[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday, that the Afghan special forces have rescued a number of military and civilians held captive by the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... in Pashtun-infested Logar province on Monday night.
MoD stated Army’s SF unit released seven military and 15 civilian prisoners from a Taliban prison in the Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar province.
During the operation, the Commando members discovered and confiscated weapons and heavy rounds of ammunition.
It should not be forgotten that commandos have already released a number of military and civilian prisoners from Taliban prisons in several provinces of the country.
Earlier, Afghan security officials say the commando forces have carried out an operation on a Taliban’s prison in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province.
Security officials stated, that in an operation carried out by the Afghan Commando forces on a Taliban prison in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
At least 27 prisoners held in the captivity of the Talibs were released and freed during the Wednesday night operation.
[AnNahar] A 100 jihadists were killed this month in a joint Franco-Malian offensive in the West African country's lawless center, the Malian army said Tuesday.
They’re probably the Group to Support Islam and Moslems (GSIM), or in Arabic Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Moslemin (JNIM), the regional Al Qaeda in North Africa affiliate. Organizationally they report to Abdelmalik Droukdel’s group, which once upon a time was the Algerian jihadi group Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat. Whether they still do, since he was killed by the French last June, is an interesting question. The other possibility is that the deaders are AQ in North Africa, which also has bases in Mali, belatedly following Mr. Droukdel to Hell...
"A 100 forces of Evil were neutralized, about 20 captured and several cycle of violences and war equipment were seized" during the operation with La Belle France's Barkhane force, which aims to eradicate jihadists in the Sahel region ... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas... , the Malian army said on its website.
[AnNahar] At least one loud explosion rattled Riyadh on Tuesday, AFP correspondents reported, three days after the kingdom intercepted a projectile over the Saudi capital.
Authorities in 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... , which has come under repeated missile or drone attack from Iran's Houthi sock puppets ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him... s in neighboring 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... since 2015, did not immediately report the cause of the blast.
The explosion shook windows across the Saudi capital at around 1:00 pm (1000 GMT), AFP correspondents and residents said.
Some residents reported on social media hearing two blasts, claiming that they saw smoke in the sky, apparently from the interception of an aerial target by Saudi defence forces.
Saudi Arabia has led a military intervention against the Huthis since 2015, and has repeatedly been targeted with cross-border attacks.
It is rare, however, for drones or missiles launched by the Huthis to reach the kingdom's capital -- about 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of the border.
Several flights from Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport were delayed after the incident, according to multiple passengers.
[The National Pulse] Haitham Isa Saado Sad, a former employee of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Jordan, plead guilty to “several charges related to his role in a scheme to steal U.S. government records and defraud U.S. refugee programs.”
Are any of his clients jihadis or jihad-adjacent? What about criminal gang members or connected to gangsters? That would make it War on Terror, even if his own interest was merely pecuniary.
Sad – one of three defendants in a January 22nd indictment –plead guilty to the Department of Justice charging him with “conspiracy to steal records and defraud the United States, conspiracy to launder money, and computer fraud and abuse before U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras of the District of Columbia.”
“The indictment charges Sad and two other foreign nationals, Aws Muwafaq Abduljabbar, 42, and Olesya Leonidovna Krasilova, 43,” with the crimes listed above, all of which “relate to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and, in particular, the Iraq P-2 program, which allows certain Iraqis to apply directly for refugee resettlement in the United States.”
The Department of Justice notes how the defendants were former employees of Jordanian and Russian branches of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and stole “records and information” from the agency to “assist applicants in gaining admission to the United States through fraudulent means”:
Russian citizen Olesya Krasilova (43), Iraqi citizen Aws Muwafaq Abduljabbar (42), who resides in Jordan, and Jordanian citizen Haitham Isa Saado Sad (42).
One is a corrupt Iraqi? What odds absolutely no ISIS members, Iranian sock puppets, or former Baathists were made privy to the information in their files between 2016 and 2019? Page 1: WoT it is. Hopefully, part of the plea bargain is a full list of those granted entry by these mokes.
On February 14, 2020, Olesya Krasilova, then employee of an organization subordinate to the Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, was detained in Spain, where she was on a short-term business trip as part of an official delegation. The lawyers of the Russian woman managed to prove that the ongoing process of her extradition was illegal. After that Krasilova returned to Moscow.
[SouthFront] On January 25, a supply convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the Naseriyah area in the Iraqi province of Dhi Qar. There were no confirmed reports about casualties and most likely the explosion caused material damage only.
Over the past months, attacks on US supply convoys in the country have become a regular occurrence and their intensity has been growing.
Recently, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf, one of the groups responsible for attacks on US convoys, declared that it will attack not only supply convoys but US troops also in the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin and Nineveh. By this move, anti-US forces likely seek to limit the freedom of movement of US troops in the country.
[IsraelTimes] Military says suspect tried to stab a female soldier and her commander multiple times in attack outside northern West Bank settlement.
Israeli soldiers rubbed out a Paleostinian man who tried to stab them along a road in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said.
According to the military, the suspect attacked a female soldier and her commander as they were guarding the Giti Evyashar junction near the Ariel settlement.
"The soldier physically pushed the assailant away after he tried to stab her a number of times and the commander who was at the scene shot up him and neutralized him," the IDF said.
A military spokesperson clarified that the assailant was pronounced dead.
No Israeli soldiers were maimed in the attack, according to the IDF.
Images from the scene, which were shared on social media, showed at least four soldiers surrounding the suspect, who lay prone on the ground. A knife was seen on the ground nearby.
The soldiers were members of the mixed-gender Ram Battalion of the IDF Home Front Command.
Yossi Dagan, the head of the local Samaria Regional Council, said the soldier involved in the incident was a new immigrant from the United Kingdom, who had moved to Israel without her family.
Dagan noted that the attack on the soldiers came a day after a resident of the Har Bracha settlement in the northern West Bank was attacked by Paleostinians near the village of Burin while he was jogging. The man was taken to Meir hospital in Kfar Saba with mild injuries, according to Magen David Adom.
There were no immediate arrests announced following the Monday assault. The Paleostinian news site Ma’an reported that Israeli troops had placed roadblocks nearby and were preventing residents from entering or leaving the village.
Paleostinians in Burin were subject to an alleged stone-throwing attack by settlers on Saturday from the nearby outpost of Givat Ronen. In a video widely circulated on social media, so-called hilltop youth can be seen hurling rocks as Israeli soldiers apparently stand by. A spokesperson for the Israel Police’s West Bank division told The Times of Israel that one Jewish suspect had been arrested in connection with the stone-throwing. The suspect was later conditionally released.
The West Bank has also seen a notable increase in ultranationalist violence against Paleostinians after 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak was killed in a police chase after allegedly hurling stones at Paleostinians in late December.
Sandak, a resident of the Bat Ayin settlement, was fleeing Border Police in a car with four other hilltop youths when his car flipped over, killing him.
[IsraelTimes] Fatality named as Muhammad Abu Nijm; earlier, 145 people arrested overnight in northern village of Tur’an over suspected involvement in brawls, shootings, arson.
Arab on Arab — though Hamas loudly proclaims this yet another Israeli assassination — but with potential concerns for Israel.
A bigwig in the Islamic Movement
...the Islamic Movement in Israel is the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, appearing on the scene in the 1970s, then splitting into the usual militant and political arms: the outlawed militant Northern Branch, based in Umm al-Fahm in the Galilee, and the Southern Branch, based in Kafr Qasim near Tel Aviv, which hopes to achieve the same goals via Israeli politics and is part of the Obama-era Arab Joint List project. It’s been estimated that 10% of Israel’s Arabs are connected to the organization, if only as recipients of its many charities. Raed Saleh is the Northern Branch’s fiery big kahuna, though he fancies the title "Sheikh of Al Aqsa" as more suitable, and openly supports Hamas, Erdogan’s Turkey, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He cycles in and out of Israeli prisons for all the usual reasons...
was rubbed out and a second man suffered a sucking chest wound moderately injured on Sunday when a gunman opened fire in the central city of Jaffa.
The Northern Branch expanded into Jaffa two decades ago, belatedly attracted by the 40% of the population that is Arab...
Mohammad Abu Nijm, a well-known activist in the political movement,
...in this case alternate terms for fiery emir and Muslim terror group, though no doubt he oversaw the charities as well...
was critically injured in the shooting. He and the second man were taken to Wolfson Hospital in Holon for treatment, where Abu Nijm later departed this vale of tears.
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Jaffa can be a dangerous place but not nearly as dangerous as parts of Chicago.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) released several new photos of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) special forces in the Jabal al-Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region that is located near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
In the photos released by SANA, the Syrian Army’s special forces can be seen moving through the heavy snow of Jabal al-Sheikh, as the news agency captures rare images of them in their new winter gear uniforms.
Pretty colour photos at the link — no doubt informative as well, for those who understand what special forces are supposed to look like.
[AlMasdar] The Ottoman Turkish Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, the launch of two new operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), as part of the "ARN" security operations that started two weeks ago.
The ministry said in a statement that it continued its ARN operations against "the terrorist organization, with the aim of eradicating its roots and neutralizing the last terrorist in it," as of January 11th.
In this context, they pointed out that they are continuing operations of "ARN 1" in the state of Agri, "ARN 2" in the state of Diyarbakir, and "ARN 3" in the state of Agri.
The Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces also launched two other operations along the Syrian border, particularly, in the Mardin area.
They explained that the ARN 4 operation is taking place with the participation of 93 teams from the gendarmerie and the police, and includes 1,620 security personnel, while 2,550 security personnel, making up 145 teams, participate in ARN 5.
The Ministry of Interior called the new operations ARN after the young Ottoman Turkish man, Arn Bulbul, who was killed by the PKK on August 11, 2017.
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[AlMasdar] The Lebanese state official National News Agency (NNA) reported on Tuesday that "an enemy Israeli tank breached the barbed wire fence in the Kroum al-Sharqi neighborhood on the occupied Lebanese-Paleostinian borders, today, Tuesday."
The agency indicated that this breakthrough came with the support of a second Israeli tank and a military jeep, pointing out that more than 10 Israeli soldiers were deployed between the blue line (separating the border) and the barbed wire fence, accompanied by police dogs.
The Lebanese agency said that "the enemy forces carried out a wide sweep operation today in the vicinity of the sites of Ruwaisat al-Alam, al-Samaqa and al-Ramtha, inside the occupied Shebaa Farms, using heavy and medium weapons, while an MK reconnaissance plane was flying."
The Lebanese army announced, "On January 25, 2021, from 20:50 until 01/26/2021 at 01:00, two air breaches were recorded by two Israeli enemy reconnaissance aircraft, during which circular flight was carried out over various Lebanese regions."
They would add: "The issue of the violations is being followed up in coordination with the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... Interim Forces in Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... ."
The safe space under Hassan Nasrallah’s bed must be getting awfully ammoniacal, but probably the IAF is planning their next raid into Syria.
[AlMasdar] The Lebanese state official National News Agency (NNA) reported that the Israeli warplanes were flying intensively over Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... ’s airspace at a medium altitude.
The agency reported that Israeli war warplanes roamed the sky of southern Lebanon, passing over the Zahrani area back and forth at medium altitude.
They indicated that the Israeli warplanes were flying in the airspace of the Chouf and Mount Lebanon districts, all the way to Beirut and its suburbs.
These airspace violations by the Israeli Air Force occur daily, but the flights over Beirut and northern Lebanon are rare, which is why these overflights get a lot of attention from the local media.
On Monday, al-Manar TV released images of Israeli Air Force F-35 flying over Lebanon, marking the first time that they have been spotted over the small Levantine nation.
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