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Houthis send missiles at tankers transiting from the Red Sea
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Afghanistan
Taliban militants suffer casualties during the ongoing operations in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs have suffered heavy casualties during the ongoing operations in Greshk and Nad-e-Ali districts of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The provincial government media office in a statement said at least seven bully boyz were killed during the operations in Dagian and Syedan areas of Greshk district.

The statement further added that three bully boyz also sustained injuries and the Afghan forces have made progress in clearing up to five kilometers of the area from the presence of the turbans.

The Afghan forces have also confiscated a RPG rocket launcher, 2 Ak-47 rifles, 2 radio sets, 7 kilograms of opium, and some munitions.

The governor’s office also added that five bully boyz were killed during the Arclight airstrikes conducted in Nad-e-Ali district as part of the ongoing clearance operations.

Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban commander and his 4 comrades killed in Nangarhar night raid
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least five Talibs including one of their commanders were killed in a night raid conducted 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 in a statement said the raid was conducted late on Tuesday night in the vicinity of Khogyani district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), conducted a night operation in Nakar Khel area of the district on Tuesday night, leaving a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
commander'>Taliban Überstürmbannführer
and his comrades dead.

Another suspected Lion of Islam was also tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
during the operation on charges of having links with the anti-government armed Lion of Islams, the statement said.

The security personnel and local residents did not suffer any casualty during the operation, the provincial government said, adding that some weapons and munitions were also destroyed during the operation.

Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces arrest Taliban’s shadow governor for Panjshir province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Defense and security Forces have nabbed
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
the shadow governor of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group for the northern Panjshir province of Afghanistan.

Provincial Security Chief Najamullah Rezaye said the shadow governor of the Taliban for Panjshir was arrested during an operation late on Tuesday night.

He said the detained Taliban leader has been identified as Agha Mir and was arrested from the vicinity of Aabshar district of the province.

Rezaye further added that the shadow governor of Taliban was arrested during an operation launched in response to an attack by the Talibs on Aabshar district.

According to Rezaye, at least two non-combatants were killed during the attack by the Talibs late last night.

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

Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide attack foiled in Kabul city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have thwarted a plot by the anti-government armed bandidos holy warriors to carry out a suicide kaboom in Kabul city.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said a jacket wallah was tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
by the Special Forces of the Afghan intelligence before he manages to carry out an attack in the city.

A statement by NDS stated that the would-be suicide bomber was arrested during an operation conducted in Jabal Siraj district of Parwan province.

The statement further added that the detained individual has confessed that he was recruited by the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leader Mawlavi Ahmad around a month ago in Dashti Archi district of Kunduz.

He also confessed that he was prepared for a suicide attack in Kabul city after his recruitment in Sufi village.

According to NDS, the detained individual has been identified as Khudai Nazar and was arrested based on intelligence tip off and shortly after he was sent to Tagab district of Kapisa to collect the materials and equipment for the suicide attack.

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

Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Arabia
Houthis send missiles at tankers transiting from the Red Sea
[Express] Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the Houthi movement had attacked two Saudi Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) in the Red Sea on Wednesday morning, one of which sustained minimal damage.

A statement issued by Mr al-Falih's ministry said: "Saudi Arabia is temporarily halting all oil shipments through Bab al-Mandeb Strait immediately until the situation becomes clearer and the maritime transit through Bab al-Mandeb is safe."
the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, which means 'gate of tears' in arabic, has islands in it and the maximum channel is only about 16 miles wide- a lot of oil goes through there, although not as much as the Straits of Hormuz
Posted by: lord garth || 07/26/2018 08:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6581 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Send 'em through at night.
Posted by: gorb || 07/26/2018 16:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps a tanker filled with Iranian oil needs to disappear?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/26/2018 16:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Q-Tankers?
Posted by: gorb || 07/26/2018 23:15 Comments || Top||


Saudi Arabia suspends crude oil shipments through Bab El-Mandeb
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
will suspend all shipments of crude oil passing through the Straits of Mandab until navigation becomes safe, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih said on Thursday.

Falih said that according to the official front man of the Alliance for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen, two giant oil tankers belonging to the Saudi National Shipping Company, each carrying two million barrels of crude oil, was attacked by the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia in the Red Sea on Wednesday morning after crossing the Straits of Bab El-Mandeb.

The attack resulted in minor damage to one of the two carriers. There were no casualties or spillage of crude oil into the sea which would have led to an environmental disaster.

Falih said that the Kingdom would temporarily and with immediate effect suspend all shipments of crude oil passing through the Bab El-Mandeb until navigation through the Strait is safe, stressing that the threats of the Houthi militias against the crude oil carriers affect the freedom of international trade and maritime navigation in the Strait of Bab El-Mandeb and the Red Sea.

Saudi Aramco said that, according to the Minister of Energy, "for the safety of tankers and crews, and to avoid accidents of crude oil spill, Aramco suspended the shipment of all crude oil shipments through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait until navigation through the Strait is safe."

Saudi Aramco is the world’s leading integrated company in the field of energy and chemicals. The company produces one in eight barrels of oil supplies worldwide while continuing to develop new energy technologies.

"Saudi Aramco sets its sights on the reliability and sustainability of its resources, helping to promote long-term stability and growth throughout the world," the statement said.

The Bab-el-Mandeb is a strait located between Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
in the Horn of Africa. It connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  What about sophisticated oil shipments?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/26/2018 17:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't expect Merica to the rescue any time soon.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 07/26/2018 21:34 Comments || Top||

#3  We WANT Saoodi oil exports to diminish the need for Iranian exports
Posted by: Frank G || 07/26/2018 21:55 Comments || Top||


Yemeni drone strikes Saudi mercenaries’ command center in Bayda
[PRESSTV] Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have launched an Arclight airstrike against the command and control center of Saudi-backed Lions of Islam loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the war-torn country’s central province of al-Bayda.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle fired missiles at the military site on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni naval forces and their allies had targeted and destroyed a Saudi military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of the country’s strategic southwestern province of Hudaydah.

An unnamed military source said French-built Dammam frigate was targeted with a guided missile.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left some 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.

The United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Home Front: WoT
Dearborn man captured in Syria charged in terror case
[DETROITNEWS] A Dearborn man captured on an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
battlefield this month was charged in an unsealed indictment Tuesday with providing material support to the Islamic State.

The portrayal is at odds with a description provided by his family. Musaibli is no terrorist but was lured by fellow Muslims into coming to Syria to study religion and work, younger brother Abdullah Musaibli said last week. Really.
The indictment, dated July 19, was unsealed five days after it was reported that Ibraheem Musaibli, 28, was taken into custody by coalition-backed forces this month while trying to flee the Middle Euphrates River Valley in northern Syria, according to the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

, which first reported his capture.
The article about his capture can be seen here.
He is believed to be one of only two male Americans captured alive on an Islamic State battlefield and his case presents one of the first times the Trump administration is using federal courts to prosecute a returning foreign fighter.

Musaibli arrived in the Indiana on Tuesday and was transferred to face charges in U.S. District Court in bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
, where he faces arraignment Wednesday.

The indictment accuses Musaibli of providing support to ISIS since April 2015. ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. He used several aliases, including Abu Shifa Musaibli and Abu ’Abd al-Rahman al-Yemeni, according to the government.

"The National Security Division will not tolerate threats to our country from terrorist organizations like ISIS ‐ not least of all those that come from our own citizens," John Demers, assistant attorney general of national security, said in a statement. "Musaibli’s alleged provision of material support to ISIS put the United States at risk and may have endangered the lives of countless innocent people. I am confident that he will face justice for his crimes, and I hope that his case sends a clear message that we will hold our citizens accountable who are apprehended overseas and tried to join a terrorist organization such as ISIS."

The portrayal is at odds with a description provided by his family. Musaibli is no terrorist but was lured by fellow Moslems into coming to Syria to study religion and work, younger brother Abdullah Musaibli said last week.
Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Simpler idea: Rendition. He was captured in Syria, ship him back to the tender mercy of Assad's Regime for their justice disposal.
Posted by: magpie || 07/26/2018 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Dearborn man much like a Minnesota man?

Not to be confused with a Florida man.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/26/2018 9:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Dearborn man

Sounds like a paleoanthropological find
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/26/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Michigander? Michiganer!
Posted by: Angoluck Sheter3689 || 07/26/2018 23:49 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
31 killed in suicide blast outside Quetta polling station
[DAWN] At least 31 people have been killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide kaboom outside a polling station in Quetta's Eastern Bypass area on Wednesday, officials said.

Police officials and civilians both are among the dead. Eight of the maimed are at death's door.

A statement issued by Quetta police said a jacket wallah went kaboom! after he was stopped from entering the Tameer-e-Nau Education Complex school, which is serving as a polling station. Earlier reports had said the target of the blast was a police van.

"(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he went kaboom!," a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP. Police officials rushed to the site and launched a probe into the blast.

The kaboom occurred outside the school in Quetta's 'sensitive' NA-260 constituency where polling was taking place. A number of murder incidents and bombings have taken place in this area over the last 15 years.

The blast has left 31 people dead and more than two dozen people injured, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) CTD Aitzaz Ahmed Goraya said quoting the latest figures.

A station house officer (SHO) injured in the attack is in a critical condition, DawnNewsTV reported. An emergency has been imposed at the Civil Hospital.

Polling was halted at the school after the blast, but it resumed after a few hours.
Posted by: Fred || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Two Islamic State militants killed while trying to infiltrate into Iraq's Baiji
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two 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 were killed Wednesday while trying to infiltrate into Baiji district in Salahuddin, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said "a security force from al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) killed the pair as they were trying to sneak into Baiji district via desert routes."

The source added that there is a security presence across the desert areas in Baiji to foil any infiltration attempt by Islamic State bad boys.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul clearance continues: drunks kill cop, 18 turbans tied up, 5 more bodies unearthed


4 drunken men pretending to be pro-govt fighters shoot policeman dead in Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – Four drunken men pretending to be members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) have shot a policeman dead in Mosul city, a security source from Nineveh province was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website on Wednesday, the source said, "Four drunken men had an accident in Mosul's eastern side after their car collided with another, prompting security forces to rush to the site."

"Once the force arrived at the scene, the four men fired several shots in the air but one of them, unfortunately, hit a policeman, leaving him dead," said the source.

He added that a security force "managed to arrest the four, who pretended to be members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi."

Eighteen Islamic State members, including leader, arrested in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have arrested eighteen Islamic State members in Mosul, according to an Iraqi security source and the Security Media Center.

A prominent IS member of the so-called Islamic Police was arrested while attempting to escape from east to west of Mosul, the center said in a statement.

Earlier today, a security source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), that seventeen members "were arrested in Baaj town, west of Mosul, depending on information from the intelligence."

The detainees, according to the source, "were transferred to Nineveh Operations Command for investigations ahead of standing trials."

Five dead bodies found in less than day in Mosul: Source

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A fifth decayed body of a dead civilian has been found in less than 24 hour in west of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh Police said on Wednesday.

Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Amir Wathiq said, "Security troops found two unidentified dead bodies, today, in Hawi al-Kanisah region, for a young man in his twenties. The body was transferred to forensic medicine department in Mosul."

This makes the total number of dead bodies found to reach five corpses found in less than 24 hours, as three others were found in Tuesday, according to Wathiq.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi courts sentence three Islamic State members sentence to life, death
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi judiciary has sentenced three hard boyz to death and life over committing several crimes while joining 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....
myrmidon group, the High Judicial Council said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Abdul-Sattar al-Bayraqdar, a spokesperson of the council, said "Nineveh Criminal Court sentenced an Islamic State member, known as al-Muhajir, to death."

The convict, according to the statement, "executed several civilians, including men and women, in Sinjar, in addition to fighting against security personnel in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato...
the Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced two Lions of Islam to life.

"The Central Criminal Court issued a life sentence against a myrmidon who worked in a workshop for manufacturing mortar missiles in Nineveh. He admitted joining the group in 2015 and carrying out crimes against security troops in the province," Bayraqdar said.

Moreover, another life sentence was issued against "a convict over inciting against security troops in Fatah al-Ali mosque. He admitted joining the group in 2016," the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Nine Islamic State members killed in airstrike, west of Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Nine 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 as an Arclight airstrike targeted a tunnel used by the Death Eaters, west of Anbar, a leader from the pro-government paramilitary troops in the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, Qutri al-Obeidi, of the mobilization forces, said "the army jets shelled a secret tunnel of Islamic State in Wadi al-Maraabdiya region in Hit town, which left nine turbans killed."

Information from the intelligence department, according to Obeidi, "enabled the army from targeting the tunnel."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Diyala dead and otherwise dudes: 3 innocents kaboomed, big turban and 3 little turbans tied up


3 civilians killed in bomb blast, armed attack, northeast of Baquba

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Three civilians, including a mayor of a village, were killed in a bomb blast and an armed attack, northeast of Baquba, a local source from Diyala said on Wednesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, "the mayor of Zahra village in al-Waqf basin was killed in a bomb blast near his garden, while two other farmers were killed in an armed attack carried out by unidentified persons in another garden."

Investigations on the two accidents were conducted, according to the source, who preferred anonymity.

Islamic State leader, three companions arrested in operation in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State leader and three of his companions were arrested in a security operations, the police command of Diyala province said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the command said, "security force of the intelligence department and the counter-terrorism troops, managed to arrest a militant who used to work as Emir of vigilantism (Hisbah) department."

Three of his companions, according to the statement, were also arrested during a security operation carried out in al-Tabj region, east of the province.

In remarks to Alghad Press, Maj. Gen. Faisal al-Abadi, commander of Diyala province, said "the militant used to be in charge of Hisbah in Hawija, before being in charge of transferring the militants and suicide attackers to across Diyala."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Three wounded in stabbing in Adam, terrorist shot dead
[Ynet] 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist infiltrates settlement near Ramallah, where he stabs thee Israelis, critically wounding one, moderately wounding another and lightly wounding a third; stabber shot dead by one of his victims; Hamas: 'This is a natural response to Israel's crimes.'

A teenage Palestinian terrorist stabbed three Israelis in the settlement of Adam near Ramallah on Thursday evening.

Muhammad Tareq Yusuf, 17, from Kobar, infiltrated the settlement the through the fence, passed through the settlement's playground and stabbed two passersby.

A third person who heard the commotion went out to the street and was stabbed while pulling his gun. He then shot the terrorist dead.

A 31-year-old man was in critical condition suffering stab wounds to his upper body, a 58-year-old man in moderate condition also suffering stab wounds to his upper body and a 41-year-old man who was in light with stab wounds to his limbs.

The lightly wounded man was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital, while the other two were evacuated to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus.

A woman was also taken to the hospital suffering from shock.

Orel Asulin, A MDA paramedic who was among the first to arrive on the scene, said that "During the evacuation, the condition of one of the wounded deteriorated and we had to perform resuscitation."

IDF forces from the Binyamin Brigade were called to the scene and began a wide-scale search in the surrounding area for any accomplices.

“A civilian shot the terrorist and was slightly injured as a result of a direct confrontation with him. We continue to search the area and operations in the surrounding villages are expected to be conducted tonight, in cooperation with the Shin Bet who conducting the investigation of the attack,” said IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis.

Hamas celebrated the attack. “We praise the heroic action, which is a natural response to Israel's crimes … this is a continuation of the Intifada," the terror group said.
Update from the Times of Israel at 9:15 pm EDT:
A man stabbed repeatedly in the chest and torso during a terror attack inside the settlement of Adam has died, hospital officials said early Friday.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released for publication, had been rushed to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to save him.

The man, 31, was a resident of the Jerusalem-area settlement. he was stabbed after happening upon the terrorist, who had apaprently sneaked into the West Bank community by climbing a fence.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/26/2018 17:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The attacker's body needs to disappear.
Posted by: gorb || 07/26/2018 23:16 Comments || Top||


IDF shells southern Syria in response to errant rocket fire at Golan
[IsraelTimes] Growing assessment among defense officials that rockets said to land in Sea of Galilee were Islamic State projectiles targeting Assad regime forces.

Israeli aircrafts targeted southern Syria Wednesday evening in response to apparently errant fire from the country’s ongoing civil war that triggered sirens throughout the Golan Heights hours prior.

The army said it targeted the rocket launcher that fired two projectiles toward Israel, though it did not identify the party responsible.

"The IDF will act against any attempt to compromise Israeli illusory sovereignty and the safety of its civilians," the military said in a statement.

Hours earlier the Emek Hayarden Regional Council said two projectiles landed in the Sea of Galilee.

Police stated that they were unable to find any remnants of a rocket, missile or mortar after hours of searches in the area. The searches will resume Thursday at sunrise, police said.

The IDF had yet to confirm whether the source of projectiles it identified heading toward Israel originated from Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
’s military or from rebel forces, but the growing assessment among defense officials was that 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 were responsible for the rocket fire.

Eyewitnesses told Hadashot news that they saw the projectiles land in the water ‐ one of them exploding, and the other not.

"We heard a whistling," one local recalled. "And then a second whistling. And then we saw [one of the missiles] falling into the water, maybe 50 meters from the beach."

The projectiles were believed to have been fired from the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights, where the Assad regime has been completing its campaign against the last rebel villages remaining in the area.

Incoming rocket sirens blared across the Israeli Golan Heights, sending residents of the area scrambling to bomb shelters.

The military said the system was triggered after it identified projectiles launched in the direction of Israel. No missile defense systems were fired, however. The IDF was investigating why the defense systems were not activated.

School vacation meant that the area surrounding Sea of Galilee was packed with tourists. There were no injuries reported.

The projectile fire came a day after the Israeli Air Force shot down a Syrian fighter jet that traveled two kilometers into Israeli airspace.
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#1  The army said it targeted the rocket launcher that fired two projectiles toward Israel, though it did not identify the party responsible.

It doesn't matter
Posted by: Frank G || 07/26/2018 8:25 Comments || Top||

#2  It doesn't matter

If it does, they can call 911 and complain that they got bad crack or something.
Posted by: gorb || 07/26/2018 14:07 Comments || Top||


Homes torched in West Bank settlement in apparent arson attack
[IsraelTimes] Army says Molotov cocktails hurled at Karmei Tzur's security fence caused blaze that damaged three houses

Three homes in the West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur suffered damage Wednesday from a fire that the army said was caused by Molotov cocktails hurled at the Israeli town north of Hebron.

Police and firefighters managed to extinguish the fire in less than an hour, while residents from the area were evacuated without any injuries.

Karmei Tzur locals said the damage incurred to the homes was minimal but claimed the blaze very easily could have ended fatally.

Residents added that this was not the first such incident targeting Israeli communities in the area, citing a fire that broke out near the neighboring Gush Etzion settlement of Bat Ayin. That blaze similarly caused damage to a number of homes in the town, but no residents were maimed.

At the time, firefighters did not refer to the incident as arson.

While an IDF front man asserted that Wednesday’s blaze had been caused by Molotov cocktails thrown at the settlement’s security fence, he was unable to confirm whether such materials were found at the scene.

However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
security camera footage shows three men hurling Molotov cocktails at the settlement that were believed to have caused the blaze.

A statement from residents of Karmei Tzur called on Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot to act against what they referred to as a recurring phenomenon.

"Unfortunately, the stuttering voices of containment that the State of Israel has been broadcasting to the terrorist organizations in Gazoo are being heard clearly by holy warriors in our region as well," the residents said, slamming the government.
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#1  Arabs discover fire.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/26/2018 0:04 Comments || Top||


Early-morning rocket sirens sound near Gaza after Gazan sniper wounded Israeli officer
[IsraelTimes] Alarms heard in Eshkol region, day after border region saw flareup of violence

Rocket sirens rang out in several Israeli communities near the Gazoo border early Thursday morning, a day after the volatile region saw a return to fighting following a rare period of calm. Sirens were heard in towns in the Eshkol regional council at about 5:35 a.m. Unconfirmed reports indicated area residents heard an kaboom shortly after.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.
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#2  The IDF responses do not seem to hurt Hamas bad enough to make them stop (or Pause). Perhaps a more painful response is due. Maybe a raid on the tunnels of Shifa Hospital?
Posted by: jvalentour || 07/26/2018 0:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe FAE?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/26/2018 18:28 Comments || Top||


Israel targets Gaza Strip with artillery fire, killing three
[PRESSTV] At least three people have been killed in Israel's latest series of attacks that targeted multiple locations throughout the Gazoo Strip.

Gazoo's Health Ministry on Wednesday announced that another Gazook was also critically injured while Israeli forces hit the town of Beit Lahia and other locations with artillery fire.

Israel claims that the attacks were in response to gunfire which originated from the besieged coastal sliver.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gazoo Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.

On Saturday, Israeli artillery units targeted a position of the Paleostinian Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", resistance movement in the Gazoo Strip only hours after it was announced that the Tel Aviv regime had reached a truce with Paleostinian factions in the Paleostinian enclave.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Scores of ISIS terrorists litter battlefield after Syrian Army attack in Al-Sweida
[ALMASDARNEWS] Scores of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) bad boyz were potted in northeast al-Sweida, today, after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a retaliatory attack against the terrorist forces.

Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army stormed the Islamic State’s large pocket in northeast al-Sweida this morning after the terrorist group carried out a deadly suicide kaboom in the scenic provincial capital.

Following a series of intense battles, the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces managed to liberate several areas from the Islamic State terrorists, including the town of Douma in the northeastern part of the province.

As a result of this attack, scores of Islamic State bad boyz were potted in the northeastern countryside of al-Sweida.

The Islamic State attempted to launch a counter-attack to avenge their losses in northeast al-Sweida; however, this assault would fail to yield any positive results and only ended with more losses for the terrorist forces.

ISIS has been confined to the large Badiya al-Sham region of northeast al-Sweida since they were expelled from much of the province and its neighboring areas.

The Syrian Arab Army briefly suspended their operations in northeast al-Sweida in order to concentrate on the Daraa Governorate; however, this latest terrorist attack by the group has forced them to refocus on this pocket.

Moment ISIS bomber captured alive in Swaida

[ALMASDARNEWS] Several ISIS jacket wallahs have infiltrated the southern city of Swaida this morning, sparking a series of deadly kabooms across the majority-Druze city.

The suicide kabooms were carried out while hundreds of the group’s jihadists broke through several towns and villages of the eastern countryside of the province, massacring nearly 147 civilians.

One of the suicide bombers was supposed to blew up his boom belt inside the city’s National Hospital when he was captured alive just moments before another potential carnage.

According to medical sources in the city, 147 people were killed, nearly 200 others injured in the bloody onslaught today.

Captured ISIS jihadists hanged to death in Swaida

[ALMASDARNEWS] In retaliation for more than 160 civilians killed today in a bloody massacre, the anguished people of Swaida hanged to death three ISIS jihadists who were captured alive.

Three corpses can now be seen hanging from a metal arch near the city’s National Hospital where one of them was preparing to blow up his boom belt.

Early morning, ISIS gunnies launched an onslaught on several villages located in the eastern countryside of Swaida, brutally massacring civilians.

This was done while several jacket wallahs detonated themselves in several neighborhoods of the lovely provincial capital.

Death toll from Daesh attacks in Syria's Sweida exceeds 220

[PRESSTV] A so-called monitor group says the corpse count from a spate of attacks and bombings carried out by members of the ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist group in Syria’s southwestern province of Sweida has surpassed 220.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that three attackers set off their boom belts in Sweida city, located more than 100 kilometers southeast of the capital Damascus, as other blasts hit villages to the north and east. A fourth bomb kaboom hit the city later.

"ISIS members then stormed villages in the province's northeast and killed residents in their homes," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

He added that kabooms and raids claimed the lives of 221 people, including 127 civilians.

The Observatory noted that the remaining 94 dead were local fighters from the pro-government popular defense groups, who had taken up arms to defend their villages against ISIS terrorists.

Abdel Rahman highlighted that the corpse count is expected to further rise as some of the maimed victims are at death's door and tens of people remain unaccounted for.

ISIS has grabbed credit for the violence in a statement, saying "soldiers of the caliphate" attacked Syrian government positions and security outposts in Sweida, then detonated their booby-trapped belts.
The Times of Israel adds:
Sweida, whose residents are mostly from the Druze minority, has been relatively insulated from the war that has ravaged the rest of the country since 2011.

"It's the bloodiest death toll in Sweida province since the start of the war" and one of the deadliest ever IS attacks in Syria, the Observatory chief said.
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US sanctions 8 people involved in Syria’s alleged procurement of chemical weapons
[ALMASDARNEWS] The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned eight individuals and five entities for their involvement in Syria’s alleged procurement of chemical weapons.

"These five entities and eight individuals are key components of a vast network procuring electronics on behalf of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), the agency responsible for the development of Syria’s chemical weapons," the U.S. Treasury Department stated.

"Syria’s horrific use of chemical weapons, including attacks against innocent women and kiddies, remains deeply embedded in our minds. Today, we are continuing our campaign to stop the Assad regime’s ruthless attacks by targeting the procurement networks that have supported its chemical weapons program. Along with Sunday’s actions by the French, and together with our law enforcement partners, today’s actions reinforce our ongoing international efforts with our allies to halt these atrocities," said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. "We remain firm in our resolve to counter Syria’s horrific use of chemical weapons, and will continue to take aggressive action against those who supply the SSRC and enhance Syria’s capacity to produce and use chemical weapons," they continued.

According to their statement, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned six people that work for Electronics Katrangi Trading (EKT), including one Chinese national.

The U.S. Treasuryalso sanctioned two former residents of the United States for doing business with Electronics Katrangi Trading (EKT).

All of these individuals and entities will also be sanctioned by the French government, the U.S. Treasury reported.

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