[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Talibs have launched a coordinated attack on Kohistan ...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns.... at District of northern Sar-e-Pul province.
According to reports, Taliban launched attack on the center of Kohistanat District from four sides last night.
Noor Mohammad Rahmani, head of the Provincial Council of Sar-e-Pul said that heavy festivities have been erupting between security forces and Taliban.
He said routes leading to the district center have been closed, adding that soldiers surrounded by Taliban would be killed if air support does not immediately arrive there.
Rahmani said that he had a video conference with President Mohammad 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. .. this morning and let him know about the situation.
Meanwhile, ...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian... Asadullah Khuram another member of this Shura says that more than 200 soldiers have been surrounded by Taliban.
He said around 600 Taliban are taking part in the attack.
Kohistanat District had recently fallen to Taliban but it was recaptured by security forces.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Sporadic festivities still erupt between security forces and gunnies belonging to the 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.... or Daesh in Achin District of eastern 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.. province.
Ministry of Interior says 20 gunnies have been killed in fresh festivities with security forces.
According to the ministry, the festivities erupted during security operation in Abdulkhil area of Achin District last night.
Since the last five days, Daesh have suffered heavy casualties in Achin District.
They carried out two large-scale coordinated attacks on a number of security posts in this district which were rebuffed by security forces.
Local officials say more than 200 gunnies have been killed and as many maimed during the past five days.
Achin which shares border with Pakistain is one of the restive districts of Nangarhar province.
Haji Ghalib Mujahid, the district's governor says if Achin falls to gunnies they can pose threat to Jalalabad city, the historic provincial capital of Nangarhar province.
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[Tolo News] Ministry of Defense has confirmed that after a large-scale military operation, Afghan cops managed to retake Baharak district in the north-eastern Badakhshan province on Saturday morning.
The operation was launched on Friday night after the arrival of reinforcements troops from Kabul ...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either.... . The district fell to the Taliban earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system... Badakhshan provincial council has said that the Taliban are making gains in some other parts of the province after taking control of Wardoj and Baharak.
One MP, Fawzia Kofi said: "If the collapse of Wardoj and Baharak districts to Taliban is not handled, this will bring Faizabad, center of the province, under threat," MP Fawzia Kofi said.
[Tolo News] In addition to forcing the Taliban back from Kunduz city, the Afghan troops are also transporting injured civilians to hospitals -- a move that civilians have welcomed.
TOLOnews journalist Sharif Amiry -- who was the first journalist to make his way into the city of Kunduz -- said the security forces were being attacked by the Taliban from civilian homes, where they are hiding.
"There is heavy fighting between the security forces and Taliban near civilian homes," reported Sharif, who is embedded with a convoy of security forces clearing the city from turbans.
"Taliban are hiding in civilian homes but the security forces are trying their best to protect civilians and move the injured people to hospitals."
An injured Kunduz resident who was being moved to the hospital called for mercy from the Taliban.
"For Allah's sake, stop killing us," the injured civilian pleaded.
Another resident of Kunduz told the news hound that the Taliban set his vehicle on fire when he was heading to the hospital to see his injured relative who he said had later departed this vale of tears.
Sharif, who was caught in a Taliban ambush, reported that the gunnies were also hiding inside the Kunduz University building from where they opened fire on the convoy of troops he was with.
"The situation has not normalized and the fighting still continues on the streets," said Sharif.
Talking about the crimes of Taliban, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general said the gunnies showed no mercy to the civilians.
"They [Taliban] have torched civilian homes and also burned hundreds of copies of Holy Koran," Major General Zmari Paikan said.
This came after the security forces in the early morning recaptured six Taliban members who had beat feet from Kunduz jail following the turbans' well-planned attack on the city.
Sharif however reported that still some parts of the city are under Taliban control.
The Taliban launched an attack on Kunduz city on Monday after hundreds of well-equipped bully boys, including Pak nationals, stormed the city and over ran government facilities.
They also stormed the prison and let 600 inmates, including 110 Taliban members, escape.
[Tolo News] Assadullah Khurram, a member of Sar-e-Pul provincial council has said that the Taliban - after two days of massive festivities with the Afghan troops managed to seize control of Kohistan ...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns.... at district of northern Sar-e-Pul province on Saturday evening.
He claimed that several requests for reinforcements and air strikes on Taliban had been dispatched to central government, however, the government didn't take the call seriously, an issue which finally led to collapse of the district.
He said that there is no report about the conditions of Afghan cops deployed in the district.
Reports indicate that the Taliban has also destroyed communication towers of telecom companies.
TOLOnews correspondent in the north tried to get comment from government officials, but was not successful.
[AA.TR] Multiple kabooms -- including a suicide kaboom on a cop shoppe -- have killed at least 15 people in Nigeria's capital.
A front man for the country's NEMA relief agency said the Friday-night blasts in Nyanya and Kuje -- outlying regions of Nigeria's federal capital area -- had also injured 41 people.
He said two people died and 21 were maimed in the Nyanya blast; 13 other people died in Kuje with 20 others sustaining injuries.
However, nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits... hospital sources in Abuja told Anadolu Agency that the number of casualties was higher, one pegging it at 27.
A cop shoppe in Kuje was among several locations struck in the latest attack, where ajacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the entrance of the security post.
Only the bomber died, according to a police source, who also claimed the blast was intended to cause confusion to allow attackers a free rein in the other areas.
Friday's incident was the third major blast in Nyanya -- a densely populated suburb -- since 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... extended its offensive beyond the northeast where the radicals' insurgency has been most rooted.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday said it tossed in the calaboose Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! a Syrian man and Filipina woman in Riyadh on charges of obtaining material in preparation for a suicide kaboom, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
The man had planted several bombs around his home in the al-Fayhaa neighborhood in the Saudi capital. It is believed he was intending for security forces to enter his home, before setting off the bombs.
It took security forces 12 hours to dismantle the bombs and evacuate the premises.
The man, named Yasser Mohammad al-Brazy, is believed to have forced the Filipna, named Lady Joy, to live with him after she bravely ran away from her sponsor a year ago. Brazy is also believed to have forced her to convert to Islam.
It is believed that Joy was given the job of sewing boom belts to be used in the planned suicide mission. The belts have now been seized by authorities.
The ministry also announced on Saturday that it had uncovered a base in al-Jazira district of Riyadh used to house and equip jacket wallahs.
On Monday, the Interior Ministry announced it had intercepted an ISIS cell during four simultaneous operations in the Saudi capital Riyadh and the eastern city of Dammam.
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[ALMANAR.LB] The Saudi-US aggression units sustained heavy casualties on Saturday in fierce battle against the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees in Taiz near Bab al-Mandeb Strait and retreated from the region.
Four armored vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition on 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... were also destroyed.
The Saudi-led forces launched an offensive on the Yemeni positions near the strategic Bab al-Mandeb strait on Friday but were repelled after sustaining heavy casualties in the Yemeni forces' counteroffensive.
The latest reports said the Saudi-led coalition forces have been pounding Yemeni army positions in the region with massive missile and air strikes ever since the retreat.
The Yemeni national military and the Committees also shot down a Saudi helicopter and drone in the Western parts of the country.
[Dhaka Tribune] With Sherlocks still nowhere near solving the mystery of last week's murder of an Italian in Dhaka, person or persons unknown yesterday bumped off another foreigner -- this time a Japanese -- in the northern district of Rangpur.
Kunio Hoshi, 65, was killed in broad daylight in Alutari area under Kawnia upazila of Rangpur district around 11am yesterday when he was going to his farm.
Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head... international Islamist krazed killer organization 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.... (IS) has grabbed credit for killing Hoshi and threatened of more attacks yesterday.
"There will continue to be a series of ongoing security operations against nationals of crusader coalition countries, they will not have safety or a livelihood in Muslim lands," the group tweeted, reports news agency Rooters.
Earlier, after the murder of Italian national Cesare Tavella in Dhaka last week, the IS made the same claim. But the Government of Bangladesh said it had found no IS links in Tavella murder.
The government also claimed that the krazed killer group had no existence in Bangladesh because all of its previous attempts to recruit and organise had been stamped out with arrests.
According to Rezaul Karim, OC of the Kawnia cop shoppe, the assailants had been waiting at a certain spot which Hoshi passed every morning on his way to work at Katu Alutari.
The OC also said four people were tossed into the calaboose for interrogation. They are Hoshi's business partner Hira, house-owner Zakaria Haque Bala, rickshaw-puller Munnaf and a local resident Murad Hossain.
Hoshi took a farmland on lease from a Bangladeshi family who live in the Munshipara area of Rangpur district. Two members of this family live in Japan. He cultivated grazing-friendly Napier grass on a two-acre land of the farm.
Before being detained by police, Zakaria, owner of the house that the Japanese lived in, told news hounds that like everyday, Hoshi left home in the morning for the farm. "We got the news of the murder much later."
Shah Alam, a member of the family whose land Hoshi took lease of, told news hounds that he was a jolly man and built good relations with everyone he met. "I do not believe he could have any enemies."
Hoshi used to go from home to his workplace on Munnaf's rickshaw everyday. Munnaf is now a prime witness to the murder.
Before being detained by police, he told news hounds: "We [he and Hoshi] were going to the farm in the morning as usual. On the way, two masked men, both in shirts and jeans, stopped us and shot Hoshi and ran towards a cycle of violence. Another man, wearing a black helmet, was waiting on the bike at a little distance."
The place in Dhaka's Gulshan area where Italian national Cesare Tavella was killed last week was dark and deserted; but yesterday's scene of the crime was right in the middle of a busy street, just 300 yards from a busy market.
After the shooting, Hoshi was taken to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital where the on-duty doctors declared him dead. He's dead, Jim! His body had been kept at the hospital morgue because he has no relatives in Bangladesh.
ASM Barkat Ullah, a doctor working at the hospital, said that Hoshi had three bullet wounds on the chest, waist and shoulder.
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[DAWN] At least one security official was killed and two others sustained injuries on Saturday in an improvised bomb (IED) blast in Mohmand agency.
"The security forces' convoy was on a routine patrol when their vehicles were hit by an IED blast," a security officials told Dawn.com.
The incident occurred in Toran Dara area of Safi tehsil of Mohmand agency, and also injured two other security officials.
The injured soldiers were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) 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. for medical treatment.
[DAWN] An Anti Terrorist Court (ATC) in Quetta issued non-bailable warrant for the arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... (MQM) Chief the increasingly roundedAltaf Hussain ..The head of MQM in Pakistain, who has lived in London and hasn't laid eyes on Pakistain since Caesar made corporal. Judging from the size of him,he may be a Hutt... on Saturday, it has been learnt.
The judge of Quetta ATC, Jan Muhammad Gohar, issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Altaf Hussain for provoking hate and violence against the state and national institutions in his speeches.
Jehangir Kharotai, a citizen of Quetta, had filed an application in Gawalmandi Police Station some time back against the MQM chief.
In his application, Kharotai had mentioned that Altaf has committed treason by using anti-state language in his speeches. The applicant had demanded that Altaf should be brought to the country and tried for treason.
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... despite several notices, the MQM Chief failed to appear before the court.
On Saturday, subsequently, the ATC Judge Jan Muhammad Gohar issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Altaf Hussain.
Another ATC court in Quetta has already issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Altaf Hussain.
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[ALMANAR.LB] Bomb blasts killed at least 13 people in one of Baghdad's main neighborhoods Saturday when three suicide kaboomers tried to break through a checkpoint, security officials said.
"Three jacket wallahs tried to cross the checkpoint at Adan square" in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood, Baghdad Operations Command front man Saad Maan said in a statement.
The attack took place at around 5:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Adan square, one of the main access points for the Shiite holy shrine of Kadhimiyah, which attracts many visitors on Saturdays.
Maan said the security forces at the checkpoint engaged the attackers and rubbed out one of the bombers by the nearby railway while the other two blew themselves up.
A police colonel said that one of the kabooms was caused by a suicide boom-mobile.
He said initial reports were of 13 killed and 37 maimed. A source at the nearby Kadhimiyah hospital confirmed the casualty toll.
Adan square has been repeatedly hit by attacks. More than 20 people died in a suicide kaboom there in February.
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, which has seized swathes of Iraq since last year, claims responsibility for most such attacks but there was no immediate claim for Saturday's twin blasts.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A senior Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, official Saturday called on Paleostinians to take up arms to "defend" the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem after a rise in Jewish visitors to the flashpoint site.
"The only solution to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque and to prevent Israelis from carrying out their plans there is for West Bank and Jerusalem residents to take up arms," Mahmud Zahar said in an interview posted on the Islamist movement's website.
Tensions have been high in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem recently, with Paleostinians and Israeli police clashing at the site, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews.
Zahar's call comes after numerous attacks on Paleostinians were reported in the West Bank Friday as Israeli troops searched for the suspected Paleostinian killers of a Jewish settler couple shot in front of their young children.
"Until now weapons have only served to protect the settlers and the occupiers," added Zahar, whose movement rules the Gazoo Strip. "But we should not forget the West Bank has great human resources that can be mobilized at any moment."
"The image of Paleostinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem throwing stones and Molotov cocktails has dealt a blow to the occupier," he said.
Ma'an quoted Paleostinian security forces as saying that the IDF raided the home of a man named Noud ad-Din Abu Hashya in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus. Hashya is believed to have been involved in the attack that killed the Henkins, Paleostinian security sources told the agency.
According to the report, IDF troops gave Hashya's family a notice for a demolition order on their home, which is expected to be carried out next week.
Consequences are often no fun at all.
The detainees are all thought to be linked to Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, Ma'an said. Hamas praised the attack but did not claim responsibility. A Fatah group claimed to have carried out the killing.
[ALMANAR.LB] Ten Paleostinians were maimed by Zionist occupation fire in the West Bank on Saturday during a raid by troops hunting the murderers of a Jewish settler couple, Paleostinian police and medical sources said.
Paleostinians protesting against the raid in the territory's main northern city of Nablus hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition, the sources said.
The Paleostinian Red Islamic Thingy said "10 people were maimed by live rounds to the legs or stomach," and "four others were maimed in beatings" by security forces.
Tensions have soared in the West Bank since the settler couple were rubbed out in their car on Thursday evening.
Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama, both in the 30s, were buried in occupied Jerusalem on Friday.
The Zionist forces launched a huge manhunt for the gunnies, and deployed troop reinforcements to maintain order following Dire Revenge attacks by settlers.
Paleostinian police said Saturday's violence began when "dozens of occupation soldiers in military vehicles" entered an eastern neighborhood of Nablus, one of the largest cities in the West Bank.
"They placed in durance vile ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... eight people and conducted searches, entering properties by force and causing damage," the police said.
Apprehensive of rising tensions between settlers and Paleostinians after Thursday's shooting, the Zionist army said it had deployed "four battalions in order to prevent an escalation of violence in the area adjacent to the location of the attack".
[ARA] At least 28 turban fighters of the 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.... (ISIS) were killed during festivities with the Kurdish forces in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah, military sources reported on Saturday.
ISIS Lions of Islam had attacked Kurdish headquarters near Mount Abdulaziz in Hasakah countryside on Friday. Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) subsequently evacuated their centers in what they called a "strategic withdrawal".
"On Saturday, the YPG forces besieged ISIS Lions of Islam near Mount Abdulaziz and killed dozens of Lions of Islam and destroyed several vehicles," a front man for the YPG Media Center told ARA News in Hasakah.
"Our forces collected 28 corpses of the terrorists, but the number could be much more," the source said. "We have also seized a large deal of ammunition following the strategic operation."
Also on Saturday, the Kurdish forces repelled an offensive by ISIS Lions of Islam in several villages in the western countryside of Hasakah, including Bdej, Ghara, Tel Hamam and Jafra.
"The terrorist group has tried to attack western Hasakah from several sides, but our forces have been prepared and we have received large reinforcements from neighboring areas. Our brave YPG forces have successfully repelled the attack and forced the Lions of Islam of Daesh (ISIS) to withdraw from the area," the YPG front man said.
The U.S.-led coalition's aircraft has provided air cover to the Kurdish forces during the festivities against ISIS.
"The coalition conducted more than three strikes in the southern countryside of Hasakah on Saturday, bombing ISIS supply line near Shaddadi," media activist Muhammad al-Ahmed told ARA News in Hasakah.
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[ALMANAR.LB] Military sources on Saturday said that the al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ... Front's positions in Jisr al-Shoghour in Idleb governorate and in Jabal al-Zawiya and Jabal al-Akrad in Lattakia province were pounded by the Russian fighter jets.
The military source in the Lattakia governorate said that the Russian Air Force struck a convoy of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorist group that was making its way from the bad boy-held city of Jisr al-Shughour towards the northeastern territory of the province.
Likely the convoy was meant to reinforce embattled comrades.
The sources further added that the Russian fighter jets took off from the Hmeimiyat airfields inside the Bassel Al-Assad International Airport this morning for their operations.
In addition to their Arclight airstrikes over Northeastern Lattakia and Northwestern Idleb, the Russian air force is also targeting the al-Qaeda controlled cities of Ma'arat Al-Nu'man, Kafr Nabl, Sarmeen, Ariha, and Saraqib in Idlib governorate.
The Russian military command recently stated that these Arclight airstrikes should last up to 4 months; however, they could be extended if the Russian military is unable to destroy the ISIL offensive capacity in both Syria and Iraq.
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