[Tolo News] Jalrez provincial council painted a bleak picture on Friday on the Wardak province situation when they announced that the Jalrez district has virtually fallen into the hands of the Taliban.
Addressing a presser Friday morning, provincial council members said that armed Death Eaters have taken control of almost the entire district, with the exception of the district governor's building and some other government offices.
They said a number of coppers have been killed by the armed Death Eaters and heavy festivities are ongoing between security forces and the bad boys.
One council member blamed the central government for the situation, claiming that between 30 and 40 percent of security force members deployed to the area are not on duty.
The council members said however, that reinforcement troops have been sent in to push back the bad boys.
According to them at least 50 percent of check points in Chak district in Wardak province have also fallen into the Taliban's hands.
But the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) officials strongly rejected fall of the district into the Taliban hands.
"I can assure you that the Taliban do not have that much power to seize control of districts in Wardak," deputy MoI front man Najibullah Danish told TOLOnews. "We have enough forces in Wardak to defend it."
This latest development comes after Wardak's deputy governor on Thursday said that Death Eaters had seized control of six police checkpoints in Jalrez district in Wardak province.
He said the armed confrontation between security forces and the Death Eaters started Wednesday night at around 11:00 pm and that by late Thursday afternoon fighting continued.
According to him, five Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers had been killed by Thursday night and a number of vehicles seized.
MOGADISHU -- Turkish staff members have reportedly survived an assassination attempts on their lives after gunmen launched an ambush attack on their vehicle in Mogadishu.
Three gunmen have opened fire on bus carrying at least six Turkish nationals who were heading to mosque near Liido beach. No Turkish staff member has been killed or injured in the drive by shooting.
Somalia’s Abdiaziz deputy DC, Mohamud Abdullahi Ahmed told Shabelle Media based in Mogadishu security guards repulsed the ambush attack launched by the unknown gunmen who were with minivan. Mr. Ahmed said that the guards had shot and injured one of the three attackers before escaped from shooting scene near Liid beach in Mogadishu.
Somalia police and security units arrived at the spot and launched an investigation relates to the ambush attack which was intended to shoot Turkish employees dead on Friday.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack but Al Shabab carried out similar suicide attacks against foreign nationals and Somalia soldiers along with AMISOM forces in Mogadishu.
QORYOOLEY, Somalia -- Somali government forces alongside African Union peacekeepers have vacated new areas in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia despite threats of takeover by Al Shabaab militants, Garowe Online reports.
Security sources disclose that fears of imminent clashes gripped residents of Awdhegle and Qoryoley, with the latter’s residents fleeing homes.
In Awdhegle where Al Shabaab briefly overran last month, allied forces began withdrawing late on Wednesday night. On the other hand, Lower Shabelle region town of Qoryoley witnessed similar pullout.
As of Thursday morning, people were fleeing homes over possible confrontations for the control of the strategic town.
A week ago, militants killed over a dozen African Union peacekeepers in deadliest raid in Lego.
Pro-Al Shabaab media reported that militants are heading towards the vacated areas.
[ALMANAR.LB] A top Tunisian terrorist and associate of late Al-Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden ... who is now beyond all cares and woe... was killed by a US Arclight airstrike in Libya last month, the New York Times ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... reported.
Seifallah Ben Hassine, Tunisia's most wanted Jihadist, who criminal masterminded a campaign of liquidations and terrorist attacks, including one against the United States Embassy in Tunis, was killed mid-June in an Arclight airstrike that targeted a top Al Qaeda-linked terrorist, the paper said.
Ben Hassine, also known as Abu Ayadh, is believed to have coordinated a string of liquidations, including the killing of famed Afghan anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Masood in 2001.
He was one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants and the leader of the outlawed group Ansar al-Sharia ...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet... h in Tunisia. He had been based in Libya since 2013, according to reports, and ran training camps and a network of bad boy cells across the region.
Tunisian officials also accused Ben Hassine of directing the killings of two secular Tunisian politicians in 2013, the paper reported.
"His death, if confirmed, would be an important victory for Tunisia in its struggle to contain a persistent insurgency in its western border region and a growing threat to its urban centers," New York Times said.
Moreover, Tunisian station Radio Mosaique first reported Ben Hassine's death, which the US paper said it had confirmed with an official in Washington.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential military assessment, said Ben Hassine died in a strike that targeted Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a top Al Qaeda-linked bad boy believed to have criminal masterminded a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant in 2013.
Libya's government reported at the time that Belmokhtar was killed in the attack but Al Qaeda's North Africa branch denied it.
Hassine had been on a United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... blacklist since 2002 over his links to al-Qaeda. He was imprisoned in Tunisia in 2003 but released under an amnesty after the ouster of ex-President-for-Life Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ...who departed by popular demand in January, 2011, precipitating the Arab Spring... in 2011.
He fought alongside Bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2001 before travelling to Pakistain and then The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... where he was tossed in the clink You have the right to remain silent... and extradited, the newspaper reported.
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[REUTERS] Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist bandidos bad boys and Egyptian security forces.
Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... 's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets ...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km.... toward "occupied Paleostine". Rooters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the statement.
An Israeli military source earlier said the rockets had been fired from Sinai, which borders Israel, the Gazoo Strip and the Suez Canal.
Israeli police said they had so far found remnants of two rockets in an open area. No damage or casualties were reported.
It was possible the launch was linked to the fighting in Sinai, the military source said, where faceless myrmidons of the Sinai Province group launched their biggest assault in years against Egyptian security forces on Wednesday.
Dozens of people have been killed in the past few days of festivities and air strikes in the desert region.
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[ALMANAR.LB] A youngjacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, a witness and a vigilante assisting the military in the fight against Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed... group said Friday.
"While the people were inside the mosque for the prayers she ran from a distance into the mosque and blew herself up," vigilante Danlami Ajaokuta said of Thursday's attack in Malari village, adding 12 had died and seven were maimed.
In similar development, dozens of civilians, some fear as high as 100, were killed in a massacre carried out by gunnies affiliated with Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria on Wednesday night, military and local sources said Thursday.
According to preliminary reports, gunnies went on a rampage in Borno state's Kukawa town and specifically targeted mosques in the area.
"Close to 100 people were murdered, especially those killed inside different mosques in the town. Women and children too were not spared," a military source in the Nigerian army in Maiduguri, a city in Borno state, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday evening.
He said the attack occurred around sunset time as Moslems offered the Maghrib prayer just shortly after opening the day's Ramadan fast Wednesday night.
Abba Kyari, one of the hundreds of locals who fled to Maiduguri, capital city of Borno state, said that the attack took place when Moslems were praying.
"Very few of us got away with slight injuries as we made away. But we cannot account for our family members now. The mosques are littered with corpses and our houses have been burnt," Kyari, who spoke in the local Hausa news outlet, said.
Kyari said that he knew only five out of the over 50 people who attended the Maghrib prayer at the mosque who survived and were now in Maiduguri.
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[ALMANAR.LB] The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees bombarded on Friday the Saudi al-Hothaira military post in Najran province, forcing all its soldiers to flee away with their military vehicles.
Warplanes from a Saudi-US aggression bombed civic targets in 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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... on Friday, residents said, and sources in the country reported at least 16 people were killed.
Local witnesses said six people including a woman and a child were killed and six maimed in a dawn air strike on the al Jaraf neighborhood of the capital Sanaa.
The state-run Saba news agency reported 10 people were killed by Saudi-led aerial attacks on a building in Bayt al-Faqih city in the southwestern province of al Hodeida.
Moreover, air strikes were also carried out on Faj Attan mountain overlooking Sanaa.
In the dawn attack, warplanes also hit the ministry of communications building, Saba added, setting it on fire and destroying nearby buildings.
The warplanes staged a further attack on the capital around noon, but there was no immediate word on casualties or damage.
In retaliation for the Saudi-US daily massacres in Yemen, the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees bombarded on Friday the Saudi al-Hothaira military post in Najran province, forcing all its soldiers to flee away with their military vehicles.
Earlier on Thursday, Saudi-led air strikes killed eight people in Sanaa, and launched 35 raids on the northern Saada province.
Explosions were heard throughout the city as the aerial bombardment concentrated on infrastructure and vital civic facilities in its south and west.
The attacks also targeted a house owned by the leader of former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... 's General People's Congress party.
The Saba agency said two people were killed and 15 maimed in the latest air strikes on Saada.
[ALMANAR.LB] Saudi security forces found flags of the so-called 'Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed... group during a raid on Friday in which an officer was shot
dead, the kingdom's interior ministry said.
The killing came with the Gulf region on alert against attacks by ISIL, which has been blamed for killing other Saudi coppers and has claimed three deadly mosque bombings in the kingdom and Kuwait.
"They tossed in the clink Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! three suspects, confiscated Daesh (Arabic acronym of ISIL) flags, silencers and personal laptops," the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Western media and intelligence agencies reports revealed that 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 other regional countries, like Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , are the main sponsors of takfiri groups operating in Syria and Iraq.
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DUBAI -- A Saudi policeman was killed on Friday in an exchange of gunfire during a raid to arrest a wanted person in the western city of Taif, the SPA state news agency quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying. The agency said three suspects had been detained and flags of Daesh seized, along with gun silencers and computers.
Saudi Arabia last month announced a list of 16 people it said were involved in two deadly mosque bombings claimed by Daesh in May and offered a cash reward of 5 million riyals ($1.3 million) for information leading to their arrest.
SPA said security men had come under fire on Friday while investigating a house in Taif where the suspect was believed to be hiding and responded to the fire in kind. It said Sergent Awad Seraj Al Malki was killed in the clash.
The statement suggested that the militant, identified as Youssef Abdellatif Shabab Al Ghamdi, remained at large and it urged citizens to help capture him, warning against anyone giving him shelter.
[DAWN] Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), 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 Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. police have locked away Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! three persons for allegedly possessing and printing pamphlets supporting the self-styled Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... Police officials said on Thursday that the arrests were made from the Shamshatu Bazaar area in the limits of Urmur cop shoppe on the outskirts of the city. They said that two of those arrested were Afghan nationals and one belonged to Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... According to the FIR, following a tip-off about printing of the pamphlets in Shamshtu Bazaar the police raided the shop and arrested three persons identified as Asmatullah, an Afghan currently residing in Shamshatu refugee camp; Abdur Rehman, another Afghan currently a resident of Naway Kallay, Bara Road; and Gul Khan of Mohmand Agency currently living near Budhni Pul, Charsadda Road, Peshawar.
The officials claimed to have recovered two laptops and two CPUs from the facility that contained pro-militant and anti-Pakistain material from the raided premises. Police have started the paperwork but haven't done much else under Section 124-A of Pakistain Panel Code and 11 ATA.
A senior police official requesting anonymity told Dawn that the arrests were made a day before by an intelligence agency. The Shamshatu refugee camp is located about 25 kilometres southeast of the quiet provincial capital.
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[ALMANAR.LB] A terrorist bomb planted inside the Grand Mosque in Syria's Damascus went off on Friday, killing the Imam Sheikh Salman al-Afandi, state-run TV reported.
Local sources told SANA news agency that a terrorist group planted the IED under the platform of the mosque and detonated it during the Imam's speech.
Sheikh Afandi was martyred at once, and five other worshippers were maimed.
The kaboom caused much destruction inside the mosque.
In a statement issued afternoon, the Ministry of Awqaf announced the martyrdom of Sheikh Afandi, stressing that the blood of the deaders "will only increase our determination to defeat the takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed... terrorism and forces of darkness and evil anytime, anywhere."
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[ABC.NET.AU] Syrian government forces have carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by president Bashir al-Assad.
The attack, the most intense bad boy offensive in Aleppo in three years, aimed to build on recent advances against Mr Assad by an array of groups fighting on separate fronts, including Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... and rebels backed by his regional foes.
Later, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
showed scores of bodies of armed combatants, saying the army had killed at least 100 Lions of Islam in the counter-offensive.
Aleppo, 50 km south of the Turkish border, was Syria's most populous city before the country's descent into civil war.
It has been partitioned into zones of government and bad boy control since 2012.
Aleppo is of vital importance to Mr Assad, and losing it would further entrench a de facto partition of Syria between western areas still governed from Damascus and the rest of the country run by a patchwork of militias.
Fighting between the Lions of Islam and government forces in Aleppo raged into the early hours of Friday.
Syrian air and army strikes on rebel emplacements were continuous, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the war, said.
A Syrian military source said the attack had been repulsed and heavy casualties had been inflicted on the bad boys.
He added that the air force and artillery had been used to target the rebels, who he said had used heavy weapons in their attack.
Rami Abdulrahman from the Syrian Observatory said rebel forces had seized some buildings from government control on the northwestern city outskirts of Jamiyat al-Zahra.
He later said the Lions of Islam were making headway in a part of western Aleppo that would get them closer to the heart of the city.
At least 35 Lions of Islam were killed in that area, including a dozen Syrians and many others of central Asian origin, Mr Abdulrahman said.
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BEIRUT -- A bomb exploded inside a mosque in an opposition-held suburb of Damascus on Friday killing a Muslim cleric, Syria’s state TV reported. The TV said the bomb was placed under the pulpit, or minbar, at the Grand Mosque in the Tal area and went off shortly after the Friday prayers ended. The report said Shaikh Suleiman Afandi was instantly killed.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the killing. Tal has witnessed reconciliation between the government and rebels but is mostly opposition-controlled.
Bombings targeting mosques have not been uncommon during Syria’s civil war. In 2013, preacher Shaikh Mohammad Said Ramadan Al Buti — an outspoken supporter of President Bashar Assad — was killed along with at least 41 others when a suicide bomber struck a Damascus mosque.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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