Mohammad Jawad Hashim, described as a leader in Palestinian Islamic Jihad's northern brigade, died today after being infected with COVID-19. He's the second Palestinian militant to have died from the virus in recent days. #Gazapic.twitter.com/TOwyFTLZRe
BREAKING: Pentagon says Kabir Aidi, aka Mustafa, was ISIS-K "facilitator" killed in U.S. drone strike Aug. 27 who was “directly connected” to suicide attack that killed 13 American troops at Kabul airport. A U.S. Reaper drone killed Aidi in Nangarhar Province.
[Garowe] Somalia's military court on Thursday nabbed ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... two imported muscle over links to al-Shabaab ...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... holy warriors, in the latest judgment which could be the most memorable this year, as the Horn of Africa nation struggles with violent mostly peaceful extremism.
The military court hailed a British citizen, Dereton Antonio Perez, 44, and Malaysian, Ahmed Mustaqim bin Abdihamid, 34, to 15 years in prison after they were found guilty of recruiting foreigners for the terror group of Alshabab.
Last week, the two appeared before trial judge Hassan Ali Nor Shuute, who has been the most efficient judge in the federal republic of Somalia. The judge is credited for his robust judgments in al-Shabaab-related trials.
"The Armed forces court has today sentenced two foreigners, a British citizen, Dereton Antonio Perez, 44, and Malaysian, Ahmed Mustaqim bin Abdihamid, 34, to 15 years in prison after they were found guilty of recruiting foreigners for the terror-group of Alshabab," state media reported.
The military court said Dereton Antonio Perez had worked with several al-Shabaab leaders, planned attacks in La Belle France, and taken part in many battles inside Somalia.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread... the military court said that Ahmed Mustaqim Bin Abdihamid, a Malaysian known as al-Ansar, joined al-Shabaab in 2009 and took part in the al-Shabaab insurgency in Galgadud region against Ahlu Sunna Wal-Jamaa.
The military tribunal also sai Darren Anthony Byrness and Ahmed Mustaqim bin Abd al-Hamid had left al-Shabaab to join ISIS, but their sea voyage to 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... had succeeded. On April 18, 2019, he was captured by Puntland ...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion... forces and handed over to the Somali government.
Al-Shabaab has often used foreign nationals to carry out attacks within and outside the country. For instance, the group recently confirmed that Kenyan nationals took part in the raid at Amaara military base in the Central part of the country last month.
In January this year, the snuffies also confirmed that a number of imported muscle especially from Kenya took part in the raid at Manda Bay military base in Kenya which is run by Americans. The raid left three Americans dead but the military managed to kill five terrorists.
Somalia has intensified the fight against al-Shabaab and IS-Somalia holy warriors. The courts are playing an important role in shaping law and order, with suspects often arraigned and subjected to intense trial where evidence is tabled before judgment.
Also, the group has lost grip in several areas following sophisticated operations run jointly by Somali National Army [SNA] and other partners such as AMISOM and the US Africa Command. Several countries have invested massively in the fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia.
[Garowe] al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban ...Arabic for students... , functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... Lions of Islam attacked a Kenya Defense Forces [KDF] Forward Operating Base in southern Somalia on Wednesday in a rare ambush that comes after weeks of stability and peace in the region.
Residents reported heavy fighting at the KDF Forward Operating Base in Hosingow which is found within Sector II of African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... Mission Forces [AMISOM] in Somalia. The base is under the control of KDF.
According to reports, KDF troops exchanged fire with the al-Shabaab Lions of Islam who wanted to run over the base, with the fight lasting for several hours. Details about the casualties remain scanty but it's reported that the Lions of Islam were subdued.
The KDF, AMISOM, and the federal government of Somalia are yet to issue a statement with regard to the latest ambush by the al-Qaeda-linked hard boys. In fact, the military rarely gives details on operations or ambushes.
It's not the first time the Lions of Islam are trying to run over or attack a KDF military base within Somalia. In 2016, the Lions of Islam attacked El-Adde Forward Operating Base run by KDF, killing over 200 soldiers according to reports.
A year later, the Lions of Islam also attacked Kulbiyow FOB in Jubaland killing over 70 KDF soldiers. In return, the KDF has managed to liberate several towns within Somalia, killing thousands of Lions of Islam in the process besides capturing quite a number of the attackers.
Elsewhere, at least two people were killed in a blast in Marka, Lower Shabelle region. The explosion, which is said to have been heard in some parts of town, took place in Awale Garage in Marka’s Wadajir neighborhood with reports saying that the blast was a remote-controlled landmine.
At least two people are said to have succumbed to injuries sustained during the blast while several others are maimed. Marka locals reported having heard heavy gunfire from government soldiers stationed at Marka cop shoppe near Awale garage after the incident.
There was another landmine blast at Ambareso area near Barawe port city on Thursday morning, targeting anti-al-Shabaab militia group, per the former district commissioner Aden Omar.
No group has yet grabbed credit for the blast. However, nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits... al-Shabaab is known for such cowardly attacks across Somalia and Kenya.
[LIBYAREVIEW] On Wednesday, Abdel-Hakim al-Thaaban, a resident of the al-Ghararat area 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... was shot by unknown button men, sources told Libya’s Alsaaa24 News.The sources pointed out that the incident occurred near the Jaafar al-Tayyar mosque, as al-Thaaban was attending the dawn prayers. Gunmen fired four rounds at him from close range into his back before fleeing the scene.
Libya continues to suffer from extrajudicial killings forced disappearances, rape, and kidnappings by gangs.
Libya ranked 20th among the most insecure countries, according to the Numbeo Crime Index. The war-torn country received a high rating of 62.00.
Tripoli ranked 50th globally in the Crime Index’s classification for cities, the second-highest in the Arab world, after Damascus was given first place.
The city of Tripoli was given a rating of 64.27, due to high levels of crime and insecurity. It is currently controlled by the Government of National Accord (GNA).
The Crime Prevalence Index aims to assess the general level of crime in 135 countries around the world. The crime index is based on several criteria; such as murder, robbery, and rape.
Last month, the body of a military field commander was found rubbed out in his car in the Janzour area, west of Tripoli.
The man was identified as Tariq Mahmoud Qalia, a member of the Burkan al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) operation, who participated in the armed conflict between the Government of National Accord (GNA), and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA).
Sources from the region said Qalia was with his friends in Janzour yesterday, before they lost contact with him late at night.
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[OneIndia] The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad has arrested one Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui on charges of religious conversion. UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar told a presser that the holy man had direct links with the mass unlawful conversion racket.
He said that Maulana Kaleem had direct links with mass unlawful conversion racket that was busted by the ATS earlier this year. He not only funded and oversaw the activities, but also used to his trust to fund the madrasas involved in the racket, Kumar also said.
Kumar also said that the probe showed that the Maulana's trust received Rs 3 crore in foreign funding including Rs 1.5 crore from Bahrain. He said that six teams of the ATS have been formed to investigate the matter. Siddiqui runs Jamia Imam Waliullah Trust that funds several Madrasas for which he had received huge foreign funding, the ATS said in a statement. He was taken into custody when he was returning home at Muzaffarnagar after attending a programme in Meerut.
In July this year, the Enforcement Directorate filed a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with the religious conversion racket busted by the UP ATS.
The ED named Mufti Qazi Jahangir and Mohammad Umar Gautam as the main accused in the case. After this case was busted, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath ordered action under the Gangster Act and National Security Act. The UP police said that this racket involved the conversion of deaf children and women to Islam.
I converted 1,000 non-Moslems to Islam by marrying them all to Moslems, Mohammad Umar Gautam boasted before the police. Umar along with Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasm from Delhi's Jamia Nagar were arrested by the police for running an outfit involved in converting deaf and dumb students and other poor people to Islam in Uttar Pradesh with funding from the Pakistain's ISI. The arrests were made by Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad following the registration of an FIR in the case at Lucknow's ATS cop shoppe.
The outfit that they ran is named Islamic Dawah Center, having access of funds from Pakistain's ISI and other foreign agencies, said Kumar. The ADGP said the ATS had been working on the case on the intelligence that some people were getting funds from ISI and other foreign agencies for converting poor people to Islam and spreading communal enmity in the society.
The ATS probe has resulted in the duo's arrest, said Kumar, adding they have been booked on various charges including those under the Indian Penal Code and Uttar Pradesh's stringent anti-conversion law.
Investigation revealed that a particular school for hearing and speech impaired in Noida was also approached to entice them with promises of employment and money to get them converted to Islam.
[OneIndia] On Tuesday, the National Investigation Agency conducted raids at 8 locations in Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... 's Anantnag, Baramulla, Kulgam, Srinagar, Doda and Kishtwar Districts.
The NIA said that the probe revealed that Pakistain based handlers of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and their associates based in Jammu and Kashmir are planning terrorist activities. It further said that they were planning on using the pseudo-acronym The Resistance® Front so as to maintain plausible deniability.
The case on hand relates to the recovery of 5 kilograms of IED from a terrorist of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba at Bathindi in Jammu on June 27 2021. It was learnt that the the Lashkar-e-Tayiba wanted to cause a kaboom in Jammu using the IED.
The Resistance® Front or the TRF was formed around March 2020. The first time that the police came to know about the TRF when a module was busted on April 23 2020 at Sopore. The police had said back that it was a proxy of the Lashkar.
A security bigshot tells OneIndia that this group is the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which is operating under a new name. It is an age old trick of these groups to change names so that there is an element of surprise for the security agencies.
The group has also indulged in plenty of propaganda activity. On the groups, the members speak about the need to increase the resistance in Jammu and Kashmir, especially after the Centre on August 5, 2019, withdrew the special status.
The TRF also goes by the name JK Fighters. Following the Sopore raid, the police arrested four persons-Ahtisham Farooq Malik, Shafqat Ali Tagoo, Musaib Hassan Bhat and Nisar Ahmad Ganai. A police official who questioned the four said that they were reporting to their handler in Pakistain. He goes by the name Andrew Jones and on the group, he operates under the ID of Khan Bilal. The group is called as TRF/JK Fighters-The Resistance® Front.
Officials say that the group is used to recruit local youth for terror-related activities, especially in North Kashmir. There are messages on the group, which clearly instigate the locals into taking up arms and fighting the Indian forces.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that the group is a proxy and intends focusing on recruiting local youth. As pointed out by the NIA, the ISI has formed this group and the intent is to strike using a pseudo-acronym. This would give Pakistain plausible deniability, the officer also explained. It would also keep the heat away from the Lashkar and the ISI especially in the wake of the recent developments at the Financial Action Task Force.
Earlier this year the TRF targeted people citing the new domicile law. A Jammu and Kashmir based Punjabi jeweller was rubbed out in Srinagar. He was based in J&K for the past four decades and was rubbed out by motor-cycle borne holy warriors in the city's Sarai Bala locality.
The TRF said that the domicile law was not acceptable and everyone other than indigenous Kashmiris would be treated as occupiers if they acquire property in Jammu and Kashmir.
Satpal Nischal who was rubbed out in the congested Sarai Bala area got a domicile certificate. He became the first domicile holder to be targeted by holy warriors since the new law took effect. He was the owner of Nischal Jewellers in Srinagar and the police said that he took three bullets on his chest. After getting the domicile certificate, he purchased a shot at the Hanuman Mandir in Srinagar and a house at Indira Nagar.
[OneIndia] The National Investigation Agency carried out searches in five locations in Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... , following the recovery of 5 kilograms of IED. The IED, it may be recalled after the twin explosions at the Jammu Air Force Station on June 27.
The NIA conducted raids at Anantnag, Srinagar, Baramulla, Doda and Kishtwar. The security agencies it may be recalled had arrested a Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander Nadeem Abrar from Budgam district along with his associate. Following the arrest, ammunition, a pistol and hand grenades were recovered.
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Rogue drones are the latest worry for India and an estimate would show that there are 6 lakh of them in India. These drones are a potential threat and the government is looking for a solution to counter this problem. In this regard the agencies conducted a data estimation and learnt that there are over 6 lakh rogue or unregulated drones of various sizes and capacities.
Recent incidents like the lethal drone attack on Saudi Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. Fifteen of the nineteen WTC hijackers were Saudis, and most major jihadi commanders were Saudis, to include Osama bin Laden. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman quietly folded that tent in 2016, doing terrible things to the guys running it, and has since been dragging the kingdom into the current century... 's largest petroleum company and arms dropping by UAVs in Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... from across the India-Pakistain border has only alerted the agencies to come up with a plan to counter the drones.
These agencies are now looking at some specific anti-drone techniques like sky fence, drone gun, ATHENA, drone catcher and Skywall 100 to intercept and immobilise suspicious and lethal remote-controlled aerial platforms.
A recent paper titled 'Drones: A new frontier for Police' published in the Indian Police Journal (IPJ) by IPS officer and Additional Director General in Rajasthan Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh, has talked about these new techniques.
A drone gun is capable of jamming the radio, global positioning system (GPS) and mobile signal between the drone and the pilot and forces the drone to ground in good time before it could wreak any damage. This Australia designed weapon has an effective range of 2 kms, the paper said.
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces on Thursday destroyed the "main" 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) hideout in the Hamrin mountain range that crosses Kirkuk and Salahaddin governorates, as Erbil and Baghdad work towards forming two joint brigades to counter the Death Eater group’s remnants.
In coordination with the Joint Operation Command, an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... targeted an ISIS hideout that is "considered to be the operation center for launching terrorist attacks in Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... " the Security Media Cell said.
Four members of the Death Eater group died, it added, as the search for other ISIS hideouts continues.
Militants have conducted around 134 attacks in disputed territories so far this year, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Jabar Yawar told Rudaw last month, noting that most of the attacks took place in areas between Kifri and Tuz Khurmatu, as well as in eastern and western Kirkuk.
In the latest edition of its weekly propaganda magazine al-Nabaa, ISIS claimed it carried out 22 attacks in Iraq, killing and injuring 49 people.
Fatah gunmen in Bethlehem participate in the funeral of Hussein Masalma. Palestinian factions claim he was a victim of medical negligence when he served time in an Israeli prison. He was released earlier this year and died yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer. pic.twitter.com/3kJxJ7Fn8F
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.