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The Latest: Norwegian Tanker's Hull Punctured off UAE Coast
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-Land of the Free
Texas border agents say 5,500 migrants a day are illegally entering US
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/14/2019 04:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All candidates for Plugs new medical clinics.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/14/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Fine. Lawfare works both ways. Tie up the results of the next election for 4 years if necessary. Demand that every ballot be checked. Get out in front of the news cycle and make the message "We don't want one single legitimate vote to go uncounted." Let them suck chew on that.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/14/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#3  The core reason anyone will agree to live under a government is for protection of personal property, or on a larger scale, the security of the patrimony.

If the government fails at that basic task, then what is it for?

Oh yes, graft and trolling the normies.
Posted by: charger || 05/14/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||

#4  protection of personal property, or on a larger scale, the security of the patrimony.

Which the illegals don't get in their mother country, but will in the US.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/14/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  They're all vaccinated for measles, right?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/14/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Just got my MMR refresher last week.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/14/2019 12:46 Comments || Top||

#7  I got acute bronchitis off some mongrel on a connecting flight to Chicongo. Have not seen such a third world scene since the last time I flew to Mexico.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/14/2019 14:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Forget measles and bronchitis. The big concern is TB.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/14/2019 16:30 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Multiple Explosions In Nangarhar Leave Three Dead
[ToloNews] Four back-to-back kabooms rocked Jalalabad city in the eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province on Monday evening.

The provincial governor's front man Attaullah Khogyani said the kabooms happened in Talashi Square in Jalalabad's PD1.

He said that at least three people were killed and 20 others were maimed in the kabooms.

He said the blasts were as a result of IEDs planted in the area.

No group has grabbed credit for the kabooms
Update from Khaama Press at 7:10 p.m. EDT:
.Provincial governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel said the explosives were planted in a number of Rickshaws which were detonated among civilians on Monday evening.

Both Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS murderous Moslems are active in some remote districts of 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 and the two groups are often attempting to carry out terrorist related activities in Jalalabad city and other parts of the province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wouldn't it be more efficient to have one big explosion?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/14/2019 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  They DO like to catch first responders rushing to aid victims
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||


Taliban’s charity collector arrested in Logar province
[KhaamaPress] A key Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group member who was involved in collecting Zakat (Charity) to fund the operations of the group was tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in central Pashtun-infested Logar province.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the suspect was arrested during an operation of the Special Unit of Afghan Police.

The statement further added that the operation was conducted in Mohammad Agha district of the province late on Sunday night.

The detained individual has been identified as Abdullah who is also accused of having role in several other criminal incidents including armed robberies and harassing the local residents, the Ministry of Interior added.

The anti-government armed bully boyz including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest fo the group’s member so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


17 Taliban fighters killed, 8 wounded in Special Forces raid along Highway-1 in Ghazni
[KhaamaPress] At least 17 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters were killed and 8 others were maimed in Special Forces raid which was conducted along Highway-1 in South-eastern Ghazni province.

"Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation along Highway 1 in Ghazni killing 17 Taliban fighters and wounding 8 others," the informed military sources said Monday.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban have not commented regarding the raid so far.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in South-east of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.

In the meantime, the Afghan armed forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations to suppress the anti-government armed elements across the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan Special Forces destroy several IEDs, Russian rocket in Helmand raid
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces destroyed several Improvised Explosive Devices, a Russian rocket, and some other IED equipment and military kits during a raid in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

"Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Garm Ser district of Helmand and destroyed an IED cache that included 4 anti-vehicle IEDs, 7 pressure plates, a Russian rocket, 10 tactical vests, ammunition and other IED-making components," the informed military sources said Monday.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the raid so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban shadow district chief among 6 killed in U.S. airstrike in Herat province
[KhaamaPress] The shadow district chief of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
for Parchaman district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province was killed along with five other Death Eaters in a U.S. Arclight airstrike which was carried out in the vicinity of Shindand district.

Informed military sources said Monday that an airstrike was carried out in Shindand district of Herat province killing 6 Taliban fighters.

In the meantime, the 207th Zafar Corps in a statement said the shadow district chief of Taliban for Parchaman Hafiz Abdulhaq was among those killed.

The statement further added that the airstrike was carried out by coalition forces in support of the Afghan armed forces.

According to 207th Zafar Corps, a Toyota Corolla type vehicle was targeted in teh vicinity of Aab Khurmai area of Shindand.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan and U.S. forces arrest the shadow intelligence chief of Taliban in Baghlan: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The shadow intelligence chief of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
for northern Baghaln province was caught alive during a joit operation of the Afghan and U.S. forces in northern Baghaln province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

"Taliban intelligence chief for Baghlan , Haji Mohammad Ramin was caught alive by Afghan and US forces in Baghlan Province," the Ministry of defense said in a statement late on Sunday.

The statement further added that Haji Ramin was behind the attack against Baghlan police Headquarters.

"He was hiding in a bathroom. 10 of his bodyguards were killed," the statement added.

The anti-government armed hard boyz including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest of Haji Ramin so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
British forces searching for Al-Baghdadi in Libya
Yesterday it was Afghanistan — but in theory he has to be somewhere, and if in the meantime they find related jihadis, that would be good, too.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The infamous leader 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS), His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart...
, is possibly hiding out in Libya after losing his so-called ’caliphate’ in Syria and Iraq, The Daily Express said on Sunday.

According to the publication, the British Royal Air Force is currently searching for the terrorist leader throughout the North African nation.

The report said British fighter jets, along with aircraft operated by Italian and US militaries, were carrying out round-the-clock sorties in search of the ABB, the code name being used to identify Baghdadi as a target. It said anyone killing or capturing the ISIS leader would receive $25million (£19million) as a bounty on his head.

The RAF jets are being scrambled from Waddington in Lincolnshire, in eastern England, to collate signals and intelligence on individuals and groups who might support the 48-year-old ISIS leader.

The British authorities allege that they have some ’reliable’ intelligence that the ISIS chief has escaped Baghouz in eastern Syria and moved on to Libya.

"It is reliable intel, but it needs to be verified," said a military source, adding, "the air component operation is delivering high-grade intelligence and we can map names and groups to people we known that have been or are part of ABB’s inner circle."
Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Is he in Libya? Is he in Saudi?"
Posted by: Clem Thritch5883 || 05/14/2019 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  I suppose that RAF assets would include the SAS?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/14/2019 14:47 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Suspected Jihadists Burn Homes, Church in Cameroon Village
[AnNahar] Armed men thought to be members of jihadist group 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...
burnt dozens of homes, shops and a church in an attack on the north 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...
town of Goshi over the weekend, security sources and witnesses said Monday.

One assailant was killed, they said.

A group of about 100 men arrived in the town Saturday night, when most people were asleep, an inhabitant of Goshi told AFP.

The gang set alight 60 houses and 11 shops, as well as a church, according to local authorities.

Boko Haram's decade-long uprising to establish a hardline Islamic state in Nigeria's northeast, which has killed more than 27,000 people and left 1.8 million homeless, has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

On April 19, Boko Haram fighters torched a village elsewhere in Cameroon's Far North Region, killing 11 civilians in their sleep.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
The Latest: Norwegian Tanker's Hull Punctured off UAE Coast
[US News] DUBAI, UNITED ARAB Emirates (AP) ‐ The Latest on alleged sabotage of ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (all times local):

The owners of a Norwegian-flagged oil tanker say their vessel sustained a hole in its hull from "an unknown object" while off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, amid what Gulf officials describe as sabotage targeting ships there.
Oh Noes, Herb! Norway is playing into our Gulf of Tonkin V2.0!
Thome Ship Management said in a statement Monday that the MT Andrea Victory was still off the coast of Fujairah and was "not in any danger of sinking."

It said the rear section of the ship was hit by the object on Sunday.

It added its sailors were supporting local authorities and were conducting a full inspection of the vessel.

Saudi Arabia said earlier Monday that two of its oil tankers also were targeted in "sabotage operations" off the UAE coast, with one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.
Update from Iraqi News at 6:25 p.m. EDT:
Four fat merchantmen were targets of a sabotage attack near Fujairah port, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, on Sunday.

The UAE gave no further details about the ships’ nationalities but 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...
confirmed that it owned two of them, while a Norwegian company said it had another. The fourth ship was reportedly UAE-flagged.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/14/2019 08:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Obviously rabid barnacles! Herb can relax.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/14/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#2  "Remember the Maine!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/14/2019 12:44 Comments || Top||


Initial US analysis shows Iran likely behind attack on Saudi oil tankers
[American Thinker] A preliminary U.S. assessment indicates Iran was likely behind the attack that caused "significant damage" to two Saudi oil tankers on Sunday, according to a new report.

A U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal that the early findings in the ongoing analysis show Iran was likely behind the attack that occurred near the Persian Gulf as the two vessels were attempting to head into the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih announced the vessels were attacked on Sunday along with at least two other oil-industry vessels. He also said that one of the ships was traveling to a Saudi port in the Persian Gulf to load oil that would head to the U.S.

Few details were offered, but Saudi officials said the engine on the tanker called Al-Marzoqah caught fire, leading to an explosion.

The U.S. official declined to say what the initial assessment means for the U.S. and a potential response going forward. The State Department has so far refrained from saying whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes Iran or its allies was behind the attack.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/14/2019 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [538 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Yup. We can't go to war without a casus belli against Iran. Very conveniently, we now have one! Isn't it amazing how things neatly fall into place, time after time.

Just like we needed to invade Iraq to stop them from giving WMD to Al-Qaeda. FYI: Iraq giving WMDs to Al Qaeda would be as absurd as the Jews giving Zyklon-B to Hitler.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/14/2019 3:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Gulf of Tonkin, baby - bet Rumsfeld came up with this one!
Posted by: Raj || 05/14/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Channeling The Herb
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#4  And I was betting on the Missouri Synod of Baptists....
Posted by: Phomorong Pelosi5448 || 05/14/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#5  I can't help but notice a complete lack of refutation. US is actively looking for a war with Iran, and wouldn't you know it, here is a convenient casus belli that just fell into their laps. Perfect timing.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/14/2019 9:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Because the Iranians are pure as the driven snow and incapable of doing violence on other nations, Herb? Yeah, what do I know, a simple jingoistic NEO-CON!
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 9:36 Comments || Top||

#7  FYI: Iraq giving WMDs to Al Qaeda would be as absurd as the Jews giving Zyklon-B to Hitler.

FYI: An analogy is not an argument.

Often times, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. For example, the Sunnis and the Shia hate each other, but would put that distaste aside to kill Crusaders and Juice. See Calvinball.

As a favor, can we stop rehashing the Iraq/WMD thing?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/14/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#8  About Iraq and Al Qaeda, Herb — that question was answerd over a decade ago:

Saddam's Terror Training Camps

January 16, 2006
[WeeklyStandard] THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.

The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis. According to three officials with knowledge of the intelligence on Iraqi training camps, White House and National Security Council officials were briefed on these findings in May 2005; senior Defense Department officials subsequently received the same briefing.

The photographs and documents on Iraqi training camps come from a collection of some 2 million "exploitable items" captured in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan. They include handwritten notes, typed documents, audiotapes, videotapes, compact discs, floppy discs, and computer hard drives. Taken together, this collection could give U.S. intelligence officials and policymakers an inside look at the activities of the former Iraqi regime in the months and years before the Iraq war.

The discovery of the information on jihadist training camps in Iraq would seem to have two major consequences: It exposes the flawed assumptions of the experts and U.S. intelligence officials who told us for years that a secularist like Saddam Hussein would never work with Islamic radicals, any more than such jihadists would work with an infidel like the Iraqi dictator. It also reminds us that valuable information remains buried in the mountain of documents recovered in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past four years.

Nearly three years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, only 50,000 of these 2 million "exploitable items" have been thoroughly examined. That's 2.5 percent. Despite the hard work of the individuals assigned to the "DOCEX" project, the process is not moving quickly enough, says Michael Tanji, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official who helped lead the document exploitation effort for 18 months. "At this rate," he says, "if we continue to approach DOCEX in a linear fashion, our great-grandchildren will still be sorting through this stuff."

Most of the 50,000 translated documents relate directly to weapons of mass destruction programs and scientists, since David Kay and his Iraq Survey Group--who were among the first to analyze the finds--considered those items top priority. "At first, if it wasn't WMD, it wasn't translated. It wasn't exploited," says a former military intelligence officer who worked on the documents in Iraq.

"We had boxloads of Iraqi Intelligence records--their names, their jobs, all sorts of detailed information," says the former military intelligence officer. "In an insurgency, wouldn't that have been helpful?"
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 11:07 Comments || Top||

#9  can we stop rehashing the Iraq/WMD thing?


Sure, the moment it becomes irrelevant.

Right now it seems very relevant. They lied us into a war. Now, we've got a casus belli to go to war with Iran. Probability of false flag: High. The timing is incredibly convenient. Remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which was also incredibly convenient?

a simple jingoistic NEO-CON!

Neo-cons were the ones who lied us into Iraq. Leaving aside the fact that overthrowing empires, toppling nobilities and religious proselytism aren’t evil per se, to be evil you need to be at least willing to murder innocents for personal gain. That immediately disqualifies you from being a ‘decent guy’. A decent father, wife or cook, maybe. But not a decent person.

Hundreds of thousands of innocents died in Iraq, a war started by neo-cons under false pretenses.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/14/2019 11:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Dan Darling, who was a moderator here while in college, submitted the above article to Rantburg. After he graduated he joined a national security consultant firm based on the work he had done here and elsewhere since high school, and disappeared from public view — a precocious young man. Mr. Darling also submitted this one in 2003, among others. The nexus between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Al Qaeda, among other jihadis groups, was a regular topic of interest in the early post-9/11 years here at Rantburg. You’ll need to go to the link to see where Mr. Darling and Fred commented on the original text:

About that smoking gun ...

This is a complete transcript of the Weekly Standard article that details US intelligence on the Iraq/al-Qaeda connection.
OSAMA BIN LADEN and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda--perhaps even for Mohamed Atta--according to a top secret U.S. government memorandum obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
And there goes the "hyped intelligence" charge in regards to the Iraq/al-Qaeda connection. A lot of this stuff also comes from the early to late 1990s, long before Bush even thought of running for president.
The memo, dated October 27, 2003, was sent from Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith to Senators Pat Roberts and Jay Rockefeller, the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was written in response to a request from the committee as part of its investigation into prewar intelligence claims made by the administration. Intelligence reporting included in the 16-page memo comes from a variety of domestic and foreign agencies, including the FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency. Much of the evidence is detailed, conclusive, and corroborated by multiple sources. Some of it is new information obtained in custodial interviews with high-level al Qaeda terrorists and Iraqi officials, and some of it is more than a decade old. The picture that emerges is one of a history of collaboration between two of America’s most determined and dangerous enemies.
Which would seem to annihilate the belief that secular and religious terrorist groups are incapable of collaboration. Why, it’s as outrageous as a right-wing American Republican president being in league with a left-wing British Labour prime minister! Their ideologies are completely incompatible.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#11  TW - wasted effort on a closed mind
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

#12  Wow, tw! That's a blast from the past. I was amused by this bit:
Oh and I'll be waiting for Murat to claim this doesn't mean Al-qaeda was involved in Iraq.

A nice reminder not to let your analysis get hung up on a single fact, assumption or event.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/14/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||

#13  Believe me when I tell you Saddam had WND, and a lot of it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/14/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

#14  Don't tickle the Troll.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/14/2019 12:48 Comments || Top||

#15  Possibly Herb will argue that the Weekly Standard articles were written by neocons, and to some extent that’s true. But we also had a lot of personal witnesses over the years of the points in question – one simply needs to read through the first 10 years of comments to find it. I will admit that reading through nearly two decades of archives is a valuable exercise exactly to remember things since forgotten, but it does take a bit of time.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 13:35 Comments || Top||

#16  So, nationalists like Saddam and Islamists like Al-Qaeda were actually best buddies? Who knew?

So we were right to invade Iraq all along? Is that the point here?

Jesus Christ, I had no idea Rantburg was so neo-con. I thought Rantburgers were good people. But here you all are, making excuses for warmongers who lied us into a war we had no business getting into.

So, you're in favor of attacking Iran, too? How about Venezuela? What about any other country that our neo-cons want to attack? War, war, more war is that it?

I'd think that when you came to the realization that you were killing innocent people, you might have a "My God, what have I done?" moment. But I guess not. More war!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/14/2019 14:46 Comments || Top||

#17  Herb, a playing card placed in the crotch of your panties will keep them from bunching up so much - Helpful tip
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 15:09 Comments || Top||

#18  So, nationalists like Saddam and Islamists like Al-Qaeda were actually best buddies? Who knew?

We knew, Herb. You would know, too, if you scrolled through the archives. Or google “Salman Pak AND Al Qaeda” or” Iran AND Al Qaeda”. Saddam Hussein trained a great many jihadi terror group personnel — and non-jihadi as well — at Salman Pak. Al Qaeda was only one of many organizations that sent cadres to learn the basics of hijacking airplanes, making bombs, document forgery, and all the other skills necessary to wage a covert war, as well as sending them back for advanced courses in biological and chemical weapons and such. Saddam Hussein saw them all as tools to be used against various external targets, just as the whiskey-swilling generals of Pakistan keep all sorts of domestic and international jihadi groups on the payroll to use against India, Afghanistan and, incidentally, America and Europe — not to mention the occasional domestic target.

So we were right to invade Iraq all along? Is that the point here?

Low hanging fruit, as the war had been ongoing since President George H.W. Bush. In order to end the current expansionist jihad, we needed to eradicate support from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran (where half of Osama bin Laden’s family, Al Qaeda’s Shura council, and military commanders were sheltered after they fled from Tora Bora), and Saudi Arabia — Kuwait and Qatar being highly secondary. Unfortunately, my dear, this is the third anti-totalitarian world war — the first ended up being against the racial fascism of Germany’s Nazis and Japan (because Stalin chose to side with the Allies for the duration), the second against the economic socialism of the Soviet Union and Communist China and their allies, and the third is against the expansionist neo-jihad of the Islamists.

It should not be a surprise that we believe this, my dear. Page 1 of Rantburg, after all, is devoted to War on Terror Operations, and Page 2 is for War on Terror Background.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 15:26 Comments || Top||

#19  I'd think that when you came to the realization that you were killing innocent people, you might have a "My God, what have I done?" moment.

As it happens, I come from a long line of innocent people who were intentionally targetted by, among others, Nazis, Soviets, and Muslims on jihad. So when such people surround themselves with human shields, whether willing or unwilling, as specifically forbidden by the Geneva Conventions, I agree with the next section of said Conventions which squarely places the blame for casualties among human shields on the shoulders of those hiding behind them — not on the attackers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 15:35 Comments || Top||

#20  Many people are debased. They kill and want to be killed. They will kill you in a heart beat. They don't need a reason. That goes for many people. You don't get a choice in not killing or killing if you can defend yourself and those around you if you are prepared. You give them DEATH. If you are not prepared, be prepared to die as you walk to your car in a parking lot, and death walks up to you and demands your wallet, and then death puts a gun against the side of your head and pulls the foching trigger...

No.
Choice.

A. truth. "Herb McCoy". just. can't. deal. with.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 05/14/2019 20:20 Comments || Top||

#21  AMEN
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#22  I had no idea there was such a reservoir of neocons here who support invading countries who never attacked us.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/14/2019 23:02 Comments || Top||

#23  I bet such a thought never crossed your dull mind.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 05/14/2019 23:13 Comments || Top||

#24  FYI: Iraq giving WMDs to Al Qaeda would be as absurd as the Jews giving Zyklon-B to Hitler.

It would be as absurd as Nazi Germany and Communist Russia signing a treaty to divide up a third country. Or Christian Britain and France allying with Ottoman Turkey to fight Christian Russia. Or Christian Russia and Buddhist Mongols allying to fight Christian Germans.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/14/2019 23:27 Comments || Top||

#25  So, nationalists like Saddam and Islamists like Al-Qaeda were actually best buddies? Who knew?

I don't understand where you get the idea that people who form alliances are best buddies. Alliances form out of common interests. Once that common interest ceases to exist, the allies turn against each other if they have other goals that put them in opposition. Crack open a history book some time. It's nothing like Star Wars or Disney movies. You do realize that Greek states allied with Persia against other Greek states, don't you? And that European alliances shifted constantly. Italy sided with Britain in WWI and Germany in WWII. It's a matter of who offers the best deal.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/14/2019 23:40 Comments || Top||

#26  Never attacked us? Have you been reading the articles posted in Home Front: WoT, Herb? Asymmetric warfare doesn’t look like two armies going toe to toe, Civil War style. It’s all those stupid, semi-crazy lone wolves who self-radicalize after reading the posts and watching the videos posted by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and all the other jihadi groups and individuals; all the connected known wolves who pull together plots involving guns, bombs, and trucks; and the formal sleeper cells reporting to the handlers in Iran and Lebanon. It’s a steady trickle of attacks intended to terrorize us and prepare us for the final surrender. And it’s certainly not about a single jihadi organization, because even local leaders, eg Boko Haram change affiliation based on whichever label is cooler at the moment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 23:44 Comments || Top||


Stratfor: UAE - four commercial vessels have suffered "sabotage operations" offshore.
[Stratfor]


Posted by: 3dc || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  The Mad Mullahs have a new weapon - a stealth boom-less torpedo!
Posted by: Bobby || 05/14/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Limpet mines are small don't make much noise and rely on the magnifying water hammer effect to damage ships.

A small charge on the bottom of a ship drawing 30-feet of water would not be very loud at all.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/14/2019 14:45 Comments || Top||

#3  A fascinating tidbit of info, SPoD. We never talked about that in the Boy Scouts, but it goes a long way towards explaining the "unknown object" theme.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/14/2019 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  I always thought of Ranger School as Boy Scouts with guns...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/14/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
New Haven fire chief: Mosque fire was intentionally set
The question becomes whether it was kids getting rambunctious, malicious Muslim-haters, or the common problem of a member of the congregation trying to create news.
[NHRegister] The fire that scarred the Diyanet Mosque of New Haven Sunday was intentionally set, Fire Chief John Alston said Monday.

Alston stood in the steady rain before the blackened front and the white minarets of the house of worship as he announced the initial results of the inquiry, gathered close to city officials and congregants from the mosque.

We’ve detected that there is intent in this fire. This was intentionally set," said Alston, who said his heart went out to those who worship at the mosque.

Alston declined to say what evidence was found or whether there was surveillance footage of the area. Police Chief Otoniel Reyes said officials would not discuss any aspect of the investigation at this time to ensure its integrity is maintained.

Reyes said the criminal investigation was in its infancy stages. He asked that anyone in the community with any information, "however minimal you think it might be," come forward, as it may prove useful.

A reward of up to $2,500 has been offered for any information that leads to an arrest or conviction in the case, officials said.

The mosque currently is uninhabitable, Alston said.

"The one thing I find hopeful is, I heard from the imam (that) other houses of worship, churches and synagogues, have stepped forward and said, ’We want to help.’ And what I heard here from the folks at this mosque is they welcome the help, but they want to worship right here in this place," said Lamont. "And we’re going to do everything we can to make that happen."

A police car was parked in the otherwise-empty lot outside the mosque Monday morning. Soon after noon, there was a truck from the New Haven Fire Department’s fire investigation unit at the scene, as well.

Yellow police tape barred entry to the mosque.

Ahead of the news conference Monday, Mosque President Haydar Elevli said local churches had offered the congregation a place to hold services after Sunday’s fire, but no decision had been made as to where they’ll hold services.

Elevli said he was unsure of the extent of the damage at the mosque, but thankful no one was hurt.

The fire was a blow, he said ‐ the mosque, under construction for some time, was months away from completion, and the blaze comes during the holy month of Ramadan.

Elevli said funds would be raised from the Moslem community and the Ottoman Turkish government to help repair the damage and continue construction.
"We’re going to keep going," said Elevli.

The Diyanet Center of America, the umbrella organization of which the New Haven mosque is a part,
...the Turks have been busily spending money. Only three years ago they opened a $110 million, 2-minaret monstrosity in the Ottoman style near Washington , DC...
described the damage to the mosque as "huge" in a Facebook post Sunday and asked people to consider offering donations.
Diyanet Center of America is an operating name of the Ottoman Turkish American Community Center, a Maryland-based nonprofit, according to its website. The community center "was established in 1993 by a group of Ottoman Turkish-Americans to provide religious, social and educational services to Ottoman Turkish immigrants colonists and Moslems" living in the United States, the site says.

"Diyanet Center of America receives its major support from Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), an institution of the Ottoman Turkish Government," the site says.

Fire officials reported Sunday that a two-alarm blaze broke out at the mosque, with fire on the first floor extending to the second.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  ...or the common problem of a member of the congregation trying to create news.
Insurance fraud arson is also a possibility.
Posted by: magpie || 05/14/2019 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Smokin' in the Boys Room
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/14/2019 5:14 Comments || Top||

#3  A.K.A Jewish Lightning, which would make this even more funny...
Posted by: Raj || 05/14/2019 6:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Or facilitating and/or covering up embezzlement or whatnot. Just spent a pleasant, boggling moment pondering the Byzantine schemes devious people might cook up before and after a fire. Speaks well for human nature that any such structure survives except as FD training site.
Posted by: Shinenter Gurly-Brown2386 || 05/14/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Unsafe handling and storage of powder in the magazine.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/14/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Or just sick of the Yoko-Ono singing by the Muezzin over loudspeakers
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#7  False Flag?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/14/2019 8:35 Comments || Top||

#8  Considering the history of this sort of thing... and 99% of them have been hoaxes... I would bet this is a fake hate crime.

Again.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/14/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Aaaand, they turned it around into another "I-hugged-a-moslem-today" love-fest.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/14/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
4 policemen martyred in blast in Quetta's Satellite Town
[DAWN] Four coppers were martyred when a blast destroyed a market in Quetta's Satellite Town on Monday night, according to Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema.

The DIG said that two coppers and seven civilians were maimed in the blast, and that a police van was damaged.

The blast, according to DIG Cheema, was the result of an improvised bomb (IED) planted in a cycle of violence parked on the roadside.

The injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital, where an emergency was imposed. Security officials, meanwhile, cordoned off the area.

It is the fourth act of violence in the country since the holy month of Ramazan began. On May 8, five coppers were martyred in what officials described as a suicide kaboom targeting an Elite Force van detailed to the security of the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore.

Later the same day, three people, including a tribal leader named Wali Khan Achakzai, were killed in a blast in Killa Abdullah.

Today's blast comes two days after a terrorist attack on Pearl Continental Hotel, Gwadar in which three people were killed while four were maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Iraq
Iraqi troops kill three Islamic State suicide bombers in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters killed on Monday three Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jacket wallahs in Mosul city.

"Acting upon intelligence reports, security forces and paramilitary fighters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed three suicide bombers of the Islamic State terrorist group in the town of Qairawan, west of Mosul," Alghad Press quoted the media center of al-Hashd al-Shaabi as saying in a press statement.

The three Death Eaters had sneaked into the district with an aim to carry out terrorist attacks there, the statement read.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Military Intelligence overthrows IS Diwan al-Dawa Head in Ramadi
Anbar (IraqiNews) The Military Intelligence Directorate announced, on Monday, overthrowing the Head 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....
Diwan al-Dawa w al-Irshad (Guidance Bureau) in Ramadi.

The directorate revealed in a press statement that based on accurate intelligence information, security forces from the Military Intelligence Directorate, backed by the 38th infantry brigade, managed to overthrow one of the faceless myrmidons and arrest him in Sufiya area in Ramadi.

The terrorist is responsible for the so-called Islamic State’s Diwan al-Dawa w al-Irshad, the statement added. He is also wanted on terrorism charges.

Earlier today, security forces jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
one of the Islamic State faceless myrmidons in central Baghdad, after ambushing him, backed by a detachment from Baghdad Intelligence Directorate in Karrada.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two Islamic State terrorists apprehended in western Iraq
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces apprehended on Monday two members 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....
terrorist group in Anbar province.

The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate, in a statement, said that its troops "have incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
two Islamic State gunnies in Ar-Rutba district in Anbar."

"One of them was responsible for securing financial support for the Death Eater group, as well as booby-trapping vehicles to be used in terrorist attacks, while the other was collecting information about the families cooperating with security forces," the statement read.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Security forces apprehend terrorist in central Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews) Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, General Saad Maan, announced that security forces tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a terrorist in central Baghdad. The terrorist previously participated in the killing of coppers in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Maan said in a press statement that security forces protecting the facilities and figures working within the intelligence agency in the Ministry of Interior Affairs arrested one of the bandidos hard boyz in the center of the capital. The security forces set an ambush for the terrorist, backed by a detachment from Baghdad Intelligence Directorate in Karrada.

Furthermore, Maan added that the terrorist was working as a detachment leader for the so-called Wilayat Ninewa. He also participated in the killing of coppers and associates in Mosul, during the IS control on the area.

Maan also pointed out that the terrorist had two brothers, who were killed during the liberation operations. The three brothers were serving 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....
, he added.

The terrorist was investigated and transferred to the relevant court, he explained.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police Arrest Suspects Throwing Stones, Fireworks Near Damascus Gate
It’s Ramadan, and boys just wanna have fun.
[Jpost] Police broke up disturbances late Sunday night at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, according to the police spokesperson.

Five suspects were jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
after they threw stones and fireworks at coppers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under:


Fire breaks out in Gaza border community due to incendiary airbourne devices
[Ynet] A fire broke out Monday in an Israeli community bordering Gazoo due to an incendiary airbourne device launched from the Strip, landing in the Eshkol Regional Council.

No casualties were reported but the fire caused damage to a property.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2019 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Sri Lanka
Nationwide curfews, social media block in Sri Lanka after anti-Muslim riots
[DAWN] Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide six-hour night curfew and banned Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms on Monday after anti-Moslem riots gripped several towns in the latest fallout from the Easter bombings.

Christian groups attacked Moslem-owned shops in a sign of the ongoing religious tension in Sri Lanka since the April 21 attacks by jacket wallahs on three hotels and three churches which left 258 dead.

A Moslem man was slashed to death, making him the first fatality in the riots, police said. The 45-year-old man died shortly after admission to a hospital in Puttalam district, a police official told AFP.

Not in twitter threads but under "videos" category on this twitter link are videos of what's going on in Sri Lanka to Muslims https://twitter.com/Natsecjeff
Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army captures 3 towns in northwestern Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar that the Tiger Forces had captured three towns from the jihadist rebels in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate.

According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army imposed full control over the towns of Hawash, Tal Hawash, and Al-Jabriyah after a brief battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front.

The source said the Syrian Army briefly held Tal Hawash a few days ago, but they were ultimately forced to withdraw after a swift counter-attack by the jihadist rebels.

The Syrian Arab Army and their allies are now working to secure the northwestern axis of the Hama Governorate.

With these three towns under their control, the Syrian Army will likely shift their attention to the large hilltop of Tal Sakher, which is needed to secure the imperative town of Kafr Naboudeh.

Kafr Naboudeh, along with several other areas, was captured by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies last Wednesday; however, despite taking control of the town, they have faced heavy attacks from the jihadist rebels who are determined to retake their lost territories in northwestern Hama.
Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Jihadists in Idlib attack Christian city for 2nd straight day
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate has attacked the Christian city of al-Sqaylabiyeh for the second straight day, a source in the area told al-Masdar News this morning.

According to the source, the jihadist rebels fired rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and artillery shells into al-Sqaylabiyeh, hitting a number of homes in the predominately Antiochian Orthodox city.

On Sunday, the jihadist rebels launched an identical attack that killed six people, including five children.

The Christian city has long been targeted the jihadist rebels because of their resistance to their attacks.

Al-Sqaylabiyeh is home to one of the most powerful units from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the ISIS Hunters.

During the jihadist offensive in northwestern Hama in 2014, Jabhat 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 .. ...
and the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) repeatedly tried to capture al-Sqaylabiyeh and the nearby Christian city of Mhardeh; however, the locals fought off all of their attacks.

Al-Sqaylabiyeh is also home to a large number of displaced civilians from the Hama and Idlib governorates; they fled to the city to escape the violence taking place in and around their homes.

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#1  The entire planet needs to fight back. Start with Mecca.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/14/2019 9:49 Comments || Top||


Russian, Syrian forces restart attack on key mountaintop town in Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian and Syrian forces restarted their assault on the key mountaintop town of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate.

Led by Russian jets from the Hmeimim Airbase in southwest Latakia, the two forces unleashed a heavy assault on the positions of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
in the vicinity of Kabani.

In addition to the Russian Arclight airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 4th Armored Division has let loose a large number of missiles from their Golan-1000 launcher; this resulted in a number of direct hits on the jihadist defenses.

This morning’s attack comes just 24 hours after they attempted to storm Kabani and expel the remaining jihadist rebels from the area.

However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
despite the intensity of their attack, the Syrian Arab Army was ultimately unable to bypass the jihadist defenses, resulting in their subsequent withdrawal to Height 1154 at the southern slope of the al-Zuwayqat Mountain.

The Syrian Arab Army is looking to capture Kabani in the coming days as they attempt to seal off the Latakia Governorate from neighboring Idlib.

If they are successful, they will be able to impose fire control over several areas in the Jisr al-Shughour District of the Idlib Governorate.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Tiger Forces pound northwestern Hama before big advance
[ALMASDARNEWS] The official page of the Tiger Forces released footage on Monday morning of their troops pounding the jihadist positions in northwestern Hama before scoring their big advance.

The Tiger Forces managed to capture three towns from the jihadist rebels, today, after engaging in a short battle near the southern axis of the Idlib Governorate.

According to a military source, the Tiger Forces captured the towns of Tal Hawash, Hawash, and al-Jabriyah after the main line of defense for the jihadist rebels collapsed.

The Syrian Army is now pounding the remaining areas under the control of the jihadist and Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels in the northern countryside of Hama.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  Damn - I thought this was gonna be about a pro golfer banging a waitress.
Posted by: Raj || 05/14/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#2  No Waffle House reference
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh. Woulda been, but I came up a line short...

A Waffle House waitress was Hama
Who suddenly turned tiger mama.
Him: "Homina... wrow!"
Her: "Clocking out now!"
duhhh...
Posted by: Shinenter Gurly-Brown2386 || 05/14/2019 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  and he took minimal strokes to the hole
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||


Jihadist special forces carry out operation behind Syrian Army lines, several soldiers killed
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist special forces, Inghimasi, carried out a new operation on Monday that targeted a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) post near the front-lines in northeastern Latakia.

According to reports, the Inghimasi fighters snuck behind the Syrian Arab Army’s lines at Tal Rasho, killing and wounding several soldiers in the process.

A Syrian military source could not confirm the total number killed, but said the estimates are between 15-20 soldiers killed as a result of this Ighimasi attack.

This latest attack by the special forces division of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
comes at the same time the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies prepare to storm the key town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia.

The Syrian Arab Army has already captured the two heights at the southern slope of the al-Zuwayqat Mountain; they will now need to secure the southern part of Kabani in order to possibly take the town within the next few days.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra



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