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Al Qaeda announces death of former Bin Laden associate
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Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Mounts Checkpoints On Borno Highways, Now Collects ‘Taxes’ From Travellers
[SaharaReporters] Travellers in some communities in Borno State are now being forced by militants of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of the Boko Haram, to pay what they call, taxes.

Military sources told SaharaReporters that the terrorists mounted roadblocks in the Gubio Local Government Area on Wednesday, issuing tax receipts to travellers.

SaharaReporters gathered that defaulters were forced by the insurgents to pay while the mobile phones of those who didn’t have money were seized.

“They took over different roads yesterday forcing people to pay taxes to them. They all came on motorcycles,” a source said.

This is coming hours after SaharaReporters published tax receipts issued by the terror group to farmers and herdsman in some North-East states.

The receipts were issued to residents of some farming communities in Borno State under the control of the group after collection of levies and taxes from them.

SaharaReporters had in several reports in 2021 reported how the insurgents had been taxing residents of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe State.

Sources said failure of the residents to comply with the directive attracts the death penalty.

SaharaReporters also reported how ISWAP established two Wilaya’s (Caliphates) at Lake Chad and Sambisa forest to sustain its war against countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to sources, the terrorist group lifted the ban imposed on fishing and farming activities in the Lake Chad area, three years after chasing people out of for allegedly spying for Nigerian troops.

It, nevertheless, imposed new taxes and levies in the areas controlled by ISWAP-Boko Haram, to regulate trades and agricultural activities.

Several fishermen, farmers and merchants had returned to the Lake-Chad area to engage in socio-economic activities, under the arrangement of the new ISWAP-Boko Haram leadership.

Since the death of JAS leader, Abubakar Shekau, ISWAP has been consolidating its grip in locations around Lake Chad.

Just recently, it appointed Wali Sani Shuwaram, a 45-year-old as the new Leader (Wali) of ISWAP in Lake Chad.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  Still cheaper than California gasoline taxes.
Posted by: Slaque Lover of the Algonquins7382 || 01/21/2022 2:49 Comments || Top||

Vigilantes Arrest Four Bandits Plotting To Kidnap On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
[SaharaReporters] Some local security operatives and vigilantes have arrested four Fulani
... a peculiarly brutal tribe of Moslem herdsmen infesting Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and probably other places that are light on law and order and heavy on tribal identity...
bandidos lurking to abduct travellers along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

In a video seen by SaharaReporters on Thursday, the security personnel said they launched a manhunt on the assailants, following incessant abduction of travellers on the ever busy road.

In the video, the criminals were reportedly arrested inside a forest at Lagos-Sagamu interchange near a community, Lufape before the Redeemed Christian Church of God Camp in Ogun State.

The bandidos revealed their names as Abdullahi, Abubakar, Ibrahim and Mohammed.

The local security operatives who spoke in Yoruba said they recovered dangerous weapons such as loaded magazines and rifles from the assailants.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under:

Bandits Sack Two Local Governments In Niger State, Kill Scores, Rape Women
Pillage and plunder and rape, oh my!
[SaharaReporters] Gunmen have killed a number of people and security agents in the last five days in communities in the Shiroro and Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State as another attack on the communities occurred on Tuesday.

According to Daily Sun, residents of Ukuru village in Bobi, Mariga local government area were woken up by the button men who killed an unspecified number of people.
"They killed the women and raped the cattle"
Houses, food barns, including other properties were also destroyed in the process.

Scores of people, including women and kiddies were reportedly kidnapped during the attack.

The attack came barely 48 hours after the button men ambushed a Joint Security Team in Kwanan Dutse, killing three coppers and two vigilantes while a number of the button men were also neutralised.

Equally in Shiroro local government area, the button men also on Tuesday morning went haywire, sacking over 30 villages and displaced over 3,000 people.

Six people were killed while many were serious injured

Women were also said to have been raped in Ajatai in Kwaki community by the button men who stormed these communities at about 8am on Tuesday.

This was after the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello said it was time to declare a full-fledged war against the turbans in the state.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Banditti

#1  The hood in its wisdom is rich,
At least in a limited niche:
"As is wrought on this dime,
'There would not be no crime
If you bitches just learned not to snitch!'"
["psst psst psst"]
"Well, it oughtta be. In Latin, natch."
Posted by: Ebbeter Whinesing6607 || 01/21/2022 5:47 Comments || Top||

Yemeni forces make new advances near Ma'rib after latest victory, 50 fighters killed
[HodhodYemenNews] Fierce battles have continued on Thursday between 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...
i army and Popular Committees on one side, and the Saudi-led coalition forces and their armed factions on another side, in the south of Ma’rib city, eastern Yemen.

The army forces carried out a successful operation, during which they were able to encircle the coalition troops and target them in al-Faliha area between Abida valley and the eastern Balaq Mountains, according to tribal sources.

The sources indicated that intense coalition Arclight airstrike
s failed to save the Saudi-led forces, which suffered huge losses in lives and military gear.

Many coalition officers and soldiers were killed, including field leaders Hamad bin Mohammed bin Waheet and Zayed bin Sultan Ta’iman.

Over 50 mercenaries killed or injured in clashes with Yemeni army

[HodhodYemenNews] 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...
i Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e has confirmed on Wednesday evening that "the army forces were able to confront a wide advance of ISIS and UAE mercenaries towards our positions in the Harib and Ain districts. Despite their intense air cover, they did not make any progress."

He went on to say, "The enemy has been dealt a blow to its personnel and equipment, with more than 50 of them killed or injured, and a number of armoured vehicles destroyed".

"The missile force attacked large gatherings of the enemy with two ballistic missiles; the strikes were accurate, resulting in a large number of dead and maimed," the Yemeni Army front man concluded.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi-led coalition launches series of airstrikes on Sana'a
[HodhodYemenNews] The US-backed Saudi-led coalition warplanes have launched a series of Arclight airstrike
s on 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...
i capital Sana’a early Thursday, targeting Sana’a Airport and residential neighbourhoods, security sources said.

According to the sources, the coalition warplanes launched three airstrikes on the vicinity of Sana’a international Airport and two airstrikes targeting the hygiene project in Asr area.

Moreover, the coalition warplanes targeted food stores of the merchant Haider Fahem in al-Thawra district with an airstrike and targeted al-Qiyadah al-Amma in al-Tahrir district in the center of the capital, with another airstrike.

The sources stated that the aggression’s warplanes launched a raid on Bab al-Yemen area in al-Safia district, which led to the damage of a number of citizens’ homes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Al Qaeda announces death of former Bin Laden associate
[JPost] The director of SITE Intelligence Group said on Thursday that AQAP (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) announced the death of a military commander in a US airstrike in Yemen.

Rita Katz, director of SITE which monitors militants groups online, said the militant group did not mention any date or location for the death of Salih bin Salim bin Ubayd ’Abolan (aka ,, 'Umayr al-Hadhrami) who was also a former associate of Al Qaeda's leader Osama Bin Laden.

Katz pointed to Twitter reports of a US airstrike that killed 3 AQAP militants on Nov. 14.
We apparently missed it when it happened, as I saw nothing in the archives around that time. But now we know. ULULULULULULULULU!!!
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

#1  Damn! That’s some good “ULULing” there!!
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Ulomolet3546 || 01/21/2022 5:06 Comments || Top||

Italy Police Arrest Four Nigerians In Black Axe, Involved In Human Trafficking
[SaharaReporters] In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Italian police launched operations in the Sicilian regional capital Palermo and on mainland Italia in the Puglian regional capital Taranto. The police were acting on information from a Nigerian migrant who said she had been forced into prostitution by the group.

According to the Italian news agency (AGI), the four suspects are charged with slavery, human trafficking, kidnapping, profiting from prostitution and employing "mafia methods."

Under Italian law, "employing mafia methods" generally means that those charged have used intimidation and threats to exploit their victims.

Sentences can vary, but being accused of being part of a mafia-like structure in Italia carries with it sentences of between three and six years. Anyone found to have used weapons will have the sentence increased to between four and ten years if found guilty.

Palermo's flying squad led the investigation via their department for foreign organised crime and prostitution.

One of the suspects was taken into custody in Palermo. The other three were found to be living in Taranto, where they were also taken into pre-trial custody. The Nigerian woman who accused the suspects was supported by a Pentecostal preacher, also from Nigeria.

According to AGI, the woman turned to the preacher for help after being forced to work as a hooker in Italia.

According to the woman’s statement, she underwent a "Juju" or traditional magic ceremony in Nigeria before being trafficked to Italia. The ceremony is commonly used to make sure that women who hope to migrate will not tell anyone, most of all the police or authorities, about what they are forced to undergo so that they can work, often as hookers to pay back the "debts" they are told they incurred for their journey.

Those who undergo such a ceremony often swear oaths with their own blood or hair. If they break their oath of silence, they are told either they or their family members will die or be seriously injured.

The woman said she was first kidnapped by a group of Black Axe
...like the old style Black Hand, but sharper...
members in Nigeria. She escaped with the help of a fellow Nigerian but to pay him back, she was asked to travel to Italia as a "slave." During the ceremony, she promised to pay €15,000 for her journey.

Once the woman arrived in Palermo, under "the threat of death and violence" reports AGI, the woman was forced to work as a hooker. The money she earned was then taken to "repay" the debt.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

Bomb in City of Lahore Kills 2, Wounds 26
[AnNahar] A powerful bombing struck a crowded bazar Thursday in Pakistain's second largest city, Lahore, killing at least two people and wounding 26, police and rescue officials said. A newly formed separatist group from southwestern Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province grabbed credit for the attack.

The blast was so powerful that it damaged several shops at the famous Anarkali bazar, two witnesses, Mohammad Hafeez and Abdul Majeed, told news hounds. Video footage from the scene showed burning cycle of violences and victims crying out for help. The killed and maimed included passers-by, shoppers or local store owners.

According to Abid Khan, a senior police official, some of the maimed were listed as being at death's door and there were fears the corpse count could climb further.

Police were still trying to determine what kind of device was used in the attack, Khan added. An investigation was underway.

Hours after the attack, the newly formed Balochistan Nationalist Army said it was behind the bombing. The group was established earlier this month, when two minor separatist groups — the Balochistan Republican Army and the United Baluch Army — merged and appointed Mureed Baloch as their front man.

Baloch grabbed credit for the Lahore attack in a posting on Twitter. He did not reveal the motives for the attack, saying only that a statement will be issued later.

Pakistain's Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
condemned the bombing and in a statement urged local authorities to provide the best possible medical facilities for the maimed.

Balochistan has been the scene of a long-running insurgency in Pakistain, with an array of separatist groups staging attacks, mainly on security forces. The separatists have been demanding independence from the central government in Islamabad. Although Pak authorities say they have quelled the insurgency, violence in Balochistan has persisted.

Pakistain has recently seen a flurry of attacks, including in urban areas. The Pak Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
claimed multiple attacks this week on police that killed at least three officers, including one in the capital, Islamabad.

The Pak Taliban, emboldened since the Afghan Taliban seized power across the border in Afghanistan, warned this week of more attacks to come.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army

Southeast Asia
Thai Police Kill 2 Suspected Rebels in Pattani after Standoff Negotiations Fail
[BenarNews] Two suspected rebels were killed and a Thai soldier was injured in a shootout after negotiations failed during a standoff between forces of Evil and government authorities in Thailand’s Deep South, the police commander in Pattani province said Thursday.

The incident occurred days after the Thai government and Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN),
...trained in Bandung, Indonesia and retreating to safe havens in Malaysia, they’ve been causing trouble — mostly kabooms — for two decades as they work to make southern Thailand ungovernable...
the main rebel group fighting a separatist insurgency in the Moslem-majority southern border region, resumed in-person peace talks in Malaysia for the first time in nearly two years.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

#1  Korben Dallas Negotiating 101
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 10:20 Comments || Top||

Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 10:24 Comments || Top||

At least four people were killed and more than a dozen injured in shelling on Syria's city of Afrin

At least four people were killed and more than a dozen injured in shelling on the Syrian city of Afrin and a separate rocket attack on its outskirts on Thursday, medics at a local hospital and civil defense rescue workers said.

They were the latest in years of attacks on the northwestern enclave controlled by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
and the Syrian rebels it backs. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assaults.

Turkey has blamed previous attacks there on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group, which held the Afrin area until Ottoman Turkish forces seized the region in a cross-border military operation in 2018.

The shelling on Afrin city killed three people and maimed a dozen more people, the medics and rescue workers said.

The separate rocket attack on a car killed a woman and maimed three more people in the town of Maryamayn on the ouskirts of Afrin, they added.

Ottoman Turkish forces responded by shelling Kurdish-held areas, media controlled by Turkey-aligned rebels reported.

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) inside its own borders, and has staged incursions into Syria in support of Syrian rebels to push it back from the Ottoman Turkish frontier.

The YPG views Turkey as an occupying force.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 01:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [65 views] Top|| File under: Ottoman Proxies

Explosion hits Rojava jail holding ISIS prisoners: SDF
[Rudaw] An explosion hit Ghweran prison in Hasaka, northeast Syria (Rojava) late Thursday, according to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which adds that the attack was a prison break attempt to free 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....
(ISIS) prisoners.

"Our forces and the relavent security services are dealing with a new insurrection and an escape attempt carried out by ISIS Death Eaters detained in Ghweran prison in Hasaka, in conjunction with the detonation of a boom-mobile by the terrorist organization’s cells near the 'Sadkob' facility for storing and distributing petroleum products, close to the prison, and then festivities occurred between the Internal Security Forces with members of the terrorist organization cells infiltrated from the nearby neighborhoods," said the SDF in a statement.

Local media reported injuries among the Kurdish security forces and the escape of 20 ISIS prisoners.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported the "violent mostly peaceful explosion," saying a large number of security forces were deployed to the incident area.

Siyamend Ali, head of media for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which is the backbone of the SDF, said in a tweet that the prison contains thousands of ISIS prisoners. "The festivities continue between our forces and the terrorists."
Update from Al Ahram at 1:30 p.m. ET:
Kurdish-led forces reported an attempted escape from a prison in northeastern Syria that holds IS militants. According to the report, militants first started to riot inside Gerwan Prison in the city of Hassakeh, which houses about 3,000 prisoners.

This was followed by a car bomb, which was detonated in a facility for storing and distributing petroleum products close to the prison. Clashes ensued with security forces in the area.

According to a statement by the U.S-led coalition, coalition aircraft provided support for the Kurdish-led forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, which sustained casualties during the attack.

"Coalition aerial assets quickly began supporting operations to stabilize the situation through a coordinated strike against the hostile forces,'' the statement said, without providing further details.

An SDF spokesman, Farhad Shami, said it was not immediately possible to confirm if anyone escaped from the prison. He said tens of IS militants who tried to attack the prison were hiding in neighbourhoods near the prison. An SDF statement said the militants were believed hiding in residential homes and a security cordon was imposed on the area. It said the riots in the prison were under control.

Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities, scattered around northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. Among the detainees are some 2,000 foreigners. The Kurdish-led forces, backed by the U.S-led coalition, declared a military victory against IS in 2019 after seizing control of the last sliver of land the militants controlled in southeast Syria.

Since, the Kurdish authorities have asked countries to repatriate their nationals, saying keeping thousands in cramped facilities is putting a strain on their forces. Prison riots are not uncommon.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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