Hi there, !
Today Sun 11/18/2018 Sat 11/17/2018 Fri 11/16/2018 Thu 11/15/2018 Wed 11/14/2018 Tue 11/13/2018 Mon 11/12/2018 Archives
Rantburg
469031 articles and 1655917 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 62 articles and 122 comments as of 11:24.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion        Politix    Posting Order
Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 1: WoT Operations
0 [6481] 
0 [6468] 
4 13:33 Zenobia Floger6220 [6468] 
0 [6474] 
1 01:00 g(r)omgoru [6469] 
0 [6461] 
0 [6459] 
0 [6467] 
5 23:25 gorb [6471] 
0 [6486] 
0 [6474] 
0 [6478] 
0 [6463] 
1 15:55 trailing wife [6468] 
0 [6514] 
Page 2: WoT Background
0 [6468]
0 [6475]
0 [6475]
3 13:49 ranture [6467]
0 [6463]
1 21:38 newc [6465]
0 [6467]
0 [6472]
0 [6468]
0 [6467]
0 [6465]
3 08:41 Frank G [6468]
0 [6467]
0 [6458]
0 [6459]
0 [6463]
0 [6470]
Page 3: Non-WoT
5 21:10 Mullah Richard [6484]
3 21:06 Mullah Richard [6467]
0 [6493]
1 12:59 SteveS [6470]
0 [6469]
0 [6458]
0 [6465]
1 08:46 Frank G [6460]
0 [6462]
1 10:49 Frank G [6459]
5 20:49 Anomalous Sources [6465]
4 23:31 gorb [6459]
0 [6459]
12 23:38 SteveS [6465]
1 11:08 European Conservative [6459]
1 07:48 Richard Aubrey [6458]
8 19:48 Frank G [6467]
Page 4: Opinion
3 18:30 charger [6479]
0 [6468]
0 [6464]
1 03:27 lord garth [6459]
Page 6: Politix
6 19:33 Anomalous Sources [6467]
3 20:21 Frank G [6479]
2 20:17 Frank G [6472]
17 20:16 Frank G [6470]
4 14:14 Zenobia Floger6220 [6460]
0 [6458]
9 15:03 Boss Spoper5850 [6461]
12 21:01 European Conservative [6463]
5 12:58 Procopius2k [6458]
Afghanistan
ISIS members hailing from Turkey, Pakistan, Tajikistan arrested in Kabul
Those jihad tourists sure do get around...
[KhaamaPress] Wed 3:48pm - At least three foreign members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in Kabul city, the Afghan Intelligence said Wednesday.

According to a statement released by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), the detained ISIS members were looking to carry out a series of attacks in the city.

The statement further added that the detained individuals originally hail from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
, Tajikistan, and Pakistain.

Disclosing the identities of the detained ISIS members, NDS said Noorullah from Turkey, Noor Mohammad from Tajikistan, and Mohammad Afzal from Pakistain, who were looking to plan and coordiante attacks in Kabul city.

The National Directorate of Security also added that five Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group members have also been arrested from Kabul city during separate operations.

The anti-government armed myrmidon and terrorist groups, including ISIS loyalista and Talibs have not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban commander among 32 killed, wounded in Faryab clashes, airstrikes
[KhaamaPress] Wed 9:31am] At least thirty two turbans including a local commander of the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
were killed or maimed during the festivities and Arclight airstrikes in northenr Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said festivities broke out between the security forces and Talibs in Kalik village of Qaisar district, leaving at least 18 turbans dead, including one of their local commanders Mullah Khal Mirza.

The statement further added that the security forces also received air support and and as a result at least 14 turbans also sustained injuries.

According 209th Shaheen Corps, at least five vehicles and fifteen various types of weapons of the turbans were also destroyed during the festivities and airstrikes.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan where the Talibs and other groups are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Senior Taliban leaders killed, wounded in a deadly infighting in Sari Pul
[KhaamaPress] Tue 5:15pm - At least two senior Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leaders were killed or maimed in a deadly infighting which erupted in northern Sari Pul province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the incident took place at around 2 pm local time on Monday.

The statement further added that two senior Taliban leaders, Saifuddin also famous as Sadat and Qari Bahramuddin, exchanged fire with each other in Nimdan village located in the outskirts of the scenic provincial capital of Sari Pul province.

The statement further added Saifuddin was killed during the clash while Qari Bahramuddin who is leading a group of 50 Lions of Islam sustained critical injuries during the exchange of fire.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Sari Pul has been among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its districts has started to deteriorated during the recent years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Join the Taliban! Plenty of promotions available!
Posted by: Zebulon Splat2641 || 11/15/2018 9:14 Comments || Top||

#2  While media worthy, the killing of Taliban "leadership" has obviously not resulted in an end the conflict. Perhaps it's time to engage the rank and file.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/15/2018 9:18 Comments || Top||

#3  A man and a plan: Top Bananas!
"Señor, eet take many mañanas --
Although she turn pinkish
From killing the kingfish --
To empty thees pond of piranhas."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 11/15/2018 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  "And when you are done... tiburones!
We feesh for heem only on Sundays...
Y big cocodrillos
That teem in the rios...
Americans! Tan grand cojones!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 11/15/2018 13:33 Comments || Top||


Ghazni offensive: 15 turbans toes up, 8 Taliban airstruck as army prepares to suppress


U.S. airstrike leaves 8 Taliban militants dead in Ghazni province

[KhaamaPress] Tue 7:12pm - At least eight Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike carried out by the U.S. forces in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Andar district.

The statement further added that the militants were targeted in Kamal Khel area of the district, leaving eight of them dead.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in Southeastern parts of the country where the Taliban militants are actively operating in some of its districts.

Earlier reports indicated that other militants belonging to foreign groups including ISIS loyalists are also active in some of its districts.

Army Chief arrives in Malistan as armed forces prepare for a large-scale offensive

[KhaamaPress] Tue 2:19pm - The Afghan National Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali arrived in Malistan district of Ghazni province as the armed forces are preparing for a large-scale offensive to suppress the militants.

Gen. Yaftali said the operations against the militants would likely kick off today.

In the meantime, the 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said the armed forces have launched an offensive (Thunder-4) in some districts of Ghazni province.

The statement further added that the operations are being led by 203rd Thunder Corps Commander Gen. Dadan Lawang.

According to 203rd Thunder Corps, the Commando Forces and other armed troops have also been deployed to Jaghoori and Malistan districts for the launch of a large-scale operation.

This comes as heavy clashes are underway in Malistan and Jaghoori districts of Ghazni province since the last few days.

15 militants killed, laser-equipped rocket launcher seized in Moqor clash

[KhaamaPress] Tue 12:08 pm - At least fifteen militants were killed and a laser-equipped rocket launcher was seized during a clash between the Afghan armed forces and the Taliban militants in Moqor district of Ghazni province.

The 203rd ThunderCorps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said the clash took place in Laram area of Moqor district on Monday.

The statement further added that the armed forces were busy conducting operations as part of Thunder-4 operations when a clash broke out, leaving at least 15 militants dead and 6 others wounded.

According to 203rd Thunder, the armed forces also confiscated a laser guided rocket launcher following the clash.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the clash so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 01:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram kills 16 in Nigeria
[DAWN] 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...
gunnies have killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in the latest attacks in restive northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
's Borno state, militia and residents said on Wednesday.

The civilian militia fighting the gunnies found 15 bodies in fields around Kazaa and Daraa villages, five kilometres (three miles) outside the garrison town of Monguno on Tuesday.

A farmer was also rubbed out while working near Gremari village, 13 km from the state capital Maiduguri.

"Yesterday our members recovered 15 bodies from farms around neighbouring Kazaa and Daraa villages who were killed by Boko Haram on Monday," militia leader Ibrahim Liman told AFP.

"Another 35 people have not been seen and a search will continue today (Wednesday) to find them," he said.

The farmers were mostly from camps in Monguno housing people displaced by the nine-year Islamist insurgency.

Monguno resident Mari Bulama said the opened fire on farmers at work, shooting them as they fled.

"We buried 15 of them yesterday before I left Monguno," said Bulama who arrived at Maiduguri on Tuesday from Monguno, 140 kms away.

Posted by: Fred || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemeni forces destroy almost 2000 Houthi mines in Hajjah governorate
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Yemeni army has destroyed more than 2000 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 ...
mines in three days only in Hayran district alone, following big advances in the fifth military area in Hajjah governorate.

Specialized Yemeni forces have been dedicated to destroying mines planted by Houthis.

On a bigger scale, Yemeni forces have been able to destroy hundreds of thousands of mines out of a million mines planted by Houthi militias in all Yemeni governorates and villages.

Houthis have been known for planting mines the moment they sense their upcoming defeat.

In the southern governorate of Dhale, dozens of Houthis were killed and injured and ten were detained, including field military leaders, in violent confrontations with the Yemeni forces.

The Yemeni army, with support from the Arab Coalition, has been fighting Houthis in the city of Damt for days, and was successful in liberating big parts of it.

In Hodeidah, Yemeni sources confirmed the death and injury of dozens of Houthis on different battle fronts, whereas the Yemeni army continued to advance towards the northern entrance of the city.

The advances come with great Houthi losses and the fleeing of dozens of militias from the front lines to the internal neighborhoods of the city.

Posted by: Fred || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Man tries self-immolation with wine, held for weapons pics
[IsraelTimes] Suspect held in La Belle France on potential charge of condoning terrorism after growing angry over request to show conductor his train ticket

A man who doused himself with wine and tried to self-immolate on a train and waved a phone showing images of armed combatants is being held by French police on a potential terrorism charge.

A French official said Wednesday the man was tackled by a soldier and a police officer, both off duty. The high-speed TGV train was traveling Tuesday from Lille in the north to Montpellier in the south.

The official said the man, who identified himself as Syrian, grew angry when a conductor asked him for a ticket, which he didn’t have. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the detention publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The newspaper Le Progres, which first reported the arrest, said the wine was a rose.

The man was held on a possible charge of condoning terrorism, having allegedly brandished his phone with photos and video of combatants with weapons, the official said.

Tuesday marked the third anniversary of gun and kabooms that killed 130 people in the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Gay Paree in 2015.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Baptize Me in Wine - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1954)
Posted by: Chomoter Platypus2035 || 11/15/2018 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Wish he did this with grain alcohol - give him a second chance!
Posted by: Raj || 11/15/2018 1:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh this gets an auto terrorism charge.

What, some violation of EU trade union agreements to improperly dispose of more than 50 ml of wine without a permit?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/15/2018 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Sadly, we may never know his motivation...
Posted by: Cesare || 11/15/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh this gets an auto terrorism charge.

Kinky!
Posted by: gorb || 11/15/2018 23:25 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
German-Kurdish singer jailed in Turkey on terror charge
[AlAhram] A German-Kurdish singer was sentenced on Wednesday to more than six years in prison in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
for membership of a terrorist organization, her lawyer said.

Saide Inac, who performs under the name Hozan Cane, was tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
in Turkey on June 23 while attending a campaign event for the Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections.

The court in Edirne, northwest Turkey, sentenced her on Wednesday to six years and three months in jail, her lawyer Mustafa Pekoz said, adding that she would appeal.

According to her family, the prosecution relied on photographs of Inac with fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers to be a "terrorist offshoot" of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Inac was convicted of being a member of the PKK, which is blacklisted as a terror organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
But Inac's relatives say the pictures were taken from a documentary she made about the persecution of the Yazidi religious minority by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Iraq.

The imprisonment of the singer, who lives in Cologne
...the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth populated city in Germany....
, comes amid a thaw in relations between Turkey and Germany after a series of spats.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Bajaur Press Club closed over terror threat
[DAWN] The Bajaur Press Club was closed for an indefinite period on Tuesday following threats of terror attacks.

The press club president Hasbanullah Khan told Dawn here that though he did not know about the threats, but the club had been shut down on the directives of bigwigs of the local administration.

Quoting the officials, Mr Khan said they had received information that some unknown miscreants planned to carry out terrorist attacks on the press club building, ’hence you’re advised to keep the club shut for an indefinite period to thwart any unpleasant incident.’

Following the instructions, the press club president said an emergency meeting of the senior journalists was held to discuss the situation in which the participants unanimously decided to shut the club for indefinite period.

Before shutting the press club, scores of Levies personnel arrived on the spot and took position at various places.

The Levies personnel also evacuated vehicles from a nearby bus stand owing to security concerns.

Posted by: Fred || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  some unknown miscreants planned to carry out terrorist attacks on the press club building

Nobody is all bad
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/15/2018 1:00 Comments || Top||


Iraq
PKK has gone quiet in Duhok after US bounties: local official
[Rudaw] A local official in Duhok province believes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s activities have been affected by recent US bounties on the heads of three senior commanders of the party.

The US last week announced bounties collectively totaling up to $12 million for information leading to the capture of three senior PKK leaders: Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, and Duran Kalkan.

"This has made the PKK show up less often," Sarbast Akrayi, head of Kani Masi sub-district, told Rudaw English on Wednesday.

Kani Masi is located in Duhok province’s Amedi district on the Kurdistan Region’s border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
With the PKK less active, Ottoman Turkish bombardments have decreased, Akrayi explained.

Turkey frequently carries out Arclight airstrikes against alleged PKK positions in the Kurdistan Region. The country’s Ministry of Defence reported on Tuesday they have "neutralized" 57 "terrorists" in aerial operations in northern Iraq in the last four days. Ottoman Turkish armed forces use the term "neutralized" to refer to those killed, maimed, or otherwise removed from the battlefield.

The Amedi district has always been a hotspot for conflict, both the decades-long PKK-Turkey conflict and Kurdish uprisings against the former Iraqi regime.

"Therefore, the people are used to such things," Akrayi said of the reaction of local residents to the bombardments.

The most devastating period of the PKK-Turkey conflict in this area was between 2015 and 2017 when 4,000 acres of land were desolated, 26 villages were abandoned, and 18 houses were destroyed, Akrayi explained.

The people were left with an estimated 2.3 billion dinars ($1.9 million) in material losses, the official said.

There are 76 villages in the sub-district with a population of 10,000.

The PKK have not completely halted activities, however. Guerrilla forces attacked Ottoman Turkish positions in Erbil province’s Sidakan sub-district early on Wednesday, which was followed by Ottoman Turkish bombardment on the region, according to local mayor Ihsan Chalabi.

"Turkey bombarded Mount Del and borders of Khalifan, Siran, Shelkan, and Blasanan villages at 9:00 am, Wednesday, lasting for 45 minutes," he told Rudaw, adding that the attack was in response to a PKK strike half an hour earlier.

There were no reports of casualties or material losses.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:


Iraqi forces kill over 20 Islamic State militants in Nineveh
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Over 20 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....
forces of Evil were killed on Wednesday during a military operation in Badush heights in Nineveh province, a security source said as Iraqi forces still launch nationwide manhunts for the IS turbans.

Speaking to the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), the source pointed out that security forces, backed by the Air Force, carried out numerous landing operations in Badush heights and Hatra districts in Nineveh after receiving intelligence reports about the presence of several IS holy warriors there.

"More than 20 IS bad boyz were potted in the military operation," the source said, warning that dormant cells of the turban group are still active in some parts of Nineveh.

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi Security Media Center announced that 14 Islamic State forces of Evil were incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
during a wide-scale security operation in Nineveh.

According to the center, the arrestees were involved in the fights against security forces during the military operations to liberate Nineveh from IS Death Eaters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
4 policemen lightly hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack
[Ynet] Assailant shot, maimed while carrying out assault at entrance to cop shoppe in south of city; one of the officers was apparently hurt by friendly fire

Four coppers were maimed in a stabbing attack Wednesday at a cop shoppe in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

Police said the attacker arrived at the entrance to the cop shoppe and attacked three officers, lightly injuring them. He was shot and seriously injured.

During the scuffle a fourth officer was lightly hurt by shrapnel as others shot at the attacker.

The attacker was restrained by officers on the scene, according to police.

They said the attacker was nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
and security was being heightened in the area.

Police front man Micky Rosenfeld said officers were searching the nearby area to ensure there were no other persons involved in the attack.

The Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, some of which is in former no-man’s land between East and West Jerusalem, has been the scene of several attacks in past years, including during a wave of stabbings in 2015 and 2016.

In January 2017, a Paleostinian driver rammed his truck into a group of soldiers visiting a popular promenade in the neighborhood, killing four.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:


IDF shoots Gazan approaching border fence, reportedly killing him
[IsraelTimes] Man killed identified as 20-year-old fisherman; earlier second Gazook was shot and locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
after approaching fence. Overall the day was calm but tense.

A Gazoo man was rubbed out by Israeli troops Wednesday after approaching the security fence on the Israeli border, according to the Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,-controlled Gazoo health ministry, as tensions persisted after a ceasefire Tuesday ended some of the heaviest fighting in years.

The Israeli military confirmed that soldiers opened fire as a group of Paleostinian men were spotted walking toward the border fence in the northern Gazoo Strip, near the Israeli community of Kibbutz Zikim. According to media reports, the suspect was shot as he continued approaching the fence despite warning shots being fired.

An army spokesperson said the soldiers "operated in accordance with the rules of engagement."

The Paleostinian man was identified by the health ministry as 20-year-old Nawaf Ahmad al-Attar, a fisherman.

Paleostinian media outlets reported that al-Attar had been killed at sea ‐ something the IDF denied.

Earlier in the day, Israeli troops shot and arrested a Paleostinian man who threw a number of grenades at the security fence in the northern Gazoo Strip, the army said. The grenades failed to explode.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, when he was arrested, the suspect was found to be in possession of a pair of boltcutters and a knife.

The two incidents came less than a day into a fragile ceasefire between Israel and terror groups in the Strip, after more than 460 rockets and mortars were fired into southern Israel over the course of 25 hours, killing one person. The military responded to the rockets with Arclight airstrikes throughout the Gazoo Strip.

There were no reports of rocket fire into Israel, or of Israeli strikes on Gazoo, since Tuesday afternoon, when the ceasefire reportedly went into effect. Paleostinians said the truce was brokered by Egypt.

Israel has yet to formally confirm the existence of a ceasefire, but senior diplomatic officials indicated that Jerusalem would abide by it so long as terror groups in the Strip did as well. In addition, the IDF Home Front Command on Tuesday night removed all restrictions on residents of southern Israel, declaring a "return to normality."

Nevertheless, the IDF still kept reinforcements in place surrounding Gazoo.

For second day, Israelis burn tires, block roads in south over Gaza violence

[IsraelTimes] Over 100 demonstrators gathered at entrances to Sderot and Ashkelon as criticism persists over ceasefire ending intense border flareup.

Channel 10 reported that the residents intend to take their protest tomorrow to Tel Aviv, where they will demonstrate near the Defense Ministry headquarters.

Hundreds took part in a similar demonstration on Tuesday after a ceasefire between Israel and the Gazoo Strip’s Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, rulers took effect following the largest barrage of rockets on southern Israeli communities since the 2014 Gazoo war.

The ceasefire, which Israel has been loathe to officially recognize, has been condemned by many in the country and was cited by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in his resignation announcement earlier Wednesday.

At a presser announcing his resignation, Liberman called the ceasefire a "capitulation to terror" and said Israel should have responded more forcefully to the firing of rockets and mortars from Gazoo.

The ceasefire was hailed by Hamas as a victory ostensibly imposed on Israel on Hamas’s terms. Rocket fire at Israel came to a halt on Tuesday afternoon, after two days of incessant attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Scores of IS militants remain in Mindanao
[Guardian] The threat of Islamic State is mounting again in the Philippines, with estimates there could be between 40 to 100 foreign fighters, and a growing momentum among local pro-Islamic State militant groups.

Prof Rommel Banlaoi, chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, said that he had seen records of up to 100 foreign fighters on the island – a combination of old and new arrivals since the Marawi siege last year – who want to re-establish the east Asia wilayah crushed in the fighting. Banlaoi said the fighters in Mindanao had mainly traveled from neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia but also Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Middle East.

A high-ranking intelligence officer gave figures of that closely matched Banlaoi’s records. “There are about 40 foreign fighters remaining in the country, but 40 others are in the watchlist,” said the officer.

The presence of foreign fighters is known to embolden rebels and there are increasing concerns of a renewed bid to declare a caliphate in Mindanao. The threat is highlighted by an apparent suicide bombing by a foreign fighter from Morocco in July that killed 11 people. It was claimed by Isis as a “martyrdom” operation.

“Foreign fighters are in the Philippines because they consider the country, particularly Mindanao, as a safe haven, alternative home base and a new land of jihad,” explained Banlaoi, who said he had seen a lot of chatter on the east Asia wilayah on IS social media recently.

“They train and learn from local fighters. They provide funds. They provide a global support network,” he added.

In Malaysia, Ahmad el-Muhammady, who consults with the authorities on de-radicalization of Islamist militants, said the concern over foreign fighters in Mindanao was growing and “the Malaysian intelligence community is closely monitoring the situation”.

As well as often having more experience with conflict, foreign fighters “play a very important role in bridging the parochial divides between Filipino groups” said Zachary Abuza, south-east Asia analyst at the National War College.

“Look at Marawi [and] what happens with Philippine-based IS groups work together. And often foreign fighters try to cajole local militants to escalate the violence,” he said.

Abuza calculated there were up to 40 foreign fighters in Mindanao and he emphasized the serious threat they posed. He said, "Many seek the relative sanctuary of the southern Philippines. There they can regroup, train and plot attacks. With IS’s declaration of an east Asia wilayah, the southern Philippines becomes more important because there is enough ungoverned or very poorly governed space.”

“There are IS cells in Malaysia and Singapore but they don’t control any territory. You can’t be province of the caliphate without territory,” he said.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Mindanao keeps causing problems...
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/15/2018 15:55 Comments || Top||


Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
[Inquirer] A 15-year-old cousin of the founders of the Maute terrorist group surrendered to the Joint Task Force Ranao in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

Major Clint Antipala identified the Maute fighter as “AJ.” He was reportedly only 12 years old when recruited in Butig by his cousins Omar and Abdullah. The Maute brothers led the attack and take over of sections of Marawi City last year which sparked five months of fighting with Philippine soldiers.

“He was trained with 12 other members and one of them already surrendered to the 49th IB on October 29,” Antipala said in a statement to the media.

In August, the military reported the surrender of an alias Asnar, 14, also an alleged Maute rebel. The military said Asnar was recruited by Abdullah Maute in 2014, when the boy was only 10 years old.

Military spokesman Edgar Allan Villanueva said, “Nine years old was the youngest recruit (of the Maute Group) and most of these recruits were involved in armed engagement with government forces in the month of February and November of 2016."
Posted by: ryuge || 11/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)



Who's in the News
32[untagged]
5Islamic State
4Taliban
3Sublime Porte
3Moslem Colonists
3Govt of Saudi Arabia
3Hamas
2Houthis
2TTP
1Maute group (IS)
1Govt of Pakistan
1Boko Haram (ISIS)
1Govt of Iran
1Muslim Brotherhood

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
Thu 2018-11-15
  Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
Wed 2018-11-14
  Ceasefire Goes Into Effect In South Following Unprecedented Rocket Barrage
Tue 2018-11-13
  Gaza factions agree to cease fire if Israel halts attack - Palestinian official
Mon 2018-11-12
  IAF have begun air strikes on Gaza.
Sun 2018-11-11
  Yemeni forces 'seize Hodeidah's main hospital' amid air raids
Sat 2018-11-10
  Yemeni forces, Saudi-led coalition launch 'vast' Hodeidah push
Fri 2018-11-09
  One dead after Melbourne knife attack being treated as terrorism - ISIS claims actions of known wolf
Thu 2018-11-08
  Syrian Man Gets Life in Prison for Making Parts in IEDs Used Against U.S.
Wed 2018-11-07
  Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns
Tue 2018-11-06
  Election Day open thread
Mon 2018-11-05
  U.S. jet fighters kill 25 Islamic State militants in Kirkuk
Sun 2018-11-04
  US soldier killed in ‘apparent insider attack’ in Kabul -- NATO
Sat 2018-11-03
  Mass grave with 1,500 bodies unearthed in Raqqa city
Fri 2018-11-02
  Foreigners among 68 militants killed, wounded in Afghan, U.S. forces operations
Thu 2018-11-01
  Nigerian Shia group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests

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.
3.229.142.104
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Background (17)    Non-WoT (17)    Opinion (4)    (0)    Politix (9)