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Good morning
Trump Campaign Disowns Sidney Powell
Monday November 23rd, 2020

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14 pro-Iran fighters of Afghan and Iraqi nationalities killed in airstrikes on Boukamal, eastern Syria
France & Germany Impose Sanctions on Turkey
Turkish Weapons Continue To Flow Into Libya
Large Turkish army convoy enters northwestern Syria as they setup new posts inside Idlib
13 Taliban Killed in Kandahar Battle, 2 kaboomed on road
Gunmen kill five in mosque attack in Nigeria: Police
Cops arrest 15 year-old in Wisconsin mall shooting

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#1  Back in the old days on Broadway the daimes were required to bring an animal sacrifice.
Posted by: Angeater Omick2705 || 11/23/2020 14:11 Comments || Top||

#2  [applause] An "ulululu" quizzical
For this popular new Moslem musical!
A critic from Hoosick:
"Thank Allah, no music,
And even less dancing.
Dry dates and... romancing...
But, whew, were those floozies al-Uzzacal! Three scimitars."
Posted by: Phinenter Gleating7617 || 11/23/2020 16:37 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
13 Taliban Killed in Kandahar Battle, 2 kaboomed on road
[KhaamaPress] At least eight Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
gunnies were killed during a battle with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in southern province of Kandahar, said the Ministry of Defense in a statement Sunday.

According to the statement, the Taliban were "preparing to attack ANDSF" at their locations in Panjwae and Aherai districts before being haunted by the Afghan Air Force.

"8 Taliban were killed in Panjwae and Zherai districts of Kandahar last night," said the MoD in a tweet. "They were preparing to attack #ANDSF positions when they were targeted by AAF."

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's knife out of his hand......
at least five further Taliban were killed in Shawali Kot district of the province, according to the ministry.

Officials did not provide further details on possible casualties Afghan forces may have suffered or further injuring the terrorist group bored, but said their attack was foiled before the Taliban succeed in their "heinous" attack.

"5 Taliban were killed in Shahwali-Kot district of Kandahar province yesterday," MoD added. "They were preparing to attack #ANDSF positions when they were targeted by #ANA."

Roadside Bomb Hurts 2 in Kandahar

[KhaamaPress] Officials in Kandahar say a roadside bomb has injured two civilians, including a child.

The incident took place on Sunday morning in Dand district of the province, officials added.

Kandahar is one of the most insecure provinces in the country and Taliban attackers are present in different parts of the province.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that security forces have cleared the Maimi district of Badakhshan province of Taliban insurgents in a series of special operations.

A statement from the MoD said that security forces cleared the Taliban’s Maimi district in Badakhshan province in a counter-attack.

According to the statement, the Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the operation and most of their weapons were destroyed and seized by security forces.

According to the statement, most of the reinforcements have reached the district.

The security forces captured the district from the Taliban a few days earlier.
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6 Busted over Drug Trafficking Charges in Kabul, ANP defuses roadside bombs, taxi driver kaboomed in the a.m.
[KhaamaPress] Counter Narcotic Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) has arrested at least six suspects Sunday over drug trafficking charges in capital city Kabul, said the Ministry of Interior Affairs in a statement.

Officials did not enclose their identities, but said they have seized "some amount" of drugs during the operation.

"Six suspects were arrested over drug trafficking charges after CNPA carried several separate Counter-Narcotics operations in Kabul City," said the MoIA in a tweet. "Some amount of illicit drugs were also seized from the arrested."

According to the ministry, the CNPA has "referred the cases to relevant authorities for further process".

The arrest came a time the country has tighten its security measures against all kind of criminal activities, including arm robberies and kidnapping, that has triggered a widespread concern among residents throughout Afghanistan — mainly the capital Kabul.

ANP Defuses 2 Mines in Rishkhor of Kabul City
[KhaamaPress] A special unit of the Afghan National Police (ANP) has discovered and defused at least two roadside mines in Police District 7 of the capital city Kabul Sunday, said the Ministry of Interior Affairs in a statement.

Officials did not provide further details, but said the bombs were "planted by terrorists" in Rishkhor area of Kabul.

"ANP bomb disposal unit discovered & defused two roadside kabooms planted by forces of Evil in Rishkhor area, 7th district of Kabul City," said the MoIA in a tweet.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Senate, Tremulus continued with his speech against Varius and his cohorts, watching as his colleagues dropped off to sleep one by one...
in a news from Kandahar, Afghan National Police (ANP) "detected a landmine in 1st district of Kandahar City", according to the statement.

Twin Blasts Leave Taxi Driver Wounded in Khair Khana
[KhaamaPress] At least two blasts jolted the capital city Kabul on early Sunday morning, security officials confirmed, leaving a taxi driver maimed in Police District 11 of the city.

The first incident occurred in Khair Khana of PD11 in Kabul city, targeting a local taxi driver.

While eyewitness said at least four people have been maimed during the blast, security officials confirmed one — the taxi driver — inured and is landed in nearby hospital for special care.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella opened her mouth at precisely the wrong moment...
Kabul police has confirmed the second blast on airport highway that hit an army vehicle. The blast leaves no casualty.

No group of individual has immediately grabbed credit for the attack.
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Taliban Commander Killed in Herat, 6 kaboomed on highway
[KhaamaPress] At least eight Taliban
...Arabic for students...
krazed killers, including one of their commanders, were killed during a battle with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) 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...
province Saturday night, said the Ministry of Defense in a statement Sunday.

Officials did not provide further details on a possible casualties the Afghan forces may have suffered but said further 14 Taliban were maimed during festivities.

"8 Taliban including one of their commanders were killed and 14 others were maimed after they attacked #ANDSF positions in Shindand district of Herat province, last night," said the MoD in a tweet.

Roadside Bomb Claims 3, Injures 3 in Herat

[KhaamaPress] At least three people were killed and three others were maimed in a roadside kaboom blast on the Islam-Qala highway of western 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...
province Saturday night.

Herat police front man, Abdul Ahad Walizada, told media the incident took place at a time a civilian vehicle was passing by ANA convoy, triggering the mine planted at the location.

According to Walizada, three people were killed and three others were maimed in the blast.

No group has immediately grabbed credit for the attack.

This comes hours after a taxi and an ANA ranger vehicle were targeted by Magnetic mines in Kabul on Sunday Morning.
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Africa Horn
Ethiopia army threatens NoMercy in assault on regional capital
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Ethiopia's military on Sunday threatened an all-out assault on Mekele, capital of the dissident Tigray region and seat of the local government it is seeking to dislodge, warning civilians to flee while they still can.

"The next decisive battle is to surround Mekele with tanks," Dejene Tsegaye, a military spokesman, told state broadcasters on Sunday, threatening a siege of the city.
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#1  Sigh.. I love Ethiopian coffee. Civil War doesn't make coffee.
Posted by: 3dc || 11/23/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Turkish Weapons Continue To Flow Into Libya
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IRINI Inspects Panamanian Merchant Vessel Bound to Tobruk
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GNA Soldiers Complete Turkish Army Training
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UNHCR resumes migrant evacuation flights from Libya to Rwanda
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Libyan Red Crescent recovers five bodies of immigrants in Misrata
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Africa Subsaharan
Gunmen kill five in mosque attack in Nigeria: Police
[AlAhram] Gunmen have killed five worshippers and kidnapped 18 in an attack on a mosque during prayers in northwestern Nigeria's Zamfara state, police said Sunday.

Around 100 cattle thieves on cycle of violences opened fire on a Moslem congregation in remote Dutsen Gari village in Maru district as residents were observing the weekly Friday prayers.

"The bandidos killed five worshippers and kidnapped 18 others, including the imam," state police front man Mohammed Shehu told AFP.

Residents however said more than 30 worshippers were kidnapped.

"The button men attacked the mosque while the imam was delivering the sermon and took away more than 30 people, including the imam, after shooting dead five worshippers," one resident, Ibrahim Altine, told AFP.

Northwest Nigeria is a hotbed of criminal gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and burning homes after looting food supplies.

The gangs maintain camps in the Rugu forest which straddles Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger states from where they launch attacks.

Troop deployments and peace talks with local authorities have failed to end the attacks.

Unlike Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
jihadists, the criminal gangs have no ideological leanings, but concerns are growing that the jihadists are gradually infiltrating the gangs.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Video today is Azerbaijani soldiers beheading an Armenian captive while he is still alive
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Europe
France & Germany Impose Sanctions on Turkey
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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France places Marseille Port at the disposal of Operation IRINI
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Border Police arrest, question two Hebron teens with knife
[IsraelTimes] Border Police arrest two teens with a knife near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Officials say their motives are currently being looked into.

Police say officers observed the two behaving in a suspicious manner near a bus stop where an Israeli civilian was waiting. Officers approached the two and searched them. One of the teens then threw a knife onto the floor and raised his hands.

The two are aged 16-17. They are being questioned by security forces.
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IDF finds bombs planted outside West Bank village, apparently to target soldiers
[IsraelTimes] The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday morning thwarted an attempt to attack troops with improvised bombs in the central West Bank, the military said.

According to the IDF, the explosives were planted outside the village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah. They were uncovered by IDF troops and then disarmed by police sappers.

"There were no injuries or damage," the IDF said.

The explosives were buried and covered with dirt for camouflage and rigged to blow if a soldier stepped on them.

Israeli security forces launched an investigation into who planted the explosives.

"IDF soldiers and security forces will continue to operate day and night to ensure the security of residents of the region," the military said.

The incident came during a period of relative calm in the West Bank.
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Southeast Asia
Indonesian Police Kill 2 MIT Suspects in Central Sulawesi
[BenarNews] Indonesian security forces rubbed out two suspected members of the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen murderous Moslem group (MIT) during a shootout in Central Sulawesi province on Tuesday, a police front man said.

The suspects, who were on a list of wanted people, shot up officers who tried to arrest them in Parigi Moutong regency, local police front man Didik Supranoto said.

"We managed to track the whereabouts of the two wanted persons. During the raid, the suspects fought back, resulting in a shootout that killed them," Didik told BenarNews.
Continued on Page 49
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#1  Police Kill 2 MIT Suspects

As a graduate of RPI, I can only applaud this....
Posted by: Mercutio || 11/23/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  MIT suspects

suspected of... having fun? Getting more than four hours of sleep?
Posted by: Clusort Noodleman7111 || 11/23/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||


Philippine Military Kills 7 Suspected Dawlah Islamiyah Militants in 2 Southern Raids
13 November
[BenarNews] Six Filipinos believed to be members of a local 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....
branch were killed Friday in a gunbattle with government forces in the southern Philippines, while a seventh suspected bad boy died in another raid in the region, military officials said.

Arafat Bulacon (alias Maula) a top lieutenant of Dawlah Islamiyah — the Filipino term for Islamic State (IS) — was among the six suspects slain during the raid in Polomolok, a town in South Cotabato province, authorities said.

He was among those wanted for a 2018 kaboom in General Santos city that injured eight people, they said. Earlier this month, troops killed a bad boy identified as Bulacon’s accomplice, Jazzer Nilong, in the nearby town of Esperanza.

"Two arrest warrants for murder (were) issued against the suspect at 5 in the morning," said Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the military’s Joint Task Force Central. "However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Bulacon and five other cohorts tried to evade the arrest and engaged the troops in a shootout, which resulted in their instantaneous death."

He said troops recovered an M4 rifle, two 12-gauge shotguns, two .38-caliber revolvers, an AR-15 pistol, an improvised bomb and an IS flag.

Security Forces Kill Islamic State Suspect, Foil Bomb Plot
5 November
[BenarNews] Police and soldiers killed a suspected sub-leader of Islamic State’s Philippine branch and foiled a bomb plot during a joint counter-terrorist operation in southern Sultan Kudarat province, the military said Thursday.

Combined forces from the provincial police, the army’s 7th Infantry Battalion and 43rd Special Action Company moved in to arrest the suspect, Jazzer Nilong (alias Khalid Di Nilong), at an inn in the municipality of Esperanza on Wednesday, according to the military chief in the south.

"But he sensed the presence of troops conducting surveillance, dug in and engaged the officers in a gunbattle," Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, head of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, told BenarNews. "He was killed in the brief firefight."

Nilong’s death came a day after Philippine government forces killed seven suspected members of a pro-Islamic State (IS) bad boy group, 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...
, in a high-seas shootout off the far southern Sulu Islands.

Nilong led a cell of the bad boy group Dawlah Islamiyah, which carried out a bombing in southern General Santos City that maimed eight in 2018, officials said.

Dawlah Islamiyah, which translates to Islamic State (IS), operates in the southern Philippines. Its members are known to work with forces of Evil belonging to the Ansar al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP), another bad boy group whose members are wanted for a string of attacks in the south.

After Wednesday’s gunbattle, police recovered an automatic handgun, a 60-mm unused mortar round, a rifle grenade, electric blasting caps, batteries and materials typically used by southern Philippine forces of Evil to make improvised bombs. Investigators also found documents indicating that Nilong was planning to carry out attacks in the south, Vinluan said.

The dead man’s brothers — Jeoffrey and Amen Nilong, who were identified as bomb makers — were killed in a military and police raid in the southern town of Isulan in September, he said.

SEA CLASH
On Tuesday, government forces killed seven Abu Sayyaf Group forces of Evil when a firefight broke out as they chased the suspects’ speedboat in waters off the Sulu archipelago, the military said.

The slain suspects included Mannul Sawadjaan (alias Abu Amara), believed to be the successor to his grandfather, Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, the overall IS leader in the country who, authorities have said, may have been killed in a previous encounter with troops.

The military has not officially confirmed the death of Hatib Sawadjaan, who took the reins of IS after Isnilon Hapilon was killed at the end of a five-month siege of the southern Marawi city by pro-IS forces of Evil in 2017.

On Thursday, armed forces chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay expressed confidence that the forces of Evil would soon be defeated.

"The efficient use of our assets brings about significant gains in our fight against enemies of the state," Gapay said. "This proves that armed with high level weaponry and equipment, our skilled soldiers can render these bandidos Death Eaters defenseless."

He said that since November 2019, 65 Abu Sayyaf members had been killed while 99 others had surrendered.
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Philippine Military Kills 2 Abu Sayyaf Suspects in Sulu Gunbattles, 17 in November
20 November
[BenarNews] Philippine government forces killed two suspected 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...
Group Death Eaters in separate incidents in the southern Sulu Islands on Friday, including a unit sub-leader and one linked to kidnappings of Europeans and an Indonesian several years ago, military officials said.

The killings brought to 17 the number of suspected members of 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....
-linked ASG slain in a series of raids and gunbattles in the southern Philippines during the month of November. They include seven suspects who were killed by government forces during a chase at sea off the Sulu chain on Nov. 3.

On Friday, a unit from the Marine Battalion Landing Team 1 was attacked at dawn by an Abu Sayyaf unit led by Hatib Munap Binda near Panamao town in Sulu province, the military said in an incident report.

A "30-minute firefight ensued resulting in the death of Binda," and the wounding of several others, said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, the military chief in the southern Philippines.

"The troops penetrated the encounter site and recovered the body of Abu Sayyaf group sub-leader Binda," Vinluan said, adding that the Death Eater were forced to retreat, taking their maimed comrades with them.

He said an M16 and an M14 assault rifles were recovered.

About an hour later, another team of marines clashed with an Abu Sayyaf faction elsewhere in the region, in a gunbattle that killed a suspected krazed killer identified as Bensio Barahama.

Binda was identified as an associate of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya who led a spate of kidnap-for-ransom activities in the southern Philippines along the borders with Malaysia and Indonesia, according to military intelligence records.

Misaya was killed in a clash in 2017. Apart from kidnappings, he was also blamed for a kaboom that killed an American soldier in 2002.

Barahama meanwhile was involved in the kidnapping of two bird watchers, Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerre and Dutch national Ewold Horn, the military said.

They were kidnapped on February 2012 along with a Filipino guide who was able to escape hours later near the island of Tawi-Tawi. Vinciguerre beat feet from ASG captivity two years later but Horn was killed in May 2019 as he tried to flee in the middle of a clash between his captors and troops.

Vinluan said Barahama had led efforts to kidnap 10 Filipinos who were held captive at different times and subsequently freed after ransom payments.

On Thursday night, a third Abu Sayyaf suspect was captured on nearby Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
Island, considered the birth place of the Abu Sayyaf in the mid-1990s.

The suspect was identified as Ranger Siason (alias Abu Ranger), said Lt. Col. Homer Dumalag, chief of the Isabela City Police Office on Basilan. In arresting Siason, he said police and regional intelligence operatives recovered ammunition and explosives, along with a black Islamic State flag.

13 November
[BenarNews] Military officials reported that a suspected Abu Sayyaf bad boy was killed Friday during a raid of a hideout in Basilan province, according to the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The suspect, identified as Hasid Salajim, was killed during the 5:30 a.m. raid, Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga told PNA.

Apart from the bombing attack in General Santos, Bulacon was wanted for crimes in South Cotabato, a mostly agricultural province in Mindanao Island where forces of Evil have been recruiting and training fighters over the past several years, Uy said.

"Terrorists have no place here in South-Central Mindanao, so it might be better for you to surrender to the government," Uy said. "This successful operation can be notably credited to the strong cooperation of communities who are tired of this cycle of violence."

ABU SAYYAF SUB-COMMANDER CAUGHT
On Thursday, a mid-level Abu Sayyaf Group leader was captured in a mountainous area in Patikul, a town in the far southern Sulu Islands. Amah Ullah, an ASG sub-leader, was taken into custody after being injured in a clash with troops, who were searching for several Indonesians being held hostage by members of the IS-linked bad boy group, authorities said.

Ullah, who was treated at a military hospital in Jolo town, was to be questioned.

"According to the troops, Ullah refused to surrender and wanted to be killed, but the soldiers instead provided him with first aid," Vinluan said.

The operations came shortly after the military killed seven members of a pro-IS faction of the Abu Sayyaf, including a bad boy being groomed to be its new leader, during a high-seas chase off Sulu province on Nov. 3.

[BenarNews] A suspected Abu Sayyaf militant, who was wanted for involvement in the 2016 abduction of six Indonesian fishing crew members, died in a shootout with government forces in southern Zamboanga Sibugay province over the weekend, Philippine police said Monday.

Members of the police’s Special Action Force killed the suspect, Salip Adzhar Alijam, when he opened fire during a raid in Tungawan town on Saturday, regional police director Brig. Gen. Jesus Cambay told BenarNews.

"The suspect fired at the approaching police forces, which triggered a brief shootout that resulted in his death," Cambay said.

The security forces’ operation was based on a warrant issued against Aijam for illegal possession of explosives. He was also known by the aliases Aya and Alip Adjal Hamsa Grandad.

A sidearm and other weapons, including a fragmentation grenade and ammunition, were recovered from the slain suspect.

Cambay said Alijam was a bad boy from the Abu Sayyaf faction led by Alhabsy Misaya, whose group was behind cross-border raids and kidnappings in nearby Malaysian waters. Misaya was slain in a clash with troops three years ago.

One of the six Indonesian captives, Herman bin Manggak, had positively identified Alijam as being among the Abu Sayyaf men who kidnapped them in August 2016 in waters in Sabah, a state in Malaysian Borneo. The kidnappers took the captives to the Sulu archipelago, a stronghold of the gunnies in the far southern Philippines.

The Indonesians were among a dozen hostages kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf in 2015 and 2016. Three westerners — Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad — were also held hostage, along with a Filipino woman.

Sekkingstad and the woman were later freed separately after reportedly paying an undisclosed amount of ransom, but Hall and Ridsdel had their heads chopped off by the kidnappers after their relatives refused to pay the ransom.

Manggak and the other Indonesians were either released or escaped.

The waters that separate the southern Philippines from next-door neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia have been notorious for kidnappings carried out at sea by Abu Sayyaf bad boys.

The last such case was the Jan. 16 abduction of five Indonesians in waters off an island in Sabah. An Abu Sayyaf faction is currently holding four of them captive, while a fifth Indonesian, identified as La Baa, was slain in September by his captors.

On Sept. 30, three suspected Abu Sayyaf members, including one involved in the abduction of the fishermen, surrendered to government troops in Sulu.

Since 2016, at least 54 Indonesian nationals have been targeted in 16 maritime kidnappings, including in Sabah waters, an official at the Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier this year.

In 2017, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesian launched trilateral patrols aimed at preventing acts of piracy and kidnappings at sea along their common maritime boundaries.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Large Turkish army convoy enters northwestern Syria as they setup new posts inside Idlib
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Turkish drones launch strikes over northern Syria
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SNA mercenaries are sharing fake photo of animals in the Agdam mosque
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14 pro-Iran fighters of Afghan and Iraqi nationalities killed in airstrikes on Boukamal, eastern Syria
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Al Ahram adds:
The strikes on Saturday night in Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, were likely carried out by Israeli war planes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.

The Israeli army said it doesn't comment on foreign reports.

More than 10 strikes hit positions of Iran-backed militias outside the border town of Albu Kamal, according to the war monitor.

The attack killed eight Iraqis and six Afghan fighters, it said.

It also destroyed two bases as well as several military vehicles, the Observatory added.

Iran-backed fighters are heavily deployed in a stretch of territory between the Syrian towns of Albu Kamal and Mayadeen, both former strongholds 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....
group.

Along with Russia, 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...
has been a key backer of the Damascus regime in its nine-year-long civil war.
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Three-year-old injured in Turkish bombardment in Rojava
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