Hi there, !
Today Wed 05/22/2019 Tue 05/21/2019 Mon 05/20/2019 Sun 05/19/2019 Sat 05/18/2019 Fri 05/17/2019 Thu 05/16/2019 Archives
500160 articles and 1763877 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 53 articles and 192 comments as of 10:00.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Background    Non-WoT    Opinion        Politix   
Islamic State in West Africa Forming ‘Jihadist Proto-State’ in Nigeria
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 1: WoT Operations
0 [10795] 
3 13:26 Penguin_of_ the_Desert [10797] 
0 [10797] 
0 [10796] 
0 [10798] 
0 [10793] 
0 [10794] 
0 [10801] 
1 09:25 Raj [10794] 
1 07:40 Jiggs Hupiting5931 [10795] 
0 [10800] 
Page 2: WoT Background
18 16:53 Procopius2k [10797]
9 13:24 Roger Smith [10799]
0 [10795]
4 15:15 Airandee [10794]
2 11:32 Mad Eye Sligum2117 [10793]
4 18:30 magpie [10796]
6 14:32 746 [10793]
0 [10798]
0 [10793]
0 [10794]
0 [10806]
2 12:22 Mercutio [10793]
4 21:11 Tyranysaurus Clavith3514 [10795]
2 10:59 M. Murcek [10793]
4 08:08 Woodrow [10793]
1 11:29 Mad Eye Sligum2117 [10793]
Page 3: Non-WoT
3 15:40 DarthVader [10796]
8 22:22 Ebbavirt Clunk4147 [10793]
0 [10793]
2 11:33 Whiskey Mike [10793]
11 15:13 Abu Uluque [10797]
1 12:53 NoMoreBS [10793]
0 [10793]
0 [10793]
10 21:42 SR-71 [10796]
3 08:15 Frank G [10793]
1 08:53 Mercutio [10793]
4 19:44 3dc [10795]
4 12:52 Alaska Paul [10793]
Page 4: Opinion
13 19:28 Steve [10803]
1 07:36 Dale [10796]
4 19:48 3dc [10796]
1 09:48 Frank G [10796]
0 [10796]
0 [10793]
0 [10793]
Page 6: Politix
18 21:45 SR-71 [10793]
6 21:20 Sock Puppet of Doom [10796]
10 20:55 Tyranysaurus Clavith3514 [10794]
13 21:22 Sock Puppet of Doom [10797]
3 14:25 Sock Puppet of Doom [10793]
15 20:14 Deacon Blues [10794]
Africa North
Two guards killed in suspected Islamic State attack outside Libyan oilfield
[AlAhram] Two guards were killed and four others were kidnapped early on Saturday in a suspected 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....
attack targeting Libya’s Zella oilfield, a security source said.

The attackers struck at an entrance gate to the field, which lies near the town of Zella about 760 km (470 miles) southwest of the capital, 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...
. They killed the two guards before fleeing, the source and local residents asking not to be named told Rooters.

Islamic State grabbed credit for the attack through its Aamaq news agency later on Saturday.

The Zella field belongs to Zueitina Oil Company, which pumped 19,000 barrels per day on average in the last quarter of 2018 across all its fields.

An engineer told Rooters workers at the field were safe and facilities had not been damaged.

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) chief said on Saturday continued instability in the country could cause it to lose 95 percent of oil production.

Speaking in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
ahead of a ministerial panel gathering on Sunday of top OPEC and non-OPEC producers, Mustafa Sanalla also confirmed the Zella attack.

Islamic State has been active in Libya in the turmoil since the overthrow of Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
in 2011. The krazed killer group took control of the coastal city of Sirte in 2015 but lost it late in 2016 to local forces backed by U.S. air strikes.

In the last two years, the group has targeted three state institutions in Tripoli, home of UN-backed government of national accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj.

Saturday’s assault took place as general Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a rival administration in eastern Libya, mounts an offensive to control Tripoli.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Border State Homicide Chief Gunned Down
[BREITBART] A police commander in the border state of Sonora was assassinated Friday morning by cartel button men as he was loading into his unmarked duty vehicle in front of a pharmacy. The murder occurred in Hermosillo.

A group of unknown cartel button men pulled alongside the commander’s vehicle as he was getting into the driver’s side and fired multiple shots, killing him, according to El Imparcial. The police commander was later identified as Hugo Zavala, head of the Homicide Unit of the Agencia Ministerial de Investigación Criminal (AMIC) in Hermosillo. The liquidation was captured by security footage.

According to witnesses, the execution occurred at approximately 8 am in colonia Heberto Castillo. The video shows a white SUV appear, at least two cartel button men open fire, and then speed away. The commander died from his gunshot wounds at the scene, according to local media reports. Investigating agents reportedly recovered at least 30 spent shell casings.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Mexican Border State Homicide Chief Gunned Down

This is irony, right?
Posted by: Raj || 05/19/2019 9:25 Comments || Top||

Three ‘militants’ killed in Kalat
[DAWN] Three suspected bad boys, including a ’commander’ of a banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
, were rubbed out on Friday during an operation carried out by security forces in Kalat district.

Security officials said that intelligence agencies, along with security forces, had launched an operation in the Dashat-e-Gorran area, some 50km off Kalat town, after receiving information about the presence of bully boyz there.

The gunnies opened fire on the security forces after which a heavy exchange of fire continued for several hours, killing three armed bad boys.

"An important commander of the banned Baloch Liberation Army, Shams Qalandrni, is also killed in the shootout," security officials said. They identified the other deceased bully boyz as Zafar Ali and Shoaib.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army

Peshawar High Court sets aside conviction of ‘militant’
[DAWN] Setting aside his conviction in the erstwhile Fata by an assistant political agent, the Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
High Court has acquitted a man on the charges of waging war and taking up arms against the state.

A bench consisting of Justice Ikramullah Khan and Justice Musarrat Hilali accepted an appeal of convict Karim Khan of Jamrud area in Khyber tribal district, who was enjugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
few years ago on the charge of being a member of the defunct Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
He was later convicted by the Jamrud APA on Oct 25, 2017, and was sentenced to life imprisonment under the Pakistain Penal Code’s sections 121 (waging war against the state), 121-A (conspiracy to wage war) and 122 (taking up arms against the state).

Shabbir Hussain Gigyani, lawyer for the appellant, said his client was arrested by security forces several years ago and had remained in their illegal custody before he was handed over to the then administration of Khyber region and was tried under the now repealed Frontier Crimes Regulation.

The lawyer said there were no specific allegations of terrorism against the appellant and that a joint investigation team had asked the administration to convict him without producing any evidence in that respect.

Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Iraq farmers go in night watches as mysterious fires hit wheat farms
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Wheat plantations in Iraq provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin are hit with a wave of mysterious fires as the country recently predicted a rebound in production, prompting farmers to go on night watches, according to local media.

Alsumaria News reported that the farmers were organizing night watches after the recent fires had eaten large portions of their farmlands in the towns of Jalawla, Maqdadiah and Qurra Tabba. It quoted an unnamed local official saying that while the farmers decry an absence of security authorities role in the issue, security point fingers to Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boys, admitting, in the same time, their inability to cover so big parts of lands.

Jassem Jabbara, an member of parliament, was quoted by Alsumaria News demanding compensations for the farmers and providing security protection for the plantations.

Iraq predicted in March its local wheat production to double to 4 million tons as rainfall frequency improved at areas out of the cultivation plans. That came after Iraq, a major rain importer, suffered severe water shortages over the past year, which prompted authorities to ban the cultivation of rice and other water-consumptive grains.

Iraq’s wheat production stood at 2.71 million tons in 2018. The government said recently it had purchased 883.000 tons of wheat from local farmers in nine provinces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 05/19/2019 9:07 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 05/19/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Gaza fire balloons got caught in updraft and were carried to Iraq.
Posted by: Penguin_of_ the_Desert || 05/19/2019 13:26 Comments || Top||

Iraqi military destroys Islamic State camp in Anbar
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that a camp of 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....
terrorist group was destroyed in Anbar province.

The camp was used by Islamic State gunnies for the purposes of training and storing ammunition and explosive charges, Ayn Al Iraq news website quoted the ministry as saying in a press statement.

The army troops also destroyed several terrorist hotbeds and seized a large cache of ammunition there, the statement read.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Mosul clearance continues: turbans burn 12 houses, 2 innocents kaboomed by cycle of violence
Islamic State militants set fire to 12 houses in Mosul

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi security source said on Saturday that the Islamic State terrorist group burned several houses at a village in Mosul city.

“Islamic State terrorists have set fire to 12 houses at the village of Tel Rumman in western Mosul, and then fled the scene into an unknown location,” the source told Alsumaria News TV channel.

The source explained that the security forces cordoned off the area and took strict measures.

Last week, an Iraqi mayor and five of his family were killed by Islamic State militants at the same village. The mayor was living at one of the burned houses. The mayor’s wife and one of his relatives were moved to a Mosul hospital, suffering from sever wounds.

Booby-trap blast leaves 2 people wounded in Iraq’s Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Two people were wounded Saturday in a booby-trap explosion in Mosul, northern Iraq, the former capital of Islamic State militancy.

Iraqi security media reported that two people were wounded in a booby-trapped motorbike explosion in Dawasa district, western Mosul, in which the statement labelled a terrorist attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Two masked suspects break into settlement, flee after encountering patrol
[IsraelTimes] Resident says Paleostinians cut through perimeter fence, intending to carry out terror attack; army confirms incident but has no info on motives.

Two masked suspects broke into a northern West Bank settlement Friday overnight, a resident of the town told The Times of Israel, before encountering an IDF patrol and fleeing.

An alarm went off in Migdalim at 1:30 a.m. Residents were told to remain in their homes with the doors locked, said the resident, who serves on a security squad.

Security camera footage retrieved by The Times of Israel shows two suspects inside the settlement of Migdalim after cutting through a perimeter fence.

The resident said he believed the two were Paleostinians planning to carry out an attack. The IDF confirmed the incident, saying the two suspects fled when soldiers shined a light on them before they fled. It did not comment on their motive.

On Friday Israeli settlers and Paleostinians clashed in the northern West Bank, with a rights group saying the Israelis damaged buildings and set fire to fields in a Paleostinian village. For their part, the locals from Yitzhar involved in the altercation said it began when residents from the village of Urif torched several of their fields.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
NPA leader and his son killed in Butuan battle
[Mindanao Times] A high-ranking commander of the New People's Army and his son were killed in an clash with Philippine soldiers in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte on the morning of May 11.

Military spokesman Francisco Molina identified the father as Gerardo “Hyde” Sembrano, alias Bong, the leader of the Front Operational Command, Guerrilla Front 4A of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee. His son was identified as Alvin Sembrano, alias Benot, a member of the NPA’s liquidation unit or Sparu. Both were killed during a five-minute encounter between the guerrillas and the soldiers.

Molina said that Bong was responsible for numerous crimes, atrocities, harassment, and extortion activities in Caraga. He had pending arrest warrants for murder, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, multiple attempted murder, robbery with frustrated homicide, and arson.

Bong also led the attack on detachments in San Mateo, Butuan City in 2018 and Dulag Patrol Base in Butuan City in 2017. He also reportedly led a team that torched construction equipment in 2017. Benot participated in several killings, extortion, and harassment in Butuan City and Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Three Philippine soldiers injured in ambush
[Inquirer] Three Philippine soldiers were injured in an ambush in the boundary of Barangay Sabong and Campo Uno in Lamitan City in Basilan on Thursday morning. Military spokesman Gerry Besana said the three personnel were on board two motorcycles when an unidentified armed group ambushed them.

Police spokesman Rufino Inot said the three soldiers came from the market in Lamitan City and were on their way back to their headquarters when the unidentified assailants repeatedly fired at them. Sixteen empty shells were recovered from the crime scene.

Besana said this was the first violent incident to happen in Basilan since the peaceful conduct of the midterm elections in the province.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

Syria says air defenses intercept Israeli missiles, in 2nd incident in 24 hours
[IsraelTimes] State TV says military shot down ’hostile targets coming from direction of occupied territories,’ a day after kabooms heard in vicinity of Iranian and Hezbollah facilities.

Syria claimed its air defenses on Saturday night shot down a number of missiles fired from Israel, for the second time in less than 24 hours.

The official SANA news agency said the military intercepted "hostile targets coming from direction of occupied territories." Syrian state TV said the missiles were shot down over Quneitra and near Damascus.

On Friday night, Syrian state TV reported sounds of kabooms near the capital, and aired footage of what it claimed were air defenses intercepting missiles fired from Israeli jets seen over Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights.

"Aerial defenses detected hostile targets coming from the direction of Quneitra and dealt with them," the official SANA news agency quoted a military source saying, referring to a Syrian town in the Golan Heights bordering Israel.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported several kabooms in the al-Kiswah area outside the city, in the vicinity of Iranian and Hezbollah storage facilities and air defense batteries. The group added that it was not immediately clear if the kabooms were caused by Israeli Arclight airstrikes or surface-to-surface missiles.

There was no response from the Israel Defense Forces, which rarely comments on reported strikes.

The Hebrew-language media reported Saturday night that Friday’s alleged strike was another episode in the confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria. Israel accuses Iran of seeking to set up a military presence in Syria that could be used to threaten the Jewish state.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
According to pro-opposition reports, the strikes targeted the First Division HQ of the Syrian Army Forces near al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. The site, some 50 km. from the Israeli border, is near Iranian and Hezbollah storage sites and air defense batteries.

Other local reports said the strikes targeted Iranian arms depots.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  The Israeli Air Force does not even have to leave Israeli air space to hit targets less than 100+ km from the border.

JSOW range is officially 130km.
Posted by: Jiggs Hupiting5931 || 05/19/2019 7:40 Comments || Top||

Who's in the News
8Islamic State
3Govt of Pakistan
3Govt of Iran
1Govt of Pakistain Proxies
1Govt of Iran Proxies
1Baloch Liberation Army
1Govt of Sudan
1Sublime Porte
1Palestinian Authority
1Govt of Syria

E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Gulf War I
The Way We Were


On Sale now!

A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Frank G

Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2019-05-19
  Islamic State in West Africa Forming ‘Jihadist Proto-State’ in Nigeria
Sat 2019-05-18
  Drone strike kills notorious ISIS leader and his fighters in East of Afghanistan
Fri 2019-05-17
  Fighting grips Hodeidah port, complicates peace moves
Thu 2019-05-16
  F-16 with live ordinance crashes in Riverside CA.
Wed 2019-05-15
  Iranian ballistic missile platforms in Basra city directed towards the Gulf, Exxon evacuating, German mil. trainers evacuating
Tue 2019-05-14
  The Latest: Norwegian Tanker's Hull Punctured off UAE Coast
Mon 2019-05-13
  Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
Sun 2019-05-12
  Security guard killed as terrorists storm Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar: ISPR
Sat 2019-05-11
  B-52s in Al Udeid AB Qatar
Fri 2019-05-10
  U.S. revokes citizenship of Portland mosque's imam for ties to ObL
Thu 2019-05-09
  Rotherham abuse scandal: 40 arrests made in last two months
Wed 2019-05-08
  Pompeo suddenly in Iraq
Tue 2019-05-07
  400-strong Christian mob attacks Muslim shops in Sri Lankan town hit by Easter bomb
Mon 2019-05-06
  19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
Sun 2019-05-05
  Iran money man zapped in Gaza

Better than the average link...

Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Background (16)    Non-WoT (13)    Opinion (7)    (0)    Politix (6)