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IRGC Commander & "Soleimani Ally" Shot Dead By Masked Assassins On Motorcycle
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Taliban Closes Health Centers In Nangarhar Districts
[ToloNews] The Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
provincial council claimed Tuesday that the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have closed all health centers in five districts of the province over the past several days.

Council members say that the closure of these centers causes huge difficulties for residents.

"The Taliban have closed health centers in Sherzad, Hasarak, Khogyani, Sorkhroad and Lalpor districts," said Ajmal Omar, a member of the provincial council.

The district’s patients coming to Jalalabad city also confirmed that the Taliban closed health centers in their districts.

"The Taliban and government forces were fighting in our area and our two children got maimed and the Taliban planted mines there and closed health centers so that is why I brought my children here to the city hospital," said Hakim, a resident of Sherzad district.

"In my area, the hospital is closed and I had a stomach problem and the way (to medical treatment) is long, and I had to leave my school as well," said Kheyal Mohammad, resident of Hasarak district.

Local officials also confirm the closure of the health centers.

"A number of doctors were facing threats and we did not take any action to avoid further issues but tribal elders had promised us that they will solve the issue," said Attaullah Khogyani, governor front man.

...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another explosion...
the Taliban acknowledge the problem and say it was done in response to the closure of health centers by local Nangarhar officials in their areas.

Nangarhar health officials have not commented on the issue.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Cause health is an inshallah thing...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2020 6:54 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Syrian fighters abandon Libyan War, flee towards Italy
[ALMASDARNEWS] Some Syrian fighters that went to fight in Libya have since abandoned the war and fled to Italia, opposition media sites claimed, as cited by al-Watan.

According to the reports, at least 17 of the Syrian fighters have already arrived in Italia after spending a short period of time inside Libya.

The reports said that the Syrian fighters intentionally accepted the deployment to Libya in order to later escape into Italia.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), some 2,400 Syrian fighters have already traveled to Libya thus far.

Another 1,200 fighters from a number of factions in the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) are expected to make their way to Libya in the coming weeks.

Last month, Bloomberg News released a story about The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
offering contracts to Syrian fighters in order to help the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

Since then, several fighters have been seen inside of Libya, most notably near the capital city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...

Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  What's $2K/mo in lira?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

Fighters from the city of Garyan have called for war against the #Turkish intervention and invasion and the #GNA’s alliance with #Syrian #terrorists #mercenaries.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

The silly attempt of the #GNA #Syrian terrorist militia attack on Salah Aldin resulted in a humiliating defeat with many dead and equipment lost

Fighting still ongoing in Salah AlDin and AlHadba. After the #GNA violation of the ceasefire.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Tunisian security Carthage Airport arrest #GNA criminal, Firas al-Wahshi, one of the largest militia leaders in Zawiya, after he tried to enter with a Turkish passport
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Gee. A Turkish passport. Who would have guessed?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  That's the deployment strategy, fly 'em in on Turkish Airlines into Tunisia?

Good to see Tunisia isn't very happy about that.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/22/2020 15:57 Comments || Top||

Firing live bullets at the #Iraqi demonstrators in #Karbala
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Again, who is doing the firing?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Kata'ib
Posted by: mossomo || 01/22/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  So, Basij.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/22/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#Iraq: Tribes Reject Parliament's Efforts to Oust US Forces
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  A real shocker.
Posted by: gorb || 01/22/2020 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  1-20 Al Tayaran Square
Massive demonstrations continuing in Baghdad & various cities against against government corruption & Khamenei's meddling in their country.
Posted by: b || 01/22/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

Security troops chase protesters at #alDoura region, south of #Baghdad
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Protesters reportedly arrest members of Iran-backed militias, as they take control over #AlKhilani Square in #Baghdad
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Oooh, you gonna get it now, Lucy.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Piano wire time.
Posted by: Lex || 01/22/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Dog bites Man.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||

Security troops fire live ammunition against protesters in #Zaafaraniya region, southeast of #Baghdad
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Protesters block #Palestine Street using tyres, set on fire, in central #Baghdad
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Palestine Street; that like the MLK jr. Boulevard of the islamic world?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/22/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Yasser Arafat Place is a back alley

Posted by: Frank G || 01/22/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 LOL
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/22/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

Iraqi military says missile attack near #US embassy launched from southeast #Iraq
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  southeast Iraq Some times called New Iran.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  AKA Iranq ?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/22/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#3  'Rank' for short
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 15:21 Comments || Top||

Iraqi Air Force destroys ISIS base in northeast #Iraq
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Shi'ite Militias Threaten Iraqi President With Expulsion If He Meets With President #Trump
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Thanks, Boosh...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2020 5:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Expullosion... there, fixed
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 15:19 Comments || Top||

At least 10 killed since Sunday as protests endure
[Rudaw] At least 10 protesters have been killed and more than 150 maimed since a wave of violence resumed in many central and southern provinces on Sunday, breaking a period of relative tranquility.

In an official statement sent to Rudaw English via Whatsapp on Tuesday, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) announced that at least 10 protesters have been killed since Sunday, and more than 150 protesters and security members maimed during renewed festivities between protesters and security forces.

According to IHCHR, the highest loss of life has occurred in Baghdad, where four were killed after protesters blocked Muhammad al-Qasim highway, a major road in Iraq’s capital. Security forces used excessive force, including live ammunition to disperse and push back the protesters.

According to the statement, more than 85 protesters have been detained by the security forces in different provinces over the past three days.

Iraqis have been protesting in central and southern parts of Iraq for more than 100 days, demanding real changes in the country and threatening to topple the political class that has held power since 2005.

Baghdad Operation Command released a statement on Tuesday accusing "trouble makers" within the protest movement of shooting at security forces. One security member is said to have been injured by protesters, according to the Command.

"This morning we have confirmed a dangerous development, which is the presence of button men using deadly weapons with silencers inside the demonstrations and shooting towards security forces," the statement read, adding that the injured security member was immediately transferred to hospital.

Protesters have been met with brutal force from security forces, many being killed after being hit with tear-gas canisters.

More than 520 protesters and members of the security forces have been killed and around 17,000 more maimed since October 1.

After weeks of protests and a direct call to step down from the highest Shiite authority in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigned from office and has been leading a caretaker government for more than a month.

In a government meeting on Tuesday, Abdul-Mahdi called on protesters to remain peaceful and avoid blocking roads or preventing students from attending classes.

"Blocking the schools and universities is not peaceful protests, and we don’t think they have any links with the peaceful protests," he said.

"How can we make changes when schools and universities are closed, or prevent public employees from reaching their work place?"

Iraq’s various political blocs have been locked in talks since Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation to nominate a suitable candidate to replace him ‐ no easy feat for such a deeply entrenched elite in such a deeply divided society.

Several names have been put forward for the job, but all of them have been rejected by the protesters in Iraq and its safe haven in Baghdad, Tahrir Square.

The most recent candidates put forward by political parties are Ali al-Shukri, former Minister of Planning from 2011 to 2014 and MP from 2014 to 2018, and Mohammed Toufiq al-Alawi, who served as Minister of Communication from 2006 to 2007, and again from the end of 2010-2012, when he resigned.

The third shortlisted is Mustafah al-Kadhimi, head of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service since 2016. He has worked to purge the influence of parties over the institution, and is seen as the least partisan among the candidates.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Israeli F-35 accidentally reveals location over secret nuclear facility
[ALMASDARNEWS] An Israeli F-35 stealth aircraft revealed to the world both its own location and that of Israel’s primary nuclear facility on Monday when it turned on a publicly viewable transponder signal.

Deep in the Negev desert of southern Israel lies the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center, also called the Dimona reactor, the center of Israel’s nuclear research and weapons programs. While its location isn’t exactly top secret, it’s impossible for civilians to get close to it; the Israel Defense Forces have even been known to shoot down their own planes when they don’t have permission to fly over Dimona.

a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
while one Israeli Air Force F-35I "Adir" stealth fighter flying over Dimona on Monday wasn’t at risk of being shot down, it did drop its ghostly act for about 20 minutes when it turned on a publicly viewable transponder signal, causing it to appear on civilian radars.
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Goof or some nefarious 3-dimensional chess ploy by the Juice?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Testing the facility AD tracking systems and the RCS of the aircraft.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2020 12:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Poss also testing RAD detection unit onboard and the quantum radar.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||

IRGC Commander & ‘Soleimani Ally’ Shot Dead By Masked Assassins On Motorcycle
[ZH] An elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander has been shot dead by masked assailants in front of his house in southwestern Iran. Crucially, he was a mid-range to possibly top commander of the IRGC's hardline domestic wing, the Basij militia, and a close ally of recently assassinated Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, reports state news IRNA on Wednesday.

The details clearly suggest that it was an assassination ‐ at this point by an unknown entity or group ‐ given two men riding a motorcycle drove by and essentially executed him in the street.

Reuters has described the slain Basij militia commander, Abdolhossein Mojaddami, as "an ally of Qassem Soleimani" ‐ who was himself assassinated by US drone strike on January 3rd.

"IRNA said that Abdolhossein Mojaddami, a Basij commander in the city of Darkhovin in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, was shot on Tuesday in front of his home by two men riding a motorcycle," Reuters reports based on official Iranian state media quotes. "There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, IRNA said."

The Associated Press added a few further limited details as follows:

Two gunmen on a motorcycle, armed with an assault rifle and a hunting rifle, ambushed Mojaddami, IRNA reported. Other Iranian media said the gunmen's faces were covered with masks and that four shots were fired.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/22/2020 12:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Who's next? Step right up. The 72 virgins await.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/22/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting that this happened in Iran and not some other theater. Local politics? Feuding militias? The Hand of Trump? Inquiring minds...
Posted by: SteveS || 01/22/2020 13:09 Comments || Top||

#3  What kind of motorcycle? Was it a Harley? Rice burner? The chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider? Don't leave me hanging!
Posted by: Raj || 01/22/2020 13:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Chinese lead virus.
Posted by: Matt || 01/22/2020 14:29 Comments || Top||

#5  the locals are tired of their shit
Posted by: Chris || 01/22/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#6  And so the projected clan clash begins.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe someone could offer a $10,000 bounty for each MM or IRGC member that ends up dead.
Posted by: gorb || 01/22/2020 14:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Khuzestan is the Arab part of Iran next to Iraq, has oil and separatist movements.
Posted by: Goober Barnsmell1963 || 01/22/2020 15:03 Comments || Top||

#9  the locals are tired of their shit

That's where I'd place my chips.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/22/2020 15:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Shot dead? In the street? Essentially executed? Heavens to Betsy! I never did hear if those guys following Solomeini were in a car or, oh never mind.
Posted by: Cesare || 01/22/2020 15:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Don't those payot make wearing masks uncomfortable?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/22/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#12  52 Pick Up: I believe that makes three down (incl. the militia gruppenfuehrer in Baghdad killed w Suleimani).

49 to go.
Posted by: Lex || 01/22/2020 15:21 Comments || Top||

#13  Thanks for being in top of this for us, Frank G.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#14  The IRGC is thoroughly penetrated. Prob'y an inside job.
Posted by: Lex || 01/22/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#15  This'll make the Mullahs feel a bit uneasy.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 01/22/2020 15:46 Comments || Top||

#16  I want to see Mad Mullahs get it next
Posted by: Chris || 01/22/2020 15:53 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Clereque Speter9077 || 01/22/2020 17:19 Comments || Top||

#18  Don't those payot make wearing masks uncomfortable?

I see what you did there, Mercutio.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2020 20:11 Comments || Top||

#19  #4; Hey, I'm allergic to high velocity lead!!!
(I tell that to nurses all the time, who nod, make a note, and then say 'Hey! What does that mean?' Sometimes. Stupid fun stuff.)
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/22/2020 21:21 Comments || Top||

Russian air strikes in Syria kill 12 civilians: monitor
[AlAhram] Russian air strikes on several locations in northern Syria on Tuesday killed at least 12 civilians, including seven children, a war monitoring group said.

Two of the victims were killed in a southeastern area of Idlib province while the other 10 died in a western region of neighbouring Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2020 01:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder how old were the children?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/22/2020 5:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Bill Clinton rule says 25 years old.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Amnesty International and UNHRC to condemn in.....5647382292022.......5647382292021.........5647382292020
Posted by: Ebbeating Bluetooth8610 || 01/22/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Wonder how old were the children?

Spotted in an area where weapons had been carried.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2020 12:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah. Goat herders.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/22/2020 17:03 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army reinforcements pour into #Idlib after jihadist attacks
Posted by: Fred || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

US forces prevent Russian military patrol on Syria-Kurdistan Region border: reports
[Rudaw] A Russian military convoy was prevented from approaching the Semalka border crossing area by US forces on Tuesday, according to media and observatory reports.

A US soldier told Rudaw they will not allow Russians near the area, which marks the border between northeast Syria and the Kurdistan Region .

"If they do come here, we are going to stop them and try to ask for help," a US soldier told Rudaw while waiting on the Qamishli-Malikiya road to block Russian patrols.

Russian forces were deployed to northeast Syria to patrol the The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
-Syria border following an invasion of the region by Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian proxy groups in October.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) later reported that a Russian patrol was stopped by US forces on the al-Malakiya (Derik) - Maabadah highway north of Rmelan, Hasaka province, before it could reach the border.

"The Russian patrol returned to [Qamishli] airbase after being prevented by the Americans from reaching the SDF-controlled crossing of Smelka on the border with Iraq," said the UK-based monitor group.

North Press Agency (NPA), a local news outlet with close ties to the SDF, reported Monday’s prevention of the Russian patrol, saying that both forces had previously agreed Russia must only stay on the Syria-Turkey border without approaching Qamishli or Hasaka.

The crossing border is a strategic, used by US forces to deliver military and logistical aid to the SDF - the main ally of the US-led Global Coalition against 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) on the ground in Syria.

The US has said that they will only keep about a thousand soldiers in SDF-controlled oil-rich areas in order to protect the oil and prevent it from being controlled by Iran, Damascus and ISIS remnants.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:

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Wed 2020-01-22
  IRGC Commander & "Soleimani Ally" Shot Dead By Masked Assassins On Motorcycle
Tue 2020-01-21
  Several civilians killed by female suicide bomber in western Chad
Mon 2020-01-20
  Iraqi counter-terrorism forces arrest high-ranking ISIS official in Fallujah
Sun 2020-01-19
  Protesters burn the Hezbollah headquarters in Iraq
Sat 2020-01-18
  Taliban open to 10-day ceasefire with US troops in Afghanistan
Fri 2020-01-17
  Iraqi police arrest ISIS religious official in eastern Mosul
Thu 2020-01-16
  Five killed as Sudan crushes revolt by security agents
Wed 2020-01-15
  Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers
Tue 2020-01-14
  Project Veritas #Expose2020 Part 1: Bernie Sanders Field Organizer Suggests Gulags to Help ‘Nazified’ Trump Voters
Mon 2020-01-13
  Corey Booker Throws In The Towel
Sun 2020-01-12
  Detention of UK's ambassador to Tehran (released an hour later)
Sat 2020-01-11
  Iran fesses up, admits they shot down airliner
Fri 2020-01-10
  Iran invites American investigators to take part in the probe into PS752 plane incident that killed 176 people on board
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