[Task&Purpose] The leader of ISIS forces in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. strike in eastern Afghanistan last week, the Department of Defense confirmed on July 14.
Abu Sayed had served as the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, known as ISIS-K, for less than three months when American troops raided the group’s headquarters in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province on June 11, killing him and an unspecified number of other militants.
Sayed’s predecessor, Abdul Hasib, suffered a similar fate. Hasib was killed on April 27 in a raid carried out by U.S. Special Operations troops in Nangarhar Province, where the group has been most active since surfacing in the region more than two years ago. Sayed is the fourth emir of ISIS-K to die in a U.S. strike.
Afghan and U.S. forces launched a campaign in eastern Afghanistan in early March to, as the Pentagon characterized it, “send a clear message to ISIS that there is no sanctuary for their fighters in Afghanistan.” Hundreds of ISIS fighters have been killed or captured in the operation, which has distracted from the bigger mission of beating back a resurgent Taliban.
There are currently roughly 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan with several thousand more expected to deploy there in the coming months. Bolstered by about 5,000 additional NATO troops, their primary mission is to advise and assist Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, as the U.S. enters its 16th year in a war launched in response to the September 11 terror attacks.
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Hope they have a robust and strong chain of command.
[HotAir] The Twin Cities law enforcement community finds itself in another deadly shooting controversy just days after St. Anthony police offered a buyout to an officer acquitted in the Philando Castile shooting last year [see update]. Late Saturday night, a woman who had called Minneapolis police to report suspicious noises in the area got shot and killed while talking to the responding officers. Justine Damond, an immigrant from Australia, was unarmed at the time — and the body cams that Minneapolis police promised would keep everyone accountable had been inexplicably turned off:
And once the dust has cleared and we find out what really did happen, both cops should be summarily discharged from the force for having the body cams off. This is EXACTLY the type of situation that body cams were supposed to be present for, and these officers did the force a huge disservice (even if found innocent of the shooting) by not having video evidence of what took place.
My guess is they showed up and the crime was long over and they were flirting and showing off which is why the bodycams were off. Then the idiot in the passenger seat discharged his weapon by accident.
[PJ] A new report that analyzed Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data generated by NASA and the NOAA found that it's complete bunk.
The paper was peer-reviewed by some notable scientists with some pretty impressive credentials who agree with the report's conclusions. Among them:
Dr. Alan Carlin, Retired Senior Analyst and manager, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; Author, Environmentalism Gone Mad, Stairway Press, 2015; Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; BS, Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Harold H. Doiron, Retired VP-Engineering Analysis and Test Division, InDyne, Inc.; Ex-NASA JSC, Aerospace Consultant; B.S. Physics, University of Louisiana - Lafayette; M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston.
Dr. Theodore R. Eck, Ph.D., Economics, Michigan State University; M.A, Economics, University of Michigan; Fulbright Professor of International Economics; Former Chief Economist of Amoco Corp. and Exxon Venezuela; Advisory Board of the Gas Technology Institute and Energy Intelligence Group.
Dr. Richard A. Keen, Instructor Emeritus of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado; Ph.D., Geography/Climatology, University of Colorado; M.S., Astro-Geophysics, University of Colorado; B.A., Astronomy, Northwestern University.
Dr. Anthony R. Lupo, IPCC Expert Reviewer; Professor, Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri; Ph.D.,; Atmospheric Science, Purdue University; M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University
The authors of the study, Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo, and Dr. Craig D. Idso, have reached some devastating conclusions:
[American Thinker] PBS is planning to run a new documentary series this September on the Vietnam War, produced and written by Ken Burns. Burns is a left-wing "historian" and documentary film producer with a history of having his politics shape the narrative of the story he is telling, with a number of resulting inaccuracies.
Ken Burns correctly identifies the Vietnam War as being the point at which our society split into two diametrically opposed camps. He is also correct in identifying a need for us to discuss this aspect of our history in a civil and reflective manner. The problem is that the radical political and cultural divisions of that war have created alternate perceptions of reality, if not alternate universes of discourse. The myths and propaganda of each side make rational discourse based on intellectual honesty and goodwill difficult or impossible. The smoothly impressive visual story Burns will undoubtedly deliver will likely increase that difficulty. He has done many popular works in the past, some of which have been seriously criticized for inaccuracies and significant omissions, but we welcome the chance of a balanced treatment of the full history of that conflict. We can only wait and watch closely when it goes public.
The term "Vietnam War" itself, although accepted in common parlance, would more accurately be called "The American Phase of the Second Indochina War" (1965 to 1973). The U.S. strategic objectives in Vietnam must also be accurately defined. There were two inter-related goals: 1) to counter the Soviet and Red Chinese strategy of fostering and supporting "Wars of National Liberation" (i.e., violent Communist takeovers) in third-world nations, and 2) to defend the government of the Republic of (South) Vietnam from the military aggression directed by its Communist neighbor, the Democratic Republic of (North) Vietnam.
Arguments offered by the so-called "anti-war" movement in the United States were predominantly derived from Communist propaganda. Most of them have been discredited by subsequent information, but they still influence the debate. They include the nonfactual claims that:
1) the war in South Vietnam was an indigenous civil war,
2) the U.S. effort in South Vietnam was a form of neo-colonialism, and
3) the real U.S. objective in South Vietnam was the economic exploitation of the region.
US politics really split with Vietnam. Soviet money financed the peace movement and a lot of kids fearing the draft (or because that's where the chicks were) joined the movement. The effect yanked the Democrats far from the union workers and cops that they once represented.
[Politico] CLEVELAND ‐ On the Cleveland Clinic’s sprawling campus one day last year, the hospital’s brain trust sat in all-white rooms and under soaring ceilings, looking down on a park outside and planning the next expansion of the $8 billion health system. A level down, in the Clinic’s expansive alumni library, staff browsed century-old texts while exhausted doctors took naps in cubbies. And in the basement, a cutting-edge biorobotics lab was simulating how humans walk using a cyborg-like meld of metallic and cadaver parts.
And about a block away -- and across the street that separates the Clinic from the surrounding Fairfax neighborhood -- a woman named Shelley Wheeler was trying to reattach the front door of her house. She’d had a break-in the night before.
Wheeler has lived in the neighborhood for almost 50 years and seen it wither; her street is dotted by vacant lots and blighted homes. Infant mortality is almost three times the national average. But she’s also warily watched as one player continues to grow: The health system with gleaming towers that are visible from her front stoop.
"Cleveland Clinic is just eating everything up that they can," she said, pointing to the 17-block stretch of land where the system has steadily expanded -- to the frustration and protests of Wheeler and her neighbors.
"At some point, Cleveland Clinic is going to come" for her land, she added. "When, we don’t know. I’m trying to save my house," Wheeler said -- before excusing herself to meet with police, investigating her break-in.
I went to CWRU in the late 70s. Cleveland has had the decency to mostly become a large ghost town since then, as opposed to becoming Little Detoilet. You can park down town for free all wee, as long as you move your car every six hours. If it's not a bling mobile, it will probably be left alone, too.
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"Cleveland - at least we're not Detroit!"
President Trump's overall approval rating may have fallen, but there's one issue on which he has the support of 60% of the American public. That's the proposed travel ban from certain Muslim-majority countries, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll earlier this month. In fact, Trump has enjoyed the support of a plurality of all voters, Democratic as well as Republican, since he first proposed a travel ban in December 2015. Trump's boldness horrified the Establishment but probably won him the nomination; three-quarters of Republican voters in the key South Carolina primary backed the travel ban. The whole Republican leadership abhorred him (Paul Ryan in Dec. 2015 accused Trump of "violating the Constitution"). Well, Trump won and the Republican leadership lost.
It's always been about Islam--the camel in the living room, to coin a phrase. One and a quarter billion people, roughly a fifth of the world's population, cannot make the leap from tribal society into the modern world. Their anguish and rage is a source of continuous instability and an occasional threat to the security of Western countries.
Western leaders from George W. Bush to Pope Francis I struggled to avoid a clash of civilizations, praising Islam as a religion of peace. Trump, by contrast, told Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia May 21 that the onus was on them to extirpate terrorists from their countries and mosques. Trump isn't seeking civilizational war. He's giving Muslim leaders fair warning and a chance to avoid it.
That is what the whole kerfuffle is about. The Democrats' notion of intersectional victimization includes Muslims as victims of Western colonialism and "people of color" (never mind that Islam launched the bloodiest wars of conquest of which we have records and created the African slave trade). The Republican Establishment and their neo-con punditeska view the Muslim world as a giant laboratory for the export of democracy. The CIA and the rest of the Deep State made a good living selling arms from the stockpile of the late Col Qaddafi (whom the U.S. helped overthrow in 2011) to "moderate Syrian rebels" -- directly or indirectly abetting the rise of ISIS, as Gen. Mike Flynn warned in a now-celebrated 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency memo. The Europeans want a long-term accommodation with Islam as they drift slowly into demographic oblivion.
Trump humiliated his own party's Establishment. He negotiated a ceasefire in southwestern Syria with Russia and Jordan, the first positive step towards ending the butchery in that miserable country since the 2011 "Arab Spring." As he said throughout the campaign, he's willing to give Russia the chance to unite with the U.S. against barbarism--proving himself a tough and canny negotiator with the slippery Kremlin bosses.
Russia is part of the issue, but indirectly: The neo-cons thought that a democratized, pro-American Muslim world could be turned against Russia; Trump doesn't care much how the Russians govern themselves as long they help contain strategic threats to the United States. (Neither do I.) That's what "America First" means; we look at what other countries do according to what advances our interests, NOT according to what we imagine is best for them. So far, Trump has done exactly what he promised to do during the campaign, and made a certain amount of progress.
Absolutely NO, outside of the NPR-listening pseudointellectual class.
Inside our borders, Trump-hatred is about MONEY, period, stop.
100% of nonmilitary government workers are overpaid here. Add to that the various forms of welfare and you have a level of fear of loss of comfort and status that causes exactly this kind of idiocy.
Any sort of threat to the metric-free, anxiety-free government funded income stream that one out of five workers in the U.S. (and all of their immediate families who depend upon that magic check) now receive will be met with this sort of hysterical hatred. This is why Republicans who claim that someone other than Trump would not be this polarizing are either stupid or lying.
No government employee will ever understand a logical argument against his precious magic paycheck. The person delivering the message matters not.
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Of course it's material considerations no mo uro. However give some thought to how they justify (to themselves) their bloated salaries, and their immunity from persecution when they use their position (from lowest DMV clerk to erstwhile US sec state) to augment these salaries. They justify it by their beliefs in their own moral and intellectual superiority. Part of being superior is perceiving things the dumb masses cannot.
Like the dumb masses think there is no AGW, sex is fixed by genetics, and Muslims are dangerous - proving their inherent inferiority.
I might add that most of these people are second raters who stole the top jobs from their betters - so belief in own intellectual superiority is very important.
Their enmity transcends Trump or Pence. It's the hatred of conservatism and the impact it may one day have on 'Choice' and the sale of baby parts. Much of this warfare in the public square comes down to Roe vs War. Just my opinion.
Both of you guys make interesting and salient points.
Yes, there are philosophical underpinnings to this. Yes, the left gives permission to below average pseudointellectuals to go about their lives believing they are genius polymaths if only they parrot the NPR, Frankfurt School party line. Yes, women - four generations and a century into their experiment with the franchise in America - have used their votes almost exclusively to create a society where there is no possibility of negative consequences to an unplanned pregnancy, to the exclusion of caring about any other policy issues.
But for Homo economicus, his/her primary motivation is income stream and the comfort and status it can purchase. In a post religious society, it is ALL that matters to them. If you removed abortion from the table, if you removed metric-free welfare, if you told them they weren't really all that smart or didn't have any secret knowledge, they'd grumble but move on. Question the magic paychecks in the slightest and they go berserk. We need a way out of the fiscal mess we're in and that is an obstacle we MUST get past.
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Except, how many of them can even imagine their paychecks gone, no mo uro?
New details in a report by the Wall Street Journal highlight how a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. had more to do with a years-long feud between Russia and U.S.-born hedge fund manager William Browder than it did anything else.
The report, published Saturday, details the long-running feud and how the White House got sucked into it. It said:
The multiyear saga between Russia and Mr. Browder has featured accusations of murder and fraud, extensive lobbying efforts on both sides, high-level court proceedings and public statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin suggesting Mr. Browder is a criminal. And now, the drama has extended to the Trump White House, which is already facing probes into the campaign's relationship with Russia.
According to the report, Natalia Veselnitskaya, a private lawyer and former Russian prosecutor who was defending a client charged with violating the Magnitsky Act, told the paper that she sought a meeting last year with the Trump campaign to spread information about Browder, a champion of the Act.
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One can point to universities, museums and parks that were left behind by the robber barons of yore. Today, we don't see the tech oligarchs doing the same. Instead they create charity foundations to increase their own wealth and self-aggrandizement.
No, the robber barons were not trying to "change the world," they were trying to get rich, no care whether steel, coal, oil and railroads made things better or worse, unless that was a selling point. Suckerpurge ain't no Henry Frick, as far as advancing the country as a whole goes...
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So, worse, as in not advancing anything that helps the common man. Yeah, they are...
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And instapinhead is an elon musk cultist, so it's startling he would pass this article along...
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Tech firms had once been prodigious employers of American workers. But now, many depend on either workers abroad of imported under H-1B visa program. These are essentially indentured servants whom they can hire for cheap and prevent from switching jobs. Tens of thousands of jobs in Silicon Valley, and many corporate IT departments elsewhere, rent these “technocoolies,” often replacing longstanding U.S. workers.
Speaking of coolies, we won't address who help the Central Pacific make it to Promontory Summit, Utah. The technology of the day, travel time from Atlantic to Pacific would fall from as much as six months, down to one week. Orders of magnitude.
Boy, I tell you, I was steamed by the malicious reaction yesterday to the sandwich shop anecdote in David Brooks’s column yesterday. The column was about the role cultural norms play in perpetuating inequality. His point was that the educated classes, perhaps unintentionally, have set up invisible but real barriers to keeping out the working class and the poor, through cultural codes.
...Let me say point-blank: if you think the sandwich shop anecdote is about sandwich shops or David Brooks’s manners, you are completely missing the point.
"The bread slicing must be done just so as to keep a sharp crease"
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I'm pretty well edcuated and I like to think I know words and stuff. (Poor English grammar and spelling done on purpose)
Even then I still had to look up them fancy words only to discover what they really mean.
To reiterate: (See what I did here, I used a fancy word and I even knew what it mean!) Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.
I discovered them here fancy words meanings and blow me over, they are dumb!
Padrino - fancy word meaning "godfather" as in "a deal you cannot refuse" godfather. What this has to do with food, I have no idea!
Pomodoro - Fancy time management using a timer, again nothing to do with food, just another made-up BS word. Maybe referring to something like the timer used in fast food restaurants to time the french fries?
Soppressata - An appetizing salami made with Pig's head, tongue, belly and stomach. Yum, Yum!
Capicollo - A dry salami made from a neck muscle. Not brinned. (An unsalted salami, what a novel concept!)
Striata baguette - Basically a "sourdough texture-like french bread" The Striata (stretch) part comes from the baked bread dough tendency to stretch when torn apart. Striatum is also a striped mass of white and grey matter in the brain which controls movement and balance, maybe it's really "cervelle" or "mente"? (A meat dish made from animal brains)
(Subway Sub sandwiches has all that, minus the brain stuff, plus it's cheaper and has more stuff in it.)
Here's an interesting article that touches on this subject, with an interesting list of words and their meanings at the end.
This is not simply a matter of the well-off building cultural barriers that keep others out. These barriers exist in every human society, no matter what the income level, and cannot be fully eradicated. I think what Brooks is getting at is a need to be aware of these things, and to work to lower them...But you have to want to learn. This is hard for a lot of people to do, because they feel that their own identity is at risk.
I highly doubt Mr. Dreher, or any subscriber of American Conservative has had the joy of an 'educated' offspring or sibling lecture them at the Thanksgiving table. Then again, they might be proud that the smug little bastid has jumped the "cultural barrier".
Brooks and Dreher are overly obsessed with status and class distinctions. There is nothing wrong with wanting success for your children. Wanting the best for your kids doesn't mean there is some kind of cabal of wealthy people who have created an educational system to freeze out others such as poor minorities. That is B.S. I'd say that just the opposite is true.
All these people suck.
The phrase Brooks used "...with only a high school degree" only made it more clear how much I dislike him.
And Dreher can go suck it too. He is the same as Brooks.
I can barely type this they are so annoying. I must have fixed 15 typos.
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[American Mirror] She criticized the "actions of the Trump administration as relation-- related to the rule of the law."
"The Trump administration and the Trump family have pa-- eagerly ex-- uh, intended to collude with a hostile foreign policy," she said, likely intending to say "power" instead of "policy."
"Members of Congress take a sa-- sacred oath," Pelosi struggled to say moments later.
"What do the Russians have politically, financially, uh, uh, or-- and any-- personally on Donald Trump that he fawns over Putin, uh, questions sanctions, uh--" she said, then froze.
"Uh-- is-- reckless when it comes to Article V," Pelosi finally said.
Her statement condemning Jared Kushner lost its effect as she repeatedly herself.
"It’s absolutely ridiculous that he should have, have that, that clearance," she said.
"Today we are announcing a new coo-nated effort to force votes to get answers for the American people she said, struggling to say "coordinated."
"We will force Republicans to take votes on the record to continue, uh, from, from hiding the facts from the American people," Pelosi said, effectively stating Republicans are being transparent.
As the House Minority Leader introduced several of her colleagues who took swings at the Trump pinata, she fumbled, "House Republicans will have to ask for their actions and one of the questions they will have-- some of the questions they will have to answer will be posed by our colleagues..."
She went on to introduce her sidekick Maxine Waters, who called the Trump family a "criminal enterprise."
[NYT] The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday.
[CBS] Two pastors from Washington, D.C., have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association saying the organizations have purposely deceived the public about sugar-sweetened beverages and their impact on health.
"The background of this lawsuit is that there's an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America. For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon," Delman Coates, the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, in Clinton, Maryland, told CBS News.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Coates and William Lamar, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
"It is a matter of life and death in our communities," Lamar told CBS News.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012 research showed daily regular soda and fruit drink consumption was most common among black and Hispanic Americans.
Other studies have linked drinking sugary beverages to diabetes, heart disease, and higher death rates.
Tuned it out because of course he took a meeting to see if there was opposition research and thus an advantage. Every politician in America would have done the same except would have sent some expendable flunky.
Tuned out because nobody has suggested any opposition research was handed over, after months of being told about collusion between Trump and the Russians we see there was absolutely none.
Maybe if the media led with this months ago instead of crying wolf again, and again, folks would be a bit more concerned but I doubt it.
Police in the southern German town of Schorndorf have increased their presence after violence at a public festival. At least two cases of sexual harassment were reported.
Authorities in the town of Schorndorf in the German state of Baden-Württemberg have called in more police to supervise a festival following riots and at least two cases of women being sexually harrassed over the weekend.
Guests and police were attacked with bottles thrown from a crowd of some 1,000 young people during the night to Sunday, police said. They said groups of 30 to 60 rioters then left the castle park where the festival was taking place and continued to make trouble in the center of the town.
A police spokesman said on Monday that the violence against officers was "horrifying," adding that the aggression had taken on a new quality. He said the excessive consumption of alcohol had played a large role in the violence.
Police said a number of the young people present were of a migrant background.
Two young women, one aged 25 and the other 17, were also sexually harrassed at the festival, according to police. A 20-year-old Iraqi man was being questioned in connection with the first case, while three Afghan asylum seekers aged from 18 to 20 were detained over the second.
The mayor of Schorndorf, Matthias Klopfer, expressed his sympathy with the victims of the harrassment, saying such attacks were "not trivial offenses."
Police have called on anyone else who was the victim of similar attacks to come forward.
The issue of sexual harrassment has become increasingly sensitive in Germany in the wake of mass attacks on women in the western city of Cologne and other cities on New Year's Eve 2015/2016.
The festival in Schorndorf, which began on Friday, is due to end on Tuesday.
This particularly resonates with the op-ed posted yesterday, where the lady wrote that Afghans would try to blame their misbehaviour on alcohol consumption, rather than both drinking and molesting being due to feeling entitled to take what they willed from those they'd conquered.
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] A coalition of conservative groups whose advocacy has been labeled "hate" by the leftist media-darling Southern Poverty Law Center are launching a counteroffensive Monday, accusing it of fueling hate, killing free speech and even encouraging terrorist-style attacks on those it doesn't agree with.
The effort, which includes a video and planned Monday tweetstorm, takes aim at SPLC's so-called "hate map" which identifies groups it says promotes hate and extremism. It includes groups like the Ku Klux Klan, but also conservative nonprofits that promote traditional marriage, enforcement of immigration laws, and other policies it doesn't agree with.
The campaign, revealed to Secrets, is being led by the Washington-based Family Research Council, the social conservative policy giant whose entrance guard was shot in 2012 by a man inspired by SPLC's hate map that listed FRC as an anti-gay "hate" group.
"Despite SPLC's baggage -- which also includes connections to two liberal gunnies ‐ they continue to be cited as a credible source by mainstream media and others. With SPLC in the spotlight, we must expose this organization for what it really is ‐ a left wing smear group who has become exactly what they set out to fight, spreading hate and putting targets on people's backs," said a note to supporters from FRC, which also noted the support for the SPLC of the gunman who shot up a GOP congressional baseball practice, seriously injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Map can be seen at the link. It's pretty, but I don't know what it means.
[AlMasdar] The battle for southern Syria recently heated up following the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) large-scale assault on the eastern countrysides of al-Sweida and Damascus.
Led by the 5th Corps of the Syrian Arab Army and Liwaa Fatemiyoun (Afghani-Iranian paramilitary), the pro-government forces have captured hundreds of square kilometers of territory that was once controlled by the Free Syrian Army ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund... (FSA) and their allies.
While the battle for the southeastern territories continue, the fight for the quiet provincial capital of Dara’a has stalled, as all parties involved agreed to a ceasefire that was mediated by Russia, Jordan, Iran, and the United States (U.S.).
With the Dara’a front remaining stagnate, the Syrian Arab Army has move its elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division to Damascus, where they will either resume the offensives at Beit Jinn or Jobar.
[AlMasdar] Harakat 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... launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northeastern countryside of Latakia, Sunday, violating terms of the ceasefire that was mediated between Russia, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , and Iran.
According to a military source in Latakia, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham fired a barrage of Katuysha missiles and artillery shells at the Syrian Army’s positions in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal al-Akrad).
The source added that the primary target for the jihadist rebels was the Shalf castle, which sits atop of the Kurdish Mountains.
This abrupt attack resulted in the wounding of at least a half dozen men, prompting the Syrian Arab Army to reinforce the area, despite not responding directly.
Harakat Ahrar al-Sham’s attack in northeastern Latakia comes just hours after Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s Shari’ah front man, ’Abdullah al-Muhaysni, stated that the two jihadist factions will be launching an offensive against the Syrian Army in the near future.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced on Sunday that the Deir Hafer and Maskanah plains have been reopened to the public after successfully clearing the areas of explosives.
The Deir Hafer Plain was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces earlier this year, following the massive campaign to reach the Euphrates River and expel the Islamic State (ISIL) from the Khafsa Water Pumping Station.
Once the Deir Hafer Plain was liberated, the Syrian Arab Army set their sights on the Maskanah Plain, which links the Aleppo and Al-Raqqa governorates together.
Within two weeks, the Tiger Forces had liberated the Maskanah Plain and reached the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway, clearing a massive Islamic State pocket in the area.
Since the Islamic State’s expulsion from these areas, the Syrian Arab Army has worked tirelessly with their Russian allies to clear Deir Hafer and Maskanah of mines and IEDs in order to allow residents to once again return.
The Syrian Government is now encouraging residents to return to their homes in both Maskanah and Deir Hafer, as these areas have been officially declared safe by the army.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) conducted a multitude of Arclight airstrikes over the Deir Ezzor and Homs governorates this morning, targeting 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.... ’s (ISIS) positions at several sites.
Flying out of the Shay’rat Airbase in Homs, the Syrian Air Force began the day by targeting the Islamic State’s positions in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, hitting Islamic State targets in al-Hawiqah, al-Kanamat, Panorama area, and Jabal Thardeh.
Following the Arclight airstrikes in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Air Force targeted Islamic State positions near the gas rich city of Sukhnah, paving the way for another Syrian Army attack along the Homs-Ezzor Highway.
With the battle with Raqqa City taking a turn for the worse, the Islamic State continues to move fighters into Deir Ezzor, as this province has become their new capital inside Syria.
[AlMasdar] A huge kaboom rocked the center of the jihadist heartland of Idlib as the city was on high security alert for search for ISIS sleeper cells.
Local activists reported that an IED planted into a car went off near the city’s main hospital.
The kaboommaimed 5 people ‐ including 2 children ‐ and caused a substantial material damage to the hospital and adjacent buildings.
No one has yet grabbed credit for the attack.
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda-affiliate jihadi group which controls most of Idlib, launched a wide-scale campaign to crackdown on 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.... sleeper cells across the city.
[AlMasdar] Harakat 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... and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham have made a truce in the Idlib Governorate following a turbulent two weeks that involved heavy clashes between these large jihadist factions.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s Shari’ah Spokesmen, ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysni, announced via his social media page that he welcomes the truce between the two factions after weeks of fighting.
The radical Saudi cleric then promised a new offensive against the government forces that would involve both jihadist factions; however, he did not specify where this said offensive was going to be.
Both Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have a rather large front with the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah in southern Aleppo, so it is expected that this area will be the target for their offensive operations.
We had this story from Red State Watcher two days ago.
That version linked in two steps to the Miami Herald report of July 12th. The Zero Hedge version has more links, which also connect, inter alia, to that Miami Herald report.
I'm sure this is meaningful, even if it escapes me exactly how...
[IsraelTimes] Hossein Fereydoun, who is also a close adviser of Hassan Rouhani, is being held in jail after failing to post bail
The younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been incarcerated Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday.
"Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail," deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised presser.
"Yesterday, bail was issued for him but because he failed to secure it he was referred to prison," Ejeie said, adding that he would be released if he secures bail, pending trial.
Fereydoun has acted as a key adviser and gatekeeper to Rouhani.
News of his arrest comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organisation, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.
Conservatives have demanded Fereydoun be put on trial, accusing of him of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director who Rouhani had to dismiss for taking a enormous salary.
[IsraelTimes] Unnamed individual with dual citizenship said to be among some 70 alleged ’spies’ locked away Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! by Tehran
A United States citizen accused of "infiltration" in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a front man for the judiciary said on Sunday.
"The person was identified and placed in durance vile Please don't kill me! by the intelligence forces. The court has sentenced the person to 10 years," deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised presser.
The individual, whose name was not provided, has appealed the sentence, he added.
The foreigner holds dual nationality of the United States and another country, he said, promising to give more details once the appeals court confirms the sentence.
In January, Tehran’s chief prosecutor said as many as 70 "spies" were serving sentences in the city’s prisons -- the identities of only a handful of which have been made public.
Most are thought to be Iranians who hold another passport from Europe or the United States.
In October, US-Iranian business consultant Siamak Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer, a former UNICEF official, were given 10 years in prison for "espionage and collaboration with the American government."
Photo of purported thug and the black, miniskirted woman with him at the link. But despite the widespread indignation, I'd bet the hijabed young lady made it up to excuse being out past curfew.
[DailyMail] A thug who launched a vicious attack on a Muslim woman shouted, 'Show me your hair!' as he tried to pull off her hijab, a witness said. Aniso Abulkadir, 18, was waiting for the Tube at Baker Street station as she headed home with friends after a night out in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Sikh gang who ‘completely undermined’ the immigration system by sneaking Afghan asylum seekers into Britain using their relatives’ passports are jailed for a total of 19 years
Daljit Kapoor, 41, his cousin Harmit Kapoor, 42, and Davinder Chawla, 44, provided passports belonging to British Sikhs to lookalikes who were attempting to get into the UK. Seventy people were smuggled in between 2009 and 2014 in the £620,000 scam before they were caught.
Taxpayers hit with £2.1m bill for flights to return failed asylum seekers that are CANCELLED before take-off
EXCLUSIVE: The bill, caused by last-ditch appeals, was the highest for four years - and has risen by a third over the past two years.
Polish lorry driver who pretended to work for an international haulage company as he smuggled 22 Afghan migrants including a seven-year-old into the UK is jailed for three years
Polish lorry driver Tomasz Cierniak, 32, was stopped by Border Force officers after his vehicle arrived at Harwich International Port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.
Half of small British ports are left wide open: People traffickers and drugs smugglers face no ‘visible deterrent’
Dozens of small ports are unguarded – leaving Britain wide open to illegal migrants. A report showed nearly half the entry points on the east coast were not visited by Border Force staff for more than a year.
Shocking moment a gang of up to 40 suspected illegal migrants climb out of a French lorry parked up at an M25 service station
A shocking video showing 'at least 30 or 40 men' climbing out of a lorry at Cobham Services in Surrey as another person appears to whip them with rope has emerged.
Armed US immigration officers set to be stationed at UK airports to 'speed up queues' for passengers heading to America
Armed US immigration officials could be stationed at UK airports under plans being considered by the government that would see visa paperwork checked before boarding the plane.
[UKExpress] ARMIES of SUPER-SOLDIERS were a step closer to reality today after China announced it was genetically engineering hyper-muscular SUPER-DOGS.
The dogs, which are test tube bred in a lab, have twice the muscle mass of their natural counterparts and are considerably stronger and faster.
The canine genome has been especially difficult to engineer and replicate – but its close similarity to the human genome means it has long been the prize of geneticists.
Now the Chinese success has led to fears the same technology could be used to create weaponised super-humans - typifed in Marvel Comics by Captain America and his foes. Much more at link, including picture of 'super dog'.
This is China, it's more like they're trying to get more meat on the dogs for food! Much like the Turkey we breed in USA for breast meat.
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"A dog with the body of a Dachshund, the chest and legs of a Rottweiler and the head of a Pit Bull. Something went wrong in the experiment. The dog isn't even edible--too tough to eat. We were trying for pest-resistant rice."
I vaguely recall reading some medical literature about a gene mutation some humans carry that results in increased muscle mass, increased strength, much less tendency for body fat. The drawback was the individuals were prone to exhaustion for depleting their energy stores faster or to a greater extent than normals. They may even have been prone to hypoglycemia or lactic acidosis during times of great exertion.
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The problem with creating stronger and bigger muscle mass is the underlying support system doesn't change. If they made you strong enough to pick up a car, the muscle would tear away from the bone and the tendons would shred. It is even possible to break bones while you do this.
Unless you improve the support structure (or put regular people into powered exoskeletons) making them super strong and muscular isn't gonna be good for your infantry.
Interesting if true, because someone claimed to take on the job a few days ago.
[IraqiNews] (BasNews) Refuting reports on the death 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.... (IS) supreme leader, the Iraqi interior ministry has claimed that Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi to be still alive.
"According to monitoring cells and accurate information about his movement, and since we are more concerned with chasing and detecting the activity of ISIS (IS) leader and his followers, the Soqour Cell denies the news about his death, and recently circulated information are untrue," said Abu Ali al-Basri, head of the ministry’s intelligence and counterterrorism, as reported by Iraqi News.
The official told the state-owned daily al-Sabah that Baghdadi is believed to be hiding in areas out of Raqqa, the group’s proclaimed capital city in Syria.
Earlier in June, Russia said the IS leader is likely to have been killed during an Arclight airstrike carried out by Russian jets.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... watchdog, confirmed Baghdadi’s death last week. However, if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning... the US remains skeptical, saying it could not deny or confirm the reports.
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Everyone says "He's alive!", no 'proof of life'. A shout equally loud.
As Suwayda (Syria News) Eight persons were maimed in improvised bombs blasts, emplaced by snuffies on Majadil-Umm Zaitoun road, northwest of As Suwayda, in a new violation to the de-escalation zones agreement.
A source in the province’s police command told SANA that three improvised bombs, emplaced by snuffies on the roadside of Majadil-Umm Zaitoun road, in al-Lajat area, northwest of As Suwayda, went kaboom! this morning, while a microbus was passing in the area, injuring eight persons and inflicting damage to the vehicles.
The maimed were transferred to the National Hospital to receive treatment, and the severity of their injuries range between mild and medium, the source added.
Furthermore, the source informed that the bomb squad dismantled another two bombs in the area, containing 20 kilograms of explosives each.
It is noteworthy that the northwestern countryside of As Suwayda and the eastern countryside of Daraa are witnessing frequent attacks on civilians, leaving dozens of casualties.
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was maimed in an improvised bomb (IED) kaboom in northeast of Diyala لovernorate, a local source told AlSumaria News.
"An IED, planted on an agricultural road in northeast of Diyala, went kaboom! early Sunday near a car, leaving the driver injured," the source said. "The victim was taken to hospital for treatment".
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... , added that security forces has opened an investigation into the incident.
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.... has stepped up attacks in Diyala over the past months, tagreting security members, paramilitary groups and civilians.
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Homs (Syria News) Three persons were killed, on Sunday, in the kaboom of two landmines planted by 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.... bad boys, in eastern Homs.
SANA reported that two landmines, emplaced by the Islamic State bully boyz on Umm Haratayn Village ‐ Masoudiyah road, located 80 km east of Homs, went kaboom! while two cycle of violences were passing in the area, killing three persons.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream... a woman was maimed due to the Islamic State rocket shelling on al- Mukharram Town, east of the city of Homs.
It is noteworthy that the Islamic State bully boyz are stationed in a number of villages and towns in the eastern countryside of Homs, from where they launch several attacks on civilians in the nearby areas.
[AlMasdar] Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have seized control over al-Hayl Field and its oil pumping station in the suburbs of Homs, Sunday, after regaining control over several locations between the cities of al-Sukhnah and Palmyra.
An SAA military commander said that Syrian troops were able to repel forces of Evil of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIS) from the southeastern direction of al-Sukhnah, paving the way for the troops to further advance towards this city in a bid to score further gains.
The Syrian Arab Army is now within 11km of al-Sukhnah, leaving just a small stretch of highway that is under the control of the Islamic State forces.
Once al-Sukhnah is liberated, the Syrian Arab Army will be at the provincial border of the Deir Ezzor Governorate and within striking distance of the first town in the western part of the province.
[AlMasdar] Another seven communities have joined the ceasefire in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its information bulletin on Sunday.
“Within the last 24 hours, 7 ceasefire agreements have been signed with representatives of populated areas in the Homs province. The total number of communities, the leaders of which have signed reconciliation agreements, is 2,022,” the bulletin says.
Within the last 24 hours, the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides has held 7 humanitarian actions.
Six actions were held in the Aleppo city.
Civilians received 2.2 tonnes of drinking water. One action was held in the Latakia province where civilians received 0.9 tonnes of food packages. The total weight of the humanitarian cargo reached 3.1 tonnes.
A total of 966 people received humanitarian aid while the number of humanitarian events reached 1,490.
In the course of the humanitarian actions, Russian military physicians provided medical assistance to 274 people, according to the bulletin.
Within the last 24 hours, the Russian party of the Russia-Turkey Commission on violations of the Joint Agreement has registered 6 cases of firing in the provinces of Latakia (2) and Aleppo (4).
The Turkish party has registered 5 cases of ceasefire violations in the provinces of Damascus (3), Aleppo (1) and Daraa (1).
Most cases of unselective firing from small arms have been registered in the areas controlled by militants of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings outlawed in Russia, the bulletin says.
On May 4, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to set up four de-escalation zones in Syria. Under a memorandum signed at the talks in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana, these four zones include the Idlib province and some areas in the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Hama, an area north of Homs, the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, and a couple of provinces in southern Syria – Daraa and Al-Quneitra.
In those areas, outlawing combat operations, along with the establishment of a no-fly zone for military aircraft, were set as of May 6. The memorandum was concluded for six months and can be extended automatically.
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Apres moi, le deluge. This is why they don't have nice things for long.
Raqqa (Syria News) The self-proclaimed Islamic State group, on Sunday, set several oil wells ablaze in the southern countryside of Raqqa, after being recaptured by the Syrian regime forces yesterday.
Qasioun News reported that the Islamic State group burned the oil wells and gas lines extended from al-Rasafa area till al-Akrishi village, in the southern countryside of Raqqa.
After invading the city of Raqqa, the radical group captured the oil fields of al-Wahab, al-Fahd, Debisan and al-Kabeer, and the oil wells of al-Qusier, Abu al-Qetat and Abu Katash, in addition to the villages of Mashrafa Anbah, Falah Rajab, Kharbet Muhanad, Souh Albukhamis, Mansoura Shuwaihan, Halima and Somihan, and used them as funding sources.
Yesterday, regime forces, backed by foreign militias, managed to recapture several oil fields from the Islamic State group, including Wahib, Fahda and Dubisan oil fields in the western countryside of Raqqa.
[AlMasdar] Smashing through the Islamic State’s defenses in southwestern Raqqa, seasoned assault troops of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) overran an additional three ISIS-held gas fields late on Sunday afternoon.
Following the capture of the al-Fahd oil field earlier in the day, the SAA’s Tiger Forces secured the Zamleh Sharqiyah, Bir Zamleh and al-Khalaa gas fields in the desert between Raqqa and Palmyra, east of the town of Khirbet Halul.
Following the latest blitz assault, over 20 ISIS corpses were retrieved by the SAA and a large number of vehicles destroyed, including 2 tanks, 1 boom-mobile and 4 technicals.
Reaching the outskirts of the Kadeer area, the Tiger ’Suheil al-Hassan’ and his well-armed troops are advancing several kilometers a day towards ISIS’ stronghold of al-Suknah while restoring vital energy resources under government control.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Security operations against the Islamic State militants in Mosul left 25.000 militants killed, according to the Iraqi command that led the war to retake Iraq’s second largest city.
Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, head of the Nineveh Operations at the Joint Operations Command, said in a briefing on Saturday that more than 25.000 militants were killed over the nine months of battles, including more than 450 suicide bombers.
Iraqi forces destroyed 1247 booby-trapped cars and shot down 130 drones belonging to the group besides more than 1500 diverse vehicles, Yarallah said.
The JOC fought the battle with more than 100.000 government and paramilitary troops, Yarallah added. “The Iraqi army fought a battle that no army in the world had fought,” the commander said.
Only the regions of Mahalabiya, Ayyadia and Tal Afar still witness an Islamic State existence, and with their recapture, the province becomes fully liberated, according to the commander.
In a separate statement, Iyad al-Assali, an Iraqi police lieutenant, told Turkish agency Anadolu that security arrested 245 suspected IS militants in western Mosul’s Old City since Iraqi troops took over the medieval area.
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have arrested a foreign woman with a sniping gun in her possession in Mosul’s Old City, an army officer said.
“While combing regions in the Old City, Iraqi troops arrested a woman, below 20 years old inside a house in al-Shahwaniya region in the Old City. She was possessing a sniping gun,” Cap. Haidar Ali al-Waeli told Anadolu Agency.
“We couldn’t identify her nationality, but she doesn’t seem to be Iraqi. She knows only few Arabic words. She was speaking a foreign language, maybe German or Czech,” he added.
Arrested, “the member was taken to security headquarters in Mosul for investigations,” Waeli said.
In related news, security troops were able to free a 10-year old Yazidi boy, who was held in al-Qulai’at region in the Old City.
According to Lt.Gen.Fathi al-Assali, of local police, the boy, from Sinjar, suffered injuries as part of the house, where he was held, collapsed. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
On Saturday, Iraqi troops found a Chechen girl with burns onher body under rubble of a house in the same region in the Old City.
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security services have arrested one of the most dangerous female terrorists of the Islamic State’s terror group, Shafaq News reported on Sunday.
The detainee, Ahlam Mohsen Ali, is considered by the world’s intelligence services as the leader of the Islamic State’s female terrorists.
Ahlam grew up in al-Houd village in Qayyara district, south of Mosul, before becoming a fierce terrorist who pushed her son to join militant group. She also helped the group in the seizure of Mosul in mid-2014.
Ahlam, who paid allegiance to IS on June 10, 2014, was arrested with her brother, a prominent IS member, in an operation by the security forces on a bridge that links the eastern and western halves of Mosul, during the liberation of the city on July 10.
A security force revealed information about Ahlam’s work as an IS sleeper cell and a leader for the female terrorists since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.
“I saw Ahlam once in my life in 2006 when we raided the house of her family after a terror attack executed by one of her brothers,” the source told Shafaaq News.
“During the investigation, Ahlam admitted that she provided IS with information about police officers and al-Houd village before the fall of Mosul,” he said.
Ahlam belongs to a poor family. Her father is a retired military officer and she has four brothers and sisters. “She escaped her husband because he used to work as a police officer before the IS occupation of Mosul, and he refused to pledge his allegiance to the group,” the source added.
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An improvised explosive device (IED) from the Islamic State’s war remnants exploded on Sunday in the Old City of Mosul, leaving three injured, a security source told Shafaaq News.
“Three civilians were wounded after an IED from the Islamic State’s war remnants exploded, while leaving the Old City of Mosul,” the source said.
On another note, a medical source said that bodies of two women were pulled from the rubble in Mosul’s Old City, noting that the two women may have died during an air strike, which is believed to be carried out more than 10 days ago.
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The children of Islamic State fighters are facing deportation to home countries or retention in orphanages, the Iraqi government has said in a statement.
The Nineveh province council said children belonging to foreign IS fighters will be handled based on “Iraqi laws”.
Aljournal News quoted council member Hassan al-Allaq saying that, based on Interior Ministry laws, an Iraqi mother with children from a foreigner should provide courts with a parenthood evidence, after which the court should decide on citizenship rights for the kids.
“If the wife is a Daesh (IS) member, as is the case with her deceased husband, she will be referred to justice based on the anti-terrorism laws, while her children will be referred to an orphanage,” Allaq stated. “If the the father and the mother are both Daesh members, and also non-Iraqis, their home country will be approached to receive the children back. If that fails, they will be sent to an orphanage”.
Iraqi forces have been vetting hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians for suspected IS links, and have occasionally declared arresting several suspected members of the group hiding in the middle of refugees.
Nineveh’s local government declared plans last month to deport IS members’ families to camps for rehabilitation, and said it would no longer allow receiving migrant Islamic State fighters families arriving from other provinces.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) More than one million displaced civilians are not registered by the migration authorities in Nineveh, an Iraqi parliament committee said Sunday.
“Since the beginning of Nineveh operations, there had been a large-scale migration movement that reached more than one million from Mosul, besides more than 954.000 from the rest of non-liberated Nineveh regions,” Zahed al-Khatouni, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Migration and Displacement Ministry, said in a press statement quoted by AlGhad Press.
“We have approached the migration ministry to register more than one million migrants who are not registered despite staying at camps,” said Khatouni.
He, however, gave the ministry the excuse for that registration failure, saying that the daily volume of migration, which reached 17.000 people per day, had overwhelmed the ministry.
According to Khatouni, civilians repatriated in Mosul stood at 230.000, while the total of those displaced from the city reached 940.000.
[AlMasdar] The Iraqi Army captured over 25 female Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists inside Mosul while conducting a cleansing operation this weekend, the security forces announced Sunday.
Among the 25 female Islamic State members captured by the Iraqi Army this weekend were three terrorists from Turkey, five were German, three were Russian, two were Canadian, one was Chechen, and the remaining were Libyan and Syrian.
These ISIL members were apprehended during a cleansing mission carried out by the Iraqi Army inside a tunnel built by the terrorist group.
In addition to the ISIL members, the Iraqi Army also confiscated a large supply of weapons that were present in the tunnel during their cleansing operation.
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[DAWN] Two Iranian non-combatants were killed in an alleged cross-border attack by suspected forces of Evil on Saturday, according to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
A statement on the Guards' Sepah News website said, "On Saturday evening, a terrorist team... fired (ammunition) from within Pak territory towards the Iranian border region of Saravan. Two local workers in the region were martyred in this terrorist attack," read the statement.
The attack allegedly took place in the Sistan-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... province.
According to the statement, personnel of the Quds force, the Guards' foreign operations wing, killed one of the attackers and maimed two, while others reportedly fled back into Pak territory.
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[DAWN] The joint investigation team (JIT) looking into the Panama Papers case has recommended reopening five cases decided by the Lahore High Court (LHC), eight investigations and two inquiries against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... Of these 15 cases, three were registered during the 1994 and 2011 tenures of the PPP and 12 were prepared during the Musharraf regime, soon after Gen Musharraf toppled the Sharif government in the October 1999 military coup.
The case regarding the Sharif family’s four London apartments was also among the eight investigations started by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in December 1999.
In its April 20 verdict, the Supreme Court asked a JIT to investigate the money trail for the London flats. The court’s other 12 questions were related to the sale and purchase of the Gulf Steel Mill, the Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... i letter, offshore companies and other matters.
The court had allowed the team, which consisted of two officials from military-led intelligence agencies and an official each from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), NAB, the State Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistain, to consider the records already available with NAB and the FIA that may help the Sherlocks.
In addition to the 18-year-old investigation into the London properties, the JIT also recommended reviving cases such as three NAB references and two FIA cases that were quashed by the LHC. The JIT even found anomalies in the cases quashed by the high court.
While discussing the quashing of an FIR registered against Mr Shairf in 1994 regarding "wrongful gain by Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif through obtaining loan for Hudabiya Engineering Pvt. Ltd by opening fake and fictitious accounts", the JIT report states: "Lahore High Court only discussed the jurisdiction of the FIA regarding conducting investigation...question regarding existence of the individuals in [whose] name fake accounts were opened was not adequately addressed."
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[DAWN] BAHAWALPUR: A 14-year-old boy was allegedly tortured to death on Saturday over goat theft at Uch Sharif, about 70 km from here.
Family of deceased Muhammad Amir alleged that he was tortured to death for stealing a goat. The family lodged a protest and blocked traffic as police allegedly refused to register a case against suspects, including owner [of goat].
According to PRO Jam Sajid of DPO, as the boy was found dead under mysterious circumstances, the Uch Sharif police just registered a death report under section 174 of Cr.PC. He said murder case would be registered after the receipt of postmortem examination report.
After the autopsy report when police didn’t register a murder case, the dear departed’s family members protested by placing his body on the road. The strong protest forced the Uch Sharif police to register an FIR under section 302 of PPC against three nominated people Mushtaq Ahmed, Fayyaz and Gada Hussain for allegedly murdering Amir.
According to PRO, complainant Muhammad Iqbal, a cousin of deceased Aamir, had nominated three men in the FIR. He said none of them was jugged Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! [so far].
[SHABELLENEWS] A Somali official says at least four people, including children died in a heavy inter-clan fighting broke out Sunday in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia.
The deadly skirmish erupted ay Bulo-Yarey, a small settlement located approximately 15Km north of Afgoye near Mogadishu following deadlock over the possession of farming fields in the area.
Several people were reported to have been maimed in the festivities between the warring clan militiamen, and rushed to a hospital in Afgoye to receive medical treatment, according to residents.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible... the district administration of Afgoye has released a statement, calling on the two sides to stop the fighting and seek a way out for their standoff that led to the hostility.
The escalating tribal conflict has caused a massive displacement by the locals who are in fear of the crossfire, according to a resident who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone.
[DailyMail] George Andrew Romero, the legendary creator of the Night Of The Living Dead zombie film franchise, has died from complications from lung cancer. He was 77.
Romero passed away in his sleep at his Toronto home on Sunday, listening to his favorite film score from 1952's The Quiet Man, surrounded by his wife Suzanne and daughter Tina, his family confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
His death came following a 'brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, his family said. More at the link
[SHABELLENEWS] The Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khaire has announced that his Federal government will pay regular payments for the country’s National Army (SNA). That sounds like a big-hearted gesture, doesn't it...
While addressing integrated troops at a military base outside Kismayo ...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region... , PM Khaire said his administration will give first priority to pay the forces in fight against Al shabaab.
The Prime minister ordered his deputy and the defense minister to pay the salaries swiftly, to boost the morale of troops who are sacrificing their lives to the country.
Somali National army soldiers had not been paid for months in the past, as the African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... forces get their payments monthly by the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... (EU).
The PM’s remarks came after his cabinet ministers held their weekly meeting in Kismayo, the capital of Jubbaland state, first time outside the capital since he took the oath of the office last March.
The company's response to this story from yesterday
[DAWN] The encrypted messaging app Telegram is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove "terrorist-related content" faster, its co-founder said Sunday, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban.
Pavel Durov, who with his brother Nikolai founded the app in 2013, said in a message to his 40,000 followers on Telegram that he'd been unaware of a failure to quickly respond to an Indonesian government request to block a number of offending channels chat groups on the app but was now rectifying the situation.
The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said Friday that it was preparing for the total closure of Telegram in Indonesia, where it has several million users if it didn't develop procedures to block unlawful content.
As a partial measure, it asked internet companies in the world's most populous Moslem nation to block access to 11 addresses offering the web version of Telegram.
Samuel Pangerapan, the director general of informatics applications at the ministry, said the app is used to recruit Indonesians into bully boy groups and to spread hate and methods for carrying out attacks including bomb making.
Suspected murderous Moslems tossed in the calaboose Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! by Indonesian police recently have told authorities that they communicated with each other via Telegram and received orders and directions to carry out attacks through the app, including from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the bully boyIslamic 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 Syria accused of orchestrating several attacks in the past 18 months.
"We deport kids who have integrated into Swedish society at the same time as we take in people who come back from fighting in Syria who have no other plan than to destroy our safety. We also fail to enforce the deportation of major criminals, who instead are allowed to stay because their lives are at risk if they’re sent back. The lives of young people are also in danger. No one can guarantee their safety after they land in Addis Ababa, Mogadishu or Kabul," the Swede elaborates.
Romanian police detain 16 migrants from Iraq, Iran, Syria
[AlAhram] Romanian border police have detained 16 migrants from Iraq, Syria and Iran who were hidden in a truck transporting dishes to Sweden. Police stopped the truck that was driven by a Turkish citizen early Wednesday at the Romanian-Hungarian border and discovered the migrants in the back.
A police statement said they found nine men and seven women, most of them asylum-seekers in Romania. They told police they wanted to illegally cross the border to reach a country in the visa-free Schengen travel zone. Hungary is a member of that zone but Romania is not.
The truck documents said the metal dishes were to be delivered to a company in Sweden. The driver told police he didn't know about the hidden migrants.
Italy Considering ‘Nuclear Option’ to Send Migrants Into Northern Europe
Senior Italian government figures are threatening to issue European Union visas to 200,000 migrants, allowing them to travel throughout the bloc’s Schengen Zone.
As Migrant Crisis Intensifies, Italy Debates Citizenship Rights
With a flood of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores, a bitter debate has erupted over whether children born on Italian soil to foreign parents should have citizenship rights at birth.
Migration Agency Slammed After Asking Homosexual Asylum Seekers To Prove They Are Gay
The German Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has come under fire for asking asylum seekers intimate sexual questions in order to prove they are homosexual. Gay and Lesbian groups have criticised BAMF after a report claimed that the agency
Four Thousand African Migrants Picked Up off Libyan Coast, Shuttled to Italy
Between Wednesday and Thursday, the Italian Coast Guard coordinated more than 20 rescue operations off the coast of Libya, bringing some 4,100 African migrants to Italy.
Migrant Crisis: EU to Fund Libyan Coastguard to Combat People Smuggling
European Union member states have agreed to pay 100 euros a week to new recruits in the Libyan coastguard to boost the number of officers to tackle people smuggling.
Leftists Slam ‘Special School’ for Undereducated Migrants as ‘Apartheid’
The Berlin refugee council has criticised the opening of a special school for asylum seekers who have little to no education saying that keeping them separate from other students is like “apartheid”.
Italy to Meet with Libyan Mayors to End People Smuggling
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti plans to fly to Libya later this week where he is expected to meet with mayors of various Libyan cities to discuss bringing an end to people smuggling in the country.
Italians Say Government Committing ‘Ethnic Replacement’ — Poll
The majority of Italians want to see migrant arrivals stopped completely, and believe the ‘ius soli’ law being pushed by Italy’s globalist government is “ethnic replacement”, enacted to boost the proportion of left wing voters in the nation.
Viktor Orban: European Union Is Following ‘Soros Migrant Plans’
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has claimed the European Union are implementing migration plans designed by left-wing billionaire Geroge Soros to bring in a million migrants per year to Europe with the help of his army of NGOs.
85 Syrian Migrants Arrive on Cyprus in Boat from Turkey
A Cyprus police spokesman says 85 Syrian migrants who arrived by boat to the island’s northwestern coast have now been taken to a reception centre.
Italy Makes Demands for Migrant Rescue NGOs Wanting to Use Ports
The Italian government has released its eleven-point migrant code of conduct which must be followed by pro-migrant NGOs or they will not be allowed to use Italian ports.
EU border agency warns that 85,000 migrants have reached Italy - mostly on boats from Libya - in 2017, a rise of 21% from last year
Most of the migrants came on boats from Libya, with 24,800 coming in June alone. The majority were from Guinea, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Ivory Coast.
Sweden intensifies its crackdown on illegal immigrants with sweeps on workplaces after a failed asylum-seeker killed five people in Stockholm attack
Swedish police have been handed increased powers to raid workplaces for illegal migrants and handed an extra $95m in funding as the country cracks down following the Stockholm truck attack.
Police are accused of POISONING migrants at Calais by contaminating water supplies with tear gas in a bid to stop a new build-up of asylum seekers heading for Britain
A leading charity in the French port town of Calais sparked outrage after tweeting a photo of two jerrycans allegedly full of contaminated water.
The £15million migrant farce: EU naval mission aimed at stopping mass migration has made the flow WORSE and has led to an increase in deaths
The £15.2 million operation – which includes the UK – to tackle people-smuggling operations had not ‘in any meaningful way’ deterred migrants or disrupted the criminal networks.
Fire breaks out in a Lesbos refugee camp that houses more than 1,000 migrants ‘who had just been told they were to be deported’
Images show huge flames coming out of buildings as a fire broke out at the Moria Refugee Camp, which houses more than 1,000 refugees, on the Greek Island of Lesbos on Monday.
Gay Couple Brutally Attacked in German Asylum Home
A Serbian homosexual couple who applied for asylum in Germany were brutally beaten almost to death by residents in an asylum home earlier this week, according to a gay rights activist.
Denmark Will Fund Contraception Aid for Africa to ‘Limit Migration Pressure on Europe’
Denmark has committed to spend 91 million kroner (£11 million) funding contraceptives in Africa, asserting that the measure could help “limit the migration pressure on Europe.”
‘Junior Jihadi’ Was in Care of Known Islamist Before Attempted Attack
The 13-year-old “junior jihadi” who attempted to plant nail bombs at a German Christmas market was in the care of a known Salafist psychologist according to new reports. The organisation involved has now changed their policy so that volunteers will have to submit a background check first before they will be able to work with children as a result of the case.
Germany Expecting up to 300,000 More Syrian, Iraqi Migrants in 2017 Through Family Reunification Rules
The Federal Government has estimated that family reunion rules will see Germany receive hundreds of thousands more Syrian and Iraqi migrants this year.
Dutch School Gave Muslim Pupils 500 Euros Compensation Because Class Photo Day Fell During Ramadan
Two Muslim children, both sisters, missed a school class photograph in the Hague during Eid al-Adha and as a result, the school has compensated the pair 500 euros. Their parents had demanded 10,000.
Sweden’s Population Growth Second Highest in EU Due to Mass Migration
Newly released European Union statistics show that Sweden’s population has grown by over one per cent in 2016 largely as a result of mass migration rather than an increased birthrate.
Austrian City Bans Pork in Kindergartens to Accommodate Muslim Children
Salzburg has banned pork in city-run kindergartens in what local officials have defended saying it meets the needs of Muslim children.
‘Sanctuary City’ Plan for Poland Fails as Opposition Party Clashes With Public Opinion
Plans by the opposition party to present a list of towns and cities in Poland who are ready to welcome refugees, in a bid to undermine the government’s tough stance on migration, have fallen through after local authorities refused to back the initiative.
French Archbishop on ‘the Great Replacement’: ‘Muslims Calmly Tell You France Will Be Theirs One Day’
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Strasbourg Luc Ravel has called attention to the demographic shift in France saying Muslims are having far more children than native French and slammed the widespread “promotion” of abortion.
Islamist ‘Morality Police’ Using Violence, Intimidation to Enforce Shariah Law in Germany
Islamist gangs are using violence and intimidation to enforce Shariah law in parts of Germany, particularly against Chechen and Chechen-origin women in Berlin, according to reports.
[APRILHATHCOCK.WORDPRESS] I just spent the last 5 days at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, and I am suffering serious race fatigue. Originally posted by badanov. I'm working under the hood and blew it away accidentally. Sorry.
Race fatigue is a real physical, mental, and emotional condition that people of color experience after spending a considerable amount of time dealing with the micro- and macro-aggressions that inevitably occur when in the presence of white people. The more white people, the longer the time period, the more intense the race fatigue.
I usually come back from conferences pretty exhausted anyway. I’m an introvert, an over-achiever, and an over-joiner, so I’m always faced with having to be conscious about taking breaks, saying no, and engaging in other forms of self-care. But when you combine that with 5 days of being talked at, over, and through by folks in a profession that’s 88% white…well, let’s just say I hit my limit.
Its been 5 straight days of being tone-policed and condescended to and ‘splained to. Five days of listening to white men librarians complain about being a “minority” in this 88% white profession–where they consistently hold higher positions with higher pay–because they don’t understand the basics of systemic oppression. (They’re librarians. You’d think they’d know how to find and read a sociology reference, but whatever.) Five days of having “nice white ladies” tell you to be “civil” and “professional” when you talk about the importance of acknowledging oppression and our profession’s role in it.
Even with well-meaning white people, friends even, it’s been exhausting; the fatigue is still there. Five days of having white colleagues corner you to “hear more” about the microaggressions you’ve suffered and witnessed, not because they want to check in on your fatigue, but because they take a weird pleasure in hearing the horror stories and feeling superior to their “less woke” racial compatriots.
Five days of mounting anger and frustration that you struggle to keep below the surface because you can’t be the “angry and emotional person of color” yet again.
Don’t get me wrong, there were delightful moments of reprieve. I went to the Spectrum Scholarship 20th Anniversary celebration and met the amazing Dr. Carla Hayden–first black, first woman, first librarian–Librarian of Congress. (She’s so wonderful. We chatted about my name, which I share with the main character of her favorite children’s book.) I caught up with friends and colleagues of color and met new ones. These moments kept me going. And I did have some moments of rest with a few absolutely invaluable and genuine white allies.
But I’m tired.
Luckily, the rest of my summer will be spent going on vacation with family, steeping in time with the people who love and know me best. I’ll be getting some much needed R & R in this racial battle called life. And when I get back to it all, I’ll keep on fighting, bearing in mind the inspiring words Dr. Hayden imparted to us at the Spectrum celebration: “You gotta be in the room. You gotta be at the table. You gotta fight.”
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Apparently, that statement is no longer operative.
One of the great things about America is we built a country that transcended tribes, blood and soil. Call it a meta-tribe if you want. But anyone could join by putting up their hand and saying, "I believe in the Constitution and will defend it from all enemies, foreign and bureaucratic".
But the Democrats and the Left (redundancy alert!) have spent the last few decades playing identity politics where your skin color, genitals, religion or sexual preferences matter more than being an American. Sadly, they have been quite successful which leads to the social chaos and stupidity we see today. Nice work, guys!
[Breitbart] "They cannot believe that the American people chose Donald J. Trump to be president," Gorka said. "As a result, they’re in this bubble. They’re in this psychological crisis. They’re tanking, so they spin, they spin. They want to make more money on ratings, so their corporate owners are happy. The only way to be successful in the short term and the long term is to do what you do Sean: It’s about truth. You say that you’re a conservative, but you’re interested in the truth whether it’s about Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious. They don’t care about the truth. Think about their professionalism or their lack of it. Could you imagine a Walter Cronkite or an Edward R. Murrow having a guest on their show and then after the interview ends in the next panel they insult the guest when he can’t defend himself? That’s what Anderson Cooper did this week. That’s just unprofessional."
Ironically, Gorka himself has been‐as Hannity noted‐the target of blatantly inaccurate fake news. Many in the media demonstrably inaccurately reported previously that Gorka was in trouble in the White House and potentially going to lose his position. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Breitbart News has reported.
Gorka worked in the Hungarian Ministry of Defense during the prime ministership of József Antall.
Following the September 11 attacks, Gorka became a public figure in Hungary as a television counterterrorism expert. This led to his being asked in 2002 to serve as an official expert on the parliamentary investigatory committee created to uncover the Communist background of the new Hungarian Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy. Medgyessy had been an undercover officer in the Secret Police, the organization which had maintained the previous dictatorship and helped crush the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Gorka rejected Medgyessy's claims of having not spied on people when he was a secret policeman. Gorka failed to obtain the necessary security clearance from the Constitution Protection Office to serve on the committee, apparently because he was widely regarded as a spy working for British counterintelligence. Gorka defended himself against the charge by saying his service in the British army was merely as a uniformed member of its counterterrorist unit, tasked with assessing threats from groups such as the IRA.
In 2004, Gorka became an adjunct to the faculty of the new US initiative for the Program for Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS), a Defense Department-funded program based in the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. At the same time Gorka became an adjunct to USSOCOM's Joint Special Operations University, MacDill Air Force Base. He and his family relocated to the United States in 2008. He was hired as administrative dean at the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. Two years later, he began to lecture part-time for the ASD(SOLIC)-funded Masters Program in Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism as part of the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program but remained in a largely administrative role. In 2014 Gorka assumed the privately endowed Major General Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University Foundation. In August 2016, he joined The Institute of World Politics, a private institution, on a full-time basis as Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare and Vice President for National Security Support. He is on the advisory board of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA).
Between 2009 and 2011 Gorka wrote for the Hudson Institute of New York (now Gatestone Institute). Between 2011 and 2013, Gorka was an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. From 2014 to 2016, Gorka was an editor for national security affairs for the Breitbart News Network, where he worked for Stephen K. Bannon.
[SHABELLENEWS] A Kenyan al-Shabaab ...Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... Death Eater was killed in Somalia after he fell out with commanders of the terrorist organization.
Mustafa Hassan Mohammed, a former student at Isiolo Boys High School, was killed last week after he complained that Moslems and children died in kabooms that have rocked Mandera, Garissa and Mandera counties in recent weeks.
Dozens of security officers have also died in the attacks. Mustafa dropped out of school in 2015 to join al-Shabaab.
Previously al-Shabaab has killed other Kenyans within its ranks, accusing them of spying for Kenya Government.
A number of Kenyan al-Shabaab Death Eaters who have been jugged Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! on return from Somalia and who have been interrogated have provided crucial details to security agents.
Other Kenyan Death Eaters have also been killed by Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia.
Noordin Gulam Fazilai aka Dinero, 23 was killed this month after an al-Shabaab group attempted to attack KDF camp in Kismayu.
He was born in Mombasa and lived in Majengo-Sokoni before moving to Somalia. "Before his death, Noordin had been reaching out to potential recruits from Majengo area, notably those associated with Musa mosque and coordinating their movement to Somalia," police said in a report seen by the Nation.
Other Kenyans are Ibrahim Adan Abdi, Mohammed Issa and Adan Ismail Khalid. The youngsters from Mandera crossed over to Somalia between March and May 2015 to join the terror group.
They were killed in a United States Arclight airstrike on June 11, 2017 in Sakow, Southern Somalia.
"It has also been established that Al-Shabaab is now using its imported muscle especially from Kenya to carry out suicide kabooms. Further, many imported muscle were removed from leadership positions," the report also says.
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[ARA News] Syrian rebels on Sunday launched a mortar attack against the Russian embassy in the capital Damascus, causing material damage, local sources reported.
According to the state news agency SANA, at least two shells were fired at the Russian embassy, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby.
Syrian rebels in the suburbs of Damascus have previously struck the Russian embassy.
The attack in Damascus came hours after a bomb went kaboom! near a hospital in the rebel-held north-western city of Idlib. At least six civilians were reportedly maimed in the kaboom, including two children.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a massive attack this afternoon in the East Ghouta region of Damascus that targeted Jaysh Al-Islam’s last positions in the town of Hawsh Al-Dawahra.
Backed by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard stormed Hawsh Al-Dawahra using six armored vehicles to break-through the Islamist defenses at the eastern axis of the town.
According to preliminary reports from the military, the Syrian Arab Army has advanced through Jaysh Al-Islam’s defenses at Hawsh Al-Dawahra’s eastern axis, inflicting heavy damage on the latter’s fortifications in the process.
A military source told Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Arab Army is attempting to reach Al-Shufouniyah, which is the second largest town in the East Ghouta region.
[AlMasdar] The Russian Air Force launched several heavy airstrikes over the East Ghouta region of Damascus, Sunday, pro-opposition Ghouta Now News reported.
According to Ghouta Now, the Russian airstrikes struck the East Ghouta towns of Zamalka, Hazah, and Al-Shifouniyah.
While Ghouta Now posted pictures of explosions in the aforementioned East Ghouta towns, they did not provide any proof to corroborate their claims that these airstrikes were conducted by the Russian Air Force.
The Russian Air Force does not usually carry out airstrikes over any part of Damascus, unless they have direct coordinates of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions.
[AlMasdar] The Shadi Regiment of the National Defense Forces (NDF) announced on Saturday that they have sent reinforcements to the eastern suburbs of Damascus to aid the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in their ongoing offensives at Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma.
The Shadi Regiment was previously in the Homs Governorate prior to their deployment to the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday.
With many buildings recently captured in the ‘Ayn Tarma Triangle, the Syrian Arab Army needs reinforcements to fortify their positions in the area.
In the coming days, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are expected to intensify their attack on eastern Damascus, as the recent arrival reinforcements frees up many soldiers.
[Breitbart] In recent days, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... and other Paleostinian jihadist factions opened their traditional summer camps in which Paleostinian youth are indoctrinated with anti-Israel propaganda while some camps conduct weapons training and teach jihadist combat tactics.
According to figures from Hamas alone, some 120,000 children attend the terrorist group’s camps. Tens of thousands more children attend camps run by other Paleostinian jihadist factions.
In addition, thousands of children participate in summer camps run by the Paleostinian refugee welfare agency UNWRA, where the focus is more on educational activities than those of a religious or military nature. UNRWA’s summer camps bear the name "Summer Games," in contrast to the names of camps run by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, national resistance committees and other organizations that mostly use the names of Paleostinian activists who died as "deaders" ‐ in other words, bandidossnuffies killed while committing attacks against Israel.
The importance of the summer camps in the Hamas movement can be seen in the extensive coverage of them in Hamas media. Hamas operates a Supreme Committee for the Summer Camps and Osama Almuzeyni, a Hamas official responsible for the committee said, "The movement strives, through the summer camps, to train an entire generation to work for the liberation of Paleostine, in addition to educating the children on the principles of moderate Islam."
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian suspect killed in firefight with Israeli forces went on shooting spree with fiancée, attacking two West Bank communities.
Romeo and Juliet, Palestinian style.
A Paleostinian gunman who was killed in a firefight with Israeli forces on Sunday had gone on a shooting spree with his fiancée following an argument with their families over their engagement, according to the Shin Bet security service.
The suspect -- identified by police as Amar Ahmad Halil of Nabi Saleh -- was behind two drive-by shooting attacks on Saturday near the West Bank settlement of Ateret, which left a Paleostinian driver lightly hurt, and one at an IDF post near Halil’s hometown of Nabi Saleh, according to Israeli security forces.
There were no injuries in the second attack, the army said. Soldiers uncovered two bullet casings in the area.
Hours after the attack, Israeli security forces -- made up of troops from the army, Shin Bet and Border Police -- entered Nabi Saleh to arrest Halil.
"The forces encountered the suspect, who attempted to open fire at them. In response to the immediate threat forces fired towards the attacker resulting in his death," it said.
Another Paleostinian detainee was lightly injured in the firefight and was treated at the scene, the army said.
According to the Shin Bet, Halil, 34, was a former member of the Paleostinian Authority’s security services.
His fiancee, Rawan Amber, accompanied Halil during the attacks, according to the Shin Bet.
On Sunday, she handed herself in to the PA police and was placed under arrest.
According to the Shin Bet, the two carried out the attacks because their families opposed their engagement.
The gun used was an improvised Carlo-style submachine gun that was made to look like an M-16 assault rifle.
[AnNahar] Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and three maimed Sunday when gunnies suspected of ties to al-Qaeda opened fire on a military checkpoint, an army source said.
The source said the gunnies managed to escape after the attack on the checkpoint in the northeast of Shabwa province, a southern stronghold of Yemen's powerful al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000... (AQAP).
Sunday's attack is the latest in a string of suspected AQAP shootings targeting military checkpoints and outposts in Yemen.
AQAP, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict between Yemen's government and Houthis to expand its presence, especially in Shabwa.
A U.S. air raid on the province last month killed AQAP emir Abu Khattab al-Awlaqi, according to the Pentagon.
The United States has intensified its air attacks on suspected AQAP sites in 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 President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... took office in January.
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[IsraelTimes] Eight people locked away Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! , including one suspected of assisting gunnies in terror attack that killed two coppers
Police have arrested eight suspects and uncovered dozens of weapons following a deadly terror attack by three Arab Israelis just outside the Temple Mount compound on Friday in which two officers were killed, the Jerusalem Police chief said.
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Wonder if they checked the 2000 year old pre-ruin sub-foundation tunnels?
No? That would compromise faiths and corrupt believers? Oh, OK. Good thing you held back!
[ToloNews] After launching a large-scale offensive to re-take Nawa district in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , security forces are only two kilometers from the governor’s compound, officials said.
Afghan cops on Sunday continued their operation to re-take Nawa district of southern Helmand province and are now only two kilometers from the district governor’s compound, local officials said on Sunday.
The operation was launched early Saturday to re-capture Nawa which fell to the Taliban ...Arabic for students... about nine months ago, Omar Zwak said.
"Security forces have re-taken [a stretch of] 10 kilometers of Nawa and only two kilometers to the district governor’s compound is left. The forces are advancing in the battle against the bully boyz and so far 18 bully boyz including their commanders have been killed," Zwak said.
"One security force member was also killed in the clash with the Taliban and six others were maimed," he said adding that "there are no civilian casualties. Our priorities are to prevent civilian casualties."
Zwak also said that foreign troops are supporting the Afghan cops by carrying out Arclight airstrikes on the affected area.
"Our operation is moving a little slowly because of mines that have been placed by the bully boyz along the roads. So far we have defused 150 mines but by the end of the day we will take control of the district," he said.
TOLOnews news hound, Abdullah Hamim who is with the security forces says "the mines are a key issue for the security forces and [in addition to mines] they have recovered bombs and weapons during the operation."
[Khaama] The Afghan national defense and security forces have once again thwarted a bid by the anti-government armed Death Eaters to smuggle thirteen children to Pakistain.
According to the local security officials in Ghazni, the children were rescued in Qarabagh district as the Death Eaters were looking to smuggle them to Pakistain via Paktia province.
Acting provincial police chief Mustafa Mayar said the Death Eaters were apparently looking to smuggle the children so that they can be enrolled into the Madrasas for militancy trainings.
He said at least three people who were looking to smuggle the children were also locked away Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! by the security forces.
This comes as at least twenty five children were rescued during a similar operation in Ghazni province as the Death Eaters were looking to smuggle them to Pakistain.
The latest attempts by the Lion of Islam groups to recruit children for the militancy comes as the Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Taliban ...Arabic for students... forces in Afghanistan have added scores of children to their ranks since mid-2015 in violation of the international prohibition on the use of child soldiers.
The rights group’s research shows that the Taliban have been training and deploying children for various military operations, including the production and planting of improvised bombs (IED).
[DAWN] Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Sunday announced the launch of Operation Khyber-4 under Radd-ul-Fasaad (RuF) to "wipe out terrorists" in the Rajgal Valley area of Khyber Agency ... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though... "An operation to wipe out Death Eaters has been launched in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency," Maj Gen Ghafoor said.
Khyber 4 seeks to target terrorist hideouts in what the DG ISPR called "the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)".
There is no timeline for the operation as yet, Ghafoor said in response to a question.
The army had informed Afghan forces ahead of the launch of the Khyber-4 operation in Rajgal, he said, which the Afghan army would be able to support on their side of the border if they wished.
"No other force will have boots on the ground in our country. All operations are conducted by Pak security forces," he asserted.
The army's front man observed that reports of a joint border operation with Afghan forces had surfaced during a visit made by a top-level United States Congressional delegation.
Clarifying the reports, Ghafoor said, "The true meaning of this [joint operation] is when both forces conduct operations at the same time. There is a coordinated and complementary operation on their respective sides of the border."
Information would be shared with Kabul if the Afghan leadership wished to conduct supporting operations and coordination in this regard is ongoing, he elaborated.
[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer... said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... will land in Adiala jail as an outcome of the Panamagate hearing in the Supreme Court (SC).
Addressing a workers convention in Islamabad on Sunday, the PTI leader warned PM Sharif of the possibility of landing behind bars. "You will not go to Jeddah, but to Adiala jail," said Khan, referring to Nawaz Sharif's exile in 1999 after his government was toppled by the then Gen Pervez Perv Musharraf ... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ... Khan vowed to "either celebrate victory in Islamabad or take to the streets against the PML-N leadership" after the apex court decides the Panamagate case, which is set to resume on Monday.
He accused the PML-N of planning to attack the SC if the outcome of Panamagate case was against the Sharifs. He warned PM Sharif against any such attempt and said that the entire nation would stand with the apex court.
PML-N has destroyed the parliament as well as all other institutions, said Khan, adding, "All except the apex court and the army".
Posted by: Fred ||
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[DAWN] An Egyptian Moslem stabbed and maimed a security guard after being prevented from entering a church in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Saturday, a senior police official said.
The man was quickly subdued by the guard and others who rushed to help and is being questioned, the official said.
The incident came days after Egypt’s Christian minority leaders said they were suspending some activities such as conferences and religious trips for security reasons.
The Death EaterIslamic 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 has killed dozens of Coptic Christians in church bombings and shooting attacks in Egypt since December, and have threatened further attacks.
"We’re still checking," the official, who requested anonymity, said when asked whether the suspect in Saturday’s incident was an hard boy. He gave no other details about the assailant, apart from his religion.
CCTV footage of the incident showed a man wearing earphones and with a bag trying to enter the church when he was called back by a guard who asked to check the bag.
The man took out a knife and slashed the face of the guard, who quickly recovered to subdue his attacker with the help of others.
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[DAWN] Four suspected bad boyz were potted during an exchange of fire with the Frontier Constabulary (FC) troops late Saturday night after they attacked a post in Zhob, 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... , according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The bandidosLions of Islam fired rockets and used machine guns during the attack on Shoaib Nikka post in the Qamar din Kerez area of Zhob, said the army's media wing. The FC troops, however, foiled the attack, killing four terrorists, said ISPR.
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[DAWN] Indian troops targeted a vehicle of the Pakistain Army moving along the Neelum River at Athmuqam on Sunday. "The vehicle fell into the river and four soldiers embraced martyrdom in the Line of Control (LoC) ceasefire violation," said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The body of one martyred soldier has been recovered while search for the other three is underway.
The attack was similar to an earlier assault on a civilian bus in the same area last year, according to the army's media wing.
The ISPR said that Pak forces had responded to the ceasefire violation.
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Hawija (IraqiNews.com) 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.... has closed the last restaurant catering for the group’s fighters in Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... a local source in the province said Sunday.
The group shut down the last of a chain of restaurants it had run in the town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, a local source was quoted saying by Waradana website. He said the closure came as food supply scarcity deepens, and with the bandidosDeath Eaters hampered by debts.
"ISIS (Islamic State) had relied in a chain of local restaurants that occasionally served banquets for the group’s emirs and big shots, but rapidly shrunk due to the bad boys’ inability to pay their debts and the scarcity of foodstudd supplies," said the source.
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Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State militants were killed while booby-trapping roads in western Anbar, according to a military source from the army’s seventh division in the province.
“The U.S.-led coalition shelled three IS members in al-Wata’ desert region, in east of Rawa city, which caused their immediate death,” the source told AlSumaria on Sunday.
The militants, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “were booby trapping the roads leading to Rawa town to hinder advance of security forces when launching operations to free the western regions of the province.”
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Dozens of Islamic State militants were killed and injured in an airstrikes launched by the Iraqi army and U.S.-led coalition in western Anbar, sources said.
Speaking to the Russian Sputnik news agency, the source said “the coalition jets shelled IS locations in Hasiba region in Qaim town, western Anbar, leaving more than 15 members killed.”
The shelling, which occured early on Sunday, left some members injured, the source added. Most of the members killed were from al-Tash and Ankour, west of Ramadi.
In related news, twelve militants were killed on Sunday as army jets targeted an IS convoy in westof Ramadi.
A source from Anbar Operations Command told Al-Ikhbariya news website that an airstrike by army targeted IS convoy as the militants were attempting an attack against troops deployed in al-Malha region, north of Haditha town, which left more than twelve militants killed.
Haditha city is fully controlled by security forces and tribal fighters, however, IS launches attacks there every now and then. The regions in the north of the lake are desert ones with a number of houses that are used by IS militants as hideouts.
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Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The local administration of Shirqat, Salahuddin Governorate, has decided to deport the families of Islamic State (IS) fighters from the town, Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday citing an Iraqi military source.
“The local council of Shirqat has issued a decision to deport the families of the IS fighters from the town and called for an immediate implementation of the decision,” Army Major Yasser al-Tamimi told Anadolu Agency.
Al-Tamimi noted that there is great dissatisfaction inside the council of Shirqat with the presence of the families of Islamic State (IS) fighters inside the town. The deportation decision aims at maintaining the security.
Earlier in June, Mosul city council decided to deport the families of IS fighters and to relocate them to special camps in order to rehabilitate them mentally. It added that it would no longer allow receiving migrant IS fighters families arriving from other provinces and the existing families are to be deported and sheltered in camps where they will be psychologically and ideologically rehabilitated and integrated with society once they prove responsive to that process.
The IS terror group has a grip on key areas that link Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk governorates.
The eastern coast of Shirqat, which lies on the west bank of the Tigris river in Salahuddin province, is still under the IS control, after liberating the western coast few months ago.
In September, Iraqi army said its forces recaptured the town, located south of Mosul, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias.
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[AlAhram] Egypt’s army forces foiled an attempt to smuggle arms into the country through its western border with Libya, the military said Sunday.
The Egyptian air forces launched a reconnaissance mission Saturday following intelligence received that "criminals" in 4x4 vehicles were in the process of crossing into Egypt, the army said in a statement
During the operation, which ontinued into Sunday, forces destroyed 15 vehicles "laden with weapons, explosives and other smuggled items."
Forces launched a hunt to catch the "criminals," the statement added.
The Egyptian army has been conducting operations in Egypt's Western Desert to stop the infiltration of faceless myrmidons or the smuggling of weapons through the Egyptian-Libyan border.
[IndependentSentinal] President Trump wasn’t happy when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull informed him about the secret deal. Trump said Australia was sending the next "Boston bombers to America". Reluctantly, the President agreed to screen them.
Well, the scheme is in doubt again.
Refugee activists are furious because U.S. officials have stopped interviewing economic migrants on the Australian island of Nauru. We’ve reached the limit of 50,000 refugees under President Trump’s executive order.
The Australian’s are holding the economic migrants in an offshore detention center. They want to close it along with another offshore facility. In response to left-wing activists’ demands to close the centers, Australia wants to send them to us. In exchange, they will take Central American refugees who aren’t even in the U.S. but are planning to immigrate to the U.S. illegally WTF, over?.
Reuters reports that: U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap.
The USCIS said on Saturday that the program would continue but offered no details.
Australian officials say the deal will progress. The quota rolls over again in October and they "expect that the United States will adhere to this agreement, as the president promised..."
The Australians have another detention center on Papua New Guinea’s Manus island that they won’t be able to empty out if the U.S. doesn’t come back and take their rejected refugees.
"The U.S. deal looks more and more doubtful," Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said. "The U.S. deal was never the solution the Australian government pretended it to be."
The majority of the detainees interviewed on both Manus and Nauru by U.S. officials in April are from Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan WTF, over? - Part II.
Two of the three are on the list of nations under restricted travel orders.
Australia was so against allowing these economic migrants into the country, they offered them $25,000 each to go home. Few have done so.
Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Five 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.... Lion of Islams, including a prominent leader, were killed as they were poisoned in Tal Afar, west of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , a local source said.
"Five IS members, including an Asian deputy chief of the group’s Hisbah (vigilantism) department, died in Tal Afar as they were all poisoned after eating a meal during a ceremony for one of the leaders," the source told AlSumaria News.
"The total number of the poisoned members were more than 30, in accordance with available information," the source, who preferred anonymity, said adding that several members who are involved in preparation of food were locked away Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! and transferred to unidentified destination.
Last week,news reports mentioned that the group announced in a brief statement that Tal Afar has become an independent state from the caliphate.
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... Somewhere, Lucretia and Cesare smile.
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Someone is in line for a culinary award or maybe Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen reality cooking show.
Patrick Poole has the Homeland Security beat for PJ Media. While there is some overlap with what we have here, he also picks up stories like this, supporting his work with tweets and quotes from news articles.
[PJMedia] A 34-year-old Tunisian ISIS fighter captured by Kurdish forces in Raqaa recently spoke to news hound Jenan Moussa of al-Aan TV. When asked why he had joined the terrorist organization, the fighter confessed that Ennahda -- the Moslem Brüderbund affiliate in Tunisia -- had encouraged young fighters to join the jihad in Syria.
It's not a coincidence, then, that Tunisia had the largest number of imported muscle in Syria.
This deflates much of the U.S. think-tank and media establishment narrative that the Moslem Brüderbund serves as a "firewall" against jihadist groups:
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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed in an IED blast in western Baghdad, al-Ikhbariya news website quoted a local source as saying.
"A bomb, placed under a car of a civil servant who works for Health Ministry, went kaboom! as he was passing on the highway in Abu Ghraib region in western Baghdad, which caused his immediate death," the police source said.
"Security troops cordoned off the blast spot and transferred the victim to the forensic medicine department," the source added.
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.