[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.
[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.
[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.
[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 ||
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Libya’s National Oil Corporation evacuates all fuel tankers in the port of Tripoli after attacks by Eastern Libyan forces on Tuesday, in a new escalation in the battle for control of Tripoli.https://t.co/TNrgpGLlGk
Major General Al-Mabrouk Al-Ghazwi, Commander of the Western Operations room: Our air defense shot down a Turkish enemy UAV , above Ain Zara, after it took off from the occupied Matiga airbase, on a mission against our forces, #Tripoli. #Libya.#LNApic.twitter.com/6pNsIvYRZs
Abu Amsha, the commander of the Sliman Shah Division,a Turkish backed terrorist faction, mourns the death of Abu Muhammad al-Amda, a commander in the force from western Qalamoon who was killed in #Libya on Feb 15 with 2 other fighters. By the hand of the Libyan National Army #LNAhttps://t.co/kIBDyLeU90
[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 ||
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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.
[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 ISISDeath 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 ||
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[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 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.