[ToloNews] Officials at an army corps base in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan illegally sold at least 300,000 liters of Afghan forces' aviation gasoline at local markets, and then created a cover story that the fuel was lost in a rocket attack at their base, said sources.
Abdul Ghafoor Hotaki, the commander of Zabul garrison, and Sefatullah, the commander of the 2nd regiment of the Afghan Army’s Atal Corps, were allegedly involved in the sale. These two officials sold 300,000 liters of fuel that was kept in storage tanks reserved for the second regiment and was intended for use by the security forces, said sources from security agencies and from Zabul.
Another official allegedly involved in the selling of the fuel is Rahmatullah, the commander of a local forces group led by the NDS that are known as Mofreza forces, sources said.
The fuel was stored in a reserve area that belonged to a private contractor that sold aviation fuel to the army.
"The government’s fuel is sold because these people have become accustomed to embezzlement," said Abdul Alim Kharoti, a Zabul resident.
"The government is damaged... that’s why there are many problems in this sector," said Esmatullah Safi, a Zabul resident.
When the storage tanks at the 2nd regiment area were empty, those involved in the case detonated three magnetic IEDs to claim the tanks were damaged in a rocket attack and that the fuel was lost due to leaks, sources said. The attempt was made to mislead the newly appointed commander of the regiment. However, a woman is only as old as she admits... photos and video footage from the area show that the fuel tanks were damaged on the bottom, not the top.
"There might be some people who sell or purchase the fuel," said Taoos Khan, a shopkeeper.
"The fuel is purchased by those who have the ability to buy it, or sell it," said Mohammad Nabi, a shopkeeper.
Zabul officials did not comment on the matter. But a government front man said the matter will be investigated.
"It is an issue that needs to be investigated. Our first response is that we are not convinced, and we don’t think such an issue exists," said ANDSF front man Omar Shinwari.
This is not the first time that fuel belonging to the security and defense forces has been sold. Reports also exist of the selling of arms and food belonging to army forces. Some officials have been put on trial for selling military resources.
[ToloNews] Pakistain’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi ...a Pak political shape-changer. He is undistinguished except for his habit of periodically needing to have his lips reattached... said during a presser that the Afghan Taliban ...Arabic for students... would not allow ISISbully boyz to infiltrate Afghanistan, The News reported Sunday.
Qureshi reportedly also said that the Afghan forces had the capacity to combat ISIS in Afghanistan.
The foreign minister also reiterated that peace in Afghanistan was necessary for regional stability, and Pakistain was consulting other countries in the region to ensure the development, prosperity, and uplifting of the war-torn country, according to reports of the presser.
However, the hip bone's connected to the leg bone... President Ashraf Ghani ...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money... on Sunday speaking during a "digital cabinet meeting" criticized the Taliban and said: "The Taliban has not changed. They don’t have the will for peace or for development in the country."
"The Taliban allowed the international holy warrior groups into the country," Ghani said.
The Taliban has denied involvement with the international holy warrior groups.
On Thursday, Fawzia Koofi, a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban, said that the presence of foreign Taliban in the northern regions of Afghanistan, particularly along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, is threatening the security of those areas.
She called for swift action to neutralize them.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's other gun out of his other hand...... Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoyguv warned that Russia will act immediately if there is a threat emanating toward Central Asia from Afghanistan.
Chinese officials have expressed hopes that the Taliban will fight against the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement" (ETIM) Death Eaters.
"Now the activities and movements of foreign bully boyz have increased more than any time before along the border areas and in the strategic locations which have come under Taliban control, unfortunately," said Koofi.
Based on a Radio Azadi report, imported muscle reportedly with ties to Tajik Death Eater groups are present in some districts of Badakshan including Kuf Ab, Shekay, Nusay Maimai and Khawhan.
The Russian defense minister also expressed deep concerns over the movement of ISIS fighters from Syria and Libya to Afghanistan.
"This is the collective responsibility of the international community to jointly combat the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.
...sometimes called the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), this Uighur jihadi group is listed under Tehrik-e-Taliban in the Al Qaeda organization table. Based in Badakshan with a second branch in Al Nusra-controlled Idlib-Latakia, Syria, only a rump group remains in China. The Russians and Americans take turns killing off their Syrian emirs — last I heard they were on their third Number 1 in three years...
We hope that the Afghan Taliban draw a clear line to the terror groups and act against them seriously and robustly to remove the barriers," said Zhao Lijian, a front man for the Chinese foreign ministry.
[ToloNews] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in a report released Sunday said that 1,677 non-combatants were killed and 3,644 more were maimed in the first six months of this year, showing an 80% increase compared to the same period in 2020.
The watchdog says 1,594 security incidents occurred during this period.
In the first six months of 2020, the watchdog says, 1,213 non-combatants were killed and 1,744 more were maimed.
The report says that during this period 154 women were killed and 350 more were maimed. These numbers in 2020 were 126 killed and 171 maimed.
According to the report, of those killed, 373 were children. Also, 1,083 of those maimed are children.
The report says the Taliban ...Arabic for students... is responsible for 56% of the casualties (917 killed, and 2,061 injured), pro-government forces for 15% (229 killed, 565 injured), ISIS 7% (104 killed, 239 killed), and unknown perpetrators 22% (425 civilians killed and 765 civilians injured).
In 451 incidents, a total of 1,987 civilians have been harmed by IED blasts, roadside mines, car-bombs, and exploding mines or ordnance. This includes 587 civilians killed, and 1,400 others injured, the report says.
Targeted killing accounts for 30 percent of the total number of civilian casualties in the first six months of 2021, the report says, adding that this includes 1,634 civilian casualties (696 killed, 938 injured).
According to AIHRC findings, rocket fire and heavy weapon use accounted for 18% of total civilian casualties in the first six months of 2021.
In total, 940 civilians have been harmed due to rocket fire in the first six months of 2021. This includes 212 civilians killed, and 728 others injured. The civilian casualties caused by rocket fire during the same period in 2020 were 378 in total.
The report says that 21 non-combatants were killed and 79 of them were maimed in suicide kabooms.
Also, 81 non-combatants were killed and 326 were maimed in ground engagements between the government forces and anti-government gangs.
The report says that 77 non-combatants were killed and 136 more were maimed in Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s.
The report says night raids accounted for 12 civilians killed and 37 maimed.
[KhaamaPress] National Security Advisor of Pakistain Moeed Yusuf on Saturday said in Washington that the country cannot afford additional Afghan refugees and the international community is obliged to make arrangements for them inside Afghanistan.
Yusuf has said, if civil war erupts in Afghanistan the asylum seekers should not be pushed towards them.
NSA Moeed Yusuf along with the head of Pakistain’s spying agency-inter-services Intelligence (ISI)- Faiz Hameed were visiting the United States for discussion over Afghanistan and bilateral issues. The latter has left Washington while the former is still in the United States.
When asked about Pakistain’s relations and influence over the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... Yusuf said that they have minimum leverage. He said that if Pakistain had influence over the group they would have prevented them from destroying the Buddha idols in Bamyan province in the 1990s.
Earlier the Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan ...aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality disorders... also had said the country is already hosting nearly three million Afghan refugees and they do not have the capacity to accept more.
Tajikistan, a northern neighbor of Afghanistan has announced to accept up to one hundred thousand Afghan refugees but has acknowledged to remain cautious while allowing the people in and will not give refuge to those who have worked with the US.
So much for the original plan for the applicants to shelter in Tajikistan while waiting for the State Department to finishing stamping their paperwork.
In late 1988 some 3.3 million Afghan refugees were housed in 340 refugee camps along the Afghan-Pakistan border. In those days Saudi Arabia was responsible in large part for their upkeep. Not having a sugar daddy, Pakistan now pleads poverty.
[KhaamaPress] Afghanistan Ministry of Finance in an official note requested all ministries to halt or suspend their development projects due to a decline in national revenue.
The note also requires governmental bodies to call off all the newly stroke contracts.
The move comes parallel to the announcement of a decrease in the amount of national revenue due to the six dry ports of Afghanistan being under Taliban ...Arabic for students... control.
As the conflict between the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and the Taliban rage on daily basis, the Afghan government has apparently made security and military operations its priority. President Ashraf Ghani ...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money... in the cabinet meeting on Sunday said that Afghan Air Force is conducting up to 150 Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s every day.
The official note has also asked the government bodies to stop squander and providing National Technical Assistance (NTA) salaries.
The Taliban are now controlling Dand-e-Patan port in Paktia province, AiKhanum in Takhar province, SherKhan in Kunduz province, Islam Qala and Tor Ghundi in Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... province, Abu Nasr Farahi in Farah province and Spin Boldak dry port and crossing in Kandahar province
The decline in national revenue and rise in the expenditure of Security Forces have obliged the Afghan government to halt development projects.
[KhaamaPress] The United States Special Investigation General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in its latest report stated that the country plans to boost the air exports of Afghanistan.
The plan is sketched for a four-year period i.e. 2021-2025 and is said to be using five major airports of Afghanistan.
In order for the plan to get underway, the US is closely working with the Afghan government to renovate the Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ...A product, and probably the sole product, of the Southern Alliance... International airport in Kabul, Kandahar in the south, Mazar-e-sharif in the north, Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... in the west, and Jalalabad airport in the east of Afghanistan.
The renovation process will also create up to 20,000 jobs and will boost Afghanistan’s air exports by 30 percent.
Since the start of experts through the air- air corridor- the war-ravaged country has exported $170 million worth of commercial goods to other countries.
Afghanistan mostly exports its dry fruits and a relatively large amount of fresh fruits and rugs. The Saffron of Afghanistan is the best of its kind in the world and the country is now the largest producer and exporter of pine nuts in the world.
Afghan pine nuts would have to be safer than the Chinese product that’s taken over the market. Opium products no doubt flow through traditional land routes...
The report comes at a time when the Taliban ...Arabic for students... are having control over six dry ports of the country which has decreased the national revenue of Afghanistan. Herat airport was a halt for a short period of time due to ongoing conflict and Kandahar has been changed to a battlefield between ANDSF and the Taliban.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2021 00:00 ||
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The LNA now assumes control of the Fezzzan. From the article: "Libya’s warring sides said on Friday they had reopened the main coastal road connecting western and eastern Libya, a key element of a ceasefire they agreed to last year that has involved months of negotiations.
The UN-backed 5+5 Joint Military Commission is comprised of military officials from the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and western-based forces that have supported several Tripoli-based governments.
The 1,800 kilometre highway links the capital of Tripoli in the west with the city of Benghazi in the east. It has been closed since April 2019 when LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military operation to capture Tripoli from the previous Government of National Accord (GNA).
[OneIndia] The recent killing of terrorist Shakir Altaf Bhat and subsequent finding that he had left the country on a valid passport for studies in Pakistain in 2018 and returned as a terrorist set alarm bells ringing in the security establishment in Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... , officials said here on Sunday.
Security agencies made a quick estimate of passports issued between 2015 and 2019, and found that out of the 40 youths who had gone to Bangladesh or Pakistain for studies, 28 had infiltrated back into the country as trained terrorists, the officials said.
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The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says continuing political, financial, and arms support by the United States for Israel makes Washington an accessory to ceaseless aggression by the Tel Aviv regime against Palestinians. https://t.co/WFJ9KnADph
[IsraelTimes] Terror group’s leader has held the position since 2017, would stay on until 2025; quadrennial Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", elections said to be drawing to a close.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh ...became Prime Minister of Gaza after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank... has been elected to a second term as the terror group’s political bureau chief, a source close to Hamas said on Sunday afternoon.
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The #US is planning a new sanctions campaign against #Iran’s evolving capabilities for precision strikes using drones and guided missiles, US officials tell The Wall Street Journal.https://t.co/UXjABK5DG0
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2021 00:00 ||
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Didn't the Iranians recover a US Drone about 10 or 11 years ago?
On 5 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. ... The United States government initially denied the claims but later President Obama acknowledged that the downed aircraft was a US drone.
Very Interesting Hummmm! ...and on President Obama's watch too.....
The US military located it first and begged Obama for permission to destroy it. Momma Valerie and her boy decided their Iranian homies needed a nice gift, stealth packaging and all. A few years after that, the Iranians, Chinese and Russians began deploying GPS guided UAVs.
In addition, by not destroying the drone, Obama also gave the Iranians, Chinese and Russians advanced electro-optic surveillance equipment, probably a miniaturized AESA radar, multi-spectral and radiation sensors, miniaturized satellite communications and other things beyond my ken. Traitor. Spit.
The record of 'precision strikes' hasn't changed much in motivation or heading of most regimes and cults. Bombing the f* out of Germany and Japan had the effect of ending hundreds of years of militarism inherit in the culture. Just saying. Maybe someday they'll get back to waging war and not the ineffective substitute for it.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Generals in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have urged parliament to pass the Legislation to Protect Cyberspace Users’ Rights, a proposed bill which aims to limit the use of Instagram and other social media networks in the country, 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 JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... International reported.
Parliament member Abbas Moradi said the bill aims to make Iranian users of Instagram emigrate to a new domestic platform. Instagram is the only major social network not blocked in Iran.
Moradi admitted that there is no domestic platform like Instagram at the moment, but he has promised the launch of what he released as "Instagram Plus" which he said would be "safe."
Moradi aimed that the bandwidth currently used by Instagram users will gradually be reduced in proportion to extent of its substitution by the domestic version.
Iranians have collected 800,000 online signatures against the proposed law which further restricts access to the internet.
An IRGC general has said that it is in the interest of those who complain "to engage in debauchery on cyberspace."
IRGC Brigadier-General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi urged members of parliament to end the "shameful situation" of "the hegemony of foreigners on Iranian cyberspace."
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2021 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Iran
A hegemony of foreign debauches
populating our cyberspace;
using filters that are kafar,
and following Nooni Rapace.
Ayatollah you must purge
this satanic surge,
or everybody in I-ran
will be someone else fan.
So how's that Islamic Revolution thing working out for all y'all? Do you miss the Shah? I know it sounds like gloating, he said trying not to gloat, but I'm actually curious. If an Islamic Revolution has brought happiness, health and prosperity to your generic Iranian person, then maybe more people should try it. Or not.
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