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ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Killed
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  And a Good Morning (somewhere) it is, with Al-B TITZUP! And Schiff bitches. Wow.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/27/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Fred is UP!
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 16:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Is that a Sugar Plum fairy dancing there?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/27/2019 16:24 Comments || Top||

#4  If I ran the NY Times headline:

Terrorist snuffed by US Commander in Chief, Democrats and Moslems totally demoralized.
Posted by: jpal || 10/27/2019 16:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Sad for the tunnel dog.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/27/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#6  He's alive, and will live on rib-eyes the rest of his life
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 17:38 Comments || Top||

#7  She's the 73rd virgin.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 17:57 Comments || Top||

#8  She is cute. Good pic.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/27/2019 21:58 Comments || Top||

#9  She does look virtuous.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/27/2019 23:44 Comments || Top||

Traitors at WaPo with their headline.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 11:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [670 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Democrat C*cksuckers
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

#2  And they clutch their pearls when the deplorables consider them the enemy of the people. Really?

"Adolf Hitler vegan politician at the helm of the German state dies at 56"

How would that sell in '45?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/27/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

#3  nice tweeter push back below

FJ Retweeted
John Lamm
‏ @JohnLammTX
32m32 minutes ago

#WaPoDeathNotices Adolf Hitler, widely read author and noted beer hall speaker, found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound in underground structure.
0 replies 8 retweets 22 likes
FJ Retweeted
Chris Day
‏ @ChrisDayNY
32m32 minutes ago

Mao Zedong, leader of millions who created a "great leap forward" in his country, dead at 82 #WaPoDeathNotices
1 reply 13 retweets 16 likes
FJ Retweeted
Curtis Houck
‏Verified account @CurtisHouck
35m35 minutes ago

Mohamed Atta, skilled aviator and leader of men, dies at 33. #WashPostOrbits #WashingtonPostOrbits #WaPoDeathNotices
3 replies 20 retweets 52 likes
FJ Retweeted
‏ @legallybae
35m35 minutes ago

John Wayne Gacy, noted child enthusiast and clown participant at kid’s parties #WaPoDeathNotices
Posted by: lord garth || 10/27/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#4  They've walked it back, if you want to call it that, to "Extremist Leader of Islamic State."
Posted by: Matt || 10/27/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#5  With supposed real new networks doing this, I bet the Onion will be out of business within a year. Unless they start reporting real news...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/27/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

#6  And A big Hat Tip to the boys! NSDQ!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/27/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||

#7  "They flew very very low, and very very fast, it was one of the most dangerous parts of the mission." Trump. I think I just got a chubby!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/27/2019 12:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Right. Salute the fine men who made this happen.

"... up front where the fighting is hard." And the enemy dies crying like a little bitch.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#9  #7 - LOL!
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 13:02 Comments || Top||

#10  They've walked it back, if you want to call it that, to "Extremist Leader of Islamic State."

I bet the original URL with austere-religious-leader.htm' is still there.

If there was ever any doubt about WaPo being a bunch of traitors & American haters, it's now gone.
Posted by: Raj || 10/27/2019 13:03 Comments || Top||

#11  So 2-5 days of Islamic mourning and the next guy moves up on the leadership list. I've said it a thousand times, I've even participated in the meaningless process. Whack-a-mole is not the solution. Endless wars will continue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

#12  #2 won't have the mystique/cult standing to ever be Caliph
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 13:27 Comments || Top||

#13  RE: #6 comment:NSDQ!

No, 49Pan's comment had nothing to do with the Dairy Queen.

It stands for Night Stalkers Don't Quit. Special Forces.

Well done! Classic Sun Tzu and John Boyd. Congratulations to all who did the preplanning and mission planning, performed the mission, provided logistics and backup for those who carried out the mission, and to the President who provided the ultimate leadership and OPSEC against the leaking traitors in DC. Well Done!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/27/2019 13:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Good to get your reporting AP. Keep the greasy side down.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 14:02 Comments || Top||

#15  The Telegraph too:


Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 10/27/2019 14:41 Comments || Top||

#16  Way to go everyone involved.

So the behavior of ISIS is religious - and that would be Islamic religious.

Very interesting, WaPo, very interesting.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/27/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

#17  Whack-a-mole is not the solution.

See Bones to the sandbox...
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/27/2019 17:19 Comments || Top||

#18  thinking more about it the obit could have said,

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi who founded the Islamic State to reform Islam, consistent with the Koran and the sayings of Mohammad and his companions, dies at 48.

Unfortunately, accuracy is Islamophobic
Posted by: lord garth || 10/27/2019 17:35 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 18:09 Comments || Top||

#20  #13 Well stated AP.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/27/2019 18:11 Comments || Top||

#21  Whack A Mole is not the solution. But DJT may be on to something with this Syria - Turkey - Russia - Kurd thing. Stay tuned.
Posted by: Wheamp Noodleman6884 || 10/27/2019 20:00 Comments || Top||

#22  I agree Noodle.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 20:08 Comments || Top||

#23  ^ Thirded.
Posted by: Lex || 10/27/2019 20:48 Comments || Top||

Airstrikes kill 45 Taliban and ISIS militants in 9 provinces
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
s killed 45 forces of Evil of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
Khurasan groups in nine provinces in the past 24 hours.

The military officials said Saturday an airstrike killed 12 Talibs and destroyed a cache of weapons in Kush district of 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...

The officials further added that airstrikes in Deh Bala district of 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..
killed 7 ISIS Khurasan krazed killers.

An airstrike in Sar Rowzad district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
killed 5 Taliban krazed killer and destroyed a vehicle, the officials added.

Another airstrike in Muhammad Agha district of Pashtun-infested Logar killed 4 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials said, adding that a similar airstrike in Nad Ali district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
killed 4 Talibs.

The officials also added that airstrikes in Khanabad district of and Chimtal district of Balkh killed 4 Talibs.

Another airstrike in Tarnek Wa Jaldak district killed 2 Talibs while airstrikes in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan killed 7 Talibs and destroyed a cache of weapons, the officials said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

Special Forces arrest 5 Taliban militants, destroy caches of weapons in Kabul and Ghazni
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested 5 Talibs during the operations in Kabul and Ghazni provinces.

The military officials said Saturday the Special Forces also destroyed two caches of weapons during the same operations.

The officials further added that the Special Forces arrested 4 of the bandidos snuffies in Aab Band district of Ghazni where they also destroyed a cache of weapons.

The Special Forces arrested another Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
holy warrior during a patrol in Kabul city and destroyed a cache of weapons, the officials added.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Airstrike kills key Haqqani Network leader who was involved in deadly Kabul attacks
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike
in Mohammad Agha district of Pashtun-infested Logar killed a prominent Haqqani Network leader who had planned and faciliated some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul city.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, the security forces conducted the airstrike in Zarghoon Shahr Village, killing Qari Burhan and some Pak and Arab Death Eaters.

The statement further added that Qari Burhan was in command of a notorious group of gunnies and had planned and facilitated some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul city.

He had planned and conducted the 2017 attack close to Jamhuriat Hospital which killed 103 people and maimed 235 others, the defense ministry said, adding that he had planned and facilitated the attack on a high rise building in Abdul Haq Square in 2011.

Qari Burhan had also planned and facilitated some deadly attacks in Kabul including a car kaboom in 2015 which maimed 400 people and the attack on Alburz Township.

The defense ministry also added that Qari Burhan had close cooperation with Al Qaeda terrorist network and was facilitating the transfer of jacket wallahs to Ghazni and Pashtun-infested Logar provinces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Africa North
Aid group: Libyan gunmen threaten migrants, rescuers at sea
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A humanitarian aid group says button men on Libya-flagged patrol boats have threatened the crew of its rescue ship Alan Kurdi and the migrants colonists it was rescuing, firing shots into the air and water.

Sea-Eye’s front man Gordon Isler told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the unprecedented incident Saturday on the Mediterranean Sea was a "total shock" for the rescue crew, but that they had managed to bring all the roughly 90 migrants colonists on board without any serious injuries.

Isler said the Libyan boats arrived as the rescuers were handing life jackets to men and women on a white dinghy off the coast of Libya and began circling the ship, hampering the rescue operation.

He said the masked men fired "warning shots" and pointed mounted guns at the rescue crew and the migrants colonists, some of whom had jumped into the water, before pulling away.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Grenade attack in Srinagar, 6 CRPF jawans injured
[OneIndia] Six CRPF jawans were maimed after bully boyz hurled a grenade and opened fire on the security forces in Karan Nagar, Jammu and 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....
The CRPF team was manning a checkpoint when the incident took place around 6.50 pm. The grenade explosion caused panic in the area, said police officials.

The security forces fired some shots in the air in retaliation, officials said, adding that further details were awaited.

The attack comes two months after the government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 and split it into two union territories.

Pakistain-based terrorist groups made 328 bids to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border in 2018 and were successful in 143 of these attempts, the highest in the last five years, according to the Home Ministry's annual report.

The report of the ministry for 2018-19 made available on Friday said 257 turbans and 91 security personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the highest number of casualties in the state in the last five years.

Thirty-nine civilians were also killed during this period, it said. As per the report, there were 328 infiltration attempts by Pakistain-based terrorist groups into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border in 2018, of which 143 were successful.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Iraq MPs tied to populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr declare sit-in at parliament
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi politicians linked to populist holy man 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...
began an indefinite sit-in on Saturday night at parliament headquarters, two MPs told AFP, amid widespread anti-government protests.

A second wave of demonstrations demanding an end to corruption and an overhaul of the political system have rocked the capital Baghdad and the south since late Thursday.

Al-Sadr has already demanded the current government resign, but on Saturday members of his Saeroon bloc - parliament’s largest with 54 MPs - said they would escalate.

"We are on our way now to parliament for the sit-in, until the enactment of all reforms the Iraqi people are demanding," said MP Badr al-Zayadi.

Saeroon politicians were in touch with others to persuade them to join the move, he added.

Al-Zayadi told AFP the bloc had sent an "official request" to Iraqi President Barham Saleh who, according to Iraq’s constitution, could then ask parliament to withdraw confidence from the premier.

MP Raed Fahmy, a member of Iraq’s Communist Party who is allied to al-Sadr, confirmed the sit-in.

"We have joined the opposition and we demand the government resign," Fahmy told AFP.

Protests first erupted in Iraq on October 1, over unemployment, poor services and perceived government graft.

Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Iraqi government says it is suspending the work of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath channels in the country

Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Iraqi protests against Iranian influence turn violent, 7 killed
[Jpost] Iraqi protesters spoke out against Iran's influence in the country and stormed buildings belonging to Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias and the Iranian embassy in Karbala in southern Iraq on Saturday, as renewed protests swept the nation, according to Sky News Arabia.

At least seven protesters were killed and 38 maimed in the Iraqi city of Hilla early on Sunday when members of the Iranian-backed Badr Organization militia gave the demonstrators a whiff of grapeshot, police and health sources said.

Protesters had gathered across Iraq on Saturday in a second day of anti-government protests, in which at least 67 people have died.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Trouble in Shia paradise?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/27/2019 5:20 Comments || Top||

Gaza terrorist groups raise alert level amid fears of Israeli operations
Oh dear. How very dreadful for them. And so close to Halloween, too.
[Jpost] Terrorist groups in the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip have raised their alert level due to fears of Israeli operations against them, said a source in the groups to the Lebanese, Hezbollah-affiliated Al Akhbar newspaper.

One of the reasons for raising the alert level was an increase in the intensity of reconnaissance flights over Gaza and the presence of manned spy planes at high altitudes over the area.

The terrorist groups fear that Israel may break the calm by carrying out indirect liquidations of terrorist leaders or by destroying military facilities.

On Thursday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi warned that "on both the northern and southern fronts, the situation is tense and fragile, and could deteriorate into a confrontation."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Olde Tyme Religion
Another Operation Kills ISIS Spokesperson al-Muhajir Day After ISIS Leader's Death
[Townhall] In a new strike in Syria, the CIA has targeted Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, the spokesperson for ISIS who is considered to have been ISIS Leader al Baghdadi's right-hand man. The news comes just one day after U.S. forces killed al Baghdadi in a top-secret raid, Newsweek is reporting.
(Via Newsweek)

Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Abdi, also known as Mazloum Kobane, also reported on the news Sunday.

"Continuing the previous operation, terrorist Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, the right-hand man of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and an ISIS spokesman, was targeted in the village of Ayn al-Bayda, near Jarablus, in direct coordination between SDF intelligence and the U.S. military," Kobane said.

Muhajir was named ISIS spokesperson in 2016 after his predecessor, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, was killed in a U.S. airstrike, also in Aleppo. Unlike Baghdadi and Adnani, who were known to be Iraqi and Syrian nationals, respectively, and were openly active in Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Muhajir's identity was publicly unknown, though his nickname?‐meaning "emigrant"?‐suggested he may be a foreigner.

The anonymous militant has offered occasional sermons released via audio messages, and was most recently heard in March, breaking nearly six months of silence as the group's final strongholds in eastern Syria collapsed. Less than a week after his latest message, Trump claimed victory over ISIS.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 17:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Whoo!
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 18:10 Comments || Top||

#2  CIA sez: "We have value! Don't indict us!"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 18:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Classic whack-a-mole tactics. When the ISIS spokesman comes out to announce the bad news you whack him too.
Posted by: jpal || 10/27/2019 18:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe al-Muhajir called al Baghdadi’s phone after hearing the news.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/27/2019 19:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Ref #4: I'd put money on it Airandee.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 20:07 Comments || Top||

#6  "Can you hear me naow?"
"What's that whistling sound?"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 20:13 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Roadside bomb slightly injures four Thai rangers
[Bangkok Post] Four Thai rangers were slightly wounded when a roadside bomb went off in Yala province on Saturday morning. When authorities reached the site in Bannang Sata district, they found a bomb-damaged pickup truck and a hole at the roadside. All four rangers in the truck had tinnitus one of them also had chest pain.

The rangers were on the way to their unit after taking flu-stricken officers from the hospital back to their base.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

SDF statement about Raid
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 11:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "...in area under military control of the Turkish state."

Reminds you of someone else who was hiding in an area distinctly under another state's control?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/27/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army wipes out group of ISIS terrorists attempting to cross into Iraq
[ALMASDARNEWS] A group of 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....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
/ISIS/IS/ISIS) snuffies was attempting to cross into Iraq’s al-Anbar Governorate last nigh when they suddenly came under heavy fire from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the area.

According to a military source in eastern Syria, the Syrian Army spotted the group of Islamic State snuffies as they were traveling northeast of al-Sukhnah in a bid to escape to Iraq before dawn the following day.

The source said the Syrian Arab Army killed at least five of the Islamic State snuffies during the attack, while the remaining snuffies managed to slip back into the desert before they could be captured by the military.

He would add that the Syrian Army has been high alert around al-Sukhnah these last few days as Islamic State snuffies have increased their activities in this desert region of eastern Homs.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Good!
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 11:16 Comments || Top||

Syrian army reaches border area, deploys around Turkish zone
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syrian troops reached a key area near The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
’s border Saturday after sending further reinforcements to the region, in what a war monitor said was its largest deployment there in years.

Syrian regime forces entered the provincial borders of the town of Ras al-Ain, state news agency SANA said.

The regime forces entered the area, which was taken by Ottoman Turkish forces following a weeks-long offensive against Syria’s Kurds.

Troops also deployed along a road stretching some 30 kilometers south of the frontier, SANA added.

Turkey and its Syrian proxies on October 9 launched a cross-border attack against Kurdish-held areas, grabbing a 120-kilometer-long swathe of Syrian land along the frontier.

The incursion left hundreds dead and caused 300,000 people to flee their homes, in the latest humanitarian crisis in Syria’s brutal eight-year war.

This week, Turkey and Russia struck a deal in Sochi for more Kurdish forces to withdraw from the frontier on both sides of that Ottoman Turkish-held area under the supervision of Russian and Syrian forces.

On Saturday, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 2,000 Syrian troops and hundreds of military vehicles were deploying around what Turkey calls its "safe zone".

Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

15 dead in Syria clashes between pro-Turkish forces, Kurds
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Clashes in northeast Syria between pro-Ankara fighters backed by the Ottoman Turkish air force and a regime-backed force led by Syrian Kurds left 15 dead on Saturday, a monitor said.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that nine pro-Ottoman Turkish fighters and six members of the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in a zone between the towns of Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ain.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2019 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Leb Protesters Take to the Streets for 10th Day, Defying Hizbullah
[AnNahar] Demonstrators in Leb blocked roads and trickled into streets across the country for a tenth consecutive day Saturday, defying what they said were attempts by Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
to defuse their movement.

The demonstrators -- who have thronged towns and cities across Leb since October 17 -- are demanding the removal of the entire political class, accusing many across different parties of systematic corruption.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Killed or Captured in Raid, According to Report
48 Hour Rule, of course, but here is a small ulululululu in anticipation.
[Townhall] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is believed to have been killed or captured in a top-secret operation, according to Newsweek.

(Via Newsweek)
The United States military has conducted a special operations raid targeting one of its most high-value targets, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), Newsweek has learned. Donald Trump approved the mission nearly a week before it took place.

Amid reports Saturday of U.S. military helicopters over Syria's northwestern Idlib province, a senior Pentagon official familiar with the operation and Army official briefed on the matter told Newsweek that Baghdadi was the target of the top-secret operation in the last bastion of the country's Islamist-dominated opposition, a faction that has clashed with ISIS in recent years. A U.S. Army source briefed on the results of the operation told Newsweek that Baghdadi was killed in the raid. And the Defense Department told the White House they have "high confidence" that the high-value target killed was Baghdadi but further verification is pending."

The president will make a statement on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. eastern time, according to NBC News.

Newsweek on the kill.


Well, damn. Just ignore the whole operation, then. Right to left: Army, Marines, Kushner ,Trump, Pence, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, if I'm not mistaken.

The normal progression in the West is left to right, Fred. Noted for those like me who were confused by going straight to the names.

"Join the Army. See the world. Meet new people. Kill them. Break their shit."

CNN’s Tapper Complains Trump ISIS Announcement Being ’20 Minutes Late’

Dana Shell Smith, a former U.S. ambassador to Qatar, warned that being so descriptive could backfire by stoking more anger toward the United States.She pointed out that former President Barack Obama was far more careful in describing al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden's killing. The Obama administration even pointed out that it gave bin Laden's body an Islamic funeral ritual before slipping it into the ocean.

"It was important for our relationships in the region and safety of our military and diplomats," the former ambassador wrote on Twitter. "It’s how America rolls. With honor. We don’t delight in death like the terrorists do."

Bednarek said the president’s extended remarks, in which he also repeatedly took credit for the raid and the defeat of ISIS, struck him as “a bit disquieting."

"But that is his penchant to do.”

NBC Decries Trump Taking ‘Victory Lap’ After Killing ISIS Leader
During NBC’s Sunday Today, chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson noted that “Trump has repeatedly celebrated what he calls the defeat of ISIS,” but recalled, “He has not talked much personally about al-Baghdadi by name.” The tone and juxtaposition of those points were meant to suggest she was catching Trump in a contradiction.

“The President’s speech this morning will be a commander-in-chief moment for him, but consider the backdrop here, Willie. It comes at a time when critics have really raise questions about his policy in Syria,” she cautioned, to dump some cold water on the President.

Host Willie Geist then brought on couple leftist partisans in Obama-era CIA official Jeremy Bash and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

Bash recognized that al-Baghdadi was an important person to eliminate, but doubted if Trump’s decision would be of any military importance given his decision to leave Syria...

Russia doubts Trump’s claim about killing Baghdadi
There’s no credible data to prove a successful American raid took place against Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The US coalition didn’t even carry out any airstrikes in Idlib recently.

Earlier, Trump made a rare Sunday address from the White House informing the world that al-Baghdadi was eliminated in northwest Syria in a “daring nighttime raid” with the involvement of US special forces, planes, helicopters and drones. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) leader met his end “crying and screaming” in the face of the Americans’ might, he said.

But the Russian Defense Ministry insisted that “there were legitimate questions and doubts about the very fact [of the US operation] and, especially, its success.”

Moscow pointed out that it recorded no US coalition airstrikes in the Idlib area in northwest Syria on Saturday when the raid was held.

It also rejected Trump’s claims that Russian forces opened up the airspace under its control in Syria to American planes to facilitate the operation against the IS leader.

The ministry questioned the very possibility of al-Baghdadi’s presence in Idlib as the area is held by Al-Qaeda offshoot, Jabhat al-Nusra, who have always been mortal enemies of Islamic State.

Moscow noted that Islamic State was crushed in Syria in early 2018 in a joint effort by the government in Damascus and the Russian forces
Moscow noted that Islamic State was crushed in Syria in early 2018 in a joint effort by the government in Damascus and the Russian forces, meaning that yet another report of al-Baghdadi’s demise “bears no effect on the operational situation in Syria or on the actions of the remaining terrorists in Idlib.”

French Defense Minister Florence Parly also questioned the significance of the claimed US achievement, pointing out that the raid only marked “an early retirement for a terrorist [al-Baghdadi], but not for his organization.”

'Not a Big Deal' - Iranian Minister
Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi on Sunday said that the elimination of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Daesh* terrorist organisation by the US air force was not "a big deal" and that Washington had simply destroyed its own "creature."

"Not a big deal! You just killed your creature," Jahromi posted on Twitter in response to Trump's tweet reading "Something very big has just happened!"

... and yet...

Syria villagers tell of quiet neighbour
In the middle of the night amid the olive trees of northwest Syria, Abu Ahmad heard soldiers "speaking a foreign language" attack the home next door.

The helicopters reportedly targeted a home and a car outside the village of Barisha. The house targeted in the raid is located near an olive grove and tents of displaced Syrians.

The 55-year-old said he had repeatedly tried and failed to befriend his discreet neighbour in the village of Barisha in Idlib province.

But now, after President Donald Trump said Sunday a US special operation killed jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the village, Abu Ahmad was left wondering about who his neighbour was harbouring.

"We have shared nothing with this man except greetings," Abu Ahmad said of his mysterious neighbour, who claimed to be a merchant from the province of Aleppo.
"He wuz a quiet man, kept to himself..."
Around midnight, US helicopters dropped forces in Barisha where groups linked to the Islamic State group were present, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The helicopters targeted a home and a car outside the village of Barisha, said the war monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information.

The operation killed nine people, including Baghdadi, Trump said Sunday.

It occurred about five kilometres (three miles) from the Turkish frontier and close to one of the main border crossings.

Abu Ahmad was a few dozen metres away, he said, when he saw an "attacking force", with gunfire ringing out as warplanes whooshed overhead.

Someone speaking in Arabic called on his neighbour -- apparently named Abu Mohammad -- to hand himself over, before the forces moved in.

The operation lasted for nearly three hours, he said.

Another resident in the area who gave his name as Abdel Hameed said he rushed to the scene of the attack after he heard helicopters, gunfire and explosions.

Strikes hit the house and a vehicle that was coincidently passing through the area at the time of the attack, he said.

There were six unidentified bodies inside the house and two others inside the vehicle, the 23-year-old said.

The body of the man known as Abu Mohammad was not left among the corpses, he was told by other residents.

"Some residents say he was taken along with another person," he told AFP.

Under a clear blue sky on Sunday morning, the targeted house was completely flattened into light grey rubble, an AFP correspondent said.

The area was cordoned off by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist alliance that dominates most of Idlib led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

Journalists were briefly allowed to film at the site.

The frame of a motorcycle lay in the rubble, its front wheel burned down to the spokes and what remained of electrical wires entangled across its length.

Covered in dust, a pink item of clothing was tangled in a branch amid the ruins.

Separated from the scene of the raid by a row of olive trees, two houses were visible nearby.

"We used to invite him to our house but he would never come," said Abu Ahmad, who has been living in Barisha for the past two years.
Standing outside the ruined house, Abu Ahmad said his neighbour used to leave early in the morning and return late at night.

"We used to invite him to our house but he would never come," said Abu Ahmad, who has been living in Barisha for the past two years.

He never saw any women or children at the house, he said, and never got familiar with the inhabitants.

"Even during holidays, we tried to build a relationship but it didn't work."

Baghdadi killing “vengeance” for Yezidi women: SDF

The killing of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi avenges “Kurdish Yezidi women” and all who have been hurt by ISIS, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday, accusing Turkey of sheltering the terrorist leader.

“We consider the operation a vengeance for Kobane, Shingal, Khabur River, Nineveh Plains, Kirkuk, Xanaqin, Maxmour, especially a revenge for the Kurdish Yezidi women, and a revenge for humanity,” SDF spokespersons told reporters in Hasaka on Sunday.

In the early hours of Sunday, following a US-led covert operation, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, committed suicide by explosive belt after being discovered by US special forces.

The terror group has a left a notorious legacy of genocide against Yezidis, forced conversions imposed on religious minorities, and death and destruction. The group was declared defeated in Iraq at the end of 2017 and in March 2019 in Syria.

Yezidis were among the biggest victims of ISIS when their stronghold of Shingal, near the Syrian border, was overrun in 2014. Thousands of women were kidnapped, and sold into sexual slavery. Yezidi children were brainwashed and trained as child soldiers, while men were shot on site and killed en masse. The scars inflicted on the community five years ago remain as fresh as ever.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), and its female counterpart Women's Protection Units (YPJ), opened a safety corridor into Syria for Yezidis stranded on Mount Sinjar in August 2014, saving thousands from ISIS. Both Kurdish groups, which form the backbone of the SDF, have also been instrumental in freeing tens of Yezidi women and children from the hands of ISIS during their anti-ISIS ops.

“The operation that today took place was a revenge for anyone around the world hurt by the Daesh terrorist organization,” the SDF added, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The Netherlands-based Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF) praised the US-led operation on “rapist” al-Baghdadi, who was known for abusing several Yezidi women, as well as US aid worker Kayla Mueller. In tweets published Sunday evening, FYF added that although many in the community welcomed his death, a trial would have been preferable. Speaking of the genocide, it added that “the memories will always be there. One day perhaps it will be exposed through actual indictments and trials.”

The SDF claimed that after taking control of Baghouz, ISIS' last bastion in Eastern Syria on March 23, they obtained "confirmed information" that Baghdadi had gone to Idlib, but they had not confirmed his exact whereabouts. "In the last days, his whereabouts were confirmed, and that information was shared with the American side, especially the CIA.”
The SDF claimed that after taking control of Baghouz, ISIS' last bastion in Eastern Syria on March 23, they obtained "confirmed information" that Baghdadi had gone to Idlib, but they had not confirmed his exact whereabouts. "In the last days, his whereabouts were confirmed, and that information was shared with the American side, especially the CIA,” their team asserted.

“As a result of joint sensitive and precise work for more than five months, between the Military Intelligence of the Syrian Democratic Forces and American forces, through coordination on the highest levels, the head of the Daesh, known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been eliminated in a joint operation with American forces today at dawn near one of the Turkish military bases in the Barisha village in the province of Idlib,” the SDF said.

The dawn operation was conducted with "actual participation" of the SDF's intelligence branch, who were very "vital members" of the whole operation, claimed the Kurdish military force.

They added that the recent Turkish incursion in Rojava delayed the operation.

“We from the Syrian Democratic Forces would like to announce that this operation was delayed for more than a month due to the Turkish aggression on our region,” the SDF claimed, referring to Turkey’s so-called “Peace Spring” operation into Kurdish-controlled Syrian territory on October 9.

The invasion was preceded by the withdrawal of US forces from the area based on the order of US President Donald Trump. Due to the Turkish invasion, SDF has to concentrate on defending its areas.

SDF Media Spokesman Mazloum Abdi told Associated Foreign Press (AFP) on Sunday that the death of the terror leader “will lead to revenge attacks”, including potential prison breaks. Security in SDF-prisons holding ISIS prisoners has been of major concern in recent weeks as Kurdish resources run low amid the Turkish invasion. Several prisoners managed to escape a Qamishli prison following Turkish shelling on October 11.

ISIS propaganda outlet Nashirnews announced via Telegram announced several attacks in recent days on SDF, Syrian and Iraqi forces.

Why was Baghdadi in areas under Turkish influence?

Baghdadi was sheltered by Turkey and Turkey has to answer why he was in areas in Idlib province that are under Turkish influence, the SDF also argued.

“We have before said that Daesh leaders are abetted and sheltered in Turkish state-controlled areas [in Syria]. Today's event, as we have already said, is the the biggest evidence of our argument,” the SDF added.

“This is the big question that needs to be asked, which the Turkish state has to answer. What was Baghdadi doing in areas under the influence of the Turkish forces in Idlib city near the Turkish border?" SDF asked.

Turkey has multiple observation points across the border of the Idlib province in Northwestern Syria. Idlib is dominated by Jihadist groups, especially the Hayat Tahrir Sham, the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. The Turkish presence is based on an agreement from last year to prevent a Syrian offensive into the province.

From the article:
The operation killed nine people including a Daesh senior leader called Abu Yamaan as well as a child and two women, it said.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1482 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  3 miles from Turkish border. Bets he was living in Turkey?
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Would be a good troll to give partial credit to al qaeda intel
Posted by: Lord garth || 10/27/2019 0:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Let us hope they're saying he's killed, while they waterboard the he$$ out of him.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 10/27/2019 0:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Hopefully this will change some of the political talk
Posted by: Sherry || 10/27/2019 1:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Seen on the net:
The Problem is with Turkey. They knew where bagdahdi was ? And He was in god damn idlib??
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 2:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Congratulation to vice leader.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/27/2019 2:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Well that should do it! Victory is surely just around the corner. Now there is even less need for America to be meddling in Syria.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/27/2019 3:02 Comments || Top||

#8  He blew himself up by detonating a suicide vest. At least that's what the US DoD says.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 4:31 Comments || Top||

#9  https://twitter.com/mohmad_rasheed

Video from the area. Anything newer than the nearby refinery fire is of the US raid.
Posted by: Pancho Flerens6518 || 10/27/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#10  https://syria.liveuamap.com

Zoom in above Idlib at the Turkish border and go to the live links reporting on the raid.
Posted by: Pancho Flerens6518 || 10/27/2019 4:45 Comments || Top||

#11  "victory is just around the corner."

The trash will be needing taken out again next week. The toilet will need to be scrubbed again. It never really ends but the only thins that go away if you ignore them are your teeth and your wife.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/27/2019 4:46 Comments || Top||

#12  If this is true:
ISIS cells in Idlib might have convinced ABB that this was his best bet after the events of the last two weeks. So if Trump authorized the raid a week ago, it might have directly followed from the Turkish invasion and intel tracking ABB’s migration from the Jazira.

... then Trump deserves a lot of credit. We'll see.
Posted by: Lex || 10/27/2019 5:13 Comments || Top||

#13  #11😊😊😊
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/27/2019 5:19 Comments || Top||

#14  So, endless war. Forever. You're supposed to be arguing against me, not accidentally proving my points! An "own goal" right there.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/27/2019 5:53 Comments || Top||

#15  Troll
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 5:58 Comments || Top||

#16  As I thought. Whatever Trump does, will prosper. This is a win at the right time.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 6:03 Comments || Top||

#17  I think the point I'd make is, if one side stops fighting and the other side doesn't, who's driving the "endless war?" Seems jihad is are pretty up front about what they consider victory from their standpoint. If I don't want to live in the caliphate, I'd say they have also defined my victory conditions for me.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/27/2019 6:05 Comments || Top||

#18  Somehow, I don't think he could have blown himself up.

Would be better if the fire team actually strapped him with C4, and said it happened that way.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#19  told Newsweek that Baghdadi was killed in the raid.

What's Newsweek?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/27/2019 8:38 Comments || Top||

#20  a $1 Company
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#21  He died like a dog. He died like a coward.

Donald Trump
Posted by: One Eyed Ghibelline9404 || 10/27/2019 9:56 Comments || Top||

#22  Cleanup on Aisle 22 (?)
Posted by: Raj || 10/27/2019 10:14 Comments || Top||

#23  Syrian Kurdish-led forces - one of the main US allies in northern Syria until President Trump withdrew US troops from the area this month - said they had carried out a "historic" joint operation.

Mr Trump praised them, as well as Russia, Iraq, Turkey and Syria for giving "certain support" to the operation.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

#24  #Russia opened up airspace for the #US operation to take place, the intel does appear to have come from #Iraq as per reports earlier.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#25  Based on the information available so far here's the locations of the Baghdadi compound destroyed in the raid (36.165804, 36.627401), and the destroyed van (36.165769, 36.631570). This is about 5km away from the Turkish border.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/27/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#26  Rantingly.com keeps adding links — 15 thus far. Some are tweets with video clips from President Trump’s announcement this morning. I lack the skill to share a screen grab or a copy of that section of the page, and there are good reasons (spam!) why Fred’s code does not allow more than two links per comment. Apparently Iraqi intelligence gets credit for having found him. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff were not informed ahead of time for fear of leaks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#27  ABAB has been killed several times in the past. Let's hope this he is really on his way to hell this time. It does seem like it. The world is better off. Good going Trump, military and whomever else helped us bring this about.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/27/2019 11:06 Comments || Top||

#28  blew hisself up? Mount his head on a pike on the WH lawn. Let the ravens pick at it
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#29  Trump says we already have the next leader of ISIS in our sights, but IIUC only al Bagdadi's children have the proper linage to claim the Caliph.

This was a great win but difficult (for a westerner) decisions are ahead.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/27/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#30  AOSHQ: "How does Ace put it?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi loses life trampled by stampeding camel spiders and U.S. air raid. But mostly by air raid."
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 11:46 Comments || Top||

#31  I think the point I'd make is, if one side stops fighting and the other side doesn't, who's driving the "endless war?" Seems jihad is are pretty up front about what they consider victory from their standpoint. If I don't want to live in the caliphate, I'd say they have also defined my victory conditions for me.

M. Murcek’s expansion on his previous about ignoring wives and teeth nails it. As did his previous, but not everyone appreciates metaphoric language.

Congratulations to all involved. Especially to those who knew something was up, but didn’t even so much as hint to outsiders.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#32  Separately, I found this bit of speculation interesting:

Trump's Syria pullout lured the big ISIS rat out of his hole and ... boom!

So much for all that "expert" opinion in the last few weeks in the mainstream media that President Trump's pullout of U.S. troops from Syria would inevitably bring the recrudescence of ISIS. Even Saturday Night Live mocked that one, and on the night of the rubout, that didn't age well from even the first minute.

It almost makes one wonder if the terrorists themselves were fooled by the media/expert naysaying.

The terrorists, who are known to be voracious watchers of CNN and other mainstream news, decided that Trump was a wimp, a pacifist, a non-fighter for pulling U.S. troops out; Trump wouldn't fight them, they thought, leaving them with a field day. The coast was clear and it didn't take long before they popped out of their holes.

Such was the suggested thinking of one military expert featured on Fox News,

Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#33  Frank G: It might have been the Camel Spiders sent down the dead-end tunnel Baghdadi was in. We don't know. I mean, if I was over there for years, I'd be trying to train those things for tunnel-clearing...
Posted by: Charles || 10/27/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||

#34  Nancy Pelosi is in a snit because she and her Dem leaders weren't briefed ahead "as were the Russians", and hence not able to leak it
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#35  decided that Trump was a wimp, a pacifist, a non-fighter for pulling U.S. troops out

For a moment there, I almost thought so too. The man just made Sin Tzu Great again. Salute.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 12:41 Comments || Top||

#36  I don't celebrate Diwali but I enjoyed some pyrotechnics with colleagues. It is auspicious in a way. Diwali being the festival of celebration of victory of good over evil.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#37  Just wondering here, why Pelosi, Schiff et al would "need to know" beforehand?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/27/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#38  Next she'll say it was something like high treason that Trump didn't inform Congress. And he could say, "You were all busy beating your breasts for Cummings, I thought it best not to disturb you further."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/27/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||

#39  #29 blew hisself up? Mount his head on a pike on the WH lawn. Let the ravens pick at it

Nah, put it in Lucite and keep it at our desk at the UN.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/27/2019 13:25 Comments || Top||

#40  His Whack-a-mole replacement arrives in 48 hours. Little is gained here besides the media frenzy.

M ≠ P

(Motion does not equal progress)
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||

#41  And inertia does not equal strength. Ya gotta take advantages of the opportunities that present themselves, B.
Posted by: JHH || 10/27/2019 16:03 Comments || Top||

#42  Abu Marion Berry: "Bitch set me up!"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2019 19:09 Comments || Top||

#43  Forgive me, you are probably right JHH. I'm just weary of the half-assed efforts, media grab, and politics.

My addled brain is experiencing intermittent circuitry loss. I should probably look for another pastime or hobby.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 19:18 Comments || Top||

#44  A cute, cuddly critter was Ida,
Whose human had pampered and dyed her.
Awww, who could stampede her?
Somebody call PETA
To fight for this shy little spider!
Posted by: Skunky Sforza6003 || 10/27/2019 20:28 Comments || Top||

#45  Forgive me, you are probably right JHH. I'm just weary of the half-assed efforts, media grab, and politics.

Illegitimi non carborundum, man!

I agree whacking the guy isn't a world-changing event, but there finally has been a reckoning, and we get to see the roaches scuttle. Looks like we bagged at least one more from that.

Plus we get some organizational friction. The top guy is whacked, someone gets picked from the admittedly endless ranks of Number Twos and Threes. Maybe he is competent, maybe not. In any case, the various factions are jostling for position and influence. People who were In are suddenly Out. Plans change. If they were able to whack *him*, how much more do they know? Suspicion is a terrible thing.

Not world-changing and waaay too much MediaFrenzy, but anything that disrupts these sumbitches is a positive.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/27/2019 21:23 Comments || Top||

#46  Also, there are no doubt all sorts of devices and paper records for our clever boys and girls to play with, full of accounts and contacts and calendars... heaven only knows what next will be discovered, prevented, tracked down...

Happy hunting, guys!
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/27/2019 22:27 Comments || Top||

#47  Not world-changing and waaay too much MediaFrenzy, but anything that disrupts these sumbitches is a positive.

Hahaha, that it is Steve. That it is.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/27/2019 22:27 Comments || Top||

3 health workers killed in northern Syria, Turkish-backed militia blamed
[Rudaw] A Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian militia is accused of killing three medical workers in northern Syria, as evidence accumulates of possible war crimes committed by the gangs during their campaign against Kurdish forces.

The Kurdish Red Islamic Thingy has confirmed that three of their paramedics, who had disappeared on October 13 near Suluk, southeast of the border town Gire Spi (Tel Abyad), are dead. "Their bodies were found dumped in the sewer. Reports indicate that Ottoman Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiya was responsible for what is widely regarded as a ’field execution’ targeting health workers," reported the Rojava Information Centre on Saturday morning.

The three paramedics have been identified as Media Bouzan, Hafin Khalil Ibrahim, and Mohammed Bouzan Sidi.

The Ottoman Turkish army is using Syrian militia groups as their boots on the ground, but these men, who often film their own violations, have been accused of multiple atrocities that American officials admit could constitute war crimes and for which The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
would be culpable.

Turkey's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin has said they "will investigate alleged war crimes," but reiterated Ankara's stance that the Kurdish forces are a terror organization.

The Kurdish Red Islamic Thingy (KRC), which is the primary medical aid agency on the ground after international organizations pulled their staff out of northern Syria a week after the crisis began citing insecurity, says four of their staff have been killed and five injured, "all of whom are targeted directly."

The fourth health worker killed was paramedic Hail al-Saleh who died on October 17 of wounds sustained in shelling of a medical point near Sari Kani three days earlier.

"Targeting health personnel and centers according to the international humanitarian law is a war crime, and the criminal must be punished," the KRC said in a statement Friday evening.

The KRC has documented multiple attacks on or near health facilities, hospitals, trauma stations, and ambulances.

Parts of the main east-west highway across northern Syria, the M4, have been closed because of the military operation. "As a result, aid transportation is being done through alternate routes, however these do not allow for the same volume of supplies to be transported given the condition of the roads," the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
’ humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said in its most recent update, as of October 24.

Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday morning that the Kurdish withdrawal is "going as planned."
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