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Seems like I'm doing too many Kobani titled posts, or the info gets buried (understandable) by other threads.....

And I'm not sure peeps are necessarily interested and don't want to crowd the board if not...

So for those interested, I'm going to use this thread primarily to report the info my road dogs are emailing, texting or calling about.... etc etc..


I'll try to use judgment in limiting new threads to only major developments.....



First on the menu appears to be CentCom's letter to the world (okay news folk) that they are indeed doing Air Strikes on Kobani.... In case you don't think your voice matters... apparently it does. If you'll recall only a week ago, Kerry said it wasn't all that important.....

Hopefully someone can figure out how to make this bigger... Interesting report to news agencies...(and DV peeps ) lol



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Seems like I'm doing too many Kobani titled posts, or the info gets buried (understandable) by other threads..... And I'm not sure peeps are necessarily interested and don't want to crowd the board i

According to Kurdistan News, Lots of people demonstrated in front of Kurdistan Parliament... with everything going on..... They are demonstrating this one...   Finally!!!! The units of YPG and the

Dear Holy Father, it's my sincerest and deepest prayer that you put an end to this ISIS organization. I pray that you bless those who fight against it with victory. And though I fear who is behind

According to Kurdistan News, Lots of people demonstrated in front of Kurdistan Parliament... with everything going on..... They are demonstrating this one...


Finally!!!! The units of YPG and the international anti-IS coalition are coordinating with each other on the ground...


Huge Significance: YPG recovered ground taken by IS, the flag of YPG once again flies on the hill of the village of Tel Shair.



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Yes, you were bringing it in full force.  Nothing wrong with that, just shows your deep dedication of what is happening around the world and wanting some smart planning strategy from our leaders, (for the good of these people). But I fear these leaders are clueless or just plain stupid with greed. 

So we need to do is put pressure on them and let them know what we think, and we couldn't do that without the proper info. We the people need to know what's going on and I'm glad we have you out there reporting what the media is not.  Keep up the great work!!!! :salute:

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I appreciate the dickens out of these articles Rayzur. I got to believe others including myself appreciate such news. I even placed a few along similar lines to encourage our fellow dinarians in a sea of depressing Iraqi news.

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For sake of discussion, lets suppose that the unintended consequences of Western decision making resulted in the creation of al-Qaeda, which has now been re-branded as ISIS, (currently referred to as IS)....

And suppose they (whoever they are) used ISIS to drive some agenda (for example, re-engage the ME with military and control).


So what occurred to me was this: ISIS is not a country... its an ideology..... And while it may have been created, for the advancement of a particular agenda... it has become it has morphed into an entrenched ideology. Its like this huge frickin magnet that is now attracting every angry, whacko, insecure, enraged, deranged psychotic, freakazoid from around the planet. The reports coming out of Kobani are clear that the most barbaric, horrendous  acts are committed "by the Europeans, speaking English".... 


The following report is rather graphic... honestly,  scroll past if these things bother you... its cool......


And this is why stopping IS/ISIS/ISIL should be our paramount agenda above all others.... above all other missions:


The barbarians from ISIS are leaving behind a trail of headless bodies as they withdraw from Kobane.
The Telegraph reported:

THERE are “tens, maybe hundreds” of headless bodies lying in the bloody streets of a besieged Syrian border town — left to rot by ISIS savages to terrorise Kurdish fighters and residents, according to a new report.

“I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off.
Others with just their hands or legs missing. I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out — I can never forget it for as long as I live,” Amin Fajar, a 38-year-old father of four, told the Daily Mail about the incredible scene in Kobane.

“They put the heads on display to scare us all.


Another resident, 13-year-old Dillyar, watched as his cousin Mohammed, 20, was captured and beheaded by the black-clad jihadis as the pair tried to flee the battle-scarred town.

They pushed him to the ground and sawed his head off, shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar,’
the boy said. “I see it in my dreams every night and every morning I wake up and remember everything.”

Farmer Ahmed Bakki said his cousin, a father of seven, stayed behind when his terrified family fled.


“We phoned my cousin and [iSIS] answered his phone. They said,
‘We’ve got his head, and we’re taking it,’
” Mr Bakki said, adding that the most brutal ISIS barbarians were European.

Last week ISIS beheaded a female Kurdish fighter and reportedly posted it online.
(Photo below the fold)


The Kurdish Army posted this tribute to her:


• While beauty kills

• While motherhood die

• When love ends

• The most heinous crime

• No worse than that




I am not going to post the picture of IS holding her head....However I can verify she was killed in action in Kobane....G-d Bless in her return to you..... 

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As we on DV know... Turkey has really messed things up... and has world leaders scrambling.... Like I told a buddy last night, I betcha all kinds of General / Admiral brass are getting out of bed in the middle of the night over this one:


WASHINGTON – In a fresh test for U.S. coalition-building efforts, Turkey is launching airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders this week despite pleas from the Obama administration to instead focus on an international campaign to destroy Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in the region.

Media reports about the Turkish strikes surfaced Tuesday as President Barack Obama and military chiefs from more than 20 nations gathered in Washington in a show of unity against the Islamic State group.

“This is an operation that involves the world against ISIL,” Obama declared, referring to the militant group by one of its many names.

The Turkish airstrikes occurred Monday and marked the country’s first major strikes against Kurdish rebels on its own soil since peace talks began two years ago. The strikes came amid anger among the Kurds in Turkey, who accuse the government there of standing by while Syrian Kurds are being killed by Islamic State militants in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani.

The Islamic State militants also targeted Kurds in Iraq, who have to some extent been able to hold off their advances.

The United States is pressing Turkey – a NATO ally – to take a more active role in the campaign to destroy the Islamic State group, but the Turks said they won’t join the fight unless the U.S.-led coalition also targets Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. The Obama administration sees those as separate fights and has no appetite to go to war against Assad. So far Turkey no one has openly challenged Turkey as to why its refusing any water, food or aid delivered to Kobani, as well as refusing to allow Turkish Kurds from leaving the country to go fight in Kobani, ...which is quite separate from standing down Turkish troops

Officials from Ankara participated in Tuesday’s meeting at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.

Earlier Tuesday, the U.S.-led coalition stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Kobani, launching 21 airstrikes in and around the town. One of the strikes targeted the Tel Shair hill that overlooks parts of the city, according to Idriss Nassan, deputy head of Kobani’s foreign relations committee.

Nassan said Kurdish fighters later captured the hill and brought down the black flag of the Islamic State group. However, the extremist group still controls more than a third of the predominantly Kurdish town. the picture above of the guy with the YPG flag, is planting their flag back on this hill... having re-taken it from IS

While the White House tried to point out progress in the campaign against the militants, the government is also preparing the American public for a military effort that could extend well beyond Obama’s presidency. Officials acknowledged Tuesday the airstrikes in Kobani may not be enough to prevent a militant takeover, given the lack of an effective fighting force on the ground. (ineffective??? 30 days with no reinforcements, ammo running low, no water or food,  facing constantly reinforced IS with US tanks and big weapons, is ineffective??? They've killed more IS than any other military group in the area, including us...)

“We certainly do not want the town to fall,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “At the same time, our capacity to prevent that town from falling is limited by the fact that air strikes can only do so much.” Washington is very aware of their pleas for air drops of ammo, bigger weapons to combat the US held weapons of IS, food, water, and with that they will prevail.... but apparently those simple things are outside the capability or is doing too much... of the only so much we can do......

Syrian Kurds are begging the international community for heavy weapons to help bolster their defense of Kobani. They’ve also called for Turkey to open the border to allow members of the Kurdish militia in northwestern Syria – known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG – to travel through Turkish territory to reinforce the city. He decided to bomb some other Kurds instead.

So far, both requests have gone unfulfilled.

The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major focal point in the war against the Islamic State group, with Kurdish populations in both countries threatened by the militants’ lightning advance lightning advance???? Who writes this stuff... 9000 IS in open fields with HUGE tanks lumbering toward Kobani is not even fast, let alone lightening anything... Wanna see how well we can see and target even little things, not to mention big things like tanks and columns of people? See video below.....

Syrian and Iraqi Kurds took part in cross-border operations to help rescue tens of thousands of displaced people from the minority Yazidi group from Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain in August.

Turkey, however, is wary of the Syrian Kurds and their YPG militia, which it believes is affiliated with the Kurdish PKK movement in southeast Turkey that waged a long and bloody insurgency against Ankara. The United States considers the PKK a terrorist group.

The PKK and Turkey agreed to a cease-fire last year, but the agreement began to unravel. Asked about the reports of a resumption in strikes against the Kurdish rebels, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday that Turkish forces took the “necessary measure” following intense “harassing fire” by the rebels on a military outpost yeah... that was not reported anywhere in any source until after the strike.

“It is impossible for us to tolerate or to placate these (attacks),” Davutoglu said.

Kurds, who make up an estimated 20 percent of Turkey’s 75 million people, faced decades of discrimination, including restrictions on the use of their language. The PKK fought Turkey for autonomy for Kurds in a conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 1984.

The United States is pressing Turkey to focus its efforts on the fight against the Islamic State group, an enemy the Turkish government shares with the Kurds.

U.S. officials pointed to some signs of cooperation from Turkey, including commitments to help stem the flow of foreign fighters ISIS across the border into Syria. The White House said Tuesday that discussions are also continuing over whether Turkey will allow the United States and other countries to use bases in the country to launch attacks against the Islamic State group.


I'll find the CentCom link later, this one from RT will work to underscore the point....:)


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MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — In the Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the beleaguered Syrian town of Kobani, several hundred people gathered Tuesday at a cemetery to bury four female Kurdish fighters who died there fighting extremists from the Islamic State group.

Waving colorful Kurdish flags and with many wearing traditional headscarves, they chanted slogans in support of their brethren in Kobani, where Kurdish fighters are zealously defending the town.

The four coffins, draped in Kurdish flags and the flag of the main Kurdish militia fighting in Kobani — known as the YPG — were lowered into the ground as some people cried silently. Others wept more openly.

Many families came to pray for other fighters who were killed in previous days and have been buried at the same cemetery. They were seen sitting by the makeshift graves of their loved ones, crying. Some placed flowers on top of graves.



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For you Nadita... and that really means something coming from you who spends hours upon hours weeks into months, posting news summary updates for us all here on DV... Thanks so much....




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Ya know, the next time Kerry says we're looking for reliable partners on the ground.... will someone in the audience please reach out and slap him? How does he define reliable? Those guys better get a grip and figure out that what they created is no longer what they created and has morphed into a self-determined group .... especially as the older leaders of IS are killed....


Middle East Updates / U.S. believes several hundred Islamic State fighters killed in Kobani strikes U.S. carries out strikes on Islamic State positions near Kobani and Iraq; Egypt warplanes bomb Islamist positions in Benghazi, Libya




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10:00 P.M. U.S. believes several hundred Islamic State fighters killed in Kobani strikes

The U.S. military believes it has killed several hundred Islamic State fighters in air strikes in and around the Syrian town of Kobani, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday.

An increased number of air strikes around the embattled town by the U.S.-led coalition in recent days can be partly attributed to an increase in militant activity in the area, but despite the strikes, the city could still fall to Islamic State fighters, Rear Admiral John Kirby said at a news briefing in Washington. (Reuters) Is it just me, or does it seem as if that's what "they" wanted and the world protest changed that? If this is true analysis, they need to get some better analysts... and then arm the peeps on the ground... doh!

9:22 P.M. U.S. special envoy for anti-Islamic State coalition says U.S. striking targets around Kobani for humanitarian purposes.

U.S. air strikes around the Syrian town of Kobani are designed to relieve defenders and to buy time to try to build up forces in Syria to combat Islamic State militants, retired U.S. General John Allen said on Wednesday.

"We are striking the targets around Kobani for humanitarian purposes. I'd be very reluctant to attempt to assign something, a term like 'a strategic target,' or 'a strategic outcome,'" Allen, the U.S. special envoy responsible for building the coalition against the Islamic State group, told reporters.

"Clearly ... given the circumstances associated with the defense of that town, there was a need for additional fire support to go in to try to relieve the defenders and to buy some white space, ultimately, for the reorganization on the ground," he added. "We have picked up the tempo and the intensity of the air strikes in order to provide that white space." (Reuters) 

9:00 P.M. Saudi Arabia convicts 22 on militant charges, sentences one to death

A Saudi court sentenced one person to death and 21 others to various jail sentences after they were convicted of a range of militant crimes, including setting up training camps and identifying oil locations to hit, state news agency SPA said on Wednesday.

Riyadh's concern about Islamist militants has increased over the past two years as conflicts in Syria and Iraq have attracted more of its own citizens to travel there to join groups fighting in the name of jihad.

Of the 22 people convicted, the man sentenced to death was a citizen of Chad, SPA said. The rest, which included another Chadian and a someone described as Bengali, were given prison sentences of between five and 28 years.

The group was convicted of embracing militant ideology, the possession of ammunition in their apartment and firing on security services during a raid on their apartment in Mecca, killing one security officer. (Reuters) 

7:15 P.M. Rockets hit chemicals storage tank outside of Benghazi

Rockets hit a chemicals storage tank of Libyan oil services firm al-Jouf outside the eastern Benghazi city on Wednesday, an oil official said.

Planes have bombed suspected Islamists positions in the port city throughout the day, residents said.

Rockets, probably from a plane, hit a storage tank of chemicals used to clean pipelines, Saad al-Fakhri, deputy head of Libya's oil workers' union, told Reuters.

Civil defence teams extinguished the fire at the tank west of Benghazi. The site is at least 100 km from Zueitina oil port, the closest export terminal in the oil-rich east.

6:49 P.M. Turkish Airlines investigating Arabic inscriptions found on several plane engines

Turkish Airlines said it is investigating after Arabic inscriptions found on several of its plane engines sparked panic among staff who feared a security breach by Islamist militants - only to find the inscriptions were of a prayer for abundance.

The incident has raised security fears at Istanbul's Ataturk airport as no security camera footage was available to find those responsible for the mysterious blessings, airport news website Airporthaber reported.

The discovery of Arabic writing on a jet engine at Europe's fifth-busiest airport on Sunday led to fears among staff who, unable to read it, feared it might be linked to Islamic State militants, Airporthaber said.

Similar inscriptions were then found on the engines of three more aircraft, all of which had arrived from different destinations. (Reuters) 

6:46 P.M. Egypt warplanes bomb Islamist positions in Benghazi, Libya

Two Egyptian government officials say their country's warplanes are bombing positions of Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

The officials, who have first-hand knowledge of the operation, say the use of the aircraft is part of an Egyptian-led operation against the militiamen that involves Libyan ground troops.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Libyan lawmaker Tareq al-Jorushi confirmed to the AP that Egyptian warplanes were taking part in the ongoing operation in Benghazi, but added that they were being flown by Libyan pilots. (AP)

6:30 P.M. France will continue delivering arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State in Syria

France will keep delivering arms to Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, said President Francois Hollande as battles were raging between the two groups in Kobani, near Turkey.

The French government will "do everything to help" those fighting against the Islamic State group, especially the Kurds, by delivering "adapted weaponry," Hollande said Wednesday, according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. He didn't specify which arms France will deliver. (AP)

5:58 P.M. U.S. military carries out 18 strikes on Islamic State positions near Kobani

U.S. aircraft carried out 18 strikes on Islamic State positions near the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. military's Central Command said.

U.S planes also conducted five strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, it said in a statement on Wednesday.(Reuters)

5:50 P.M. Algerian police march to president's headquarters in protest

Algerian police tried to push their way into the president's headquarters Wednesday in an unprecedented protest movement prompted by violence against security forces in the south. The whereabouts of the long-ailing president were unclear.

The unrest in southern Algeria and protests in the capital come amid concerns that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too ill to rule Africa's largest country, an ally in U.S. efforts against terrorism. Bouteflika, who helped bring stability to Algeria after a decade of bloodshed, has barely been seen in public since his re-election in April.

In the second day of protests in Algiers, about 300 police officers marched to the president's office, wearing their blue uniforms but apparently unarmed. Some tried to push their way past the front gate but were stopped by presidential guards. (AP)

5:04 P.M. Bahrain orders pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja detained for seven days

Bahraini authorities have ordered pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to be detained for questioning for seven days after a judge accused her of insulting King Hamad by tearing up his picture, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Zainab, daughter of jailed activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja who is on hunger strike, fell foul of the judge on Tuesday during an appeal hearing into two cases involving her that date back to 2012, her lawyer Mohammed al-Wasti said.

"The judge yesterday accused Zainab of insulting the king by tearing up his picture during the trial," Wasti told Reuters.

Zainab, who is pregnant and lives in Bahrain, was an activist during 2011 pro-democracy protests, where she became known for publishing news of the uprising on social media. (Reuters)

4:59 P.M. Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes western Iran

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck western Iran on Wednesday at a depth of 36.7 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It hit 59 km (37 miles) west-northwest of Dezful, near the border with Iraq. No further details were immediately available. (Reuters) 

4:40 P.M. UN refugee chief asks EU to grant legal entry to more Syrian migrants

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antףnio Guterres said on Wednesday he had asked the European Union to grant legal entry to more Syrian refugees who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe illegally by sea.

Thousands of migrants, including many Syrians fleeing a three-year civil war, have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean on rickety boats operated by human traffickers.

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Guterres said he had just come back "from Europe, from the European Council of Justice and Home Affairs, asking them for more Syrian refugees (to) also be able to come legally into Europe."

"It breaks my heart to see Syrian families that have suffered already so much in their country to drown in the Mediterranean at the hands of smugglers," he said. (Reuters) 

4:33 P.M. Malaysia detains 14 Muslims suspected of being linked to Islamic State

Malaysian police said Wednesday they have detained 14 Muslims, including two women and a student, suspected of being linked to the militant Islamic State group.

The detentions bring the number of people held for suspected militant links to 36 since April.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the group was detained over the last three days in an operation in central Selangor state. They included a student, a chef, an engineer, a graphic designer and a housewife, he said.

Khalid said in a statement that three were believed to be leaders of a cell responsible for recruiting, sponsoring and sending Malaysians to fight in Syria. (AP)

3:54 P.M. Kurdish fighters make small advances in Kobani following street battles against Islamic State

Bolstered by intensified U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting militants from the Islamic State group, Kurdish militiamen fought pitched street battles Wednesday with the extremists in a Syrian Kurdish border town near Turkey, making small advances, activists and officials said.

Elsewhere in Syria, in a stark reminder of the country's wider civil war, a Syrian lawmaker was gunned down in the central province of Hama — the latest assassination to target a figure linked to President Bashar Assad's government.

In the border town of Kobani, members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, were advancing hours after the U.S.-led coalition stepped up airstrikes against the Islamic State group in and around the town, said Asya Abdullah, a Syrian Kurdish leader.

The Pentagon said Tuesday that 21 airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Kobani overnight Monday marked the largest number there in a 24-hour period since the air campaign in Syria began last month. (AP)

3:38 P.M. At least three killed in Benghazi, Libya clashes

A local Libyan commander says deadly clashes are underway between Islamist militias and forces loyal to a renegade general who has vowed to take control of the eastern city of Benghazi.

The militia commander says at least three people have been killed in the fighting so far. He says his militia took a military camp and tanks from Gen. Khalifa Hifter's forces after a suicide bomber blew himself at the camp gates.

A security official allied to Hifter denied the claim. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the fighting in Benghazi. (AP)

1:54 A.M. Al-Qaida and Shiite rebels clash in south Yemen

Yemeni security officials say Al-Qaida Sunni militants and Shi'ite rebels are locked in fierce battles in a province south of the capital, Sanaa. They say fighting erupted late Tuesday and continued into Wednesday in the town of Raad in Baydah province. They say initial reports indicate five rebels and six Al-Qaida militants were killed in the fighting and thousands of residents have fled the town to escape the violence.

The clashes followed a lightening push by the Shiite Houthi rebels who on Tuesday captured Damar province, also south of Sanaa, and a key Red Sea port city. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Al-Qaida has vowed to fight the Houthis, who are suspected to be linked to predominantly Shiite Iran. (AP)

12:56 P.M. German FM: U.S. unlikely to send ground troops to Syria

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier does not expect the United States to put troops on the ground in Syria and does not see U.S. mid-term elections next month altering that, he said on Wednesday alongside his French colleague.

"I don't see the Americans sending troops into Syria," he told a news conference with France's Laurent Fabius, in response to a reporter's question about whether U.S. policy might change after the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

The United States is leading an allied air campaign against Islamic State militants but Washington is resisting calls from some U.S. conservatives, such as Sen. John McCain, to deploy troops to help forces fighting IS in Iraq and Syria. (Reuters) 

12:41 P.M. U.S. says no talk about prolonging Iran nuclear talks

World powers and Iran are not discussing extending a late November deadline for reaching an agreement over Tehran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, adding there was still time to reach a deal.

The State Department official spoke ahead of a meeting later on Wednesday between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Vienna. "We're not talking about extension or anything like that in the room. We're talking about getting this done by the 24th (of November)," the U.S. official said.

Iran and the six major powers aim to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program by reaching a settlement to curb the country's atomic activities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions hurting its oil-dependent economy. (Reuters) Read the full article

11:28 A.M. Syrian lawmaker assassinated

Syria's state-run news agency and a government official say gunmen have assassinated a lawmaker in the restive central province of Hama. SANA says Waris al-Younnes was gunned down while travelling on a road linking the city of Hama with the town of Salamiyeh. He represented Hama province in the parliament in Damascus.

A Syrian official told AP that al-Younnes was killed on Tuesday night. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Several Syrian officials have been assassinated since Syria's crisis began in March 2011. (AP)

10:57 A.M. Saudis sentence outspoken Shi'ite cleric to death

A Saudi judge on Wednesday sentenced to death an outspoken Shi'ite Muslim cleric whose arrest two years ago prompted deadly protests, the cleric's brother said on his Twitter account. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was detained in July 2012 after backing mass protests that erupted in February 2011 in the Qatif district of eastern Saudi Arabia, which is home to many of the Sunni-ruled country's Shi'ite minority.

Last year a prosecutor said he was seeking to convict Nimr for "aiding terrorists" and "waging war on God", which carry the death penalty. The former interior minister Prince Ahmed had previously accused Nimr of being "mentally unbalanced". His capture, during which he was shot and wounded by police, prompted several days of protests in which three people were killed. Protests have continued sporadically in Qatif, where more than 20 people have died in violence since 2011. (Reuters) 

8:28 A.M District chief killed by Taliban in Helmand province

An official in Afghanistan says Taliban gunmen have killed a district chief and his security guard in the country's southern Helmand province. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor of Helmand, says that an insurgent ambush Tuesday night killed district chief Mohammad Anwar Khan and the guard. Zwak said Wednesday that the attack in the province's Nad Ali district also wounded six police officers. 

Nad Ali is one of the districts in Helmand in which Taliban have a strong presence and use as a base to launch attacks elsewhere in the province.  No one immediately claimed responsibility for the killings, but Taliban insurgents have step up their attacks against Afghan government officials across the country ahead of most foreign troops withdrawing at the end of the year. (AP)

2:44 A.M. Blast in Cairo wounds 12

A strong blast hit a busy district in central Cairo on Tuesday night, leaving 12 wounded, Egypt's official news agency reported, as a court sentenced seven Islamic militants to death over earlier terror attacks.

MENA quoted a senior security official as saying that the explosion was caused by a home-made bomb placed in the vicinity of a court house. The site of the attack is a busy district and near a subway station.

The agency quoted Mohammed Sultan, a health minister official as saying that the blast caused no deaths and that 12 people were injured. No further details were immediately available.

Egypt has witnessed a series of suicide bombings, assassinations and attacks over the past year after the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after demonstrations demanding his resignation. (AP)

1:40 A.M. U.S., Russia vow to renew cooperation on global security matters

The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters, including intelligence sharing on Islamic State militants, even as the two powers remained deeply at odds over the crisis in Ukraine.

Although U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry didn't use the term "reset" — a relationship-mending term U.S. President Barack Obama coined in his first term to tighten U.S.-Russian ties — he employed familiar language about managing differences and forging a better partnership on matters where they agree.

After meeting for more than three hours in Paris with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, Kerry said both sides need to recognize they have "major responsibilities" as world powers, from combating Islamist extremism in the Middle East to dealing with Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs. As a concrete example of their work together, he said the U.S. and Russia would start sharing intelligence on the Islamic State militants, which the U.S. and allies are fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Lavrov, speaking separately, confirmed intelligence-sharing would begin and also spoke positively about improving U.S.-Russian ties. "Mr. Kerry and I don't represent warring sides," he said. The nations play a "special role" in the world, he said. "We can cooperate better together to increase the effectiveness of settling problems for larger society. That especially concerns the fight against terrorism, which has now become the main threat to the whole Mideast." (AP)

1:15 A.M. U.S. jury indicts Libyan militant over Benghazi attack involvement

A U.S. federal grand jury on Tuesday issued a new indictment that includes the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a Libyan militant accused of involvement in the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The indictment supersedes earlier charges brought against Khatallah in July and adds 17 new charges, including allegations that he led an extremist militia group and he conspired with others to attack the facilities and kill U.S. citizens.

Khatallah was captured in Libya in June by a U.S. military and FBI team and transported to the United States aboard a U.S. Navy ship to face charges in Washington federal court. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. (Reuters) 



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Within the last hour (1300 PDT) 15 Oct

  • Turkish Army arresting many  Kurds who live in the village near Kobane border& some are seriously injured....Turkish
  • Army is reported to be continuing attacks on the Kurds at the border.. There is no intervention on their behalf at this time..
  • Lots of incoming information that Kurds in Turkey are being arrested in large numbers across Syrian border towns...
  • Can you spell "lets make sure and push for civil war"
  • International movement demanding Turkey be removed as a NATO country....
    • Plot is thickening
  • ISIS loosing terrain in east Kobane (Kaniye Kurda), Turkish soldiers attacks civilians in Mehser....

Remember that the Turkish President Erdogan said that Kobane was falling and would fall by that evening a week ago. There is an emerging question that his latest attacks are his back plan for that not happening....

He was clearly on board for that to happen.... (he stated ISIS and YPG were the same) and appears to continue choosing ISIS. .

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What I love are all the countries that have publicly come out saying they are against ISIS BUT they have done nothing; no troops, no planes, no money, totally zero support against this enemy! Many of their countries are in the region that ISIS is murdering people!


Or they are attempting to side on the fence & support neither! Kuwait & Turkey come immediately too mind! :(

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There was a bit of a black out (by design) regarding up to the minute as it happened information coming in from Kobani, While it encouraged those holding on to hope for Kobani, unfortunately it also was getting into the hands of IS /ISIS, and compromising... or had the potential to compromise some of the missions engaged at that time.... So there was not a lot to say in the past 24 hours, however there have been dramatic changes in terms of a relationship with the US..



MAJOR POLITICAL PROGRESS for Kurdish boots on the ground... - US now talking to Kobani main Govt party - AND talks in Kurdistan for deal on military & supply co-op. See below...

PYD  and ENKS groups among the Kurds are reaching an agreement....


We do NOT want a no fly zone as proposed by Turkey..... ISIS is the only whacko group in the mix that doesn't have an air force (unless you count Turkey).. and everyone battling ISIS does have an air force...... So lets do the math Mr. Turkish President...... IF we establish a no fly zone..... WHO benefits..... hummm would that be you and your ISIS pals?.....


I'll see if I can get anything else of significance.... and at least wanted to let you know why there was not more in the past 24 hours....


Also, you might find some of the cartoons in my gallery kind of interesting.... they are from around the world and essentially capture the sentiment regarding this most recent battle.... :). . 





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Thanks Rayzur for all that you do in keeping us updated.  Your work is deeply appreciated and your express yourself with a sincere compassion.  Should I be concern, or, I would rather say I am concern that your reporting to us on this situation, will not in any way affect your military status. Maybe I'm just a tad paranoid with this administration, how they'll come up with a reason to make people disappear.  LOL !!!! 

Be careful,  ;)  Silly me huh... :ph34r:


Always prayers to you Rayzur, you've been nothing but good to us. 

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Commander Mehmud Berxwedan: "Reports of coalition airstrikes killing YPG & civilians are completely false."


Re; anything you read referring to one of the Kurdish factions being on the terrorist list: , the group on the terrorist list, was on there cause of Turkey... uh huh.... and both US and Brit intelligence have been quoted as saying they can't figure out why this Kurdish faction is on such list.... Keep in mind, these lists are generated based upon some moment of time... (and I think should be reviewed or have a process of required review on some schedule.. instead of just accepting them to be true and in stone) and ISIS is likewise a very sobering game changer in terms of threat and agenda for a whole lot of people.. (except Turkey it would seem) ..


Here is an article about US / Kurd Negotiations... Discussions..... And it still amazes me that world pressure is what actually brought this about... that it was not in the plan...and here it now is... ..


Your voice really does matter when we all stand together for a common good.... ..



WASHINGTON — The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday that a U.S. official for the first time met with a representative of a Syrian Kurdish political party that’s closely linked to a group on the U.S. terrorist list.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said a U.S. diplomat met with a counterpart from the main Kurdish political party in Syria – the Democratic Union Party, better known by its Kurdish acronym as the PYD – to discuss the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State. The PYD’s militia is engaged in fierce battles with the Islamist extremists, especially near the town of Kobani along the border with Turkey.

The direct talks are a sign of the shifting alliances created by the rise of the Islamic State. In Iraq, for example, the U.S. is providing air cover for Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militias that once targeted American forces. And now in Syria, it appears the United States is willing to work with a group that’s tied to the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party, which has waged a guerrilla war for Kurdish rights in Turkey for 30 years and which has been on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations for nearly two decades. Turkey and the European Union also have blacklisted the PKK.

Psaki provided no details of the meeting beyond saying that it took place over the past weekend and outside of the Middle East. Kurdish and other media reports say Charles Rivkin, the undersecretary of state for economic affairs, and PYD leader Salih Muslim met in Paris.

The new face-to-face U.S. channel to the PYD is likely to rankle Turkey, which on Monday bombed PKK locations in Turkey and has battled Kurdish civilians near Kobani protesting the international response to the Islamic State assault on the town.

At a joint briefing at the State Department, neither Psaki nor Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby would say whether Turkey was given a heads-up on the meeting.

The PYD’s relationship with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is controversial. The Kurds’ declaration of self-rule in what they call Rojava in 2012 was not opposed by the Assad government and in some places, such as Qamishli, a mainly Kurdish city in northern Syria, the PYD and Syrian intelligence are housed in buildings that are near one another.

But the PKK also has been active in battling the Islamic State in northern Iraq and Kurdish Syria and is pressing to be removed from the U.S. terrorist list. Psaki said there were no plans to remove the PKK from the blacklist.

Syria’s Kurdistan has gotten worldwide attention lately because of the bloody tug-of-war unfolding there between Kurdish fighters in the town of Kobani and the encroaching Islamic State militants who’ve tried for months to capture it. Turkey, reluctant to bail out its Kurdish foes, is watching the fight from just across the border, a stance that so infuriates the Kurds that they’ve threatened to withdraw from peace talks with Turkey.

The United States, however, is helping the Kurdish forces at Kobani with dozens of airstrikes that apparently have allowed the Kurds to resist the Islamic State’s advance. Idriss Nassan, the spokesman for the local administration in Kobani, called the battlefield updates “very good,” thanks in large part to the coalition air raids. He welcomed the opening of direct talks with the Americans and said that U.S. officials also were present for negotiations in the Iraqi city of Dohuk, where Iraqi Kurdish leaders are discussing a broad Syrian Kurdish alliance.

Nassan implied that further talks with the U.S. side would be in Dohuk, but he would not elaborate. He noted that Muslim, who reportedly met with the U.S. diplomat over the weekend, has previously met with European Union officials in Brussels and with Turkish officials in Turkey.

Nassan said the U.S. moves to support the Kurds have won the Americans influence and gratitude among Kurds, especially in Kobani.

“I know American leaders care about Kobani and the Kurdish people,” he said.


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France Jumps in Help Kobane

France to supply Kurds in Kobane with "advanced weaponry"



France will keep delivering arms to Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, says President Francois Hollande.

French President François Hollande said the country will keep delivering arms to Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria. The French government will "do everything to help" those fighting against Isis, especially the Kurds, by delivering "adapted weaponry," Mr Hollande said yesterday, according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. He did not specify which arms France will deliver.



and now the rest of the story is starting to emerge....


And the YPG is stating they are doing the "clean-up" in Kobani..... For those who like to study battles of war... this one could well replace the historical place held by the Battle of Thermopyle....

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Check this out.... as we know the PYG Kurds have killed many ISIS guys... in checking the bodies for weapons etc that might be useful... they are finding lots of Visa cards.... as in the greater majority in some groups have Visa cards on them...... I'm not so sure this would be released.. and maybe a bargaining chip...but wouldn't we just love to know where those get traced to.... Where they got them... like Turkish 7/11... or some Saudi account... That's info I'd love to know...  .

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