[KhaamaPress] Dozens of soldiers of a Local Army Unit were deployed to Khogyani district in eastern 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 after completing their training.
The provincial government media office in a statement said a ceremony was organized in 201st Silab Corps headquarters to celebrate the graduation of the soldiers in which Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, director of the training of the armed forces, commander of the educational Kandak, some officers, army soldiers, and others had participated.
The Commander of 201st Silab Corps Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri said the former soldiers of the Afghan National Army have voluntarily joined the Afghan Local Armed forces.
Gen. Waziri further added that the soldiers completed professional studies and training and will be deployed in Khogyani district to serve the people and maintain security in their region.
The director of the educations and training of Silab Corps said the youths have been trained over a period of 12 weeks and have full resolve to maintain security in the region.
Some of the graduates of the Local Armed Forces assured the people and officials that they are mentally and physically prepared to maintain security in their region considering the previous experiences and new training they have received.
[KhaamaPress] The Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... group in Afghanistan has rejected the involvement of the group in last evening’s deadly suicide kaboom which targeted a gathering of religious scholars on the eve of Eid Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H).
Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement and said the group strongly condemns the attack in Oranus Hotel on the eve of Eid Milad that left a number of people dead, including some religious scholars.
Mujahid blamed ’some vicious cirlces’ for the attack and claimed that the attack has links with some small tensions among the cirlces who do not hestitate in brutally murdering Moslems.
No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the attack.
The security officials are saying at least 43 people have died and more than 80 others have sustained injuries in the attack but the public health officials are saying more than 50 people have been killed and at least 83 others have sustained injuries in the attack.
[Strategypage] The non-Shia tribes and groups, especially those in and around Sanaa (the rebel-occupied national capital) are losing confidence in the Shia rebels and their leaders. Over the last year, a growing number of these non-Shia leaders have defected. Although the rebels deny morale and unity problems they recently made a public call for deserters, especially Shias, to return to the fighting. Army and coalition troops have reported that a shortage of rebel fighters have become a major factor in the rebels inability to resist ground attacks as effectively as they used to. For this reason, the rebels are eager to obtain a ceasefire or truce.
[An Nahar] The UN 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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... envoy faced his "sternest test" on Wednesday as he flew into the rebel-held capital Sanaa for talks on averting all-out fighting for the lifeline port of Hodeida and widespread famine.
Under heavy Western pressure, the government and its Saudi-led military backers have largely suspended a five-month-old offensive on the Red Sea port city as UN envoy Martin Griffiths makes the biggest peace push in two years.
But a devastating all-out assault on the city's vital docks still threatens as coalition commanders scent a potentially game-changing victory in their three-and-a-half year war on the Iran-backed Huthi Iranian catspaws.
UN agencies say up to 14 million Yemenis are at risk of starvation if the port of Hodeida is closed by fighting or damage.
The city is virtually the sole gateway to the capital and rebel-held territory in the densely populated highlands, and some 80 percent of commercial food imports and virtually all UN-supervised humanitarian aid pass through its docks.
Griffiths did not comment to waiting news hounds on his arrival at Sanaa International Airport, an AFP photographer reported.
He was expected to hold afternoon talks with rebel politicians as he attempts to revive a grinding of the peace processor that collapsed in acrimony in Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... in September when the rebels failed to show up.
The Huthis have said repeatedly that they need stronger security guarantees from the international community that they will be given safe passage through the crippling air and sea blockade the coalition has enforced since March 2015.
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Russia is scrambling to suppress more bad news about the performance of its Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft systems in Syria, and elsewhere. Recent Islamic terrorist use of multiple small, explosives equipped UAVs to attack the Russian controlled Hmeimim (or “Khmeimim”) airbase in Syria was described as a failure because Russian air defense systems shot down over fifty of the small UAVs that approached the base in several attacks. Unofficial reports, via the Internet, indicated that the two short-range anti-aircraft systems guarding the base performed very differently. The older Tor-M2U system used its missiles successfully to shoot down the UAVs while the more recent Pantsir-S1 missiles all missed.
[Jpost] Israel has increased its almost daily aerial actions in Lebanese airspace by 35% from July to October 24, in response to growing IDF concern over Hezbollah missiles and Iranian activity in the country and neighboring Syria.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon "recorded 550 air violations, totaling 2,057 overflight hours," according to a report written by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which the Security Council in New York debated behind closed doors on Wednesday without any conclusions.
"Unmanned aerial vehicles accounted for 481 of these violations (87%), with the remaining violations involving fighter jets or unidentified air crafts. UNIFIL protested all air violations to the Israel Defense Forces and urged their immediate cessation," Guterres stated. Su madre, cabron
[AlAhram] Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... 's government on Wednesday backtracked from its pledge to support a United Nations ...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense... migration pact after politicians insisted they have the final say on the matter.
The United States, several European countries along with Israel and Australia have already said they would reject the compact, which seeks to open up legal migration and better manage migratory flows.
The text was agreed in July following 18 months of negotiations and is due to be adopted next month at a meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco.
"Switzerland will not attend the intergovernmental conference for the formal adoption of the global compact," the Federal Council, the country's executive branch, said in a statement.
Bern had on October 10 announced it would approve the pact in a declaration that also expressed reservations, notably that the country already applied the UN recommendations.
Parliament then intervened, insisting that politicians wanted the final say on Switzerland's ultimate adoption of the deal.
"The Federal Council believes that the United Nations Global Compact for Migration is consistent with Switzerland's interests," the statement added.
"However, a lie repeated often enough remains a lie... the Federal Council wishes to postpone its final decision pending conclusion of the parliamentary debates."
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian officials condemn Israel’s demolition of 21 businesses and petrol stations which authorities said were built illegally in Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp.
Israeli police confirmed in a statement authorities had demolished "18 illegal businesses and three illegal molatov petrol stations" in annexed East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp, where an estimated 24,000 Paleostinians live.
Israeli authorities entered the camp with excavators to destroy the structures as police formed a security perimeter, an AFP journalist reported.
"The municipality will continue to carry out activities with the support of the police against illegal business in the different areas," the police statement said.
Ahmad Abu Holy, head of the Paleostine Liberation Organization’s refugee department, condemns the demolitions that he said were "under the illegal pretext of building without a permit."
He makes the comments to official Paleostinian news agency WAFA.
Paleostinians in East Jerusalem and in parts of the West Bank say it’s nearly impossible for them to obtain the required building permits from Israeli authorities.
Khader Dibs, an official from the camp, which is surrounded by Israel’s separation wall and is the only refugee camp within Jerusalem, also condemns the demolitions and said the shops had been built in 2007.
Shop owners said they had been given only 12 hours’ advance notice.
Shuafat camp receives little from Jerusalem’s municipality. The UN agency for Paleostinian refugees, UNRWA, operates there and provides various services to residents.
[An Nahar] Amnesia Amnesty International said Wednesday it is enlisting the help of thousands of online activists to speed up its investigation into the U.S.-led campaign that drove 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.... bully boyz from their self-styled capital of Raqqa but left the Syrian city in ruins.
The London-based rights group said the new phase of its investigation enables thousands of online activists, using satellite imagery of the city, to map out the destruction over the four-month campaign, which ended in October 2017.
The U.N estimates that more than 10,000 buildings were destroyed‐ or 80 percent of the city. Amnesty's Strike Tracker campaign, in partnership with Airwars, would help narrow down when and where coalition air and artillery strikes destroyed buildings.
Amnesty hopes to compel the U.S-led coalition to accept greater responsibility for the destruction and conduct its own investigation into the deaths of hundreds of civilians.
The coalition says it worked to avoid civilian casualties in Raqqa. Col. Sean Ryan, a front man for the coalition, said it is "always willing to review if new evidence is reported."
In an earlier phase of Amnesty's investigation inside Raqqa, the group provided new evidence that compelled the coalition to acknowledge 77 civilian deaths. In total, the coalition has acknowledged 104 civilian deaths from the hard-fought campaign.
"With bodies still being recovered from the wreckage and mass graves more than a year later, this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Milena Marin, senior adviser on Amnesty's Crisis Response team.
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[Rudaw] The United Nations ...where theory meets practice and practice loses... and United States added an Iraqi aide to ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart... to their terror lists.
Hajji ’Abd al-Nasir, aged between 49 and 53, was born in Tal Afar, Iraq, according to the UN.
"Within the past five years, al-Nasir has served as an ISIS Military Amir in Syria as well as chair of the ISIS Delegated Committee, the council that reports to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and exercises administration control of the terrorist organization’s affairs," including planning military operations, the US State Department said on Tuesday.
The UN Security Council added Nasir to its sanctions list on Monday.
"ISIS is down but not out," said Ambassador Nathan Sales, the State Department’s counterterror coordinator.
"As ISIS continues to lose ground on the battlefield, we must starve it of the resources it uses to commit terrorism around the world. Today’s designation is another step towards ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS."
Syrian Kurdish and Arabic forces of the SDF working with the US-led coalition are currently battling ISIS in their last major hold out in eastern Syria's Euphrates River valley.
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The headline would be even better if it read:
US adds UN, senior Iraqi ISIS member to terror list
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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.