[Tolo News] At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were maimed early Thursday morning in Kabul, according to local police.
Kabul police said in a statement released to the media, that the incident occurred at about 7 a.m. local time when the ANA's vehicle hit a land mine in the 12th district of Kabul in an area known as Ahmad Shah Baba Mina.
The victims have been taken to nearby hospital.
The statement added that there were no civilian casualties.
An investigation is underway by the Kabul police.
The Taliban turbans have grabbed credit for the incident.
[Tolo News] Taliban snuffies killed five coppers and a civilian and maimed another police officer in western Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... province on Wednesday, local officials said.
On Thursday Provincial Police front man Abdul Raouf Ahmadi says, the incident occurred late Wednesday in Ab Jalil area of Injil district of the province when armed Taliban attacked a Herat police training academy vehicle.
The police academy vehicle was traveling from Zinda Jan district to Herat city.
"The officers were instructors who were a part of Herat's police training center," Ahmadi said.
He adds that one civilian's life was claimed as he was caught in the crossfire.
While no holy warrior groups including the Taliban have grabbed credit, Ahmadi says the Taliban were behind the attack.
The victims were taken to a nearby hospital.
The Taliban have not yet commented about the attack.
[Tolo News] Afghan security officials on Wednesday said that a clearance operation has begun in Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province to clear the district of bully boys.
Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi is said to be closely monitoring the operation.
On Wednesday more than a hundred Talibs attacked security checkpoints in Chahar Dara starting a clash that is still ongoing between both sides, security officials said on Wednesday.
Officials say that Chahar Dara will be cleared of Death Eaters soon.
The rising insecurity in Kunduz has left many residents concerned about the holy warrior group advancements into the province, causing many to leave everything behind in search of safety.
Residents have stressed that the Death Eaters have gained more than the security officials have prevented. A Kunduz resident told TOLOnews that the Death Eaters have surrounded the entire province, leaving only the city, which he stressed they would come after sooner or later.
[Tolo News] The Kabul Police has incarcerated Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! the man who stabbed a foreign citizen in the neck early Wednesday morning in Kabul's district 10.
The foreign national's identity has not been revealed yet. However, a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package... in a recent statement, NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... 's International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) have said that one of their soldiers was attacked in "eastern Afghanistan," without giving further details about the incident or the victim's identity.
The incident occurred when faceless myrmidons stabbed a foreign citizen around 10:30 a.m. on Kabul International Airport road. Eye witnesses stated that the man was standing on the main airport road when faceless myrmidons came out of a car and stabbed him, immediately fleeing the area.
"The foreigners were escorting trucks and stopped near the police checkpost when two foreigners and their translator stepped out of the car to get permission from the police to allow the vehicles through," an eyewitness said. "And suddenly one of the foreigners fell to the ground with blood spattered everywhere."
Soon after the incident, the Kabul police front man Hashmatullah Istanikzai announced to the media that the attacker, Abdul Fatah Jahadwal, was a Taliban capo who is currently under investigation. Jahadwal is said to have resided in Kabul and Ghazni.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Senate, Odius Sepulcher called for war against the Visigoths... on his twitter, Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujaheed has claimed the responsibility for the attack but denied the arrest of the attacker.
[Tolo News] Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan cops and Talibs, with thousands of murderous Moslems bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.
The attacks started during Eid, but have continued in a steady stream of Lion of Islam advancements, particularly in the Chahar Dara district. Kunduz Police Chief Ghulam Mustafa Mohseni has maintained the murderous Moslems are being led by a former detainee named Mawlawi Salam.
"Mawlawi Salam is leading over 2,500 Taliban members in this battle, he is the person who was released from prison and now is fighting on the battlefield," Chief Mohseni said.
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[ARABNEWS] Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport halted most flights to and from Libya on Thursday for security reasons, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of gangs in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... .
Flights from Tunisia and Egypt to Libya had been operating on an almost daily basis until now, a vital link to the outside for Libyans and foreigners alike as fighting between rival factions in the capital escalated.
Libya has used the small Matiga airport in Tripoli for civilian traffic since the main airport was turned into a battlefield last month. The tower, runway and at least 20 aircraft have been damaged, officials have said.
When flying into Matiga, passengers can sometimes see smoke rising from battles in and around the main airport. Rebel groups who united to topple Muammar Qadaffy ...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse... in 2011 have since turned on each other, spreading anarchy in oil-producing Libya and raising fears it may become a failed state.
In Tripoli two factions, one from the city of Zintan and the other from Misrata, have been fighting each other for control of the city for over a month.
The violence, the worst Libya has seen since the uprising against Qadaffy, prompted the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... and foreign embassies in Libya to evacuate their staff and citizens, and foreign airlines largely stopped flying to Libya.
[Iran Press TV] Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... turbans have taken control of a town in Nigeria's northeast as they continue their assaults in the country.
Witnesses and officials said on Thursday that the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe State has fallen into the hands of the turbans while some residents who beat feet from their violence noted that Boko Haram's attack on the town started late in July, with the Takfiris ultimately taking over the main government building there.
Reports said that the bully boy group has raised its flag above the building and have carried out executions.
"As I speak, there are no military in Buni Yadi and locals say that Boko Haram [militants] come and go as they please," Abdullahi Bego, the front man for Yobe's Governor Ibrahim Geidam, said, adding, "So many people from Buni Yadi have fled to the state capital Damaturu."
Residents said the turbans had set up roadblocks and robbed people as they tried to flee.
"I left Buni Yadi yesterday (Wednesday) because it was no longer safe for me and my family," said trader Surajo Muhammad.
The notorious group has repeatedly targeted Nigerian civilians. In February, Boko Haram turbans killed dozens of students at a boarding school in Buni Yadi.
[BBC] Northern Nigeria's riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... Islamist turbans, a witness in Borno state has told the BBC.
Shots were heard after the forces of Evil arrived in three armoured vehicles and on dozens of cycle of violences, he said.
A police front man confirmed the attack while a senior security source said it had not been possible to communicate with the academy since Wednesday.
The Liman Kara college is near Gwoza town, seized by Boko Haram this month.
Thousands have been killed across north-eastern Nigeria since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign for an Islamic state in 2009.
Sanaa (AFP) - Thousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday as they pressed their campaign to force the government to resign, AFP correspondents witnessed.
The rebels have been fighting an off-conflict with government troops in the northern mountains for the past decade but analysts warned their bid for a greater share of power in a promised new federal Yemen was creating a potentially explosive situation. The Zaidi Shiites are the minority community in mainly Sunni Yemen but they form the majority in the northern highlands, including the Sanaa region.
They've been rebelling for about forever. They had their own country of a sorts once but they folded it into a larger Yemen. Big mistake...
Rebel activists used cranes to build walls around protest camps across the capital, where protest leaders have given the government a deadline of Friday to meet their demands.
Cranes? They had time to use cranes? Did they have time to file environmental impact statements as well? Seems like the government isn't moving spritely to deal with the rebels...
In a bid to stem the crisis, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi called for dialogue with the rebels and invited representatives to join a "unity government".
But the protests, fuelled by a steep increase in petrol prices, are increasing in momentum with demonstrators showing no signs of backing down. Rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi said on Sunday that the authorities must address protesters' grievances by the end of the week or additional forms of "legitimate action" would take place.
Legitimate action in Yemen I think includes artillery...
On Wednesday, men armed with Kalashnikovs manned checkpoints around the protest camps, while Yemeni military aircraft circled in the skies of the capital.
On the ground, there was little visible sign of a police or military presence near the makeshift protest sites.
"Our actions are peaceful but if the activists are attacked we will cut the hand of the aggressor," said Abu Ali al-Asdi, a spokesman for the demonstrators.
"We will have Dire Revenge™!"
"The resignation of the government is a popular demand and we are against all forms of corruption," he told AFP at a protest camp in west Sanaa.
There was also tension in the south of the capital where hundreds of armed men had built a vast encampment close to the main road linking Sanaa to the south.
"The government will fall on Saturday," declared Mohamed al-Hojari, an armed rebel stationed on the edge of the camp, where vehicles continued to bring protesters.
Concerned by the gravity of the situation, President Hadi held a meeting with representatives from political parties, the army, and civil bodies who agreed the rebels latest actions were "unacceptable", his adviser Fares al-Saqqaf said. A delegation is due to meet the rebels' leader Huthi in his northern fiefdom on Thursday when they will deliver a letter "inviting dialogue and encouraging them to join a unity government".
Yemen has been locked in a protracted transition since longtime strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced from power in February 2012 following a deadly uprising the previous year. The Zaidi rebels, known as Huthis from the name of their leading family, are strongly opposed to the government's plans for a six-region federation, demanding a single region for the northern highlands and a bigger share of power in the federal government.
"The Huthis are capitalising on widespread frustration with the government and the recent rise in fuel prices to rally support and extract political concessions," said April Longley Alley, a Yemen specialist with the International Crisis Group.
"What is happening now appears to be increasingly dangerous political bargaining as part of the Huthis' bid to become a dominant political force in the north and in the national government," she said.
The rebels control Saada province in the far north and parts of several neighbouring provinces. Rebel forces reached the outskirts of Sanaa in July after seizing the city of Amran to its north, although they later agreed to pull back.
[ARABNEWS] A Bangladesh court on Thursday charged 13 people with murder over a 2001 kaboom at a political rally in Dhaka that left five people dead.
A judge ruled the head of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west. ) outfit, and four other members of the banned group should stand trial for the attack, a prosecutor said.
All 13 including HuJI leader Mufti Abdul Hannan face death by hanging if they are found guilty at trial of the attack.
"Of the accused, five including Mufti Hannan were present at the court room when the judge charged them for murder. The remaining eight are absconding," Asaduzzaman Rochi told AFP.
The eight, who have long been on the run, were charged in absentia.
The blast targeting the Communist Party of Bangladesh rally instantly killed four people and injured at least 25, one of whom later died later in hospital, he said.
The attack was one of a string that rocked Bangladesh after 1999 when many of the country's murderous Moslems started returning from Afghanistan.
The murderous Moslems created mayhem by targeting Christians, communists, cultural activists and members of secular parties.
[Iran Press TV] Indian troops have killed two pro-independence fighters in a shootout near the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides Kashmire between Pakistain and India.
An Indian army official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that the two men were fatally shot in the Furkian Gali area of Kupwara district, situated about 175 kilometers (108 miles) northwest of Kashmire's main city of Srinagar, on Wednesday evening.
The official added that two AK-47 assault rifles were recovered near the slain fighters.
Also on Wednesday, Indian and Pak border guards fired on each other's positions in Poonch district close to the LoC.
Unnamed defense sources said Indian troops responded to firing from Pak forces and targeted their military posts. There were no reports on possible casualties or damage.
[DAWN] Three copperswere maimed in a roadside blast in Salarazai tehsil of Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central ...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth... on Tuesday evening, officials said.
They said that paramilitary troops were on a routine patrol in the mountainous area of Mulla Said when their vehicle was hit by a remote-controlled bomb planted by suspected Lion of Islams.
The officials said that three security personnel received injuries in the blast. The injured coppers were taken to agency headquarters hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
After the blast, security forces and volunteers of village defence committee rushed to the site and launched a search operation. According to officials, about 12 rustics were nabbed Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! under the collective territorial responsibility clause of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).
Alqaeda Taliban, a Lion of Islam group in Mohmand and Bajaur agencies, grabbed credit for the attack.
Yousaf Raza, a front man for the group, told journalists by telephone from some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location that the attack was a reaction to the military operation in North Wazoo Agency. He said that they would continue such activities in the entire tribal areas till the end of the operation.
Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, Bossy's udder had begun to ache... security forces recovered two remote-controlled bombs in Inam Khoro Chinagi and Damadola areas of Mamond tehsil.
Sources said that the security forces with the help of Bajaur Levies and volunteers of local peace committees conducted search operation in the areas and recovered two remote-controlled bombs. The bombs were safely defused.
Also, political administration on Wednesday arrested 16 rustics under the collective responsibility clause of FCR in connection with an attack on a van in Thangi area of Salarzai tehsil.
Six people including three women teachers were killed in the attack on Tuesday.
In Upper Dir, three people including two FC men sustained injuries in two separate landmine blasts in Sundrawal area on Wednesday.
Police said a local resident identified as Shafiullah was injured when he stepped on a landmine in field. After the blast, police and FC personnel rushed to the spot and launched a joint search operation there.
In the meantime, another landmine went off at the same site and injured two FC men, they added.
In Swat, unidentified persons rubbed out a local peace volunteer in Mingora city on Tuesday night.
According to police, member of local village defence committee Rasheed Ahmad alias Sahibhaq was present outside his shop in Nawai Kallay area of Mingora city on Tuesday night when person or persons unknown opened firing on him. He received four bullets and died instantly.
[ARABNEWS] The United States sought to maintain pressure on murderous Moslems in Iraq on Thursday, launching Arclight airstrikes after the murder of a journalist underlined the international threat posed by the Islamic State.
And, in the latest sign that a reluctant America could be dragged deeper into the fighting, officials revealed that US special forces had already carried out a failed hostage rescue mission inside Syria.
On Tuesday, the Islamic State released a video in which a Lion of Islam with a British accent is seen beheading American journalist James Foley and threatening a second US hostage.
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Americans need a higher threshold for horror. Tragedies sometimes must play themselves out, and the losers must be allowed to lose. Whole peoples can go bad, and sometimes it is necessary to prevent them from doing evil by winnowing their ranks.... America will be on the right track when it celebrates Sherman instead of 50 Cent.
Friday, August 21, the 46th day of Operation Protective Edge. As the fate of Hamas military chief Muhammad Deif remained unknown, Israel confirmed Thursday that it killed three top Hamas commanders; Gazan terrorists continued heavy rocket fire into Israel, bringing the total since a truce was breached Tuesday to over 300. The cabinet okayed the call-up of 10,000 reserve soldiers, even as the US and others attempted to get ceasefire efforts back on track below summary
- more speculation on whether Maashal gave away Deif location via a contrary to protocol phone call
- speculation of problems in Hamas's command and control
- a new complicated EU effort to work a peace settlement into a cease fire agreement - this will be sure to confuse Egypt, Israel, Hamas and the PA but make the EU feel good about itself
- speculation on the how much missile inventory remains for Hamas
[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] The armed wing of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, announced Thursday that three of its senior commanders were killed in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gazoo Strip.
Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement identified the leaders as Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhum. Emergency services front man Ashraf al-Qudra said eight people were killed in the strike.
Witnesses said a four-storey family home was completely destroyed in a series of air strikes.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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