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Taliban’s facilitation networks, staging areas targeted in latest raids of the Afghan armed forces
[KhaamaPress] Dozens of snuffies were killed in latest raids targeting the facilitation networks, staging areas, and compounds of the leadership of group across the country.

Informed military sources said Tuesday that a raid was conducted in Dilah district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
to target Taliban
...Arabic for students...
facilitation networks which resulted in killing of 3 Taliban fighters killed while three others were detained.

The sources further added that Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid to disrupt Taliban staging areas in Zurmat district of Paktiya leaving 11 Taliban fighters dead.

The Afghan Special Forces conducted a similar raid in Nad Ali district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
targeting Taliban leadership which left 4 Taliban fighters dead, the sources said.

The military sources also added that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces operations over the last 48 hours in Loy Kandahar resulted into the killing of 29 Taliban fighters while 36 others were maimed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban Red Unit commander’s compound stormed in Helmand province
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence stormed a compound of a commander of the Red Unit of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province leaving at least four faceless myrmidons dead.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), in a statement said the raid was conducted on compound of Ataullah, one of the commanders of the Red Unit of Taliban in Marjah district.

The statement further added that four members of the Taliban group were killed in the raid and six weapons, two hand grenades, a radio communication set, three vehicles, and some propaganda papers were confiscated.

The anti-government armed faceless myrmidons including Taliban have not commented regarding the operation so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

19 Taliban militants killed in coalition forces airstrikes: 203rd Thunder Corps
[KhaamaPress] At least 19 Talibs were killed in separate Arclight airstrikes which were conducted by coalition forces in South-eastern parts of the country.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said at least 5 Talibs were killed in an airstrike conducted in Syedabad district of Maidan Wardak province.

The statement further added that the coalition forces carried out a similar airstrike in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province leaving 3 gunnies dead.

Similar airstrike was also carried out in Zurmat district of Paktia province leaving 11 gunnies dead, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Both the Afghan and coalition forces have stepped counter-terrorism operations in the restive parts of the country to suppress the anti-government armed gunnies and force them to participate in peace talks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan Special Forces kill 13 Taliban militants in Pul-e-Khumri city
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 13 Talibs in Pul-e-Khumri city, the thriving provincial capital of northern Baghlan province.

The raid was conducted a day after a coordinated attack hit the police headquarters of Baghlan in the city.

"In a raid by Afghan Special Forces to disrupt the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
’s ability to mass combat power in Pul-e Khumri, 13 Taliban fighters were killed and a large weapons cache was destroyed," informed military sources said Tuesday.

This comes as a group of murderous Moslems launched a coordinated attack on Baghlan police headquarters on Sunday afternoon leaving at least 13 coppers dead and 55 others maimed including 20 civilians.

The Talibs group had grabbed credit for the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Egypt court upholds death sentences for 13 members of Ajnad Misr
[AlAhram] Egypt's top appeals court upheld on Tuesday death sentences against 13 members of the terrorist group Ajnad Misr,
... after breaking off from Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, which was then still linked to Al Qaeda, they possibly allied with the Muslim Brotherhood after the Egyptian army evicted the MB from the government. But at any rate they ranked #12 on the UAE terror blacklist. They mostly blew up Cairo policemen with IEDs they made themselves...
who were convicted on charges including murder.

The defendants were first handed the death penalty
by a lower criminal court in December 2017 before they later appealed the sentences.

They were convicted on the murder of security personnel, attempted murder, joining an outlawed group, and possessing firearms, in association with events that took place between 2013 and mid-2015.

Tuesday's rulings by the Court of Cassation, the country's highest court, are final and cannot be appealed.
Whew! I’m sure all involved are glad that’s over, even those not keen on their personal outcomes.
Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, emerged in early 2014 and grabbed credit for a number of attacks on security forces, mainly in the Egyptian capital. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in the same year.

Its leader was killed by security forces in 2015,
... that would be Hammam Mohammed Attia the bomb maker, formerly of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis back when it was Al Qaeda in the Sinai, who died in his beloved Giza at the age of 33. At the time of his death he was in possession of an automatic firearm, a pistol, four bombs including one with a magnet so that it could be attached to a car, 18 incomplete bombs, materials used to make bombs and over EGP 76,000...
and many of its members are in jail.

The court also upheld life sentences for 17 defendants, 15-year prison terms for two others and five-year terms for seven.
The Times of Israel adds:
The government in February 2018 launched a large-scale military operation against IS in the Sinai Peninsula of eastern Egypt. Around 600 suspected murderous Moslems and 40 soldiers have been killed so far, according to official figures.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Libyan National Army shoots down Tripoli government warplane, video shows apparent foreign pilot
[AlAhram] The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by commander Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, said it shot down a 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...
government warplane purportedly flown by a foreign mercenary south of the Libyan capital on Tuesday.

The LNA media unit released photographs of what it said was the pilot receiving medical treatment while seated on a chair. One showed an LNA commander, Abdulsalam al-Hassi, standing behind him.

Video posted on social media, which an LNA source said was authentic, showed the pilot, looking groggy and wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt and khaki jacket, being questioned in English.

Asked his name, he said what sounded to be Jimmy Rees but his answer was not clear. He gave his age as 29 and said he was "from Portugal".

Asked what he was doing in Libya, he said: "I was requested to destroy roads and bridges". Asked who sent him, he said it was a civilian contract with someone called Hadi but he did not know his full name.

In Lisbon, the Portuguese Defence Ministry and they could not confirm the pilot's nationality.

"For now the only thing we can say is that he is not a Portuguese soldier," a ministry spokeswoman told Rooters.

Rooters correspondents in Lisbon said the man did not sound Portuguese.

A front man for forces aligned with the internationally recognised government which is based in Tripoli had no immediate comment on the incident.

Residents of Gharyan, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Tripoli, said that when the plane was heard overhead, anti-aircraft fire opened up. There was an kaboom as it was hit.

"The jet was shot down in al-Hira town (10 km from Gharyan) and I saw LNA troops capturing the pilot," a Gharyan resident told Rooters.

The eastern-based LNA, led by Haftar, began an offensive against Tripoli in early April but its advance has been blocked by forces loyal to Tripoli on the city's southern outskirts.

The escalation is a setback for efforts by the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
and Western states to end the chaos and political division in Libya eight years after a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
-backed uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
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#1  Portuguese guy being interrogated by Arab in English. Admittedly, our planetary language is English, but somehow this sounds a bit sketchy.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/08/2019 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  English is the international language of aviation.

And because few "ports" speak Arabic and few Arabs speak Portuguese, English is a logical fall back position.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/08/2019 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  That makes sense.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/08/2019 12:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Reports 2 weeks ago of a Mirage F1 being shot down by LNA. Reported pilot was Ecuadorean and not captured at time of report.

LNA forces shot down GNA Air force Dassault Mirage F1 fighter jets In Libya
Posted by: Hupailing Elmoluck5245 || 05/08/2019 17:28 Comments || Top||

Drone strike 'kills 4 Qaeda suspects' in Yemen
[AlAhram] A suspected US dronezap killed four alleged al-Qaeda jihadists in central 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...
on Tuesday, a security official in the area said.

The strike targeted the men's vehicle as they were heading to a farm in Marib province, according to the official, who did not want to be named.

The United States considers Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP) to be the radical group's most dangerous branch.

A long-running US drone war against AQAP has intensified since 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...
took office in January 2017.

AQAP and other jihadist groups have flourished in the chaos of the country's civil war, which pits the government -- backed by a Saudi-led military coalition -- against Shiite Houthis.

On Sunday, four suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in a suicide kaboom 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 in Bayda province, a local official told AFP.

The more than four-year conflict in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.

The fighting has triggered what the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 3.3 million people still displaced and 24.1 million -- more than two-thirds of the population -- in need of aid.
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Gunman takes 4 hostages in southern France
[DAWN] A gunman took four hostages in a convenience store on the outskirts of the southern French city of Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
on Tuesday, police said.

Authorities weren't certain of the hostage-taker's identity or what he is demanding. No injuries have been reported.

The man seized the hostages at 4:20pm (1420 GMT) Tuesday in the town of Blagnac, near Toulouse airport, according to a national police spokeswoman.

Local state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
La Belle France 3 reported that the hostage-taker fired three shots in the air, is wearing a helmet fitted with a camera and demanded to speak with a negotiator.

Police locked down the neighbourhood, evacuating some buildings and ordering other residents to stay inside, according to neighbour Robert Texier. A police helicopter circled overhead.

The police spokeswoman and a security official said it was too early to rule out terrorism without knowing the hostage-taker's demands. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to be publicly named. The national terrorism prosecutor's office said it is following the situation.

"It's worrying. It all happened so quickly," said Texier, who expressed surprise at the incident in what he described as a quiet neighbourhood on the banks of the Garonne River. He said the convenience store has been run for decades by a woman and her daughter who live in the adjacent building.
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#1  All hostages have been released after a gunman on Tuesday held several people in a bar-tobacco shop in southwestern France.

The suspect, armed and wearing a motorcycle helmet, burst into the cafe at 4.15pm local time.

According to La Dépêche du Midi, the local newspaper, the suspect is "known to police" for petty crime. He is 17 years old and his first name is Yanis.

Early reports suggested he had taken five people hostage. Most on Tuesday evening said he was holding at least four people.

According to La Dépeche, all were women, including the manager and staff.

The suspect tied them up but let one woman go at 7.30pm local time, it said. The rest were released around 9pm.

The man opened fire at police twice when they tried to approach the shop in Blagnac, a town near Toulouse airport, where he is holed up, said the national daily.

Security forces cordoned off the area and local elite RAID police officers attended the scene. Others were flown in from RAID headquarters near Paris.

France's interior minister, Christophe Castaner was on his way to the scene.
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#2  Daily Mail: Yellow Vest gunman, 17, arrested

The teen, 'who is nearly 18, has a police record for incidents of violence, notably against police officers, for robbery, and also for participating in December in a "yellow vest" (anti-government) protest during which he was arrested,' Toulouse chief prosecutor Dominique Alzeari earlier told a news conference.

He left a letter at his home 'in which he seemed fairly depressive, or at least worried about his state of health, and he made mention of the 'yellow vest' movement but stating that the act he was about to commit would not go beyond what turned out to be not so impressive,' he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 16:43 Comments || Top||

Spanish police bust Bangladeshi-run migrant smuggling ring
[TheLocal-Spain] Spanish police have smashed a Bangladeshi-run ring which smiggled mre than 350 migrants colonists from the Indian subcontinent into the country andgave them fake passports.

The migrants colonists allegedly paid the ring between €14,000-20,000 ($15,500-$22,000) for the journey, police said, adding that 11 people had been jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in Barcelona where the group was based.

The migrants colonists were flown to Algeria, from where they crossed into neighbouring Morocco by foot and were then taken by motorboat across the Mediterranean into Spain, the police said in a statement issued on Friday.

At least 350 people from Bangladesh, India, Pakistain and Sri Lanka were smuggled in by the group, the statement added.

The ring comprised several cells. One was charged with recruiting migrants colonists, another organised their stay in transit countries while a third arranged the Mediterranean Sea crossing.

The gang fraudulently obtained Algerian entry visas for the migrants colonists in India.

Once the migrants colonists were in Spain, they were provided with fake passports or fake Bangladeshi police certificates stating they had no criminal records which they used to obtain Spanish residency permits.

Spain is the main entry point for migrants colonists seeking a better life in Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
after Greece.

Over 7,800 migrants colonists have entered Spain since the start of the year, mostly by boat from Morocco, according to the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
' International Organization for Migration (IOM). The vast majority were from Africa.
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French police arrest teenager over 'plot to attack Elysées Palace, a judicial source told AFP
[TheLocal-La Belle France] French police arrest a 16-year old in the eastern city of Strasbourg on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a suspected plot to attack security forces and possibly the presidential Elysee Palace, a judicial source told AFP.

His arrest comes after three adults and another teenager were incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
on April 26 over plans to carry out what Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said would have been an "extremely violent terror attack".
We had the story here, and a very frustrating story it was, missing as it was all the details that would be useful to a reader interested to know anything about the miscreants.
The attack was allegedly planned to coincide with the start of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, which began in La Belle France on Monday, with officials saying the suspects had scouted out areas near the Elysee and a cop shoppe in the Gay Pareeian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

La Belle France's TF1 television said the fifth suspect was a high school student of Chechen origin who was arrested at his parents' home.
One is Chechen? Then it is likely the others are at least from the former Soviet Union, if not also Chechen.
"Intelligence services suspect he was supposed to publish a video claiming allegiance to ISIS on the group's behalf," TF1 reported, using an Arabic acronym for 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, a claim confirmed by the judicial source.

"Several projects were envisioned, all against security forces," including those stationed outside the Elysee, the source said.

Of the four arrested initially, one is a 17-year-old who served a year in prison after being convicted of trying to join jihadist fighters in Syria in

The three others, aged 26, 38 and 39, were previously known to police, but only for petty crimes.

La Belle France remains on high alert since a wave of domestic jihadist attacks in 2015 which have killed more than 250 people.

At the end of March, two men were indicted in Gay Paree on suspicion of planning an attack on a school or a cop shoppe.
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Blast near shrine in Pakistan, several dead
[Reuters] LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb targeting police outside a major Sufi shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday killed several people and wounded dozens, officials said.

The blast, one day after the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, took place close to the Data Darbar, one of the largest shrines in South Asia.

"It was an attack on police that left several dead and dozens of policemen and civilians injured. The target was police," said Syed Mubashir Hussain, a spokesman for the Lahore police.

The attack follows a period of relative calm in the city, where attacks were at one time common.

No casualty details were immediately available but the Dawn newspaper reported that at least three people had been killed.

"A rescue operation is under way and we have shifted 15 people to hospital," said Muhammad Farooq, a spokesman for the city’s rescue services.
Update at 12:30p.m. EDT from Al Ahram:
A bomb targeting Pak police outside a major Sufi shrine in the city of Lahore on Wednesday killed at least 10 people and maimed more than 20, officials said.

The blast, a day after the beginning of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, went off at a police checkpoint near the Data Darbar, one of the largest Moslem shrines in South Asia, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.

The attack was claimed by the Hizbul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pak Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
, a movement that has been fighting the government for years. In a statement, the group said the attack targeted police and had been timed to avoid civilian casualties.

Sufis, who follow a mystical form of Islam that has been practised in South Asia for centuries, have been regularly attacked by hardline Sunni Moslem turbans in the past.

In 2010, two jacket wallahs struck the Data Darbar shrine killing 42 people and wounding 175, in an attack officials said was carried out by the Pak Taliban.

Militant violence has since declined sharply in Pakistain after a sustained crackdown following the country's deadliest attack in 2014, which killed more than 150 people, many children, at a school in the western city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 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.
Since an attack in a Lahore park targeting Christians celebrating Easter in 2016 killed more than 70 people, Pakistain's second largest city has been largely quiet although an attack last year killed nine people.

Police said a general security alert was in force but there had been no specific warning about a threat to the Data Darbar, which protected by heavy layers of security.

The complex contains the shrine of Syed Ali bin-Osman al-Hajvery, widely known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, an 11th century Sufi preacher originally from Ghazni in what is now Afghanistan.
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#1  They, mostly, kill other Muslims?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/08/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#2  followed by a big blast in Kabul and somehow related by some logic I don't follow...
Posted by: 3dc || 05/08/2019 6:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Its the great Sunni/Shia divide.

They are still fighting over who should succeed him almost 1200 years after his death.

But then some scholars say that Mohammed is an invention, especially when you consider the four oldest copies of the koran, in Egypt, and Yemen have been carbon dated to 200 years prior to the traditional date of his birth
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/08/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#4  See the update, above. They’re Sufis, not Shiites, which is just as bad to the Pakistani Taliban. The divide between Sunni mystics and non-mystics is only about a thousand years old instead of the 1300 between Sunnis and Shiites.

Predate? I didn’t realize that, Sock Puppet of Doom. Do you have a link?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 12:38 Comments || Top||

#5  True, Sock Puppet. In fact around the time of the second Umayad ruler, there were as many mohameds as there are second comings in the third world running around.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/08/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#6  You have to be careful about carbon-dating early manuscripts. Old parchments (or vellum) pages were 'scraped' for reuse. Cloth pages were boiled to remove the ink, too.

Although it would not surprise me that there weren't multiple Mo's kicking about. And a bunch of flying horses, too.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/08/2019 16:58 Comments || Top||

#7  It wouldn't be Ramadan without a bunch of people dying.

Although it would not surprise me that there weren't multiple Mo's kicking about

It'd be funny if Mo was actually a common name way back when. Kinda like how every landscaping crew in California has at least one guy name Jesus.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/08/2019 19:39 Comments || Top||

Iraqi army, tribes kill 13 Daesh militants in Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen ISIS (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....
) Lions of Islam were killed in a raid by Iraqi army aviation and encounters with rustics province of Anbar, west of the country.

A statement by the ministry of defense, quoted by local media, said one warplane was targeted with gunfire during a backup mission for Iraqi forces in the city of Qaem, a former Islamic State stronghold near the Syrian borders.

The plane responded to the source of the firing, killing five ISIS (Islamic State) murderous Moslems, and destroyed their truck besides a booby-trapped vehicle, according to the ministry.

...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
Russi Today quoted a tribal source in Anbar saying that a force of rustics in Anbar killed eight ISIS members who were camping in al-Jazirah desert are, upon a tip from civilians.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi troops apprehend IS terrorist at camp for displaced families in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces nabbed
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
on Tuesday an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist at a camp of the displaced people in Mosul city.

"Acting on intelligence information, troops of the Military Intelligence Directorate arrested an Islamic State terrorist while hiding among the displaced families at al-Jadaa camp in Mosul," Iraqi news website Alghad Press quoted the directorate as saying in a press statement.

"The terrorist is wanted by Iraqi judiciary on terror charges pursuant to article no. 4 of the anti-terrorism law," added the statement.

Al-Jadaa camp is home to 18,000 people displaced by several months of warfare in and around Mosul between IS and Iraqi security forces.
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Unidentified gunmen shoot three Iraqi policemen dead in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqi policemen were killed late on Monday as unidentified gunmen opened fire at them while on duty in Kirkuk province, a security source was quoted as saying.

Another policeman was wounded in the assault, which took place near a security checkpoint in Altun Kupri town on the border area between Kirkuk and Erbil provinces, the source added.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting policemen and citizens across Iraq.
Rudaw adds:
In what's being described as a "terrorist" attack on a Iraqi Federal Police guard post on the primary Erbil-Kirkuk road, three officers were killed late Monday.

The incident occurred at a guard post south of the Altun Kupri (Pirde) checkpoint, the Iraqi Security Media Center announced in a statement that confirmed the casualties.

The Iraqi authorities said they would later release more information.

Speaking to two villagers and a federal police officer stationed in the area, Rudaw’s correspondent in Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
Hardi Mohammed, reported the attack occurred at 10:22 p.m. near Kalwor village.

The guard post is 100 meters away from the critical road and it is near the former Erbil-Kirkuk customs point.

A group of gunnies descended from the nearby Kani Domalan mountain range and attacked the federal police, locals detailed. Gunshots were heard by the local villagers for 30-40 minutes. Light weapons were said to be used. They then retreated via the same route.

The villagers of Kalwor said they were told by Iraqi forces not to leave their homes due to the precarious situation. Other forces have gone to the mountain range to chase the assailants, the local correspondent added.

Iraq's elite US-trained Counterterrorism Services (ICTS) have been conducting anti-ISIS operations in the province over the past month.

Yahya Rasul, the spokesperson for Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, announced the results of “clearing operations” in Saladin and al-Jazira operations on Monday.

He tweeted that 13 ISIS members have been killed, 18 “dens’ have been destroyed, and five vehicles have been destroyed.

The Islamic State (ISIS) hasn’t claimed the responsibility for the attack on the Erbil-Kirkuk road. Its media did claim an IED attack on a federal police officer on Monday in Abdulkarim Nassir village in the central province of Diyala.

The Erbil-Kirkuk road is a critical transportation lane that links the Kurdistan Region to central Iraq and parts of Iran. It is also used to transport goods coming mainly from the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey.

The Erbil-Kirkuk-Sulaimani road is the most direct and up-to-date.
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Hamas offers $1000 to Gaza families whose homes were destroyed by Israel
Someone give Hamas a good government gold medal.
[Jpost] Some 100 housing units were destroyed during Israeli military strikes in the Gazoo Strip during the last round of fighting, a bigwig in the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-ruled coastal enclave said on Tuesday.

Naji Sarhan, deputy of the Ministry of Works, announced that each family whose house was destroyed will receive $1,000 in urgent financial aid. The aid will be provided through charitable institutions in the Gazoo Strip, he said during a presser.

Sarhan said that an additional 30 housing units were partially damaged by IAF strikes on the Gazoo Strip earlier this week.

Israel "destroyed dozens of installations, workshops, shops and media offices, in addition to agricultural fields and greenhouses," he added.

He also claimed that the Israeli military strikes destroyed vehicles and ambulances, as well as electricity networks supplying power to the Strip.

The official said that the ministry has begun removing the rubble and opening streets that were closed during the two days of fighting between Israel and the Gazoo-based terror groups.

The financial aid, Sarhan said, also includes providing rental fees to the families that lost their homes.

...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase...
Hamas and Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
(PIJ) leaders were expected to leave Cairo late Tuesday after holding Gazoo truce talks with Egyptian intelligence officials ‐ and after Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
earlier in the day allocated $48 million for the Paleostinians.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhala
.... born in Gaza in 1953, the longtime Paleostinian Islamic Jhad Number Two was called back from the organization’s base in Damascus in 2018 to take over the top spot until bossman Ramadan Shalah recovers from a coma...
h were summoned to Cairo over the weekend for urgent talks on ways of restoring the ceasefire understandings that were reached with Israel earlier this year.

Those understandings broke down over the weekend, with Hamas and PIJ firing close to 700 rockets at southern Israel, killing four civilians. The IDF launched retaliatory strikes against 350 Gazoo military targets, killing 30 Paleostinians.

A new Egyptian-mediated truce understanding was reached late Sunday night, that reportedly included the transfer of $30m. in Qatari funds to the cash strapped Hamas regime.

Paleostinian sources said that senior members of the two groups’ military wings, Izaddin al-Qassam (Hamas) and al-Quds Brigades (PIJ), participated in the discussions with Egyptian intelligence officials. The discussions, the sources said, resulted in the latest ceasefire understandings that were announced on Monday morning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/08/2019 01:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I presume they include the homes destroyed by Gazook rockets that didn't make it out of Gaza as 'destroyed by Israel.'
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/08/2019 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  wow $1000 for your home and all your shit. that shows what Hamas thinks of their fellow paleos and all they shit they own.
Posted by: chris || 05/08/2019 7:01 Comments || Top||

#3  ^for a 1000$ they can by tickets to Europe and become Syrian refugees
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/08/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  wow $1000 for your home and all your shit. that shows what Hamas the ploiticos thinks of their fellow paleos Detroiters and all they shit they own.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/08/2019 14:56 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Indonesia says breaks up plot to attack police over election period
[AlAhram] Indonesian anti-terrorism police have rubbed out one Islamist bad boy and detained six suspected of planning attacks on officers with firearms or suicide kabooms under the cover of rallies tied to recent elections, a police front man said.

The suspects were detained after weekend raids in Bekasi in West Java and one died after being shot when he threw a bomb at police, national police front man Dedi Prasetyo said.

"They were planning to take police firearms and use them to commit terrorism, whether by becoming jacket wallahs or performing other attacks that could be fatal for protesters," Prasetyo said, adding that explosives had also been seized.

President Joko Widodo declared victory after the April 17 election based on unofficial results from private pollsters, but his challenger, former general Prabowo Subianto, has complained of widespread cheating and insists he won.

Prabowo has said that if his complaints were not addressed and an official count due by May 22 confirmed his loss, it could trigger "people power" style protests.

Prasetyo said the suspected bandidos snuffies were linked to 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....
-inspired Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group, the largest Islamic State-linked group in Indonesia, which was legally disbanded last year for "conducting terrorism" and affiliating itself with the foreign bad boy group.

He said the suspects intended to use explosives and firearms to imitate the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which bandidos snuffies carried out a series of attacks and bombings across India's financial capital.

Indonesian police have had considerable success in stopping major attacks since the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, though analysts warn against complacency.

"Indonesia has been lucky thus far that its Lions of Islam generally have had too little experience to think big," analyst Sidney Jones from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict said in a recent report.

"With a little imagination and better leadership, these pro-ISIS cells could do far greater damage," said Jones.

In March, the wife and son of a suspected bad boy blew themselves up in their home on the island of Sumatra after hours of tense negotiations with counter-terrorism officers.

Indonesia also saw a series of gruesome attacks in the city of Surabaya a year ago, when whole families, including children as young as nine, strapped on explosive vests and blew themselves up at churches and cop shoppes, killing more than 30 people.

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Sri Lanka
All Easter bombers either killed or arrested: Sri Lanka police chief
[DAWN] Sri Lankan authorities have either killed or locked away
Please don't kill me!
all the gunnies responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings that left 257 people dead, police chief Chandana Wickramaratne said on Tuesday.

Police have accounted for every individual involved in the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, Wickramaratne said in an audio statement.

"All those who organised and carried out the suicide kaboom have died or is in our custody," he said.

"The two bomb experts of the group have been killed. We have seized the explosives they had stored for future attacks."

Wickramaratne, who was named acting police chief last week after President Maithripala Sirisena suspended his predecessor over his failure to act on warnings about the attacks, said public life was slowly returning to normal with the lifting of curfews imposed after the bombs.

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Escalation in Syria's Idlib rattles months-old truce
[Rudaw] KAFR NABL, Syria - Air strikes and shelling killed 13 civilians in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a monitor said, in the latest escalation to rattle a months-old truce and spark displacement.

At least 53 fighters have also been killed since Monday, in one of the deadliest flare-ups since a demilitarised zone around the Idlib region was agreed in September last year, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Several deadly skirmishes have occurred since the deal was reached between regime ally Russia and rebel backer The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
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Guessing at Iran's ranging from Abu Musa island

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Iran moving ballistic missiles by boat, US officials say
[CNN] Intelligence showing that Iran is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf was one of the critical reasons the US decided to move an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region, according to several US officials with direct knowledge of the situation.

The concerns over the movement of the missiles was one of multiple threads of intelligence from various sources that led the US to believe Iran had a capability and intention to launch strikes against US targets.
On Tuesday US Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said they had seen "indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack US forces in the region."

It's not clear if the Iran could launch the missiles from the boats or if they are transporting them to be used by Iranian forces on land.

The Pentagon is considering sending additional firepower to the region including anti-missile defense systems, the officials said.

The US could send Patriot missile batteries back to the region months after the US had brought some back home. No final decision on additional deployments have been made but the officials made clear if the Iranians were to pull back, the batteries might not be needed.

The Pentagon currently believes Iran's actions could put US and coalition forces at risk in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. US military and intelligence officials are monitoring the movement of the Iranian missiles around the clock but have yet to see a pullback.

Iranian Navy has transferred Khalije-Fars anti-ship and Hormuz-1 & 2 SEAD Ballistic missiles to Yemen & several Iranian Islands near Hormuz Strait

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#1  The words 'CNN' and 'intelligence' are too close to each other.
Posted by: Raj || 05/08/2019 0:33 Comments || Top||

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