[ToloNews] Interior Ministry’s deputy front man Nusrat Rahimi says 20 of those maimed are at death's door and that the corpse count may rise.
The corpse count from twin blasts on a mosque in Gardez City of Paktia province climbed to 30 as Interior Ministry confirmed hours after the incident.
The blasts happened when two jacket wallahs entered Sahib-ul-Zaman Mosque in Khwaja Hassan area in Gardez’s PD2 at around 1:20pm Kabul time.
The attackers then opened fire on security guards of the mosque.
Interior Ministry’s deputy front man Nusrat Rahimi said 20 of those maimed are at death's door and that the corpse count may rise.
Paktia Police Chief Brigadier General Raz Mohammad Mandozai told TOLOnews that those inside the mosque were doing the Friday prayers.
"Attackers targeted a mosque of our Shiite brothers in Gardez City. Our information show that 20 people were martyred and up to 40 others were maimed," he said shortly after the incident.
Eyewitnesses said the attackers used hand grenades against worshippers inside the mosque.
The eyewitnesses said there were at least 600 people inside the mosque when the attacks happened.
"We were praying. Two suicide bombers blew their boom jackets here," a resident of Gardez said.
"Which kind of government is this? There is no ambulance, no assistance," a resident of Gardez said.
"We were not searched. We started to search others who entered the mosque," a resident of the province said.
Paktia residents said security agencies had not informed them of a possible attack in the area.
"The attackers used women’s dresses to enter the area and killed security guards and then carried out suicide kabooms inside the mosque," said Shamim Khan Katawazai, Governor of Paktia.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report last month that the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month’s ceasefire, with a surge in suicide kabooms claimed by ISIS.
The report said that the covering period 1 January to 30 June 2018, findings include the killing of more civilians in the first six months of this year ‐ 1,692 deaths ‐ than at any comparable time over the last ten years since records have been kept.
Deaths rose 1 percent to 1,692, although injuries dropped 5 percent to 3,430, the United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its latest civilian casualty report. Overall civilian casualties were down 3 percent.
UNAMA renewed its call on parties to the conflict to increase efforts to protect the civilian population and encourages parties to work towards reaching a peaceful settlement.
Civilian casualty figures remain at record highs despite the unprecedented unilateral ceasefires by Government and Taliban ...Arabic for students... that occurred over the three-day period 15-17 June 2018.
UNAMA attributed 52 per cent of civilian casualties from suicide and complex attacks to ISIS, mainly in Kabul and Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province. The Taliban were responsible for 40 per cent, the remainder were attributed to unidentified Anti-Government Elements.
[KhaamaPress] At least seven Pak bandidosholy warriors were killed and eight others were maimed during the operations in eastern Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... of Afghanistan.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the bandidosholy warriors were killed or maimed in Nari district.
The source further added that the Afghan national army, Afghan national police, and the National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... operatives conducted joint operations in Do Kalam area of the district.
According to Silab, the operations were launched on Thursday and are still being conducted to suppress the murderous Moslems.
The armed forces also receiving air and artillery support during the operations, the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military added.
The security situation in eastern Kunar province has started to deteriorate sharply during the recent months amid growing insurgency activities by the Taliban ...Arabic for students... and ISIS murderous Moslems.
The anti-government armed bandidosholy warriors continuously attempt to expand their foothold in this province amid ongoing military operations and Arclight airstrikes.
The US forces based in Afghanistan also conduct airstrike against the ISIS and bandidosholy warriors affiliated with the other groups in a bid to suppress the bandidosholy warriors from expanding foothold in this province.
[KhaamaPress] The Commandos of the Afghan National Army rescued at least 61 civilians from a Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... prison in southern Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province of Afghanistan.
The provincial government media office in a statement said the civilians were rescued during an operation conducted in Kajaki district.
The statement further added that the operation was conducted in Deh Baba Kariz area of the district and the rescued civilians have all been shifted to 215th Maiwand Corps compound
According to Helmand governor’s office, a number of old men and children were also among those held by the Taliban and were rescued by the Commando forces.
A number of the released inmates have said the Talibs were torturing and misbehaving with them.
In the meantime, the provincial government said at least seven suspected forces of Evil were also tossed in the calaboose Please don't kill me! during the same operation and two others were killed.
This is not the first time the Afghan forces are conducting special operations against the hideouts of the Talibs which are used as prison cells.
At least 58 civilians were rescued during a similar operation conducted in the vicinity of Musa Qala district of Helmand province nearly three weeks ago.
[Atimes] A destroyer is steaming towards Libya and a special operations unit is on standby in Crete after a South Korean was taken by an unnamed group.
A South Korean destroyer is steaming for Libya and South Korean special forces are on standby in Greece in preparation for a possible hostage rescue mission.
According to the presidential office on Thursday, the Korean navy’s anti-piracy Cheonghae unit has redeployed from the Gulf of Aden and is heading for the North African country.A South Korean national, along with three Filipinos, was kidnapped in Libya by armed insurgents on July 6, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.
“His country and his president have never once forgotten him,” Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said, according to the Yonhap news agency. Seoul’s move was apparently prompted by the release, one day prior, of video footage showing the un-named South Korean captive pleading for President Moon Jae-in to help win his release.
“The government has been maintaining a close cooperation system with the government of Libya and other allies, such as the Philippines and the United States,” Kim added.
According to local media, the Korean hostage had been working for a water management company in Libya. Korean firms have long been active in the country, particularly in construction and pipeline management.
The identities and motives of the kidnappers are unknown.
The 4,000-ton destroyer Munmu the Great, which has a machine-gun armed Lynx helicopter aboard, is en route to Libya, Yonhap reported. And a South Korean special operations unit is on standby in Crete, Greece, according to South Korea’s Joongang Ilbo newspaper.
It is not the first time the Cheonghae unit has taken on similar duties.
In April, the Munmu the Great and South Korean UDT/SEALs were tasked with securing the release of three Korean nationals – the captain, mate and chief engineer of the fishing vessel Marine 137 – who had been seized by pirates off West Africa on March 26.
However, on April 27, the three were released after negotiations in Ghana, according to South Korea’s Foreign Ministry. No military action apparently took place.
While the 618,000-strong South Korean armed forces are considered highly effective by their US allies and mentors, and have taken a consistent role in anti-piracy operations, they have had little overseas combat experience since the end of the Vietnam War.
However, they have taken part in one high-profile operation.
In 2011, UDT/SEALs carried out a successful hostage rescue mission in the Gulf of Aden. Assaulting a Korean vessel seized by Somali pirates, the commandos rescued 21 hostages, though the captain was severely injured in the crossfire. Eight pirates were killed and five captured in the operation.
[ARABNEWS] The Saudi-led coalition on Friday accused the Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... militia of carrying out an attack on a hospital and fish market in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... that killed dozens of people.
Coalition front man Col. Turki al-Maliki said the Iran-backed group targeted the sites in the port of Hodeidah on Thursday with mortar shells in what he described as a "terrorist attack."
Initial reports said more than 20 people were killed in the attack which hit near al-Thawra Hospital ‐ one of the county’s biggest. But the Red Thingy on Friday said the series of kaboom in Hodeidah had killed 55 with dozens more injured.
Pro-Houthi media accused the Arab coalition of carrying out an Arclight airstrike on the hospital, but al-Maliki strongly refuted the allegation.
"These targets were not from the coalition and the weaponry used was mortars, which are from the Houthis," he said.
The front man presented evidence including pictures he said showed the Houthi mortars used in the attack and maps of Hodeidah showing coalition targets in relation to the location of the hospital.
He said the nearest Houthi position targeted by the coalition on the day of the hospital attack was a weapons storage facility 7.5km from the hospital, east of Hodeidah. A day earlier, on Tuesday, the coalition hit a target 2.5km away from the hospital.
Hodeidah, the country’s largest port, is still held by the Houthis. Pro-government forces backed by the coalition were close to capturing the city before pausing the offensive last month to allow UN mediation efforts to continue.
Al-Maliki said the UN had received "incorrect reports from invalid organizations" which had blamed the coalition.
He said the coalition had aways applied the highest international and humanitarian standards in its targeting operations in Yemen.
Earlier, Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, condemned the hospital attack as "shocking".
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carrying out an attack on a hospital and fish market in Yemen
"Doctor? Will I ever get better?"
"No, but try this Snapper. It's to die for"
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[DAWN] A senior UN official expressed alarm on Friday at deadly strikes in Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida, as the government said it was ready to attend UN-brokered talks in Geneva.
At least 20 people were killed and 60 maimed on Thursday in an air strike at the al-Thawra hospital and the bombardment of a fish market in Hodeida, according to medics and witnesses.
"This is shocking," said Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.
Hundreds of thousands of people depend on al-Thawra, which is Yemen's largest hospital, she said.
"Hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law. Nothing can justify this loss of life."
Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition have been conducting an offensive to capture Hodeida from Iran-backed Houthis, but announced last month they were pausing the assault to give UN mediation efforts a chance.
Rebel-run media outlets have accused the coalition of carrying out Thursday's attacks in Hodeida.
But a coalition front man on Friday denied the charges, accusing the Huthis of having bombed the hospital and the fish market.
The nearest target hit by the coalition on Wednesday or Thursday was more than two kilometres (one mile) away from the two sites, the front man told a news conference in Riyadh.
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[Ynet] German prosecutors say a man suspected of sending money to finance the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group has been tossed in the clink Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! at Amsterdam airport.
Prosecutors said that the 29-year-old Russian national, identified only as Yusup B. because of German privacy rules, was arrested Thursday as he arrived from South America.
They said in a statement Friday that authorities in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg are investigating him on suspicion of supporting a terrorist organization. He is suspected of transferring money to suspects in Syria to finance training and weapons procurement for ISIS.
Prosecutors say that, after hearing about the investigation, he left for an unspecified destination in South America but Sherlocks were able to track him down.
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[DAWN] Greek police say they have jugged ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... eight migrants colonists on suspicion of the murder of a Pak man trying to leave the country illegally.
Police said on Friday the eight were suspected of involvement in the July 23 stabbing death of a 29-year-old Pak man who had been with three compatriots heading toward Greece's northern border with Macedonia.
The six Afghans and two Paks allegedly robbed the four near the border, stabbing the 29-year-old in the process. His body was discovered the following day near a railway track.
Hundreds of migrants colonists arrive in Greece each week from nearby The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire.... . With routes out of the country officially closed to them, many try to head further into Europe ...also known as Moslem Lebensraum... from unguarded parts of Greece's northern border.
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[DAWN] Unidentified assailants burned down at least 12 schools in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district late on Thursday night and fled, causing panic among residents, locals and police said.
Diamer Superintendent Police (SP) Roy Ajmal told Dawn that police had so far received information that 12 schools ─ at least half of which are girls-only schools ─ had been set on fire overnight. He said that in some cases, books had also been thrown outside the schools and set alight.
Local police officer Mohammad Bashir said the attacks on schools took place before dawn on Friday near Chilas, but there were no casualties as the schools were closed at the time.
Police teams have been dispatched to investigate the reports, SP Ajmal said, adding that no one has claimed responsibility for the incidents as yet.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has condemned the attack on schools and promised that his party will implement its agenda to ensure the provision of quality education across the country.
The PTI chief said that girls’ education is an integral part of the upcoming government’s policies.
The schools, which are spread across Diamer, were identified as:
Girls Primary School located in Ronay, Chilas
Girls School Takya
Social Action Programme (SAP) Primary School in Hudur area
Army Public School, Darel Tehsil
Primary School in Tabor village of Darel Valley,
SAP Primary School in Tabor, Darel
APS in Tangir Valley (adjacent to Diamer, sharing borders with Kohistan district of KP)
Girls Primary School Sheegay Manikal, Darel Valley
Girls Primary School Galee Bala, Tangir Valley
Primary School Galee Bala, Tangir Valley
Girls Primary School Khanbary
Girls Primary School Gyal Village
Local residents and journalists said they had heard explosions in GPS Ronay and Girls School Takya, but police did not mention receiving reports about blasts.
Hunting down the plotters of the 23 July attack on the Kurdistan office in Erbil
[Rudaw] ERBIL, Kurdistan Region ‐ A mullah who pledged his allegiance to ISIS and was in contact with the group since 2014 confessed the connection to Kurdistan's security forces and admitted to coordinating last month's deadly attack on the Erbil governorate offices.
The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) released a taped confession from Mullah Ismail Susayi on Thursday, admitting his connections to ISIS and with the button men who attacked the offices of the Erbil governorate on the morning on July 23.
"At the end of 2014, three young men visited my mosque who were connected to the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... ," said Susayi, referring to ISIS members and not the attackers. "After evening prayer, those men talked about Islamic State with me and praised the group."
The trio had carried a message back to Susayi.
"One of these three men, Abdul Manaf, told me once that I think Islamic State knows and loves you," added Susayi. "He asked me to talk to the Islamic State."
The KRSC also provided taped voice messages from Susayi for ISIS leaders since 2014. Susayi informed ISIS on Peshmerga capabilities and locations. He also tried to send a voice message to ISIS leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi, according to the KRSC.
Susayi had other connections to the krazed killer group.
"I even talked to one of my high school students named Sleman Sheikh Abdullah Zikhani who was in the Islamic State. He told me he still accepts me as his imam," said Susayi.
Additionally, Susayi said he has collected weapons and money for ISIS.
The three button men took two hostages, killing one. Security forces said all three attackers are from Erbil. They were named as Rahel Mohammad Rostam (16), Abdulrahman Rahim Qader (16), and Bilal Sleman Abdulrahman (18). Security forces engaged the button men, killing all three.
The KRSC also announced on Thursday it enjugged Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! two more young men for helping in the operation: Mohammed Jabar Salih, 19, and Mohammed Sherzad Yasin, 19.
Both gave taped confessions of their involvement in the attack.
Yasin said: "In 2015 I did bay’ah to the Islamic State through Mohammad Ibrahim. I wanted to do hijra to the Islamic State but Erbil Asayesh arrested me and I was sentenced to a year in prison ... in 2018 I knew Abdulrahman and later we became friends."
Salih said: "After two years of reading religious books and listening to Mullah Suskayi and other mullahs, I thought about jihad... In November 2017, in our school I did bay’ah (pledge of alliance) to ISIS through Abdulrahman Rahim Qadir. He said that we have to do jihad or hijra [go to an Islamic place] after bay’ah.
Susayi was detained in early June for suspected ties to ISIS.
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One hundred warships? A quick look at Haze Gray & Underway says no destroyers, a half dozen frigates and corvettes, a few KILO-class subs and bunch of missile boats along with the usual oilers and such.
While Iran may be better armed, I'd wager the San Diego Boat Show has more hulls.
I just noticed the Haze Gray page was last updated in 2001, so the numbers may be a tad off, but I don't recall hearing about Iran embarking on any short of shipbuilding program. Corrections welcome.
No BP, Obama cannot be blamed. He was in South Africa for the Madiba tribute, obliquely encouraging the majority to rise up and seize the lands and property of the minority. Shortly thereafter, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an effort to change the constitution to make such an effort lawful.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.