Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ISIS Terror Attack In Turkey - Hey Barry, You Think Your "JV" Team Is Ready For the Varsity, Yet?

ISIS is proving just want an imbecile and clown Barack Hussein Obama is.....OR that our President has stayed in office for 7 1/2 years as a direct spy and enemy of our country.  You choose.  I know I have.

The story comes from The Mirror.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport attack: Live updates after 'three suicide bombers detonate explosives killing 50 and wounding dozens'

The attackers detonated their explosives just before reaching security as police fired shots at them, Turkish officials claim

At least 28 people have reportedly been killed and dozens injured in an apparent terror attack at Turkey's biggest airport, officials have claimed.

Three suicide bombers detonated their explosives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul after police fired shots at them, it's reported.

At least 60 people are believed to have been injured while hero taxi drivers ferried wounded people from the terminal.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Israel and Turkey Restore Ties

Binali Yildirim

If you read the article here from DAWN, about the Israeli-Turkish restoration of relations, please note how Turkey's Erdogan went out of his way to reach out to the PLO and to Hamas after this deal was done - you know DAMN WELL that Erdogan was against it but I'm guessing the pressure from inside of his country and government was too great or ISIS is scaring the shit out of them.

Anyway, I wouldn't trust Erdogan as far as he could throw a Qur'an.

Israeli, Turkish leaders laud deal to restore ties

JERUSALEM: Israeli and Turkish leaders on Monday lauded a deal reached at the weekend to restore ties after six years of acrimony over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Israel's maritime blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip would remain after the agreement, though Turkey obtained aid concessions for the Palestinian enclave.

His Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim said that “to this end, our first ship loaded with over 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid will leave for Israel's Ashdod port on Friday.” Yildirim also noted Israel's commitment to pay $20 million in compensation over the 2010 raid that killed 10 Turkish activists, in exchange for all claims against Israeli soldiers being dropped.

Netanyahu pointed to the economic benefits for Israel, with his country in search of regional customers for gas exports and talk of a potential pipeline to Turkey.

Speaking in Rome after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry, Netanyahu described the agreement as having “immense implications for the Israeli economy”.

“I mean positive, immense implications,” he said.

Kerry also hailed the deal as a “positive step”, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, called it a “hopeful signal for the stability of the region”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas spoke by phone overnight, with the Turkish leader explaining the agreement's main points, a statement from the Palestinian presidency said.

Erdogan also met with Doha-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Friday in anticipation of the agreement.

After the deal is signed on Tuesday, the approval process will start in both countries, and the Turkish premier said Ankara would appoint an ambassador to Tel Aviv within weeks.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Iranian forces clash with Kurds, killing five

Turkish Kurdish women hold a banner that reads “Iran should end executions” as they protest against Iran outside the Iranian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. (AP)

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

Iranian forces clash with Kurds, killing five

AP, Tehran Saturday, 25 June 2016

Iranian security forces have clashed with Kurdish separatists who infiltrated a northwestern village, killing five of them, according to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard.

The Guard’s website said five “terrorists,” including two “leaders,” were killed in the fighting in the West Azerbaijan province, near the Iraqi border, and that a “chase operation to destroy other terrorists is underway.”

It said no Iranian forces were wounded in the clashes, and that they confiscated large amounts of weapons and ammunition.

The Kurdish group could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Guard clashed with Kurdish insurgents in West Azerbaijan earlier this month. The Guard said it killed 12 insurgents while three of its members died. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan said the Kurds killed over a dozen Guard members, including a colonel.

Iran faces threats from several militant groups, ranging from Sunni Arabs in its southern, oil-rich region, Kurds in its northwest and Baluch separatists on its eastern border with Pakistan.

Attacks are rarely publicized in Iran, but last week authorities announced that they had broken up one of the “biggest terrorist plots” ever on Iranian soil by Sunni extremists planning bombings in Tehran and elsewhere.

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi was later quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying that 10 suspects had been arrested in connection to the plot, which was to involve 50 bombings in the capital.

A Sunni Arab group claimed an attack on an oil pipeline in southern Iran last week, while Iranian forces battled the Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl in the southeast, according to Stratfor, a private intelligence firm based in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Islamic State launch new attacks Afghanistan, dozens killed

You know, it's damn good that Barry Obama has this JV team all contained and on their heels, yanno?

The story comes from Times of India.

Islamic State launch new attacks Afghanistan, dozens killed

JALALABAD: Heavy fighting between Afghan forces and Islamic State jihadists has killed dozens of people, officials said on Sunday, raising fears the terrorist group is staging a comeback months after Kabul said they had been defeated.

The fighting began late on Friday in the Kot area of the Rodat district in eastern Nangarhar province after a contingent of ISIS fighters attacked police check posts, provincial governor Salim Khan Kunduzi said.

The interior ministry in a statement said at least 18 fighters had been killed and more than 40 others wounded so far, though Kunduzi placed the number of ISIS fighters killed as high as 36 and said at least a dozen security forces personnel and civilians had also died.

Scores of people have been forced out of their homes, according to local officials.

ISIS jihadists began making inroads into Afghanistan in late 2014, winning over sympathizers, recruiting followers and challenging the Taliban on their own turf, primarily in the country's east. But in March, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that the Islamists had been defeated following a months-long military operation. The US military estimates between 1,000 and 3,000 ISIS fighters are in Afghanistan, mostly comprised of disaffected Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, as well as Uzbek Islamists and locals.

Earlier this month the US President Barack Obama ordered the US military tackle the resurgent Taliban more directly — in tandem with Afghan allies, ratcheting up a 15-year conflict he had vowed to end.

On Saturday the US military carried out its first air strikes against Taliban targets under the newly approved rules, which mean US troops can now work more closely with local fighters in striking the Taliban. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the strikes occurred in southern Afghanistan, but he did not provide additional details.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Islamic State officially creates province in the Philippines

Isnilon Hapilon (background, arm raised), emir of Islamic State in the Philippines.

The JV squad continues to expand.

The story comes from The Long War Journal.

Islamic State officially creates province in the Philippines

After months of buildup, which included pledges of loyalty from various local groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines. A newly released video from the region, which was produced in the same style as all other Islamic State provinces, offered confirmation of the new province.

The video begins by showing several “battalions” of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. This includes the Abu Dujana Battalion, Abu Khubaib Battalion, Jundallah Battalion, and the Abu Sadr Battalion. These battalions joined others from ASG, including Jund al Tawhid, Ansar al Sharia, and Marakah al Ansar in pledging bayah to the Islamic State. Additionally, some of ASG’s leadership, including overall leader Isnilon Hapilon (who is shown in the video), have pledged to the jihadist group.

Hapilon, a US-designated terrorist, was again confirmed as the leader of all of the Islamic State’s forces in the Philippines. In an April issue of the Islamic State’s weekly newsletter Al Naba, the jihadist group said that Hapilon, also known as Abu Abdullah al Filipini, had been appointed as emir. In a portion of the video featuring a Filipino fighter in Raqqah, Syria, he confirms the Al Naba report.

Hapilon is the senior most figure to have defected to the Islamic State in the Philippines. The video also confirms that a formal leadership structure for the Islamic State has indeed been put into place, exemplifying its expansion in the country. This was also seen earlier this month in an infographic released by the ‘Amaq News Agency, one of the jihadist group’s news outlets. The infographic included several important facts from the Islamic State in the Philippines, including the number of groups that have pledged allegiance and where they operate. (See Threat Matrix report, Islamic State details activity in the Philippines.)

While the infographic contains numbers from April 2015, it also notes the first official announcement of Filipino jihadist groups pledging allegiance to the Islamic State occurred in January 2016. Videos and reports of groups pledging bayah have emerged since 2014, shortly after Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, claimed the creation of a caliphate. The video in January, however, was the first time the Islamic State publicly accepted these pledges. A month later, the Islamic State’s Furat media outlet released another video showing more groups pledging allegiance.

These groups include the aforementioned battalions of ASG, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Ansar Khilafah in the Philippines, the Islamic State in Lanao, Jamaat al Tawhid wal Jihad (a group formerly loyal to al Qaeda), and parts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Their claimed areas of operation largely correspond with the reported areas of the aforementioned groups. This includes the southern areas of Basilan, South Cotabato, Sulu, Sarangani, Lanao del Sur, and the northern province of Isabela.

Several of these groups, including Ansar Khilafah, the Islamic State in Lanao, and the Jamaat al Tawhid wal Jihad (JTJ) have publicized training camps in the region. Ansar Khilafah was the first to do so last December, while the latter two groups did so last month and in March, respectively. A video from JTJ’s training camp, the “Osama bin Laden training camp,” also publicized its loyalty to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

In addition to the pledges to the Islamic State in the months building up to yesterday’s video, the Islamic State has claimed several attacks in the Philippines in recent months. One of these attacks was featured in the video, which showed Islamic State fighters engaging in a firefight with Filipino security forces. Several vehicles and weapons are shown to have been captured by the jihadists. Additionally, the video pays tribute to several fighters who have been killed in clashes with the Filipino military. This includes Abu Khattab, a Moroccan bomb expert within ASG, who was killed in April.

While the video was made to announce a Philippines province, a good portion of the video was filmed in Syria. Indonesian, Malaysian, and Filipino fighters in Syria’s Raqqah province are shown discussing these pledges and encouraging others to follow suit in Southeast Asia. The three are later shown simultaneously beheading three Assad regime soldiers somewhere in Raqqah.

The Islamic State has also inroads in the wider Southeast Asia region, an area that has historically featured al Qaeda activity. Jemaah Islamiyyah (JI), al Qaeda’s historical branch in Southeast Asia, has also suffered defections to the Islamic State. Shortly after Baghdadi’s announcement of the caliphate in 2014, Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader and co-founder of JI as well as the emir of its offshoot Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid, pledged allegiance to Baghdadi. However, Bashir’s two sons and several other leaders left and formed their own group, Jemaah Ansharusy Syariah. According to the Jakarta Post, more than 50 percent of Bashir’s followers abandoned him and joined Jemaah Ansharusy Syariah. It is directly part of al Qaeda’s global network now, according to its leader. (See LWJ report, Islamic State launches suicide assault in Indonesia’s capital.)

Yet another group in region, Mujahideen Indonesion Timor (MIT), is also loyal to the Islamic State. Abu Warda Santoso, the MIT leader, swore allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014. His group was previously listed by the US as a terrorist group last year. Last month, the US Department of State added Santoso to its list of global terrorists. (See LWJ report, US adds emir of Mujahidin Indonesia Timur to list of global terrorists.)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Democrats' New Revised 2nd Amendment

The revised second amendment to the Constitution of the United States proposed by America's Democrats:

" The right of the people to keep and bear Abortion Suction Devices, shall not be infringed."


Trump advisor: We'll give Israel more aid than Obama

I'd be satisfied if it was also thrown in that we'd send troops and bombers in to assist with the extermination of Hamas and Hezbollah.

The story comes from Israel National News.

Trump advisor: We'll give Israel more aid than Obama

Israel need not rush to negotiate a new Memorandum of Understanding with the current administration, a senior aide to Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump told Channel 2 on Wednesday.

The Memorandum of Understanding, which sets the terms and quantity of US military aid to Israel is set to expire in 2018. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have conducted negotiations for months regarding a replacement agreement, yet have failed to finalize any deal.

Conflicting reports have emerged from the Obama administration, with some suggesting the White House was looking to cut aid to the Jewish state, though Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed the US was preparing “the largest single pledge of military assistance from the United States to any country in our history”.

Some reports also indicated the stalemate revolved around Obama administration demands that a higher portion of the aid be spent in the US. Currently roughly three quarters of US aid to the Israeli military must be spent on US military hardware.

While Trump suggested in March that he would expect allies like Israel to pay back aid they had received over the years “big league”, on Wednesday David Friedman, an advisor to the GOP’s likely nominee, said a Trump White House would significantly increase aid to Israel.

“Our view is that the aid package to Israel will certainly not go down, and in all likelihood it will go up in a material amount, because Israel must maintain a technological and military superiority in the region.”

Friedman also hinted that Israel would find the terms of negotiation with a Trump presidency far more favorable than with the current administration.

“I can’t give advice on how Israel should bargain and how it should develop its own strategy. But the Trump administration is not looking to cut back on foreign aid and in all likelihood will increase it significantly.”