[ToloNews] At least 9 members of the public uprising forces were killed and 6 were maimed in a clash with the Taliban ...Arabic for students... in the northern province of Takhar on Tuesday night, local officials said.
The incident occurred in Lala Guzar village of Khwaja Bahauddin district on Tuesday night after the Taliban attacked and were engaged by security forces, according to officials.
"The Taliban also sustained casualties in the attack but there are no exact reports," officials said.
Parwan residents rally after many killed in mosque attack: By Ahmad Fareed Tanha on 20 May 2020 CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of central Parwan province on Wednesday staged a protest rally against the... read more https://t.co/in9UgmGlt6pic.twitter.com/bfbfWF5lQ7
“You all will be equally abused by our morality police, not to mention our hard boys and even our hard boys in training, just up from the madrassah across the border in Pakistan. We’ll all have such fun together, especially not you!”
[AnNahar] While a ceasefire in Syria has reduced combat between rebels and government forces, mercenaries from the two sides are still fighting in Libya on behalf of their Russian and Ottoman Turkish backers.
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... supports some Syrian rebels and Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord, while Russia supports Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
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[ALMASDARNEWS] The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Wednesday, a unilateral ceasefire to avoid bloodshed at the end of the month of Ramadan.
The Libyan National Army spokesperson, Ahmad al-Mismari, said that the forces decided to move away from 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... for a distance of 2 to 3 kilometres at all fronts.
Al-Mismari said in a statement that this ceasefire will allow citizens in the city to move freely at the end of the month of Ramadan and during Eid al-Fitr.
A front man for the Libyan National Army said that their forces will start moving their positions in the city by midday on Wednesday.
This comes at a time when Libya is witnessing an increase in violence between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army.
Earlier this week, the Libyan Army withdrew from the al-Watiya Airbase after a month-long battle with the Ottoman Turkish-backed GNA forces.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/21/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
[Libya Observer] The Speaker of the Tunisian House of Representatives (HoR), Rached Ghannouchi, congratulated the Government of National Accord (GNA), on its capture of the strategically important, al-Watiya Air Base.
Ghannouchi, in a telephone conversation with the head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez al-Sarraj, discussed developments on the present situation in Libya, expressing his delight at the capture of al-Watiya and its return into the hands of the legitimate government, as it is so close to the Tunisian border.
He went on to say that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya, stressing the need for a return to political dialogue.
On his part, al-Sarraj praised Tunisia’s keenness on security and stability in Libya, expressing his wish to enhance cooperation between both countries.
[Libya Observer] Pro-Qadaffy al-Jamahiriya ... An Arabic neologism coined by the late and unlamented Muammar al-Qadaffy. The word jamahiriya was derived from jumhuriya, which is the usual Arabic translation of republic. It was coined by changing the component jumhur ‐ public ‐ to its plural form, jamahir — the masses. Thus, it is similar to the term People's Republic, only more denigrating to the actual inhabitants of the country... TV issued a statement Wednesday accusing 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... and his forces of being linked to foreign agenda and described Haftar as a traitor and a foreign agent receiving his orders from overseas.
The statement slammed Haftar for his role in the current conflict, saying real commanders should fight on the battlefield not in their luxurious houses thousands of kilometers away from frontlines "doing commercial and political deals at the expense of the blood of the ordinary people".
"We won't be part of a virtual command that hasn't even heard of the loss of Gharyan until three days later and al-Watiya airbase until today. A command that hasn't visited frontlines for over a year and half." The Gadaffi loyalists' statement says, adding that the tactical withdrawals and truces aren't as they claim, but in fact, they are orders coming from overseas and they must be implemented.
They also slammed Haftar's zero hour statements and delusional truces as well as the political mandate, saying they only believe in staying on the ground in Libya on the battlefield and that those who can't be on the frontlines can't be mandated for any role.
The statement was a response to Haftar's front man Ahmed al-Mismari who said their forces would move 2-3 kilometers away from south 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... frontlines to allow people to spend Ramadan days and Eid al-Fitr celebration in peace.
In an earlier statement, al-Mismari said their forces would withdraw from some southern Tripoli locations for "repositioning" as part of a "military tactic for mobilization of forces".
[NEWS.USNI.ORG] The FBI is investigating a Thursday shooting at a Texas naval air station, after a Navy security team there killed an "Arab male" who stormed a gate at the base, a U.S. official told USNI News. Sudden Jihad Syndrome™?
The official did not have any additional details on the identity of the shooter beyond apparent ethnicity. An FBI spokeswoman did not provide additional details when contacted by USNI News.
Navy Security Forces responded to an active shooter at NAS Corpus Christi at about 7:15 a.m. EST resulting in the injury to the NSF sailor. The shooter was killed by the NSF team, the official told USNI News.
"The sailor is in good condition and is expected to be released later today," the Navy said in a statement.
The base remains on lockdown while an investigation into the shooting commences.
"All gates on the installation remain closed while first responders process the scene," according to a statement from the service.
"NCIS, state and local law enforcement are on scene."
Corpus Christi police said the incident took place at one of the air station’s gates.
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is home to the four squadrons of Training Air Wing Four, which uses Truax Field on base and outlying airfields. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and foreign student pilots train at the base.
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi also houses the Corpus Christi Army Depot which serves as the primary maintenance depot for Department of Defense rotary-wing aircraft. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service also operates from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
More: A shooting at a Texas naval air station that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead is being investigated as “terrorism-related,” the FBI said Thursday.
The shooting began around 6:15 a.m. Thursday at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.
The shooter tried to speed through a gate at the base in a vehicle, but security personnel put up a barrier in time to stop the shooting, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. The man then got out of the car and opened fire, striking and wounding a Navy sailor who is a member of the security force at the base. During the exchange of gunfire, the shooter was killed by security personnel, the officials said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details about an ongoing investigation.
The FBI is investigating the shooting as “terrorism-related,” FBI Special Agent Leah Greeves said at a news conference Thursday afternoon, and investigators were working to determine whether a second person of interest was at large in the community.
“We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is terrorism related,” Greeves said. “We are working diligently with our state, local and federal partners on this investigation, which is fluid and evolving.”
Greeves did not elaborate on a potential motive or specify what led investigators to believe the shooting is related to terrorism. Federal investigators also did not provide any information about the “potential second related person of interest at large in the community” or why they believe that is the case.
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05/21/2020 17:28 Comments ||
..did they check his Facebook page yet? Asking for a friend.
ISIS leader nominated to replace Baghdadi handed over to Iraqi authorities
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi Intelligence Service announced that the person nominated to succeed the terrorist leader and founder of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been handed over to them.
According to the Iraqi News Agency, the Intelligence Service announced that their forces have taken custody Abdel-Nasser Qirdash, noting that he is the candidate to succeed Baghdadi as the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Qirdash is the highest ranking Islamic State officer to ever be taken into custody.
It should be noted that while Qirdash was nominated to replace Baghdadi, the Islamic State ultimately chose to ’Abdul-Rahman al-Mawlah as the leader of the group.
He was first arrested in Syria last year, but was not handed over to the Iraqi authorities until recently.
The former Islamic State leader, Baghdadi, was killed during a special U.S. military operation in northwestern Syria in October of 2019.
Baghdadi was hiding in a jihadist-held town in the northern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; he refused to surrender during the U.S. raid and chose to detonate his own boom jacket.
Despite Baghdadi’s death in 2019, the Islamic State has remained active in both Syria and Iraq, often carrying out hit-and-run attacks against the Syrian and Iraqi armies, along with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The National Intelligence Service told the Iraqi News Agency (INA) it had picked up Abdul Nasser Qardash.
He served as the head of one of the terrorist group’s commissions, INA said, and served under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who led the group that preceded ISIS.
However, man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them... some reports suggested Qardash was captured by US or Kurdish forces in Syria last year and just recently transferred to Iraqi custody.
The US has previously identified Ameer Muhammed Saeed al-Salbi al-Mawla, as the new leader of ISIS. He is known within the group as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
Some reports said Qardash was the same person as al-Mawla, despite the photo used by INA of the captured holy warrior not matching that of al-Mawla.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Heavy festivities were reported on Wednesday between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund... (TFSA) at the Tadef crossing.
According to reports from this front, the Syrian Army and TFSA troops traded gunfire at the crossing, followed by brief shelling.
No deaths were reported; however, some military personnel suffered minor injuries during the brief encounter.
The reason for the festivities is still unknown at this time.
The Tadef crossing is located near the strategic city of al-Bab, which is currently under the control of the Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/21/2020 00:00 ||
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...the Jerusalem Brigade is a Paleostinian-Syrian pro-Government group that operates in Aleppo, formed in 2013. The group is composed of predominately Sunni Paleostinians from the al-Nayrab district as well as the former refugee camp Handarat. It is believed to be the largest Assadist auxilliary force operating in storied Aleppo....
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.