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Afghanistan
Taliban’s deputy shadow governor dies of critical wounds in Herat
2018-10-16
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The deputy shadow governor of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group for western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province Manan Lewanay has died of critical wounds he sustained during the operations of the Afghan police forces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Lewanay died of his wounds earlier today, days after he was critically maimed during operations of the police forces.

The statement further added that Lewanay was maimed in Rezak area of Obe district during the operations few days earlier.

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Afghanistan
Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces
2018-10-15
[Al Ahram] Talibs killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law.

The police chief of Mizan, a district in southern Zabul province, was killed in armed festivities with Taliban bandidos krazed killers on Saturday night, the provincial governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, said.

In the western province of Farah, Taliban fighters killed 21 troops at two checkpoints in the district of Posht-e Rud.

The Taliban captured 11 soldiers and seized their weapons, added Gul Ahmad Faqiri, a member of the Farah provincial council.

The hardline Islamist krazed killer group claimed the attacks.

"Our fighters have killed the police chief and 25 Afghan soldiers in two provinces on Saturday night," its front man, Zabiullah Mujahidhe, said in a statement.

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Afghanistan
Taliban release details of the meeting with the U.S. delegation in Qatar
2018-10-14
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs released the details of the recent meeting between the U.S. delegation led by U.S. Special Adviser for Afghanistan reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
politicians in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the Taliban political delegation consisting of the head of Qatar office Alhaj Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai
...Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Head of the Taliban political office in Doha. He was a member of Rassoul Sayyaf's group in the war against the Soviets....
, deputy chief of the political office of Taliban Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, members of the political office Sherikh Shahabudin Delawar, Qari Din Mohammad Hanif, Alhaj Mohammad Zahid Ahmadzai, and Mohamamd Sohail Shaheen met with the U.S. delegation led by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday.

The statement further added that the two sides discussed the prospects regarding an end to the presence of the foreign forces in Afghanistan and peaceful approach to end the issues of Afghanistan.

According to the statement released by Taliban, the politicians of the group have told the U.S. delegation that the presence of the foreign forces is a major barrier on the way to resolve the issues and for the return of lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The two sides also agreed to continue to their negotiations in a bid to find an Afghan inclusive solution to the ongoing issues in Afghanistan, the statement added.

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Afghanistan
Over 50 Taliban militants killed, wounded after attacking a district in Paktika
2018-10-14
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Military in the Southeast claims that more than 50 Talibs have been killed or maimed after launching a coordinated attack on Khoshamand district.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said the armed forces of 203rd Thunder Corps responded jointly with the other security personnel to a coordinated Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
attack, leaving more than 50 hard boyz dead or maimed.

The statement further added that the Afghan forces also confiscated 15 landmines and vehicle were also seized following the attack.

According to 203rd Thunder Corps, the dead bodies of at least 18 hard boyz are still left in the area where the clash took place.

No further details have been regarding the possible casualties of the Afghan armed forces during the festivities.

In the meantime, the 203rd Thunder Corps said at least 11 hard boyz were killed and 6 others were maimed in separate festivities that took place in Sultan Bagh of Andar, Sahibzada of Qarabagh, and Tasang of Deh yak district in Ghazni province.

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India-Pakistan
Senator announces to boycott in camera meetings to discuss blasphemy law
2018-10-12
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
Fazal (JUI-F) Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
...Central Secretary General of JUI-F, member of the Pak senate, formerly provincial minister of Balochistan. He has a master's degree in Islam and runs a madrassah...
on Wednesday announced that he will boycott meetings of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology if in camera meetings are held to discuss a proposed law seeking equal punishments for those convicted of blasphemy and those who make false accusations of blasphemy.

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Bill 2018 was moved on the directions of Islamabad High Court after Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered last year during a case that those who make false accusations of blasphemy should be given the same punishment as those convicted of blasphemy.

The bill was later prepared by the government and was referred by the upper house to the committee for discussion.

Chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, the committee decided not to discuss the bill in the absence of Information Technology Minister Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, who tabled the bill in Senate but Senator Haideri still started discussing the issue.

"The matter is being discussed in the religious circles and we are of the view that such kinds of bills should not be passed. Many people register baseless cases of theft, robberies and other crimes and people are killed in the main markets but the aggrieved families cannot prove murder because witnesses refuse to record their statements in the court," Mr Haideri said.

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India-Pakistan
3 soldiers martyred, 5 wounded as roadside bomb explodes in South Waziristan
2018-10-12
[DAWN] At least three soldiers bit the dust and five others were maimed in a roadside kaboom blast in South Wazoo near the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday, officials said.

The soldiers were reportedly carrying out routine search operations in Makeen Tehsil of South Waziristan district when the kaboom took place, local officials told AFP.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kaboom, the military has been battling Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and Al Qaeda linked Death Eaters in the region for years.

Violence across the country has declined in recent years following a series of military operations along the border with Afghanistan, but turban groups are still able to carry out deadly attacks.

There have been a number of fatal assaults in recent months in the northwest, as well as in Balochistan...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
The army launched an operation in mid-2014 to wipe out turban bases in the area and end the near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.

The operation was intensified after the Taliban massacred more than 150 people, the majority of them children, in the attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
in December 2014.

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India-Pakistan
What lies beneath India’s ‘sudden’ cancellation of talks with Pakistan?
2018-10-12
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] New Delhi’s sudden cancellation of a scheduled meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistain on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York is still an unsolved mystery intriguing diplomats and analysts alike.

Last month India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, announced with a flourish that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would hold talks with her Pak counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi, in New York "next week", but within 24 hours India called off the bilateral meeting without a valid explanation for the change of heart.

The buzz in India is that US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
exerted pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to agree to a Pak proposal to resume talks resulting in the announcement. But Mohan Bhagwat, chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ‐ the mother of all Hindu right-wing bodies including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ‐ ordered Modi to cancel the talks.

Apparently, Bhagwat conveyed to Modi ‐ who is himself an RSS member like his cabinet colleagues ‐ that resumption of peace dialogue with Pakistain at this juncture wouldn’t go down well with the BJP’s core constituency ahead of crucial assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, not to speak of the 2019 general elections. And Modi fell in line.

If the talks had not been cancelled, it would have been the first face-to-face meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistain since December 2015.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION
Diplomats and commentators refuse to buy New Delhi’s official explanation that the talks were cancelled because of the killing of an Indian security personnel and a Pak stamp honoring separatist Burhan Wani as both the "deeply disturbing developments" took place before the talks were announced.

The harsh language of the Ministry of External Affairs statement, replete with inaccuracies, while calling off the meeting ‐ "the evil agenda of Pakistain stands exposed" and the "true face" of Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
has been "revealed to the world" ‐ also raised eyebrows.

The statement claimed that Khan had been in office "for a few months" when in fact it had only been a month. Sharat Sabharwal, India’s former High Commissioner in Pakistain, virtually said that MEA run by Indian Foreign Service (IFS) had been completely bypassed in the announcement and cancellation of talks between the two foreign ministers.

Election-oriented statements
"IFS does not draft such election-oriented statements or take such hasty flip flop decisions. Seems like the handiwork of ’muscular’ thinking. More ’brawn’ than ’brain’!", said an outspoken Sabharwal.

Sabharwal seemed to hint that Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, known for his hawkish views on Pakistain, had drafted the statement released by MEA announcing cancellation of talks instead of career diplomats who are more circumspect.

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India’s "muscular" statement gave Khan an opportunity to attack Modi personally. Said Khan: "All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture", while Pak commentator Zarrar Khurho said that the "language used in the Indian cancellation is nothing short of a Bollywood script or a Star Plus drama".

Jyoti Malhotra, Editor National Affairs & Strategic Affairs of The Print website in New Delhi, told Al Arabiya English that the cancellation of talks by India "demonstrated insecurity".

"The Indian government put out several reasons for the confirmation and cancellation of talks with Pakistain within a span of 24 hours. But the truth is that it demonstrates a certain insecurity for a country that wants to project itself as a regional power. And the tragedy is that ordinary people of the two countries will suffer from the lack of contact," she said.
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Afghanistan
U.S. airstrikes inflict casualties on Taliban, destroy 3 APCs in Faryab
2018-10-12
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The U.S. forces carried out Arclight airstrikes on a hideout of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 13 bandidos bandidos bad boys dead or maimed and destroying three armored personnel carriers.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the airstrikes were carried out at around 11:00pm local time on Wednesday in Ghormach district.

The statement further added that ten Talibs were killed during the airstrikes and three others sustained injuries.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, a commander of the Taliban group identified as Qari Nasir, also famous as Ansar, was among those killed.

The airstrikes also destroyed three Armored Personnel Carriers equipped with heavy weapons, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.

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Afghanistan
Several dead as airstrikes target gathering of Taliban leaders in Wardak
2018-10-12
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Several Talibs including their high ranking leaders were killed during the operations of the Afghan armed forces in central Maidan Wardak province.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), in a statement said the intelligence opertives conducted a special operation in Syedabad district with the support of the air forces.

The statement further added that 21 forces of Evil including some high ranking leaders of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and Haqqani network were killed during the operations.

The key Taliban leaders killed during the operations include Taliban’s shadow intelligence chief Mawlavi Naqibullah also famous as Majid, Taliban leader in charge of looking after the disabled forces of Evil Mawlavi Abdul Rahman, Haqqani network leader Mawlavi Saif Ur Rehman, Mawlavi Samad, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Syedabad, Taliban’s commander for Tangi area of Syedabad Mawlavi Syedullah, and Taliban Überstürmbannführer in charge of a group of 15 forces of Evil Mullah Naqi,b NDS said.

At least 15 other forces of Evil were also killed during the operations and 2 others sustained injuries, NDS added in its statement.

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Afghanistan
Taliban commander leading a group of 50 militants killed in Faryab airstrike
2018-10-11
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
local commander who was in charge of a group of at least 50 turbans was killed in an Arclight airstrike in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the airstrike was carried out at around 12:20am on Wednesday.

The statement further added that the airstrike left at least seven turbans dead, including a Taliban Überstürmbannführer who was in charge of a group of at least 50 turbans.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Shakh area of Qaisar district.

The Taliban Überstürmbannführer killed in the airstrike has been identified as Mullah Daud Taimani, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.

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Africa Subsaharan
#BringBackOurGirls activist runs for Nigeria’s presidency
2018-10-11
[Al Ahram] The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
turbans is now running for president, saying she is fighting for "the soul" of Africa’s most populous nation.

Oby Ezekwesili is the most prominent woman to seek the presidency in Nigeria, where politics, as in many African nations, have long been dominated by men.

A former World Bank vice president, Ezekwesili also co-founded Transparency International, one of the world’s leading organizations against corruption ‐ a widespread problem in oil-rich Nigeria.

But she is perhaps most well-known for her vocal work in turning the world’s attention to Boko Haram’s Islamic Lion of Islam insurgency and its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the community of Chibok in 2014.

The #BringBackOurGirls movement, supported by former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and others, put relentless pressure on Nigeria’s government to free the students.

Police broke up some of the campaign’s protests with violence. Finally, after a breakthrough in negotiations ‐ and, reportedly, millions of dollars paid to Boko Haram ‐ scores of the girls were freed last year.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised to fight both Boko Haram and corruption when he took office in 2015, met with the freed schoolgirls while his government claimed a victory.

More than 100 of the Chibok schoolgirls have never returned, however, and a similar mass abduction occurred earlier this year in the community of Dapchi.

Almost all of those schoolgirls have been released, but the kidnapping exposed Nigeria’s difficulties in defeating the Lion of Islams.

Now Ezekwesili is challenging the 75-year-old Buhari on his campaign vows, drawing on personal experience on both fronts ahead of the February 2019 election.

A major challenge is the attitude toward female candidates in Nigeria, where many say women are fit only for the kitchen.

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Afghanistan
Afghan officials get 20 years for handing secrets to Pakistan
2018-10-11
[Al Ahram] Two Afghan military officials were locked away
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
for 20 years after a two-year trial for sharing state secrets with Pakistain, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

The sentence highlights a long-standing belief between Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistain that the other country does not adequately prevent cross-border myrmidon attacks.

Shah Mohammad and Nazirullah were placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in 2016 after travelling to Pakistain to hand over information to Pakistain's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. They pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
but eventually "confessed to their crime" before the military court in the eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said.

"Each of them has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by the primary court," said Najiburrahman Nadim, a military prosecutor.

Nadim said the accused had shared secret information about attacks and kabooms.

Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has long accused Pakistain of harbouring Afghan Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
krazed killers, a charge that Islamabad denies.

Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough to eradicate Pak Talibs, many of whom are based in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistain.

A defence lawyer representing the two army officials rejected the court's verdict, which was delivered on Tuesday.

"My clients were beaten during the investigations and they were forced to confess. We don't accept the decision and we will appeal," said Toryalai Muqanen.

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