[DAWN] Preliminary results expected on Saturday after last month’s presidential election in Afghanistan have been delayed, the election commission said.
Officials had previously indicated that results would likely be pushed back. But in her announcement, Awa Alam Nuristani, who heads the Independent Election Commission (IEC), did not say how long the vote count will be delayed.
“Unfortunately, because of some technical issues and for transparency, we could not announce the results based on the election timetable,” she said, apologising at a press conference.
The IEC previously said that less than one-third, or about 2.7 million of Afghanistan’s 9.6 million registered voters, cast ballots in the Sept 28 first-round poll.
With fears of fraud and threats of deadly Taliban violence, it was a record low turnout.
The contest featured 18 candidates but President Ashraf Ghani, seeking a second five-year term, and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, are the favourites.
Just two days after the election and before all votes had even arrived in Kabul for counting, Abdullah claimed victory in a move that international and local observers panned as premature.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... ’s offensive in northeastern Syria falls foul of international law, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday.
"We don’t believe that an attack on Kurdish units or Kurdish militia is legitimate under international law," Heiko Maas told Germany broadcaster ZDF.
"If there is no basis in international law for such an invasion, then it can’t be in accordance with international law," he said, in his strongest comments yet on the assault.
Ankara launched a cross-border attack against Syria’s Kurds on October 9 after the United States announced a military pullout from the north of the war-torn country, to widespread international criticism.
NATO member Turkey has justified the offensive as necessary to secure its borders.
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Tsk, international law violation. I guess that means invoking Article 5 is off the table. Not that NATO was ever going to be involved, but at least now we won't have to listen to Erdy going on about it.
[Rudaw] Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Cemil Bayik released a video on Sunday warning Syria’s Kurds not to trust the motives of the United States or Russia and to continue fighting the Ottoman Turkish invasion.
"You need to stay put. You should not leave your areas. Let them kill and wound as many as they want," Bayik said in the video, published by the PKK-affiliated ANF news agency.
The PKK has fought a decades-long war with the Ottoman Turkish state for greater Kurdish political and cultural rights for Kurds in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
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PKK probably hates Russia more than us. We're only evil capitalists, the Russians are apostates.
[DAWN] India is trying to build the world’s biggest facial recognition system to immediately detect a suspect, says an official announcement released to the international media.
The proposed database the Automated Facial Recognition System, aims to "modernise ... information gathering, criminal identification, verification and its dissemination" across the country.
India has asked IT companies across the world to send their proposals to the National Crime Record Bureau in New Delhi.
India hopes that the project would enable law enforcement agencies in its 29 states and seven union territories to access a single, centralised database.
A detailed 172-page document published by the bureau says that the system would match images from India’s growing network of CCTV cameras against a database of mug-shots of criminals, passport photos and images collected by various government agencies.
[DAWN] As major opposition parties, including Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz, Pakistain Peoples Party and Awami National Party founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism.... , have decided to join the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...a Pak religious party. It is usually part of the govt, never part of the solution... -Fazl’s Oct 27 Azadi March in Islamabad, the government has formed a ministerial committee to propose response to possible mischief from protesters.
The decision was made during a multiparty conference at the JUI-F provincial secretariat on Saturday.
Besides others, Qaumi Watan Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and other political groups also attended the event, where JUI-F provincial chief Maulana Attaur Rehman was in the chair.
The participants finalised a joint strategy for the Azadi March and decided that the processions from southern districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would proceed to Islamabad via Kohat-Fateh Jang Road on Oct 31, while marchers from Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. , Malakand, Mardan and Hazara ...a grouping of Dari-speaking people of Sino-Tibetan descent inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistain. They are predominantly Shia Moslems and not particularly warlike, which makes them favored targets... divisions will enter Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... via the Grand Trunk Road.
Mr Rehman said the provincial leaders of ANP, JUI-F, PML-N, PPP, QWP and their political allies would lead processions to the federal capital.
[DAWN] Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Lakki Marwat district on Sunday reported two new cases of polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain... and Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... 's Harnai district reported one, bringing the country's total this year to 76.
The two victims from Lakki Marwat ‐ a seven-year-old girl and a 21-month-old boy ‐ are residents of the Sarai Naurang tehsil, a report released by the Emergency Operation Centre said.
According to the EOC, both affected children had not been administered the polio vaccine.
[JPost] - Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic, British and U.S. officials said on Monday.
The Russian group, known as "Turla" and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf of Russia's FSB security service, has used Iranian tools and computer infrastructure to successfully hack in to organizations in at least 20 different countries over the last 18 months, British security officials said.
The hacking campaign, the extent of which has not been previously revealed, was most active in the Middle East but also targeted organizations in Britain, they said.
Paul Chichester, a senior official at Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, said the operation shows state-backed hackers are working in a "very crowded space" and developing new attacks and methods to better cover their tracks.
[ALMASDARNEWS] US troops are evacuating wives of ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... * gunnies from the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria amid the Ottoman Turkish offensive in the Arab country, Ikhbariya broadcaster reported on Sunday.
US helicopters are circling the camp in the course of the evacuation operation, the broadcaster stated.
On Monday, US media reported that the US forces failed to evacuate around 50 "high-value" ISIS detainees from Kurdish jails in northeastern Syria amid the ongoing Ottoman Turkish military operation in the area.
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"US troops are evacuating wives of ISIS..."
Hmm.. did Joisy Senator Menendez hitch a ride with SanFran Nan to the Mideast? Given the predilection of the Lions of Islam for 9 year old brides, the good Senator might see it as a good hunting ground.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The current protection of the Kurdish-led forces in Syria could be considered an act of war by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... , Ottoman Turkish Presidential adviser Yasin Aktay said on Saturday.
"If the Syrian regime wants to enter Manbij, Ayn al-Arab [Kobani] and Qamishli to provide protection for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG], that will be viewed by Turkey as the declaration of war and it [Damascus] will face a relevant response," Aktay stated.
According to Aktay, if the Syrian government assures Turkey that the Kurdish-led forces will not operate along the border, Ankara may change its position on the Syrian military.’s advance in the northern part of the country.
In regards to the Ottoman Turkish military presence in northern Syria, Aktay said Turkey is not planning to keep a permanent presence in Syria, adding that Ankara is not interested in land grabbing.
"Turkey does not grab anyone’s territories," Aktay continued.
Aktay also said that Ankara has agreed with Washington to create a 444-kilometre-long (275 miles) safe zone controlled by its troops on the Syrian border.
"The depth of the created safe zone was discussed during the meeting with the US, when the Ottoman Turkish side confirmed the need to create a safe zone on the border with Syria with a depth of 32 kilometres [19 miles] and a length of 444 kilometres, which was agreed with the US delegation," Aktay said.
"The east of the Euphrates, in particular, the provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, which was discussed with the United States, will be fully included in the safe zone, and we managed to reach mutual understanding on this issue. The agreement reached with the Americans is clear, the Ottoman Turkish armed forces will exercise control over the safe zone, the depth and extent of which will be determined by Turkey," Aktay added.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian military will be taking over the strategic al-Tabaqa Airport in the western countryside of the al-Raqqa Governorate, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told al-Masdar on Sunday.
According to the source, the Russian military has already begun deploying their forces to the al-Tabaqa Airport, pointing out that a convoy of 15 Russian military vehicles entered the installation on Saturday.
The source added that the Russian military convoy was carrying several soldiers and equipment to secure the al-Tabaqa Airport and its surroundings.
Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over the al-Tabaqa Airport in western al-Raqqa to the Syrian Arab Army; this came just days after the two parties reached a defense pact in northern Syria.
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 ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... /ISIS/IS/ISIS) captured the al-Tabaqa Airport in August 2014 after seizing several sites across northern Syria, including Raqqa city.
Following the capture of the al-Tabaqa Airport, the Islamic State carried out one of the worst massacres of the war when their turbans marched over 200 captured Syrian soldiers to a desert area near the installation; they would then summarily execute these soldiers after lining them up side-by-side.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The head of the Lebanese Forces A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb... Party (LF) Samir Geagea ... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ... said on Sunday that the Lebanese streets which are flooded with protesters waving the Lebanese flag are real scenes echoing "a deep crisis that has crumbled the country’s economy."
Geagea, in an interview with Al Hadath news channel, called upon all political blocs to resign from Saad Hariri ...Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.... government on Sunday night.
A day earlier, Geagea announced the resignation of the Lebanese Forces Party’s four ministers from Saad Hariri’s government.
Geagea told Al Hadath the national unity government has become a failure due to the existence of "multiple opinions" and the inability to implement."
"We cannot tackle all the problems at once, let’s begin with a technocratic government," Geagea said.
"We demand a government of competence from successful personalities with clean hands," the party leader said adding that "if a government is formed different from its predecessors, the street (public) will be satisfied immediately."
"The crisis exceeded all reform proposals due to the mistrust between the people and the ruling government," he added.
In an earlier interview with local Lebanese TV Al Jadeed earlier on Sunday, Geagea said: "If we are late, I think what follows is worse, I call upon President (Saad) Hariri to approach a new cabinet."
He also added that he expects the resignation of the ministers of the Progressive Socialist Party’s bloc later in the day.
On Saturday, the Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Wally Jumblat ...Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling... denied reports of his request to his party’s ministers to resign from the Lebanese government.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The secondary circuit of the Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor will be operational within two weeks, Ali Asghar Zarean, a special assistant to the chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted as saying on Sunday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
The starting of the secondary circuit will not violate restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear program under a landmark 2015 deal with world powers.
Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man... said Tehran will continue to reduce its commitments to the deal, removing curbs on its nuclear program, until Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an parties to the pact protect Iran’s economy from US penalties.
Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... has the capacity to produce up to 25 tons of heavy water per year, Zarean said, noting that the Islamic Theocratic Republic currently produces 20 tons of heavy water annually, which is exported to other countries.
Heavy water can be employed in reactors to produce plutonium, a fuel used in nuclear warheads.
Despite having nuclear technology, Iran has never pursued building or using nuclear weapons, which its religion forbids, the country’s highest political authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini... , said earlier this month.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed the withdrawal of his troops from the border town of Ras al-Ain but said that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... has not abided by a US-brokered ceasefire.
"We withdrew all our troops from Ras al-Ain. As you know, yesterday we took a number of our maimed comrades out of the city and today all our troops have withdrawn with the rest of the injured," General Mazlum Kobani Abdi said in an interview with Al Arabiya.
"In this way, we have committed to the agreement of the withdrawal of our troops from some of the areas specified in the deal, while pullout from other areas is still ongoing. But we want to say that the Ottoman Turkish state, for its part, has not abided by the ceasefire agreement and continues to launch attacks," Abdi added.
Ras al-Ain is one of two towns on the Ottoman Turkish-Syrian border that have been the main targets of Turkey's offensive to push back Kurdish fighters and create a more than 30 km deep "safe zone" inside Syria.
During his interview with Al Arabiya, the commander denied reports of an agreement between the SDF and the Syrian government.
"So far there is no agreement between us and the Syrian regime. There are meetings between us which are ongoing, and we agreed on a joint plan to confront the Ottoman Turkish occupation," he said.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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