KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ‐ A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility on Wednesday near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said.
The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the U.S. military said. There were no coalition casualties and the base remains secure, the statement said.
Earlier reports suggested a U.S. military convoy might have been the target of the attack. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group stage near-daily attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan.
Dr. Sangin, a physician, said that the hospital near the perimeter of the base was on fire. It wasn’t immediately clear if any foreigners were inside the hospital.
Gen. Mahfooz Walizada, police commander of northern Parwan province, confirmed the attack but offered no details on casualties.
Sangin, who is the head of the provincial hospital, said that they have received five injured, all Afghans.
[ToloNews] Pashtun-infested Logar residents claimed that four children were killed in a mortar attack in Baraki Barak district of the province on Tuesday afternoon.
The residents held a protest outside the Pashtun-infested Logar governor’s office, carrying the bodies of the four children, and said the origin of the attack should be made clear.
An army commander, Brig. Gen. Abdul Matin Hassankhil, told a local news hound that a mortar might have been fired by the foreign forces.
"Today this happened, and another incident will happen tomorrow. This should be prevented," said Mohammad Hashim, a Pashtun-infested Logar resident.
"The mortar attack came from the (foreign forces) camp," a Pashtun-infested Logar resident said. "There is no Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... in that area. The government has checkpoints there."
The US forces in Afghanistan issued the following statement: "We are aware of the civilian casualty claims in Baraki Barak, Pashtun-infested Logar Province. We are working with local partners to gain a full understanding of the situation and will provide more details when they are available."
[ToloNews] An operation was launched in Trinkot (Tarin Kot) city to clear the bad boys, according to Afghan Special Forces ...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting... At least 12 Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... were killed in a clearing operation by Afghan commandos in Uruzgan province, the Afghan Special Forces Command said in a statement on Tuesday.
The operation was launched in Trinkot (Tarin Kot), the capital of Uruzgan, and "eight Taliban havens were destroyed," according to the statement by the spokespeople for the Afghan commandos.
"The forces also seized explosives, land mines and destroyed six tunnels," the statement said.
[DAWN] The Afghan Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... kidnapped as many as 45 elderly family members of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral, officials said on Tuesday.
The Taliban singled out the old men from a funeral procession carrying the dear departed employee's coffin to a graveyard, according to interior ministry front man Nasrat Rahimi. The young men in the group were not taken, he said.
The Taliban have consistently warned people not to attend the funerals of anyone working with the Kabul government, according to Payghambarpul Khuram, the head of intelligence in Jawzjan province, where the kidnappings took place.
Khuram disputed the number of people who were kidnapped, saying only six family members were taken and that other local elders were negotiating with the Taliban for their release.
The Taliban did not immediately comment on the abduction.
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least 20 people have been killed and about 25 others injured on Monday in fierce fighting in the outskirt of Somalia’s central region of Mudug, an official said.
Abdirahman Ali Diriye, Governor of Mudug region told news hounds that inter-clan fighting erupted at the Towfiq village in the northwest of the Mudug region between two Somali clans over land disputes.
"The fight started after one of the clans launched an attack in Dire Revenge for past killings. There was a stiff battle between two militias and 20 people, most of them from the warring sides died during the festivities and 25 others were maimed," Diriye said.
"We are now dispatching elders from the administration to cease the fight," he added.
Locals told media they heard heavy gunfire. "An intense combat broke out between two rival clans who were killing each other sporadically. There were many casualties in today’s battle," Fahmo Haji, a resident said.
The government has called for an immediate end to the fighting that caused the death of many people.
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali government forces have carried out a massive operation in the southern town of Wanlweyn located in the long-chaotic Lower Shabelle region, bordering Mogadishu.
The sweep came after unknown button men launched an attack in the district and subsequently killed an inhabitant over undisclosed circumstances.
Local security officials say an investigation is underway into the overnight incident and will bring the perpetrators to justice.
The town has been under the Somali government control for nearly 10 years and faced frequent attacks from al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... , the al-Qaeda-linked turbans fighting in the country.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/11/2019 00:02 ||
Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)
Update: Somali security forces evacuate officials from a hotel near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, after a failed attempt by gunmen to storm the heavily fortified residential and office complex, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.https://t.co/T4LeKNk9xs
[Aljazeera] Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, according to police and the armed group.
Fighting was still continuing following Tuesday's attack on SYL hotel in Mogadishu.
"We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel," a police officer who gave his name as Ahmed told Reuters news agency.
Zakia Hussen, Somalia's deputy police commissioner, said security forces killed two of the attackers outside the hotel and were fighting two others on the premises.
"So far, security forces have rescued 82 people, both civilians and officials," Zakia said on her Twitter account.
Abdi-Aziz Abu Mus'ab, al-Shabab's military spokesman, confirmed the group was behind the attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel compound, which is popular with government officials and politicians.
Reminds me of a story I've heard once from a veteran of Soviet army (he swore it's true). The guy served on a base where they trained Egyptian & Syrian pilots. Every time the base commander would get drunk (2 - 3 times a week --- it's Russia) he'd write a request for transfer - to a base where they train dogs "because the dogs are more intelligent AND loyal!". My guy, who was the old man's clerk, would disappear these requests.
Then there is the MMPI (I guess now the MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory). It has been around a long time and it is hard to fool. I have known those that have taken it for Alaska State Troopers screening. If they tried too hard instead of being honest, the authorities will see the ruse right away. Would be interesting to test the 300 Saudi pilot trainees, assuming that it would be relevant for their cultural backgrounds.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
12/11/2019 17:08 Comments ||
Ref #5: You'd better put the coffee pot on, unplug the phone, and hang a 'do not disturb' on your door. You'll be at it for a wile.
Sentries usually (and visibly) are from my previous occasions to enter San Diego Bases. MP's, I had always assumed were, as well. I could be wrong
Posted by: Frank G ||
12/11/2019 19:17 Comments ||
IIRC, the gate sentries at most bases (maybe all these days) are armed. However, their primary job is to verify that people have valid access to the base. They don't search cars. The Saudi perpetrator, as a student had access to the base. The people who were killed were on duty in the classroom building, but were not armed. They were not "sentries".
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
12/11/2019 20:48 Comments ||
They were soft targets then. How does this kind of thing happen 18 years later?
[Times of Israel] Investigators believe that the gunmen in a Tuesday shootout at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey deliberately attacked the store, though there was no immediate word on their suspected motive.
"Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked," Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said.
Authorities had initially said that they did not believe that the JC Kosher Supermarket had been singled out. Fulop did not elaborate on why authorities now believe the market was targeted.
The gun battle left at least six people dead ‐ three bystanders, one police officer and two suspected shooters.
Authorities have not released information on the bystanders or gunmen who were killed, but Chabad identified two of the dead as store owner Leah Minda Ferencz, 33, and Moshe Deutsch, 24, both members of the local Hasidic community. Any bets the shooters were of an ethnic group and religion that is known to be violently opposed to Jews living?
You win. Update from the Daily Mail at 11:25 a.m. ET:
Well, that's the last we'll bear about that story.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
12/11/2019 11:32 Comments ||
Owners were bystanders?
According to the Daily Mail update, the shooters drove calmly in their stolen U-Haul truck to the kosher shop after killing the policeman in the cemetery. It looks like the shop was targeted, the intent being a massacre of all within before moving on to the synagogue and school — they had “a large amount of ammunition” with which to do so.
They're probably all scum, low down criminals hiding their real activity in their militant communes, under a veneer of cultism. Taking refuge in your 1st amendment under religious rights and making 'secularism' work for them. And they chose the one religion they think would not be challenged by the white po po. Very obvious really.
And they had to keep doing that, and doing that, and doing that, even after their own lawyers suggested they stop or be liable in a lawsuit, because the let the whole video get out of the bag would destroy a number of narratives.
They have shown, time and again, they are willing to flat out distort and lie to point of losing big in court to protect the agenda.
Re the Covington Boys and the "Black Hebrew Israelites," the exquisite writer Caitlin Flanagan did a nice write up in The Atlantic. Turns out the Black Hebrews filmed a two hour long video of the whole incident, of which the nutjob fake-war hero Native American provocateur's confrontation was just a very brief minor episode.
The full video reveals that there was indeed a Native American gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, that it took place shortly before the events of the viral video, and that during it the indigenous people had been the subject of a hideous tirade of racist insults and fantasies. But the white students weren’t the people hurling this garbage at them—the young “African American men preaching about the Bible and oppression” were doing it. For they were Black Hebrew Israelites, a tiny sect of people who believe they are the direct descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel, and whose beliefs on a variety of social issues make Mike Pence look like Ram Dass. ...
The full video reveals that these kids had wandered into a Tom Wolfe novel and had no idea how to get out of it.
It seems that the Black Hebrew Israelites had come to the Lincoln Memorial with the express intention of verbally confronting the Native Americans, some of whom had already begun to gather as the video begins, many of them in Native dress. The Black Hebrew Israelites’ leader begins shouting at them: “Before you started worshipping totem poles, you was worshipping the true and living God. Before you became an idol worshipper, you was worshipping the true and living God. This is the reason why this land was taken away from you! Because you worship everything except the most high. You worship every creation except the Creator—and that’s what we are here to tell you to do.”
I had the privilege of listening to a group of these guys preaching and ranting on a corner in downtown Memphis a year ago. I kept my white face at a safe distance. They are ostentatiously deluded, and ultra dangerous.
[JPost] An eyewitness has confirmed that two of the civilians murdered in Tuesday's Jersey City shooting attack are members of the local Chassidic community: Leah Minda Ferencz, who owned the store with her husband, and Moshe Deutsch, 24, Chabad.org reported. A third victim was identified earlier as veteran police officer Joe Seals, father of five, by the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop.
The attack is now being investigated as a hate crime. According to Fulop, those who opened fire in a Jewish supermarket on Tuesday "targeted the location they attacked."
...The officers arrived at the kosher market where suspects opened fire with long guns, according to ABC News. At least one suspect allegedly continued firing at responders as they retreated. I don't know if it belongs in WOT, but - until we know more ... 48 hour rule I'll take frequently used Islamic names for $600. Alex.
There is no way it's not an antisemitic if not terrorist attack. Now they'll brush it away as a 'hate crime'. Riff-raff try not to kill cops. They do their gang thing and throw down their weapons to surrender.
(Reuters) - Police in the New York metropolitan area were put on high alert to protect Jewish neighborhoods after an hours-long gunbattle with two men around a Jersey City kosher market that killed six people, authorities said.
Six people including at least two Strictly Orthodox civilians were killed on Tuesday after a gun rampage across a New Jersey town ended with two gunmen barricading themselves inside a kosher supermarket.
Two of the victims inside the building were named as members of the Chasidic community: Leah Mindel Ferencz, of Jersey City, who owned the kosher store with her husband, and Moshe Hirsch Deutsch, 24, from Brooklyn.
The violence broke out when police were pursuing the gunmen in connection to a separate murder investigation.
One of them opened fire at an officer, killing him, before they both fled in a stolen rental truck and driving a mile to Jersey City’s Greenville neighbourhood, where dozens of Chasidic families have relocated in recent years.
Three civilians were killed in the hours-long gunfight with police that followed. Hatzalah paramedics were among those responding to the stand-off.
Local politicians said the attackers deliberately targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Jr Drive.
OK, lets do some figuring.
If it were Muslims, it would be mystifying crime instead of hate crime.
If it were whites, we would have their names + (carefully) selected parts of their social media postings by now.
So, it's gotta be "Illegal Americans" or "African Americans".
The 26/11 Mumbai attack was a cluster strike. It featured an attack on a south bombay chabad house, as well as other spectacles in public places. The chabad house was one of the primary directions given to the elements by their handlers in Pakistan. They covered considerable distance on foot with weapons to get there, skipping other targets like malls and restaurants. So we know that according to their target selection parameters, a chabad house or even a jewish family gathering ranks higher than say, a VVIP or high density commercial area.
Based on the Daily Mail update, I think this was intended to be one, too. The calm approach to the shop suggests the attack was planned, and the large amount of ammunition suggests that after a massacre of all in the shop, they would have moved on to the nearby synagogue and school. Thank goodness the beat cops jumped in right away and stopped them there.
The decision will have far-reaching impacts on visiting Saudi personnel, including grounding more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students as part of a “safety stand-down,” first reported by Reuters earlier on Tuesday.
The Pentagon later confirmed the Reuters report about aviation students and added the move would also affect infantry personnel and all other Saudi training, other than classroom training. Such coursework, which includes English-language classes, will continue.
A senior US defense official, briefing Pentagon reporters on the decision, said the move was intended to allow for a broader review of security procedures that would eventually apply to all of some 5,000 international military students in the United States.
Still, the safety standdown only applied to the some 850 visiting students from Saudi Arabia. The defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooting “suggested that there could be a particular improvement with that (nation’s) population.”
The FBI has said US investigators believe Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone when he attacked a US Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, before he was fatally shot by a deputy sheriff.
The French have intensified their background checks while recruiting and have started watching their muslim personnel, some have been stripped of their access to arms even. Everywhere, there have been some transfers and shuffles, and more must be in the making to move muslim personnel into administrative, PR, clerical work etc. It can't be done all at the same time, but I'm sure if done gradually the muslim infiltration can be reversed.
See! See! This is the Islamophobic backlash that the Muslims feared!!! /sarcasm
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
12/11/2019 8:02 Comments ||
Saw another article that said 850 grounded. Even if the lower number - how the hell big is the Saudi AF that it needs classes for hundreds? Or are these all "Princes" who "need" to be pilots rather than dirty, common grunts?
Iraqi protesters defiantly turn out in the capital Baghdad, amid reports of injuries following clashes with security forces who used live bullets and tear gas, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.https://t.co/i4vdfz8iDt
Warnings of protest sabotage have been issued by Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq - one of the factions of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic.
“We will talk about information [we have obtained]. There is intelligence planning from many sides that want bad things to happen to this country, to exploit these events, to cause chaos in Baghdad province,” al-Khazali said in speech he published on Twitter.
Khazali claimed plotters are focusing on Baghdad because national destabilization can’t take place “as long as the capital is strong.”
“The events and plots of December 10 is aimed at transferring chaos to inside Baghdad, to mess with the security condition, to have as many as possible killed and injured, to have the institutions of the state burned, to have the central bank robbed.”
“Why December 10? Because it is the International Human Rights Day. These want to cause security chaos to send a message on the level of the international community, to say look at the killed, the destruction that is happening in the country, to put the responsibility on the security forces and Hashd al-Shaabi.”
The PMF, widely thought to be responsible for violence against protesters, has from day one been vocal against “plots” emanating from the protests.
Following the December 6 attack in Khilani, the group admitted its presence in the square via a statement. It also admitted that it had clashed with the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a backer of the protests.
The statement was deleted soon after publication. The PMF disowned the statement, claiming its social media and website had been hacked.
PMF elements have since been dismissed from the vicinity of Khilani announced General Abdulkareem Khalaf, spokesperson for commander in chief of Iraqi armed forces.
“The commander-in-chief of the armed forces [Adil Abdul-Mahdi] issued directions to Hashd al-Shaabi about not interfering in security related matters,” Khalaf said, though the militia group remained in their Baghdad offices.
Khazali’s warnings and claims were met with ridicule by protesters in Tahrir.
“We will step on the head of Qais al-Khazali and his group with our flip flops,” they were heard to chant.
In light of today’s expected escalation of unrest, the US Embassy in Baghdad on Monday announced a travel advisory to Americans in Iraq, excluding the Kurdistan Region.
“According to reports, demonstrations are expected to increase in size starting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. US citizens may see a heavy security presence,” the advisory read.
The embassy called on Americans to avoid areas of demonstrations and comply with directives of authorities.
Our reporter: Heavy artillery shelling by the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups targeting the village of Mayasa in Shirawa district, south of Afrin, and villages of Shawargha, Malikiyah villas, and Maraanaz in Sharran district, east of Afrin. pic.twitter.com/yrr54xBXOr
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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