Saturday, February 17, 2018

Israel: 4 soldiers injured in IED attack

(Jerusalem)  4 Israeli soldiers from the Golani infantry brigade have been injured when an IED was detonated against their vehicle as they patrolled on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza.

At around 1600 local time ,the patrol came across a Palestine flag planted on the Gaza side of the border fence, east of Khan Younis, as they investigated an IED was detonated which injured the 4 man patrol, 2 of whom are seriously injured.  In retaliation , a Islamic Jihad observation post inside Gaza was taken out by a IDF tank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  who is currently in Germany attending a security conference vowed Israel will respond

“The incident on the Gaza border is very serious. We will respond appropriately,”

Nigeria: Triple Suicide bombing targets Fish Market: 18 killed.

(Konduga) For a so called bunch of Islamic freedom fighters, fighting for the right to live under Sharia law, Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group based in the Northern –Islamic- half of Nigeria sure have a strange way in which to promote their ideals.  

Which is why last night as people flocked to an evening fish market, the peace loving idiots of Boko Haram sent in 3 female suicide bombers who ended up killing at least 18 people and left dozens injured.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Germany: Appears to be having a problem with its military

(Berlin)  After the fall of the USSR and the Iron Curtain during the 1990s the world took to the philosophy of swords to ploughshares in which to strive for a world of peace and understanding. Unfortunately for all Radical Islam replaced communism , however whilst the Western World was preventing 'Ali's snackbar' from spoling everybody elses day. The Russians under Putin decided that they would steal a march on everybody else and rearm. Which is exactly what Russia has been doing under his remit as leader for life since 2000.

However 18 years down the line and only now have the Western nations started to notice the disparity between themselves and Russia and started to rearm. However whilst nations such as the US, don't have much to do in which to catch up, Germany which was once considered the European bulwark  against Soviet aggression finds itself in pretty poor shape:

Currently Germany hasn't got one working submarine, It has refused to accept its latest frigate (of which it is getting 4) as it simply isn't fit for purpose and sent it back stamped 'Return to sender'.

Whilst Germany is due to take over leadership of NATO's multinational Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) at the start of next year, with a rapid reaction force consisting of 44 Leopard 2 tanks and 14 Marder armoured infantry vehicles. It has now come out in the wash it only has 9 working tanks and 3 APCs to bring to the table. Its main Infantry weapon the Heckler & Koch G36 which was supposed to set a new standard in rifle design was found to have only a 7% chance of hitting a target at 100 metres if the weapon became too warm. Which is why the Germans are replacing 176,000 rifles with something a little more reliable. 

Whilst the German Airforce has 105 Typhoon aircraft , the other year it only had 8 working examples. Its entire Lynx helicopter fleet (22) was grounded from 2014 till last year.

With a belligerent Russia next door but one, Germany has finally woken up to the threat and is set to increase its defence spending from 1.23% of GDP, with an aim to get to 2% by the middle of the next decade.

Australia: Judge tells court, "Australia 'under attack' for 15 years from group of Muslim men."

(Sydney)  Supreme Court judge Justice Desmond Fagan sitting on the case of Tamim Khaja, accused of planning a terrorist attack on Australian soil closing words will surely offend those who find offence everywhere they look.

Tamim Khaja
It appears that Tamim Khaja, 20, -who pleaded guilty inOctober to planning and preparing a terrorist attack two years ago. – wasn't happy at not being able to travel to Syria in which to fight the good fight. So in his own words to a policeman he said that he wanted so badly to be on the battlefield with my brothers", but since his passport had been cancelled, he would "fulfil my obligation here". Counsel for the defendant, Ian Temby QC, tendered to the court a list of recent sentences handed down to other men who had been convicted of terror offences.

In response, Justice Fagan told the court that Australia had "been under attack for 15 years by about 40 Muslim men, to kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law."  He referred to verses in the Koran which he said described the duty of "a Muslim to wage Jihad". He said he was not making generalisations about Islamic beliefs and that his courtroom was "not a forum for the rights and wrongs of the Islam or Christian religions".

The case continues

Indonesia : Buys 11 Su-35 fighter jets

(Jakarta) The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Russia to procure the Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft. The contract was signed on 14 February and features the acquisition of 11 aircraft.

The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It is an evolution of the Su-27 Flanker, a late Cold War design intended to match the F-15 in concept: a heavy twin-engine multirole fighter combining excellent speed and weapons loadout with dogfighting agility.

Interlude:The Beatles -I Should Have Known Better

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Egypt: 53 terrorists killed and 680 arrested in security operation

(Cairo) Egypt’s military and police forces said Thursday they  have killed 53 Islamist militants and arrested 680 suspects in a week-long offensive to crush insurgents that is focused on the restive Sinai Peninsula.

The security operation, which involved the army, navy, airforce and police, began last Friday and targeted “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” in north and central Sinai, parts of the Nile delta and the western desert, has seen the air force, carry out more than 100 airstrikes in northern and central Sinai since the operation began, which has focused on terrorist hideouts outside residential areas to avoid hitting civilians. Ground based security forces have forces have destroyed over 1000 kg (2205 lbs) of explosives, 378 militant hideouts and weapon storage facilities including a media centre used by the terrorists.

Sweden: Iraqi attacks his 14 year old sister with a baseball bat for not covering up.

 (Karlskrona)  A 19 year old Iraqi has been arrested and taken into custody over how he attacked his 14 year sister with a baseball bat for not wearing the Islamic veil.

On the day of the incident the girl had been down town with her mother shopping. When she got home, the older brother began to ask her why she was not veiled, when she did not answer , he picked up a baseball bat and processed to enforce his bigoted religious bigotry into her . Lucky for the girl her younger sister started screaming which made the brother hesitate. The girl then fled and locked herself in her room and called the police on her mother’s phone. Under questioning by the police, the brothers exclaimed that he believed he has not hit his sister "especially hard".

What makes this sad tale even worse, is the parents had given the victim the choice of if she wanted to cover up. Apparently the brother didn’t subscribe to freedom of choice unless of course it applied to him.

Mali: French air-strike takes out 10 Terrorists

(Bamako) The French yesterday carried out an air-strike on a bunch of jihadists in the middle of nowhere near Tinzaouatene, on the Algerian border.

The strike took out 10 terrorists and 2 vehicles including an ex colonel in the Malian army who had defected, who was  close to this bunch of  jihadists’ leader. The airstrike was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, active in Mali as well as four other former French colonies in west Africa Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso.

US: DOD to buy Trophy APS system to defend M1 tanks.

(Washington)  The Department of Defence 2019 Budget Proposal has secured funding to furnish 261 M1 tanks, to be fitted with the proven Israeli-made Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) to guard against anti-tank missiles.

In light of the proliferation of anti tank weapons across the world (As seen in Syria)  The US Army after many years of looking at a range of domestically produced and allied international APS solutions has finally decided to go down the Trophy route.

U.S. : Department of Defense 2019 Budget Proposal

(Washington) President Trump has sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request of $716 billion for national security, $686 billion of which is for the Department of Defence.  The National Defence Strategy, which aligns with the National Security Strategy, connects strategy to the FY 2019 budget priorities, enabling the Department to compete, deter, and win.  This establishes a foundation for rebuilding the U.S. military into a more capable, lethal, and ready Joint Force.   The objectives of the Department are

“To be prepared to defend the homeland, remain the pre-eminent military power in the world, ensure the balances of power remain in our favour, and advance an international order that is most conducive to our security and prosperity.”
So the question which a lot of people are asking is what has he ordered for 2019:
77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters 
15 KC-46 Tanker Replacements 
24 F/A-18s 
60 AH-64E Attack Helicopters
6 VH-92 Presidential Helicopters 
10 P-8A Aircraft  
8 CH-53K King Stallion 

2 Virginia Class Submarines 
3 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Destroyers 
CVN-78 Class Aircraft Carrier 
Ground Systems
30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles 
197 Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicles 

The National Defence Strategy also notes the importance of prioritizing “investments in resilience, reconstitution, and operations to assure our space capabilities.”  Our space investments include:

5 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles
Global Positioning System
Space Based Infrared System 

Highlighting the importance of missile defence programs, the National Defence Strategy calls for investments that will “focus on layered missile defences and disruptive capabilities for both theatre missile threats and North Korean ballistic missile threats.”  Those investments for FY 2019 include:

43 AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defence (SM-3) 
Ground Based Midcourse Defence 
82 THAAD Ballistic Missile Defence 
240 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancements

Austria: 3 jailed over planned terrorist attack

(Wien) Three young men  , one aged 22 and the other 19, decided to form a splinter group of "Islamic State" (IS) in 2015 and planned an assassination attempt on a police station in St. Pölten have been found guilty on Wednesday at the Vienna Regional Court of terrorism.

The court heard how one of the 19 year old was in contact with a fellow  Chechen IS member, Abu Nuuh, suspected of being in the Syrian war zone, via a social media service. Pledging allegiance to IS he recruited  the other two (The 22 year old also from Chechnya) .  Abu Nuuh gave the boys  an order to assassinate police officers at St.Pölten Police station with weapons they intended to steal from an arms dealer. However their plans for unholy jihad went out of the window when the police received an anonymous tip off  and made public an anonymous tip about the plan, however the police were none the wiser who these jihadists were until an 18 year old was arrested for brainwashing a 12 year old child to carry out terrorist attacks in Germany. On searching his phone they found information pertaining to the above three and they were arrested.

In court the two teens were handed sentences of 26 months and 15 months  , with the latter only serving 5 months for time served. The 22 year old has now to serve 34 months of a suspended sentence for a previous offence with an additional 5 months added on for the above. He also has to undergo a full mental evaluation by a psychiatrist before he will be released.

France: Lawyers for 29 year old paedophile claim 11 year old victim isn't a child.

(Paris) A 29-year-old French man went on trial on Tuesday accused of raping a 11 year old girl whom he met in a Paris Park. The man then  took her to a stairwell and asked her to perform oral sex. After receiving this, he suggested, reportedly without exerting any physical constraint, that they both go to his apartment. The girl allegedly followed the man again and they engaged in a sexual act. After getting dressed, the man asked the girl not to tell anyone about the incident. But as soon as she left his apartment, she informed her mother, who immediately went to the police. However there was anger when the prosecutor's office in the town of Pontoise, a north-western Parisian suburb, put the father of two on trial for charges of "sexual abuse of a minor under 15," rather than for rape. While the girl's family filed a complaint for rape, the public prosecutor's office decided that that there was no evidence to suggest that the sexual relationship had been obtained by "threat, violence, surprise or coercion."

On Tuesday, the judge concluded that the prosecutor had chosen the wrong charge, and ordered a judicial inquiry. The trial has been postponed. Lawyers for the suspect argued that the girl had consented and was aware of what she was doing. Lawyers for the girl said she was far too young and confused to resist. Defence lawyer Marc Goudarzian:
"She was 11-years-and-10-months-old, so nearly 12-years-old. It changes the story, So she is not a child."
His partner in crime Sandrine Parise-Heideiger went further, stating:
"We are not dealing with a sexual predator on a poor little faultless goose”.
The case has sparked a strong debate on the age of sexual consent in France, which does not have a legal age under which a minor cannot agree to a sexual relationship.Children aged five and under cannot consent. Under current French law, only sexual acts committed with the use of "violence, coercion, threat or surprise" are considered to be rape, regardless of the victim's age.

Suspect: pictured centre,