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Taliban's shadow governor, another senior leader killed in Kapisa province
[Khaama Press] The shadow governor of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group for Kapisa province was killed along with another senior Taliban leader in Northeastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan.

The Security Chief of Kapisa province Mohammad Hakim Azimi confiremd that the shadow governor of the group Nasim Mushfiq was killed during an Arclight airstrike conducted in Tagab district earlier today.

He said the shadow district governor of Tagab Ehsanullah was also killed in the airstrike conducted based on intelligence tip off.

Azimi further added that the two senior Taliban leaders had participated in a meeting of the Talibs when they came under airstrike.

According to Azimi, the foreign forces based in Afghanistan had also participated in the operation.

Several other Talibs were also killed during the airstrike, Azimi said. However,
a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
he did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of the turbans killed in the airstrike.

The anti-government armed myrmidon groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kapisa is among the relatively calm provinces in Northeastern parts of the country but the security situation of the province has started to deteriorate recently amid ongoing efforts by the turbans to expand their insurgency.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Attack unknown gunmen claim the lives of 2 policemen in Kabul city
[Khaama Press] At least two coppers bit the dust in an attack by unknown button men in capital Kabul, the security official said Monday.

The incident took place late on Sunday evening in the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city.

A source in Kabul Police Commandment said unknown button men opened fire on two coppers as they were patrolling in the area, leaving both of them critically maimed.

The source further added that both coppers bit the dust shortly after they were shifted to hospital.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Group of Taliban militants involved in major attacks arrested in Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] A group of four Talibs involved in major terrorist related activities has been held by during an operation of the operatives of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), in Kandahar province.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the bully boyz tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
during the operation have been identified as Aminullah son of Esmatullah, Rahmatullah son of Shahabuddin, Abdul Malik son of Feroz Khan, and Noor Ali famous as Khan Mohammad.

The statement further added that the bully boyz were involved in major destructive and terrorist related activities in Kandahar city, Khakrez district, and Maiwand district.

According to the provincial government, the bully boyz were planting improvised bombs on the roadsides to target the government vehicles and were also carrying out coordinated attacks on the security posts.

The bully boyz were arrested during an operation conducted based on a tip off, the provincial government said, adding that the detained bully boyz have confessed to their crimes.

The anti-government armed turban groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Tie them together at the ankles and use them for mine-clearing operations.
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 2:05 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Malian Forces 'Kill 11 Jihadists' in Clashes Following Ambush
[AnNahar] Malian troops killed 11 jihadists who had ambushed them in the centre of the country, in festivities that also left one soldier dead, the defence ministry said.

Armed Tuareg groups supporting the government also reported assailants executed more than 20 people on Friday in a village in the northeast.

The attacks highlighted the fragile security situation in the West African nation as it prepares to hold elections on July 29, in which President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is seeking a second term.

A army patrol was ambushed by "terrorists" on Sunday morning in a forest in the central region of Segou, the ministry said in a statement. The patrol suffered "one dead and one maimed. On the enemy side, we counted 11 dead".

In a separate incident on Friday, "gunnies" attacked the village of Tindinbawen, near the border with Niger, according to a joint statement from the Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Force (Gatia) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA).

The two mainly Tuareg groups support the French and Malian forces.

The "attackers proceeded to summarily execute more than 20 people including elderly people and at the same time some members of the security post of the coalition", the statement said.

Mali's unrest stems from a 2012 ethnic Touareg separatist uprising, which was exploited by jihadists in order to take over key cities in the north. The gunnies were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013. But large stretches of the country remain outside of the control of the foreign and Malian forces, which are frequent targets of attacks, despite a peace accord signed with Tuareg leaders in 2015 aimed at isolating the jihadists.

The violence has also spilled over into both Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
and Niger.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

Islamic State affiliate leader said killed in Egypt's Sinai
[IsraelTimes] Jihadist group announces death of Abu Jaafar al-Maqdesi, doesn't disclose circumstances of his death

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 says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.

The jihadist group’s Aamaq news agency issued an announcement late on Sunday about the death of Abu Jaafar al-Maqdesi, calling him a martyr.

A photo of a young bearded man accompanied the report. IS says he was killed earlier this month, but did not disclose where or under what circumstances.

In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against jihadists in Sinai as well as parts of the Nile Delta region and the Western Desert, along the mostly non-existent border with Libya.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Suicide Attack Kills Eight at Mosque
[AnNahar] Eight people were killed at a mosque in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
on Monday when a jacket wallah detonated his explosives, a civilian militia member and a local resident said.

The blast happened in the Mainari area of Konduga, in Borno state, said Ibrahim Liman, from the civilian militia force assisting the military in the fight against 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...
"The male bomber walked into the mosque at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) while prayers were on and went kaboom!, killing eight worshippers and injuring five others," he told AFP.

"Seven of the victims died in the mosque while another died on the way to (the Borno state capital) Maiduguri."

Suicide bombings against "soft" civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations are the hallmark of the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
Many of the bombers used are young women and girls. Liman said the latest attack appeared to be carried out by a man in his early 20s.

Umar Goni, who lives in Konduga, said he was on his way to the mosque when the blast occurred and he helped to rescue victims with members of the civilian volunteer force.

"We pulled out seven dead bodies and six injured worshippers. One of the six injured died on the way to hospital," he added.

The bomber was disguised as a worshipper, he said, adding: "There was no way anybody could have known his mission."

The latest attack comes as Nigeria's government is encouraging people displaced by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency to return home.

But aid agencies providing food, healthcare, clean water and shelter across the conflict-ravaged region have warned that security has not improved.

Last week, at least six traders were killed when a convoy of lorries under military escort were ambushed in Borno state near the border with Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
There have also been a number of attacks on military convoys and bases in Borno and neighbouring Yobe state, with undisclosed casualties.

Soldiers and civilians have also been targeted in separate attacks in neighbouring Chad and Niger.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  They must have a base and funding from somewhere...

Somone needs to arclight the base and the homes of the funders.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/24/2018 5:05 Comments || Top||

#2  BP,

Actually the Obama Administration Depts of Treasury, State and Justice did a fair amount of work on identifying the funding sources of Boko Haram. They specifically identified BNP Paribas, an international French Bank. The bank's money laundering also funded terrorist groups elsewhere (and also groups opposing the mullahs in Iran). This bank is, I think, still in the process of paying off a large judgement against it.

Unfortunately, this isn't the only financial company doing this and many of these are harder to investigate. With the advent of crypt currency the investigations will be even more difficult.
Posted by: lord garth || 07/24/2018 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Bright Pebbles, Boko Haram are hiding in Sambisa Forest:

Part of the challenge is just how vast Sambisa is, covering parts of four Nigerian states. It's been called an ideal place for Boko Haram to hide because it's large, sparsely populated and has lots of tree cover that hampers aerial surveillance. It also has few roads and a rocky, hilly terrain, making access by land difficult to nearly impossible.

The Nigerian military has bombed the forest and succeeded in overrunning several Boko Haram camps, but the presence of kidnapped women and children remains a concern. Bakary says Boko Haram uses the captives as human shields. The forest, he said, is also infested with landmines.

So somewhat like finding marijuana farms hidden in America’s national parks in the western states.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Identification of Cannabis plantations using hyperspectral technology
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/24/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

#5  They made good music before they became radicalized .

Posted by: jpal || 07/24/2018 17:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Identification of Cannabis plantations using hyperspectral technology

Bloody Israeli scientists, discovering answers before I even asked the question. That’s so cool, Skidmark. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 17:50 Comments || Top||

#7  I was always fond of their "Conquistador" song
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2018 20:30 Comments || Top||

Mugabe still a factor in Zimbabwe’s election
[DAWN] Zim-bob-we’s former leader Bob Muggsy Mugabe
Nonagenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case. Dumped in November 2017 when the Missus decided she wanted to be president, and opposed heer might against Crocodile Mnangawa Important safety tip: If your opponent goes by the name Crocodile andf your title is Shopper in Chief let him win....
has been forced out but he’s hardly faded away. Ahead of this month’s historic election, dozens of people in T-shirts with his image danced to anti-government songs while vowing Dire Revenge.

The 94-year-old Mugabe, who led this southern African nation through 37 turbulent years before his dramatic, military-backed resignation in November, has emerged as a player ahead of the July 30 vote on the side of the opposition.

A visit by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named to the largely rural province of Masvingo found that anger over Mugabe’s removal has been channelled into supporting candidates who challenge the ruling ZANU-PF party that he long controlled.

"They removed Comrade Mugabe using military force. We should show them that the ballot box is supreme to the gun," thundered Phionah Riekert, a 31-year-old loyalist of Mugabe and his wife, Grace. Youths and elderly women punctuated her campaign speech with song, dance and the beating of drums.

Riekert seeks a parliamentary seat as a candidate with the National Patriotic Front, which was formed with Mugabe’s backing in March by members of a youthful faction loyal to him called the G-40. They had been purged from the government and ruling party by new President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s military-backed administration.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  That's stupid

Is there a reason you should live, Mugabe? I ask you?
Posted by: newc || 07/24/2018 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently he believes he can take money with him to the afterlife.
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 2:08 Comments || Top||

10 suspected AQAP killed in Yemen drone strike, clashes
[DAWN] Ten suspected Al Qaeda jihadists and two soldiers fighting for Yemen’s government have been killed in festivities and a dronezap, local officials and security sources said on Sunday.

The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.

Officials in Marab loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognised government said a drone on Sunday targeted a house used by Al Qaeda in the central province, killing four jihadists. Separately, six Al Qaeda members and two pro-government soldiers were killed in festivities on Friday following an attack on a jihadist site in southern Shabwa province, security sources said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Danish prosecutors on Tuesday charged an imam with calling for the killing of Jews in the first case of its kind in the Nordic nation and which sparked political outrage.

Imam Mundhir Abdallah, who preaches in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have linked to radical Islam, is accused of citing a hadith or koranic narrative calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews.

"Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them," Abdallah said in a Facebook and YouTube video post in March.

"These are serious statements and I think it's right for the court to now have an opportunity to assess the case," public prosecutor Eva Ronne said in a statement.

This is the first time the prosecution has raised such charges under a criminal code introduced January 1 2017 on religious preaching.

Ronne said it's legal to quote religious books like the Koran and the Bible, but that inciting or welcoming the killings of people could be punishable by up to three years in prison.

"It has always been illegal to accept killings of a certain group of people, but it's new for us to target hate preachers," she added.

The case will be brought before the Copenhagen district court but no trial date has been set, the prosecution said.

-'Deeply worrying'-
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2018 06:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But he's just exercising the freedom to practice his religion as set forth in the Koran... There's that lovely passage near the end (so it's not supeseded by any peace and love stuff); Paraphrased:

And the day of Islam will not come until all the rocks and trees call out, 'O Muslim. there's a Jew hiding behind me. Come kill him'.

OK so it's not Sermon on the Mount but hey, gotta admire Mo's clarity.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/24/2018 8:20 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkish troops kill Syrian civilians before crossing borders
Idlib (Syria News) Three civilians, including a child, were killed by the Ottoman Turkish Gendarmerie General Command fire, while they were trying to cross from Darkoush area, in the countryside of Idlib, to the Ottoman Turkish territory.

Enab Baladi news reported, today, that the members of the Ottoman Turkish Gendarmerie shot three Syrian civilians, including a female 10-year old child, while they were trying to cross the borders to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
It added that the casualties were attacked near the area of Darkoush, north of Idlib, near the Ottoman Turkish city of Antakia.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Great White North
Toronto shooting suspect identified as Faisal Hussain, family says he had 'severe mental health challenges'
h/t Instapundit
Canadian authorities identified the gunman who killed two people and injured 13 others in a lively Toronto neighborhood Sunday night as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, whose family claimed had suffered from "severe mental health challenges."

The Special Investigations Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police said a member of Hussain's immediate family and a "family representative" confirmed the gunman's identity.

Moments after Hussain's identity was released, his family issued a statement to multiple media outlets saying he had been "struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life."
Had it ready in advance, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's a way to end these 'severe mental health challenges' to make sure he never harms other people again, but this is Canada we're talking about.
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2018 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Who exacerbated and took advantage of these severe mental health challenges?
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 1:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Bad batin in belfry. No rent.
Hussain and his brain had been bent,
Obeying whose orders,
Disdaining all borders?
Lord Allan's, within Allan's tent.
Posted by: Spusose Platypus6774 || 07/24/2018 1:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Speaking of belfries... finally figured out what was lurking in mine during the above: possibly the most un-Rantburg song ever recorded.
Posted by: Neville Whereth9302 || 07/24/2018 2:11 Comments || Top||

#5  He's not a martyr.
He's just insane.
But we still hope he gets the 72 virgins we promised him.
Posted by: boomerc || 07/24/2018 2:53 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought they had significant gun control in Canada?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/24/2018 7:34 Comments || Top||

#7  My thoughts, too, Gorb. Assuming he was actually a nutter and the family isn't just laying down smoke, who wound this guy up and pointed him at a soft target?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/24/2018 8:23 Comments || Top||

#8  'severe mental health challenges' and was very pious? A good boy, kept to himself...
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2018 10:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Another Akbar bites the dust.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 07/24/2018 11:39 Comments || Top||

One dead, 13 wounded in Toronto shooting
[DAWN] A gunman opened fire in central Toronto on Sunday night, killing one and injuring 13 people including a child before being rubbed out, police reported.

Toronto Police said they had responded to a call at around 10:00 pm (0200 GMT Monday) in the city's Greektown district.

"One female adult has died. One maiden of tender years at death's door," Toronto police said on Twitter, adding that all 14 victims were shot with a handgun.

Global News quoted a Toronto police source as saying the suspect is believed to have shot up police before killing himself.

Toronto police front man Mark Pugash said it was too early to say whether the shooting was terrorism.

Toronto Councillor Paula Fletcher told CP24 she heard that the gunman was emotionally disturbed.

"It's not gang related. It looks like someone who is very disturbed," Fletcher said.

Councillor Mary Fragedakis also said she heard the gunman was disturbed.

The shooter was caught on camera prior to opening fire.

Toronto shooting suspect identified as Faisal Hussain, 29
Hussain, a fine Canadian name.
Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  fine Canadian name

Could somebody maybe explain
Why we rubberstamp FISA for Jane
As we needle John Doe --
Please, I'm needin' to know! --
Not "Canadian neighbor" Hussain?
Posted by: Hupemp Hupack3343 || 07/24/2018 16:23 Comments || Top||

Over 50 booked for rioting after Hanif Abbasi’s conviction
[DAWN] More than 50 people, including the son of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi and a former MPA, were booked by Civil Lines police for rioting and property damage in the district courts after the Control of Narcotics Substance (CNS) court sentenced Abbasi to life in prison in the ephedrine case.

The case was registered with the police on the application of CNS court official Chaudhry Mohammad Qadeer. No arrests have been made in the case so far.

The case has been registered against Abbasi’s son Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", Abbasi, former PML-N MPA Ziaullah Shah, Suhail Ahmed, Shaukat Abbasi, Faizan Shah, Asif Shah, Abid Abbasi, Nawaz, Sajid and between 40 and 50 unknown individuals.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

Iraq protests leave 14 dead in two weeks, rights official says
[IsraelTimes] At least 14 people have been killed in Iraq, in two weeks of protests over corruption and lack of public services, a member of the state human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
commission says.

Demonstrations have rocked southern and central Iraq since erupting in the oil-rich port city of Basra on July 8, when security forces opened fire killing one person.

They have since waned, after security forces repeatedly used force to disperse demonstrators, although AFP news hounds cited protests in the south yesterday.

Rights commission official Fadel al-Gharrawi says 14 people died in Basra, Samawah, the Shiite shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala, and in the provinces of Diwaniyah and Babylon.

He did not specify whether those killed were protesters or members of the security services, but a Sunday toll compiled from medical sources put the number of dead at 11, all demonstrators.

Gharrawi says 275 protesters and 470 security personnel were maimed during thousands-strong demonstrations against corrupt officials.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Paramilitary troops kill three Islamic State in infiltration attempt in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Three 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....
members were killed in an infiltration attempt in Diyala by the pro-government paramilitary troops, a security source said on Monday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said "forces of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed to kill three Islamic State members who were trying to sneak into al-Udhaim region from the northern side."

PMFs, according to the source, "carry out operations every now and then to secure Udhaim road and the vast desert stretching between the mountains."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Mosul clearance continues: 23 turbans tied up, 3 innocent corpses found where turbans flung ‘em

23 Islamic State fighters, including Zakat collector, arrested in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Monday that security forces had arrested 23 members of Islamic State, including a senior leader, in Mosul city.

"Nineveh police forces arrested 23 Islamic State fighters, including a senior commander who was responsible for collecting Zakat from residents in southern Mosul," Iraqi website Baghdad Today quoted spokesman for the interior ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying in a press statement.

"The terrorists were apprehended in al-Quds district in Mosul's eastern side," added the spokesman.

Bodies of three civilians, executed by Islamic State, found, west of Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Three decayed bodies of civilians, executed by Islamic State, were found, west of Nineveh, a security source from the province said on Monday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, "security troops found, in the evening, three decayed bodies of people executed by Islamic State during its control on Mosul city. The militants threw the bodies inside a wastewater station in west of Mosul."

"Security troops transferred the bodies to forensic medicine department," the source, who preferred anonymity, said without giving further details.

Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi court sentences man to death for involvement in killing 34 Iraqi, Iranian Shiites
Babylon (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi court has sentenced a man to death over his involvement in killing 34 Iraqi, Iranian Shiites while heading for Karbala to celebrate a religious ceremony.

"The terrorist was sentenced by the Babylon Criminal Court to death after he was found implicated in killing 34 Iranian and Iraqi visitors while on their way to Kerbala, where they would commemorate Arabaeen, the 40th day of Imam Hussain’s Martyrdom," Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, the front man for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, told Baghdad Today on Monday.

"The convict admitted that he facilitated the entry of a dump truck driven by a jacket wallah into a patrol station on a highway near Al Shomali town in Babylon to target Iraqi and Iranian visitors, leaving about 34 of them dead," added the front man.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

Anbar antics: turban bomb factory found, 2 innocents kaboomed

Facility used by IS militants for making bombs found in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi authorities announced on Monday that pro-government fighters had found a facility that was used by 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....
gunnies for making bombs in Anbar governorate.

"Acting upon accurate intelligence reports, a force from al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) seized an Islamic State laboratory that was used for manufacturing bombs in al-Karabilah district, in western Anbar," Almaalomah website quoted the Iraqi Security Media Center as saying in a statement.

"A huge amount of materials used for making explosives were found inside the lab," added the statement.

Two civilians wounded in bomb explosion near Syrian borders

Anbar (Iraqinews.com) – Two Iraqi civilians were wounded Monday as a bomb exploded in Al-Qa'im city near the Syrian borders, a security source was quoted as saying.

"An explosive charge believed to be planted by Islamic State went off while a number of civilians were passing by an agricultural land in Al-Karailah district in Al-Qa'im, in western Anbar," the source told Basnews website.

"The explosion left two civilians wounded as they were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment," the source said.

According to the source, security forces "rushed to the blast site and started to search for any explosives at the site."
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Security kill 2 attackers, arrest third at Erbil province building
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Internal security forces of Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Asayish, reportedly killed 2 of the three attackers who stormed the Erbil governorate building, and tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a third who was maimed, Baghdad Today quoted a security source saying.

Later Kurdish media reports said later, however, that all of the three assailants were killed.

Earlier, Iraqi Alforat news website quoted Nebez Abdul-Hamid, mayor of Erbil, saying that three 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....
snuffies attacked the Erbil governorate building in Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Abdul-Hamid said the trio shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is greatest ) while storming the facility.

Reports quoted deputy governor Taher Abdullah saying that the button men maimed two security officers.

Alghad Press quoted Halan Hormoz, board secretary at the governorate’s office, saying that the attackers stormed the building before the start of the working shifts, assuring that they had held no hostages. But some reports say one employee was freed from the attacker’s grip.

Mawazin News quoted a security source saying that the maimed attacker was transferred to hospital, adding that the group had possibly sneaked into the province from Kirkuk with internal help.
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Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace
Jerusalem (CNN) The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace on Tuesday afternoon, raising fears of further military escalation in the region.

The Sukhoi jet entered two kilometers into Israeli airspace when two Patriot missiles were launched to intercept the aircraft, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement. The fighter jet was being monitored by Israel during its flight.

In the statement, the IDF said it had observed an increase in internal fighting in Syria adjacent to Israel, including increased activity from Syria's air force.

Syria claimed that its jet was flying inside Syrian airspace during an operation against "terrorist groups" when it was hit by Israeli fire, according to a state media report.

"The Israeli enemy targeted one of our warplanes while conducting air raids against these groups in the area of Saida on the outskirts of Wadi al-Yarmouk in the Syrian airspace," a Syrian state TV banner said, quoting a military source.

This is the first time since 2014 that Israel has shot down a Syrian plane.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2018 09:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  This is the first time since 2014 that Israel has shot down a Syrian plane.

Very likely not the last.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2018 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  The Patriot missile seems to be a jack of all trades. It can shoot down missiles, drones and aircraft.
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  It can shoot down missiles, drones and aircraft.

What is an airplane, but a drone with a man inside?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 10:43 Comments || Top||

#4  What is an airplane, but a drone with a squishy, moist computer inside.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/24/2018 10:52 Comments || Top||

#5  It's almost as if it tracks flying objects!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/24/2018 11:51 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder if it can do kites . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 13:47 Comments || Top||

#7  It nice to see who still owns the airspace over the Israeli Golan Heights.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 07/24/2018 16:53 Comments || Top||

Palestinians say West Bank teen killed in clashes with IDF troops
[IsraelTimes] Army says soldiers were attacked with IEDs, Molotov cocktails and stones during raid in Deheishe refugee camp near Bethlehem; incident under investigation

A Paleostinian teen was killed during festivities with Israeli forces in a West Bank refugee camp outside of Bethlehem early Monday morning, according to Paleostinian reports.

The military said riots broke out while troops were conducting an arrest raid in the the Deheishe refugee camp, with residents "throwing improvised bombs, Molotov cocktails and stones" at the soldiers.

An army spokesperson said the troops responded with live fire and other riot control methods, including 0.22-caliber Ruger rounds, which are meant to be less lethal at close range.

The teenager was identified by the official Paleostinian news service Wafa as Thaer Mazhar, 15, from Deheishe.
According to An Nahar, the Palestinian health ministry named him as Arkan Mizher, 15. Very probably both those names are true, and more, besides.
It said two others were maimed during the fighting.

Two Paleostinian suspects were locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
in the raids in Deheishe. The Israel Defense Forces said a lathe used to make guns was also found in the camp.

A video posted online showed the teen lying on the ground and being carried away.

According to Wafa, the Paleostinian teenager was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital in nearby Beit Jala, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
The military said it was aware of the reports that a Paleostinian was killed.

"An investigation has been opened," the army spokesperson said.

Six other Paleostinian suspects were arrested in raids across the West Bank in the predawn hours of Monday morning, according to the IDF.

The suspects were handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.
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#1  Play stupid games...
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2018 6:48 Comments || Top||

Air force shoots at Gazan arson squad, as Liberman threatens war
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian media reports IDF also shelled 2 Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", positions in central Gazoo; defense minister warns Israel ready to fight to stop arson attacks.

An Israeli drone shot at a group of Gazooks flying incendiary balloons into southern Israel from the northern Strip on Monday afternoon, according to Paleostinian media.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that one of its aircraft targeted a "terror cell" launching arson devices in northern Gazoo.

According to the Hamas-linked Shehab news outlet, the group was operating near the border, east of the city of Jabaliya.

There were no injuries immediately reported.

Moments later, Shehab reported that the IDF fired at two observation posts in central Gazoo belonging to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Strip.

The military would not immediately confirm the report.

The Arclight airstrike and reported shelling came amid a period of heightened tensions in the coastal enclave, with Israel demanding an end to the arson attacks and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman threatening a large military operation.

"Is the State of Israel interested in a war against Hamas in the Gazoo Strip? The answer is no. Are we deterred from [starting] a campaign in the Gazoo Strip? Here too, the answer is no," Liberman said during a meeting with the IDF’s top brass on Monday morning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

2 Syrian missiles with half-ton warheads trigger Israel's anti-missile system
[IsraelTimes] Fate of one David's Sling interceptor rocket unclear, second self-destructs over Golan, army finds, after false alarm sparked by fighting in Syria

The targets of the first known operational launch of the David’s Sling air defense system on Monday were a pair of Syrian surface-to-surface missiles carrying approximately a half ton of explosives, according to the military’s initial investigation.

Israeli authorities said they initially feared the missiles were headed for Israel. But ultimately the two Syrian SS-21 short-range ballistic missiles ‐ which were fired as part of the country’s internal fighting and not deliberately aimed at Israel ‐ did not clear the border and landed one kilometer inside Syria.

The two David’s Sling interceptor missiles were launched as a precautionary measure when the system calculated that the Syrian projectiles might be on track to strike northern Israel.

After a period of time, however, the air defense battery’s computers determined that the Syrian missiles were going to fall short and did not pose a danger to Israel. At that point, one of the interceptor missiles was ordered to self-destruct, doing so over northern Israel, in the southern Golan Heights.

The army’s initial investigation has yet to determine what happened to the second interceptor ‐ if it successfully intercepted one of the Syrian missiles, if it landed intact inside Syria, or if it successfully self-destructed over Syria.

There were concerns in the military that if the David’s Sling interceptor missile landed intact in Syria, it could be taken by the Syrian military and used to gather intelligence about the air defense system’s capabilities. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
this was not seen as a likely scenario.

The military’s air defense systems that detect and track incoming missiles and rockets are less accurate immediately after a projectile is launched, as they have less information on its trajectory. As the missile or rocket flies, the systems can better predict where it is likely to land.

As a "better safe than sorry" measure, the military occasionally launches interceptor missiles even when the exact target of the incoming projectile is unclear. This appears to have been the case on Monday morning.

The Soviet-era SS-21 ballistic missile, also known as the Tochka, which was launched in Syria on Monday, has an operational range of approximately 100 kilometers and can carry approximately 500 kilograms of explosives. It has long been in the arsenal of the Syrian Armed Forces and has seen extensive use throughout the country’s civil war.

Monday’s incident, which ultimately turned out to have been a false alarm, was the first known operational use of the David’s Sling system, which was declared operational last year.

The Syrian surface-to-surface missiles triggered sirens throughout northern Israel on Monday morning, sending thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters.

The sirens were first heard in the northern city of Safed and in the Galilee region at 10:05 a.m., according to the Israel Defense Forces. Three minutes later, additional alarms sounded in communities on the Golan Heights, including the city of Katzrin. Sirens blared again throughout the Galilee and Golan regions at approximately 10:20 a.m., the military said.

"The alarms that were heard in northern Israel were the result of launches that were carried out as part of the internal fighting in Syria," the army said.

The David’s Sling makes up the middle tier of Israel’s multi-layered anti-missile defense network.

The lowest tier is the Iron Dome system, capable of intercepting short-range rockets, small unmanned aerial vehicles and mortar shells like those that have been fired at Israel from the Gazoo Strip or from southern Leb. At the top are the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems, which are intended to engage long-range ballistic missiles.

David’s Sling is aimed at filling the gap between these systems, against missiles like the Iranian Fateh 110 and its Syrian equivalent, the M600, both of which have seen extensive use in the Syrian civil war and are known to be in the Hezbollah terrorist group’s arsenal.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6576 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  You think this will continue?
Posted by: newc || 07/24/2018 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Not once the Juice figure out where the rest of them are kept. I hope somebody gets some good vid....
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/24/2018 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Launching a missile that falls just short of the border is a way of testing defenses while making the other side look like a bad guy.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/24/2018 18:02 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army unleashes heavy firepower against ISIS in southwest Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Having secured almost the entire west Daraa countryside, the Syrian Army turned attention 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....
-held chunk of territories in the far western countryside of the province.

The government offensive is heavily backed by the sweeping power of the Russian Air Force, and spearheaded by the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces.

Raw footage posted online shows heavy artillery and rocket shelling, targeting ISIS positions, hideouts and fortifications in Tall Jumu` hilltop located north of ISIS-controlled towns of Taseel and Adwan.

The Syrian forces succeeded in recapturing the area two days ago but had to retreat following a massive counterattack by the Death Eater jihadists.

The hilltop enjoys a strategic importance since it overlooks several ISIS-held towns; which will be under the government’s fire control once the hill is recaptured.
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Roadside bomb kills several Islamist militants in Syria’s Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] Four rebel fighters, including a top field commander, were instantly killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside kaboom on Mastouma-Ariha highway, south Idlib countryside.

The slain gunnies belong to Syrian Liberation Front; a merger of Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement.

According to source, the assassinated commander (Picture below) was the chief of security office for the SLF in Ariha.
Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Ahrar al-Sham (Salafists)

Reconciled Daraa rebels fight ISIS ‘hand in hand’ with Syrian Army
[ALMASDARNEWS] Hundreds of rebel fighters who had earlier reconciled in Daraa, joined the Syrian Army ranks in its final assault against 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....
in west Daraa countryside.

The move has significantly enraged other faceless myrmidons who rejected reconciliation and were later evacuated to the country’s north; accusing their former ’brothers of arms ’ of betraying the cause of the ’revolution’.

The majority of former rebel bastions across the southern province has fallen to the Syrian Army by means of reconciliation deals, by which faceless myrmidons hand over their weapons and embed with the government troops in exchange of having their legal status settled.

The battles have now shifted to the far western countryside of Daraa where the Islamic State control a swath of land near the borders with the Occupied Golan Heights.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  What?! I thought there was an article just a couple of days back about how the rebels were handing over Syrian cities.
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 2:06 Comments || Top||

#2  To ISIS.
Posted by: gorb || 07/24/2018 2:06 Comments || Top||

Senior Turkish-backed militia commander assassinated in Syria’s Afrin
[ALMASDARNEWS] A group of Kurdish fighters in Afrin ambushed a rebel commander fighting for the Ottoman Turkish-backed military campaign in northern Syria.

Muhammad Ali, aka Abu Dujana, was killed when YPG fighters shot up his vehicle somewhere on the road linking Midan Akbos and Qara Baba towns in Rajo district of Afrin region.

The assailants filmed the slain commander before seizing his weapons and eventually retreating from the area.

This took place on July 22 under the wider Operation Olive Wrath aiming at liquidating senior FSA commanders .

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has backed FSA-linked groups taking over Afrin region on March 2018 after ousting YPG fighters.

Ever since, the Kurdish hard boyz have taken refuge in the nearby mountains, taking advantage of the myriad caves and tunnels to carry out hit-and-run attacks against rival rebel groups.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Posted by: 3dc || 07/24/2018 5:53 Comments || Top||

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