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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [13 views] Top||

-Land of the Free
Afghan soldiers missing from Joint Base Cape Cod
Posted by: Creagum Unaviting6289 || 09/22/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top||

#1  Correct link: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140921/CCOLBARKER/140929962
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 09/22/2014 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Linkie
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/22/2014 1:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Heads will roll!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/22/2014 2:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Article link fixed. Thank you, gentlemen, for your help.

Good article, Creagum Unaviting6289. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/22/2014 3:55 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
At Least 36 Killed In Shootout With Boko Haram In Northeast Nigerian Town
[Ynet] Fighters from Nigerian Islamist krazed killer group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
stormed the northeastern town of Mainok on Friday, sparking a shootout that killed at least 36 people and continued into Saturday, two security sources said.

Four civilians were also killed in the remote north of Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram krazed killers, according to Cameroon state radio. Boko Haram has killed thousands over the past five years in its struggle for an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
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Fighting rages in Yemen capital despite UN talk of deal
Fighting raged in the Yemeni capital on Sunday despite an announcement by the UN envoy that pro-government forces and Shia rebels were poised to sign a deal.
All the UN ever does is talk. Why should that stop a good fight?
The shelling and gunfire in the north of Sanaa was heard across the capital, as Sunni militiamen battled the rebels prompting an exodus of terrified residents, an AFP correspondent reported.

A week of fighting between the two sides has left dozens of people dead and forced the suspension of all flights into or out of Sanaa airport, which lies within the battle zone.

There was no let-up in the fighting during the night despite an after-dark curfew ordered by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. The fighting centred on the campus of Al Iman University, a bastion of Sunnis that the Shia rebels have been trying to capture, witnesses said.

It came despite the announcement by UN envoy Jamal Benomar late on Saturday that a deal had been reached after “intense consultations with all the political parties, including (rebel movement) Ansarullah.”

Benomar did not specifically mention a ceasefire nor did he say when the deal would be signed, although he said preparations were under way for the signing.
Sometime after one of the sides wins out...
He said the accord will be a “national document that will advance the path of peaceful change, and will lay the foundations for national partnership and for security and stability in the country”.
Unlike all the previous paths for national partnership and inclusion in Yemen...
He said he regretted the continuing bloodshed and reiterated that the “time has now come to overcome narrow interests and that the higher national interest should prevail”.

Forces allied to the government have been battling to halt the rebels, who swept into Sanaa from their mountain stronghold in the far north last month and set up armed protest camps across the capital to press their demands.

Hadi has called the rebel offensive a “coup attempt”. He has agreed to involve the rebels in the formation of a new government to replace the unpopular administration that imposed austerity measures, including a fuel price hike, earlier this year. He has also agreed to partially reverse the price hike.

But the rebels have demanded posts in key state institutions as part of a push for greater political clout.

The fighting in the north of the capital has raged continuously since Thursday when nearly 40 people were killed in a single day.

Two prominent opponents of the rebels " Islamist cleric Abdel Majid Al Zindani and General Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar, an army commander whose troops played a prominent role in a 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power " are both inside the Al Iman University campus, multiple sources said.

Residents of northern districts have begun to flee their homes, an AFP correspondent reported. The streets of the capital were largely deserted as shops remained closed and the education ministry ordered schools to suspend lessons indefinitely.

Sanaa University told students to stay on holiday until mid-October after its campus was hit by shelling.

One of the capital™s main markets, the Ali Mohsen Souk, has been closed for three days, which residents said had started to cause problems in obtaining fruit and vegetables.
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Explosions in Xinjiang kill two
Two people were killed and several more wounded in at least three explosions in China's western province of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details.

The blasts came as China punished 17 regional officials and police "for being accountable" for a July 28 attack by masked militants that led to almost 100 deaths of police, officials and civilians, and for the subsequent killing of a pro-Beijing imam.

A blast in Luntai county, on the northern edge of the Taklamakan desert in central Xinjiang, hit a shop in the county seat, while with two more explosions occurred in nearby townships on Sunday, a Communist Party news website said.

The wording of the report suggested there were other explosions but it gave no details. It said, "At present, all the injured have been sent to hospital for full treatment, local social order is normal, and the cases are being investigated."
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The Grand Turk
Turkish Security Forces Clash With Kurds
[Ynet] Turkish security forces on Sunday fired tear gas and water on dozens of Kurds in a village on the border with Syria where tens of thousands of Syrian Kurdish refugees have streamed into Turkey to escape the fighting with Death Eaters of the Islamic State group.

Authorities temporarily closed the border and refugees were piling on the Syrian side of the frontier.

There were conflicting reports as to what caused the festivities. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Kurdish protesters threw stones at the security forces who prevented dozens of Kurdish onlookers from approaching the border. Private NTV television said the security forces preventing a group of Kurds who claimed they wanted to take aid to beleaguered Kurds in Syria.
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Home Front: WoT
Two Men Break into White House Within 24 Hours
[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] Secret Service coming under fire after fence-jumper gets all the way to the building, causing evacuation of White House.
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JUI-F leader gunned down in Hangu
[DAWN] District Leader of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
Fazl (JUI-F) Mualana Sher Alam Farooqi was bumped off in Tor Gundai area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Hangu district
... Hangu is famous for its greenery, hills, beauty and water. Most of the people of this area are Bangash & Orakzai Pashtuns. Part of the Bangash are Shia. The Orakzai and the Sunni Bangash are determined to kill them...
on Sunday.

JUI-F Information Secretary Jalil Jan told Dawn.com that gunnies opened fire on Mr Farooqi outside his residence. He was struck down in his prime. Rescue teams rushed to the site of the incident and shifted the body to a local hospital for his appointment with Doctor Quincy.

The 55-year-old Farooqi graduated from Haqqania Madrassa and was the Deputy Emir of Thall Tehsil of Hangu district.

Mauala Sher Alam Faroqi was a close associate and class fellow of Mulana Gul Naseeb Khan.

'PTI government responsible'
The JUI-F has held the PTI government responsible for the death of their leader.

The provincial president of the JUI-F Mulana Gul Naseeb Khan in a statement said that the K-P government has failed to protect its citizens.

JI General Secretary Maulana Shuja-ul-Mulk said the provincial government is not serious in controlling the law and order situation. He said murders and kidnapping for ransom continue unabated.
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PPP leader's hujra attacked in Swabi
[DAWN] SWABI/KOHAT: Unidentified assailants lobbed a hand grenade on the hujra of a local leader of Pakistain People's Party in Maneri Payan area here on the night between Friday and Saturday, but nobody was hurt in the incident.

Police said that the assailants threw the hand grenade into the hujra of Major retired Fida, and then escaped. Luckily, Mr Fida and other people present in the hujra remained unhurt.

"Preliminary investigations say that the incident was the result of a rivalry," said a police official.

When contacted, Mr Fida told Dawn that he didn't know who was behind the attack and what was their motive. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
he said that the attackers wanted to terrorise his family.

The police registered an FIR against unidentified attackers and began investigations.

In Hangu, the police defused a bomb planted near the police training college on Kohat road on Saturday.

Police at Kach Banda checkpost near the police training college, Hangu, spotted a suspicious gas cylinder, and called the Rescue 15 and bomb disposal squad personnel. Later, during inspection it was learnt that the cylinder contained explosives weighing 20 kilogram.The police stopped traffic on the main Hangu-Kohat road while the bomb was defused to avoid any mishap. They also launched a search operation in the area and enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
several suspects for interrogation.

The police had already intensified security in Hangu as it borders North Wazoo where Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
operation is going on.

The Kohat district has also been declared a sensitive area from security point of view because hundreds of IDPs are coming here from Bannu for their onward journey to Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), 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.
and Punjab areas.
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Dera police arrest five suspects
[DAWN] DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Police jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
five suspects in a crackdown against banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain forces of Evil in remote areas of Kulachi tehsil here on Saturday.

Police sources said that the law enforcers rounded up five people accused of sheltering forces of Evil of TTP Gandapur group.

The sources said that the police acting on a tip-off raided the hideouts of suspected bad boys, but some miscreants, including Malang, Abubakar, Abdur Rehman, Umar Khitab and another whose name could not be ascertained, fled to a nearby jungle after exchange of fire with police which lasted for more than two hours.

District police officer Sadiq Baloch told mediapersons that police destroyed the hideouts and arrested five suspects for harbouring bad boys. They were shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation.

Sadiq Baloch said that TTP Gandapur group was behind the fresh violent incidents in the district.
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Iraqi Forces Launch Operation against Militants near Fallujah
[ABNA.IR] Iraqi government forces launched an operation Sunday to rescue an army battalion which has come under repeated attack by ISIL faceless myrmidons near the western city of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
military sources said.

The assault involving army, police, counter-terrorism units and volunteers is aimed at pushing back ISIL gunnies who have been besieging an army base for more than a week.

"Forces from the interior and defense ministries, counter-terrorism forces and volunteers are advancing to clear the Al-Sijr area," Iraqi military front man Qassem Atta told AFP. The operation is backed by US air support, he said, without elaborating.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Pentagon of any US air strikes in the area, which is barely 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital Baghdad.

Atta said the base was located north of Fallujah between the krazed killer-held villages of Saqlawiyah and Al-Sijr. "This operation is aimed at thwarting attempts by the jihadists to seize the battalion headquarters," an army officer involved in the operation told AFP. "They have been trying for 10 days," he said.
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Kurds Issue Dramatic Call to Arms as Fresh ISIS Massacre Looms
[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] Kurdish fighters have issued an urgent call to arms amid warnings of an impending massacre by the Islamic State terrorist group in northern Syria.

The Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) has been locked in a fierce battle with IS and other Islamist groups almost since the start of Syria's civil war. Despite being relatively isolated and receiving no foreign aid from any states the YPG has proven perhaps the most effective force in pushing back against IS.

But as the jihadis' focus shifts to consolidating power in northern Syria the Kurds have found themselves under fiercer attack than ever.
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Bombings, Mortar Fire Kill 13 People In Iraq
[Ynet] Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State Lions of Islam west of Baghdad.

Police officials said three mortar shells landed on a residential area in Sabaa al-Bour, a town just north of Baghdad, killing six, including a 12-year old-boy. Several cars were damaged in the attack, which maimed 17. Later, a kaboom in a commercial street killed four people and maimed 11 in the capital's northeastern district of Shaab.

At night, a bomb kaboom at a commercial street in the Shiite part of Baghdad's district of Bayaa killed three people and maimed seven others, said police.
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Iraq Said To Foil Islamic State Chemical Attack
[IsraelTimes] An Iraqi lawmaker said Saturday that his country's army had foiled a chemical attack by the Islamic State.

Soldiers dismantled seven chlorine gas-tipped rockets in the Diyala province, Foral al-Tamimi was quoted as saying in a report by the semi-official Iranian news site Press TV.

The rockets were to be fired at civilians in the predominantly Shiite city of Muqdadiyah, northwest of Baghdad, the report said.

In June, the Islamic State took control of a former chemical weapons facility in the area, where remnants of lethal chemical agents including sarin gas were kept.

Surveillance footage showed that some of the equipment had been looted, the Iranian report said.

At the time, the US expressed concern but also doubt as to whether IS had the capacity to weaponize the old chemical agents.

"We remain concerned about the seizure of any military site by the ISIL," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.

"We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials," she added.

Shiite Iran, which has been warily watching the lightning gains made by the Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces have carried out multiple chemical attacks against military and civilian targets.
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Turkish hostages released after negotiations, says Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday dozens of Turkish hostages held by ISIS militants in Iraq had been freed as a result of negotiations and no ransom had been paid for their release.
"We're feeding youse guys. Why are you biting our hands?"
“A bargain for money is totally out of the question. There were only diplomatic and political negotiations. And this is a diplomatic victory,” Erdogan told reporters at Ankara™s Esenboga Airport before departing for New York for a UN General Assembly meeting.

Forty-six Turks abducted by ISIS militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what Erdogan described as a “secret rescue operation” by Turkey™s spy agency.

Asked whether hostages had been released in exchange for ISIS militants, Erdogan said: “It doesn™t matter whether there was a swap or not. The most important thing is they (the hostages) are back and reunited with their families.”

Turkish diplomats and their children were seized along with special forces officers in their country™s consulate on June 11 as ISIS militants overran Mosul and whole swathes of northern Iraq.

Turkey, a Nato member and Washington™s key ally in the region, has been reluctant to take part in combat operations against ISIS militants, or allow a US-led coalition to use its airbases for strikes against the militants, citing concern over for the safety of its hostages.

Erdogan signalled Turkey may reconsider its position now that the hostages have been released.

“We could have said "yes™ when they asked us to join the coalition, but we couldn™t do it at that time. We told them that we cannot take any steps until the hostage issue has been resolved,” he said.

“We said we cannot play a role in the coalition, but we will map out a roadmap after intensive negotiations with coalition members,” he said.
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Jordan Arrests 11 IS Members Over 'Terror Plan'
[Ynet] Jordan has tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
11 members of the Islamic State (IS) group who it said confessed to planning "terrorist operations" in the kingdom, a security official said on Sunday.

IS jihadists have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, both of which border Jordan, declaring a "caliphate" and imposing a brutal interpretation of Islamic law.

The 11 alleged IS members "admitted their links to the leadership of the Daesh organization in Syria and that they were charged with carrying out terrorist operations in Jordan targeting a number of vital interests", the official said, using the IS group's Arabic acronym.
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Southeast Asia
More Filipinos pledge allegiance to ISIS
Some 100 local Muslims have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) caliphate on Friday. Those who pledged their allegiance took their mass oath-taking in a surprise announcement inside the Masjid Islamic Center, according to an insider.

An elderly Muslim cleric Jamil "Motawwa" Yahya, a former senior member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and colleague of MILF leader Salamat Hashim, allegedly organized the mass oath-taking. Yahya is reportedly affiliated with the Bangsamoro Labor Organization which is active in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East region. Other sources said members of the Khilafah Islamiyah Mindanao-Black Flag Movement was reportedly behind the convergence.

An Afghan cleric Humam Abdul Najid, who has ties with Southeast Asian terror organization Jemaah Islamiyah, is also being linked to the secret mass oath-taking, but these allegations could not be immediately confirmed.
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Indonesia Names Four Foreigners as Terror Suspects
[AnNahar] Four foreign men detained in Indonesia for allegedly planning to take part in holy warrior training were officially named suspects for breaking counter-terrorism and immigration laws, police said Saturday.

The men, who police believe to be ethnic Uighur from China, are suspected of arranging to meet the country's most wanted holy warrior, Santoso, for training. They were formally jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on Friday night after a week in jug.

Police are also investigating whether the men have links to the Islamic State group that has seized control over parts of Syria and Iraq, but say their motives for seeking training are so far unknown.

Santoso's Eastern Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) network hides out in the central mountains of Sulawesi island, a known hotbed for militancy, and is blamed for a spate of police killings in the area.

This is the first known case in recent years of foreigners coming to Indonesia for training.

Authorities have been more concerned with the dozens of Indonesians joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, fearing they may return with networks and skills to carry our deadly attacks in the country.

Police initially thought the men were Turkish nationals but later said their Turkish passports were discovered to be fakes and had been obtained for around $1,000 from a broker in Bangkok.

They now believe the men are from China's Xinjiang province and are Uighur, a mostly Moslem ethnic minority, but have not officially confirmed their identities.

"Today we have been working with officials at the Turkish embassy to investigate their background," national police front man Ronny Sompie told AFP.

"On Sunday, officials from the Chinese embassy will coordinate with counter-terrorism police to help determine their identities and nationalities," he said.

Three Indonesians were also formally arrested and named suspects for aiding the foreign men. Under Indonesia's legal system, suspects are only formally charged once they face court.

Indonesia has in the past struggled to quell Islamist holy warrior groups, which carried out a string of deadly attacks last decade, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

A successful clampdown in recent years has seen the end of major lethal attacks, but has given rise to smaller splinter groups.

Indonesia is home to the world's biggest Moslem population. It is also the world's third-biggest democracy, where the vast majority practice a moderate form of Islam.
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Terror suspect arrested in southern Thailand
Thai police and Army officials combined today in an operation to arrest a man who is believed to be behind many attacks in the southern province of Yala province.

Sakariya Surong was apprehended during a raid on a house in Krong Peenang district early on Saturday. A police source said Sakariya has several arrest warrants against him, involving many attacks in several districts, especially in Panare district. He was taken into custody for interrogation to aid in the search for terrorists insurgents who are responsible for attacks in the far south of Thailand.
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Lebanese Army Kills 11 Nusra Militants on Arsal Barrens
[ABNA.IR] The Lebanese Army on Saturday shelled heavily the terrorists' sites and gatherings on Arsal barrens, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The Syrian opposing Observatory reported that 11 Nusra turbans were killed on Arsal barrens by the Lebanese Army's shelling.

Lebanese Army Arrests Two Terrorist Suspects in Arsal

Two terrorist suspects, one Syrian and the other Lebanese, have been placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
by soldiers in Arsal, Yarzeh-based spokesperson of Army Directorate for Guidance announced today.

Both wanted suspects were involved in armed assaults on army and Internal security posts in Arsal while the Syrian was charged with belonging to a terrorist group. Suspects were duly referred to a special court to take legal action against them, the spokesperson concluded.
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Deadly blast hits Hezbollah checkpoint in east of Lebanon, 3 killed
[ABNA.IR] A SUICIDE blast has targeted a checkpoint manned by the Shia Hezbollah group in eastern Leb, killing three people, state media says.

The attacker detonated explosives in his vehicle just outside the village of Khraibeh, in the Bekaa Valley.

It is not clear whether the fatalities were Hezbollah fighters or civilians.

It comes amid heightened sectarian tensions in Leb as a result of the spill over from the three-year conflict in neighbouring Syria.

It is not yet clear who was behind Saturday's attack, which took place some three miles away from the Syrian border.

Extremist Sunni holy warriors have targeted Hezbollah strongholds in Leb in the past over the group's support for Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
in his battle against Saudi, US backed-rebels.

A security official quoted by Rooters said "the Hezbollah fighters at the checkpoint were all killed," with several others who were nearby maimed.

But Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV has denied that any of its fighters were killed in the blast.

Earlier on Saturday, the government said that a Lebanese soldier had been "executed" by Nusra Front - an al-Qaeda-linked force fighting Mr Assad's government.

The soldier was one of a number of soldiers and coppers captured by Islamist holy warriors from Syria who were fighting Lebanese government forces in the town of Arsal, near the Syrian border, in August.

The group had been demanding the withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria, as well as the release of Islamist holy warriors from Lebanese prisons.

Some of the hostages are reportedly being held by Nusra Front and others by 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. ....
(IS) Death Eaters.

IS has already beheaded two other Lebanese soldiers in recent weeks after their demands were not met.

On Saturday, the Lebanese army stepped up its military offensive against Islamists active in Arsal, which is also home to thousands of Syrian refugees.

It followed the killing of two Lebanese soldiers in the town when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on Friday.
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Hezbollah Drones Wreak Havoc On Syrian Rebel Bases
[IsraelTimes] For the first time in its history, Shiite terror group Hezbollah carried out a successful unmanned aircraft strike, targeting al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel bases near the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal early Sunday, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.

Until Sunday's battle with the Syrian rebels, Hezbollah had used unmanned aircraft primarily for reconnaissance missions, including an alleged operation across the Israeli border in April 2013, during which the Israel Defense Forces managed to down a suspected Hezbollah drone only 10 kilometers west of Haifa. At the time, the Shiite group's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, denied that the drone belonged to the organization.

The group's unprecedented drone attack was reported to have killed at least 23 fighters from the extremist al-Nusra Front.

Hezbollah ground troops continued the offensive on the rebel bases, and several al-Nusra operatives were held captive by the Lebanese militia, the semi-official Iranian news agency reported. Abu Leith al-Shami, a Lebanese national, and a high ranking al-Nusra official, was also said to have been killed in battle with Hezbollah.

Hezbollah's push-back against the al-Nusra Front comes a day after a suicide bomber killed a number of people at a checkpoint near Lebanon's border with Syria, only hours after the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda had reportedly executed a Lebanese soldier.

The drone strikes by Hezbollah highlight the group's advanced military capabilities and signify a worrying development for Israel, which has been closely monitoring hostilities across the border.

Earlier Sunday, a Hezbollah official asserted that it could capture a chunk of the Galilee, including some border communities, in a future conflict with Israel, the Walla news site reported. A senior Israeli army official made a similar assessment last week.

The senior IDF official warned that while Hezbollah has no immediate plan to attack Israel, a minor security incident could erupt into a full-fledged war on Israel's northern front.

In the event of a confrontation with Hezbollah, the fighting would likely last some four months, would have the IDF face some 30,000 troops, would incur extensive civilian casualties on the Lebanese side, and may see infiltration into northern Israeli towns to carry out attacks, the official predicted.
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#1  Seems like hezbollah has their hands full in syria! Maybe they move up too triple AAA before jumping right too the majors.
Posted by: chris || 09/22/2014 1:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect "Hizbollah" is code for IRG in this context.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/22/2014 2:47 Comments || Top||

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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.
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