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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Record number of African migrants are caught trying to cross the Mexican border illegally - with Border Patrol rounding up 500 in a week
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Ebola train.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Skid there was mention someplace today about these Africans carrying bundles of case. You might have a grand bad point.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/18/2019 18:02 Comments || Top||


'I don't know how much longer I have, I'm f***ing ready': Army vet, 22, posted photos of ammunition and warned of an approaching 'storm' on Facebook before he was shot dead by police when he 'opened fire outside Dallas federal courthouse'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Brian Issack Clyde, 22, was fatally shot after exchanging gunfire with federal officers outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Dallas

  • Police said no one else was injured in the 8.50am encounter on Monday

  • Dallas Morning News photographer Tom Fox said he saw the shooter, wearing a black mask open fire, cracking the glass in the courthouse door

  • Video shows Clyde in a black mask carrying a gun running from the sidewalk near the courthouse to a parking lot across the street

  • Clyde reportedly served in the US military for less than two years before he was discharged, and came from a military family

  • In recent weeks, Clyde's Facebook postings have grown increasingly dark and disturbing

  • He posted pictures of weapons and ammunition, and in a dark post on June 9 he warned that a 'f**king storm was coming'

  • FBI, ATF, FPS, U.S. Marshals and the Dallas Police Department are investigating
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, plenty of warnings online. They can decide who is engaging in "hate speech" but they couldn't clue the cops about this guy? Color me stone cold skeptical. OTOH, they are all in favor of "red flag laws" where almost anybody can tell a judge you are a dangerous person who needs his / her rights summarily taken away without due process. Got it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/18/2019 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  DBC
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/18/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Armed with an AR yet inflicted no casualties. Taken out by pistols. Remember that when gun grabbers go after ARs.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/18/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  On the front page of the Dallas News, but I couldn't find their article online. A number of articles on-line look like they have identical lead paragraphs.

Unexpectedly.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/18/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Also this attacker was totally stupid in target selection. Each entrance has 6 armed feds standing behind a huge metal detecting apparatus larger than the ones at the airports. That allows for them plenty of protective cover to return fire immediately without having to retreat to cover. I am sure all 6 spayed his ass good.
In the video from the reporter caught in the action you here the responding cops trying to stop the guys leaks as he lay in the parking ĺot say, "There is another one?"
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/18/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#6  The half dozen armed guys at the doors running the metal detector machines are almost always 100% African American middle aged guys who probably never thought theyed get to shoot their guns. They are serious about making sure nothing gets past the medal detecting conveyors. A lot of people come through. IRS Customer Service, Social Security Customer Service, Federal Courts are in there and the US Marshal Servïce.

I am going to dread going back in there again. Those middle aged armed metal detector guys are going to be extra coky now that they finaĺly got to shoot someone.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/18/2019 10:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Everyone in the building will be proud of them though. Those guys did good.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/18/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Should be interesting to see if anyone captured his facebook before the mandatory deletion.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/18/2019 18:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Suicide by cop?
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 06/18/2019 19:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Check the links online Woodrow, including this one. He was a loser/nutcase, Probably Big Chicken Dinner if before two years enlistment
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2019 20:10 Comments || Top||

#11  That's how I read it. Tortured soul seeking to go out. Yet for his final act, he seeks out not only a hard target but perhaps the most hardened target of all.

In any case, I'm glad it didn't hurt anybody.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 06/18/2019 20:36 Comments || Top||

#12  Indeed. A federal courthouse in Texas... I can't imagine anything less than a whole strike force getting in there, and nobody would get out. I wonder if he ever really "meant" to kill anybody at some basic level as opposed to trying to off himself without pulling the trigger.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 06/18/2019 20:49 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
10 Taliban militants killed, 40 roadside bombs destroyed in Helmand, Farah operations
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed 10 Talibs during the operations in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and Farah provinces.

The Afghan forces also destroyed 40 roadside kabooms during the same operations.
Goodness. Somebody has been busy.
The informed military sources said Monday that the soldiers of 215th Corps killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter in Garm Ser and Nawah-ye Barakzai districts of Helmand killing 1 Taliban bully boy.

The sources further added that the security forces also destroyed 40 roadside kabooms during the same operation.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, the gondola was dangling by a single thread of rope.

Jack! Cynthia cried. I just realized I'm afraid of heights! I don't even like high heels!...

the Afghan Special Forces killed 9 Taliban fighters in Bala Boluk district of Farah province.

The sources also added that the Special Forces arrested two Taliban fighters during the same operation.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


55 Talibs killed in Kandahar in past 3 days, claims Gen. Tadin Khan
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed at least 55 Talibs during the operations in past three days in Kandahar province.

The Police Chief of Kandahar Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said the security forces killed the turbans in Takhta Pul, Shahwali Kot, Arghistan, Mianshin and Maiwand districts.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that several foreign turbans mainly hailing from Pakistain were also among those killed.
Oh? Is it summer vacation at the madrassahs aleady?
He also added that the turbans have shifted the dead bodies of some of their comrades to the other side of Durand Line while some are still left in the battlefield.

The Talibs have not commented in this regard so far.
Well, sure. They’re too busy hauling corpses to stop and chat.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Well, sure. They’re too busy hauling corpses to stop and chat

And the haulees ain't none too chatty either.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/18/2019 1:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Says colonel to adjutant, sniffin',
"One craves conversation at tiffin,
Though fraternisation
On such an occasion
Won't answer! But do bring that stiff in."
Posted by: Ebbeash Peacock6609 || 06/18/2019 17:02 Comments || Top||

#3  "I spent my Summer Madrassah Vacation on the Durand Line, and all I got was this t-shirt and fatal wounds"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2019 19:34 Comments || Top||


Prominent Taliban commander Mullah Musamim among 6 killed in Farah, Herat operations
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops killed six Talibs during the operations in Farah and Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
provinces.

The 207th Zafar Corps in a statement said the soldiers of the 2nd Brigade conducted an operation in Posht-e-Rod district and killed 3 Talibs.

The statement further added that the security forces also killed a prominent Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
commander Mullah Musamim during the operation.

The 207th Zafar Corps also added that the security forces maimed 7 Talibs during the operation.

The security forces also destroyed a mortar launcher belonging to Talibs.

Meanwhile,
...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
a clash broke out between security forces and Talibs in Pashtun Zarghoon district of Herat province. The security forces killed 3 Talibs during the clash.

The 207th Zafar Corps also added that the security forces also maimed two Talibs during the clash and discovered and destroyed an explosives depot of the murderous Moslems.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Airstrike by Afghan Air Force kills 30 Taliban militants in Faryab province
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
by the Afghan Air Force killed 30 Talibs in Faryab province.

The informed military sources said Monday that the Air Forces carried out the airstrike in Gurziwan district.

"The Afghan Air Force conducted an air strike in Gurziwan district killing 30 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters," the sources said.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.

This comes as the security situation in some districts of Faryab has tanked during the recent years.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.

Meanwhile,
...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
the Afghan forces conduct regular counter-terrorism operations against the anti-government gangs in this province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan soldier breaks out of Taliban prison in North of the country
Well done!
[KhaamaPress] An Afghan soldier broke out of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
prison in North of the country, three days after he was kidnapped by bandidos forces of Evil from Faryab-Jawzjan highway.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the soldier, Gul Rahman, is a soldier of the 6th Infantry Unit of the Afghan Army.

The statement further added that Rahman managed to break out of Taliban prison on Sunday night.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that Rahman also took a Taliban fighter with him and handed him over to Andkhoi Intelligence Directorate.
Oh my. Mr. Rahman seems in desperate need of a promotion, or perhaps seconding to a Special Forces unit.
The anti-government armed bandidos forces of Evil have not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  This begs to be made into an action flick. Sadly, if hollywood were to make it, the Afghan soldier will be played by Will Smith.

Anyway, 'mwafaq baâšid' to him.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/18/2019 14:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Dron, for us poor Americans who only speak English - what is "'mwafaq baâšid'"?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/18/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Oop ! Wishing him luck.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/18/2019 14:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Do the Talibs burn prisoners alive in cages like ISIS are do they just behead them? I get the two mixed up.
Posted by: jpal || 06/18/2019 14:47 Comments || Top||


Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Special Forces raid in Logar
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan National Police conducted a raid in central Pashtun-infested Logar province killing at least 13 Talibs.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the Special Forces conducted the raid in Mohammad Agha district on Saturday.

The statement further added that the Special Forces also maimed three TAliban bully boyz during the same operation.

The ministry also added that two key group members of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
are among those killed.

The Special Forces also confiscated a vehicle and a Dshk heavy machine during the same operation, the Ministry of Interior said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


9 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Afghan Air Force airstrikes in Takhar
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Air Force carried out multiple Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Takhar province killing at least 7 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters.

The informed military sources said Monday that the airstrikes were carried out in Ishkamish district.

The sources further added that the airstrikes also maimed 2 Taliban fighters.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  So, by my count on the 'burg. 65 Talibs killed yesterday. Maybe the same as yesterday or the day before. Sounds like Walter Cronkite giving us BS on the Nightly News.
Just sayin'.
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 06/18/2019 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  It might be — how is one to know?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Mohammedan casualties mountin':
Afghanistan, hotties on Downton!
Run some numbers, please, Raj,
To the round mega-Taj,
But they'll never be done... and who's countin'?

Bleh. Baiting Herb (and of course my own grotesquely enlarged bleeding heart) like a crazy person overfeeding pigeons. Oughtta stop, probably... but can I? Sigh.
Posted by: Ebbeash Peacock6609 || 06/18/2019 17:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Poor Zenobia F — how you do suffer, to be sure.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 19:56 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab Speaks About Its Latest Attacks In Somalia And Kenya
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali turbans killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside kaboom near the border between the two countries on Saturday, officials said, while another eight died in a bombing the same group carried out in the Somali capital.

Both attacks were claimed by Somali Islamist hard boys, who also kidnapped three Kenyan police reservists on Friday from the same area, in Wajir district in northeast Kenya.

Kenyan military forces have occupied part of southern Somalia along the border since 2011. The Kenyans, along with allied Somali militia, wrested control of the territory from al-Shabaab
...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
jihadists after a spate of kidnappings on Kenyan soil.

Al-Shabaab is fighting the weak, U.N.-backed Somali government and its international allies in a quest to impose strict Islamic law.

The vehicle that was hit by the roadside kaboom was carrying 11 coppers, police front man Charles Owino told Rooters. A local official said eight were killed.

"Eight bodies were found and taken to Wajir. Two were rescued, but they are at death's door," said Muhumed Ali Gedi, a member of the local community security team from Wajir who witnessed the rescue mission.

In Mogadishu, al-Shabaab detonated two bombs. Police said the first blast, at a busy junction known as K4, was a boom-mobile intercepted by security services that caused no casualties.

The other blast killed eight people and injured 16, said Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Aamin ambulance service.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s front man for military operations, said the group was responsible for the blast in Kenya and the two in Mogadishu.

Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa Subsaharan
30 Killed in Triple Suicide Bombing in NE Nigeria
[AnNahar] Thirty people were killed late Sunday in a triple suicide kaboom in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
jihadist group.

Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometers (24 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV.

"The corpse count from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured," Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Monday.

An earlier toll from the blasts, the bloodiest in months, gave 17 dead and 17 maimed.

The attack happened around 9:00 pm (1800 GMT), Ali Hassan, the leader of a self-defence group in the town, said. The owner of hall prevented one of the bombers from entering the packed venue.

"There was a heated argument between the operator and the bomber who went kaboom!," Hassan said by phone.

Two other bombers who had mingled among the crowd at a tea stall nearby also detonated their boom jackets.

Hassan said most of the victims were from outside the soccer viewing center.

"Nine people went titzup, including the operator, and 48 were maimed," Hassan said.

Kachala said the high number of fatalities was because emergency responders had been unable to reach the site of the blast quickly. Nor were they equipped to deal with large numbers of maimed.

"Lack of an appropriate health facility to handle such huge emergency situation and the delay in obtaining security clearance to enable us deploy from Maiduguri in good time led to the high corpse count," he said.

Witnesses also said inadequate facilities and lack of drugs contributed to the high corpse count.

"The people that are currently dying is because of lack of hospital: because some have passed the night bleeding.... even the doctors are complaining that there is no drug," said witness Garba Abdullahi.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the imprint of Boko Haram, which has led a decade-long campaign to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

The last suicide kaboom was in April this year when twojacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bomber
s blew themselves up outside the garrison town of Monguno, killing a soldier and a vigilante and injuring another soldier.

Konduga has been repeatedly targeted by suicide bombers from a Boko Haram faction loyal to longtime 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 ...
The faction typically carries out suicide attacks against soft civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations, often using young women and girls as bombers. The jihadists are believed to sneak into the town from the group's haven in nearby Sambisa forest.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Trump orders 1,000 MORE troops to the Middle East as Pentagon reveals color 'proof' that Iran's Revolutionary Guards attacked oil tankers in the Gulf
As usual, the Daily Mail has an entire collection of interesting photos that are no doubt very informative to the educated eye.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Pentagon release new images it says were taken from an MH-60R Navy surveillance helicopter of the aftermath of alleged Iranian attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman

  • Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan announces 1,000 more troops will go to the Middle East for 'defensive purposes' and says deployment is to 'protect our national interests'

  • Sources say 1,000 more troops are being sent to the Middle East although timing of deployment is unclear

  • Separately Iran said it was about to surpass the limit on uranium stockpiles it had accepted under the nuclear deal which Donald Trump quit
    Queerly enough, it is my understanding that the IAEA has not yet looked into the additional sites Israel gleaned from that archive warehouse Israel emptied just ahead of its Iranian guards. So the IAEA actually has no idea whatsoever whether Iran actually currently is below or above that limit, regardless what Iran might claim.
  • The White House's National Security Council said: 'President Trump has made it clear he will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.'

  • Color pictures were revealed after allies said they wanted more proof than grainy black and white surveillance pictures Pentagon put out last week

  • U.S. military says pictures show an Iranian Revolutionary Guards armed fast patrol vessel alongside the M/T Kokuku Courageous removing an unexploded limpet mine after another one went off on the other side

  • 'Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine,' Central Command said in a statement

  • Among the pictures is one showing what is said to be the remnants of the removed limpet mine and another one which shows what the military say is a handprint left by one of the Revolutionary Guards
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Japan and Norway had their vessels attacked. Why aren't they leading the charge to war? They're the offended parties here.

Yes but under the neocon, innocent murdering attitude, we need to start a war even if there is nothing here.

Villains. Look at what's happened to you. At what point do you say, "my God, what have I done?"
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 06/18/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Pipsqueak Macro redux
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2019 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  The triumph of neocon villains:
To kill all the wimmen and chilluns
Who'll blow in the wind
From Edirne to Sindh
Like a billion freewheelin' Bob Dylans!
Posted by: Cheper Lumumba2333 || 06/18/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#4  At what point do you say, "my God, what have I done?"

Every time I listen to the Talking Heads doing "Once in a Lifetime".

Sweartagod, if this keeps up, I'm writing a HerbBot.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/18/2019 11:27 Comments || Top||

#5  LOL AOS
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2019 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  aftermath of alleged Iranian attack on tankers

The cheek. When the pentagon and Israel are saying the same thing, that it was Iran, why the 'alleged' by the Brit news ? Don't they want future intel ?


Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/18/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Herb, you want the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to sail around to Iran in full combat mode ? Well, it may gladden your heart to know even they're not convinced it was Iran. They want 'concrete' proof.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/18/2019 13:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Apparently only one out of 3 Iranian bombs worked. When we go in and kick their asses, all of our bombs will explode on their asses.

And yes, some of their women and children will die...
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/18/2019 18:40 Comments || Top||

#9  So Herby Baby I recommend you go right over their and try to talk some sense into those Muellahs, but I doubt they will let come back home in one piece...
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/18/2019 18:42 Comments || Top||

#10  aftermath of alleged Iranian attack on tankers

Queerly enough, over on NPR they firmly believe that Iran dunnit in order to make real the threat to President Trump that if he doesn't back off his current course Iran will go after the ships traversing the gulf.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 22:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Sweartagod, if this keeps up, I'm writing a HerbBot.

Posted by SteveS


TW, maybe you could use this as your entry to coding. It would only have to say one thing.
Posted by: gorb || 06/18/2019 22:38 Comments || Top||

#12  "Hello, Murderer!"
Posted by: Spereque and Company6683 || 06/18/2019 23:58 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Soldier was injured in cross Line of Control (LoC) firing in Poonch district
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Missiles hit Iraq base hosting US troops
[Rudaw] Three Katyusha missiles have hit Taji Military Base, north of Baghdad, where US forces are stationed, Iraq's Security Media Cell has reported - the second such attack on a military base in four days.
False flag, Herb?
"A short while ago, three Katyusha missiles fell on Camp Taji," Iraq’s Security Media Cell announced on Monday night.

Camp Taji, about 85 kilometers to the north of the capital Baghdad, hosts US military personnel.

Last Friday, three mortars hit Balad Air Base, which houses F-16 airplanes Iraq has purchased from the US, leading to fire in the dry brush around the camp.

Hoshyar Zebari, senior KDP official and former Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, condemned the "alarming and risky" attacks.

"Rockets & mortars attack #Balad air base hosting Iraqi #F16US fighters, #American technicians & advisors. Today’s mortar attacks on #Taji base also with US & coalition advisors north #Baghdad is alarming & risky game by the perpetrators," Zebari said in a tweet on Monday night.

A May 19 Katyusha rocket struck Iraq’s Green Zone, missing the US embassy by just a mile.

The assailants of the attacks are unknown, but many Iran-affiliated Iraqi Shiite militias are currently active in Iraq and are thought to be responsible.
Good to know.
Tensions between US and Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
continue to simmer following attacks on two ships, one Japanese-owned, the other Norwegian-operated, in the Gulf of Oman. The US has accused Iran of attacking the ships ‐ claims Iran have strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
Iraq has sought a de-escalation of tensions, repeatedly saying that it wishes to avoid being caught in the crossfire of a possible US-Iran conflict.
No doubt.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad is one of four locations used by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve during the war against ISIS. It is a center of training for the US-led coalition that has been fighting ISIS since 2014. Taji was an important center for US forces and an area where detainees were kept in the past. It is a large military complex, essential for training.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  So, ShotSpotter can track gunfire in American cities, but, the US Military has no idea where mortars and rockets come from?.....
You have got to be kidding.
Maybe they are looking in mirrors TW? Stupid.
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 06/18/2019 0:50 Comments || Top||

#2  I’m just a simple little civilian housewife, Thimp Clusort2035. I’m afraid I have no idea what can and cannot be known in either environment — no doubt some of our considerably more experienced readers can explain it to both of us.

The other possibility, of course, is that they do know, but have no intention of sharing while they’re hunting. Loose lips, and all that. That's one reason we strongly discourage those who know non-open source things from sharing that kind of information in this wide open environment. So if those who know decide not to answer our curiosity, we’ll have to be understanding.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I’m just a simple little civilian housewife
Not, LMAO
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 06/18/2019 1:26 Comments || Top||

#4  So if those who know decide not to answer our curiosity, we’ll have to be understanding.
It was a rhetorical question, burgers all know that, Sensitive One.
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 06/18/2019 1:29 Comments || Top||

#5  My dear, you know I am indeed a little civilian housewife (slightly less nearly 5’ than I used to be, darn it!) and I am absolutely dreadful without blatant clues like LOL or those cute little winky emoticons. The problem is that verbal subtleties fly over my head — sometimes literally. There was this party when I was in the early years of adulthood, the three tall gentlemen I happened to be conversing with, and the chair I had to stand on so that I wasn’t talking directly to their diaphragms...

Pax?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2019 2:56 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder who is telling Iran they can win against the US?

Wasn't Kerry seen talking with Iranians in Paris a month or so back?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/18/2019 3:36 Comments || Top||

#7  ...well, he did with the 'North Vietnamese' at one time in Paris.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/18/2019 6:25 Comments || Top||

#8  Would have to think some drones or satellites could figure out where the missiles are being launched from.

In the meantime, confine Kerry Lurch to Taji. If nothing else but for pure entertainment factor.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/18/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#9  So a quick check finds articles about Kerry meeting with Iranian officials less than two weeks ago.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/18/2019 7:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Given Tom Clancy's write ups on fire finder radar I would be surprised if they weren't tracked, but, they do have to be in the air a while to get a good reading and the fire spot needs to stay there. So, I can see that it's not like shooting back at the perp in a gun fight.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/18/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#11  Technology only works when applied.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Need new glasses. When I first read it I thought it said measles.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/18/2019 12:22 Comments || Top||

#13  These are unguided rockets. The katyusha, not a missile but a rocket, was always considered a nasty animal. The BM13 platform that fires it can be mounted on a number of truck chassis and is quite modular. Mount the 32 rocket artillery on a fast Isuzu-turbo diesel powered vehicle and equip four (or even 2) extensible stanchions, and you've got a mobile artillery that can send 16 M13 rockets flying within seconds, fold up and get to launch point 2 before the rockets hit.

The rockets themselves are hopelessly inaccurate, but in half dozens can still lay down tonnes of concentrated damage to areas. Weighing around 45 kilos, the rocket is fast and difficult to detect once in the air. The one tell is a singsong of the launch itself, and can be picked up by field acoustic sensors.

The rockets and launchers in question have got to be from Saddam's stockpiles because in the 2003 war these things were heavily used. The rag-heads have made several makeshift launchers for these rockets, including those featuring donkeys ☺, and one which involves four poor bastards holding a steel rail and one unlucky summbitch steadying the rocket itself as it's launched. But all they have to do afterward is hide or run away. Even though hitting anything is pure luck.

Since not many rockets were launched (only 3 were reported ) I think the launch vehicle could be some rag-head variant that allows limited launch capacity and very low signature.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/18/2019 12:44 Comments || Top||


National Security forces foil terrorist attack south of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews) Iraqi Security Media Cell announced, on Monday, foiling a terrorist attack south of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.

Spokesperson for the cell, Yahia Rasul, said that forces from the National Security Services foiled the so-called "Ramadan Invasion", after dismantling a terrorist network, south of Baghdad.

Rasul added, in a statement obtained by Sumaria News that the National Security Service succeeded in foiling a terrorist attack. The so-called "Ramadan Invasion" was carried out 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....
group.

"During the military operation, security forces dismantled a terrorist network, which was deployed in the north, west and Sahara of southern Baghdad," Rasul explained.

It is noteworthy that security forces managed to apprehend all terrorists.
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U.S. airstrike kills 16 Islamic State jihadists in Iraq
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Sixteen 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....
bandidos bully boyz were killed Monday in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
by the U.S.-led international coalition on a terrorist hotbed in Nineveh province, federal police said.

In a blurb carried by Alsumaria News TV channel, the Security Media Cell said that 16 Islamic State bad boyz were potted inside a tunnel that was targeted by warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition in al Kosb valley in Nineveh.

"The military operation was carried out based on intelligence information," the statement read, without giving further details.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Car explosion hits downtown Qamishli
[Rudaw] A bomb went kaboom! in Qamishli, a city in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, on Monday afternoon, according to Internal Security Forces of North and Northeastern Syria (NES), amid conflicting reports of injuries and human casualties.

"A car containing a sticky bomb detonated exactly at 1:47 PM today Monday afternoon, July 17, near the General Headquarters of Asayish Forces in Qamishli city. The damage was solely material, without registering any human losses," according to a statement from the Internal Security Forces media centre.

However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
earlier reports allege that the earth-shattering kaboom caused both material damage and human casualties.

Hawar News, media close to the ruling Kurdish authority in Rojava, reported that the bomb detonated at 1:30 PM, on the north side of the Sony Roundabout, in the centre of Qamishli.

"Some people" were maimed, and surrounding properties were "severely" damaged. A mine was also diffused near the area of the earth-shattering kaboom, the outlet added.

State news agency SANA reported that there were dead and injured civilians due to the bombing in the Qaddour Bek residential neighborhood in Qamishli, without providing details.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based war monitor, reported that a van driven by a jacket wallah attempted to break into the General Headquarters of the Asayesh (security) Forces in the Sony Roundabout in Qamishli.

The van, failing to break into the headquarters, exploded outside, injuring 7 civilians including women and kiddies.

Qamishli is under the control of the local Kurdish led administration, and is considered the capital of the self-declared autonomous NES region.
An Nahar adds:
Kurdish-held areas of northeast Syria have been hit by a spate of bombings in recent months, many claimed 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....
group.

IS has vowed to carry out Dire Revenge attacks for the six-month offensive by Kurdish-led forces that culminated in March in the jihadists' ouster from their last bastion in Syria.

IS fighters retain a presence in Syria's vast Badia desert and various other hideouts, and still claim deadly attacks in territory held by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

According to the Observatory, hundreds of SDF members have been killed in attacks believed to have been carried out by IS sleeper cells since August.

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#1  I'm sure Allah is taking note of every sticky bomb that goes off in his name and kills infidels. Rewards will be given to the perps in the afterlife because Allah always keeps his promises.
Posted by: jpal || 06/18/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure it wasn't a Tesla?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/18/2019 20:16 Comments || Top||


Jihadi group’s shelling on Aleppo kills 12 civilians
(IraqiNews) 12 non-combatants were killed in a rocket shelling conducted by a jihadi group on a village in the Syrian province of Aleppo, SANA reported on Monday.

The Syrian Arab News Agency reported that gunnies from a Jihadi group carried out a rocket attack on the residential area in Wadehi Village, in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

The shelling resulted in the killing of 12 civilians, in addition to injuring 15 others with serious injuries, SANA added. The corpse count included five children.

Furthermore, it explained that Jihadist group targeted the village, without mentioning that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(formally Nusra Front) is one of these groups.

SANA also published photos of the injured people in one of the hospitals, including a child, with bandages on his face and stomach, and another one with shrapnel on his right leg.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is controlling large parts of Idlib and parts of the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and neighboring Latakia. Other less powerful Islamist factions are also deployed in the region. This region is also witnessing a military escalation since April 2019.
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#1  Were any of the injured Moslems?
Posted by: Heriberto Chinetch7881 || 06/18/2019 5:07 Comments || Top||

#2  It says non-combatants. But perhaps they were just not 'combating about' today.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/18/2019 12:55 Comments || Top||


Iran says it dismantled a U.S. cyber espionage network
[REUTERS] Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
said on Monday it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and that several U.S. spies had been arrested in different countries as the result of this action.

U.S.-Iran tensions are growing following accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
’s administration that Tehran last Thursday attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a vital oil shipping route. Iran denies having any role.

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said on Monday: "One of the most complicated CIA cyber espionage networks that had an important role in the CIA’s operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence agencies a while ago and was dismantled."

"We shared the information about the exposed network with our allies that led to the identification and arrest of CIA intelligence agents," Shamkhani was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster IRIB.

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#1  No third countries were noted, and everybody said: "Huh?"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2019 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Or maybe they simply read the list off of Clinton's server.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/18/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Or the network was revealed by a former SoS during his visit.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2019 9:38 Comments || Top||


ISF Arrests IS Suspects over Plots to Bomb Leb Places of Worship
[AnNahar] The Internal Security Forces said in a statement on Monday that its agents arrested two Syrian suspects for having links to 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....
terror group and for planning kabooms at religious places.

"As part of preventive security operations carried out by the ISF Information Division in monitoring the activities of terrorist cells, especially those associated with the IS terrorist group, the Division has been able to monitor and identify a resident of south Leb who spreads the ideology of the organization on social media and recruits people for its benefit," said the statement.

The suspect was identified as Z.M. a Syrian living in the Lebanese southern town of Yater, said the statement.

He confessed during investigation to having links to the IS and to having promoted its ideology through a number of online channels and applications.

He said he had links to individuals outside Leb who assisted him in the creation of social networking sites promoting the ideology of ​​the organization.

After a video released of IS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart...
praising the kabooms in Sri Lanka, the suspect said he got a spray can and clandestinely at night sprayed slogans on a wall at the entrance of Yater that said "Grandson of Abu Bakr Baghdadi," and "Islmaic State" at the bottom.

With his partners, he discussed the idea of ​​simulating the Sri Lankan attacks in Leb and targeting churches, hussainia in shiite towns and villages in south Leb including attacks at churches and killing the largest number of worshippers, said the statement.

He said he accessed websites of jihadis and downloaded links that filmed tutorials of how to make improvised bombs for reference.

He had contacts with another Syrian national identified as S.B. (arrested by ISF) whom he recruited for the purpose.

The two men were referred to the judiciary.
The Times of Israel translates some of that as follows:
The Internal Security Forces (ISF) says they "tracked down and identified a man in southern Leb who actively publishes IS propaganda on social media networks and recruits new members" for the jihadist group.

The suspect, a 20-year-old Syrian national from the south Leb village of Yater, was in contact with people abroad who helped him set up social networking sites to disseminate IS propaganda, it says in a statement.

He also downloaded a manual compiled by followers of the jihadist group instructing readers on how to build explosives, the statement adds.
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