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-Land of the Free
U.S. Marines killed in suicide car bomb attack in Afghanistan Monday
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Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghanistan
Kandahar: very big kaboom thwarted, Afghan AF helicopter crashed


Afghan forces thwart deadly bombing in Kandahar by defusing a 500kg aircraft bomb

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan security forces have thwarted a deadly explosion in southern Kandahar province by discovering and defusing a 500kg aircraft bomb.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the bomb was discovered and defused in Takhtar Pul district of the province.

The statement further added that the anti-government armed militants were looking to detonate the bomb as part of their ongoing terrorist related activities.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the security situation in southern Kandahar province has deteriorated during the recent months. Taliban militants continuously attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security institutions in this province.

2 Afghan Air Force pilots wounded as MD-530 helicopter crash-lands in Kandahar

[KhaamaPress] Two Afghan Air Force pilots were slightly wounded after an MD-530 helicopter crash-landed in Kandahar Airfield, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, the incident took place at around 6:45pm local time.

The statement further added that the helicopter had returned from a training mission and crashed-landed due to a technical issue.

The Afghan Air Force uses MD-530F Warrior helicopters to provide close-air support to the Afghan ground forces.

This comes as a coalition unmanned aerial vehicle also crashed after experiencing engine failure in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan earlier today.

“One of our unmanned aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed in Helmand province today. We are working to recover it,” informed military sources said.
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Kabul: Kaboom disarmed, kidnapper encountered


Explosion foiled in Kabul city, remote-controlled IED seized: MoI

[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Interior has announced that the security forces have thwarted an explosion in Kabul city.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Interior, the remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device was planted on a roadside in the vicinity of 17th police district of the city.

The statement further added that the Afghan National Police forces managed to defuse the bomb before the anti-government armed militants manage to detonate it.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier announced that Special Forces discovered and defused a 500kg aircraft bomb in Takhta Pul district of Kandahar province.

Prominent member of a kidnap gang killed during a clash with police in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] A prominent member of a kidnap gang was killed during a clash with the Afghan national police forces in Kabul city late on Tuesday night.

The Kabul Police Commandment in a statement said the incident took place at around 11pm local time in the vicinity of 17th police district of Kabul city.

The statement further added that Omran, one of the prominent members of a kidnap gang was killed during an exchange of fire with the police forces.

Omran was killed during a clash with the police forces of the Criminal Investigation Department, the statement said, adding that Omran was involved in kidnap and murder of several people including abduction of an employee of an international organization.

The police forces confiscated a military uniform, an Ak-47 assault rifle, a vehicle, and three magazines of Ak-47 rifle, the Kabul Police Commandment added in its statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban allegedly shoots down US B-52 heavy bomber
[ALMASDARNEWS] Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
* bully boyz have claimed they shot down a US B-52 heavy bomber, Syrian news site Muraselon reports.

The incident purportedly took place when the aircraft was departing from the Shawrab Airbase in southern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The Talibunnies really need to refrain from smoking that opium they produce while on duty.
"Mujaheddin (a militia fighter) of the Islamic Emirate targeted a US B-52 bomber with heavy weapons today early morning in Lar area in the Washir district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
Province," a front man for the Taliban was quoted as saying.

The B-52 is said to have crashed after the strike, killing all of its crew. Both Afghan and US authorities are yet to comment on the matter.

On 8 April, three US service members were killed in a car kaboom on a convoy near the Bagram Air Force Base in north-eastern Afghanistan. The terror group grabbed credit for the bombing.

The Taliban emerged in 1994 at the height of a civil war in Afghanistan. The group held power in most of the country between 1996 and 2001; during this period, it introduced Islamic Sharia law.

The Taliban was ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001 and has since then been waging a guerrilla war against the Kabul-based government, and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
forces in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistain.

Russia’s envoy to Afghanistan said in February that the bully boyz control at least 50 per cent of Afghanistan’s territory and their ranks include from 3,500 to 10,000 ISIS* fighters, who regularly carry out terror attacks across the country.

Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  FAKE NEWS!

UPDATE 10:00 AM EDT --

I spoke to Cmdr. Sean Robertson at the Pentagon moments ago and he provided the following statement:

"The Taliban claim is false. One of our unmanned aircraft experienced engine
failure early this morning and crashed in an open field in Lashhkar Gah,
Helmand. As a precautionary measure to protect Afghan civilians, the
remaining debris was destroyed."


Posted by: Bobby || 04/11/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||


Coalition forces drone crashes in Helmand province of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] An unmanned aerial vehicle of coalition forces has crashed in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

According to informed military sources, the drone crashed earlier today after experience engine failure.

"One of our unmanned aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed in Helmand province today. We are working to recover it," the sources said.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Talibs are actively operating in some of its districts and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security institutions.
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Africa North
Sudan: The coup is on?
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Posted by: 3dc || 04/11/2019 00:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Meeting of the Army Chief of Staff on going, notably without the Sundanese President.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/11/2019 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Local news reports say that #Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is “Stepping down.” Sounds like the old Russian line, “ill health”
Posted by: 3dc || 04/11/2019 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  ...So long, Epaulet Guy.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/11/2019 4:14 Comments || Top||

#4  "Ill health" - somebody got sick of him?
Posted by: Raj || 04/11/2019 7:33 Comments || Top||

#5  After thirty years, it's about time. However, the military will not relinquish power. Over seventy years, it never really has.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 04/11/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  among the military in Sudan are some very nasty guys

the next dictator could be as bad as Bashit
Posted by: lord garth || 04/11/2019 18:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Link

NEW: @StateDept has ordered the departure of all non-emergency US government personnel from Sudan following the coup against President Bashir. It also raised its travel advisory to the highest level — Level 4: Do Not Travel.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/11/2019 20:12 Comments || Top||

#8  Why the hell would I ever want to go to Sudan?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 04/11/2019 20:17 Comments || Top||

#9  For The Waters™?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/11/2019 20:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Gum Arabic
Seriously
Posted by: 3dc || 04/11/2019 21:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Someone has to keep them alive. And good pay too.
I wanted to.
Posted by: newc || 04/11/2019 22:28 Comments || Top||


LNA warplane has reportedly shot down a GNA warplane over Tripoli
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Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Europe
Police raids across Germany target alleged Hamas-linked charities
[DW] Police carried out raids across Germany on Wednesday targeting charities suspected of providing "financial and propaganda" support to the Paleostinian Islamist movement Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,, the interior ministry said.

Around 90 properties in ten states were searched, with the focus of the raids targeting the charities WWR Help and Ansaar International in North Rhine-Westphalia.

"Whoever supports Hamas under the mantle of providing humanitarian aid disregards the fundamental values of our constitution," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. "This also discredits the commitment of the many aid organizations that have committed themselves to neutrality under difficult circumstances."

HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS?
Founded in 2012, the Dusseldorf-based Ansaar International describes itself as an aid organization carrying out projects "for the good of Allah." It claims to have 600 members in Germany and around 2,000 around the globe.

According the organization, it provides health services, water and sanitation, orphanages and education to the needy in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Americas.

In Gazoo, the organization says it provides emergency food aid, water, electricity and schooling. WWR Help says it provides humanitarian services in Gazoo and collects donations for the Moslem holy month of Ramadan.
The Times of Israel adds:
The interior ministry said Wednesday that some 90 properties across Germany associated with an "Islamist network" were searched on Wednesday. It said the network was headed by two groups based in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, WorldWide Resistance-Help and Ansaar International.

On their websites, the two groups say they raise charitable funds for Gazoo, Somalia, Syria and other countries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Iraq
Badr Organization official responsible for general relations for Badr Ninawa Province branch survives suicide car bomb attack
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Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS ground attack in Anbar Province & ISIS improvised explosive device attacks in Babil & Salah ad-Din Provinces kill & injure 7
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Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Bomb attack wounds three paramilitary fighters in Iraq’s Babylon
Babylon (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Three Iraqi paramilitary fighters were maimed Wednesday when a kaboom rocked the ancient city of Babylon, a security source was quoted as saying.

"A roadside kaboom placed by faceless myrmidons targeted a security patrol of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Jurf al-Sakhar district in northern Babylon," the source told Baghdad Today website.

"The kaboom left three PMF members maimed," the source said, adding that a security force rushed to the blast site and carried the maimed into a nearby hospital for treatment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:


Tribal leader killed in Mosul roadside bombing
[Rudaw] A roadside kaboom killed a tribal leader and maimed two of his relatives in the al-Shoura district south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Wednesday, local officials confirmed.

"An IED [improvised bomb] went kaboom! targeting the convoy of Sheikh Hassan al-Hadidi on Wednesday abruptly ejecting him from the gene pool and injuring his son and nephew," Khalaf al-Hadidi, a member of Nineveh Provincial Council, told Rudaw.

Security forces have set up a perimeter around the scene of the blast and the body has been removed for an appointment with Dr. Quincy, the official added.

No one has grabbed credit for the blast.

Mosul and surrounding areas are still awash with explosives left over from the battle to retake the city 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 (ISIS).

Although the city was retaken from ISIS in 2017, sleeper cells and other gangs with simmering political rivalries continue to stage attacks.

ISIS earlier posted photographs on Telegram of a Sunni Tribal Forces fighter captured by the jihadist group near the village of Sardik near Mosul. The group targets tribal leaders and village chiefs to cow the population into submission.
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Iraqi security forces capture Speicher massacre culprit
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces said Wednesday they have captured an 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....
(ISIS) holy warrior who allegedly participated in the mass slaughter of 1,566 Shiite cadets at a camp in Speicher in 2014.

"The detachments of military intelligence in brigade 41 of division 10, in light of accurate information, captured one of the perpetrators of the terrorist Speicher crime," the Directorate of Intelligence announced in a Facebook post Wednesday.

The unnamed suspect was captured in a "successful ambush" near Fallujah’s Directorate of Traffic, it added.

Fallujah is located in Iraq’s vast desert province of Anbar, which has seen constant krazed killer activity since 2003.

The notorious Camp Speicher Massacre is considered one the jihadist group’s most brutal crimes. On June 12, 2014, about 1,566 Shiite cadets undergoing training at the camp in Tikrit were executed by ISIS holy warriors, who had initially promised them safe passage.

More than 50 people accused of taking part in the massacre have already been sentenced to death by Iraqi authorities. Thirty-six of them were hanged in August 2016.

The Directorate of Intelligence also announced Division 14’s intelligence wing captured two wanted bandidos snuffies at Dibis checkpoint in Makhmour.

Makhmour is a disputed territory between Baghdad and Erbil, home to the rugged strategic terrain of the Qarachogh Mountains where ISIS forces of Evil have dug in. Photographs seen by Rudaw appear to show ISIS forces of Evil moving around the area in broad daylight. Locals say ISIS freely moves between villages collecting food and levying taxes.

Signs of a growing insurgency are also visible in Kirkuk ‐ another disputed territory. Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitias said Tuesday they had captured two ISIS forces of Evil on the outskirts of the city.

Hashd fighters also report festivities with ISIS in Babil, forcing the forces of Evil to retreat to Jarf al-Sakhir.

"Hashd al-Shaabi forces foil an infiltration attempt of ISIS elements at Jarf al-Nasr," Hashd’s Directorate of Media said in a tweet on Wednesday. "They were countered, and a number of them were killed while the rest fled."

A Hashd fighter was also reportedly killed in a skirmish with ISIS in the Saladin-Beji area.

Although ISIS was declared defeated in Iraq in December 2017 by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the group has resorted to its old insurgency tactics.

ISIS forces of Evil have exploited security gaps between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces. The Peshmerga withdrawal from the disputed territories in October 2017 created a power vacuum, giving forces of Evil the breathing spaces needed to regroup.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two people wounded in separate bomb attacks in Iraq
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Three explosive charges went kaboom! Wednesday in the Iraqi province of Anbar, leaving two people maimed, the Security Media Cell said.

"Two people were maimed Wednesday morning when three explosive charges went off separately in al-Qaim district, west of Anbar," IKH News quoted the cell as saying in a statement.

"All the maimed were moved to hospital for treatment," added the statement.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the attack, but 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....
turban group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel briefs: thrown hammer misses head, knife attack blocked, cop car molotoved, bomb thrown at bus
Israeli lightly injured by hammer thrown through car window as he drove by Palestinian village

An Israeli man is lightly injured by a hammer that was thrown at his car by suspects from the Palestinian village of Tuqua as he was driving down a West Bank highway near the Tekoa settlement, officials say. The man has been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The hammer smashed through the front windshield and landed inside the car.

Troops are searching for the attackers, the army says.

Police: Palestinian bus passenger attempts to stab guards at East Jerusalem checkpoint

Police say a Palestinian bus passenger attempted to stab crossing authority officers at the az-Za’ayyem checkpoint between Maale Adumim and Jerusalem. The officers fired in the air and managed to apprehend the suspect, a female resident of Tulkarem, before anyone was injured, the police say. The suspect has been taken for questioning.

Police Car Firebombed In Jerusalem

[Jpost] A police car was hit by a molotov cocktail near the Shuafat neighborhood in Jerusalem on Wednesday night. Police are currently searching the area. The car was damaged. No injuries were reported.

Explosive Device Thrown At Bus In Northern West Bank- Idf

[Jpost] An explosive device was thrown at a bus near the Palestinian village Jinsafut in the northern West Bank on Wednesday night, the IDF reported. The device did not explode and did not cause any injuries, but damaged the bus. The search for the perpetrator is ongoing.
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#1  Busy little beavers terrorists
Posted by: Frank G || 04/11/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Crush them, Bibi. Don't wimp out now. Oppress the buggers into oblivion.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/11/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian military withdraws from key town in northern Aleppo, Syrian Army warns Turkey to stay away
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian military has officially withdrawn from the key town of Tal Rifa’at in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

This move by the Russian military comes just a week after they conducted joint patrols with the Ottoman Turkish armed forces in the Tal Rifa’at area.

Despite the Russian withdrawal, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has refused to leave the town; instead, they have beefed up their defenses around Tal Rifa’at and its neighboring villages.

Iran has also rejected The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
ally....

’s demands of withdrawing from the predominately Shiite towns of al-Zahra’a and Nubl in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

Al-Zahra’a and Nubl both have a large presence of Hezbollah fighters, including several members from their Syrian branch.

Hezbollah deployed to al-Zahra’a and Nubl during Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
’s heavy attack on these two towns between 2012-2016.

While Iran and Turkey are allies, they each support a separate warring party in the Syrian Conflict.

Iran and Turkey have worked out deals in the past, like the Zabadani-Kafraya agreement; this called on the Syrian military/Hezbollah to halt their offensive at Madaya and al-Zabadani in exchange for the jihadist rebels to halt their attacks on Kafraya and al-Fou’aa.

Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Terror Networks
ISIS launches ‘Operation Vengeance for Sham’ in several countries
As President Obama so memorably said,”Don’t make me bluff!”
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) has launched a new operation to wreak havoc on six countries where they are still present.

According to the terrorist group’s media wing, the Islamic State’s operation has been dubbed "Vengeance for Sham"; it is focused on six countries: Syria, Libya, Egypt, Niger, Somalia, and Iraq.

The terrorist group has already claimed five attacks in Syria, with most of them concentrated on the large city of Raqqa.

The Islamic State also carried out a powerful attack that targeted the U.S. Coalition forces along the al-Shaddadi Highway in the al-Hasakah Governorate.

They would also carry out simultaneous attacks in the countries of Iraq, Niger, Somalia, Libya, and Egypt.

In Libya, the Islamic State took advantage of the recent battles between the Libyan National Army and Government of National Accord near Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
to begin capturing poorly defended areas.

With The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
threatening to launch an invasion of the areas controlled by the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, the Islamic State make take the opportunity to reclaim the territories they lost in 2017 and 2018.

Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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  Ecuador withdraws asylum from Julian Assange, arrested by UK police
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  Election Council Rejects Erdogan's Party Demand for Full Istanbul Recount
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  Maryland man accused of stealing U-Haul truck in 'ISIS-inspired attack'
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  Major showdown brewing in Tripoli as rival Libyan forces clash near capital city
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  Egypt kills hundreds of suspected militants in disputed gun battles
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  Libya’s General Haftar marches on Tripoli
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  Bouteflika resigns
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  US suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian S-400 deal
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  Sudan police fire tear gas as protesters rally
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