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Local officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the eastern Kunar province confirmed that a local commander including six others was killed in gunfire on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Intelligence officials of the IEA said that the commander, his son, and five others were shot killed in the Narang district of the province.
The officials said that the people were killed as a result of personal enmity.
The incident is not new in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, people across Afghanistan have often been killed as a result of the enmity.
In the meantime, shooting civilians by the Taliban affiliates in check posts is another issue that has concerned people across Afghanistan.
[AlAhram] Police in Italia, Albania and Greece on Wednesday arrested some 30 people accused of profiteering several hundred million euros to smuggle refugees and migrants colonists into the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... on yachts and other leisure vessels.
The coordinated action is believed to have dealt a serious blow to the lucrative Turkey-Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... sailboat crossings, for which people pay between $6,000 to $10,000 to reach southern Italia, with an eye on northern European destinations.
``We hope to have curbed the phenomenon, for the next few weeks or the next few months,'' said Lt. Col. Giuseppe Giulio Leo, head of Italia's financial police in the southern city of Lecce. ''Still, we need to take into account that there will be someone ready to join the organization and take over the various roles.``
The smugglers use mostly sailboats and yachts, but also fishing boats and less sea-worthy craft, packing between 30 to 180 people on board, he said. Their destination is typically the southern region of Puglia, the closest point, but they often wind up in Calabria due to weather, Leo said.
The arrested suspects are believed to be part of a wider ring with as many as 80 members that organized at least 30 smuggling operations that transported at least 1,100 people by boat from Turkey to the coast of Puglia, and then on to other European countries, EU law enforcement agency Europol said.
Eleven people were arrested in Italia, including smugglers who navigated the vessels, some of which had been stolen, as well as Iraqi and Syrian citizens who carried out the logistics, Leo said. Some had already been taken into custody during the investigation, which was launched more than a year ago.
Another 18 were arrested in Albania and one in Greece, Europol said.
The criminal masterminds of the operations are believed to be in Turkey, and the Lecce prosecutors has activated diplomatic channels in a bid to extend the operation, ``with the hope of apprehending the presumed criminals located there,`` Leo said.
Two of the arrested were brothers who are Iraqi citizens accused of running logistics to help the migrants colonists reach northern Europe. The men were arrested without incident near Venice before dawn. Italian financial police entered a modestly furnished house peacefully, and the brothers emerged wearing handcuffs and tracksuits.
The suspects, identified as Alaa Qasim Rahima, 38, and Omar Qasim Rahima, 30, are accused of running a ring that helped bring Syrians from Turkey to the EU using a network of associates in various countries.
Another ringleader, also Iraqi, is accused of helping the smugglers evade detection in Italia and return to Turkey via Greece.
Payments were made through informal money transfer systems such as hawala, which is used in some African, Asian and Mideast countries by both low-wage workers and criminal gangs alike to move funds without wire or other records.
Police in Greece were searching two agencies there that handled the payments, Leo said.
Authorities estimate the illegal profits from the people smuggling at several hundred million euros.
The price paid varied by departure point, with more than half leaving from Turkey, and the destination, and often payments were made only when the trip was successfully completed, Leo said.
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01/20/2022 00:00 ||
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[SaharaReporters] Gunmen believed to be 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... hard boyz have killed a traditional ruler and a teenager in Adamawa State.
SaharaReporters learnt that the two persons were reportedly killed during an abduction move in the Madagali Local Government Area of the state.
SaharaReporters learnt that Ijarsu Markus, who was kidnapped alongside his mother, and sibling last two weeks from Maiwandu village in the Madagali Local Government Area had been murdered by his captors.
They informed that the remains of the 16-year old were discovered three days after he was killed with stab wounds on his chest and heart.
This comes two weeks after the village head of Maiwandu, Ahmadu Sikari, was murdered in an attempt to kidnap him.
Madagali, which was annexed by the terror group, Boko Haram between 2014 and 2015, had continued to experience attacks from time to time.
Local vigilantes had rescued Markus' mother and his brother while the button men made away with the dear departed.
Confirming the two deaths to SaharaReporters, the district head of Duhu, Mustapha Sanusi, said the death of the village head and that of Markus had terrified the area. He pleaded with the government to deploy more troops to the area.
He said, "Some Boko Haram gunnies are now teaming up with other criminals to raise money for the insurgency through kidnapping for ransom."
The Spokesperson for the police in Adamawa State, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incidents, adding that "the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde has dispatched personnel to track down the perpetrators."
[SaharaReporters] Bandits have sacked no fewer than nine villages in Kaduna State, abducting scores of residents during the attack.
This comes as the Kaduna State government announced the killing of some bandidos and the rescue of kidnapped victims.
SaharaReporters learnt from residents of Birnin Gwari that besides sacking nine villages, bandidoskidnapped unspecified numbers of people along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari way.
A titleholder in Birnin Gwari, Zubairu Abdurra'uf Idris, informed that Kungin Dan-Bauchi, Kimbi, Katagagi, Damari and Shirya, were among the villages sacked within one week.
He said, "How these Death Eaters invaded Waro, Rema, Unguwar Shehu and Sabon Gida, as well as Dagara communities where three women and unspecified numbers of men were kidnapped, remains terrifying."
Security experts believe that despite declaring bandidos as terrorists, the Nigerian government was not doing enough to dislodge them.
Dr. Yahuza Ahmed Getso said, "The attack on Birnin Gwari yesterday confirms that Nigerian security operatives lack the equipment to confront the bandidos, especially along the Birnin Gwari highway."
It is widely believed that the aerial bombardment of terrorists' hideouts in bushes across the Northwest region must be done simultaneously to end banditry in Nigeria.
However, if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning... despite continued havoc on communities by bandidos in parts of Kaduna State, the state government through its Commissioner of Internal Security Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has insisted that operatives were winning the war against terrorism.
[SaharaReporters] Four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were kidnapped last weekend, have regained their freedom.
The students were returning from the Ahoada area of Rivers State before their abductors struck and whisked them away.
They, however, beat feet from the kidnappers on Wednesday morning when a team of security operatives invaded the hideout with heavy firepower and engaged the abductors.
Spokesperson for the university, Sam Kpenu, while confirming the release of the four victims, disclosed that they had since reunited with their families.
Kpenu noted that the students had as part of their academic exercise gone to the Orashi area (Ahoada) to conduct vegetation sampling for their final year projects when they were seized by the kidnappers.
He said, "Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.
[HodhodYemen ...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... News] The US-backed Saudi-led coalition warplanes have launched a series of Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s on the Yemeni capital Sana’a early Wednesday, targeting Sana’a Airport and residential neighbourhoods, security sources said
According to the sources, the coalition warplanes launched five raids on Sana’a International Airport and its surroundings, while four other raids targeted the Attan neighbourhood and one more hit the academy building on Airport Street in the al-Thawra district.
"One of the airstrikes on Attan area led to the complete destruction of the waste transfer station in the hygiene project," one of the sources said
The aggression also targeted the Jarban area in the Sanhan district with one raid. Moreover, the coalition warplanes launched a raid on the Khirbet area in Sawan in the Bani Hashish district and a raid on the Military College Street in the Rawdha neighbourhood of the Bani al-Harith district.
[BREITBART] Mexican border state authorities arrested a regional commander for the Sinaloa Cartel in Nuevo Leon. The cartel figure is believed responsible for kidnappings and executions in the area after the cartel began a pie fight in late 2021.
This week, state authorities arrested Alan Ervey "El Cano" Juarez Castillo in the Monterrey metropolitan area. According to law enforcement sources in Nuevo Leon, El Cano is believed to be the leader of Sinaloa Cartel strike teams targeting incumbent drug distributors. After the arrest, El Cano’s button men clashed with authorities in several parts of the city, leading to seven more collars. Authorities killed two unidentified button men in the process.
El Cano has a long history of criminal activity in Nuevo Leon. In 2017, he spent time at the Topo Chico state prison and has an outstanding warrant on murder and kidnapping charges.
Sinaloa Cartel operators are using heavy weaponry and large teams of button men. While the Sinaloa Cartel kept a presence in Nuevo Leon for years, their operators usually avoided prominent tactics to curtail attention. Late last year, they began deploying strike teams. The cartel managed to keep a low profile for months by focusing on kidnapping and the stealth disposal of victims. This method differs from the street shootings favored by rivals like the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, and Los Billy’s.
[Rudaw] The office of a Kurdish politician, who was recently elected deputy speaker of Iraqi parliament, in Kirkuk city was attacked with grenades late Wednesday but did not cause any casualties, the official told Rudaw.
Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) Shakhawan Abdullah, who was elected as the second deputy speaker of the Iraqi legislature earlier this month, told Rudaw that his office in Kirkuk city was attacked with grenades but only caused material damage.
"Security forces went to the incident area and have launched an investigation," he added.
Several attacks have taken place against offices of political parties in Iraq this month, including kaboom on KDP office in Baghdad on January 13. No group has shouldered responsibility for the attacks.
However, some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them... the attacks are believed to be affiliated to October 10 parliamentary elections results and the election of parliament leadership. Pro-Iran ...They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... political parties, who have formed the Coordination Framework, have objected to both elections.
The KDP and most of the Sunnis have formed an unofficial block with the main winner of the October vote, Sadrist movement.
Moqtada Tater al-Sadr ...hereditary Iraqi holy man and leader of a political movement in Iraq. He had his hereditary rival, al-Khoei, assassinated only a few hours after the holy rival's appearance out of exile in 2003. Formerly an Iranian catspaw, lately he's gagged over some of their more outlandish antics, then went back to catspawry... , leader of the Sadrist movement, has warned several times that those who support his idea of a majority government should not be targeted.
He indirectly blamed the Coordination Framework for the latest attacks on political parties in a tweet late Wednesday.
The office of KDP leader Masoud Barzani condemned the "terrorist" attack on Abdullah’s office, calling on the relevant authorities to find the perpetrators.
[BenarNews] Residents of western Myanmar’s Rakhine state say they are concerned over possible armed festivities in Maungdaw township along the country’s border with Bangladesh amid a recent uptick in activity in the area by the outlawed Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.
ARSA, which has joined Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG) and other armed ethnic groups in fighting the junta following its Feb. 1, 2021, coup, has been moving aggressively to establish control over sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh, where about 740,000 Rohingya fled after a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017. The crackdown came in response to ARSA’s attack on Rakhine police posts.
A rival group, the Buddhist Arakan Army (AA), agreed to a ceasefire with Myanmar’s military in late 2020, and ARSA appears to be taking advantage of the relative calm, residents of Maungdaw told Radio Free Asia (RFA).
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[BenarNews] An Indonesian court convicted and sentenced a commander of a krazed killer group linked with al-Qaeda to 15 years in prison Wednesday for withholding information about terrorist plots, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.
Arif Sunarso, better known as Zulkarnaen, founded and led a small division within the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) krazed killer group, a Jakarta District Court heard. The "khos" cell, as it was known by the Arabic word for "special," was tasked with carrying out attacks.
"The defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of being an accessory and withholding information about acts of terrorism by failing to report [to authorities] about the organization’s plans," a member of the three-judge panel said.
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[NPASyria] The counter-terrorism units of the Manbij Military Council, affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in cooperating with the Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria (Asayish), managed to kill a member of ISIS sleeper cells in the western countryside of Manbij, north Syria, the Manbij Military Council announced on its official website on Wednesday.
After monitoring and follow-up operations by the security forces in Manbij, the suspect’s house in the village of Madna Kabir in the western countryside of Manbij was raided by the Asayish.
During the raid operation, festivities took place between the suspected man and the Military Council forces which managed to kill him.
A quantity of weapons was seized, namely (4 Kalashnikovs, 3 swords, 9 Kalashnikov stores, a bombshell weapon, a quantity of Kalashnikov bullets and a quantity of TNT).
[NPASyria] A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) lost his life, on Wednesday, and two others were maimed by unidentified button men in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.
A military source from the SDF in the town of Hajin, 110 km east of Deir ez-Zor, said unidentified button men riding a cycle of violence opened fire on an SDF military vehicle near Hajin Hospital in the center of the town, which led to the loss of one’s life and the injury of two others.
The injured were taken to the military hospital in al-Omar field and are in good health, according to a doctor in the hospital.
The source added that the town of Hajin has not witnessed any attacks or liquidations for more than two months and is considered a safe area compared to the neighboring villages and towns.
The Hajin Military Council announced on its official website that one of its fighters lost his life in the town as a result of an attack by button men on Wednesday evening that targeted their vehicle.
Recently, the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor has been witnessing an increase in cases of killing of SDF members, employees of the Autonomous Administration, tribal dignitaries and the civilian population, most of which have been claimed by ISIS.
[NPASyria] On Wednesday, the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria witnessed military escalation and mutual shelling between the Syrian government forces and the Ottoman Turkish-backed armed opposition factions.
The government forces, from their positions in the Regiment 46, bombed the opposition factions’ sites in the towns of Kafr Amma, Kafr Ta’al and Kafr Noran, west of Aleppo, with heavy artillery and missiles, opposition military sources told North Press.
The opposition factions’ sites near the towns of Qoqfin and al-Bara in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, were also hit with the government forces’ shelling, the sources added.
Similarly, the opposition factions’ sites in the town of Sarmaniya, west of Hama, were bombed. No casualties were reported though.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck reached for the green sauce... al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room bombed the military points of the government forces near the Regiment 46 in the western countryside of Aleppo, with heavy artillery and missiles, the sources noted.
During the past few days, the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria witnessed relative calm regarding the mutual shelling between the two sides of the conflict, after months of military escalation.
Although the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria is subject to a Russian-Ottoman Turkish ceasefire agreement signed in March 2020, the area witnesses frequent mutual bombardment despite the entry of the ceasefire into force.
[NPASYRIA] On Wednesday, a number of government forces were maimed when an bomb planted by unknown persons detonated against their bus near the town of Sayda in the eastern countryside of Daraa, south Syria.
The targeted bus was carrying members of the law-enforcement forces working in Jaber-Nassib border crossing with Jordan, North Press reported a local source.
The bus was targeted by an IED planted by unknown persons on the side of a road near the bridge of Sayda town on the Damascus-Daraa highway, the source added.
More than ten members were maimed. Some were seriously maimed. They were transported by ambulance to Daraa National Hospital to receive treatment, the source noted.
Another source said that the number of the maimed members amounted to 13.
Residents accuse the government forces of targeting the bus, as there are many military patrols of the government around the clock near the area of the bombing.
The eastern countryside of Daraa has been recently witnessing targeting operations against members of the government forces by unknown individuals.
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Rockets have been launched from both Gaza and Lebanon over the fast few months
Unknown individuals in Lebanon launched a rocket towards Israel on Wednesday night, according to Lebanese media.
Army Radio reported that there was no indication that there had in fact been a rocket launch. Other Lebanese outlets reported that an explosion was heard in the area from which the rocket was reportedly launched but that the source was unknown.
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/20/2022 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Hezbollah
Reading between the lines, said rocket either blew up at launch or never made it out of Lebanese air space.
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.