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Radioactive material worth $72m seized from car in Turkey
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Afghanistan
Afghan forces conduct 111 Joint, Special Ops and 26 airstrikes in past 24 hours: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops conducted 111 Joint and Special Operations against the bully boy groups in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense in a statement said Saturday that the security forces conducted 12 joint operations and 99 special tasks/operations to suppress the bully boy groups.

Furthermore, the Afghan Air Force conducted 26 Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s to support the ground forces.

The statement further added that the security forces conducted the operations in Takhar, Kandahar, Faryab, Zabul, 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..
, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Farah, Kunduz, Paktiya, Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Ghazni, Kapisa, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
and Pashtun-infested Logar provinces.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy's udder had begun to ache...
the defense ministry said the security forces killed 91 forces of Evil during the operations.

In addition, the security forces maimed 41 forces of Evil during the same operations.

The Ministry of Defense also added that the coalition forces also provided support to the Afghan cops during the operations.
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#1  Somebody said, "You get them under control or I will."
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2019 20:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Give 'em hell. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/07/2019 22:17 Comments || Top||


9 Taliban militants killed in Afghan, U.S. forces operations, airstrikes in Ghazni and Paktiya
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan and U.S. forces conducted ground operations and Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Ghazni province killing or wounding at least 9 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Afghan forces conducted an airstrike in the outskirts of the scenic provincial capital of Ghazni killing 2 Talibs.

The statement further added that the soldiers of 203rd Thunder Corps killed another holy warrior during an operation in Gilan district.

Furthermore, the U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in Qarabagh district killing 3 Talibs and destroying a cycle of violence.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Slats grabbed for his rosco...
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the Special Forces killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter and detained 2 others in Qarabagh district of Ghazni.

In the meantime, the security forces killed 2 Taliban fighters and confiscated some weapons during an operation in Zurmat district of Paktiya.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Blast In Ghazni Mosque Leaves Two Dead
[ToloNews] At least two people were killed in a kaboom inside a mosque in the central province of Ghazni on Friday evening, local officials confirmed.

The explosion happened when worshipers were busy in evening prayers, the provincial governor’s front man Arif Noori said.

The provincial governor’s front man said that one child and a man was killed in the blast.

He said that 20 others were maimed in the earth-shattering kaboom which was as a resulted of an embedded bomb inside the Mohammadiya mosque in Khak-e-Ghariban area in the city of Ghazni.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack.

Ghazni has recently witnessed heavy festivities between government forces and the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
. Last month, the Afghan forces retook the control of Deh Yak district in the province which was under the Taliban influence for almost two years.
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Afghan force repel coordinated Taliban attack in Nangarhar: 201st Silab Corps
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces repelled a coordinated attack by Talibs 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.

The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Talibs launched a coordinated attack on security posts of the 1st Brigade of Silab Corps in Mohmand Dara.

The statement further added that the Talibs launched the attack at around 1:00 pm local time on Friday.

However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
the 201st Silab Corps said the security forces effectively responded to the attack and killed 7 Talibs.

Furthermore, the 201st Silab Corps said the security forces als maimed 4 Talibs during the clash.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's knife out of his hand......
the Silab Corps said the soldiers of the 4th Brigade also supported the security forces to repel the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


10 militants killed; BM-1 rocket launcher destroyed in Zabul airstrikes: 205th Atal Corps
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Zabul province killing at leasy 10 Talibs.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the airstrikes in Zubaida Village of Qalat district of Zabul.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed 10 Talibs and destroyed a BM-1 rocket launcher.

The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Zabul is among the relatively volatile provinces located in South of Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Airstrikes kill 2 Taliban militants in Herat province
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
killing at least 2 Talibs.

The informed military sources said Saturday that that the security forces conducted the airstrikes in Shindand district of Herat.

Furthermore, the military sources confirmed that the airstrikes killed 2 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrikes.

The security situation in Herat province has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Takhar: Talib Red Unit emir airstruck, 6 Talibs more toes up, Baharak district cleared of Talibs the hard way


Airstrikes kill Taliban’s Red Unit commander for Takhar and his 12 fighters

[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted airstrikes in Takhar province of Afghanistan killing the Red Unit commander of the group.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the airstrikes in Baharak district of Takhar.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the airstrikes killed Mawlai Aziz, the Red Unit commander of Taliban for Takhar.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that the airstrikes also killed 12 fighters of Mawlavi Aziz.

6 Taliban militants killed in Special Forces raid, airstrike in Takhar province

[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed six Taliban militants during separate operations conducted in Takhar province.

The military officials said Saturday that the Afghan Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants during a raid in Baharak district of Takhar.

Furthermore, the security force conducted an airstrike in Baharak district which killed 2 Taliban fighters.

The anti-government armed militants have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Special Forces fully clear Baharak district of Takhar from the presence of Taliban militants

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces fully cleared the Baharak district of Takhar province from Taliban militants presence.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces killed at least 27 Taliban militants during the operation.

Furthermore, the Special Forces conducted search operation in all villages of Baharak to ensure no militant is left in the area.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Casualties toll from Taliban mortar attack on Faryab market rises to 53
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan military has confirmed that the casualties toll from mortar attack on Faryab market has climbed to 53 people.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Talibs fired mortars on Khwaja Sabz Posh market early on Friday.

The statement further added that the attack killed 14 civilians and maimed 39 others including several children.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the Talibs launched the attack as dozens of people had gathered in the market to shop in Friday Bazar.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, the spittle had reached unprecedented levels...
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces launched an immediate operation to shift the maimed civilians to medical facilities.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that the security forces also donated blood to help the injured civilians.
An Nahar adds:
Hanif Rezaee, an Afghan army front man said the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
had been trying to hit an army checkpoint near the market.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


8 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Farah airstrike
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in western Farah province killing or wounding at least 8 Talibs.

The military officials said Saturday that the security forces conducted the airstrike in Farah district of the province.

Furthermore, the officials said the airstrike killed 5 Talibs and maimed 3 others.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far.

The security situation in Farah province has tanked during the recent years.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


4 Taliban militants killed, car bomb, IEDs destroyed in Special Forces raids in Kapisa and Wardak
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed four Talibs and destroyed a boom-mobile and several IEDs.

The informed military said Saturday that the Special Forces killed the forces of Evil and destroyed the IEDsin Kapisa and Wardak.

The sources further added that the Special Forces killed the 4 forces of Evil in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak province.

Furthermore, the Special Forces detained 1 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter and destroyed a building containing several IEDs.

Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another explosion...
the Special Forces called in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
after identifying a suspicious vehicle in Kapisa.

The military sources said the airstrike destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised bomb.

The security situation in Kapisa and Wardak provinces has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some districts of the two provinces and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Kandahar: 25 Talibs toes up attacking town hall, 25 more airstruck


Afghan forces, Taliban militants suffer casualties in Kandahar clash

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces and Talibs suffered casualties during a clash in southern Kandahar province on Friday night.

The Police Chief of Kandahar Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said in a Twitter post that the clash took place in Maruf district.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that Talibs attacked the district administrative compound late on Friday night.

Furthermore, Gen. Tadin Khan said the attack badly damaged the district compound and claimed the lives of some Afghan soldiers.

However,
a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
he did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of soldiers who bit the dust in the attack.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Don Smilzo looked for an avenue of escape. The only window opened a hundred feet above the moat. The nearest of the hired assassins hold a bloody axe.
The window was looking better all the time....

Gen. Tadin Khan said the security forces killed 25 Talibs during the clash.

Airstrike kills 25 Taliban militants in Maruf district of Kandahar, officials confirm

[KhaamaPress] The military officials confirm an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
killed 25 Talibs in Kandahar.

The informed military officials said Saturday that the security forces conducted the airstrike in Maruf district of Kandahar.

The Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai had earlier said a group of Talibs attacked the district administrative compound of Maruf district on Friday night.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that the attack also inflicted casualties on Afghan cops. Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Livia grabbed for Jane's hair to make her point. Jane elbowed her in the face in rebuttal...
Gen. Tadin Khan had said the security forces killed 25 Talibs during the clash.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far.

The security situation in Kandahar province has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Subsaharan
Seven Killed in Mozambique Jihadist Attack Claimed by IS
[AnNahar] Seven people including a policeman were killed in northern Mozambique this week in a jihadist attack claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, local sources said Saturday.

The attack on Wednesday evening occurred in Lidjungo village in the Nangade district, a local source based in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province told AFP.

One policeman and six non-combatants were killed in the attack, including two children.

Islamist fighters have targeted remote communities in the gas-rich, Moslem-majority Cabo Delgado province since October 2017, killing more than 250 people and forcing thousands from their homes despite a heavy police and military presence in the area that borders Tanzania.

According to SITE Intelligence, which monitors jihadist activity, Islamic State issued a statement late on Friday claiming involvement in the Wednesday attack.

This is its second IS claim for an attack in Mozambique, targeting the volatile northern region. The first was on June 3.

"The soldiers of the caliphate assaulted barracks of the crusader Mozambican army, in the Nangade area, in northern Mozambique, two days ago," said the statement, according to a SITE translation.

The group claimed to have clashed with the military "killing and wounding a number of them and forcing the remainder to flee".

It said fighters seized weapons and ammunition.

The group first claimed involvement in northern Mozambique last month, saying it carried out an attack that took place in Metubi village, about 150 kilometres east of Nangade.

The police and government have a policy of not commenting on any Death Eater activity, even if attacks are confirmed by local residents.

The identity of the bully boy Islamists staging attacks in northern Mozambique remains unclear and the motives unknown.

Analysts have expressed doubts over claims by the Islamic State, suggesting that it is unlikely that the group would have direct contact with fighters in Mozambique.
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Arabia
Arab Coalition has denied claims made by the Houthis that the militia targeted aircraft belonging to the coalition within Saudi
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Authorities Rescue 24 Kidnapped Migrants
[AnNahar] Mexican authorities on Friday rescued 24 Central American migrants colonists, including nine children, who had been held hostage for nearly three weeks in the crime-ridden state of Guanajuato, officials said.

The migrants colonists were held for 20 days in the town of Celaya, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) from Mexico City, said Secretary of State Security Juan Jose Gonzalez.

They told officials that their relatives had been making payments to their captors during that time, Gonzalez said.

The victims were receiving medical attention after their ordeal, he added.

Separately, the security ministry announced the arrest of 59 migrants colonists, including 55 Hondurans, around the northeastern town of Saltillo, near the US border.

Thousands of Central Americans attempt to cross Mexico in so-called "caravans" every year in the hope of reaching the United States to seek refuge from violence and poverty at home.

After US President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
threatened Mexico with tariffs, Mexican leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador agreed last month to crack down on undocumented migration, deploying tens of thousands of National Guardsmen to tighten its borders.

Mexico deported 33 percent more foreigners month-on-month in June, officials said this week.

The migrants colonists are frequent targets for violent criminal gangs operating in Mexico, where more than 40,000 people have been officially reported missing.
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The Grand Turk
Radioactive material worth $72m seized from car in Turkey
Possibly this belongs on Page 1: WoT — further information will inform us.
[Jpost] Anti-smuggling and organized crime police in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
have arrested five people after 18.1 grams (0.64oz) of the highly-radioactive element californium, were found hidden in a car.

The stash was discovered hidden under the gearshift, wrapped in a plastic bag, in a car stopped in the north-western province of Bolu, and police had to cut through the upholstery to retrieve it.

Police valued the material seized at $72million.

After seizure, the bag was sent to the Ottoman Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK).

Californium was first synthesized in 1950 at the University of Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, by physics researchers and can be used to help start up nuclear reactors and used in nuclear weapons.

The US and Russia are the only known producers of californium, leading to questions about the origin and destination of the smuggled element. Turkey is an important smuggling route due to its proximity to Africa, Asia and Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Holy smoke!!!!! Californium 252 is a real neutron emitter. 1 microgram emits 2.3 MILLION neutrons per second! In my nuclear physics class at UC Berkeley we went to the radiation lab and viewed 3 micrograms of Californium dissolved in hydrochloric acid. Th chamber was 8 ft below the ground and saw the beaker and remote controls behind a window with 10 feet of water. The labware was changed once a month because of neutron destruction. A lawn was over the 8 ft of soil and the neutrons killed the own. Smuggling this large amount in a car is suicide
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/07/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#2  PIMF. lawn
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/07/2019 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Smuggling this large amount in a car is suicide

We'll know when their legs start to fester and skin slough off.

I feel sorry for the cops who found it, too.

Heard about this last week. Everyone who came in contact is dead, according to one of my acquaintances in the AEC.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/07/2019 13:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Hard to take this at face value.

It might have been that the Californium was part of a mixture of decay products and, say, chloride to make it into a salt.

Also, the official price of Californium 252 is about $27M per gram which, if the Californium were pure would be more like $400M.
Posted by: lord garth || 07/07/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Everyone who came in contact is dead, according to one of my acquaintances in the AEC.

Plastic bags are not enough ti contain the radiation, it appears.

Mullah Richard, any thoughts you can share about the potential buyer?

As a side note, I see that one of the moderators decided this ought to be on Page 1. My thanks for that. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 14:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Anything that requires wearing lead lined jockey shorts to handle is off the table for me. Who knows I might wind up having kids one day.
Posted by: jpal || 07/07/2019 16:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Who knows I might wind up having kids one day.

You poor bastard.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#8  any thoughts you can share about the potential buyer?

Sorry, clandestine folks like that are not in my field of expertise.

I am familiar with the substance only from a physics lab standpoint (in my distant past, similar experience to AP's as to safety measures taken) and I do know that it is used in medical research and for pinpoint treatment of some forms of cancer.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/07/2019 17:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Who knows I might wind up having kids one day.

A wonderful idea, jpal. The world needs more Rantburg kids, aware of the great, big, mean world out there, and the most effective ways to deal with it.

Thank you for answering, Mullah Richard. I know that here many of the answers I would like to have are not for me to know — for a variety of reasons. But on the other hand, y’all have taught me so much that I didn’t even know could be known, putting me so far ahead on balance that I haveno complaints whatsoever. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 23:33 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi officer discloses military info to CIA over WhatsApp - report
This seems very odd.
[Jpost] A senior commander in the Iraqi army disclosed information on military bases along the Iraq-Syria border to a CIA agent, according to audio files and WhatsApp chats released by the Iraqi Hezbollah terror group, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.

Mahmoud al-Falahi, the commander of operations in the al-Anbar province of Iraq, was asked by a CIA agent who is an Iraqi national to provide geographic coordinates of existing military bases along the border between Iraq and Syria "to be attacked by US and Israeli forces."

The CIA agent also instructed al-Falahi to meet with US army and intelligence service commanders in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region or at the US forces' base in al-Habaniyeh" in Western Iraq, according to Fars.

The released conversations show that al-Falahi provided the detailed coordinates of military bases in al-Anbar as the CIA agent requested.

Iraqi Hezbollah used the audio files to show al-Falahi's "plot against the Iraqi army, security, Hashd al-Shaabi (the Popular Mobilization Forces) and resistance forces" and warned that the spying he had done for the CIA and Israeli Mossad had endangered Iran's national security.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Iraqi Hezbollah?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/07/2019 7:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Iraqi Hezbollah, otherwise known as Kata'ib Hezbollah, where Hizb’allah just means Army of God. Shiite Iraqis who spent some time in exile in Iran during the Saddam Hussein period, they returned in 2003 bent on causing trouble for the Americans, trained and on the payroll of Iran’s Quds Force. They were also brought into the fight in Syria. Wikipedia page.

They also now have a political party in Iraq of the same name.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||


Iraqi security arrest suicide bomber with explosive belt in Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi authorities announced on Saturday the capture of a jacket wallah in Abu Gharib district, west of Baghdad.

"Wearing an boom belt, the suicide bomber was arrested before he could blow himself up near a security checkpoint in Abu Ghraib district," Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted the Baghdad Operations Command as saying in a press statement.

He was planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the area, the statement read.
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Paramilitary militia thwarts IS attack northeast of Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews) al-Hash al-Shaabi (paramilitary militia) announced, on Saturday, thwarting an attack launched by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, northeast of Diyala.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi said in a statement that security forces from the 110th brigade, managed to foil an attack launched by the Islamic State terrorist group on the security checkpoints, near al-Saadiyah area, northeast of Diyala Province.

The Islamic State group is trying to cause any security preach in Diyala Province; however, all its attempts failed, the statement added.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi is a paramilitary militia and an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40 militias that are mostly Shia Moslem groups, but also including Sunni Moslem, Christian, and Yazidi individuals as well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF arrests 3 armed suspects attempting to infiltrate from Gaza Strip
[Jpost] IDF forces arrested three suspects who attempted to infiltrate from the southern Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip into Israel on Sunday morning, according to an IDF spokesperson. The suspects were carrying a grenade and incendiary materials.

The suspects were transferred for questioning by security forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Five soldiers injured in suspected West Bank car-ramming
[IsraelTimes] Five soldiers were maimed in a suspected car-ramming attack Saturday evening near the West Bank town of Hizma northeast of Jerusalem.
"Legume, I suspect that was a car ramming!"
"Inspector! How do you do it!"

Two of the victims were in moderate condition and three were lightly injured, according to the Magen David Adom emergency service.
"How do you feel, Moshe?"
"Moderate. How about you, Ari?"
"Moderate."
"I suppose it could be worse."

The driver expeditiously departed at a goodly pace and a manhunt was launched in the area, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
"Moderately priced imported car, don't inshallah me now!"
The IDF said the troops had been in the area as part of an "operational mission," when they were struck by a car. It said the incident was under investigation.
"Legume! My saxophone!"
Police said earlier on Saturday that a vehicle tried to hit a police officer at checkpoint in the northern West Bank. No injuries were reported and the driver expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.
"Hm. I'm sensing a pattern here, Legume. I just can't quite put my finger on it!"
Fred getting silly is very silly, indeed. :-) Update from The Times of Israel at 8:30 a.m. EDT:
A driver suspected of ramming his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank Saturday night was caught after a brief manhunt, the IDF said Sunday morning.

The driver was arrested along with his father in the nearby Paleostinian town of Hizme, according to Paleostinian media reports.

The army said the pair were being questioned after the arrests, which took place after a search in the area of the attack and intelligence-gathering operations.

The IDF said in a statement that it is treating the incident as a terror attack. It said the driver, who was not identified, rammed his car into the soldiers after seeing them on the side of the road.
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#1  Fred is the best editor ever ! Now even when I read my local papers, his Fredisms and autocorrects swim into my head at key sentences. I can't read news like I used to now. Besides, it helps my cynicism a lot. Life just seems... merrier. After Mad magazine and Mr. Show only Fred has made me laugh so much. If our subjects were not so grim...
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#2  They should have a free-for-all, beat the driver dead and say he'd just about had it with the car and all. Crash broke every bone in his body. Deep six 'em both.
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#3  Now even when I read my local papers, his Fredisms and autocorrects swim into my head at key sentences.

Oh my goodness, yes. It’s like reading the Iliad, with rosy-fingered Dawn and cow-eyed Hera, only ever so much better. Even in conversation, I’ll suddenly have to fight off a fit of the giggles when one of us says something and the rest of the phrase simply mustn’t be said aloud...
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2019 23:53 Comments || Top||


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US calls for German ground troops in Syria
[DW] A top US diplomat has formally asked Germany to send troops to Syria to help fight the terrorist militia Islamic State. James Jeffrey said allies needed to provide technical support for the Kurdish-led opposition.

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey has called on Germany to send military trainers, logistics specialists and technicians to help the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

"We want ground troops from Germany to partially replace our soldiers," Jeffrey said in an interview with the German dpa news agency and the weekly Welt am Sonntag newspaper, before adding that he expected an answer from the German government this month.

Jeffrey was in Berlin on Friday on a mission to draw pledges of military and financial support from the German government. "We are looking for volunteers who want to take part here and among other coalition partners," Jeffrey told the German news outlets, though he added that he had not asked for a specific number of soldiers.

He also said that troops would not necessarily be required to engage directly in fighting with the jihadi group.
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#1  Considering there are "German citizens" (read: Syrians with German passports) fighting for ISIS in Syria, this only seems fair.
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#2  unfortunately the current readiness of the German military is questionable even in the mostly non combat areas that were identified
Posted by: lord garth || 07/07/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Draft the "refugees" in Germany, and repatriate them to Syria.
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Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead
[Jpost] At least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two months ago, rights groups and rescuers said on Saturday.
Thanks, Obama
Russian jets joined the Syrian army on April 26 in the biggest offensive against parts of rebel-held Idlib province and adjoining northern Hama provinces in the biggest escalation in the war between Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his enemies since last summer.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights,(SNHR), which monitors casualties and briefs various UN agencies, said the 544 civilians killed in the hundreds of attacks carried out by Russian jets and the Syrian army include 130 children. Another 2,117 people have been injured.

"The Russian military and its Syrian ally are deliberately targeting civilians with a record number of medical facilities bombed," Fadel Abdul Ghany, chairman of SNHR, told Rooters.

Russia and its Syrian army ally deny their jets hit indiscriminately civilian areas with cluster munitions and incendiary weapons, which residents in opposition areas say are meant to paralyze every-day life.

Moscow says its forces and the Syrian army are fending off terror attacks by al Qaeda Lions of Islam whom they say hit populated, government-held areas, and it accuses rebels of wrecking a ceasefire deal agreed last year between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
and Russia.

Last month U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said the Russian-Syrian joint military operation had used cluster munitions and incendiary weapons in the attacks along with large air-dropped explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated civilian areas, based on reports by first responders and witnesses.

Residents and rescuers say the two-month-old campaign has left dozens of villages and towns in ruins. According to the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
, at least 300,000 people have been forced to leave their homes for the safety of areas closer to the border with Turkey.

"Whole villages and towns have been emptied," said Idlib-based Civil Defence front man Ahmad al Sheikho, saying it was the most destructive campaign against Idlib province since it completely fell to the opposition in the middle of 2015.

On Friday, 15 people, including children, were killed in the village of Mhambil in western Idlib province after Syrian army helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a civilian quarter, the civil defense group and witnesses said.

The heads of 11 major global humanitarian organizations warned at the end of last month that Idlib stood at the brink of disaster, with 3 million civilian lives at risk, including 1 million children.

"Too many have died already" and "even wars have laws" they declared, in the face of multiple attacks by government forces and their allies on hospitals, schools and markets," the U.N.-endorsed statement said.

Last Thursday an aerial strike on Kafr Nabl hospital made it the 30th facility to be bombed during the campaign, leaving hundreds of thousands with no medical access, according to aid groups.

"To have these medical facilities bombed and put out of service in less than two months is no accident. Let's call this by what it is, a war crime," Dr. Khaula Sawah, vice president of the U.S.-based Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, which provides aid in the northwest, said in a statement.
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