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State Dept: Four US citizens killed, two injured in Kabul attack
[The Hill] Four Americans were among those killed in a weekend attack at a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, the State Department said Wednesday.

Two other Americans were injured in the attack on Saturday at the Intercontinental Hotel.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

The attack began when six Taliban militants stormed the hotel in suicide vests, allegedly targeting foreign guests.

In total, 22 people were killed in the 13-hour siege. Of those, 14 were foreigners.

More than 150 people escaped the hotel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2018 01:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk), the In-Laws 1979: "Are you interested in joining? The benefits are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That's really the key to the benefit program."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2018 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Staying in a 4-5 star insulates you from the vibe on the street. Sometimes to the point of feeling like you've 'clocked out'.

In a 1-2 star your room might be robbed but not blown to bits.

In this case the hotel and it's occupants were the target. Unlike a single individual.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2018 10:05 Comments || Top||

Suicide bomber and Humvee laden with explosives eliminate in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A jacket wallah was killed before he manage to reach to his target to detonate a Humvee armored personnel carrier in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, a suicide bomber riding a Humvee vehicle packed with explosives was attempting to get closer to its target in Marjah district but was spotted and eliminated by the security forces before it manage to hit his target.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the snuffies were looking to target the security forces during the operation but the suicide bomber and his vehicle were cordoned and the explosives inside vehicle went off as the security forces opened fire on it.

The statement further added that only the suicide bomber was killed in the kaboom and no one else was hurt.

According to the local government, the snuffies have been hardly suppressed by the security forces in the area and were apparently looking to carry out a deadly attack to avenge their defeat.

The officials are saying that the security forces have managed to make around 3 kilometers advance in the restive areas of Marjah since the launch of the operation earlier today.

The snuffies have suffered heavy casualties during the operations but the exact number is not clear so far, the officials added.

Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Anyone missing a Hummer?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2018 10:08 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Pappy || 01/25/2018 14:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Which brings us to the question "Does a Humvee eliminate in the desert?".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2018 16:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Pappy,
Posted by: C. Elmomoger7737 || 01/25/2018 16:54 Comments || Top||

3 killed, 25 wounded as siege ends on NGO office in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three have reportedly been killed and around twenty others have sustained following a coordinated attack on a non-governmental organization in Jalalabad city in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the siege of the gunnies on the non-governmental organization’s office ended with the elimination of all four attackers earlier this evening.

The officials further added that three people including two security guards of the Save the Children office were killed and twenty five others including four security guards of the office were maimed.

According to Nangarhar officials, the gunnies launched the attack at around 9 am local time by initially detonating a vehicle packed with explosives to allow the remaining gunnies infiltrate the compound and secure positions for a standoff.

The majority of those maimed in the attack have sustained injuries due to shattered glasses, the officials said, adding that around 19 of them were discharged after receiving first aid.

Provincial governor Gulab Mangal said the operation by the security forces was conducted slowly to prevent the civilian casualties, mainly the children who were trapped in the area.

He said at least 46 people including 12 women were rescued by the security forces during the operation.

Initial reports indicate the attack was carried out by the loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

Save the Children suspends operations in Afghanistan after IS attack

[IsraelTimes] Save the Children suspends operations across Afghanistan as 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....
turbans terrorized staff trapped inside one of its offices, in a deadly hours-long attack, the latest assault on a foreign charity.

Gunmen blasted their way into the British aid group’s compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing three employees and wounding four others, Save the Children said in a statement.

An Afghan official had earlier confirmed the corpse count, but had put the number of maimed at 27.

"It is with profound sadness that we can confirm three Save the Children staff members were killed earlier today in an attack on our office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. All other staff have been safely rescued from the office," Save the Children International chief executive Helle Thorning-Schmidt says, condemning the attack "in the strongest possible terms".

"We have temporarily suspended our operations across the country following today’s events, however, we remain fully committed to helping the most deprived children of Afghanistan."

Taliban rejects involvement as siege on NGO continues in Jalalabad

[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs group in Afghanistan rejects the involvement of the snuffies of the group as siege continues on a non-government organization in Jalalabad city.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani confirmed that the death of two people including a security personal and a civilian while twelve others have been maimed.

The group’s front man Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming that "The ongoing attack in Jalalabad has nothing to do with the Mujahidin of Islamic Emirate."

A group of armed snuffies launched a coordinated attack in the city by initially detonating explosives near the office of an NGO.

According to the local officials, the siege of the NGO still continues despite two of the attackers have rubbed out but the remaining snuffies continue to resist from inside the office of the NGO.

The provincial public health officials are saying that around twelve people maimed in the attack has so far been shifted to the hospitals for the treatment.
Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

US forces kill key Haqqani leader in Pakistan days after deadly Kabul attack
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US forces have killed a top commander of the Haqqani terrorist network in North Wazoo area of Pakistain days after the group carried out a deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul city.

According to the local officials, the US umanned aerial vehicles carried out Arclight airstrikes on a compound of the Haqqani terrorist network in North Waziristan, leaving at least three dead.

The airstrike was reportedly carried out in the vicinity of Speen Thal Dapa Mamozai in Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
Station House Officer Thal, Ameer Zaman has confirmed to the local Dawn News that the death of a man named Nasir Mehmood alias Khawari.

This comes as the Afghan officials blamed the group for a deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday that left several people dead or maimed.

This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the terror network has safe havens in Pakistain from where they plan and coordinate deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
the Pak officials have consistently rejected the claims, insisting that no terror group has any safe haven in the Pak territory.
Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

#1  in Pakland? They say "no way", so I'm sure this is a lone wolf/rogue op.

Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2018 16:21 Comments || Top||

#2  the Pak officials have consistently rejected the claims, insisting that no terror group has any safe haven in the Pak territory.

Must be hard to say that with a straight face.
Posted by: C. Elmomoger7737 || 01/25/2018 16:46 Comments || Top||

6 Taliban militants killed, 2 held alive in Helmand operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least six Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
turbans were killed and two others were tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
alive during the ongoing operations in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Tuesday that the Death Eaters were killed in the vicinity of Nahr-e-Saraj and Nad-e-Ali districts.

The statement further added that the Afghan ground and air forces carried out a series of operations against the hideouts of the Taliban in Spin Masjid area, leaving three Death Eaters dead and another Lion of Islam maimed.

The Afghan forces also conducted operations in Nad-e-Ali district where three Talibs were killed, the governor’s office said.

In another operation conducted in Marja district, the Afghan cops arrested two Taliban turbans and their weapons were confiscated, the statement said.

According to the provincial government, the Afghan forces discovered and confiscated twenty improvised bombs during the same operations.

Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Somali forces kill Hitlerjugend young boys in anti-Shabaab operation
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US forces operating in Somalia took part in a mission in which their Somali counterparts killed fighters who appeared to be under 18, the US military's Africa Command said Wednesday.

On January 18, US forces went in an advisory capacity with Somali partners on a mission in the Lower Shabelle region to an indoctrination center for the al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group.

"During the mission, the Somali National Security Forces received hostile fire," AFRICOM said in a statement.

"The Somali forces returned fire in self-defense."

In the ensuing firefight, five "enemy combatants" were killed and six were maimed.

Some of those killed appear to have been under the age of 18, AFRICOM said, without providing additional details.

At the end of the operation, Somali forces recovered 30 "male children" from the indoctrination center.

"We support the Federal Government of Somalia and UNICEF efforts to reunite these children with their families," the statement read.

Officials said US soldiers did not fire their weapons in the engagement.

Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Libya Force Arrests Gang Suspected of Torturing Migrants
[AnNahar] An gang loyal to Libya's national unity government said Wednesday it had locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a gang accused of kidnapping and torturing Sudanese migrants colonists near the northern city of Sirte.

The gang, made up of "five Libyans and one Paleostinian... had tortured eight migrants colonists," said the Sirte Security and Protection Force, one of several that took part in the unity government's battle to oust 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 from Sirte last year.

The migrants colonists are being treated at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Sirte, 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, it said.

The arrests took place in Qaddahiya, a village south of Sirte, "after the publication of a video on social media showing scenes of African migrants colonists undergoing unbearable torture", it said.

The video shows the migrants colonists being severely burned by their captors, who demand ransoms from their families.

The eight kidnapped migrants colonists were released, the pro-government force said.

Libya has long been a transit hub for migrants colonists seeking a better life in Europe, but people smugglers have stepped up their lucrative business in the chaos since the 2011 revolution.

Libyan authorities have come under fire over migrant abuses since the airing late last year by CNN of footage showing a slave market in the North African country.

Last year alone, 3,116 people died attempting the crossing, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), including 2,833 from Libya.

But there has been a sharp drop in crossing attempts since the summer of 2017 following efforts by Italia to discourage migrants colonists from trying to make the journey.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2018 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Double car bombing kills 33 in Benghazi
[Al Jazeera] At least 33 people have been killed in a double boom-mobileing in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, according to officials.

Tuesday's first bomb went off outside Salmani neighbourhood's Bait Radwan mosque, frequented by the fighters of Brigade 210 from eastern Libyan security forces, the Libya Observer reported.

The second kaboom occurred minutes later close to the first blast site after security and health officials arrived.

Ahmed al-Fituri, chief of a special investigation unit attached to the general command of east Libyan security forces, was killed in the first kaboom, Libya Observer cited military sources as saying.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible.

The twin kabooms shattered the relative calm that had recently returned to the country's second city, scene of more than three years of warfare from 2014 until late last year.

Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6603 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Dozens killed in attacks on Yemen rebel heartland
[NATION.PK] Clashes in the Yemeni rebel heartland of Saada province have killed 40 rebel fighters, Saudi media said Wednesday, while the rebels reported nine civilians among 22 dead in Saudi-led air strikes.

The rebels were killed in festivities over the past 24 hours with a pro-government alliance backed by 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...
, which controls several pockets of the province along the Saudi border, the kingdom’s state-run al-Ekhbariya television reported.

An official of the province’s rebel-run health department said four children were among the nine civilians killed in air strikes over the past 24 hours. The rebels’ al-Masirah television said a single strike on the province on Tuesday night killed nine people, four of them civilians.

A spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The uptick in fighting came as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir held talks on the conflicts in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
and Syria with his British, US and United Arab Emirates counterparts in Gay Paree on Tuesday.

Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

The Grand Turk
A sanity test for Recep?
[Jpost] US President Donald J. Trump urged Turkey to "deescalate" and "limit its military actions" in northwest Syria. On Sunday, Turkey launched operations against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in the mountainous area of Afrin in Syria. The US has worked closely with the Kurds in eastern Syria and is a close NATO ally of Ankara's.

On Wednesday Trump spoke with Erdogan and relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin could "risk undercutting our shared goals in Syria," according to a White House statement. The US urged Turkey to avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced people and refugees.

However, Anadolu news agency in Turkey claims that officials speaking on condition of anonymity say the White House statement is incorrect. "President Donald Trump did not discuss any concerns of 'escalating violence in Afrin,' during the phone call," the agency reported.

"Trump urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces. He reiterated that both nations must focus all parties on the shared goal of achieving the lasting defeat of ISIS."
Give. Kurds. Heavy. Weapons.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2018 03:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Ever heard the expression "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."?

Yes, Grom.
"Kill a man, give his fish to the children."
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2018 5:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't see a clear connection Mr mark.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2018 5:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Obviously Recep failed the test.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/25/2018 6:14 Comments || Top||

#4  25th Amendment!!11!!
Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2018 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Rhineland, Sudetenland, Anschluss? Is Erdogan skipping forward in his Idiot's Guide For Aspiring Dictators?
Posted by: magpie || 01/25/2018 13:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Can't call him crazy - everything he's tried so far has worked. But might be a "come to Jesus moment" (so to speak) on the way one of these days, tho.
Posted by: Captain Dark Lord of the Welsh7352 || 01/25/2018 16:55 Comments || Top||

Turkish border town hit by rockets, 13 wounded: Governor
Under the circumstances, the Kurds are being quite restrained,
[AlAhram] Two rockets fired from the Syrian region of Afrin struck the Ottoman Turkish border town of Kilis on Wednesday, wounding 13 people, the local governor said.

The rockets hit two locations in the city centre, including a mosque during prayer times, Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan said. Eight people were maimed, with two at death's door, at the mosque, and another five injured at the second location.

Ottoman Turkish media footage showed security forces clearing the areas of civilians following the attacks, as ambulances and emergency teams arrived at the site.

As The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's operation against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin entered its fifth day, several rockets have hit the Ottoman Turkish border towns of Kilis and Reyhanli.

On Saturday, as Turkey started its operation, rockets fired across the border hit Reyhanli, killing a Syrian national and wounding 46 people, the local governor's office said. Another five were maimed when rockets hit Kilis, a Rooters witness said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2018 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

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