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Jihadists 'blow themselves up' as soldiers raid suicide vest factory in Sri Lanka
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Massachusetts judge who helped illegal immigrant escape ICE arrest indicted
[FOXNEWS] A Massachusetts judge and court officer accused of helping an undocumented Democrat flee an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent waiting to take him into custody were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice and three other counts, officials said.

Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and the court officer, identified in court documents as Wesley MacGregor, face several charges stemming from an April 2, 2018 incident in which the pair allegedly helped Jose Medina-Perez get out of the courthouse via a back door in order to elude the ICE agent who sought Medina-Perez.

"This case is about the rule of law. The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime," U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said Thursday.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  About damned time.

Can't wait for the Boston Globe to start whining about the 'chilling effect' this will have on other reprobates judges.
Posted by: Raj || 04/26/2019 5:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Social justice is its own reward, real justice is more satisfying.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/26/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#3  They need to keep arresting those that actively keep ICE from enforcing our laws.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2019 9:41 Comments || Top||

#4  So that's what 'obstruction of justice' looks like!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/26/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban’s suicide bombing training facility targeted in Helmand missile attack
[KhaamaPress] A missile struck a training facility of the jacket wallahs in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province leaving at least 18 Talibs dead, the Ministry of Defense said Thursday.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense, the missile was launched for Shorab base which impacted the training facility in Sangin district.

"Last night, in coordination with NDS a missile rocket was fired from Shorab Base on a training center of suicide kaboomers in Sarban Qala, Sangin of Helmand. As a result, 18 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
bad boyz were potted and 7 others were maimed," the statement added.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province and often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  how much training do you need to blow yourself up?
Posted by: chris || 04/26/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Most of the training is about how to prepare for your virgins in heaven. Body has to be completely shaved and colon cleansed as if for a colonoscopy.
Posted by: jpal || 04/26/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#3  i did not need that in my head
Posted by: chris || 04/26/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Body has to be completely shaved and colon cleansed as if for a colonoscopy.

It's not gay if you are doing it for Jihad.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/26/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Most of the training is about how to prepare for your virgins in heaven.

so they practice on each other?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||


8 Taliban militants killed, 17 captured during a clash with the Afghan forces in Zabul
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Military in the South has announced that 8 Talibs were killed and 17 others were captured during a clash with the security forces in southern Zabul province.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement has said during a joint clearing operation from the Afghan Special Forces and the 205th Corps, 17 faceless myrmidons have been captured in Nawbahar district in Zabul province.

The statement further added that the security forces encountered heavy festivities with the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
which resulted in eight Taliban killed and an additional five were maimed.

Zabul Province has seen an increase of Taliban activity since the announcement of their spring offensive, Al Fath, however Zabul security forces have taken steps under the security plan Operation Khalid, like this recent operation, to lower violence across the province and prevent future attacks from the Taliban.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suspected militant blown up while planting a bomb inside a private university in Kabul
*Snicker*
[KhaamaPress] A suspected bad boy was blown up by own explosives as he was attempting to plant a bomb inside the compound of a private university in Kabul.

Kabul police officials have confirmed that the incident took place at around 10:30 am local time in the vicinity of Kart-e-Naw area in 8th police district of the city.

Basir Mujahid, a front man for Kabul Police confirmed the incident and said the suspected bad boy was looking to place an improvised bomb inside the toilet of Jahan University.

He also added that the explosives went off prematurely leaving the suspected bad boy dead while three others were maimed.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  M-80s in the toilet? Boys will be boys, turban style.
Posted by: Nero || 04/26/2019 1:30 Comments || Top||

#2  He hit the can and kicked the bucket.

The universe took a dump.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/26/2019 1:35 Comments || Top||


Hundreds of families displaced as clashes intensify between Taliban, ISIS in the East
[KhaamaPress] The local officials 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..
and Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
s have confirmed that hundreds of families have been displaced as festivities intensified between Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
and ISIS Death Eaters in the two provinces.
Obviously it's Uncle Sam's fault. "Why are we there?"
Ataullah Khogyani, front man for the governor of Nangarhar has confirmed that festivities intensified between Taliban and ISIS Death Eaters in Khogyani and Shirzad district in the past two days, leaving several Death Eaters dead.

He also confirmed that the ISIS Death Eaters have kidnapped several Talibs besides inflicting casualties on them.

According to Khogyani, at least 300 families have been displaced due to the festivities and efforts are underway to provide first aid to them.

In the meantime, officials in Kunar province have confirmed that similar festivities have taken place between Taliban and ISIS Death Eaters in Chapa Dara district, forcing hundreds of families to leave their houses.

Abdul Satar Mirzakwal, the governor of Kunar province has confirmed to RFE’s Afghanistan service that 3000 families have been displaced due to the festivities which still continue between the two sides in Chapa Dara district.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  intensified between Taliban and ISIS Death Eaters in the two provinces.


Now there's a quandry. Who do I root for??????
Posted by: AlanC || 04/26/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  In the east you say, you mean like bordering Pakistain?
Posted by: jpal || 04/26/2019 10:51 Comments || Top||

#3  In the east you say, you mean like bordering Pakistain?

Oddly enough, yes, jpal. You forgot your /sarcasm. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 13:16 Comments || Top||


Afghan forces arrest shadow district chief of Taliban for Faizabad district of Jawzjan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops have enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
the shadow district chief of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
for Faizabad district of northern Jawzjan province.

According to local officials, the shadow district chief of Taliban for Faizabad Mawlavi Obaidullah was arrested during an operation of the Afghan intelligence operatives.

The officials further added that Mawlavi Obaidullah was involved in various attacks on security outposts besides assassinating Afghan Local Police commanders.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest of Mawlavi Obaidullah so far.

Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in Northeast of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province and often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


49 militants killed, wounded in various operations of Afghan, coalition forces in Ghazni
[KhaamaPress] At least 49 bully boyz were killed or maimed in various operations of the Afghan and coalition forces in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The Special Operations Corps of the Afghan Military said Wednesday that 6 bully boyz were killed and 7 others were maimed during an operation of the Afghan Special Forces in Kamal Khan area of Andar district.

According to a statement released by Special Operations Corps, at least 7 bully boyz were killed and 5 more maimed in a separate clearance operation conducted in Jamjan Mank area of Moqor district.

The statement further added that the coalition forces also carried out Arclight airstrikes in Andar district and Kalach and Zewach areas located in the outskirts of Ghazni city, leaving at least 16 bully boyz dead and 8 others maimed.

The anti-government armed bully boyz including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the operations and loss of their fighters so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Baledogle Airfield is a former soviet base currently being revamped
[twitter]

Wikipedia on Baledogle AFB
1) Lower Shabelle, Somalia
2)
Posted by: 3dc || 04/26/2019 06:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  a 10,092 ft long, 140 runway

B-2 pilot recounts what it's like 'flying a stealth bomber'
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "...Boondoggle Airfield" was how I read the title initially. Freudian slip, or an unconscious reaction to any investment in Somalia?
Posted by: magpie || 04/26/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of eggs in the DG basket.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2019 18:39 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Reports a French battleship anchored for hours at the port of Ras Lanuf, Libya
[TWITTER] France has battleships?

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The prettiest ship in the Yard?
That's the Richelieu, buddy. En garde!
She bears eight to the fore,
A great weight of "amour,"
But, the British assure us, she warred.
Posted by: Vinegar Gromock8346 || 04/26/2019 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  France has battleships?

...Not since the Jean Bart (Richelieu's sister) went to the scrappers' torches in 1970.

Mike

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/26/2019 4:27 Comments || Top||

#3  France has battleships?

From the same Twitter account the original article is from:

#UPDATE: Additional reports that a French barge/(cargo?) ship has also docked at the port of Ras Lanuf accompanied by the deployment of an LNA military force belonging to Haftar in the region

#UPDATE: Al-Jazeera reporting that the French Navy unloaded speedboats and assault weapons in the LNA-controlled port of Ras Lanuf, Libya

It appears that the "battleship is actually some sort of cargo ship carrying speedboats, etc..
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 04/26/2019 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  "He sunk my Battleship Cargo Ship!"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2019 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  It appears that the "battleship is actually some sort of cargo ship carrying speedboats, etc..

"Journalists!", he snorted. "Bless their black little hearts"
Posted by: SteveS || 04/26/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Other Twitter reports suggest:
1) France intends to give enough aid to Haftar that he will be able to open a second front by landing a force from the sea at Tripoli.
2) Trump had a phone conversation with Haftar.
3) Haftar is not an Islamist

Who knows it's only Twitter type accuracy.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/26/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#7  3) Haftar is not an Islamist

Color me skeptical. They never seem to be Islamists until they are.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/26/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#8  What's the pool on Russians selling their battleships to France?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#9  Heavy to port.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/26/2019 18:02 Comments || Top||

#10  What's the pool on Russians selling their battleships to France?

Not betting on this since lately Russian seems to be buying their warships from France (Before the NATO sanctions on Russian. The two ships France was building for Russia before the sanctions was eventfully sold to Egypt.)

I got curious and looked up a list of current Russian warships: List of active Russian Navy ships

Seems Russian has an awful lot of submarines!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 04/26/2019 18:13 Comments || Top||

#11  future reefs
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2019 18:31 Comments || Top||


LNA Air Force Operations Room declared sovereignty over entire western region, French battleship in port
[TWITTER]

#LNA general command released many footage of foreign soilders fighting with #GNA in #Tripoli
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


India-Pakistan
Anti-polio campaign worker gunned down in Balochistan
[DAWN] A female anti-polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
immunisation campaign worker was bumped off and another injured on Thursday in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
's Chaman.

Assistant Commissioner Syed Sami Agha told news hounds that unidentified suspects shot up the immunisation team in Sultan Zai, a city near the shared border with Afghanistan. The suspects managed to flee after the shooting.

He said both victims were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Clashes erupt between Iraqi Federal police and US forces in #Kirkuk’s Riyadh sub-district
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  1 police killed, 2 others wounded

I'm pleased it's not the other way around - but, what the hell, you're dong in Iraq?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I can’t find any other reporting about this incident, g(r)omgoru. Possibly it’s an Arab fantasy... or the police started it, so it’s being brushed under the rug.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 14:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I did find this from Rudaw, g(r)omgoru, in which Kirkuk, the police casualties, and the same television station are all mentioned. But this is a mistaken Coalition airstrike, not clashes with US troops on the ground. The article also notes about Al Ahad TV:

The channel is close to Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a group that is commanded by Qais al-Khazali and fought as a paramilitary during the ISIS conflict. It is known to have links to Iran and hold anti-US sentiment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 16:26 Comments || Top||

#4  So... an Obama-symp outlet?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2019 18:22 Comments || Top||


Iraqi security kill six Islamic state members in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces killed on Thursday six 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....
members in a raid in Kirkuk province, north of the country, the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

Alsumaria News quoted the statement saying that a raid in Wadi al-Shai, Daqouq, south of the province, backed by international coalition aviation, left six "terrorists" killed, and destroyed hideouts and tunnels belonging to Islamic State hard boys.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Diyala disputations: sticky bomb kabooms merchant, IED kabooms one or two


Iraqi merchant wounded in Diyala bomb blast — source

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi merchant was wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

“A sticky bomb fixed into a vegetable cart went off in Khanaqin district in Diyala, leaving a merchant dead,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Baghdad Today news website.

“The security forces rushed to the blast site and moved the wounded into nearby hospital for treatment,” the source added.

Bomb blast injures two persons in Khanaqin

Diyala (IraqiNews) An official source informed, on Thursday, that a civilian was injured in a bomb blast in the district of Khanaqin, in Diyala Province.

The source told Alsumaria News that a bomb emplaced on the roadside in Aliawa ares, in Khanaqin District (northeast of Diyala Province) exploded, this morning, targeting a vehicle, and injuring its owner.

The owner of the vehicle was severely wounded, while the vehicle was completely burned, the source added.

He further explained that security forces cordoned off the area of the incident, and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital to receive the needed treatment.

It is noteworthy that Khanaqin is a district in Diyala Province. The population of the Judicial Center increased to more than 160,000 in 2011-2010 Because of the stability of the security situation in the district.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:


Sri Lanka
Jihadists 'blow themselves up' as soldiers raid suicide vest factory in Sri Lanka
[DailyMail] An explosion rocked Sri Lanka as police opened fire at a suicide vest factory during a raid on suspected terrorists linked to the Easter Sunday massacre.

Shooting erupted between security forces and a group of men in the east of the country during a search operation, a military spokesman said.

The raid took place in the town of Sainthamaruthu, 200 miles from Colombo where 253 people were killed in luxury hotels and churches on Sunday.

Several of the terror suspects blew themselves up as the authorities opened fire, according to Ada Derana.
Posted by: Spot || 04/26/2019 13:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6584 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "The textiles industry is Sri Lanka is exploding"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2019 14:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Go get 'em boys.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#3  "The textiles industry is Sri Lanka is exploding"

Heh. If you ever give up on that civil engineering thing, you have a great future in Marketing, Frank.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/26/2019 16:58 Comments || Top||

#4  "Just one word, Binyamin. Well, three words, actually... and it's really pretty risky... and there's not much of a future in it. Are you listening, Binyamin? Binyamin? Geez, these kids today..."
Posted by: Mad Eye Glaith7890 || 04/26/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#5  sounds like they have a pretty big network that they ignored for too long
Posted by: chris || 04/26/2019 21:56 Comments || Top||


Day 6: Sri Lanka attacks: 16 more arrests, death count reduced to 253, hunt for more jihadis
Day 5’s events can be seen here. More about the Ahmadi refugees fleeing their homes here.
[IsraelTimes] Sri Lanka’s prime minister said Thursday that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives.

Some of the suspects “may go out for a suicide attack,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Approximately 250 people were killed in the string of suicide bombings at churches and luxury hotels in and around the capital, Colombo, Sri Lanka’s health ministry said late Thursday. The death toll was revised down from previous police estimates of 359 people.

Police, meanwhile, issued a public appeal for information about three women and two men suspected of involvement in the attacks.

Wickremesinghe also said that the father of two of the suspected suicide bombers, Colombo spice dealer Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim,
...alternatively (below), Mohammed Yoonus Ibrahim. Within a day or two no doubt the correct version will become clear,.
had been arrested. He described him as a leading businessman active in politics known as “Ibrahim Hajiar,” a Sri Lankan term for Muslims who have gone on religious pilgrimages to Mecca. The prime minister expressed doubt about Ibrahim’s complicity in the attack.

“People like that would not have wanted their sons to blow themselves up,” he said.

Sri Lankan authorities have blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaat, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary online speeches.

On Wednesday, junior defense minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the attackers had broken away from National Towheed Jamaat and another group, which he identified only as “JMI.”

Wijewardene said many of the suicide bombers were highly educated and came from well-to-do families. The prime minister said it appeared that Sri Lanka’s wealthiest and best-traveled Muslims were most susceptible to the doctrine professed by the Islamic State group.

“They were too educated and therefore, they were misled,” Wickremesinghe said.

The bombers were wealthy enough to have financed the entire operation themselves, though they would have needed outside help for training and bomb-building expertise, Wickremsinghe said.

He said that authorities still hadn’t confirmed whether Zahran, who was supposed to have led one of suicide missions, was among the corpses recovered from the scenes or still at large.

Wickremesinghe said Thursday that security forces were trying to help Muslim Ahmadis from Pakistan seeking refugee status in Sri Lanka, who said they had been attacked and beaten in the days following the bombings.
An Nahar adds:
Sri Lanka's Catholic church suspended all public services over security fears on Thursday, as thousands of troops joined the hunt for suspects in deadly Easter bombings that killed nearly 360 people.

Authorities made fresh arrests and stepped up security measures.

A senior Catholic priest told AFP that all public services were being suspended and all churches closed "on the advice of security forces". Private burials will still be carried out.

Security forces using state of emergency powers arrested 16 more suspects overnight, bringing the total in custody to 74 since the attacks.

Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said the army had increased its deployment on the streets from 5,000 to 6,300, with the navy and air force also deploying an additional 2,000 personnel.

Authorities also banned drone flights.

The Daily Mail has more about jacket wallah Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, who failed to detonate at the Taj Samudra hotel, here:
  • His bomb malfunctioned and went off at a small guesthouse, killing one tourist

  • Mohamed studied aviation engineering at at Kingston University in London from 2006

  • His sister has told MailOnline how he became radicalised while living in Australia

  • Mohamed's wife has been taken into police custody
Another Daily Mail article has more about brothers Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim, who kaboomed at the Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels, here:
  • Workers at family firm said Ilham, the younger brother, radicalised his sibling

  • He was previously arrested and then released by police, it has been claimed

  • The lads’ father, Mohammed Yoonus Ibrahim arrested on suspicion of helping his sons plan attack

  • Indian intelligence sources said Ijas Ahmed Ibrahim, 30,
    ...alternately Ijaz Ahmed Ibrahim...
    Mohammed's third son, was also questioned about the attack

  • Several family members had been under surveillance before attacks, but evidence hadn't been 'sufficient' enough to take them into custody.

Sri Lanka Health Ministry revises death toll of easter Sunday bombings to 253 from previous 359 after a calculation error
[TWITTER]

Sri Lanka police arrest 3 persons along with 21 hand grenade type, locally made low explosives
[TWITTER]

Another #IS related group has released a new propaganda video including perpetrators of #SriLankaAttacks
[TWITTER]
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2019 01:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
#IRGC has re-established its drone base in #T4/ #Tiyas air base of #Syria Arab Air Force
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies



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Fri 2019-04-26
  Jihadists 'blow themselves up' as soldiers raid suicide vest factory in Sri Lanka
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  Saudi Arabia beheads 37 for terrorism crimes, most of them minority Shiites
Tue 2019-04-23
  IS claims Sri Lanka blasts
Mon 2019-04-22
  Sri Lanka explosions, 24 arrested, 290+ dead, 8 kabooms
Sun 2019-04-21
  3 churches bombed at Easter services in Sri Lanka 262 Dead
Sat 2019-04-20
  Woman killed after shots fired during violent riots in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Fri 2019-04-19
  Islamic State Declared A New Wilaya In Africa
Thu 2019-04-18
  German Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Recruiting ISIS Members To Syria
Wed 2019-04-17
  Houthis in Yemen introduced a new airburst ballistic missile that spreads 14,000 pieces of shrapnel over a large area
Tue 2019-04-16
  Violence and dozens of arson attacks in Copenhagen after anti-Islam politician throws Koran in migrant neighbourhood
Mon 2019-04-15
  Notre Dame Cathedral is burning
Sun 2019-04-14
  Taliban’s shadow governor for Helmand succumbs to injuries sustained in an airstrike
Sat 2019-04-13
  Algerian police fire water cannon at protesters
Fri 2019-04-12
  Sudan President al-Bashir officially arrested

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