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PLA mobilized to deal with Wuhan
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Afghan forces suffer casualties in Taliban attacks
[KhaamaPress] According to officials, the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bully boyz killed six coppers and maimed eight others in an ambush attack in the northern Baghlan and Takhar provinces on Wednesday night.

Khanzada Mazlomyar, the district governor of Baghlan-e-Markazi, confirmed the death of six coppers in the hands of Talibs on Wednesday night in Baghlan-Kunduz highway.

"Afghan forces were on their way to Baghlan-e-Markazi when they came under attack, as a result of which six coppers died, and least seven security personnel were maimed in the incident," Mazlomyar added.

Reports say that two non-combatants were killed and three others injured during the clash between the two sides, but there is no report on the Taliban casualties as of now.

...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?

Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features.

If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!...

the Talibs stormed a security post in Baharak district of Takhar province, killed two coppers and maimed another officer.

Taliban turbans’ back-to-back attacks on the Afghan cops occur as their leadership continues negotiations with the US representatives in Doha on the Afghan peace deal.

Afghan mainstream politicians and leaders describe Taliban "hypocrites" for not being faithful to their commitment to reducing violence as they are fast approach with the US on a peace agreement.

The Taliban bad boy group are yet to comment about the incidents that took the lives of six coppers and innocent civilians in northern Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Tunisia deploys army to border with Libya

Posted by: 3dc || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Mitiga airbase in Tripoli currently being bombarded
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

disaster almost caused by Turks in Mitiga An Airbus320 Afriqia a near disaster while trying to land in Matiga from Tunisia flight number 8U451
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Need a new Mitiga-Risk-Mitiga-tion strategy, evidently
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 9:00 Comments || Top||

#GNA militia have destroyed civilian cars by stepping on the with a Tank in Abuslim
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

In a documented violation of the so called ceasefire.#Turkish and #Syrian #GNA terrorists militia artillery fire hits a mosque in Ain Zara resulting in the death of 5 civilians
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Islamic Unity
Posted by: Frank G || 01/24/2020 2:27 Comments || Top||

#2  20 July 2019: For the record. Situation of battle between GNA and LNA in south of Tripoli

– The Libyan National Army after a long time halt in the Ain Zara area, start its advances and after severe engagements entered Yarmuk military camp. It is said Government of National Accord forces have retreated from the camp...
The GNA Ministry of Justice granted former Gaddafi prime minister Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi a compassionate release.
Posted by: b || 01/24/2020 6:50 Comments || Top||

#3  My immediate thought to stories like this is "if they're in a mosque they're not civilians".
Posted by: AlanC || 01/24/2020 7:44 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 Snark of the day?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/24/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

#LNA forces responding to the #GNA ceasefire violation in AlHadba #Tripoli
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Malian army says six soldiers killed, several wounded in overnight attack
[France24] Six soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army said Thursday, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African state.

The troops came under fire late Wednesday from "unidentified armed men" in Dioungani, an area in central Mali's volatile Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso, the army said on Twitter.

Local authorities and inhabitants have blamed the attack on jihadists.

The army gave a "provisional toll" of six dead and several wounded, without giving further details.

Mali has been struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that erupted in the north in 2012 and has claimed thousands of military and civilian lives since.

Despite some 4,500 French troops in the Sahel region, plus a 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in Mali, the conflict has engulfed the centre of the country and spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Local Malian troops are frequently attacked. On Tuesday, two soldiers were killed in the Mopti region when their convoy hit a roadside bomb.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2020 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
Alleged al-Qaeda Jihadis Caught Trying to Enter U.S. with Fake Colombian Passports
Suuuure. Let's have open borders so Donks can add new voters? F*&k them. Build the wall
[Breitbart] American authorities identified and apprehended three Syrian nationals accused of belonging to al-Qaeda in Dallas, Texas, from Colombia, the Colombian news agency RCN reported on Thursday, publishing images of the three individuals’ fake passports.

According to RCN, American law enforcement identified the three individuals as Al Raefee, Tuameh Tuameh, and Al Harari Al Harari. The three are believed to be in U.S. custody, soon to be charged with membership in a terrorist organization. The men appear to have entered Colombia through Venezuela, where they acquired Colombian residency paperwork, a government identification card, and a Colombian passport through an illegal documentation network.

Journalist Luis Carlos Vélez published images of the counterfeit passports on Twitter, noting that the men appeared to have crossed into Colombia through the La Guajira border crossing with Venezuela. Reports have not yet specified how the Syrians entered Venezuela or how long they had spent in the country after leaving Syria. Vélez reportedly stated that the U.S. embassy identified them as al-Qaeda terrorists when they attempted to procure U.S. visas, which does not align with the RCN report that police arrested them in Dallas. The RCN report does not note if Dallas authorities arrested them at the airport, which would suggest the men did receive U.S. visas and got onboard a flight to the country, or if they arrived by other means.

American authorities reportedly suspected criminal activity after inspecting the passports and finding several irregularities. The identification numbers on all three passports, RCN noted, did not match their birthdates. Colombian passports assign numbers to citizens based on when they were born. Although the youngest of the three men is 45 years old according to his passport, the identification number on his passport corresponded to a much more recently born person, at most 25 years old.

All three passports were also produced on the same exact date and stamped "La Guajira," the Colombian state bordering Venezuela where it is believed they traveled to from Venezuela. The passports also stated that all three men were born in Cartagena, Colombia.

RCN reported that Colombian authorities have traced the falsified documents back to an "illicit network" of organized criminals who produce high-quality counterfeit documentation to help criminals evade arrest. While not citing any government officials confirming the existence of the network of an investigation into it, RCN claimed that the network had helped over 1,200 foreign citizens ‐ Cubans, Afghans, Israelis, Iraqis, Chinese, Vietnamese, Africans, and Ecuadorians ‐ obtain fake Colombian documents.
the entire free world."
Posted by: Frank G || 01/24/2020 08:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  send them straight to the capital and make them listen to the impeachment trail.

Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Airandee || 01/24/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#2  The men appear to have entered Colombia through Venezuela, where they acquired [counterfeit] Colombian residency paperwork, a government identification card, and a Colombian passport through an illegal documentation network.

I was wondering how they pulled this off. Probably easy, for the right amount of money, to acquire counterfeit documents from the cash-strapped failed state of Venezuela.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/24/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Ref #1 is it too late for snark of the day?
Posted by: Tyranysaurus the Eponymous5335 || 01/24/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Vote #2 for SOTD!
Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Round up the state department goons involved and give them the choice of pushing the button to execute their spouses and children or diming out every one else involved.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 15:19 Comments || Top||

#6  the three individuals as Al Raefee, Tuameh Tuameh, and Al Harari Al Harari

3, or 5?

What ever happened with the woman and her 4 handlers story? Maybe she was Rosanne Rosannadanna.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 16:27 Comments || Top||

Libyan sentenced to 19 years for role in Benghazi attacks that killed US envoy
[IsraelTimes] Prosecutors had asked for the maximum 35-year sentence for Mustafa al-Imam,
...picked up by American Special Forces in 2017 on President Trump’s orders...
convicted of aiding in 2012 US consulate assault that left four Americans dead, including ambassador.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Libyan turban to more than 19 years in prison for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador.

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Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 01:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  Well if he's frail, 19 years in federal stir will be a treat.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 1:29 Comments || Top||

#2  But Hillary walks free!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/24/2020 1:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Why then go wandering through the American compound while Al Qaeda-linked jihadis were roaming the grounds with scowling faces?

I'll bite. Why do crowds of third-worlders squat scooping gasoline while the angel of death flaps overhead, cackling and rubbing sparks from his hands? Need and nature. Of course he's guilty as hell (the phone call) or so incredibly unlucky ("I must speak securely with Fearless Leader. Gimme dat phone, O frail, harmless, looting passerby!") that it would be impious not to pile on.
Posted by: Snang Thrinesh2108 || 01/24/2020 4:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Why do crowds of third-worlders squat scooping gasoline while the angel of death flaps overhead, cackling and rubbing sparks from his hands?

Great imagery!
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

Hezbollah base in Iraq attacked by airstrike - report
[Jpost] A Hezbollah military base in Iraq was attacked by Arclight airstrike
on Thursday night, according to initial reports.

This is a developing story.
Update from Ynet at 2:30 a.m. ET:
Unidentified aircraft attacked the Iraqi pro-Iranian group The Hezbollah Brigade base in Iraq on the border with Syria.

According to a report on the Al Arabiya network, three separate attacks were carried out in the same area.
Update from the Times of Israel at 11:00 p.m. ET:
The airstrikes reportedly targeted a Hezbollah headquarters near the Iraqi town of al-Qa’im, according to the al-Hadath and al-Arabiya news outlets.
A late addition, but not worth an entire article tomorrow.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Unidentified aircraft attacked the Iraqi pro-Iranian group

UAF strikes again!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/24/2020 3:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's work it out by process of elimination. Andorra? No. Angola? No. Argentina? Good pilots but no. Bolivia?... (Or should we just skip ahead to the I's?)
Posted by: Matt || 01/24/2020 9:06 Comments || Top||

#3  That’s Iraqi Hezbollah, one of many local Iranian sock puppets, not the Lebanese version.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 14:25 Comments || Top||

Security forces clash with #protesters in #Karbala
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Suspicious balloons apparently flown from Gaza found in south
[IsraelTimes] A number of suspicious balloons apparently launched from the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip were found Thursday in southern Israel.

Police said that four balloons, three in Kiryat Gat and one in a community in the Shafir Regional Council, had suspicious objects attached to them.

Sappers were dispatched to deal with them.

"In one case the object went kaboom!, with no injuries in the incident," police said.

Hours earlier, a spokesperson for the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council said a suspicious bunch of balloons was found there. "Military forces immediately came to the scene and handled the situation successfully," the spokesperson said.

The balloon launches came a day after Israeli television reported that Egypt is involved in "intense efforts" to get the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group to end a recent uptick in arson balloon attacks on Israel from Gaza amid fears of a return to violence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 01:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Well, they can't dig tunnels in this rainy weather. And rockets bring retaliation. So what are Gazans to do?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/24/2020 3:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Poss used condoms.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 16:28 Comments || Top||

Palestinian man held at Hebron holy site after police find knife in his pants
[IsraelTimes] A 28-year-old Hebron resident is arrested at the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site in the West Bank city after Border Police officers find a knife in his possession.

The knife sets off a metal detector at the site, according to police, leading to a body search that uncovers the blade in the man’s pants.

Police are not saying if they believe the incident was an attempted terror attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is that a knife in your pants or are you just happy to see me?
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 01/24/2020 1:42 Comments || Top||

The United States bars Iranians from entering the country on trade and investment visas
Things that make you go hmmmmm....

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  No comment on student and H1b visas?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 16:30 Comments || Top||

Hundreds of Syrian militants launch attacks against government forces in several parts of Idlib province, killing up to 40 Syrian soldiers
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Turkey urges Russia to halt Syrian government attacks after family killed
[IsraelTimes] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s foreign minister urges Russia to halt the Syrian government’s attacks in the war-torn Arab country, a day after Arclight airstrike
s on rebel-held sectors and the shelling of government-held areas killed at least 17 people, including an entire family.

In his remarks, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insists it is Moscow’s responsibility to stop the violence as Russia has been a staunch supporter of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
’s forces in the civil war.

The Syrian government has been carrying out an offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the country, and the rebel-held parts of nearby Aleppo province. The fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom fled to areas closer to the border with Turkey.

Dozens of fighters have been killed on both sides in recent days as festivities intensified. The fighting comes despite a new cessation of hostilities agreement between Russia and Turkey that went into effect earlier this month. Moscow and Ankara stand on opposing sides of the conflict in Syria.

"Russia is the guarantor of the (Syrian) regime," Cavusoglu tells a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
. "Russia is obliged to stop this aggression. The situation in Idlib is our main focus because the regime has been increasing its aggression," he adds. "Already, 400,000 people have been displaced and moved toward our border."

Idlib is dominated by al-Qaeda-linked groups, but is also home to 3 million civilians. The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
has warned of the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe along the Ottoman Turkish border.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

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Two weeks of WOT
Fri 2020-01-24
  PLA mobilized to deal with Wuhan
Thu 2020-01-23
  UN calls for strengthening international support for the Palestinians
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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