A deputy sheriff in Vancouver, Wash. (near Portland, Ore.) was killed in a shooting incident on Friday evening. Local Antifa have taken to social media to celebrate the officer's death. https://t.co/UtEbYx1IzR
[ToloNews] Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Saturday said that 33 people were assassinated in Kandahar over the past two weeks.
"Religious scholars, tribal elders, civil society activists, journalists and human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... defenders and female journalists are being sacrificed in assassinations," said Zabihullah Farhang, front man to AIHRC.
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[KhaamaPress] Afghanistan ministry of interior affairs said that people in 31 provinces will not be allowed to get out of their homes from 10pm to 4am except for emergency.
The Afghan capital Kabul, eastern Nengarhar province and the northern Panjsher provinces are exempt from the new decree.
Ministry of interior ministry said that most of the terror activities are being conducted throughout night that behooved them to impose such unprecedented limitations.
Deputy spokesperson of Afghan interior ministry Ahamd Zia Zia has asked people in 31 provinces to cooperate with the Afghan Forces and abide by the rules of night curfew.
The unprecedented curfew comes at a time when the Taliban ...Arabic for students... fighters and Afghan government forces are busy fighting in over ten provinces of Afghanistan.
Ministry of interior affairs too announced it plan for recapturing over 200 districts which have fallen to the Taliban in the past two months.
The ministry has also said to be fully prepared for thoroughly implementing the new curfews.
Afghanistan's Caped President Ashra Ghani has previously said that a new six-month security plan has been made and will be implemented throughout the country. The new curfews are not clarified to be part of the six-month security scheme.
[Garowe] For the second time in two days, the United States military targeted al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... bully boyz in Somalia, showing some signs of helping the country progress, just over eight months after unprecedented withdrawal from the Horn of Africa nation.
[SHAFAQ] An Azerbaijani soldier was killed, and three Armenian soldiers were maimed on Friday in the most recent clash between the two countries since their bloody conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh last year. Both Baku and Yerevan reported, in recent months, shooting incidents along their borders, raising fear of a renewed territorial dispute between them.
"On July 23 (Friday), at approximately 16:00 (1200 GMT), Armenian armed forces shot up Azerbaijani army positions at the Kelbajar sector of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border," Baku's defense ministry said in a statement, adding "an Azerbaijani army serviceman was killed by the enemy's sniper."
Armenia blamed Azerbaijan for the incident, stating that "three Armenian servicemen got maimed in the intense shootout."
Baku's President Aliyev told the AzTV network on Thursday: "This is our ancestors' land, we are on our land," referring to the territory that Yerevan considers part of its Syunik district.
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Para troopers, Marine Commandos pressed into service; Search operation on to rule out possibility of any other militant in area, ascertaining whether group had infiltrated, say officials#BandiporaEncounterhttps://t.co/8c4Nyeyr9A
Three unidentified holy warriors were killed while a soldier was maimed in a fierce shootout in Shokbaba forest area of Sumlar in north Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... ’s Bandipora district, police said Saturday.
A police official said that the operation was still underway and massive searches are being launched to rule out the presence of any more holy warriors. The official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that acting on a specific lead about the presence of holy warriors in Shokbaba forest area, joint teams of police, army’s 13, 14 and 14 RR and CRPF launched a search operation in the wee hours.
"As the forces intensified the searches, the hiding holy warriors opened fire that retaliated, triggering an encounter," the official said. "In the ensuing shootout, two holy warriors were killed while firing continued in the area."
After a few hours of lull, the official said that contact was once again established with one more holy warrior. "He was hiding under the cover of trees and bushes. After an intense exchange of fire, the third holy warrior was also killed."
Police sources said that it was being ascertained whether the slain holy warriors had recently infiltrated or were hiding in the forest belt of Shokbaba range. "The area is on a height and covered by dense forest cover," they said. Defence sources said that the operation took time given the fact that holy warriors changed their first location from Shokbaba to Aragam where army’s 13 RR engaged them. "There is a tough terrain and the operation was a deliberate one," they said. They search operation is on to rule out presence of any other hiding holy warrior in the area even as the firing has stopped.
[SHAFAQ] Iraq’s Security Media Cell reported on Saturday that the Military Intelligence arrested three bandidosgunnies in al-Anbar and Saladin governorates.
The Cell said in a statement the intelligence detachments of the Samarra and al-Anbar Operations Command arrested two bandidosgunnies in Saqlawiya, Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... and the Martyr Aws, the entrance to al-Anbar.
It added that a joint force had arrested another terrorist in the al-Jumhuriya area of Dujail district in Saladin governorate.
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07/25/2021 00:00 ||
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[AlAhram] Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi announced Saturday the arrest of a "terror cell" behind a Baghdad market bombing that killed dozens and was claimed by 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.
The attack sparked revulsion and renewed fears about the reach of IS, which lost its last territory in Iraq after a gruelling campaign that ended in late 2017, but retains sleeper cells in remote desert and mountain areas.
The bombing took place on Monday at al-Woheilat market in Sadr City, a Shia suburb in the capital, and officially killed 30 people, excluding the direct perpetrator.
"We have arrested all the members of the cowardly terrorist cell that planned and perpetrated the attack," Kadhemi said on Twitter, "and they will be put before a judge today."
The prime minister did not specify the number of people arrested, but a source at the interior ministry said the suspects were anticipated to make televised "confessions", a common occurence for major crimes in Iraq.
- NEW DRONE ATTACK-
An armed drone targeted a military base in Iraqi Kurdistan that hosts American troops, without causing casualties, the US-led coalition said Saturday.
It was the latest in a spate of attacks on US military and diplomatic facilities in Iraq.
Iraqi Kurdish media outlets said the attack targeted a base at al-Harir, 70 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region.
US interests in Iraq have been hit by 50 rocket and drone attacks so far this year -- assaults Washington consistently blames on Tehran-backed factions operating within Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance.
The Iraqi Resistance® Coordination Committee on Friday threatened to continue the attacks unless the US withdraws all its forces and ends the "occupation".
Most of the American troops deployed in the coalition, which helped defeat IS in Iraq in 2017, were withdrawn under former US president Donald Trump ...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party... Those that remain are officially classed as advisers and trainers for Iraq's army and counter-terrorism units.
Kadhemi is expected to meet US President Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. Joe's wife and daughter weren't killed by a drunk driver. He didn't graduate with three or even two degrees, wasn't in the top half of his law class, and his daddy didn't come home from a hard day's work in the mines and play football with the guys. The NAACP hasn't endorsed him every time he's run.... in Washington on Monday to discuss a possible full US troop withdrawal from Iraq.
But analysts say events in the wake of the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq -- notably the rise of IS -- may make Biden reluctant to authorise a full pullout, for fear of giving the jihadists rooms to regenerate once more.
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[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian assailant who was throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at an Israeli car was shot in the West Bank on Saturday, the army said.
Two other suspects were arrested after a chase, the Israel Defense Forces said.
The military said the three Paleostinians were hurling Molotov cocktails and stones at an Israeli vehicle near the settlement of Mevo Dotan. Soldiers moved to arrest them and thwart a potential terror attack, opening fire in their direction and hitting one suspect. His condition was not immediately known.
The other two were apprehended a short while later, the military said.
[IsraelTimes] A Jordanian man has been rubbed out by the Jordanian army after attempting to cross into Israel, according to multiple reports.
The Israeli military says it is looking into the matter, emphasizing that the entire incident took place on Jordanian soil.
Three suspects approached a border fence between Israel and Jordan when Jordanian forces showed up on Saturday afternoon, according to Israel’s Channel 12. The soldiers called out to the three and opened fire when one of the suspects continued toward the fence. It is unclear what happened to the other two.
The event comes hours after Israeli soldiers arrested five border infiltrators from Jordan following a manhunt earlier in this day.
One suspect was quickly arrested and the other four were caught near the Dead Sea in the early afternoon.
All five were unarmed. The military says it believed they were illegal immigrants colonists and did not represent a danger.
[Ynet] Lebanese terror group confirms death of operative, but does not specify circumstances; Iran yet to comment on killing of Iranian official, with Al-Arabiya reporting he died in one of several attacks in Syria this week
Israeli strikes in Syria reportedly killed a Hezbollah military commander and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) senior official. The Kan public broadcaster reported that Hezbollah military commander Imad al-Amin was killed in western Syria.
The Lebanese terror group confirmed on Telegram that al-Amin was killed "while fulfilling his duties" but did not specify when or how.
Saudi outlet Al-Arabiya also reported that a senior official in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Sayed Ahmed Qurayshi, was killed under unknown circumstances in Syria this week. There has been no official confirmation from Iran.
A report on Saturday said that Russia intends to curtail Israel's military operations in Syria by supplying the regime of President Bashar al-Assad with stronger air defenses.
[IsraelTimes] Arab paper claims that after getting sense US does not back ongoing Israeli raids, Moscow has taken steps to upgrade Syrian missile defenses.
Russia has "run out of patience" with Israel in Syria and is planning a shift in its policies toward Israeli sorties over the country, according to an unconfirmed report on Saturday.
The London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat cited an unnamed "well-informed" Russian source
...who may or may not be informed to any degree, or even Russian...
as saying that following talks with Washington, Moscow had got the impression that "Washington does not welcome the continuous Israeli raids," and thus believes it has the freedom to act more aggressively to thwart them.
Clearly someone believes President Biden is not in Israel’s corner, and is willing to send out feelers to see if Israel can be intimidated.
In light of this, the Russians were now supplying Syrian forces with more advanced anti-missile systems and know-how, making them more capable of shooting down Israeli armaments, the report said.
Unless the Russians are willing to man the things themselves, it won’t make any difference.
It claimed the effect of this was already being seen, with Syrian air defenses shooting down seven of eight Israeli missiles during a July 19 Israeli raid.
There was no outside confirmation of the Arab newspaper’s report.
Syrian media reported two Israeli attacks this week, on Monday night and early Thursday. It claimed that in both cases most missiles were shot down — though Syria has regularly made such claims in the past, in what Syrian war analysts have generally believed to be empty boasts.
Israel’s military does not comment on reports of specific strikes in Syria save for those that are in retaliation for attacks from the country.
Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Jerusalem fears Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah.
Russia has repeatedly criticized Israeli strikes over the years.
In January, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Jerusalem should provide Moscow with intelligence about suspected threats so that it can "neutralize" them, rather than attack them itself.
"If Israel is really forced to respond to threats to the Israeli security coming from the Syrian territory, we have told our Israeli colleagues many times: if you see such threats, please give us the information," Lavrov said at the time.
Russia has deployed a large military presence in Syria to support dictator Bashir al-Assad through his country’s brutal civil war. In order to prevent unwanted festivities, Jerusalem and Moscow have maintained a so-called deconfliction mechanism, which has allowed the two countries to effectively communicate with one another and avoid altercations.
This mechanism has been generally successful, with the notable exception of an incident in September 2018, in which a Russian spy plane was shot down by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that had been fired in response to an Israeli attack.
Moscow blamed Israel for the deaths of the troops on board the aircraft, saying Israeli planes had hidden behind the Russian aircraft, a charge that the Israel Defense Forces fiercely denied No, no! Certainly not!
On Saturday, the Saudi-based al-Arabiya news network reported that Imad al-Amin, a military commander for Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy whose members have fought in Syria on behalf of Bashir al-Assad’s forces, was killed in one of the Israeli Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s this week.
Hezbollah confirmed on Telegram that al-Amin was killed "while fulfilling his duties" but did not specify when or how, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported on Saturday night.
Al-Arabiya also reported that a bigwig in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Sayed Ahmed Qurayshi, was killed under unknown circumstances in Syria this week. There has been no official confirmation from Iran.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Qurayshi has been based in Syria since 2013 and had "participated in many military operations alongside Qassem Soleimani ," the former commander of the IRGC’s al-Quds Brigade who was killed by the US in January 2020.
Responding to this report of a successful [Israeli] attack early Thursday morning.
[IsraelTimes] In an interview with Russia’s Tass news agency, Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, appears to confirm reports of Israeli strikes in Syria last week.
"Two F-16 fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force made a strike with four guided missiles on facilities in Homs province from the airspace of Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch. In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate faci8lity exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that... ," he says.
"All four missiles were destroyed by the Syrian duty air defense facilities, with the use of Buk-2ME systems of Russian manufacture."
Queerly enough, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which admittedly is not fond of the Assad government or its allies, reported the attack destroyed weapons and ammunition depots belonging to Hezbollah, suggesting at least one Israeli missile got through, if not more.
Israeli planes carried out Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s against targets in Homs on both Wednesday and Thursday nights, Damascus claims.
Israel’s military does not comment on reports of specific strikes in Syria, save for those that are made in retaliation.
[NPASYRIA] On Saturday at dawn, Turkish forces targeted the northern vicinity of the city of Tel Rifa’at, Herbel, Ain Deqna, and Maraanaz in the northern Aleppo countryside with shells from their base in the town of Kaljibrin, also in the north Aleppo countryside.
Local sources from the city of Tel Rifa’at, which includes residents and IDPs from Afrin, northwest Syria, said that the intermittent shelling is ongoing until the moment of preparing this report.
Since the invasion of Afrin by Turkey and Turkish-backed armed factions in 2018, hundreds of families from Afrin have been displaced to the city of Tel Rifa’at.
However, areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo are witnessing shelling coinciding with a Turkish silence regarding Russian and government shelling against areas in Idlib, although the past two days witnessed protests demanding the Turkish guarantor assume to its responsibilities over what is happening in the area.
Observers believe that Turkey and Russia have tacitly agreed to target the populated areas in Syria, where Syrians are the “big loser” in this shelling.
It is worth mentioning that areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo always witness shelling by the Turkish forces and the armed factions that are stationed in the surrounding areas.
Rabi’a Waqqas, an IDP from Afrin residing in Tel Rifa’at, said that during the past two days, the vicinity of the city witnessed shelling causing fear and panic among people.
On July 11, four people including a child were wounded as a result of a Turkish drone attack against the city center of Tel Rifa’at.
In January, as a result of the Turkish artillery shelling on populated neighborhoods in Tel Rifa’at, four civilian including a woman and a child lost their lives and ten other were wounded in addition to causing massive material losses in the site.
In 2019, Turkish forces and Turkish-backed armed factions targeted the Tel Rifa’at city, reporting ten casualties, including eight children and eight other wounded.
Syrian government forces continued to send military reinforcements to #Daraa city, south #Syria, despite the reported news of an agreement between the Daraa Tribal Council and members of the Central Committee to break the siege.https://t.co/vEgnOhXxnI
[NPASYRIA] On Saturday, Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, the leader of 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... (HTS, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ... ), said that "the faction’s priority is not to confront the Syrian regime, but to work on opening new fronts and regaining the areas it lost."
"Assad’s forces’ aim in escalating their military campaign is to provoke the factions to know their available military capabilities and to shuffle the cards in the region," he told activists in Idlib.
For months, Idlib’s countryside has witnessed an escalation between the government forces and the opposition factions, despite the ceasefire agreement signed since March 5, 2020.
In a related context, the opposition Quwat Tamouz (July Forces) faction in Idlib demanded through a statement on Saturday that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... stop handing over Syrian lands, and also demanded al-Jolani leave Syria.
The statement said: "What matters to Turkey in Idlib is to negotiate to ensure its geostrategic and security interests in the face of the Kurds, and it will be satisfied with a border strip with a depth of 10 km."
Despite the protests that took place during the last two days, Turkey, the guarantor, is still silent about the Russian and Syrian government bombing of areas in Idlib.
In the past two days, several villages and towns in the Zawiya Mountain area, south of Idlib, witnessed angry protests denouncing the silence of the Ottoman Turkish forces regarding the recent military escalation of Russia and the Syrian government forces in southern Idlib, which led to the killing and wounding of dozens.
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07/25/2021 00:00 ||
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BREAKING Violent clashes taking place now on the frontline of the village of al-Jat, north of #Manbij, between the armed factions loyal to Turkey and the Manbij Military Council. pic.twitter.com/xCdctcfvwV
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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