[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 16 anti-government armed murderous Moslems were killed and 14 others were maimed in counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan armed forces in the past 24 hours.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least four commanders of the murderous Moslems were also among those killed and four others were enjugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! A statement by MoD said the operations were conducted in Kunar, Pashtun-infested Logar, Uruzgan, Kunduz, and Zabul provinces.
The Afghan armed forces also confiscated various types of weapons during the operations, MoD said, adding that scores of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) were also discovered and defused.
According to MoD, at least three members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces were also martyred during the operations.
The anti-government armed holy warrior groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.
The Afghan cops have increased counter-terrorism operations amid deteriorating security situation across the country with the rampant Taliban-led insurgency.
The Taliban group has increased insurgency activities in various provinces of the country including capital 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.... despite efforts have been put in place to end the ongoing violence through reconciliation process.
The Taliban group targeted a vehicle of the media workers in Kabul city in the latest wave of their insurgency activities in the capital on Wednesday, leaving at least seven people dead and over 20 others maimed.
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of eight turbans of the Haqqani Network have been detained in connection to the deadly attack on Tolo TV workers in capital 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 Afghan Intelligence -- National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... (NDS) said the turbans were nabbed Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! during a special operation from Hussain Khel village of Bagrami district in Kabul province.
A statement by NDS said the attack on Tolo TV workers on Wednesday was plotted and carried out by the Haqqani terrorist network.
This comes as the Taliban group grabbed credit behind the attack on Tolo TV workers which left at least seven people dead.
The Taliban group had earlier issued a statement condemning the media agencies for covering incidents and war crimes committed during the fall of Kunduz city, which they claim were false.
Found in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani ...founder and still titular head of the Haqqani Network. Jalaluddin is old and tough and very crafty, one of the few Pashtun warlords who was worth spit... , the terrorist network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Wazoo, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.
The network is allied with al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region and was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012 by the US Department of State.
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[HUFFINGTONPOST] Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday.
The security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohammed Hussein, speaking from the scene of the attack in Mogadishu.
It was not clear whether Hussein's report of more than 20 killed included the assailants. Islamic holy warrior group al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... grabbed credit for the attack, in a broadcast on its online radio late Thursday.
Volunteers carried bodies from the scene of the attack early Friday.
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KASSERINE, Tunisia -- Tunisia imposed a nationwide overnight curfew Friday in response to growing unrest as protests over unemployment across the country descended into violence in some cities.
The week of increasingly violent demonstrations was triggered Sunday when a young man who lost out on a government job climbed a transmission tower in protest and was electrocuted. The suicide more than five years ago of another unemployed youth set off a popular uprising that overthrew Tunisia's longtime ruler and eventually gave rise to the "Arab Spring" uprisings across North Africa.
Tunisia built the only democracy to survive that movement, which spawned chaos elsewhere in the region. But the country's economy is foundering, and about one in three young people remains without work.
"Are we not Tunisians too? It's been four years I've been struggling. We're not asking for much, but we're fighting for our youth. We've struggled so much for them," said Leila Omri, the mother of an unemployed graduate in Kasserine.
A curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. was declared because the attacks on public and private property "represent a danger to the country and its citizens," the Interior Ministry said.
Overnight into Friday, police stations came under attack and security officers used tear gas to repel protesters armed with stones and Molotov cocktails. In housing projects on the outskirts of the capital, Tunis, roving groups of young people pillaged a bank and looted stores and warehouses.
The previous night, a police officer died after protesters flipped his car, the government said.
Tunisia's prime minister, Habib Essid, cut short a visit to France to deal with the protests. Tunisia's unemployment stands around 15 percent, but is 30 percent among young people.
Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since a suicide bombing in November killed 12 members of the presidential guard in the heart of Tunis - an attack that capped an unusually violent year for Tunisia. That bombing, as well as deadly attacks earlier in the year against the Bardo museum in Tunis and the tourist beach town of Sousse, were claimed by the Islamic State group.
In Paris just before leaving for home, Essid said the problem was not with democracy, but with the economy.
"We have a set of policies to try to solve this issue, which is one of this government's main challenges," he said after his meeting with the French president. "We don't have a magic wand. We can't solve the problem of unemployment in one go."
France promised aid worth 1 billion euros, much of it dedicated to inland regions far from the relatively glamorous coastal areas that include the resort of Sousse. But tourism, the main driver of Tunisia's economy, plummeted after last year's attacks, leaving even the coasts struggling.
"You want a solution? It's easy: give the people jobs, instead of pouring millions into Sousse," said Abid Khadhraoui, another unemployed graduate. "You had five years and nothing happened. All we want are jobs!"
[AnNahar] A Syrian suspected of being among jihadists who kidnapped a U.N. peacekeeper in Damascus in 2013 has been jugged You have the right to remain silent... over the "war crime", Germany's federal prosecutor said Friday.
The 24-year-old man named as Suliman A.-S. is believed to be a member of a branch of the Al-Nusra Front jihadist group, the prosecutor said.
Investigations found that he had participated in the kidnapping on February 17, 2013 and was "involved in guarding the kidnapped victim between March and June 2013".
He is "suspected of an attack during Syria's civil war against a person, who was involved in a peacekeeping mission under the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... Charter, and was therefore entitled to protection," said the prosecutor.
"The arrest warrant against him is on suspicion of a war crime against a humanitarian operation," the prosecutor added.
The peacekeeper with the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights managed to free himself in October 2013. It was unclear why he had been in Damascus.
The peacekeeper's identity was not revealed by German prosecutors, but the U.N. had said in 2013 that Carl Campeau, a Canadian legal advisor, was kidnapped on February 17 as he drove through a Damascus suburb.
He was freed in October, without a ransom being paid.
Two groups of UNDOF peacekeepers were also kidnapped in the same year in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone, the first comprising of 21 soldiers, and the second four. All were Filipinos and subsequently freed.
UNDOF, which has been in the Golan Heights since 1974, had about 1,000 troops and civilian staff in 2013. The 917 troops from Austria, India, the Philippines, Morocco and Moldova carried only very light arms.
In the wake of the spate of kidnappings, Austria withdrew its force over security reasons.
[REUTERS] At least 43 people, including 17 children, drowned when their boats capsized off two Greek islands near the Turkish coast on Friday, coastguards said, marking one of the deadliest days for migrants risking the perilous route to Europe from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey. ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... According to survivors' testimonies, dozens were on board a wooden sailboat which went down off Kalolimnos, a small island in the Aegean Sea close to Turkey's coast, one coastguard official said.
Twenty six people were rescued and at least 35 migrants drowned in one of the worst incidents in months, the official said. It was not clear why the vessel capsized, but witnesses said strong winds were blowing at the time.
Fishing vessels assisted the search and rescue operation which lasted hours.
"They weren't wearing life jackets, I don't understand. They couldn't swim," Michalis, a local fisherman, told Rooters.
He rescued three migrants but one of them, a 50-year old man, later died in his small fishing boat. "The hospital is now full of dead people."
[AnNahar] Turkish police have seized more than 2,500 unsafe life jackets destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, in the latest crackdown on businesses exploiting refugees in western The Sick Man of Europe Turkey, reports said Friday. "Boss, we've used up all that bubble wrap stuff and we still got four hundred left on the order!"
"Here! Use this!"
"What is it?"
Police raided 120 underground workshops and companies in eight cities in western and southern Turkey, including Istanbul, and seized the substandard life vests as well as wet suits, diving masks and helmets, Anatolia news agency said. The products were destroyed by the police, it added. "Here. Use it to make biscuits."
Earlier this month, police have confiscated over 1,200 unsafe life jackets destined for use by migrants trying to reach Greece by sea, in a raid on an underground workshop that used Syrian underage labor in Izmir, a city on the Aegean coast.
AFP correspondents who reported on the wave of migrants heading from Turkey to Greece have seen a booming trade in life jackets in Turkish resorts for sale at suspiciously low prices.
The life jackets, many of which are simply stuffed with synthetic materials with no buoyancy, have proved of little use to refugees whose bodies have washed up on Turkish beaches after their boats sank while on their way to Greece.
Then, ignoring the fact that entirely too many have descended on Europe despite the dangers of the trip, we get this:
[AnNahar] Five children were maimed on Friday when suspected gunnies hurled a hand-made bomb into a schoolyard in majority-Kurdish southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , security sources said, blaming the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The blast destroyed the yard of a secondary school in the Baglar district of Diyarbakir province where students had gathered during a classroom break, a security source told AFP.
The pupils were about to enter their classrooms to pick up their school report cards on the last day of the semester when the blast occurred, the source added.
Five were hospitalized after suffering cuts from shattered glass, but none of them was at death's door.
Meanwhile two Turkish soldiers were maimed in a rocket attack blamed on the PKK, Dogan news agency said.
[Independent] A video has been shared allegedly showing Turkish forces firing on Kurdish civilians in the town of Cizre.
In the video, several civilians are shown waving white flags as they walk with a cart which appears to hold two covered bodies. As they move through the streets, shots ring out, the crowd panics and runs to cover while the journalist continues to film. Our brave NATO partners.
[AnNahar] Indian counter-terror police enjugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! a group of suspected Islamist faceless myrmidons and seized bomb-making material in a series of nationwide raids ahead of next week's Republic Day celebrations, officials said Friday.
A home ministry official said the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a federal police unit that probes terror offenses, formally arrested five suspects, while nine more men are being interrogated over their links to a local holy warrior leader after the overnight raids in four different states.
"We have recovered material used to make IEDs (improvised bombs) from two locations but no explosives have been seized," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told news hounds.
"They were part of the online radicalized group who were in touch with a holy warrior leader for some time and were planning to procure arms," the official said, identifying the leader as an Indian Mujahideen A locally recruited auxilliary of Pakistain's Lashkar-e-Taiba, designed to give a domestic patina to Pakistain's terror war against its bigger neighbor... (IM) holy warrior, a home-grown myrmidon group blamed for multiple kabooms.
The exact whereabouts of the IM leader, whose name was only given as Yusuf, are unknown to Sherlocks, the official said in New Delhi.
He refuted media reports that the suspects were part of a cell operated by 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.... organization but said some of the suspects were trying to organize arms training within India.
The suspects, who are from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh states, will be brought to the capital for further questioning.
"We have been told that six terror suspects... have been arrested after raids since Thursday night," G. Parameshwara, home minister in the Karnataka state government, told news hounds in the southern city of Bangalore.
Security has been increased in large parts of India ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday, when it marks the anniversary of its democratic constitution taking force in 1950.
Thousands of armed coppers have been deployed across the capital New Delhi where French President Francois Hollande ...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist... will be the guest of honor at a military parade on Tuesday as part of a three-day visit.
La Belle France has said security will be high on the agenda after deadly Islamist attacks in Gay Paree in November that evoked memories of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which left 166 people dead.
[Inquirer] Seven Abu Sayyaf militants surrendered to the Philippine military here early this week. Colonel Rolando Joselito Bautista said the surrender took place on Monday and Tuesday in Ungkaya Pukan town.
He said, "The ASG members realized that fighting the government and enduring [a] hard life in the mountains is a lost cause."
He identified the seven militants – all surnamed Kasaran – as Sulaiman, alias Abu Jaid; Marwin Asan, alias Hadjie; Derwin Asan, alias Dikki; Halid Asan, alias Nasirin Awwalin; Hadzmin Kuluman, alias Ammin; Faisal Laudmin, alias Issa-Ballie; and Salman Najallon, alias Sat-Mhanz.
Major General Gerardo Barrientos Jr., commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said it was the first time that an Abu Sayyaf rebel had surrendered to the government.
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[Bangkok Post] Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said authorities are investigating a report that three people with suspected links to Daesh met religious leaders in Narathiwat late last year. According to intelligence sources, the three suspects were Indonesian, Malaysian and Singapore nationals. They gave donations to Muslim leaders at a mosque in Narathiwat's Sungai Kolok district and asked that local students be taught about Daesh.
Prayut said, "We have to watch out for things that have an impact on other countries or the world community. Sometimes, talking about some issues will yield no benefit. It will help perpetrators escape. There is no need to know everything. Some things have to be kept secret. Some things need managerial skills to make sure the country is not troubled and the people do not panic."
Residents in Sungai Kolok admitted late last year suspects from Indonesia and Malaysia visited the mosque, but the residents did not know whether the suspects were linked to Daesh. According to reports, the religious leaders and the religious schools agreed to receive the donations because they were given with no strings attached.
A security source said Muslim leaders and Islamic schools in the area which have received donations from abroad have been asked to cooperate with investigations.
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[AnNahar] Syrian government forces edged closer to a key rebel town in the coastal province of Latakia on Friday, backed by Russian air strikes and military advisers, a monitor said.
Soldiers and pro-regime fighters advanced to around five kilometers (three miles) from the town of Rabia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Rabia is a major stronghold for rebel forces in the north of Latakia, which is otherwise largely regime-held and a bastion of support for Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now... "If the regime retakes Rabia, it will be able to secure the northern part of Latakia province," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.
The advance towards Rabia comes after government troops seized the strategic town of Salma on January 12, after months of operations to capture it from rebels who had held it since 2012.
Salma's fall was one of the first major victories for regime troops since staunch ally Russia began an aerial campaign in support of the government on September 30.
Abdel Rahman said senior Russian military officials were directing the battle for Rabia, and that the town was the last major rebel stronghold in the province.
The monitor reported heavy air strikes and festivities, but had no immediate casualty toll for the fighting.
Rabia has been held by the opposition since 2012 and is controlled by a range of rebel groups including some made up of Syrian Turkmen,
...the other reason the Russians are so keen...
as well as al-Qaeda affiliate 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.
[AnNahar] At least 30 civilians, including 13 children, were killed in air strikes in eastern Syria on Friday, a monitoring group said.
It was unclear if the raids in Deir Ezzor province, which is mostly controlled by 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, were carried out by Russian or regime warplanes, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
ISIS does like its human shields... which makes their deaths its responsibility according to international law.
The monitor said eight women were among those killed in the strikes on Tabiyyah Jazeera, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Deir Ezzor city, the historic provincial capital.
It added that dozens of people were maimed and the toll was expected to rise.
The Lions of ISIS get such medicine and competent doctoring as is available, while the rest get whatever outcome Allah (or Darwin) wills.
The monitor relies on a network of activists on the ground and distinguishes between Syrian, Russian and U.S.-led coalition aircraft based on flight patterns, as well as the type of planes and ordnance used.
The strikes come as the regime battles IS jihadists who launched a major assault on Deir Ezzor city over the weekend.
The fighting there has killed at least 439 people since Saturday, according to the Observatory, including combatants who died in strikes or festivities, and civilians executed by IS.
While IS holds most of Deir Ezzor province, the regime has clung onto parts of the historic provincial capital, as well as the nearby military airport.
But with its multi-front assault, IS now controls 60 percent of the city, and has tightened a siege of the roughly 200,000 people still inside it.
Russia, a staunch ally of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... 's government, began an air campaign in support of Damascus last September.
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 19 strikes against 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.... on Thursday, including two in Syria and 17 in Iraq, the coalition leading the operations said.
Air strikes in Syria hit an Islamic State gas plant and a tactical unit, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement released on Friday.
In Iraq, six strikes in djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... hit a bridge and two tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, the statement said. Six additional strikes in Ramadi destroyed vehicles, explosives and a weapons cache, among other targets, while five strikes in four other cities struck tactical units and damaged buildings.
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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.