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Israel Police Arrest Palestinian Trying To Enter Court With Pipe Bomb
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Afghanistan
Taliban kill 14 pro-government militia members in Afghanistan - officials
[Jpost] Talibs killed at least 14 members of a pro-government militia in Afghanistan on Wednesday, said officials, as Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and U.S. officials near a deal aimed at ending the 18-year war.

Government officials said 14 members of the militia were killed and several civilians were maimed during festivities in the western province of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
Abdul Ahad Walizada, a front man for Heart police, said the 14 men were killed in Rubat-e-Sangi district of Herat after a large number of Taliban fighters stormed security checkpoints in the Chahardara area.

"At least nine others are maimed in the festivities and the Talibs were pushed back after Afghan forces reinforced the area," said Walizada.

Taliban officials were not immediately available for a comment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 07:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Pakistan defends shelling which recently killed, wounded 9 Afghan children
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistain has claimed that the military of the country only resorts to shelling on Afghan districts in ’self-defense’.

According to a statement released by Foreign Ministry of Pakistain "As a matter of policy, Pakistain does not fire across Pak-Afghan Border. Cross border attacks by Terrorists on Army/FC posts are responded to in self-defense only."

The statement further added "Pakistain has formally shared location of these terrorist camps in the areas mentioned and has requested Government of Afghanistan to deploy its forces in these areas to bring it under their effective control."

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch clutched at his shoulder. Ow! he exclaimed, with feeling......
the Afghan officials say the latest wave of shelling by Pak military has killed three children in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

Officials in Kunar Police Headquarters said the shelling also maimed 6 other children.

The officials further added that a rocket landed in Dangam district killing three children and wounding six others.

The provincial officials also added that the Pak military has fired more than 700 artillery shells and mortar rounds on Kunar in the past one month.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Bastards. They just fired on tribal dwellings and gypsy camps. The sons of bitches are just trying to act smart, show the Afghans what's coming when the US leaves.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/29/2019 3:29 Comments || Top||

#2  ..yeah, but when the US leaves it has no use for Pakistan, even in its duplicitous form.

One thing about American firepower our opponents have learned, is to stay as close as possible to the Americans so they don't fratricide their own. [Unless Bill Carpenter is around]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/29/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||


Airstrikes kill 13 Taliban, ISIS-K militants; destroy multiple caches of weapons
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in various restive provinces which killed 13 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
and ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
bad boys.

The informed military sources said Wednesday that the airstrikes also destroyed a number of caches of weapons.

The sources further added that an airstrike killed 1 Taliban bad boy in Shah Joi district Zabul.

Similarly, the airstrikes in Qurghan district of Faryab province killed 3 Talibs an destroyed a small cache of weapons.

The security forces also conducted an airstrike in Pachri Wa Agam district of 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 which killed 2 ISIS Khurasan bad boys.

The sources said another airstrike killed a Taliban bad boy in Shahid-e Hasas district of Uruzgan province.

The security forces conducted another airstrike in Shindand district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province which killed 2 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons.

The sources also added that airstrikes in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province killed 4 Talibs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:


Afghan forces repulse Taliban attack on Gurziwan district of Faryab
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces repulsed a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attack on Gurziwan district of Faryab province in North of the country.

The 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement the Talibs led by Makhdoom Aalim, the military commission chief of Taliban, launched an attack on Gurziwan district.

However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the Afghan forces effectively responded to the attack killing 3 Death Eaters and wounding 6 others.

The statement further added that the security forces also killed Sheikh Zakaria and Mullah Mohammad, the two local commanders of Taliban.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militant brutally kills his father in Jawzjan province
The Taliban are not known for being princes among men.
[KhaamaPress] A Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bully boy has brutally murdered his father in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in the North, citing the local sources said in a statement that Fraidoon, one of the turbans of Taliban in Jawzjan province killed his father on charges of supporting the government.

The statement further added that the victim was also speaking against the activities of the Talibs.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch started the buffalo stampeding......
the sources have said the Taliban fighter beat feet from the area after shooting his father to death.

The sources also added that Fraidoon was fighting in Taliban ranks for the past several years and his father had severed ties with him.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban’s deputy Red Unit commander among 37 killed in Paktika, Paktiya operations
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops killed 37 Talibs including the deputy commander of the Red Unit of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
and Paktiya provinces.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the security forces conducted the operations in Zurmat district of Paktiya and Mata Khan district of Paktika provinces.

The statement further added that the security forces also arrested 3 Talibs during the same operations.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces confiscated 3 Chinese-made Ak-47s, a PKM machine gun, 9 ammunition magazines, a radio set, 5 cycle of violences and some other military kits.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the security forces also killed the deputy Red Unit Commander of Taliban during the same operations.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


U.S. airstrikes kill, wound 19 Taliban militants in Ghazni and Paktika
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. forces conducted separate Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Ghazni and Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
provinces killing or wounding at least 19 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in Mir Khan area of Qarabagh district and Dalani of Aab district in Ghazni.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed 11 Talibs, destroyed a vehicle and two cycle of violences.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the U.S. forces also conducted an airstrike in Malik Shahi area of Bermal district in Paktika.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said the airstrike killed 5 Talibs and maimed 3 others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Heavy fighting breaks out in Zatarna region, southeast #Tripoli
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
King-of-the-Hill Calvinball Intense fighting between Allies in Yemen
[TheGuardian] Escalation in war for control of Aden between government and UAE-backed separatists

Intense fighting has broken out between former allies in Yemen’s complex war for control of the interim capital Aden, threatening to open a new front in the war and raising fears for civilians’ safety.

Forces loyal to the Yemeni government were hit by airstrikes on Thursday as they travelled towards Aden, killing at least 30 troops, a government commander said.

While he did not say who carried out the strikes, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia is the only party to the four-year-old conflict with airpower. The attack is a major escalation in a three-week struggle for control of Aden between the Yemeni government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) movement, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates. Officials in the UAE declined to comment on the strikes.

The government and the STC are ostensibly allies in the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Houthi rebels who seized much of north Yemen and the capital, Sana'a, in 2014. The STC's ultimate goal, however, is independence for the south from what it says is corruption and mismanagement by Hadi's government, which it says has ties to Islamists.

The rift has also exposed tensions between coalition members Saudi Arabia, which backs President Hadi, and the UAE, which funds the STC and arms its fighting forces.
More at the Guardian.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/29/2019 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:


Yemen Forces Enter Aden after Seizure by Separatists
[AnNahar] 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...
government forces entered the interim capital Aden and recaptured a nearby province Wednesday, officials said, pushing back separatists who had seized parts of the south this month.

"The national army and security services reached at this moment the interim capital and begin to secure districts," Yemeni Information Minister Moammer al-Eryani said on Twitter.

The main gate of the city's airport had also been secured, he added.

An AFP correspondent in the east of the city witnessed shelling by advancing government forces who came fresh from their success in taking back control of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province to the east.

"Heroes of the national army and security agencies have retaken Zinjibar city, the capital of Abyan province, and complete their control over other districts of the province," Eryani said.

A pro-government source told AFP that fighting had erupted in the streets of the city, as loyalist troops fanned out there.

The separatists, who seek an independent South Yemen, seized Aden on August 10 following heavy festivities with government troops. That major gain saw them press on to take other strategic areas, before being pushed back.

Abyan was the second southern province to be retaken by government forces in southern Yemen in days following festivities with the Security Belt, a paramilitary force loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

Earlier in the week, government forces regained control of Shabwa province after beating back an attack by STC forces.
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Caribbean-Latin America
23 killed in attack on bar in southern Mexico
[DAWN] An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late on Tuesday.

The attackers started a fire that destroyed the bar, killing 8 women and 15 men. Photos of the scene showed tables and chairs jumbled around, apparently as people tried to flee.

State police identified the establishment as the "Bar Caballo Blanco," and said the search was continuing for the attackers.

The fire may have been started with gasoline bombs.

It came almost eight years to the day after a fire started in 2011 at a casino in the northern city of Monterrey killed 52 people. The Zetas narco mob staged that attack to enforce demands for protection payments.

The Zetas, now splintered, have also been active in Coatzacoalcos.

The attack, along with the killing of 19 people in the western city of Uruapan earlier this month, is likely to renew fears that the public, theatrical violence of the 2006-2012 drug war has returned.

Posted by: Fred || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Omen? - could be interpreted as "Pale Horse"
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/29/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Still waiting for the sequel.

Posted by: jpal || 08/29/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Fourth Will of Victory phase ends with 2 more ISIS members killed in Anbar
[Rudaw] Another two members of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) were killed and six more detained in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, as the fourth phase of Operation Will of Victory, aiming to quell a resurgence of the Death Eater group, concluded on Tuesday.

The operation gains were announced by the Iraqi Security Media Cell, a communications organization in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, on Tuesday night.

"This operation was to compliment the results achieved in the past three stages in sweeping and clearing, and in establishing stability and destroying the remnants of the terrorist ISIS gangs," the Cell said, using the Arabic acronym of ISIS.

"Our joint armed security forces will continue its operations and chasing all who allow themselves to tamper with the security of the people," the statement added.

Will of Victory was launched on July 7, aiming to eradicate what remains of ISIS with the backing of the US-led international coalition’s air power.

The operation has been collaboratively conducted by the Iraqi Army, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi), federal police and the US-led coalition, among others.

Its fourth phase was initiated on Saturday under the direct supervision of Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. Four ISIS forces of Evil were killed in the first day of operations; two by Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s undertaken by the US-led coalition, and two more by the PMF.

The PMF announced the killing of another ISIS Death Eater in this operation phase and the arrests of seven others in a statement released yesterday.

This brings the total number of ISIS forces of Evil killed over the course of the operation to seven, and those arrested to 13.
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Diyala: farm land mortared, farmer kaboomed


Mortar attack targets agriculture land in Iraq’s Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Five mortar shells fell Wednesday on an agricultural land in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, a local source said.

Speaking to Iraqi website Almaalomah, the source said that the mortar attack targeted an agricultural land in the Mayyah village, east of Miqdadiyah, 45 km northeast of Baqubah.

"The attack left no casualties," the source said, adding that a probe was opened to identify perpetrators.

Iraqi farmer wounded in bomb explosion in Iraq’s Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi farmer was maimed Wednesday in a bomb explosion in the eastern province of Diyala, a local source was quoted as saying.

"An explosive charge went off Wednesday morning at the village of Mayyah in Miqdadiyah, northeast of Diyala," the source told Iraqi website Alghad Press.

"The explosion left a farmer maimed," the source said, adding that the injured was moved to a nearby hospital for treatment and security forces opened a probe into the incident.
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11 IS jihadists sentenced to death for involvement in killing security forces in Iraq
Babil (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi court has sentenced 11 members of the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group to death by hanging for their involvement in the killing of three security forces in Babil governorate in 2014.

"The convicts confessed to belonging to the Islamic State holy warrior group and exploding a strategic bridge located in Jurf al-Nasr district in Babil in 2014, leaving three security forces dead and 19 others maimed," the media center of the Supreme Judicial Council said in a press statement on Wednesday.

The ruling was issued by the Babil criminal court pursuant to article no. ¼ of the anti-terrorism law, the statement read.

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members to death over joining the holy warrior group.

The exact number of detained faceless myrmidons is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
s.

Moreover, the Iraqi government did not provide estimates about the number of the foreign detained faceless myrmidons or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.

Experts estimate that Iraq is holding 20,000 people in jail over suspected IS membership.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel Police Arrest Palestinian Trying To Enter Court With Pipe Bomb
[Jpost] The Israel Border Police arrested a Paleostinian man on Wednesday who attempted to enter a Samaria military court with a pipe bomb. The suspect was taken into interrogation and a team worked to neutralize the explosive.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 08:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6533 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I really don't understand why you'd arrest them. Take him to a field, duct tape the bomb to his head, add some extra C-4, move to safe distance and detonate. Problem solved and example made.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/29/2019 15:03 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't know what Israelis have against Palestinians with pipe bombs all of a sudden. It's call asymmetrical warfare people try to keep up.
Posted by: jpal || 08/29/2019 20:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Wannabe pipe bombers have been regularly arrested outside Israel’s West Bank courts for years. It seems to be some sort of queer Palestinian rite of passage.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 21:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Poss some Trannies too, TW.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/29/2019 22:23 Comments || Top||


Hamas cracks down on Gaza following deadly blasts
[Jpost] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, confirmed on Wednesday evening that jacket wallahs killed three coppers in the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip on Tuesday.

Iyad al-Bazm, spokesperson for the Hamas-controlled Ministry of the Interior, which is in charge of the police and security forces in the coastal enclave, said that the identity of the suicide bombers is known to Hamas.

He said that Hamas was continuing its investigation into the attacks, but did not provide further details.

The Hamas spokesperson said that investigations have yet to determine the party responsible for the suicide kabooms.

One of the assailants was riding a cycle of violence and went kaboom! at the police checkpoint near the Dahdouh junction in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, while another person went kaboom! at the Sahel checkpoint, west of Gaza City.

According to local reports, the family of Eslim al Basous, one of the suicide bombers, disowned him and condemned the "cowardly" attacks.

While the family distances themselves from Basous’s actions, they said that he was the "victim" of a conspiracy by "suspicious parties operating against the Paleostinians' national interests."
"Please don't kill us"
According to al-Bazm, significant progress has been achieved in the investigations. He claimed that the interests of those behind the attacks were the same as Israel's, namely instigating unrest and confusion in the Gaza Strip.

Although sources in the Gaza Strip pointed out that the attacks may have been carried out by Paleostinians belonging to Salafi groups, some Hamas officials said they did not rule out the possibility that the rival Fatah faction and Israel were behind the suicide kabooms.

The officials expressed outrage over Fatah's response to the attacks, especially remarks by senior Fatah official Munir al-Jaghoub, who said that the suicide kabooms were not different that terror attacks targeting Fatah members during Hamas's 2007 violent takeover of the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud al-Aloul, deputy chairman of Fatah, hinted that the attacks were the result of Hamas's "pressure" on Paleostinians in the Gaza Strip.

Izzat Risheq, a senior Hamas official, said that the attacks were aimed at stirring unrest and security chaos in the Gaza Strip. "The malicious dream of those who want to create anarchy [in the Gaza Strip] will not be fulfilled," he said. He and several Gaza-based Paleostinian factions accused Israel and "its agents" of being behind the attacks, saying the goal is to undermine stability and spread anarchy" in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.‭‮

Meanwhile Egypt has summoned Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
officials to Cairo for talks on ways of preserving the ceasefire understands between the Gaza-based terror groups and Israel, sources in the Gaza Strip said on Wednesday.

The Islamic Jihad officials will join a Hamas delegation that was also invited to Cairo earlier this week for talks with senior Egyptian intelligence officials.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


A rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel failed to clear border, landed inside the Strip; IDF bombs Hamas post
I estimate 1/3rd to 1/2 never make it as far as the border fence...
[TWITTER]
The Times of Israel adds:
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward southern Israel on Wednesday night, the army said, prompting a retaliatory Israeli raid.

In response, an Israeli military aircraft bombed a Hamas observation post along the border of the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

The rocket attack came amid a flurry of exchanges of fire and mutual threats between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Israel has accused the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad of being behind the recent violence emanating from the enclave.

On Tuesday, terrorists in the Strip fired four mortar shells toward Israel. Three landed on the Gaza side of the border and one struck an open field inside southern Israel. In response, an Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas observation post east of Juhor ad-Dik in the central Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Senior Egyptian intelligence officials invited Hamas leaders to Cairo for talks aimed at restoring calm and a delegation led by two top Hamas members was slated to leave Gaza late on Monday, according to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster.

A delegation from the Islamic Jihad is expected to head to Cairo in the coming days as well.
Posted by: Fred || 08/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Think they missed the point of the StarHopper?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/29/2019 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Arming a paleostinian to fight Israel.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/29/2019 3:41 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
IRGC kills two members of a Kurdish opposition group in western Iran
[Rudaw] Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed on Wednesday to have killed two Kurdish opposition group fighters in a clash in west of the country in response to the liquidation of a prominent local Guard member, as the IRGC launched a major operation near the Ottoman Turkish border to clear the area of the remnants of the Kurdish opposition groups.

Khaled Shwani, a Kurdish member of an IRGC-attached paramilitary group known as the Basij, was bumped off in his vehicle in the city of Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan province on Monday, according to the Hamza Sayyid al-Shuhada command center of the IRGC, responsible for parts of the Kurdish areas of Iran.

Forces tracked down the members of the "treacherous Democrats" responsible for his liquidation to a village near Sardasht on Tuesday, where a clash ensued, the command center’s statement today.

"During the clash, the two bully boyz responsible for the killing of the Basiji Khaled Shwani were killed and the third person who was their contact to get them out of the country was maimed and detained," the Guard statement said.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
(KDP-Iran), an opposition group based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, confirmed in a Wednesday statement that a clash took place in the village of Qalarash, near Sardasht.

Two of its active members "were martyred and a resident of the village was badly maimed in the attack," the KDP-I statement said.

Hasan Qaderzadeh, a spokesperson for the KDP-Iran, told Rudaw English their forces were not responsible for the Basiji’s liquidation. He did, however, claim that Shwani was bumped off by "revolutionaries in Rojhelat," in reference to those fighting in Kurdish areas of Iran.

"Our people take Dire Revenge on mercenaries...working for the state and against our people," he said.

Tuesday’s festivities are the latest in a series of deadly confrontations between the IRGC and Kurdish opposition groups in western Iran.

Three Kurdish IRGC members were shot in early July in Piranshahr, while a June 24 clash in Chaldoran, West Azerbaijan saw one opposition fighter killed, two maimed and a fourth captured.

In response to these incidents, the Guard launched a major operation on Wednesday in Maku, near the Ottoman Turkish border, to clear the area of Kurdish opposition groups.

"The security of the border areas of the country is very important to us and we will stand against any move that endangers the security of the borders of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran," head of the IRGC's ground forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Wednesday.

Fighting in Kurdish areas of the country has been a domestic thorn in the side of Iran, contending with tense foreign relations over its use of nuclear energy and its backing of proxy groups in the Middle East.

Tehran is concerned that regional and international adversaries, including Israel, 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...
and the US, are encouraging Kurdish opposition groups to cause instability in Kurdish areas.

Kurdish groups say that while they support the US pressure on Iran, they are not foreign policy pawns and are fighting for their rights in the country.
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Report: Dahiyeh Drone Attack Targeted Iranian Guided-Missile Technology
[AnNahar] A suspected Israeli drone attack on a Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
site in Beirut’s southern suburbs targeted "crates believed to contain machinery to mix high-grade propellant for precision guided missiles," Britannia’s The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting unnamed Western intelligence sources.

Hizbullah said overnight that a drone that crashed in its southern Beirut suburbs stronghold at the weekend contained an bomb weighing more than five kilograms.

The Iran-backed group had previously said an Israeli reconnaissance drone had flown over the southern suburbs before crashing, and that a second armed drone had then "hit a specific area" before dawn on Sunday.

But after the party's "experts dismantled the first drone that crashed in Beirut's southern suburbs, it was found that it contained a sealed bomb" of around 5.5 kilograms, it said in a statement.

"We confirm that the purpose of this first drone was not reconnaissance but the carrying out of a bombing attack," it added.

The latest discovery, Hizbullah said, confirms that Sunday's drone attack involved not one but two explosive-rigged drones -- one which went kaboom! and the other that did not because of a technical failure.

The incident marked the first such "hostile action" in Leb since a 2006 war between Hizbullah and Israel, the party's chief Sayyed His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
...The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
said on Sunday, vowing retaliation.

Israel did not claim responsibility for the attack but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that his country was ready to use "all means necessary" to defend itself against Iranian threats "on several fronts."
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Russian and Syrian jets strike Turkish observation post in Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian and Syrian air forces carried out more than 15 Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s over the Hama and Idlib regions on Wednesday, striking several sites belonging to the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Liberation Army.

According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, at one point, a Russian or Syrian jet struck the Ottoman Turkish observation post in the town of Sheir Magher.

The source said the airstrike only hit the walls of the observation post, but it was enough to raise the Ottoman Turkish military’s security level in the Sheir Magher area of the Hama Governorate.

No one was maimed or killed as a result of this strike; however, the Russian Armed Forces will likely receive a complaint from their Ottoman Turkish partners after their walls were hit.

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Syrian Army storms strategic town in southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The battle for Ta’manah has begun this evening as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies attempt to take hold of this key town in the southern region of the Idlib Governorate.

Led by the Tiger Forces and Elite Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by storming Ta’manah and the nearby town of Khuwayn al-Kabir.

According to a source from the Elite Republican Guard, their troops captured at least three quarters of Khuwayn al-Kabir, leaving only a small portion of the town left under the control of the jihadist forces.

At the same time, the Tiger Forces are steadily advancing at the Ta’manah front, as they push north from the strategic hilltop of Tal Tari, which was captured shortly after Khan Sheikhoun last week.

The Syrian Army is seeking to capture both Khuwayn and Ta’manah in a bid to secure the northern axis of Hama and the roads east of Khan Sheikhoun.

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Russian Air Force destroys jihadist tunnels in northeast Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force carried out several Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s over the northeastern region of the Latakia Governorate on Wednesday.

Using both their attack choppers and jets, the Russian Air Force heavily targeted on Wednesday the tunnels built by the jihadist rebels near the key town of Kabani.

According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force carried out over 20 separate attacks near the town of Kabani; this was followed by a number of missile strikes by the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 4th Division.

At the same time, more Syrian Army reinforcements are pouring into the Latakia countryside, as they prepare to launch a major assault to capture Kabani from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

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Syrian Army seizes 3 armored vehicles belonging to jihadist rebels after failed attack
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) foiled a jihadist offensive in southern Idlib on Tuesday after a short battle along the Tal Maraq axis.

Led by Rouse the Believers, the jihadist rebels attempted to break through the Syrian Army’s lines at Tal Maraq on two separate occasions.

However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
both of the jihadist attacks were foiled by the Syrian Army’s 5th Corps after several bandidos Death Eaters were killed and three armored vehicles were seized.
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Lebanese Army attacks Israeli drone near southern border
[ALMASDARNEWS] Leb’s army has shot up an Israeli drone in the south of the country, Rooters reported, citing Lebanese security sources.

According to the source, the troops fired shots from M16 assault rifles.

The National News Agency reported that the incident took place at the village of Odeisseh, near Marjayoun, near the border with Israel. The Lebanese Army stated that it had forced the two drones to return by firing at them.

In the meantime, an Israeli military spokeswoman has stated that they’re "checking the report".

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has posted an image with a list of what the Hezbollah movement is "doing for Leb" and what the country is "doing to stop them".

On 25 August, two Israeli drones crashed near Hezbollah’s headquarters in the southern suburbs of Beirut, with one of them exploding in the air, injuring three people and causing significant damage to the headquarters.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
...The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
has rejected reports about the group downing the two crashed drones, but threatened Israel with an "adequate" response. Beirut, in turn, has described what happened with the Israeli "reconnaissance drones" as "aggression" and an attack on its illusory sovereignty.

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Jihadist offensive in southern Idlib ends in failure after short battle
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels launched a new offensive in southern Idlib on Tuesday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the town of ’Atshan.

Led by Rouse the Believers, the jihadist rebels began their attack by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Tal Maraq axis; this would result in a fierce firefight that would last for a short period of time on Tuesday.

Despite the intensity of the festivities, the jihadist rebels were unable to crack the Syrian Arab Army’s lines at Tal Maraq, which ultimately resulted in their withdrawal from this axis.

According to a military source near the front-lines, the jihadist rebels suffered over ten casualties during the failed attack on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s attack by the jihadist rebels marked the first time since they lost Khan Sheikhoun and several towns in northern Hama that they have launched an assault on the Syrian Army’s positions.

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U.S. Cyberattack Hurt Iran's Ability to Target Oil Tankers, Officials Say
But don't tell nobody, cuz it's a secret.
[NYTimes] A secret cyberattack against Iran in June wiped out a critical database used by Iran’s paramilitary arm to plot attacks against oil tankers and degraded Tehran’s ability to covertly target shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf, at least temporarily, according to senior American officials.

Iran is still trying to recover information destroyed in the June 20 attack and restart some of the computer systems ‐ including military communications networks ‐ taken offline, the officials said.
Nightly offsite backups weren't a part of their IT recovery plan, apparently
Senior officials discussed the results of the strike in part to quell doubts within the Trump administration about whether the benefits of the operation outweighed the cost ‐ lost intelligence and lost access to a critical network used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iran’s paramilitary forces.

The United States and Iran have long been involved in an undeclared cyberconflict, one carefully calibrated to remain in the gray zone between war and peace. The June 20 strike was a critical attack in that ongoing battle, officials said, and it went forward even after President Trump called off a retaliatory airstrike that day after Iran shot down an American drone.

Iran has not escalated its attacks in response, continuing its cyberoperations against the United States government and American corporations at a steady rate, according to American government officials.

American cyberoperations are designed to change Iran’s behavior without initiating a broader conflict or prompting retaliation, said Norman Roule, a former senior intelligence official. Because they are rarely acknowledged publicly, cyberstrikes are much like covert operations, he said.

"You need to ensure your adversary understands one message: The United States has enormous capabilities which they can never hope to match, and it would be best for all concerned if they simply stopped their offending actions," Mr. Roule said.
Fuck with us and you will be using smoke signals to communicate. Capiche?
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#1  I'm happy if the US cyberattack worked but targeting big slow tankers should not really require a sophisticated computer program.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/29/2019 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  NEDSA acquired access to shipping data for tankers; numbers, timelines, usual cargo, routes, signatories at port etc. It was crude but gave them ample data to have a database which they keep updated through compromised port and customs authorities, allowing them to estimate weakest route points and tanker hulls, structure.

It was the link for the updates that the cyberattack used in June this year and f↻cked that database. Also, they can't trust the update sources anymore, they could lead then into some embarrassments, so it's back to re-collecting the info which took months. It doesn't really remove their capability to plot attacks however, but sort of diminishes it. So 'Oorah' for the hit.

Not saying a word mor...

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/29/2019 6:13 Comments || Top||

#3  [NYTimes] A secret cyberattack

NYT is infamous for aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war (the enemy clearly considers themselves at war with America). One day its going to catch up with them.
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