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24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
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Afghanistan
5 Taliban militants killed, 25 IEDs defused in Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces killed 5 Talibs during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the Afghan Military said.

The Special Operations Corps said in a statement said the security forces killed 5 Talibs during a joint raid in Khakriz district of Kandahar.

The statement further added that the security forces killed the turbans during a joint military operation.

The security forces also discovered and defused five Improvised Explosive Devices during the operation, the Special Operations Corps added in its statement.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group has not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Abdiwali Ali Hassan, a TV and radio journalist, has been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Somalia’s Afgooye
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
[AFP via Zero] Gunmen killed at least 24 people and wounded 18 more during an attack on a protestant church in the village of Pansi, in the north of Burkina Faso, announced the governor of the Sahel region, Colonel Salfo Kaboré.
A group of "armed terrorists" burst into the village of Pansi, in Yagha, a volatile province near the Niger border, "and attacked the peaceful local population after having identified them and separated them from non-residents," Colonel Salfo Kabore said in a statement sent to AFP.

The Sunday attack occurred during weekly church service, according to the AFP.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2020 07:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:


New wave of #terrorist sent by the #Erdogan terrorist regime from #Syria to #libya to fight for the #GNA
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Africa Subsaharan
Armed gangs have killed 30 people in raids on two villages in an area of northwest Nigeria
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Dozens of gunmen on motorcycles attacked the villages of Tsauwa and Dankar in Katsina state on Friday, shooting residents and burning homes.

“The bandits killed 21 people in Tsauwa and another nine in nearby Dankar,” Katsina police spokesman Gambo Isah said.

“Most of those killed were old people and children who couldn’t escape.”

Police and soldiers deployed in the area after the attack and arrested one suspect, Isah said.

The attackers burnt homes, livestock and food supplies before fleeing, said Tukur Mu’azu, traditional chief of Batsari, a district the straddles the two attacked villages.

The gangs launch attacks from their bases in a vast forest straddling Katsina and several neighboring states.

Residents across the affected areas have clubbed together to fill the security void by forming self-defense groups, but these vigilante outfits have often served to fuel the violence. An armed gang on Tuesday burnt to death 21 people, including 16 members of a single family, in a reprisal raid in neighboring Kaduna state to avenge a vigilante attack on their hideout.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Fulani Herdsmen (Boko Haram)


Caribbean-Latin America
Eight Mexican Border State Cops Face Arrest for Allegedly Shooting Innocent Motorist
[BREITBART] A Mexican border state judge issued an arrest warrant against eight coppers in connection with the shooting death of an innocent motorist over the past weekend. The warrant comes days after the officers allegedly fired more than 250 rounds at the victim after apparently mistaking his pickup for a cartel vehicle.

On Wednesday afternoon, a judge in the border city of Reynosa granted an arrest warrant requested by the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office against eight officers on the charge of "qualified homicide" in connection with the February 7 shooting death of 23-year-old Juan Daniel Ortiz in Rio Bravo. The officers were previously suspended and Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH) was also probing the case.

The shooting took place in the border city of Rio Bravo, south of Donna, Texas. The victim worked at a manufacturing plant in Reynosa as an engineer and is not believed to have any ties to organized crime. Information obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed that a squad of state police were alerted to a group of button men roaming the area before they reportedly mistook the white pickup being driven by Ortiz. The victim was not armed when his vehicle took more than 250 rounds.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
French Govt Closed Two Radical Mosques, Put 63 More Under Surveillance
[BREITBART] French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has announced that in 2019 the French government closed down two radical mosques and placed another 63 under surveillance.

The two radical mosques closed last year were done so under the powers granted to the Interior Ministry by the SILT anti-terrorism laws that were enacted in October 2017 to replace the prior state of emergency.

Castaner added that there have been a total of "31 terrorist attacks since January 1, 2017" and noted that "30 places of worship are subject to closure measures and 7 procedures are underway". He claimed that health and safety provisions were also being used in certain cases, LCI reports.

Individual administrative control measures (Micas), which replace house arrests, were also up significantly in 2019 by 84 per cent, for a total of 134 cases.

Most of the cases were focused in the Ille-de-La Belle France region where Gay Paree and the no-go multicultural suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis are located.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Iraq
Iraqis rally to support protest leader for prime minister
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Hundreds of Iraqis rallied Sunday to support a protest leader they want as prime minister instead of current premier-designate Mohammad Allawi, who they see as too close to the ruling class.

Appointed on February 1, Allawi has pledged to announce his cabinet lineup within the week even as he faces ongoing protests against his nomination -- and a new contender.

In the shrine city of Karbala, dozens of students erupted into the streets carrying photos of Alaa al-Rikaby, a pharmacist who has emerged as a prominent activist in the protest hotspot of Nasiriyah, further south.

"We’re here to show our support for Alaa al-Rikaby, the candidate of the people!" said Seif al-Hasnawy, a 20-year-old student.

Rikaby, who has a round face and closely-trimmed beard, began demonstrating in early October alongside others fed up with rampant corruption, lack of jobs and poor public services.

He has since risen to local fame with a series of videos posted on Twitter to his tens of thousands of followers, discussing politics and a path forward for the otherwise leaderless anti-government movement.

In one video last week, he asked protesters who gather at squares across the country to show whether they would back him for the post of prime minister, in a novel approach for a political nomination in Iraq.

"If the people decide so, I’d accept," he said in his latest video on Thursday.

"This post has no value as such for me. I don’t see it as a prize, but rather as a huge responsibility," said Rikaby, who has a tent pitched in central Nasiriyah targeted in a recent stun grenade attack.

In Karbala, university student Hassan Qazwini told AFP: "We protesters have numerous demands, and one of them is an independent prime minister without ties to parties -- like Alaa al-Rikaby."

Before Rikaby, Faeq al-Sheikh Ali, a liberal critic of the ruling class, also declared himself a candidate but has not received mass public or political backing.

Allawi was nominated on February 1 as a consensus candidate among Iraq’s fractured political parties but has only been publicly endorsed by holy man Moqtada Sadr, who has a cult-like following across the country.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Smoke columns rising near the headquarters of the Popular Mobilisation Forces east of Baghdad
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Body of Palestinian suspected of shooting attack near Dolev found
[Jpost] The IDF has found the body of a Palestinian suspected of wounding an Israeli soldier in a shooting attack earlier this month.

The man’s body was found on Monday in tangled vegetation in a wadi with an M-16 rifle and a handgun, the IDF said in a statement.

...The Palestinian is suspected of a shooting attack earlier this month near the Parsa Junction outside the Dolev settlement, northwest of Ramallah. Troops returned fire and launched a manhunt to find him.

The soldier’s head was grazed by a bullet, and he sustained a light wound. He was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, fully conscious.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 14:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Even the flora hates 'em. I'm imagining an evil dead 'tree rape' sequence.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 19:16 Comments || Top||


Girl finds explosive device in yard of Gaza-border home
[IsraelTimes] A girl in Moshav Shuva east of the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip found an bomb in her yard on Sunday that appeared to have arrived via balloon from the Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,-controlled enclave.

The police were called and detonated the device.
A very good call. "If you didn't put it down, don't pick it up."
Also on Sunday, part of Route 6 was closed to traffic by police after a suspicious object was found on the highway.

Paleostinian turbans in the Gaza Strip began flying explosive and incendiary devices into Israel using clusters of balloons and kites beginning in 2018. The practice has waxed and waned over that time, but has picked up considerably in recent weeks, with dozens of such balloon-borne bombs landing in towns and farming communities adjacent to the Paleostinian enclave.

A Hamas official told a Lebanese newspaper on Saturday that the terror group had only decided to reduce the number of incendiary balloons launched toward Israel, not stop them entirely. This came after an Israeli defense official told news hounds that Hamas had "sent messages to Israel that they’d decided unilaterally to stop launching balloons and rocket fire at Israel."

The Lebanese pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper, citing an unnamed Hamas official, said that the number of launches would be reduced only after Israel met the group’s demands.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2020 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Palestinian smugglers thwarted in Tarqumiyah border crossing
[Jpost] A Paleostinian smuggling attempt to deliver camouflage fabrics allegedly meant to be delivered to terror groups in the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip to produce uniforms was prevented on Sunday when the Tarqumiyah border crossing officers noticed the military textiles concealed in other items, a blurb on behalf of the Ministry of Defense reported.

The border crossing is near Hebron, the fabrics were confiscated.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Palestinian with knife arrested after attempted attack
[Jpost] Israel Border Police arrested a Paleostinian man carrying a knife following an attempted attack on Israeli forces at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs tomb in Hebron, Israel Police reported on Sunday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under:


IDF stops Hamas 'honeypots' from trapping soldiers
[JPOST] As part of "Operation Rebound," the IDF has foiled the third such Hamas network in three years.

According to the military, there have been a number of improvements by Hamas, including the use of new platforms like Telegram alongside Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Hamas, the military said, improved its ability to start a dialogue with soldiers, using hashtags and slang. The group also started sending voice messages in an attempt to make the enemy account sound more believable.

The IDF identified six main characters used by Hamas, many of whom presented themselves as new immigrants to Israel with hearing or vision problems to explain for their less-than fluent Hebrew.
"Yew ain't from around here, are yew?"
The characters were: Sara Orlova, Maria Jacobova, Eden Ben Ezra, Noa Danon, Yael Azoulay and Rebecca Abuksis. In addition to using the same characters on various platforms to boost its credibility, Hamas is said to have edited the pictures of the characters, making it more difficult to find the original source of the picture.

The new applications used by Hamas included three social networking applications: GrixyApp, ZatuApp and Catch&See. According to the military, unlike the previous honeypot attempts by Hamas, these applications were not accessible through app stores, but could only be downloaded from links sent to soldiers by the Hamas operative.

Prior to being downloaded, the application would ask for permission to several applications on the user’s phone, including those used by other applications for legitimate reasons like access to location, camera, microphone, etc.

Immediately after downloading the application, it appeared as an icon, but once clicked on it would open with an error message that the device doesn’t support the version of the application and would then seem to delete itself from the user’s phone.

But while the application seemed to have disappeared from the phone, the virus remained and gave direct access to Hamas, which would be able to take control of the device.

Once on the phone, the virus would give Hamas operatives control over all aspects of the phone, including pictures, the soldier’s location, text messages and the soldier’s contact list. The virus would also have access to the phone’s camera and microphone, taking pictures and recording conversations remotely without the soldier knowing.

Unlike in previous attempts by Hamas, the group also was able to download and transfer files and have access to the phone’s GPS, allowing them to know the infected device’s location. At that point, the Hamas operatives would stop communicating with the soldiers.

While the military knew about Hamas’s operation for the past several months, it was decided to let them continue, to enable the IDF to have more effective technological means to stop the terror group.

The IDF said there was no damage to national security and that the soldiers who have had their phones hacked – mainly conscripted soldiers and low-ranking officers – would be called in to have the virus disabled on their phones.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  presented themselves as new immigrants to Israel with hearing or vision problems to explain for their less-than fluent Hebrew

Honey-trappers ? Israeli men must be awfully compassionate people. ☺

- 30 year old hebrew male, looking for a gal. Will settle for cross eyed and deaf women. Really want a fertile woman with good heart. -
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  IDF stops Hamas 'honeyvinegarpots' from trapping soldiers
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/17/2020 9:29 Comments || Top||

#3  In the land of the paleos, a man with both feet is king.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/17/2020 17:37 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Car bomb explodes in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Battle of Aleppo city officially over
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Gary Johnson: "Aleppo? What is Aleppo?"
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I think this is the eighth time.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  welcome back dron
Posted by: Chris || 02/17/2020 11:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Now the real fight begins?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 15:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you, Chris.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 16:02 Comments || Top||


Russian military has began a mass deployment along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway on Sunday
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  ...on the road to Damascus?
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  ^Snark of the day?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 2:57 Comments || Top||

#3  May the scales fall from their eyes
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 4:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Considering Paul was kind of a putz, not really snarkish.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/17/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||


HTS used the captured T-90 tank in their failed attack on Kafr #Aleppo today
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syrian Arab Army captured Anadan, Jamayat al-Nur, Yaqiz al-Adas and Kafr Bissin from jihadist forces
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Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra



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Mon 2020-02-17
  24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
Sun 2020-02-16
  Switzerland Thwarts Major Islamic State Terror Attack
Sat 2020-02-15
  Six Cartel Kidnappers Busted with Mexican Border City Victim in Trunk
Fri 2020-02-14
  US navy ship seizes 150 Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles after boarding a vessel in the Arabian Sea
Thu 2020-02-13
  Hafiz Saeed sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for terror financing
Wed 2020-02-12
  Sudan will hand over Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court
Tue 2020-02-11
  Russians bomb a joint Turkish & Jihadi column
Mon 2020-02-10
  Ehsanullah Ehsan sends greetings from Turkey, thumbs nose
Sun 2020-02-09
  Multiple US troops killed during shootout in eastern Afghanistan
Sat 2020-02-08
  Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah banged in Kabul
Fri 2020-02-07
  Syria says its troops enter the strategic city of Saraqib in Idlib and begins ‘combing’ its neighborhoods
Thu 2020-02-06
  Hazim Al-Halafi, a senior commander of Saraya Al-Salam dead
Wed 2020-02-05
  Trump acquitted by Senate on articles of impeachment for abuse of power
Tue 2020-02-04
  8 Turkish personnel, 13 #Syrian troops killed in north Syria festivities
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  Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula claims December shooting at Florida naval base

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