[ToloNews] The Taliban ...Arabic for students... attacked Kunduz city from several directions on Monday night and clashed with security forces for several hours, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday.
"At least 40 Taliban were killed in the clash with security forces and 50 others were maimed," the MoD said, adding: "The Afghan forces pushed back the Taliban attack."
"The situation is in the control of the Afghan forces and is back to normal," the statement said, adding that Afghan forces also pushed back Taliban attacks in Imam Sahib, Chahardara and Khan Abad districts on Monday night, and the "Taliban have suffered heavy casualties in the Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s."
Acting Defense Minister Khalid visited Kunduz and said that eight Afghan forces were killed in the Taliban attack last night and several others were maimed: "The Taliban have suffered heavy casualties and over 50 Taliban were killed in last night's festivities."
"About 1am, the enemies launched attacks on Kunduz city from different directions and fortunately the Taliban suffered heavy casualties and over 40 Taliban were killed and over 60 others were maimed" said Mohammad Ali Yazdani, commander of 217 Pamir corps.
The Taliban said that the Afghan air forces had targeted "a hospital in Chahardara that killed civilians."
But there have been no reports yet of civilian casualties in the festivities or airstrikes.
The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted an operation in Nani area of Ghazni city as Taliban militants were planning to launch an attack.
The statement further added that the security forces killed 2 Taliban militants during the operation and wounded 3 others.
The security forces killed 2 Taliban militants and wounded 3 others during a similar operation in Wazikhwa district tof Paktika province, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.
Meanwhile, the security forces conducted an airstrike in Syedabad district of Wardak province kiling 7 Taliban militants and wounding at last 3 others, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, adding that the airstrike also destroyed 5 motorcycles and some weapons and munitions.
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The air base has been of strategic importance to the forces loyal to the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), 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, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. 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. Actually, he is, but slowly... , who in April 2019 launched an offensive to capture the Libyan capital.
The LNA and its allies still control eastern and southern Libya, which contains most of the country's oil facilities, in addition to the city of Sirte, at the centrepoint of Libya's Mediterranean coastline.
The capture of al-Watiya marks an advancement for the GNA forces, pushing back Haftar’s LNA and its allies.
Egypt, the UAE and Russia are backing Haftar, while Turkey has been supporting the GNA.
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05/20/2020 00:00 ||
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[ALMASDARNEWS] The front man for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, announced that the General Command decided to relocate to some axes in 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... , in a process he described as "purely tactical military."
He explained that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal 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, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. 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. Actually, he is, but slowly... , "decided to relocate some to the hubs in the city of Tripoli in a purely tactical military operation, to new points and to new concentrations."
He stated that this positioning or localization may impose "the withdrawal or return of sites to previous locations, but in some axes, which is a tactical process that we hope the Libyan citizen does not care about this, because it is a military matter and an operational matter."
Mismari said, however, that Haftar confirmed, just before, that this step is to "dismantle some of the densely populated neighborhoods and people during the days of Eid, so that there is no friction or reason to target them from the enemy and terrorist militias."
He recounted that "what happened at al-Watiyah in the past hours," noting that the army carried out a "successful withdrawal operation with distinction" from the air base to the "second assembly point".
The military front man revealed that the decision to withdraw was taken by Haftar based on a report from the commander of the Western Military Region, and that the withdrawal process began three or four months ago, by withdrawing planes and vehicles from the base, leading to the recent withdrawal of individuals under cover.
The US State Department says: “Today, the United States designated Shanghai Saint Logistics Limited, a PRC-based company that provides general sales agent services for the Specially Designated Global Terrorist Iranian airline. The United States designated Mahan Air in 2011 under a counterterrorism authority for providing material support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and again in 2019, under a weapons of mass destruction authority for shipping United Nations-restricted missile and nuclear items to Iran.
“More recently, the Iranian regime turned to Mahan Air to facilitate shipments to Venezuela to support the illegitimate former Maduro regime and its desperate attempts to boost energy production, which had fallen due to its own gross mismanagement. It is equally troubling that Mahan Air appears to be carrying gold from Venezuela’s vaults back to Iran, depriving the Venezuelan people of resources needed to rebuild their economy. As always, authoritarian regimes are more interested in their own survival than the needs of their people.
“The United States is pleased that over the last two years, governments and companies across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have wisely severed ties with Mahan Air. This designation serves as another reminder that companies still providing services for Mahan Air – in the PRC or anywhere else – risk potential US sanctions.”
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05/20/2020 00:00 ||
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New: U.S. indicts Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, Vahid Vali, and PAYMENT24 for conducting financial transactions in violation of U.S. sanctions against #Iran. Key here PAYMENT24 was designed to circumvent U.S. sanctions & Shahidian was extradited from U.K.https://t.co/rSbj3PdCsD
[ALMASDARNEWS] Seven Pak soldiers were killed in two attacks in the southwest mineral-rich 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... province, the Pak military said on Tuesday.
The army’s media wing said in a statement that six of the seven soldiers were killed by an bomb during their return late Monday evening from a routine patrol to their camp in Bir Ghayb in the Mash district of Balochistan province.
The statement added that another soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with button men in the Mand district of Kish.
No group has grabbed credit for the attacks in Balochistan, which borders Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and Afghanistan.
Balochistan is located in the middle of the Sino-Pak economic corridor, which cost an estimated $ 60 billion to build, and is part of the belt and road project overseen by Beijing.
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In last night operation's 2 terrorists were killed. They have been identified as Junaid Ashraf Khan from Srinagar and Tariq Ahmed Sheikh from Pulwama. Junaid is the youngest son of Hurriyat's Chairman Mohammed Ashraf Khan: Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh pic.twitter.com/DoOlphkoVw
[Rudaw] A rocket landed near the US embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone in the early hours of Tuesday, according to Iraq's Security Media Cell.
This is the first rocket attack to hit Baghdad under the rule of new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
"A Katyusha rocket landed on an empty house inside the Green Zone in Baghdad. As per information [we have obtained], this missile was launched from al-Idrisi neighborhood, on Paleostine Street, resulting in minor damage to the wall of the house," read a statement from the cell.
The blast could be heard across the Iraqi capital and triggered security sirens at the US embassy compound but did not result in casualties, security sources told AFP.
The Green Zone hosts several Iraqi government ministries, the federal parliament, and foreign diplomatic missions.
Such attacks have not been reported in the Green Zone for two months.
While no one has taken responsibility for the latest attack,the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, (PMF or Hashd al-Shaabi), have been accused of similar attacks in the capital city.
Tensions between Baghdad and Washington have run high since late last year, with pro-Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... militia supporters storming the US embassy compound in Baghdad in late December.
The US liquidation of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and PMF deputy Abu al-Muhandis in Baghdad on January 3 sent tensions soaring, prompting a flurry of rocket attacks targeting the embassy and Iraqi army bases hosting US-led coalition troops, attributed to pro-Iran militias in Iraq. A non-binding resolution followed to expel foreign troops from the country.
Earlier this week Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ...the very aged actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini... said that the US will be "expelled" from both Syria and Iraq.
[Rudaw] Residents of a Duhok village say they are "terrified" following a Ottoman TurkishArclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... on Monday evening.
Locals in the village of Dargale Musa Bag, near the town of Kani Masi, were startled by the strike targeting members of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) amid a recent wave of festivities in the area.
Sarbast Sabri, head of Kani Masi subdistrict told Rudaw that the village was "bombarded by Ottoman Turkish air forces" at 4:30pm on Monday.
"A number of rockets hit 400 meters away from the populated area of the village," causing material loss, he added.
According to the official, a recent spate of bombings has terrified locals.
"Bombardments have taken place continually throughout the last week, terrifying people. Fortunately, there have not been any casualties."
Ankara has not released any statement regarding the attack on Kani Masi but did say that forces targeted a PKK position on Mount Khakurk, Erbil province on Monday. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... ’s defense ministry said that they "neutralized" three PKK fighters in the attack, publishing a video of the airstrike. Ankara uses the term "neutralized" to imply targets were killed or captured.
Kani Masi saw another clash between Ankara and the PKK last week after the PKK attacked a Ottoman Turkish military base near the village, cutting out the local power supply for nearly a day.
One villager, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Rudaw English that the members of the Kurdish gang pass by the village in disguise in order not to be identified by Ottoman Turkish forces.
The source, who works for a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office in the village, also said that Monday’s strike hit near a spring regularly visited by villagers, who rely on the water for farming.
Another villager, who also did not want to be identified, told Rudaw English that "almost all houses of the village were affected by the bombardment," with most of them having their windows broken.
"We are really terrified," he added.
Village chieftain Salih Kamil, who was in the village at the time of the bombing, told Rudaw English that seven to eight houses had their windows broken in the strike.
Amedi mayor Ismail Mustafa told Rudaw this week that 23 civilians have died as a result of PKK-Turkey violence since January 2019. He added that the population of 361 villages in the area have abandoned their homes due to the decades-long history of festivities between the two forces.
[YNet] - A Jordanian national was moderately hurt on Wednesday after trying to breach the border with Israel, security officials said. Must be one of them Moderate Muslims™ we hear about?
The 49-year-old man apparently tried to smuggle weapons just south of the Sea of Galilee and was shot in the leg by Israeli security forces.
He was taken to Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias for treatment.
A fire broke out in the area, near Naharayim, as a result of flares being fired during the incident.
Security forces, including Border Police, Israel Police and IDF, noticed a man with a large sack approaching the border at around 6am, said the official report. They called on the man to stop but he continued marching toward the border, ignoring the calls.
He was subsequently shot in the leg.The forces found a host of weapons in the man’s bag, including AK-47 rifles.
Police said the incident is not likely to have been nationalistically motivated. Just trying to score some HCQ?
Israeli forces opened fire on two men as they tried to smuggle weapons across the border from Jordan, injuring one of them, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday.
The army said that during the night IDF soldiers detected the two men as they crossed the border. Police intercepted the pair and opened fire on them, and one man was hit while the other returned to Jordan. A flare launched during the incident started a brush fire in the area that was brought under control, the statement said.
The incident occurred near Kibbutz Gesher, south of Tiberias, and near what was until recently the so-called “Island of Peace,” where Jordanians and Israelis both had nearly free access. Jordan brought to an end Israeli access last year.
The army has upped its presence in the area due to increased attempts to smuggle weapons and drugs across the border, Channel 13 news reported.
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Syrian holy warrior was shot and killed by the Ottoman Turkish military in the northern countryside of the al-Raqqa Governorate recently.
Citing "reliable sources", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a fighter from Jaish al-Sharqiyah" was rubbed out by the Ottoman Turkish military in the town of Slouk.
The monitor said the "altercation took place between Ottoman Turkish forces stationed at Sluk checkpoint and the fighter after the fighter refused to stop at the checkpoint. The verbal argument evolved to opening fire on the fighter leaving him dead."
Following this incident, Jaish al-Sharqiyah reportedly attacked the Ottoman Turkish military inside the town.
The Ottoman Turkish Ministry of Defense has not commented on these alleged incidents; however, if true, this would mark the first time during the Syrian conflict that a Free Syrian Army ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund... (FSA) faction has attacked the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces.
#BREAKING: Intelligence officials now say #Israel carried out a cyberattack on #Iran's Shahid Rajaee port on May 9 as retribution for Iran's cyberattack on its water infrastructure. The attack caused "total disarray."https://t.co/zztAjpgRvl
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Tehran: From 22 July 2008 Iran's Bandar Abbas port requires ship documents (manifest & B/lading) to note the discharge port as Shahid Rajaee Special Economic Zone (Shahid Rajaee SEZ). Bandar Abbas port had 2 container terminals, with the new terminal named Shahid Rajaee SEZ and the old one named Bahonar.
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.