[USSOCOM] JUNCTION, Texas -- More than 10,000 miles away from home, four Afghan National Army wounded soldiers sit with their sergeant major and some American men and women in the heart land of America for a weeklong seminar, March 31- April 3, 2015, to learn skills that will better enable them to take care of their Afghan brothers wounded in combat.
A few hours northeast of San Antonio lies 'Eagle's Summit Ranch,' a 250-acre property owned by the Roever Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting the U.S. military, providing assistance to wounded warriors, hosting educational workshops, and providing public speaking opportunities for veterans.
This week, Dave Roever [photo], President and Founder of Operation Warrior RECONnect, along with his staff, provide techniques to help build self-esteem among the warriors through mentoring, team-building, and therapeutic activities. The special operations commandos also receive educational opportunities and tools for overcoming and coping with new physical and mental injuries.
Unlike the U.S., Afghanistan does not have benevolent care centers for their veterans. When injured in combat, Afghan soldiers receive a one-time pension, are forced to retire, and often left to fend for themselves. The goal of Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Maj. Faiz Mohammad Wafa, the top enlisted leader of Afghanistan's National Army Special Operations Command, is to change that.
[Tolo News] Afghan military forces are engaged with 14 operations around the country, clashing with forces of Evil in nine provinces, officials from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday.
The counter-insurgency clearing operations are being conducted in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , Ghazni, Paktika ...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo... , 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.. , Kunar, Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... , Faryab, Kunduz and other parts of the country, MoD front man Dawlat Waziri said.
"Right now, we have 14 operations in nine provinces of the country, some which were planned and several still ongoing," Waziri said. "In Moqur district of Ghazni province, in which 37 forces of Evil were killed and 26 other injured, seven masked gunnies were also among the dead [...] and we don't have any casualties so far."
The operations come after months of deteriorating security around the country, with a deadly Daesh-claimed suicide kaboom in Nagarhar province and a high-profile ambush on Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Badakhshan province. The government has received criticism for not taking more decisive and strategic action against bully boy groups sooner.
"We are concerned that if the central government does not take action quickly regarding security in Kunduz, soon, the forces of Evil will take the control of this province," Kunduz MP Fatema Aziz said on Friday.
On Thursday night, Kunduz Police Chief Abdul Saboor Nasrati said Taliban forces of Evil attacked a number of security posts in the province and clashed with the security forces for several hours, ultimately leaving two coppers and 22 forces of Evil dead.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase... officials in Faryab province also said that forces of Evil attacked military outposts on Thursday night. "Four enemies have been killed in the attack and three other of them were maimed," Provincial Police Chief Mohammad Nabi Elham said.
[AnNahar] Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit a camp housing rebel troops in Yemen's third city Taez on Friday, after a night of festivities and raids throughout the war-hit country, residents said.
Warplanes struck the camp, which was being used by a rebel army unit loyal to ousted 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... in central Taez, they said.
The main southern city of Aden also came under coalition fire as festivities between supporters of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and rebels raged until dawn, pro-government Lions of Islam told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Residents in Yemen's eastern Marib province also reported overnight air strikes and festivities between local rustics and rebel forces -- Shiite Huthis allied with Saleh's loyalist troops.
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, advanced in the province of Maareb as they tightened noose around al-Qaeda-linked holy warriors in the area of Dahla from three sides.
Field sources reported that festivities took place between the army and the holy warriors who had looted weapons and equipments from the Brigade 312.
The sources added that the army and the popular committees cleansed the headquarters of the Brigade 312 in Kofel, and they are advancing towards al-Zor area.Yemeni army
The central province of Maareb lies in the north west of the capital Sanaa. It is considered a stronghold for al-Qaeda-linked krazed killers.
The Yemeni Army and the popular committees have been engaged in a wide-scale campaign against al-Qaeda-linked krazed killers. Last September they flushed out the forces of Evil from Sanaa.
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... has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-US coalition. Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to Yemen's runaway president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to 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... .
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[RFE/RL] Police in Panj, a city on Tajikistan's Afghan border, have killed a Russian citizen suspected of being an Islamist.
Panj city police department officials said that local law enforcement officers shot Semyon Nagebin, who is from Chelyabinsk, late on April 23 after escaping from a local hospital with two pistols he forcibly took from police officers. According to officials, Nagebin was gunned down after he began shooting at police.
Nagebin had been treated in the hospital after he was injured while trying to illegally cross the Afghan border on April 15. Authorities said that Nagebin called himself "Salim" and criticized Tajik officials, saying they "not real Muslims".
The report from Tajik officials comes a day after Russian officials said that an alleged member of the banned Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir had been detained in Chelyabinsk. Several Hizb ut-Tahrir members have been arrested or sentenced in recent months in the Chelyabinsk region, which borders Kazakhstan and Russia's primarily Muslim region of Bashkortostan.
[DAWN] Italian police said on Friday they had dismantled a network of gunnies they suspect of having had ties to the late Osama bin Laden ... who doesn't live anywhere anymore... and being behind one of Pakistain's deadliest kabooms -- October 2009 bombing in 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. 's Meena Bazaar, which left more than 100 dead and over 200 people injured.
A six-year investigation that began with a probe into illegal immigration, led to police on the island of Sardinia ordering the arrest of 18 people in coordinated raids across Italia -- nine of these suspects have been tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! Prosecutor Mauro Mura told a presser in Cagliari, Sardinia that the network may also have plotted to attack the Vatican in 2010, when a man suspected of being a potential jacket wallah was in Italia.
Mario Carta, an officer in the DIGOS anti-terrorism unit that carried out the investigation, acknowledged there was no firm evidence of such a conspiracy, only "strong suspicions" based on wiretapped conversations in which the suspects had spoken "in ironic terms about the pope".
The alleged key figures in the network were Khan Sultan Wali, a shopkeeper and long-term resident of Olbia, Sardinia and an unidentified imam who carried out missionary work in Brescia and Bergamo in northern Italia, according to sketchy details provided by prosecutors at a presser.
The arrest warrants accuse the suspects of belonging to "an organization dedicated to transnational criminal activities inspired by Al-Qaeda and other radical organizations pursuing armed struggle against the West and insurrection against the current government of Pakistain."
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano described the swoop as "an extraordinary operation" that demonstrated the efficiency of the security services.
Vatican front man Federico Lombardi played down the significance of the incident. "This concerns a 2010 scenario that didn't materialise. It has no relevance today and there is no reason for particular concern," he told news hounds.
"With one sole investigation that started in 2009 we have succeeded in not only dismantling a network of people traffickers but also (detaining) several individuals accused of conspiring with terrorist aims and others of involvement in attacks," Alfano said.
Wiretap recordings suggest two members of the network were part of bin Laden's security detail before his slaying by US special forces in Pakistain in May 2011, according to a police statement. Others remained in contact with the late Al-Qaeda leader's relatives after his death.
Some of the men arrested or being sought are suspected of involvement in the October 2009 bombing of the Meena Bazaar in Peshawar, which left more than 100 dead and over 200 people injured.
Carta said there was evidence that the attack was substantially planned and financed from Olbia and that Italia-based gunnies had taken part in it.
Reacting to the news in international media, Pakistain's Foreign Office officials said they have contacted embassy in Rome and asked them to confirm the nationality of those suspects being arrested by Italian government.
Many of the victims of the attack were women and kiddies. At the time, the authorities blamed the Taliban for carrying out the attack in reprisal for anti-militant actions by government forces. The Taliban denied being involved. Khan Sultan Wali is one of the leaders of the small community on Sardinia, a sleepy island that is a holiday playground for celebrities and some of the world's richest people.
According to police, the alleged radical network was involved in smuggling Pak and Afghan nationals into Europe through Italia, either by securing temporary visas via contacts with corrupt businessmen or helping applicants fraudulently present themselves as victims of ethnic or religious persecution who should be granted asylum in Europe.
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[VOA] A Pakistani activist who ran the Second Floor cafe was gunned down late Friday by unknown gunmen in Karachi. Sabeen Mahmud and her mother were returning home from the cafe when they were attacked in her car. She died on en route to the hospital. Her mother, who was also shot, remains in critical condition.
Senior police official Tariq Dharejo said, "Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot her," adding that police were investigating the murder.
Conceived as a bookstore and cafe patterned after the old coffeehouse culture of Lahore and Karachi, Mahmud's cafe says on its website that it came from a desire to enact transformational change in urban Pakistani society.
Earlier that day, Mahmud had hosted an event there about rights abuses in Baluchistan province, featuring two prominent Baluch activists, Mama Abdul Qadeer and Farzana Baluch, as well as others. The talk was to have been held earlier this month at a university in Lahore, but officials blocked it.
[Rudaw] An Iraqi official says security forces have recaptured a key bridge from 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 holy warriors in Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar.
Anbar police Col. Mahadi Abbas says the forces recaptured the al-Houz bridge on the Euphrates river on Friday, after fierce festivities with ISIS holy warriors in the western section of Ramadi.
Abbas says the al-Houz bridge was controlled by the ISIS group for several months and served as the main route supply for the Death Eaters.
The security situation in Ramadi sharply deteriorated after the ISIS group seized three villages around the city, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their homes.
In recent days Iraqi soldiers and police have been able to secure the center of Ramadi and push the holy warriors back from some areas of the city.
[Rudaw] Iraqi officials say two bombings, one near a marketplace and the other near a courthouse, have killed seven people.
Police officials say the first of Friday's attacks took place in the morning, when a bomb went kaboom! near an outdoor market in the Sunni town of Tarmiyiah, killing four people and wounding eight. Tarmiyah is 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad.
A bomb near a courthouse killed three people and maimed nine in the town of Mahmoudiyah, south of Baghdad.
Medical officials confirmed the corpse count. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
No group immediately grabbed credit for the attacks. The Sunni murderous MoslemIslamic 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 has claimed scores of past attacks targeting security forces and Iraq's majority Shiites.
[Manila Times] Philippine security forces have captured a leader of the communist New People's Army and his wife in Batangas.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said Norberto Boricco, alias Isaw, and his wife who uses the noms de guerre Indi and Eldi were arrested by the Philippine military and national police in Barangay Niogan, Lemery, Batangas, on Thursday. The couple have outstanding arrest warrants for their involvement in murders and frustrated murders perpetrated in Samar in the Visayas.
The military said Borrico is the front secretary and finance officer of the NPAs operating in the municipalities of Northern Samar. Borrico is thought to have led the twin attacks in the towns of Oras and Arteche in Eastern Samar in 2003 and 2013 where 11 soldiers, two policemen, five pro-government militiamen and a civilian were killed.
Cabunoc said, "The arrest of the couple is a result of a tip from an NPA supporter who confessed that he was already tired of receiving extortion threats and demands from the NPA bandits."
[Bangkok Post] Two bombings and a shooting occurred in southern Thailand on Friday morning.
A bomb housed in a gas cylinder was detonated near a power pole on a road in of Tak Bai district, Narathiwat. Shrapnel injured a father and his three young children, who were riding their motorcycle and sidecar back home from morning exercise at the beach. Security forces also found a steel box containing a bomb set to explode on contact at the base of a nearby power pole. It was destroyed using a high-pressure water hose.
In Pattani province, a bomb exploded as a security unit was on patrol in Mayo district. Some shrapnel hit their armored vehicle and two soldiers and two defense volunteers experienced a temporary hearing loss. Bomb disposal experts found three other bombs in the area and destroyed them.
On a road in Pattani's Thung Yang Daeng district, officials found a banner with a handwritten message saying "four will not die for nothing" on Friday morning. Rangers killed four men in a raid there in late March. An inquiry later found the four unarmed victims were not militants.In Kapo district, a rangers' base was attacked by gunmen on motorcycles. The two sides exchanged fire for about five minutes.
[AnNahar] 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.... shot down a regime aircraft near a key military airport in southern Syria Friday, with pro-IS Twitter accounts saying the jihadist group had captured the pilot, a monitor said.
The plane went down east of Khalkhalah airport, the only air base in Sweida province, a stronghold of the Druze minority that has largely avoided the bloodshed of Syria's war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the fate of any crew members remains unknown, but pro-IS accounts claimed the pilot had been captured.
State television, citing a military official, said a aircraft "crashed due to technical problems while completing a training exercise" near Khalkhalah, and that the search for the pilot was ongoing.
In its first major attack in Sweida, IS tried to storm the airport on April 11, but loyalist forces maintained control of it.
Khalkhalah lies along a major highway between Damascus and the regime-held city of Sweida.
Friday's incident was not the first time IS has successfully downed a military aircraft.
In February, it shot down a Jordanian warplane conducting air strikes on Syria as part of the international anti-IS coalition. Pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh was captured and subsequently burned alive.
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[ALMANAR.LB] Terrorist positions in various Syrian areas were targeted by army units on Friday, with the operations, in which different weapons were used including air force and artillery, leaving dozens of Death Eaters killed and their hideouts and equipment destroyed.
Army units killed numbers of Death Eaters in the area surrounding the Air Force Academy and in al-Atareb, al-Lairamoun and Old City in Aleppo.
Units of the army and armed forces targeted gatherings of Death Eaters and destroyed several of their dens in al-Samadaniyeh al-Gharbiyeh, Rasm al-Rawadi, Rasm al-Khawaled and al-Ajraf in the countryside of the southern Quneitra province.
In neighboring Daraa, Death Eaters had their positions targeted in Tal al-Mal in the countryside of the province.
Units of the army and armed forces killed Death Eaters and destroyed their arms and ammunition in al-Msheirfeh al- Shamaliyeh village and the hills surrounding it in eastern Homs city, said a military source.
Another army unit, the source told SANA, destroyed terrorists' dens with all arms and ammunition inside them in Abu Hawadeet village in the eastern country side of Homs.
The terrorist organizations in al-Msheirfeh al- Shamaliyeh village fired several mortar shells inal-Khattab village, leaving material damage to the citizen's properties.
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian rebels on Friday have made more gains in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, taking control of al-Mentar base, less than a month after seizing control of Idlib, the historic provincial capital there.
At least 30 soldiers have been killed and maimed by rebels in al-Mentar base, also known as al-Hajez, field source told Zaman al-Wasl.
The opposition groups taking part in the new operation posted a statement online late Wednesday announcing the start of the offensive, which they call "Battle of Victory." They appealed to residents to stay inside "until God grants us and you victory and liberation," AP reported.
The conservative Islamic factions, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front are attacking government checkpoints in a sprawling agricultural plain south of the town as well as nearby military facilities, according to AP.
On Thursday, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the rebels have taken five checkpoints since the offensive began, including two near Jisr al-Shugour, in fighting that has killed at least eight rebels and an unknown number of government troops.
The operation keeps the pressure on beleaguered government forces in the area just weeks after the rebels captured Idlib city, the historic provincial capital. Forces loyal to Bashir al-Assad maintain control of Jisr al-Shughour as well as towns and military facilities in the province, but their hold looks increasingly shaky.
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 15 air strikes since early on Thursday targeting 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.... snuffies in Syria and Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation said on Friday.
Eleven air strikes in Iraq were conducted near the cities of Ramadi, Falluja, djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... and Tal Afar, while four air strikes in Syria targeted Islamic State forces near the key border town of Kobani, the task force said in a statement.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.