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More than 130 killed in Mali massacre as UN visits
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-War on Police-
Pittsburgh braces for rallies after cop acquitted in teen killing
[Al Jazeera] The US city of Pittsburgh is bracing for protests, a day after a jury's decision to acquit a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last year.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting Antwon Rose II in the back as the 17-year-old bravely ran away from a high-stakes traffic stop last June.

But Rosfeld walked out of the courtroom a free man on Friday after jurors rejected the prosecution's argument that he acted as Rose's "judge, jury and executioner", in the words of an assistant district attorney.

The decision was met with sadness and anger by the family of the teen.

"I hope that man never sleeps at night," Rose's mother, Michelle Kenney, said of Rosfeld, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I hope he gets as much sleep as I do, which is none."
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Former Uruzgan MP Killed In Kandahar
[ToloNews] Obaidullah Barikzai, former MP from Uruzgan, was killed in an attack by unknown gunnies in neighboring Kandahar province on Saturday.

Kandahar Police Chief Maj. Gen. Tadin Khan confirmed the incident and said Barikzai was attacked in Kandahar’s PD6 by unknown gunnies on Saturday afternoon.

Barikzai also ran for parliamentary elections from his native province, Uruzgan.

Barikzai was a district governor in Chora district in Uruzgan before he won a seat in the Afghan parliament.

Last year in October, the Independent Election Commission released a list of the candidates who bit the dust since the beginning of the parliamentary elections in July 2018.

According to the list, 10 candidates were killed during this period and Barikzai was the 11th.

The candidates are Abdul Jabar Qahraman and Saleh Mohammad Achakzai from Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province; Nasir Mubarez from the Kochis’ constituency from Kandahar; Anwar Niazi from Parwan; Jalal Salehi from Kabul; Sayed Obaidullah Sadat from Ghazni; Ottar Singh Khalsa a candidate of Afghan Sikh and Hindu from Kabul; Hayatullah Khan Rahmani from Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, were among the candidates who bit the dust in different incidents in various parts of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/24/2019 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:

13 Civilians Killed In Kunduz Airstrike, Residents Claim
[ToloNews] At least 13 non-combatants were killed in an Arclight airstrike in Kunduz province, residents claimed on Saturday, adding that the airstrike was carried out by Afghan and foreign forces.

The residents said the airstrike was conducted in the Taloka and Tap-e-Khowak Pak villages on the outskirts of Kunduz city on Friday night.

"A plane came and bombed the area and martyred 13 members of one family last night at around 1am," a resident of Kunduz said.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

8 Taliban militants killed while importing IEDs to Kandahar province
[KhaamaPress] At least eight Talibs were killed and three others were maimed in a premature kaboom in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

According to local security officials, the incident took place in Salat area of Shorabak district on Friday.

The Kandahar Police Chief, Major General Tadin Khan confirmed this incident and tweeted on social media " 8 #Taliban
...Arabic for students...
were killed and 3 others injured in Shorabak district when Death Eaters were transporting bombs from Pakistain into #Kandahar. This is the fate of the enemy when they try to hurt the people of #AFG! They have not said anything about their loss."

The same day, reports circulated of a civilian family who was traveling to a Nawroz celebration when they struck a Taliban roadside kaboom in Shah Wali Kot, Kandahar which killed the driver and injured the four passengers of the car to include a woman and child.

In reaction to the incident, Gen. Tadin Khan Khan said "This is a tragedy that innocent people have to suffer at a time of peaceful celebration."

The anti-government armed bully boyz including Taliban have not commented so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan Air Force’s A-29s and MD-530s target Taliban hideouts in Kunar and Kapisa, 2 Talib bomb makers tied up in Kapisa
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Air Force carried out a series of Arclight airstrikes in eastern Kunar and northeastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan leaving at least forces of Evil dead.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East announced Saturday that the Afghan Air Force carried out airstrikes against Taliban
...Arabic for students...
hideouts in Ghaziabad district of Kunar on Friday night.

According to a statement released by 201st Silab Corps, at least five forces of Evil were killed during the airstrikes which were carried out with the help of A-29 light attack aircraft.

The 201st Silab Corps in a separate statement said Afghan Air Force MD-530s carried out similar airstrikes in Ela Sai district of Kapisa province leaving two forces of Evil dead.

The statement also added that one of the local commanders of the group identified as Sher Agha was among those killed.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Afghan armed forces arrest Taliban bomb makers in Kapisa province

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan armed forces have jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
two Talibs who were expert in the making of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Kapisa province.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the two Talibs were arrested in Tagab district.

The statement further added that the Afghan armed forces arrested the two suspects as they were attempting to carry out terrorist attacks during the Afghan new year.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the report so far.

Talibs and other bully boy groups often use Improvised Explosive Device as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted while Talibs also sustain casualties in some incidents involving premature kabooms.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Two prominent Taliban leaders killed in Faryab airstrike
[KhaamaPress] Two prominent leaders of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
were killed in an Arclight airstrike which was conducted in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military said.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North announced earlier today that two prominent and key Taliban leaders Mullah Arif and Mawlavi Ghiasuddin were killed in Qaisar district.

According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, at least 29 gunnies were also killed in the airstrike and 15 others sustained injuries.

The statement further added that Mullah Arif and Mawlavi Ghiasuddin and his fighters were involved in terrorist related activities in Qaisar and Almar districts.

The gunnies were killed around 8am local time on Friday, the statement by 209th Shaheen Corps added.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban claim twin blasts that kill four at Afghan stadium
[Al Jazeera] Two kabooms went off inside a stadium hosting an agricultural show in southern Afghanistan killing four people and wounding 31, government officials said.

The blasts took place in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the volatile Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, as people marked Farmers' Day as part of Persian New Year celebrations, attended by nearly 1,000 people.

Local Afghan news website TOLOnews reported that the provincial economic chief in Helmand, Mohammad Khan Nusrat, was killed in the attack.

Helmand's governor was also at the stadium but was unhurt.

The blasts appeared to have been caused by explosives placed in tents set up for farmers to display their products.

The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
grabbed credit for the attack in a statement sent to the media.

It said the target was top Afghan officials and claimed that no civilians were harmed in the blasts.

Afghanistan's Caped President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
condemned the attack.

"The holy warriors are the enemies of peoples' bright future and development, they are attacking civilian installations, gatherings, and occasions to spread fear and horror, and to hide their defeats on the battlefront," Ghani said in a statement.
Khaama Press’s report makes it clear the fog has not yet cleared:
...Arabic for students...
front man Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming that several high level government officials including deputy provincial governor, provincial intelligence chief, border forces commander, director of information and culture, director of agriculture and irrigation, and director of economy of Helmand were killed or maimed.

Mujahid went on to claim that the civilians were not hurt in the two kabooms.

The Ministry of Interior officials have said at least 3 people have died and more than 30 others have sustained injuries in the kabooms.

Provincial governor’s front man Omar Zwak said at least two peole have died and 21 others have sustained injuries in today’s twin kabooms.

In the meantime, provincial public health officials are saying that two people including a civilian and a provincial official have died in the kabooms.
Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Extremists attack Somalia government office, minister among 5 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ‐ Gunmen set off a suicide car bombing and then stormed a government building in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least five people including the country's deputy labor minister, police said. It was the latest attack by Islamic extremists in the troubled Horn of Africa nation.

After an hourslong gunbattle, Somalia's security forces took back control of the building in Mogadishu on Saturday afternoon from at least five attackers who forced their way into the government building that houses the ministries of labor and public works, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein told the Associated Press.

Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, Somalia's deputy minister of labor and social affairs, was killed in his ground-floor office shortly after gunmen entered the building, he said.

As the attack unfolded, gunfire could be heard from inside the building. White smoke billowed from the scene, according to witnesses.

A similar attack targeting a busy area in Mogadishu at the end of February killed at least 24 people.

Al Shabab, Africa's most active Islamic extremist group, has been fighting for years to take power and create an Islamic state in Somalia. It frequently carries out suicide bombings targeting public places, hotels and government offices despite being pushed out of Mogadishu. It mostly operates from rural areas in the country's south.
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Shabaab raid kills 11 in Somalia, including deputy minister
[DAWN] An attack involving button men and kabooms on a complex housing government ministries in Somalia's capital killed at least 11 people on Saturday, including the deputy labour minister, officials said.

Claimed by the Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
group, the assault was a sign of the insurgency's continued ability to strike at the heart of Somalia's government, despite years of foreign military support for Mogadishu.

The fighting began with two blasts at the gates of the complex housing the labour and works ministries.

Police say at least four button men then stormed the buildings, leading to a shootout as officers rushed to confront the attackers.

"The corpse count reached eleven, three of them women, and the number of maimed is 15," said Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, director of Mogadishu's Aamin ambulance service.

Senator Ilyas Ali Hassan confirmed that Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, the deputy minister for labour and social affairs, was also killed.

"I cannot elaborate on how he died but I can confirm that he was killed inside the ministry building," Hassan said.

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Al-Shabaab Claims Attack On Government Building In Mogadishu
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali bully boy group al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
has launched yet another complex attack in the capital, Mogadishu, witnesses, and officials say.

A boom-mobile blast rocked the Shangani district of Mogadishu early Saturday.

Witnesses said the kaboom targeted a building housing the ministries of Labor and of General Works, Reconstruction, and Housing. The Headquarters of Mogadishu regional police are also located in the area.

A second kaboom was reported minutes later in the same area. Witnesses said the kaboom came from another car believed to have been used by armed button men. The button men stormed the building according to witnesses.

Gunfire has been heard at the building housing the two ministries. Pictures taken by local media show some of the workers escaping through the back windows.

The al-Shabaab bully boy group grabbed credit for the attack. Through its affiliate media, al-Shabaab also claimed its fighters entered the buildings of Labor, and General Works, Reconstruction & Housing.

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Africa North
More than 130 killed in Mali massacre as UN visits
[Jakarta Post] More than 130 people were killed in an attack on a Fulani village in central Mali on Saturday, the United Nations said, as a delegation visited the country.
"Intel says over 130 killed"
"That's a tragedy. Where can we get a decent lunch and martini?"

Survivors accused traditional Dogon hunters of carrying out the deadly raid in Ogossagou, according to Boubacar Kane, the governor of Bankass district which covers the village. A security source told AFP the victims were shot or hacked to death with machetes.

"The Secretary-General is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, have been killed," Antonio Guterres's spokesman said in a statement, adding he called on Malian authorities "to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice".

The attack was launched at dawn on Saturday in the village near the border with Burkina Faso, said several sources. The district has been the scene of frequent inter-communal violence.

Two witnesses questioned separately by AFP said hunters had burned down nearly all the huts in the village.

Guterres's spokesman said the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, provided air support to deter further attacks and assisted with the evacuation of the injured.

The massacre took place as a delegation from the United Nations Security Council visited the Sahel region to assess the jihadist threat there.

Earlier the UN said the visiting ambassadors from the Security Council countries met on Saturday with Mali's Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and discussed with him the volatile situation in the centre of the country.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/24/2019 05:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Include "including women and children" in story. Check.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 03/24/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  If you're gonna murder more than 130 people some of them are going to have to be women and children.
Posted by: jpal || 03/24/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  would it be better if they had just killed men?
Posted by: chris || 03/24/2019 11:11 Comments || Top||

#4  So when will New Zealand outlaw machetes?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/24/2019 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Lessee... There is already a law against murder. Buuuuut... We still have murders.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/24/2019 15:03 Comments || Top||

#6  "...provided air support to deter further attacks.."

Looky ! Angry demon bird in sky ! Me no killee anymore !

"...assisted with the evacuation of the injured."

To uhh, where ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/24/2019 17:14 Comments || Top||

'Scores killed' after attack in central Mali village
[Al Jazeera] Armed men have killed more than 100 people in central Mali, according to local officials, in what is one of the deadliest attacks in a country plagued by worsening ethnic violence and the rise of gangs.

Moulaye Guindo, the mayor of the town of Bankass, said men dressed as traditional Donzo hunters encircled and attacked the nearby Fulani village of Ogossagou-Peul at around 4am (04:00 GMT) on Saturday.

"It's a very heavy corpse count," he told Rooters news agency. "The village of Ogossagou is completely devastated," the mayor said, adding that bodies were still being discovered.

"The body count continues by the gendarmes, who have just told me they have found 110 bodies, but the count continues," he said.

Guindo said another nearby Fulani village, Welingara, had also been attacked, causing "a number" of deaths.

Abdoul Aziz Diallo, president of Tabital Pulaaku, a group representing ethnic Fulani, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named news agency that the corpse count in Ogossagou was 115.

The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
peacekeeping mission in Mali confirmed reports of an attack but gave no figures, according to AP.

Donzo hunters are part of the Bambara, Mali's largest ethnic group. The semi-nomadic Fulani people are dispersed throughout the Sahel and West Africa.

Saturday's attack is believed to be the latest in a series of festivities between the communities of Donzo and Fulani - also known as Peul - that have left dozens dead in recent months.

In January, Donzo hunters were blamed for the killing of 37 people in a Fulani village.
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Africa Subsaharan
Rwandan Court Convicts 15 On Terror-Related Charges
[RADIOSHABELLE] A Rwandan high court on Friday sentenced 13 people to five years and two others to ten years in jail after convicting them of belonging to bully boy groups including al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
and 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....
and providing them support.

The court in Rwanda’s southern Nyanza area acquitted 25 others after the prosecution failed to prove their involvement in bully boy acts.

Police in the central African country tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
the 40 in January 2016, less than a week after they killed Muhammad Mugemangango, a preacher accused of encouraging youths to join bully boy groups. Security personnel also seized jihadist materials such as books, CDs and social network messages.

One of those convicted, Salim Fundi, participated in "coordinating people in Rwanda who wanted to join terrorist group of al-Shabaab in Somalia," said Judge Eugene Ndagijimana while delivering the ruling.

Those convicted included three women, two of them arrested at the airport in Kigali while en route to Syria and another convicted of helping them with $1,000 for flight tickets.

Most Rwandans are Christians, Moslems account for about 2.5 percent of population.

After Mugemangango’s death, the country’s main Moslem association, Rwanda Moslems, said it planned to circulate messages condemning radicalisation to all of Rwanda’s mosques.

Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Arab Coalition launches air raids on Houthi sites in Sanaa
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Arab Coalition mounted air raids targeting Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
sites in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa on Saturday.

The raids targeted two sites in Sanaa which were used by the Houthi militia to store unmanned drones.

"We are asking civilians not to approach the targeted sites for their own safety," a statement released read.

Al Arabiya sources also confirmed that the Arab Coalition launched separate air raids on Houthi sites in the province of al-Bayda.

Earlier in the day, the Arab Coalition launched air raids on Houthi camps in Sanaa, including the al-Dulaimi air base. This comes hours after the Houthis announced the downing of a coalition aircraft on the outskirts of Sanaa, according to the militias' media outlets.

Yemen’s National Army, backed by the Arab Coalition, managed on Saturday to liberate new strategic positions in Saada’s Kitaf al-Boqe'e district, which were previously held by the Houthis.

Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Houthi rebels shot down a #USAF's Armed Drone

Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Doubtful. No USAF insignia and Reapers operate above antiaircraft fire.
Posted by: Ulolutch Omeamp6391 || 03/24/2019 16:03 Comments || Top||

Reports of panic at Disneyland in Paris
False alarm: Footage of the incident shows panic spreading as visitors at the amusement park scream and run for cover Saturday night after hearing loud noises. Turns out, the sounds came from a faulty escalator and there's no threat to the public ... but it still caused chaos.

Police reportedly say people mistook the sounds for gunfire or detonations, and there was a brief stampede before Disneyland officials and law enforcement got things under control.
Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

#1  *Jumpy * for some reason
Posted by: Frank G || 03/24/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  where they buying tickets?
Posted by: chris || 03/24/2019 11:13 Comments || Top||

#3  "Halt ! I'm a Disneyland official !"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/24/2019 17:46 Comments || Top||

Heavy shelling is going on in #Poonch from both side

Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  No 1st launch I guess.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/24/2019 20:38 Comments || Top||

Saraya As-Salam militia kills 2 IS members south of Samarra
Salahuddin (Iraqinews.com) Saraya As-Salam militia announced, on Saturday, killing two members of 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....
group, south of Samarra, Al Sumaria News reported.

The military media office of Saraya As-Salam pointed out in a statement, "Accurate intelligence information revealed that a number of the Islamic State members are stationed in al-Motasem District, south of Samarra."

The statement added, "The third brigade of Saraya As-Salam carried out an operation and attacked the enemies stronghold with mortar shells, then another security members attacked the area using light and heavy weapons, killing two ISIS members and inuring others."

Furthermore, the statement indicated that Saraya As-Salam continues its operations to free all Iraqi territory and drive out all gunnies of it.

It is noteworthy that Saraya As-Salam militia, also known as The Peace Brigades, was formed in June 2014 by Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
in response to the Islamic State’s territorial gains in Iraq. Saraya As-Salam is a splinter group of the Mahdi Army, which was created in 2003 to oppose the U.S. occupation of Iraq, but has since been largely dormant since 2007.
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Islamic State members kill, wound 2 persons west of Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) An official source informed, on Saturday, that 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....
members killed one person and injured another, while they were searching for truffles, west of Anbar, Al Sumaria News reported.

The source indicated in a press statement that a civilian was killed, while another was maimed by the Islamic State members’ gunfire, on Haditha-Baiji road, west of Ramadi.

Moreover, he added that the two victims were searching for the truffles in the area.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State members lately kidnapped and killed a number of civilians, while they were collecting truffles in the desert of Anbar.
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Israel bombs Hamas as Gazans step up nighttime rioting along border
[IsraelTimes] Strike comes after explosive hurled at border sets off rocket siren, as ’confusion unit’ threatens to expand night protests.

Israeli military aircraft bombed Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, targets in the Gazoo strip early Sunday as Paleostinians rioted along the border in renewed nighttime demonstrations.

The strikes came less than an hour after a rocket alarm sounded in some Israeli communities bordering the strip, triggered by an improvised bomb thrown at the border.

The Israel Defense Forces said aircraft struck two Hamas reconnaissance posts in response to "the multitude of [explosive] devices that were thrown and went kaboom! during the night."

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the strikes. Four Paleostinians were reported injured, including one seriously, by Israeli live fire during the border riots earlier in the night.

Nighttime riots in Gazoo have been led by so-called "confusion units" organized by the Hamas terror group, the Strip’s de facto ruler. On Saturday, the unit said it would step up activities, with a week of nightly riots from 7 p.m. until dawn along the border and more airborne incendiary devices launched into Israel. It said the move was in response to the deaths of two Paleostinians shot by troops during border riots Friday.

During the nightly demonstrations, participants generally set off loud explosives or sounds grenades, burn tires and throw rocks at Israeli troops on the other side of the security fence. Israeli soldiers typically respond with tear gas and, in some cases, live fire.

On Saturday, Israeli military aircraft launched a pair of strikes at Paleostinian cells flying incendiary balloons from the southern Gazoo Strip into Israel, the army said.

There are fears that violence will ramp up later this month when Hamas is hoping to draw hundreds of thousands of rioters to the fence Friday to mark a year of so-called March of Return protests.

Israel says the demonstrations are orchestrated by Hamas, which vocally supports them, sending free buses to the border and providing food and internet to participants ‐ as well as money for those injured in them ‐ in order to provide a cover for the organization’s nefarious activities along the security fence, including infiltration attempts, the planting of explosives and attacks on Israeli soldiers.

Their organizers have said the protests aim to achieve the "return" of Paleostinian refugees and their descendants to lands that are now part of Israel, and pressure the Jewish state to lift its restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave.

Israeli officials hold that the return of Paleostinian refugees and their descendants would destroy Israel’s Jewish character. They also maintain that the restrictions on movement are in place to prevent Hamas and other terrorist groups from smuggling weapons into the Strip.

The sides are said to be engaged in Egyptian mediated ceasefire talks.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
An explosive charge thrown during the night riots along the Gazoo border triggered rocket sirens in the Eshkol region, according to an IDF spokesperson. The explosive charge did not get over the border fence.

According to local Paleostinian media reports, hundreds of Gazooks took part in the riots in five main locations along the border, setting fire to tires, throwing firecrackers and pointing lasers towards IDF troops deployed along the fence. Some 600 protesters returned to the border area Saturday night.

Paleostinian rioters belonging to the "night confusion unit" threw fireworks and explosives at IDF soldiers on the Gazoo border, and launched several barrages of incendiary balloons at southern Israel.

Earlier on Saturday, three Palestinians were injured during the night-time riots along the Gaza border fence with Israel, after the IAF struck two Palestinian cells launching explosive aerial devices from the Strip into Israel over the weekend.
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Balloons can’t kill. Explosives can.

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Battle against ISIS continues in eastern Syria despite Trump’s declaration of victory
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their battle against 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) on Friday despite U.S. 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 declaration of victory against the terrorist.

Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Democratic Forces attacked the Islamic State’s last positions at the eastern slope of Jabal Baghouz.

No advances were reported by the Syrian Democratic Forces on Friday; however, they did confirm that their troops are still targeting the terrorist group.

According to reports from the Deir Ezzor Governorate, dozens of Islamic State fighters are still holding this small area in Jabal Baghouz, but they are severely lacking provisions and manpower to continue for much longer.

Earlier this week, the Islamic State conceded the Baghouz Camp to the Syrian Democratic Forces after several months of intense fighting.

Following the Islamic State’s loss of the Baghouz Camp, Trump announced that the Islamic State’s ’caliphate’ had been eliminated from Syria.
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#1  Cells and individuals still need killing, but Trump is right - as an armed force they hold no territory, they're defeated....there
Posted by: Frank G || 03/24/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#2  well frank, thhey havr too make it sound like he's an idiot somehow
Posted by: chris || 03/24/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||

Russian Air Force uses attack choppers in northwest Syria for first time this year
[ALMASDARNEWS] For the first time this year, the Russian Air Force used their attack choppers to strike the rebels in northwestern Syria.

Based on footage obtained by the pro-opposition STEP News Agency, the Russian Air Force appears to use their Mi-28 choppers, which is most commonly used by the latter inside Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Jihadist rebels attack northwest Hama with suspected chemical weapons, 20 hospitalized
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels launched several rockets and artillery shells towards the government-held towns of Raseef and Aziziyah in northwestern Hama this evening.

According to a military source close to the scene, over 20 people were hospitalized after the projectiles struck the civilian neighborhoods.

The source said the Suqaylabiyeh Hospital reported that most of the victims were suffering from asphyxiation after one of the jihadist projectiles landed in a civilian area.

He added that the Syrian military believes chemical weapons were used by the jihadist rebels during tonight’s attack.

No further details were released at this time.
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Vehicle of @nbcnews team exploded most likely due to an IED near Baghouz

Posted by: Fred || 03/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Poss Mueller report repercussion.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/24/2019 4:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Brian Williams injured fatally, will return to the air next week with a report
Posted by: Frank G || 03/24/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

#3  "My reports of my death were greatly exaggerated."
Posted by: gorb || 03/24/2019 12:59 Comments || Top||

#4  The last thing we saw was a ten year old Syriyan boy wearin' a MAGA hat. Then ... KBOOM !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/24/2019 17:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Nah the mueller report was delivered early to the car.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/24/2019 18:31 Comments || Top||

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