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Afghanistan
Taliban ‘Suffer Heavy Losses’ As Badghis Airstrikes Continue
[ToloNews] Senior officials from the Ministry of Defense on Saturday confirmed that Taliban
...Arabic for students...
has suffered heavy casualties in the ongoing Arclight airstrikes on hideouts of the group in Bala Murghab and Ab Kamari districts in the northwest of Afghanistan.

The conflict in Bala Murghab district entered its third day on Saturday. It was under Taliban siege for two days.

The Ministry of Defense's deputy front man Col. Zubair Arif said the Special Unit of the Army is fighting against the Taliban and that the hard boyz have been pushed back from key parts of the district.

"The operations will continue until the districts are fully cleared of the enemy," he said.

The Resolute Support said in a statement that the US airstrikes hit five Taliban positions in support of Afghan Security Forces in Bala Murghab district in Badghis province on Friday night.

The statement added that air assets will be in position today to continue that support.

Sources confirmed that almost 36 members of the Afghan forces were killed in the two-day festivities in Bala Murghab district which started on April 4.

"The Afghan Defense and Security Forces are carrying out clearance and air operations led by the First Deputy Minister of Defense Yasin Zia in Bala Murghab and Ab Kamari districts in Badghis which have inflicted heavy losses to the enemy," said Qais Mangal, front man for Ministry of Defense.

He said the operations are ongoing and will continue until the areas are cleared of Death Eaters.

This is the second time in a month that Bala Murghab comes under attack by Death Eaters. Last time, the district came under Taliban attack early in March and was under siege for more than two weeks, leaving more than two dozen security forces dead and almost 28 of them gone missing.

This comes as the conflicts have intensified in different parts of the country with the arrival of the spring season ‐ which is deemed as a usual fighting season for Lions of Islam fighting the Afghan government forces.

President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
on April 2 approved the annual security plan which encompasses boosting security and fighting holy warriors.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Haqqani network militants among 15 killed in latest air, ground operations
[KhaamaPress] At least 15 holy warriors including three members of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network were killed during the latest operations conducted in past 24 hours.

Informed military sources said Saturday that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid against Haqqani fighters in Terayzai district of Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
killing 3 Haqqani fighters and destroying a small weapons cache.

The sources further added that an air strike in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province killed 4 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters while 5 others were killed in a similar Arclight airstrike conducted in Bermal district of Paktiak province.

"An airstrike was conducted in Arghandab district of Zabul province killed 3 Taliban fighters and maimed 1 other," the sources added.

The anti-government armed holy warriors including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:


5 killed, 19 wounded in 3 kabooms in Jalalabad city


3 killed, 19 wounded as twin explosions rock Jalalabad city in East of Afghanistan

[KhaamaPress] At least three people were killed and nineteen others were maimed in two back to back kabooms in Jalalabad city, the historic provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

Provincial governor’s front man Attaullah Khogyani confirmed that the two kabooms have taken place in the vicinity of 4th police district of Jalalabad city.

Khogyani further added that three civilians including two women were killed and 19 others including four women and two children were maimed.

He also added that the health condition of two maimed individuals has been reported as critical.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for kabooms.

The provincial government media office had earlier reported two border protection soldiers have sustained injuries in a roadside kaboom kaboom in Jalalabad city.

Two soldiers wounded in an explosion in Jalalabad city

[KhaamaPress] Two soldiers of the border protection forces were maimed an in kaboom in Jalalabad city, the bucolic provincial capital of Nangarhar province.

Attaullah Khogyani, a front man for the provincial government, said the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of 2nd police district of Jalalabad city.

Khogyani further added that an Improvised Explosive Device planted on a roadside went off as a Ford Ranger vehicle of the border forces was crossing the area.

According to Khogyani, two soldiers of the border forces have sustained injuries in the kaboom.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the incident.

The security situation in Nangarhar province has deteriorate during the recent years as both Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and ISIS loyalists are attempting to expand their foothold and insurgency in this province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Goodby, thanks for all the fish... 42
[Twitter]







Posted by: 3dc || 04/07/2019 10:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6576 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  This is the other reason why Rantburg is my first — and frequent — stop of the day. Nicely done, 3dc!
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 11:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Set as today’s headline. And thank you for keeping an eye on Twitter — it’s too chaotic for me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

#3  [The Guardian]
Full Guardian story on US Forces Evacuating Libya
Posted by: 3dc || 04/07/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

#4  It would be awfully nice if a strongman could take control of the country and calm things down... especially one a good deal saner than Moammar Khadaffy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#5  After my six months in Libya, I would say this is a good thing.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/07/2019 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Is the CIA staying behind without the US Ambassador as a human shield? Didn't think so...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/07/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Russia has reportedly sent some muscle to help Haftar. UAE has been funding Haftar for several years now.

and besides that Carthage must be destroyed
Posted by: lord garth || 04/07/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Sounds like a lovely little war to stay the hell out of.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/07/2019 13:55 Comments || Top||

#9  But then, that's what I said when they were getting rid of Qdaffy.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/07/2019 13:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Hillary snarked on Sh*tter about how she got rid of Khadafy. Leftists rubbed their hands together.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/07/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

#11  She opened Pandora’s Box and brought out a bag of sh*t.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/07/2019 14:05 Comments || Top||



Military-led coup imminent in #Sudan
[TWITTER]
What brought this on, all of a sudden?

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


LNA in full control of Tripoli International Airport
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


LNA photos showing reinforcements heading to #Tripoli with a MiG-23 escort overhead
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  They look more like an army than anything Qadaffi had and a hell of a lot more than that collection of thugs and militias that the UN supported government has.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/07/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Remembering that Field Marshal Hafter spent two decades in America and even bcame a citizen. One assumes he spent some time here absorbing American military ideas and practices.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 12:53 Comments || Top||


LNA says they will now shoot down any GNA warplanes flying over Western Libya
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Europe
Greek police clash with migrants, block access to border route
[AlAhram] Greek police clashed on Saturday with groups of migrants colonists and refugees camped in a field close to the country’s northern border hoping to cross to neighboring countries and travel onward to northern Europe, witnesses said.

Hundreds of people including children had arrived at the field next to the migrant camp of Diavata near the border with North Macedonia on Thursday and started setting up tents.

They were prompted by reports on social media of plans for an organized movement to cross Greece’s northwest land border with Albania in early April.

Riot police fired teargas at dozens of people - some with children in their arms - who threw stones and bottles as they tried to break a police cordon and reach a road leading to the border.

About 100 tents were pitched in the field which was heavily guarded by police. People refused to leave despite calls by ministers to return to accommodation centers and warnings that onward travel would be impossible.

"It’s a lie that the borders will open," Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Greek state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
ERT on Friday.

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants colonists, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are stuck in Greece from when Balkan countries shut their borders in 2016, closing the main passage towards northern Europe.
The Daily Mail has photos.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Southeast Asia
Two Thai border patrol officers gunned down in mosque
[Bangkok Post] Gunmen entered a mosque and murdered two Thai border patrol officers who were praying there, in Yala province on Friday afternoon. Police said four armed men entered Nurul Ibadah mosque in Than To district and shot both policemen in the head.

Investigators reported that the gunmen mingled with local residents. The two officers were bent in prayer when the killers pulled out guns, shot them, then quickly fled.

Police blamed insurgents looking to cause unrest.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Islamic State prison break foiled by allies: US-led coalition
[DAWN] Fighters from the murderous Moslem Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group attempted to break out of a detention facility in northeastern Syria but US-backed Syrian fighters "successfully" restored calm, activists and the US-led coalition said on Saturday.

Few details emerged about what transpired a day earlier in the detention facility in the town of Derik, in the Kurdish-administered northeastern Syria.

Activists from the Rojava Information Centre said local anti-terror forces were deployed on Friday around the building and on its roof after the attempted prison break. The activist-run media platform said warplanes flew over the facility.

Col Scott Rawlinson, coalition front man, said all detainees were accounted for after the Syrian Democratic Forces "peacefully" dealt with the incident. He said coalition forces supported the SDF with aerial observation but provided no further details.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian Army’s first attempted advance in western Aleppo fails to yield any gains
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a surprise assault against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
in the western part of Aleppo city last night.

Led by the 4th Division and Elite Republican Guard, the Syrian military began the assault by attempting to bypass Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s positions at the eastern axis of the strategic Aleppo Scientific Research Center.

A fierce battle would ensue between the two warring parties at the Scientific Research Center; this would result in some casualties for the Syrian Arab Army and the hard boy forces.

However,
you can observe a lot just by watching...
the Syrian Arab Army was unable to make any progress at this front as the snuffies managed to foil the main assault on the Scientific Research Center.

The Scientific Research Center is one of the last sites inside the city of Aleppo that is still under the control of any opposition group.

At the same time as this attempted advance, the Syrian Arab Army also unleashed a barrage of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells towards the hard boy positions in the towns of Kafr Hamra and Khan al-Sheih.

Last night’s ground assault by the Syrian Army in western Aleppo marked the first time this year that they have attempted to advance their positions at this front.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Russian Air Force hits militant site in northern Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force bombed a militant site in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this weekend. Using an attack drone, the Russian Air Force heavily targeted Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions around the small town of Zakat, which is near the front-lines in the Hama Governorate.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


SDF, coalition quell attempted ISIS jail break in northern Syria
[Rudaw] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) turbans held at a detention centre in northern Syria made an attempted jail break on Friday, according to reports. The situation was brought under control by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the assistance of global coalition partners.

The turbans failed in their attempt to break out of the detention centre in Derik, the Rojava Information Center reported. Security forces had surrounded the building and were on the roof, the group added.

All the ISIS detainees were accounted for and there were no casualties, coalition spokesperson Col. Scott Rawlinson said on Saturday, AP reported.

The SDF "peacefully" dealt with the incident and coalition jets monitored from the air, Rawlinson said.

The SDF is holding thousands of ISIS members ‐ including more than 1,000 imported muscle. The Kurdish administration of the autonomous northern Syrian region has repeatedly said it needs international assistance to carry the "burden".

While they are prosecuting local murderous Moslems, the Kurds have refused to put foreigners on trial, demanding home nations repatriate their nationals or find some solution to the problem. Most western nations have resisted bringing home jihadists because of security concerns and doubts they could build a legal case against the turbans for crimes committed in Iraq or Syria.

Iraqi ISIS members and a dozen Frenchies have been handed over to Baghdad to face trial.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Terror Networks
Dutch ISIS member wants his ‘normal life back’ after leaving ‘caliphate’
[ALMASDARNEWS] Dutch citizen Yakhoci Riedijk of Arnhem had been working as a blacksmith when he made the decision to leave his home and join the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS; formerly ISIS/ISIS), a decision he would later come to "regret."

In an exclusive interview filmed for Ruptly at an SDF camp for IS members near Qamishli in Syria’s Jazira region on Monday, Riedijk recounted how he stumbled upon IS ideology on the internet and reached out to turbans through Twitter.

"I said I wanted to go to Syria."

He wrote to someone called Abu Yusef al-Holandi, who then gave him the number of a smuggler who took him into Syria in 2014.

He sat inside the smuggler’s van alongside men from Indonesia and Bosnia.

"We were taken to the borders, from the borders we were told to walk on foot," recalled Riedijk.

After having joined the Caliphate, Riedijk married. Ten days later, IS authorities charged him with espionage for the Dutch government, imprisoned him and tortured him.

"I was set free after seven and half months, my body was in very bad condition," recounted Riedijk. He was then assigned to the second brigade.

"I wish to return home, spend the due time in jail, then go back to normal life with my wife, with no troubles, no wars and no poverty," said Riedijk as he tried not to sleep.

"I feel regret, I want to go back to my normal life and improve myself, I would never go back to such error."
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Sounds like a typical snowflake college student not prepared to face the consequences of poor decision making.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/07/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Yank his citizenship. Life a normal life as a stateless turd. Wanted by nobody. Then die
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2019 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  When the dead come back to life.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/07/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

#4  why do they keep interviewing these pieces of shit. No one wants too hear the sob story.
Posted by: chris || 04/07/2019 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Who's to say he wasn't raped while he was over there and forced to bear a jihadi's baby? Let him back in he's suffered enough.
Posted by: jpal || 04/07/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Duhh. Obviously he's lying. They're all trying to rush back to their 'real lives', now that the adventure has turned to a 'will blow for food' run through the desert for dear life nightmare.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/07/2019 20:57 Comments || Top||

#7  Send him to his next life.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/07/2019 21:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Sometimes you don't get do-overs in this life.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/07/2019 22:20 Comments || Top||



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Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2019-04-07
  Libya U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated
Sat 2019-04-06
  Egypt kills hundreds of suspected militants in disputed gun battles
Fri 2019-04-05
  German police arrest teen who says he planned shooting
Thu 2019-04-04
  Libya’s General Haftar marches on Tripoli
Wed 2019-04-03
  Bouteflika resigns
Tue 2019-04-02
  US suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian S-400 deal
Mon 2019-04-01
  Sudan police fire tear gas as protesters rally
Sun 2019-03-31
  Misfired Patriot missile hits farm in Qatar
Sat 2019-03-30
  Hamas May Declare War Saturday
Fri 2019-03-29
  Turkey: air defense purchase from Russia 'a done deal'
Thu 2019-03-28
  Boko Haram attacks in eastern Niger leave 10 dead: Mayor
Wed 2019-03-27
  Israel just hit near Aleppo Syria
Tue 2019-03-26
  IAF Hits Enemy Targets After 30 Rockets Pound Israel, Egypt threatens to quit mediating
Mon 2019-03-25
  Gaza War is On!
Sun 2019-03-24
  More than 130 killed in Mali massacre as UN visits

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