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Home Front: Politix: Dem Convention Nutter: Oy vey, you Bernie or Bust people are rediculous
Posted by Besoeker 07/26/2016  08:06 0 Comments 190 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[CNBC] PHILADELPHIA -- Comedian Sarah Silverman had a harsh message Monday for Bernie Sanders supporters who have made an ultimatum: "You're being ridiculous."

Silverman, who backed the senator from Vermont in the Democratic primary, took the Democratic National Convention stage with Sen. Al Franken, a fellow comedian and Hillary Clinton supporter. Silverman said she would "vote for Hillary with gusto, as (she continues) to be inspired by the ideals set forth by Bernie."

Some delegates on the Wells Fargo Center floor broke out in a chant of "Bernie!" Over the gathering chant, Silverman chided back: "To the 'Bernie or Bust' people, you're being ridiculous."

Sanders mounted a strong Democratic primary challenge to Clinton, railing against what he called entrenched politicians and financial industry elites. Some Sanders supporters have pledged not to vote for presumptive nominee Clinton, who some feel embodies the systemic problems Sanders highlighted.

Sanders has endorsed Clinton and urged his supporters to support her and defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Still, many pro-Sanders delegates on the floor Monday booed speakers and broke out in chants of "Bernie!"

Thousands of protesters have also rallied against Clinton's nomination here.

Europe: Hostage Killed in French Church
Posted by Bobby 07/26/2016  06:46 3 Comments 71 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Two assailants who had taken five people hostage in the church at Saint-Etienne-du -Rouvray near Rouen were killed in a police operation to end the assault.
When the bad guys came out of the church.

Interior Ministry spokesman Brandet confirmed one of the hostages had been killed and said another was critical.
Radio said the deceased priest had his neck cut.
#1: Guess which one of the deceased went straight to heaven.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:11 ||Comments

#2: "The identity or motives were not known."

For crying-out-loud, here we go again. They beheaded a priest during mass and were chanting "Islamoic State." Are these urinalists complete morons.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-07-26 07:45 ||Comments

#3: No JQC, they are complete cowards, all the way to the top, be it Hollande, Obama, Merkel, et al.

The West has devolved to a bunch of scum suckers whose only activity is kissing each others ass and stealing/extorting/begging money from the oligarchs and peons.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2016-07-26 07:59 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rejects claims Russians hacked DNC
Posted by Besoeker 07/26/2016  03:26 2 Comments 3227 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Wash Times] Wikileaks founder Julian Assange denounced the Democratic Party’s claims that its emails were published as part of a Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin plot to make their party look bad, calling them both groundless and an attempt to create a distraction.

In an interview with NBC News, Mr. Assange said that while "we have not disclosed our source," he rebuffed claims of Russian involvement.

"Well there is no proof of that whatsoever," he said, going on to note the strong Democratic incentive to make "the story" something other than what’s in the emails.

"This is a diversion that’s being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign. That’s a meta-story. The real story is what these emails contain and they show collusion" by top party leaders to rig the presidential-primary process in favor of Mrs. Clinton, he said.
#1: Some interesting comments at the link. Didn't the Russians promise to release some dirt on the Beest a few weeks ago? Ya think maybe they have more? Or worse stuff?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:33 ||Comments

#2: It's an insider. It always is.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2016-07-26 07:53 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Racist DNC Email Flagrantly Makes Fun Of Black Woman's name
Posted by Besoeker 07/26/2016  02:59 3 Comments 151 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Daily Caller] Democratic operatives made fun of a black woman's name in an email chain recently leaked by the website Wikileaks.

An email with Scott Comer, the finance chief of staff and LGBT finance director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Zachary Allen with the firm TIPAH Consulting, makes fun of LaQueenia Gibson's name. Gibson is an executive assistant for the company Haddad Brands.

"LaQueenia is a NAME!" Allen wrote to Comer in May, 2016. "I'm sorry, boo. I hope you got a raise with this title."

Allen is a Democratic campaign consultant who has been paid thousands of dollars by the DNC. A Federal Election Commission (FEC) report for 2015 shows Allen was paid $10,500 for "Fundraising Consulting" in September, 2015. The email was reported earlier on Fox News host Sean Hannity's website.

#1: Apparently, this Wikileaks thing was always a Trump operation. Maybe it was initiated as a black op by Boooosh.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:13 ||Comments

#2: Scott, Comer..... sounds a bit Russian.

[with tongue in cheek]
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-07-26 07:39 ||Comments

#3: Hey bych boys, you don't like my name LaQueenia. Come see me and I'll teach you some manners and fix your smart mouths for you. LaQueena.
Posted by: LaQueena|| 2016-07-26 08:06 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Facebook Admits to Censoring WikiLeaks DNC Links, Doesn't Say Why
Posted by Besoeker 07/26/2016  02:46 1 Comments 1532 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[PJ] Despite famously swearing that they took a long, hard look at themselves and found no hint of bias, Zuckerberg and Co. still have a hard time hiding their agenda:
The 'Why' is quite obvious.
To be fair, Facebook wasn't the only major social media platform that seemed to be trying to provide cover for the Democrats yesterday.

Facebook has at least quickly, albeit rather cryptically, owned up to it.

Its chief security officer, Alex Stamos, tweeted that whatever was blocking WikiLeaks had been "fixed." That was it. The Next Web's Nate Swanner remains unsatisfied:

But we don’t know why Facebook took issue with the links. It’s possible its algorithm incorrectly identified them as malicious, but it’s another negative mark on the company’s record nonetheless. WikiLeaks is a known entity, not some torrent dumping ground.
Obviously they were 'Making Our World More Open.'
Previously, Facebook was discovered to have removed a Live video of Philando Castille dying, and posts of the Bastille Day aftermath were scrubbed from the newswire. Its news bar has also come under fire for being biased.

Facebook can call the issues disparate, but they’re not -- not to users. At some point, the ignorance and blind claims of ’damn that algorithm’ have to end. If Facebook wants us to turn to it for news and treat it seriously, then it has to be much more open.

The WikiLeaks link issue has reportedly been fixed, which is great -- but also not really the point. The fact links to the archive was blocked at all suggests there’s a very tight reign on what’s allowed on Facebook across the board, and that’s a problem.
'Tight reign on what's allowed' is it ?
#1: Facebook is PC? Who would have guessed that?
A bunch of Sheep passing each other Hallmark cards?
Like. like Like. Like. Licks Lick lick Lick.
Posted by: Winky Bonaparte9125|| 2016-07-26 07:53 ||Comments

Europe: Four terror attacks in one week in Germany
Posted by SAT2014 07/26/2016  02:38 0 Comments 202 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[SAT] Germany has been shaken by four attacks in a week, three of them by asylum seekers while two of them claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. Heightened social insecurity prompts criticism again over the German government’s open-door refugee policies.

Calls for tougher control over refugees renewed after the Sunday explosion in Ansbach in the southern German state of Bavaria, killed the 27-year-old Syrian perpetrator himself and wounded 15 people.

The blast that took place at the entrance of an outdoor music festival was claimed by the IS again, following a July 18 axe attack by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee on a train near the southern city of Wurzburg, in which five people were injured and the attacker was shot dead by police.

Also on Sunday, hours before the Ansbach blast, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a 45-year-old Polish woman with a machete in what the police said was a crime of passion in the southwestern city of Reutlingen.

A deadly shooting spree late Friday in Munich, with no link found with terrorism, killed nine innocents. The attacker, a German-born 18-year-old son of Iranian immigrants, shot himself dead.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: IOC totally rigged, throws runner Yuliya Stepanova under bus
Posted by Besoeker 07/26/2016  02:27 0 Comments 2716 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Guardian] Yuliya Stepanova, the whistleblower pivotal to the discovery of deep-rooted state-sponsored doping in Russia, has hit out angrily at the International Olympic Committee in the wake of its decision to ban her from competing in Rio.

It comes after the IOC provoked outrage from anti-doping organisations and athletes on Sunday when it decided against a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite an independent report that uncovered a state-run conspiracy across the majority of Olympic sports over five years.

Stepanova, an 800m runner, and her husband Vitaly, a former anti-doping official in Russia, have been widely praised for their bravery in speaking out. They originally approached the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2010 but were told it had no investigative powers. Eventually they took their story to investigative journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose explosive 2014 documentary set in motion the chain of events that led to Richard McLaren’s report into Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme.

Stepanova, who has fled Russia and is living in hiding in north America, had been cleared to enter the Olympics as a neutral athlete by the International Association of Athletics Federations but on Sunday the IOC ruled that any Russian athlete with a doping past, including Stepanova, would not be allowed to compete in Rio. It instead invited Stepanova and her husband to attend the Games as spectators, an offer they declined.

Europe: Brexit - worth a read from the indispensible Dalrymple
Posted by Bov Flimbers 07/26/2016  01:57 3 Comments 161 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Liberty Law] No result of an election or referendum in Britain during my lifetime has produced such an excess of rhetoric among those on the losing side as that concerning Brexit. One survey found that nearly half of young people who voted for Britain to remain in Europe either cried or felt close to crying afterwards. This survey suggests either their depth of feeling or their emotional incontinence. I think the latter is probably the more accurate interpretation.

Certainly, many young people selectively interviewed by the media said that they felt that their future had been stolen from them by those who voted for Brexit. (The fact that the youth unemployment rate in Belgium and France was 25 percent, in Portugal 30 percent, in Italy 39 percent, in Spain 45 percent and Greece 49 percent did not seem to worry them. They were not of the youth-unemployment class.) And it was the old, who predominantly voted to leave, who had snatched their glorious future from them.
#1: Who Understands the European Project?

Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-07-26 05:53 ||Comments

#2: There is no doubt that the campaign to leave the European Union appealed to xenophobes, and indeed that there have been xenophobic incidents since the referendum; but it is an elementary error of logic to argue that if xenophobes voted for leaving, then those who voted for leaving were xenophobes. The fact that so many commentators and supporters of Britain remaining in the European Union did make precisely this error suggests that education and the ability to think are not necessarily identical.

That'd leave a mark, if the intellectuals were patient enough to read the whole paragraph.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:24 ||Comments

#3: Read about it here
EUSSR: The Soviet roots of European Integration - Vladimir Bukovsky
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2016-07-26 07:49 ||Comments

Europe: 'IS Member' Arrested at Sarajevo Airport
Posted by trailing wife 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 387 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A suspected member 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....
group has been jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
at Sarajevo airport, media and police said on Monday.

The 19-year-old Bosnian, arrested Saturday after arriving on a flight from Istanbul, was sought by Bosnian authorities for "terrorism" and "organizing a terrorist group", border police said in a statement without elaborating.

Local media identified the man as Almir Dzimic and said he had joined IS in Syria in 2014. He had previously lived in a village near the northern Bosnian town of Maglaj, known as a stronghold of radical Islam, reports said.

About 40 percent of the Balkan country's 3.8 million people are Moslem. The rest are mainly Catholic or Orthodox Christian.

While the vast majority of Bosnian Moslems are moderates, radical Islam arrived during the country's inter-ethnic war in the 1990s via imported muscle who flocked from North Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

According to a study published last month, the flow of Bosnian jihadists to Syria and Iraq has almost stopped -- although nearly 200 of them are still there, including 60 minors.

Since 2012, 330 Bosnians have gone to the region to join jihad. Of the 188 men among them, at least 50 have been killed and 47 have returned to Bosnia, said the report by the Sarajevo-based think-tank Atlantic Initiative.

Europe: Kosovo seeks to expel Iranian suspected of backing terrorism
Posted by trailing wife 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 280 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Authorities suspend 5 Moslem organizations and ask to expel head of Shi’ite group for money-laundering and terror funding

Kosovo prosecutors have asked a court to expel an Iranian man from the country on charges related to money laundering and terrorism funding.

A statement from the special prosecutor’s office in Pristina says the Iranian was the head of a local Shiite group called Kur’ani.

The statement identified him only as H.A.B. and said he had not shown the sources and destination of hundreds of thousands of euros spent between 2005 and 2015. It said withdrawals from the bank account are much larger than the income from donations and that the Iranian has lied about the origin of donations.

Due to the investigation, authorities have suspended five Moslem organizations operating in the country. The statement didn’t give any more details about why they had been suspended.
An Nahar adds:
Kosovan authorities said Monday they had charged an Iranian man with "financing terrorism and money laundering" via an aid group he runs, alleging he received some 900,000 euros ($990,000) in undeclared cash between 2014 and 2015.

Officials did not name the man but local media identified him as Hasan Azari Bejandi, who runs the Qur'an NGO and oversees the activities of four other religious organizations suspected of having links to Tehran.

Kosovo newspaper Express reported the NGOs had been spreading anti-Western and anti-Semitic sentiment.

Caribbean-Latin America: Police Arrest Last Suspect from Brazil Olympics Attack Group
Posted by trailing wife 07/26/2016  00:00 2 Comments 454 words Read the whole thing on page 1
I know we all are relieved that the amateurs have been cleared from the field.
[AnNahar] Brazilian police Sunday tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
the last remaining member of what authorities have called an "amateur" IS-linked group preparing attacks ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The other 11 members were arrested Thursday through Friday and have been transferred to a maximum security prison near the border with Paraguay, officials said.

The group is alleged to have attempted to form an hard boy cell called Defenders of Sharia, of which several members had sworn loyalty 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....
group. They were allegedly preparing attacks and had attempted to make contact online with an arms dealer in Paraguay to buy an AK-47 assault rifle.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes, however, has said the members were "absolutely amateur" and "disorganized." He also said they had no specific targets.

The final member, who will be sent to federal prison, was located by military police in Comodoro, a city in the western state of Mato Grosso, officials said in a statement.

Members of the group lived in various locations across Brazil and their contact had been limited mostly to exchanging messages on the WhatsApp and Telegram mobile services.

The detainees are accused of giving themselves Arabic names and praising the recent massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida by a man who pledged loyalty to the IS group.

Last week, Brazil said it was bolstering security for the August 5-21 Olympics following the truck attack in the French city of Nice, which killed 84 people and left scores badly maimed. The attack has been claimed by IS.

Brazil's Olympics security plan calls for the mobilization of some 85,000 members of the security forces.
#1: Make him swim in the sewage infested harbor.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-07-26 00:17 ||Comments

#2: 11 members.....one AK, we're they going to take turns shooting it?
Posted by: bbrewer|| 2016-07-26 01:21 ||Comments

Good morning
Posted by Fred 07/26/2016  00:00 3 Comments 9 words Read the whole thing on page 1
#1: For Democrat ghosts in the attic,
Transparency's so problematic:
When scissors are gleaming
And sunbeams are screaming...
The process is always traumatic.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2016-07-26 02:04 ||Comments

#2: The lazy all gaze in amazement
As sunrays blaze into their basement:
The mushrooms, the dungeon,
The dung that they're munchin',
The hazy malaise so complaisant!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2016-07-26 02:28 ||Comments

#3: LOL he said mushrooms.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-07-26 07:13 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Haqqani network commander dies
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 226 words Read the whole thing on page 1
A commander of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network was killed during a clash in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the commander was identified as Kernel and was involved in insurgency activities for the Haqqani terrorist network.

Provincial police chief Faizulllah Ghairat confirmed that Kernel was killed during a clash with the Afghan forces in Sapera district.

He said Kernel was originally a resident of Khost province and was involved in major destructive activities as he was fighting for the Haqqani network.

Ghairat further added that two companions of Kernel were wounded and another was arrested by the Afghan forces.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Haqqani terrorist network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The US Department of State designated the HQN as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012.
Yes, you read it correctly. The date was 7 Sept 2012. A most reluctant designation, I can assure you.

Arabia: Yemen Forces Fire Tochka on Saudi Camp in Jizan
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 2 Comments 154 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The rocketry power in the Yemeni army and the popular committees fired a ballistic missile on a Saudi military camp in Jizan.

Military sources said that the attack was part of retaliation by the Yemeni allied forces against violations carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.

"Early on Monday the rocketry power in the army and the popular committees fired a Tochka rocket in a Saudi military camp in Jizan."Tochka

The camp was totally destroyed, with dozens of Saudi-led forces were killed or injured, the sources said, noting that the camp included operations room as well as Apatche airport.

Few days earlier, the allied forces also fired missiles on Saudi camps in the in Najran and Jizan in the border area between Yemen and Saudi. Three ballistic missiles (local-made Zilzal) and Uragan rockets were in response to the continuous violations by the Saudi-led coalition.
#1: Scarab A, B, and C:
The initial Scarab A entered service with the Soviet Army in 1975. It carries one of three types of warhead: 482 kg (1,063 lb) of conventional HE fragmentation (lethal radius more than 200 m (660 ft) nuclear. The minimal range is about 15 km (9.3 mi), maximum range is 70 km (43 mi); its circular error probable (CEP) is estimated to be about 150 m (490 ft).

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-07-26 05:48 ||Comments

#2: Uragan rockets
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:37 ||Comments

Iraq: The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 101 words Read the whole thing on page 1

ISIS executes 23 in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – Iraqi army officer said on Monday that ISIS beheaded 23 Iraqi youths, charging them of collaborating with Iraqi forces.

Brigadier-General Abdul-Karim Sabawi said, “ISIS arrested 23 young men from Nimrod and al-Salamiya and beheaded them. The deceased were accused of collaboration with the security forces and providing them with important information about the outfit’s movement in Nimrod.”

“This heinous crime comes after preparations to liberate Mosul from ISIS control is almost completed,” Sabawi added.

Iraq: ISIS artillery pounds Juhalh, Erbil
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 86 words Read the whole thing on page 1
(IraqiNews.com) ERBIL – Media official of the Peshmerga forces informed on Monday about the casualties caused received by over 30 civilians when ISIS members fired indiscriminately on them at Juhalh village, situated towards south of Qayyarah.

Media official in Makhmour, Ahmed Anwar al-Jaf, in press statements, said, “The ISIS bombed civilians at Juhalh village, south of Qayyarah, with mortars indiscriminately. The firing resulted over 30 casualties.”

“Most of the victims were women and children and Iraqi forces regained control of the village about ten days back,” Anwar added.

Iraq: Ninevah Nightmares
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 101 words Read the whole thing on page 1
28 ISIS Turban turned into a fine, red mist in Arkaba

(IraqiNews.com) NINEVEH – Nineveh Operations Command announced on Monday informed that 28 ISIS members were killed and 13 vehicles destroyed in an airstrike south of Mosul.

Nineveh Operations commander, Major General Najim al-Jubouri, in a press statement, said, “Warplanes of the international coalition, this morning, launched a raid at a gathering of ISIS members in Arkaba village south of Qayyarah city, killing 28 militants and destroying 13 vehicles.”

“The bombing was based on accurate intelligence about gathering of gunmen at south of Qayyarah,” Al-Jubouri added.

Iraq: Anbar Antics: 14 die
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 200 words Read the whole thing on page 1
14 ISIS Bad Guys die in firefight in Khalidiya Island

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar Operations Command informed that 14 ISIS members were killed in the liberation battles of Khalidiya Island in eastern Ramadi.

According to information shared by the source, it was stated, “Today the security forces launched an extensive military operation and targeted ISIS strongholds and headquarters in Khalidiya Island and subsequently killed 14 ISIS fighters.”

The source added, “The security forces also destroyed four vehicles and a mortar detachment at Kartan area in Khalidiya Island.”

ISIS prepares attack on Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Al-Hashd al-Shaabi Command in Anbar Province announced that ISIS has begun mobilizing its members to attack Haditha district from three directions in west of Ramadi.

Intelligence Director of al-Somoud Brigade, Captain Najim al-Jaghifi informed, “Intelligence information revealed that ISIS is mobilizing its members to attack Haditha district from three directions. The targeted areas are al-Sakra, al-Zawya and al-Makhazen to the west of the district.”

Jaghifi added, “The security forces have begun to reinforce their troops to foil any attempt by ISIS to advance into the district.”

Iraq: Baghdad bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 5 die
Posted by badanov 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 298 words Read the whole thing on page 1

2 die in bomb attack in southern Baghdad province

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed that an IED blast southwest of Baghdad on Monday morning killed two persons and injured six others. .

“Security forces rushed to the area and carried the injured to a nearby hospital and the dead bodies were sent to the forensic department,” the source, seeking anonymity, added.

1 dead in bomb attack in Dawra

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed on Monday that one army man was killed and four others were injured in a bomb blast that was targeted on a army patrol in southern Baghdad.

The source informed, “An IED exploded at today afternoon, which was targeted at an army patrol while it was passing through Arab Jabbour village in Dawra, southern Baghdad. One army man was killed and four others were injured.”

Adding further the source said, “Security forces transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the dead body to the forensic department and later cordoned off the area.”

2 die in bomb attack in al-Amin

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed about nine casualties after an IED explosion ripped through eastern Baghdad on Monday.

Informing about the blast the source said, “Today an improvised explosive device exploded near a popular market at al-Amin area in eastern Baghdad, killing two persons and wounding seven others.”

The source added, “Security forces rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the dead bodies to the forensic department.”

Science & Technology: NATO Not Ready As Russian Sub Threat Rises: CSIS
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 27 words Read the whole thing on page 3
"Two things have happened," naval historian Norman Polmar told me. "One, their submarines are quieter, and, two, we have dismantled a large portion of our ASW capabilities."

Government: FBI confirms investigating Hack into DNC computer network
Posted by Pappy 07/26/2016  00:00 2 Comments 324 words Read the whole thing on page 3
On Monday, the FBI confirmed it was investigating a hack into the DNC, the first acknowledgment from the agency that they are probing the incident, which US officials suspect came from a Russian cyber attack.

"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the agency said in a statement. "A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday about that "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," which could provide some of the motive behind the hacks.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., denied that his father's campaign had anything to do with encouraging Russians to hack the DNC.

James Trainor, assistant director for FBI's cyber division, told CNN in a recent interview that the bureau has been working with political organizations and think tanks to put more resources into the security of their computer networks. He wouldn't discuss the DNC or the role of Russia, but spoke generally about the increased number of such intrusions.

"There's been aggressive targeting of that sector, the various campaigns, think tanks in the Washington, DC area," Trainor said.
The "targeting of any candidate or any party (that) has political intelligence," Trainor said. "There's value in information there
if you're a nation state actor, so (it) shouldn't be surprising."

The FBI and other US agencies involved haven't yet officially attributed the DNC attack to Russian government hackers. But evidence gathered by the FBI so far points to groups that are known to US counter-intelligence for carrying out intrusions for the Russian government, the officials briefed on the probe say. The release of the emails over the weekend, however, raised new questions among government and private sector security officials.
#1: They couldn't crack a simple email server, tax records or a cell phone. What success will they have here?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-07-26 00:42 ||Comments

#2: Like they're going to press charges in any event...
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-07-26 00:50 ||Comments

Africa North: Libyan Forces Advance in Islamic State-Held City
Posted by Fred 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 465 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[WSJ] Forces for the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
-backed Libyan government said Monday they had seized the security headquarters in Sirte, a crucial step toward retaking control of the coastal city that 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....
has held for 16 months.

Sirte is the Death Eater group’s most important base outside its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and its fighters have put up stiff resistance since the initial drive by government-allied forces into the city in late May.

But Libyan commanders said Monday they had shrunk Islamic State’s area of control around Sirte, the birthplace of late dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
, from 150 miles of coastline to just two square miles in the city center. U.S. and Libyan intelligence officials earlier this year estimated some 5,000 murderous Moslems were inside Sirte, though they say the number has dwindled.

"We’re slowly tightening our grip on them," a senior Libyan officer said.

The security headquarters in Sirte is a complex in a part of the city that the forces backing the government have been trying to enter for weeks.

Islamic State leaders have promoted Sirte as a destination for foreign recruits, urging migration to the city to bolster its presence there.

As recently as May, U.S. military commanders considered an air campaign against Islamic State targets in Libya. They were concerned the group was preparing to stage attacks from the North African country to counter the increasing military pressure on cities it controls in Iraq and Syria.

Southeast Asia: Puchong nightclub bomb attack suspects all from Kedah
Posted by Fred 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 364 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[THESTAR.MY] All the 15 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....
-linked snuffies enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
over the kaboom at the Movida Nightclub in Puchong, including the two coppers, were from Kedah.

In fact, 30 arrested snuffies were from the northern state, which was also the base for former PAS leader and Internal Security Act detainee Mohd Lotfi Ariffin who died while fighting in Syria on Sept 14, 2014.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said they were aware of the fact but insisted the state was not a factor.

"Unlike Jemaah Islamiyah, the IS spread their teachings through social media.

"They rely less on usra (talks) and more on technology to communicate and indoctrinate their followers," he told The Star yesterday.

While the JI elements were mainly operating from Johor, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Sabah, SAC Ayob revealed that IS recruitment was much more widespread.

Since 2013, Perak has the most number of arrested snuffies at 33.

Europe: Bavarian bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State: minister
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[REUTERS] The Syrian who went kaboom! in southern Germany, wounding 15 people, had pledged 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....
on a video found on his mobile phone, the Bavarian Interior Minister said on Monday.

On searching the bomber's room, Nuremberg police found diesel, hydrochloric acid, alcohol, batteries, paint thinner and pebbles - the same materials used in the bomb - and computer images and film clips linked to the krazed killer group, they said.

"A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to (Islamic State leader) His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
... an act of Dire Revenge against the Germans because they're getting in the way of Islam," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told a news conference.

"I think that after this video there's no doubt that the attack was a terrorist attack with an Islamist background."

Islamic State grabbed credit for the bombing, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports Islamic State.

Nuremberg police chief Roman Fertinger said the influence of Islamic State could be seen on the bomber's computer.

"There was also a laptop that showed pictures and film sequences that glorify violence and are unequivocally linked to Islamic State," he told a news conference.

The attack on Sunday, outside a music festival in Ansbach, a town of 40,000 people southwest of Nuremberg that has a U.S. Army base, was the fourth act of violence by men of Middle Eastern or Asian origin against German civilians in a week.

The 27-year-old arrived in Germany two years ago and claimed asylum, a federal interior ministry front man said. He had been in trouble with police repeatedly for drug-taking and other offences and had faced deportation to Bulgaria.
Al Ahram has more on this gentleman, who finally succeeded on his third suicide attempt, mentions the two month psychiatric hospitalization of the Iranian-German McDonald's kller, and the Reutlingen refugee's crime of passion.

India-Pakistan: Lashkar-e-Islam supremo Mangal Bagh reported dead in U.S. strike
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[ARMENPRESS.AM] Pakistain’s Taliban leader Mangal Bagh
...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency...
has been killed on July 24. This has been confirmed by the U.S. Pak President’s Security Advisor Hanaif Atmar confirmed the news, according to RIA Novosti.

"One of the leaders has been killed. He is Mangal Bagh, who was Pakistain’s Talibans’ leader. He has been killed by UAV strikes. The U.S has confirmed this", Atmar said.
I'm confused: Is he the Lashkar-e-Islam Number One, the Tehrik-i-Taliban/Pakistan Number One, or both?

Terror Networks: Nusra Front split from al-Qaeda 'imminent,' sources claim
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[MIDDLEEASTEYE.NET] The Nusra Front will imminently announce an official split from al-Qaeda, several sources confirmed on Monday.

Opposition activists in southern Syria have told Middle East Eye that they expect the news to be announced very soon, with Arabic media reports suggesting that the group's leader Abu Mohammad al-Jolani will now make a very rare appearance to signal his independence from the murderous Moslem group.

Sources within Nusra, one of the most effective anti-government factions in Syria’s civil war, said that the new group would change its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. They also stressed the group would lose access to al-Qaeda funds, although analysts have disputed the claims.

Mohammed Okda, an expert on Syrian issues who has been involved in negotiating with Syrian groups, told MEE that the money would keep flowing because the bulk of the group's funding came from private Gulf donors who would not abandon the Syrian cause as Nusra was unlikely to renounce its ideological heritage.

"Nusra is doing this to force the other rebel groups like Ahrar [al-Sham] and others into a corner, and push them into joining the new Shami front that Nusra will announce," Okda told MEE.
Clearly I lack the subtlety of the Levantine. How does breaking away from Al Qaeda force the other groups to join up?
"They might be severing relations with al-Qaeda as an organization," he said, adding that he knows both foreign and Arab al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front fighters.

"[But] they are not breaking up with the ideology of al-Qaeda. [They are] firm believer[s] of al-Qaeda ideology, and a firm believer of attacking the West. They have huge respect for [former leader Osama] Bin Laden. So the separation is not ideological, it's organizational."

Rumours of a split have been circulating since Saturday when Charles Lister, a Syrian analyst, tweeted that Nusra’s Shura Council had voted to sever its ties with al-Qaeda, although Nusra’s official media channels have yet to comment.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hezbollah popularity deflated 10 years after war
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[Gulf News] On the tenth anniversary of the Leb War of 2006, many are asking how Hezbollah managed to survive, despite loud Israeli promises of bringing down the Iran-backed military group.

Some hoped that Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria would achieve what 2006 failed to do: bleed the "party of God" to death and lead to its eventual demise.

On July 25, 2006, 10 years ago on this day, 140 rockets were fired at northern Israel by the Lebanese military group Hezbollah.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Harvard law professor: criticism of Mosby over Gray trials is 'wholly unfounded'
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[BALTIMORESUN] A threatened ethics probe and sharp criticism from elites who rarely experience the criminal justice system is a naked attempt to bully a chief prosecutorial officer into treating certain accused lawbreakers different from others. Indeed, distilled to its essence, the complaint against Ms. Mosby is that she demonstrates fidelity to the principle that no man is above the law. Her detractors would have it that poor blacks are charged when a grand jury finds probable cause, but not for officers.

It is equally clear that Ms. Mosby's detractors are not making a broader claim about prosecutorial discretion in the criminal justice system. Those speaking loudest and filing specious complaints curiously have been deafeningly silent when it comes to decisions that the same grand jury has made about other Baltimore citizens. The absence of outrage on behalf of everyday citizens exposes the logical consequences of their arguments: Two sets of laws for the people of Baltimore. But we live in a country where equality is the pillar of our democracy. To so blatantly advocate for preferential treatment for one class of citizens offends the very foundation upon which our
#1: 'To so blatantly advocate for preferential treatment for one class of citizens offends the very foundation upon which our democracy rests.'

If this is true, what are we to make of the recommendation of the FBI head with regard to prosecution of Ms. Clinton?

He made clear that the probable cause criterion was definitely met- he stated that she had committed several felonies. Yet he recommended not even having a prosecutor consider the convening of a grand jury.

His sin must therefore be an order of magnitude greater than that advocating that police officers should not be prosecuted when no evidence is to be presented that a crime was committed. (according to the presiding judge)
Posted by: Grins Snese4215|| 2016-07-26 00:32 ||Comments

#2: Yep - he's African American. Fight the power!
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-07-26 00:52 ||Comments

#3: How about filing charges before the investigation was completed (or even started) in an obviously attempt to garner public approval and earn 'street cred'? I suppose that wasn't unethical at all...

Making that press conference where she stated that they were guilty (before even the investigation was completed) and 'justice would be done'.

There wasn't probably cause - she pulled her 'evidence' out of her ass.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2016-07-26 01:17 ||Comments

#4: Mosby had these cops hung out to dry and all but lynched from the get go all to further her career. The city is 65% black, the cops are largely black, the prosecutor is black, the mayor is black, and their Congressman is black. They seem to be O.K. with replacing Constitution rights with a kangaroo justice system.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-07-26 08:00 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Wasserman Schultz faces another political headache -- in her House race
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[FOXNEWS] Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz had been poised to easily win a seventh House term in November ‐ until she crossed paths with Bernie Sanders
...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords...
, resulting in a cascade of criticism and embarrassments that now includes an email expose that could upend her reelection bid.
Debbie Downer and Cynthia McKinney really do deserve each other...
#1: Really, no ethics charges?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-07-26 00:51 ||Comments

#2: Maybe after the next WikiLeaks release.
Posted by: gorb|| 2016-07-26 03:04 ||Comments

#3: Bernie Sanders still supporting her opponent?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-07-26 07:38 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Dem officials jeered, booed at convention opening; DNC apologizes over emails
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[FOXNEWS] A remarkable scene unfolded Monday at the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention as Bernie Sanders
...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords...
supporters and other angry party members booed and jeered officials attempting to open proceedings ‐ leading the presiding officer to scold delegates, "We are all democrats, and we need to act like it."
"So getcher hand in that till and get my nephew a paying job on some committee!"
The opening made clear that the party is far from united, despite the new DNC leadership offering an official apology to Sanders and the party just as the convention was getting underway for what it called "the inexcusable remarks made over email" by brass hats that seemed to show a bias against Sanders.
They got Stephanie Rawlins Blake, the mayor of Baldymore, to open the festivities. She's the one who told the cops to stand down and let the rioters riot during the Freddie Gray drama.
The statement from incoming party leader, Donna Brazile, and six other officials, offered a "deep and sincere apology" and said the emails, leaked by WikiLeaks, "do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."

The written statement also said the party will not tolerate disrespectful language.

But despite outgoing DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigning in the wake of the scandal, apparent Sanders supporters caused a ruckus inside the convention hall, leading some speakers to plead with the crowd to unite behind Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as For a good time at 3 a.m. call Hillary and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Daniel Webster ...
As Rep. Marcia Fudge tried to preside, boos and chants broke out, particularly whenever Clinton’s name was mentioned.
#1: "deep and sincere apology" and said the emails, leaked by WikiLeaks, "do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."

Oh well, then its alright then. No harm done. All's well that ends swell, eh? Carry on. Carry on.

Let them eat cake.
Posted by: Winky Bonaparte9125|| 2016-07-26 07:43 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: At least 15 dead, dozens injured in knife attack outside Tokyo
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[FOXNEWS] At least 15 people were killed, and up to 45 injured when a knife-wielding man went on a rampage early Tuesday at a facility for the disabled in the Japanese city of Sagmihara, broadcaster NHK reported.

Police told NNK World they received a call from an employee of the facility, located west of Tokyo, just after 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police told NHK they incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a man in his 20s when he turned himself in at a cop shoppe shortly after 3 a.m. local time.

Police said the man told them that he was a former employee of the center.

No motive for the attack was immediately known.
The Daily Mail adds:
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect told police: 'I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.'
#1: "When Ninjas go Postal"
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-07-26 00:44 ||Comments

#2: Impossible.

President Obama told us this sort of thing was impossible without guns.

Posted by: no mo uro|| 2016-07-26 05:03 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Congressman who once feared Guam could capsize compares Jewish settlers to 'termites'
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[FOXNEWS] A Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee compared Jewish Israeli settlers to termites on Monday while speaking at an event sponsored by an anti-Israel organization that supports boycotts of the Jewish state.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D- Ga., launched into a tirade against Israel and its policies toward the Paleostinians, comparing Jewish people who live in disputed territories to "termites" that destroy homes. Johnson also compared Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a remark that drew vocal agreement from those in the room
#1: The Party of Tolerance, everyone!
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-07-26 00:27 ||Comments

#2: That good 'ol party of hate and racism!
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2016-07-26 00:45 ||Comments

#3: He's a threat to Geo Wallace Republicans everywhere.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-07-26 02:19 ||Comments

#4: The idea that "tolerance is a two-way street" just doesn't seem to be a part of African-American mental luggage.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-07-26 03:04 ||Comments

Rep.Hank Johnson, D- Ga., launched into a tirade against Israel and its policies toward the Paleostinians, comparing Jewish people who live in disputed territories to "termites"

Maybe he meant Thermians.
Posted by: Chuck|| 2016-07-26 05:57 ||Comments

Iraq: Barzani: We’ve a choice, go backwards with status quo or march forward with independence
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[RUDAW.NET] Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani has expressed his disappointment that a Kurdish delegation was not invited to the anti-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....
summit in Washington last week and he reminded everyone the high price Kurdistan and Kurdish people have paid during the war with ISIS.

"The people of the Kurdistan Region have paid a heavy price in our ongoing war against the gunnies of the Islamic State. The Peshmerga forces with their bravery and sacrifices have drastically weakened the gunnies and have proven once again that they are an essential anti-terror force in the region," said Barzani in a statement published on his official Facebook page on Monday.

"In spite of this very obvious fact, the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs recently created obstacles for a Kurdish representative to be present in the last anti-Islamic State summit in Washington. Unfortunately the hosts of that summit went along with the Iraqi Foreign Minister," he continued.

Barzani said that the Kurdish people are in need of their own illusory sovereignty where they will be able to make their own decisions.

"This type of treatment cannot be accepted and we are indeed in need of our own illusory sovereignty where we are able to determine our fate," he added.

Barzani made it clear for the people of Kurdistan that now is time to make a decision and there is a choice to make, "The first of which is to accept the status quo where others determine our fate while we march backward. The other choice is to make a collective decision and take serious steps towards illusory sovereignty and independence."

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s representative in Washington, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, was able to attend the conference at the last minute but the Region was unable to prepare a formal delegation.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria’s Aleppo
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Air strikes and barrel kabooms killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province on Monday, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, a monitor said.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 civilians had been killed in multiple air strikes on the town of rebel-held Atareb in Aleppo province.

The group said the strikes in the early hours of Monday morning were believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes, and hit several locations including a market area.

Russia is a key ally of the government and began air strikes in support of regime forces in September 2015.

The Observatory - which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information - says it determines what planes carried out raids according to their type, location, flight patterns and the munitions involved.

Footage obtained by AFP of the aftermath of the strikes showed the local civil defense unit trying to put out a fire in the rubble of one collapsed building.

Nearby, people combed through the debris trying to extract medicine from what appeared to be the remains of a pharmacy or clinic.

Elsewhere, crushed fruit and vegetables were mixed in with pieces of brick and concrete.

In Aleppo city meanwhile, at least six non-combatants were killed in barrel kabooms by government forces on eastern rebel-held neighborhoods, the Observatory said.

The monitor said the toll was expected to rise because of the number of people with injuries and still trapped under rubble.

An AFP journalist at the scene of one of the attacks in the Al-Mashhad neighborhood said civil defense workers were struggling to retrieve survivors who were trapped under heavy pieces of debris.

He said rescuers had managed to pull one boy alive from the rubble, but the rest of his family were dead and still trapped beneath the remains of a collapsed building.

Once Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been ravaged by the conflict that began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

The city has been roughly divided between government control in the west and rebel control in the east since mid-2012.

In recent weeks, government forces seized parts of the only remaining supply route into the city's east, severing opposition neighborhoods from the outside world and prompting food shortages and spiraling prices.

The government regularly bombs the east of the city, and rebels often fire rockets into western districts.

The Observatory said at least three civilians had been killed in rebel fire on western Aleppo on Monday.

Syrian state news agency SANA said the dead were a pregnant woman and her child.

More than 280,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began, and more than half the country has been displaced.

Europe: Poland arrests Iraqi man for possession of explosives
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Law enforcement officials in central Poland said Monday that a 48-year-old Iraqi man has been jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on charges of possessing explosives.

The arrest on Sunday in Lodz took place just days before Pope Francis comes to Poland to meet with hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day.

Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak says the gathering will be safe.

Beata Marczak, spokeswoman for prosecutors in Lodz said that "small amounts of explosives, not sufficient to make an kaboom" were found on the man. He could face up to eight years in prison if convicted on charges of illegal possession of explosives.

The man was questioned in English and put under two months’ arrest, but there were "no grounds for allegations of terrorism," Marczak said.

The investigation is supervised by the Internal Security Agency, she said.

Lodz court front man Pawel Urbaniak earlier Monday said that the man’s identity is being investigated as he had "very basic" documents on him.
Fake Syrian passport with a Hungarian entry stamp?
The man has no permanent address in Poland.

Blaszczak says Border Guards have denied entry to some 200 people since July 4, when Poland introduced temporary border controls due to the world youth meeting and the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
summit that was held in Warsaw July 8-9.
Al Ahram adds:
Private news channel Polsat News reported that the explosive traces were found on the man's luggage and clothes at hotels in Lodz and Krakow. It added that the man had been detained at the hotel in Lodz on Sunday and had been in possession of notes on preparing terrorist acts against French supermarkets in Poland. Polsat News described him as a 48-year-old who arrived in Poland a couple of weeks ago after being expelled from Sweden. Earlier he had lived in Switzerland for several years.

Africa North: Egyptian policeman killed in a Sinai attack claimed by ISIS
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egypt's interior ministry said a gunman rubbed out a police officer in north Sinai in an attack claimed on Monday by ISIS.

The gunman shot the police major in El-Arish, the bustling provincial capital of North Sinai, on Sunday night, the ministry said in a statement.

The murderous Moslem group's Egypt affiliate has been waging an insurgency in the peninsula that has killed hundreds of policeman and soldiers.

The group said in a statement circulated on social media that its fighters "assassinated" the major and made off with his car and automatic rifle.

The bandidos holy warriors have kept up the attacks in Sinai, mostly roadside kaboomings and ambushes, despite a massive military campaign to uproot ISIS from the eastern peninsula bordering Israel and the Paleostinian Gazoo Strip.

Most of the group's attacks have targeted security forces, but it has also attacked Egyptian Christians and tourists.

The group grabbed credit for bombing a Russian airliner carrying holiday makers from an Egyptian resort last year, killing all 224 people on board.

Arabia: Dozens dead in 5 days of Yemen fighting
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least 80 pro-government and rebel troops have been killed in fighting since last week in northwest 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...
near the border with 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...
, military sources said on Monday.

The festivities began on Thursday when government forces launched an offensive aimed at retaking the towns of Haradh and Midi in Hajja province on the border.

"At least 48 (Shiite Houthi) rebels and forces loyal to (ex-president) President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
were killed" in the fighting, said one of the sources.

Thirty-four loyalist soldiers were also killed, a pro-government source said.

Most of the soldiers were killed in kabooms of landmines planted by the rebels, he said, adding that dozens were maimed on both sides.

Loyalist forces had succeeded in retaking a border post at the entrance of Haradh and pushing towards the town centre, another military source said.

The offensive aims to advance on rebel-held Sanaa from the west after loyalist forces have so far failed to enter the capital from the east.

It comes as the Yemeni rivals hold UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait that have so far failed to end the conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people since March last year.

Yemeni loyalists are supported by a Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Iran-backed rebels since March 2015.

Europe: German police have 410 leads on possible terrorists among refugees
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Germany’s federal criminal police have 410 leads on possible gunnies among refugees in the country, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

The Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper said that compared with 369 leads in mid-May since the beginning of the migrant crisis last year.

Investigations have been launched in 60 cases, the newspaper said. It cited federal BKA police as saying they did not currently have any concrete indications of attack plans.

"In view of continuing migration to Germany we must assume that there could be active and former members, supporters and sympathizers of terrorist organizations or Islamist-motivated war criminals among the refugees," the newspaper quoted federal police as saying.
#1: Somes better than none I guess.
I think risk modeling with a gradient 'possible' scale applied to all might prove more productive in identifying candidates. Some narrow-minded might consider that profiling of course.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-07-26 00:35 ||Comments

#2: A reminder:

The perpetrator of the Paris police station attack in January had 20 identities as a 'refugee.'

Last year, on multiple occasions, 'refugees' pulled emergency brakes of trains that were supposed to transport them to registration points.

On each occasion hundreds left the trains and vanished having avoided registration.

The German authorities in effect know nothing about these people but cannot admit this for reasons of political face saving.

The 'refugees' are a de facto unknown unknown.

The huge numbers pretty much guarantee that 1000s of terrorists and 10000s of brutal experienced killers who are veterans of the dirty and ugly conflicts of the islamic world have been entering Europe.

Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2016-07-26 03:45 ||Comments

Europe: Policewoman claims interior ministry pressure on Nice attack
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Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 10 people north of Baghdad
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A jacket wallah detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, killing 10 people, officials said.

The blast at the entrance to the town of Khales also maimed 36 people, according to Hassan al-Mamuri, the local official responsible for the area, and Faris al-Azzawi, the front man for the Diyala province health department.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but ISIS carries out frequent suicide kabooms in Iraq.

The blast came a day after a suicide kaboom claimed by ISIS killed at least 15 people in Baghdad's Kadhimiyah neighborhood.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground and are conducting operations to set the stage for the battle to recapture djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the last ISIS-held city in the country.

The Death Eaters have responded to the battlefield setbacks by striking civilians, and experts have warned there may be more such attacks as the Death Eaters continue to lose ground.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Powerful car bomb blast hits Damascus
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A boom-mobile blast hit Damascus on Monday, Syrian state news agency SANA reported, without giving details of casualties.

An AFP journalist heard the powerful kaboom, which SANA said hit the modern, upmarket Kafar Sousse area in the southwest of the war-torn country’s capital.

The official Al-Ikhbariya television channel said at least one person was injured, while the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which also reported the car kaboom, spoke of casualties without giving details.

Since Syria’s civil war erupted numerous attacks have hit Damascus, a stronghold of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
, though they have become less frequent in recent years.

The Grand Turk: Turkey ruling, opposition parties rally after coup bid
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Tens of thousands of supporters of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s ruling and main opposition parties, usually bitter foes, rallied together on Sunday in support of democracy following a failed military coup as President Tayyip Erdogan tightens his grip on the country.

Demonstrators held a cross-party "Republic and Democracy" rally in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square in a spirit of unity following the failed coup, in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured.

In a rare move, pro-government channels broadcast a live speech from the podium by main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

"This is a day to unite, a day to stand up against coups and dictatorial regimes, a day to let the voice of the people be heard," he said at the rally, organized by his secularist opposition CHP but also backed by the ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party and by other opposition groups.

"We are all together in Taksim today. Today is a day we made history all together."

Erdogan will probably try to capitalize on the large size of the crowd of all political persuasions to try and reassert full control over the country, a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
ally and an important partner in the US-led fight 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....
In another demonstration of unity after the coup, which was staged by a faction within the armed forces, the head of Turkey’s air force issued a rare statement stressing "absolute obedience" to the chief of the military General Staff. Some members of the air force were involved in the coup.

The chief of the military General Staff, Hulusi Akar, who was held hostage by the plotters on the night of July 15, condemned the plotters on Sunday as "cowards in uniform" who had greatly harmed the nation and the army.

Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and possible death during the attempted coup, has declared a state of emergency, allowing him to sign laws without prior parliamentary approval in a drive to root out supporters of the coup.

His critics fear he is using the abortive coup to wage an indiscriminate crackdown on dissent. Turkish authorities have suspended, detained or placed under investigation more than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, teachers, civil servants and others in the past week.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday authorities had taken around 13,000 people into custody over the coup attempt, including 8,831 soldiers. He pledged they would have a fair trial.

Rights group Amnesia Amnesty International said it had received credible evidence of detainees being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, since the coup attempt.

"It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these detainees in the places they are being held," said Amnesty’s Europe director John Dalhuisen in a statement.

Turkey Targets Media after Coup as Erdogan Meets Opposition

[AnNahar] Turkish authorities on Monday issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists in a new phase of the controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
was to host opposition party chiefs for an unprecedented meeting.

Five people have been detained so far although 11 of the suspects are believed to already be outside the country, the Dogan news agency said. Police were searching for Ilicak in the holiday resort of Bodrum.

- 'Military academy raided' -
In new raids on Monday, police detained some 40 suspects at the army's military academy on the European side of Istanbul.

...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato...
31 academics, including professors were detained in an operation centred on Istanbul over alleged links to Gulen, Dogan said.

Turkish airlines says terminates contracts of 211 employees after failed coup attempt

[AlAhram] Turkey's state-run Turkish Airlines said on Monday it had fired 211 employees, citing their links to a religious movement President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed for the failed attempt to overthrow the government on July 15.

In a statement, the airline said the employees' contracts were terminated due to operational necessity, inefficiency, poor performance as well as providing support to the movement of U.S.- based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Not to mention mopery and dopery on the spaceways, and kicking the dog every Tuesday.

Arabia: Five Saudi border guards killed in clashes in south
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Five Saudi border guards were killed on Monday in festivities with gangs seeking to enter from Yemen, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
al-Ekhbariya reported, citing the Saudi interior ministry.

A ministry statement added the border guards detected attempts by "hostile" gangs to cross the border on several fronts in the southern region of Najran on Monday morning. Eight hours of festivities ensued.

The statement did not identify the gangs, but Saudi forces and fighters from Yemen’s 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 ...
movement have shot it out across the border frequently during Yemen’s more than 15-month-old war.

Peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen’s government and the Houthis to end the conflict have dragged on for more two months with few concrete results. A truce that began on April 10 has dampened fighting, but skirmishes continue almost daily.

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 its Gulf Arab allies intervened in Yemen’s war in March 2015 on behalf of the internationally backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has killed at least 6,400 people and caused a humanitarian crisis.

In a separate incident, the Saudi-led military coalition said an Apache helicopter crashed in the Yemeni city Marib, east of the capital Sanaa due to bad weather, state news agency SPA reported.

The pilot and co-pilot from the Saudi Royal land forces were killed, SPA added from the statement.

India-Pakistan: Six booked for attacking anti-dengue team
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[DAWN] RAWALPINDI: A day after local leaders of the ruling party and government officials held walks and seminars to observe the anti-dengue day, the police booked the chairman and vice-chairman of UC-7 and four other people on the charge of attacking an anti-dengue team on Sunday.

"The attackers thrashed me and tore my shirt. They deprived me of Rs2,000 and the CNIC and dragged me into Raja Fayyaz’s drawing room where I was detained for more than an hour and later forced into a patch-up," Mohammad Bilal, the sanitary inspector of the health department, Rawal Town, stated in an FIR registered with the Pirwadhai police.

He said he along with Amir Mehmood, Arif Masih, Malik Idris and others was on a routine visit of the Pirwadhai area during the ongoing anti-dengue campaign.

He said during the inspection of a milk shop and a barber shop, the team members observed dengue virus and collected samples from the water tank of the building.

As the team was preserving the water samples and taking photographs, the owners of the two shops along with seven to eight other people gathered there and started quarrelling with the team members.

India-Pakistan: Terror outfits not linked to Islam, says Ashrafi
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[DAWN] LAHORE: Extremist organizations like Lion of Islam Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS) and Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
have no linkages and association with Islam.

Pakistain Ulema Council chairman Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said this while talking to media persons at Allama Iqbal International Airport before his departure to Dubai here on Sunday.

Extremist and terrorist organizations are indiscriminately killing innocent people in Syria and Iraq without any distinction of religion and sect, he told a questioner.

He also categorically said that until and unless burning issues of Paleostine, Kashmire, Syria and Iraq are not resolved, peace could not be restored in the world.

Condemning the recent killings in La Belle France and Germany as sheer barbarism, he said terrorism and extremism should not be associated to any particular religion and piece of land as it had emerged as a global issue.

"No one becomes representative of any particular religion by employing name-code of that religion."

He argued that those who attempted to attack Masjid-e-Nabvi could not be considered as faithfuls. "Terrorists are simply enemies of peace and mankind and peaceful forces of the world should get united against them," he added.

India-Pakistan: Mob lynches ‘robber’ who shot dead man
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Actually, the guy was alive when he shot him, but not after. It's one of those South Asian idioms
[DAWN] KARACHI: An angry mob lynched a suspected robber after he rubbed out a man when he put up resistance to an attempt to rob him in New Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
early on Sunday morning, Bilal Colony police said.

They added that two suspected robbers intercepted a motorcyclist identified as Javed Siddique near Dua Chowk in Sector 5-D, New Karachi, and tried to rob him. As he put up resistance, the robbers opened fire on him, killing him on the spot.

The incident enraged area residents, who caught hold of one of the suspects and subjected him to severe beating.

Police said that they rescued the seriously maimed suspect from the angry crowd and shifted him to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, but he died from the wounds.

Police said the victim, Javed, was on his way to attend a marriage ceremony of a friend in the area when he was bumped off by the robbers. The victim’s maternal uncle took away the body for burial saying the family would lodge an FIR later.

A police official at the Bilal Colony cop shoppe said that so far no case had been registered against the mob for lynching the suspected robber.

#1: Justice, swift and sure.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-07-26 00:45 ||Comments

#2: That escalated quickly
Posted by: bbrewer126|| 2016-07-26 01:24 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: JUI-F leader, son gunned down
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[DAWN] GWADAR: A prominent religious scholar of Makran and leader of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl, Mufti Ehtishamul Haq, was bumped off along with his son in Tump area of Kech district on Sunday evening, security officials said.

Mufti Haq was travelling to his native village Asyiabad along with his son Maulana Shabbir Ahmed when his car came under fire in Kalaho area, Levies officials said.

They suffered multiple injuries and died.

Levies and FC personnel took the bodies to hospital.

"The attackers were riding a cycle of violence," a senior Levies official said.

The cause of the attack could not be ascertained immediately. Levies termed it an incident of assassination'>assassination

No one grabbed credit for the assault.

Mufti Haq, a former chief of JUI-F in Makran, was running a seminary in Asyiabad where hundreds of students are enrolled.

The two will be laid to rest in their native area on Monday.

India-Pakistan: Qandeel's cousin turns himself in for police investigation
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[DAWN] A cousin of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch turned himself in to police on Monday for investigation.

A senior police officer speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
told Dawn.com that Haq Nawaz turned himself in to police at the Kala cop shoppe in Dera Ghazi Khan as authorities suspected his involvement in the murder.

Qandeel's brother, Waseem, in his confession claimed to have acted alone and said he had drugged and strangled his sister. Police were, however, looking to investigate Haq Nawaz and his possible involvement in the murder, the police officer said.

Police also made Waseem take a polygraph and DNA tests at a forensic lab in Lahore on Friday.

Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death in her house in Multan's Karimabad area earlier this month. Her father claimed she was killed by her younger brother, Waseem, for honour.

India-Pakistan: Indo-Pak dialogue not possible in present circumstances, says defence minister
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[DAWN] Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday stated dialogue between India and Pakistain is not possible in the present circumstances due to India’s hostile behaviour towards Kashmire and Pakistain.

"Dialogue between India and Pakistain is not possible in the present circumstances," said the defence minister during the Senate's defence committee session.

He maintained that India’s hostile behaviour towards Kashmire and Pakistain is an obstacle in carrying out smooth process of dialogue between the neighbourly countries.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj PrunefaceAziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
, reacting to Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s statement on Kashmire, had earlier stated that a verdict on the future of Kashmire can only be given by the people of Kashmire.

Swaraj on Saturday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
must understand that "Kashmire can never become a part of Pakistain".

The Indian minister also accused Pakistain of backing holy warriors with the help of UN-designated snuffies and notorious figures such as Hafiz Saeed
...founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its false-mustache offshoot Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The United Nations declared the JuD a terrorist organization in 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader. Hafiz, JuD and LeT are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Pak intel apparatus, so that amounted to squat...
, in order to turn the valley into a living hell.

Southeast Asia: Duterte announces cease-fire with Maoist militants
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[UPI] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared an immediate cease-fire Monday in the government's 48-year battle with Maoist militants. During his first national address, he said, "To the (rebels), let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are going nowhere. And it is getting bloodier by the day."

"Let me make this appeal to you: If we cannot, as yet, love one another, then in God's name, let us not hate each other too much," Duterte said.

The Philippine government is preparing to resume official peace talks on August 20 in Oslo with the Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Party and the armed New People's Army.

Duterte said, "We express our willingness to go to the negotiating table and yet we load our guns, fix our sights, pull the trigger. It is both ironic and tragic -- and it is endless. That is why, I reach out to you, to all of you today. To our Muslim brothers, let us end the centuries of mistrust and warfare."

Duterte's cease-fire doesn't include Abu Sayyaf. He has said he wants the Philippines' armed forces to "crush" the militant group.

Home Front: Politix: Video Montage: DWS Repeatedly Insists She Isn't In The Tank For Hillary
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"Not A Shred Of Evidence To Suggest I Am Helping Hillary Clinton"…
"Not a shred of evidence..." <> "I did not do it."

Southeast Asia: Abu Sayyaf militant nabbed in Zamboanga City
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[GMA News] A member of the Abu Sayyaf allegedly involved in kidnapping tourists in Sipadan, Malaysia in 2000 has been arrested in Zamboanga City. The suspect was identified as Bads Adjam, alias "Pamadol." He is the third member of the Abu Sayyaf to be arrested in the city this year. The suspect was arrested in a private subdivision in Barangay Santa Maria, after a witness positively identified him.

According to sources, Adjam was involved in the kidnappings of ten Malaysians, nine Europeans, and two Filipinos in Sipadan Island in 2000. He was also part of the kidnappings of six Jehovah's Witnesses in Patikol, Sulu in 2002, police said.

Sr. Supt. Billy Tamayo said, "We are still looking for the other wanted suspects in the Sipadan and the Jehovah's Witness case. We are vicious in our effort to arrest them all."

Afghanistan: ISIS loyalists release photos of Kabul attack suicide bombers
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have released photographs which purportedly shows the two jacket wallahs who attacked a mass demonstration 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....
The photographs were released by the sympathizers of the terror group on Twitter social media a day after the attack left at least 80 people dead.

The two suicide bombers have been identified as Najibullah Al-Afghani and Talhat Al-Afghan, according to the caption of the photographs.

The incident in Deh Mazang area took place on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators had gathered in the area to protest against a power project.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) released the casualties toll late on Saturday night hours after the incident took place.

According to MoI, at least 80 people bit the dust and 231 others sustained injuries in the attack.

The Taliban group rejected hand in the deadly attack and said the move was aimed at sparking tensions among the communities in the country.

This is the first time the loyalists of the terror group grabbed credit behind such a deadly attack in the capital city although assumptions are that the terror group is not capable to stage such a major attack in the city.

The claim by ISIS acknowleding responsibility behind the attack comes as the loyalists of the terror group have been attempting to expand foothold in the country but are mainly confined in the remote districts of 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..

In the meantime the Afghan forces as well as the US forces in Afghanistan are regularly targeting the loyalists of the terror group in eastern Nangarhar province to root out their presence from the country.

Afghanistan: Can provide addresses of Taliban leaders in Quetta, says Ghani
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghanistan's Caped President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
has said he can provide the addresses of the Taliban leaders in Quetta city of Pakistain.

During an interview with Geo News, President Ghani said Pakistain provides sanctuaries to bully boyz and trains them, making relations with Pakistain, the bigger challenge for his country.

Afghanistan: Afghanistan likely to ask India for delivery of more gunships
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan defense authorities are likely to seek more delivery of Mi-25 gunship helicopters from India as the Afghan government has stepped up efforts to increase the capabilities of the Afghan Air Force.

According to local media reports in India, the Army chief General Qadam Shah Shahim is expected to visit India next month to meet Indian officials and hand over a revised wish list to the Indian authorities.

The Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Abdali has confirmed to the local The Hindu newspaper regarding Gen. Shahim’s visit to India.

"Obviously, the Army Chief will be here to discuss defence cooperation. India has agreed that it will help with some of the other defence equipment that we have requested. It has also agreed to give us more helicopters, so we are looking into other avenues as well, to help Afghanistan in the defence sector," Abdali said.

According to the paper, India had apprehensions about transferring offensive weaponry and had held off those requests. That changed with the Narendra Modi government’s decision to supply four attack Mi25 helicopters in December last year ahead of Mr. Modi’s visit to 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....

"There is a perception [in Afghanistan] that India may not go that far when it comes to Afghanistan’s quest for certain things including defence," Mr. Abdali said.

"To be frank, at times requests have been delayed for too long, and then ultimately some perception was created that India doesn’t do it [because of] neighbours like Pakistain, and I hope that this perception is addressed by the cooperation between our two governments in various fields, including defence cooperation," he said.

The need for Afghanistan and India to cooperate despite Pakistain’s misgivings about the relationship is a key theme in a book authored by the Afghan Ambassador, Pakistain-Afghanistan-India: a paradigm shift, which was launched in Delhi recently.

This comes as the Afghan national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar is in Russia to discuss the procurement and delivery of Mi-35 gunship and Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan armed forces.

Afghanistan: Afghan army and Taliban suffer heavy casualties amid soaring violence
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Army and Talibs have suffered heavy casualties amid soaring violence across the country.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) released the latest casualties of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces, putting the death to 9 soldiers.

MoD in its operation update further added that 53 murderous Moslems were also killed and 16 others were maimed while 3 more were tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
during the operations.

The statement by MoD further added that the operations were conducted jointly by the Afghan ground forces, artillery units and the Afghan Air Force.

According to MoD, at least 23 murderous Moslems were killed in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz and 6 murderous Moslems fighting for ISIS terrorist group were killed in Achin district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
MoD further added that 5 murderous Moslems were killed in Yahya Khel district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, 3 murderous Moslems were killed Char Asiab and Mosahi districts of 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....
and another bad boy was killed and 2 more were maimed during the operations in Zabul and Kandahar prvinces.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

The Grand Turk: Kurdish militants kill policeman in eastern Turkey
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[Ynet] Kurdish bully boyz attacked a police checkpoint in the eastern Turkish province of Tunceli overnight, killing one police officer and wounding two others, the provincial governor's office said on Sunday.

Fighters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacked the checkpoint with rocket launchers and rifles on the road between Tunceli and Ovacik at around 11:25 pm on Saturday (2025 GMT), the governor's office said in a written statement.

The maimed were flown by helicopter to neighbouring Elazig province for treatment, while an operation was launched to catch the bad boys, it said.

Europe: 300 Migrant protesters nearing Hungary border
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[AlAhram] Some 300 migrants colonists, the largest group in many months to try to march across Serbia into Hungary, were nearing the border on Sunday, the UN refugee agency said.

The group of mostly young men from Afghanistan and Pakistain had set off from Serbia's capital on Friday to protest against the closure of Hungary's border as well as tough new measures introduced this month to tighten border security.

The group reached the town of Subotica near the border on Sunday morning, continuing their march towards the frontier in early afternoon in the hope of gaining entry into the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
Serbia lies on the so-called Balkan route taken by hundreds of thousands of migrants colonists from the Middle East, Asia and Africa since last year on their way to western Europe.

Although the route was effectively shut down in March, migrants colonists have continued to cross the region in smaller numbers, often with the help of smugglers.

The migrants colonists began the 200 kilometre (120 mile) trek north escorted by a police car and carrying blankets and backpacks, many bearing the distinctive blue logo of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Abdul Malik from Afghanistan had said the group was "going to Hungarian border" and was "gonna change something by walking and not eating."

Hungarian media quoted one of the marchers as saying he planned to stage a hunger strike at the border.

The number of migrants colonists blocked inside Serbia has grown significantly since Hungary introduced tough new measures this month to stop them crossing the border.

According to UNHCR in Serbia, up to 2,800 migrants colonists were in the country on Friday, mostly in makeshift along the Hungarian border.

Last weekend Belgrade decided to launch joint police and army patrols to beef up its borders.

Serbian authorities said recently that 102,000 migrants colonists had been registered since the start of the year -- more than 500 a day.

Africa North: 18 detained over sectarian violence in Beni Suef
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No massacre yet...
[AlAhram] Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention of 18 people in connection with sectarian violence that took place Friday in a village in Beni Suef, the latest in a series of such attacks in recent weeks.

The incident was sparked by a group of Moslem youngsters who hurled stones at a Christian-owned building in Al-Kharsa village after reports its owner would turn it into a church without a license. Security forces intervened to ease the situation and security cordons were put up around houses in the village.

Prosecutors Sunday ordered 18 people detained for four days over the violence, a judicial source said.

They face charges of "disrupting public peace and assaulting personal freedoms" and "damaging the house and a car of a Coptic villager."

A local housing committee ordered a halt to development work of the house of local Nnadi Yacoub, saying he violated the issued license.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million, have long complained of discrimination and sectarian attacks in the predominantly Sunni Moslem country.

The incident in Beni Suef is the latest in a wave of sectarian incidents in the country's south.

Last week, a Moslem mob stabbed a Coptic Christian to death during a street argument in the southern governorate of Minya.

The attack prompted President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to warn against attempts to "drive a wedge" between Egyptians and vowed to hold violations to account.

Days earlier, a group of Moslems attacked and torched houses of Christians in the village of Abu-Yacoub, also in Minya. The Family House, a group of Moslem and Christian leaders that promotes peaceful coexistence, said Saturday reconcilation was successfuly reached between warring families in that village, while settlement efforts continue elsewhere.

In May, Moslem villagers torched seven homes of Christians and assaulted a Christian man's elderly mother, parading her naked in public. The assault in Minya's El-Karm village was sparked by rumours that the man was having an illicit relationship with a Moslem woman.

That attack sparked public outcry and prompted El-Sisi to pledge action on sectarian incidents.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments
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[DAILYCALLER] Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions.

The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

"The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party," Boehm told The Daily Caller.

"That is unethical, if not illegal."
#1: Wait until AG Christie is appointed, then indict them for conspiracy to commit fraud.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-07-26 00:31 ||Comments

#2: Hey, Man - it's the Chicago Way!
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:10 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Clinton says RNC chants of 'Lock her up!' made her feel sad
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[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]

Sanders Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her Up’ in Philadelphia Protest Against Clinton

Sanders campaign manager: Stop chanting ‘lock her up'
#1: She muse be real depressed by now...
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-07-26 00:30 ||Comments

#2: But what difference does it make? At this point, I mean.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2016-07-26 07:06 ||Comments

#3: No remorse about what she has done?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-07-26 07:32 ||Comments

#4: Remorse? None whatsoever, neither she or her mate. But they both:

...... have good hearing and sharp eyesight at night. They are fast and can run for long distances without tiring. They can work together or in packs effectively to isolate a herd animal, sometimes one that is ill or infirm, and pursue it to the death. The victors often squabble over the spoils, either among themselves or with other powerful animals like lions. Traits also found among the Crocuta crocuta or Spotted Hyena.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-07-26 07:54 ||Comments

Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy|| 2016-07-26 08:09 ||Comments

#6: Sometimes Karma comes around quickly.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-07-26 08:09 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: DNC Email Refers to Latino Voters as ‘Taco Bowl Outreach’
Posted by Fred 07/26/2016  00:00 2 Comments 121 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[BREITBART] A staff member at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) referred to Latino voters with the term “taco bowl outreach” in a May 6 email released by Wikileaks.
The email, from DNC digital official and Obama campaign veteran Rebecca Christopher, reads:
Hi everyone,

Attached is a script for a new video we’d like to use to mop up some more taco bowl engagement, and demonstrate the Trump actually isn’t trying.

Let me know if you have any flags and thank you!
The day before, Republican frontrunner (and eventual nominee) Donald Trump had tweeted a message for Cinco De Mayo, in which he posed at his desk in the Trump Tower eating a taco bowl
#1: He, he, he.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-07-26 03:05 ||Comments

#2: I recall the Donks making fun of Trump eating a taco on Cinco de Mayo; the Donks seem to have something against Hispanics.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-07-26 07:36 ||Comments

Caribbean-Latin America: Mexican Newspaper: Build a Trump-Style Wall with Central America
Posted by Fred 07/26/2016  00:00 1 Comments 384 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[BREITBART] One of the largest newspapers along Mexico’s border with Texas is calling for a border wall with Central America, similar to the one being promoted by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump.

The editorial board of El Mañana, one of the largest newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, penned a piece called "Yes to the Border Wall ... but in Mexico’s South." The piece praises the idea of border wall, not on the border with Mexico, but on the border with Central America.

"Along the Mexican border peace and quiet came to an end, Central Americans played a large influence," El Mañana’s piece claimed.

The Mexican border newspaper provides a controversial view on the Border Wall; which is one of the main topics in Trump’s campaign.

"Mexico’s southeast has two borders; one with Guatemala and one with Belize, that do not provide any benefit, but on the contrary only problems are brought by these crossing points that are being used for the new invasion. The one use by Central American’s looking for a way into the United States. " El Mañana’s editorial board wrote.

One of the issues mentioned in the editorial piece points not only to the hordes of Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans that flock to Reynosa in an effort to get to the U.S., but also to the large number of Central Americans that are left in Mexico after deportation.

Once the illegal immigrants colonists are deported to Mexico instead of their country of origin, then Mexican officials simply leave them in Reynosa since the government lacks the funding to send them home.

According to El Mañana, illegal aliens left in the city are unable to find a place to stay since most shelters can only provide them with three days of food and bedding.

"Many of these migrants colonists when they are unable to find an honest way of life turn to robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and in the worst cases join the ranks of organized crime," El Mañana’s piece revealed.
#1: I think my irony detector just melted.
Posted by: Nguard|| 2016-07-26 02:09 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: IS’ Reports 20 Filipino Soldiers Killed In Clashes In Basilan
Posted by Fred 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 24 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ENT.SITEINTELGROUP] The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported on the deaths of 20 Filipino soldiers following clashes on Basilan Island.

Southeast Asia: One killed, one injured in Yala ambush
Posted by ryuge 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 65 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Bangkok Post] A defense volunteer was killed and a village chief seriously injured when they were ambushed by gunmen in Yala province on Monday. Asae Nikong, a village chief in Bannang Sata district, and Saman Sophap, a member of the village defense team, were traveling by motorcycle when attacked by gunmen hiding on both sides of the road. Saman was killed and Asae severely injured.

Southeast Asia: Thai school seized for ties to insurgency
Posted by ryuge 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 152 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[The Nation] Islam Burapa Islamic School in Narathiwat province is to be seized after a Thai court judged the school had been used to support the insurgency in the far South. The Anti-Money Laundering Office claimed that the school used its land to encourage and train young people to act against the authorities.

On Saturday Maj General Chinwat Mandej, 4th Army Area deputy commander, said, "I know it is a very sensitive issue and affects the people's feelings about confiscating the school; but we have to because the school was used to support terrorism."

Chinwat added that the school would still be allowed to operate until the lawsuit was finalized to avoid an impact on the students and their families.

The school was targeted to be a training camp for insurgents who sought independence for five southern provinces. Police arrested seven people and seized firearms and explosive devices inside the school in 2007.

Europe: Germany: The Terrifying Power of Muslim Interpreters
Posted by Steve White 07/26/2016  00:00 0 Comments 40 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Long piece about the dishonesty and power of the interpreters used in Germany to screen refugees. The bias of the interpreters runs strongly against women and Christians. Surprise, huh?