[ToloNews] At least ten security forces members were killed and 11 others were maimed in separate attacks in 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 Uruzgan provinces, local officials said.
The first incident occurred in the Gosfandi district in Sar-e-Pul province on Tuesday night, said Asadullah Khuram, a member of the provincial council, when the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... attacked a security outpost.
"Six Taliban were also killed in the clash," he said.
However, a lie repeated often enough remains a lie... the local officials and Taliban have not yet commented over the attack.
Later, at least four security force members were killed and three more were maimed in a car kaboom on a security outpost in the city of Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province in the early hours of Wednesday morning, provincial governor Mohammad Omar Shirzad said.
Uruzgan Governor Mohammad Omar Sherzad told media in a video clip, that Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... Death Eaters detonated a boom-mobile at a joint Afghan joint security base in the Chinarak area of Tirinkot at around 3 a.m., killing two soldiers, a policeman, and an uprising force member, and further three security force members were maimed.
He added, that fresh troops were deployed to the region for assistance and backup and currently the area is under the control of the Afghan government forces.
Uruzgan province is one of the most insecure provinces in the southern part of the country.
This comes as Hafizullah, a judge, was assassinated by unidentified gunnies in jalalabad of nangarhar province this morning, local police officials indicated.
[KhaamaPress] Local officials in Kunar said Pak troops have once again fired about 50 rockets into the province’s Shilton district.
”Hey, Bilalullah — betcha I can knock down that old man over there with my rocket!”
*BANG! whooooooooosh BOOM!*
“Yeehaaaa! Got him good! Show me yours, Allalaullah — can you hit the house over there?”
Provincial governor, Mohammad Iqbal Saeed told the media that Pak forces had fired 50 rockets at Suno village and Alamzo Dupe areas of the Shilton district since last night, causing heavy financial losses to the residents in the region.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck slipped the habañero into the roasted jalapeño... the former Afghan president, Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ...A product, and probably the sole product, of the Southern Alliance... reacted to the rocket attacks by Pak troops on Kunar, saying that Pakistain should immediately stop their bombardment and instead of attacking Afghans, they have to work for a better bilateral relationship.
Karzai called on the Pak government to refrain from committing destructive and sensitive acts and to focus its efforts on establishing a fraternal, peaceful, and civilized relationship with Afghanistan.
It is not the first time that Pakistain has attacked Kunar or Afghan territory, Paks have previously targeted Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... by launching rocket attacks on various districts of the province.
The attacks caused many human and financial losses in the region, in some cases, many people were displaced from their homes.
Afghan officials have not yet commented on the rocket attacks by Pak troops.
[ToloNews] A member of the Afghan parliament on Wednesday said that government forces have retreated from the government buildings in Hes-e-Awal Behsud district following recent deadly festivities between security forces and gunnies loyal to Abdul Ghani, known as Commander Alipoor, a local commander in Behsud district in Maidan Wardak province.
Abdul Rahman Wardak, a member of parliament from Maidan Wardak, said that the security forces retreated from a building in the district after an hour-long clash with Alipoor’s supporters.
"The government forces are no longer present in the area, the police commander is now in Hes-e-Awal Behsud," said Abdul Rahman Wardak, a member of parliament.
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[RadioShabelle] At least eight people, including soldiers, were killed and several others maimed when bandidosDeath Eaters ambushed military personnel in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia on Tuesday, an official said.
The ambush took place in the vicinity of Doonka, 40 kilometers (24 miles) southwest of Mogadishu. The al-Shabaab ...... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia attempting to metastasize into Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and similar places, all ofwhich have enough problems without them... krazed killer group grabbed credit.
Abshir Mohammed, a police official in the region, told Anadolu Agency by phone that the military personnel were targeted while escorting vehicles carrying goods to the capital.
He said six soldiers and two drivers were killed in the attack, adding that the injured were taken to Afoye, a nearby town, for treatment.
The al-Qaeda affiliated group also claimed attacking Æthiopian forces serving under African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... Mission in the country’s southwestern region of Bakol, killing at least four soldiers.
January 14, 2021
[AllAfrica] Maputo — A group of 21 people (15 women and six children), kidnapped by the islamist Lions of Islam operating in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado can now return to their homes on Matemo island, after being rescued by the defence and security forces.
According to a report in Thursday's issue of the independent newsheet "Carta de Mocambique", they were captured during a terrorist attack against Matemo on 6 January.
Their captors used them to transport goods looted from the local populations, and took them to Macomia district on the mainland.
One of the rescued women, Maisha Ambasse, said "there were about 30 Lions of Islam who took us from Matemo to Olumboa (a village on the mainland). When we got there, they said they were going to take us to Mocimboa da Praia, to study in a madrassa (a Koranic school)".
But before that could happen, a government helicopter arrived to rescue the hostages. "We're thankful that the helicopter saved us", said Ambasse. "Otherwise by now we would be in Mocimboa da Praia".
The General Commander of the Mozambican police, Bernadino Rafael, said the defence forces knew where the Lions of Islam were, and launched what he called a "smart attack" to rescue the hostages
He said the government forces used aircraft to follow the Lions of Islam and their hostages until they were about five kilometres from Macomia town. They then launched the attack which culminated in the release of the hostages,
"They can return to their community in Matemo which is now free from any terrorist presence", said Rafael.
[AlAhram] Tunisia faces a small but persistent murderous Moslem threat, foreign diplomats focused on security say
An improvised bomb killed four Tunisian soldiers patrolling in a mountain region near the Algerian border, Defence Ministry front man Mohammed Zekri said on Wednesday.
The mountainous Moghila area, near the impoverished city of Kasserine, is home to an Islamist murderous Moslem group that the Tunisian army has been fighting for years.
Tunisia faces a small but persistent murderous Moslem threat, foreign diplomats focused on security say.
As well as jihadist cells holed up in remote mountain regions, who have not made successful forays beyond their strongholds in recent years, there is also a threat from bandidosholy warriors radicalised online.
Last year bandidosholy warriors tried to attack the U.S. embassy in Tunis, killing a policeman at a security point with a boom jacket, and months later stabbed two security officers in a knife attack in the city of Sousse.
In October, a young Tunisian migrant arrived in La Belle France and immediately killed three people in a church.
February 1, 2021
[AllAfrica] Abuja — Suspected armed members of the dreaded 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... sect invaded Chabal and other communities of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday, killing two coppers before abducting two others, Channels TV reported.
The forces of Evil also in an ambush seized two patrol vehicles and set ablaze another one along Maiduguri-Chabal- Magumeri 35km Road north of the state capital.
Chabal is less than 22km drive from Maimalari Cantonment, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri.
The unfortunate incident is coming on the day all the newly appointed Service Chiefs paid their first on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in Maiduguri.
The Service Chiefs currently in Maiduguri for their first operational visit to Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, since their appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
"Also during the Chabal and Magumeri communities' onslaught, the murderous Moslems went away with two patrol vehicles after setting ablaze one of the vehicle, while the dead bodies of the coppers were conveyed to Maiduguri with one injured police officer now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Maiduguri," a source was quoted as saying.
A total of 12 police officers from Tamaulips were arrested for their role in the massacre of 19 individuals in Camargo municipality in Tamaulipas, according to a news report featured in the Mexican daily Milenio.
In January 22nd, a total of 19 individuals were killed and immolated in what Mexican officials suggest was a case of human trafficking.
When your justice system is overwhelmed, law enforcement turns into war and people get killed. It might help if the cartels didn't have ready access to their primary sources of income in the United States but, well, we know how that goes.
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[AnNahar] Human Rights Watch Wednesday condemned the "illegal transfers" to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... of more than 60 Syrians arrested by Ankara and its local proxies in Syria's northeast in 2019.
Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies arrested the 63 Syrians between October and December 2019 in the border area of Ras al-Ain in Syria's northeast, after seizing the region from Kurdish fighters, the rights group said.
The men, Arabs and Kurds, are being held over their alleged links to Kurdish groups viewed by Ankara as "terrorists", according to HRW.
They have been charged with "undermining the unity and territorial integrity of the state, membership in a terrorist organization, and murder", the rights group added.
"Not only have these Syrians been illegally transferred to Turkey for abusive prosecutions, but in an extraordinarily cruel move, the courts have imposed the highest sentence possible in Turkey —- life without parole" -- on at least five of them, said Michael Page, HRW's deputy regional director.
Turkey and its Syrian proxies seized control of Ras al-Ain during an October 2019 offensive that saw it wrest a 120-kilometre (70-mile) long strip of land from Kurdish forces on the Syrian side of its southern border.
Ottoman Turkish authorities have not produced evidence that the detainees committed crimes or were active fighters with Kurdish groups, HRW said.
"Ottoman Turkish authorities, as an occupying power, are required to respect people's rights under the law of occupation in northeastern Syria, including the prohibition on arbitrary detention and on the transfer of people to their territory," Page said.
"Instead, they are violating their obligations by arresting these Syrian men and carting them off to Turkey to face the most dubious and vaguest of charges connected to alleged activity in Syria."
While HRW said it could only confirm 63 transfers, it said available evidence suggests the number of Syrians taken to Turkey could be almost 200.
The alleged arrests and transfers are only the latest violations Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies are accused of carrying out in areas under their control.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned last year of growing violence and criminality in areas captured by Turkey and its Syrian proxies, including in Ras al-Ain.
Her office has reported a pattern of violations in recent months, including increased killings, kidnappings, and seizures of land and properties.
Those who are critical of Turkey and its gangs bear the brunt of these violations, the UN said.
[DailyTimes.pk] A huge cache of ammunition was recovered by the police in an intelligence-base operation conducted in Chora area of sub-division Jamrud, district Khyber on Monday.
Sharing details in press briefing to local media by the District Police Officer (DPO), Khyber Muhammad Iqbal said that on tip, the local police officials took into custody heavy ammunition in Chora, the remote locality of Jamrud.
He added that it was hidden in a cave by Lions of Islam that could be utilized in militancy somewhere in the country.
The confiscated ammunition included explosive 50 kg, bombshells 13, mortar shells 17, RPG 14.
It is to be mentioned here that a month back the suspected Lions of Islam had been apprehended by the security agencies and their interrogation was in progress. So, somebody coughed up the location
TTP or local gangsters? The reporter reporteth not.
[DailyTimes.pk] Three bad boyz were potted after security forces thwarted an infiltration attempt near the Pakistain-Afghanistan border ...also known as Pashtunistan, home of ignorance, poverty, and automatic weapons... in Lower Dir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday.
The ISPR, in a statement, said that the faceless myrmidons killed during the exchange of fire were identified as Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... residents Abid and Yousaf Khan, as well as Abdul Sattar, a resident of Mardan.
Moreover, the ISPR said that a large stash of weapons, ammunition, and grenades was recovered.
"These faceless myrmidons [were] involved in several target-killing incidents in Swat in 2019."
The military’s media wing said that the faceless myrmidons had planned on infiltrating and targeting several "notables" in Pakistain, however, they were timely engaged and killed.
"Locals of the area appreciated the operation and vowed their full support to defeat [the] menace of terrorism from the area," the military’s media wing added.
[NRTtv] SULAIMANI — Unidentified gunman opened fire at a house belonging to an emergency and defense police officer in Sulaimani’s Baranan neighborhood on Wednesday evening (February 3), before then beating him and members of his family.
The police officer, Sheikhal Ibrahim, told NRT that earlier in the evening a Cadillac with tinted-windows and an Erbil license plate cut him off on the road, sparking an argument between him and the other driver.
After Ibrahim returned home, the driver with whom he had argued arrived with several other men, who opened fire on his home. No one was hurt by the gunfire, but the gunmen proceeded to beat Ibrahim and members of his family who were present at the time.
Ibrahim said that he does not know who the armed men were and that he has no problems with anyone.
He called on Patriotic Union of Kurdistan co-Presidents Lahur Sheikh Jangi and Bafel Talabani to intervene to resolve the issue.
“Indeed, it is a very weird and ugly phenomenon,” he told NRT.
“If anybody has a problem with me, let’s take it to the courts, file a suit against me, but don’t get off and open fire at me like that,” he added.
Gun violence is on the rise in the Kurdistan Region.
On January 15, four men shot up three restaurants in Erbil city after they were told that they no longer had any sarupe (pacha) left for service. Five days after that, a gunman shot seven bullets at a barbershop in Koya district.
In February 2019, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Interior Ministry gave gun owners six months to register their unregistered or illegal small firearms and give up heavy and medium weapons, but many residents did not.
[Rudaw] ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish airstrikes hit a village in the Pishdar district of Sulaimani province on Tuesday, causing material damage but no casualties, Pishdar’s mayor has told Rudaw.
"The Turkish warplanes bombed a location in the village of Shene near the [Iranian] border," mayor Bakir Bayiz told Rudaw on Tuesday afternoon.
"Fortunately, the bombing did not result in any casualties," Bayiz said. "Only a small number of households were damaged."
Shortly after the attack, Turkey’s defense ministry said it had “neutralized” 10 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in the Qandil region of “the north of Iraq”.
Bakir Waisi, another local administrative official, said that the bombing by "Turkish warplanes” has "sparked fear among the villagers, and people have taken shelter in their houses."
The PKK – which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization - is a Kurdish armed group that has fought the Turkish state for increased rights for the country’s Kurdish minority. Its headquarters are in the Kurdistan Region's Qandil mountains.
Turkey launched a large-scale air and ground operation in the Kurdistan Region and in Iraq’s disputed territories in mid-June said to target the PKK. At least eight civilians were killed in the airstrikes.
The ground operation was “successfully completed” in September but the air campaign continues.
Turkey bombed at least three areas in the Kurdistan Region on January 22, injuring two children and killing hundreds of sheep.
[BenarNews] A suspected bully boy and close associate of the slain 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.... branch leader in the Philippines was killed in a shootout with police in the south, authorities said.
Arrasid Adjing Halissam (also known as Guru Ara), a suspect wanted in connection with bombings and kidnappings in the southern Philippines, was rubbed out when he resisted arrest by firing at officers as they moved to serve him with a warrant in Zamboanga City, regional police chief Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan said.
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[AnNahar] 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 jihadists killed 19 Syrian regime personnel and allied militia fighters in the central province of Hama on Wednesday, a Britannia-based war monitor said.
"Nineteen regime fighters and allied militia forces were killed in an IS attack, including 11 members of the Baqir Brigade," a local Iran-backed militia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The war monitor said the "surprise attack" on Wednesday morning targeted regime positions in eastern Hama, the site of recent festivities between regime forces and jihadists.
Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman called it the deadliest IS attack this year.
IS overran large parts of Syria and Iraq and proclaimed a cross-border "caliphate" in 2014, before multiple offensives in the two countries led to its territorial defeat.
The group lost its last scrap of territory in Syria in March 2019, but in recent months it has ramped up attacks against regime forces, especially in the east of the country bordering Iraq.
In December last year, IS killed nearly 40 Syrian troops in an ambush of a bus carrying soldiers travelling home for the holidays.
According to the Observatory, IS attacks have killed more than 1,200 regime fighters and allied militia forces since March 2019.
The war in Syria has killed more than 387,000 people since it started in 2011, the Observatory says.
Once again unto the breach, dear IAF (and IDF artillery), once more...
[IsraelTimes] Attack said to hit sites in Golan, around Damascus in latest in a series of Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s against Iran-linked targets.
Israeli airstrikes targeted a number of sites in southern Syria late Wednesday night, the country’s state media reported, in the latest in a series of attacks on Iran-linked facilities attributed to the Jewish state.
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