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Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll, Abdullah rejects results
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Afghanistan
‘11 Civilians’ Killed in Herat Drone Strike: Residents
[ToloNews] A group of 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...
residents on Tuesday claimed that "at least eleven non-combatants were killed" in a dronezap in Kashk-e-Kohna district in the western province on Monday evening.

Massouda Karokhi, an MP from Herat, also confirmed the incident and the casualties.

According to the residents, "eight children" were among those killed in the "drone attack."

The residents on Tuesday took the bodies in front of the Herat governor’s office.

This comes as the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in a report issued on January 27 said that 485 non-combatants were killed, and 265 others were maimed, in pro-government forces Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in the past 12 months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2020 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:


Airstrikes, Special Forces raid kill 6 ISIS militants in East of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s and raid by Afghan Special Forces
...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting...
left six ISIS Khurasan Death Eaters dead in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense in a statement said an airstrike killed four ISIS Khurasan Death Eaters in Suki district of Kunar province.

The statement further added that the Afghan Special Forces killed an ISIS Khurasan holy warrior and destroyed a weapons cache during a raid in Tarang district of the Kunar.

Another airstrike in Tarang district killed an ISIS Khurasan holy warrior, the Ministry of Defense added in its statement.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
US Military Says Airstrike Destroyed AlShabaab Base In Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] US military has destroyed al-Shabaab
...... al-Qaeda's tentacle in East Africa...
base following an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in southern Somalia, US said.

In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said in coordination with the Somali government, the U.S. military conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab compound in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, Feb. 17.

"We’re working with our partners to adversely impact al-Shabaab’s operations and ability to attack our Somali and East African partners," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africa Command. "It is important to counter this al-Qaeda-aligned group’s ability and intent to plan and carry out attacks in Somalia and more broadly. This precision strike does just that."

The mission said Initial assessments conclude one al-Shabaab facility was destroyed as a result of the airstrike.

"We currently assess no civilians were maimed or killed as a result of this airstrike," Africom said.

It emphasized that Somalia remains key to the security environment of East Africa, and its long-term stability is important to advancing U.S. interests in the region.

"We will continue to work together on our support of the Federal Government of Somalia in its effort to bring improved governance, development, and stability to the Somali people," it assured.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Ilhan Omar is gonna be maaaaaaaad!
Posted by: Chris || 02/19/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  En passant as it were. Call it a bank shot.

It's been a good day.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 02/19/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Then the day must end in "y", #1 Chris. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 02/19/2020 13:46 Comments || Top||

#4  It emphasized that Somalia remains key to the security environment of East Africa, and its long-term stability is important to advancing U.S. interests in the region.


What interests? We don't have any interests there.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/19/2020 15:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Paging Michelle Osama bin Obama.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/19/2020 18:42 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 Shorter Herb: we don't even have any interests here
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 19:28 Comments || Top||


Somali Military Court Sentences Alleged Militants To Jail Terms
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali military in Mogadishu has on Tuesday sentenced two al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
operatives to 8-year in jail after they were found of being Shabaab and taking part in the group’s work.

In a statement, the military court said the prosecutors accused Abdikadir Sufi Munye and Saed Omar Abdullahi of senior administrators of al-Shabaab.

Abdikadir was said to be head of Shabaab in Mareeray village on the outskirts of Afgoye town while Saed was head of finance in the village.

Abdikadir better known by his nom de guerre Amir-Gabow was arrested on the 3rd of October last year in Dharkaynley district of Mogadishu following a public tip-off.

The convict was nabbed 29th of September last year in Hamar-jajab district during operation by the security forces.

According to the prosecution, the two were kept in remand in November until the investigation into their case is being concluded.

The statement noted that the hearing case of their trial begun 21st last month.

Two were found guilty of being al-shabaab administrators and we’re sentenced to eight years, according to the chairperson of the court, Hassan Ali Nur.

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Libya’s National Oil Corporation evacuates all fuel tankers in the port of Tripoli
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Turkish ammuntions and equipment exploding after being targeted by the Libyan Army
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Air defense shot down a Turkish enemy UAV , above Ain Zara, after it took off from the occupied Matiga airbase
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


#GNA forces of Syrians #terrorist in Victory garden are being heavily bombarded by the #LNA #Tripoli
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Turkish UAV is being jammed now . Over Tajora
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Jammed? Looks like Ryan Newman's Drone
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  More like rhubarbed.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/19/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Landed jam side down.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#4  That's funny.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/19/2020 22:33 Comments || Top||


Abu Muhammad al-Amda, a commander in the force from western Qalamoon who was killed in #Libya on Feb 15
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


The Grand Turk
Turkey Orders Hundreds of Arrests for Gulen Links
[AnNahar] Ottoman Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of hundreds of new suspects in connection with the network blamed for the failed 2016 coup, the official Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands have been arrested over the past three years in a bid to eradicate the movement led by US-based Moslem preacher Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world. Gülen and Erdogan used to be really good friends, but only one of them could be sultan, and Gülen lost...
, though he denies responsibility for the coup attempt.

His movement, based around a huge network of schools, had supporters across Ottoman Turkish society, from the army to the judiciary to the government.

In the latest spate of investigations, the Ankara prosecutor's office issued arrest warrants for 467 people in 67 cities as part of a probe into alleged rigging of police exams by Gulenists
...the Turkish version of the Boogie Man, who set fire to the Turkish Reichsstag...
, Anadolu reported.

Prosecutors in the western city of Izmir ordered the arrest of 157 members of the navy and air force across 43 cities, also over links to the Gulen movement.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived...
an investigation into Gulenist infiltration of the judiciary led to warrants for 71 suspects in 15 cities, Anadolu added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2020 00:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  There are still independent 'Pak Turk' schools in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa donating considerable amounts to Imran Khan's TTP. Some were felicitated by the PML(N) govt and most were turned over to Erdoggy's Maarif organization, but the ones that could arrange bribes still run as independent NGOs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/19/2020 4:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Wednesday already?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/19/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Legume - round up the usual suspects.
Posted by: Raj || 02/19/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#4  But the Gulenists were anti-violence, march-through-the-institutions types, I thought. Why would they donate to the TTP?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#5  How To Link Kulen Sausage
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2020 15:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Gulenism - the gift that keeps on giving...to Yip-yip anyway.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/19/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Shades of Pol Pot....
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 02/19/2020 15:51 Comments || Top||


Iraq
One Iraqi soldier killed, three injured in ISIS attack in Diyala
More on this story from yesterday.
[Rudaw] 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) Death Eaters killed one Iraqi soldier and injured at least three more in a Sunday attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint near the Diyala province town of Jalawla, known in Kurdish as Gulala.

Iraq’s Security Media Cell confirmed the attack on Sunday night, announcing a search for its perpetrators.

"Security forces are conducting a search operation looking for terrorist elements, which attacked [Iraqi Army] Brigade 20 in the Khanaqin district of Diyala province, killing a fighter", read a Media Cell tweet.

The attack occurred at 9:50 pm, said Halo Mohammed, Rudaw’s news hound in Garmiyan.

Lieutenant colonel Ahmed Mustafa, a Peshmerga commander, confirmed the attack to Rudaw on Monday.

"The confrontation between ISIS Death Eaters and the Iraqi Army continued for half an hour. Those injured and killed [Iraqi Army soldiers] have been evacuated to Khanaqin’s hospital," Lt. Col. Mustafah said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Iraqi forces made use of flares in a bid to locate the attack’s site of origin, the commander further added.

Khanaqin and Gulala are among territories disputed between the Iraqi federal government and Kurdistan Regional Government. A security vacuum has emerged in the areas contended by Erbil and Baghdad.

ISIS has found a safe haven for its activities in these areas since the Peshmerga withdrew on October 16, 2017 due to an Iraqi Army offensive, and the breakdown of Iraqi Army-Peshmerga coordination and cooperation.

In recent months, ISIS has launched a series of attacks against the Peshmerga, Iraqi Army, and Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the province.

Last week, three people were killed and seven others were maimed after ISIS attacked a village in southwestern Khanaqin.

These areas have also seen a recent rise in kidnappings by ISIS, with the group collecting ransom money to fund their activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2020 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two #Kurdish men were rescued from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) after their families paid a huge ransom
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


#Iraqi medic and activist Ibrahim Hussein, who was helping wounded protesters in #TahrirSquare, has been kidnapped for the second time
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Despite the rains fall, the Iraqi demonstrators stay at Haboubi square calling for implementing the protesters` demands
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi protesters in Karbala chanting revolutionary slogans against the corrupt prime minister Mohamed Allawi
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Four people were killed, as #ISIS carried out an attack in the south of #Kirkuk province
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Lebanese city of Tripoli holds a ‘day of rage’ in response to the reported shooting of a protester by guards of a member of parliament
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Massive Turkish Army convoy enters northwestern #Syria as jihadists lose several areas
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian military uncovers large missile factory newly captured area in #Aleppo
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syrian Army resumes western Aleppo offensive to capture militant stronghold
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in western Aleppo on Tuesday in a big to capture the remaining areas under jihadist control in the area.

According to a field report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army is pressing westward along the Atarib Road, as they try to capture one of the last remaining Death Eater strongholds in this region.

The report said the Syrian Arab Army is approaching Atarib from its western axis after they launched a new attack from the nearby Regiment 46 Base in western Aleppo.

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Russian Air Force begins heavy attack over western #Idlib
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Bones?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/19/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||


#IRGC member Hamid Reza Babolkhan from Esfahan was killed yesterday in #Aleppo
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1 
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 7:45 Comments || Top||



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  Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll, Abdullah rejects results
Tue 2020-02-18
  LNA claims to destroy Turkish arms ship in Tripoli harbor.
Mon 2020-02-17
  24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
Sun 2020-02-16
  Switzerland Thwarts Major Islamic State Terror Attack
Sat 2020-02-15
  Six Cartel Kidnappers Busted with Mexican Border City Victim in Trunk
Fri 2020-02-14
  US navy ship seizes 150 Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles after boarding a vessel in the Arabian Sea
Thu 2020-02-13
  Hafiz Saeed sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for terror financing
Wed 2020-02-12
  Sudan will hand over Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court
Tue 2020-02-11
  Russians bomb a joint Turkish & Jihadi column
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  Ehsanullah Ehsan sends greetings from Turkey, thumbs nose
Sun 2020-02-09
  Multiple US troops killed during shootout in eastern Afghanistan
Sat 2020-02-08
  Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah banged in Kabul
Fri 2020-02-07
  Syria says its troops enter the strategic city of Saraqib in Idlib and begins ‘combing’ its neighborhoods
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  Hazim Al-Halafi, a senior commander of Saraya Al-Salam dead
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  Trump acquitted by Senate on articles of impeachment for abuse of power

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