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Afghanistan
Heavy clashes underway as Taliban attack Shirzad district compound in Nangarhar
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense has confirmed that heavy festivities are underway between security forces and anti-government armed hard boyz close to Shirzad district administrative compound.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, Talibs launched sporadic attacks close to Shirzad district compound at around 7pm local time.

The statement further added that both security forces and Talibs have suffered casualties during the festivities.

the Ministry of Defense also added that the armed forces have launched artillery strikes to repulse the attack and festivities between the two sides are still underway.

Reports received from the area suggest that Talibs have detonated two Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices close to Shirzad district compound.

The anti-government armed hard boyz including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the incident so far.
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Africa Horn
Sudan police: 16 killed by well placed stray bullets at protests and sit-ins
[Aljazeera] At least 16 people were killed and 20 others injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police spokesman said in a statement on Saturday as the nation waited to hear from its newly appointed leader.

Government buildings and private property were also attacked, spokesman Hashem Ali added.

The release of the death toll comes hours after the Sudanese military replaced the country's transitional leader who had been in power only one day.

Thousands of jubilant protesters celebrated in the streets of Khartoum on Friday, after Defence Minister General Awad ibn Auf, announced he was stepping down as head of the ruling military council.

He had been named the de facto leader after President Omar al-Bashir was forced out of office on Thursday after 30 years of rule.

Ibn Auf said he would be replaced by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as head of the transitional council, which will rule the country for two years until elections.

"This is for the benefit of our nation ... This country has great people and a great army," Ibn Auf said in a brief TV statement, adding that he hoped the civilians and the military would work together.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/13/2019 07:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Brilliant headline.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/13/2019 9:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Remember: spay and neuter your bullets to keep down strays.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/13/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||


Two Cuban Doctors Kidnapped by Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants in Kenya
[AnNahar] Suspected Somali al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors Friday and killed their police protection officer in northeastern Kenya, police sources said.

They said the two doctors and their guard were on the way to work in the town of Mandera when they were attacked.

"It just happened this morning. The police officer is dead but the two doctors were taken away," a police brass hat, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

"From the modus operandi and the fact that they went towards the Somalia border, we have reasons to believe that the kidnappers are al-shabaab."

The two doctors are part of a group of about 100 Cubans who came to Kenya last year to help boost health services.
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Sudanese police: 16 killed by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins
[Jpost] At least 16 people were killed, and 20 injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police front man said in a statement on Saturday.

Government buildings and private property were also attacked, front man Hashem Ali added.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Khartoum on Friday.
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Sudan defense minister steps down as head of transitional military council
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf said on Friday that he is stepping down as head of the Country’s transitional military council, a day after former president Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
was tossed in a coup.

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
on Friday.

Ibn Auf said: "I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post," he said, adding he took the decision to preserve the unity of the armed forces.

He also said Chief of Staff Kamal Abdelmarouf al-Mahi was relieved of his position as deputy head of the transitional military council.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters have been rallying in front of the military headquarters in Khartoum, against the military takeover of power after ousting longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir on Thursday.

The Sudanese group spearheading a nationwide protest movement described a decision by the head of a newly formed military council to step down on Friday as a "victory" for the people.

"The stepping down of General Awad Ibn Ouf is a victory of the people’s will," the Sudanese Professionals Association said.

Jubilation erupted across the capital in response to the resignation.

Ibn Auf was sworn in as de facto ruler late Thursday after leading the ouster of al-Bashir following months of protests.

Ibn Auf had been defense minister since 2015 before al-Bashir promoted him to first vice president in February as protests against him intensified.

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Sudanese defy curfew to demand new military rulers quit
[DAWN] Sudanese protesters, angry that army commanders have taken control after removing veteran president Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
in a palace coup, defied a night-time curfew to keep up four months of mass demonstrations on Friday.

Protest leaders dismissed the transitional military council formed by top brass after they toppled Bashir on Thursday, as the "same old faces" from the old regime which had ruled the country with an iron fist for three decades.
Meet the New Boss, same as the Old Boss
Demonstrators demanded a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy and bring an end to the multiple conflicts which have pushed the country into worsening poverty.

Most shops and offices were closed on Friday which is the day of prayer and rest in Sudan.

Vast crowds were expected to throng the streets of Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman after the main weekly Moslem prayers at noon raising fears of confrontation.

Washington called on the military council "to exercise restraint and to allow space for civilian participation within the government".

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Africa North
Haftar’s Libyan Army claims control of GNA military base in Ain Zara
[ALMASDARNEWS] Footage released by the Libyan National Army (LNA) on Wednesday allegedly shows LNA forces after reportedly taking control over the Brigade N*42 base in Ain Zara, southern 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...
Fighters from the LNA, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, can be seen celebrating and pulling victory signs while surveying the base.

Since erupting over a week ago, fighting over the Libyan capital between Misrata forces and the LNA has left at least 47 dead, including 9 civilians.

The LNA, which controls eastern Libya, is aiming to take over territory from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) including Tripoli, as the country has been split between the two rival governments since 2014.

Approximately 4,500 Tripoli residents have so far been displaced due to the ongoing festivities, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
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About 1,500 migrants trapped in Tripoli, lives at risk - UNHCR
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] About 1,500 refugees and migrants colonists are trapped in detention centers by the Libyan conflict and the risks to their lives are growing by the hour, the head of the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

"These are people in the most vulnerable and dangerous of circumstances," UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement, calling for them to be evacuated.
"Sent home" is not an option?
"They must be urgently brought to safety. Simply put, this is a matter of life or death."

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#1  Someone should airlift 1500 migrants into Geneva.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/13/2019 13:42 Comments || Top||


Morocco sentences Swiss man to 10 years in jail for ‘terrorism’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Moroccan court has sentenced a Swiss citizen tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in connection with the murder of two Scandinavian hikers to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges, his lawyer said Friday.

Kahlil Idriss said the man, identified only as Nicolas P., 33, was convicted on Thursday in the city of Sale, near Rabat, in a case unrelated to the double murder.

A dual Swiss-Spanish citizen was among more than 20 people arrested after Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland were found beheaded on December 17 in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakesh.

Nicolas P. was arrested in January for having had contact with the Swiss-Spanish national as well as compatriots with ties to Syria, Idriss said.

He was found guilty of "forming a terrorist group".

The lawyer said he has filed an appeal on the basis that his client had signed a police report in Arabic without having read it.
So he's guilty of Felony Stupidity as well
The accused told the court he had been paid by Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
’s secret services for making contact with Swiss terror suspects.

Moroccan authorities allege the four main suspects in the hikers’ murders were sympathizers of the ISIS group but not in direct contact with ISIS members in Iraq or Syria.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
The 33-year-old man sentenced on Thursday was identified by Moroccan media only as Nicolas P. Media said he also holds British citizenship.

Arrested on Dec. 29 in Marrakech, he was tried on charges of "forming a gang to plot and commit terrorist acts aiming at seriously undermining state security, intentionally helping the perpetrators of terrorist acts, training people to join terrorist organizations and apologia for terrorism," MAP said.

The first instance verdict, which will likely be followed by an appeal, was separate from the case of a Swiss-Spanish national, identified by media as Kevin P. His lawyer, Saad Salhi, told Rooters his trial, as part of a group of 25 other suspects in the double murder, had not begun yet.

Four main suspects pledged allegiance to 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....
in a video made three days before the tourists’ bodies were found. Authorities described them after they were placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
as "lone wolves" who had not coordinated the killings with Islamic State.
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Algerian police fire water cannon at protesters
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Algerian police are firing water cannon at protesters in the capital as tensions mount on the eighth week of protests against the country’s leadership.

The protest movement has been overwhelmingly peaceful but police were out in larger than usual numbers Friday.

Reporters from The News Agency that Dare Not be Named saw police spraying water repeatedly on a huge crowd on Didouche Mourad Street in Algiers, on the route toward the central post office that has become a symbol of the movement.

It was unclear whether something prompted the police to act.
Maybe they just needed a shower?
The street was packed with protesters waving Algerian flags. Protesters shouted "Authorities - Assassins!" and surrounded the water cannon truck, with some appearing to hit it.

The protesters pushed out longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
... 10th president-for-life of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and is currently on his third or fourth term. Maybe it's the fifth....
last week but now want other brass hats to step down too.

Anger is mounting over military chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, who was instrumental in Bouteflika’s departure but then threw his support behind interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, seen as part of the old regime.

Bensalah was named interim president this week and announced new elections for July 4.

Protest appeals online call for both Bensalah and the military chief to step down.

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#1  No fifth filth!

Revolting! They're sporting the Swoosh;
Loose women are humping the louche,
And fighting the power.
A government shower
Goes whoosh in Rue Mourad Didouche.
Posted by: Skunky Sproing8118 || 04/13/2019 23:01 Comments || Top||

#2  fighting biting

Jeez, subconscious pulling punches even more outrageously than usual. Gotta get that checked sometime soon.
Posted by: Skunky Sproing8118 || 04/13/2019 23:08 Comments || Top||


East Libyan warplanes hit Tripoli government positions
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Eastern Libyan forces bogged down in street battles in a push to seize 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...
deployed warplanes on Friday to hit several government positions, as more civilians fled fighting.

More than 1,000 people gathered in central Tripoli to demand that Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
stop the advance of his Libyan National Army (LNA) on the coastal city of about 1.2 million people.

Haftar launched the campaign a week ago, in the latest conflict in a cycle of anarchy since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
But forces loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's internationally recognized government have so far kept them at bay, with fierce fighting round a disused former airport about 11 km from the center.

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Two terrorists killed in foiled attack on police checkpoint in Egypt's South Sinai
[AlAhram] Egypt's interior ministry announced on Friday that it had killed two Death Eaters while foiling an attack targeting a police checkpoint in Egypt's South Sinai, a statement read.

The statement said that police forces confronted "armed terrorist elements who attempted to attack the Oyoun Moussa security checkpoint in the early hours of Friday."

The exchange of fire resulted in the death of two of the terrorists.

Forces from the interior ministry found an boom belt among the terrorists' possessions.

According to the statement, a bomb expert was immediately deployed to the scene to defuse it.

Tight security were also deployed around the site of the attack and the surrounding area.
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Africa Subsaharan
Two Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Attack in Nigeria
[AnNahar] Two people, including a soldier and a vigilante, were killed when twojacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
's Borno state, military and militia sources said Friday.

The bombers quickly blew themselves up on Thursday in bid to evade arrest when they were stopped by troops and forces of Evil outside the garrison town of Monguno.

"We lost a solider and a civilian vigilante in the kaboom which also injured another soldier," a military officer who did not want to be named, told AFP.

"Two exploding trollop female suicide bombers were involved in the incident," he added.

One of the bombers panicked when they were being questioned and detonated her explosives, killing her while her accomplice "took to the heels", added a militia leader in the town.

"The soldiers and the vigilante pursued her and when she realised they were closing in on her she went kaboom!, killing a soldier and a civilian JTF (militia)," said the militia, who didn't want to be identified for fear of official sanction.

He said another soldier sustained injuries in the incident.

Monguno, 135 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, houses a military base and camps for people displaced by the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
insurgency.

The town which lies in the Lake Chad area has been repeatedly attacked by the jihadists who have made several failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
s to overrun the base.

Suicide bombings are the hallmarks of the Boko Haram faction loyal to longtime leader Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
, targeting civilian targets like mosques, markets, schools and displaced camps.

Another IS-affiliated faction focuses on attacks on military targets including raids on bases.

Boko Haram's decade-long conflict has killed more than 27,000 people and displaced 1.8 million others in the northeast.
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Arabia
Saudi Navy launches rare missile strikes on northern Yemen
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Saudi Navy took part in the ongoing battle in northern 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...
this morning, firing several missiles towards the 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 ...
defenses in the Hajjah Governorate.

According to reports from northern Yemen, the Saudi Navy fired a number of missiles towards the Houthi defenses in the town of Mahatrah, which is located inside the contested Abs region of Hajjah.

The Saudi missile strikes were accompanied by a powerful ground assault by the pro-government tribal forces and Yemeni Army in the Abs region.

For several days now, the Saudi Coalition has been hammering this part of the Hajjah Governorate in a bid to weaken the Houthi resolve and help push the pro-government troops towards the bucolic provincial capital.

Despite these attacks, the pro-government gains have been limited, thanks in large part to the rugged terrain which has helped the Houthi forces greatly in the Abs region.

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Houthi forces launch ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The 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 ...
forces unleashed a barrage of ballistic missiles into southern 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...
this evening, the Yemeni group’s official media wing reported.

According to the report, the Houthi forces fired several Zilzal-1 ballistic missiles at a Saudi Coalition base in the Raboa District of the Asir province.

The Houthi forces have claimed that their missile attack resulted in the destruction of two artillery field guns that were present at this Saudi Coalition base.

This Houthi attack was conducted in response to the Saudi Navy’s missile strikes on their positions in the Abs region of Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian Spetsnaz storms Siberian city house in Anti-ISIS OP
[ALMASDARNEWS] A counter-terrorism operation is ongoing in the Siberian city of Tyumen, where the FSB says 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....
faceless myrmidons were planning a terrorist attack.

Russian Special Forces are storming a private home in Tyumen where armed faceless myrmidons affiliated with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIS) are currently holed up.

The Federal Security Service
... the successor to the KGB...
(FSB) has confirmed that an anti-terrorist operation was underway in the city late on Friday, saying that the faceless myrmidons planned attacks in the Siberian city.

Numerous unconfirmed videos on social media appear to show the nighttime operation in full swing, with heavy gunfire, a score of police cars and military vehicles amassed in the streets.
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#1  Sounds like another Trump-associate bust by Muleller' s boys.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/13/2019 16:07 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Two killed, 10 injured in Chaman blast targeting FC vehicle
[DAWN] Two non-combatants were killed and 10 injured on Friday evening in a blast in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
's Chaman city, according to police.

Unidentified bully boyz had planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a cycle of violence parked in the main bazar on Mall Road. The blast occurred when a Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
(FC) vehicle carrying troops was passing through.

A child was among the two civilians who died immediately, said police, who added that two FC personnel were among those injured.

The injured were transported to the hospital and the area was cordoned off by police and district administration who arrived at the site shortly after the kaboom occurred.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal condemned the blast and expressed his sorrow at the loss of life.

The chief minister said that "security be kept on high alert in sensitive cities", and told "police and other law enforcement agencies to take comprehensive security measures".

This is the second blast to hit the province on Friday. Earlier, at least 20 people were killed and 48 injured in a blast believed to be targeting members of the Hazara
...a grouping of Dari-speaking people of Sino-Tibetan descent inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistain. They are predominantly Shia Moslems and not particularly warlike, which makes them favored targets...
community in Quetta's Hazarganji market.

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Iraq
Iraqi special forces begin new operation to drive ISIS out northern mountain range
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi counter-terrorism forces launched a new operation on Thursday that targeted the remaining 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/ISIS/IS/ISIS) Death Eaters from a mountain range in northern Iraq.

According to a report from Baghdad, the counter-terrorism forces began their operation by storming the Islamic State’s hideouts in the Hamrin Hills.

The report said that the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have already killed a dozen Islamic State terrorists, while also destroying a number of hideouts and trenches.

"...the sectors of the Counter-Terrorism forces, supported by Iraqi Army aviation and international coalition aviation, initiated a broad security operation to chase the remnant members of the terrorist ISIS in the hills of Hamrin to destroy the caves and their safe havens," read a statement by the Security Media Cell on Facebook, as reported by the Rudaw News Agency.

The operation was reportedly green lit by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the country’s commander-in-chief, according to the media cell.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinians say 15-year-old killed in Gaza border riot
Damn the negotiations, full riot ahead!
[IsraelTimes] Some 7,000 gather for protest with some throwing rocks and fire bombs at troops who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire; IDF nabs armed man at fence.

Paleostinians said a 15-year-old was shot and killed during weekly riots along the Gazoo Strip border on Friday as rioters threw rocks and fire bombs at IDF troops who responded with tear gas and live fire.

Some 7,400 Paleostinians gathered for the weekly protests at several sites along the border.

The Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-run Gazoo health ministry said the youth, identified as Maysara Abu Shaloof, was shot in the stomach by live fire. It also said 17 other Paleostinians were maimed, but it was not clear how many of them were hit by live fire.

The army did not immediately comment on the death, but said that troops had apprehended a Paleostinian armed with a gun "near the fence in the northern Gazoo Strip." He was taken for questioning by security services, the IDF said.

The army put the number of protesters at 7,400, saying that it had also identified several attempts to approach the border. "The army responded with riot dispersal means and live fire in accordance with the rules of engagement."

Numbers at the protest were down from last week when 10,000 participated and the week before, the one-year anniversary of the start of the marches, which drew over 40,000.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during festivities with IDF forces east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, according to the Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the report, two other people were maimed by gunfire in festivities with IDF forces east of Gazoo City, when 9,000 demonstrators protested in five locations along the Gazoo border.

A Paleostinian was tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
after cutting the fence into Israel, waving a Paleostinian flag.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
FSA sleeper cell ambushes Syrian Army post in Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) sleeper cell carried out another heavy attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the Daraa Governorate.

According to a report from the Daraa Governorate, the Free Syrian Army fighters stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s checkpoint inside the Daraa al-Mahata District, infilcting a number of casualties within their ranks.

Tonight’s attack by the Free Syrian Army marks the first time this month that this rebel sleeper cell has targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s positions inside the Daraa Governorate.

Previously, the Syrian Arab Army had issued a stern warning to the Free Syrian Army last month about launching attacks on their forces.

The Syrian Elite Republican Guard was redeployed to Daraa and then threatened to launch a new operation inside the reconciled towns to find the FSA fighters behind these attacks.

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Russian Air Force unleashes heavy airstrikes over eastern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force has unleashed a flurry of Arclight airstrikes over the southwestern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this evening, a military source told al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the Russian Air Force primarily targeted the 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....
’s (ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) positions near the town of Harbisha in southwestern Deir Ezzor.

Tonight’s attack on the Islamic State’s positions in southwestern Deir Ezzor comes just 48 hours after a Syrian military convoy disappeared along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway.

The Syrian high command believes this Syrian Army convoy was attacked by the Islamic State and the soldiers were taken hostage by the terrorist group.

The Russian Air Force typically targets the jihadist rebels in northwestern Syria; however, with the frequent Islamic State ambushes in the Deir Ezzor and Homs governorates, they have switched their attention to this desert front.

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Syria says Israeli aircraft strike military post in western Hama province
[IsraelTimes] State media claims jets fire missiles from Lebanese airspace, destroying several buildings and injuring three.

Syrian state media said that Israeli aircraft had carried out a strike on military targets near the city of Masyaf in western Hama province overnight Friday.

Syria’s official state news agency SANA said the Israeli Air Force had fired missiles from Lebanese air space and said that several buildings had been destroyed and three people injured.

The report claimed that Syrian air defenses had shot down several missiles.

Earlier, the news agency had reported kabooms in the area’s countryside.

Three Syrian soldiers wounded after Israeli attack on Masyaf

[AlMasdar] (4:45 A.M.) – A little before 3:00 A.M. (local time) this morning, the Israeli Air Force struck the city of Masyaf in the western countryside of Hama.

The Israeli airstrikes struck the Syrian military’s positions around the Masyaf National Hospital; this would result in several explosions that could be heard throughout the Hama countryside.

A source in Masyaf said the Syrian military managed to shoot down some of the Israeli missiles; however, the latter would eventually overwhelm their targets.

At least three soldiers were wounded during the attack; they have been transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment, the source added.

Israeli warplanes strike key Syrian city near new S-300 system

[AlMasdar] (4:05 A.M.) – Earlier this morning, the Israeli Air Force launched several airstrikes on the key Syrian city of Masyaf in the Hama Governorate.

According to a military source near the scene of the airstrikes, the Israeli warplanes hit a number of sites near the Masyaf National Hospital.

The source said the Israeli airstrikes targeted some of the military storages in Masyaf; this resulted in several loud explosions that could be heard as far east as Hama city.
Ooooohhhh — secondaries!
He added that the S-300 system was not in use during the Israeli attack.
Again? Why spend so much money on a defence system that’s never turned on?
Masyaf is an important city because it is considered headquarters of the Tiger Forces and several other military units.

The S-300 system has also been installed around the city.
Really, it doesn’t work unless you turn it on, guys.
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#1  "We successfully intercepted the Juice Missiles™ with our buildings and other military targets"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/13/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Really, it doesn’t work unless you turn it on, guys.

But the instructions and all the switch labels are in Russian, dammit. You try reading that gibberish!
Posted by: SteveS || 04/13/2019 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Iranian-controlled base. Two Iranians deaders
Posted by: Frank G || 04/13/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army launches large attack overnight in northwestern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack across southern Idlib, southwestern Aleppo, and northern Hama last night.

Using a mixture of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by launching a number of projectiles towards Jaish al-Izza’s positions near the Ottoman Turkish observation post in Morek.

The Syrian Arab Army would then follow up this attack by launching simultaneous strikes on the jihadist positions in the southwestern Aleppo town of Khan al-Assal and southern idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun.

This prompted a heavy response from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
, who also fired a number of missiles and artillery shells towards the government’s positions in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate.

Over the last few weeks, the fighting in northwestern Syria has intensified to the point that the Russian and Ottoman Turkish armed forces have had to intervene in order to stop the spread of violence.

However,
denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
a source from the Syrian Arab Army told al-Masdar that the likelihood of decreased hostilities in northwestern Syria is very slim because their high command believes Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and their jihadist allies are seeking to expand in southern Idlib and northern Hama.

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Terror Networks
SDF troops hand over 200 ISIS fighters to Iraq
[ALMASDARNEWS] The The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over 200 captured 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/ISIS/IS/ISIS) fighters to the Iraqi authorities, the Bas News Agency reported.

Citing a security source from the Iraqi Army, Bas News said the Islamic State fighters were transferred to the 8th Division’s base, where they will later be processed.

The IS prisoners were said to be all Iraqi nationals.

This is the third time this year that the Syrian Democratic Forces have transferred a large number of Islamic State prisoners to the Iraqi authorities.

The transfer of these Islamic State fighters to Iraq also helps bring justice for the victims of the terrorist group.

The Islamic State fighters will be tried by the Iraqi courts, which is something that is currently not possible in eastern Syria.

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