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 on: April 12, 2015, 10:50:23 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: April 12, 2015, 10:42:29 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Lots of good pictures of weapons seized

Ansar al-Sharia Overruns Special Ops Base & Seizes US Weapons in Benghazi
14Charlie 23 Comments SOF News

According to recent reporting from the Long War Journal and Agence France Presse, Salafist jihadist militia Ansar al-Sharia and its allies have seized Camp Thunderbolt, a key base for Libyan Special Operations Forces located in Benghazi.  The base is reported to have fallen following a week’s worth of sustained artillery shelling.
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Ansar al-Sharia, the Islamist group responsible for the 11 September 2012 Benghazi attack on the US Temporary Mission Facility and CIA Annex that left four Americans dead (as SOFREP has extensively reported), also announced complete control over the city in the form of an “Islamic emirate” earlier this week.

This attack and announcement of an Islamic emirate follow weeks of intensified fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi that pits Islamist and jihadist militia coalitions against secular militias and government forces, and also follows the recent evacuation of US and other western embassy officials from the country earlier this week.

The Long War Journal reports that Ansar al-Sharia is “currently fighting under the umbrella of the ‘Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council’, and is an alliance of multiple [Salafist jihadist] groups.”  Ansar al-Sharia claims that the seizure of Camp Thunderbolt deals a blow to the secular militias and government forces currently working to regain control over the city, namely career Libyan soldier General Haftar and the forces loyal to him.

Haftar, a “renegade general who last month launched an offensive against Islamist militias and their suspected political backers”, has been working closely with Libyan special forces to target the various Islamist militias in Benghazi.  It remains to be seen how the loss of Camp Thunderbolt will affect these operations.

Ansar al-Sharia uploaded photos of the weapons, munitions, and equipment it seized following the assault on Camp Thunderbolt to its official Twitter account (which they’ve operated since November 2013 as SOFREP has previously reported), which can be found below (courtesy of the Long War Journal).

Among the captured equipment are vehicles used by Libyan Special Forces, countless US and foreign munitions, SA-7 MANPADS, PK machine guns, explosive detection equipment, mortar systems, assault rifles, and much more.

Regardless of the strategic value the seizure of Camp Thunderbolt provides to Ansar al-Sharia in the coming weeks, it is clear that the immediate tactical-level benefits gained by Islamist militants in Benghazi now pose an even greater threat to any forces working to stem their control over the city.

This increased threat will also be of significant concern to any additional nations planning to evacuate their embassies, facilities, or personnel in the coming weeks should fighting intensify further.  It has already been reported that a British convoy came under small arms fire during an evacuation of personnel to Tunisia earlier this week.

For a quick refresher on Ansar al-Sharia, visit this BBC Profile or the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium’s (TRAC) profile.  SOFREP’s List of Terrorism Resources will also provide additional resources that contain more in-depth information if required.

Thanks for listening.

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 on: April 12, 2015, 10:32:47 AM 
Started by captainccs - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Normally we would riff about another secret reader of this forum, but I think the Special Operations Forces probably came up with this on their own grin

I just signed up to this source for $5 a month.  At the URLs posted above you can see the first few paragraphs for free.  Here is the second article in its entirety

In a fragmented Iraq, civil war is in fashion and the only shimmer of hope for stability in the region is coming from the north in Kurdistan.

Today SOFREP has heard RUMINT from several sources that Kurdistan is not only taking ground, they are preparing to announce their own statehood.

“The American air support encouraged the Kurdish militiamen to reverse the momentum of the recent fighting and retake Gwer and the other town, Mahmour, both within a half-hour’s drive of Erbil, according to Gen. Helgurd Hikmet, head of the pesh merga’s media office. General Hikmet said some pesh merga fighters had pushed on beyond the two towns, which lie on the frontier between the Arab and Kurdish areas of Iraq.” -NY Times

I had an opportunity to spend some time in the region in with winter of 2006. The one thing that became clear to me from my experience in Sulaymaniyahwas that Kurdistan has their act together, a stark comparison to the rest of the country. In the back of my mind I’ve always thought that the Kurds should have their independence, they’ve been fiercely loyal to America, and I don’t know anyone who’s served in the north of Iraq who wouldn’t think this a good idea.

“Further destabilization rocked Iraq on Sunday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused President Fouad Massoum of engaging in a “coup” by failing to choose a new prime minister by an Sunday’s deadline.

In a last-minute bid to cling to power, Mr. al-Maliki declared the inaction to be “a clear constitutional violation” and said he planned to file a legal complaint against Mr. Massoum, who was named the new president in late July.

“This attitude represents a coup on the constitution and the political process in a country that is governed by a democratic and federal system,” Mr. al-Maliki said in a surprise address on Iraqi TV.” -Washington Times

Time will only tell if rumor becomes fact. The one thing we can count on, is that anything is possible in the current environment.

We’ll have more updates ASAP.

(Main image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

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 on: April 12, 2015, 10:20:38 AM 
Started by Crafty Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: April 11, 2015, 10:33:03 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by objectivist1
And the U.S. Government Pretends Not to Notice.  It's "just a small bunch of extremists," after all.

 on: April 11, 2015, 09:51:59 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ccp
Anyone else see this?:

*****Saturday April 11, 2015

The United States has bunker-busting bombs that can "shut down, set back and destroy" Iran's nuclear program, and the military option has not been taken off the table when it comes to the ongoing negotiations with that country, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

 "I believe the Iranians know that and understand that," Carter told CNN Friday, stressing that the Obama administration prefers handling the issue of Iran's nuclear weapons potential diplomatically, rather than through military means, "because military action is reversible over time."

 The technical name for the powerful weapons Carter referenced is the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), which can explode 20 feet underground and destroy deeply buried and fortified targets, and those weapons are ready for use, he said.

Carter's reference to MOPS is the first made about specific military planning against Iran's fortified underground facilities, reports The Jerusalem Post.

 At one of the facilities, Fordow, 20 percent enriched medium-grade uranium is produced, and Iran's government insists it will only be used for civilian purposes. However, other countries fear that the uranium could be further enriched to 90 percent, The Post reports, which would be the amount needed to make material that can be weaponized.

 Meanwhile, Carter also told CNN on Friday that any deal the United States and its allies make with Iran will include direct inspection of the country's nuclear facilities, as it must be based on verification and not trust.

 On Thursday, though, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni said through Twitter that "unconventional inspection" would not be an acceptable part of the deal:

He also tweeted that he is "neither for nor against the deal."

 Carter also indicated in Friday's interview that Iran and North Korea could be working together, as they have collaborated in the past.

 "In fact, North Korea worked with Syria, helped it build a reactor... North Korea is a welcome all-comers kind of proliferator," Carter said.

 However, he said that Iran doesn't need North Korea "to teach them nuclear physics. They know plenty of it in Iran."

 Carter also discussed another U.S. priority in the Middle East: the ongoing fight to contain and control the Islamic State, and said he "would not hesitate" to advise putting putting boots on the ground, but "we are not at that point yet."

 President Barack Obama is open to advice and analysis, Carter said, but that does not mean "when any of us makes a recommendation, he will accept."

 But ISIS and al-Qaida are still threats to the United States, said Carter.

 "If al-Qaida was the Internet terrorists, these guys (ISIS) are the social media terrorists," he said.

 Al-Qaida has been weakened through the past decade of "pounding" by U.S. forces, said Carter, but "they still have a serious preoccupation with direct attacks on the United States."

 on: April 11, 2015, 09:35:53 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ccp
*****If we can't find one of 16 or 20 qualified candidates who can beat this known, flawed, dishonest candidate of failed poicies and energize behind them, then I suppose we will deserve the disgusting, corrupt, socialist, dismal future that is coming to us, our children and our country*******

Doug, I couldn't agree more.   Indeed.

That was more or less my exact thoughts when I get on the internet tonight and one of the first things I see is this:

Here we go.   Another makeover.  Getting to know you, getting to know you, people who know you say you are so nice blah blah blah.

Usually I stay away from being critical of pols' family members but if they throw up their kids and use them as props as the Clintons do, well, all I can say is this girl is just so F'ing ugly she couldn't possibly "stun" anyone.

We are supposed to live in a nation of laws.  But with the Clintons we live in a nation of lawyers.   Think about that.

 on: April 11, 2015, 12:36:49 PM 
Started by G M - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: April 11, 2015, 12:22:21 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
An internet friend who follows and seems responsible about these things, says this is the back story:

IF: "Family of EDP's living in their car. Walmart loss prevention employee asked them to leave, they became hostile, cops were called"

MARC "Ah. Sure looked like the cops arrived in force and they did not dilly dally before going physical."

IF: "Agreed, but their use of force being so ineffective should be embarrassing and the one cop who shot himself in the and the other cop who kicked his partner in the face trying to kick the assailant"

 on: April 11, 2015, 12:13:50 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
This is a good thread for the clip Quiet Dog.

WOW!  What chaos!  The continuous caterwauling must make it very hard to stay centered.

Things seem to start rather abruptly, but given the purposeful arrival of several police cars I'm guessing there is a back story here. 

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