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Syrian Army Makes Gains in Rebel Area of Damascus
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Afghanistan
Kunduz-Takhar Highway Cleared Of Taliban
[Tolo News] The Kunduz-Takhar Highway was cleared of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
on Friday following heavy festivities between government forces and the group’s fighters in past eight days, the Northeast Zone Police said in a statement.

Mahfoozullah Akbari, front man for the Northeast Zone Police, said that Khwaja and Katakhail police outposts along the highway were taken out of the turbans’ siege in the military operation conducted by Afghan security and defense forces.

He said they had equipped police outposts along the Kunduz-Takhar Highway after they cleared the area of Taliban.

The road from Kunduz city to Khanabad district in Kunduz province is closed to traffic for past eight days due to heavy festivities between security forces and Taliban.

"The government forces were connected to each other from the two sides ‐ Takhar and Kunduz provinces - at 12:45pm on Friday," Akbari said in the statement.

According to him, at least six Taliban fighters were killed and four others were maimed in Thursday night festivities in the province.

He said civilians were not allowed to travel through the highway due to the existence of mines, adding that the forces are busy in reopening the highway to traffic by Friday evening.

Meanwhile,
...back at the mall, Clarissa suddenly spied Mr. Bartlett at the checkout counter. He was buying Grecian Formula!...
the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) office in Kunduz said that Ahmad Shah, a Taliban Überstürmbannführer, was killed with his 11 fighters in an Arclight airstrike carried out by Afghan forces in Qala-e-Zal district.

An NDS official in Kunduz said that at least 30 Taliban fighters including their commander was killed in recent festivities in Khanabad district in the province.

On Thursday local security officials in Kunduz said mines planted by the Taliban and the group’s use of civilian houses as shields was slowing down their operations to clear the province of Death Eaters.

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'Heavy Clashes' Ongoing In Baghlan’s Burka District
[Tolo News] A group of Talibs attacked security forces’ outposts in Burka district in Baghlan province at mid-night on Thursday, security sources confirmed on Friday.

The sources said the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
has arrived close to the district governor’s office and heavy festivities are ongoing between government forces and the bad boys.

Sources have said that the Taliban fighters have entered the Baghlan district through Takhar and Kunduz provinces.

Reinforcements have arrived at the area to help government forces in the district.

The sources said that at least 30 Talibs were killed in the battle.

According to the sources, up to 20 Afghan soldiers were killed or maimed in the festivities.

On Thursday, security officials in Baghlan said Talibs have suffered a heavy casualty toll in the province and have been pushed back by government forces in the past two weeks following the launch of their summer offensive.

The officials said the Taliban’s offensive in Baghlan has so far failed and the province has become a "grave" for the fighters of the group.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somali Nationls deported from US land in Mogadishu
[SHABELLENEWS] On Friday Morning, 67 Somali Nationals deported from the US over immigration issues landed at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.

A private plane carrying the 72, among them 5 Kenyans landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Friday morning after a long journey that started from several US states.

Speaking to Radio Shabelle, Ahmed who was among the deportees brought back to Mogadishu accused Somali ambassador to the US for being behind their deportation.

The deportations had been anticipated given ongoing operations in the USA targeting illegal immigrants colonists, including Somali asylum seekers who fled the conflict in their country.

This is the third batch of immigrants colonists to be deported from the US in five months.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A private plane carrying the 72

They couldn't fly them on United?

Trite, I know. But in all seriousness, why the use of the word 'private'?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/13/2017 18:07 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains dozens of former bourse staff over Gulen links : Media
[AlAhram] Turkish police detained 53 former employees of the Istanbul stock exchange on Friday over alleged links to the U.S.-based holy man accused of orchestrating last July's attempted coup, Haberturk newspaper said.

The suspects were the latest among some 150,000 people investigated in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
regarding the failed putsch. Some 49,000 of the suspects have been remanded in jug pending trial.

Prosecutors ordered the detention of 102 people as part of the bourse-related investigation, Haberturk said on its website. Ankara has blamed the network of the holy man Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
for the failed coup. Gulen has denied involvement.

Dawn raids were launched on 70 addresses, targeting suspects who were removed from their posts at Borsa Istanbul in the wake of the attempted putsch on July 15, 2016, Haberturk said.

Prosecutors in the Turkish capital Ankara ordered the detention of another 38 people, former employees of educational facilities linked to Gulen that were closed down after the coup, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

It said police have so far detained 16 in that operation across 12 provinces.

About 145,000 civil servants, security personnel and academics have also been suspended or sacked as part of a related purge.

Last week, Turkey dismissed 107 judges and prosecutors over alleged links to the putsch in what was the third major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers in a referendum last month on constitutional changes.

The mass detentions were initially supported by many Turks, who supported Erdogan in blaming Gulen. But criticism has mounted as the arrests widened, with relatives of many of those detained or sacked denying their involvement in the coup and calling them victims of a purge.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Suspect in Azam Tariq murder case arrested
[DAWN] The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
a suspected murderer of former chief of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain
...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts...
(SSP) Maulana Azam Tariq at the Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
International Airport (BBIA).

FIA Islamabad Director Mazhar Kakakhel told Dawn that the suspect had been declared as a proclaimed offender in the high-profile murder case. He was taken into custody by the FIA staff after he approached the immigration counter to board a Manchester-bound Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
Airways flight .

"Though the murder suspect, Syed Mohammad Sibtain Kazmi, had not been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), he was arrested since he had been wanted by the police. The arrest was made on reliable information received by the FIA," he said.

Another bigwig said Sibtain Kazmi had settled in the UK and traveled to Pakistain twice. He got his Pak passport in 2012 despite being on the police wanted list.

After his arrest at the BBIA, the suspect was handed over to the Golra police who had already announced Rs1 million for anyone who could help the police to arrest him. The Golra police obtained a five-day physical remand of the suspect from the Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad and launched an investigation.

Maulana Azam Tariq was coming to Islamabad from Jhang along with his four bodyguards when he was bumped off by faceless myrmidons at Kashmire Highway on October 6, 2003. His driver and three bodyguards were also killed in the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [443 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Indian firing from across LoC kills teenager
[DAWN] Pak­is­­tan on Thursday condemned ceasefire violations by Indian troops causing death of a teenager and injury to 10 other people, including four minors, in different villages of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK).

Officials told Dawn that the casualties occurred in Charhoi and Khuiratta sectors of Kotli district and Samahni sector of Bhimber district in "intense overnight shelling by Indian troops".

"A mortar shell pierced the concrete roof of one house in Sabzkot village at about 2am, killing one family member and injuring two others while they were asleep," said Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfraz, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Kotli district.

Sabzkot village is located in close proximity of the LoC in Charhoi sector in Kotli district.

The dear departed was identified as Mohammad Rizwan, 18, and the injured family members were his 14-year-old sibling Mohammad Kam­ran and 80-year-old grandmother Wilayat Begum. They were rushed to the district headquarters hospital in the neighbouring Mirpur district, the SSP said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


2 FC men in Kurram Agency injured in cross-border firing from Afghanistan
[DAWN] Two Frontier Constabulary soldiers were maimed in cross-border firing in Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
from Afghanistan's Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
on Friday, security sources said.

The attack took place as FC personnel were undertaking construction of a wall along the border on the Pak side, the sources said, adding that they returned fire across the border.

This is the second cross-border attack coming from Afghanistan over the past week. At least nine people were killed and over 40 others injured as Afghan border forces opened fire on security personnel guarding a census team 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 Chaman area last Friday.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


25 killed as Deputy Chairman Senate Haideri's convoy hit by explosion in Mastung
[DAWN] At least 25 people have been killed and over 40 others injured in an kaboom 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, which is around an hour's drive from the quiet provincial capital, Quetta.

The bombing took place near a local seminary shortly after Friday prayers.

Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
...Central Secretary General of JUI-F, member of the Pak senate, formerly provincial minister of Balochistan. He has a master's degree in Islam and runs a madrassah...
's convoy was hit in the attack. The kaboom occurred right as Haideri's convoy was exiting the seminary.

A Senate director staff, Iftikhar Mughal, was reportedly killed in the attack.

It is unclear whether the kaboom was the result of an improvised bomb (IED) or a suicide kaboom. Police say the attack is likely to have been a suicide kaboom.

Haideri had been invited to the seminary for an investiture ceremony, DawnNews reported.
Sounds like an inside job.
An eyewitness present at the event said the guests were leaving for a luncheon when Haideri's convoy came under attack.
Walked right into the setup. Maybe he drove.
The eyewitness told DawnNews that there was an kaboom, followed by sustained firing. "After the air cleared, we saw bodies everywhere."

A police car was part of Haideri's security detail and police officials are among those injured in the blast, another eyewitness said.

Haideri belongs to Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F).

While speaking briefly to media, he said he had suffered minor injuries but was otherwise fine.

He has been shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment. His condition, according to Balochistan government front man Anwar ul Haq Kakar, is "safe and sound".

Nearby vehicles were damaged by the impact of the blast. -- DawnNews
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clash with IDF — medics
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian youth was rubbed out during festivities with the IDF in the West Bank on Friday, the Paleostinian health ministry said.

The man was shot during protests which are held weekly near the village of Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah, and later died in a nearby hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

The dead man was named as Saba’ Nidal Obaid, 20.
He is now free from all fears and woe, the lucky duck. No more worries about which black hoodie to wear to the weekly riot, no more pondering whether this is the week he commits suicide by IDF with a knife from the kitchen of his mother...
The Israeli army said in a statement to AFP it was "aware of reports" that a protester had been killed but could not confirm it.

"A violent riot involving dozens of Paleostinians hurling rocks at (Israeli army) forces broke out earlier today," a spokeswoman said.

Dispersal means, including firing live ammunition, were used "in response to that imminent threat," she added.

According to a report in Paleostinian news agency Ma’an, more than 30 Paleostinians were maimed during festivities between hundreds of Paleostinian protesters and IDF forces, most of them from rubber bullets.

Kafr Qassem resident arrested after pulling knife on police officers in Petah Tikva

[Ynet] Kafr Qassem resident locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
after pulling a knife on coppers in Petah Tikva. The police arrested the 56-year-old man at the city's Kikar Hameyasdim after calling him to halt.
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#1  One down....
Posted by: Frank G || 05/13/2017 6:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ...another payment by Paleo Mutual?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/13/2017 9:45 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army Makes Gains in Rebel Area of Damascus
[An Nahar] Syrian government forces have gained ground in a rebel-held district of Damascus as part of the regime's efforts to push holy warriors into accepting an evacuation deal, a monitor said Thursday.

In fighting since Wednesday night, "regime troops have managed to advance in the Qabun district" of eastern Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It said they had seized control of a number of apartment blocks and an electricity firm in Qabun, one of six districts of the capital outside government control.

A Syrian army soldier was killed on Thursday, said the Britannia-based group.

"This is a new attempt to tighten the net around the rebels to push them to accept an evacuation deal," according to the Observatory's head, Rami Abdel Rahman.

A pro-regime military source on the ground has told AFP that the rebels have refused to be relocated to the northwestern province of Idlib, as in the case of previous evacuations of fighters and their families.

They want to be transferred to the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province.

On Monday, in the first such evacuation from a Damascus district, more than 1,000 rebels and family members left Barzeh, with the regime granting them safe passage in exchange for their surrender.

But the evacuation from Barzeh, expected to run for five days, appeared to have stalled on Wednesday, with the Observatory saying the regime had failed to comply with a pledge to release 15 prisoners as part of the deal.

The Barzeh operation follows a model of "reconciliation deals" implemented across the country.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Makes Gains

Looted some corpses?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/13/2017 16:42 Comments || Top||


More than 1,200 'Quit Damascus Rebel Zones' under Deal
[An Nahar] More than 1,200 people including rebels left two opposition-held districts of Damascus on Friday under an agreement that will bring Syria's government closer to exerting full control over the capital.

For more than two years, the government of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
has touted such "reconciliation deals" as the best way to end the country's brutal war.

Friday's evacuations were part of the first such deal for the Syrian capital itself.

According to Syrian state news agency SANA, 718 rebels were among a total of 1,246 people evacuated from the Damascus districts of Barzeh and Tishrin.

"The exit of armed fighters and their families will be completed in several waves in the coming days until the district is completely free of any signs of armed people," the agency said.

Earlier on Friday, SANA said that 664 people including 103 rebels had left the northern district of Barzeh, but it did not give a number for Tishrin.

A source from the pro-government National Defense Forces confirmed the same number of evacuees from Barzeh and told AFP they left on 12 buses.

"The evacuations are part of the deal reached first in Barzeh, to which the neighboring northeastern district of Tishrin was later added," the source said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that months of negotiations had been held to secure the evacuations of three rebel districts of Damascus: Barzeh, Tishrin and Qabun, also in the northeast.

The deal for Barzeh was agreed first and the evacuations began on Monday, with 1,022 people including 560 rebels leaving the district and heading to the country's north.

Talks over Tishrin continued in secret throughout the week until Friday, according to Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

No deal has yet been reached on Qabun, where government forces on Thursday seized control of a number of apartment blocks and a power station, the Observatory said.

Abdel Rahman said the advance was part of efforts to push rebels there to join the evacuation agreement.

Syria's government has announced its intent to include more Damascus neighborhoods in the deal, among them Qabun and the Paleostinian camp of Yarmuk in the south.

"We are working on Qabun and there is the Yarmuk camp, where talks are under way for the evacuation of gangs," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said earlier this week.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Five IS Militants Arrested in North and Bekaa
[An Nahar] Five turbans belonging to the terrorist 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 tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Friday in the North and the Bekaa, the army said.

"Following surveillance and investigations, the Intelligence Directorate arrested at dawn three individuals in the North region and two individuals in the Bekaa region," the army said in a statement.

"Four of them belong to the terrorist IS group and were communicating with leaders and officials of the group," the statement added.

"The fifth suspect who was arrested in the Bekaa was involved in smuggling of logistical material to the aforementioned group," the army said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Hizbullah Hands Over Eastern Border Posts to Lebanese Army
[An Nahar] Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
handed over Friday to the Lebanese army its military posts in the outskirts of the eastern border towns of Tufail, Brital, Ham and Maaraboun, Hizbullah's al-Manar TV said.

The move comes a day after Hizbullah leader His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
declared that the group is dismantling its military posts along Leb's eastern border with Syria.

Hizbullah's mission on the eastern border "has been accomplished," Nasrallah declared in a televised address.

Nasrallah added that the group will however maintain a security presence on the Syrian side of the border to protect against any infiltration by Death Eaters.

Hizbullah has sent thousands of its supporters to Syria to shore up Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
's military in Syria's civil war and continues to be engaged in battles across many parts of the war-torn country. Its fighters have also fought battles against hard boyz along Leb's northeastern border with Syria.

Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah



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