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Pakistani police arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed (again)
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Drugs pour in from Mexico as Border Patrol forced to focus on migrants
[Washington Examiner] LAS CRUCES, New Mexico ‐ Border Patrol highway checkpoints in the southern New Mexico region that normally seize seven figures of worth of drugs annually have not seized a dollar in nearly four months after being shuttered in late March, allowing drugs to flood into the country. Meantime, with the added supply, prices for illicit drugs are dropping precipitously.

Those seven checkpoints have sat unattended after Border Patrol closed them to move all personnel to the border to assist with apprehending, processing, and caring for the high number of migrant families arriving.

Seven elected officials and law enforcement officials in Doña Ana and Otero counties told the Washington Examiner in interviews they worry that with no one to seize the millions of dollars of illegal substances normally confiscated while being transported north to cities such as Denver and Oklahoma City.

Normally, vehicles attempting to traverse those counties would have to pass a sniff test by a K-9 officer, and the legal status of the occupants would be checked. But since the checkpoints closed on March 25, drug runners can move product up and down the open roads.

"The foot traffic over there is unbelievable ‐ coming through with backpacks and all that stuff," Sheriff David Black of Otero County said about Hidalgo and Doña Ana counties. "Here, we have El Paso. Not a lot of foot traffic coming through all sort of vehicles ... there’s a small part of Texas that’s between the Mexico and our border ... Most of [the drugs are] concealed in vehicles, in tires, gas tanks, stuff like that."

The two checkpoints in his county caught $12.7 million worth of drugs in 2018.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2019 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  All according to (D) plan.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/17/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Urban commerce.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Gotta raise money for those Dem candidates.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/17/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  5 hour drive from Las Cruces NM to Epstein's Zorro Ranch outside of Stanley NM.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2019 11:02 Comments || Top||

#5  = another rich source of blackmail for St. Jeff, Pimp to the Powerful
Posted by: Lex || 07/17/2019 14:24 Comments || Top||


MS-13 Committed L.A. Area-Killings With Knives and Machetes, Cutting Out Victim’s Heart
[KTLA] Members of the notorious MS-13 street gang were charged in a years-long string of grisly homicides in the Los Angeles area, including some in which victims were hacked to death in the Angeles National Forest.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI are are expected to announce the unsealing of an indictment against several members of the gang during a news conference Tuesday in downtown L.A., according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

The charges involve at least seven homicides, many of which were recorded by the perpetrators, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the case candidly. Most of the killings involved knives or machetes, and several of the victims’ bodies were dumped in remote, hilly, areas, the officials said.

Some of the suspects were high school students at the time of the slayings, one official said.

Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Hey Nancy, can you just smell the cultural enrichment?
Posted by: Snemble Unerert2053 || 07/17/2019 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Nancy's Children(tm)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2019 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Nancy = Corn?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Just lookt it up on Goggle Translait: pelosi meenz hairy in English.

Scotta be joke in there sommerz.
Posted by: JHH || 07/17/2019 14:46 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Kabul City: Police defuse bomb, SF tie up 2 Talib sympathizers


Afghan forces foil militants bid to detonate a remote-controlled bomb in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan security forces foiled militants bid to detonate a remote-controlled bomb in Kabul, the interior ministry said.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the police forces discovered and defused the bomb in Shakar Dara district.

The statement further added that the militants had planted the bomb in Chashma-e-Dosh area of the district.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented in this regard so far.
Khaama Press adds that the Taliban dunnit.

Afghan Special Forces arrest Taliban sympathizers in Kabul city

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested two sympathizers of Taliban group during an operation in Kabul city.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the soldiers of the Special Unit of National Police conducted an operation in 12th district of the city earlier today.

The statement further added that the Special Forces arrested two Taliban sympathizers during the operation.

Furthermore, the ministry of interior said the Special Forces cleared several villages during the separate operations conducted in Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Badghis clash inflict casualties on both Taliban and Afghan Special Forces
[KhaamaPress] A heavy clash between Talibs and Afghan Special Forces ended in Badghis province inflicting casualties on both sides.

A group of 36 Afghan Special Forces descended on a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
headquarters in Aab Kamari district on Monday night.

According to reports, the Special Forces descend on Taliban headquarters in Jangal Pista sparked heavy festivities which continued for several hours.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
Qazi Abdul Rahim Rahin, a former parliament from Badghis confirmed that the clash inflicted heavy casualties on the two sides.

Rahin further added that the Special Forces suffered heavy casualties as they were not familiar with the area where thick jungles exist.

He also added that the Special Forces killed 19 Talibs and maimed 20 others during the clash.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
he said the Special Forces also lost 18 soldiers during the clash while Taliban captured 6 others.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense in a statement confirmed the clash, claiming that heavy casualties were inflicted on Taliban.

The defense ministry however did not disclose further information regarding the casualties of the Special Forces.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
military analyst Abdul Raqib Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
i said the Afghan forces suffer casualties due to the lack of coordination among security institution, lack of intelligence and incapability of the leadership of ministry of defense.

Kohistani further added that the Special Operations have increased recently to suppress enemy but unfortunately the lack of coordination among security sectors, lack of intelligence information and administrative weakness in the ministry of defense result in Special Forces casualties.

He also warned that the issues will result in a reduction in Special Forces number, capture of military equipment by enemy besides having a negative impact on morale of the military.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Clashes reported among Taliban militants in Paktika province
[KhaamaPress] The Talibs have reportedly clashed with each other in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

The 203rd Thunder Crops in a statement said the Talibs clashed with each other in Gian district of Paktika province.

The statement further added that preliminary reports indicate the clash has left three Talibs maimed.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has not commented regarding the infighting so far.

The security situation in Paktika province has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Death toll in Taliban roadside bombing rises to 13 in Kandahar, over 30 more wounded
[KhaamaPress] The corpse count as a result of a roadside kabooming in southern Kandahar province has climbed to 13 people with 30 more maimed.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said an improvised bomb planted by Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
went off in Khakrez district.

The statement further added that the earth-shattering kaboom killed 13 civilians including children and maimed more than 30 others.

Furthermore, the 205th Atal Corps said the civilians were travelling between Darzab and Mandigak areas when their vehicle struck the roadside kaboom.

The 205th Atal Corps also added that the earth-shattering kaboom took place at around 1:45 pm local time on Monday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan Special Forces large caches of weapons, IEDs in Ghazni province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces destroyed large caches of weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices during an operation in Ghazni.

The military sources said Tuesday that the Special Forces conducted the operation in Deh Yak district.

The sources further added that the Special destroyed 20 IEDs, 2 Mortars, 1 RPG Warhead, 10 lbs Homemade Explosives, 4 Grenades, 250 ALP Uniforms, 5 acres of Marijuana, a large IED cache and a large Weapons cache.

The anti-government armed gunnies have not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under:


Logar: US airstruck Talib Red Unit emir and henchmen, Afghans airstruck 36 Talibs, SF seize weapons


U.S. airstrikes kill top Taliban leaders in Logar province

[KhaamaPress] The U.S. forces conducted a series of airstrikes in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Logar province killing a number of top Taliban leaders.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the U.S. forces conducted the airstrikes in Kamal Khel area of the capital of Logar on Monday evening.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed 22 Taliban militants and wounded 5 others.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the airstrikes also killed some senior Taliban leaders including Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Qudrat, brother of shadow governor of Taliban, shadow district chief of Taliban for Mohammad Agha, Taliban military commission chief for Khusi.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that some other senior Taliban leaders were also killed whose identities have not been ascertained yet.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Five Civilians Reportedly Killed In Logar Airstrike

[ToloNews] An Army commander said that at least 25 Taliban fighters were killed in the airstrike in Logar.

At least five civilians were killed in an airstrike by Afghan forces in the central province of Logar on Monday evening, a number of Logar residents claimed.

The residents, who talked to TOLOnews on Tuesday, also claimed that the airstrike left 11 civilians wounded. They said that children were also among the victims.

An Army Commander in Logar, Colonel Abdul Matin Hassankhail, said the airstrike targeted a Taliban gathering in Kamalkhail village on the outskirts of Pul-e-Alam, the center of Logar, which killed 25 Taliban members including their key commanders and wounded 11 others.

Colonel Hassankhail did not reject civilian casualties in the airstrike and said there might be some civilians at the Taliban gathering.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs said in a statement that the airstrike in Kamalkhail village in Logar killed 22 Taliban fighters, including their key commander Nematulah.

Taliban has claimed that the airstrike has left 24 civilians dead and 10 others wounded.

This comes after a sharp rise in civilian casualties in the Afghan conflict.

A fresh figure by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) indicates that 596 civilians were killed and 1,892 others were wounded in clashes between government forces and the Taliban and other attacks by militants in Afghanistan since the beginning of the current solar year which coincides with March 21, 2019.

The CEO of the AIHRC, Musa Mahmoodi, told TOLOnews on Monday that 733 of the victims are children who have either been killed or wounded in the conflicts during the period.

Special Forces seize up to 100 weapons of Taliban, 1000 rounds of ammunition in Logar

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces seized up to 100 weapons and 1000 rounds of ammunition during an operation in central Logar province.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces seized the weapons and ammunition in Kharwar district of Logar.

The statement further added that the Special Forces confiscated 83 Ak-47s and 7 pistols during the operation.

Furthermore, the Special Operations Corps said the Special Forces also arrested three suspected militants during the same raid.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Airstrikes kill 5 Taliban militants in two districts of Helmand province
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in two districts of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province killing at least five Talibs.

The informed military officials said Tuesday that an airstrike killed 2 Talibs in Musa Qalah district of Helmand.

The officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 3 Talibs in Sangin district.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in various districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Faryab: 19 Talibs casualties from clash with 209th Shaheen, 12 Talibs kaboom themselves unexpectedly


Uzbek militants among 19 killed, wounded during a clash with the Afghan forces in Faryab

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces killed or wounded 19 Taliban militants including 6 Uzbek militants in northern Faryab province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces clashed with Taliban militants in Nazirabad area of Nadirbad district on Monday night.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 11 militants and wounded 7 others during the clash.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces also wounded 6 Uzbek militants during the clash.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the clash so far.

Taliban commander among 12 killed, wounded in a premature IED explosion in Faryab

[KhaamaPress] A premature improvised explosive device explosion killed, wounded 12 Taliban militants including the commander of the group.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said a premature IED explosion killed three Taliban militants including their commander in Faryab.

The statement further added that the explosion took place in Nishar Village of Bulchiragh district, killing Mullah Mohammad Nisheri and his two companions.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the explosion also wounded 9 other Taliban militants.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that the IED went off prematurely at 9:30 pm on Monday as the militants were trying to plant the bomb on a roadside to target the security forces.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the explosion so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Roadside Bomb Hits Ethiopian Military Convoy In Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] A bomb has destroyed a military convoy carrying Æthiopian troops 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 Somalia [AMISOM] in Hiran province, killing and wounding at least 20 people.

In a statement, the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
has grabbed credit for the attack, saying it targeted Æthiopian army convoy at Halgan village, located on the outskirts of Beledweyne city.

The explosion which resulted from a landmine comes amid increased military operations against al-Shabaab in parts of Somalia as the Federal Government is trying to regain full control of the country.

Despite losing large swathes of territory, al-Shabaab continues to attack government-controlled areas, mainly Mogadishu, the Somali capital, where boom-mobileings and liquidations have been on the rise for the past few months.
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Kenya Says 3 Militants Killed, 2 Officers Wounded In Attack
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenya police say three suspected turbans were killed by border police whose vehicle was blown up by an improvised bomb.

A senior police official detailed the attack to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named but insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with media.

He said the Monday evening explosion injured two officers in the southern Kiunga area near the Somali border, and the explosives are believed to have been planted by al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
turbans from Somalia who were targeting security units.

He also said the Death Eaters hid in the bushes around the area where the bomb went off and then ambushed the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Al-Shabaab has vowed retribution on Kenya for fighting the Death Eaters who are attempting to topple Somalia’s weak U.N.-backed government.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
IS Jihadists Kill Seven Tuareg Leaders in Sahel
[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....
jihadists in southwestern Niger have killed seven leaders of the Tuareg ethnic group in less than three months, as part of a strategy to create a political void in the region, officials said Tuesday.

Three traditional Tuareg chiefs and four senior Tuareg officials have been killed since late April by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara
The succulent fruit of the union of splinter factions from Mokhtar Bekmokhtar'sal-Mourabitunes and MUJAO. Once the dust had settled and the smell of gunsmoke had dissipated, they became the Islamic State in Mali, then adopted their present clever name. They are headed by Adnan Abu Walid Saharaoui. It operates along the borders of Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, Niger, and Mali....

(ISGS) in the volatile region of Niger on the Mali border, they said.

Arrisal Amdagh, a Tuareg chief in the rural district of Inates, was rubbed out at his home in April, and his son Almoubacher Ag Alamjadi, who succeeded him, was killed on Monday, a Nigerien security source said.

Their deaths were confirmed to AFP by Defense Minister Kalla Moutari on Tuesday.

Four senior members of the tribe were killed by a roadside kaboom as they were heading to the father's funeral, their relatives said last month.

In a separate incident in June, a traditional Tuareg leader in Bankilare district was kidnapped and killed, a local source said.

Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, lies in the heart of the fragile Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
, which is battling an Islamist insurgency.

Insurgent groups are active in the west and north of the country, spilling over from a long-running campaign in Mali, while Nigeria's 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...
is present in the country's southeast.

"The ISGS strategy is to kill traditional chiefs in the border areas," a security source told AFP.

"It's a way of voiding the area of an effective state presence, enabling you to move in and impose your law."

On July 1, 18 Nigerien soldiers were killed when jihadists struck an army camp at Inates, according to the defense ministry.

Niger is part of the so-called G5 Sahel group of five nations set up to manage a coordinated response to the jihadist insurgency in the impoverished region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  From what I recall the Tuaregs can be divided into two groups, the ones who live in towns and the ones who live in the deserts and plains. They are related and you don't want to piss off the country Tuaregs, they live by herding, smuggling, and killing and robbing strangers , I expect some Jihadists will start dying soon.
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 07/17/2019 1:22 Comments || Top||


Europe
Colombian Drug Smuggler Had Cocaine Hidden Under His Towering Toupee
[THESMOKINGGUN] Spanish police last month arrested a Colombian man who allegedly had a half-a-kilo of cocaine stashed under his toupee when he arrived in Barcelona on a flight from Colombia.

The accused mule caught the attention of Sherlocks due to the towering nature of the wig sitting atop his head. A subsequent search of the suspect yielded the cocaine, which was inside a plastic bag glued to his dome.

The arrested man is seen in the above mug shots (click to enlarge).

Cops said that the accused mule, who was not identified, arrived June 18 in Barcelona on a "hot flight" from Bogota, which they described as an incoming plane from a narcotics producing country.

"The ingenuity of narcos has no limit when trying to circumvent the controls," police said.

Depending on purity and how it was cut, Sherlocks said, the seized cocaine could have yielded 30,000 euros (equal to about $33,500).

Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  "I want you to take this package to Barcelona. Top secret stuff, so keep it under your hat."
"You got it, boss!"
Posted by: SteveS || 07/17/2019 15:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe he'd have gotten through if he had done the full 80's costume - big shoulders, big suit, big hair - and told the authorities he got back from attending an iHeart 80's show...
Posted by: Lex || 07/17/2019 16:22 Comments || Top||


Norway arrests Muslim cleric after Italian terror trial
[IsraelTimes] A Moslem holy man found guilty in Italia of planning terror attacks is detained in Norway on an Italian arrest warrant, The Norwegian domestic security agency says.

Iraqi-born Mullah Krekar, born Najm al-Din Faraj Ahmad, was detained late Monday, the PST security agency says. The agency tweets hours after an Italian court found Krekar guilty of attempting to overthrow the Kurdish government in northern Iraq and create an Islamic caliphate, and sentenced him to 12 years.

Italian prosecutors had alleged Krekar, who is based in Norway, is behind Rawti Shax, a Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an network aimed at violently overthrowing the government in Kurdistan. Krekar, who has denied the allegations.
No, no! Certainly not!
plans to appeal, said his Italian lawyer, Marco Vernillo.

In 2015, European authorities arrested 15 Iraqi-Kurdish nationals on terrorism-related charges. Rawti Shax recruited foreign terrorist fighters to be sent to Iraq and Syria and provided logistical and financial support, according to the Italian prosecutors who spearheaded the probe. They alleged that Krekar was the leader.

A refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan who came to Norway in 1991, the 63-year-old holy man has several convictions in Norway, including for threatening Prime Minister Erna Solberg. He also praised the 2015 holy warrior attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
. Krekar founded the now-defunct Ansar al-Islam murderous Moslem group of Sunni Kurds that reportedly merged with 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 in 2014.
This article starring:
Mullah Krekar
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Pakistani police arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed (again)
[al jazeera] Pakistani police have arrested Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) armed group and head of its Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) humanitarian wing, intercepting him on his way to court in the central city of Gujranwala,
The pancake hat, a dead giveaway.
Saeed was arrested on Wednesday by a group of counterterrorism department police at the Kamoke toll plaza, about 50km north of Pakistan's second city Lahore, JuD spokesman Nadeem Awan told Al Jazeera.

"The cases against him are all related to fundraising," Awan said. "He is charged with terrorism financing."
and masterminding the Mumbai massacre, but that's not grounds for punishment in The Land of the Pure
The JuD said it would challenge the arrest in court and apply for bail for Saeed.

"We are going to the High Court, and we will continue to use legal means to fight the injustice against us, and we believe the courts will support us," Awan said.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2019 07:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

#1  "Somebody's gotta go back and get a sh*tload of dimes!"
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/17/2019 10:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Too bad they didn't give him the Sonny Corleone treatment, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/17/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll bet he had A 24/7 medical staff, 5-star accommodations and access to every number in the Pakistain Govt directory.

and we will continue to use legal means to fight the injustice against us Because all our illegal means are busy elsewhere !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/17/2019 13:15 Comments || Top||

#4  From The Times of Israel:

He was taken into custody in January last year and kept under house arrest for 11 months until a court order ended his detention in November. He was also detained in 2001 and 2008, when he was kept confined to a government-run house and at his home.

In recent months, the government also took over schools, mosques, seminaries and all properties linked to Saeed’s charities and froze their assets.

Pakistan is currently on the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list, denoting its status as a haven for money laundering. It has until October to avoid blacklisting.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2019 22:45 Comments || Top||


Iraq
ISIS claims responsibility for Baghdad suicide bombings killing 5
[Rudaw] 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....
(ISIS) have grabbed credit for a twin explosion that rocked the city of Baghdad late on Monday, killing five civilians and injuring several others.

Two jacket wallahs blew themselves up in the Shiite Abu al-Fadhel al-Abbas mosque compound in al-Turath district, southwest Baghdad, according to AFP.

A mourning ceremony was taking place at a Husseiniyah, a site of Shiite congregation, inside the mosque compound when the earth-shattering kabooms occurred.

A video circulated on social media appears to show those injured bring taken to hospital.

Islamic State took responsibility for the twin blast in Baghdad on Monday, according to one of their propaganda outlets, claiming to have killed and maimed 70 people.

An official statement on the incident has yet to be made by the Iraqi interior ministry.
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Iranian bombings take toll on Kurdistan Region border villagers
[Rudaw] 18-year-old Zaytun Qadir was killed by an Iranian bombing on her home on July 10.

Two of her brothers were also injured. She was preparing lunch when the bombs struck.

Iranian artillery shelling has struck Erbil province villages that border Iran.

Despite the perilous conditions, some villagers feel compelled to return to their evacuated villages to reap the harvest of their land - in some cases, so that they can earn enough money to pay their landlords for land they have sublet.
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Turkey claims it ‘neutralized’ 174 in recent ops; PKK deny any losses
[Rudaw] The Ottoman Turkish Ministry of Defense reported on Monday that Ankara has "neutralized" 174 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerillas amid recent operations on its borders with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
the PKK has denied "any losses."

The ministry summarized: 71 individuals were "neutralized" in the first phase of Operation Claw, announced on May 27, three in the second phase and the remainder from other attacks against the PKK in Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s mountainous areas.
Continued on Page 49
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PKK bomb kills Turkish soldier in northern Iraq
Ankara (IraqiNews.com) ‐ A Ottoman Turkish soldier was killed by a bomb planted by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

"A counter-terrorism operation is ongoing in the region", the ministry said in a statement.

Turkey’s military launched an offensive in May seeking to destroy those rear bases.
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U.S. airstrike kills two terrorists inside Nineveh tunnel
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two bad boyz were potted Tuesday in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
on a tunnel in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, a security media cell said.

"Acting on information from the Nineveh Operations Command, the U.S.-led international coalition waged an air raid targeting a tunnel in Sukhairiat area in Nineveh," Alghad Press website quoted the cell as saying in a press statement.

The airstrike left two snuffies dead inside the tunnel, the statement read.

US-led coalition confirms airstrikes against ISIS for Operation Will of Victory

[Rudaw] The US-led coalition in Iraq has, for the first time, confirmed its participation alongside Iraqi Security Forces in its "Will of Victory" operation to defeat the remnants 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....
[ISIS], as well as offensives conducted by Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

An estimated 14,000 to 30,000 ISIS holy warriors remain dispersed across Iraq and Syria, according to the US Defense Department.
"CJTFOIR [Coalition Joint Task Force for Operation Intent Resolve] conducted a series of strikes against ISIS [Arabic acronym for ISIS] controllers this week in Nineveh in support of the Iraqi Security Forces," read a Monday tweet from Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the moniker for the US-led coalition against ISIS.

In justification of their involvement, the tweet added that "since the loss of their terrain, ISIS has transitioned to resurgent cells intent on destabilizing the region."

The US-led coalition to defeat ISIS was established after ISIS swept across northern Iraq in 2014, taking over the majority of Nineveh province ‐ home to the country's second largest city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
‐ and threatening both the federal and regional capitals of Baghdad and Erbil.

The coalition has conducted 34,514 strikes between August 2014 and the end of May 2019, according to a CJTFOIR monthly civilian casualty report released on June 28, 2019.

The Iraqi Security Forces, alongside the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and with Iraqi and US-led coalition Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s, began Operation Will of Victory to eliminate ISIS remnants in the provinces of Mosul, Anbar and Saladin on July, 7 2019.

With Will of Victory still ongoing, Iraqi Security Media Cell front man Yahia Rasool tweeted a video of himself on Monday detailing the operation’s reportedly unprecedented successes.

"The Iraqi forces and PMF have reached some desert areas in-between Anbar, Mosul and Saladin for the first time since 2014 with the help of the coalition and Iraqi airstrikes," Rasool said.

"The Iraqi army, with the PMF and with Iraqi and US-led coalition airstrikes, has destroyed many ISIS bases and neutralized several ISIS holy warriors in the deserts between Mosul, Anbar and Saladin," he added.

ISIS was declared defeated in Iraq in December 2017, but continues to pose a serious security threat to the country. Militants have formed sleeper cells and resorted to underground tactics, taking advantage of security vacuums that have formed due to Iraqi and Kurdish territorial disputes in these provinces.

There are daily reports of ISIS sleeper cells carrying out hit-and-run attacks on security personnel and infrastructure, and kidnapping and killing local officials and civilians ‐ primarily in Anbar, Nineveh and Saladin.

An estimated 14,000 to 30,000 ISIS holy warriors remain dispersed across Iraq and Syria, according to the US Defense Department.

Regarding operations in Syria, the CJTF-OIR public affairs office told Rudaw English on Monday that they "will continue to work with allies and partners to clear liberated areas, train partners and provide technical assistance, conduct targeted CT operations, and support stabilization efforts."

"The CJTF-OIR mission in Syria remains the enduring defeat of ISIS working by, with and through our partner forces. With the territorial defeat of ISIS, the D-ISIS campaign in northeast Syria has transitioned from liberating territory to enabling local security and preventing resurgent ISIS networks," they added.
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PMF apprehend 2 Islamic State Leaders in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews) The Popular Mobilization Forces "PMF" (al-Hashd al-Shaabi) announced, on Monday, apprehending two Leaders of 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....
terrorist group in Kirkuk Province.

The paramilitary militia revealed, in a statement, that ajoint forces from the intelligence of the northern axis, 61st brigade and the Ministry of Interior’s Intelligence forces managed to apprehend two leaders of the Islamic State terrorist group, in Kirkuk Province.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
S. Idlib: scores of casualties in 2 air gov’t air raids


Regime Air Raids Kill 9 Civilians in Northwest Syria

[AnNahar] Regime Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on Tuesday killed nine civilians in rebel-held northwest Syria, the target of months of regime and Russian bombardment, a war monitor said.

Three children were among the nine killed outside Maaret al-Numan, a town located in a southern strip of Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The corpse count is expected to rise due to critical wounds sustained by some other victims, according to the Britannia-based monitoring group.

Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have ramped up strikes on Idlib since late April, killing more than 600 civilians, while 52 others have died from rebel fire, according to the Observatory.

Regime forces have also been locked in battle with jihadists and allied rebels on the edges of the bastion, which is held by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
, including the north of Hama province.

The group in January took full administrative control of the Idlib region, home to three million people, although other jihadist groups and rebel factions are also present.

Syrian air strikes on village market kill at least 12 in S. Idlib: Rescuers

[AlAhram] At least 12 people were killed and scores maimed on Tuesday in aerial strikes believed to have been carried out by the Syrian air force on a popular market in a village in opposition-held northwestern Syria, rescuers and residents said.

Residents and rescuers said bombs dropped on Maar Shoreen village in southern Idlib province by planes which monitors said were Syrian army jets left a trail of death and destruction and maimed scores in a main street of the village's market.

Videos released on social media by activists purportedly showed footage of charred bodies lying on the streets alongside badly burnt people being carried by rescuers. Rooters was unable immediately to independently verify the footage.

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Turkish Army removes border fence in front of northern Raqqa town
Golly, it looks like everybody has fences nowadays.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Opposition activists reported last night that the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces had removed the border fence along the al-Raqqa Governorate’s northern border.

According to the opposition claims, the border fence was completely removed north of the al-Raqqa Governorate town of Tal Abyad.

This move by the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces comes just a week after the Ottoman Turkish media reported about a new military operation east of the Euphrates.

Over the last two days, northern Syria has witnessed an increase in hostilities between the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces and Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).

On Monday, the Ottoman Turkish Army heavily shelled the YPG’s positions near the key town of Tal Rifa’at in northern Aleppo. No casualties were reported despite the intensity of the attack.

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Turkish military allegedly builds base in historical part of Afrin
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Kurdish-language Hawar News Agency (ANHA) quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Ottoman Turkish Army has turned the historical site in Jandariseh into a military base for its soldiers.

The ANHA source said that they were able to gather this information after seeing the Ottoman Turkish Army build three-meter-high walls near the base. The move comes after the Ottoman Turkish Army troops were accused of destroying artifacts in the Afrin region of Aleppo to build a base.

They would add that the Ottoman Turkish Army’s forces have built two military bases between Tal Saloureh and Jandariseh city and in the town of Dervish in Rajou region.

In a relevant development on Friday, a government cultural official said that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
is helping the bully boyz excavate historical sites in the areas controlled by the Ottoman Turkish military in northern Syria.

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