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Good afternoon
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 16:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm not afraid of her.
Posted by: Anguper Angearong6845 || 03/08/2018 20:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Is that a wool jacket?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/08/2018 20:47 Comments || Top||

#3  It's funny what passes for Pallas
To feminists wise-ass and calloused:
A kook in a coven,
A sylph and her oven,
Or Woolf with that coat full of ballast.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/08/2018 22:38 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Airstrike in Laghman province leaves 7 militants dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least seven bandidos murderous Moslems were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a reputionagreat wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.

province of Afghanistan, according to the local government authorities.

The provincial government in a statement said the airstrike was carried out at around 2pm local time on Tuesday in the vicinity of Alingar district.

The statement further added that a group of murderous Moslems was targeted in Sangar Dara area, leaving at least seen dead.

Key members of the anti-government armed Death Eater groups identified as Zurmat, Janan, Pahlawan, and Hejrat were among those killed, the statement added.

According to the local authorities, at least three bandidos murderous Moslems were also maimed in the airstrike.

The bandidos murderous Moslems killed in yesterday’s air raid were involved in major terrorist related activities in Alingar and other parts of the province, the statement said.

In the meantime, the provincial government said a new operation (Operation 23 of Silab-1) was launched in Alingar district few days ago.

Several bandidos murderous Moslems have been killed or maimed the operations so far, the provincial government said, adding that dozens of improvised bombs have also been confiscated.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide attack rocks Jalalabad city in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A suicide kaboom rocked Jalalabad city the historic provincial capital 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 this afternoon.

According to the local officials, the target of the attack was the provincial Hajj and Religious Affairs Chief Mawlavi Abdul Zahir Haqqani.

The officials further added that Mawlavi Haqqani has been maimed in the attack but there are reports regarding his health condition.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the provincial government media office confirmed that the head of the Hajj and Religious Affairs of Nangarhar Mawlavi Abdul Zahir Haqqani has been killed.

A statement by the provincial government said the incident took place at 3:10 pm local time targeting the vehicle of Mawlavi Haqqani.

The statement further added that Mawlavi Haqqani was killed along with his driver in the attack and nine civilians were maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Coordinated attack on Spin Boldak police commandment in Kandahar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of Death Eaters have launched a coordinated attack on the police commandment of Spin Boldak district in southern Kandahar province.

Preliminary reports indicate at least four people were killed in the attack and a number of others have been maimed.

The local security officials confirm the murderous Moslems detonated a cycle of violence bomb near the police commandment to open the way for the remaining Death Eaters to launch the attack on the compound.

It is yet not clear if the kaboom was a suicide kaboom or not but a security source says two coppers have bit the dust in the attack and two others were maimed.

The source further added that two murderous Moslems have also been killed in the attack while one of them still resist the security forces and exchange fire.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Kills 10 in Nigerian Attacks
[AnNahar] 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...
killed 10 people in three separate attacks in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, in the latest violence against civilians in the restive region, local militia said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, four loggers were killed when they stepped on a landmine left by the jihadists near Dikwa, 90 kilometers (55 miles) east of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

The four had gone to retrieve a vehicle abandoned the previous day following a Boko Haram ambush that left three dead.

"Four people died yesterday (Tuesday) just outside Dikwa as a result of an kaboom from a mine planted by Boko Haram," Babakura Kolo, a militia leader in Maiduguri, told AFP.

"They were among a team of loggers who were attacked by Boko Haram on Monday while on their way to the bush to collect firewood under security escort.

"Three loggers were killed in the attack while the rest fled to Dikwa and left behind a pickup van."

Another militia leader, Ibrahim Liman, gave a similar account of the incident.

Also on Tuesday, three people were killed in Gamboru on the border with 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...
, said Umar Kachalla, a militia leader who is based in the town.

He said the attackers sneaked into the town on foot at about 2:00 am (0100 GMT).

"They slaughtered their first victim in the Kasuwar Shanu area and looted his provision store before moving to Fulatari area where they rubbed out two residents," he said.

The motive for the killings were unclear, he added.

In August 2014 Boko Haram seized Dikwa, forcing residents to flee to Maiduguri.

Chadian troops retook it from the bandidos holy warriors the following March, allowing residents to return, but sporadic attacks persist from the jihadists hiding in remote areas.

Most of the returnees to Dikwa live in a camp for the displaced where they rely on food handouts from aid agencies.

Many have turned to felling trees from the surrounding bushland to sell as firewood to make money to buy extra provisions.

Boko Haram have increasingly targeted loggers in their armed campaign, accusing them of spying and passing information to the military and the local militia fighting them.

In January five loggers were killed in Ajeri village near Dikwa in an attack that left four others injured.

The Islamist bad boys' nearly nine-year insurgency has killed at least 20,000 and forced some 2.6 million others to flee their homes, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Saudi soldiers,mercenaries killed in Najran, Asir
[SABANEWS.NET] Dozens of Saudi soldiers and mercenaries were killed on Wednesday in separate operations by the units of the army and popular forces in Asir, Najran and Jizan province, a military official told Saba.

The units of the army and popular forces carried out a unique operation on al-Dhabaa military site in Najran, resulting in the killing and injuring dozens of the Saudi army and burning weapons store in the site, said the official.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea, one that didn't involve kerosene...
the army sniped three of the enemy soldier mercenaries in front of Alab border crossing in Asir, also the artillery shells hit the mercenaries gatherings east Sabahtal mountain.

Furthermore, the artillery and missile force of the army and popular forces shelled gatherings of Saudi soldiers and their mercenaries in al- Mawsem gate, al- Ramdhah and al- Tiwal border crossing in Jizan, causing direct casualties.

15 Saudi-led airstrikes hit Hajjah

Army's artillery shells mercenaries' sites in Medi
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Accomplice of Paris attacks mastermind held in Poland
[IsraelTimes] A Moroccan accomplice of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the criminal mastermind of the deadly 2015 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....
attacks in Gay Paree, is being held in Poland over suspected participation in terrorist activity, according to Polish prosecutors.

"During our investigation we found that between December 2014 and September 2016 Mourad T. was involved... with an armed crime organization ‐ an international terrorist organization called Islamic State," prosecutors said in a statement.

Local media said Mourad T. was detained 18 months ago. If convicted, he faces six months to eight years in prison.
Breitbart adds:
The national prosecutor’s office said Wednesday the man, identified only as Mourad T., was active in Poland, some other European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
countries, Serbia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
from December 2014 until his arrest in southern Poland in September 2016.

Prosecutors of the antiterror department in the southern city of Katowice have sent the indictment to the city’s provincial court, the statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Gang leader will not be deported: Danish High Court
[TheLocal.dk] The leader of an organised crime gang known as 'Loyal to Familia' (LTF) will not be deported from Denmark, the country's Østre Landsret high court decided on Monday.

Shuaib Khan has avoided deportation after the higher court upheld a sentence of suspended deportation in a case relating to threats made against a police officer.

The gang leader's custodial sentence was also reduced to 60 days, which have already been served.

In October, the LTF leader was sentenced to three months in prison and suspended deportation. Both Khan and the Danish Prosecution Service appealed that decision.

Deputy state prosecutor Ander Riisager had requested deportation and a six-year ban on re-entering the country for Khan, who is a citizen of Pakistain.

Defence lawyer Michael Juul Eriksen said the threats made by his client did not constitute a basis for expulsion.

"This case should not be given extra importance because of the political desire to have my client deported," Eriksen said in court Monday.

The incident in question occurred during a police search conducted at an address in the Nørrebro neighbourhood of Copenhagen last summer.

Khan was initially remanded in jug for 17 days at a preliminary hearing at Copenhagen City Court after being accused of threatening police during a search of around ten members of the LTF group on July 31st.

On being searched by a police officer, Khan said to another group member "remember his face", while also telling the officer to "mind your back" and encouraging other gang members to take photos of him, the prosecution said at the preliminary hearing.

The LTF leader was not present as the decision over the appeal was reached at the Østre Landsret court on Monday.

The appeal assessed by the higher court did not assess Khan's guilt, but solely the punishment.

Khan, who was born and raised in Denmark, has spent long periods of his adult life in prison.

The gang leader's father appeared in court as a witness at an earlier a stage of the appeal. He denied that the family has a close connection to Pakistain.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains 13 IS militants suspected of plotting attack
[IsraelTimes] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
’s state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says police in the southern city of Adana have detained 13 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....
suspects who were allegedly plotting attacks on a number of buildings in the city, including the US Consulate.

Anadolu Agency says police detained the suspects Wednesday in simultaneous dawn raids at homes, using battering rams to break down doors at some locations. The agency said 12 of the suspects are Syrian nationals.

The raids came days after police in the Ottoman Turkish Black Sea coastal city of Samsun detained four Iraqi IS suspects while investigating a possible plot against the U.S. Embassy in the capital Ankara, forcing the American facility to close.

Turkey suffered a series of deadly terror attacks in 2015 and 2016 carried out by IS or Kurdish rebels.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Policeman protecting members of Hazara community in Quetta gunned down
[DAWN] A policeman was bumped off and another injured when their vehicle was attacked in Quetta's Hazar Ganji area on Wednesday.

Police said person or persons unknown shot up a police vehicle guarding fruit sellers belonging to the Hazara community, who were commuting from Hazar Ganji to Hazara Town.

The assailants escaped unhurt from the site of the attack, police sources said.

Police and other law enforcement personnel reached the spot as an investigation was launched into the attack.

Police described the act as a assassination, the sources added. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Iraq
Bomb attack near Baghdad market leaves three civilians injured – source
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ A bomb kaboom near a popular market in southern Baghdad left three civilians maimed on Wednesday, according to a security source.

"An explosive charge placed near a busy street market went off today at Yusufiyah town in southern Baghdad, leaving three civilians maimed," the source told Baghdad Today news website.

"Security forces cordoned off the blast site and opened a probe into the kaboom," the source said, adding that the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:


Three Islamic State suicide attackers killed in operation, south of Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) 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....
suicide kaboomers have been killed in an operation in south of Salahuddin province, Shiite militias announced on Wednesday.

"After information was collected about the presence of jacket wallahs in a rest house in Jazirat al-Is-haqi region, combat troops headed toward the rest house and cordoned it," a statement by Saraya al-Salam militias said.

"Clashes lasted for 15 minutes, during which troops managed to kill the suicide attackers. No casualties were reported among the civilians," it added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul Clean Up Continues: 7 turbans tied up, 3 cops kaboomed, tens of turbans permanently unwound

Seven Islamic State militants apprehended over plots to destabilize Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – An Iraqi official source said on Wednesday that Iraqi troops foiled a terrorist plot by the Islamic State (IS) group to destabilize the situation in Mosul through targeting vital facilities with bombs and assassinating public figures there.

Speaking to the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily newspaper, the source said, “Security forces arrested a terrorist group made up of seven IS members, who planned to detonate commercial and vital areas in Mosul, as well as assassinating well-placed figures and robbing houses to make the situation in the city unstable.”

The source pointed out that the “seven-strong group fled Mosul after Iraqi troops liberated it from terrorism last year,” adding that the arrests were made upon accurate intelligence reports.

“The terrorists were arrested with 20 homemade bombs, light weapons and other materials used for making explosives,” the source concluded.

Three policemen killed, wounded in bomb blast, northwest of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Two policemen were killed, while a third was injured as a bomb explosion targeted a police patrol in northwest of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh police was quoted saying on Wednesday.

“A bomb targeted a patrol for local police, which took over Badush city, in the wake of confrontations that took place in the city,” Cap. Amir Wathiq told BasNews.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast scene and transferred the victims to forensic medicine in Mosul, while the wounded was taken to hospital for treatment. Investigation was conducted,” he added.

Armed clashes occurred earlier this week against Islamic State militants, that ended killing eight army personnel in al-Atshana mountain in the city.

Moreover, security troops have confiscated a lorry carrying weapons in the western side of Mosul.

A statement by the Interior Ministry said Nineveh police managed to seize a lorry carrying huge number of weapons at the entrance of al-Quds district, western Mosul.

Tens of Islamic State militants killed as attack repulsed, west of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have announced repelling an attack by Islamic State, killing tens of militants, west of Mosul.

A statement by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “the fifth brigade foiled, today, a fierce attack by Islamic State against Sinjar town.”

“Tens of militants were killed,” it added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
In daylight campus raid, undercover commandos nab West Bank student leader
[IsraelTimes] Footage of incident shows gunnies at Birzeit University snatching Omar al-Kiswani, a member of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s student faction

Undercover commandos on Wednesday captured the Paleostinian student council head at a West Bank university for suspected involvement in terror activity, a Border Police front man said.

The daylight raid by Border Police officers dressed as Paleostinian civilians on the campus of Birzeit University, near Ramallah, was caught on camera and shared widely on social media.

The student, Omar al-Kiswani, is a member of the Hamas terror group’s student faction at Birzeit, according to reports.

"The kidnappers, carrying firearms in their backpacks, entered the campus during working hours and attacked the student in front of the Student Council Building, located at the center of the campus," Birzeit University said in a statement. "The operatives forced and pinned the student to the ground while firing their weapons, endangering lives."

"Protecting this group’s intrusion into the university was an armed Israeli army unit. The unit detained the university’s guards in the guards’ room and proceeded to use their firearms against the students while providing cover for the kidnapping operation," it added.

In a video of the incident, a group of men in civilian clothing can be seen wrestling a person to the ground, as other members of the group brandish pistols at onlookers.

At the end of the short clip, Paleostinians could be seen clashing with Israeli soldiers maintaining a perimeter at the entrance to the university.

On social media, the video was compared to popular TV show "Fauda," about undercover Israeli forces in the West Bank.

Reports said the commandos, members of the Border Police’s undercover unit, were disguised as Paleostinian journalists.

Birzeit University said the raid was a violation of international law.

"This is not the first violent intrusion by Israeli army forces, who systematically invade the university’s campus ‐ even though it is specifically protected under international humanitarian law ‐ and constantly harass students, faculty members, and staff at Birzeit University and other Paleostinian educational institutions," it said.

No injuries as Palestinian teen tries to stab Israeli man with scissors

[IsraelTimes] A teenage Palestinian girl is in custody after attempting to stab an Israeli man in a settlement south of Hebron, the local council says. The incident took place near the settlement of Havat Talia. According to reports, the stabbing followed a brief verbal altercation between the two. The 16-year-old has been arrested. No injuries were reported.

IDF forces capture tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds

[Ynet] During IDF scans in Bethlehem and the village of Beit Ur a-Tahta, army and Shin Bet forces captured tens of thousands in terror funds.

Security forces in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley also arrested ten people suspected of involvement in terror, popular terror acts and violent clashes with civilians and security forces.

Poll: 51% of Israeli Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as Jewish state

[Ynet] Survey conducted by Prof. Sammy Smooha of Haifa University shows relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel continue on downward trend, but foundation for coexistence remains strong; less than 60% of Israeli Arabs recognize Israel's right to exist, less than half its character as Jewish, democratic state; 77% of Arab citizens nevertheless state they will not move to a Palestinian state should one be created; two thirds of Jews, meanwhile, think Arab citizens should be enjoying equal rights.
More details at the link.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Birzeit University said the raid was a violation of international law

Really? Where is that? Like attacking civilian populations?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/08/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Nope. It's the international law for conserving threatened species.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2018 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Ooops "threatened" ---> "endangered"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2018 12:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Poll: 51% of Israeli Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as Jewish state

The other 49% are being discreet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2018 12:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Too much to hope it was Berkley.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/08/2018 13:48 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Sri Lanka orders social media networks blocked
[FoxNews] An internet company official says the government has ordered popular social media networks blocked across a swathe of central Sri Lanka in an attempt to stop the spread of religious violence.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under company policy, said the networks, including Facebook, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp, were blocked in the central hills, scene of the violence. Outside of that region, though, many people were also unable to access the social media sites.

The government order came as anti-Muslim rioting flared anew, with Buddhist mobs attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops in at least two towns.

Anti-Muslim riots began Monday after a Buddhist Sinhalese man died after reportedly being attacked by a group of Muslim youths.

Sri Lanka has long been divided between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and minority Tamils who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Monitor says Syria seizes half of rebel-held eastern Ghouta
[IsraelTimes] A Syria war monitor says that Syrian government troops and allied militias have seized half of the territory held by rebels in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that troops have effectively split the besieged enclave in two halves after seizing the town of Beit Sawa and surround farmland and reaching the outskirts of Madeira and Hammouriyeh.

By slicing the territory in two halves ‐ a southern and northern part ‐ the Syrian government succeeds in further squeezing rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside.

The Syrian troops are backed in their massive air and ground assault on eastern Ghouta by Russian air cover. Around 400,000 people are believed to be trapped in eastern Ghouta
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Strikes hit battered Ghouta as death toll hits 800
[DAWN] Heavy air strikes and festivities shook the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, as La Belle France and Britannia called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the escalating violence.

Eight hundred civilians ‐ including at least 177 children ‐ have been killed since Russia-backed regime forces launched an assault on the besieged enclave outside Damascus on Feb 18, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in its latest corpse count.

Bombardment and festivities in Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus have persisted despite a month-long ceasefire demanded by the Security Council more than a week ago.

At least 19 non-combatants were killed on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observa­tory, a Britannia-based monitor.

The relentless attacks prom­­­pted La Belle France and Brit­ain to request an emergency meeting of the top UN body, expected to gather on Wed­nesday, to discuss the ceasefire’s failure to take hold.

Government troops have advanced rapidly across farmland in Eastern Ghouta in the past week and had wrested control of 40 percent of the enclave as of early Tuesday.

In the enclave’s main town of Douma, air strikes have reduced homes to piles of rubble on both sides of the road.

Exhausted civil defence workers on Tuesday took advantage of a few hours of calm to dislodge the body of a resident, killed in bombardment several days ago, from a collapsed building.

Rebels fire mortars
Other civilians used the lull in air strikes to venture out from cellars to gather a few necessities from what was left of their homes.

Some gathered the pieces of furniture smashed in the raids to use as fuel or sell to their neighbours.

In Hammuriyeh, air stri­kes were continuing to pummel the town on Tuesday.

The raids came after around 18 people suffered breathing difficulties in the town following a strike there late Monday, the Observatory reported.

It had no firm word on the cause.

Eastern Ghouta’s around 400,000 residents have lived under government siege since 2013, facing severe shortages of food and medicines even before the latest offensive began.

Forty-six aid trucks entered Eastern Ghouta on Monday for the first time since the offensive started, but had to cut short their deliveries and leave due to heavy bombardment.

The UN Human Rights Council on Monday ordered Sherlocks to examine the latest violence in the enclave.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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