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Afghanistan
AIHRC: 79 civilians killed, wounded in Afghanistan over the past week
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday that at least 79 civilians have been killed and injured in 12 separate incidents in Farah, Parwan, 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..
, and Kandahar provinces in the past week.

Afghanistan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said Monday that at least 79 non-combatants were killed and maimed in 12 during separate incidents.

According to AIHRC the non-combatants were killed and injured in Farah, Parwan, Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces.

AIHRC further elaborated that at least 39 non-combatants were killed and more than 40 people were maimed during the battles across Afghanistan.

According to the Watchdog among the killed are four women and eight children, the commission also added 17 children and four women are also among the injured.

AIHRC blamed the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and unidentified forces of Evil for causing the casualties, and that IEDs, roadside kabooms, armed attacks are the main causes for the casualties.

This comes as the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission’s annual report indicated that over 8,500 non-combatants were killed and injured due to war and violence since 2020 and that including 3,000 civilians killed and over 5,000 people are injured because of war.

Based on the report, civilian casualties in Afghanistan have decreased by 21 percent compared to 2019.

Taliban have not yet commented for being blamed in causing civilians casualties.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
African Parliament Calls on All Foreign Troops and Mercenaries to Withdraw from Libya
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran Have Been Holding Talks in Baghdad — for real!
[AnNahar] Middle Eastern rivals 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...
and 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
have been holding talks in Baghdad in recent weeks, an Iraqi government official and a Western diplomat told AFP.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Houthi Militias Invent Fuel Crisis to Double Profits Funding Their Yemen War Effort
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] The internationally recognized 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...
i government has renewed its accusations of economic sabotage against the Iran-backed 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...
s militias, who have deliberately created a fuel crisis in areas under their control to reap doubled profits on supplies they sell on the black market.

"Houthis are selling most of the fuel imports that arrive through Hodeidah seaport in the black market," the Supreme Economic Council of the Yemeni government said on Saturday.

Fuel flow indicators in Yemen during the first half of April showed the militias have caused the fuel crisis in regions under their control to revive the black market and plunder the public to finance what they call "the war effort," the council said.

Over 276,000 metric tons of fuel have been imported in the first half of April, enough to meet the fuel needs across the country for 20 days, it added.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
70% of the fuel has been transported to Houthi-run regions, an average of 12,000 metric tons a day, but the militias have sold it to the black market, it revealed.

The Houthis have also hiked fuel prices by 150% in their regions, the council said, accusing the militias of using the humanitarian file to mislead and blackmail the international community and agencies.

The militias have been causing crises as part of their policies to starve the people, the council stressed.

"Despite the inflow of fuel supplies exceeding civilian needs, the Houthis insist on strengthening the black market, exploiting the people and trading in the human suffering they caused," the council reaffirmed in a tweet.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
Some religious, political parties misusing Islam: PM
[DAILYTIMES.PK] Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
on Monday announced to lead a strong campaign at international level along with the heads of Moslem countries to jointly fight blasphemy
...the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider it to be a crime. In Pakistain you can commit blasphemy by looking cross-eyed at a Koran...
of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him).

On issue of blasphemy, he said, some political and religious parties in the country were "misusing" Islam to play with the sentiments of common man and were inciting violence.

"The protests and violence will do no harm to the West, but inflict a severe damage to your own people," the prime minister said in his address at the groundbreaking of Margalla Highway, a project to be connected with Rawalpindi Ring Road.

The prime minister’s statement came as the banned outfit Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistain held protests demanding expulsion of French ambassador in the wake of incidents of blasphemy that took place in La Belle France. Lately, a few other political parties also voiced their support to the protesting TLP.

Imran Khan said all people in the country had deep love for the Prophet (PTUI!), adding that "such devotion must not be misused".

Pakistain, he said, was formed in the name of Islam and stressed that no one should cast doubt about any other person as how much deeply he respected the Prophet (PTUI!).

He said his campaign
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan


Iraq
Jamal Al-Karbouli: 1st Iraqi Politician Arrested on Corruption Charges
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Two senior Iraqi officials were arrested on Sunday as part of the anti-corruption drive spearheaded by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

The Anti-Corruption Committee detained Leader of al-Hal (Solution) Party Jamal al-Karbouli and his brother Mohammed, who is a politician.

The party has 12 politicians in Iraq’s parliament. He is a businessman and owns major media institutions, including the al-Dijla television channel, which was shut down last year.

According to information obtained by Asharq al-Awsat, Iraq’s judiciary issued arrest warrants against four deputies and ordered lifting their immunity.

The parliament is expected to vote on lifting the immunity later this month.

Asharq al-Awsat also learned that another list that includes the names of senior politicians suspected of corruption, has been issued. The politicians have been banned from travelling.

Jamal, who is a doctor, did not receive an executive position until 2003 when he assumed the presidency of the Iraqi Red Islamic Thingy at the time.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
his brother received the industry portfolio in former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s second government (2010-2014).

Karbouli established al-Hal party in 2008 and ran in the past three parliamentary elections, in which his party won 13 seats in one round and eight in another, and he also obtained more than one ministry for his party.

Until about a week ago, Karbouli was part of the Iraqi Forces Alliance, led by Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, while his brother Mohammed was a prominent leader in Halbousi’s Takadum Party.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
they both withdrew from the alliance and joined prominent Sunni businessman Khamis al-Khanjar’s al-Azm alliance.

An Iraqi politician told Asharq al-Awsat that many senior figures tried to interfere to prevent Karbouli’s arrest.

He attributed the mediations carried out by senior politicians, including Shiite leaders, to concerns that they might be next.

He expected the next arrested figure to be from the Shiite sect to avoid accusing the committee of only arresting Sunni figures
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Official: the Minister of Finance should be dismissed for his ''failed and rejected'' policies
[SHAFAQ] A member of the Parliamentary Services Committee, Manar Abdul-Muttalib al-Shadidi demanded, on Monday, to dismiss the Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi, for his "failed and rejected" financial policies that starve the people and punish the poor.

Al-Shadidi said to Shafaq News Agency, "The Minister of Finance submits proposals that provoke popular and official public opinion through attempts to impose an income tax and accuse Parliament of including it in the budget,"

According to the Deputy, the Minister is working under the cover of Iraq's obligations towards the World Bank and maximizing non-oil imports, "which are arguments and justifications rejected by parliament and the people."

She warned that "the current finance minister is a signal of economic crisis and living disasters that affect all people...The current prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, must confront the finance minister's sabotage policies or dismiss him to preserve the national economy from collapse and avoid popular anger."

Last Thursday, leaked document circulated by local media reported that Finance Minister Ali Allawi suggested t apply tax deduction on the salaries of employees, with a retroactive effect for the past three months.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
IRGC Spokesman blames exposure to chemicals in the Iraq-Iran war that led to the death of Quds Force deputy chief Muhammad Hussein-Zada Hejazi
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran



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