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Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl
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Afghanistan
10 members of a family killed, wounded in an explosion in South of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] A roadside kaboom explosion killed or maimed at least ten members of a single family in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The Helmand Police Headquarters in a statement said a roadside kaboom went kaboom! in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, killing at least 8 civilians and wounding 2 others.

The statement further added that the bomb destroyed a vehicle which was carrying members of a single family.

Several women and kiddies were among those killed or maimed in the earth-shattering kaboom, the Helmand Police Headquarters added in it statement.

No individual or group including Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
has so far grabbed credit for the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2020 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Turkish warship attacks Libyan Army after shooting down aircraft
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Libyan National Army announced on Wednesday that their forces were attacked by a Ottoman Turkish warship that was targeting the al-Ajailat area, west of the capital, Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
According to the front man for the General Command of the Libyan Army, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, "a Ottoman Turkish warship has launched rockets from the sea at the al-Ajailat area without causing any losses."

He added: "The intervention of the Ottoman Turkish naval forces continues as the navy battleships were previously accompanied by cargo ships carrying weapons and military equipment for Syrian snuffies and mercenaries."

The media center of the Libyan Army’s al-Karamah Operations Room announced earlier this morning, "the shooting down of a Ottoman Turkish plane marching over the sky of the city of al-Ajailat," saying that "the air defenses of the Libyan armed forces managed to shoot down the Ottoman Turkish plane moving in the western part of the country."

In turn, the forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord announced, today, the shooting down of an Emirati aircraft, south of the "Al-Ajailat" area.

"The air defenses of the al-Wefaq government forces succeeded in shooting down an Emirati plane, south of al-Ajailat, without further details," said Mohammed Qanunu, a front man for the al-Wefaq forces.

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  if the LNA has any aircraft with decent weapons, the Turkish ship is a goner
Posted by: lord garth || 04/02/2020 1:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkish warships escorting Turkish cargo transports off the coast of Libya, not suspicious at all.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/02/2020 17:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Be a shame if someone fired a couple torpedoes into both?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/02/2020 18:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Be a shame if someone fired a couple torpedoes into both?

Is there a GoFundMe for that? I'd totally throw in a few bucks.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2020 18:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Supposedly the EU member navies are enforcing an arms embargo on Libya.
Posted by: Vortigern Smiter of the Faeries4396 || 04/02/2020 22:34 Comments || Top||


Four other GNA militia field commanders killed by the #LNA today
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


fighting around military police prison as the Libyan Army LNA advancing inside Abuslim
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


GNA militia commander Ibrahim Irfida seriously wounded in AbuGrian
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


LNA airstrike on AbuGrian targeting a large grouping of GNA terrorist militias hiding inside petrol station
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


GNA UAV control and command center in Zwarah has been completely destroyed by the #LNA
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Insurgents change tactics as Mozambique seeks help
[DefenceWeb] Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique has seen a dramatic spike in attacks in recent days, including a spectacular ‘hearts and minds’ operation by insurgents in the strategic coastal town of Mocímboa da Praia.

The town is close to Mozambique’s natural gas production installations. Several companies are reportedly now for the first time planning to evacuate some employees who hadn’t already left due to fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ISIS-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at (Al-Sunnah)
...Ansar al-Sunna (supporters of the tradition), known formally as “Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo” with various spellings of the final word (adepts of the prophetic tradition) and informally by the locals as Al Shabaab. Appearing in Mozambique in 2015, this particular Ansar al Sunna were originally followers of the radical Kenyan cleric Aboud Rogo, who was killed in 2012. They seem to be your standard takfiris, happily enforcing their Salafist rules on the surrounding populace. Apparently they hired members of Somali Al Shabaab to train them in jihading, then split into various cells. Ansar al-Sunna funds itself through heroin, contraband and the ivory trade...
attackers were met with little resistance, as there was only a handful of soldiers, some of them apparently asleep, at the time of the invasion.

The armed men burnt government property including buildings and military assets, banks and cars, but didn’t seem to go on a large-scale killing spree, as they’ve done since the insurgency began over two years ago. (The insurgents claimed to have killed several members of the security forces, but local authorities haven’t released any official figures of casualties.) Instead the attackers distributed food and then left the village, with some local inhabitants cheering them on.
More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Army Apache attack helicopters deploy to the Navy's giant sea base in the Arabian Gulf
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  USNAVCENT surface forces also held joint naval and air integration operations with AC-130W Stinger II gunships, assigned to U.S. Special Ops Command Central (USSOCCENT), March 8 and 9. “Working with USARCENT forces represents another key capability in our ongoing integration of naval and air assets across our joint and coalition force to ensure maritime superiority,” said Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, commander, USNAVCENT/U.S. 5th Fleet. ...
The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations totals about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse touches 20 countries and three critical choke points; the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern tip of Yemen.
Posted by: b || 04/02/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Had to dig for this one from The Drive.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice article Skid.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/02/2020 14:45 Comments || Top||

#4  "giant sea base in the Arabian Gulf..."
My first thought was 'you cannot be talking about Diego Garcia'.
Posted by: ed in texas || 04/02/2020 19:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Misspelling journalists and no editor.
The story is about a GIANT SEA BASS.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 22:46 Comments || Top||


Saudi Arabia enters peace talks in Yemen after massive attack by Ansarallah forces
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Saudi is NOT going to water their pride.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 22:50 Comments || Top||


Sana'a-based Yemeni gov't accuses Saudi-led forces of airdropping virus-infected facemasks
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caribbean-Latin America
Forget the coronavirus crisis, I'm ordering a drugs war! Donald Trump sends Navy ships to Venezuela to target president Nicolás Maduro and crack down on 'traffickers' he claims are trying to exploit crisis
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 01:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [415 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  https://outline.com/
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 04/02/2020 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  [BBC]US sends warships to Caribbean to stop illegal drugs
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Mr Trump added that the US was co-operating with 22 partner nations, enabling the US Southern Command to "increase surveillance, disruption and seizures of drug shipments and provide additional support for eradication efforts which are going on right now at a record pace".
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 10:11 Comments || Top||

#4  So there's the extra 500 troops sent to the border.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Whether or not it's a good priority to squeeze VZ right now it's a fact that the Russians are spread too thin to help them now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/02/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Trump is showing the asymmetrical nature of his leadership. Something we haven't seen for a while.

It has to be driving the deep-state folks absolutely nuts.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/02/2020 11:11 Comments || Top||

#7  An operation which has been months in the making.

Sounds like journalists are afraid of a price jump.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/02/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||


#9  The chinese cure, two flu shots to the back of the head?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/02/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Lefties seem to think of things as one pie. If you do this you are taking away from that. How can you fight against drugs when you need to concentrate on the virus.

World doesn't work that way. US don't need to sit idle and just let bad actors ramp up while we are distracted.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/02/2020 12:19 Comments || Top||

#11  Maybe time for an arclight strike on the presidential palace.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/02/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

#12  Guessing this has more to do with Venezuela than with drugs.
Posted by: Iblis || 04/02/2020 12:38 Comments || Top||

#13  Venezuela is nextdoor to Colombia so it's a pretty good bet they have access to cocaine. Another good bet is they would not hesitate to do some dealing if they thought it might bring them some hard currency. Smack 'em down hard, Mr. President.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/02/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#14  Talking about bets: I'd be willing to wager that some of these cartels have corrupted certain politicians in our country. I mean, there can only be so many reasons why they are so adamant in their opposition to the wall. The obvious reason is they want the illegal immigrant vote but a more immediate incentive to oppose the wall would be a suitcase full of cash.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/02/2020 12:49 Comments || Top||

#15  #14 Embrace the power of "and".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2020 12:51 Comments || Top||

#16  Ref #14: ....there can only be so many reasons why they are so adamant in their opposition to the wall.

Their urban Democratic constituents are dope dealers. A border wall exasperates throughput.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2020 13:07 Comments || Top||

#17  VZ malaria bloom, poss hoarding CDC recommended Chloroquine
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#18  From last week: Venezuelan General Cliver Alcala surrenders in Colombia to FBI, will help prosecute Maduro & crew.

Now there are rumors that the head of the military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is preparing to surrender as well.
Posted by: Lex || 04/02/2020 15:42 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
PKK claims suicide attack on Turkey-Iran pipeline, killing 30 Turkish soldiers
Follow up to this story from a few days ago.
[Rudaw] At least 30 Ottoman Turkish soldiers were killed when a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighter launched a suicide kaboom on a pipeline in Agri province near the Iran-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
border on Tuesday, the group claimed in a statement.

The attack was allegedly carried out by Sema Kocer, a 25-year-old PKK fighter, in Dogubeyazit at around 5am on Tuesday, according to a statement published by the pro-Kurdish ANF news agency.

Turkey is yet to confirm the cause of the attack or the number of casualties. According to the PKK, at least 30 Ottoman Turkish troops died and "dozens" were maimed. Five armored vehicles were also destroyed.

The Ottoman Turkish troops were guarding a gas pipeline, which was damaged in the attack, disrupting Iranian gas exports to Turkey.

Mehdi Jamshidi-Dana, director of National Iranian Gas Co., confirmed the damage to the pipeline and said exports would resume following repairs.

"The damaged part of Iran’s gas export pipeline to Turkey will be repaired within the next few days," he said, according to Mehr News.

The pipeline carries around 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year. This is not the first time it has been targeted by the PKK.

Ottoman Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber shared footage of Tuesday’s attack. It said the cause of the blast is currently under investigation.

Turkey’s defense ministry issued a statement shortly after the earth-shattering kaboom claiming its forces had "neutralized" a member of the PKK who wanted to enter Turkey from Iran.

"A terrorist was neutralized in an operation carried out by the border units [guards] in Agri/Dogubeyazit after members of the separatist terrorist organization of the PKK tried to enter our country from Iran," the statement read.

The Ottoman Turkish government uses the term "neutralized" to denote death, injury, or capture. It did not mention Ottoman Turkish casualties.

Sema Kocer, the alleged attacker, is the nom de guerre of Rewshen Askara, who was born in Siirt province in 1995 and joined the ranks of the PKK in 2014, according to the group's statement.

Turkey routinely launches land and air operations against the group at home, in the Kurdistan Region, and in Iraq’s disputed territories of Shingal and Makhmour. It also attacks Kurdish forces in northern Syria, accusing them of fostering ties with the PKK.

Ankara launched Operation Kapan 8 on March 13 covering Agri, Kars, and Igdir provinces. The latest phase of the operation involves 1,012 troops.

The first phase was launched on January 11 in the southeastern province of Mardin.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2020 01:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl
[NBC] KARACHI, Pakistan — A Pakistani court Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Pearl disappeared Jan. 23, 2002 in Karachi while researching links between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, who became known as the “shoe-bomber” after he was arrested on a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives in his shoes. Prosecutors said Saeed lured Pearl into a trap by promising to arrange an interview with an Islamic cleric who police believed was not involved in the conspiracy.

One of Saeed's lawyers, Khwaja Naveed, said Saeed could go free unless the government chooses to challenge the court decision. Faiz Shah, prosecutor general for southern Sindh province, said the government will appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Saeed has already spent 18 years in prison in southern Hyderabad on death row. The seven-year sentence was expected to be counted as time served, said Naveed.

The Sindh High Court also acquitted three others accused in the case: Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil, and Salman Saqib, who were earlier sentenced to life in prison. The defendants were also collectively fined $32,000.

Saeed, a former student at the London School of Economics, and the others were convicted in 2002.

A videotape received by U.S. diplomats in February, 2002 confirmed that Pearl, 38, was dead. He had been beheaded.

The Pearl Project, an investigative journalism team at Washington's Georgetown University, carried out a three-year investigation into Pearl's kidnapping and death. They concluded the reporter was beheaded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and later described as the architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Mohammad is a prisoner at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Soon after Pearl disappeared, Pakistani and U.S. news organizations received emails from the previously unknown National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. The group demanded better treatment for Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners at Guantanamo.

FBI agents traced the emails to Saeed, who admitted his role in the kidnapping during his first court appearance but later recanted.

Saeed had been arrested in 1994 by Indian authorities, accused of kidnapping three Britons and an American, who were all freed unharmed, in Indian-ruled Kashmir, Hindu India's only Muslim dominated region.

In 1999, India freed Saeed and two other militants in exchange for the release of 155 passengers and crew aboard an Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The Pearl kidnapping was the first of five attacks against Westerners in Pakistan in 2002. A grenade attack against a Protestant church in Islamabad on March 17 killed five people, including two Americans and the attacker, were killed.
Posted by: John Frum || 04/02/2020 09:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Did they also overturn Pearl's death? It was a pretty heinous bit of business, as I recall.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2020 14:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Hellfires for the judge and a MOAB for the prison. Tell the Paki's, "Anyone complaining eats a Hellfire. And no, we won't be nice and use the Ginsu ones, you get the biggest explody kind we got."
Posted by: Silentbrick || 04/02/2020 15:24 Comments || Top||

#3  No surprises here.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/02/2020 16:21 Comments || Top||

#4 
FBI agents traced the emails to Saeed, who admitted his role in the kidnapping during his first court appearance but later recanted. “Right or wrong I had my reasons,” Saeed told the court at the time. “I think that our country shouldn’t be catering to America’s needs.” The statement was ruled inadmissible because it was not made under oath.


Interesting legal system you have here. Note to killers: Confess under oath or walk free.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/02/2020 18:23 Comments || Top||

#5  I realize death squads are a bit of a slippery slope, but on the other hand, sometimes they seem like the right thing. Everything's a situation.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2020 18:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually in Shrariah no member of the Herrensvolk Muslim can be sentenced to death for the murder of an Untermensch Non-Muslim
Posted by: JFM || 04/02/2020 21:00 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Protests in Dhi Qar outside the Trade Bank of Iraq
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi Forces Killed 4 ISIS Militants in Diyala
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kirkuk Police arrested 3 #Iranians were suspected to be infected with #Coronavirus
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Militant group executes Syrian civilian for espionage in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] A krazed killer faction executed a Syrian civilian in the Idlib Governorate this week for allegedly spying on behalf of the Syrian government.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the jihadist group, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS), carried out the execution a Syrian man by firing squad inside the town of Janudiah, which is in the Jisr al-Shughour countryside.

The monitor said the man was arrested by HTS on May 13th, 2019, after he was allegedly caught providing voice notes to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Kabani area of northeastern Latakia.

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Turkish military strikes Syrian Army positions in eastern #Idlib
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


US forces intercept Russian military convoy in northeast Syria
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Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Deeper digs suggest this was routine roadblock behavior rather than an interception.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2020 15:42 Comments || Top||



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Two weeks of WOT
Thu 2020-04-02
  Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl
Wed 2020-04-01
  Trump says Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops in Iraq
Tue 2020-03-31
  Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
Mon 2020-03-30
  Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
in northern Aleppo
Sun 2020-03-29
  Khamenei family fears he might have Coronavirus
Sat 2020-03-28
  LNA scores big advance around Tripoli
Turkish-backed forces suffer tremendous losses
Fri 2020-03-27
  Riots in China
Thu 2020-03-26
  Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi confirms Saudi coalition ceasefire
Wed 2020-03-25
  LNA forces eliminate GNA/al-Qaeda leader Ayoub Bu Ras in Tripoli
Tue 2020-03-24
  Gutierrez calls for an immediate global ceasefire
Mon 2020-03-23
  27 Taliban militants killed, 19 others wounded in Kunduz
Sun 2020-03-22
  Greeks Find Tunnel Full of Weapons Under Athens,
Arrest Turkish Terrorists
Sat 2020-03-21
  TSA halts all NY airport departures do to infected people showing up at each one.
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