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ISIS claims responsibility for the attack on religious hall in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 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) affiliates in Afghanistan grabbed credit for an attack on a religious congregation hall (Takya khana/Hussainiya) 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....

A statement was released by the terror group which circulated online by the sympathizers of the group claiming responsibility behind the attack.

The statement in Arabic language states that the attack on the religious hall was carried out using four bombs.

This was the first attack claimed by the terror group which targets a religious congregation hall where Shi'ite Muslims are gathering.

The group claimed that numerous people were killed or injured in the attack but the security officials said one person was killed and three others including a woman were maimed.

Deputy security chief for Kabul security commandment Syed Gul Aqa Rohani told news hounds that three magnetic bombs were planted near Chendawol religious hall which went off earlier this afternoon.

This comes as a group of two gunnies launched an attack on a restaurant in the 3rd police district of Kabul city on Thursday evening.

The two heavily armed gunnies were rubbed out by the security forces as soon as they started firing on the guests which left at least two people dead and three others maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  isis is a franchise in other countries that's why the original must be defeated as soon as possible mr Obama in Syria and Iraq.
Posted by: paul || 10/10/2015 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  freedom of religion in sunni countries strikes again.
Posted by: paul || 10/10/2015 1:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, it's so much more civilized when you can do it through the Western legal system instead.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/10/2015 11:15 Comments || Top||

Insurgents Kill Two People at Kabul Restaurant
[Tolo News] Kabul police chief on Friday night confirmed that two suicide bombers who wanted to target Kolbah Solh Restaurant in the western part of Kabul were killed by security forces. However, the attackers managed to shoot dead a security guard and a restaurant patron before being gunned down, said the police chief.
Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya Agrees New National Unity Government
[ALMANAR.LB] Libya has agreed to form a new national government headed by Prime Minister Fayez el-Sarraj after months of tortuous negotiations, United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
envoy Bernardino Leon said Friday.

"After a year of work on this process, after working with more than 150 Libyan personalities from all the regions, finally the moment has come in which we can propose a national unity government," Leon told a news conference in Morocco.

Libya, which plunged into chaos after the fall of Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
in 2011, has had two rival parliaments vying for power as well as several groups battling for control of the country's vast resource wealth.

The internationally recognized government of Abdullah al-Thani has been working out of the small eastern port of Tobruk near the Egyptian border since a militia alliance, including Islamists, captured Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
last year.

Previous deals to ensure a ceasefire and restore stability to the war-torn country have fallen apart.

But Leon said he believed the make-up of the new government, which would include deputy prime ministers Ahmad Meitig, Fathi el-Mejbri and Mussa el-Kouni, would succeed.

"Far too many Libyans have bit the dust and so many mothers have suffered. Today, nearly 2.4 million Libyans need humanitarian aid," he said.

"We believe (this government) can succeed. The Libyans must seize this historic opportunity to save Libya."
Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  National unity government #?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/10/2015 4:22 Comments || Top||

#2  I think they're up to double-digits.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/10/2015 8:24 Comments || Top||

#3  very Italian of them
Posted by: Frank G || 10/10/2015 9:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, it was an Italian colony at one point.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/10/2015 11:17 Comments || Top||

Yemeni Army, PC Fight off Major Crawl of Attacking Forces toward Bab al-Mandeb
[ALMANAR.LB] The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees forces fought off on Friday a large crawl by the Saudi-US attacking forces towards Bab al-Mandeb Strait, a Yemeni military source said.

Speaking to state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
SABA, the source stated that the Saudi-led coalition units tried to sneak into Bab al-Mandeb strait, with the help of heavy fire cover by the aggression warplanes and warships.

"The army and the Committees fought them off and managed to break their crawl," he said, adding that the attacking troops were forced to retreat after being inflicted heavy losses.
Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Yemeni Army, Committees Down Saudi Spy Drone in Saada
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni army soldiers backed by fighters from popular committees have shot down a Saudi spy drone in the country's northwestern province of Saada.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Arabic-language Khabar news agency that the Yemeni forces targeted the remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle on Friday as it was flying over Kataf district in the arid and mountainous province, which lies 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of the capital, Sanaa.Yemeni Army, Committees Down Saudi Spy Drone in Saada

The small drone was later identified as a long-endurance Boeing Insitu ScanEagle.

ScanEagle carries a stabilized electro-optical and/or infrared camera on a lightweight inertial stabilized turret system, and an integrated communications system having a range of over 62 miles (100 km); it has a flight endurance of over 20 hours.

ScanEagle needs no airfield for deployment. Instead, it is launched using a pneumatic launcher, patented by Insitu, known as the "SuperWedge" launcher.

It is not the first time that the army and the popular committees down a hostile spy drone in Yemen.

On July 6, a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle was downed while conducting a surveillance mission in Yemen's northwestern province of Saada.

The development came less than a day after Yemeni forces had targeted another Saudi surveillance drone in the southeastern province of Dhamar.

In early May, Ansarullah revolutionary fighters took possession of a Saudi surveillance drone, which had parachute-landed in Saada due to a technical glitch.
Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

The Grand Turk
Arrest warrant issued for Today's Zaman editor-in-chief
[Hurriyet Daily News] An arrest warrant was issued for Today's Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bulent Kenes on Oct. 9 after the case's prosecutor objected to a decision by the court to release the journalist on probation.

"Along with the journalistic greats who were sentenced today, I was also granted the chance to put my arrest warrant on the headline. That is the irony of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
!" tweeted Kenes after the court's decision.

Kenes was released on probation on Oct. 8 after he was sent to court with a demand for his arrest for allegedly defaming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
on Twitter. The prosecutor's office had sent Kenes to court with a demand for his arrest while he was in the office to testify.

"Press prosecutor Umut Tepe has sent me to court for arrest for defaming the president ... in my Twitter posts," Kenes tweeted before the court ruling.

"I will continue to fight for democracy and freedom until the last moment. You will not be able to silence a free soul even if you put it in prison," he wrote.

Today's Zaman, which is the English version of the Turkish language daily Zaman, is allegedly close to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen.

Following stunning corruption allegations in 2013 against Erdogan's inner circle, thousands of alleged members of Gulen's movement were purged from the police force and judiciary.

Hidayet Karaca, the head of Samanyolu Broadcasting Group, also linked to the Gulen movement, has been under arrest since Dec. 14, 2014, on charges of terrorism.
Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

Police detain three DHKP-C suspects for scouting Istanbul police HQ, courthouse
[Hurriyet Daily News] Three suspects alleged to belong to the outlawed leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) were detained on Oct. 8, after suspiciously monitoring the Istanbul police headquarters and the main Caglayan courthouse.

Police detained a 46-year-old woman, identified only as Guzin T., at around 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 8. No suspicious material was found during the body search of the woman, who was later placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by court.

Guzin T. is reported to have been contracted by foreign countries for the DHKP-C in an attack that killed a police officer in 1998. She was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for the attack and was released after serving her time in jail.

The authorities believe that she may have been planning a kaboom.

...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
two men identified as Sevcan A. and Berker C., who were protesting in front of the Caglayan courthouse on Oct. 8, were also detained by police.

The two suspects are also reported to have been in a relationship to the DHKP-C.

Another suspected DHKP-C member, 23-year-old Cemil K., faces up to 21 years in prison for monitoring the Anadolu courthouse in Istanbul's Kartal district on Sept. 16, wearing a police uniform that he had illegally procured.
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Man killed in sectarian attack
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: A man was killed in an incident of assassination in the limits of Khan Raziq cop shoppe early on Thursday, police said.

Sources said that it seems a sectarian incident as the victim belonged to Shia sect.

A police official identified the dear departed as Malik Jarar Ali Haider, a resident of Marviha locality of the interior city.

The official said that Malik Jarar was taking his two daughters to their school, situated on Warsak Road, on a cycle of violence when person or persons unknown attacked him on Muhammad Ali Johar Road near Qissa Khawni Bazaar.

The official said that Mr Jarar was killed in the attack while his daughters Bisma Haider and Rubab Haider sustained minor injuries after falling from the motorbike. He said that the children were taken to Lady Reading Hospital from where they were discharged after preliminary treatment.

The official said that it was not clear as to how many assailants took part in the attack and whether they were riding a bike or were on foot.

it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
another source told Dawn that the attackers were on foot and managed to escape towards Chowk Nasir Khan.
Posted by: Fred || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

Militants with Rs2m head bounty killed in Mardan
[NATION.PK] Mardan: A most wanted faceless myrmidons with two million rupees head bounty was killed in exchange of fire with police today.

According to details, the police responding to a tip-off regarding presence of faceless myrmidons conducted search operation in jurisdiction of Chauraha cop shoppe. An exchange of fire took place between the gunnies taking shelter in the area and the police. A most wanted bully boy identified as Farooq Alam and having head bounty of two million rupees was killed in the fire exchange. Other gunnies managed to escape.
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3 alleged target killers arrested in Karachi
[NATION.PK] KARACHI: Counter-Terrorism Department along with Sindh rangers claim to have tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
three notorious hit mans-cum-extortionists belonging to a political party on Friday.

Ranger claims to have arrested a notorious hit man Moiz Saleem affiliated with a political party. The spokesperson said that the suspect arrest has been involved in numerous cases of murders in a city. "He has been involved in more than 57 cases of murders including murders of two Rangers troops even he has been involved in firing on Rangers and police mobile vans," the spokesperson claimed. The suspect was shifted to undisclosed location for further questioning.

Separately, CTD claim to have arrested two suspects during separate raids in parts of metropolis. One arrest was made when the CTD officials and personnel conducted a raid on a tip-off near Parking Plaza in Saddar from where they arrested an accused identified as Yaqoob alias Mama while the CTD officials also claim to have recovered a huge cache of dumped arms and ammunitions on the information provided by him. The accused was said to be affiliated with a political party. CTD officials said that the accused has been involved in more than ten cases of murders of the men belonging to their rivalry groups or political parties such as Sunni Tehrik
...formed in Karachi in 1992 under by Muhammad Saleem Qadri. It quickly fell to trading fisticuffs and assassinations with the MQM and the Sipah-e-Sahaba, with at least a half dozen of its major leaders rubbed out. Sunni Tehreek arose to become the primary opposition to the Deobandi Binori Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was eventually bumped off by person or persons unknown. ST's current leadership has heavily criticized the Deobandi Jihadi leaders, accusing them of being sponsored by Indian Intelligence agencies as well as involvement in terrorist activities...
, Muhajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain
...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts...
and Ahmed Magsi group of Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
gang war. "In addition to the killings of the rivalry group members, he along with his lover companions has also been involved in a assassination of a former Brigade cop shoppe chief SHO Nasirul Hassan in 2010 at Lines Area," CTD officials explained. The suspect's one companion, namely Wasi Haider was arrested by Federal B Industrial Area police last month who was also involved in numerous cases of murders including religious scholars.

On the other side, CTD arrested another suspect, namely Adnan alias Billu during a targeted raid conducted at Manghopir Road while weapons were also recovered from his possession. CTD officials said that the suspect arrested was involved in various cases of murders, extortion and street crimes. The cases against them were registered while further investigation was underway.

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Iraqi army kill 19 ISIS fighters, wound 35 by artillery strike in Ramadi
[IraqiNews] A security source in Anbar Operations said on Friday, that 19 element of "ISIS" have been killed and 35 others were maimed by an artillery strike in the city of Ramadi, while also pointed out to the destruction of four headquarters for the organization in Khalidiya Island.

The source informed IraqiNews.com, "A force from Anbar operations shelled with artillery and rockets, this morning, 17 vehicles for ISIS carrying Lions of Islam and equipment in the eastern axis of the city of Ramadi, killing 19 element of the organization and injuring 35 others."

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added: "Another security force bombed four headquarters for ISIS in Khalidiya Island, (23 km east of Ramadi), resulting in their destruction as well as the killing of the organization's elements who are inside them."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/10/2015 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Can anyone imagine this sort of reporting from WWII?

"There were 19 German soldiers killed......there were 4 Italians killed and 12 injured.....there were 2 Allied troops killed and 53 wounded."

The whole thing seems like a sick Monty Python sketch. Is that what the world has become?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/10/2015 9:24 Comments || Top||

Coalition warplanes kill, wound 27 ISIS elements southwest of Kirkuk
[IraqiNews] On Friday, a security source in Kirkuk said, that 27 elements of the ISIS organization have been either killed or maimed in an aerial bombing by the international coalition southwest of the province.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The international coalition aircraft bombed, this morning, sites belonging to the ISIS organization in villages in al-Rashad District (35 km southwest of Kirkuk), killing six elements of the organization, including two leaders, and injuring 21 others."

The source, who requested anonymity, added, "The air strikes targeted three tactical units and sites used by the organization in firing rockets, in addition to destroying about five vehicles used by the ISIS elements."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/10/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Stabbing attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, 3 policemen wounded
Violence continued to blight the streets of a beleaguered Jerusalem on Friday and Saturday, following deadly rioting and two Palestinian terrorist attacks outside the Old City that left two civilians and three Special Patrol officers wounded and both assailants dead.
Another Palestinian victory. Not sark: different utility of human life.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/10/2015 11:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under:

IOF Kills Six Palestinians in Clashes on Gaza Border
[ALMANAR.LB] Israeli fire killed six Paleostinians and maimed scores during festivities Friday near Gazoo's border, medics said.

Ahmed al-Hirbawi, Shadi Dawla, Abed al-Wahidi and Nabil Sharaf, all aged 20, were martyred in clsashes with occupation forces on the border between the occupied territories and Khan Yunis, Gazoo medics said.

Mohammed al-Raqab, 15, and Adnan Abu Alian, 20, were also martyred in similar festivities east of Gazoo City.

Medics said another 80 Paleostinians were maimed, 10 of them seriously.
"Ow! Ow! I stubbed my toe!"
"And I have a hangnail! Medic!!"
The festivities in Gazoo took place as Paleostinians in West Bank are engaged in similar festivities with occupation forces over Israeli restrictions on Paleostinians' access to al-Aqsa Mosque.

Occupation authorities have been preventing Paleostinians from entering al-Aqsa, as well as supporting Zionist settlers in storming the holy mosque, prompting Paleostinian anger and stabbing attacks against the Israelis.

...back at the game, the Babe headed for second base. He almost made it. Then Sheila slapped him....
Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s Gazoo chief Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
called the festivities taking place between Paleostinians and occupation forces in West Bank Intifada or uprising.

In a sermon for weekly Muslim prayers at a mosque in Gazoo City, Haniyeh said "we are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada."

"It is the only path that will lead to liberation," he said. "Gazoo will fulfil its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation."

Stabbing attacks in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel itself along with rioting have raised Israeli fears of a third Paleostinian intifada, following a first that began in 1987 and a second in 2000.
The Times of Israel provides the Israeli perspective on the Gaza incident:
At least six Paleostinians from the Gazoo Strip were killed and 19 hurt when IDF soldiers opened fire on a crowd of protesters from Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
as they approached the border fence with Israel on Friday, Gazoo medics said.

One of those killed was a 15-year-old boy,
...who would not have been killed had he stayed at home instead of playing at being a grown man...
officials in the Hamas-run Gazoo Strip said.

The incident began with some 200 Paleostinians approaching the security fence in northern Gazoo, closest to Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

"They began throwing stones and rolling burning tires at Israeli forces," an Israeli army spokesperson said. She told the Paleostinian news agency Ma'an that IDF forces responded with live fire towards the "main instigators," and confirmed five direct hits.

The troops, who remained on the Israeli side of the border, shot up the protesters, who were approximately 150 feet (50 meters) away, in order to break up the protest and push them from the fence, she said.

The protesters were from Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and other groups in the Strip, Arabic news outlets reported.
Interesting photo at the link of one of the Gazans swinging the kind of sling David used to slay Goliath. Throwing stones takes on an entirely different complexion when slings are used.
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#1  Addition by subtraction
Posted by: Frank G || 10/10/2015 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds like a typical wedding party.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/10/2015 11:29 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Italian ex-priest kidnapped in Zamboanga
[Gulf Today] At least seven heavily-armed men, four posing as customers, seized a former Italian priest who owned and operated a pizzeria in Mindanao's Zamboanga del Norte province.

Police chief Ranie Hachuela said the abduction of Rolando del Torchio happened on Wednesday night in Dipolog City before horrified diners in the popular restaurant. He said, "Four of the seven abductors even posed as customers and ordered food from the victim before their other companions barged in and dragged him to a waiting white van."

Hachuela said the suspects abandoned the van a kilometer away and boarded two pump boats that immediately headed out to sea. He recalled that when Torchio was still a priest assigned to Zamboanga del Norte, he had successfully warded off attempts to abduct him.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the kidnapping but Hachuela said they were not discounting the possibility of the involvement of the Abu Sayyaf.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/10/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

Russian Air Force Hit 60 Terrorist Targets in New Syria Strikes
[ALMANAR.LB] Russia's air force hit more than 60 terrorist targets in Syria over the past 24 hours, Moscow's military said Friday.

"Sixty-seven sorties have been carried out from the Hmeimim air base" in Syria, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff, Lieutenant General Igor Makushev, told news hounds.

Russian warplanes strike Syria"Su-34M and Su-24SM warplanes hit 60 terrorist targets," he added.

According to intercepted radio communications, two high-ranking field commanders in the ranks of the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group, ISIL, and several hundred bully boyz were killed, the Russian military said.

Makushev said bully boyz "have sustained significant casualties and been forced to change their tactics," seeking refuge in towns and villages, stressing that Moscow would increase the intensity of the strikes.

On Wednesday, Russian warships from the Caspian Sea fleet joined in the strikes with a volley of cruise missiles launched from Caspian Sea.

Makushev said Russia has been bombing command posts and communication centers, ammunition depots as well as training camps in Raqa, Latakia, Hama, Idlib and Aleppo.

Moscow launched its military operation against ISIL(so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Iraq and Levant) Lions of Islam at the request of the Syrian government on September 30.

Russia said its warplanes also dropped precision guided bombs on a command post in ISIL stronghold Raqa, killing two senior IS field commanders and some 200 murderous Moslems.

The strikes also destroyed six command posts and communication centers, six ammunition depots, 17 training camps, three underground targets in Latakia, two multiple artillery rocket systems and 17 vehicles and armoured vehicles, among other targets, the military said.

"In the vicinity of Aleppo, a strike hit a murderous Moslems' base and ammunition depot set up in the building of a former prison," Makushev.

"As a result, some 100 bully boyz and an ammunition depot have been destroyed."
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#1  Primitive Russians, with primitive equipment, and no embedded JAGs...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/10/2015 4:22 Comments || Top||

France hits ISIS targets in Syria a second time: Defence minister
[AlAhram] French warplanes carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on 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....
targets in Syria, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday.

"Two Rafale jets dropped bombs on an IS training camp. The objectives were accomplished," he told Europe 1 radio, adding that further air strikes would follow.

Le Drian said "80 to 90 percent" of Russian strikes in Syria were aimed at propping up Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
, Moscow's long-term ally.

"The Russian military action in Syria over the past 10 days does not target Daesh, their main aim is (to ensure) the security of Bashir al-Assad," he said.

French President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
said this week that failure to act in Syria risks stoking a "total war" in the Middle East.

La Belle France carried out it first air strikes in Syria on September 27.
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'Tank massacre': Rebels hit Syrian forces hard after initial offensive
The Syrian government's massive offensive in northern Hama has suffered an initial setback after multiple armored vehicles were destroyed in a melee of anti-tank guided-missile fire that activist media dubbed a "tank massacre."

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported that rebel fighters in the north Hama region had met the joint Russian-Syrian assault by targeting the attacking regime forces on the ground "with US-made TOW missiles and other guided rockets, which caused the destruction of over 15 armored cars, vehicles and tanks."
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#1  rebel fighters in the north Hama region had met the joint Russian-Syrian assault

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Ankara explosion: 30 dead at rally in Turkish capital
[BBC] Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 30 people and injured 126, the interior ministry says.

TV footage shows scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners.

The blasts took place near the city's central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftist groups.

Government officials say the blasts were a terrorist attack, and are investigating reports that a suicide bomber was behind at least one of the explosions.
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#1  The target of the bombs appears to have been the Kurds.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/10/2015 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Yippy prolly had a hand in it and will use it to reap more power and control
Posted by: Frank G || 10/10/2015 10:23 Comments || Top||

#3  The dead count is now at 86.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 10/10/2015 10:55 Comments || Top||

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