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Afghanistan
25 Taliban Killed in Zabul, Uruzgan Operations: MoD
[ToloNews] Afghan special forces conducted an operation in the provinces to clear bully boys, MoD said.

At least 25 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
were killed in separate operations in southern Zabul and Uruzgan provinces, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Sunday.

At least 14 Taliban were killed in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Shahr-e-Safa district of Zabul, the statement said, adding that "weapons and bombs were also destroyed."

The Afghan special forces on Saturday night also launched an operation in Trinkot (Tarin Kot), capital of Uruzgan, that killed 11 Taliban including their commander "Mullah Mohammad Akbar Mutaqi," according to the statement.

"The operation was launched in Trinkot with the support of the air forces in which four Taliban strongholds, vehicles and weapons were also seized by the special forces," it said.

The Taliban have not yet commented over the operation.
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3,500 Fort Drum 1st Brigade soldiers headed to Afghanistan
[Mil News] About 3,500 Fort Drum soldiers will be headed to Afghanistan this winter.

The Department of the Army on Thursday announced that the winter 2020 rotation to Afghanistan will consist of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The deployment will begin late winter.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team will replace the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the United States’ commitment to Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Maj. Gen. Brian Mennes, commander of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, said the 1st Brigade is ready for the mission.

"The 1st Brigade Warriors are highly trained, disciplined and fit soldiers ready to win every mission the nation asks of them," Gen. Mennes said.

Col. James Eldridge, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, said Fort Drum and the 1st Brigade have a long history serving in Afghanistan.

"This division was the first conventional Army division to enter Afghanistan after 9/11, and our return is a testament to our support of our international partners and the people of Afghanistan," he said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It'll be warmer.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2019 5:42 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somali Military Repels Al-Shabaab Attack In Lower Shabelle Region
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali National Army (SNA) has a foiled al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
attack following an ambush during the rehabilitation of Shabelle bank in Aw-dhegle town of Lower Shabelle region.

According to reports, SNA soldiers who were dispatched to build flood-barriers to protect farms and houses from river floods have come under attack, prompting fierce fighting between the forces and al-Shabaab.

Locals say Somali forces defeated the fighters. al-Shabaab has not commented on the attack and the casualties on their soldiers.

The move comes a time when the Somali army in cooperation with African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stepped up operations liberate villages under al-Shabaab control in Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.

Al-Shabaab which once controlled most south and central Somalia has lost many of their strongholds following fighting with SNA soldiers.

The group lost control of Somali capital Mogadishu in 2011 after several days of fierce fighting with the Somali army backed by AMISOM.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 8 On Bus In Northern Kenya
More on this story from Saturday.
[RADIOSHABELLE] Police in Kenya says suspected al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
bandidos snuffies have stopped a bus in the north near Somalia and killed eight passengers, all of them non-Moslems.

A police report says an unknown number of bandidos snuffies stopped the bus and singled out non-locals. It says preliminary reports show the majority of those killed were coppers returning to their stations in Elwak and Mandera.

The Somalia-based al-Shabaab has grabbed credit. The al-Qaeda-linked bully boy group has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Al-Shabaab Retakes Area From Jubaland State Forces
[RADIOSHABELLE] Reports reaching at Radio Shabelle’s news desk from Lower Juba region of southern Somalia indicate that Al-Shabaab has recaptured key area from Jubaland forces on Sunday.

Local residents confirmed that hundreds of gun-toting militants in pick-ups moved into Dag-Allamo village located near Dhoobley town following the pullout of the regional army.

There has been no single bullet fired during the take-over. The fighters from Al-Shabaab lectured villagers to announce their come-back and launched an operation subsequently.

Jubaland state army officials are yet to comment on the seizure of the area which has been under their control since 2012.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Brega oil company halts operations at Tripoli storage over clashes
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan Army says pilot of aircraft shot down by its forces is wanted for war crimes
[Libya Observer] Commander of the Joint Operations Room, Major General Osama Juwaili has said that the pilot of the aircraft shot down yesterday near Zawiya city west of 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...
, identified as "Amer al-Juqam", is accused of committing war crimes in Tripoli and will be held accountable according to the law.

The Media Center for The Volcano of Rage Operation has confirmed in a statement that an arrest warrant was issued for al-Juqam by the Military Prosecutor’s Office on the 18th of April on the backdrop of shelling the residential al-Intisar neighbourhood, located in Abu Salim Municipality where around 6 non-combatants were killed.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egyptian officials say policeman, jihadist killed in Sinai
[IsraelTimes] Egyptian officials say a jihadist attack has killed a police conscript in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

The officials say that the gunnies attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Rafah early on Sunday, also wounding two conscripts who were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Authorities say that security forces killed a fighter, and maimed others, in festivities that followed the assault.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to talk to news hounds.

No group grabbed credit for the attack, which bares the hallmarks of an 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....
affiliate based in northern Sinai.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Twitter Report: 500 US military vehicles entered Iraq from Jordan
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 12/09/2019 06:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under:


Open slaughter by pro-Iranian death squads while government looks away, excuses or allows, seems to have reached a new low
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Two rockets land near Baghdad airport targeting US forces
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least two rockets landed near Baghdad International Airport in an attack targeting US forces, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

The attack late on Sunday came just days after two Iraqi military sources said two mortar bombs landed inside the Balad air force base in Iraq.

Late on Friday, unidentified gunmen attacked a parking complex near Tahrir where demonstrators had been squatting for weeks, leaving 20 protesters and four police officers dead, medics told AFP.

At least 452 people – the vast majority of them protesters – have died since mass protests gripped the country while 20,000 have been wounded.
Update from An Nahar at 5:45: a.m. ET:
Security forces found launchers with rockets that had not been fired properly, indicating a larger attack was planned, a military statement said.

It is the latest in an uptick in rocket attacks targeting either Iraqi bases where American troops are located or the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

U.S. defense officials have blamed several on Iran-backed factions in Iraq.

Security sources told AFP that the wounded in Monday's attack belong to Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service, an elite unit that was created and trained by U.S. forces. Two of them are in critical condition, the sources said.

The military complex also hosts a small group of U.S. soldiers and American diplomats.

There have been at least nine attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq in the span of six weeks. There have been no claims of responsibility and no U.S. forces have been wounded.

Security sources have linked at least one last week to Kataib Hezbollah, a powerful Shiite faction close to Tehran and blacklisted by Washington.

Iran holds vast sway in Iraq, especially among the more hardline elements of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a security force largely made up of Shiite militias.

A U.S. defense official told AFP the rocket attacks made the Hashed a bigger security threat to American troops in Iraq than the Islamic State group, the jihadist movement which the U.S. has vowed to help Baghdad wipe out.

On Friday the United States imposed sanctions on three senior Hashed figures.

U.S. officials say they are considering plans to deploy between 5,000 and 7,000 additional troops to the region to counter its arch-foe Iran.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


‘Hilarious’: Iraq leaders laugh off new US sanctions
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Iraqi paramilitary leader and a politician have laughed off financial sanctions Washington recently placed on them for alleged corruption and human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
abuses.

"They should have given us this honor a long time ago," said Qais al-Khazali, one of the newly-sanctioned figures, in sardonic remarks to an audience of supporters on Sunday.

Khazali heads Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a pro-Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
armed faction that makes up part of the broader Hashed al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militia tied to the Iraqi state.

The US Treasury on Friday accused his group of "widespread forced disappearances, abductions, killings, and torture" under the Global Magnitsky act.

The measures block financial transactions with and travel to the US for people who commit human rights abuses or corruption.

"I’m embarrassed. Designate me a terrorist! A global terrorist. What is this Treasury list?" Khazali said.

"That means the money we have in US banks will go," he added sarcastically.

The US also sanctioned Iraqi businessman and political figure Khamees al-Khanjar, whom it accused of bribery.

In a statement, Khanjar’s party condemned the decision and said the accusations were "extremely funny and illogical."

"He was never an official, nor was his party part of the government," invalidating the corruption allegation, it said.

Khanjar is an influential Sunni powerbroker with close ties across Iraq’s leading political parties.
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A video shows unidentified gunmen open fire on and assassinate civil activist Fahem al-Taie in Karbala
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Iraqi security forces set up checkpoints to protect anti-government protesters in central Baghdad
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Five terror suspects arrested overnight
[Jpost] The IDF arrested five suspected Death Eaters in Judea and Samaria in an overnight operation between Saturday and Sunday.

The suspects were transferred to investigations.

The IDF, during their scans, found numerous illegal weapons in the region of the Ephraim Brigade. The weapons were transferred to security forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 07:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not in Pensacola...
Posted by: SteveS || 12/09/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||


Palestinian teen pulls knife on cops in West Bank, is arrested
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian teen was arrested in the southern West Bank city of Hebron Sunday after threatening Border Police officers with a knife and a screwdriver.

The 17-year-old girl approached a police checkpoint at the city’s Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site carrying a backpack.

According to police, as she was undergoing a routine security check, she pulled out a knife and cried out, "You deserve to die, I came here to become a martyr."

Officers drew back and pointed their firearms at her, at which point she dropped the knife, a police statement said.

When additional officers arrived to arrest the teen, she pulled out a screwdriver and again threatened to stab them.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ongoing bombardment by Turkey's armed groups is not only targeting civilians, but has also destroyed many monuments and archeological sites
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkish military and its affiliated armed groups are burning down the houses of civilians in Ras al-Ain,
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [54 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Around 200 displaced Syrians leave al-Hol camp: Kurds
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Strike targeted Iran-controlled warehouse on Saturday, killing 4-5
[IsraelTimes] Syrian opposition media outlet says unidentified aircraft targeted three munitions storehouses near Iraqi border.

Unidentified aircraft bombed three Iranian-controlled weapons depots on Saturday night, killing several members of Tehran-supported militias, Syrian media reported.

Some news outlets in the country said that four fighters were killed in the strike, while others said five. The Syrian government did not immediately release an official tally.
"Welp, here's another nose, that makes it....umm....five"
According to the Syrian Step News agency, the Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday, targeting three munitions storehouses in the Boulkamal region of Syria, near the Iraqi border, an area that has reportedly been hit by many Israeli raids in the past year.

The outlet cited "well-placed sources" as saying that the four people killed were guards at the storehouses who were members of militias backed by Iran.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said that at least five Lions of Islam were killed in the strike.

There were no immediate reports of who was responsible for the strikes, though defense analysts indicated that Israel was the likely actor.

The Israeli military as a rule does not comment on specific airstrikes in Syria, save for those that are in retaliation for attacks on Israel.

On Sunday, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel was taking action to force Iran’s military presence out of Syria.

"We are telling the Iranians: Syria will become your Vietnam," he said, referring to the disastrous American war.

"If you don’t leave, you will become entrenched and you will bleed because we will work without hesitation to remove aggressive forces from Syria," Bennett said.

The Saturday night strikes came days after reports of a similar raid in the same region.

Last Wednesday, unidentified aircraft bombed other Iranian-controlled weapons storehouses in Boulkamal, causing a massive explosion, according to Step News.

The outlet reported that the planes fired several missiles at warehouses belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps at the al-Hamdan airport, outside Deir Ezzor. Troops on the ground fired anti-aircraft weapons at the attacking planes, the news site said. There were no reports of casualties in that raid.

The Abulkamal region, near Syria’s border with Iraq, is seen as a crucial region for Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and its plans to establish a land corridor to the Mediterranean Sea in order to more easily transport materiel and fighters throughout the Middle East.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
In September, Fox News reported that Iran was building a classified military base near Al-Bukamal, less than 200 miles from an American position, with the intention of housing thousands of troops.

According to the report, the classified Iranian project is called the Imam Ali compound and is being completed by the IRGC. At least five different, newly constructed buildings surrounded by large dirt mounds could house precision missiles, Fox said. The other 10 less fortified storehouses in the base will likely hold ammunition.

The attacks in the Al-Bukamal area have been blamed on both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

"Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias," said an unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic. The attacks targeted positions belonging to the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Albukamal and other areas near the Iraq-Syria border. Saudi sources later denied the report, according to the Independent.

Airstrikes by unidentified warplanes have killed five pro-Iran fighters in Deir Ezzor
[TWITTER]
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies



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