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Good morning
Nevada’s Democrat Governor Outlaws
Antimalarial Drugs for Coronavirus Sufferers
Thursday March 26th, 2020

ElkeSomer_KillerDress05
Boko Haram kills 92 Chadian soldiers in seven-hour attack
In other news, the Otttomans have been arming these savages
Troops shot Palestinian rock-thrower near Ramallah Tuesday
"Take that, Zionist Entity!"
[BANG!]
"Aaaiiieee! I am undone!"
Turkey now wants to ‘revive Syria’ & appears to have dropped its opposition to Syrian Assad
How about the part where Erdogan eats Idlib?
Boko Haram ambush kills at least 70 Nigerian soldiers
Busy little Murderous Moslems, aren't they?
Turkey backed GNA gov in Libya selected ISIS goon as mayor of Tajoura in Tripoli
The People's Choice?
Turkish & affiliated armed groups are shelling civilian populated village of Fatsah & M4 highway in Ein-Issa countryside
Tactics the Ottomans have always been noted for
FBI Agents Kill Domestic Terror Suspect
Who Was Planning Mass Casualty Attack Due To COVID-19

Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 10:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Elke: Sweet Mammaries Memories
Posted by: Frank G || 03/26/2020 12:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Wig?
What wig?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 17:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks to me like it might have been a little nipply in the photographer's studio
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 03/26/2020 19:05 Comments || Top||

#4  The students were huffin' and puffin':
"That bird's sure got plenty of stuffin'!"
A grip full of money,
A hand, and a honey.
New reboot: The Double McGuffin.

Elke Sommer in a small role, sez Wikipedia. As if. 'Camp called it a "combination of Hitchcock, The Sting and Mission Impossible set in a boarding school."' Hollywood modesty... blink and you missed it.
Posted by: Unerese Bonaparte3841 || 03/26/2020 19:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Nice nibs. Bad teeth.
Posted by: Lex || 03/26/2020 23:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Lizzie Schwarzkopf had the same.
But she could sing, like a nightengale
Posted by: Lex || 03/26/2020 23:51 Comments || Top||


-Lurid Crime Tales-
FBI Kills Terror Suspect Planning to Bomb Hospital Over Government Response to the Coronavirus
[Townhall] The FBI says a man killed by agents in Belton, Missouri, on Tuesday night was a terrorist suspect who was actively planning to bomb a hospital amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The suspect, 36-year-old Timothy Wilson, was killed by FBI agents while picking up what he believed to be a bomb for use in the attack, the FBI announced in a press release on Wednesday.

The suspect was motivated "by racial, religious, and anti-government animus" and had been "the subject of a months-long domestic terrorism investigation," according to the FBI. No other details regarding the suspect's motive were provided.

Amid the government's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, "Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties,” the FBI alleges. "Wilson considered various targets and ultimately settled on an area hospital in an attempt to harm many people, targeting a facility that is providing critical medical care in today's environment."

The FBI says the suspect was being monitored by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force while actively working to acquire materials to carry out the attack. While executing a probable cause warrant, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri, FBI agents attempted to arrest the armed suspect on Tuesday night. The suspect was shot and later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. No law enforcement officers or civilians were injured in the incident, KSHB 41 reported.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/26/2020 13:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did the fibbies get the right house?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/26/2020 15:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Some say, "a talker lured into action by a 'paid informant'".
So not a real bomber.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 17:38 Comments || Top||

#3  apparently he was active in on line hate groups

divorce was pending

https://wikibious.com/timothy-wilson/
Posted by: lord garth || 03/26/2020 18:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Can't stand nutsies. Just the spillover from their online redoubts into normal hateful, rage-ridden society makes my skin crawl. So... all I can say is... thank gawd there are sleek, untouchable system-gamers strutting around on our dime perpetually rescuing us from mentally impaired supermen who couldn't blow up a frickin' balloon!
Posted by: Unerese Bonaparte3841 || 03/26/2020 20:29 Comments || Top||

#5  A citizen bullshitter, "Bill,"
Infiltrated a terrorist cell.
As he made his arrest,
All the plotters confessed...
And he's buried up there on Boot Hill.
Posted by: Unerese Bonaparte3841 || 03/26/2020 20:35 Comments || Top||


FBI Agents Kill Domestic Terror Suspect Who Was Planning Mass Casualty Attack Due To COVID-19
[Breaking911] BELTON, Mo. — The FBI says one of their agents fatally shot a domestic terror suspect Tuesday in 100th block of Wilbur Parish Circle in Belton.

Officials say the suspect, 36-year-old Timothy Wilson, was angry with the government’s social distancing measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Wilson reportedly planned to bomb a hospital in response.

FBI investigators say Wilson was motivated by racial, religious and anti-government views.

Wilson “decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-born improvised explosive device in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties,” a press release said.

Wilson allegedly decided on an unnamed hospital as a target and began to pursue bomb making materials.

Agents attempted to arrest Wilson when he tried to pick up what he thought was a truck bomb. That’s when the shooting occurred. He was later pronounced dead.

No other civilians or law officers were injured.

Posted by: 3dc || 03/26/2020 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Timothy McWilson
Posted by: Airandee || 03/26/2020 2:43 Comments || Top||

#2  great, another data point for the SPLC to raise money off of
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 03/26/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#3  You sunk my battleship killed my kid's college fund!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/26/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Harsh weather kills 3 Taliban militants including an IED maker in Paktia
[KhaamaPress] The local authorities in South-eastern Paktia province discovered the dead bodies of three Talibs who had frozen to death in a mountain in Zazai Aryoub district.
Allah has made his opinion manifest, guys. A wise man would take that into account.
The provincial government in a statement said the dead bodies of the three Talibs, Ehsanullah son of Fazal Manan, Barakatullah son of Mohammad Akbar and Shamimullah son of Sultan, were discovered from Shin Kond mountain.

The statement further added that Shamimullah was also involved in producing Improvised Explosive Devices.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


25 Killed in Attack at Dharamshala, Sikh Temple in Kabul
[ToloNews] At least 25 people were killed and more than eight others were maimed during an attack on a Sikh place of worship in the Shorbazar area of Kabul, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The incident began around 7:45 am local time in PD1 of Kabul city, and 80 people including women and kiddies were rescued, according to the statement.

TOLOnews news hound Sharif Amiry said that explosions were heard in the area.

The security forces transferred victims of the attack by ambulance to hospitals.

Foreign troops have also responded to the attack, Amiry says.

ISIS grabbed credit for the attack.

Sikhs and Hindus citizens have accused the government of being reckless and said that today's bloody attack is the result of government failure.

ISIS has grabbed credit for the attack, and the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have denied involvement in it, but sources in the government blamed the Haqqani group for the attack.

Two years ago, Sikh citizens in Jalalabad were also targeted by a suicide kaboom.
Update from Al Jazeera at 2:25 a.m. ET, courtesy of Besoeker:
Witness Raju Singh Sonny told AFP that a man dressed in a police uniform burst into the temple in central Kabul, shot a guard and started attacking worshippers in the main hall.

"Several other attackers also entered the building and they were going from room to room shooting people," Sonny said.

Later in the day, interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists the operation by the security forces had concluded and all attackers were killed.

Sikhs, who number fewer than 300 families, have suffered widespread discrimination in the country and have also been targeted by armed groups.

Under Taliban rule in the late 1990s, Sikhs were asked to identify themselves by wearing yellow armbands, but the rule was not enforced.

In recent years, large numbers of Sikhs and Hindus have sought asylum in India, which has a Hindu majority and a large Sikh population.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  In recent years, large numbers of Sikhs and Hindus have sought asylum in India, which has a Hindu majority and a large Sikh population.

Smart of them.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/26/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Over 150 Turkish-backed Syrian militants killed in #Libya
Cannon fodder gotta fodder.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkish-backed Libyan forces take advantage of ceasefire to launch big operation
That’s what hudnas are for, by definition.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


LNA repels an attack against al-Watiya Air Base by GNA militias
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Turkey backed #GNA gov in #Libya selected #ISIS backed man as mayor of Tajoura municipality in #Tripoli
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Mozambique Islamist insurgency intensifies
[DW] Suspected jihadists have attacked military barracks and surrounded a northern Mozambican town, hoisting their flag close to a major gas exploration site being developed by ExxonMobil and Total.

A pre-dawn attack in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado on Monday caught the attention of analysts for being more daring than previous assaults. Islamist Lions of Islam reportedly arrived by both sea and land and occupied the district of Mociboa da Praia. The group attacked a defense forces barracks, over which they hoisted their black flag, according to police front man, Orlando Modumane.

The group raided the local cop shoppe and set prisoners free. It also burned houses and destroyed a school. Dozens of people fled to the local hospital and mosques. The Lions of Islam built barricades on the main roads leading to the town. They controlled the municipality's airbase, the port and the cop shoppes for most of the day. Military sources accused them of taking weapons and vehicles.

Dozens of people were maimed during Monday's attack, said General Commander Bernardino Rafael from Mozambique's police. Online journal Moz24 reported that a child, a woman and a man were killed during the incident. The Lions of Islam faced no resistance, according to the report.

However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
Rafael claimed that coppers fought "with the evildoers in the town" and advised locals "to keep calm and be vigilant, because the Lions of Islam may want to mix with the population and do harm."

"Cabo Delgado has 16 districts and the information we have is that nine of those districts are already affected by these attacks. It's a situation that the solution is not in sight."
THINGS GET COMPLICATED
Mocimboa da Praia is about 350 km (220 miles) from the city of Pemba in Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado and is just south of the Afungi peninsula ‐ where billion-dollar gas projects are being developed by Exxon Mobil and Total.

The town was until recently the main airport for workers travelling to the site, before a landing strip was built at Afungi. The peninsula's port is also used for cargo deliveries for the projects.

The district central area was first occupied by the jihadist Lions of Islam in October 2017. Police commander Bernardino Rafael last week told news hounds that everything was in control. For political analyst Alexandre Chiure, however, the situation in the province is quite alarming.

"With each day that passes, things get more and more complicated," Chiure told DW. "Cabo Delgado has 16 districts and the information we have is that nine of those districts are already affected by these attacks. It's a situation that the solution is not in sight."

THE CULMINATION OF A TRAGIC FAILURE
Alexandre Chiure underscored President Filipe Nyusi's personal commitment to finding a solution. Nyusi showed willingness to engage in dialogue with the Death Eaters. The analyst said, however, that the attackers were getting more daring. "Before, the Lions of Islam attacked remote villages, but this time they got bolder and attacked the [main] village of Mocimboa da Praia," he explained.

Little is known about the group, which has killed more than 300 people and caused hundreds of thousands to flee their villages in Cabo Delgado.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2020 01:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Simply a new pretext to go about killing one another indiscriminately after they lost interest in the communist insurgency.
Posted by: Cesare || 03/26/2020 7:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Nonsense. They are very discriminating in their killings.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/26/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Communism is rather boring, and the one bowl of mealie per day thing.... not really a good selling point.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/26/2020 7:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Starbucks closed?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 17:43 Comments || Top||


Boko Haram kills 92 Chadian soldiers in seven-hour attack
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Al Ahram adds:
Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
turbans killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers and maimed dozens more in what President Idriss Deby described as the deadliest attack ever on the country's military.

The soldiers were ambushed on Monday in the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone in the west of the country, where the armies of Chad, Nigeria and Niger have been fighting the Islamist turbans for years.

"I have taken part in many operations ... but never in our history have we lost so many men at one time," Deby said during a visit to the site on Tuesday.

Deby gave an initial corpse count of 92 and 47 maimed. Three military sources told Rooters on Wednesday that the number of dead had risen to 98.
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Erdogan regime supplying arms to Nigerian #terrorist group known as Boko Haram
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Erdogan exporting more jihad. Sanctions and terrorist recognition past due.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/26/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  The Morning Star is a left-wing British daily newspaper with a focus on social, political and trade union issues. The paper was founded in 1930 as the Daily Worker by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Since 1945, it has been owned by the People's Press Printing Society.Wikipedia
Posted by: b || 03/26/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  So, doesn't mean the news item is untrue.
Here's Memri.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/26/2020 9:03 Comments || Top||

#4  It is well establish that Erdy and ISJV are butt buddies, and the ISJV and Boko are kissing cousins, it makes sense that they would share each others' underpants.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/26/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Since 1945, it has been owned by the People's Press Printing Society.Wikipedia

A good many Kurds are Communists, too. Hence the affinity.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||


Boko Haram ambush kills at least 70 Nigerian soldiers
[AlAhram] At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush on their convoy by jihadist fighters in the restive northeast, military and security sources said on Tuesday.

Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a lorry carrying troops as it travelled near Gorgi village in Borno state on Monday, two military officers told AFP without giving their names.

"It was a huge loss, at least 70 soldiers have perished in the ambush," one of the officers said.

"The Death Eaters specifically targeted a truck loaded with soldiers with RPGs and incinerated the vehicle, killing all on board," a second officer said.

"So far 70 bodies have been recovered but the toll is certainly more than that as rescue operation is still underway."

Several soldiers were maimed and some others taken captive by the jihadists, the two officers said.

A front man for the Nigerian army told AFP that he was unable to comment on the reported attack.

The convoy had left regional capital Maiduguri on its way to launch an offensive on a camp belonging to jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in the area, a member of a government-backed militia fighting the murderous Moslems told AFP.

The Islamic State West Africa Province faction split from Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
murderous Moslems in 2016 and has focused on attacking troops, raiding bases and laying ambush on military convoys.

The group has been accused of increasing attacks on civilians and taking hostages at bogus checkpoints on main roads in the region.

The decade-long conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced 1.8 million in the northeast of Nigeria.

Fighting has also spilt over the border into neighbouring countries, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the bully boys.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  That must have been a BIG lorry.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 17:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Every time I see the words Boko Haram I have flashbacks to my college days. I dropped out after one year but it was great while it lasted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=valL7JWjVB4
Posted by: jpal || 03/26/2020 20:35 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ starts around 1:15
Posted by: jpal || 03/26/2020 20:41 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Ansarallah forces threaten #Saudi Arabia, #UAE with new missile systems
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Chairman of the Supreme Political Council in Sana’a declared that all prisoners of conscience to be released in Yemen
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi confirms Saudi coalition ceasefire
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  What the hell does that mean? Get our shit together?
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/26/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ translated into Arabic, I think it means hudna.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/26/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Given baked in Saudi military incompetence, surrender might be the best word.
Posted by: Grunter || 03/26/2020 19:42 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey: Terrorist held after 20 years in hiding
[AA.TR] A convicted terrorist who was in hiding for over 20 years was arrested in the city of Mus, southeastern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
on Wednesday, security sources said.

In 2000, the man, identified by the initials Y.Y., was convicted of "being a member of the Hezbollah terrorist organization" and sentenced in absentia to six years and three months in prison.

The Hezbollah terror group in Turkey, which was founded in late 1980s, is not affiliated with Hezbollah in Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
, and it is often referred to as "the Ottoman Turkish Hezbollah" (or Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
)
Good lord, does every Arab country have its own Party of God? Thus far that’s Lebanon, Iraq, and now Turkey. How unimaginative — at least all the Muslim Brotherhoods are connected and working toward the same goal.
Having managed to evade capture for two decades, the suspect was caught in an operation by gendarmerie forces, who found out that he was hiding in a village close to the city center.

An operation was conducted and the suspect was found holed up in a secret hiding spot in his house.

It was learnt that, for 20 years, the suspect had been hiding in stables during the summer, and a secret room during the winter.

He was assisted by neighbors, who would alert him whenever security forces were in the area.

Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under:


Turkey now wants to ‘revive Syria’ & appears to have dropped its opposition to Syrian Assad
That’ll be some of that Byzantine subtlety we’ve heard so much of.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
Bureau of Prisons failed to monitor terrorist communications, IG report says
[WASHINGTONTIMES] The Bureau of Prisons failed to adequately monitor thousands of communications from more than 500 inmates with ties to terrorism, according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Wednesday.

In the nearly 70-page report, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz wrote that the BOP did not take appropriate steps to review the email, phone calls, postage mail, video sessions and cellblock conversations of domestic and international terrorist inmates.

For example, the BOP failed to flag a letter that a high-risk inmate received from his wife detailing her intent to compromise a staff member at his prison. The BOP also missed a threatening letter sent to a television talk show host from an inmate pledging allegiance to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
and threatening violence.

Posted by: Fred || 03/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Too busy stopping stranglers to read the mail, I suppose.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||


Iraq
PKK mortar attack kills two Turkish soldiers in Kurdistan Region: Turkish defense ministry
[Rudaw] Two Ottoman Turkish soldiers were killed in a mortar attack conducted by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Wednesday in the Haftanin area of the Kurdistan Region close to the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, a defense ministry statement from Ankara published by state media has announced.

"Two of our soldiers were martyred and two others injured by a mortar attack by the separatist terrorist organization members in northern Iraq’s Haftanin region on March 25, 2020," read a statement from the Ottoman Turkish defense ministry via state-owned outlet TRT, using "separatist terrorist organization" to refer to the PKK.

In a separate statement posted to their official Twitter account, the defense ministry said Ottoman Turkish forces retaliated by targeting four suspected PKK positions and "neutralized" eight fighters of the group. The Ottoman Turkish government uses the term "neutralized" to denote death, injury, or capture of its adversaries.

The defense ministry later released the names and photos of the two soldiers killed in Haftanin.

The PKK is an gang which has fought a decades-long war with the Ottoman Turkish state for greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Turkey. It is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

Turkey routinely launches land and air operations against the group within its borders, in the Kurdistan Region, and in Iraq’s disputed territories of Shingal and Makhmour. It also attacks Kurdish forces in northern Syria, accusing them of ties with the PKK.
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Iraqi Forces Discover Six IS Hideouts in Kirkuk
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Iraqi federal police announced on Tuesday the discovery of six Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) hideouts in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

The federal policed said in a statement that the hideouts were found during a mop-up operation on Gharran Mount of Kirkuk.

The statement also revealed that 20 bombs, 19 Katyusha rounds, and other kabooms were discovered in the hideouts.

Kirkuk is a Kurdish province disputed between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government. Since October 2017, it is ruled by the Iraqi government and it suffers from an increasing IS activities.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
50% drop in West Bank terror incidents
[YNews] - There has been a 50% drop over the past week in the number of instances of terror activity in the West Bank.

An average recent week sees 30-35 incidents of stones or firebombs being thrown at Israeli vehicles.

Officials suggest that the reduction could be due to the Palestinian Authority closures on cities and towns due to the coronavirus outbreak.
See, even Palestinians understand lockdown to flatten the curve.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/26/2020 07:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

#1  After the IDF headshots, only the 'half-wits' showed up.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 17:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Is it the virus or knee-capping by Israeli snipers? Either way it must be the will of Allan or it wouldn't be happening.
Posted by: jpal || 03/26/2020 19:41 Comments || Top||


Troops shot Palestinian rock-thrower near Ramallah Tuesday
[IsraelTimes] Israeli troops shoot a Paleostinian suspect who the military says was part of a pair throwing rocks at cars along a highway in the northern West Bank Tuesday

The IDF says two suspects were seen by the soldiers throwing rocks "and planning to also throw stun grenades" at cars near the Paleostinian village of Deir Abu Mashal, northwest of Ramallah.

"The troops opened fire, which hit one of the suspects," the IDF says.

The military says soldiers are searching for the suspects.
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#1  part of a pair throwing rocks

Is intelligence associative?
Do a pair of half-wits make a whole wit?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 17:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't say shot dead. Did they aim low for the knee or was he just lucky?
Posted by: jpal || 03/26/2020 20:24 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson believed dead in Iranian custody, family says
[NYP] Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, is believed to have died while in the custody of the Middle Eastern nation, his family said.

"We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody," his family said in a Wednesday statement.

Levinson’s family said they don’t know how or when he died, but only that it occurred before the global coronavirus outbreak.

"It is impossible to describe our pain," the family said. "Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most amazing man, a new reality that is inconceivable to us."

Levinson vanished in 2007 after being apprehended on Iran’s Kish Island while conducting a secret mission for the CIA.

In November 2010, video emerged of Levinson wearing an orange jumpsuit and pleading to be released and returned to the United States.

But efforts to bring him back home had been impeded by the lack of formal relations between the two countries.
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Iran announces 143 new novel coronavirus deaths
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]


Iran Coronavirus Updates: 27,017 Confirmed Cases, 2,077 Deaths, 9,625 Recovered
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] As of Wednesday, the death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak, officially known as COVID-19, in Iran has risen to 2,077 with 27,017 confirmed cases and 9,625 recovered.
i.e., according to my admittedly shaky math, of those confirmed, a 7 to 8 percent death rate.
Iran’s Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Wednesday that 2,206 new cases have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, increasing the total number of infections in Iran to 27,017
27,017 divided by 47,500,000 works out to a pretty small .06% infection rate.
To date, more than 47.5 million people have been screened for COVID-19 and the National Mobilization Plan to combat coronavirus is run in the country and is considered as a successful pattern for other countries.
Some 9,625 patients, infected by the novel coronavirus, have so far recovered and discharged from hospitals, he added.
35 percent recovery rate, plus seven percent death rate, leaves a 58 percent limbo rate, neither recovered nor dead.
It is a matter of regret to say that COVID-19 global pandemic has so far taken the lives of 2,077 people in Iran, with 143 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, he said.
Eight percent of the confirmed infections have been in the past 24 hours? (2077÷27017=0.07687) That means the epidemic's been going for twelve days? Twelve and a half? Don't time fly!
According to a report by the Iranian Health Ministry on Tuesday, capital Tehran reported the highest number of infections as compared with other provinces in the country.

To date, more than 47.5 million people have been screened for COVID-19 and the National Mobilization Plan to combat coronavirus is run in the country and is considered as a successful pattern for other countries.
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#1  as of today's official numbers for Iran

over 29k infected

over 2.2k deaths

also, why is this in the WoT portion, it seems to me to belong in the non WoT
Posted by: lord garth || 03/26/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  ^Because Iran is a terror-sponsoring state?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/26/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  So based on outcomes, there's about an 18% mortality rate.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 03/26/2020 23:03 Comments || Top||


Child killed, two others seriously injured in a mine explosion, was planted last night by #Turkish-backed armed groups in village of Zaytouna in Tal-Abyad
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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#1  Is this about a bomb, or a funeral?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/26/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||


Turkish-backed armed opposition groups cut water supply from Aluk Water Plant again (eastern Ras al-Ain),
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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Turkish & affiliated armed groups are shelling civilian populated village of Fatsah & M4 highway in Ein-Issa countryside
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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