[KhaamaPress] Talibs set a girl school on fire in the northern Takhar province, an official said.
Nasrat Rahimi a spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the Taliban ...Arabic for students... bully boyz have set a girl school on fire in the Bodala village of Taluqan city, the capital of Takhar province.
According to the reports, the incident has taken place at 11:00 o’clock in the morning.
The MOI spokesperson, Nasrat Rahimi accuses the Taliban of setting the school on fire.
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least one al-Shabaab ...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... turban has been killed following an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... in an al-Shabaab stronghold area in Southern Somalia.
In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said in coordination with the Somali government, US military conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab terrorist near Jilib town.
The attack happened on Sunday, according to the statement.
"Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda affiliate seeking to further its jihadist agenda," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler, director of operations, U.S. Africa Command.
The military said the initial assessment concluded the airstrike killed one terrorist.
"Removal of even one terrorist makes the region and the U.S. safer. Continuous pressure on the network is necessary to prevent al-Shabaab from building a safe haven and exporting violence," Gen. William.
The statement further noted that "We currently assess no civilians were maimed or killed as a result of this airstrike."
U.S. Africa Command vowed that it will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States.
"In support of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia and Somali National Army forces," AFRICOM said.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/04/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)
[Jerusalem Post] Militants attacked a gas pipeline in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula on Sunday night, reportedly aiming to disrupt gas flow between Israel and Egypt. Israeli authorities said gas supply between the countries remained unaffected.
The Islamic State’s Sinai Province affiliate claimed responsibility on Monday for the attack on the pipeline. Local sources told Paris-based AFP that the gas pipeline targeted was in fact a domestic supply line for a local power station.
In a statement, the Sinai affiliate said it had detonated a number of explosives next to a pipeline linking "the Jews" and "the apostate Egyptian government," and had caused damage to the pipeline.
The attack happened near the city of El-Arish, with initial reports claiming that the targeted pipeline was a line carrying gas from Israel’s Leviathan gas platform to Egypt. The partners operating the offshore platform stated that no damage had been caused to the EMG pipeline connecting the countries, and gas flow was continuing as usual.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s office stated on Sunday night that gas was continuing to flow from Israel to Egypt and it was working with relevant authorities to investigate the nature of the incident.
Reports on Monday morning stated that the pipeline that was hit by the attack was actually a domestic one that leads to a power station in El-Arish, which supplies electricity to homes and factories in the central Sinai, according to AFP.
Posted by: Besoeker ||
02/04/2020 07:39 ||
Top|| File under: Islamic State
The French news website, Intelligence Online, has revealed that Khalifa Haftar’s forces have signed a contract to acquire six Chinese CH-4 drones from the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF).
Intelligence Online said in a report on Sunday that the Royal Jordanian Air Force has been looking to offload its drones for months and after examining several options, a number of contracts have been signed with eastern Libyan authorities over the past few weeks.
It added that Jordanian engineers dislike the drones because of their heavy maintenance requirements and limited capacity, saying these issues apparently do not concern the Libyans (Haftar's forces), who have a lot of assistance from Russian technicians.
The report added that Haftar had been receiving technical help from Russia and financial backing from the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile on last Friday, Intelligence Online said the UAE had provided Haftar's forces with 3000 tons of military equipment in a matter of two weeks.
Last December, the UN panel of experts’ report said Jordan, along with the UAE, was the main military supporter for Haftar, especially in his war on Tripoli. The UN report said Jordan had provided Haftar with armored vehicles used by Al-Kanyat militias in Tarhouna on the southern Tripoli frontlines.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/04/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
Just doing what conquering Muslims sometimes do when facing the conquered. High praise for the courageous passengers who intervened.
[Jpost] Passengers aboard a metro train in Gay Paree stopped four Arab men from pursuing a Jewish man they were harassing over his faith, the victim said.
The incident late Saturday night unfolded as the train approached the Jaures station in northeast Gay Paree, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism, or BNVCA, reported Sunday.
The four men asked a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke for a cigarette, said the report based on the man’s testimony. When he said he didn’t have one, one of the men told him: "You Jews have enough money to buy some."
The Arab men then cornered the man against the wall of the train car, but he escaped. The men pursued him but were blocked by other passengers.
Jews make up less than one percent of the French population, were they were targets of most of the documented racist hate crimes 2019. The French Interior Ministry published the data last month in a report that counted 687 anti-Semitic incidents last year out of a total of 1,142 racist hate crimes.
[IsraelTimes] Four members of an Iranian separatist group, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz,
...ASMLA are Arab separatists based in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province. Their agents and Iran’s regularly plot and act against each other across Europe, much to their hosts’ annoyance...
have been arrested in Denmark and the Netherlands.
Three were arrested for the suspected spying of people and companies for an unnamed Saudi intelligence service over a period of six years, from 2012. Another was arrested for allegedly plotting one or more terror attacks in Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is 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 JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and for membership in a terrorist organization.
"We are talking about a very complex case where two countries ‐ Iran and Soddy 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. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... ‐ are bringing internal strife into this country," Danish security service chief Finn Borch Andersen says.
[IsraelTimes] Officer lightly injured in incident as security forces disperse dozens of Paleostinian rioters throwing stones in West Bank city.
A border policeman was lightly hurt Monday after being hit with a Molotov cocktail, which went kaboom! into flames on him, as he tackled rioters in the West Bank city of Hebron.
The attack in the flashpoint city occurred amid an uptick in low-level violence across the West Bank, since the release last week of a US peace plan that Paleostinians reject as biased in favor of Israel.
The incident was caught on video, which showed the officer attempting to douse the flames as he and his comrades retreated from the scene.
Pictures and video also showed officers being pelted by stones hurled by rioters.
Channel 12 television reported that the policeman was lightly injured and did not require medical assistance.
The footage was filmed by a local resident.
Police said that Border Police were called to disperse dozens of Paleostinian rioters who were throwing stones in Hebron, the station reported.
Officers used riot dispersal means against the rioters during which the Molotov cocktail was thrown by a rioter at the policeman. The riot was dispersed, police said.
Paleostinians have held daily demonstrations in several West Bank hotspots, in some cases throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces and civilian vehicles.
The army said last week that it was deploying extra troops to the West Bank and along 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... border out of concerns of increased violence over the plan.
[Jpost] Paleostinian Islamic Jihad is concerned Israel might target leaders over violence.
The IDF will reinforce Iron Dome batteries in Israel’s southern region over concerns that terror groups in 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 will continue to launch rockets.
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[Jpost] 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... balloon units threaten to use tear gas balloons in coming days.
Eight explosive balloons were reported in Israel on Monday.
The units that launch explosive and incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip have warned that they will start launching balloons carrying tear gas grenades in the coming days, according to Ynet.Video released by the units show a tear gas grenade with a fuse that eventually causes the grenade to release large amounts of tear gas.An explosive balloon detonated next to a home in the kibbutz of Kfar Aza on Monday evening, as explosive balloons continued to enter southern Israel, according to Ynet. No injuries or damages were reported in the incident. Soon afterwards, a road near Nahal Oz in southern Israel was closed due to explosive balloons.
Eight explosive balloons were reported in Israel on Monday.
Three balloons were reported by Eshkol Regional Council. One detonated in the air and the other two were handled by security forces. No damages or injuries were reported. A fourth balloon was found in a field in the Merhavim Regional Council and was handled by a police sapper.
Multiple balloons were found near Sderot and Kiryat Gat, according to Israel Police. Police sappers handled the incidents. The incident next to Kiryat Gat led to a road being closed while the balloon was handled.
An explosive balloon landed near train tracks near the southern city of Netivot, forcing the train traffic in the area to stop for a short time, according to Ynet.
Balloons carrying a grenade landed in the Paleostinian village of Majd in the southern area of the Har Hebron Regional Council on Sunday, reported Paleostinian sources to Ynet.
The grenade didn't detonate and Paleostinian police handled the situation. The village is located 45 kilometers from the Gaza Strip and the balloons are believed to have been launched from Gaza.Over 11 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel in the past week and a half and dozens of explosive balloons have been launched into Israel from Gaza and the West Bank.
[Aljazeera] How drone technology became a multibillion-dollar industry. Plus, Putin's economic record and Xi's biggest test yet.
Unmanned ariel vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have come a long way since their introduction in the first Gulf War in 1991. At the time, they were used just for surveillance and intelligence gathering.
A decade later, a Predator drone fitted with a missile was used by the CIA in an attempt to kill Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
And almost 10 years on from that failed attempt, the assassination of Iran's Qassem Soleimani became the first time a senior military figure has been killed on foreign soil.
Drones mean troops do not have to deploy into hostile territory, therefore saving lives. Still, there have been many civilian casualties. Under former President Barack Obama, the number of drone attacks rose to 563 from 57 under George W Bush. More than 800 innocent civilians were killed in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
The drone business is a growing industry. According to defence analysts Teal Group, spending on research, development and procurement is expected to rise to $14.3bn by 2029, up nearly 30 percent from $11.1bn this year.
The United States is by far the biggest spender on drones. In its 2018 budget, almost $7bn was set aside for research and development and buying drones.
Despite the US high spending on drone technology, much less expensive technology has been used to great effect. The US and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attack on Aramco oilfields that wiped out half the country's oil production.
[NY Post] Iran's top court has confirmed a death sentence for a man convicted of spying for the CIA and trying to pass on information about the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Amir Rahimpour would be executed soon.
"Amir Rahimpour, who was a CIA spy and got big pay and tried to present part of Iran's nuclear information to the American service, had been tried and sentenced to death," Esmaili said.
In a separate case, two people working for a charity were sentenced to prison terms of 10 years for spying and five years for acting against national security on similar charges, Esmaili said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Speaking at a press conference, Esmaili said the names of the two individuals working for a charity would not be released yet because their sentences had not been finalized.
He also did not provide information about their nationalities. Iran does not recognize dual nationality and the judiciary prosecutes dual citizens as Iranians.
Last summer, Tehran announced it had broken up a CIA spy ring of 17 people and that some had been sentenced to death. The CIA did not immediately comment on Esmaili's remarks. After Iran's announcement last summer, President Trump tweeted: "The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth."
In the past, Iran has sentenced alleged US and Israeli spies to death
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/04/2020 09:50 ||
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[AlAhram] An air defence system at Syria's Hmeimim air base has downed two drones near the facility, Syria's Ikhbariya state TV reported on Monday, citing its correspondent.
It gave no further details. The air base is currently operated by Russia, which intervened in Syria's war in 2015 in support of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... .
Turkish forces hit 54 targets in Idlib and “neutralized” 76 Syrian government soldiers, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying by the state-owned Anadolu news agency.https://t.co/nsAK2XTP6i
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/04/2020 8:22 Comments ||
Turkey is launching airstrikes at will against Syrian installations. Gotta wonder what those supposedly Russian-supplied state-of-the-art Syrian air defenses are doing. It's one thing to be outsmarted by Israelis, and quite another to be unable to down Turkish jets.
[IsraelTimes] A top commander in Iran’s Quds Force who was close to its slain leader Qassem Soleimani has died in battle in Syria, according to multiple reports in Iranian and Arab media. Now they're closer. Enjoy hell
Asghar Pashapour, a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards’ extraterritorial force, was killed Sunday in battle with Syrian opposition forces in Aleppo, the reports say.
He is said to have been at the forefront of the Quds Force’s operations against rebels in Syria, and in support of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia...
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
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