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Trump fires Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaces him with CIA boss Mike Pompeo
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Dorky high school brat is charged with planting 'weapon of mass destruction in the cafeteria'
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] A student who is believed to have pledged allegiance to ISIS has been tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
for allegedly bringing a 'weapon of mass destruction' onto the campus of a high school.

The St. George Police Police Department said it has charged the adolescent for the manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, with more charges possibly to come for criminal mischief.

St. George authorities also said that they believe the juvenile suspect is responsible for desecrating an American flag flying at Hurricane High School and replacing it with an ISIS flag in mid February.

The underage individual is also accused of vandalizing the exterior of Hurricane High School with graffiti that reads: 'ISIS IS COMI'.

'Hurricane Police Department has a full time School Resource Officer on site and additional officers will be present to ensure students and faculty feel safe,' he added.

The identity of the arrested suspect remains unknown because they are below the age of 18.

On March 5, students were ordered to evacuate Pine View High School while police were called in to investigate a possible bomb threat.

Police Capt. Mike Giles told news hounds at a presser that the incident started around noon after a student spotted a 'suspicious' backpack with smoke billowing out of it in the cafeteria, according to stgeorgeutah.com.

'That student found a teacher and reported the observations to the teacher who then contacted the school resource officer that was on duty in the school,' Giles said.

The resource officer immediately enacted protocols that led to the immediate evacuation of the school and taken to the school's football field as the St. George bomb squad moved in.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afghanistan
Turkistan Islamic Party highlights joint raids with the Afghan Taliban
[FDD's LongWarJournal] The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), a largely Uighur jihadist group that is affiliated with al Qaeda, released a new video over the weekend highlighting its joint operations alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is unclear where the video was filmed, but the locales featured appear to be in northern Afghanistan.

The video, dated for December 2017, primarily highlights the group’s combat operations, with sections dedicated to showing the overrunning of several remote Afghan military outposts in mountainous terrain. TIP and Taliban fighters are shown killing or capturing at least two dozen Afghan troops. Additionally, the two groups seized copious amounts of weapons and ammunition and several US-made Humvee vehicles. In some scenes, the jihadists are seen using captured Humvees in the assaults.

The TIP fighters are shown fighting under the Taliban’s flag and appear to be taking battlefield direction from Taliban field commanders. At least one child fighter is shown in the video. In separate scenes, some of the top TIP leaders are seen giving speeches. This includes Abdullah Mansour, who is the global deputy emir of TIP. Some of the video is also dedicated to anti-Chinese propaganda, as the TIP’s ultimate goal is an Islamic state within Xinjiang, China.

Several fighters who were killed during battle were also given eulogizes at the end of the video. It is unclear when these fighters were killed.

The Turkistan Islamic Party, commonly referred to as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), is an al Qaeda-linked Uighur jihadist group that operates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, China, and Syria. In Syria, it played a pivotal role in the capture of Idlib Province in 2015. It has also set up numerous training camps in Idlib for its fighters, as well as for children.

Outside of Syria, it has been blamed for several terrorist attacks within China. Additionally, in mid-2016, a suicide bombing occurred in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In its investigation, Kyrgyz authorities placed blame on the TIP’s Syrian branch. The investigation also shed light on a network of Syrian-trained Central Asian militants, which includes members of the TIP. The network appears to use Syria as a launching pad for external attacks.

Relations between the TIP and al Qaeda and the Taliban
TIP has served as an affiliate of al Qaeda and remains a close ally with the Taliban. TIP fighters have fought alongside the Taliban and other jihadist groups against Coalition and Afghan forces since the US first invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
This article starring:
ABDULLAH MANSURTaliban
Idlib Province
Posted by: 3dc || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Coordinated Taliban attack responded with massive airstrikes in Kandahar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The local officials in southern Kandahar province are saying that Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
’s coordinated attack on security posts was responded with massive Arclight airstrikes that resulted into killing of at least 25 holy warriors.

Provincial police front man Zia Durrani said a large number of Talibs launched a coordinated attack on Kandahar-Uruzgan highway on Sunday night.

He said the US military carried out a series of airstrikes on Taliban positions in support of the security forces.

According to Durani, at least 25 Lions of Islam were killed and at least 14 others were maimed during the airstrikes and festivities with the security forces.

Durani further added that the security forces on the ground did not suffer any casualty during the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


MoD says 22 Afghan soldiers martyred in Farah and Nimroz clashes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Defense says at least twenty Afghan soldiers have bit the dust during the festivities with the snuffies in western Farah and Nimroz provinces.

A front man for the Ministry of Defense Gen. Dawlat Waziri says at least 63 snuffies were killed and 22 others were maimed during the festivities in the two provinces.

He said the festivities took place in the past 24 hours and as a result at least 22 Afghan soldiers have also embraced martyrdom.

Gen. Waziri further added that five Afghan soldiers have also sustained injuries during the festivities but did not elaborate further regarding their health condition.

This comes as the local officials in Farah said earlier today that the control of the district center of Anar Dara has fallen into the hands of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense says additional troops have been deployed to Farah province to suppress the myrmidon groups.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier said the Afghan cops have tactically retreated from the center of the Anar Dara district but operations are underway to suppress the myrmidons.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Arabia
Dozens of Saudi soldiers, mercenaries killed in military operations over past 48 hours
[SABANEWS.NET] Dozens of Saudi enemy soldiers and mercenaries were killed and others injured by the military operations of the army and popular forces over the past 48 hours, while bumped off a Saudi soldier and six mercenaries, as seven military vehicles for them were wrecked, a military official told Saba on Saturday.

The army and popular forces targeted by a barrage of Katyusha rockets and a number of artillery shells the Saudi soldiers and it's mercenaries in Jahfan Mustahdath in Jizan, said the military official.

A Saudi soldier was rubbed out in al- Haskool site, a military vehicles belonging to the Saudi army was destroyed when the artillery targeted their troops and military vehicles beyond Jadhea Nameer.

Dozens of Saudi army mercenaries were killed and injured in targeting vehicle loaded of them in al- Tiwal border crossing.

In Asir border province, the artillery fired troops of mercenaries in Adhd in al- Thoban mountain and the casualties in their ranks, as number of Saudi soldiers were also killed and others were maimed and the rest escaped as a result of the artillery targeting of their gatherings in Tebab Majazah.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?

Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features.

If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!...

a military vehicle of the aggression mercenaries was burned south of the Khaled camp in the district of Mawza in Taiz province, and the heroes of the army and the Popular Committees carried out a surprise attack on the mercenaries sites in the district of Maqbana resulted in the death and injured in their ranks after combing with artillery and medium weapons.

In the west coast, northern Yakhtl three of the aggression mercenaries were bumped off, also north and south of Khaled camp another three were bumped off too.

The artillery and missile shells targeted gathering of mercenaries vehicles west of Khaled camp and fell of casualties in their ranks, while the artillery fired troops of the aggression mercenaries south of the West Coast, killing and injuring a number of them, according to the official.

The army and the Popular Committees destroyed an armored vehicle belonging to the invaders and mercenaries with a guided missile at the West Coast Front, and a vehicle of the mercenaries was ruined in al- Arbaeen Street of al-Dhabab front by artillery shells, and an artillery shells targeted the mercenaries troops in al- Salw.

In Jawf front, the heroes of the army and the popular committees carried out an incursion into enemy positions in Shawak Wadi, al- Ghail district and the casualties among them, including leaders.

A military vehicle of the aggression mercenaries were destroyed by the army in front of Waqz in al- Masloob district and killing, injuring all on board, as well as a military vehicle was damaged in the front of Ham in al- Matoon district, said the official.

Furthermore, a military vehicle for mercenaries were bombed in al- Khalifin front in Khab and Shaaf and the death of those on board.

In the province of restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
, the artillery shells targeted the fortifications and gatherings of the enemy mercenaries in Jabal al-Hisn in al- Jawazeaa of al- Qabita district and fell of casualties in their ranks.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  They keep talking about "mercenaries". And the mercs getting killed. Doesn't look as if the pay is worth it. Maybe there are thousands and thousands of mercs and the death rate is very low. But,still, is it better than getting a job? Where are they getting these guys from? And what are they supposed to be doing except hanging around rocket targets?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/13/2018 20:26 Comments || Top||


Europe
Arson Attacks Hit Turkish Community Sites in Germany, Kurdish Groups Threaten Worse
Follow up to this report from yesterday.
[AnNahar] Arsonists on Monday struck a Ottoman Turkish community center in Germany, the latest in a string of attacks which The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
has sometimes blamed on Kurdish holy warriors amid its military offensive in northern Syria.

Unknown attackers hurled incendiary devices in the center of the town of Ahlen, police said, also telling national news agency DPA they were not ruling out a political motive.

At the weekend Molotov cocktails were thrown at Ottoman Turkish community mosques in Berlin and the town of Lauffen, a cultural centre in Meschede and a Ottoman Turkish vegetable shop in Itzehoe, where the windows of a mosque were also smashed.

No-one was maimed in the attacks.

Police tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
three Syrian men, who denied involvement, after the Meschede attack, DPA reported.

The attacks came on a weekend that saw several demonstrations against Turkey's military operation to oust the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from the Afrin region of northern Syria.

Pro-Kurdish demonstrators rallied in Hamburg Saturday, where rocks were thrown at the Ottoman Turkish consulate, and on Sunday at Duesseldorf airport some protesters scuffled with police who employed pepper spray.

Turkey's foreign ministry voiced "deep concern" about the attacks and said on Sunday that the incident in Lauffen had been claimed by a group affiliated with the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

It added that there had been "a considerable increase in the number of attacks against Ottoman Turkish mosques in Germany recently by racist and Islamophobic groups as well as the PKK terrorist organization."

"We expect the perpetrators of these attacks to be caught as soon as possible and brought to justice and necessary measures to be taken by the German authorities to prevent the recurrence of such attacks."

On Monday Turkey summoned the German ambassador over the recent upsurge of attacks targeting Ottoman Turkish mosques and cultural associations in Germany, a Ottoman Turkish government front man said.

"The necessary warning was conveyed " to the German ambassador and a diplomatic note sent to Berlin, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said after a cabinet meeting in Ankara.

A pro-Kurdish website has published purported videos of the Lauffen and Meschede attacks, claiming they were carried out by Kurdish youths.

The Kurdish Community in Germany group sharply condemned the attacks as well as social media calls that were "urging Kurdish youths to employ violence against Ottoman Turkish institutions."

Its chairman Ali Ertan Toprak said such attacks "endanger innocent human lives and politically damage primarily the cause of the Kurds while jeopardizing peaceful coexistence in Germany."

Toprak urged Kurds to refrain from violence, stressing that it was unclear whether the attacks were carried out by "supporters of the PKK or the Ottoman Turkish secret service MIT."

Kurdish groups threaten Turkish targets in Europe

[DW] Hundreds of Kurdish protesters continued to hold demonstrations in cities around Germany on Monday evening, including Hamburg, Berlin and Bonn.

Roja Ciwan, a German-Kurdish youth group, showed videos of some of the attacks on its website.

In a Monday posting, it said that European states that stand by or support the Ottoman Turkish military operation will pay a price.

"The European states must understand that we will not stand by and watch as our people are massacred in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). The previous actions are not enough; here and today it is time to carry the war back to Europe."

The targets include Ottoman Turkish embassies and Ottoman Turkish groups with links to the government in Ankara as well as stores and cafes, Roja Ciwan said. The group also threatened the offices of Merkel's conservatives, the Social Democrats, courts and police.

"Whoever supports or defends the war against our people must pay. When nobody listens we will turn the downtowns of Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
into rubble and ash. Regardless of how or what burns on this day, Europe must understand that we will not allow Afrin to fall," the youth group said.

A similar call went out from the Apoist Youth Initiative, a pan-European anti-fascist
...anybody not a leftist...
group that follows imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is known to his supporters as "Apo."

The call to action comes as Kurds prepare to celebrate the Newroz new year on March 21, a holiday that carries heavy political undertones for Kurds around the themes of resistance and oppression.

Kurdish groups in Germany are organized under a plethora of acronyms, with most groups falling under the umbrella organization NAV-DEM. The movement gets support from Kurdish nationalists and politicians from the left.

Germany's domestic intelligence agency considers NAV-DEM to be closely linked to the PKK, which it calls "the biggest and most powerful foreign Lion of Islam organization in Germany."

The PKK and its myriad linked sub-organizations have been known to directly or indirectly operate youth wings.

The Berlin-based Kurdish Center for Public Relations (Civaka Azad), which is close to NAV-DEM, told DW that they have nothing to do with Roja Ciwan.

"We are currently concentrating on preventing possible attacks and massacres on the civilian population in Afrin and calling on Germany to ensure The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
complies with international law," a spokesperson said.

Concerns about Ottoman Turkish-Kurdish festivities in Germany
Germany is home to 3 million people of Ottoman Turkish origin. About a third are ethnic Kurds who came to work here in the 1960s and '70s, followed by another wave in the 1980s and '90s, fleeing conflict and persecution.

German officials have long voiced concern about conflicts between Kurdish nationalists and the Ottoman Turkish state spilling over into Germany.

There were repeated festivities and attacks in Germany during the height of the conflict between Kurds and Turkey in the 1980s and '90s.

For six years, Afrin has been controlled by the YPG, a Kurdish militia that is affiliated with the PKK. The militia is the main component of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting against the "Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
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India-Pakistan
Mashal Khan murder: recently-arrested primary suspect Arif Khan pleads not guilty to charges
[DAWN] Arif Khan, a primary suspect in the lynching of Mardan university student Mashal Khan last year, pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to the charges brought against him by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday, DawnNewsTV reported.

In a video that surfaced after the lynching, Arif was seen warning a crowd to keep the name of the person who shot Mashal a secret.

A Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) tehsil councillor, Arif was tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
last week by a special operations team of police in Mardan. Sources said Arif had escaped to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
following the lynching and was arrested once he returned home only recently, 10 months after the April 13 lynching at Mardan's Abdul Wali Khan University.

The suspect was sent to jail on 14-day judicial remand.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


3 Kashmiri youth killed in gunbattle by Indian security forces
[DAWN] Indian troops killed three Kashmiri youths, including at least two engineering students, in held Kashmire's Islamabad district on Monday, triggering widespread protests in the region, according to local and international media reports.

Indian forces conducted a pre-dawn raid on a cluster of homes in a village in Anantnag on a tip that Lions of Islam were hiding there and came under fire from them, police said.

"Troops retaliated and in the brief fighting three Lions of Islam were killed," claimed Altaf Khan, a local police officer.

Those killed were identified as Eesa Fazli from Srinagar, and Syed Owais and Sabzar Ahmad Sofi from Anantnag district, according to agency reports cited by the Times of India.

According to the ToI report, Fazli was a B.Tech student at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri district.

Indian officials alleged that the three killed were separatists who were bumped off by security forces in a gunbattle.

As the news of the killings spread, protests and festivities against Indian rule broke out in several parts of the region.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
Seven pro-gov’t troops killed, injured in armed attack by Islamic State in Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Seven paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) were killed and injured Monday in an armed attack by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Shafaq News website, the source said, "the pro-government troops were gathering inside a house at Mukeshefah village in southwestern Mosul when the IS snuffies attacked them, leaving four dead and three others injured."

The source, who preferred to be unnamed, added that IS holy warriors "seized weapons and a vehicle belonging to the troops following the armed attack."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kirkuk Kombat Kronicle: ten turbans permanently unwound

Four Islamic State members killed in airstrike, northwest Kirkuk: Commander

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Four Islamic State members were killed in an airstrike in northwest of Kirkuk, a commander announced on Sunday evening.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi, commander of the CTS special operations, said “four IS members were killed in an airstrike that targeted Makhmur mountains in Dibs region.”

Six Islamic State militants killed as security operation ongoing in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) – Six Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a security operation that was launched earlier on Sunday to purge villages located in southwestern the oil-rich Kirkuk province from terrorism, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said, “Iraqi police, backed by pro-government troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, also found 11 explosive charges, nine tunnels and two booby-trapped vehicles that were used by the IS insurgents.”

The security operation was launched upon accurate intelligence reports to purge villages in Riyad district, southwest of Kirkuk, from Islamic State militants.

Federal police, backed by Iraqi warplanes and troops of the 2nd, 11th, 16th and 41st brigades of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) are taking part in the operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Four civilians killed, injured in northern Baghdad bombing
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Four non-combatants were killed and injured Monday as a bomb went kaboom! near a popular market in northern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press news website, the source said, "A bomb placed near a busy street market went off at al-Tarmia district in northern Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and three others maimed."

"A security force rushed to the blast site and cordoned it off," the source said, adding that the body of the victim was moved to the forensic medicine department, while the injured were carried to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:


Two soldiers wounded in bomb blast near Fallujah dam
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Two soldiers were maimed in a blast caused by a bomb that was placed by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, near Fallujah dam, south of the city, a security source from Anbar police said on Monday.

Speaking to BasNews on Monday, the source said, "a bomb placed by Islamic State members went off as a military vehicle was passing by the dam, south of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
leaving two soldiers maimed. They were taken to hospital for treatment."

Moreover, security services found two bodies of IS member, who were killed during liberation battles at al-Nai’miya region, under the debris of one of the houses in the city, according to the source.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Court sentences 13 Turkish women to death over affiliation to Islamic State
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad has sentenced 13 Ottoman Turkish women to death over affiliation to Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, DPA reported on Monday.

The court sentenced two other Ottoman Turkish women to life over the same accusation, according to the Shiite satellite TV channel al-Ahd.

On Wednesday, the same court sentenced number of women to life and death over belonging to Islamic State. Some of them were Azeri, Ottoman Turkish and Iraqi.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamic State attacks kill 10 in northern Iraq: Police
[AlAhram] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
gunnies killed at least 10 people including a local Sunni tribal sheikh in two separate attacks late on Sunday in Iraq's northern provinces of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
police and local officials said.

In a village near the Sunni town of Shirqat, south of Mosul, Islamists stormed the house of a tribal sheikh who led a Sunni militia that had fought against the hard boys, killing him, his son and two guests, police sources said.

Islamic State, which had seized control of much of northern Iraq in 2014, lost Shirqat to U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces supported by Sunni tribal fighters in 2016. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
a small number of gunnies are still operating in the area and are capable of launching sporadic attacks, security officials said.

In the town of Nijana, south of the oil city of Kirkuk, five members of one family were killed by gunnies who set up a fake security checkpoint on a main road. The family were Shi'ite Turkmens - a father who is an Iraqi soldier, his pregnant wife, his two children and his brother-in-law.

Local police said their five charred corpses were found inside the burned-out car, after the gunnies expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. Two coppers accused Islamic State gunnies of carrying out the attack.

Another passer-by was also killed inside his car during the attack, said police sources.

Iraqi security forces launched an operation last month to consolidate control of the Hamrin mountain range near Kirkuk, intended to be used as a transit route for Iraqi oil trucks heading for Iran.

Security officials say two groups of murderous Moslems are known to be operating in the area - one formed by remnants of Islamic State, the other, known as the "White Banners", new and little known.

Iraq declared victory in December over Islamic State, which had seized control of nearly a third of the country in 2014. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the group continues to carry out attacks and bombings in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq.

Iraqi security officials have warned that they expect a new phase of guerrilla warfare from remaining Islamic State adherents.

Fog of war — The Times of Israel describes events thusly:
At least 25 killed in IS attacks in northern Iraq

At least 25 civilians and members of government forces have been killed in northern Iraq since late Sunday in attacks by the Islamic State terror group, officials say.

A police officer tells AFP that IS jihadists killed 15 people at a fake roadblock on a major highway in Kirkuk province, north of Baghdad. Another IS attack in the same province killed three others, the officer says.

In the Mosul region, seven people, including the mayor of a village, were killed by IS assailants disguised as soldiers, a local official says.

The attacks come despite Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the jihadist group last year.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas condemns assassination attempt on Palestinian Prime Minister
[Jpost] Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and PA General Intelligence Services Chief Majid Faraj survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday after entering the Gaza Strip, the official PA news site Wafa reported.

Hamdallah and Faraj’s motorcade was targeted by an explosion and came under gunfire in the Beit Hanoun area in northern Gaza, according to the Wafa report.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2018 11:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Traditional Paleo Welcome Party
Posted by: Frank G || 03/13/2018 16:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Crocodile tears over a reception arranged by Hamas?
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IDF quadcopter documented dropping gas grenades on rioters
[Ynet] For the first time, the defense establishment uses a quadcopter to drop ammunition on Paleostinian protestors on the Gazoo Strip border, pan-Arabist satellite television channel al-Mayadeen reports.

The defense establishment used a quadcopter to drop gas grenades on rioters in the Gazoo Strip, Leb-based pan-Arabist satellite television channel al-Mayadeen reported over the weekend.

According to the report, the incident took place last Friday between the Gazoo neighborhood of Shuja'iyya and Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

This is the first time an Israeli quadcopter, a visible unmanned aerial vehicle flying at a relatively low altitude, drops ammunition on Paleostinian protestors‐in this case, non-lethal ammunition.

The video documenting the use of the quadcopter to disperse the crowd shows a relatively big black aircraft flying over the protestors during the weekly demonstration, as gas grenades land between the rioters, causing them to flee.

Last Friday's protest wasn't unusually big and didn't differ in any way from routine demonstrations that take place in the same area every Friday, attracting hundreds of Paleostinians.

"Any measure used by the Israelis doesn’t scare us and won't scare us," said one of the Paleostinians who participated in the protest and witnessed the quadcopter dropping the grenades. There were no injuries in the incident.

The Gazoo Division and the Judea and Samaria Division have been using quadcopters regularly during the Paleostinians' weekend protests to collect intelligence and follow the rioters and main instigators.
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#1  I love it when technology finds a purpose.
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Police nab dozens of weapons, 22 suspects in East Jerusalem
[IsraelTimes] Captured arms include bombs, assault rifles, handguns and ammunition; some of those tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
said to be known terror operatives


An undercover agent working with police in East Jerusalem recently led to the arrest of 22 alleged weapons dealers and the capture of a large cache of weapons ‐ including dozens of bombs and guns ‐ police said on Monday.

The agent’s activities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank spanned six months, during which he established a rapport with the suspects and gained their trust while gathering evidence against them, police said.

Some of the suspects are known to be operatives in terror organizations, and several have served prison sentences in Israeli jails. One is a Paleostinian policeman.

The captured weaponry included 11 bombs, automatic weapons, M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles, 14 handguns, and hundreds of bullets.

Police said several of the recovered handguns had been stolen from the homes of their owners.

The suspects were also captured with drugs and around NIS 100,000 ($30 thousand) in cash.
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Southeast Asia
ISIS alive and well in the Philippines
More on this story from yesterday.
[ATimes] New military-militant clashes show Islamic State's local affiliates have regrouped and spread since last year's siege of Marawi.

Almost five months after Philippine troops flushed out Islamic State-aligned militants in the southern city of Marawi, fierce clashes erupted anew in restive Maguindanao province, leaving 44 Islamic militants killed, according to the military.

The dead — although their number could not be independently verified — belonged to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), which like the Maute Group that laid siege to Marawi in May 2017, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

On March 8, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion troops under the army’s battle-tested 6th Infantry Division chanced upon an initial 50 BIFF members in the swamplands of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, some five hours away from Marawi by car.

According to the military, 26 more BIFF fighters were wounded, with only one injured from the army, in fighting that caused thousands of civilians to take flight to safer areas.

“The firefight was so intense. Our troops pounded them with heavy fires,” said Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Iyog. “They ran for their lives leaving behind improvised explosive devices, high-powered firearms, ammunition, and personal belongings stained with blood,” he claimed.
The fresh clashes between the military and BIFF came days before the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) observed the “Bangsamoro Week of Peace” on March 12, with the theme “Hope and Solidarity in Struggle.”

“Mindanao, particularly the ARMM, is deeply penetrated by ISIS Philippines,”
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Bomb injures two defense volunteers in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] Two defense volunteers were hurt when a bomb exploded in Pattani province on Monday morning. The bomb went off near a new guard post the defense volunteers were building in Panare district. Police believed it was buried there earlier and then detonated remotely.

Police said insurgents had recently distributed leaflets in the area threatening death to defense volunteers.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran jails 11 for attacks on mosques, public property
[IsraelTimes] Eleven members of an Iranian opposition group accused of attacking mosques and public property have been sentenced to jail terms of up to six years, state news agency IRNA says Monday.

Hassan Heidari, deputy prosecutor general of Khorasan Razavi province in northeast Iran, says the 11 defendants, including women, were also convicted of "propaganda against the system of the Islamic Theocratic Republic."

Several of them were found guilty of having set fire to two mosques in the city of Masshad, IRNA says, adding that the rulings were subject to appeal.

According to Iranian authorities, the accused form part of an opposition group called "Restart," which was established by Mohammad Hosseini, a onetime game show host on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
, who has gone into exile.

He is alleged to have called on social media for Iranians to attack mosques, banks and centers run by the Basij, a hardline militia linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In October, several banks in relatively affluent northern Tehran were targeted in nighttime attacks.

At least 25 people were killed in a wave of social unrest that swept towns and cities across Iran between December 28 and January 1.
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Hezbollah forces participating in Ghouta massacre
[Ynet] Hundreds of the Lebanese organization's fighters have been taking part in the Assad army's onslaught on rebel forces in the eastern suburbs of Damascus following direct orders from Iran; to avoid criticism, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah has been hiding the fighters' participation in the battles from their families.

Hundreds of Hezbollah fighters are participating in the Assad army's onslaught on rebel forces in Syria and in the massacre of civilians in the Ghouta district in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

The Shiite Lebanese organization has been forced to dispatch fighters to the Ghouta area following orders received from Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and "the high Iranian commissioner" in Syria.

At the same time, Soleimani has eased the conditions of Iranian fighters in Syria by providing them with the status of "advisors" and "combat trainers" and sparing them from being sent to the front.

Local news hounds revealed Sunday that the Hezbollah fighters are gathered in the al-Makr base in the Damascus suburbs and are being sent to back the Syrian infantry forces and the Shabiha force, the Syrian regime's thugs, without knowing that they will eventually reach Ghouta.

According to estimates, some 3,000 Hezbollah fighters have been sent to the military base in the Damascus suburbs in recent weeks.

More than 1,100 civilians have been killed in the onslaught on the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus since it began three weeks ago with a withering bombardment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday. The dead include 227 children and 154 women.

Furthermore, more than 100 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in exchanges of fire between the rebels and Syrian army forces in the area.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has been hiding the fighters' participation in the Ghouta massacre from their families to avoid strong opposition and criticism over the decision to send Hezbollah fighters on a dangerous mission beyond Leb's borders.

On Sunday, the Syrian army broke apart the rebel enclave in eastern Ghouta, cutting off two major towns from the rest of the area, state media said, after a fierce battle waged under cover of an unrelenting bombardment.

State television on Sunday broadcast from the eastern Ghouta town of Mudeira, which state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
and a war monitor said the army had captured to link up with units on the other side of the enclave.

A military media unit run by Hezbollah, said the army had also entirely surrounded the town of Douma.

Douma's local council said Monday the city faces a "catastrophic" situation as it becomes the main haven for thousands of people fleeing advances by government forces into eastern Ghouta.

Thousands of families are now sheltering in open streets and public gardens as existing basements and shelters are already overcrowded, the opposition-run Douma local council said.

"After more than 20 days of a barbaric campaign ... this has led to a deterioration of the humanitarian and food situation to a catastrophic level," it said in a statement.

Burials of the dead at the city cemetery have been suspended due to the intensity of aerial strikes, it added.
An Nahar adds:
Syrian regime forces advanced against rebels in Eastern Ghouta and pounded two towns with air strikes on Monday, as they moved closer to retaking the opposition enclave on the edge of Damascus.

Three weeks after launching a fierce offensive to capture the region, forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
have overrun more than half of Ghouta, whittling down rebel territory to three isolated pockets.

Backed by Russia, the advance has battered Eastern Ghouta with air strikes, artillery and rocket fire, raising widespread international concern and prompting urgent calls for a ceasefire.

The assault on Eastern Ghouta has been one of the most ferocious of Syria's civil war.

Pro-regime forces advanced again in Ghouta on Monday, using Medeira, a town captured on Sunday, as a base to push against areas closest to the capital, according to the monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The army used (Medeira) as a launching pad towards Harasta and Arbin," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Regime air strikes on Monday were pounding the two towns, which lie in the western part of Ghouta, the Britannia-based Observatory said.

The other two areas still in rebel hands are Douma, the region's biggest town in the north of the enclave, and the zone around Hammuriyeh and other towns to the south.

An AFP correspondent in Douma said the morning was relatively quiet in the town, allowing civilians to venture out of bomb shelters to check on the destruction in their homes or gather food.

By mid-morning, warplanes were buzzing overhead.

Rebel mortar and rocket fire has also rained down on the capital, killing two civilians on Monday in the al-Kabbas neighborhood, according to state news agency SANA.

More than 35 civilians have been killed in rebel fire on government-controlled zones in Damascus and its outskirts since the start of the Ghouta offensive, according to the Observatory.
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#1  civil war began about 15 Mar 2011 so we are approaching the end of the 7th full year

and the siege of Ghouta has been on going since mid april 2013 so it is nearing the end of its 5th year

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#2  Iranian puppets and cannon fodder.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/13/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#3  and the siege of Ghouta has been on going since mid april 2013 so it is nearing the end of its 5th year

Sure, lord garth, but the current push is only three weeks old.
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#4  So, sort of like the 1st, 2nd, 3rd....11th and 12th Battle of the Isonzo?
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Hundreds Flee Turkish Advance on Afrin City
[AnNahar] Hundreds of civilians fled a Ottoman Turkish-led advance on Syria's Kurdish-majority city of Afrin on Monday, a monitor said.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
-led rebels have advanced to the outskirts of Afrin city since launching an assault on the wider Kurdish enclave of the same name on January 20.

"More than 2,000 civilians have arrived in the area of Nubul" controlled by pro-regime forces after fleeing the enclave, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Several hundred more are still on the roads" heading out of the region, the Britannia-based Observatory said.

Afrin city -- the main urban center in the enclave on the Ottoman Turkish border -- is home to around 350,000 people, the Observatory says.

A journalist contributing to AFP saw dozens of cars and buses loaded with civilians and their belongings queuing as they waited to exit the enclave.

The Observatory says pro-Ankara forces have captured around 60 percent of the Afrin enclave since January 20.
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#1  Kurds ought to be planting as many IEDs as they can, and setting up a kill zone all ovver Afrin for the Turks. Make them pay a price, in blood.
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Three Assailants Killed in Attack on Iran Military Checkpoint
[AnNahar] Three assailants were killed after they attacked a military checkpoint in southeastern Iran, the Islamic Theocratic Republic's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Monday.

The attack took place near the city of Saravan, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Pak border, it said.

Revolutionary Guard troops fought off the attack, it added in a statement, saying one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest.

Two other "terrorists" were killed in the attack and two members of the Basiji paramilitary force affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards were maimed, it said, without providing further details.

Iranian media regularly reports armed festivities between security forces and criminal groups or "terrorists" in Sistan-Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, where Saravan is located.

Most residents of the province are Sunni members of the Baluchi ethnic minority, while most of Shiite-ruled Iran is ethnically Persian.

In the past, Iran has accused Pakistain of supporting Jaish al-Adl, a jihadist group accused by Tehran of links to al-Qaeda, which has carried out numerous attacks in Sistan-Balochistan.
Why would Al Qaeda be interested in that particular quarrel?
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Syria war has killed more than 350,000 in 7 years, monitor says
And how many fled the violence, never to return?
[AnNahar] Seven years of conflict in Syria have left more than 350,000 people dead, according to an updated overall corpse count released Monday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britannia-based monitoring group, which relies on an extensive network of sources on the ground across Syria, said 353,935 people have been killed since March 15, 2011.

The conflict, which will enter its eighth year on Thursday, is taking a devastating toll on civilians, including in the ongoing regime assault on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.

According to the head of Observatory, 106,390 civilians have been killed in seven years.

Here is a breakdown of the deaths, according to the Observatory:

- 106,390 civilians, including 19,811 children and 12,513 women

- 63,820 regime soldiers

- 58,130 regime-allied and militia fighters (including 1,630 from Leb's Hezbollah and 7,686 from other foreign Shiite groups)

- 63,360 hardline Islamists and jihadists (including from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group and a former al-Qaeda affiliate)

- 62,039 fighters from other forces, including non-jihadist rebels, Kurdish forces and defected government soldiers

- 196 identity unknown but death documented
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