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Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions
[Miltimes] A Navy prosecutor last week sent an email to the editor of Navy Times that was embedded with a secret digital tracking device. The tracking device came at a time when the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is mounting an investigation into media leaks surrounding the high-profile court-martial of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes.

That email, from Navy prosecutor Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak to Navy Times editor Carl Prine, came after several months of Navy Times reporting that raised serious questions about the Navy lawyers’ handling of the prosecution in the war crimes case.

When asked about the email Czaplak sent to Prine, NCIS spokesman Jeff Houston said Thursday that "during the course of the leak investigation, NCIS used an audit capability that ensures the integrity of protected documents. It is not malware, not a virus, and does not reside on computer systems. There is no risk that systems are corrupted or compromised."

The Navy’s top spokesman, Capt. Greg Hicks, declined to comment on the email device targeting Navy Times but acknowledged that the Navy is conducting "an ongoing investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of information covered by a judge’s protective order." Hicks said the investigation is being conducted by the NCIS.

Czaplak is the lead prosecutor in two related war crimes cases involving Navy special warfare personnel.

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, has pleaded not guilty to a murder count in the death of an injured teenage militant he allegedly stabbed to death in 2017 in Iraq. Gallagher’s platoon’s commanding officer, Lt. Jacob Portier, is fighting charges of conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly conducting Gallagher’s re-enlistment ceremony next to the corpse.

The case has become so high-profile that it has even drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who ordered Gallagher moved from the brig to a hospital complex.

Related from FOX: Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher’s lawyers say military prosecutors spied by hiding tracking software in emails
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2019 15:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Somebody's for the chop.

Coming up next, why does the USN seem to be incapable of actually court-martialling anyone?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/17/2019 19:34 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Air attack kills 17 policemen 'by mistake'
UNCONFIRMED reporting.
[Aljazeera] An air attack has killed 17 policemen by mistake during a battle with the Taliban just outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, officials said.

Attaullah Afghan, the head of the provincial council, said the attack took place on Thursday while Afghan police were fighting the Taliban near the city.

Fourteen policemen were wounded in the attack, he added.

A spokesperson for the provincial governor said the strike was carried out by NATO Resolute Support mission force in the Nahr-e-Seraj area of the Helmand-Kandahar highway.

There was no immediate response to a query to the US military in Kabul. American forces regularly back Afghan troops when asked to.

Helmand's Governor Mohammad Yasin said the air raid is being investigated. A Taliban statement claimed US forces were behind it.
Interesting update from Tolo News at 12:20 p.m. EDT:
The Ministry of Interior Affairs in a statement confirmed the casualties but said an investigation has been carried out to find out whether it was due to a friendly airstrike or due to the clashes with the Taliban.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2019 07:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Sooner or later we will have an inter-agency shootout here in the US. Popcorn.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Such things do happen, and it is always sad when it does. Fog of war and all that.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||


Taliban’s most dangerous commander Mullah Khadem killed in Balkh province
[KhaamaPress] One of the most dangerous commanders of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Mullah Khadem was killed during the joint operations which were conducted in northern Balkh province, the Ministry of Interior announced late on Wednesday.

A front man for the Ministry of Interior Nasrat Rahimi said Mullah Khadem, one of the most dangerous commanders of Taliban was killed during the joint operations which were conducted in Mugholha and Boka villages.

Rahimi further added that another key member of the group identified as Sarwar son of Juma Khan was placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
during the same operations.

The anti-government armed turbans including Taliban have not commented regarding the killing of Mullah Khadem so far.

Balkh is among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation in some parts of the province has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some of the remote districts of the province where often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The last cleric I had routine truck with was most dangerous when drinking scotch and cheating at golf...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||


Artillery, airstrikes pound Taliban positions along Ghazni-Paktia highway
[KhaamaPress] At least 20 Death Eaters were killed in a series of air and artillery strikes pounding Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
positions along Ghazni-Paktia highway.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Wednesday at least four Arclight airstrikes and one artillery strike were carried out along the highway as part of Khalid-3 operations.

The statement further added that the Taliban positions were targeted in Arzoo and Shaliz areas located in the outskirts of Ghazni city.

The Khalid-3 operations are being conducted to clear which connects Ghazni with the south-eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province, the statement said, adding that three cycle of violences, a 82mm artillery, and Dshk machine gun were also destroyed during the operation.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Get your kicks on Route 66 Ghazni-Paktia highway
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||


Special Forces arrest suspected terrorist attack plotters in Kabul city
[KhaamaPress] At least four suspects have been locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on charges of orchestrating terrorist attacks in capital Kabul, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Thursday.

According to a statement released by MoI, the suspects were arrested during an operation of the Special Forces of Afghan National Police on Wednesday night.

The statement further added that the operation was conducted in the vicinity of 8th police district of the city.

The Ministry of Interior in another statement said a similar operation was conducted in the vicinity of Jalalabd city, the picturesque provincial capital of 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.

According to a MoI, a suspect who was involved in orchestrating terrorist attacks was arrested during the same operation.

The anti-government armed bandidos faceless myrmidons including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the two operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under:


Pakistani ISIS militants and their family members surrender to Afghan armed forces
[KhaamaPress] Two members 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group surrendered to Afghan forces in 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 of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel told news hounds that the two ISIS members are originally hailing from Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

province of Pakistain.

Miakhel further added that the two ISIS members surrendered to Afghan forces together with their family members which include three women and nine children.

He also added that the two ISIS members surrendered to the Afghan forces one and half years after joining ISIS ranks and conducting terrorist related activities in Achin district.

This comes as numerous reports have emerged recently regarding the growing activities of Pak Lions of Islam in Afghanistan.

At least 33 Pak nationals who were fighting in the ranks of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
were killed in South-eastern Ghazni province earlier this week.

The provincial government and police headquarters issued separate statements on Tuesday confirming that 42 Lions of Islam including 33 Paks were killed in latest operations which were conducted in Andar district.

The statements further added that the operations were conducted late on Monday night by Afghan and U.S. forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Airstrike kills Taliban fighter who was responsible for an attack on Afghan Special Forces
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike was carried out in northern Faryab province leaving a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighter dead, the informed military sources said Thursday.

The sources further added that the slain Taliban bully boy was responsible for an attack on Afghan Special Forces.

"A strike in along Highway 1 killed a Taliban fighter who was responsible for an attack on Afghan Special Forces," the sources said.

The military sources also confirmed that the 2nd Battalion of the 209th Brigade conducted successful ground operations in Balkh district of northern Balkh province killing 2 Taliban fighters, wounding 5 and capturing 2.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier reported that one of the most commanders of Taliban identified as Mullah Khadem was killed during a joint operation in Balkh province.

The anti-government armed snuffies including Taliban have not commented regarding the two operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan Special Forces arrest key ISIS group member in Baghlan province
[KhaamaPress] A key group member 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
during an operation of the Special Forces in northern Baghlan province.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said Thursday that the ISIS group member was arrested during an operation which was conducted by the Special Forces of the Afghan National Police in Baghlan Markazi district.

The statement further added that an Ak-47 assault rifle, 9 mobile phones and laptop computer were also confiscated during the same operation.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented regarding the operation so far.

The military sources had earlier reported that 4 Talibs were killed and 5 others were maimed in an operation of the Afghan Special Forces in the same district.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Al-Shabab Engages Gunfight With Somali Army In Somali Town
[RADIOSHABELLE] A heavy shootout between Somali military and al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
fighters took place on Tuesday night Qoryoley district located in the southern volatile Lower Shabelle region.

The battle broke out following an ambush attack against army bases in the town by armed murderous Moslems from different directions, according to the sources.

The two sides exchanged heavy and light weaponry during the fighting which raged on for a few minutes. The details of the casualties on both parties remained sketchy.

The situation has returned to normal on Wednesday morning and there have been reports on security operation to ensure the stability after the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Kenya Beefs Up Security During Ramadan Amid Terror Threats
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenyan police on Wednesday urged citizens to be extra vigilant during the month of Ramadan.

Police front man Charles Owino said security will be beefed up to secure mosques for Moslems to conduct their prayers peacefully and to avert possible al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
attacks on churches.

"For a peaceful Ramadan and the subsequent Eid festivities, security agencies have deployed officers around areas of interest within our cities and areas near the Kenya-Somalia border," Owino said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The statement came as the Moslem community in Kenya observe the holy month of Ramadan.

More coppers have been deployed for enhanced patrols, Owino said, urging Kenyans to exercise a high degree of vigilance and to report any suspicious persons or activities to authorities.

Terror attacks have previously been witnessed in the country during Ramadan, he said.

During Ramadan in June 2014, 150 people were killed when al-Shabaab Death Eaters infiltrated Kenya and attacked coastal villages in Lamu and Tana River counties.

Al-Qaeda-allied al-Shabaab has vowed to attack Kenya after the east African nation made a cross-border incursion into Somalia in 2011 to flush out Death Eaters it blamed for kidnappings of tourists.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali Police Killed A Gunman After Shooting Injured A Soldier
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali security forces have today killed suspected al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
member in Somali capital city, Mogadishu.

The slain suspect and another man had allegedly tried to kill a government soldier.

According to witnesses, the two men riding cycle of violence shot up the soldier at Bakara junction in the capital.

The soldier was said to have sustained injuries and rushed to the hospital.

The security forces responded to the incident by firing back at suspected assailants.

The fire exchange resulted in the death of one of the attacker, according to the security officials.

Other suspects reportedly beat feet from the scene.

The security forces launched an operation to hunt down the other suspect in the suburbs of Howl-wadag district.

Al-Shabaab lost control of Somali capital in 2011 following a major offensive by Somali forces backed by African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The group still carries out liquidations and kabooms in Mogadishu.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [61 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Fourty-seven militants, five troops killed in Sinai raids: Army
[AlAhram] Fourty-seven forces of Evil and five Egyptian troops were killed during recent raids in the Sinai border region, the army said in a statement Thursday.

Air forces destroyed 29 hideouts used by "terrorist elements" in operations central and northern Sinai, the statement said. Militants killed were found in possession of rifles and improvised bombs.

Five army personnel, including two officers and three soldiers, were killed and four others maimed during the fighting, the statement added.

Egyptian security forces launched an extensive security operation in February 2018 to eliminate Islamist forces of Evil who have launched violent attacks that mainly targeted police and troops over the past several years.

The statement also said that military engineers in Sinai discovered and destroyed 385 bombs planted to target forces at operation sites. Forces also locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
158 criminal suspects.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Libya's Tobruk-based HoR labels Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group
[Libya Observer] Several House of Representatives' members in Tobruk, eastern Libya who are loyal to 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. 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...
, voted Monday for the labelling of Moslem Brüderbund as a terrorist group.

About 20 HoR members - who back up Haftar's war on 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...
- held a session on Monday in order to discuss the convening of sessions by over 50 members in Tripoli.

According to analysts, the labelling of Moslem Brüderbund Group as terrorist is just a way to get under the wings of the US administration that is currently mulling labelling the group as terrorist on its own list, knowing that the HoR in Tobruk voted for the same label after the Gulf crisis to get the blessings of the UAE and 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...
The HoR spokesmen Abdullah Blihiq said the sessions are legal only if they are held in Benghazi or Tobruk, referring to the holding of HoR sessions for members rejecting Haftar's war on Tripoli in the capital.

He added that the HoR decided to form a committee to supervise the distribution of oil resources in coordination with the UN, saying the Presidential Council is using the oil money to pay militias.

Blihiq accused the Presidential Council of squandering public funds and spending over 2.4 billion dinars on armed militias in Tripoli, calling on the Attorney General and the UN to assume their responsibilities regarding such matters.

"We call on the UN to stop supporting the Presidential Council and we have formed a committee to communicate with the international community to clarify things and the reality behind the Tripoli military operations." The HoR said.

Over 50 HoR members have been convening sessions in Tripoli for "correcting the HoR's policies and returning it to its own duties."

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Abductors Demand $1.5 Million Ransom For Cuban Doctors
[RADIOSHABELLE] Suspected Al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
turbans who kidnapped two Cuban doctors in Mandera are now demanding Ksh.150 million [$1.5 milion] in ransom.

The ransom demand was communicated through community elders who went to a remote place between the towns of Buale and El-Ade in Jubaland region of Somalia, where general practitioner Herera Corea and surgeon Landy Rodriguez are said to have been seen alive.

After days of negotiations, community elders from Mandera and Bulahawo in Somalia who traveled deep into the horn of Africa nation confirmed that the two are alive and offering treatment to the community in a restricted environment.

Their abductors are demanding a 1.5 million U.S. dollars (Ksh.150 million) ransom to release the doctors kidnapped on their way to work from home in Mandera County on April 12, 2018.

Sources privy to the North-Eastern provincial administration command, however, says authorities have sent back the elders seeking to further negotiate the ransom.

Intelligence sources however intimate that the duo might have been kidnapped by bandidos who handed them over to suspected the Al-Shabaab turbans who subsequently sought the ransom from the group of elders allegedly through proxies.

Following the abduction, Cuban doctors posted in Wajir, Garissa and Tana River were recalled and reassigned other counties.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa Subsaharan
ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack On Niger Soldiers
Follow up to this report from yesterday.
[Jpost] 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....
grabbed credit on Thursday for an attack on Niger soldiers near the Mali border, the group’s Amaq news agency said, without providing evidence.

The corpse count from Tuesday's attack rose to 28, an army front man said earlier.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 00:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Fighting grips Hodeidah port, complicates peace moves
[DAWN] Houthi
...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ...
fighters and Saudi-backed pro-government forces battled in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, breaching a ceasefire and potentially complicating a troop withdrawal agreement intended to pave the way for wider peace talks.

Hodeidah port, which has been under Houthi control, is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis threatened by starvation because of the war as it is the main entry point for food imports and aid.

The Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah and two other Red Sea ports began on Saturday and was the most significant advance yet in efforts to end the four-year-old war.

The United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
said on Tuesday the ports had been handed over to a coasties and the pullout was going to plan.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Continue pull out
Posted by: newc || 05/17/2019 3:05 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Video of FSB arresting terrorist in Moscow.
[Twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Yes, but which militants? Did anybody understand the Russian well enough to translate?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2019 16:02 Comments || Top||

#2  ...well, I don't think it was a Miranda warning :)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2019 18:42 Comments || Top||

#3  All I could get at first listen was some cop stuff like "Here he is" before they jump out of the van and "Speak Russian! Let's go! Let's go" as they push the perp inside the apartment.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/17/2019 18:52 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law among two JuD men detained
[DAWN] The Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

government has detained Naib Emir of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
(JuD) organization, Abdul Rehman Makki, along with another big shot Mohammad Shahbaz after the police believed their activities posed a threat to peace and tranquillity in the country.

The action was taken after the JuD big shots in their speeches criticised the government’s action against outfits to comply with the requirement of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

An official privy to the information told Dawn that the detention order of Makki and Shahbaz were issued by Lahore Deputy Commissioner Saleha Saeed under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.

The police detained them for 90 days and sent them to the Camp Jail, he said.

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The official said Makki is the brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed
...founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its false-mustache offshoot Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The United Nations declared the JuD a terrorist organization in 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader. Hafiz, JuD and LeT are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Pak intel apparatus, so that amounted to squat...
and he was detained from Lahore along with his senior fellow.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


Man sent to Adiala jail on blasphemy charge
[DAWN] A retired army official was jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
and sent to Adiala jail on a charge of blasphemy, it emerged on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old suspect, a Golra resident who retired from Army Medical Corps, was sent to the jail on 14-day judicial remand.

According to the complaint lodged with the Golra cop shoppe, the suspect having a Facebook account allegedly posts derogatory comments in response to the posts in praise of holy personalities. The complainant, Yasir Qasmi, stated that he had an account on Facebook. "Whenever I share something in praise of the holy personalities, including Khulfae Rashideen, Ummul Momineen, Ahle Bait and companions of the Holy Prophet (PTUI!), the man starts replying with derogatory comments."

The Golra police registered an FIR under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 298-A (use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of holy personages) of the Pakistain Penal Code. Sub-inspector Umar Hayat, who is investigating the case, told Dawn that the police arrested the suspect and produced him in a court of law that remanded him to jail for two weeks.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Indian forces kill 3 Kashmiri fighters, 1 civilian in IoK
[DAWN] Three Kashmiri fighters, an Indian soldier and a local civilian were killed on Thursday morning during a gunbattle in Indian-Indian Kashmiree that triggered anti-India protests and festivities, officials and residents said.

The gunbattle broke out in a neighborhood in Pulwama as police and soldiers conducted searches in the area, according to an Indian army front man. Three Kashmiri fighters and an Indian soldier were killed in the shootout.

A civilian was also killed and his brother maimed during the fighting, police said. Two Indian soldiers were also injured in the gunbattle.

Local residents said troops also damaged a civilian home with explosives.

The gunbattle sparked protests and festivities as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with the fighters despite security lockdown in the area.
Good move. Pak Idiot fodder
Government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters who threw stones at them. No one was immediately reported injured in the street festivities.

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15 injured in explosion inside Rahim Yar Khan bank building
[DAWN] At least 15 people were maimed in an kaboom that took place inside the building of a private bank on National Highway in Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Rescue 1122 officials told DawnNewsTV on Thursday.

Rescue 1122 officials reached the site of the blast as the news broke. The building where the blast took place collapsed partially.

According to Rescue 1122 officials, a search and recuse operation is currently underway and the injured are being shifted to hospitals.

Deputy Commissioner Sadiqabad Jameel Ahmed Jameel has declared an emergency in the DHQ and Sheikh Zaid Hospital.

The nature of the kaboom is yet to be determined and the area surrounding the bank has been cordoned off.
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9 suspected militants killed in security forces' operation in Balochistan's Mastung
[DAWN] Security forces claimed to have killed nine suspected turbans during a raid in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
's Mastung district on Thursday.

Sources in the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) said that personnel of CTD and other law enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation against suspected turbans in Qabo Mehran area of Mastung.

During the ensuing exchange of fire with the hard boys, four security personnel also sustained injuries, the sources added. The injured coppers were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Security forces also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the possession of the suspected hard boys.

A senior security officer who declined to be named told DawnNewsTV that the slain turbans were affiliated with an outlawed organization. Their bodies were transported to Quetta for postmortem examination.

Mastung is considered to be one of the sensitive areas of Balochistan. Security forces have conducted operations there against the turbans in the past as well.

The operation comes just over two days after a police vehicle in Quetta was targeted through an improvised bomb in the Satellite Town area. Four coppers were martyred in the attack ‐ which was claimed by the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
Pakistain ‐ and a fifth who was maimed departed this vale of tears on Wednesday.

Security in the scenic provincial capital and other parts of Balochistan was beefed up in the aftermath of a recent wave of terrorist incidents in the province.
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Iraq
4 killed in Sadrist anti-corruption protest in Najaf
[Rudaw] Anti-corruption protests called by firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf turned violent on Wednesday night resulting in the death of four people.

Four people were killed and 17 maimed, according to Najaf’s Hakim Hospital, when security guards outside a mall owned by a former Sadrist opened fire on the crowd.

Sadr, who leads the Sayirun alliance, the biggest bloc in the Iraqi parliament, had called on his supporters to take to the streets to protest against corruption within the ranks of his own Sadrist Movement.

The Political Board of the Sadrist Movement condemned "the use of armed force" for quelling "peaceful and civilized" protests. "We are closely monitoring recent developments in some provinces," it said.

"Firing on unarmed and peaceful protesters is a crime and an outright violation of the basic principles of human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
and the freedom of expressions, the laws and constitution."

"The martyrdom and the wounding of the peaceful protesters by the guards of the corrupt or the guards of the building and offices of the corrupt is intolerable," it added.

The protests took place in front of the al-Bashir shopping mall, which is reportedly owned by a Sadr Movement leader named Jawad al-Garawi.

Garawi was allegedly expelled from the movement’s ranks on charges of corruption.

Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi, a Sadrist Movement leader with close ties to Sadr, had urged supporters to target the businesses of individuals accused of corruption.

"If the corrupt want to return, we are standing in the way and we will prevail over them," al-Iraqi wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday night.

Adnan Awadh, a journalist working for the Alhurra TV, tweeted a video of flames engulfing the mall.

According to Awadh, the protesters set fire to the mall after the guards shot at them.

In a statement on Thursday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s Security Media Cell said: "Security forces have tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
five guards of the mall who had opened fire on the protesters."

Protests have spread to other predominately Shiite provinces including Wasit, Babil, and Karbala, where demonstrators are targeting the companies and offices of sacked Sadrist Movement members.

On Monday Sadr ordered the formation of a committee to gather information about his movement’s members working in governmental sectors.

"I no longer tolerate the defamation of my father’s reputation by you and the derailment of his path," Sadr said, referring to his revered Islamic scholar father, Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr.

Sadr has not identified specific members of his movement involved in corruption.

The Sayirun alliance leader is an extremely influential figure in Iraqi politics. His Mahdi Army fought the post-2003 US occupation. During the reign of former prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Sadr regularly mobilized mass demonstrations in the capital Baghdad against corruption.

In Iraq’s May 12 election last year, Sadr’s Sayirun alliance of Sadrists, secularists and communists secured 54 parliamentary seats, with several candidates running on an anti-corruption ticket.

Although Sadr did not himself run for election, the result has given him profound influence over the new government, its appointments, and its agenda.

Iraq is ranked among the world’s most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International.
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UK puts troops in Iraq on alert, citing Iran-linked threats: Sky News
[Rudaw] The United Kingdom has raised the threat level for British military personnel based in Iraq due to an increased likelihood of Iran or its proxies taking action against British, US or other allied interests in the region, a government source told Sky News on Thursday. Iran has dismissed the reported threats as "propaganda."

British military personnel and their families in 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...
, Kuwait and Qatar
Continued on Page 49
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
At least 3 brush fires reported in area close to Gaza Strip
[IsraelTimes] At least three brush fires started Thursday in the area around the Gazoo Strip, apparently sparked by incendiary balloons that were floated across the border, local officials said.

Firefighters worked to control the blazes, which broke out in the Shokeda and Be’eri forests close to the border with the Paleostinian enclave.

There were no injuries or damage to property reported in the fires.

The Gazoo-based Sons of Zouari, which has been behind most of the balloon-based attacks on southern Israel in the past year, also threatened in a statement that the terror group would be "more active than ever" on Wednesday.
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Plot To Smuggle Military Equipment Into Gaza Foiled
[Jpost] An attempt to smuggle weapon equipment, scuba diving equipment and communications equipment into the Gazoo Strip was foiled on Wednesday, Maariv reported Thursday morning.

Two hundred and fifty Israeli mail bags were transferred into the Gazoo Strip through the Erez crossing, and was coordinated by the Gazoo Coordination and Liaison Administration on behalf of the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories.

Of the 250 Israeli mail bags transferred into Gazoo, 172 packages were identified as "suspected dual-use products."

The Erez Crossing officer, on behalf of the Gazoo District Coordination Office (DCO), seized and confiscated the suspicious items that were ordered on the Internet, which contained military and electronic equipment that could be used for terrorist purposes, Maariv reported.

Among the packages identified by the DCO officer, there were digital microscopes, weapon sights, flashlights and holsters for weapons, scanners, electronic components, telephone space, hidden cameras, communications equipment, diving lights and military boots.
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Hamas: No missiles in Gaza directed at Gulf states
[Jpost] Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", denied the presence of missiles in the Gazoo Strip that are directed towards Persian Gulf states, after Iraqi politician Ayad Allawi said in an interview with Iraq’s al-Sharqiya television network that Israel has discovered and photographed ballistic missile pads in the Gazoo Strip.

"According to the information I have, the Israeli intelligence has discovered and taken photos of the missile pads after the Israelis attacked Hamas in the Gazoo Strip," he said. "They handed the photos of the ballistic and other missiles to the Americans."

Allawi said that according to information he has received, there are also missile pads in the Iraqi city of Basra.

"The missile pads in the Gazoo Strip, Syria and Iran are directed towards the Gulf states," he said. "The Americans have seen the photos. I heard this from an important American official with whom I recently met. He told me this in the presence of two other Iraqis."

Allawi said that the Americans decided to come to Baghdad to investigate the matter and confer with Iraqi officials. "They came here and discovered that the matter was becoming more serious," he added.

The US-backed Allawi served as vice president of Iraq from 2014 to 2015, and also as the country’s interim prime minister from 2004 to 2005.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made a surprise visit to Iraq earlier this month, is reported to have told Iraqi officials that US intelligence showed Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing American forces, according to Rooters.

Allawi’s disclosure about the missiles in the Gazoo Strip is the first of its kind made by an Arab official.

Salah Bardaweel, a senior Hamas official in the Gazoo Strip, denied Allawi’s claims on Thursday, and accused him of parroting charges dictated to him by "Zionists."

"We don’t direct our weapons against our own chest," Bardaweel said on Twitter. "What happened to the Arab officials?"

Paleostinian political analyst Ashraf Saleh said that even if the Iraqi politician’s claims about the presence of Iranian ballistic missiles in the Gazoo Strip were accurate, this means that they don’t belong to Hamas ‐ a hint that the missiles are in the possession of Iran’s proxy Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
(PIJ).

"At this phase, Hamas is working to normalize its relations with all Arab regimes," Saleh said. "It’s not in Hamas’s interest to have hostile relations with the Arab regimes. It’s possible that these missiles belong to a Paleostinian faction strongly linked to Iran. This faction is not politically restricted and is not afraid of losing power because of its hostility to any Arab country."

The political analyst said he ruled out the possibility that Iran would use PIJ to attack the Gulf states. The Iranians, he noted, "may support Islamic Jihad with advanced missiles to strike Israel," he said.
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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Forces on Patrol after Anti-Muslim Riots
[AnNahar] Troops and police patrolled parts of Sri Lanka on Thursday as international pressure mounted on Colombo to contain anti-Moslem riots that killed one man in a backlash against the Easter terror attacks.
international pressure? NOBODY CARES
Military front man Sumith Atapattu said there were no incidents of violence in the 24 hours ending Thursday morning, but police and security forces continued to carry out search operations.

Police said they had detained at least 112 suspects by Wednesday evening and more arrests were being carried out to ensure there was no repetition of the riots that saw Moslem homes, businesses and mosques attacked.

A night curfew in North-Western Province (NWP), which has seen the worst of the anti-Moslem backlash after the Islamist suicide kabooms on April 21, was relaxed on Thursday morning.

But some 5,500 additional police were deployed in NWP.

"We are carrying out search operations and have a large presence on the ground," Atapattu told AFP.

A shopkeeper in Minuwangoda, one of the worst affected towns just north of Colombo, said roads were reopened Thursday amid a heavy military and police presence.

"I normally have about 30 customers in the morning, but today there were just three," the electronic goods seller told AFP by telephone. "Banks have opened, but it will take a few weeks before we get back to our normal routine."

There were similar reports from other riot-scarred towns.

The Easter attacks claimed 258 lives and were blamed on a local jihadi group which pledged allegiance 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....
group.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US official: Iranian missiles spotted on boats in Gulf
[IsraelTimes] Washington reveals key concern behind military buildup, citing worries over Iranian ’intent’ in strategic shipping area.

A US official said Thursday that Iranian missiles loaded on small boats in the Persian Gulf were among the "threats" that have triggered a beefed-up military deployment in the region.

"The missiles on civilian boats are a concern," said the official, who asked not to be named.

The person was confirming reports in The New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

saying that Washington reacted to aerial photos from US intelligence agencies showing traditional boats carrying Iranian missiles in the Gulf, one of the world’s most strategic waterways.

The fully-assembled missiles were loaded on the boats by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, which the US has designated a "foreign terrorist organization," the newspaper reported.

"What the military and the intelligence are concerned about is the intent," the US official told AFP.

The Trump administration has been ramping up pressure on Tehran for the past 10 days, reinforcing its military presence in the Gulf region to ward off what it warned were Iranian threats to US assets and allies there, without providing any evidence of the danger.

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, did not deny the shipment of the missiles in an interview with National Public Radio.

"We have to prepare ourselves," he said. "I am not in a position to talk about military preparedness in Iran. But what I can tell you is that all these allegations are part of fake allegations which are being directed against Iran to prepare something like a conflict or something like a war."
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U.S. State Department: Iran's IRGC Has Set Up A Training Base In Lebanon
So many of Iran’s secrets being revealed...
[Jpost] The US State Department has released a video alleging that Iran has established a military training base in Leb in close proximity to Rayak Air Force base near the border with Syria.

The video, released in an Arabic language tweet on Tuesday, said that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force training facility near Beit Moubarak, on Leb’s eastern border opposite Syria’s Zabadani, is a training facility for armored personnel carriers (APCs).

"We see a small valley that goes down. This has a series of berms that are alternating, on the left and right. This is a training course for armored personnel carriers," Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Senior Fellow for Imagery Analysis at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) said in the video.

According to Seth G. Jones, senior adviser at CSIS, Iran’s goal with a base like this is to improve the capabilities of its local allies such as Hezbollah, and has similar training facilities in Iran, "where it can bring individuals from all of these locations."

"The IRGC’s Quds Force is Iran’s primary military actor in the Middle East. It competes with countries like the United States by training, advising and equipping sub-state forces, including Shia militias in Iraq and Hezbollah in Leb," he said.

The Imam Ali Training Facility outside Iran’s capital Tehran was mentioned in the video as being "a small facility until 2008," and has since become "a much larger, much more comprehensive" site, with shooting ranges, training facilities for urban fighting and parade grounds, Bermudez explained.

According to David Daoud, a research analyst on Hezbollah and Leb at United Against Nuclear Iran, while the video suggests that the IRGC base was discovered this past February, it "could be much older."

"I also doubt APCs would be of any use to Iran or its proxies in confronting the United States or regional allies like the Israelis. They’d be easy targets for superior stand-off firepower," Daoud told The Jerusalem Post.

Nevertheless, the fact that the base is in close proximity to Rayak Air Base shows two things, Daoud said.

"First, how compromised the eastern Lebanese-Syrian border is to entry of ’resistance axis’ elements and the Lebanese state’s inability to properly police its territory against Iranian penetration. The IRGC base’s proximity to the LAF’s Rayak Air Base only underscores this," he said. "Second, it further demonstrates unification of the ’Resistance Axis’ that Nasrallah and other Iranian proxy-militia leaders have often mentioned, where in a future war (say, against Israel), Hezbollah would not fight alone, but would be joined by other forces."

Officials in Israel’s defense establishment have warned that the Lebanese army has lost its independence and become an "integral part" of Hezbollah’s network, and that the next war on Israel’s northern border will not be confined to one front but will see conflict with both Syria and Leb.

With the saber rattling between Iran and the United States, Daoud told the Post that it was "highly unlikely" that a war would break out "absent some miscalculation" ‐ but if one were to occur, Iran would "activate their proxies on some level against US regional allies that would include Israel and 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...
Israel and Hezbollah fought a deadly 33-day war in 2006. While the border has been relatively quiet, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has warned that the next war with Israel would see fighters from across the Shi’ite world participating.

But, Daoud said, "Hezbollah is as disinterested in a genuine escalation as its Iranian masters," as a full-blown regional war would "endanger all of [Iran’s] gains in Syria and Iraq."
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