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Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun calls on international donors to provide financial assistance to the crisis-hit country
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Afghanistan
Taliban Seeks Release of 15 Key Commanders
[ToloNews] The head of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Matin Bek, who is also a member of the negotiation team, said the reason for the delay in the release of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
prisoners is that the Taliban are demanding the release of their 15 senior commanders who are involved in "big attacks."
"No"
The release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners is part of deal signed by the US and the Taliban in Doha on Feb. 29.

Bek said demands reveal the Taliban’s "stubbornness" and it is "not acceptable" as it will lead to the fall of provinces and the continuation of violence in the country.

"We are ready to release 400 (prisoners) in the first phase. It is the Taliban who do not want this. They are asking for the release of the 15 (commanders). If we release the 15 individuals, their hands are stained with people’s blood," Bek told a presser on Monday.

This comes as a Taliban statement on Sunday said the US-Taliban agreement had been violated, citing the delays with the prisoner release.

"Americans have fallen short in addressing their responsibilities, and one of them is the prisoner issue," said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban regime member.

In reaction to the Taliban statement, Col. Sonny Leggett, the US forces front man in Afghanistan, said in a tweet that "The Taliban must reduce violence.

A reduction in violence is the will of the Afghan people and necessary to allow the political process to work toward a settlement suitable for all Afghans. We once again call on all parties to focus their efforts on the global pandemic of COVID-19."

He added: "USFOR-A has upheld, and continues to uphold, the military terms of the US-Taliban agreement; any assertion otherwise is baseless. USFOR-A has been clear- we will defend our ANDSF partners if attacked, in compliance with the agreement."

"The agreement did not mention anything on reduction in violence but it was said that violence should be reduced," said Khalid Asad, an MP.

"It would be better if the Afghan government considers its national interests and ends of the war," said Tahir Yarghal, a former military analyst.

Meanwhile,
...back at the mall, Clarissa spent the day shopping for new underwear. Tonight was going to be a special occasion...
Fraidoon Khwazoon, a front man for Abdullah Abdullah
...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president...
, said the Presidential Palace is seeking advantages from releasing Taliban prisoners.

"They are not thinking about any other thing except seeking advantages. This is not in favor of the process and the country," he said.

Three Taliban representatives are in Kabul to discuss the release of prisoners with the Afghan officials.

The release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners is part a deal signed between the US and the Taliban in Doha on Feb. 29.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Sudan’s justice ministry says it has finalized a settlement with families of the victims of the USS Cole bombing
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Al-Sarraj: Haftar is obsessed with gripping power in Libya
[Libya Observer] The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj has described 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. Actually, he is, but slowly...
as "obsessed with gripping power and doesn't care if Libyans died in war or from Coronavirus."
Then again, Sarraj hasn't stepped down either, regardless of the loss of ninety percent of the country.
Speaking to Russian news agency Sputnik, al-Sarraj said the Government of National Accord had responded positively to all calls for a ceasefire in Libya but Haftar didn't and continued to violate the truce.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa North
Libya’s Government of National Accord in its Death Throes
[JOURNAL-NEO.ORG] At present, there are two distinct sides in the armed conflict in Libya. The internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, was established under the Libyan Political Agreement signed on 17 December 2015. The Islamist-dominated GNA controls the capital of the country, 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...
. On the other side of the conflict is Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), which are headed by anti-Islamist Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar. Although, at present, the authoritarian and nationalist Field Marshal is in control of most of the nation, Tripoli has not been captured as yet.External players pursuing their own interests back either side in this conflict. For instance, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
and Qatar
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Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Do we have an accord?

I've figured out that the LNA seems to be slightly less evil than the GNA.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/07/2020 6:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Earlier this year, Khaled al-Ghawil, advisor to the High Council of Libyan tribes and cities, said the current situation demands all parties unite behind the Libyan National Army. He also urged them to unite to confront Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said the people’s priority lies in restoring the “kidnapped state”. “Once this happens, we can return to dialogue and agree among ourselves,” he added, while defending the supporters of the Gaddafi regime, whom he said were main backers of the LNA in its operations to liberate the cities of Benghazi and Derna. Supporters of the former regime back Gaddafi’s son Seif to make a comeback in the Libyan political scene, hoping that he will eventually be elected ruler of the country. -- And that's s the reason most pro-GNA elements in Europe have not switched sides.
Posted by: b || 04/07/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Gwadar PK appears to have a major virus problem.
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 04/07/2020 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Mosque Instructed Mob to ‘Manhandle’ Coronavirus Health Workers
[BREITBART] Health workers screening patients for coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
were "manhandled" by a mob of 40-50 Moslem minority group members in southern India on Wednesday, local authorities alleged. The reported incident occurred in East Bangalore, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state.

The health workers, along with other health officials, were conducting door-to-door coronavirus surveys in Sadiq Nagar, a minority Moslem area of Bangalore. They were sent to the area at the request of government officials, who had identified the zones as coronavirus hotspots following a large Moslem gathering in Delhi in March, from which many people contracted the coronavirus ‐ including seven people who later died. Authorities believe that some attendees of this gathering, organized by an evangelical Moslem group called Tablighi Jamaat
A peaceful group of itinerant Deobandi preachers who form one of al-Qaeda's recruiting arms...
, returned to Bangalore’s Moslem neighborhoods.

Upon conducting the coronavirus surveys in Sadiq Nagar, the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers ‐ lead by a woman ‐ were allegedly assaulted by a mob of Moslem men.

"Health workers went for surveillance work in Sadiq Nagar. During that time the mosque authorities made an announcement instigating the residents of Sadiq Nagar to surround those health workers. They were physically manhandled by the mob on the instruction of mosque authorities," Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Ashwath Narayana told the Deccan Herald.

"I have directed the police to immediately register a case and arrest the people responsible for the instigation and those who have manhandled the health workers," Dr. Narayana added.

"Caste, creed, and religion are not important here. Your personal interest is not important. The health of Indians ... is important. In Sadiq [Nagar], in Bengaluru [Bangalore], some miscreants attacked a nurse. This is a heinous act. We will take legal action against them," Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu said of the incident via Twitter. The health minister also shared the ASHA worker’s personal account of the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unfortunately, the Indian government has not quite made up its mind about who is an Indian citizen and who is a muslim. The muslim is citizen to no country, he/she does not owe allegiance to any land, society or constitution. But our constitutions have always been hard pressed to identify and deal with the renegades from the social contract.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/07/2020 4:55 Comments || Top||


Iraq
PKK confirms top commander's death by Turkish airstrike in Kurdistan Region
[Rudaw] The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Monday confirmed the death of one of its top commanders in a Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq some eight months ago.

Muslih Ike - alias Tekoser Gever - was killed by the strike in the Qandil mountains of the Kurdistan Region on August 20, according to a PKK statement published by the pro-Kurdish Firat News Agency (ANF) on Monday.

"He fell martyr following a Ottoman Turkish air attack on Medya Defense Areas [PKK headquarters] on 20 August 2019," read the statement.

The statement paid tribute to 47-year-old Gever as an architect of the PKK's "historical resistance" against increasing Ottoman Turkish "occupation" in the Kurdish areas of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and in the Kurdistan Region.

Ottoman Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) reported Gever’s death on November 4, but did not specify when he was killed. On the same day, AA and other Ottoman Turkish media outlets published footage purportedly showing the moment Gever was targeted by the Ottoman Turkish strike.

Gever, a fixture on the Ottoman Turkish interior ministry's most wanted list, rose through the ranks of the PKK after joining the group as a 20-year-old in 1993.

He previously led the group's forces in Makhmour, a town in territory disputed by the governments of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, when 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) controlled swaths of Iraqi and Syrian land. He then returned to the Qandil mountain range along the Turkey-Iraq-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...
border that has served as the PKK's headquarters for around three decades.

It is unclear why the group chose to announce Gever's death so long after the lethal strike.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran has 500,000 people infected with coronavirus
[JPost] - A member of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce for the Islamic Republic of Iran revealed on Monday that half a million people in the country suffer from the deadly virus.

Hamid Souri, the taskforce member, told Islamic Republic's news agency, IRNA, that many patients afflicted with the coronavirus have not been detected, according to an article from Radio Farda, the Iranian branch of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which reported on the IRNA news item.

Iran's Ministry of Health claims that 60,500 Iranians are currently infected.

Souris termed the situation "worrisome," and said there has been a spike in the virus across the provinces of Tehran, Khorasan Razavi, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Khuzestan, and Kermanshah.

...The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday that death rate in Iran is "four to five times higher than the regime admitted then," the report said. "The current figures are currently officially 55,743 sufferers and 3,452 dead. The current death toll is apparently much higher. On Sunday, it was 12,380, according to Western security sources."

...Iran is the epicenter of the Middle East coronavirus crisis. The clerical regime has refused to accept humanitarian aid from the US government.
Zip it, Herb.
...On Monday,the US State Department released an "Iran's Sanctions Relief Scam" fact sheet. According to the document, "In 2018, an Iranian 'humanitarian' company was sanctioned by the United States for masking payments that provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Hezbollah and Hamas through the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] IRGC’s Qods Force."

"Iran’s slick foreign influence campaign to obtain sanctions relief is not intended for the relief or health of the Iranian people but to raise funds for its terror operations," wrote the State Department.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2020 02:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  0.6%
Posted by: 3dc || 04/07/2020 6:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I wish journalists wouldn't use the word 'epicenter' when they mean 'center' or 'locus'.

Of course, I'd also like it if beer was free.
Posted by: lord garth || 04/07/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||


Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun calls on international donors to provide financial assistance to the crisis-hit country
Iran is your patron, right? Go ask the Mullahs — we’ve all got troubles of our own.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Maybe Hizballah can sell some of it's rockets?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2020 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Sell your misbegotten hell hole to Bill and Melinda Gates and their friends.

They can then run it as a Hobby Farm.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/07/2020 6:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Ask Khamenei to spare some of his $300B he has stolen?
Posted by: Ducatisti || 04/07/2020 18:41 Comments || Top||


Lebanon will audit its central bank’s accounts in a bid to show transparency after launching debt restructuring talks with creditors
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah



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Tue 2020-04-07
  Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun calls on international donors to provide financial assistance to the crisis-hit country
Mon 2020-04-06
  Iranian regime has blamed the US, Israel, and Jews for the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran,
Sun 2020-04-05
  Hezbollah commander assassinated in southern Lebanon
Sat 2020-04-04
  China orders 200,000 body bags from Taiwan!
Fri 2020-04-03
  Iran’s Speaker Reportedly Diagnosed with Coronavirus
Thu 2020-04-02
  Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl
Wed 2020-04-01
  Trump says Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops in Iraq
Tue 2020-03-31
  Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
Mon 2020-03-30
  Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
in northern Aleppo
Sun 2020-03-29
  Khamenei family fears he might have Coronavirus
Sat 2020-03-28
  LNA scores big advance around Tripoli
Turkish-backed forces suffer tremendous losses
Fri 2020-03-27
  Riots in China
Thu 2020-03-26
  Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi confirms Saudi coalition ceasefire
Wed 2020-03-25
  LNA forces eliminate GNA/al-Qaeda leader Ayoub Bu Ras in Tripoli
Tue 2020-03-24
  Gutierrez calls for an immediate global ceasefire

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