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30 Taliban insurgents killed as suicide vests explodes in Farah gathering
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Afghanistan
30 Taliban insurgents killed as suicide vests explodes in Farah gathering
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirty Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
snuffies were killed after suicide kaboom vests went kaboom! prematurely among the gathering of Talibs in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Thursday in the restive Bala Bolok district.

Provincial governor’s front man Nasir Mehri confirmed the incident and said the Taliban snuffies were killed after two suicide kabooms vests went off prematurely.

He said a number of the senior Taliban Überstürmbannführers were also among those killed.

According to Mehri, several Taliban snuffies had gathered in a meeting in a village to discuss plans for a coordinated attack on the security posts when the incident took place.

In the meantime, the Taliban snuffies denied the reports and said no such incident has taken place to claim the lives of scores of Taliban bully boys.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [649 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Three possibles:

1. Talibunny forces being built up fast; newbie accidents as a result.

2. Pak IC is stretched a bit thin right now, what with Kashmire, the Chinese vs India, feral terrs, Sauds vs Qatar, and perhaps US Congress-critters exposed for all to see. Hence no training and oversight of the Talibums.

3. Somebody else's IC is getting more effective.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2017 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  4. Premature Explodulaton. See a Doctor
Posted by: Frank G on the Road || 08/12/2017 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah, another possible: poor quality of munitions and ordnance.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2017 18:42 Comments || Top||

#4  If you have SVEST lasting more than 4 hours, consult an EOD tech.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 08/12/2017 19:28 Comments || Top||


Taliban leaders among 8 killed in US drone strike in Laghman province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eight Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bandidos myrmidons including their key local commanders were killed in a dronezap conducted by the US forces in eastern Laghmna province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the Arclight airstrike was carried out late on Wednesday night.

The statement further added that the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Alisheng district in Masmod area at around 9 pm local time.

Three senior local Taliban leaders with two of them identified as Shah Jahan and Taza Gul were among those killed, the provincial government said.

The statement also added that the murderous Moslems were targeted as they were travelling in the area and were moving to an unknown location.

Commander Shah Jahan was a prominent leader of the Taliban and brother of an ex-Taliban leader Zar Jan who was originally a resident of Dawlat Shah district and was actively involved in anti-government militancy and major destructive activities, according to the local officials.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups including the Taliban bandidos myrmidons have not commented regarding the report so far.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Al Shabaab Claims Killing Police Boss In Bosaso Town
[RADIOSHABELLE] A senior police commander was rubbed out on Wednesday in the Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
Police said the police chief was bumped off by gunnies in the center of Bosaso town in Bari region.

"Armed men bumped off deputy police commander Abdi Dhere and drove off. We are already investigating and all those behind the murder will face justice," police officer Abdisalam Ahmed told Media.

Residents also reported the incident. "We were sitting near a restaurant and we heard some shooting. People were saying a police officer was killed," Jamal Elmi told Media.

Al shabaab has grabbed credit for the attack but al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
has conducted similar attacks in Somalia, most of which were in the capital Mogadishu.
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


At Least 19 Killed In Clashes Between Somali Militants
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least 19 bully boyz have been killed in daylong fighting in the western Somali region of Bakool.

The festivities Wednesday took place between al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
bully boyz and fighters loyal to former al-Shabaab leader Mukhtar Robow.

Officials said an al-Shabaab onslaught early in the morning forced Robow’s loyalists to retreat from Abal village. But they later returned to beat back their attackers in a midday counter offensive.

’A lot of people are dead’

Mohammed Hassan Fiqi, the acting president of Southwestern region, said, "They have repulsed al-Shabaab quite well; in the morning it appeared they were going to be overwhelmed but they counter attacked and defended their base."

Officials said 13 al-Shabaab fighters and six Robow loyalists were killed in the festivities. "A lot of people are dead," Fiqi told VOA Somali.

Security sources told VOA Somali that al-Shabaab spent months trying oust Robow. The former leader defected from the terrorist group in 2013. Since then the Islamist militia has been giving Robow ultimatums to leave the area and surrender.

Robow has also reportedly rejected offers from regional officials to leave the area and surrender to the Somali government.

$5 million bounty withdrawn

The U.S. and Somali government had offered a $5 million bounty for Robow since 2012. That reward was withdrawn in June after the U.S. removed him from the list of holy warriors after consultations with the Somali government.

Former Somali defense minister Abdihakim Mohamud Haji Fiqi, who welcomed Robow’s removal from the wanted list, said the Somali government must speed up talks with him.

"The government should take advantage of this split within al-Shabaab. It means a weakened strength," he said.

Haji Fiqi said it appears Robow left al-Shabaab after a disagreement with former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a U.S. Arclight airstrike in September 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Up To 50 Somali, Ethiopian Migrants Feared Dead
[RADIOSHABELLE] Up to 50 Somalis and Æthiopians are feared dead after a smuggler taking dozens of migrants colonists to 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...
forced them back into the Arabian Sea off the nation’s coast, the UN migration agency said.

Survivors of the incident told the International Organization for Migration that the smuggler pushed them back into the water after he saw "authority types," according to Laurent de Boeck, the IOM Yemen Chief of Mission, in press statement posted to the group’s website.

"This is shocking and inhumane," de Boeck said. "The suffering of migrants colonists on this migration route is enormous. Too many young people pay smugglers with the false hope of a better future."

The migrants colonists had been hoping to reach the Gulf via Yemen to find better opportunities and escape the political instability and violence plaguing their nations.

The IOM estimates 55,000 migrants colonists left the Horn of Africa to come to Yemen since January. Smugglers work in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


U.S. Strikes Against Al-Shabaab
[RADIOSHABELLE] On August 10, the Department of Defense conducted two kinetic strikes against al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
bad boys. The operation occurred near the Banadiir region in southern Somalia.

Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world. al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the US and our allies.

We continue to work in coordination with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabaab and help achieve stability and security throughout the region.

We will continue to assess the results of the operation and will provide additional information as appropriate. Specific details about the units involved and assets used will not be released in order to ensure operational security.

This strike was conducted within the parameters of the proposal approved by the President in March 2017, which allows the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct lethal action against al-Shabaab within a geographically-defined area of active hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Arabia
UAE military chopper crashes in southern Yemen, kills 2
[Iran Press TV] A Black Hawk helicopter, belonging to the United Arab Emirate (UAE), has crashed in southern Yemen, killing two of its crew, a report says.

According to Yemen's official Saba news agency, the chopper crashed in the Amqeel area of Ar Rawdah district in the south-central Yemeni province of Shabwah on Friday afternoon, killing its pilot and co-pilot.

The report, citing an unnamed military official, added that four other crew members sustained injuries in the incident.

However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
AFP quoted Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a front man for the Saudi-led military coalition engaged in a war in Yemen, as saying that no one was fatally injured in the crash as the pilot made an emergency landing in the area due to "a technical defect while returning from an operation in Yemen."
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Heroin seized from Jeddah-bound passenger at Islamabad airport
[DAWN] The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Thursday night seized at least a kilogramme of heroin from a passenger 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, said officials.

Officials said that the passenger, Zabat ur Rehman, was due to travel on Pakistain International Airlines' (PIA) Jeddah-bound flight 741 when the drugs that were hidden in his clothes were discovered, officials said.

Rehman, a resident of Hangu, was then handed over to the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and transferred to ANF's office in Rawalpindi.

A First Information Report was later registered against him under the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Narcos


Explosion in Bajaur Agency kills 3 people, injures 26
[DAWN] At least three people were killed and 26 injured as a result of an IED kaboom in Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
's Charmang area on Friday, according to initial reports by political administration.

The blast occurred in Nawagai tehsil of Charmang area and targeted labourers, the political administration said. The injured have been moved to District Headquarter Hospital Khar while the area has been cordoned off by security forces.

"At least three people have been killed and 26 maimed, the roadside kaboom went kaboom! when the truck passed by," Mustafa Khan, a local government official told AFP.

Anwarul Haq, a senior local government official, confirmed the casualties, telling AFP that the injured have been taken to local hospitals.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Three IS members killed, biggest explosives workshop found in western Mosul
[Iraq News] Police troops have killed three 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....
bully boyz on Friday in northwest of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
In a statement, Federal Police Chief Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, said "troops killed three IS bully boyz after besieging them in Hawi al-Kanisah district."

Moreover, "A workshop for manufacturing of katyusha rockets was found in Mesherfa region in northwest of Mosul."

In related news, the Nineveh police intelligence department announced seizing the biggest workshop used by IS to manufacture explosives in western Mosul.

"Troops confiscated the biggest workshop used by IS bully boyz to manufacture boom belts and rockets while searching for workshops, tunnels and prisons in the western flank of the city," Cap. Ahmed al-Obeidi told the Kurdish-owned BasNews on Friday, saying that the workshop was located in Sarjikhana region.

Hundreds of rockets and bombs were found inside, according to Obeidi.

On Thursday, Jawdat said 47 IS members have been killed and placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
since the start of July until present. Six booby-trapping workshops, 192 boom belts, ten tons of ammonia nitrates and five barrels of C4, among other ammunitions were seized.
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two tribal fighters killed, three wounded in clashes with IS in western Anbar
[Iraq News] Two persons were killed, while three others were maimed as armed festivities occurred among 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 and tribal fighters in west of Anbar province, a security source was quoted saying.

"Al-Hamza brigades [affiliated to the Tribal Mobilization Forces] launched attack against IS snuffies in Rawa town, west of Anbar, which left two killed and three maimed of the tribal fighters," the source told Baghdad Today website on Friday.

"Fierce festivities are spearheaded by al-Hamza brigades and al-Jaghaifa tribes in the regions stretching between Rawa and haditha towns," the source added.

Al-Hamza brigades reportedly killed on Thursday the group’s leader in Anbar, called Settir Kamel al-Dulaimi in Rawa.

Iraqi troops killed on Thursday eleven IS snuffies in a joint military operation launched in Anbar desert, according to the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said.
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Curfew imposed in Tal Afar
[Iraq News] 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....
has imposed curfew in Tal Afar town, located west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
for unknown reasons, a local source from Nineveh was quoted saying.

"IS imposed curfew in Tal Afar on Friday deploying its armed detachments in the town," the source, who preferred anonymity, told AlSumaria News.

The group, according to the source, "usually imposes curfew when it feels danger, which was repeated several times over the past few weeks."

On Thursday, powerful blasts reportedly occurred in the town amid heavy shelling by fighter jets. Smoke billows were seen coming out of the group’s so-called Islamic Police headquarters.

The international coalition, led by the U.S. launch air raids in and around the town in order to facilitate the battle for Iraqi troops, which announced earlier this week concluding arrangements ahead of the invasion.

The Iraqi army’s ninth armored division reportedly reached earlier this week to the boundaries of the town. An army official was quoted on Monday as saying that an army division was ordered to leave Mosul toward Tal Afar within preparations to retake the town, which has been set as the next target of operations after victory was declared in Mosul on July 10.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinians hurl stones at IDF soldiers in West Bank during night raids, one arrested
[IsraelTimes] Six said hurt in festivities; separately, security forces seize pistol, ammunition during raid in village of Katana

Dozens of Paleostinians hurled stones late Thursday night at IDF soldiers during a military operation in the West Bank village of Beit Rima.

The Israeli forces used riot control measures to disperse the rock throwers.

According to reports in Paleostinian media, six rioters were maimed in the festivities.

No Israelis were reported injured in the incident.

Also Thursday, security forces seized a pistol and ammunition during a raid in the Paleostinian village of Katana. A local resident suspected of owning the pistol was placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
and taken to a nearby security facility for questioning.
This is why they are reduced to attacking up close with knives and cars.
Israel Demolishes Homes of Palestinian Attackers

[AnNahar] Israeli authorities have demolished three homes and sealed off a fourth of Paleostinians who carried out attacks that killed a soldier and a policewoman, the army said on Thursday.

Israel regularly carries out such demolitions, which it says act as a deterrent, but human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
groups and Paleostinians say they punish families for the actions of relatives.

Two houses were demolished in Deir Abu Mashaal, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, and a third was sealed off, an army spokeswoman said. Village mayor Emad Zahran told AFP Israeli soldiers entered the area around 2:00 am (2300 GMT Wednesday) with bulldozers.

On June 16, three villagers carried out an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City that killed a policewoman. According to police, two of the assailants shot up a group of officers who returned fire, and a third stabbed the border policewoman a short distance away before being shot. All three attackers were killed.

A home in the West Bank town of Silwad was also demolished in response to an April 6 car-ramming attack near the Jewish settlement of Ofra that killed an Israeli soldier.
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Two Umm al-Fahm brothers indicted for supporting ISIS
[Ynet] Mahmoud and Naim Jabarin were enjugged by the Shin Bet and Israel Police in July after the two were discovered to be in contact with an ISIS recruiter--also from Umm al-Fahm--in Syria.

Two Israeli-Arab brothers from Umm al-Fahm have been locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
and indicted for supporting ISIS, according to the Shin Bet, which cleared the information for publication Friday morning.

The two brothers--Mahmoud Jabarin, 25, and Naim Jabarin, 20--were arrested in July in a joint operation involving the Shin Bet and police.

During the course of a search at the brothers' residence, a Carlo submachine gun was also discovered hidden in the attic.

Authorities had received information that the elder Jabarin brother, Mahmoud, had intended to travel to Syria to join the organization. To that end, Jabarin was in contact with an ISIS recruiter in Syria who was also a former resident of Umm al-Fahm.

In addition to discovering numerous photographs, videos and other ISIS propaganda, the younger brother, Naim, is also alleged to have pledged loyalty to ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
The State Attorney's Office filed an indictment with the Haifa District Court against the two brothers on Friday morning for contact with a foreign agent and illegal possession of a firearm.

The Shin Bet issued a statement on the arrests and indictments, saying, "The Shin Bet views Israelis who support 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 as a serious security threat, especially those who are in contact with organization operatives and desire to fight in its ranks.

"As such, the Shin Bet will continue to monitor suspects and take the necessary enforcement measures to prevent the dissemination of ISIS ideology in Israel and prevent Israelis from fighting with the organization."

ISIS is currently in widespread retreat and has been suffering a string of defeats on the battlefield. This reality stands in stark contrast to the image the organization is attempting to portray in an effort to recruit more potential combatants to its ranks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS beheads 3 civilians accused of being Kurdish recruits
[ALMASDARNEWS] The ISIS terrorist group has carried out a photo documented execution of three Syrian men which it accused of joining the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The execution took place in the town of al-Sor, Hasakah Governorate.

According to sources, none of the men executed were actually ethnic Kurds ‐ all three of them were Arabs.

ISIS often carries out public executions ‐ which it either films or photographs ‐ of civilians in the territories that it occupies. Rationales offered by the terrorist group for such actions are known to range from accusations of secret collusion with rival factions to accusations of sorcery (as was the case earlier this year for an unfortunate elderly man from Daraa whom ISIS claimed was a wizard).
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Tiger Forces pour into east Hama as Syrian Army secures key territory
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed up by paramilitary allies, has achieved a noteworthy advance against ISIS in eastern Hama Governorate. The assault comes as massive reinforcements from the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces pour into the region.

Today the SAA, led by the veteran Qalamoun Shield Forces, advanced towards ISIS-held town of Salba located east of al-Mabujah, securing the important hills and points that overlook the settlement.

The advance was achieved after heavy festivities with ISIS that began early this morning and concluded in the afternoon.

According to military sources exclusive to al-Masdar News, at least 20 ISIS fighters were killed and injured during the pro-government assault. Furthermore, one ISIS vehicle-borne improvised bomb (VBIED) was destroyed by the SAA before it reached forward army positions.

Now the SAA has full fire control over the town of Salba and is expected to storm the settlement soon.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
Tiger Forces reinforcements keep pouring into eastern Hama as part of a wider effort to develop the offensive against ISIS in the region. According to reports, a total of three (3) Tiger Forces groups have arrived in eastern Hama and are awaiting their orders, yet to see combat.

Once the orders are given for the Tiger Forces to attack, and thus the main phase of the offensive started, the speed of pro-government advances in eastern Hama should accelerate. From this point on, top Tiger Forces commander Suheil al-Hassan will reportedly lead the offensive.
Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


ISIS suicide bomber kills 25 Jaysh al-Islam fighters in Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The ISIS terrorist group, for reasons unknown, has targeted holy warriors of Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
’s Daraa chapter.

Hours ago, twenty-five (25) fighters belonging to the Jaish al-Islam bad boy faction were killed and another 15 injured after an ISIS jacket wallah let 'er rip at one of the rebel group’s military camps.

The attack took place in the town of Nassib in the eastern countryside of Daraa Governoarate.

How the ISIS suicide bomber was able to infiltrate the Jaish al-Islam’s military complex still remains a mystery.

Below is a video showing the aftermath of the the suicide kaboom. The content is extremely graphic and viewer discretion is advised.

Posted by: Fred || 08/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US religion monitor welcomes release of Iranian Christian
[IsraelTimes] Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, was placed in durance vile ’simply due to her Christian faith,’ says US government watchdog

A US freedom-of-religion monitor has welcomed the release of an Iranian Christian who had worked with a once-imprisoned Iranian-American pastor freed in a January 2016 prisoner swap.

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, was sentenced in 2013 to four years in prison on charges of acts against national security.
So she served her sentence, then was released. Being released is never a sure thing in such cases.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a government watchdog, said Zargaran was imprisoned apparently in connection with her work at an orphanage alongside Iranian-American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini.

Zargaran, 39, was tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
soon after Abedini was detained.

She "suffered unjustly in prison for more than four years simply due to her Christian faith," said USCIRF Commissioner Clifford May in a statement Thursday.

Zargaran was released from Evin prison in Tehran on August 1 "and was welcomed by friends and family," according to the Human Rights Activists news agency (HRANA), a US-based human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
organization monitoring events in Iran.

According to the HRANA, Zargaran went on hunger strike several times to protest her sentence and lack of medical care for her heart problems.

Abedini was released in January 2016 as part of a prisoner exchange that included The Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, who were tossed into the calaboose in Iran for nearly 18 months, and former US Marine Amir Hekmati, all of whom have dual US-Iranian citizenship.
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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.
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Sat 2017-08-12
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Fri 2017-08-11
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Thu 2017-08-10
  Gang convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in England
Wed 2017-08-09
  Police hunt BMW driver who mowed down six French soldiers in Paris
Tue 2017-08-08
  Kurdish authorities arrest 1700 Islamic State militants among displaced civilians
Mon 2017-08-07
  Taliban kill 30 villagers in Afghanistan's Sari Pul province
Sun 2017-08-06
  Governor of Galgaduud region shot dead in Somali capital
Sat 2017-08-05
  US confirms airstrike killed al-Shabab commander in Somalia
Fri 2017-08-04
  Al Qaeda frees South African hostage after six years
Thu 2017-08-03
  Police Make Arrest in 2003 Case of Grooming Gang Victim Believed Ground Up and Sold as Kebab Meat
Wed 2017-08-02
  Gang who called themselves 'Musketeers' guilty of plotting UK bomb attack
Tue 2017-08-01
  IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul
Mon 2017-07-31
  Besieged IS mufti blows himself up in northern Baghdad
Sun 2017-07-30
  Four arrested in plot to bomb plane over Sydney
Sat 2017-07-29
  IS cuts ears of 23 elements who fled battles in Western Nineveh

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