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Afghanistan
Afghan forces on alert amid reports Pakistani helicopters helping Taliban
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan national security forces were put on alert amid reports Pak helicopters are helping the Talibs by supplying weapons in eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province.

Deputy front man for the Ministry of Defense, Dawlat Waziri, told news hounds on Monday that the Afghan forces have been instructed to use all force to react and stop Pak helicopters to assist the Talibs.

The remarks by Waziri were followed after reports emerged that the Pak helicopters are dropping weapons to Taliban in Barmal district.

This comes as tensions have intensified across the Durand Line following a brief clash between the Afghan cops with the Pak troops in Paktika province last week.

At least eight Pak security personnel were reportedly killed after the Afghan forces responded to their provocative action of building military installations within the Afghan soil.

A member of the Afghan national security forces also lost his life during the shootout with the Pak troops.

The Afghan government officials have long been criticizing Pakistain, specifically the country's military intelligence -- Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for supporting the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency said last month that the attack on Parliament building in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
was orchestrated in 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.
city, scenic provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province of Pakistain.

NDS officials said the attack was carried out by Haqqani terrorist network with the support of ISI which left five people killed and 30 others maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Yep - a real shocker there!
Posted by: Raj || 07/07/2015 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Good time for SF with Stingers to exact some consequences for our ISI assholes allies
Posted by: Frank G || 07/07/2015 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Pakistani helo's available for the TB transport, but unavailable for the security of the border, and UBL at his Abbattobad compound. Strange, very strange.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/07/2015 9:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Think of it as "Klingon versus Pentagon."
Posted by: Pappy || 07/07/2015 12:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Think of it as "Klingon versus Pentagon."
Posted by Pappy


Exackery! Move to the head of the class.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/07/2015 12:49 Comments || Top||


49 ISIS affiliates killed in Nangarhar drone strikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 49 bully boyz affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in separate drone strikes in eastern Nangahar province.

According to the local government officials, the bully boyz were killed in Achin district on Monday.

The provincial government front man Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the first Arclight airstrike was carried out around 12:00 pm local time, leaving at least 12 bully boyz dead.

He said at least 37 others who were apparently ISIS affiliates were killed in the second drone strike in the same area around 2:00 pm local time.

The Arclight airstrikes were carried out as the bully boyz had gathered for a meeting in Achin district, the local residents said, adding that several dead bodies were left in the area following the raids.

This comes as sporadic festivities were reported between the Lion of Islam groups in parts of Achin and Nazian districts on Monday.

According to the local government officials, at least fourteen bully boyz were killed and two others were maimed during the festivities.

Clashes have intensified between the Talibs and ISIS affiliates in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province during the recent weeks as the newly emerged ISIS bully boyz are trying to gain a foothold in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
announced support to the ISIS affiliates to combat the Talibs.

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
241 'terrorists' killed in North Sinai in 5 days: Military
[AlAhram] The Egyptian army has killed 241 bully boyz in North Sinai over the past five days, the army's front man said in a statement on Monday.
From 1 to 5 July, the army also tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
four wanted bully boyz and 29 other suspects, the statement read.

Four terrorist headquarters were also destroyed, front man Mohammed Samir added in a statement on his official Facebook page that also included pictures of the mangled bodies of dead alleged terrorists.

The statement added that 26 vehicles used by bully boyz were destroyed, including 11 land cruisers, while 16 bombs, prepared to attack army and police personnel in the peninsula, were made safe.

Army personnel confiscated a number of murderous Moslem weapons, including RPGs, machine guns, mortar shells, and hand grenades.

The army has intensified its offensive in the peninsula after simultaneous attacks on military personnel on Wednesday, claimed by Islamist murderous Moslem group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM), left at least 21 soldiers dead.

The decade-long murderous Moslem insurgency in North Sinai has intensified in the past two years, with hundreds of army and police personnel killed. The army has also announced the killing of hundreds of terrorists.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis


Bomb maker dies after accidently detonating device in Egypt's Menoufiya
[AlAhram] An improvised bomb detonated late Sunday at an apartment in Menoufiya governorate, killing its maker, state news agency MENA reported.

Two suspects were jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in the same apartment by security forces.

Homemade bombs have targeted security forces and state infrastructure since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

#1  Red wire, red wire, red wire............


New chant by the muzzies?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/07/2015 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  A lot of this going on lately. What new trick have the Juice come up with now? (More, please.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/07/2015 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Nah, more likely they just graduated the most recent class in bombmaking at the regional vocational schools, and they're experiencing the usual shake-out. It's what happens when your explosives-handling instructors grade on the curve.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 07/07/2015 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  It's what happens when your explosives-handling instructors grade on the curve

And they're forced to be 'Inclusive'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/07/2015 17:01 Comments || Top||


Security sources: Egypt arrests Brotherhood members for alleged Suez plot
[Ynet] Egyptian authorities have locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
13 members of the Moslem Brüderbund on suspicion of planting bombs around the Suez Canal to disrupt shipping, security sources said on Monday.

The waterway, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, is a vital source of hard currency for Egypt, particularly since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
and scared off tourists and foreign investment. Egypt's government has escalated rhetoric against the Brotherhood, which it regards as a terrorist group, since the liquidation of the country's top prosecutor last week. The security sources said the men formed a 13-member cell that included an employee at the Suez Canal Authority.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Egypt closes border crossing
[Libya Herald] The Egyptian authorities have closed the Musaid-Sollum border crossing. According to Tobruk Municipal Council front man, Marwan Younis Bakr, the Egyptians closed it to Libyan travellers because of last week's liquidation of Egypt's and the current military operations in Sinai where today 63 Islamists were reported killed. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has on several occasions expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
s about bully boyz in Libya.

"The Egyptian side have declared a state of emergency at the crossing and increased the number of military personnel there", Bakr said, quoting an unnamed Egyptian military source, and apologising for the inconvenience to Libya travellers.

Under a complex arrangement permitting border travel. Libyans can normally cross into Egypt every day except on the weekend on Fridays and Saturdays. Times have also been further curtailed during Ramadan.

The closure is not thought to affect Egyptians returning home.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Misrata airbase attacked, IS claims responsibility
[Libya Herald] A MiG jet fighter and three other aircraft were destroyed at Misrata airbase this morning in an attack being claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
.

In response, the Misrata forces carried out an Arclight airstrike on a site west of Sirte, at Al-Dahair, where IS are beleived to have a camp.

"The attack occurred at dawn while people were at prayer," a source close to Misrata Municipal Council said, adding that the attackers had not fired at the aircraft but left a bomb, probably containing C-4 plastic explosive, under one of the planes. The fire had engulfed the other two and then spread to the MiG 25, the source explained.

"Only the Mig 25 was in working order," he continued. "The other three were malfunctioning and were not being used. But there are other working planes at the airbase, including a Mirage."

In its announcement claiming responsibilty, IS said it had destroyed 13 aircraft.

How the attackers managed to get into the airbase, which shares the same site as the civil airport, is unknown. An investigation has been set up and video footage is reportedly being examined.

Later this morning, in response to the incident, the Mirage was used to attack an IS camp west of Sirte, the source stated.

The attack is causing serious concern in Misrata. In recent months, IS has accused Misratans of being apostates and "enemies of God" and promised an onslaught of suicide and boom-mobileings in the city. There have been a number of suicide kabooms on checkpoints around Misrata, the most recent being at the end of May. For IS to get into a facility that should be completely protected suggests poor either security or growing IS capabilities, or both.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Derna Mujahedeen sentence IS members to death
[Libya Herald] A Sharia court set up by the Shoura Council of Mujehideen in Derna (SCMD) has sentenced six members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) to death for their alleged involvement in a number of killings and attacks in the town.

The six -- four Libyans and two foreigners -- have been named as -- Salem Al-Saadi, Attia Al-Debani, Ahmed Abu Sidra, Abdul Salam Shnaib, Jibril Asheikh and Rafiq Badr.

They were found guilty of the murder of two female members of the Harir Al-Mansouri family, sisters Zakia and Naima, who were killed with other members of the family last April, as well as of the killing of Sheikh Faraj Al-Huti and a colleague, referred to simply as Sheikh Nasser. They were also found guilty of bombings, kidnappings and an attack on a shop.

It is not known if the executions have already been carried out.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Not a single one of these IS members is named Mohammed or any variant of it; that explains why they must be executed.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/07/2015 7:48 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
14 slaughtered as they slept in Kenya
Gunmen attacked quarry workers as they slept in an overnight attack on a residential complex in northeast Kenya. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the assault in Mandera town, in which authorities said at least 14 people were killed.

Alex Nkoyo, commissioner for Mandera county, said, "The area they attacked is a plot where quarry workers live. They attacked at around 1 am. Most of those killed are workers from upcountry. In total 14 people are dead."

Nkoyo said that among the dead was a woman who had tried to plead with the gunmen before being gunned down.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/07/2015 04:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Arabia
Deadly air strike hits market in Yemen
[THEGUARDIAN] A Saudi air strike appears to have struck a livestock market in southern Yemen, killing more than 40 people -- one of the deadliest bombings of a campaign that has now lasted three months.

The blast happened while civilians were trading in the market in the Fayyoush district of restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province. The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported that the corpse count was at least 45, with more than 50 maimed.


"I came right after the kaboom and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood, while the maimed were being evacuated to nearby hospitals," resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi told the AP. "[There was] blood from people mixed with that of the sheep and other livestock at the market."
A Saudi-led coalition launched an air offensive in March after 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 ...
rebels, who are backed by Iran, took control of Yemen's capital, Sana'a, and moved on the city of Aden to the south, forcing the Saudi-backed president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile.

That month, more than two dozen people died in an attack on a refugee camp and 46 people were killed and hundreds maimed in a raid in April on the Faj Attan district in Sana'a.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Watch a C-130 pilot's terrifying view of a combat landing
Terrifying? Not so much, but still a seriously steep approach.
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice to be able to see where you're going virtually all the way down. But not much room for error.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/07/2015 7:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Pretty much the common approach to valley flightlines. A Vegas pilot once told me the airport sanctioned the style to support the noise abatement ordinance, pilots chose it to minimize exposure to ground level wind shear.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2015 13:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Standard approach into Balad. Even more fun in the back as "cargo"
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/07/2015 15:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Similar to the approach for Aspen airport since the place is surrounded by mountains.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/07/2015 15:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Did a combat landing and take-off in a C-7 Caribou in Nam as a passenger. One was enough.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 07/07/2015 17:51 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
TTP man held from Taxila
[DAWN] Security forces enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
a suspected terrorist allegedly associated with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) from Taxila area on the early hours of Sunday.

According to police sources, during a pre-dawn strike security forces raided a hideout on Khanpur Road and made the arrest. The identity of the member has not been revealed.

According to sources, the accused is wanted in several cases.

The police sources said the arrest was made on information given by Alam Zaib, another terrorist from the TTP Wali Khan group, who was arrested during a raid by security forces in Gujar Khan on Saturday.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Man killed, 19 hurt in Quetta explosion
[DAWN] A man was killed and 19 other people, two children and three women among them, were maimed in a bomb kaboom near the busy Meezan Chowk in the heart of the city on Sunday.

Police suspected that the man killed was carrying the bomb that went kaboom! before he could place it in the area.

A large number of families were busy shopping when the bomb went off near Baldia Plaza.

Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
personnel and police took the body and the injured to the Civil Hospital.

"Four people have suffered severe injuries," hospital sources said, adding that hands and the front part of the body were blown up.

Bomb Disposal Squad officials said the condition of the body suggested the man was carrying the bomb to plant it at some designated place.

The dear departed could not be identified till late night.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top|| File under:


Houses damaged by Indian shelling
[DAWN] SIALKOT: Several houses were damaged when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) started unprovoked heavy shelling on Pak villages in the Charwah sector along the Sialkot Working Boundary on Sunday.

According to bigwigs of the Chenab Rangers, the Indian troops started shelling at 6.30pm which continued until 8pm.

They said it was obvious that the Indians had targeted the civilian population because the shelling damaged houses and cattle-sheds belonging to local people.

Heavy mortar shells were also fired by the Indians.

Some of the shells landed in fields but did not explode. No injury or loss of life was reported.

The Chenab Rangers retaliated with full force, said the officials.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Multiple terror bids foiled in Balochistan
[DAWN] Security forces on Monday foiled multiple terror bids and seized a large quantity of weapons and explosives from 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...
's Sherani and Killa Abdullah districts.

Security sources told Dawn.com that an intelligence-based raid was conducted in district Sherani's Kapip area, which resulted in the arrest of a suspected Death Eater.

Security forces said they recovered 40 rockets, 10 rifles, seven hand grenades and other arms and ammunition from the jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
suspect. The weapons were being brought to Balochstan from the country's volatile tribal belt, when the raid was conducted by security agencies.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


Iraq
ISIS claims to capture Peshmerga in attack near Kirkuk
[Rudaw] Social media accounts associated with 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....
have claimed in Monday pre-dawn assaults on the Kurdish Peshmerga west of Kirkuk the jihadists killed several Peshmerga and took one captive.

The Peshmerga have since claimed to have defeated the ISIS assault aimed at capturing an important oil facility in the area, but have not released any information about their casualties or the alleged captured Peshmerga.

"More than 600 ISIS fighters launched an attack on Talwra, Big Homeyra, Small Homeyra, Al-Murra and Shahid villages, but they were defeated by the Peshmerga," a Peshmerga officer who gave his name only as Wasta Rasul told Rudaw early Monday.

Kurdish estimates indicated that more than 100 ISIS fighters were killed and injured in Monday's battles.

ISIS forces attempted to take control of the Syryani oil refinery in southeastern Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
but the Peshmerga were able to destroy two ISIS Humvees and defend the cluster of villages around the refinery, according to Rasul.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 05:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  It tells you how tough the Peshmerga are that ISIS is trumpeting the capture of one (1) prisoner.
Posted by: frozen al || 07/07/2015 10:14 Comments || Top||


Clashes resume in Baiji after 'great victory'
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces have reportedly launched an assault on a group of ISIS holdouts in the oil refinery town of Baiji in Salahadin province, an Iraqi police official announced Monday.

"A joint force from the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and Iraqi federal police found a group of ISIS hard boyz left inside Baiji, and killed three ISIS jacket wallahs and destroyed four armored vehicles rigged with explosives to ambush Iraqi forces inside the town," said Lieutenant Shakir Jawdat, a federal police commander.

He said along with ISIS casualties and the destruction of the vehicles, four ISIS weapon depots containing light and heavy weapons were also destroyed.

Iraqi forces alongside the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militias had reportedly cleared Baiji of ISIS on June 30.

"Bomb disposal teams and Iraqi joint forces have begun defusing landmines and clearing the town of the group's remaining elements," Karim Nuri, a spokesperson from the Hashd al-Shaabi, told news agencies on June 30.

"There are still ISIS elements inside Baiji ambushing our forces to halt us from any further advance and we ought to take them away," Nuri added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Sulaimani arrests 30 Arab refugees for ISIS ties
[Rudaw] SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region -- The Asayish (security) forces of Sulaimani have enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
30 Arab refugees in recent months for allegedly pledging allegiance to 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....
, or ISIS, and a number of those detained were recruited as fighters for the myrmidon group.

With the advance of ISIS fighters, thousands of Arab families fled from Anbar and Tikrit and took refuge in the cities of the Kurdistan region. Many of those refugee families were settled in camps, while others rented houses.

Brigadier Ahmed Nadir, chief of the western branch of the Sulaimani Asayish in Chamchamal town, told Rudaw his forces had arrested 30 Arab refugees in the last six months. The arrests, which were carried out according to Article No.4 of the Terrorism Law, took place in Chamchamal and the districts of Bazyan, Takyia, and Shorish. All the arrested individuals were originally residents of Anbar province, Nadir said.

According to the information given by the Asayish, a number of the arrested individuals formerly pledged allegiance to ISIS, some were ISIS recruits, and those remaining face charges and are being interrogated.

"The arrested individuals were not planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Kurdistan, but were arrested for their ties to ISIS," said Nadir.

Regarding the potential threat from other Arab refugees, the Asayish chief said: "The directives we receive from the Kurdistan region's Asayish require the Arab refugee families to fill out an information form. Some of them are required to give insurance and leave their IDs with the security forces. A number of them are under constant surveillance. Not all of them are bad people."

Nadir said the Arab detainees were planning to hide in Chamchamal and surrounding areas.

"During the interrogations they have admitted whether they were still in touch with ISIS or not, but we know they were secretly communicating with ISIS," he added.

According to official records, there are 250,00 people living in Chamchamal and more than 25,000 Arab live in the area.

Amanj Muhammad, mayor of Chamchamal, said that he did not support settling so many Arabs in their region. He said that in addition to creating housing problems, many of the Kurds in Chamchamal had lost family members to former dictator Saddam Hussein's various oppression campaigns and they see some Sunni Arabs as former supporters of the central government.

The district of Bazyan, which is administratively tied to Sulaimani, has a population of 55,000 people and they have received 5,000 Arab refugees.

"A noticeable number of Sunni Arabs support ISIS," said Luqman Rauf, mayor of Bazyan.

"In addition to those arrested, a number of Arab families from Allayi Camp left to join ISIS."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS launches major offensive south of Kirkuk
[Rudaw] Hundreds of 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....
murderous Moslems launched several attacks on Peshmerga-controlled villages in the south of Kirkuk province Monday morning.

Peshmerga forces claim to have foiled and beaten back the attacks. Rudaw video from today's battles shows an intense gunfire exchange between Peshmerga and ISIS Death Eaters.

A Peshmerga officer who spoke to Rudaw said ISIS was defeated and did not capture any territory in the battles.

"More than 600 ISIS fighters launched an attack on Talwra, Big Homeyra, Small Homeyra, Al-Murra and Shahid villages, but they were defeated by the Peshmerga," said a Peshmerga officer who gave his name only as Rasul.

Rasul said the Kurdish forces with the aid of US-led Arclight airstrikes were able to defeat the ISIS attacks, but heavy fighting is still going on in Murra village.

Kurdish estimates indicated that more than 100 ISIS fighters have been killed and injured in Monday's battles.

ISIS forces attempted to take control of the Syryani oil refinery in southeastern Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
but the Peshmerga were able to destroy two ISIS Humvees and defend the cluster of villages around the refinery.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Offensives are easily if you have a lot of cannon fodder that you know won't be needing any log support shortly thereafter. Cuts a lot of log tail from 'formal' organizations. Spread enough around, you'll find weak spots to exploit. Less trained fighters won't laager up but panic and run if you appear on their supply route.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/07/2015 8:57 Comments || Top||


At least 12 killed after Iraqi jet accidentally bombs Baghdad
[INDEPENDENT.CO.UK] An Iraqi warplane has accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad, after a mechanical fault caused the weapon to fall from a plane over a residential area of the city.

Iraqi officials said that the bomb came from an Iraqi military Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet.

It hit the New Baghdad area of the city, causing death and injury. Early reports suggested that at least 12 people had been killed, and pictures from the scene show responders walking over the rubble of ruined houses.

The jet was previously on a bombing run against Isis fighters, during which one of its bombs failed to release properly. During its trip back to base, the bomb fell from the plane, hitting three houses.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
170 Hamasniks Arrested In West Bank Since Thursday Night, Hamas And PA Exchange Threats
[Ynet] PA security forces arrest 170 Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, men in connection with shooting attacks against Israelis, raising the wrath of Gazoo's ruling faction.

The Paleostinian Authority has incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
170 Hamas men in the West Bank over the past few days, a Paleostinian security source told Ynet on Monday, leading to threats from the Gazoo terror organization.

The Paleostinian source said the arrests were done in connection with the series of shooting attacks against Israelis in the Binyamin area over the past two weeks that claimed the lives of Malachi Rosenfeld and Danny Gonen.

According to the source, there is evidence pointing to Hamas being behind the series of attacks, which also included a shooting at a Maden David Adom ambulance that ended with no casualties.

The arrests were made in three waves. In the first and biggest raid, 108 Hamas men were arrested in one night, some of them are former prisoners released from Israeli and PA jails.

The PA security forces' front man, Adnan al-Damiri, said Hamas was trying to undermine the security situation in the West Bank, adding that the Gazoo rulers were doing so while holding indirect contacts with Israel to secure a long-term ceasefire in the Strip.

Hamas condemned the wave of arrests, and Hamas official Ismail al-Ashqar threatened that if the PA continues these arrests, Paleostinian security forces will become a target to the "Paleostinian resistance" in the West Bank. Other Hamas officials said the security forces in the West Bank were operating as part of a plan to eliminate Hamas in the West Bank, a plan they said serves Israel.

"If Hamas tries to test our patience and commit a terror attack that affects Paleostinian security - the organization will meet with a response it cannot imagine," Fatah said in response. Nablus governor Akram Rajoub, who used to be a bigwig in the Paleostinian security forces, said that any attack against the PA will turn all of Hamas' men in the West Bank to a target.

Despite the mutual threats, the Paleostinian security source said Hamas would not dare execute an attack against the PA security forces, but did not rule out the possibility Hamas men could open fire at PA security when they come to arrest them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 04:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  This is what we call "protective custody".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/07/2015 10:50 Comments || Top||


Report: Jordan foils Iran-backed terror plot
[Ynet] Security forces said to apprehend individual possessing 45 kg of explosives in 'most serious case in a decade'.

The Jordanian newspaper Al Rai reported Monday morning that Jordanian security forces had foiled a terror plot by a member of an Iranian-backed group.

According to the report, the suspect belongs to the Iranian Bayt al-Maqdis group -- which is unrelated to the identically named Egyptian group that has recently changed its moniker and sworn allegiance to 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....
The suspect reportedly holds Iraqi and Norwegian citizenship, was tossed in the clink
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in northern Jordan, and found to be in possession of large amounts of explosives.

Al Jazeera reported the suspect intended to use the explosives for terror attacks inside Jordan, as well as smuggle them into the West Bank. According to the network, the suspect also examined the Israel-Jordan border, planning to commit attacks in that area.

The 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...
-based news network reported that the suspect was also accused of working for Iranian intelligence and of taking part in several liquidations in the past.

A Jordanian source familiar with the investigation told Al Rai that 45 kilograms (about 99 pounds) of explosives were found in the suspect's possession.

The Jordanian source told the newspaper that a major terror operation had been averted. "This is the most serious case in a decade in terms of the quantity of explosives discovered and their quality," said the source.
An Nahar adds:
Jordanian authorities have foiled a "terrorist" attack and locked away
Please don't kill me!
an Iraqi man in possession of explosives said to have come from Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a judicial source said on Monday.

"Security services thwarted a terrorist plan at the last minute which was going to be carried out by an Iraqi on behalf of Iran's Quds Force," the source told AFP, without providing further details.

Iran's Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of its Revolutionary Guards, is charged with carrying out missions abroad.

Tehran is a key backer of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
, who has accused Jordan of aiding rebel groups fighting his forces in Syria.

Jordan is hosting a U.S.-run program to train Syrian rebels to fight against the Islamic State group and has said it is training some tribal groups in Syria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Southeast Asia
BIFF guns down off-duty soldier in Maguindanao
[Inquirer] The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters killed an off-duty soldier in Maguindanao on Sunday. Capt. Jo-Anne Petinglay identified the victim as Corporal Saturnino Saragena.

Saragena had gone to the market place unarmed and in civilian clothes when he was attacked by gunmen. This was the sixth attack on Philippine forces in the past month.

With the increasing attacks in Maguindanao, Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan has directed field commanders to initiate preventive measures, like prohibiting soldiers from traveling alone.

BIFF spokesman Abu Misri Mama was quick to admit his group was behind the attack, saying "government forces are our enemies."
Posted by: ryuge || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

#1  unarmed and in civilian clothes
So, a simple mugging and murder.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2015 13:58 Comments || Top||


Militiaman slain, soldier injured in Mindanao firefight
[Sun Star] One militiaman was killed while a soldier was injured in a gun battle preceded by an ambush staged by the New People's Army in Compostela Valley province. The firefight took place a day after another group of NPA rebels detonated two bombs near the hangar of Dole banana plantation in the same province.

Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Bunagan said the clash broke out Sunday morning in the village of Aguinaldo, Laak. He said the troops were on patrol following the reported presence of NPA militants when they were ambushed, causing the soldiers to return fire.

Bunagan said the NPA militants withdrew after a 30-minute clash. Eyewitnesses reported that some of them were injured.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Gunman shoots two local leaders in Narathiwat
[Bangkok Post] Two assistant village leaders were seriously hurt by a motorcycle gunman in Narathiwat province late Sunday night.

The chief investigator at Rangae district police station said the attack occurred on a road near the mosque of Lubo Batu village. Two security affairs assistants to the chief of Lubo Batu, were heading home on a motorcycle when they were followed by two men on another motorcycle. Near the mosque, the pillion rider shot at them twice. Both victims were hit in the left arm and leg.

Police are still investigating, but believe insurgents were responsible.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Prominent ISIL Commanders Killed in Iraq Airstrikes
[ALMANAR.LB] Prominent commanders in the ranks of the Takfir group, ISIL (so-called 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....
in Iraq and Levant) were killed in nine wide-scale operations in Iraq.

Top Iraqi officer, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir al-Zaidi, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network that the Iraqi and the US-led coalition aircraft carried out several Arclight airstrikes on ISIL's strongholds in the northwestern province of Salahudin.

The operations were carried during the last two weeks and were based on accurate intelligence information which contributed to "major achievements," al-Zaidi said according to al-Sumaria.

Two High-ranking commanders were among the ISIL Death Eaters killed in the raids the Iraqi officer said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Female Fighters of Kurdistan
Videos and Parts 2 and 3 at the link
[Vice] From Boudica of the British Celts to Corporal Klinger, few things unsettle the male mind like a lady in arms. The Kurds of Northern Iraq have long recognized this principle and incorporated it into their quest to build a Kurdish homeland in the overlap between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. Fighting alongside their male comrades in a region not exactly known for its progressive stance on women's rights, the female Peshmerga guerillas of the Kurdish Liberation Movement built a reputation for themselves in the 70s and 80s as demure diaboliques with the deadly poise of Leila Khaled or Tania-era Patty Hearst.

Having secured the northern third of Iraq for themselves in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the Kurds have spent the last two decades divesting themselves of their guerilla jamjams, building up a stable and booming economy in their semi-autonomous little hamlet, and generally enjoying not being in the middle of the current Iraq War. Up in the hills abutting Iran and Turkey, however, the struggle for a Greater Kurdistan continues for boy and girl alike.

The successors to Iraqi Kurdistan's old rebel militias are a milk-besodden Alphabits bowl of various Maoist, quasi-Maoist, and won't-say-they're-Maoist-but-come-on guerilla armies. You've got the PKK, the PJAK, the KCK—all of whom have slightly different tactics, territories, and ideologies but the same ultimate goal and, secretly, a lot of the same personnel. More importantly, they are all completely gender-equal, just like Mao wanted it. From the highest command to the lowest potato peeler to the ghillie-suited sniper on the front lines, dudes and dames do it the same.

We picked the youngest of these new Kurdish guerilla groups, PJAK, the Free Life for Kurdistan party, and drove up to their outpost on the Iranian border to see how their female fighters are helping their people draft a definitive answer to the Kurdish Question that's vexed Middle-Eastern politics for the last century. And hopefully find an answer to our own Kurdish Question. Which is, What the fuck is the Kurdish Question?
Posted by: badanov || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From the highest command to the lowest potato peeler to the ghillie-suited sniper on the front lines, dudes and dames do it the same.

When you're on the defense. Throw a hundred pound stuffed ruck, plus extra ammo for the platoon MG and mortar, and your own plasma bag, and then do at least twenty miles a day for five days on the offense across 'unimproved' trails.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/07/2015 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Considering the cultural references, methinks the 'journalist' is about 30+ years behind, and more a SJW than a military expert.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/07/2015 12:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Thomas Morton is a hostage waiting to happen.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2015 13:52 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
US, allies target Islamic State with 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
[YNETNEWS] US-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations said on Monday.

In Iraq, air strikes using attack, fighter, bomber and drone aircraft were conducted near Bayji, Falluja, Haditha, Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
Makhmur, Ramadi and Sinjar, the statement said.

In Syria, air strikes that were carried out using bomber, drone and fighter aircraft were conducted near Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah and Kobani, the statement said.

The statement said the US-led forces also conducted one air strike near the Syrian city of Aleppo "against a network of veteran" al Qaeda operatives it called the "Khorasan Group."
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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