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Truck Plows Through Bastille Day Crowd, Kills 30
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I sense a Charleston is on our event horizon.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/14/2016 5:17 Comments || Top||

#2  I didn't know they said Badass in 1928.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/14/2016 11:41 Comments || Top||

#3  'Naughty Schoolgirls' theme?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2016 15:17 Comments || Top||

Tajikistan nationals arrested before joining ISIS in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two Tajikistan nationals were enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
before they manage to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said two individuals were arrested from Bati Kot district.

According to a statement by NDS, the two men have been identified as Ehsanullah and Asim who were accompanied by two othe individuals identified as Rahmullah and Hussain hailing originally from the Parwan province of Afghanistan.

NDS further added that the men were looking to join the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria.

This comes as the Ministry of Defense (MoD) earlier said Chechens, Punjabis, Arabs, Uzbeks, Uyghur and other foreign holy warriors are actively participating in the war in Afghanistan and are continuously killing innocent Afghan civilians.

MoD said the regional intelligence agencies and terrorist groups are imposing on the Afghan nation and have a critical role in the ongoing violence in the country.

According to MoD, the holy warriors are deployed to Afghanistan with full financial and military support under the name of holy war.

Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Pakistan constructs helipad, installations in Paktika
[PAJHWOK] Civil society activists and Provincial Council (PC) members on Wednesday claimed Pak security forces had launched the construction of a helipad and military installations in the Gomal district of southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...

Yaqub Khan Manzoor, Youth Cultural Society (YCS) head in Orgun district, said Pak security forces had started work on different facilities. "Construction of the helipad is underway in the Nazam locality of Gomal, 15 kilometres into Afghanistan."

He said the Paktroops had built a gate and other military structures in Khandak and Warsakareas. He suggested the immediate destruction of the installations built on Afghan soil.

Mubin Faqirzada, a provincial council member, confirmed the Pakistain military installation in KhandakWarsak areas. He said a past survey had shown that huge oil and gas reserves existed in the two neighbourhoods.

But Governor Ilyas Wahdat rejected the claims as untrue, saying a government delegation would be dispatched to the area to assess the situation.Pak and Afghan forces recently shot it out over the construction of a gate in Torkham.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

25 Daesh, Taliban rebels killed in Nangarhar operations
[PAJHWOK] At least 49 ISIS and Talibs have suffered casualties during air and ground operations in different areas of 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, officials claimed on Sunday. The governor’s front man, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News the operations were conducted in Khogyani, Ghanikhel and Kot districts of the province, bordering Pakistain’s tribal region of Khyber. He said 18 ISIS or 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....
(IS) and seven Talibs were killed. Twenty IS and two Taliban Death Eaters were maimed during the raids, the front man added. The overnight operations in Ahmadkhel, Janjal Ghondi and Saypai areas of Kot left several ISIS rebels dead and maimed, he continued.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Conscript shot dead by sniper in Egypt's North Sinai
Another day, another probable Ansar Bayt al Maqdis attack in North Sinai.
[AlAhram] A conscript was rubbed out on Wednesday by a sniper at a security checkpoint near North Sinai’s Sheikh Zuweid, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

According to security sources, the 21-year-old conscript, Mohammed Ashraf Mohammed from Sharqiya governorate, was standing at a security checkpoint in El-Gora, north of Sheikh Zuweid, when he was shot by an unknown assailant.

His body was taken to the mortuary at El-Arish Military Hospital.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the attack, which comes one day after a decree issued by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi extended the state of emergency in parts of North Sinai for three months starting 29 July.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

ISIS under attack in Sirte
MISRATA: Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government have been shelling and carrying out airstrikes on the center of Sirte city in a siege of Daesh there, an official said on Tuesday.

Terrorists defending last Daesh stronghold in Libya have been keeping Libyan forces back with sniper fire and mortars in Sirte where they are now surrounded after a two month campaign to take the city.

The fall of Sirte would be a major blow to Daesh, which took over the city a year ago in the chaos of a civil war between rival factions.

“Our forces have...targeted enemies with artillery and air force around Ouagadougou complex, Ghiza Asskariya district, and in the city center,” said Rida Issa, spokesman for Misrata forces fighting in Sirte. “They have targeted Daesh members, vehicles, ammunition stores, and control rooms.”

He said one Misrata fighter was killed and 20 others wounded in a mortar strike on their position in the Zaafran frontline, near the roundabout where Daesh once crucified victims. The bodies of around 13 Daesh terrorists were found, but Misrata forces were driven back by sniper fire.

Western powers are backing Prime Minister Fayaz Seraj’s government that moved into Tripoli three months ago in an attempt to unify two rival governments and various armed factions. Seraj is working to restart the oil industry.

But while powerful brigades from Misrata city support Seraj for now and lead the fight to liberate Sirte, other hard-liners to the east are still opposing him and his government has made little progress in extending its influence.

Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
Troops repel Boko Haram attack in Borno State
[TV360NIGERIA] Troops of the Nigerian Army have repelled an attack by members of the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
sect in Borno State, North East, Nigeria.

The operation was carried out by troops of 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa community.

A statement issued by army spokesperson, Colonel Sani Usman on Tuesday, said the attack started at about 6.30pm and ended at about 9.30pm.

"After a three-hour shootout with the hard boys, two soldiers were killed and seven others were seriously injured", Colonel Usman said.

He added that several Boko haram members also bit the dust during the clash.

According to Usman, the success of repelling the attack was due to support from the Nigerian and Chadian Air Force fighter jets.

The Army says its troops have maintained highest level alertness and vigilance at the harbour area and they would further exploit and continue with the clearance operation.

Over the past few months, the Nigerian Army has successfully repelled attacks by murderous Moslems in the state.

Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Yemen clashes kill 44 as UN seeks talks no one else wants
[AlAhram] Fighting in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
killed at least 44 people in a 24-hour period to Wednesday, military officials said, as the UN's peace envoy arrived in the capital to meet rebels.

Saudi-backed government forces clashed with the Shia Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels and fighters loyal to ousted president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
in battles across western Yemen.

The UN's mediator, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, landed at Sanaa airport on Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with Houthi and Saleh representatives. The envoy met this week with President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the Saudi capital to prepare for a resumption of talks between the two sides in Kuwait on Friday. Kuwait City has already hosted more than two months of UN-backed negotiations that have failed to make any real headway. The talks, aimed at ending a war that the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
says has killed more than 6,400 people since March 2015, were suspended at the end of June.

Fighting has persisted across Yemen despite a truce that came into force on April 11.

On Wednesday pro-government forces seized a mountain base from Houthis in Nahm, northeast of Sanaa, said military front man Abdullah al-Shandaqi. Eight loyalists and 17 rebels were killed in the battle, he told AFP.

A Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen since March 2015 supported the assault with air strikes, said military sources.

Four soldiers and four rebels also died during battles in Marib province, east of Sanaa, when pro-government forces repelled a rebel attempt to seize a hill overlooking their base, a government source told AFP.

Further north, coalition air strikes against a rebel convoy killed seven rebels in Jawf province, said the army.

In the oil-rich southern province of Shabwa, four soldiers died during battles that saw the army make "slow progress" against rebels, said Colonel Motleq Jawhar, an infantry commander in the region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Bahrain arrests 2 men, seeks 1 in bombing that killed woman
[Ynet] Bahrain says it has tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
two men and is seeking a third over a June highway bombing that killed a woman and maimed three of her children.

An Interior Ministry statement late on Tuesday accused the two men arrested -- 35-year-old Hassan Jassim Hassan al-Haiki and 26-year-old Hussain Ibrahim Ali Hussain Marzooq -- of receiving military training from Iran.

It says the third suspect, 27-year-old Hussain Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed Hussain, also received military training from Iran and had fled to the Islamic Theocratic Republic.
Another Ynet article adds:
Iran on Wednesday denied any involvement.

An Interior Ministry statement late Tuesday says al-Haiki was taught "in making and using weapons and explosives from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard," whom acts as the country's paramilitary force.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Guard killed by land mine on Yemen border
Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says a border guard has been killed by a land mine near the kingdom's frontier with war-ravaged Yemen.

An Interior Ministry statement issued late on Tuesday says the guard died in the Saudi province of Jazan, along the mountainous border the kingdom shares with Yemen.

The statement did not say who laid the land mine. However, such bombings have been routine since a Saudi-led coalition began a war in March 2015 against Yemen's Shiite militias known as Houthis.
Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Over in an instant.
Better than just getting his legs blown off.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2016 7:47 Comments || Top||

Truck Plows Through Bastille Day Crowd, Kills 30
MAY not be a case of sudden jihad syndrome, but odds are...
At least 30 people were killed in the southern French town of Nice when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on Thursday night, French TV channel BFM TV said.

The truck rammed into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk in the center of town, regional newspaper Nice Matin reported, citing its own reporter at the scene.
I am amazed nothing like this happened at any of the various BLM highway blockade protests - all it would take is one driver who's been up too long and is way past ready for the terminal and a beer.

French television channel BFM TV said the local prefecture in Nice was treating the incident as an attack and was asking people to stay at home.

The reason for the crash remained unclear.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2016 18:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6533 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The lorry was seen mounting the pavement and piling into anyone the driver could see, ramming over those who tried to run away.
Posted by: Classer || 07/14/2016 18:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Oops. I thought I fixed that format thing when I saw it in preview. Sorry. MY inlines are the first line plus the last two lines of paragraph two.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2016 18:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Le Figaro says 73 confirmed dead
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 18:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Also weapons and grenades are reported to have been found inside the truck/lorry.

I would rule out the French Amish community at this point
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 18:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Driver was shot and is dead.

Vehicular Jihad?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/14/2016 18:53 Comments || Top||

#6  I heard Mr. Comey said today that finding ISIS members in the US was more difficult that finding a needle in a haystack. If true, might I suggest burning the haystacks?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 07/14/2016 19:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Expect the President to issue platitudes about violent extremism and bring up the idea of truck control as something to be studied by his crack national security team.....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/14/2016 19:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Very, very sad. I suspect most of the dead were young people.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2016 19:05 Comments || Top||

#9  "I would rule out the French Amish community at this point"

Probably, EC, but you've still got to watch those pesky Lutherans . . . . ;-)
Posted by: Barbara || 07/14/2016 19:09 Comments || Top||

#10  I was in Nice last summer, and the drivers and driving were bad but not that bad! Never drive in Nice.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/14/2016 19:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Let's see how long they will maintain the lone wolf theory.
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 19:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Also a probable attack in Paris at the Eifel Tower.
Posted by: Chuckles Thirt8746 || 07/14/2016 19:15 Comments || Top||

#13  Chuckles was me. Lost satellite because of a BIG thunderstorm.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/14/2016 19:16 Comments || Top||

#14  Eiffel Tower? No French source for that. Many rumors, though.
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 19:19 Comments || Top||

#15  Eiffel tower fire.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/14/2016 19:20 Comments || Top||

#16  Lone wolf pack......
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/14/2016 19:21 Comments || Top||

#17  That seems to have been an accident with fireworks, not an attack
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 19:25 Comments || Top||

#18  Elmerert Hupens2660 submitted a link to The Telegraph, which is liveblogging events and accessible here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2016 19:31 Comments || Top||

#19  I am just wondering how much longer this will go on before the people of France start taking matters into their own hands against this cancer.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/14/2016 19:35 Comments || Top||

#20  I think we could start with deporting EVERY SINGLE "holy man" who preaches hate.

The Kerguelen islands are nice in spring
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 19:40 Comments || Top||

#21  Local news says 70+ dead and weapons found.
Still too early to take the BS filters off.

I am amazed nothing like this happened at any of the various BLM highway blockade protests - all it would take is one driver who's been up too long and is way past ready for the terminal and a beer.

Not trying to get off-topic, as this is starting to appear on purpose, I would say:
Initially, yes, until vehicles come to a stop, and BLM probably secretly would want the publicity. Afterwards, it would be those at the end of the lines who risk being rear ended.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2016 19:42 Comments || Top||

#22  Yawn. Aside from that how was the parade? -- Barry
Posted by: Regular joe || 07/14/2016 19:57 Comments || Top||

#23  What difference does it make? (HRC)
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/14/2016 20:00 Comments || Top||

#24  They solved their 'protestant' problem on St Bartholomew's Day .
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2016 20:01 Comments || Top||

#25  Apparently closing the Turkish embassy as a negotiating tactic didn't work.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2016 20:39 Comments || Top||

#26  I've said many times over the years, there are easier ways to kill large numbers than with bombs.

Never got into specifics obviously.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/14/2016 21:03 Comments || Top||

#27  Clearly France needs stronger truck control laws.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2016 21:40 Comments || Top||

#28  Damn. Just damn. Brexit looking pretty good to some people now I bet...
Posted by: Charles || 07/14/2016 22:06 Comments || Top||

#29  Appears it's not over.

From the Daily Mail,

Gunshots rang out in the streets, with gunmen targeting hotels and cafes in the port city in the south of France.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/14/2016 22:21 Comments || Top||

I think we could start with deporting EVERY SINGLE "holy man" who preaches hate.

So... any who have ever preached from the Koran or Hadiths.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/14/2016 22:34 Comments || Top||

#31  JFM, you out there buddy?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2016 22:34 Comments || Top||

#32  #15 - a fire in the Eiffel Tower?

What is there to burn?
Posted by: Barbara || 07/14/2016 22:36 Comments || Top||

#33  BBC update
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2016 23:55 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkish ISIS member who skipped out on trial rewarded for ‘good conduct’
[RUDAW.NET] A convicted member of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group has had his sentence reduced for "good conduct" during the course of his hearing despite disappearing and not participating in his trial, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s Dogan News Agency reported Monday. A compatriot nabbed
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
with him, and released with charges dropped, took part in the deadliest terror attack in modern Turkish history.

Ahmet Gunes was arrested during a roadside stop in Gaziantep, southern Turkey, on March 25, 2014. Searches of the car he was travelling in and his home unearthed documents related to the Islamic State, including footage of Gunes shooting an alleged Syrian member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Latakia, Syria.

Footage of Gunes receiving weapons and explosives training at an Islamic State (ISIS) camp in Syria was also discovered by the police.

Gunes, along with Mustafa Delibaslar, who was driving the car at the time of their arrest, and Ökkes Durmaz who was travelling with Gunes, were charged on April 22, 2014 with being members of a terrorist organization. On May 27, 2014, the additional charge of intentional murder was filed against Gunes.

Gunes argued in a preliminary court hearing that he killed the Syrian man out of concern for his own life and had no connections with the ISIS terrorist group.

The three suspects were released on October 30, 2014 pending trial. But none of them showed up at their trials and the police were unable to locate them.

The charges against Delibaslar and Durmaz were dropped due to insufficient evidence and a travel ban on the two was lifted. But the trial of Gunes continued in absentia and the prosecutor sought a life sentence on the murder charge.

Gunes was found guilty of receiving training at an ISIS camp, murder, and joining a terrorist group. He was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison but the court reduced his sentence to six years and three months due to his "good conduct" during the trial process; a process he did not participate in as he failed to appear and the police could not locate him.

Gunes was one of 19 suspected holy warriors monitored by Turkish police between 2012 and 2014, according to Hurriyet Daily News. He was suspected of helping to finance ISIS and is believed to be currently in Syria.

Delibaslar, the driver of the car arrested with Gunes who had the charges against him dropped, was one of the suspects in a double bombing outside Ankara’s central railway station on October 10, 2015. The blast killed 103 and is the deadliest terror attack in modern Turkish history.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  ISIS = Turkey.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/14/2016 2:05 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Klington director says he would resign if ordered to resume waterboarding
[Reuters] CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday he would resign if the next president ordered his agency to resume waterboarding suspected militants, an apparent reference to comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embracing the banned interrogation method.

"I can say that as long as I'm director of CIA, irrespective of what the president says, I'm not going to be the director of CIA that gives that order. They'll have to find another director," said Brennan, who did not mention Trump by name.

Avoid the inevitable, New Zealand beckons.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2016 06:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Think of it !

With all goings on, overseas and domestic terrorism threats, ISIS in Syria and Iraq, intelligence gaps everywhere... political campaign rantings are what occupies the poor buggers mind ?

Please, please, please, leave us now !
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2016 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  How 'bout we order him to waterboard himself n get a twofer??
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 07/14/2016 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  OK.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2016 7:45 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm all for it Billy. Let us start with a few questions concerning Brennan's tenure at Analysis Corporation and that unsightly incident in the Foggy Bottom Passport office, shall we?

It appears Brennan's career virtually rocketed after that little clean-up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2016 7:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Another perfumed prince gets the vapors... He should retire and start a new career as a Shakespeare actor.
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2016 10:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Retire so he can work on his center forehead prayer bump.
Posted by: dk70 the scantily clad || 07/14/2016 12:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Never tell 'em what you wouldn't do.
Posted by: Claising Flavimble5530 || 07/14/2016 20:12 Comments || Top||

#8  Sounds like he should be first
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/14/2016 20:53 Comments || Top||

#9  Mr. Besoker, you may be onto something there. Mr. Brennan, Justice Ginsburg - two of like mind getting away from it all with this.
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 07/14/2016 22:34 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Ex-Gitmo detainee connected to Turkey airport attack added to US list of terrorists
A former Gitmo detainee connected to last month's ISIS attack on the Istanbul airport that killed 45 and injured more than 230 others was officially added to the U.S. government's list of designated terrorists Wednesday.

The State Department confirmed to Fox News that Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov was at the Guantanamo detention camps from June 13, 2002 until his transfer to Russia by the Bush administration in 2004.

"For an individual to be designated a terrorist by our State Department, the threshold is way high," Tony Shaffer, a former defense intelligence officer , told Fox. "The Pentagon has been very reluctant to release a number of individuals and has had to bow to White House and State Department pressure."

The State Department's announcement of the terrorist designation does not say Vakhitov was once held at Gitmo, nor does it cite his reported ties to the June attack in Turkey. The connection was first reported by the Long War Journal and independently confirmed by Fox.

VOA piece, same subject.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2016 07:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Perhaps, just perhaps, these asshats are unrepentent unredeemable Islamo-trash that should never be allowed to repeat their behavior. The dead and injured would agree, despite some naive jerk's campaign promises and "morally superior position" on closing Gitmo
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Gitmo graduates graduate to big time. Thanks O&Co, scatalogical King Midas.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/14/2016 19:20 Comments || Top||

#3  this POS was actually a W releasee
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2016 20:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Any that passed review and were found to have EVER associated with AQ or Taliban should have been dropped off in middle of the Atlantic.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/14/2016 22:32 Comments || Top||

Three ‘IS members’ held with explosives
[DAWN] Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police claimed on Tuesday to have locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
three members of the Death Eater 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 and recovered explosives.

A CTD front man claimed that they received information about the presence of three suspected faceless myrmidons who were planning to attack government installations in Lahore.

He said a CTD team was constituted to conduct a raid at a house near Bund Road to arrest the suspects.

He said the team arrested three suspected faceless myrmidons who were identified as Muhammad Idress, Ghulam Dastagir and Tahir Yousaf.

The front man said the team also recovered a heavy quantity of kaboom from their possession along with accessories primacord, electric circuits and detonators.

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Tribal sheikh dies in suicide attack in Baqubah
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – A tribal sheikh and a civilian were killed on Wednesday morning in a suicide attack launched by unidentified men at sheikh’s house in central Baqubah. This information was shared by a source in Diyala Province.

According to information shared by the source, it was mentioned, “This morning unidentified gunmen stormed into the house of one of al-Juraniya tribe’s sheikhs in central Baqubah, and opened fire towards the sheikh and one of his guests, killing both on the spot.

The source added, “Security forces rushed to the incident area and transferred the dead bodies to the forensic department and have also initiated an investigation.”
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Ninevah Nightmares
ISIS reinforces Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) NINEVEH – Despite losing a significant numbers of members and territories under its control in Iraq, the presence of ISIS members in Mosul however is quite high. This information was shared by a source in the Kurdish Peshmerga.

Adding details the source said, “The recapturing of Fallujah to west of Baghdad and the liberation of Qayarah airbase in southern Mosul is of strategic importance for the Iraqi forces: mostly because Qayarah is quite close to Mosul.”

“But the area from here to Mosul, which is around 60 kilometres, is covered with IEDs and this could slow down the approach to Mosul. Moreover, in Mosul there are a significant number of ISIS members and they are equipped with heavy artillery and this could further slow down the process of territory recapturing. But the process can continue with the cooperation of Peshmerga force, Iraqi army and US-led coalition,” the source added.

It is worthy to be mentioned here that after recapturing Fallujah and liberating Qayarah airbase, the Iraqi army promised to retake Mosul and defeat ISIS at its last bastion as well. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had even promised to retake Mosul by the end of this year.

ISIS launches attack on Iraqi troops

(IraqiNews.com) NINEVEH – A source in Nineveh Operations Command informed that ISIS fighters, using mortar shells, attacked military troops south of Mosul. However, the shelling did not cause any casualty.

The source said, “Today, ISIS shelled military troops belonging to Nineveh Operations 15th brigade that was stationed on the banks of the Tigris River near Qayyarah, south of Mosul.”

The source added, “The shelling however did not cause any casualty.”
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Iraqi Jailhouse stories: 6 detained
(IraqiNews.com) DIYALA – Diyala Police Command revealed that six (6) persons wanted on criminal and terrorism charges were arrested during security operations from different areas west of Baqubah.

Diyala police spokesperson Colonel Ghalib Attiya, in a press statement, said, “Today, a unit from Diyala police carried out security operations at different areas west of Baqubah, and arrests four (4) persons wanted on criminal charges and two (2) others wanted on terrorism charges.”

Attiya added, “The operation was carried out based on intelligence information and the arrested persons were transferred to a security center for interrogation.”
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Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle
Iraqi airstrikes destroy ISIS vehicles in Hawija

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A source in the Joint Operations Command informed that the international coalition aviation has destroyed vehicles and reinforcements of ISIS by carrying out aerial bombing at its headquarters in Hawija district southwest of Kirkuk.

Revealing details about the incident, the source further said, “Today the international coalition aircraft conducted six air strikes at al-Riyad and al-Abasi and the center of Hawija district. As a result of these bombings, a number of vehicles and reinforcements of ISIS were destroyed.”

“The bombardments were carried out based on accurate intelligence information,” the source added.

ISIS troops get the hell outta Dodge

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A source in the Joint Operations Command informed that the foreign and Arab ISIS members have fled Hawija district southwest of Kirkuk towards Mosul.

Sharing details, the source informed, “The ISIS members are suffering frm low morale and owing to this they, along with their families, have fled from Hawja district and have made way towards Mosul.”

Adding further the source said, “The joint forces have further cut the road and isolated the hawija from al-Qayyarah, south of Mosul, Sharqat and north of Tikrit.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 5 die
1 dead in bombing attack in al-Nahrwan

(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed that one (1) person was killed and seven (7) others injured in a blast southeast of Baghdad.

Sharing details, the source informed, “A bomb exploded today afternoon near an intersection at al-Nahrwan southeast of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring seven others.”

The source added, “Security forces rushed to the area and evacuated the injured to a nearby hospital and the dead body was sent to the forensic department.”

“The security forces also cordoned off the incident area and stopped any sort of approach to it,” the source continued.

1 dead in car bomb attack in al-Arifiya

(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – A source in the Ministry of Interior said that a doctor was killed in the explosion of an improvised explosive device that was placed under his vehicle southeast of Baghdad.

According to information shared by the source, it was stated, “An improvised explosive device placed under a vehicle of a doctor exploded on today afternoon while it was passing through al-Arifiya neighborhood in Diyala Bridge area southeast of Baghdad. The doctor was killed on the spot.”

The source added, “Security forces rushed to the blast area and moved the dead body to the forensic department and initiated an investigation into the incident.”

3 die in bomb attack in al-Husseiniya

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior revealed on Wednesday three (3) persons were killed and eleven (11) others were injured in a blast at al-Husseiniya in Northern Baghdad. The blast was targeted on a checkpoint here.

Sharing details about the incident, the source informed, “This morning a vehicle, driven by a suicide bomber, exploded at an army checkpoint at al-Husseiniya in northern Baghdad, killing three (3) persons and injuring eleven (11) others with severe injuries. The injured include army members as well.”

“Ambulances rushed to the blast area and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital and the bodies of the deceased to the forensic department. Security forces have cordoned off the area and banned approaching it,” the source further said, adding, “The number of casualties will increase in number as time goes by as the intensity of the bomb was too high.”
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Iraqi army enters second day of battle to take Qayara from ISIS
[RUDAW.NET] Iraqi troops are battling 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....
(ISIS) in the town of Qayara south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
for the second day, with the coalition air force and Iraqi artillery bombing the entrenched holy warriors.

"The US-led coalition warplanes have been persistently bombing ISIS positions in Qayara. In the meantime, ISIS has transferred its heavy weapons into the town and they have been setting oil wells in the area on fire since yesterday," said Hevidar Ahmed, Rudaw correspondent on the frontline.

According to Ahmed, "last night, a record number of US soldiers were stationed at the Qayara air base."

"Many of the ISIS murderous Moslems fighting in Qayara are from Morocco, though many of them fled the town and got killed," said Shekhani.
Amin Shekhani, a Kurdish officer in the Iraqi army said that the majority of the ISIS murderous Moslems in Qayara are of foreign nationality.

"Many of the ISIS murderous Moslems fighting in Qayara are from Morocco, though many of them fled the town and got killed," said Shekhani.

Iraqi troops captured the Qayara air base on Saturday after several weeks of military operation in the area that also freed ten villages from the Lion of Islam group.

Shekhani thought ISIS has been greatly weakened in the area as seen in their lack of resistance at the Qayara air base.

The Qayara base lies not far from Mosul which the Iraqi army said ISIS had turned into a bomb-making factory and a prison where many prisoners were freed upon its capture on Saturday.

The Iraqi army is approaching Qayara from the east and south hoping to isolate the town from reinforcements.

It is believed that the Qayara air base will be used by both the Iraqi army and its coalition partners in the final offensive against ISIS in Mosul city.
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Iraqi forces tighten noose around ISIS militants in Mosul
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi government forces advancing on the ISIS-held city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
retook a village from the gunnies on Tuesday and linked up along the Tigris river with army units pushing from a separate direction, Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said.

The territorial gain, which followed the recapture of a key air base nearby at the weekend, further isolated Mosul in preparation for a government assault to recover Iraq's second largest city 60 km to the north.

"Forces from the 9th Armored Division and the counter-terrorism service liberated Ajhala village north of Qayara base," Obeidi said on Twitter.

"Our heroes arrived at the riverbank and made contact with Nineveh Liberation Operation units," he added, referring to troops who had set out from Makhmour, 25 km east of the Tigris, in March.

The newly retaken territory still needs to be secured since ISIS bully boyz remain holed up in several towns behind the government's front line, a military front man said.

Backed by air support from a US-led military coalition, government forces on Saturday regained Qayara air base, which is to be turned into a logistics hub for the main assault on Mosul.

On Monday, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the dispatch of 560 additional soldiers to Iraq, most of whom will work from Qayara to assist the Iraqi thrust towards Mosul.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged to retake the city, the largest still held by ISIS, by year-end, but there is still debate in Washington about the timing of any move.

Suicide bombings like the one in Baghdad on July 3 that killed nearly 300 people, one of the largest attacks since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago, suggest the group could remain a long-term threat.

ISIS claimed another boom-mobile on Wednesday in Baghdad's northern outskirts that left nine people dead, according to medical and security sources.

On Wednesday, Abadi's government urged the postponing of demonstrations called for by powerful Shi'ite Moslem holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
later this week to pressure politicians to implement long-promised reforms.

A statement from Abadi warned the protests could land the country in "chaos ... and end up serving the goals of the enemy and its terrorism".

Sadr, whose supporters twice stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone earlier this year, called for a reprieve from protests during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended last week.
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Trove of war gadgets seized at Gaza border
[IsraelTimes] The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that border officials had seized a dizzying collection of electronic and surveillance equipment as it was being smuggled into the Gazoo Strip.

Among the items found were 14 small unmanned aerial vehicles and components, security cameras, satellite communications equipment, surveillance cameras, packages of motion sensors binoculars, laser pointers for weapons, communications equipment and electronic boards, tasers, weapons components, diving watches equipped with flashlights, flippers, miniature cameras, GoPro cameras, DVR cameras, and other banned electronic components.

"The discovery was unusual, even to those familiar with the most creative smuggling attempts and methodologies," the ministry said of the find which was made at the Erez border crossing.

The materials were confiscated and an investigation was opened to identify those behind the smuggling attempt.

The ministry did not specify how the equipment was found or what method was used to try to smuggle it into Gazoo, but noted the discovery indicates "the heavy pressure being put on smugglers and terrorist operatives by the Shin Bet [general security service], COGAT, Tax Authority, Israeli Police and the Ministry of Defense Crossings Authority."

Israel maintains tight control on supplies to Gazoo of any electronics and other equipment which could be used for terrorist activities.

In May authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle metal pipes and motors into the Gazoo Strip, which could have been used for building rockets and tunnels.
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#1  I don't want the diving watches, but am prepared to make a bid on the rest of the paleo surplus, in part or whole. Will this be sold at open outcry? Dutch Auction? Free-on-Board Haifa?
Posted by: Shipman || 07/14/2016 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I dive, but I have never see a dive watch equipped with a flashlight.
Posted by: texhooey || 07/14/2016 13:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Well they ain't James Bond without the solar powered regulators.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2016 14:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Damn weak response from RB, I sense sandbaggery from TW and Pappy. This will go on your permanent files.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/14/2016 19:05 Comments || Top||

Syrian rebels say Russian jets hit refugee camp along Jordan border
[Ynet] Jets believed to be Russian on Tuesday struck a refugee camp along Jordan's north-eastern border with Syria, killing at least 12 people and injuring scores in the first such Russian strike near the Jordanian border, rebels said.

Several jets flying at high altitudes struck at noon a makeshift camp where a few hundred, mostly women and kiddies, are stranded in a no-man's-land on the Syrian side of the border, they said.

The Russian Defense Ministry was not immediately available for comment.
"I can say no more!"
Said Seif al Qalamoni, a rebel front man in a brigade that belongs to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), said the raids were close to the Hadalat refugee camp, one of two large camps in the area.

A senior Western diplomat confirmed the incident and said initial information was that several Russian jets conducted the raids.

If confirmed, these would be the closest aerial strikes by Moscow along the Jordanian border since the start of the Kremlin's major aerial bombing campaign last September in support of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
against snuffies battling to topple his rule.
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ISIS launches attack at Palmyra
[ARA News] HOMS – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday attacked headquarters of the Syrian army forces in the vicinity of the ancient Palmyra city in Homs province, killing and wounding dozens of Syrian soldiers, activists reported.

ISIS militants hit an army base near the grain silos of Palmyra using mortar shells.

“The bombardment of the base was followed by sporadic clashes between ISIS fighters and the Syrian regime’s army forces, where heavy and light weapons were used. The death toll among the army troops reached 17, and over 20 others were injured,” media activist Adil al-Bakri told ARA News in Palmyra.

On the other hand, eight ISIS militants were reported dead and at least 10 others were injured in the clashes on Wednesday.

In the meantime, pro-regime Russian warplanes bombed ISIS fighting positions and destroyed at least two ISIS vehicles, according to a Syrian army officer.

This comes just a few days after ISIS militants captured three security checkpoints from the Syrian army east of Palmyra. According to military sources and local activists, ISIS renewed its attacks on the pro-regime forces in Palmyra on Saturday, marking the resumption of violence to the ancient city which was regained by Syrian army forces –supported by a Russian air cover– from ISIS militants in March.

“ISIS fighters launched a surprise attack on Syrian army checkpoints in eastern Palmyra. The group has used mortar fire and heavy weapons in the attack, forcing the regime troops to evacuate at least three security checkpoints,” media activist Amro al-Hussain told ARA News in Palmyra, adding that the Syrian army forces withdrew towards their headquarters inside the city of Palmyra, after seven of their soldiers were killed and more than 15 others were wounded in the offensive.

ISIS jihadis have reportedly advanced in the Sawami area in Palmyra suburbs, pushing the Syrian army back towards the city centre.

In May 2015, ISIS took over Palmyra after fierce battles with Syrian regime army forces.

In March 2016, the pro-regime troops supported by Russian air force were able to impose full control over Palmyra downtown after ISIS extremists retreated towards the northern villages of Palmyra and its eastern outskirts. The group’s leadership has later ordered its militants to withdraw towards its main bastion of Raqqa, northeastern Syria.

In August 2015, satellite images confirmed the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, according to the United Nations, which condemned ISIS claims of destroying the temple. The U.N. has slammed the destruction of the temple as a “war crime,” and the act has raised concerns for the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Also, ISIS published images last August, showing militants placing explosives into the temple in order to destroy the ancient monuments arguing they are worshipped by people and must be smashed, according to ISIS ideology.
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#1  Hell ain't all the 'burgs over there ancient? Damascus was old when Paul dropped acid had the scales fall from his eyes.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/14/2016 5:34 Comments || Top||

#2  One Halloween night in Palmyra,
A lady heard from her admirer,
"My dear, trick-or-treating
In all that black sheeting,
You must be as hot as Elvira!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 07/14/2016 9:59 Comments || Top||

ISIS-linked agency confirms Shishani is dead
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A top ISIS group commander, Omar Al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the myrmidon-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday.

Citing a "military source," Amaq said Shishani was killed "in the town of Sharqat as he took part in repelling the military campaign on the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
," referring to the last ISIS-held city in Iraq.

Amaq did not specify when Shishani was killed, but the loss of the commander is a significant blow to the myrmidon group, which has suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq this year.

The Pentagon announced in March that American forces had killed Shishani and said his death would likely hamper ISIS’s ability to carry out operations inside and outside of Iraq and Syria.

But it did not specify how or where he was killed.

US officials previously said Shishani "likely died" in an air strike, but reports surfaced that he had survived.

Shishani was a fierce, battle-hardened warlord with roots in Georgia and a thick red beard who was one of the most notorious faces of ISIS.

Shishani, whose nom de guerre means "Omar the Chechen," was one of the ISIS leaders most wanted by Washington which had put a multi-million-dollar bounty on his head.

His exact rank was unclear, but US officials had branded him as "equivalent of the secretary of defence" for the myrmidon group.

Shishani came from the former Soviet state of Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge region, which is populated mainly by ethnic Chechens.

He fought as a Chechen rebel against Russian forces before joining the Georgian military in 2006, and fought Russian forces again in Georgia in 2008.

He later resurfaced in northern Syria as the commander of a group of imported muscle, and became a big shot within ISIS.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but has since lost significant ground to Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes, training and other assistance.

The Sunni hard boy group has responded to the battlefield setbacks by striking civilians, particularly Shiites, and experts have warned there may be more bombings as the Death Eaters continue to lose ground.

Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Terror Networks
Brazil Olympics: France warned of attack plan on Rio team
[BBC] France was informed of a planned terror attack on its team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the head of French military intelligence has said.

Gen Christophe Gomart told a parliamentary commission in May that a "partner agency" warned of the plot by a Brazilian Islamist militant.

Brazil's institutional security cabinet - which oversees the country's information services - told the AFP news agency it had received no information about the threat from the French authorities.
"We were not the source of information and the Brazilian intelligence agency (ABIN) was not officially informed either of this matter," a spokesman said.

In July, Brazilian Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes said a jihadist attack in Rio during the Olympics was a "possibility" but "not a probability".

About 85,000 security force members including 47,000 policemen and 38,000 soldiers will be on duty to ensure the safety of 10,500 athletes and officials, journalists and tourists from around the world who will be expected to attend the 5-21 August Games.

A spokesman for a special secretariat at Brazil's Justice Ministry - which is spearheading security efforts for the Olympics - said that Brazilian officials and their foreign partners have increasingly been monitoring communications between suspected sympathisers of radical groups.

They have said that the biggest worry is not a co-ordinated attack but a lone actor or group targeting the event.
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#1  Almost ten coppers for every athlete. Sounds pretty good. I hope it's good enough.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/14/2016 14:02 Comments || Top||

#2  "Mon Dieu! The ISJV has signed us up for the regatta!"

"Those bastards."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2016 14:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I think that the biggest worry should be disease - Zika, raw sewage, etc.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/14/2016 14:39 Comments || Top||

#4  South Georgia men's synchronized swimming team? No, luckily, I did not make the final cut.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2016 14:45 Comments || Top||

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