[ToloNews] At least 19 security force members, including three public uprising force members, were killed in a new spate of fighting between Afghan cops and the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... in the past 24 hours, security sources said on Thursday. This follows a relative calm reported across the country during the first and second day of Eid.
There are reports that the security forces have left Marjah and Garmsir districts in southern Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province. The Taliban are now controlling these districts, the sources said.
"This is a tactical move, the security forces were relocated to Lashkargah city due to some problems in restarting operations there," said Karim Ata, a member of Parliament from Helmand.
According to the sources, there is heavy fighting taking place between the Afghan cops and the Taliban in the Ghazi Abad district of Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... Afghan security authorities have said that security forces during this period killed "60 Taliban fighters" in various parts of the country.
Battles have been reported in Helmand, Kapisa, Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Pashtun-infested Logar, Kandahar and Jawzjan provinces.
"Fighting occurred between the local commanders and the Taliban in the Dara-e-Farakhsha area in Nejrab district of Kapisa, the Taliban sustained heavy casualties as a result, we also had three deaders from the local forces," said Mir Haidar Afzali, the head of Parliament’s defense commission.
"They have laid a siege around Ghazi Abad, there are no supply routes to deliver food," said Iqbal Saeed, the governor of Kunar.
Based on the reports, 13 districts in Faryab have fallen to the Taliban and the security forces are deployed only in Aqina and Andkhoi ports and the capital city of Maimana.
Local officials in Faryab said that many people from PD1 of Maimana city have fled their homes.
"Two days ago there were some movements from the opponents, but the security and defense forces repelled them," said Enayatullah Kamal, the governor of Faryab.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that security forces will retake areas from the Taliban.
"The security forces will push back the Taliban from the area, they will liberate the area," said Fawad Aman, a deputy front man for the Ministry of Defense.
Since the official announcement of the US forces' withdrawal, 215 districts--including several economically-important port areas--are now in the hands of the Taliban.
That’s consistent with what they’ve done every time they got the upper hand.
[ToloNews] Unidentified button men reportedly have killed "over a 100 civilians" in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed the report, saying these non-combatants were killed without any reason.
The Afghan government blamed the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... for the murder of civilians.
"The brutal holy warriors on the order of their Punjabi bosses (Pakistain) ambushed the homes of the innocent Afghans in certain areas of Spin Boldak, looted the homes and martyred 100 innocent people," said Mirwais Stanekzai, a front man for the Ministry of Interior.
"This unveils the real face of the cruel enemy," added Stanekzai.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shootout, Butch started the buffalo stampeding...... a member of Kandahar's provincial council has said that two of his sons were taken from their home a day before Eid began and both were killed by the unidentified button men.
The Taliban has denied any involvement in the killing of civilians.
Fida Mohammad Afghan, a member of Kandahar's provincial council, said that unidentified button men took his two sons out of the house a day before Eid and then killed them. Afghan is a resident of Spin Boldak.
Afghan said that his sons were not associated with any military group.
"They say that they were not associated with the movement (Taliban), but whoever they are, they must be apprehended and they must be brought to justice," said Fida Mohammad Afghan, a member of the Kandahar provincial council.
"Some people say they have taken away 380 people, and those who were killed are still lying there," said Fida Mohammad Afghan.
According to the Afghan security agencies, the dead bodies of several civilians are still lying on the ground in Spin Boldak.
Afghan security authorities have blamed the Taliban for the murders.
"They (Taliban) even resorted to the looting of the homes of civilians and govertment offices including the destruction of public infrastructure," said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a front man for the Ministry of Defense. "They also assassinated the civilians," Ahmadzai further said.
Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the allegations.
"They (Taliban) conduct these acts on the orders of their masters, they want to give the color of an ethnic war to their proxy war," said Stanekzai.
"People who are in battle zones shouldn’t be harmed. Harming the families is a prohibited move," said MP Gul Ahmad Kamin.
Currently, Spin Boldak district is under the control of the Taliban.
[DW] A group of migrants colonists from sub-Saharan Africa managed to scale the fences at Melilla's border in a large group, a common tactic to avoid capture. It was the latest in a series of breaches of the Moroccan border with Spain.
Some 230 migrants colonists entered Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Thursday, the Spanish delegation in the territory said.
The men, who mostly came from sub-Saharan Africa, scaled the 6-meter (20-foot) border fence and rushed into the enclave. Three Spanish coppers and 18 of the migrants colonistswere maimed, Spanish state TV broadcaster RTVE reported.
In a statement, the Spanish government delegation in Melilla said "a huge influx" of migrants colonists had tried to cross the border at 6:50 a.m..
Despite the fact that the border fence was equipped with "anti-intrusion" measures, the men used "hooks" to scale it, the statement read.
Video footage posted by local newspaper El Faro de Melilla showed the migrants colonists walking down a street shouting "victory, victory" and "asylum, asylum." They were taken to an emergency reception center and put into quarantine, a COVID precaution.
TENSION BETWEEN MADRID AND RABATT
Spain controls two autonomous towns in North Africa: Ceuta on the Strait of Gibraltar and Melilla, 250 kilometers to the east. Both are protected by fences fortified with barbed wire, video cameras and watchtowers. They effectively constitute gateways into the EU on the African continent.
Tens of thousands of Africans are currently waiting near Ceuta and Melilla.
The rushing of the fence in groups is a common occurrence, but Thursday's incident comes at a time of tension between Morocco and Spain. Two months prior, more than 8,000 people entered Spain's other enclave of Ceuta, when Moroccan guards let them pass, seeminlgy to punish Spain, during a diplomatic disagreement between the two countries.
Madrid had angered Morocco by allowing the leader of Western Sahara's independence movement into Spain for treatment for a severe case of COVID-19.
Most of the refugees arriving in Melilla, a Spanish exclave in Northern Africa, are Syrians, 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... is and Algerians. But no blacks apply for asylum at the border.
[AlAhram] The migrants colonists, who included 65 Moroccans, 62 Bangladeshis and 15 Egyptians, and who were aged between 15 and 48, set off from Libyan coast overnight Friday to Saturday, Tunisian defence ministry front man Mohammed Zekri said
Tunisia rescued Thursday 166 migrants colonists stranded at sea for nearly a week, recovering the bodies of 16 others who died attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Europe, security officials said.
Their boat broke down off neighbouring Tunisia near the southern port Zarzis.
National Guard front man Houcem Eddine Jebabli confirmed 16 of the group had died on board, and said investigations were underway to determine the cause of death.
The route between Libya and Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... is considered the most dangerous one across the Mediterranean.
Over 890 people are known to have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, a rise of 130 percent on the same period of last year, the International Organization for Migration said last week.
Since the start of summer, the number of crossings have increased as migrants colonists take advantage of the good weather and calmer seas.
Despite being plunged into chaos after the fall of Moamer Qadaffy's regime in 2011, Libya has become a favoured springboard for migrants colonists seeking what they believe will be a better life in Europe.
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[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] At least 17 Bengali migrants colonists drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italia from Libya, while more than 380 were rescued by the coastguard, the Tunisian Red Islamic Thingy said on Wednesday.
The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya's northwest coast, carrying migrants colonists from Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea ...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age... , Mali and Bangladesh, the humanitarian organization said.
"17 Bengali died and more than 380 other migrants colonists rescued in a boat that set off from Libya's Zuwara towards Europe," Red Islamic Thingy official Mongi Slim said, Rooters reported.
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[NPASYRIA] On Wednesday night, a young man sustained fractures in different parts of his body after he was beaten by Ottoman Turkish border guards (gendarmerie) while trying to cross the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish border near the city of Derbasiya, north of Hasakah, northeastern Syria.
"The 21-year-old Hammoud al-Jassem arrived late at night and he could hardly walk as as his legs and ribs were broken as a result of being beaten," a medical source at the Martyr Khabat Hospital in the city told North Press.
"The gendarmerie beat him and threw him back into Syrian territory after stealing his money and phone," the source added, quoting al-Jassem.
On March 10, a child lost his life by the gendarmerie’s bullets while he was trying to cross the border to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... with his family near the town of Abu Rasin in the countryside of Derbasiya.
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was beaten by Turkish border guards while trying to cross the Syrian-Turkish border
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Two Iraqi soldiers have been killed and three others injured in an ISIS attack in Iraq’s northern province of Salahuddin, a police officer said on Wednesday.
"Unidentified button men believed to be affiliated with the ISIS terror group attacked the headquarters of the 66th Army Brigade in the Mutaibija area in the northern part of the province," the source said.
He added that reinforcements were dispatched to the site as ISIS members fled the area.
Iraq declared victory over ISIS in 2017, however, the group continues to launch attacks against army and PMF positions, leaving casualties and causing material damages.
According to security experts, ISIS remains active in Diyala, Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... and Salahuddin.
Two days ago, an attack took place in a popular market in Sadr City, causing more than 100 deaths and injuries. The Iraqi authorities held the group responsible for the attack.
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] A suicide kaboom at a crowded market in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Monday revived armed factions’ ambitions to restore their control over al-Tarmiyah town and its suburbs north of the Iraqi capital.
Sayyid of Martyrs Battalions Secretary-General Abu Ala al-Walai said that his forces were prepared to retake al-Tarmiyah and al-Mushahadah regions from the "claws of terrorism" within two days.
Leaders of armed factions in Iraq have repeatedly called for duplicating the reconquest of "Jurf Sakhar" in other parts of the Baghdad belt, starting with al-Tarmiyah.
Al-Tarmiyah enjoys a strategic location, as it extends on the Tigris River to connect four major cities, namely Baghdad, Salah al-Din, Diyala, and Anbar. More so, the town links two prominent Shiite shrines.
The market bombing sparked a wave of media reports about a "terrorist" group having emerged from one of al-Tarmiyah’s agricultural fields to stage the attack.
This type of reporting prompted activists close to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to demand the state-sponsored umbrella organization drives ISIS fighters and supporters out of the city.
"Acts of violence within the area come from various sources, including ISIS, which exploits the security void in orchards in the vicinity of the town," field sources reported.
Copying the reconquest of Jurf Sakhr in al-Tarmiyah means that locals will be uprooted, and extreme security vetting will be facing individuals entering and leaving the town.
Jurf Sakhr is now under the total control of some of the most influential PMF armed factions.
Like Jurf Sakhr, al-Tarmiyah will also become a hub for military camps and bases operated by armed factions.
"Enforcing security and imposing stability in any region, including al-Tarmiyah, must be subject to the contexts of the state, exclusively," a Victory Alliance consultant who requested anonymity told Asharq al-Awsat.
Armed factions have displayed an inclination towards going above and beyond fighting ISIS to securing total control over areas liberated from the terrorist group.
Local sources warn that the factions will not give up their plan to seize al-Tarmiyah, given its strategic location.
[IsraelTimes] Alleged Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, member suspected of opening fire with a submachine gun, causing damage to vehicle but no injuries.
Security forces said Thursday that they had arrested a Paleostinian man suspected of carrying out a shooting attack on a vehicle near the West Bank settlement of Elon Moreh in June.
During the attack, the shooter opened fire on a car, causing damage but no injuries. The civilian vehicle was being driven by a reservist soldier.
According to the Ynet news site, security forces said the suspected attacker, a resident of the West Bank village of Salem near Nablus, used a Carlo-style submachine gun and opened fire with the aim of killing Israelis.
He was arrested in a joint operation of the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet and police.
The report said that over the course of his interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect was a member of the Hamas terror organization.
The unnamed suspect reportedly told security officers that he carried out the attack to avenge the death of his friend Malik Hamdan, who was killed in festivities with the IDF.
The report did not clarify if the suspect had been charged.
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] One person was killed and 10 injured Thursday when a kaboom tore through a house in a popular market, the interior ministry said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the earth-shattering kaboom.
The blast in the al-Zawiya area collapsed large parts of the house and damaged dozens of buildings and shops nearby, according to the statement.
Police explosives engineering teams continue to investigate the causes of the earth-shattering kaboom. Civil defense teams and the police were able to control the resulting fire.
The blast shook the neighborhood on the third day of Eid al-Adha ...a major Moslem holiday, marked by animal sacrifice and ritual rioting... , a Moslem holiday.
The Israeli army signaled it wasn’t involved, calling the crisis an "internal" matter in Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... , The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.
Gaza City already was struggling with heavy damage it sustained from an 11-day war in May between Israel and Gaza’s bully boyHamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, rulers. At least 254 people were killed in Gaza during the conflict, including 67 children and 39 women, according to the Gaza health ministry. Hamas has acknowledged the deaths of 80 bully boys. Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed in Israel, along with one soldier.
The World Bank earlier this month said rebuilding Gaza would cost $485 million, including up to $380 million to repair the physical damage alone.
[EN.ALGHADEERTV.NET] A helicopter affiliated to the US occupation forces has targeted a house in northeastern Syria, killing three people and injuring many others inside. Citing local sources, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported the deadly US strike in Jamous Village, east of the city of Hasakah, on Wednesday.
The report added that the house had been circled by Washington-backed Lions of Islam from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of mainly Kurdish forces fighting against Damascus, for several hours before the US air raid.
The SDF hard boyz had cordoned off the house and called on those inside to surrender, but they resisted, resulting in an exchange of fire, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The US-led warplanes intervened and bombarded the house, the SOHR said, claiming that the victims were suspected members of the ISIS terrorist group.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011, with the US and its allies aiding Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... terrorist outfits.
The United States has deployed forces and military equipment to Syria without any authorization from Damascus or the UN. It has long been training Lions of Islam and stealing Syria’s oil, ignoring repeated calls by Damascus to end its occupation of the country.
The SDF Lions of Islam have also been illegally holding control over Syria’s northern areas.
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Syria’s air defense forces shot down seven out of eight missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during a raid that targeted the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian military said.
Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted facilities southeast of Aleppo in Monday’s strike.
Kulit said seven of eight missiles launched by the Israeli fighter jets were downed by Syrian air defense units that used Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2. One missile damaged the building of a scientific research center in Safira, he said.
A Syrian military official previously said in remarks carried by the state news agency SANA that Israel carried out an aerial attack in the Aleppo province late Monday. He said that Syrian air defenses shot down most of the missiles in the attack that occurred just before midnight, The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has activists on the ground in Syria, said the Israeli strikes targeted weapons depots that belong to Iranian-backed militia operating in Aleppo’s Safira region. The group said the strikes were followed by loud explosions. The weapons depots were located inside Syrian military posts, the group said.
Russian MoD claims of Syrian Buk-M2E and Pantsir-S air defences intercepting 7 out of the 8 reportedly Israeli incoming missiles on Aleppo countryside 2 days ago is reportedly incorrect with satellite images showing 2-3 possible facilities hit. https://t.co/H7T09WziQnhttps://t.co/OHqWzGwWqh
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] The Syrian regime accused Israel Thursday of carrying out an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... in the central province of Homs, the second time in as many days, saying the aerial attack caused material damage.
An unidentified Syrian military official quoted by the state news agency said air defenses shot down most of the missiles in the attack that occurred early Thursday on targets it did not name in the Qusayr region of the Homs countryside.
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the strikes, saying they destroyed ammunitions and weapons depots belonging to Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch. In 2020 Hezbollah blew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate facility exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that... 's Hezbollah in the western Homs countryside.
Late Monday, Syria reported an Israeli airstrike southeast of the northern Aleppo province, but did not mention details of the target or damage.
The Observatory said Monday's strikes targeted weapons depots that belong to Iranian-backed gunnies operating in Aleppo's Safira region.
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.