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Afghanistan
Afghan bomber hits medical facility near Bagram Air Base
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ‐ A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility on Wednesday near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said.

The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the U.S. military said. There were no coalition casualties and the base remains secure, the statement said.

Earlier reports suggested a U.S. military convoy might have been the target of the attack. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group stage near-daily attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan.

Dr. Sangin, a physician, said that the hospital near the perimeter of the base was on fire. It wasn’t immediately clear if any foreigners were inside the hospital.

Gen. Mahfooz Walizada, police commander of northern Parwan province, confirmed the attack but offered no details on casualties.

Sangin, who is the head of the provincial hospital, said that they have received five injured, all Afghans.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/11/2019 02:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under:


'Four Civilians Killed in Logar Mortar Attack
[ToloNews] Pashtun-infested Logar residents claimed that four children were killed in a mortar attack in Baraki Barak district of the province on Tuesday afternoon.

The residents held a protest outside the Pashtun-infested Logar governor’s office, carrying the bodies of the four children, and said the origin of the attack should be made clear.

An army commander, Brig. Gen. Abdul Matin Hassankhil, told a local news hound that a mortar might have been fired by the foreign forces.

"Today this happened, and another incident will happen tomorrow. This should be prevented," said Mohammad Hashim, a Pashtun-infested Logar resident.

"The mortar attack came from the (foreign forces) camp," a Pashtun-infested Logar resident said. "There is no Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
in that area. The government has checkpoints there."

The US forces in Afghanistan issued the following statement: "We are aware of the civilian casualty claims in Baraki Barak, Pashtun-infested Logar Province. We are working with local partners to gain a full understanding of the situation and will provide more details when they are available."
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/11/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under:


'12 Taliban Killed' in Afghan Commando Operation in Uruzgan
[ToloNews] An operation was launched in Trinkot (Tarin Kot) city to clear the bad boys, according to Afghan Special Forces
...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting...
At least 12 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
were killed in a clearing operation by Afghan commandos in Uruzgan province, the Afghan Special Forces Command said in a statement on Tuesday.

The operation was launched in Trinkot (Tarin Kot), the capital of Uruzgan, and "eight Taliban havens were destroyed," according to the statement by the spokespeople for the Afghan commandos.

"The forces also seized explosives, land mines and destroyed six tunnels," the statement said.

The Taliban have not commented on the operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/11/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban abduct 45 people from Afghan govt employee's funeral
[DAWN] The Afghan Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
kidnapped as many as 45 elderly family members of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral, officials said on Tuesday.

The Taliban singled out the old men from a funeral procession carrying the dear departed employee's coffin to a graveyard, according to interior ministry front man Nasrat Rahimi. The young men in the group were not taken, he said.

The Taliban have consistently warned people not to attend the funerals of anyone working with the Kabul government, according to Payghambarpul Khuram, the head of intelligence in Jawzjan province, where the kidnappings took place.

Khuram disputed the number of people who were kidnapped, saying only six family members were taken and that other local elders were negotiating with the Taliban for their release.

The Taliban did not immediately comment on the abduction.

Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Inter-Clan Clashes In Central Somalia Leaves At Least 20 Dead
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least 20 people have been killed and about 25 others injured on Monday in fierce fighting in the outskirt of Somalia’s central region of Mudug, an official said.

Abdirahman Ali Diriye, Governor of Mudug region told news hounds that inter-clan fighting erupted at the Towfiq village in the northwest of the Mudug region between two Somali clans over land disputes.

"The fight started after one of the clans launched an attack in Dire Revenge for past killings. There was a stiff battle between two militias and 20 people, most of them from the warring sides died during the festivities and 25 others were maimed," Diriye said.

"We are now dispatching elders from the administration to cease the fight," he added.

Locals told media they heard heavy gunfire. "An intense combat broke out between two rival clans who were killing each other sporadically. There were many casualties in today’s battle," Fahmo Haji, a resident said.

The government has called for an immediate end to the fighting that caused the death of many people.

Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under:


Somali Forces Carry Out Operation In Wanlaweyn After Killing
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali government forces have carried out a massive operation in the southern town of Wanlweyn located in the long-chaotic Lower Shabelle region, bordering Mogadishu.

The sweep came after unknown button men launched an attack in the district and subsequently killed an inhabitant over undisclosed circumstances.

Local security officials say an investigation is underway into the overnight incident and will bring the perpetrators to justice.

The town has been under the Somali government control for nearly 10 years and faced frequent attacks from al-Shabaab
...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
, the al-Qaeda-linked turbans fighting in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali security forces evacuate officials from a hotel near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu
[TWITTER]

Somalia: Al-Shabab gunmen attack Mogadishu hotel

[Aljazeera] Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, according to police and the armed group.

Fighting was still continuing following Tuesday's attack on SYL hotel in Mogadishu.

"We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel," a police officer who gave his name as Ahmed told Reuters news agency.

Zakia Hussen, Somalia's deputy police commissioner, said security forces killed two of the attackers outside the hotel and were fighting two others on the premises.

"So far, security forces have rescued 82 people, both civilians and officials," Zakia said on her Twitter account.

Abdi-Aziz Abu Mus'ab, al-Shabab's military spokesman, confirmed the group was behind the attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel compound, which is popular with government officials and politicians.
Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Home Front: WoT
3 victims named in Jersey City shooting attack, mayor says mkt. 'targeted'
An eyewitness has confirmed that two of the civilians murdered in Tuesday's Jersey City shooting attack are members of the local Chassidic community: Leah Minda Ferencz, who owned the store with her husband, and Moshe Deutsch, 24, Chabad.org reported. A third victim was identified earlier as veteran police officer Joe Seals, father of five, by the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop.

The attack is now being investigated as a hate crime. According to Fulop, those who opened fire in a Jewish supermarket on Tuesday "targeted the location they attacked."

...The officers arrived at the kosher market where suspects opened fire with long guns, according to ABC News. At least one suspect allegedly continued firing at responders as they retreated.

I don't know if it belongs in WOT, but - until we know more ...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 02:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under:


#US grounds #Saudi pilots, halts #military training after base shooting
[TWITTER]
The decision will have far-reaching impacts on visiting Saudi personnel, including grounding more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students as part of a “safety stand-down,” first reported by Reuters earlier on Tuesday.

The Pentagon later confirmed the Reuters report about aviation students and added the move would also affect infantry personnel and all other Saudi training, other than classroom training. Such coursework, which includes English-language classes, will continue.

A senior US defense official, briefing Pentagon reporters on the decision, said the move was intended to allow for a broader review of security procedures that would eventually apply to all of some 5,000 international military students in the United States.

Still, the safety standdown only applied to the some 850 visiting students from Saudi Arabia. The defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooting “suggested that there could be a particular improvement with that (nation’s) population.”

The FBI has said US investigators believe Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone when he attacked a US Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, before he was fatally shot by a deputy sheriff.
Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Only 18 years later than this change should have been made.

Now, make the base secure--allow personal to wear their sidearm on base, and arm everyone supposedly assigned to security detail.

And I don't believe he "acted alone" except in the strictest sense of the term.
Posted by: Crusader || 12/11/2019 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like they listened. Thank God.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/11/2019 0:46 Comments || Top||

#3  The French have intensified their background checks while recruiting and have started watching their muslim personnel, some have been stripped of their access to arms even. Everywhere, there have been some transfers and shuffles, and more must be in the making to move muslim personnel into administrative, PR, clerical work etc. It can't be done all at the same time, but I'm sure if done gradually the muslim infiltration can be reversed.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/11/2019 0:56 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi protesters defiantly turn out in the capital Baghdad
[TWITTER]
Rudaw adds:
Warnings of protest sabotage have been issued by Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq - one of the factions of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic.

“We will talk about information [we have obtained]. There is intelligence planning from many sides that want bad things to happen to this country, to exploit these events, to cause chaos in Baghdad province,” al-Khazali said in speech he published on Twitter.

Khazali claimed plotters are focusing on Baghdad because national destabilization can’t take place “as long as the capital is strong.”

“The events and plots of December 10 is aimed at transferring chaos to inside Baghdad, to mess with the security condition, to have as many as possible killed and injured, to have the institutions of the state burned, to have the central bank robbed.”

“Why December 10? Because it is the International Human Rights Day. These want to cause security chaos to send a message on the level of the international community, to say look at the killed, the destruction that is happening in the country, to put the responsibility on the security forces and Hashd al-Shaabi.”

The PMF, widely thought to be responsible for violence against protesters, has from day one been vocal against “plots” emanating from the protests.

Following the December 6 attack in Khilani, the group admitted its presence in the square via a statement. It also admitted that it had clashed with the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a backer of the protests.

The statement was deleted soon after publication. The PMF disowned the statement, claiming its social media and website had been hacked.

PMF elements have since been dismissed from the vicinity of Khilani announced General Abdulkareem Khalaf, spokesperson for commander in chief of Iraqi armed forces.

“The commander-in-chief of the armed forces [Adil Abdul-Mahdi] issued directions to Hashd al-Shaabi about not interfering in security related matters,” Khalaf said, though the militia group remained in their Baghdad offices.

Khazali’s warnings and claims were met with ridicule by protesters in Tahrir.

“We will step on the head of Qais al-Khazali and his group with our flip flops,” they were heard to chant.

In light of today’s expected escalation of unrest, the US Embassy in Baghdad on Monday announced a travel advisory to Americans in Iraq, excluding the Kurdistan Region.

“According to reports, demonstrations are expected to increase in size starting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. US citizens may see a heavy security presence,” the advisory read.

The embassy called on Americans to avoid areas of demonstrations and comply with directives of authorities.
Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Heavy artillery shelling by the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups targeting the village of Mayasa in Shirawa district, south of Afrin
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte



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