[AlAhram] Hours after Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S., who gives the geriatric a bad name... issued a staunch defence of the US withdrawal, the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... said fighters had seized the border town of Islam Qala -- completing an arc of territory from the Iranian border to the frontier with China.
The Taliban claimed Friday to be in control of 85 percent of Afghanistan, including a key border crossing with Iran, following a sweeping offensive launched as US troops pull out of the war-torn nation.
In Moscow, a visiting delegation of Taliban officials said they controlled about 250 of Afghanistan's 398 districts -- a claim impossible to independently verify and disputed by the government.
Separately, Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP the Islam Qala border crossing was "under our full control", while government officials in Kabul said a fightback was under way.
"All Afghan cops including the border units are present in the area, and efforts are under way to recapture the site," interior ministry front man Tareq Arian told AFP.
With the Taliban having routed much of northern Afghanistan in recent weeks, the government holds little more than a constellation of placid provincial capitals that must be largely reinforced and resupplied by air.
The air force was under severe strain even before the Taliban's lightning offensive overwhelmed the government's northern and western positions, putting further pressure on the country's limited aircraft and pilots.
Biden said the Afghan people alone should determine their future, but he acknowledged the uncertainty about what that would look like.
Asked if a Taliban takeover was inevitable, the president said: "No, it is not."
But, he admitted, "the likelihood there is going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely".
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The Taliban, for their part, welcomed Biden's statement.
"Any day or hour that US and foreign troops leave earlier is a positive step," front man Suhail Shaheen told AFP.
Afghan commandos clashed with the bully boyz this week in a placid provincial capital for the first time, with thousands of people fleeing Qala-e-Naw in northwest Badghis province.
On Friday the Afghan defence ministry said government forces had "full control" of the city.
"(The Taliban) were being hit by air strikes as they were retreating from the city," Badghis provincial council chief Abdul Aziz Bek told AFP.
"They have retreated from the city and the fighting has stopped inside for now."
[AnNahar] Russia on Friday said the Taliban ...Arabic for students... controls about two-thirds of the Afghan-Tajik border and urged all sides in Afghanistan to show restraint.
"We have noted a sharp rise in tension on the Afghan-Tajik border. The Taliban movement quickly occupied a large part of border districts and currently controls about two-thirds of the border," Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, adding that Moscow urges all sides to "show restraint."
She said that Moscow is ready to take "additional measures" to "prevent aggression" on its ally Tajikistan and called on all sides to "avoid spreading tensions outside of the country."
Afghan authorities have vowed to retake all the districts lost to the Taliban and deployed hundreds of commandos to counter the holy warriors' offensive in the north.
I believe one parallel Afghanistan will not share with Vietnam is the manner in which they will deal with American withdrawal. Vietnam has enjoyed peace, modernization and prosperity since the Americans left, at least as much as communism will allow. Afghanistan will not.
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[ToloNews] Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... on Friday morning launched an attack on the Dostrict 7 of Kandahar city and took over at least two security outposts, sources said. But security officials said Afghan forces prevented the group from advancing in the area.
Taliban has control over 10 districts in Kandahar.
"There isn't any big issue there. I can assure the residents of Kandahar. We will not allow the Taliban to enter into the city until we are alive," said Rohullah Khanzada, the governor of Kandahar.
"The situation is under control, there are no worries. The people should be assured that their brave sons will defend them," said Salim Ehsas, the Kandahar police commander.
"They (Taliban) wanted to launch an attack around the highway, many of them were killed and their bodies were left there," said Mohammad Hashem Rekwal, a police officer in Takhtapol area in Kandahar.
"There are threats around city belts in PD7. There is a good coordination and we are fully ready along our soldiers," said former MP Lalai Hamidzai.
The Afghan cops are also fighting Taliban in centers of Kunduz, Baghlan, 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... , Ghazni, Faryab and Maidan Wardak provinces.
"If the government does not bring a systematic reform in the strategy, programs and the leadership of the war, if the people do not get mobilized behind the government, I think the Taliban will be emboldened further," said MP Aref Rahmani.
The Defense Ministry said on Friday evening that Afghan forces retook the control of Ali Abad district in Kunduz province from the Taliban.
"The government forces have launched their operations to retake those areas that were lost. Massive casualties have been inflicted to them," said Rohullah Ahmadzai, front man for the Ministry of Defense.
The Taliban has rejected the government’s claim of inflicting casualties among the group fighters.
[ToloNews] The Islam Qala border town, one of the main trade gateways into Iran, and the Torghundi border town, one of the two trade gateways into Turkmenistan, both 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 in western Afghanistan, have fallen to Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... , local officials confirmed on Friday.
Activities at Islam Qala customs were stopped after it was fallen to the Taliban, said Nisar Ahmad Naseri, the acting head of Herat customs department.
Videos on social media show Taliban fighters chatting with Iranian border forces in the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Iran.
Taliban has announced to have captured the Islam Qala customs and the Torghundi border town.
Sources from the province said that all officials of Islam Qala customs and a big number of security forces stationed there have crossed the border to 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... following Taliban’s arrival at the area.
Islam Qala customs is one of the biggest customs in the country that adds at least 1.5 billion Afs (around $20 million) to the government’s income every month.
...Afghan National Army caption under the Communists, mujahideen commander against the Soviets, twice governor of Herat province — first for the mujahideen, then after the Taliban were defeated — Northern Alliance commander, and finally Minister of Energy and Water in Hamid Karzai’s government, he no doubt expected that at 75 he would be sitting back and enjoying less active maneuvers as an elder statesman...
a former mujahideen leader and a senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... party, has mobilized hundreds of his loyalists 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 in the west of Afghanistan to fight the Taliban ...Arabic for students... as the group continues to capture large swaths of territories across the country.
Taliban has come closer to the city of Herat after taking over many districts in the province, including two key border towns.
"We will reorganize the war fronts. We will save the city of Herat from those who have the order to plunder the city. We will not let them to change their dreams for plundering Herat into reality. We will not allow them to cast an evil eye towards the honor and dignity of our people," said Ismail Khan.
Ismail Khan also pledged that after maintaining security around Herat city, the military efforts will be focused on recapturing other districts of the province from the Taliban including the other territories that have fallen to the group in.west zone.
"Soon you will witness the presence of public uprising forces in various parts of the city and in the districts of Herat. We will move towards other areas of the western zone after fixing turbulences in Herat city," added Ismail Khan.
Over the past 24 hours, the Taliban has captured eight districts in Herat province including Islam Qala and Torghundi border towns.
Karkh, Kohsan, Gulran, Kashk-e-Kohna, Robat Sangi, Shindand, Adraskam and Pashtun Zarghoon are among the districts that were fallen to the Taliban in the past 24 hours.
"We will never allow the Taliban to enter into the city of Herat. We assure the people to prevent the infiltration of the Taliban into the city," said Feroz Ahmad Azizi, a Herat resident.
"The Taliban will see a worse treatment from the public. If they insisted on fighting, we will take weapons, if they offer the hand of friendship, we will show similar gesture," said Abdul Latif, a Herat resident.
Local officials in Herat said that from the total number of 19 districts in Herat, only Guzra and Injil districts are currently connected to the city of Herat.
[IsraelTimes] After suspicious bag found, two departure halls evacuated and Doha-bound flight forced to return to Brussels Thursday in what local authorities said was a false alarm.
A security scare at Brussels airport that saw the evacuation of two departure halls and a Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... Airways flight to Doha recalled midflight on Thursday was an apparent attempt by 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... to test Israeli aviation security measures, Hebrew media reported Friday, citing Israeli security officials.
The incident started Thursday when a suspicious suitcase was found by Israeli security agents at the airport who turned it over to Belgian federal authorities.
They decided to evacuate two departure halls and a nearby building that was being used as a mass vaccination site, Brussels Airport said.
The bag was apparently found to belong to a passenger on a Qatar Airways flight from Brussels to Doha, which was forced to return to Brussels.
Belgian authorities inspected the bag and found that it did not contain explosives and announced that the incident was a false alarm. Flights resumed after a 90-minute delay.
Israeli security officials told the Ynet news site on Friday, however, that the bag was found to contain bottles of hand sanitizer and the owner, an Iranian woman, was taken off the flight and detained.
The Israeli officials said that given the location of the bag, near the check-in area of an Israel-bound flight, they believed this was a deliberate Iranian operation to test Israeli aviation security measures.
Channel 13 also reported the suspicions.
Ynet’s security analyst Ron Ben-Yishai said that the Iranians have become frustrated in recent years with their inability to stop Israeli operations against their nuclear program and weapons supplies to terror groups, in addition to their failure to respond in any meaningful ways, and are looking for other options at striking back at Israel.
War is a Darwinian exercise. The one who isn’t as good at it loses.
Israeli intelligence officials told Ynet that they were "investigating the incident."
Israeli officials assisted Belgium in ramping up their airport security policy after Islamist jacket wallahs killed 16 people and injured over 150 in the departure hall of Brussels Airport in 2016. The bombings were part of a coordinated assault on the Belgian capital’s transport system.
Investigators later found that the bombers were trying to target Jews and Israelis at the airport.
[Rudaw] 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.... group (ISIS) claimed dozens of attacks on Iraq’s electricity grid and threatened other vital infrastructure in its weekly propaganda magazine al-Nabaa, published Thursday.
ISIS claimed it destroyed 68 electricity towers in cities across Iraq, mainly in areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, as well as in the north and west.
"The previous attacks targeted the electricity sector, including towers, transmission lines, generators, voltage transformers, and others. The mujahedeen [ISIS fighters] also expanded their target area to include the oil sector," al-Nabaa quoted a bad boy saying.
He also threated Iraq’s water infrastructure.
Recent attacks on electricity pylons contributed to a blackout that left millions in the centre and south of the country without power during a heat wave.
ISIS said they started a 35-day operation against electricity lines on 6 June, destroying more than 15 towers a week and threatened "there will be more coming."
On Sunday, a military spokesperson said at least 44 electricity pylons have been targets of recent terror attacks. Security forces in Diyala province killed one suspected terrorist as he was trying to blow up electricity pylons on Monday.
"ISIS terrorist organization seeks to create panic through targeting these power lines," Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji told state media on Sunday.
Khafaji added that a joint operations cell between security forces and the electricity ministry had been formed to strategize how to protect the power lines. A force drawing from the army, police, and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or Hashd al-Shaabi) has also been formed to protect the electricity towers.
Iraq suffers from chronic electricity shortages, keenly felt when summer temperatures reach over 50 degrees Celsius, caused by multiple factors, including poor government delivery of services, rampant corruption, terror attacks on the power grid, and Iran’s recent cuts of electricity and gas exports because of unpaid bills.
The United States defense department estimates there are 10,000 ISIS fighters operating in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, ISIS exploits security gaps between Iraqi and Kurdish forces and its fighters "operate in small, mobile cells that primarily conduct simple hit-and-run attacks," targeting "infrastructure, security and military positions, and civilians," the Pentagon said in its latest report on operation against ISIS, released in May.
In its propaganda magazine, ISIS claimed it conducted 44 attacks in Iraq from July 1 to 8, killing and injuring 62 people.
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[SHAFAQ] The Military Intelligence Directorate arrested today a forger who was trying to list ISIS’s dead forces of Evil as deaders, al-Anbar governorate.
The directorate said in a statement that the perpetrator was using fake transactions and forged books and documents, in which he listed dead forces of Evil as deaders, in exchange for money from their relatives in al-Khalidiya Island in al-Anbar.
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Iran's largest navy vessel, the KHARG, is still leaking fuel in the Gulf of Oman after capsizing following a fire that broke out at the beginning of June. Fortunately, no lives lost. 25.64703° N, 57.65864° E pic.twitter.com/xqUe4TpiwK
#BREAKING: Train services in #Iran were delayed by apparent cyberattacks on Friday, with hackers posting the phone number of the country's supreme leader as the number to call for information, state-affiliated news outlets reported.https://t.co/TSUZopDEDx
Train services in 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... were delayed by apparent cyberattacks on Friday, with hackers posting the phone number of the country's supreme leader as the number to call for information, state-affiliated news outlets reported.
Trains were delayed or cancelled as ticket offices, the national railway's website and cargo services were disrupted, with "unprecedented chaos at railway stations across the country", the state broadcaster IRIB reported.
A notice on electronic boards at stations asked travellers to call a number which in fact belonged to the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ...the very aged actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini... , IRIB and the semi-official news agency Fars said.
"Long delays due to cyberattacks," said another notice on station boards, Fars added.
IRIB later quoted a state railway company front man as saying technicians were checking the disruptions and denying that there were major delays.
It was not clear if the reported attack caused any damage or disruptions in Iran’s computer and internet systems, and whether it was the latest chapter in the US and Iran’s cyber operations targeting the other.
Iran disconnected much of its infrastructure from the internet after the Stuxnet computer virus — widely believed to be a joint US-Israeli creation — disrupted thousands of Iranian centrifuges in the country’s nuclear sites in the late 2000s.
However, attacks attributed to Israel have more frequently targeted Iran’s nuclear program, like Stuxnet or recent explosions at the Natanz nuclear site.
Friday’s cyberattack follows a number of mysterious explosions, fires and mishaps that have plagued the country in recent months.
On Monday, an explosion at a state-owned warehouse outside of Tehran caused a major fire at the site. Tehran has yet to provide details on the location and cause of the blast.
New photos circulating on Telegram showing Commander of #Iran's IRGC-Quds Force Esmail Ghaani visiting Liwa Fatemiyoun's headquarters in #Syria. Unclear as to date of visit--but if this week, noteworthy timing amid drone attack on Omar oil field & #Afghanistan developments. pic.twitter.com/4wNACunFXa
Turkish forces and their armed opposition factions targeted a number of villages in the countryside of Hasakah, northeastern #Syria, with heavy weapons for the third time this week. https://t.co/HD6yjyb1FL
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