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Israel sentences senior PFLP member to two years in prison
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Afghanistan
Paghman Residents Claim Civilian Casualties in ANDSF Operation
[ToloNews] Residents of Paghman district in Kabul claimed that three non-combatants were killed in an operation by Afghan forces in the Arghandi village in the district on Sunday night.

The residents closed the Kabul-Maidan Shahr highway to protest against the government over the incident.

The residents took the bodies of those apparently killed in the operation to the highway and called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

They said that the victims were three brothers and had a shop and were killed in their home.

"They were stabbed first and were shot after that. They were thrown in a small room," said Ziaratgul, a relative of those killed.

"We will close the Kandahar highway for the next three days if our demand is not met," said a relative.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread...
Paghman district governor Mohammad Naeem Ibrahimi criticized what he called a lack of coordination among relevant offices for the operation. He called attention to the demands of the victims’ families.

"We will follow the case. The governor has vowed to meet them tomorrow (Tuesday)," the district governor said.

No security institution commented on the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:


30 Taliban, Including 16 Al-Qaeda Members, Killed in Kapisa: MoD
[ToloNews] At least 30 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, "including 16 al-Qaeda members," were killed and six more were maimed in the Afghan forces operation in the central province of Kapisa on Sunday evening, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement on Monday.

The operation was launched in various parts of the Afghania valley in Nijrab district with the support of commandos and the Afghan Air Force, the statement said, adding that "30 Taliban, including 16 Pak national who are members of al-Qaeda were killed."

The statement said that the Hajiyan, Khalifagan, Zakirkhel Kochak and Badakhel villages in the valley were cleared of turbans.

The statement did not provide further details about the operation.

The Taliban so far has not commented on the operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Not very cost effective. MoD would do better to sponsor bomb-making classes; you can get 30 at a time that way.
Posted by: CrankyOldYankee || 03/02/2021 8:08 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Suspected Islamists kill nine civilians in central Mali
[AlAhram] Suspected Islamist gunnies riding 4x4 vehicles and armed with machine guns killed nine civilians in attacks on three villages in central Mali late on Sunday, local officials said.

Two different sets of assailants struck the ethnic Dogon villages of Gorey, Simikanda and Djamnati in Mali's Mopti region, which has been ravaged in recent years by Islamist and inter-ethnic violence, the officials said.

Moulaye Guindo, the mayor of Bankass, which is near Gorey and Simikanda, blamed the attacks on the same gunnies who killed eight people in attacks on a Malian military post and a gendarme base last Thursday.

Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and 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....
regularly attack Malian security forces, UN peacekeepers and civilians in the area, and they have stoked ethnic conflict between farming communities like the Dogon and Fulani
... a peculiarly brutal tribe of Moslem herdsmen infesting Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and probably other places that are light on law and order and heavy on tribal identity...
herders.

Guindo and Yacouba Kassogué, the deputy mayor of Doucoumbo, which is near Djamnati, said four people were killed in Gorey, four in Djamnati and one in Simikanda.

'They attacked, set fires and stole cattle,' Kassogué told Rooters.

Mali has been in crisis since Islamist gunnies seized its desert north in 2012, forcing La Belle France to intervene the following year to push them back. But they have regrouped and extended their operations into central Mali and neighbouring countries in West Africa's Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Fulani Herdsmen (Boko Haram)


41 Kg of Hashish Seized in Libya’s Ajaylat
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Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  "It's for personal use, man"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2021 7:50 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Hundreds of kidnapped students released — governor
That was fast. A pleasant change for Nigeria.
[DW] The governor of Zamfara state has said that 279 girls taken from a school are "now safe." Their abduction was the second mass school kidnapping to take place in Nigeria this year.

Hundreds of Nigerian students kidnapped from their boarding school in the northern state of Zamfara have been released, state governor Dr. Bello Matawalle said on Tuesday.

"Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the kidnapped students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity," Matawalle wrote on Twitter. "This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe."

Local outlet Premium Times said that the girls were released at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
They said bandits took them. The so-called bandits are believed to launch attacks from Rugu forest, which straddles Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states.
However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
it also reported that 38 of the total 317 kidnapped from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe were still missing.

On Friday, armed button men kidnapped the students, aged between 12 and 17. It was the second school kidnapping to take place in Nigeria this year, coming just nine days after bandidos raided a school in the state of Niger and kidnapped over 40 people.

Several large groups of gunnies operate in Zamfara state, and are known to kidnap for money and to push for the release of their members from jail.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Houthi military projectile fell in Jazan, injured 5 civilians
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s civil defense said on Tuesday a military projectile launched by Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
’s Iran-backed Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
militia fell in the Kingdom’s southern Jazan region, injuring at least five civilians.The Saudi authorities said the projectile fell in a public street, and the injured were three Saudi citizens and two Yemenis who were transferred to a hospital for treatment.



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Europe
Denmark strips 94 Syrian refugees of their residency permits
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Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


India-Pakistan
NIA arrests 4 drug traffickers who supplied funds for Lashkar’s operations
[OneIndia] The National Investigation Agency has arrested four persons in connection with a narco-terror case in Handwara.

The case was originally registered by the Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
police after a vehicle was intercepted. During the search Rs 20 lakh along with 2 kilograms of heroin was seized.

The investigation revealed that the accused persons were involved in cross-border smuggling of heroin in huge quantities from Pakistain and were supplying the same in J&K and other parts of the country.

They were also in regular communication with the operatives of proscribed terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), using encrypted chat platforms. The proceeds of sale were being used to finance the activities of terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Tayiba operating in the Kashmir Valley.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Murder accused of JUI-F leader Ikram arrested: Police
That was fast. Only yesterday we had the report of the murder.
[DailyTimes.pk] The Islamabad police claimed on Monday to have apprehended the man involved in the killing of a local Jamaat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader, Mufti Ikram and two others including his 13-year-old son.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Shahid-ur-Rehman, was caught from Hangu in a raid. The officials claim the arrested man has also confessed to the crime.

Earlier, taking notice of the shooting that occurred late on Saturday night, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had given the police 48 hours to nab the culprits.

Assailants rubbed out Mufti Ikram-ur-Rehman
...so the killer is an ur-Rehman, the victim is an ur-Rehman, and the leader of JUI-F is Fazlur Rehman or Fazl ur-Rehman. Is this perhaps a family affair?
and two others on Prince Road in Islamabad, within the jurisdiction of the Bara Kahu cop shoppe, two nights ago (February 27). A day after, police had said that three assailants shot up Mufti Ikram, his son and a student when they were on their way back after offering Isha prayers.

Following the incident, JUI-F workers blocked the Murree Road as they protested with the bodies. The protesters later dispersed after being given assurance by the law enforcement agency to arrest those responsible.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Mumbai power outage could have been cyber sabotage, says minister
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

One India has the deets:
The massive power outage in Mumbai in October last year was caused by a cyber attack" and it was an act of "sabotage, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said on Monday, citing preliminary information.

On October 12, a grid failure in Mumbai resulted in a massive power outage, stopping trains on tracks, hampering those working from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and hitting the economic activity hard.

Interacting with media persons outside the Vidhan Bhavan here, Raut said the state government, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) and the Central Electricity Authority had set up separate committees to probe the cause of the power outage and their reports have been received.

We had then complained to the cyber cell and their report is awaited. But the preliminary information I have, there definitely was a cyber attack and it was a sabotage, he said.

Raut, a Congress minister, did not share more details.

His comments came in the wake of a US company''s report claiming that amidst the border tension in Ladakh last year, a Chinese government-linked group of hackers targeted India''s critical power grid system through a malware.

The report raised suspicion whether the massive power outage in Mumbai was a result of the online intrusion.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
At least five people were injured when Iraq's security forces wielding clubs broke up a street protest in Baghdad's central Tahrir Square
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Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi PMF launches a vast military operation to track down the remnants of ISIS terrorist groups in Nineveh
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Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  with perhaps a promise to reduce war crimes to only 49% of their activities
Posted by: Lord Garth || 03/02/2021 12:03 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel sentences senior PFLP member to two years in prison
[israelTimes] Paleostinian politician Khalida Jarrar pleads guilty to membership in terror group, in deal that will see her serve another eight months after being held in detention for over a year.

Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine (PFLP), was sentenced on Monday to two years in prison after being held in an Israeli jail for more than a year without charges, the Israeli military said on Sunday.

"The Judea Military Court convicted Khalida Jarrar, by her own confession, of the offense of holding office in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine from 2016 until her arrest in 2019," the army said in a statement.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2021 02:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under: PFLP


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Hezbollah Sets Up More Missile Launch Sites in Beirut Neighborhoods
[LI] A recent report published by the Israel-based Alma Research and Education Center revealed the Iran-backed Hezbollah is erecting more missile launch sites in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The missiles aimed at Israel are located in the city’s crowded neighborhoods, a tactic to deter the Israeli military from targeting the sites in case of an armed conflict.

Alma published its findings last week (download the PDF version here):
On September 29, 2020, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled three more sites related to Hezbollah’s missile deployment in Beirut.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s exposure proved our working assumption as presented in our report: The launch sites are in close proximity to the missile production and storage sites, thus maintaining an immediate and instant launching capability. After the publication of our report last July, we continued extracting intelligence collected and persisted on the extraction of new information.

In February 2021, our follow-up report was published which dealt with the School compounds of the Islamic Shiite Waqf Committee in Burj al Barajneh, which serve as a human shield for Hezbollah’s medium-range missile array in Beirut (...)

We were recently able to identify four new sites belonging to Hezbollah’s missile deployment in Beirut: a commanding and control site, two production and storage sites, and one launch site.
The terrorist militia unveiled four new sites connected to the Iranian-made Fatah 110 medium-range ballistic missile system. It also included the coordinates of the newly identified site in Beirut, surrounded by heavily populated areas.

"Hezbollah plans to launch these weapons toward civilian targets and population concentrations in Israel from within or adjacent to residential buildings. Hezbollah believes that this tactic will grant it immunity against IDF’s attacks," the report concluded.

In a July 2020 report, Alma exposed Hezbollah’s cynical human shield ploy.

"Hezbollah stores its weapons in civilian structures and in the proximity of densely populated areas throughout Lebanon, with the highest concentration in the capital city of Beirut, the Beqaa Valley, and southern Lebanon," the study said.

The latest findings confirm assertions made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his September 2020 speech to the United Nations General Assembly when he identified several Hezbollah rocket launch sites in Beirut’s residential areas.

"I say to the people of Lebanon, Israel means you no harm. But Iran does," Netanyahu said during his UN speech. "Iran and Hezbollah have deliberately put you and your families in grave danger. And what you should make clear is that what they have done is unacceptable. You should tell them, tear these depots down."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2021 04:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Iran executed four ethnic Arabs for allegedly carrying out armed attacks
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Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Welcome back, Fred! We missed ya! 🎉🏑
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 03/02/2021 8:37 Comments || Top||


Pentagon confirms that one Iranian backed militia member killed, two injured in U.S. strikes in Syria last week.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Al Ahram adds:
Shortly after the early Friday attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 22 fighters from Iraq's state-sponsored Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force were killed.

The strike was in retaliation for three recent missile attacks on installations used by US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Those were believed launched by Iran-backed militias that operate under the umbrella of Hashed al-Shaabi.

"This was really designed to do two things: to remove that compound from their utilization of it as an entry control point from Syria into Iraq," Pentagon front man John Kirby said.
And did this accomplish that?
"And, two, to send a very strong signal that we're not going to tolerate attacks on our people and our Iraqi partners."
Uh huh. I’m sure Iran is very impressed with one death and two injuries among the cannon fodder.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies



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1Taliban
1Fulani Herdsmen (Boko Haram)
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