WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. service members and an American contractor were killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device on Monday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.
Three U.S. service members were also wounded in the incident near Bagram air base close to Kabul, the statement said.
Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan even though Taliban militants have held several rounds of talks with U.S. officials about a peace settlement. The talks began late last year, raising hopes for an end to the conflict.
Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for U.S. Forces- Afghanistan, said a car bomb had detonated near the security convoy, which lead to deaths and injuries.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. service member deaths in Afghanistan to seven in 2019, and a total of 68 U.S. military deaths since January 2015, according to U.S. government and NATO reports.
[ToloNews] A foreign forces convoy was targeted by a boom-mobilekaboom near the Bagram Airbase in Parwan province at around 5:30pm on Monday, Bagram district governor Abdul Shakoor Qudoosi confirmed.
He said the attack happened near the third gate of the Bagram Airfield.
Qudoosi said the attack was carried out by an explosive-laden vehicle.
The foreign forces have cordoned off the area and there is no report on possible casualties, he said.
Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... in a statement claimed the responsibility of the attack on and claimed that the suicide kaboomer destroyed two tanks and killed over 10 US military servicemen.
[ToloNews] The festivities in Bala Murghab district in the northwestern Badghis province entered their fifth day on Monday with reports of "heavy casualties" to murderous Moslems.
The festivities have so far displaced "thousands" of families according to local residents. Most of the families have settled in the center of Badghis and in Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... province.
According to Defense Ministry front man Qais Mangal, at least 100 Talibs have been killed and 35 others have been maimed in the festivities.
Residents and former MPs interviewed by TOLOnews said the situation is still "unstable" in Bala Murghab ‐ which is a strategic district in Badghis and shares borders with Turkmenistan.
However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... the Acting Minister of Interior Massoud Andarabi at a gathering on Monday said "the situation is coming back to normal in Badghis" following "massive" air and ground operations by the Afghan forces.
Other politicians claimed that at least 250 military personnel have surrendered to the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... over the past five days as they came under pressure by the Taliban. The Ministry of Defense has rejected the claims as baseless.
The Taliban entered key parts of the district last week, including the police headquarters, which is close to the Army camp, where hundreds of forces are stationed. But they were pushed back after Arclight airstrikes conducted by Afghan forces in support of coalition troops.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed on Monday that at least 12 Afghan security force members were killed in the festivities.
"Bala Murghab is a strategic point from where Herat and Faryab provinces can be influenced," said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, former Deputy Minister of Interior.
Bala Murghab is surrounded by some other volatile districts such as Ab Kamari, Muqur, Jawand and Qadis.
"It is a strategically important location, so it has strategic importance for the Taliban," said Abdul Basir Osmani, an MP.
A former MP from Badghis, Qazi Abdul Rahim, said the appointment of "corrupt" figures in security leadership of the provinces has led the district with the fate it faced today.
"They (security agencies) appoint ’smugglers, thieves and useless people’ as commanders or officials in the province and they cannot come together with the people," Rahim claimed.
Security officials still argue that the evacuation of the district was aimed at preventing further harm to civilians.
"We tried to protect the innocent people there to avoid casualties, so we had a tactical retreat from there to avoid harms to people’s lives and properties," said Mohammad Ibrahim Fazli, Commander of 2nd Brigade of Afghan National Army in Badghis.
Last time, Bala Murghab came under Taliban attack early in March and was under siege for more than two weeks, leaving more than two dozens of 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 murderous Moslems fighting the Afghan government forces.
[KhaamaPress] At least two people were killed in an kaboom in Jalalabad city, the bustling provincial capital of 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 in East of Afghanistan.
According to local officials, the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of 3rd police district of Jalalabad city.
A front man for Nangahrar Police Headquarters said the kaboom was triggered by an improvised bomb which was planted in a police vehicle.
The identities of the dear departed individuals have not been ascertained so far.
No individual or group including Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... or ISIS loyalists has so far grabbed credit for the attack.
The security situation in Nangarhar province has deteriorate during the recent years as both Taliban and ISIS loyalists are attempting to expand their foothold and insurgency in this province.
[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 Presidency of State Security on Monday released the names of the two bandidosDeath Eaters who were killed after they targeted a checkpoint in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province and said they were involved in past terror attacks in al-Qatif.
A statement released on Monday named Majed Ali Abdulrahim al-Faraj and Mahmoud Ali al-Zarea as the two bandidosDeath Eaters who were killed during the attack in Abu Hadriyah. The statement said that al-Faraj was on Saudi Arabia’s terror list for involvement in previous attacks in al-Qatif, Eastern Province.
Two other bandidosDeath Eaters who were nabbed Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! on Sunday were not identified, as an investigation was still pending, the statement added.
"All the bandidosDeath Eaters were involved in a number of terrorist cases that took place in al-Qatif, which included the shooting of citizens, residents, and security personnel, attacking public facilities, disrupting public life and carrying out crimes of theft, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and drug trafficking," according the Saudi Presidency of State Security.
Out of the four men, three were on Saudi Arabia’s wanted list of terrorists.
DETAILS OF THE ATTACK
The statement said that security forces in the Eastern Province caught the bandidosDeath Eaters while driving a car towards Abu Hadriyah to execute an attack that had been planned.
When stopped and demanded to turn themselves in, the suspects fired at the security forces who then shot back.
After the terrorists’ car was damaged, they resorted to a gas station near the location and threw a hand grenade, which caused a minor fire at the station.
As a result of the operation, a Bahraini woman and a Pak man were maimed at the gas station, along with two men from the security forces. They are currently all being treated for their injuries.
A machine gun, two pistols, two grenades, a sonic grenade, and 66,178 Saudi riyals were found in the terrorists’ car.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Arab Coalition in 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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Iranian-aligned Houthi ...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ... militias toward Asir city in 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... , the Saudi Press Agency said late on Sunday.
No injuries or damage were reported, SPA added.
The official front man of the coalition, Colonel Turki al-Malki, stated that at 20:50 local time on Sunday (17:50 GMT), the Saudi Royal Air Defense Systems detected an unidentified object headed toward civilian properties in Asir, and dealt with the target "according to rules of engagement".
Al-Malki added that the continuous attempts by the Iran-backed Houthi militias to target civilians through UAVs and remote-controlled explosive speedboats "seeks to provoke coalition forces into conducting military operations in Hodeidah", SPA reported.
"The Joint Forces Command would take all deterrent measures in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules," he said.
Al-Malki reaffirmed the commitment of the coalition to supporting the political efforts spearheaded by Martin Griffiths and the chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee to successfully implement the Stockholm Agreement.
This is the second Houthi drone to target Saudi Arabia this month where last Wednesday, the Arab Coalition intercepted two drones launched by the Iranian-aligned Houthi militias toward the city of Khamis Mushait.
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[PRESSTV] A mother and her children have been attacked with acid in broad daylight in the British capital London as police and security forces struggle with a historic surge in violence on the streets.
The Metropolitan Police said on Monday that the 60-year-old woman and her teenage girl had been injured in the attack which took place in Croydon around noon local time.
"Officers ... found two female victims, one aged in her 60s and another in her teens, suffering facial injuries," said a Met front man, adding, "They were taken to hospital where their injuries have been assessed non life-threatening."
Witnesses said the corrosive substance had been thrown into the face of the victims from a van passing by. Police said, however, that no arrest had been made.
[PULSE.NG] Salvadoran police said Monday they had struck a "heavy blow" against the Central American country's violent MS-13 gang, arresting 117 members for a raft of crimes from murder to extortion.
US President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... has frequently pointed to the gang to justify his immigration policy, labelling it a danger to Americans and claiming many Salvadoran migrants colonists to the US are gang members.
Announcing the arrests, El Salvador's top police official Howard Cotto said those tossed in the slammer Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! came from 11 separate MS-13 cells operating against businesses in downtown San Salvador.
Cotto said a complicating factor for El Salvador's anti-gang operations was that members of the feared gang operating in the capital lived elsewhere.
"They come from outside the capital to commit crimes," he said, claiming police "have managed to strike a heavy blow."
The charges against them include 16 homicides and extortion.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull US aid from El Salvador amid claims the government is not doing enough to counter the 70,000-member gang. Some 17,000 MS-13 members are in prison.
El Salvador's homicide rate of 51 per 100,000 inhabitants makes it one of the world's most violent countries outside of full-fledged conflict zones.
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Dr. Steve I believe
Warthog, Dr. Steve is Steve White, the slightly cynical professor of medicine who used the salmon highlight when he moderated. He had to step back when his doctoring load increased significantly thanks to the Obamacare nonsense. SteveS is, I believe, a slyly silly, hotshot computer guy, though it’s possible I’m wrong about the computer part. ;-)
djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces tossed in the clink Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! on Monday an 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.... terrorist at a camp for the displaced people in Mosul city.
"Troops of the 43rd brigade of the Military Intelligence Directorate arrested a terrorist hiding among the displaced families at a camp in al-Qayyarah district in Mosul," Iraqi news website Almaalomah quoted the directorate as saying in a press statement.
"The terrorist is wanted by Iraqi judiciary on terror charges pursuant to article no. ¼ of the anti-terrorism law," added the statement.
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Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Four Islamic State militants were killed Monday in fierce clashes with Iraqi paramilitary fighters in Anbar province, a security source was quoted as saying.
“A force of the pro-government Tribal Mobilization Forces fought a fierce battle with a group of Islamic State terrorists at a village in Anbar province,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Baghdad Today website.
“The clashes left four Islamic State terrorists killed,” the source added, without giving further details.
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Two Islamic State terrorists were killed Monday while trying to plant a bomb in the Iraqi province of Anbar, a security source was quoted as saying.
“Acting upon a tip-off, security forces, using intelligence data, gunned down two Islamic State suicide bombers as they tried to plant a roadside bomb in al-Sakra area in Anbar,” the source told Almaalomah news website.
He added that the two terrorists “tried to plant the bomb in order to block the advancement of security forces towards al-Sakra area, where IS hotbeds were assumed to be stormed soon.”
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[IsraelTimes] PLO official says Israel Prisons Service will not negotiate because of political pressure ahead of Election Day.
Some 150 Paleostinian security prisoners held in Israel’s Rimon and Ketziot prisons launched a hunger strike on Monday after talks to avert a strike collapsed, according to the Paleostinian Authority official Wafa news outlet.
The PLO’s Prisoners Affairs Commission said in a statement that talks over the past two days have failed, and that an initial group of 150 prisoners would begin going without food or water from Monday, according to Wafa.
Additional groups of prisoners in other prisons would join the strike "in the coming days," Wafa said.
The strike comes to protest the recent installation of cellphone jamming devices in the prison wards to stop prisoners from making calls on smuggled phones. Israel has also refused to allow family visits from Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-ruled Gazoo.
A day earlier, on Sunday, prisoners called off a planned mass hunger strike after reporting progress in negotiations with prison officials, according to a Paleostinian Authority official.
[PRESSTV] Israel has given the co-founder of Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, resistance movement a six-month detention order without trial.
The 64-year-old, Hassan Yusef, who is also a member of the Paleostinian parliament, was given the administrative detention order Monday.
Yusef’s family condemned the Israeli decision.
"We condemn this decision. He suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure," his son Owais said.
According to the Paleostinian Prisoners' Club, Yusef was enjugged Please don't kill me! at his home in Beitunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 2.
On April 2, Hamas condemned the arrest, calling him "one of the advocates of national unity supporting the resistance project."
"Sheikh Yusef will remain a torch for joint national action and a free voice for the people of Paleostine, who have not known peace and quiet under the most difficult circumstances," the statement read.
[Israel.Times] Guards at Jenin-area checkpoint find unregistered gun and 37-year-old man from nearby village concealed in trunk of woman’s car.
While attempting to drive through the Reihan Crossing in the northern West Bank, the woman was stopped by security officials, who were acting on a tip, police said.
She was asked to open the trunk of her car for inspection, but initially refused, claiming the latch was broken. A security officer opened the trunk despite her objections, finding inside the 37-year-old Paleostinian man from the town of Zabada, near Jenin, according to the Defense Ministry, which runs the crossing.
A further search of the woman’s car uncovered a loaded pistol, which the woman had without the proper permit, police said.
According to police, the gun appeared to have been stolen from a security guard for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
The woman, a resident of Gan Hashomron in central Israel, and the Paleostinian man were locked away Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Ynet adds that the woman is 26, so old enough to know better.
[IsraelTimes] The family of Paleostinian protester Ahed Tamimi ...the blond, blue-eyed Arab-Israeli maiden who along with siblings and young cousins in the boisterous village of Nabi Saleh has made a hobby of being filmed screaming at and physically attacking Israeli soldiers, urged on by well-known Fatah activist Bassem Tamimi, her papa... said Monday that her younger brother and cousin had been locked away Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! in an overnight raid of their central West Bank village.
Ahed’s father Bassem Tamimi told AP that soldiers broke in early Monday and arrested 15-year-old Mohammed. He said the boy had broken his arm over the weekend while running from tear gas during protests in their village of Nabi Saleh. Bassem suspected Mohammed were tossed into the calaboose for throwing stones at IDF soldiers. Ahed’s cousin Mu’ayyid was arrested in a separate home raid in the town.
Footage of Mohammad’s arrest posted by his mother Nariman to Facebook shows 18-year-old Ahed hugging her brother goodbye before shouting at the soldiers as they escorted him out of the home.
Come, dear Reader, let us weep sentimental tears over the poor, suffering lads who will be taking their turn to inhabit the family jail cell.
The military said it arrested 21 Paleostinians overnight for rioting and other offenses, without providing further details.
#Syria: Russian battleships have shelled the densely populated Jisr al-Shughour City in #Idlib Province with ballistic missiles today. Many civilians were killed or wounded. 80% of the victims are women and children. pic.twitter.com/WUnVxmfmmk
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.