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IS claims responsibility for a Bangladesh explosion
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Afghanistan
U.S. Commander: Al Qaeda Operating ‘Across' Afghanistan
[Free Beacon] Al Qaeda is operating "across" Afghanistan in several regions, according to Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

"We have seen al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Yes, in different parts of Afghanistan," Miller told TOLONews. "In different parts of Afghanistan, we can find them, so it's not one particular region, it's across the country."

The Long War Journal, a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has tracked al Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan for more than a decade, creating maps that show the terrorist group's operations and movement in the country. Al Qaeda and its regional branch, al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, are present in 13 Afghan provinces, according to one of the maps.

"The data clearly shows that al Qaeda and allied terrorist groups have been operating on Afghan soil for the past two decades with the approval of the Taliban," the Journal reported. "These terrorist organizations often operate in areas controlled by the Taliban‐and the jihadists killed in coalition or Afghan raids often die alongside members of the Afghan Taliban."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2019 02:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [464 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  If the object was for it to drag on forever, we could have just sent the DEA.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 5:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Not the only issue, but it is very difficult to deal with a counterinsurgency when border sanctuaries such as Pakistan are off limits.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2019 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  HAHAHA, COIN when money has no value. Nice one B.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#4  anywhere there are mohammedans, there is Al Qaeda
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 05/28/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#5  There is really only one way to settle the Muslim issue, but it is a way from which any normal, decent person would recoil.

The question is, will the Muslims eventually make it a matter of abandoning decency for the sake of survival?
Posted by: charger || 05/28/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Charger, they already did. The real question is, will the non-barbarous part of the human race accept what must be done, or no.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 10:46 Comments || Top||

#7  I'd add: Doing what is necessary and expedient is not barbarous. It's practical.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||

#8  It's hilarious that lefties in America worry over vaccinations and recycling when the big question is - will the human race move forward or regress to the 7th century?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

#9  Tolo News. 7/24 operation all over Afghanistan. Headquarters in Dubai. Owned by the Moby group. Operated since 2010. They keep a close eye on government there. Like here I guess if things suit them no problems. This commanders broadcast was deliberate to all Afghani. Him telling Trump to keep feet on the ground I guess.
Posted by: Dale || 05/28/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#10  When orchestrated well and executed efficiently, with lawyers and the underworld and local law enforcement lining their own pockets along the way, it can be done.

The start to such an operation will have to be the hardest part, will need the most resolve and will entail a lot of self-doubt, but eventually it would turn into a well oiled machine fed by corpses of missing persons, and churning out billions in illegal organ sales (best way to use a body). Proceeds from this could finance its own expansion, bribing of judiciary if actors were caught out, silencing of media and 'righteous' handbasket weavers.

I actually wrote a paper on the ways to remove islam altogether from communities outward, forcing the urban ones to convert, driving the have-not muslims into self destruction and wasting the remnant systematically.

I was branded a psychopath by my peers.☻
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/28/2019 13:39 Comments || Top||

#11  Well that's not a big deal. We're the ones who got Al-Qaeda started in Afghanistan, remember? To fight the Soviets? And then we just dumped them and ran off afterwards?

Hell, we allied with Al-Qaeda in Syria, giving them arms and training.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/28/2019 15:49 Comments || Top||

#12  The royal me again. McSsssschtain's friendsssssch you are speaking of. I didn't vote for Maverick or hissssch friendsssssch. Given the chance I'd go back and not vote for Boosh either. So leave me out of it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#13  We're the ones who got Al-Qaeda started in Afghanistan, remember? --Posted by: Herb McCoy
Your memory is... intriguing ...in how it functions. What color is the sky on the planet you come from?
Posted by: magpie || 05/28/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

#14  There is no question we gave Stingers and such to the guys fighting the Russians in Afghanistan, but to say we created Al Qaeda is more than disingenuous.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/28/2019 16:50 Comments || Top||

#15  disingenuous[ dis-in-jen-yoo-uh s ]

adjective
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere:

"Erb was rather disingenuous."
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2019 17:45 Comments || Top||

#16  From On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt (philosophy professor emeritus from Princeton) "It's impossible to be inadvertently insincere."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 18:05 Comments || Top||

#17  "Troll Ways are strange and uncertain and disingenuous . Just point and mock"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2019 19:06 Comments || Top||


Afghan Forces Retake Control Of Ghazni’s District After Two Years
[ToloNews] The Afghan Defense and Security Forces retook the control of Deh Yak district, a rural district in the eastern part of the central Ghazni province, 30 kilometers in the east of Ghazni city.

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Monday that the district was under Taliban
...Arabic for students...
influence for two years.

The statement said that during the past two years, the Taliban were using civilians as a shield which prevented the advancement of the security forces.

Colonel Mubin, an army commander in Ghazni, said the operation started at around 6am local time on Monday, in which the snuffies were surrounded from three directions.

He said the district was under snuffies influence for more than a year.

"The enemy does not have the ability to fight against the Afghan defense and security forces. And meanwhile, the Alftha offensive of the enemy has failed," he added.

He said they have many plans on hand to maintain the security of the district.
Khaama Press adds:
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said the Talibs were in control of Deh Yak district for the past two years and were consistently using civilians as shields to prevent the Afghan forces’ advance.

The statement further added that the Afghan forces will continue to their operations to storm the remaining hideouts of the enemies.

The Ministry of Defense says the remaining parts of the country where Death Eaters have presence will be cleared in the near future.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in South-east of Afghanistan. Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.

In the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations to suppress the anti-government armed elements in the restive districts of Ghazni and other parts of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan SF seize 1000 kgs of explosives, foil deadly attack in Kabul city, ministry van kaboomed
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have recently seized 1000 kilograms of explosives during an operation in Kabul city.

A military source said Monday that the Afghan special force conducted a raid in Kabul city and seized 500kg of explosives.

Without providing further added that source further added that the Special Forces also detained three suspected gunnies during the same operation.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior in a statement said the police forces foiled a deadly attack in Kabul city by seizing and destroying 1000 kilograms of explosives in four separate controlled-detonations in Kabul.

The statement further added that the security forces recently had seized the RDX-HMS type explosives during an operation.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the anti-government armed gunnies have been attempting to carry out attacks in Kabul city during the recent weeks and months. An kaboom destroyed a vehicle of Hajj and Religious Affairs Ministry in Kabul city earlier today wounding at least ten people.

Explosion rips through Hajj, Religious Affairs Ministry vehicle in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] [KhaamaPress] An kaboom destroyed the vehicle of Hajj and Religious Affairs Ministry in Kabul city earlier today injuring at least ten people.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement confirmed that the incident took place at around 7:45am local time in 2nd police district of Kabul city.

The statement further added that the kaboom injured at least ten people.

No individual or group including Talibs has so far grabbed credit for the kaboom.

Today’s kaboom in Kabul takes place a day after unknown button men rubbed out a prominent religious scholar in Kabul city. The unknown button men killed Mawlavi Shabir Ahmad Kamawi two days after another religious holy man was killed in an kaboom in Kabul.
Tolo News adds:
According to the Ministry of Interior, the blast occurred in Kabul city’s PD2 in Parwan-e-Do area.

At least 10 people were maimed in the blast, the Ministry of Interior officials confirmed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:


19 Taliban militants killed, 4 vehicles including a car bomb destroyed in security forces raids
[KhaamaPress] The security forces carried out separate operations in four provinces of the country killing at least 19 Talibs and destroying four vehicles including a boom-mobile.

"An Afghan special forces raid in Sayyidabad district of Wardak killed 5 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters, detained 5 and destroyed 1 Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and 6 IEDs," the informed military sources said Monday.

The sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Bermal of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province killing 5 Taliban fighters and arresting 3 others.

In the meantime, the sources said an Arclight airstrike in Bermal district of Paktika province killed 3 Taliban fighters and destroyed 1 vehicle.

The security forces force also carried out three airstrikes in Andar district of Ghazni province which killed 6 Taliban fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles.

The anti-government armed turbans including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Nangarhar: 2 ISIS big turbans and 11 little ones toes up in SF raids, 4 Pak ISIS died tired


ISIS military commission chief among several killed in Nangarhar operation

[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence (National Directorate of Security) conducted an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan killing at least 11 ISIS militants.

“In an Afghan special forces raid in Chapahar district, 11 ISIS-K fighters were killed and numerous weapons were destroyed,” the informed military sources said Monday.

In the meantime, the provincial government media office in a statement said the NDS Special Forces targeted ISIS militants in Aghez and Daudzai areas of Chaparhar district.

The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces killed ISIS military commission chief Dr. Bilal and another ISIS commander Najib alias Abu Bakar.

In addition, the NDS Special Forces destroyed an ISIS compound, night vision goggle, 9 Ak-47 assault rifles, 50 Ak-47 magazines, hand grenades, radio communication sets, and other military kits and explosives.

This comes as the security situation in some remote parts of Nangarhar has deteriorated during the recent years. Both Taliban and ISIS militants are active in some remote districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.

U.S. airstrikes kill 4 Pakistani members of ISIS terrorist group in Nangarhar

[KhaamaPress] The U.S. Air Force carried out separate airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least four Pakistani members of ISIS terrorist group.

The Nangarhar governor’s office in a statement said Monday that the U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles carried out separate airstrikes in Abdul Khel and Shande areas of Haska Mina districts on Sunday.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed four Pakistani members of ISIS terrorist group in two separate areas.

The anti-government armed militants including ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan. However, the security situation in some remote districts of the province has deteriorated during the recent years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Airstrikes kill 4 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar province
[KhaamaPress] The security forces carried out separate Arclight airstrikes in two districts of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province killing at least four Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters.

"A strike in Deh Bala district killed 1 Taliban fighter," the military officials said earlier on Sunday.

The officials further added that the security forces carried out a similar airstrike in Achin district of Nangarhar and killed 3 Taliban fighters.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed elements are active in some of the remote districts of the province.

Both Taliban and ISIS loyalists are active in remote districts of Nangarhar where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Helmand: 21 Talibs toes up as positions airstruck amid SF raids


Airstrikes pound Taliban positions amid Afghan Special Forces raid in Helmand

[KhaamaPress] A series of airstrikes were carried out in southern Helmand province killing at least 6 Taliban fighters.

The informed military sources said Sunday that an airstrike in Musa Qala district killed 4 Taliban fighters.

The sources further added that the security forces carried out a similar airstrike in Sangin district killing at least two Taliban fighters.

The security forces carried out the airstrikes amid ongoing operations of the Afghan Special Forces. “In an Afghan special forces raid in Nad ‘Ali district, 14 IEDs, 250kg of explosives, IED components and weapons were destroyed,” the sources said.

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

15 Taliban militants killed in Special Forces raid, airstrikes in Helmand

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces and Air Forces carried out a series of operations in southern Helmand province killing at least 15 Taliban militants.

The informed military sources said Monday “In an Afghan special forces operation to disrupt Taliban IED facilitation and illegal narcotic financing in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand, 4 Taliban fighters were detained and 1 tunnel was destroyed.”

The sources further added that an airstrike in Musa Qalah district of Helmand killed 5 Taliban fighters.

“In Kajaki district, a strike killed 2 Taliban fighters,” the sources said, adding that a similar airstrike in Nahr-e-Saraj district killed 4 Taliban fighters.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the operation and airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Libya: Flight data places mysterious planes in Haftar territory
[Aljazeera] Cargo planes were discovered flying clandestinely into bases controlled by renegade Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar and dropping off unidentifed payloads at the time his forces attacked Tripoli last month, an Al Jazeera Arabic TV investigation found.

Satellite images and flight data show two Russian-made Ilyushin 76 aircraft registered to a joint Emirati-Kazakh company called Reem Travel made several trips between Egypt, Israel, and Jordan before landing at military bases controlled by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) in early April, just as it attempted to seize the capital.

Flight transponders appear to have been turned off while flying into the war-torn North African country. Libya is currently under an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations after years of fighting.

Video published by Haftar's forces shows one of the cargo planes - with the registration number UP-I7645 - after landing at LNA's Tamanhant military base in southern Libya. It had taken off from Benghazi in the east, Haftar's stronghold.
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#1  Tourists
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  UFOs. Maverick (the Navy one) swears it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 10:45 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
IS claims responsibility for a Bangladesh explosion
[Ynet] A global monitoring group says 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 has grabbed credit for an kaboom targeting a police van in Bangladesh's capital.

Police said Sunday night's kaboom in Dhaka's Malibagh area left three people injured, including a police officer, but they were not sure who was behind the blasts.

U.S.-based SITE Intelligence said in a Twitter post that IS was behind it.

Dhaka Police Commissioner Asaduzzman Mia said Monday that the bomb had been planted in the van. He said it was more powerful than an kaboom in April in Dhaka that was also claimed by IS.

Two of the injured were being treated in a hospital following Sunday's blast.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Caribbean-Latin America
Nineteen 'spies who helped drug smugglers and human traffickers enter the U.S. across the Mexican border' are arrested at a makeshift mountain camp
  • A four-day operation between Mexican and American federal saw 19 people arrested near the Mexico-U.S. border

  • Six of the suspects were Honduran nationals who were part of a group known as 'halcones', a Spanish term for spies

  • The suspects worked for a cartel and also provided logistics for human traffickers that operated along the southern border

  • Agents also uncovered and destroyed a poppy field, and seized 250 pounds of drugs, long-range weapons and tactical communication systems
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Spies or FBI agents? Or is that a distinction without a difference?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/28/2019 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  The action took place near Nogales. Mexico's Nogales, formerly a great border city loved by tourists, is now dead. The cartels destroy everything they touch.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 05/28/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||

#3  FBI or ATF? Or a "crossfire" multi agency operation?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||


Europe
German court orders fines for 'Shariah police' vigilantes
[DW] Members of a "Shariah police" vigilante group have been handed fines for donning illegal uniforms. The men had attempted to impose a "Shariah controlled zone" in the western German city of Wuppertal.

A German court found seven alleged members of a self-styled "Shariah police" guilty of violating rules on wearing uniforms after a retrial in the western city of Wuppertal.

The defendants, men aged between 27 and 37, face fines ranging from €300 to €1,800 ($335 to $2,015) for violating Germany's laws against wearing uniforms.
Golly.
Monday's acquittal comes at the end of a second trial for the group after Germany's Federal Court of Justice threw out their original 2016 acquittal.
Fines are marginally better than acquittal, I suppose, but it isn’t a high price to pay for connection to ISIS.
'SHARIAH-CONTROLLED ZONE'
The accused patrolled the streets of Wuppertal in September 2014 dressed in orange vests bearing the words "Shariah police." They handed out leaflets declaring the area a "Shariah-controlled zone," where alcohol, music and pornography were banned under Islam's Shariah law.

The men were accused of infringing uniform laws, but judges in the Wuppertal District Court acquitted them of the charges in November 2016 after they determined that they was not enough proof that they were breaking the law.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the Federal Court of Justice, Germany's constitutional court, overturned the acquittal and ordered a retrial in January 2018, determining that the district court had not examined the impact of the vigilantes' actions on the public.

At the time of the "Shariah police" patrol, the men were led by Sven Lau,
...convert to Islam under the name Abu Adam and big turban in Germany for Jamwa*, for which he collected money, equipment, and the occasional fighter, all sent on to one of the nastier units of ISIS in Syria. Previously he’d emired local Salafist group Invitation to Paradise, which formally disbanded in 2011 to avoid being banned.
one of Germany's most renowned Salafi preachers. He was himself sentenced in 2017 to a 5 1/2 year prison sentence after being convicted of "supporting a terrorist organization" in a separate case.
...that terrorist org. being ISIS...
Last week, a German court ordered the release of Lau, who had been behind bars since 2015.

* Jamwa, or more formally Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), which Deutsche Welle’s journalists fondly believe translates as Army of Emigrants and Helpers, is listed in Germany as a terrorist organization. The group, also linked to the Caucasus Emirate, is in Syria made up primarily of jihadis from the former Soviet Union. They originally pledged allegiance to Al Nusra, except those splitters who pledged to ISIS. Herr Lau belongs to the ISIS bunch. The Al Nusra lads now belong to the Free Syrian Army.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  This is justice. We humans, with our concepts of 'jurisprudence' and 'social contract' and 'Rawlsian Fairness' believe we know what justice is. We make a UN, an ICJ, set up a few tribunals, make a few old men say sorry to dead people and sign apology letters. We rest confident in that 'justice is done'. The universe has other ideas.

What the British Empire did to Asia, what Germany did to the Jews, poor Russians, the Poles - the audacity of people to assume superiority over the world. All is judged eventually. I believe we can worry all we want for these people, but in God's eyes they are still under indictment.

And this is what they reap. Also, it's not that this fate is suddenly thrust on them. They vote these Merkels and Mays and Trudeaus in themselves, with great fanfare. And invite the locust in.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/28/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||


French Police Arrest Three Over Lyon Bomb Blast
[EpochTimes] French police have arrested three people, including a 24-year-old computer science student of Algerian nationality, in connection with last week’s bomb blast in Lyon that injured 13 people, authorities said.

A police source said the three arrested were the student, who does not have a police record, a minor who studies at a high school in Lyon and is also of Algerian nationality, and a woman.

The Paris prosecutors’ office said that minor was a member of the main suspect’s family circle. No information was provided about the woman.
Typical jihadi cell, then. Is the woman a mother, a sister, or an aunt?
Security camera footage of the incident shows a partially masked suspect wheeling a bicycle to the scene, before leaving a bag outside a branch of a popular bakery chain.

DNA traces were found on the remains of the parcel,
Gotcha!
according to a source close to investigation.

Another source said the judicial police arrested the man on the street after having tailed him.
*Snicker* Obliviousness is him. Well done, French judicial police, and in jig time, too.
They decided not to arrest him at his apartment, the source said, for fear that there could still be some triacetone triperoxide or TATP, the powerful but unstable homemade explosive that was used in the attack.
Let us await further revelations of the many nefarious connections these dear little self-radicalized known wolves will turn out to have.
The Times of Israel had an earlier article, superseded by the above, which adds some interesting details:
French police arrest four people over a package bomb kaboom in the heart of the southeastern city of Lyon last week which injured 13 people, authorities say.

A police raid is under way in a building in the Oullins suburb just south of the city, a few hours after the arrest of the suspected bomber, a 24-year-old Algerian IT student.

The man’s parents were later incarcerated
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and taken in for questioning, as well as a second student of Algerian nationality who is a family relation, according the Gay Paree prosecutor’s office, which has jurisdiction over terrorism cases in La Belle France.
They must have released Papa, which makes the previously undescribed woman the miscreant’s Mom in whose bathtub he no doubt mixed up his Mother of Satan bomb, just like the magazines told him to do.
Posted by: Ulasing Shulet5713 || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


India-Pakistan
Soldier martyred as terrorists raid North Waziristan checkpost
[DAWN] A Pakistain Army soldier was martyred in an exchange of fire with Lions of Islam who raided a checkpost in North Wazoo on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a blurb issued early this morning.

"Terrorists raided Makki Garh Post, Shawal Valley, North Waziristan," the ISPR said, adding that "troops effectively repulsed" the attempt.

"In exchange of fire, a soldier of the Pak Army embraced shahadat," the statement added.

The ISPR said five bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from a nullah in North Waziristan's Boya area, approximately 1.5 kilometres away from the Kharqamar checkpost, where an exchange of fire on Sunday killed three people and injured 15, including five soldiers.

"During patrolling in Boya area, where yesterday an Army post was attacked by a group, five bodies with bullet wounds have been found from a nullah, approximately 1.5 kilometres away from Kharqamar post. Identification of dead bodies in process," the statement said.

A day earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had termed the attack on the check post unfortunate and stressed that nobody in any way would be allowed to undermine the country’s image, dignity, national identity and national interest.

Speaking to different television channels, she said the government would take action against the attackers as per law and the Constitution.
Posted by: Fred || 05/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Frenchman handed down death penalty in Iraq for joining Islamic State
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ A French man was sentenced Monday to death by an Iraqi court after being found guilty of joining 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....
(IS) krazed killer group.

The man was identified as 37-year-old Mustapha Merzoughi.

"The evidence and the confession show that you joined the Islamic State group, that you worked in its military branch," the judge told Merzoughi before handing down his sentence.

The verdict comes a day after three Frenchies were handed down a death penalty
for belonging to the krazed killer group.

La Belle France said on Monday it will take "the necessary steps" to try to prevent Iraq carrying out the death penalty against the French citizens.

"La Belle France is opposed in principle to the death penalty at all times and in all places," the French foreign ministry said.

The ministry said the detained men were receiving consular assistance to ensure they had legal representation ahead of an expected appeal, which they have 30 days to lodge. It added, however, that La Belle France "respects the illusory sovereignty of Iraq’s institutions".
Gotcha. Pro forma protests to mollify the differently principled back home.
Rudaw adds:
The French government has said it would not repatriate its citizens that have joined the ranks of the holy warrior group, and Gay Paree deemed local authorities responsible for carrying out judgments.

Another nine Frenchies were expected to be tried in Iraq for terrorism and their alleged support of ISIS.

An estimated 1,700 Frenchies are believed to have traveled to Iraq and Syria between 2014 and 2018 to join jihadist groups, according to French government figures. Some 300 are thought to have been killed in the conflict.
More from Al Ahram:
"I'm not guilty of crimes and killings. I'm guilty of going (to Syria)," Merzoughi, wearing a yellow prison uniform, told the judge. "I ask for forgiveness from the people of Iraq, Syria, La Belle France and the families of the victims."

Merzoughi told Sherlocks he had served in the French army from 2000 to 2010, including a tour in Afghanistan in 2009. In La Belle France, he lived in the southwestern city of Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
French jihadist Fodhil Tahar Aouidate also appeared before the court on Monday, but his trial was postponed until June 2 to allow for a medical examination after he alleged he had been beaten in jug. Aouidate, 32, made a first trip to Syria in 2013 and returned in 2014 to join IS, according to the French judiciary.

After 130 people were killed in IS's 2015 Gay Paree attacks, Aouidate appeared in a video saying it was his "great pleasure and joy to see these unbelievers suffer as we suffer here."
Even more from An Nahar:
In La Belle France, Merzoughi lived in the southwestern city of Toulouse, the hometown of jihadist brothers Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain who claimed the deadly 2015 attacks in Gay Paree and were killed fighting in Syria.

Passing through Belgium and then Morocco, the French citizen with Tunisian roots underwent "religious and military training in Aleppo", in northern Syria.

He allegedly told Sherlocks previously that he "pledged allegiance to a masked IS leader in djinn-infested Mosul", claiming that many senior jihadists worried about being "recognised or identified by imported muscle they feared were spies". But in court on Monday he said he never pledged allegiance to the jihadist group.

Leonard Lopez, one of three sentenced Sunday, is a 32-year-old Gay Pareeian convert to Islam long known to French authorities for his activity on the jihadist website Ansar al-Haqq in the 2000s.

Before the most recent verdicts, three French citizens had been convicted of joining IS in Iraq: Melina Boughedir, 27, Djamila Boutoutaou, 29, and Lahcene Gueboudj, 58. All three were sentenced to life, equivalent to 20 years in Iraq.
Breitbart has more about two of Sunday’s trio of clever lads as well:
Even before IS, 32-year-old Leonard Lopez was known to French authorities for his activity on Frenchie-loving jihadist website Ansar al-Haqq in the 2000s.

In July 2015, the native Gay Pareeian travelled with his wife and two children to IS-held djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in northern Iraq before entering Syria, according to French Sherlocks.

Lopez, known as Abu Ibrahim al-Andalusi after joining IS, was sentenced in absentia in 2018 for his involvement in Ansar al-Haqq but is also wanted on other charges.

Kevin Gonot, 32, entered Syria through The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
to join IS rival and former al-Qaeda branch al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, according to a confession published by Iraq’s judiciary. He then pledged allegiance to IS, fighting under the name Abu Sufyan, before being tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in Syria with his mother, wife, and half-brother Thomas Collange, 31. He said his father was killed in IS’s de facto Syrian capital, Raqa.
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Iraq: 3 senior Islamic State leaders arrested in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on Monday three big shots 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....
terrorist group in Diyala province, a well-placed security source said.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said that intelligence forces arrested the trio during a security operation in different parts of Diyala.

The source added that the three gunnies were assuming senior positions in Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Diyala Wilayat (province).
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Security forces thwart bomb attack in Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews) Baghdad Operations Command announced, on Monday, thwarting an attack on the capital using a booby-trapped vehicle.

In a press statement, the Command said that its security forces thwarted a booby-trapped vehicle attack on Abu Gherib Road, west of Baghdad. The attack attempt was launched 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, it added.

Furthermore, the command explained that the booby-trapped vehicle was dismantled, without causing any material or human losses.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State group "ISIS" are frequently trying to target safe areas in Iraq, using boom-mobiles and boom belts. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
Iraqi security forces were able to thwart a large number of these attacks and repel many offensives.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Lebanese media: Israeli Air Force destroys own spying device north of border
[IsraelTimes] According to al-Mayadeen, which has ties to Hezbollah, Leb’s security forces are searching for remains after drone bombs instruments.

An Israeli aircraft on Monday struck and destroyed a spying device in Lebanese territory, a local media outlet with ties to the Hezbollah terror group reported.

According to the report in al-Mayadeen the Israeli device was bombed between Nmairiyeh and Zefta in the south of the country. It said security forces were working to locate the remains of the device.

Earlier in the day the Israeli military clashed with some 15 Lebanese nationals along the northern border, firing tear gas and stun grenades at them, after two men scaled the border fence and attempted to damage it, the army said.

According to Lebanese media, a riot broke out after Israel installed security cameras along the Blue Line, the internationally recognized dividing line between Israel and Leb, near the town of Kafr Kila.

The military said the demonstration dispersed shortly after the soldiers fired the riot-control munitions at them. There were no Lebanese injuries reported.
An earlier Times of Israel article expands on the riot:
The IDF said approximately 15 people participated in the riot, which was held near Fatima Gate, once known as the Good Fence Crossing, was used from 1982 to 2000, during Israel’s occupation of southern Leb.

Over the years, the area around Kafr Kila has seen a number of protests and festivities between Lebanese citizens and the Israeli military.

Israel and Leb do not have a formal border due to territorial disputes; however, they largely abide by the UN-recognized Blue Line between the two countries.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkey equipped militant groups with advanced weapons in northwestern Syria
No!! I am absolutely shocked and appalled.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has equipped several murderous Moslem groups with advanced weapons to help them forestall the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) progress in the northwestern region of Syria, senior opposition officials and rebel sources told the Rooters News Agency on Saturday.

The Syrian Army launched a large-scale aerial and ground assault as it sought to gain control of the last big stretch of rebel-held territory in the northwest of the country last month.

Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
said the Death Eaters had breached an existing ceasefire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between the Syrian military and Death Eaters in the Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.

In response to this military action, Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after Turkey and Russia failed to reach an agreement to end the fighting in Idlib and Hama.

The two countries held a meeting last month, in which Ottoman Turkish President Erdogan, on his part, said Russia and Turkey can "change the destiny of the whole region" together.

Following that, the Russian Army Sunday declared that the Syrian Army had ceased its fire "unilaterally" in northwestern Syria, but Turkey denied this, claiming on its Defense Ministry’s website that Syrian government forces violated the ceasefire agreement reached with Russia for Idlib last September.

Overnight, a Ottoman Turkish military convoy arrived at a base in northern Hama near rebel-held Jabal al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a rebel and a witness said.

The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, and anti-tank guided missiles helped roll back some Syrian Army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kafr Naboudeh, one senior opposition figure said on Saturday.
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Syria Army, Turkish-backed rebels clash in eastern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) clashed in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate last night.

According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army troops opened fire on the Syrian Arab Army soldiers between the towns of Tadef and al-Bab; this prompted a fierce exchange of gunfire for nearly an hour on Sunday.

The Syrian Arab Army did not report any casualties, nor did the Free Syrian Army.

Despite the presence of both Russian and Ottoman Turkish troops, the al-Bab has experienced sporadic violence over the last two months, with the SAA and FSA blaming one another for the hostilities.

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Iran tests scud missile from ‘secret’ underground facility
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic Republic of Iran has tested their Qiam-1 missile in a ‘secret’ underground facility in an undisclosed location inside the Persian Gulf nation.
Ain't secret no mo.
The Qiam-1 was modeled after the North Korean Scud missile, Hwasong-6; it entered Iranian military service in 2010.

This move by the Iranian military comes just weeks after the U.S. administration accused Iran of preparing to launch an attack on the American forces in the Middle East.

Iran maintains that their missile program is merely defensive, despite contrasting accusations from the U.S. and Israel.
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#1  The missile effectively hit the inside of the closed silo hatch and exploded "secretly", awesomely. A lot of falooda was passed around in the labs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/28/2019 14:24 Comments || Top||


Regime 2-day bombardment kills 29 civilians in Idlib


Regime bombardment kills 12 civilians Sunday in northwest Syria

[Rudaw] Regime air strikes killed 12 civilians including four at a market on Sunday in a jihadist bastion in northwest Syria, a war monitor said.

A maiden of tender years was among those killed at the market in the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Eight other non-combatants were killed elsewhere by government fire in Idlib, a stronghold of Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Britannia-based monitor said.

Idlib is supposed to be protected from a massive government offensive by a September buffer zone deal, but the jihadist bastion has come under increasing bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally since late April.

Witness Hamdu Mustafa said he was out shopping when the air strike hit.

Everybody was "in the street selling and buying," he told AFP.

"The planes targeted civilians who were buying food for their children," he said.

Nearby, rescue workers known as the White Helmets directed a bulldozer to clear the debris.

Fighting has raged to the south of the bastion in recent days. On Sunday, regime forces took back control of the town of Kafr Nabuda in the north of Hama province, the Observatory and state news agency SANA said. HTS and allied rebels overran part of the town in recent days, after the regime first expelled them on May 8.

The Observatory says more than 230 civilians have been killed in the spike in violence since the end of April.

A total of 20 health facilities have been hit by the escalation -- 19 of which remain out of service, according to the UN.

Regime Bombardment Kills 17 Civilians Monday in Syria's Idlib

[AnNahar] At least 17 non-combatants were killed on Monday as Syria's regime intensified its bombardment of Idlib province, the last jihadist stronghold in the country's northwest, a monitor said.

Idlib and parts of the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia are under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
, a jihadist group led by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate.

"Seventeen civilians, including five children, were killed on Monday in air strikes and missile attacks on Idlib province," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Nine of them, including three children, died in the town of Ariha, he told AFP, adding that at least 47 people were maimed across the province.

The deaths come a day after regime air strikes killed 12 civilians in the same province, according to the Britannia-based Observatory.

The Observatory says more than 250 civilians have been killed in the spike in violence since the end of April.
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Militants launch rocket attack on Syrian As-Suqaylabiyah
[IraqiNews] Terrorist groups in Syria have resumed bombing the As-Suqaylabiyah City, in the northern countryside of Hama, using rocket shells.

SANA News Agency reported that the terrorist groups again violated a de-escalation agreement, and shelled the city with rockets.

The attack was launched by Death Eaters, who were holed up in the northwestern countryside, SANA added. The bandidos murderous Moslems shelled with rockets the residential buildings and houses in the city, causing damage to property only.

A woman and a child were maimed, on Saturday, while fire broke out in farms, after bandidos murderous Moslems attacked Belhussein Village, Ain al-Kroum Town and As-Suqaylabiyah City, in Hama Countryside.

Meanwhile,
...back at the precinct house, Sergeant Maloney wasn't buying it. It was just too pat. The whole thing smelled phony, kind of like a dead mackeral but without the scales...
Syrian army forces retook Kafrnabouda Town, in Hama countryside, after driving out many bandidos murderous Moslems from the town.

Syrian army forces began gaining control over the strategic neighborhoods of Kafrnabouda. They managed to enter the town, after conducting heavy artillery and rocket shelling on the fortification of al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front.

It is noteworthy that army forces managed, this morning, to kill over 30 Death Eaters, in addition to destroying large number of SVUs and armored vehicles.
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IAF destroys Syrian missile launcher after missile fired at Israeli plane
[Jpost] The IAF destroyed a Syrian launcher that fired an anti-aircraft missile at an Israeli plane, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Monday night, stressing that Israel will not tolerate any aggression against it.

"A short time ago, the Syrian army tried to hit an Israeli plane, it did not succeed," Netanyahu said in a video statement. "The air force in response destroyed the launcher from which it [the missile] was fired. Our policy is clear: we will not tolerate any aggression against us, and we will respond to it with force and firmness."

The IDF front man said the Syrian missile did not hit the Israeli aircraft, which was conducting a routine flight over northern Israel, and fell within Syrian territory. The mission was completed as planned, the IDF said.

Arab media, meanwhile, reported on air strikes near Quneitra.

Syria’s SANA reported that "a military source confirmed that at 2110 hours the Israeli enemy targeted one of our military positions east of Khan Arnabeh in rural Quneitra."

The source explained that the aggression resulted in the "martyr’s death and wounding another fighter."

According to Syrian media, the strike took place near Khan Arnabeh, which is very close to the Golan border.

The attempt represents an escalation on the Syrian side. It is not the first time that Syria anti-aircraft missiles have targeted Israel, nor the first time they have been detected heading toward Israeli airspace.

But for Syria to target a routine patrol inside Israel is unusual. Syria is already embroiled in new air raids in Idlib against Syrian rebels and the US and Iran are involved in major tensions in the region.
Al Ahram adds:
Syria said Israel carried out a missile attack that caused casualties on Monday, in what Israel's army said was a retaliatory strike.

"An Israeli missile targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra," the Syrian news agency said, adding a "military vehicle was targeted and there are maimed".

The Syrian province of Quneitra includes the Golan Heights, most of which is occupied and annexed by Israel.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor, said the Israeli missile was "reportedly fired from the occupied part of the Golan".

Its director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP that three Syrian soldiers were maimed.
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#1  I wonder what the launcher was - the dreaded S-something-hundred or just a Soviet-era SAM they got on eBay?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/28/2019 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  just a Soviet-era SAM they got on eBay

Ours holds up the clothesline out back.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/28/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  It was the old... old... old model. Really. /Russia
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/28/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  SA-2 was a pain in the ass for Francis Gary Powers.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2019 22:57 Comments || Top||



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