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Indonesian Court Convicts, Sentences Top 2 Jemaah Islamiyah Militants
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Afghanistan
Al Qaeda Training Taliban in Helmand: Local Officials
[ToloNews] Local officials in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, in southern Afghanistan, have said that Al Qaeda has a strong presence in the province's districts alongside the Durand Line and in border areas between Afghanistan and Iran.

Helmand's governor said that their information indicates that Al Qaeda and other imported muscle have established camps and are training the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters in those districts in Helmand which have border with Pakistain and Iran.

The Helmand governor said that it was worrying that the Taliban would not cut ties with al-Qaeda and other imported muscle.

In the past, there was a strong Taliban presence in Helmand.

According to local officials, there is a presence of Al Qaeda and other imported muscle ranging from Disho district of Helmand towards some districts in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
--across an area spanning hundreds of kilometers.

According to Helmand governor Yasin Khan, the Al Qaeda network is providing military and financial support to the Taliban.

"Currently Al Qaeda has a presence in Bahramcha region of Disho district of Helmand towards Herat province, and they are providing training and support to the Taliban. They cooperate with the Taliban and supply them with materials. In all wars, there are contributions from Al Qaeda, other foreign snuffies such as Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(Pakistain based murderous Moslem group) and Punjabis," said Yasin Khan, the governor of Helmand.

In the meantime, general Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, the commander of 215 Maiwand Army Corps, has said that in recent weeks the Taliban has changed its tactics, such as bringing in the material from outside the country, as well as the making of mines and projectiles.
Good to know.
"The Taliban, in defiance of their commitments to the Doha agreement, have kept their ties with other groups," said General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, the commander of 215 Maiwand Army Corps.
Shocking, truly shocking.
"In the grinding of the peace processor, we are only talking with the Taliban, we are not talking to the foreign nationals who are fighting here, we also call on the Taliban to put them aside," said Attaullah Afghan, the head of Helmand's provincial council.

The Taliban have denied having ties with Al Qaeda.

Based on the US-Taliban agreement, which was signed in Doha on February 29, the Taliban as part of the agreement pledged to cut all ties with Al Qaeda and other foreign terror groups.

UN REPORT ON AL QAEDA PRESENCE:
A recent report submitted to the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Security Council indicates that the total number of "Pak foreign terrorist fighters" in Afghanistan is estimated at "between 6,000 and 6,500, most of them with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)."

The report says the TTP fighters in Afghanistan are led by Amir Noor Wali Mehsud, supported by his deputy Qari Amjad and TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani.

The report says that according to UN member states, "Al Qaeda is covertly active in 12 Afghan provinces and Aiman al-Zawahiri
...Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area assuming he's not dead like Mullah Omar. He lost major face when he ordered the nascent Islamic State to cease and desist and merge with the orthodox al-Qaeda spring, al-Nusra...
remains based in the country."

The report says that the UN Monitoring Team estimates the total number of Al Qaeda gunnies in Afghanistan at "between 400 and 600 and that the leadership maintains close contact with the Haqqani network
...a branch of the Afghan Taliban, based in Pakistain. The network is a family business founded by the later Jalaluddin Haqqani...
."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2020 00:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Taliban Completes Release of Govt Prisoners: Spokesman
[ToloNews] A Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
front man Suhail Shaheen in a statement on Thursday said the Taliban has fulfilled its part of the US-Taliban deal, which called for the group to release 1,000 Afghan government prisoners.

He stated that the Taliban had freed another 82 prisoners on Thursday, bringing the total released by the Taliban to 1,005.

According to Shaheen, based on the Doha agreement, the Taliban has fulfilled its commitment of releasing 1,000 Afghan government forces in exchange for the 5,000 Taliban inmates to be released by the Afghan government, according to the agreement.

The Afghan government has so far released around 4,400.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2020 00:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  i read it as goat prisoners.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 07/31/2020 23:11 Comments || Top||


Europe
EU Relocates Vulnerable Asylum Seekers from Greece, Cyprus
[AnNahar] Nearly 100 vulnerable asylum seekers including minors have been relocated from Greece and Cyprus to Germany and Finland, the EU's asylum coordination agency said Wednesday.

The first relocation -- of 83 people from families with seriously ill children from Greece to Germany -- took place on July 24, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said.

This was part of an ongoing EU scheme to relocate 1,600 minors to various European countries.

In a separate move not part of the EU initiative, 16 Somalis and Congolese from single-parent families were relocated from Cyprus to Finland on July 27.

All were tested for COVID-19 before leaving Cyprus and Greece, EASO said.

The programme is supported by the European Commission, the UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration.

Greece has some 5,000 migrant minors, most of them living in unsanitary conditions in refugee camps, or in housing not suitable for them.

Greek islands lying close to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
have in particular been swamped by asylum seekers, and squalid camps have sprung up, fuelling tension with local populations.

Greek authorities have kept island camps under 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...
lockdown since March, prompting criticism from rights groups.

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been blocked in Greece since 2016 when many European states shut their borders in response to a surge in migration and refugees, mainly from war-torn Syria.

Around a dozen European countries have agreed to make an exception for minors.

A small number have already relocated to Portugal, Luxembourg and Germany.

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, La Belle France, Ireland, Lithuania, Serbia and Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
have agreed to welcome some as well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2020 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Enabling People trafficking is probably #1 goal of the EUSSR politburo.

So glad the UK is leaving.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/31/2020 2:29 Comments || Top||


Italian Coast Guard Rescues Migrants Off Libya
[AnNahar] Italia's coasties said on Wednesday it had rescued nearly 100 migrants colonists on a "half deflated" dinghy off the coast of Libya after authorities in other countries failed to intervene.

The coasties said the inflatable boat was spotted by aircraft on Tuesday afternoon in the Libyan Search and Rescue (SAR) zone, "without an engine and half deflated."

"The Libyan authority responsible for search and rescue activities at sea did not take over the coordination of the rescue operations due to the lack of naval resources," the coasties said in a statement.

The coasties then informed Maltese authorities, whose search and rescue zone is close to that of Libya.

It said it also alerted Gibraltar, as a supply vessel flying the Gibraltar flag was nine nautical miles from the dinghy, as well as French authorities due to a Total oil platform in the area.

La Belle France replied there were no French-flagged vessels in the Libyan area of responsibility, it said.

"The Italian coasties, amid the persistent silence of the Maltese and Gibraltar authorities, then took over the coordination of the rescue," the coasties said, sending a vessel to rescue the people.

The 84 migrants colonists, who included six women and two children, were transferred at dawn on Wednesday from their "almost sunk" dinghy to the Italian ship, which on Wednesday was headed for the island of Lampedusa.

The reception center on the island is already overcrowded with migrants colonists who have been arriving daily by the hundreds in recent weeks.

More than 300 people, mainly Tunisians, arrived in Lampedusa during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday on board 13 boats.

On Monday night, Malta's coasties rescued a group of 94 migrants colonists in the Mediterranean, most of whom later tested positive 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...
, Malta health authorities said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2020 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking


India-Pakistan
Qureshi Thursday said Pakistan had carried out the legislation to move itself from the grey to white list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Giving the number of Pakistani hawaldars that deal in black money and money laundering without fear of arrest, Pakistan should never escape the grey list.
Posted by: b || 07/31/2020 9:30 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iran-Iraq Ties at 'Best Level', PMU Chief Says
[Iraq Sun] Head of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) - also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi - Falih Alfayyadh said relations between Tehran and Baghdad are at their best level.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's first trip since taking office 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 Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and his meetings with Fearless Leader of the Islamic Revolution
...Iran's doddering head theocrat...
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei
...the very aged actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
and 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...
showed the "depth of ties and common interests" between the two nations, Alfayyadh told al-Mayadeen TV channel on Wednesday.

He added that the ties between the two neighboring countries are at "its best level".

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Kadhimi traveled to Tehran last week for a two-day visit. He also sat down with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  An unfortunate kind of best.
Posted by: gorb || 07/31/2020 0:13 Comments || Top||


Kadhimi's gov states officially that some 560 people killed during anti-gov protests last year will be registered as martyrs
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  And if you do it again, we'll make another 560 martyrs out of you until you learn.
Posted by: gorb || 07/31/2020 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  OK, martyrs. But we can still put them down as COVID deaths in the stats, right?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/31/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli railways fall victim to alleged Iranian cyberattack UPDATE: Andoulu News was suckered
Looks like more kabooms are in order
[Jpost] The tensions between Israel and Iran was dragged into the open once more following an alleged cyberattack on Israel's railway infrastructure, according to the Andoulu Agency.

The purported attack, comes only months after previous attempts, allegedly by Iran, to decommission Israeli water treatment plants across the country, in last April.

This time, some 150 industrial servers that are used by the Israeli railways were targeted by a group of hackers linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Anadolu Agency reported.

As a proof of their supposed success, the group, called Cyber Avengers, released a map detailing Israel's train network, including some 28 stations that fell prey to the attack, on several Telegram channels.

According to the group's statement, as cited by Andoulu Agency, the operation was meant to serve a warning: "[to] show that we can plan the collision of tens of trains if we so wish."

The operation began on the same date and time of former IRGC head Qasem Soleimani's assassination by US forces in Iraq, some six months ago, and lasted for ten days.

The group additionally warned that "the worst has yet to come," sending a clear message that the covert war that has been allegedly raging between the two countries is far from over.
The article was updated at Israeli time as follows:
A report that Iran had successfully hacked Israel's railway infrastructure is not true, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The false report came out on Friday and was published on the Turkish Andoulu News Agency.

The Turkish claim - likely Iranian propoganda - came only months after previous attempts, allegedly by Iran, to decommission Israeli water treatment plants across the country.

According to the claims, 150 industrial servers that are used by the Israeli railways were targeted by a group of hackers linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Anadolu Agency reported.

As a proof of their supposed success, the group, called Cyber Avengers, released a map detailing Israel's train network, including some 28 stations that fell prey to the attack, on several Telegram channels.

Despite the report, the Post learned that the claim was false and that the Israeli railway system had not been hacked.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/31/2020 10:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  So what did the hackers do? Make the trains run two minutes late?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/31/2020 12:13 Comments || Top||

#2  They could play havoc with the track switching, crossing gate operations, 'asset location' (like 'where's the train') and automatic braking signals (or ATS - Auto Train Stop).

All would be dangerous.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/31/2020 13:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Good find, Frank G. Interesting that the article now says it was a fake — how embarrassing for Iran to be outed, and in only a few hours.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2020 18:16 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Analysts: Abu Sayyaf Likely to Resume Kidnappings for Ransom
[BenarNews] Cash-strapped and under pressure from security forces, Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
is likely to pick up its piracy and kidnapping in coming months, security experts told a recent online forum.

Five Indonesians, including a minor, are being held by Abu Sayyaf, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said, but there have been no new kidnappings since January, according to authorities.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/31/2020 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US Department of State: The IRGC is directly involved in building the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which keeps it under UN sanctions
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran acknowledged Fordo's existence in 2009 amid a major pressure campaign by Western powers over Tehran's nuclear program. The West feared Iran could use its program to build a nuclear weapon.
Posted by: b || 07/31/2020 9:27 Comments || Top||



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4Commies
3Taliban
3Govt of Iran
3Govt of Pakistan
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2Govt of Iran Proxies
2al-Qaeda
1Hamas
1Hezbollah
1Human Trafficking
1Moslem Colonists
1al-Shabaab (AQ)
1al-Qaeda in North Africa
1Govt of Iraq
1Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)
1Govt of Syria

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Fri 2020-07-31
  Indonesian Court Convicts, Sentences Top 2 Jemaah Islamiyah Militants
Thu 2020-07-30
  ISIS claims responsibility for killing of top Iraqi commander
Wed 2020-07-29
  Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the Southern Arabian Gulf
Tue 2020-07-28
  Germany arrests ISIS woman who abused Yezidi woman in Syria
Mon 2020-07-27
  Islamic extremists in Nigeria execute 5 men as warning against converting to Christianity
Sun 2020-07-26
  Allahu akbar: Turks hold Hagia Sophia triumphal march
Sat 2020-07-25
  Taliban ready for intra-Afghan dialogue immediately after Eid
Fri 2020-07-24
  Federal officers in Portland may have been permanently blinded by lasers
Thu 2020-07-23
  Photo Appears to Show Black Lives Matter Supporters Holding Down and Kneeling on Neck of White Baby
Wed 2020-07-22
  At Least 14 People Wounded In Mass Shooting Outside Funeral in Chicago
Tue 2020-07-21
  BLM Beats Conservative Michelle Malkin With Clubs In Denver
Mon 2020-07-20
  Turkey says 27 IS suspects arrested in Istanbul
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  Minneapolis: ‘It’s 24-Hour Crime’
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  Jordan’s top court dissolves country’s Muslim Brotherhood
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  Nigeria: 602 Boko Haram terrorists surrender

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