Hi there, !
Today Fri 10/26/2018 Thu 10/25/2018 Wed 10/24/2018 Tue 10/23/2018 Mon 10/22/2018 Sun 10/21/2018 Sat 10/20/2018 Archives
Rantburg
490572 articles and 1731546 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 74 articles and 158 comments as of 14:16.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion        Politix    Posting Order
Firefighters extinguish day’s fifth blaze caused by incendiary balloon in southern Israel
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 1: WoT Operations
0 [6488] 
0 [6494] 
0 [6471] 
0 [6470] 
0 [6491] 
2 01:14 Skidmark [6470] 
0 [6494] 
0 [6570] 
0 [6469] 
0 [6473] 
0 [6510] 
0 [6492] 
0 [6470] 
0 [6468] 
0 [6475] 
0 [6468] 
0 [6491] 
0 [6475] 
0 [6485] 
0 [6482] 
0 [6499] 
0 [6477] 
Page 2: WoT Background
0 [6480]
2 17:43 Ptah [6503]
2 14:07 Skidmark [6473]
5 11:28 Eohippus Dribble5682 [6480]
0 [6468]
1 14:09 Skidmark [6501]
1 10:04 Frank G [6502]
0 [6470]
0 [6469]
0 [6504]
0 [6488]
0 [6476]
0 [6476]
4 11:08 AlanC [6482]
0 [6466]
3 12:07 Eohippus Dribble5682 [6471]
1 02:06 gorb [6472]
Page 3: Non-WoT
7 20:36 trailing wife [6487]
13 17:43 Shart the Low-priced4103 [6479]
10 21:38 Frank G [6497]
5 11:53 warthogswife [6467]
3 19:20 Cheaderhead [6483]
2 17:48 Shart the Low-priced4103 [6513]
1 01:24 Skidmark [6474]
0 [6471]
1 07:28 Procopius2k [6480]
0 [6466]
1 08:28 Skidmark [6468]
0 [6469]
5 13:34 Airandee [6479]
0 [6467]
0 [6466]
2 19:13 Cheaderhead [6485]
3 07:53 Woodrow [6468]
5 21:22 trailing wife [6496]
1 01:41 Skidmark [6466]
1 01:41 Sonny Lumumba7455 [6469]
1 01:39 Sonny Lumumba7455 [6473]
Page 4: Opinion
4 19:25 Cheaderhead [6509]
5 11:53 Frank G [6519]
10 21:36 Frank G [6494]
4 15:55 magpie [6472]
1 09:44 Skidmark [6467]
0 [6471]
Page 6: Politix
2 22:02 Anomalous Sources [6492]
8 12:06 warthogswife [6470]
3 11:23 Abu Uluque [6472]
2 07:19 Procopius2k [6491]
9 14:38 ranture [6493]
4 19:07 Roger29 Palms [6523]
17 20:37 Bobby [6504]
7 21:44 USN, Ret. [6497]
Afghanistan
NATO soldier killed in Taliban-claimed attack in Afghanistan
[IsraelTimes] A NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
soldier has been killed and two others have been maimed in a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
-claimed attack in Afghanistan, days after a US general was maimed in a shooting on a high-level security meeting.

NATO’s Resolute Support mission is not immediately releasing the nationalities of the three soldiers involved in the assault in the western province of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, but it is understood that they are not American.

"Initial reports indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan cops," Resolute Support says in a statement.

In the incident’s wake, Tadeen Khan ‐ a brother of Raziq and a member of the Afghan cops ‐ has been appointed acting provincial police chief, interior ministry deputy front man Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

Rumors on Afghan social media networks that Resolute Support carried out the attack on Raziq were dismissed by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
on Monday, who blamed "the enemies of the Afghan people and their regional supporters" for the gossip.

"Such rumors are justifying the enemies’ atrocities," Abdullah ‐ Afghanistan’s equivalent of prime minister ‐ said in comments at a regular ministerial meeting that were broadcast on Afghan television.
Update from the Wall Street Journal at 8:25 a.m. ET, though the rest of the article is paywalled:
A Czech soldier with the U.S.-led international military forces in Afghanistan was killed in an apparent insider attack in the western province of Herat, the third such incident in the past two months.

The soldier was the fourth Czech service member killed as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization mission to Afghanistan since the Central European country’s parliament approved a plan in June to nearly double its forces in Afghanistan to 390.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Algeria detains 17 for providing information to al-Qaeda cell
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Algerian authorities detained 17 people in Tissemsilt for their involvement in providing an al-Qaeda terror cell with information about the movement of police, gendarmerie and army.

"Within the context of fighting terrorism, (the authorities) locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
17 people who support terror groups in Tissemsilt on October 20," the ministry of defense said in a statement.

The daily Elibilad quoted security sources as saying that the arrests were made following investigations for weeks and after the authorities learnt from residents in the area that suspicious people were visiting the houses of some repentant terrorists.

According to sources, the statements of the two detainees helped detain the rest of the cell members. The rest of the cell members are being interrogated to know more about other members and the terrorist scheme that was being planned.

MILITARY OPERATIONS
Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream...
armed forces have launched large-scale military operations in northern and border areas to track terror groups and smuggling barons. Security forces also shelled and destroyed terrorists’ strongholds and thwarted smuggling operations in the second, fourth and sixth military regions.

The Algerian air force’s fighters and reconnaissance aircrafts have intensified their flights in several areas in eastern areas as well as above mountainous and other strategic passages and border crossings, the sources also said, adding that additional army and gendarmerie forces have been dispatched to the eastern borders.

This comes amid recent reports that top army officials are supervising the monitoring of eastern borders and the execution of a new security plan that aims to prevent the infiltration of Algerian borders by Tunisian or Libyan gangs, prevent the violation of Algerian airspace and confront smuggling of weapons via the country’s borders.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Hundreds of migrants storm barrier between Spain and North Africa
*sigh* What point is Morocco making this time? Or is it just time to open the spillways of the dammed human river?
[RT] Video footage shared on social media shows people pouring over the fence and onto a road on the Spanish side of the border at Melilla. The group was reportedly taken to a local reception center for identification.

One man was treated by Spanish emergency services but died of suspected cardio-respiratory arrest.

A human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
activist and researcher with migrant and asylum seeker support group Walking Borders shared a video on Twitter showing groups of migrants colonists gathering at the Center for the Temporary Stay of Immigrants colonists (CETI) in Melilla. Helena Maleno Garzon says the footage was passed on to the organization by a partner group.

Over 6,000 migrants colonists have crossed into Melilla and a second Spanish territory nearby, Ceuta, so far this year, according to UNHCR figures. More than 40,000 people have arrived on the Andalusian mainland by sea in 2018, with the majority traveling from Guinea, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Algeria, and Mali.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria imposes curfew in Kaduna after deadly communal violence
[Al Jazeera] Authorities in Nigeria have deployed special police forces to northern Kaduna and declared a 24-hour curfew in the state's capital following communal violence that killed dozens of people.

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the deployment on Sunday, as the regional government imposed the measure in Kaduna city after violence broke out on its streets.

The festivities followed violence that broke out on Thursday between Moslem and Christian communities in the Kasuwan Magani area of southern Kaduna which left at least 55 people dead.

"The violence in Kaduna ... is condemnable. The police have been authorised to do everything possible to restore calm. A Special Intervention Force has been deployed to the flashpoints," Buhari said on Twitter.

"The federal government and its law enforcement agencies will work with the state government and community leaders to ensure the full restoration of peace and security," Buhari said in another message.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Saudi air raid 'kills four, including child', in Yemen
[Al Jazeera] Yemen's 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 say at least four civilians, including a child, have been killed in an air raid by a Saudi-led coalition that struck a vehicle as it travelled through the country's northwest.

The attack reportedly took place on Sunday in the Bani Hassan district of Abs province in Hajjah, some 200km west of the capital, Sanaa.

Al Masirah, a TV channel affiliated with the Houthis - a group of rebels who control most of north and central Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
- said all four of the passengers were killed.

It published photos on its website of a bombed-out vehicle and the dismembered body of two of the victims.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the claims.

Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has been bombing Yemen since March 2015 after the Houthis swept across the country and toppled the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also carried out bombing campaigns in an attempt to reverse their gains and has deployed more than 1,000 Emirati troops throughout the country.

Saudi air raids have repeatedly struck civilian targets during the three-year war, with the Yemen Data Project, an independent monitor, reporting more than 50 air raids against civilian cars and buses this year.

Its findings have also revealed that nearly one-third of the 16,000 air raids carried out on Yemen since March 2015 have struck non-military sites, including weddings, funerals, hospitals as well as water and electricity plants.

The Saudi-UAE military alliance has acknowledged mistakes in air operations but has mostly defended its record.

It has denied deliberately targeting civilians but has faced mounting criticism following a recent air attack on a school bus that killed 40 children.

The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
has repeatedly criticised the alliance's bombing campaign and last year placed it on a blacklist of child rights violators.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Chaotic scenes in Sanaa as Houthi factions fight each other
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Renewed fighting broke out among 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 ...
militias in Sanaa leading to many casualties amid security chaos in the Yemeni capital and growing cases of liquidations among them.

Sources also reported the spread of looting of shops and banks under the pretext of financing military operations. The chaotic security situation comes at the heels of the liquidation of the son of security director of a directorate in the capital.

Renewed festivities among Houthi snuffies resulted in deaths in their ranks while sources pointed out that the assistant Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Tribal Affairs of the Houthi, Safwan al-Habri, narrowlly escaped an armed ambush in a neighborhood south of Sanaa.

Other members of the coup militias have also been assassinated due to feuds related to money and the refusal of the Houthi militias to pay the salaries of its employees.

Local sources accuse the militia leaders of targeting money exchange companies and commercial shops in Sanaa under the pretext of financing military operations. However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
the looting has been done to generate their own wealth.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
Pakistan has reportedly released Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar from jail
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Pakistain has reportedly released the former deputy chief of the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from the jail.

Informed sources have told a local media outlet ’The News’ that Mullah Baradar has been released from jail on the solicitation of the government of Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
Recently, high level delegation of Qatar visited Islamabad and met big shotship of Pakistain, the sources added.

Mullah Baradar was captured by security agencies in 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...
in 2010.

This is comes similar reports emerged few years earlier that Mulla Baradar has been released in Pakistain to negotiate with Afghan Taliban.

The Taliban group in Afghanistan has not commented regarding the release of the group’s former co-founder so far.

Mullah Baradar was among the four key people who had helped with the formation of the Taliban group in 1994.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Jaish al-Adl militias claim responsibility for Iran troops’ abduction
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Death Eater Lion of Islam group has grabbed credit for the abduction of 12 Iranian security personnel near the border with Pakistain, Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported Monday.

"The terrorist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice in Arabic) has posted two photos... claiming that those in it are the forces kidnapped" on October 16, ISNA said.

Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the Sunni Death Eater group Jundallah
..."Soldiers of God," a name used by two separate terror outfits, one active in Iran and the other in Pakistain. Both are Sunni organizations that target Shiites. The Pak version has close relations with al-Qaeda and the Pak Talibs and is probably a false nose and mustache for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi...
(Soldiers of God) which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
The photos show seven members of the elite Revolutionary Guards force and five police commandos, all in combat gear, according to state news agency IRNA.

The Iranians, including intelligence offices, were kidnapped near Lulakdan, a village 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Balochistan.

They were "made unconscious" by a "single infiltrator" and then kidnapped and taken to bases inside Pakistain, said Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, quoted by IRNA.

The photos also show a haul of automatic weapons and sniper rifles, rocket launchers, machine-guns, grenades and ammunition, apparently seized from the Iranian forces.

Sistan-Balochistan has long been a flashpoint, with Pakistain-based Baluchi separatists and snuffies carrying out regular cross-border raids against Iran.

The province has a large, mainly Sunni Moslem ethnic Baluchi community which straddles the border.

A delegation led by the Guards’ ground forces commander Mohammad Pakpour visited Pakistain on Monday to follow up on efforts to free the Iranians, the force said on its website.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Jundullah


Iraq
Iraqi court sentences militant to death 3 times over terrorism charges
Dhi Qar (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi court has sentenced a Lion of Islam from Anbar province to death over involvement in terrorist charges, a judicial source said on Sunday.

Speaking to Mawazin News, the source said "the Criminal Court in Dhi Qar issued three death sentences against a Lion of Islam from Anbar province over killing civilians and security personnel as well as planting explosives."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi family killed as unidentified gunmen storm house in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Unidentified button men killed on Sunday an Iraqi family composed of three persons in Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

"An owner of a dessert restaurant as well as his wife and daughter were killed in an armed attack launched by unidentified button men on their house in al-Tajneed district in eastern Jalawla, 70 km northeast of Baqubah," the source told the Baghdad Today website.

According to the source, the attackers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace into an unknown location and a probe was opened into the incident.

"The bodies of the victims were moved to the forensic medicine department," added the source.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:


Four Iraqi police personnel killed in two Islamic State attacks in Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Four Iraqi police personnel were killed in two attacks carried out by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
members in different regions in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security source from Nineveh police said on Sunday.

In remarks to BasNews, Col. Ghazwan Sheet said "Islamic State carried out two attacks. The first was at the entrance of al-Shoura region, while the other was at the entrance of Makhmur, southwest of Mosul. The two attacks left four police personnel killed and a fifth seriously injured."

The krazed killers, according to Sheet, "bravely ran away toward unknown destination, while security troops carried out a campaign in the south and southwest of Mosul."

Investigations were conducted after the victims bodies were taken to forensic medicine department.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gazans scale back border protests as Egypt renews cease-fire efforts
[IsraelTimes] Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, appears to be scaling back mass protests along the Gazoo-Israel frontier as Egypt renews its efforts to broker a cease-fire.

Only a few hundred people joined a beach demonstration near the perimeter fence in northern Gazoo on Monday ‐ a much smaller turnout than previous weeks. The Hamas-run Health Ministry said 20 protesters were maimed by Israeli fire.

The march took place as Egyptian mediators were in Gazoo for cease-fire talks.

For the first time in months, there were no deaths during last Friday’s weekly protest. More than 100 Paleostinians were reported maimed in violent festivities on as thousands protested close to the fence, burning tires and throwing rocks at Israeli military positions along the Gazoo border. However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
Israeli defense officials said it was the quietest protest since the "March of Return" events began earlier this year.

The protests intensified in recent weeks, moving from weekly to daily affairs, as Hamas sought to pressure Israel into a deal. The past few days have seen a reduction in violence along the border as mediators have made efforts to return the calm.

Hadashot TV news reported Friday that Israeli officials believe Hamas has changed its policies regarding the festivities and is working toward curbing violence at the rallies.

Jerusalem believes the terror group is moderating the demonstrations in order to allow Egyptian mediators a chance to strike a deal between Hamas and Israel for a long-term truce, the report said.

Amid the relative calm, the cabinet has reportedly been briefed on an emerging UN- and Egyptian-mediated agreement for a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, that would see Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
pay for the Gazoo Strip’s fuel, as well as fund the salaries of civil servants in the enclave.

The deal will see the cessation of violent protests on the Strip’s border with Israel. In turn, Israel will allow Qatari-funded fuel to return to Gazoo and boost power supply, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported Monday.

While Israel believes such an accord would likely lead the Paleostinian Authority to further cut funds to Gazoo, it may retaliate by deducting any cuts from tax revenues it transfers annually to the PA.

Kan noted that ministers are aware the deal would boost Qatar’s regional influence while providing Hamas with a significant diplomatic achievement as it circumvents the PA while coordinating with the UN.

PA leaders have been enraged by the move to bypass them in aiding Gazoo, and have reportedly been mulling slashing all aid to the Strip ‐ a cut of some $96 million that Israeli security officials believe could drive a desperate and cash-strapped Hamas toward conflict with Israel.

Abbas has contended that the PA should not be held financially responsible for the Gazoo Strip where Hamas is in charge. He has, in the past, shown interest in reconciling with the terror group and returning PA rule to the coastal enclave. However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
Abbas has refused to do so unless Hamas disarms ‐ a condition that the Islamist group has shown no interest in accepting.

But a number of Arab governments have objected to Abbas’s desire to choke off Hamas in Gazoo, concluding that such a measure would lead to a spike in violence.

Some 156 Paleostinians have been killed and thousands more have been injured in the festivities with IDF troops, according to AP figures; Hamas has acknowledged that dozens of the dead were its members. One Israeli soldier was rubbed out by a sniper on the border.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 00:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Firefighters extinguish day’s fifth blaze caused by incendiary balloon in southern Israel
[IsraelTimes] Since this morning, firefighters have worked to extinguish five blazes caused by incendiary balloons near Israeli towns along the Gazoo Strip, a front man for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services says.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6570 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Palestinian who stabbed Israeli soldier is shot dead
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Paleostinian stabbed an Israeli soldier and was rubbed out by the maimed man and other troops in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday, the military said.

In a statement, the military said the incident occurred near the biblical Cave of the Patriarchs, revered by Moslems as the Ibrahimi mosque, in the city of Hebron.

The soldier was slightly maimed in the attack and opened fire, along with other soldiers, at the assailant, killing him, according to the military.

Paleostinians began a wave of knife and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank and in Israel in 2015, after peace talks with Israel collapsed. Such incidents have become more sporadic.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
HTS cracks down on ISIS sleeper cells inside Idlib
[AlMasdar] Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
continued their security operations across the Idlib Governorate on Monday, targeting several areas believed to have an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) presence.

HTS reportedly uncovered a new Islamic State sleeper cell, today, while combing through the large town of Saraqib in the northeastern countryside of Idlib.

According to opposition activists in the Idlib province, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham confiscated a large quantity of bombs and boom belts inside the Islamic State sleeper cell.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has now dismantled at least two major Islamic State sleeper cells inside the Idlib Governorate over last seven days.

The Islamic State has been wrecking havoc on the Idlib Governorate since their major territorial losses across Syria.

In order to minimize the Islamic State threat in Idlib, HTS and their rebel allies have been conducting security operations to identify and destroy these sleeper cells.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syrian forces recover Roman era artifacts stolen by Daesh in Palmyra
[AlMasdar] The Syrian security forces recovered a number of Roman era artifacts that were stolen by the so-called "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) from the historical city of Palmyra in eastern Homs.

According to a military report from the Homs province, the Syrian forces uncovered this large cache of artifacts while combing through a building that was site of the Islamic State’s old headquarters inside the city of Palmyra.

The Syrian forces said that the artifacts were wrapped up by the Islamic State to be smuggled out of Palmyra before they lost the historical city to the military.

The Islamic State first captured Palmyra in the Summer of 2015; they would concede the city to the Syrian Arab Army a year later after Russian intervention inside Syria.

ISIS would retake Palmyra for a short period of time in 2016 before the Syrian Arab Army launched a major offensive in east Homs to expel the terrorist group once and for all.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afrin: YPG kills 2 Turkish-backed rebels in new ambush
[AlMasdar] The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) continued their campaign against the Ottoman Turkish military and their rebel allies in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo this past weekend..

According to the official media wing of the YPG, their fighters carried out a new ambush against the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels inside the Bilbile District of Afrin.

"Within the scope of the second phase of the resistance against the Ottoman Turkish invasion army and its terrorist allies in Afrin, our forces carried out an operation against the mercenary allies of the occupying Ottoman Turkish army in Afrin’s Bilbile district," the YPG’s statement began.

"On October 18th, our units carried out an operation against the Ottoman Turkish-backed terrorist group Ahrar al-Sharqiya in the village of Qastal Khadriya in Bilbile district. As a result, two of the terrorists, namely Sulayman al-Muhammad and Muhammad Mahran, were killed," they added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Deir Ezzor: SDF push ISIS on eastern bank of Euphrates, reinforce oil field facing Syrian army forces


ISIS comes under heavy attack in east Deir Ezzor as US-backed forces make new push

[AlMasdar] (11:00 A.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State” came under heavy attack last night as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a powerful assault along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River near the key city of Albukamal.

Backed by heavy artillery from their French and U.S. partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces began their assault by pushing north of the Iraqi border with southeast Deir Ezzor.

Not long after they launched their assault, the Syrian Democratic Forces managed to score a new advance against the Islamic State, forcing them to retreat northwest of the Al-Shajilah area.

With the Islamic State on the run, the Syrian Democratic Forces took the opportunity to full secure the Baghouz Al-Fouqani area, while also pushing further north in a bid to reach the Safiqnah region of the Euphrates River Valley.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are currently involved in a fierce battle with the Islamic State terrorists just south of the Safiqnah region.

US-backed forces send large number of reinforcements to important oil field in Deir Ezzor

[AlMasdar] (2:40 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sent a large number of reinforcements to the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this morning, a source told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the Syrian Democratic Forces sent reinforcements to the strategic Konoko Oil Field, which is located along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The source did not specify why the SDF sent reinforcements to the Konoko Oil Field; however, it is likely due to the proximity of this site to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) lines.

While the Syrian Army and SDF haven’t clashed at this site, the former has demanded the latter hand over the Konoko Oil Field, along with the nearby Al-‘Umar Oil Field.

These two fields were major producers of oil in eastern Syria before they were lost during the first years of the war.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:


Tens of former rebels settle legal cases with Syrian gov’t in Quneitra after military draft decree
[AlMasdar] Tens of former rebels have settled their legal cases with the Syrian government in the al-Quneitra Governorate, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Monday.

Citing the head of the local reconciliation committee in Quneitra, SANA reported that the former rebels handed over their heavy weapons in order to settle their cases and reconcile with the government.

Furthermore, the SANA report said that the reconciliation committees in Quneitra and Damascus are still working in several villages to settle the legal cases of former rebels.

SANA’s news hound said that the authorities in Quneitra are settling the legal status of those who dodged compulsory or reserve military services.

The legislative decree No. 18 for 2018 granted a general amnesty to military deserters inside and outside the country and to those who crimes were included in the Military Penal Code.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2018 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Iranian terrorists lurk abroad in guise of diplomats, dissidents report
[Wash Times] A report from Iranian dissidents shows how the hard-line Islamic regime places terrorist operatives abroad under the cover of diplomacy.

From Austria to Albania to Iraq, an expansionist Iran has turned embassies into terrorism planning sites to meddle in host governments and hunt down the opposition, according to the report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The coalition includes the activist chapter known as MEK, which operates far-flung spy networks in Iran.

The report, "Iran Doubles Down on Terror and Turmoil," presents a big-picture assessment of Iran’s foreign interventions in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and its terrorism-sponsored plots in Europe.

"The mullahs’ regime has funneled billions of dollars to finance its belligerent war agenda in the Middle East while the majority of Iran’s people are living in poverty," the report states. "As the regime’s officials have conceded, if the regime fails to inflame wars outside Iran’s borders, it would have to fight for survival within Iran’s borders. This is because external conflicts draw attention away from domestic crises."

The National Council’s 57-page report contains the tale of ruling Muslim mullahs on the march, unleashing abroad a number of state organs and paid militiamen to wage war. They include: the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s dominant security apparatus; the Quds Force, a committed band of paramilitary foreign provocateurs; the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its operations arm, the Organization for Foreign Intelligence and Movements (OFIM).
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2018 00:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Diplomatic missions used as bases and safe havens for espionage? Who knew ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2018 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Islamic regime places terrorist operatives abroad under the cover of Restaurateurs,
taxi drivers, Uberians, Tailors, Grocerians, UsedCar salers, gold merchants, gas station operators, ...
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2018 1:14 Comments || Top||


Syrians Trafficker Killed in Clash with ISF
[An Nahar] A man who was trafficking Syrians from and into Leb was killed Monday in the West Bekaa border town of Sawiri in a clash with security forces.

"A. Sh., aka Abu Rameh, was killed at dawn in the town of Sawiri in a clash with a patrol from the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch that was trying to arrest him," the National News Agency reported.

A member of the patrol was lightly injured in the incident, NNA added.

The slain man had been placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
several times in the past, the agency noted.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:


Israel says Hezbollah set up Lebanon post under NGO guise
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Israeli army Monday accused the Lebanese hard boy group Hezbollah of setting up a new observation point in south Leb near the border under the guise of an environmental NGO.

A senior military officer charged that the position, near the Shiite village of Aadaysit and the Israeli kibbutz of Misgav Am, was a violation of UN Resolution 1701 prohibiting Hezbollah military activity in the area.

The observation post joins five other exposed last year by Israel, the officer said, all allegedly under the cover of "Green Without Borders".

"This NGO isn’t concerned with planting trees, it’s a front" for Hezbollah to monitor the Israeli army and civilians nearby, the officer told news hounds in a briefing.

Israel has relayed its concerns to UNIFIL, the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
peacekeeping mission in Leb, and asked them to visit the positions, but according to the officer, "they haven’t done so".

The position contains "military equipment and infrastructure, binoculars, high end cameras", the officer said. "This is a breach of 1701."

A month-long war in 2006 between Israel and the Hezbollah movement killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Resolution 1701 was adopted to end the war, calling for full respect of the "Blue Line", the UN-demarcated frontier between Leb and the Jewish state.

Israel has vowed to prevent what it says are efforts by its arch foe, Iran, to transfer advanced arms to Hezbollah in Leb.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah



Who's in the News
41[untagged]
3Govt of Saudi Arabia
3Commies
2Houthis
2Govt of Iraq
2Moslem Colonists
2Taliban
2Govt of Pakistan
2Sublime Porte
2Hamas
2Islamic State
1Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami
1al-Nusra
1al-Qaeda
1Govt of Syria
1Muslim Brotherhood
1Palestinian Authority
1Hezbollah
1Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,
1Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats
1Jundullah
1TTP

Bookmark
E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Thugburg
Gulf War I
The Way We Were
Bio

Merry-Go-Blog











On Sale now!


A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Seafarious
Pappy
lotp
Scooter McGruder
john frum
tu3031
badanov
sherry
ryuge
GolfBravoUSMC
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Gloria
Fred
Besoeker
Glenmore
Frank G
3dc
Skidmark
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Tue 2018-10-23
  Firefighters extinguish day’s fifth blaze caused by incendiary balloon in southern Israel
Mon 2018-10-22
  US brigadier general recovering from at least one gunshot wound in Afghanistan attack
Sun 2018-10-21
  US charges Chicago man with online recruiting for Islamic State
Sat 2018-10-20
  Anjem Choudary Released from Prison
Fri 2018-10-19
  ISIS Returns: Sick terrorists take 700 hostage - Putin issues warning
Thu 2018-10-18
  Afghan guards open fire at Afghan-NATO meeting in Kandahar, injuring 2 Americans - reports
Wed 2018-10-17
  Mastermind behind Ahvaz terrorist attack killed in Iraq’s Diyala, IRGC says
Tue 2018-10-16
  Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance
Mon 2018-10-15
  Jihadist rebels reinforce front-lines near Idlib buffer zone, no withdrawal
Sun 2018-10-14
  4 ISIS militants blown up by own explosives in Kunar province
Sat 2018-10-13
  Indian troops kill key Kashmiri fighter in Handwara siege
Fri 2018-10-12
  Easing frayed ties, Turkish court allows US pastor to go free
Thu 2018-10-11
  Afghan officials get 20 years for handing secrets to Pakistan
Wed 2018-10-10
  Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Tue 2018-10-09
  Nikki Haley Resigns As US Ambassador To The UN

Better than the average link...



Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
44.192.114.32
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Background (17)    Non-WoT (21)    Opinion (6)    (0)    Politix (8)