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Afghanistan
11 ISIS militants killed in US drone strikes in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven bandidos bandidos myrmidons affiliated with 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in separate dronezaps in 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 of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army in a statement said the US military carried out an Arclight airstrike in Deh Bala district, targeting a group of bandidos myrmidons carrying weapons on two horses.

The statement further added that the bandidos bandidos myrmidons were targeted in Kas area of the district, leaving three ISIS bandidos bandidos myrmidons dead and as a result the two horses were also killed.

The provincial government media office however said the airstrike was carried out in Haska Mina district, providing the same casualties toll.

In the meantime, the 201st Silab in a separate statement said Friday that eight ISIS bad boy were killed and three others were maimed in a similar airstrike on Thursday.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afghan Air Force intensifies airstrikes in northern Faryab province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has intensified Arclight airstrikes in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan in response to the growing threats of the terror groups who are attempting to expand insurgency in northern parts of the country.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan army in a statement said Saturday that Afghan Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes in Pashtun Kot district.

The statement further added that as a result of the airstrikes at least seven bully boyz were killed and three others were maimed.

According to the Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military, the airstrikes were carried out on the hideouts of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bandidos Lion of Islams in this province.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Hekmatyar’s men arrested for supporting and plotting ISIS attacks: Saleh
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The former Afghan intelligence chief and leader of the Afghanistan Green Trend movment Amrullah Saleh has claimed that at least twenty current and foreign members of the Hezb-e-Islami have been incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in connection to the recent ISIS attacks and for supporting the terror group.

Saleh issued an online statement after Thursday’s deadly ISIS attack in Kabul that left at least 41 dead and nearly 90 others maimed.

Saleh urged the people to take care of the security of their gatherings and ceremonies, insisting that the govenment has failed to provide security for such events.

He went on to claim that twenty people are in jug of the Afghan cops who have been arrested in connection to plotting ISIS attacks and supporting the terror.

Saleh however said the government refrains from disclosing the information regarding the detainees as they are all current and former members of Hezb-e-Isami party.

According to Saleh, the government attempps to preserve the peace deal with Hezb-e-Islami and efforts are also underway by Hekmatyar himself for the release of the detainees.

Citing credible sources, Saleh said Hekmatyar has contacted some security officials in a bid to secure the release of the detained individuals.

This comes as the ISIS group on Thursday launched a coordinated attack on a cultural center and news agency in Kabul, leaving at least 41 dead and nearly 90 others maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Somalia Arrests 42 Soldiers For Raiding Senator’s Home
[RADIOSHABELLE] A total of 42 soldiers were placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
Saturday for raiding the home of a senator who claimed that it was done by troops "trained by the U.A.E."

Somali security forces raided the residence of Senator Abdi Hassan Awale Qaybdiid in capital Mogadishu.

Abdi Qaybdiid was not at home during the raid.

The senator told the media that soldiers rammed through his front door and forced their way inside and conducted an illegal search.

"Government forces ’unlawfully’ entered my residence. They rammed the front door with a vehicle, then armed guards, disarmed the guards inside.

"I was at work when this happened," he added.

Somali President Mohammed Abdulahi Farmaho ordered chief of Somali army to investigate the attack on the senator’s house.

The president vowed that anyone involved would be brought to justice.

The government later announced that 42 soldiers, including two officers, were tossed into the calaboose in connection with the attack on the house of senator, according to state-run media SONNA.

Minister of Information Abdirahman O. Osman said an investigation has been launched to find out the reason behind the raid on the senator’s house.

"I was called by the head of National Intelligence and Security Agency [NISA] in Mogadishu, Saadiq John, who informed me that troops trained by the U.A.E. were responsible for the raid," Abdi Qaybdiid told the media.

On Oct. 17, Somali security forces arrested a former presidential candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur during a raid on his home in Mogadishu but later released him.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:


Al Shabaab Attack Two Police Camps In Ijara
[RADIOSHABELLE] Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
Lions of Islam have set on fire two police camps in Ijara, in the latest attack from the Somalia-based bad boy group.

The attackers also destroyed the main communication equipment used in the town before speeding off with a police land cruiser which is yet to be recovered.

A senior police officer briefed on the matter has told Capital News beat that no casualty was reported in the attack that occurred at 2 am.

Heavy security deployments have been deployed to hunt the Lions of Islam thought to have escaped to Boni forest or to neighboring Somalia.

"We have officers tracking them with the help of the military because we need to get the police vehicle back," the officer speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
said.

The attackers also broke into shops in the town and stole several items.

"They destroyed property but luckily there is no casualty, but we suspect some of them must have escaped with injuries after a shootout with police," another officer said.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Kenya, not Somalia
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2017 10:15 Comments || Top||


Militants Target Local Admin Office In Mogadishu With Grenade Attack
[RADIOSHABELLE] Suspected Militants on Friday night targeted a local administration office in Mogadishu city, lobbing grenades at it and no casualties reported.

Sources tell Radio Shabelle two grenades hurled at the compound located in Taleeh neighborhood in Mogadishu’s Hodon district.

The assailants thought to be Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
members escaped the scene immediately after the attack before the arrival of Police authorities who launched an investigation and a manhunt. No arrest was made.

The situation has returned to normality in the area on Saturday morning following the grenade attack.

Mogadishu has been hit by attacks and liquidations in recent months amidst tight security measures by the Somali Federal government forces.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Video shows Egypt’s church gunman calmly walking away
[IsraelTimes] Footage contrasts with self-congratulatory pro-government media coverage of the attack, which praised police response

Video clips circulating on social media on Saturday show the gunman who opened fire outside an Egyptian church and a nearby store owned by a Copt in an attack that killed at least nine people walking armed and unchallenged on a residential street for nearly 10 minutes.
Two videos can be seen at the link.
The gunman, the videos show, stops only occasionally to shoot at his pursuers before he is himself shot.

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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Taken by the Rapture.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/31/2017 19:38 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt’s security forces kill three members of Hasm terrorist group in raid after interior ministry uncovers plot
[AlAhram] Egypt's interior ministry announced on Saturday that security forces had raided a hideout belonging to the Hasm
...Hasm (Decisiveness) and Liwaa el-Thawra (The Revolution Brigade) are the NeverSisi militant arms of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. They sprang into existence, fully formed, in October, 2016, probably inheriting personnel from previous MB armed factions, and apparently organized by Mohammed Kamel, who was responsible for MB special cells until he was killed by security forces in a hail of gunfire about the time the two groups appeared...
terrorist group at a farm on Korayemat road, near Atfih in the Giza province, killing three leading members of the group in a shootout.

"The farm was used as a base for plotting and committing terrorist actions and for manufacturing explosives. A cache of weapons and ammunition was seized," the ministry said in a statement.

"Under the framework of proactive security efforts against terrorist groups, the ministry had uncovered a plan by Hasm to commit hostile actions that target touristic and other vital facilities, as well as police and armed forces, during Christmas celebrations in an attempt to cause instability and portray a negative image of the security situation in Egypt."

Ten other members of that group who are involved in the terrorist plot were caught in the governorates of Fayoum and Qalyubia at locations also containing ammunitions and other tools, which were uncovered by police.

The ministry added that information confirmed the involvement of those elements in firing upon security forces on a road near Fayoum, 60 km (40 miles) south of Cairo, in July 2017. That attack resulted in the killing of one security member and the injury to another, the statement reads.

"Information also revealed that those locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
received training on using arms and manufacturing explosives at a location in Egypt's Western Desert in the Fayoum governorate, where plotters had listed a number of touristic and security spots in preparation for a planned Christmas attack, following the orders of a runaway Moslem Brüderbund figure in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
," the ministry added.
In Turkey? How very interesting.
The ministry announcement comes one day after a gunman killed several people in an attack on a church in Helwan, south of Cairo, before being shot and captured by police.

Friday's attacker in Helwan attempted to drive through security forces outside the Mar Mina church armed with a machine gun, ammunition and a bomb that he intended to detonate in the church.

The ministry said he killed two people when he opened fire on a shop, before heading to the church where he rubbed out seven people, including a policeman.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram kills four loggers in NE Nigeria
[ARABNEWS] 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...
fighters opened fire on a group of loggers in a remote village in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
on Saturday, killing four people, a survivor and a militia leader said.

Gunmen on cycle of violences attacked the loggers while they were loading firewood into pickup vans at Maiwa village, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, they said.

The button men burned three vehicles laden with firewood heading to the volatile city.

"Four loggers were rubbed out by the Boko Haram button men who also burnt three vehicles loaded with firewood," said Ibrahim Liman, a leader of a militia force fighting the Lion of Islams.

He said other loggers escaped the assault.

The attackers, who rode on six cycle of violences, struck at the logging site around 4:40 p.m. (1540 GMT), said logger Haruna Dahiru.

"Sixteen of them (Boko Haram) came on six cycle of violences, riding in twos and threes, and opened fire on us without saying a word," he said.

"They killed four of our colleagues and set fire to three pickup vans we loaded with firewood to bring to Maiduguri to sell," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  I never understood how this 60's English singing group got into orc terrorism.
Posted by: anymouse || 12/31/2017 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Boko Haram are ecowarriors?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2017 3:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, you gotta have more than one or two good songs, right?
Posted by: Raj || 12/31/2017 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Radar Love dude, Radar Love.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/31/2017 19:37 Comments || Top||


Arabia
20 killed in Saudi airstrike in Yemen’s Hudaydah province
[PRESSTV] At least 20 people have been killed after warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition hit a residential locality in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.

Yemen's official SABA news agency, citing local sources, reported that Saudi aircraft targeted three civilian vehicles near a restaurant in al-Jarahi district on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, another Saudi Arclight airstrike killed at least 10 women in a farm in the Khoukhah district of the province.

The most recent mass casualties from such air raids were caused in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, where Saudi-led airstrikes killed or injured over 120 people in a market on Tuesday.

Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
UK police make 5th arrest in suspected extremist plot
[Ynet] British police have tossed in the slammer
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
a fifth man suspected in plotting an bad boy attack.

A police front man said Saturday a 21-year-old man was arrested late Friday on suspicion of preparing "acts of terrorism." The man was not identified or charged.

Two buildings are being searched in the city of Sheffield, 170 miles (275 kilometers) north of London, following the arrest, police said Saturday.

Four other men were arrested in the Sheffield area on Dec. 19. Two of them have been charged with engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism. The two men are both Kurdish Iraqis.
At least we know something now beyond the bare fact that some bad guys were arrested.
They are set to appear in court in January.
Update from Breitbart at 3:40 p.m. ET:
Police say one of the men arrested Dec. 19 has been freed while the other remains in custody.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Five down, several millions to go.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2017 3:44 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian security agency arrests supermarket bombing suspect
[IsraelTimes] Islamic State group grabbed credit for blast that maimed 18, but member of security committee in Russia's parliament casts doubt on declaration.

The Interfax news agency reported that the suspect was a 35-year old local resident who said he was a member of an occult movement and was taking drugs.
A man was incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Saturday in connection with a Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing that maimed 18 people, Russia’s main domestic security agency said.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  And they call it terrorism - what's wrong with Russians, don't they want to be civilized Europeans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2017 10:04 Comments || Top||

#2  don't they want to be civilized Europeans?

Jeez, Louise. Although to be fair, you're not gonna get much taxing refus from MENA.

As for the terrorism thing, I expect the Russians will come out better than the Germans. Hard to see the Rooskis setting up "safe zones" for their women on New Years.

Posted by: SteveS || 12/31/2017 10:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Hard to see the Rooskis setting up "safe zones" for their women on New Years.

They may have set safe zones for Muslims.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2017 12:30 Comments || Top||


Europe
Berlin To Set Up ‘Safe Zone' For Women On New Year's Eve
[HotAir] Two years after hundreds of sexual assaults were reported in the city of Cologne, Germany, the city of Berlin is setting up a "safe zone" for women this New Year’s Eve. But at least one police union boss is criticizing the effort and the implication that the entire area outside the safe zone is not safe for women. From the Associated Press:
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/31/2017 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [448 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Surely they should try and do that at the GERMAN BORDER
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/31/2017 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  What's to be done for men and children ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/31/2017 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  ...the implication that the entire area outside the safe zone is not safe for women.

Somethings are true. Thanks Merkle and diversity trumps Western Civ.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 12/31/2017 8:41 Comments || Top||

#4  I guess Tom Lehrer hit the bull-eye better than he knew "Once all the Germans were warlike and mean - but that could never happen again"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/31/2017 9:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Shades of the 'Rape Free Zone's of the so-called occupy [bowel] movement.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/31/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  It's called Poland.
Posted by: ed in texas || 12/31/2017 10:52 Comments || Top||

#7  #6 It's called Poland.
Posted by: ed in texas


Oh SNAP! An early Snark 'O The Day nominee
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2017 11:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Import camels. No one will trouble your women anymore.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/31/2017 12:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Camels...

Who thirsts in this desolate land,
Desist from consuming that sand --
From Jodhpur to Joppa,
Obey Abu Zappa! --
Right there where the camels all stand!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/31/2017 13:18 Comments || Top||

#10  I think y'all are reading this backwards, this is the police getting the women together to protect them.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 12/31/2017 15:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Give them knives
Posted by: Frank G || 12/31/2017 15:26 Comments || Top||

#12  #10 I think y'all are reading this backwards, this is the police getting the women together to protect them.
Posted by: BrerRabbit


More like they're getting the women together to use as bait, actual protection are left to the women. Frankly I've lost respect for the german government.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 12/31/2017 17:11 Comments || Top||

#13  When you're wounded and left on the Hauptbahnhofplatz,
Cuz an infidel fraulein has lopped off your putz,
Pray Allah, you rat, for a surgeon (named Katz?)
Who will sew it back on, good and kosher.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/31/2017 17:13 Comments || Top||

#14  You’ve been sharpening that scalpel again, Zenobia F.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 19:07 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Five IS militants killed in ‘encounter’ outside Karachi: police
[DAWN] Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
police on Saturday claimed to have killed five suspected bully boyz linked with the bully boy 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) group in an ’encounter’ on the outskirts of the city.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


5 Frontier Corps personnel killed while chasing oil smugglers
[DAWN] Five Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
(FC) personnel bit the dust in 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...
's Kharan District on Saturday when a trawler they were chasing ‐ which was reportedly carrying smuggled Iranian petrol ‐ rammed into their vehicle, killing all on board, sources in the FC said.

A search operation has been launched in the area for the apprehension of the trawler's driver, who had managed to escape the scene of the crime.

The bodies of the five deceased were sent to a nearby hospital.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Three people wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three people were maimed on Saturday when a kaboom hit an area south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

Alghad Press quoted the source saying that three people were maimed when an IED placed near commercial stores in al-Bayya went off.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:


Iraqi forces arrest Islamic State member in Anbar
Ramadi (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on Saturday 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....
member in Anbar province, police sources were quoted saying as forces continue to clear the country from remnant bad boys.

Alsumaria News quoted a local police source saying that troops arrested the bad boy in al-Tash, south of the city of Ramadi.

"The terrorist had taken part in most of terrorist attacks in Anbar," according to the source, who clarified that the arrest came after receiving intelligence information.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli jets strike Hamas post in Gaza Saturday night in response to Friday shelling
[IsraelTimes] IDF accuses Iran of pushing Israel and terror groups to war, 'playing with the lives of Gazoo residents,' by supplying mortar shells to Gazoo terror groups

Israeli jets on Saturday night carried out a second round of Arclight airstrikes in southern Gazoo in retaliation for three mortar shells fired at Israel on Friday.

The Israeli Air Force struck a Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", post in the coastal enclave, according to a statement from the IDF just before midnight.

Following the retaliatory raid, the army accused Iran of attempting to spark a war between Israel and Gazoo terror groups and putting the lives of Paleostinians in danger.

"The serious fire on Friday proved again that Iran, through rogue and holy warrior terrorist groups, is working to deteriorate the regional situation, is playing with the lives of Gazoo residents, and may lead the Strip to an escalation [of hostilities] after years of quiet," the IDF said.

Earlier on Saturday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the three mortar shells were supplied by Iran to terrorist groups in Gazoo. He described the fire on Friday as a "grave act."

Speaking to Hadashot News’ "Meet the Press," Liberman said the Islamic Theocratic Republic has supplied such weaponry to a number of terror groups in the Gazoo Strip in the past, and therefore it was "too early" to identify the exact source of the shelling.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Friday with IDF troops facing Palestinian rioters on Gaza border
[Ynet] Behind earthen dams are IDF fighters who are careful not to raise their heads as tire-burning Paleostinian rioters are catapulting marbles at them just as dangerous as bullets. When the rioters make a run for the border fence, the IDF's snipers go into action. Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", fighters in military positions nearby look on but hold their fire, trying to avoid escalation. Ron Ben-Yishai joined Golani and Duvdevan soldiers on their regular Friday activity - a cat and mouse game with the Paleostinians.

As we travel towards the border fence, we see a pillar of thick black smoke rising to the heavens. "They're burning tires," the scout tells me as he suppresses a smile. "Burning tires look great on camera."

He has been serving in this area for years, and he has already seen it all. The Paleostinian protests that erupted following US President Donald Trump
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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Commies kidnap deputy police chief in Cotabato
[PhilStar] Communist militants seized the deputy police chief of President Roxas town in North Cotabato late Thursday. Menardo Cui was off-duty and drinking with friends in the town proper when the insurgents arrived, herded him at gunpoint to their vehicle, and left.

The military and the provincial police have launched a search for the group that kidnapped Cui. There is a strong presence of the New People’s Army in North Cotabato's neighboring Magpet, President Roxas and Arakan towns.

Provincial police spokesman Bernard Tayong on Friday said intelligence agents are trying to identify the militants that seized Cui. Officials of the army’s 39th Infantry Brigade are certain Cui’s abductors are NPA guerrillas.

Regional military spokesman Capt. Silver Belvis said they have enlisted the help of traditional community elders in Magpet, President Roxas and Arakan in their search for Cui and his captors.

The NPA reportedly has a list of people targeted for assassination. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), during its 49th anniversary last Tuesday, provided the NPA with the targets. The CPP said the NPA should concentrate its attacks in eastern Mindanao and then in Luzon and the Visayas regions.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Raid on rebel hideout leads to firefight
[Bangkok Post] Thai rangers exchanged gunfire with four armed men during a raid on nine makeshift shelters of insurgents in Narathiwat province early Friday morning. The gunmen fled.

A team of rangers were despatched to Tawae mountain in Rangae district after midnight following information that the area could be an insurgent base. Upon arriving, the rangers found nine makeshift shelters and four men guarding the site. They requested permission for a search, but the men opened fire. Both sides exchanged fire for 15 minutes before the armed men fled. No one was hurt.

After the brief clash, the officers inspected the shelters and found an M16 assault rifle with rounds of ammunition.
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Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted
[BBC] Iran has moved to restrict social media networks that have been used to organise four days of anti-establishment protests.

The "temporary" restrictions on the apps Telegram and Instagram were imposed to "maintain tranquillity", state news agency Irib reports.

The protests have been the biggest show of dissent since huge rallies in 2009.

President Hassan Rouhani has said Iranians have the right to protest, but not cause disorder.

The protests began in the north-east as an outcry against economic hardship and rising prices, but turned political in many places, with slogans chanted against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mr Rouhani and Iran's interventionist foreign policy in the region.

In his first public comments since the demonstrations broke out, the Iranian president, speaking at a cabinet meeting, said that citizens were "completely free to make criticism and even protests".

But he added that the government would not tolerate any action that created "social disorder", the Iranian Students News Agency reported.

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Syrian forces uncover two mass graves in western Raqqah
[PRESSTV] Syrian forces have found two mass graves containing dozens of bodies of soldiers and civilians killed by Daesh terrorists in western Raqqah.
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Syrian forces advance towards last jihadist stronghold
[DAWN] Syrian regime forces advanced against jihadists Saturday on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last outside government control, a monitor and the state news agency said.
... and if you can't believe the state news agency who can you believe?
Government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes have since Monday been fighting mostly jihadist fighters in an area straddling the border between Idlib and Hama provinces.

The fighting, which could signal the start of a major offensive to seize Idlib province from rebels dominated by a former Al Qaeda affiliate, escalated on Thursday.

On Saturday, regime troops advanced, seizing several villages and surrounding areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor, said.

State news agency SANA said regime forces had taken control of five villages, areas and "strategic hills" in the northeast of Hama province.

An AFP correspondent said civilians continued to flee areas near the battle zone, heading north towards the bustling provincial capital of Idlib with their belongings piled high on pick-up trucks.

Since Thursday, the festivities have killed 32 soldiers and allied members of paramilitary units, as well as 29 rebels from Islamist groups or from former Al Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant, now something else...
, the Observatory said.

Twenty-one civilians have also died.

Government forces' first aim to take control of the southeast of Idlib province, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

This would allow the regime to have full control of a road that links the capital Damascus to the government-held second city of Aleppo.

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Sunni jihadists claim they blew up Iran oil pipeline
[IsraelTimes] Online video says 'operation was conducted to inflict losses on the economy of criminal Iranian regime'

A Sunni jihadist group on Saturday claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, the scene of other attacks by Arab separatists. Iranian authorities have not acknowledged any such attack.

An online video posted by Ansar al-Furqan claimed the attack and showed what it described as a pipeline near Omidiyeh.

The US-based SITE Intelligence Group quoted the video on Saturday as saying: "This operation was conducted to inflict losses on the economy of criminal Iranian regime."

SITE said the attack by Ansar al-Furqan, if confirmed, would be their first in oil-rich southern Iran.

Iran has faced low-level separatist unrest from Kurds in its northwest, the Baluch in its east and Arabs in its south since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran



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