Hopefully an important inflection point. Congratulations, guys!
[KhaamaPress] The acting minister of defense Asadullah Khalid has said the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... group is losing more fighters than the Afghan armed forces. Hudna!
Speaking to CBS News, Khalid said for the first time the Taliban group is losing more fighters than the Afghan military.
Khalid further added that the Afghan forces are at the forefront of around 90% of the offensives and operations taking place around the country.
"In most of the operation now, Afghan force are doing this operation independently," he said.
This comes as the Afghan and U.S. forces have stepped up ground operations and Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s against Taliban and other bandidosLions of Islam across the country after the U.S. President Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... called off peace talks with Taliban more than a week ago.
[AlAhram] Two political outsiders appear to have stunned Tunisia's political establishment, claiming victory after Sunday's first round of a presidential election.
With formal results yet to be announced, conservative law professor Kais Saied and detained media magnate Nabil Karoui cited exit polls late on Sunday to say they had advanced to a deciding run-off that will be held next month.
If confirmed by official results later on Monday or on Tuesday, it would represent a strong rejection of successive governments that have struggled to improve living standards or end corruption.
Saied described the exit poll results, which showed him with most votes, as "like a new revolution" in a radio interview, a reference to Tunisia's 2011 uprising that brought in democracy and set off the Arab Spring revolts elsewhere.
Tunisia's prime minister, two former prime ministers, the defence minister and a former president were among the political heavyweights competing, as was a candidate of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. "Moderate" and "Islamist" usually coincide only til they take power
"We received the message sent by the Tunisian people," Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said late on Sunday, conceding defeat.
Banned before the revolution and once seen as the main anti-establishment force in Tunisia, Ennahda has been a big player in successive coalition governments caught between the public desire for more spending and a need to reduce debt.
With a low turnout of 45% - down from 63% in 2014 - the result underscored widespread frustration over the sluggish economy, high unemployment, poor public services and persistent corruption.
Karoui, in a message read by his wife after the exit polls were published, said it was a message to a political elite that he accuses of using the judicial process to try to silence him.
He was detained weeks before the election over allegations of tax evasion and money laundering made three years ago by a transparency watchdog.
"You punished those who tried to steal the votes by putting me in prison without trial, and who prevented me from speaking to people in the campaign," his message said.
[AlAhram] A Damanhour criminal court in Egypt's Behiera governorate sentenced on Sunday six defendants to death, two to life in prison and acquitted eight others over charges of joining a terrorist group and manufacturing and possessing explosives.
The court also sentenced two other defendants to 10 years and five years in prison.
Those convicted can appeal the verdicts.
Filed under War on Terror Background until the case gets through Egypt’s very special Hell of appeals, then.
The prosecution said that the defendants confessed to joining the terrorist-designated Moslem Brüderbund group.
The prosecution also said that the defendants had visible burns on their bodies at the time of their arrest in 2015, which they said they sustained when explosives they had been manufacturing in the Wadi al-Natroun area accidentally detonated.
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[Rooters] When 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.... button men stormed the northeast Nigeria ... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border... n town of Magumeri on the night of August 21, they had free rein.
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Too many Indians, the soldiers ran back to the fort.
[AnNahar] Kuwait is investigating accounts that a drone intruded its airspace and flew over the royal palace Saturday, the same day a devastating strike was launched on Saudi oil infrastructure.
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... 's 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 -- who are aligned with Tehran -- claimed the attack on two oil facilities which cut Saudi production by half, but the United States has blamed Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and there is also speculation the assault may have been launched from Iraq.
Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to attacks on Saudi oil plants, saying it is "constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbours".
But Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, putting it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
Media reports speculated that a drone travelling south from Iraq to the eastern oilfields of 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... could have travelled over the sea or through Kuwait's airspace.
Kuwait's Alrai newspaper said that at dawn on Saturday, an unmanned drone about the size of a small car came down to a height of about 250 metres over the palace, before turning on its lights and flying away.
Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah has ordered the beefing up of security measures around vital installations in the country, according to a government statement posted on Twitter on Sunday.
"Security officials have started the necessary investigation regarding the drone that was seen flying over the coastal area of Kuwait City," it said.
Another newspaper, al-Rai, said that the drone continued for a considerable period of time and flew over the seaside residential palace of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah who is undertaking medical tests in the United States.
Kuwait is an OPEC member which has land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia and shares sea borders with Iran.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Saudi oil and gas giant, Aramco, may take up to months in order to resume normal oil production volumes following destructive drone attacks early this week.
According to informed sources, the 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... ’s oil exports will continue as normal this week as the kingdom taps into stocks from its large storage facilities, but that Aramco may have to cut exports later if the outage in output continued for long.
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A slide for crude accelerated early Tuesday after a report indicated that major plants in Saudi Arabia that were damaged in a weekend strike may return online sooner than expected. A report from Reuters, citing unnamed a top Saudi official, said that Saudi Aramco may restore about 70% of the 5.7 million barrel-per-day of output knocked off line on Saturday. The Reuters reported indicated that the damaged facilities could be back online in the next two or three weeks.
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is admissible relating to his command decisions during the 2014 Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... War.
Israeli soldiers and commanders may also be on the hot seat at The Hague before the International Criminal Court, but Tuesday’s hearing, which also happens to be Election Day, is a local Dutch court proceeding that is unrelated to that.
In fact, the ICC preliminary probe of Israel’s conduct of the 2014 war is moving slowly and is not expected to come to any conclusion earlier than December, with real progress possibly even farther off.
A statement about the case from the Paleostine Justice Campaign said that the case relates to Ismail Ziada and is against Gantz and former IDF Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amir Eshel for allegedly killing six members of Ziada’s family.
Ziada is claiming that the IDF prosecution uses discriminatory practices against Paleostinians which prevent him from receiving justice in Israel.
According to the principle of universal jurisdiction, some countries, especially in Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... , allow prosecution of foreign officials for war crimes if the local state refuses to prosecute. universal jurisdiction should be applied to the EUniks and pols
All prior attempts at using universal jurisdiction against Israeli officials - sometimes described as "lawfare" - have failed with European courts finding that they did not have jurisdiction for a variety of reasons, though some Israeli victories came only at the appeals level or from executive branch intervention.
According to reports, the IDF declined to prosecute anyone in the Ziada case because the civilians who were killed were legal collateral damage in a strike of a Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, war room in which multiple Hamas members were also killed.
The IDF’s general position is that it tried hard to limit civilian casualties by warning civilians to leave conflict areas, but that if Hamas embeds itself within civilian locations, the Hamas act of embedding makes those locations liable to attack - assuming the rules of proportionality are also met.
"The IDF is the most moral army in the world and I am proud to have served in it for almost 40 years and to have commanded it. As prime minister, I will continue to give my full support to the IDF in all arenas," Gantz said in response to the case.
[DAWN] The Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...a Pak religious party. It is usually part of the govt, never part of the solution... -Fazl (JUI-F) and the Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz on Sunday decided to jointly stage "Azadi March" in October to besiege Islamabad and oust the 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.... government, but a decision on a final date of the march would be taken later.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman ...Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty... along with his delegation called on PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif ...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab... at his Model Town residence to convince him that his party should join hands with the JUI-F to oust the government.
The Maulana had earlier warned Prime Minister Imran Khan ...aka The Great Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight... to step down till Aug 31 for "stealing the mandate" in 2018 general elections, otherwise the JUI-F would march on Islamabad.
After the Pakistain Peoples Party leadership’s refusal to take part in Islamabad lockdown, the JUI-F approached the PML-N seeking its support for the march. The Maulana also announced he would gather one million people in Islamabad for which PML-N’s support would mean a lot.
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[DAWN] The registrar of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday said that a decision on the Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... government's letter requesting that a high court judge be nominated to conduct a judicial inquiry over the custodial death of an alleged ATM robber Salahuddin Ayubi will be taken after the LHC chief justice returns to the country.
In a letter written to the LHC registrar on September 11, the Punjab government asked that a judge of the high court be nominated to constitute a one-man tribunal to hold a judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts and circumstances for Ayubi's death in police custody and to suggest measures to prevent any such incident in the future.
In a separate letter written on Sept 5, the provincial government had asked for a judicial officer to be appointed to hold a judicial inquiry into the matter. The high court's registrar today disposed of this request saying that a senior civil judge was already conducting an inquiry into Salahuddin's death.
In the wake of Ayubi's death, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter.
Ayubi, a resident of Gujranwala, was arrested in Rahim Yar Khan when he was allegedly caught stealing from an ATM machine on Aug 31. Two days later, he was reported dead. According to the district police officer's spokesperson Zeeshan Randhawa, Ayubi was behaving like a "mad man" in lockup when he "suddenly became unwell". He had said that the man was unconscious when he was shifted to the emergency ward of Sheikh Zayed Medical College Hospital, where doctors confirmed his death.
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[DAWN] Ghotki police registered three cases against rioters who had taken to the streets to protest against an alleged incident of blasphemy ...the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider it to be a crime. In Pakistain you can commit blasphemy by looking cross-eyed at a Koran... a day before, Sukkur Additional Inspector General (AIG) Jamil Ahmed said on Monday.
All first information reports (FIR) have been filed in the Ghotki A-section cop shoppe with the state as the complainant.
One FIR was filed under Sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC). AIG Ahmed said that Section 295 was included because the protesters had vandalised a Hindu temple. Police have nominated 45 people in the FIR, out of which 22 are named while 23 are unidentified.
Another case was lodged against 150 people ‐ 27 named and 123 unidentified persons ‐ for blocking roads. A third FIR pertaining to rioting and theft was filed against 23 people, including 11 unidentified persons, over reports that protesters had stolen goods from multiple shops in Shahi Bazar.
Police have asked the school administration to file a separate complaint against people who damaged the building and infrastructure, so that a fourth FIR can be registered. If the administration of the school is reluctant to act as complainant, it should inform the police so the case can be lodged on behalf of the state, the management was told.
In response to a question regarding the principal of the school, who has been accused of committing blasphemy, AIG Ahmed said that he will be taken to court after the law and order situation has been assessed.
Though the situation in Ghotki is relatively calm today, shops owned by Hindu residents in the Ladies Market, Shahi Bazaar and other areas remained closed. Delegations of political parties visited Dhaam Mandir today, which had been vandalised by mobs, and expressed solidarity with the Hindu community.
Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party Chairman Qadir Magsi, who was among the politicians who visited the temple, called for a judicial inquiry of the matter.
PROTESTS AND CONDEMNATIONS
Protests began in Ghotki on Saturday after a FIR was filed against the principal ‐ who is from the Hindu community ‐ of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student's father who claimed that the former had committed blasphemy.
Residents of Ghotki demanded that the police arrest the principal, issued a call for a shutter-down strike, and erupted into the streets in protest. Videos of stick-wielding protesters were shared on social media on Sunday, in which they were seen vandalising a Hindu temple and damaging the school where the alleged incident took place.
Protests were also held in surrounding towns, including Mirpur Mathelo and Adilpur, where demonstrators blocked roads and demanded that the police arrest the school principal.
According to rights activist Sattar Zangejo, the Hindu community of the area was forced to remain indoors due to the riots.
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[DAWN] Rohingya Moslems remaining in Myanmar still face a "serious risk of genocide", UN Sherlocks said on Monday, warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains "impossible".
The fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up by the Human Rights Council, last year branded the army operations in 2017 as "genocide" and called for the prosecution of top generals, including army chief Min Aung Hlaing. UNHRC current members include China, Iraq, Pakistain, Bangla, Rwanda, Cuba....
Some 740,000 Rohingya fled burning villages, bringing accounts of murder, rape and torture over the border to sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh, where survivors of previous waves of persecution already languish.
But in a damning report, the UN team said the 600,000 Rohingya still inside Myanmar's Rakhine state remain in deteriorating and "deplorable" conditions.
"Myanmar continues to harbour genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide," the Sherlocks said in their final report on Myanmar, due to be presented on Tuesday in Geneva.
The country is "denying wrongdoing, destroying evidence, refusing to conduct effective investigations and clearing, razing, confiscating and building on land from which it displaced Rohingya," it said.
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Top Diaper Head Talks Tough
[NY Post] Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out talks "at any level" with the US amid rising tensions after a strike on Saudi oil facilities, apparently quashing speculation that President Trump would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations next week.
"Iranian officials, at any level, will never talk to American officials … this is part of their policy to put pressure on Iran … their policy of maximum pressure will fail," state media quoted Khamenei as saying, adding that "All officials in Iran unanimously believe it."
He said the US is trying to prove that its "maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic is working, but "in return, we have to prove that the policy is not worth a penny for the Iranian nation."
Despite the stubborn rhetoric, Khamenei left open the possibility of broader talks between the US and the world powers still participating in the 2015 nuclear deal.
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Not even "Don't shoot! Don't shoot! We surrender."
[ALMASDARNEWS] During his recent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... expressed his dissatisfaction with Israel’s attacks inside Leb, Independent Arabia reported on Friday. The Russian source said:
"Putin has expressed his dissatisfaction from Israel’s latest actions in Leb," the publication reported, pointing out that Russia "rejects the aggression towards Leb’s illusory sovereignty."
Putin further stated that someone is cheating him in regards to Syria and Leb and that he will not let it go without a response. According to him, Netanyahu was warned not to strike such targets in the future.
According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, the warning indicated that Russia was willing to protect Lebanese airspace with their S-400 air defense system.
"Given such information, it is most likely about the inclusion of Lebanese territory under the protection of the Russian Triumph S-400 air defense systems, which will allow control over Israeli actions, especially since the last attacks on Syrian territory were carried out from the airspace of this country," the publication said.
It could also be simply that Putin understands that Netanyahu, now desperate to extend his political career to a record fifth term as prime minister as next week’s elections loom, could be ready to risk a major and very unnecessary Middle East conflagration in order to continue to appeal to Israeli right wing and nationalist voters.
The Russian S-400 system is already present inside Syria; however, there has been no indication from the Russian Ministry of Defense that this has been offered to Leb.
[IsraelTimes] The leader 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.... group has released a new alleged audio recording calling on members of the holy warrior group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps.
The purported audio by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is his first public statement since April, when the shadowy leader appeared in a video for the first time in five years.
In the 30-minute recording released today by a media arm of the group, al-Baghdadi asks: "How can a Moslem enjoy life?" when Moslem women are held in camps that he called "prisons of humiliation run by Crusaders and their Shiite followers."
Islamic State's media network on Monday published an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warning that "daily operations" were underway.
"Daily operations are underway on different fronts," he said in the tape published by the Al Furqan network, in what would be his first message since April. He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no specific timings.
[Rudaw] The families of several children and wives of French fighters for 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.... (ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... ) in Syria have filed lawsuits against La Belle France's top diplomat over his refusal to let them come to La Belle France, lawyers said Monday.
The suits, filed in July and September, accuse Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of "failing to provide aid" to people in "danger" at camps operated by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria.
The complaints were filed with the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), which hears cases over alleged misconduct by former or serving ministers.
It is the latest legal challenge to La Belle France's longstanding opposition to allowing the children and wives of suspected jihadists in Syria or Iraq to return home.
The government, which says it considers requests on a case-by-case basis only, has brought back just 17 children since March, many of them orphans.
Critics say the policy exposes innocent victims of the war, many of whom have suffered serious trauma during the fighting and coalition bombardments, to long-term psychological risks.
"The policy of 'case by case' keeps more than 200 children and their mothers exposed to inhumane and degrading treatment, and at risk of death," the lawyers said.
They note that Kurdish officials are also pressing Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an governments to repatriate citizens who went to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria, as well as their family members.
"It's a political choice not to save these children and mothers being held arbitrarily," one of the lawyers, Marie Dose, told AFP.
Asked about the lawsuit, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said in a statement that La Belle France remained "fully mobilised so that each situation is handled with the children's interests in mind."
"Our priority is to ensure the return of the most vulnerable orphan or isolated children," she added.
A similar lawsuit was filed against La Belle France last May at the European Court of Human Rights, by the grandparents of two children stranded with their French jihadist mother in Syria.
The boy and girl, who were born in Syria, are among an estimated 500 children of French citizens who joined the Islamic State's so-called "caliphate" before the jihadists' last Syrian redoubt was overrun in March.
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.