Friday, September 30, 2016

Will Aleppo Be Syria's Dresden?

We could very well be seeing the start of one of history's bloodiest battles.

The story comes from YNET.

Syrian government launches Aleppo blitz

The Assad regime has launched its biggest ever ground assault against the rebels holding out in Aleppo, Syria's former economic capital; heavy fighting is being reported around the city; Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: 'there are no prospects for political solutions ... the final word is for the battlefield.'

Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a US-backed ceasefire.

The United States says the assault on Aleppo is proof that President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and regional allies have abandoned an international peace process to pursue victory on the battlefield after nearly six years of civil war.

Washington, which agreed a ceasefire with Russia this month that collapsed after a week, says Moscow and Damascus are guilty of "barbarism" and war crimes for targeting civilians, health workers and aid deliveries in air strikes.

More than 250,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, where intensive bombing over the past week has killed hundreds of people, many trapped under buildings brought down by bunker-busting bombs.

One air raid killed 12 people from two families when it brought down a building on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in opposition districts to more than 30, said Bebars Mishal, a spokesman for the Civil Defence emergency service.

A video purported to be of the attack's aftermath showed emergency workers bringing an apparently lifeless, dust-covered body out of the wreckage in a cherry-picker crane.

Only about 30 doctors are left in rebel-held Aleppo, coping with hundreds of wounded each day who are being treated on the floors of hospitals that are bereft of supplies.

Senior combatants on both sides said pro-government forces were massing in several parts of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war, now divided into a western zone held by the army and a smaller, besieged area held by rebels.

The commander of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting in support of Assad told Reuters a large force spearheaded by the army's elite "Nimr", or Tiger, forces had started to move in armoured vehicles and tanks for an attack on rebel-held areas.

Quelling the uprising in the city would give Assad his biggest victory yet of the war and deliver a powerful blow to his enemies.

It is far from clear whether an all-out attempt to storm the rebel-held area is planned soon: that would require a massive assault by the army, backed by Lebanese and Iraqi Shi'ite militias, Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Russian air power.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MH17 downed by Russian-made missile: probe

The 298 people slaughtered aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 saw their lives ended by a Russian missile, fired from a Russian launcher, fired by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.

There you have it.  By the way, the American media is more concerned with what happened to a Miss Universe contestant 20 years ago.

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

MH17 downed by Russian-made missile: probe

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from a launcher brought into Ukraine from Russia and located in a village held by pro-Russian rebels, international prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The findings counter Moscow's suggestion that the passenger plane, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014, was brought down by Ukraine's military rather than the separatists. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch, were killed.

The conclusions were based on thousands of wiretaps, photographs, witness statements and forensic tests during more than two years of inquiries into an incident which led to a sharp rise in tensions between Russia and the West.

Among the key findings were: the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk-9M38 missile; the missile was fired from the rebel-held village of Pervomaysk in eastern Ukraine; and the launcher was transported into Ukraine from Russia.

"This Buk trailer came from the territory of the Russian Federation, and after the launch it was returned again to the territory of the Russian Federation," said Wilbert Paulissen, chief investigator with the Dutch national police.

The Ukrainian government said the findings pointed to Russia's "direct involvement". Russia - which has always denied Moscow or pro-Russian rebels were responsible - rejected the prosecutors' conclusions, saying they were not supported by technical evidence and the inquiry was biased.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said its radar data had "identified all flying objects which could have been launched or were in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment".

"The data is clear-cut ... there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere," he said.

The investigators, from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, said they had not had access to Moscow's radar images but would gladly include a Russian contribution to the inquiry.

Ukrainian and Western officials, citing intelligence intercepts, have long blamed the pro-Russian rebels for the incident, which played a big part in a decision by the European Union and United States to impose sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict and has damaged Dutch-Russian economic ties.


In reaction to the investigators' findings, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called on Russia "to lend all possible cooperation" to the inquiry, which will now shift its focus to identifying individual suspects.

Prosecutors said that while they had not brought charges against culprits or established a court, they had identified 100 individuals of interest in relation to the incident on July 17, 2014.

"Of a number of them, we know pretty exactly what their role and position was, for instance those who organized the arrival of the Buk rocket and who were in charge of the transport that day," said Fred Westerbeke, chief prosecutor at the Netherlands National Prosecutor's office.

"We know exactly what happened, but who exactly was in charge, and whether it was done intentionally, there the investigation is still continuing," Westerbeke said.

He declined to specify the nationality of any potential suspects, and called on witnesses to come forward and help determine who gave the order to shoot the plane down.

Victims' families, who were informed of the findings earlier in the day, were skeptical about the investigation's progress.

Silene Fredriksz, whose son Bryce was on the airplane with his girlfriend, Daisy Oehlers, said Russia would never hand over any suspects voluntarily.

Moscow was "going to have to be put under intense pressure, with sanctions - that's the only way to make it possible", she added.

A civilian investigation by the Dutch Safety Board also concluded last year that MH17 was hit by a Buk missile fired from eastern Ukraine, but did not specify who fired it. The board criticized Ukraine's government for leaving its airspace open to civilian traffic.

At the time of the incident, pro-Russian separatists were fighting Ukrainian government forces in the region. The Boeing 777 broke apart in mid-air, flinging wreckage over several kilometers (miles) of fields in rebel-held territory.

Harun Calehr, uncle of two boys killed in the crash, said he was not holding out hope for a swift resolution. "I think there will never be a judicial conclusion to this nightmare," he said.

"Even a political agreement with financial compensation for the victims' families by Russia and Ukraine seems tenuous, and perhaps two decades in the future."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oh Great. Now Iran and Pakistan Are Becoming Best Buddies.

Gimme a break.  Barack Hussein Obama has destroyed just about every relationship the U.S. has with an ally in this world and he's bowed to our enemies like Iran who mock us and then go strengthen their relationships with our other enemies.

The story comes from DAWN.

Iran's naval fleet docks at Karachi for joint exercises ahead of 'Aman 17'

KARACHI: Iranian naval fleet docked at the Karachi port on Tuesday on a three-day visit to hold discussions on the regional political situation and matters of mutual interest, said a statement issued by Pakistan Navy.

Four Iranian Naval Ships — Lavan, Konarak, Falakhen and Khanjar — were received by the senior officials of Pakistan Navy and Iranian diplomats at the docks, the statement added.

"During the visit, the naval forces of both the countries will undertake joint drills in the Pakistani waters for three days."

Iranian naval vessels are on visit to Pakistan for the joint drills ahead of ‘Aman-17’ exercise, which the Pakistan Navy will host early next year.

Operational training activities and sports activities are also planned, said the statement by Pakistan Navy.

The visit of Iranian fleet is expected to promote peace and security in the region and enhance maritime collaboration between the two brotherly Islamic countries, read the statement.

The naval forces of Russia, China, Turkey and Iran are expected to participate in the annual international naval exercise 'Aman-17' next year.

The objective of the exercise is to exchange naval experiences and improve regional security.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Did Anyone Even Notice Obama Claiming Israel Occupies "Palestinian land" ???

The end of the reign of Muslim champion Barack Hussein Obama cannot come soon enough for those of us who support Israel.  Someday, Mr. Obama, you will be standing at the pearly gates and that pass card ain't gonna work to get you in - remember this day when you blasphemed the covenant between G_d and the children of Israel while you bang away on the gates to be let in.

The story comes from Israel National News.

Presidential error at the UN

Despite Barak Obama's speech last week at the UN being endlessly analyzed, there has been no meaningful reference to the way in which the president referred to Judea and Samaria. The president remarked parenthetically that Judea and Samaria are "Palestinian lands". Only the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has responded and protested the inaccuracy in Obama's words.

Obama said that "Surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land”

The ZOA remarked that the use of the term Palestinian land "prejudges the issue of sovereignty and borders and is not accordance with international law, which designates Judea/Samaria as unallocated territory, without a recognized sovereign."

Moreover, they added that "the President’s use of this term is political in nature, as it automatically and unjustly designates the biblical, religious, and historical heartland of the Jewish people for millennia, before the Arab conquest of the region in the seventh century, as belonging to Palestinian Arabs.

“It is well-known that there are conflicting claims to the land, but it is also important to note that Israel has a better claim in law than any other party.

“The territory of the West Bank was earmarked for Jewish settlement in 1920 at the San Remo Conference. This decision, enshrined in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine entrusted to Britain that shortly followed, has never been superseded by an internationally binding agreement. To the contrary, it was reaffirmed by Article 80 of the UN Charter.

“The Arab states rejected the 1947 UN General Assembly partition resolution that called for an Arab and a Jewish state to be established in the territory of the British Mandate. As a result, no agreement on statehood and borders was ever reached. Jordan, which illegally invaded and annexed the territory from 1948 to 1967, formally relinquished its claim to the territory in 1988.

“In the absence of a peace settlement, Judea/Samaria is unallocated territory under international law, not the sovereign territory of another state that Israel ‘occupies.’

“As a result, Israel is not ‘occupying and settling Palestinian lands’; Israel permits Israelis to live, and build homes and communities in this territory to which it has a strong legal claim, having captured the territory from Jordan in 1967 in a war of self-defense."

Over the course of the past 100 years, Judea and Samaria have been ruled by Ottomans, the British mandate, Jordan and Israel but has never been under Palestinian control.

The ZOA added that the Palestinian authority was founded in 1993 but did not gain control over the areas with Jewish communities and "the Oslo agreements do not prohibit Israeli residence and construction in these territories; to the contrary, the Oslo agreements provide for Israeli and Palestinian building in zones under their respective controls.

"Oslo also lists this as a final status issue, to be negotiated by the parties themselves, and Israel is entitled to assert its right for its citizens to live and build in these territories until such time as a peace settlement is reached."

Monday, September 26, 2016

US military is hunting al Qaeda in at least 7 Afghanistan provinces

Fifteen years after 9/11/2001 and the hunt continues.

The story comes from The Long War Journal.

US military is hunting al Qaeda in at least 7 Afghanistan provinces

The US military’s top commander in Afghanistan said yesterday that American forces are hunting al Qaeda leaders and members in at least seven Afghan provinces. General John W. Nicholson Jr., who leads NATO’s Resolute Support and US Forces Afghanistan, listed the provinces in response to a question about how many senior al Qaeda leaders remain in eastern Afghanistan. He specifically mentioned the provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, Paktika, Ghazni, Kunar, Nuristan and Nangarhar.

In October 2015, Gen. Nicholson reminded reporters, “there was an operation conducted down in the Shorabak District of Kandahar where…Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda [in the] Indian subcontinent were present” in a “training base that was destroyed.” After the Shorabak raid, General John Campbell, then the commander of Resolute Support, said the al Qaeda base was “probably the largest training camp-type facility that we have seen in 14 years of war.” At approximately 30 square miles in size, it is easy to see why this is true.

“We…see them [al Qaeda] in the east, stretching from you know, to Zabul, Paktika, Ghazni area in the Southeast and then up in the areas to the Northeast which you are familiar with, Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar, there’s some very mountainous area which — which lends itself to a sanctuary,” Gen. Nicholson explained. Al Qaeda and affiliated groups, including jihadist organizations that draw members from neighboring countries in Central Asia, are operating in other provinces as well.

US and Afghan forces have conducted multiple raids against al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan over the past year. In addition to the operation against the al Qaeda camp in Shorabak, Gen. Nicholson mentioned another raid that took place in Paktika province. “The raid in which we rescued Haider Gilani, the son of the former Pakistani prime minister, that was…against an Al Qaeda target, and so Al Qaeda was holding that individual hostage,” Nicholson said.

After he was freed, Gilani told the press that al Qaeda was attempting to trade him for Ayman al Zawahiri’s daughters, another al Qaeda widow, and their children. Al Qaeda claims the women were freed in early August under murky circumstances.

The US military and Afghan forces also targeted al Qaeda bases in two other operations over the past year. In the summer of 2015, US forces targeted an al Qaeda encampment in Paktika. Abu Khalil al Sudani, a top al Qaeda’s leader, is thought to have been killed during that raid. Earlier this month, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security struck an al Qaeda “base” in Zabul.

Gen. Nicholson didn’t give an estimate for the total number of al Qaeda leaders being targeted, saying he wouldn’t “get into matters that would affect future operations.” Regardless, along with the Islamic State’s Khorasan branch, al Qaeda “remains at the top” of the US military’s “list” of targets and the Americans “continue to hunt them every day.”

Of the “98 US or UN-designated terrorist organizations around the globe,” Nicholson pointed out, “20 of them are in the Af-Pak region,” which “is the highest concentration of the numbers [sic] of different groups in any area in the world.” As The Long War Journal has reported on numerous occasions throughout the years, many of these same groups are closely allied with al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda’s participation in the fighting throughout Afghanistan is not a recent development. For example, a memo recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound summarized al Qaeda’s presence in eight different Afghan provinces as of June 2010. The file specifically mentioned Farouq al Qahtani, a veteran jihadist.

In February, the Treasury Department added Qahtani to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. Qahtani serves as the head of al Qaeda’s eastern zone in Afghanistan. He has been a key al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan since 2009, directing “the delivery of funds and weapons to Taliban associates.” Qahtani has also contributed to al Qaeda’s external operations, meaning its anti-Western plotting.

The US government and the military has downplayed al Qaeda’s presence for more than six years, despite evidence that al Qaeda has remained entrenched in Afghanistan some 15 years after the 9/11 attacks. From 2010 up until the spring of 2016, US officials claimed that al Qaeda had been “decimated” in Afghanistan and maintained a consistent, minimal presence of 50 to 100 operatives. This was in direct conflict with the US military’s own reporting on operations that targeted al Qaeda in the country between 2007 and 2013.

In April 2015, Resolute Support admitted that the previous long-held estimates of al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan were wrong. Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, the top spokesman for Resolute Support, said that the Shorabak raid forced the military to revise the often-repeated estimate of 50 to 100 operatives in country to upwards of 300. That figure is likely too low as well.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tweet of the Day: The Media Time Delay

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Gun, suicide bomb attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit: police

Sometimes, ISIS will just amaze you with the seemingly never-ending randomness of their terrorist attacks.

The story comes from DAWN.

Gun, suicide bomb attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit: police

MARRA: Militants killed 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police said.

Tikrit was seized by IS in June 2014, but the city has largely been spared attacks that have plagued other parts of the country since its recapture.

Militants shot dead four police at a checkpoint on the west side of the city, then continued north and detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at another checkpoint, killing eight more people, a police colonel and lieutenant colonel said.

The attacks also wounded a total of 23 people, according to the officers.

Tikrit, located 160 kilometres north of Baghdad, was the second city to fall to IS in 2014 as the militants swept through large areas north and west of the capital.

It was also the first city to be recaptured by Iraqi forces, which are now preparing for a push on Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Stronger Together

What If?

What would happen if, across America, a law was implemented that made it illegal for law enforcement to draw a weapon on any and all black males?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Iran abandons discretion of role in Syria war

When the most powerful country in the world's leader, bows to you, legitimizes your regime and then gives you a fast track to nuclear weapon capability, you tend to feel a bit more emboldened than before.

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

Iran abandons discretion of role in Syria war

Abandoning a long-standing reticence, Iranians are increasingly candid about their involvement in Syria’s war, and informal recruiters are now openly calling for volunteers to defend the Islamic Republic and fellow Shiites against Sunni militants.

With public opinion swinging behind the cause, numbers of would-be fighters have soared far beyond what Tehran is prepared to deploy in Syria, according to former fighters who spoke to Reuters, and commanders quoted by Iranian media.

Iran has been sending fighters to Syria since the early stages of the five-year war to support its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, in the struggle against rebels backed by Gulf Arab states and Western powers.

Once Tehran described these forces as military “advisers” but with around 400 killed on the battlefield, this discretion has slipped and several thousand are now believed to be fighting Islamic State and other groups trying to topple Assad.

Many Iranians initially opposed involvement in the war, harboring little sympathy for Assad. But now they are warming to the mission, believing that Islamic State is a threat to the existence of their country best fought outside Iran’s borders.

“The first line for the security of Iran is Syria and Iraq,” a would-be volunteer named Mojtaba told Reuters by email from Tehran. Mojtaba, who asked that he be identified by only his first name, said he had been trying in vain to get out to fight in Syria for the past two years.

While ISIS still holds large areas of Syria and Iraq, it has so far failed to stage attacks in neighboring Iran like it has in Turkey.

Nevertheless, Iranian media have reported the breaking up of cells linked to the extremist group at home, and the large numbers of people such as Mojtaba willing to join the battle in Syria suggest Tehran has the stamina to pursue its involvement there for years if it wishes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Truth About " #NeverTrumpers "

So here's the deal...

At no point in the GOP primaries did I have a candidate that I was supporting fully.  I liked Scott Walker, I liked Ted Cruz, I liked Ben Carson.  Donald Trump was about 4th or 5th on my list.

I actually like Bobby Jindal a LOT, but he's not eligible to be President and neither is Cruz.

But, it really doesn't matter anyway, because this country is lost - I've spoken about it at length at my Blog Talk Radio show - anyone that is interested go there and look up my show entitled "It's Over, America."  We screwed the pooch in this country.  We blew it.  The federal government has grown beyond any hope of it reverting to the intended size or role, our states have become servants to a federal master and our Constitution is a battered wife that someone pulled the plug on to let die.

Nothing will save this country besides a massive move to secession or open armed revolt.

So, for all of the #NeverTrump crowd out there, go ahead and whine and throw your tantrums and piss and moan because your boy Ted or Marco or Kasich or whoever didn't win but try and pull up your big boy pants and understand clearly that Ted Cruz as President would have meant NOTHING to pulling this country out of a tail spin.  As nothing a President Trump will do can pull us out of it, either.

With Hillary as President we can probably put the tombstone in 4 years from now, with Trump maybe it will be 6 or 7 but understand, NO ONE as President would have made it past 7 years.

You have a Congress who doesn't believe in separation of powers, you have a Supreme Court that doesn't even follow the Constitutional guidelines for their behavior and we have an executive that operates as a banana republic dictator.

We're all fucked.  So cast your vote for Trump or just sit at home like the know it all Libertarians and CruzCrewCrybabies and understand it makes no difference.  The only thing left up in the air is who will survive the chaos and bedlam of the future - I intend to survive, albeit maybe sitting alone on top of a mountain peak somewhere but they'll have to come up at me to take my part of this Land from me.  

To the pantywaists who are looking forward to the first year of a Trump presidency so they can break out the " I Told You So's " - good luck with wasting your time...I'll be busy preparing and I won't be sharing shit with you clowns.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Somali In Sheep's Clothing in St. Cloud, MN

So, with the Islamic terror attack happening in St. Cloud, MN, one of the local Somali leaders, Abdul Kulane,  has lept to center stage to defend Islam and talk about what a nice person the attacker really was.

This is from the St. Cloud Times:

On Sunday afternoon leaders of the city's Somali-American community condemned the attacks in a nationally televised press conference.

"We want to strongly condemn any terrorist actions," Abdul Kulane said. "We don't believe in (violence) and we don't agree with anyone who takes matters into his own hands and hurts other people."
"This is what we do know so far: The alleged suspect is Dahir Ahmed Adan. We know him in this community as an exceptional graduate from Apollo High School. He graduated with an honor," Kulane said. He also had been a student at St. Cloud State University earlier this year.

"While maintaining a high GPA, he worked part-time as a private security officer," Kulane said. "He was helpful to his family and as far as we know, he never had a violent history, as far as his family and the community can remember. He was a friendly and active community member."

The details of the actual incident are unclear.

"All the information circulating in the media are speculations," Kulane said.

So there you have it from the local Somali leader - all is fine in paradise, nothing to worry about...the terrorist was a good kid worshiping a peaceful religion.

Everything that comes out of spokesman Kulane's mouth is roses right?

Take a look at what Abdul Kulane was mixed up in back in 2013 in St. Cloud.  Notice the peaceful "let's all get along" Abdul in action.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Indian Home Minister: 'Pakistan a terrorist state'

Tensions between India and Pakistan won't be improving anytime soon.

The story comes from DAWN.

'Pakistan a terrorist state' ─ Rajnath spews vitriol in run-up to UNGA showdown

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a 'terrorist state' in an anti-Pakistan rant on Sunday, hours after suspected militants attacked in Indian army base in India-held Kashmir (IHK).

"Pakistan is a terrorist state and should be identified and isolated as such," Rajnath tweeted.

"I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups," the Indian home minister said.

Rajnath's vitriol comes as Pakistan and India gear up for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) starting Monday.

Pakistan is preparing to "forcefully" highlight the situation in IHK at the UNGA, whereas India intends to counter Pakistan's stance by raising the Balochistan issue, arguing that the Baloch are also seeking independence from Pakistan and deserve international support.

India is also backing Baloch activists to hold a demonstration outside the UN headquarters during the prime minister’s speech.

Both Pakistan and India are trying to persuade the US to support their positions. The US, however, appears to have decided not to take sides.

Pakistan has had to contend with incendiary remarks by Indian lawmakers with increasing frequency as both countries lock horns over the Kashmir issue.

In a speech on India's Independence Day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation said, in a broadside against Pakistan, that the people of Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir had thanked him.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz reacted to Modi's speech, saying the Indian PM was trying to divert global attention from the tragedy in India-held Kashmir, adding that Modi’s comments only proved Pakistan’s contention that India, through the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), had been fomenting terrorism in Balochistan.

A day after Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry invited his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar for dialogue on the Kashmir dispute in August, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a rally in IHK that "going to Pakistan is the same as going to hell".

Days after Chaudhry's invitation, India formally rejected Pakistan's proposal to hold exclusive talks on the issue of Kashmir and said it will only discuss the issue of terrorism alleged infiltration of militants with Pakistan.

The FO on Saturday said that Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Tehmina Janjua termed India’s attempts to deny its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir is a "travesty of history".

"The sudden Indian focus on Balochistan is consistent with their playbook of seeking to distract attention from their repression in India-occupied Kashmir," the FO quoted Janjua as saying.
Kashmir clashes

Pakistan and India have been engaged in a back-and-forth over Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in IHK sparked violent protests against Indian rule despite the imposition of multiple curfews in the region, leaving at least 87 civilians dead and thousands others injured.

The unrest has lasted for more than two months as protesting residents clash almost daily with security forces in the worst such violence since 2010.

The Indian government has come under growing pressure over the level of casualties during the protests and over the security forces' use of shotguns loaded with pellets which can blind demonstrators.

The Foreign Office earlier this month urged the Indian government to listen to the international community and end bloodshed in IHK and asked the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to IHK in order to investigate human right abuses.

India has slammed Pakistan's interference in Kashmir, terming it an 'internal matter'. Pakistan maintains the issue can only be resolved through dialogue and implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir.
Indian army base attacked in IHK

A day before Pakistan and India are set to go head-to-head at the UNGA, heavily-armed suspected militants killed 17 Indian soldiers in a pre-dawn raid on an IHK army base, the worst such attack for years in the disputed Himalayan region.

Soldiers searched the base, 100 kilometres west of the region's main city of Srinagar, for any more suspected militants, an Indian army statement said.

The Indian home minister held a high-level security meeting in New Delhi after saying he was cancelling his planned trips to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Two Terror Attacks Foiled In Israel

The report comes from Israel National News.

Car terror attempt near Kiryat Arba

Two terrorists, a male and female, tried this afternoon, Friday, to commit a terror attack by running people over with their car at the Elias Junction near Kiryat Arba.

The two terrorists were shot by IDF forces, while no victims were injured.

The attack comes just after another terror attempt at Damascus Gate at the Old City of Jerusalem, where a terrorist, a Jordanian resident in his twenties, arrived near Damascus Gate, and advanced quickly towards border police at the scene, a knife in his hand.

The fighters saw the terrorist as he approached and shot him, killing him.

The attack comes after a recent decline in stabbing attacks, though Arab terror in general has, by no means, declined.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

France Tries To Keep Their Country From Burning To the Ground

The French simply cannot fight off all of the jihadis in their midst.  There will be terror attacks each and every month in France.  It's the price they pay for welcoming the Muslim invasion onto their soil.

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

French police arrest another teenager suspected of plotting attack

French police on Wednesday arrested a 15-year old suspected of planning an attack and using encrypted social media channels to communicate with a French Islamist militant believed to be in Syria or Iraq, sources said.

In an operation led by France’s domestic intelligence agency, police swooped on the teenager in Paris’ eastern 20th arrondissement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed the operation.

“We’re working with extreme intensity to identify those we think are likely to carry out an attack,” he told reporters, adding that Islamic State was recruiting “younger and younger individuals”.

It is the second time a 15-year-old minor suspected of plotting to kill in the name of ISIS has been arrested in five days. A source inside the prosecutor’s office said both youngsters had used Telegram to communicate with Rachid Kassim, an ISIS militant of French nationality.

Their arrests follow the detention of three women, including a 19-year-old, who had allegedly wanted to attack a Paris railway station using a car laden with gas cylinders.

France is reeling from a wave of militant attacks on its territory that have killed more than 230 people since January, 2015, and its intelligence services are struggling to dismantle a web of militant networks inside the country.

The attacks have varied in style and profile of killer: In November last year, a squad of suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people in a sophisticated and coordinated attack on multiple sites in Paris; In July, a Tunisian delivery man killed 86 people when he drove his truck through a crowd on Nice’s seafront; and two militants knifed to death an elderly priest at his altar in a church in northern France.

“What sets France apart (from other European nations) is the wide-open profile of recruit: urban or rural, Muslim or convert, man or woman,” said Arnaud Danjean, a European Parliament lawmaker who specializes in defense and security.

“Acts like the attempted attack with gas cylinders, the throat-slitting of a priest, or the guy who ploughs his truck through a crowd, that today is the face of this threat” in France, said Danjean.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Video: The Mainstream Media Serves Their Master

(Hat Tip: The Wilkow Majority)

Mosque where Orlando gunman Omar Mateen prayed set ablaze on Eid - Holger Calls BULLSHIT

Two bits is my wager that this fire was set by a MUSLIM and in fact, the piece of shit will have some sort of link to CAIR.

Bank on it.

Just like Democrats in America who fan racism in America in order to maintain leverage politically, the likes of CAIR set fires in this country at mosques to manufacture fake "hate crimes" and try to make "Islamophobia" a real term in this country.  Don't fall for it, America.

The story comes from DAWN.

Mosque where Orlando gunman Omar Mateen prayed set ablaze on Eid

FORT PIERCE: The mosque that Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended was heavily damaged in an arson fire that Muslim leaders said was the latest incident in an escalating campaign of harassment and violence against the house of worship and its members.

Given the timing ─ Sunday's 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the start of Eidul Azha ─ investigators believe the blaze that broke out shortly before midnight Sunday at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce may have been a hate crime, St. Lucie County sheriff's spokesman Maj David Thompson said.

No one was injured. The fire burned a 10-by-10-foot hole in the roof at the back of the mosque's main building and blackened its eaves with soot.

A surveillance video from the mosque showed a man on a motorcycle approaching the building with a bottle of liquid and some papers, then leaving when there was a flash and shaking his hand as though he may have burned it, Thompson said.

The arsonist “is terrorising our community because we don't know where he is at and we don't know what he is capable of doing,” said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, a Florida spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Mateen was killed by police after opening fire at the Pulse nightclub June 12 in a rampage that left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded. He professed allegiance to the militant Islamic State group. His father is among roughly 100 people who attend the mosque.

Ruiz said the mosque and its worshippers have been harassed since the massacre.

“First there were threatening voicemails,” he said. “Then drivers would splash water on the parishioners leaving on Fridays, and then a member got beat up in the parking lot when he came to the mosque for early morning prayers, and now the mosque has been set on fire.”

The mosque has received more threats since the nightclub shooting than it did in its previous 20 years of existence, assistant imam Hamaad Rahman said.

“For this to happen to us on the morning of our biggest celebration of the year has made everyone saddened and scared, but our community is bigger than a building. We are stronger than that,” he said. “I feel we will be able to pull together from this, and as time goes by we will be able to rebuild.”

The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the investigation into the fire. Sheriff's officials released the video and asked for the public's help in identifying the arsonist.

Ariana Borras stopped by the mosque with her 2-year-old son to pay respects Monday morning.

Borras said she is Hispanic and not a Muslim but is sometimes asked if she is Muslim because of the colour of her skin.

The fire “makes me scared for my son. It makes me scared for my skin color,” she said. “There have been a lot of racial issues going on and there's so much hate in the world right now.”

Michael Parsons, 22, was standing outside his parents' home, directly across the street from the mosque.

He said that since the Orlando shooting, “a lot of people have been driving by hollering and yelling expletives at the church or mosque or whatever they call it.”

Parsons, a gutter installer with “trust no one” tattooed on his chest, said his mother's cancer doctor attends the mosque. “America was founded so people can believe what they want to believe and do what they want to do,” he said. “These guys flying the American flag on their trucks don't really know what the freedom is they're fighting for.”

On July 2, a man was beaten outside the mosque. CAIR said the victim was a Muslim and the attacker hurled slurs. A suspect was arrested. CAIR said that earlier that day, a man in a truck stopped outside the mosque and said, “You Muslims need to get back to your country.”

On Monday morning, a pickup truck with a “Don't Tread on Me” bumper sticker rolled past the mosque.

The driver revved his engine and raised his index finger in the air as if making the gesture for No. 1.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Blast in east Turkey wounds 48 on 1st day of Eid

This was a VBIED , this was ISIS and Erdogan knows it but he'll blame the Kurds just so he can fly a few more sorties into Iraq.  This works well for ISIS, they get to blow apart Turkish cops and the Kurds get the blame.

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

Blast in east Turkey wounds 48 on 1st day of Eid

A car-bombing at a police checkpoint on Monday wounded 48 people near the ruling party headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van, the governor’s office said.

The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted a statement by the governor’s office which said 46 of the wounded were civilians, and the two others were police officers.

Van Police Chief Suat Ekici earlier told Anadolu two of the wounded were in critical condition but did not say whether they were police officers or civilians.

The explosion occurred Monday around 10:50 a.m. local time on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.

The private Dogan news agency said an explosives-laden vehicle was detonated about 200 meters (650 feet) from the governor's office in a commercial district where the AKP municipal offices are located.

Turkey has suffered a string of attacks in recent months from both Kurdish militants linked with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK as well as from ISIS group, resulting in dozens of casualties. The PKK is listed a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies.

The attack came a day after Ankara replaced 28 elected mayors with appointees, mostly in the Kurdish dominated east of the country.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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North Korea carries out 'biggest ever' nuclear test: Seoul

Isn't it great news?  It won't be long and the Norks and the mullahs in Iran can have a competition to see who can test the most nukes.

The story comes from DAWN.

North Korea carries out 'biggest ever' nuclear test: Seoul

PYONGYANG/SEOUL: North Korea has conducted a “successful” fifth nuclear test, state-run TV said Friday, in an explosion described by the South as Pyongyang's largest-ever such blast.

“Our nuclear scientists staged a nuclear explosion test on a newly developed nuclear warhead at the country's northern nuclear test site,” a TV announcer said.

“Our... party sent a congratulatory message to our nuclear scientists... for conducting the successful nuclear warhead explosion test,” she said.

North Korea said the test had confirmed that it could mount a nuclear warhead on a rocket.

“The nuclear test finally... confirmed the structure and specific features... of a nuclear warhead that has been standardised to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye condemned the test as an act of "self-destruction" that would deepen the North's isolation.

The test will send tensions soaring over the North's nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, which have already earned international condemnation and United Nations sanctions.

Park spoke out against the "manic recklessness" of the North's young ruler Kim Jong-Un, who has exulted in a series of ballistic missile launches and the last nuclear test in January.

"Kim Jong-Un's regime will only earn more sanctions and isolation... and such provocation will further accelerate its path to self-destruction," she said, warning his obsession with creating a nuclear arsenal posed a grave challenge.

"We will step up pressure on the North by using all possible measures, including more, stronger sanctions on the North with the international community and at the UN Security Council," she said.

Seismic monitors detected a 5.3-magnitude "artificial earthquake" near the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, with "almost identical patterns" to previous detonations, according to South Korean experts.

"We believe that it was a nuclear test. We are trying to figure out whether it was successful. The blast measured about 10 kilotons," a defence ministry spokesman in Seoul told reporters.

The North's third nuclear test, staged in February 2013, was previously considered the most powerful to date, with a yield of six to nine kilotons.

"The 10-kiloton blast was nearly twice the fourth nuclear test and slightly less than the Hiroshima bombing, which was measured about 15 kilotons," said Kim Nam-Wook from the South's meteorological agency.

Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported the country's defence ministry was preparing to dispatch aircraft to analyse air samples to see if any radiation could be detected.

"If North Korea conducted a nuclear test, that can never be tolerated. We must lodge a strong protest," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The US National Security Council said it was aware of seismic activity in the region of the test site and was "monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners."
'Caught off guard'

North Korea has been hit by five sets of United Nations sanctions since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006. Since the January test concern has also grown over a series of provocative ballistic missile launches.

Pyongyang test-fired three missiles on Monday as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China, with Kim Jong-Un hailing the tests as "perfect", and US President Barack Obama warning it would only up the pressure.

North Korea has always insisted it will continue nuclear tests despite global condemnation and toughened sanctions. Experts say they are likely aimed at refining warhead design and reliability as well as increasing yield.

Outside monitors will now attempt to analyse the yield to try to determine what kind of a breakthrough it represents, particularly whether it is a standard atomic bomb or a more powerful hydrogen, or thermonuclear bomb.

North Korean nuclear tests are usually heralded by chatter among analysts about preparations at Punggye-ri but there had been little discussion in recent weeks over any signs.

“The test caught many off guard, although Seoul officials have for months maintained that the North was maintaining a condition in which it was ready to stage a nuclear test any time,” said Kim Jin-Moo, an analyst at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.
China pushed to act

Kim said the recent series of missile tests, including one launched from a submarine that far exceeded the range of previous such exercises, was a precursor to this "show of force" planned for months and timed to coincide with its founding day anniversary.

"Also, the test was staged right after the G20 summit was held in its neighbour China. I think it was also aimed at maximising shock to the international community," he said.

The test is another slap in the face to the North's chief ally China which has been under pressure to rein in its behaviour, and diminishes any chance of a resumption of six-country talks on North Korea's nuclear programme.

"I believe China will be driven into the most difficult position" as the international community expects Beijing to act to ease tensions, said Shunji Hiraiwa, professor at Kwansei Gakuin University and an expert on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea claimed its January test was of a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, which can be far more powerful than other nuclear devices.

But scientists say the estimated yield of around six kilotons was similar to the North's previous nuclear test in 2013, and far too low for a thermonuclear device.

However, at a rare ruling party congress in Pyongyang in May, Kim Jong-Un hailed what he called a “historic” landmark, and insisted it had been a hydrogen blast.

He praised the country's scientists for “creating milestone miracles with the magnificent and exhilarating sound of the first H-bomb of our republic”.