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Amnesty: All sides violated international law in Mosul
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Afghanistan
Afghan reacts at the remarks and accusations of Sartaj Aziz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan government has strongly reacted at the remarks of Sartaj PrunefaceAziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
, the foreign affairs adviser of the Pak Prime Minister, accusing President Ghani of supporting the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
.

A presidential palace front man Najibullah Azad told RFE/RL that such remarks are only reflecting the concerns and panic among the Pak officials.

He said such remarks are being made as a large operation is expected to be launched along and on both sides of Durand Line which will be monitored by the United States and China to eliminate the terrorist from the region.

This comes as local media outlets in Pakistain earlier reported that last week’s meeting of the NSC which was the third meeting in the past three months, was organized as the President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
administration is busy finalizing its policy on Afghanistan and there are fears that the new policy will include more pressures on Pakistain, specifically to target the safe havens of the Afghan bully boy groups, including the notorious Haqqani terrorist network.

The Afghan officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, Quetta, and other parts of Pakistain from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

This comes as the US Department of Defense in its report said last month that "Afghan oriented bully boy groups, including the Taliban and Haqqani Network, retain freedom of action inside Pak territory and benefit from support from elements of the Pak Government."

The report further added "Although Pak military operations have disrupted some bully boy sanctuaries, certain Lion of Islam groups--such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network--were able to relocate and continue to operate in and from Pakistain. The United States continues to convey to Pakistain at all levels the importance of taking action against all terrorist and Lion of Islam groups."
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Africa Horn
Somali pirate kings are under investigation for helping ISIS and al-Shabaab
WARNING! CNN reporting!

[SHABELLENEWS] In the vital transport corridors of the troubled Gulf of Aden, an old but dangerous adversary has returned to the seas -- pirates.

But they may not be acting alone.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [520 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

#1  No shit, Sherlock !
Posted by: Dron66 || 07/12/2017 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Why aren't the somali pirates having terrible fatal accidents?

What's MI6, The CIA, Putin's lot doing?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/12/2017 12:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Apparently it's a case of "not or ships, not our problem" I.e. they're not flagged under the above comments respectful countries.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/12/2017 15:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Sigh "not our ships"...
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/12/2017 18:49 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Tunisia tries 21 over deadly Bardo attack
[AlAhram] A trial opened in Tunisia on Tuesday over the 2015 attack on the Bardo museum that killed 21 foreign tourists and a police officer, court officials said.

Two gunnies shot up the National Bardo Museum in an operation claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group.

Some 21 detained suspects, including two women, attended Tuesday morning's unannounced hearing, defence lawyer Samir Ben Amor said.

Three others, who were not under arrest, were not present, he said.

About 30 people are also on trial in absentia, defence lawyer Rafik Ghak said.

The suspects were not named.

Since its revolution in 2011, Tunisia has faced a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed the lives of more than 100 soldiers and police along with 20 civilians and 59 foreign tourists, according to an official tally.

A month after the Bardo attack, 38 foreign holidaymakers including 30 Britons were killed in a gun and grenade attack on a beach resort near the city of Sousse.

That November, a suicide kaboom in the capital killed 12 members of the presidential guard.

IS claimed all three attacks.

French lawyers for the victims of the Bardo attack and their families have said an investigation had left "several dark areas".

One of them, Philippe de Veulle, has said he will boycott the trial, saying it would not offer "independent justice".

Some 26 people went on trial in May over the Sousse attack, including six security personnel accused of failing to assist people in danger.

More than 5,000 Tunisians have travelled abroad to join jihadist groups, mainly in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Houthis violated human rights 900+ times in June
Riyadh – Houthi and Saleh militias violated human rights 971 times during June where they killed 180 civilians, injured 205 and assaulted 28 others, according to Yemeni Alliance to Monitor Human Rights Violations.

Rassd News Network added that the violations, including 236 abductions, 33 forcible missing, eight tortures, ten children military recruitment, out of them five in Zamar province, three in Amran and two in al-Hodaida.

According to the report, as many as 217 incidents were committed against private properties in 15 provinces, including 148 buildings, most of them in Taiz.

Human rights activist and human rights officer of the Monitoring and Documentation Unit of the Yemeni Coalition to monitor violations Riad al-Dba’i stated that Houthis recruited children in their camps and checkpoints whether to provide services or help in non-military matters. He also added that children are assigned to inspecting cars and people which put them in danger of being bombed.

The activist explained that recruiting children can send several psychological messages. It can implicate that the children are heroes for participating, and thus they become accustomed to killing and thus violence becomes a natural part of their daily life. In addition, it also sends social messages that the kid is a criminal who is capable of killing an adult.

Dba’i called upon Houthis to honor their agreements and release all recruited children, close training centers and take responsibility of their actions.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Houthis interfering with aid operations in Yemen
Houthi tribesmen gotta eat, too
Riyadh – The leadership of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen confirmed its keenness on the humanitarian aid carried out by UN organizations in Yemen, in accordance with the principles specified by international law.

In a statement issued on Monday, the leadership warned that the Houthi militants have intentionally hindered the arrival of relief supplies to the country.

“We are working to facilitate the work of all humanitarian and relief organizations to ensure that aid reaches the Yemeni people. We are taking quick and effective measures in this regard, including prompt action on humanitarian organizations’ requests in accordance with international laws,” the leadership said.

It underlined “the dangers of the practices carried out by the Houthi militias and the forces of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are intentionally disabling the access to relief supplies to areas under their control, stealing some of them and targeting the ports through which they arrive through.”

It called on the international community to put pressure on the insurgents to achieve security and stability in the region through following international regulations, especially UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

The Coalition stressed its keenness to support and help Yemeni people through the “Restoring Hope” operation. It depends on the relief and humanitarian programs carried out by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in Yemen in the areas where there are Yemeni refugees.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center had launched in Yemen’s Aden on Monday a project to distribute shelter aid to the west coast and Hadramout. The two-month project, which will distribute tents, blankets and rugs, will benefit 3,000 families in different areas in Yemen.

The Director of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in Aden said that this project aims to alleviate the suffering of displaced Yemenis.
Posted by: badanov || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in Africa for decades, possibly a century. How else can rebel regime changes insurgencies and revolutionary movements continue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/12/2017 3:39 Comments || Top||


US and Qatar sign deal on fighting terrorism
[Al Jazeera] US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praises Qatar's commitment to help track down and disable sources of terror funding.
Of course, much depends on your definition of "terrorism."
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Qatar (MB)

#1  What I read is 'seizure of assets and forfeiture of funds'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2017 10:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Qatar to supply terrorism and USA to supply fighting?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2017 14:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Pretty much, #2 grom. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 07/12/2017 15:53 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Jamaat: Govt arresting Jamaat-Shibir men to cover up chikungunya
[Dhaka Tribune] Jamaat-e-Islami has raised an allegation that the government is once again employing the strategy of mass arrest to cover up its failure to contain the spread of chikunguniya, a mosquito-borne viral infection.

Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer Mujibur Rahman alleged: “The government is continuously arresting activists and leaders of Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir to cover up its failure to control chikunguniya and floods in the country.”

He also alleged that law enforcers in the last two days have arrested the party’s seven activists and leaders including Jalal Uddin, a Jamaat leader in Rajhshahi.

Mujibur demanded release of the “arrested.”
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  makes no sense
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Chikunguniya is truly a horrible, horrible disease! It cause the infected person to think they're a chicken! Extraction is made difficult by the local people needs for the eggs.

Sorry, I tried to pronounce chikungunya and got this chicken image in my mind. I tried, I really tried, but I just couldn't resist.

The real chikungunya.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/12/2017 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  How about a Bangladesh travel ban, or would the Hawaiian judge permit it?
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2017 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  They had a cure for that at fabled Chicken Itza. Of course it did involve human sacrifice...
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 13:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Death rate considerably lower than Chickamagua.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/12/2017 15:07 Comments || Top||


Europe
European court upholds Belgian ban on full-face veils
[AA.TR] The legality of a Belgian ban on full-face Islamic veils was upheld on Tuesday by the European Court of Human Rights.

Three applicants -- two Belgian citizens and a Moroccan resident of Belgium -- had complained in two separate cases that the law violated their religious freedom and individual human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
According to the top European court ruling, the controversial 2011 law, which bans clothing that fully or partially covers the face, is legally grounded and does not violate the right to respect for private and family life or freedom of religion, nor does it disproportionately discriminate against the Moslem community.

The court argued that the restriction seeks to guarantee social cohesion and the "protection of the rights and freedoms of others" and is "necessary in a democratic society."
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Turkey's failed coup: Warrants issued for 105 tech experts
There will be no one left to tell them how badly they've been hacked.
[Ynet] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says authorities have issued detention warrants for 105 information technology experts suspected of aiding last year's failed coup.

The warrants were issued Tuesday as Turkey kicks off a week of events commemorating the July 15 anniversary of the thwarted coup and remembering about 250 people who were killed.

Anadolu Agency says 52 of the suspects, who include ex-employees of Turkey's scientific research council and of the telecommunications authority, have been detained so far. They are accused of providing technical support to coup plotters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  If everyone Erdogan says was in the coup was supporting it, it would have succeeded.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/12/2017 17:56 Comments || Top||


Gulen's presence on US soil 'embarrassing'
[AA.TR] A former U.S. ambassador to Turkey has said Washington could do more to rein in networks linked to Fetullah Gulen “which at best are opaque and at worst was behind the [July 15, 2016] coup”.

James Jeffrey, who was also a former deputy national security advisor under the George W. Bush administration, was speaking at a conference hosted by the SETA think tank in Washington D.C. on Monday.

The senior diplomat also described as “embarrassing” the continued presence of Gulen on U.S. soil.

Gulen is wanted by the Turkish authorities on a range of charges stemming from the July coup attempt last year which cost 250 lives.

The Turkish government said the coup plot was carried out by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) led by U.S.-based Gulen.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Jeffrey's "gone native"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently work for a " former deputy national security advisor" is inexplicably scarce in D.C. now.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/12/2017 8:28 Comments || Top||

#3  speaking at a conference

Speaker fees apply
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2017 10:42 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Soldier stayed in Army despite support for Islamic State
In 2012, the US Army revoked the security clearance of a soldier arrested on terrorism charges over the weekend because he had shown support for the Islamic State group. But Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was allowed to stay in the service after having his clearance reinstated in 2013.

Retired Army judge and prosecutor Col. Gregory A. Gross said Tuesday he is perplexed that the Army allowed Kang to remain active even after his comments about the Islamic State. But Gross said the Army may have decided Kang was just mouthing off and was not a threat.

The case highlights the challenges investigators face with protecting the public from a potentially dangerous actor on one hand and gathering sufficient evidence to enable prosecution on the other.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2017 11:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Another known wolf who investigators would rather sacrifice others for in order to 'maybe' track to other perps.

Do we need a law that holds such investigators as accomplices if the wolf does strike?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2017 15:29 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Falsified documents used to mislead SC on Mayfair apartments: JIT report
[DAWN] In a section titled "Ownership of Avenfield Apartments", the final report submitted by the Panamagate joint investigation team (JIT) on 10 July, points out major discrepancies in documents submitted and statements made by members of the Sharif family and forensic evidence that was collected as part of the JIT’s efforts.

The damning report states that Maryam Safdar, Hussain Nawaz, Capt Muhammad Safdar and Hasan Nawaz tried to mislead and manipulate the Supreme Court of Pakistain through a series of fake documents submitted or signed by the defendants.

During Supreme Court proceedings, it was claimed by the defendants that bearer shares of both Nescoll Limited and Nielson Enterprises Limited were transferred from former Qatar
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Amnesty: All sides violated international law in Mosul
[Al Jazeera] Amnesia Amnesty International has said it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the US-led military coalition backing them that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.

It also said that fighters from 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 the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) group flagrantly violated that same law by deliberately putting civilians in harm's way to shield its fighters and impede the advance of Iraqi and coalition forces.

In a report published a day after Iraqi forces declared victory in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
watchdog called for a thorough investigation into whether war crimes were committed in the battle for the city.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory in Mosul on Monday, three years after the ISIS group seized the city.

With air support from the US-led coalition, Iraqi forces launched the battle for Mosul in October, retaking the eastern part of the city in January and starting the operation for its western part the next month.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [763 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Just like penalties on both teams playing in an NFL game. They cancel each other out.
Posted by: texhooey || 07/12/2017 1:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep. Everybody's happy now!
Posted by: gorb || 07/12/2017 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  putting civilians in harm's way to shield its fighters

Yeah, that and the beheadings, immolations and wholesale slaughter.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/12/2017 10:19 Comments || Top||

#4  In other news, water is still wet, ice is still cold, sky is still blue and liberals are still idiots.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/12/2017 10:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Amnesty: "All sides violated international law in Mosul. That's why Israel is at fault"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 10:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh, is it fund-raising time again?
Posted by: Pappy || 07/12/2017 10:46 Comments || Top||

#7  international humanitarian law... They keep using that phrase as if it actually means something.
Posted by: magpie || 07/12/2017 14:41 Comments || Top||

#8  ...it doesn't. The whole purpose of agreements is a contract, binding on both parties. When party A violates the agreement, party B is under no compulsion to adhere to it either.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2017 15:31 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Terror tunnels 'will become deathtrap for Hamas in next war,' IDF warns
[IsraelHayom]
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 08:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [650 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  should've HT'd AOSHQ Morning roundup
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Saves on burial costs
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/12/2017 9:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Why issue a warning? Do you warn fire ants before nuking the nest?
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Wonder how many remotely controlled 'surprises' have been installed already?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/12/2017 10:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Why wait?
Posted by: Glutch Clash2723 || 07/12/2017 10:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Think "Paint your Wagon"-style fun
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Does this include the Al-Shifa underground complex?
Posted by: jvalentour || 07/12/2017 12:36 Comments || Top||

#8  IDF building armored Chattery Teeth.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/12/2017 15:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Good. Given this, it's a good thing Hamas wasted their funds on useless tunnnels rather than something that could have harmed Israel when next they attempt to break out. Best of all would have been to spend the money rebuilding destroyed housing stock, a proper sewage treatment plant, and jump starting the local economy, but that is the behavior of a good government rather than a jihadi organization bent on conquest.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 16:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Best of all would have been to spend the money rebuilding destroyed housing stock, a proper sewage treatment plant, and jump starting the local economy, but that is the behavior of a good government rather than a jihadi organization bent on conquest.

Infidel! Where's the fun Islam in that?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2017 20:28 Comments || Top||

#11  Way back in the day, flamethrowers did rather well against tunnels on certain Pacific islands. Nowadays, you could even make a flamethrower robot so you could stand back and watch.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2017 20:48 Comments || Top||

#12  Who needs flamethrowers for tunnels. Flood them with H2S or CO2. Any HTA gas will work.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/12/2017 20:54 Comments || Top||

#13  Imma thinking exploding robotic jewspiders.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/12/2017 23:00 Comments || Top||

#14  Who needs flamethrowers for tunnels. Flood them with H2S or CO2. Any HTA gas will work

A fuel/air mix will work just nicely, fire a tracer round afterward and boom, problem resolved!
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/12/2017 23:07 Comments || Top||


PA said preparing to cut welfare stipends to 80,000 families in Gaza
[IsraelTimes] The Paleostinian Authority is reportedly continuing its policy of pressuring Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, through cuts to its financial support for Gazoo, this time by planned cuts to welfare subsidies for poor families in the Strip.

According to the Haaretz daily, citing a source "close to [Paleostinian Authority President] the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
," some 80,000 Gazoo families receive several thousand shekels each month in welfare stipends from the PA. About 60,000 are "linked to Hamas," the source is quoted as saying. "Their financial situation is relatively good and they don’t need the stipend, while the remaining families have additional sources of income."

The cuts to the "Hamas-linked" families are likely to be permanent, the source indicates, while those for non-Hamas recipients are temporary.

Qatar says it will keep aiding Hamas-ruled Gaza

[IsraelTimes] A Qatari envoy said the energy-rich nation will continue development projects in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, despite a rift with its Gulf neighbors stemming in part from its ties with the group. Mohammed El-Amadi spoke as he signed a new agreement with a Palestinian contractor to build eight residential buildings.

Qatar has been the largest single donor to Gaza over the past five years, disbursing about a half billion dollars for housing, reconstruction, infrastructure development, and health projects.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have pressed Qatar to end its support to the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood movement, the historical parent of Hamas.

Hamas seized control of Gaza from forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  several thousand shekels each month in welfare stipends

1 shekel ~ $.28

1000 shekels ~ $280
Many thousands of shekels ~ $280*many.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2017 10:40 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Up to 50,000 civilians trapped in Raqa: UN
[AlAhram] Up to 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian jihadist stronghold of Raqa, the UN said Tuesday, warning that supplies of water and other essentials were fast running out.

US-backed forces have been closing in on the last redoubt in Syria 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....
group after penetrating its Old City last week, but an estimated 2,500 jihadists are still defending the centre.
...a nice round number...
"The UN estimates that between 30,000 and 50,000 people remain trapped in Raqa city," UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) front man Andrej Mahecic said in Geneva, down from some 100,000 people at the end of June.

Mahecic stressed it was hard to be sure about the numbers given the lack of access to Raqa for UN agencies.

But he said: "Availability of food, water, medicine, electricity and other essentials has been dwindling, with the situation rapidly deteriorating.

"It is imperative that trapped civilians are able to secure safe passage out -- to reach safety, shelter and protection."

With help from a US-led coalition, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters called the Syrian Democratic Forces is waging a fierce assault to oust IS from the city.

Raqa has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by the blistering summer heat have been venturing out to the Euphrates river and makeshift wells around the city, risking their lives as the fighting intensifies. Activists say they have documented symptoms of water-borne diseases among those who are drinking the river water, including fever and loss of consciousness that it is feared could indicate cholera.

The UNHCR front man said the agency had managed to complete a first series of humanitarian convoys by road from the province around Raqa to Qamishli in Syria's northeast. The road had been shut by fighting for nearly two years, forcing UN agencies to use costly airlifts to reach some of the 430,000 people displaced by fighting around Raqa. Four convoys, totalling 22 trucks, have over the past fortnight transported tents, blankets, jerry cans and other essentials to refugees who have reached Qamishli from Raqa, Mahecic said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The UN noticed a problem? Let them send in the blue helmets.
Posted by: Raj || 07/12/2017 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  For some reason I am having a very hard time garnering any sympathy.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/12/2017 9:44 Comments || Top||

#3  How about a Bangladesh travel ban, or would the Hawaiian judge permit it?
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ sorry wrong thread
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2017 10:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Sorta relevant, anyway.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/12/2017 10:53 Comments || Top||


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Syrian rights body has ‘confirmed information’ ISIS chief Baghdadi is dead
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.
Since ISIS admitted he was dead yesterday he's probably Moulderin' in the Grave.
Russia’s defense ministry said it may have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of ISIS commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.
Just another footnote in history...
Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi’s death.
Who was Ivan the Terrible's successor? Quick now, without Googling it...
I would have guessed Boris Godunov, and would have been wrong
Baghdadi’s death, which has been frequently reported since he declared a caliphate from a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, is one of the biggest blows yet to the radical group, which is trying to defend shrinking territory in Syria and Iraq.
An Nahar adds:
"Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory," the monitoring group's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how."

Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria, remains largely under IS control even as the group is losing territory elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq.

Abdel Rahman said Baghdadi "was present in eastern parts of Deir Ezzor province" in recent months, but it was unclear if he died in the area or elsewhere.

There was no official confirmation or denial of the news on social media platforms used by IS.
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