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Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:

Suicide bomber kills 16 in Bagram
An suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan killed four NATO service members and 12 others Tuesday. The Czech Defense Ministry said the four soldiers killed were Czechs.

In addition to the service members, the blast killed two Afghan police officers and 10 civilians. Eight others, including a child, were injured, said Wahid Sediqi, a spokesman for the governor of Parwan province.

The soldiers were patroling an area in Bagram when the bomber on a bicycle detonated his explosives vest. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/08/2014 06:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Suicide Bombers Target Afghan Army in Herat
[Tolo News] Three jacket wallahs attack an Afghan army bus carrying soldiers in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province near the airport injuring three soldiers, local officials said.

The incident took place on the road toward Herat airport when two of the three suicide bombers started shooting at the military bus while the third holy warrior detonated his explosive near the bus, said Afghan military commander in western Afghanistan.

The two suicide bombers who were firing at the bus expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. Security forces are on the hunt for the holy warriors.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

District Police Chief Killed in Herat
[Tolo News] District Police Chief of Farsi district of western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province and four other coppers were killed in a Taliban rocket attack early Monday, local officials.

One other policeman was injured in the attack.

The incident took place in Qaleen Bafa area, while the Police Chief, Shir Ahmad, was on his way to his office when the Taliban hard boyz targeted his vehicle, said Sami Wafa, Head of Herat Governor Office.

"Colonel Shir Ahmad and four coppers were killed after their vehicle was struck by a Taliban rocket propelled grenade at around 8 a.m. in the morning," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban Leader Killed in Helmand
[Tolo News] A Taliban leader, Mullah Jamaluddin and six other holy warriors were killed in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) media officials said in a statement late Sunday.

Six other holy warriors were tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
with improvised bombs.

The leader was killed in a clash with NDS forces in Lashkargah the capital of Helmand province, the statement said.

"The arrested Taliban holy warriors have confessed that they were involved in terror attacks and placing of roadside kabooms in Nad Ali district and Lashkargah highway," the statement said.

Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
the NDS in the statement did not provide details about the casualties of Afghan forces during the clash.

Taliban have not yet commented about the incident.

The Taliban holy warriors have recently become active and targeting the Afghan security force ooutpost in Sangin, Nad Ali and other parts of the province.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia branch allies with ISIS
[MAGHAREBIA] A spokesperson for banned Tunisian terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which in Tunisia has declared fealty to ISIL. There are groups of the same name in Libya and Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
on Friday (July 4th) declared fealty to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Tunisie Numerique reported Speaking at the Okba Ibn Nafaa mosque in Kairouan, Seifeddine Rais also called for followers to "liberate" tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
members of Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia..
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

#1  Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of magic and love.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/08/2014 9:54 Comments || Top||

Tunisia arrests radical imam
[MAGHAREBIA] A radical Tunisia holy man who refused to officiate at a slain soldier's funeral will appear in court on Monday (July 7th) on charges of public defamation, AFP reported.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Friday fired Moncef Gharsallah, the imam of the Ben Guerdane mosque, for refusing to perform the funeral prayer for "one of our deaders", the ministry said in a statement.

According to witness Radhouane Azlouk, the imam said: "I won't pray for the taghout." The imam was evacuated by police after an angry mob tried to attack him.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia

Army officer shot dead in Egypt's Damietta
[Al Ahram] Gunmen have rubbed out an army officer in the Nile Delta, Aswat Masriya reported.

Unknown assailants opened fire on Lieutenant Sherif Ahmed late on Sunday in the Mediterranean town of Damietta, a security source said. He was riding in his car along with his fiancée in the northern part of the city.

Investigations are under way as it was not immediately clear if the killing was criminal or political.

Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last summer, a Lion of Islam insurgency by Sinai-based fighters has gathered pace, killing hundreds — mostly coppers and troops in bombings and shootings.

The violence has more recently spilled over into the capital Cairo and the Nile Delta.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian police detect car bomb
[Iran Press TV] Nigerian security sources say they have defused a boom-mobile abandoned near a school in the volatile northeastern city of Gombe.

On Monday, bomb experts detected improvised explosives in the car that was found near a secondary school, said Fwaje Attajiri, a police front man.

"Our ordnance experts discovered 12 IEDs (improvised bombs) in the trunk of the car left in the vicinity of the school after we were alerted," Attajiri noted.

"The explosives had the capacity of causing maximum damage and would have caused huge casualty had they detonated in the school with a high student population."
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  I was going to say, 'Did they detect it by the loud noise it made?'
Twelve bombs in one car is kinda dumb; you really want to spread them out to get better blast and frag dispersion. (And then there's the 'fratricide' grouping issue...)
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/08/2014 7:14 Comments || Top||

Deadly clashes erupt in C.Africa as French minister visits
[Al Ahram] La Belle France's defence minister warned Monday that violence in the Central African Republic was becoming "more serious" as he started a visit to the former French colony, amid reports of more deadly festivities.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said political efforts to end the bloody conflict have stalled despite the election of a new leader six months ago, and the deadlock has further inflamed tensions between Christians and Mohammedans.

"The settlement to all this can only be political, yet politics have broken down," he told AFP before arriving in the capital Bangui on Monday.

Central Africa's transitional president Catherine Samba Panza took power in February in a bid to end the deadly sectarian violence, which erupted when the mainly Mohammedan Seleka
...a 'mainly' Moslem rebel force in the Central African Republic that overthrew the govt, imposed a regime of rapine and looting on the country's non-Moslem population, and was then tossed by France. They still exist, getting funding and weapons from somewhere or other, licking their wounds, complaining about the oppression of Moslems, and occasionally raping and looting someone...
alliance seized power in a March 2013 coup.

Brutal attacks by rogue former Seleka splinter groups prompted the mostly Christian majority to form "anti-balaka" ("anti-machete") vigilante militias, unleashing a wave of tit-for-tat killings.

Several people died in sectarian festivities between the rival groups in the central town of Dekoa on Sunday, a policeman told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In the north, at least three people were killed by gunnies who rode into the village of Kouki on cycle of violences and shot at residents, said a source in peacekeeping forces.

Some 34 Mohammedans were also injured, four of them critically, by a grenade attack on a mosque during Ramadan prayers in a village near the Chad border, the MISCA source added.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Seleka

Boko Haram Sends Chibok Community Eviction Notice
[360NOBS] Chibok indigenes have alerted the federal government to a quit notice served on the community by the terrorist group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
At a presser in Abuja, Friday, The Chairman of the Chibok nation, Dr. Pogu Bitrus said that residents of Kautikari and Kaya town had received what the Boko Haram sect termed final notice to attack the towns again and ordered the residents to vacate the village or face total annihilation on their next visit.

"As a matter of urgency, we wish to alert the general public and the international community that after the attack on four villages of Kautikari, Nguradina, Kwada/Kaumutayahi and Kakulmari on Sunday 29th June, 2014, which recorded 105 deaths, the residents of Kautikari and Kaya town have received what the Boko Haram sect termed final notice to attack Kautikari again by advising residents to vacate the village or face total annihilation on their next attack which has been promptly reported to the security agencies".

Bitrus disclosed further that Kaya town in Damboa Local Governemaent Area attacked on July 3, 2014 received a stern warning from the Boko Haram Death Eaters after the attack to vacate their town; given that they constitute an obstacle on their way to invading Chibok (Kibaku) Nation.

The Chibok Nation also expressed dismay over "the inability of the federal government to provide adequate security for the people."

Bitrus said the capacity of the military in the villages "is just like a platoon, which is not more than forty."

"Today is 81 days since the abduction of our girls and in spite of the categorical statements by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), that the location of the girls is known to the government, the appalling situation and agony encompassing the unfortunate abduction saga and detention of the Chibok girls by the Boko Haram Death Eaters continues and the rescue efforts by the government is yet to yield result.

"While this unfortunate situation persists, many distressed parents are dying of heart attack and frustration as their dejection has become unbearable. On record, seven parents have bit the dust due to the trauma of the situation.

"Unfortunately, again, the Federal government has not provided adequate security in the Chibok area since the unfortunate abductions of April 14 even in the face of persistent attacks by the Boko Haram Death Eaters."

According to Bitrus, Boko Haram had so far carried out 15 attacks on the Chibok Nation involving 19 villages with over 229 killed and over 100 injured.

"Some of the victims of these attacks are parents and relations of the kidnapped girls, thereby adding more pains to the traumatic condition already inherent in the Chibok (Kibaku) Community."

Bitrus disclosed further that the inhabitants of Tsilari and Shawa villages had already been completely dislodged and the villages taken over by the Boko Haram Death Eaters and their flag hoisted.

"Worthy of note is the fact that 90% of the attacks were carried out with advanced notice to the residents by the Boko Haram Death Eaters which were subsequently reported to the relevant security agencies concerned but no action was taken to avert any of the attacks or even respond during the attacks."
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Army Kills Boko Haram Kingpin, Brother In Kaduna
[CHANNELSTV] A combined team of security operatives, in the early hours of Sunday, have killed a suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
kingpin and his brother in Kinkinau area of Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State.

Reports say soldiers traced the house of the suspect in Kinkinua GRA, Imgwan Mu'azu, and shot the man whose name was given as Usman.

Eyewitness account said that the soldiers broke through the wall to gain access into the house, got his family out, and engaged him in a shootout for about three hours before overwhelming him and his brother.

The district head of Ungwan Muazu and Cikasauron Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Idris, after visiting the scene, blamed landlords who let out their houses without confirming the character of their tenants for being responsible for the high rate of insurgency in the North.

He asked landlords and residents to be security-conscious and ascertain the identities of tenants in their houses.

It was also gathered that the agent who gave out the house to the suspect and the landlord of the house have been taken away by the security operatives.

A security source who would not want his name mentioned revealed that the suspected Boko Haram member fled from Maiduguri to settle in Kaduna, adding that the team of security operatives that stormed the area had been on the trail of the suspect and were provided with support by troops on ground.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Houthi supporters, militants clash in Yemen
[Iran Press TV] Heavy festivities have reportedly erupted between Houthis and Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
Lions of Islam in northern Yemen.

On Monday, the festivities took place between the Shia fighters and a myrmidon group on the outskirts of Amran city.

The Takfiri Lions of Islam also attacked houses of civilians by mortar shells in a village located north of Amran.

Footage of the attack also shows direct shootings at civilians in the village.

On Saturday, local officials said that Yemeni air force fighter jets bombed Shia 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" ...
positions around Amran, adding that "a large number of casualties" were caused in the violence.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi reports shelling on border with Iraq
[Al Ahram] 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...
on Monday reported three shells hit the Arar area inside the country along its border with Iraq, where jihadist-led forces of Evil have gone on the offensive.

"Three shells struck near a residential complex in the northern border area, without causing casualties," a border guards front man said, adding that an inquiry into the origin of the shelling was under way.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

AQ Kills 6 troops in South Yemen attack
[Yemen Post] Suspected Al Qaeda snuffies killed six troops when they ambushed their vehicle in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
, three Interior Ministry said. The snuffies escaped unharmed in two pick up vehicles.

Last week, al-Qaeda launched a carefully planned attack against Seyun airport, seemingly quite determined to seize control of the ground to better a foothold in the city. It is important to note that it is not the first time al-Qaeda has targeted Seyun with such force.

Back in May, the terror group left a dozen soldiers dead after its men balsted their way into a military outpost. The second largest city of Hadhramawt, Seyun offers much geo-strategic importance, as its control would allow Islamic faceless myrmidons to direct attacks against Yemen's oil industry and thus suffocate the state.

Recalling the assault, a security officer said, "They bumped off three soldiers at the entrance to Seyun airport in south-eastern Hadhramawt province, which is also used by the air force, before capturing the control tower and other parts of the facility."
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Fifth Column
Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS militants faces travel, social media restrictions
A federal judge has cracked down on the travel and computer activities of a Dearborn cleric popular worldwide with ISIS, the extremist militant group that announced last week the formation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered that Ahmad Jebril, 43, stay within the eastern half of Michigan and tell his probation officer about his activity on social media accounts, if requested.

Jebril, who is on probation until March after serving 6˝ years in prison on fraud convictions, has become the most popular religious figure for Western fighters flocking to Syria to battle its government — and continues to gain fans online who sympathize with ISIS, the group that now calls itself the Islamic State.

The probation report, filed the week after a Free Press report detailed how Jebril is popular with Western fighters with the militant group ISIS, also noted that Jebril told his probation officer he was going to Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 21-23, 2013, “for a short vacation to visit friends.”

But the probation officer found out he was instead visiting to speak about Islam at East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and the Islamic Association of Raleigh. The officer said Jebril was unable to prove who paid for his trips.

In April, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London said in a report that Jebril has become the most popular cleric for Western fighters in Syria who belong to ISIS — now known as the Islamic State — or another radical group, Jabhat al-Nusrah, which is based in Syria.

Jebril was released from prison in 2012 after serving time for several counts of fraud worth almost $400,000; his offenses included trashing his rental properties in metro Detroit in order to collect insurance money and trying to bribe a juror.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

Report: Egypt Sent Hamas, Islamic Jihad Warning From Israel
[Ynet] The Egyptian authorities have reportedly sent Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Muslim 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...
in Gazoo a message from Israel, warning them Israel's will respond with more force should rocket fire continue, Al Hayat reported.

A senior Paleostinian source spoke with the paper and said Egyptian intelligences officials spoke with Musa Abu Marzuq, Hamas' officials in Cairo and Islamic Jihad Deputy Secretary-General Ziad Nahla, and told them that "Israel would hit Gazoo hard if the two movements refuse to accept calm."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2014 06:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Israel has shown considerable patience and restraint. Possibly this restraint is to try to shift the negative image that Obama, his administration, and the leftists have created for Israel. Israel has chosen the right way. However, were it to me me, I would not be the sweet voice of reason,patience and restraint. I would be tempted to go medieval on them.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2014 20:14 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/08/2014 22:37 Comments || Top||

The Times of Israel Liveblogging the Situation in Israel
Started yesterday morning. Click on the headline, dear Reader, to see the latest. Both sides have been busy over there.

Ynet's feed also functions as an ongoing update. See here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2014 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [435 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  see The Muqata on FB also
Posted by: Frank G || 07/08/2014 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Agreed, Frank. It's added to my list -- thanks!
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2014 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  John McCain states John Kerry should visit Israel to promote enhanced calm or something. Everyone feel better?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2014 13:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international investigation into attacks against Palestinians.

What monumental arrogance. Of course, he appreciates that no one in the 'International Community' will be interested in an investigation into the murder of Israeli teenagers. [retch]

Posted by: Bobby || 07/08/2014 13:52 Comments || Top||

#5  John McCain states John Kerry should visit Israel to promote enhanced calm or something

Can we have an Al Gore visit---it's rather hot?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2014 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  As per CNN this AM, Israel has called up to 40,000 Reservists.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/08/2014 22:41 Comments || Top||

IDF Launches Gaza Operation 'Against Hamas' Following Massive Rocket Barrage On South
[Ynet] Move comes after more than 70 rockets were reportedly fired at south; Iron Dome intercepts 12 rockets; Israel instructs southern residents to remain near shelters, as Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, takes responsibility for rocket fire.

The IDF on Monday night anounced the start of a military operation in Gazoo aimed at halting the rocket fire that has increasingly plagued Israel's southern communities in recent days.

The "IDF has commenced Operation Protective Edge in Gazoo against Hamas, in order to stop the terror Israel's citizens face on a daily basis," said the IDF Spokesman's office in a tweet posted after 1am.

More than 30 rockets were fired towards communities in southern Israel in the span of 30 minutes on Monday, and more than 70 were reportedly fired throughout the day. One Israeli was injured by shrapnel in Ashdod. The heavy barrage was launched from Gazoo, at the same time as the funeral procession for the six Hamas members killed in a tunnel kaboom Sunday night.

Hamas grabbed credit for the heavy rocket fire, as Code Red sirens blared across the south, in towns and cities including Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, Ashdod, Netivot, and Be'er Sheva. The Iron Dome missile defense system shot down a total of 12 rockets over Netivot and Ashdod.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers held a three-hour Security Cabinet meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the option of an escalation with Gazoo, and decided that for the time being Israel will act carefully, but also steadily increase military retaliation to rockets from the Gazoo Strip.

As tensions continued to escalate throughout the day, a senior military source said that the IDF had called up "some 1,500 reservists who will arrive in waves. Most of them are commanders and part of the home front command."

The heavy rocket barrage led to a suspension of rail service in southern Israel. Residents of towns in southern Israel close to the Gazoo Strip were also warned to stay 15 seconds from bomb shelters at all times.

It was also cleared for publication Monday that Iron Dome missile defense batteries had been deployed in strategic positions throughout Israel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2014 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [839 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Here's What Hamas Might Be Getting Out Of This Latest Escalation In Gaza
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 07/08/2014 18:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran denies supplying rockets to the Palestinians, but does anyone believe them? (Kind of like our Prez, at some point you just stop believing anything he says).
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2014 20:18 Comments || Top||

IDF: We Uncovered Gaza Terror Tunnel Leading To Israel
[Ynet] Military source says six Paleostinians killed in tunnel kaboom were Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, members planning 'significant' operation, who 'touched the explosives' and they detonated.

A senior IDF official said Monday evening that the six Hamas men killed in an kaboom Sunday night in a Gazoo had come into contact with kabooms, and hinted that the explosives had been placed there days earlier by the Israeli military.

The senior source said that the six Paleostinians were Hamas members "who were in the tunnel with explosives" and that "the tunnel was intended for a significant terror attack with specialist infrastructure and an anti-soldier force."

"The operation against the tunnel was undertaken several days ago," source said, "the Hamas members touched the explosives ... and it caused the tunnel's kaboom." One side of the tunnel, he said, opened in Israeli territory close to the southern Gazoo Strip.

According to the source, the IDF will continue to attack similar targets in the coming days.

The Israeli Air Force attacked concealed rocket launching pads in the Gazoo Strip, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced Monday. A "direct hit was identified" the military announced at the end of the Arclight airstrike.

Paleostinian media sources reported that a 4-year-old boy was moderately injured in the attack. Earlier Monday a rocket went kaboom! in a community within the Eshkol Regional Council, damaging a chicken coop; there were no injuries.

The IDF airdropped leaflets from the sky in which they warned Gazoo residents against supporting bad boys: "The people who dig tunnels are a danger to you, your children, and your property. Do not sit idly by."

The leaflets contain a telephone number and email address to which the local population can send any information about terror tunnels.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2014 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Well Known Israeli Arab Leader Arrested For Involvement In Riots
[Ynet] Leader from Abnaa el-Balad movement is suspected of incitement to violence and organizing recent rioting in wake of Arab teen's murder.

Police nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
one of the leaders of the Abnaa el-Balad movement on Monday on suspicions of incitement, organization and involvement in protests and riots in Umm al-Fahm and other places.

He is suspected of organizing solidarity rallies with the Paleostinian people in Wadi Ara over the weekend, as well as a protest two weeks ago during which participants called for the kidnapping of soldiers.

The suspect, who will be brought in front of a judge at the Haifa Magistrate's Court for a remand extension on Tuesday, told Ynet on Sunday: "We're planning a protest this coming Friday in Nazareth in solidarity with the Paleostinian people, and in protest of the murder of Mohammad Abu Khdeir from Shuafat." Nazareth Mayor Ali Salam, however, said there won't be a protest in the city.

The suspect is a political activist well known in the Arab sector, and a member of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel.

Abnaa el-Balad is a movement that includes mainly Israeli-Arab members, that believes in the right of return for Paleostinians and in a binational state for Jews and Arabs from the sea to the Jordan River.

Sources close to the suspect told Ynet: "Large police forces arrived at his home and arrested him. We understand he's being suspected of incitement. The police's behavior towards him is disgusting and we hope he is freed soon. If he isn't - the anger will grow and the protests will continue."

Police said the suspect was arrested on suspicion of involvement in riots and forbidden gathering over the past week in Wadi Ara. "After we receive the authorization of the attorney general, the suspect will be investigated on suspicion of incitement as well."

This is the first time a central Israeli-Arab leader is arrested. So far, police arrested protesters and focused on attempts to restoring the peace, urging mayors, sheiks and local leaders to help quell the rioting.

Northern District police will bring on Monday some 50 suspects arrested during rioting in the past 24 in front of a judge for a remand extension at Nazareth courts. Among those arrested were close to 20 minors.
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Israeli airforce launches 30 air strikes on Paleos
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, holy warriors in Gazoo have fired 'dozens' of rockets into southern Israel after six of its men died in an Israeli Arclight airstrike, the Islamist group said.

The bombardment was confirmed by the Israeli army which said holy warriors had launched 'a few dozen rockets' within a short period of time.

The exchange of fire comes amid mounting tension around the Paleostinian enclave following the killing of a Paleostinian teenager, in what is widely believed to be a Dire Revenge™ attack for the earlier kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths by suspected Hamas myrmidons.
Update from An Nahar at 8 a.m. ET:
The Israeli army said the air force and the navy had struck around 50 "terror sites" overnight in a joint operation which had three aims -- returning calm to the south, "eliminating Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s capabilities and destroying the terror infrastructure" in Gazoo.

It also destroyed the homes of four forces of Evil from Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, it said were responsible for rocket fire.

Since June 12, when the current round of tit-for-tat violence began, Gazoo forces of Evil have fired more than 320 rockets over the border, with 250 of them hitting Israeli territory and another 40 intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

So far there have been no Israelis killed.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Suspect Held In Killing Of 20-Year-Old Shelley Dadon
The three Haredi schoolboys were not the first to be kidnapped and killed.
[IsraelTimes] A taxi driver from the Galilee village of I'billin was jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
last month in connection with the death of Shelly Dadon, 20, with officials saying the slaying was likely nationalistically motivated, police said Sunday.

Yusef Hussein Halifa was tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
on June 16. Halifa, 36, admitted he drove Dadon on May 1 to the Migdal Haemek industrial center, where she was headed to a job interview, and later stabbed her to death.

The motive has yet to be determined, but police and the Shin Bet assess the killing was likely nationalistically motivated.

According to Halifa, after disposing of the body in a parking lot, he threw out Dadon's cellphone and the weapon and cleaned the bloodstains from his car. After escaping the scene of the crime, Hussein disposed of her wallet near Beit Zarzir.

Dadon was stabbed 17 times, the Ynet news site reported.

Officials initially said they believed the killing was nationalistically motivated, but later walked back the statements, saying only that they were still searching for a motive. Dadon's parents insisted on June 30 that the attack was nationalistically motivated, and called on the police to publicly declare it as such.

"My daughter's murder was nationalistically motivated, and I won't accept anything else," Yaakov Dadon said of his daughter Shelley during a press conference at the family's Afula home. "[She was] a girl who never hurt anyone, and now the entire family is broken."

In mid-June, a gag order on the murder investigation was partially lifted, revealing that six Israeli-Arab suspects — some of them minors — were arrested in connection with the case and later released. While the interrogations yielded no developments, the investigation then found a separate lead, but information about it remained under a court order.

In May, Aharonovitch said Dadon's murder may have been criminally motivated and not a terror attack as previously suspected. Aharonovitch said that it was not clear if Dadon had been killed in a act of terror because she was a Jew. He added that the investigation was still ongoing.

The six detainees who were released denied their involvement in the killing after being arrested on May 4. One of the minors was released on May 15; two days later the remaining suspects were freed, the Haaretz newapaper reported.

The murder ignited passions in Afula, where a protest calling to stiffen penalties against murderers drew over 2,000 people.
Background on the accused:
The violent past of Shelly Dadon's suspected killer

Hussein Khalifa had previously been placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
for brutally attacking a bailiff; residents of his village call him a difficult man with a history of violence.
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Eight communist militants surrender in Mindanao
Eight members of a communist militant group have surrendered to the military in the southern Philippines.

Army Capt. Alberto Caber said among those who surrendered were two women. He said the group surrendered on June 6 to the 27th Infantry Battalion in in South Cotabato province. He identified those who yielded to the army as Ruben Dalisan, Ruben Timbang, Torib Tuan, Dicky Tuan, Banas Sodaw, Jomer Dalisan, Jemma Dalisan and Finish Timbang.

Caber said the villagers had been exploited by the NPA. He said, "They were deceived and exploited. The NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines use these people in anti-government rallies, extortion activities, and as support role in the conduct of atrocities and other criminal activities."

He said some 450 members of the group had surrendered to the Eastern Mindanao Command this year.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Abu Sayyaf terrorist nabbed
Philippine security forces arrested before dawn Monday an Abu Sayyaf terrorist militant wanted by authorities for a series of kidnappings in Basilan province.

Officials said Salih Ali, alias Abu Ali, was arrested in Panigayan village in Malamawi Island. He faces at least nine counts of kidnapping. Police are currently interrogating Ali in Zamboanga City.
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Ranger killed in ambush in southern Thailand
A ranger was killed and three other security force members wounded in attacks in Pattani and Yala provinces on Monday. Police said a regular soldier and a volunteer ranger were seriously injured when a bomb exploded at a school in Pattani's Sai Buri district. They were members of a unit providing security for teachers at the school.

In Yala, a ranger was killed and another slightly injured when their patrol was ambushed by terrorists militants in Thanto district.

A foot patrol was attacked while providing security for teachers along the Thanto - Puyut road. Terrorists Militants hiding on both sides of the road detonated a land mine and then opened fire at the rangers in an ambush. The soldiers returned fire and the terrorists militants withdrew after a 15-minute gun battle.

The incidents occurred as Gen Udomdet Sitabutr, the deputy army chief and secretary-general of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), and officials of the National Security Council (NSC) flew south to Yala on Monday morning. Gen Udomdet said this was his first visit to the far South since Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the military junta, last month assigned him to chair a new panel to implement government policies in the region. He said Gen Prayuth wanted improved cooperation between different security agencies in the deep South.
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Syrian Troops Advance In Aleppo
[Ynet] BEIRUT - Syrian troops were advancing inside Aleppo on Monday in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to rebel-held parts of the country's largest city, activists said.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that reinforcements, including elite government forces and allies from Leb's Hezbollah group, arrived in the city recently.

Abdurrahman and an activist based near Aleppo who goes by the name of Abu al-Hassan said Monday's fighting is concentrating near an army base that rebels captured two years ago.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2014 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Prolly safe to say that both Jordan + Iraq are next on the ISIS/ISIL's list for annexation to the Caliphate.

Question is will likely Globalist-desired, future OWG Co-Superpower RISING IRAN tolerate such a move by a potential regional + geopol rival that is Sunni + also NOT-SAUDI-ARABIA???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/08/2014 2:47 Comments || Top||

#2  OOOOPPPSSSSS, forgot to mention that Twitterheads on DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS are repor that lotsa Rockets have been fired into the KSA from the Iraq side of their common border, albeit another Twitteratti claims the rockets were actually fired into Yemen???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/08/2014 2:53 Comments || Top||

#3  This all seems to be kicking off. I expect the locals to take it as a sign that it's ok for them to rise up as well, that's OK, nearer to bitch-slap heaven for them, I say.
Posted by: Large Chaiter4098 || 07/08/2014 18:16 Comments || Top||

Syria militants receive 2nd batch of US arms
[Iran Press TV] Foreign-backed holy warriors fighting against the Syrian government say they have received the second batch of US-made anti-tank missiles.

The Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
holy warriors have reportedly received TOW anti-tank rockets in the strategic Qalamoun region.

The Saudi daily Akkaz has confirmed the report.

On April 15, an unnamed Lion of Islam source said that members of the Hazm movement "have for the first time received more than 20 TOW anti-tank missiles from a Western source."

"More have been promised, should it be proven that the missiles are being used in an effective way," the source said.
Online videos showed holy warriors using the American-built weapons in the same month.

The foreign-backed holy warriors are said to have been trained with "international assistance in the use of these missiles" which have been used in flashpoint areas of Syria's Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia provinces.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Although I'm quite certain that proper precautions have been taken I still have to wonder how long it will be before these arms end up in the hands of ISIL jihadis in Iraq?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/08/2014 16:18 Comments || Top||

Army Arrests 7 Suspects over Tripoli Attacks, Illegal Activities
[An Nahar] The Lebanese army said on Monday that it has placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
several people, including foreigners, on suspicion of involvement in attacks and "security activities" in the northern city of 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...
Five suspects were arrested for tossing hand grenades at restaurants and for threatening citizens, the military command said in a communqiue.

The army also apprehended a Sudanese and a Tunisian for residing illegally in the country, They are "suspected of involvement in activities that threaten security," it said.

The seven men are being questioned under the supervision of the judiciary, the communique added.

The state-run National News Agency said an unknown assailant tossed a percussion grenade near cafes in al-Qobbeh area at noon Monday.

Security forces opened an investigation into the attack, it said.

Several hand grenade attacks rattled Tripoli last week. One of them involved an assault on a cafe, which left four people injured.

The city has been witnessing relative calm since security forces and the army began implementing a plan in April to end deadly gunbattles between rival neighborhoods.

Clashes between Bab al-Tabbaneh, whose residents are Sunnis, and mainly Alawite Jabal Mohsen have left scores of people dead and injured.

The fighting was a direct spillover of the civil war in Syria where Sunni rebels are fighting Alawite Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
's troops.
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Saqr Charges 28 with Belonging to ISIL
[An Nahar] Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Monday 28 people with belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The NNA said that seven suspects are already in jug. They were detained in security raids on hotels. The 28 felons are charged with belonging to ISIL, planning to carry out suicide kabooms by using boom belts and preparing explosive-rigged vehicles.

They are also accused of buying detonators, explosives, boom belts and weapons and training jacket wallahs to carry out terrorist acts in residential areas in the capital Beirut.

The case was referred to First Military Examining Magistrate Riad Abou Ghida.

Earlier in June, security forces raided the Napoleon Hotel in Beirut's Hamra district after obtaining information on a plot to target hospitals and high-ranking security officials.

Over 100 people were interrogated during the security raid but only a Frenchie who is originally from the Comoros islands was enjugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
and has reportedly confessed to being sent by the ISIL to carry out a terrorist attack in Leb.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

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