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Russia insists ‘we don’t want wars’ as it ponders Ukraine-NATO answer
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Africa Subsaharan
Clashes kill 14 in Chad
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] At least 14 people have been killed in festivities amid conflict between two communities in eastern Chad, Agence La Belle France-Presse reported January 28, citing a Chadian government official.

On January 24, a protest was held in the city of Abéché. Representatives of one of the local communities expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that another community was holding its solemn event on foreign territory. Law enforcement officers tried to intervene in the situation. Riots broke out and lasted for two days.

On January 28, the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA ) announced that at least nine people had died in the Western Darfur region of Sudan due to conflict between Arab and Negro tribes.
The local version of the Janjaweed?
In addition, about 11,000 local residents were forced to leave their homes.

Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Still not Chicago
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/29/2022 9:36 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Leading Turkish women targeted by Islamists and government
[DW] The jailing of prominent journalist Sedef Kabas and threats against famous pop diva Sezen Aksu are stirring controversy in Erdogan's The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
. It's part of a trend that brings Islamists and government supporters together.

Two well-known women made headlines last week in Turkey, withprominent Ottoman Turkish journalist Sedef Kabas being one of them.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Separatist insurgents have claimed responsibility for Pakistan attack

Separatist holy warriors have grabbed credit for an attack on a Mighty Pak Army post near a southwestern port in which China is investing, and the army said 10 soldiers were killed.

The attack, launched late on Tuesday in Kech district, north of Gwadar port, was the heaviest in years in a low-key insurgency that ethnic Baloch holy warriors have been waging against the Pak government.

The army said it killed one of the attackers and arrested three in a clearance operation that was still going on.

The Baloch Liberation Front (BLF)
...founded in 1964 in Damascus at the behest of Iraq to add their numbers to the Balochi insurgency in Iran, when Iraqi funding stopped they turned their attention to similar Balochi grievances in neighbouring Pakistan, where they’ve been insurging ever since...
hard boy group grabbed credit for the attack, saying in a statement sent to a Rooters news hound that 17 soldiers and one of its members were killed.

Ethnic Baloch guerrillas have been fighting the government for decades for a separate state, saying Pakistain’s central government unfairly exploit the rich gas and mineral resources of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

China is involved in the development of the Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea and other projects in the province as part of a $60 billion China-Pakistain Economic Corridor, which is itself part of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.

The holy warriors often target gas projects as well as infrastructure and security posts in the province but have begun launching attacks in other parts of Pakistain.

They also attack Chinese projects, and occasionally kill Chinese workers despite Pak assurances that it is doing everything it can to protect the Chinese projects.

Pakistain has also accused India of covertly supporting the hard boys. India denies that.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army

Four army soldiers wounded in explosion in J&K
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Office of German aid organisation set on fire in Sulaimani: official
[Rudaw] The office of a German aid organization in Sulaimani province's Kifri city burned late Thursday, with an official from the organization telling Rudaw that it was arson.

Hunar Fakhraddin, head of projects at HAUKARI organization, told Rudaw on Friday that CCTV footage shows a group of people setting their office on fire, adding that the building is owned by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

"The office has completely burnt, including a big library, seminar hall, and a number of special rugs which we had bought for activities," said the official.

He also said that they do not suspect anyone, expecting the loss to be around $60,000.

"Police have launched an investigation into the incident," Fakhraddin noted.

HAUKARI has been active in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq for 25 years, according to its website. It has been focusing on activities regarding confronting violence against women, gender equality, and the participation of the youth in dialogues between the country’s ethnic and religious groups.

A number of German aid organizations work in the Kurdistan Region, mostly focusing on providing training to the youth.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2022 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The office has completely burnt, including a big library...."
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/29/2022 8:55 Comments || Top||

Armed men attack the house of a border guard's commander in Baghdad

The house of a commander in the border security guard, east of Baghdad, had been targeted today, a security source revealed.

The source told Shafaq News agency that unidentified gunnies threw a bomb on the house located south of al-Zaafaraniyah.

Two members of the commander's family were maimed in the attack.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [57 views] Top|| File under:

Security forces seize a rocket launchpad west of Baghdad

Six missiles at least targeted the Baghdad International airport today, Friday, a security source reported.

The source told Shafaq News agency that the missiles landed in the runaway, at 4:30 am today.

He added that several planes were damaged in the attack, noting that the Anti-missile defense system was able to destroy several missiles.

A security source reported that the security forces managed to seize the launchpad used in the attack that targeted the Baghdad international airport, in Abu Gharib district, west of Baghdad.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Security forces launch a combing campaign in al-Abbara district

A local official in Diyala revealed today that a combing campaign had been launched in eight agricultural villages district to prevent ISIS forces of Evil from getting back to them.

The administrator of al-Abbara district (15 Km north of Baquba) Shaker Mazen al-Tamimi told Shafaq news agency that a joint force carried out the operation.

Al-Abbara district witness continuous security breaches due to its vast rugged areas.

In the meantime, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) announced that it had launched a three-axis operation in al-tharthar island in search of wanted people in some villages.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkish forces neutralize senior PKK commander in Sinjar

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
's National Intelligence Organization on Friday neutralized a senior PKK fighter in the Kurdistan Region, a security source reported to Anadolu agency.

According to the source, Sileman Semo Yusuf, codenamed Azad, was neutralized when his vehicle was targeted in Sinjar.

He was in charge of the special forces of the Kurdistan Workers Party.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Two children were killed in an explosive remnant of war in Babel

Two people were killed on Friday in a kaboom in Babel Governorate, central Iraq.

A security source told Shafaq News Agency, "an explosive remnant of war blew up in Jableh district of Babel, killing two children and wounding their father.

According to a La Belle France-based group Humanity & Inclusion report, Iraq is heavily contaminated by explosive ordnance. Explosive remnants of war claimed about 700 victims between 2018-2020. The fighting has left the borders with Iran, Kuwait, and Saudi 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. Fifteen of the nineteen WTC hijackers were Saudis, and most major jihadi commanders were Saudis, to include Osama bin Laden. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman quietly folded that tent in 2016, doing terrible things to the guys running it, and has since been dragging the kingdom into the current century...
littered with landmines and unwent kaboom! remnants of war,

"Iraq is one of the countries most heavily contaminated by explosive ordnance on earth," the organization said last October.

According to the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
data, Across Iraq, about 100 children were killed or injured between January and September 2021 due to remnants of conflict.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under:

2 border guards lightly hurt by friendly fire while trying to thwart drug-smuggling
[IsraelTimes] Security forces respond to 9 smuggling attempts in ’one of the most active nights on the Egyptian border in recent memory’

Two Border Police officers were lightly maimed after they were mistakenly identified by soldiers as drug-runners in a firefight during a massive overnight smuggling operation on the Egyptian border, the Israel Defense Forces said Thursday.

According to an IDF spokesperson, there were at least nine smuggling attempts along the frontier overnight, making it "one of the most active nights on the Egyptian border in recent memory."

On a sometimes nightly basis, Egyptian smugglers attempt to pass contraband over the border — mostly marijuana from grow houses in the Sinai Peninsula, but sometimes harder drugs like heroin — to Israelis, who collect the packages and sell the drugs in Israel.

The IDF and Israel Police seized some 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of drugs, worth an estimated NIS 8 million ($2.5 million), over the course of the night, one of the largest busts in at least the past year, the military said. No arrests were made, however.

Earlier this month, the IDF seized some 100 kilograms of drugs that had been thrown over the border from Egypt, and in December, soldiers captured 120 kilograms of drugs, according to the IDF.

One of the smuggling attempts, the one in which the border guards was injured was a "violent mostly peaceful one," in which smugglers on the Egyptian side of the border drove up to the security fence in armored vehicles, with machine guns on top, and opened fire "massively" into Israeli territory, the IDF spokesperson said.

The machine gun fire was not initially directed at Israeli troops but was instead meant to deter Israeli forces from approaching the area, she noted.

A team from the Caracal Battalion, which guards the Egyptian border, responded to the attack and returned fire. A Border Police vehicle with the two officers inside was also nearby and approached the fence from the Israeli side.

During the firefight, the Caracal soldiers apparently believed that the Border Police vehicle was a truck being used by the Israeli smugglers to collect the packages of drugs, and shot up the tires, the IDF spokesperson said.

The two officers were lightly maimed by the gunfire and were taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center for treatment, the military said.

"The incident will be investigated," the IDF said.

The case of friendly fire came after a deadly incident earlier this month, in which two officers from the elite Egoz unit were rubbed out by a fellow officer in another case of mistaken identity.

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have vowed to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  So the Caracal soldiers don't have comms with the Border Police?

Diff radios, diff freqs always possible.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/29/2022 9:29 Comments || Top||

Kurdish Fighters Found Dead in Syria Jail Hit by IS

Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria on Friday found the bodies of 18 fellow fighters inside a prison that 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 attacked last week, a war monitor reported.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Wednesday that they had recaptured the sprawling complex in the city of Hasakeh following a January 20 IS jailbreak attempt that sparked days of festivities inside the facility and in surrounding areas.

But mop-up operations are still underway in the Ghwayran prison where Kurdish forces say dozens of jihadists remain holed up.

During a sweep on Friday, the SDF backed by Kurdish internal security forces "found the corpses of 18 fellow fighters killed by jihadists", the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The war monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, also reported that an overnight air strike near the jail, carried out by the US-led coalition battling IS, killed seven jihadists.

The corpse count since January 20 now stands at over 260, including around 180 IS jihadists, 73 members of Kurdish-led forces and seven civilians, according to the Observatory.

The hard boyz that remain inside the facility have barricaded themselves in "cellars that are difficult to target with air strikes or infiltrate on the ground," the Observatory said.

Kurdish forces "are looking to starve jihadists into surrendering", said Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman, adding that those holding out were diehard IS followers.

An SDF official said around 60 IS fighters were holed up in a basement and a ground floor above it.

"We believe there are no minors among them," he told AFP on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to comment on the issue.

The jihadists have been given a deadline to surrender and if no progress is made they will be dealt with "firmly", he said, without specifying a time frame.

The Ghwayran jail assault was the most high-profile IS attack since the jihadists lost their "caliphate" nearly three years ago.

According to the SDF, around 3,500 inmates and IS attackers have surrendered to its forces since the start of operations to recapture the prison.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [57 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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