[ToloNews] An appellate court in Parwan on Wednesday announced its verdict on six suspects accused of plotting the November 2020 attack on Kabul University.
The Attorney General's Office says two of the suspects were sentenced to death, two were given 12 years in prison, one was sentenced to 2 years in prison and another was acquitted.
Adil, also known as Arash, and Talha were sentenced to death for being members of ISIS, five kidnapping cases, plotting an attack on Kabul University and plotting terror attacks against three government officials, read a statement by the Attorney General’s Office.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact... Obaidullah, also known as Hamad, was sentenced to death for ISIS membership, terrorism and assisting in terrorism.
Another suspect, Abdul Kabar, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The statement reads that a fifth suspect was sentenced to two years in prison for the transfer of illegal weapons.
The sixth suspect, Mubin, was acquitted for lack of evidence to support the accusations, the statement said.
According to the statement, all six suspects, along with being accused of involvement in the Kabul University attack, were accused of terrorist crimes, kidnapping, ISIS membership, killing of babus government employees, national treason, forgery and the transfer of illegal weapons.
The statement said that the perpetrators of the university attack were fined 3 million Afs to compensate for damages inflicted on the university compound.
The attack happened on November 2, 2020, leaving 22 people dead and at least 40 others maimed, most of whom were young students.
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense in a released statement on Thursday said that at least 24 Taliban ...Arabic for students... fighters were killed in Arghandab, Zherai, and Shah Walikot districts of Kandahar province.
MoD stated Afghan national defense and security forces backed by the air support, targeted "terrorists" in Arghandab, Jiri, and Shah Walikot districts of Kandahar province.
The operation resulted in 24 Taliban killed and nine others were maimed, the statement said.
According to the statement, some of the Taliban’s bombs, weapons, and ammunition were also destroyed.
ANDSF during the operation discovered and defused 13 anti-vehicle mines planted in the mentioned districts and Maiwand district of the province to target civilians and soldiers.
This comes as 26 Taliban were killed and 3 other members of the group were maimed in a clash with the Afghan national army a day ago.
Kandahar is one of the Most insecure provinces, where the Taliban have a large influence and are active.
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] The International Organization for Migration said Thursday at least 20 migrants colonists are dead after smugglers threw 80 overboard during a voyage from Djibouti in East Africa to Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of... A statement said "smugglers started shouting there were too many on board" after the boat with 200 migrants colonists, including children under 18, set off on Wednesday.
The IOM said five bodies have been recovered, and survivors are being treated in Djibouti.
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 and the resulting closed borders have slowed but not stopped the flow of migrants colonists. The IOM said about 138,000 people made the journey in 2019 but just 37,500 in 2020.
It is not immediately clear what countries the migrants colonists in this latest journey were from, but many make the voyage from Æthiopia and Somalia.
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03/05/2021 00:00 ||
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[AlAhram] The verdict, which came more than three years after former information minister Anas El-Feky was handed the sentence in a 2018 retrial, is final
Egypt's Court of Cassation, the country's highest appeals court, upheld on Thursday a three-year jail sentence against Mubarak-era information minister Anas El-Feky for squandering public money in 2009.
El-Feky was convicted of squandering some EGP 12 million from the government-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union by exempting Egyptian satellite channels from paying the fees for broadcasting Egyptian football league and cup games. The offenses reportedly took place during the 2009-2010 season and the beginning of the 2010-2011 season.
El-Feky had originally been given a seven-year prison sentence in the case by a Cairo criminal court in 2012, before he was granted a retrial by the Court of Cassation in 2013.
Has he been in prison the whole time since his original arrest?
In 2018, the former minister was given a three-year jail term by a Cairo criminal court in a retrial. He filed an appeal against the 2018 verdict, but it was rejected on Thursday, which means the verdict is now final.
El-Feky served as Mubarak's information minister from 2004 to 12 February 2011, resigning the day after Mubarak was ousted.
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03/05/2021 00:00 ||
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A short march east of Praetoria...
[IOL.CO.ZA] Pretoria - Murder for hire, mob fees, contract and building hijacking form part of the crimes in Mamelodi as not one but three gangs rule through fear.
Gangsterism has sprawled all over the township and besides "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... " - "Farasai" and "Al Qaeda" gangs are also on the come up and terrorising the township.
According to a community leader who did not want to be named the three gangs dealt in different crimes exclusively.
"Farasai" according to the source deals with murder for hire mostly.
"We know of cases where they are sent to "deal" with people. Mostly aggrieved lovers pay a sum of R5 000 for the service."
"Al Qaeda" allegedly deals in drugs and is behind most car hijackings with "Boko Haram" being famous for extortion of all kinds and contract hijacking in Mamelodi and surrounding areas.
The community leader said victims were so fear stricken that they hardly dare open a case and the ones that do are threatened until they withdraw.
The DA also held a picket earlier today outside the Mamelodi West cop shoppe which has been thrust into the spotlight for failing to deal with the lawlessness brought on by the gangs.
They called for action in a murder case involving one of their activists who was vocal when "Boko Haram" allegedly invaded the Kingston hostels and he was later murdered in his room at the hostel.
Member of legislature Fred Nel handing over a memorandum said they were concerned about the lack of progress in solving this case and dealing with the gang activity as well as the disturbing reports of police officials being complicit in some crimes.
"We are concerned that no significant progress was made in his case and that no arrests have been made. The case will not go away and we will not let it go until justice is served."
Last week provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela visited the township and vowed that the gang activity would be dealt with as they had enough intelligence from various stakeholders, including community members, who were informing them of the group’s modus operandi, including the hierarchy of the group, where they lived, and what projects they were taking over in Tshwane.
Mawela said they had also recruited detectives who were supported by police intelligence and forensic Sherlocks assisted by prosecutors. "We are busy, and once the time is ready we are going to pounce on them and we won't lose our grip on them."
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] The Coalition to Fight Legitimacy in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of... said on Thursday it destroyed a second ballistic missile launched by Yemen's Iran's Houthi sock puppets ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him... militias towards Jazan in the south of Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said earlier Thursday that the Arab Coalition destroyed a drone launched by the Houthis towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
He reiterated that the Arab Coalition was taking the necessary measures to protect civilians in line with international humanitarian law.
[IsraelTimes] The 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.... group and other terror organizations are recruiting young people in the UK in "worrying numbers," British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warns.
Speaking in the UK parliament, Raab says the country’s counter-terrorism referral unit saw a seven percent rise in the volume of terrorist content found online in the year up to December 2020.
He adds that British police are seeing "a worrying rise in the proportion of children and teenagers that are now being arrested for terrorism offenses."
Britannia has grappled to contain the threat posed by IS after hundreds of UK nationals traveled to the Middle East and joined the terror group after 2014.
He calls the "accessibility of terrorist content online" during lockdown "a perfect storm" because it gives turbans "digital access to those who are probably the most susceptible to murderous Moslem narratives."
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03/05/2021 00:00 ||
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[BenarNews] At least five government soldiers were maimed during an intense firefight with a band of 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.... -linked hard boyz in the southern Philippines, the military said Thursday.
A gunbattle broke out and lasted several hours after members of the 55th Infantry Battalion assaulted a suspected lair of the Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group
...founded by brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute in 2013 as a proto-Islamic State for their relations and their friends and their relations’ friends. Like Osama bin Laden, they came from a wealthy and politically connected family, and like him they fell in love with the Wahhabi outlook during or following a fancy education abroad. After falling out with Commander Bravo of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2014, they built a coalition of pro-Islamic State groups that transcended clan, including Isnilon Hapilon’s faction of Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic State cell from the town of Cotabato; and Ansharul Khalifa Philippines (AKP) based in Sultan Kudarat. In 2016 they swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, calling themselves Daulah Islamiyah-Ranao, and in 2017 they conquered Marawi City, which brought immediate and thorough Philippine army attention...
in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur province on Wednesday, military officials said.
"Five soldiers sustained minor injuries during the firefight and have been given medical attention," battalion commander Lt. Col. Franco Rafael Alano said.
Government security officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties on the enemy side, a local Death Eater group that had helped lead hundreds of pro-Islamic State (IS) fighters from the Philippines and other countries in a siege on the southern city of Marawi in 2017. Hundreds of fighters on both sides, as well as non-combatants were killed in a five-month battle then.
Alano said Wednesday’s firefight occurred in a remote village in the mountains outside the town of Madalum, where the enemy side dug in for five hours before escaping.
Troops recovered a home-made bomb, bomb-making materials, assorted ammunition, food rations and personal items, he said.
Baby paraphernalia was also recovered, indicating that an infant and its mother were in the company of the Death Eaters, Alano said.
"It was clear evidence of the terrorists’ disregard for the safety of their family members," he said.
The Death Eater group, he said, had been trying to build up its forces ever since their defeat in Marawi nearly four years ago. Those involved in the firefight in Lanao del Sur this week were part of its recruitment team, he added.
The clash took place a day after a suspected Dawlah Islamiyah member surrendered amid a military offensive against the group in the province, authorities said.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, identified the member as Amirudin Dimakuta, 40, according to the state-run Philippine News Agency.
[NYPOST] President Biden originally ordered two Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s in Syria last week, but called one off after learning just 30 minutes before the bombs were scheduled to drop that a woman and children were nearby, according to a report.The 46th commander-in-chief, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, had directed the Pentagon to scrap the second of two targets after an aide urgently warned him of the presence of a woman and children in the area.
Reached for comment by The Post, National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a lengthy statement that the administration was reviewing, under orders from the president, the "extant authorizations and delegations of Presidential authority with respect to these matters," without addressing the specific story.
News of the second strike was not previously known prior to the Journal’s reporting.
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03/05/2021 00:00 ||
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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
dominated Mexico for six years.