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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 16:17 || Comments || Link || [336066 views] Top|| File under:

Suicide bomber shot dead in Nangarhar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A jacket wallah was rubbed out by the Afghan cops before he manage to carry out an attack in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office said the suicide bomber was rubbed out in Kot district earlier this morning.

Provincial security chief Gen. Zarawar Zahid quoted in a statement by the provincial government media office said the suicide bomber was looking to target the Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police forces.

Gen. Zahid further added that the suicide bomber was rubbed out after he was identified by security forces in Janjal Ghhodi area.

The anti-government armed holy warrior groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Talibs and murderous Moslems loyal to 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are actively operating in a number of remote districts of Nangarhar province.

Kot district is among the Nangarhar districts including Achin where the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group are having presence and conduct insurgency activities.

The police chief of Haska Mina district in Nangarhar lost his life in an attack carried out by the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group nearly a week ago.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Major Ganfouda site captured, but three soldiers killed in mortar attack
Three soldiers were killed when a shell exploded at the customs storage depot in Bengahzi’s Ganfuda district last night. Seven others were wounded. All were members of 309 Brigade, from Tobruk. Two of the wounded are in critical condition, Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed Mismari told the Libya Herald.

According to him, the brigade had moved into the depot on Thursday evening around the breaking of the fast at sunset, inflicting heavy losses on the remaining militants, both in terms of lives and equipment. IS forces, he said, had nonetheless managed fire mortars into the advancing troops.

Mismari meanwhile again warned residents not to return to Buatni, Sidi Faraj or Hawari until they were cleared on mines. The areas were littered with them, he said, and sappers were having difficulty dealing with them partly because of the scale of the problem and partly because they lacked sufficient equipment.

Yesterday also saw helicopter strikes on militant positions in Suq Al-Hout and, in a related development, the Libyan news agency LANA reported an LNA source claiming that an air raid had injured a top militant leader whom it named as Ahmed Hassan Almsheti.

According to the source, Almsheti is wanted in connection with several assassintions in 2013 and 2014, including that of American teacher Ronnie Smith, shot dead in December 2013 while out jogging in Benghazi.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336073 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

IS suicide bomber wounds two in Sirte
Two soldiers with the Bunyan Marsous operations room were wounded in an Islamic State suicide bombing this morning on a road in the Sirte area.

According to the operations room, which did not mention the exact location of the incident, the suicide bomber blew up the vehicle before he managed to get near any of its troops.

Yesterday, an IS suicide bomber managed to kill ten members of the security forces at the police station at Abu Grain.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Kills 24 in Northeastern Nigeria
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Twenty-four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on mourners near the town of Gulak in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, a local community leader told AFP on Friday.

The attack happened in Kuda village at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday "killing 24 people and injuring several others", said Maina Ularamu, a former local government chairman in nearby Madagali.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Boko Haram militants kill seven police in attack in Niger: military
[REUTERS] 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...
gunnies killed seven soldiers and injured others in military barracks in southeastern Niger and stole weapons, the Nigeria-based radical group said in a statement on Friday, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Before the statement was issued, military sources had said that gunnies from Boko Haram attacked a town in Niger while a delegation of ministers were visiting, killing seven gendarmes and wounding 12 in a shootout. They said none of the ministers had been hurt.

The attack happened on Thursday in a region that hosts refugees and internally displaced people who have been forced from their homes by the Islamist bad boys, officials said.

Boko Haram said in the statement that "a detachment from the soldiers of the Caliphate carried out an attack on military barracks of the Nigerien apostate army in the town of Ghafam in the area of Diffa ... A quantity of weapons and various ammunition was taken as spoils."

Neighboring Chad has sent troops to help Niger in a planned counterattack against Boko Haram after the gunnies seized the southern Niger town of Bosso in an attack that killed 26 soldiers.

Niger's government has called on former colonial power La Belle France, which already has 3,500 troops spread across five countries in West Africa, to strengthen military operations against the Nigeria-based Boko Haram and other holy warriors.

Niger's defense minister, Hassoumi Messaoudou, told Radio La Belle France International on Friday that regional leaders needed to "rethink Boko Haram" and called on regional forces to defeat the group in Nigeria.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336068 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Three killed in 'shootouts', part the third
An alleged robber
Well, technically he's now a dead alleged robber...
was killed in a “gunfight”
Even the writers in B-desh know it wasn't really a gunfight...
with police at Satighata Bazar on the Jessore-Manirampur road in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
No doubt the Lavender mod will tell me where that is...
Far northeastern Bangladesh, on the border with Myanmar.
That's on the map, same as everywhere else in the world, O pink one.
That's salmon, dammit!
And this is periwinkle, an equally old fashioned but differently purple flower.
The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Nor will it be known until some poor mother comes to the morgue looking for her wayward son...
Elias Hossain, officer-in-charge of Jessore Kotwali Police Station, said on information that a gang of robbers were preparing to commit robbery on the road,
...where the pickings were better than in a banana grove...
a team of police conducted a drive there around 2:30am.
Lining them up and mowing them down...
Sensing the presence of the police, the robbers opened fire on them, prompting the police to fire back. One of the robbers was injured in the gun battle, while his associates managed to flee the scene, he added.
You'd think by now the Bangla-coppers would like, oh, throw a cordon around the road, or the banana grove, or wherever, and catch the associates? But no-o-o-o-o, it never happens, does it?
The injured robber was rushed
to Jessore Medical College Hospital
Not a Level 1 trauma center, but that doesn't matter because...
where doctors declared him dead.
Busy night for Dr. Quincy...
Police claimed to have recovered some sharp weapons and a piece of rope from the spot.
The rope was on the spot because that's what had been used to bind the wrists of our unfortunate unknown robber just before he was caught in the crossfire...
Posted by: Steve White || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336073 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Huzzahs all around for old school goodness!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/18/2016 6:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "O pink one"

Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2016 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks, I needed a laugh.
Posted by: brujotejano || 06/18/2016 11:01 Comments || Top||

Three killed in 'shootouts', part the second
An alleged robber was killed in a “gunfight” between his cohorts and police at Bariura in Sarail upazila early yesterday.
Bariura? Do they have any good restaurants there?
Define good. Then define restaurant. There I think is intuitively obvious at this point.
The deceased, Jibon Miah, 30, was the son of Maharam Miah in Munshihati village in the upazila.
Poor Ma, not even mentioned at the time of sonny boy's untimely passing...
Being tipped off
Mahmoud the Weasel feathers his 403b...
that a gang of robbers were preparing to commit robbery
Because that's what robbers do, you know...
Dhaka-Sylhet highway, a team of police conducted a raid there around 2:00am,
That's why this is part 2 of our story...
claimed Rupak Kumar Saha, officer-in-charge of Sarail Police Station.
It's a good claim. You going to argue with him?
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers,
Oh, how their spidy-senses tingled!
the robbers opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate, he said, adding that Jibon died on the spot.
The big spot on the road with the blood stains, right where Rubel died earlier that night...
Jibon stood accused in nine robbery cases, police said.
So he beat the odds on robbery a few times...
A homemade gun, seven bullets and three sharp weapons were recovered from the spot, said Sub-Inspector Abdul Alim.
If only Jibon had thought to get an Armalite concession instead of making homemade guns...
Three policemen -- constables Johirul Islam, Abdul Aziz and Robiul Islam -- of Sarail Police Station were injured in the incident, police claimed.
Padding the workmans comp claims?
Posted by: Steve White || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A homemade gun, seven bullets and three sharp weapons were recovered from the spot

Can we assume ol' Jibon was not the sharpest weapon in the drawer?
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/18/2016 11:28 Comments || Top||

Three killed in 'shootouts', part the first
Three people, including the prime accused in a police official murder case, were killed in “shootouts” with law enforcers in Pabna, Brahmanbaria and Jessore yesterday.
Patience, dear reader, we'll get to all of them...
*happy sigh*
The dead are Rubel Hossain and Jibon.
Jibon who?
Identity of another deceased could not be known.
Known but to God, and likely mourned by Him alone...
Rubel, son of Idris Ali of Diar Baghoil village in Pabna's Ishwardi upazila, was the prime accused on twelve systems in the Assistant Town Sub-inspector (ATSI) Sujaul Islam Suja murder case, police said. Suja was found dead on a field near Pakshey Railway Station on October 5 last year. He was posted at the Pakshey police camp.
Whacked a Bangla cop? I'm a little surprised the RAB didn't take care of Rubel themselves...
Ishwardi Police Station's Officer-in-Charge Biman Kumar Das said law enforcers arrested Rubel from near his home around 11:00pm on Tuesday. Later, a police team along with Rubel conducted a drive to arrest his associate Ibra Hossain.
These stories just write themselves...
“When police reached Natunpara area near the Padma river
Just try finding that on a map...
around 11:30pm,
Isn't that a little early? Or was the Natunapara area booked solid? It's like with June weddings...
Rubel's associates opened fire on them,
"Cheez, it's the law! Open random, aimless fire!"
forcing the law enforcers to fire back,” he said.
"Forced" is perhaps not the right word, but perhaps the Bangla police translator didn't know the right word...
Rubel was caught in the line of fire
...between the two cops putting one behind each ear...
and died on the spot,
"Which spot?"
"THAT spot!"
while his accomplices managed to flee the scene.
As if they'd never been there in the first place...
His body was sent to Pabna Medical College morgue for an autopsy.
"Here's another one for you Dr. Quincy!"
"Great Sam, stack him in the back with the others."
Sub-Inspector Hasan Toufik and three constables were slightly injured in the incident, police claimed.
A hernia, a boo-boo, a hang-nail and a bruised ego...
One firearm and two bullets were recovered from the spot, the OC claimed.
But no shutter gun, that's reserved for the RAB. Sergeant Choudhry makes sure of that...
Posted by: Steve White || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Inlines gone wild Figure Doc musta be covering a night shift..
Posted by: Shipman || 06/18/2016 6:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Ima wanna be a Sub-inspector ever since I first read Jules Verne
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2016 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  needs more shutter gun!

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Nguard || 06/18/2016 13:10 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Six militants, four security officers killed in Dagestan
[RFE/RL] Four security officers and six militants have been killed in Dagestan. Local law enforcement officials say the casualties are the result of two separate counter-terror operations conducted on June 17.

Preliminary investigations indicate that one of the militants killed might be Gasan Abdullayev, a commander of Islamist militants wanted since 2009 for his involvement in a series of attacks against security forces. Officials say Abdullayev was also known for publicly pledging allegiance to Daesh.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

New suspect charged over Brussels attacks
[IsraelTimes] 30-year-old Youssef E.A accused of involvement in March 22 attacks that killed 32 people at Brussels airport and metro station.

A Belgian man has been tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
and charged in connection with 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....
suicide kabooms that killed 32 people in Brussels in March, prosecutors said late Friday.

The 30-year-old, named as Youssef E.A, is one of several charged over the March 22 attacks that struck Brussels airport and a city metro station. The man has been charged with "participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to terrorist murders, as a perpetrator, co-perpetrator of accomplice", Belgium’s federal prosecutor said.

It added in a statement that several suspects linked to the bombings took part in a reconstruction Friday at an apartment in the Brussels suburb of Etterbeek. The flat is believed to have been "used as a safehouse" by the attackers and as the point of departure for the attack at Maalbeek metro station, the statement said.

Osama Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin who has been charged over both the Brussels bombings and November’s jihadist attacks in Gay Paree, took part in the reconstruction. He is suspected of buying the bags used for the Brussels suicide kabooms. Caught on CCTV minutes before the metro bombing alongside suicide kaboomer Khalid El-Bakraoui, he decided not to go ahead with detonating his own device, according to his lawyer Vincent Lurquin.

Brothers Smail and Ibrahim Farisi, 31 and 27 years old respectively, also assisted with the reconstruction. They are suspected of renting the flat to the attackers and cleaning it a day after the bombings.

A 31-year-old man arrested in June, identified by prosecutors as "Ali E.H.A" and named by media as Ali El Haddad Asufi, has also been linked to the apartment and took part in the simulation.

Bilal El Makhoukhi, a 27-year-old Brussels resident arrested in April, also took part, although his suspected role in the Belgium attacks is not clear. He was sentenced to five years in jail in 2014 after going on trial alongside several members of Sharia4Belgium,
...the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...
a group that sent jihadists to Syria. He is reported to have been injured fighting in the war-torn country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || [336090 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A Swede of Syrian origin living in Belgium.

Sounds legit
Posted by: Shipman || 06/18/2016 6:59 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Hacker Pleads Guilty to Giving Stolen US Military Data to ISIS
[PCMagazine] A pro-ISIS hacker this week pleaded guilty to stealing more than 1,000 military personnel files and sharing them with the terrorist group.

According to the Department of Justice, 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi (a.k.a. Th3Dir3ctorY) admitted to gaining high-level access to an unnamed US company's client list last summer. The Kosovo native provided that data to a member of ISIS, who tweeted the personal details of 1,300 US military personnel in the name of the Islamic State Hacking Division (ISHD).
The article links to a US Justice Department release, which has more details here.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/18/2016 00:29 || Comments || Link || [336067 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Did he aby any chance hack Hillary's email messages on her home grown server?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/18/2016 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  My guess is that ISIS already had Hillary's emails.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/18/2016 11:29 Comments || Top||

15 Iraqi militia die in fighting in Tuz Khurmatu
ISIS has killed 15 members of the local security forces in attacks on villages in northern Iraq, officials said on Friday.

The attack was launched late Thursday on villages west of the restive town of Tuz Khurmatu, which lies in an ethnically mixed area 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Baghdad.

The ensuing clashes killed 15 members of the police, of a Turkmen paramilitary organization and of the Kurdish peshmerga.

“Twelve people, six members of the police and six of the Hashed al-Turkmani were killed in the fighting against Daesh (ISIS),” said Abu Ridha al-Najjar, the local leader of the Turkmen group.

“The attack began in Birahmed area last night,” he said of a cluster of villages west of Tuz Khurmatu.

The Hashed al-Turkmani is a local branch of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a national umbrella organisation dominated by Tehran-backed Shiite militias.

In and around Tuz Khurmatu and other areas in Iraq’s Turkmen heartland, Shiite Turkmen fighters belonging to these militias fight under the banner of the Hashed al-Turkmani.

Mullah Karim Shakur, a local peshmerga official, said three Kurdish fighters were also killed in the fighting.

The attack was claimed by ISIS in an online statement. The jihadists still hold nearby areas, such as the town of Hawijah and parts of the Hamreen mountain range.

Tuz Khurmatu is in an area theoretically under Baghdad’s authority, but the autonomous northern region of Kurdistan has a military presence there and claims the area as its own.

The town has been the scene of deadly skirmishes between Shiite Turkmen and Kurdish forces in recent months.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IS)

Iraqi Special Forces Retake Fallujah Government Building
[Iraq Sun] Forces soldiers recaptured a Fallujah city municipal building from 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....
fighters Friday after a nearly month-long battle to reach the city's core.

Once a stronghold for IS krazed killers, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led Arclight airstrikes, have been able to push IS out of the city center, marking a symbolic victory for the coalition forces, Iraq's federal police chief said.

"The liberation of the government compound, which is the main landmark in the city, symbolizes the restoration of the state's authority" in Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
he said.

IS captured Fallujah in 2014, but after heavy fighting over the past month, Iraqi forces have been able to retake nearly half of the city. In this latest offensive, troops entered the city around 6 a.m. and were met by very little resistance from the IS krazed killers.

"There is a mass flight of ISIS (IS) to the west that explains this lack of resistance. There are only pockets of them left and we are hunting them down," Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi said.

According to security officials, many IS members fled the city this week in the run-up to the offensive by posing as civilians fleeing the conflict.

Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Had to get to the safe with the payoff money.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2016 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  American blood was spilled in that so-called town. We captured it in 2003 and again in 2004 and Obama gave it back in 2011...that worked out well for the most nuanced, stupidest, smallest, arrogant, and narcissistic President in modern times. I hope they raze the place to the ground, salt the earth and plow it under.
Posted by: Tennessee || 06/18/2016 0:52 Comments || Top||

#3  At the least, it'll be a Shiite town when its all over.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/18/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS
[FOXNEWS] Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as 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....
terror group's grip crumbled after weeks of fighting.

Thousands of trapped residents took advantage of the Lion of Islams' retreat to flee, some swimming across the Euphrates River to safety.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it was "too early to tell" if Iraqi forces control all of the city. "There is still some fighting to be done."

Carter said the U.S. military supported the Iraqi forces with advise and air support.

As many as 42,000 people have left Fallujah since the military operation against Fallujah began in late May, according to the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
. The Iraqi operation to retake Ramadi left that city largely in ruins. The city once was home to nearly half a million people, but the violence forced most of them to flee.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Wait, WTF is the ending paragraph about? And if it comes to advise and air support, take the air support.

Hell, does anyone on this team know how to play the game edit?

/Cazie Strengel OBE, LSMFT, Esquire

Posted by: Shipman || 06/18/2016 7:11 Comments || Top||

Turkish Air Force bombing northern Iraq
Turkish Air Force is bombing the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group in northern Iraq, said the message from the General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces. Turkish Air Force has destroyed 14 strongholds of the terrorists, according to the message.

Earlier, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will continue military operations against the PKK until the terrorist group is completely destroyed.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives. The UN and the European Union listed the PKK as a terrorist organization.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  They bomb the untermenschen and say they're fighting ISIS...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/18/2016 12:15 Comments || Top||

Firebombs damage home in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv
[IsraelTimes] Police increase security around city, search for perpetrators, set up roadblock in neighboring Jabel Mukaber.

Police tightened security around Jerusalem Friday after four Molotov cocktails were thrown at a house in the capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood overnight.

Damage was inflicted to the home on Meir Nakar Street. Police dispatched to the area to search for suspects incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
four Paleostinians, residents of the West Bank city of Hebron, on suspicion of illegally entering Israel.

An investigation was opened into the incident and to locate the perpetrators of the attack.

Police also blocked off a main thoroughfare in the adjacent Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber and set up a checkpoint "in order to allow residents to go back to conducting their ordinary daily routine while protected from life-threatening lawbreakers," a spokesperson said in a statement.

Armon Hanatziv has been the scene of several terrorist attacks since violence erupted last September, including a deadly stabbing on a public bus that left three dead. Last month, two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in the East Jerusalem neighborhood.

Overnight clashes between Palestinian security forces and militants in Jenin

[Ynet] Paleostinian security forces clashed Thursday night with gunnies in Jenin refugee camp. Paleostinian forces raided the camp after the release from prison of the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
activist Yahya al-Saadi, the son of a senior member of the organization, Bassam al-Saadi. No casualties were reported.

Second Friday prayers of Ramadan end in Jerusalem without incident

[IsraelTimes] Israel permits 300 Paleostinians from Gazoo and 53,000 from West Bank to worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque on month-long fast.

The permits issued for Friday were the regular weekly quota for worshipers at Al-Aqsa, and not the originally planned increased numbers for Ramadan, said a spokeswoman for COGAT, the Defense Ministry unit which manages civilian affairs for Paleostinians in the West Bank and liaises with Gazoo.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || [336094 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf release gruesome decapitation video
[AsiaOne] The Abu Sayyaf released a gruesome video showing the beheading of Canadian hostage Robert Hall. The video starts off with two terrorists standing over Hall, who is made to kneel down before them, with the Daesh flag in the background. The 90-second video appeared to have been shot in the jungle.

During his last moments, Hall is seen wearing an orange t-shirt and black sweatpants, and his hands seemed to be tied behind his back. One of the terrorists held Hall's head while the other hand is seen holding a knife. Throughout the video, another terrorist, wearing a ski mask, stands behind Hall and recites an Arabic prayer, which lasted about 45 seconds.

Immediately after that, Hall is forced to the ground while the terrorist with the machete proceeds to hack off his head. As this is happening, Hall can be heard groaning. Hall's severed head is then held up and paraded in front of the camera while the terrorists shout Allahu Akbar several times.

It is believed that the video was taken in Jolo. Preliminary intelligence reports indicated Hall was beheaded ten minutes after a 3 p.m. deadline lapsed in the mountains outside Jolo's Patikul town.

In Manila, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's national security adviser said Duterte's new government would "take a stronger action against lawlessness in the south".

Hermogenes Esperon said, "We cannot allow this situation to continue, this should end once and for all."
Posted by: ryuge || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336071 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

Maoist militants release video of captive police chief
[Mindanao Examiner] Maoist militants have released a video clip of a Philippine police officer they captured during a raid last month in Davao Oriental province as proof he was still alive and said the captive is being investigated for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The New People's Army militants have declared Chief Inspector Arnold Olgachen, police commander in Generoso town, to be a prisoner of war. He is currently being investigated by a kangaroo court after a packet of methamphetamine or shabu was allegedly seized from him by the insurgents.

Rebel spokesman Rigoberto Sanchz said, "POW Olgachen is currently being investigated for his involvement in the unbridled illegal drug trade in Governor Generoso town and in Davao Oriental."

In the video clip, Olgachen introduced himself as Generoso's police chief and went on to say that he is being fed and treated fairly by his captors.

He said, "I am PCI Arnold Olgachen, Chief of Police of Governor Generoso Municipal Police Station, which was attacked last May 29, 2016. I am currently a prisoner of war of the NPA. I am doing okay, they did not harm me. They treat me humanely, they provide food for me. I am hoping they will release, that is my request to them."

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has given up efforts to secure Olgachen's safe release after learning from the NPA that militants confiscated drugs from the police officer.

Duterte, who has publicly declared war on illegal drugs, said Ongachen's fate is now up to the insurgents. He said, "You have a kangaroo court. Sentence him to 20 years of hard labor. I said I'd be harsh (on illegal drugs). I'm sorry for that guy."
Posted by: ryuge || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  So basically all the NPA has to do is lie about drugs and president Director is gonna let them kill who they want? What a ___________.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/18/2016 12:20 Comments || Top||

Buddhist shot in front of his home in southern Thailand
[ThaiPBS] A Buddhist Thai civilian was shot and injured as he was sitting in front of his house in Pattani province Thursday evening and a police car which rushed to investigate the attack was hit by a roadside bomb explosion.

The victim, Sanan Maprasom, was later rushed to the Yaring district hospital for treatment and doctors later reported that he was safe. Police said the suspected militant, riding on the pillion of a motorcycle, opened fire at Sanan's house with an automatic rifle and sped away.

A police squad from Ratapanyang police station was rushed to the crime scene to investigate. While their armor-plated pick-up truck was approaching the area, a roadside bomb blew up, causing damage to the vehicle, but the men escaped unhurt.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Reports: 'Fierce Clashes' between Hizbullah, Regime Forces in Aleppo
[AnNahar] Verbal disputes between 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...
and its ally the Syrian army escalated into unprecedented "fierce festivities" in the past two days in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, a media report said on Friday.

"Several fighters from both sides were killed, amid reports that groups of Hizbullah fighters were bombed by regime warplanes," the Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat reported.

And as Syrian opposition source noted that "it is not the first time that the two allies engage in festivities," the Syrian opposition's National Coalition official Samir Nashar told the newspaper that "the fighting resulted from an exchange of sectarian insults and mutual accusations of betrayal on the battlefield."

The festivities led to "the death of an officer and seven members of the regime forces, who responded by shelling the Nubol and al-Zahraa area in the northern countryside," Nashar said, adding that the fighting also "spread to Aleppo's southern countryside, especially the al-Hader region and the areas around Khan Touman."

Another National Coalition source told Asharq al-Awsat that "the disputes between the two sides are not new."

"They are the result of Hizbullah's acting as an occupation force in addition to its prevention of regime troops ‐ who have a habit of trashing and robbing houses ‐ from approaching or entering the areas that fall under the control" of the regime and its allies, the source said.

Separately, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday that at least 14 Hizbullah fighters have been killed and 20 others maimed in 72 hours of festivities with the Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-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 .. ...
Front, Islamist fighters and rebels in Aleppo's southern countryside.

Hizbullah's intervention in the conflict alongside regime forces has helped Damascus achieve several military victories and allowed the party to clear most of the Lebanese-Syrian border region from rebels and jihadists.

Since 2013, the Lebanese, Iran-backed party has sent thousands of combatants -- between 5,000 and 6,000, according to the expert on Hizbullah Waddah Sharara -- to help the regime fight both rebels and jihadists.

They send 2,000 fighters at a time in rotation, Sharara says.

Experts say Hizbullah has lost 1,000 to 2,000 fighters in the conflict, including senior commanders.
Update from An Nahar at 4:10 p.m. ET: Hizb'allah sez reports of clashes are lies spread by malicious lying liars just to make themselves and their mean friends feel better.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/18/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || [336107 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Now, that's popcorn!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/18/2016 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Ta hell with popcorn, this is shrimp fried jalapeño city!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/18/2016 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  I think I heard the Israeli laughter from here.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/18/2016 8:07 Comments || Top||

#4  "Let's you and him fight"

*steps back*
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2016 10:15 Comments || Top||

12 Kurds die in fighting with Iranian troops
Just a reminder that the Kurds have lots of enemies.
ERBIL – Clashes erupted in the city of Shanu in western Iran on Friday, where Kurdish rebels attacked an Iranian army base, officials sources reported.

The Peshmerga fighters of Iranian Kurdistan launched an offensive on government troops near the Hamza army base in Shanu, which led to heavy clashes.

“The Kurdish fighters hit the army base with several mortar shells, killing at least three Iranian forces and wounding a dozen more,” spokesman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) Dara Natiq told ARA News.

“The Iranian army responded to the attack by using heavy weapons, targeting the Peshmerga positions,” Natiq said.

The clashes resulted in the death and injury of 12 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, according to the official source.

“The ongoing operations by the Peshmergas are aimed at showing the Iranian authorities our ability to infiltrate into their power centres,” Natiq told ARA News. “The tyrannical government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has left the Kurds no other choice than taking up arms and fighting for their rights.”

Meanwhile, leadership of the governmental Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG) said in a statement on Friday evening that their forces were able to repel the offensive, describing it as a “terror attack”.

“The clashes of Hamza army base have ended, and the terrorists were forced to retreat,” IRG official spokesman Mohammed Bakbur said.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

ISIS holdouts continue to hold Mabij
KOBANE – The Islamic State group (ISIS) is still fighting hard to keep Manbij city in northern Syria, and so far fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have not entered the city, US Colonel Christopher Garver, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, said about the ongoing Manbij operation.

The SDF-led Manbij Military Council last Monday announced the final phase of the Manbij campaign to capture the city and to save the civilians trapped inside the city, after capturing more than 1,000 km2s from ISIS.

According to US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the Manbij operation “is particularly critical for helping to seal the Turkish border and cut off the flow of foreign fighters in and out of Syria — a challenge that affects all NATO member nations.”

US-led coalition spokesperson Colonel Garver said so far no Kurdish or Arab fighters have entered the city.

“Nobody on the attack has gotten into the city yet. They are around Manbij. They still have to fight their way up to the city,” Garver said.

“It’s hard to rate their [ISIS] effort one way or another. They’re still fighting hard to try to keep Manbij,” he said. “The SDF forces have encircled Manbij, closed those lines of communications running out of Manbij. So we’ve seen forces kind of flowing back into the city.”

“The fighting for Manbij has continued to be significant and at times heavy. Daesh [ISIS] continues to defend the area with machine guns, indirect fire, and IEDs,” Garver added.

The US coalition spokesperson said hundreds of ISIS fighters are still in Manbij and they’re continuing to defend the city. “There are also indications that Daesh may be holding large groups of civilians as hostages and forcefully compelling citizens into fighting for them, as we have certainly seen before.”

However, the SDF-led Manbij Military Council has been exercising great care in its application of firepower against Daesh in the city to avoid collateral damage and especially civilian casualties, the coalition said.

Colonel Garver also denied rumours that the coalition gave the SDF restrictions to stay 15 to 50 kilometers away from the Turkish border to appease Turkish concerns.

“It’s inaccurate, because the plan to reseize Manbij and clean Daesh out of that area is an SDF plan. It is not a coalition plan,” he added.

“We’re providing support, we help negotiate with the Turkish government and the other forces involved in the area. But it is not a coalition plan… it is an SDF plan,” he said. “So, if any YPG [People’s Protection Units] unit or any of the other forces that are a member of the SDF wanted to move somewhere, they would clear that through their chain of command,” he said.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336071 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Aid convoy reaches 37,500 in Homs
An aid convoy carrying food, medicines and other emergency supplies for 37,500 people has reached al Waer, a besieged suburb of the Syrian city of Homs, a U.N. aid agency said on Friday.

“The convoy to al Waer was completed late last night and the team has returned safely to their base,” Jens Laerke, spokesman for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said. A second convoy, to supply the rest of the estimated 75,000 people in al Waer, is planned in the next few days.

A separate convoy, to Afrin in northern Aleppo, had also gone ahead but a delivery to the Damascus suburb of Kafr Batna had not, due to “last minute logistical complications”. The U.N. hoped it would proceed in the next few days, Laerke said.

The delivery to al Waer means only two besieged areas are still out of reach since the countries backing the U.N. peace process launched a weekly “humanitarian taskforce” meeting to push for better aid access in March.

The U.N. hopes to send convoys to the last two areas – Arbin and Zamalka in outlying suburbs of Damascus – within days, U.N. humanitarian advisor Jan Egeland said on Thursday, although the U.N. and Syrian government disagree how many people are there.

Egeland said aid agencies need sustained access to civilians, rather than the familiar “stop-go” situation whereby Syria’s government switches approvals for convoys on and off and some aid convoys get only conditional or partial clearance.

He noted that not a single siege had been lifted, despite apparent progress in aid access this month.

Riad Hijab, coordinator of the opposition High Negotiations Committee, said al Waer, the only part of Homs city not under government control, was on the brink of humanitarian disaster, and blamed the U.N. for capitulating to the government’s “siege and starvation tactics”.

“Al Waer’s residents have come under enormous pressure – because of dire humanitarian conditions, bombardment and starvation imposed by the Assad regime – to agree to a local truce.

“The United Nations Damascus office has helped the regime enforce the terms of this truce”, he said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

A campaign group this week accused the United Nations of letting the Syrian government dictate how aid is distributed, effectively allowing it to use starvation as a weapon of war.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336074 views] Top|| File under:

7 Civilians Injured in New Terrorist Rocket Attack in Aleppo
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Seven civilians were maimed in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Khalediya neighborhood in Aleppo city, according to SANA.

In a statement to SANA, a source at Aleppo Police Command said that faceless myrmidons targeted with rocket shells al-Khalediya neighborhood in Aleppo city, injuring 7 people who were rushed to the city’s hospitals for treatment.

The source added that the attack caused also material damage to the citizens’ houses and properties.

Since the cessation of hostilities agreement came into effect on February 27 2016, terrorist groups had breached it 677 times, with most of the breaches in Aleppo and Damascus countryside.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336073 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Syrian Edtion

ISIS extremists execute whole family for trying to escape Manbij city
I wonder if Allah will eventually be found to have declared them all martyrs for Islam, and taken them straight up to Paradise?
URFA – Militants of the Islamic State group (ISIS) on Friday executed six civilians from one family for trying to escape the city of Manbij in northern Syria, activists reported.

ISIS jihadis arrested members of the al-Darj family while trying to flee the war-torn city of Manbij heading to Aleppo.

“They were executed by firing squad in front of hundreds of Manbij residents. There were two children among the victims,” local media activist Nasser Taljbini told ARA News.

“By executing the family in public, the ISIS radical group was trying to deliver a message to all civilians who are still residing the city of Manbij, threatening anyone who would leave to face a similar fate,” Taljbini said.

ISIS has been using civilians as human shields in the military operations in Manbij, local sources told ARA News.

This comes amid continued clashes between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Manbij city.

The SDF is trying to close the 98-km border pocket of Manbij that has been used by ISIS for years to move its jihadis in and out of Syria.
Posted by: badanov || 06/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Waiting for the Muslim Clive Staples L. Suspect it might be awhile
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