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Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under:

#1  HURRICANE WARNINGS - Arthur 90 MPH Winds


Posted by: Bad Weather Jones7414 || 07/03/2014 11:49 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
ANA Officers Killed in Suicide Attack in Kabul
[Tolo News] At least eight Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were killed and 16 others maimed, including civilians, in a suicide kaboom in Kabul, Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at 7 a.m. near Kabul University when a jacket wallah denoted his bomb targeting a bus carrying ANA soldiers, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed that the suicide bomber was on foot and detonated his explosives as the army bus approached a roundabout in Kart-e Sakhi.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Uganda clashes with CAR's Seleka rebels
[ARABNEWS] Uganda said on Tuesday its forces in Central African Republic (CAR) had clashed for the first time with fighters from 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...
, a mainly Mohammedan rebel force, killing 12, and would pursue them as part of a campaign against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

"Seleka had never tasted our fire, I think it was important that they taste our fire so that they are careful they are in bed with LRA and we shall treat them as such," Paddy Ankunda, front man for Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) said.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Seleka


Dozens arrested in Galkacyo crackdown
Somewhere in Somalia...
You're the one with the finely-detailed map...
I can't find it. Fred recently changed out a lot of the old images for new. Low boredom threshold, has our Fred.
News reports from Mudug region indicate that security forces in Galkacyo have arrested dozens of potential suspects.

The Chief of Galmudug Police Station, Abdi Jamac Abdulle, reported to the media that the people arrested will undergo investigations and those found guilty will be taken to court. These search operations are by the Galmudug administration to strengthen the security situation in Galkacyo.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You can also save money on you auto insurance with Galkacyo, 15 minutes wise. Or so I'm told.
(Just tell the lizard to shut up.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/03/2014 14:54 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Land Mine Kills Three Tunisian Soldiers
[AnNahar] Four Tunisian soldiers were killed by a land mine Wednesday in the country's northwest, where the army has been battling Islamist hard boys, the defense ministry said.

"Four soldiers aboard a Hummer were killed by a land mine kaboom during an anti-terror operation" at Jebel Ouergha in Kef province, said ministry front man Rachid Bouhoula.

Weapons "caches of the gunnies were destroyed and units of the security forces pursued these elements," Bouhoula told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The incident is the latest in a string of fatalities caused by roadside kabooms and land mines in the remote border region, parts of which have been declared closed military zones as the security forces press a campaign against Death Eaters holed up there.

On Tuesday, four soldiers and two coppers were maimed when a roadside kaboom went kaboom! in the Kef region, two days after a similar attack injured another policeman.

Separately, a landmine killed a 19-year-old Tunisian overnight near Mount Chaambi, further south, according to the interior ministry.

Since late 2012, security forces have been battling jihadists hiding out the Kef and Mount Chaambi regions and thought to be linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

More than 20 soldiers and paramilitary police have been killed in the campaign, often by improvised land mines.

Last month, AQIM for the first time grabbed credit for an attack in Tunisia, which has been rocked by Islamist violence since the 2011 revolution that toppled a decades-old dictatorship and touched off the Arab Spring.

The May 27 attack on the home of the interior minister, Lotfi Ben Jeddou, in the western Kasserine region, killed four coppers.

Authorities say they have gained the upper hand in the fight against jihadists active along the Algerian border, while acknowledging the campaign to root them all out will take time.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Ras Lanuf and Sidra terminals handed over by Jadhran to Thinni
[Libya Herald] Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil terminals were formally handed back to the Libyan government this evening in a ceremony in Ras Lanuf attended by both Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni and Ibrahim Jadhran, the man who 11 months ago seized and closed them.

The front man for Jadhran's Cyrenaica federalists, Ali Al-Hassi, announced yesterday that the two ports would handed back today.

When functioning normally, the two terminals are able to process half a million barrels of oil exports a day.

At this evening's handover after Maghreb prayers, Jadhran said it would have happened earlier but for the behaviour of the General National Congress which he called "illegitimate" — a reference to the belief that it had illegally by continuing in office beyond February.

"We are handing them over as a goodwill gesture after the election of the House of Representatives which will hopefully lead the country into better circumstances," he stated.

For his part, the Prime Minister, at the head of a ministerial delegation, said that he was delighted that Ras Lanuf and Sidra were now back in official hands "without using force". This was "the end of the oil crisis", he declared.

He left Ras Lanuf immediately after the handover.

Speaking to the Libya Herald afterwards, Ibrahim Jadhran said that the main aim in handing back the two terminals today was "to finish the crisis and to help the newly elected parliament to succeed. We expect the new parliament to serve the Libyan nation, free from any ideologies. The former Congress was the reason for the crisis because of it has been dominated by Islamists who never think about the interest of the Libyan people".

Cabinet secretary Ahmed Lamin put a slightly different slant on it.

"What happened today was the final phase of the agreement signed between the government and the Petroleum Facilities Guards last April. Every side fulfilled their commitments." He added: "The Prime Minister has instructed the head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard, Ali Al-Ahrash, to make a new plan to protect the oil ports in order to prevent such things to happen in future."
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian military busts Boko Haram cell responsible for Chibok schoolgirls, Gwoza Emir's murder
[PREMIUMTIMESNG] The Nigerian military on Monday said it has busted a major intelligence cell of the 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...
and tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
some of its leaders.

The cell, the military said, played a major role in the kidnap of over 250 girls in Chibok on April 14 and the murder of the Emir of Gwoza on May 30.

In a statement by the spokesperson of the Defense Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, the military said it arrested Babuji Ya'ari, a man whom it said participated in both attacks

"The man, Babuji Ya'ari, who is also a member of the Youth Vigilante Group popularly known as Civilian JTF which he uses as cover while remaining an active terrorist, also spearheaded the murder of the Emir of Gwoza," the military said. "Babuji has been coordinating several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011, including the daring attacks on Customs and military locations as well as the planting of IEDs in several locations in the town."

Mr. Olukolade, a Major General, said the arrest of Mr. Ya'ari led to the arrest of other members of the cell, including a woman, Hafsat Bako, who was responsible for paying sect members and had initially escaped to Gombe.

"Another female suspect named Haj Kaka who doubles as an armourer and a spy for the hard boyz group has also been arrested," he said.

About 217 of the teenage girls kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, are still in the custody of the Boko Haram despite international efforts and condemnation. The military had said it knew the whereabouts of the girls but would not use force to free them to avoid casualties.

In an opinion he wrote for the Washington Post last week, President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
said he was not weak in his handling of the kidnap of the girls.

"I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria's military, police and Sherlocks to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram," the president said. "I am deeply concerned, however, that my silence as we work to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness."

Mr. Jonathan's statement comes amidst criticisms of his government and the military's handling of the Chibok kidnap and the whole Boko Haram crisis, which has claimed over 13,000 lives since 2009.

Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq
Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday.

The Dubai-based satellite channel said it had obtained a video showing some 2,500 Iraqi soldiers in the desert area east of the Iraqi city of Karbala after they quit their positions on the border, leaving the border area with Saudi Arabia and Syria unguarded.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/03/2014 06:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [747 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

#1  Now ISIS can be resupplied easier.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 07/03/2014 6:19 Comments || Top||

#2  If Iraq ends up split into three parts, Obama administration will claim a foreign policy victory by successfully replacing Sykes-Picot borders with the Biden borders.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/03/2014 6:31 Comments || Top||

#3  making sure their Frankenstein monster stays north?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/03/2014 7:32 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm thinking we should develop our domestic/regional oil and energy resources ASAP.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/03/2014 7:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Making sure that the "boys" don't start looking at Mecca. Afterall that is the be all and end all of Muslim territory.

Personally I'd love to see them make a move on the rock.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/03/2014 8:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Sending 30,000 SANG personnel to cover a 2,500 man Iraqi gap.... just about right. Only about 10% of the SANG personnel will likely show up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2014 10:21 Comments || Top||

#7  How's that Hopey Changy thingy working for you all?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2014 10:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Reuters: The Iraqi prime minister's military spokesman denied on Thursday that the country's border guards had withdrawn from the frontier with Saudi Arabia, after a Saudi-owned television channel reported Iraqi forces had quit their posts.

"This is false news aimed at affecting the morale of our people and the morale of our heroic fighters," the spokesman, Lieutenant General Qassim Atta, told reporters in Baghdad. He added that the frontier was "fully in the grip" of Iraqi border troops.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/03/2014 14:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Saudi Arabia has troops to protect their country.
Who knew?
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/03/2014 14:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Sunni vs Sunni. I wonder if the Saudis will fight. If they do fight I wonder who I will want to win recalling that the Saudis supplied 19 of the 20 9/11 hijackers.
Posted by: irishrageboy || 07/03/2014 15:57 Comments || Top||

#11  Saudi officer corps is nancy boy. The very model of an English officer aristocrat queer.
Posted by: TopRev || 07/03/2014 16:25 Comments || Top||

#12  Mr. Wife said only those at the receiving end are considered gay, TopRev. The others are just doing what men do when an opening is available. Nonetheless, he never went into the coffeehouses on general principle in that part of the world.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2014 17:34 Comments || Top||

#13  Obama administration will claim a foreign policy victory by successfully replacing Sykes-Picot borders with the Biden borders.

Actually those are the Michelle Bachman borders. I remember the MSM and liberals laughing hysterically when Michelle suggested them.
Posted by: frozen al || 07/03/2014 19:06 Comments || Top||

#14  Besoeker,

If these are indeed SANG, then those wacky al-Sauds have already made the decision not to let the rank and file anywhere near ISIS. The SANG is the royal family's personal bodyguard, and they are the most trustworthy and loyal troops the Sauds have.

If, on the other hand, they crack, we are in very deep kimchi.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/03/2014 20:47 Comments || Top||

#15  ..in that case I recommend Plan B.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2014 23:03 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Five suspected militants gunned down in 'encounters'
[DAWN] KARACHI: In what appeared to be a surge in targeted operations against hard boyz in the metropolis, police in an hour-long exchange of gunfire with them killed four hard boyz on the outskirts of the city, followed by an encounter in Orangi Town where another suspected myrmidon who was allegedly involved in the recent killings of over half a dozen of coppers was rubbed out.

The law-enforcement agencies have sped up action against hard boyz associated with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, killing over a dozen hard boyz in recent days, in view of a possible blowback of the ongoing army operation in North Wazoo.

Malir SSP Rao Anwar said police received secret information that some TTP hard boyz were allegedly hiding near Aliabad Goth, off the Superhighway, in Gadap City. As the police party reached there, it came under a gun attack by the myrmidons, he said. He added that police re-enforcement was called in from Malir district. In an ensuing encounter, he said, four hard boyz were killed and arms and ammunition were seized from their custody.

No coppers was hurt in the exchange of fire, he added.

Four TTP suspects killed in Gadap; another rubbed out in Orangi
Gadap City SHO Khan Nawaz said that the encounter took place in Shadi Goth, nera Aliabad, at around 4pm that continued over an hour. He said the dear departed did not look like foreigners.

The SHO added that three suspects was struck down in his prime while the fourth one was incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in a maimed condition. He was being taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital when he died.

According to a hospital official, one of the dear departed aged 23 years while the three others were in their mid-30s. All sustained multiple bullet wounds. Three TT pistols and one Kalashnikov assault rifle were seized from them, said the police.

Shortly afterwards, another encounter took place in Orangi Town where one suspected myrmidon was killed while three coppers sustained bullet wounds.

One of the maimed coppers was in a critical condition, said SSP West Irfan Baloch.

He said that the police had received information that a gang of hard boyz belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (Swat) involved in the killing of coppers was allegedly hiding near Banaras Bridge.

Subsequently, the officer said, police contingents reached the spot and an exchange of fire ensued. In the encounter, three coppers were maimed while one suspect was bumped off.

The dear departed was identified as Omair alias Shikari. He was allegedly involved in the killing of seven coppers, including two traffic coppers, in Pirabad and Mominabad recently, said SSP Baloch. A 9mm pistol was seized from him. The maimed coppers were shifted to a private hospital on National Stadium Road where the condition of one of them was said to be critical, the officer said.Three or four other hard boyz managed to escape, he said.

Earlier in the first major targeted operation against suspected hard boyz after the 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...
airport attack, seven suspected hard boyz were killed in hours-long gunbattle in militancy-infested Manghopir during a joint operation by the Rangers and police on June 20. It was followed by the killing of two more suspected hard boyz in Kalakot and Site areas, respectively, the same day.

Two more TTP men were killed in Federal B. Industrial Area by the paramilitary force on June 27.
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Zarb-i-Azb: More IED factories, explosives recovered in NWA
[DAWN] Pakistain Army claims on Wednesday that three more IED making factories with large quantity of explosives, anti-tank mines, a jacket wallah training center, a media facility and a rocket cache were recovered from the cleared area in North Wazoo Agency during the military offensive.

A front man for the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) told Dawn.com that Operation Zarb-e-Azb was progressing successfully as planned as six IEDs attached with four computers in a ready position were also recovered from a private hotel in the area.

"Forces are making swift progress in NWA as forces are hitting and shelling murderous Moslem hubs and hide outs," he said.

Sources said sniffer dogs are also being used in the cleared areas to find hidden explosives in the tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Yellow Wolf clutched at his chest and fell from his horse...
former DG ISPR Major General (retd) Athar Abbas demanded that the military should give access to the media to such areas which have been cleared by the troops.

Earlier, Pak military helicopters shelled murderous Moslem hideouts in Khar Warsak area of Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, killing 10 myrmidons.

Nearly 500,000 people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding murderous Moslem strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.

Tens of thousands of families have left for the town of Bannu, close to North Waziristan, while hundreds more have moved further afield to the towns of Lakki Marwat, Karak and Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
since the Operation Zarb-e-Azb began in mid-June.
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Iraq
Caliphate moves to consolidate in Iraq
The radical al-Qaeda offshoot Isis has told other Sunni rebel groups which joined the uprising in Iraq to swear an oath of allegiance and give up arms.

The group declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria it controls and changed its name to the Islamic State.

Other rebel groups are trapped between the Islamic State which has taken over their areas, and a Shia-dominated government they are fighting against.

The Islamic State has suppressed other groups in parts of Syria it controls.

It has imposed a monopoly of its rule, by force if need be.

Most recently, it took over the important town of al-Bu Kamal controlling the Syrian side of the main border crossing with Iraq after three days of violent festivities with other Syrian rebel groups. It is now reported to be manning checkpoints and detaining suspected rivals.

Now, the same process of monopolising control seems to be under way in Iraq.

The other Sunni rebel groups, made up of former Iraqi military personnel, tribal elements and adherents of Saddam Hussein's Baath party, face a dilemma.

Tribal and rebel military sources say that after two days of talks in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, they have been told that they must take an oath of allegiance to the new caliphate, and that only fighters from the Islamic State are allowed to bear arms.

Even if they take the oath, other fighters will still have to hand in their weapons.

As one senior rebel source put it, "our revolution has been hijacked".

But he said the other groups did not intend to engage in what they believed would be a losing battle with the Islamic State, which is rapidly consolidating its grip on the mainly Sunni areas that fell to its advance three weeks ago.

The non-Isis rebels are dismayed, and bitter that the Americans, who are giving $500m (�290m) to similar rebel groups in Syria, regard them as snuffies because they joined the insurgency against the US forces here, but later fought and expelled al-Qaeda.
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant


WH deputy national security adviser: US roles "could result in military engagements"
President Obama promises that the U.S. troops he's sending to Iraq won't get into another shooting war, but a top White House adviser has listed several scenarios that would prompt direct military action against Islamic militants.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to the president, said the U.S. "has a role to play in a number of different ways" that could result in military engagements in Iraq. The government in Baghdad is fighting militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and Mr. Obama has sent nearly 500 U.S. troops to protect the U.S. embassy and the airport in Baghdad, and to serve as military advisers.

"I think the threats that we would look to, for instance, would include an evaluation of whether ISIL is posing a threat to U.S. interests that would necessitate our taking action against them, as we have against terrorist organizations in other parts of the region," Mr. Rhodes said. "I think the security and safety of our personnel would certainly be of profound interest to the United States."

In addition to those two possibilities for military action, Mr. Rhodes told foreign journalists Tuesday that the Obama administration would consider engaging ISIL forces if the U.S. believes it can make "a positive difference."

"We have left that door open if we believe it can make a difference, a positive difference, or if we believe that it is in our core interest to do so because we face a counterterrorism threat or a threat to our personnel," Mr. Rhodes said. "And I'd add keeping that Embassy open and keeping our operations running in Iraq is what facilitates our ability to cooperate with the Iraqi Government and provide them with security assistance and political support."

Mr. Rhodes said the president "has been very clear that there's not a U.S. military solution that can be imposed on the current dynamic in Iraq."

"Our assessment teams are on the ground," he said. "Our joint operation centers that we are establishing with the Iraqis will help support their efforts to coordinate operations against ISIL as well. But those are Iraqi operations, ultimately."
Posted by: Pappy || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [416 views] Top|| File under:

#1  either that or retreat like France.
Posted by: newc || 07/03/2014 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  IIUC, IOW the Bammer is still adhering to his minimalist approach, + putting conditions or restrictions on any direct US military intervention on behalf of overseas US Allies, effec "leaving the battlefield" to be mainly fought over by US Allies themselves agz invading third-party protagonists + expansion-happy OWG Globalist Co-Superpowers.

Iff one is hoping to change the future by preventing Washington from geopol retreating across the World back towards CONUS-NORAM = EASTPAC, Hawaii + US West Coast; + preventing same from destroying Guam + other Pacific islands via "Earthquake/Tectonic Bombs" as
part of anti-China, anti-Nuclear Islam
"strategic/theater denial" [A2/AREA-DENIAL], LOOKS LIKE ITS GOING TO BE A LONG L-O-N-G
LLLOOOOONNNNNGGGGG HARD STRUGGLE.

Have I said "long"???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/03/2014 0:30 Comments || Top||

#3 
Getting "ERROR: invalid byte sequence for encoding "UTF8": 0x92"
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/03/2014 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd like to see the rules of engagement these poor bastards are operating under.
Posted by: Matt || 07/03/2014 8:50 Comments || Top||

#5  I wouldn't want to be in a squeeze play between Shi'ites and Sunnis.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/03/2014 9:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Wouldn't that be 'kinetic contact' in Ministry of Truth wormtongue speak?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2014 9:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Matt, they probably have to tie multiple fatalities before returning fire. And even then, they are supposed to call WH to ask permission.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/03/2014 10:09 Comments || Top||

#8  Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to the president, said the US. "has a role to play in a number of different ways" that could result in military engagements in Iraq..

Yes, vectoring Russian fighter pilots from kill box engagement to kill box engagement, and providing accurate BDA could be characterized as "playing a role."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2014 10:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Yep we'll be in a shooting war in Iraq and the media will not say a word, the Obamaistas will not let the media in theater to report and we'll have a lot of "training accidents coming home to closed casket funerals...It will make all of our clandestine operations back in the 70s look like they were on national tv in comparison.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 07/03/2014 13:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Considering that this is the same Ben Rhodes who was involved with the "Benghazi video excuse," is that a big surprise?
Posted by: Pappy || 07/03/2014 15:45 Comments || Top||

#11  For JohnQC:

It means that somewhere within the byte stream of this particular message, at a position that should be the first byte of an encoded character, the UTF-8 decoder encountered a 0x92 byte. In the Windows-1252 (or cp1252) character encoding, the default
character encoding of Windows systems in the US, byte value 0x92
corresponds to U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK.

Posted by: Pholuper Dribble8982 || 07/03/2014 19:39 Comments || Top||

#12  Phlouper, if Fred would justÇáÅÚáÇä ÇáÚÇáãì áÍÞæÞ ÇáÅäÓÇäould solve the problem. Thanks.
Posted by: KBK || 07/03/2014 20:39 Comments || Top||

#13  s/ áÍÞæÞ ÇáÅä/ÇáÅÚáÇä/, sorry
Posted by: KBK || 07/03/2014 20:42 Comments || Top||


Caliphants try to tighten their grip in Iraq, Syria
[BUSINESSWEEK] Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni murderous Moslem group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state.

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Maliki imposed order on Basra wen the Shiites were going nuts, but has proven incapable of dealing with al-Qaeda's Sunni insurgency. Reelected to his third term in 2014...
warned that the entire region is endangered by 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...
, whose gunnies have rampaged across his country in recent weeks. Facing pressure to step aside, al-Maliki said the focus must be on countering the threat — not wholesale leadership changes.

The myrmidon group has fed off the chaos and supercharged sectarian atmosphere of Syria's civil war to seize control of a large chunk of territory there. With its recent blitz across Iraq, it has expanded its gains while also effectively erasing the border between the two countries and laying the groundwork of its proto-state.

Led by an ambitious Iraqi myrmidon known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group this week unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the land it has seized. It also proclaimed al-Baghdadi the head of its new self-styled state governed by Shariah law and demanded that all Moslems pledge allegiance to him.

Its assault in Iraq appears to have slowed after sweeping across the predominantly Sunni Arab areas and encountering stiff resistance in Shiite-majority regions. But in Syria, al-Baghdadi's group has forged ahead with an offensive against towns and villages held by rival rebels along the Euphrates River in the eastern province bordering Iraq.

Militants stormed houses in the frontier town of Boukamal, rounding up people suspected of opposing them, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The murderous Moslem group captured Boukamal on Tuesday, after fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front defected.

Al-Baghdadi's fighters also were battling rival factions at the northern entrance to the nearby town of Sheheil, a Nusra Front stronghold, forcing thousands of residents to flee.

The group — which has changed its name simply to the Islamic State — is reviled by most Syrian rebel groups, and many of them have been locked in a bloody six-month battle with it across northern Syria that has killed more than 7,000 people. A few smaller rebel factions have pledged loyalty to al-Baghdadi's organization out of fear or convenience, but most factions in Syria oppose it.

On Wednesday, nine Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful coalition called the Islamic Front, rejected al-Baghdadi's declaration of a caliphate. In a statement posted on Islamic websites, they said the declaration was "void" and pledged to continue the fight.

In Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of al-Baghdadi's group, activists said the snuffies displayed more heavy weaponry believed to have been looted from Iraqi military bases.

Video posted by activists showed what appeared to be an Islamic State leader asking a group of people in a mosque, including children, to pledge loyalty to al-Baghdadi. The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other News Agency that Dare Not be Named reporting.

"Before, it was enough if you showed them support; now they're asking people to swear allegiance," said a Raqqa-based activist who spoke condition of anonymity because he fears retribution. He and other activists said the group also was punishing and jailing people suspected of breaking the traditional dawn-to-dusk fast for the holy month of Ramadan, which began Sunday.
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

#1  This new "Caliphate" is for all intensive purposes a Militant-led challenge to the traditional authority of Saudi Arabia as Keeper of the Islamic Holy Places, + Defender of the Faith + Faithful [Islamic "Holy See"], to add to the earlier challenge agz the Saudis by Shia Iran.

Al-BAGHDADI'S CALPHATE IS HERE TO STAY - IT WILL STRUGGLE FOR ITS EXISTENCE + LEGITIMACY FOR MANY YEARS.

Iff my personal dreams or visions from childhood hold true, + usually do, its true importance or significance is an islamic entity as inspiration to the future US convert to Islam known as the "Hidden Imam" or "Islamic Mahdi".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/03/2014 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Has anyone noticed that the Caliphate is OWG?

Think that's what Zero has in mind?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/03/2014 14:39 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Temple Mount Complex Closed Amid Fears Of Riots
[Ynet] Jerusalem District Police have decided to bar visitors from entering the Temple Mount complex.

Earlier the body of an Arab boy was found near Jerusalem and the possibility that he was kidnapped and killed in retribution for the murder of the three missing Israeli teens is being investigated. His deaths sparked violent protest in East Jerusalem, with residents throwing stones and fire bombs at the police; no injuries were reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under:

#1  close it for a couple weeks any time the animals decide to launch rocks and debris from it
Posted by: Frank G || 07/03/2014 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Just close it and open a bagel shop on the site.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/03/2014 20:23 Comments || Top||


Arab Teen's Death Sparks Riots In East Jerusalem
[Ynet] Politicians decry murder as 'despicable', while Paleostinian protesters hurl stones at security forces, Shuafat residents say teen's death was retribution to kidnapping and murder of Israeli teens: 'We will sacrifice our lives for the Shahids.'

Hundreds of Paleostinian protesters have been rioting in East Jerusalem since the early hours of Wednesday morning, following the murder of an Arab teen from Shuafat. Two photojournalists were maimed, including a Ynet photographer.

Protesters in Shuafat burned tires, hurled stones, Molotov cocktails, fireworks and pipe bombs at IDF and police forces at the scene and called out "we will sacrifice our lives for the deaders." Security forces used stun grenades to disperse the crowd and cordoned off the area to stop others from entering the neighborhood.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the murder and vowed security forces would work to find the killers. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
they were careful not to claim it was retribution for the murder of three Israeli teens that were presumed to have been kidnapped since June 12 but were discovered dead in a West Bank valley late Monday.

The burnt, dead body an Arab teenager was found early Wednesday morning in Jerusalem Forest, and police were investigating a possible connection to the reported kidnapping of a Paleostinian youth in East Jerusalem earlier in the day. Another possibility being investigated is that the boy was killed as part of a domestic issue or "honor killing."

The incident occurred only a day after Israel buried three teenagers.

Protesters also vandalized three light rail stations in East Jerusalem, smashing glasses and destroying security cameras.

Protesters also threw stones at security forces in Beit Hanina, as well three pipe bomb. One of the pipe bombs went kaboom!, and one person was hurt and taken to hospital. There were no injuries among the coppers.

Two news photographers were hurt during the festivities, one of them a Ynet photographer.

Several hundreds of the Shuafat residents have also made their way to the slain teen's home to offer their condolences to the family.

Residents condemned the murder, saying their son was a victim of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens.

Murder is murder
Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
Israeli politicians from both the left and the right quickly condemned the boy's death. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vigorously condemned the murder, and said: "This is a horrible and barbaric act which I strongly condemn. This is not our way and I am fully confident that our security forces will bring the perpetrators to justice. I call on everyone to exercise restraint."

Justice Miniser Tzipi Livni Tweeted that "the murder of the Arab boy in Jerusalem (is a) shocking incident that must be condemned, (and we should have) zero tolerance for it." Livni vowed security forces work to bring those behind his death to justice.

Rightist Housing Minister Uri Ariel also condemned the murder, saying via Twitter that "The murder of the Arab boy and the burning his body this morning is a despicable act and shocking. I call the police to spare no efforts, to reach the killers fast and bring them to justice."

The family of Naftali Frenkel has also commented on the death and said "If the Arab youth was murdered because of nationalistic motives then this is a horrible and horrendous act.

There is no difference between (Arab) blood and (Jewish) blood. Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness or justification for any murder," said Yisahi Frenkel, Naftali's uncle.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Arab Teen's Death Sparks Riots In East Jerusalem

Irritating, isn't it? Maybe you should knock it off so it doesn't happen back to you.
Posted by: gorb || 07/03/2014 4:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Rather a fortunate occurrence for Palestinians & friends?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/03/2014 5:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Yep. Takes the sting out and maybe forestalls any serious hamas smacking.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/03/2014 6:49 Comments || Top||


IAF Strikes Terror Cell As Rockets Strike Southern Israel
[Ynet] IDF retaliates after 13 rockets launched on southern Israel; Iron Dome battery intercepts 2.

The IAF responded quickly to seven mortars fired from Gazoo Wednesday evening, striking rocket-launching terrorist cells in the southern Gazoo Strip and continuing a general escalation in tensions since the bodies of three Israeli teenagers were discovered in the West Bank on Monday.

One rocket was launched at Sderot Wednesday overnight, damaging a structure in several vehicles. No injuries were reported.

Two rockets were fired on Ashkelon after the IAF attack. One was shot down by the Iron Dome system and the other fell in an open area causing no damage. Another two rockets fell in open areas near Eshkol. Finally, a barrage of 8 rockets were fired at Ofakim and Sdot Negev. One was shot down, the rest fell in open territory and no injuries were reported.

The earlier mortar rounds were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council all striking in open territory. No injuries or damage was reported, but previous rockets over the last several days have struck cars and buildings including one factory in Sderot which burned to the ground after being hit.

The Israeli government has yet to agree to any specific military action in response to the murder of the teens and increasing rocket fire from Gazoo after two inconclusive meetings of the security cabinet which lasted hours.

However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
as tensions increase, so does the suspicion that officials are preparing for a wider military strike, most likely to be focused on Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, in Gazoo. IDF reservists reported receiving calls from the army to update their personal details including telephone number, address, and bank account numbers.

While these check-ups from the army are routinely conducted for most reservists every several months, calls made during the severe escalation in Israel has given rise to speculation that reserve forces could be called up for a ground operation.

Civilians, both Israel and Paleostinian have also played a role in recent escalations including violent protests which erupted in Umm al-Fahm where protesters were met by 400 riot police.

Jewish protesters filled the streets of Jerusalem Tuesday yelling "death to Arabs" and calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take Dire Revenge" for the lives of the three Israeli teens.

Earlier Wednesday the body of an Arab teen from Jerusalem was found in a suspected Dire Revenge" murder sparking Arab protests in East Jerusalem where police faced barrages of rocks and fireworks from the protesters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I like to think of it as more retribution than "terror."
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 07/03/2014 8:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Btw, the above comment was meant as sarc!!!
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 07/03/2014 10:34 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Philippine troops capture Abu Sayyaf camp after fierce battle
Philippine marines captured a jungle base of the Abu Sayyaf group following a fierce battle that left two soldiers injured in the southern Philippine province of Sulu.

Marine Captain Maria Rowena Muyuela said troops recovered a huge cache of improvised explosives from the Abu Sayyaf base in Patikul town believed used by Radulan Sahiron, a senior leader of the group. Quoting military reports, Muyuela said the rebels were forced to flee - dragging their casualties - when more marine reinforcements arrived at the town, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf.

Brigadier General Martin Pinto described the Abu Sayyaf camp as "well fortified". He said, "The seized camp is fortified with connecting trenches, well—established firing positions and with hundreds of improvised explosive device emplaced in all approaches."

He added that the persistence of troops forced the heavily-armed militants to break into smaller groups and flee. He said, "Our troops had to breach the enemy's defenses and squeeze themselves to the complex terrain to be able to get closer to the objective. Despite the Abu Sayyaf's terrain advantage, the marines held their ground and returned fire as they inched their way to the camp, clearing several enemy satellite camps and the eventual capture of the Abu Sayyaf base."

Pinto said, "The persistence of the troops to push forward forced the heavily-armed Abu Sayyaf militants to escape and scamper towards different directions, taking along with them undetermined number of casualties - their dead and wounded members - while on the government side, we only have two marines who suffered minor wounds from the battle."

Authorities said there was no indication that Sahiron was among the dead or injured in the fighting which began on June 30, but there were reports that the Abu Sayyaf had fled with some of their kidnapped victims.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf


Suspected Maoist rebels kill Philippine town mayor
[ARABNEWS] CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines: Suspected communist guerrillas shot and killed a Philippine town mayor Wednesday while he was traveling in a convoy with army troops from a charity event, military officials said.

Regional military commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Visaya said at least three New People's Army rebels opened fire with M16 rifles and maimed Mayor Mario Okinlay in his southern mountain town of Impasug-ong in Bukidnon province. Okinlay later died in a hospital.

An army battalion commander was among military personnel in the convoy but the mayor, who was riding on a cycle of violence in front of two vans and an army truck, was the only one hit by rebel gunfire. The guerrillas fled when the soldiers returned fire.

Okinlay and the soldiers had come from a medical charity mission in a village and were returning to town when they came under attack, regional army front man Capt. Christian Uy said.

The Maoist rebels have been fighting since 1969 in one of Asia's longest-running Marxist insurgencies. Their numbers have dwindled amid battle setbacks, surrenders and factionalism, but the resilient guerrillas are still regarded the country's most serious security threat.
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Army Searches for Suspects in Tariq al-Jedideh
[AnNahar] Army troops on Wednesday carried out raids in the Beirut area of Tariq al-Jedideh in search for suspects.

"The army is carrying out raids in Tariq al-Jedideh in search of suspects wanted on terrorism charges," LBCI television reported.

MTV said troops raided places near the Cola and Corniche al-Mazraa areas in Beirut.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio had his hands full of angry bleached blonde...
al-Jadeed television said the army staged raids near the Beirut Arab University in Tariq al-Jedideh in search for runaways.

It also reported raids in the nearby Afif al-Tibi Street.

According to state-run National News Agency, one person was placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
and a car was seized in Afif al-Tibi.

Al-Manar television said the arrested man was a Saudi national, adding that a woman who was with him was also apprehended.

"The raids in Tariq al-Jedideh are interconnected and part of the preemptive security plan that security agencies are implementing to bust terrorist cells," Army chief General Jean Qahwaji said as he entered a security meeting at the Grand Serail.

Later on Wednesday, MTV said security forces were still encircling a number of buildings in Tariq al-Jedideh.

The development comes amid heightened security measures in Leb in the wake of a number of bombings that rocked several regions.

Last week, a Saudi jacket wallah went kaboom! at the Duroy Hotel in Beirut's Raouche area as General Security agents tried to storm his room. His accomplice, also a Saudi citizen, survived the blast and is being questioned.

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 arrested and has reportedly confessed to being sent by 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...
to carry out a terrorist attack in Leb.

Also in June, a suicide kaboom at the entrance of Beirut's southern suburbs, 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...
's main bastion, killed a security officer and maimed 20 others.

The bombing in Tayyouneh came three days after a suicide kaboom in eastern Leb killed one person and maimed 30.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:


Syrian rebels will 'lay down arms' if no aid to fight IS
Rebels from northern and eastern Syria on Wednesday threatened to lay down their arms in a week if the country's exiled opposition does not help them fight the Islamic State (IS).
The ISIL thanks you...
"We, the leaders of the brigades and battalions... give the National Coalition, the (opposition) interim government, the (rebel) Supreme Military Council and all the leading bodies of the Syrian revolution a week to send reinforcements and complete aid," the statement said.

"Should our call not be heard, we will lay down our weapons and pull out our fighters," it added.
"They're killing us out here! Somebody do something!"
The statement comes three days after IS declared the establishment of a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, referring to an Islamic system of rule that was abolished nearly 100 years ago.

"Our popular revolution (against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad)... is today under threat because of the (Islamic State), especially after it announced a caliphate," said the statement.

The factions that signed the statement are local rebel groups based in Raqa, Deir Ezzor and parts of Aleppo province where fighting against IS has been most intense, and which are now under IS control.

IS first appeared in Syria's war in late spring 2013. It has since taken control of Raqa in northern Syria, much of Deir Ezzor in the east, and parts of Aleppo province. Rebel groups from those areas have frequently complained of being poorly funded even though they are leading the fight against IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The statement comes days after US President Barack Obama called on Congress to approve $500 million to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition.

It also follows a visit late last week by Secretary of State John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, during which he said: "The moderate Syrian opposition... has the ability to be a very important player in pushing back against (the militants') presence."

Some Syrian rebels seeking Assad's ouster initially welcomed the war-hardened IS fighters among their ranks. But their systematic abuses and quest for hegemony in opposition-held areas eventually turned the rebels against them and their project.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/03/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

#1  Peace. I'm sure their Western Backers---who adore Peace---will be overjoyed.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/03/2014 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, when you're losing, giving up is usually an option. I'd be careful about the 'no hard feelings' clause, though.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/03/2014 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  If I read it correctly, during the, umm, election Assad offered certain conditions and amnesty to those who joined Team Not Assad. If Team Assad saw something like this coming it would be a mutually beneficial move. Also, rumors are Al Nusra and ISIL are no longer dating.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/03/2014 12:43 Comments || Top||



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