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Niger State Govt Confirms 136 Pupils Kidnapped From Islamic School
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Good Morning

US Senator Cory Booker launches
coalition of Black and Jewish senators
Friday June 4th, 2021

Nigeria: Bishop Kukah - Those Behind Killings Haven't Been Labelled Terrorists
Terrorists kill BJP leader in Pulwama, J&K
Bristol, England antifa cells besieged property and created an operating base.
Tribal sheikhs and notables in Dhi Qar disown demonstrators, closing official departments
Iraq's President: Turkey is committing crimes and inhumane practices on the borders with Kurdistan
Within few hours, thwarting a 5th attempt to target the US-Led Coalition in southern Iraq
One dead in Minneapolis after
US Marshal Service arrest attempt

Posted by: Fred || 06/04/2021 10:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Judith Anne Ford Nash is a retired teacher who was Miss America 1969. Judith Anne Ford moved to Belvidere, Illinois at age three with her parents and brother. In 1968 she won the title of Miss Boone County, held at the Boone County Fairgrounds. She also worked as a lifeguard at the city's public pool and was a swimming instructor during this time.

Posted by: Flise Prince of the Esquimeaux9539 || 06/04/2021 13:53 Comments || Top||

#2  What JonBenet Ramsey would've been like if her parents hadn't killed her.
Posted by: jpal || 06/04/2021 16:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks for your post Flise. Heard Marty Robbins in concert at the Boone County fair a century or so ago. Good people around those parts, Harvard, Caledonia, Winnebago, Pec, and vicinity. Lots of hard working Swedes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/04/2021 18:33 Comments || Top||

Prominent Cleric Killed in Herat, Second in a Week
[ToloNews] Mawlavi Mohammad Kababyani, a prominent holy man, was slain by unknown gunnies in front of his house in Anjil district of 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...
"Any ideology or any scholar who tries to give hope and peace to the people--or support the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan--is being targeted," said Sayed Wahid Qatali, the governor of Herat.

Clerics in Herat condemned the liquidation.

"Two people riding on cycle of violence stood in front of him and said they had a question, and then they shot at Mawlavi and killed a vibrant and prominent scholar of this country," said Sayed Abu Bakr.

"What was his fault--to be killed for? Mawlavi Kababyani was always trying to promote justice and peace among the people," said Mawlavi Hibatullah Fazeli, a scholar in Herat.

Mawlavi Kababyani had a history of raising his voice against killings and violence in Afghanistan.

"We have lost six scholars since last year in Herat. There is no justification for killing scholars and civilians from an Islamic perspective," said Abdul Khaliq Haqqani, the head of the Herat religious affairs department.

Thursday's assassination marks the second in a week in Herat.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the attack.

On May 26, scholar Mawlavi Abdul Karim Hanafi was assassinated in Herat. Police at the time said that he was killed by armed robbers after he refused to surrender his car, but local people rejected this explanation of the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Harm a hair on the head of a scholar?
"Haram!" was the holy man's holler;
"The highest of hallows
Islamic? My gallows!
Harrumph." He adjusted his collar.
Posted by: Uloluth Choluling1558 || 06/04/2021 18:22 Comments || Top||

#2  collar,
That humble, austere Koran-crawler.
Posted by: Uloluth Choluling1558 || 06/04/2021 18:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Prominent religious scholars are a dime a dozen in the ME. You don't even need a license you just say you are one.
Posted by: jpal || 06/04/2021 19:05 Comments || Top||

Increased violence in Afghanistan claim more civilian lives amid peace efforts
[KhaamaPress] The security reports and number of incidents happening all around Afghanistan indicate an increase in violence, where more civilians have been targeted in the recent days.

A passenger mini-bus was targeted with an IED explosion on Thursday night in PD6 of Kabul killing at least 4 civilians, police said.

According to the police, the incident happened at around 7:00 PM near Abdul Ali Mazari square in PD6 of Kabul, which killed 4 and injured 5 civilians.

Earlier today, another IED explosion, targeting a civilian passenger mini-bus killed 4 civilians and injured another 4 in PD6 of Kabul city. This incident happened around 1:45 PM on Char Qala main road.

No individual or groups have so far claimed the responsibility for these attacks.

This comes as two nights ago, a win back-to-back explosion targeting two civilian passenger busses in PD3 of Kabul, killed 10 civilians and injured another 12.

The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
in Kabul expressed its concerns about the civilian casualties and called on both parties to reduce violence and do more not to harm the general public and civilians.

On the other hand, the members of the Afghanistan negotiating team have arrived in Doha to restart table discussions with the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...

Many experts and politicians in Afghanistan believe that the peace efforts seem to have slowed down because the Taliban do not show a real intention towards dialogue.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
11 dead in fresh violence in eastern DR Congo
[AlAhram] At least 11 people were killed by an gang in eastern DR Congo, sources said Thursday, bringing the troubled region's corpse count to at least 70 since the start of the week, according to an AFP tally.

Eleven miners in the gold-rich territory of Djugu, in the northeastern province of Ituri, were killed early Wednesday by a local group called the FPIC,
...the Patriotic Integrationist Force of Congo is based in the south of Irumu Territory, Ituri. Also known as Chini ya Kilima, the militia is made up of mainly those from the Bira community, presumably a local tribe or clan of some sort. The FPIC cites the marginalization and lack of representation of the Bira community, as well as Hema people encroaching on their lands as reasons for taking up arms. The militia is known for its brutal attacks on civilians, as well as its frequent clashes with security forces...
Mungwalu district mayor Jean-Pierre Pikilisende told AFP. Pikilisende said the militia had come to take control over the area, whose gold is mined by poor artisanal diggers.

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Posted by: trailing wife || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Devout Moslems

Niger State Govt Confirms 136 Pupils Kidnapped From Islamic School

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how armed bandidos on Sunday kidnapped many pupils of the Islamic school in Tegina, a densely populated town in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Niger State Government has confirmed the number of students kidnapped by bandidos at an Islamic school to be 136.

The bandidos reportedly attacked the cop shoppe in the town and went round the town shooting sporadically into the air to scare residents before breaking into a private school where they kidnapped children attending Islamic lectures.

The school, which consists of nursery and primary schools, also hosts Islamiyya students in the evening and at weekends.

The mass abduction of the Islamic school students was the second to be perpetrated in Rafi local government in six months.

Dozens of students were kidnapped at Government Science College (GSC) Kagara but were later released after negotiation with the state government.

Asides the attack on schools, thousands of residents across different local government areas of the state have been displaced after the invasion of bandidos.

Niger is one of the Northern states in Nigeria most affected by bandidos attacks. Other states include Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina.
Posted by: Fred || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under: ISWAP

#1  mass abduction of the Islamic school students

That's a school trip, not a kidnapping.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/04/2021 3:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Worked real swell, hmmm?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/04/2021 12:00 Comments || Top||

#3  since it was an islamic school, the kidnapped are probably all boys
Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/04/2021 12:05 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Sluse Grealet9429 || 06/04/2021 17:53 Comments || Top||

Bristol, England antifa cells besieged property and created an operating base.
Posted by: Fred || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Shooting begins anew on Tajik-Kyrgyz border
Direct translation of the news article
[REGNUM] The situation on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is heating up again. According to the Border Service of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan, today, June 4 at 03:00 local time, Tajiks began to install a container on an undescribed section of the border in the Unzhu-Bulak area of ​​the Chon-Alai region (Osh region).

Kyrgyz border guards claim that citizens of Tajikistan entered the territory of Kyrgyzstan up to 1 kilometer deep.

"On the Tajik side, there is an accumulation of military personnel in automobiles and lightly armored vehicles. The border service of the State Committee for National Security is taking all measures to prevent an escalation of the conflict. However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
the border representatives of Tajikistan do not answer the phone calls . "

Kyrgyz border guards have switched to an enhanced version of the service.

Let us remind you that a month ago, there was a conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, in which several hundred people from both sides participated. As a result of armed clashes, the massive use of small arms, as well as artillery and aviation (from Tajikistan), more than 50 people died and more than 200 were injured.

An overview:

Tajikistan surpasses Kyrgyzstan in terms of population. The level of development of the economies of both countries is approximately equal. The countries are separated by a border with a length of about 900 km. Kyrgyzstan is a member of the EAEU, Tajikistan is not. In addition to ordinary goods, drugs are transported from Afghanistan through the territory of Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan and further in transit to Russia. Fuels and lubricants are smuggled from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan.

“… Our trade relations are lame, there are no dynamics. If in 2014 the volume of mutual trade was at the level of $ 40 million, then since then the numbers have not changed much. Both countries have no joint big business or mutual investments. There is only trade, and even then mainly through cooperation of border regions, ”the former deputy ambassador of Kyrgyzstan in Tajikistan.

The most serious problem in relations between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is the unresolved issue of disputed territories. Despite numerous promises, the authorities of the two countries were unable to finally decide the fate of the disputed areas on the border. The situation is aggravated by the growing shortage of water and arable land. The result is regular conflicts between residents of neighboring villages, often leading to casualties among the population.
Posted by: badanov || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

Fifth Column
City crews in Minneapolis have began to dismantle the George Floyd autonomous zone after more than a year
Posted by: Fred || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Riots over this dismantling to begin shortly.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 06/04/2021 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Rather than rioting, I think we should all join hands and sing a moving song. You know, the one that goes "George Floyd knew my father. Father knew George Floyd." and so on ad infinitum.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/04/2021 0:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Three people, including a pregnant woman, were murdered at that BLM-Antifa autonomous zone.

Black Lies Murder
Posted by: Squinty Spereng4205 || 06/04/2021 1:14 Comments || Top||

#4  3^ what he said
Posted by: Dacama || 06/04/2021 6:17 Comments || Top||


In the need to stem the mass exodus for Tax Revenue and with the Covid-19/21 ending, which was used to deflect from massive fraudulent voting. Minneapolis has decided to shutdown its Oddity Zone.

Being good little Socialist-Democrats.
They will resume Race baiting along with Tax and Spend as the order of the day. Until the next election.

I hope someone does a Before and After Video documentary for the historical archives. So future idiots will avoid the stupidity demonstrated in 2019- 2021.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/04/2021 7:41 Comments || Top||

#6  I actually feel kind of sorry for the idealistic non-violent folks at the beginnings of these shenanigans. (Well, maybe not)

They were kicked to the curb once their usefulness was no longer needed. They, at least most of them, haven't recognized that yet.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/04/2021 9:21 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ They were kicked to the curb once their usefulness was no longer needed. They, at least most of them, haven't recognized that yet.

If somehow they can establish a 'Congressional Caucus' there cause may have a chance of long-term survival and future shi* disturbing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/04/2021 9:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Barkeep! Another round of Danegoldschlager!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/04/2021 10:00 Comments || Top||

#9  On the bright side of the news, George Floyd has been drug free for a year now.
Posted by: badanov || 06/04/2021 10:47 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ and he hasn't assaulted anybody, so there's that...which is nice.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/04/2021 12:18 Comments || Top||

#11  And I'm sure the Democrats can find new customers for their fentanyl.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/04/2021 12:40 Comments || Top||

#12  He is turning his life around. Might not be a bad time to apply to community college.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/04/2021 12:44 Comments || Top||

#13  Could even get a scholarship on the girls' basketball team.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/04/2021 15:22 Comments || Top||

#14  It's certain he will be voting Democrat from now on.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/04/2021 16:08 Comments || Top||

#15  This actually irks me no end, dammit. I was hoping to get up there and see the place in all its unspoiled natural glory. Guess that's why gawd made 4k monitors... and a good thing, too, since he just yesterday finished off my long-balky 1080.
Posted by: Uloluth Choluling1558 || 06/04/2021 18:43 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
US Arrests Citizen Planning to Join ISIS in Egypt
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] The US authorities arrested a US citizen while he was preparing to travel overseas and join ISIS. The detainee, who was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, faces a 20-year prison sentence if convicted.

The Justice Department issued a statement announcing that Elvin Hunter Williams,
...more fully Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams. What on earth were his parents thinking!
Perhaps his parents like tennis but can't spell Bjorn Borg?
20, was accused of embracing an murderous Moslem ideology and was planning to travel from Seattle to Amsterdam, and then to Egypt to join ISIS.

In November 2020, a member of a Seattle-area mosque contacted the FBI with concerns about Williams. The mosque had attempted to provide support and guidance to Williams, but members became aware that he was deeply involved in ISIS propaganda.

Williams was using mosque-provided electronic devices to engage in online chats with ISIS snuffies and to view ISIS propaganda videos of beheadings and other acts of violence.
"We caught him whacking off to whacking heads videos"
In November 2020, Williams allegedly swore an oath of allegiance to ISIS, according to the statement.

With the help of confidential sources close to Williams, the FBI monitored his activity and became aware of his efforts to travel to the Middle East and join ISIS.

"Williams expressed to his associates that if he could not travel overseas, he would commit an attack in the US on behalf of ISIS."

The statement indicated that Williams began communicating with those he believed were ISIS recruiters and could get him to an ISIS terror cell in the Middle East or other parts of the world.

In early May 2021, Williams booked a flight from Seattle to Amsterdam and on to Egypt to join ISIS, however, on May 28, he went to the airport to catch the first leg of his international flight and was arrested at the departure gate.

"Williams is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors," read the statement.

Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s National Security Division John Demers said that Williams was determined to support ISIS either by traveling overseas to join and fight with the terrorist organization or by conducting an attack in the United States.

"The FBI was just as determined to stop him, and he was intercepted as he tried to make his way abroad," said Demers.

The assistant warned that the threat of terrorism at home and abroad remains, and the National Security Division is committed to holding accountable those who would provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.

For her part, Acting US Attorney for the Western District of Washington Tessa Gorman stated that the defendant proved persistent in his efforts to join ISIS, "speaking with enthusiasm about acts of horrific bloodshed in the Middle East and here at home."

She commended the citizens who contacted law enforcement, including his family and faith community - expressing concerns about the defendant’s radicalization, noting that "their courage to speak up and work with law enforcement was important to ensure public safety."

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Seattle Field Office Donald Voiret described Williams as an "individual self-radicalized, pledged loyalty to ISIS, and became consumed with activities to join the cause overseas."

He praised the efforts of the concerned citizens and family members who reported his behavior on multiple occasions and all of the law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly on this case, adding that "these combined efforts no doubt saved lives."
From the Wichita Eagle News:
The complaint described Williams as "self-radicalized" and said he first came to the FBI’s attention when he was 16. That's when administrators at his high school reported that he was telling others he wanted to join ISIS and that the fatal terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in England was justified by the way the singer dressed.

At the time, his mother told the FBI that Williams had been kicked off social media for his pro-ISIS posts and that she cut off the internet service at their home to keep him from accessing bad boy websites, the complaint said.

Last November, a member of the mosque, which is not identified in court papers, contacted the agency to report concerns about Williams, FBI special agent David Narrance wrote in the complaint. As an act of charity, the mosque had been looking after him in an attempt to de-radicalize him — helping give him a place to live, food and tuition for a semester of college.

Members of the mosque also gave him a cellphone and a laptop in hope the items would help him find a job, the complaint said. But they also made clear he would have to abandon ISIS if he wanted help.

A member of the mosque subsequently saw Williams using the phone to watch ISIS-related videos and to engage in bad boy online chats, and demanded the phone back, Narrance wrote. Members of the mosque reviewed the phone and were disturbed by what they found: graphically violent mostly peaceful videos, including beheadings by ISIS gunnies and bomb-making instructions.

The FBI opened an investigation and enlisted the help of several confidential informants, including some who messaged with Williams about his plans and others who posed as ISIS recruiters. In messages cited in the complaint, Williams discussed his willingness to become a martyr, his preference for fighting in the desert over the jungle, his fervent wish to behead someone — and his concern that he would be arrested at the airport.

He spent much of this year working and saving up for travel expenses, the complaint said. He received his passport on May 6.
Newsweek adds:
Williams is merely the most recent American to be arrested for allegedly trying to aid ISIS. In April, the DOJ announced three similar arrests.

One involved Benjamin Carpenter, a 31-year-old resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, accused of translating ISIS propaganda into English.

Carpenter (aka Abu Hamza) allegedly lead Ahlut-Tawhid Publications, an international organization that translates and publishes pro-ISIS materials. Carpenter had allegedly shared some translated materials with an undercover FBI agent who he believed was associated with ISIS.

Around the same time, the FBI arrested a couple for allegedly wanting to join ISIS. James Bradley and his wife, Arwa Muthana, allegedly wanted to commit a terrorist attack involving military cadets on U.S. soil if they couldn't join the group in the Middle East.

Authorities arrested the couple as they tried to board a fat merchantman headed towards the Middle Eastern country of 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...
. The entire year prior to his arrest, Bradley allegedly spoke at length about his plans to an undercover officer who he believed to have ISIS connections.

A 2015 study of 59 ISIS supporters found that the average U.S.-born ISIS supporter is a 26-year-old male who has discussed ISIS on social media and is ethnically or racially diverse.

The study, conducted by the Center of National Security at Fordham Law, found that a third of the ISIS supporters had converted to Islam and 81 percent had expressed support for ISIS on social media. But very few were of Middle Eastern or Arab descent.
Posted by: Fred || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Classified by the FBI as White Supremacists.
Posted by: Lonzo Hapsburg5562 || 06/04/2021 7:59 Comments || Top||


My Thoughts.

Strip him of US Citizenship
Expel and bar him from re-entry to the USA or holdings.
Officially Label him a Enemy of the USA.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/04/2021 10:01 Comments || Top||

#3  The FBI was just as determined to stop him, and he was intercepted as he tried to make his way abroad

"So, Mr. Williams... err, Bgorn. Why Egypt in particular? We have better paying indigenous groups right here in the US of A now. Free bail, medical, housing, publicity, the whole deal."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/04/2021 10:22 Comments || Top||

#4  #2, NN2N1, I assume your plan includes letting him go to join ISIS. That's OK with me as long as the rest of your plan is implemented. After all, we sure as hell don't need him here.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/04/2021 12:44 Comments || Top||

LHC acquits Christian couple who faced death penalty for blasphemy after 7-year on death row
[DAILYTIMES.PK] The Lahore High Court has spared the life of a Christian couple — convicted and sentenced to death in April 2014 but imprisoned since 2013 for sharing ’blasphemous’ texts — in a short ruling, according to defence lawyer.

Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar had spent about seven years seeking mercy through courts while imprisoned on death row. Advocate Saif-ul-Malook, the defence lawyer, told Daily Times that the high court acquitted the couple on charges of sending ’blasphemous’ texts to a local holy man, ruling that the evidence against the couple appeared insufficient.

The two-member bench, comprising Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh, announced the short order in the open court. The blasphemy
...the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider it to be a crime. In Pakistain you can commit blasphemy by looking cross-eyed at a Koran...
case was filed by Muhammad Hussain, a mosque leader in Gojra town, who believed that the couple had sent ’offensive text messages’ on his mobile and other Moslems. Through their lawyer, the couple pleaded their innocence, saying they were illiterate.

In April, the Amnesia Amnesty International issued a health alert for Shafqat Emmanuel, and reported that "his health is rapidly deteriorating, as his lower body is paralyzed and he needs help of prison guards for mobility." Advocate Saif-ul-Malook also confirmed that Shafqat Emmanuel has multiple bed sores due to unavailability of proper treatment.

It is pertinent to mention here that the European Parliament adopted a resolution in April, calling for a review of the GSP Plus status granted to Pakistain in view of an ’alarming’ increase in the use of blasphemy-related accusations besides rising number of online and offline attacks on journalists and civil society organizations.

The resolution expressed particular concern regarding the case of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar who were sentenced to death on blasphemy charges in 2014. "The evidence on which the couple were convicted can be considered deeply flawed," it said, adding that the couple had allegedly been in an argument with the accuser not long before the accusations were made.

Talking to Daily Times, Special Representative to Prime Minister on Religious Affairs Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that not a single FIR had been wrongly registered in Pakistain for the last seven months in the blasphemy-related cases. "If someone believed a wrong case of blasphemy had been registered against him, he should consult the Muttahida Ulema Board," he said.

To a question, he said that the Islamic scholars can reverse registration of any wrong case after reviewing it thoroughly. He said that the government was committed to prevent misuse of blasphemy laws and protect everyone from becoming victims to personal grudges. To another question, he said that no individual or group would be allowed to create chaos in Pakistain.

Since 2014, the couple had been tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
separately with Shafqat Emmanuel in Faisalabad
...formerly known as Lyallpur, the third largest metropolis in Pakistain, the second largest in Punjab after Lahore. It is named after some Arab because the Paks didn't have anybody notable of their own to name it after...
and Shagufta Kausar in Multan
...Home of the Multan Sultans...
’s Women Prison — the only jail for females in Punjab. A report suggested that Shagufta Kausar worked as a caretaker in a Christian school. The couple has four children, who had been left traumatize, according to the defence lawyer.
Posted by: Fred || 06/04/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  LHE expresses misgivings over acquittal: "The bold Lahore High Executioner," etc.
Posted by: Uloluth Choluling1558 || 06/04/2021 18:13 Comments || Top||

Terrorists kill BJP leader in Pulwama, J&K
[OneIndia] Militants rubbed out a BJP councillor in Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
on Wednesday night when he was visiting his friend's house in the Tral area of Pulwama district, officials said here.

A group of three snuffies opened indiscriminate fire at BJP leader Rakesh Pandita around 10.15 pm, a police spokesperson said, adding that his friend's daughter also suffered injuries and was hospitalised in a critical condition..

According to the police spokesperson, Pandita was a "protected person" and had been provided with two Personal Security Officers (PSOs) and a secured accommodation in Srinagar.

At the time of the incident, Pandita was without any PSO as he defied the standard operating procedure (SoP) and went to his native village in the south Kashmir district without his security.

Police have started the paperwork but haven't done much else and investigation is in progress. Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime, besides why he was without any security at the time of the incident, the front man said.

The area has been cordoned off and a search is going on to nab the attackers, he added.

Five BJP leaders were killed last year in a spate of assassinations. After this, there was a review of the security arrangement and most of them had been provided with secured accommodation in Srinagar, the summer capital of the union territory.

As targeted killing of BJP leaders in J&K continue, Lashkar front claims responsibility for latest attack

[OneIndia] A front of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba has grabbed credit for the killing of a BJP councillor in Jammu and Kashmir.

The front of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which calls itself People's Anti Fascist Front grabbed credit for the killing of Rakesh Pandita when he was visiting his friend's house in the Tral area of Pulwama district, officials said here. The front said that Pandita was involved in creating a network of informers.

If the Hindus believe that their evil designs can take roots in Kashmir, then it is delusional of a great magnitude. We have an eye on every activity and will deal with them appropriately, the release signed by the spokesperson of the front, Tanveer Ahmad Rather said.
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Motorcycle bomb found in Baghdad
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PKK confirms the withdrawal of Turkish forces from a border area in the Kurdistan Region
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Within few hours, thwarting a 5th attempt to target the US-Led Coalition in southern Iraq
[SHAFAQ] A security source reported today, Thursday, that an operation to target convoys carrying out logistical support for the US-Led Coalition in southern Iraq was thwarted.

"The engineering teams dismantled an IED that was placed on the side of the highway in Dhi Qar Governorate, prepared to target the convoys of the US-Led Coalition passing on the road", the source explained to Shafaq News Agency.

According to the source this is the fifth IED that was dismantled today targeting the Global Coalition.

It is noteworthy that the frequency of attacks targeting columns of trucks transporting international coalition supplies has lately escalated.

On January 5, the Iraqi parliament voted by majority to end the foreign military presence on the country's territory, following the killing of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani
, and the deputy head of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in an American Arclight airstrike
near Baghdad International Airport
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Tribal sheikhs and notables in Dhi Qar disown demonstrators ‘closing official departments
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IDF foils gun, hashish smuggling operation; Hezbollah involvement suspected
[IsraelTimes] 2 Arab Israeli men arrested in possession of 15 pistols, dozens of ammunition magazines, 36 kilos of drugs, all believed to have been brought into Israel from Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch...

Israeli security forces on Wednesday arrested an Arab Israeli father and son suspected of smuggling a large amount of hashish and firearms into Israel from Lebanon, potentially on behalf of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, the military said.

The suspects were found in possession of 15 handguns, dozens of ammunition magazines and some 36 kilograms (80 pounds) of hashish, a processed form of marijuana. In total, the Israel Defense Forces said the contraband was worth roughly NIS 2 million ($616,000).

"The IDF is investigating — among other things — whether the smuggling attempt was done with assistance from the Hezbollah terror group," the military said.

Though most illegal firearms in Israel are used for criminal purposes, not necessarily for terrorism, Israeli security services believed that at least some of the pistols were meant to be used in terror attacks orchestrated by Hezbollah. Israeli officials refused to elaborate on how they reached this conclusion.

According to police, the two suspects were a father and son from the Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr in northern Israel.

The military said the smuggling attempt was spotted on Wednesday morning by a soldier operating a surveillance camera along the border, who called a police unit to arrest a man walking away from the frontier.

The officers arrested the 24-year-old man, who was carrying bags containing the guns and hashish. Additional officers searched the area and found the man’s father waiting in a car nearby.

The police said the arrest was part of an effort by its Northern District to focus on arresting gun smugglers and distributors and not just on the buyers in order to "dry up the swamp and not just catch the mosquitoes."

Hezbollah has long maintained control over the area adjacent to the border with Israel and is unlikely to have been unaware of such a smuggling operation.

The terror group is known to fund its activities through drug sales around the world, including producing large amounts of hashish in eastern Lebanon.
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#1  Isn't smuggling weed to Israel like smuggling coal to Newcastle?
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Al-Qassam Brigades announced that two of its militants were killed attempting to dismantle IDF ordinance from the Gaza conflict
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Fadi Weshehat, an al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant in the West Bank, died from a bullet wound
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#1  Well, if you join a "Martyr's Brigade" it kind of comes with the ID card.
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Southeast Asia
Philippine Military: Lieutenant in Local Islamic State Faction Surrenders
[BenarNews] A senior suspected member of 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....
krazed killer group in the Philippine has surrendered to the military in southern Sultan Kudarat province, authorities said Thursday.

Officials identified the suspect as Khalid Kalaing, 57, and said he was a sub-leader of the Maguid Group, a faction of Daulah Islamiyah (DI), as the Islamic State (IS) chapter in the country is known.

"His surrender was due to the relentless efforts of security forces with the cooperation of the local officials," said Lt. Col. Romel Valencia, commanding officer of the 7th Infantry Battalion.

Kalaing gave himself up to government troops on Wednesday near the town of Isulan, Valencia said. The military had dismissed the Maguid Group as a small faction made up mostly of hard boyz engaged in banditry and other crimes.

"The surrenderer feared for his life because of continuous focused military operations against the DI and the equally lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
...a MILF splinter group aligned with the Islamic State...
(BIFF) in the borders of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces," Valencia said, according to the state-run Philippine News Agency.

The suspect was being questioned, the military said, adding it could not divulge more details about him.

Kalaing also surrendered various weapons, including several assault rifles of varying calibers as well as ammunition, Valencia said.

According to a report by PNA, news hounds interviewed Kalaing by telephone on Thursday.

"I have been sleepless for days lately thinking about my family and the normal life I once enjoyed. I feared that I might be a casualty of a lost cause," Kalaing said.

"Suddenly, I just wanted to become a farmer and be with my family again," PNA quoted him as saying.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Central and the 6th Infantry Division, called on other krazed killer groups in the volatile Mindanao region of the southern Philippines to give up, or be slain or arrested in military and police operations.

"Continuous coordination is being undertaken to provide appropriate cash and livelihood assistance and benefits to members of terrorist groups that have surrendered to help them start a new and sustainable life with the community and their families," Uy said.

Apart from the Maguid faction, other Moslem gangs have pledged allegiance to IS in the Philippine south.

These include the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a group that split from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country’s largest former separatist group, which now controls an autonomous region in the south after it signed a peace pact with the Philippine government.

The BIFF backed a five-month siege of the southern Philippine city of Marawi carried out by Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern pro-IS fighters in 2017, but held off from sending its fighters there.

Last month, the BIFF engaged in festivities with the military last month, and President Rodrigo Duterte flew to the south to rally troops against the krazed killers.
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Pro-Turkish groups' infighting in Syria's Sere Kaniye leaves casualties
[NPASYRIA] On Thursday, infighting between two of Ottoman Turkish-backed gangs resulted in deaths and injuries of button men and civilians in the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), northeast Syria.

Heavy festivities took place between al-Badir Martyrs and al-Mawali groups in the countryside of Sere Kaniye, a local source told North Press.

Al-Badir Martyrs group tried to smuggle some people to the Ottoman Turkish territory but it was prevented by al-Mawali, which turned to armed festivities.

The festivities resulted in the killing and wounding of a number of button men from both sides, in addition to the injury of a woman and a child.

According to the source, the city of Sere Kaniye is witnessing a state of instability, as a result of the ongoing dispute.

This comes in light of the continuation of the security chaos and the armed snuffies fighting for influence in the region, amid the deteriorating living and service conditions of the residents of the region.

In another context, a strong explosion was heard in the city of Sere Kaniye, near al-Diwan Square earlier today.

As a result, one person was maimed where he was taken to the hospital. The explosion also caused a state of fear and panic among the settlers in the city.

Sere Kaniye has been under the control of Ottoman Turkish forces and their affiliated gangs since late 2019, when the groups attacked the region and caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of native residents, which were then replaced by fighters from the Ottoman Turkish-backed groups and their families and supporters.
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Gunman killed trying to raid SDF member house in Syria's Deir ez-Zor
[NPASYRIA] On Thursday, a gunman was killed while trying, with a group, to storm the house of a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), north of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

Unidentified persons riding a cycle of violence, stormed the house of a SDF member in the village of Bseiteen in al-Suwar town, a military source from the town told North Press.

A clash, with light weapons, took place between the attackers and the family, which led to the death of one of the attackers, while the rest fled, the source added.

The residents of the village did not recognize the killed gunman, and he was handed over to the competent authorities to carry out their procedures, according to the source.

On May 31, four SDF members were maimed due to an IED explosion targeting their car in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor.
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