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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A seagoing son of Rapunzel
Can rig up his wig as a studdingsail.
No harbor is quiet;
As barbers all riot,
He's honking up balls like a gunsel.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/02/2015 3:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Amazing.
Posted by: gorb || 08/02/2015 3:45 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Insurgents Torch Five Mosques in Baghlan
[Tolo News] Insurgents this week caused extensive damage to five mosques in northern Baghlan province after setting them alight, local officials said on Saturday.

Abdul Rasheed Nadem, head of Baghlan's Haj and Religious Affairs Department said that the incident happened two days ago in Dand-e-Ghori village in Pul-e-Khumri the capital of the province.

No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the incident yet.

But the residents of Dand-e-Ghori said that Daesh is active in the area.

The police have meanwhile launched an investigation into the incident, said officials.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  As the old punchline goes, it's a start...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2015 18:13 Comments || Top||


Four Local Police Killed in Uruzgan Clashes
[Tolo News] Four coppers have been killed during a four-day clash between Taliban Lions of Islam and Afghan Local Police members in south-eastern Uruzgan province, local officials said on Saturday.

In addition, six other local coppers were maimed.

The festivities took place in Khas district of the province after Taliban Lions of Islam attacked several villages, a front man for Uruzgan Police Chief, Dost Mohammad Nayab said.

"The festivities still continue in the district," he said.

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
the Taliban have not yet commented on the situation.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Military Operation Launched in Nangarhar to Clear Insurgents: Officials
[Tolo News] A large-scale military operation was launched in three districts of 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 early Saturday, local officials said.

The operation was launched in Hesarak, Sherzad and Khoghyani districts of the province which border with Pakistain. The operation was launched to clear Lions of Islam and will continue for a month, a front man for the Delab 201 Military Corps in eastern Afghanistan, Noman Atifi said.

"The operation is for a month and was launched under the name of "Musalas-e-Ahaneen" to clear the krazed killers," Atifi said.

"The commandos and special police forces have also arrived in the province to support the military forces in the clearing operation."

Mohammad Zaman Waziri, the head of the Delab 201 Military Corps is leading the operation and the air force will also support the ground forces in the operations, he said.

The operation launched in order to clear the Lions of Islam for the good governance in the province, he added.

Sherzad and Hesarak are the most insecure districts in which the Taliban Lions of Islam have activities and often target local security forces and threaten babus government employees, said officials.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Foreign Taliban Fighting in Badakhshan's Warduj: Officials
[Tolo News] Hundreds of foreign Taliban faceless myrmidons are present in the Warduj district of north-eastern Badakhshan province and are fighting security forces, officials said on Saturday.

Tamim Hamid, TOLOnews news hound, who visited the area this week, said that hundreds of hard boys, including their foreign counterparts, attacked Teergeran military base in Warduj over the past four days and have tried to take control of the strategic outpost.

However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
Afghan National Army troops, with heavy artillery, were sent in as reinforcements to help local security forces. In addition to assisting in Warduj, troops also launched a military operation against faceless myrmidons in Chakeran village which is believed to be a safe haven for the Taliban hard boys.

According to a former hard boy in the district -- 16-year-old Abdul Manan -- foreign faceless myrmidons fight alongside local Taliban hard boys. He said: "The Taliban is very well equipped and they have any kind of weapons and any kind of fighter, locals, foreigners, young and old."

Manan said he bravely ran away from home and joined the hard boy group only to eventually leave to return home.

Local officials meanwhile said that the Taliban launched their local offensive from Akhsher village in Badakhshan. Initially they had only seven members but that has grown to over 250 local faceless myrmidons -- including 10 former coppers, said officials. This figure excludes the imported muscle.

Officials said the faceless myrmidons have also stolen security force vehicles following attacks on checkpoints and that some vehicles were handed over to them by former local police commanders.

Habibullah Sharifi, a 37-year-old local police commander said that foreign Taliban members fight alongside Afghan Taliban. "Warduj is very important for the Taliban. They well know that if they take control of Warduj they will easily take control of other districts," he said.

A number of analysts believe that the strategic Silk Road, which links Afghanistan to China, is one of the main reasons why faceless myrmidons are trying to take control of the district.

"This is a historical way which is a link to East Asia and to South Asia and a link from Asia to Europe," said one analyst, Hazrakhsh Hafizi said.

Today Afghanistan has close relations with China and it seems that a number of regional countries which are involved in regional events are not happy about this, he said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
acting governor of Badakhshan, Shah Waliullah Adib said: "Right now, hundreds of foreigners and their families have been placed in Khostak area of the district [Warduj] and they are organizing attacks and the local Taliban does not have any authority. This group is also trying to pave the way for hard boy networks such Jundullah, Ansarullah and Turkmenistan, to enter the country," said Adib.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan


Two civilians shot dead in Herat city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two civilians have been rubbed out by police and bodyguards of the head of the Ulema Council of western 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.

Ehsanullah Hayat, front man for the governor of governor of Herat province said that the incident took place in the historic provincial capital last night.

He said a car crashed into the vehicle of the leader of the Ulema council after which fires were shot leaving two civilians killed.

Hayat added that four coppers and five bodyguards of the head of the Ulema Council were locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
following the incident in the area.

The arrested men have been put in jail and an investigation has been launched into the incident.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Æthiopian attack helicopters strike Shaboobs
BAIDOA, Somalia -- Æthiopian jets have started pummeling Al Shabaab positions in Bay region of southern Somalia according to residents and military sources, Garowe Online reports. Ethiopian-AMISOM forces for the first time flew attack helicopters to dislodge Al Shabaab militants from strategic towns in southwestern Somalia.

On Friday, residents in Bay regional district of Burhakaba reported that strike aircraft flying at low altitude launched strikes on fighting vehicles carrying Al Shabaab militants and dense forests. Casualties couldn’t be known due to the tight secrecy of beleaguered Al Shabaab group.

Kenyan warplanes previously used aerial bombardment in revenge for cross-border terror attacks.

Ethiopian forces along with Somali government troops liberated key towns in central and southern Somalia.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Cameroon deports 2,000 Nigerians in fight against Boko Haram
[NEWS.YAHOO] Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
has deported more than 2,000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide kabooms by 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...
jihadists, sources said Friday.

Regional newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been "rounded up" in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.

The weekly posted a photo on its Facebook page showing several departing trucks crammed with hundreds of passengers.

A source close to regional authorities confirmed that "more than 2,000 'irregular' Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri".

Mey Aly, an official from a local NGO, said that most of the Nigerians "had fled the atrocities of Boko Haram" to take refuge in Cameroon.

Thursday's deportations came just a day after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram.

Buhari and Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya pledged to strengthen cooperation between their two countries in the fight against the krazed killers.

Between July 12 and July 25, Cameroon's far north, on the border with Boko Haram's Nigerian strongholds, suffered three suicide attacks -- two in the regional capital, Maroua -- leaving at least 44 people dead.

The Cameroonian border post at Kousseri -- which has been hit by two suicide attacks since June -- occupies a strategic position, with just a bridge separating it from Chad's capital N'Djamena.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  A source close to regional authorities confirmed that "more than 2,000 'irregular' Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri"

"Irregular." It has a certain poignancy about it.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/02/2015 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  not enough fiber in their diets
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2015 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Dey Need the patented B-61 stool softener. Works for all ages.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/02/2015 12:03 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Warplanes Strike Yemeni Civilians Again: 8 Martyrs, Over 20 Injured
[ALMANAR.LB] The Saudi-led coalition continued on Saturday its aggression against the various Yemeni provinces, targeting the residential areas and the civilians.

In this context, the Saudi warplanes struck different areas in restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province, killing 8 civilians and wounding 20 others.

According to AfP, the runaway Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah flew into the Aden from Saudi Saturday.

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...
has been bombing Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
since March 26 to bring runaway president Abed-Rabbu Mansour Hadi back to power.

The Arclight airstrikes have so far claimed the lives of more than 5,302 civilians, mostly women and kiddies.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


The Grand Turk
'Wannabe' ISIS militant arrested in Turkey after geography slip-up
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A new recruit for 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) murderous Moslem group was tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
by Turkish authorities after telling his family that he was in the "seaside" city of Ankara -- unaware that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's capital is a fully landlocked city.

The family of the would-be fighter, who hails from the Russian republic of Dagestan
...a formerly inoffensive Caucasus republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca...
, had suspicions of their son's leanings towards the group, the Istanbul-based paper Hurriyet reported.

Under the guise of going on holiday to Turkey, the 26-year-old man -- referred to by the Hurriyet by his initials H.A. -- stayed at an ISIS cell for three days in Istanbul with other Russian jihadist hopefuls. The group then took a bus to the southern province of Hatay, which borders their final destination of Syria.

But back in Istanbul, H.A. messaged his brother back in Dagestan, telling him he was "having a holiday in Ankara and that his hotel is just two kilometers from the sea."

His father quickly travelled to Turkey, alerting Turkish security officials of his son's plans. Several days later, he was detained in the Hatay province, and later handed over to his parents to take him back to Turkey.

"We are grateful to the Turkish state," H.A.'s father told Hurriyet, adding that his "emotional" son had been tricked by ISIS propaganda. His mother said that having him back was a "gift from Allah."

H.A, meanwhile, claims that he really had intended to go on holiday, and "unknown men" forced him to join ISIS.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Must have worked in the Pentagon map room preparing maps for Generals on CNN A for O I for E one of them drone idiots no doubt!
Posted by: Snasing Darling of the Apes3736 || 08/02/2015 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Slineting3327 || 08/02/2015 15:00 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Fast and Furious Hand Gun Used in Garland, TX Terrorist Attack
One of the terrorists involved in the attack on the Mohammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas, was allegedly allowed to purchase a 9mm handgun from a gun store that is connected to the infamous Fast and Furious gun program run by the Obama Administration in 2010. The pistol was reported to have been purchased at Lone Wolf Trading Co. located in Phoenix.

Lone Wolf was known at the time by gun smugglers to be a store that would sell firearms illegally, according to a report by Richard Serrano with the Chicago Tribune. Nadir Soofi, one of the two terrorists killed during the attack in Garland, had a history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, the Tribune reported. That could have made him ineligible to legally purchase a gun. While in the Lone Wolf store, Soofi allegedly fudged some facts on the federal firearms form required for gun purchases in a licensed gun store.

Unknown to Soofi, Lone Wolf was in the middle of a federal sting operation knows as Fast and Furious. The ATF program was aimed at Mexican drug lords and traffickers who were attempting to buy guns in the United States and move them to Mexico. The program went sideways when federal officials lost track of the firearms, many of which allegedly ended up in Mexico.

One of those weapons was found at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Agent Terry was part of a Border Patrol team responding to the possible presence of Mexican bandits in southern Arizona. He was killed in an ensuing gunfight. One of the guns found at the scene was eventually traced to the Fast and Furious program.

When Soofi submitted the required form, the store contacted the FBI for a background check, according to the Tribune report. Serrano's article cites a Los Angeles Times article that stated a seven-day hold was placed on the pistol Soofi was attempting to purchase. For reasons that have yet to be explained, that hod was released after one day and Soofi was reported to have left the store with the pistol.

Lone Wolf gun store owner, Andre Howard, has reportedly denied selling the handgun to Soofi.

In May, Soofi and his roommate Elton Simpson attacked the Garland exhibit center where the Mohammad Art Exhibit, being attended by three Breitbart Texas writers, was about to let out. Breitbart Texas reported the two men jumped out of their vehicles and opened fire on a Garland police officer and an unarmed Garland school district security officer.

The Garland police officer drew his sidearm and returned fire. Both of the gunmen were killed. The police officer was struck in the foot. He was transported to the hospital and released that evening.

The Tribune reports states that the FBI has not released any details regarding the weapons used by the two terrorists. "Senate investigators are now pressing law enforcement agencies for answers, raising the chilling possibility that a gun sold during the botched Fast and Furious operation ended up being used in a terrorist attack against Americans," Serrano wrote.

Soofi's mother said her son acquired an AK-47 late in 2014. The Tribune reports states that federal officials believe Soofi and his accomplice may have been planning a Super Bowl attack. The Super Bowl was held in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix.

Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and on Facebook.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad

#1  Channeling Hilla the Hun:

What does it matter? Fast-n-Furious was over a year ago?
Posted by: gorb || 08/02/2015 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  For reasons that have yet to be explained, that ho[l]d was released after one day and Soofi was reported to have left the store with the pistol

Curious.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/02/2015 9:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Misleading headline alert. No confirmation on weapons used. However, the rope-adope from the Feds leads one to suspect it may be spot on.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 08/02/2015 10:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Did they sell guns to crims in order to try and boost calls for civilian disarmament?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/02/2015 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  ..if you use the new DoJ standard imposed on colleges in the accusation of rape being the preponderance of evidence rather than reasonable doubt, yes they did set it all up to 'grab guns'. See - Reichstag Fire.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2015 11:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Misleading headline for sure. Sill smoke - fires etc.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/02/2015 13:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Did they sell guns to crims in order to try and boost calls for civilian disarmament?

Yes.

I seem to recall a throwaway line by Obummer years ago when asked if he was working on gun control. He answered coyly that they were working on it currently from another (non-legislative) angle.
Posted by: JHH || 08/02/2015 15:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Did they sell guns to crims in order to try and boost calls for civilian disarmament?

Come, come. They wouldn't do that now, would they? Would they?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/02/2015 16:28 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistan Military Fires Off Another Volley of Rockets in Nangarhar
[Tolo News] Local officials from 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 on Saturday said that the Pak military has repeatedly fired missiles into the province over the past three days.

Zabihullah Zemarai, a member of the Provincial Council of Nangarhar, told TOLOnews that "until yesterday [Friday] about 13 rockets were fired into Nazyan district of the province," he said.
A number of homes were destroyed in the attack but no casualties were reported, said officials.

"In the past three days rockets have been fired into Afghanistan and civilian property has been damaged from the attacks," Nasir Kamawal, deputy head of provincial council of Nangarhar said.
"We want the government to take the matter seriously," Kamawal said.

Officials from the Provincial Council and residents of Nangarhar have warned Pak forces that "if they not stop their attacks, they will face the same response."

A tribal elder, Aminullah Amarkhel said that "about 13 homes have been destroyed and the people are moving to other parts of Nazyan province."

This comes after officials from the Ministry of Defense said recently that a delegation had visited Pak officials and discussed the matter.
However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the officials did not provide details about the meeting.

Pakistain first launched cross-border attacks on Afghan soil -- in the eastern provinces - in 2010. Pak officials have however long denied the attacks, or claimed they were in response to attacks by forces of Evil originating in Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


ASWJ leader detained
[DAWN] RAWALPINDI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday detained Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat
...which is the false nose and plastic mustache of the murderous banned extremist group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain, whatcha might call the political wing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi...
(ASWJ) local leader Qari Imran Hazarvi and shifted him to the Adiala jail for 90 days.

On the other hand, the Special Branch has provided a list of 30 active members of the banned ASWJ to the police to keep them under a strict watch.

According to sources, Hazarvi, the Khateeb of Jamia Masjid Siddique Akbar, Mohra Chapper Chakri Road, was picked in the light of intelligence that the outfit might try to create law and order situation in retaliation to the killing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
chief Malik Ishaq along with his two sons during an 'encounter' with the CTD in Muzaffargarh on Wednesday.

After obtaining detention orders from the district coordination officer (DCO) Rawalpindi, the CTD picked Hazarvi under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called the chief of staff and complained that the artillery was keeping him awake...
security in the Rawalpindi division has been raised to the high alert in the wake of Malik Ishaq's killing.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Mohammad Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja told Dawn that extra police personnel had been deployed around the police installations, the CTD cop shoppe and other government establishments
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan


Iraq
Official: Nearly 800 ISIS militants killed in Mosul last month
[Rudaw] More than 780 ISIS turbans and 135 non-combatants were killed in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
province since last month, a Kurdish official told Rudaw on Saturday.

"According to statistics from Mosul, 784 Daesh [ISIS] turbans have been killed by the Peshmerga Arclight airstrikes and internal tensions and conflict among the organization since the beginning of July in the Nineveh [Mosul] province," said Saeed Mamuzini, media officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul.

"Among the killed holy warriors, eight were from Germany, three from La Belle France and 12 had the rank of emir [leader] and two mass graves were uncovered, containing many foreign turbans of 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....
," Mamuzini added.

Due to lack of medical necessities, 135 civilians from Mosul and its outskirts have died, Mamuzini said, adding that ISIS has evicted 415 Kurdish families and installed Arab families inside homes in Mosul.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad: oil town Baiji in 'almost fully' under control
[Rudaw] Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Ubaidi said Friday the hotly contested oil city of Baiji was "almost fully" controlled by government troops after months of fierce festivities between security forces and gunnies of 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....
, or ISIS, who captured large parts of the town earlier in May.

"Iraqi forces have been able to push gunnies back and control all the districts in Baiji except for Muhandeseen neighborhood east of the township," Ubaidi said during an interview with Russia Today, adding that over 1,000 ISIS gunnies have been killed in the festivities.

On Thursday, Beiji's mayor, Muhammad Mahmoud, told Rudaw the street fighting continued unabated in the township with sporadic sniper attacks on government forces.

Three boom-mobiles hit a group of government forces in central parts of Baiji on Tuesday killing at least 11 people and wounding another 21, the defense ministry said.

Baiji, some 70 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk city, has the largest oil-producing refinery in Iraq and a large power plant. The refinery has been shut down since ISIS launched its Iraqi offensive more than a year ago.

Government troops supported by the Shiite militia movement known as the Hashd al-Shaabi have been locked in a year-long bloody war in the city trying to drive the gunnies away from the strategic refinery.

Ubaidi who is in Moscow for talks on military aid for Iraqi forces said Russia was committed to an earlier agreement to help Baghdad in the fight.

Earlier in May, Moscow offered visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi military assistance against the ISIS who have made progress in central Iraq during the summer.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  3 deep breaths, here we go:

The Zionist Rothschild Banksters and their mercenary apostates have temporarily taken "control" of an obscure part of Baiji. The Caliphate will smother them in their own joooouices and burn their fiat money!

Death to America!
Death to Zionist Entity!
Hail, hail To The Champions if the West!
Posted by: Shipman || 08/02/2015 13:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's see...

minus one point, no use of 'zionazi'

minus one point, no use of 'Crusader'

minus one point, no Sea of Fire...

Sorry guys, these are mandatory, you _know_ that.

7.0.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Clashes in West Bank following death of Palestinian baby, teen
[Ynet] Dozens of settlers from the Esh Kodesh attack Paleostinian farmers, trying to stop them from working their land; Paleostinians clash with security forces at funeral of 17-year-old killed by IDF fire after throwing a Molotov cocktail at troops.

Clashes continued into the late afternoon hours on Saturday across the West Bank and in Jerusalem, as masked Paleostinians used burning tires to block the main road outside Duma, where unknown Jewish perpetrators set fire to the Dawabsheh family home, killing 22-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and seriously wounding his parents and brother.
The so-called "Price Tag" attacks have gotten worse. This time they set a Palestinian house afire, and a baby died. This one won't be treated leniantly by the Israeli authorities.
Some 200 men and women blocked Highway 65 near Ayn al-Sahla in Wadi Ara in protest of the murder of Ali Dawabsheh from the village Duma. They pelted an Israeli police vehicle that arrived at the scene with stones, waved Paleostinian flags and called to bring the murderers to justice.

The protesters were joined by Joint Arab List MKs Jamal Zahalka and Yusef Jabareen, who were not part of the road-blocking.

Paleostinian youths clashed with security forces in the Jalazun refugee camp on Saturday afternoon following the funeral of Leith Khalidi, 17, who was killed by IDF fire on Friday night after throwing a Molotov cocktail at troops near Birzeit north of Ramallah.

On Saturday morning, Jewish settlers attacked Paleostinian farmers from the village Qusra, who were preparing the land for planting some 100 meters from the security fence of the settlement Esh Kodesh.

The Paleostinian farmers, who were using a mechanical bagger, halted their work when settlers from Esh Kodesh, who had called the IDF, arrived at the scene. There was an exchange of words between the Paleostinians and the settlers, which devolved into rock throwing.

The incident was over rather quickly after the IDF separated the parties.

The dispute surrounds the question of land ownership, and officers from the military coordination office were on the scene to examine whether the work was being conducted in area B or C.

These festivities are a regular occurrence in the agricultural plots surrounding Qusra. The settlers claim that the land belongs to the State of Israel, and that a Jewish-owned vineyard nearby was set ablaze by the Paleostinians.

According to the settlers, the work was a provocation orchestrated by the organization "Rabbis for Human Rights" (a pro-Paleostinian human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
organization), and other European left-wing activists who arrived with locals from the nearby villages in order to build infrastructure on disputed land.

Overnight violence
Additional festivities and protests erupted in the West Bank Friday, giving rise to intense fears of further escalation.

Riots first began in Jerusalem where Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, had already declared a "Day of Rage" following festivities at the Temple Mount. The Paleostinian organization based in Gazoo then called on West Bank residents to demonstrate in response to the Duma Jewish terrorist attack.

One police officer was lightly maimed by broken glass from a bottle thrown at security forces in the Old City of Jerusalem alongside rocks and other objects. One Paleostinian was jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
Several young Paleostinians threw rocks at the entrance to Qalandiya, just north of Jerusalem. Border Police responded with tear gas, dispersing the crowd.

In Isawiya in East Jerusalem, Border Police clashed with dozens of Paleostinians who threw fire bombs and stones at security forces. The rioters were met with riot-control measures and pushed back toward the center of the neighborhood
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Zionist Entity Readies Iron Dome on Lebanon Border
[ALMANAR.LB] The Zionist entity has deployed Iron Dome defense system to the north, FoxNews quoted an Israeli commander a s saying.

Col. Yoni Saada Marom, commander of Israel's Active Defense Air Wing, said that the military drills were not a direct reaction to recent events, but made clear that Hezbollah and other resistance organizations close to Israel's borders presented a potentially heightened threat.

"We saw that during Operation Protective Edge [2014 Gazoo War] the Iron Dome faced one kind of challenge in the south," he said.

"Now, we are dealing with the challenges and scenarios that we think the enemies from the north will bring. One of the scenarios could be that, like Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, they will try and challenge us with a variety of threats simultaneously -- which is a great challenge -- but we are developing our concepts of operation," Marom said according to Foxnews.

Some military analysts have expressed skepticism that the revolutionary defense shield will hold up under a sustained assault from a wide variety of more lethal missiles attacking from different points of the compass and maintain the approximately 90 percent interception rate claimed by the IOF during last year's war on Gazoo.
If it's only 50%, that's still better than the 0% protection they would get by deploying nothing. Let not the perfect be the enemy of the good, and all that.
Marom is responsible for the Iron Dome's defense of his country from its northern borders with Leb and Syria, all the way down to its southernmost point, Eilat, on the Red Sea, adjacent to the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

He didn't offer specific numbers, but revealed that more batteries are now operational than was the case in Gazoo last summer, and that more soldiers have been trained to operate the additional sophisticated systems.
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#1  He'll just let the turbans you've moved a nuclear launch on warning stance, that will clarify the sauce.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/02/2015 13:19 Comments || Top||

#2  If you can intercept 50% and they can intercept 0% of your counterbattery fire then you're ahead.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/02/2015 13:55 Comments || Top||

#3 
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#4 
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Southeast Asia
Suspected Philippines Communist leader captured
[AA.TR] A woman suspected of being one of the Philippines communist party's top leaders was tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in a joint police and military security force Saturday after a ten year hunt.

Maria Concepcion "Concha" Araneta-Bocala had a P7.8 million ($171,000) bounty on her head and was wanted on murder and rebellion charges.

The 64-year-old was captured in Calumpang Molo, Iloilo City in Western Visayas and brought to the criminal investigation and detection group where she is being questioned, the Inquirer reported Saturday.

Bocala is said to be the party's secretary general for Panay Island in the central Philippines.

The report stated that she was arrested with two helpers, and authorities had also seized a fragmentation grenade, .45-caliber and .22-caliber pistols, ammunition, cell phones, a laptop, and an external hard drive.

Citing a statement from senior investigator Supt. Peter Naboye, the Inquirer reported that the arrest occurred after a year-long surveillance operation.

"Joint police and military operatives from CIDG (criminal investigation and detection group) and armed forces of the Philippines cornered her in a house at Juntado Subdivision, in Barangay Calumpang, Molo District, early Saturday morning.

"The arrest was done on the strength of an arrest warrant issued to Araneta-Bocala for a crime of murder issued by a court in Antique. She also faced a separate arrest warrant for rebellion issued by a court in Antique," the Inquirer report said.

In a presser, police regional director Chief. Supt. Bernardo Diaz said Bocala has been the subject of a decade-long manhunt.

He said that her nephew, Joseph Cariaga, and helper, Anniely Soldevilla, were also taken into custody for further investigation.

Bocala's lawyer, Janne Baterna, later claimed that her client is a holder of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, which should render her safe from arrest or prosecution.
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#1  64 yr old Commie?

NOT a MILF
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Leb Army Destroys Vehicle Transporting Jihadists on Arsal Outskirts
[AnNahar] The Lebanese army destroyed on Saturday a vehicle transporting gunnies on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said in the army's operation took place in Khirbet Daoud.

The threat of jihadists, deployed on the porous Lebanese-Syrian border, rose a year ago when al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front 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....
group fighters overran Arsal and engaged in heavy battles with the army.

The gunnies took with them hostages from the military and police and later executed four of them.

Since then, the jihadists are carrying out several infiltration attempts but troops, which are heavily deployed in the area, are confronting them.
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#1  Bonus points if it goes up in flames with the jihadists in it.
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Syrian Army Establishes Control over Hasaka, Areas in Hama, Kills Terrorists
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army, air force, and national backing forces conducted Saturday a number of operations against murderous Moslems in different provinces in the country, establishing control over some areas, clear others, and destroy terrorists' vehicles and dens.

Hasaka

The Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with national supporting forces, established full control over the eastern city of Hasaka after eliminating the last gatherings of ISIL murderous Moslems who infiltrated into the city's neighborhoods on June 25th.

The army units, backed national forces, checked and cleared the two faculties from bombs which ISIL murderous Moslems planted in the facilities of the both faculties.

Daraa

Units of the army and the armed forces on Saturday destroyed dens and hotbeds of the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist organizations in the southern Daraa province.

Quneitra

A number of bad boyz were potted and their military equipment destroyed in operations carried out by the army units against their dens in al-Hamidyia village in the southern Quneitra province.

Aleppo

The army air force destroyed the supply routes of Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front and other terrorist organizations in the countryside of the northern Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA that the army air force carried out intensive Arclight airstrikes against positions and supply routes of the Takfiri terrorist organizations on the direction of Bshantara --Kafr Dael in the western countryside of the province.

The source added that a convoy of terrorists' vehicles was destroyed in the strikes and all murderous Moslems onboard were killed, some of the vehicles were equipped with heavy machineguns.

Latakia

50 Terrorists killed, most of them of non-Syrian nationalities, in strikes by the Army air force against dens and gatherings of terrorist organizations in Dweirshan, al-rawda, al-wadi and al-Durra in the northern countryside of Latakia.

Hamah

Units of the army establish control over Zaizoun station in the north western countryside of Hamah after killing a number of murderous Moslems and destroying their arms and ammunition.

On Friday, the army units established control over Ziyadia and Zayzoun towns in the countryside of Hama province after inflicting heavy losses among murderous Moslems in personnel and weapons.

Field sources told SANA today that a unit of the army destroyed a gathering for murderous Moslems in al-Madeq citadel town to the north-west of Hama.

The sources added that scores of bad boyz were potted in the operation, among them leader of a terrorist group nicknamed as "Abu al-Dardar."
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Al-Qaeda-led court executes 10 in Syria's Aleppo
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least 10 people were executed on Saturday in Syria's Aleppo city on the orders of a religious court dominated by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two of the executed were accused of adultery, with the rest accused of collaboration with the Syrian government.

The executions, in the eastern Aleppo neighbourhood of Shaar, were ordered by a religious court that includes several conservative rebel groups but is dominated by Al-Nusra Front.

All 10 men were rubbed out, the Observatory said.

Islamic courts have been set up in many towns and villages in Syria taken from government forces by Islamist faceless myrmidons or jihadist groups.

Al-Nusra has also carried out summary executions of government troops in areas it has captured.
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Syrian army advances after rebel offensive
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Syrian army and allied militia have regained control over several northwestern villages from hard boyz on a plain crucial for defending costal areas that Damascus holds, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday.

The military is battling hard boyz including al-Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
for control of Sahl al-Ghab, a plain that runs alongside the western coastal mountains as well as lying close to Hama city.

The hard boyz launched an attack this week in the area but the government has fought back using aerial bombardments, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Syrian air force pounded the area more than 270 times in four days, the Observatory said, and by Saturday government forces had retaken several villages and areas located inside the plain.

These included Khirbat al-Naqus and Mansoura as well as surrounding areas, it said. The army had also won back Ziyadia village and Zezoun power station, one of the country's major thermal power plants, which Nusra Front said it had captured earlier in the week.

A total of 39 combatants had been killed in the recent violence, the Observatory said.

State news agency SANA reported late on Friday that the army had taken control of Ziyadia and Zezoun as well as other locations and had "eliminated many terrorists".

Insurgents have made advances against the military in several parts of Syria in recent months, including capturing most of Idlib province to the northeast of Sahl al-Ghab plain.

Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
alluded to military setbacks last Sunday when he said the army had been forced to give up some areas in order to hold onto more important ones during the four-year conflict.

Syria's western flank, which runs in part along the Mediterranean coast and Lebanese border, is home to major cities including Damascus and is seen as crucial for Assad's hold on power.
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Bombed Qandil villagers: 'We have nothing left"
[RUDAW.NET] Residents of Zargali village on the outskirts of the Qandil Mountains have called upon the Kurdistan Regional Government to help secure their homes that were bombed Saturday, leading to the deaths of nine people.

Villagers who spoke to Rudaw said they wanted no part of any dispute between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

"We are civilians and innocent people with no weapons in hand. We are not part of the long-period of conflict between PKK and Turkey," said one local resident.

"Therefore, we are strongly condemning the recent bombardments."

The villager said the livelihoods and homes of the locals have been destroyed, leaving them with nothing to return to.
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#1  We are not part of the long-period of conflict
Just because you don't want war does not mean war does not want you.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2015 7:31 Comments || Top||


Army artillery kills family of five near Zabadani as thousands flee assault
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian army artillery has killed a family of 5 members in the mountainous town of Madhaya near the stricken city of Zabadani on the Lebanese border, activists said on Saturday.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived...
thousands of families fled Zabadani and neighboring villages as fighting between Assad forces backed by Hezbollah and Salafist tough guys enters the fourth week amid rebels' stubborn.

Activists also reported killing of 7 people in Bukain town in barrel kabooms on Friday.

On another battlefront, the Syrian regime army and allied militia NDF have regained control over several northwestern villages from rebels on a plain crucial for defending coastal areas that Damascus holds, Rooters said on Saturday.

The military is battling forces of Evil including al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
for control of Sahl al-Ghab, a plain that runs alongside the western coastal mountains as well as lying close to Hama city.
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Rebel Group Flees Headquarters, Ending Clash With Al-Qaeda Offshoot in Syria
[WSJ] Clashes between members of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria and a rebel faction in the country’s north believed to have been trained by the U.S. government have stopped after the rebels left their headquarters, activists said on Saturday.
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Terror Networks
US, allies target Islamic State with 30 air strikes in Iraq, Syria: US
[Al Ahram] The United States and its allies launched 19 air strikes in Iraq and 11 in Syria on Friday in the coalition campaign against Islamic State militants, the US military said on Saturday.

The strikes in Iraq included six near Mosul, four near Ramadi and three near Sinjar, destroying staging areas, fighting positions, tactical units and other Islamic State targets, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

The strikes in Syria were concentrated in northern areas where Islamic State is fighting for a foothold, including near Hasaka, Aleppo, Kobani and Deir al-Zor, it said.

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