[BREITBART] U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in South Texas seized more than $18 million worth of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in a single drug smuggling incident.
Rio Grande Valley Sector officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility observed a tractor-trailer approaching from Mexico for entry inspection before entering the United States, according to information obtained from CBP officials in South Texas. The officers referred the driver of the rig hauling a shipment of fresh broccoli to a secondary inspection station for further scrutiny.
Officers checked the trailer with a non-intrusive imaging system which led to the discovery of a large number of unusual packages based upon the cargo manifest. The officers followed up with a physical search of the trailer which led to the recovery of 432 packages believed to be filled with narcotics, officials reported.
The officers removed the packages and began testing to determine the type of drugs being smuggled into Texas. They found 341 of the packages tested positive for methamphetamine. The meth weighed nearly 900 pounds and had an estimated street value of $18 million, officials stated.
Officers also found 87 packages of marijuana weighing more than 200 pounds with an estimated value of about $40,000. They also found three packages containing heroin which weighed 8.82 pounds ($353,000 estimated value) and one package of cocaine weighing 3.31 pounds ($25,500 estimated value).
"This was truly a notable seizure in the commercial environment," Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas, said in a written statement. "Our officers’ ability to maintain an excellent enforcement posture while keeping trade flowing and uninterrupted is one of our main priorities."
The case is now being investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents. CBP officials seized the drugs and the tractor-trailer. Officials provided no information about the driver of the rig
Just an aside item. I understand in 2-3 weeks the State Police in Maryland will have a breathalyzer test for pot.Just blow and you don't go if you have smoked within eight hours of driving your vehicle. Fines are 2-3 times that for DUI. They have had a loop hole to work around before this test. The fines I am not privy to but at least as bad as DUI. No more smoke filled cars.
[ToloNews] On the third day of the weeklong reduction in violence pact, also called RIV, three incidents were confirmed, one each in Balkh, Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... and Samangan province. These incidents included casualties as well.
The week-long reduction in violence started on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Eight Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... festivities were reported in the first day of the reduction in violence while two confirmed incidents were reported on the second day.
On the third day, however, the casualties were high. At least four members of public uprising forces and three civilians ‐ including a woman ‐ were killed in an attack by the Taliban on the public uprising forces outpost in Chahar Kint district in the northern Balkh province after midnight on Monday.
Local officials said two members of the public uprising forces were taken by the Taliban. The Taliban has not confirmed this claim.
Over the past three days, Helmand, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Balkh, Kapisa and Samangan provinces have witnessed anti-security incidents.
Helmand and Balkh have witnessed attacks twice over the past three days.
"Today, attacks were held by the Taliban in Balkh, Helmand and Samangan provinces and three security force members were martyred and eight others were maimed," said Nusrat Rahimi, a front man for the Ministry of Interior.
The reduction in violence was widely welcomed by Afghans in different parts of the country as many hoped this would end the decades of war in the country.
"We want peace. We are tired of war," said Rafiullah Rouhani, a Helmand resident.
"Today, we are witnessing a reduction in violence, and tomorrow, we hope to see peace," said Qais Hashimi, a Helmand resident.
Feroz, a Border Force member in Helmand, said he has lost four members of his family in the war but he hopes that his children will witness a prosperous and peaceful future.
"We are tired of war and the Taliban is also tired of war. We have had enough war," Feroz said.
There are debates about whether this period of reduction in violence will be followed by a similar period.
A former Taliban member, Sayed Akbar Agha, seemed optimistic about the stance of the group in this respect.
"The Taliban has a good stance in this respect because it has not been mentioned in the agreement about what should be done after, and it is not mentioned in the agreement about the period between the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations and their (the Taliban’s) operations (when this round of RIV ends)," he said.
The US and the Taliban will sign a peace deal if the reduction in violence agreement is kept for seven days. This signed peace deal is expected to be followed by the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.
[American Military News] U.S. Africa Command conducted another precision airstrike in Somalia on Monday and successfully killed one Al-Shabaab terrorist.
The airstrike took place in Jilib, Somalia, and did not result in any troops or civilians injured, according to an AFRICOM statement. "Our persistent actions against al-Shabaab ensures constant and continued pressure on this malign network," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, U.S. Africa Command deputy director of operations.
"Our collective efforts help enhance security in the region and put al-Shabaab on notice, making both Somalia and the U.S. safer in the process," Castellanos added.
The strike is the ninth conducted by AFRICOM against Al-Shabaab in February alone.
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[BREITBART] Tamaulipas ‐ Cartel button men carried out out a successful drive-by attack on a Mexican military building. The building is located just a few blocks from an international bridge that connects the border city of Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas. One Mexican marine sustained a serious injury in his back during the attack.
The attack took place on Thursday afternoon outside the Mexican Navy building in Matamoros when a group of button men riding in a white sedan fired an AR-15 rifle multiple times at the front of the building before speeding away. During the attack, gunfire struck one Mexican Marine in his back area.
The attack set off a large deployment of Mexican soldiers, Mexican Marines, and state and federal police who carried out a manhunt in an attempt to locate the button men. A Mexican military helicopter overflew the area where the attack took place in an attempt to locate the button men. Authorities found the vehicle utilized by the cartel button men near the intersection of 9th and Galeana streets. Authorities cordoned off the area while they combed through the vehicle.
The border city of Matamoros had experienced several weeks of relative peace, however, as Breitbart Texas has reported, in recent days, the city has had several cases of shootings, kidnappings, and other cases of violence sparking concern among locals.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Security Media Cell in Iraq announced on Monday the killing of 3 Lions of Islam close to the leader 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.... (ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) terrorist organization and the arrest of seven others in northern Iraq.
"The Special Operations Heroes of the [anti-terrorist] organization carried out an airdrop with the support of the international coalition aircraft, through which they killed three Lions of Islam close to the leader of ISIS and arrested seven terrorists."
The cell indicated that these Lions of Islam were in the Zghitoun Valley in the governorate of Kirkuk.
[IsraelTimes] Last rocket fired at 11 p.m. as two-day flare-up possibly draws to a close, though army chief warns of continued fighting and Israel keeps schools shuttered
A shaky ceasefire between Israel and 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... based hard boyz appeared to hold after midnight Tuesday, seemingly marking the end to the latest round of violence that has threatened to send the tinderbox region hurtling toward war.
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[ALMASDARNEWS] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the IDF’s attack last night in Syria’s capital city, Damascus.
In an interview with Radio Jerusalem, Netanyahu said the operation was an attempt to target a big shot of the Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... Movement, but failed.
"The Israeli army tried to assassinate and target an Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus without mentioning his name, but failed and instead targeted two from his movement," Netanyahu reportedly said, as quoted by Sputnik Arabic.
On the possibility of the Israeli army entering into a military operation 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... Strip, Netanyahu said that "if Israel enters into a large-scale military operation in Gaza, it will be greater than the three previous wars," pointing to "tension in the south and rocket fire in the vicinity of the Strip."
The Israeli Prime Minister said: "They know they are attacking us and we are ready to attack and eliminate them."
He pointed out that "there may be no escape but to go out in a battle to clean Gaza, but I do not rush to war."
Netanyahu’s comments came just hours after the Israeli Defense Forces carried out several strikes in Damascus and the Gaza Strip.
After days of continuous rocket fire launched from #Gaza at Israel and an escalation of terror attacks on the Gaza border, the Erez Crossing will be closed immediately with the exception of humanitarian movements and the Gaza fishing zone will be closed until further notice. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/iJ1z7giro1
#BREAKING PIJ spokesman Abu Hamza : “We notified the occupation that we stopped the fire but the enemy did not stop , we now declare that we will continue the fire as a response to this crime” #Israel#Gaza
[IsraelTimes] Terror group acknowledges 2 of those killed were members; UK-based war monitor says 4 other pro-Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... fighters died in IDF attack, in response to rocket fire at southern Israel
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... made new military deployments to the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on Monday as festivities intensify between conflicting parties in the region, according to a war monitor which also reported fresh military deployments to the province by Ankara.
Turkey has set up four new targets observation posts in Idlib province in addition to the current 12 in the area, according to the British-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
"Reliable source informed SOHR that Ottoman Turkish forces set up four new military posts in Idlib province, in Ehsim, Kansafrah, and between Kansafrah and al-Bara and near Bssamis, all located in southern countryside of Idlib," SOHR reported.
Turkey has increased its presence in northwest Syria after more than a dozen of its soldiers were killed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied groups in early February, pushing Ankara to deploy more than 3,000 armored vehicles and some 7,600 soldiers to Idlib and the neighbouring province of Aleppo, SOHR added.
North Press Agency (NPA), a media outlet with close ties to the Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria also reported the new Ottoman Turkish observation posts.
Ottoman Turkish media reported the deployment of a 50-vehicle Ottoman Turkish convoy to Idlib on Monday, accompanied by members of pro-Turkey groups.
Several Ottoman Turkish outposts are now surrounded by regime forces - which has prompted threats from Ankara of a new offensive if Damascus does not withdraw by the end of the month.
Damascus has made huge gains in its recent attacks against HTS and Ottoman Turkish-backed groups, recapturing some 111 villages and towns - according to SOHR. They have also regained control of the M5 highway ‐ a crucial route linking the capital city of Damascus to Aleppo.
The latest regime gains have worried Turkey, which carried out new ground attacks on Monday targeting the regime-held town of Nayrab in eastern Idlib.
Pro-Ottoman Turkish groups now claim to have regained control of the town, SOHR reported on Monday evening.
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[ALMASDARNEWS] Several soldiers from the Ottoman Turkish Army were reportedly killed or maimed this afternoon following the joint Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s launched by the Syrian and Russian air forces in the Idlib Governorate.
According to pro-opposition media, as many as ten Ottoman Turkish soldiers were killed or maimed as a result of the joint Russian-Syrian airstrikes near the town of Kansafra.
Furthermore, opposition activists claimed that several Ottoman Turkish military vehicles were destroyed because of these strikes.
The Ottoman Turkish Ministry of Defense has yet comment on these claims; however, if true, this could put the Ottoman Turkish military’s corpse count over 20 in the past week.
At the same time, the Ottoman Turkish-backed gunnies from the National Liberation Front ...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here... NLF), alongside their jihadist allies, are currently trying to capture the town of Nayrab from the Syrian Army.
A source from the Syrian Army said that Ottoman Turkish artillery has targeted their positions around Nayrab and that they are currently confronting the bad boys.
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[ALMASDARNEWS] It is going to be a long night for the jihadist rebels in southern Idlib, as they continue to lose several sites to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of the governorate.
According to the latest report from the Idlib front, the Syrian Arab Army has captured more towns and villages near Kafr Sijnah amid the complete collapse of the jihadist defenses in the southern part of this governorate.
Among the areas captured by the Syrian Arab Army this evening was the town of Ma’ar Taseen, which was seized by the military approximately two hours ago.
In addition to Ma’ar Taseen, the Syrian Army has also captured nearby Jabla and Ma’ar Tamatar in the heart of the Jabal al-Zawiya region.
The Syrian Arab Army is now steadily advancing towards the town of Kafr Nabl, which is one of the last holy warrior strongholds inside Jabal al-Zawiya.
Should the jihadist rebels lose the Jabal al-Zawiya region, this will be a major blow to their forces in Idlib, as the Syrian Army will essentially be in control of most of the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4).
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Not as special as all that, if they were wiped out by Syrian regulars.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist special forces attempted to storm the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Idlib Governorate recently, resulting in heavy losses for the murderous Moslems.
In a video released on Saturday via Telegram, several jihadist corpses were filmed by Syrian Army news hounds inside the Idlib Governorate.
The jihadists were in possession of new equipment and battle fatigues, which had some observers confused about whether or not they were actually Ottoman Turkish military personnel.
In the past, the jihadist special forces have carried out attacks behind the Syrian Arab Army’s lines; however, this is one of the first times that one of their operations ended in complete disaster, leaving many of them killed or maimed.
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As GEN Dayan said, the secret to his success was fighting Arab armies.
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