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France supermarket hostage-taking: At least two killed by Trebes known wolf gunman claiming allegiance to ISIS
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Africa Horn
Gunmen Open Fire On Civilian Passenger Bus In Somalia, 4 Killed
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least four innocent civilians perished after person or persons unknown have opened fire on a passenger bus in Southern Somalia on Thursday, witnesses and Police said.

The bus came under attack on a road leading to Lantaburo area in Lower Shabelle region, a hotbed of the Al Qaeda-linked holy warrior group Al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
"Men armed with AK-47 rifles wearing face masks fired on a four-wheel drive vehicle carrying passengers on a desolate road near Lantaburo location in eastern Lower Shabelle region," said a resident who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone.

The button men kidnapped five passengers after the shooting. Men, women, and children are among the dead and injured, local officials said.

It is not yet clear the motive behind the shooting of the bus, and no group has so far grabbed credit for the deadly attack.

This comes amid an intense military operation against Al-Shabaab in Lower Shabelle region by Somali troops, along with African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
peacekeepers.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


At least 14 killed outside busy hotel in Mogadishu car bombing
[THEEASTAFRICAN.CO.KE] At least 14 people died and several others were maimed Thursday when an exploding car blew up in front of a popular Mogadishu hotel, a government front man and witnesses said.

"There was a heavy blast here and the number of casualties we have so far is 14 killed and a number of others maimed," said Abdiazis Ali Ibrahim, a front man for the security ministry.

"The toll could be higher," he added.

Witnesses said the kaboom was caused by a boom-mobile on one of the capital's busiest streets that was packed with people heading home from work.

"The blast was so huge, a vehicle containing explosives went off near a teashop in front of Weheliye hotel, leaving more than 10 people dead. I saw people being rushed to hospital and some of them were already dead," said witness Abdulahi Moalim.

"Most of the casualties are... people who were spending time to take tea, there was devastation and buildings were damaged," said another witness Mohammednur Abdirahman.

Mogadishu is regularly hit by kabooms carried out by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
which is fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government.
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Bangladesh
Two suspectedNew JMB militants held in Bogra
[Dhaka Tribune] Police have jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
two suspected members of banned Lion of Islam outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) from Shibganj area in Bogra.

The arrestees are Hadisur Rahman Sagor alias Julfiqar alias Saad Bin Abu Waqqas alias Toufiq, 36, of Md Harun Or Rashid of Joypurhat, and Akram Hossain Niloy, 24, son of Abu Torab Khan of Kishoreganj.

They were handed over to the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit immediately after their arrest on Wednesday.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

CTTC sources said Sagar was one of the suspected runaway accused in the case of Holey Artisan attack in Gulshan and Niloy was the main coordinator and financer of plan to bomb the Mourning Day procession at Dhanmondi 32 on August 15, 2017.

Sources said information related to Lion of Islam activities found in the mobile phones recovered from the arrestees.

CTTC’s Deputy Commissioner Muhibul Islam Khan said the arrestees will be sent to court on Thursday.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Europe
France supermarket hostage-taking: At least two killed by Trebes known wolf gunman claiming allegiance to ISIS
The Telegraph is live blogging events. The latest as of 1:16pm Greenwich Mean Time, two hours after the gunman burst into the supermarket:
  • Gunman takes hostages at supermarket in Trebes, France

  • Police have the supermarket surrounded

  • At least two people killed and a dozen more wounded

  • Attacker reported to be Moroccan national in his 30s

  • Gunman 'shouted Allahu Akbar' and 'said he supported Isil'

  • is said to have demanded release of 2015 Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam

  • Shortly before, police officer shot in nearby Carcassonne

  • French Prime Minister: We believe this is a terrorist act
Update at 9:50 a,m, EDT:
Gunman shot motorist in head before stealing car to drive to supermarket

Police have found a body in bushes in Carcassonne and another man there who suffered bullet wounds is being treated in hospital, local media reported.

The gunman is believed to have shot a motorist in the head - and also injured the passenger - before stealing the car to drive to the Trebes supermarket.

Bruno Bartocetti, the regional representative of the SGP police union, said the Carcassonne attacker is believed to the same person who has taken hostages in Trebes.

Local media report that the Trebes attacker is a Moroccan man who lived in Carcassonne.

Police confirmed at least two people - thought to be a shop worker and customer - have been killed and a dozen more injured. Around 50 people fled the supermarket, but a police chief warned the casualty toll is likely to rise, saying: "We are unfortunately expecting to find more victims."

Shortly beforehand, a police officer jogging with colleagues in the city of Carcassonne, around a 15-minute drive away, was shot and injured. The same gunman is believed to have then shot a driver in the head, before stealing their vehicle to drive to Trebes to carry out the attack.

The operation to capture the holed-up attacker was ongoing on Friday afternoon. He is believed to be alone with one police officer in the store.

The man "entered the Super U supermarket at around 11.15am and shots were heard," a French security source said. He is said to have been armed with a gun, knives and a hand grenade.
Daily Mail has photos and adds:
Police storm French supermarket and shoot dead ISIS gunman
Update at 11:35:
The man who killed at least three people in attacks in southern France was a 26-year old known for petty crimes and possession of drugs, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters, adding that he acted alone.

Collomb named the attacker as Redouane Lakdim and said he was from nearby Carcassonne, where the attacks started.

"He was known for petty crimes. We had monitored him and thought there was no radicalisation," Collomb said.
And The Daily News provides a useful timeline of events:
Morning, Friday March 23: Lakdim, who reportedly lived with his mother and three or four sisters in Carcassonne, is seen walking his little sister to school

Some time before 11am: Lakdim hijacks a car somewhere in his home town.

A passenger in the vehicle is shot in the head and killed while the driver is wounded before the terrorist drives away.

Approximately 11am: The attacker opens fire on four policemen jogging near the edge of town.

One officer is wounded after being hit in the shoulder. Bullets also strike a nearby car, shattering the back window. Lakdim escapes in the stolen vehicle.

Approximately 11.15am: Gunshots are reported at a Super U supermarket in the town of Trebes as Lakdim storms in, taking hostages.

Two people are later shot dead, though it is unclear precisely when or why.

French police initially say a dozen people are wounded, though uncertainty remained around the exact toll on Friday afternoon.

Some time before 2pm: A French policeman makes his way into the supermarket after agreeing to swap himself for a hostage.

He is later wounded, though it is not clear exactly how.

Approximately 2pm: French police storm the supermarket, shooting Lakdim dead.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [983 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  known wolf means border control breached to keep the establishment super-wealthy

We cattle are disposable.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2018 9:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Should Carcassonne count on its walls
Built back when Jacques Bonhomme had balls?
Non, villainous plèbes!
Comme les carcasses de Trèbes,
You can hide behind Manuel Valls.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/23/2018 12:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Nowadays there are some areas in Tel Aviv that are, practically, little Paris.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 13:21 Comments || Top||

#4  ...and areas of France that are little North Africas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 16:34 Comments || Top||


Terror charges against German-Algerian man over IS links
[Ynet] German prosecutors say they've charged a German-Algerian dual national with supporting a terrorist organization over allegations that he aided 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....
murderous Moslems in Syria and Iraq.

The federal prosecutor's office said Thursday that 32-year-old Samir K. was incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
Wednesday in Baden-Wuerttemberg after a series of searches in the southwestern state, as well as in Brandenburg, Hamburg and Lower Saxony.

Prosecutors say K., whose last name wasn't released in line with privacy laws, organized email, Telegram, Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook accounts under aliases for four IS murderous Moslems between the years 2015 and 2017.

Using the accounts, prosecutors say, the murderous Moslems from Germany were able to maintain "comparative communication" with other members of IS and distribute messages on the internet.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
Lebanese Couple Indicted in U.S. in Syrian Bomb-Making Scheme
[AnNahar] A husband and wife who ran an export business out of their Massachusetts home have been indicted on charges that they did business with a Syrian company that developed bombs used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. federal prosecutors said.

Anni Beurklian, 49, and her husband, Antoine Ajaka, 50, operated their company Top Tech US Inc. out of their Waltham home, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said.

Between 2012 and 2018, the business exported electronics, computer equipment and other items to customers in Leb and Syria, according to the indictment. One customer was Syria-based EKT Electronics, which the U.S. government alleges developed improvised bombs.

EKT was "involved in activities related to the acquisition, attempted acquisition, and/or development of improvised bombs, which were being used against U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan," according to authorities.

As a result, the U.S. Commerce Department requires anyone doing business with EKT to obtain an export license, which authorities say Top Tech did not do.

EKT's manager was also named in the indictment.

The couple was engaged in plea negotiations when they fled the United States in January to avoid prosecution, federal authorities said.

Both are originally from Leb. Anni Beurklian, who also goes by the name Anni Ajaka, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Antoine Ajaka, who also goes by Tony Ajaka, is a legal permanent resident of the U.S.

They are charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws and regulations, conspiracy to defraud the United States, smuggling goods out of the United States, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and obstruction of justice.

"I am aware of the indictments and am in the process of reviewing and digesting the charges, which are serious," their Boston-based attorney, Brad Bailey, said before declining further comment.
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#1  The couple was engaged in plea negotiations when they fled the United States in January

Bonded and ran.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 14:00 Comments || Top||


New details in possible attempted attack at Travis Air Force Base in California

[CBSNews] A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night. Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates.

In video posted on an Air Force forum on Facebook, firefighters are seen attempting to put out the flames.

Law enforcement sources say the car carried propane tanks and the driver deliberately ignited the fire. He died inside the car, which drove off the road into a ditch. There are no reports of shots fired during the incident. The driver has been identified by law enforcement but not been named.

Since he ignited himself, investigators are treating this as an act of terrorism. The FBI has joined the Air Force in the investigation.

Travis Air Force Base is a main military air cargo and transport terminal on the West Coast, supporting operations across the Pacific. It's home to some 7,000 active U.S. Air Force military personnel.

The main gate at Travis was closed for 12 hours after the incident and officials say there is no known threat to the base or the community.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [694 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cigarette ash ignites prayer rug? PX/BX Home and Garden shop return gone bad? Cremation by Weber? Angry SUV rental customer? Lightening?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 2:07 Comments || Top||

#2  static electricity is a real bummer.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2018 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Identified but no name released?

Mohammed.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/23/2018 8:03 Comments || Top||

#4  The individual is obviously unclear on how to set up a BBQ appropriately. This is not how you set up a Tail-Gate party ... more appropriately a Car-B-Q.
Posted by: Warthog || 03/23/2018 11:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks Frank G. I tried to post this but FAILED hard. No excuse.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/23/2018 11:54 Comments || Top||

#6  after breaching the security gates

No traffic channeling or gate bollards?



"No known threat to the community."
Where does this video guy think the driver came from?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Name of the perp is reported to be HAFIZ KAZI. No known motive, everything is a mystery.
Posted by: Blackbeard Bumble5724 || 03/23/2018 22:16 Comments || Top||

#8  #5 - Whiskey Mike: No excuse needed. Why would you think so? You're absolutely fine
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2018 23:03 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Six policemen killed, injured in bomb blast, south of Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Six coppers were killed and injured in a kaboom that took place in Hammam al-Alil region, south of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh police said on Thursday.

"A bomb targeted local police, leaving a policeman killed and five others maimed," Cap. Raad al-Hayali told BasNews.

"Police forces cordoned off the blast scene and transferred the victim to forensic medicine department, while the injured were taken to hospital. Investigations were conducted," he added.

"Troops tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
18 suspects over involvement in planting the bomb," Hayali said.
Either rounding up the usual suspects or they got the entire cell and some of its connections.
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Kurdistan: Turkish strikes kill 4 innocents, Baghdad denounces, PKK urged to stay away from residential areas

Kurdistan urges PKK to avoid residential areas amid Turkish strikes
Like Israelis, Kurds protect their civilians instead of hiding behind them.
Erbil (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Kurdistan Region Government has urged anti-Turkish, Kurdish fighters to avoid residential areas to spare civilians the damage from Turkish airstrikes targeting those fighters.

ٍKRG spokesperson, Safin Dizayee, in a statement on Thursday, urged Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters to “keep away from populated areas to preserve civilians’ lives”.

“In a time when Kurdistan citizens celebrate Nawroz, four have martyred due to Turkish warplanes attacks on Balkayti region (north of Erbil)”.

According to Dizayee, “the presence of PKK fighters’ locations near populated areas poses a danger to civilians’ lives, an has led to targeting them many times”.

Iraq denounces Turkish strikes on Kurdistan that left civilians dead

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq on Thursday denounced Turkish airstrikes on anti-Ankara, Kurdish fighters’ locations in the north of the country that left a number of civilians dead.

In a statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Mahgoub, said “The Iraqi foreign ministry denounces the continuation of aggressions and transgressions upon Iraqi borders by the Turkish forces, the latest of which was the strike that targeted the villages of Mawan, Qassan and Sarkinan in Soran, Erbil, which led to the martyrdom of a number of unarmed civilians”.

The statement said those “violations…do not serve the development of relations between both neighbor countries”. It added it “reaffirms its stance of rejecting the presence of any forces on Iraqi soil or any attempt to carry out military operations by any neighboring country”.

Earlier on Thursday, Kurdish media reported the death of four civilians in Turkish strikes on the borders with Iraq.
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Four border troops personnel killed in Islamic State attack, west of Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Four border troops personnel were killed in an ambush launched 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....
members, west of Anbar, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, "four border troops personnel were trapped by Islamic State members, who set up an ambush on the international highway near border exit with Jordan."

"The gunnies attacked the security personnel using different weapons on highway, leaving them all killed," the source, who preferred anonymity, added.
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Islamic State members killed in security operation, north of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Several Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
members were killed in an operation carried out by the pro-government paramilitary troops, north of Baghdad, the media service reported on Wednesday.

In a statement, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, "troops of the eighth brigade carried out, this evening, an operation in al-Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad, depending on information from the intelligence."

"Several IS members were killed there," the statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
U.S.- Funded Counterterrorism Training Center Opens in Jordan
L-SWAQA, Jordan (AP) ‐ A U.S.-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan where law enforcement officers from partner countries in the Middle East and beyond can practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats.

The Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy is the second such facility in the pro-Western kingdom. It opened on Thursday.

Paul Davies, director for the State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, says that additional training centers are to be built, including in Senegal and Kenya.

He says 21 partner nations out of a pool of 56 have trained so far in Jordan’s first facility.

Earlier this week, Tunisian police officers practiced storming rooms in a "shoot house" in the new center.

They threw sound grenades, setting off loud booms, as visitors watched the drills from a gallery above.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 04:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Force 17 rides again?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 4:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Send more rebels not paramedics new zombie movie they Store them in barrels like in that zombie movie and drop them out of helicopters instead of barrel bombs!
Posted by: Vespasian Glomoter2762 || 03/23/2018 7:03 Comments || Top||

#3  practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats

Another US cash giveaway program to get Jordan to buy into the war. they can get all of the practice they need up north.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:04 Comments || Top||


Would-be assassin shot during Gaza manhunt, later succumbs
[Ynet] Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", security forces circle home in Nuseirat refugee camp to capture Anas Abu Khoussa, alleged to have carried out the attempt on the life of Paleostinian PM Hamdallah; would-be assassin, who may have had ties to Gazoo Salafist movements, was badly maimed during siege, later dies; 2 Hamas operatives die during siege.

Hamas security forces were involved in a firefight in the Gazoo Strip's Nuseirat refugee camp Thursday morning as part of the manhunt after Anas Abu Khoussa, suspected of the attempt on the life of Paleostinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Forces have besieged a home within the camp in which Abu Khoussa has allegedly been hiding.

Two Hamas combatants were killed during the firefight, whereas Abu Khoussa was seriously maimed and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital. In addition, another man suspected of having been an accomplice was killed and a second alleged accomplice was captured.

Abu Khoussa, 26, was said to be the person suspected of the attempted liquidation, and may be related to Gazoo Salafist movements, according to Paleostinian sources.

Earlier Thursday, roadblocks were put up and smuggling tunnels near Rafah were closed by the terror group ruling the isolated enclave to prevent and block Abu Khoussa from escaping the strip. Hamas also prevented access to the Erez border crossing Thursday morning, later allowing only humanitarian cases to pass.

The bombing of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy in Gazoo last week dealt another blow to efforts to implement a unity deal between the two main Paleostinian factions‐Islamist Hamas, which dominates Gazoo, and Fatah, the main party in the Paleostinian Authority in the West Bank.

The motorcade Hamdallah and Paleostinian security chief Majid Faraj was attacked on March 13 shortly after it entered Gazoo from neighboring Israel. They were uninjured.

Paleostinian President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
had blamed Hamas for the kaboom.

After Thursday's raid, a front man for Hamdallah's government questioned Hamas's version of events and again accused the group of bearing "full criminal responsibility" for the liquidation attempt.

"Once more, Hamas is going along the same path of ... fabricating weak stories that make no sense," the front man, Youssef al-Mahmoud, said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 01:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Will the PA pay his family a lifetime reward stipend?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2018 6:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Question, with the US money to the Palestinians cut in half do they trim operating budget or martyrs first?
Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 6:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I think they stop buying electricity from Israel first.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:06 Comments || Top||

#4  No loose ends, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 13:25 Comments || Top||


Arab abducted over suspicions of 'collaboration' with security forces
[Ynet] Three Arab men from the Triangle area suspected of kidnapping another Arab man and beating him bloody to dissuade him and his family from 'collaborating' with Israeli security forces.

The police have tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
three Arab men from the Triangle area suspected of abducting another Arab man from the same area because they believed he was collaborating with Israeli security forces.

The police investigation found that earlier this week, the victim was driving his car in the town he lives in, when the three suspects showed up and forcefully removed him from the vehicle.

They allegedly kidnapped him, tied him and beat him bloody. Several hours later, they released their injured victim.

The victim arrived at the local cop shoppe with his father the next day to file a complaint.

The police launched an investigation, during which Sherlocks were able to track down the three suspects.

In their interrogation, the three denied the abduction was nationalistically motivated, claiming the victim was trespassing on their property, which is why they decided to nab him.

The police reject the suspects' claims and are convinced the three carried out the violent abduction in an effort to dissuade the victim and his family from collaborating with Israeli security forces.

The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court extended the three suspects' remand by six days on Wednesday. They are suspected of abduction for the purpose of aggravated battery, conspiring to commit a crime, assault and battery, and intimidation.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ankara Says 3 Turkish Troops Killed Clearing Bombs in Syria's Afrin
[AnNahar] Three Ottoman Turkish soldiers died Thursday clearing improvised bombs (IEDs) in the Syrian region of Afrin after the capture of Afrin city at the weekend, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

"We have three deaders today. They were martyred while clearing IEDs," Yildirim said in a televised speech in Ankara.

Three more soldiers were maimed after an IED went kaboom!, the army said in a statement, confirming the corpse count.

Ottoman Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces seized control of Afrin city from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia on Sunday.

Ankara began its offensive in January against the YPG, which it says is allied with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) waging an insurgency against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
since 1984.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terror organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

But the YPG has been working closely with the United States 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....
murderous Moslem group in Syria, much to Turkey's chagrin.

Some 250,000 civilians fled the violence in Afrin and dozens of others were killed, as well as around 1,500 Kurdish fighters, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Prior to the latest deaths, 46 Ottoman Turkish military personnel had been killed during the operation dubbed "Olive Branch".

Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
has vowed to extend the operation to other YPG-controlled areas in northern Syria including the towns of Manbij and Kobane.

Video from EuroNews of Turkey in Afrin

[EuroNews]
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Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  If you wander over to liveleak.com and look at some of the celebration videos of their victory over Afrin you wonder how many hundred of their troops were wounded by celebratory fire.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 6:53 Comments || Top||


Syria Says Saint Maron's Tomb 'Destroyed' in Turkish Raids
[AnNahar] Ottoman Turkish air raids have damaged an ancient Christian heritage site in northeastern Syria near the city of Afrin which Ankara-led forces captured at the weekend, Syria's antiquities department said Thursday.

"Ottoman Turkish regime planes bombed the archaeological site of Brad, 15 kilometers (about nine miles) south of Afrin city," the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums said in a statement.

It said that Brad -- which includes many Byzantine churches and monasteries as well as tombs dating back to the Roman period -- has been on UNESCO's world heritage list since 2011.

"The bombing destroyed many important archaeological buildings," including the tomb of Saint Maron of the Maronite community, said Syrian antiquities chief Mahmoud Hamoud.

Also destroyed was "the Julianus Church, which includes the mausoleum and is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, built at the end of the 4th century," he added.

Ottoman Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels seized control of Afrin city from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia on Sunday.

Ankara began its offensive in January against the YPG, which it says is allied with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) waging an insurgency against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terror organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

At the end of January, Syria accused Turkey of damaging the 3,000-year-old iron age neo-Hittite temple of Ain Dara as it pressed its bombardment of the Afrin region.

But the Ottoman Turkish military said "religious and cultural buildings, historical sites, archaeological ruins and public facilities are absolutely not among the targets" of the offensive.

The tomb of Saint Maron was discovered by a French archeological mission in 2002.

"This site is one of the most beautiful pages of the history of Christianity. It is home to three churches, a monastery and a five-meter-high tower," Syria's former antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told AFP.

In Janurary he had voiced concern for a group of 40 ancient villages in the Afrin region, which UNESCO calls "Ancient Villages of Northern Syria" and includes on its world heritage list.

UNESCO says these villages provide, among other things, "an exceptional illustration of the development of Christianity in the East, in village communities."

Syria's seven-year war has killed more than 340,000 people, displaced millions and ravaged its archaeological heritage since it started in 2011.

Maronites are a branch of the Catholic Church and are indigenous to Syria and Leb. In Leb, the president is chosen from the Maronite community named after Saint Maron.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [386 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  But the Ottoman Turkish military said "religious and cultural buildings, historical sites, archaeological ruins and public facilities are absolutely not among the targets" of the offensive.

That should be easy enough to determine.
Posted by: gorb || 03/23/2018 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The New Taliban™
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2018 7:05 Comments || Top||

#3  The tomb of Saint Maron

His followers of course are known as Maroons.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 13:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Maronites
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2018 14:02 Comments || Top||

#5  In communion with Rome, no? One family of 'em, whose names I'm ashamed to have forgotten, are some of the nicest people I've ever met, outgoing and friendly to a degree -- and with an apparent sincerity and unanimity -- that's just about extinct in this country. Big family, and not a single brooding patriarch, sulking teen, or significantly silent woman to be seen.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/23/2018 14:52 Comments || Top||


Airstrikes kill 22 at market in Idlib
[ARABNEWS] Airstrikes, likely to be Russian, on Thursday killed 22 civilians in a market in the northwestern province of Idlib, which is largely controlled by radical fighters, a monitor said.

The strikes hit the area of Harem, which is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britannia-based monitor says it identifies who carried out Arclight airstrikes based on flight patterns, munitions used, and aircraft.

Meanwhile,
...back at the cheese factory, all the pieces finally fell together in Fluffy's mind...
Syrian opposition fighters have released 13 of their prisoners to the regime.

The men, who identified themselves to the media as soldiers and civilians attached to the Syrian Army, who were captured by opposition fighters in the battle for Harasta, cried in relief. They thanked God, the Syrian Army, and Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
for their freedom.

Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV said the regime released five "terrorists" in exchange.
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