Hi there, !
Today Fri 09/06/2019 Thu 09/05/2019 Wed 09/04/2019 Tue 09/03/2019 Mon 09/02/2019 Sun 09/01/2019 Sat 08/31/2019 Archives
496582 articles and 1752277 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 75 articles and 190 comments as of 16:17.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion        Politix   
Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen rebel-run prison kill over 100
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 1: WoT Operations
0 [6536] 
0 [6504] 
0 [6481] 
0 [6534] 
0 [6551] 
0 [6561] 
2 10:35 jpal [6620] 
2 10:22 chris [6517] 
0 [6553] 
0 [6546] 
0 [6538] 
0 [6555] 
3 07:15 gorb [6508] 
2 02:29 Dron66046 [6665] 
1 07:16 gorb [6478] 
0 [6565] 
0 [6485] 
0 [6533] 
0 [6484] 
0 [6564] 
2 12:42 Skidmark [6484] 
0 [6579] 
4 18:02 Large Thud3686 [6556] 
Page 2: WoT Background
1 06:58 M. Murcek [6533]
4 14:01 Herb McCoy [6527]
0 [6489]
2 06:44 Dron66046 [6490]
1 07:29 gorb [6504]
0 [6491]
1 05:27 g(r)omgoru [6517]
1 11:13 chris [6497]
0 [6502]
0 [6475]
0 [6529]
5 18:46 Zhang Fei [6576]
2 22:15 jpal [6498]
0 [6504]
0 [6526]
3 14:18 Dron66046 [6505]
1 13:23 Dron66046 [6479]
2 19:13 Maggie Unegum2075 [6500]
1 08:18 Uleck Spererong9442 [6476]
Page 3: Non-WoT
4 14:04 Dron66046 [6479]
6 14:00 Dron66046 [6531]
13 20:53 M. Murcek [6561]
2 07:44 Chereting Pelosi1889 [6523]
2 10:28 Lex [6481]
5 23:53 Texhooey [6550]
11 22:59 Maggie Unegum2075 [6550]
0 [6501]
3 22:16 Vernal Hatrick [6487]
0 [6479]
1 06:18 M. Murcek [6480]
2 21:24 jpal [6488]
0 [6526]
0 [6470]
9 23:22 European Conservative [6511]
3 10:59 M. Murcek [6480]
0 [6477]
2 14:11 Dron66046 [6518]
0 [6514]
1 05:20 g(r)omgoru [6487]
9 15:08 swksvolFF [6469]
9 19:58 Ed [6515]
1 12:50 newc [6503]
Page 4: Opinion
0 [6475]
10 23:01 JohnQC [6575]
1 06:00 g(r)omgoru [6482]
9 19:16 Procopius2k [6521]
2 12:43 magpie [6484]
9 10:25 Lex [6507]
15 21:09 Procopius2k [6567]
Page 6: Politix
4 12:52 JohnQC [6485]
5 15:49 JohnQC [6530]
12 19:17 SR-71 [6523]
19 Taliban, ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar, Baghlan and Wardak operations
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted counter-terrorism operations in 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..
, Baghlan and Wardak provinces killing at least 19 murderous Moslems.

The military officials said Monday that an Arclight airstrike
killed a murderous Moslem of ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
Khurasan group in Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar.

The officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 11 Talibs in Pul-e Khumri city of Baghlan province.

Furthermore, the officials said the Special Forces killed 7 Talibs during an operation in Sayyidabad district of Wardak.

The officials also added that the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons as well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6536 views] Top|| File under:

Coalition Forces’ drone crashes in Ghor province of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] An unmanned aerial vehicle of the coalition forces has crashed in Ghor province of Afghanistan.

The military officials confirmed that the drone crashed due to mechanical failure.

The officials further added "No enemy fire was in the area. We caution everyone not to approach the crash site for their own safety."

The coalition forces extensively use unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan for surveillance purposes.

The U.S. forces in Afghanistan also use the unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct counter-terrorism operations in the restive parts of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under:

Suicide bomber shot dead close to Paktiya University and regional hospital
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed a jacket wallah before he reaches to his target in south-eastern Paktiya province.

The Paktiya Governor’s Office said in a statement that the security forces rubbed out the suicide bomber close to Paktiya University and regional hospital at noon time today.

The statement further added that no one else was hurt in the incident.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil have not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

U.S. airstrike kills at least 20 Taliban militants in Logar province
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. forces conducted Arclight airstrike
s in central Pashtun-infested Logar province killing at least 20 Talibs on Sunday night.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the U.S. forces conducted the airstrike in the vicinity the lovely provincial capital of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The statement further added that the airstrike killed 14 Talibs and destroyed 14 cycle of violences of the group.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the Afghan forces killed 3 Talibs in Shahbaz area of Ghazni city.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the Afghan Special Forces confiscated 63 kgs of chemicals, a cycle of violence, an artillery shell and 3 landmines during the operations in Deh Yak district of Ghazni.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

11 Taliban militants killed in Special Forces raid, airstrike in Uruzgan province
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed at least 11 Talibs during separate operations in southern Uruzgan province.

The military officials said Monday that the Afghan Special Forces killed 7 Talibs during a raid in Shahid-e Hasas district of Uruzgan.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons during the raid.

Furthermore, the officials said an Arclight airstrike
also killed 4 Talibs in the same district.

The security situation in Uruzgan province has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6551 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

11 of a family killed, wounded in Taliban mortar attack in Laghman
[KhaamaPress] A mortar round fired by Talibs landed on a residential house in eastern Laghman
...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men...
province killing or wounding at least 11 civilians.

The Laghman Governor’s Office said in a statement that the Talibs fired the mortar round in Alisheng district.

The statement further added that the attack killed five members of the family and maimed six others.

Furthermore, the Governor’s Office said a woman and her three children are among those killed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6561 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Kunduz & Baghlan: clashes continue after 2 days with 56 Talibs and 20 troops dead, highways still closed, Talib weapons emir airstruck, jacket wallah in Kunduz city kills 6 troops, Talibs pushed toward outskirts of Pul-e-Khumri city, killing 21 Talibs
Wishing you triumph against the vicious foe, guys.
Highways Remain Closed As Clashes Continue In Baghlan

Main highways in northern Afghanistan – the Kabul-Baghlan and Baghlan-Kunduz highways – have been closed to traffic over the past two days after the Taliban militants attacked the northern and northeastern cities of Kunduz and Baghlan.

The Taliban’s attack on the city of Kunduz was repelled by Afghan forces but sources say that threats remain high on the outskirts of the city near the Kunduz-Takhar and Baghlan-Kunduz highways.

The highways connect Kabul with the northern province of Balkh and northeastern provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan. Sources said that hundreds of passengers have been stranded on two sides of the highway.

TOLOnews reporter Sharif Amiry who is in Pul-e-Khumri city, the center of Baghlan, said Taliban militants were pushed back towards “Cement Khana” area on the outskirts of Pul-e-Khumri city.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that Afghan forces targeted the Taliban from three directions and pushed them back to Cement Khana area of Baghlan which is far from the center of the city.

“At least 21 Taliban were killed and 13 others were wounded while eight others were arrested in Baghlan clashes,” the statement said.

Baghlan hospital officials said eight people including four civilians were killed in the clashes and 40 others, including 28 civilians, were wounded.

TOLOnews reporter says some Baghlan residents have also taken arms to fight against the Taliban.

Airstrike in Kunduz kills Taliban’s weapons facilitator for the North-eastern provinces

[KhaamaPress] An airstrike in northern Kunduz province killed a top Taliban leader who was facilitating the supply of weapons and munitions to the fighters of the group.

The security officials said the security forces conducted the airstrike in Buz Kandahari area of Kunduz.

The officials further added that the airstrike also killed two security of Syed Mohammad alias Elias, the weapons facilitator of Taliban in Kunduz.

Furthermore, the officials said Syed Mohammad was also facilitating supply of weapons and munitions to Taliban militants in other North-eastern provinces.

He also had close links with the Quetta Council of the Taliban group, the officials added.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.

Update: Suicide attack in Kunduz leaves at least 17 dead, wounded

[KhaamaPress] A suicide attack in northern Kunduz province has left at least 17 people dead or wounded including many civilians.

An official in the Ministry of Interior confirmed that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives High Security Unit at around 3:00 pm local time.

The official further added that the attack claimed the lives of at least 6 security personnel.

Furthermore, the official said the attack also wounded 11 people including many civilians.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Residents Say Taliban Can Make A Comeback In Kunduz

[ToloNews] The Taliban can make a comeback in Kunduz city, the residents of the northeastern province said two days after the Taliban outfits launched a brazen attack on the city with the military analysts describing fresh offensive on the highly-strategic town a show of force by the resurgent movement to influence the negotiations in Doha.

The residents called on the Afghan security forces to make sure during their clearance operations that no Taliban insurgent is hiding around the city.

This comes as a suicide bombing targeted a unit of Afghan forces on the outskirts of Kunduz city near the main highway which connects Kunduz with other provinces, including Kabul.

The attack left at least six security force members dead and 15 others wounded, according to Ministry of Interior Affairs.

But the deputy head of Kunduz Provincial Council, Amruddin Wali said the situation remains critical in the northeastern province.

“They martyred 10 to 12 security force members only in one check post. The situation in Dasht-e-Archi is also fragile,” Mr. Wali said.

“The Air Force arrived in Dasht-e-Archi very quickly and military supplies were delivered there, from air and ground, however, we also had some casualties,” a spokesman to Kunduz governor, Esmatullah Muradi, said.

Taliban attacked the city of Kunduz on Thursday, August 29, but were pushed back by Afghan forces after almost 12 hours.

The clashes left 56 Taliban fighters dead, according to Ministry of Interior.

Moreover, at least 20 security force members and five civilians lost their lives in the clashes.

“There are water and electricity, also telecom services are working, but threats remain around Kunduz,” said Munir Mohammadi, a civil society activist.

A spokesman for Ministry of Interior, Nusrat Rahimi, assured that proper measures are in place to ensure the security of the province.

“Currently, we are undertaking an operation in Imam Sahib district. The plan is to break the enemy’s strength so that it cannot launch an attack on the city once again,” Mr. Rahimi said.

14 Taliban militants in Kunduz city and Dasht-e Archi district

[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed 14 Taliban militants during the operations in Kunduz city and Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province.

The military officials said the security forces conduced an airstrike in Dasht-e Archi district which killed 12 Taliban militants.

The officials further added that the airstrikes also destroyed a small cache of weapons.

Furthermore, the officials said the Afghan Special Forces killed 2 Taliban militants during a patrol in Kunduz city.

The Taliban militants attacked Kunduz city in the early hours of Saturday morning which the security forces repulsed.

Meanwhile, Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said the security forces conducted clearance operations in every street of Kunduz city to ensure no militant is left
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 10:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6620 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  I like how these peace talks are going! :)
Posted by: chris || 09/03/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Peace has never happened in Afghanistan and never will. What's the point of talking about it?
Posted by: jpal || 09/03/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

Official says 16 dead, 119 hurt in Taliban attack in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ‐ The death toll from a Taliban suicide attack in the Afghan capital late Monday night rose to 16 civilians, with another 119 people wounded, an official said, while angry residents climbed into the international compound that had been targeted and set part of it on fire.

Thick black smoke rose Tuesday morning from the Green Village, home to several international organizations and guesthouses and a frequent target of attacks ‐ to the peril of nearby local residents as well.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said some 400 foreigners had been rescued after the suicide bombing targeted the compound, which houses several international organizations and guesthouses. The blast occurred on the street outside the compound and destroyed a number of homes.

Five attackers were shot and killed by security forces after the blast caused by a tractor rigged with explosives, Rahimi said. The explosion hit the western wall of the compound.

The attack occurred just hours after a U.S. envoy briefed the Afghan government on an agreement "in principle" with the Taliban that would see 5,000 U.S. troops leave the country within five months.
Tolo News adds:
The blast happened at around 9:55 pm Kabul time, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Nusrat Rahimi, said.

He said that a fuel station in the area caught fire in the explosion.

Mr. Rahimi said that five attackers were involved in the attack who were killed after Special Forces entered the area.

He said the explosion happened in Kabul’s police district 9 (PD9) near Green Village, a residential area for foreign nationals, offices and NGOs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/03/2019 01:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6555 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Washington to conditionally pull troops from five Afghan bases
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US military will pull its troops from five bases in Afghanistan if the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
honor their end of a proposed deal, the US envoy leading negotiations between the two foes said on Monday.

"We have agreed that if the conditions proceed according to the agreement, we will leave within 135 days five bases in which we are present now," Zalmay Khalilzad told Tolo News, according to an excerpt of an interview the TV station published on Twitter.

Khalilzad was speaking in Dari.

Tolo said the full interview would be broadcast later Monday.

Earlier on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
’s front man said that Khalilzad met with the Afghan president in the capital, Kabul, to brief him on the latest round of talks with the Taliban, as a deal nears on ending America’s longest war.

The front man confirmed the meeting took place on Sunday night at the presidential palace, shortly after Zalmay Khalilzad, arrived from Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Those bases will be booby trapped when we return.
Posted by: gorb || 09/03/2019 7:16 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Top security official, three gunmen dead following gunfire exchange in Tunisia
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The head of Tunisia’s National Guard Center and three button men died following an exchange of gunfire in the Tunisian municipality of Haidra, near the border with Algeria, local media reported on Monday.

Local media cited security sources as saying that "Haidra is witnessing a gunfire exchange between united of the National Guard and terrorist elements."

The clash occurred on the first day of the country's presidential campaign, authorities said.

National guard officers and army troops were tracking a radical group in the Kef mountains near the Algerian border when shooting broke out, killing the four, national guard front man Housameddine Jbabli told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

The security operation is ongoing near the town of Haidra in the Kasserine region, he said.

Tunisian security forces have stepped up land and air operations against bully boyz hiding in the hard-to-reach mountainous region, where dozens have been killed in festivities in recent years.

Monday's clash came on the day Tunisia's presidential campaign is officially opening, after the country's first democratically elected president died in office in July. A total of 26 candidates are running to lead the country, which unleashed the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.

Tunisia's post-revolution leaders have struggled to contain extremism in recent years, notably along its borders with Algeria and Libya.

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6565 views] Top|| File under:

Power station in Tripoli's southern suburbs set ablaze by artillery shelling
[Libya Observer] Fire broke at the Gurgani power station in Ain Zara in southern 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...
after an artillery shell had fallen on one of the turbines, thus prevailing a blackout in large areas of the district.

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) said on Facebook that the shelling and fire destroyed a depot containing equipment and wires, while two cars were damaged.

It added that firemen had rushed to the station and, with the help of residents, managed to put out the fire without any human losses.

GECOL indicated that Gurgani power station is one of the most viable electricity generating units that feeds the whole district of Ain Zara with power, saying it has cost 3 million Libyan dinars to build, let alone the time to be spent - over 10 months - to import new equipment and the efforts to be exerted to rebuild the damaged units and turbines so it comes operational once again.

GECOL added that this is not the first time power grids and stations get targeted as it has warned before that if fighting continues to damage power stations and towers and if workers continue to be prevented from fixing them, then a total blackout will prevail in the country.

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6533 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Libya's major airlines to stop operating flights from Mitiga Airport
[Libya Observer] Major airlines of Libya, including Libyan Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, Buraq Air and Libyan Wings announced that they will start operating flights from Misurata International Airport, instead of Mitiga Airport, starting from Sunday, until further notice.

Mitiga airport was bombed by Haftar's armed groups on Saturday minutes after the landing of a plane carrying hundreds of pilgrims.

The attack resulted in the injury of four people, including three pilgrims and created panic among the travelers, in addition to the damage caused to the airport's facilities.

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen rebel-run prison kill over 100
[IsraelTimes] Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
i medics say they pulled dozens of bodies from the rubble of a Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
rebel-run detention center that was hit a day earlier by Saudi-led coalition Arclight airstrike
s, killing over 100 people and wounding dozens.

It is the deadliest such attack so far this year in a stalemated four-year war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, thrust millions to the brink of famine and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has fought the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015, has faced international criticism for airstrikes that have hit schools, hospitals and wedding parties, killing thousands of civilians.

By the early afternoon, 86 bodies had been pulled from the ruins of a building complex in southwestern Dhamar province, originally a college but converted by the Houthi rebels to a detention center, Yemen’s Red Islamic Thingy says.

There were around 170 detainees at the facility when the airstrikes hit on Sunday. The International Committee for the Red Thingy says 40 maimed are being treated for injuries while the rest are presumed dead, and that it will likely take days to recover all the bodies. The Houthis say the detainees were captured forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government, and that both the Red Thingy and the coalition knew detainees were being held there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 00:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6665 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Just call them collateral damage, and it's all justified.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/03/2019 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  War X Abdul Factor = Deadly Accidents

The accident is the byproduct of a condition multiplied by the dangerous nature of mass murdering weapons. A war is the fault of the initiators.

The houthis attack Saudi Arabia, they aggregate their political prisoners and detainees along with weapon stockpiles, their own higher ranks into hospital, college and other buildings. They are responsible for the coalition strikes.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/03/2019 2:29 Comments || Top||

Afghan 'who stabbed two American tourists' at Amsterdam train station says he travelled to Holland 'to protect the Prophet Mohammed'
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Jawed Santani, 20, appeared at a two-day hearing in heavily fortified courtroom

  • Was in Amsterdam, where he faces attempted murder charges for 2018 attack

  • 'I came to the Netherlands to protect my prophet,' Santani told the judges today
    ...also because he objected to Geert Wilders. So much for seeking asylum in Germany from evil people like himself...
  • Two US tourists were injured in the attack inside the Dutch capital's busy station
And they are still not healed. Previous reports can be seen here, here, here, and here.
Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6556 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  'It's nothing. A mild episode of schizophrenia, really. Nothing a 4 week tax-funded stay in a wellness spa cannot cure.'

'But our tourists ?!'

'Oh well. Ok then, send them up too. But you'll pay for theirs ?'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/03/2019 4:06 Comments || Top||

#2  One of these days, I imagine islamic rage boy might just run into the wrong man/group. 'Course, I'm just speculating about a hypothesis.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/03/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Give him a bullet in the back of his head.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 09/03/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#4  "Let's let a heretical sect in
Whose prophet takes lots of protectin'!"
"Let's build up a nation...
I'll start from the station,
Advising them on their election."
Posted by: Large Thud3686 || 09/03/2019 18:02 Comments || Top||

Man arrested for suspected links with Afghan, Indian intel agencies: FIA
[DAWN] The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday announced it has apprehended a resident of Karak for his alleged links with Afghan and Indian secret agencies.

FIA Deputy Director Anti Human Smuggling Imran Shahid held a presser in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
to share details of the development.

The FIA officer said that the suspected 'agent', Umar Daud Khatak, was arrested from the Torkham border on Aug 22. The suspect had established a group entitled Pakhtun Liberation Army, the official, said, adding that the suspected agent had been found in possession of both Pak and Afghan passports.

According to details available, the FIA deputy director said, the suspected agent had travelled to India five times on his Afghan passport. The official said that Khatak had been creating unrest and anarchy among the Pukhtun people. "He was inciting the people against the country as well as security agencies," the official said.

He said that the case will be handed over to the Counter Terrorism Department for further investigation and development.

In 2016, two agents working for the Afghan National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) ‐ Afghanistan's premier spy agency ‐ were arrested from Chaman district in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
in two separate incidents.

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6564 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Kurdish security forces arrest alleged ISIS member for ‘beheading’ a man in camp
[Rudaw] Kurdish security forces known as Asayesh say they arrested 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....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) fighter who "beheaded" a male at a displaced people camp on Sunday.

The Asayesh said that a man from the Shargat area about 100 kilometers south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
was found decapitated in the Debaga camp for displaced Iraqis in the southern Erbil province early Sunday morning.

"Early Sunday, a murder incident took place in Debaga refugee camp where a resident of the camp...who was originally from the Shargat district, was found beheaded," read a statement from the Asayesh Erbil directorate’s media office.

After an investigation, the Asayesh determined the alleged killer, who is only 15-years-old and a resident of the camp, was a member of ISIS.

"The perpetrator confessed to being a member of ISIS [Islamic State] and carried it out along with four other terrorists, directed by ISIS," added the statement, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Some rights groups have accused Kurdistan Region security officials of torturing minors until they confess to being part of ISIS. In January, Human Rights Watch released a report based on interviews with boys under the age of 18 who said the Asayesh had beaten and electrocuted them while they were in jug to extract admissions they were part of the group. The KRG has denied the report and torturing children ISIS suspects it has in detention, however.

Incidents like the beheading are rare in Kurdistan Region, but in the disputed Kurdish-Iraqi territories and areas near Mosul, ISIS fighters and sleeper cells are active, benefiting from the security vacuum between Kurdish and Iraqi forces’ positions. The Kurdistan Region was spared ISIS occupation in 2014 due to victories by Kurdish Peshmerga forces against the group and aerial support from the US.

those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
the Kurdistan Region faced a wave of migration from other parts of Iraq due to the ISIS crisis, mostly from Iraq’s northern provinces like Nineveh and Kirkuk. There are roughly a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the Kurdistan Region, of which about 327,000 are in the Erbil province. The Duhok province takes the lion’s share with nearly half a million refugees and IDPs, according to the Kurdistan Region’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC).

The detained perpetrator’s age is of note as an aide to Iraq’s national security advisor warned last week that the children and wives of ISIS fighters are a "ticking time bomb."

"ISIS has ended, but the krazed killers’ thoughts remain, thoughts that could lead to terrorism, through which ISIS could resurge," Ali Nassir Binyan, aide to Falih Fayyadh, told Rudaw last month. "We believe that some of these thoughts persist in the IDP camps."

There are more than 45,000 children born under ISIS rule in Iraqi IDP camps, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 02:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Practicing for when he grows up?
Posted by: gorb || 09/03/2019 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  HRW, always looking out for the enemy.
Posted by: chris || 09/03/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

KRG tells villagers near Turkish border to leave as Turkey-PKK conflict escalates
[Rudaw] The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is calling on locals from more than a dozen villages in the Duhok province to avoid their areas amid escalated Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
s on alleged Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the region.

The mayor of the Derker town east of Zakho said that people in the area have been told to stay away.

"Last Wednesday, Zakho security forces informed us to warn residents from 15 villages in Derker and Batifa sub districts of visiting and commuting in their villages," Zeravan Musa told Rudaw.

Derker and Batifa are small towns located in the Sinat-Haftanin mountainous areas near the Ottoman Turkish border.

The third phase of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
’s Operation Claw against the PKK began on August 24 and is focusing on places where PKK fighters are apparently hiding in the Sinat-Haftanin region, according to the Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry.

Musa said Ottoman Turkish forces do not coordinate with local officials when conducting operations against the PKK.

"We do not know anything of the operation as no coordination has been done with us," he said.

The orders to avoid the area will have adverse affects on the local economy, according to one resident.

"We make our living out of our farmlands," Aziz Sali, from the Sheransh village, told Rudaw. "But now, security forces are warning us not to get close to our village."

As part of the third phase of the ground operation, Turkey has entered two kilometers deep into the Kurdistan Region's territory, an Iraqi border security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions speaking to media, told Rudaw. He also said Turkey does not coordinate its moves with Iraqi or Kurdish forces.

"As border patrol forces, Turkey has not coordinated with us about carrying out the operation," the official said. "We understand they have entered two kilometers deep into [the Kurdistan Region] near Haftanin area."

Some of the villages to be avoided include Haftanin, Sinat, Qasrok, Pis Agha, Ava Gize and Sheransh.

On Sunday morning, five suspected members of the PKK were killed when a Ottoman Turkish warplane attacked their vehicle in the Bari Gari district northeast of Duhok city near the Ottoman Turkish border.

The first phase of Operation Claw began on May 27, followed by a second phase described as a "follow-up" operation on July 12. The first two phases were in the Khakurk region northeast of Erbil near the Ottoman Turkish and Iranian borders.

Turkey has not announced the end of any of Operation Claw’s phases.

Turkey regularly uses fighter jets to hit the PKK in the Kurdistan Region, but Operation Claw utilizes ground forces as well. The latest phase is supported by Turkey’s air force, army aviation forces, tanks and armed drones, the Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 02:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6553 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Sadrist militias kill eight Islamic State militants in central Iraq
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Eight 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....
bad boyz were potted Monday in violent confrontations with militias affiliated to Shia holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
in central Iraq, a security source said.

"A force of the 313th brigade of Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) clashed with a number of Islamic State turbans in Samaraa city, north of the capital Baghdad, leaving eight bandidos bandidos murderous Moslems killed," the source told Iraqi news website Alghad Press.

"The festivities also left two members of Saraya al-Salam dead and two others maimed," the source added.
Rudaw has the rest of the story:
Islamic State (ISIS) holy warriors attacked a militia checkpoint between Tikrit and Baghdad on Monday.

The mayor of Samarra where the attack took place said that the Saraya al-Salam group came under heavy ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...

"A checkpoint of brigade 131 of Saraya al-Salam in the al-Zoor area was attacked by ISIS holy warriors on Monday," Mahmoud Khalaf told Rudaw. "Intense festivities erupted between the two sides."

Saraya al-Salam, meaning "Peace Brigades," is a militia headed by the prominent Shiite holy man Muqatada al-Sadr. The group is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd al-Shabi, that are predominantly Shiite Moslem militias formed in 2014 to fight ISIS.

Sadr also heads the Sayirun bloc - the largest in the Iraqi parliament.

The official account of Saraya al-Salam’s brigade 131 revealed that at least two of their fighters were killed during the ISIS attack on their channel on the Telegram messaging service.

ISIS grabbed credit for the attack on Monday on one of its Telegram channels.

Brigade 131 of Saraya al-Salam announced on Sunday that it sent reinforcements to Samarra in order to maintain the security in the city during Muharam ceremonies.

Muharam is the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is the most spiritual month after Ramadan to Moslems.

On Sunday, an Iraqi federal police intelligence unit seized four bombs belonging to ISIS sleeper cells in the Jazira Mukeshefah area in northern Samarra. Federal police also seized 10 missiles and BKC machine guns, the Iraqi Security Media Cell, a part of the Ministry of Defense, said in a Facebook post.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6546 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi policeman killed in armed attack on security checkpoint in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi policeman was killed Monday in an armed attack by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group on a security checkpoint in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source said.

"Islamic State bully boyz shot up a security checkpoint located in a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, leaving a policeman dead," the source told the privately-owned Alsumaria News TV channel.

"The attack left another security man maimed," said the source, adding that the body was moved to the forensic medicine department.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6538 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

In Iraq's Baiji, mines turn farms into killing fields
[France24] One man lost his uncle. Another is mourning for two sons. Farmers and herders in Iraq's Baiji say mines left by the Islamic State group turned their beloved orchards into killing fields.

The improvised explosive devices, planted by jihadists trying to fend off Iraqi troops in 2015, have also discouraged scores of families from returning to their battered farming towns around Baiji, in the north of the country.

"Daesh's ghosts are still here. Their crimes are still there, under the earth," said local official Abu Bashir, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

His thin face contorted into a grimace as he recalled his personal loss to those "ghosts" -- both his sons.

"We came back in March 2018 and found the area booby-trapped. There was nowhere we could feel safe," he told AFP.

"As the kids were playing, a bomb exploded under my six-year-old son who was outside the house. He was killed immediately."

Exactly a year later, in March of this year, unexploded ordnance also killed his 18-year-old son.

He said the experience had left him too scarred to try rebuilding his home, reduced to rubble by ferocious fighting between IS and security forces.

"A man bitten by a snake will be afraid of a rope, as the saying goes. After my two boys were killed, I'm afraid of everything."
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/03/2019 00:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  It’s enough to make someone who wants a sinecure go for training as a mine removal technician.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/03/2019 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Love learning a new word first thing in the AM.

si·ne·cure (noun)
a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
Posted by: jpal || 09/03/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||

#3  I think I know what to do with IS convicts ....
Posted by: gorb || 09/03/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

Iranian oil tanker pursued by the US that has been traveling across the Mediterranean Sea is now off the coast of Tripoli in northern Lebanon
[TWITTER] When it finally makes the dash to Syria, put a torpedo in its side

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Exact moment the Israeli Woolf armoured vehicle is targeted by Hezbollah ATGM’s

Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Oh. The Zeev. Or Wolf APC.

I thought it was a Bloomsbury feminist inspired, AWD (all-wimmin-drive) that rolls on, head held high despite toxic masculine innuendo in the form of rokkits.☺

That engine must be a beast. In the original unarmored Ford chassis it would also have great pickup. Who made the engine though, Rafael ?

Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/03/2019 2:49 Comments || Top||

#2  COTS Ford 550 with armored cocoon.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/03/2019 12:42 Comments || Top||

ISIS carries out rare attack against Syrian Army troops in Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
/ISIS/IS/ISIS) has carried out a new ambush against the Syrian military this week, targeting their forces inside the Daraa Governorate.

According to a military report, the Islamic State carried out the ambush along the Hirak-Izraa Road; this resulted in the death of one soldier.

The Islamic State would later claim responsibility for this attack in the Daraa Governorate.

The attack by the Islamic State on Monday marked the first time since they lost the Yarmouk Basin that their sleeper cells have attacked the Syrian Army in Daraa.
Posted by: Fred || 09/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6579 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Who's in the News
6Arab Spring
5Govt of Pakistan
5Islamic State
4Sublime Porte
3Govt of Iran
2Moslem Colonists
2Govt of Iraq

E-Mail Me

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


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
Scooter McGruder
john frum
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Frank G
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Tue 2019-09-03
   Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen rebel-run prison kill over 100
Mon 2019-09-02
  Haftar's forces strike Murzuq in southern Libya
Sun 2019-09-01
  Live blog at this link on IDF vs Hezbollah current battle.
Sat 2019-08-31
  Islamic State claims suicide bomb attack on separatist fighters in Yemen's Aden
Fri 2019-08-30
  28 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Balkh operations
Thu 2019-08-29
  Israel Police Arrest Palestinian Trying To Enter Court With Pipe Bomb
Wed 2019-08-28
  Drone belonging to #Haftar destroys an ambulance
Tue 2019-08-27
  VIDEO LINK MUSK DID IT! Starhopper flys and LANDS!
Mon 2019-08-26
  IED exploded outside holding area of Pak Consulate General in Jalalabad
Sun 2019-08-25
  Taliban militants kidnap a member of Provincial Council from Samangan-Baghlan Highway
Sat 2019-08-24
  Afghan Special Forces storm the hideout of a key ISIS facilitator of suicide bombings
Fri 2019-08-23
  Gaddafi-loyal commander killed by pro-Haftar forces
Thu 2019-08-22
  Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency
Wed 2019-08-21
  Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah was the primary target of Quetta bombing
Tue 2019-08-20
  Furniture, books 'torched' at girls school in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer

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.
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Background (19)    Non-WoT (23)    Opinion (7)    (0)    Politix (3)