They build up on the Moroccan side of the border, then when spirit moves — a couple times a year, generally hundreds at a time — Morocco lets them storm the barbed wire surrounding the seaside enclave.
[France24] A gunman went on a terrifying rampage in a gay bar and surrounding streets in Oslo on Saturday, killing two people and seriously injuring 10 on the day the city's LGBTQ community was due to celebrate its annual Pride parade.
The victims were shot inside and outside the London Pub, a well-known gay bar and nightclub open since 1979, as well as at one other bar in the centre of the Norwegian capital. "I saw a man arrive with a bag, he picked up a gun and started to shoot," said journalist Olav Roenneberg of public broadcaster NRK, who was in the area. "Then I saw the windows breaking and understood that I had to take cover."
A suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin,
...France24 is the first source I am aware of that had anything to report about the identity of the miscreant...
was detained minutes after, according to police who said they believed he acted alone. Two weapons, including a fully automatic gun, were retrieved from the crime scene, they added. "vibrant and diverse"
"There is reason to think that this may be a hate crime," officers told a news conference. "We are investigating whether the Pride was a target in itself or whether there are other motives." Oslo police spokesman Rune Hekkelstrand told Reuters the attack was also being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.
...making it a Page 1: War on Terror post. Otherwise they would have talked about mental health issues.
Update at 6:25 p.m. ET, courtesy of Skidmark in comments, because this gives us the miscreant’s name for future searches:
Why is this in non-WOT? Attack on a gay pride parade by an Iranian immigrant. Authorities in Norway say it was an Islamic terrorist. If it had happened in the US they would say they're still looking for a motive.
I’m having trouble getting going today, but after reading the article, I agree. Moved to Page 1. Usually the authorities in Scandinavia avoid mentioning anything that might suggest that their Moslem colonists act like conquering hordes.
Rantburg teamwork at its best: I saw articles on the story last night that did not suggest it was interesting to us here at Rantburg. Besoeker — very early in the morning, because he is just that good — found an article with better information and posted it. jpal challenged the filing with a cogent summary of critical points, and Skidmark nailed it home this evening from the Daily Mail.
[Dawn] As Pak officials ticked items off their to-do list for submission of report to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on the implementation of the action plan for getting out of its ’grey-list’, something that strengthened their case was the conviction and sentencing of top Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... (LeT) terrorist Sajid Majeed Mir.
Mir, 44, who allegedly directed the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore, in the first week of this month, to 15 and a half years in jail after convicting him in a terror financing case. He was also fined Rs420,000. He is currently serving sentence in Kot Lakhpat jail, according to a source.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... on Friday claimed the killing of a commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in an intelligence operation in Sulaimani province, state media reported.
Turkey's state-owned Anadolu Agency identified the commander as Delal Azizoglu, code-named "Raperin" while attributing her death to a National Intelligence Agency (MIT) operation in Sulaimani.
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... Ankara did not disclose further details on the date of the operation nor where in Sulaimani was it exactly conducted.
The PKK has not confirmed the commander's death.
Ottoman Turkish drones have targeted Sulaimani province twice from May 21 to June 17, killing at least two PKK members.
The MIT said they had killed PKK commander Mehmet Dogan in one of the attacks, which targeted Sulaimani's Aghjalar sub district last month.
The aforementioned offense received condemnation by Sulaimani province's ruling Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
A Ottoman Turkish drone last week targeted a car carrying PKK members in Garmiyan administration's town of Kalar in Sulaimani, killing the deputy chairman of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria’s (AANES) executive council.
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06/25/2022 02:15 ||
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[Rudaw] At least one rocket targeted Khor Mor gas field, run by UAE-based Dana Gas in Sulaimani’s Chamchamal district, officials and a field employee told Rudaw on Friday in the second such attack in under a week.
A fire fighting team are putting out the fire caused by the attack, the source who preferred to stay anonymous said.
Sdiq Mohammed, head of Qadir Karam subdistrict in Chamchamal district confirmed the attack to Rudaw saying no casualties or injuries have been reported.
Ahmed Mufti, Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) natural resources deputy minister said an operations room have been formed with the security forces and that they were on their way to the area of the incident.
He later told news hounds that there is "no possibility" of Dana Gas leaving the field as "such incidents have taken place in the past as well."
The extent of the damage is still unclear.
The attack comes two days after a Katyusha rocket hit the field on Wednesday, slightly injuring two contractors.
Dana Gas said in a disclosure on Thursday said that "no damage occurred and production operations continued normally without interruption."
Khor Mor field produces 452 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, according to Dana Gas.
The Kurdistan Region has been facing an unprecedented scale of rocket and drone attacks since the start of the year. They are mostly blamed on Iran-backed militia groups.
At least two rockets targeted Peshmerga positions in Nineveh province on Tuesday, stated the Kurdistan Region’s counter-terrorism, without resulting in any casualties or material damage.
[Rudaw] Security forces in northeast Syria (Rojava) launched an operation in the infamous al-Hol camp on Friday arresting several people suspected of carrying out liquidations as violence continues to surge in the camp, a conflict monitor reported.
The notorious al-Hol camp in Rojava’s Hasaka province continues to experience violence, with liquidations in the camp largely attributed to Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) affiliates.
As a result of the security campaign, three suspects were arrested within the squalid camp, which has reported five deaths since the beginning of June, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The camp has been branded a breeding ground for terrorism, with Kurdish and Iraqi authorities describing the sprawling camp as a "ticking time bomb," saying the situation in the camp is "very dangerous" with ISIS sleeper cells roaming the area.
Security forces frequently launch operations to arrest ISIS affiliates at the camp.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ISIS had killed nine Syrian soldiers in eastern Syria.
The attack is the latest in a series in the area.
According to SOHR, 30 Syrian soldiers were killed this week by the terrorist organization.
The festivities erupted on Wednesday in a remote area of Raqa province and killed seven terrorists, SOHR said.
Also, a bus carrying members of the Syrian army and allied forces was attacked on the desert road linking the cities of Raqa and Homs, leaving at least 15 dead.
The monitor also said that on Wednesday, another four soldiers were killed in an ISIS ambush near Dumayr military airport, east of Damascus, and two more were killed earlier this week in the Raqa region.
It is worth noting that ISIS keeps carrying out guerrilla-style attacks against the Syrian regime and Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria, as well as against government and allied troops in Iraq.
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06/25/2022 00:00 ||
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The de-escalation zone in Syria's northwest witnesses mutual shelling between the government forces and the opposition factions despite existing Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement. https://t.co/MBXWBJwJaM
[An Nahar] President Michel Aoun ...president of Leb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hizbullah... stressed Friday the Paleostinians' right to return to their homeland and build their independent state, as he met Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, leader Ismail Haniyeh ...became Prime Minister of Gaza after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank... in Baabda.
Haniyeh said, after the meeting, that he refuses the naturalization of Paleostinian refugees in Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... and the idea of an alternative homeland.
"I have told President Aoun that we refuse displacement," Haniyeh added, stressing on "the right to return to Paleostine."
"The Israeli occupation does not differentiate between a Moslem and a Christian in Paleostine, especially in Jerusalem," Haniyeh told Aoun.
He also expressed his solidarity with Lebanon as he condemned Israel's attempt "to steal from Lebanon's maritime resources," pointing to a gas production vessel that Israel had moved into an offshore field partly claimed by Beirut, earlier this month.
He added that he hopes for "security, stability and more unity" in Lebanon.
Haniyeh had arrived in Beirut on Tuesday, for meetings aimed at "strengthening cooperation and fraternity between the Paleostinian and the Lebanese people", a Hamas statement said.
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06/25/2022 00:00 ||
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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.