[hindustantimes] Afghan security forces have arrested 37 members of the so-called Islamic State Khorasan Province terrorist module that had targeted a Kabul gurdwara last month. The arrests were made in the last 24 hours after Afghan forces caught Aslam Farooqui, the Pakistani national who led the terror group ISKP known to have strong links with Pakistan’s ISI that carries out off-the-shelf jihad at its instance.
Among the 37 who have been arrested are 14 women and children. A majority of them are Pakistani nationals.
Aslam Farooqui and the members of his module are being interrogated in the presence of US security agencies outside Kabul, people familiar with the developments in Delhi and Kabul told Hindustan Times.
Afghanistan vice president Amrullah Saleh cheered the Afghan intelligence agency for the breakthrough.
“I am sure he is already singing & will sing more to the dismay of his patrons in & out. A treasure of intelligence. Make him talk,” tweeted Saleh, who earlier headed the Afghan intel agency National Directorate of Security. The reference to Farooqui’s patrons is seen to be pointing to Pakistan’s intel agency ISI.
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... targeted a Taliban ...Arabic for students... gathering in southern Kandahar province killing at least six gunnies who were planning to launch an attack on security posts.
The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the gunnies had gathered in Shalghami area of Maiwand district and were looking to attack the security posts.
The statement further added that the airstrike killed 6 gunnies of Taliban led by Mullah Haroon.
The airstrike also destroyed six weapons and two night vision goggles, the 205th Atal Corps added in its statement.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far.
[GEOPOLITICS.NEWS] The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, announce don Friday that it had repulsed an attack by "Syrian mercenaries" in the ’Ain Zara area near the capital city of 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... A member of the information office, Aqeela al-Saber, stated that the Libyan National Army’s "Ajdabiya Operations Force repulsed an attack by the Syrian mercenaries in Ain Zara."
In his statement, al-Saber said: "The militia supported by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... and the Syrian mercenaries tried this morning to attack our advanced positions in order to recover what was lost in the past two days."
He stressed that "the attacking force today was entirely from the Syrians," noting that the operation ended with their suffering "significant losses in their ranks and control of other new sites that were theirs."
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More captured #GNA Chadian mercenaries today by the lions of the Libyan army #LNA .#Tripoli The African mercenaries are under the command of Osama al-Juwaili It is clear in various front lines for every libyan militia fighter there is 4 non Libyan mercenaries. pic.twitter.com/1NSiF1R3Rs
[SPUTNIKNEWS] A joint operation of the Public Security Secretariat and the Mexican army has been launched to find the whereabouts of the gangs involved in the festivities.
At least 19 people have been killed in festivities between gangs in Madera, the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, the state Prosecutor's Office said on Saturday.
"The operation was immediately deployed when a report was received Friday at approximately 6:35 p.m., regarding a possible confrontation between rival groups linked to organised crime, in an area that leads from Las Varas to Largo Maderal", the General State Prosecutor's Office (FGE) of Chihuahua said in a statement.
The police forces who arrived at the scene located the bodies of 18 civilians, 18 long weapons, two vehicles and two grenades that were seized. Two injured men were also found by the police and taken to hospital, but one of them died, bringing the corpse count in the incident to 19. The other man remains in jug.
Raids of this type are not rare in Mexico, where violent gangs are a sad reality.
[Breitbart] A knife-wielding Sudanese migrant shouting "Allahu Akbar!" has stabbed two people to death and wounded "at least" seven others in France.
The suspected killer, said to be an asylum seeker in his thirties, was initially reported as having struck outside a bakery in Romans-sur-Isère, in the south-east of the country, by outlets including the MailOnline, citing local media.
However, a later BBC report ‐ which did not mention the suspect’s nationality or alleged cry of "Allahu Akbar!" ‐ said he attacked the shopkeeper and customers at a tobacconist before moving on to a nearby butcher’s shop.
Christophe Castaner, France’s interior minister, has offered his condolences to the victims — five of whom remain in critical condition — and confirmed that the suspect is now under arrest and investigators seeking to confirm his motives.
The suspect’s roommate is also said to be under arrest.
The assailant, identified only as Abdallah A.-O., a refugee in his 30s from Sudan who lives in the town, was arrested without a fight by police.
“He was found on his knees on the pavement praying in Arabic,” the prosecutor’s office said.
According to witnesses cited by local radio station France Bleu Drome Ardeche, he shouted “Allah Akbar!”(God is Greatest) as he stabbed his victims.
Interior Minister Cristophe Castaner, who visited the scene, said two people were killed and five others injured.
“This morning, a man embarked on a terrorist journey,” he said.
The initial investigation has “brought to light a determined, murderous course likely to seriously disturb public order through intimidation or terror,” according to the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office (PNAT).
It said that during a search of the suspect’s home, “handwritten documents with religious connotations were found in which the author complains in particular that he lives in a country of non-believers”.
The suspect, who obtained refugee status in 2017, was not known to police or intelligence services in France or Europe, PNAT said.
French police said on Sunday they had arrested another suspect in a terror probe triggered after a man went on a deadly knife rampage on Saturday in the southeastern town of Romans-sur-Isere.
Altogether three Sudanese nationals have now been detained over the incident: the alleged assailant — a refugee in this 30s — an acquaintance of his and a man who was living in the same household, police said.
[Breitbart] Rival gangs in the French city of Montpellier engaged in a street fight armed with machetes, despite the lockdown measures enacted by the government to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... The violence took place in the Gambetta district at around 3:30 pm on Wednesday. Despite the presence of machetes and other weapons, many of which were left at the scene, no injuries were reported.
Police arrested three individuals in connection to the brawl and police say they are hunting for other suspects who fled the area using the city’s public transport system, Midi Libre reports.
Investigators say the violence erupted like lava from a volcano out of a gang rivalry revolving around the local sale of contraband cigarettes and hashish and that fights between members of both groups have occurred during the last three evenings in a row.
La Belle France’s nation-wide lockdown measures, which President Emmanuel Macron announced in mid-March, have greatly hindered the ability for criminal gangs to sell drugs and other items on the street.
According to a report from news agency Rooters, the lockdown has led to a spike in prices for street cannabis across La Belle France.
Yann Bastiere, a senior police union official, said that prices of some drugs have nearly doubled in some areas, saying: "The price of a 100-gram bar of resin went from 280 euros to 500 euros in a week in Marseille."
Thierry Colombie, an expert in organised crime, blamed the increase in prices on the lack of fresh supplies of drugs coming from countries like Morocco due to the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown measures.
The European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... police agency Europol has warned that some organised criminals may be adapting to the new lockdown measures and shifting focus to other areas such as fraud and selling counterfeit medical items to take advantage of the outbreak.
[FinancialTimes] Vendors face a shifting landscape as supply routes close and users’ habits change.
Around the world, it is not just legal businesses that are being transformed by the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic. From "corona specials" to personalised delivery services, drug pushers are hustling to keep business flowing, suppliers are scrambling to find new routes as transport closes down and promoters are flouting the ban on groups by holding underground raves.
In Berlin, a city famed for its hedonistic nightlife and techno clubs like Berghain, dealers such as Dave are adapting to serve the large number of clubbers who find themselves stuck at home with little to do but get high. Social distancing and restrictions on movement have also spurred stockpiling, with the price of some drugs rising sharply.
"People are panicking, and not just about toilet paper," said Lucy, who deals cannabis to her private customer base. "Right now I’m selling 500 grammes a day ‐ before I would normally sell about 100 grammes." Like all the dealers quoted in this article, she asked to be identified by her street name.
Dealers see trouble ahead, however. Lucy’s supply chain through Spain, badly hit by the pandemic, has been completely shut down.
Illicit trade experts say it is inevitable that the black market would take a temporary hit. But narcos have an advantage on legitimate businesses: "They are used to seeing distortions in supply chains caused by law enforcement, for example, or perhaps a particular airport detecting goods and cargo, and having to adapt," said Jason Eligh, a senior expert at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
As restrictions on air travel are tightened, dealers say they are eyeing more routes by land and sea, hiding their product amid legally traded goods. One dealer of Lebanese hashish said he expected his partners would try to smuggle the resin in among medical supplies. "They will find a way ‐ they always do," he said.
In Berlin’s Görlitzer Park, home to a notorious drug market, trade in illegal substances continues despite the lockdown. During a recent visit by the Financial Times, police could be seen searching vans on one side of the park, while at the other end, crowds of dealers ‐ many wearing face masks and gloves ‐ hawked their wares as usual.
While some are neglected, others are going off grid on purpose. For Berliners in the know, an underground scene continues to rage, replete with full bars, lighting and DJ sets. The raves are held in warehouses and remote apartments, dealers say, with the events co-ordinated via secret chat groups that alert people of the time and place the night before. Pre-paid tickets can cost up to €100 each and special lookouts are hired to watch out for police.
Airliners departs Istanbul Airport in the direction of Misurata or Mitika, with mercenaries and 7 Turks. This flight carries the Oil Aviation Registration Number which is 5A-POL #GNA#Libyapic.twitter.com/KJchYTAlhY
[Jpost] Hezbollah commander Ali Mohammed Younis was assassinated by unknown individuals in southern Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... on Saturday, according to Iranian media.
Younis was "responsible for pursuing spies and collaborators," according to unofficial statements, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.
He didn’t pursue them well enough, it seems.
The Fars report included an image of a body lying next to an open vehicle.
Video of a minaret announcing Younis's death in southern Lebanon was shared by the Iranian Tasnim news agency on their Twitter account.
There was a time when it would be accurate to immediately point at the Mossad, but nowadays I don’t know. As fractured and factioned, it could as likely he was taken out by a rival group with Islam
All of these groups are at each other’s throats fighting for various agendas in Syria
Iran is setting up on the qeshm island of Al-Ahwaz, in the east of the arabian gulf, a system of surface-to-air missiles to aimed the gulf countries.. The drums of war are ringing between the Arabs, Persians and America waving a military escalation against Iran. https://t.co/iuQL7IztVo
The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), conducted a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf April 3, 2020. The Bataan ARG consists of amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force supported by three major subordinate elements – the Ground Combat Element, Aviation Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element.
[Rudaw] Syrian regime forces opened fire on a convoy of Kurdish security officials (Asayesh) in Qamishli on Saturday, killing one and wounding another. It is not yet clear what sparked the incident.
According to Rudaw’s Rangin Sharo at the scene, the incident took place on the Saba Bahrat roundabout in downtown Qamishli.
Tension still hung over the area hours after the shooting, according to Hawar News Agency (ANHA), a media outlet close to the Kurdish authorities in northern Syria.
The Asayesh officer who was killed has been named by security sources as Mohammed Sabi and the maimed official as Wael Jwan Salih.
Russian military police quickly moved into the area to deescalate the situation.
Rudaw footage from the scene shows three Russian military police vehicles and Syrian regime personnel deployed around the road junction.
Few civilians appear to be on the streets since authorities imposed coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... containment measures.
The Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the armed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has not yet released a statement on the incident.
Although Syria’s Kurds have maintained an uneasy truce with regime forces throughout the decade-old civil war, the two sides have rarely clashed in Qamishli, where both sides maintain a presence.
Since US forces withdrew and Ottoman Turkish troops attacked the autonomous Kurdish administration last October, the regime and its Russian backers have played a bigger role in the area’s security.
Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Terror of Aleppo ... , who has the military backing of Russia and Iran, has vowed to retake every inch of Syrian territory.
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.