SAS quad bike squads kill up to 8 jihadis each day… as allies prepare to wipe IS off the map (5)

Using precision sniper rifles, machine guns and surprise tactics, the SAS take out their IS targets before disappearing back into the desert

SAS troops with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns have killed hundreds of Islamic State extremists in a series of deadly quad-bike ambushes inside Iraq, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Defence sources indicated last night that soldiers from the elite fighting unit have eliminated ‘up to eight terrorists per day’ in the daring raids, carried out during the past four weeks.

Until now, it had been acknowledged only that the SAS was operating in a reconnaissance role in Iraq and was not involved in combat. But The Mail on Sunday has learned that small groups of soldiers are being dropped into IS territory in RAF Chinook helicopters – to take on the enemy.

Targets are identified by drones operated either from an SAS base or by the soldiers themselves on the ground, who use smaller devices.

The troops are also equipped with quad bikes – four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles that can have machine guns bolted on to a frame. They then seek out IS units and attack the terrorists using the element of surprise and under the cover of darkness.

The missions have taken place on a near daily basis in the past four weeks and the SAS soldiers have expended so much ammunition that regimental quartermasters have been forced to order a full replenishment of stocks of machine-gun rounds and sniper bullets.

An SAS source said: ‘Our tactics are putting the fear of God into IS as they don’t know where we’re going to strike next and there’s frankly nothing they can do to stop us.

‘We’re degrading their morale. They can run and hide if they see planes in the sky but they can’t see or hear us. Using so many snipers takes the fear factor to another level too; the terrorists don’t know what’s happening. They just see their colleagues lying dead in the sand.’

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#4 — Iraq troops battle Islamic State in Ramadi, Anbar province


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Afternoon Update November 23rd, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Ottawa to spend $200 million on mental health for military

The Stephen Harper government is expected to announce Sunday that it will spend $200 million on improving mental health assistance to members of Canada’s military and its veterans, the Toronto Sun has learned.


#2 — CTV | Woman fined $230 for attempted seal rescue

An Alberta woman who tried to rescue a seal pup she discovered in distress on Vancouver Island earlier this year has been fined $230 for her actions.


#3 — Globe | Vancouver addicts soon to receive prescription heroin

In a North American first, heroin addicts in Vancouver will soon receive prescription heroin outside of a clinical trial.


#4 — Postmedia | Quebec budget-slashing review recommends $2.3B in cuts to municipalities, farmers

Quebec municipalities and farmers are among those targeted by an advisory group set up to review government programs and cut spending.


#5 — Sun | Professor plans to protest Kinder Morgan pipeline 1 day after arrest

A professor from Simon Fraser University who was arrested and later released for protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline in B.C. plans to return to the site Saturday.



#6 — BBC | Afghanistan conflict: MPs approve security pact

The lower house of the Afghan parliament has overwhelmingly approved a security agreement allowing US and Nato troops to remain in the country.


#7 — CNN | Buffalo’s curse: After the snow, warmer temps and rain

(CNN) — After insane amounts of snow and bitterly cold temperatures this week, the Buffalo area begins to thaw out Saturday.


#8 — Fox | North Korean with ties to Kim Jong Un reportedly escapes kidnap attempt in Paris

PARIS – A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.


#9 — DM | Torching Toulouse

Riots have broken out in southern France over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade.

At least 16 people were arrested in Toulouse as rubbish bins were torched and bus shelters smashed during a demonstration in the French city.


#10 — WT | Ferguson powder keg

Two men arrested Friday on gun charges are suspected of trying to acquire pipe bombs to use during protests in Ferguson, Mo., federal law enforcement officials said Friday.


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Farage: Ukip to snatch 40 seats at General Election as more MPs swap blue for purple (10)

JUBILANT Nigel Farage last night predicted Ukip could snatch up to 40 seats at next year’s election.

He was speaking after his party’s latest by-election triumph shook the Westminster establishment to its core.

Mark Reckless yesterday became Ukip’s ­second elected MP by winning Rochester and Strood with a majority of 2,920.

As his “People’s Army” celebrated uproariously, Mr Farage confirmed that Ukip will concentrate on winning “a few dozen seats” next May to grab the balance of power in the Commons.

Declaring that “all bets were off” for the next general election, the Ukip leader said: “Can we do this in a few dozen seats or whatever the number may be? We can.”

A Tory majority of nearly 10,000 evaporated overnight as Mr Reckless retook the seat he previously held as a Conservative.

Mr Farage predicted that more MPs will swap their Tory blue rosettes for Ukip purple before next May.

“We have beaten the governing party of the day in this sort of life and death struggle. It represents a huge, huge victory,” he said.

“I would be very surprised, given where we are, if there weren’t more defections between now and the next general election.


See Also:

#1 — PM David Cameron told: You must get to grips with immigration

#2 — Labour in chaos

#3 — France gets new power to sack the president

#4 — A Member of the European Parliament Dissents on Climate

#5 — ‘Jihad’ at French summer camp: leaders mimic executions

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Nigel Farage: ‘I won’t go on for ever as leader’

#7 — The night Ukip return kitchen sink to David Cameron as Farage celebrates victory

#8 — Islamists in Germany

#9 — ECB chief Draghi hints at bond-buying spree

#10 — RBS admits European stress test blunder

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Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

Most murders don’t even make the front page in Mexico anymore. But the recent abduction of 43 students has infuriated the country. The story has exposed the tight relationship between politics, law enforcement and organized crime. And it shows how weak the state has become.

The close-up images show a handful of black teeth sifted out of leftover ash, and bits of charred bone picked from a landfill not far from Iguala. There are also shots of plastic bag scraps that washed up on the banks of Río San Juan. The murderers allegedly threw them into the river to dispose of the remains of the incinerated corpses.

Cristóforo García is familiar with the pictures, of course. They were broadcast all over the country on the day that Mexico’s attorney general appeared before the media following weeks of uncertainty. The monstrous riddle that has gripped Mexico this fall, he said, had apparently been solved.

The case got its start on the evening of Sept. 26 when police in Iguala, a city 180 kilometers (112 miles) southwest of Mexico City in the state of Guerrero, opened fire on three buses full of students who were on their way to a demonstration. Six people were killed and 43 others have been missing ever since. Evidence seems to indicate that the police turned them over to the contract killers of a drug cartel.

The message conveyed by the images is clear: There is no hope of finding the students alive. But García has a hard time believing it. “A couple of shreds of plastic,” he says. “Pieces of bone and charred teeth that even the attorney general doesn’t believe will be enough to identify a person. That is supposed to be it?”


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Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) – Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August.

The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, protest leaders say.

Wilson, who is white, shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in a Ferguson street on August 9. The death sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests, and hundreds of arrests. The grand jury decision on whether to indict Wilson is imminent and police fear another wave of violence if he is not charged. Tensions in Ferguson and the St. Louis area are running high.

The lawyers, some from as far afield as New York and California, have responded to calls from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and protest groups in Ferguson to monitor police behavior in the wake of the grand jury decision. They will also take an aggressive legal posture, the attorneys said, filing quick fire lawsuits to fight potentially shoddy jail conditions, onerous bail bonds and civil rights abuses.


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House of Commons on track to cut $30 million in spending, as calls grow for more security

The House of Commons is on track to cut its spending by about seven per cent – more than $30 million – just as expectations are growing for additional security measures and personnel to keep parliamentarians and the public safe.

As in most areas of government, spending on parliamentary precinct services, which includes security, has faced cuts the past couple of years – part of the federal government’s push to cut billions in spending to balance the books by 2015.

But security has been heavily beefed up in recent weeks on Parliament Hill after the shooting one month ago at the National War Memorial and inside Centre Block.

For example, there are now RCMP officers stationed outside the front doors of Centre Block – where lone gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau entered the building – as well as outside the west doors of the building, the House of Commons side where MPs enter, and on the Senate side used by members of the upper chamber.

Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer ordered a comprehensive review of Parliament Hill security following the shooting.


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Ivison: Liberals looking for internal review to end muddle over MPs accused of misconduct

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau may have found a way out of the messy imbroglio he has landed himself in, over the two Liberal MPs he suspended from his caucus for alleged “personal misconduct.”

It’s understood the Liberals are casting about for a retired judge, preferably female, to conduct an internal disciplinary investigation into the behaviour of Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, who stand accused of harassment by two NDP MPs.

Mr. Trudeau has taken a hard line on the allegations, publicly drumming Mr. Andrews and Mr. Pacetti from his caucus, even though the two New Democrats have refused to lodge formal complaints.

An arm’s length investigation by a respected judge or litigator could encompass the allegations made by the two New Democrats and any fresh complaints.

Even if the NDP MPs refuse to be interviewed, the Liberals already have extensive notes from meetings held at the end of last month, when Liberal whip Judy Foote met with NDP whip Nycole Turmel and the two MPs.


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UPAC links Charest to SNC-Lavalin, report says

Quebec’s anti-corruption police unit (UPAC) is looking into whether former premier Jean Charest was involved in a financing operation with SNC-Lavalin before being elected in 2003, says a report published by Radio-Canada on Friday evening.

The investigation would, for the first time, directly tie Charest to a financing campaign with the Montreal-based engineering firm.

According to the report, in 2002, Charest would have approached then-SNC-Lavalin chairperson Guy Saint-Pierre in an effort to collect $50,000 from the firm’s employees. Before joining the firm, Saint-Pierre was a Liberal Party member and minister during the mid-197os.

The UPAC investigation in question would be called Mâchurer. Documents collected by the investigation call into question several other Quebec Liberal Party politicians, businessmen with ties to the party and party employees.


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Rayne: Climate Hysteria and the Buffalo Snowpocalypse

Once the snow started falling in Buffalo this past week, the sound of climate alarmists running to their keyboards in order to blame climate change became deafening. And, as always, problems abound in their analyses.

At Slate, Eric Holthaus asked the question, and then answered it:

In the aftermath of a massive lake-effect snowfall event in western New York state on Tuesday, it’s worth asking: Is climate change playing a role here? Because, I mean, come on. Seventy – seven zero– inches, people. And another huge round is forecast for Thursday, by the way. Buffalo deserves answers. The short answer is: yes. Global warming is probably juicing lake-effect snows, and we’ve had the data to prove it for quite some time.

As proof, Holthaus shows a NOAA National Climatic Data Center plot of “Northeast Extremes in 1-Day Precipitation” during the “Cold Season (October-March)” from 1911-2014. Well, the snowfall happened in November, so perhaps the more relevant dataset is “Northeast Extremes in 1-Day Precipitation” during “Fall (September-November)” over the same timeframe. A more seasonally focused dataset is more valuable for examining these types of causal linkages.


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York: With immigration action, Obama moves to cement his coalition

As things stand now, President Obama will leave the White House with two legacies. The first legacy is historic; Obama will always be the nation’s first black president. The second is policy; he is the creator of Obamacare, the national healthcare system Democrats had tried to enact for decades.

Now, with his unilateral edict to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, Obama is seeking a third legacy. This one is political, as he tries to strengthen, expand and extend the Obama coalition, built on the support of minorities, youth, and women, in hopes that it will last far beyond his presidency.

No, Obama’s executive action will not turn millions of illegal immigrants into voters tomorrow. But it will begin a process that will end there. And it will encourage more immigrants to come illegally to the United States in the future, where Obama and his party hope they will become reliable Democratic voters. The country is already becoming less white — a trend that for now favors Democrats — and Obama’s move will push the process along.


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Morning Update November 23rd, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | NDP broke election rules with suffragette event

The hits just keep coming for the embattled NDP government.

Manitoba’s Commissioner of Elections has ruled that the NDP violated Election Manitoba’s Election Financing Act when the Department of Family Services advertised and sponsored a Nellie McClung event during the Morris and Arthur-Virden byelections.


#2 — CTV | Insulin pump warning: Some may have faulty tubing connector

TORONTO – Health Canada is warning of a potential safety issue regarding insulin pumps for diabetics distributed by Medtronic of Canada Inc., Roche Diagnostics, LifeScan Canada Inc., and Auto Control Medical Inc.


#3 — Globe | Premiers Wynne and Couillard set seven criteria for Energy East

TransCanada Corp. must consider the effect of the Energy East pipeline on global warming if it wants Ontario and Quebec to give the $12-billion project their blessing.


#4 — Postmedia | Zehaf-Bibeau known as a ‘confrontational’ construction worker

VANCOUVER – Before he was addicted to crack and sleeping in shelters on Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside, the Parliament Hill shooter was known as a “confrontational” member of a construction crew making good money on a seven-kilometre tunnelling job in North Vancouver.


#5 — Sun | Military Minds Meet in Halifax

HALIFAX – A Halifax hotel looks like Disneyland designed by Tom Clancy.

The sixth annual Halifax International Security Forum opened Friday with military leaders and security experts from around the world all warning that North America is not a fortress anymore.



#6 — BBC | World’s biggest crane ship Pieter Schelte sets sail for Rotterdam

The world’s largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, has set sail from its shipyard in South Korea for Rotterdam Port in the Netherlands.


#7 — CNN | Report finds missed chances to help Newtown shooter Adam Lanza

(CNN) — Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was an isolated young man with deteriorating mental health and a fascination for mass violence whose problems were not ignored but misunderstood and mistreated, according to a report released Friday by a Connecticut state agency.


#8 — Fox | Palestinian Authority accuses Hamas of plotting against it from Turkish headquarters

Israel and Egypt have Hamas pinned inside Gaza after destroying hundreds of tunnels leading out of the Palestinian enclave, but the terrorist group is coordinating its efforts in the West Bank with logistical help from a command center more than 500 miles away in Turkey, according to Palestinian Authority officials.


#9 — DM | Tiny parasitic tapeworm burrows its way through a man’s brain for FOUR YEARS

This series of brain scans shows the path a tiny parasitic tapeworm takes as it burrows its way through a man’s brain


#10 — WT | Suspected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea by bandits

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.


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