2016-09-22

World Today: 2016-09-22 Thursday

Kenya: Al-Shabaab attack on police station in Garissa County leaves two missing. 'Two policemen are missing after Somali Islamists attacked a police base in northeastern Kenya early on Thursday, a police spokesman said, the latest in a string of cross-border raids by the al Shabaab militia.'

Golan Heights: Syria regime prepares for major operation. Debka reports that 'Six steps by the Assad regime in the last few days, reported by debkafile’s military sources, point to preparations for a massive Syrian army offensive, backed by Hizballah, pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Iranian Rev Guards officers, for clearing the strong rebel presence out of the Syrian Golan. ...'

Iraq: Army claims Shirqat under control. 'Iraq's military backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition on Thursday seized the center of Shirqat, a northern town seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture Mosul from Islamic State.'

USA: Rahami was flagged twice in 2014. 'When Ahmad Khan Rahami returned in March 2014 from a nearly yearlong trip to Pakistan, he was flagged by customs officials, who pulled him out for a secondary screening. Still concerned about his travel, they notified the National Targeting Center, a federal agency that assesses potential threats, two law enforcement officials said. ...'

USA: Islamic State references scrubbed from Chelsea bombing complaint. 'Earlier today, Mike Levine of ABC News tweeted the image above showing a blood-soaked page from Ahmad Khan Rahami’s notebook. The US government has accused Rahami of detonating a bomb in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Sept. 17 and planting three other explosive devices in New York and New Jersey. ... Curiously, the complaint does not include any reference to the Islamic State.'

USA: Stratfor on Chelsea bombing. 'An explosion in New Jersey on Sept. 17 marked the start of a busy two days for grassroots jihadists in the United States — and for the law enforcement officers responding to the attacks. ...' Timeline and article at the link.