[AlAhram] At least nine coppers were killed Saturday in separate attacks by Taliban ...Arabic for students... faceless myrmidons on police checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province, a provincial official said.
Arif Noori, front man for the provincial governor, said two police checkpoints came under attack by Taliban fighters in the early hours, also wounding two police. He said six faceless myrmidons were killed and nine others were maimed in the battle, which lasted almost an hour.
The Taliban grabbed credit for the attack, according to their front man Zabihullah Mujahid. He said 14 police were killed, including both commanders of the checkpoints.
Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since U.S. and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a counterterrorism and support role.
In another report form eastern Pashtun-infested Logar province, one person was maimed when a military helicopter made an emergency landing as it was taking off and hit a tree, said Salim Saleh, front man for the provincial governor.
The NATO mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, confirmed a helicopter incident in Pashtun-infested Logar in a statement. It provided no additional details.
Saleh said the accident took place in Kharwar district while the helicopter was supporting an ongoing operation to eliminate faceless myrmidons from the district.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban front man, claimed their fighters shot down the helicopter in Karwar district Friday night.At least nine coppers were killed Saturday in separate attacks by Taliban faceless myrmidons on police checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province, a provincial official said.
[DAWN] The deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Qazi Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, was kidnapped from Peshawar’s Dabgari area on Friday, officials said.
Mr Ahmadi is a leader of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-i-Islami which signed a peace deal with the Afghan government in September last year.
The local law enforcement agencies did not know about Mr Ahmadi’s visit until his abduction was reported by his relatives and the Afghan consulate in Peshawar took up the matter with Pakistani authorities.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A suicide truck bomb went kaboom! outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a boom jacket.
Speaking to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named by telephone from the scene, Capt. Mohammed Hussein said 30 people, including a government minister, were rescued from the Nasa-Hablod hotel as heavy gunfire continued in the standoff between Lions of Islam and security forces.
Three of the five attackers were killed, Hussein said. The others hurled grenades and cut off the building’s electricity as night fell.
Ali Nur, a police officer, told Rooters 17 people, mostly coppers, had died in the blasts.
"Security forces have entered a small portion of the hotel building ... the exchange of gunfire is hellish," he said.
The police personnel who died had been stationed close to hotel’s gate. The dead also included a former politician, he said.
Fighting continued to rage inside the hotel and police said the corpse count was likely to rise.
Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, told Rooters the emergency service had carried 17 people injured from the hotel blast.
A huge cloud of smoke rose over the scene and a Rooters witness saw over a dozen wrecked cars and bloodstains in front of the hotel. Sporadic gunfire could be heard in the vicinity.
Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... , responsible for scores of such attacks in the country’s long civil war, said it carried out Saturday’s bombings.
"We targeted ministers and security officials who were inside the hotel. We are fighting inside," Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations front man, told Rooters.
He said the hotel belonged to Somalia’s internal security minister, Mohammed Abukar Islow.
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[AlAhram] Egypt's armed forces foiled an attempt by 43 individuals of various nationaltiies to illegally migrate, the military front man said in a statement Friday.
Army front man Tamer El-Refai said the navy intercepted a fishing boat trying to leave Egyptian territorial waters. Some 280,000 narcotic pills were also seized.
In recent years, thousands of refugees and migrants colonists have attempted to cross the Mediterranean. Hundreds have been jugged Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! in Egypt for attempting to migrate illegally.
Cairo has focused on the migration issue in recent years, working with European nations to tackle the problem.
Following the sinking of migrant boat in September 2016, with hundreds dead, a law was passed criminalising unauthorised migration and human trafficking.
[All Africa] Just when the ancient Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo)-Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) quarrel was showing some signs of being resolved, a new gang has popped up from nowhere this month to launch several armed and deadly attacks in the north. These are believed to be the first Islamist attacks in Mozambique and have caused shock and bewilderment in the country and the region.
According to the Shabelle Media Network in Mogadishu, a group of about 30 men attacked three cop shoppes in the small town of Mocímboa da Praia in the northern-most province of Cabo Delgado, about 30 km from the Tanzania border, early on 5 October.
'There was a prompt response from the police; two AK-47 rifles were seized,' said Inacio Dina, spokesperson of the General Command of the Mozambican police at a presser in Maputo. He said two coppers were rubbed out, and two gang members were captured. According to other reports, 16 people died, including a community leader.
The same group, it seems, struck early on 21 October, clashing with government forces in the fishing village of Maluku, some 30 km from Mocímboa da Praia. 'These attacks prompted the villagers to flee and the village is currently deserted,' a security industry source said.
Further festivities were reported by independent sources during the night of 22 October at a village called Columbe, about 16 km south of an installation of Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation which is exploring for oil and natural gas there. The company is evacuating its personnel, the sources say.
What motivated the local al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... to suddenly launch these attacks, is hazy
Locals called these raiders 'al-Shabaab'. Whether they call themselves this too, or whether it's because of their headgear and what they reportedly told locals after occupying Mocímboa da Praia - that they rejected state health and education and refused to pay taxes - is not yet clear.
There was understandably speculation at first that they were linked to the Somali jihadist group of the same name. But Dina cast doubt on this interpretation from the start, as he said they spoke in local languages including Swahili and Portuguese. There now seems to be consensus that they are local Moslems. Eric Morier-Genoud, the Mozambican-born political scientist from Queens University, Belfast, wrote in The Conversation that this was a group of local Moslems formed in 2014 and calling itself al-Shabaab.
Mozambique has a significant Moslem population ranging in size from somewhere between an official 17.8% of the total population to, unofficially, 30%, according to some Moslem community members themselves. It's mostly concentrated along the northern coast.
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Shocking! I blame years of colonial oppression.
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The more I read about this the more it sounds like Blackhawk Down 2.0. We have too many of these marginally qualified politicians wearing eagles and stars making decisions about men's lives that have no experience or expertise to make those decisions.
[Ynet] A Salafist imam was rubbed out by button men early on Saturday in Aden, southern Yemen, witnesses and local officials said, the third killing of a Salafist imam this month.
Sheikh Adel Al Shehri, imam of a mosque in Inmaa district west of Aden, was shot while he was heading to the mosque for morning prayers. No one has grabbed credit for the three killings and no motive has been made clear, but some of the ultra-conservative Salafists ...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them... back secession for southern Yemen, and have been a major component of the breakaway southern army.
A former Aden governor has declared a council that seeks secession for southern Yemen. A referendum on independence would be announced soon, he said.
[DW] German courts have sentenced numerous German nationals for joining foreign Islamist Lions of Islam in recent years. Abshir A. and Ozkan C. have been found guilty of joining Somalia's al-Shabaab and Syria's Junud al-Sham.
A court in the German city of Frankfurt on Friday separately found two German nationals guilty of joining foreign Islamist bad boy groups.
The court sentenced the first, Abshir A., to two years and ten months in prison for joining al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... in Somalia, an Islamist terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. It sentenced the second, Ozkan C., to two years and eight months for being a member of Junud al-Sham in Syria, a Sunni bad boy group.
The Hessian radical
A., who was born in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, but grew up in the German state of Hesse, fought along al-Shabaab Lions of Islam between early 2012 and early 2014.
The 29-year-old completed four months of combat training upon arrival before being transferred to an al-Shabaab base, but was forced to stop fighting due to an unidentified physical affliction. A. denied ever fighting with the bad boy group.
German police incarcerated I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! A. after he arrived at Frankfurt airport with falsified documents in July 2016.
The linguistic firebrand ...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
C., who was born in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... but also grew up in Germany, joined Junud al-Sham along with his wife in 2013.
While in Syria, he taught Arabic to other German-speaking al-Sham fighters and was given weapons training.
Junud al-Sham had been fighting in Syria's deadly civil war before many of its members left to join the terrorist organization "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.... C. returned to Germany in late 2013, where he promoted radical Islamist organizations before police arrested him in 2016.
Cracking down on imported terror
German courts have sentenced a number of German nationals for joining foreign Islamist groups in recent years.
In 2016, five men were given prison sentences for joining al-Shabaab and three other men prison sentences for joining Death Eater groups in Syria.
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... placed in durance vile You have the right to remain silent... over 50 alleged members of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) Death Eater group on Saturday, some of whom were suspected of planning an attack on Turkey's national holiday on Sunday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Most of the arrests were made in the capital Ankara, where 49 suspects were picked up a day before celebrations across the country for the 94th anniversary of Republic Day.
Another four people were arrested in Istanbul's commercial district, suspected of preparing an attack in the name of IS, the Anadolu agency reported.
A homemade bomb was found in their car, according to the Dogan news agency which reported that one of the suspects was injured during the arrests.
Anadolu reported that Ottoman Turkish authorities issued warrants for 55 suspected foreign IS members but did not provide further details.
Turkey has been hit by several bloody attacks blamed on IS bully boyz over the past two years, including a New Year attack this year on an elite Istanbul nightclub by an IS gunman, during which 39 people were killed.
There has been a lull in attacks since, but tensions remain high and Ottoman Turkish police launch raids almost daily against suspected IS cells across the country.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Joint Operations Command in Iraq announced that its forces have found a mass grave which included 50 bodies belonging to members of the army and police in Hawija district.
The joint operations said in a statement that ISIS executed government forces in the village of Bakara in the center of Hawija during terror attacks, launched on areas south-west of Kirkuk.
The statement added that legal procedures will be taken to investigate the cemetery and examine the remains in it.
Earlier in October, army sources said that security forces found two mass graves containing the remains of dozens of members of the army and police who were killed by gunnies in the village of Abu Sakhra, southeast of Hawija.
On Oct. 8, Iraqi forces fully restored the center of al Kadhaa, located south-west of Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... from the control of the bad boy organization.
For his part, the police captain of Kirkuk Hamid al-Obaidi told Anatolia that the security forces were commissioned to conduct searches and investigate the mass graves of the army and police in the province of Hawija.
Obaidi has dozens of soldiers whose fate is unknown since 2014.
In the summer of 2014, ISIS controlled large areas in the province of Diyala in the east of the country. Iraqi army forces, supported by the International coalition, carried out large-scale military operations in which they liberated the seized areas.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi Kurdistan’s veteran leader Masoud Barzani will not extend his presidential term beyond Nov. 1, a Kurdish government official said on Saturday.
His decision came just weeks after a referendum on Kurdish independence backfired and triggered a crisis for Iraq’s Kurds who had been enjoying a period of unprecedented autonomy.
A plan to divide up the president’s powers was outlined in a letter Barzani sent to the Kurdish parliament on Saturday, the official told Rooters. The plan asks parliament to distribute the president’s powers among the government, parliament and judiciary.
Barzani’s current term was set to expire in four days, the same date that presidential and parliamentary elections were due to be held. However, a lie repeated often enough remains a lie... those elections were delayed indefinitely last week, amidst an escalating regional crisis.
Critics say the Sept. 25 independence referendum, orchestrated and championed by the 71-year-old Barzani, has left a bleak outlook for Iraq’s Kurds.
Less than four weeks after Kurds in the region voted overwhelmingly to break away from Iraq, the central government launched a military offensive to wrest back the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... which the Kurds regard as both their spiritual homeland, and a key source of revenue for their would-be independent state. It was one of several retaliatory measures taken by Baghdad, which vehemently opposed the referendum.
In a matter of days the Iraqi government has transformed the balance of power in the north of the country, exerting tremendous pressure on Barzani to step aside and wrecking decades-old dreams of Kurdish independence. Iraqi forces have continued to advance on all Kurdish-held territory outside the autonomous region’s borders.
Iraq’s prime minister demanded on Thursday that Kurds declare their independence referendum void, rejecting the Kurdish autonomous region’s offer to suspend its independence push to resolve a crisis through talks.
Earlier this year, Barzani said he did not intend to stand in the November elections. However, a lie repeated often enough remains a lie... prior to the referendum, few expected he would stick to his promise.
Barzani has held the office of the presidency since 2005. The region last held a presidential election in 2009, in which Barzani won. His term of office expired in 2013 and was extended twice.
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10/29/2017 00:00 ||
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[AlAhram] Canadian special forces have temporarily suspended military assistance to Iraqi troops due to tensions between the Middle Eastern country's military and Kurdish fighters, the defense ministry said Friday.
Cooperation will resume "once more clarity exists regarding the inter-relationships of Iraqi security forces, and the key priorities and tasks going forward," said Dan Le Bouthillier, a front man for Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Earlier Friday, Iraqi forces paused operations against the Kurds to allow for talks after the two sides -- both armed and trained by the US -- exchanged heavy artillery fire in the latest flare-up of a crisis sparked by a Kurdish independence vote last month.
Canada, which is part of the international coalition fighting 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, said that although its special forces were suspending their mission in training and assisting Iraqi forces in the country's north, its work in other areas continued.
That includes supporting the coalition in tactical aviation, intelligence, targeting, command and control, and at a medical facility.
Canada tripled its special forces contingent in Iraq in February 2016 to 210 troops.
[IsraelTimes] Border Police officers placed in durance vile Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! a suspected member of the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group in the West Bank on Saturday after finding a pistol hidden in his car.
Police said the man, a Nablus resident in his 20s, was arrested during a search of his vehicle at a checkpoint near the Paleostinian town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem.
The Paleostinian man raised the suspicion of officers after driving by the checkpoint several times, Army Radio reported.
He was taken in for further investigation, police said, where it was discovered that he was a member of Hamas. It was not immediate clear if he was planning to carry out an attack.
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.