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101st Airborne, US Special Forces Called Into Ghazni Battle
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Afghanistan
101st Airborne, US Special Forces Called Into Ghazni Battle
[Funker] To keep the city of Ghazni from totally collapsing into Taliban control, the Pentagon has sent units from the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, as well as US Army Special Forces "Green Berets" to assist the Afghan National Army in stomping out the attacking insurgents.

The 101st Airborne Apache attack helicopters have been pummeling Taliban positions for days, and combat "advisor" troops currently of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade are augmenting Afghan National Army units on the streets of Ghazni.

The arrival of the American troops immediately turned the tide of the fight as mixed reports indicate that the Taliban insurgents have been pushed out of the city into the outlying suburbs and rural areas. The NATO-led Operation Resolute Support is claiming that the American airstrikes alone have killed more than 220 Taliban since Friday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2018 07:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [545 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Freedom is not free - a good man already paid the ultimate price: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/afghanistan/article-6057071/US-commando-dies-explosion-southern-Afghanistan.html

I feel that the entire population of 7th Century Afghanistan is not worth the blood of one US Army Private - and that we have no business shedding blood and spending treasure in that hell-hole.

All US casualties in Afghanistan died in vain. It pains me to say it - but it is true. They do not call that accursed place "The Graveyard of Empires" for nothing.
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 08/15/2018 12:14 Comments || Top||

#2 
"MOAB! MOAB!"
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 15:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Some things are simply beyond repair. Oftentimes difficult to accept, but true nonetheless.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2018 15:12 Comments || Top||

#4  What do we do to keep the jihadi problem from metastasizing, gentlemen, given that the borders of Pakistan and Iran are both porous and both countries are gateways to the West? Afghanistan is for the Afghans to fix, but how do we keep them from providing a safe space in which transnational jihadi groups can grow big enough to infect the rest of the world? The Viet Kong were beaten in Viet Nam, but they had safe havens across the border from which they burst out to overrun the country.

Afghanistan and the Pashtun border regions host the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), the original Al Qaeda cadres, ISIS, Uighurs, Chechens, etc. (someone else would be better able to lay out the list of hard boy inhabitants of the area — I can’t keep them all in mind). And they trade personnel and training like boys trade baseball cards. Even though Pakistan has started building a fence along the Durand Line, odds are it will never be finished, and even the finished bits will not be impervious to bribes, while Iran welcomes those who would be their tools, given a little support. Some of the bin Laden family and their friends have been sheltering in Iran since the excitements at Tora Bora.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 15:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I agree with TW and Besoeker, and propose that the US withdraw from Afganistan with a simple warning that if any entity or government allows a re-establishment of terrorist havens that area will be reduced to rubble, all signs of civilization will be destroyed, and that neither aid nor reconstruction will be allowed. If they want a no man's land, then give it to them. I don't want my great-grandchildren to learn how to spell Afganistan.
Posted by: brujotejano || 08/15/2018 16:00 Comments || Top||

#6  What do we do to keep the jihadi problem from metastasizing, gentlemen, given that the borders of Pakistan and Iran are both porous and both countries are gateways to the West?
It seems pretty obvious that what we are doing is not working and is not likely to ever work. Perhaps there is no good answer to this question.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/15/2018 16:53 Comments || Top||

#7  VX, or something similar. Area denial weapons.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/15/2018 17:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Neutron emitters with 1000 year half life.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/15/2018 17:29 Comments || Top||

#9  No more US involvement. Get out of Afghanistan. Now. We have been nation-building there since 2001.

"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains.
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains.
And go to your g-d like a soldier.
"
Posted by: irishrageboy || 08/15/2018 17:52 Comments || Top||

#10  The Old British Colonial Policy was called "Butcher And Bolt" -- every generation mount a massive Punitive Raid to convince the surviving "sane" tribals to restrict their banditry and mayhem to within their own borders.
Posted by: magpie || 08/15/2018 18:07 Comments || Top||

#11  brujotejano, we have the power but not the will.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/15/2018 18:10 Comments || Top||

#12  As my father used to say, gettafukout!
Posted by: Raj || 08/15/2018 18:47 Comments || Top||

#13  The Old British Colonial Policy was called "Butcher And Bolt"

I believe the Israelis talk about mowing the grass, For them it used to be every 10-15 years, as each generation of kids became old enough to self-organize, but Hamas in Gaza seems to require about a doubled tempo.

if any entity or government allows a re-establishment of terrorist havens

The havens have been in place in Afghanistan for decades, brutotejano. The fighting between the Taliban and ISIS in several provinces over the past week or so has led to several hunded deaths, suggesting a good many more bad guys remain unkilled. If the Afghan government were capable of dealing with the problem, they would have done so, but they are very far from that at this point.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 20:20 Comments || Top||

#14  fwiw, Operation Enduring Freedom was declared over in December 2014 and we are now in Operation Freedom's Sentinal, below are quotes from Obama and Hagel

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"Today's ceremony in Kabul marks a milestone for our country," Obama said. "For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion."

"At the end of this year," Hagel said, "as our Afghan partners assume responsibility for the security of their country, the United States officially concludes Operation Enduring Freedom. … In 2015, we begin our follow-on mission -- Operation Freedom's Sentinel -- to help secure and build upon the hard-fought gains of the last 13 years.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/15/2018 21:02 Comments || Top||

#15  I don't think "responsible" and "responsibility" have the usual meaning in these two quotes.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 22:40 Comments || Top||


Fresh clashes erupt among Taliban and ISIS in Nangarhar province
[KhaamaPress] Fresh festivities have erupted among the Talibs and the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) forces of Evil 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 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the latest festivities have erupted between the two sides in Deh Bala district.

The source further added that the latest festivities have left one ISIS turban dead so far.

In the meantime, Silab Corps in a statement said the US forces have also conducted an Arclight airstrike in Deh Bala district, leaving one ISIS turban dead.

The anti-government armed turban groups including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as scores of Taliban and ISIS forces of Evil were killed during the similar festivities in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan few weeks ago.

At least 250 ISIS forces of Evil also surrendered to the Afghan forces after their main stronghold was overrun by the Talibs in Darzab district.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 02:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Who to root for? Both?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/15/2018 6:55 Comments || Top||

#2  As we used to cheer when I was young:

Rah rah ree
Kick ‘em in the knee!
Rah rah rass
Kick ‘em in the other knee!
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought that Muslims were supposed to be gentle with each other.

The ironic thing is that most of the victims of Muslim terrorism are other Muslims.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/15/2018 9:10 Comments || Top||


Afghan forces foil bomb explosions in two different parts of Kabul
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops have foiled two kabooms in two different parts of capital Kabul as the anti-government armed forces of Evil are attempting to increase attacks in key provinces and cities of the country.

The Criminal Investigation Department said Tuesday that an improvised bomb was discovered from Deh Mazang area of the city close to Park Shahr.

The forces of Evil had planted the bomb and were looking to detonate it using a remote control but it was discovered and defused by the security forces during a patrol in the area.

In the meantime, the Criminal Investigation Department said a similar improvised bomb was planted close to the security commandment of Qarabagh.

The source further added that the bomb was discovered and defused at around 7am local time today before the forces of Evil manage to detonate it.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 02:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under:


'We won't survive': Residents speak of ongoing battle in Ghazni
[Al Jazeera] As Afghan cops backed by US airpower continue to battle Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters in the eastern city of Ghazni, hundreds of civilians have been displaced with little means to survive.

Fighting raged for a fifth-straight day on Tuesday following the brazen attack by the gang that threatens the control of the strategic city, about 150km south of the capital, Kabul.

While information has been scarce, an estimated 400 people have been killed so far, including about 150 civilians, according the UN and the Afghan ministry of defence.

"When the fighting intensified, we knew we would die if we didn't leave our home to travel to Kabul," Ghazni resident Yassan Yassan, 21, told Al Jazeera, adding the Taliban had cut electricity and water supplies across the city.

Recalling the violence, Yassan said: "I witnessed a rocket landing on a group of people attempting to escape. All of them died."

She also said the Taliban set government buildings on fire and blocked several areas including the Kabul-Kandahar highway.

"We had to pass through dangerous areas to get to Kabul, we witnessed the worst festivities between the Taliban and security forces," said Yassan.

The UN's Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said between 130 and 150 civilians have reportedly been killed, but those figures remained unconfirmed.

Sanela Bajrambasic, a representative of International Committee of the Red Thingy, told Al Jazeera from Geneva that the situation deteriorated very fast.

"It is a sad reality and it is leaving deep wounds on [Ghazni's residents]," she said. "We have been focused on helping the local hospital. As of today, we are also trying to help collect bodies and to transport them back to their families."

Bodies of Pakistanis killed in Ghazni city being shifted to Pakistan: Khattak

[KhaamaPress] The leader of the Awami National Party
founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism....
of Pakistain Afrasiab Khattak has said that the dead bodies of the Pakistanis killed in Ghazni city clashes, are being shifted to Pakistan. Khattak was citing reports regarding the killing and apprehension of several Pakistani militants during the Ghazni clashes as he asked the Pakistani authorities in for an explanation.

Calling the involvement of the Pakistani militants the repetition of the Jalalabad fiasco in 1989, Khattak said authorities in Pakistan must change its policy.

This comes as the Afghan defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami said Monday that the attack on Ghazni city was carried out by Taliban with the support of foreign militants, including Pakistanis, Chechens, and Arabs.

In regards to the casualties of the militants, Bahrami said at least 194 militants have been killed so far, including 12 of their senior commanders. He also added that more than 147 militants have sustained injuries while 20 civilians were also killed during the clashes.

This comes as clashes continue between the Taliban militants and the Afghan forces in Ghazni city since early Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Yassan said: "I witnessed a rocket landing on a group of people attempting to escape. All of them died."

Maybe if some 'stood their ground' this would be over.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2018 14:01 Comments || Top||

#2  They could always dump their religion.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 15:13 Comments || Top||


Taliban attacks kill 4 police in southern province
[ARABNEWS] An official says Taliban attacks have killed four police in southern Zabul province.

Provincial police chief Mustafa Mayar says the Taliban attacked security posts in the Zabul capital of Qalat early Wednesday, killing the four and wounding three other officers.

He says the gunbattle lasted several hours during which the Taliban used artillery and heavy guns. The attack also left seven rebels dead and five others wounded.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Egypt arrests 13 on anniversary of 2013 'Rabaa massacre'
[Al Jazeera] Egyptian police have locked away
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
13 alleged Moslem Brüderbund members, accusing them of inciting protests marking the fifth anniversary of the so-called Rabaa massacre.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that six people were arrested in a Cairo suburb, including three who had been sentenced in absentia to 10 to 15 years on terror charges.

They will now face a re-trial.

The other seven were held northwest of the capital.
"We received information that they had been planning to hold meetings ... with the aim of provoking citizens to mark the fifth anniversary by staging demonstrations and sowing chaos," the ministry statement read
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Egypt's prosecution detains 6 'terrorist elements' over failed church attack
[AlAhram] Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek ordered on Tuesday the detention of six "terrorist elements" for 15 days pending investigation into accusations of their involvement in a failed terrorist attack on a church near Cairo on Saturday.

Egypt's Supreme State Security Prosecution has charged the detainees with "harming the national unity and social peace, embracing tafkiri beliefs, carrying out hostile acts against vital state installations, places of worship, the military and police forces, and targeting the Church of the Virgin Mary in Qalioubiya," a prosecution statement read.

The prosecution has also charged the detainees with joining an illegal terrorist group which aims at obstructing the provisions of the constitution.

On Saturday, Egyptian police foiled a suicide kaboom attempt at a church in the town of Mostorod in Qalioubiya governorate. The attacker detonated his boom belt killing himself.

There were no other casualties.

One day following the failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
, the interior ministry revealed that it had identified the dear departed as 29-year-old Omar Mostafa, a member of a terrorist cell, as well as six other suspects.

Tight security around all Egypt's churches, according to police statements, were the reason why Mostafa detonated his explosives before he could enter the church.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under:


Egypt arrests 13 fugitive Brotherhood members for 'planning to disrupt nation's security'
[AlAhram] Egyptian police tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
13 runaway leaders and members of the Moslem Brüderbund in 6 October city who were aobut to launch a plot to disrupt the country's security, the interior ministry said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry said that National Security Intelligence had detected communications between runaway members of the Brotherhood abroad and inside the country.

They aimed at reviving the activities of the organization by spreading rumours to provoke citizens and incite protests and disrupt the country’s security on the five-year anniversary of the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, which falls on Tuesday.

The arrested Brotherhood members and leaders are from Sohag and Beheira governorates. They possessed organizational plans, large amounts of money in different currencies and computers, according to the ministry.

The ministry said that legal proceedings have been initiated against them and they have been referred to State Security Prosecution for further investigations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Arabia
Saudi-UAE air raids target Yemen's Hodeidah
[Al Jazeera] Saudi-UAE coalition air strikes on Yemen’s Hodeida province have killed and maimed several people, medical sources said.

A spokesperson from the Houthi-affiliated health ministry said Tuesday's attacks on the city of Duraihami killed at least 13 civilians and injured 24 others.

Doctor Youssef al-Hadri said that latest attacks hit a heavily populated area, damaging civilian infrastructure including medical facilities and mosques.

Hadri added that medics from the International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) were being prevented from entering the city.

The ICRC for its part expressed concern with recent developments in the city and said it was still assessing the extent of the damage.

Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  but it was only Sunday that we were told:
Saudi Coalition unlikely to launch Hodeidah offensive again
[ALMASDARNEWS] Yemen’s government troops, which do not control a sizable part of that country’s territory, will hardly storm the biggest port city of Hodeidah held by Houthi rebels, Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin told TASS.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/15/2018 14:39 Comments || Top||


Taiz governor survives assassination attack in Aden
[ARABNEWS] A roadside kaboom in Yemen’s southern city of Aden targeted the convoy of a Saudi-backed provincial governor but he was unhurt, witnesses said on Tuesday.

Some people were maimed in the attack on Ameen Mahmood, governor of Taiz province and a member of Yemen’s internationally recognized government in exile.

"The governor was not injured, but some of the escorts were maimed and taken to hospital," an official at the governor’s office told Rooters.

The number of liquidations and bombings in Aden has increased dramatically despite the presence of the Yemeni president and his government in the coastal city.

Elsewhere, the Yemeni army said a family was killed by a 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 ...
bombing in al-Sada village in Hajjah province, according to al-Ekhbariya.

The army said that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia are bombing and targeting civilians in Hajjah following field losses.

Hayran directorate in Hajjah province has also become a flashpoint for militia after defeats in Harad and Midi.

Yemeni National Army forces are approaching violent confrontations in the Aham triangle, which is only six kilometers from the center of Harad.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
Crash outside UK Parliament treated as terror attack
[NYPOST] A man plowed a car into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday morning, injuring at least three people before being jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on suspicion of terrorism, officials said.

The man was driving a Ford Fiesta on the wrong side of the road at up to 50 mph when it mounted the sidewalk and struck a group of pedestrians and cyclists before slamming into the barriers, the Telegraph reported.

The suspect, who is in his 20s, was captured about 7:30 a.m. local time and was being held on suspicion of terrorist offenses, according to Scotland Yard.

No one else was in the car and authorities said no weapons had been recovered from the scene.

Two people were taken to local hospitals and another was treated at the scene. One woman remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, but her injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening, officials said.

"Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command," said Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu.

"Our priority is to formally identify the suspect and establish his motivations if we can. He is not currently cooperating," he added.

The BBC, citing unnamed sources, said the suspect is from the Birmingham area in central England and, while not known to the MI5 domestic spy agency or Britannia’s counter-terrorism network, was known to police.

"At this early stage of the investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police," Basu said, according to Rooters.

‘Sudanese immigrant terror attacker’ who drove around London for hours before smashing his car into cyclists outside Parliament leaving 15 hurt

[DailyMail]
  • Salih Khater, from Birmingham, veered off road into pedestrians and cyclists at Parliament Square at 7.37am

  • Emerged 29 year old drove from flat in Hall Green, Birmingham, to London on Monday before driving around

  • Cruised tourist hotspots around Tottenham Court Road before 1.25am and 5.55am before going to Whitehall

Police raid addresses in Nottingham and Birmingham over Westminster 'terror attack': British suspect who WAS known to officers but not MI5 'used a Ford Fiesta bought two months ago to mow down 15 cyclists'

[DailyMail] The suspect is believed to have lived above an internet café in Sparkhill, Birmingham, reports Sky News. Police have been searching the flat for several hours today.

Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command are searching another address in Birmingham, where the suspect is said to be known to police, and a flat in the Radford area of Nottingham over the attack, but have not arrested anyone else.

Neighbours of the house searched in Nottingham have said the flat is home to six Sudanese people, and a security source told HuffPost that the suspect is a British citizen of a Sudanese origin.

There has been no suggestion that the suspect lived in the address searched in Nottingham, nor has it been established what its connection to the crime was.

Although Scotland Yard have been treating the incident as a terrorist attack, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said 'we must keep an open mind'.

Britain faces 700 live terror probes: After new attack on Westminster, officials reveal the scale of the threat to the UK
Update at 9:00a.m. from the bullet-pointed Daily Mail article, above:
The Sudanese-born immigrant accused of bringing terror to Westminster was being investigated over 'irregularities' in his British citizenship application before the attack, MailOnline understands.

Salih Khater, 29, was also thrown off his university accountancy course in May after failing his first year and lost his father and brother in the months before he used his Ford Fiesta to plough into crowds during yesterday's rush hour.

MailOnline understands that Khater had recently been told by the Home Office he was being probed over possible irregularities in his successful application to become a British citizen.

There could be a number of reasons for this apparent dispute, one could be that immigration officials may have discovered discrepancies in his original application to live in the UK such as his age or documents provided as evidence.

Khater studied electrical engineering at the Sudan University of Science and Technology and grew up in the rural town of Wad Madani, around 150 miles south-east of Khartoum, Sudan, where his mother and father farmed millet, and came to the UK around five years ago, possibly as an asylum seeker. He moved to Britain without his family.

He settled in Birmingham where he was described as a quiet loner who loved Celine Dion, smoking shisha and whiling away time at an internet cafe below his old flat in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham.

Until May he was studying accountancy at Coventry University but had his place 'terminated' after failing the first year, while friends said his poor English meant he couldn't complete a pharmacy course 12 months earlier.

Police are today searching his tenth floor council flat just ten minutes from the former home of Khalid Masood, whose murderous rampage 17 months ago appears to have inspired Khater's own carborne attack yesterday. Searches of his old flat and a Nottingham house linked to his car have been completed.

Police are analysing PC from internet cafe he used on the day before launching attack.

One man, who lived near him at the Brinklow tower block told MailOnline: 'He was a Muslim and would go to the mosque but I never once heard him say anything about hating the west.

'He was just a normal guy and we would sit and have a laugh and a drink. In all the time I have known him he never seemed angry or upset about what was going on.'

Khater has so far refused to cooperate with counter terror police.

Another friend said Khater had seemed unhappy in recent weeks.

'He was always on his mobile phone and would use the charger in the shop al the time. He was never off the phone and for the last couple of months he was unhappy. I do not know what was affecting him, but he was not himself.'
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Known wolf.

The British securitate (formerly known as police) will do nothing as these muslims are more valuable than British people are to the establishment.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/15/2018 5:12 Comments || Top||

#2  the ford fiesta gets pretty good mileage so at least he was an environmentally responsible terrorist
Posted by: lord garth || 08/15/2018 5:18 Comments || Top||

#3  If they get too close to injuring a somebody in the government, of course it's terrorism.
And will be dealt with briskly.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/15/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  The man was driving a Ford Fiesta on the wrong side of the road at up to 50 mph

Must have been a Yank.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2018 14:03 Comments || Top||


Europe
Four injured, one seriously, in French knife rampage; terror motive ruled out
[IsraelTimes] An Afghan asylum-seeker was enjugged
Please don't kill me!
after launching a drunken and frenzied knife attack in the sleepy southwestern French town of Perigueux, injuring four people including one seriously, police say.

The incident began Monday evening with the 19-year-old man, who was known to have psychological problems according to local authorities, lashing out at cars outside his home.

The head of the ambulance service for the area, Jean-Jacques Girard, tells the regional Sud-Ouest daily that he was seen "kicking and banging a first vehicle with his feet and fists, then a second" and also "rounding on female motorists."

Two paramedics who witnessed the incident tried to calm the man down but after disappearing inside his home he returned with a knife and attacked them, leaving them with injuries to the head and neck.

He then turned on two brothers aged 64 and 68 living next door, leaving one with a perforated lung and the other with stab wounds to the back.

The man was eventually overpowered by one of the brothers and a man of 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...
ian origin, who stepped in to help wrestle his knife away.

Police have arrested the man and placed him in jug on charges of aggravated violence.

They have ruled out any terrorist motive.
It’s not formal jihad, merely the permitted violence against dhimmis whenever a member of the Master Religion so chooses. It matters not whether said member is sane or a bit off his rocker, only his desire matters, and that the conquered submit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 01:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Of course not.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2018 2:48 Comments || Top||


Masked vandals torch dozens of cars in Sweden
[DAWN] Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said on Tuesday, in what they suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election.

Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Sweden's second largest city of Gothenburg late on Monday.

Authorities said two suspects aged between 16 and 21 have been locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
so far in Gothenburg and would be questioned on Tuesday.

Police said they believe the attacks were organised on social media. No one was injured in the car blazes.

"We've never seen this many cars set on fire before," Hans Lippens, police front man in western Sweden, told AFP.

The incident fired up the rubes among Swedish politicians who are busy campaigning for the September 9 general election.

"I'm furious. My question to (the perpetrators) is: what the hell are you doing?" Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told public broadcaster Swedish Radio on Tuesday.

"You're ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighbourhoods," Lofven said, adding the incident "looked very coordinated, almost like a military operation".

Cars set ablaze is common in Sweden. In Stockholm's suburbs alone, such crimes happen almost on a daily basis, usually attributed to disadvantaged youths.

Last year, 1,457 cars were "deliberately" set on fire across Sweden, compared to 1,641 in 2016, according to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency's figures.

"Sweden has tolerated this for too long. This must end now," Ulf Kristersson, leader of the conservative opposition party, the Moderates, wrote on his Facebook account.

Last year in February, two days after US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's baffling comments linking crime to immigration in Sweden, riots broke out in the immigrant-heavy northern Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby.

Dozens of youths clashed with police after they arrested a suspected drug pusher in Rinkeby. The rioters threw stones at police, burned cars and looted shops.

Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said on Tuesday .... Police said they believe the attacks were organised on social media. No one was injured in the car blazes.

Except for the last part about nobody being injured, I would say that Sweden has an Antifa problem, too.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 15:12 Comments || Top||

#2  So Sweden has Mormons, too?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/15/2018 21:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Sweden has had violent antifa groups for decades now, modeled on the German model; I've seen them, a few times, wage running battles with the police in the streets of Stockholm. The car-BQs are the work of a separate group -- the imported, discontent "youths".
Posted by: Si vis pacem || 08/15/2018 22:17 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Suspect wanted in Raiwind blast case killed in ‘encounter’
[DAWN] A suspect, said to be a former employee of the Pakistain Air Force who was wanted in some terrorism cases, was killed in a Count­er-Terrorism Depart­ment raid on his house here on Tuesday.

While the police claimed that the man, Nural Haq, was killed in an exchange of gunfire, his relatives alleged that the CTD team shot him dead despite his surrender.

The relatives and people of the area took his body to Amn Chowk and staged a sit-in.

The protesters dema­nded registration of an FIR against the CTD personnel and urged the chief justice of Pakistain to immediately take suo motu
...a legal term, from the Latin. Roughly translated it means I saw what you did, you bastard...
notice of the incident.

The incident took place within the city cop shoppe’s jurisdiction when the CTD personnel raided the house of Nural Haq, the dear departed, in the Sher­dadkhel Cham area at midnight.

Family members of the dear departed alleged that the CTD personnel entered their house and started firing on Nural Haq and picked up one of his brothers, but released him later.

According to IG Mohammad Tahir Khan, it was a joint CTD team from Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He said the dear departed was wanted in the Raiwind blast case, which claimed 10 lives on March 10 this year.

City cop shoppe SHO Qamar Zaman said that Nural Haq was a retired official of the PAF. He was wanted to the CTD in several cases of terrorist attacks. He was incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in an attack on former president Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
, but was set free later, the SHO added.

CTD officials said that the raiding team wanted to arrest the accused, but he opened fire on them, injuring one CTD man. Then the CTD team returned fire, killing Nural Haq.

But the family of the dear departed said that Nural Haq did not open fire and was ready to surrender, but the CTD personnel shot him dead inside his house.

The locals and relatives took the body to the government high school playground for funeral, but later placed it at Amn Chowk and blocked Swabi-Mardan Road, Swabi-Jehangira Road, Swabi-Topi Road and Maneri-Swabi Road.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
More Improvised Weaponized Drones Emerge In Iraq, Now With The Police (videos)
[Funker] As we recently saw, ISIS is using drones fitted with 40mm grenades, now called ISIS40 drones, to effectively engage coalition forces in and around Mosul. In one of their videos, they attempted to edit in, and pass off as authentic, a small fixed-wing, remote aircraft as the drone responsible. However, based on the static hovering, and in-place turning, we concluded that the actual drone used would have to be a multi rotor remote helicopter.

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#1  And you thought my badminton racket was gauche.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2018 13:57 Comments || Top||


Four civilians, security personnel wounded while dispersing protest, north of Basra
Basra (IraqiNews.com) Four civilians and security personnel were maimed during an attempt by troops to disperse a protest that was staged, north of Basra, a police source said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said, "a huge protest was staged near al-Qurna oilfield, north of Basra, to voice demands of jobs and better services."

Protesters, according to the source, "tried to break into the oilfield, which urged the Rapid Response troops, to fire live ammunition in the air to disperse the demonstrators."

The protesters "responded by hurling stones after firing, which left two conscripts maimed," the source said, adding that "army jets were flying above the protest area and the oilfield. The protest is still staged."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Mosul clearance continues: 8 turbans tied up, rubble bounced in 4 turban hideouts


Eight Islamic State members arrested, west of Mosul: Interior Ministry

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Eight Islamic State members were arrested in west of Mosul, the Interior Ministry’s Security Media Center said on Tuesday.

In a statement by the center, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said Nineveh police “managed to arrest eight Islamic State members. All of them were fighting with the group, while it was in control of the city. They took part in battles against security troops.”

The militants, according to the statement, “were arrested in al-Quds, Tes’ein and al-Intissar regions, west of Mosul.”

Iraqi warplanes destroy four terrorist hotbeds of Islamic State in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Four terrorist hotbeds of Islamic State were destroyed Tuesday in the group’s previously proclaimed capital Mosul, Iraqi authorities announced.

In a statement, quoted by Baghdad Today, the Iraqi Security Media Center said that the Iraqi Air Force launched an airstrike on Imam Gharbi village in Mosul, leaving four hideouts of Islamic State destroyed.

“The operation also left two boats used by Islamic State militants destroyed,” according to the statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Diyala dead & otherwise dudes: turban attack on checkpoint foiled, farmer kaboomed


Iranian-backed PMFs foil Islamic State attack on security checkpoint in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – The Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs) foiled on Tuesday an armed attack by Islamic State militants on one of their security checkpoints in eastern Diyala, a local source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the Baghdad Post website, the source said that a group of Islamic State militants launched an armed attack on a PMF checkpoint on the outskirts of Sharwin village in eastern Diyala, but no casualties were reported.

According to the source, “the Islamic State militants used heavy and medium weapons in their assault,” adding that the security situation in the village is now under control.

Bomb explosion leaves farmer on motorbike wounded in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi farmer was wounded Tuesday in a bomb explosion in southwestern Baqubah, a security source said.

“An explosive charge went off in al-Aitha area on the outskirts of Bani Saad district in southwestern Baqubah,” the source told Alghad Press.

“The explosion left a farmer, who was passing by the scene on a motorbike, injured,” the source pointed out.

He added that the injured farmer was moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, while the security forces opened a probe into the attack.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad bomb & bullet bulletin: 7 kaboomed by criminals, 2 more by unknowns


Seven people killed, injured in explosion in Sadr city, east of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three civilians were killed, while four others were injured in an explosion in a market in Sadr city, east of the capital, the Baghdad Operations Command said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the command said it carried out more than a campaign “to confiscate unlicensed weapons in Mureidi market and other regions in Baghdad.”

The command reiterated through the statement “necessity to report about strange bodies and elements that grasp on any chance to trade in unlicensed weapons.”

A security source previously told Baghdad Today website that the “preliminary information indicates that the explosion was a criminal not a terrorist one that resulted from a bomb.”

Two civilians injured in bomb blast, south of Baghdad: Source

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two civilians were injured in a bomb blast, which occurred near a football playground, south of Baghdad, a security source said on Tuesday.

“Two civilians were wounded as a bomb blast took place in Abu Dusheir region, south of Baghdad,” the source told Almaalomah website.

The bomb, according to the source, “took place near a football playground. Security troops cordoned off the region and rescued the injured.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF: Soldiers nab 3 Palestinians with pipe bombs near West Bank settlement
[IsraelTimes] In separate case, 2 bombs are thrown at the Rachel's Tomb holy site in Bethlehem

Israeli troops jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
three Paleostinian suspects armed with pipe bombs outside a settlement in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, the army said.

In a separate case, on the other side of the West Bank, two pipe bombs were thrown at the Rachel’s Tomb holy site in Bethlehem. The explosives failed to detonate and "did not endanger anyone and caused no injuries," police said.

According to the military, three suspects were spotted by a soldier who was monitoring surveillance cameras in the area between the Paleostinian village of Deir al-Hatab and the Israeli settlement of Elon Moreh, near Nablus.

Soldiers were called to the area, who arrested the three Paleostinians.

"After a search, four pipe bombs were found in their possession," the military said.

The suspects were handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

Police said the two pipe bombs were thrown from the Paleostinian side of the barrier surrounding the pilgrimage site.

Sappers were called to the scene to neutralize the explosives, and border guards closed down the area and set up roadblocks in order to search for the perpetrators of the attempted pipe kaboom, police said.

On Monday night and early Tuesday morning, Israeli troops arrested 21 Paleostinian suspects and shuttered an illegal weapons manufacturing workshop in a series of raids across the West Bank, the military said.

Riots broke out in two Paleostinian villages as a result of the raids, with residents throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails and explosives at IDF troops, who retaliated with less-lethal weapons and gunshots had gun sex, the army said.

No Israeli injuries were reported.

Troops also began preparations to demolish the family home of Islam Yusef Abu Hamid, a Paleostinian man from the el-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah who is suspected of killing IDF soldier Ronen Lubarsky earlier this year by dropping a stone slab on his head, the IDF said.
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#1  "Hey! They're for personal use!"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/15/2018 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  "Hey! They're for personal use!"

Would you please give us a demonstration?
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 22:41 Comments || Top||



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