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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Over 98% of All WannaCry Victims Were Using Windows 7
And 100 percent of them were using the most insecure network disk sharing protocol on the planet, Server Mount Block Protocol AKA Common Internet File System (CIFS) Protocol
[BLEEPINGCOMPUTER] Numbers released by Kaspersky Lab on Friday reveal that over 98% of all documented WannaCry infections were running versions of the Windows 7 operating system.

Out of all Windows 7 users, the worst hit were users running Windows 7 64-bit edition, accounting for more than 60% of all infections.

The second and third most targeted OS versions were Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 10, respectively.

So! XP wasn't to blame after all
The statistics come to disprove popular belief that WannaCry hit mostly Windows XP machines. "The Windows XP count is insignificant," said Costin Raiu, director of Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab.

To infect all these computers, the WannaCry ransomware used an SMB worm that spread on its own to new computers that ran vulnerable SMB services.

That SMB worm was powered by an exploit named ETERNALBLUE. The exploit is part of a collection of hacking tools a group of hackers calling themselves The Shadow Brokers have stolen from the NSA and leaked online in April 2017.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If O/S were treated the way cars are by the FTC and food by the FDA, some organizations wouldn't be in business.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2017 8:06 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Former Navy SEAL to Katy Perry: ‘Hold One of Your Concerts in Syria and See How That Goes’
[BREITBART] Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie urged pop singer Katy Perry to try holding a concert in Syria if she wants to "hug it out" with Islamic terrorists.

Higbie, appearing as a guest on Fox News Thursday, said, "Go to hell, Katy Perry. Hold one of your concerts in Syria and see how that goes."

The ex-Navy SEAL was responding to Perry’s recent interview Tuesday on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in which the singer made a plea for people to "co-exist" and to remove "barriers" and "borders" after the Manchester, U.K. Islamic terrorist attack that took the lives of at least 22 people, many of them children, and maimed at least 59 more.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I can see it now: Katy Perry and Loretta Lynch in the "More Love is All They Need" concert in Syria!
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2017 1:01 Comments || Top||

#2  If they hear Lynch is singing anywhere she'll be found dead in a park with bullet holes in her back. Suicide of course.
Posted by: Jeasing Creque5352 || 05/27/2017 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Katy Perry to Navy Seal: "So, like, do you work at Sea World? Or like at the docks in SFO, like?
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 05/27/2017 12:34 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Attack on Christians in Egypt indicates sponsored sectarianism: Iran
[Iran Press TV] Iran has denounced an armed attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, saying the criminal act was a clear example of sectarianism supported by certain powers.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday that the recent terrorist attacks in the British city of Manchester, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Egypt have all been carried out after US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's visit to 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...
"The unrelenting repetition of such incidents can be signs of the reanimation of the supported sectarianism whose other side we are witnessing in the ongoing crackdown and killing in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the bloody war in Yemen," he added.
He emphasized that the recent gathering of over 50 states in the Saudi capital Riyadh, held under the pretext of fighting extremism and terrorism, had in fact had no outcome but support for the source of the promotion of the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
ideology of Wahhabism and financial and logistic aid for armed terrorism throughout the world.

It should not be expected that such a spectacle would help enhance security in the world, he said.

The Iranian spokesperson said supported extremism and sectarianism would directly result in the killing of innocent Moslems, Christians and followers of other religions.

Qassemi urged countries and international organizations to fulfill their international responsibilities vis-à-vis collective security and a genuine campaign against terrorism.

He also expressed his sympathy with the Egyptian government, nation and the bereaved families of the victims.

At least 28 people, including children, were killed and over two dozen others maimed after unknown gunnies attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday.

According to Egypt's Interior Ministry, the assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it carried visitors to the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometers from the capital.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Will no one rid us of that pugnacious troll?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 8:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Pugnacious troll ridded.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  thank you!
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2017 9:15 Comments || Top||

#4  TW spoiled my "pugnacious" pleasure. The penalty I pay for being on the road.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2017 10:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Gracias, Bella donna.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 11:48 Comments || Top||

'The bloodletting of Christians must end': Trump says 'civilization is at a precipice'
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Ten masked gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

  • At least 28 were killed and more injured when attackers sprayed bullets

  • Worshipers were heading to St. Samuel Monastery to pray

  • Donald Trump said in a statement from the G7 summit in Italy that he was working to 'bring nations together for the righteous purpose of crushing the evil organizations of terror'

  • Said jihadis follow a 'depraved, twisted, and thuggish ideology'

  • The G7 nations issued a broader statement pledging to increase efforts to target terror funding, combat online propaganda and monitor foreign fighters
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Struggle to defend religion just started: Bahraini clerics
[Iran Press TV] Bahraini holy mans have hailed the endeavors made by anti-government protesters who resist the Al Khalifah regime's heavy crackdown on dissent, saying their struggle to save their religion has just started.

"The battle for the defense of religion is not over, it has just started," the Bahraini holy mans said in a statement released on Friday, adding that Islam and their Persian Gulf island country needed those who would "sacrifice" their lives for this cause.

The statement came three days after the Al Khalifah regime launched a full-scale military raid on the northwestern village of Diraz, situated some 12 kilometers west of the capital Manama, to suppress a growing protest staged in solidarity with the top holy man, Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain's Shia majority.

During the raid in Diraz, Qassim's hometown, regime forces killed at least five demonstrators, maimed dozens and placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
over 280 people during the crackdown, which took place shortly after a meeting between US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
and Bahraini King Hamad
...King of Bahrain (since 14 February 2002), having previously been its emir (from 6 March 1999). He is a Sunni, while the rest of Bahrain is predominantly Shiite...
bin Isa Al Khalifah in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Hefazat: Remove all idols from public areas
[Dhaka Tribune] Hefajat-e-Islam
...a madrassa-based false nose and mustache of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, formed in 2010 to protest against secular education. In 2011 demonstrated violentyly against women's rights and in 2013 held large rallies demanding capital punishment of Shahbag Square protesters and banning women working outside the home...
Bangladesh’s Dhaka Committee chief Nur Hossain Kashemi on Friday demanded removal of all idols from public places in the country.

He made the statement in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after the Jumma prayers. Prior to that, supporters of the Islamic group had staged what they called a "thanksgiving procession."

"We will not tolerate any idols on roadsides in the country," he said.

When later contacted by phone, a representative of Hefazat’s Dhaka Committee could not specify which statues counted as idols.

Kashemi also thanked Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums..
for removing the Lady Justice "idol" from the Supreme Court premises, which she had earlier committed to doing.

At the programme, Hefazat’s Dhaka city unit Vice-Chairman Mojibur Rahman Hamidi also vowed to ensure that no idols remain in the country in the future.

"If anyone tries to build them, then the Islamic people will give them a proper reply," he threatened.

Subsequently, the procession leaders held a prayer session seeking a long life for the prime minister.

"Removal of all idols erected in Dhaka, the city of mosques, and elsewhere in the country" was one of the 13-point demands put forward by Hefazat in 2013. The government at that time refused to meet the demand citing constitutional and several international obligations.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the Dhaka Tribune in February: "The demands brought up by the Islamist parties are irrational and baseless. There is no reason to think that the sculpture will be removed just because someone demanded that it be so."

In February, Khushi Kabir, head of rights organization Nijera Kori, feared that if this demand was fulfilled, these groups would raise questions about other sculptures such as Oporajeyo Bangla, Raju Bhashkorjo, or Amar Ekushey.

"The demolition of the Lalon sculpture from in front of the Dhaka airport [in 2008] has encouraged the religious zealots to make such demands," she told the Dhaka Tribune.

But things changed after the prime minister in April said that she too did not like the "idol" installed near the National Eidgah ground.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: Hefajat-e-Islam

Fifth Column
U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In
Or some State department head does, anyway. President Trump reportedly rises early to spend several hours each morning reading newspapers and watching televised news, so he should be aware of this by now, as we are.
[NYT] Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.

The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.

The State Department’s decision was conveyed in an email on Thursday to the private agencies in countries around the world that help refugees manage the nearly two-year application process needed to enter the United States.

In her email, Jennifer L. Smith, a department official, wrote that the refugee groups could begin bringing people to the United States “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2017 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Who is in charge of these weasels anyway ? Hey Rex, pay attention!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/27/2017 10:07 Comments || Top||

Tillerson rejects hosting Ramadan event at US State Dept.
Message sent. In all directions.
[Iran Press TV] US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has turned down a request to hold a Ramadan event at his department, breaking with a 20-year-old tradition observed by both Democrats and Republicans, according to a new report.

Apparently, the top US diplomat was asked by the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host a reception for Eid al-Fitr day, on which Moslems celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Rooters reported Friday.

All US state secretaries have hosted Ramadan events at the department since 1999, the year then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held the first event.

A department front man said a Ramadan event was still possible in future.

"We are still exploring possible options for observance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. US ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate Ramadan through a variety of activities, which are held annually at missions around the world," he told Rooters.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A journey of a thousand li starts with one step. I hope when we'll see a day when every State department employee has to take a regular polygraph test on their views on Islam.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 1:31 Comments || Top||

#2  A department front man said a Ramadan event was still possible in future.

If I were in charge, we'd more likely have to worry about monkeys shooting bottle rockets flying out of my a$$.

But I'm not. So we're more likely to have to worry about what comes after Trump, and if that ultimately results in a large enough Muslim minority that it becomes a necessity.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2017 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  So can we hold an Easter celebration, maybe passover, hmm what's that monkey dance thing called?...

Point is, if one is allowed, then all must be allowed?
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 05/27/2017 5:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Lets see if we can help you with that ignorance part of your meme. The Church of England during the British rule of the colonies was a mandatory worship requirement and enforced moral code. The Constitution eliminated the ability of a church to establish laws for the people, which by the way Sharia Law is exactly what the Constitution forbids. Theocracy by Imams (aka preachers).

During the first 200 years the vast majority of people were pious Christians that built this great nation out of the wilderness and were allowed to practice their faith freely outside the walls of government institutions (therefore Ramadan will NOT be officially hosted within the walls of the State Department). Since the original citizens of 200 years were Christian, the halls were vacant so federal holidays were established on days no one would be around.

When the Mohammedans conquer the ignorant not only will mandatory religion be in place, but if you do not adhere your head will be severed from your torso by explicit decree of the Imams.
Posted by: Fat Bob Uneresh7809 || 05/27/2017 5:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Exactly Cure.

No religious celebration/events/recognition in government organizations.

Keeps things smooth.

Now if we can just get rid of the diversity departments....
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/27/2017 9:15 Comments || Top||

#6  The more I see and hear of T'Rex, the more I admire and respect the man. Of course I've always been partial to men (and wymn) who started at the bottom and worked their way up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2017 10:49 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington?
[NYTIMES] The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, including armed members of President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington last week. Many of the protesters were American citizens.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Yes
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2017 8:26 Comments || Top||

Youhanabad lynching case: Prosecutor found guilty of proselytising bid
[DAWN] LAHORE: The prosecutor, who was blamed for asking the undertrial Christian accused of the Youhanabad lynching case to embrace Islam for getting released on bail, has been found guilty of the charge in an inquiry started against him under PEEDA (Punjab Employees Efficiency and Discipline Act).

Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah had allegedly asked the 42 undertrial Christians to embrace Islam after the hearing of the case of lynching of two Moslem men on March 28 this year.

The lynching took place in the aftermath of two suicide kabooms outside two churches in Lahore’s Christian colony Youhanabad.

The incident had taken place in March 2015 and the case is being tried by a Lahore anti-terrorism court.

"It is my recommendation, the final decision would be made by the competent authority," said Prosecution Department’s Director General Monitoring and Evaluation Ashraf Bhatti who was the inquiry officer, confirming on telephone that the prosecutor had been found guilty.

Mr Shah was removed from his post immediately after the allegation was levelled against him. An inquiry was ordered under PEEDA. Punishment under this law is given by the competent authority after hearing an accused.

Officials said under the law, the hearing by the competent authority is held to impose punishment on the basis of the findings of an inquiry.

They rejected the idea that conversion to Islam could benefit any accused in any case being tried by any anti-terrorism or normal court. "No law enforced in Pakistain provides for it," a senior prosecutor said.

Two suicide kabooms outside two churches in Youhanabad on March 15, 2015, had sparked off violent protests in the Christian locality. As a result two Moslem men, happened to be in the locality, were burnt to death by the angry mob.

The victims were identified as Babar Noman, a tailor, and Hafiz Naeem, a glass cutter, of the same locality. Later, the Nishtar Town police registered two FIRs against the accused.

All the 42 accused of the lynching, all in jail, were indicted by the ATC on Jan 10 this year.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Rights activists highlight threats to existence of Kalash tribe
[DAWN] "As members of the Kalash community we are facing threats to change our religion, our land is being occupied and the names of our places are being changed. However,
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
the media is portraying only our dances rather than highlighting our issues."

This was stated by Gul Nazar, a representative of the Kalash community in Chitral, at a seminar on Thursday. The "Consultation on challenges for the Kalash community: the way forward" was organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistain (HRCP) at a local hotel.

Ms Gul demanded that the Kalash area should be included in the World Heritage List in order to protect it. "Development work should be carried out in the area and basic facilities such as healthcare and education should be provided to the community. The syllabus of education should be in the local language. Doctors come to the Kalash valleys during the summer season and go back as soon as the tourism season ends," she said.

"Kalash people are not aware of their rights. On the other hand, people from other areas are occupying their land. Dozens of Kalash people have been forced to change their religion. We have been trying to protect our graveyards as people even steal the bones of our deceased," she alleged.

Ms Gul, who also looks after a Kalash museum, said the museum had all the information about the Kalash people but around three dozen officials of the elite force are now stationed there due to which the visitors are facing problems.

"When we approached the police officer of the area to address the issue, he said we cannot teach him archaeology and he cannot not teach us security measures. So we had no option but to close the museum," she said.

Luke Rehmat, another representative of the community, said the Kalasha religion was divided into pure and impure.

"Men cannot go to places where children are born and those who go to the delivery places cannot enter the respective village for a certain period of time but tourists violate these restrictions due to which the community suffers mentally as there are a number of stories (superstitions) associated with it," he said.

"Our religious ways are being blocked and names of our places are being replaced with Moslem names such as Qaziabad and Ahmedabad," he said.

Ali Ahmad Jan, the director of a civil society organization, Sustainable Solution, said outsiders should not have the right to purchase land in the Kalash valleys like people of Pakistain cannot purchase land in Kashmire.

"Some religious groups have been working in the Kalash valleys and forcing people to convert to Islam. Once a Kalash person accepts Islam, they are not allowed to wear the traditional Kalash dress and even are suggested not to speak the local language. There are also some religious scholars who say every Moslem should convince at least six non-Moslems to accept Islam. As a result, forced conversions are on the rise in the Kalash valleys," he said.

HRCP member Nasreen Azhar, who chaired the event, said the Kalash community land was being occupied by outsiders and a large number of constructions were underway in the area.

"People from other areas also go there to build restaurants. There is a need to look into all these issues," she said.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said the Kalash community should move their case with the parliamentary committee on the marginalised people. He said every person had the right to live and practice their religion in Pakistain.

Iftikharuddin, Member National Assembly (MNA) from Chitral where the Kalash valleys are located, said there were severe security challenges in the area and the state had to fulfil its responsibility.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Pakistan's ‘war on terror’ cost down 40pc to $3.9bn
What they used to call "Economies of Scale."
[DAWN] Pakistain has cut direct and indirect losses to its economy on account of terrorism by slightly above 40 per cent to $3.88 billion (Rs407.21bn) in the first nine months of this fiscal year.

Economic Survey 2016-17 attributes this to an improving security condition in the wake of ongoing military-led counterterrorism operations in the nation’s tribal regions and elsewhere.

The latest survey, which has recorded the losses to the national economy under the chapter ’Impact of War in Afghanistan and Ensuing Terrorism on Pakistain’s Economy’, shows that the losses to the economy are steadily decreasing since FY12 when they hit a peak of $23.77bn the year before. Last year, the economic losses due to deterioration in the security conditions on account of terrorism went down by about 30pc to $6.49bn from $9.24bn a year earlier.

The cumulative losses to the economy on account of terrorism in the country since it joined the global ’war on terror’ in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the American soil in September 2001 have been estimated by the government at $123.13bn.

The reduction in the losses to the economy, the survey contends, reflects the effectiveness of the government’s efforts to "eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country".

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Israel to ease access for Palestinians during Ramadan
[IsraelTimes] West Bank and Gazoo residents will be able to pray at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, travel abroad from Ben Gurion.

The measures, similar to those of previous years, were announced by Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). This is the body which manages civilian affairs in the West Bank under the auspices of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and at the recommendation of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Palestinians to reciprocate with terror attacks".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2017 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Grom, you're almost as bad at stating the obvious as I am.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2017 1:55 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Ramadan Special: Arab TV Series Filmed in Lebanon Showcases Untold Stories of IS Women
[AnNahar] They are mothers, daughters, wives -- and jacket wallahs: an Arab television drama timed for the Moslem holy month of Ramadan tells the untold stories of women and the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

Inspired by true events, "Black Crows" airs over Ramadan -- prime time for television viewers in the Arab world -- which starts this weekend, and it is the first television series depicting life under IS rule in Syria and Iraq.

Produced by 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...
's MBC Group, the series focuses on the stories of the women who volunteer with or are forced to join the jihadist group and "the fear that shapes" their relationships.

"We wanted to tell real stories that would both touch people and reflect the ugly reality of terrorism," MBC front man Mazen Hayek told AFP at the network's Dubai headquarters.

"We realized that the Arab media could no longer sit and watch while terrorist groups used media as a central part of their war."

One episode features a girl and her grandmother, both in the niqab Moslem veil, selling dinner plates decorated with pictures of animals in an IS-controlled village in order to survive.

A group of armed women from the Hesba, the krazed killers' female police unit, order them to pack their goods on the grounds that the animal designs were "haram", or forbidden in Islam.

But the grandmother refuses to yield to Hesba's authority, saying she would rather break her plates than give in.

She is shot in the head by a member of the Hesba.

Another episode shows a training camp for children with machine-guns and "human targets" -- prisoners taken by IS.

"Bullets are faster than people," a gunman reminds a child aiming at prisoners scrambling to take cover. "Get two more of them and you can go see your mum."

With a cast including actors from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq, the $10-million production was filmed mainly in Leb and took over a year to research and another six months to shoot.

"Shocking scenes" in the series could "either attract or repel the viewer, but he could not remain indifferent," said Fadi Ismail, head of the production company.

"It is strong drama and the viewer can always control what to watch," he said.

- 'Security challenge' -
Leb, the main location, hosts more than one million Syrian refugees and has been the scene of deadly suicide kabooms claimed by IS.

"Security was our most difficult challenge" during shooting, said executive producer Amer Sabbah.

"When you transform an area in Leb into what resembles an IS headquarters, you have to consider security and safety of your crew," he said.

In 2015, an MBC-produced Ramadan special, a satire named "Selfie", took aim at IS with a storyline in which the Saudi main character heads to Syria to bring back his son who had joined the group.

The actor, Nasser al-Qasbi, received a string of online death threats after the episode aired.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Southeast Asia
ISIS claims suicide attack on Jakarta bus station
[IsraelTimes] Three coppers killed Wednesday in ongoing terror surge in world’s most populous Moslem-majority state.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) terror group has grabbed credit for a twin suicide kaboom at a Jakarta bus terminal that killed three coppers, the latest attack to hit Indonesia as it faces a surge in terror plots.

Analysts described the claim as credible and said they believed Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a local network of IS-linked bully boys, carried out the bombing.

Two jacket wallahs attacked the busy terminal in the capital late Wednesday in a dramatic assault that sparked panic and left human body parts and shattered glass strewn across the street.

Three coppers were killed, and five other officers and five civilians injured in the bombing at the Kampung Melayu terminal. Authorities Thursday raided the houses of the suspected bombers, and found Islamic teaching materials and bladed weapons.

IS propaganda agency Amaq said late Thursday that the "attack on the Indonesian police gathering in the city of Jakarta was carried out by one of the fighters of the Islamic State," in a statement carried by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Jakarta-based security analyst Sidney Jones, who heads the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict think tank, described the claim as "very credible." She said she believed that the branch of JAD based in Bandung, a city on the main island of Java, had carried out the bombing.

Al Chaidar, a terrorism expert from the University of Malikussaleh in Indonesia’s Aceh province, said he also thought the claim credible.

JAD was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in January, which said the network was an umbrella group for about two dozen bully boy outfits.

Some have pointed the finger at the group for carrying out a suicide and gun attack in Jakarta in January last year that left four assailants and four civilians dead, and was also claimed by IS.
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