Hi there, !
Today Sat 09/08/2018 Fri 09/07/2018 Thu 09/06/2018 Wed 09/05/2018 Tue 09/04/2018 Mon 09/03/2018 Sun 09/02/2018 Archives
Rantburg
416583 articles and 1466507 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 69 articles and 153 comments as of 5:31.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion        Politix    Posting Order
Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 1: WoT Operations
4 22:58 Whiskey Mike [299] 
0 [158] 
0 [147] 
0 [142] 
0 [130] 
3 14:17 Frank G [256] 
0 [138] 
0 [162] 
1 17:15 g(r)omgoru [190] 
2 07:02 Herb McCoy [179] 
0 [108] 
0 [141] 
0 [136] 
0 [130] 
0 [122] 
0 [121] 
0 [144] 
1 10:14 Frank G [144] 
0 [132] 
0 [133] 
0 [121] 
0 [126] 
0 [140] 
1 10:01 Skidmark [200] 
Page 2: WoT Background
0 [143]
1 11:26 Procopius2k [180]
3 23:03 Whiskey Mike [199]
7 20:14 European Conservative [283]
1 13:55 gorb [145]
0 [122]
6 13:57 gorb [272]
0 [113]
0 [105]
1 09:47 Skidmark [118]
0 [101]
0 [109]
0 [118]
0 [155]
0 [132]
0 [124]
0 [136]
0 [118]
0 [114]
0 [128]
0 [110]
1 10:50 Skidmark [164]
Page 3: Non-WoT
7 23:58 Zenobia Floger6220 [199]
4 18:35 warthogswife [196]
1 09:32 SteveS [168]
4 17:20 g(r)omgoru [185]
0 [135]
0 [128]
2 07:15 ed in texas [170]
6 19:59 Airandee [301]
4 20:29 swksvolFF [340]
Page 4: Opinion
2 19:22 trailing wife [185]
14 21:11 Frank G [350]
2 14:38 Fred [199]
2 11:28 Procopius2k [261]
9 18:32 swksvolFF [352]
8 17:32 gorb [264]
3 18:42 mossomo [237]
0 [262]
Page 6: Politix
4 16:05 Bright Pebbles [235]
9 22:00 Blossom Hupager6063 [421]
8 19:42 mossomo [360]
0 [152]
8 19:23 Anomolous Sources [477]
13 17:45 gorb [350]
Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Always fun to scan the Front Page.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/05/2018 11:38 Comments || Top||

#2  It got to be real painful for awhile. I've got bad neuropathy in my hands, but it seems to have peaked, as long as I take my meds. I can't control the mouse as well as I could, and I can't touch type anymore (can't feel my fingers). I did the bloid daily, with a little help from my friends, for ten or eleven years. It may be sporadic from now on out, but I'll be trying.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 11:51 Comments || Top||

#3  thank you, Fred
Posted by: Frank G || 09/05/2018 14:17 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan forces and Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Paktia clashes
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan security and Talibs suffered heavy casualties during the festivities in two districts of Paktia province in Southeast of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said at least 28 Talibs were killed during the festivities with the security forces in Zurmat and Jani Khel districts.

The statement further added that 9 holy warriors were also tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
and several others sustained injuries during the festivities.

According to the governor’s office, at least 7 of the holy warriors were killed during an operation of the Afghan forces in Zurmat district on Monday and a stockpile of weapons, munitions, and explosives were destroyed.

A clash also took place between the Afghan forces and the Talibs on Monday night in the vicinity of Jani Khel district, leaving at least 21 holy warriors dead, the statement said.

The provincial government in its statement also added that four security personnel belonging to the National Police, Public Order police, and Afghan National Army bit the dust and six others sustained injuries.
Tolo News adds:
At least 21 armed Taliban insurgents were killed on Monday night in a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents, Paktia governor’s office said Tuesday.

According to officials, the clash broke out on Monday night at around midnight in Janikhel district when Taliban insurgents attacked security check posts in the district. The clash reportedly ended on Tuesday morning at about 8am local time.

Dozens of insurgents were wounded in the clash, officials added.

During the attack four security forces were killed and six others were wounded.

However a security source from Paktia said that 16 security force members were killed in the clash with the Taliban and 12 others were wounded.

The governor’s office rejected Taliban’s claims that the district had fallen to the militant group.

Taliban said in a statement on Tuesday that their fighters captured the district and killed a number of security forces.

The office said that during the Taliban’s clash the militants suffered heavy casualties and repelled the attack.

Meanwhile, Taj Mohammad Mangal, a Paktia provincial council member, told TOLOnews that a local police check post collapsed to the Taliban in Kotkai area of Janikhel district of Pakita province but did not give information on causalities.

Janikhel borders Pakistan and some parts of the district have for a while been insecure.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Nangarhar nastiness: 8 turban recruiters tied up, recruits sent home, 11 Talibs turn backs on jihad


8 suspects arrested over suspicious transfer of 381 young men to Nangarhar

[KhaamaPress] At least eight people have been arrested over the suspicious transfer of 381 young men to eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the young men were being transferred to eastern Nangarhar province under the guise of providing work for the collection of pine nuts.

The statement further added that the suspects and the young men were arrested during an operation in Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

The governor’s office also added that a delegation consisting of deputy provincial intelligence chief, police chief, officials from the provincial and district administrative government has been formed to investigate the incident.

The detained suspects are in the custody for further questioning while the young men have been sent back to their relative provinces, the statement added.

It is yet not clear for what purposes the young men were transferred to Nangarhar.

However, the Taliban group and ISIS Khurasan loyalists often hire young men in their ranks to conduct terrorist related and insurgency activities.

Both the Taliban and ISIS loyalists are active in some remote districts of Nangarhar as counter-terrorism operations are underway to eliminate the terrorist groups from the province.

11 Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar
They ain’t gonna study war no more... at least until spring.
[KhaamaPress] A group of 11 Taliban militants have joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province and handed over eleven various types of weapons to the local authorities.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the militants were previously operating under the command of Jalat Khan in Surkh Rod and Khogyani districts.

Khogyani further added that the militants joined peace process due to the ongoing efforts of the National Directorate of Security and handed over 11 weapons to the authorities after joining peace today.

The Taliban militants who joined peace process said they decided to renounce violence after reaching to a conclusion that the victims of the ongoing conflict are only Afghan people.

They also vowed to live peaceful lives after this and contribute in the reconstruction of the country similar as the other Afghans.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Dr. Nasir Kamwal, the director of the provincial youths department Matifullah Ahmadzai, and deputy director of the youths national unity community Abdul Rahman expressed satisfaction that 11 Taliban militants have reconciled with the government and called on the other militants to participate in peace talks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Ghazni Residents Worried About Their Safety
[ToloNews] Ghazni residents have voiced their concern over the security situation in the city after communication lines were reportedly cut and festivities took place between bully boyz and security forces in some parts of the city on Monday night.

Residents said telecommunication companies have been threatened by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and forced to cut services to the city except for a few hours each morning.

Footage obtained by TOLOnews on Tuesday shows an increased presence of security forces on the streets of Ghazni following Monday night’s clash.

On Tuesday, Ghazni police had clearly stepped up efforts to stop and search people and vehicles in the city.

"People are concerned about a repeat of a Death Eater attack on Ghazni. There are rumors that telecommunication companies have been threatened by the Taliban to stop their services," said Nematullah, a resident of Ghazni.

"Ghazni security is a worry for residents. We witness fires and festivities at night. It has made people hopeless. They (residents) are trying to leave Ghazni," said Abdullah, another resident.

Some shopkeepers who have their businesses close to government buildings claimed that security forces have meanwhile prevented them from opening their shops due to security threats.

Referring to last month’s siege of the city, one shopkeeper, Rahimullah, said: "They fought, people’s shops were burnt, destroyed."

However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
one member of Ghazni Provincial Council, Khaliqdad Akbari, said he had been in the city on Monday night during the clash, but left for Kabul on Tuesday.

After arriving in the capital he said the road to Kabul, which is only about 180km from Ghazni, was a "death highway".

"Government officials, government forces, politicians, none of them can travel through the death highway. Everyone gets stuck wherever they are (fighting)," Akbari said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Irene was indignant at the thought of doing such a thing without benefit of clergy...
other Ghazni residents said telecom services are active only for three hours each day - from 7am to 10am.

"Telecommunication companies are not working. People are faced with problems. Security is a concern for us," said Hayatullah Muzafari, a resident of Ghazni.

Another resident, Ewaz Ali, said: "We are disconnected from our friends. Telecommunication companies have been threatened by enemies of this land."

Taliban has not commented on this so far, however, Ghazni Police Headquarters stated on its Face Book page that limited telecom services in Ghazni was due to technical problems.

Sources from telecom companies however said some of the companies have disconnected their services due to Taliban threats.

This comes after Ghazni City was held under siege by the Taliban for four days last month. The Taliban siege resulted in almost $200 million in losses to the private sector, according to government statistics.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


6 policemen killed in militant attacks targeting checkpoints in Afghanistan
[DAWN] At least six coppers were killed by gunnies in two separate attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan's northwestern Badghis and eastern Paktia provinces, provincial officials said.

Jamshid Shahabi, provincial governor's front man in Badghis, said two coppers were killed and four others maimed in Tuesday's attack near Qala-e-Now, the scenic provincial capital.

Shahabi said 11 gunnies were killed and 16 others maimed in the shootout with police.

Three police vehicles were also burned by the Lion of Islams, but police said they were able to regain control of the area.

No one immediately grabbed credit for the attack, but Taliban
...Arabic for students...
gunnies are active in the province and often launch attacks against security forces.

Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Fizzle-bomber: US embassy in Cairo asks citizens to 'exercise caution' after arrest of suspected extremist
[AlAhram] The US Embassy in Cairo briefly asked Americans to stay away from its premises on Tuesday after a suspected turban was tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
near its premises.

"We are aware of a reported incident on Simon Bolivar Street in Cairo," read the statement, asking citizens to avoid the area and monitor local media for updates.

A security source told Ahram Online that a 24-year-old man, Abdullah Abdel Samie, was arrested in the vicinity of Simon Bolivar Square, near the embassy, after a backpack he was carrying caught fire.

There was a bottle filled with inflammable material inside the backpack, the source added.

According to initial investigation, Abdel Samie holds "some turban thoughts" which had promted him "to carry out hostile acts."

The incident did not lead to any injuries or damage in the area.

In a tweet sent at approximately 2pm, the embassy, which is located next to Simon Bolivar Street in Garden City, said citizens should not come to the embassy "at this time."

"We are aware of reports that public transportation near the area has been disrupted due to the incident," it added.

In a tweet sent around an hour later, the embassy said that the police "have finished their investigations at the scene of the incident" and that the embassy "is resuming normal business."

The embassy also asked that US citizens to exercise caution, suggesting they sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for security updates.

PJMedia has video of the pantsing of the arrested miscreant (taken in broad daylight in the middle of the street in front of a small crowd, many taking videos on their cellphones) and of the dramatic fizzle in his backpack as he strode boldly toward the embassy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:



Arabia
Houthi forces fire several missiles at Saudi Aramco Oil Company
[ALMASDARNEWS] Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
forces announced that they fired several missiles towards the Saudi Aramco Oil Company site in the Jizan province.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion fired at least four Badr-1 missiles towards the Saudi Aramco Oil Company site.

The Houthi forces did not specify whether or not their missiles struck their intended target.

Furthermore, Saudi Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on this latest attack.

This latest attack by the Houthi forces marks the second time in the last 24 hours that they have targeted this site in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s Jizan region.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi-led coalition intercepts two missiles fired towards Jizan
[AlAhram] The Saudi-led coalition fighting in 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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
said on Tuesday it had destroyed two ballistic missiles fired at the southern Saudi city of Jizan by the Iranian-aligned Houthis.

The Houthis said separately in a tweet by their al-Masirah TV that they fired four missiles at a Saudi Aramco refinery and petrochemical facilities in Jizan Economic City.

A coalition statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA said there were no casualties.

The Iran-aligned Houthis, who control Yemen's capital Sanaa, have fired dozens of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict widely seen as a proxy battle between regional rivals Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and Iran.

Most of the missiles have been intercepted by the Saudi military.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
Villager killed in AJK due to cross-LoC firing by Indian troops
[DAWN] A man lost his life due to "unprovoked Indian firing" on civil population in Kotkoterra Sector near the line of control on Tuesday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

According to the ISPR, Abdul Rauf was herding animals in the afternoon when he was "targeted by Indian troops".

Last month, the Directors Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistain and India had made a hotline contact and expressed "general satisfaction" over the situation along the LoC and Working Boundary since their last communication on May 29 for reinvigorating the ceasefire agreement.

Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Basra protests continue: 6 protesters shot dead, 3 maimed, ops commader requested replaced


Six Iraqi protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Basra

BASRA (IraqiNews.com) – Six Iraqi protesters were killed while 60 others were injured Tuesday in clashes with security forces in Iraq’s southern oil hub Basra.

According to BasNews website, the clashes erupted after protesters stormed the Basra government building and set it alight, prompting security forces to open fire at them, leaving two protesters dead and at least 60 injured.

In turn, Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew in the southern province to contain clashes between the two sides.

The demonstration comes a day after an Iraqi protester was killed in confrontations with security forces yesterday.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered a probe to be opened into the murder of the Iraqi protester.

“Our directives to security forces are clear. Do not fire live bullets at protesters,” Abadi told a weekly press conference.

Oil-rich Basra is one of the southern Iraqi cities that have recently witnessed mass protests over the dire state of the nation’s economy. The demonstrators are rallying against poor public services and corruption.

The demonstrations started last July in Basra province, but they later extended to other cities, including Amara, Nasiriya, Karbala and the Shiite holy city of Najaf. There were also protests in parts of the capital, Baghdad.

Basra Provincial Council Head orders gov’t bldg evacuated

[IraqiNews] Head of the Basra Provincial Council Walid al-Kitan ordered evacuating the government building in Basra from staffers “for security reasons.”

“The evacuation process came as a precautionary measure after a protester was killed yesterday while taking part in a rally in Basra,” a security source said.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Basra provincial headquarters Monday to protest against corruption, poor public services and unemployment.

Protesters hurled stones, set fire to tires and tried to storm the building, prompting security forces to open fire at them, leaving a protester dead.

Three protesters wounded, as security troops disperse demonstrations in Basra

Basra (IraqiNews.com) Three protesters were wounded on Tuesday as Iraqi security troops attempted dispersing demonstrations near Basra provincial building, BasNews reported.

According to sources from inside the city, security troops opened fire against protesters near the provincial building, as they were urging investigations on the killing of Yasser Mekki, a demonstrator, who was killed on Monday after being tortured by governmental forces.

Earlier today, sources was quoted saying that head of the Basra Provincial Council Walid al-Kitan ordered the government building in Basra to be evacuated from staffers for security reasons.

At least ten protesters suffered asphyxia due to tear gas highly used by the troops.

On Tuesday, protesters by Basra residents were renewed near the building. They also took part in the funeral of Mekki.

Troops used live ammunition on Monday to disperse the mass protests staged in Basra. Roads were blocked by tyres set on fire.

Late on Monday, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights immediate investigation on the murder of Mekki.

Several provinces in central and southern Iraq has been witnessing mass protests for more than two months to voice demands of better services including drinking water and electricity as well as countering corruption.

Observers believe protests and sit-ins will expand due to ongoing assaults by security forces against peaceful protesters and to voice demands of better services, especially in light of negligence by the government toward protesters demands and the security crackdown.

Basra governor requests operations commander be replaced

[IraqiNews] Basra governor Asaad al-Eidani requested Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to replace Basra Operations Commander Jamil al-Shammari as security forces were blamed for several deaths among protesters in the past period
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Bomb attack targets house owned by family of Islamic State militant in Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Two civilians were maimed Tuesday as a kaboom targeted a house owned by a family of an 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....
krazed killer in Ramadi, a security source was quoted as saying.
“We don’t want none o’your kind round these parts no more. Git!”
“Armed men riding a cycle of violence hurled a grenade at a house of a family of an Islamic State militant at al-Bakir district in Hit, 70 km west of Ramadi,” the source told BasNews website.

“Two people were severely maimed in the bomb attack,” the source pointed out that, “A security force rushed to the blast site and launched a security campaign in search of the perpetrators of the attack,” he added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  “A security force rushed to the blast site and launched a security campaign in search of the perpetrators of the attack,” he added

"After an exhaustive four minute search. They were unable to find the miscreants"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/05/2018 10:14 Comments || Top||


Baghdad bomb & bullet bulletin: 4 maimed in 2 kabooms in 2 days


Three people injured in bomb blast in Baghdad: Source

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three people were wounded in a bomb blast in Baghdad, a security source said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “a bomb, placed inside a bus carrying commuters, went off near al-Nahda parking lot in Baghdad.”

The blast, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous, “left two women and a man wounded. They were taken to nearest hospital for treatment.”

Four people wounded Monday in bomb attack near street markets in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Four people were injured Monday in a bomb attack near street markets in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website, the source said that “a bomb exploded near busy street markets in the Ur district, north of Baghdad, leaving four people wounded, including two women.”

“The injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, and a probe was opened into the attack,” the source added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:


Iraqi court sentences four Islamic State members to life
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi judiciary has sentenced four 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....
members, who used to work for the krazed killer group in Nineveh and Diyala provinces, to life.

A statement by Abdul Sattar al-Bayraqdar, the spokesperson for the High Judicial Council, said"the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad reviewed cases of suspects who accused of joining Islamic State. They were sentenced to life after being proved to have committed crimes."

One of the convicts, according to the statement, "was distributing CDs, that contained videos of operations carried out by the bully boyz in Baaj region in Nineveh. He also used to distribute newspapers and magazines that publish news of the group."

The other convicts "offered logistic support to the group in Nineveh and Diyala," the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi farmer killed in bomb attack in Baqubah
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ A farmer was killed on Tuesday in a kaboom at an agricultural land in Baqubah, Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

"An explosive charge went off near a garden in Abu Karma village, in northeastern Baqubah, leaving a farmer dead," Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted the source as saying.

The source added that the body was moved to the forensic medicine department.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:


Five Islamic State members killed, 12 suspects arrested in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Five Islamic State members were killed, while 12 suspects were arrested in a wide-scale operation in several villages in Kirkuk.

A statement by Kirkuk Operations Command said, “Federal Police troops in the province carried out an operation in regions and villages of Tal Shu’air, Codilla, Eteira, Suleiman Bakhshan, Qulli Bek, Dakuk and al-Khaldiya.”

Troops, according to the statement, “managed to kill five militants and left the sixth wounded in a village during confrontations.”

Moreover, three rest houses and a tunnel of 15 meters long were destroyed, the command added.

“12 suspects were also arrested,” the statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Fire breaks out in Gaza border region due to incendiary balloons
[Ynet] A fire broke out on Tuesday in Kibbutz Kerem Shalom due to incendiary balloons launched into Israel from the strip.

The fire is now under control.
Does the wind in Paleostine only blow in one direction? What's the Hebrew word for "intifada"?
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Several Gazans said wounded by IDF during riot near Erez crossing
[IsraelTimes] Military says protesters at pedestrian terminal into Israel hurled rocks and damaged infrastructure, prompting response from troops

Several Paleostinians were maimed by Israeli fire Tuesday as they protested near the territory’s main personnel crossing with Israel, Gazoo’s Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-run Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said Paleostinians hurled rocks at the crossing in the Strip’s north and damaged infrastructure, prompting troops to respond with tear gas and live fire.

Such protests are rare at Erez, the only terminal for travel into Israel or the West Bank from Gazoo.

The violent protest broke several days of calm, which came after understandings were reportedly reached between Israel and Hamas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Police seize NIS 18,000 in financing from Jerusalem Hamas activist
[IsraelTimes] Officials say the money was provided by the terror organization for unspecified purposes

Police seized thousands of shekels from an East Jerusalem Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, activist on Sunday, which they said was funding from the terror group.

Following an undercover intelligence operation, police and the Shin Bet security service raided the home and discovered NIS 18,000 ($5,000) in cash, cops announced Tuesday.

"The operation was the result of covert activity and targeted intelligence gathering by the Israeli Police and security forces which found that the activist, who lives in East Jerusalem, receives the funding from Hamas," police said.

Officials said that the operation was a continuation of efforts to prevent support for terrorist organizations and the families of terrorists.

They did not say what they believed the funds had been intended for.

In the past year police said they had confiscated a total of NIS 300,000 ($82,000) of Hamas funds from seven families. They did not say whether all the families in question lived in East Jerusalem.

Police said they would not allow the terror group to provide financing or any other kind of support to activists, terror operatives, or their families.

"The involvement of Jerusalem residents in any activity financed by Hamas is a serious crime and is an attempt by the terror group to gain a foothold within Jerusalem," police said.

Security forces and politicians have sought to end payments from the Paleostinian Authority and from Paleostinian terror groups to families of terrorists, which they say encourage further attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


10 Palestinians suspects arrested
[Ynet] The security forces tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
on Wednesday 10 wanted Paleostinians suspected of involvement in terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria.

The suspects were taken in for questioning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under:


Israel says struck Iranian targets in Syria 200 times in last two years
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday, in a rare summary of its campaign.

According to regional sources, Israel began carrying out military strikes in Syria in 2013 against suspected arms transfers and deployments by Iranian forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies, both Damascus’s partners in Syria’s civil war.

Israeli officials have rarely detailed specific operations. On Tuesday, an Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment after Syria said it shot down rockets fired by Israeli planes at military targets near the city of Hama.

But Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz used a speech to give a more general summary of Syria missions, prompted by a military briefing given to local media earlier in the day.

"Only just now it was published - in the name of military sources, so I can quote it too - that in the last two years Israel has taken military action more than 200 times within Syria itself," Katz told a conference hosted by the IDC Herzliya college.
The Times of Israel adds:
In Syria, Israel has for years been concerned that Iran was using opportunities presented by the Syrian civil war to entrench itself militarily in the country in order to further threaten the Jewish state — alongside the threat already posed by Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, in Lebanon.

Israel has vowed to prevent such a military presence, but officially remains mum on most of the military’s efforts to do so.

However, acknowledged that the air force had conducted strikes against 202 targets in Syria, using some 800 bombs and missiles to do so.

The 202 targets hit in the Israeli airstrikes since 2017 were mostly shipments of advanced weaponry, as well as military bases and infrastructure, which the IDF officials said drove Iranian forces to abandon some posts.

Israel does not acknowledge individual strikes in Syria, though Syrian officials, eyewitnesses and others regularly report on Israeli bombings on facilities in the country connected to the regime’s coalition. On Tuesday, Israel was accused of carrying out fresh strikes in the Hama area, two days after reports of an IDF attack on a base near Damascus.

The officers in the briefing did not elaborate on the nature of the strikes or how many of these had been previously acknowledged by Israel, specifically in its Operation House of Cards, an effort to destroy Iranian weapons sites earlier this year.

The IDF also noted its significant assistance in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group in the Middle East.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian Forces Flood Into The Med Ahead Of Syrian Offensive
Russian Forces Flood Into The Med Ahead Of Syrian Offensive, Here's Everything (Almost) You Need To Know.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, these assets include, but are not limited to:

The Slava-class guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, which can carry up to 16 P-1000 Vulkan supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles and 64 long-range surface-to-air missiles across eight individual S-300F systems.

Udaloy-class destroyer Severomorsk, with the Metel missile system, which can carry up to eight anti-submarine or anti-ship missiles, as well as 64 short-to-medium range 3K95 surface-to-air missiles.
At least three Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates, each of which can carry up to eight Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles.

At least two Kilo-class submarines, which can also fire Kalibrs.
Tu-160 White Swan supersonic strategic bombers, also known as Blackjacks, which can carry Kh-101 air-launched land attack cruise missiles.

Tu-142MK Bear and Il-38 May maritime patrol aircraft, which can carry various anti-submarine weapons.
Russian Naval Aviation Su-30SM and Su-33 fighter jets, which could provide combat air patrols to defend the task force against any notional aerial attack or carry anti-ship cruise missiles to carry out their own maritime strikes.

Note that this list does not include any of Russia's forces presently deployed in Syria proper, which include additional combat aircraft and helicopters, air defense systems, artillery, and other assets. It is not clear if any of those units will participate in the exercises in the Mediterranean.
Posted by: Woodrow || 09/05/2018 06:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  In my day, when SHTF in the region, Russian doctrine was to hightail it to a friendly port(s) until the USN was done with the real work.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 09/05/2018 12:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't forget your tugboats you dang Ruskis!
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 09/05/2018 20:30 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of ground to air stuff there.
How good will it be against the Americans?
'cause the bad guys are going to be hit.
Posted by: jvalentour || 09/05/2018 20:37 Comments || Top||

#4  This bodes ill. Shit can/will happen. Wish I was there.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 09/05/2018 22:58 Comments || Top||


Russian Airstrikes on Syria's Idlib Resume
[AnNahar] The U.N. urged Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
Tuesday to help avert a "bloodbath" in Idlib, as renewed Russian Arclight airstrikes on the Syria's last major rebel stronghold killed least nine civilians, according to a monitor.

Rebel-backer Turkey has held several rounds of talks with regime ally Russia aimed at averting an major assault on Idlib, but Moscow on Tuesday dubbed the province a "pocket of terrorism" as Syrian troops massed near the region.

A full-fledged assault would be devastating for the nearly three million people living in the northwestern province, many of them rebels and civilians who were bussed out of other areas as they came back under regime control.

The U.N.'s Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
and his Ottoman Turkish counterpart Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
to urgently speak on the phone even before they are set to meet with their Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Friday.

De Mistura pointed to press reports indicating that Syria has set a September 10 deadline for finding a solution before it begins an all-out offensive on the province.

His appeal came after Russian warplanes resumed air strikes on Idlib after a 22-day pause.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on sources in Syria for its reports, said at least nine civilians, including five children from the same family, were killed in the raids, while 10 people were maimed.

Tuesday's bombardment hit several areas held by the jihadist-led Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
alliance, among them the large town of Jisr al-Shughur, but also areas held by rival Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels, including the town of Ariha.

The Syrian military has been deploying reinforcements to the zone for more than a month, and Russia has stepped up its rhetoric.

"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem," Putin's front man Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, calling Idlib a "pocket of terrorism."

Moscow has been carrying out strikes in Syria since September 2015, using aircraft based at the Hmeimim base in Latakia province.

It accuses rebels in Idlib of attacking Hmeimim with weaponized drones and insists jihadists in the province must be eliminated.

- 'Appeal for sanity' -
De Mistura said there were an estimated 10,000 fighters with U.N.-recognized terrorist organizations currently in Idlib.

But he stressed that there are some 2.9 million civilians in the province, including around one million children, who "are not terrorists".
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 00:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syrian Air Defense attempts to confront Israeli missiles, explosion reported in Baniyas
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Israeli Air Force fired several missiles at the Wadi al-’Ayoun area of the Masyaf District, today, hitting a number of sites.

According to a military source in nearby Mhardeh, at least five missiles struck the Wadi al-’Ayoun area, causing a number of powerful kabooms that could be heard throughout Hama, eastern Latakia, and eastern Tartous.

The source said that the Syrian Air Defense attempted to foil the attack; however, the Israeli missiles managed to reach their intended targets.

Furthermore, a powerful kaboom was reported from the large coastal city of Baniyas in the Tartous Governorate.
The Times of Israel adds:
Israel carried out airstrikes against Iranian military targets in the Syrian provinces of Hama and Tartus on Tuesday, killing three people and wounding 23, a monitoring group said.

Syrian state media confirmed the Israeli attack and said one person was killed and four injured. However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three Syrian soldiers were killed and 23 people injured — 14 Syrian and nine Iranians.

The Observatory said the strike targeted Iranian assets between the town of Masyaf and Wadi al-Uyun.

Last Thursday, satellite photos published by an Israeli intelligence firm purported to show the establishment of an Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory in the area of Wadi al-Uyun.

The photos, which were shared by ImageSat International, were said to show a facility resembling Iran’s Parchin facility, which has been linked to the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Masyaf is also home to a Syrian scientific research center which Israel is alleged to have struck several times in recent years.

Western officials have long associated the Scientific Studies and Research Center near Masyaf, known as CERS, with the manufacture of chemical arms.
And from Ynet:
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abderahman said the attack had also targeted around the coastal city of Baniyas for the first time, with two rockets hitting around one kilometre from an oil refinery.

SANA said the planes had come at a low altitude from west of neighbouring Lebanon's coastal capital Beirut.

Al-Mayadeen news said Israeli fighter planes released countermeasures against anti-aircraft fire "and withdrew towards the sea at the same time as the sounds of explosions were heard in Hama countryside."
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Syrian Air Defense attempts to confront Israeli missiles. However, the cowardly Jew missiles (propelled by hair rays energy) avoided the confrontation by zigzagging around the brave Syrian defenses (made in Russia) and hit defenseless warehouses containing baby milk formula and teddy bears - resulting in a huge secondary explosions.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 17:15 Comments || Top||


Kurdish forces capture key ISIS commander
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) captured a key figure from 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....
(ISIS) during a recent security operation.

According to the official media wing of the YPG, their anti-terror unit (YAT) captured the Islamic State commander, Adil Musa Abduljezar (AKA "Abu Kerem"), while sweeping through an undisclosed area near the Ottoman Turkish border.

Below is the full statement from the YPG’s media office:

"On 11 August 2018, one of the key ISIS figures named Abu Kerem, who’s real name is Adil Musa Abdouljezar (and recently had been using name Abu Basil al-Ghezawi) and who was in charge of intelligence activities in cities such an as al-Bab, Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa, Mayadin, Tabqa and Daraa, has been captured in a special operation carried out by our forces.

Adil Musa Abdouljezar also provided a lot of important information about ISIS and how it has been strengthened and bolstered by the Ottoman Turkish state.

Adil Musa Abdouljezar was captured alive in an operation that was successfully carried out by our Anti-Terror Units (YAT)."
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Whether they just got lucky, or not....the ISIS has to think the Kurds knew he of the many names was where he was. They'll be handicapped for a time trying to figure it out and change procedures.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 09/05/2018 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/05/2018 7:02 Comments || Top||



Who's in the News
34[untagged]
6Govt of Pakistan
5Taliban
4Islamic State
4Govt of Syria
3Hamas
3Govt of Iraq
2Houthis
2Moslem Colonists
1Govt of Saudi Arabia
1Hizbul Mujaheddin
1Haqqani Network
1Govt of Iran
1al-Nusra
1al-Qaeda

Bookmark
E-Mail Me

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

Merry-Go-Blog
Hair Through the Ages









On Sale now!


A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Seafarious
Pappy
lotp
Scooter McGruder
john frum
tu3031
badanov
sherry
ryuge
GolfBravoUSMC
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Gloria
Fred
Besoeker
Glenmore
Frank G
3dc
Skidmark
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Wed 2018-09-05
  Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
Tue 2018-09-04
  Jalaluddin Haqqani joins the Choir Eternal
Mon 2018-09-03
  Islamists militants in northeast Nigeria kill up to 30 48 soldiers: Sources
Sun 2018-09-02
  Yemen’s army imposes full control over Saada’s Al-Zaher directorate
Sat 2018-09-01
  Dutch police shoot suspect after he stabs two people at an Amsterdam train station
Fri 2018-08-31
  ISIS leader Yasir Khurasani killed with 5 comrades in Nangarhar drone strike
Thu 2018-08-30
  Egyptian forces kill 20 militants in Sinai operation: Army
Wed 2018-08-29
  Syrian Army foils ISIL breakout attempt in east Sweida
Tue 2018-08-28
  Idlib: Nusra arrest 20 ISIS turbans, Gov’t closes key crossing
Mon 2018-08-27
  Elite Army units moving to Idlib for major assault
Sun 2018-08-26
  John McCain dies at 81
Sat 2018-08-25
  Syrian Army launches powerful assault in northern Hama
Fri 2018-08-24
  Arab coalition thwarts Houthi boat bomb targeting commercial ships off Yemen
Thu 2018-08-23
  Syrian Army cuts all supply lines to ISIL’s last stronghold in southern Syria
Wed 2018-08-22
  ‘IS militants’ launch attacks in Chechnya; five killed

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.
18.234.88.196
Paypal:
WoT Background (22)    Non-WoT (9)    Opinion (8)    (0)    Politix (6)