Fred is under the weather at the moment, as in way under the weather. I don't really know how serious this is; I was not given a lot of information, and I didn't ask/pry.
The remaining moderators will continue to keep the 'Burg going as best as can be done, and it will be in fits and starts such as we are now.
The Good News is that we have been working on a backup project on my own server, a mirror as it were, of the 'Burg on my own server. I have been backing it up to a live site since last March, but it is only read only at the moment. I have to slash my way through Fred's code (IOW learn) to get it to adapt to a FreeBSD operating system.
I ask of the regulars here to pray for Fred's recovery and report any errant guests/regulars to the o-club. I will handle them best I can from there.
[LibyaReview] On Thursday, Humanitarian ship, Geo Barents rescued 109 migrants colonists off the Libyan coast, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has announced.
In a statement, MSF received an alert from the Mediterranean hotline, Alarm Phone, that a large humanitarian boat of migrants colonists had left Libya and was in distress.
The organization said that among them were many Eritrea ...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age... ns, and almost half were minors between the age of 15 and 17, most of whom were travelling alone. "Our teams are treating several people for mild hypothermia but all are doing well; they reported spending the night at sea after fleeing Libya," MSF added.
It noted that the MSF-run ship had rescued 87 others, including two children on Wednesday.
Accordingly, another ship, Mare Jonio, run by the Italian rescue charity Mediterranea Saving Humans, claimed it had saved around 100 people in a four-hour search and rescue operation on Tuesday night. The migrants colonists’ wooden boat had been sinking, and some people were already in the water, Mare Jonio reported.
The European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... has struggled to find a common policy to tackle the migration issue. Rescue operations are usually followed by wrangling between member states to determine where the migrants colonists would be disembarked.
In 2021, a total of 31,456 migrants colonists, including women and kiddies, have been rescued, while 509 died and 831 went missing on the central Mediterranean route, according to the organization.
Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of its leader Muammar Qadaffy ...Proof that a madman with money will be politely received for at least 42 years until his people get tired of him and kill him... in 2011. This has made it the preferred point of departure for migrants colonists who want to cross to European shores.
Human traffickers have benefited from the chaos in the oil-rich nation, and smuggled migrants colonists through the country’s mostly non-existent borders with six nations. They pack desperate migrants colonists into ill-equipped rubber boats, then embark on risky voyages through the perilous Mediterranean sea.
Those returned have been taken to detention centers rife with abuses, including forced labour, beatings, rapes, and torture. The abuse often accompanies efforts to extort money from families before migrants colonists are allowed to leave Libya on traffickers’ boats.
UN-commissioned Sherlocks said in October that abuse and ill-treatment of migrants colonists in Libya could amount to crimes against humanity.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
01/22/2022 03:11 ||
Top|| File under: Human Trafficking
[SaharaReporters] Suspected bandidos have killed one soldier and an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) during an attack on the Forward Operating Military Base in Shimfida, Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The attack was carried out around 11pm on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses.
SaharaReporters gathered that the button men also injured many security operatives and burnt down two patrol vehicles.
They also went away with a gun truck, 5 Ak47 rifles and other ammunition, a source added.
Katsina, despite being the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari has witnessed sporadic attacks by bandidos and kidnappers that have claimed the lives of many.
Over 700 people have been reportedly killed by the button men in Jibia, Kankara, Dutsinma, Musawa, Danmusa and Safana local government areas of the state in the last five months.
On December 11, 2020, some bandidos kidnapped 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, while Buhari was on a visit to the state. They were released about a week later.
Also on December 19, 84 Islamiyya students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta village, in the Dandume Local Government Area of the state were kidnapped but rescued shortly after.
[SaharaReporters] Troops of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, have apprehended three notorious kidnappers in Jos, Plateau State.
Media officer of the task force, Maj Ishaku Takwa, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
He said the criminal gang, which had been on the watchlist of the military, was believed to be behind all recent kidnapping activities in Jos and environs.
He also revealed that the gang, suspected to criminal mastermind the attack on the Jos Custodial Centre, was neutralised around Gyero, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.
SaharaReporters reported that button men attacked the custodial centre in December, killing personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service and nine inmates and set about 252 inmates free.
The statement reads, "Troops of OPSH, acting on credible intelligence, have neutralised a notorious gang of kidnap syndicate on the plateau.
"The syndicate has been on the watchlist of OPSH and believed to have criminal masterminded the recent kidnapping incidences in the state, and participated in the recent jailbreak at the Jos custodial centre.
"The gang met waterloo when our troops tracked their members to Gyero general area, where they meet to plan how to carry out their nefarious activities.
"The kidnappers, on sighting the troops, opened fire; our troops responded with superior firepower resulting in the neutralisation of three members of the notorious gang."
Items recovered from the syndicate include one AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 rifle magazines, 101 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and one tricycle.
He further listed other items: one itel and one Tecno phone, two sharp knives, and two military head warmers.
[SaharaReporters] Boko Haram ...not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... snuffies have kidnapped more than a dozen girls from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.
In their latest attack on the community, the Death Eaters captured the vigilante group’s commander and slit his throat.
They were also said to have kidnapped 25 girls out of which eight escaped, leaving 17 in captivity.
According to reports, the Death Eaters broke into the town on Thursday night after shooting in different directions.
Civilians fled into the bush and surrounding villages when the button men struck at Pemi Village, near Chibok.
The Death Eaters were said to have torched not less than 20 houses, including a branch of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria EYN Church.
According to a resident, leader of vigilantes in the community was the main target as the local guards had waged war against the Death Eaters in the axis.
SaharaReporters recalled that about 276 girls were kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014.
Since then, a number of them have regained freedom. At least 57 of the girls escaped the night they were kidnapped while three of them were later found. Twenty-one of the girls were released in October 2016 while another 82 were released on May 6. The government said the 82 girls were swapped with Boko Haram prisoners. On May 27, 2017, another girl also beat feet from the terrorists.
[AlAhram] A Saudi-led Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... targeting a prison run by 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... 's Iran's Houthi sock puppets
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[AlAhram] 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... lost its connection to the internet nationwide early Friday after Saudi-led Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s targeted a site in the contested city of Hodeida, an advocacy group said, plunging the war-torn nation offline.
NetBlocks said the disruption began around 1 a.m. local and affected TeleYemen, the state-owned monopoly that controls internet access in the country. TeleYemen is now run by the Iran's Houthi sock puppets ...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him... rebels who have held Yemen's capital, Sanaa, since late 2014.
Yemen was "in the midst of a nation-scale internet blackout following an airstrike on (a) telecom building,'' NetBlocks said, without immediately elaborating.
The San Diego-based Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis and the Socialist paradise of San Francisco ...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964... -based internet firm CloudFlare also noted a nationwide outage affecting Yemen beginning around the same time.
The Houthi's al-Masirah satellite news channel said the strike on the telecommunications building had killed and maimed people. It released chaotic footage of people digging through rubble for a body as gunshots could be heard. Aid workers assisted bloodied survivors.
The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels acknowledged carrying out "accurate airstrikes to destroy the capabilities of the militia'' around Hodeida's port. It did not immediately acknowledge striking a telecommunication target as NetBlocks described, but instead called Hodeida a hub for piracy and Iranian arms smuggling to back the Houthis.
The undersea FALCON cable carries internet into Yemen through the Hodeida port along the Red Sea for TeleYemen. The FALCON cable has another landing in Yemen's far eastern port of Ghaydah as well, but the majority of Yemen's population lives in its west along the Red Sea.
A cut to the FALCON cable in 2020 caused by a ship's anchor also caused widespread internet outages in Yemen. Land cables to Saudi 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. Fifteen of the nineteen WTC hijackers were Saudis, and most major jihadi commanders were Saudis, to include Osama bin Laden. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman quietly folded that tent in 2016, doing terrible things to the guys running it, and has since been dragging the kingdom into the current century... have been cut since the start of Yemen's civil war, while connections to two other undersea cables have yet to be made amid the conflict, TeleYemen previously said.
[Rudaw] A suspected Ottoman Turkish drone targeted two vehicles in Shingal, killing two members of a local force, affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), reported local media.
Denge Cira Sengale, a news outlet linked to the PKK, reported that a Ottoman Turkish drone hit two vehicles in Shilo valley, Shingal, adding that a Shingal Resistance® Units (YBS) fighter Anwar Tolhildan and commander Azad Ezidi were killed.
The YBS is a Yazidi militia group affiliated to the PKK. It is frequently targeted by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... as part of the country’s cross-border military campaigns against the PKK.
Rojnews, another PKK-affiliated news outlet, also reported the drone attack, saying that it is not clear if there were casualties.
Shingal Womens Units (YJS), an all-female force linked to the YBS, confirmed both casualties.
PKK is an gang struggling for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
01/22/2022 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Sublime Porte
[Rudaw] Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed overnight in a suspected Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) attack in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, an official confirmed the corpse count to state media on Friday.
Ten soldiers and one officer were killed when an Iraqi base was raided early Friday, Diyala governor Muthanna al-Tamimi said, adding that the Iraqi army were caught unprepared, alleging negligence.
"The main reason is the soldiers' neglect in carrying out their duties, because the base is completely fortified with thermal cameras, night vision, as well as a concrete watchtower," he said.
The attack took place around 2:30 am, against an Iraqi base in the Hawi al-Azim area, a senior military official based in the province told AFP on the condition of anonymity while claiming that ISIS had launched the offensive.
"Eleven soldiers... have been killed during an attack carried out by the Islamic State... targeting a base of the army," the source added.
Iraqi President Barham Salih on Friday described the attack as a "despicable and unsuccessful attempt" to target Iraq’s security.
No group has grabbed credit for the offensive.
The terror group launched over 257 offensives, killing 387, and injuring 518 people, including Iraqi and Kurdish fighters over the past year.
[Rudaw] The Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) is using civilians in northeastern Syria (Rojava) as "human shields," the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Friday after the bully boy group attempted to break thousands of its affiliates out of a prison in the area.
The SDF thwarted a "new ISIS insurgence and escape attempt" of its members from Ghweran prison in Hasaka province late Thursday, head of the forces media office Farhad Shami said in a tweet.
The insurgence coincided with a boom-mobile explosion near the prison, blamed on ISIS sleeper cells.
The bully boyz infiltrated from areas surrounding the prison. The bully boyz who attacked Ghweran later fled to al-Zuhoor neighborhood and hid in civilian houses, the SDF said.
ISIS is "using civilians in al-Zuhoor neighborhood and some areas on the northern side of the prison as human shields, amid reports of neutralizing some of those who opposed the cells orders," the SDF said in a statement. The terror group had asked the civilians to leave their homes and seek refuge in other places.
The bully boyz clashed with the internal security forces (Asayish).
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Friday said at least 41 people - 20 security forces, 16 ISIS suspects and five civilians - have been killed so far.
However, those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things... the Asayish on Friday afternoon confirmed the death of one of its members and the injury of seven others. Three non-combatants were killed, it added.
The Kurdish forces arrested two ISIS members that tried to escape the Ghweran prison.
The SDF said they arrested 89 ISIS suspects who were trying to break free from Ghweran in another "mass escape" on Friday morning. It also confirmed the killing of five suspects of the terror group.
Ghweran and al-Shaddadi prison in Hasaka hold an estimated number of 7,500 Syrian and foreign ISIS suspects, including children, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in 2020. Around 5,000 people are detained in Ghweran, which was formerly a school and is now controlled by the SDF.
The prison break in Syria is believed to be the largest since the militants lost the final sliver of the territory they held nearly three years ago. In recent months, IS sleeper cells have become more active in both countries, claiming attacks that killed scores of Iraqis and Syrians.
More than 100 IS fighters using heavy machine guns and vehicles rigged with explosives attacked the Gweiran Prison in the northeastern city of Hassakeh where some 3,000 suspected IS gunnies are being held, according to a front man for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Farhad Shami. He said seven U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters were killed and several others were maimed. At least 23 IS attackers were also among the dead, he said.
"This is the biggest attack not only in Syria but also in Iraq and the region,'' Shami said in reference to attacks carried out by IS since the bad boy groups were defeated in Syria in March 2019. "The prisoners include commanders and are among the most dangerous.''
The complex attack was mounted on Thursday evening and aimed to free fighters from the group incarcerated there. Syrian Kurdish-led forces who control the Gweiran Prison said prisoners inside the facility rioted simultaneously and tried to escape while a boom-mobile went off outside the prison and button men clashed with security forces.
The fighters were led by foreign bad boys, not Syrians, many of whom spoke in Iraqi dialect, Shami said.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, also known as SDF, said 89 gunnies who escaped were arrested. Another group of inmates staged a new escape attempt Friday, the SDF added.
The US-led coalition carried out an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... after reported casualties among the Syrian-led Kurdish forces late Thursday.
Shami said dozens of IS fighters had gathered earlier in a nearby neighbourhood and prepared for the attack.
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said at least 20 Kurdish security forces and prison guards were killed in the festivities, alongside six gunnies and five civilians. It described the attack as the most violent mostly peaceful one committed by IS since its territorial defeat in 2019. The Observatory said the inmates are mostly in control of the prison, while Kurdish forces attempt to wrestle it back.
A journalist with the Kurdish-run news agency Hawar was maimed during coverage of the festivities, the agency said.
Infighting erupted inside al-Sina’a prison among inmates of the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) killing seven of those prisoners who decided to surrender, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Media Center said on Friday.
An intra-fighting has erupted among ISIS prisoners inside the Guweiran prison where a group of ISIS prisoners killed 7 members tried to surrender to our forces, the SDF added.
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.