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Egypt sentences 22 terror convicts to death by hanging
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Good Morning

California's Gavin Newsom Goes on Vacation
to Mexico After Extending %u2018State of Emergency' Order
Friday November 26th, 2021

genetierney
France arrests fifth suspect in migrant boat tragedy
Three soldiers, 11 jihadists killed in Burkina: army
Five die in bomb attack in Takhar
Admiral Kulit: al-Nusra prepared provocations using chemical weapons
Resident of Dagestan gets four years for involvement in ISIS
Israel scuffles with Belgium over labeling of settlement goods

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#1  Wow!
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 11/26/2021 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2 
Gene Eliza Tierney was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed for her great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven.

Born: Gene Eliza Tierney, November 19, 1920, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died:November 6, 1991, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Posted by: Pliny Sneasing9739 || 11/26/2021 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  GET






Posted by: Pliny Sneasing9739 || 11/26/2021 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  GET - Now You See Them...Now You Don't (oh!)


Posted by: Pliny Sneasing9739 || 11/26/2021 9:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Our forefathers were very lucky. Look what we're stuck with today - the Lady Gagas and other tattooed and pierced dregs of femininity.
Posted by: jpal || 11/26/2021 14:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Just Sayin'

Read this:

Tattoos Equal Shorter Lifespan
Posted by: Ebboling Lumumba8084 || 11/26/2021 22:09 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Five die in bomb attack in Takhar
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] Five children were killed in an explosion in Takhar province in northwestern Afghanistan, Aamaj News reported on November 25, citing local authorities.

The tragedy took place in the administrative center of the region, the city of Talukan. The explosive went off when the children tried to transport it to the market for further sale.

As reported by IA REGNUM , on November 8 in the province of Uruzgan in the central part of Afghanistan, a shell exploded, killing three minors.

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Africa Horn
43 killed in clashes in Sudan's restive Darfur: UN
[AlAhram] At least 43 people have been killed in days of fighting between herders in Sudan's western Darfur region that has also seen more than 1,000 homes set on fire, the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
said Thursday.

The violence broke out on November 17 between armed Arab herders
...we used to call them the Janjaweed, allied to the Sudanese government, but nowadays they’ve splintered into a number of groups and rebelled against the government. They still raid the Black farmers for fun and profit, despite both groups being convinced Muslims...
in the rugged Jebel Moon mountains close to the border with Chad, said Omar Abdelkarim, Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in West Darfur state.

"Initial reports indicate that at least 43 people have been killed, 46 villages have been burned and looted, and an unknown number of people were maimed due to ongoing fighting," according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA.

The majority of the 4,300 people affected by the violence have been displaced, it said.

Abdelkarim said some had fled west and were seeking safety across the border in Chad.

West Darfur governor Khamis Abdallah said the violence was sparked by "a dispute over camel looting", and that "military reinforcements have been sent to the area and the situation has stabilised".

The Jebel Moon mountain area is largely inhabited by communities of farmers and animal herders, with an estimated population of around 66,500 people.

Darfur was ravaged by a civil war that erupted in 2003, pitting ethnic minority rebels who complained of discrimination against the Arab-dominated government of then president Omar al-Bashir
...Former President-for-Life of Sudan He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself head cheese. He fell out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Hee was overthrown by popular consent in 2019. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it...
More than 300,000 people died and 2.5 million were displaced during the conflict, according to the UN.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in Darfur, was ousted and locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in April 2019 after mass protests against his three-decade rule.

While the main conflict in Darfur has subsided, with a peace deal struck with key rebel groups last year, the arid region has remained awash with weapons and violence often erupts over land, access to agriculture or water.

A UN peacekeeping mission ended its mandate in Darfur last year.

The latest festivities come against a backdrop of political turbulence, as Sudan reels from the aftermath of a military coup last month that drew wide international condemnation and sparked mass protests.

On October 25, top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan overthrew the country's post-Bashir transitional government and detained the civilian leadership.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was freed from effective house arrest and reinstated, after signing a deal with Burhan that was viewed by critics as "whitewashing" the military takeover.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/26/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In the 1980a drought persisted in Darfur and Khartoum responded by initiating an extensive well-drilling program. It was similar to programs then being undertaken in Chad and drought-stricken Africa. In Darfur the well-drilling projects were both an ecological disaster and a political mistake. The deep wells attracted camel and cattle nomads who, in turn, began to invade the land settled by villagers and sedentary farmers dependent on seasonal rainfall. Ironically, the deep wells influenced villagers to herd goats and sheep, something few had bothered with before. In time a wide circle of overgrazed land surrounded the deep wells. Gazelle, rabbit and fox vanished. As drought continued pasturage for cattle and camel nomads was harder to find; competition for land led ineluctably to inter-tribal and inter-ethnic conflicts. The pattern of man against nature and tribe against tribe continues today in northern Darfur, and has even spread to the south.
Posted by: Bertie Crains2651 || 11/26/2021 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Very interesting regional assessment BC.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/26/2021 7:45 Comments || Top||


Sudanese security forces fire tear gas at anti-military deal protests
[AlAhram] Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Thursday at thousands of protesters who rallied against a deal that saw the prime minister reinstated after his ouster in a military takeover last month, witnesses said.

Demonstrators in the capital, Khartoum, chanted "the people want the downfall of the regime" while in the capital's twin city Omdurman others shouted "power to the people, a civilian government is the people's choice".

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Omdurman as well as in the central state of North Kordofan and in North Darfur, witnesses said.
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Morning bomb blast targets security firm guarding UN offices in Somalia
[Garowe] A massive explosion in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, left eight people dead, police said, in the latest wave of violence instigated by holy warriors in a country that has struggled with instability for over three decades.

An eyewitness told Garowe Online that a brief shootout followed the earth-shattering kaboom in the capital during morning rush hours in the city. The explosion, another witness said, took place at 7:30 am local time in the country.

The blast took place in the area of the former Abdiqasim presidential palace, targeting a convoy of a local security firm guarding UN offices, police noted. The officers however, didn't indicate if any UN staff member was affected.

According to the police, 17 people were critically injured as officers moved around the scene to comb the area before giving official report. Such explosions targeting members of security forces are common in the Horn of Africa nation.

The al-shabaab Death Eaters have since taken responsibility for the earth-shattering kaboom. al-Shabaab
...... Somalia's version of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...

media reported that the group is responsible for the earth-shattering kaboom, adding that it was a suicide boom-mobile which targeted a convoy escorting "white officers" travelling from General Gordon training camp.

The al-shabaab Death Eaters are well known for such attacks, targeting members of security forces, government officials and even innocent civilians. The al-Qaeda linked group has killed thousands of people since 2007.

The scene of the morning blast showed the destruction of buildings along the K4-Tarabunka road in Mogadishu with reports that civilians, including students, were maimed in the attack. Rescue operations are currently underway in the capital.

Photos show Mocaasir school almost destroyed by the earth-shattering kaboom. A health worker described what happened as "tragedy", adding that security forces and other groups had activated emergency services in the scene of the earth-shattering kaboom.

Previously, the al-shabaab Death Eaters have been targeting various convoys especially those for the 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 Forces and the Ottoman Turkish nationals. The group accuses troops of targeting civilians in their operations.

AU forces have been helping the SNA troops liberate a number of towns across the country and are often targeted by the Death Eaters. al-shabaab Death Eaters often target crowded areas within the capital besides taking at security forces in operations.

The attack comes at the time Somalia and AU are still in talks on the future of AMISOM within the country. While AU wants a hybrid mission with United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
, Mogadishu has been pushing for a reconfigured AMISOM.

A subsequent Garowe article about international condemnation mentions the car bomb blew up near a school at Hodan district and that Al Shabaab targetted a group traveling from General Gordon's training camp.
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Africa North
93 asylum seekers evacuated from Libya to Italy: UNHCR
[AlAhram] A group of 93 asylum seekers stuck in Libya were evacuated to Italia on Thursday in the first flight of its kind in two years, the UN refugee agency said.

The flight to Rome is one of five planned evacuation airlifts organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR.

A total of 500 asylum seekers would be evacuated over a year "under a new mechanism for humanitarian admissions", the agency said in a statement.

The last evacuation flight to Italia was in 2019.

Those flown out of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
on Thursday included "children, women at risk, survivors of violence and torture, and people with serious medical conditions", the UNHCR said.

"We are pleased to see these evacuation flights become a reality and that the Libyan authorities have supported them," Jean-Paul Cavalieri, the UNHCR's chief of mission in Libya, was quoted as saying in the statement.

He described the flights as "a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable asylum seekers".

"Conditions in Libya remain dire for many refugees," Cavalieri added, calling on the international community to open up other humanitarian routes.

Libya plunged into chaos and conflict after dictator Moamer Qadaffy was ousted in a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-backed uprising in 2011, becoming a crossroads for migrants colonists south of the Sahara who were desperate to reach Europe.

In late October, Libya authorized the resumption of humanitarian flights that had been suspended for nearly a year, allowing dozens of refugees and asylum seekers to relocate to other countries.

The UNHCR also operated evacuation flights for those who wished to be resettled back in their home countries voluntarily.

On November 4, the agency evacuated 172 asylum seekers from Libya to Niger, as part of its emergency transit mechanisms, whereby they are hosted in the country until their refugee claims are processed.

Since 2017, the agency has evacuated or resettled some 6,919 refugees and asylum seekers who were in Libya. Of those, a total of 967 were evacuated to Italia.
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Egypt sentences 22 terror convicts to death by hanging
Al Ahram for some reason has nothing on this story.
[IsraelTimes] Suspects found guilty of committing 54 jihadist attacks, including the murder of a police brass hat and attempted killing of former interior minister.

An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging 22 Islamist jihadists for 54 attacks, including the attempted liquidation of a former interior minister, a judicial source told AFP.

The men were found guilty of committing 54 "terrorist operations" across Egypt, including the murder of a police brass hat and an attempt to kill former interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim.

Executions in Egypt for civilians are carried out by hanging. Those sentenced to death include a former police officer, and the verdicts cannot be appealed.

The 22 convicted were found guilty of being members of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which pledged its allegiance to 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.
...after which they gave themselves the creative name of ISIS in the Sinai Province.
The Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest appeals court, also upheld prison sentences of 118 others in the same case, ranging from terms of several years to life imprisonment.

Egypt has for years been fighting a bitter insurgency in North Sinai that escalated after the army’s 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

In February 2018, the army and police launched a nationwide operation against bully boyz focused on North Sinai. Around 1,073 suspected jihadists and dozens of security personnel have been killed since the start of operations, according to official figures.

Earlier this month, Egypt agreed with Israel to boost its troop numbers around the border town of Rafah in order to quell IS fighters.

Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis fighters in Sinai were led by Hisham al-Ashmawy, an ex-special forces officer. Ashmawy —- once dubbed Egypt’s "most wanted man" — split from the jihadists after they switched allegiance from al-Qaeda to the Islamic State group.

In 2018, Ashmawy was captured in the eastern Libya city of Derna, and extradited to Cairo. He had been on trial with the 22 men sentenced on Thursday, but had already been found guilty, and was executed in March 2020.

Egypt, the most populous Arab country, recorded the third most executions in the world — behind China and Iran
...The nation is noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence...
— according to Amnesia Amnesty International. In 2020, Egyptian authorities executed at least 107 people, Amnesty said.
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Three soldiers, 11 jihadists killed in Burkina: army
[AlAhram] Three soldiers and 11 suspected jihadists were killed when an army unit came under fire in northern 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...
, the military said on Thursday.

The detachment in Thiou, in the northern province of Yatenga, was attacked early Wednesday, military headquarters said in a statement.

The troops "neutralised 11 terrorists" for the cost of three dead and around 10 maimed, it said, using a term routinely applied to jihadists.

Ground-based reinforcements were brought in, with air support, to evacuate the maimed and secure the area, it added.

Groups linked to al-Qaeda and 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 have plagued the landlocked Sahel nation since 2015, killing about 2,000 people and displacing 1.4 million from their homes.

The latest attack brings the number of fatalities among civilians and the security forces in northern Burkina to at least 79 in 11 days.

On November 14, more than 300 fighters aboard pickups and cycle of violences stormed a gendarmerie camp at Inata, according to military sources.

Fifty-three police and four others died, according to official figures. It was the biggest one-day loss among the security forces in the history of the insurgency.

On Sunday, at least nine gendarmes and around 10 non-combatants were killed in Foube.
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Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican forces increased to 3,800 in Zacatecas
Direct Translation via Facebook. Edited.
More than 3,800 federal elements go in search of criminals in Zacatecas.

In the face of the wave of violence in the entity, General Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Secretary of the National Defense (Sedena), announced the strengthening of security in the entity, so they will be sent to 460 soldiers, in sum with fed elements Deployed federals will add 3,848 federal elements, as well as the shipment of 3 gunned helicopters.

Federal forces will take care of security in nine Zacatecan municipalities that do not have a single police officer and will install "security posts" on the main roads connecting with the entity.

States neighboring to Zacatecas are being dispatched their state police with support from the army, navy and national guard to avoid the cockroach effect of criminals.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Resident of Dagestan gets four years for involvement in ISIS
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] A military court in Rostov-on-Don today sentenced Abdulla Abdullayev, a resident of Dagestan, to four years in a general regime colony, recognizing him as a member of the Islamic State *. Abdullaev pleaded not guilty.

Abdulla Abdullaev, 27, was accused of involvement in a terrorist organization. 

"It has been established that the defendant in the period from January 2017 to October 7, 2020 on the territory of the Babayurtovsky and Tsuntinsky districts of Dagestan, during conversations with local residents, publicly declared that the ideology of the international terrorist organization 'Islamic State' was recognized as correct, in need of support and imitation, and also sent video recordings about the activities of the organization to his interlocutors via the Internet," the press service of the Southern District Military Court told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to four years in a general regime colony. He did not admit his guilt, the press service said.

The verdict has not entered into legal force and can be appealed by the parties in the Military Court of Appeal.

Part 2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of Russia (participation in the activities of a terrorist organization) provides for up to 20 years in prison.

The criminal case against Abdullayev came to court on March 23, the process took 10 sessions, follows from the card index on the website of the Southern District Military Court.
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Europe
France arrests fifth suspect in migrant boat tragedy
[AlAhram] A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection with the migrant boat that sank in the English Channel, killing at least 27 people, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Thursday.

Seventeen men, seven women and three minors died when the boat sank off the northern coast of La Belle France on Wednesday, according to public prosecutors in Lille. Four suspected people smugglers had already been arrested on Wednesday afternoon, Darmanin said.

The minister told the RTL broadcaster that the fifth suspect's car was registered in Germany and that he had bought inflatable Zodiac boats in Germany.

Prosecutors in the northern city of Lille have opened an investigation against the five for homicide and bodily harm, membership in a criminal gang, and aiding in the illegal crossing of borders.

Darmanin said La Belle France had arrested 1,500 people smugglers since the start of the year.

He said they "operate like mafia organizations", using encryption to stop police tapping their phone conversations.
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India-Pakistan
Killing of another RSS worker shows how deep rooted Islamic radicalisation is in Kerala
[OneIndia] A member of an extremist Islamist group has been arrested in connection with the murder of an RSS worker's murder in Kerala. The officer bearer of the Popular Front of India has not been named as yet since his identification parade has to first take place as per the norms of investigation.

R Viswanath, district police chief told reporters that the accused was directly involved in the murder of A Sanjith at Mabaram. More arrests will take place soon, the police chief also said.

Sanjith aged 27 was hacked to death on November 15 while he was taking his wife to her workplace.

The police also said that they have three persons into custody. The SDPI has however rejected all allegations.

Sanjith was waylaid by a gang when he was travelling with his wife. The BJP's district president, K M Haridas has blamed the Social Democratic Party of India, the political wing of the Popular Front of India for incident. The police said that Sanjith had received more than 50 stab wounds. Following the incident security has been increased in view of the rising tensions. Further investigation is underway.

The state president of the BJP K Surendran met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and sought a probe by the National Investigation Agency. He said that in the last 5 years, 10 BJP-RSS workers were killed in the state. He also alleged that 50 Sangh Parivar activists had also been killed.

The killing of Hindu activists in Kerala has been a cause for concern. The Intelligence Bureau has often flagged concerns about the radicalisation in the state. NIA officials probing the Kerala ISIS case say that the prime concern is that all those who have left for the ISIS in Afghanistan are educated. The officer says that a person by the name Shihas had played a major role in building up the module. He had managed to rope in several persons including one Nashidhul, who was initially opposed to the ideology of the ISIS.

During investigations, the NIA learnt that the brainwashing was so strong that many who did not subscribe to the view of the outfit ended up getting convinced. They are repeatedly told that as Muslims they are livi
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Highly radicalised terrorist arrested in Punjab and not surprisingly link goes back to the UK
[OneIndia] The Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Police made an important bust with the arrest of a highly radicalised terrorist who claimed that he was operating an outfit known as 'Kaum De Rakhe.'
Continued on Page 49
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Kasargod ISIS case: Key conspirator gets 3 years jail term
[OneIndia] A special court of the National Investigation Agency has convicted and sentenced an 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....
conspirator in connection with the Kasargod module case.

The court sentenced Nashidul Hamzafar, a resident of Waynad district to 3 years rigorous imprisonment.

The case pertains to the activities of 14 youth from Kasargod who had left India along with their families between May and July 2016 to join the Islamic State.In pursuance to the criminal conspiracy hatched with runaway ISIS/ Daish operative accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla besides Ashfak Majeed and others, accused Nashidul Hamzafar had exited India on 3rd October, 2017 and travelled to Muscat, Oman before travelling to Iran
...They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and had further reached Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was detained by Afghan Security Agencies during October, 2017 for illegally entering the country and attempting to join his associates, in ISIS/ Daish.

The NIA had arrested Hamzafar in 2018 after he was deported from Kabul. He later on pleaded guilty to all the charges against him following which he was convicted.
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Iraq
Iraq sends planes to Belarus to collect more migrants
[AlAhram] Two Iraqi planes took off Thursday night for Belarus in order to repatriate Iraqis stuck on the ex-Soviet state's border with Poland, the transport ministry said.

Hundreds of Iraqis, most of them Kurds, returned home last week on a voluntary repatriation flight from Belarus, where thousands of migrants colonists have camped on the border for weeks hoping to enter the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
A first plane carrying 185 people was due to land in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, after midnight, Lawk Ghafuri, head of foreign media relations in Kurdistan, told AFP.

On November 18, a total of 431 Iraqis were flown back home from Belarus, many returning with mixed feelings.

Most said they had spent their savings, sold valuables and even took loans to escape economic hardship in Iraq and start a new life in the EU, but they never made it across the border.

The West accuses Belarus of bringing in would-be migrants colonists_mostly from the Middle East_under the false pretence that they will be to cross into EU members Poland and Lithuania.

Belarus has denied the claim and criticised the EU for not taking in the migrants colonists.

Aid groups say at least 11 migrants colonists have died on both sides of the border since the crisis began in the summer, and have criticised the Polish government over its policy of pushing migrants colonists back.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian Seriously Hurt after Settlers Hurl Stones at Car
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] A Paleostinian man was critically maimed after Jewish settlers pelted his car with stones as he drove through the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, causing him to veer off the road and crash, Paleostinian officials said.
What's the Hebrew word for "intifada?"
Raid Kharaz lost control of his vehicle when rocks hurled by settlers smashed through the windshield near the West Bank village of al-Mughayir, according to Ghassan Daghlas, a Paleostinian Authority official who monitors settler violence.

Kharaz was flown to a nearby hospital, while his son, who was also in the vehicle, sustained lighter injuries, the official Paleostinian Wafa news agency reported.

The Israeli army referred questions to the police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

The autumn has seen a sharp uptick in settler violence. In mid-November, dozens of settlers attacked a group of Paleostinians and Israeli activists with stones and clubs, hospitalizing a woman and wounding several others. In the same week, Jewish settlers attacked a group of Paleostinian farmers with pepper spray and clubs near an evacuated settlement outpost, wounding four people.

Recent months have also seen a steep rise in settler vandalism of Paleostinian property known as "price tag" attacks, a term coined by far-right settlers in response to perceived efforts by Israel to restrict settlement expansion.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
IDF reveals identity of Syrian officer working for Hezbollah
[JPost] Shhhhh, it's a secret
The IDF Spokesperson in Arabic revealed that a Syrian Army intelligence officer is cooperating closely with Hezbollah troops.

The IDF revealed the identity of a Syrian Army officer in charge of observing Israel on the Syrian Golan Heights on Israel’s border, who was helping Hezbollah’s activities in the buffer zone between the two countries.

Identified as Naqib Bashar al-Hussein, a resident of the village of Ekrima in his 30s, he serves as a company commander in the intelligence branch of the Syrian Army’s 90th brigade, but de facto serves as the "main link" between Hezbollah’s Southern Command and the Syrian Army’s 1st Corps.

Hussein is responsible for the lookouts along the border with Israel, for the analysis of their findings and other various patrols along the border. Some of his patrols were conducted in the buffer zone which, according to the armistice agreements with Israel in 1974, are off-limits for Syrian troops, the IDF said.
Posted by: Frank G || 11/26/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Naqib will now have to spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder.
Posted by: Bertie Crains2651 || 11/26/2021 6:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Identified as Naqib Bashar al-Hussein

But everyone knew him as Nancy.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/26/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||


Admiral Kulit: al-Nusra prepared provocations using chemical weapons
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[NewsFrontInfo] Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties, said that the militants of the terrorist group Jebhat al-Nusra in Idlib were preparing a provocation with chemical weapons. 

He noted that the terrorists were storing containers with toxic substances in an underground shelter near the city of Sarmada, Idlib province.

According to the source, in the future, the militants intended to stage a provocation and accuse the Syrian army of using chemical weapons against civilians.

However, the terrorists' plans were thwarted.

Posted by: badanov || 11/26/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (al-Nusra)



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