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Afghanistan
Afghan forces seize up to 100 weapons of various types in Kabul city
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces have seized up to 100 weapons of various during separate operations which were conducted in different parts of Kabul city.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the Counter-Narcotics Police Forces seized 39 pistols and some munitions during in Pul-e-Charkhi area of the city.

The statement further added that the pistols and munitions were loaded in a vehicle and were being transported to Kabul but the police forces managed to stop the vehicle and confiscate the weapons in Pul-e-Charkhi entrance gate.

At least two people have been tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
in connection to the transportation of weapons and are in police custody for further investigations, the Ministry of Interior said.

The Ministry of Interior in a separate statement said the intelligence and Special Forces of police conducted an operation against a weapons cache in Asia Bini area of the city in the 13th police district of the city and confiscated 55 weapons including 15 Ak-47s, a Ak-74, and 39 pistols.
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2 militants killed while placing an IED in a graveyard in Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] At least two Lions of Islam were killed as they were placing an Improvised Explosive Device in a graveyard in southern Kandahar province, the security officials said.

Provincial Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan said the incident took place late on Monday in the vicinity of Arghandab district.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that the Lions of Islam were busy planting an Improvised Explosive Device in a graveyard when the explosives went off prematurely, leaving two Lions of Islam dead.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have not commented regarding the incident so far.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban often use Improvised Explosive Device as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are killed while Talibs also sustain casualties in some premature IED kabooms.
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45 militants killed, wounded in Zabul province in past one week: officials
[KhaamaPress] The Military officials in South of Afghanistan are saying that 45 Lions of Islam were killed or maimed during the operations in Zabul province in past one week.

The officials further added that over the last week the 205th Corps has aggressively pursued the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in Arghandab and Mizan districts of Zabul. Clashes with the snuffies have been offensive operations towards the Taliban backed by the use of Afghan artillery.

"These recent festivities have resulted in 33 snuffies killed and 12 maimed. Additionally, during these operations against the Taliban, the 205th Corps discovered 45 IEDs along the roads which were cleared by the Army engineers," the officials said.

According to the military officials, these operations come on the heels of a large attack from the Taliban last week against an ANA checkpoint in Arghandab District which killed the soldiers manning that checkpoint.

The 205th Corps confirmed that over the last month, there were approximately 50 attacks against ANDSF, mostly check points. Of these attacks, less than 5 resulted in a loss of infrastructure and were reoccupied by friendly forces within 24 hours. Additionally, there were 25 attacks against ANDSF that were repulsed by the 205th Corps and mitigated by the use of offensive attacks against the Taliban and were solely fought and won by Afghan Forces.

General Iman Nazar, 205th Corps Commander said "Our brave Soldiers risk their lives every day to protect our country. They have adapted to recent Taliban attacks and offensively reacted to take the fight to the Taliban."

Rahmatullah Yarmal, Governor of Zabul said "The 205th Corps brigade in Zabul has seen recent attacks, but continue to fight and see success, with the support of the people, to make our province safe."
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Africa North
Egypt security forces kill 16 terrorists in North Sinai shootouts
[AlAhram] Egypt's security forces killed 16 holy warriors in North Sinai governorate on Tuesday morning in two raids.

According to the ministry of interior, the ministry's national security department identified two terrorist hideouts from which a number of attack were going to be launched against vital institutions and figures in the city of El-Arish.

Ten of the bad boyz were potted in an empty plot of land in Ubaidat district, El-Arish city after they opened fire on security forces conducting the raid.

The second hideout was in an under-construction house in Abu Eita district, where six holy warriors were also killed after opening fire on police forces.

Firearms, ammunition, and explosives were found at the hideout.

On Saturday, Egypt's armed forces said that 15 Egyptian military personnel were killed during an attack on a security check point in North Sinai. Seven Death Eaters were also killed in the attack.

The military has been carrying out Operation Sinai 2018, a counter-terrorism campaign, since February 2018. The campaign involves land, naval and air forces, as well as the police and border guards.
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Suicide bomber kills 2 3 policemen near famed Cairo tourist market, planned more attacks
[IsraelTimes] A jacket wallah killed two coppers and maimed three more while he was being pursued near Cairo’s famed Khan el-Khalili tourist marketplace, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said Monday.

The kaboom in the Gamaliya district was a rarity for a central area of the capital, after progress from a security crackdown under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

A body was seen on the street behind areas cordoned off by dozens of police and soldiers after the kaboom, which shattered windows and blew curtains off nearby balconies. Egypt’s renowned al-Azhar mosque is nearby.

Officials said the suspect was being chased by coppers as he was believed to have planted an bomb last week near a mosque.

"As security surrounded the man and was set to arrest and control him, an bomb in his possession went off," the ministry said.

It said the man was pursued "as part of the interior ministry’s efforts to search for the perpetrator" behind the targeting by an bomb of a security detail stationed near a mosque in Giza on Friday.

Security had defused the device then, the ministry said.
Update from Ynet at 12:50 a.m. ET:
The corpse count from a late-night suicide kaboom near Cairo's famed tourist market rose to three on Tuesday after a police officer died of his wounds, Egyptian security officials said.

All three fatalities in the attack late Monday near Khan el-Khalili bazaar in the heart of Cairo were coppers. The kaboom also maimed two other coppers and a woman, the officials said.

Darb Al-Ahmar suicide bomber was planning further attacks: Egypt's interior ministry

[AlAhram] Egypt's interior ministry said on Tuesday that the jacket wallah who went kaboom! behind al-Azhar Mosque on Monday had been planning further attacks.
Upon searching the 37-year-old man's apartment in Cairo's Darb al-Ahmar, police found a number of bombs and raw materials used in making explosives. Police also found a time bomb in the apartment, prompting an evacuation of the building.

The suicide bomber went kaboom! on Monday in Darb al-Ahmar as police were attempting to arrest him, killing three coppers and injuring others.

The man, identified as El-Hassan Abdullah, was wanted in connection to a bombing last Friday in Giza and police were monitoring his movements, according to the ministry.
Al Ahram has more here.
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Africa Subsaharan
Death toll from northwest Nigeria attack doubles to 130
[Ynet] The corpse count from an attack last week by button men in northwestern Nigeria has doubled to more than 130, the Kaduna state governor said on Tuesday, adding it appeared to have been a deliberate plan to "wipe out certain communities."

Governor Nasir el-Rufai did not elaborate on what he meant. Those killed in last week's attack were mainly from the Fulani ethnic group, who are usually Moslem and have been involved in festivities in recent years with people from the Adara ethnic group, who are predominantly Christian.
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Europe
Two arrested after man shot by air rifle outside Paris-area synagogue
Nine so blind as those who will not see.
[IsraelTimes] French police arrest two teenagers in a suburb of Gay Paree on suspicion that they maimed a person while firing an air rifle at a synagogue on Shabbat.

The two teenagers lightly maimed a passerby near the synagogue of Sarcelles on Friday by shooting a lead projectile into his calf, the AFP news agency reports. A court clarifies that they are not being investigated as suspects in an anti-Semitic hate crime over the incident.

The two alleged shooters are aged 15 and 16, the Le Gay Pareeien newspaper reports.

They staked out the synagogue from a balcony overlooking the building on Friday night, as worshipers began to gather there.

Moise Kahloun, the president of the Jewish community of Sarcelles, says he does not believe the attack was anti-Semitic. "This is not an anti-Semitic attack, just kids who shot at random."
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The Grand Turk
Turkish court upholds jail sentences on Cumhuriyet staff, 311 new arrests
[AlAhram] A Ottoman Turkish appeals court upheld a ruling to jail journalists and executives from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, the paper said on Tuesday, adding that its employees will be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences.

A court last year sentenced 14 staff of Cumhuriyet - one of the few remaining voices critical of the government - to jail on charges of terrorism and supporting a U.S.-based holy man blamed for organizing an attempted coup in July, 2016.

Human rights organizations have voiced increasing concern about media freedom in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
, accusing President Tayyip Erdogan of using the abortive putsch as a pretext to quash dissent.

Cumhuriyet said that an appeals court had found the trial lawful and approved the convictions against its staff. The court’s decision finalizes prison sentences under five years and the rest will now go to a higher court.

Journalists Kadri Gursel and Hakan Kara, cartoonist Musa Kart, lawyer Bulent Utku, and accountant Emre Iper will be sent back to prison to complete their sentences, all of which are less than five years, Cumhuriyet said.

Editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, prominent journalist Ahmet Sik, Hikmet Cetinkaya, Orhan Erinc, Akin Atalay and Aydin Engin will appeal against their sentences, all longer than five years, at a higher court, the paper added.

The staff of Cumhuriyet were charged with supporting the network of Fethullah Gülen
... 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...
, the Moslem holy man Ankara holds responsible for the failed 2016 coup attempt. They have denied the charges.

Since the failed coup, more than 77,000 people have been jugged
Please don't kill me!
pending trial, while about 150,000 civil servants and military personnel have been sacked or suspended from their jobs. Widespread operations and arrests are still routine.

Ottoman Turkish authorities on Tuesday carried out three separate operations against alleged followers of Gulen’s network across the country, ordering the arrests of 311 people.

Authorities ordered the arrests of 53 military personnel from the army, air force and navy, the Istanbul prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The state-run Anadolu news agency said three other operations were underway the coastal province of Izmir and Ankara.
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India-Pakistan
Couple held for torture of minor daughter
[DAWN] LAHORE: Samanabad police on Monday reportedly jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a man and his wife for allegedly torturing their 10-year-old daughter over petty issues.

Suspects Sheikh Nadeem and his wife, Ayesha, used to torture minor Manahil by burning her body with an electric rod.

The police also recovered the girl with multiple burns on her body and shifted her to a local hospital where doctors confirmed the cruelty in the initial report.

A police official said some neighbours heard cries of the girl and rushed to the house where they found Ayesha subjecting the girl to severe torture.

He said Manahil was her stepdaughter and the neighbours alerted the police when they saw Ayesha inflicting torture on her.

The police recovered the girl from the house and shifted her to the hospital in a critical condition.

Manahil told the police that her stepmother and her father used to burn her body on petty domestic issues.

A neighbour, Osama Saghir, told the police that the couple had been subjecting the girl to torture for the last couple of weeks.

The Samanabad police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against both the suspects on the complaint of Saghir and handed over the case to the investigation police for further action.

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Iraq
Iraqi army frees five kidnapped by Islamic State, finds bodies of six more
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi mayor has said that army troops have freed five people, who were kidnapped by Islamic State militants last Friday in western Iraq.

Mayor Hussein al-Akidi of Rawa city in the western province of Anbar told SNG News that an army force launched a military operation in al-Madham district, west of Rawa, to free the five civilians, who were kidnapped while gathering desert truffles in the desert of the province.

The troops managed to flee the abductees and moved them to a safe place, the mayor added.

On Monday, a security source said that 12 Iraqi people, including five security men, were kidnapped by the militant group in Umm al-Jedaan area, west of Anbar province.

Two of the kidnapped security men were found later dead, the source said.

Iraqi border guards find bodies of six people kidnapped by Islamic State

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi border guards have found bodies of six people, who were kidnapped by the Islamic State terror group in Najaf governorate on Monday.

The bodies were found in Umm Jezan area, some 150 kilometers away from Nukhayb town in Anbar, Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted a military force affiliated to the Popular Mobilization Forces as saying in a statement.

Preparations are underway to move the bodies to the forensic medicine department, the statement read.
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Bomb blast kills two Iraqi children in Anbar province
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Two Iraqi children were killed Tuesday in a bomb blast in the western province of Anbar, a security source said as the country still suffers from almost daily bomb attacks by Islamic State militants.

Speaking to Almaalomah news website, the source said that an explosive charge went off in al-Nassaf area, west of Fallujah in Anbar, while a group of children were playing there.

“The explosion left two children dead,” the source said, adding that a security force rushed to the blast site and started to search for any other explosives at the scene.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
19 Palestinians arrested in fresh Temple Mount clashes
[IsraelTimes] Police say dozens of worshipers tried to breach a closed off area of the holy site that has been at the center of recent tensions; several Paleostinians reported injured.

Paleostinian worshipers clashed with Israeli police on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Tuesday, trying to force their way into an area of the flash-point holy compound that has been closed for years. Police said 19 Paleostinians were locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
The incident follows a similar confrontation on Monday in which Paleostinians tried to break the gate that Israel placed on the closed area last week after the Moslem Waqf religious council broke into the area and held prayers there.

Paleostinian medics reported that several protesters were maimed in the standoff.

The Gate of Mercy, or Golden Gate, was sealed by Israeli authorities in 2003 because the group managing the area had ties to Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,, and it has been kept closed to stop illegal construction work there by the Waqf, which Israeli officials believe has led to the destruction of antiquities from periods of Jewish presence in the area.

Israeli police responded by summoning the head of the Waqf, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib al-Tamimi,
...any relation to the anti-Israel Fatah activist Tamimi clan of Nabi Saleh village, whose children are known for screaming at and slapping stoic Israeli soldiers?
for questioning, but the summons was later canceled, apparently following pressure from Jordan, according to the Haaretz daily.

The closure drew an angry rebuke from Amman, with a letter from the Jordanian foreign ministry to its Israeli counterpart calling the closure a violation of the status quo and demanding the reopening of the gates and the removal of all Israeli security forces.

In an English-language statement on Tuesday, the office of Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
accused Israel of attempting to impose a "division" of the mosque compound.

According to Haaretz, the Jordanian government, which controls the Waqf, enlarged its council from 11 to 18 members last week. For the first time, Paleostinian Authority officials and religious leaders were installed in the body, which has historically been made up of individuals close to the Jordanian monarchy.

The change is a bid by Amman to begin to share responsibility for the holy site, the location of the biblical Jewish Temples, and now of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock shrine, which in recent years has become an epicenter of tensions between Israelis and Paleostinians.

The newspaper said the ongoing tensions at the site are part of the reason for the expansion of the Waqf council by Jordan. Amman first considered the move in the wake of violent protests that followed a terror attack in which Paleostinian button men killed Israeli coppers guarding the Temple Mount in mid-2017.

Israel installed metal detectors at the compound’s entrances following that attack, triggering weeks of protests by Paleostinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally ordered the detectors removed after regional allies warned that the fight over the holy site was strengthening the hands of Islamist factions throughout the region.

Jordan believes its influence at the Temple Mount was eroded by those events, while Paleostinian leaders who led the protests saw their influence grow.

Paleostinian fears about purported Israeli plans to change the 52-year arrangement on the Temple Mount ‐ where the Waqf maintains administrative control and the Israel Police security control ‐ have become a daily staple in Paleostinian political rhetoric and media reports in recent years. Multiple car-rammings, stabbings and shootings have been attributed by Paleostinian attackers to the alleged efforts by Israel to alter the status quo at the site, according to which Jews may visit but not pray there.
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For first time in months, Gaza balloons spark fire in south
[IsraelTimes] Small blazes burn grasslands in Eshkol region forest before firefighters extinguish them; Paleostinians riot along Strip’s northern border.

A balloon carrying an incendiary device from the Gazoo Strip sparked at least one fire in southern Israel on Tuesday, the first such arson case in several months, authorities said.

The blaze burned grasslands in a wooded area outside the community of Kibbutz Kissufim in the Eshkol region. It was quickly extinguished, according to the Israel Fire and Rescue Services.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Guards say Pakistani carried out suicide attack on troops
[IsraelTimes] The jacket wallah who carried out last week’s attack that killed 27 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was a Pakistain national, the force’s Sepah news agency reports.

"The suicide bomber was named Hafez Mohammad-Ali and was from Pakistain," Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the Guards’ ground forces, is quoted as saying on the sidelines of a commemoration service in Tehran.
Al Ahram adds:
One other member of the krazed killer cell that planned the attack was also a Pak citizen, the head of the Guards’ ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.

Iran has repeatedly blamed Pakistain for sheltering Lions of Islam connected with attacks in the border area, although Tuesday’s remarks appear to be the first time Tehran has said Pak citizens were directly involved in the attack.

Iran also accuses regional rival Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
of promoting violence among members of Iran’s Sunni Moslem minority. Pakistain and Saudi Arabia deny any role in attacks in Iran.

Three Iranians from Sistan and 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...
province in southeast Iran were also part of the cell and two of them have been enjugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
, according to Pakpour. The guards announced three arrests in the case on Monday.

Remnants of the car used in the suicide kaboom were given to the police, Pakpour said. Once the owner of the car was identified, intelligence and security forces carried out arrests.

The Lions of Islam had planned to carry out multiple attacks, Pakpour said: "This group had prepared a lot of ammunition and equipment."
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Islamic State fighters besieged in Syria refuse to surrender, ask for an exit
[IsraelTimes] Fleeing jihadis demand to leave along with evacuated civilians; around 1,000 may have made off with some $200 million in cash, CNN reports.

More than 300 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....
fighters surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to US-backed Syrian forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday.

The development comes amid the Islamic State group’s last stand in the village of Baghouz, where murderous Moslems are hiding among hundreds of civilians and preventing them from leaving. It also will likely further delay a declaration on IS’s territorial defeat that US-backed Syrian forces were hoping to make last week.

A person familiar with the negotiations said the murderous Moslems are asking for a corridor to the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, and demand that they be allowed to leave along with the evacuated civilians. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the talks, which he described as taking place indirectly.

It was not clear how the current standoff would be resolved.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group that monitors the civil war in Syria, said another request by IS to be evacuated to neighboring Iraq was also rejected. The group said that IS released Sunday 10 SDF fighters it had been holding, adding that it was not clear what, if anything, the forces of Evil would get in return.

CNN, quoting a senior military official, reported Monday that at least 1,000 fighters fleeing Syria in the past six months into western Iraq may have made off with at least $200 million in cash.

From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land in Baghouz in Deir el-Zour province, on the countries’ shared border.

In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, the fighters are holed up in what SDF officials described as a small tented village, atop a network of tunnels and caves with the civilians ‐ some of them possibly hostages.

The SDF and the coalition have battled to uproot them from villages and towns on the eastern banks of the Euphrates since September.

The DeirEzzor 24, an activist collective in eastern Syria, said several trucks loaded with foodstuff entered IS-held areas in Baghouz in Deir el-Zour on Monday morning. The group also reported that IS released 10 SDF fighters Sunday without saying whether the supplies of the foodstuff were in return for the release.

DeirEzzor 24 said that the truce reached between IS and the SDF last week has been extended for five more days as of Sunday.

Air strikes hit Islamic State pocket as Syrian fighters press attack

[Ynet] Air strikes targeted Islamic State's last pocket in eastern Syria late on Tuesday as US-backed fighters pressed for a victory that would bring the jihadists' self-proclaimed caliphate to its bloody end.

Dozens of trucks earlier headed towards Baghouz, a village on the banks of the Euphrates at the Iraqi border where hundreds of Islamic State holy warriors were making their last stand.
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