Barbara Parkins was best known for her roles in Peyton Place (1964) and Valley of the Dolls (1967). Valley of the Dolls also featured Sharon Tate, a victim of the Charly Manson family. Tate was married to Roman Polanski at the time.
[ToloNews] 50 security incidents took place per day day on average in Afghanistan from around the Reduction in Violence (RiV) week and the signing of the US-Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... deal in late February until late June, according to the statistics provided by the Afghan government.
The government data shows that the Taliban and other anti-govt groups are behind 40 attacks a day while the other 10 are attributed to the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) and Resolute Support (RS).
Under the Doha peace deal, the Taliban committed to reduce violence to help cement concrete steps for intra-Afghan talks.
Five months have passed since the Doha deal, but there has been no announced date for the start of the intra-Afghan talks and violence has also increased--taking many lives of Afghan civilians and security force members.
The Office of National Security Council (ONSC) says that the scale of violence has increased by 34 percent compared to last year.
The Taliban in the peace agreement with the US committed to avoid launching attacks on the placid provincial capitals and main highways, but has been accused of violating the Doha agreement because of attacks initiated by the group over the last 20 days.
The Afghan forces were also blamed for some deadly attacks in various regions of the country, including an air strike in Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... on Wednesday night.
Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid on Thursday said that "Taliban were killed in yesterday’s Herat Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... " and "we will share evidence--including footage--with the media."
Khalid was refering to an incident on Wednesday, in which "at least six Taliban local commanders were killed" in an airstrike in Adraksan district of Herat province, according to local officials.
But the residents claim that "at least eight non-combatants were killed and nearly 20 others were maimed" in the airstrike, which they say targeted a wedding party.
Human rights organizations have been expressing their concerns over a rising number of casualties among the Afghan civilians.
There have been deadly festivities between the Afghan cops and the Taliban over the past ten days in Ghazni, Daikundi, Parwan, 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.. , Kandahar, Herat, Pashtun-infested Logar, Maidan Wardak, Ghor and Kunduz provinces.
[ToloNews] In defiance of their commitments not to rejoin the war, a number of Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... prisoners who were released from the Afghan government jails have reintegrated their colleagues on the battlefields,
No, reeeeeaally?! Who woulda thunk it?
the Office of National Security Council (ONSC) said on Thursday as violence continue to expand in multiple fronts across the country despite international calls on the Taliban to reduce violence.
"The Taliban fighters signed on the papers and committed that they will not return to the war, regrettably some of these inmates have returned to the war fronts in defiance of the expectations of the Afghan people," said Jawed Faisal, a front man for the ONSC.
The Taliban however have rejected such reports.
Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another explosion... some former Taliban commanders have urged the Afghan government to ensure the release of the remaining 600 Taliban prisoners from the total of 5,000 demanded by the group under the Doha peace agreement.
In the northern Jawzjan province, local officials have said that the Afghan cops have captured at least two Taliban prisoners who were released from the Bagram jail nine years ago.
The two Taliban fighters were arrested by the security forces after they were trying to stage attack on a convoy of the Afghan cops in the area, said the officials in Jawzjan.
"They confessed to have spent nine years in jail and released from the facility under an agreement and now operating as members of the Taliban in Chimtal district of Balkh. The two were gathering information on the security forces on Jawzjan-Balkh highway and wanted to ambush the convoy of the security forces, they were nabbed yesterday," said Maroof Azar, a front man for the Jawzjan governor in northern Afghanistan.
According to the Afghan intelligence agency—the National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... (NDS), the security forces also killed two Taliban operatives in Musahi district of Kabul last week and the two were released from the jails.
Afghan security officials have said that another key Taliban leader Qari Mustafa who was released from the jail 11 years ago has returned to the battlefield and serving as Taliban’s military commander in Dushi district of Baghlan.
"We have reports that Taliban members who released from the jails have returned to the war and they were killed, despite that, the process of prisoners release continue and this demonstrates our goodwill gestures for peace," said Assadullah Khalid, the Afghan acting Minister of Defense.
"The government is lying about this---from the president to the lower employees---the country is in blood---they (govt officials) say that we are at the meeting. 200 people are being killed in Afghanistan on daily basis, theya re all our sons," said Mawlavi Qalamuddin, a former Taliban official.
"The prisoners must be released before the Eid, we call on the Taliban to stop killing their brothers," said Mohammad Amin Weqad, a former Jihadi commander.
Under the US-Taliban peace deal which was signed in Doha, the Taliban demanded the release of their 5,000 inmates, the Afghan government has so far released 4245 prisoners from the jails.
In exchange the Taliban have released over 860 government hostages.
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops killed or maimed at least 46 Talibs including many Pak nationals during a clash in eastern 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.
According to a statement released by provincial government, the security forces carried out retaliatory attacks in Qelghoo area of Khogyani district, killing at least 31 Talibs.
The statement further added that the security forces also 13 Pak nationals during the same clash.
The security forces arrested a Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... krazed killer and maimed at least 15 others during the clash, the Nangarhar government’s office added in its statement.
Meanwhile, ...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato... the provincial government said the security forces destroyed at least 10 vehicles of the Talibs together with some weapons and munitions.
The security forces and ordinary civilians did not suffer casualties during the clash, the statement added.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.
A little more detail on how F'd up Islamic Afghan Society is. The Desert Game of Thrones edition. More like primitive Hatfields and McCoys
[NY Post] One of the Taliban attackers killed by Afghan teen Qamar Gul ‐ who was later hailed on social media as a hero ‐ was in fact her own husband, according to a new report.
Qamar's husband, Mohamed Naeem, was fighting on the Taliban's side and apparently seeking her forcible return after a falling out with the family, relatives and local officials told the New York Times.
Qamar's father, Shah Gul Rahimi, had struck an agreement with Naeem, a resident of an adjacent village, about four years ago. Naeem would marry Qamar as his second wife, and Rahimi would take Naeem's second niece as his own second wife, according to the report.
Tensions began when Rahimi's new wife visited her family and refused to return to her husband, the paper reported.
So when Qamar came home, her father opted to hold her until the family returned his wife and Naeem paid a $3,000 debt, according to the report.
However, Naeem decided to handle things a different way: with the help of a Taliban commander he had gotten to know who would help him take his wife home at no cost.
Naeem, along with about a dozen other fighters, showed up at the family's hillside home in the early hours of July 17 for the surprise attack. Both Rahimi and Qamar's mother, Fatima, were gunned down.
Qamar jumped into action and grabbed her father's weapon ‐ killing her husband and another assailant, according to the Times. She also wounded the senior Taliban commander, the paper reported.
The insurgents took off after a group of villagers and pro-government militiamen engaged them in a gunfight.
Afghan security forces have since moved Qamar and her 12-year-old brother, Habibullah ‐ who was alongside his sister during the hour-long ordeal ‐ to a safer place.
In a statement two days later, the Ghor provincial governor lauded Qamar and Habibullah for defeating an "offensive attack" by the "Taliban terrorist group" and forcing the "bloodthirsty Taliban to flee, leaving behind two of their dead in the battlefield," the paper reported.
The statement also attached photos of two bodies ‐ one of them Gul's husband with his tunic soaked in blood.
"Hats off to her courage!" Najiba Rahmi posted to Facebook. "Well done."
"Power of an Afghan girl," wrote Fazila Alizada, another Facebook user.
"We know parents are irreplaceable, but your revenge will give you relative peace," Mohamed Saleh posted.
[RADIOSHABELLE] U.S. forces conducted an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... against ISIS in Somalia on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.
The airstrike happened after the bully boyz attacked partner forces in a remote location near Timirshe in the northeastern part of the country, U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said in a news release Wednesday.
U.S. forces were in the area at the time of the strike "in order to advise and assist Somali and partner forces," Africom said.
"We continue to apply pressure on terrorist groups and assist our Somali partners in disrupting their operations," Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, Africom’s deputy director of operations, said in a statement. "We continue our support to rid Somalia of the likes of ISIS and al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... The strike killed seven ISIS members, according to the news release.
The U.S. military does not believe any civilians were maimed or killed in the strike, the release added.
Tuesday’s airstrike marks the U.S. military’s first reported one against ISIS in Somalia since October. U.S. forces more often strike al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab in the country.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/24/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Islamic State
[RADIOSHABELLE] Mustaf Mohammed Hussein known as [Abu Abdalla] has been slapped with life imprisonment on Thursday by a Somali military court in Mogadishu for being al-Shabaab ...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... element.
The court said the krazed killer has already served five years in jail for kabooms in Mogadishu, the Somali capital before he was arrested by police last year.
Abu Abdalla was released from custody in 2018 but he returned to al-Shabaab and restarted operation by attaching IEDs to eight vehicles.
He was re-arrested in 2019 after his phone number has been found fitted into a bomb.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/24/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)
Make it short
Posted by: Frank G ||
07/24/2020 8:32 Comments ||
Oooooohhhh, President Erdogan is playing at being sultan again.
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Wednesday, the Ottoman Turkish National Security Council called on Armenia "to abandon its hostile positions and withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani lands."
According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, this came in the final statement of the Ottoman Turkish National Security Council meeting, which was held Wednesday, chaired by Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important... The agency added that "the Ottoman Turkish National Security Council strongly condemned the aggressive behavior of Armenia, which has occupied Azerbaijani lands for many years."
Earlier, Erdogan said that Ankara could not leave "brotherly Azerbaijan" alone in the face of Armenian attacks.
The Ottoman Turkish president added that he would not hesitate to "stand against any attack" on Azerbaijan and that Armenia "is in a difficult position that it cannot deal with" in the conflict.
Meanwhile, ...back at the cheese factory, all the pieces finally fell together in Fluffy's mind... Ismail Demir, director of the Ottoman Turkish Defense Industries Authority, said, "Our defense industry, with all its expertise, technologies and capabilities, from our drones to our ammunition, missiles and electronic warfare systems, is always at the disposal of Azerbaijan," according to Rooters.
This new escalation comes after a period of calm, following a clash in the region that began on July 12, on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, in the adjacent areas of Tuvuz and Tavush, which are on the border with Georgia.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/24/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Sublime Porte
Countdown to the Turks threatening another Armenian Genocide, which of course they'll claim never happened in the very next sentence...
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
07/24/2020 0:13 Comments ||
[SEATTLETIMES] A group of about 150 people broke windows, looted businesses and started a pair of fires on Capitol Hill Wednesday night, according to Seattle police.
The group gathered at Cal Anderson Park around 9 p.m. and proceeded to wander around the neighborhood. Some members of the group broke away and shattered windows at a business in the 1400 block of East Olive Way and started a fire inside, which Seattle firefighters extinguished, police said.
At an Uncle Ike’s location on Capitol Hill, windows were broken and the word "GENTRIFIER" was scrawled on the front of the building.
The group then smashed windows and broke into another business, Rove Vintage, in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue, police said. They took merchandise from the business, placed it in the middle of the street and lit it on fire, according to police and a live video stream from the scene.
City and state business records show Rove Vintage is owned by the wife of one of the Seattle coppers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles, a pregnant Black woman, in 2017.
Additional windows were broken Wednesday night at a business at Broadway and Madison Street, and the business was looted, police said.
Two banks were also damaged near Summit Avenue and Madison, police said.
Police said they made no arrests.
"Life safety is our primary focus," a statement from the department said. "When people damage property and the SPD moves in, there’s a likelihood that someone — whether an officer or someone else — could be injured. The SPD is trying to avoid that. However, the hip bone's connected to the leg bone... this doesn’t mean that suspects in crimes won’t be arrested at a later date. We are trying to find the safest ways to enforce the laws without making the situation worse. If lives are at risk, you can expect a swift response by the Seattle Police Department."
Rick, come to beautiful Portland, and you'll find that the "city in flames" narrative is nonsense. There are a couple of blocks in downtown that are in tumult each night, though, partly because the Trump administration dispatched troops to inflame the situation for its benefit. https://t.co/GnubK51dZT
Toddlers and very young children are marched outside the Portland federal courthouse. They carry signs and say, “F— the police” on cue from the adults. One toddler does the black power fist. #BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/Xr4ubMrKZs
Portland city councilwoman, @JoAnnPDX, who is demanding Ted Wheeler make her police commissioner, is holding a press conference after falsely accusing @PortlandPolice of committing arson attacks at riots to blame “peaceful protesters.” https://t.co/9hadotFPVn
.@tedwheeler showed up to the protest-turned-riot for a struggle session where he listened to people berate & curse him out. He walked to the front line outside the federal courthouse where he & his security detail were caught in tear gas. #PortlandRiotshttps://t.co/VUjAWKRGwR
[FOXNEWS] At least three federal officers in Portland may not recover their vision after earlier this week demonstrators, who have shown up in crowds of over 1,000 for more than 50 consecutive nights, shined lasers in their eyes and threw fireworks at a federal courthouse, officials said.During Monday night's confrontation, one person also threatened to cut off the water supply to federal officers inside the building.
Federal Protective Service (FPS) Deputy Director of Operations Richard "Kriss" Cline said at a presser on Tuesday that a crowd of more than 1,000 "rioters" surrounded the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and began removing plywood coverings before attempting to throw objects — some of them incendiary — through the windows at federal officers inside.
They also vandalized the building with spray paint, blocked adjacent intersections and set several fires.
"When officers responded to put out these fires, glass bottles were thrown and lasers — which can cause permanent blindness — were shined in their eyes," Cline said. "We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks."
The FPS has purchased anti-laser glasses that federal officers are now wearing to prevent eye injuries.
Federal officers responded by deploying pepper balls and tear gas. Cline said officers observed one individual taking pictures of a water intake system to the Edith Green Federal Building, which is also under FPS protection. Earlier in the evening Monday night, a Twitter user said "So we can shut off the water to the buildings the feds are staying in to make it a nightmare for them."
Posted by: Fred ||
07/24/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM
are 'anti-laser glasses' just run of the mill reflective sunglasses with a high dollar price tag for the gubmint?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
07/24/2020 7:59 Comments ||
TAC glasses™ from Bell & Howell as seen on TV?
Posted by: Frank G ||
07/24/2020 8:03 Comments ||
"Demonstrators" rarely take steps to cut off necessities like water. That's the act of besieging troops.
Treat them accordingly.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
07/24/2020 10:32 Comments ||
Sounds like it's getting close to time for a small whiff of grapeshot.
Of course, that's probably what the rioters want - martyrs.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
07/24/2020 11:23 Comments ||
A thing that strikes me as really odd is the lack of response, as far as I can see, from any of the federal judges whose courtrooms and chambers are in one of the buildings under attack. (I've seen lawyers get fined for plopping their briefcases down on a federal judge's new table.) So I guess they're good with this.
And deny them the joys of electric drills, electrodes on the naughty bits and whatever else the medieval mindset of the Stan's can dream up? I think not. They need to get the FULL ride before they get to escape.
[Jpost] Israel and the United States have long accused Mahan Air of ferrying weapons for Iranian-linked guerrillas in Syria and elsewhere.
Several passengers on an Iranian airline were maimed on Thursday over Syria after the pilot changed altitude to avoid collision with a US fighter jet, according to Iranian media, but the US military said its F-15 was at a safe distance.
The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to Beirut when the pilot staged a safety maneuver, in an incident that Iran's Foreign Ministry said would be investigated.
Iran's official IRIB news agency quoted a passenger describing how his head had hit the roof of the plane during the change in altitude, and video showed an elderly passenger sprawled on the floor.
All the passengers left the plane, some with minor injuries, the head of the Beirut airport told Rooters.
The plane arrived back in Tehran in the early hours of Friday, the Fars news agency reported.
The US military's Central Command, which oversees American troops in the region, said the F-15 aircraft was conducting a visual inspection of the Iranian aircraft when it passed near the Tanf garrison in Syria where US forces are present.
Captain Bill Urban, the senior Central Command front man, said the F-15 "conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of about 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) from the airliner this evening."
"The visual inspection occurred to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at At Tanf garrison," Urban said. "Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane, the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft."
He added the intercept was carried out in accordance with international standards.
The pilot of the passenger plane contacted the jet pilots to warn them to keep a safe distance and they identified themselves as American, IRIB reported.
Iranian Foreign Ministry front man Abbas Mousavi said the necessary legal and political actions would be taken, according to the ministry's website.
Israel and the United States have long accused Mahan Air of ferrying weapons for Iranian-linked guerrillas in Syria and elsewhere.
The United States imposed sanctions on Mahan Air in 2011, saying it provided financial and other support to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
Data from the flight recorded by website FlightRadar24.com showed the airliner climbed from 34,000 feet to 34,600 feet in under two minutes around the time of the incident, then dropped back down to 34,000 feet within a minute after.
Iranian passenger jet goes into terrifying nose-dive when pair of US fighter jets 'came too close over Syria' leaving screaming passengers bloodied and injured after being sent flying around the cabin
An Iranian channel said to be affiliated with #IRGC says Ershad Karimi, manager & owner of MEHR engineering company supplying precision measuring instruments, has been identified as the person responsible for the blast in #Natanz where he was reportedly employed as a contractor. pic.twitter.com/frfRAfOvHj
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.