Thursday, May 25, 2017

UK: Hussain guilty of pressure cooker bomb plot

(Birmingham) 29-year-old Zahid Hussain had just been found guilty of preparing for an act of terrorism after a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.


Hussain was arrested by police in August 2015 after they were called about a man acting suspiciously. He was stopped and found in possession of a knife and a crowbar. He also carried handwritten notes detailing instructions for devices. Officers conducted a thorough and complex investigation during which his home was searched again, along with a nearby storm drain which went under the main Birmingham-London rail line that Hussain had been seen entering.
CCTV showing Hussain clambering into a storm drain
It was during these searches of Naseby Road that officers discovered the pressure cooker device and other electrical items. West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit was alerted and Hussain was re-arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related matters.

Kenya: Another 2 policemen killed by Islamic terrorists

(Nairobi) Two police officers have been killed and four others injured after an Improvised Explosive Devise tore their vehicle along the Malelei-Kulan Road in Liboi, Garissa County.


Two of those injured were airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment following the 7 am blast. Police at the scene said the injured had life threatening injuries. The officers were patrolling in a vehicle belonging to immigration department when the incident happened.


The blast comes after 2 police officers were killed in the same area yesterday.

Gaza: Hamas objects to President Trump calling them terrorists

(Gaza) After President Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia the other day where he lumped Hamas in with the likes of ISIS, Hezbollah and the Taliban:
"The true toll of ISIS [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams,"
the peaceful terrorists of Gaza did what they did best - they played the victim card, claiming that the US President had smeared the name of Hamas and so they hosted a parade where they expressed their innocence whilst slandering President Trump as intolerant.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

IRAQ SITUATION REPORT: MAY 6 - 20, 2017

(ISW) The nice people at the Institute for the Study of War have brought out a map which shows the situation inside Iraq as of Saturday the 20th May, 2017:

Iranian backed Shia militias set conditions to disrupt or deny U.S.-backed forces freedom of maneuver near the Iraq-Syria border. Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) forces began clearing territory in western Ninewa Province toward the Syrian border. Iran-backed PMU forces also conducted offensives against ISIS in northern Diyala and Salah al-Din provinces, and defended positions north of the Makhoul Mountains and southwest of Tuz Khurmatu from ISIS ground assaults.


ISIS remains operational in eastern Iraq, particularly in Diyala Province, despite clearing operations led by the Badr Organization since late 2014. ISIS also launched attacks in and around Baghdad in the week prior to its annual Ramadan campaign, anticipated to begin on May 26.

Somalia: Car bomb kills 8 in capital

(Mogadishu) A car bomb, claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has killed eight people and injured 15 more in the Somali capital, was detonated near a police checkpoint outside a restaurant near Mogadishu's port.


Islamic terrorist group al-Shabab has admitted to the murderous attack.

Mali: 2 UN soldiers killed by Islamic terrorists

(Bamako) Two United Nations peacekeepers from Chad have been killed when their foot patrol was ambushed in the Kidal region of northern Mali.
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Strongly condemning "this murderous attack," MINUSMA, chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, said the Mission immediately deployed a rapid response force at the scene and proceeded to evacuate the wounded and the deceased. He also stated:
“Since the establishment of MINUSMA four years ago, Malians have made significant progress towards peace and reconciliation. However, tragically, this progress has not been translated into peace. Violent extremist groups are actively seeking to spoil and halt the peace process. New armed groups have emerged, while some existing groups were divided into different factions. Instability has spread from the north to the centre of the country and beyond the borders of Mali in neighboring countries.”

Indonesia: Suicide bombers kill 3,injure 10

(Jakarta) Two suicide bombers targeted a bus station in the capital this evening killing three police officers and injuring 10 on Wednesday. The blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal,


Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said three officers had been killed, and that examination of the scene had shown that there appeared to have been two suicide bombers, Five officers and five civilians were wounded. 

The strange thing about this bombing is that the suicide bombers targeted police who were escorting a pawai obor parade (Burning torch parade) which the locals carry out in which to welcome in the fasting month of Ramadan which begins in 2 days time.

Puntland: 5 killed in suicide bombing

(Bosaso Islamic State has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, killing five people at a checkpoint in the Tuesday in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. (Puntland set up its own government in1998, but unlike neighbouring Somaliland, it has not declared full independence.)

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest at a checkpoint late Tuesday in northeastern port city of Bosaso. local police official Mohamed Dahir Adan.
"Security forces stopped the suspect when he approached but he detonated himself leaving five people dead. One of the security officers and four civilians were killed in the blast"
ISIS has claimed responsibly for the attack and boasted that the group carried out its first suicide bombing in Somalia. Bossaso is no stranger to ISIS terrorist attacks. Terrorists attacked a hotel there in February resulting in at least four deaths, including two attackers.

Kenya: Police officers killed in Islamist bomb attack

(NAIROBI) Three police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in northern Kenya on Wednesday.

The officers’ Toyota Land Cruiser is believed to have hit a device planted by al-Shabaab terrorists, eight people were also injured in the incident in Liboi town, which lies around 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the Somali border in Garissa County. The officers who were killed and those who were injured are part of a team sent here to heighten security after two similar attacks in the recent weeks .



The attack takes the toll of police officers killed in similar border attacks in northern Kenya this month to 10.

SYRIA SITUATION REPORT: MAY 10 - 18, 2017

(ISW) The nice people at the Institute for the Study of War have brought out a couple of map which show the situation inside Syria as of Thursday the 18th, May 2017:


Russia, Iran, and Syria redeployed forces to constrain the activities of the U.S. in Eastern Syria. Pro-regime forces reportedly deployed hundreds of fighters along the Damascus - Baghdad Highway in Central Syria at the urging of Russia following several weeks of advances in the area by opposition groups backed by the U.S. and Jordan. The U.S. later conducted an airstrike against a pro-regime convoy advancing against opposition groups at Al-Tanaf on the Syrian-Iraqi Border on May 18. Pro-regime forces also seized the Jirah Airbase in Eastern Aleppo Province from ISIS on May 12. These movements suggest that pro-regime forces intend to insert themselves into the campaigns against ISIS in Ar-Raqqa City and Deir ez-Zour Province - thereby pre-empting long-term expansion by the U.S. in Eastern Syria. ISW has previously recommended that the U.S. refocus the campaign against ISIS towards Deir ez-Zour Province as a long-term base for operations against both ISIS and the Russo-Iranian Coalition in Syria.


The U.S. and Turkey likely failed to overcome their strategic divide during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan on May 16. Trump reiterated his support for Turkey in the “fight against terror groups” including as ISIS and the PKK but did not address his recent decision to directly arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG. Erdogan condemned the decision as an “absolutely unacceptable” measure that presented a “clear and present danger” to Turkey. Erdogan also reiterated his calls for the U.S. to extradite exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. The White House likely offered greater cooperation with Erdogan against the PKK in Turkey and Northern Iraq to mitigate the risk of an imminent rift with Turkey. These efforts nonetheless remain insufficient to reverse the growing strategic divergence between the U.S. and Turkey.

Philippines: ISIS gunmen take control of Marawi city

(Manila)  Terrorists from a group linked to Isis have stormed a city in the Philippines resulting in thousands of civilians having to flee the area . 


The terrorists from the Muslim group called Maute set about on their “Kill them all in the name of Allah day” following a failed raid by soldiers on Tuesday on a hideout of the terrorist group, in which to capture Isnilon Hapilon, (Leader of the Abu Sayyaf group notorious for piracy, banditry and for kidnapping and beheading Westerners.)which triggered clashes and chaos across the largely Muslim city of Marawi.

Troops are currently trying to contain the terrorists who have taken over large parts of city, setting building ablaze and taking Christian’s hostage in which to use as leverage. Father Socrates Villegas, president of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines reported:
“They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,”
Both soldiers and rebels have set up checkpoints and road blocks on routes in and out of Marawi and streams of men, women and children are fleeing the area.


President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law and a state of emergency in the province of Mindano. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

China: Chinese Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter makes maiden flight

(Beijing) The export version of China's Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter took to its maiden flight the other day. Based on the Harbin Z-9W (itself a copy of the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin) The Z-19 has followed a similar development as did the Bell AH-1 Cobra from the Bell UH-1 Iroquois aka "Huey", where a transport helicopter has been slimmed down into a gunship. Whilst not in the same league as the likes of the US AH64D/E, the Russian Mil 28 or even the European Tigre, the Z-19 will afford a cheap modern gunship capability to most cash strapped third world countries.

In Chinese service the Z-19, standing operating procedure is to support the much heavier CAIC WZ-10, attack helicopter on the battlefield via its better observation capabilities in which to spot and target the enemy.





Whilst the Z-19 has been developed from the Z-9 helicopter, it does shares some resemblance to the Japanese OH-1 scout/observation helicopter, but that simply opens up a different kettle of fish.

 OH-1 scout/observation helicopter, 

Turkey: US Ambassador called over arrest of Erdogan's brawling bodyguards

(Ankara) Last week, the Turkish dictator for life whilst on a visit to Washington DC set his bodyguards upon Kurds protesting his visit. Video evidence clearly shows the Turkish suit wearing bodyguards pushing through police lines, crossing the road and violently attacking the Kurds, resulting in 9 receiving injuries resulting in a hospital visit (2 serious). 2 Turks were arrested by the Washington, DC police, but after they brought out the 'diplomatic immunity card', they were released.
Well, that hasn't gone down with the Turks who summonsed John Bass, the US ambassador to Turkey, in which to lodge a verbal and written protest at the behaviour of US security personnel, saying they had taken actions that were “aggressive and unprofessional” and “contrary to diplomatic rules and practices”.

Why am I not surprised at how the clearly aggressive Turks are playing the victim card here? Now contrast that mindset with the modus operandi of Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Taliban or any Islamic NGO in the West. Notice anything?

Germany: 16-year-old Syrian knifeman disarmed at gunpoint by police

(Köln) So, yesterday, in Cologne a 16-year-old Syrian walked into a school, pulled out a knife and threatened a number of real children.


Thankfully, a brave teacher placed himself between the knifeman and the children and called the police, whereupon the so called Syrian child did a runner. He was later apprehended by police at gun point, suffering from self-inflicted knife wounds. The Police have already labelled him as having mental issues.

Global reign of terror: map plots every terrorist attack and death in real-time

Esri Story Maps has teamed up and PeaceTech Lab to build a real time Terrorism Map which highlights every terrorist incident in the world. Using it is simple. The column on the left , lists each incident chronologically , the map is self-explanatory. 

Follow the link here in which to redirect to the site.

Yemen: SEAL Team 6 takes out another Al Qaeda base

(Sana) After a number of days of airstrikes against Al Qaeda bases inside Yemen, US forces upped the ante yesterday when they sent in seal team 6 " to attack a compound in the Marib governorate, with the support of Yemen's authorities, killing seven members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) the Pentagon has stated


UK: Suicide bomber strikes Pop concert. 22 murdered, 50+ injured.

(Manchester) A suicide bomber struck last night at Manchester Arena after a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande, killing 22 people and injuring 59.


The blast took place in the crowded foyer as fans left on mass at around 2230hrs after the concert had finished and people (mainly children) were leaving the arena.