Evil were killed in Zurmat and Bermal districts of Paktika province.

The sources further added that 2 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters were killed in Andar district of Ghazni province and two more were killed in Farsi district of Herat province.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have stepped up operations against the anti-government armed forces of Evil who are attempting to carry out terrorist related activities as part of their spring offensive.

The U.S. forces based in Afghanistan also conduct airstrikes in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


7 militants killed, House-borne IED destroyed in Special Forces raids in Helmand and Uruzgan
[KhaamaPress] At least seven Talibs were killed and a House-borne Improvised Explosive Device was destroyed in separate operations of the Afghan Special Forces which were conducted in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and central Pashtun-infested Logar provinces.

"Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand and destroyed a house-borne IED, 100 pounds of Opium and locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
3 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters," the informed military sources said Sunday.

The sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar province killing 7 Taliban fighters and arrested 6 others.

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

Both Helmand and Pashtun-infested Logar provinces are among the relatively volatile provinces in Southern and Northern of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the two provinces where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


14 Taliban, ISIS militants killed in security forces airstrikes
[KhaamaPress] At least 14 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
and ISIS bandidos turbans were killed in the Arclight airstrikes conducted by security forces in four provinces of the country.

According to military sources, the airstrikes were carried out in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Uruzgan, Zabul, and 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..
provinces in the past 24 hours.

The sources further added that 2 of the bandidos turbans were killed in Kajaki district of Helmand, 9 of them were killed in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan, 2 others were killed in Now Bahar district of Zabul, and an ISIS Khurasan holy warrior was killed and another one was maimed in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar.

The anti-government armed bandidos turbans including Taliban and ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under:


12 Taliban militants killed, 8 wounded in Special Forces raid in Uruzgan
[KhaamaPress] At least 12 Talibs were killed and 8 others were maimed in an operation of the Afghan Special Forces in southern Uruzgan province.

The Special Operations Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the operation was conducted in Tarinkot city, the bucolic provincial capital of the province.

The statement further added that 3 Ak-47 assault rifles, 2 M-16 rifles, 1 rocket launcher, 2 radio sets, 37 IED pressure plates, and 17 landmines were confiscated.

A landmine production facility and 42 Improvised Explosive Devices were also discovered during the same operation, the statement added.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Deputy operational chief of Baghlan intelligence lost his life in militants ambush
[KhaamaPress] The deputy operational chief of Baghlan intelligence lost his life in bandidos snuffies ambush earlier today, security officials said Sunday.

The officials speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Abdul Mahmood, the deputy chief of the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in Baghlan lost his life in an ambush.

The sources further added that the incident took place in Kelagai area of the province earlier today.

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

The security situation in northern Baghlan province has tanked during the recent years as the anti-government armed bandidos snuffies are attempting to expand their foothold in key northern provinces.

Talibs are active in some of the remote districts of Baghlan province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:


Kandahar crossings: ISIS recruiter caught heading to Pakistan, 22 bad guy casualties sent back to Pakland


ISIS recruiter arrested in Kandahar before crossing into Pakistan

[KhaamaPress] A recruiter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was arrested before he manages to cross the Line of Durand to Pakistan, the local officials said Saturday.

Provincial governor of Kandahar Hayatullah Hayat told reporters that the detained ISIS recruiter has been identified as Abdul Salam.

Hayat further added that Salam has recently visited Kandahar province to recruit militants in ISIS ranks.

According to Hayat, the ISIS recruiter was previously operating in eastern Kunar province where he was leading a group of at least 100 ISIS militants.

The governor of Kandahar also added that the ISIS leader was arrested as he was attempting to cross the Line of Durand and visit Pakistan.

The anti-government armed elements including ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the arrest of the group’s recruiter so far.

More dead bodies, wounded militants shifted to Pakistan from Kandahar: Gen. Tadin Khan

[KhaamaPress] At least thirteen militants were killed and 9 others were wounded during a clash with the security forces in southern Kandahar province.

Provincial Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai confirmed that the clash took place close to the residence of Nadir Khan, an Afghan Local Police Commander in Maruf district.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that the militants were killed or wounded during a direct clash and the dead bodies of the militants along with the wounded individuals were shifted to the other side of Durand Line.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the casualties inflicted on group’s militants so far.

Gen. Tadin Khan had earlier warned that the militants refusing peace and reconciliation would be eliminated.

The latest clash takes place as the security situation in southern Kandahar province had improved comparatively during the recent years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I wonder if Pakistan ranks their jihadis like ESPN doing the NFL draft?
Posted by: Raj || 05/13/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||


Special Forces arrest the shadow district chief of Taliban in Shebarghan city
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan intelligence agency have tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
the shadow district chief of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in Shebarghan city of Jawzjan province.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the shadow district of Taliban for Faizabad district was arrested in Shebargha city.

The statement further added that Mawlavi Obaidullah alias Hanafi had recently visited Shebarghan city to plan and coordinate terrorist attacks but was arrested during a special operation of the NDS Special Forces.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest of Mawlavi Obaidullah so far.

Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Ghazni: Pakistani nationals among 11 militants killed in Afghan SF raid, Pak Talib emir toes up in ongoing battles
[KhaamaPress] At least 11 bully boyz including 4 Pak nationals were killed in an operation of the Afghan Special Forces in South-eastern Ghazni province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.

"11 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
gunnies and 4 Pak nationals were killed in Ghazni province in an operation by Afghan commandos. The operation was conducted in Gosfandi village in Ghazni city," MoD said in a statement.

The statement further added "Afghan Commandos have seized documents, weapons and vehicles."

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

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in South-eastern parts of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed In Ghazni As War Intensifies

[ToloNews] Local officials in central Ghazni province said that fresh waves of violence have been gripping various regions of the province over the past 24 hours following intense battles between the Afghan forces and the Taliban outfits in the area.

They said that the Afghan Special Forces have dealt a major blow the Taliban fighters in Asfandah village in the suburb of the city where a key Taliban commander originally from Pakistan was also eliminated during the battles with the Afghan forces.

Afghan forces said that they had discovered the Pakistani identity card from the pocket of the Taliban commander.

“We did not transfer other dead bodies, we only transferred the dead body of this Pakistani officer and you can take footage of him that the Pakistani officers also take part in these operations,” said Mohammad Naser Alizai, Deputy Commander of Afghan Commando Forces.

Violence has dramatically increased in Ghazni province over the past two months with the foreign militants fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Taliban in the key province.

According to local officials, up to 40 security force members and 30 civilians so far have been killed during the violence.

“Overall, 500 operations, including clearance operations and aerial operations by the coalition and Afghan forces were carried out since the month of Hamal (March),” said Arif Noori, spokesman to Ghazni governor.

Despite these reports, roads in many areas of the province remained close to traffic, including a short closure of Kabul-Kandahar Highway in recent days, where the Taliban installed checkpoints and searched passengers.

Back in August 2018, the Taliban insurgents backed by the foreign militants launched a coordinated attack on Ghazni city from four directions and seized some parts of the city for several days.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Explosion reported in West of Kabul city
[KhaamaPress] An kaboom has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of Dar-ul-Aman road in West of Kabul city.

Eyewitnesses in the area are saying that a magnetic bomb attached to a Ford Ranger type vehicle has went off in Jaye Raees area.

Photos circulating on social media depicts to show a Ford Ranger type vehicle engulfed by flames but there are no reports available regarding the possible casualties.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Migrants force entry in Spain's Melilla exclave
[DW] Fifty-two migrants colonists have forced their way into Spain's North African exclave from Morocco by scaling the border fence. The territory has become a regular flashpoint for African migrants colonists in recent years.
Set headline F-17, Fred.
The migrants colonists tried to storm the barbed wire fence at dawn, but Spanish and Moroccan security forces prevented "around half" from entering Melilla.

Four Spanish border coppers and one migrant were maimed in the incident.

Police locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
one of the migrants colonists for assaulting an officer.
The others were taken to a temporary migrant accommodation center where they were given new clothes.

EU TERRITORY IN AFRICA
Spain has two exclaves on the north coast of Africa: Ceuta, located at the Strait of Gibraltar; and Melilla, 250 kilometers (155 miles) further east on the Mediterranean coast.

Near these two territories, tens of thousands of migrants from African countries are waiting for a chance to enter the EU's only land borders with Africa.

Melilla and Ceuta are often used as entry points into Europe for African migrants, who either climb over their border fences or try to swim along the coast.

Spain became the leading entry point to Europe last year, with some 60,000 migrants arriving irregularly, almost all of them by crossing the Mediterranean in small boats.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  60,000 last year eh Spain? Try 100,000 immigrants in one month, amigos.
Posted by: Texhooey || 05/13/2019 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  The others were taken to a temporary migrant accommodation center where they were given new clothes.

Interview suits?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 0:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps beach wear wasn't suitable for dining.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Forcible entry should constitute unacceptable behavior and immediately disqualify for asylum or entry. Trebuchet their asses back
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Forcible entry should constitute unacceptable behavior and immediately disqualify for asylum or entry. Trebuchet their asses back
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Still have the shakes from driving, eh?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 15:54 Comments || Top||

#7  LOL

LOL
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2019 15:59 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Islamic State claims it killed 11 soldiers in northeastern Nigeria
[AlAhram] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ on Saturday.

The Jihadist organization said the attack on the soldiers took place in the town in northeastern Borno state on Friday. It published pictures of burned barracks and dead bodies it claimed belonged to the soldiers.

Three sources, including one hospital source, confirmed the attack. They said the gunnies stormed the town on a cycle of violence at roughly 6:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) and opened fire on residents and the military in sporadic shootings.

The fighters fled after the military called in air force support and reinforcements from a battalion in a neighboring town.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has carried out a string of attacks in Nigeria in recent months.

The group split in 2016 from Nigeria-based Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, which has waged a decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
that has killed some 30,000 people and displaced a further 2 million.
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Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
[IsraelTimes] Dozens of attackers said to open fire on worshipers, set fire to shops and cafe, and loot medical center, before fleeing.

Gunmen killed a priest and five churchgoers during mass Sunday in an attack on a Catholic church in Dablo, northern Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, security sources and a local official said.

"Towards 9 a.m., during mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic church," the mayor of Dablo, Ousmane Zongo, told AFP. "They started firing as the congregation tried to flee."

The attackers ‐ between 20 and 30 according to a security source ‐ managed to trap some of the worshipers, Zongo added. "They killed five of them. The priest, who was celebrating mass, was also killed, bringing the number of dead to six."

The button men then set fire to the church, several shops, and a small cafe, before heading to the local health center, which they looted, burning the chief nurse’s vehicle.

"There is an atmosphere of panic in the town," said Zongo.

"People are holed up in their homes. Nothing is going on. The shops and stores are closed. It’s practically a ghost town," he added.

Security reinforcements were sent from Barsalogho, about 45 kilometers (30 miles) south of Dablo, and were combing the area, a security source told AFP.

The attack came two days after French special forces freed four foreign hostages in the north of the country in an overnight raid that cost the lives of two soldiers. The operation was ordered to free kidnapped Frenchies Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas who disappeared while on holiday in the remote Pendjari National Park in Benin on May 1. The team also found two other female captives, an American woman and a South Korean.

Sunday’s church strike came two weeks after a similar attack against a Protestant church in Silgadji, also in the north, when button men on cycle of violences killed a pastor and several worshipers.

Burkina Faso has suffered from increasingly frequent and deadly attacks attributed to a number of jihadist groups, including the Ansarul Islam group, the Group to Support Islam and Moslems (GSIM) 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....
in the Greater Sahara
The suckulent fruit of the union of splinter factions from Mokhtar Bekmokhtar'sal-Mourabitunes and MUJAO. Once the dust had settled and the smell of gunsmoke had dissipated, they became the Islamic State in Mali, then adopted their present clever name. They are headed by Adnan Abu Walid Saharaoui. It operates along the borders of Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali....
Nearly 400 people have been killed since 2015 ‐ mainly in hit-and-run raids ‐ according to an AFP tally. Jihadist groups target both Moslem and Christian holy mans, mainly in the north.

Former colonial ruler La Belle France has deployed some 4,500 troops in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad in a mission code-named Barkhane to help local forces try to flush out jihadist groups.
Deutsche Welle adds:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslems ..
visited Burkina Faso earlier this month as part of a regional tour of West Africa.

Merkel pledged millions in financial support for the restive Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
shortly after meeting with Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Germany will give an additional €20 million to Burkina Faso and over €35 million to Niger ($22.4 million and $39 million, respectively) to support development projects as well as the outfitting and training of coppers in each country, she said.

"We talked about the deteriorating security situation and we want to be on the side of Burkina Faso, especially in terms of cooperation on security," Merkel told news hounds after a meeting with Kabore.

"This is necessary because in the east and north of the country there is a situation where children cannot go to school, where populations seem to live in insecurity. We need to end these problems as quickly as possible."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can see that one of these days I'm going to have to take refuge in a synagogue.
Posted by: Matt || 05/13/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Filed under How Times Have Changed: Call ahead, Matt, to see which ones will be extra welcoming if you promise to come carrying.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ‐ Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States

The announcement by the kingdom’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, came as the U.S. issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE’s regional allies condemned the reported sabotage Sunday of four ships off the coast of the port city of Fujairah.

The statement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at the city’s port. Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible.

However, the reports come as the U.S. has warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

Shortly after the Saudi announcement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry called for further clarification about what exactly happened with the Saudi tankers. The ministry’ spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying there should be more information about the incident.
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#1  ...There was some back-and-forth yesterday about whether or not this actually happened, and I guess this settles it.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/13/2019 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  The Beeb this AM said 2 ships had their hulls holed by "an unknown device". Limpet mines?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/13/2019 9:42 Comments || Top||

#3  All good fun til someone's tanker gets holed. Bet a lot of people who laughed about the USS Cole are not laughing now...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/13/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Retaliation to come?
US On The Hunt For Iranian "Ghost Tankers" | Zero Hedge www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-21/:...
At the time, most tanker tracking data came precisely from transponders and port authorities, which made most Iranian tanker movement reports unreliable. This, in turn, contributed to the October-December oil price drop when it emerged that Iran was shipping more crude abroad than previously believed.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 05/13/2019 13:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Gulf of Tonkin all over again.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/13/2019 14:06 Comments || Top||

#6  I was just waiting for you to go there. *snort*
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2019 14:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Now, Frank, one must admit there are some striking similarities... large bodies of salty water, big floaty boat-shaped objects. Except for the time, place, and one or two proper names, it's an almost identical situation.

Personally, I'd chalk it up to good ol' Sunni vs Shia pranks.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/13/2019 14:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Are frogmen Islamic?
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 05/13/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Are frogmen Islamic?

Hamas has a unit that occasionally manages to swim from the Gazan beach around Israeli precautions to land on an Israeli beach, and nearly as occasionally Israeli inspectors stop the conveyance of truckloads of scuba equipment through the border crossing, peanut gallery. So clearly frogmen are not un-Islamic, at least for the elect of Allah’s favoured. Beyond that Allah changes his rules at whim, so who can say
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 18:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Arab Frogmen legs taste like chicken but are hell to clean
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2019 21:23 Comments || Top||

#11  Thanks TW. lol Frank.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 05/13/2019 21:31 Comments || Top||

#12  But........are the frogmen’s legs halal?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/13/2019 23:10 Comments || Top||

#13  Gulf of Tonkin all over again.

"Remember the Maine"
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 23:26 Comments || Top||


Houthis begin withdrawing from Hodeidah ports in boost to peace efforts
[DAWN] Yemen’s Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
movement on Saturday started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a UN-sponsored deal stalled for months, a witness said, reviving hopes for peace efforts to end the four-year war.

But a minister in the Yemeni government backed by 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...
dismissed the Iran-aligned Houthis’ pullout as a "show" meant to "dis-inform the international community".

The move, yet to be verified by the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
, is the first major step in implementing the pact reached last year by the government and the Houthis for a truce and troop withdrawal in Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.
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Saudi forces kill 8 suspected terrorists in shootout in Qatif
[DAWN] 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 security forces killed eight alleged snuffies in a shootout in the predominantly Shia region of Qatif, a government statement issued late Saturday said.

The interior ministry said security forces launched a raid against a suspected Death Eater hideout on the island of Tarot off the coast of the kingdom's eastern province, a restive region on the Persian Gulf where most of the country's oil reserves are located.

The statement described the group as a "terrorist cell" and accused them of planning to attack vital installations and security targets.

The interior ministry said security forces only opened fire after they were shot at. It did not identify the hard boyz and said an investigation was ongoing.

Videos posted on social media by residents of Tarot showed black smoke rising from residential buildings and the sound of heavy gunfire on Saturday.

Saudi security forces frequently target and clash with Shia button men in the region of Qatif, which saw large protests by the minority community in 2011 demanding greater rights and equal treatment from the kingdom's Sunni rulers.

The kingdom has since targeted many of those protest leaders, including its most iconic figure, Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, who was accused of national security crimes and executed in early 2016.

The Shia holy man's execution sparked protests by Shias in Iraq, Pakistain and Iran, and led to the ransacking of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, which has remained shuttered ever since.

Tensions have likely spiked in recent weeks after Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 men, most of them Shiites, in a mass execution on April 23.

The UN's human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
chief called the mass execution, which included three sentenced as minors, "shocking" and "abhorrent."

The rights group Amnesia Amnesty International said 11 of the men were convicted of terrorism-related crimes after a "grossly unfair trial."

At least 14 others executed were convicted of violent offences related to their participation in anti-government demonstrations in Shia-populated areas of Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2012.
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UAE reports rare 'acts of sabotage' against 4 boats off its coast
[DAWN] The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday four merchant vessels had been targeted by "acts of sabotage" in Gulf waters off its coast.

"Four commercial, civilian trading vessels of various nationalities this morning suffered acts of sabotage" off the UAE's eastern coast, its foreign ministry said in a statement.

It did not name who was responsible, but warned that "carrying out acts of sabotage on commercial and civilian vessels and threatening the safety and lives of those on board is a serious development".

Nobody was harmed during the incident, the ministry said.

It called on world powers to help keep maritime traffic safe.
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#1  The Latest: Norwegian tanker's hull punctured off UAE coast

'Sabotage' suggests they did it themselves.
No explosives, just hull punctures.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Guess 'act of war' is harder to say than 'random acts of hooliganism'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||


#4  Wonder if they're running into spilled containers?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||


#6  So limpet mines. Looks like Iran trained some Frogmen.
Posted by: Phimble Elmusonter1143 || 05/13/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#7  What a better way to celebrate Ramadan than starting a war with the great satan
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/13/2019 22:14 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Bangladesh rescues 23 Rohingya girls from traffickers
[DAWN] Twenty-three teenage Rohingya girls were rescued after being brought from refugee camps to the capital Dhaka to be sent to Malaysia by air, Bangladesh police said on Sunday.

Dhaka police also jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
four human traffickers including a Rohingya couple and recovered over 50 Bangladeshi passports from them on Saturday.

Police front man Mokhlesur Rahman said they raided a residence in the northern part of the city and found the teenagers hiding in a room behind a tailoring shop.

"They were promised jobs in Malaysia and brought from refugee camps in Cox's Bazar," he told AFP, referring to the Rohingya settlements in Bangladesh's southeastern coastal district.

The girls ‐ aged between 15 and 19 ‐ could have been potential victims of forced prostitution, the official said.

"We have filed cases against the four arrested persons and sent the girls back to their camps in Cox's Bazar," Rahman said.

Abul Khair, local police chief of Ukhiya, where Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world, is situated, said he received the girls and would send them to their homes in the camps.
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Home Front: WoT
FBI Discovers Homegrown Islamic Terror Compound In Alabama
[DAILYCALLER] The FBI has uncovered a homegrown, jihadist compound in the small Alabama town of Macon County.

The FBI’s search warrant described the property as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" in a story first reported by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The land where the group gathered reportedly looked like an "abandoned dump," and was led by Siraj Wahhaj,
...also known as Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Sirraj Ibn Wahhaj. Siraj [Jr.] is the son of Siraj Wahhaj [Sr.], a Brooklyn imam whose mother welcomed him into the world as Jeffrey Kearse. Siraj Sr. was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a character witness in the trial of convicted terror plotter Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (“the blind sheikh”), and is connected to the several branches of the Moslem Brotherhood in America. He currently mentors pussy hat leader Linda Sarsour....
who allegedly trained children to commit school shootings in a similar terrorist breeding ground in New Mexico last year.

Wahhaj and four other alleged Islamic Lions of Islam were indicted on terrorism, kidnapping, and firearm violation charges earlier this year.

In an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group, former FBI agent Tim Fuhrman warned of the increasing threats of domestic terror that "exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life."

"Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security," Fuhrman said.

The FBI is currently involved in 850 domestic terrorism investigations, Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity said earlier this week while speaking to the House Homeland Security Committee, according to CNN.

"The FBI assesses domestic turbans collectively pose a persistent and evolving threat of violence and economic harm to the United States," McGarrity said.
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#1  When did this thing start? Screwing Trump was priority.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/13/2019 1:14 Comments || Top||

#2  It's been known for quite some time by the people in the area. I believe this one is near Tuskeegee.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/13/2019 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  The name is familiar. It's the same guy/group that killed his kid last year in a New Mexico jihad training compound. They were training their kids to shoot up schools.

How the hell was he/his group released from the New Mexico manslaughter and terrorism charges?
Posted by: Phimble Elmusonter1143 || 05/13/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Wasn't one of these compounds found in New Mexico about a year ago?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/13/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  So the fbi found 2 in a year.
Ho many hundreds of less severe more extreme are they delibratly ignoring?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 9:49 Comments || Top||

#6  So when a moslem fanatic sets up shop and trains fellow fanatics to bomb, shoot, and sabotage it is domestic terrorism?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/13/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Ho many hundreds of less severe more extreme are they delibratly ignoring?

"We're not ignoring them. We're developing contacts and sources. We even have 2 file cabinets entirely devoted to Lone Wolf cases."
Posted by: SteveS || 05/13/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Probably a mayor or two there who was sucking pisslamic d*ck...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/13/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Drudge linked to a Breitbart report on the story datelined today, which adds:

Sinclair Media revealed Friday that Siraj Ibh Wahhaj owned a property near Tuskegee, Alabama, found to contain what an FBI search warrant described as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" and a dead child "believed to belong to Wahhaj," prompting a child kidnapping charge following the dismissal of the child abuse charges in the New Mexico case. Police reportedly believe the terrorist training camp was designed for children’s use, not the adults in the compound.

That’s one dead child per compound thus far. Were they that careless, or were they consecrating their sites the old fashioned way?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2019 12:14 Comments || Top||

#10  So will Linda Sarsour be investigated too ? Ideally, all his mentees would be recruits right ?

FOX should get on her case and not let go.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/13/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#11  So the fbi found 2 in a year

Back in 2007 there were at least a dozen known islamic terror camps. The FBI hasn't closed half that. A hold over over Muller and Comey removing islamic terrorism from the FBI lexicon.

Fox? Not a chance. Gone liberal.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/13/2019 13:50 Comments || Top||

#12  OK, FBI, we already knew about the Islambergs you're letting harbor fugitives.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/13/2019 18:16 Comments || Top||

#13  Entitlement people. Back off ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/13/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||


Man arrested at Charlotte airport for lying about contacts with terrorist organizations
From May 2nd, but we missed the story then.
[CNN] A man was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
after arriving in North Carolina Tuesday for lying about his contacts with terrorist organizations.

Waqar ul-Hassan, 35, was returning from Pakistain and had gotten off a flight at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday night when he was arrested on two counts of making false statements in 2015 interviews involving terrorism, according to an FBI criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, the FBI began an investigation into Hassan in 2014 because the organization had information that he was communicating with people involved in terrorist organizations.

Hassan was interviewed by FBI agents and told them in some of those interviews that he did not support any terrorist or bully boy group and did not know anyone who was a member of one, according to the complaint.

In later interviews, he confessed to having lied, the complaint says, and admitted to "extensive contacts" with a recruiter about jihad.

Hassan also admitted to traveling and staying with forces of Evil for two or three days in 2014 and to giving up to $500 to and collecting food and money for a terror organization. The FBI complaint identified the group as Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
(JeM), an organization the US considers a terrorist group.
Maulana Masood Azhar has been known to enjoy tea partying with the Taliban and Al Qaeda, as well as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP)and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
After initial denials, Hassan signed a statement acknowledging he also attempted to send money to ISIS "[b]ecause [he] was angry about what was happening to Moslems around the world," but said he ultimately did not because he didn't have a way to get it there, the federal complaint says.

It is unclear why he was not detained in 2015.
Who was president in 2015? Think a bit — it will come to you, dear CNN journalist. It’s good to see the FBI is clearing old cases in the midst of the current brouhaha.
Hassan came to the United States from Pakistain in 1999 and is a naturalized US citizen who maintained his Pak citizenship. In 2016, he left for Pakistain and did not return to the US until Tuesday.
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#1  It is unclear why he was not detained in 2015.

I suppose the FBI was gearing up for the election.
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India-Pakistan
Latest Sri Lanka arrest throws spotlight on Wahhabism in eastern hotbed
KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahhabi Islam on the island’s Muslims.

Mohamed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance, which boasts a mosque, a religious school and a library in Zahran’s hometown of Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated city on Sri Lanka’s eastern shores.

“Information has been revealed that the suspect arrested had a close relationship with ... Zahran and had been operating financial transactions,” said a police statement late on Friday.

The statement said Aliyar was “involved” with training in the southern town of Hambantota for the group of suicide bombers who attacked hotels and churches on Easter, killing over 250 people.

A police spokesman declined to provide details on the accusations.
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#1  Salafi-Wahhabi Islam otherwise known as a blight.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/13/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Wahhabism is a plague. A plague that was protected by our need for Arabian oil. A plague George W Bush pretended was a friend.

Wahhabism certainly doesn't believe in peace and they aren't a friend of the west and pretending these things just encouraged them.
Posted by: rschwarz || 05/13/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Ironically but not surprisingly, the wahabists of today are joined by local communists, anarchists and many minority or anti-incumbency outfits in their long game. Of course funded and helped by the Saudis and others. Together they try to destabilize societal structures, infiltrate govt. organs and media, dissuade and demoralize conventional liberal democracy.

It is their theory that it 'exposes' the frailty of western/oriental society and culture, and then they can replace it with their shit.

To render it helpless, local govt.s will need to cruelly make examples of its proponents. This catch and release, legalistic approach is just counterproductive. You need to go full Duterte on them.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/13/2019 9:58 Comments || Top||


5 people killed in Gwadar PC hotel attack; army concludes clearance operation
[DAWN] At least five people bit the dust in a terror attack targeting the Pearl Continental in Gwadar yesterday, the army's media wing said in a statement on Sunday, as it announced the conclusion of its clearance operation of the hotel.

Four hotel employees ─ three staffers and a security guard ─ were killed and a navy soldier was martyred, while six people ─ including two army captains, two navy soldiers, and two hotel employees ─ were maimed as button men stormed the luxury hotel.

The attack was claimed by the banned Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Liberation Army, and a clearance operation at the hotel continued until late at night.

The army on Sunday afternoon announced that security forces had completed the operation at the hotel, killed three forces of Evil and retained their bodies for identification.

The ISPR, in a blurb, also provided a blow-by-blow of the attack and the ensuing operation, saying that three forces of Evil had entered the hotel with the intent of targeting hotel guests or taking them hostage.

The assault began between 4:30-5pm. The attackers wore uniforms resembling those worn by members of the security forces and were equipped with modern weapons, official sources told Dawn.

The ISPR said that the security guard at the entrance, Zahoor, attempted to deny the forces of Evil entry into the main hall, but was killed.

"The forces of Evil went to the staircase leading to the upper floors," the ISPR said. "Enroute to the stairs, the forces of Evil kept firing indiscriminately, resulting in the martyrdom of three more hotel employees, Farhad, Bilawal and Awais, while two got injured," the ISPR said.

The army's media wing said that the Quick Response Forces of the army, navy and police immediately reached the hotel, secured the guests and staff present there, and restricted the forces of Evil to a fourth floor corridor.

"After ensuring safe evacuation of guests and staff, a clearance operation was launched to take on the terrorists," the statement said. During this time, "the forces of Evil had made CCTV cameras dysfunctional and planted improvised bombs on all entry points leading to fourth floor," the statement said.

"Security forces made special entry points to get onto the fourth floor, shot down all forces of Evil and cleared planted IEDs," the ISPR said.

Pakistain Navy soldier Abbas Khan was martyred in an exchange of fire, while four other army and navy captains were maimed.

In the aftermath of Gwadar attack, the Balochistan government tightened security across the province. Chief Minister Jam Kamal chaired a high-level meeting today to review security arrangements in Gwadar and other parts of the province.

The army's media wing thanked the media for its responsible reportage during the operation, which "denied the forces of Evil of possible live updates" and "facilitated the security forces in smooth execution of the operation".
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Iraq
Makhmour farmers ask for protection from IS Diya
[IraqiNews] Nineveh (IraqiNews) A source in Kurdistan Region informed, on Sunday, that the farmers in Makhmour District filed a complaint to the parliament of the region to demand protection, after receiving threats from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eaters. The IS members called the farmers to pay Diya (ransom or blood money), otherwise they will burn their lands.

A source in the Parliament of the region said in a press statement, "The farmers of Makhmour District filed a complaint to the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region, demanding protection after receiving threats from members of the Islamic State group to burn their farms, unless they agree to pay Diya (ransom or blood money)."

The province of Nineveh witnessed several security breaches due to the presence of a number of the Islamic State members in the area.

It is noteworthy that the city of Makhmour lies between the districts of Hawija, Shorouk and djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
. Makhmour is about 50 kilometers away from the center of Nineveh Province. It is inhabited by a majority of Arabs and a Kurdish minority.
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Iraqi troops kill 3 Islamic State suicide bombers in Salahuddin
[IraqiNews] Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi troops killed on Sunday three 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....
jacket wallahs and destroyed 10 terrorist hotbeds in Salahuddin province.

"A joint force of Salahuddin Operations Command and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) carried out a preemptive military operation in the depth of Hamrin Mountains in Salahuddin province, killing three Islamic State suicide bombers," al-Madar News quoted the media center of al-Hashd al-Shaabi as saying in a press statement.

The troops "also destroyed 10 Islamic State hotbeds containing boom belts, ammunition and foodstuffs," the statement added.
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Iraqi intelligence arrest Islamic State terrorist at Mosul camp
[IraqiNews] djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
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....
terrorist at a camp of the displaced people in Mosul city.

"Acting on intelligence reports, troops of the Military Intelligence Directorate arrested an Islamic State terrorist hiding among the displaced families at Al Salamiyah camp in the eastern side of Mosul," Iraqi news website Almaalomah quoted the directorate as saying in a press statement.

"The terrorist was collecting information about the security forces and their families," added the statement.

The camp was funded by the Iraqi government’s Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MOMD) and handed over to UNHCR and its partners, ISHO, ACTED and Samaritan’s Purse, for upgrading work, including fencing, installation of electricity and the improvement of water and sanitation facilities.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
2 East Jerusalem men charged with planning Tel Aviv beach shooting for Hamas
[IsraelTimes] Indictments say pair met in prison, planned to carry out attack; upon their release, they contacted operative, who suggested they kill Jerusalem mayor, police chief or MK.

Two East Jerusalem residents were charged on Sunday for allegedly planning to carry out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on behalf of the Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, terror group.

According to the indictments filed at the Jerusalem District Court, 23-year-old Adam Muslemani and 27-year-old Mahmoud Abed al-Latif befriended each other in 2017, while serving time at Nafha Prison in the Negev for security-related offenses.

The two planned to carry out a shooting in Hamas’s name at a beach in Tel Aviv following their release from prison, the charge sheets said. The pair ruled out an attack in Jerusalem, citing the high number of attacks in the capital and its heavy police presence, which made the coastal metropolis a better target.

Following their release in February 2019, Muslemani and Abdel Latif traveled to Istanbul to meet with a Hamas operative, who allegedly suggested they instead target a public figure. The indictment said the Hamas member named former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, ex-police chief Roni Alsheich, and Temple Mount activist and then-Likud MK Yehudah Glick as possible victims.

In 2014, Glick was shot four times by a Paleostinian terrorist in a failed liquidation attempt in Jerusalem.

The Hamas member later gave them funds to carry out the attack and a pair of pants stitched with hidden messages from Hamas, according to the indictment.

A third East Jerusalem man, 32-year-old Issa Bin Nazem Natsheh, was also indicted for contacting the Hamas operative in Istanbul and for using money he received from him.

Prosecutors requested that all three remain in jug ‐ where they have been since their arrests in March ‐ until the end of legal proceedings against them.
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Gazan carrying knife arrested after crossing border into Israel
[IsraelTimes] The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
a man who crossed the border fence from the Gazoo Strip and entered Israeli territory, the army said.

The Paleostinian man was apprehended shortly after breaching the fence and was found to be carrying a knife, according to the military.

There were no injuries reported in the incident and the suspect was detained for investigation by security forces, the IDF said.

Israel reopened its main crossings with the Gazoo Strip on Sunday as part of a reported ceasefire agreement, after a weekend that saw low-level festivities along the border but no major outbreaks of violence.

Erez, in northern Gazoo, is the main terminal for civilian traffic while Kerem Shalom in the south of the Strip mainly serves commercial goods. The crossings were closed when violence broke out last week and remained shuttered for the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays on May 7-9.
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Southeast Asia
Three IS militants nabbed in Mindanao
[CNN] Philippine authorities said three ISIS militants were nabbed in Parañaque City and Rizal province. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said it arrested Narodin Abolkhair Manalinding and Cairo Gen Manatao Abolkhair in Parañaque on Friday morning for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Officials sad Manalinding and Abolkhair are from Marawi City, which was besieged by terrorists almost two years ago. Manalinding is said to be a financier and recruiter for ISIS-Daulah Islamiyah Ranao.

Police also arrested another ISIS militant identified as Tagoranao Dimaro Sarip Jr. in Cainta, Rizal just hours after the arrest of Manalinding and Abolkhair. Sarip, who is allegedly the propaganda and member of ISIS’ media cell, was arrested following a search authorized by a Laguna judge.

Authorities confiscated from him a hand grenade, an unregistered pistol and ammunition, and an ISIS flag.

Last month, police arrested two Abu Sayyaf militants in Quezon City and Muntinlupa. The latter was working as a security guard for an office building.
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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka town under curfew after anti-Muslim attacks, Saudi-trained “scholar” arrested
[DAWN] Sri Lankan troops in a northern town fired shots into the air and police imposed a curfew on Sunday after mobs attacked a mosque, in renewed religious tensions in the wake of the Easter terror attacks.

Police front man Ruwan Gunasekera said that the mobs in Chilaw, 80 kilometres north of the capital Colombo, also attacked Moslem-owned businesses.

The violence erupted like lava from a volcano in Chilaw, a Catholic-majority town, after a resident misunderstood a Facebook post as a threat against Christians.

Gunasekera said the Moslem man who posted the comment has been jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
. He said the curfew would be lifted at dawn on Monday.
Deutsche Welle adds:
Reuters on Sunday reported the arrest of a Saudi-educated scholar, Mohamed Aliyar, in Hashim's hometown of Kattankudy on Sri Lanka's eastern coast.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said those arrested accounted for "99%" of suspects.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
Sri Lankan authorities have tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahhabi Islam on the island's Moslems.

Mohammed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance, which boasts a mosque, a religious school and a library in Zahran's hometown of Kattankudy, a Moslem-dominated city on Sri Lanka's eastern shores.

"Information has been revealed that the suspect arrested had a close relationship with ... Zahran and had been operating financial transactions," said a police statement late on Friday.

The statement said Aliyar was "involved" with training in the southern town of Hambantota for the group of jacket wallahs who attacked hotels and churches on Easter, killing over 250 people.

Two Moslem community sources in Kattankudy told Rooters his hardline views were partly shaped by ultra-conservative Salafi-Wahhabi texts that he picked up at the Centre for Islamic Guidance's library around 2-3 years ago. The sources are not affiliated with the center.

"I used to always run into him at the center, reading Saudi journals and literature," said one of the sources.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian Air Force bombs jihadist forces near Turkish military post
[MOBILE.ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force unleashed a new round of Arclight airstrikes over the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this evening, targeting the positions of the jihadist and Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels.

According to a military source in Hama city, the Russian Air Force heavily bombarded the holy warriors in the Sheir Magher area, causing a number of kabooms that could be heard across the northwestern countryside of the governorate.

The source said the Russian airstrikes hit the krazed killer positions near the Ottoman Turkish Army’s observation post along the Hama-Idlib axis.

He would add that while the Russian airstrikes were conducted near the Ottoman Turkish observation post, they did not actually hit their military positions.

Tonight’s airstrikes come just hours after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) almost hit the same Ottoman Turkish military post in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate.
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#1  Maybe I come from a different era, but it sure seems to me that a awful lot of 'bombing' and 'airstrikes' cause a lot less damage than they used to. Perhaps that's journalistic license.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#2  If one reads this carefully, it appears that absolutely nothing was hit even after two strikes from land and air.

It was like firing your irons on the ground, to make the mexicans dance and flee.

In the real world it means 'we have these bombs, but for some reason we dare not hit you'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/13/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't understand. Are the Russians not so good at precision bombing or were they missing on purpose? Don't get me wrong any kind of explosive ordinance going off in Arab countries is a good thing. We need a lot more of it.
Posted by: jpal || 05/13/2019 20:32 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army’s first major push to capture key mountaintop town ends in disaster
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) suffered heavy casualties in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, today, after they attempted to capture the key mountaintop town of Kabani near the Idlib border.

Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began the assault by firing a large number of missiles towards the jihadist positions in Kabani.

Following the missile strikes, the Syrian Arab Army made their first major push to capture Kabani from the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
per a military source in Latakia, the Syrian Army suffered heavy losses during the attack, which forced them to fall back to the southern slope of the Zuwayqat Mountain.

The source said the total number of casualties is still unknown at the moment, but put the estimate between 20-25 killed or maimed.

Kabani is located on the highest mountain in the Latakia Governorate; this has made it incredibly difficult for the Syrian Army and their allies to capture.

Due to its proximity to the Idlib Governorate and strategic city of Jisr al-Shughour, Kabani is considered a top priority for the Syrian military in the Latakia Governorate.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  only a few miles from the Turkish border

it is really a small village about 2600 feet above sea level, rugged terrain, probably lots of caves too
Posted by: lord garth || 05/13/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Kabani, Syria
pop~2000(est?) with added jihadists withstood an assault by an armored division.

Some inflation here I think.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/13/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||


Militants kill 6 civilians in new attack on Christian city in northwest Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] At least a half dozen non-combatants were killed in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Sunday, a source in the area told al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the non-combatants were killed when the murderous Moslems fired several artillery shells and missiles towards the Christian city of Sqaylabiyeh near the Idlib Governorate border.

Among the six civilians killed on Sunday were five children and one woman. Several others were badly maimed as a result of this indiscriminate attack on Suqaylabiyeh.

Typically, when the murderous Moslems assault either Sqaylabiyeh or Mhardeh, two Christian cities in Hama, the Russian Air Force responds by launching Arclight airstrikes against the murderous Moslems responsible for the attack.

Sqaylabiyeh is home to one of Syria’s largest National Defense Forces (NDF) factions and the famous "ISIS Hunters" unit. The city also has one of the largest Christian (predominately Antiochian Orthodox) populations inside Syria.
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Syrian Army attacks Turkish observation post area near Idlib border
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched several retaliatory shells towards the Ottoman Turkish observation post area north of Qal’at al-Madiq on Sunday.

According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the Syrian Army fires several artillery shells north of Qal’at al-Madiq after holy warriors from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
and the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Liberation Front
...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here...
attacked the historical town earlier in the day.

The source said their artillery shells did not hit the actual Ottoman Turkish observation post, as they know the location of this military site.

Opposition activists accused the Syrian Army of killing one civilian during this attack on the Idlib Governorate border.

In relevant news, the Ottoman Turkish Army sent a large convoy of reinforcements to southern Idlib on Sunday to prevent the Syrian military from further advancing into the bully boy pocket in northwestern Syria.
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Ahrar Al-Sham behead Syrian soldier in northwestern Syria
[MOBILE.ALMASDARNEWS] The Turkish-backed rebel group, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, released a video this past weekend of their fighters boasting about beheading a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier in northwestern Syria.

Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, who has repeatedly tried to sell themselves as a ‘moderate’ rebel group, is currently participating in the ongoing battle for the northwestern countryside of the Hama
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