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30 Taliban militants killed in explosion during bomb-making class
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Afghanistan
30 Taliban militants killed in explosion during bomb-making class
[NZ Herald] At least 30 Taliban militants have died in Afghanistan after they blew themselves up during a bomb-making class.

The Khaama Press News Agency said the fighters died when Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) they were learning to construct exploded inside a mosque, quoting a release from the Afghan Army's 209th Shaheen Corps.

The blast happened on Saturday morning at a mosque in the village of Qultaq in the Dowlatabad district of Balkh province.

The fighters included six foreign nationals.

The bodies of the six foreigners could not be identified because of the extent of the damage caused by the explosion, the army statement revealed.

The militants had gathered to learn techniques for making bombs and IEDS from the six foreigners, who were reportedly considered experts in the subject.
"So is the test today our Final?"
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/16/2021 07:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6926 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "Class Dismissed"
Posted by: Airandee || 02/16/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Gonna run out of raisins at this rate.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/16/2021 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Some 'Distance Learning' may be in order here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/16/2021 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Huh. Inside a mosque.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/16/2021 9:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Inside a mosque

Taught by 'Cross-Eyed Mahmud', too!
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/16/2021 9:34 Comments || Top||

#6  I love a happy ending!
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/16/2021 10:08 Comments || Top||

#7  What grade was assigned - pass, fail or incomplete?
Posted by: Raj || 02/16/2021 10:48 Comments || Top||

#8  It was GO-NO GO.
NO GO on this station.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/16/2021 10:55 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Can't even find the job books.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/16/2021 11:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Clearly fans of Patsy Cline

Posted by: Warthog || 02/16/2021 12:31 Comments || Top||

#11  /\ Another era, a better time. Thanks Warthog.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/16/2021 12:36 Comments || Top||

#12  Perhaps a color blindness test is in order before going to the practical part of the course. Red wire ,green wire they both look the same to me!
Posted by: Vinegar Spolusing6485 || 02/16/2021 12:57 Comments || Top||

#13  I think it can be said without fear of contradiction, the Taliban have no class.
Posted by: badanov || 02/16/2021 13:45 Comments || Top||

#14 
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/16/2021 13:57 Comments || Top||

#15  99% of their mail in ballots were for Biden.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/16/2021 17:46 Comments || Top||


Five Policemen Killed in Zabul, Uruzgan Attacks
[ToloNews] Five coppers were killed and three more were maimed in separate incidents in Zabul and Uruzgan provinces on Sunday night, local officials said.

Four coppers were killed and two more were maimed in a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack on their outpost in Zabul on Sunday night, Zabul police chief Hekmat Kochi said.

The attack took place at around 9 pm local time on a highway that connects the city of Qalat with Sahr-e-Safa district, he said, adding that "two Taliban were also killed and three others were maimed in the attack."

The Taliban has not commented over the incident.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck slipped the habañero into the roasted jalapeño...
one policeman was killed and one more was maimed in a magnetic IED blast that targeted their vehicle in the city of Tarinkot in Uruzgan on Sunday evening, the provincial governor's media office said.

No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the blast.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


7 Public Uprising Force Members Killed in Kunduz Attack
[ToloNews] At least seven members of the public uprising forces were killed and four more were maimed in a Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
attack on their outpost in the northern province of Kunduz on Sunday night, provincial council member Khaluddin Hakimi said.

The incident occurred in the Imam Sahib district of the province after a group of Taliban attacked a security outpost, Hakimi said.

However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
neither local officials nor the Taliban have yet commented on the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


4 People Killed, 4 Wounded by Violent Crime in Kabul Since Sunday
[ToloNews] At least four people were killed, and four others were maimed in violent mostly peaceful crime incidents in Kabul city in the past two days, officials and relatives confirmed on Monday.

On Sunday night, robbers killed a young man named Mohammad Hadi Karimi and maimed his sister in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of PD18 of Kabul city, relatives said.

The robbers were attempting to steal Hadi's phone and money, his family said. The family is calling on the government to ensure that justice is served.

"It was night, we heard a voice and then ran out of the yard. We saw that they (the robbers) beat them (Hadi and his sister)," said Neekbakht, Hadi's mother.

Hadi's father, Ewaz Ali, said "it’s very shameful that even close to a security outpost they (security forces) are not able to maintain security. Security is exclusively for the Presidential Palace."

During the same night, robbers shot and killed a man and stole his corolla-model car in the Qarabagh district of Kabul, according to eyewitnesses.

"Another person was maimed after the robbers hit him with the car they had stolen," an eyewitness said.

Also, a policeman was killed by unknown button men on the same night in Qarabagh.

"Seven people have been arrested in connection with these two incidents and investigations are ongoing," said Mohammad Haneef Sediqqi, district governor.

However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
Kabul police said that they are investigating the incident.

Ferdous Faramarz, a front man for the Kabul police, said that 20 people were arrested on Sunday over crimes in Kabul city.

Recently, the security organizations also announced that several people have been arrested for assassinations and IED blasts in Kabul city.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:


Nangarhar: NDS’ special operatives kill 7 Daesh militants, ANP members killed
[KhaamaPress] At least seven ISIS fighters were killed on Sunday night in an operation conducted by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
, in 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.

NDS said in a statement, that the operation was taken out by a special unit in PD7 of Jalalabad city, the operation resulted in the death of seven gunnies including a jacket wallah.

The statement indicated the gunnies have used civilians as humans shields, fortunately, no civilian was hurt during the raid.

ISIS gunnies planned to carry out various types of attacks including "suicide and coordinated" offensives on the government facilities in the city of Nangarhar province.

This plan was rebuffed and the attacks were thwarted by the NDS, the statement read.

Following the killings of two ISIS members in PD6 of the Jalalabad city, in this operation, a boom jacket, three AK 47 rifles, 20 grenades, an RPG round, and some explosives were seized.

This comes as five coppers were killed and maimed in separate attacks in Zabul and Uruzgan provinces.

Four coppers were killed and two were maimed in Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack on a security outpost situated in Qalat and Sahr-e-Safa highway in Zabul.

In another incident, one policeman was killed and the other was maimed in a magnetic IED that targeted their vehicle in Tarinkot city of Uruzgan province.

In a similar incident, one policeman was killed and two others were maimed when the Taliban launched their offensive attack on a security outpost in Pato district of Daikundi province.

According to local officials, the incident happened at around 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6526 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


80 Taliban ‘killed in MoD operations’ across Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense says 80 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters have been killed across the country in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defenses said in a statement on Monday, that 80 murderous Moslems were killed, 36 maimed and a large number of weapons and ammunition were destroyed during the festivities and operations conducted by the Afghan defense forces.

According to MOD, the Taliban fighters were killed and maimed in Kandahar, 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..
, Badghis, Ghor, Takhar, Baghlan, and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces.

During the security operations, 123 Taliban planted and placed mines in different parts of the country were discovered and neutralized Afghan national defense and security forces.

The Afghan defense ministry also added that Afghan special forces targeted Taliban strongholds in the Angur Bagh area of ​​Kunduz province on Sunday night.

Three Taliban strongholds were reportedly destroyed and wrecked, besides two anti-vehicle mines and some weapons and ammunition of the group were seized by the Afghan special forces unit of commandos.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Herat: Taliban kidnap 11 Pashdan Dam workers, 70 trucks looted during Iran border fire Sunday
11 Pashdan Dam Workers Abducted by Taliban in Herat
[ToloNews] At least 11 workers at the Pashdan Dam in Karokh district of 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...
were kidnapped by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
on Sunday, said Wakil Ahmad Karokhi, a provincial council member.

The workers were kidnapped in Karokh while they were busy at work, Karokhi said, adding that "four were released but seven remain in Taliban custody."

Waheed Qatali, provincial governor, has confirmed the workers' abduction but did not provide details.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the abduction.

The dam is located in Karokh, 25 kilometers northwest of Herat city.

The dam has the capacity of 45 million cubic meters of water, generates two megawatts of power, and has the capacity to irrigate 13,000 hectares of land, officials said.

The project is worth $117 million, according to officials.

70 Trucks ‘looted’ during port’s firestorm: Herat
[KhaamaPress] Governor of 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...
Wahid Qatali said Monday, that 70 trucks loaded with commercial goods and products were looted during the devastating fire that broke out in Islam Qala port.

Qatali indicated that Afghan commandos found 8 empty trucks in areas around the custom facility, and he added that 2,400 vehicles were saved from the blaze of fire heat, and of these vehicles, 1,500 were driven across the border to 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
for safekeeping.

Herat’s governor said the fire broke at a time when a leaking gas tanker blasted spreading fire everywhere.

Media outlets reported that traders have told them that more than 500 vehicles full of products and fuel were completely destroyed in the firestorm and have resulted in more than a hundred million dollars in losses.

The massive blaze of fires burned everything on its way for over 24 hours, following the gas tanker’s explosion on Saturday, and subsequently, vehicles loaded with commercial products and combustible material started exploding, turning the blasts and flames to further extreme chaos.

Eventually, by the request of the officials in Herat, Iranian firefighters joined the fight to tackle the blazes of heat burning through facilities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6535 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Egypt's army destroys four smuggling tunnels in North Sinai, thwarts illegal migration attempts
[AlAhram] The Armed Forces border guards thwarted illegal migration and infiltration attempts by 3,740 people of various nationalities

The Egyptian Armed Forces said on Monday that it destroyed four smuggling tunnels in North Sinai and thwarted several attempts at illegal migration at its borders nationwide in January.

According to an official statement, the Armed Forces said its border guards seized ammunition and weaponry, including 11 machine guns, three sniper rifles and other weaponry, 2,500 bullets of various calibers and 15 satellite phones.

They thwarted illegal migration and infiltration attempts by 3,740 people of various nationalities.

It also arrested 170 smugglers and outlaws, the statement said.

It added that border guards seized 1,558 kgs of narcotic substances during inspection operations of vehicles passing through the Suez Canal tunnels.

They also seized 140 vehicles used in smuggling attempts and large quantities of smuggled and non-duty paid goods, 535,000 narcotic pills, and seven kilograms of smuggled gold.

"This comes under intensified efforts and measures by the border guards to secure Egypt’s borders in parallel with intensifying control on all border crossings," the statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Two Boko Haram Commanders, NAF Personnel Killed As Troops Foil Ambush By Kaduna Bandits
[AllAfrica] Troops of Operation Tura Takai Bango, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole weekend killed two most wanted 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...
commanders, Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib.

The elimination of the gunnies is coming as troops of the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment weekend foiled an ambush set up by a group of over 100 armed bandidos at Ungwan Laya near Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State.

New Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima announced the killing of the bully boys.

Yerima said the renewed offensive operations by troops of Operation Tura Takai Bango inflicted heavy casualty on fighters of Boko Haram and 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....
of West Africa Province

He said troops of 121 and 151 Battalions killed the gunnies during a fierce encounter at the crossing point between Vuria and Guja settlements along Banki Junction Road - Pulka axis.

"During the ambush, the troops neutralised three terrorists, the most wanted terrorist commanders known as Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib.

"The troops also recovered 3 x GPMG, 7 x AK47 rifles, a belt of ammunition containing 446 rounds of 7.62mm, one boxer cycle of violence and one ITEL 2160 mobile phone among others," he said.

The Army Spokesman pointed out that Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib were among the top Boko Haram commanders of the Shekau faction operating in Sambisa forest and environs.

According to him, "the two terror commanders have been on the Intelligence watch-list for sometime. Abul-Bas was a top commander second to Abu Fatima while Ibn Habib was the BHT Commander in charge of Njimia and Gay Pareeu camps in the Sambisa Forest".

He stressed that "the neutralisation of Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib by our gallant troops has inflicted a big blow on the operations of the gunnies and has further boosted the morale of own troops in the ongoing operation "Tura Takaibango".

According to him, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the troops for this feat and other successes being recorded in the theatre.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head...
troops of the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment weekend foiled an ambush set up by a group of over 100 armed bandidos at Ungwan Laya near Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State.

A statement by the Nigerian Air Force said the gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush, killing dozens of bandidos in the process. "Unfortunately, some NAF personnel paid the supreme price during the operation, while a few others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

"The injured personnel are currently receiving treatment at the NAF Hospital in Kaduna", it said.

It said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes and prays that the Almighty God grants their souls peaceful repose. The CAS, who visited the injured personnel in the hospital urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously in synergy with sister services and other security agencies, to rid the North-west of all criminal elements
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6525 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Nigeria says kills 81 Boko Haram militants in clearance operations
[AlAhram] During the operations, Farouk Yahaya, commander of Operation said, one soldier was killed and four others maimed in an incident involving improvised bombs planted 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...
Death Eaters.


Government troops killed 81 Boko Haram holy warriors in recent clearance operations in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, the military said on Monday.

The operations covered "many villages" in the vast Sambisa Forest in the northeastern state of Borno, said Farouk Yahaya, theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.

He did not say when the operations were conducted or how long they lasted.

"The relentless troops destroyed the terrorists' camps and recovered gun trucks and weapons as the air force aircraft continue to provide close air and interdiction support to the ground forces," Yahaya said.

During the operations, he said, one soldier was killed and four others maimed in an incident involving improvised bombs planted by Boko Haram Death Eaters.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. The terror group has also extended its attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Caribbean-Latin America
More than 1K spent cartridge casings found in southern Chihuahua
[ELSOLDEPARRAL] More than 1,000 spent cartridge casing were found at the scene of an intergang shootout in southern Chihuahua state Sunday, according to Mexican news accounts.
"Police yer brass, Amigos"
The confrontation between gangs associated with the Sinaloa Drug Cartel and the Cartel de Jalisco Nuevo Generacion took place Sunday in Villa Coronado municipality leaving five total dead. The news report also said that the death toll was likely higher given drug gangs tendencies to retrieve their dead.

The shootout lasted between 30 mins to and hour, and was spread out over a number of locations, including Coronado-Lopez road near the Iturralde junction, and at kilometer five of the Coronado-Allende road near the Allende-López junction.

According to the news report, in the Coronado-Lopez scene, three of the dead were identified as: César Didier Mendoza Robles, 27, from Allende, prior service military, Santiago Guadalupe Peña López, 17, from Parral, Ángel Alberto Rodríguez Becerra, 25, from Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

A third location was at kilometer one, of the Coronado-Allende road.

Included in the types of firearms used in the shootout were 5.56x45mm, .223 caliber, 7.62x39mm and .50 caliber. A total of six abandoned vehicles were found at all three locations.

3 found executed in Sonora state

Three unidentified men were found executed in Empalme, Sonora Monday, according to a news account in El Sol de Hermosillo Mexican news daily.

One unidentified man was found in Villa Dorada neighborhood near the corner of calles Cerrada Rubi and La Joy.

In Jacarandas subdivision, two partially identified men were found executed in a residence. Police reports say the shooters left the scene in two vehicles after the two were shot.

Four found executed in Zacatecas state

A total of our unidentified individuals were found shot to death in Zacatecas state Sunday, according to a news report which appeared in El Sol de Zacatecas news daily.

A woman was shot to death in the Plateros colonia in Fresnillo municipality.

On federal highway 44 exit to Valparaiso, at the Los Potrillos ranch, an unidentified man was found in an abandoned vehicle shot to death.

In Francisco Villa subdivision in Fresnillo municipality two men were found in the streets shot to death.
Posted by: badanov || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6523 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  I reckon they don't reload their brass.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/16/2021 16:11 Comments || Top||

#2  You typically don't reload steel cartridges.
Posted by: badanov || 02/16/2021 16:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I was thinking it was 5.56 not that cheapass 7.62 short Russian stuff.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/16/2021 21:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Russians make 5.56mm and .223 in steel. Hard to find over the counter, but it exists.
Posted by: badanov || 02/16/2021 22:56 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Antifa In Portland Smash Up An Urgent Care Clinic Distributing The COVID Vaccine…
[Weasel Zippers] Anything the Black Bloc crowd does is Fifth Column. Page 1 if it’s an action, Page 2 if they’re just planning, announcing, or being released from prison after an overnight stay.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/16/2021 06:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6543 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  False flag operation by conservatives?😀
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 02/16/2021 9:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't this desecration of a Holy Site of the Covidian religion?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/16/2021 10:24 Comments || Top||


Furious Seattle cops confront Antifa for barricading a police precinct with SNOW to stop patrol cars responding to emergency calls during storm
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Protesters in Seattle blocked a police precinct with snow on Saturday night

  • They created a ramp three feet high outside the East Precinct building

  • The East Precinct was the epicenter of violent protest over the summer

  • Officers scuffled with the demonstrators after the police complained about it

  • The Washington state city saw up to a foot of snow fall overnight on Friday

The East Precinct was the epicenter of anti-police protest this summer. From June 8 until July 1 the building was abandoned, and the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) sprung up around it. CHOP was forced out on July 1.

On August 24 a man from Alaska tried to set fire to the East Precinct, and was charged with arson.

A month later molotov cocktails were thrown at the building by rioters.

'Antifa goons blocked the exit of the East Precinct with a pile of snow tonight, in an effort to stop vehicles from responding to emergency calls,' said one person, posting a picture on Instagram.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Re: January 6 Capital "mob". The Democrats have been supporting these "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP)" attacks in Seattle all of 2020 against law enforcement. And they are "shocked" at what happened January 6?
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 02/16/2021 8:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Stick the destructive little criminal headfirst into the bank and pack them in.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/16/2021 16:10 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey rounds up 700 suspected Kurd Kommies
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish security forces on Monday arrested over 700 people across the country for their alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), following the deaths of 13 Turkish nationals blamed on the PKK, according to the interior ministry as reported by state media. The arrests include officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Raids were launched by security forces across 40 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, mostly Kurdish-majority provinces in southeast of the country, against suspected members of the PKK on Monday on the 22nd anniversary of the arrest of the group’s founder Abdullah Ocalan, reported Anadolu Agency (AA) citing a ministry statement.

A total of 718 people, including provincial and district heads of the HDP, were arrested by security forces in addition to the seizure of digital material, added the ministry.
More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Iraq
ISIS threats spark evacuation of 10 villages
[NRTtv] SULAIMANI — Head of Misra Organization for Yarsan Development and Culture Rajab Kakaiy said on Monday (February 15) that Kakayis have vacated ten of their villages out of a total of fifteen in Kirkuk governorate’s Daquq district because of the threat posed by Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

He told the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) official media outlet that the villagers did not have any problem when Peshmerga forces were in the area, but since October 2017 they have been constantly targeted by the group.

He said that ISIS continues to pose a threat to the villagers who have remained in the area.

He added that since the end of the Ba’athist regime, 254 local Kakayis have been killed for various reasons.

Also known as the Yarsan, Kakayis are a minority religious group who live in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and Iran.
Posted by: badanov || 02/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


1 dead, 9 wounded in rocket attacks in Erbil
[Rudaw] ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Multiple rockets have been fired at the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil, killing one and injuring several others, according to multiple sources.

One civilian contractor was killed, and five others injured, in addition to the injury of a US service member, in "indirect fire" that landed on Coalition forces, tweeted OIR spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto. The KRG's health ministry also claims that three people were injured in the attacks.

US-led coalition forces are present at a military section at Erbil International Airport. Coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto confirmed to AFP that the dead contractor was not Iraqi, but could not give immediate details on the victim's nationality.
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Al Ahram adds:
At least three mortars landed near Erbil International Airport in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq without causing any casualties, Kurdish Peshmerga sources said on Monday.

A Rooters news hound heard several blasts and saw a fire blazing for a few minutes in the vicinity of the airport. One security official said the total number of mortars launched was five.

It was not immediately clear if a U.S. military base housing U.S. troops near the airport was the target of the attack.
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Israel seizes money, goods it says Hamas was sending from Turkey to West Bank
[IsraelTimes] Over $120,000 confiscated, along with shipping containers full of merchandise, in what the Defense Ministry says was an effort by the terror group to fund operatives.

Israel seized over $120,000 and goods worth hundreds of thousands of shekels last month in what it says was an effort by the Paleostinian terror group Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", to transfer funds from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
to its operatives in the West Bank, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

The confiscations were the result of a joint investigation by the Defense Ministry’s National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing, the Shin Bet security service and the Customs Authority.

The money, totaling $121,402, was confiscated from the bank accounts of four individuals and two companies. In addition, several shipping containers and their contents that had been sent from Turkey to the Ashdod Port were seized, the ministry said.

The Defense Ministry added that this route for Hamas to move money to its operatives was now blocked.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed the seizure orders for the money and goods on January 26, but the operation was not announced to the public until Monday. A spokesperson for the minister refused to comment on the timing.

According to the Defense Ministry, the money and goods were being transferred by Hamas through two Ottoman Turkish companies, Sense Sanitary Company and Tikkno Plus Ic Ve Dis.

"These were owned jointly by Hamas operatives Abdallah Fuqaha, who lives in Turkey, and Ayman al-Massri, from the Nablus area," the ministry said.

In addition to Fuqaha and al-Massri, the seizure orders also confiscated funds from Salama Aziz Muhammad Mari and Yussef Taher Mahmoud al-Karem, both from Turkey.

"We will continue to be relentless on terror and track down its infrastructure anywhere it exists — in Israel or beyond," Gantz said, praising the efforts of his ministry, the Shin Bet and the Customs Authority.
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9 Dead in Israeli Strike on Syria, Damascus Complains to U.N.
[AnNahar] Israel fired several missiles early on Monday targeting areas near the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syria's state news agency reported. An opposition war-monitoring group said the strikes killed nine Iran-backed fighters.

The SANA news agency claimed that Syrian air defenses shot down most of the missiles, which it said were fired from Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor with a network of activists on the ground, said the strikes hit positions of the Syrian army's Fourth Division in the mountains near the highway that links Damascus with the Lebanese capital of Beirut. It said another strike hit Syrian army positions in Kisweh, just south of Damascus.

The Observatory said that of the nine Iran-backed fighters killed, seven were near the Damascus-Beirut highway and two in Kisweh. Weapons depots were also struck in both areas, it added.

Syria's foreign ministry filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council and called on the international community to condemn Israel and prevent it from carrying out such attacks in the future.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel views Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier as a red line, and has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for 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 bad boy Hezbollah group.

Monday's strike was the first since Feb. 3, when a Syrian military official said Israel fired surface-to-surface missiles at targets in southern Syria, causing only material damage.
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#1  Rest in pieces
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/16/2021 4:34 Comments || Top||

#2  filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council and called on .... to condemn Israel and prevent it

At least they're honest about the UN's only standing purpose.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/16/2021 20:43 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ As distinct from its sitting [urrrp!] and lying down [nnww] purposes.
Posted by: Gomez McCoy6360 || 02/16/2021 21:06 Comments || Top||



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