[KhaamaPress] The Taliban group has warned that the coronavirus is threatening at least 40,000 prisoners across Afghanistan as the group called on international health and rights organizations to seriously consider the condition of prisons in Afghanistan.
The group issued a statement, expressing concerns regarding the lack of cleanliness and health facilities in prisons, warning that the spread of coronavirus spread in Afghan jails could result into a major humanitarian disaster.
The statement further added that the Afghan government would be responsible in the event of disaster in Afghan jails.
This comes as Taliban group is awaiting the release of at least 5,000 prisoners from Afghan jails following the signing of a peace deal with the United States late last month.
The Afghan government however opposed the release of all 5,000 prisoners and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree earlier this week stating that the government would conditionally release the prisoners in three stages with the first batch of 1,500 prisoners to be released on 14th March.
On the other hand, the public health authorities have reported 21 positive cases of coronavirus in Afghanistan.
The Public Health Ministry said it has recorded five new positive cases of coronavirus in three provinces of the country in the past 24 hours.
Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health confirmed that two of the new cases have surfaced in western Herat province, bringing the total number of the positive cases to 12.
The authorities have also recorded two more positive cases in central Logar province while the fifth new case has surfaced in northwestern Badghis province.
The officials say they have so far recorded 21 positive cases of coronavirus in seven provinces of Afghanistan.
salting, in a manner of speaking, the Swedish armed forces with combat experience and lessons learned in real fighting might be one reason to be involved.
Lots of nations served in Iraq and Astan. See El Salvador, the Stone Platoon. Slovakia in Astan.
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[HomelandSecurityToday] ISIS included a full-page infographic on coronavirus prevention in the new issue of the terror group’s official weekly al-Naba newsletter.
The group has followed the outbreak from the beginning of this year, regularly including updates in the news briefs section of the newsletter. "A new virus spreads death and terror in China," al-Naba reported in January, adding that "communist China is panicking after a new virus has spread" and noting how Chinese officials discussed the discovery of person-to-person transmission as well as the lockdown of Wuhan. Al-Naba highlighted "growing concern about the spread of the infectious virus," adding that "this could push the World Health Organization into an emergency."
Around the same time, ISIS-supporting Quraysh Media, which has been active in its production of online propaganda posters, seized on the outbreak to produce and disseminate a poster with a grainy image of a person in a hazmat suit and respirator. "China: coronavirus," the poster stated, adding, "A promise is a debt we must not forget."
As the outbreak spread, perhaps mindful that the global reach of the new coronavirus could also pose a threat to their members or supporters, the Islamic State turned to criticizing the Chinese government for hiding the scope of coronavirus outbreak.
In a February al-Naba piece, ISIS noted that while "many Muslims rushed to confirm that this epidemic is a punishment from God Almighty" for China's widescale abuse of of the Uyghur population, "the world is interconnected" and transportation "would facilitate the transfer of diseases and epidemics." Muslims should "seek help from God Almighty to avoid illness and keep it away from their countries," the terror group added.
"The real numbers for the dead and the ill are many times what they announced," the ISIS news brief said, adding that China was "claiming the recovery and discharge of some patients with the disease… to reassure people, and to reduce the catastrophic effects."
In the latest al-Naba issue, a full-page graphic on the back cover cited Islamic texts for “directives to deal with epidemics.”
ISIS highlights “the counsel to put trust in God and seek refuge in Him from illnesses” and “the obligation of taking up the causes of protection from illnesses and avoiding them.” The terror group also added that “the healthy should not enter the land of the epidemic and the afflicted should not exit from it,” though their claimed provinces and active cells aren’t all operating in virus-free lands: While West and Central Africa remain mostly untouched, along with no reported cases in Syria or Yemen (where ongoing war would make gauging the extent of an outbreak difficult), cases have been reported in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, the Philippines and Indonesia.
ISIS also reminds followers to “cover the mouth when yawning and sneezing” and cites a hadith about germs and contamination: “Cover the vessels and tie up the waterskins, for there is one night in the year when pestilence descends, and it does not pass by any vessel that is not covered or any waterskin that is not tied up, but some of that pestilence descends into it.
People should also “wash the hands before dipping them into vessels,” ISIS concludes.
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03/17/2020 00:00 ||
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[RUDAW.NET] Ottoman Turkish authorities have detained nineteen people for "sharing unsubstantiated and provocative" information about coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... on social media, the Ottoman Turkish interior ministry said in a statement according to Ottoman Turkish news agency DHA. The statement added that they have identified 93 people spreading misinformation.
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03/17/2020 00:00 ||
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[IsraelTimes] A military tribunal in Beirut on Monday ordered the release of a Lebanese-American held in the country for nearly six months on charges of working for an Israeli-backed militia two decades ago, Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... ’s state-run news agency ...and if you can't trust the state-run news agency who can you believe?... said.
Amer Fakhoury was ordered released because more than 10 years had passed since he allegedly tortured prisoners at a jail run by the so-called South Lebanon Army, the National News Agency said.
Fakhoury, 57, is is a former SLA member who became a US citizen last year, and is now a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire. His case has been closely followed in his home state of New Hampshire, where US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other officials have called for imposing sanctions on Lebanon to pressure Beirut to release him.
Fakhoury has not been attending questioning sessions in Lebanon over the past few months, since being hospitalized with stage 4 lymphoma.
It was not immediately clear if he will be set free, as he is facing another case filed by former prisoners who say they were tortured by him.
Over the weekend, the Fakhoury family placed a sign on their restaurant’s door saying they anticipate reopening by early or mid-April, Seacoastonline.com reported.
"We are excited to serve you again!" the sign read. The statement was attributed to Fakhoury and his wife, Micheline.
Fakhoury has been enjugged ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... since September 12, after returning to Lebanon on vacation to visit family. Lebanon’s intelligence service said he confessed during questioning to being a warden at Khiam Prison, which was run by the SLA during Israel’s 18-year control of southern Lebanon.
Human rights groups have described the prison as a center for torture.
Fakhoury’s family and lawyer, however, say he had no direct contact with inmates and was never involved in any interrogation or torture.
Lebanon and Israel have been officially at war since Israel’s creation in 1948. Lebanon bans it citizens from traveling to Israel or having contact with Israelis.
His lawyer and family say he fled Lebanon in 2001 through Israel and eventually to the United States because of death threats he and many other SLA members received after Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000.
In February, Fakhoury was charged by a military investigative judge with the murder and torture of inmates at Khiam Prison.
Hundreds of former Lebanese members of the SLA militia had fled to Israel, fearing reprisals if they remained in Lebanon. Others stayed and faced trial, receiving lenient sentences.
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