[ToloNews] Secretary General Stoltenberg says NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... supports the resumption of peace talks, provided that the Taliban ...Arabic for students... makes "real compromises."
Speaking to journalists gathered for NATO’s defense ministerial this week, Stoltenberg affirmed NATO’s "commitment to its mission in Afghanistan to ensure that the country does not become a safe haven for international holy warriors once again."
ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... is present in Afghanistan, Stoltenberg said, and NATO’s train, advise and assist mission is part of NATO’s global interest to defeat it.
He said NATO supports the resumption of peace talks, provided that the Taliban makes "real compromises."
Over the last year, the US reduced the number of American soldiers in Afghanistan by 2,000, Gen. Scott Miller, commander of US and NATO forces revealed on Monday.
"We saw some ups and downs in troop levels, but the US and NATO are still committed to Afghanistan," Stoltenberg confirmed.
Commenting on the recent Afghan presidential race and ongoing results-tallying, Stoltenberg said that the "Afghan election needs transparency and credibility because we need fair elections," and there is a need for "the election bodies to do their work."
NATO Defense Ministers will meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to address key issues for the alliance and to discuss Afghanistan’s mission.
Referring to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... ’s incursion into northeast Syria, the Secretary General welcomed the significant reduction in violence following the joint statement by Turkey and the United States.
"It is important that all forces on the ground act with restraint and with full respect of international humanitarian law," he said.
Stoltenberg underlined that recent developments underscore the urgent need for a political solution.
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"NATO’s global interest"
NATO's interest is in the North Atlantic. Specifically against the Soviet Union. This is nothing but globalists abusing NATO for their own selfish purposes. European troops are useless in Afghanistan and Article V should never have been invoked.
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Don't let it get your blood pressure up. It's just so much hot air for consumption by the rubes. Everyone knows ISIS has plenty of friends inside the Beltway...
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10/24/2019 8:39 Comments ||
[DAWN] China is organising talks among Afghanistan's rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban ...Arabic for students... and the United States on the withdrawal of US forces broke down.
China, which shares a short border with Afghanistan, has been trying to encourage peace efforts and last month a Taliban delegation visited Beijing for talks with government officials.
"China has invited a delegation [...] to participate in the intra-Afghan dialogue," a Taliban front man, Suhail Shaheen, said in a post on Twitter late on Tuesday.
The so-called intra-Afghan dialogue is aimed at reconciliation between Afghanistan's warring parties and has been running parallel to the talks between the forces of Evil and the United States.
Last month, US President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... halted the talks with the Taliban aimed at striking a deal for US and other foreign troops to withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees, after the gunnies carried out a kaboom in Kabul that killed 12 people, including a US soldier.
The United States has been hoping that its deal with the Taliban would pave the way for a ceasefire and power-sharing talks between the Afghan government and the krazed killers.
The Taliban have refused to talk to the government, denouncing it a US puppet, but government officials have taken part in the intra-Afghan dialogue as private citizens.
Shaheen said the talks in China would be held on that basis.
"All participants will be attending the meeting in their personal capacity and they will share their personal opinions for solving the Afghan issue," he said.
He did not give a date for the talks and officials at China's embassy in Kabul were not available for comment.
The Afghan government was aware of China's plan to host talks but it could not comment at this stage, said deputy foreign minister, Idress Zaman.
[IsraelTimes] 14 people to go on trial May 4 to July 10 for aiding forces of Evil in January 2015 attacks on satirical magazine, kosher supermarket in Gay Paree.
Fourteen people will go on trial in Gay Paree next May over the January 2015 attacks on the Charlie Hebdo ...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe... newspaper and a kosher supermarket that heralded a wave of jihadist strikes on La Belle France, judicial sources said Wednesday.
The trial will take place from May 4 to July 10, lawyers and a judicial source told AFP.
Seventeen people were killed over three days in and around Gay Paree in January 2015 in the attacks.
Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said killed 12 people on January 7 at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Gay Paree, including some of La Belle France’s best known cartoonists.
Over the following two days, a third gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, rubbed out a young policewoman and killed four people at a kosher supermarket.
All three button men, who had claimed allegiance to jihadist groups, were killed by police.
The 14 accused are suspected of having provided logistical aid to the attackers.
The case will be heard by a special court seated, for logistical reasons, in a new, bigger building in the extreme northwest of Gay Paree and not the Palace of Justice in the center that would ordinarily have hosted it, the sources said.
Eleven of the suspects are in detention, but three are set to be tried in their absence.
They include Hayat Boumedienne, the partner of Coulibaly, who Ottoman Turkish authorities said at the time had crossed into Syria as her partner shot the policewoman.
Also on the run are brothers Mohammed and Mehdi Belhoucine, who also left for the Iraq-Syria region just before the attacks.
Unconfirmed reports have said all three could now be dead after fierce bombing campaigns in the area to defeat the jihadists there.
Responsibility for the attack against Charlie Hebdo was claimed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000... , an offshoot of the main al-Qaeda organization.
When it begins in April 2020, the trial of the 14 will be the first such major process against jihadists in La Belle France since the 2017 trial over the 2012 attacks by Mohammed Merah.
Merah killed three soldiers in March 2012 before gunning down a rabbi, two of the rabbi’s children, aged three and five, and an eight-year-old girl at a Jewish school in Toulouse ...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France... . A police sniper killed him during a siege at his home.
His brother Abdelkader was in April handed a 30-year jail term as an accomplice in the murders.
A wave of jihadist attacks on La Belle France that started with the Charlie Hebdo killings has claimed 255 lives so far, including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall as part of coordinated strikes on multiple Gay Paree targets on November 13, 2015.
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A state that takes this long to deliver the piss-ant justice that is sure to be delivered, does not deserve the taxpayer's money or the voter's confidence.
[DAWN] President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... announced on Wednesday the United States is lifting sanctions on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... , hailing the success of a ceasefire along its border with Syria.
The president, who has been under fire for abruptly withdrawing US troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to launch a deadly offensive against the Kurds, added that a "small number" of US troops would remain in the conflict-hit country.
"Earlier this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the ceasefire permanent," he said in a televised address from the White House.
[DAWN] Former federal minister Akram Khan Durrani on Tuesday filed a petition before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking pre-arrest bail in multiple inquiries initiated against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Mr Durrani, a leader of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...the political wing of the Pak Taliban... -Fazl (JUI-F), claims that he is being victimised for playing a key role in the Azadi March to be launched by his party on Oct 27 against the government of the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI).
In his petition the JUI-F leader stated that he is "being victimised and harassed by the respondents [the chairman, deputy director and investigation officer Nadeem Fraz of NAB] although he is cooperating with them and will continue to do so. However, some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them... the pace at which all three inquiries are being carried out, his arrest before he could further garner support from other opposition parties for Azadi March is very likely."
Mr Durrani is facing inquiries for alleged corruption in two housing projects of the Federal Government Housing Foundation, appointment of blue-eyed officers in the Pakistain Housing Authority Foundation, allotment of ’out of turn’ plots for mosques and induction in the Pakistain Public Works Department (PWD).
The petitioner states that he "belongs to Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam-F which is to lead the Azadi March against the government from Oct 27" and a Rehbar Committee was formed for coordination and preparation of the protest.
"The petitioner has been playing an instrumental role in the Rehbar Committee and has in fact been representing his party at some of these meetings of the committee," the petition said, adding that the government "just to disturb political activities" is behind the inquiries.
The petitioner said that NAB "since its formation in 1999 has primarily been serving as a tool of political engineering and a way of silencing dissenting voices".
He expressed apprehensions that NAB may be used against the Azadi March’s organisers.
[DAWN] A judicial magistrate on Tuesday denied physical remand of retired Capt Muhammad Safdar, husband of PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif ...served two three non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts... , to the police and sent him to jail on judicial remand in a case of alleged hate speech.
Islampura police presented Mr Safdar before the magistrate in the evening (after office hours) around 6pm while security was beefed up on the court premises since morning.
Mr Safdar was arrested late on Monday night when he was returning to Lahore through motorway from Bhera.
A deputy district prosecutor told the magistrate that the suspect was charged with inciting people against the government and state institutions. He said the suspect was arrested on a directive issued by Lahore deputy commissioner.
He said police needed 14-day physical remand of the suspect for investigation.
Advocate Farhad Ali Shah defended Mr Safdar and argued that the police acted with mala fide intention. He pointed out that the police initially lodged FIR under section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) and later inserted sections 124 & 506 of the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC) in it as well.
[DAWN] US Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells informed a Congressional panel on Tuesday that India’s annexation of the occupied lands has not changed America’s position on held 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.... , as it continues to consider it a disputed territory.
"We consider the Line of Control (LoC) a de facto line separating two parts of Kashmir," said Ms Wells. "We recognise de facto administrations on both sides of LoC."
She was responding to a question from the panel’s chairman, Congressman Brad Sherman who asked her if India’s Aug 5 decision to annex the occupied territories had also affected the US position on held Kashmir and if Washington now saw LoC as an international border. He also asked her if Washington still saw held Kashmir as a disputed territory.
"We do not take position on the type of administration either by India or Pakistain," said Ms Wells when Mr Sherman asked her if the US agreed with India’s decision to merge held Kashmir.
In a written statement she shared with the panel, Ms Well said that the security situation in India-held Kashmir remained tense and festivities between youth and security forces were a regular occurrence.
The first official US assessment of the situation in the occupied valley also emphasised the need for resuming India-Pakistain dialogue but claimed that Islamabad’s alleged support to some terrorist groups had stalled the talks.
[DAWN] A security firm says fake smartphone apps laden with malware are targeting Pakistain's military and government.
Golly. How dreadfully mortifying for them.
A report released on Wednesday by Canadian company Blackberry identifies new espionage campaigns attempting to steal sensitive data from mobile devices.
Blackberry says it doesn't know who is responsible for the campaigns but says it likely involves state-sponsored hacking groups.
The report says one of the fake apps promised news about 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.... . India imposed a security lockdown in August on occupied Kashmir, detaining thousands and cutting off telecommunications for days.
[DAWN] The government on Wednesday decided to let the opposition's 'Azadi March' protest in Islamabad proceed as long as parameters laid out by courts for lawful protest are not breached.
The decision was made after a team delegated to negotiate with the opposition presented its recommendations to the prime minister.
It was decided during the meeting that "the Government, with its firm belief in upholding democratic ideals, would allow the proposed Azadi March, if it takes place within the ambit of law and the Constitution as interpreted in the decisions of the Supreme Court of Pakistain and Islamabad High Court," a brief statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said.
"The prime minister believes in the democratic right to protest," a spokesperson for Prime Minister House had earlier told DawnNewsTV.
The protesters will be allowed to carry out the march as long as the everyday life of citizens is not adversely affected, in accordance with the past judgements of the Supreme Court and the high court.
The news broke amidst reports that the Islamabad police was issuing riot gear and mobilising containers to cordon off sensitive areas of the capital city to prevent protesters from marching on to the Red Zone.
[Rudaw] The Iraqi government has decided to transfer nearly 2,000 convicted 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... ) prisoners from djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... to Baghdad in a bid to cope with the overloaded internment facilities in Nineveh Province.
The transfer process is set to include the convicted ISIS felons held at the Tel Kaif detention facility including 1624 men, nine women and 118 teenagers under 18, Sherwan Dubardani, a Mosul representative MP in the Iraqi Parliament, told Rudaw English on Wednesday.
Asil al-Agha, a member of the Nineveh Provincial Council told KirkukNow that "the prisoners are due to be transferred to Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons in the capital, Baghdad."
The province of Nineveh is home to three detention facilities ‐ Tel Kaif, Faisaliya and Tasfirat ‐ that have the capacity to accommodate 2,500 inmates, but are currently housing nearly 4,500 detainees, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) published on August 5.
Dubardani said after a field visit to the center-turned-prison in Tel Kaif, he realized "how terrible the place was" and that it was "not suitable at all" for the convicted held there.
"There was also little security measures taken against the convicted," he added. "It was really dangerous."
The damage ISIS inflicted on Mosul is now preventing Iraqi forces from finding suitable facilities in which to house the prisoners.
"Mosul does not have a proper prison now after ISIS blew up Badush jail, which was the biggest and the most important reformatory facility ," Dubardani said, adding that Mosul authorities were "forced to hold them elsewhere."
He added among others held at the Tel Kaif facility are another 316 men, 142 women and 730 teens who have not yet been tried.
However, we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by... he explained that it has not yet been decided as to when the whole transfer process will finish.
"It is not an easy job. It is very complicated," he said. The decision has been made and it will take place," he explained.
Iraq's government has declined to provide figures on detention centers or prisoners, including how many are facing terrorism-related charges, although some sources estimate that 20,000 are being held for purported ISIS links.
In a report published March, HRW urged the Iraqi government to "ensure that detention before trial is the exception, not the rule, and only applied on an individual basis where it is necessary."
"The authorities should ensure that there is a clear legal basis for detentions, that all detainees have access to legal counsel, including during interrogation, and that detainees are moved to facilities accessible to government inspectors, independent monitors, relatives, and lawyers, with regular and unimpeded access", it added.
Photos of juvenile and women cells published by HRW show severe overcrowding. Conditions in Nineveh were said to be so bad that lawyers cannot meet with their clients inside, "because there is no space for meetings".
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Moved to P.2: War on Terror Background after Pancho Flerens6518 pointed out this article was published Mar 26, 2016.
—trailing wife for the moderators at 4:30 p.m. EDT
[ChicagoTribune] Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter 5-year-old civil war.
The fighting has intensified over the past two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other as they have maneuvered through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed.
In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving in from Kurdish-controlled areas to the east.
"Any faction that attacks us, regardless from where it gets its support, we will fight it," said Maj. Fares Bayoush, a leader of Fursan al Haq.
Rebel fighters described similar clashes in the town of Azaz, a key transit point for fighters and supplies between Aleppo and the Turkish border, and March 3 in the Aleppo neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsud.
President Barack Obama recently authorized a new Pentagon plan to train and arm Syrian rebel fighters, relaunching a program that was suspended in the fall after a string of embarrassing setbacks, which included recruits being ambushed and handing over much of their U.S.-issued ammunition and trucks to an al-Qaida affiliate.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Mount Lebanon State Prosecutor, Judge Ghada Aoun, has pressed charges against former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, along with his son Maher Mikati, brother Taha Mikati, and Bank Audi.
According to the Mount Lebanon State Prosecutor, Mikati is being charged for unjust enrichment, which is based on the wealth he has accumulated at the expense of others.
Unjust enrichment occurs when one person is enriched at the expense of another in circumstances that the law sees as unjust.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that Washington should end the occupation of the al-Tanf border crossing in Syria’s Homs governorate.
"US service members are stationed illegally in this area...blocking the road that connects Iraq and Syria. We demand an end to their occupation", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told journalists.
In December 2018, US President Donald Trump ...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party... announced the end of the main part of the anti-terrorist operation in Syria and the destruction of ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... *’s so-called "caliphate"; he also announced the withdrawal of US troops from the country, which numbered some 2,000.
On Monday, Trump confirmed that only a small number of troops in the south will remain in the country after the troop pull-out in the northeast. Earlier, it was reported that his statement concerned the al-Tanf garrison at the junction of the borders of Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. According to media reports, the garrison consisted of 150 military personnel.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian military police deployed in the Syrian province of Aleppo have started patrolling northeast of the town of Manbij, a representative of the military law enforcement branch told news hounds earlier in the day.
Joint Ottoman Turkish and Russian patrols are ready to be deployed to the Syrian border city of Ras al-Ayn.
Russian 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... and his Ottoman Turkish counterpart His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important... on 22 October adopted a memorandum to resolve the situation on the Syria-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... border in light of Ankara’s offensive targeting Kurdish militias.
According to the document, Russian military police and Syrian border guards will facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish faceless myrmidons from an 18-mile (29 km) zone along the border within 150 hours starting from 23 October.
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