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Taliban kill 40 63 90 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital Kabul
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Afghanistan
US Forces Drop 4,300 Bombs On Insurgents In Afghanistan
[ToloNews] Statistics by the United States Air Force show that 4,300 bombes have been dropped by foreign troops in Afghanistan in 2017, targeting Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and other terrorist groups in parts of the country.

According to the US Air Force figures, the number of Arclight airstrikes in 2017 was twice than of those carried out in the past two years ‐ 2015 and 2016.

US Air Force also has said this year they will bring in more airplanes to Afghanistan and will increase their support to the Afghan cops on the battlefields.

According to the figures, US and Afghan Air Force have conducted an average of 15 airstrikes daily in 2017 in south of Afghanistan.

The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said following the announcement of 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...
’s new strategy for South-Asia and Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes against forces of Evil has increased significantly.

"Airstrikes are up significantly in 2017 primarily due to the South Asia policy which President Trump has signed and allowing us to go after both the Taliban and ISSK (ISIS) where they are. It is going to allow us to pursue them. The rules of engagement are now different," Resolute Support Mission (RS) Public Affairs Director Thomas Gresback said.

In the meantime, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that NATO will send in another 3,000 military trainers to Afghanistan to train Afghan forces.

Stoltenberg said the international community will not let Afghanistan to turn to a safe haven for krazed killers.

"Allies and partners are also adding three thousand more trainers to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, helping prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. Afghanistan has taught us that prevention is better than intervention," said Stoltenberg.

Afghan Defense Ministry meanwhile said the Afghan Air Force has changed their tactics and that they are carrying out airstrikes with a new approach to eliminate terrorists.

"We have increased our attacks and also we succeeded to eliminate a great number of the enemy's strongholds, equipment and personnel by operations carried out by air and ground forces," Defense Ministry deputy front man Mohammad Radmanish said.

"There will be significant results if these (military) operations are conducted in good coordination," former military officer Gen. Ahmad Shah Sangdil said.

The new remarks about the increase of airstrikes and sending in more advisers and trainers expressed amid currently over 20 provinces of the country are insecure and nearly 14 districts in different locations have collapsed to the Taliban.

In addition to this, recently Taliban has advanced toward Farah city fighting against Afghan cops. Despite ongoing fights in Farah city outskirts, fights also have been ongoing in parts of Kunduz province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2018 01:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Which is what happens when we have an actual Commander in Chief. Instead of a sharia cheerleader.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/27/2018 2:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Drone zapping 'eaches' was never the answer. Motion does not equate to progress, only motion.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2018 3:01 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Human Rights Official Wants KDF Withdrawn From Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] Human rights organization in Mombasa has called for the withdrawal of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) from Somalia.

Haki Afrika’s Program officer Francis Auma said the continued stay of the KDF soldiers in neighboring Somalia is hurting Kenyans.

Speaking on Thursday in Mombasa, Mr. Auma said following the increased attacks in the Coast region, the troops should be withdrawn from the war-torn country to protect Kenyans.

Mr. Auma said the national government should enhance security in the country especially in areas prone to terror attacks and to guard the border.

He said the soldiers have failed to deal with al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
bandidos bully boyz who are now carrying attacks in the country, particularly in Lamu County.

The rights group wants the national parliament to pass a legislation that will allow the Kenya Defense Forces to withdraw troops from Somalia.

Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Europe
Islamic State planned Paris-style attack for Barcelona: report
[IsraelTimes] The assault, which intended to use Kalashnikov rifles and bombs in multiple crowded spaces, was foiled by the arrest of a Moroccan member of the cell

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 planned a Gay Paree-style attack on crowded areas in Barcelona weeks before its November 2015 rampage in the French capital, according to a report published in a US magazine.

An IS network had planned to attack crowded public places in Spain’s second city in September 2015 but was disrupted by the arrest of the operative at the center of it, Moroccan national Abdeljalil Ait el-Kaid, according to the report published in CTC Sentinel, a US-based publication that researches terrorism.

"Investigators have learned the disrupted plot to strike Barcelona was meant to be similar to the one later executed in Gay Paree, and was meant to also involve operatives from La Belle France and Belgium with whom el-Kaid was meant to link up with," it said.

"As with the Gay Paree attacks, the Barcelona plan was to involve the use of Kalashnikov rifles and bombs in multiple crowded spaces, such as concert halls, dining areas, and sports events," it added.

The report, published in the January edition of CTS Sentinel, was prepared by two top researchers on global terrorism at the Real Institute Elcano, a Madrid think tank.

It was based on interviews with police, intelligence officers, and judicial officials with knowledge of the case, as well as judicial documents that are not subject to a gag order.

El-Kaid lived in Torrevieja on the Mediterranean coast of Spain until September 2014, when he left to join the Islamic State group in Syria.

There, he allegedly joined the circle of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian who allegedly led the cell that carried out the Gay Paree attacks that killed 130 people.

El-Kaid was incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in June 2015 in Warsaw, Poland, while in transit from Istanbul on his way back to Spain on Abaaoud’s orders, to prepare the attack in Barcelona, according to the report.

This plot was not related to the attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils in August 2017 that killed 16 people, according to the researchers.

The only survivor among the 10 button men who carried out the killing spree in Gay Paree on the night of November 13, Salah Abdeslam, is due to appear in court in Belgium early next month.

The heavily armed jihadists attacked the national stadium, bars and restaurants in the French capital, as well as the Bataclan concert venue, in a bloodbath claimed by IS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2018 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: Politix
Pentagon: Obama's DOD Gave Security Clearances to Contractors Charged with Felonies, Including Pedophilia
[Breitbart] The Pentagon was forced last year to rescind interim security clearances granted under the Obama administration to at least 165 contractors linked to various crimes, including felony convictions for pedophilia and foreign government affiliations, revealed a report issued by the Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS).

According to the report, DOD contractors preserved their ability to access sensitive government information despite prior criminal records and other illicit past activity that the Pentagon’s vetting process failed to detect.

"Of those 165 cases, 151 people had pre-existing issues that they did not disclose and were not discovered during initial checks; the issues were not identified until the investigation was completed [in 2017]," noted the report, adding, "The interim decisions analyzed ... actually occurred before 2017 and were subject to a final decision by the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) in 2017."

In other words, the Pentagon subjected the contractors to the first round of vetting under former President Barack Obama and the Trump administration discovered their deception last year.

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [388 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I asked about OMB
Posted by: newc || 01/27/2018 1:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Hat tip to OMB. "Failing to disclose" clearly indicates deception. I wonder how many had been "previously denied a security clearance" or "had their clearances revoked"... and failed to check that box as well.

You signed the form attesting to it's accuracy. Don't bit*h and whine.

Timing is everything.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2018 2:38 Comments || Top||

#3  How many were jihadists or had muslim terror links...
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/27/2018 2:51 Comments || Top||

#4  If the Hildebeest is currently under 'Federal investigation', her access should be suspended as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2018 2:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Knowing the previous admin, It'd have been an opportunity to exercise undue influence.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/27/2018 10:51 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Ulema board to help amend school curriculum in Punjab
[DAWN] The Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

government has decided to empower the Muttahida Ulema Board to help the government amend the curriculum.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan told a meeting of the board here on Thursday that the government would amend the relevant law(s) to formally empower the holy mans board helping the education authorities in preparing school curriculum.

The education secretary has also been asked to get clearance from the board in case of adding or deleting any text regarding Islamic injunctions, he said.

The minister also directed the secretary to consult the holy mans before induction of reading material in text books regarding creating awareness among the children about their physical safety. The board meeting had been convened to reset the requirements of education of children in the light of Koran and Sunnah, a blurb said.

Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Kirkuk Clean-up: another mass grave and preparing for returning refugees

Mass grave of Islamic State victims found in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces found on Friday a new mass grave of people executed by Islamic State militants in west of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) quoted the source saying that Popular Mobilization Forces ran into the grave in al-Riyad region. He said it contained the relics of citizens of southern and western Kirkuk executed by the militants during the occupation of Hawija, their former bastion southwest of the province.

As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since 2014, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by militants over accusations of fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.

Iraq govt lifts 130.000 war leftovers from Kirkuk’s Hawija

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi government teams have begun removing tens of thousands of war leftovers from Islamic State’s former bastion in Kirkuk province.

The health and environment ministries said in a statement on Friday that their teams began removing 130.000 items left over by the war against the Islamic State in Hawija, a former group stronghold southwest of Kirkuk.

The process, carried out in cooperation with the military and police, comes in preparation for the return of refugees.

The government declared the recapture of Hawija in September.

Explosives planted by the group across its bastions in Iraq have caused deaths even after the liberation of those regions by the Iraqi forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2018 01:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria accuses US of supporting ISIS
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
and head of the Syrian government delegation to the intra-Syrian talks Bashar al-Jaafari has accused the United States of supporting 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....
(a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia).

"How can a country like the United States, which has given birth to Islamic State, which has been supporting and defending Islamic State, which continues to fight for Islamic State, a country, which has been violating Syria’s illusory sovereignty by its military presence in our country and negating international laws and conventions, how can a country, which has the blood of the Syrian people on its hands, speak about a political solution and Syria’s future?," he said on Friday after a two-day meeting on Syria at the United Nations office in Vienna.

He voiced criticism of each of the five nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, La Belle France, 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 Jordan), which had come out with an unofficial document on Syrian settlement at a meeting in Washington on January 12.

According to al-Jafaari, the UK and La Belle France are following the United States "like a blind man following another blind man." Jordan, in his words, has opened its borders to snuffies to become "a place for seven training camps for terrorists." As for Saudi Arabia, he called it ironically "a pinnacle of democracy and a beacon of freedom in the East."

Neither of these five has the right to dictate its will to the Syrian people, he stressed.

Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  "Having the right", I assume means appealing to some standard of "righteousness"? I sincerely doubt if that has any relevance morally , and certainly NOT in a political sense. Neither side certainly cares a fig for righteousness and by whose standard may I ask is such a quality to be assessed or judged? The assertion is meaningless and hot air, and sure to be ignored as a waste of attention or air. It WILL be ignored. Syria HAS no sovereignty and it is a matter of National INTERESTS which define the problem.
I suggest that all concerned Deal in reality and forget "rights".

The blood of the Syrian people ? Give me a break. NO body cares. The Syrian people can have a grenade for Breakfast and Poison Gas for Lunch and the whole world will yawn.
Syria is a hole and the people of Syria are down in that hole sucking dirt and the whole world will sell them their breakfast AND their Lunch. And then the whole world will use the hole for a toilet. That is the TRUTH.
And the UN will waste its time sitting and talking and none of the participants in the hole can realistically OR will listen or notice.
The Moslem HOLE is the realty and reality is a Hole in Syria. Moslems are largely killing Moslems and Moslems are supply-ing the meat and the bullets. Islam is like that.
National Interests IS the game. and any illusory "rights" are written on your upturned arse. The Koran is a napkin for Dinner. Bon appetit'
Syria is a doomed hole. A Moslem hole full of Moslems. It will go one and on and on and on some more. Years and years....am I lying' to 'ya?

Posted by: Bertie and Company6346 || 01/27/2018 9:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Bertie, how do you really feel?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/27/2018 17:19 Comments || Top||

#3  It’s Hemingway, AlanC. He thinks this is what we believe, after watching a few too many Hollywood Viet Nam war films.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2018 19:28 Comments || Top||



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Sat 2018-01-27
  Taliban kill 40 63 90 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital Kabul
Fri 2018-01-26
  Mosul clean up continues: 21 turbans permanently unwound, 9 more jugged
Thu 2018-01-25
  Double car bombing kills 33 in Benghazi
Wed 2018-01-24
  Two suicide attackers, Islamic State member killed as troops repel attack in Baghdad
Tue 2018-01-23
  1.5K al-Nusra troops surrounded in Idlib
Mon 2018-01-22
  Tunisian forces kill top aide of Al Qaeda leader in Maghreb
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
Sat 2018-01-20
  Lebanon foils ISIS plans to attack places of worship, government buildings
Fri 2018-01-19
  Deso Dogg -- Dead Again
Thu 2018-01-18
  US drone strike leaves 6 militants dead, wounded in East of Afghanistan
Wed 2018-01-17
  Wanted terrorist Abdullah Al-Qalaf killed in eastern Saudi Arabia
Tue 2018-01-16
  Deadly clashes in Libyan capital force airport to close
Mon 2018-01-15
  Israel Says It Destroys Hamas Tunnel Under Key Gaza Crossing
Sun 2018-01-14
  Islamic State affiliate claims Mali attack that injured 3 French soldiers
Sat 2018-01-13
  Over 100 Palestinians said injured in West Bank, Gaza clashes

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