[KhaamaPress] The Special Operations Corps in a statement an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province killed 7 terrorists.
The statement further added that the National Defense and Security Forces killed 4 gunnies and injured 7 others during a joint operation in Chahar Bolak district of Balkh.
According to Special Operations Corps, airstrikes in Posht-e Rod district of Farah province killed 4 gunnies and destroyed a vehicle.
The security forces killed 2 gunnies and maimed 4 others after responding to an attack in Alingar district of Laghman ...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men... , the statement said, adding that the security forces killed a terrorist and maimed another terrorist while responding to attack in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar.
The anti-government armed bully boyz have not commented in this regard so far.
[KhaamaPress] The Counter-narcotics chief of Kabul Police Commandment was sentenced to 17 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the drug smugglers.
Jamshid Rasooli, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said Mia Ahmad, the Counter-narcotics Chief of Kabul Police Commandment was sentenced to 17 years and 3 months in prison after the conclusion of an investigation by prosecutors into alleged coopration between Mr. Ahmad and the drug smugglers.
Rasooli further added that the prosecutors sentenced Lemar, the director of the detective directorate of Counter-narcotics of Kabul Police Commandment to 7 years and 6 moths in prison on similar charges.
He also added that two Counter-narcotics officials, Nooruddin and Mohammad Esa, each received 1 year and 6 months in prison.
Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior had earlier said that the security forces have arrested Mia Ahmadi, the Counter-narcotics Chief of Kabul Police Commandment, describing him as one of the biggest smugglers and drug kingpins.
[DAWN] A senior Tehrik-e-Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... Pakistain (TTP) commander was killed by a bomb in eastern Afghanistan, turban and intelligence sources told AFP on Thursday, the latest such incident to target the group in recent days.
Not actually targetted as such, if he was kaboomed by one of his own bombs, but a clear sign from Allah that his activities were definitely not approved by the most high.
Sheharyar Mehsud, chief of a turban faction which is part of the umbrella TTP, was the target of the remote controlled blast in Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... , a TTP commander in Pakistain told AFP.
A Pak intelligence official who confirmed the incident said Mehsud had fled to Afghanistan in 2016.
The blast comes nearly two weeks after two other key TTP leaders ‐ Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistain's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire... i ‐ were killed in a clash with security forces.
#GNA dead today 1 Omar Ali Qarqum #Misrata 2 Muhammad Al-Qunaidi #Misrata 3 Muhammad Abu Sha'ala #Misrata 4 Hatem the Doctor # Gado 5 Izz Al-Din Hassan AlHasnawi 6 Mustafa Abu Shoufeh #Misrata 7 Muhammad Abu Baghdad #Misrata 8 Taha Tariq Kafou #Yafran 9 Youssef Al-Sriti
[Jpost] Nigeria's military burned down villages and forcibly displaced hundreds of people in its fight against Islamist snuffies in the country's northeast, rights group Amnesia Amnesty International alleged on Friday.
Nigeria's military, which has frequently been accused of human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... abuses in its decade-long fight against 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... and more recently 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.... 's West African branch, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Previous allegations have sparked investigations by the International Criminal Court in the Hague and hampered Nigeria's ability to purchase arms, a source of frustration for its military's leaders. However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... convictions of soldiers have been rare and the military has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
In the latest allegations, Amnesty said Nigerian soldiers razed three villages after forcing hundreds of men and women to leave their homes in the northeastern state of Borno in January.
The human rights group said it interviewed 12 victims and reviewed satellite images that showed several large fires in the area and almost every structure razed.
Residents described soldiers going house to house and rounding people up, then making them walk to a main road and board trucks, it said.
"We saw our houses go into flames," a woman of around 70 told Amnesty. "We all started crying."
The trucks took more than 400 people to a camp for people displaced by the conflict in Maiduguri, the main city in the region.
"These brazen acts of razing entire villages, deliberately destroying civilian homes and forcibly displacing their inhabitants with no imperative military grounds, should be investigated as possible war crimes," said Osai Ojigho, director for Amnesia Amnesty International Nigeria, in Friday's statement detailing the group's investigation.
Soldiers also detained six men, beating some of them, and held them for almost a month before releasing them without charge on Jan. 30, Amnesty said.
It cited Nigerian Army statements from the time that said six Boko Haram suspects had been captured and hundreds of captives freed from the krazed killers.
"They say they saved us from Boko Haram, but it's a lie," said one man aged roughly 65, according to Amnesty. "Boko Haram isn't coming to our village."
Amnesty's report was published as the military struggles to contain the insurgencies, particularly Islamic State. Last July, troops began to withdraw to larger garrisons, dubbed "super camps," from smaller bases that were frequently overrun with heavy loss of lives.
That has left the military on the defensive and the snuffies able to roam across large swathes of territory and carry out attacks, often on civilians, with few repercussion
A US navy ship seizes 150 Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles after boarding a vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, according to a statement by the US Central Command.https://t.co/NXu2M9Q6Vhpic.twitter.com/d3cOmqcFkB
[Jpost] About 20 button men dressed in military fatigues and police uniforms on Thursday killed three coppers and maimed two others during an attack to free one of the most big shots of the powerful MS-13 gang, police said.
Alexander Mendoza, a notorious MS-13 figure also known as "El Porky," escaped during the attack in the city of El Progreso, 175 kilometres (108 miles) north of the capital, Tegucigalpa. He was on way to a trial hearing.
The notorious MS-13 crime group was founded by Salvadorans in Los Angeles in the 1980s and spread to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala as the United States deported waves of migrants colonists.
The most important MS-13 leader on the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Mendoza had been captured in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in jail on charges of illicit association and money laundering.
"We are going to recapture this man and arrest those who helped him escape," said Deputy Minister of Security Luis Suazo.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández offered a reward of 2 million lempiras ($80,000) for information that leads to Mendoza's recapture.
Local television showed images of about 20 uniformed men and with their faces covered shooting and then climbing into several vehicles to escape with Mendoza.
MS-13, along with its rival Mara 18, are among the most powerful gangs operating in Central America, with most of their activities dedicated to extortion, liquidations and drug trafficking.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] German judges on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to three and a half years in prison for crimes including posing with the head of a decapitated corpse in his home country.
Identified only as Kassim A., the 34-year-old received one and a half years from the superior state court in Koblenz for the war crime, with the rest of his sentence relating to lesser crimes committed since his arrival in Germany.
Judges found the man joined forces rebelling against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Trampler of Homs... ’s regime at the latest in 2013.
At the latest in November that year, he posed for a photos with the head of an enemy fighter "in a way that mocked and debased the dead man," they added.
But the court did not find any evidence the defendant had been the one to kill the decapitated man or mutilate his corpse.
Kassim A. admitted to the acts during the trial, saying he had lost people close to him and himself been badly maimed in the conflict that has racked Syria for almost nine years.
Other Syrian refugees alerted the police after he showed them the photos, and officers then found them saved on his phone.
German courts have been looking into war crimes committed in Syria especially since 2016, as witnesses, victims and some suspects have arrived among hundreds of thousands of refugees from the country.
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02/14/2020 00:00 ||
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[Aljazeera] A rocket attack has slammed into an Iraqi base in the remote province of Kirkuk where US troops are stationed, security sources said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, AFP news agency citing Iraqi and US security sources reported on Thursday.
Three separate Iraqi security sources told AFP that the Katyusha rocket hit the K1 base at around 8:45pm local time (1745 GMT) and US military aircraft immediately began flying low over the area.
It was the first attack on the K1 base since December 27, when a volley of about 30 rockets killed a US contractor there, which Washington blamed on Kataib Hezbollah, an Iraqi military faction close to Iran.
The US then carried out retaliatory attacks that killed 25 Kataib Hezbollah fighters.
Days later, another strike killed the head of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah cofounder, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
[Rudaw] Three people were killed and seven others maimed after 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) holy warriors attacked a village in southwestern Khanaqin, Diyala province on Wednesday night.
The deaths include a Peshmerga soldier, an Iraqi army soldier, and one civilian, according to a Kurdish military official.
"A group of ISIS holy warriors attacked the vehicle of a Peshmerga soldier, who was a guard of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office in Khanaqin outside his house in the village of Bahari Taze, killing him" Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Mustafa of the Peshmerga forces intelligence told Rudaw.
"After the villagers heard the gunshots and screams, they rushed to the scene. The holy warriors upon their retreat, fired on them, killing a villager and wounding four others," Mustafa added, citing local contacts.
Iraqi armed forces based in observation posts near the village rushed to the scene after hearing gunshots, the Peshmerga intelligence official added.
"While on their way to the village, an Iraqi army Humvee vehicle triggered a landmine, killing an officer and three soldiers," Mustafa said.
The city of Khanaqin and its surrounding areas to the south have been under full Iraqi army control since October 2017. Like other disputed territories, Diyala province has become a hotbed for the forces of Evil group's hit-and-run activities.
In recent months, ISIS has launched a series of attacks against the Peshmerga, Iraqi Army, and Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the province.
"We are not allowed [by the Iraqi army] to go to the aid of villages and locations that are under frequent ISIS threats," Mustafa said of disputed areas the Iraqi government controls in Diyala.
The increased frequency of ISIS attacks has forced many villagers in Khanaqin to flee from their homes.
In November and December of last year, nearly 10 Peshmerga soldiers were killed in various ISIS attacks in Khanaqin.
According to intelligence obtained by the Peshmerga, ISIS has deployed 30 well-trained jihadists, commanded by a "foreign emir" to the Khanaqin, Jalawla and Qaratapa regions of Diyala.
James F. Jeffrey, US Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS said in a briefing in January, "the fight against ISIS, of course, had a signal success back in March with the defeat of the caliphate along the Euphrates in Syria, but we are seeing ISIS come back as an insurgency, as a terrorist operation, with some 14- to 18,000 holy warriors between Syria and Iraq and ISIS considers both countries as ‐ as they have always done, as a single front."
Iranian backed Militias are placing symbolic “death by hanging” posters of U.S soldiers in the middle of Baghdad. The Iraqi government is not able to stop any of this, many politicians participate or keep quiet around such acts to cozy up to the Militias and Iran. pic.twitter.com/Lp4wGn3Kzp
Kirkuk’s K1 military base, which hosts US forces, came under rocket attack on Thursday night, security sources confirmed to Rudaw. No casualties have been reported.
An official for the US-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State group (ISIS) told Rudaw English a single rocket hit in the K1 base.
Iraq’s Security Media Cell confirmed the incident in a tweet.
“A rocket fell in the K1 base in Kirkuk province without causing any damage worth mentioning,” the cell said.
Security forces searched the area and discovered a launch pad containing 11 unfired rockets, the cell added.
Citing three Iraqi security sources, AFP reported the attack occurred at 8:45 PM local time.
Approximately 5,200 US troops are stationed across several Iraqi military bases as part of the global anti-ISIS coalition to train and support local forces. These bases, however, have repeatedly come under rocket attack in recent months. Iran-backed militias affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, are believed to be responsible.
A similar attack on December 27 targeting the K1 base killed a US civilian contractor and injured other servicemen, escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
The death of a US citizen was a redline for the Americans, who on December 29 conducted retaliatory airstrikes against Kataib Hezbollah, a Shiite militia largely thought responsible for the K1 attack, killing 25 fighters.
Kataib Hezbollah supports then stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad.
[Ynet] Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", has passed a message to Israel that it is unilaterally halting its rocket and balloon kabooms, a defense source says.
The source expressed skepticism, however, saying that the next few days would be a true test of the terror group's commitment to restoring stability in 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... area.
[Ynet] Israel will Friday extend the area permitted for fishing off the Gazoo coast, despite the ongoing incendiary and explosive balloon attacks from the Strip. The area permitted for fishing will expand from 10 to 15 nautical miles.
Israel will also reinstate 500 trade permits for Gaza residents.
AMMAN (Reuters) - More than 800,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled their homes during a Russian-backed Syrian military campaign to clear the opposition in northwest Syria since Dec. 1, a senior U.N. spokesperson said on Thursday.
The exodus is expected to continue, with thousands of people on the move as whole towns and communities flee to the safety of areas near the Turkish border, David Swanson told Reuters.
"Tragically, the number of people displaced ‐ the vast majority of them women and children ‐ has now surpassed 800,000," Swanson said.
Russian jets and Syrian artillery have pounded towns and villages since early December in a renewed assault backed by pro-Iranian militias and aimed at clearing the opposition.
"Residents are fleeing by the thousands in open trucks or by foot; often at night to escape detection despite the bitter cold temperatures," Swanson, the U.N. regional spokesman for Syria, told Reuters.
U.N. officials say the region is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. Those on the run in Idlib and adjoining Aleppo province are joining close to 400,000 people who fled earlier bouts of fighting to the safety of camps near the Turkish border.
The latest offensive has brought the military campaign closer to heavily populated northern Idlib along the border, where nearly 3 million people are trapped, according to the United Nations.
[Ynet] A Syrian man held on suspicion of plotting an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Leb was referred to trial on Thursday along with 20 other people, the Lebanese state news agency NNA said.
According to the report, a Lebanese military judge had issued an indictment against the man on charges of belonging to 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.... bully boy group and planning the operation on its behalf.
It said the man was suspected of having prepared explosives and of seeking to buy a drone for the attack. The agency gave no further details and did not spell out the allegations against the 20 others.
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02/14/2020 01:48 ||
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Syria’s air defenses intercepted and downed several missiles coming across the occupied Golan Heights in Israel before they hit their targets in the capital Damascus, Syrian state television said on Thursday.
“Our air defences intercepted hostile targets over the skies of Damascus,” state agency SANA said.
It said the “missiles were launched from over the occupied Golan Heights.”
Several missiles were intercepted before they could reach their targets, it added.
Al Arabiya sources said that five airstrikes targeted weapons and missile depots in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport and that one of the strikes targeted a military post south of Damascus. The airstrikes were launched hours after the arrival of Iranian arms shipments to Damascus International Airport, according to the sources.
An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard large blasts.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the attack on Israel, which has not claimed responsibility. The Britain-based monitor said the attack targeted Iran-backed militias near the capital, with some missiles hitting their intended targets.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/14/2020 00:00 ||
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Per G's link at #1: Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he did not know anything about the alleged Israeli attack that target the Damascus area on Thursday, adding that maybe it was "the Belgian air force."
"I don't what happened last night," Netanyahu said in an interview with Radio Haifa on Friday, as quoted by channel 12. "Maybe it was the Belgian air force."
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/14/2020 4:32 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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