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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Undercover Florida detectives use gay dating apps Grindr and Scruff to bust 68 'drug dealers': Six-month-long sting 'Swipe Left for Meth' found people were dealing cocaine, LSD, fentanyl and more
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • The Polk County Sheriff's Department has arrested 68 drug dealers who used gay dating apps Grindr, Scruff and Taimi to meet their clients

  • For six months, undercover detectives talked to the dealers with fake profiles

  • 'It was a shock to us that they were openly advertising,' said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd at a press conference on Thursday

  • Judd said that dealers were using codewords like 'Tina,' the ice cream emoji and the birthday cake emoji to advertise their sales

  • They seized around 280 grams of meth, 3 grams of cocaine, 130 pills of MDMA, 1.5 grams of Fentanyl/heroin and one gram of LSD

  • Many of those arrested had rap sheets - one man had 32 prior felonies

  • One of the dealers had 13 guests arrested for drug-related charges when police raided his home, and another had 14 guns seized
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/30/2022 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  It is unfortunate that Law Enforcement Sources and Methods were disclosed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2022 2:34 Comments || Top||

#2  undercover detectives talked to the dealers with fake profiles

I have it on good authority that 'honey pots' have been around since there was honey.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/30/2022 5:56 Comments || Top||

#3  The whole idea is to scare off the rest of the homo drug dealers.
Posted by: Sheter the Lesser9291 || 01/30/2022 6:04 Comments || Top||

#4  DeSantis Law Enforcement loyalists? This is likely to have a devastating impact on the D.C. beltway community. Several 'people of colour' involved. The FBI would have had to have declined involvement in this one.

All of those nice people and not one outstanding federal warrant or incident of interstate activity? Amazing to say the least.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2022 6:25 Comments || Top||

#5  It is unfortunate that Law Enforcement Sources and Methods were disclosed.

Especially when Law Enforcement discloses it.
Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 6:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Where's Gillum?
Maybe the sweep will catch the next depraved Democrat candidate
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/30/2022 7:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Where’s Gillum? Barney Frank Naples FL Condo.
Posted by: Airandee || 01/30/2022 7:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Hunter must be outraged. I for one, demand the 'Grindr and Scruff' dating App software be returned to it's rightful owners the Biden Crime family and the US Congress at once !

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2022 7:37 Comments || Top||

#9  BTW, what's Lil' Crackpipe up to now? Been awfully quiet lately.... Was he spotted in Kazakhstan during the recent festivities? Inquiring minds want to know
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/30/2022 7:41 Comments || Top||

#10  Cranking out highly profitable bribes artwork
Posted by: Frank G || 01/30/2022 7:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Sounds like a waste of money and time considering the small amount of drugs they got.
Posted by: Chris || 01/30/2022 9:21 Comments || Top||

#12  The dealers are off the street. The guns are off the street. Hard to see how that's not a win.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/30/2022 9:27 Comments || Top||

#13  "Of course I still love you, honey. The app is just a work thing. It's a work thing, I swear!"
Posted by: SteveS || 01/30/2022 11:59 Comments || Top||

#14  And they'll be out within the week more than likely.
Posted by: Chris || 01/30/2022 12:24 Comments || Top||

#15  Why on earth is a man with 32 prior felonies still out on the street?
Posted by: Tom || 01/30/2022 14:00 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somali military says killed scores of Al-Shabaab militants, or maybe 28
[Garowe] An operation waged by the Somali National Army [SNA] within the last two days has left Al-Shabaab militants with heavy losses, in the latest significant success against the Somalia-based terror group.

The SNA Force on Friday announced that the operation majorly in Lower and Middle Shabelle was extremely "successful" in the manner in which it was executed, noting that the militants suffered heavy casualties.

The SNA contingent said the operation was carried out in the villages of Marerey, Mukay-Dhere, Shalow and Yaqle villages, all located on the outskirts of the town of Balad, in the country's Middle Shabelle region, according to a security officer in the region, who spoke to Anadolu Agency over the phone.

According to the officer, there was a fresh fight on Friday between the military and Al-Shabaab in the outskirts of Muku Dhere village after the militants engaged the residents in a firefight. At least eight civilians were killed, officials said.

Balad is a strategic agricultural town located 40 kilometers [24 miles] north of the country's capital, Mogadishu. The town has been witnessing battles between Al-Shabaab and SNA due to its strategic location.

The commander of the 27th Division of the Somali National Army, Salah Yaqub also confirmed the operation to local media, saying they carried out the offensive against Al-Shabaab and killed 28 terrorist fighters and destroyed their hideouts.

Somalia is battling against the militants who have controlled large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia, but there has been significant progress in recent years following cooperation between SNA and the AMISOM troops.

Al-Shabaab militants confront villagers in Somalia

[Garowe] A heavy confrontation ensued between al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
Lions of Islam and innocent civilians in central Somalia, reports indicate, amid ongoing operations within the region which has been a center of festivities between the Lions of Islam and the Somali National Army [SNA].

Sources say the Lions of Islam ambushed locals in Muku Dhere village about 13 kilometers north of Bal'ad town, which has been a target of the Lions of Islam for a couple of years. Friday’s confrontation was reportedly triggered by al-Shabaab fighters who targeted several women who they accused of helping government forces.

For the last three weeks, the Somali National Army has pitched a tent in the region which is found in Middle Shabelle, where they are being assisted by a number of African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission Forces in Somalia to eradicate the murderous Moslems.

Reports from the vicinity of Muku Dhere village have alleged that al-Shabaab Lions of Islam killed five women accused of supporting the SNA Force during this week’s operations. The Lions of Islam reportedly outnumbered the locals and torched homes during the fighting on Friday.

After the confrontation, sources said, hundreds of villagers fled their homes only to return hours later where they found their houses burnt and farm machinery destroyed by the al-Qaeda linked group. Other sources say as many as eight locals were killed.

Security forces reported killing 28 Lions of Islam in four villages under Bal’ad over the last few days during the showdown in the region. The government troops have been conducting a series of activities across the region.

Al-Shabaab still controls large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia, but efforts by security forces have seen the Lions of Islam drastically degraded. The African Union Mission has been pushing for a joint mission with the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
in the Horn of Africa nation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Justice Minister Survives Assassination Attempt in Libyan Capital
Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:


Libyan Army Kills 24 ISIS Militants in Al-Qatroun


The Libyan National Army (LNA)’s official Spokesperson, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, announced that 24 Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) holy warriors were killed during three-day long festivities against LNA forces near the town of al-Qatroun in Southwest Libya.

Speaking during a presser on Friday, al-Mismari confirmed that an IS holy warrior was arrested and four LNA soldiers were reported missing during the battles.

He said the army directed its units to "hunt down" the IS holy warriors who escaped the festivities.

The Spokesman added that the army started off a large-scale operation in the southern outskirts of Qatroun, which is located some 200 kilometers from the border with Niger and Chad. It did so after detecting movements by IS cells around Mount ’Asida’.

Several units of the LNA, including the Tariq bin Ziyad Brigade, the 73rd Infantry Brigade, and the 128th Military Battalion, took part in the operation. Libyan Air Force warplanes provided close air support for LNA troops advancing on the ground.

Notably, LNA forces conduct combing operations in the country’s southern region periodically in order keep IS at bay. Despite this, the terrorist group’s cells manage to launch attacks from time to time.

In a statement on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said that the holy warriors killed three Libyan security personnel near the Jabal Asida area, west of al-Qatrun. The attack targeted a patrol of the Umm al-Aranib Martyrs’ Brigade, killing three of its members.

It added that government forces had killed four holy warriors, and destroyed their vehicle. A search is underway for other "terrorists" who had fled. The Ministry said that the IS-affiliated groups that have appeared in the Southwest of the country are seeking to destabilise the security situation.

On Monday, IS forces claimed an attack on the same brigade, in the same area a week earlier, killing two members.

The Umm al-Aranib Martyrs’ Brigade is largely made up of members of the long-marginalized Tebu ethnic group.

A political crisis in the wake of Moammer Qadaffy’s overthrow saw the oil-rich country split between rival authorities in the East and West, and the disintegration of security apparatuses. This created fertile ground for jihadist groups like IS to take root.

A myriad of gangs and human traffickers have taken advantage of the chaos to gain a foothold in the North African country.

The LNA Spokesperson strongly criticised the Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdelhamid al-Dbaiba, and his Interior Minister, Khaled Mazen. He argued that they deliberately overlooked the efforts of the LNA forces in fighting IS holy warriors over the last three days in the Southwest of the country.

Al-Mismari warned that this would negatively affect the work of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), and the bilateral talks between LNA Chief of General Staff, Abdel Razek al-Nadori, and his counterpart of Libya’s Western-based Army, Major General Mohammed al-Haddad, to unify the military institution.
Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Fighters Attacking Borno Community


Insurgents from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-backed faction of Boko Haram
...Nigeerian Islamist group, formerly paying homage to al-Qaeda, then, when the money ran out, to the Islamic State, and headed by nutcase Abu Bakr Shekau. Once he exploded in a gunfight with ISWAP, many in the group surrendered to the govt and others went with their new overlords. The remainder are a shell of their former selves, stmbling glassy-eyed and lonely through the Sambisa Forest and the soothing waters of Lake Chad, asking themselves What is truth?, or maybe just I wonder what's for dinner? I hope it's not rhinocerous again! ...
, the Islamic State West Africa Province formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, are currently attacking Ajiri.

Ajiri is a community in Mara Local Government Area of Borno State, which is about 52km from Maiduguri, the state capital.

A source told SaharaReporters that the murderous Moslems came in several trucks fitted with machine guns on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising. And then he smelled the smoke...
troops of the Nigerian Army are currently engaging the gunnies in a shootout, the source added.

Since the death of JAS leader, Abubakar Shekau
...the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down. Last seen in 2017, sneaking into Cameroon while wearing a burka...
, ISWAP has been consolidating its grip in locations around Lake Chad.

Recently, it appointed Wali Sani Shuwaram, a 45-year-old as the new leader (Wali) of ISWAP in Lake Chad.

The sect’s membership has swollen with the defection of hundreds of Boko Haram fighters under Shekau.




Troops of the Nigerian Army have repelled an attack by suspected fighters of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of West Africa Province in Ngirbua Village, Yobe State.

According to military sources, the troops ambushed the terrorists, killing a yet to be ascertained number of them while several others escaped with fatal gunshot wounds in the encounter.

The sources added that Anti Aircraft Guns, AK 47 riffles, among others were recovered from the Death Eaters.
Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Gunmen Kill Two, Kidnap Over 100 In Fresh Niger Attack


At least two people have been killed while over 100 others were kidnapped at Tungan Bako and Kawo communities in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

It was learnt that the attacks occurred at night on Thursday, forcing all the villagers to desert the community.

The sum of N70m was demanded by the button men as ransom 24 hours after the kidnap to release the victim, a source revealed.

"They phoned us to bring N70m as ransom before the people can be released. That is all I can say for now," the source said.

According to the source, the button men, riding on over 30 cycle of violences with two heavily gunnies on each cycle of violence, attacked the communities at 11:00pm.

"They started the shooting at 11:00pm and they were there till morning because many of us had to run into the bush for safety," he said.

It was gathered that Joint Security TaskForce had been deployed in the communities and are currently on the trail of the button men to rescue the kidnapped victims.
Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Banditti


Arabia
Giants Brigades forces say some of its fighters are remaining on the front




Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Arab Coalition has conducted 27 targeted strikes in Yemen


Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Briefly about Yemen
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

Commentary by Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin

[ColonelCassad] At the front in Marib, events are developing very interestingly.
The troops of the Hadists and the STC, with the support of the Air Force of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, were able to recapture Bayhan and Kharib from the Houthis during the January offensive, but yesterday the STC suddenly announced the end of the offensive and the withdrawal of five brigades from the front at once, including the three most combat-ready brigades funded by the UAE, for the transfer of which the western coast of Yemen was surrendered to Marib.

The pro-Iranian IWN reports:

According to the pro-Saudi coalition media, the command of the Amalek forces withdrew five brigades of its fighters from the southern fronts of Marib and transferred them to the city of Ataq.

But they have expanded their military operation to the Kharib region in the province of Marib. However, the end of the operation was announced today. This unexpected decision to end the operation and withdraw Amalek's forces could be the result of one or more of the following:

1- Casualties and losses of the Saudi coalition forces, especially Amalek's forces on the battlefield with Ansar Allah, were much higher. than their calculations and level of expectations.

2- Ansar Allah's security and economic impact on the UAE by conducting Operation Hurricane Yemen in two phases.

3- US and UN pressure on the UAE and Saudi Arabia to stop airstrikes on Yemeni cities.

4- International mediation between Ansar Allah and the UAE.

5- Termination of the agreement between the UAE and Saudi Arabia and the achievement of the objectives of this agreement.

Also, some local analysts believe that in exchange for the help of the Saudi coalition in the fight against Ansar Allah in the province of Marib, the UAE took control of some areas and oil areas in the province of Shabwa and the port of Belhaf on the southern coast of Yemen from the Saudis.
.

It is also worth noting that after the Houthis threatened the UAE, Dubai Expo canceled a number of events in the emirate, fearing the consequences of the strikes.

If you look at the dry residue of this counterattack, then in order to win two less important settlements from the Houthis, part of the strategically significant province of Hodeida was surrendered and the real threat of blocking Iranian military supplies to Yemen was removed.

However, at the cost of this sacrifice, it was possible to solve short-term tasks - the offensive in Shabwa and South Marib forced the Houthis to ease pressure in the mountainous region of Jabal al-Balak and stop trying to break through from the south to the province of Marib.

The Houthi reserves, who were supposed to support the pressure on Marib, were forced to travel to southern Marib and Shabwa to stabilize the crackling front. Over the past 2 days, the reserves that have come up have made it possible to recapture part of the previously lost territory from the Hadists.

The general scheme of what happened in Marib and Shabwa in late December-January.

In fact, the command of the Saudi coalition took a rather reasonable step, using the mobile reserves that appeared to organize a powerful counterattack on the flank of the Houthis, who had to change their plans related to the continuation of offensive operations south of Marib. A rare case when the plan of the command of the Saudi coalition was crowned with success.

In 2021, they already played this game, organizing a powerful counteroffensive south of Taiz in response to pressure on Marib, which ended in nothing, but allowed them to buy time and stabilize the front in Marib. It's basically a double 2.

According to various estimates, Ansar-Allah and the Saudi coalition lost a large number of manpower and equipment in the battles south of Marib (we are talking about thousands of dead and even more wounded).

For the Houthis, this can be written as an operational failure (the political leadership set the goal of taking Marib in the first half of January), although it can be attributed to the fact that they do not have enough forces to simultaneously attack Marib and stop the counterattack, for which up to 8- 10 brigades of emirates and hadists.

It can be expected that when the UAE forces are withdrawn from the front, after some operational pause, the Houthis will try to make up for this failure, especially since the withdrawal of a significant part of the emirates’ forces from the front leaves them face to face with the Hadists, who were already smashed here.

So far, both sides continue to exchange strong blows. The Saudis carry out dozens of airstrikes every day. The Houthis respond with ballistic missiles and drones. Both sides claim heavy casualties on the side from these strikes.

These battles continue to be the most intense local conflict of all going on Earth.
Posted by: badanov || 01/30/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Home Front: WoT
FBI Nabs Kansas Woman Accused of Leading ‘All-Female' ISIS Battalion in Syria
[Breitbart] An American woman, formerly of Kansas, is accused of leading an all-female ISIS battalion in Syria and plotting a "potential future attack" at a U.S. college campus, according to the Justice Department.

U.S. citizen Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, was previously apprehended in Syria and turned over to FBI custody on Friday, a Saturday release from the Justice Department states. Fluke-Ekren, who goes by many different aliases, is charged with "providing and conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization," and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The release cites a recently unsealed criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2019, alleging that since Fluke-Ekren left the states for Syria, she partook in numerous terrorism-related activities dating back to at least 2014.

The release states:

These activities allegedly include, but are not limited to, planning and recruiting operatives for a potential future attack on a college campus inside the United States and serving as the appointed leader and organizer of an ISIS military battalion, known as the Khatiba Nusaybah, in order to train women on the use of automatic firing AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts. Additionally, Fluke-Ekren allegedly provided ISIS and ISIS members with services, which included providing lodging, translating speeches made by ISIS leaders, training children on the use of AK-47 assault rifles and suicide belts and teaching extremist ISIS doctrine.

The complaint includes accounts from six eye-witnesses who say they observed Fluke-Ekren’s terrorist behavior "from at least 2014 through approximately 2017."

She allegedly told one witness she longed to carry out an attack in the United States. The release states:
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2022 05:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  U.S. citizen Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, was previously apprehended in Syria and turned over to FBI custody on Friday....

Been a 'person of interest' for 8 years and the Syrians simply turned her over to the bureau (no reason given) on Friday. Any costs associated with this handover, meals, Lodging, travel, etc
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2022 5:50 Comments || Top||


#3  /\ Attack on an empty, leftest, pro-Hamas campus or shuttered shopping mall? Missed the Christmas shopping surge did she? Perhaps a domestic “Pesach” attack in the planning stages? Wat about recent BLM/Antifa activities? Surely the Bureau can do better than that.

Smell still lingering.

My tinfoil hat guess (and only a guess), she was a Klingon source discovered by the Syrians, detained, then sold back to the FBI under the pretext of domestic criminal activity.

I can almost hear the ear piercing, 'memory hole' electronic door klaxon.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2022 6:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Sounds like a Fluke arrest
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/30/2022 7:05 Comments || Top||

#5  OPEN QUESTION: When will we see the Nationwide Arrests of the openly and well-known TRUE Terrorists and their leadership? Along with their international funders, state & DC political co-conspirators?

The Nationally Organized terrorist groups that have repeatedly attacked US Cities and political opposition groups repeatedly.

Causing deaths, murders, serious physical injuries, and $100's of million in private/public property losses?

The well-known US Terrorist groups called:

Anti-FA, & BLM.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/30/2022 9:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Lawrence or Garden City.

.....

Lawrence. Naturally.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/30/2022 13:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Kill the Gays! Kill the Gays!

Jeez, another Fred Phelps KU campus protest.

No...its the Fluke-Ekren study group heading to civics.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/30/2022 13:29 Comments || Top||


American Woman Accused of Prominent Role in Islamic State


The F.B.I. has arrested an American woman who federal prosecutors said had risen through the ranks of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Syria to become a battalion commander, training women and kiddies to use assault rifles and suicide belts, the Justice Department disclosed on Saturday.

The woman, Allison Fluke-Ekren,
...mother of five, wife of three — sequentially, they kept getting killed —teacher, home schooler, fluent in Arabic, Turkish, and Spanish...
42, a former teacher from Kansas, was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization. The circumstances of her capture in Syria were not immediately known, but the F.B.I. flew her to Virginia on Friday to face prosecution.

Prosecutors described Ms. Fluke-Ekren as playing an unusually outsized role in the Islamic State as a woman and an American.
Typical pushy, over-achieving American female.
Charges against American women involved with the Islamic State have been rare.

Investigators said Ms. Fluke-Ekren was smuggled into Syria in 2012 from Libya. She traveled to the country, according to one witness, because she wanted to wage "violent mostly peaceful jihad," Raj Parekh, a federal prosecutor, wrote in a detention memo that was made public on Saturday.

According to a criminal complaint that was filed in 2019, a witness told the F.B.I. that Ms. Fluke-Ekren and her husband brought $15,000 to Syria to buy weapons. Her husband, the witness said, eventually rose to be the commander of all snipers in Syria in 2014.
That would be the hyphenated Mr. Ekren, the one she married in America before they started on their travels together.
He later died in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
while conducting a terrorist attack on behalf of the Islamic State, Sherlocks said. Ms. Fluke-Ekren met her husband in the United States, according to court documents.

The same witness also told the F.B.I. that Ms. Fluke-Ekren had a plan in 2014 to attack a college in the United States using backpacks filled with explosives. Prosecutors did not reveal which college she had wanted to target. The criminal complaint said her plan was presented to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State at the time, who approved it for funding. The witness said the attack was put on hold after Ms. Fluke-Ekren learned she was pregnant. Ms. Fluke-Ekren had multiple children, but it is not clear how many.

Prosecutors said Ms. Fluke-Ekren moved to Egypt in 2008, lived there for about three years and then traveled to Libya, where she stayed for about a year before sneaking into Syria. According to one witness, Ms. Fluke-Ekren departed Libya because another terrorist organization, Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. 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...
, was no longer conducting attacks in that country and she wanted to wage violent mostly peaceful jihad.

In his memo arguing to keep Ms. Fluke-Ekren behind bars while she awaits trial, Mr. Parekh said she had been a "fervent believer in the radical terrorist ideology of ISIS for many years." The prosecutor said the government had numerous witnesses who were prepared to testify against her.

According to the detention memo, the mayor of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital, approved the opening of a military battalion to train women to help defend the city.
They called it Khatiba Nusaybah (khatiba just means battalion). The members were all married to ISIS gunnies.
Ms. Fluke-Ekren, Sherlocks said, soon became the leader and organizer of it.

Witnesses said that Ms. Fluke-Ekren taught classes for members of the battalion, and on one occasion, a young child of hers was seen holding an assault rifle.
Presumably we’ll discover at some point whether any of them made it to adulthood...
One witness said that more than 100 women and girls had received training from Ms. Fluke-Ekren. She had hoped to create a cadre of jacket wallahs that could infiltrate enemies’ positions, but the effort never materialized, according to the complaint.

Ms. Fluke-Ekren told another witness about her desire to attack a shopping mall using a remote-detonated vehicle full of explosives. The witness said she wanted to kill large numbers of people.

Court documents said that after the death of her husband, Ms. Fluke-Ekren married another Islamic State terrorist, a Bangladeshi man who specialized in drones and was working on a plan to drop chemical bombs from the air. He also died. She then married an Islamic State military leader who was responsible for the defense of Raqqa, a witness said.

A witness also said that Ms. Fluke-Ekren claimed to have tried to send a message to her family with the goal of tricking them into believing she was dead so the U.S. government would stop trying to find her. She told the witness that she never wanted to return to the United States and wanted to die a martyr in Syria.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia have mounted an aggressive effort to prosecute Death Eaters captured overseas. The cases can be extremely difficult because witnesses and other evidence can often only be found in war zones, as well as because of geopolitical considerations.

Last year, Mohammed Khalifa, a Saudi-born Canadian who traveled to Syria in 2013 and later joined the Islamic State, was brought to the United States and charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization that resulted in death. Mr. Khalifa provided the narration and translation for approximately 15 videos created and distributed by the Islamic State. He later pleaded guilty and faces life in prison.

Mr. Kotey pleaded guilty to his role in deaths of four Americans in Syria. He faces life in prison. Mr. Elsheikh has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
and awaits trial.

Elmitle Glarong4311 gave us Breitbart’s article on the subject.
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The Justice Dept. affidavit.
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India-Pakistan
Gunfight breaks out in south Kashmir


A shootout broke out between Lions of Islam and security forces in Naira area of south Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
's Pulwama district on Saturday evening.

"Encounter has started at Naira area of #Pulwama. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow, " a police front man said.

The encounter broke out soon after security forces cordoned the area following a tip off about the presence of Lions of Islam there.

The number of trapped Lions of Islam was not immediately known.



A policeman was rubbed out by faceless myrmidons in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday, reports quoting officials said.

Quoting a police official, news agency GNS reported that Head Constable Ali Mohammad was fired upon by unknown faceless myrmidons in the Hassanpora area of the district, leaving him critically injured.

He was shifted to GMC Anantnag were doctors declared him dead. "He was brought dead," a doctor at GMC Anantnag said.

The killing comes a day after a cop escaped unhurt in a holy warrior attack in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar.
One India adds:
Five turbans have been shot down in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir. One of the five turbans who was killed is a Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
operative.

The encounters took place in Pulwama and Budgam.

"5 turbans of Pakistain sponsored proscribed terror outfits LeT and JeM killed in dual encounters in last 12 hours. JeM commander terrorist Zahid Wani and a Pak terrorist among the killed. Big success for us," a tweet by the J@K police read.

In the Budgam encounter one terrorist was killed and an AK-47 rifle was recovered. In the past month 22 turbans have been shot full of holes in nearly one dozen encounters.
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Gunfight breaks out in Chrar-e-Sharif, two militants likely trapped


An encounter broke out between hard boyz and a joint team of police and army in the Chrar-e-Sharif area of central’s Budgam district on Saturday night, police said.

"Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow," a police front man said in a tweet.

Quoting official sources, news agency GNS reported that two local hard boyz are believed to be trapped.

A joint team of Police and army launched a cordon and search operation in Charar-e-Sharif following credible inputs about the presence of hard boyz in the area.

As soon as joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding hard boyz fired upon them, triggering off an encounter.
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Iraq
Iraqi Air defenses mistakenly tried to shoot down a drone for the Global Coalition


On Saturday, the Iraqi defense system mistakenly tried to shoot down a reconnaissance aircraft belonging to the US-led Coalition in Saladin Governorate.

A security source told Shafaq News Agency, "the Iraqi security forces were going to use air defenses to shoot down a drone at the entrance to Samarra district, but later, it is shown that it belongs to the Global coalition that restricted its movement and canceled its reconnaissance mission ."

The source added that "the plane tried to enter the airspace of Samarra before its identity was determined."
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Suspect in Baghdad rocket attack arrested.
Yesterday they found the launchpad, today they got the guy who dunnit.


Iraqi security forces apprehended a suspect in connection with the rocket attack on the Baghdad International Airport yesterday, Friday, two sources revealed earlier today.

A source told Shafaq News Agency that the suspect was captured at al-Sarha checkpoint in the north of Diyala.

"He is in the custody of al-Udhaim intelligence department for investigations," the source said.

The other source said that the arrestee is called Akram al-Qaysi. He was born in 1984 and currently resides in the Abu Ghreib district.

Yesterday, several rockets landed in the Baghdad International Airport compound and near an adjacent U.S. air base, damaging at least one disused civilian aeroplane, Iraqi police sources said.

The police sources did not report any other damage or any injuries. The damaged aircraft was an out-of-use Iraqi Airways plane, they said.

Iraq's state news agency reported, citing the country's aviation authority, that there was no disruption to travel.

The U.S. air base, known as Camp Victory, is located around the perimeter of Baghdad's civilian airport.

Rocket attacks have regularly struck the complex in recent years and are blamed by U.S. and some Iraqi officials on Iran-aligned Shi'ite militia groups who oppose the U.S. military presence in the region.

On Jan. 5, Katyusha rockets hit Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. forces near Baghdad's international airport and west of the Iraqi capital.

A series of attacks this month, some of which the United States blames on Iran-aligned militia groups, have targeted bases or installations hosting U.S. military and diplomatic personnel but have caused no U.S. casualties.

The Iran-aligned paramilitary groups have in previous years carried out dozens of similar attacks, mostly causing little harm. But the attacks have become more sophisticated in the past year, including with the use of fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones.
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Nine ISIS Bad Guys killed in an airstrike UPDATE: 3 of the deaders Lebanese


Ongoing military operation in northeast Diyala resulted in killing nine ISIS bully boyz involved in an attack on a headquarters of the Iraqi army in al-Udhaim basin earlier this month, the Security Media Cell (SMC) said on Saturday.

SMC said that the National Security Agency (NSA) was able to determine the exact location of the krazed killer group that waged the brazen attack on the army headquarters in al-Udhaim on January 21.

In coordination with the Joint Operations Command (JOC) of the Iraqi army, the Iraqi airforces' F-16 carried out a series of three Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s, killing nine terrorists.

The operation is still underway, according to SMC.

On January 21, button men from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
holy warrior group attacked an army barracks in al-Udhaim mountainous area in northeast Diyala, killing ten soldiers and an officer as they slept.
Update from the Times of Israel at 3:10 p.m. ET:
A security official tells The Associated Press that four among the killed were Lebanese, natives of the northern town of Tripoli. He speaks on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.
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Armed men fire at PUK counter-terrorism commander’s house in Kirkuk
[Rudaw] Unidentified gunnies fired at the Kirkuk residence of a colonel from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) counter-terrorism forces late Friday, his brother and a security source told Rudaw on Saturday. The attack caused material damage and injured a child.

The incident took place in the Kurdish-majority Rizgari neighbourhood which Kurds consider safer than the rest of the city. It targeted the house of colonel Dler Ghazi who works for PUK’s counter-terrorism forces in Sulaimani.

"Last night at 8:45pm, I was at home which is close to Dler’s house. Dler called me and said that his house was fired at. He was at a pharmacy at the time to buy some medicine. He asked me to go to his house," Muayad, the brother of the colonel, told Rudaw’s Hardi Mohammed.

He added that the house’s windows have been shattered and one of the colonel’s daughters received a head injury due to glass breaking.

The attack was captured on the CCTV camera and the police have launched an investigation, according to Muayad.

A local security source confirmed the information to Rudaw, saying the attackers were in a white Tucson vehicle.

The colonel’s brother denied the family had any issues with anyone, claiming his brother was attacked due to his military position.
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Iraqi forces arrest civilians collecting royalties for ISIS
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces on Saturday arrested four civilians who were allegedly funding the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group in Nineveh, forcing citizens to pay money to finance the organization, Iraq’s Security Media Cell said in a statement.

"After obtaining legal approvals, the National Security Agency detachments in western Nineveh managed to set up an elaborate ambush that resulted in the arrest of a cell of four bully boyz who are forcing citizens to pay money to finance ISIS gangs and their terrorist operations," read the statement from the cell.

The perpetrators "confessed to threatening and intimidating many citizens, as well as extorting money from them," it added.

In the early hours of Saturday, Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Shaabi) also announced that they had thwarted an ISIS attack in Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad.

PMF also claimed that their reach in the area has expanded, and their capabilities to repel future attacks, with the help of air support, have greatly strengthened.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Attempted shooting attack targets IDF vehicle near Nablus
[JPost] The vehicle was hit by multiple bullets, but no injuries were reported. The terrorists escaped and security forces are searching the area.
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Southeast Asia
One injured in multiple bombings in Thailand
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Clashes near Syria prison hit by Islamic State group: Monitor
[AlAhram] Clashes broke out Saturday between Kurdish forces and Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group fighters near a Syrian prison where dozens of jihadists are still holed up, a war monitor said.

An IS assault on the sprawling Gweiran prison complex near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on January 20 sparked days of heavy fighting that has left some 260 people dead, and a bulldozer on Saturday shovelled corpses onto a truck to take some for burial.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced they had recaptured the prison on Wednesday, but that mop-up operations continued.

On Saturday, there were "festivities in the vicinity of the prison between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Kurdish security forces on the one hand, and members of IS who are hiding in the area," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The war monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, said that four IS fighters took a local official and three civilians, hostage, for hours, holding them in a residential building near the prison.

Kurdish forces later freed the hostages and killed three IS fighters.

An AFP correspondent earlier reported that US troops and Kurdish-led forces surrounded the building and deployed snipers on nearby rooftops, reporting there was intermittent shooting.

The SDF said Wednesday some 3,500 IS members had surrendered, but that holdout IS fighters had barricaded themselves inside the prison facility.

IS IN PRISON BASEMENT
The IS button men are in "cellars that are difficult to target with Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s or infiltrate" the Observatory said.

SDF officials estimate that between 60 and 90 IS fighters were still in the basement and the ground floor above it.

Kurdish forces have repeatedly called for IS button men to surrender.

"Our forces have not used force with them so far," Farhad Shami, who heads the SDF's media office, said Saturday.

On Saturday, an AFP correspondent saw a truck carrying piles of bodies away from the area near the prison, corpses believed likely to be those of IS fighters.

A bulldozer dumped more bodies inside the truck, which then headed to an unknown location.

Shami said that the bodies would be buried in "remote, dedicated areas" under SDF control.

The Kurdish component of the SDF, known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), published a video showing a handful of IS members who surrendered on Friday. An SDF source estimated their number at around 10.

In the video, two men carried away someone on a stretcher.

Kurdish-led forces have banned journalists from freely accessing the Gweiran neighbourhood or approaching the prison since the start of the attack.
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Turkish forces and affiliated armed factions target the M4 Highway and al-Fatsah villages
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Four dead in Deir Ezzor


Four soldiers of the Syrian government forces including a commander were killed, Saturday, in an armed attack on a military posts in the countryside of al-Mayadin town, east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

The armed attackers sneaked into the government military post on the entrance of Baqras Tahtani village and killed four soldiers including a commander, a military source of the government forces told North Press under the condition of anonymity.

The source noted that the attackers, who sneaked into the military post, managed to flee after they stole all the weapons in the post.

The killed soldiers are the commander Bashar al-Fattah, hails from al-Boleel town, in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, the 26-year-old Abdurrahman al-Helal, the 30-year-old Bashar Sayer, and the 28-year-old Omar Jum’a, according to the source.

Yesterday, residents of al-Boleel, east of Deir ez-Zor, found bodies of two National Defense Forces (NDF) soldiers affiliated with the Syrian government forces who were handcuffed and shot in their heads.

Areas in Deir ez-Zor held by Iran-backed factions and the Syrian government have been recently witnessing increasing activities by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Organization (ISIS) sleeper cells.
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ISIS moves to enter areas abandoned by government


The villages evacuated by the Syrian government forces are "unsecure", an Arab tribal figure in the southern countryside of Raqqa, north Syria, said on Saturday, warning of ISIS extension.

On January 25, the Syrian government forces evacuated their military points in seven villages in the southwest of Raqqa countryside.

Hamidi al-Amalah, the tribal leader of al-Wahab clan, told North Press that the US-led Global Coalition, as the strongest military forces in the region, is demanded to assist the locals to return to their hometown and secure their lands.

Since 2017, residents of some villages known as Resafa Desert in Raqqa countryside displaced as the Syrian government forces advanced to their areas. The people fled to Raqqa city and its countryside where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are in control.

A local source from the region told North Press that evacuating the villages by the government forces raised public concern that ISIS sleeper cells would activate in tandem with the attack on al-Sina’a prison in Hasakah.

The tribal leader pointed that the villagers do not want to go back home while the Syrian government is in control, and while attacks that ISIS is likely responsible for continue in the region.

Over the last few years, ISIS attacks on government forces sites recurred in Resafa Desert in the south of al-Mansoura town. The attacks were frequently followed by Russian warplanes.

Farhad Shami, Director of the SDF Media Center, said Preventive measures were taken by the SDF in the vicinity of Raqqa.

"The reasons behind the eviction are doubtful, so forces have taken precautionary measures to prevent ISIS from benefiting from these evictions and posing a threat to the vicinity of Raqqa," Shami added.
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Violence continues in Daraa


Unidentified individuals burned the municipality building, yesterday evening, in Sayda town in the eastern countryside of Daraa, south Syria.

All the building contents had burned including documents and papers, local source to North Press.

There was major security alert in the building site by the security branches of the Syrian government in search for the perpetrators, the source added.

The municipality building located near a checkpoint of the government’s Air Intelligence branch that spread in the town after settlement deal in 2018, the source noted.

The eastern countryside of Daraa witnesses frequent targeting operations against the military checkpoints of Syrian government forces.

Few days ago, one of the Syrian government forces’ checkpoints near al-Maliha al-Gharbiya town in Daraa countryside was targeted by unknown persons. In response, the Syrian government forces located in Brigade 52 shelled the civilians’ houses in al-Harak town resulting in the injury of some people.
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SDF intensifies operations against ISIS in Hakasah


The Hajin Military Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday the arrest of five members of ISIS sleeper cells in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

The operation was conducted yesterday in the town of Dhiban in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, the council said.

The Media Center of the Hajin Military Council published on its official Facebook page, a video clip during the raid and the arrest of the ISIS murderous Moslems.

According to what the council published, the ISIS sleeper cell members were preparing "to carry out terrorist attacks in the region with the aim of destabilizing security and stability."

"A number of light and medium weapons were seized with the ISIS members plus documents proving their involvement in carrying out terrorist operations," the council added.

The countryside of Deir ez-Zor has been witnessing for a while an increase in killings of members of SDF, employees of the Autonomous Administration, tribal dignitaries and civilians. Most these killing cases were claimed by ISIS.

Furthermore, the SDF intensified their security operations in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor to pursue ISIS sleeper cells.

Two ISIS members were arrested in a security operation by SDF in the town of al-Zaghir in the western countryside of Deir Ez-Zor yesterday.
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Shelling renews between government and opposition forces.
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Global coalition provide security for relief column
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