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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rantburg Exclusive: Iran's Rouhani Supplies YPG W/Safir Jeeps w/AT gun 107mm
2018-02-11
Iran is essentially now using the YPG as a proxy militia against Turkey. Word is Rouhani is also supplying the YPG with anti-Aircraft manpads.



The #YPG in #Afrin turns into an Iranian proxy militia to fight #Turkey & Syrian rebels.
After #Konkurs ATGM and 107 mm rockets, #Iran now also supplied #Safir jeeps w/AT gun 106 to the Kurdish militia.
And I would make an educated guess, saying also today's MANPADS was provided. pic.twitter.com/ayY0bvzYkd

— Julian Röpcke(@JulianRoepcke) February 10, 2018
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Southeast Asia
NPA finance officer nabbed in Butuan City
2018-02-06
[PhilStar] The Philippine offensive against communist rebels yielded another prize with the arrest of the suspected finance officer of the Mindanao-based New People's Army in Butuan City. The arrest of Leonida Guao – who also goes by Ka Lea, Ka Ligaya and Ka Laya – came following the arrest of NPA>NPA leader Rafael Baylosis last Thursday.

Eastmincom commander Benjamin Madrigal said Guao was arrested in Barangay Banding, Butuan City on Friday. He said village leaders informed the military that Guao was hiding in their community.

Eastmincom spokesperson Ezra Balagtey said Guao is wanted for murder. She said Guao served as the NPA finance officer for all guerrilla fronts operating in Mindanao.

A militant lawmaker warned that the NPA could resort to arresting government peace negotiators in retaliation for Baylosis' arrest. Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao said, "If the arrest of NDF consultants temporarily released on bail continues, it might reach a point where the NPA would declare they will also arrest government negotiators and consultants."

Activists said the arrest of Baylosis was in violation of the immunity guarantee agreement. Baylosis was among 18 militants who were freed as peace consultants to participate in doomed peace talks in The Netherlands. Following the collapse of negotiations, President Duterte ordered the rearrest of the freed insurgents.

Meanwhile, eight NPA militants surrendered to the military on Friday and linked a local official in the alleged recruitment of rebels.

Westmincom commander Carlito Galvez said three of those who surrendered linked a local official to the CPP-NPA. The military did not divulge the identity of the official, who was described to be facilitating the organization of the lumads as NPA fighters purportedly to reclaim their ancestral lands.
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Southeast Asia
First communist consultant rearrested
2018-02-05
[SUNSTAR.PH] National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Rafael Baylosis was rearrested on Wednesday, January 31 during a joint operation in Quezon City.

Baylosis, a member of the NDFP Reciprocal Working Group on political and constitutional reforms, is the first NDFP consultant rearrested after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cancellation of the peace talks with the communist rebels and the rearrest of their consultants.

Based on a report by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Baylosis was arrested around 3:45 p. m. Wednesday along with alleged NPA member Guillermo Roque at Aurora Boulevard corner Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Authorities allegedly recovered from them two calibre .45 pistols, 14 ammunition and two magazines.

NDFP negotiating panel legal counsel Edre Olalia said Baylosis is being held at the CIDG detention center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

In a statement, the NDFP condemned what they claimed to be the “illegal arrest and detention” of Baylosis and Roque and demanded their immediate release.

“This illegal arrest and detention of NDFP consultant Rafael Baylosis is a flagrant violation of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG, 1995),” said Luis Jalandoni, member of the NDFP National Executive Committee.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian killed as Israelis raid Jenin-area village
2018-02-04
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 style='float:right;border:1px solid midnightblue;padding:3px;margin:3px;' />[Aljazeera] A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during a confrontation sparked by the soldiers.

Ahmad Samir Obeid, 19, was shot in the head after the Israeli army raided the village of Wadi Burqin, near the northern town of Jenin on Saturday night.

He was taken to the local hospital, where doctors declared his death a short time later. He is the seventh Palestinian to be killed by Israel this year.

Eight other Palestinians were injured by the Israeli army, who used live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets. Local media reported that at least four Palestinians were arrested.

The army was accompanied by bulldozers and drones, and lay siege to several houses in the village, in their continued search for another Palestinian, Ahmad Jarrar.

The 22-year-old Jarrar is wanted by the Israeli army for his alleged role in the killing of a Jewish settler last month. His cousin, who has the same name, was killed on January 18 after a ten-hour military operation by the Israeli army, in what Palestinians believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Residents told local media that soldiers used loudspeakers to call out, "Ahmad Jarrar, turn yourself in or we will demolish the village house by house."
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Southeast Asia
Three commies, one soldier killed in Cobato clash
2018-01-23
[Rappler] At least three communist militants and one auxiliary force of the military were killed in a gun battle that lasted for hours in a Cotabato town on January 22.

Military spokesperson Ezra Balagtey said the fighting between government troops and members of the Far Southern Mindanao Region of the New People’s Army erupted when the militants attacked a military-supervised patrol base in Luayon in Makilala town, Cotabato.

Balagtey said the “failed” attack began after midnight on Monday, and ended at 5am "when the NPA terrorists scampered toward a different direction."

Military spokesman Lea Canseran said some 20 militants attacked the base.
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Southeast Asia
Ranking commie leader surrenders in Mindanao
2018-01-20
[Inquirer] A top New People's Army leader in Mindanao and his wife surrendered to the Philippine military on Monday after months of negotiations. Military spokesman Benjamin Leander said Noel Legazpi, known as “Ka Efren,” spokesman for the NPA’s Far South Mindanao Regional Revolutionary Committee in the last 20 years, and his wife, Wendy, a member of the NPA medical team, turned themselves in with the help of South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes. Legazpi has been with the communist movement for 26 years.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US anti-air missiles for Kurds to meet Turkish, Syrian threats
2018-01-18
[DEBKA]The US is supplying N. Syrian Kurds with man-portable air defense weapons MANPADs to counter Turkish war threats. Tensions around northern Syria hit a new high on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened his army would invade the Kurdish region of Afrin – and then Kurdish-held Manbij – both of which abut on the Turkish border. Not a single “terrorist” would survive this operation, he declared, describing it as “imminent.” For “terrorists” in Erdogan speak, read fighters of the Kurdish YPG militia, American’s key ally in northern Syria. This militia, spearheaded the battle which drove ISIS out of Raqqa and the US is counting on it to provide the backbone of the new 30,000-strong “Syrian Border Guard.”

The Turkish president did not directly attack the US or the Trump administration, only tangentially. In his speech to parliament, he reproved NATO, saying, “You are duty-bound to strike a certain pose against anyone that harasses one of your partners.” He also sent Turkish chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar to Brussels, where he plans to call on Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Chiefs of Staff, and deliver Ankara’s final warning before going to war on the Kurds of northern Syria.

Ankara is not alone with a score to settle with Washington over its military moves in northern Syria; Moscow and Damascus view the Trump administration steps as an American military takeover of a section of northern Syria which stretches between Turkey and Iraq and covers some 28,000 sq. km. (compared with 20,770 sq. km of Israel), and splitting up the country.

The Pentagon, estimating that all three may first resort to air strikes against the Kurdish regions and the new US-backed Syrian Border Guard, is sending the YPG man-portable air defense systems – MANPADS – which are especially effective against low-flying jets and helicopters. It is the first time since the Syrian insurgency erupted against the Assad regime in 2011, that the Americans are supplying any rebel force with these weapons.
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Southeast Asia
Maoist militants admit holding police chief captive
2018-01-15
[MindaNews] The New People's Army finally admitted, after 15 days, that they are holding captive the deputy police chief of President Roxas town in North Cotabato. NPA spokesman Rigoberto Sanchez issued the official statement about Inspector Menardo Nisperos Cui, deputy chief of police of President Roxas, through an email sent to media on January 12.

Cui was seized by at least five armed men inside HMB KTV Bar at Barangay Tuael, President Roxas, on December 28.

Sanchez said it was their ‘Red fighters’ from the Mount Apo Sub-Regional Command NPA Front 53 that arrested Cui and declared him a ‘prisoner of war.’ Cui is being ‘investigated’ for his ‘counter-insurgency’ activities and possible crimes against the rebel movement, he said.

The insurgent spokesman said that while in their custody, Cui would be provided with all his basic needs.

Cui’s mother, Felomina had earlier appealed to the group holding her son to release him soon so he could attend to the funeral of his wife who died days after the incident. Felomina said the health condition of her daughter-in-law Florelie worsened after she learned her husband’s abduction.
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Southeast Asia
Commies kidnap deputy police chief in Cotabato
2017-12-31
[PhilStar] Communist militants seized the deputy police chief of President Roxas town in North Cotabato late Thursday. Menardo Cui was off-duty and drinking with friends in the town proper when the insurgents arrived, herded him at gunpoint to their vehicle, and left.

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

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

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

The NPA reportedly has a list of people targeted for assassination. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), during its 49th anniversary last Tuesday, provided the NPA with the targets. The CPP said the NPA should concentrate its attacks in eastern Mindanao and then in Luzon and the Visayas regions.
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-Land of the Free
This Week in Guns, December 30th, 2017
2017-12-30


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The ATF has proposed a new rule regarding the bump stock, the device used in Las Vegas last fall to simulate full automatic rifle fire. I think if the rule is approved, the ATF will be sued and rule will be dropped.

I have an idea about regulating bump stocks: don't buy one. There - problem solved.

A news report from the UK Independent describes a New York leftist gun group, part of the Redneck Revolt network of leftist groups, whose intent is to protect minorities from Trump supporters by using firearms.

Much of the report is from the group’s founders, with little imput from anyone else. Commenters at Hershel Smith's blog point out that New York has draconian gun laws which can put a damper on the enthusiasm behind the new gun group. Because of that, Trump supporters can't get decent firearms in New York either.

Leaving aside for the moment the presumed nobility of their efforts to protect ethnic groups that did not ask to be protected, wouldn't it be easier to go with freedom? Ditch the 20,000+ gun laws in the US and let minorities decide how they will protect themselves?

Loads

Housekeeping notes:

Quarterly reports are out. Also included are price reports from a year ago. Not much to say about either except prices for ammunition have changed very little in the past year.

Also, the Used Gun of the Week was suggested by Besoeker.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Pistol ammunition prices were mostly steady. Rifle ammunition prices were steady.

Prices for used pistols were mixed. Prices for used rifles were mixed.

New Lows:

None

Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)
(From Q3, 2017: .21 per round, +.01 Each)
(From Q4, 2016: .24 per round, -.02 Each)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Red River Reloading, Silver Bear, FMJ, Steel Casing, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: East Carolina trading, Own brand, FMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads, .21 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
(From Q3, 2017: .20 per round, +.01 Each)
(From Q4, 2016: .21 per round, Unchanged)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Own Brand, FN, Brass Casing, Reloads .21 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: FedArm, Own Brand, TPMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads, .17 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017)
(From Q3, 2017: .14 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: .15 per round, -.01 Each)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Extreme Reloading, Own Brand, FMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads .14 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Fedarm, Own Brand, RN, Brass Casing, Reloads .14 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017)
(From Q3, 2017: .23 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: .25 per round, -.02 Each
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Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017))

.38 Special, 158 Grain, From Last Week: +.03 Each
(From Q4, 2017: .23 per round, +.01 Each)
(From Q4, 2016: No Data Available)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Defender Ammunition, Own Brand, FN, Brass Casing, Reloads .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000 rounds: Defender Ammunition, Own brand, FN, Brass Casing, Reloads, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)
(From Q3, 2017: .19 per round, +.01 Each)
(From Q4, 2016: .22 per round, -.02 Each)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: AmmoMen, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .20 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .20 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017))

.308 NATO 150 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017)
(From Q3, 2017: .32 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: .34 per round, -.02 Each)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .32 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .32 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks))

7.62x39mm AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each
(From Q3, 2017: .19 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: .25 per round, -.06 Each)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017))

.30-06 Springfield 145 Grain. From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks)
(From Q3, 2017: .54 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: No Data Available)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .54 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: United Nations Ammo, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .53 per round (From Last week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017))

.300 Winchester Magnum 150 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
(From Q3, 2017: .81 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: No Data Available)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, SP, .81 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Target Sports USA, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, SP, .85 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks)

.338 Lapua Magnum 250 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
(From Q3, 2017: 2.36 per round, +.14 Each)
(From Q4, 2016: No Data Available)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, HPBT, 2.50 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 200 rounds: Cabelas, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, HPBT, 2.80 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017)
(From Q3, 2017: .04 per round, Unchanged)
(From Q4, 2016: No Data Available)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammo Men, Aguila, RNL, .04 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 5,000 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Aguila, RNL, .04 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $493 Last Week Avg: $453 (+) ($616 (2Q, 2015), $387 (17 Weeks))
Arizona (201, 3Q, 2017(+3))(114, 121): Mixed Build: $740 ($740 (CA: $625 (18 Weeks)), $300 (17 Weeks))
Texas (484, 3Q, 2017(+3))(363, 352): DPMS: $450 ($700 (1Q, 2015), $350 (2Q, 2015))
Pennsylvania (249, 3Q, 2017(+6))(148, 152): American Tactical Imports: $450 ($700 (2Q, 2015), $300 (3Q, 2015))
Virginia (282, 3Q, 2017)(210, 206): Mixed Build: $400 ($750 (1Q, 2015), $300 (5 Weeks))
Florida (679, 3Q, 2017)(454, 461): Smith & Wesson: $425 ($650 (2Q, 2015), $380 (1Q, 2015))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $880 Last Week Avg: $810(+) ($1,359 (2Q, 2015), $766 (29 Weeks))
Arizona (49, 3Q, 2017(+6))(45, 46): Palmetto State Armory: $1,250 ($2,300 (29 Weeks), $500 (12 Weeks))
Texas (178, 3Q, 2017)(83, 99): Bushmaster: $700 ($1,500 (4Q, 2014), $650 (2 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (54, 3Q, 2017)(36, 40): Aero Precision: $900 ($1,600 (4Q, 2016), $700 (3Q, 2015))
Virginia (86, 3Q, 2017)(58, 62): Aero Precision: $850 ($2,750 (1Q, 2016), $675 (8 Weeks))
Florida (128, 3Q, 2017(+3))(82, 68): Aero Precision: $700 ($1,950 (2Q, 1016), $500 (3Q, 2015))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $600 Last Week Avg: $560(-) ($668 (3Q, 2016), $450 (3Q, 2015))
Arizona (34, 3Q, 2017(+3))(23, 24): American Tactical Imports: $725 ($925 (29 Weeks), $400 (34 Weeks))
Texas (141, 3Q, 2017)(62, 64): Zastava NPAP: $525 ($800 (1Q, 2016), $350 (3Q, 2014))
Pennsylvania (75, 3Q, 2017)(49, 52): RAS-47: $500 ($750 (1Q, 2015), $375 (1Q, 2015))
Virginia (72, 3Q, 2017)(53, 58): Romak: $800 ($700 (2Q, 2016), $300 (8 Weeks))
Florida (146, 3Q, 2017)(123, 128): RAS-47: $450 ($700 (1Q, 2016), $300 (4Q, 2014))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $365 Last Week Avg: $385(-) ($495 (4Q, 2016), $296 (3Q, 2015))
Arizona (14, 3Q, 2017)(5, 5): Winchester 94: $400 ($500 (49 Weeks), $200 (34 Weeks))
Texas (35, 3Q, 2017(+2))(32, 35): Winchester 94: $400 ($550 (1Q, 2015), $295 (32 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (23, 3Q, 2017)(12, 12): Winchester 94: $400 ($450 (1Q, 2015), $250 (4Q, 2014))
Virginia (19, 3Q, 2017(+3))(9, 12): Winchester 94: $300 ($670 (2Q, 2016), $250 (4Q, 2015))
Florida (34, 3Q, 2017)(24, 24): Marlin: $325 ($500 (1Q, 2015), $250 (2Q, 2015))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $486 Last Week Avg: $461(+) ($525 (3Q, 2016), $350 (4Q, 2015))
Arizona (134, 3Q, 2017(+5))(95, 89): Tisas: $430 ($700 (33 Weeks), $325 (19 Weeks))
Texas (361, 3Q, 2017 (+3))(250, 255): Arcadia Machine and Tool: $550 ($600 (4Q, 2014), $300 (4Q, 2016))
Pennsylvania (178, 3Q, 2017)(164, 170): Remington R1: $450 ($600 (21 Weeks), $300 (2Q, 2015))
Virginia (204, 3Q, 2017(+3))(168, 168): Kimber: $600 ($775 (21 Weeks), $250 (4Q, 2014))
Florida (440, 3Q, 2017)(321, 335): Taurus: $400 ($500 (1Q, 2016), $250 (1Q, 2015))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $350 Last Week Avg: $252(-) ($358 (1Q, 2016), $207 (34 Weeks))
Arizona (238, 3Q, 2017)(193, 194): Taurus PT111: $200 ($400 (40 Weeks), $180 (8 Weeks))
Texas (586, 3Q, 2017(+3))(479, 503): Smith & Wesson SW9VE: $250 ($355 (1Q, 2015), $180 (10 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (368, 3Q, 2017)(325, 332): Kahr CW9: $200 ($350 (4Q 2014), $150 (46 Weeks))
Virginia (365, 3Q, 2017(+6))(316, 320): Ruger P95: $300 ($425 (4Q, 2016), $189 (2Q, 2016))
Florida (827, 3Q, 2017)(634, 675): Ruger SR9c: $300 ($400 (1Q, 2016), $160 (34 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $297 Last Week Avg: $303(-) ($399 (1Q, 2016), $262 (2Q, 2016))
Arizona (77, 3Q, 2017(+2))(44, 45): Smith & Wesson MP40: $300 ($500 (50 Weeks), $195 (30 Weeks))
Texas (156, 3Q, 2017(+2))(102, 107): Smith & Wesson SD40: $260 ($425 (4Q, 2014), $180 (13 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (115, 3Q, 2017(+5))(93, 95): Sig Sauer 2340: $325 ($450 (2Q, 2016), $200 (3Q, 2016))
Virginia (109, 3Q, 2017(+4))(84, 84): Taurus PT740: $275 ($450 (2Q, 2015), $250 (4 Weeks))
Florida (193, 3Q, 2017(+3))(159, 159): Beretta Storm: $325 ($400 (1Q, 2015), $199 (4Q, 2015))

Used Gun of the Week: (South Carolina)
Sako A7 Long Range bolt action rifle chambered in .308 NATO
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Southeast Asia
Maoist militants ready to face 'full-scale war' in Mindanao
2017-12-27
[Inquirer] Communist militants in southern Mindanao said they were ready to face “the full-scale war” that the Duterte administration would be unleashing on them next year.

In a statement issued for the founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Tuesday, Ka Joaquin Jacinto, the National Democratic Front spokesperson in the region, also said the New People’s Army would continue to exist to oppose the government’s abuses. He said, "Despite the use of airstrikes, armed drones and prolonged focus operations, not one single NPA unit in Mindanao was wiped out. The number of platoons and companies has in fact increased this year."

Jacinto said NPA rebels were “ever willing to sacrifice their lives for the revolution and the people than be servile to the fascist dictatorship of the US-Duterte regime.”

“In spite of the constant black propaganda, bogus peace caravans and the incessant parade of fake or recycled surrenderees, NPA Red commanders and fighters never faltered,” he added.

He said 2017 was a triumphant year for the NPA in southern Mindanao, where it launched more than 300 attacks. He said, "There were a few well-chosen and well-executed head blows as wells as numerous attritive actions against operating enemy troops, military camps and police outposts, making them suffer a casualty rate of more than a battalion."

“The NPA must be determined to bring the people’s war to new heights,” he added.
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Southeast Asia
Three Maoist militants surrender in southern Mindanao
2017-12-18
[Inquirer] Three former New People's Army militants on Thursday surrendered to government forces in southern Mindanao.

Military spokesman Roberto Ancan said Rubico Maquil alias “Paul” of NPA Guerrilla Front 73 turned over his M-16 on Thursday as he surrendered to the 27th Infantry Battalion in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato.

In Arakan town, North Cotabato, two former NPA militants also surrendered to the 39th Infantry Battalion on Thursday. Ancan said Melchor Atan alias “Blanko” and Ronie Atan alias “Kulas,” both of the NPA Guerrilla Front 53, turned over their firearms.

The rebel returnees will soon be enrolled in the Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program to avail themselves of government largesse.
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