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Afghanistan
Two US Service Members Killed In Afghanistan
2019-08-22
[ToloNews] Two US service members were killed Wednesday, August 21, in Afghanistan, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
’s Resolute Support (RS) mission said without giving further details.

According to the US Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

The service members death brings to 10 the number of US troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year, compared to 12 in 2018.

On June 25, Army Master Sergeant Micheal B. Riley and Sgt. James G. Johnston were killed in Uruzgan Province by small arms fire while engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon said. That incident is under investigation.

At least 2,300 American soldiers have died and more than 20,400 have been maimed in the country since a US-led coalition ousted the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
in 2001.
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Afghanistan
22 Taliban, Haqqani network militants killed in Special Forces raids and airstrikes
2019-08-22
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted a series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s and special operations in various provinces in the past 24 hours killing at least 22 krazed killers.

The military officials said Wednesday the Special Forces killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
krazed killer during a patrol in Almar district of Faryab.

The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 5 Talibs and destroyed a weapons cache in Nowzad district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
The security forces also conducted an airstrike in Kajaki district of Helmand which killed 5 Talibs and destroyed a weapons cache.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested 4 Talibs during an operation in sepra district of 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...
The security officials also added that an airstrike killed a Haqqani network
...a branch of the Afghan Taliban, based in Pakistain. The network is a family business founded by the later Jalaluddin Haqqani...
krazed killer in Maidan Shahr district of Wardak and a separate airstrike in Achin district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
destroyed a weapons cache.

The security forces also conducted airstrikes in Sholgarah district of Balkh province which killed 10 Talibs.
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Afghanistan
Night Raids Draw Public Criticisms; NDS Defends The Move
2019-08-22
[ToloNews] Night raids by special units of Afghan forces in the city of Kabul have faced doubts by military experts and residents of the capital who say the operations have not proved significant.
"military experts" who deride night raids? Reeeeaaaallly? Talib-symps like Kaped Krusader Karzai?
Kabul has witnessed at least five-night raids during this month, some of which have ended after five to 10 hours of festivities between Afghan forces and suspects.

"They conducted an operation in Khak-e-Jabbar [in the south of Kabul] where they arrested three or four people and later it was clarified that they were innocent and were released. This is really disappointing," an MP, Tawfiq Wahdat, said.

"Night raids are helpful, but on condition that they are well-coordinated," said Abdul Wahab Wardak, a military affairs analyst.

A Kabul resident, Mohammad Azim, said that he supports these operations but he suggested that they require more caution.

"We are cooperating with the security forces so that peace and stability can prevail in the country," Mr. Azim said.

But, the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement described the night raids as effective and said they are aimed at searching, clearance and haunting predetermined targets.

Some members of the NDS Special Operations Unit said they are fully committed to serving the country.

"I will always serve my country, wherever the enemy tries to show itself, we will eliminate them," a member of the NDS Special Unit said.

"We are prepared to do the job whether it is day or night," a member of the NDS Special Unit said.
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Afghanistan
6 ISIS militants including 2 Pakistani nationals killed in Nangarhar airstrike
2019-08-22
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
killed six bandidos forces of Evil of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province including two Pak nationals.

The informed military sources said Wednesday that an airstrike in Pacher wa Agam district killed six ISIS turbans.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread...
the Nangarhar governor’s Office said in a statement that the airstrike was conducted at around 10:40 am local time on Tuesday.

The statement further added that the airstrike also killed two Pak nationals who were fighting in ISIS ranks.

The governor’s office also added that the airstrike destroyed a hideout of the terror group, a Dshk heavy machine gun and an Ak-47 rifle.
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Afghanistan
14 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Kunduz clash
2019-08-22
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed or maimed 14 Talibs during a clash in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement that the security forces clashed with Talibs in the 3rd district of Kunduz, apparently pointing to 3rd district of Kunduz city.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 7 Talibs during the clash and maimed 7 others.

Furthermore, the interior ministry said the security forces also confiscated a rocket launcher and an M-4 rifle following the clash.
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Afghanistan
AAF, U.S. airstrikes kill at least 18 Taliban militants in Ghazni and Logar: Thunder Corps
2019-08-22
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan and U.S. forces conducted separate Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Pashtun-infested Logar and Ghazni provinces killing at least 18 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said Tuesday that the U.S. forces killed 6 Talibs by conducting airstrikes in Ghap area of Aab Band district and Gawmeshak area of Qarabagh district.

The statement further added that the U.S. forces also conducted airstrikes in Zarghoon Shahr of Mohammad Agha and Bidak area of Charkh districts of Pashtun-infested Logar.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the airstrikes killed at least 10 Talibs and desroyed a vehicle.

The Afghan Air Force also conducted an airstrike in Sari Qala area of Khogyani district in Ghazni killing two Talibs.
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Afghanistan
Afghan Special Forces kill, detain 16 Taliban militants in Logar
2019-08-22
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces conducted separate operations in central Pashtun-infested Logar province killing or detaining at least 16 Talibs.

The informed military sources said Wednesday that the Special Forces killed 9 Talibs during a raid in Azrah district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The sources further added that the Special Forces arrested 5 Talibs during a separate operation in Baraki Barak district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

Furthermore, the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons during the same operation.

The Special Forces conducted a raid in Muhammad Agha district of Loar killing two Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters. The Special Forces also destroyed a small weapons cache.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
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India-Pakistan
Death sentence of PTI leader’s killers commuted to life term
2019-08-22
[DAWN] The Sindh High Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
of two political activists to life imprisonment in a case pertaining to the murder of Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
leader Zahra Shahid.

An antiterrorism court had sentenced Mohammad Rashid, alias Master, and Zahid Abbas, alias Zaidi, the workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
, to death in August last year for killing the 70-year-old PTI leader inside her home in Defence Housing Authority on the eve of re-polling on Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
’s National Assembly constituency NA-250 in 2013.

Both the convicts through their lawyers challenged the death penalty
before the high court and after hearing arguments from both sides and examining the evidence, a two-judge bench of the SHC headed by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha converted the death sentence of both convicts into life term.
Related:
Tehrik-e-Insaf: 2019-07-18 PTI says critical media coverage may be 'treason'
Tehrik-e-Insaf: 2019-07-05 'ArrestAntiPakjournalists' tops Twitter trends in Pakistan
Tehrik-e-Insaf: 2019-06-29 Pakistan Allows Afghan Refugees To Stay For Another Year
Related:
Zahra Shahid: 2018-08-04 Four suspects deny involvement in PTI leader Zahra Shahid's murder
Zahra Shahid: 2015-08-25 35 cases against Safoora Goth bus attack suspects may be sent to military courts
Zahra Shahid: 2015-03-19 Primary suspect in murder of PTI's Zahra Shahid arrested: Rangers
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Arabia
U.S. drone shot down over Yemen - officials
2019-08-22
[UK.REUTERS] A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday, the second such incident in recent months.

A Houthi military spokesman had earlier said that air defences had brought down a U.S. drone.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the drone was shot down late on Tuesday.

This is not the first time a U.S. drone has been shot down in Yemen. In June, the U.S. military said that Houthi rebels had shot down a U.S. government-operated drone with assistance from Iran.

U.S. forces have occasionally launched drone and air strikes against Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The group has taken advantage of a four-year-old war between the Houthi movement and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s Saudi-backed government to try to strengthen its position in the impoverished country.
Related:
MQ-9: 2019-06-16 Drone Wars Over Yemen And Gulf Of Oman Revealed
MQ-9: 2019-06-15 Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says
MQ-9: 2019-06-08 Houthi forces shoot down US-made drone in western Yemen
Related:
Houthi: 2019-08-20 Iran says it has warned US against seizing oil tanker
Houthi: 2019-08-20 Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack
Houthi: 2019-08-19 Yemen Huthi rebels appoint ‘ambassador’ in Tehran
Related:
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: 2019-06-08 French trial for support team of Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher terror attacks finally scheduled
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: 2019-01-04 Wife of jihadist charged with terrorist crimes in France
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: 2018-01-21 Former Guantanamo detainee warns against spilling secrets
Related:
Abd-Rabbu Mansour: 2019-08-11 Yemen's southern separatists agree to Saudi call for ceasefire in Aden after capturing gov’t military camps
Abd-Rabbu Mansour: 2019-06-14 Saudi air defence intercepts five Houthi drones
Abd-Rabbu Mansour: 2019-02-25 Yemen's Houthis to quit two ports Monday under peace deal: Sources
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India-Pakistan
Indian State on high alert amid reports of terrorists’ intrusion from Afghanistan
2019-08-21
[KhaamaPress] A group of four turbans have reportedly intruded into the Madhya Pradesh State of India putting the state on high alert, it has been reported.

The security forces launched extensive searches in several districts of the State late on Monday after receiving intelligence reports regarding the intrusion.

The authorities have released the sketch of one of the suspects which they circulated in all cop shoppes, outposts and check-points.
The sketch, by a talented artist, can be seen at the link.
The suspect is believed to be from Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan, one of the eastern provinces located along the Durand Line close to the tribal regions of Pakistain.

Militants linked with Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, ISIS, Haqqani network
...a branch of the Afghan Taliban, based in Pakistain. The network is a family business founded by the later Jalaluddin Haqqani...
, al-Qaeda and other terrorist outlets are active in some restive parts of Kunar province.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Livia grabbed for Jane's hair to make her point. Jane elbowed her in the face in rebuttal...
the authorities have said it is not known how the turbans made their way into but they were last seen in Gujarat
...where rioting seems to be a traditional passtime...
and Rajasthan.
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India-Pakistan
Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah was the primary target of Pakistan bombing: report
2019-08-21
[KhaamaPress] The supreme leader of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada
...Former deputy to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour, now The Big Man Himself...
was the primary target of the earth-shattering kaboom in Quetta city which killed four people including the younger brother of the Taliban leader.

The IHS Janes media outlet, quoting the local media reports reported that Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada was also scheduled to be at the mosque.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the attack.

However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
unconfirmed reports indicate the Talibs rubbed out an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-associatd holy man on 17th of August following the liquidation attempt.
A useful response, regardless who actually dunnit...
The explosion took place at a mosque in Kuchalk area in the outskirts of Quetta city, the quiet provincial capital of 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 of Pakistain.

The explosion killed four people including Hafiz Ahmadullah, the younger brother of Mullah Haibatullah.

The Pak police officials confirmed last week that the earth-shattering kaboom also maimed more than 20 other people.
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Afghanistan
US Announces $125M In Aid To Afghanistan
2019-08-21
[ToloNews] Through this aid, vulnerable Afghans as well as IDPs, and flood-affected families will be helped.

The United States announces an additional amount of nearly $125 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghans inside Afghanistan, including internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees, the US Embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Tuesday.

By this aid, the total US funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response reaches nearly $190 million, including for Afghan refugees in the region.

The United States urges all countries to make or increase their contributions to the UN humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan, which is currently only 27 percent funded, the statement said.

Additional support from the entire international community is essential to meet the urgent needs of large number of vulnerable people in Afghanistan, the statement added.

The United States remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable Afghans and stands with the Afghan people in their dedication to helping create an Afghanistan in which all its citizens have the opportunity to live in peace and dignity.

The statement said the amount will support life-saving activities that provide emergency food, nutrition, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency health, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, shelter, protection, humanitarian coordination and logistics, and non-food items and relief commodities.

It also supports refugee repatriation grants, education, livelihoods and other efforts to promote long-term integration of returning refugees, the statement said.
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