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Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Minnesota Woman Strikes St. Kate’s
[POWERLINEBLOG] A “Minnesota woman” went on an arson rampage at St. Kate’s this past Wednesday. Truza Jamal Hassan — a 19-year-old former student — set eight fires in seven buildings across the campus. All but one of the fires were set in trash cans inside bathrooms.

Hassan did a lot of talking that will prove helpful to the prosecution of the case against her. She explained to police that “she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people.” She said similar attacks happened on “Muslim land” and no one cared if Muslims were hurt. Hassan also told police that she had written a letter to her roommates containing “radical ideas about supporting Muslims and bringing back the caliphate.” And just to be clear, she also told authorities, “You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that.” Good to know.
Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  We have family at that school. With our Twin City Pravda media refusing to report on air the "bomb" comment. Lets just say both disgusted but not surprised. And it's just a matter of time before Minnesota has more jihad terrorism.

Side note. Google-youtube (and fox 9) took down all videos of Keith Ellison's celebration victory crowd chanting "Allahu Akbar."

Jihad denial is rampant in the nation media, it's their job. But Minnesota's Moscow on the Mississippi news not only thinks we are stupid, they demand we stay that way.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/21/2018 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  I really don't get the Minnesotan affinity for Somalis
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2018 6:47 Comments || Top||

#3  The powers that be have bought into the dubious mythology that this particular sort of "diversity" makes their community "stronger." Keep voting that way, Garrison Keillor fans, and we'll all see how it works out.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2018 9:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Also pleas note the case in Iowa (or was it Idaho?) where the powers that be ran an intimidation campaign against a Caucasian family whose adolescent female child was raped by a muzz "immigrant." Makes you want to salute the flag. /sarc
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2018 9:31 Comments || Top||

#5  M. Murcek. It was here in Idaho. While most of the state is red as hell, there's still a fair amount of blue-footed boobies that emigrated from Kaliphornia. Most of the folks I know wanted to place the little shits into Juvi and go after the parents...some with lead slingers..no such luck.
Posted by: Warthog || 01/21/2018 9:47 Comments || Top||

#6  I remember what a superior jerkwad the mayor was. I wanted to fly out there and spit on him myself.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2018 9:51 Comments || Top||

#7  She said similar attacks happened on “Muslim land” and no one cared if Muslims were hurt.

So she is an illegal combatant.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/21/2018 12:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Additional commentary:

Bail has been set at $100,000. She was also ordered to stay away from the campus and surrender her passport.

If she makes bail and violates that court order about returning to St. Kate’s, she’ll really be in trouble.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/21/2018 12:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Another invader from a sh*thole. Agreed, why we would want random Somalis in this country. Next time you fly through MSP note the number of Somalis granted access to secure areas in the airport. Hundreds.
Posted by: anymouse || 01/21/2018 16:27 Comments || Top||

5 killed as gunmen battle security forces at Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul
Gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul at the start of an 11-hour siege that continued into Sunday morning, leaving at least five Afghan civilian dead, officials said.

Six other civilians were reported wounded and more than 100 people, including 16 foreigners, have been rescued from the hotel, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

The bodies of four attackers were recovered as security forces continued to clear the landmark building, he said.

"The security forces are going room-by-room to make sure that there is no any other attacker in the building," he said.

No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which started around 9 p.m. Saturday. As the fighting raged, a fire erupted in the building.

Live TV footage showed people trying to escape through windows on the fourth and fifth floors.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2018 07:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  I watched this thing for more than 5 hours.
What took so long? You knew they were torturing people in there.

We warned you on Thursday, and have been training you for like forever. 13 Years.

Posted by: newc || 01/21/2018 15:30 Comments || Top||

Taliban militants kill ex-commander on charges of ISIS links in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
murderous Moslems have executed one of their former commanders on charges of having links with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The police commandment of Nangarhar in a statement said Saturday that the former Taliban Überstürmbannführer was killed in Dur Baba district on Friday.

The statement further added that the ex-Taliban Überstürmbannführer identified as Rahmatullah was killed at around 2 pm local time in Aman Kot district.

According to the provincial police commandment, Rahmatullah was accused of having links with the ISIS loyalists and was executed by his ex-comrades.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Nice story to start the day. Still one more dead scum bag, no matter who took him out.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/21/2018 2:53 Comments || Top||

Civilians suffer casualties in an explosion in Gardez city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A civilian was killed and another one was maimed in an kaboom in Gardez city, the picturesque provincial capital of Paktia province.

The incident took place earlier today after a magnetic improvised bomb planted in a civilian vehicle went off.

Provincial governor’s front man Abdullah Hasrat confirmed that one civilian was killed and another civilian was maimed in the kaboom which took place around 10 am local time.

He said the civilians were travelling in the vicinity of the 2nd police district of the city when the magnetic bomb planted in their vehicle exploded.

Hasrat further added that the victim has been identified as Samiullah Ahmadzai who was serving with the directorate for labor, social affairs, and deaders of Paktia province.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

18 militants killed, 5 wounded in Kunduz airstrikes and operations: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eighteen holy warriors were killed during the operations of the Afghan armed forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted with the close air support of the Afghan Air Force in Chahar Dara district.

The statement further added that five holy warriors were also maimed and three others were tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
during the same operations.

The Afghan cops also destroyed a vehicle and seven improvised bombs during the operations while some weapons and ammunition were confiscated, MoD said.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel
[GEO.TV] Gunmen attacked Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled.

Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab ‐ who escaped unhurt ‐ said the attackers had got into the main part of the hotel through a kitchen and people tried to get out amid bursts of gunfire.

Several people had been killed and at least six maimed in the raid, which came days after a US embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul, Nasrat Rahimi ‐ an interior ministry front man ‐ said.

a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
officials gave no other details on casualty numbers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest in a long series of attacks, which underlined the city’s precarious situation and the ability of Death Eaters to strike blows aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government.

Officials said there were as many as four attackers and at least two of them had been killed as Afghan Special Forces cleared the first floor and moved up the building, battling the raiders, who appeared to have a large supply of hand grenades.

Hours after the attack began, firing appeared to ease as security forces settled in, waiting for dawn.

According to one witness, who did not want to be named, the attackers took some hotel staff and guests hostage. He said some foreigners were among the hotel guests but it was not clear what their nationality was.

The Intercontinental Hotel ‐ located on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul ‐ was previously attacked by Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters in 2011.
The China Post (Taiwan) is covering this too with photos Link

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Now more than 40 dead
“They were shouting in Pashto (language), ‘Don’t leave any of them alive, good or bad. Shoot and kill them all,’ one of them shouted,” Naseri said.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/21/2018 10:02 Comments || Top||

#2  We need to respond with a Russian approach. It will end this kind of stuff rapidly.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 01/21/2018 15:30 Comments || Top||

#3  If someone promises genocide then the civilized thing to do is to annihilate them totally including their "civilian" support group.

The Taliban must reap the whirlwind.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/21/2018 16:38 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Tripoli airport reopens after fighting suspended flights
[CITIZEN.CO.ZA] The airport serving the Libyan capital resumed flights on Saturday following a five-day suspension after deadly festivities around the facility that also damaged planes on the tarmac.

Lotfi Khalil, the director general of Mitiga airport on the eastern outskirts of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, said services resumed with Buraq Air flying to the eastern city of Tobruk and Libyan Airlines leaving for Tunis.

One local carrier, state-owned Afriqiyah Airways, however, has yet to resume operations because its planes were damaged in Monday’s fighting in which at least 20 people were killed, he told AFP.

Since the closure, flights had been diverted to Misrata, a city 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of the capital.

Mitiga airport, a former military air base, was evacuated on Monday after gunnies attacked it in an attempt to free detainees at a jail there.

The health ministry of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said 20 people were killed and 63 maimed in the violence.

The GNA condemned what it called a "premeditated" attack by button men trying to free "terrorists" belonging to 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....
jihadist group and al-Qaeda.

Mitiga has been a civilian airport since Tripoli’s main international airport was badly damaged in fighting between rival militias in mid-2014.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
KDF Jets Carry Out An Air Raid In El Wak Town In Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] The warplanes of Kenyan defense forces [KDF] have carried out an overnight Arclight airstrike near the border town of El Wak, residents said.

A local villager told Radio Shabelle that the KDF jets bombed an area, about 2Km away from El Wak, and destroyed a telecommunication mast belonging to Hormuud telecom.

The Kenyan military has been accused of deliberate bombardment on residential areas on the Somali-Kenyan border and killing civilians and livestock.

The local elders in El Wak say they held a meeting over the KDF attack and will lodge a complaint with Somali government in Mogadishu.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Four US, Canadian captives freed in Nigeria: police
[CITIZEN.CO.ZA] Two American and two Canadians who were kidnapped in an ambush by button men in northern Nigeria this week were freed on Saturday, police said.

Nigerian security forces had launched a manhunt after the four were seized on Tuesday evening in the state of Kaduna by kidnappers who rubbed out two of their police escorts.

"They have been rescued thanks to the efforts of the police," Kaduna state police front man Muktar Aliyu said, adding that they comprised three men and one woman.

"All of them are in a good condition of health" and are now in the care of their embassies, he said.

Aliyu said they were rescued at about 5 am (0400 GMT) in the same area where they were kidnapped, but declined to give further information, saying it was "classified information".

"I cannot confirm if there have been negotiations or a ransom paid," Aliyu added.

One person suspected of links to the kidnapping ‐ the latest abduction targeting foreigners in Nigeria ‐ has been incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
, he said.

The four North Americans ‐ whose identities have not been disclosed ‐ were on private business in Kaduna when they were snatched on the road from the town of Kafanchan to the capital Abuja.

"We are aware of reports of two US citizens kidnapped and released in Nigeria. The safety and security of US citizens overseas are among our top priorities. Due to privacy considerations we have no further comment," a US State Department official told AFP.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
[CITIZEN.CO.ZA] At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others maimed this week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
bandidos holy warriors in the country’s southeast, the government said on Friday.

"The provisional toll for the cowardly terror attack on Wednesday night in Toummour is seven dead, seventeen maimed and one soldier missing," said a cabinet statement.

Toummour is located in the Diffa administrative region, which lies on the border with Nigeria and Chad. It has suffered a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks since February 2015, although the area has been relatively calm in recent months.

Last week, the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
said there had been a sharp fall in the number of Niger civilians kidnapped, killed or maimed by Boko Haram last year, citing an overall toll of 141 compared with 227 a year earlier.

It did not detail the number of military casualties.

Boko Haram launched an insurgency in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
in 2009 that in 2015 spilt into Niger. It also affects the country’s other neighbours, Chad and Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6575 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

Saudi air defense intercepts a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis on Najran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Saudi air defense on Saturday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis targeting Najran.

The front man for the coalition forces in support of legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the air defense forces of the coalition spotted the launch of a ballistic missile this afternoon by the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias of Iran from within the territory of 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...
(Saada governorate) towards Kingdom territory.

Colonel al-Maliki said that the missile was in the direction of the city of Najran and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas, and was intercepted and destroyed by the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces.

Clear violation of UN resolutions
Maliki said: "This hostile action by the Houthi group backed by Iran proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime’s support to the Houthi gang with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of the violation of UN resolution (2216) and resolution (2231) in order to threaten the security of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and threaten regional and international security. The firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law. "

Colonel al-Maliki also renewed his call for the international community to take more serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations through the continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups and outlaws and to hold them accountable for their support and blatant defiance of international norms and values and the threat to regional and international security.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  I see the Obama Inc. NASA Muslim outreach program has greatly help the Houthis missile program.

But thanks in part to the Empire's Death Star research, the Houthis "Rebels" still might be squashed like rouge camel spiders.

Saudi Arabia Darth Abdullah
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/21/2018 2:41 Comments || Top||

#2  I see the Obama Inc. NASA Muslim outreach program has greatly help the Houthis missile program.

It should be the Russians that you're congratulating;many of the 'Houthi' elements are renegade Yemen military units, especially their Russian trained and equipped missile units.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/21/2018 9:21 Comments || Top||

Yemeni forces, allies hit Saudi military base with ballistic missile
[PRESSTV] Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a short-range ballistic missile at a military base in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s southwestern border region of Najran, in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against the crisis-hit country, Yemeni media report.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the projectile struck Quwwah base in the region, located about 844 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh, on Saturday afternoon.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or the extent of damage caused.

A Saudi military front man later claimed that air defense forces had intercepted the missile.

Separately, scores of Saudi-sponsored forces of Evil loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed or injured when Yemeni troops and their allies stormed their position in an area of the southern Yemeni province of Bayda.

Also on Saturday, a couple bit the dust when Saudi fighter jets carried out an Arclight airstrike against a residential area in the Razih district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Man charged in France for planning terror attack
[GEO.TV] French authorities charged Saturday a 33-year-old man ‐ who had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video ‐ with planning a terror attack, judicial sources said.

The man ‐ who was not known to the police ‐ was jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
near the southern city of Nimes on Tuesday.

Bomb-making materials were found in his house but there was no indication of the targets he was planning to attack, they said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Violence in Kashmir leaves three civilians dead
[Al Jazeera] Violence in the Jammu region of Indian-administered Kashmire has left three civilians dead, as tensions on the border between Indian and Pak controlled parts of the region continued into their fourth day.

Arun Kumar Manhas, Jammu deputy commissioner, said the latest deaths on Saturday raised the corpse count to eight after days of cross-border festivities.

"Two people were killed in RS Pura and one was killed in another village near the border area," Manhas told Al Jazeera, adding that civilians living within five kilometres of the border were evacuated to safer places.

Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Oh, By The Way… Turkey Just Invaded Syria
[Hot Air] It’s rather amazing how much news you can miss when the entire media machine is focused on something like the government shutdown. For just one minor example, did you know that Turkey invaded Syria yesterday? That probably sounds a bit dramatic (and to be honest, it wasn’t that much of an invasion) but it’s certainly accurate. Making good on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s earlier promise, Turkey launched a blistering wave of air strikes on U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Afrin province and crossed the border with troops and artillery. Details are sketchy, but at least for the moment the Kurds claim to have beaten back the attack.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2018 11:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  ...Gonna be one of those weeks...

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/21/2018 12:28 Comments || Top||

#2  The official statement by the YPG is "Welcome to Scrub. We will now teach you a lesson."

YPG are using US AGMs to strike and destroy US M60A3, M60T and the German Leopard battle tanks used by the Turkish MIL.

The areas supposedly captured per Turkey are actually active battle fields per the YPG.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 12:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Scrub should be Afrin.

Not very pleased with software these days "correcting" your texts. Rather sh*ty technology.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  "Afrin™ - not just a nose spray"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2018 13:55 Comments || Top||

#5  I was thinking more of warfarin. Causing Recip some internal bleeding......
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/21/2018 14:30 Comments || Top||

#6  FSA spearheaded the Afrin attacks for Turkey resulting in dozens being captured along with at least 8 armor. A British woman died in the conflict that is ongoing.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 16:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Spotters near Turkish airforce bases are using social media and English to alert YPG of Turkish aircraft departing for bombing runs.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 16:46 Comments || Top||

#8  What YPG could use are Stingers.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/21/2018 17:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Defending "Dreamers" is much more important than some skirmish by a NATO member in a country with Russian support. Oh, those irredentist movements!
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/21/2018 17:03 Comments || Top||

#10  My comment at #6 meant dozens of FSA captured by the Kurds. YPG announced they had emerged from the earlier airstrikes and mortar fire intact and ready to fight the Turks, something they had been preparing years for. Other pro-Kurd Syrian groups have joined the Kurds and have contributed in stalling the FSA "Gangs" as the YPG calls them.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 17:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Russian forces have retreated from Manbij as Turkey is expected to open a second front in that area tomorrow. Turkish soldiers have been killed at Afrin. YPG has warned Turkey that millions of Kurds in Turkey could rise up against Turkey.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 17:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Knock it off, Erdogan
Posted by: newc || 01/21/2018 18:31 Comments || Top||

#13  #12 Knock it off, Erdogan
Posted by: newc

and if he says "NO"?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2018 18:48 Comments || Top||

#14  Marvelous updates, Bill Cleretle2363, thank you. What is your source?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2018 19:29 Comments || Top||

#15  Thank you TW. I am watching Twitter feeds from Today's, a few are below:

HTTP://twitter.com/ypg - YPG Battle Maps and official statements

HTTP://twitter.com/americans4YPG - westerners in the region

HTTP://twitter.com/defenceunits - YPG guerrillas working against Turkish positions

HTTP://twitter.com/Yaldi_so - reporting from cellars and basements in Afrin with war going on all around the source
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 20:06 Comments || Top||

#16  Correction HTTP://twitter.com/Yalda_so
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 20:08 Comments || Top||

#17  HTTP://twitter.com/hashtag/ypg
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 20:55 Comments || Top||

#18  I find Twitter overwhelming, so I am very glad you are keeping track of that for us, my dear. No doubt some others among the Rantburgers will join you, now that you’ve shared your sources. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2018 21:17 Comments || Top||

#19  Sounds good, TW.

Boa Noite.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/21/2018 21:56 Comments || Top||

#20  Bonne nuit, guten Abend, lailah tov. We’ll have another article for you to post updates to at the midnight Eastern Time rollover.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2018 23:06 Comments || Top||

Ten killed in Turkish attack on Kurdish-held Syrian region
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Ottoman Turkish attacks in the Afrin region of northern Syria killed ten people on Saturday, mostly civilians, a front man for the Kurdish militia which controls the area said.

"Seven non-combatants were killed, including a child, as well as two female fighters and one male fighter," said Birusk Hasakeh, front man for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, adding that the child was an eight-year-old boy.

The YPG’s political branch, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said earlier on Saturday that 25 civilians had been maimed in the Ottoman Turkish bombing.

Ankara also said were casualties but were all Kurdish bad boys.

Afrin, a hilly region that falls in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, is home to more than a million people including displaced families.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and allied Syrian rebels on Saturday began an air and ground operation, dubbed operation "Olive Branch", aimed at ousting the YPG from the Kurdish-majority pocket.

The launch came despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow.

Turkey vehemently opposes the YPG because of its links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey for three decades.

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Turkey launches major new ground and air cross border operation in Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Ottoman Turkish army on Saturday confirmed it had started a major new ground and air cross border operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria, which The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
deems to be a terror organization.

Dubbing the new campaign operation ’Olive Branch’, the Ottoman Turkish army said it had begun at 1400 GMT and was aimed against the YPG and also ISIS Death Eaters.

The army also said the operation would be carried out "with respect for Syria's territorial integrity" and stemmed from Turkey’s rights under international law.

In latest reports, Turkey’s state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
said Ottoman Turkish jets have attacked a military airport in northwest Syria that is under the control of a Syrian Kurdish military group.

Anadolu Agency said the jets struck Mannagh air base.

Separately, the agency quoted Turkey’s military officials as saying warplanes had so far struck 108 out of a total of 113 Syrian Kurdish militia targets in the Afrin region.

Turkey said it was informing Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
’s regime of its new offensive against Syrian Kurdish militia regarded as a terror group by Ankara, in a rare official contact with Damascus.

"We informed all parties on what we are doing. We are even informing the Syrian regime in writing," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the 24 TV broadcaster. "Even though we don’t have relations with the regime, we are taking our steps in compliance with the international law."

Turkey has been one of the leading foes of Assad’s regime since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.

Russia voices concern
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Russia voiced concern and urged restraint over a new Ottoman Turkish operation to oust Kurdish militia from a northern Syrian enclave in Syria.

"Moscow is concerned at this news. We call on the opposing parties to show restraint," the foreign ministry said in a statement after the launch of an operation which has also drawn US warnings.

Russia's Defense Ministry said it was pulling back troops that had been deployed near the Syrian city of Afrin after bombing strikes by Ottoman Turkish warplanes.

In a statement reported on Russian news agencies, the ministry said Saturday that "to prevent possible provocations, to exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen, the operational group of the Center for Reconciliation of warring parties and military police in the Afrin area is relocated to the Tell-Adjar area."

Tell-Adjar is within a so-called "de-escalation zone" established in September.

There were no immediate reports of how many Russian servicemen were affected by the move.

Yildirim confirms aerial offensive
Ottoman Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Ottoman Turkish jets had begun an aerial offensive against the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria.

"As of this moment our brave Armed Forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and ISIS elements in Afrin," said Yildirim at a speech in the city of Bilecik, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party respectively, and using an Arabic acronym for the ISIS group.

Turkey’s state-run news agency, meanwhile, said that a group of Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces crossed into the area on Saturday as part of an offensive to oust a militia group Turkey considers to be terrorists.

News Agency that Dare Not be Named journalists at the Ottoman Turkish border saw at least five jets heading toward Afrin. They also witnessed a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, traveling along the border across from Afrin. The convoy included trucks mounted with machine guns.

Rojhat Roj, a front man for the Syrian Kurdish militia group, confirmed that a Ottoman Turkish plane was striking Afrin city.

A Syrian Kurdish YPG front man in Afrin said people were maimed in Ottoman Turkish air strikes on Afrin, even though it was unclear how many. Ottoman Turkish warplanes were striking Afrin city and several villages around it, he said.

The warplanes struck residential parts of Afrin, forcing people to hole up in their homes and in shelters, a senior Kurdish official there said.

Hevi Mustafa, a top member of the civilian administration that governs Afrin, said several maimed people had arrived in the hospitals.

Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in a statement said that Ottoman Turkish authorities have started "an aggressive war against our people in Afrin, targeting civilian districts with air strikes."

YPG said "we have no choice but to resist" after the Ottoman Turkish attacks. "Wwe will defeat this aggression like we have defeated other assaults against our cities."

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Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
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had earlier said on Saturday that Ankara had "de-facto" already launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin.

"The Afrin operation has de-facto been started on the ground," Erdogan said in a televised speech in the city of Kutahya, without specifying further.

"This will be followed by Manbij," he added, referring to another Kurdish-controlled Syrian town to the east.

Speaking to the members of his ruling AK Party in the western province of Kutahya, Erdogan did not specify if that meant Ottoman Turkish troops had crossed the border.

Earlier, the Ottoman Turkish army said it launched new strikes on Saturday against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria. The army said it shelled Kurdish positions in Afrin on Friday and Saturday, hitting shelters and hideouts used by bandidos murderous Moslems from three groups.

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#1  Oh crap.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/21/2018 3:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, why can't they all just get along? /sarc
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/21/2018 3:29 Comments || Top||

#3  YPG, PKK, Syrian Kurds, Iraqi Kurds, Iranian Kurds, Turkish Kurds - I can't keep em straight. Which ones are friendly to the West? I'm inclined to support them all since Turkey seems to hate them so much, but don't know if that's the right call. We get in trouble backing the enemy of my enemy an awful lot...
Posted by: Hupeaque Slearong4953 || 01/21/2018 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  this in de facto acknowledgement that the previous Turkish initiatives in 2016 and 2017
Posted by: lord garth || 01/21/2018 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  It appears that the second war of Kurdish liberation has now begun.

Erdogan is a complete idiot. He has led with his chin on this as his emasculated and terrorized military cannot fight with battle hardened Kurds...and who in the Turkish military wants to fight for him anyway.

As soon as Iran steps into this all bets are off.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/21/2018 13:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Which ones are friendly to the West

I’d think they’re all friendly to the West, Hupeaque Slearong4953, as various nations are providing weapons and training. It is my understanding, such as it is, that all the Kurdish parties range from European-style center left to stright up Marxist-Leninist Communists historically supported by the Soviet Union. As I recall, the YPG are Syrian Kurdish commies, while the PKK are Turkish Kurdish commies, now living in Iraq. Perhaps someone with deeper understanding and a better memory could amend, add, and correct the above.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2018 19:45 Comments || Top||

#7  The West likes the Kurds because they stood up to ISIS better than anyone else in the West. Even though they claim to be communists they promote democracy. I think that is to gain support from the west.

Turkey is Islamic so there and the Kurds are not, therefore the Kafirs must die per the Islamists.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 01/21/2018 21:01 Comments || Top||

Syria forces wrest control of airbase in Idlib
[PRESSTV] Syrian government troops have retaken full control of the strategic military airbase of Abu al-Duhur in the northwestern province of Idlib. They also managed to liberate several villages in Idlib and the northern province of Aleppo from the grips of terrorist outfits.

As they are currently pressing ahead with their offensive in multiple fronts against Lion of Islam groups, Syrian ground forces, backed by aerial cover from the air force, fully retook the key airport on Saturday, more than two years after it came under siege by foreign-backed Lion of Islams.

The advancement is part of the army’s ongoing operations to liberate Idlib.

On their way to the airport, Syrian soldiers also regained full control of the village of Om Tineh, al-Ja’kiya, Hamidiya Shaddad and al-Hamidiya following heavy festivities with the snuffies of al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant, now something else...
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group, previously known as al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...

Government troops also defused bombs and booby traps planted in the village by the terrorists.

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