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Afghanistan
Airstrikes kill 21 Taliban, ISIS militants; destroy car bombs in 6 provinces
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s killed 21 murderous Moslems of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS Khurasan murderous Moslems and destroyed two boom-mobiles in six provinces in the past 24 hours.

The military officials said earlier today an airstrike killed 6 Talibs and destroyed a weapons cache in Zurmat district of Paktiya.

The officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 6 ISIS Khurasan murderous Moslems in Achin district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
while another airstriked 2 ISIS Khurasan murderous Moslems in Deh Bala district of the province.

Separate airstrikes killed 3 Talibs in Baraki Barak district of Pashtun-infested Logar and Sharan district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, the officials said, adding that an airstrike killed 3 more Talibs in Marjah district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
The security forces also conducted airstrikes in Sherzad district of Nangarhar and Daymirdad district of Wardak which destroyed two boom-mobiles belonging to Taliban and ISIS Khursan groups, the officials added.
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Airstrike kills Taliban group commanders Mullah Ahmad and Qari Meraj in Faryab
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in northern Faryb province killed two group commanders of the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group in northern Faryab province, the Afghan military said.

The 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement the Afghan Air Force conducted an airstrike in Gurziwan district at around 11:40 pm local time on Sunday.

The statement further added that the airstrike killed Mullah Ahmad and Qari Meraj, the two group commanders of Taliban.

The airstrike also maimed two other Talibs, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.

Meanwhile,
...back at the mall, Clarissa suddenly spied Mr. Bartlett at the checkout counter. He was buying Grecian Formula!...
the 209th Shaheen Corps said a clash broke out between Afghan forces and Talibs in Qarqeen district of Jawzjan at around 4:20 pm local time on Sunday which left 2 Talibs dead and 3 others maimed.
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Special Forces kill 5 Taliban, ISIS militants; destroy multiple caches of weapons
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces
...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting...
killed five Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
and ISIS bully boyz and destroyed multiple caches of weapons in four provinces in the past 24 hours.

The military officials said Monday the Special Fores killed three Talibs and detained two others during a raid in Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province.

The officials further added the Special Forces killed two ISIS Khurasan bully boyz and destroyed a small cache of weapons of the group in Kot district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
The Special Forces destroyed another cache of weapons of ISIS Khurasan in Achin district of Nangarhar, the officials said, adding that the Special Forces destroyed a large drug cache of Taliban and a weapons cache in Deh Yak district of Ghazni and Khakrez district of Kandahar.

The anti-government armed elements have not commented regarding the operations so far.
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'Grenade' Attack Near Kabul Military Training Center
[ToloNews] A grenade attack in Police District 19 maimed four soldiers and one civilian.

’Grenades thrown by men riding a cycle of violence’ caused blasts at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) in Police District 19 on Monday morning, the Ministry of Defense said in an updated statement on Monday.

The incident took place at approximately 7:30 am, and four ANA soldiers and one civilian were maimed, according to the latest statement.

Previously, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said the earth-shattering kabooms were caused by a jacket wallah.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the blast.
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Africa North
Libyan army repels attack by Haftar-loyal Kani militia near Garabulli
[Libya Observer] Spokesman for Tarhuona Protection Force of the Libyan army, Yusuf al-Ma'amari confirmed on Sunday that their forces had repelled an attack by Hatar's militias in al-Rawajeh area, between Tarhuona and Garabulli districts.

"A force of 40 cars from "Al-Kani militia" attempted to attack our troops in the area, but we made them suffer a heavy loss and forced them to withdraw," al-Ma'amari explained.

Haftar's militias infiltrated the coastal road at dawn last Thursday and opened fire on a civilian car, killing three members from one family.
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Misrata Airport seizes Benghazi-based Libyan Airlines plane
[Libya Observer] The Libyan Airlines company in Benghazi said Misrata Airport had seized a plane after it arrived in the airport coming from Benina Airport in Benghazi for maintenance purposes.

Since 2014, Libyan Airlines, like all other state institutions, has been split into 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...
and Benghazi administrations. The Benghazi branch has one plane only that is operating from Benina Airport.

The airliner in Benghazi's front man, Ezzedine al-Mashnoun told Rooters that the only plane operated by Libyan Airlines - Benghazi Administration was seized during maintenance, adding that the incident was causing serious disruption to the flight schedule as it operates three flights to international destinations daily.

A front man for the eastern-based Libyan administration told Rooters that the authorities in eastern Libya have given Misrata Airport hours to return the plane or they must take responsibility for other escalatory measures in their airspace.

"The problem was fixed by the company's engineers at Misrata airport and after preparing the plane for take-off, it was stopped by Hussain Ballaou, the assistant manager of Misrata airport." The airliner said in a statement on Facebook.

Last Thursday, eastern authorities forced an Afriqiyah Airways plane to land in Benina Airport in Benghazi for security checks after it had taken off from Misrata Airport.

As a response, the Libyan Transportation Ministry halted flights that take off from Misrata and Mitiga Airports via eastern Libyan airspace for fear of being forced to land in Benghazi.

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Haftar's warplanes strike biscuit factory in southern Tripoli, killing 7 civilians
[Libya Observer] Seven people - two Libyans and five foreigners - have been killed and 15 civilians have been injured in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
by 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 a baby milk biscuit factory in Wadi Rabea in 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...
, field medical center confirmed Monday.

The 15 injured foreign workers were sent to two Wadi Rabea field hospitals and then to Tajoura Heart Center, the field medical center added, saying the airstrike caused massive material damage as well.

The Volcano of Rage Operation of the Presidential Council's government said on Facebook that UAE drones had carried out the airstrike.

The front man for ambulance and emergency apparatus Osama Ali said the number of deaths hit 10 and injuries 20 - foreign workers - as the final number.

Haftar's warplanes hit a field hospital of the Anti-terrorism Force in Wadi Rabea but caused no casualties.

Commander of the Anti-terrorism Force Abdelbasit Tika said the airstrike destroyed an ambulance and caused some damage to the hospital's building, saying the warplane must have been foreign.
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Drone belonging to warlord Haftar destroyed a truck carrying bags of cement killing the driver, in Wadi Rabea district, south #Tripoli
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Not his fault. He thought those were bags of rice for the poor and the hungry.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 11/19/2019 3:40 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthi pirates forces seize vessel off the coast of Yemen
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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...
’s Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
militia have confirmed that they’ve seized a vessel in the Red Sea, and said that the ship will be released if it is confirmed that it belongs to South Korea, Rooters has reported.

On Monday, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a Houthi leader, tweeted that the group’s ’coasties’ had seized the vessel, and would release it following the completion of legal proceedings related to the violation of Yemen’s territorial waters. al-Houthi said the safety of the crew had been assured.

Earlier, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a Saudi-led military coalition front man, that the militia had hijacked and seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig in the Red Sea on Sunday night. According to some reports, the vessel was the Saudi-flagged Rabigh 3 tugboat.

The seizure was said to have taken place in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, separating southwestern Yemen from Djibouti. The coalition front man said the Houthi attack threatened ’vital shipping routes’ used to ship Middle Eastern oil and Asian goods to Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
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Europe
Pakistani man jailed for 10 years over Dutch anti-Islam MP murder plot
[DAWN] A Dutch court sentenced a Pak man to 10 years behind bars on Monday for planning to assassinate anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders after the MP announced a cartoon competition depicting Prophet Muhammad (PTUI!).

The man, identified as Junaid I. by local media, was arrested in August 2018 at a train station in The Hague after he posted a film on Facebook in which he said he wanted to "send Wilders to hell" and urged others to help.

Judges at The Hague's district court found the 27-year-old man, who had travelled from La Belle France, guilty of "planning a murder with a terrorist motive" and "incitement to commit a terrorist deed".

"The suspect more than once said that Wilders' death would be a good deed," said presiding judge Jan van Steen, who added four years in jail to the six years sought by the prosecution.

"Furthermore, the suspect wanted to commit the murder in one of the parliamentary buildings, the heart of Dutch democracy," Van Steen said. The suspect had denied any terror-related motives.

He said during the trial that he was "peace-loving" and had only travelled to the Netherlands from La Belle France to protest against Wilders' cartoon competition.

The Facebook video was seen by more than 153,000 people and shared 14,000 times.

Far-right leader Wilders cancelled his plans two days later to stage the cartoon competition, a move that angered many Moslems, particularly in Pakistain where widespread protests were held.

Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Good to know there was nobody closer than France up to the job.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 11/19/2019 3:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Surely there should be 14,000 arrests?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/19/2019 4:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Arrests? Maybe they should be treated to 'due process' like 'collaborators' were after the allies rolled through their towns '44-'45.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/19/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Rights activist Idris Khattak abducted by unidentified men at Swabi Interchange, says driver
[DAWN] Rights activist Idris Khattak was allegedly kidnapped by faceless myrmidons while on his way from Akora Khattak village to Swabi, his driver Shahsawar told police, DawnNewsTV reported on Monday.

In a complaint filed in Anbar cop shoppe, Shahsawar said that he was driving Khattak to Swabi when about four faceless myrmidons stopped the activist's car at Swabi Motorway Interchange and kidnapped him. The incident took place on November 13, according to the complaint. Though complaints have been lodged by Khattak's driver and family, police are yet to register a first information report (FIR).

Officials did confirm that Khattak was missing but said an FIR will be lodged after an initial investigation.

Politician Jibran Nasir claimed that the activist was "kidnapped by intel agencies six days ago on Islamabad Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistain's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire...
highway near Swabi Interchange". Nasir said that the driver was kidnapped along with Khattak but was released after three days. However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the application filed by Shahsawar did not mention any such occurrence.


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Iraq
US-led coalition, Iraq counter-terror forces, PMF press on with anti-ISIS operations
[Rudaw] Almost two years after 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 was announced territorially defeated in Iraq, the US-led coalition fighting the holy warrior group has said it conducted 47 Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on targets over September and October, while Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces and predominantly Shiite militias have reported counter-ISIS gains in operations conducted on Monday.

Nineteen airstrikes were conducted against ISIS targets in Iraq in October, according to a November 13 blurb from the US-led Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). In September, it conducted 28 airstrikes against ISIS targets in the country, their November 16 release detailed.

The coalition was established in 2014 after ISIS snuffies seized vast swathes of northern Iraq, including Iraq’s second city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, and threatened to march on Baghdad and Erbil. It has conducted some 34,674 strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria between August 2014 and the end of September 2019.

The group was declared defeated by former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi in December 2017. However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
remnants of the group continue to operate, returning to earlier insurgency tactics including ambushes, kidnaps and assassinations.

The US-led coalition has supported the Iraqi army in operations to eradicate these remnants. Operations have focused on the northwest of the country, including areas disputed between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. As yet, operations have failed to entirely clear their presence, and military bodies worldwide have warned the group is still resurging.

ISIS propaganda outlets have continued to publish claims of attacks it has conducted. According to the group’s weekly al-Naba newspaper, its snuffies conducted more than 161 attacks against security forces and locals in Iraq in September alone.

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces (ICTS) conducted an anti-ISIS operation on Makhool Mountain, Saladin province on Monday, destroying six ISIS ’nests’ in the area, according to state media outlet INA .
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Curfew imposed at Al-Rifai district in Dhi Qar province, southern of #Iraq, due to protests
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [61 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi forces detain several ISIS families escaping Syria’s Al-Hawl Camp
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) in Iraq announced on Monday that they detained several suspected family members of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) fighters from the al-Hawl Camp in Syria’s al-Hasakah Governorate.

The Popular Mobilization Units said in a statement on its website that "a force from the Nineveh Popular Mobilization Operations Command detained a number of ISIS families as they attempted to enter Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate after escaping from the al-Hawl Camp.

They added that "the crossing attempt by these families was carried out by smugglers"; they would later be transferred to the local authorities for questioning.

In December 2017, Iraq declared the liberation of all of its territory from the grip of the Islamic State after nearly three and a half years of war with the terrorist organization that occupied about one third of the country and declared the establishment of an "Islamic caliphate".

The Iraqi security forces continue to the Islamic State remnants across the country to ensure that ISIS and its fleeing elements do not re-emerge, while the PMU is stationed on the border with Syria to counter repeated attacks by the terrorist organization.

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Protesters block entrance to Iraq's Umm Qasr port
[DAWN] Protesters have once again blocked the entrance to Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port near Basra, preventing employees and tankers from entering and bringing operations down by 50 per cent, two port sources told Rooters on Monday.

If the blockage goes on until the afternoon, operations will come to a complete halt, the sources said. The port was previously blocked from October 29 to November 9 with a brief resumption of operations between November 7-9.

Umm Qasr is Iraq's main Gulf port. It receives imports of grain, vegetable oils and sugar shipments that feed a country largely dependent on imported food.

The blockage cost the country more than $6 billion during just the first week of the closure, a government front man said at the time.

More than 300 people have been killed since the start of mass unrest in Baghdad and southern Iraq in early October, the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Iron Dome intercepts four rockets fired into Golan from Syria
[J-Post] Four rockets, fired from Syria, were intercepted by Iron Dome missile defense system as they flew over the Golan Heights into Israel early Tuesday morning. The rockets set off a red alert alarm early Tuesday morning.

Residents of the area reported that they heard explosions and the IDF confirmed that the Iron Dome had intercepted the rockets, likely fired by Iranian elements in the Damascus area.

An old Aryan way of dealing with domestic disturbance
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IDF Arrests 17 Suspects In The West Bank Overnight
[Jpost] IDF troops, along with Shin Bet, Border Police and Israeli Police, arrested 17 people in the West Bank on suspicion of committing acts of terrorism and violence against soldiers and civilians early Monday. The suspects were taken in for investigation.
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Southeast Asia
Indonesia police link suicide bombing to Islamic State-inspired group
[Jpost] Indonesian anti-terrorism officers rubbed out two suspected bomb makers during a raid on the weekend and arrested more than a dozen as authorities linked a suicide kaboom last week to an 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....
-inspired network, police said on Monday.

A 24-year-old student went kaboom! outside a cop shoppe in the city of Medan in North Sumatra province last Wednesday, killing himself and wounding six people.

Police had initially declared the attacker to be a "lone wolf", but a national police front man said on Monday the student along with 22 other suspects in the area had links to the Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

JAD has been blamed for a series of attacks in recent years and was banned in Indonesia last year for "conducting terrorism" and being affiliated with foreign krazed killers.

"(The network in) North Sumatra has direct links to JAD," police front man Dedi Prasetyo said in a statement, adding that a leader of the group had been arrested.

Their main target is the police," Prasetyo said in comments broadcast on television.

Of the 23 suspects, two suspected bomb-makers were rubbed out on Saturday while resisting arrest, while one officer was maimed during the raid, said Prasetyo.

Bomb-making material was seized, he said.

Four suspects had turned themselves in and the others had been arrested, he said.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Moslem-majority country, has seen a resurgence in militancy in recent years, with police frequently the target of attacks.

Hundreds of suspects have been detained under tougher new anti-terrorism laws brought in at the beginning of the year after a series of suicide kabooms linked to the JAD group killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.

Last month, a man affiliated to JAD was named a suspect in the stabbing and wounding of the then security minister.

Stanislaus Riyanta, a terrorism analyst, warned that faceless myrmidons could intensify attacks in retaliation for the death of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself last month during a U.S. commando raid on his compound in Syria.

"Alert levels for terror acts must be ratcheted up because of the momentum that's usually associated with the Christmas and New Year period for radical groups to act," he said.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Yezidi woman reportedly killed by Turkish-backed group in Syria’s Afrin
[Rudaw] Nergiz Dawoud, a 23-year-old Yezidi woman from the northwest Syrian district of Afrin, was allegedly killed on Sunday by suspected Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian fighters, according to several sources.

Afrin fell under the control of Ottoman Turkish forces and their Syrian militia proxies in early 2018 following Operation Olive Branch.

A source inside Afrin, who must remain anonymous to protect them from reprisals, confirmed the woman’s identity in a series of voice messages sent to Rudaw, claiming she was killed by a group of gunnies on Sunday in the village of Kimare.

Rudaw’s source inside Afrin said it has not yet been confirmed who was responsible for the killing.

Ezidi 24, a local news outlet focusing on the Yezidi community, also reported Dawoud’s death and accused Syrian proxies backed by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
of killing her.

Dawoud was reportedly working for Afrin’s Civil Defense Organization. She was allegedly attacked while carrying a large sum of money to pay the salaries of the organization’s employees, according to Rudaw’s source.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based war monitor, said another individual was killed alongside Dawoud.

Hawar News, a media outlet close to Kurdish authorities in northern Syria, identified the other person as Ali al-Shaghouri, an Arab man from Eastern Ghouta, who had settled in Afrin following Turkey’s invasion of the Kurdish enclave. He was also a member of the Civil Defense Organization.

Their bodies were discovered early on Sunday morning on the Gumrik village road in the Mobata sub-district in Afrin, the outlet said.

The Kurdish-majority region of Afrin is isolated from other Kurdish towns and cities by a Ottoman Turkish-controlled zone in northern Aleppo.

Turkey launched its Afrin offensive against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in January 2018 to force the group back from its border.

Ankara accuses the YPG of fostering ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an gang fighting for greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Turkey.

Turkey’s Syrian proxies were accused of looting Kurdish homes and businesses, vandalizing Kurdish cultural landmarks, and resettling Arab families in vacant homes left by fleeing Kurdish families.

According to UN estimates, upwards of 150,000 Kurds were displaced. General lawlessness, arbitrary kidnappings, and liquidations have overrun Afrin.

According to Rudaw’s source from Afrin, the Yezidi ethno-religious minority, who faced genocide in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS), nowadays face a double stigma in Afrin.

As Kurdish speakers, they are a target of Ottoman Turkish-backed groups, while their non-Islamic faith has also made them vulnerable to aggression. According to Rudaw’s source, Islamists among the Ottoman Turkish-backed groups have pressured local Yezidis to convert to Islam.
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Iran’s Guards threaten petrol protesters with ‘revolutionary’ response
[Rudaw] Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) threatened the Iranian public on Monday with a "decisive and revolutionary" response if nationwide protests against the government’s tripling of petrol prices continue.

Security forces have failed to quell the unrest which has seen dozens of protesters killed and a total internet blackout imposed.

Despite the blackout, a small number of videos emerged on Monday showing extensive damage to cop shoppes and vehicles, banks, and other infrastructure, with security forces deploying live ammunition against unarmed protesters.

Kurdish human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
organizations reported around a dozen protesters were killed in the Kurdish areas of the country’s west, with the cities of Mariwan and Javanrud resembling a war zone.

"This for the world to hear our voice," a woman who had removed her mandatory headscarf screams from an overpass in one of the videos as hundreds of vehicles stop below. "We have lost everything... we gave deaders and this is how this regime repays us."

Another woman off camera says: "Hopefully this time it [the protests] will bear fruit."

In another video filmed on Sunday two members of the security forces can be seen running along a rooftop shooting down at the people below.

Another video from a hospital in the Kurdish city of Mariwan shows a number of maimed people lying on hospital beds.

There are no exact figures as to how many people have been killed in the four-day protests. Iranian authorities claim three protesters and two members of the security forces have been killed, while Iranian human rights groups based outside the country say more than 40 are dead.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network said on Monday the authorities in the Kurdish regions of 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 a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
are refusing to hand over the bodies of those killed to their families for burial.

Authorities launched a fresh crackdown following a call from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
to deal with the protesters, which he branded "thugs" on Sunday morning.

More than 1,000 people were arrested overnight with more arrests taking place on Monday. Members of the IRGC intelligence organization detained two protest leaders in the city of Shiraz, which has seen widespread violence in recent days, one pro-government website said on Monday.

While the crackdown has been vicious since protests gained momentum on Friday night, the IRGC’s official entrance onto the scene will likely have dire consequences for the protesters, with the number of dead expected to rise.

The IRGC said in a statement on Monday it has taken into account the instructions of the supreme leader and sees it as its responsibility "to protect the security and stability of the society by working with other security forces... and when necessary they would deal with any continuing acts that disturbs the peace of the people and causes insecurity in a decisive and revolutionary manner".

Sepideh Gholian, a well-known Iranian activist and journalist in the southern city of Ahwaz who was recently released from prison for her activism, was immediately arrested after joining the protest and raising a placard that read "You increase petrol to 3,000, have you increased the salaries too?".

Gholian was referring to the price of a liter of petrol which was increased from 1000 ($0.10) tomans to 3000 tomans ($0.30) on Friday morning bringing many people who are already under extreme economic pressure to the streets, igniting protests that soon engulfed the whole country.

The Iranian government is under increasing economic and budgetary pressure as the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal last year and the subsequent re-imposition of crippling sanctions have emptied its coffers, while inflation and unemployment have skyrocketed.

As of Monday lunchtime, the internet blackout was still in place across Iran.

"Forty hours after #Iran implemented a near-total internet shutdown, connectivity to the outside world remains at just 5 percent of ordinary levels," the non-partisan connectivity tracking group NetBlocks said in a tweet on Monday.

Government spokesperson Ali Rabie admitted an internet blackout is in place, but said it was implemented to prevent foreign hands from taking advantage of the protests. He said the service would be resumed once the unrest subsides in the coming days.
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#1  Looks like the ayatollahs have worn out their welcome.
Posted by: chris || 11/19/2019 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Not "revolutionary justice"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/19/2019 2:35 Comments || Top||

#3  I believe the ideal government for muslim majority nations is a dictatorship. An autocratic police state which copies the worst elements of 'pre-modern' States blindly and squeezes the last drop of blood from its citizens. But that too would not be good for the rest of the world.

For the good of the rest of the world, an ideal government for these countries to have would be a post-modern liberal chaos existing alongside fundamentalist extremism focusing inward at their own increasingly kuffar populations. Atheist, LGBT, feminist, follywoods trying to thwart roving sasquatch squads of koran addicts.

It would keep them busy and unstable, and we could all get on with our lives.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 11/19/2019 3:15 Comments || Top||

#4  I think, something like Libya is ideal.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/19/2019 3:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah. Libya is good. The 'Stain too these days. Of course there's always a danger that democracy might prevail, but we must actively prevent that. For the greater good.

Oh dear ! I hope 'erb doesn't see this. He wouldn't understand.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 11/19/2019 3:34 Comments || Top||

#6  a post-modern liberal chaos existing alongside fundamentalist extremism focusing inward at their own increasingly kuffar populations. Atheist, LGBT, feminist, follywoods trying to thwart roving sasquatch squads of koran addicts.

Sounds like Malmo, or Bradford UK.
Posted by: Lex || 11/19/2019 3:43 Comments || Top||

#7  LOL talking about me when I'm not around again. You guys...aww.

Hey, I know! The US could meddle in Iran and overthrow the government (again). That could lead to total chaos and a complete disaster (again).
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 11/19/2019 4:32 Comments || Top||

#8 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/19/2019 4:42 Comments || Top||

#9  Rather entertaining, Grom. Unlike the protestations and faux-probity of ...ahem.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 11/19/2019 4:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Not sure the Iranian people have the arms necessary to deal with the Basenji and IRGC plus any regular military that support the regime. Mullahs have been following the Democratic Party Plan for 40 years now.
Posted by: Mercutio || 11/19/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#11  I imagine this it what the Democrats look forward too, if they ever regain control of the White House and repeal the 2nd amendment. No wonder they are so cozy with Iran.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 11/19/2019 11:02 Comments || Top||

#12  recent estimates of fatalities in the recent civil unrest in Iran ranges from a few dozen to several hundred

past month and a half unrest in Iraq: estimates from several hundred to a thousand
Posted by: lord garth || 11/19/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||

#13  and yet, while this important event, consequent to Trump's strategy of financial strangulation bears possible regime change fruit, we look at the bug-eyed Shiff-for-brains and the travesty that is our news media now!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 11/19/2019 16:25 Comments || Top||

#14  ^ nail on head
Posted by: chris || 11/19/2019 19:15 Comments || Top||


ISIS reemerges in east Hama after 2017 defeat by Syrian Army
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) has reemerged in eastern Hama after their defeat at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.

According to reports from the Hama Governorate, a fierce battle broke out on Sunday morning when a group of Islamic State gunnies opened fire on a Syrian military patrol inside the village of al-’Ayyour.

The reports said the Syrian military patrol was acting on information about an Islamic State security cell in al-’Ayyour when the gunnies attacked their convoy.

"When the patrol arrived at the outskirts of the village, we came under heavy fire from some button men stationed at the hills surrounding the village. Violent festivities then took place between the patrol and the button men, resulting in a number of dead and injured among the button men and the wounding of four members of the patrol," a field news hound told Sputnik Arabic.

The news hound pointed out that a Syrian Army force and the accompanying troops stationed near the village of al-’Ayyour rushed to the scene of the festivities due to the heavy fire, and supported the patrol elements, which at the same time received air support from Syrian warplanes.

The source confirmed that the button men belonged to the Islamic State, likely to have arrived in the region a short time ago through the Hama desert that links al-Sukhnah region of eastern Homs.

The Islamic State bully boyz were eliminated as a result of the festivities; however, there are fears that more gunnies are now in this region of the governorate.

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Jihadist rebels retake strategic mountain in northeast Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels launched a counter-offensive in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate last night after losing several points south of Kabani.

Led by 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...
, the jihadist rebels began their counter-offensive to retake the strategic Zuwayqat Mountains last night by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recently captured points near the town of Kabani.

Following a short battle at the northern edge of the Zuwayqat Mountains, the jihadist rebes were able to retake all of the areas they lost to the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division, including the northern hilltops.

The Syrian Arab Army withdrew from these points back to where they started, leaving them with no new ground under their control.

According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Army made the decision to launch this Kabani offensive on Sunday after the weather reports indicated low visibility due to heavy fog.

This was important for the Syrian military because the low visibility would provide much needed cover for their troops as they enter a well-fortified area south of Kabani.

Ultimately, the Syrian Army’s attack would fall short of attaining its primary objective, which was to reach the southern entrance of Kabani.

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SDF denies agreement to cede control of Assyrian town to Syrian Army, Russian military
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied on Sunday that an agreement is in place to allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military to control the Assyrian town of Tal Tamr in the Al-Hasakah countryside.

“To public opinion. Some media outlets published reports about a so called agreement between Russia, Turkey, and SDF. We at the Syrian Democratic Forces deny this news. The invading Turkish army continues its fiercest attacks on the villages of Tal Tamer,” the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kino Gabriel, said via his official Twitter.

Al-Masdar reached out to a Syrian military source after the SDF’s denial; they said that an agreement was in place, despite these claims by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Earlier in the day, reports began to surface about an agreement between the SDF, SAA, and Russian military in Tal Tamr. The reports said that the SDF agreed to cede control of the town to the Syrian Army and Russian military.

A video was released this morning showing the Russian military allegedly leaving ‘Ayn ‘Issa in Al-Raqqa for Tal Tamr in Al-Hasakah; however, the information from the video was authenticated.

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SDF troops kill Turkish-backed militant commander in northern Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly killed one of the leaders of the Ottoman Turkish-backed bully boyz in the northern countryside of the al-Raqqa Governorate on Monday.

According to pro-opposition media, the military commander of Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, Abu Hafs al-Gharbi, was killed during festivities with the Syrian Demoratic Forces near the town of ’Ayn ’Issa in northern al-Raqqa.

Abu Hafs al-Gharbi is the highest ranking bully boy commander to be killed this month by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

On Monday, Ottoman Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan warned that Operation Peace Spring would resume if the Syrian Democratic Forces did not completely withdraw from the border.

While Erdogan made this statement on Monday, his allied forces on the ground continued their attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions in ’Ayn ’Issa and Tal Tamr.

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ISIS launches big attack east of Palmyra
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) terrorist group launched a big attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions east of Palmyra city on Monday.

According to a military source in the area, the Islamic State launched their attack in the Badiyah al-Sukhnah region east of Palmyra, where they managed to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions after overrunning the latter’s post.

The source said the Islamic State was able to catch the Syrian Army troops in the area off guard, resulting in their brief infiltration before the Syrian and Russian air forces got involved in teh battle.

He would add that Russian warplanes chased the Islamic State murderous Moslems out of the area after killing and wounding several of these krazed killers.

The Syrian Arab Army has been periodically carrying out combing operations in the Badiyah al-Sukhnah area of eastern Homs; however, the Islamic State uses the large number of caves in the region to evade capture by the military.

ISIS has thrived in the desert region of Syria since their defeat in eastern Syria; this is due to the simple fact that the area is vast and has many mountains that allow them to disappear and regroup before they launch new attacks.

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Syrian Army takes control of 2 towns along key highway in northeast Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken control of two towns along a key highway in the northeastern region of Syria.

According to reports from the al-Hasakah Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army entered on Monday the towns of al-Dashishiyah and al-Tawilah along the Aleppo-Hasakah Highway (M-4 Highway).

Following the Syrian Army’s entrance, they would clash with the Ottoman Turkish-backed forces in the Abu Rasin area near the strategic border city of Ras al-’Ayn.

At the same time, local sources in the town of Tal Tamr in northwestern al-Hasakah confirmed the establishment of a new bridge on the Jarjab River by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Both the SDF and SAA have maintained control of the Tal Tamr District, despite repeated attempts by the Ottoman Turkish-backed gunnies to capture the area.

While some reports claim that the SDF have agreed to hand over all their points in Tal Tamr to the SAA and Russian military, their spokesperson Kino Gabriel announced these rumors untrue.

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Syrian Army is now in full control of Tabaqa Dam in western Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported that Syrian army forces seized back Tishrin power plant, located 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) east of the lovely provincial capital city of Aleppo, on Monday.

The report added that Russian military forces will soon start patrols near the strategic facility, which has an electricity generating capacity of approximately 630 megawatts (MW).

Syrian government troops had earlier taken back control of Tabaqa Dam, or al-Thawra Dam, located 40 kilometers upstream from the city of Raqqah.

"Before the war, Syria used to supply electricity to neighboring countries such as Jordan and Leb," Dr. Ali al-Ahmad, a member of the Syrian Geopolitical Research Academy, said.

Ahmad added that the most important reason for the economic crisis that Syria is experiencing is the lack of electricity.

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