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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1215 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Girls on beaches, in hats, playing with their Possum' theme?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 16:20 Comments || Top||

#2  That's 90ties.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/20/2016 16:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice Possum...

... the small furry animal is cute too!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/20/2016 17:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Possum? that's what they called it back in the day? Look - a squirrel!
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 07/20/2016 23:50 Comments || Top||

80 Talibunnies lay down arms in Badghis
About 11 militant groups, including 80 fighters, on Tuesday laid down their arms and joined the peace process in Badghis province, local officials said.

The militants had been operating in Jawand district in the province for the past eight years, officials added.

One of the fighters who was previously loyal to Taliban said: “People from different groups were among the Taliban. Their acts were completely against what they said and preached. Everyone was working for their own interests. Jihad and fighting for Islam were just by name,” said Mawlawi Ahmad, a former member of Taliban.

Another member of the Taliban, Mullah Asif said: “When I was with the Taliban I saw that everything is under the control of Pakistan’s intelligence agency [Inter-Services Intelligence] and that they [Taliban] don’t have any authority to make decisions on their own. Their leadership is also under the control of

Pakistan; therefore, I decided to join government and peace.”

Meanwhile, Badghis governor Mohammad Anwar Ishaqzai said they welcome the move by the fighters and that they believe that it will help improve security in the province.

He added that he expects connecting roads between Jawand and the provincial capital Qala-e-Nawtoreopen after 14 years – following the surrender of the insurgent groups.

“The joining of 80 Taliban fighters with the peace process is a good step and I am sure that security will improve in Jawand following this move.” he added.

Ishaqzai said that roughly 1,500 insurgents are active in the province and are fighting against government but according to recent figures, over 2,000 insurgentshave joined the peace process so far.

The High Peace Council office in Badghis meanwhile vowed to provide the fighters with required assistance and employment opportunities.

According to reports, most of the weapons that were handed over to government by the fighters are old and are not working. The militants that join the process reportedly keep their main weapons with them.
Posted by: badanov || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought they only do it before winter?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/20/2016 4:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, the hot summer might be a little much for them too. Global warming and all, you know.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 6:04 Comments || Top||

Taliban leader, Mazlum, among 30 killed in Helmand operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local leader of the Taliban group identified as Mazlum was killed along with his 30 fighters during operations in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operation was launched in cooperation with the Afghan Air Force and artillery units of the Afghan army.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted in Sangin and Marjah district, leaving 30 snuffies dead and 11 others maimed.

The statement further added that 15 snuffies were killed and 2 others were maimed during a separate operation in Haji Aryub area of Paktia province.

At least 12 snuffies were killed and 12 others were maimed during a separate raid in Jund district of Badghis province, MoD said, adding that another Lion of Islam was killed, 2 were maimed and 10 others were maimed during separate operations in Pashtun-infested Logar, Zabul and Ghazni provinces.

According to MoD, at least 4 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) also bit the dust during the operations.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups including the Taliban Lions of Islam have not commented regarding the reports so far.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban attack Salang Tunnel
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban Lions of Islam launched an attack on Salang tunnel pass, a key pass which connects Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
with the northern provinces of the country.

The officials said the attack was launched by a group of around 20 Taliban Lions of Islam who came to the area from the northern Parwan province.

The officials further added that the Lions of Islam fled back to Shenwari district after the Afghan forces responded to their fire.

According to the officials, at least one civilian was maimed in the attack and there are no other reports of casualties.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Taliban Lions of Islam launched a similar attack that led to the blockage of Salang tunnel pass nearly a year ago.

The attack was launched on Southern part of Salang pass late in July last year which triggered shootout between the Afghan cops and the assailants.

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

2 suicide bombers killed by their own explosives in Bagram
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two jacket wallahs were killed after their explosives went off prematurely inside their home in Bagram district of northern Parwan province.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place earlier today in Gojar Khel area of Bagram.

The district administrative chief Abdul Shakoor Qudoosi said the suicide bombers were looking to carry out attack and had planted the explosives in a cycle of violence when it went off prematurely.

Qudoosi further added that five family members of the suicide bombers were also maimed in the incident.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups have not commented regarding the incident so far.

This comes as at least 8 suicide bombers were killed in a similar incident in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan late in the month of April.

Earlier, a group of 10 bandidos bully boyz were blown up by their own explosives as they were busy making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southeastern Ghazni province.

According to the security officials, the bandidos bully boyz were busy making the IED inside a mosque in Andar district when their explosives went off prematurely, leaving all 10 bandidos bully boyz dead.

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban’s provincial council chief, Mullah Hamza, killed in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The shadow provincial council chief of the Taliban group for southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province was killed during the ongoing clearance operations in this province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Mullah Hamza was among 34 faceless myrmidons killed during the operations conducted in Greshk, Marjah, Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted jointly by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that the operations are part of the annual offensive to suppress the insurgency activities of the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups.

According to MoD, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were receiving close air support by the Afghan Air Force and artillery support by the Afghan army.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

This comes as the Taliban group earlier claimed that the control of Sangin district in Helmand on Monday night.

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya militia downs helicopter, killing 2 French troops
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Officials in Libya said on Tuesday that an Islamist militia shot down a helicopter outside the eastern city of Benghazi, killing two French special forces troops who were onboard.

The officials, one an air force officer who knew of the helicopters’ passengers and the other an official working for Western missions in Libya, said that there were no survivors in the attack, which took place on Sunday.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The French defense ministry declined to comment, saying it does not release information regarding its special forces.

A militia that calls itself the Defending Benghazi Brigade claimed the attack, saying it had used an SA-7 shoulder-fired missile and heavy machine guns to down the aircraft, which belonged to forces under Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the head of armed forces based in Libya’s east, who they oppose.

The incident highlights the secretive western military cooperation with the eastern forces led by Hifter, an anti-Islamist who opposes the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
-brokered, 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...
-based unity government but is supported by the internationally-recognized parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk.

Officially, the international community only recognizes the unity government and is imposing an arms embargo until the government unifies the army.

Libya slid into chaos after the uprising that led to the ouster and killing of longtime autocrat Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
in 2011. The power and security vacuum left the country a breeding ground for militias, and bandidos bully boyz including the ISIS group and al-Qaeda affiliates.

Since 2014, Libya has been split between rival governments and parliaments based in the western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes. The UN brokered a deal in December, which tried to mend the rift by creating a presidency council and a unity government. The deal envisions an up to two-year-transitional period, followed by a vote on a draft constitution and then presidential or parliamentary elections.

a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
the entire process has reached a deadlock, due to political jockeying and the government’s inability to put together an action plan to provide basic services.

The reported French deaths come as Libyan rival factions are holding meetings in Tunisia over the weekend to search for a way to break the deadlock, including changes to the UN-brokered road map.

On Tuesday, negotiators came up with a joint statement asking the government for an action plan to solve the persistent energy crisis, power cuts, and cash shortage. It also said that the political factions’ support to the government is "conditional" and depends on its success.

Mattias Toaldo, a Libya analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said that the government has received a "yellow card."

"Despite the good will, it seems that these crucial issues are becoming more intractable by the day," he said.

French special forces have been helping Libyan troops fight ISIS group bandidos bully boyz in the eastern city of Benghazi since the spring. Officials told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named then that the troops help pinpoint bad boy locations, plan operations and carry them out. They had also been training Libyan forces.

Together with British and American teams, they have set up an operation room in Benghazi’s Banina air base, the officials said.

While helping Hifter fight Islamic bandidos bully boyz in the east, other teams are helping Hifter’s rivals in the city of Misrata to fight ISIS bandidos bully boyz in their stronghold of Sirte, officials said. Militia forces loyal to the unity government have been battling ISIS bandidos bully boyz in Sirte since May.

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Yemeni Forces Fire Three Uragan Missiles on Soddy Camp in Jizan
220mm rocket artillery
Yemeni army and popular committees fired three Uragan missiles on a Saudi military camp in Jizan.

Yemeni military source told al-Massirah net that the missiles targeted a military camp newly set in occupied Jizan.Yemeni Forces Fire Three Uragan Missiles on Saudi Camp in Jizan

The missile were in response to continuous Saudi violations of the ceasefire.

"The Saudi-led coalition is going ahead with its airstrikes against Yemenis for the day 100 following the announcement of ceasefire in April 10," the source told al-Massirah net.
Posted by: badanov || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

Youth killed in gunfight
[Dhaka Tribune] A youth was rubbed out allegedly in a shootout between drug peddlers, robbers and police in Jessore town early Tuesday.

The dear departed Nesar Ali, 32, son of Abdul Gaffar from Azimabad Colony at Bezpara in the town, left a daughter, said Hasan Ali Tikka, elder brother of Nesar.
Don't you stop being a youth once you leave 29 behind?
Ilias Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Jossore Kotwali cop shoppe, said being informed that a shootout was going on between a group of drug peddlers and a gang of robbers in Barandipara area of the town, law-enforcers rushed to the spot and shot 10 rounds of blank fire to disperse the criminals.

Later, the police recovered the body of Nesar from the spot and brought him to Jessore General Hospital, he added.

There were seven cases against Nesar, including robbery, theft, mugging, drug and arms, said the OC.

On the other hand, Tikka said police detained his brother from home on Sunday night. He came to know about the death of his brother yesterday morning and identified the body kept at the hospital, Tikka added.

there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
Illias denied the allegation.

Dr Kajal Mollik at emergency department of the hospital said the man died before he brought to the hospital.

A pipe gun, three rounds of bullet and three local sharp weapons were recovered from the spot, claimed the OC.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [627 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't you stop being a youth once you leave 29 behind?

It's part of Arab Obamacare. You're still a "youth" if your parents can keep you on their shitty plan
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2016 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Youth is a mental attitude.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/20/2016 11:10 Comments || Top||

#3  My Dad always said you're only as old as your dawg.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/20/2016 16:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Mrs. Flimbers always tells me I have been going through puberty for the last 40 yers, so don't ask me what's a Yute....
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 07/20/2016 21:47 Comments || Top||

SUST Ansarullah leader, 19 Jamaat-Shibir men among 22 held
[Dhaka Tribune] Two university students detained in Sylhet on Monday for their suspected involvement in holy warrior activities were brought to Dhaka yesterday.

Abdul Aziz, a final year student of industrial and production engineering (IPE) department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, was picked up from the campus in the afternoon. Police say he is the coordinator of banned holy warrior outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team at SUST.

The other nabbed
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
by a team of Counter-Terrorism And Transnational Crimes unit is Mahmud Chowdhury, a final year student of Leading University.

A former student of Sylhet Cadet College, Aziz did not attend his classes last year and resumed studies this year.

DMP Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman said: "We have information that Abdul Aziz worked as a coordinator of Ansarullah Bangla Team at the university. We have detained him for further questioning."

Ansarullah members are accused of killing at least 11 secularist writers and publishers and two LGBT rights activists since 2013. Two of the victims ‐ Ananta Bijoy Das and Nazimuddin Samad ‐ are from Sylhet.

On the other hand, Mahmud is a resident of the Sylhet city’s Jalalabad area. He was an LLM student.

Leading University Vice-Chancellor Prof Kamruzzaman Chowdhury confirmed the arrest of Mahmud to the Dhaka Tribune.

Wishing to be unnamed, a LLM student said that Mahmud had been picked up from an exam hall.

A high official of Sylhet Metropolitan Police said that the duo had been under the CTTC unit’s surveillance for a long time.

SUST Proctor Rashedul Islam said: "We received a letter from the government on Tuesday [yesterday] asking for information on the students who have remained absent for long.

"We have formed a body under my leadership and letters have been sent to all departments seeking information."

19 Jamaat-Shibir men detained
...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster...
police yesterday detained 19 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
with improvised bombs and sharp weapons from Dhaka’s Khilgaon.

The detainees include Shibir’s Khilgaon unit President Md Motaher Hossain and General Secretary M A Razzak. Police also detained building owner Reazul Karim.

Inspector (investigation) Asaduzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune that they were detained in a raid at a hostel near Comilla Hotel in Khilgaon Block A area early yesterday.

DMP Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman said: "We recovered a large number of jihadi books, seven improvised bombs, four machetes and a computer from their possessions."
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Kazakh court sentences Daesh recruit
[RFE/RL] A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a man to seven years in prison for joining Daesh in Syria. The court in the northern city of Petropavlovsk sentenced Marat Umirzakov for "joining IS in Syria in order to fight against government forces."

The court also found him guilty of "participating in the activities" of a terrorist group.

Prosecutors said Umirzakov traveled to Turkey and illegally crossed into Syria in 2012 where he joined the rebels.

Umirzakov rejected the sentence and vowed to prove his innocence. Umirzakov's lawyer Kuandyk Mukhamediyarov told said that he will appeal the sentence.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

Down Under
TeeVee Host Calls For End To Muslim Immigration To Australia
[Breitbart] An Australian TV presenter has called for an end to Muslim immigration into her country, agreeing that "the more Muslims we import, the more danger we are in."

Sonia Kruger, who hosts Channel Nine's The Voice and Today Extra, was discussing last week’s terror attack in Nice when she said she agreed with a column by Andrew Bolt in the Herald Sun who argued that Muslim immigration into France led to an increased terror risk.

"Personally I think Andrew Bolt has a point here," Ms Kruger said. "There is a correlation between the number of people in a country who are Muslim and the number of terrorist attacks.

The Guardian reports her as saying: "I have a lot of very good friends who are Muslim, who are peace-loving, who are beautiful people, but there are fanatics.

"Personally, I would like to see it stop now for Australia. I want to feel safe and I want to see freedom of speech."

Her comments have provoked a furious backlash, but her employers at Channel Nine have released a statement defending her, citing freedom of speech.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2016 07:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [542 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some of our Aussie RantBrothers can comment to this, but as I understand there really is a problem in the northern coast states.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Massive Muslim migration in the past 10 years congregating in Melbourne and Sydney. New mosques going up all the time. We have a large proportion of theocrats, Muslim Brotherhood are active.

Many MB sympathisers have manouevred themselves into positions of influence in media, academia, legal activism and - I've no doubt - intel.

There is no legal or constitutional guarantee of Freedom of Speech in Australia - we have no Bill of Rights or First Amendment.

But we do have a guarantee of unlimited freedom of religion at s.118 in the Constitution. The constitution overrules all state and commonwealth laws - that means they can practice sharia whenever they want and it would by law overrule any other laws.

This is a massive problem.

Good to see Breitbart write on Sonia Kruger

But Sonia Kruger's career is now over. Nine defended her for now. But she can't go for another job as she has been slandered as a "casual racist"

There is now a sustained and persistant lobby i Australia to have "Islam" redefined as a "race" so that anti-discrimination laws can be used to silence critics of political Islamism.

They have gained a lot of traction from Pauline Hanson and Sonia Kruger's comments - they win at times like this because it's too easy for them to compare blanket statements like "ban muslim migration" with racism and prejudice.

It's why people need to be very careful with their word choice - words matter. It is important to always acknowledge the struggle between secular and theocrat in Islam, and that the problem is only with the theocrats.

But it's because we cannot tell the difference that a temporary ban might be useful. Not just "ban all Muslims"

I know it is hard to speak in a slightly more complex way on daytime TV but you have to do it otherwise you get your career ruined like Sonia Kruger, and hand ammunition to the Muslim Brotherhood who are lobbying like crazy to get the law changed.

Australia's migration system is not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion.

australia has gone from a negligible minority of muslims in 1980 to 50,000 people shutting off a huge street for Eid festival this year.
Posted by: anon1 || 07/20/2016 20:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you for that explanation, anon1.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2016 21:28 Comments || Top||

#4  yes indeed - most of my OzNews I get springboarding offa Tim Blair - he does not appear to have chimed in on this yet - so tyvm for that
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 07/20/2016 23:59 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey "coup": Wednesday a.m. quick roundup
Turkey fires tens of thousands in coup plotters hunt
[IsraelTimes] The Turkish government escalates its wide-ranging crackdown against people it claims have ties to plotters of last week’s attempted coup, firing tens of thousands of public employees across the country.

The dismissals touches every aspect of government life.

Turkish media, in rapid-fire reports, says the Ministry of Education fired 15,200 people across the country; the Interior Ministry 8,777 employees; and Turkey’s Board of Higher Education requested the resignation of 1,577 university deans — akin to dismissing them.

In addition, 257 people working at the office of the prime minister are dismissed and the Directorate of Religious Affairs announces it has sacked 492 staff including clerics, preachers and religious teachers. Turkey’s Family and Social Policy Ministry says it has dismissed 393 personnel.
If I got my decimal places lined up, this totals 26,696.
The firings come on top of the roughly 9,000 people who have been detained by the government, including security personnel, judges, prosecutors, religious figures and others. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency says courts have ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial.
26,696 + 9,000 + 85 = 35,781, unless the 85 are included in the 9,000.
Turkey sends dossiers to US over ‘coup-linked’ exiled cleric
[IsraelTimes] Turkey’s prime minister said Tuesday his government had sent four files to the United States, as Ankara seeks the extradition of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen over his alleged links to Friday’s attempted coup.

“We have sent four dossiers to the United States for the extradition of the terrorist chief. We will present them with more evidence than they want,” Binali Yildirim told parliament.

Two helicopters, 25 special forces personnel missing after Turkey’s failed coup attempt
This reads oddly, as if it were dictated with a gun held to the writer's head.
[Hurriyet] Two helicopters and 25 special forces personnel, who were heading for a raid targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the southern resort of Marmaris, have been missing since the failed July 15 coup attempt, Hürriyet writer Abdulkadir Selvi has stated.

“Two helicopters took off on the night linking July 17 to July 18. It could not be determined where the helicopters flying toward a forested area in Marmaris took off from. But its aim [to raid Erdoğan] has been determined. The helicopters landed at an unknown location for a while and then went missing,” Selvi wrote on July 19.

“It was determined that the two helicopters took off to rescue 25-personnel special operation units who went to raid President Erdoğan but then fled to the forested area after they failed. The two helicopters and 25 people that hid in the forested area have not been found,” he added.

Troops sent to grab Erdogan told target was terrorist
[AA.TR] Suspected pro-coup soldiers claim they were told to capture important terrorist before attacking Turkish president's holiday resort late Friday

Turkey won’t get visa-free travel this year: EU
[Hurriyet] European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has said he did not see the European Union granting Turks visa-free travel this year - as agreed in a migration deal - due to Ankara’s crackdown after a failed military coup.

Turkish pilots who downed Russian jet part of coup plot: Official
Taking the opportunity to clear up all sorts of loose ends...
[Hurriyet] Two Turkish pilots who played a role in the downing of a Russian jet in November are in custody over the July 15 failed coup in Turkey, an official said late on June 18. The downing of the Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border sparked an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Russia, which ended last month when the two countries agreed to restore ties.

Turkish intel informed top generals hours before coup attempt, says army
Lots of strong adjectives -- not usual in a military report, one would think.
[Hurriyet] Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) informed the country’s top generals hours before the coup attempt was initiated by a group of soldiers within the army on July 15, while Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar evaluated the information and issued all necessary warnings and orders against “this despicable and miserable attempt,” according to a statement published on the General Staff’s official website on July 19.

Beginning the statement by announcing that the attempts of the “terrorist traitors who are members of an illegal gang [the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization - FETÖ] and who have nestled into the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK]” had been suppressed as of July 17 at 4:00 p.m. throughout the country, the General Staff continued by denouncing any relation between this group and the “flag-loving, overwhelming majority” within the army.

“The information given by the National Intelligence Organization on July 15, 2016, at around 4:00 p.m. was evaluated at the General Staff headquarters with the attendance of Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar, Chief of the Army General Salih Zeki Çolak and Deputy Chief of Staff General Yaşar Güler,” said the statement, elaborating on the precaution orders given regarding the end of mobility of all military vehicles including tanks, planes, helicopters and concerning the return of the ones currently mobilized to posts.

The statement also added that Gen. Akar was threatened and forced to sign and read out on TV the “treason document, so-called declaration” and that the chief of staff had rejected these demands with “statements that include curses and with dander and firmly.”

50,000 targeted in post-coup Turkey crackdown
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
vowed to root out allies of the US-based holy man it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.

Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million.

On Tuesday, authorities shut down media outlets deemed to be supportive of the holy man and said 15,000 people had been fired from the education ministry, 492 from the Religious Affairs Directorate, 257 from the prime minister's office and 100 intelligence officials.
A total of 15,849 listed here, unless they are either included in or added to the 50,000 total, above.
The lira weakened to beyond 3 to the dollar after state broadcaster TRT said all university deans had been ordered to resign, recalling the sorts of broad purges seen in the wake of successful military coups of the past.

In a sign of international concern, a German official said a serious fissure had opened in Turkey and he feared fighting would break out within Germany’s large Turkish community.

"A deep split is emerging in Turkish society," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "The danger of an escalation in violence between Erdogan supporters and opponents has also risen in Germany."

Turkey bans religious funerals for coup supporters
[AA.TR] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey has banned religious funerals for the supporters of the attempted military coup. The Religious Affairs Directorate said Tuesday that imams would not lead prayers for "pro-coup soldiers who targeted our nation".

The directorate, which employs all of Turkey’s 75,000 imams, said the ban would not apply to those who took part under duress or unwittingly played a role. The number of coup supporters killed during Friday’s attempt to seize power remains uncertain, although the figure is believed to be more than 20.

Alleged coup ringleaders appear before Turkish court
[AA.TR] Two army officers alleged to be among the leaders of last week’s failed coup in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey were remanded in jug when they appeared separately in court late Tuesday, a military official said.

Lt. Gen. Metin Iyidil, commander of the Land Forces Training and Doctrine Command, and Col. Muharrem Kose, the former legal adviser to the chief of general staff, appeared in different courts in capital Ankara, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. The source did not reveal the exact charges against the officers.

...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian...
the head of the gendarmerie, Gen. Galip Mendi, was relieved of duty late Tuesday due to illness. Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Yasar was appointed acting chief of the service.

Nearly 1,000 suspected coup supporters have been remanded to custody by courts following Friday’s coup attempt, including 72 other high-ranking military members.
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#1  “statements that include curses and with dander and firmly.”

Mighty close to mustache cursing.
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Home Front: Politix
Ohio Leftists Armed with AR-15 Rifles Outside Republican Convention
[Breitbart] CLEVELAND, Ohio — Open carry: it’s not just for Republicans any more.

Two left-wing activists who came to Cleveland to protest against Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention were sporting AR-15 rifles and suppressors (“silencers”) outside the security perimeter Tuesday evening as delegates cast their roll call votes inside the Quicken Loans Arena.

Convention security issued an alert: “BOLO [be on the lookout]: Suspicious men described as Muslim carrying large back packs and carrying assault wpns. Headed in alley to Carnegie.”

But few on the street seemed perturbed — and some onlookers were enthusiastic in their approval.

Micah Nazari, 39, of Yellow Springs — the birthplace of the hippie movement in the 1960s — told Breitbart News that he had not had any negative reactions from anyone — save for the Secret Service, who had asked to see his permit for his suppressor.

Nazari also sported an Islamic skullcap and a sidearm. He declined to answer.
Hey, a 'Blind Sheikh' look alike! Great shots, vids, and audios. Please make sure the plain clothes guys get plate numbers and addresses for the files, then check for priors, employment, aliases, family & friends. Don't forget the gun shops and 4473's. Great police work guys.
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#1  Time for the Donald to call some people he got to know in the construction trade?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/20/2016 4:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Time for a beatdown for acting stupid in public.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 6:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Alinsky provocation, hoping for a strong response... or a probe to see what response it elicited in the situation. It will be interesting to see what happens at the Democratic convention.

Yellow Springs has become a hippie/artist colony. Marijuana is still the community flower.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2016 9:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Precedent is now set. Peaceful, non-confrontational. Lets see how this is managed at the D get together. Involuntary public urination by (D)elegates is one possible outcome.
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/20/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Involuntary public urination by (D)elegates is one possible outcome.

(D)elegates (super or not...) peeing themselves? I'd pay to see that.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/20/2016 15:41 Comments || Top||

#6  You can see that for free, #5 CF.

Just come up behind them and say, "Boo!"
Posted by: Barbara || 07/20/2016 15:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Suppressor sez passed background check and local chief leo signed off. Should have been a tip he was clean. But ya gotta have yer stamp witcha or else...
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 07/20/2016 17:38 Comments || Top||

#8  There are those who break the law . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2016 18:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Seems pretty close to shouting 'FIRE' in a crowded theatre to me.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/20/2016 20:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Yay.

Every person of every persuasion carried their weapons all around Ohio during a divisive national political convention and NOTHING happened.

I guess guns aren't hurting any one.

It must be something else that is causing people to get suddenly dead.
Posted by: rammer || 07/20/2016 22:09 Comments || Top||

#11  Thank you, rammer. Spot on.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/20/2016 22:35 Comments || Top||

#12  Our GOD given Rights, equally.
Posted by: newc || 07/20/2016 22:53 Comments || Top||

#13  I grew up near Yellow Springs. It was rumored that LSD was invented there. It was always full of wealthy eastern hippies. The college has gone out of business and all that's left is old hippies and people looking for a cheap place to live.
I've been through the town recently and didn't see anyone carrying AR's.
Posted by: jvalentour || 07/20/2016 22:59 Comments || Top||

#14  Bern or Zurich I think JV.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/20/2016 23:38 Comments || Top||

Four militants killed in ‘encounter’ with police
[DAWN] Police claimed on Monday evening having killed four suspected snuffies in an ’encounter’ on the outskirts of the city and seized two suicide jackets made in Afghanistan.

Acting on a tip-off,
Cop shoppe! Sergeant Shafiq speaking!
Lissen! Dis is Mahmoud da Weasel! I got a tip for youse...

personnel of police and an intelligence agency conducted a targeted raid on a house in Quetta Town in the Sohrab Goth area off the Superhighway. As police encircled the home, the suspects opened fire on them, wounding two coppers.

The police retaliated and during the exchange of fire, four snuffies were killed, claimed Malir SSP Rao Anwar Ahmed.

The officer identified one of the dead as Asadullah, alias Saleh Rehmani, who he said was a cousin of a krazed killer, Naeem Bukhari, who was in jug.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa had at a presser in February 2016 at Corps V Headquarters announced the arrest of Attaur Rehman, alias Naeem Bukhari, Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
chief of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
who carried head money of Rs20 million, along with other krazed killers.

The Malir SSP claimed that two suicide jackets were also found in the hideout, which were defused by Bomb Disposal Squad personnel. Each jacket weighed around 15 kilogram kaboom. The officer said that these suicide jackets were made in Afghanistan. Apart from the suicide jackets, police claimed to have recovered 20kg kaboom, two Kalashnikovs and two 9mm pistols.

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Lashkar men among seven killed in bomb attack
[DAWN] UPPER DIR: Seven people, among them a leader of a pro-government peace Lashkar and two councillors, were killed in a kaboom in the Doog Darra area on Monday evening, police and witnesses said.

The seven were returning from a jirga, held in the Panaghar area to discuss a local matter, when the remote-controlled blast hit their pick-up in Badarkani.

No group immediately grabbed credit for the attack.

Those killed were identified as Malik Khan Muhammad, a leader of the Lashkar in the Miana Doog area, and Habibullah and Mehmood Jan, both members of the Lashkar; tehsil councillor Zahir Shah aka Adil and village councillor Amanullah; and area notables Kabir and Sanaullah.

"Seven people were killed in the incident," confirmed District Police Officer Athar Waheed.

The powerful kaboom flung the vehicle into a nearby river with body parts strewn across the hillside, witnesses said.

"Six of the bodies were collected from the river," said Shahid Khan, an eyewitness, adding the blast created a huge crater on the ground.

In 2009, Doog Darra was the only part of Upper Dir where Death Eaters secretly gained a toehold but local people joined forces and evicted them from the area after festivities when they came to know about their presence. During the fight, scores of Death Eaters were killed and dozens of houses of their supporters torched. The Death Eaters have since found refuge in Afghanistan from where they make attempts to target members of the Lashkar to avenge their defeat.

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TTP splinter group, Al Qaeda elements behind Awais Shah kidnapping: DG ISPR
[DAWN] Director General ISPR Asim Bajwa said Awais Shah was recovered from his kidnappers who had made him wear a burqa in order to transport him in Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
Elaborating on Shah's recovery in a presser, Bajwa said the kidnappers were ambushed in Dera Ismail Khan at a checkpoint at Mufti Mehmood Chowk on the way to Tank.

Bajwa said a figure in a burqa was found in the backseat of the vehicle after gunnies from the security forces shot the driver and two armed forces of Evil in order to stop a suspicious blue Toyota Surf that refused to halt at the checkpoint. The burqa-clad figure was identified as Awais Shah, blindfolded, with his hands and feet chained and tape across his mouth.

"He was in a burqa. When we lifted it, he was under it and he had tape on his mouth. It was removed and he said 'My name is Awais Shah and I'm the son of the Sindh High Court Chief Justice'. Security forces then took Shah to a nearby camp where we cut his chains."
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Police arrest Waseem Akhtar, Anis Kaimkhani in Dr Asim terror case
[DAWN] Police on Tuesday afternoon incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
's (MQM) Waseem Akhtar and Rauf Siddiqui and Pak Sarzameen Party's Anis Kaimkhani in a case pertaining to providing treatment and shelter to alleged terrorists.

Akhtar, Siddiqui and Kaimkhani have been shifted to jail in an armoured personnel carrier (APC). Police have been ordered to arrest Abdul Qadir Patel, who is also facing charges under the same case.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) earlier in the day rejected the pre-arrest bail applications of the politicians.

The pre-arrest bail applications of Anis Kaimkhani, Rauf Siddiqui, Waseem Akhtar, and Abdul Qadir Patel, who were facing charges of allegedly asking former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussian to provide treatment and shelter to alleged bully boyz and gangsters at Ziauddin Hospital, were rejected.

A heavy contingent of police deployed at the premises summoned officers from the nearest cop shoppe to court.

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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edtion
ISIS executes 12 wimmin

Erbil-For the first time since ISIS took control over Mosul (June 2014), it witnessed on Monday evening a women demonstration against ISIS practices. Saeed Mamozini, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s branch 14 in Mosul, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the protest was aggressively blocked with 12 women shot and others arrested.

In the military field and after battles that lasted for hours, Iraqi forces succeeded in gaining control over Al Awsajah (south east Mosul).

Iraqi Military Officer Amin Shekhani commented on the operation, “An extended attack was carried out from two directions to liberate Al Awsajah, with air support by the U.S. led Coalition against ISIS. During the operation, eight soldiers were injured but the forces continued to move forward and cleared the region from ISIS fighters”.

Speaking on the fate of families inside Al Awsajah village, Shekhani said that the village was almost empty when the attack commenced, yesterday, knowing that families escaped before days after receiving assistance from the security forces.

In coincidence with Shekhani statement, the commander of the Peshmerga in Makhmour, Rashad Kalali, revealed that this strategic village was the last stronghold of ISIS there and that the Iraqi forces killed around 20 of ISIS fighters during the operation.

Saeed Mamozini added that six ISIS fighters were killed and dozens injured in the west of Mosul; four others were killed in the east. Among them one of ISIS leaders named Muhammad Al Sudani.
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ISIS troops get the hell out of Dodge flee Hawija
(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD- A security source in Kirkuk province announced on Tuesday that more than half of ISIS members have shaved off their beards and fled Hawija district because of the progress of the security forces into the district.

The source in an interview with Iraqi News said, “More than half of the ISIS fighters have begun shaving their beards and are heading towards remote areas outside Hawija due to the advance of the security forces towards the district.”

The source, seeking anonymity, added, “Some of the organization’s leaders have conveyed their families outside Hawija, fearing the arrival of the security forces and the subsequent liberalization of Hawija.”
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#1  Shave and a Haircut fifty bucks!
Posted by: Shipman || 07/20/2016 18:18 Comments || Top||

French warbirds pound ISIS positions in Tal Afar
(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – France announced on Tuesday that French fighter jets have carried out fresh raids on ISIS sites around Mosul, in response to the latest attack on Nice, which killed at least 84 people.

French Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Odrian, in a press statement ,said, “French strikes have been out carried this night in Tal Afar, not far away from Mosul.”

The fighter jets, which participated in raids on ISIS sites, are part of the International Coalition led by the United States.
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Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 19+ detained

19 detained in Diyali

(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – Diyala Police Command announced pulling apart 15 terrorist cells during a number of security operations in the last few days at different areas of the province. Moreover, 19 persons wanted on different charges were also arrested in the operations.

Diyala Police Chief Major General Jassim al-Saadi in a statement said, “Police forces, in the last few days, have managed to pull apart 15 terrorist cells and arrest 19 persons wanted on different charges.”

“Three of the arrested persons were wanted on terrorism charges, eight on charges of hijacking and blackmail and the other eight on different criminal charges,” Saadi concluded.

Diyali kops detain, kill 6 Suicide Boomers

(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – Diyala Police Command announced, that six suicide bombers who were intending to blow up themselves in different areas in the province had been either killed or arrested.

Diyala Police Chief Major General Jassim al-Saadi in press conference held at the headquarters of Diyala Police Command said, “Diyala police managed to either kill or arrest six suicide bombers who were intending to blow up themselves up at Baqubah, al-Khalis, al-Salam, Khan Beni Saad and Balad Ruz.”

Saadi added, “The Ministry of Interior will provide Diyala police with vehicles equipped with explosives detectors and in the coming few days, Tigris Operations and Diyala police will choose as to where these vehicles are to be placed.”
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Salahuddin Kombat Kourier: 8 die
8 ISIS Turbans toes up in airstrike at al-Sharqat

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A source in the Joint Operations Command informed that an Iraqi airstrike against ISIS in al-Sharqat killed at least eight (8) of its men and destroying other equipment used by the ISIS.

“At least eight (8) ISIS members were killed in an airstrike at al-Sharqat district, north of Tikrit. A laboratory used for making booby-trap vehicles and a vehicle and three motorcycles, which were supposed to be used by the ISIS against the security forces, were also destroyed in the strike,” the source said while sharing details about the airstrike.

“The air force also targeted a communication tower of the ISIS at Silo, in al-Sharqat. The tower, used by the ISIS for radio transmission and communication, was also destroyed completely in the strike and along with it, three ISIS members were also killed,” the source further added.

“In yet another air raid by the Iraqi Air Force that targeted the headquarters of ISIS Diwan al-Hisba in al-Sharqat, 15 ISIS suicide bombers was and seven others were injured. Among these also included Arab and foreign nationals. The headquarters was also destroyed completely in the raid,” the source concluded.

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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die

Iraqi militiaman dies in bomb attack in Abu Gharib

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interiors revealed that in an IED explosion in western Baghdad killed one member of al-Hashd al-Sha’abi member and injured three others.

Sharing details about an IED explosion in western Baghdad today morning, the source said, “The blast was targeted at a vehicle of al-Hashd al-Sha’abi that was occupied by four members. In the blast, one member died on the spot while three others received serious injuries. The blast took place when the vehicle was passing through Abu Gharib district.”

“Security forces rushed to the spot and immediately carried the injured to a nearby hospital and the body of the deceased was sent to the forensic department. The forces have further opened a probe into the incident and have also launched a search operation to nab the perpetrators involved with the bombing,” added the source.

Iraqi kop dies in bombing in al-Ghazaliyah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed that a police officer was killed after the vehicle he was travelling exploded in western Baghdad.

According to information shared by the source, it was revealed, “An adhesive explosive bomb placed under a policeman’s vehicle exploded this evening, while it was passing through al-Ghazaliyah area in western Baghdad. The officer was killed on the spot.”

“Security forces rushed to the area and transferred the body to the forensic department and security personnel cordon off the area and barred anybody from approaching it.”
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Wide-scale arrests following exposure of illegal Israeli Arab weapons industry
[Ynet] Undercover agent earned trust in criminal underworld; purchased drugs, dozens of guns, rifles and M-16 machine guns amounting to NIS 11k: 'I always saw myself on the side that enforces the law.'

Six-hundred coppers locked away
Please don't kill me!
63 suspects on Monday morning as part of a wide-scale operation during which a secret agent with a false criminal identity exposed a wide-scale illicit weapons industry in Arab sectors of society.

The undercover agent documented dozens of weapons acquisition and drugs deals which has led to the arrest of the suspects.

During the operation, dubbed ’Operation 500,’ the agent acquired twelve improvised Carlo sub-machine guns, three Kalashnikov assault rifles, two improvised M-16 machine guns, four handguns, tear grenades, ammunition and large quantities of cocaine, hashish and marijuana.

According to the police, the agent became a popular and respected figure among criminal circles in the area and was even called upon to act as an arbiter in disagreements and disputes between the criminals.

"I hope and I believe that the agent who assisted us and joined the police force last night will serve as an example to the young generation among Arabs who suffer and pay a heavy price for the high levels of crime in its sector."
Shortly before the exposure, the agent commented on the recruitment process: "I always saw myself on the side that enforces the law. When it was suggested to me that I act as an agent I didn’t think twice. It’s a challenging mission. The phenomenon of weapons in the Arab areas seriously concerns the residents. It is a dangerous phenomenon with which I am intimately familiar."

Before the mass arrests were made on Monday morning, a ceremony took place during which Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh and Maj. Gen. Motti Cohen awarded the police agent with a gun and a certificate paying tribute to his activities:

"I salute this brave agent who exposed a weapons dealer network, and the Israel police which participated in the operation," said Erdan.

"The struggle against illegal weapons is a top priority of the police and of mine. We will continue the struggle using all means at our disposal until we eradicate the phenomenon. The agent involved proves again that when it comes to enforcing the law, there are no Jews, Arabs or Christians. There are only law enforcers and criminals. I hope and I believe that the agent who assisted us and joined the police force last night will serve as an example to the young generation among Arabs who suffer and pay a heavy price for the high levels of crime in its sector," added Erdan.

Alsheikh added, "The police is in the midst of an extensive process to enhance public trust and confidence in Arab society in all aspects of police and law enforcement. The illicit weapons industry hits, first and foremost, the quality of life and the security
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Small actions around Israel
Gazan possibly lightly hurt when navy fires at blockade-breaching boat
[IsraelTimes] Soldiers were alerted to a breach of the blockade off the Strip’s northern coast and responded by shooting in the air, causing the ship to turn back, the spokesperson said.

One or two Gazooks may have been lightly maimed when an Israeli Navy ship fired toward a fishing boat Monday morning. The IDF confirmed that it fired at a boat that was seen sailing past the six-mile limit imposed as part of Israel’s blockade of the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-ruled territory, but said it did not know of any hit. There was no official comment from authorities in Gazoo.

An IDF spokesperson said the army had no indication the fishing boat was struck.

12-year-old Palestinian boy dies during WB riot
[IsraelTimes] According to Israel Police, violence broke out when Border Police officers who were returning the body of a Palestinian terrorist came under attack from a Molotov cocktail. The troops responded with tear gas and stun grenades, and did not use live fire, police say.

Palestinians say a 12-year-old boy was killed by rubber bullets fired by Israeli troops in the central West Bank. According to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, clashes broke out when Israeli troops entered the town of al-Ram, north of Jerusalem. The report says Palestinian youths hurtled rocks and empty bottles at the security forces, who responded with live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas.

The police say they are looking into the Palestinian claims.

Israeli security forces foil weapons smuggling attempt
[IsraelTimes] Israeli security forces thwarted an arms smuggling attempt from Jordan into Israel on Tuesday when they seized a stash of weapons that included 20 handguns, five M-16 rifles and other weapons parts. The operation was carried out by the IDF, the Shin Bet and the Israel Police following intelligence efforts.

Two Palestinians said to be waiting for the stash on the Israeli side were arrested. The arrest occurred near the Israeli moshav Argaman in the Jordan Valley. The suspects were taken in for questioning.

Hamas sentences 3 Gazans to death for spying for Israel
[IsraelTimes] A Hamas-run military court on Tuesday sentenced three Gazans to death and three to prison, charging them with being informants for Israel.

A 57-year-old man from Gaza City was convicted of passing intelligence to Israel for over 20 years, including the location of Hamas’s tunnels, hideouts, rocket caches, as well as the houses and cars of the terror group’s fighters, a source in the Gaza military court told the Palestinian news site Safa.

A man in his 50s from Khan Younis as well as a 35-year-old from Rafah were also sentenced to death for passing information to Israelis, the report said.

Additionally, the military court source said a Gazan man who worked with Israel from 2006 to 2010 had his sentence lightened from life in prison to 15 years following an appeal.

The report did not give any information about the prison sentences of the other two men charged with being informants.
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#1  violence broke out when Border Police officers who were returning the body of a Palestinian terrorist came under attack from a Molotov cocktail

Can't we just airdrop them?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/20/2016 4:34 Comments || Top||

#2  A lot of ways to return the bodies.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 6:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Or
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 6:17 Comments || Top||

#4  hmmm - got a plan here - run them over with a zionist/imperialist Caterpillar a la Rachel Corrie, thus transforming a 3 dimensional object into a 2 dimensonal object - and then just fax em over
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 07/20/2016 23:36 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Europe Eyes Israeli Technologies for Spotting Terrorists Online
[Breitbart UK] European powers are trying to develop better means for pre-emptively spotting "lone-wolf" militants from their online activities and are looking to Israeli-developed technologies, a senior EU security official said on Tuesday.

Last week’s truck rampage in France and Monday’s axe attack aboard a train in Germany have raised European concern about self-radicalized assailants who have little or no communications with militant groups that could be intercepted by spy agencies.

"How do you capture some signs of someone who has no contact with any organization, is just inspired and started expressing some kind of allegiance? I don’t know. It’s a challenge," EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove told Reuters on the sidelines of a intelligence conference in Tel Aviv.

Internet companies asked to monitor their own platforms’ content for material that might flag militants had begged off, De Kerchove said.

He said they had argued that the information was too massive to sift through and contextualize, unlike pedophile pornography, for which there were automatic detectors.

"So maybe a human’s intervention is needed. So you cannot just let the machine do it," De Kerchove said. But he said he hoped "we will soon find ways to be much more automated" in sifting through social networks.

"That is why I am here," he said of his visit to Israel. "We know Israel has developed a lot of capability in cyber."
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#1  Where Israel goes the world will follow in combating terrorism.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/20/2016 3:33 Comments || Top||

#2  How the world changes: it used to be Jewish doctors, gentiles couldn't live without. Mind you, IMO, being known for military prowess is lot safer.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/20/2016 4:22 Comments || Top||

#3  It'll be used to spot Rantburgers.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/20/2016 4:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Picture of a guy with an AXE ON A TRAIN is a pretty good indicator. Guess nobody wanted a selfie with him.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2016 6:01 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Five more Malaysians seized by Abu Sayyaf
[CNN] Philippine Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Tuesday confirmed reports that five Malaysians tugboat crew members have been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in Sabah, Malaysia. He said, "They took again five more Malaysians in Lahad Datu."

The tugboat was sailing from Sandakan to Sempora when it was waylaid. The vessel was found unmanned on Saturday in Lahad Datu, a part of the waters bordering Tawi-Tawi. If the kidnapping is confirmed, there would have been at least 18 Indonesians and Malaysians seized by the Abu Sayyaf in three separate abductions since early this year.

Dureza said Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari has informed officials he is willing to assist in going after the Abu Sayyaf. The Abu Sayyaf was a breakaway group from the MNLF, established by Abdurajak Janjalani in the 1990s.

Dureza said, "There is an effort right now by the group of Chairman Nur Misuari. I talked with him today, he called me over the phone and he said that he'd like to do coordination with our military forces on the ground because they'd like also to help in addressing the criminal acts committed by the so-called Abu Sayyaf Group."
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Indonesia's most wanted terrorist confirmed dead
[Nikkei Asian Review] Indonesian police have confirmed the death the country's most-wanted terrorist with links to Daesh only a week after a new police chief was sworn in. Santoso, also known as Abu Wardah, had been in hiding for several years in the jungles of Poso district, Central Sulawesi Province, before he and another gunman were gunned down during a joint operation by police and the military on Monday afternoon.

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Tuesday afternoon, "I've just received information that the fingerprint matches an old one of [Santoso]. He had been detained before, so we can conclude 100% that the dead person was Santoso."

The other rebel killed was identified as one of Santoso's followers.

Santoso, 40, was the commander of the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), which became the most prominent terror group in the country after police mostly managed to incapacitate Jemaah Islamiyah. JI, the Southeast Asian counterpart of al-Qaida, was responsible for large-scale terror attacks in Indonesia in the 2000s, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. JI targeted Western establishments, but MIT became known for its series of attacks targeting police officers and police facilities in 2012.

Santoso was a former seller of Islamic books who was inspired by Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, a firebrand cleric and spiritual leader of JI currently detained in an Indonesian prison. His group had been holding paramilitary training for local militants in Poso jungles ,even before Santoso pledged his allegiance to Daesh in 2014. Santoso proclaimed himself the local Daesh "commander" in Indonesia in a video uploaded to YouTube in 2015. Santoso had been on the police's wanted list since 2007.

Apart from dozens of other MIT militants still hiding in the jungles of Poso, there are other terror cells in the nation operating independently, such as one led by a man called Bahrun Naim. Naim, who is believed to have joined Daesh in Syria, allegedly orchestrated a terror attack in Jakarta in January that killed eight people.
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56 die in airstrikes in Aleppo
BEIRUT: Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition early on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Daesh group, a monitor said.

“There are at least 56 dead, including 11 children, and dozens more wounded, including some in critical condition,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitor said that the civilians were hit as they were fleeing fighting in the Aleppo province village of Al-Tukhar and that they had apparently been mistaken for Daesh fighters.

The Observatory — which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information — says it determines what planes carried out raids according to their type, location, flight patterns and the munitions involved.

Asked about the incident, the coalition had no immediate comment, but said it was looking into the reports.

Al-Tukhar lies 14 km north of the town of Manbij, a key Daesh stronghold that has been repeatedly targeted in raids by the US-led coalition.
On Monday, the Observatory said 21 civilians had been killed in coalition raids in the area, 15 in a northern district of Manbij and another six in Al-Tukhar.

Manbij sits on Daesh’s main supply route between Syria and neighboring Turkey and has been the target of a US-backed offensive by a Kurdish-Arab alliance of fighters since May 31.

In June, the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance broke into western districts of the town, but their advance has been slowed in the past month because of land mines planted by the terrorists and ongoing suicide attacks.

Near Aleppo, government forces sought to tighten their siege of rebel-held districts of the battleground second city.

Clashes erupted around Handarat, a largely deserted Palestinian refugee camp north of the city, after government forces seized parts of the only remaining supply route into rebel-held eastern districts, effectively severing them from the outside world.

The capture of the Castello Road has raised fears of a lengthy siege of east Aleppo, where residents have already reported food shortages and rising prices.

The Observatory said fierce clashes were underway around Handarat Camp, which is less than two kilometers from the northern outskirts of the city.

“If the regime takes Handarat, it will be able to completely asphyxiate the rebels in east Aleppo, and they will be unable to launch counter-attacks to retake the Castello Road,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.
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35 ISIS Bad Guys die in Kurd ambush in Kobane
[ARA News] KOBANE – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled a renewed offensive by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) near Kobane in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, and killed dozens of militant fighters, military sources reported on Wednesday.

The YPG forces ambushed a group of ISIS militants near the town of Ain Issa in Kobane countryside, killing at least 35 ISIS jihadis.

“The terror group was trying to infiltrate into Ain Issa. Our [YPG] forces have purposively removed security checkpoints at the town’s entrance to allow the militants enter our security zone, then we opened fire on the group killing more than 35 terrorists and injuring many others,” YPG officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

The Kurdish official added that at least a dozen of ISIS fighters who were injured in the operation were taken as hostages by the YPG.
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Syrian rebels capture ISIS command center in Manbij
[ARA News] AMUDE – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured an ISIS headquarters in Western Manbij, that has been for long used by the radical group as a command centre and logistics hub, the US-led coalition said on Tuesday.

“The Da’esh headquarters, located in a hospital, was being used as a command center and logistics hub. The SAC [SDF] also seized a significant amount of the city during the operation, which provided civilians the opportunity to escape,” the coalition said.

According to the coalition, the SDF forces continue to fight ISIS on four fronts within the city of Manbij, “carefully clearing territory toward the city center while ensuring the safety of any civilians who still remain,” the coalition said.

“[The SDF] freed additional territory in the city of Manbij in the face of determined resistance from ISIL,” the Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said, using another acronym for ISIS.

“The hospital was contested for some time and it was a significant challenge for these forces operating in Manbij to expel ISIL from the building without doing major damage,” the Pentagon official said.

However, he said the hospital will be returned to the civilians, after Manbij is fully recaptured.

“They [SDF] have succeeded in that effort, and so once the city is secured, the hospital will be returned to local civilian control so it can once again serve city residents,” he stated.

Nevertheless, ISIS continues fighting hard in the Manbij city centre and organized counter attacks. But the Syrian Democratic Forces are maintaining their momentum with a support from the US-led coalition airforces.

Since the operation for Manbij border pocket began on 31 May, the coalition has carried out 450 airstrikes against ISIS.

“These airstrikes destroyed Da’esh heavy weapons, vehicles, fortifications, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, VBIED facilities, armored vehicles, technical vehicles, bridges, and caches,” the coalition said.

The destruction of these ISIS assets disrupts the group’s operations and makes them vulnerable here and on the Mar’a line [north of Aleppo province], the coalition added.
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#1  “The Da’esh headquarters, located in a hospital, was being used as a command center and logistics hub

A war crime. How Islamic.
See also: "Hamas" and "Hezbollah"
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#2  Aye, and the UN with their Paleoambulances full of weaponry
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