[DAWN] Sudan's first cabinet since the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir ...Former President-for-Life of Sudan 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 head cheese. He fell 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. Hee was overthrown by popular consent in 2019. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it... was sworn in Sunday as the African country transitions to a civilian rule following nationwide protests that overthrew the autocrat.
The 18-member cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, which includes four women, took oath at the presidential palace in Khartoum, an AFP correspondent reported.
It is expected to steer the daily affairs of the country during a transition period of 39 months.
The line-up was formed after Sudan last month swore in a "sovereign council" ‐ a joint civilian-military ruling body that aims to oversee the transition.
The 18 ministers were seen greeting members of the sovereign council, including its chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in images broadcast by state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
from the palace.
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[Libya Observer] An uneasy calm has descended on 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... frontlines after a day of heavy fighting.
Saturday saw heavy festivities between the Libyan Army forces under the command of Presidential Council's government and 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... 's forces on different frontlines, with the former advancing and seizing new positions.
A source from Burkan al-Ghadab Operation (Volcano of Rage Operation) said Haftar's forces tried Sunday morning to retake the positions they lost Saturday at Cement Factory in Souq al-Khamis Emsehel, but their attack was foiled as two of their armored vehicles were destroyed and then they returned to Tarhouna city.
The source added that Haftar's forces advanced on Tripoli International Airport frontline from al-Ramla axis but it was soon thwarted by Volcano of Rage forces, whose heavy fire forced Haftar's forces back to their previous positions.
"Wadi Rabea and Khalit al-Furjan frontlines saw some skirmishes without any change of positions for either side." The source added, denying that the Libyan Air Force has targeted any aims Sunday due to rainfall.
The front man for the Libyan Army Mohammed Gununu said Saturday that they had advanced on different frontlines in southern Tripoli and in the vicinity of Tarhouna city, adding that the Libyan Air Force had carried out Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s hitting Haftar's forces launchers used to shell civilians in Tripoli and its suburbs.
Gununu added that their forces have advanced after receiving military reinforcement and under a precise and active air cover, hence boosting its grip on different frontlines in Wadi Rabea and Souq al-Khamis Emsehel as well as Ain Zara and Khalit al-Furjan.
"Our forces have also captured several fighters from Sahban Brigade of Haftar's forces." Gununu indicated.
[Libya Observer] Libyan Army- affiliated Gharyan Protection Force shelled with heavy artillery positions of Haftar's militia groups in Urban town, southeast of Gharyan.
Spokesman of Gharyan Protection Force Moataz Shanbar Saturday said that their forces are still in their positions and are ready to repel any attempt of Haftar's militias to advance towards Gharyan or to escape from the fighting axes south of 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... The Libyan Army launched a major attack at dawn on Saturday, on the positions of Haftar's militias in south Tripoli and managed to recapture several positions in Espiaa, Souq al-Khamis, Alkhala, Wadi Rabea, and Ain Zara.
[IsraelTimes] A group of Israelis say they were attacked by Arabs in Warsaw due to their nationality.
The Israelis, law students participating in an exchange program, say they were outside a club in the Polish capital when Arab speakers approached them and asked if they were Israelis. When they answered in the affirmative they were beaten and had to be hospitalized.
[Ballymore Sun] Baltimore police discovered a van loaded with 1,000 gallons of gasoline Monday morning and are evacuating several office buildings from the Inner Harbor ‐ where emergency officials are urging people to stay away, city council members confirmed.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting Baltimore police on the scene.
A police spokesperson said they received a call at 11:02 a.m. about a suspicious van and began evacuating 100 E. Pratt St., which houses T. Rowe Price and and global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Baltimore Police Col. Sheree Briscoe told City Council members that they are evacuating a four-block radius around 100 East Pratt St. and are asking the community to not travel to that area while the police investigate.
Update at 4:40 p.m. Mountain Time:
But a police robot that entered the 15-passenger van with blacked out windows did not discover a bomb. Instead, it found a device used for stealing diesel fuel and two bins full of possibly stolen gasoline, police said. Several city officials said they were told the van contained approximately 1,000 gallons of gasoline, but a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment later said about 80 gallons of diesel fuel was offloaded.
Baltimore’s arson unit is investigating but no suspects have been identified. The massive emergency response Monday was aided by Capital police from Washington and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who were concerned for what they described as "elite visitors” expected to visit Baltimore on Thursday.
[DAWN] The website for Radio Pakistain, the national state broadcaster, was briefly hacked on Sunday.
A message on the website read: "Hello Admin, you are very secured. Appreciated your security. We got an eye on you. Expect us. Pakistain zindabad."
Additionally, it stated that 'CrashRulers' had conducted the hack. The hack was also announced on Twitter by an account with the handle name @TheCrashRulers:
"@RadioPakistain Radio Pakistain Website Hacked by Team #CrashRulers," the tweet said. It is not confirmed if the account is operated by those behind the hack.
Other tweets on the account, posted over the past three months, have claimed to hack multiple other government, and business websites, including Public Procurement Regulatory Authority Pakistain, Pakistain Cricket Board, Bahauddin Zakariya University and Zoom Petroleum Pakistain among others. The claims could not be verified.
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When someone says 'hacked' in the context of the 'Stain, I always assume it has something to do with cleavers or an axe.
[IsraelTimes] At least one rocket was fired from the 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... Strip at southern Israel on Sunday night, landing inside the enclave, short of the border, the army said.
The projectile triggered sirens in the Eshkol region of southern Israel. The alarms could be heard in open fields in the region, not inside communities. Residents of the area also received alerts on their phones.
"A failed launch was spotted from the Gaza Strip. It did not cross into Israeli territory," the army said.
The attempted rocket attack came as an Egyptian military intelligence delegation visited Gaza on Sunday in a bid to calm heightened tensions between Israel and terror groups in the Strip.
Egypt has in the past helped broker unofficial ceasefires between Israel and Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",.
[DAWN] Israeli forces attacked Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, positions 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... after rockets fired from the Paleostinian enclave hit the Jewish state, the military said early on Saturday.
The exchange came hours after two Paleostinian teenagers were killed by Israeli fire during festivities on the Gaza border.
Late on Friday, "five projectiles were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel," the army said.
The projectiles hit open fields in southern Israel, an army front man said.
In response, an "aircraft and tank struck a number of Hamas military targets in the northern Gaza Strip, including a post and military positions," the army said in a statement.
A Hamas security source said there were no casualties resulting from the Israeli strikes.
Later on Saturday, a drone launched from southern Gaza crossed into Israeli airspace, the army said in a separate statement.
It "dropped what seems to be an bomb" near the security fence, damaging a military vehicle before returning to Gaza.
In response, an Israeli "aircraft targeted the squad which launched the drone", the army said.
There were no reports of casualties in Gaza, but the unrest on the frontier continued throughout the day as four Paleostinians infiltrated Israel and were apprehended by the army.
Three 13-year-olds crossed the border from the southern Gaza Strip, and a search revealed a knife, the army said in a statement.
Later, another infiltrator ‐ this time from northern Gaza ‐ was apprehended, and two knives were found on him, the army said.
Addressing the latest escalation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had been updated on the events and threw the blame at Gaza’s Islamist rulers.
"Hamas is responsible for any act of aggression emanating from Gaza," he said in a statement.
"Any attempt to harm our soldiers or civilians has been and will be met with a harsh response." During border festivities on Friday, two Paleostinians aged 14 and 17 were rubbed out by Israeli forces, the Gaza health ministry said, with another 46 Paleostinians maimed.
The Israeli army said thousands of Paleostinians took part in "especially violent" demonstrations along the border fence, which included throwing "fire bombs and bombs" at soldiers.
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[DAWN] Moslemsnuffies in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors on Saturday, as part of a treaty aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency.
Just over a thousand snuffies in the country’s restive south were turning in 940 weapons in a single day, the start of a graduated decommissioning process that aims to turn the country’s largest rebel force into a regular political party.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters who were demobilised on Saturday represent a symbolic first step towards retiring what MILF says is a force of 40,000 in the coming years.
"The war is over... I have no firearms left," Paisal Abdullah Bagundang, 56, a self-described veteran of more than 100 shootouts with government security forces since the 1970s, said.
But the disarmament will take time to make an impact in a place where violence is an almost-daily threat.
A bomb hidden in a parked cycle of violencewent kaboom! near a market in Isulan town early on Saturday, just hours before President Rodrigo Duterte was to witness the decommissioning ceremony some 40 kilometres away in Sultan Kudarat.
Police said eight people were maimed in the attack that was later claimed by the holy warriorIslamic 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, according to SITE Intelligence, which monitors jihadist activities worldwide.
The decommissioning process "should not lead to expectations that it is going to result in a major deceleration in attacks", said Francisco Lara, senior conflict adviser for Asia at watchdog International Alert, noting that the public in the region is also armed.
Acquiring a gun is "like buying fish in the market" in the south-western provinces where most of the Philippines’ Moslem minority live, MILF commander Murad Ebrahim told news hounds.
But "if people no longer feel they need firearms to survive then they will easily give them up", added Ebrahim, who is also chief minister of the area that has its own regional parliament, but no separate police force or military. About a third of MILF combatants and their weapons are to be initially retired over the coming eight months.
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[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently striking the Idlib Governorate, targeting a number of areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army launched a heavy attack in response to the jihadist assault that was launched on their positions in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.
The source said the Syrian Army is attacking a number of areas along the southern front of the Idlib Governorate, including the town of Ma’ar Tahramah.
The Syrian Arab Army would also attack several sites controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in western Idlib; this includes the bad boy stronghold of Kafr Nabl.
Earlier in the day, the jihadist rebels attacked the Syrian Army defenses in southern Idlib, prompting the latter to respond with a heavy barrage of artillery to deter any further strikes.
According to Syria-based al-Watan, the Russian-sponsored ceasefire in Idlib will expire tomorrow morning.
Once this ceasefire expires, the Syrian Arab Army is expected to resume their offensive operations along the Hama-Idlib axis.
The Syrian Army has already begun gathering their forces in the southern region of the al-Ghaab Plain; this is where the next offensive is expected to take place.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Scores of fuel tanks have entered areas controlled by the Syrian government in northeast Aleppo following agreement with the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, a monitor group reported.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) released a video showing a convoy of fuel tanks crossing toward areas controlled by the Syrian Army, supposedly coming from SDF-held territories.
The footage was filmed in Manbij crossing located to the southwest of Manbij city, located in northeast Aleppo.
Last Friday, The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly reached an agreement to open a new crossing in the Euphrates River Valley region.
The new crossing, located near the town of al-Salihiyah in southeastern Deir Ezzor, will allow civilians access to both sides of the Euphrates River Valley in Deir Ezzor and promote commerce and trade between these areas.
Both sides have already had several crossings in northern and eastern Syria.
Earlier, the leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Moslem called on the Syrian government to reopen talks with the SDC in Damascus and reach a political settlement.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military and its proxies currently controlling the northern Syrian city of Afrin continue to inflict huge damage upon historic and archeological sites in the city.
Recently, a group of Ottoman Turkish soldiers along with its backed Syrian Death Eaters have destroyed Saint Maron church located in Brad village of the Shirawa district.
According to local source, the vandals stole several artifacts which belong to the church.
Afrin, a city in northern Aleppo, was seized by the Ottoman Turkish Army and other rebel groups in March 2018. By then, it was under the control of People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).
A Kurdish-language media outlet quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Ottoman Turkish Army has turned the historical site in Jandariseh into a military base for its soldiers.
According to the sources, the Ottoman Turkish military was seen building three-meter-high walls near the base. The move comes after the Ottoman Turkish Army troops were accused of destroying artifacts in the Afrin region of Aleppo to build a base.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a rare attack on the jihadist positions in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governoate this afternoon.
According to a military report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Army fired several artillery shells and missiles towards the hard boy positions in the Anadan Plan region.
The Syrian Army’s artillery and missiles reportedly targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... in the towns of Anadan and Haritan.
These strikes by the Syrian Army come just days after they warned the jihadist rebels in western Aleppo to leave the area before they resume operations.
The hard boy presence in western Aleppo has long been a problem for the Syrian Army, as the jihadist rebels often launch attacks on Aleppo city.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian air defences have prevented a terrorist drone attack on a military post in the al-Ghab valley in the country’s northwest , Syria’s SANA news agency reports.
According to SANA, two terrorist unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) were destroyed, while the third one was downed with "its ammunition dismantled without causing any casualties among personnel of the Syrian Arab Army."
The developments come after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said earlier this week that expert estimates indicate that forces of Evil in Syria are using western-designed drones to attack Russian facilities.
Addressing a global conference on fighting terrorism, he noted that Moscow was concerned about drone attacks in Syria, including against officials.
"We are constantly registering the mass usage of this method to stage attacks on Russian bases in Syria. Meanwhile, ...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues... the drones that are being used are not amateurish. Experts note ... that Western specialists’ developments are being used," Syromolotov said.
He added that Moscow believes that global cooperation on the matter is necessary, and that and both legal and technological means should be used for countering terrorism.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Over 2,000 Death Eaters from Jaish al-Izza have allegedly redeployed to the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate after suffering a devastating defeat in northern Hama, the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency reported.
According to the Sputnik report, the Jaish al-Izza fighters were moved from northern Hama, in particular, Kafr Zita and al-Latamnah, to the Idlib Governorate city of Jisr al-Shughour.
In addition to moving to Jisr al-Shughour, Jaish al-Izza is also in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate.
The Sputnik report added that Jaish al-Izza is now fighting alongside the foreign jihadist group, the Turkestan Islamic Party, which is one of the largest turban factions fighting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northeast Latakia and northwest Hama.
Jaish al-Izza has not made any statement regarding this move; however, these rumors were first spread shortly after the turban group was expelled from the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate.
Unidentified aircraft launched strikes on a base belonging to an Iran-backed militia on the Syrian side of its border with Iraq, killing several people early Monday, an observer and Arabic media reported.
The blasts targeted a base belonging to the Popular Mobilization Force, said the Saudi al-Arabiya network, citing sources in the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the attack on “unidentified warplanes.”
Al Arabiay said the base, in the al-Boukamal area also housed forces from the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group. The report said several people were killed in the attack, but gave no further details.
“Warplanes whose identity is not known so far, targeted vehicles and positions of the Iranian forces and militias loyal to them,” the Observatory,a Britain-based group, said, adding it had no immediate details on casualties or the extent of the damage
Since mid-July, five arms depots and training camps belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces have been targeted in apparent attacks.
The PMF has blamed both Israel and the US for the recent string of blasts and drone sightings at its bases.There was no immediate comment from Israel.
These blasts occurred on the Syrian side of the border in the same regions where Fox News reported Iran is construction a new military facility that can house thousands of soldiers and storage facilities for advanced weapons.
It was not immediately clear if this was the same base.
Quoting Western intelligence sources, the US cable network said the base is located near the Syria-Iraq border, and its construction is being overseen by the Quds Force, the overseas branch of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Satellite photos of the base, known as the Imam Ali compound, showed what appeared to be five recently constructed buildings that can store precision-guided missiles, according to ImageSat International.
ImageSat, an Israeli satellite imagery analysis firm, said the photos also show other structures at the facility that could be used for storing missiles.
Image can be seen at the link.
The images also show what appears to be Iranian construction on a new border crossing that near the existing al-Qaim border crossing with Iraq.
ISI analysts told Fox that the base would be completed and operational in the next few months.
Defense officials said the Imam Ali compound marked the first time Tehran was constructing a military base in Syria, and noted that it was less than 200 miles away from a US military installation in neighboring Iraq.
Israel views Iran as its greatest threat, and has acknowledged carrying out scores of airstrikes in Syria in recent years aimed primarily at preventing the transfers of sophisticated weapons, including guided missiles, to the Iran-backed Hezbollah.
This quiet war has reportedly expanded to Iraq in recent weeks, with US officials saying the Israel Defense Forces was behind at least some strikes on Iran-linked sites outside of Baghdad. The Pentagon, which is mindful of not alienating Iraq’s leadership and jeopardizing its military presence in the country, has pointedly distanced itself from the mysterious explosions.
The PMF was established in 2014 from mostly Shiite paramilitary groups and volunteers to fight the Islamic State jihadist organization and is now formally part of Iraq’s armed forces. But the US and Israel fear some units are an extension of Iran and have been equipped with precision-guided missiles that could reach Israel.
Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and Hezbollah of racing to build a missile-production program in Lebanon, vowing to destroy the ambitious project and issuing a stern warning to his enemies to “be careful.”
“We are determined to eliminate this dangerous project,” he said. “The aim of the publication today is to convey a message that we will not sit by and allow our enemies to arm themselves with deadly weapons directed at us.”
Last month, an Israeli airstrike thwarted what Israel said was a plot by Iran to launch a series of explosives-laden attack drones meant to crash into targets in the country. Iran denied the claims.
Hours later, Israel allegedly struck Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landed two drones in Hezbollah-dominated southern Beirut.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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