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SDF declare victory in week-long ISIS stand off in northeast Syrian prison, 181 dead thus far
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
US charges man who sold gun used in synagogue hostage crisis
Very good. Now tell us how Mr. Akram knew how to find a felon to sell him an illegal gun, and who put him together with Mr. Williams.
[JPost] Henry "Michael" Williams, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The US Justice Department has filed criminal charges against a man for allegedly selling the gun that Malik Faisal Akram later used to take hostages earlier this month at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.

Henry "Michael" Williams, 32, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas announced Wednesday.

Williams, who was previously convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance, sold Akram the semiautomatic Taurus G2C pistol on Jan. 13, according to prosecutors.

Two days later, Akram brought the pistol to Congregation Beth Israel during Saturday morning prayers, where he held four people, including the rabbi, hostage for nearly 11 hours. The first hostage was released around 5 p.m. The other three broke free unharmed when Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker threw a chair at Akram to distract him and fled out a side door.

Interviewed by the FBI days later, after his arrest on an outstanding state warrant, Williams identified a photo of Akram and affirmed he had made the firearm sale for $150.

The pistol was found inside the synagogue after FBI agents breached the building on Jan. 15, killing Akram in the process. The FBI is investigating the hostage situation as both terrorism and a hate crime.
The Times of Israel adds:
Malik Akram purchased semiautomatic Taurus G2C pistol 2 days before Texas standoff, telling dealer he needed it to ’intimidate’ someone who owed him cash, Justice Department says.

"After viewing a photo of Mr. Akram, Mr. Williams confirmed he sold Mr. Akram the handgun at an intersection in South Dallas," the Justice Department continued. "Analysis of both men’s cellphone records showed that the two phones were in close proximity on January 13."

Related: The Daily Mail has a photo of the miscreant.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat

#2  With all the muzz prison converts and Nation of Islam types out there, who says they don't have a network and secret handshakes, just like Freemasons?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Stay in homeless shelters to make tracking movements difficult
Using enablers to provide transportation instead of a rent car
The only glitch was having to fly
Where did he get his money?
Seems like a well planned attack
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/27/2022 20:42 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Remembering their Brothers in Blue: Fellow NYPD cops break down as they pay tribute to slain officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora at packed Harlem vigil
  • Hundreds of emotional mourners turn out for fallen NYPD cops Jason Rivera and Wilbet Mora at Harlem vigil

  • Fellow NYPD officers were overcome with grief at the 32nd precinct makeshift memorial on Wednesday

  • Jason Rivera, 22, and Wilbert Mora, 27, were gunned down by career criminal Lashawn McNeil, 47, on Friday

  • Friends and colleagues described the cops as being both 'caring and dedicated' in comments at the vigil

  • President Joe Biden to visit New York City next week to discuss new gun crime measures with Mayor Adams
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under:

#1  3 more officers shot in Houston.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/27/2022 19:44 Comments || Top||

Media and Political Attacks on National Guard at Border ‘Inaccurate, False,' Says Texas Military
[Breitbart] After weeks of what appears to be politically motivated criticism, the Texas Military Department fired back with an official response to questions over pay issues, housing conditions, and suicide incidents.

“After multiple failed attempts to correct the record with these outlets, the Texas Military Department wants to set the record straight to ensure accurate reporting on this mission,” Colonel Rita Holton, Public Affairs Director for the Texas Military Department said in a written statement.

“It is clear that reporters have gleaned information from anonymous sources and unverified documents, which have then been skewed to push an agenda,” Col. Holton explained. “Allegations relate to the state’s mobilization, deployment, and operations in support of Operation Lone Star.”

The Texas military says the “nebulous charges” that members of the Texas National Guard are not paid are “inaccurate.” Col. Holton reports that “every service member assigned to Operation Lone Star is being paid.” She admits there were some administrative challenges in the rapid spin-up of Operation Lone Star.

Perhaps the biggest issue being exploited for what appears to be political purposes relates to the suicides of members of the Texas National Guard.

Texas military officials processed more than 900 hardship requests in connection to Operation Lone Star, the statement reports. Seventy-five percent of these requests have been approved.

Colonel Holton said the media narrative that the Texas Military Department is systematically or routinely denied hardship requests are “false reports.”

“In regards to four service member deaths, there has been misleading and false information pushed to the public without proper context, irrespective of family sensitivities and desires,” Col. Holton stated. “Two of the four service members mentioned by outlets were mobilized in support of Operation Lone Star.”

Holton said that while the investigations are still underway, “there is no evidence to support an assumption that their decisions were made as a direct result of hardship denials.”

“It would be irresponsible journalism at this point in time to tie these tragedies to Operation Lone Star,” Col. Holton said.

During calendar year 2021, the Texas Military Department experienced a total of nine suicides out of their 22,000 members.

Holton also addressed the issues of equipment, living conditions and COVID-19 protocols.

“There have been inaccurate reports and social media posts attempting to malign and undermine Texas Military Department efforts to support our service members along the border,” the colonel added. “Our personnel are trained to operate and adapt in austere environments at home and abroad. As with any mission, we continue to adjust as the situation evolves.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under:

Afghan women protest for release of Afghanistan's frozen funds
[Khaama] "It looked like a Lowe's BBQ Grill Cover sale saying: 'Give Us Money'"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  Why keep dangling that money before swine? Send it back to the treasury and give taxpayers some relief.
Posted by: Muggsy Uning1913 || 01/27/2022 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  the thing women in afghanistan can protest about
Posted by: Chris || 01/27/2022 22:50 Comments || Top||

Africa North
UN Removes 13,000 Explosives from Libyan City
Posted by: badanov || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Or, as they call it there, Wednesday.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/27/2022 10:12 Comments || Top||

#2  A fella could have a pretty nice Fourth of July with all that stuff.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/27/2022 10:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Ship'em to the Ukraine
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 13:54 Comments || Top||

#4  ...and then the city fell over.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/27/2022 18:03 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Ousted Burkina president held by army 'well', says party source
[AlAhram] Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
's ousted president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, "is physically well" and is being held by the army in a villa, a source in his party said on Wednesday.

"He's pining for the fjords, tho'"
The West African bloc ECOWAS has lashed out at the "military coup" -- the third in one of its 15 nations in less than 18 months, and said it will meet virtually for an extraordinary summit at 1000 GMT on Friday to consider possible sanctions.

Kabore's state and whereabouts have been a key issue since he was tossed by mutineering soldiers on Monday, with the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
leading calls for his release.

"President Kabore is physically well, but I cannot say anything about his state of mind," said a source in Kabore's People's Movement for Progress (MPP) party.

Kabore "is still in the hands of the army, not in a military camp, but in a presidential villa under house arrest", the source said.

"He has a doctor available... (and) access to his mobile phone, but under surveillance, obviously."

Kabore, 64, was elected in 2015 following a popular revolt that forced out strongman Blaise Compaore, who came to power in a putsch in 1987.

He was re-elected in 2020, but the following year faced a wave of anger over a jihadist insurgency that has ravaged the impoverished West African country.

On Sunday, mutinies broke out in several army barracks a day after police broke up banned protests, and on Monday the rebels moved against Kabore.

The former French colony is now in the hands of the Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Restoration (MPSR) -- the name of a junta led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, a regional commander in the jihadist-torn east.

It has announced the suspension of the constitution and the dissolution of the government and parliament.

The junta also closed land and air borders. The air borders were reopened on Tuesday, along with an easing of restrictions on some products moving across land borders.

Damiba met ministers of the ousted government on Wednesday, telling them not to leave the country unless given permission, political sources told AFP.

He also told them he wanted all national components involved in managing the transition, the sources said.

MPP vice-president Clement Sawadogo said that Prime Minister Lassina Zerbo, who was appointed by Kabore in December, has also been detained.

Sawadogo also told AFP that Kabore wrote a resignation letter after the coup "to preserve peace, to avoid a bloodbath that we do not need with what we are already suffering," referring to jihadist violence.

The MPP source also gave details about some of the key events on Monday.

As the revolt widened, Kabore was smuggled out of his residence by his bodyguards in an unmarked car and taken to a safe location, the source said.

"It was later, as pressure from the mutineers rose, that his guards, who were mainly gendarmes, had to leave him in the hands (of the putschists) and join them," the source said.

"The gendarmerie had no other choice but to join (the putschists) because the whole army was in favor of stripping the president of the office."
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under:

Ex-Irish soldier goes on trial for Islamic State membership
[Rudaw] A former Irish army soldier went on trial in Dublin on Tuesday accused of being a member of the so-called 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....
jihadist group in Syria.

Lisa Smith,
...captured with her child in Northeast Syria by Turkey in 2019...
39, from Dundalk, on Ireland's east coast, has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to membership of an unlawful terrorist group between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019.

She has also denied funding terrorism by sending 800 euros ($900) to aid medical treatment for a Syrian man in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
But prosecutor Sean Gillane said Smith had "enveloped herself in the black flag of ISIS" in response to a call to arms from the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In doing so, she had "self-identified" as a member of the proscribed group, he told three judges at the Special Criminal Court in the Irish capital.

Gillane said Smith was a member of the Irish Defence Forces from 2001 to 2011 but applied to leave after converting to Islam.

Smith, said by one witness to have had a difficult upbringing with a violent mostly peaceful, alcoholic father, had applied unsuccessfully for the right to wear a hijab.

In 2012, she went on pilgrimage to Mecca, and on an Islamic Facebook page expressed a desire to live under Sharia law and to die a martyr.

Smith moved to IS-controlled territory in October 2015 after buying a one-way ticket from Dublin to Turkey, and from there crossing the border to Syria.

The court was told she lived in Raqqa, the capital of Baghdadi's self-styled caliphate, and unsuccessfully attempted to get her husband to join her.

He refused and she divorced him in 2016. Some months later, she married a UK national who had moved to Syria and been involved in patrols on the Iraq border.

When Raqqa fell to allied forces in 2018, she moved to Baghouz, the group's last remaining stronghold.

After that too fell in March 2019, she eventually returned to Ireland and was arrested on arrival with her young daughter at Dublin airport on December 1.

Gillane said the judges had to consider Smith's conversations, state of mind and statements, arguing that her IS membership could be inferred from her conduct.

Moving to IS-controlled territory "is a central act of allegiance ... an act without which the terrorist government can not survive", he added.

The bad boy Sunni group, known for brutally executing those who did not share its radical ideology, required pledges of loyalty for "sustenance and vitality", he said.

Smith, described by one witness as "naive and easily taken in" who may have been "looking for a sense of belonging" in Islam, was "running with ISIS, not running away", Gillane said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Anti-Arab sentiment sweeps Turkey
Visitors, like fish, start to stink after three days.
[YouTube] Turkey is home to more refugees than any other country in the world, with more than 3 million Syrians and 300,000 Iraqis. But as the years have gone by, many Turks believe these refugees have overstayed their welcome. Now, as the economic crisis in the country gets worse, attacks have begun to escalate, both rhetorically and physically. Our correspondents Ludovic de Foucaud, Shona Bhattacharyya and Hussein Asad report from Bolu, a city whose mayor wants all foreigners out of Turkey.
Posted by: Omiting Theting7288 || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under:

ISIS to attack Iraqi judges, a security document reports
Posted by: badanov || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under:

EXPLAINER: Who are the kids trapped in Syria prison attack?
[AlAhram] A distressing series of voice notes sent by an Australian teenager from a prison in northeast Syria underscores the plight of thousands of forgotten children who remain trapped in detention facilities in Syria and Iraq.

Hundreds of minors are believed to be holed up in Gweiran Prison, which has been at the center of a violent mostly peaceful standoff between 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 bully boyz and US-backed Kurdish fighters that began a week ago.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Can Hyenas Be Tamed?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 7:10 Comments || Top||

#2  To quote Fred: My heart bleeds. *Urp* It was the chili
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2022 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Speaking of Fred, how is he doing?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/27/2022 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Last we heard, the heart bypass surgery was a success, Whiskey Mike.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2022 10:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Thank you TW.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/27/2022 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Is this the kid whose pa blew up while out Friday Driving?

*Thank you TW; good to hear.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/27/2022 18:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Can't bring myself to care. Maybe Islamic charities can actually spend money on widows and orphans instead of ammunition?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/27/2022 20:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe Islamic charities can actually spend money on widows and orphans instead of ammunition?

Ammunition is a business expense. A charity needs widows and orphans to solicit money for. You need ammunition to make widows and orphans. Circle of Life, man.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/27/2022 20:28 Comments || Top||

#9  WB, Fred!
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/27/2022 22:55 Comments || Top||

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Thu 2022-01-27
  SDF declare victory in week-long ISIS stand off in northeast Syrian prison, 181 dead thus far
Wed 2022-01-26
  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Announces Retirement
Tue 2022-01-25
  Over 120 Killed After ISIS Mass Prison Break In US-Occupied Northeast Syri, 140+ as of Monday
Mon 2022-01-24
  Egyptian court sentences Mufti of Al-Qaeda affiliate 'Al-Nusra Front' to life in prison
Sun 2022-01-23
  56 IS terrorists killed in northeast Syria
Sat 2022-01-22
  Iran says in talks with Russia to build nuclear power units
Fri 2022-01-21
  Al Qaeda announces death of former Bin Laden associate
Thu 2022-01-20
  Indonesian Militant Linked to Bali Bombings Sentenced to 15 Years
Wed 2022-01-19
  Mohammed al-Houthi: Yemen's only goal is the end of aggression
Tue 2022-01-18
  The Houthis attack Abu Dhabi, Arabian coalition airstrikes Sanaa
Mon 2022-01-17
  Police recovers anti-aircraft guns, other arms from Karachi godown
Sun 2022-01-16
  Day 2: Armed man holding hostages at Colleyville, Texas, synagogue demands release of convicted terrorist 'sister'
Sat 2022-01-15
  Authorities in hours-long standoff at Colleyville synagogue, no injuries reported
Fri 2022-01-14
  IRGC launched solid-fuel satellite rocket into space
Thu 2022-01-13
  TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani killed in axe attack

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