Terror attacks continue across Syria and Iraq
US Department of Defense [30/1/16]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 16 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
-- Near Hawl, three strikes destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, destroyed an ISIL tunnel system, and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant and destroyed an ISIL front end loader, two ISIL excavators, an ISIL crane, an ISIL trenching machine, and an ISIL road grader.
-- Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.
-- Near Mar’a, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Washiyah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL excavators and damaged a separate ISIL excavator.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Asad, one strike destroyed two ISIL bomb-making facilities.
-- Near Baghdadi, one strike destroyed three ISIL rocket rails.
-- Near Ar Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Habbaniyah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area and an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Mosul, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL command-and-control node and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [31/1/16]:
Baghdad: Two unidentified dead bodies have been found in Hor Rijab area in Doura south of Baghdad,,,,, It is noteworthy that the cases of abduction ,killing ,blackmailing and unidentified dead bodies spread in the areas controlled by Hashd militias .........................
Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Sabe' Al-Bour north of Baghdad today morning killing two persons and wounding 9...
Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad Al-Jadeeda east of Baghdad today morning killing a person and wounding 6...
Baghdad: News agencies: Gunmen in 4X4 cars have abducted an owner of cars showroom in Zayoona and taken him to unknown destination ......
Baghdad: Farmers have demonstrated in front of the ministry of agriculture in the middle of Baghdad to demand paying their salaries...
The Syrian opposition is ready to begin the negotiations in Geneva without any preconditions, Salem al-Muslad, a spokesman for the delegation of the Supreme Negotiating Committee supported by Riyadh that has arrived in Switzerland has told reporters.
According to him, the delegation will demand providing humanitarian access to Syrian cities, releasing prisoners and rendering humanitarian assistance. He noted though that those "were not preconditions." ... [TASS - 31/1/16]
The leader of the most powerful Kurdish group in Syria, which currently controls about 15 percent of the country, is sitting with two of his aides in a modest apartment in a quiet neighbourhood not far from the UN headquarters in Geneva.
Salih Muslim, who left his family in the restive Syrian city of Kobane, is waiting to receive an invitation to the peace talks being held here between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition. ... [Al Jazeera - 30/1/16]
Russian Defense Ministry denies claims that Su-34 violated Turkish border [TASS - 30/1/16]
¿Quién compra petróleo a ISIS? ¿Quién les vende armas a ellos y a Al Assad? ¿Quién no salva vidas en el mar?
Image: @Marodriguez1971 [30/1/16]
@moas_eu [31/1/16]: 25 #refugees, 8 children included, rescued by #MOASAegean crew in #Agathonisi region. #SAR #RefugeesGr
Proactiva Open Arms [VIDEO - 31/1/16]: The day rises calm for now. There are images that make us smile through so much tragedy as the one of dolphins escorting us as we accompany a dinghy to port. Good morning.
How many refugee boats did the Australian "Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ..." Navy push away and/or abandon today? ---> @guardiacostiera [31/1/16]: #SAR proseguono i soccorsi nel #mediterraneo. Nave Dattilo @guardiacostiera soccorre gommone. Salvate 133 persone
World shrugs as new photos of dead children highlight horror of migrant crisis [Slate - 30/1/16]
Lesbos: It is not a game [VIDEO - Greenpeace - 26/1/16]:
Médecins Sans Frontières and Greenpeace boat crews rescue Afghan refugees from a sinking boat off the coast of Lesbos, highlighting the urgent need for safe passage.
Speaking during an interview with the Saturday edition of German newspaper "Mannheimer Morgen," Frauke Petry said border guards "must prevent illegal border crossings and even use firearms if necessary."
"It's in the law," she said, to which the paper asked, "There's a law in Germany that contains a firing order?"
"I didn't use the word 'firing order,'" Petry responded, adding that no police officer would want to shoot a refugee.
"I don't want that either. Armed force is the last resort," she said, arguing that agreements with Austria and EU border checks are paramount in preventing the situation from escalating.
"We need comprehensive controls to prevent so many unregistered asylum seekers from crossing the border," Petry said.
Petry did not provide an answer on how she or her party proposed to control Germany's borders, saying that the paper was trying to provoke her into creating the headline "Petry wants border fences." ... [Deutsche Welle - 30/1/16]
A gang of up to a hundred black-clad masked men marched in central Stockholm on Friday evening, singling out and beating up immigrants, and handing out leaflets threatening further violent attacks against unaccompanied refugee youth. ... [The Local - 30/1/16]
Grenade thrown at asylum hostel in Germany [BBC – 29/1/16]
A son of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was arrested on Saturday under the country's money laundering act and remanded in custody until Feb. 11, the police said.
Several members of the Rakapaksa family are facing police investigations for alleged financial crimes.
They include Rajapaksa, who was president for a decade until 2015, his brothers Basil and Gotabaya, his wife Shiranthi and eldest son Namal. Rakapaksa's second son, Yoshitha, a 27-year-old naval officer, was arrested with four others, including Rakapaksa's spokesman and a brother of Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.
A local court ordered those detained to stay in custody until Feb. 11, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.
Rajapaksa, who went to the local court to hear the order against his son, angrily condemned the police's use of the money laundering act to arrest his son.
"Today they (the government) have used that act which we brought to deal with terrorists to put the son of the person who eradicated terrorism behind bars," Rajapaksa told reporters. ... [Reuters - 31/1/16]
Thousands rally in Paris over extending state of emergency [France 24 - 31/1/16]
Families of Sydney siege victims to get limited details of police response [Guardian - 29/1/16]:
The families of Sydney siege victims will learn some details of tactics used in the deadly Lindt Cafe incident after police and government lawyers agreed to provide a summary of sensitive documents.
Gunman Man Haron Monis and hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were killed during the 17-hour ordeal in December 2014.
The families of Dawson and Johnson remain anxious to know as much as possible about what plans were and weren’t carried out, the inquest into the tragedy has heard.
Lawyers for their families have reached broad agreement with lawyers for the NSW police commissioner and the commonwealth government on limited access to details of the top-secret emergency action and deliberate action plans used in the incident.
Police and commonwealth lawyers had objected to details of the plans being made public, citing national security and public-interest immunity.
At a hearing on Friday Phillip Boulten SC, representing the Dawson family, accepted that some details should remain secret.
Boulten said all parties had agreed that police would provide a summary of the action plans to the families, while their lawyers would see the full plans and decide whether the summaries were adequate.
“Generally speaking, we accept that there are very important matters of national security and public interest that need to be maintained,” he said.
“Our clients are being very reasonable but they are still very anxious to know as much as they can about plans that were considered and executed on the night of the siege.”
Gabrielle Bashir SC, representing Johnson’s family, said she agreed with Boulten but “our clients are also anxious about those plans not executed”.
Boulten said it was also important that UK police terrorism experts, called in to conduct an independent review of the siege, saw the secret information.
The inquest will next sit on 11 February to review the adequacy of the police summaries of the action plans, before an eight-week session which will review in detail how the December 2014 siege was managed.
We have lost our way ...
Queensland police have defended the time it took to charge an officer with murdering his baby son, saying expert evidence in the case had taken months to obtain and verify.
The 38-year-old senior constable was charged with murder on Saturday morning, 18 months after his two-month-old son succumbed to "fairly significant injuries" at Victoria Point in Brisbane's east.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the baby's death was immediately considered suspicious and the officer was suspended "about a month after the incident".
He said at a press conference on Saturday: "I’m a father, these sorts of crimes - regardless of who commits them - are tragic and terrible." ... [Yahoo - 31/1/16]
A Queensland police officer has been suspended from duty after domestic violence allegations were levelled against him.
Police issued a statement on Friday, saying a 37-year-old constable from the Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Major Events Command had been suspended.
"The officer is subject of a disciplinary investigation concerning allegations of domestic violence," the statement said.
"In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct."
The officer is to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday. [Yahoo - 30/1/16]
Police have charged a number of people following a disturbance in South Brisbane last night during which a female officer was allegedly assaulted.
Around 10.15pm, police were called to a disturbance involving about 20 people at the Southbank Parklands cultural precinct.
As police attempted to break up the disturbance, the group began to react aggressively towards police.
A female constable was treated for concussion after allegedly being assaulted during the incident.
One officer deployed her capsicum spray after a woman obstructed her from breaking up the disturbance.
She was given after care and taken into custody. ... [QPS Media - 31/1/16]
Children charged in ongoing apartheidesque police crackdown, Mt Isa [ABC - 29/1/16]
Out of control event, Labrador [QPS Media - 30/1/16]:
A Labrador party was declared by police to be an out of control event tonight.
Around 9.15pm, Southport police attended a Musgrave Avenue address to follow up on a noise complaint.
Upon their arrival, officers were confronted with around 100 teenagers consuming alcohol and displaying anti-social behaviour.
A female Acting Sergeant was assaulted by a boy and as she attempted to arrest him, was surrounded by a group of other juveniles who began to throw bottles at her.
One of the bottles struck her in the back of the head.
The Acting Sergeant was assessed by paramedics at the scene but did not require further medical treatment.
A total of 17 police crews attended the scene to disperse the crowd after the party was declared an out of control event.
The Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit is investigating the incident. Preliminary investigations suggest the disturbance was a result of a private event being inadvertently advertised publicly on social media.
A boy is currently assisting police with their enquiries into the assault of the Acting Sergeant.
A Queensland man is being treated in hospital after being hit in the eye with a police taser.
Police say they were called to deal with a man armed with knives and making threats in Chinchilla, west of Toowoomba, on Friday night.
Officers tried to negotiate with him, but the "highly agitated" man broke through a security screen and ran at them with a knife, police said. ... [Yahoo - 30/1/16]
More than one million animals used for experiments in Queensland each year [Brisbane Times - 31/1/16]
Armed robbery, Smithfield (Cairns) [QPS Media - 30/1/16]
A man has been killed and several others rescued in floodwaters after severe storms dumped heavy rain over parts of Queensland.
Police say two men, who are related, had been returning home after visiting family when their SUV was swept away as they attempted to cross a flooded causeway at St Kilda, inland from Bundaberg, early on Sunday.
The 64-year-old driver managed to escape, swim to an embankment and run home to raise the alarm.
However, his 68-year-old passenger couldn't be reached in time and swift water rescue crews found his body inside the vehicle 150 metres downstream from Delaneys Road about 2.30am. ... [Yahoo - 31/1/16]
Serious traffic crash, Eagle Heights [QPS Media - 31/1/16]
A woman has died following a head-on crash on the Bruce Highway on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Police say that at about 5.30pm on Friday a southbound car collided head-on with a truck.
A 23-year-old Southport woman died at the scene while the 67-year-old truck driver was not seriously injured.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner. [Yahoo - 30/1/16]
... Police are also investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash near Biggenden that occurred around 2am.
The vehicle was on fire on the side of the Isis Highway, approximately seven kilometres south-west of Biggenden.
The sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene. At this time, police have not been able to identify the deceased.
And a female motorcyclist aged in her 50s died at Mungy, Mt Perry, in Central Queensland about 2.15pm, Friday.
She was travelling west on Monto-Mt Perry Road about 10 kilometres out of Mt Perry when the motorcycle left the road and hit a sign. [Brisbane Times - 30/1/16]
Queensland Police have closed the Bruce Highway in both directions after a serious crash north of Pomona.
It is understood a truck and a car were involved in a collision, and another nose-to-tail collision occurred further ahead of the initial accident.
At lease one person is in a serious condition as a result of the accidents. ... [Brisbane Times - 29/1/16]
Police are appealing for public assistance following the death of a man in Yandaran, north of Bundaberg.
Fishermen discovered the body of a man in Mullet Creek and alerted police around 6.15am Friday.
Police did not release the name of the 64-year-old Bucca man as their investigation into the causes of his death continue.
Police believe the deceased was last seen alive on the evening of Australia Day drinking at Norval Park Beach. ... [Brisbane Times - 30/1/16]
Marshalls Islands nuclear case set for ICJ hearing [RNZI - 31/1/16]:
The Marshall Islands' legal battle against the world's nuclear powers has inched forward after an international court announced dates for hearings involving India, Pakistan and Britain.
The UN's highest court, the International Court of Justice, set dates between 7 March and 16 March for separate hearings for the three cases.
The Marshall Islands, where the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons between 1946 and 1958, launched action in 2014 against nine nuclear states.
It has accused them of flagrant violation of international law for failing to pursue the negotiations required by the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
In the cases against India and Pakistan, the court at The Hague will examine whether it is competent to hear the lawsuits.
The hearing involving Britain will look at preliminary objections raised by Britain.
The Marshall Islands' case against the US hit a stumbling block last year when it was thrown out by the Federal District Court in San Francisco.
An appeal is underway.
The Marshall Islands also filed suits against Russia, France, China, Israel and North Korea.
Frankie J. Holden 18 mins in ---> "What you do, is you make the camps as unpleasant as you can" <---- you couldn't make this stuff up .... seriously! [Embassy: Episode 8 - Displaced Persons - 1990]
... In 2015, after two years in detention, Ali was granted refugee status and was allowed to move freely on the island. He met up with two local music producers who were able to film a proper video for him and enter him into a regional song competition.
Ali’s story has a happy ending. This year, he was sponsored by family members and resettled in Canada. ...
The refugee who started his rap career imprisoned in an Australian concentration camp on Nauru [Buzzfeed - 31/1/16]
@drobwlldiad [30/1/16]: Tonight from #manus Island, detainees fearful of being murdered before the High court case decision released
We endured this incident last night and we highly expect today will be delta compound or Fox as we can see moment of the guards including their leader they came in and talk to us about next couple of days, the high court case became like daily topic to them every security guards, case worker, teachers including the ihms staff.
concerning the phone in Oscar compound last night the ert guys storm the compound and searching for white weapons as they call it such as like stick broken bed or anything can be used for fight they striped out even the racks from ground, they said this will continue until the last day of February because they scared from the outcome of the high court if they rule against us maybe we do something like what had happened last year, also we heard rumours from the security that they brought heaps of security guards from Nauru and they put them outside there just in case something happen they can intervene. they start to lock all the gates and the security guys such as ERT marching in big groups around the compounds actually they scare us, we are expecting within next couple of days they will be quick search around compounds, they actually intimated us because of what they are doing now, it means they can push us harder but we can't talk if you did they will put us in jail or Charka it call it same what happened last February. We demanding from you if you could share this note with media so all the ordinary Australian people will know what government is doing to us.
Manus Island refugees
We must close the camps and free the refugees.
The media, human rights establishment, professional associations, unions, ALP, LNP and crossbenchers are not on our side.
PROTEST THEM ALL.
Australian political, media and human rights establishment continue exploiting Syrian migrants to invisibilise the government's ongoing human rights atrocities and torture of refugees and asylum seekers [ABC - 31/1/16]:
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has blamed rigorous security screening for delays in Syrian refugees arriving in the state.
In September, the Government announced it would accept up to 500 asylum seekers fleeing the Syrian crisis as part of an additional intake.
The Government is to spend up to $1.2 million over four years establishing what it calls a safe haven hub to provide support to them.
On Saturday, Mr Hodgman said the Government and a planning group had been working together to identify service gaps.
Expressions of interest had been sought for supplying employment, interpreter and settlement services to the hub.
State Opposition Leader Bryan Green has questioned why it has taken so long for asylum seekers to arrive.
"It seems that they're only just starting to get the machinery in place with respect to allowing people to assist," he said.
"I think it's a disgrace and it's blight on us. We are a lucky state in so many respects and we should be doing more."
Tasmanian Greens senator Nick McKim agreed it was taking a very long time.
"It does seem to be dragging on and what we need is the Government to focus all of its efforts into making this happen as quickly as possible, so that the compassion of the Tasmanian people can be reflected in having people come to us so we can welcome them," he said.
However, Mr Hodgman defended the time it was taking, blaming rigorous security checks.
"Tasmanians can be assured appropriate and rigorous security screening will take place beforehand," the Premier said.
"The Commonwealth is currently working through this process and given the higher threat level in Australia this is taking longer than first expected.
"We will continue to work with Commonwealth agencies to make it happen as soon as possible."
31 January 2016