[KhaamaPress] According to an Afghan provincial official and an army officer, the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... have taken control of Sherkhan port, Afghanistan’s main border crossing with Tajikistan, with some security officers leaving their outposts and fleeing across the border.
Kunduz provincial council member stated that after an hour of fighting the Taliban captured Shir Khan port and the town and all the border check posts with Tajikistan, the Taliban’s most major conquest is the capture of Shir Khan Bandar as it is a significant trade and transit point between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, he said.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson, confirmed that the hard boyz have taken control of the border crossing over the Panj River.
Officials reported on Wednesday that at least 134 Afghan troops escaping a Taliban onslaught had crossed the border and found sanctuary in Tajikistan. The situation is intense as a result of the Taliban’s offensive on the Shir Khan border, according to a statement from Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security.
The statement further added that the Afghan soldiers were not denied entry as a result of upholding and complying with "principles of humanity and neighborliness".
[ToloNews] Five non-combatants were killed and 20 more, including women and kiddies, were maimed in a roadside kaboom blast in the southern province of Kandahar on Tuesday night, the provincial police said on Wednesday.
The incident happened on Kabul-Kandahar Highway in Maiwand district in Kandahar on Tuesday night after a passenger vehicle was hit by a roadside mine, police said.
Health officials confirmed the casualties and said "the maimed include women and kiddies."
No group, including the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... , has grabbed credit for the blast.
This comes as Maiwand district fell to Taliban following festivities on Monday.
[ToloNews] Reports indicate that the Taliban ...Arabic for students... have taken over the centers of Dand-e-Pathan and Janikhel districts in Paktia province, Shamalzai in Zabul province and Khash in Badakhshan province in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, a triangular dorsal fin appeared in the water. Then another... sources confirm that eight district centers have fallen into Taliban control in the past 24 hours: Five districts (Said Karam, Ahmad Aba, Rohani Baba, Jani Khel and Dand-e Patan) in Paktia province, Khenjan in Baghlan, Shamalzai in Zabul and Khash in Badakhshan.
Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, a triangular dorsal fin appeared in the water. Then another... footage on social media shows the Taliban claiming to have taken over Sher Khan Bandar port in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.
The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI), however, has said that the Taliban’s recent military advance is temporary, and they will be pushed back soon by security forces.
"How have they gotten this much strength within a month's time and moved toward Mazar-e-Sharif, toward Faryab and Takhar? This is propaganda, it is a temporary thing, even the Taliban themselves do not believe that they have reached these regions," said Naqibullah Fayeq, deputy minister of interior for security and strategy.
Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, a triangular dorsal fin appeared in the water. Then another... Tajikistan’s media reported that over 130 Afghan border police who were deployed in Sher Khan Bandar port have fled to Tajikistan after facing Taliban attacks.
Security authorities in Kunduz province have said that the security forces are determined to retake lost territories from the Taliban.
"Our security forces show a strong spirit to resist, and have the courage to retake the district. God willing, we assure you that the enemy will never be able to takeover Ali Abad district," said Mohammad Haikal, Ali Abad district governor.
"We retook Ali Abad region, we are now ready to move toward Khan Abad," said Mohammad Omar Pakhsaparan, Aqtash district governor in Kunduz.
There are also reports that the Taliban has taken over Khash district.
In the past 48 hours, the Taliban also attacked Ab Band district in Ghazni and managed to take over a security checkpoint.
The Afghan government on Tuesday said that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) recaptured three strategic districts from the Taliban: Balkh district in Balkh, Dushi district in Baghlan and Ali Abad district in Kunduz.
[ToloNews] Public uprisings against the Taliban ...Arabic for students... are expanding in various regions of Afghanistan as the Taliban continues to mount attacks against government forces.
In northern Jawzjan province, there are reports that women have taken up arms to fight the Taliban.
In Kohdman village in northern Kabul province, many armed residents filled the main road, pledging to fight the Taliban.
In 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.. and Laghman ...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men... provinces in the east, the people have taken up arms to fight the Taliban, and also in the western province of 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... "At this point, the politics of bullying cannot rule, these gunnies say that they will not allow the Taliban to rule them and burn their gardens and fields as in the past," said Mir Naeem Haidari, deputy head of Kohdman council.
Paying tribute to the ANDSF, MP Hazrat Ali said: "I know that you face hard days, but I congratulate you because you are the winners."
"We pledge to the Ministry of Defense that we will defend against the enemy," said Ali Khan, a fighter with the public uprising forces.
This comes as the Taliban has taken over 70 districts in the country in the past two months.
I thonk some of those must have been conquered and lost several times...
[ToloNews] The commander of 209 Shaheen Army Corps, General Khanullah Shuja, on Wednesday said that the security forces have launched a major operation which is aimed to retake the territory lost to the Taliban ...Arabic for students... in recent weeks.
He said that the defense of Mazar-e-Sharif is strong and that the Taliban will not be allowed to take over the city.
"There was speculation that the enemy would infiltrate the city, there were rumors that Marmul and Dehdadi have collapsed, no area has collapsed and will not collapse," said General Khanullah Shuja.
Pul-e-Imam Bekri is currently the main battleground between the Taliban and the Afghan cops in Balkh province in the north of Afghanistan. It is 20 kilometers from Mazar-e-Sharif city.
"To the east of this checkpoint is Balkh district, in the south, there is Chimtal and Sholgara districts. The Taliban are present around this checkpoint," said Omar, a soldier in Balkh.
"We are ready to sacrifice our lives for this country; we will stay there forever as long as we are alive," said Hafizullah, an Afghan National Police officer in Balkh.
"We are here to resist to the lost drop of our blood," said Naweed, an ANP officer.
"We will move forward, we will not return to the past," said Ghausuddin, an Afghan special operations officer in Balkh.
With the expansion of security threats in northern Afghanistan, hundreds of people in Balkh, Jawzjan, Sar-e-Pul ...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone... and Faryab provinces have taken up arms in support of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF).
[ToloNews] Police special forces and commandos on Wednesday assured the people that soon Pul-e- Khumri city, capital of northern Baghlan province, will break free from the Taliban ...Arabic for students... siege.
Residents of the city told TOLOnews news hound Sharif Amiry, who is in Pul-e-Khumri, they have left all their belongings and moved to the secure parts of the city.
"Not just in our village, if you see, the people are being displaced in every village, district and across the province," said Sultan, a resident of Pul-e-Khumri.
Dahna-e-Ghori, Burka, Nahrin, Jalga, Baghlan-e-Markzai and Doshi districts of Baghlan fell to the Taliban in the past two weeks, according to local officials and sources.
On the battlefield, police special forces, commandos and public uprising forces are fighting against the Taliban.
"They (Taliban) blocked a road in PD2 (of Pul-e-Khumri) and we are going to clear the road," said Fawad Nabard, commander of the 888 police unit.
"The people must not lose their morale and must not fear. Nothing will happen, we will fight, and the people should just stay in their homes," said Kaka Jan, a police officer.
TOLOnews' Amiry said that despite the ongoing festivities in Pul-e-Khumri, the people are continuing with their normal life and the shops and government organizations are open and conducting business.
"The people have concerns. Six or seven districts fell to the Taliban and the central government has yet to pay attention to the situation," said Manlang Andarabi, a resident of Pul-e-Khumri.
"The government must send more troops to Baghlan and not let the property of the people and the government be stolen," said resident Frayab Aslami.
Reports indicate that the Taliban has taken over the centers of Dand-e-Pathan and Janikhel districts in Paktia province, Shamalzai in Zabul province and Khash in northern Badakhshan province over the past 24 hours.
However, ars longa, vita brevis... the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that the Taliban’s recent military advance is temporary and will be pushed back soon by security forces.
Malik Muhammed has been charged w/attempted murder among other serious crimes for throwing homemade IEDs at police during BLM-Antifa riots. The state criminal complaint says he bought bottles & bats from Goodwill w/his girlfriend, Kristin McGuire. The two came from Indianapolis. pic.twitter.com/1CZKOUSnK7
[OneIndia] A narcotics smuggler was rubbed out by the BSF along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... 's Kathua district and 27 kg of heroin worth crores of rupees recovered from his possession on Wednesday, officials said.
A spokesperson of the Border Security Force (BSF) said the incident took place in the border outpost (BOP) Pansar area of Hiranagar sector.
BSF personnel noticed the smuggler trying to sneak into Indian territory from the other side of the border. They shot him after he ignored their warnings and tried to flee, he said.
The identity of the smuggler is being ascertained.
A senior officer said the value of the drugs recovered during the operation is estimated to be over Rs 100 crore in the international market.
The spokesperson pointed out that earlier on January 23, the BSF had detected a 150-metre underground tunnel, which was meant to facilitate the infiltration of hard boyz from Pakistain for carrying out subversive activities, in the BOP Pansar area.
[OneIndia] Some suspects are being questioned in connection with the killing of a cop in Nowgam area of the city here on Tuesday, even as the CCTV footage of the incident showed that two bandidoshard boyz shot up the officer with pistols, officials said on Wednesday.
Inspector Parvez Ahmad Dar was shot at and injured in front of a local mosque near his residence at Menganwaji Nowgam area of the city while he was going for prayers, the officials said.
They said Dar sustained grievous bullet injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital where he succumbed toinjuries.
Immediately after the incident, senior coppers including inspector general of police (IGP) Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... , Vijay Kumar, reached the spot and inspected the scene of the crime, the officials said.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that two bandidoshard boyz fired upon the police inspector with pistols, they said.
The CCTV footage of the incident shows firing by two gunnies with pistols. Their identification is being done and suspects are being questioned, the officials said.
Police have started the paperwork but haven't done much else, the investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the circumstances which lead to this terror crime, they said.
The officials said the cop is survived by his wife, a 13-year-old daughter and a ten-year-old son.
[OneIndia] Mumbai serial blasts case criminal mastermind Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai.
The NCB has confirmed taking Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar into its custody in drugs case. Kaskar was arrested by police in neighbouring Thane in an extortion case. On Wednesday, after his arrest in the drugs case, he was brought to the NCB''s office at Ballard Estate in south Mumbai
Kaskar''s involvement was found in connection with the seizure of 15 kg of hashish, a contraband, following which he was taken into custody, the official said without divulging any further details.
Earlier, the probe agency had arrested drug peddler Haris Khan over his alleged links with gangster and drug peddler Parvez Khan alias Chinku Pathan, an associate of runaway underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Khan was arrested after an NCB team raids at various locations in suburban Andheri, Lokhandwala and Bandra. An official told news agency PTI that Khan was arrested in connection with the Chinku Pathan drugs case, "but his role in the drug case linked to Rajput's death will also be investigated".
Neither Dawn nor One India had anything about this as of last night, only this Ay Pee article from Al Ahram’s feed. We’ll see if it shows up anywhere today.
[AlAhram] Last year, Pakistain sentenced Saeed to 15 years in jail in a terror-financing case, but he was never charged in connection with the Mumbai attacks
A powerful boom-mobile went off near the residence of a tossed in the clink Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! anti-India murderous Moslem leader in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others, police and rescue officials said.
The blast happened in the Johar Town neighborhood, provincial police chief Inam Ghani told news hounds. He said officers were still trying to determine whether it was a suicide kaboom or the bomb was remotely detonated.
Ghani said some coppers were also among the maimed persons.
``It was a boom-mobile, but we are still trying to confirm whether it was a suicide kaboom,`` he said.
He confirmed that the bombing happened near the residence of anti-India murderous Moslem leader Hafiz Seed, who has been designated a terrorist by the U.S. Justice Department and has a $10 million bounty on his head.
Saeed is the founder of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... group, which was blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
Lashkar-e-Taiba was active for years mainly in Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... , which is split between Pakistain and India and is claimed by both in its entirety. In the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir, rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. Most Moslem Kashmiris support the rebel goal that the territory be united either under Pak rule or as an independent country.
India accuses Pakistain of backing rebels in the Indian part of Kashmir, a charge Pakistain denies. Pakistain says it only provides moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, and that this support will continue until they get the right to self-determination under a UN resolution.
TV footage showed badly damaged homes, and many residents spoke of a kaboom. Doctors say some of the maimed were at death's door.
Ghani said police were guarding Saeed's house at the time of the attack. He said the attackers might have succeeded in targeting Saeed's home had police not set up a security post in the street where the bombing happened.
Saeed had been under house arrest. It was unclear whether the bombing caused any damage to his home, although the windows of dozens of homes were damaged.
Authorities blocked passageways to Saeed's home, citing security reasons.
Last year, Pakistain sentenced Saeed to 15 years in jail in a terror-financing case, but he was never charged in connection with the Mumbai attacks.
Pakistain and India have a history of bitter relations and they have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since gaining independence in 1947.
[OneIndia] A new documentary has spoken about the involvement of the Gay Paree attack conspirator Muhammad Ghani Usman
...who is not in the Rantburg archives with that spelling...
, a Pak national and Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist in the planning and execution of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks.
Usman is currently is in a jail in La Belle France after being arrested in connection with the Gay Paree attack in 2015. The documentary aired by German broadcaster DW aims to find out the financing, planning and commissioning of terror attacks in Europe.
Quoting London based security analyst, Sajjan Gohel, the documentary says, " this man was a key member of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. It is believed that he was a part of the operations planning for the attacks in Mumbai in 2008. Yet, nothing was done."
It may be recalled that Usman was questioned by the NIA in 2019. The NIA learnt that Usman was in touch with David Headley, the man who conducted the reconnaissance for the 26/11 attacks.
Further the documentary speaks about the major conspiracies hatched by the turbans and also reveals the name of Sajid Mir. "Suspects in the US confirm the existence of Sajid Mir and his role in recruiting and indoctrinating westerners with an aim of sending them back to Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... or the US to carry out attacks in the name of LeT," the documentary said while quoting Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a former French investigative judge, anti-terrorism.
Usman Muhammad of Sahiwal, Pak-Punjab is a mercenary, although trained by the Lashkar e Taiba. He has passable skill in assembling and rigging explosives with a penchant for incendiaries and... p0rn.
Paris let us speak to him at length [about his training, contacts, names he reported to etc] and even conduct chemical assisted interrogation [ahem]. He joins whatever group will pay better and was contracted by intermediaries to strike a blow for ISIS in Europe. His parents who still live in Pak-Punjab disowned him for his 'bad habits', but his friends in Pakistain hail him as a cult hero. He loves motorcycles and wants to own a Harley one day.
Usman and his Algerian buddy came to Greece (Leros island) via boat, with Syrian passport as refugees. His fake name on the passport then was Faical Alayifan. He also ran two online A/cs [I forget the tags] teaching bombmaking and sharing videos of aftermath of blasts.
[OneIndia] The National Investigation Agency has made more arrests in the case relating to the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a Shaurya Chakra awardee.
Harbinder Singh and Navpreet Singh, both gunnies of the Khalistan Liberation Force
...Khalistan is the idea of an independent Sikh homeland in the Indian Punjab. The local troublemakers are financed by the Sikh diaspora — who love the idea of the folks they left behind murdering their neighbours before dying romantically for a hopeless idea — with training and additional funding from Pakistan’s ISI as yet another arrow in their quiver aimed at the Indian throat. The Khalistan Liberation Force, like Antifa, is the umbrella for a bunch of Sikh groups that have engaged in “armed struggle” against India since the 1980s...
were arrested by the NIA. The probe by the NIA revealed that both are close aides of Inderjit Singh, who had conducted the reconnaissance of the target. Both played an active role in the liquidation of Sandhu, the NIA. Also said.
Shaurya Chakra awardee Comrade Balwinder Singh Sandhu was rubbed out by two faceless myrmidons in the early hours of October 10 2020 at the residence-cum-school run by him in Bhikiwind, District TarnTaran, Punjab. The assailants then escaped on a bike, following which a case was registered by the Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... police.
Investigation has revealed that the execution was undertaken with an intention of striking terror in the minds of the people and especially those opposed to Khalistan ideology. The transnational conspiracy in the instant case was hatched by Pakistain based self styled chief of the KLF, Lakbhir Singh Rode.
Further a well oiled terrorist-narcotics-criminal nexus worked together and ensured that arms were smuggled into India from Pakistain through the International Border. It was also found that narcotics had been smuggled in as well and the proceeds of the same were used to execute the conspiracy.
The foreign based KLF leadership had recruited, financed and armed a local gangster Sukhmeet Pak and tasked him to execute the killings through his associates. The NIA said that after the killing of Harmeet Singh alias Happy alias PHD, Sukh Bikhariwal was ordered by Rode to kill Comrade Singh. The reconnaissance of the target was carried out by Inderjeet Singh and sharp-shooters Gurjit Singh and Sukhdeep Singh.
Direct translation of the article.
[REGNUM] Militants of the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham
...we used to call them Al Nusra...
terrorist group (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) are preparing a provocation with poisonous substances in Syrian Idlib, Deputy Head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in the Syrian Arab Republic Rear Admiral Vadim said at a June 23 briefing Cooking .
According to the Russian military, militants brought a tank with toxic substances to one of the settlements in Idlib province.
“According to sources, the terrorists delivered a tanker truck with a poisonous substance to the Atma settlement of Idlib province, which they plan to fill with rockets, ” said Vadim Kulit.
At the same time, members of the pseudo-humanitarian organization "White Helmets" should participate in the provocation. The terrorists intend to stage a "chemical attack" in order to then accuse the Syrian government forces of using poisonous substances against civilians.
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
dominated Mexico for six years.