[ToloNews] Residents in the newly retaken Kaldar district of Balkh in northern Afghanistan on Thursday shared their experience under the Taliban ...Arabic for students... in the past month, saying the Taliban torched their homes and used residents as human shields during the fighting with the Afghan cops.
They said the civilian population paid a heavy price during the fighting between the two sides and their livestock and other belongings were lost.
Tazarigh village, which is only 8 kilometers away from center of Kaldar district, saw some of the heaviest fighting between the security forces and the Taliban. People in the area say that their homes were destroyed.
Mohammad Nazar, one of the residents in the village, said: "Here it was our home. The Taliban, who are the slaves of Pakistain, came here and destroyed our homes, they planted mines here," he said.
Debris can be seen from a distance in Kaldar district.
TOLOnews’ news hound Sayed Mohammad Aref Musvai, reporting from Kaldar, said that the Afghan cops are still on red alert in the district to respond to possible threats by the Taliban. The security forces liberated Kaldar on Monday.
"The Taliban did not manage to hold out against us, we recaptured the district center in two hours," said Ahmadullah, a member of the Afghan Special Forces ...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting... Businesses have reopened in the Kaldar district bazaar.
"Nothing was left here in the district, there is nothing left in the police headquarters and NDS headquarters, everything was transferred out by the Taliban," said Mohammad Yousuf Ghulamzada, Kaldar district governor.
Residents in Kaldar said that they suffered difficult days in the past month.
"When the airplanes were coming, they (Taliban) were dressing in women's clothes and were sitting inside with the children, several children died," said Mohammad Nazar, a resident in Tazarigh village of Kaldar district.
Residents in Kaldar said that imported muscle were also fighting against the Afghan forces along with the Taliban.
"Based on the statistics that we gathered from the National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... , imported muscle were seen among them (Taliban), these foreigners included Chechens and Kazakh and their dead bodies were lying on the battlefield," said Fazluddin Najamzada, the head of Balkh's security department.
Following the Soviet departure from Afghanistan, in 1988 there followed a vicious civil war. Eventually won by the Taliban, the years were replete with savagery, and the thousands of atrocities committed by the Taliban. We can expect the same results in the years ahead.
[ToloNews] Salaam Telecom has not been providing services anywhere in Afghanistan since Wednesday 10 am, according to reports. "Mo didn't have Telecoms in the 7th century, and neither do you!"
Some reports also say that the outage had a link to the recent trip of a Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... delegation to China, however, officials of the telecom company have explained the outage as a technical issue with no political reasons.
Officials at the company have said that the company has lost several of its employees in Taliban attacks in the past and has suffered millions of dollars worth of financial losses.
Sources said that in the past three months, Salaam Telecom lost 51 towers. In six districts 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... all the assets that belong to Salaam Telecom have been destroyed. In 8 other districts, including Torghundi and Islam Qala ports, Salaam Telecom has stopped its activities due to the presence of the Taliban.
"We do not have any operations in areas under the control of the Taliban," said Ashiqullah Alizai, the head of Salaam Telecom Company in Herat.
"In areas that are under the control of the Taliban--for instance, in Faryab, in one of the districts, as we know, all assets that belonged to Salaam Telecom were looted, however, in other districts, they are operational," said Enayatullah Kamal, the governor of Faryab.
According to officials, in provinces like Takhar and Kunduz, Etisalat, Afghan Wireless and MTN telecom services operate only during the day. They cannot operate during the night due to Taliban threats.
"In areas where there is fighting, the activities of telecom companies are facing problems, there are also reports of financial losses," said Saeed Shinwari, a front man for ATRA.
Based on available figures, over the past few years the Taliban has destroyed dozens of telecommunication towers in different parts of the country, with some reports saying the Taliban has destroyed as many as 308 telecom towers in this time.
The Taliban has said in the past that Salaam and Afghan Telecom companies are military targets.
[ToloNews] Afghan cops pushed back a Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... attack on 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... city and Karokh district in Herat province on Wednesday night, said local officials on Thursday.
"The Taliban has sustained casualties and fighting is still ongoing in some parts of the city," according to officials.
The Taliban launched simultaneous attacks in Pul-e-Malan in the south of Herat city, Seyawashan village in the city, and in the center of Karokh district, the officials said.
"At least 40 Taliban were killed and more than 40 others were maimed," according to local security officials.
However, facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable... the Taliban has not yet confirmed the deaths of their fighters.
Several army vehicles were also damaged in the attacks, according to sources.
The festivities are still ongoing in Pul-e-Malan.
"We have tanks and military equipment and will fight against the Taliban with strength," said Akram Khan, a commando forces commander.
"We are defending our soil. We are not moving forward at this time in order to prevent the civilian casualties," said Abdul Rahim, a commando force member.
Mohammad Ismail Khan,
...one of the Northern Alliance/Jamiat-e Islami warlords, the Herat Tajik was an Afghan National Army captain under the Communists, mujahideen commander against the Soviets, twice governor of Herat province — first for the mujahideen, then after the Taliban were defeated — and finally Hamid Karzai’s Minister of Energy and Water. He no doubt expected that at 75 he would be sitting back and enjoying less active maneuvers as an elder statesman. Instead he stood up a local unit of the People's Resistance® Front, with plans to be formidable...
a former mujahideen leader who is also leading the public uprising forces, visited the battlefield.
He assured the public that the security forces will not allow the Taliban to enter the city.
"A small number of Taliban have come to villages near the city of Herat and there is nothing to worry about," he said, adding that "the security forces and the people's forces are ready to eliminate them and prevent the enemy from advancing. People in Herat should not worry."
Gen. Sayed Merajuddin Sadat, the provincial police chief, said the "Taliban wanted to create fear among the people to prevent us from advancing in the districts."
"The security forces responded to the Taliban last night and their bodies are on the battlefield. The security forces and the people will fight against the Taliban and will push them back from the city," said Colonel Abdul Hamid Hamidi, commander of 207 Zafar Corps.
There is no report over possible security forces casualties in the festivities.
20 Taliban terrorists killed & seven others wounded during a joint clearance operation carried out by ANDSF inTaluqan City of Takhar province. Several villages of Taluqan cleared of terrorists. pic.twitter.com/JU6HCc6NO6
— Ministry of Interior Affairs- Afghanistan (@moiafghanistan) July 29, 2021
[AlAhram] 'One suspect was killed in a shootout, while the other suspect was injured and subsequently apprehended,' the statement of Æthiopia's Somali region communication office said
An infiltration attempt by the terror group al-Shabaab ...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... to Æthiopia from neighboring Somalia has been foiled, Æthiopian authorities said on Thursday.
In a press statement, Æthiopia's Somali region communication office said two suspected al-Shabaab operatives were intercepted earlier this week.
"Two suspected al-Shabaab operatives who tried to enter from neighboring Somalia to Æthiopia were intercepted in the Mustahil locality of Æthiopia Somali regional state," said the statement.
"One suspect was killed in a shootout, while the other suspect was injured and subsequently apprehended," the statement said.
Somalia has struggled with the lack of an effective central government since 1991 when former President Mohammed Siad Barre was ousted from power by armed rebellion, leading to the Somalia Civil War. The weakness of the central government of Somalia has led to the proliferation of sea piracy, illegal fishing by foreign boats and attacks by terror groups, most notably al-Shabaab.
In January, Æthiopia announced the arrest of dozens of suspected Æthiopian gunnies linked to al-Shabaab.
Portland: Huge trucks gather in SE Portland to dismantle & clean the growing homeless encampment at Laurelhurst Park. The area had become a growing biohazard with human waste & needles all over the residential area. Far-left activists gathered to protest. pic.twitter.com/2UUeOcQRCx
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Huge trucks gather in SE Portland to dismantle the city and throw it into the Columbia River.
Said Portland Mayor Ted "Pencil Neck" Wheeler, "We've totally screwed the pooch here. I admit it. We have turned the city into an apocalyptic hellscape. City Council has decided the best course of action is to toss Portland into the river and start over from scratch".
[OneIndia] The National Investigation Agency has arrested a key conspirator in the killing of the Parihar brothers at Kishtwar, 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.... The accused has been identified as Malik Noor Mohammad Fayyaz aged 51. The case relates to the killing of Anil Kumar Parihar and his brother Ajit Kumar Parihar. The brothers were fired at by unknown persons when they were returning home.
The NIA filed a chargesheet against 7 persons including three snuffies of the Hizbul Mujahideen ...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003... who were killed. The snuffies who were killed were identified as Osama-bin-Javid, Haroon Abbas Wani and Zahid Hussain.
Four persons were also arrested in the case-Nisar Ahmed Sheikh, Nishad Ahmed Butt, Azad Hussain Bagwan and Rustam Ali. Further investigation in the case to the unearthing of a larger conspiracy. The motive was to revive terrorism in the Chenab Valley.
The NIA said that Fayyaz had visited Assam and Nagaland along with the other accused to procure weapons for furthering terrorism in the Valley. He was instrumental in motivating and recruiting gullible Moslem youths to join the cadres of HM.
[SHAFAQ] The Iraqi intelligence announced arresting ten forces of Evil in al-Anbar and Nineveh.
The Directorate of Military Intelligence said in a statement that accurate information reached confirmed the presence of three forces of Evil wanted by the judiciary under an arrest warrant following the provisions of Article 4 of terrorism, in the Karma and Heet districts in al-Anbar.
The statement added, "In light of the information, the detachments of the al-Jazeera Intelligence Department and forces from the Fourth Regiment, headed towards the target and arrested two forces of Evil in Kubaysah district of Heet District," noting that the Military Intelligence Division detachments in the Tenth Division managed to arrest another terrorist in Karma district, east of al-Anbar.
For its part, the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency reported arresting seven forces of Evil who held several positions in ISIS in Nineveh Governorate.
However, those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things... a force from the Third Brigade of the Rapid Response Division in the Ministry of Interior destroyed several ISIS hideouts in Wadi al-Shay and al-Jiyam village, west of Tuz Khurmatu.
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well, they are up 10 compared to our "intelligence". hey to the guy who is monitoring my post though.
[IsraelTimes] A 12-year-old Paleostinian boy was killed Wednesday after apparently being shot by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Beit Ummar, according to the Paleostinian Authority Health Ministry.
The IDF acknowledged that its troops had opened fire in the area, saying that soldiers were pursuing suspects in a vehicle who had tried to bury the body of a newborn baby near a military post.
Paleostinian Authority health officials identified the boy as Mohammad al-Alaami, a resident of Beit Ummar, saying he was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers. al-Alaami was allegedly sitting in a car at the entrance to the town when he was shot.
The boy was evacuated by medics at death's door to Hebron’s al-Ahli Hospital, but later died of his injuries, the Health Ministry said.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, a group of soldiers near Beit Ummar saw several Paleostinians digging near a military post close to the town entrance before leaving the scene in a car. When the soldiers approached the site, they found the body of a dead day-old baby in a plastic bag, the army said.
A short while later, the soldiers saw a similar car; believing it to be the Paleostinians who had recently buried a baby, they sought to arrest its passengers, the military said.
"The soldiers initiated the suspect arrest procedure, which included calls [in their direction] and shooting in the air. When the vehicle did not stop, one of the soldiers fired at the wheels of the vehicle in order to stop it," a spokesperson for the IDF said.
The Israeli army said it was looking into reports that a Paleostinian child was killed during the shooting. An investigation into the incident had been opened in the army’s Military Police, a body that examines the conduct of Israeli soldiers.
Hebron has seen considerable Paleostinian unrest over the past day following the apparent shooting of a member of the well-known al-Ja’abari clan in broad daylight on Tuesday, allegedly as part of a dispute with another family.
According to the Paleostinian wire service Ma’an, more than 12 Paleostinian businesses and four cars were torched on Tuesday night.
In a rare move, Hebron governor Jibrin Bakri ordered a nightly curfew in the city. "Stay home to preserve your safety and security in light of the current security situation," Bakri warned residents in a statement, saying that curfew violators would be prosecuted.
[SANA.SY] Ottoman Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries of terrorist organizations have continued targeting, with rocket and artillery shells, the locals’ houses and properties in several villages, Aleppo northern countryside, causing material damages to the houses, private and public properties.
Local sources told SANA news hound that the Ottoman Turkish occupation and its mercenaries on Thursday, attacked with rocket and artillery shells the villages of Tal Madiq, Abin, A’aqibah, Deir Jamal, Tal Rifaat and al-Shahba dam in the northern countryside.
The sources added that the attacks caused huge damages to several houses and agricultural fields belonging to the locals.
It is noteworthy that the Ottoman Turkish occupation, on Wednesday attacked with heavy artillery shells the residential houses in Tal Rifaat, Meng, Ain Dikna, Tinb Kishtaar in Aleppo northern countryside, causing a material damages to the houses and properties.
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[SANA.SY] Terrorist groups targeted with shells the National Hospital and the citizens’ homes in Daraa city.
SANA news hound said that the terrorist groups, positioned in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood, targeted neighborhoods in Daraa city with shells, one of which fell on the National Hospital and damaged equipment and supplies in the Renal Department.
The news hound pointed out that a mortar shell fell in al-Sahara neighborhood, adjacent to Daraa al-Balad, causing material damage to properties.
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[RUDAW.NET] Six civilians including several children were among 19 people killed Thursday in the fiercest festivities to rock Syria's Daraa province since it was captured by the government, a war monitor said.
Artillery shelling by regime forces on the village of al-Yadudah, northwest of Daraa city, killed a woman, her child and three other youngsters, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Regime artillery fire also killed a sixth civilian in the district of Daraa al-Balad further south, according to the Observatory.
The deaths bring the toll for Thursday's festivities to a total of 19 across the province, which is located in southern Syria.
The figure includes at least eight Syrian regime fighters and five button men affiliated with former opposition groups, the monitor said.
Russian-backed Syrian army and allied forces recaptured Daraa from rebels in 2018, a symbolic blow to the anti-government uprising born there in 2011.
State institutions have returned but the army still has not deployed across the whole province, and tit-for-tat bombings and liquidations between former opposition figures and regime forces have since become routine.
Tensions flared on Thursday, leading to what the Observatory called the "most violent mostly peaceful and broadest festivities in Daraa since it came under regime control".
Fighting started when regime forces fired artillery shells towards the former opposition hub of Daraa al-Balad in tandem with a ground push, the Observatory said.
In response, button men launched a counterattack across many parts of the Daraa countryside, where they seized several regime positions and captured more than 40 regime fighters, according to the Observatory.
Both sides have since upped artillery attacks.
Citing a medical official in a regime-held part of Daraa city, the official SANA news agency said mortar attacks by gangs on Thursday killed two civilians, including a child.
Many former rebels stayed in Daraa instead of evacuating under a Moscow-brokered deal, either joining the army or remaining in control of parts of the province.
Daraa al-Balad, a southern district of Daraa city, is among the areas controlled by former opposition forces.
The pro-government al-Watan newspaper on Thursday said the Syrian army had started "a military operation against hideouts of snuffies who thwarted a reconciliation deal".
SANA said that the "Syrian army has deployed in several areas neighbouring Daraa al-Balad to tighten security", accusing local fighters there of carrying out attacks against soldiers and civilians.
In March, button men in Daraa killed 21 Syrian soldiers in a bus ambush.
The soldiers were en route to al-Mzairib district in the rural west of the province to arrest a former opposition commander when they came under fire.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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