[ToloNews] The Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... fought with Afghan cops in eight provinces of the country in the first day of the reduction in violence plan, according to reports sent by the public to TOLOnews.
The festivities were reported in Faryab, Uruzgan, Paktia, Balkh, Baghlan, Badghis, Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... and Kapisa provinces.
With the start of the reduction in violence, TOLOnews asked the public across the country to text information about attacks to a WhatsApp number. 400 people sent messages, and many of them simply expressed support for the reduction in violence. However, facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable... messages also came in reporting festivities between the Taliban and the Afghan cops in eight provinces of the country.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shootout, another bullet hole appeared in Butch's hat...... the Afghan acting Minister of Defense Assadullah Khalid confirmed that in the first 12 hours since the reduction in violence was in effect, the Taliban launched some attacks in various regions, and the Afghan forces defended themselves against those attacks.
"Violence has declined significantly. Only a few minor attacks were reported in some areas that are not serious," said Khalid.
The Taliban’s front man Zabihullah Mujahid on Twitter stated that the reduction in violence agreement places the following areas off limits: "The centers of all provinces, all corps (Afghan military corps), units, divisions (Afghan army divisions) and all foreign bases." In areas not on this list, Mujahid said, "any shelling and attacks by the (Taliban fighters) shouldn’t be taken as a violation, because this is not a nationwide ceasefire."
Details are not available about any casualties from the attacks today.
"When the two sides are still armed, there is a need for more caution, because even a small provocation by a commander or a soldier can affect the entire process," said military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhel.
This comes a day after the NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the announcement by the United States and Taliban about a reduction in violence.
He said that this is a critical test of the Taliban’s willingness and ability to reduce violence, and contribute to peace in good faith.
"This could pave the way for negotiations among Afghans, sustainable peace, and ensuring the country is never again a safe haven for terrorists," he said.
What is the reduction in violence agreement?
At 12:00 midnight (Afghan time) on Friday, Feb. 21 (the morning of Saturday, Feb. 22), a reduction in violence plan kicked off that is intended to last for seven days. Upon its successful completion, according to statements by the US and Taliban, a peace deal negotiated between the two sides over the past 18 months in Doha, will be signed. The expectation is that this signed agreement will lead to intra-Aghan talks between the Taliban on one side, and a delegation representing the Afghan republic's government and political and civil establishment, on the other.
[KhaamaPress] The 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... killed six faceless myrmidons of 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.... of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) in North-eastern Kapisa province.
The informed military officials said Friday the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons of the terror group during the same operation which they conducted in Nejrab district.
The officials further added that an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... killed additional 6 ISIS Khurasan faceless myrmidons in the same district.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, Gloria again dodged the questing tip of the giant frog's tongue and ran for her life... the officials said an airstrike killed 7 faceless myrmidons of the terror group in Chawkai district of Kunar.
The ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
02/23/2020 00:00 ||
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[KhaamaPress] The United Nations ...where theory meets practice and practice loses... released its latest report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan which documents up to 10,400 civilian deaths and injuries during the year 2019.
The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement said "The new report documents 3,403 civilians killed and 6,989 injured, with the majority of the civilian casualties inflicted by anti-government elements."
UNAMA further added "It is the sixth year in a row that the number of civilian casualties has exceeded 10,000."
"The figures outlined in the new report ‐ released jointly by UNAMA and the UN Human Rights Office ‐ represent a five per cent decrease over the previous year, mainly due to a decrease in civilian casualties caused by 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.... of Iraq and the Levant ‐ Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP)," the report stated.
It also added "Civilian casualties caused by the other parties increased, particularly by the Taliban ...Arabic for students... (21 per cent increase) and the international military forces (18 per cent increase), mainly due to an increase in improvised bomb attacks and Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s."
If you can see the image, you can click on the tweet itself to get the article, if there is one — the headline goes to the twitter post. I think of bare bones tweets, those having no accompanying article, as akin to rumours awaiting soldi confirmation. Also, I personally don’t have the attention span to monitor twitter feeds for the needles of soldi information in the haystack, so I am grateful others are willing to sift that for us.
The three bodies of the Turkish invaders were transported to Istanbul at exactly 10:00Pm on February 18 on a Libyan commercial flight, and returned the next morning to occupied Matiga airbase. Viva #Libya#LNApic.twitter.com/lRNNqCgHPu
Several thousand people gather in the Algerian capital on the first anniversary of a protest movement that seeks an overhaul of the political system and forced the former president to resign.https://t.co/pfDSGeKOnB
Neelum Valley residents have previously confronted the Pakistani army personnel chaperoning the jihadis and made them leave the area. Nothing like a few dozen 155mm guns firing to cause the residents to suddenly lose all support for jihadi activity.
Posted by: John Frum ||
02/23/2020 20:21 Comments ||
Iraqi prominent Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr calls for mass protests in the case that a parliamentary session, meant to vote for a new Iraqi cabinet, gets canceled or does not achieve forming a government.https://t.co/tpPC6H36JK
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City tried to stab coppers on Saturday in an attempted terror attack before he was rubbed out by officers.
Police said the assailant was spotted with a knife by Border Police officers at the Lion’s Gate as he ran to carry out an attack.
"[The officers] called on him to stop and he turned around toward them with the aim of harming them. The police responded quickly while firing toward him, neutralizing him and preventing harm," a statement from police said.
Police did not provide details on the identity of the suspect, who was named by Channel 13 news as 33-year-old Maher Ibrahim Za’atara of East Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood.
The incident comes a day after a Paleostinian woman tried to stab passerby at a popular promenade in Jerusalem. The woman, reported to be a Paleostinian from East Jerusalem, tried to stab people at the Armon Hanatziv promenade several times with a knife, United Hatzalah said in a statement. One man suffered very mild injuries and did not require medical treatment.
The Ynet news site interviewed Itzik Itach, who it identified as one of the people who grabbed the assailant.
“She shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Greatest) and tried to stab a passer-by,” Itach said. “We jumped at her and I held her until a police car came.”
United Hatzalah paramedic Yechiel Maiberg said: “I was walking in the area when I heard shouts. Civilians were spooked by a woman brandishing a knife. I ran at her and knocked the knife out of her hand. With the help of civilians we subdued her until the police officers arrived.”
Posted by: Fred ||
02/23/2020 00:00 ||
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On November 30, 2012, Syrian troops withdrew from Omar oil field, one of the last regime positions east of Deir ez-Zor city near the Iraqi border. This happened after Syrian troops lost the Conoco gas reserve on November 27.
#Breaking: Bombardment by Tukish forces and their affiliated opposition groups on Koperlik village, Tal-Abyad western countryside, targeting posts of Syrian governmet forces there pic.twitter.com/9hInbu6vYu
The main highway between Damascus and Aleppo opens to the public after the Syrian regime forces recaptured the major artery in a Russian-backed offensive, announces Syria’s transport ministry.https://t.co/Iymicqm8uG
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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