[ToloNews] The high number of surrenders, which includes women and kiddies, is due to ramped-up military operations, said MoD.
Eighteen ISIS members accompanied by 24 women and 31 children surrendered to Afghan forces on Friday in Achin district, Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
The total number of ISISbully boyz and family members who have surrendered to Afghan forces in the past two weeks is "over 615," according to the Defense Ministry, which attributes the recent mass surrenders to increased operations against "terrorists" by security forces.
On Thursday, 82 ISIS fighters handed over their weapons and surrendered to Afghan cops in Achin district of Nangarhar, and were accompanied by 51 women and 96 children.
On Wednesday, ’at least 300’ ISIS members, including women and kiddies, surrendered to Afghan Special Forces ...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting... in Nangarhar, according to Commander Waliullah, the Army Special Forces commander in Achin district.
According to Abdulhaq Omeri, a TOLOnews news hound, a number of those 300 ISIS members are Pak citizens. But interviews with ISIS members indicate that fighters come from a variety of countries.
"There were ISIS members from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Iran, Kurdistan and Iranian Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... , and they were staying in our guest house, but not for a long time. After having a meal or resting for a night they would move on to other areas," said Abdul Wahid, 35, a former ISIS member from Afghanistan’s Farah Province, who surrendered among the 300 on Wednesday.
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11/17/2019 00:00 ||
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[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces ...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting... killed a Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... holy warrior, detained another holy warrior and destroyed three caches of weapons in three provinces in the past 24 hours.
The military officials said Saturday the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons during a raid in Farah district of Farah province in the West.
The officials further added the Special Forces detained a Taliban holy warrior and destroyed a cache of weapons during a separate raid in Chimtal district of Balkh,
The Special Forces killed a Taliban holy warrior during a separate raid in Nad’Ali district of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , the officials said, adding that they also destroyed a small cache of weapons during the operation.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
[Jpost] Suspected Islamist hard boyz killed at least 15 people overnight in eastern Congo, local officials said on Saturday, in the latest massacre since the army launched a major offensive against the rebels last month.
Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... 's army initiated its latest campaign, with support from U.N. peacekeepers, on Oct. 30 to root out fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) from the dense forests near the Ugandan border.
As was the case during previous military operations against the ADF, its fighters have retaliated by attacking civilians, killing more than 40 since last week, according to local civil society activists.
Attacks blamed by the government on the ADF have killed hundreds of civilians since 2014.
The attacks on Friday in and around the village of Mbau were carried out with bladed weapons, local officials said. Among the eight victims in Mbau were six members of a single family.
Seven members of a Pygmy ethnic group living in the nearby forest were also killed, officials said. Their bodies were found tied up and their throats had been slit.
"The rebels are attacking civilians in order to spread confusion and panic among the population," said Donat Kibwana, the regional administrator in the nearby city of Beni.
Mbau residents said it had taken many hours for soldiers based nearby to respond, a common complaint after attacks in the area.
Army officials were not immediately available for comment.
Researchers and rights groups say some Congolese soldiers and other rebel groups have also participated in massacres since 2014 for a variety or motives often related to competition for power in lawless zones dominated by dozens of militia groups.
Several of the previous attacks by the ADF, which was founded in Uganda in 1995, have been claimed by Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... , but the extent of their relationship remains unclear. The ADF is not known to have publicly pledged loyalty to Islamic State.
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Iraq has closed its southern border crossing with Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... to travelers because of protest actions in both countries, The Baghdad Post reported quoting an Iraqi security official.
According to the source, Tehran had demanded the closure because of protests. The border will be closed until further notice.
Iran's demonstrations broke out hours after it was announced the price of petrol would be increased by 50 per cent for the first 60 litres and 300 per cent for anything above that each month.
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11/17/2019 00:00 ||
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Welcome to our 1973 oil embargo crisis, bitches!
[Rudaw] Iraq’s defense minister has accused an unspecified "third party" of killing protesters to ignite violence with the security forces in the streets and cause national "instability", as protests in the country’s south and center continue.
Najah al-Shimmari made the claim during an interview with La Belle France 24 in Gay Paree on Saturday.
"The Iraqi national security forces are not who is killing the protesters," Shimmari said. "There is a third party killing the protesters, to push protesters to clash with security forces to spread instability in Iraq." He offered no elaboration on who said "third party" may be.
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"The Iraqi national security forces are not who is killing the protesters," Shimmari said. "There is a third party killing the protesters, to push protesters to clash with security forces to spread instability in Iraq."
Aren't "Iraqi national security forces" supposed to protect their citizens?
a significant portion of the tear gas grenades used on protesters are manufactured by the "Defense Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran." Shimmari claimed the canisters are not used or purchased by Iraqi security forces.
Well, Ima stumped. Who, oh who, could it possibly be?
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[AnNahar] Anti-government demonstrators spread to a second bridge in the Iraqi capital Saturday after security forces retreated from a key area where they had clashed with protesters, AFP correspondents said.
Protesters have occupied Baghdad's Tahrir (Liberation) Square for more than three weeks, demanding the overhaul of a ruling system they see as corrupt and unjust.
On Friday night, at least one person was killed and more than a dozen maimed in Tahrir when explosives beneath a parked car detonated, Iraq's state security forces said.
The protest movement had spilled over onto four bridges crossing the river Tigris that link east Baghdad to the city's west where government buildings and foreign embassies are based.
Security forces retook three of those bridges and nearby districts more than two weeks ago, pinning the protesters back in Tahrir and on al-Jumhuriyah bridge with volleys of tear gas, live ammunition and even machine-gun fire.
On Saturday morning, Iraqi units pulled back from some of those areas and crowds of protesters chased them down, resuming their sit-in at the mouth of al-Sinek bridge.
"The security forces withdrew to another concrete barrier on al-Sinek," one protester told AFP.
An elderly woman, who had travelled from the southern port city of Basra to join the rallies, cheered in support.
"You didn't just lose us, you lost all of Iraq!" she said, addressing Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi.
"Get out, get out, there's no place for you here. Tonight, we'll be in the Green Zone," she said, referring to the area across the river housing Abdel Mahdi's office, parliament, the US embassy and other key buildings.
Dozens climbed up into a large parking complex near the bridge, unfurling a sign in support of demonstrators in nearby Tahrir.
The morning after Friday's blast, small clusters of men deployed around the square to search all those entering it.
"We had a security breach yesterday and this explosion happened," said Abu Karrar al-Basrawi, a middle-aged man from Basra volunteering for the search.
"But we've multiplied our checkpoints so it doesn't happen again," he told AFP.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Israel has stated that it is carrying out new strikes against Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... following the intercept by the IDF of several rockets fired from the enclave.
"We are currently striking Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, terror targets in Gaza", the military tweeted.
Tensions rose after the elimination of Baha Abu al-Ata, a top commander from the Paleostinian group Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... in the Gaza Strip, by Israel. According to the IDF, over 450 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.
The Paleostinian Health Ministry reported at least 34 dead and many more injured following the air raids, urging the UN to stop the IDF from carrying out Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s.
A ceasefire was allegedly reached on Thursday, but Israel reported a new round of rocket fire from Gaza just hours later.
[Jpost] A rocket went kaboom! inside the Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... Strip after being launched from Gaza's southern city Rafah, Paleostinian media sources reported.
[Jpost] Highway 334 was blocked on Saturday morning when a suspected incendiary balloon was found near a bus station in the northern Negev close to Kibbutz Ruhama, police is investigating the incident, Maariv reported.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/17/2019 00:00 ||
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Perhaps sadeh came early this year for Iran's Zoroastrians?
That would explain the fires:
Fire in the gathic poetry symbolizes “forethought, emotional intelligence, and passionate willpower.” It represents human striving, and the quest for the brilliant wisdom and the unfailing energy of the ahûrás, the pristine god-powers.
The bonfires of sadeh embody the creative genius, and all brilliant efforts that improve mortal existence, and will set the stage for the cosmological triumph of light/genius over stagnation and darkness.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were able to beat back an attack by the Ottoman Turkish-backed turbans north of Tal Tamr this weekend.
According to reports from the al-Hasakah Governorate, the joint SAA and SDF troops engaged the Ottoman Turkish-backed turbans at the towns of Dawoudiyah and Arishah on Friday.
The Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces were able to drive back the Ottoman Turkish-backed "Syrian National Army" (SNA) north after a fierce battle that lasted for several hours at Dawoudiyah and Arishah.
While the Ottoman Turkish-backed forces previously captured Arishah, they were unable to hold onto the town after an SDF counter-attack in this area.
At the same time, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syriac Military Council managed to foil an advance by the Ottoman Turkish-backed turbans in the ’Ayn ’Issa District of al-Raqqa.
"During the attacks of the Ottoman Turkish occupation and its mercenaries on the front lines where the Syriac Military Council were stationed, and the areas outside the agreements, two of our fighters were martyred and six were maimed," ANHA reported on Saturday.
Despite the declaration of a ceasefire in northern Syria by the U.S. administration, the Ottoman Turkish-backed forces have not halted their attacks against the SDF and their allies.
These continued attacks by the Ottoman Turkish-backed forces have resulted in increased bloodshed and a large number of displaced civilians.
[ALMASDARNEWS] A massive blast rocked the holy warrior-held town of al-Bab in eastern Aleppo today, local activists reported via social media.
According to the reports, as many as 13 non-combatants were killed and more than 20 others were maimed as a result of what is believed to be a boom-mobileing.
No group has grabbed credit for this latest attack.
Al-Bab was captured by the Ottoman Turkish-backed forces during their 2016 offensive in northern Syria; it has served as a front-line town for their troops and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in east Aleppo.
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