[KhaamaPress] The Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said aggressive military campaign will continue Afghans reach to a peace political settlement.
He made the remarks during a joint presser with the acting ministers of defense and interior of Afghanistan in Kabul on Monday.
"The United States remains fully committed to helping Afghans create a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, and to supporting the Afghans’ efforts, led by the government, towards peace," he said.
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[Sudan Tribune] The National Umma Party (NUP) led by Sadiq al-Mahdi, on Monday welcomed Qatar’s readiness to support the Sudanese government’s efforts to achieve peace during the transitional period.
In a recent visit to Khartoum earlier this month, Mutlaq al-Qahtani Qatar’s Special Envoy for Conflict Resolutions announced his country readiness to support Sudan and to use its regional and international relations to achieve peace, stability and development.
Further, in a meeting with the Sudanese Foreign Minister on Sunday, Qatari Ambassador to Khartoum Abdul Rahman Al-Kubaisi reaffirmed his country’s desire to enhance cooperation with Sudan in all fields, especially investment.
"The National Umma Party welcomes this expected position from the brothers in Qatar," said a statement released on Monday evening.
"The party renews its call and appeal to brothers and friends to support the transitional period and provide assistance to peace processes and democratic transition," further said the statement.
The NUP is one of the major groups of the Forces for Freedom and Change that back Hamdok’s government. Also, it is part of the Sudan Call alliance which gathers the NUP, the armed groups under the banner of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front and the Sudanese Congress Party.
[Sudan Tribune] The Friends of Sudan agreed Monday to establish a multi-donor trust fund to support Sudanese government economic reforms while Washington announced engaging discussions with Khartoum to remove it from the terror list.
The U.S. led international group discussed on Monday how the international community can support Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government’s economic reform efforts.
The meeting which was held on the sidelines of the World Bank annual meetings in Washington was attended by Egypt, La Belle France, Germany, Soddy Arabia
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[Libya Observer] The Libyan military prosecutor of the Defense Ministry has ordered the arrest of four military leaderships from Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... 's forces, including Haftar himself. Recipe for rabbit stew:
1. Catch a rabbit.
The arrest warrant is after Haftar, the commander of judiciary and control authority of Haftar's forces Oun al-Furjani, Chief of Staff of Haftar's forces appointed by Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Abdelrazik al-Nathori, and al-Sharif al-Buzaidi.
"Ongoing investigations are following up on a lawsuit by Hussam Abuajila Anbais for the abduction and killing of Abuajila Anbais, Muhannad Anbais, Hamza Barbash, and the torture and kidnap of Hussam himself in Esbea district in southern Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... on September 24 by Russian gang fighting for Haftar's forces." The arrest warrant says.
The military prosecutor ordered immediate apprehension of the four persons and sending them directly to his office, tasking security personnel of investigating the Russian gang's presence and whereabouts as well as other details to take the needed legal measures against them.
The only survivor of the Russian massacre of Wagner Group mercenaries in Esbea district, Hussam Anbais, filed a lawsuit against Haftar and accused him of bringing Russian mercenaries, kidnapping and killing his father, brother and brother-in-law.
[Libya Observer] Chairman of Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, has issued a decree to disburse the money allocated under the reparation clause, within the framework of the Misrata-Tawergha Reconciliation Agreement.
This came during a meeting between al-Sarraj and mayors of Misrata and Tawergha, in addition to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance Abu Bakr Al Jaffal in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... yesterday.
The meeting also covered a number of service files, including the progress of projects under implementation, as well as stalled projects which are near completion, in particular, education projects.
[LI] Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has vowed to "use force" to protect the country’s borders after Turkey threatened to unleash a wave of immigrants into Europe, French TV network Euronews reported.
The statement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threatened to "open the gates and send 3.6 million" migrants over to Europe.
"If Turkey sets off further hundreds of thousands on top of this, then we will need to use force to protect the Hungarian border and the Serbian-Hungarian frontier and I do not wish for anyone that we should need to resort to that," Prime Minister Orbán said.
President Erdogan threatened to open up the floodgates and swarm Europe with migrants after European leaders criticized Turkey for launching a military offensive against the Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria. Following the U.S. troops withdrawal, the Turkish army invaded northern Syria to target the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The U.S.-allied SDF, a coalition of Kurdish, Assyrian Christians, and Arabs fighters, played a key role in pushing back the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
[AlAhram] India and Pakistain are set to sign an agreement on Indian pilgrims visiting a Sikh shrine in Pakistain, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed neighbours at a time of tension that has brought exchanges of fire on their disputed border.
The pact will introduce visa-free access from India to the Pak town of Kartarpur, home to a temple that marks the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, died.
India's foreign ministry said in a statement late on Monday an understanding had been reached on most issues and India was prepared to sign the agreement on Wednesday.
Pak officials were not immediately available for comment but Pakistain's Dawn newspaper cited a foreign ministry front man as saying agreement had been reached and the two sides would sign the pact soon.
The Sikh minority in India has long sought easier access to the temple in Kartarpur, which is just over the border in Moslem-majority Pakistain.
The collaboration comes at a time of tension between the rivals, with Pakistain particularly aggrieved over recent Indian government measures in its part of the divided Moslem-majority region of 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.... Both countries claim the Himalayan region in full but rule it in part.
India in August revoked special autonomy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, which was accompanied by a crackdown on dissent by India's security forces there, angering Pakistain.
The dispute over Kashmir has bedevilled relations since their independence in 1947 and sparked two of their three wars.
India said on Sunday two soldiers and a civilian were killed in cross-border shelling in Kashmir while Pakistain said one of its soldiers and three civilians had been killed.
In February, they came close to war following a suicide kaboom in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers. In response, India launched an air strike on the Pak side and Pakistain shot down an Indian aircraft.
The new crossing will be inaugurated in early November, just before the 550th birthday of Sikhism's founder on Nov. 12, officials from both sides have said.
The shrine is about 4 km (2-1/2 miles) from the border. The crossing and corridor, including a road, bridge over the Ravi River and immigration office, will replace a drawn-out visa process and circuitous journey through Pakistain.
But there is still disagreement over a $20 fee that Pakistain wants to charge each visitor.
India "has consistently urged Pakistain that in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims, it should not levy such a fee", India's foreign ministry said.
[DAWN] A team of foreign diplomats posted in Pakistain were taken to the Neelum Valley in Azad 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.... (AJK) to witness firsthand whether the Indian army had "smashed four terror launch pads" there early Sunday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The diplomats were taken to the Nauseri, Shahkot and Jura sectors near the Line of Control (LoC), as well as the Nausada village, which has suffered severe damage in attacks by Indian troops. The trip was arranged so they can verify for themselves the claims made by Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat.
Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor briefed the diplomats and media persons about the situation in the area. The visitors were also shown remains of the artillery shells that allegedly fired by the Indian troops from across the LoC.
[DAWN] Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) prosecutor Kashif Javed was allegedly attacked by three unidentified persons in Lahore, according to a first information report (FIR) lodged on Tuesday.
Javed, who is the legal counsel of the ANF in a case against PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, has claimed that an unknown person had been following him from court to his residence for the past few days, which has posed a "continuous harassment and threat to [his] life".
The prosecutor said that he had informed bigwigs about the matter.
Javed told the police that, on Monday night, a white Corolla first blocked his passage and then purposefully rammed into his car on Lahore's main Gulberg road "very dangerously", damaging the front side of his car. He added that one of the three people in the Corolla had gotten off and was advancing towards Javed but expeditiously departed at a goodly pace after people started to gather at the scene.
The prosecutor urged the police to take "stern legal action" against the culprits.
Sanaullah, who is a PML-N member of the National Assembly, was arrested by the ANF in July in what is said to be a narcotics case involving proscribed outfits. According to ANF officials, drugs had been recovered from the former 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.... law minister's car when he was travelling from 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... to Lahore.
[DAWN] Former president and PPP chief Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ...husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in... was brought to the Pakistain Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Tuesday for treatment and lab tests after a medical board in Adiala jail recommended that the authorities do so.
Last week, an accountability court in Islamabad had ordered jail authorities to act upon the advice of medical officers on Zardari's plea for his shifting to a hospital. The former president is currently on judicial remand in the fake accounts case.
The PPP leader was brought to the hospital today from Adiala jail in an armoured vehicle.
[DAWN] JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman ...Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty... on Tuesday said that among the various options being entertained by the opposition in their anti-government 'Azadi March' campaign is the "resignation from assemblies" by opposition politicians.
In a press briefing to foreign media outlets, Rehman said that the JUI-F will not follow the "126-day model" of the incumbent government and "will not tire its workers by having them sit indefinitely on some open ground".
"If we are able to reach Islamabad, our action plan will be different and if we are prevented from doing so, it will take a different direction," he said, adding, "It will then take the form of a 'fill the jails' movement."
The JUI-F chief, however, clarified that his party will not clash with any state institution. "Our fight will be carried out within the scope of the limits outlined within the Constitution."
The JUI-F chief remarked that the country's institutions "should remain non-partisan". "No state institution should ever blindly lend their support to the government."
[IsraelTimes] The International Judo Federation announces the "final" suspension of Iran’s judo association from competitions and other activities over its boycott of Israeli athletes.
In a statement posted to its website, the IJF says the suspension will remain in place until the 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... Judo Federation "gives strong guarantees and proves that they will respect the IJF Statutes and accept that their athletes fight against Israeli athletes."
The Iran Judo Federation now has 21 days to appeal the decision.
The ruling upholds the suspension of Iran announced by the IJF last month.
That suspension came after Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei left the national team in protest of its policy of boycotting Israeli athletes. Mollaei said he was instructed to throw a match at the World Championships in Tokyo over the summer to avoid facing Israel’s Sagi Muki.
[Al-Rooters] An Iraqi government committee investigating a wave of unrest found that 149 civilians were killed because security forces used excessive force and live fire to quell protests, according to its report, seen by Reuters.
The report, which said more than 70% of the deaths were caused by shots to the head or chest, held senior commanders responsible but stopped short of blaming the prime minister and other top officials, saying there had been no order to shoot.
Protests over high unemployment, poor public services and corruption erupted on Oct. 1, prompting a violent security crackdown. Protesters blame graft and infighting among political leaders for failing to improve their lives even in peacetime, two years after Islamic State was declared defeated in Iraq.
"The committee found that officers and commanders lost control over their forces during the protests (and this) caused chaos," the panel said in its report. "There were no official orders from the supreme authorities to security forces to open fire toward protesters or use live ammunition at all."
Two Iraqi security officials had told Reuters last week that Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during what became Iraq's deadliest anti-government protests for years. Related story on the Burg today
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10/23/2019 06:22 ||
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No doubt a plan already in place by the Chinese in Hong Kong - and likely by our own 'security forces' if certain of us doth protest too much...
[Rudaw] At least 157 protesters were killed during the protests which swept Iraq earlier this month, a report published by the Human Rights Office of the United Nationals Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) confirmed on Tuesday. It put the number of injured at 5,494.
The report came just hours after the Iraqi government published its own findings, which put the corpse count at 107, the majority of them killed by gunshots to the head and chest.
The Iraqi investigative committee confirmed security forces used live ammunition, snipers, and tear gas to target protesters, while some demonstrators used Molotov cocktails against security forces.
Protesters in Baghdad told Rudaw English at the height of the violence that snipers were targeting them. The report confirms snipers were stationed in building in both al-Kilani square and near al-Nakhil mall in Baghdad.
The report revealed that around 70 percent of the protesters killed during the unrest were shot either in the head or chest ‐ indicating the snipers were shooting to kill.
"The majority of the protesters were between the age of 15 and 25," the report said.
Mass protests against corruption, unemployment, and the lack of basic services started in Baghdad on October 1, with security forces using live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas, and sniper rounds to disperse the crowd. Curfews were also imposed on city centers and internet services cut across the country’s south.
According to the report, the Iraqi government did not order security forces in any Iraqi province to open fire on protesters with live ammunition.
"The order of shooting at protesters or using live ammunition against them did not come from the Iraqi government," the report states, without indicating who gave the order.
Some protesters who spoke to Rudaw English on October 6 said an Iran-backed militia called Saraya al- Khorasani fired on them with live ammunition.
Saraya al-Khorasani is one of dozens of militias that make up Iraq’s security forces but often act independently or under the radar of official command.
The Iraqi committee's report offered a set of recommendations for the government. It called for the sacking of the head of Baghdad Operations Command, the commander of 11 Infantry Division, the head of first Division of Federal Police, and the head of Baghdad Police.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi established the committee on October 13.
Abdul-Mahdi also issued a set of reforms that were focusing on providing jobs and housing for the unemployed and families living in rented accommodation.
However, the hip bone's connected to the leg bone... protesters have vowed to resume their demonstrations on Friday.
[MAIL] German chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her support behind her defence minister's controversial plan for a 'safe zone' in northern Syria enforced by Western troops - possibly even German ones.
Merkel told conservative MPs that the idea was 'very promising, even if there are many questions', sources in the parliamentary party said.
The chancellor's decision to welcome a million Syrian migrants in 2015 has tarnished her political standing at home, but the idea of a 'safe zone' has previously been mooted to reduce the outflow of refugees from the war-torn country.
But Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's plan has already met with resistance from Merkel's coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD).
One SPD member, Heiko Maas, told reporters the idea had provoked a 'certain degree of irritation' among NATO allies.
It is the first time Berlin has proposed a military mission in the Middle East.
SOCHI, Russia/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph.
Hours after the deal was announced, the Turkish defense ministry said that the United States had told Turkey the withdrawal of Kurdish militants was complete from the "safe zone" Ankara demands in northern Syria.
There was no need to initiate another operation outside the current area of operation at this stage, the ministry said in a statement, effectively ending its military offensive that had begun on Oct. 9, drawing widespread criticism.
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[IsraelTimes] US President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... has authorized $4.5 million in aid for Syria’s White Helmets group, famed for rescuing maimed civilians from the frontlines in the civil war, the White House says today.
Trump ordered the funds for what is formally known as the Syria Civil Defense group "to continue United States support for the organization’s important and highly valued work in the country," spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says in a statement.
[IsraelTimes] Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... says he is ready to support any "popular resistance" against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... ’s invasion of northeastern Syria.
The Syrian government has agreed, after Russia mediation, to deploy in areas Kurdish-led forces control in northeastern Syria after US troops withdrew. The US withdrawal had opened the door for Turkey’s offensive earlier this month.
Syria’s troop deployment sets up a potential wider conflict between Turkey and Syrian government forces. But Russia, Assad’s ally, is currently hosting negotiations with Turkey about arrangements along the border.
Assad says he has offered clemency to those who had joined the Kurdish-led forces, which his government considers secessionists.
Assad speaks today while visiting troops in another part of Syria.
This is his first tour of areas in the northwestern province of Idlib that were recaptured from opposition fighters. The majority of Idlib remains in the hands of Turkey-backed opposition fighters and jihadi groups.
[DAWN] Kurdish forces are continuing to withdraw in northeast Syria but The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... will resume its military assault there once a United States-brokered ceasefire expires on Tuesday if promises given by Washington are not kept, President Tayyip Erdogan said.
A five-day pause in Turkey's cross-border military offensive to allow the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG fighters from the border area expires at 10pm (local time) on Tuesday.
Turkey says Kurdish YPG militia forces must leave a "safe zone" it wants to establish along its border with northeast Syria. Ankara views the YPG as gunnies with links to Kurdish bully boyz operating in southeast Turkey.
"The withdrawal is continuing," Erdogan told news hounds at Ankara airport before flying to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... on Syria.
[DAWN] Defeating murderous Moslems in Idlib is the key to ending Syria's eight-year-old civil war, Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Trampler of Homs... said on Tuesday on his first visit to the embattled northwestern region since 2011.
"The battle of Idlib is the basis for resolving chaos and terrorism in all other areas of Syria," Assad's office quoted him as telling troops in the frontline town of al-Hbeit.
It published a picture of the president surrounded by troops dressed in military fatigues, with maps hanging behind them.
His comments came as Syrian troops continued to deploy in parts of the north where they are supporting Kurdish forces to contain a Ottoman Turkish invasion, according to state news agency SANA.
Assad denounced Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as a thief for attacking the northeast of his country and reiterated a pledge to retake all areas lost to Damascus in years of civil war.
"Erdogan is a thief and is now stealing our land," state media quoted Assad as saying.
After turning the tide of the war, Assad's forces now control around 60 per cent of the country and the president has repeatedly vowed to return all of it to his control, including Idlib.
The Idlib region, which has some three million residents, half of them displaced from other parts of the country, is the last major rebel bastion in Syria.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... ‐ an alliance led by Syria's former Al Qaeda affiliate ‐ extended its administrative control over the whole of Idlib in January, but other rebel factions remain present.
In April, the Syrian government and its Russian allies launched an intensified bombardment of the region.
In August, government troops began a ground offensive that saw them retake several areas in southern Idlib, including the town of al-Hbeit, which was among the first to fall.
An August 31 ceasefire brokered by Russia largely halted air strikes and festivities with heavy weapons, but skirmishes persist, according to the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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.