[ToloNews] Afghanistan began on Thursday the process of releasing from jail 100 Taliban ...Arabic for students... Islamist faceless myrmidons in a prisoner swap for 20 of its security forces, a security bigshot and a Taliban representative said.
It is the first step towards freeing 6,000 prisoners held by the Afghan government and the hard boy group, among confidence-building measures key to the success of a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly two decades of war.
"It was decided in the morning that 100 Taliban should be released in exchange for 20 members of Afghan cops today," said a bigwig in the office of President Ashraf Ghani ...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money... The names of those to be released had been sent to prison authorities, added the official, who sought anonymity because he had not been authorised to speak to the media.
The Taliban have said the swap begins this week as teams from the warring sides work out technical details and logistics for receiving prisoners amid a coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... pandemic.
"The technical issues require some time," said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban front man. "I think the release of 100 Taliban fighters and 20 Afghan security force members will happen either tomorrow or the day after."
Both sides confirmed the Taliban prisoners are to be released at the Bagram military base north of the capital, Kabul. But the site for the release of the Afghan cops has yet to be firmed up.
A Taliban team of three arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to begin the prisoner exchange process and met Afghan officials despite a widespread lockdown against the virus, which has caused 239 infections and four deaths in Afghanistan.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed Tuesday’s developments as "good news", a week after visiting both government leaders in Kabul and Taliban representatives in Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... ’s capital of Doha, where the Afghan faceless myrmidons have an office, to urge the grinding of the peace processor forward.
The Taliban want Ghani to release 5,000 prisoners before they will hold talks with the Afghan government.
The group, which controls more than 40% of Afghan territory, is arranging transport for families to receive old and sick fighters released from jail, but has no plans to provide financial assistance.
[KhaamaPress] The Department of Defense, Pentagon, announced $7.1 million in fresh aid to support the operations of the unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
"Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded $7,187,794 for a modification to a firm-fixed-price delivery order N68335-19-F-0434 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-16-G-0046," the defense departmetn said in a statement.
The statement further added "Work will be performed in Afghanistan (95%); and Bingen, Washington (5%)."
Pentagon also added "This order procures field service representatives and instructors to provide technical services, training, and program management needed to sustain and support ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan in support of the government of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan."
"Work is expected to be complete by March 2021," the Defense Department added in its statement.
[KhaamaPress] The National Investigation Agency of India (NIA) has filed a case to investigate the deadly attack on Sikh in Kabul city, it has been reported.
In a bid to launch its first investigation regarding a terror attack on foreign soil, the NIA registered its case under criminal conspiracy and terror charges, according to Hindustan Times.
An NIA official, who didn’t wish to be named, told The Hindustan Times "We will first seek all the documents from Afghanistan authorities through official channels to see what kind of evidence they have collected so far. A team will later visit Kabul".
According to Hindustan Times, the Narendra Modi government last year amended the NIA Act, empowering the agency to investigate terror activities against Indians and Indian interests abroad apart from cyber crimes and human trafficking.
The amended law came into force on August 2, 2019, the paper added.
This comes as a group of faceless myrmidons attacked the Sikh temple in Kabul city last week, killing at least 27 people including an Indian national and wounding many others.
The offshoot of 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.... in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, grabbed credit for the attack.
[ALMARSAD.CO] Former spiritual leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Sami al-Saadi, who has close ties with the terrorist Shura Councils and Ansar al-Sharia ...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libya and Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet... , said that Moslems have duties that they should fulfill simultaneously. He said that medical teams, nurses and other healthcare professionals should work on combating the pandemic, while fighters on the fronts, along with their supporters and those who send them arms, must continue to fight the other pandemic‐namely, "Haftar" (the Commander of the Libyan National Army).
[Jpost] Iran-linked hackers target WHO staff during coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... outbreak
It is not clear if any accounts were compromised, but the attacks show how the WHO and other organizations at the center of a global effort to contain the coronavirus have come under attack.
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04/03/2020 8:04 Comments ||
Bless your heart, Herb
Posted by: European Conservative ||
04/03/2020 8:08 Comments ||
Herb never found a world event he wouldn't blame on the US.
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04/03/2020 9:50 Comments ||
Knew a fellow and his wife who lived near a Mount Vernon, Indiana crude oil tank farm. Just a few dozen meters from their house was a noisy oil pump jack. I could never understand how they became accustomed to the noise. When I asked him about it, "oh, you get used to it after a while. It gets to be you don't even notice it."
[AnNahar] Greece on Thursday sealed off a migrant camp near Athens after 21 of its residents tested positive for the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... -- beginning with a new mother at an Athens hospital.
"From today the facility is placed under sanitary isolation for two weeks," the migration ministry said in a statement.
Hours before the new cases were announced, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had praised health safeguards at Greek camps.
"I think we're pretty good at contact tracing, and you can actually do contact tracing at the very beginning of an outbreak," Mitsotakis told CNN.
"I think we have a very good track record of dealing with this problem in a very humane manner," the PM said, referring to dire camp overcrowding.
"We will continue to keep a very, very close eye on what is happening in our camps... We're ramping up medical facilities," he said.
The woman from the Ritsona camp, reportedly of African origin, tested positive after giving birth at an Athens hospital this week.
The ministry said that of 63 people subsequently tested at Ritsona, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Athens, 20 were positive but without symptoms.
No staff were found to be carrying the virus, it said.
The new mother's case was the first among asylum-seekers living in a Greek camp. The state has run several vaccination campaigns in past years, but no screening had been done for the present virus.
All access to Ritsona camp has been restricted and food will be delivered to the residents, the migration ministry said. Additional medical staff will be sent to the area and all residents will be screened, it added.
As of 1600 GMT on Wednesday, Greece's population of 11 million had recorded 50 deaths and 1,415 cases of novel coronavirus.
In camps on the Greek mainland and islands, where tens of thousands of asylum seekers live in overcrowded and unhygienic conditions, regulations have been announced to keep residents as far from the local population as possible.
The migration ministry on Thursday said that another asylum-seeker living in a flat in the northern city of Kilkis had tested positive after giving birth at a local clinic.
[swarajyamag.com] Inmates at the New Delhi headquarters of Islamic organisation Tablighi Jamaat follow practices that “guarantee” the spread of the virus to other inmates, says a man from Telangana who stayed at the Nizamuddin-based building for three weeks in November.
Johny (name changed), who spoke to this correspondent over the phone, requested to be anonymous.
Johny, born a Christian, converted to Islam in June 2019 to win over his girlfriend’s family. Soon after the mandatory circumcision, which he got done in August, he joined Tablighi Jamaat on the advice of a “doctor”.
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Posted by: John Frum ||
04/03/2020 10:17 ||
Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat
A thousand men using a pool of water to wash feet, hands, noses, mouths? Eating with their hands fom a communal plate? What could possibly go wrong?
Posted by: John Frum ||
04/03/2020 10:39 Comments ||
If the Village People had known of this place, they'd have made a song about it.
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04/03/2020 12:41 Comments ||
[outlookindia.com] Uttar Pradesh government has decided to book several members of the Tablighi Jamaat under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) after they allegedly misbehaved with female nursing staff and resorted to obscene behaviour at a hospital in Ghaziabad where they are being quarantined.
The members of Tablighi Jamaat A peaceful group of itinerant Deobandi preachers who form one of al-Qaeda's recruiting arms... was kept in an isolation ward in a hospital in Ghaziabad after they were evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz, the headquarter of the Islamic organisation that emerged as one of the biggest hotspots of Coronavirus in the country.
According to a highly placed source quoted by news agency IANS, it has also been decided that female nurses and policewomen will not be deployed where the Tablighi Jamaat members are kept.
It may be recalled that the Chief Medical Officer of the MMG Hospital in Ghaziabad had written a letter to the Ghaziabad police informing about the 'criminal behavior of the Jamaatis'.
The CMO, in his letter, stated that the members of the Tablighi Jamaat who are kept at the isolation ward of the hospital, have been roaming in their wards naked. The letter stated that obscene comments and songs were being heard from the ward, and inmates were asking for beedi-cigarette from the staff of the hospital. The CMO also wrote that these people have also been making lewd gestures towards female employees of the hospital.
The Tablighi Jamaat group has come under severe criticism for flouting the guidelines issued by the Delhi and central governments in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The members of Tablighi Jamaat, who travelled to different states from Delhi after attending a mammoth congregation in March, became the carriers of the virus, infecting hundreds. In states like Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh and UT of Jammu and Kashmir, several cases of Coronavirus were found to have links with the congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz.
Posted by: John Frum ||
04/03/2020 08:28 ||
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Many jihadi attackers in France have been former Tablighi Jaamat members. One French secret service official called the organization the "antechamber of terrorism" because of its apparent role in radicalizing Muslims. 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui was a Tablighi Jamaat member, as was Kafeel Ahmed, who died in the Glasgow Airport Attack, as were the founders of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, who hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999.
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04/03/2020 8:43 Comments ||
It's all on the stupid Government, and the inept, corrupt judiciary. I don't understand whose hearts and minds they think they can win with all this p↺ssyfooting around the islamic issue.
I understand their corporate benefactors stand to lose mist, if they go General Dyer on the muzz, and India suffers some kind of sanctions. But Trump's presence practically guarantees that will not happen. Of course, he won't be always in office. Sooner or later an islamophile Democrat will arrive and India will suffer just the same.
The voter didn't ring in Modi for jobs or a higher GDP. They voted him in to deal with 'the enemy'. He seems to not comprehend that it wasn't his brilliance or his statecraft the Indian public values him for.
[IsraelTimes] The United States criticizes a Pak court’s overturning of a death sentence ...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead... handed down over the gruesome killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl, calling the decision an "affront."
"The overturning of the convictions for Daniel Pearl’s murder is an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere," says Alice Wells, the top US diplomat for South Asia.
She welcomes indications that Pak prosecutors will appeal the decision on British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.
Mr. Sheikh, after all, only helped deliver Daniel Pearl to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, he didn’t actually help cut off his head. So clearly he is innocent, to a certain kind of mind.
[IsraelTimes] The head of the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group in Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... is warning Israel if more ventilators for coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... patients are not brought into the Paleostinian enclave then it will "take them by force." Stomping his tiny feet and shaking his tiny fists
"If ventilators are not brought into [Gaza], we’ll take them by force from Israel and stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis," Hebrew media reports quote Yahya Sinwar saying.
There have only been a handful of confirmed COVID-19 cases so far in Gaza, but a World Health Organization official warned earlier today that 80 to 90 percent of the ventilators in the Strip and the West Bank are already in use.
[AnNahar] 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... on Thursday filed a U.N. complaint against Israel after its warplanes used Lebanese airspace to fire missiles at targets in Syria’s Homs, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expats has filed a complaint before the U.N. Security Council in New York over the dangerous Israeli violation of Lebanese illusory sovereignty, after three Israeli aircraft bombed Syrian sites from the Lebanese airspace, which represented a threat to Lebanese civilians," the Ministry said in a statement.
"This violation comes at a time the entire world is facing the threat of the spread of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... pandemic," it added.
It also urged the U.N. Security Council to "put an end permanently to the Israeli violations," noting that "Israel violates the Lebanese aerial, maritime and territorial illusory sovereignty on daily basis."
Israeli warplanes flew at low altitude Tuesday over several Lebanese regions, sparking a state of panic, before they bombed targets in Syria’s Homs.
Syrian air defenses opened fire Tuesday night on missiles launched from Israeli warplanes flying in Lebanon’s airspace, shooting down some of them, Syrian state media said.
The Syrian state TV said the targeted a Syrian army position without saying where exactly. The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said Israeli warplanes fired eight missiles at the Shayrat air base in Homs province. It gave no further details.
Residents of the Lebanese capital Beirut heard the sound of warplanes in the air shortly before the Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s were reported.
There was no immediate comment from Israel.
In recent years, Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria against targets belonging to 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and Lebanon’s Hizbullah ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory... .
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Loyalty to Resistance® Parliamentary Bloc in 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... stressed Thursday that the government is taking all the suitable measures with the least possible capabilities to confront the current challenges, especially the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... outbreak.
After its weekly session, the bloc issued a statement which highlighted the importance of protecting the depositors’ funds, controlling the price of the US dollar and organizing the mechanism of the cash withdrawals from the banks.
Hezbollah bloc also called on the banks to open all their branches in order to avoid congestion in accordance with the governmental health plan to cope with the coronavirus,
The bloc also greeted the Paleostinians on Land Day and their steadfastness in face of the Zionist aggression, reiterating support to the Paleostinian people in their strife to regain their national rights.
The Loyalty to Resistance® bloc also hailed the Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of... is’ confrontation of the US-Saudi war on their country, calling on KSA to stop exhausting the Umma’s capabilities and exposing it to the foreign blackmail and intervention.
The bloc also denounced the ongoing US sanctions on the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran, which deprives the Iranians from their right to obtain the medical equipment to face the coronavirus.
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syrian authorities on Thursday sealed the holy shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab (a.s.) amid measures to step up lockdown to stem a major outbreak of novel coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... Interior Minister Mohamad Rahmoun told state media the decision was taken to seal the crowded area to stem any possible outbreak.
"It has a large residential population," he said, Rooters news agency reported.
State media had earlier said that medics had quarantined a building in the heavily garrisoned Sayyeda Zeinab neighborhood for suspected cases of the virus.
Earlier on Thursday, Syrian Health Ministry announced that 6 new infections were detected in Syria to raise the total number of 16 cases.
"6 new coronavirus infections were registered in Syria to raise the total number of 16 cases, among them 2 dead," the Ministry said in a statement.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the situations which are related to the spread of the virus, also known as Covid-19, in Syria are dangerous as the country represents a destination for visiting religious shrines.
This will keep them busily employed in the fresh air and sunshine for the next bit. Hopefully lots of them will be infected along the way.
[AnNahar] In the streets of Beirut's southern suburbs, Hizbullah ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory... paramedics and volunteers on trucks and on foot sprayed disinfectants on shops and buildings. At a hospital where it once treated its maimed fighters, the group's medical staff set up beds for a center to deal with coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...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... patients.
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