[Libya Observer] Libyan Army Spokesman, Mohammed Gunouno has disclosed that their forces had destroyed an operation room run by "a gang of mercenaries" -according to him- in Qasr bin Ghashir town on Saturday.
Gunouno added in a press briefing Sunday that Haftar's forces kept tight-lipped about their casualties, "but our sources confirmed that the bodies of nine mercenaries had arrived at their field hospital," he said.
"The multinational gangs tried to advance towards Aziziyah in an attempt to cut off the roads between Gharyan city and 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... , but our forces were ready for them," he added.
He also pointed to the attack conducted by UAE-backed drones of Haftar on a neighbourhood in Swani district, which left dead and maimed.
[Libya Observer] Murzuq General Hospital has confirmed that it had received the bodies of nine children and two women, of Umm Al Aranib massacre carried out by Haftar's forces on Friday.
"The children were aged between a year and a half and 13 and one of the women was pregnant," the hospital stated.
The bodies were transferred Sunday morning to Sabha ...After the Libyan Civil War, Sabha grew in importance as a slave auctioning town. However, an investigation by the National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) revealed that while there was illegal slavery, reports were exaggerated, as slave auctions were rare and not made public. This was a great comfort to everyone but the slaves peddled in secret. The city was later seized by forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its leader Khalifa Haftar in January 2019, probably for its collection of MiG-25 aircraft.... Medical Center in preparation to refer the case to the relevant authorities in the city, according to the hospital.
The aircraft supporting Haftar struck a neighbourhood in Umm Al Aranib area last Friday, adding a new heinous crime to Haftar's record.
[Libya Observer] al-Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi has reported that one of its doctors was hit by a random bullet in al-Kish area.
The hospital's media office said Sunday that Dr. Azza al-Jarari suffered a minor head injury as a result of a random shooting in the area.
In recent months, the hospital has recorded an increase in the number of casualties as a result of indiscriminate bullets and violent quarrels in Benghazi that sometimes they reach dozens of cases per day.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/03/2019 00:00 ||
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[SkyNews] The area has come under attack over the past year from suspected jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and 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.... At least 14 people including teenagers have been rubbed out at a church in 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... during Sunday mass.
Several other people were maimed in the attack which took place in the village of Foutouri in the Est region of the country.
The identity of the button men is not yet clear but the area has come under attack over the past year from suspected jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State.
Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted: "I condemn the barbaric attack against the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri, which left 14 dead and several maimed.
"I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the maimed."
An Islamist insurgency in Burkina Faso this year has ignited ethnic and religious tensions, leaving large parts of the country ungovernable, especially in northern areas bordering Mali.
Last month, button men opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying mine workers in the Est region, killing 39 people.
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The timing of Sunday's incident, during hours of worship, mirrors other attacks on Christians this year - a new phenomenon in a West African country that has long prided itself on its religious tolerance.
Burkina Faso was once a pocket of calm in the region, but the past year's violence has killed hundreds and forced nearly a million people from their homes.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The official media wing of the Ansarallah forces released a new photo on Monday that showed the large spy plane that was shot down over 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... this past weekend.
According to the Ansarallah forces, the Chinese-made spy drone was fly over their positions in the Huran area before their troops shot down the reconnaissance aircraft.
The scenes showed the wreckage of the enemy plane after it crashed and the impact of the strike that forced it to fall into a strong scene of the Yemeni air defenses in confronting any kind of hostile flight in Yemeni airspace.
In footage released by the Ansarallah media wing, their forces can be seen dismantling the parts of the plane to take advantage of them.
The plane, manufactured by a Chinese company in 2012, is nine meters long and weighs 360 kg ‐ carrying 200 kg of weapons and sensors and can fly in the sky for 20 hours continuously, according to al-Masirah TV.
The Ansarallah forces announced on Saturday the downing of a reconnaissance aircraft from the Saudi-led Coalition in the Hajjah Governorate near the Saudi border.
"The Yemeni air defenses managed to shoot down a Chinese-made Caig Wing Loong reconnaissance aircraft in the Huran District of the Hajjah Governorate," Brigadier Yahya Serai, a front man for the Yemeni armed forces loyal to Ansarallah, said in a brief statement on his Twitter account .
He explained that "the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile and will be revealed later."
VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) ‐ When dozens of pickup trucks crowded with armed men and mounted machine guns roared into Villa Union, residents of the small town near the U.S. border began to realize they were the target of a military-style invasion. What followed were hours-long gunbattles between a company-sized unit (estimates of its size range from 70 to 150 men) and state police that left 22 people dead. At least 50 homes and buildings riddled with bullet holes.
In the aftermath, authorities found 25 abandoned vehicles, some with machine-gun turrets and welded armoring; many had professionally printed placards identifying them as drug cartel vehicles. At least four had .50 caliber mounted machine guns. Resident claimed there were at least twice that many pickups, with some escaping.
Residents, most of whom asked that their names not be used for fear of reprisals, described how the day of terror unfolded.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 10:00 a.m.
Residents of the town of 6,000 were still recovering from Thanksgiving, when hundreds of relatives return from the United States to join their families in a border version of the holiday many here refer to as Dia del Pavo, or Turkey Day. Local business owners were enjoying good sales this year. After a period of terror between 2010 and 2013, the old Zetas Cartel that had dominated the town had been weakened, and violence had dropped.
A local roast chicken stand began heating up the rotisserie Saturday for the day’s business.
"Ever since Thursday night we had been having good sales; a lot of people showed up for Turkey Day," said an employee at a food stand in town’s main square.
[10 News] The San Diego FBI and prosecutors Monday announced a $5 million reward for a wanted terrorist.
According to the agency, Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, is a U.S citizen. Fix that, NOW
The FBI says Mostafa grew up in San Diego and, at some point, moved to Somalia and became a member of the al-Shabaab terrorist organization. Al-Awlaki recruit?
Al-Shabaab has committed several bombings and attacks in the Horn of Africa, killing hundreds, the FBI says.
The FBI’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to Mostafa's arrest or conviction in any country.
Mostafa is described as six feet, one inch tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with blue eyes and a large scar on his right hand. He is also left-handed, the FBI says.
Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI or tips.fbi.gov .
Posted by: Frank G ||
12/03/2019 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] One Frontier Corps ...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations.... (FC) soldier was martyred and two others were maimed on Sunday in an exchange of fire with murderous Moslems after they raided an FC checkpost in North Wazoo, a statement by the military's media wing said.
According to a statement by Director General Inter Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, "murderous Moslems raided an FC post in North Waziristan district near the Pak-Afghan border".
"During the exchange of fire, two bad boyz were potted," said Maj Gen Ghafoor.
[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) bully boyz launched two attacks in Iraq’s Diyala province on Sunday night, killing an Iraqi soldier and two Death Eaters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi.
In one attack the bully boyz launched a three-pronged mortar attack on an Iraqi army observation post in the village of Subaidi in Jalawla, killing one soldier and wounding two others, according to a Peshmerga official in the region.
"After the mortars were fired, festivities erupted between the attacking bully boyz and the Iraqi army," Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Mustafa of the Peshmerga intelligence unit told Rudaw. "A [mortar] targeted the Iraqi army killing a soldier and wounding two others."
ISIS also attacked a PMF base in the town of Naftkhana, eastern Diyala province, killing two Death Eaters and wounding five more.
The PMF media office tweeted a 30-second video of the ensuing shootout, saying its fighters defeated a "massive ISIS attack".
Sunday night’s duel assault come just two days after ISIS bully boyz launched similar surprise attacks in Diyala’s Kolajo sub-district, killing a Peshmerga commander and two of his soldiers.
Located in Kifri, south of Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... Kolajo has been attacked by ISIS sleeper cells multiple times. It is regarded as a disputed area between both Erbil and Baghdad.
The disputed territories have become a hotspot for ISIS activity amid a security vacuum.
A number of suspected ISIS fighters were arrested at the Iraq-Syria border last month, prompting the deployment of additional Iraqi troops to boost security.
The latest Pentagon inspector general report covering July 1 to Oct 25 said ISIS has continued to cement and expand its command and control structure in Iraq, enabling the group to stage more attacks.
"ISIS in Iraq conducted both attacks of opportunity, such as improvised bombs and hit-and-run attacks, and attacks designed to intimidate or gain influence, such as liquidations, kidnappings, and sniper attacks," the report read, citing the Combined Joint Task Force‐OIR (CJTF-OIR) which leads the fights against ISIS.
According to CJTF-OIR, 124 clearance operations were conducted against ISIS during the reporting period, in which Iraqi forces killed approximately 13 ISIS fighters and captured 123.
"Diyala province and areas of southeastern Nineveh province, in particular, experienced increased ISIS activity, while ISIS activity in Anbar, Kirkuk, and Salah ad Din provinces had subsided," the report said.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
12/03/2019 07:55 ||
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[DAWN] The government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi ended on Sunday after two months of violent unrest that has left more than 420 people dead and thousands mourning them in nationwide marches.
As anti-government demonstrators across the strife-torn country massed to honour the fallen activists, parliament met to accept the resignation which the 77-year-old had offered two days before.
While Abdel Mahdi stays on initially to lead a caretaker government, President Barham Saleh will now be asked to name a successor to face the challenge of resolving the political chaos that has engulfed the nation.
The protest movement is Iraq’s biggest since the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein and installed a democratic system in the oil-rich but poverty-plagued nation.
Tens of thousands have vented their anger at a governing class they despise as inept, corrupt and beholden to foreign powers, especially Iran, whose consulate in the city of Najaf was torched last Wednesday.
Some protesters cautiously welcomed the departure of the premier, who came to power just a year ago based on a shaky alliance between rival parties, but they demanded far more deep-rooted change. "Abdel Mahdi should go ‐ and so should parliament and the political parties and Iran!" said one young demonstrator in the capital.
Observers said Iraq’s fractured political scene will struggle to reach a consensus on a new premier.
With the parliament’s main Shia blocs "fragmented, no largest faction exists", wrote Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, president of the Arbil-based Middle East Research Institute.
Even if they agreed on a candidate, he or she would also need the backing of the emboldened street. "Demonstrators are hard to please," said Ala’Aldeen. "The carnival goes on and, meanwhile, violence continues." Just before the parliamentary session began, another protester was rubbed out in the capital, medical sources said.
But, in a victory for the movement, an Iraqi court sentenced a police officer to death after convicting him of killing demonstrators, the first such sentence in the two months of deadly civil unrest. The Kut criminal court sentenced the police major to be hanged and it jugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! a police lieutenant colonel for seven years over the deaths of seven protesters in the southern city on Nov 2, judicial sources said.
Iraq’s constitution has no provision for the resignation of a premier, and politician Sarkawt Shamsaddin said on Sunday that the body did not actually hold a vote.
"The speaker said that the Federal Court was consulted and the understanding is that [there is] no need to vote," he said. The speaker had then asked if any politician was against the resignation and "nobody objected".
[[Jpost] The IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police and Israeli Police forces arrested 11 wanted suspects for involvement in terrorist activities and violent disruptions against civilians and security forces in the West Bank overnight, the IDF said on Monday. The suspects were brought in for interrogation.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian combat robot, the Uranus-9, was recently photographed inside Syria, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Monday.
According to the publication, the Uranus-9 was seen near the front-lines in the northern region of Syria.
"Information about the appearance in Russia of the Russian combat robot ’Uranus-9’, capable of easily destroying enemy armored vehicles and gutting military aircraft, appeared long ago. However, some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves... it is reported that a unique robotic complex has been spotted in northern Syria. Judging by the photograph presented, the combat robot took an active part in military operations together with the Russian and Syrian military, including in repelling numerous attacks by bully boys," they said.
"At the moment, neither the place nor the date of the picture was made public, however, a number of sources say that the photo could have been taken in northern Syria, where this combat unit is used against holy warriors supported by the Ottoman Turkish army. Nevertheless, a number of other sources claim that we are talking about the testing period of the Russian combat robotic complex.
As pointed out by Avia.Pro, it is not clear when the photo was actually taken; however, it is believed to have been fairly recent, given the increased violence in the Idlib Governorate over the last two weeks.
"It should be noted that the Russian combat robotic complex Uranus-9 has in its arsenal a 30-mm automatic cannon 2A72, perfectly suitable for hitting unarmored and lightly armored vehicles, as well as air targets, and a set of four anti-tank guided missiles, which makes it formidable the adversary," Avia.Pro added.
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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.... (ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) carried out a new attack on Monday against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops deployed to the eastern countryside the Homs Governorate, a source from the military told al-Masdar News this evening.
According to the source, the Islamic State began their attacks on Sunday when their bully boyz stormed the Syrian Army’s positions near the T-3 Pumping Station.
The source said while the Syrian Army was able to defeat the Islamic State attack, they suffered some casualties as a result of the fierce festivities.
On Monday, the Islamic State once again reemerged near the T-3 Pumping Station as they attacked the Syrian Army and NDF troops in this part of the Badiya al-Sham region of eastern Homs.
More festivities were reported at the Arwad Dam in northeastern Homs by the military source. The Islamic State reportedly tried to ambush the Syrian Army troops were deployed in the Arwad Dam area; however, the attack was foiled before the bully boyz could inflict any casualties within the military’s ranks.
In response to these latest attacks by the Islamic State, the Syrian Air Force has carried out several Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s over the Badiya al-Sham region, with a large number of their strikes concentrating on the terrorist group’s suspected positions in the mountains near al-Sukhnah.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force has conducted dozens of Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s over the Idlib Governorate these past 24 hours, as their warplanes continue to target areas controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... and their jihadist allies.
According to a field report from nearby Hama, the Russian Air Force began the day by targeting the jihadist positions inside the southern part of Idlib.
These strikes would result in several powerful explosions around the towns of Kafr Nabl, Ma’arat al-Nu’man, and Kafr Sijnah.
More Russian airstrikes were reported inside the villages of al-Haraki, Farwan, al-Sayyadi, al-Kinays, Tal Kursiyan, al-Barsah, Hish, Halbah, and Rakaya.
This latest wave of airstrikes by the Russian Air Force comes just two days after the jihadist rebels launched an offensive to capture the town of ’Aajaz and its surroundings in southeastern Idlib.
While the jihadist rebels were initially successful, the Syrian Army was able to reverse these gains on Sunday when they launched a big counter-offensive.
[ALMASDARNEWS] An improvised explosive device has gone off in front of a Russian armoured police vehicle in Syria, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Monday.
According to the ministry’s statement, the incident occurred as a Russian-Turkish joint patrol conducted route reconnaissance some 1.5 kilometres to the west of a town in the Kobane district of Aleppo Governorate in northern Syria.
The three servicemen who were in the vehicle at the moment of the explosion sustained minor non-life-threatening injuries, the ministry added. There was some damage to the vehicle as well.
On 22 October, Turkey and Russia concluded a memorandum that detailed conditions for a peaceful withdrawal of Kurdish forces to a distance of 18.6 miles from the Turkish border. The 10-point document envisions regular joint patrol missions to ensure the implementation of the deal.
The adoption of the memorandum comes after a week-long military operation launched by Turkey on 9 October that sought to rid the region of the SDF, viewed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey due to its ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
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.